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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 30, 1926:
Here we come with a rush and a roar Chapmanville more and more.
Misses Agness Whitman, Hazel McCloud and Nilla Lowe were out strolling Sunday afternoon.
Miss Ruby Blankenship of Huntington was visiting relatives of this place through the weekend.
Sarless Ferrell escorted Miss Inez Barker home from church Sunday night.
Misses Opa Johnson, Lillian Johnson, and cousin were out walking Sunday.
Miss Gracie Johnson, Broda Johnson, and Minnie Workman were visiting in Stone Branch Sunday morning.
Oza Workman hasn’t been calling on Miss Beulah Ballard lately.
Miss Gracie Workman made a flying trip to Logan Sunday evening.
Wonder who Miss Thelma Scaggs and Blake Bentley are getting along these days?
Wattie Workman was visiting home folks Saturday and Sunday.
Wonder why Biss Beulah Ballard is so downhearted these days. Cheer up, Beulah. He’ll be back.
Mason Rowsey was calling on Miss Margaret Ballard Sunday night.
We are glad to say that Miss Marie Lucas is able to get out.
Otto Shuff was visiting Ed Johnson Saturday night.
We are sorry to report the death of Mr. Ike Jeffrey.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jordan, April 26, 1926, a girl.
Miss Reva Childress was seen at church Sunday night.
Daily scenes: Thelma and her new dress; Broda and her new hose; Opal and her shingle bob; Lillian and her new dress; Margaret staying with Gladys; Carless going to see Inez; Susie and her spring coat; Tom and his prize; Beulah and her smiles; Gracie and her knickers; Wattie and his white hat; Minnie and her blues.
Naaman Jackson, G.R. Claypool, A.D. Cook, and W.J. Bachtel were here on business last Saturday.
Space will not permit a list of those politically ill, as we promised last week from this town.
It is reported they had an old fashioned head-skinning on Crawley’s Creek Sunday evening near the mouth of Pitt Branch.
Mrs. Burns, the district music teacher, left on Tuesday of this week for her home in Pittsburg, Pa.
Everything seemed to be in the clear here on Saturday night when the state police were here. Come again, boys. Better luck next time, we hope.
First meeting of the Chapmanville Water Works Co. was held last Tuesday. The time was mostly consumed by listening to appropriate estimated for material.
A goodly number of circus fans attended the circus at Logan Monday evening from this place.
Dr. Ferrell seemed to be the only Democrat here that got anything out of the last election. He has issued over $100 worth of pills to sick Democrats since the Supreme Court’s decision. Some of the boys though are convalescing.
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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Rufus Stowers, who resided at Hamlin in Lincoln County, West Virginia:
Son of William Larkin and Rebecca (Lambert) Stowers, was born in Tazewell county, Virginia, January 26, 1842, and settled in Lincoln county in 1872. His father died in Tazewell county in 1857, and his mother in 1856. Mr. Stowers taught school thirteen years, but is now a farmer in Carroll district, owning about 127 acres of land on Scary creek, seven miles southeast from Hamlin. The farm is in good condition, containing a large orchard of apple, pear and peach trees, and a portion of it is heavily timbered with poplar, sugar, maple, beech, hickory, and walnut. In Tazewell county, August 16, 1859, Rufus Stowers was united in wedlock with Sarah Elizabeth Lambert. She is a daughter of Hiram H. and Priscilla E. (Lambert) Lambert, and she was born in Tazewell county, April 26, 1844. October 28, 1882, Mrs. Stowers died, leaving a husband and six children to mourn her loss. She was the mother of seven children, one deceased, who were born as follows: George Washington, September 8, 1860; Matilda Jane, March 29, 1862; Mary Priscilla, August 14, 1864; Martha Rebecca Alice, August 9, 1871; Emma Eva Christina, October 7, 1875; James Addison, March 8, 1877, died July 5, 1878; Luella Ann, April 16, 1879. Mr. Stowers is a member of the United Baptist Church; his wife was a member of the same church at the time of her death. William Stowers, father of Rufus, was a soldier in the war of 1812. Rufus Stowers was at one time constable and commissioner of revenue in Bland county, Virginia. Any mail for him may be addressed to Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.
Source: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 117.
NOTE: During the Lincoln County Feud, Paris Brumfield accidentally shot Mr. Stowers. Mr. Stowers appears in the song, “The Lincoln County Crew.”
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The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, WV, and the Ashland (KY) Daily Independent have recently provided great coverage of the book and related research projects. Many thanks to these newspapers for supporting regional history. Here are the links to the stories:
I am honored that some of my writing will appear in forthcoming issues of Goldenseal and The Kentucky Explorer, two of my absolute favorite magazines. The Winter issue of Goldenseal will feature a story about Ed Haley’s background on Harts Creek and his later visits to the community. A smaller story details John Hartford’s search for Ed Haley in the Harts Creek area. The December issue of The Kentucky Explorer will feature a story about Ed Haley’s friendship with Dr. H.H. Holbrook of Ashland and Greenup.