Appalachia, Bob Bryant, Calvary Bryant, Con Chafin, crime, Cush Chambers, Floyd Bryant, genealogy, Harts Creek, Henderson Bryant, history, Logan, Logan Banner, Logan County, Marion Bryant, moonshine, moonshining, Nellie Bryant, prosecuting attorney, Robert Bland, West Virginia
In a story titled “111 True Bills Found By Grand Jury Which Submits Final Report” and printed in the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, on October 12, 1926, we find this item (excerpted here):
“Concluding a four-day session the grand jury made its final report and was discharged last night by Circuit Judge Robert Bland. There were 111 indictments returned, 66 for felonies and 45 for misdemeanors–a total somewhat larger than the average for Logan county grand juries. Names of those indicted are withheld from publication for the reason that some persons involved are not in custody. Capiases will be issued forthwith for those indicted and not in jail, while those in jail and all who are apprehended without delay will be arraigned very soon. Court attaches are of the opinion that none of these will be tried until next month as there was already a big criminal docket. However, considerable progress has been made so far. Having caught up with the calendar, court adjourned yesterday morning for the remainder of the day, after a short session.
“Victory has come to the Bryants, who live on Old House Branch of Harts Creek, and who were indicted for operating a still last December. The joint indictment embraced Hent Bryant and his sons Calvary, Bob, and Floyd. When the case was called on Tuesday the defendants elected to be tried separately, whereupon Prosecuting Attorney Con Chafin chose to try Calvary first. There was a large volume of testimony for each side. The case was submitted to the jury without argument at 9 o’clock Tuesday night and in a few minutes a verdict of acquittal was returned. C.C. Chambers represented the defense.
“The State’s evidence showed that an official raiding party found a spot about three-fourths of a mile from the Bryant home where a still had been in operation and where a quantity of mash had been poured out shortly before the arrival of the officers. The Bryant premises were then searched, but no still or whiskey was found. However, Marion Bryant, a cousin of Calvary, testified that Calvary had employed him to assist him in the operation of a still.
“From the Bryants there came positive denials of any interest in any still or of any knowledge of a still having ever been in operation at the spot in the woods where the officers thought that they had made a significant discovery. The defense attacked the credibility of Marion Bryant’s testimony, claiming that he was actuated by spite. It was testified by members of the family that Marion, after staying at Hent Bryant’s home for a while and doing odd jobs, had been requested to leave; that he made threats against the family at that time because Nellie Bryant, a daughter of Hent, spurned his love and his proposals of marriage.
“After the jury returned its verdict, the cases against the other Bryants were continued to the next regular term.”
Appalachia, Beatrice Adkins, Big Creek, Bill Adkins, Bob Brumfield, Bob Dingess, Caroline Brumfield, Chapmanville, Charley Brumfield, Coal Branch City, Cora Adkins, Dallas McComas, Dr. Ferrell, Fisher B. Adkins, genealogy, Harts, Hawkins Perry, Herb Adkins, history, Hollena Ferguson, Huntington, Indiana, Jeff Mullins, Jessie Brumfield, Joe Brumfield, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Minerva Brumfield, New Orleans, teacher, Tom Brumfield, Valparaiso, Verna Johnson, Ward Brumfield, West Fork, West Virginia, Whirlwind
An unknown correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 14, 1927:
After all the sadness and sorrow Harts has mingled back again.
Mrs. Ward Brumfield met the county court in Hamlin Monday to be appointed Ward Brumfield’s administrator.
Mrs. Charles Brumfield is looking after business matters in Logan this week.
Miss Cora Adkins spent Saturday in Huntington.
Herbert Adkins was a business caller in Huntington Monday.
Mrs. Hollena Ferguson spent several days in Logan visiting friends.
Hawkins Perry is our new operator here this week.
Mrs. Toney Johnson from New Orleans is here visiting her mother, Mrs. Chas. Brumfield.
