Monday, July 27, 2015

WEST VIRGINIA:  Mountain Momma, Take Me Home

THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE

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You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
I'M A NATIVE WEST VIRGINIAN AND I'VE BEEN CALLED EVERYTHING FROM A HILLBILLY TO A STUMP JUMPER.  I'M ALWAYS PROUD OF IT.  I'M VERY PROUD TO BE A WEST VIRGINIAN - John Raese

YOU HAVE TO HAVE SMELT A LOT OF MULE MANURE BEFORE YOU CAN SING LIKE A HILLBILLY - Hank Williams




PREHISTORIC INDIAN BURIAL MOUND


West Virginia is a very old country.  Burial mounds from prehistoric man are scattered throughout the state, especially in Moundsville, Charleston and Romney.  A 2010 analysis revealed that native Americans were burning forest to clear land to grow tobacco, maise (corn), gourds and squash as early as 100BC.


DEEP DOWN, I'M JUST A WEST VIRGINIA HILL BILLY - Brad Paisley


IROQUOIS INDIAN

In the 1670's the IROQUOIS Indians drove the other Indian tribes out of the West Virginia region, including the game rich, broad river valleys.  Deadly war existed between the Indian and the white man until the Battle Of Point Pleasant, on October 10, 1774 with the white man winning and continued on into the three sevens war, 1777.  In 1939 the U. S. Congress decreed, incorrectly, that the Battle of Point Pleasant was the first battle of the American Revolutionary War .



IN WEST VIRGINIA, THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE WE HAVE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GET UP EVERY MORNING AND GO TO WORK - Joe Manchin


Originally Virginia, the two different parts of the state varied greatly.  Independant minded mountain folk settled in the west while in the east the society was entrenched aristocratic, slave holders.  The mountaineers unsuccessfully tried to form a separate state in 1769.  When Virginia seceded from the union and joined the Confederacy in the Civil War, the mountaineers were divided about 50-50 with 25,000 fighting for the north and 25,000 fighting for the south.  (My great grand father, Indivan Pierce, volunteered for the north).  At the Wheeling Convention in 1861, delegates again asked to be separated from Virginia and on June 20th, 1863 West Virginia became the 35th state, which was first called Kanawha.

MAY YOUR GLASS ALWAYS BE FULL, MAY THERE ALWAYS BE A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD, AND MAY YOU DIRTY SINNERS BE IN HEAVEN A HALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD - Jason Jack Miller

WEST VIRGINIA TODAY


Of the 50 states today, West Virginia is 41st in area and 38th in population and is classified as part of the south.  With only 1% foreign born, West Virginia is the lowest and only 2.7% speak a foreign language in the home.  The population has declined from a high of 2,005,552 in 1950 to only 1,890,326 in 2014.  West Virginia is the only state today where the death rate exceeds the birth rate.


 Sixty percent more people are moving out of the state than moving in.  The states education system ranks 47th out of 50 and Charleston leads the nation in divorces.

I GET ALONG WITH ALL THE WOMEN SINGERS, BUT ESPECIALLY DOLLY PARTON.  WE TALK THE SAME HILLBILLY LANGUAGE - Loretta Lynn

HILLBILLY LANGUAGE

L I B Danged
Go fetch a switch
You're a sight for sore eyes
Running around like a chicken with it's head chopped off
Like talking to a fence post
Doesn't have a pot to pee in
Too dumb to pour pee out of a boot with directions on the heel
Don't take any wooden nickles
Katie bar the door
Sweating like a whore in church
You look as happy as a tick on a fat hound dog
Usn's going, you'ns come
She ain't no bigger than a well used bar of soap (Huh, Kimberly)

GRAN ALWAYS SAID OUR WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS IS LIKE THE BOSOM OF THE ALMIGHTY, KEEPING US PROTECTED AND STILL WITH HIM - Marilyn Shank


I am a native son of West Virginia!  I have traveled throughout the world and lived my adult life in northeast Ohio.  But, West Virginia is my home!  When I make my final trip home it will be to reside throughout eternity between my Mom and Dad and my sister, Victoria.


MAY GOD BLESS YOUR HOME

MAY GOD BLESS WEST VIRGINIA

MAY GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

(Thank you Betty, for the Memorial Day picture)

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

I enjoyed the West Virginia history lesson! I never get tired of reading about it. The hillbilly language I can identify with so well.