Volume 2, Issue 6
June 2013

Rowlesburg News
June 2013


News & Events
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Rowlesburg Civil War


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Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Carolann Hooton Research and
Reading Library

The new library opened on May 24 with Anna Nassif introducing Carolann Hooton.


She welcomed Carolann and her husband Mike Hooton, thanking Carolann for her work and efforts obtaining the information for the library. Anna also thanked both Mike and Carolann for their generous donations that made the library possible.

Maggie DeWeridt, On Trac liaison, presented Carolann with flowers and spoke on behalf of the RRC and the town accepting the library and all the possibilities that come with it

Carolann then introduced three Preston county Authors for their contributions to the literary world. First was Mrs.Fran Cannon Slayton who wrote "When the Whistle Blows” a children’s book.


Next to be introduced for her work in authoring books on the cemeteries in Preston County, including “In Rememberance” was Janice Cale Sisler.


Finally, our own, home town author, George Nassif and his book on poetry about his home town. “Homeward Bound”


The group then were led to the library where Ms. Nassif spoke of the exhibit from the state entitled “Born of Rebellion” depicting the birth of the state during the Civil War.

We are hoping to have the library open on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will need volunteers to help with this.

The hours of Tuesday and Friday will be 1 to 4 and 9am-5pm on the week-end. There will be a book available for signing out books. There isn't much to do, but there will be written instructions. Mostly just be there and make sure none of the reference books/documents are removed There will be two computers for research purposes. The keys for the school and room will be left with someone on the committee.

When Carolann Hootoon is in town ( part of June and September, all of July, August, and all of Octobershe will do one of the week-end days.

If anyone is willing to help please contact her at CHoot12143@AOL.COM or call at 304-454-9800 or 301-304-0065.


Congratulations to Megan and Mark Riley.

Megan was award the Leora and Mildred Larue Award, the Rowlesburg P.T.O. Scholarship award and the West Virginia Promise Scholarship award.

Mark received the Triple Ford Competition 4th in State award.

It is nice to see two of Rowlesburg’s students receiving awards to further their education and for excellence in their studies..


There will be a speakin’, a town meeting with the town candidates running for office, where citizens came come and ask questions of the candidates. On June 1st @7p.m. in the Szilagyi Center Gym/Auditorium

This will introduce the candidates to the voters and give the voters a chance to discuss items of interest to them before to voting on the candidate.


The Etam Eagles 4-H Club met at the home of Jared and Melisssa Brewer on Sunday May 5, 2013. Trenton Sheets, Brittney Sanders and Kyle Brewer organized games prior to calling the meeting to order. Egg Relay, Sack Races and Ballon Pass are still popular games even today.

Brett Sanders called the meeting to order. After pledges, Megan Riley read minutes from previous meeting and took roll call. Sixteen members were accounted for.

Ashley Bell gave a treasurer's report. She also read a devotion in regards to Mother's Day. Under old business, the grand opening of the 4-H room in the Szilagyi Center was discussed. The club will purchase a tile for the Etam Eagles 4-H Club.

Frozen Food orders are due to be picked up on May 19 at the Kingwood Civic Center Parking lot.

The up-coming 4-H elimination dinner is scheduled for June 1 at the 4-H camp. Only a few tickets remain available for purchase. Contact Chris at 454-9698 or Kim at 454-9747.

Camp clean up was also discussed. Members will be placing flags at the Etam Cemetery for Memorial Day.

Under new business, the Etam Eagles 4-H Club will be doing clean up in the Rowlesburg area and planting flowers in preparation for the summer/fall season as a community service project.

The club will be selling tickets for a picnic table, which was donated by Terri Funk. Ticket sales will help pay camp fees for those attending 4-H camp this summer. Pending projects were discussed. Livestock exhibitors should have most of their animals for their project commitments. After the meeting was adjourned, the club members enjoyed a weiner roast complete with s’mores at the close of the evening.


The Upper Cheat Crime watch held its monthly meeting on Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Building. Those in attendance were: Patti Wotring ,Roxanne Bautista, Betty Bell ,Robert and Brenda Mayne, Mayor Margaret Schollar, President Donna McNeil ,Vice President Eric Bautista, and Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Simon. Roxanne Bautista led the opening prayer and then the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Old Business- The seniors were overwhelmingly receptive to the Emergency Registry program. The registrations with the 911 Center gives the elderly the security of being protected. The Drug Take Back on Saturday April 27, 2013 was attended by Donna McNeil and Officer Freddie Harrison. Preston County in all received 38.8 lbs of unused drugs throughout all locations. Mayor Schollar reminded everyone about the Food Handlers Class on Wednesday May 15 at 6:00. This is free for volunteers who have any contact with food.

