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As I think about your sorrow, I have wished I could have taken Beatrice’s place

My dear children, Herbie, Chedie, and Constance, my mind has been with you every moment since I received Chedie’s letter —that was the 8th—except when I was asleep, and then often dreaming about you. I think there is no one who can so fully understand the extent of your sorrow as myself. I know what […]

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Ohio’s Little Cities of Black Diamonds

From the Athens News, December 9, 2002 SAN TOY: GHOST TOWN OR A BLACK DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH? By Matt Zuefle In 1996, on my last visit to San Toy, Ohio, I had to stop and ask directions twice. Driving down a long, unpaved road to the bottom of a deep, wooded valley, I came […]

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When the war ended, all the coal mine whistles blowed

My father was a coal miner back in the…well, he went into the coal mine when he was 12 years old, and he came out when he was 47. And he worked through the First World War, well he worked, that’s all he ever done, ’till he came to the farm. But he worked through […]

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