Big Creek News 04.20.1926

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An unknown local correspondent from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 20, 1926:

Here we come again with a bit of news. Hope the waste basket’s back is turned.

Mrs. Andrew Thomas and daughter are spending a few days in Huntington.

Mrs. Howard McComas and Madge Toney made a brief trip to Logan last week.

If you want to see Myrtle Mobley and Christine Kitchen, come to the drug store any time.

Dr. Ferrell was a visitor in Big Creek Thursday.

Mr. Heckles was calling on Bob Hale Thursday night.

Mrs. Earl Gill who has been on the sick list is improving.

Miss Pearl Sanders visits the drug store every evening.

Mr. George Chaffin was in Big Creek Friday.

Miss Martha Neal was visiting Miss Sally Kitchen Sunday.

Fred Kitchen was seen letting the train by Saturday.

Combinations: Mr. Saltsman and his dirty hands; Allie and her route; Fred looking for the girls; Mr. Kennedy and his mustache; Myrtle and her No. 8; Christine and her hat; Dicy watching for Howard; Georgia going to Huntington; Nannie curling her hair; Marie crying over Kennedy; Jum and his dogs; Bill and his smiles; Fred and his freckles.

Burrell Spurlock

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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Burrell Spurlock, who resided near Hamlin in Lincoln County, West Virginia:

Son of Eli and Mary (Cummings) Spurlock, was born in Boone county, (now) West Virginia, April 14, 1833, and in Lincoln county, January 7, 1857, he wedded Phoebe Jane, daughter of Preston and Elizabeth (Haskins) Spears. The children of this union number twelve, born as follows: Emily, December 17, 1858, died February 21, 1859; Louisa Jane, December 25, 1859; Emily Alice, October 10, 1861, died January 19, 1880; Robert, September 17, 1864; Allen and Wirt, twins, October 25, 1867; Evermont Green, born February 17, 1870; Sarah Ellen, May 20, 1873, died September 22, 1878; Victoria, February 19, 1876; Leander Filmore, June 30, 1878, died December 8, 1878; Maria, March 26, 1880; Mary Elizabeth, July 7, 1883. Mrs. Spurlock was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, June 10, 1840; she has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for fifteen years. A brother of Mrs. Spurlock, Thomas Preston Spears, served in teh late war in the Federal army, and died a prisoner. The subject of this sketch was in the civil war, serving in the Federal army, in Company K, 7th West Virginia Cavalry. He enlisted, March 10, 1864, participated in the battles at Floyd Mountain, New River Bridge, Lynchburg, fighting continuously from Lynchburg to Kanawha valley, and was discharged August 5, 1865. Charles Spurlock, grandfather of Burrell, was born and raised ____. The country then was inhabited mostly by Indians. Burrell Spurlock is a farmer in union district, owning 360 acres of farming land, located on Big Laurel, nine miles from Hamlin. The timber on this land consists of pine, poplar, locust, sugar, maple, beech, hickory, and oak; good orchard; superior cannel and stone coal, and iron ore. Address Mr. Spurlock at Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

SourceThe West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 132.

Adkins-Brumfield Family Cemetery (2017)

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This cemetery is occupied by the family of Charles and Minerva (Dingess) Adkins. Charles Adkins (1850-1919), a resident of Caney Branch of Harts Creek, was a miller and justice of the peace in Harts Creek District, Lincoln County, WV. He is my great-great-great-grandfather. In recent weeks, we have been busily restoring this cemetery.

Charles Adkins copyright

Charles Adkins (1850-1919), son of Isaiah and Mary Jane (Toney) Adkins.

Rufus Stowers

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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Rufus Stowers, who resided at Hamlin in Lincoln County, West Virginia:

