Does any1 kno bout montgomery in the ...
Remembering

Charleston, WV

#41 Jan 11, 2013
i believe an old mine shaft burst open near the bridge over pass and flooded the town of Montgomery. I don't remember a fire.
I Know 2

Charleston, WV

#42 Jan 12, 2013
Does anyone remember Chuck Smith as Mayor and Eddie Queen and the boxing promoter in montgomery

Since: Nov 10

Powellton WV

#43 Jan 13, 2013
I Know 2 wrote:
Does anyone remember Chuck Smith as Mayor and Eddie Queen and the boxing promoter in montgomery
I do.
I know 2

Charleston, WV

#44 Jan 13, 2013
Yeah I remember them wer'nt they all buudies with all the crime figures
friend

Charleston, WV

#45 Apr 23, 2013
HCRR wrote:
Fayette county was wild and crazy back then, there was the top hat and the esquire club, blue and gold the bamboo room , valley tavern and the plaza, the doghouse and the famous al's club. Everybody had their hand in somebody's pocket. Lots of people were employed and money was everywhere. GC Murphys and several shops were thru out Montgomery, saturdays and the town was packed with shoppers.I could tell ya more about Montgomery but lets see what each of u remember.
names please?
friend

Charleston, WV

#46 Apr 23, 2013
ole man wrote:
Montgomery was wide open in thoe days, who you knew made all the difference . Johnny Fragile ran montgomery aong with the Diviti police cheif and Al Falbo ran Smithers, both of them had lots of so called associates that helped them. Gambling was big. Jack Coiner ran the Esquire club and everything went their way for years. All the above are now deceased.
who else were there associates?
friend

Charleston, WV

#47 Apr 23, 2013
I know 2 wrote:
Yeah I remember them wer'nt they all buudies with all the crime figures
who were the"crime figures"?
Citizen

Bluefield, WV

#48 Apr 24, 2013
The place on the corner where the Chinese rest. is was called Kool Treat.
old timer

Saint Albans, WV

#49 Apr 25, 2013
The town had many business in town no drugs no very little crimes the olny bad people were the cops they were paid off to do the crimes. There was a Tucker boy hung in his cell at old police station with his belt and in report they took his belt so explain that there was an old train station across from Pete's flower shop gc Murphy's and Mr Corey had payless he had any thing you needed the old Montgomery was great you had to live there then
whitten family member

Portage, MI

#50 Apr 26, 2013
My family member George Whitten sold it to Mark Legg from Cannelton. It was not long after that that George was found in his bed shot. It was speculated that the killer was hired by Mark Legg and the Given boy from Morris Drive who was having a thing with Mark Legg was suspected of carrying out the actual murder. It was also speculated that the killer had a boat and came up the river bank to avoid being seen coming and going. I pray the killer will be charged and if not they suffer.
arctic wrote:
From the books I've read it sounded like it was who you new and who you paid off.
Some of these murder stories had suspects that were named but not enough evidence to convict.
Like the guy who owned Tri-Way (can't remember his name) he was named as a suspect in several unsolved murders but was never convicted.
(Tri-Way is what the Smithers Exxon was called for those too young:)
This end of the valley has a strange history.
ATRAIN- SAN FRANCISCO

AOL

#51 Aug 17, 2013
I WAS A REGULAR AT THE VARSITY. IT WAS OWNED BY PERRY HACKER AND HE ALLOWED ALL OF US TO RUN A TAB AND PAY-UP WHEN WE COULD. IF IT WASNT FOR HIS GENEROSITY AND PATIENCE I WOULD HAVE STARVED. IT WAS THE CENTER OF TOWN ESPECIALLY AFTER A TECH OR MONTGOMERY HIGH FOOTBALL GAME. WE ALL LOVED THE PLACE AND I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THAT PLACE.
Ron

Plattsmouth, NE

#52 Aug 17, 2013
I have so many incredible memories of Montgomery, West Virginia. Although I am only 28, going on 29, I remember Montgomery in it's final days of glory. I remember my mom going to Belva's (before it moved) to get her hair cut, while my dad would take me to the Top Hat. My head was hardly above the pool table, but my dad would give me quarters to knock the balls around while he played the machines. After that, we'd do some shopping. I remember Murphy's, along with Payless. When you hear the name "Payless", you automatically think about a shoe store, but that place seemed to have EVERYTHING. I bought my first paint ball gun from there, along with my first M-80's! To be honeset, even though I highly approve of the church that is there, it really broke my heart to see Montgomery Middle School close down, too. I'll never forget walking from there to Byron's to pick out a suit for the prom. So much has changed since those days. It's rather sad. I remember when Shawn had his own little tiny space that you could rent movies and buy smokes. Now, it seems that he, along with the rest of his family owns Montgomery. I would love to see Montgomery return to what it once was. Sadly, I don't believe that will ever happen.

Since: Nov 10

Powellton WV

#53 Aug 17, 2013
whitten family member wrote:
My family member George Whitten sold it to Mark Legg from Cannelton. It was not long after that that George was found in his bed shot. It was speculated that the killer was hired by Mark Legg and the Given boy from Morris Drive who was having a thing with Mark Legg was suspected of carrying out the actual murder. It was also speculated that the killer had a boat and came up the river bank to avoid being seen coming and going. I pray the killer will be charged and if not they suffer.<quoted text>
I'm sorry...I do vaguely remember that.
Wasn't that in the brick house by the road?

