GLEN ALUM REUNION 2005
WELL, WE DID IT AGAIN........
The Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert was the scene of the second annual reunion for all
the former residents of Glen Alum. The reunion was held on Sunday May 29, 2005 from 12 noon until 5PM.
And again, five hours never seems to be enough time to get around to talking to everyone.
On Saturday, everyone interested in making the trip, met at the Ben Creek Mountaineer Park at
Wharncliffe, for a tour of Glen Alum. Due to unforeseen circumstances I was not able to go on the trip
so the following description of the tour was written for me by Richard Ferrell.
"Approximately 55-60 people traveled by car-truck caravan over Glen Alum mountain to meet with
Johnny White, the supervisor of the current coal mining company operating in Glen Alum. The name
of the company is Appalachian Fuels, LLC and is
headquartered in Ashland, Kentucky."
"The convoy took a mine access road off the fourth
curve (If you
are reading this and not originally from Glen Alum, you will be interested to know that coming from
Glen Alum, the curves up the mountain were named, first, second, third and fourth curves). Mr. White
led the visitors to the first stop which was a dump station for coal to be transferred via conveyor
to the tipple. It was also described as being near
an old mine entrance."
"The next stop was near the bottom of the hill where the road went up to the old shop and mine
entrance used in the 1950's. Next going down the hollow was described as the site for the colored
schoolhouse and also near an old boarding house. I wasn't aware that this boarding house existed.
I knew only of the one ran by Ella Wolford across the tracks from the company store." (If anyone
knows anything of this boarding house, please let us know)
"We then went back to the old company store site just above #4 tipple (which is gone). Some of us
went to school in the old Odd Fellows hall just above the tipple before it was burned, and then
the 4 tin buildings."
Richard added this personal memory to his account of the tour........
[I went to school
officially only one day, my first day in the first grade in 1945, in the old lodge hall. The
building burned that night. Then everyone below Miller Town including the sawmill camp went to
the old one-room school down on the river for the next year. Myrtle Carter taught 8 grades in
that building which was situated behind Nancy Elswick's orchard. The orchard was located on the
riverbank of the hole below the "Swimming Hole."
Did we move into the new building at the foot of the hill in 1948 or 49? I remember that
Appalachian was bringing in commercial electricity that year. We didn't get power on down
in Ferrell's branch until June, 1950(about the same day that the Korean War started).
"After everyone stood around discussing the old store, Drs. office, store managers and superintendents
houses and Pistol Row, Bobby Dix Miller led us in prayer as we all stood in a circle holding hands. A
group picture was made at the company store site."
"Some of us, 10 or 15 vehicles went down to Miller Town. Several went up the hollow (Ben Miller Branch)
to the cemetery. This was the end of the 2005 Glen Alum trip."
Thank you Richard....Those of us unable to attend appreciate your account of the trip.
The committee has sent a note of appreciation from all the Glen Alum group to Mr. Johnny White for his
graciously hosted tour.
We also would like to recognize Ronnie Allred for having the idea of making this tour, and
Kaye Cole Gibson for making the arrangements with the Ashland Fuels.
As we have said so often, there is nothing left of Glen Alum as we knew it, but just the idea of
standing on that ground one more time made the trip for everyone. And if you have any doubts about "just standing
on that ground" read the email which
I received from Harold Trent, Jr. dated Tuesday, June 14, 2005
EMAIL FROM HAROLD TRENT, JR.
GLEN ALUM-THERE'S NOTHING THERE
Thought I would send this to you. I wrote it after our 2004 reunion. I am not much of a writer, but
have many thoughts of Glen Alum, so I have been trying to write some down.
That's all folks tell me since Glen Alum Coal Company closed its mines, company store, and houses.
My grandparents left in the late 60's and moved to Pigeon Creek. My Granddad had retired from the mines and
was building a new home on Pigeon Creek. I was about 14 or so at the time. I never got to see Glen Alum
again before everything was gone! I was born in 1946. I have always remembered Glen Alum......the hot
summer sun, Granddad called "dog days". I remember storms in the mountains and the misty rain rolling down them.
