Generosity of Island Creek Coal Company (1926)


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Logan (WV) Banner, 31 December 1926.


Chapmanville News 06.29.1926


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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on June 29, 1926:

Nelson Bentley passed Mrs. Brookie Rowsey’s and failed to stop. What’s wrong, Brookie?

Mr. and Mrs. ___ Whitman are visiting Mrs. Martha Whitman this week.

Mrs. Horace Mullins and little son of Logan spent the weekend here.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hale of Logan spent the week with Mr. Hale’s mother, Mrs. Wagner.

Mrs. James Wagner, who has been very ill, is much improved.

Leonard T. Hicks of Mt. Gay was calling on his wife here last Sunday.

Miss Virginia Coberly of Logan was a visitor here Sunday.

Daily happenings: Mildred looking for Virgil; Fannie meeting all trains; Minnie and his dinner bucket; Thelma and her mulberries; Grace and her knickers; Gladys calling on Minnis; Dr. Ferrell going to see Miss Queen; Harold and his pony; Nute and his gas station; Fat and his ice cream cone; Diana hoeing corn; Gillia carrying water; Brookie watching for Bentley; Goldie calling on Mildred.

Funkstown, MD (2015)


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My great-great-great-grandfather Andrew Lewis Sias participated with the 34th Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Co. D) under Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart at Gettysburg and was thereafter captured (according to one military record) on July 8, 1863 in Funkstown, MD. He was held at Seminary Hospital in Hagerstown, MD, then admitted to General Hospital in Chester, PA, on September 17, 1863. He was thereafter sent to Hammond General Hospital at Point Lookout, MD, on October 4, 1863. 9 April 2015. Photo by Mom.


The Battle of Funkstown, a Confederate victory, occurred shortly after the Battle of Gettysburg. My ancestor missed this battle, having already been captured. 9 April 2015.


Originally named Jerusalem in 1767, the town was incorporated as Funkstown in 1840. 9 April 2015.


Major H.D. McDaniel of the 11th Georgia Regiment was treated here at the Keller Home after the Battle of Funkstown (July 10, 1863). Mr. McDaniel survived the battle and later became governor of Georgia. 9 April 2015.


Part of the Keller Home. 9 April 2015.


Dozens of beautifully-designed old residences are yet visible in Funkstown. 9 April 2015.


Funkstown’s population was 904 in 2010. 9 April 2015.


Most of my favorite old structures in Funkstown were located on this street. 9 April 2015.

Chapmanville News 06.03.1921


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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on June 3, 1921:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hainor attended the decoration exercises at Manila Sunday.

W.G. Willis made a business trip to Logan Saturday.

E.P. Stowers and Miss Emma Stowers returned Wednesday from a business trip to Huntington.

Uncle Floyd Barker, of St. Albans, is visiting relatives here this week and attending decoration.

Mrs. Lottie Hainor and daughter Thermal left Sunday afternoon for a visit with relatives at Henlawson.

Mrs. Cora McKinney spent Sunday with friends here.

Miss Erie Blevins, who is staying at Hughey, spent Sunday with her parents at this place.

Miss Nellie Barker was called to Wilsondale Sunday on account of the illness of her sister.

We are glad to say that Miss Lula Blevins, who has been staying at Hughey, has returned to her home here.

Mrs. C.B. Hainor visited friends at Manila Sunday.

An exciting incident occurred on last Saturday evening that might have caused serious loss to the firm of Stowers and Garrett and besmirched the glorious record they have been making the past few weeks as peddlers. As they were returning home, Mr. Garrett noticed a large fowl in a wheat field, he proceeded to capture it and confine it in his chicken coop. Thinking he had captured some rare bird of the tropical jungles, he drove with all speed to the home of Mr. Stowers where some of the family promptly pronounced it to be a turkey but Messrs. Stowers and Garret had their own opinion on the matter and had already decided they had captured a parrot. They had christened him “___m” and were already beginning to teach him to talk. However he didn’t show much aptitude as a pupil, but stood with dull expressionless eyes and his long crooked bill of a mouth wide open. After much deliberation they were finally convinced that they had not captured a “Poll Parrot” but a vulture or more commonly speaking, a buzzard. When they were convinced of this they opened the coop and Mr. Buzzard flew away to his rightful dominion, while their golden dream of selling a parrot to some enterprising Loganite vanished away on the soaring wings of the “Buzzard.”

