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• ,%•; -L, • * w, .. j- -# . Mr. Booth has penned his years of service on the railroad that is continued in this issue. WESTERN DIVISION CHAPTER 6 When I reported to my new position at Huntington on May 15th, 1952, it was the beginning of an experience that was to last 16 years before another promotion came my way. The Western General Division comprised the heart of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Most all coal, 90% of all industrial loadings originated in this territory which was made up of the Huntington, Cincinnati, Chicago, Northern Divisions, and Louisville and Big Sandy Sub-Divisions. Since my responsibility would be - '- locomotives and cars, my budgeted expenses represented the biggest part of the entire Mechanical Department Budget. " My first responsibility I felt was to make a tour of my territory and '' ' familiarize myself with the  personnel as well as a brief " " education on the work responsibilities and layout of each terminal. Since Russell, Ky., 22 miles from Huntington, was my biggest dispatching terminal as well as the worlds largest operating classification yard at that time, I picked it as my lead off spot. After meeting with Mr. Garretsen and other supervisory personne ! at the locomotive terminal, the contingen t of Master mechanics, General Foremen, i General Car Foremen, General ,'-, Car Inspectors and others headed '' for the classification yard. At the 3 classification yard • all cars Were ,2: shoved up an incline called the , hump and rolled from the apex, :; : €ontrolled by manually operated car j  retarders, into the 25 classification . tracks. " i At the apex of the hump there was o  an undertrack inspection pit where U ,I, "-z a car inspector around the clock :  respected underneath the cars for i,. any loose or dragging equipment as • : '  they were being humped or pushed    over the hill. On the coal cars this , ". : was the only underneath inspection ,  until the cars had completed a round #°  trip to their destination and • , . , turned. It was a very zmpertant .  inspection and,when performed derailm0000te. f' appi the ape . hump, I was being briefed on the ,"  operation as well as a resume on  what a beautiful job the underneath car inspectors were doing in  detecting dragging equipment.   w'# When we neared the tunnel to the  'inspection pit, I pulled away and " walked into the pit and there sat the : , inspector sound asleep. When I  walked back outside, I commented  that the inspector was doing a fine job but it wasn't inspecting cars. I  then turned to the General Car Foreman and told him to removethe man from service at 9:45 a.m. I directed Mr. Garretson to personally conduct the investigation and mail it to me. There was no recourse for , a man asleep on the job but z dismissal. The General Foreman ' thantoid'me the man was to retire in .six months and had already . submitted his papers to do so. The normal procedure after I ,, received a transcript of an investigation requiring severe ," discipline was for me to review it and ' if sound, forward it to Labor ,d ,# Relations. From then on it was out •  of my hands. However, up to this • , time I could abort the investigation • , .or direct a lesser discipline be ,, applied. ARer being told of the , employees retirement plans, I decided I would hold the investigation- 10 days and then direct the Master Mechanic to reinstate the employee and .let him finish his final days as Car Inspector With the admonition there would be  no second chances. , Russell, Ky. terminal had long been a cesspool for labor unrest and :" the normal procedure when a  dispute arosewas to call a sit down  strike. The C&O had an agreement " written and signed by all offioea  of the 5 main shop crafts specifying how labor grievances were to be handled. In a dispute involving work assignments or work allocation between two crafts, the two Genera]   Chairmen of the craRs involved were  to meet and afl discussion inform the Master Mechanic how the allocation was to be made. If no decision could be made by the General Chairman, the Master Mechanic could make the assignment decision and the grievance was then to go to arbitration between the two Vice Presidents of the crafts involved. They were then to decide the assignment. During this intervention by written agreement, no work stoppage was to result. This clause of the agreement was c'reumvented by the Shop C.dmRs by claiming a work transfer had been made and this became the basis for the sit down strike. After another sit down strike occurred, I was able to find the ring leader of all labor dissension at Russell terminal. I brought charges against him and conducted the investigation myself at which time he was dismissed. This stopped the sit down strike situation at Russell. ' Dieselization had now begun to be implemented on a system basis. However, until