'Dirk': Deep Within The Mountains

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Trafford Publishing, Apr 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
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In Tribute Lelan “Dirk” Phillips served as Sheriff of Wyoming County, West Virginia during a turbulent time of America’s history. During the 20th Century, West Virginia was known for its pristine beauty and wilderness. The majority of people who lived there worked as coal miners in support of the mining industry and were the descendants of settlers traveling west, from Virginia and the Carolinas, in order to own land of their own. Lelan “Dirk” Phillips was a hard working man, who rose through the ranks in the coal mining industry by day; however, he distilled and smuggled moonshine (a whiskey indigenous to the area) by night. He was initially an atheist, who believed in no one but himself to be the maker of his own destiny. Later, he became a devout Christian and husband dedicating his life to upholding justice and caring for others when, his wife—the love of his life—almost died. As sheriff, he established a reputation of dismantling the gangs that were illegally making and distributing moonshine throughout that part of the country and striving hard to provide justice for all. Winona Phillips Donnally, the author of this book, came from a family that embodied the American dream deep within the mountains of West Virginia. Her family strived to overcome adversity through nothing more than faith, dedication and hard work. She lived a long life, selflessly devoting herself as a revered mother to her family and registered psychiatric nurse to her patients. She will always be in the hearts of those whose lives she touched. This book is dedicated by Joseph D. Sage in loving memory of his beloved grandmother who passed the torch of American values, selfless service to others, and devotion to a loving family. I’m honored to finish what you started...
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I A TIME TO REMEMBER
1
CHAPTER II THERE GOES MY WOMAN
4
CHAPTER III JACK AND TONEY
6
CHAPTER IV MISS DUNCAN
12
CHAPTER V RIVALRY
15
CHAPTER VI MY WIFE
20
CHAPTER VII COAL MINING IN THE TWENTIES
28
CHAPTER VIII JUICIN
31
CHAPTER XVIII I BELIEVE
93
CHAPTER XIX TRIAL BY FIRE
98
CHAPTER XX JOY AND PAIN
104
CHAPTER XXI A FEW MILES AWAY
108
CHAPTER XXII A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR
114
CHAPTER XXIII THE TOLL OF PRIDE
118
CHAPTER XXIV YOU HAVE A CHOICE
124
CHAPTER XXV CLEAN HOUSE
136

CHAPTER IX BOOTLEG SHINE
35
CHAPTER X WHISTLIN GEORGE
39
CHAPTER XI WYCO
47
CHAPTER XII CLOSE CALL
50
THE PLAN
60
CHAPTER XIV RUN DOCK BOSS RUN
65
CHAPTER XV BIG BOSSS GAVEL
70
CHAPTER XVI COAL MINERS VICTORY
80
CHAPTER XVII BEYOND UNDERSTANDING
88
CHAPTER XXVI INITIATION
139
CHAPTER XXVII BUY HIM OR FRAME HIM
147
CHAPTER XXVIII CONFESSION
153
CHAPTER XXIX THE PAYROLL GANG
159
CHAPTER XXX THESE LITTLE ONES
164
CHAPTER XXXI THE COPPERWIRE GANG
171
CHAPTER XXXII BOOTLEG ROUNDUP
180
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