CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — The second of July dawned beautifully with bright sun and moderate temperatures for the meeting of the annual Watts’ family picnic at Shelter 5 at Chief Logan Park.
As the park is the “ole home place” for many of the elder Watts’ clan, the July 4th weekend is always like coming home. It was during World War II that mining was so important to the nation for making steel that the “park” was heavily worked for the coal to make steel for the war effort. The Watts “boys” were exempted from the “war” to help produce the coal in the park.
There are only two, out of eight, of the elder Watts remaining as the family lost one of their champions of the picnic this past year in the passing of Ruby Watts Ferguson.
An inspirational talk and grace over dinner was given by Haskell Watts Jr. A meal was enjoyed by all, especially the dumplings prepared by Chuck Mullins.
Those in attendance for the family celebration included daughter, Lola Farmer from Cleveland, Ohio, and son, Eph Watts from Pleasant City, Ohio. Others attending from the Ohio area were Steve and Sharon Shamblin; Delmas “Buddy” and Eugenia Watts; Stephanie and Eddie Payne; Rosezetta and John Yurik; Dottie Workman; Steve Jr. and Jacque Shamblin and children Rylee and Reese Shamblin; Summer Erickson and Brooke; Jack Farmer, John Schiefersilin, and Jerry May from Manassas, Va.
Out of area attending included Stacey Mullins and Allison and Haley of Sissonville, W.Va.; and Brian and Pamela Ferguson and Dylan and Hayden Ferguson, all of Scott Depot, W.Va.
From the Logan, W.Va., area was Arlen and Amy Powers; Margaret Ferguson; Jerry and Diana Hodge; Carri Hodge, Katelyn Hodge and Curtis Mounts; Chuck Mullins and Heather Samples and Tori Samples, Savanna and Trace Vankovich; Brenda Mullins; Sandra and Terry Ramey, Tara Ramey and Elizabeth Woody; Haskell Jr. and Harlie Jo Watts and Kenneth and Marsha Watts; Donna Joan and Larry Bell, J.D., Kin and Emma Vinson and Jacob Vinson and Abigail Jeffery and Alice Chirico.
Games and fun was had by all with the creek being a huge attraction to the children.
Door prizes were drawn for and won by Donna and Larry Bell and Kenneth and Marsha Watts.
Arrangements are being made for next year’s event to be held at Shelter 5, if possible, and will be held July 8, 2017.