it was finally and totally complete it was necessary to operate steam power in conjunction with the diesels. This meant at most terminals two separate and distinct servicing facilities were necessary. Therefore, we could not adjust our forces until the steam power was eliminated• This was done in the later part of 1954 and the savings from diesel operations began to become apparent. In 1929, the C&O acquired from the Van Suerigans the Pere Marquette R. R. which operated in Michigan and Canada with their General Offices being in Detroit. The Pere Marquette had continued to operate as an autonomous railroad until the late fall of 1954 at which time a general staff meeting was called for officials of both railroads at the Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, WV. In the initial speech by Mr. W. J. Touhy, President of the C&O, he turned tMr. M. M. Crouk then President of the Pere Marquette and stated Mr. Crouk, it is time the Pere Marquette is merged into the Chesapeake and Ohio System. I therefore direct you to have your Operating Vice President to commence immediate merger talks with Mr. C. A. Taylor, the Operating V.P. on the C&O. After Mr. Touhy concluded his remarks, Mr. Crouk immediately rose and stated Mr. Touhy, I thoroughly understand your directive and to start this process immediately, I hereby resign as President of the Pere Marquette R.R." With the above an immediate dovetailing of officers began Mr. H. J. Baker was moved to Richmond as NEW AND RENEWED MEMBERS are showned with Hinton Womans Club president Ms. Betty Jo Basham (L to R) Ms. Christine Beymer, Ms. Charles Saunders, Ms. Basham, and Ms. Harry Gore. Hinton Womans Club Holds Annual Dues Dinner Meetng Heralding the fall and winter season of the Hinton Womans Club was the annual dues dinner meeting held Monday, September 8th. in the Methodist Educational Building. The GFWC W. VA. president's theme "Reflections of the Past- Visions of the Future" and colors of blue and gold were the predominant decorating theme. As clubwomen registered they were pinned with a miniature mirror reflecting their name. Tall blue tapers in crystal candlebra tied with blue and gold ribbon and reflected on a mirror base decorated the dinner tables laid with white cloths• Place settings were marked with name tags, blue napkins and the 2003-2004 yearbooks• Welcome was extended by the club president, Ms. Bobby Basham, who also introduced the officers, board members and special guests, Kyle Lively and his mother, Ms. Joe Lively. New member, Ms. Christine Beymer, was introduced as were Mrs. Harry Gore and Ms. Charles Saunders, former members who were re-instated. Appreciation was expressed to the decorating committee, Ms. Roy Carter, Ms. L.R. Pivont, Ms. Basham and Ms. James Massie. Ms. Pauline Meadows, led the invocation using the reflection theme and concluding with grace, Assistant General Superintendent after which a delectable turkey Car Department. Mr. E. A. Kuhn dinner was enjoyed• who was Chief Mechanical Officer During a brief business session, on the P.M was also brought to the Sou'hern Di " "ct  "i n _ " . .  srl onven o Richmond ts A q s sszstant Chief  l fo Ij:: . .. .  schedgd r September 27th. at lvl1cna uincer o vl , o. vl. , ' " " W ..... .... " . ewburg as nnounced as were yf.t Wm eeneamea o reure th Ann,,l lq,, r, t 11 • 12 and Oct. 18-19. They will dmcuss Prior to this event, in May 1953, -lan- for their L^^,L -*,.- f-, ,o, iS  LK/t,|| tb bl| %-;L £Ot4X I was directed to be in Richmond for " " 10:16 a.m. Thursday AMERICAN" ELECTRI00 POWER Tues. Oct. 21, 2003 Hinton News - 7 Moving over to the piano the gift musician continued to amaze his listeners with Love Lifted Me, Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, :: : Victory in Jesus and America The Beautiful." The outstanding performance was well received and at the conclusion Kyle was presented with a token of appreciation. a 3 or 4 day seminar and to bring my wife. All Master Mechanics, Shop Superintendents, and others were introduced to a new program called "work simplification" as proposed by Mr. Allen Moguson from Lake Placid, New York. This program .was conceived with the idea that the man who handled the wrenches and drills at the work place knew more about their work requirements than the supervisors. Therefore, if we would turn them loose, through their knowledge, short cuts on labor would result as well as material savings which would result in dollars saved in the annual budget. At this meeting Mr. E. E. Slack was designated as the Director of Work Simplification, after which each person there was called to give his opinion of the merits of this new program. The response was as expected 'rated good but when Mr. J. G. Rayburn was-asked for his comments the meeting took a another turn• Mr. Rayburn was Superintendent of Raceland Car Shop and considered to be one of the best car builders in the country. E. E. Slack had worked for him as an assistant foreman but Mr. Rayburn recognized early that he was an eager beaver and before long was trying to tell Mr. Rayburn how Raceland Car Shop should be run. Slowly Mr. Rayburn took the floor and commented "I have sat through three days of introduction to this program and I endorse it totally but with one exception. You have made a horrible mistake in appointing Mr. Slack to head this program. He will malign the intention and abort the results you expect and I would seriously, recommend that a person other than Mr. E. E. Slack be suggested if this program is to succeed."  