|By Dave Peyton - Columnist|
Charleston Daily Mail
Sand Ridge, in Calhoun County, needs to have an annual half-runner bean festival.
Bob Weaver, editor and publisher of the Hur Herald (online at hurherald.com) has told the story of the late Euna Poling of Sand Ridge and how she was the one who brought these fabulous green beans to the world from her own garden patch.
And this would be a good year to initiate the festival. Ms. Poling took her bean seeds to Hardman Hardware in Spencer, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
In 1933, O.R. Hardman sent some of the half-runner bean seeds to the J. Chas McCullough Seed Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio.
It was there they developed the early white half-runner. Eventually, West Virginia University developed a couple of other varieties of the bean.
But it all started with Mrs. Poling of Sand Ridge who, according to the Weaver story, said her ancestors brought the original seeds with them when they came from Germany.