New Business- A picnic for all neighboring crime watch groups has been discussed and tentatively scheduled. It will be a covered dish dinner with our group supplying the meat. The motion was made to accept the idea by Rob Mayne and seconded by Brenda Mayne. All were in favor. This picnic will hopefully take place on the first Wednesday in August. Dr. Michael Schwartzenberg will be our guest speaker on July 3, 2013. His topic will be the relationship of seniors to prescription drug use and guidelines for taking them carefully. Rita McRobie from the Attorney General’s Office could be a possible speaker at a future time.

The motion to adjourn was then made by Patti Wotring and seconded by Mayor Margaret Schollar. The meeting was then adjourned at 7:25. Our next meeting will be on June 5, 2013 at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Building at 7:00. The featured speaker will be Councilman Scott Maxwell of the Rowlesburg Ambulance Service who will speak on the new 911 Addressing Law. This talk promises to be informative and exciting and as always everyone is encouraged to attend

"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

VFW Auxiliary Post 3008 Junior
Girls Present Shriners with


Shiona, Alissia and Ayla Perea presenting the check to Brad Forbes

The VFW Post 3008 Auxiliary Junior girls have had another busy month. They have been working on Beads For Needs, raising money for the Shriners Childrens Hospital. On May 9th, the Jr. Girls presented Brad Forbes a check for $200 for the Shriners Childrens Hospital from their selling of beaded bracelets.


The girls worked very hard making these bracelets and selling them, and will continue to sell them throughout the year to continue raising funds.

The girls also held a Car Wash Memorial Day Weekend and placed American flags on the veterans graves at the town cemetery.


The Thirsty Bear Tavern will be sponsoring CornHole Tournaments every Sunday starting June 2, 2013

All proceeds will benefit the Rowlesburg Community Park.

Sign up time is at 2p.m., cost is $5.00 per person.Any questions call John at 304-454-2444. Come on down and help your local park.

For information or to register for a Shibori, Pysanky, or Stained Glass class, contact Janet Szilagyi at 304-329-1514. Advance registration recommended.


The Park concession stand is now open!

Check for hours of operation in Bell’s Market, the Rowlesburg Post Office and Clear Mountain Bank.


Stoneware Votive
Use hand-building techniques to make a votive.

Saturday, June 8 – 10 a.m. to noon.
Cost: $22 per person. Instructor: Susan Ramey. Call to register 304-329-1883.

Saturday, June 15 – 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person. Instructor: Carolyn Light

Pysanky (Ukrainian) Egg Decorating
Learn the art of writing on eggs with a kistka and bees wax, then create colorful designs using a wax-resist (batik) method and vivid non-edible dyes.

Saturday, June 29 – 9 a.m. to noon.
Cost: $20 per person. Instructor: Bernice Schwarzenberg

Stained Glass Patchwork Square Make an 8x8-inch stained glass panel based on a traditional Amish quilt pattern in this one-day class. Sign up for either Friday, Aug. 16 OR Sat. Aug. 17 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,BR Cost: $50 per person. Instructor: Dave Houser

For information or to register for a Shibori, Pysanky, or Stained Glass class, contact Janet Szilagyi at 304-329-1514. Advance registration recommended.

"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them." -David Hume (1711-1776)


The Dean Family and Friends Team is taking donations for a handcrafted wooden lamp table, plant stand, and bench donated by Jack Sanders. Winners will be drawn at the Relay for Life Sat. June 15.

Donation $1.00 each or 10 for $5.00. All proceeds go to her American Cancer Society.

For more info call Mary Kay (304-454-9481 or Helen 304-568-2776) These items are on display at the Clear Mountain Bank.


Calla Fredrick and Rosemary Knight from VFW Post 3081 attended the VFW Post 3008 Auxiliary meeting Monday, May 20.

Shawna Sines reported on the activities of the VFW Junior Girls, announcing a Car Wash on May 25th at the Firemen’s Pavalion from 10a.m. to 12 noon.

Minutes were read by Margaret Schollar, Secretary Pro tem.

Mary Kay Dean gave the treasurer’s report.

Rosemary Knight installed the elected officers to their respective offices. The officers remain the same as last year.