Oh, how I loved the smell of fall when the mountains were painted in God's colors - matched by no color
man could blend. I still haven't made it back since Granddad and Grandma left and I'm much older now.
Family and friends still tell me, Glen Alum......There's nothing there!!, but that's only if you are looking
with your human eyes. I know now that the houses are gone, the store is closed, the church, school, everything
is gone, but sometimes I see things thru my soul's eyes. I see an old miner coming at midnight covered in
black coal dust. I'd be fighting sleep just to see him. I'd fall asleep and wake in the morning and he'd be up
already, across the creek working in his garden. I always wondered when he slept! I'd see a man small
in stature, but large as life to me.
I know I'd see that spirit in Glen Alum. My mind would see the miner who taught me to shoot my first
rifle, fish the Tug River, build and sit by a campfire. That's what I'd see in Glen Alum. I'd see a
man who taught me to work hard, love my family and wife. That's what I'd see. A small man with blue eyes, a
small grin on his face, slightly bent back from a life time of hard work. That's what I'd see in Glen
Then, there's a small woman I called Grandma, and she called me her Brown Eyed Boy! She taught me
patience and that God must be in my life before it will ever be right. I see the small one room church
we would go to on Sunday morning -- walking along the railroad tracks. She would give me 3 - 5 pennies for my
tithes. This taught me that I must give to God first. A rule I follow today with my wife, and my daughters follow
with their families. That's what I see in Glen Alum.
I'd see my Grandma's small hands making my biscuits for breakfast - my favorite - with her gravy. Every meal
a treat from the garden.
What would I see in Glen Alum? I'd see trips with Granddad into the mountains to pick blackberries, always
on guard for snakes (!!!), but that night meant a great Blackberry cobbler made with special love. That's
what I'd see in Glen Alum!
I'd see kids in the mountains at the swimming hole laughing and having fun splashing each other!
I'd see horseshoe matches every evening in the upper camp!
I'd see the old horse the kids would ride up the camp, let him go, and someone else would ride him back
down the camp.
I'd see that large Iron Horse called a steam engine that would come up the track to pull the coal cars out.
I'd hear the noise of the coal tipple operating to fill coal cars day and night.
That's what I'd see in Glen Alum!!!
All the things I loved so dearly that passed in time, but still remain in a large part of my soul-----I LOVED
GLEN ALUM THEN AND STILL DO!!!
Harold Trent, JR.,
Grandson of Earl and Vada Trent
NOTE FROM JUDY:
AND I THINK THAT JUST ABOUT SAYS IT ALL......... about why we wanted to take a tour of
the "holler" we know
as home. Thank you, Harold
On Sunday morning, many of us were up early, making the final preparations for the Reunion. The
members of the planning committee and several out-of-town Glen Alum people volunteered to be at
the center at 9 AM.
The informal agenda ran as follows:
Richard Nichols opened the second reunion and extended a welcome to everyone.
Richard resides with his wife, Gerri in High Point, North Carolina. He is the son
of the late Bill and Doris Reynolds Nichols. After his warm remarks, Richard
introduced Pete Cole, who had been volunteered by the planning committee as the
Master of Ceremonies.
Pete makes his home in Hixon, Tennessee and is the son of the late Earl and Helen
Bragg Cole. Pete led the activities at last years reunion and
is also the creator of the fine photo albums on the Glen Alum website. He made a
slide show presentation of all the pictures on the web site so that people not
having access to computers could review all of the old photos of Glen Alum.
I think he said the slide show ran about 45 minutes without duplication.
At this time Rev. Bobby Miller was introduced and he led the blessing of the food.
Bobby Dix is the son
of the late John and Kessie Gibson Miller and resides in Hinckley, Ohio, with his
wife Sue. He is the Evangelical Minister for the Christian Assembly Brunswick Hill
Everyone then enjoyed a delicious meal of fried chicken, meat loaf (meatloaves were
prepared by Pat Aker Walker, a special request since she did such a fine job last
year ), baked beans, potato salad, slaw, rolls, fruit trays and vegetable trays.
