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North Central Hungarian Goulash Kingwood Cool Springs Tygart Flyer

Philippi and Weston Blue Ridge Automobiles Descendants & The Curious  


Descendants, Goulash & The Curious


During our travels, we visited the romanticized Tuscany in Italy. Though the region possessed areas that had similar landscapes that could be found in areas of WV, the view of the mountainous cascades and vineyards in Northern Italy left lasting impressions. All of which, provided further curiosities about the origins of my ancestors.

European acquaintances flew in and purchased three Porsche Carreras' to use for their travels throughout America. One of their stops had been our home in West Virginia. These new visitors were very curious about a subject matter that many never consider.  While we, as well as many other Americans, are curious about the origins of our ancestors. Our new visitor's interests lay in where the descendants of Europeans ended up. Their histories and what they had achieved.

   
Such curiosity led them to view our overall home area as a living museum of such. So, they had many questions about my grandfather, father and myself. Though our home, auto building and vintage automobiles were of interest; they were more so interested in our display of representative tools. Some of which are in this image.
 
On the left are some of my grandfather Battista's tools that he used in the coal mines. The tools on the right are from my days as a lineman at the young age of 19.

 

 
Though fascinated with the overall tool displays, my grandfather's farm plow and my lineman tools were of great interest. They wanted to know about all of it. My grandfather's farm, that once existed near U.S Route 50 and extended back to our home area's valley and both hillsides, and my early career as a lineman.

The first image is my then 88 year old father with the farm plow that was pulled by my grandfather's retired mine mule. (I had new wormy chestnut handles made for the plow). The second image illustrates a small sled that was my father's when he was a child.

 

Though our visitors were enamored with my grandfather's days in America, they were very interested in what the third generation of an original immigrant had also achieved. In other words; where my grandfather began and where his descendants had taken it.

They were equally fascinated to learn that my wife Valerie was the descendant of 1700's English settlers, and that her family still had ancestral properties in the same county that her forebearers settled.

My wife with grandsons; Battista and Jeremiah.
 
Another new visitor, who also took a keen interest in our family. An Internationally licensed professional, who possessed a fascinating history with worldwide insights. My friend Dirk, who had informed us that our new visitor was a prodigy as a young man, also informed us that the new visitor's first job had been to reinforce a world renowned ancient structure in Rome.

 
Most fascinating were recent discoveries by an American and German engineer which shed light on age old questions concerning the construction of the Egyptian Pyramids. Though we found this interesting, I later commented on the efficient nature of the Munich Airport. Whereas I believe Dirk informed me that the Munich airport had been of our new friend's design.
 

Large parts of a village in WV named Clarksburg was built by European immigrants. So this village possessed inherent European traits. During a visit to this city our new friend provided unique perspectives on restoration and rehabilitation, even stating interest in purchasing a building.

Such prominent European interest would shine positive light on any immigrant built city. However, as my friend Dirk had in the past, our new visitor viewed me the trusted center point. Fascinating prospects, that we spent years laying the foundation for, was now a mute point. Logistics and worsening health problems, voided entertaining such interests then, or in the future. 

 
 
The new visitor in the picture was the president of a large Mercedes organization in America. He travelled from his home State to WV to meet Dirk. The visitor could not believe his good fortune, and as Mater would say; he was "As happy as a tornado in a trailer park".  
 
 
The goulash kettle and stirring spoon from Bogacs Hungary that our friends carried on the plane from Europe years ago.
 
Valerie and our two granddaughters.
 
Dirk, Gretel and friend Keith.
 
Our friend illustrating precision to a most precise granddaughter.
 
 

Anthony and Katrina

   


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