EDWIGHT

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In addition to poker and pool, baseball is the miners' pastime. Taking the mound for our team is an awesome lefthander, Glenn Rutledge, a giant of a man. Catching for Glenn is the versatile and talkative Don Lamb, whose chatter can unnerve any batter, especially when combined with Glen's stare. Shortstop Tommy Holley's premature gray hair disguised his agility and responsiveness. He can quickly turn a clear hit into a double play to retire the side. Assisting him is Bill Smith, also the manager, who makes each play as if there's nothing to it. Other outstanding players are outfielders 'Bunny" Hudson and Eddie 'Jack' Soulsby.

Edwight, West Virginia, late 1920's. Photographer Unknown
The main street, a dirt road with new potholes after every rain, runs parallel to Coal River. Soth sides of the street are lined with wooden sidewalks, company houses, and a few independent business establishments which aren't on company property. The frame houses are painted either full gray or white Some of the porches are screened in, and they generally include a squeaky wooden swing. Some places have picket of chain link fences. An occasional white-washed fence or tree brightens a yard and represents the occupants' attempte to personalize their rented surroundings.
A couple of water pumps located at strategic locations provide cool, clear drinking water. Grab the long metal handle and pump up and down, and before long you will have water flowing. Juse look at that young boy with his hand and mouth cupped over the spout, slurping and pumping at about the same rate. Notice how he wipes his hands on his bib overalls when he's finished.
The town's businessmen include the barber, Orville Jarrell, who gave me my first haircut. When I climb up in the big barber chair located under a greasy-looking overhead fan, Orville has to put a slat across the arms so I will sit high enough for him to cut my hair. I don't mind Orville using scissors, but I dread his hand-powered clippers. For every hair that is clipped probably a dozen are pulled out by the roots.
There are always several active and retired miners sitting around Orville's shop. I see 'Old Tom' Foster is here today. I beleive he has the scruffiest beard I have ever seen. Orville applies hot steamy towels to his beard and asks if the towels are too hot. "No, not at all," is the reply. It looks as if the man's face is on fire. Old Tom's shave sounds like someone scraping their fingernails across sandpaper.
Edwight's other business establishments include a shoe repair shop owned by George Harashohartis, last name shortened to Hartis, a Greek immigrant. Adjacent to the shoe shop is a grocery store owned first by Carl Daniel and later by Johnny Price. That white school sbus also belongs to Mr. Price. It is used to pick up church-goers from up and down the road to take them to his church at Pettus.

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