A Letter from a subscriber
April’s Wonderful West Virginia magazine shows several of its past covers. I thought it may be interesting to show the
cover of a June 1949 copy that was received by my father Cana Coleman. At that time
the magazine was named West Virginia Conservation. Sometime In 1948 my father was appointed as a
forest fire warden and started to receive this magazine. This continued for several years even after
the name changed, and Dad had continued his subscription. Below are pictures of the 1949 cover along
with Dad’s Fire warden badge.
My father passed away in 1976 but my mother continued the
subscriptions and always kept copies available for me. She never threw away any
of them, as best I could find. After her
passing in 1986, I was able to round up most of them, and now have them at my
home in Maysville, Ky.
I’m adding another little interesting note.
Beginning in 1953, I assisted my father by hauling forest fire fighters
in his old Jeep truck to and from forest fires.
At that time it was allowable for high school boy’s the age of 16 and
above to fight forest fires. I used to
go to Kingston High School and gather up anyone willing to assist. Of course that meant they were released from
school so volunteers weren’t hard to find.
If I remember correctly we were paid 25 cents an hour and were given all
the lunchmeat and RC Colas we could eat and drink. I was paid a little more for
the use of dad’s truck. That was when I really first became acquainted with Emery Wriston. Emery was a great
gentleman and he loved the idea of dealing with this young and eager
group. I think two of his favorites may
have been me and Victor Scarbro. Victor and I took every opportunity possible to
spend time with Emery and listen to his stories.
I have also attached another picture of three of us who had
returned from fighting a fire in Plum Orchard.
The area we were in back then, is where Plum Orchard Lake is now
located. This picture was taken in front
of the old Clyde Armstrong Store near the mouth of Mossy. It was taken in 1953.
Standing In back on the right; is Victor Scarbro, beside him is George Roy Wriston, and in front is me Omer Coleman. We all three had later served the military,
Victor the Air Force, George Roy the Army,
and I the Marines. Both Victor and
George have passed away. I’m still hanging around holding on to some of those
memories. Thank you for keeping this
magazine printed, I’m always looking forward for it each month. C. Omer