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Volume 43, Number 2


On the Cover: Goldie Webb of Richwood recalls working in the world’s largest clothespin factory. Photo by Mark Romano.

Published by the
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

Jim Justice, Governor

Gayle C. Manchin, Secretary
Office of Education and the Arts

Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner
Division of Culture and History

Stan Bumgardner, Editor

Kim Johnson,
Editorial Assistant

Karin Kercheval Design
Publication Design

Summer 2017

2 From the Editor
4 Letters from Readers
5 GOLDENSEAL Good-Byes
6 West Virginia Journalist Wins Pulitzer Prize
By Stan Bumgardner
8 Adventures Menu: Sharing Traditional
Philipino Food in Parkersburg
By Emily Hilliard
10 The World’s Largest Clothespin Factory
By Beverly Steenstra
18 The Cherry River Navy
20 Richwood: The Way it Was
By Olive Workman Persinger
as told to Donna McGuire Tanner
26 Last Photographers: Finley Taylor
By Anne Johnson and Mark Romano
36 The Cockayne House:
A Preservation Effort by the Whole Community
By Larry Shockley
44 Samuel A.J. Cockayne
By Nila Chaddock
46 Where in the World is Cat Heaven?
By Kathy Marks
52 Sowball
By David Ball
56 From the Bottom Up:
Cinder Bottom’s Red Light District
By Katharine R. Spindler
64 The Night Eva Tanguay Rang Down
The Curtain in Fairmont
By M. Raymond Alvarez
70 “Charmingly Funky”:
See’s Motel in Wardensville
By Keith A. Sculle
72 West Virginia Back Roads:
Keyser’s Cobbler: Following in His Father’s Soles
By Carl E. Feather
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