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GLEN ALUM REUNION 2005
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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.

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THE TOUR


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). Enough Digression!!!]

"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.

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Judy,

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.

GLEN ALUM-THERE'S NOTHING THERE


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 Alum.

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
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THE REUNION


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 wonderful 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 of Gilbert. Pictures of Glen Alum were featured as decoration for the cake. Please 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.


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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 discern.

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. Lewis.

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 forgotten her.

Thank you for permitting me to share these thoughts. Perhaps you can share some of yours with me before the reunion concludes.

Enjoy yourself and have a great day!


Roger is one of the great Glen Alum"eers". And we appreciate him very much.


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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.

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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
BUCK HARLESS?????????$200.00
CLARICE'S FLOWER SHOP????SUNFLOWER FLORAL ARRANGEMENT
CLAY'S SUPERMARKET?????CUBE OF PEPSI
RUTLEDGE IGA???..CAKE
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
PANASONIC DVD-CD
SET OF WICKER TRUNKS
BETTY CROCKER TEA KETTLE
LITTLE GREEN CLEANING MACHINE
SET OF PICTURE FRAMES
TWO OVERSTUFFED MUSHROOM CHAIRS
WALKIE TALKIE SET
OAK PENDULUM CLOCK
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AND THREE NICELY FRAMED OIL 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 TABLE.

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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.

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IN MEMORY



LORETTA HATFIELD MAYNARD
June 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 GIBSON
February 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 ELKINS
June 30, 1906--- June29, 2004

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 II
January 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 FRANCE
January 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 MAHON
April 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 FERRELL
March 31, 1921--- September 7, 2004
February 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 SMITH
July 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 DOTSON
September 19, 1951--- October 2, 2004
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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 ROCCI
February 11, 1966--- November 4, 2004

Hollie was 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 one daughter Natasha, step mother, Geri Nichols, siblings, Scott, Matthew, Debbie, Robyn and Iris.


MARY JOHNSON FERRELL CHILDERS
1923--- November 26, 2004

Mary was 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 BRADFORD
August 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 CREWS
1935--- 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

Columbus was 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 MAHON
April 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 ELLISON
April 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 SIMPKINS
September 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 FARIES
July 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 and Morris.



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.
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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 in Glen Alum. She was born January 31, 1928. Margaret is the daughter of the late John L. and Vesta Collins . 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. If we ever have another reunion, help us out a little and make sure your name is written somewhere in the records. We really had a hard time accounting for the total attendance this year and last year. This year was especially important because we had to pay a fee to the Harless Center for each person entering the door.

