Welcome To Icky's Store Hello and Welcome!
If you are looking for souvenirs that you may have missed at the Annual Van Lear Town Celebration, then you have come to the right place. Here's where you can find that shirt or cap that you promised Uncle Joe and forgot to pick up. Take your time and look around and when you're ready, just register your account and start shopping. Have fun and tell your friends about Icky's store.
The museum gift shop is a very familiar place to those who grew-up in Van Lear in the 1950's and 60's. In the late 1940's a resturant / store was opened in the basement level of the Consolidation Coal Company's Miller's Creek Division Headquarters. The resturant was operated by Richard "Icky" Wetzel.
Richard received the nickname,"Icky" from his siblings. According to the traditional story, young Richard and the other Wetzel children were listening to,"The Ledgend of Sleepy Hollow...the story of Ichabod Crane." Richard became so scared at the tale that he began to cry. His siblings then began to taunt him and call him"Icky", short for Ichabod. This nickname stuck until the day he died as an elderly gentleman.