Civil War Soldier Uriah Alley Recognized With Sign

Members of the city of Cameron Historical Society were unaware that a road sign named for Civil War veteran Uriah “Duck” Alley was in the sign shop of the state Division of Highways in Charleston until a local resident called that agency about another matter.

When Calvin Moninger was making inquiry about plaques for a historical building in Cameron, he was informed of the road sign named for Alley, and he immediately related this information to the local historical society members.

On learning of the sign, Dave Evans, a member of Cameron’s historical group and former state House of Delegates member, volunteered to follow up on the sign. Evans was informed that state Department of Highways would send the sign to the District 6 DOH in Moundsville.

In the meantime, other members of the Cameron Historical organization began making arrangement for its arrival, including the site for the sign, the unveiling ceremony, and contacting local descendants of Alley, along with other matters.

Jim Rogers, who is chairman of the “Field of Flags” Memorial Day Weekend event, was hopeful that the sign could be erected prior to May 22.

With the assistance of Jason Piatt, a Cameron resident and a District 6 DOH employee, the sign was installed, and this past Thursday an unveiling at the sign took place. Among those in attendance were Mike Alley and sisters Barbara Beveridge, Carla Alley, and Donna Alley Strait. “Duck” Alley was their great uncle.

The sign is located on U.S. 250 at the east end of Veterans Memorial Park.

The wording on the highway sign reads:

“Uriah Alley was born Nov. 18, 1847. He moved to Cameron as a child. (He was born in Pine Grove). Lying about his age he enlisted in the 6th WV Volunteer Infantry in September 1864. Alley was captured at New Creek WV, in November. He was the state’s last living Civil War veteran. He died Oct. 26, 1947 at the age of 99.”

Information provided by his relatives at the unveiling is that he was buried in Cameron Cemetery which is located at the end of west Main Street in Cameron. Also, that “Duck’s” older brother, William, had also served in the Civil War.

Another source of information was provided in the first volume of the Marshall County Patriots and Heroes compiled by Gary Rider and Roseanna Dakan Keller, and that was that Alley was in seven battles.

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Speaking of Memorial Day, chairman Jim Rogers of Cameron’s “Field of Flags” said 600 people have purchased small flags which will be displayed May 22-29 at the Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Railroad Street.

This undertaking is spearheaded by Cameron American Legion Post No. 18.

Rogers is hopeful that number of flags will increase by at least 100.

This will be the third year of the “Honor a Veteran (past or present) on Memorial Day Weekend.”

The showing of the flags was a vision of Thomas “Tucker” Conely, who served in the 8th Marine Division in Vietnam.

Conely, along with many fellow veterans and community members, was responsible for Veterans Memorial Park itself.

American Legion Post No. 18 Commander Bill Harris said, “This project is the main focal point of our small town.”

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Marshall County Spring Clean-Up dumpsters will be located in both Benwood and McMechen this Friday and Saturday.

The hours on both days will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The sites will be the city garage in Benwood and the former football field in McMechen.

This will be the third week for the dumpster program, with five other weekends scheduled throughout the county.

Marshall County residents are welcome to use any of the sites.

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Motorists traveling on W.Va. 2 this past Tuesday evening in the vicinity of John Marshall High School were probably wondering what was going on, as the north parking lot was full. Not only was the parking lot filled, but so was the school auditorium.

Well if you didn’t know what was going on, it was the annual Marshall County Strings Concert, which featured nearly 300 youths in 4th through 12th grade.

Those who had not been to such an event in the past spoke very highly of the different performances.

There had been a smaller event in February at which a free-will offering was taken, and at the recent concert, a check in the amount of $600 was given to the Moundsville Lions Club. The presentation of the money was made by Justin Jones, one of county school’s strings concert teachers, to Moundsville Lions Club President Suzanne Park. The Lions Club will use the money to purchase eye glasses for needy individuals in Marshall County.

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Fourteen Moundsville High School alumni were in attendance at the initial meeting of the five-year reunion committee. The reunion will be taking place on Labor Day weekend of 2020.

A discussion was held dealing with a reunion, and ways to get the word out to other people who attended MHS.

The next meeting will take place on Oct. 7, and among items on the agenda will be an orchestra and a caterer.

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Roman Gray, Katrina Perry, Braden Whitelatch and Sybil Willis, all eighth grade students in schools in Marshall County, were recognized for their outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history by being named the as Marshall County winners of the 2019 West Virginia Golden Horseshoe.

Gray and Willis are students at Moundsville Middle School, Perry is a student at Sherrard Middle School, and Whitelatch is a student at Our Lady of Peace School.

The four joined 220 additional eighth graders from across the Mountain State for a celebration at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. During a formal pinning ceremony, students were inducted as, “Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society.”

Since 1931, more than 15,000 West Virginia students have received the Golden Horseshoe Award in recognition of their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

The students competed countywide to attain Golden Horseshoe status.

This year marked the 303th anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe tradition, which began in 1716 when then-Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. Spotswood organized a party of about 50 men to explore the new frontier.

At the end of the exploration, he presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe.Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe read, “Thus he swears to cross the mountains.” On the other side was written, “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.” Because of this, the recipients became known as “The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.”

The program is the longest running of its kind in the United States.

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Seven Northern Panhandle Lions Clubs received awards at the annual convention held this past weekend at Flatwoods.

Awards were given to the top three clubs in the categories of district governor and visitation.

There are three categories, one for clubs with 36 or more members, one for clubs with 22 to 35 members, and one clubs with 20 members and below.

In the district governor’s contest, the Moundsville Club was second in clubs with 36 or more members, while the Mount Olivet Church was second in the 21-35 member group. The Warwood Clubs was third place in clubs with 36 and more members.

In the visitation contest, Wheeling was first in clubs with six or members and Moundsville was second in that category. Wheeling Island was first in clubs in its category. West Liberty received a second place award in clubs 22-35. Mount Olivet was third in clubs with 22-35, while Weirton was tied with Friendly for third place in clubs with 20 members and below.

Friendly also was a third place recipient in the district governor’s contest.

Wheeling Island club member Bill Syphers was elected as president of (29-L) at the convention. He will assume his new duties on July 1, replacing Gary Pitcock, a member of the Weirton club.

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