Welcome to Burke’s Garden, VA (2015)


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Burke’s Garden, Tazewell County, VA. October 2015. Photo by Mom.


Burke’s Garden, Tazewell County, VA. October 2015.


Burke’s Garden, Tazewell County, VA. October 2015. James Patton, referenced on this historical marker, is my direct ancestor through his daughter, Mary (Patton) Thompson.


Burke’s Garden, Tazewell County, VA. October 2015.

Stone Mountain Coal Company Headhouse is Burned in Matewan, WV (1921)


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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, we find the following story dated 27 May 1921:

The headhouse of the Stone Mountain Coal Company at Matewan, in the heart of the Tug river battle zone, on the West Virginia-Kentucky border, was burned early today, reports received by Major Tom Davis, acting adjutant general on Governor Morgan’s staff, stated.

P.J. Smith, superintendent of the company in Williamson said until he makes an investigation, he could not estimate the amount of damage. The minimum loss, he added, would not probably be less than $25,000.

M.C. Kindleberger, deputy state fire marshal, here to investigate the recent firing of the headhouse at War Eagle, departed for Matewan immediately. Two automobiles containing members of the state constabulary accompanied him. He said he would report to Major Davis.

The Stone Mountain mine has been abandoned by the miners recently, said Superintendent Smith.

Although Chief Deputy Sheriff John Hall gave out the statement that he had made a personal inspection of the fighting area as far east as Blackberry City, and everything was quiet, and that sniping had ceased, the emergency defense organization composed of former service men and other citizens was said by Captain Brockus, of the state police, to be growing. Seventy-two rifles were issued late Saturday night and more have been ordered. In all, said Captain Brockus, several hundred men are under arms prepared for another outbreak. An organization today issued an order temporarily discontinuing the publication of the West Virginia Federationist, a labor paper.

An incident connected with the recent shooting along the Tug river is the reluctance of taxi-cab drivers to take their passengers east of Williamson. Their invariable call at the railroad station to prospective fares is discontinuing.

Source: “Headhouse in Mingo is Burned,” Logan (WV) Banner, 27 May 1921.

To see a coal company headhouse photograph, follow this link:

Chapmanville News 05.27.1921


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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 27, 1921:

Mr. Cleophas Saunders and Sid Croft motored over from Jeffrey Monday to attend to business matters here.

Mrs. George Seagraves was calling on Miss Emma Stowers Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Hewlette Curry of Huntington are spending the week with Mr. Curry’s parents here.

Arnold Saunders, the popular young clerk in the store of Saunders and Barker, was called to his home the first of the week on account of the death of a friend.

Miss Jessie Adkins of Ferrellsburg is staying with her sister, Mrs. Lace Browning, of this place.

Mr. and Mrs. Hewlette Curry were the guests of Mrs. Willard Curry Friday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. George Seagraves were calling on Mrs. A.H. Curry Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Walton Garrett visited relatives at Banco Sunday.

Miss Erie Blevins left Monday for an extended visit with her sister, Mrs. Homer McDonald at Hughey.

Miss Ross Stowers is spending the week with her sister at Peach Creek.

Lacy Ball of Jeffrey was calling on Miss Nellie Barker Sunday.

Jesse Mullins and family were motoring Sunday.

Miss Ida Blevins was calling on Miss Thermal Hainor Sunday afternoon.

Charles Hainor and  Howard Barker were out ginseng digging Friday. They made a tour of about twelve miles through the hills and only dug six bunches each. Better luck next time, boys.

Misses Glenna and Ruth Beckett were calling on Miss Opal Bryant Sunday.

Note: This entry was dated May 18, 1921.

Henry Clay Ragland Home in Logan, WV (1914)


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THE OLD HISTORIC AND SAINTED RAGLAND HOME IN LOGAN: Now parsonage of the Aracoma Baptist Church, where the remains of the late “Grandma” Ragland lay in state, in the exact position of her late husband, the last night in this city, before they were finally laid to rest in Aracoma cemetery, beside those of the beloved “Major” Henry Clay Ragland. The Major is shown at the left, grasping the “Logan Wild Cats” Battle Flag, said to be the only flag of the Confederacy that was never captured. Photo taken Oct. 22, 1906, at the annual Reunion of Camp Straton Confederate Veterans, composed of surviving members of the “Logan Wild Cats” and others of this section. Mr. Ragland was Commandant. Privates numbered 106. Logan Banner, 24 April 1914.

