KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education on Monday will be considering a request by the Mineral County Historical Foundation for permission to place an historical marker on board-owned ground at the South End Playground.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education on Monday will be considering a request by the Mineral County Historical Foundation for permission to place an historical marker on board-owned ground at the South End Playground.
Frank Roleff, president of the Historical Foundation, appeared before the board last month to request permission to place a highway marker honoring Thomas R. Carskadon in the park, along side the existing walking trail.
Carskadon, who built the Carskadon Mansion located along U.S. Route 220 across from the playground on what is known as Radical Hill, was a well known political figure in the 1800s in Keyser. He made unsuccessful runs for governor in 1884 and 1888 and was involved in local politics, as well.
Carskadon built and lived in the mansion which is now owned by the Historical Foundation and is currently under restoration.
According to Roleff, the area on which the mansion sits became known as “Radical Hill” because Carskadon was considered a radical in his political views.
“We have received a grant for two historical markers,” Roleff told the board members last month. “We established that one should honor Thomas R. Carskadon … and the appropriate place to put the marker would be the South End Playground.”
Roleff said the foundation members felt that, if the marker is placed next to the walking trail, it could be more easily read than if it was placed along the busy Route 220.
“People who walk the path will have an opportunity to read it at their leisure,” he said.
Because Roleff’s request was not on the agenda for the meeting last month, the board members could not take action.
It is on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, however.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. and was moved from the normal Tuesday meeting time due to scheduling conflicts.
Among the other items on the agenda are the School Improvement Council report from Elk Garden Primary, two student disciplinary hearings, and a number of personnel items, including the retirement of Fountain Primary principal Robert Unger.