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From the Logan Democrat, of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history about the C & O railroad in the Guyandotte Valley:
NEW GUYAN DIVISION
C. & O. Railroad From Huntington To This City Is Detached From Former Organization
The C. & O. has detached the Guyan Valley district from the Huntington division and created it as a separate division under Superintendent H.E. Webb, formerly of Huntington. A number of other changes are made on the C. & O., which are announced in the following official order:
Richmond, Va., April 30, 1917.
Effective May 1, 1917:
The eastern general division is extended to Hinton, W.Va., and the line Clifton Forge to Hinton, including all branches (Greenbrier district excepted) will be attached to the Clifton Forge division.
The Greenbrier district will be known as the Greenbrier division.
The Hinton division will consist of the line Hinton to Handley, including branches.
The Guyandotte district is detached from the Huntington division, and will be known as the Guyandotte division.
Due to rearrangement of the general divisions and divisions, the following appointments are effective May 1, 1917:
Mr. C.S. Falconer, assistant superintendent, Allegheny district and its branches, Clifton Forge division, Hinton, W.Va.
Mr. F.D. Beall, division engineer, Clifton Forge division, Clifton Forge, Va.
Mr. J.W. Haynes, superintendent Greenbrier division, Ronceverte, West Va.
Mr. H.E. Webb, superintendent, Guyandotte division, Logan, W.Va.
Mr. H.A. Davis, train master, of Guyandotte division, Logan, W.Va.
Mr. R.W. Mumford, division engineer, Guyandotte division, Logan, W.Va.
Mr. W.T. Lipscomb, train master, New River district, Hinton, W.Va.
Mr. W.L. Glass, road foreman of engines, New River district, Hinton, W.Va.
Mr. E.M. Withrow, road foreman of engines, Allegheny district and Greenbrier division, Hinton, W.Va.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 3 May 1917.
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An unknown correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on August 5, 1927:
Hurrah! Here comes Harts again!
H.R. Adkins was transacting business in Logan, Monday.
Miss Cora Adkins of Huntington spent the weekend with home folks here.
Cheer up, boys. The flapper from Big Creek will come again.
Mrs. Verna Johnson of Columbus, Ohio, was the guest of her mother, Mrs. Chas. Brumfield, here over Saturday and Sunday.
Howard Stone of Huntington was calling on friends in Harts, Friday.
F.B. Adkins was looking after business matters in Huntington, Saturday.
Miss Pauline Scites of Huntington was calling on Mrs. Jessie Brumfield here Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. John McEldowney and children of Charleston are here visiting friends at present.
Miss Ethel Brumfield was the guest of Mrs. Robert Dingess at Logan last Saturday.
Mrs. Jessie Brumfield and Pauline Scites and Fred Shelton were calling on Miss Sylvia and Vesta Cyfers at Gill Sunday and were accompanied by Nye Rooper of St. Albans.
George Midkiff is our new operator here this week.
Jack Marcum of Hamlin was in town Sunday.
Daily Happenings: Fred in his new car; Inez in her sleeveless dress; Catherine and her pipe; Herb and his bill book; Hendrix and his mail; Clara crying; Blanche flirting; Jessie and Pauline in Bessie’s fine new Oakland coach; Ed with his tax books.
Dear old Banner, goodbye, see you some time again.
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In 1927, the Logan County Board of Education discussed construction of a new high school building for the county’s black pupils. At this time, Republicans held many county offices by narrow majorities.
Board of Education Favorable to Providing New Building for Colored Pupils.
NEEDS OF BLAIR POINTED OUT
Colored Teachers Hired For Omar
–Board Meets Again Friday–
That negotiations for the purchase of a site for a centralized colored high school for Logan district have been under way was disclosed at the regular monthly meeting of the Logan district board of education last Saturday. At an adjourned meeting to be held Friday of this week a further step toward this end may be taken.
The site under consideration is a two-acre tract fronting on the north shore of Island creek in Coal Branch. It lies between Coal Branch (stream) and the Island Creek bridge and roadway, and to which the only access at this time is through the alley along side and back of Buskirk & Kayser’s store. The upper half of it is now a weed patch; the other half is under cultivation.
This tract belongs to K.F. Deskins and has been priced to the board at $21,000. The ground is low and often overflows, but the board has been advised that the Appalachian Power Company will fill it with its own refuse up to the level of the road at no cost to the purchaser. Thus it would be made virtually flood proof.
Saturday’s meeting was attended by all three members, President J.F. May, Dr. L.E. Farnsworth and J.W. Beckett. Though convinced the price is high, Dr. May and Dr. Farnsworth said, everything considered, they believed the tract to be the most suitable for the purpose that could be found; and they further made it clear that in their opinion a new high school for the colored pupils is imperative and should be made available just as soon as possible. While admitting there are many things that should and must be done, they doubt whether any other contemplated improvement is more urgent than this.
The Aracoma high school building, a rickety, wholly unsuitable two-story frame, is characterized as a fire-box that must be abandoned. This property would be sold, if the other is bought, it is said, but the proceeds of the sale would doubtless be negligible compared to the price of the Dingess tract.
The Dingess tract is believed to be ideally located with reference to the colored population of the district. Besides, it is easily accessible from various directions and is ample in dimensions; and if necessary, one or more lots could be sold, though nothing of that sort is now contemplated.
Just how this proposed purchase and the proposed new wing for the Logan high school are to be financed was not explained at Saturday’s meeting. But there were many other matters demanding attention.
