Thursday, November 11, 2010

White Pine School 1899

White Pine School, Belgrove, WV
Row one: Annie Casto, Flower Cobb, Alice Hutton, Blanche Godby, Lou Hutton, Beulah Casto, Roy Walker, Willie Tenney, Coy Cobb, Roy Critchfield, Howard Whiting, and Oral Rankin
Row two: Lilly Hutton, Clora Casto, Hattie Hutton, Myrtle Godby, Esta Tenney, Ollie Cobb, Edward Rhodes, Zollie Cobb, Arlie Cobb, Clarence Cleek
Row three: Mary Cleek, Jennie Tolley, Cora Boothe, Laura Casto, Polina Hutton, George Cleek, teacher, Early Tolley, Tom Taylor, Homer Slaughter, Theodore Casto, Marshall Cleek.
I believe Homer Slaughter is really in row 2.

Lilly and Lou were sisters to Robert Emory Hutton.
Polina, Hattie, and Alice were Columbus Edgar Hutton's girls.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Emory Hutton Family

Robert Emory Hutton family with Ben Carpenter's boys (Granny's brother).
Front row: Robert Samuel Hutton, Keith Carpenter, Mary Ellen Hutton Townshend, Keith Hutton, Claude Carpenter
Back row: Senit Basil Hutton, Laura Hutton, Rada Carpenter Hutton, Hermon Hutton, Robert Emory Hutton, Annie Laurie Carpenter Hutton.

Carpenter-Ray Family

Sarah Francis "Fanny" Ray Carpenter and family. Fr. row: Belva Carpenter, Romie Carpenter, Vergie Carpenter Taylor
Back row: Sarah Francis Ray Carpenter, Oaf Ray (her brother), Alfred Carpenter (Cell's brother), Jake and Jane Carpenter (married, Cell's sister), Samuel Marcellus "Cell" Carpenter, Carrie Carpenter Taylor.

William Henry Carpenter Family

William Henry Carpenter family: Henry, far left, Ben, Virginia Mae Patterson Carpenter, Martha Carpenter Anderson, and Annie Laurie Carpenter Hutton (far right). Also included are Pete and Rosey Parsons, Beums(sp.?) Good, and (probably) Emma Carpenter Litton.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Worldwide Disaster Alert System

Nasa's world-wide disaster alert system map.

Friday, October 15, 2010


Frankie Ann McCormick

Found in my grandmother's photos. Unknown relation.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

More Old Family Pictures

These pictures are not the best quality, since they were scanned from the book, Jacson County Past and Present. I'm sure some family members probably have the originals.
First we have Thomas and Sophronia Hutton, my great uncle and his wife.
Then we have the Oliver Franklin Hutton home.
Then we have Linda Estella Hutton, Oliver Franklin Hutton's wife.

Old Pictures

Hopefully, other family members will be able to access and add to it. It's in the baby stages now.

Here's some pictures I hope to add to it. These pictures were taken from a book my cousin Jody sent me, Jackson County Past and Present. I hope someone else with the originals will post them. The first picture is Oliver Franklin Hutton, my great uncle. The second picture is my Granny Annie Laurie Carpenter Hutton and Papa Robert Emory Hutton with their kids, Robert Hermon, Senit Basil, and Marion Delmer.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Barn Fell

The big barn on the old Crane farm at Fairplain fell this week. Click on the link to see the news article and pictures.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Oliver and Julia Ellen Harmon Hutton

Here's a picture of my Gr-gr grandparents Hutton and their tombstones in Casto-Hutton Cemetery, Bear Fork, Jackson County, WV.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Edna Florence Hutton

Little Edna Florence was the daughter of Oliver Franklin "Frankie" and Malinda "Linda" Estella Westfall Hutton. Died at 15 months. Buried in the Casto-Hutton Cemetery on Bear Fork in Belgrove, WV. My mother tells me Uncle Frank told her that she died of "bloody flux." Here's a link explaining the disease:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hermon Hutton and kids

Grandpa Hutton with Dad, Keith, and Mary

Granny Hutton's family

Annie Laurie Carpenter Hutton with her family, the descendants of Robert Emory Hutton.

Granny Casto with Jill

Seated: Martha Casto with Jill Hutton Leggett, Morris Casto.
Standing: Marcellus "Cell" and Ethel Carpenter, Blondena and Cecil Casto, and Robert Hutton

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I finished restoring Granny's rocker this week.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bridge of Honor

I was surprised to see this new bridge when I went to the dentist in Pomeroy, OH.

Here's an article about it I found on the net at

Bridge of Honor still Ohio’s ... for now
by Beth Sergent5 months ago 535 views 0 3 MARIETTA — Though Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland ceremoniously passed over ownership of the Bridge of Honor in March to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, III, technically, all the paperwork has not been done and the bridge still belongs to Ohio.

Dave Rose, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10, confirmed the bridge’s ownership has not been technically passed from the Buckeye State to the Mountain State. Rose said Monday he was still researching what actually has to happen in order for that to occur and when it might happen.

Rose did say though the bridge is complete, workers with ODOT were doing a final walk through last week and noticed a few mior repairs needed such as a dented lightpole.

Rose also said the lastest cost estimate on the bridge is $65,264,499. The original estimate for the Bridge of Honor was $45.8 million ($3 million under the estimate) but over 118 change orders later and that price ended up at $65 million. The original contract to build the bridge was signed April 24, 2003 with the original completion date being Aug. 31, 2006. The majority of the increase over the years came from the slip on the Ohio side which required a major redesign, according to Rose. The Bridge of Honor ended up opening to traffic on Dec. 30, 2008.

