Hamilton Fry Deed to Thomas Dunn English (1852)


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Deed Book C, page 270, Logan County Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV. I descend from three of Hamilton Fry’s siblings: Christian Fry, Emily Fry, and Druzilla Fry. Thomas Dunn English was a well-known poet. This land is located in present-day Lincoln County, WV.

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Deed Book C, page 271, Logan County Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV. I live on part of the old Elias Adkins farm.


Chapmanville News 12.14.1926


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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 14, 1926:

We are having some bad weather at this writing.

Miss Thelma Scaggs seemed to be enjoying herself Sunday evening.

It is sad to tell of the death of Miss Della Vanover who had been ill for some time with tuberculosis. Miss Vanover died at 4:30 Monday morning.

The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Guinn and took away their small son, aged seven months and seven days.

Walter Ferrell was calling on his best girl Sunday.

The intermediate Sunday school class is progressing nicely since the class has been organized.

…seems to enjoy going to Mr. Toney’s

Arnold Barker and Miss Hazel Sanders seem to be enjoying themselves these days.

There is a large bunch of folks in town with very sore arms since the vaccination for typhoid fever.

Dr. J.T. Ferrell and Miss Maude Fillinger were seen at church Saturday night.

Ennal Yeager had a new girl Sunday.

We are sorry that Grover Lowe has left our town. He has been the superintendent of the Sunday school at the Christian church for the past year. We have had a good Sunday school ever since he has been here. O.C. Winters has taken his place.

Good luck and best wishes to The Banner.

Life and History of Mother Jones (1913)


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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story dated February 14, 1913:

Life and History of “Mother” Jones

The woman who would lead West Virginia’s miners, and their wives and children to “Liberty” and “Freedom” (?) The woman who receives $5.00 a day and expenses to stir up strife among “unorganized” laborers.

Mary Harris, born in Cork, Ireland, 60 years ago, of respectable parentage and good antecedents; brought to New England at an early age, people settled in Maine; educated in common schools, taught a country school for several years. Married a prosperous farmer, and when widowed immediately allied herself with a labor movement then attracting attention in the East, claiming she wanted to elevate the laboring classes, educationally and socially. She began to associate with labor leaders and reformers at the time of the A.R.U. strike of 1894, since when she has kept pretty busy stirring things up. Has a record of never advocating peace nor arbitration, but being for strife and war. Was particularly prominent in the Pittsburg strike of 1895, Miners’ strike of ’97, Central Penn strike ’99 and ’00, the Coal strike in Philadelphia. During the latter strike she placed herself at the head of one hundred men, women and children and started with them on a march to Oyster Bay to interview President Roosevelt and demand his intervention in behalf of the strikers. She held daily meetings along the route, solicited subscriptions for the maintenance of her party, and finally land at Oyster Bay with a handful of her followers, but she did not see the President and the expedition ended there.

That is the record, so far as the labor movement is concerned, of the woman known from Maine to California as “Mother” Jones, labor agitator and leader. “Mother” Jones who is always to the front when there is strife, with her battle cry: “We’d rather fight than work,” “Mother” Jones who gets $5.00 per day and expenses so long as there is trouble brewing; who, since 1900 has received a salary from the mine workers’ organization, and who is said to be worth any five men as an agitator. But down in the —– office there is another record, one that reaches back to 1891, when “Mother” Jones was a well-known character, not only in the “red-light” district of Denver, but in Omaha, Kansas City, Chicago, and far-off San Francisco. That record covers many pages, but a few FACTS are all that are necessary to show the character of this petticoated reformer. They say of her:

A vulgar, heartless, vicious creature, with a fiery temper and a cold-blooded brutality rare even in the slums. An inmate of Jennie… [cropped]


Now what do you think of “Mother” Jones? The Banner printed her history four months ago–the only paper in the U.S. that dared print it. The Banner for first news.

Logan, WV (1913)


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Logan (WV) Banner, 9 May 1913.

From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story dated May 23, 1913:

The Call to Arms

Ladies of Logan, we need you, and ask your unfailing support against filth and flies. With your full assistance we expect to make the men “help the women do the work.” We want you to help us develop the pride and civic duty which promotes cleanliness. Enlist the whole household in this crusade against filth and flies–breeders of disease.

With the homes, the yards and the streets clean, screened receptacles for kitchen waste, which we will remove without expense, the free use of lime daily, our city will be respectable and commendable.

Lend us your aid and imbibe the slogan, “Cleaner, Healthier and Better Logan.”



By order of the Common Council


From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story dated August 22, 1913:

Spreading Their Tracks

What has become of the city cow-bell ordinance? If it can’t be enforced, why not repeal it and substitute one demanding that each animal provide itself with a portable bathroom with regulation sewer connection–or, to use plain every-day English, a slop-bucket securely tied to its tail. One “special privilege” lady cow has been roaming the streets at night with a bell that makes you think the ice man is coming, but that ain’t him at all. It’s the milk maid patting along up the walk! Yes, right up the front steps and rings the bell! This particular lady cow is not satisfied with brick pavements and macadam roads, she prefers cement sidewalks. A blind man could tell you which way she went and where she stopped–in fact she don’t stop at all. If she did, there would be no occasion to write this article. She plods along all night, leaving her trail behind her. We don’t know who owns this madam bovine and we don’t care Adam. We have told her “past and present” just as we might have told of “John Brown’s Raid”–up the Guyan–the “raid that made the Chafins famous!” But we leave that also for the “city papers” to dope out. Good night!

