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W.Va. fiddling phenomenon Elmer Rich dead at 95

The Dominion Post file photo Elmer Rich performs at the New Deal Festival, in Arthrudale, in July 2014. Rich performed for Eleanor Roosevelt when he was a kid.
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Elmer Rich performs at the New Deal Festival, in Arthrudale, in July 2014. Rich performed for Eleanor Roosevelt when he was a kid.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Elmer Rich, the fiddling phenomenon who played for Eleanor Roosevelt, then later became an old-time music star in his 80s, died Saturday, June 20, at his home in Westover.

He was 95.

Rich was a teenager when he played for the First Lady that night in 1936 in Arthurdale, Preston County.

Arthurdale was the nation’s first Homestead Community.

The video can be seen here: http://centrum.org/2012/06/elmer-rich-plays-for-eleanor-roosevelt/.

Rich said he wasn’t nervous.

“I was just a kid. I was thinking more about the music than anything else.”

Rich again picked up the fiddle at the age of 81, following his wife’s death…

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