Giles Davis Deed to Albert “Jake” Davis (1912)

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Deed Book ___, page ___, Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, Hamlin, WV.

Giles Davis to Albert Davis 1912 2

Deed Book ___, page ___, Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, Hamlin, WV.

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Logan, WV (1914)

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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story about church improvement dated May 8, 1914:

The Church Painting Campaign in Logan

Last Spring more “fresh paint” was spread in Logan than in any three previous years in the history of the town. Every business house in the city, the depot, hotels, theatres, boarding houses, and many of the residences, large and small, were painted, inside and out.

But what of the churches? Except for interior decorations in some of them, the church houses of Logan look just like they did three years ago–only worse. If any of them have seen a paint brush on their exterior in three years. The Banner does not know of it. The residences, even, of some of the pastors are new, others have been recently painted.

Are stores, hotels, theatres, depots, etc., more important than churches and Sunday schools? It would seem that they are. Nor is this the sole condition of the disgrace. Most of the painting down last Spring was by men who are prominent in church circles, or interested in them to some extent. They seem to have forgotten the churches entirely when the painting campaign was on so generally. But it is “Never too late to Mend,” and this Spring is the time to paint the churches.

Let’s see how many persons are really interested in church painting.

Since writing the above, two of the city churches have indulged in paint. The Methodist Church, of which a cut is printed this week, has been beautifully primed in white. The newly rebuilt Christian church has had its “first coat” applied.

However, this need not prevent the work of painting the other churches from proceeding, and the plan may work out even better.

As a test, we open the campaign in six departments, a fund for each of the Logan churches, and one for the “General Fund.” Those wishing to donate to church painting, but having no choice, will be credited to the “General Fund.” Pledges or donations received which do not specify any particular church, will be entered in the “General Fund.”

Should any church not wish to accept the donation credited to it, the amount will be transferred to the General Fund, or to another church, as shall be decided by the Committee.

Chapmanville News 01.04.1927

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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 4, 1927:

Umbrellas over our shoulders,

Mud all over our feet.

Ask a Chapmanville tax payer

Where is the nice paved street!

We hope every one has enjoyed Christmas, as it only comes once a year.

We surely have been having some rough weather. It seems as though Chapmanville is going to be overflown by water, if it keeps on raining.

Miss Opal Johnson who has been at Huntington for some time spent Christmas with her parents at this place.

Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Ferrell spent the weekend with home folks here.

Mr. Walter Ferrell seems to enjoy going up to Mr. Raines these days.

The Sunday School seems to be progressing very nicely since Mr. O.C. Winters has taken charge.

Miss Willa Lowe and Emmet Raines were seen out walking Sunday evening.

There were new pupils at Sunday School Sunday. Come again boys. We are glad to have you. Everyone is welcome.

We wish Mr. G.R. Lowe of Stollings would visit us again. He was our Sunday School teacher and Superintendent for almost two years.

Dr. Ferrell and the family are visiting home folks for the holidays.

Blake Bently who shot off two of his toes some time ago will soon be able to get out again.

Miss Thelma Scaggs seemed to be downhearted Sunday. Cheer up, Thelma. You may win him back.

Mrs. Ellen Conley still continues seriously ill.

Miss Goldie Rowsey has returned from Ohio where she has been staying for some time.

While out hunting Monday morning, Mr. O.F. Ferrell fell and hurt himself very badly. We wish him quick recovery.

Good luck to The Banner.

Republicans in Logan County, WV

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From various regional newspapers come these stories about the Republican Party in Logan County, West Virginia:

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Republicans of Logan

Endorses the Candidacy of Judge Doolittle for Supreme Judge

The Logan county republican convention was held last week. Instructions were given for Gaines for Congress, and the candidacy of Judge Doolittle, of this city was endorsed for Supreme court judge.

Source: Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 30 April 1900.

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The Republican Ticket

The Republicans, at their convention on Saturday, nominated a full county ticket.

The nominee for House of Delegates, Pat Riffe, is a native of the county and an old Union soldier.

W.A. Brazie, the nominee for County Clerk, is a native of Fayette and came here about twelve years ago, and worked in this office about ten years. He is well known in the county, and is well fitted for the position for which he is named.

