Albert Estep, Appalachia, C&O Railroad, Cabin Creek, Chapmanville, Charleston, Frank Ballard, Gordon Lilly, history, Holiness Church, J.H. Tanner, Kaylor Butcher, Ku Klux Klan, Logan Banner, Logan County, S.T. Perry, singing schools, Sons of Rest, Squire Sol Adams, Stollings, United Fuel Gas Company, Walka Talka Gas Company, West Virginia
An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 26, 1926:
Squire Lowe and Squire Adams were both in town Saturday dealing out justice to all litigants that wanted to be heard.
On last Sunday evening both churches here were visited by a large delegation of Klansmen in full regalia who left a nice donation at each church for the ministers. The ministers said at each place if the Klansmen did not save the country it was gone.
Our genial C. & O. operator here sure does love the fair sex.
S.T. Perry has moved his family from this place to Charleston, his work being on Cabin Creek.
Singing school next Sunday starts at the Holiness Church. Albert Estep will be the teacher. Everybody come.
J.H. Tanner who has been field manager here for the United Fuel Gas Co., for some time has accepted a position as superintendent for the Walka Talka Gas Co., which will necessitate his moving his family to Stollings.
Frank Ballard is still working at his same job.
Kaylor Butcher has been made past Grand Chief of the Sons of Rest.
Uncle Gordon Lilly has returned to town after an absence of several days.
Logan–Now and What It Will Be When Its Destiny Is Fulfilled
by G.T. Swain
Situated here among the “Hills of West Virginia” on the banks of the beautiful Guyan lies the little city of Logan–our home. Time was when a few years ago Logan was a struggling little village trying to pull herself out of the mud and how well she succeeded is left to you, gentle reader, to judge. We now have nicely paved streets, solid and substantial sidewalks, large and commodious business buildings and beautiful homes. Lots that were formerly occupied with frame buildings have been raised and have given way for substantial brick and stone buildings and more going up as fast as can be built with more to come in the future. Our people are liberal, energetic and hospitable and a glad hand and hearty welcome is extended to all newcomers, while the passing stranger is always welcome within our gates. Logan is situated in the very heart of the famous Guyan Valley coalfields and is surrounded with the natural advantages to become sometime in the near future a second Pittsburg. With branch roads leading in every direction, reaching a large number of mines from which pour forth every day an enormous of the famous “Black Diamond” which afford employment to a large army of laborers and positions for many more, with different kinds of business houses in the city requiring the services of a large number of skilled laborers we find our little city progressive in the fullest sense of the word and what Logan is at the present time will be nothing in comparison of the city in the near future. At the present time we boast of three wholesale houses, a great many department stores to supply your every want, and many handsome churches to look after your spiritual needs, a large number of efficient lawyers to look after your legal affairs, quite a few experienced physicians and surgeons to attend your physical ailments and a large, commodious high school building and a large public school building to look after the education of your children and while we admit that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” we have for your amusement two elegant and comfortable moving picture theatres at which you view the best pictures obtainable while we extend you an invitation to visit our park where you will be entertained with athletic sports. We take time during the strenuous hustle and activity to eat occasionally and we invite you to patronize our large and first class hotels, restaurants and boarding houses where you will be furnished the best food the market affords. If you have any surplus change that is too heavy to carry around in your pocket we have, for your convenience, two large and perfectly safe banks who will gladly receive your deposit or extend any other accommodation consistent with good sound banking.
Take a little time and sit down and rest while we furnish you with the Daily Courier and permit you to digest the very latest news fresh over the wires of the Associated Press. In fact call on us for any favor and we will do our utmost to supply your every need and should you unfortunately get in the way of any of our numerous “jitney buses” we will tenderly convey you to our new, fine hospital, just completed at a cost of $40,000 where your injuries will be treated while you wait.
