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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history about Logan County place names:
Naming of Logan County Towns and Creeks Related By Logan Banner Reporter
While the first white settlers who entered the county near the middle of the 18th century had to have names for the creeks and runs in order to locate their homes, the children of these first settlers had to have names for each large settlement in order to have their mail delivered to them. Both groups used interesting methods of naming the landmarks.
Early Indian fighters who had contact with Boling Baker and his horse-thieving found little trouble naming the mountain which rises behind Mountain View Inn at the head of Island Creek. Because of the renegade’s custom of using one of the steep hollows for a corral, Captain William S. Madison, an early pioneer, named the mountain Horse Pen. Likewise, Gilbert Creek was named for Jim Gilbert, an Indian scout, who was killed in an Indian skirmish on that tributary of the Guyandotte. Near the place where he was killed there is an old salt lick which is named “Twisted Gun Lick.” The story is told that Gilbert, before he died, hit his gun barrel against a tree to keep the Indians from using it on his comrades. His friends, coming to the lick several hours later, found Gilbert scalped and the twisted firearm lying nearby.
Huff Creek was similarly named for a Peter Huff, whose scouting party was ambushed by a roving band of redskins and Huff was killed in the ensuing battle. They buried Huff on the banks of the creek near the present town of Mallory.
Buffalo Creek, however, received its name in an entirely different manner. The first settlers who hunted in the valley of the Guyandotte found buffalo herds so plentiful on this creek that they called it Buffalo Creek.
Dingess Run was named for a pioneer family of Dingesses which settled in its broad bottoms. William Dingess was the patriarchal head of the family and his children named the run in memory of him.
Island Creek received its name from the Indians who were awed by the beauty of a large creek flowing into the Guyandotte with such force as to cut an entirely separate bed, thus forming an island in the middle of the river. Old timers say that in the early days of the county Island Creek entered the Guyan river at the upper limits of Aracoma. Only during flood time did the creek meet the river at its present point.
As for the towns which have sprung up in the county since coal became king, many were named for prominent people living in them at one time or another or for pioneer families who lived in the towns when the coal companies first came in.
A unique method was used, however, in naming Micco. It received its name from the first letters of the Main Island Creek Coal Co., which formerly operated the mines there.
Omar was named for Omar Cole who was closely associated with the development of the town. The Cole family held, and still holds, extensive mining leases in the vicinity of that mining town.
Sarah Ann acquired its name from the wife of Colonel Edward O’Toole, who was manager of the coal company when the town applied to the government for a post office. The town is generally known as Crystal Block.
Barnabus received its name from Barnabus Curry, a pioneer settler whose home was near the town.
Stirrat was named for Colonel Stirrat, who was manager of the Main Island Creek Coal Company at one time.
Chauncey was named for Chauncey Browning, well-known son of a pioneer family who owned much of the land near that town. For many years the town of Chauncey was not large enough to be made a post office, but after the Litz-Smith Coal Company opened its mines there the town grew to proportions large enough to warrant a post office.
Dehue was given its name in honor of D.E. Hue, the first superintendent who operated the mines there.
Cham, a small place about two and one-half miles above Dehue, got its name from a Chambers family who lived on Rum Creek.
Chapmanville was named for the Chapmans, Curry for the Curry family and Aracoma for the famous Indian princess.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 25 March 1937
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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 26, 1929:
At a called meeting of the members of the Church of Christ of Chapmanville Friday night the church as reorganized. New officers, who will assume their duties at once, were chosen as follows: Elders—O.C. Winters, Al Chafin and W.A. McCloud, for one, two and three years, respectively. Deacons—Mont Butcher and Wallace Chafin, one year each, and S.A. Ferrell and N.E. Lowe, two years each. Deaconesses—Mrs. Dollie Dingess, Mrs. A.R. Duty and Mrs. Z.T. Taylor, three years, two years and one year, respectively. Trustees—S.A. Ferrell, Al Chafin and N.E. Lowe. Associate trustees—Wallace Chafin and O.C. Winters. Those officers who were elected for one year will hold office until the annual business meeting, which will be held the Lord’s Day previous to the Logan-Mingo convention next fall. At this business meeting the new officers will be elected for three years, for the elders and deaconesses, and two years for the deacons. The official board will meet the first Friday night of each month at 3:30 o’clock, unless there is prayer meeting on that evening, when the official board meeting will be held after prayer meeting. S.A. Ferrell was continued as clerk of the church and secretary of the board. O.C. Winters was selected chairman of the official board. Rev. A.P. Benjamin was chairman of the Friday night meeting.
