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Vol. LVI, No. 49 576 EX/C F/. ( Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street " Clinch Vail l " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, December 18,2014 Saint Paul, Virginia ,,.les Town Council hea:ts reports At its regular monthly reports. Carter told the Council of grit chamber and the screen intake. They are working to meeting on Monday night, Cody McElroy of the work with the engineer- that filters the debris from resolve problems with the Council heard several Mattem & Craig and Earl ing fh-m working on the the town's raw water repairing the screens. The Council, also with McElroy and Carter, dis- cussed a new raw water intake and to get a PER on the project. The Council heard a report from Rob Jones who is working on the Willis Building for the IDA and Town. He reported that Creative Boutique Hotels had expressed an interest in the building. He got per- mission from the Council to readvertise the building project because Creative Boutique has their own design and construction people and will manage it. This was done to save legal questions down the road. Kathy Stewart, Chairman of the Lyric Theater Project reported that the group had sent in requests for grants to use in the project. The committee The Learning Center of Castlewood, has been collecting shoes all month to be given to the has received $20,625 in donations. They will have Salvation Army in a Soles for Souls shoe drive. The students participated in The Christmas another fundraiser in Shoe Tree for their annual Christmas play, and they felt inspired to spread the good news of February. She also asked if Jesus Christ this Christmas season by donating shoes for those in need. The Learning Center the committee could use collected 166 pairs of shoes (in counting) and all of the shoes will be given away by the the pool building rooms for Salvation Army, free of charge! They hope the love of the Lord will bless everyone who meetings and projects. The receives a free pair of shoes this holiday season. Council agreed and asked that the town crew do any Holiday Schedule for Garbage Pick-Up Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 and 25, will be picked up on Tuesday December 23. Friday is usual pickup New Year Schedule - Thursday January 1 will be picked up on Tuesday January 30. Wednesday and Friday, the 31st and Jan 2nd. Will be as usual. . i n i a PRESS Association 50 cents work on those rooms that was needed to make them usable. Earl Carter reported that the sewer plant generator was not working. He said that the motor worked fine but the generator part did not work. He said he Would see if he could repair the generator and report back at the next meeting. The Mayor discussed putting a new floor in the Town Hall with laminate or tile. The question was tabled to get cost estimates. The, Council voted to send any legal matters at the schools in St. Paul to the Wise County Courts. In other business the Council voted to add Doris Fletcher to the Beautification Committee. Office hours for the hol- iday were announced. The Town Hall will be closed on the 24, 25 and 26 of December. Huff-Cook Funeral Home Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and 6 pm, Lebanon. Tuesdays: Big Stone CLINCHFIELD Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal LODGE #256-Stated Church. Wednesdays: Communication, 1st Wise, 8 pm, Trinity Saturdays, 7;30; School United Methodist of Instruction third Church. Fridays: Thursdays, 7 pm Clintwood, 7:30 pm, RECOVERY Clintwood United GROUP-The Wise Methodist Church. County Mental Health COPPER CREEK Center conducts a ELEMENTARY PTA- recovery group for sub- Paul, are: 9:30am-6pm Monday; 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Closed Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday . Closed. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. 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 #231-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, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID- Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, . I[l!l]l[![l!!l!llll, stance abusers and fam- ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult . Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburn: Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-737.1. LITTLE LEAGUE- The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All inter- ested persons are invit- Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone num- bers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Mattbews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864- VFW Post 9864, ed to attend. ' - Lebanon, welcomes H.O.RE. HOUSE- new members. If you H.O.EE. House pro- served overseas during vides emergency shel- any war, write VFW ter for victims of Post 9864, RO. Box domestic violence in 1419, Lebanon, VA Wise, Russell, 24266 and send name, Dickenson, Lee, Scott address and phone and Buchanan counties number, Transfers wel- and the City of Norton. comed. Volunteers needed- HEALTH SER- training available. Call VICES-The Wise 1-800-572-2278. County Health SENIOR CITI- Department, Wise, is ZENS-The Castle- open from 8am-8pm wood Senior Citizens first Thursdays. meet at 10 am Clinics will be Wednesdays at the offered in family plan- Castlewood Lions Den. ning, pediatrics, school Anyone 60 or over is and adult physicals, invited. WIC, Paps and immu- The Dante Senior n i z a t i o n s . Citizens meet each Appointments are nec- Monday and Tuesday at essary for all but immu- 10 am at the Dante Fire nizations. For an Department. Russell appointment, call 762- County residents 60 or 328-8000. older are invited. F A C I L I T I E S RUSSELL CO. AVA I L A B L E - T h e LIBRARY-Hours at the Tacoma Community Russell County Public Center is available for Library, Lebanon, are reunions, birthdays and M/Tu/W/F 10am- showers. 