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SPIRIT of JEVFERSON and FARMER S ADVOCATE PAGE A7 OPINION Wednesday. November 14, 2018 I oF otll iii!ii ,i,/ ! i!ii!ii iiii iiiiiiii iiiiiiii!iii ill i .lll I -- III] | ~i~iii~ii!iii~iiiii~i~ii~iiii~iiii~iii!~~i~Iiiiiii~i~i~iii~ii~i!i~i ~iiii~i~i~i~i~i~i~i~i~ii~'i~i~i,i~i~i~ ~ i~i ~i~ ~' ~i~!~i~i~!i ~i~ii!~!ii!!~iiii!~!~ii!i!iiiiiii!iiiii~ii!!~i~i~i!i~ii~iii~!~!i!~iiii!!iii~i~iii~!i!~i!!!!iii~i!i~ii~iiiii~i!ii~iiiiiiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiJiii~Ziii!iiiiiiiiiiiii poses a It is now some 50 years that Margaret and Dr. John Wash- ington invited my wife and I to Jefferson County and Hare- wood for a visit. As a historian, a former trustee of the Thomas Jeffer- son Memorial Foundation and of the National Trust for His- toric Preservation (chartered by Congress) I and my entire family were captivated by both the natural and cultivated land- scape of this unique and re- spected environment that has now been settled nearly 300 years. Not long after the visit to the Washingtons we found the di- lapidated farm and house still called Hazelfield given by General Adam Stephen to his daughter Anne as a dowry in 1780 when she married Alex- ander Spotswood Dandridge cousin of Martha Washington. General Stephen is well known in these parts for his exuberant exploits in the French and In- dian War, general in the Amer- ican Revolution as well as the founder of Martinsburg. After more than 40 years Ha- zel field has, with most of its original materials and crafts- manship in tact, been restored and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also the subject of measured drawings by Historic American Building Survey for the files and online records of the Li- brary of Congress. In the interest of full disclo- sure. my farm Hazelfield bor- ders on nearly a mile of Jef- ferson Orchards now leased to Rockwool, where the heavy industry zoning was changed without notification or with any recognition of its official historical status at the state or federal level placing the manu- facturing facility and its tower- ing smokestacks and 24- hour lights less than a mile from the house built in 1815. As a Danish corporation this heavy-handed indifference to Danish history would nev- er have been tolerated in the home country. Even today I am still find- ing historical references in the roads, towns, place names and houses within the precincts of both Jefferson and Berkley counties that is, in my judg- ment, one of the most resonat- ing landscapes of American history in the Valley of Virgin- ia and beyond. Like all of us we pay our taxes in the courthouse where John Brown was tried and con- victed. Up the street from the post office F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of "The Great Gats- by," spent weekends with h!s Princeton classmate the poet John Peale Bishop. JFK, who campaigned in the streets of Charles Town, claimed that his 1960 primary victory in West Virginia sealed his national nomination as president. " While I know that everyorm has been briefed on the chem- ical and hazardous pollutants that will unquestionably be introduced by the Rockwool plant, I would call attention to the longterm damage and deg- radation to our shared heritage of Jefferson County that em- braces a major period of the settled history of our country. It is this "clear and pres- ent" threat to the very charae- ter of the county that should be thoughtfully weighed along with the other dangers posed by heavy industry before any blind, irrevocable steps are taken by the Jefferson County Commission. Corporate wel- fare in corporate tax cuts at the expense of education and the environment is not what the majority want. "Jobs" like patriotism is the politician's shibboleth but with one of the lowest num- ber of unemployed on record, the county can justifiably rec- ognize other important conser- vation elements such as histo- ry (so ubiquitous that it is tak- en for granted) as a telling key to a community's spiritual and emotional health. Gas lines are not the only measure of "civilization." We don't want to see Jefferson County to become one of Ger- trude Stein's empty, character- less places she famously dis- missed because "there's no there there." Respectfully, I write to the County Commissioners and to the community to use whatever political persuasion you have to oppose the insidious dep- redations that will follow the misguided county plan to intro- duce heavy industry into this beautiful but fragile valley. Conservation of history should rank with the other en- vironmental challenges that threaten our very survival. Make no mistake, Rockwool is only the "camel's nose under the tent." WILLIAM HOWARD ADAMS Hazelfield, Shenandoah Junction WW2 History Archive's thanks (and some clarifications) As the director of WW2 Histo- ry Archive, I wanted to thank you so much for the thoughtful article in the Nov. 7 edition of the Spirit of Jefferson. It is sincerely appre- ciated. Being a historian, I did want to clarify that the approximately 4,000 American civilians killed in the U.S. in World War IImw- ere nearly all off shore in Ameri- can waters off the East Coast. The majority of those were off of North Carolina. Six Americans were killed by Japanese balloon bombs in Oregon and several in Los Angeles from our own anti-aircraft fire against what was believed to be many Jap- anese planes approaching Los An- geles. Over 500 Americans were ldlled by the Japanese in Alaska in 1942 and a Navy Base Ditch Harbor was overrun and much of the Aleutian Islands was occupied by Japan. Pearl Harbor, of course, saw near- ly 3,000 killed. The Philippines was a posses- sion of the U.S. at the time withu 15,000 Americans killed (and over 1,000,000 Filipinos). That brings the total of Americans killed on its own territory to over 7500. But if you include Americans killed in the Philippines, it's around 22,500. The U.S Canada, Mexico and South America were also invaded by German and Japanese agents. There were attacks on Canadian, Mexican and South American ships off of North and South America. Thirty-two women Women A r- force Service Pilots (WASP) were killed in accidents while ferrying planes in the U.S. in WWII. More than 400,000 Americafis died in WWlI, with over 600,000 wounded. PSTD cases were rarely reported. After the article appeared, I re- ceived an email from a WWII vet- eran who would like to be inter- viewed, so we are very grateful for the article. Thanks to writer Bon- nie Williamson for all her efforts to get the story out. MARK ZANGARA WW2 History Archive director