Conditions of school buildings and equipment at Blair and other Coal River points were discussed at length and definite action will be taken soon, it was promised. The two Richardson brothers, coal operators at Opperman, took a hand in these discussions and urged a program of improvements. Blasting done by road contractors nearly wrecked the Blair school building a good while ago.
The following teachers were hired for the Omar colored school: W.H. Houston, principal; Mrs. Georgia Miller, Mrs. Lois Simmons, Mrs. Elaine Ferguson, Mrs. W.H. Houston. The last three are new ones.
Prof. Houston was given a contract to paint some parts of the building for 10 cents a yard, the board to furnish the paint. He was told he could not make wages at that price but said he did not care about that, adding that he wanted the work done and would do it right or would not expect to receive even the low contract price for his work.
Many bills, many of them small and incurred by the old regime, were ordered paid. Among these was one for $40 for two months rent for an office in the White & Browning building for E.F. Scaggs. That contract was declared canceled.
R.H. May was appointed janitor of the Logan high school building, effective August 1.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 26 July 1927.
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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, come these items relating to town history in 1913-1914:
Sure Signs of Prosperity
Logan has added three new attorneys to its big roll of legal practitioners this year. The last one is Mr. O.J. Deegan, of Valparaiso, Indiana, who arrived in the city last week and has taken offices with Attorney E.H. Green in the Guyan Valley Bank Bldg. The other two new ones are Ira Hager, of Lincoln Co., officed in the same building and adjoining Senator E.T. England, and Attorney W.J. Lawrence, Jr. of Charleston, whose office is in the new Buskirk building. Mr. Lawrence is also Treasurer of the Jefferson Hotel company. All these newcomers are young and active men of sterling worth and are sure to succeed. Here’s the glad hand of prosperity.
The principal streets of Logan, both paved and unpaid, are torn up this week, gas mains being laid therein. A large force of men and teams are employed at hauling and laying pipe and the work will be rushed to an early completion. Logan plumbers are busy “roughing in” buildings in readiness for the clean, new fuel that will heat the city next winter. Very few buildings in this city were piped. In fact, very few of the larger buildings were plumbed when built.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 8 August 1913.
Logan’s Boosters and Knockers
The “mossback natives” who have tried for a decade to hold Logan back, to prevent its progress and development, and keep new industries and stores out, have played their last card—and it was the joker. They can “go way back and sit down,” or sit up and notice that Logan has grown more the past year than ever before in its history. And what did it? Was it the grouchy and selfish attitude and actions of a few Logan misers—“old fogies” who have made all they want and do not wish others to try to do likewise—or was it the boosting and state-wide publicity given our city and county in the past two years, by our hustling newspapers, that has put Logan on the industrial and commercial map RIGHT? Ask any sensible unprejudiced resident what did it, and take his word for it.
We say again, they have all played their last card, Logan is booming, BOOMING, BOOMING! Nothing can stop it. Big fires only make it better.
The $60,000.00 of bridge bonds have been sold to A.J. Hood & Co. of Detroit, the City “street extension” bonds last year sold at once and the $50,000.00 of City Paving Bonds, now up to the voters, will sell readily, if the election carries—and why should it not carry!
On with the paving!
On with the bridges!
On with the good roads!
On with the new stores!
On with the improvements!
On with the new industries and railroad extensions!
On with the ice and storage plants! “If there is anything Logan needs more than an ice plant, it is TWO ice plants!” On with the ice plant!
Next year Logan will need a new cemetery for “dead ones” that don’t believe it pays to advertise. Got that?
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 3 October 1913.
Logan’s First Greenhouse
The fresh young onion and lettuce you are eating for your dinners these days are supplied to your grocer from the greenhouse of K.F. Deskins, the first hot-house in this vicinity if not in the county. Keene has had the plant in operation about a month, and he is supplying these nice, fresh greens to the market the past two weeks. It will be some few days yet, even if spring weather comes along for sure, before the regular outdoor garden truck will commence to come into local markets, but by the greenhouse method we are supplied or can be hereafter all winter.
The greenhouse plant is the most modern of its kind: large, twin brick flues, running the entire length of the house and fired from commodious fire-box, supplies the proper heat at all times. All kinds of seeds and plants are started early. Pie plant was a foot high two weeks ago, and now ready for market. Other things in proportion.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 3 April 1914.
In 1913, the Bennett Theatre opened in Logan, WV. The Logan Banner offered plenty of coverage for the new attraction:
The Bennett Theatre
Messrs. Middleburg and Lopinsky, lessees of the new Bennett theatre have been here several days looking after the interior finishing, installation of curtain, scenery, drops, chairs, picture machine, etc. The seating and electrical equipment, as well as the stage and box office arrangement are of the very best, and every care, and precaution, has been taken for the comfort, safety and convenience of patrons of the Bennett. Step in and have a look at it. The house opens for business Tuesday, January 21st.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 17 January 1913.
A Piano by Express
The Bennett Theatre piano went astray in shipment and the manager, F. Middleburg, bought another in Huntington today and shipped it by express. How’s that for a hustler?
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 17 January 1913.
The Bennett Theatre
This beautiful new theatre opened last night with pictures only, to a large audience of our best people. The entertainment proved first-class both as to the management and the operation. Three fine Association photoplays were presented–an Edison novelty, Essanay drama, and a Selig Western. Manager Midelburg has surely struck the right key-note in selecting this line of entertainment for Logan, between dates of the theatrical attractions he has booked for the season. Announcement of policies and prices will be found in another column.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 24 January 1913.