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A correspondent named “Mutt & Jeff” from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on October 6, 1922:
We are having some cool nights. Soon be time for Jack Frost.
Mrs. Dingess returned Monday after a few days visiting on Harts Creek.
We understand that Mr. Ula Barker is the proud owner of a gray mule.
Mr. Pete Ferrell is tipple boss at the Seamon mines.
Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Hicks are spending their honeymoon in Washington, D.C. We all wish them a happy life.
We see there is another new house going up in town.
Chapmanville is getting more like New York every day.
Miss Maud McCloud gets more letters than anyone else. Who is it that thinks so much of you, Maud?
Andrew Fowler wears a fifty cent smile these days. What is up, boys?
All of our boys have gone to work after a long vacation during the strike.
Mrs. Wayne Brown, Miss Harriet Hill, Chilton Chapman, and Susie Hill were out car riding Sunday. All reported a good time.
Millard Brown and his best girl were out walking Sunday.
Ed Turner and Miss Havner were seen out walking Sunday.
Eva Barker seems to get letters from Kimball real often.
Quite a number of the boys and girls of Henlawson visited Chapmanville Sunday. Come again. We are glad to have visitors.
Elliott Bryant was wearing a seventy-five cent smile Sunday. Who is she, Elliott?
Fanny, where was Cecil Sunday?
If this escapes the waste basket, will call again.
From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history relating to coal and the Guyandotte River, dated 1927:
UNPLEASANT AND HARMLESS TASTE NOTED IN CITY WATER—IS CAUSED BY PHENOL WASHED INTO RIVER
The local water company has lately been flooded with telephone calls relative to a strange taste and odor in the city water supply. At the request of the water company the County Health Department has made an investigation. It has been found that the queer taste and odor is not due to excessive use of chlorine disinfectant, as most people seem to believe. A great many people have remarked that the odor especially resembles that of carbolic acid. As a matter of fact, the compound causing it does not belong to the same family. The taste is caused by a phenol compound which is a coal tar product found in coal mine wastes. The heavy rains this week have washed some of this deposit from the upper Guyan Valley coal fields into the river. There is no known satisfactory method to remove phenol from water, so it goes through the water paint; part of it combining with the chlorine used for disinfecting and producing the taste so prevalent for the last few days.
The water is entirely safe and it is not injurious to health. It will probably last only a few days, until the flood waters in the rivers subside.
The situation is not a new one; various towns over the state, using stream water from coal field drainage districts, report “chloro-phenol” taste from time to time. The only remedy is to keep the coal waste from draining into the streams. Some work has been done in Pennsylvania along this line but so far little has been accomplished in West Virginia.
Logan County Health Department
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 21 October 1927
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An unknown correspondent from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 17, 1922:
In the last few days Daisy Coal mines started up after being shut down for about four months.
Mr. West, mining engineer of Charleston, has been in Big Creek looking after business matters the last few days.
Mr. P.M. Toney, member of the County Court, has been to Charleston and other places pertaining to business matters for the last few days.
Mrs. J.B. Toney and family of Huntington have been visiting relatives in Big Creek for several days.
Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Markham have been visiting relatives here for the last few days.
There has been a lot of sickness here in the last two weeks and a number of cases of pneumonia.
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. McKinney, who have been visiting relatives, have gone to house keeping and decided to stay here. Mr. McKinney is employed as electrician for the Daisy Coal Co.
A new baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Millard Sanders.
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Stone of Peach Creek are visiting Mr. Stone’s mother at Big Creek.
A bad cough and cold is interfering with Uncle Gord Lilly’s matrimonial arrangements as announced by him. But Uncle Gord tells us that this matter will be attended to promptly.
Dr. Crockett has been away attending to business matters in Charleston.
A great protracted meeting has been going on at Stone Branch for the past two weeks. There were sixteen conversions. A number will be baptized Sunday.