Peach Creek YMCA is Thriving (1928)

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Logan Banner, 6 March 1928

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Whirlwind News 01.12.1923

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A correspondent named “Blue Belle” from Whirlwind on Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 12, 1923:

The roads are rocky but they won’t be rocky long.

Troy Vance has returned from Ohio. He reported a nice time.

The Revenue Officers sure are raiding Harts Creek.

C.H. McCloud said that he was going to run a baggage truck from Logan to Harts Creek. $2.50 will be the charge.

I saw Charlie Mullins going to Trace Fork Sunday. He said goodbye to the Buck Fork girls.

Wonder who it was that was visiting the widow last Saturday night?

Mr. Randy Baisden has forsaken the Whirlwind girls and has gone to Cherry Tree.

John Jackson and Weltha Mullins and Amanda Mullins were seen going through Mullins town some time ago. The girls sure were hanging to Johnnie.

James Baisden and S.W. Dalton have just returned from Bluefield and both reported a good time.

Harts Creek News 01.19.1923

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A correspondent named “Baby Doll” from Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 19, 1923:

As we have begun writing, I suppose we had better not stop, so here goes.

Miss Ora Mullins is very ill at this writing.

Mrs. Baisden is also on sick list this week.

Singing school is still progressing nicely.

Harts has such a terrible rep. I’m sure some would reverse their opinion if they would just visit our singing school.

In my opinion, Harts Creek is as good or maybe better, than any place I know. Come on Harts Creeker, and help me cheer Harts.

Strawberry shortcake
Huckleberry pie,
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y,
Are we “It”?
I say yes.
–Citizens of Harts Creek school

Howard Adams, Eula Adams, Anna Adams, and Nora Adams all have gone back to Logan to attend school.

Mrs. Shirley Mullins is conducting a good school on Buck Fork. We really appreciate her work and wish to thank her.

How many know that there is to be a wedding in this hamlet soon? You don’t know? Well, how do you like the way you found out?

Miss Weltha Mullins has been visiting her parents of this place.

Some of the people in Logan seem to think that the people on Harts Creek never saw a car. Pahaw, fella. They make ‘em climb trees in our burg.

Ferrellsburg, WV (1921)

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Today, the county road and Main Street are called Kirk Street. Railroad Avenue is Mullins Avenue. In the 1980s, the county road became Kirk Street, Main Street became River Avenue, and Railroad Avenue retained its original name. In the late 1990s, the Lincoln County Commission approved the names of several new streets in town. In the early 2000s, 911 disregarded history and our county commission and improperly renamed many of our streets–and required that we use HARTS as our town address. NOTE: The county road led to a ferry at the river.

Harts Creek News 01.05.1923

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A correspondent named “Baby Doll” from Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 5, 1923:

(Received too late for publication last week.)

Christmas was certainly celebrated in true, old fashioned style here on Harts.

Messrs. Charles Curry and Daniel McCloud are teaching singing school at lower school house on Trace. They have all the voices but the alto, heigh ho.

There is a new arrival at Thomas Baisden’s. Oh no, we didn’t say who, so you need not get mad.

Mr. Charley Mullins was calling on Miss Roxie Mullins last Sunday, but oh gee, he had a black pudding on his nose.

Oh, I forgot. How many yards does it take to make a black pudding? “Haint it the truth.”

Miss Weltha Hensley cranked up her old Ford and went to Washington. Hope she doesn’t forget those—ah, you know what.

Messrs. Randy Baisden and Charley went to town just before Christmas. Wonder what for?

Mr. Elbert Adams was calling on Miss Tilda Baisden Christmas day.

Miss Mattie Carter has decided to be an old maid.

Miss Katie Baisden was calling on the Dingess home the other day.

Mr. Robert Martin, one of our teachers, is planning on attending summer school. We hope that many more will do likewise.

Mrs. Belle Dora Adams was seen going through town smoking her pipe but she did not have any thinking cap on.

Miss Thelma Dingess returned from Rum Creek to spend Christmas with her sister, Mrs. Adams.

The “scruant” officer visits Trace school so often that the teachers are kept busy watching for him.

Poor Anna is lonely since Frank is ill. Cheer up, Anna.

There has been an awful disaster around in Dingess town. Moscoe Dingess got his contract signed and then it was stolen. It was a blue paper, so watch for it. Oh, boy.

Misses Nora and Anna Adams are visiting friends on Hart. They appeared to be disappointed on Christmas day. Wonder why? Ask Everett and Bernie.

Halcyon News 03.02.1923

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A correspondent named “Smiles and Cheers” from Halcyon on Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 2, 1923:

(Too late for publication last week.)

Sunday School here is progressing nicely.

Mattie Carter, Evelyn Workman, and Nora Brown were calling on Miss Mandy and Roxie Mullins Thursday.

Roxie Mullins was calling on Mrs. Vergie Mullins Monday evening.

Tom Baisden has started a big job. I think he calls it making sugar. Hustle in, boys, those who want a position.

Albert Richards and his intended were out for a stroll Sunday.

Albert Mullins’ big job is progressing nicely.

Everyone sure does miss Jerona.

Roxie Mullins and her new beau were out for a walk Saturday evening.

Roxie and Mandy Mullins, Ida and Pearl McCloud, Mattie Carter, and a number of others, attended a funeral Friday morning at the Hensley cemetery.

Good luck to the Banner.

Logan in 1893 (1937)

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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history about Logan (then known as Aracoma) dated July 17, 1937:

Logan’s First Mayor Had Comparatively Few Worries

City “Clean-ups” Were Practically Unknown When J.B. Buskirk Served As Logan’s First Executive Back In 1893

Unlike the present-day affairs in the city of Logan with gambling, bootlegging, and all forms of vice causing the mayor, the police force, and the city council no little concern, the early residents of the city and their administrative bodies had little trouble in making and enforcing the laws.

Ordinances that would almost escape notice today, were they brought before the city legislative group, assumed the importance of grave administrative matters.

City “cleanups” were practically unknown, unless one could consider the annual spring drives against muddy thoroughfares and broken hitching posts as “clean ups.”

City legislators concerned themselves not at all with approving beer license ordinances, public health ordinances, and street marking programs. As to beer, the corner saloon was always handy and was somewhat a refuge from the law.

There was no such thing as “public” health, except in cases of epidemics when each citizen would pitch in and get everything as “clean as a hound’s tooth.”

Street marking in the early days could be construed only as the placing of a line of large rocks at regular intervals across strategic spots on the city’s one thoroughfare to enable pedestrians to cross from one side of the street to the other during the rainy season.

J.B. Buskirk, the first mayor of which there is record, elected with a city council to work with him, lived a life of ease compared with the administration of a present-day mayor.

Buskirk held sway in 1893 and, except for numerous resignations of public officials being continually tendered him, he had little cause to worry. Evidently the city fathers pined away in their chairs from boredom.

Record is made of the long-remembered council meeting of June 27, 1893, when Buskirk, with his council composed of Leander Cary, G.W. Morgan, John A. Sheppard, T.C. Whited, and S.B. Robertson met and passed the following ordinance:

“Be it ordained by the common council of the town of Aracoma: That any person found guilty of pitching horse shoes, rings or anything of like manner, or playing quoits, ball, marbles, or any similar game or games upon the streets or alleys of the town of Aracoma, shall be fined not less than one dollar nor more than five dollars at the discretion of the Mayor.”

The council did not indicate whether or not they considered these practices gambling.

Those were the days—from a mayor’s point of view.

NOTE: Aracoma was Logan’s official name in 1893.