The dessert table was graced by a beautiful cake donated by the Rutledge IGA
Gilbert. Pictures of Glen Alum were featured as decoration for the cake.
make note to visit the IGA store when you come to Gilbert. They have been most
gracious and helpful in the two Glen Alum reunions. We need to show them our
appreciation by patronizing their store.
Other desserts were brought to
the reunion by Essie Sparks (who made her blackberry cobblers from berries picked
in Glen Alum), Lou Callaway, Sheila Miller, Donnie Smith and Judy Hatfield. I know
there were other people who added to the dessert tables, but I cannot remember names.
Please send me an email and I will add your name to the list.
Roger Adkins was then introduced by Pete. Roger is the son of the late Arch and Ruby
Miller Adkins. He is a Professor of Mechanical Technology, Department of Workforce
Development & Training, at the new River Community College
in Dublin, Va. Roger resides in Radford, VA.
. Roger is sort of our official poet laureate for Glen Alum. He can write a few words
about life in the coal camp, and make you feel the coal dust squish between your toes as you
remember walking barefoot to the store. Therefore, the committee submitted a request for Roger to
write a little something about life in Glen Alum. And here is what he said to all of us.
TODAY IS YESTERDAY
Reunions are a time for renewing old friendships, exchanging nostalgic
memories, relaxing with relatives, childhood buddies and playmates, and
yes, reflecting on those of yesterday with whom we shared our youth but
cannot be with us today. Each of us share these recollections.
Experiences of a time and place that has been swept away by the winds of
change. Change which none of us were able to neither influence nor
As we gather today the hollows of Pistol Row, Shotgun and Miller Town
no longer echo with the laughter of playing children, the huffing and
puffing of the shifter or the piercing shrill of the company whistle.
Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy and Wild Bill Elliot no longer
ride the range at Boyd's Theater, nor are drinks, candy and ice cream
being served at the Light Drink. No more do we gather at the Company
Store to see who loaded the most coal, obtain script or hear the miner's
discuss the latest upcoming UMW contract being negotiated by John L.
Our memories all differ, of course, some of which are pleasant, a few
bitter. But bitter or sweet they bring us back to the carefree
existence of our youth and a unique community the like of which none of
us have had the privilege of experiencing again. But many of our
memories can be shared and we shall delight in doing just that today.
Memories of bundling up for sleigh riding down Glen Alum Mountain in the
winter with a huge bon fire at the bottom to warm us before beginning
our arduous climb back to the top. Stripping down (who needed swim
wear?) at the swimming hole at the tunnel in the summer or pitching
horseshoes up Shotgun. It is all part of miles gone by.
One of my very best pals in those days was Freddie (Mush) Olaker. We
shared so many childhood experiences. One which remains in my mind with
clarity is how we would always keep an eye out for the trucks delivering
watermelons just prior to the Fourth of July. When the driver prepared
to depart we would rapidly climb the mountain behind the Boyd's and lie
in wait at fourth curve as the truck slowly made it's way up the hill.
As the driver began to negotiate the steep curve one of us would hop on
and hand a melon to the other who ran close behind. Afterwards we would
burst the melon on a rock and devour it greedily. Forbidden fruit can
be sooo sweet!
And there was the time when we decided one Sunday
evening that we just didn't want to go to Gilbert High the next day.
Since it was in the dead of winter with temperatures well below freezing
we devised a plan whereby each of us filled two buckets of water from
the creek and laboriously carried them up the mountain to first curve
where we poured them on the road. This process was repeated a number of
times until we became so exhausted we had to cease. The grandiose plan
was that this water would freeze and the school bus would not be able to
continue and have to turn back. The next morning as we boarded the bus
we smugly took our seats with the gleeful anticipation of enjoying an
additional day of freedom from academic duress. What we failed to
anticipate were the driving skills of Robert Baisden. I'm convinced
that man could have driven a balloon through a briar patch and it would
never burst. Needless to say, we spent that day at Gilbert High. What
a disappointment! All that work to no avail. I have often thought of
Mush and wondered what has become of him. I heard that he was captured
during the Korean War and killed while attempting to escape. However, I
have not been able to confirm that. If anyone can give me information
about him it would be most appreciated.
