The modern history of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. has often been marked by tension between federal officials and residents of the town, many of whom don't want their lives and businesses controlled by Uncle Sam. Fortunately for both groups, there was a true statesman available to assist in the development of the town, a statesman by the name of Bradley Nash.
Nash, who served as the town's mayor from 1971 to 1977 and from 1981 to 1986, died Wednesday at the age of 96. It's appropriate to begin 1997 with a look back at his many accomplishments.
A Harvard graduate (Class of '23), he served as President Herbert Hoover's personal secretary from 1927 to 1929 and held a variety of top government posts during and after his move to Harpers Ferry in 1950. As mayor he was responsible, among other things, for helping get a new public water system for the town, for negotiating a joint police agreement between Harpers Ferry and Bolivar and for addressing the problem of dangerous traffic in the town.