Logan–Ten Years Hence–Or A Peep Into The Future
My–but can this be Logan? We stand in the cupola of the magnificent stone Court house and gaze up Island creek and as far as the eye can see we see numerous buildings of all description and we are told that they too extend up Main Island creek. We turn and gaze up Dingess Run and we find the same, while we are informed that all the way up the Guyan the buildings are too numerous to count. We look toward Huntington and find that the town has extended down the river while all the vacant lots that formerly specked the town are all now covered with handsome and elegant homes. On every hand we find new coal operations and the hum of the machinery dulls the sound of the hustle and bustle of the street traffic below. Wires leading from the large and power electric station situated on the banks of the river cover the county like giant cobwebs, carrying to various points the giant current for lighting and operating purposes. Coal trains loaded to doubled track road of the C. & O. capacity are moving West while empty cars are coming East. Electric cars are passing and branching off up into the hollows transporting their load of passengers and freight to all the operations while those that desire are accommodated by motor vehicles over the fine macadamized roads leading in all directions but in the end pointing the way back to Logan, the hub of all this activity. We look down to where the C. & O. formerly had a coop called a station and we find a large magnificent passenger station in keeping with the balance of the town. We hear that the former little ramshackle affair called the water system has given way to the march of progress and we learn that a short distance back in the mountain Logan has an enormous storage dam from which her people are supplied with water from the pure mountain streams and the water pressure is sufficient for all purposes. We look below and we find the streets patrolled by uniform police. We see the Logan Band pass by playing a patriotic air. The “newsies” are crying aloud the latest news that has been flashed over the wires and published in an extra edition of the Daily Courier. The mail is being delivered to the doors of all citizens by uniformed carriers at the expense of Uncle Sam. Many of the large number of visitors to the city are taking the cars of the incline railway for a trip to the beautiful fraternal home that crowns the crest of the reservoir mountain, while listen–down the street at full speed comes the organized fire department in charge of the very latest fire fighting apparatus. Surely this is the “Miracle Land.”
‘Tis said that Holden and Omar are only suburbs while Craneco is clamoring for annexation.
–What? Yes–why–sure climbing to the cupola of the Court house and enjoying the balmy breeze of pure mountain air, shaded from the rays of the noon-day sun I fell asleep and being espied by the janitor who being afraid my presence would molest the workings of the town clock has climbed up here and shaking me from my pleasant day-dream has invited me to plant my cute little “tootsies” on terra firma. Some dream. Believe me.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 22 June 1916.
Big Ugly Creek, Brad Gill, Brooks Hager, C&O Railroad, Cassie Hager, genealogy, Gill, Gill School House, Golden Hager, Hager, Harts, history, John Sperry, Lee Adkins, Lee Spears, Leet, life, Lincoln County, Lincoln Republican, measles, Midkiff, Peacha Hager, Philip Sperry, Price, Spears, Ward Spears, West Virginia, William Sperry
“Reporter,” a local correspondent from Gill in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Lincoln Republican printed on Thursday, June 21, 1923:
A large engine with six cars were wrecked on the track at Harts one day last week, but no one was injured.
John Sperry will preach at Gill, Saturday night before the third Sunday in July. Everybody is invited.
Lee Adkins of Hager, will conduct a singing school at the Gill school house beginning the first Sunday in July.
Sons, Brooks, Golden, Peacha and Cassie Hager, of Spears, John Sperry and sons of Price, Lee Spears, and Philip Sperry of Gill, attended the big Lodge celebration at Midkiff last Sunday.
Ward Spears, of this place, attended the baptizing at Leet last Sunday.
Brad Gill has purchased a new camera.
Wm. Sperry and family have recovered from the measles.
Big Ugly Creek, Buck Lick, C&O Railroad, Coon Adkins, Frank Cooper, genealogy, Gill, Hamlin, history, James "Bud" Tipton, Leet, life, Lincoln County, Lincoln Republican, Logan, measles, Nine Mile Creek, Parsner Creek, Philip Sperry, singing schools, teacher, W.M. Sperry, Ward Spears, West Hamlin, West Virginia
“Reporter,” a local correspondent from Gill in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Lincoln Republican printed on Thursday, June 7, 1923:
Ward Spears, Coon Adkins, and Frank Cooper attended prayer meeting at Leet Friday night.
Frank Cooper who has been walking track for the C. & O. at Logan was here the latter part of last week.
There is a number of cases of measles in this section. The entire family of W.M. Sperry has been ill with them.
W.M. Sperry has been teaching a singing school at Buck Lick with good success. Large crowds are attending.
Philip Sperry returned home the latter part of last week from a visit on Parsner Creek, Nine Mile, Hamlin and West Hamlin.
The wages of the section men in this section were raised to $3.20 per day on May 16th. Mr. Tipton is foreman and is okay for the business.
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“Reporter,” a local correspondent from Gill in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Lincoln Republican printed on Thursday, April 26, 1923:
We are having fine weather for farming.
The Sunday school is progressing nicely at this place.
Prof. Lee Adkins is teaching a singing school at this place. The young folks seem to be taking a great interest, and are learning to sing nicely.
A number of the Ranger boys visited our singing school Sunday.
I.E. Tipton, our section foreman, has a very sick child.
Sam and Ernest Sperry, of Bernie, were visiting their brothers, W.M. and Philip Sperry, of Gill, Saturday, and Sunday.