The more I write the more the memories come rushing back. How many
recall how we waited for Jessie Ferrell (good ole smiling Jessie) to
make the evening mail run from Glen Alum Station? Or playing softball
in the summer with Malachi (Milk Eye) Green pitching? So many names
from the past! Donnie and Gene Harrison, Peggy and Ellen Noe, the
Mounts family who lived beside us on Pistol Row along with Betty, Lester
and J.C. Adkins in the home across the road. And there was Billy Ray
Aker and his sister June who was tragically killed in the prime of her
youth. Such a delightful, gracious, charming person. I've never
Thank you for permitting me to share these thoughts. Perhaps you can
share some of yours with me before the reunion concludes.
yourself and have a great day!
Roger is one of the great Glen Alum"eers". And we appreciate him very much.
TWO TABLES WERE SET ASIDE TO HONOR, AND IN MEMORY OF, PEOPLE WHO HAD PASSED AWAY. CARDS AND PENS WERE
LEFT ON THE TABLES SO NAMES COULD BE FILLED IN AND THE CARDS PLACED IN FRONT OF THE PICTURES FOR
IDENTIFICATION. THE TABLES HELD TWO
VASES OF LIVE FLOWERS AND MANY MANY PICTURES, ALBUMS, AND EVEN A WRITTEN ARTICLE ABOUT GLEN ALUM.
The picture above was taken before the reunion began. Granville Miller posed for me, so I could give you an
idea of the table. As the crowd grew, so did the number of pictures on the table.
All through the afternoon, prizes were given to people whose names were drawn from
the list of pre registered attendees.
Many items were donated by local merchants and the Reunion Planning Committee purchased several
items to be awarded. Our list of prizes runs as follows:
ADKINS PHARMACY???????.ELIZABETH ARDEN COSMETIC SET
CLARICE'S FLOWER SHOP????SUNFLOWER FLORAL ARRANGEMENT
CLAY'S SUPERMARKET?????CUBE OF PEPSI
GILBERT FURNITURE ?????.LAMP
JAY MICHAEL MART????.ANGEL
GILBERT AUTOMOTIVE AND PERFORMANCE????.$100.00
LIGHTHOUSE FLORIST????FLORAL ARRANGEMENT
MOUNTS FUNERAL HOME????BEAR CANDLE
PAM LAMBERT'S LAW OFFICE????GIFT BAGS
PIZZA MINGO???????.GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR LARGE PIZZA
THE FRAME SHOP???FRAMED PICTURE
WARD'S HARDWARE???..FOOD CHOPPER
WHITE'S FURNITURE??????..52 PC. TOOL SET
ESSIE DAWN SPARKS????.MARY KAY COSMETICS
SHARON SPARKS GIBSON.........HAIR PRODUCTS FROM SHARON'S HAIR BIZ
WENDY AKER HOUSE............ ELEVEN PACKAGES OF PHONE CARDS
IRVIN GIBSON........................GLEN ALUM SIGNS MADE FROM WOOD SALVAGED FROM THE MILLER TOWN CHURCH
JOHNNY WHITE OF ASHLAND FUELS IN GLEN ALUM ATTENDED THE REUNION AND PRESENTED US WITH THREE STONE-CERAMIC
JARS WHICH HAD BEEN DUG UP IN GLEN ALUM WHILE THE COMPANY WAS DOING SOME DOZER WORK. THE PERSON WINNING THESE
JARS WAS ONE OF PAUL AND MILDRED BROWNING'S GRANDCHILDREN, I ONLY KNOW THE LAST NAME WAS NEWKIRK. I SPOKE WITH
JUDY BROWNING SIMPKINS AND SHE INFORMED ME THAT SHE AND HER SISTERS ARLENE AND BRENDA SHARED THE "ARTIFACTS"
FROM GLEN ALUM.
