Purportedly the oldest community reunion in the county, former residents gathered for their 46th reunion Sunday at Chief Logan State Park. The event usually draws hundreds of former 22 Holden residents and their families from across the country.
But Moore is worried that gas prices will keep attendance down this Sunday.
"It cost me almost double to drive in this year than last," Moore said Thursday. "I was out almost $112. I think last year it cost me sixty bucks."
When the reunion began in 1962, the cost of a gallon of regular gas was $0.31. Last year in May 2007, gas averaged $3.07.
Moore said 22 Holden was a great place to grow up as the coal company supplied its residents with every need, from housing to movies. It also was the scene of one of the blackest days in Logan County history when in 1960 a coal seam fire killed 18 miners by asphyxiation at the Holden No. 22 mine.
"I was just lucky that my dad was on the third shift. He had just got home," Moore said.
Moore recalls that anything a kid wanted to do was in the community.
"We had baseball fields. We played basketball. We had a little grade school