The Red Caboose Regional Artisan Center (2017)


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“Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy” is available for purchase at The Red Caboose Regional Artisan Center in Huntington, WV.

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The Red Caboose offers a variety of regional crafts for sale. Check it out!

Estep News 03.19.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Estep in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 19, 1926:

Business at this place a few months ago seemed to be on the wane but everything is looking more prosperous at this writing, we are glad to say.

Miss Ida Thomas of this town has obtained a new job. She is assistant postmaster of Estep office.

Taylor Stone of this place left for Blair on last Monday by motor. We imagine his trip will not be a pleasant one as the roads are reported to be in bad condition.

We suppose the South Penn workers are getting along nicely with their work on Ellis Fork as they have ten teams of horses working for them and there were more men seen going through his town last Sunday enroute for Head of Ellis Fork. We are informed those men were the derrick builders.

R.E. Ellis and L.M. Baisden will have to decline the idea of farming any this year as they will have so much other business to attend to that they cannot find time for farming.

Gartner Baisden of Ellis Fork has been very ill with measles but is rapidly improving and will soon be out again.

J.A. and J.W. Thomas were feuding last Tuesday. Stay with it boys. It may be warmer next summer.

Ted Hager of Lynn street was calling on his sweetie at Estep last Sunday.

Wonder why the local “Shlew” of Banco wasn’t seen in Estep last Sunday? Some of the Junior girls were expecting him.

It is reported that a big trade went through up at Banco addition last Monday evening. J.B. Lucas and W.H. Vickers swapped roosters.

Bernie Dunkle of Williamson was seen going through Estep last Monday afternoon on his way to the head of Ellis Fork.

J.A. Stone of Banco was a business caller in Estep last Monday morning.

Banco News 04.02.1926


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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 April 2, 1926:

Banco is a flourishing little town at present. The hucksters are now going through twice a week. Lumber wagons and oil rigs. If anyone is looking for excitement, this is the place.

Mrs. C.E. Justice of Elm street is tending to her incubator and the mister is getting ready to run a truck farm this summer.

D.H. Harmon’s saw mill at Spring Dale is running nicely and putting out good lumber under the management of M.P. Barker.

Basil Duty is up with the Lark every morning, ready for his job hauling lumber from Spring Dale to Big Creek. The Banco girls may stay with ‘em “Pal O’ Mine.”

Peter Pinder, the great entertainer, was gently rapping at the front entrance of a private home in Banco one day last week. The lady of the house answered the call. The gentleman said: “Pardon me, please, but I want to read your Banner a few moments while in town.”

Some of the occupants of the Justice apartments on Elm street have moved out and gone to other points.

Earl Justice of Elm street was the all night guest of his cousin, Levi Duty of Squirrel Branch, last Saturday. This place has the same name as of old, but not the same game as of old.

The local sheik of our town was all smiles last Sunday afternoon. Wonder why?

Mrs. C.E. Justice and his son Charles Robert of this place left for Verdunville last Sunday evening where she will visit with her parents for a few days.

Mrs. Sadie Ball and children of Hewett are the guests of Mrs. Ball’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pardue of Banco, this week.

H.F. Lucas was the dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Lucas last Sunday.

Mrs. R.L. Barker was calling on Mrs. Martha Sanders last Monday evening.

Wonder why S.S.L. was so lonely last Sunday? Cheer up, Seybert. Lucille will be home soon.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Lucas and H.F. Lucas, Misses Norma and Hazel Barker and Bertha Lake were calling on Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Thomas last Sunday afternoon.

Jesse Justice of Elm street left for Earling last Sunday where he will work for a few weeks.

We all expect to hear the chimes of wedding bells at Banco addition soon.

Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Pardue and children were the Saturday night guests of Mr. Pardue’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pardue.

Journey Ferrell of this place attended the funeral at the Fowler cemetery last Sunday.

Mrs. Taylor Stone and children of Estep were the weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Stone.

Miss Minerva Vannatter of Dollie was calling in Banco last Saturday evening.

Wonder why George and Edward Ferrell never call around Banco anymore? Call again, boys. Your sweetie is still here.

