Cole’s Studio in Logan, WV (1913)


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Logan (WV) Banner, 28 February 1913.


Chapmanville News 05.20.1927


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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 20, 1927:

Miss Inez Barker, president of the Young Peoples’ class of the Christian Sunday school, delightfully entertained the class at her home Saturday evening. Those present were: Lola Ferrell, Martha Dingess, Gladys Lowe, Bernice Ward, Beulah Ballard, Hazel Saunders, Ella Toney, Mabel Ferrell, Dr. Ferrell, Lemar Collins, Kyle Ballard, Burva Crace, Ernest Ward, Dallas Toney, Ward and Walter Ferrell, G.W. McCloud and Arnold Barker. All reported a wonderful time.

Rev. Screeds preached at the Christian church Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

Miss Ruby Saunders spent the week end at Big Creek.

Carlos Ferrell made a flying trip to Phico Sunday.

Miss Eva Barker of Henlawson was calling here Monday afternoon.

B.H. Snidow returned Monday after a business trip to Roanoke, Va.

Barrett’s Circus Visits Huntington, WV (1887)


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From the Huntington Advertiser of Huntington, WV, comes these items dated May 7, 1887:

At the conclusion of Barrett’s circus performance Tuesday, the animals were fed with raw meat in the presence of the spectators. The smell of the meat roused the lion from a sweet slumber, and he pranced round in his cage and threshed the bars, with his tail in a very ferocious manner. The keeper threw him a piece of beef which he received with manifestations of savage delight. He placed it between his paws and attempted to tear it as he was accustomed to tear the carcass of the succulent nigger in his native jungle, but he did not know the characteristics of Huntington beef, and his greatest efforts were not able to make an impression on the piece between his paws. An expression of grief and sadness and surprise came into this eyes as he contemplated it for a moment and then retired to a corner of his cage with an air of deep humiliation. It was inexpressibly sad to see the King of Beasts abdicating his title in favor of a Huntington steer.


More than five thousand people sweltered under Barrett’s circus tents Tuesday afternoon looking at the “greatest show on earth,” the principal advertised feature of which was Jo-Jo, the alleged dog-faced Russian boy, who is making one of his final tours before returning to his mother country, whither he has been, it is said, peremptorily recalled by his imperial majesty. As Jo-Jo is not noticeably handsome as a man, and is a poor excuse for a dog, it is not readily conceivable what they want with him in Russia, unless the Czar wishes to hear the wind bow Aeolian melodies through his whiskers. The daring bareback rider was there in all his spangles and glory, and the sacred animals looked as old and rusty and smelled as badly as ever, while the fat man and woman, the midgets and general monstrosities were in their old accustomed place, baby mine. But the golden haired fairies in perilously short garments who floated in bewitching and bewildering loveliness and went through all the motions on the flying trapeze were the old-time attraction for saint and sinner.


Chapmanville News 05.20.1927


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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 20, 1927:

It seems as though the farmers are not going to raise much this year as the weather is so bad.

The Sunday school is doing nicely. There were thirty-two in the intermediate class last Sunday.

Mrs. Brook Rousey and Mrs. Jim Wagner spent Sunday in Huntington.

Joe Turner is on the sick list at this writing.

Edd Johnson was called to Huntington to see his father who is quite ill.

O.J. Moses who has been here for some time has returned to his home in Huntington.

Mrs. Susan Lowe is on the sick list at this writing. We wish her quick recovery.

Miss Broda Johnson has returned to Logan after a few days’ visit with Miss Beulah Ballard.

The Junior high school pupils seem to be well pleased over getting their diplomas. We wish them success.

Good luck to The Banner.

George H. Fry Deed to Daniel Fry (1854)


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Deed Book C, page 341, Logan County Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV. George H. and Daniel Fry were the sons of Peter and Agnes (Stanley) Fry of Giles County, VA. I descend from their brother, Elisha.

George H. Fry to Daniel Fry 2

Deed Book C, page 342, Logan County Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV.

Logan’s Pretty Women (1914)


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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story dated April 24, 1914:

People’s Column: Articles of about 300 words, written by citizens of Logan Co. will be received. Names will be omitted if desired, but must accompany all articles. Articles attacking reputation or official acts must be signed and sworn to. Reading matter of a political nature or intended to advance or retard the political ambitions of any person will not be published here. Ed.

Heard on the Streets

The Stroller is very fond of good entertainment. He is not too old to prance around a bit when one of the home boys gets the Spaulding over the fence. And when it comes to watching an endless procession of beautiful women, he exercises his prerogative as a man, to look and admire. Logan is so full of pretty women that one wonders where they are all housed when at home. It was a pleasure to stand on the corner of the public square one evening this week and watch them pass. Stately matrons elegantly costumed, beautiful girls, dainty and fresh as morning glories, and the wee misses with rosy cheeks; all laughingly a-mingle, ambled across the square, probably in search of an empty banana basket, for a few wisps of hay. At a distant corner a motley crowd of prisoners, paying the penalty of misconduct, marched toward the city bastile as b est they could with the Spanish spikes they wore. The stentorian cuss-word of the blacksmith at a refractory mule he was shoeing was split in half by the piercing honk-honk of the motorcycle horn, and the entertainment was over.

One-Armed Indian Doctor Visits Huntington, WV (1886)


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From the Huntington Advertiser of Huntington, WV, come these interesting historical items about a Native American visitor to town in 1886:

The one-armed Indian doctor, who pulls teeth for the love of his species and sells compounds known as the “King of Pain” and the “Queen of the Valley” for a livelihood, is in the town. The crowds that nightly surround his wagon demonstrate that the American people have queer ideas of entertainment. Many people take advantage of the aborigine’s gratuitous services, and as he tosses in the air black and crumbling snags and molars with hideous roots, the crowd manifests its pleasure by generous applause. The doctor will remain as long as the harvest of snags holds out, the crowd remains appreciative, and last but not least, as long as the sale of the “King” and “Queen” does not lag.

Source: Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 15 May 1886.


U-ta-wa-un, the Indian medicine man and lightning tooth-puller, visited this city this week and pulled an astonishing number of decayed teeth, lectured on temperance and dispensed the King of Pain and the Queen of the Valley to the eager populace. On Thursday the aborigine departed for Gallipolis.

Source: Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 3 July 1886.