Chapmanville News 05.28.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 28, 1926:

Everybody seems to enjoy farming at present.

Rev. Reedy of Logan gave an interesting sermon both Sunday morning and afternoon at the Christian church. A large crowd assembled.

Rev. Dunagan who has been conducting a meeting at the Holiness church for the past week brought the meeting to a close Monday evening after delivering a sermon for men.

Miss Susie Carper seems to enjoy visiting friends at Big Creek. Wonder what the attraction is anyway?

Miss Tolie Ferrell of Logan spent Sunday here with her parents.

Inez Barker is spending this week in Chapmanville.

Prof. Snidow is leaving for Virginia Wednesday afternoon where he will spend his vacation and then return this coming school term.

There was a little excitement Sunday evening when Mr. Butcher, our sheriff, went into the crowd who were drinking too much.

Miss Fannie Brown and her new friend attended church Sunday night.

Mr. Homer Langdon of Logan spent Sunday here with his mother, Mrs. Langdon.

Brook and Bill sure were having a good time Saturday, judging from the noise.

Daily Happenings: Bias and “that straw hat;” Mabel and her milk pail; Arnold and his lonesome look; Robert and his sweater; Tom looking for Grace. Christian church.

Pauline Workman and Melvina McCloud


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Pauline Workman and Melvina McCloud copyright

Pauline Workman, daughter of Floyd and Delia (Adkins) Workman, with Melvina McCloud, daughter of Jefferson and Louisa (Thompson) McCloud. Melvina was born about 1915 and Pauline was born about 1920. They were residents of the Harts Creek section, Logan County, WV.

Chapmanville News 05.21.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 21, 1926:

This Rev. E.M. Oaks of Stollings preached a very interesting sermon here Sunday at the Christian church.

Rev. Reedy will preach here next Sunday in the place of Grover Lowe, he being temporarily absent.

Peter Carter of Buck Fork was in town Monday.

J.E. Peck of Logan was looking after legal matters here Tuesday.

Prof. Snidow claims to have the best Algebra class of any place in the county.

Earnie Ward left here Monday for Detroit, Mich.

The Regular Baptists will hold their annual meeting at the Low Gap church on Big Creek Sunday June 19th.

W.C. Pridemore, the new deputy, is collecting taxes now. Cam says everybody must pay.

Quite a band of gypsies passed through town Monday. Owing to the experience of some of the boys last year, no one had their fortunes told this trip.

Daily happenings: The public asking the postmaster fool questions; John Vickers if he is a candidate; Roscoe Ferrell when the county court meets; Dr. Ferrell when will the next flu epidemic be.

Chapmanville News 05.14.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 14, 1926:

This kid was real sick last week so that accounts for new news from this burg.

Dwyer Coal Co. is in operation again.

Quite a scramble here among the Republicans and some Democrats to see who shall be deputy sheriff.

Rev. G.C. Hoover, an evangelist of Dryden, N.Y., is holding a revival meeting at the Holiness church this week.

Both Democrats and Republicans here seem to be pleased with the candidacy of J.H. Vickers for member of the County Court.

School will close here next week and we think everybody will be happy.

W.A. McCloud was a business visitor to Logan Monday.

A.L. Sansom was laying up a few political fences at Logan Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. P.C. Dingess were shopping in this city Tuesday.

Mrs. J.V. Lucas of Banco was in town Tuesday.

The new road is going about just fine. I knew Stonie could do it.

We have some of the best whistlers here of any town in the state.

Enos Dial of Harts, WV (1926)


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Enos Dial copyright

Enos Dial (1897-1981), son of Burbus and Martha Jane (Fry) Dial, was a longtime educator in Lincoln County, WV. According to the 1926 edition of The Llorrac: “He was reared on a farm and followed farming as an occupation until he was eighteen years of age, when he began teaching. His first school was in Logan County. For the past eight years he has been teaching in Harts Creek District, five of his schools having been taught at the same place.” On 29 December 1928, Mr. Dial married Garnett Morris. Based on 1930 and 1940 census records, he and his family lived on the West Fork of Harts Creek.

Interview with Frank Hill of Big Creek, WV (2004) 3


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On June 2, 2004, Billy Adkins and I visited Frank Hill. Mr. Hill, a retired farmer, bus driver, and store keeper, made his home on Ellis Fork of North Fork of Big Creek in Boone County, West Virginia. Born in 1923, he was the son of Edward W. and Annie Elizabeth (Stollings) Hill. Billy and I were interested in hearing about Mr. Hill’s Fowler ancestry and anything he wanted to share about his own life. We greatly enjoyed our visit. What follows is a partial transcript of our interview:


My brother started a store. There wasn’t no money in circulation when he started that store. He took a government loan for $100 and he got in touch with Sandy Valley Grocery Company in Ashland, Kentucky, and he invested that $100 and it give him enough stock to start with. Pinto beans at that time was $3.50 per hundred and he bagged them up in five pound bags and sold them for five cents. That was slow money but he made a go of it. Then he got drafted in the army and he turned it over to Mom and Dad and they took care of it for so many years. You know, my dad didn’t have a bit of education. He couldn’t even sign his name. But he clerked in that store and he could make change better than somebody with a calculator.


