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The Logan Banner, formerly the Logan County Banner, is the primary newspaper serving Logan County, West Virginia, and surrounding areas. The first issue of the Banner appeared in 1889 under the editorship of Henry Clay Ragland. Its history serves as an item of interest.
Logan Banner, 26 June 1914
Every name on the combined Banner and Republican lists–paid and not paid–will receive a copy of this week’s “25th-year Souvenir Edition,” also some sample copies are mailed. This is our last invitation, and your last chance to get Dean’s Logan Banner at $1 a year; it goes up to $1.50 a year in advance next issue, and will never come down while the present owner edits it. A blank coupon for remittance will be found below; better send your name and a dollar NOW. All subscribers in arrears will be cut off July 3rd, the date of next issue.
Logan Banner, 14 August 1914
A certificate of incorporation has been issued to The Logan Banner Co., to conduct a publishing business at Logan. It has an authorized capital of $10,000, and its incorporators are E.T. England, Ira P. Hager, O.J. Deegan, John M. Perry, Naaman Jackson, W.C. Lawrence, Jr., and J.C. Smith, all of Logan.
Logan Banner, 14 August 1914
To the Public:
The Logan Banner has lately changed hands. The new editor will have charge in a few days. The future policy of this newspaper will then be stated. Suffice it to say that the paper will advocate all that pertains to civic righteousness and civic betterment.
The owners believe, as every one should believe, who lives within the confines of Logan county, that progress is the result of the acts of a progressive people, and that Logan county is made up of people who believe that to progress is to succeed, hence the unparalleled development of our county.
The Logan Banner will do all that lies in its power to foster each and everything that has a tendency to develop and uplift the county. In short, the ultimate object will be a greater Logan, city and county.
Logan Banner, 21 August 1914
A Word to Our Readers
The Logan Banner, under new auspices, will be published as usual at the same place and at the old subscription price of one dollar per year. It is the ultimate object of the publishers to make The Banner purely a local newspaper, and with this aim in view, will welcome news from every part of the city and county.
We believe that the merchants of Logan will realize the value of The Banner since it is going into every nook and corner of Logan county, and will use it as a medium through which to express themselves to their many customers. While we do not see at this time the name of many local firms among our advertising customers, we believe that such condition will not long exist, especially so since there is not a merchant in the city of Logan who does not greatly appreciate each and every one of his patrons regardless of those patrons’ party affiliations.
There are among the readers of The Banner many from every party represented in the county. There is not an institution in Logan that is not patronized by people affiliated with every party here; therefore we lay claim to the fact that The Logan Banner is entitled to much of the advertising in which the merchants of Logan county participate, and by merit alone do we expect to prove our assertions. We will also please you with our job work; we will allow no alternative to this latter.
Come in and see us; you are welcome.
Logan Banner, 4 September 1914 (originally published in the McDowell Recorder)
The Logan Banner has again changed hands. For two weeks it has had the same salutatory, but we guess it is only gathering wind for its sails.
We certainly wish the new management abundant success, and that with sledge-hammer blows it will smash up the old bourbon democracy of that county.
If the new management cannot install a linotype, it should, by all means, employ a boy who can each week set at least a column or two of real live matter. Don’t catch the grouch that affected Brother Dean.
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An unknown correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 14, 1927:
After all the sadness and sorrow Harts has mingled back again.
Mrs. Ward Brumfield met the county court in Hamlin Monday to be appointed Ward Brumfield’s administrator.
Mrs. Charles Brumfield is looking after business matters in Logan this week.
Miss Cora Adkins spent Saturday in Huntington.
Herbert Adkins was a business caller in Huntington Monday.
Mrs. Hollena Ferguson spent several days in Logan visiting friends.
Hawkins Perry is our new operator here this week.
Mrs. Toney Johnson from New Orleans is here visiting her mother, Mrs. Chas. Brumfield.
Wonder why Dr. Ferrell of Chapmanville is so interested in Harts now?
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas McComas spent Saturday and Sunday in Huntington.