ADKINS, EVERETT
ADKINS, ROGER
ADKINS, SAMANTHA
ALLED, DONNA
ALLRED, RON
BAISDEN, GARY
BAISDEN, ROBERT
BAISDEN, ROBERT JR.
BAISDEN, WHITNEY
BALDWIN, BEVERLY BAISDEN
BARNES, GWENDOLYN MUNDY
BALL, RAYMOND
BALL, REITA
BELCHER, DIANE HATFIELD
BIVENS, EVELYN MILLER
BOBBERA, MARY LOU
BRADLEY, LARRY
BRAGG, RUTH
BRENNER, DELL COLE
BRENNER, JOHN
BROWNING, LARRY
BUCKLEY, FRANCES DOVIN
CADDELL, MACK
CADDELL, WILMA
CALLAWAY, AMANDA
CALLAWAY, JARED
CALLAWAY, CHILD
CALLAWAY, CHILD
CALLAWAY, JIM
CALLAWAY, LOU
CANTRELL, DELANA DOTSON
CHANDLER, BARBARA CISCO
CHAPMAN, GERTRUDE OWENS
CLINE, JIMMY
CLINE, DIXIE
COCHRAN, GENE
COCHRAN, GEORGE JR.
COLE, DOUG
COLE, JAMES
COLE, MARY
COLE, PETE
COLE, POLLY
CONRAD, EDITH CISCO
COOK, MARY HUTOKA MUNDY
COOK, MINNIE HATFIELD
COX, BRITTANY
CRAWFORD, JOAN
CROAFF, COLEEN
CROAFF, JIM
CROAFF, MARLENE
CROAFF, NELTHA
CROAFF, ROBIN
DANIELS, ALAINA
DANIELS, CYNDI COLE
DARBY, LADONNA
DARST, SUSIE CLINE
DARST, ROBERT
DAVIS, CHARLOTTE MILLER
DAVIS, ROGER
DEAN, ANNETTA
DEAN, WOODY
DENTON, LINDA CALLAWAY
6 DENTONS,MEMBERS OF LINDA'S FAMILY
DENVER, LINDA NICHOLS
DOSTERHOUS, KAREN
DOTSON, BRETT
DOTSON, CONDA
DOTSON, LARRY
DOUGLAS, LAVERNE CISCO
ELDRIDGE, MARGARET MONK
ELLIS, ARDITH
ELLIS, MORRIS
ELLIS, TOMMY
FARIES, CAROL
FARIES, GARY DALE
FERRELL, DENVER
FERRELL, ELBERT
FERRELL, ELBERT, JR.
FERRELL, LARRY
FERRELL, LINDA
FERRELL, MELANIE
FERRELL, MICHAEL QUENTIN
FERRELL, PATSY
FERRELL, RICHARD
FERRELL, ROBERTA
FOGERSON, ARRON
FOGERSON, CHARLENE MILLER
FRANCE, LOVELLLA
GIBSON, IRVIN
GIBSON, JANICE
GIBSON, KAYE COLE
GIBSON, PEWEE
GIBSON, SHARON SPARKS
GIBSON, SHIRLEY HARRISON
GLANDON, DESTINY
GLANDON, LINDSEY
GLANDON, MIRANDA
GLANDON, TODD
GOOD, HELEN
GOOD, LOUIS
HARRISON, GENE
HARRISON, GEORGE
HARRISON, HARVEY
HARRISON, HARVEY, JR.
HARRISON, J.D.
HARRISON, MS.
HARRISON, J.D.'S CHILD
HARRISON, MICKEY
HATFIELD, AMOS
HATFIELD, ANN
HATFIELD, BETTY GAIL MILLER
HATFIELD, DALLAS
HATFIELD, JAMES
HATFIELD, JOE
HATFIELD, JUDY AKER
HATFIELD, LUCILLE
HATFIELD, RAY
HATFIELD, DAUGHTER OF RAY AND VIRGINIA
HATFIELD, ROGER
HATFIELD, SHIRLEY DOTSON
HATFIELD, TAMMY
HATFIELD, VIRGINIA MILLER
HENSLEY, NANCY FRANCE
HINKLE, TROY
HINKLE, CINDY
JOHNSON, KRYSTYN
KIRK, JANICE OWENS
KIRN, BRIAN
KIRN, DEBORAH
KIRN, JACK
LILES, PEARL CISCO
LOCKARD, BLANCHE COLE
LOCKARD, JAY BRENT
LOCKARD, RONNIE
LOCKARD, TED
MAKOFSKY, RACHEL MAYNARD
MATNEY, ANNA
MATNEY, KAY
MATNEY, MCKENNA
MAY, AUBREY
MAY, LINDA MILLER
McDANIEL, NANCY
McMILLIAN, D. J.
MILLER, BOBBY DIX
MILLER, BRIAN
MILLER, DENZIL
MILLER, GEORGE ESTIL
MILLER, ESTIL'S GRANDCHILD
MILLER, ESTIL'S GRANDCHILD
MILLER, ESTIL'S GRANDCHILD
MILLER, ESTIL'S GRANDCHILD
MILLER, GRANVILLE
MILLER, JANIE
MILLER, LAWRENCE
MILLER, NORMA JEAN
MILLER, PAUL
MILLER, PEARL
MILLER, RUTH ANN
MILLER, SHEILA
MILLER, SUE
MILLER, VIVIAN
MINOR, CHARLES
MINOR, LINDA MARIE OWENS
MUDD, CHARLES
NEWKIRK, ARLENE BROWNING
NEWKIRK, KEITH
NEWKIRK, SHEILA
NICHOLS, GERRI
NICHOLS, MELISSA
NICHOLS, RICHARD
NICHOLS, ROBERT
OSBORNE, OZZY
OSBORNE, SHENNA
OWENS, FRED
OWENS, JOHNNIE
OWENS, KAREN
OWENS, RALPH
PEMBERTON, KANSAS
PERRY, JACQUELINE
PERRY, JAMES
PERRY, JOYCE BRAGG
PERRY, SHELBY
PERRY, WINSTON
PHIPPS, RUTH ELLEN HATFIELD
PHIPPS, RUTH'S GRANDDAUGHTER
PISKOROWSKI, LOUISE MILLER
PORTER, THELMA FERRELL
PRATER, ALLEN
PRATER, MICHAELA
PRATER, VANESSA FARIES
PRESTON, EMMA JEWELL
PRESTON, CLAUDE
REED, SHELBY NICHOLS
RINGEISEN, CATIE TEAL
ROBINSON, GRACE FERRELL
RODRIGUEZ, ALICIA
SIMPKINS, JUDY BROWNING
SIMPSON, JERRY
SIMPSON, JOSIE
SIMPSON, KENDELL
SIMPSON, WALLETTA
SMITH, DONNIE
SPARKS, ESSIE DAWN NICHOLS
SPARKS, JAMES
SPARKS, JOANNA
SPARKS, ROBERT
STROUSE, ABIGAIL MILLER
SURBER, PAM
SWAFFORD, DEBORAH
SWAFFORD, ERNIE
SWAFFORD, ERNIE'S CHILD
SWAFFORD, ERNIE'S CHILD
SWAFFORD, ERNIE'S CHILD
TEAL, GINGER WOMACK
TERRY, BEVERLY
TERRY, CURTIS
TOLER, ALAN
TOLER, IRENE
TOLER, JOE
TOLER, JOHN
TOLER, KATHRYN PERRY
TOLER, LEXIE
TOTTEN, LARRY (TRENT)
TOTTEN, MICKI
TRAMEL, CARL
TRAMEL, EMMA SIMPSON
TRAMEL, LEWIS
TRAMEL, MERLE
TRENT, BILL
TRENT, CAROL
TRENT, DON
TRENT, FRED
TRENT, HAROLD, JR.
TRENT, MARILYN
TUTTERTOW, TABITHA TEAL
VANCE, ASHLEY
VANCE, SAM
VANCE, VICKI
VINCENT, MARGARET COLLINS
WALKER, BILL
WALKER, PAT AKER
WALKER, PHYLLIS OWENS
WHITE, JOHNNY
WHITED, BRENDA BROWNING
WOMACK, BETTY SIMPSON
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FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR 2005 REUNION