Brad Gill has been suffering from the mumps the past week or two.
The Big Ugly Coal Co., has ceased operation here and their property will sell on April 30th to pay off their indebtedness, and will probably go into the hands of new operators.
Genil Messinger has moved down from Big Creek, Logan County, to Gill.
Forest fires were raging in this section last Sunday. Houston Elkins came very near losing his barn, horses and cows.
Fourteen coal cars were derailed at Chapmansville one day last week. No one was injured in the wreck.
Anthony Adams, apiarist, barber, blacksmith, C&O Railroad, Catherine Adkins, Charles Curry, Charles W. Mullins, Della Adkins, Dr. C.W. Rice, Ferrellsburg, Frank Adams, G.W. Damron, genealogy, general store, George Mullins, ginseng, Grover Adams, Hamlin, Harts, Hazel Adkins, Hendricks Brumfield, Herbert Adkins, history, Hollena Ferguson, horse dealer, James Mullins, Jeremiah Lambert, John Dingess, John Dingess Lumber Company, John Gartin, John Thompson, justice of the peace, Lincoln County, Lindsey Blair, Logan, merchant, Peter Workman, photographer, Porter Hotel, postmaster, poultry breeder, R.L. Polk, Reece Dalton, Sadie Adkins, Sol Adams, timbering, United Baptist, Walt Stowers, Watson Adkins, Wesley Ferguson, West Virginia, Whirlwind, William M. Workman, Willie Tomblin
The following entries were published in R.L. Polk’s West Virginia State Gazetteer and Business Directory (1923-1924):
FERRELLSBURG. Population 100. On the Guyandotte Valley branch of the C&O Ry, in Lincoln County, 30 miles south of Hamlin, the county seat, and 18 north of Logan, the nearest banking town. Telephone connection. Express, American. Tel, W U Mail daily.
J.W. Stowers, general store
HARTS. (R.R. name is Hart.) Population 150. On the Guyandot Valley branch of the C&O R.R., in Lincoln County, 30 miles south of Hamlin, the county seat, and 21 from Logan, the banking point. U.B. church. Express, American. Telephone connection. Herbert Adkins, postmaster
Anthony Adams, general store
Adkins Barber Shop
Catherine Adkins, general store
Della Adkins, general store
Hazel Adkins, ice cream parlor
HERBERT ADKINS, Real Estate, Postmaster, R R and Tel Agt
Watson Adkins, general store
Hendrix Brumfield, lawyer
Rev. Charles Curry, pastor (UB)
John Dingess, blacksmith
John Dingess Lumber Co.
Hollena Ferguson, general store
Wesley Ferguson, poultry breeder
John Garten, justice of the peace
Jeremiah Lambert, general store
Porter Hotel (Saddie Adkins)
C.W. Rice, physician
John Thompson, general store
William M. Workman, general store
WHIRLWIND. Population 275. In Logan County, 16 miles northwest of Logan, the county seat and banking point, and 2 from Dingess, the shipping point. Express, American. Baptist church. Mail daily. James Mullins, postmaster.
D. Adams, apiarist
Frank Adams, produce
Grover Adams, ginseng grower
Sol Adams, lumber mfr
Lindsey Blair, watchmaker
Reece Dalton, live stock
G.W. Damron, R R and express agt
C.W. Mullins, ginseng grower
George Mullins, horse dealer
JAMES MULLINS, General Store, Photographer and Postmaster
Willie Tomblin, blacksmith
Peter Workman, barber
B.R. Bledsoe, Big Creek, C&O Railroad, Camp Lee, Charlie McCoy, Daniel Nelson, Ferrellsburg, General Adkins, Hamlin, Ira J. Adkins, Isaac Marion Nelson, J.M. "Doc" Mullins, Jane Lucas, John B. Lucas, Lincoln County, Lincoln Democrat, Marie Nelson, Olive Nelson, Ranger, West Virginia, World War I
An unnamed local correspondent from Ferrellsburg in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Lincoln Democrat printed on Thursday, March 21, 1918:
Born — To Mr. and Mrs. John Lucas a fine baby boy.
Private John Lucas of Camp Lee is here to spend a few days with us again.
Rev. I.M. Nelson is improving.
C.S. McCoy section foreman here will soon leave us to take charge of section at Ranger, leaving D. Mullins to take charge of the work here.
B.R. Bledsoe of Big Creek was here Sunday.
I.J. Adkins and General Adkins were visitors at Hamlin during court.
Born — To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Nelson a fine baby girl.