THE PLANNING COMMITTEE PURCHASED GIFTS WITH MONEY REMAINING FROM YOUR DONATIONS AFTER WE ACCOUNTED FOR ALL THE EXPENSES
. THE GIFTS WERE AS FOLLOWS:
TWO SETS OF LUGGAGE
A DOLPHIN RAIN LAMP
TWO SETS ONEIDA FLATWARE
A BLACK AND DECKER OVEN-BROILER
PANASONIC BOOM BOX WITH CD
BETTY CROCKER TEA KETTLE
LITTLE GREEN CLEANING MACHINE
SET OF PICTURE FRAMES
TWO OVERSTUFFED MUSHROOM CHAIRS
WALKIE TALKIE SET
OAK PENDULUM CLOCK
AND THREE NICELY
PAINTINGS OF LIFE IN A COAL CAMP BY ROGER WILLIAMSON, A LOCAL ARTIST IN LOGAN. (IF YOU ARE INTERESTED
IN LOOKING AT THESE PAINTINGS, GO TO http://www.rogerwilliamson.com. IF YOU LOVE COAL CAMP HISTORY AND
FACTS, YOU WILL ENJOY HIS WORK.)
THERE WERE SEVERAL HANDMADE ITEMS GIVEN AS PRIZES, SUCH AS A CASE OF APPLE
BUTTER, A BEAUTIFUL FRAMED
EMBROIDERED PICTURE, TWO WOODEN BUSTS OF COAL MINERS.
I AM SURE I HAVE MISSED MANY ITEMS DONATED AS PRIZES, HOWEVER I HAVE CONTACTED MANY PEOPLE TRYING TO GET
MORE INFORMATION, BUT THIS IS "ALL I KNOW". SO IF YOU ARE AWARE OF ITEMS DONATED, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND I WILL
ADD THEM TO THIS LIST. THE DONATED PRIZES FILLED THE TABLE ,THE SPACE UNDER THE TABLE AND WERE STACKED BESIDE THE
I would like to make a special note about an item custom made for the Reunion. In addition to making
signs to give as prizes, Irvin Gibson handmade a special sign from wood gathered at the demolition
site of the Miller Town Church. The sign was free standing, about 36 inches tall, and was imprinted
"GLEN ALUM REUNION 2005". This was not a door prize, it was given as a keep sake to James and Essie
Nichols Sparks, Irvin's father in law and mother in law.
This family is very special to me. Not only
are the Sparks and Nichols family a big part of Glen Alum history and my neighbors in Glen Alum,
but Irvin and Sharon Sparks Gibson have been my next door neighbors for many years. Last year their
son Heath attended the Glen Alum reunion. He died on June 13, a few days after the reunion in a
tragic ATV accident.
Martha Cisco Smith and June Maynard Bradford were also present at last years reunion and enjoyed it
so much. They were also thought of and dearly missed this year, they passed away in October and January.
Our love and sympathy
goes out to these family.
Pete and I had worked several weeks in preparation of a program concerning the people who had passed
away since the Reunion on Memorial Day last year. On the day of the reunion, we ran out of time and were
not able to present this
information. So I would like to include the segment
prepared for the reunion in this space.
All of these people were either born in Glen Alum, lived part of their lives in Glen Alum or had parents
or grandparents from Glen Alum.
A slide show of pictures was prepared by Pete to show on the screen as I read information
to identify each person.
LORETTA HATFIELD MAYNARDJune 17,1945--- June 6, 2004
The daughter of the late John Hatfield and Myrtle Miller Hatfield
Mullins. . . Loretta is survived by her husband John, her son, John, Jr., her brother, Dallas and
sisters, Ruth and Sue.
IRA HEATH GIBSONFebruary 24, 1982--- June 13, 2004
The son of Irvin and Sharon Sparks Gibson. In addition to his parents,
Heath is survived by his maternal Grandparents James and Essie Dawn Nichols Sparks, and sisters,
Shenna and Miranda.
DWIGHT ELKINSJune 30, 1906---
The son of the late Rush and Mary White Elkins. Dwight was preceded in death
by his wife Mabel Bragg Elkins and their infant son James.
E 4 SPECIALIST DANNY BRUCE DANIELS IIJanuary 9, 1981--- July 20, 2004
The son of Danny Bruce Daniels Sr. and the late Barbara
Collins Daniels. Danny passed away during combat in Iraq on July 20, 2004. He is survived by
his wife Lona, and siblings Justin, Brittany and Melissa, his Grandparents Molly Daniels and Kelly
Daniels, and Ella Daniels. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Burgess. Danny was the
great Grandson of Charlie Daniels, Sr.
