Excerpted from document "The History of the BCCC"
By Tom Gayhart


This document, extracted from the larger one on this site, gives a high-level view of Sharples. We would like to see other descriptions of the area submitted and posted.


During 1923 the Board of Directors of the BCCC authorized expenditures for a "Club House" rooming and dining facility and a YMCA building in Sharples. There were about 20 permanent residents at the "Club House" and additional rooms for company guests.

BCCC took pride in their approximately 800 employees and families as well as their communities. Housing, various utilities and recreational activities were provided, as well as medical services and medicine. Oh yes, there was a volunteer fire department. The small file engine was kept under the No. 6 store in Sharples. The center of numerous activities for everyone from Monclo, Clothier and Blair was at the facility called the "Y" (short for YMCA).

The "Y" was a three-story building where you could enjoy bowling, use the library and play basketball, billiards and checkers. You could even get a haircut and shoe shine. Movies (date night) were usually shown three nights weekly, if the film was delivered timely by bus. Mine safety meetings were held monthly at the "Y" with prize fighting entertainment. Too, National Guard, Boy and Girl Scout troops, women's club, church (Episcopal) and church activities were available at the "Y".

That's not all, dances, minstrels, stage shows, plays and Christmas pageants were at the "Y". Too, you could "fill-up" your gas tank, get an oil change and enjoy beverages, light food and ice cream.




Sharples

Excerpted from document "The History of the BCCC"
By Tom Gayhart


This document, extracted from the larger one on this site, gives a high-level view of Sharples. We would like to see other descriptions of the area submitted and posted.


During 1923 the Board of Directors of the BCCC authorized expenditures for a "Club House" rooming and dining facility and a YMCA building in Sharples. There were about 20 permanent residents at the "Club House" and additional rooms for company guests.

BCCC took pride in their approximately 800 employees and families as well as their communities. Housing, various utilities and recreational activities were provided, as well as medical services and medicine. Oh yes, there was a volunteer fire department. The small file engine was kept under the No. 6 store in Sharples. The center of numerous activities for everyone from Monclo, Clothier and Blair was at the facility called the "Y" (short for YMCA).

The "Y" was a three-story building where you could enjoy bowling, use the library and play basketball, billiards and checkers. You could even get a haircut and shoe shine. Movies (date night) were usually shown three nights weekly, if the film was delivered timely by bus. Mine safety meetings were held monthly at the "Y" with prize fighting entertainment. Too, National Guard, Boy and Girl Scout troops, women's club, church (Episcopal) and church activities were available at the "Y".

That's not all, dances, minstrels, stage shows, plays and Christmas pageants were at the "Y". Too, you could "fill-up" your gas tank, get an oil change and enjoy beverages, light food and ice cream.




This page was last updated on: 3/21/09

Sharples / BCCC Boy Scouts

In the 1930s, Sharples & Blair had Boy Scout troops ;Each summer the Boone County Coal Corp would pay our camperee fees that lasted two weeks.The camp was located up Spruce Laurel creek (Clothier).  But it wasnt a freebie; we had to move boulders out of the creek & place them on the banks to keep down erosion.We all had a great time at the camperee; learned how to do our own cooking,and housekeeping while living in tents.A big bonfire was going at night where we would all have a sing along gathered around the fire.There was a big lake to boat on.

Some of the names of the scouts I remember were Paul Vanover, Jimmy Burgess Jr., Emmitt Carrier, Hosea Alley,  Andy Farkus, Reo Akers, Clifford Burgess, Shelby Burgess, Joe Nelson, Virgil Nelson, Clyde Nelson. Maybe some of you can add to the list.

~ Shelby Burgess, formerly of Blair, Logan Co. WV

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Note from LuAnne:
My Dad, Paul Gayhart, worked his way up to Eagle Scout.  I know he had his own troop in later years in California, but he also may have done so in Sharples after being an Eagle Scout.  It is my guess that my uncle, Tom Gayhart, was a scout as well.

If any one can add any other names, please let me know.