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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on December 11, 1928:
C.M. Gore was a business visitor in Logan Monday.
Messrs. Ed and Jim Turner with their sister Faye motored to Huntington and back Sunday.
A. Dingess of Mud Fork visited his family here over Sunday.
Our school here is progressing nicely under the management of Professors Dobbins and Rigdon.
Herbert Hager moved to Chapmanville from Cherry Tree Bottom the past week.
A. Dingess and Son are putting in a grocery store at this place.
Mrs. R.S. Butcher visited Mrs. Jno. Bryant Sunday.
Mrs. Hill of Logan is visiting her daughter Mrs. Dyke White of this place.
Misses Thelma Adams and Leora Carter of the staff of clerks of Murphy’s 5 & 10 cent stores of Logan were visiting the former’s mother here.
Lewis Brooks of Monaville was a visitor here over Sunday.
Victor Toney and Abe Dingess attended church at Big Creek Sunday.
Mrs. Ferrell is improving nicely from her serious spell of sickness.
Allen Dingess passed through our town Friday enroute to Mud Fork.
An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 1, 1929:
A. Dingess, prominent merchant of Mud Fork of Island Creek has been quite indisposed at his home with flu.
Mrs. Hugh Workman has been on the sick list for the past week.
Abe Dingess, manager of Dingess’s grocery store here, was called to Mud Fork to see after his father’s business there.
C.M. Gore was a business visitor in Logan Friday.
Wallace Toney has been sick the past week, but we are glad to say is back with his business again.
Mrs. Lisa Salyers has been on the sick list the past week.
Geo. Chapman of this place is out again after a bad spell with the flu.
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An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on August 14, 1928:
Charley Gore of Chapmanville was a business visitor to Harts Tuesday.
Mrs. Cora Robinson of Mt. Gay is visiting relatives at Whirlwind this week.
Mrs. Nerve Adams of Switzer is visiting her daughter at Queen’s Ridge for this week.
Mrs. Mary Honaker of Mt. Gay was visiting her sister of Hoover this week end.
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Confederate General John B. Floyd composed this letter detailing military activity in the Guyandotte and Big Sandy valleys in late 1862, which was published by the Abington Virginian on January 2, 1863.
OFFICIAL REPORT OF GEN. FLOYD
Headquarters Virginia State Line,
Camp Clarkson, Tazewell Co.,
December 17, 1862
His Excellencey, John Letcher,
Governor of Virginia—
SIR: After my last communication to you I prepared an expedition consisting of a strong force of Cavalry under Colonel John Clarkson, to operate against the enemy in the counties of Wayne, Cabell, &c. He set out from Chapmansville on the 14th November, in the direction of Cabell down the Guyandotte river, over a rough and difficult road. The following day he fell in with a detachment of the enemy which he quickly routed and dispersed. He continued the march until a few miles of the Ohio river, breaking up the “Home Guard” organization of the enemy, which are very numerous in all that country, and taking prisoners every day.
A strong guard of Yankee troops, acting as a guard for the Pierpont Assessor for the county of Wayne, was attacked and dispersed after a short skirmish, in which was killed and wounded some of the enemy and took a few prisoners. Col. Clarkson proceeded then, according to the previous directions given him, to the Sandy river, to attack a large and formidable organization of the enemy composed mainly of the native population, and very strong posted amidst the cliffs and forests upon the precipitous banks of that river. He succeeded in taking them by surprise completely, and after killing and wounding a number of them, took a large number of prisoners, and surprised entirely the rest of the force. This force and organization were formidable and extremely dangerous to the peace and quiet of all the country round about for many miles, the loyal people were nearly all driven from their country and all were robbed. After that, Col. Clarkson, according to previous understanding, made a junction with me at the mouth of Pigeon Creek, in Logan county, on the Kentucky border, whither I had gone with the infantry and a section of the mounted howitzer battery.