J.D. Copley, the nominee for Circuit Clerk, is a native of Wayne, …

Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 2 October 1902.

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Logan (WV) Democrat, 30 March 1911.

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Logan (WV) Banner, 10 July 1914.

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Logan (WV) Banner, 10 July 1914.

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Republican County Ticket.

Member of the Legislature–Naaman Jackson, of Logan.

County Clerk–John Perry, of Logan.

Circuit Clerk–J.M. Mitchell, Jr., of Curry.

County Superintendent of Schools–R.F. Mitchell, of Christian.

Member of the County Court–A.D. Cook, of Triadelphia District.

W.C. Lawrence, for the Committee on Nominations, reported the following selection for members of the County Central Committee of the Republican Committee of Logan County.

For Logan District, Bruce White, I.M. Conley, James Jeffrey, T.C. Whited and W.C. Lawrence.

For Triadelphia District, H.C. Burgess and Lon Walls.

For Chapmanville District, A.J. Fowler and T.B. Hensley.

Hon. O.J. Deegan was selected County Chairman and Hon. Ira P. Hager as County Secretary and Treasurer, both promising young attorneys of Logan.

Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 17 July 1914.

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Logan (WV) Democrat, 29 June 1916.

 

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Logan (WV) Banner, 5 October 1926.

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Republicans Organize Club At Chapmanville

Republicans met at Chapmanville Friday night and organized a campaign club and named it the Ferrell-Cook Republican club. Praise was sounded for local and national Republican administrations for the tax reductions that have been made. The following officers were elected: S.A. Ferrell, chairman; Evart Campbell, secretary; A.L. Sansom, treasurer. Another meeting of the club was called for 7 o’clock tonight.

Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 19 October 1926.

Squire Toney Deed to Richard Leander Ferrell (1851)

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Deed Book C, page 287, Logan County Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV. Squire Toney was born about 1783, reportedly in Bedford County, VA. His wife, the former Nancy Brown, was born about 1788, reportedly in Ireland.

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Deed Book C, page 288, Logan County Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV. Samuel R. Ferrell was born about 1826. He married a daughter of Squire Toney. His oldest son, Richard Leander Ferrell, was born about 1850.

Confederate Reunions in Logan County, WV (1911-1914)

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From the Logan Banner and Logan Democrat of Logan, WV, come these stories of Confederate reunions in Logan County, WV:

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Logan Wildcats Reunion, Chapmanville, WV, 1900.

Confederate Reunion

The old Confederate soldiers will hold their semi-annual reunion at Chapmansville next Saturday. A good time will be had by all who attend.

Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 1 June 1911.

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OLD SOLDIERS MEET

Members of Camp Straton U.C.V. Hold Reunion at Chapmansville

EDITOR DEMOCRAT: The Confederate veterans of Camp Straton met at Chapmansville on last Saturday in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of their enlistment in the cause of the Southern Confederacy. They were met and greeted by Daniel Smoot and several others from our sister county of Boone, and Robert Lewis of Lincoln county. J.W. Harvey was also present. M.L. Campbell of the Soldier’s Home, at Richmond, Va., enjoyed the pleasure and opportunity on this memorable occasion to once more greet his old comrades of the Lost Cause.

They met, shook hands and greeted each other, and at times the writer could detect the tears in the eyes of these old veterans, which showed the true spirit of these old comrades as they talked of the days when they followed Lee and Jackson, Johnson and Longstreet and others of their immortal leaders in the battles of Gettysburg, Bull Run, Piedmont, Manassas Junction and many other of those famous battles which today stand in history as sentinels of one of the bloodiest and hardest fought wars in the history not only of this nation but of the world.

After forming line and roll call, to which there were comparatively so few to answer, they once more marched the streets of Chapmansville, where just fifty years before to a day they marched when full of life and vigor. But now their bent forms and halting steps mark most sadly the passing of time.

In Federal burying grounds alone, 359,284 soldiers lie, while countless thousands have been buried in plots at home. On the Confederate side doubtless as many more may be counted. What a pitiful sacrifice of blood, the young and strong and brave blood of the nation. Doubtless war stirs certain feelings and virtues into action that otherwise would lie dormant. Perhaps it settles certain questions not otherwise easily adjusted. But it is hard to think that an intelligent Christian nation should ever need to resort to it.

