Grandpa, all you bought was the air.

The Broad form of the Company’s Deed
Excerpted from the deed to his grandpa’s West Virginia Farm
By Bob Henry Baber

…….and excepting and reserving all the coal and other minerals and other substances on, in, and underlying said land together with the right of removing and taking away the coal and other minerals and other substances from adjoining and adjacent land through any openings and the right to occupy as may be necessary or convenient for mining purposes without reservation or hinderance and with proper rights for ventilation and draining the mines and all rights of ingress, egress, or way and the privilege of constructing operating and maintaining railroads and other roads in, on, under, across, and through and over the land without being in anyway liable for any injury or damage which may be done to the land or water therein upon and generally free, clear and discharged of and from all servitude to the land whatsoever.

Grandpa, all you bought was the air.

From Bob Henry Baber’s website
http://www.bobhenrybaber.com/
http://www.bobhenrybaber.com/broadsides2.php

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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