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Local Author Chronicles History of Fairmont Coal Barons
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on August 04, 2014 @ 7:01PM
Created on August 04, 2014 @ 5:00PM
Local author Diane Hutchinson Parker met with Senator Joe Manchin to give him a copy of her new novel Daddy's Ledger. It's about the history of the Fairmont coal barons. Throughout the book, Parker dives into the scandals, obituaries and gossip of Fairmont starting all the way back in 1864.
Parker, born and raised in Fairmont, is an active member in the community. It took her about five years to write the book and she said it all started with the information her father had. 
"My Daddy had a huge ledger. He filled it full with everything about Fairmont. I read it when I was a little girl even. I'd sit in his lap at his desk and read it him. It was all about the coal companies," Parker said. 
The book debuted in the fall of last year. She said she's gotten orders placed on her book from as faraway as Bangkok and Saudi Arabia. Monday evening, she was able to present a signed copy to Senator Joe Manchin, who said he's looking forward to digging deeper into our state's history. 
"Somebody that knows the history of who we are and how we got to where we are today is so important. Mrs. Parker has been so kind, giving, and caring to be able to put this much love and work into a book that we're all going to enjoy," said Senator Manchin.
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