Ernest Fugate of Holt was calling on his sister Mrs. Nola Justice last Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Ellis of Logan were the supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Harmon at this place last Tuesday.

Miss Charlotte Chapman passed through Banco last week enroute to Big Creek.

Andrew Lewis Sias


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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Andrew Lewis Sias, who resided at Fourteen in Lincoln County, West Virginia:

Andrew Lewis Sias is one of the farming population of Hart Creek district, Lincoln county, and owns 87 ½ acres of land on the East fork of Fourteen Mile creek, 45 acres well cultivated, the rest heavily timbered, and coal, iron ore and building stone are to be found on the farm. Mr. Sias was born in Mercer county, (now) West Virginia, May 28, 1842, and was married in Lincoln county February 10, 1867, to Martha Ellen Lambert, the Rev. John Lucas officiating clergyman. The children of this union were born as follows: Jeremiah, November 25, 1868; Delilah Jane, March 1, 1870; Henry C., September 5, 1872; Lena L., March 8, 1874; Charlotte, November 5, 1876; Mary Etta, April 25, 1880. The parents of Andrew Sias, James and Rebecca (Adkins) Sias, have resided in Lincoln county since its organization. Mrs. Andrew Sias was born in Tazewell county, Virginia, April 12, 1848, and her parents, Jeremiah and Sarah (Hedrick) Lambert, were residing here before the county was organized. Andrew Lewis Sias enlisted in the late war, in Company G, 22nd Virginia Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel Clawhammer Witcher, in General A.J. Jenkins’ brigade. Mr. Sias was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg on the third day of the fight, and was left in the hands of the enemy, taken to Point Lookout, Maryland, held eight months and four days, suffering untold injuries. When the word of exchange came Mr. Sias went back to his company, his arm still in a sling, and participated in several engagements, though he could use a revolver only with his left hand, and he would have suffered for something to eat had it not been for the kindness of two good soldiers. Andrew Lewis Sias settled in Lincoln county in 1867, and receives his mail at Fourteen, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

SourceThe West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 137-138.

NOTE: Lewis Sias is my great-great-great-grandfather.

Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society (2017)


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I am VERY excited to be speaking about the Lincoln County Feud on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Logan Area Public Library situated on Historic Hatfield Island in Logan, WV. Many thanks to the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society for hosting me. If you are local, please attend. I would love to see you!

John Gore


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John Gore (1816-1895), son of Joseph and Martha (Pine) Gore. Husband to Margaret “Peggy” Dingess. Settled on the West Fork of Harts Creek in Logan County, WV.

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John Gore Land Grant (1848), Logan County, (West) Virginia.

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John Gore obituary, Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 9 October 1895.


John Gore grave, West Fork of Harts Creek, Logan County, WV. 5 June 2015.

Big Creek News 04.09.1926


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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 9, 1926:

Mr. Lester Taylor of Logan spent Saturday and Sunday visiting Miss Sallie Kitchen.

J.H. Midkiff spent the weekend with his family at Yawkey.

Mrs. Martha Roberts of Chapmanville spent Sunday with friends here.

Mrs. Sid Ferrell spent Saturday at Logan.

Mrs. A.J. Thomas was visiting her mother at Banco Sunday.

J.J. Boothe of Huntington was calling on Miss Dicie Thomas Friday.

Jesse Toney made a business trip to Logan Monday.

Miss Mabel Toney of Logan was seen here Sunday.

Mrs. J.B. Hager of Madison was called here on the account of the death of her sister, Mrs. P.D. Bradbury.

Bill Vance was visiting his mother Sunday.

A.J. Thomas made a flying trip to Logan Monday.

Miss Marie Kitchen and Mr. Kennedy were out walking Sunday.

Hardin Marcum of Ranger was seen on our streets Saturday evening.

Miss Mary Butcher and Archie Chapman were seen at the Star theatre Saturday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Oron Mobley were shoppers in Logan Saturday.

Mont Mullins was here Monday.

Jesse Harmon has been visiting his mother.

Well, as news is scarce around Big Creek this week, will try again next time and see if there can’t be more.