Banco News 04.02.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Banco in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 2, 1926:

Banco is a flourishing little town at present. The hucksters are now going through twice a week. Lumber wagons and oil rigs. If anyone is looking for excitement, this is the place.

Mrs. C.E. Justice of Elm street is tending to her incubator and the mister is getting ready to run a truck farm this summer.

D.H. Harmon’s saw mill at Spring Dale is running nicely and putting out good lumber under the management of M.P. Barker.

Basil Duty is up with the Lark every morning, ready for his job hauling lumber from Spring Dale to Big Creek. The Banco girls may stay with ‘em “Pal O’ Mine.”

Peter Pinder, the great entertainer, was gently rapping at the front entrance of a private home in Banco one day last week. The lady of the house answered the call. The gentleman said: “Pardon me, please, but I want to read your Banner a few moments while in town.”

Some of the occupants of the Justice apartments on Elm street have moved out and gone to other points.

Earl Justice of Elm street was the all night guest of his cousin, Levi Duty of Squirrel Branch, last Saturday. This place has the same name as of old, but not the same game as of old.

The local sheik of our town was all smiles last Sunday afternoon. Wonder why?

Mrs. C.E. Justice and his son Charles Robert of this place left for Verdunville last Sunday evening where she will visit with her parents for a few days.

Mrs. Sadie Ball and children of Hewett are the guests of Mrs. Ball’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pardue of Banco, this week.

H.F. Lucas was the dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Lucas last Sunday.

Mrs. R.L. Barker was calling on Mrs. Martha Sanders last Monday evening.

Wonder why S.S.L. was so lonely last Sunday? Cheer up, Seybert. Lucille will be home soon.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Lucas and H.F. Lucas, Misses Norma and Hazel Barker and Bertha Lake were calling on Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Thomas last Sunday afternoon.

Jesse Justice of Elm street left for Earling last Sunday where he will work for a few weeks.

We all expect to hear the chimes of wedding bells at Banco addition soon.

Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Pardue and children were the Saturday night guests of Mr. Pardue’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pardue.

Journey Ferrell of this place attended the funeral at the Fowler cemetery last Sunday.

Mrs. Taylor Stone and children of Estep were the weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Stone.

Miss Minerva Vannatter of Dollie was calling in Banco last Saturday evening.

Wonder why George and Edward Ferrell never call around Banco anymore? Call again, boys. Your sweetie is still here.

Ernest Fugate of Holt was calling on his sister Mrs. Nola Justice last Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Ellis of Logan were the supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Harmon at this place last Tuesday.

Miss Charlotte Chapman passed through Banco last week enroute to Big Creek.

Andrew Lewis Sias


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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Andrew Lewis Sias, who resided at Fourteen in Lincoln County, West Virginia:

Andrew Lewis Sias is one of the farming population of Hart Creek district, Lincoln county, and owns 87 ½ acres of land on the East fork of Fourteen Mile creek, 45 acres well cultivated, the rest heavily timbered, and coal, iron ore and building stone are to be found on the farm. Mr. Sias was born in Mercer county, (now) West Virginia, May 28, 1842, and was married in Lincoln county February 10, 1867, to Martha Ellen Lambert, the Rev. John Lucas officiating clergyman. The children of this union were born as follows: Jeremiah, November 25, 1868; Delilah Jane, March 1, 1870; Henry C., September 5, 1872; Lena L., March 8, 1874; Charlotte, November 5, 1876; Mary Etta, April 25, 1880. The parents of Andrew Sias, James and Rebecca (Adkins) Sias, have resided in Lincoln county since its organization. Mrs. Andrew Sias was born in Tazewell county, Virginia, April 12, 1848, and her parents, Jeremiah and Sarah (Hedrick) Lambert, were residing here before the county was organized. Andrew Lewis Sias enlisted in the late war, in Company G, 22nd Virginia Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel Clawhammer Witcher, in General A.J. Jenkins’ brigade. Mr. Sias was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg on the third day of the fight, and was left in the hands of the enemy, taken to Point Lookout, Maryland, held eight months and four days, suffering untold injuries. When the word of exchange came Mr. Sias went back to his company, his arm still in a sling, and participated in several engagements, though he could use a revolver only with his left hand, and he would have suffered for something to eat had it not been for the kindness of two good soldiers. Andrew Lewis Sias settled in Lincoln county in 1867, and receives his mail at Fourteen, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

SourceThe West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 137-138.

NOTE: Lewis Sias is my great-great-great-grandfather.

Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society (2017)


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I am VERY excited to be speaking about the Lincoln County Feud on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Logan Area Public Library situated on Historic Hatfield Island in Logan, WV. Many thanks to the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society for hosting me. If you are local, please attend. I would love to see you!

John Gore


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John Gore copyright

John Gore (1816-1895), son of Joseph and Martha (Pine) Gore. Husband to Margaret “Peggy” Dingess. Settled on the West Fork of Harts Creek in Logan County, WV.

John Gore survey 2

John Gore Land Grant (1848), Logan County, (West) Virginia.

John Gore Obit 1 LCB 10.9.1895

John Gore obituary, Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 9 October 1895.


John Gore grave, West Fork of Harts Creek, Logan County, WV. 5 June 2015.

Big Creek News 04.09.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 9, 1926:

Mr. Lester Taylor of Logan spent Saturday and Sunday visiting Miss Sallie Kitchen.

J.H. Midkiff spent the weekend with his family at Yawkey.

Mrs. Martha Roberts of Chapmanville spent Sunday with friends here.

Mrs. Sid Ferrell spent Saturday at Logan.

Mrs. A.J. Thomas was visiting her mother at Banco Sunday.

J.J. Boothe of Huntington was calling on Miss Dicie Thomas Friday.

Jesse Toney made a business trip to Logan Monday.

