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West Virginia’s 148th birthday was Monday, June 20. The following poem is another item from ideas that Carl Morris filed for future use when he was publisher of the Chronicle.

It seems appropriate for any day in our state, so it is being used now to reinforce the positive blessings of living here. Last week, we were anxious about the town election, but even the concerns that did surface can be settled by a council that is allowed to work together in a caring manner, rather than starting another Civil War.

THE WEST VIRGINIA CENTENNIAL (1863-1963)

In eighteen hundred sixty three, while war clouds hovered low,

A Star war born in the U.S.A. a hundred years ago.

They named it West Virginia and the Star became a state.

A century of progress passed and now we celebrate.

The Union now has fifty stars and we invite you all

To be our guests and dine and dance at West Virginia’s Ball.

Throughout the year, to guide you here, our Star is shining bright,

Twill light the way for you to come and see the wondrous sight.

Our lakes and streams and rivers, too, are stocked

with Golden Trout

Awaiting you, with rod and reel, to come and pull them out.

You’ll find a sportsman’s paradise, a children’s wonderland--

And every Mountaineer you meet will lend a helping hand.

No need to go to Switzerland--come see it here, and more,

From caverns deep beneath the ground to mountain tops that soar,

Like Hawk’s Nest--where the thrill you get will add

a pleasure shock;

And don’t forget to see the show called “Honey in the Rock.”

So come on down and visit us, and for a while abide;

The welcome mat is out for you, the door is open wide.

Come spend vacation here, and then our song you’ll understand--

“Oh the West Virginia hills, how majestic and how grand!”

C.L. Board, author

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