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. 

INCOME:

  Donations from Reunion 2004            254.04

  Pre-Registration                                  3464.00

  Donation - Buck Harless                       200.00

                   - Gilbert Automotive             100.00

Donations and Entrance Fee at Door    495.00

         TOTAL INCOME                                                      $4513.04

 

EXPENSES:

  Shelby Perry - park deposit 2004       50.00

  Harless Center

        Admission w/drink$4.00x250    1000.00

        Coffee Fountain                                 25.00

        6% Sales Tax                                     61.50

  Food:

       KFC                                                      162.08

       IGA Fruit Trays                                    74.18

       IGA Rolls                                               38.07

       IGA Vegetable Trays                          65.70

       Valley Market                                     563.00

Supplies:

     Walmart                                                  53.13

     Jay Michael Mart                                   28.45

     Walmart                                                    4.03

     Walmart                                                   17.00

     Walmart                                                   46.56

     Sams Club                                                65.48

     Dollar Tree                                               34.98

Door Prizes:

     Walmart                                                 307.73

     Reunion Tee Shirts (3)                           30.00

     Country Store                                        156.85

     JoAnn Williamson                                  210.00

     Walmart                                                   390.29

     Walmart                                                   357.94

                                           TOTAL EXPENSES                   3,741.97

BALANCE FROM REUNION 2005                                         771.07

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

JIM AND LOU CALLAWAY

PEWEE AND KAYE GIBSON

POLLY COLE

SHEILA MILLER

JAMES AND ESSIE SPARKS

JUDY HATFIELD