St. Albans Historical Society

Coalsmouth Chronicles

St. Albans Recollections from Glenn Miller (1918-1920)

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.”



St. Albans Historical Society

City of St. Albans, WV

Preserving the past and promoting the future, the St. Albans Historical Society is dedicated to collecting and safeguarding materials that tell the story of our town’s rich history. We encourage and educate present and future generations about our heritage, inspiring a greater appreciation for the unique cultural legacy of St. Albans.


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St. Albans Historical Society
404 4th Avenue
St. Albans, WV 25177
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