Nearly six years in the making, ODOT managed the project while CJ Mahan Construction Company of Grove City in a joint venture with National Engineering and Contracting Company from Strongsville worked on constructing the bridge which saw its fair share challenges that at times seemed stranger than fiction, though all were met in the end.

There was the slip on the Ohio side which required additional engineering and support; the substandard concrete on the West Virginia tower ultimately had to be dismantled and poured again; a layer of shale was found on the hillside above the Ohio approach requiring additional excavation work near the bridge’s retaining wall; and unforeseen equipment delays resulted in no work being done on the bridge’s span for nine months.

Other facts about the Bridge of Honor include: The aviation lights on the top of each tower are in different United States aerospace regions. The red light on the West Virginia side is in the Washington, DC aerospace region while the light on the Ohio side is in the St. Louis, MO aerospace region. In addition, the piers go 90 feet below the river surface with the top of the tower being 248.5 feet above the water and 168 feet above the roadway.

There were 120 miles of cable used on the structure as well as 16 miles of longitudinal deck tendons and 6.9 million pounds of rebar. The tubes which house the cable have spirals on their exteriors to combat ice and wind. Inside these tubes may be as many as 27, 31 and 61 strands of 5/8-inch cable with the larger amount of cable being placed towards the center of the bridge.

The width of the new bridge is 74.08 feet, compared to the width of the old Pomeroy Mason Bridge which has a 20-foot span from curb to curb. The new bridge is 1,852.51 feet long while the existing bridge is 1,847.75 long. The Bridge of Honor also required more than 15,000 cubic yards of concrete which is enough concrete to fill four Olympic size pools.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My New Truck

Had to have something with a bench seat for my mail route, so Ford Ranger fit the bill.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Josiah Leggett - Updated Resume

Josiah wanted me to post his updated resume.


1057 Welch Road 740-667-0272, 740-434-8069
Cutler, OH 45724

Work Experience:

Construction – Assistant Manager, Leggett and Son’s Construction
2004 – present
Breaking up old concrete, hauling it away, hauling and spreading gravel, building forms, preparing ground for new concrete, pouring and finishing new concrete, laying cement blocks, repairing stone walls, installing septic systems, digging ponds, clearing trees, laying foundations, erecting wooden structures, repairing and maintaining equipment, operating power tools, heavy equipment, and other machinery.

Farming - Assistant Manager, Leggett farm
2000 – present
Maintain, operate, purchase, and sell farm equipment including tractors, lawnmowers, four wheelers, chain saws, weed eaters, power saws, compressors and air tools, arc welder, acetylene welder, skidsteer, backhoe, bulldozer, dump truck, tillers, and trucks. Build fence, outbuildings, and ponds, run electric wiring and plumbing, maintain grounds, budget, schedule, care for various farm animals, garden, landscape, paint, hunt, photograph, and keep records, typing, computer, filing.

Music – Assistant Manager, Vocalist, Musician, Stage Manager, Productions Manager
Middle of Nowhere top 40 country band
2008 – present
Scheduling, planning, promoting, recruiting, purchasing, budgeting, performing, record-keeping, and recording concerts; creating and duplicating flyers and CD’s; maintaining, setting up, packing, and transporting sound equipment; playing and maintaining guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, drums, bass guitar; web site design and maintenance; songwriting.

Lead and Backup Vocalist and Musician, Good Time Country
2008 Same as above.

Assistant Manager, Vocalist, Musician, Stage Manager
Leggett Family Bluegrass Gospel
1998 – 2007 Same as above, including leading church worship, Cutler Mission.

Tenor, Eternity Quartet
2006 Performing tenor accompaniment with men’s gospel quartet.

Yard Care – Lawn care, brush removal, pressure washing, landscaping.

Electronics – Stereo and video installation.

Childcare - Afterschool Volunteer, Beechwood Kids Club, Beechwood Presbyterian Church
2006 – 2008 Over 500 volunteer hours logged.

Needlework - Sewing Assistant, Leggett Needleworks
2006 Construction of home fashions, using upholstery machine and serger.

Education: Parkersburg Christian School 1995 – 2002
Music Award – 2002
Drama, Music, Composition, Basketball

Wel-Life Ministries Home School 2002 – 2009 - High School Diploma
Interest-led unit studies and skill-building assistance

Flight school, 2004, Bob Gibbs, Instructor, Ravenswood Airport
24 hours logged
King’s video course completed

Open Office computer software course, 2005, Adult Basic Education

Mandolin and Banjo lessons, 2000 – 2006, Ron Seebaugh, Instructor

Hobbies: Soccer, Wrestling, Basketball, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Swimming, Kayaking, Hiking, Playing and Recording Music, Videography, Computer games and messaging.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Amber's 28th Birthday

Amber and Kylie with birthday cake, ready to blow out the candles.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

New Cemetery Photos Online

My cousin Jody alerted me to the new cemetery photos online at WVGenWeb. Check it out. My great-grandmother's tombstone at Ephesus Cemetery down Grasslick.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Mommo's Funeral Reception online photos

Here's a link to some pictures taken by Lee Reed at my grandma Faith Anderson's funeral reception.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Little Angels

They may look like little angels here, but don't let the cute poses fool you.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Mommo's funeral was like a big family reunion. Lots of cousins and memories. Here's Erica and Luke.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Faith (Staats) Anderson, and her brother, Hope Staats

For a living tribute to Faith Anderson, join Faith's Cousins on Facebook.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Five Generations

In memory of Faith Anderson. She was a "Pillar of the Faith."

Friday, January 01, 2010

Pillow Pals

Luke, Natalie, and Kylie proudly show off their pillows they made at Granny's house.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Marley and Me!