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Volume 32, Number 4

Winter 2006 Goldenseal cover
On the cover: The Whitcomb Boulder, postcard view circa 1908; courtesy of the West Virginia State Archives, photographer unknown. June C. Jones’ story begins on page 18.

Published by the
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

Joe Manchin III, Governor

Kay Goodwin, Secretary
Department of Education and the Arts

Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner
Division of Culture and History

John Lilly, Editor

Gordon Simmons
Editorial Assistant

Cornelia Crews Alexander
Circulation Manager

BlaineTurner Advertising, Inc.
Publication Design

Winter 2006

2 Letters from Readers
5 Current Programs*Events*Publications
8 Music from the Past
10 Recalling Bob Caruthers
Last of the BC&G Railroaders
By Alan Byer
18 Whitcomb Boulder
By June C. Jones
20 The Station Master’s Christmas
By Frederic “Ted” Macdonald
24 Woodcarver Matt Wilkinson
Boone County’s Tool Man
By Carl E. Feather
30 The Tools of Matt Wilkinson
Photo Essay by Carl E. Feather
32 Education and Activism in Gary
A Visit with Jessie Moon Thomas
By Ancella Bickley
38 Steel Drums in Morgantown
Percussion Pioneer Ellie Mannette
By Michelle Wolford
44 Creating the Steel Drum
By Michelle Wolford
46 “Out on the Trail”
Tales of a Mail Rider
By Cody A. Burdette
52 Groundhog Lore from Dry Fork
By Virgil Purkey
54 “You Never Know...”
Clarence “Bones” Wright of Shepherdstown
By Malcolm Ater
62 West Virginia Back Roads
Meet Betty Thompson
The Weather Lady of Glady
By Carl E. Feather
64 New Books about Music
By John Lilly
66 Mountain Music Roundup
By John Lilly
69 GOLDENSEAL 2006 Index
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