The annual Historical Society Memorial Day Dinner was a success as usual. There were 126 adults and 4 children served during the two hour social time.

The food was delicious and servers gracious as they met the public. It was a time as each members of the group reminisced of the years they have met and served the public. (con’t pg 6)

For the events calendar, please click here.


(Con’t from page 3)

The group is getting older and need new youthful members to take over! Believing in the heritage of Rowlesburg is an honor that needs new members.


The festival got off with a slow start with the dance Friday evening.


disappointing turn out for the dance, did not damper the spirits of those attending.


The star performers of the festival arrived with Cristina Nassif, Jamie Kotmair, and


Lucas Tannous, with


Maria Nassif and husband Thomas on the piano.


What wonderful music rang out in the valley!

The Wheeling Symphony Percussion group ended Saturday with a crescendo!



A mixed media performance on Sunday was lead by Patty Sue Cooper entertaining an audience with her portrayal of “Belle Boyd”, a confederate spy.


At 2:30 the audience was enthralled with the Preston County Chorus led by Wayne Williams and featuring


Thomas Hartturng Nassif


Tim Weaver introduced Steve French, Civil War Historian to a group interested in the history


Lynn Broderick, Director of the Preston High Theater Ensemble and her students performed “On Common Ground: Rowlesburg and the Jones-Imboden Raid”.


All pictures were donated by Philip Wotring. Thank you very much


April 26, 1863, was the 150th anniversary of the confederate raid, under the command of General William E. “Grumble” Jones, on Rowlesburg during the Civil War. As is well known, the main purpose of Jones’ raid on Rowlesburg was to destroy the B & O railroad bridge over the Cheat River. The destruction of the railroad bridge would interrupt the Union supply line from the west and give the Confederacy an advantage. An informative summary account of the raid with narratives and maps has been provided by Dr. Timothy Weaver and has been posted on large outdoor signs in the vicinity of the two prongs of the attack during the raid. One posting is along WV Rt. 72 at the entrance to Lester McCrobie’s camp ground, just south of town, and the other is up on the bank at the beginning of the Cannon Hill road on the Rowlesburg-end of the Salt Lick Bridge over Salt Lick Creek and the old B & O rail yard and shops. Unfortunately, vandals have partly destroyed one of the signs at the Cannon Hill road site, but repair of the sign is anticipated in the near future.

The publicity surrounding the 150th anniversary of Jones’ raid prompted me to inquire about the role of my great grandfather, Richard Shahan, in the Civil War. Oral tradition in the family was that great grandfather Richard was wounded in the leg, while serving as a teamster in the Union Army in Georgia. I started the search for more information by typing my great grandfather’s name into Google’s search field. What I finally found on-line was the 1890 Census of Union Civil War Veterans. More about this 1890 census later, but I learned from the census that Richard Shahan was a private in Company G of the 6th West Virginia Calvary. He enlisted on September 18, 1861, and was discharged October 20, 1863. After learning of the unit in which my great grandfather had served, my vision of him changed from that of a teamster driving a supply wagon to that of a dashing horse soldier. But, in truth, I probably will never know which vision is correct. I do suspect that my maternal lineage includes expert horsemen. I have in my possession a copy of a letter of reference from an army officer for my grandfather, “Clint” Shahan, which recommends him as an “excellent teamster.” Grandfather “Clint” was a private in Light Battery B 4th U. S. Artillery. As far as great grandfather Richard’s wound, I did learn that he was, in fact, wounded in the left hip, but the 1890 Census report was silent as to the battle or geographical location where he was wounded. The census included a remarks field, which indicated that in 1890, great grandfather Richard suffered from piles and rheumatism, the latter of which I can relate to at this stage of my life. I look forward to doing more research in order to have a more complete knowledge of great grandfather Richard’s role in the civil war.

