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Reverend Franklin Trubee Records

Collection Number: A&M 2831


Correspondence, membership lists, forms, descriptions and by-laws of self help co-operatives organized and instituted in the vicinity of Scotts Run during the latter part of the Great Depression. Trubee was a newly ordained pastor sent upon request from local volunteers by the Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church. His task was to conduct religious services and to develop programs to alleviate poverty for those unemployed miners and their families who had not been resettled at Arthurdale. With the technical advice of Hjalmer Rutzebek of Merom, Indiana, the manager of an institute to aid in the development of self help organizations, Trubee and the community formed a co-operative that operated a bakery, gardens and food processing (canning) center. Trubee was also instrumental in obtaining better drinking water, medical and dental services and recreational facilities for the inhabitants. Nonetheless, these papers reflect not only the success of the co-operatives' efforts but also the severity of the Great Depression persisting even as late as the eve of America's entry into World War II.


  • Creation: 1938-1988


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Reverend Franklin Trubee Records, 1938-1988
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1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US