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A correspondent named “For-Get-Me-Not” from Enzelo on Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on September 1, 1922:
Wonder what is wrong with Ruth?
Mr. James Baisden and Miss Pearly Ornton were out walking Sunday.
Welthy and Rosie Mullins were seen horse back riding Monday afternoon.
Misses Almeda Baisden, Roxie and Welthy Mullins went to Hearts to church Sunday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Mullins gave an apple peeling Thursday night. All reported a good time.
What’s “Black eyes” so downhearted about?
Bruce Conley and his little brother were the guests at Roxie’s home Saturday.
The Mount Erie Sunday School will go to Pumpkin Center for the first Sunday in September on a picnic.
Roxie Mullins was Mr. and Mrs. Ben Browning’s guest recently.
Van Mullins, who has been on the sick list for some time, is recovering fast.
Albert Mullins was seen passing through here whistling.
Welthy Mullins has a new Beau. He’s rather cute, don’t you think so?
If the goat doesn’t eat this, I’ll come again.
On June 4, 1937, the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, offered an interview with an elderly resident who recounted a terrible dry season in the Guyandotte Valley in 1881.
Pioneer Citizen Recalls Dreadful Drought of 1881
Attorney J.E. (Ned) Peck Says Weather Was So Hot That Corn Was Hoed In Moonlight; Animals Died From “Black Tongue”
Attorney J.E. (Uncle Ned) Peck was in a reminiscent mood early this week as a result of the hot weather which preceded the storms yesterday and the day before.
While everyone else was complaining about the extremely hot weather coming so early in the spring. Uncle Ned contentedly maintained his usual tenor of life and kept himself cool with memories of the summer in 1881 when a drought of proportions such as have never been heard of before or since struck Logan county and lasted for four months.
Attorney Peck told how the weather became so hot that everybody hoed their corn by moonlight to keep the stalks from withering under the blazing sun which would begin to bear down at 7 o’clock each morning and increase in intensity until 6:30 in the evening when the mountain peaks would give some surcease from the bright yellow infernos of mid-day heat which surrounded everything in a furnace-like grasp.
Uncle Ned related that the banks of the Guyan were lined with animals from the hills, all enmity forgotten, staking their thirst side by side for days on end.
He was just 13 years old then, but he says he distinctly remembers standing in the yard of his home at Pecks Mill with his mother and counting more than a score of deer in a river bottom cornfield below the house.
Wild animals died like flies and a plague of “Black Tongue” ravaged the many herds of deer which roamed the mountains and river valleys of Logan county.
A total of 1500 deer died that summer, Uncle Ned said, and Albert Dingess, old resident of Harts Creek, found 101 deer, dead and dying, their tongues blackened and swollen from their mouths, packed, in a lick near his home.
Deer pelts sold for $4 each, but the flesh was inedible after the animal had died of the plague. Licks throughout the county were rancid with the smell of burning carcasses which had been skinned and stacked in huge piles to be made into pyres.
Water in Guyan river became so low that one could stop the flow over shoals with the hand, and his father had to slow corn meal production to one grinding a week at their grist mill, Attorney Peck said.
The only way that corn could be ground was to allow the dam which spanned the river to fill and then run the mill until the water was used. Then it would take another week for the dam to refill.
No persons died of heat in the county that summer and the crops were not materially damaged, though the toll on animal life was high.
When the leaves began to turn and light frosts added a crispness to the air, the animals started an exodus from the river valley back to their haunts along creeks and in dark hollows and Logan countians knew that the drought was ended.
With such an experience, and with the summer of 1881 in mind, it is easy for Uncle Ned Peck to say in all sincerity: “We’re having a mighty cool spring this year.”
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An unknown correspondent from Harts Creek in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on December 12, 1924:
Mrs. Hollena Ferguson has sold her sheep and is going to buy her a fine Buick car and she has employed Mr. Wesley Ferguson for her chauffeur.
