THE END OF AN ERA
Because our days upon earth are a shadow. Job 8:19
They been bringin' in all those big machines
That was specially built to fit our seam.
Yeah, they're bringin' in machines to dig it faster than me.
So, I'm going down in the mine one more time.
My doctor he says it's about time.
I don't know what I'm gonna do when it's all gone.
Recorded by: Blue Highway on their CD Wind to the West
In the 1930's dad's brother, Virgil Riggs lived in the second house from the substation. My cousin, John Virgil Riggs (who is still Junior to me) sent me this picture. He said he used to play ball where the weeds have taken over. When I was in grade school the high school bus used the wide space to turn the bus around.
Dehue had its beginning about 1916 when Rum Creek Collieries and By-Products sank a shaft and built surface buildings in the hollow along Rum Creek. In 1920, the coal lease and mining plant were purchased by The Steel and Tube Company of America who were headquartered in Chicago. In 1923, the mine became a part of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube.
Soon Dehue began to grow by leaps and bounds. Rachel Lucas Adkins' husband, Cumberland "Cum" passed away on March 9, 1919. So in 1928, Rachel moved to Dehue with seven of her children. All of her sons, Everett "Skeet," Millard "Crutch," and Caudle worked at the Dehue Mine. Her daughter's, Faye Adkins Simmons Roberts and Marie Adkins Hurt both worked at the Dehue Company Store. Verda Adkins Gostovich lived at Dehue until shortly before her death. Maude Adkins Kitchen was thirteen when they moved to Dehue, and moved since all the house at Dehue been torn down.
Walter Martin was the son of Henry and Lucy Martin. His parents came to Dehue from North Carolina. Henry worked for the Dehue Mine. Walter went to work for Dehue at age seventeen.
Leon introduced his brother, Walter to Lillian Higdon. Lillian was the daughter of Curtis and Emma Higdon, and they moved to Logan from Frankfort, Kentucky.
Walter and Lillian were married in 1938, and moved to Dehue. They had six sons: Walter, Jr., Terry, Melvin, Harrell, and ( adopted son) Terrell. Harrell died in an automobile accident on December 23, 1991 on his way back from delivering Christmas gifts to family members. Walter was retired when he died August 31, 1986.
When Lillian's sons were older, she went back to school. She attended Marshall University and West Virginia Tech. She said it was hard and took a long time, but she got her teachers certificate. She believed anything was possible if she had faith in God. She attends church at Logan Our Lady of Carmel. She retired from Omar Douglas Jr. High School in the fall of 1986.
Lillian said. "Dehue was a family of love for everyone regardless of race or religion," and she loved living there. She lives in West Logan near her son, Gerald. She has fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
West Virginia native, Virgil Curry first come to Dehue in 1925. He became superintendent of the Dehue Mine on April 1, 1941, and held that position for many years.
back row: Dorthy, Earl, George Jr., Helen - December 1945
Fred - November 2000
Willie - August 2004
George Washington Hatton, Sr. and his wife Mary Lena Runyon Hatton were both from Kentucky. They were married in 1918 when George was twenty-one and Mary was fourteen. They were blessed with nine children, & raised grandson, Greg Hatton. They rented house number 57 at Dehue in December 1927. It was a double-house (duplex to most folks), and my parents, Gladys (Brickey) and Emmett Riggs rented number 58 in 1935. It was called "Kentucky Row" because so many of the families in that row of houses were from Kentucky. My mother said Mary Hatton was like a mother to her, and taught her how to live in the coalfields.
In 1938 the Hatton family moved to house number 106 which was a single dwelling where George and Mary lived the rest of their lives. George worked at the Dehue Mine for thirty-eight years. He had only been employed by the company for a year when he was in a mining accident that eventually led to one of his legs being amputated below the knee. George was instrumental in organizing the Dehue Sportsman Club, and was president for several years. The club held Turkey shoots and stocked the fish pond for members only.
The Logan Banner was delivered in Dehue for many years by a member of the Hatton family. It passed from Willie, to Mary Ellen, then Fred, and finally to Greg. In fact in 1948 when Mary Ellen took over, she was the only girl in Logan County with a paper route.
Every leaf in the forest
Lays down its life in
Its season as beautifully
As it was taken up.
Henry David Thoreau
Frederick Thomas "Fred" Hatton, age 59, died November 11, 2000 a few days after under going open-heart surgery. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Dr. Fred Brammer brought him into this world at Dehue, house number 106 on August 30, 1941. His childhood friends were Donald Davis, Darrell Moore, and David Gostovich. Fred's wife, Roberta said she was glad he was able to attend the Dehue Reunion this past August.
Dehue Reunion - August 12, 2000
The Scouting pictures above were taken for "The Bulletin" magazine which was published with the cooperation of the employees of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company. There were 17 pictures in the
May 1956 issue which told of Dehue's Civic pride. It was titled "Black Diamonds From Dehue."
front row: Lewis Lepetrone, Bob Hamill, Nick Michero, Manager - Virgil Curry, Richard Thomas, Wendell Clark, Ellis Sexton. back row: batboy - Curtis Thomas, Milt Davis, John Foutch, Ernest Mangus, Eskel Kitchen, Eligah Chambers,--- Belcher, John Seals.