Wonder why Dr. Ferrell of Chapmanville is so interested in Harts now?
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas McComas spent Saturday and Sunday in Huntington.
Mrs. Beatrice Adkins from West Fork was in Harts Saturday.
Miss Jessie Brumfield is progressing nicely with her school at Atenville now.
Bill Adkins will leave here soon for Valparaiso, Indiana where he will be engaged in school for some time.
Mrs. Jeff Mullins of Big Creek spent Saturday visiting relatives here.
Robert Dingess of Whirlwind was a business caller in this town Monday.
Robert and Joe Brumfield are looking after business matters in Logan this week.
Fisher B. Adkins was in Hamlin Monday looking after his contest which will come off the March term of court.
Mrs. Herbert Adkins has purchased a fine radio.
Tom Brumfield seems to be very much pleased these days. Wonder why? Guess the wedding bells will ring soon.
Bill Adkins from Coal Branch City was in town Monday.
Appalachia, Charles Curry, cholera, genealogy, Harts Creek, history, Holden, Isaac Fry, Joe Blaine, John Workman, Logan Banner, Logan County, Luke Curry, McCloud School, miller, Rum Creek, Sol Riddle, Vinson Collins, West Virginia, Whirlwind, Will Farley
An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on December 18, 1914:
We are glad to note that our people are busy, happy and peaceful in these parts.
Will Farley has added a new industry to our town, a gasoline grist mill.
Our drummer, Sol Riddle, has just returned from a trip through his territory.
Revs. Adams and Fry preached at Head of Heart last Sunday.
Mrs. Vinson Collins is very ill at this writing.
Joe Blaine has moved from this place to Holden.
Forest fires are very frequent here of late.
Rev. Charley Curry was elected pastor of the church at McCloud school house recently.
Revs. Border and Vance will preach at McCloud school house the second Sunday.
Luke Curry has returned home from Rum, where he has been working for some time.
Cholera has been raging among the hogs in this vicinity. Several people have lost hogs.
John Workman will move back to his farm in the spring, he says.
Good luck to The Banner and a happy Xmas to its readers.
Appalachia, baseball, Bible school, Breeden, Buck Fork, Bulwark, Burlie Riddle, Charles Curry, Charleston, croup, David Tomblin, Dora Workman, Earsel Farley, Ethel Chafin, gambling, genealogy, Harts Creek, history, Jacob Alperin, James Baisden, James Mullins, John M. Adams, Julia Mullins, Logan Banner, Logan County, Mamie Adkins, McCloud School, merchant, Mingo County, Mose Tomblin Jr., Naaman Borders, Roxie Mullins, Thomas Carter, Tom Smith, W.J. Bachtel, Wayne, West Virginia, Whirlwind, Will Farley
An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on November 14, 1914:
Forest fires have done considerable damage in this section recently.
Drs. Carter and Ratcliff were Whirlwind visitors one day the first of the week.
Mrs. James Baisden of Dingess died at her home Thursday, November 12th.
Miss Burlie Riddle was shopping at this place on Tuesday last.
Misses Julia and Roxie Mullins were Whirlwind visitors one day this week.
Miss Mamie Adkins was visiting at Uncle Tom Smith’s Friday.
W.J. Bachtel transacted business in Mingo county the first of the week.
T.J. Carter is on the sick list at this writing.
Mrs. David Tomblin of Buck Fork was here Wednesday.
J.M. Adams transacted business at Whirlwind Friday of last week.
Mose Tomblin, Jr., made a business trip to Bulwark Friday.
Jacob Alperin of Charleston was here on business one day recently.
Rev. N. Barber returned Sunday from a business trip to Mingo county.
Miss Ethel Chaffin of Wayne is visiting Naaman Borders at this place.
Little Earsel, the five-year-old child of Will Farley, took the croup last Saturday and died in a few hours. The bereaved ones have our sympathy.
Miss Dora Workman of this place visited relatives at Breeding last week.
