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Vol. LVIII, No. 28 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street SheRon WA 98584 " 'The time has come,', the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, July 14, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS .......,,....,.,..,, ............................ .,,,,,,,,,......,......, 50 cents e The Russell County School Board recently appointed Mrs. Lila Jenkins to the post of prin- cipal at Castlewood High School. She brings 30 years of experience to the position. Mrs. Jenkins has spent her entire career thus far in the Russell County School System as a teacher at the elementary and middle school level. She served at Copper Creek as assistant principal for two years and at Castlewood High School for one year. Mrs. Jenkins received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Emery & Henry College. She also has a Master of Arts in Education from Emery & Henry. She has an Education Specialist Degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She is cer- tiffed as an Early Childhood Generalist teacher. Her endorsements are as follows: Early Education NK-4; Middle Education 4-8; Reading Specialist; Adult Education; Administration/Supervisio n PreK-12; Teacher as Leader; Division Superintendent License. Mrs. Jenkins, a graduate of Castlewood High School feels her years of experience working in this area plus her work ethic plus knowledge of the peo- ple and students of the area will enable her to effective- ly lead Castlewood High School and its studnets to new heights in the coming year. Mrs. Jenkins is married to Dennis Jenkins and they have two children, Brandon, 23, and Rachel 27. Lila Jenkins Meet The Teacher at SPES "Meet the Teacher" at Saint Paul Elementary School will be held on Tuesday, August 2 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Come by to meet new teachers and staff. Fifth Annual Cooks and Books showcase set for Saturday, July 30 The annual Cooks and Books gathering takes place July 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion in St. Paul, Va. The event showcases local and regional food dishes, wines, and beers, as well as local and regional authors. Proceeds from Cooks and Books support J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and The Lyric Project. Tickets cost $20.00 in advance or $25.00 the day of the event. The ticket price includes admission and tastings. Tickets may be purchased at C.R. Pate & Co. or Design Printers in St. Paul, or online through PayPal. For details, visit http ://w w w. s tp au lm ain- street.org/cooks--books- 2016.html 's first son Flying squirrels near Pound High School at the District 13 League Tournament. Doritos turned out to be a good snack! AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, 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 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #23 l-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 Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, I st II[I[i]IN[ !lll[lllll Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed Citizens recognizes School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm persons in Russell, third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. Dickenson, Buchanan R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed.and Tazewell counties GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old County Mental Health D I C K E N S O N- or older. Call Dana Center conducts a B U N D Y - T h e Collins, 1-800-656- recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log 2272, to advise AASC stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and birthday. Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 andS U P P O R T ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. GROUP-Women sur- Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- vivors of sexual assault Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social are invited to attend Mondays, 7 pm, FirstSecurity Office is open Clinch Valley Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- Action, Inc./Family 0016, 276-395-6588 or bets are 1-800-772- Crisis Services' sup- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting LITTLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y with victims of similar The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends ofsituations Mondays, League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews. 10:30 am-12 noon. For 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. information call Rande Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 League Field. All inter- on first Thursdays at 4 or Ranetta Davis, 276- ested persons are invit- pm. 889-8206. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, Free adult education H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes classes are available in vides emergency shel- new members. If you Lee, Scott and Wise ter for victims of served overseas during counties and the City of domestic violence in any war, write VFWNorton. Daytime and Wise, Russell,Post 9864, P.O. Boxevening classes for Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA adults who want to and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, improve their basic and the City of Norton. address and phone skills. Instructors also Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- training available. Call comed, related skills including 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- resume, writing and SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise interviewing. For ZENS-The Castle-County Health details, call 1-800-422- wood Senior CitizensDepartment, Wise, is 3433 or276-386-2433. meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm TRANSPORTA- Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. TION- The Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will beAppalachian Agency Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- invited, ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- The Dante Senior and adult physicals, portation services in Citizens meet each WIC, Paps and immu-Buchanan, Dickenson, Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s .Russell and Tazewell 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- counties to individuals Department. Russell essary for all but immu- with disabilities, County residents 60 or nizations. For an regardless of age. Call older are invited, appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. G E N E A L O G Y LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E SGROUP-The Russell Russell County Public AVA I L A B L E- T h e County Genealogy Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Group meets 5:30 pm Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell Wed & Fri 10am- reunions, birthdays and County Public Library, 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. showers. Lebanon. Closed Sun & Men. All proceeds reha- Group purpose is M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma "to learn, to share and LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community to perpetuate family J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- history." William T. Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TI~ BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian See CALENDAR, Page 8 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Big by Jerry Couch This week we're featur- ing two short stories instead of one long story. The first story concerns St. Paul's first mayor. William Patton Porter. If you have followed previous CVT history articles, you will recall that Porter and St. Paul's original, town coun- cil were not elected. They were appointed by Judge H. A. W. Skeen of the Circuit Court of 'Wise County. This was because very few St. Paul residents had paid their poll taxes that year and, as a conse- quence, were not qualified to vote in an open election. William Patton Porter, First Mayor of St. Paul Before mad during his tenure as mayor, William Porter owned and Operated a general store on Russell Street. It is interesting to note that this store, proba- bly built sometime between 1905 and 1910, was the town's first brick building.The old Porter Store, considerably enlarged over the years, still stands and is referred to today as the Fraley Building. I .~' :g..,. L-,, .~d eYT.~: ~. ~#," Mayoral Affidavit of William Patton Porter In addition to his line of. dry goods and general mer- chandise, William Porter also sold and repaired jew- elry. The decade of the 'teens was a period of increased population and commercial growth in St. Paul. New businesses were opening and the character of the town was changing. Who wouldn't enjoy step- ping back in time to take a look at the merchandise on the shelves of the Porter Store, as well as the cus- tomers who shopped there? For some of us, those cus- tomers would include members of our own fami- lies. The very formal picture of William Patton Porter included in this article was provided by his grand- daughter, Betty Shelor. This picture is an important piece of the St. Paul history puzzle and I was delighted to receive it! Although William Porter and his family moved to Roanoke sometime in the 'teens, he left his mark on the Town of St. Paul as the first in a long series of mayors. "The Johnson House" This imposing two- story residence is located on the corner of Broad Street and Third Avenue. The land upon which this house was built was pur- chased from the St. Paul Land Company by Charles R. Williams in 1908. At that time, Williams had recently been employed by the South & Western Railway as superintendent of bridge construction. Like many others connect- ed with the financial inter- ests of George L. Carter, Williams' financial star seemed to be on the rise. This was welcome news because he hadn't fared so well in his previous associ- ation with the St. Paul Coal and Coke Company. Initially, this company was thought to have great potential. But...the ever- capricious Lady Luck chose to cast her golden smile upon a point farther up the road. Gambling on what he hoped would be a bright future with the Carter inter- ests, Williams began build- ing a fine new home, prob- ably designed by architect Donald R. Beeson, the "Architect to Ciinchfield." The circumstances leading to this conclusion are com- See Johnson House Page 8 Broad Street, St. Paul, Early 1950's: [1] House built by Baxter Musick, [2] House built by Charles R. Williams, [3] House Built by Donald Beeson, later "the Molinary house," [4] The Fairmont Hotel, built by Dora B. Jessee