Anderson Blair


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Anderson Blair, son of John S. and Polly (Baisden) Blair. Photo posted online by Barbara Kovach Morris.

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Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 9 January 1890. During the Lincoln County Feud, Anderson Blair was a justice of the peace in Chapmanville District, Logan County, WV. His district included Upper Hart.

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Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 14 August 1895.

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Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 17 April 1902.

Anderson Blair grave

Dingess Cemetery, Pecks Mill, Logan County, WV. June 2016. John Blair and Tommy Isaacs installed the military headstone in May of 2014.

Henry Clay Ragland is Recalled (1913)


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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story dated August 15, 1913:

Rev. W.S. Bradshaw, Pastor of the Baptist Church, and his wife, are now housed in the historic and stately Ragland property on Main street. Their two charming daughters, the Misses Winnifred and Lucile, are due to arrive in Logan tonight from a stay-over at Ironton and Huntington, since the departure of their parents from Chillicothe, O., where the Rev. was pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church. In this acquisition Logan has gained another estimable family, whose field of usefulness is bounded only by their ability and willingness. Pastoral work in Logan, however, is, in many respects, far different than in the Buckeye State, and it will take a few weeks to acquire our set ways and methods, and then a few weeks to get “down to the real business.” The Baptist congregation, usually the largest in Logan, has not had regular services since Rev. Richardson’s resignation several months ago, and the membership has become somewhat scattered. It is up to Rev. Bradshaw to bring the congregation up to its standard. He comes highly recommended by the Chillicothe press and public, whose loss of a good man and family is Logan’s gain. Their dwelling house here–the familiar old landmark formerly occupied by the reverend, aged couple Major and “Grandma” Ragland–has been remodeled, painted, and decorated. Major Ragland, in years gone by, was one of the founders and editors of The Banner, and was admired, beloved, and reverenced by everybody in Logan county, young and old alike. We have at this office a few old photo prints of the late Major Ragland, taken in front of the home a short time before his death. Those desiring them will be supplied gratis while the limited supply lasts. Major Ragland was leader of the famous “Logan Wildcats” of Civil War times, and the more we say of him, the more sacred his name and memory becomes, as it takes us back into those historic days bathed in blood and bitter strife. Rev. Bradshaw and family are indeed fortunate to secure this sacred homestead, and to mingle with the memories of those historic events, centered about the mortal life and career of the now immortal Major Ragland.

Source: “Rev. Bradshaw and Ragland Memories,” Logan (WV) Banner, 15 August 1913.

History of Coal (1927)


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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story dated April 5, 1927:

The greatest antiquity of the Aryan race historically established runs back to from four to five thousand years ago. The language of the Aryans was Sanskrit, and from this language comes the word coal, from the original word “jual” meaning “to burn.” In the Bible coal or coals means the embers of charred or reddened burnt or burning wood. Our present day bituminous and anthracite coal was unknown to the ancients, at least as a fuel, says the Chicago Journal of Commerce.

The general fuel inspector of the New York Central Lines, Malcolm MacFarlane, has been doing research work in the history of bituminous and anthracite coal. While it seems probable that coal came into limited use in the Iron Age about 1000 B.C. the earliest authentic record show that it was used in Greece in 300 B.C. In England it was in use in A.D. 852. Mr. MacFarlane says: “Our ancestors of that day were very suspicious of this new fuel, with heavy black smoke and pungent odors. Fears prevailed that the public health was affected, and so widespread did these become that the English King prohibited the mining of coal entirely. The same condition obtained in France, and it was the middle of the thirteenth century before coal came into general use in Paris.”

First coal discovery in this country came from the town of Ottawa on the Illinois River in 1679, with mining operations beginning seventy years later twelve miles above Richmond, Va. Coal was in general use there twenty-five years later in 1775, and was used in making guns for the patriot army of the Revolutionary War. Later, coal showings were found along the Ohio River in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. In the Northwest, General Fremont reported coal in Wyoming in 1843. In 1879 coal was uncovered in Montana. In the Pomeroy Bend, coal had been mined for more than a hundred years. A coal bank was opened there in 1819. In 1808 at Coalport in the above bend of the river attempts were made to export coal, but were unsuccessful. In 1832 a thousand bushels of Pomeroy coal was shipped in ___ on a flatboat to New Orleans. The field has been a great producer ever since.

Anthracite was discovered in America in 1763, but was not burned ____ to a ____ until 1803.


ever up to that time been placed under the governorship of one man.

Cadillac and LaSalle were both possessed of that spirit which fights against seemingly insurmountable odds. They were leaders. Both visioned the establishment of a vast empire in the West. Their achievements formed the backbone of American development. They were dreamers, and then, with never-ending zeal, strove to realize their dreams.

LaSalle was more the restless discoverer, constantly venturing into some new hazardous undertaking. Cadillac was the colonizer, with a practical and commercial mind. His business and trading ability made the settlement at Detroit a financial success.

Source: “New Data on the History of Coal is Uncovered by MacFarlane, Research Worker,” Logan (WV) Banner, 5 April 1927.

Note: For more information about Pomeroy coal, follow this link: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/OHMEIGS/2006-07/1152225240