Elk Garden Mayor Marian Droppleman announced Sunday at an event held in her honor that she is beginning to compile a town history of Elk Garden. She called for submissions of any information collected over the years by former town officials and citizens that could be useful in charting the course of history of the town.

ELK GARDEN- Elk Garden Mayor Marian Droppleman announced Sunday at an event held in her honor that she is beginning to compile a town history of Elk Garden. She called for submissions of any information collected over the years by former town officials and citizens that could be useful in charting the course of history of the town.

County Commission President Roger Leatherman and Commisioner Jerry Whisner expressed words of gratitude for the mayor's service, solid working relationship with the Commission, and applauded her efforts to enhance the historical record of Elk Garden.

They were joined by approximately 50 Town citizens, family members, and Friends who gathered to simply say thank you to Mayor Droppleman. Many spoke up acknowledging that we often don't say thanks enough and they had many reasons, official and personal, to be grateful for the manner and determination with which Marian approaches her work.

High on the list of reasons for gratitude is the mayor's success in "cleaning up the town," both literally and figuratively. With the new Chief of Police Jimmy Stewart looking on, the residents spoke of how much they appreciate the Law and Order the mayor has improved especially in terms of the presence of drugs in the town. Another citizen observed how she herself on a clean-up day walked up and down the streets bagging trash that had been left in lawns and ditches.

The mayor teared up a bit during her remarks as she thanked the gathering for the experience that afternoon. In her remarks she gave testimony to her faith as the driving force and sustainment for her efforts. It was during these remarks that she announced the task to compile the history of Elk Garden to be preserved in the town hall along with the Miners Museum she established about a year ago. Pastor John Laeger of the Elk Garden Assembly of God closed the gathering with a prayer of Thanksgiving.

Submission of historical documents and information relative to Elk Garden history can be submitted to the town hall at Town Hall
114 Oak Street
P.O. Box 70
Elk Garden, WV 26717
. Especially former Mayors  and Council persons, county professionals and courthouse record-keepers, who have safeguarded documents over the years, will be contacted to share originals or copies of documents generated or preserved during their administrations.

The event was held at the Blackrock Resort on Pinnacle Road. Presented as a Sunday social, the foods were the handywork of Wayne's Meats in Keyser.