That was his name....the last I heard of him he was
in jail somewhere down south. For crimes he committed
down there.
There was a chapter in the book about Legg that talked
about a business partner he had that he had an insurance
policy on. The partner had written a letter or something
that said if I die in a strange way Legg killed me.
But nothing was ever proven....I guess b/c he didn't go
to jail that time either.
There was also a young mans body that was found on
Marting Mountain (Mt Olive) and rumors that pointed to
him but I don't think anyone was ever charged with
that murder either.
So many odd murders in the Upper Kanawha Valley that
have never been solved.
lol

Ada, OH

#54 Aug 18, 2013
arctic wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sorry...I do vaguely remember that.
Wasn't that in the brick house by the road?
That was his name....the last I heard of him he was
in jail somewhere down south. For crimes he committed
down there.
There was a chapter in the book about Legg that talked
about a business partner he had that he had an insurance
policy on. The partner had written a letter or something
that said if I die in a strange way Legg killed me.
But nothing was ever proven....I guess b/c he didn't go
to jail that time either.
There was also a young mans body that was found on
Marting Mountain (Mt Olive) and rumors that pointed to
him but I don't think anyone was ever charged with
that murder either.
So many odd murders in the Upper Kanawha Valley that
have never been solved.
I remember reading about all of this too what book was it in?
Southern girl

Charleston, WV

#55 Aug 18, 2013
arctic wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sorry...I do vaguely remember that.
Wasn't that in the brick house by the road?
That was his name....the last I heard of him he was
in jail somewhere down south. For crimes he committed
down there.
There was a chapter in the book about Legg that talked
about a business partner he had that he had an insurance
policy on. The partner had written a letter or something
that said if I die in a strange way Legg killed me.
But nothing was ever proven....I guess b/c he didn't go
to jail that time either.
There was also a young mans body that was found on
Marting Mountain (Mt Olive) and rumors that pointed to
him but I don't think anyone was ever charged with
that murder either.
So many odd murders in the Upper Kanawha Valley that
have never been solved.
Arctic, the other guy that was murdered on Marting Mountain was Mike Nasby All the murders mentioned here were pointed at Mark Legg. I believe he has passed away but I am not certain of that. I had heard he died from AIDS, again not first hand, only rumor.

There were a lot a shady things that happened during that time frame that I believe was shuffled under the rug by law enforcement. Hope that doesn't surprise you.

I would truly like to see the murders of Mr. Whitten and Mike Nasby solved even if Mr. Legg is deceased. It would help to bring closure to the families. Another murder I would like to see closed is Cathy Carroll. But her murderer just died from cancer. There are definitely others involved in that murder that need to be brought to justice.
I Know

Charleston, WV

#56 Aug 18, 2013
arctic wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sorry...I do vaguely remember that.
Wasn't that in the brick house by the road?
That was his name....the last I heard of him he was
in jail somewhere down south. For crimes he committed
down there.
There was a chapter in the book about Legg that talked
about a business partner he had that he had an insurance
policy on. The partner had written a letter or something
that said if I die in a strange way Legg killed me.
But nothing was ever proven....I guess b/c he didn't go
to jail that time either.
There was also a young mans body that was found on
Marting Mountain (Mt Olive) and rumors that pointed to
him but I don't think anyone was ever charged with
that murder either.
So many odd murders in the Upper Kanawha Valley that
have never been solved.
I know who the partner was that you are talking about, but they were not partners. I have the newspaper article where "Chad Beach" wrote his mother telling her that if anything happened to him to check Mark Legg out. There was also Jimmy Childers from Gauley Bridge that was found dead - called it an accidential drowning, but Jimmy's face never touched the river! Legg had insurance policy on both Chad Beach and Jimmy Childers. Chad Beach was found on the strip mine road in Kanawha County (shot dead) and Jimmy Childers was found in his truck at the river park in Gauley Bridge. You should research the Charleston Gazette for the article on Chad Beach. Here are the dates you need to look for in the Charleston Gazette: 1-28-96,1-29-96,2-2-96,2-9-96, 2-10-96 (articles on Chad Beach). Also, Unsolved Murders article on 4-4-88. Check on John Roat, good friend of Mark Legg - he died 8-4-92 during the investigation in the death of Jimmy Childers. What was his connection with Mark Legg?? Check Charleston Gazette August 27, 2000 - Mark Legg arrestedin NC - 2nd degree forcible sex, 2nd degree kidnapping and extortion. Very good article as it covers a lot of territory on Mark Legg. I found copies of all of this at WVUIT's library. Also, Mark Legg again did not face the charges in NC. He is running free - free as a evil person.
dontkidme

Ocala, FL

#57 Aug 18, 2013
I was born in the Laird Memorial Hospital in the 1940's and had appendix removed by Dr Laird in 1956. Don't know about his personal life but he was a great surgeon, the hospital was "state-of-the -art" for that time, and Montgomery was a wonderful thriving town...many businesses and good, friendly, honest people.

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#58 Aug 18, 2013
I wish my dad was alive so I could ask him about all this stuff. He would know.

My great grandfather owned a store in Smithers. This would have been 60's and before. And when I was young, I didn't think twice about it when I heard the stories as a kid.

But now that I'm older...it's different somehow. I'm more into finding out about who I am...where I come from...all that good stuff.

But now the only people who would know about it are dead.
Bernie Radford

Middle River, MD

#59 Oct 8, 2013
WVIT (1957-1961). Montgomery has some of my fond memories. The eight to one ration between boy and girl students was trying, but some of the girls were exceptional. Great Tech basketball games kept life exciting. The vigilantes kept the student in line with every new school year. The "hot salame sandwiches" at Al's Club in Smithers set a standard that cannot be forgotten; as far as I know Al took that recipe to his grave. Midnight trips to the Varsity Grill were delicious. And a few goodnight kisses at the women's dorm still bring sweet memories to my now ancient mind.
oldtimer

Charleston, WV

#60 Nov 30, 2013
Montgomery has sure changed, all the good places are gone, there's nothing left but self serving politicians and an over sized police force. It once was a thriving community and there was money flowing like water, too bad its all dried up an gone.

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