When the noon hour came the veterans marched to the home of Mr. John Ferrell, where refreshments and a fine dinner was served. They then marched to the center of the village, formed a hollow square and held a brief business session.

A committee of three was appointed to draft suitable resolutions to the memory of their deceased comrades. Hon. J.B. Wilkinson, C.E. Whitman and W.F. Butcher were appointed on this committee.

A committee of two was appointed to gather the names of the sons of all the veterans in Camp Straton, said list to be submitted at the next reunion, at which time they expect to organize the Sons of Veterans. C.E. Whitman of Logan and R.L. Stone of Big Creek were appointed on this committee.

A clerk was also appointed to keep the record of the Camp.

It was also suggested that the commandant get in communication with the Daughters of the Confederacy, and secure a cross of honor for each veteran of the Camp, which cross of honor is to be handed down to the oldest son as a souvenir.

After the business session, prayer was offered by Chaplain W.D. Garrett.

The people were entertained for some time by short and breezy speeches by the veterans and their sons, which were very much applauded and enjoyed by all.

We then enjoyed the song of the starting of the Logan volunteers, June 3, 1861, by the wife of a veteran.

The meeting then adjourned to meet at Logan on Saturday, October 7, 1911.

The following veterans were present at roll call:

William H. Ellis

J.E. Acord

T.B. Farley

J.K. McNeeley

N.B. Barker

Simpson Ellis

J.E. Thompson

J.C. Chapman

George Bryant

J.H. Allen

John Wallen

Obadiah Workman

John G. Jeffrey

J.W. Harvey

M.L. Campbell

J.I. Dingess

J.S. Miller

M.D. Stone

David Hale

Hiram Pridemore

William Nelson

J.W. Blevins

Calvin Bias

Francis Collins

David Workman

L.D. Stollings

W.D. Garrett

L.D. Perry

Albert McNeeley

Henry Mitchell

John W. Holdron

Sol Adams

B.F. Curry

David K. White

Harrison White

Isaac McNeeley

Bolivar McDonald

John W. Neece

Greene Thompson

F.B. McDonald

W. Farmer

W.D. McNeeley

Anthony Bryant

Alvis Hall

Reuben White

F.S. Vickers

William White

J.B. Lowe

Patterson Dingess

W.H. Whitman

Daniel J. Smoot

Fulton D. Ferrell

Astynax McDonald

T.C. Conley

Beverley Spencer

George R. Scaggs

Respectfully submitted,

Charles E. Whitman

Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 8 June 1911

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Confederate flag over the Logan Courthouse, Logan (WV) Banner, 19 September 1913. Photo from 23 October 1911.

Confederate Reunion

Camp Straton of the Confederate veterans met in this city October 23, 1911, and had dinner at the Buskirk and Peck Hotels as the guests of Judge Wilkinson and Mrs. Vicie Nighbert.

The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. by M.D. Stone, Commandant, and George Scaggs was elected to the office of Third Lieutenant. Motion carried unanimously to meet hereafter on the fourth Tuesday in September, and Logan was chosen as the place for the next meeting.

Judge Wilkinson delivered an able address at the close of the business meeting and suggested organizing a camp of Sons of Veterans, a meeting for which purpose has been called for Saturday, Nov. 4th, at 1:30 p.m., at the court house.

United States Senator William E. Chilton then delivered a very interesting address which was received with great enthusiasm.

After a vote of thanks by the Company to Judge Wilkinson and Mrs. Nighbert for their hospitality the meeting was adjourned.

Eighty-three members of the Camp were present. The following is the roster of Camp Straton, Oct. 23, 1911:

M.D. Stone, Commandant.

Astyanax McDonald, First Lieut.

Jas. I. Dingess, Second Lieut.

Geo. Scaggs, Third Lieut.

Hugh Avis, Orderly Sergeant.

Jas. R. Henderson, Adjutant.

W.D. Garrett, Chaplin.

Jas. Allen, Assistant Chaplin.