The schools of this place taught by Mr. and Mrs. Borders are progressing nicely.
James Mullins, our prominent merchant, bought a fine span of mules recently.
Revs. Vance, Curry, and Border preached at McCloud school house Sunday.
The folks on Buck Fork have organized a Bible school, which all the folks are invited to take a part. That begins to look like the good people of that place are moving in the right way. If all our neighbors would do the same, our young men would find it even more interesting that the disgraceful card table or Sunday baseball. And I am sure it would do more to elevate our country. People are going to engage in something on Sunday, if it is things that are sinful. So let us interest them in something that is elevating and has a wholesome moral uplift. Where we have a Bible school or Sunday school we have a sort of round table in which all may have a say in the subject. There are a thousand and one things that are intensely interesting in the Good Old Book that many educated people are wholly ignorant of, and I am surprised to see so few school teachers that take such little interest in these things. How long will things be thus?
Now that the election is over and the lucky ones are happy and the unlucky ones have bid their loved ones at home goodbye and are on their way up the hated Salt River we wish the dear fellows all a safe voyage.
‘Lasses makin’ is over and the frost is on the pumpkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
Alice McCloud, Appalachia, Carl Adams, Charley Mullins, Dingess, Florence Adams, genealogy, George McCloud Jr., Gillis Adams, history, Hoover Fork, Howard Adams, Ireland Mullins, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lucy McCloud, Mason Adams, May Robinson, Mollie Robinson, Queens Ridge, timber, timbering, West Virginia, Whirlwind
An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on November 26, 1926:
All the boys and girls of Hoover attended the spelling match at the Hoover school Friday and all reported a nice time.
Ireland Mullins was calling on friends at Mollie Robinson’s Saturday evening.
Mason Adams was the guest of Florence Adams Saturday.
Lucy McCloud was visiting her grandmother at Queen’s Ridge Wednesday.
Alice McCloud was looking sad Friday. Cheer up, Alice. I hope Si won’t forsake you.
Wonder who the three good-looking boys were leaving the left fork of Hoover late Sunday evening.
Look out, boys. Gillis Adams is coming back to Hoover Saturday.
Charley Mullins and George McCloud, Jr. were hauling lumber from Dingess Saturday. Boys, are you going again next Saturday?
May Robinson looked so sad Sunday. Cheer up, May. Winter sure is here.
Howard Adams is looking lonely since his girl went to Twelve Pole to spend a few weeks.
Carl Adams is right on his job this week. Stay right with it, Carl. Sunday comes but once a week.
Daily happenings: Carl and his chewing gum; Burl and his tie; Howard and his shoes; Hays and his milk; Burnett and his ring.
Appalachia, Charley Mullins, Clinton Adams, genealogy, Gillis Adams, Grover Adams, Harts Creek, history, Hoover Fork, Ivy Baisden, James Baisden, Joe Kirk, Joe Martin, John Carter, Jonas Branch, Liza McKenzie, Logan Banner, Logan County, Mollie Robinson, Randolph Baisden, West Virginia, Whirlwind, Wilburn Mullins
An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on November 19, 1926:
Grover Adams was seen out getting his peddling load. We all wish him good luck.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Baisden, a fine girl, November 11th, named Ivy.
Joe Martin and Joe Kirk were business visitors at Mollie Robinson’s Thursday night.
Wilburn Mullins was the early bird on Hoover Saturday. Come again, Wilburn. But not so early.
All the people will live on Hoover for a while as John Carter has beef for sale.
Clinton Adams seemed to be all smiles Sunday. Surely, Clinton, Liza is on Jonas Branch yet.
Gillis, come back. The girls are all hungry to see the new Willys Knight.
Charley Mullins wore a nice grin on his face Sunday night. Look out, everybody. Something is going to happen.
Ezra, come back. We hope you won’t have bad luck all the time.
Wonder if Randolph Baisden got all the chicken he wanted Thursday night?
