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Old 06-19-2006, 10:27 AM
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I am looking for anyone that was living in or around Clarksburg or Bridgeport, WV in 1957. Also maybe if someone has a parent or grandparent that was around about that time that might can help me shed light on a mystery.

My mother and Myself are trying to find information about my grandfathers death. He was killed in some kind of incident on June 1st, 1957 in Clarksburg, WV. My grandmother has passed away and she would never talk about circumstances surounding his death.

My grandfather (David Samuel Folio) and another man (Gene Chadwell - 30 YOA at the time) were involved in a explosion around the Benedum Airport (also near the Bridgeport Masonic Cemetary) on June 1st, 1957. I have got a old news paper article from the area on that day and it gives a large amount of information.

It says that my grand father was kill and that Chadwell lost one eye, a portion of his face and his left arm up to the elbow. It is unclear what they were up to but they had two guns and a stolen vehicle was found nearby. My grandfathers car was also located near Deegans Lake. It sounds like they were up to no good but we would just like to talk to anyone who may remember anything or know Chadwell or his family.

The article also says that the Bridgeport Police Chief John Diamond responded along with City Emergency Car driver Paul Baker, State Police Sgt. G. F. Randall and Trooper Sankbiel. If anyone knows any of these people or knows someone who may remember please let me know.

I am just looking for some answers and I have already spoke with the West Virginia State Police and they are trying to see if they have an incident report on file. I have also tried all the internet searches (Zaba, google, yahoo).

Any and all help would be appreciated.

My email is Swass706@charter.net

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Old 07-12-2006, 11:37 PM
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this is a link to the library in Clarksburg, you might try there.
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Old 07-13-2006, 11:53 AM
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Thank you, I will see if they have anything.
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Old 12-11-2006, 09:38 PM
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Try Explosives, Inc. owned by Bernard Folio in Clarksburg.
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