In late March of 1927, Charlie Conley, a prisoner in the Logan County Jail in Logan, WV, sent this poem or song to the Logan Banner, which it printed:
Come all of my companions
And listen to what I say
About the jail of Logan
In which I have to stay.
Hatfield is our sheriff,
But he hasn’t much to say.
But when George Hooker turns the key on you,
He means for you to stay.
There are men in here,
The jailer they would defeat.
But he keeps the key turned on ’em
And gives them heaps to eat.
There is the “bull-pen,”
Which no man likes at all,
Because it’s over-crowded
With no overflow in the hall.
They whoop and they holler
And you would think they are playing ball.
But when they go before Squire Conley
They pay for it all.
These may be hot days in the Logan jail, but they are clean ones. Under the regime of Sheriff Hatfield and Jailer Kimmell, the jail interior is kept in the most sanitary condition.
The following regulations are in force at the jail:
Each prisoner must make up his bed upon arising or he will spend one day in the cell.
Refuse must not be thrown on the floor or out the window. Penalty: one day in cell.
Each prisoner must use his own plate and spoon.
All inmates must assist in keeping the jail clean or be punished by two days in cell and privilege of visitors refused.
No prisoner is allowed to loiter in entrance hall.
Prisoners are prohibited from crowding around windows when men are locked in cells.
Stealing from another prisoner is punishable by one week on bread and water.
One or more baths must be taken by each prisoner every week.
Talking to women prisoners is absolutely prohibited. Violations punishable by two days in cell.
Noise after 11 p.m. will cause offender to be placed in cell and denied visitors.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 27 July 1926.
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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 20, 1926:
The Hugh Thompson school is progressing nicely under the tutorship of Mr. Bernard Forbes.
Dallas Hollingsworth of Tim’s Fork has left for his home in Bethesda, Ohio.
Peter Dingess was seen looking at a barber shop. Wonder why?
O’Dell Butcher is visiting Chapmanville this week. O’Dell Butcher is the best marble player in Chapmanville.
J.D. Price of this place died in a Huntington hospital last Saturday night. Interment was made in the Godby Branch cemetery on Tuesday.
Mr. Bias, the ladies man, is back on duty with the C. & O. this week.
The Vickers mines are resuming work after being closed down for quite a while.
H.T. Butcher is attending federal court at Charleston this week.
The high school is up to the voters now. The election has been called.
There were five transactions in real estate here last week. Pretty good for a village like this.
W.A. McCloud is planning a trip to Columbus, O., in the next few days.
Prof. L.H. Strader of Philippi was visiting friends here last week.
Now that the election contest is over, the people are expecting great things from Sheriff Hatfield and the county court. No further reason why this district should not have a member to represent us.
Next week I will give a list of all whom are sick, unless the list is too big for publication.
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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 February 19, 1926:
Prof. McClure, the postmaster at Omar, officiated as auctioneer at the pie social here last Saturday evening. The professor can sell pies.
J.H. Vickers is, we are glad to say, able to be out again.
Some local capitalists are organizing to take over the Tompkins By-Product Coal Company.
Revival services are being held at both churches this week.
Cecil Ward of Huntington was calling on his sweetie here, Sunday.
Mase Butcher says he hears he is going to be the first man fired when Tennis Hatfield becomes sheriff of this county.
We have a bachelor here who has abandoned all hope of ever getting married. He is now growing himself a fine mustache.
W.T. Quay of Huntington was in town Wednesday.
The road crew are moving the Godby Branch school house this week, so the children are getting a vacation.
Crocket Hatfield, deputy U.S. Marshal, was in town Wednesday. Some of the boys took with a sudden leaving immediately after his arrival.
The church house at Stone Branch that was being used for a school for the primary grades burned down on Monday morning.
Squire Lowe has some very important cases on his docket which will come up for trial in the near future.