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McComas Memories

Lets take a walk down memory lane to McComas, West Virginia a place many people CALLED HOME at one time.  Although we no longer live there we'll never forget the time we spent there.                      

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2014 McComas Memory Walk
will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 10 am - 3 pm
at the Old Pinnacle Elementary School which is now the Crane Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church
.. Please come and renew some old friendships and make some new ones. Pass the word to anyone having a connection with McComas to come and enjoy the day.

The PHC Church will once again be selling lunch to the attendees.

If you have any old photos or stories please bring them and share with other attendees.

 2013 McComas Memory Walk Pictures by Patricia Smith

2012 McComas Memory Walk Pictures by Patricia Smith

article written by Kate Coil from Bluefield Daily Telegraph on April 29, 2012 read more...

Old Photo of Red Hollow at McComas.  This photo was found in a trunk of an elderly lady who passed in on to Elbert "Dizzy" Harris who shared it with me and my viewers on this website.  Timeframe - early 1900s. posted 2/10/2011

 New Photos added July 10, 2012

Crane Creek Elementary School, Church  and the Mariotti House and Store

Crane Creek School, Methodist Church, Mariotti House and Store (in the picture above) taken from the Dickson porch across the road -- photo supplied by Judy Cole Dodd











Old Pinnacle Elementary School photo supplied by Diane Hedrick.  Her father and grandfather both lived and worked at McComas

written by Diane "My dad who is now 87 years old was born in  McComas, West Virginia in 1924. He has quite a lot of interesting stories about that area that he has shared with us kids over the years. I do believe he has a few old pictures of the town also, but I'm not real sure about that........  My grandfather, my dad's dad, moved from Italy to McComas, West Virginia to get a job. The family possibly lived in McComas for over 10 years. My grandfather became a naturalized citizen in 1929 in Bluefield."

My memories of McComas were instilled in me in a large part by my mother Helen Ann Huffman Spicer.  The early beginnings of this website were inspired by all she introduced me to before her untimely death in 1957.  So I dedicate this website and all it's beautiful memories to my mother.  She loved McComas and all the friends she had there.  webmaster Patty "Spicer" Smith

June, her father Morris and Frazier Eanes at McComas, WV - click for a larger view

William Morris Eanes a McComas Miner with his children June and Frazier early 1940s. They lived in a double unit house above where Cecil Todd and his family once lived in the  Thomas Coal Company Superintendent's House. 
Morris died in 1946 in a mining accident at Tralee
 photo was colorized by David Thompson 2007

Thanks to Judy Sutherland Spangler for this trip down memory lane -
Who remembers the high school bus stop across the tracks and the bridge -- I sure do...
Notice the single file waiting line on the steps to get on the bus.


help name these students - recent photo additions to the website

 2 new photos from Betty Todd with Pinnacle Elementary students - help us identify them view it ...

new school photo added 3/2/2009  Mora Grade 1/2 1946-47

Sampling of Emails sent to Webmaster Pat Smith  from web viewers over the years (their precious) read more...

If you want to share your McComas Memories on this website please contact me.  I would love to publish them.

Photo supplied by
 Minnie Mariotti Kuzemka, MHS class of 1940

Glen Scott - 1st Manager of the McComas Theater note Mora Elementary School in the background photo taken in the 1930s
Terry Tabor's
Memories of McComas

Terry has been compiling information for a book which he has asked to be included on this site for others to enjoy  thank you Terry!!!! 



click to enlarge thumbnail photo

McComas Community Center 1943 Photo to enlarge
McComas UMWA Local 5864 Band 1935, at Crane to enlargeMannering, WV between to enlarge
McComas Community Center during its early days to enlargeMcComas High School during its early days - so early the steps were not to enlarge
McComas High School around 1950 the work shop and steps are now to enlargeMHS Sports Participation Letter  Photo supplied by Tony Basconi November to enlarge


McComas High School (1925-1960)

Home to the BLUE and GOLD McComas LOADERS

There were 105 steps going up to the McComas High School according to Jackie (Curran) Howard.
Click here to see those same McComas High School Steps as of May 2001.
(if you can see them through the trees - 41 years after the school closed.)
Does it make you loose your breath just to remember walking up them?

   MHS steps 1         MHS steps 2 

I'm seeking contributions (data/pictures/memories) from anyone
willing to share concerning McComas History.
I'll gladly include it on these pages annotating the contributor.
As a recent convert to the wonders of family genealogy I'd like to stress that each and everyone of us need to pass on to our children their heritage. How often do we talk to them about their ancestors - or even what our lives were like in our youth. Many of us no longer live in a small close knit community like we were raised in. We had family and friends surrounding us and sharing in teaching us every day. Our children don't know where there roots started from unless we take the time and initive to teach them. Write it down, talk about it, visit old friends and places and introduce them to your children. Maybe re-introduce yourselves to them as well. It feels good!
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