I started growing tobacco and when I was 19 I got drafted in the Army and I stayed a spell there. And the government was letting farmers that was pretty good producers go home. They needed food worse than they did soldiers at that time. That was about 1943. So I got to come home. I had an awful sick dad, too, and that was part of the reason. And I was the last one of three boys – two of them was already overseas. And all of that had a bearing on letting me out, I guess. I never went overseas. My company left about the time they released me.

Note: Electricity came about 1945.


I got married at Logan. We went in there and bought our license and the county clerk was Green McNeely. I said, “Could you tell me where there’s a preacher that would marry her and me?” He said, “Step around here behind the counter. I’m a preacher and also a clerk.”


We run it about fifteen years. We sold groceries. At one time, I had general merchandise. If you wanted any kind of hardware – wires, nails, anything like that – I could get it out of Huntington. People come there from Big Ugly across the mountain and carry their groceries back. That was the only store that was very close unless you went to Chapmanville or Madison.

That store was my wife’s project really. I worked away. I drove a bus 27 years, I think it was, in Boone County. I applied for a job to contract that hollow. I furnished my own bus, gas and everything. I done that for four year and a half and then they put me on the big yellow bus but I never got any credit for them four years and a half toward my pension. I thought they should have paid me for that because I met all the requirements that other drivers did and my bus had to be inspected, too.

I farmed and growed tobacco all them years. We had a dairy, too. We milked cows by hand and bottled it up and sold it in Chapmanville house by house. I’ve served as a notary public for Boone County for three terms – ten year each time under a different governor. And I’ve served on the farm committee for more than forty-seven years and I’ll not run no more as far as I know.

Ossie Dial (1929)


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Ossie Dial, son of Bruce and Linnie (Conley) Dial, was born about 1909 in Big Creek, Logan County, WV. This photo was taken on 29 August 1929 at Lundale in Logan County. Mr. Dial married the next year to Goldie Lucas. He was injured in a coal mining accident on 19 September 1934 at Lorado, Logan County. He died on 11 November 1934 in Logan, WV.

Banco News 05.21.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Banco in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 21, 1926:

Hello, folks! Here we are again with a few items from our thriving little town.

Bernice Hunter returned from Hot Springs, Arkansas, last Monday and was the all night guest of his aunt, Mrs. John Hager, of Banco; then returned to his home on Big Ugly.

Mrs. V.P. Conley and little son, Joe, of Banco addition were calling on Mrs. D.H. Harmon of this place last Wednesday morning.

Hassel Vance is still driving the big team. Hauling from Spring Dale to Big Creek. Hassel doesn’t stop in Spring Dale very long even if there is some pretty girls in that town.

Wonder why Peter Pinder never calls in Banco any  more? We sure miss the great stories he used to tell us. We imagine he is telling the stories to his girl in Thomas’ Circle nowadays.

Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Vance’s small son, Junior, is still ill with measles, we are sorry to say.

Wonder when H.T. Lucas is going to make a call in Spring Dale? The roads are better to Spring Dale for joy riding, H.T., than they are to North Pole.

Mrs. Mary Hager and daughter Kathleen were calling on Mrs. D.H. Harmon last Sunday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Stone were calling on their daughter, Mrs. Jennie Thomas, at Estep last Sunday afternoon.

Miss Marea Lucas was the afternoon guest of Misses Ollie and Mattie Varney last Sunday.

Jesse Justice sure does like the little town of Estep, especially while his old girl from Slabtown is there.

Miss Susie Thomas and little brother, Virgil, of Estep have been visiting their grandparents at this place for a few days.

H.F. Lucas and his father were out trying H.F.’s Ford last Monday evening.

Mr. Joseph A. Varney and daughter Nella were business callers in Banco last Tuesday evening.

Misses Zella and Charlotte Chapman of Estep were shopping in Banco last Saturday.

Mrs. L.A. Ellis who is making her home in Needmore for a short while was visiting Mrs. Nancy Duty at Stone Branch last week.

We are sorry to say but the doll of Needmore has forsaken all the girls of their town, also the girls of Banco, as he left for Spencer, W.Va., one day last week.

Basil Duty of Spring Dale was calling in Estep last Sunday. Look out, boys. Some of you are going to lose your L.F.O. Basil means business. He’s looking for his affinity.

There will be church at the Banco school house next Saturday night and Sunday. Everybody is invited.