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Notes on back of photograph: "Uncle Edgar Lucher (3rd on porch), Uncle Ira Lucher (And first wife, who's name is unreadable), Uncle Sam Fordham and Clara Lucher (daughter of Aunt Nina)." Note the nets over the horses' ears to keep flies out.
Fighter pilot in WWII, won many victories over Europe. After the war became a Jet test pilot and the 1st to travel faster then sound in 1947.
"Captain Bill Griffith" (William C. Griffith of Big Briar Creek, Boone County, West Virginia. Griffith captained a stern wheeler named "Peytona" on the Coal River. He was the first to navigate a stern-wheeler through the Coal River's new locks and dams in 1855. During the Civil War, Griffith served in the ranks of Company B, 36th Virginia Infantry Regiment, Confederate Army.
This photo was taken before retirement from active duty, July 1960. Hearne served in the West Virginia State Legislature and State Republican Party.
Commanded Confederate troops during the first invasion of Kanawha Valley, 1861. Wise was Governor of Virginia, 1856 -1860.