Cole Branch of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV (2017)

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Welcome to Cole Branch

Welcome to Cole Branch of Harts Creek, Lincoln County, WV. The tributary is reportedly named for C. Crane & Company, a timber firm active locally at the turn of the century. My great-great-grandfather Bill Brumfield once lived on a farm shown in the center of this photo. My great-grandparents, Pat Kirk and Eva Brumfield, were married here on Cole Branch in 1911. My great-great-great-uncle Enoch Adkins built the house shown to the left in the l1920s. Photo taken on 2 April 2017.

Chapmanville News 06.18.1926

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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 June 18, 1926:

William Boothe, an aged citizen of Big Creek, died on Dingess Run a few days ago.

Walter Dingess, who was operated on at the Kessler-Hatfield hospital for appendicitis, is at home again.

N.P. Butcher was looking after business matters in Logan on last Monday.

The registrars here are finding Republicans where none used to be.

Miss Tollie Ferrell of Logan was visiting her home folks here Sunday.

The grading on the new road will be finished in two weeks. Better buy property here before it gets too high.

Squire Sol Adams of Whirlwind was here today on business.

French Butcher has taken the job of town thresher for his place and is doing good work.

Lee Gore is building a nice residence in the Ferrell addition. This town is glad to welcome such men as Uncle Lee.

Robert Duty was painfully hurt on last Sunday by being thrown by a horse.

District candidates are beginning to bob us here and there. Looks as though we would have a right good crop of them.

John Q. Adams Heirs v. Spencer A. Mullins and John Workman (1868)

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John Q. Adams, son of Joseph and Dicy (Mullins) Adams, died in 1863. This record is located in the Logan County Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV.

Banco News 05.28.1926

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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 28, 1926:

Rev. White of Henlawson, who was the pastor of our church for some time, was back in our midst last Saturday night and Sunday, we are glad to say, and delivered three very interesting discourses. A good crowd attended with much attention.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Chafin of Chapmanville attended church at Banco last Saturday night and Sunday and were the all night guests of Mrs. Chafin’s sister, Mrs. D.H. Harmon of this place.

The Banco choir met last Saturday afternoon in the center of our town and gave a very interesting and enjoyable concert.

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Duty and children of Squirrel Branch attended church at Banco Saturday night and Sunday.

Robert Gullet of Spring Dale and some of his old pals were out joy riding last Sunday afternoon.

Charles Duty of Spring Dale was slightly injured last Tuesday while unloading some switch ties in Big Creek.

When Basil Duty of Spring Dale gets sight of a certain pretty girl of his town he can walk as lightly as the Meadow Lark can soar in the sky.

The  boy who says he can tell the girls the “sweetest story ever told” over the gate post was trying his experience last Sunday, and we believe the gate post was all there was between the girl and himself.

Jesse Justice and Frank Chapman sure do like Spring Dale these days. They stay up there six days a week and wouldn’t mind to stay the seventh. Time about is fair boys. Each one must wait for their turn to carry the swith ties out if the girls are coming.

Miss Ella Jane Toney of Chapmanville attended church at Banco Saturday night and Sunday and was the all night guest of her cousin, Miss Marea Lucas.

Among those who were out kodaking last Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Lucas, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hager, Misses Gay Pettit, Clara Harmon, and Pearl Hager.

J.M. Harmon and W.J. Vance of Peach Creek motored to Banco last Saturday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Hager and little daughter Carmine was the all night guest of Mr. Hager’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Hager, of this place Saturday.

Wonder what has become of the sheik that we never see him in town any more?

Miss Ella Jane Toney left for her home at Chapmanville last Sunday evening accompanied by her cousin, Miss Marea Lucas of this place.

Miss Gay Pettit, teacher of the Daisy school, was the guest of Clara Harmon at this place Sunday and Monday. She will soon bid Big Creek goodbye as her school will close this week.

Wonder when there will be a circus for Banco? The parade was one day last week. The clowns went through riding the spotted pony.

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, 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.