Fall 2021 Cover
2021 Fall Cover

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Fall 2021 issue of GOLDENSEAL magazine is now available. Since 1975, GOLDENSEAL has been West Virginia’s Magazine of Traditional Life. Attached is a list of retailers where GOLDENSEAL magazine is available.

This issue covers a wide swath of topics from 16 West Virginia counties. The cover story, written by Laiken Blankenship, is about 103-year-old fox trapper Al Leonard of Hampshire County, who shares a few tricks he’s learned over nearly a century of trapping. Patsy A. Reckart tells a true ghost story from Braxton County. Alan Byer pays tribute to the late Eleanor Mailloux, who ran The Hütte restaurant in Helvetia and played a major role in promoting the town’s Swiss cultural heritage for nearly 50 years. Edwina Pendarvis discusses the beauty of ballet with seven women who grew up taking lessons in West Virginia. Chris Haddox profiles former fiddle makers John Tutterway of Beckley and Tommy Doolittle of Fairmont. Current instrument maker and fiddler Jerry Lewis of Nicholas County is the subject of a photo essay by Anne M. Johnson. H. R. Cogar recounts a tragic 1936 tar-barrel explosion in Gassaway. John E. Allen shares some personal memories of Widen in Clay County, including the violent 1952-53 coal strike and more pleasant times at the baseball diamond. Jerry Bruce Thomas remembers how his 1958 Pineville High School football team used the revolutionary “lonesome end” formation to win a few games. Julian Martin tells stories about the old Osborne Brothers’ Store in Griffithsville in Lincoln County.

Also in this edition, Gary West salutes Steve Onderko, a former stone mason and community leader in Kingmont in Marion County. Jeff DeBellis writes about the Black Hand and organized crime in early 20th-century Thomas in Tucker County. Aaron Parsons takes a more light-hearted look at Thomas and the mystery of octopuses showing up in the Blackwater River 75 years ago. David McCormick examines the careers of three doctors-turned-soldiers in the Civil War. Samantha Riggin looks at the controversial military careers of Julian and Antoine Gaujot of Williamson, who are among only five sets of siblings ever awarded the Medal of Honor. Larry Shockley digs into another history mystery: did the assassin of President William McKinley once live in Charleston? Carl E. Feather visits the historic Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch and Maze at Inwood in Berkeley County.

Emily Hilliard demonstrates some of the home projects West Virginians developed during the pandemic. Finally, the issue honors several individuals who’ve passed away over the last year, including Huntington’s T. R. Wickline, West Virginia’s last Pearl Harbor survivor; Denzil Cowger of Webster County, a traditional basket maker and outdoorsman; and Don Rice, Randolph County’s “history guy.”

GOLDENSEAL is published quarterly by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History. You can order copies from GOLDENSEAL’s online store or call 304-558-0220, ext. 134. Individual copies are $5.95/issue + $1.00 shipping, or you can order subscriptions for one year ($20), two years ($36), or three years ($50).

GOLDENSEAL Magazine can be purchased at the following retail outlets:

Brushy Ridge Farm, Augusta, Hampshire County

Four Seasons Books, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County

State Museum Gift Shop, Culture Center, Charleston, Kanawha County

Taylor Books, Charleston, Kanawha County

West Virginia Market Place at Capitol Market, Charleston, Kanawha County

Appalachian Glass, Weston, Lewis County

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, Moundsville, Marshall County

Railroad Depot, Bramwell, Mercer County

Book Exchange, Morgantown, Monongalia County

Ruby Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, Morgantown, Monongalia County

The Monroe Watchman Newspaper, Monroe County

Cacapon Resort State Park, Morgan County

Nicholas Chronicle Newspaper, Summersville, Nicholas County

West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, Ohio County

Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling, Ohio County

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Raleigh County

Pipestem Resort State Park, Summers/Mercer County

Tygart Lake State Park, Taylor County

Blackwater Falls State Park, Tucker County

Galaxy Foods, Middlebourne, Tyler County

Peoples News, Parkersburg, Wood County

Twin Falls State Park, Wyoming County