Helen Louise Boka 1920-2003

Helen Louise Boka 1920-2003

Helen Louise Boka, my grandmother on my father’s side, was born in Spring Hill or Ward, West Virginia on December 9th, 1920.  Her parents were Joseph and Julianna Boka and they resided in or near Ward, West Virginia, an unincorporated coal mining town in...

The Porch

Do you have a porch?  The porch represents much more than just a practical feature of a house, it brings to mind warm memories and opportunities for spending time with friends and family. My earliest memory of porch-sitting comes from my childhood.  I was maybe 4 or 5...
My Recollection of Ward – by Sally Drake – Part 1

My Recollection of Ward – by Sally Drake – Part 1

{This is the 1st of two installments – reprinting this story exactly as it appears in the 2001 Ward Community Reunion Book, in Sally’s own words…} On the night of March 6, 1934, in a howling snow storm, I was born at home in Ward, West Virginia. For...