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Tombstone Tuesday – James E Richmand

Growing up, we always heard stories of Uncle Jimmy. He was my maternal Grandpa’s younger brother. Uncle Jimmy was in the service and when he would visit the family in West Virginia, he would come and spend time with his big brother Bill and his family. My Grandma would tell us stories about how when he arrived she would offer to make him a sandwich, and he would ask for 6 bologna sandwiches. He would eat all of them.
I do not know really much about Uncle Jimmy, except for that he was loved by his family. Uncle Jimmy died at the age of 19 in a terrible car accident.

Here are clips from a newspaper article that my Grandmother kept, I do not know what paper it came out of at this point.

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Cemetery Photo

img021Inscription reads:

James E Richmond

West Virginia

AN

US Navy

February 9 1938

May 10 1957 Continue reading →

Wordless Wednesday, West Virginia Coal Mines

More pictures of the West Virginia Coal Mine, taken from our moving vehicle by my daughter Brittany in June 2004.

Wordless Wednesday, Besoco, West Virgina

June 2004
Besoco, West Virginia
Mary Jane, Zedith and Susie Lachney
in front of the house they grew up in.
Picture taken on a Trip to WV for the Hilton Family Reunion, 
by Terri O’Connell.

Wordless Wednesday, West Virginia Coal Mines

Coal Mine in West Virginia
June 2004
This photo was taken by my daughter Brittany from a moving car, 
while on our way to Beckley, WV. 
We were just outside of Charleston, WV when she took this. 
We come from a long line of miners. 

Tombstone Tuesday – Joan Lachney

This photo was taken June 28, 2004 by Terri O’Connell
Sunset Memorial Park
1915 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Inscription:
Joan Lachney
1928-1931
A Little Bud of love
Gone to Bloom With
God Above
This stone was decaying badly at our visit in 2004. It has since been replaced by her sister Mary Jane.
Joan was a sister to our Grandmother who passed so early in her life. We feel those who are here for such a short time are on the other side watching over our daily lives. We are truly blessed to have someone watching over us.

Not So Wordless Wednesday – Stoco School

June 28, 2004
Stoco School in Lego, WV.
Stoco school where my Grandparents and my mother attended (until she was 8). 
Stoco was built around 1925 and housed students from grades K-12 originally. The building has been abandoned for roughly 30 years. The building was not secure, we  were able to walk right in. The first room we went into was the gym, it was in terrible shape. My Grandmother cried as she looked around. You could tell by looking at the building that it was a beautiful building in its day. My youngest daughter and one of the other cousin’s that were with us told my Grandmother not to worry, that when they grew up they were going to buy the building and fix the school. It is wonderful how the mind of a child works. They see the ache in a loved one and just want to fix it. My daughter, now 12, still talks of how sad this building was and how they are going to fix it to make her Granny happy. 
In the writing of this I have found that in 2008 the school was in a  fire that left the building a complete loss. I hesitate to even tell this to my Grandmother because I am not sure how she will take the information. She left West Virginia as a young mother and moved to the big city of Chicago. When she speaks of WV, you can hear the love for the home of her childhood and where she gave birth to her children. Often when we speak, there is the conversation of “if the Lord is willing, I want to visit one more time”. I truly hope that I can make that trip with her. There is so much more I would like to see and learn about.
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