Privates

Isaac McNeeley

William C. Lucas

L.D. Perry,

F.M. Collins

Hiram Pridemore

Marion McCoy

Boss Mangus

M.A. Doss

Anse Hatfield

E.J. Stone

Ben Curry

R.F. Hager

F.D. Ferrell

Noah Barker

Simpson Ellis

John Dempsey

David Hicks

Beverly Spencer

Jas. C. Varney

John A. Lawson

Dave White

Alvin Hall

Joe Lowe

Henry C. Runyon

David Hale

Jas. Marcum

Christopher Davis

Joseph Evans

Lewis Brewster

Joseph Wm. Spence

C.A. Staten

Wm. D. Nelson

Joe A. Counts

Richard McCallister

Allen J. Sheppard

Moses D. Tiller

J.A. Ellis

J.K. McNeely

Hubbard Williams

Rush Floyd

Anthony Bryant

W.H. Whitman

M.A. Robinson

E.S. Vickers

Levi Lowe

I.G. Berry

Bolliver McDonald

A.J. Perry

Wm. L. Stollings

J.A. Chapman

N.B. Sanders

Wesley Reed

Henry Mitchell

John Thompson

Gord Riffe

Floyd S. Barker

N.B. Moberly

Wm. N. Stone

S.P. Vernatter

J.W. Martin

Jalin White

 

Green Thompson

J.W. Dempsey

L.D. Stone

All veterans not registered will please send name and address to T.B. Stone, Kitchen, W.Va.

Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 26 October 1911.

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Camp Straton

Names of living Confederate veterans, who served continuously for four years and who are now members of Camp Straton of Logan, West Virginia:

OFFICERS

M.D. Stone, Commandant, Kitchen, W.Va.

Astyanax McDonald, First Lieutenant, Logan, W.Va.

James I. Dingess, Second Lieutenant, Pecks Mill, W.Va.

Geo. Scaggs, Third Lieutenant, Curry, W.Va.

F.S. Barker, Treasurer, Curry, W.Va.

David Hale, color bearer, City.

Hiram Pridemore, color bearer, City.

PRIVATES

L.D. Stollings, Shively, W.Va.

James Blevins, Curry, W.Va.

L.D. Perry, Chapmanville, W.Va.

Hubbard Williams, Logan, W.Va.

William Cary, Logan, W.Va.

Allen Hale, East Lynn, W.Va.

Hiram Burgess, Rolfe, W.Va.

Guy Lawson, Foley, W.Va.

M.A. Doss, Man, W.Va.

Thos. B. Farley, Bias, W.Va.

Moses Tiller, Music, W.Va.

Lewis Cary, Williamson, W.Va.

R.F. Hager, Breading, W.Va.

Andy Lee, Logan, W.Va.

John Messer, Breading, W.Va.

John A. Thompson, Chapmanville, W.Va.

Geo. Crump, member Camp Garnett, Huntington, W.Va.

Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 2 November 1911

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Confederate Reunion

To Confederate Veterans, Camp Straton:

The next reunion of the members of said Camp will be held at Logan C.H. on Tuesday, September 17th, 1912, at 11 o’clock a.m. The presence of each member is requested.

M.D. Stone, Commandant

Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 29 August 1912.

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Notice

To Members Camp Logan Wild Cats:

You are requested to meet at Logan C.H. at 10 o’clock Saturday, September 14th, 1912 to prepare for the reunion of Confederate veterans of Camp Straton to be held the following Tuesday. It is desirable to increase our membership on that day as much as possible. Anyone desiring to become a member of our camp come or send in your name. We want to give the old soldiers a hearty welcome and cordial greeting.

A.W. McDonald,

Commandant

Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 29 August 1912.

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Confederate Reunion

To Confederate Veterans, Camp Straton:

The next reunion of the members of said Camp will be held at Logan C.H., on Tuesday, September 17th, 1912, at 11 o’clock a.m. The presence of each member is requested.

M.D. Stone,

Commandant

Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 5 September 1912.

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Confederate Reunion

Camp Stratton, No. 1633, United Confederate Veterans, met in the City of Logan, Tuesday, September 19th, according to arrangements made at their last meeting, October 23, 1911, making the third Tuesday in September of each ensuing year the regular meeting day at Logan.

