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Growing up out Proctor: Uncle Yontz and Aunt Pearl

My uncle Yonsell (Yontz or Yonce) Jay Eller (1902-1982) and aunt Pearl Amanda (Briggs) Eller (1906-1978) lived in Proctor almost all of their adult lives. Uncle Yontz was the third of the nine Eller siblings. All were born at the C. A. and Elizabeth Eller homestead on Newman Ridge and all ...

Growing Up Out Proctor: Life at Grandpap Frohnapfel’s Farm

My Grandpap and Grandma Anna Frohnapfel’s farm and house was along Route 2 about two miles north of Proctor. I’ve been told that Grandpap bought the farm from the Arick family, who also owned the adjacent land to the south. I also understand that Grandpap built the house out of poplar trees ...

Growing up out Proctor: UFOs and Ghosts

All my life I have hoped to see a ghost, sasquatch, mothman, Flatwoods Monster, or unidentified flying object. I’ve never seen any of these things. Perhaps they don’t like to show themselves to a professional scientist. While West Virginia is a well-known hot spot for paranormal sightings, ...

Growing Up In Proctor: Uncle Yontz and Aunt Pearl

My Uncle Yontz aka Yonce, Yonsell Jay Eller (1902-1982), and aunt Pearl Amanda (Briggs) Eller (1906-1978) lived in Proctor almost all of their adult life. Uncle Yontz was the third of his siblings, all born at the Eller homestead on Newman Ridge. Aunt Pearl was born and raised a few miles away ...

Proctor: Life at Grandpap Fronapfel’s House

My Grandpap and Grandma Frohnapfel’s farm house was on the north edge of Route 2 about two miles north of Proctor. I’ve told that Grandpap’s farm originally was my great grandfather Anthony Estep’s farm (Arick’s before that). Anthony and his wife lived in an older house directly ...

Growing up out Proctor: Gramma Lizzie and Grandpa Charlie Eller

My paternal grandparents Charlie and Lizzie Eller raised their family on the farm adjacent to the east side of Highland School. In order of birth their children were Berrell (1898-1971), Okey (1900-1991), Yonsell J. (1902-1982), Sherman (1905-1966), Neva (1908-1993), Freda (1911-1994), Vera ...

Growing Up Out Proctor: Roy and Ruby Palmer

Two of the most memorable characters of my childhood out Proctor were Roy (1911- 1996) and Ruby (Dulaney) Palmer (1915-1983). The Skylab prank that Roy’s tormentors Uncle Oakey and Joe Coleman played on Roy is recounted in Chapter 6. Chapter 2 on Pap’s hound dogs describes the time when one ...

Growing Up Out Proctor: Grandpap Frohnapfel

Other than my parents, nobody had a greater influence on my life than Grandpap Frohnapfel (1884-1963), my maternal grandfather. He was born and raised on the homestead of his parents Anthony and Barbara (Shutler) Frohnapfel about a mile from the St. Joseph’s Catholic church, with the birth ...

Growing Up Out Proctor: The Garner Girls

The Henry Garner farm was several miles out Route 89 from our place. The Garners had been prominent in that part of the Wetzel County backcountry all the way back to when it was settled around Civil War times. The property still is in the family. Even after being divided many times, the farm ...