Mrs. Beatrice Adkins from West Fork was in Harts Saturday.
Miss Jessie Brumfield is progressing nicely with her school at Atenville now.
Bill Adkins will leave here soon for Valparaiso, Indiana where he will be engaged in school for some time.
Mrs. Jeff Mullins of Big Creek spent Saturday visiting relatives here.
Robert Dingess of Whirlwind was a business caller in this town Monday.
Robert and Joe Brumfield are looking after business matters in Logan this week.
Fisher B. Adkins was in Hamlin Monday looking after his contest which will come off the March term of court.
Mrs. Herbert Adkins has purchased a fine radio.
Tom Brumfield seems to be very much pleased these days. Wonder why? Guess the wedding bells will ring soon.
Bill Adkins from Coal Branch City was in town Monday.
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This entry compiles information relating to the Battle or Skirmish at Curry Farm, which occurred as part of the War Between the States in May of 1864 just north of Hamlin in present-day Lincoln County, WV. It is a working entry and will be updated based on the discovery of new information.
On May 29, 1864, Confederates commanded by Captain John L. Chapman of Company B, 34th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, attacked a detachment of the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, Company G, commanded by 1st Lt. John W. Harshbarger at Curry Farm on Big Buffalo Creek in present-day Lincoln County just north of Hamlin and twelve miles south of Milton. H.H. Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia, compiled in c.1883, provides the only known account of the battle: “The Federals had marched from Hurricane Bridge and were proceeding up Mud river when they were fired upon by the Confederates, who were concealed on the opposite side of the river. The Federal commander at once ordered a charge and the Confederates retreated without loss. The Federals had one killed, a man named Mathias Kayler from Raleigh county, and two wounded — one being Isaac Jackson, who was shot through the left arm; and another, a member of Company K” (98-99).
Prior to the battle, on May 10, 1864, Capt. John Chapman had been sent with a detachment of dismounted men from the area of Russell County, Virginia, into Cabell and Logan counties “to gather up absentees and deserters from the 34th Battalion” (Cole, 80). Capt. Chapman had been wounded in action at Brandy Station, Virginia, on August 14, 1863 and at Blountsville, Tennessee, on March 10, 1864 (Cole, 147).
Isaac Jackson, one of the two Union soldiers wounded at Curry Farm, was a private in Company G, 3rd WV Cavalry, formerly commanded by Captain John S. Witcher (who had been promoted to major in April 1864). Hardesty cites Mr. Jackson as “wounded in action at Currys Farm, May 29, 1864” (98). Following the battle, on July 6, 1864, 1st Lt. Harshbarger was promoted to captain of Company G. On December 7, 1864, an Adjutant General’s Report shows Company G, 3rd WV Cavalry, stationed near Winchester, VA. The muster roll shows 108 names, citing Private Isaac Jackson as “Wounded in skirmish, May 5, 1864. In hospital since this date.” (Note how this record provides a different date of his wounding from the date provided by Hardesty, who compiled his history about 1881.) http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwayne/roster3G.htm
Curry Farm, according to Hardesty, was located 1/4 mile above Hamlin (90, 98). Hamlin Chapel (later Curry Chapel), located on Curry Farm, is important for the role it played in the creation of Lincoln County in 1867. “The first meeting of the Board of Supervisors was held on the 11th day of March, 1867, in what was known as Hamlin chapel, an old church which stood on the Curry farm, about one-fourth of a mile above the present county seat. There were present: William C. Mahone, of Carroll District; John Scites, of Sheridan, and William A. Holstein, of Duval. W. C. Mahone was made president, and Benjamin F. Curry, clerk, the latter giving bond in the penalty of $2000, with James A. Holly and Jeremiah Witcher as his securities. It was then ordered that the Board of Supervisors have the White Hall, a Southern Methodist church one-fourth of a mile below where the county seat now stands arranged for holding the courts until the proper buildings could be erected, George A. Holton and a majority of the trustees consenting thereto” (Hardesty, 90-91)
Curry Chapel no longer stands but its former location can be found near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 3/11 above the mouth of Straight Fork of Big Buffalo Creek on Mud River. Curry Chapel Cemetery is located on site. While Hardesty cited the battle site as 1/4 of a mile above Hamlin, the church–located on the Curry farm–was located over four miles north of Hamlin “as the crow flies.”
