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Alderson West Virginia - A History
Charles David Nash
Someone   once   called   Charles   David   Nash   "a   laughing   genius."   That   about   describes   this   mechanical   wizard   who   owns   and   operates Nash Special Machine Company located at the top of Palestine hill. David   Nash   was   born   in Alderson   in   1926,   the   son   of   J.   Frank   and   Rachel   Tuckwiller   Nash,   the   grandson   of   Dr.   C.   P.   Nash.   He   grew up   in Alderson   and   was   graduated   from   West   Point   Military Academy   in   June,   1948,   with   a   B.S.   degree   in   military   engineering.(Click on photo for larger view) In   1953   he   started   to   invent   and   design   special   machines.   These   machines   are   high   speed   folders   of   paper   and   tissue   paper   inserts for   paint   color   cards,   which   are   used   by   paint   manufacturers   such   as   Sherwin-Williams,   Dupont   and   others.   He   has   also   invented, designed   and   built   machines   to   put   the   glue   on   such   color   displays   and   then   apply   "color   chips"   to   the   glue.   Other   machines   Nash   has   built   chicken giblet wrappers, shirt paper boards, and hosiery inserts. He has three patents and about twelve "registered" or copyrighted inventions. Nash   employs   from   four   to   seven   men,   all   of   whom   live   nearby,   and   all   are   highly   skilled   craftsmen.   He   has   plans   to   expand   his   present   small   plant   to manufacture   some   of   the   products   his   machines   can   make.   David   Nash   can   design   and   build   nearly   any   kind   of   machine   from   an   idea.   Then   he   and his craftsmen can produce it to operate perfectly. More from the eulogy on the West Point website: Charles D. Nash, Class 1948 No. 16532 /  6 Jun 1926 -  3 Aug 1994 Died in Berea, KY Inurned in Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg, WV, and Union Church Memorial Garden, Berea, KY Charles   Nash   was   born   in   Alderson,   WV,   the   second   of   three   sons   to   J.   Frank   and   Rachel   Tuckwiller   Nash.   While   growing   up   in   Alderson,   CD   was active   in   sports   and   enjoyed   playing   music.   He   was   given   a   drum   set   as   a   young   boy   but   was   allowed   to   practice   playing   the   drums   only   on   a   raft   in the   middle   of   the   river   that   divided   the   town.   He   also   played   the   flute   and   later   was   a   member   of   the   West   Virginia   State   High   School   Band.   CD   did well   academically,   skipping   third   grade.   He   was   the   smallest   player   on   the   athletic   teams,   but   he   lettered   in   both   football   and   basketball   in   each   of   his four   years   of   high   school.   He   graduated   from   high   school   at   16   years   of   age   as   valedictorian   of   his   class.   CD   then   entered   Purdue   University   to   study engineering.   In   his   freshman   year   at   Purdue,   he   received   appointments   to   West   Point   and   the   Naval   Academy.   He   chose   the   Military   Academy   and mechanical engineering was his field of study. While   a   cadet,   he   was   very   active   in   sports.   He   played   lacrosse   and   football,   swam,   and   participated   in   track   and   field,   lettering   in   each   of   these sports.   As   a   plebe,   he   broke   the   long   jump   record.   He   was   also   a   member   of   the   mile   relay   team   that   set   a   record   that   stood   for   fourteen   years   and captain   of   the   track   team   for   the   1947   -   1948   season.   CD   received   the   award   for   the   cadet   who   had   done   the   most   for   athletics   during   his   four   years at   the   USMA,   but   he   also   was   on   the   Ring   Committee   for   four   years   and   in   the Art   Club   for   two   years.   His   other   activities   included   participating   in   the choir,   Chess   Club,   and   Dialectic   Society   and   serving   on   the   Honor   Committee.   He   also   was   a   cheerleader,   a   Sunday   School   helper,   and   on   the Howitzer staff. In   his   First   Class   year,   CD   made   lieutenant   and   chose   pilot   training   for   his   branch   of   service.   He   was   an   excellent   student   and   graduated   high   in   his class.   His   later   thoughts   were   that   he   could   have   been   on   the   inside   track   for   becoming   one   of   the   first   astronauts,   but   CD   developed   diabetes   that year.   He   was   allowed   to   graduate,   and   then   he   was   immediately   given   a   medical   discharge.   He   served   as   the   secretary   of   the   Class   of   1948   for several years. After   graduation,   CD   worked   in   various   businesses   in   New   Orleans,   Atlanta,   and   Chicago   before   returning   to   Alderson   to   open   his   own   machine- building   business.   He   enjoyed   the   challenge   of   taking   an   idea   and   turning   it   into   a   working   piece   of   machinery.   CD   built   prototype   machines   for   a number of industries, and several patents were issued in his name. In   Alderson,   he   lived   on   the   family   farm   with   his   wife   Mary.   They   raised   five   children   and   became   grandparents   to   eight   grandchildren.   He   was   a Deacon,   an   Elder,   and   the   Sunday   School   superintendent   in   the   Alderson   Presbyterian   Church.   He   also   was   a   4-H   leader   and   was   active   in   the Alderson Development Group. Education   was   very   important   to   CD. All   five   of   his   children   completed   college   and   received   bachelors   degrees,   one   earned   his   masters   degree,   and two earned their doctorates. CD   made   friends   quickly.   He   looked   at   situations   in   life   from   a   unique   perspective   and   was   always   optimistic   that   there   was   a   solution   to   any   problem. He   was   a   skilled   and   inspiring   teacher   and   coach   who   was   always   willing   to   share   his   knowledge   and   experience.   His   expertise   ranged   from   how   to position   hands,   pump   arms,   and   point   toes   when   running,   to   the   intricacies   of   fabricating   a   worm   gear   out   of   a   solid   block   of   brass.   He   taught   many people   how   to   shake   hands,   tie   a   tie,   milk   a   cow,   shear   a   sheep,   spin   wool,   weave   a   white   oak   basket,   design   and   carve   a   wooden   lapel   pin,   or   live an honorable, dignified life. In   1984,   CD   moved   to   Berea,   KY,   with   Mary   while   she   completed   her   college   degree.   While   in   Berea,   he   became   a   volunteer   coach   for   the   Berea College   track   team   and   the   Dolphin   diving   team.   One   of   his   divers   went   on   to   become   an   All-American.      After   a   two-year   battle   with   cancer   and complications from diabetes, Charles David Nash died in Berea, KY, on 3 Aug 1994. He is missed by all who knew him.
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The History of Alderson, West Virginia From The Journal Of The Greenbrier Historical Society On  Alderson, West Virginia Written by Kenneth D. Swope - Compiled and Transcribed by Barry Worrell