SYLVIA MILLS FRANCEJanuary 20, 1926--- July 30, 2004
The daughter of the late Randolph and Nancy Mahon Mills.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband Pearl . Sylvia is survived by children, David, Langley ,
Shirley, Lovella and Nancy.
RUBY DANIELS MAHONApril 26, 1937---August 17, 2004
The daughter of the late Charlie and Eunice Buchannon Daniels.
Also preceding Ruby in death were her husband, Dennis, her daughter Brenda, siblings Burgess,
Charles, and Janie. She is survived by siblings, Franklin, Jerry, Russell, Kelly, Harold, Arnold,
Jason, Easter and Nellie.
ORVILLE LEE FERRELL AND RACHEL LOUISE MAY FERRELLMarch 31, 1921--- September 7,
2004February 19, 1922--- September 7, 2004
Orville, the son of the late Willie and Ava Carter Ferrell was also preceded in death by siblings
Linda, Myrtle and Virginia. Rachel was the daughter of the late Will Adonarom and Hattie Mae Vick May.
Orville and Rachel are survived by three children, Richard, Bill and
Gordon. Orville is also survived by siblings, Harold, Richard, Clarence, Denver, Quentin and Thelma.
MARTHA CISCO SMITHJuly 5, 1941--- October 6, 2004
Martha was the daughter of the late Smith and Susie Nichols Cisco. She was
also preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Smith. She is survived by daughter
Vanessa and son Christopher and brother Russell, six sisters, Pearl, Ina, Barbara,
Lavern, Edith and Audrey.
JERRY DOTSONSeptember 19, 1951--- October 2, 2004_
Jerry was the son of Goldie Sparks Dotson and the late Emmer Dotson. He was preceded in death
by a brother, Darrell. Survivors in addition to his mother, include a daughter Angela, brothers, Larry
and Jeffery and two sisters, Shirley and Delana.
HOLLIE NICHOLS ROCCIFebruary 11, 1966--- November 4, 2004
the daughter of Richard Nichols and Carol Nichols. She was preceded in death
by her grandparents, Bill and Doris Reynolds Nichols. In addition to her parents, she is survived by
daughter Natasha, step mother, Geri Nichols, siblings, Scott, Matthew, Debbie, Robyn and Iris.
MARY JOHNSON FERRELL CHILDERS1923--- November 26, 2004
the daughter of the late Isom and May Testament Johnson.
She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Elliott (Buddy) Ferrell and Homer Childers,
and her son Charles. She is survived by children, Harry, Sid, Lois, Harold, Dorothy, Ronnie and Randy.
AMANDA LOU GIBSON
Amanda was the daughter of Clark Gable Gibson and the late Ada Pearl Spence Gibson.
In addition to her father, she is survived by a daughter, Telsa, her paternal grandfather
Freeland Gibson of Glen Alum.
JUNE MOUNTS MAYNARD BRADFORDAugust 25, 1926--- January 1, 2005
The daughter of the late Luther and Emma Staton Mounts.
June was also preceded in death by a daughter, Emma Grace. She is survived by daughter,
Rachel and son Luther.
IRELAND RUSSELL CREWS1935--- January 17, 2005
Ireland was the son of Claude and Bash Adkins Crews . In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Robert, Clifford,
Savage and William and by 2 sisters, June and Dixie. Ireland is survived by his wife,
Jean, a son Russell and daughter Cristie; sisters Mary Jean and Patricia.
COLUMBUS BRADFORD, JR.February 24, 1952--- February 10, 2005
the son of Columbus
"Lum" Sr. and Bertha Prater Bradford. In additional
to his parents he is survived by his wife, Patty, daughters, Tammy and Bonnie and son
William; three brothers, Timmy, Gary, and Troy and three sisters, Michelle, Loretta, and Treva.
EASTER DANIELS MAHONApril 13, 1941--- March 3, 2005
The daughter of the late
Charlie and Eunice Buckhannon Daniels . Easter was also
preceded in death by sisters, Ruby and Janie, brothers, Burgess and Charles. Easter is survived by
her husband, Edgar, sons, Stephen and Charles
daughter, Kathy, brothers, Frank, Jerry, Russell, Kelly, Harold, Arnold, and Jason and sister Nellie.