Wonder who the youngsters are that visit the left fork of Hoover so often.
Some Combinations: Pearl and her blue dress; Charley and his wooden chain; Lucy and her beech nuts; Alice and her shoes; Grover and his dogs; May and her apple butter.
Appalachia, Carl Adams, coal, Daniel McCloud, genealogy, Gillis Adams, Harts Creek, history, Hoover Fork, J.I. Mullins, Jane Adams, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lucy McCloud, Mildred Adams, Mollie Robinson, Pearl McCloud, Peter Mullins, Ruth McCloud, Sallie Bunn, Si Tomblin, Twelve Pole Creek, West Virginia, Whirlwind, Wilburn Mullins
An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on November 16, 1926:
We are having some nice weather at this writing.
Mrs. Peter Mullins is very ill, we are sorry to say.
Wilburn Mullins was the guest of Daniel McCloud Saturday.
Mrs. Jane Adams was calling on friends at Mollie Robinson’s Sunday.
Miss Mildred Adams was shopping in Whirlwind Thursday.
We are all wondering who put the stone in Gillis Adams’ path up the left fork of Hoover.
Lucy McCloud was the guest of Mrs. Sallie Bunn Sunday morning.
Si Tomblin was calling on friends at Mollie Robinson’s Monday.
Daniel McCloud was seen shopping in Whirlwind Monday.
Pearl and Ruth McCloud made a flying trip up Hoover Monday.
Carl Adams is the coal digger of Hoover. Stay with it, Carl. Winter will soon be here.
Mildred, cheer up and don’t look so blue. J.I. Mullins has just gone to Twelve Pole.
Wonder if Carl Adams saw the girl he was looking for Sunday?
Sad news was ringing on Hoover Saturday. Mollie Robinson’s dog died.
Some combinations: Clinton and his flash light; Garfield and his potatoes; Carl and his coal; Mildred and her blues; Fred and his baby; Lucy and her smiles; Wilburn and his pumpkin; Rush going to Sunday School.
Albert Gore, Alice McCloud, Appalachia, Bernie Adams, Clinton Adams, Daniel McCloud, Eddie Adams, Edgar McCloud, Fred Adams, genealogy, Harts Creek, history, Hoover Church, Hoover Fork, Hoover School, Howard Adams, Ireland Mullins, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lucy McCloud, Mattie Robinson, Micco, Norman Adams, teacher, Tilda Carter, West Virginia, Whirlwind, Wilburn Mullins
An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on November 2, 1926:
We are having plenty of rain at present.
Albert Gore was the evening guest of Mattie Robinson Friday.
Mrs. Eddie Adams is ill at this writing, we are sorry to say.
Lucy McCloud was calling at the post office Saturday. Did he forget to write this time, Lucy?
Fred Adams don’t visit the Left Fork of Hoover any more. Cheer up, Fred. Sallie is at home yet.
Norman Adams was the guest of his mother Friday night.
Wilburn Mullins visits Daniel McCloud’s often these days. Wonder why? Ask Frank. He knows.
Clinton Adams never visits the Left Fork of Hoover no more. Come on back, Clinton. The sun is shining now.
Ireland Mullins was visiting on Hoover Thursday. He must have been wanting some fried chicken.
Alice McCloud is back on Hoover after a few weeks of absence.
Edgar McCloud, Fred Adams, and Bernie Adams attended church on Hoover Saturday night.
Ireland Mullins wore a ten cent smile Thursday night. Wonder what seemed to be the cause? Ask Lucy. She knows.
Wonder why Frank Adams doesn’t enjoy walking up the road any more?
Bernie Adams looks so sad since Tilda Carter left Hoover to spend a few weeks in Micco with her sister.
Howard Adams seems to enjoy teaching school in Hoover.
Daily Happenings: Wilburn going to Daniel’s; May going up the road; Lucy and her slippers; Mildred and her bobbed hair; Carl and his chestnuts.