|The old American Legion Hall and the Little Kanawha Theater in Grantsville was the center of activity in World War II in
Grantsville, from school plays, minstrels and local bands to roller skating, particularly since the burning of Calhoun County High School.|
Shown here, The Tophatter's Orchestra, makin' music for the enjoyment of local citizens,
who were beginning to face the fear of war.
Lowell "Sug" Weaver, a member of this band, continued to
play his trombone while in the Navy, entertaining
troops and forming his own band, playing
on any old horn he could obtain.
Jim Downey, a
nephew of Morton Downey, was one of this group of
musicians. Their band group made the the news in the military
newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
The American Legion Hall was also the site of early movies, banquets, graduations and roller skating.
Front Row (L-R) Walter Emery Smith (alto sax); Hoyt
Umstead (alto sax); Mildred Strader (tenor sax) William
"Beaner" Burns (trumpet) and Mary Lea Burns (piano).
Second Row (L-R) Arden "Bis" McCoy
(coronet); Mathew "Matt" Mathews (trumpet).
Third Row (L-R) Lowell "Sug" Weaver (trombone);
James "Little Doc" Law (drums); David Hathaway (tuba)
Photo compliments of David Hathaway