DIANE DOTSON ELLISONApril 13, 1951--- March 5, 2005
Diane was the daughter of
the late Garland and Julie Patrick Dotson. She was also preceded
in death by brothers, Elmer, Kester, and Garland, and sisters Linda, Geraldine,
and Wanda. She is survived by her husband, Larry, and her children Jeannie, Stephanie,
Mickey, Orville, Freddy, Rodney, Adam, Dallas, R.J., and Misty, sisters, Doris, Lorraine, Gaye
and Lucille, brothers Buddy and Paul.
BETTY MAYNARD SIMPKINSSeptember 23, 1921--- March 18, 2005
The daughter of the late Andrew and Augusta Daniels
Maynard. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Troy, siblings Ira, Lottie and Alice. She is
survived by her nephew Ronald Hall, whom she
raised; siblings Jack and Nancy.
CHARLIE DANIELS SR.
Charlie was the son of
the late Ples and Mary Mullins Daniels. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
his wife, Eunice; children, Charles, Burgess,
Janie, Ruby and Easter. He is survived by his children, Harold, Jason, Frank, Kelly, Russell,
Arnold, Jerry and Nellie.
BESSIE HATFIELD FARIESJuly 24, 1916--- March 24, 2005
The daughter of the late Eli and Cindy Browning Hatfield. In addition to
her parents, Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, her children, Lois, Warren
We do not have any information, but we do know that two members of the Nagy family passed away during the
past few months. Steve and Joe Nagy
I would like to add a couple of other notes. The Daniels family lost four members during this past
year, Charlie, his daughters, Easter and Ruby and his great grandson Danny.
Orville Ferrell had just found the Glen Alum web site. He was very pleased and sent me several emails.
Orville and his wife Rachel were killed instantly in a head on collision in their home town in September,
2004. I am
sure if he had lived and it was at all possible, he would have attended the reunion this year.
We honor the 22 people we lost this year and our sympathy goes out to each
of the families.
A special gift was given to Charlene Miller Fogerson, the person who traveled the most miles
to the reunion. Charlene's family, including her mother, live in Santa Rosa,
California. Charlene is the daughter of Pearl Miller and the late Buster Miller.
As a little added surprise gesture, Janice Owens Kirk was called to the
podium. She had no idea
what was going on, but we had been told several months ago that May 29th was Janice's birthday.
Sooooo, she was recognized and to her amazement, the crowd sang Happy Birthday to her.
The last person born in Glen Alum was given a special prize. The winner was Marlene Croaff,
daughter of the late Billy and Hazel Croaff. Marlene was born on July 20, 1952, and is
currently a resident of Delbarton, West Virginia.
Margaret Collins Vincent received the prize for being the reunion attendee born the earliest
Alum. She was born January 31, 1928. Margaret is the daughter of the late John L. and Vesta
. She currently resides in Fulton, KY.
A local photographer, Pam Surber set up shop in
the lobby for group or individual pictures. She also found her way to the roof of the Harless Center in
order to make a group picture. The group picture is available for $15.00 by contacting
Pam at PAM'S PHOTOGRAPHY, P.O. BOX 531, GILBERT, WV, 25621 OR CALL 304-664-8485.
The total number of people attending the reunion was 253.
ever have another reunion, help us out a little and make sure your name is written somewhere
the records. We really had
a hard time accounting for the total attendance this year and last year. This year was
important because we had to pay a fee to the Harless Center for each person entering the
BAISDEN, ROBERT JR.
BALDWIN, BEVERLY BAISDEN
BARNES, GWENDOLYN MUNDY
BELCHER, DIANE HATFIELD
BIVENS, EVELYN MILLER
BOBBERA, MARY LOU
BRENNER, DELL COLE
BUCKLEY, FRANCES DOVIN
CANTRELL, DELANA DOTSON
CHANDLER, BARBARA CISCO
CHAPMAN, GERTRUDE OWENS
COCHRAN, GEORGE JR.
