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They like to starved th’ pore folks plumb to death

Lucy always referred to her husband as “Mister” as though she was in his employ. And it seemed to us after meeting Mr. Price, that he also clung to the idea that his wife was either a liability or an asset, according to her ability to insure his personal comfort. However, having personal knowledge of Miss Lucy’s culinary ability, especially as regards her preparation of rice, chicken dressing, and hot rolls, we are fully convinced that she was lined up as being among the assets.

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An Almost Perfect State

Please welcome guest author Dr. Jerry Bruce Thomas, Professor Emeritus from Shepherd University. In 2010, Dr. Thomas spoke in Marlinton, Lewisburg and Union, WV about a book called ‘West Virginia: A Guide to the Mountain State,’ published by the West Virginia Writers’ Project in 1941. During this lecture series, Dr. Thomas led community discussions about the […]

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Dey didn’ pay me nothin’ fer gittin’ my legs cut off

“I went to West Virginia to work in de coal mines. I made eight dollars and one penny er day er drivin’ er mule in dem mines. Later on, I made ten er twelve dollars er day loading coal. ‘At wus hard work but de more you worked de more money you made. Awe, I […]

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