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Volume 34, Number 4

Winter 2008 issue
On the cover: Coal figurines from Coal Camp Creations, located in Kimball, McDowell County. Photograph by Michael Keller. Our story begins on page 10.

Published by the

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

Kim Johnson,
Editorial Assistant

Cornelia Crews Alexander
Circulation Manager

A.C. Designs
Publication Design

Winter 2008

2 Letters from Readers
5 Current Programs * Events * Publications
8 Goldenseal Good-Bye
10 Coal Art:
The “Other” West Virginia Coal Industry
By Jean Battlo
16 Coal Sculptor James Stewart
18 The Jones Diamond:
Mixed Blessings for a Peterstown Family
By Carl E. Feather
24 The Cardinal and Its Rolling History Lesson
By Bob Withers
32 The Duke of Prince:
Ticket Agent Marvin Plumley
By Bob Withers
38 The Train, the Smoke, the Whistle, and the Bell:
Memories of Widen
By Barbara J. Young Workman
45 “I’m a Walking Miracle”:
Jim Davis of Cunningham Run
By Carl E. Feather
52 The Enchanted Coat
By John JJ Ward
54 The Blind Man’s Song:
Recalling Alfred Reed
By John Lilly
62 West Virginia Back Roads
The Poet of South Jefferson Street
By Carl E. Feather
64 New Books About Music
By John Lilly
66 Mountain Music Roundup
By John Lilly

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