CONRAD, EDITH CISCO
COOK, MARY HUTOKA MUNDY
COOK, MINNIE HATFIELD
DANIELS, CYNDI COLE
DARST, SUSIE CLINE
DAVIS, CHARLOTTE MILLER
DENTON, LINDA CALLAWAY
DENTONS,MEMBERS OF LINDA'S FAMILY
DENVER, LINDA NICHOLS
DOUGLAS, LAVERNE CISCO
ELDRIDGE, MARGARET MONK
FARIES, GARY DALE
FERRELL, ELBERT, JR.
FERRELL, MICHAEL QUENTIN
FOGERSON, CHARLENE MILLER
GIBSON, KAYE COLE
GIBSON, SHARON SPARKS
GIBSON, SHIRLEY HARRISON
HARRISON, HARVEY, JR.
HARRISON, J.D.'S CHILD
HATFIELD, BETTY GAIL MILLER
HATFIELD, JUDY AKER
HATFIELD, DAUGHTER OF RAY AND VIRGINIA
HATFIELD, SHIRLEY DOTSON
HATFIELD, VIRGINIA MILLER
HENSLEY, NANCY FRANCE
KIRK, JANICE OWENS
LILES, PEARL CISCO
LOCKARD, BLANCHE COLE
LOCKARD, JAY BRENT
MAKOFSKY, RACHEL MAYNARD
MAY, LINDA MILLER
McMILLIAN, D. J.
MILLER, BOBBY DIX
MILLER, GEORGE ESTIL
MILLER, ESTIL'S GRANDCHILD
MILLER, ESTIL'S GRANDCHILD
MILLER, ESTIL'S GRANDCHILD
MILLER, ESTIL'S GRANDCHILD
MILLER, NORMA JEAN
MILLER, RUTH ANN
MINOR, LINDA MARIE OWENS
NEWKIRK, ARLENE BROWNING
PERRY, JOYCE BRAGG
PHIPPS, RUTH ELLEN HATFIELD
PHIPPS, RUTH'S GRANDDAUGHTER
PISKOROWSKI, LOUISE MILLER
PORTER, THELMA FERRELL
PRATER, VANESSA FARIES
PRESTON, EMMA JEWELL
REED, SHELBY NICHOLS
RINGEISEN, CATIE TEAL
ROBINSON, GRACE FERRELL
SIMPKINS, JUDY BROWNING
SPARKS, ESSIE DAWN NICHOLS
STROUSE, ABIGAIL MILLER
SWAFFORD, ERNIE'S CHILD
SWAFFORD, ERNIE'S CHILD
SWAFFORD, ERNIE'S CHILD
TEAL, GINGER WOMACK
TOLER, KATHRYN PERRY
TOTTEN, LARRY (TRENT)
TRAMEL, EMMA SIMPSON
TRENT, HAROLD, JR.
TUTTERTOW, TABITHA TEAL
VINCENT, MARGARET COLLINS
WALKER, PAT AKER
WALKER, PHYLLIS OWENS
WHITED, BRENDA BROWNING
WOMACK, BETTY SIMPSON
IF YOU DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE REUNION THIS YEAR, WATCH FOR NEWS OF FUTURE REUNIONS AND MAKE PLANS
FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR 2005
Below you will find the total money received and the total spent for the 2005
Glen Alum Reunion. If you have any questions, please contact any of the planning
committee or post your question on the message board. Individual receipts are
available for examination upon request.As you can see the balance of the
money is $771.07. This amount has been placed in a bank account under the title
of Glen Alum Reunion Fund and requires the two signatures of Sheila Miller and
Essie Dawn Sparks for a withdrawal.
Donations from Reunion 2004
Donation - Buck Harless
- Gilbert Automotive
Donations and Entrance Fee at Door 495.00
Shelby Perry - park deposit 2004
6% Sales Tax
IGA Fruit Trays
IGA Vegetable Trays
Jay Michael Mart
Reunion Tee Shirts (3)
BALANCE FROM REUNION 2005
PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
JIM AND LOU CALLAWAY
PEWEE AND KAYE GIBSON
JAMES AND ESSIE SPARKS