From the Huntington (WV) Advertiser of February 5, 1887 comes this bit of history about Dusenberry’s Dam:
The dwellers along the banks of the Guyandotte River from its mouth to the headwaters, together with many others who are interested in the navigation of that stream, will be pleased to know that it is soon to be cleared of all obstructions. Major Post, the Chief Engineer, and Capt. Hugh Toney, his assistant, in charge of the Government improvement on Guyandotte River, have made a contract with the Messrs. Rodgers to clear the river of all obstructions from Barboursville up for a considerable distance. By this contract the Dusenberry mill dam, which has been the chief obstacle to the free navigation of the river and the cause of immense loss to timber dealers and others, will be removed.
After its removal, with such a stage of water as we now have, steamboats will be enabled to ascend to within a few miles of Logan C.H. This will be of immense importance to the city of Huntington, as it opens a fertile region, which has in a great measure been cut off by this dam and forced to go to Charleston. A line of steamboats will, no doubt, enter the trade between this city and Logan C.H. as soon as the river is clear.
At the point where the Dusenberry dam is located was established as one of the first grist mills in all this region of country. About the year 1818 or 1820, the Legislature of Virginia passed an act allowing a mill dam four feet high to be built across the river at that point, and since that time the obstruction has remained.
Capt. Toney has been untiring in his efforts to secure the removal of this bar to the free navigation of Guyan, but not until a few days ago was he able to effect the arrangement which will result in opening the stream.
The merchants and business men of Huntington should now be on the look out for the trade up this river and use all proper means to bring it here.
An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 22, 1927:
Mrs. Ruth Carter has left for her home in Huntington where she will spend a few days.
Mrs. Lettie Munsey is spending a few days in Logan this week.
There have been many arrests and fines paid in town this week. You will have to be more careful, boys.
Carlos Ferrell was in Logan Monday.
Guess the people over on Big Creek will be pleased when the road across the Chapmanville mountain is completed.
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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 25, 1927:
William Workman, son of Golden Workman, is improving since the operation for side pleurisy. He was brought here from a hospital at Huntington. The nurse, Miss Collins and Dr. Ferrell, are caring for him.
Cecil Shuff and Miss Bena Robertson from Peach Creek spent Sunday with Mrs. Nettie Ballard here.
Paul Winters who is attending school at Huntington spent Saturday and Sunday with his parents at this place.
Miss Marea Lucas spent Saturday and Sunday with her parents at Banco.
Mr. and Mrs. Alva Duty and family from Westerly are visiting friends at this time.
Short Lucas was seen in our town Sunday. Wonder for whom he was looking?
O.J. Moses has left for Huntington where he will spend a few days with his parents.
B.C. Ferrell and family spent Sunday with homefolks.
Combinations: Miss Collins and Dr. Ferrell visiting the sick; Hazel and her new dress; Fred J. going up the branch; Arnold and his smiles; Kyle looking downhearted; Wetzel calling on his girl; Ward and Paul out walking; Red and his boots; Mary looking for Vanzel.
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From the Logan County Banner of Logan, WV, and the Huntington Advertiser of Huntington, WV, come the following items relating to Johnson Hatfield:
We are glad to see that Johnson Hatfield, who has been confined to his room for the last ___ weeks, is able to be on the street again.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 2 March 1893.
There was an unfortunate difficulty at Matewan on Sunday last in which Mr. Johnson Hatfield was severely wounded through the hand. His son had become involved with an officer which drew his father into the trouble.
Source: Southern West Virginian via the Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 1 January 1896.
Johnson Hatfield, accompanied by his daughter, Miss Dollie, left on Monday last for a visit to friends and relatives in Mingo county.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 23 January 1897.
Johnson Hatfield and daughter, Miss Dollie, have returned from a visit to friends on Sandy.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 6 February 1897.
Johnson Hatfield, the genial proprietor of the Oakland Hotel, is visiting friends at Pikeville, Kentucky.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 28 August 1897.
Johnson Hatfield has returned from a visit to Pikeville, Ky.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 9 October 1897.
Johnson Hatfield is at Williamson this week.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 23 October 1897.
The many friends of Mrs. Johnson Hatfield will regret to learn of her serious illness. She has a very bad attack of rheumatism.
Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 13 November 1897.
Johnson Hatfield and wife, of Mingo, passed through here [Chafinsville] last Sunday en route for Vanceville, where they will make their future home.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 21 April 1898.
TAKEN TO KENTUCKY ON A SERIOUS CHARGE–NOW IN JAIL.
Johnson Hatfield was arrested yesterday and taken to Pikesville, Kentucky, and lodged in jail on a charge of being an accomplice in the murder of Alifair McCoy on New Years night about nine years ago. This murder was committed during the feud of the Hatfields and McCoys.
Source: Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 20 July 1898.
NOTE: Not all of these stories may pertain to the Johnson “Johnse” Hatfield of Hatfield-McCoy Feud fame. For instance, items relating to the Oakland Hotel and a daughter named Dollie relate to a Johnson Hatfield (born 1837), son of George and Nancy (Whitt) Hatfield.
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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 28, 1927:
Here we come with a few items from Chapmanville.
Chapmanville isn’t anything but a mud hole nowadays.
Mr. John F. Ferrell from Virginia was visiting relatives in our town for the past week.
Grover Lowe from Stollings attended Sunday school here last Sunday. Everyone was pleased to see him.
Dr. Ferrell and Miss Collins were seen at church Sunday morning.
Emmett Raines was calling on Miss Willa Lowe Sunday.
Watta Workman, Miss Gladys Lowe, Jim Turner and Miss Grace Workman attended church Sunday night.
Daily happenings: Inez teaching school; Mabel going to the post office; Lamar calling on Maude; Walter going to see Carrie; Victor Toney and his smiles; Beulah and her toboggan; Minnie Workman and her spit curl; Wetzel calling on Callie; Brook looking for Nelse; Dennis and his sweetie; Ward looking for Bernice.
Good luck to The Banner.