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A correspondent named “Blue Belle” from Whirlwind on Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 12, 1923:
The roads are rocky but they won’t be rocky long.
Troy Vance has returned from Ohio. He reported a nice time.
The Revenue Officers sure are raiding Harts Creek.
C.H. McCloud said that he was going to run a baggage truck from Logan to Harts Creek. $2.50 will be the charge.
I saw Charlie Mullins going to Trace Fork Sunday. He said goodbye to the Buck Fork girls.
Wonder who it was that was visiting the widow last Saturday night?
Mr. Randy Baisden has forsaken the Whirlwind girls and has gone to Cherry Tree.
John Jackson and Weltha Mullins and Amanda Mullins were seen going through Mullins town some time ago. The girls sure were hanging to Johnnie.
James Baisden and S.W. Dalton have just returned from Bluefield and both reported a good time.
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A correspondent named “Baby Doll” from Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 19, 1923:
As we have begun writing, I suppose we had better not stop, so here goes.
Miss Ora Mullins is very ill at this writing.
Mrs. Baisden is also on sick list this week.
Singing school is still progressing nicely.
Harts has such a terrible rep. I’m sure some would reverse their opinion if they would just visit our singing school.
In my opinion, Harts Creek is as good or maybe better, than any place I know. Come on Harts Creeker, and help me cheer Harts.
Are we “It”?
I say yes.
–Citizens of Harts Creek school
Howard Adams, Eula Adams, Anna Adams, and Nora Adams all have gone back to Logan to attend school.
Mrs. Shirley Mullins is conducting a good school on Buck Fork. We really appreciate her work and wish to thank her.
How many know that there is to be a wedding in this hamlet soon? You don’t know? Well, how do you like the way you found out?
Miss Weltha Mullins has been visiting her parents of this place.
Some of the people in Logan seem to think that the people on Harts Creek never saw a car. Pahaw, fella. They make ‘em climb trees in our burg.
From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history about Logan (then known as Aracoma) dated July 17, 1937:
Logan’s First Mayor Had Comparatively Few Worries
City “Clean-ups” Were Practically Unknown When J.B. Buskirk Served As Logan’s First Executive Back In 1893
Unlike the present-day affairs in the city of Logan with gambling, bootlegging, and all forms of vice causing the mayor, the police force, and the city council no little concern, the early residents of the city and their administrative bodies had little trouble in making and enforcing the laws.
Ordinances that would almost escape notice today, were they brought before the city legislative group, assumed the importance of grave administrative matters.
City “cleanups” were practically unknown, unless one could consider the annual spring drives against muddy thoroughfares and broken hitching posts as “clean ups.”
City legislators concerned themselves not at all with approving beer license ordinances, public health ordinances, and street marking programs. As to beer, the corner saloon was always handy and was somewhat a refuge from the law.
There was no such thing as “public” health, except in cases of epidemics when each citizen would pitch in and get everything as “clean as a hound’s tooth.”
Street marking in the early days could be construed only as the placing of a line of large rocks at regular intervals across strategic spots on the city’s one thoroughfare to enable pedestrians to cross from one side of the street to the other during the rainy season.
J.B. Buskirk, the first mayor of which there is record, elected with a city council to work with him, lived a life of ease compared with the administration of a present-day mayor.
Buskirk held sway in 1893 and, except for numerous resignations of public officials being continually tendered him, he had little cause to worry. Evidently the city fathers pined away in their chairs from boredom.
Record is made of the long-remembered council meeting of June 27, 1893, when Buskirk, with his council composed of Leander Cary, G.W. Morgan, John A. Sheppard, T.C. Whited, and S.B. Robertson met and passed the following ordinance:
“Be it ordained by the common council of the town of Aracoma: That any person found guilty of pitching horse shoes, rings or anything of like manner, or playing quoits, ball, marbles, or any similar game or games upon the streets or alleys of the town of Aracoma, shall be fined not less than one dollar nor more than five dollars at the discretion of the Mayor.”
The council did not indicate whether or not they considered these practices gambling.
Those were the days—from a mayor’s point of view.
NOTE: Aracoma was Logan’s official name in 1893.
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A correspondent named “Blue Eyes” from Ferrellsburg in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 6, 1923:
The hard road is being rapidly worked on here at this place. We hope Logan County will keep her part of this road worked to make a speedy finish.
Mr. J.W. Stowers is still at home; he doesn’t go out much. Sometimes he fox hunts with his hounds.
Hugh Farris, a merchant from Piney, is here looking after business interests.
Mr. John Lucas made a rushing trip to Chapmanville Tuesday.
Mr. Bartley returned from a home visit in Huntington Monday.
Miss Martha Fowler made a trip to Logan Monday looking after business matters.
Mrs. Belle Dingess is visiting her sister Miss Martha Fowler this week.
Rev. Charles Curry and other Baptist ministers preached at Ferrellsburg school house Easter Sunday.
A Holiness revival will begin here this week by Brother Wellman and wife. We are certainly proud to announce the meeting because the people in this section have got their eyes on this highway of holiness. We are expecting a large crowd and a good meeting.
Mrs. Cora Adkins has been very ill for the past few weeks, but is improving now.
Mrs. Stella Mullins is visiting her sister in Ferrellsburg, Mrs. M. Tomblin.
Mr. John Pitts was on his way to work Saturday night when he fell and shot himself and now is in the Logan hospital.
The beauty of this place left here yesterday—Miss Cora Kelly.
Mr. W.E. Fowler, a merchant of Ferrellsburg, has gone to saw milling.
Mrs. Martha Mullins isn’t very well pleased with this noisy place.
Miss Gracy Horns returned to Ferrellsburg yesterday after visiting her sister at Wilburn, W.Va.
Mr. W.C. Brumfield was calling on Miss Lula Tomblin Saturday and Sunday.
The girls in Ferrellsburg are very sad at this writing on account of bad weather and bad roads, and are hoping the hard roads will be completed in a short time so they can begin joy riding.
Mr. Homer Tomblin and friend John Dan are taking a vacation this week. They will begin work Monday.
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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history for the Hatfield family, printed on May 11, 1937:
History Of Hatfield Clan Recorded In Banner Files
Ephraim Hatfield Was One of The Quietest Men In The County—Yet He Was Father Of Those Engaged In Famous Feud
Henry Clay Ragland, editor of The Logan Banner in 1896, was, among other things, a genealogist for Logan county.
He lived at a time when most of the children and grandchildren of Logan county’s first settlers were still alive and he had access to a wealth of first-hand information that has served as the basis for family histories in Logan county up to the present.
An account of the entrance of the Hatfield family into this section of the country is clipped verbatim from a Logan County Banner dated Wednesday, April 29, 1896.
“At what is still known as the Hatfield place on Horsepen, Valentine Hatfield, of Washington county, Va., settled at quite an early day. He was the father of nine sons and three daughters, and from them have sprung many of the Hatfields of the Guyandotte and Sandy Valleys.
“Valentine Hatfield married a Miss Weddington, and he was a half brother of Thomas Smith. His sons were Ali, who married a daughter of Ferrell Evans; Joe, who also married a daughter of Ferrell Evans; Ephraim, who married Bettie Vance; (This Ephraim was one of the quietest men in the county, and was for a long time a justice of the peace, yet he was the father and grandfather of the Hatfields who were engaged in the Hatfield-McCoy feud) Andrew, who married a daughter of Humphrey Trent, and whose descendants live in Wyoming county; Thomas, who married a daughter of Frank Evans; John, who married a daughter of Abner Vance; James, who married a daughter of John Toler; (Squire M.A. Hatfield and James Hatfield are the sons of this marriage) Jacob, who married a daughter of Peter Cline; and Valentine, who was never married.
“Of his three daughters, Phoebe married Alexander Varney; Celia married James Justice, who was at one time sheriff of Logan county, and who was the father of John Justice, a prominent merchant in Logan Court House (the name of the city at that time), B.H. Justice, a merchant and timber dealer of Cabell county, and William E. Justice, a merchant at North Spring and at one time a member of the West Virginia legislature.
“Joseph Hatfield, a brother of Valentine Hatfield, settled about the same time at Matewan.”
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