The veterans coming east were met at the depot on the arrival of train No. 150 by the veterans already assembled, accompanied by the Logan and Holden bands.

Hon. J.B. Wilkinson announced that arrangements had been made for the veterans to march to the skating rink, where the business session would be held, after which dinner would be served to all veterans at the hotels Jefferson and Buskirk, complimentary tickets having been given to confederates and their wives and daughters present.

The meeting adjourned to meet at 12:30 p.m. at the court house where the Sons of Veterans and the teachers and pupils of the Logan Public Schools fell in line and marched through the business section of the city. The entire procession again marched to the skating rink and was ably entertained for a short time by Hon. J.B. Wilkinson, who in turn introduced Brig. Gen. Wayne B. Ferguson of the 2nd Division of West Virginia, U.C.V., who after delivering an interesting address introduced the Hon. Thos. H. Harvey of Huntington. Amid great applause, Judge Harvey recalled the story days of the Sixties and as a closing remark to his comrades, who must soon follow the great leader, quoted Jackson, “Let us pass over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.” Col. J.R. Miller, a “rebel” from the “Southland” was next introduced by Judge Wilkinson, who remarked that “the best of the reunion was now coming.” Col. Miller delivered an able and interesting address lasting 45 minutes, which was enjoyed by all present.

On motion Comrades Hugh Avis, Andy Perry, Simpson Ellis, Henry Mitchell and Thos. H. Harvey were selected as delegates to represent Camp Straton at the annual reunion in Moorefield, Hardy county, W.Va., October 9, 1912.

On motion Col. J.R. Miller, Hon. Thomas H. Harvey and Gen. Wayne B. Ferguson were made honorary members of this camp.

Mrs. J.E. Robertson and Mrs. Lou G. Buffington were unanimously extended a vote of thanks for their untiring efforts in securing … mandant, a vote of thanks was given to all visiting members, also all Sons of Veterans and Daughters United Confederacy.

After a vote of thanks by the Company to Judge Wilkinson and Mrs. Nighbert for their kind hospitality the meeting adjourned to meet at Logan, September 16th, 1913.

The roster of Camp Straton No. 1633 on September 17th, 1912 is as follows:

M.D. Stone, Commandant

Astynanyx McDonald, First lieutenant

James I. Dingess, Second lieutenant

Geo. Scaggs, Third lieutenant

Hugh Avis, Orderly Sergeant

James R. Henderson, Adjutant

W.D. Garrett, Chaplain

Jas. Allen, Asst. chaplain

Privates:

Isaac McNeely

David Hale

Wm. C. Lucas

Joseph Evans

L.D. Berry

James Marcum

F.M. Collins

Lewis Brewster

Hiram Pridemore

Jos. Wm. Spence

C.A. Staten

Marion McCoy

Boss Mangus

Wm. D. Nelson

M.A. Doss

Joe Accords

Hiram Burgess

Richard McCallister

John R. McCoy

Allen J. Sheppard

Anse Hatfield

Moses D. Tiller

E.J. Stone

J.A. Ellis

Ben Curry

W.E. Cary

Riley F. Hager

J.K. McNeely

F.D. Ferrell

Hubbard Williams

Noah Barker

Rush Floyd

Simpson Ellis

Anthony Bryant

John Dempsey

W.H. Whitman

David Hicks

M.A. Robinson

Beverlly Spencer

F.S. Vickers

Jas. C. Varney

Levi Lowe

John A. Lawson

I.G. Berry

Dave White

Boliver McDonald

A.J. Perry

Alvin Hall

Joe Lowe

J.C. Chapman

Wm. L. Stollings

H.C. Runyon

Christopher Davis

N.B. Sanders

Wesley Reed

Floyd S. Barker

Henry Mitchell

W.B. Moberly

John Thompson

Wm. N. Stone

Gordon Riffe

S.P. Vernatter

J.W. Martin

Green Thompson

John White

J.W. Dempsey

L.D. Starr

Anse Farley

W.E. Carey

T.B. Farley

John Messer

Joseph Mitchell

Harmon White

Harrison White

Luke Curry

J.W. Blevins

L.D. Stollings

Gord F. Lilly

John Wallen

H.H. Ray

Obed Workman

Calvin Bias

Mat Pauley

William H. Ellis

Reuben P. White

J.S. Miller

Andy Lee

George Crump

John W. Haldron

Wm. Blackburn

Thos. H. Harvey

L.D. Chambers

Aaron Adkins

Giles Davis

J.R. Miller

Wayne B. Ferguson

Making a total of 91, 81 of which were present today against 83 last year.

