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December 8, 1970 - 39 years ago today

I vividly recall my mother waking me up and telling me to come to the front bedroom window. What I saw horrified a wide-eyed 10 year old boy. I was stunned at the sight of flames in downtown Sistersville. My mother said to come down and get dressed. Next thing I recall, my dad was coming through the front door saying the fire was in the lower block of downtown. By this time, I was dressed and going out the door with mom, dad, and my grandmother. We just got across the street when a neighbor asked my dad what was on fire. Dad said "it's the old Opra House." I looked at my mother and asked "Opra House?" Mom said, "Starcher's Furnature." By the time we got near the City building looking south, we saw nothing but flames from GC Murphy south to Starchers. When daylight finally came, the sight of burned out buildings with nothing but facades was all that remained. The Sistersville I recall growing up changed forever the wee hours of the morning of 1


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