5:30pm;Th 10am-8pm; All proceeds reha- Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday bilitate the Tacoma Closed. School as a Community M A T T H E W S Center. For informa- LIBRARY-Hours at the tion, call 395-6398. J. Fred Matthews 100TH BIRTH- Memorial Library, St. DAY-Appalachian Church and church-related activities Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors 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 want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job- related skills including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Group purpose is "to leam, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fuUerjr1942@ See CALENDAR, Page 8 calendar on page 3 Old funeral home building - late 1940's. by Jerry Couch In the town's early years, St. Paul had no established mortuary or funeral home. None was needed - funerals usually took place at home or in a church. The prevailing custom of the time was for family or close friends of the deceased to prepare the body for burial, dig the grave, build the coffin, and do whatever else was nec- essary. Should an under- taker's services be required, Noah Medley, a mortician from Coeburn, could be summoned to St. Paul. There was also an undertaker, Paris Fink, at Bickley Mills. ,Wooden coffins could be purchased at the long-gone store which originally occupied the front portion of the Hillman House lot facing Russell Street. Later, coffins could also be pur- chased at Clinchfield Lumber & Supply and probably at other places as well. Some pragmatic peo- ple chose to build or buy their own coffins then put them away until they were needed. Most people were buried in family cemeter- ies. In St. Paul, the Gray farm's original cemetery on Third Ave. became the resting place of many of the town's early residents - including several of my ancestors. Today this cemetery is the site of the Clinchview housing com- plex. In 1928, the St. Paul Cemetery was established by the St. Paul Land Company across the street from the original cemetery. On the Russell County side, the Banner cemetery on St. Paul Hill became the resting place for early residents of "Minneapolis." When large properties (such as the George Banner farm) were subdivided and sold, new owners often contin- ued to bury their dead in existing family cemeteries, regardless of whether the cemetery was on their land or not. It was an unusual custom and I have been unable to determine if it was typical of the times or just typical of our region. By the end of the 1920's, both times and cus- toms had changed, particu- larly in regard to the way funerals were conducted. Mr. J. L. Dickenson estab- lished the Huff-Cook Mutual Burial Association in 1933 and policies were purchased by people throughout the tri-state area. Such policies made it economically feasible for people of modest means to have what was referred to in those days as "a decent burial." In 1941, the Huff- Cook Funeral home was established in St. Paul. It was a subsidiary of the Huff-Cook Funeral Home located in Bristol, Tennessee. The new St. Paul facility was located in a large frame house on the corner of Fourth Ave. and Wise Street which had been built by James D. McReynolds in 1911. Time for some background information: James McReynolds and his business partner, Noah Skeens, established the St. Paul Hardware Company sometime arourtd 1908. This was a wholesale hard- ware concern and was located in a narrow, three- story wooden building on Russell Street where the Tru-Point Bank parking lot is located today. McReynolds and Skeens had hoped to ride the crest of St. Paul's new prosperi- ty brought by the Clinchfield Railroad. Unfortunately, they were a day late and a dollar short. Thought their business ini- tially prospered, it subse- quently floundered, was sold, and both men turned to other occupations. In 1941, Jim McReynolds was 90 years of age and had outlived his first wife, Mariah Holbrook, as well as his second wife, Cynthia Bausell. His own life was drawing to a close. He is buried beside his first wife in the Wheeler-Holbrook cemetery on the hillside above railroad crossing at Boody. The McReynolds house was sold to the Huff- Cook Funeral Home of Bristol, Tennessee. Initially, William "Bill" Bobbit managed the Huff-Cook Funeral Home in St. Paul. Then, in 1943, he bought the building and the business. Following Bill Bobbit's untimely death in 1944, Margaret Bobbit (his widow) man- aged the funeral home but soon leased the business to Paul Cook and Albert Cook. Initially known as the Paul Cook Funeral Home, the business soon reverted to the name Huff- Cook Funeral Home. Continued next week