If any member desires to have his name enrolled in the records of Camp Straton, send name and address to T.B. Stone, Secretary, Camp Straton, Kitchen, W.Va.

Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 19 September 1912.

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Notice

To The Sons of Veterans:

The Sons of Veterans will meet in Logan on the first day of the October term of Court. All members are requested to be present.

Don Chafin.

Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 3 October 1912.

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Confederate Reunion

Veterans of Camp Straton.

You are hereby requested to attend our annual reunion at Logan C.H. on Tuesday, September 16th at 2 o’clock p.m. for the transaction of important business.

Program of exercises will be given out in due time.

M.D. Stone, Commander

Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 5 September 1913.

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Logan (WV) Banner, 19 September 1913. Photos from 23 October 1911.

NOTICE

To the Officers and Members of Camp Stratton, No. 1633, U.C.V.

You are hereby notified that a meeting will be held at the Courthouse at Logan, at 2 o’clock, P.M., on April 30th, 1914, for the purpose of selecting delegates to attend the reunion at Jacksonville, Fla., May 6, 7, and 8th, 1914, and to attend to such other business as may come before the Camp.

Our Camp is entitled to three delegates and three alternates.

Your fraternally,

M.D. Stone, Commandant

Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 10 April 1914; 24 April 1914.

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Logan (WV) Banner, 24 April 1914. Photo from 23 October 1911.

Vance Homeplace and Cemetery on West Fork (2017)

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Abner Vance-Elisha Vance-Salena Vance Homeplace on West Fork of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV. 21 October 2017. Abner Vance and his family were prominent residents of the West Fork section of the Harts Creek community.

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Likely from the old Vance residence, West Fork of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV. 21 October 2017.

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Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, Hamlin, WV.

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Vance Family Cemetery on West Fork of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV. 21 October 2017. This section of ground is said to be “full” of graves. Today, only three headstones are visible.

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Vance Family Cemetery on West Fork of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV. 28 March 2015. Photo by Kathy Adams. The Vances were somewhat involved in the Lincoln County Feud. For more about the feud, follow this link: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-West-Virginia-Brumfield-McCoy/dp/1455619183

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Vance Family Cemetery on West Fork of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV. 20 July 2016.

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Vance Family Cemetery on West Fork of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV. 20 July 2016.

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Vance Family Cemetery on West Fork of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV. 28 March 2015. Photo by Kathy Adams. Just behind me, a bit further down the hill, are two McCloud graves.

Halloween in Huntington, WV (1899)

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From the Huntington Advertiser of Huntington, WV, come these stories of Halloween dated November 1, 1899:

HALLOWE’EN SOCIAL

In spite of unpromising weather, a house full of people assembled at the parsonage of the First Congregational church, 520 Ninth street last night. Ghosts, goblins, fairies and brownies were in evidence. The ghosts and goblins were chanting weird incantations and brewing trouble in a great cauldron and devising all sorts of mischief when upon the appearance of the bright faced fairies and the merry brownies, they slunk away and gloom gave place to brightness and cheer. An unusual feature was the make-up of the brownies which in every case was clever and taking. Alfred Whitaker was the Indian; Frank Hullman the clown; Henry Ensign, the Chinaman; Ivor Titus, the dude; and Griffin McCarthy, Uncle Sam.

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HALLOWE’EN OBSERVED

YOUNGSTERS MORE CIVILIZED IN HUNTINGTON THIS YEAR THAN USUAL

Hallowe’en was observed last night with many appropriate parties and other amusements on the part of our fair citizens. One mentionable feature was the civilized and orderly manner in which the small boy and his associates behaved. Last year it will be remembered much property was wantonly destroyed and the night made one of hideous revelry. The authoritatives, however, were prepared this time, and any extreme demonstrations of youthful vandalism were promptly quelled. The taxpayers may now rest in peace for another year.