Miss Mabel Toney of Logan was seen here Sunday.

Mrs. J.B. Hager of Madison was called here on the account of the death of her sister, Mrs. P.D. Bradbury.

Bill Vance was visiting his mother Sunday.

A.J. Thomas made a flying trip to Logan Monday.

Miss Marie Kitchen and Mr. Kennedy were out walking Sunday.

Hardin Marcum of Ranger was seen on our streets Saturday evening.

Miss Mary Butcher and Archie Chapman were seen at the Star theatre Saturday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Oron Mobley were shoppers in Logan Saturday.

Mont Mullins was here Monday.

Jesse Harmon has been visiting his mother.

Well, as news is scarce around Big Creek this week, will try again next time and see if there can’t be more.

Andrew D. Robinson


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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Andrew D. Robinson, who resided at Harts Creek in Lincoln County, West Virginia:

Son of David and Margaret (Browning) Robinson, residents of Logan county, West Virginia, was born in that county, April 13, 1837, and came to what is now Lincoln county in 1851. He chose for a life companion Rhoda J., daughter of Joseph and Dicy (Mullins) Adams, who was born in Logan county, October 7, 1844, and in this county, in 1859 their marriage was consummated. To them nine children have been given, born as follows: David A., November 21, 1860; Emmeline V., July 5, 1863; Benjamin F., January 26, 1866; John R., September 1, 1868; Joseph, February 20, 1870; Polly A., August 7, 1873; Dicy, June 13, 1876; Margaret, June 22, 1879; Jesse, September 10, 1882. Andrew D. Robinson was elected justice of the peace in Hart Creek district in 1876, and held the office four years. He has been the secretary of the  board of education, and is now postmaster. Mr. Robinson enlisted in the war between the States, in 1863, serving in the Federal army; he was captured, taken to Libby prison and there held for two months. He was deprived of the advantages of the free school, but through his energy and perseverance gained a good practical education. Mr. Robinson is tilling the soil in Hart Creek district, owning 110 acres of land on Hart creek. The timber on the land is oak, poplar, walnut, and ash; the orchard, apple, cherry, and pear; mineral, coal and iron ore, found in abundance. Andrew D. Robinson’s post office address is Hart, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

SourceThe West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 137.

Frye Ridge (2015)


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This spot will always remind of my great-uncle Willard Frye and his cattle. During my high school years, I wrote poetry here. 30 October 2015.


Looking up toward Uncle Willard Frye’s old cattle grounds. 30 October 2015.


Nice slope near the fishing pond and the Aude Adkins Family Cemetery. 30 October 2015.


Frye Ridge Road near the Frye Family Cemetery, Fourteen, Lincoln County, WV. 30 October 2015.


Slope near the fishing pond and the Aude Adkins Family Cemetery. 30 October 2015.


Near the fishing pond. Frye Ridge, Fourteen, Lincoln County, WV. 30 October 2015.


Frye Ridge, Fourteen, Lincoln County, WV. 30 October 2015.


Frye Ridge is one of the area’s most beautiful places, especially if (like me) you are a Frye descendant.


Gravel road near the Frye Family Cemetery. Frye Ridge, Fourteen, Lincoln County, WV. 30 October 2015.


Uncle Willard Frye’s amazing barn…a landmark! Frye Ridge Road, Fourteen, Lincoln County, WV. 30 October 2015.


Frye Ridge Road, Fourteen, Lincoln County, WV. My great-grandfather, Willie Frye, owned most if not all of this ridge. Today, his descendants still own most of the land.

Banco News 03.26.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Banco in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 26, 1926:

We are expecting to hear the clang of wedding bells in our town once more. It has been so long since there has been a wedding at this place it would be a pleasant surprise to every one.

Miss Millie Lancaster was calling on Mrs. W.H. Vickers, Mrs. V.P. Conley, and Mrs. Julia Varney last Sunday afternoon

Messrs. J.M. Hager and J.A. Stone were callers at Spring Dale on Sunday afternoon.

Misses Ida and May Thomas and Anna Ferrell of Estep were shopping in Banco last Monday.

Mr. Journey Ferrell and Miss Pearl Hager of this place were visiting Mrs. Ella Gillenwater last Sunday.

Mrs. Martha Stone and Mrs. Mary Hager both of this place were visiting Aunt Mary Ann Duty last Sunday afternoon. Aunt Mary Ann is making her home with her son Charley at Spring Dale.

Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Barker and children and Mrs. Erther Hill of Estep passed through Banco last Saturday enroute for Big Creek.

Mrs. C.E. Mitchell of Big Creek was the Sunday night guest of Mrs. Mary Hager.

Robert E. Lee Thomas of Big Creek has obtained a job of driving a mule team for the South Penn Oil & Gas Co. at $118 per month and all expenses pay. Stay with it, Bobby!

Ground hog weather is over.

Mr. H.F. Lucas arrived in Banco, his old home town, last Friday and was given a hearty welcome by many of his old pals at this place.

Mr. Tom Vanatter of Big Ugly was shopping in Banco last Saturday.

Wonder why Jesse Justice is looking so downhearted these days? Cheer up, Jesse. Brighter days will come.

Miss Beatrice Lucas of Pumpkin Center was the Saturday night guest of Miss Opal Workman.

Mr. Basil Duty made a flying trip to Estep last Sunday.

Did Arnold fill your date for you Basil?

Robert Barker of Big Ugly was seen going through Banco last week with a load of furniture.

Teddy Hager of this place was calling on his best gal at Estep last Sunday as usual.

H.F. Lucas is painting this week.

Wonder what has become of the correspondent from Manila? Come on with your news, folks! We are always anxious to hear from your town.

Wonder what has become of the doll of Needmore? We never see him in our town anymore. There must be some attraction in that burg.