Son of William Larkin and Rebecca (Lambert) Stowers, was born in Tazewell county, Virginia, January 26, 1842, and settled in Lincoln county in 1872. His father died in Tazewell county in 1857, and his mother in 1856. Mr. Stowers taught school thirteen years, but is now a farmer in Carroll district, owning about 127 acres of land on Scary creek, seven miles southeast from Hamlin. The farm is in good condition, containing a large orchard of apple, pear and peach trees, and a portion of it is heavily timbered with poplar, sugar, maple, beech, hickory, and walnut. In Tazewell county, August 16, 1859, Rufus Stowers was united in wedlock with Sarah Elizabeth Lambert. She is a daughter of Hiram H. and Priscilla E. (Lambert) Lambert, and she was born in Tazewell county, April 26, 1844. October 28, 1882, Mrs. Stowers died, leaving a husband and six children to mourn her loss. She was the mother of seven children, one deceased, who were born as follows: George Washington, September 8, 1860; Matilda Jane, March 29, 1862; Mary Priscilla, August 14, 1864; Martha Rebecca Alice, August 9, 1871; Emma Eva Christina, October 7, 1875; James Addison, March 8, 1877, died July 5, 1878; Luella Ann, April 16, 1879. Mr. Stowers is a member of the United Baptist Church; his wife was a member of the same church at the time of her death. William Stowers, father of Rufus, was a soldier in the war of 1812. Rufus Stowers was at one time constable and commissioner of revenue in Bland county, Virginia. Any mail for him may be addressed to Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

SourceThe West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 117.

NOTE: During the Lincoln County Feud, Paris Brumfield accidentally shot Mr. Stowers. Mr. Stowers appears in the song, “The Lincoln County Crew.”

Manns Knob Fire Tower and Residence (2017)

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West Virginia once hosted more than 70 fire towers. Today, the number is just over a dozen. For more on West Virginia fire towers, follow this link: http://www.firehouse.com/news/10508169/west-virginia-fire-towers-make-unique-tourist-attractions

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The Manns Knob Fire Tower, built during the 1930s, sits at an elevation of 1439 feet. I love the little house that is located beside of the tower. My great-uncle Lloyd Frye once lived here. 12 February 2017.

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U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) Reference Mark. For more on these, follow this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._National_Geodetic_Survey

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One view from the tower. 12 February 2017.

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Photo by Mom. 12 February 2017.

John Milton Dingess

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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for John Milton Dingess, who resided at Hamlin in Lincoln County, West Virginia:

Son of Peter and Mary (Stone) Dingess, was born in Logan county, (now) West Virginia, November 3, 1822, and came to Lincoln county in 1853. In Logan county, December 25, 1845, John M. Dingess and Matilda, daughter of Richard and Mary (Ingram) McDonald, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock. She was born in Pulaski county, Virginia, August 3, 1823. The record of the five children of Mr. and Mrs. Dingess is: Peter Scott, born August 31, 1847, resides in Union district, Lincoln county; Mary Ann, February 4, 1851, at home; Jerusha Alice, November 12, 1852, lives in Carroll district, Lincoln county; Matilda Jane, September 25, 1856, died May 19, 1858; George Edgar, April 3, 1858, died April 29, 1858. Mrs. Dingess and her two daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. John M. Dingess owns a farm of 150 acres, located on the Middle fork of Mud river, four miles east of Hamlin. There is a young orchard on the farm, and plenty of coal and iron ore to be found. Address Mr. Dingess at Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

SourceThe West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 111.

Congressman Edward T. England of Logan, WV

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Edward T. England (1869-1934) was a prominent Republican politician in Logan, West Virginia. Mr. England settled in Logan in 1901 and was elected mayor in 1903. He served as a state senator from 1908 to 1916. In 1915, he was chosen senate president. Mr. England served as West Virginia Attorney General from 1917 to 1925. In 1923, he was chosen president of the Attorney Generals Association. From 1927 to 1929, he served as U.S. Congressman.

Chapmanville News 04.16.1926

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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 April 16, 1926:

Dwyer Coal Co. has suspended operation temporarily.

Some of our population doesn’t believe there are any birds. They never get up in time to hear them sing in the mornings.

If our singing school keeps on it will not be long until we have a choir equal to the Mud Fork quartet.

Everything seems to be unusually quiet here just now. Even the registrar of vital statistics had neither births nor deaths to report for March.

Dump Farley of Shively was in town one day last week getting his seng hoe sharpened.

Dump said he anticipates a fine May apple crop this season.

Rev. Tucker Hensley was expounding the scripture here Tuesday evening.

Strange as it may seem there are great big children here that have never saw their father in Sunday School.

The rural population have been coming into town the last few days. They have been isolated all winter. One man said if it stayed good weather ’til he came back he would have his hair cut.

J.D. Price is very ill with pleurisy.