Happy Fourth of July and a Peek into Stamp Out Murder by Cher’ley


This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

Location map of West Virginia, USA

If you visited a town called Wanton in West Virginia you might overhear James and Carolyn as they walk through the thick woods. James is fascinated with his young lady who is multi-talented, yet extremely humble. She picks up a leaf and holds it up to the sunlight and whispers this poem called the

Autumn Evolution.

Colors are brilliant
Evolution of autumn
Blown away too soon

A little Autumn reminder as we are entering into the summer months. 

At McKeel’s Bed and Breakfast, you’d also hear a famous storyteller spinning a yarn, which stems from a true story. Uncle Lionel drew a deep breath and his deep voice burst forth. “I’ve heard it and I know it’s true, there was a man found dead in Stink Creek. Now Stink Creek is in a part of the woods, not fer from a favo-right swimmin’ hole. West Virginia has a fair share of swimmin’ holes, you know.” With a twinkle in his eye, the big burly man got close to one of the lady guests and winked. “If’n you have a notion, you can go in the buff.”

Now you can imagine, she huffed and blushed. He had her attention and mine. “The man got pretty riled up because some young fellows tipped his outhouse every year about this time.” He swept his big hand towards the sky. “The moon was a- full. His shotgun was a-loaded with salt. He was fixin to teach these young bucks a lesson they’d never forget.” And they didn’t. They never forgot the wails of that there man as he slid over the hill, a-break’n his neck. When they pulled the outhouse

The outhouse for the fire lookout at Goat Peak.

off’n him he was still a’hold’n his shotgun. It’s said, and I know it’s true, if’n you go swimmin’ by the light of the moon, at the ole’ swimming hole, you can hear him awailn’ and it sounds like he’s a-slidin’ over the hill into Stink Creek.”

The big, burly man looked me straight in the eye and said, “ So the next time you want to protect your outhouse don’t fall asleep before the Moon is Full.” And I sure won’t.

If you’d like to hear another story from Uncle Lionel you can find it in the last part of Chapter Seven in “Stamp Out Murder”.

***Do you like to listen to story tellers? ***



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Stamp Out Murder”.

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11 thoughts on “Happy Fourth of July and a Peek into Stamp Out Murder by Cher’ley

  1. I don’t think I’m awake yet this morning. I just posted my comment to Facebook! Cherley, this is an interesting post, as usual. The pictures are beautiful and remind me of the crisp fall days to come and the gorgeous colors all around. Love the outhouse story and loved the book Stamp Out Murder. Happy 4th to you too.


  2. Cher’ley, what great fun. Oral storytelling, even in the written form, is such fun. Thank you for the fun story…best and Happy 4th. Doris


  3. Love those tales! Fun read and a great glimpse of your writing too. Enjoyed and loved the pic of the old outhouse too. Our “three-holer” still stands on the farm, one small hole for me as a toddler when it was built. Neva Bodin


  4. Outhouses — seen many in my lifetime, especially on camping trips! HA! As a child, I used to fear those holes, thinking a snake or alligator would come up through. “Privvys” still aren’t my thing to this day! Hope your 4th of July was enjoyable, Cher’ley!


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