Enjoy this story from Glenn T. Miller. This was originally published in our “Blue Book” – “St. Albans History”. The stories were from around 1918-1920.
“Around the age of 8 or 9 years old, around 1920, I would visit the Hoboes when they would congregate at the mouth of Coal River to take a much-needed bath and wash their clothes. They would cook up a beef stew of “slumgulleon”. First, they would detail someone to go to Miller’s Meat Market on Main Street and get a large soup bone, a few chunks of beef, and some suet, as well as a 50-pound lard can. They bought several cans of vegetables and all the stale bread available there. I would make my contribution by going home and sneaking potatoes, onions, and anything I could get away with. They always needed salt. I had to supply my own spoon. They served the stew in tin cans. I thought it was the best I had ever eaten, which was not true. The novelty of it was an experience I will never forget.”