I learned from Col. Clarkson that the enemy had started a number of boats with valuable supplies, from the mouth of Sandy to a post recently established at Pikeville, a point at the head of navigation on the Louisa Fork of Sandy. These boats were in charge of a strong guard, and were intended to furnish a complete outfit for a force deemed sufficient for them, by their commander, to march upon and destroy the salt works in Smyth and Washington counties.
I determined at once to attack this train, and from its distance, being more than forty miles off, it became necessary to send mounted men. Besides this reason, I found it inconvenient to move the infantry in that direction, on account of the number of prisoners with which we were encumbered. The cavalry and mounted men were put in motion within an hour and proceeded upon the march, which was uninterrupted, day or night, until the enemy were overtaken, attacked and routed.
Our people captured ten of the enemy’s transport boats, laden with valuable supplies. A great deal of these supplies was distributed amongst the men, and much of them was brought off; but a very large amount of most valuable supplies was necessarily destroyed for want of transportation to bring them away. A train of one hundred pack mules would have brought away a very large amount of extremely valuable stores, which were committed to the fire and the river.
The night following the capture of these boats (indeed, just twelve hours after the attack upon the boats,) our forces engaged that of Col. Dils, posted in an extremely strong position on the summit of a mountain on the road leading from Prestonsburg to Pikeville. This position was taken and held without any knowledge on our part, and as the attack was made after the night, and entirely unexpected, we were taken at a great disadvantage. But our men behaved with great steadiness and resolution, received the attack and charged the enemy, driving him from his position, and dispersing them entirely. The rout was complete, and the post at Pikeville, consisting of a thousand men, was entirely broken up. The prisoners and the Union people in that neighborhood reported Colonel Dils as killed in the fight that night.
For more detailed statements of this expedition I refer you to the report of Col. Clarkson. In our operation through the country, we made a number of recruits in the counties of Cabell, Wayne, Logan, &c.
My object in this campaign was, as far as possible, to prevent the occupation by the Yankee forces, of the country between the Kanawha Valley and Kentucky border, as well as to destroy the military organization of the country under the traitor government in Wheeling. Both objects were fully attained, as long as I was able to remain in the country. The military organizations, very numerous and well appointed in every particular, were almost entirely destroyed, and the attempts to set up the spurious government were entirely failed.
I was compelled to leave the country, held by me for more than three months alone, for the want of Quartermaster’s supplies. We were without tents, or clothing, or cooking utensils, or axes; and after the inclement weather of winter set in, we could no longer remain in the field. With these stores supplied, I would have remained in that country throughout the winter months. We were able to procure food (meat and bread) in the country, nearly all of it taken from the enemy.
The campaign, from first to last, was one of hardship and privations; but they were borne without complaint by the men, who are unsurpassed in hardship, activity and capability to endure privations. They deserve great praise for their constancy and general good conduct.
The officers generally deserve commendation, but to Col. Clarkson too much credit cannot be given for his energy, activity and courage. The obstacle she encountered, of every sort, throughout these expeditions, were of the most formidable character, but they were also most gallantly surmounted.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
JOHN B. FLOYD,
Maj. Gen. Commanding Va. State Line
NOTE: I bolded Gen. Floyd’s description of activity in the Guyandotte Valley that occurred between Chapmanville and the lower section of the river near present-day Huntington.
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An unknown correspondent from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 9, 1926:
Here we come with a bit of Big Creek news.
We sure did have a nice Easter. Plenty of eggs and a good time.
The teachers and pupils of this school were seen on the hill hunting eggs Friday afternoon. I bet they were all boiled hard eggs, don’t you, Nannie?
