This poem captures my hometown of St. Marys, West Virginia as I remember it growing up...
|The Walter S. Carpenter Bridge over the Ohio River|
in St. Marys, West Virginia.
A Little Country Town
By Albert Locke, Modified by Dan Fleming, Jr.
I love a little country town where
all is clean and neat,
Where people smile and say _Hello_
When meeting on the street.
A place where snobbishness is scarce
And human hearts are warm,
A pleasant place to spend one’s days
In sunshine or a storm.
Sophisticated folks may frown,
May call such people hicks,
And insist a little town
Is backward in the sticks.
But I’d rather be a simple hick
For all the world to see
Than a melancholy city dweller
Even lucky to see a tree.
I like a little country town
When springtime breezes fly,
And find it just as pleasant
When the summer sun is high.
I like it in the autumn
When wooded hillsides glow,
And receive a thrill in winter,
When the ground is white with snow.
You may have the city if you wish
With its bustle and its noise,
But you’ll find it’s not a proper place
To bring up girls and boys.
And even those who win success
And earn a broad renown,
Quite often give as their address
Some little country town.
I know my little country town,
I know its streets and alleys,
I know its people young and old,
Its Henrie’s and its Sally’s,
I think of it as best of all,
And my opinion never varies,
The town I’m proud to call my home,
Of course I mean St. Marys!
Albert Locke was associated with the Pleasants County Bank for many years. Some of you may remember him... Dan Fleming, Jr is a St Mary’s boy and now Professor Emeritus, VA Tech.
|Downtown St. Marys, WV |
with the Carpenter Bridge over the
Ohio River in the background.
|Monument in memory of 5 local pioneer families of |
Pleasants County, West Virginia.
- Bills - 1840
- Reynolds - 1790
- LaRue - 1790
-Brown - 1849
-Ruckman - 1849