Corpse Found in River at Chapmanville, WV (1927)


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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, we find the following story dated 29 March 1927:

All doubt as to the body of the woman found a mile above Chapmanville last Friday being that of Mrs. J.D. Parsley of Omar was removed that evening. Identification was positive on account of her wedding ring and her shoes.

So badly decomposed was the body, the flesh of the face having wasted away, that identification would have been impossible except for the ring or bits of clothing. In fact, its condition was such that it was recovered with sand at the place where found, after the identification was completed and after Undertaker B.C. Harris reached the scene, it being decided to await instructions from Mr. Parsley. The body had been in water more than three months, for it was on December 21 that she was drowned in the flooded waters of Main Island Creek near her home between Omar and Chauncey. From that point to the point where the  body was found is 22 miles, according to estimates of some deputy sheriffs who are familiar with Logan county distances.

Friday evening Mr. Parsley was located in Huntington, whither he had moved a few weeks ago to engage in the real estate business.

Mr. Parsley came to Chapmanville on the Saturday morning train, bringing a casket with him. Sunday the body was brought on a railway motor to Henlawson and then was taken by way of Charleston to Wayne county for burial. This was done because of the certainty the railway company would not transport the body from Chapmanville to  Huntington or to any other point on a passenger train.

Mr. Parsley, it is said, recognized a scar on his wife’s body–a scar left by a surgical operation.

The finder of the body was a Scarberry boy who lives near the place where it was found. It was lying near the shore, partly covered by silt, with the head wedged under a log or between two logs, according to reports heard here.

From the day of Mrs. Parsley’s tragic death till the body was found scandal-mongers busied themselves circulating reports that she had not drowned but had gone away of her own accord. As late as last Wednesday a Banner reporter was told that she was living in Guyandotte.

Concerning the drowning of Mrs. Parsley The Banner on Friday December 24 published the following account:

In the swollen waters of Main Island Creek Mrs. J.D. Parsley was drowned near her home between Omar and Chauncey at about 5:30 Tuesday evening.

Stepping into a necessary outbuilding that stood on the creek bank behind her home, the building suddenly toppled over and crashed into the swirling tide. Her screams were heard by several persons, among them Carlos Hatfield, a neighbor, who rushed to the rescue. When he reached the bank he saw Mrs. Parsley struggling in the water close to the shore and at the same time being carried swiftly forward by the stream. Just behind her was the building from which she had extricated herself. He waded into the waters and was almost within reach when the building turned over on her and shoved her beneath it out of sight. Before she reappeared on the surface she was too far down stream and too far out in the swift current for Hatfield to reach her.

Reports received here indicate that a son of E.M. Jeffrey of Omar was attracted to the scene and got a glimpse of either Mrs. Parsley or the building, or probably both, and followed along the bank until he saw the building crash into the bridge at Chauncey. The impact shattered the frail structure into pieces that were soon carried from view.

During the night and Wednesday forenoon searchers scanned the banks of the creek in what proved to be a futile effort to find the body.

Mrs. Parsley was nearing her 40th birthday. Her maiden name was Clay, according to her neighbors, and it is said her parents live at Branchland. She leaves no children, though Parsley is the father of several children by a previous marriage.

The Parsleys moved to the present home last August, when he leased a garage from Oscar Napier. This is located near the home of Dr. J.F. May and also close to the garage of Carlos Hatfield, previously mentioned as having tried to rescue the drowning woman. Before moving to the Omar-Chauncey neighborhood, Parsley had a grocery store at Mud Fork. At one time he was in the merchandise business at Williamson.

When the drowning occurred Parsley was at work in his garage. Word came to him that a woman had drowned, but it was half an hour or more before he realized that the victim was his own wife.

Source: “Body Found at Chapmanville is Identified as that of Mrs. Parsley Drowned at Omar on December 21,” Logan Banner, 29 March 1927.


Mrs. Parsley’s death record is found here: