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From the Logan Democrat, of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history about the C & O railroad in the Guyandotte Valley:
NEW GUYAN DIVISION
C. & O. Railroad From Huntington To This City Is Detached From Former Organization
The C. & O. has detached the Guyan Valley district from the Huntington division and created it as a separate division under Superintendent H.E. Webb, formerly of Huntington. A number of other changes are made on the C. & O., which are announced in the following official order:
Richmond, Va., April 30, 1917.
Effective May 1, 1917:
The eastern general division is extended to Hinton, W.Va., and the line Clifton Forge to Hinton, including all branches (Greenbrier district excepted) will be attached to the Clifton Forge division.
The Greenbrier district will be known as the Greenbrier division.
The Hinton division will consist of the line Hinton to Handley, including branches.
The Guyandotte district is detached from the Huntington division, and will be known as the Guyandotte division.
Due to rearrangement of the general divisions and divisions, the following appointments are effective May 1, 1917:
Mr. C.S. Falconer, assistant superintendent, Allegheny district and its branches, Clifton Forge division, Hinton, W.Va.
Mr. F.D. Beall, division engineer, Clifton Forge division, Clifton Forge, Va.
Mr. J.W. Haynes, superintendent Greenbrier division, Ronceverte, West Va.
Mr. H.E. Webb, superintendent, Guyandotte division, Logan, W.Va.
Mr. H.A. Davis, train master, of Guyandotte division, Logan, W.Va.
Mr. R.W. Mumford, division engineer, Guyandotte division, Logan, W.Va.
Mr. W.T. Lipscomb, train master, New River district, Hinton, W.Va.
Mr. W.L. Glass, road foreman of engines, New River district, Hinton, W.Va.
Mr. E.M. Withrow, road foreman of engines, Allegheny district and Greenbrier division, Hinton, W.Va.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 3 May 1917.
From the Logan Democrat of Logan, WV, comes this story dated November 16, 1916 about whittling:
WHITTLING WOOD IS A LOST ART
Where are the whittlers of yesteryear–the jackknife experts who laboriously fashioned curious keepsakes out of soft wood, or who idly whittled sticks of toothpick dimensions as they sat and debated the problems of the nation in front of village stores? The old time Yankee was often ill at ease unless he had his knife in his hand with a block of wood on which to exercise it. He could not focus his mind on heavy questions–like the elections at the next town meeting–unless he was watching a shaving curl gracefully in the wake of his carefully sharpened knife blade.
Those who had abundant leisure often devoted themselves to elaborate carvings. Sailors were especially gifted in this way–deep sea sailors who occupied themselves on long voyages with miniature ships and other models. And while the back country Yankee was an inveterate whittler, he rarely tried to compete in artistic results with his sea faring brother of the coast.
But whittle, both as a habit and as an art, appears to have practically disappeared. The jackknife is no longer in evidence as it once was either in country towns or along the water front. The pace of life has quickened or else other interests have driven it out. And even the small boy, though he still cherishes his knife, does not number the expert use of it for carving among his ambitions.
In those days every boy who amounted to anything–one who was not a regular mollycoddle–possessed a jackknife, and knew how to use it. He demonstrated this not only by whittling out a hull, which, when supplied with masts and rigging, stood evenly on her keel, but which, when fitted with a suit of calls, rode safely every squall and boisterous sea and showed a clean pair of heels to the other little ships as they slipped across the duck pond.
This was not all the small boy with the handy pocketknife learned to make from inspecting what the sailors brought home. There were the wonderful chains, some square linked, others with double square links with wooden balls running freely within the length of the links, these having been carved out of the middle of the square of which each section of the chain was made.
It was a pretty proud boy who could show one of these chains with three or four links, the last one having a padlock swinging from it, for it gave him a certain high standing with the “fellers” not obtainable for any other reasons.
“I can recollect all the boys began chain carving with a piece of soft pine say an inch and one-half square. And when they had mastered the art they shifted to a hard pine stick, the successful manipulation of which showed the gift the boy had, for often it meant big blisters on the hands, so hard was the cutting.
“I have not seen a boy whittling on one of these chains or anything else in years. I think about the last whittling I saw them doing was in connection with peach stones, out of which they were making little baskets to be hung on the watch chain, and rings for the finger.
“There is another reason why the boy is not whittling as he formerly did. He had to make his kites, fashioning the backbone and making the bow with his knife. His mother furnished the paste by mixing flour and water. He covered the kite with a newspaper which had to be at least a month old before it was allowed to be taken from the closet–people held on to their newspapers in those days. Now he buys a gaudy kite for a few cents, or he don’t fly kites at all, which is more than likely, seeing that there is the attractive lure of the ball game and the ‘movies’.”
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In May of 1917, Herbert’s Greater Shows carnival visited Logan, WV, and generated several items of news in the Logan Democrat:
GOOD CARNIVAL HERE
The Herbert’s Greater Shows that have been exhibiting here for two weeks are very good, in fact high class shows.
Mr. Joseph Herbert has a reputation all over the country, excelled by no other showman, for carrying clean and up to date amusements.
The Silodrome, the feature attraction is one of the most sensational exhibitions ever witnessed by anyone. The rider, Mr. Fritz Gerber, the man with an iron nerve, is always entirely at the mercy of chance, rides the perpendicular wall with great ease and with his noted smile he always puts great thrill into the hearts of all who pay the Silodrome a visit.
The minstrels, Japanese Theatre are very good. These shows especially are equal to any of the big ones. No gambling devices are operated.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 17 May 1917.
WANTED TO JOIN CARNIVAL
A young girl, about 15 years old, tried to hide from her father in a sewer near the power house Tuesday evening so as to run away with the carnival people. People living in the vicinity secured the help of some of those going to the circus and the young lady was induced to surrender to parental authority. When last seen, father and daughter were heading over the hill and from the faint echo of their words it was evident that the rod would not be spared when the woodshed was reached.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 17 May 1917.
WILD ANIMAL KILLED
Soldier Shoots Coyote that Escaped From Carnival Thursday Morning
The first coyote to fall a victim of the white man’s rifle in Logan since the days when the dusty Indian maid, Aracoma, romped the hills hereabouts fell last Thursday to the accurate aim of Private Miller of the Second Virginia regiment at the power house.
The coyote belonged to Herbert’s Greater Shows. The animal escaped from his keepers and fled toward Logan. At the Power house a large pig, belonging to K.F. Deskins, suddenly appeared in the path of the coyote. The coyote decided to forego the bright lights of Logan temporarily to feast on $15 a hundred pork and in a few minutes was feasting on the fat of the land.
The pig’s squeals attracted the attention of Private Miller, who wears a medal for sharpshooting. He fired twice at a range of 100 yards and both shots took effect. The coyote keeled over dead.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 24 May 1917.
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From the Logan Democrat of Logan, WV, come these stories of movie productions centered on Logan County in 1916:
“ARACOMA” PLEASES CRITICAL CROWDS
The showing of the film version of “The Story of Aracoma,” as produced in this section with home talent by the Mountaineer Films Corporation, at the Bennett theatre yesterday afternoon and night, and at the Colonial theatre today, has created somewhat of a furor among local movie audiences and the general impression is that the big five reel production is a worthy first effort and it has aroused the greatest interest in the future productions of the film organization.
Most of those who attended the exhibitions of the picture yesterday went in a super-critical mood, ever ready, as is generally the case with so-called home talent productions, to pick flaws and ridicule. However, there were not only soon converted to the fact that there are great possibilities in the local talent, but that the picture they had come to pick apart was really deserving of praise instead, and as a general rule they came away with their slight criticisms buried deep in spontaneous enthusiasm over what they had witnessed. The picture is a splendid first effort, especially when the drawbacks and production troubles incident to a performance of other days and types, is considered, even with the big companies and professional people, and but for the hazy impression given off that the film was rather hurriedly prepared and hardly close enough attention was given to the dramatic possibilities of the story, the offering is a delightful one and will pleas any audience.
The scenery afforded by these West Virginia hills is beautifully depicted and bountifully bears out the oft-repeated contention that no place in the broad universe is better suited to moving picture plays so far as scenic effects are concerned than the hills and dales of our own Logan county.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 2 November 1916.
TRIANGLE PICTURES REPRESENTATIVE HERE
J.T. Richardson, who is connected with the producing end of the famous Triangle motion pictures, spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Logan city and county looking over the situation with the view of securing topical locations for the use of his company, and conferring with Messrs. Reid and Schuster of the Vistagraph Company producing staff concerning their six reel feature “The Heritage of the Hills,” which is now being filmed in local settings.
Mr. Richarsdon visited Omar and other points in the county and was much impressed with the scenery to be found in this section, but he expressed the doubt that it could be made available to any great extent at this time by the larger companies owing to its inaccessibility and the large transportation expense. He did, however, pronounce it ideal for a home company, and was enthusiastic over the prospects of Vistagraph’s first release.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 16 November 1916.