We are sorry to chronicle the death of Mrs. P.D. Bradbury of this place, who died at her home Saturday about 1:30 a.m. and was buried in the Chapman cemetery Sunday afternoon. She was a good Christian woman and will be missed by the children of God as well as other friends.
We are having nice weather at this writing and hope it will continue.
F.W. Saltsman seems rather downhearted. Cheer up, Saltsman. Winter is over.
We would be very glad if some one would come to Big Creek and preach some for us.
Mr. Chafin of Chapmanville has been doing some classified work at the Big Creek school.
We wish the school much success with their cooking.
Miss Harmon has a girl that suits her at last.
Wonder where Archie goes every Sunday when he is up? He always has to run to keep the train from leaving him. Ask Princess where he was.
Miss Thomas, what have you done with Mr. Adams?
What has become of the cook? We guess A.C. has taken his place.
Come on Banco, Manila, Chapmanville and Henlawson. Come on with more news.
Luther Wheeler demonstrated spring Monday by taking a joy ride on his bicycle.
W.G. Lucas, who has been sick for quite a while, is much better.
Marie, where is your Kennedy?
Combinations: Ikey and her sweetie; Miss Richardson going to school; Princess and her books; Martha going to Lincoln; Marie looking for Kennedy; Saltsman and his new cap; Nannie and Dell going to the show; Mr. Kennard spitting his tobacco juice; Archie going to Millard’s.
Good night, old Banner. Hope to meet you in dreamland.
If this is published, will call again.
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An unknown correspondent from Queens Ridge (Harts Creek) in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on September 3, 1926:
We are having much rainy weather at this writing.
David Dingess made a business trip to Chapmanville Monday.
Miss Inez Barker of Chapmanville has been visiting Miss Ula Adams of Queen’s Ridge for the past week.
Sidney Mullins made a flying trip to Logan last week.
Edward Brumfield and Enos Dials of Harts were the guests of Misses Inez and Lucy Dingess Saturday and Sunday.
The people of this place enjoyed a fine meeting Saturday and Sunday when fine sermons were delivered by Rev. I.M. Nelson and Revs. J.W. Renfroe and Short from Ashland, Ky. There were a number of conversions.
Ward Brumfield, deputy sheriff of Lincoln county, attended church here Sunday.
Mrs. Rosa Workman of Mud Fork was the guest of her mother, Mrs. Sol Adams last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Harris of Mud Fork were visiting relatives of Smoke House Fork, Sunday.
Miss Maudie Adams and Rachel Keyser were seen out walking Sunday.
R.L. Dingess is teaching school at Bulwark this year. We wish him much success.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Adams are raising water melons this year.
Times are very lively on Trace now since Mr. Dials made a visit up the left fork.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dingess, a fine son, named J. Cary Dingess.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Farley made a trip to Roach last week, visiting the former’s parents.
Wonder why so many boys visit Mr. Baisden’s now?
Cole Adams looks lonely these days. Cheer up, Cole. Bessie has come back again.
Wonder who the barber is on Jonas Branch nowadays?
Some combinations: Howard and his wash bowl and pitcher; Liza and her flowered dress; Ewell going to Harts; Maudie and her powder puff; Kate and her bobbed hair; Sally and Bunt packing beans.
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Rev. J. Green McNeely (1871-1943) located the following letter written by Hugh Toney to Edward Chapman when he razed a log cabin situated on the property that later became the Logan Country Club, near Chapmanville.
Camp Narrows, Va.
March 26, 1861
I saw the officers of the 11th Virginia Cavalry about your horses. Col. French and Maj. Smith both say that your horse shall be give up if the horse can be found.
I have not been able to find out anything about who got your horse yet. The horses were sent off to North Carolina. If I have any chance to get your horse, I will attend to the matter for you. If you know the man’s names or any of the men’s names that was present when your horse was taken, write to me their names.
I have made careful inquiries about Ira Woodram’s horse. I have not been able to find out anything about his horse, also John’s. I can’t bear that horses were taken.
I can’t find out who took them, it being uncertain about getting your horse or pay for him the way matters stand at this time.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 25 June 1941.