Capt. John Chapman left Cabell and Logan counties and rejoined the 34th Battalion Virginia Cavalry in the vicinity of Pound Gap, Virginia, by the end of June 1864 (Cole, 82).
Capt. John W. Harshbarger (1836-1909) is buried here: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35761174
Scott C. Cole, 34th Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, VA: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1993) 80, 82, 121, 147.
Michael Graham, The Coal River Valley in the Civil War (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2014) 150-151.
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An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on December 18, 1914:
We are glad to note that our people are busy, happy and peaceful in these parts.
Will Farley has added a new industry to our town, a gasoline grist mill.
Our drummer, Sol Riddle, has just returned from a trip through his territory.
Revs. Adams and Fry preached at Head of Heart last Sunday.
Mrs. Vinson Collins is very ill at this writing.
Joe Blaine has moved from this place to Holden.
Forest fires are very frequent here of late.
Rev. Charley Curry was elected pastor of the church at McCloud school house recently.
Revs. Border and Vance will preach at McCloud school house the second Sunday.
Luke Curry has returned home from Rum, where he has been working for some time.
Cholera has been raging among the hogs in this vicinity. Several people have lost hogs.
John Workman will move back to his farm in the spring, he says.
Good luck to The Banner and a happy Xmas to its readers.
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An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on November 14, 1914:
Forest fires have done considerable damage in this section recently.
Drs. Carter and Ratcliff were Whirlwind visitors one day the first of the week.
Mrs. James Baisden of Dingess died at her home Thursday, November 12th.
Miss Burlie Riddle was shopping at this place on Tuesday last.
Misses Julia and Roxie Mullins were Whirlwind visitors one day this week.
Miss Mamie Adkins was visiting at Uncle Tom Smith’s Friday.
W.J. Bachtel transacted business in Mingo county the first of the week.
T.J. Carter is on the sick list at this writing.
Mrs. David Tomblin of Buck Fork was here Wednesday.
J.M. Adams transacted business at Whirlwind Friday of last week.
Mose Tomblin, Jr., made a business trip to Bulwark Friday.
Jacob Alperin of Charleston was here on business one day recently.
Rev. N. Barber returned Sunday from a business trip to Mingo county.
Miss Ethel Chaffin of Wayne is visiting Naaman Borders at this place.
Little Earsel, the five-year-old child of Will Farley, took the croup last Saturday and died in a few hours. The bereaved ones have our sympathy.
Miss Dora Workman of this place visited relatives at Breeding last week.
The schools of this place taught by Mr. and Mrs. Borders are progressing nicely.
James Mullins, our prominent merchant, bought a fine span of mules recently.
Revs. Vance, Curry, and Border preached at McCloud school house Sunday.
The folks on Buck Fork have organized a Bible school, which all the folks are invited to take a part. That begins to look like the good people of that place are moving in the right way. If all our neighbors would do the same, our young men would find it even more interesting that the disgraceful card table or Sunday baseball. And I am sure it would do more to elevate our country. People are going to engage in something on Sunday, if it is things that are sinful. So let us interest them in something that is elevating and has a wholesome moral uplift. Where we have a Bible school or Sunday school we have a sort of round table in which all may have a say in the subject. There are a thousand and one things that are intensely interesting in the Good Old Book that many educated people are wholly ignorant of, and I am surprised to see so few school teachers that take such little interest in these things. How long will things be thus?
Now that the election is over and the lucky ones are happy and the unlucky ones have bid their loved ones at home goodbye and are on their way up the hated Salt River we wish the dear fellows all a safe voyage.
‘Lasses makin’ is over and the frost is on the pumpkin and the fodder’s in the shock.