From the Logan Banner of Logan, West Virginia, dated January 5, 1911, we find this editorial:
“The bounteous harvest of holiday business is past, and the so-called dull season is upon our business man. But why a dull season? Some of our business men are going around with a face as long as a shingle, and to see them and hear them talk about dull business reminds one of a man in the last stages of consumption who is resigned to his fate. They appear as though they see bankruptcy staring them in the face. What they need is a little stiffening of the backbone. They need not expect business to be as good as it was through the holiday season, but they should remember that the people of this generation must be fed and clothed and furnished with whatever comforts they can afford, and as long as this is the case, there will be a continued demand for goods and merchandise of all kinds, and business will go on in the same old way. The trouble with the business men of this city is that they talk down instead of talking up. If the merchant talks dull times, the farmer, the miner, the teamster, the carpenter, the professional man and all others will catch the contagion, and then business will be dull, but if they take an optimistic view of the matter and talk up, the opposite will be the result.
“There is no county in the state, and probably not in the union, that has a more brilliant future than Logan. Logan is today the best town of the state of its size, and it has much to be proud of. The coming year will witness greater development throughout the county than any two previous years, and instead of our business men going around with their lips hung down, they should be right now planning a vigorous campaign to capture their fair share of the prosperity that is sure to abound. Let them rouse themselves from the lethargy which now enshrouds them and be up and doing. Logan is all right. The fault is your own if you do not prosper. It is here for you. If you don’t get it, it will be your own fault. With the railroad going on up the river, and new coal operations opening up within sight of one another, and with our fine quality of coal and timber, nothing but Divine intervention can keep the Guyan Valley from blossoming as the rose. Stop your whining or get off the earth. Take hold and boost or the wheels of progress will mash you into smithereens.
“Logan is all right.
“It may be that you are too slow to keep up.”
Amherstdale, Andrew Adkins, Appalachia, Barboursville, Beatrice Adkins, Bessie Adkins, Bill Adkins, Blanche Lambert, Bob Powers, C&O Railroad, Chapmanville, Clyde Rutherford, Cora Adkins, county clerk, Dallas McComas, Democratic Party, Dr. J.T. Chafin, Dr. J.T. Ferrell, Dr. Taylor, Emerine Browning, Fed Adkins, Fisher B. Adkins, Florence Davis, genealogy, Gill, Grover Gartin, Hamlin, Harts, Herb Adkins, history, Huntington, Inez Adkins, J.M. Marcum, James Porter, Jessie Brumfield, Kessler-Hatfield Hospital, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Mae Caines, Matthew Farley, McConnell, Nannie Fry, Nola Adkins, Nora Brumfield, O.E. Bias, Ranger, Republican Party, Rinda Adkins, Sam Adkins, Sylvia Cyfers, Thomas Watson Adkins Jr., Toney, Vergia Fry, Vina Porter, Watson Adkins, West Hamlin, West Virginia, William McCann
An unknown correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on October 8, 1926:
Rev. Grover Gartin of Amherstdale was calling on Miss Nola Adkins Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Drew Adkins and children of Logan have been visiting the latter’s sister, Mrs. R.L. Powers, of this place.
Miss Blanch Lambert of Toney has been calling on Miss Cora Adkins.
Mrs. Nora Brumfield is teaching a very successful term of school here.
F.B. Adkins, Republican nominee for county clerk, was taken to the Kessler-Hatfield hospital on Monday night with an injured arm.
Miss Sylvia Cyfers of Gill was the guest of Miss Cora Adkins Saturday.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Watson Adkins a fine boy named Thomas Watson, Jr.
Misses Nannie and Vergia Fry of Barboursville were the weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Adkins and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Herb Adkins have moved into their new home which was completed only a few days ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas McComas of this place were visiting home folks at West Hamlin Saturday and Sunday.
W.M. McCann of Logan was the guest of his daughter, Mrs. Watson Adkins, one day last week.
O.E. Bias, C. & O. operator of this place, is working at McConnell for a few days.
Dr. Taylor of Huntington made an eloquent speech here one day last week.
Bill Adkins and M.C. Farley made a flying trip to Ranger Wednesday.
Clyde Rutherford was seen in Harts this week.
Miss Mae Caines of this place made a trip to Logan one day last week.
Mrs. F.B. Adkins was visiting relatives in Harts Sunday.
Mrs. Fred Adkins and Florence Davis have been calling on Rev. and Mrs. Jas. Porter.
Miss Jessie Brumfield was in Harts Saturday evening.
J.M. Marcum of Ranger, Democratic nominee for county clerk, was in Harts Wednesday.
Dr. J.T. Ferrell of Chapmanville and Miss Rine Browning were seen out car riding one day last week.
Dr. J.T. Chafin of Hamlin was in Harts Wednesday.
Appalachia, Atenville, Big Creek, C&O Railroad, coal, crime, Dr. D.P. Crockett, Eden Park, Eden Park Coal Company, Green Porter, Hadley, Hamlin, Harts, history, Huntington, J.X. Hill, John D. Shelton, Lincoln County, Philip Hager, photos, Sand Creek, Shelby Shelton, Silas Gibson, West Virginia
Eden Park is an extinct coal town located between Harts and Atenville along the C&O Railroad and Guyandotte River in Lincoln County, WV. Eden Park Coal Company created the town in the early 1920s. What follows is the company’s founding document:
Eden Park Coal Company
Date: August 24, 1922
Chief works: Eden Park
Capital stock: $50,000
500 shares of $100
Dr. D.P. Crockett of Big Creek, WV: 45 shares
Mrs. D.P. Crockett of Huntington, WV: 5 shares
John D. Shelton of Sand Creek, WV: 50 shares
Philip Hager of Hamlin, WV: 50 shares
Shelby Shelton of Sand Creek, WV: 50 shares
Note: Corporation will expire in fifty years.
Source: Corporation Record Book 2, Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, Hamlin, WV.
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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 20, 1926:
The Hugh Thompson school is progressing nicely under the tutorship of Mr. Bernard Forbes.
Dallas Hollingsworth of Tim’s Fork has left for his home in Bethesda, Ohio.
Peter Dingess was seen looking at a barber shop. Wonder why?
O’Dell Butcher is visiting Chapmanville this week. O’Dell Butcher is the best marble player in Chapmanville.
J.D. Price of this place died in a Huntington hospital last Saturday night. Interment was made in the Godby Branch cemetery on Tuesday.
Mr. Bias, the ladies man, is back on duty with the C. & O. this week.
The Vickers mines are resuming work after being closed down for quite a while.
H.T. Butcher is attending federal court at Charleston this week.
The high school is up to the voters now. The election has been called.
There were five transactions in real estate here last week. Pretty good for a village like this.
W.A. McCloud is planning a trip to Columbus, O., in the next few days.
Prof. L.H. Strader of Philippi was visiting friends here last week.
Now that the election contest is over, the people are expecting great things from Sheriff Hatfield and the county court. No further reason why this district should not have a member to represent us.
Next week I will give a list of all whom are sick, unless the list is too big for publication.
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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.