Saturday, December 19, 2009

Moatsville String Ticklers

Hi, Tom

Yes, I have a photo of the Moatsville String Ticklers.

The members of the group are:
Standing: Zel Frye, Doyle Shaffer, Brooks Ritter (my uncle), and Floyd Frye
Seated: Marshall Summers, Harold Ritter (my uncle), Cecil Frye, and Gordon Frye.

Both of my uncles learned carpentry and loved working with wood. Uncle Brooks created spinning wheels, among other items.

Uncle Harold worked construction. He was involved in a horrific accident, around the time of WWII, and crushed his arms and chest. Doctors didn't think he'd ever be able to use his arms again. After he recuperated, Uncle Harold began to make violins, violas, cellos, and guitars. All were/are excellently crafted.

Thanks for your interest!

Kathy McBee of Canton Ohio


  1. Looking for any info on the Moatsville String Ticklers. They were from the Moatsville in Barbour County, WV, correct? I've read they recorded 4 songs but only the 2 were released. Any other bio information, other pictures? Thanks.