When he sat down, an immediate silence of about three or four. minutes resulted. In the end however, it was proven to the detriment of the Chief Mechanical Officer Mr. J. E. McLeod that Mr. Rayburn was correct. Naturally, from that time on, Mr. Rayburn was the target of Mr. E. E. Slack. Continued next week. You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give. --Eleanor Roosevelt meeting. Clubwomen Ms. Basham, Ms. Massie, Ms. Steven Jones and Ms. Dorothy Jean Boley attended the 30th. Annual Summer Conference at Weston and at this time, Ms. Massie purchased a Cat's Meow oftheAnna Jarvis birthplace for the Hinton Club as fund raiser. Ms. Boley spoke concerning the W. VA. Quarter to be minted in 2005 and asked the group to contact their representatives urging them to select the Anna Jarvis desigK. The GFWC Centennial Celebration is planned for April 16- 18, 2004 at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. Each club is asked to make a banner, bring a cup of dirt for tree planting and enter a poem. Thank you notes were read from winners of the senior courtesy awards and Keri Farley the HOBY Ambassador. Highlighting the evening was an outstanding musical program presented by Kyle Lively• Kyle, 13, is the son of Joe and Susan Lively of Nimitz and has been taking piano lessons since the age of five and a half. His instructors were Ms. Rosaline Hannah and Ms. Margaret Woodrum and at the present time he isstudying at Appalachian Bible College. The club was invited to assemble in the sanctuary of the Hinton Methodist-Church were Kyle displayed his proficiency at the organ with selections including "God of Our Fathers," "Faith of Our Fathers, Amhrica, Battle Hymn of the Republici Beulah Land, and the Star Spangled Banner." Kyle Lively, a talented young musician, is pictured seated at the console of the organ at the Hinton Methodist Church where he presented an outstanding program for the opening meeting of the Hinton Woman's Club. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Summers County Cancer Support Group sponsored by the Wellness Center and the Summers County ARH Hospital meets at the Wellness Center, downtown Hinton, every 3rd Thurs. of each month from 7-8 pro. Refreshment served. Anyone interested may attend. Any questions contact Delia Tachado at 466-1000 ext. 178. Emerson ONeal Woodrum Celebrates Third Birthday Emerson O'Neal Woodrum recently celbbrated his third birthday. Emerson is the son of Tim and Christina Woodrum of Roanoke, VA., and brother of Erich, John and Elliot Woodrum. His grandmother is Nadine Woodrum of Hinton. FEES FOR SERVICE The Summers County Board of Health (DBA the Summers County Health Department) will be submitting a request to the Director of the WV Division of Health for a 5% increase in fees for medical services. A copy of the purposed fees is posted at the Summers County Health Department for public review and comment. NOTICE ALCOHOLICS ANONYM()US Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Tues., Thurs. and Sat. at 8:00 pm at Ascension Episcopal Church, corner of 5th and Temple St. NOW OPEN !!!! Lowry's Trading Post gun and pawn is now open. We offer new and used firearms, ammu- nition, and hunting supplies. Special orders are welcome. • Win. Mocl. 12's $390 and up • Ssvlge ,17HRM $250 NIB • 1911-£1 Fkestorm .4SACP $3S0 NIB • Chades Saly mmser .300 MNb $450 NIB • Rein. 700 ADL 22-250 $42S NIB Open Wed.-Sat. 9am- Lowry's Trading Post 6pm, Sun. lpm-5pm (304)466-9093 Office, Talcott; WV 24981 9MM S6.SO, 40 &455,$,S0, Homady. 17HMR $10.25 Reading aloud brings words to life and encourages a child's imagination to soar. AEP recognizes the power of the spoken word and enlists the time and talents of its employees in West Virginia to read aloud to more than 15,000 students on Read to Me Day. This effort is just one of the ways we encourage learning. Each year • thousands of students visit our power plants to see how we make electricity. And we use theater performances and animated characters to bring electrical safety education to elementary schools across our service area. AEP is there, always working for you. Read to Me Day is November 13, 2003. To learn more about our work in communities, visit aep.com to request a Community Connections report. I[