O Shenandoah! Stand Up! 1996

record "Stand up! Have you ever been there? Stand up and testify. I say, stand up, if you've ever been there. Stand up! Identify! STAND UP! Have you ever been there? STAND UP and testify. I say, STAND UP, if you've ever been there. STAND UP! Identify!"

(Lyric from Mel McDaniel's country song)


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  • From Don Silvius dsilvius@bibfile.com -- I just discovered your web site! Excellent!!! I live in the northern Shenandoah Valley (Inwood, WV - the part of West Virginia that is just like Virginia), and three quarters of my ancestors were in Shenandoah County until the 1920's. I have frequently made trips through Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties and it is no wonder my ancestors decided to settle in such a beautiful place. It is not possible that there is a more beautiful place on Earth. I guess my ancestors passed that on to me, and maybe that's why I cannot listen to the song "Shenandoah" with dry eyes. Thanks.
    It's a joy to hear from readers who find that the 'zine in some way reflects the intriguing history and incomparable beauty of this area and the depth of affection that the Shenandoah Valley evokes.
  • From Tom R. Ackley tra@webzone.net -- Can you tell me where the saying, "I'm stumped" came from? Thanks!
    Nope. I'm stumped. (Sorry.) It's an interesting question. Maybe another reader knows the derivation...?
  • From Nicola Hieberns@jmu.edu -- I am a student at JMU, and I have to write an assignment about the flood caused by Fran 3 weeks ago. I need some information about the damages caused by the flood, about organizations who helped the flood victims etc. I would appreciate it if you could send me some information.
    According to a FEMA Public Affairs official, tropical storm Fran caused the most extensive Shenandoah Valley damage (in order of devastation) in Page, Rockingham, Warren and Shenandoah counties. Page County was the hardest hit in Virginia. The order by which organizations assist disaster victims is: local rescue and fire departments followed by county, state and federal organizations, as requested. Red Cross personnel from all over the country volunteer their time to aid those in need and are reimbursed only for their expenses. When the State calls for Federal assistance, part-time on-call paid personnel, also from around the country, are mobilized to the disaster area. FEMA representatives accept applications and distribute grants of under $10,000 to households needing assistance in restoring their homes to a safe, secure and sanitary condition. Low-interest (currently around 4%) loans are also available.

    According to Bill Lenderking, a FEMA Public Affairs Officer, as of October 1, federal grants had been issued to flood victims as follows: Page County -- $887,956, 414 checks; Augusta County -- $427,123, 205 checks; Warren County -- $165,000, 67 checks; Shenandoah County -- 203,000, 73 checks. The average check amount was $2100.

  • From Colette Silvestri-Parsells, Reunion Coordinator DCSN24A@prodigy.com -- The Shenandoah National Park has agreed to post a homepage for the Civilian Conservation Corps' Annual Reunion. Is it possible that you could post the URL as well? It would greatly help the whole valley if I can get the general public interested in this annual reunion which has been going on since 1934. Your help would be greatly appreciated. The URL is http://www.nps.gov/shen/ . Thank you.
    You're welcome! Glad to. The Civilian Conservation Corps with the men and labor involved is a fascinating area of local history that deserves to be explored and honored.
  • From MHeller -- I have been looking all over the place trying to find out the definition of the word "Shenandoah" and, if I am really lucky, its origin. I am guessing it is an old Indian name but cannot find any backup information. Any assistance you can provide me with this inquiry would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    The "romantic" mythological meaning of Shenandoah, which you will encounter in most tourist books and guides, is "Daughter of the Stars", supposedly the Indian meaning of the word.... Another theory traces the name of the river and valley to the Senando, an ancient native tribe who once inhabited the valley. For a more detailed answer read Archived Valley Scene Questions in the 'zine's "Word Preserve" section.
  • From Scott Wiggins dsw@mail.ip.portal.com -- This morning I was viewing the web pages associated with the Shenandoah Valley. I am researching the origins of the word "Shenandoah". Would you know of any periodicals in the Shenandoah Valley (or any other sources of information) that I might contact that could provide information on the origins of the word? Thank you.
    There are several books that explore the various theories of origin for the name "Shenandoah". Perhaps a reader will remember the name and/or author of one and post it to Scott for his research.
  • From Hank Zimmerman (hzimmerm@shentel.net) -- .... We have lived in Fort Valley for over 17 years, and in this old farmhouse for 16 of them. There have been many changes, many lifetimes during that period, but the one constant has been the spiritual bond with the ancient rocks that form this beautiful land. We've had our ups and downs, but each day that we have been able to live in this valley has been a gift from God.
    Find out more about the Fort Valley area in "A Valley Hidden From the World" and explore the charmingly historic nearby town of Woodstock.
  • From DaveS -- .... One of life's many mysteries that I was hoping to find that you may have the solution for are the TRUE and ORIGINAL words to our beloved song O Shenandoah. I have a number of recordings and there are many variations. Any input as to where to find the words and a really good recording???
    There are many versions of O Shenandoah!. Here's one:

    Oh, Shenando, I long to hear you,
    away, you rolling river.
    Oh, Shenando, I long to hear you,
    away, I'm bound away, 'cross the wide Missouri.

    Oh, Shenando, I love your daughter,
    away, you rolling river.
    Oh, Shenando, I love your daughter,
    away, I'm bound away, 'cross the wide Missouri.

    This white man love your Indian maiden,
    away, you rolling river.
    In my canoe with notions laden,
    away, I'm bound away, 'cross the wide Missouri.

    Farewell, goodbye, I shall not grieve you,
    away, you rolling river.
    Oh, Shenando, I'll not deceive you,
    away, we're bound away, 'cross the wide Missouri.

  • From LauraB -- My sister and I are wanting to take a vacation to Harpers Ferry. I would appreciate any information on the area....
    Visit the Country Rag's Valley Scenes and Country Calendar sections for listings and links to area attractions.
  • From David Parks (parks@cfw.com) -- .... I am compiling a "white pages" directory of all those in our area with e-mail addresses and/or web sites.... This is absolutely free, no strings.... Please visit the site at: www.cfw.com/~parks ....I'm hoping to make this a valuable resource for people searching for valley connections....
    dir Shenandoah Directory with email and website links to local netizens is great fun, almost like a bbs. Check it out!


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