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' ./ x 00linch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things '" Vol. LIII, No 27 ' Thursday, July 7, 2011 Saint Paul, Virginia 50c '--,,!  _. ,m.' 17 1 " I- " - I ............ |I q Ill ..... - .... ; : N QUICK FLOOD...The severe thunderstorm which hit St. Paul in the late afternoon Tuesday, June 28, created a regular flood on Russell Street. This photo was taken from in front of the Post Office and TruPoint Bank building with the Masonic Lodge, Town Hall and Clinch Valley Times Building across the street. The water caused damage to the street. Photo courtesy of Greg Bailey Severe thunderstorms plague entire area; inflict significant damage indoors and out Several severe thunderstorms have hit the St. Paul area area within the past week, inflicting significant damage to trees and other outdoot property as well as damage to electronic equip- ment, including television sets, computers and computer print- ers, even some with surge protectors. A storm on Tuesday, June 28, flooded several streets, include- ing Russell Street in St. Paul, where it deposited over a foot of -water in the Town Shop. According to town employee Johnny Hicks who monitors rainfall within the town, St. Paul received 3.2 inches of rain within 45 minutes during that particular storm. On Sunday, July 3, a late storm knocked out power on much of Gray Hill from 9:30 o,n, until after 1:30 a.m. Rainfall totaled 1.05 inches. A thunderstorm during the afternoon of July 4 threatened the Town's Celebration at Min- ers Exchange Bank's parking lot,, but the weather cleared just as Bingo was to begin. Three- quarters of an inch. of rain fell, and high wind damaged one of the tents at the Celebration site. Pickin' in the Park The Town of St. Paul, St. pm. Ron Paul Tomorrow, the Clinch River Farmers Market and the Clinch River Chillers are hosting ?Pickin' in the Park" and the Clinch River Cruisers Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 9 th, at the A.R. Matthews Park Stage in St. Paul beginning at 6:00 pm. Local food vendors will be on site. There will be a jam session for local musicians from6 to 8 July 9 Short and the Possum Playboys will perform from 8-10 pro. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy this free fabulous musical event under the stars and beside the Scenic Clinch River in St. Paul on July 9th! For additional information, on this event, please call the Town of St. Paul at (276)_762- 5297. Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdaysi Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone Gap, 8 pro, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 m second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, I pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE 0231- Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Corn-. munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 pro, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30'to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coebum. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- Se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers IIIl!l!l!00!l)lll[,!l!l!l!lllll 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy Manual which June. SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle2 is available to the public in the FOOD BANK-First Baptist wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 library of each school and in each Church, St. Paul, operates a Food county public library, Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am ,,,Copies of the Russell County at the church. Donations are School Board Policy Manual have welcomed. All in ieed of food are am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th 9am-8pm; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa 10am-2pm MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9am-5pm Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat urdays, and llam-7:30pm Tues- days and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY-The been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP-Women survivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. FREE ADULT ED-Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who Dickenson-Bundy Log House is want to improve their basic skills. open weekly Thursdays through Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills including re- sume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties .to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone numbers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pro. VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9864,: Lebanon, welcomes new GENEALOGY GROUP-The members. If you served overseas Russell County Genealogy Group during any war, write VFW Post meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, Russell County Public Library, welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information, call 495-7026 or.495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- en On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departmegts in the Lenowiseo Health District offer free confid- ential ttlV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312, FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 nm-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Lebanon. The Group purpose is Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- "to learn, to share and to 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- VA 24266 and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immunizations. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Edncation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED services of the library. Send name, testing. address and phone number, with a IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Control, a free diabetes program, Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate tlie Tacoma School as a Community Center For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100 TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- well counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100 th birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283 Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesda3;. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9am- Church and church-related activities 5-6 pm 2 "d Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3 'J Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - admission is free, BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pro. calendar on page 3 Remote Area Medical to be held in W'se July 22, 23, 24 The Health Wagon, with a addition to me-e-dical exams and host of community involve- ment, will provide a free medi- cal health care outreach with Remote Area Medical (RAM) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 22, 23 and 24, at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Wise. Some of the services that will be offered are complete eye exams and prescription glasses; dental fillings, extractions and cleanings; hearing exams and hearing aids; chest x-rays; bone density tests; sigmoidoscopies;" cholesterol checks; mammo- I grams and Pap smears in exams to be provided by specialists. These services will be pro- vided for the uninsured, underinsured and unemployed, and those who cannot afford to pay. All services are FREE of charge. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. daily and services will be provided on a first come, first served basis. For more infor- mation, call 276-926-2260. Railroad Museum Open Saturday St. Paul's Railroad Mu- For more information, scum will be open each call Jerry Couch at 762- Satday from 10 a.m. un- 5297 or contact him at fil noon through October. jerry_ couch/@verizon.ne_t, iIREWORKS...'rlte fireworks display began shortly after 9:30 for the huge crowd gathered for all the festivities. Unfortunately, a high percentage of humidity in the air, resulting, apparently, from the afternoon's fierce thunderstorm, tended to hold the smoke in the area, which made a portion of the display difficult to see. The Clinch River Extract Company (Part 2) cution for violations of the In the 1930's, the Chilhowee by Jerry Couch In addition to the jobs provided by the Clinch River Extract Company during the 'teens, theplant brought another important benefit to St'. Paul - electricity. A dynamo powered by a 25 horsepower engine gen- erated electricity for the plant's internal use and also for the town. This was done through a subsidiary, the St. Paul Light & Power Company. At least St. Paul residents could put away kerosene lamps and candles and forego the hiss and heat of gas lighting (though only until midnight). At the flick of a switch people had light. It was wonderful. Electricity in 1917 was different from what we're accustomed to in 2011. Failures were frequent and prolonged. Clear, low-wattage light bulbs were used and rooms were more softly lit. Though electrically- operated appliances were listed in Sears catalogs of the 'teens, few people in St. Paul had them. Labor remained cheap and even townspeople of average means could hire someone to help with cooking, laundry, and other household tasks. And then it happened.., someone bought that first electric washing machine. And someone bought that first electric iron. Soon, in addition to providing electricity in the evenings, the extract plant was providing power during the day on Mondays and Tuesdays so St. Paul customers could do their laundry. Electricity generated at the extract plant also made its w@- to Virginia City and other areas, as evidenced by St. Paul Light & Power's electric-pole right-of- way agreements with nearby property owners. Lights were coming on in the hills, fig- uratively and literally, and nothing would be the same. The demand for electricity grew so rapidly the extract plant's gen- eration capabilities were soon exceeded. Around 1920, Old Dominion Power Company be- gan supplying St. Paul's elect- rical needs. It is interesting to note that John L. Kemmerer, president of Old Dominion Pow- er Company, was also president of the St. Paul Land Company, Inc. John Kemmerer's father was Mahlon Kemmerer, a Pennsylvania coal baron with vast holdings in Wise County. After World War I, the demand for shoe leather returned to pre-war levels. Facing prose- Sherman Anti-Trust Act, the meat packing giants (including Swift & Co., corporate parent of the extract plant) agreed to voluntary concessions to end their monopoly in 1921. The companies divested themselves of certain subsidiary operations. A general shake-up followed. Competition increased and con- sumer prices came down. Responding to these events, the Clinch River Extract Company began operating on a reduced scale and then, in the late 1920'8, the plant shut down. On July 23, 1929 the plant and its contents were sold to the Chil- howee Company, Inc., a Dela- Company removed the equip- ment from the extract plant and closed it for good. The property was subsequently sold to Clinch- field Lumber. The two company houses on Buchanan Street were sold; one to Henry Clay and the other to Fred Greear. Portions of the plant were sold for salvage, including the adjacent houses that had been built for workers. The property was rented out for farming .purposes. In 1944, the extract plant property was sold to Ben Johnson of Bristol, Tennessee. Johnson subdivided the property and began selling building lots. A thriving new section of St. Paul quickly grew Ashland Leather Co. Ashland, Kentucky, U, S. A. Scoured Oak Sole Leather, Rough Belting Butts, Bends and Shoulders, Backs, Bellies, Heads Tanned from Packer Hides, in Vats with Oak Bark GENERAL SAt.FJ OFFICE'. BOSTON STORE: 180,Franklin St., Chicago, ill National Leather Co., 2[0 Purchase St. i ware-based corporation with extract plants in Tennessee and North Carolina. The two com- pany houses on Buchanan Street were included in the sale. Like the Clinch River Extract Com- pany, the Chilhowee Company also had strong ties to Swift & Co. It's possible this "sale" was equivalent to a modern-day "cor- porate downsizing" to consoli- date operations and reduce excess production capacity. up on the site. This new area was colloquially known as "River- side Drive," or by its older name, "Sagertown." In 2011 this community no longer exists. It is a fond memory cherished by middle-aged adults who spent their childhood years there. Next Installment: Rambling around St. Paul in the 1920's To comment on this article, please contact Jerry Couch at jerry cuch@verizn'net