The provision for the 1890 Census of Union Civil War Veterans was created by an act of congress on March 1, 1889. By June of 1890, the census was pretty much complete, at least for Preston County. The census provided for the names of veterans; or if deceased, their widows; their rank; service branch; PO address; disability; remarks; and enlistment and discharge dates. Also the magisterial district within a county where a veteran lived was identified. I reviewed the records for veterans from Reno District in Preston County and found a total of 146 Union Civil War Veterans listed. The list is likely incomplete, because soldiers killed in battle, whose family moved or for whatever reason may not be listed. Also, Dr. Tim Weaver found in the Rowlesburg Riverview Cemetery, the graves of three Civil War veterans, who were not among the 146 listed in the census for Reno District. Dr. Weaver did find 11 of the 36 Union Civil War veterans listed on the census as being from Rowlesburg. The largest number (36) of Union veterans in Reno District came from Rowlesburg. The number of veterans from other nearby local areas having post offices includes: 12 from Macomber, 10 from Etam, 4 from Rodamers, 31 from Fellowsville, 6 from Marquess, 15 from Tunnelton, and the balance from other locations in the district. Great grandfather Richard Shahan had an Etam post office address. The census reported that many of the veterans suffered from piles, chronic diarrhea from which some died, and some were prisoners in Andersonville as well as other confederate prisons. Also, various wounds and other health issues were reported.

Rowlesburg has a significant Civil War heritage in that the B & O Railroad was a strategic target of the Confederacy and because many sons of Rowlesburg and the surrounding area were Union veterans and fought to save the Union in the conflict. It is also important to note that Rowlesburg citizens, at the time, helped to defend against the confederate raid designed to interrupt the railroad traffic through Rowlesburg. As such, we all have a duty to honor the Civil War veterans by protecting and maintaining sites where Civil War action occurred. These sites include Cannon Hill, the Cheat Bridge site along U.S. Rt. 50 where commemorative signs have been placed on or near the Biff and Jean Wolf property, and the location of the interpretative signs and maps, which were mentioned above as installed b


Dr. Tim Weaver. These signs mark the location of engagements during the Jones’ raid and should be protected to perpetuate the memory of our heritage as well as to honor those who served in the conflict.


How can you clasp someone's hands together in such a manner that they cannot leave the room without unclasping them?


Inside each set of the following words, there are a pair of smaller words. By putting & between them, lo & behold, you'll make a familiar phrase. For example, "Thighbone/Swallowtail" conceals "High & Low." 1. Gulliver/Clearness 2. Tragicomedy/Pentagon 3. Chinchilla/Magdalene 4. Terrestrial/Ecoterrorist 5. Thundershower/Intellectual


Three brothers share a family sport:
A non-stop marathon
The oldest one is fat and short
And trudges slowly on
The middle brother's tall and slim
And keeps a steady pace
The youngest runs just like the wind,
Speeding through the race
"He's young in years, we let him run,"
The other brothers say
"'Cause though he's surely number one,
He's second, in a way."


If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Albert Einstein

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
? George Bernard Shaw

by Chintan age 13 from Faridabad, India

Happiness is a treasure,
it's a pleasure,
which we cannot measure,
it is a heart's desire, through which we get inspire,
it takes one higher,
never allows to retire,
it is meant for everything,
all the positive essence
drowns in its presence
it is scattered everywhere
but it is found very rare,
it's never less,
after all it's Happiness


Prep time: 5-10 minutes What you need:

¾ cup light cream cheese, slightly softened
half a large cucumber, thinly sliced
8 slices of whole-wheat bread
Equipment and supplies:
Large knife
Cutting board
Plastic wrap (optional)
What to do:
Spread each slice of bread with cream cheese (about 3 tablespoons per sandwich).

Place about 4 cucumber slices on 4 of the slices of bread and top with remaining bread slices.

Cut into quarters and serve immediately or wrap sandwiches and save for later.

How much does this make?

4 sandwiches

Note: You'll want to keep these sandwiches refrigerated. They'll keep for 8 hours, tightly wrapped.


Since you were a little kid, your mom or dad has probably told you not to talk to strangers. The same goes for the online world. It's easy to meet a stranger on the Internet. You might visit a chat room or get an email or text message from someone you don't know.

It can be fun to make new friends, but do not communicate with strangers you meet online. Don't talk to them, agree to phone them, or email them photos of yourself. To a kid, this can seem kind of silly. Why not make a friend with someone who likes skateboarding just as much as you do? The writer might seem really nice and tell you how you sound really smart and cute.

Unfortunately, kids have been tricked online by people who pretend to be something that they're not. Someone might lie and say they're in sixth grade, too, when they're really all grown up and they don't even know how to skateboard. Some kids have found themselves in a dangerous situation when they agreed to meet the mysterious online "friend" in person.

Let your parents know if a stranger emails you, sends a text message, or starts a conversation with you in a chat room. The email could be from a person or a company trying to sell you something. A grown-up should decide what's best to do, which may include changing your email address or telling the police.

Keep me away from wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. Khalil Gibran



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