Tyler County Museum Offers Historic Look of County
By Chad Turner
The Tyler County Museum, located on Dodd Street in Middlebounre, has a wide variety of historic relics to look over. There are many rooms throughout the building that have their own theme such as a room dedicated to Tyler High School, one dedicated to Sistersville High School, and one even dedicated to former Governor Cecil Underwood.
Several items in the collection have been donated from former residents and alumni. Items such as medical tables, dentist equipment, and banking equipment have all been donated by local businesses. A cub scout room is full of items that have been donated from local cub scout groups throughout the years. There is a trophy collection that once belonged to Kermit Long that is available for viewing.
There are three floors within the old building which each has its own gaggle of themed rooms. One room is designed to look like an old style convenience store. Some of the historic items range from old rope beds to poodle skirts and relic jukeboxes.
Some of the rooms have items in glass cases which are for viewing only. Items such as priceless artifacts or a person’s rock collection are kept from stray hands.
There is a war room dedicated to several of the wars of the past which holds a variety of flags. There is a Nazi flag that was taken from Dave LeMasters, a Tyler county youth who was in WWII. He crossed the Rhine River with his troops and removed the Nazi flag from the wall in a casino. There is a flag commemorating Sistersville Blues. There is also a nicely written latter about the American Flag written by Denver McMullen which reads:
Too long I’ve been in darkness. I’ve longed for this day I now can see this land I love and feel the warmth of day. When I last glimpsed the light so many years ago, our nation was divided. We knew not where to go. For four long years we struggled and strove with might and main to answer many questions and set things right again. All questions were not answered, but on this we did agree. That we would be one nation nd all men must be free!
I’ve no more recollections, for I was hid away. So many things I want to know; so many things to say. I thought to ask my brother to bring me up to date. We hadn’t talked for Oh, so long. He kept me up quite late. We had a grand reunion. He’s changed a lot I see. There are 50 starts upon his breast. I have just 33. He’s such a noble fellow. I’ve always loved him so. For all his age, he’s still quite strong. His strength just seems to grow.
I thought it best to listen to what he had to say. No need for any questions, he made it plain as day. He’s been so many places; their names all strange to me. Of this I am quite certain. He went to set men free.
I saw sadness in his eyes. I think I saw a tear; for freedom has a heavy price. That cost is oh, so dear.
I don’t recall where all he’s been. My memory’s not the best. But I’ll try to name some places where he has faced freedom tests.
San Juan Hill to Belleau Woods and then Chateau-Thierry; Pearl Harbor, Midway, the shores of Tripoli; New Guinea and the Solomons, Wake Island, Sicily; Tarawa and Pelelu A beach in Normandy
The island Iwo Jima, high on a blood stained hill, my brother rose in glory; that image with us still. There, valor was a virtue, so common on that day. That brief and shining moment we remember here today.
Seoul and Inchon Harbor, the chosen Reservoir, Pork Chop Hill and Pusan and many many more.
Saigon, the Mekong Delta; plieku and Cam Ranh Bay, Da Nang and Haiphong Harbor. – A city that’s called Hue.
He was so sad when he came home. I’m sure my brother cried. He was reviled and spit upon. He could but wonder why.
My brother is forgiving, as kind as he is brave. For those who oft reviled Him, he always forgave.
He’s in the Middle east right now, protecting you and me. He’s there to right the wrongs of man and brings folks liberty.
Yes, my brother’s quite the fellow. He’ll stand the test of age. Oft bullet torn and sullied, he will forever wave!
The Tyler County Museum is surely a blast from the past and I’m sure that anyone from the county would appreciate a tour through the old Tyler County High School to reflect and appreciate the way things used to be around the county.