Herbert Adkins has purchased his bride a fine car and bought her a fine automobile coat to go riding in.
Mrs. Nerve Brumfield was over at Harts shopping last week.
Mrs. John Hite is Hollena Ferguson’s milk maid at present.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adkins, two fine twin boys Monday, December 1st. The father is very proud of his boys.
Herbert Adkins has hired Robert Robinson to do his janitor service.
Charley Brumfield paid George H. Adkins a visit last week.
Misses Sallie and Dixie Adkins are the champion spellers of Harts Creek.
Ward Brumfield and John Hite paid Robert Brumfield a visit last Sunday.
Floyd Dingess and Homer Tomblin were visiting Lilly and Harriet Curry last week.
John Dalton and Miss Nervie Tomblin were out horseback riding last Sunday.
Mr. Irv Tomblin is entertaining G.W. Ward this week.
Mrs. Lizzie Tomblin has sold her geese to Benjamin Adkins and is going into the poultry business.
Enoch Adkins was seen in Harts Monday with his mule team.
Mrs. Belle Adkins has got in a fine lot of Christmas toys.
Mrs. Laura Adkins and her two daughters paid Mrs. Belle Adkins a visit last Sunday.
George McComas has employed Hendrix Brumfield to run his school.
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An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on August 14, 1928:
Charley Gore of Chapmanville was a business visitor to Harts Tuesday.
Mrs. Cora Robinson of Mt. Gay is visiting relatives at Whirlwind this week.
Mrs. Nerve Adams of Switzer is visiting her daughter at Queen’s Ridge for this week.
Mrs. Mary Honaker of Mt. Gay was visiting her sister of Hoover this week end.
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An unknown correspondent from Queens Ridge (Harts Creek) in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on September 3, 1926:
We are having much rainy weather at this writing.
David Dingess made a business trip to Chapmanville Monday.
Miss Inez Barker of Chapmanville has been visiting Miss Ula Adams of Queen’s Ridge for the past week.
Sidney Mullins made a flying trip to Logan last week.
Edward Brumfield and Enos Dials of Harts were the guests of Misses Inez and Lucy Dingess Saturday and Sunday.
The people of this place enjoyed a fine meeting Saturday and Sunday when fine sermons were delivered by Rev. I.M. Nelson and Revs. J.W. Renfroe and Short from Ashland, Ky. There were a number of conversions.
Ward Brumfield, deputy sheriff of Lincoln county, attended church here Sunday.
Mrs. Rosa Workman of Mud Fork was the guest of her mother, Mrs. Sol Adams last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Harris of Mud Fork were visiting relatives of Smoke House Fork, Sunday.
Miss Maudie Adams and Rachel Keyser were seen out walking Sunday.
R.L. Dingess is teaching school at Bulwark this year. We wish him much success.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Adams are raising water melons this year.
Times are very lively on Trace now since Mr. Dials made a visit up the left fork.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dingess, a fine son, named J. Cary Dingess.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Farley made a trip to Roach last week, visiting the former’s parents.
Wonder why so many boys visit Mr. Baisden’s now?
Cole Adams looks lonely these days. Cheer up, Cole. Bessie has come back again.
Wonder who the barber is on Jonas Branch nowadays?
Some combinations: Howard and his wash bowl and pitcher; Liza and her flowered dress; Ewell going to Harts; Maudie and her powder puff; Kate and her bobbed hair; Sally and Bunt packing beans.
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An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on December 6, 1927:
Miss Gertrude Clendenin has just returned from Ohio where she has been visiting her parents.
Wilburn Mullins made a business trip to Dingess Monday.
Elias Workman made a business trip to Charleston last week.
Daniel McCloud was a business caller in Logan Monday.
Frank McCloud made a visit to Hoover one night last week.
Anna Mullins of Twelvepole was a visitor of Harts Sunday.
Curtis Hamlin is on the sick list this week.
Joe Martin and family of Buck Fork motored to Hoover Sunday.