Civil War in the Kanawha Valley: Morgan Kitchen Museum (2019)

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Terry Lowry is THE authority on the Civil War in the Kanawha Valley. Stop 8 on his tour: Morgan Kitchen Museum in Charleston, WV. 29 September 2019. Here is a link to Terry’s latest book, The Battle of Charleston (2016): https://wvcivilwar.com/now-available-the-battle-of-charleston/

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Morgan kitchen was built in 1846 near the present-day location of John Amos Power Plant. During the war, the kitchen was used to serve meals to Union soldiers wounded at the Battle of Scary Creek. It was moved to this site in 1972.

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For more information about the kitchen, go here: http://www.stalbanshistory.com/morgans-kitchen.html

Big Creek News 06.22.1923

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A correspondent named “Blue Eyes” from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on June 22, 1923:

We are having some very nice weather at this writing.

May Lucas visits Lincoln quite often since Minie(?) has come here.

Nell Perry sure does like bobbed hair.

Thelma Freeman and Dorothy Matthews are real good chums.

Franklin wears a rose on his cap and I guess he is looking for a girl.

Thelma looks lonesome. Wonder what’s wrong? Did she lose a friend?

Lizzie Sanders has put up a restaurant in Big Creek.

Civil War in the Kanawha Valley: Littlepage Mansion (2019)

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Terry Lowry is THE authority on the Civil War in the Kanawha Valley. Stop 7 on his tour: Littlepage Mansion in Charleston, WV. 29 September 2019. Here is a link to Terry’s latest book, The Battle of Charleston (2016): https://wvcivilwar.com/now-available-the-battle-of-charleston/

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Built in 1845, the Littlepage mansion is one of only six antebellum houses remaining in Charleston, WV. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 29 September 2019

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Rebecca Littlepage reportedly refused to allow Confederate General Henry A. Wise to occupy her home as a headquarters. According to the historical marker: “When the famously short-tempered Wise threatened to blow up the house, she stood staunchly on the front porch, surrounded by her six children. Nobody was willing to fire artillery at a woman and her children, and the house was spared.” For more history about the Littlepage mansion, go here: https://www.wvencyclopedia.org/exhibits/23?section=7

Chapmanville News 11.30.1923

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A correspondent named “Pug Nose” and “Let All-Alone Blues” from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on November 30, 1923:

We are having some rainy weather here now.

Fannie Brown, Miss Daniels and Mrs. Bernie Ward have some attraction in Big Creek, as they go down every evening on 51 and back on 52.

Mr. A.K. Bowling was home Sunday from Man, W.Va.

Mrs. Collins of Holden was calling on homefolks SUnday.

Borned to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Langton, a fine boy last Friday. Mrs. Langton before marriage was Miss Fannie Brown.

Some one said wedding bells will ring at Henlawson soon.

Mr. Bill Cooper is able to be home from the Guyan Hospital at Logan.

Mr. T.A. Rogers was in Logan last Thursday on business.

We are having lots of new houses built now.

Oliver Shuff is building him a house here.

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As there hasn’t been any one here writing I will try and see what I can do.

Last week was sad on account of the death of Dr. J.D. Turner. We are much grieved over the loss of him.

Mr. Bill Carper was seriously hurt in the mines while driving. He was caught between two cars. Mr. Carper was taken to the Guyan Valley hospital.

Miss Molly Conley and Mr. Chester Barker were seen coming from church one night last week.

Ferrells and Winters store seems to be doing great business under the general manager, Mr. O.C. Winters.

Combinations: Everett and his sweater; Inez and her dancing; Anna and her apron; Bena and beans; Mrs. A.K. Bowling and her cap; Mrs. Ward and her hotel; Eva and her parcel; Cecil going to Charleston.

Dils and Smith v. William McCoy (1865)

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Promissory note between William McCoy and Dils and Smith (1861). Pike County, KY.

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Summons for William McCoy (1865). Pike County, KY.

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Summons for William McCoy (1865). Pike County, KY.

NOTE: This case is most definitely unrelated to the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. I included it here because of the involvement of John Dils. The William McCoy involved in the case is likely the brother to Sallie (McCoy) McCoy, wife of Randal McCoy.

Chapmanville News 10.12.1923

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A correspondent named “The Black Cat” from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on October 12, 1923:

Quite a large crowd attended the musical Saturday night at Ula Barker’s store.

Mr. Bob Ferrell was calling on Miss Barnette Sunday.

A large number was presented at the pie supper Thursday night. It was given by the school. Pies and candy sold well with auctioneer Mr. Charlie Stone, Prof. Stiles and Mr. Eyrial.

There was much excitement here Friday when two of our dry law officers were thrown by the white mule and were seriously wounded. They were taken to the Charleston General Hospital.

We are sure glad to see Ima Nutt back on the job again. We have missed him so much.

Mr. Homer Langdon spent Sunday with his mother of this place.

Mr. Bernard Ward spent Saturday in Holden.

Quite a large crowd attended the party Friday night at Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ward’s. After an evening of fun, refreshments were served.

Some of our most popular young men have left here and gone to Holden to work.

Mr. and Mrs. N. Muncy returned last week after a few weeks visiting in Virginia. They report a good trip.

Mrs. Annie Ward and Mrs. A.K. Bowling were visiting in Man this week.

Mr. Oran Mabley is seen in Chapmanville pretty often now.

Misses Ina Barker, Bennie Robertson, Messrs. Darnald Stone and Bacil Robertson and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ward attended the football game at Logan.

Mr. Willie Boothe and Miss Nell Bryant seem to enjoy themselves walking in the sunshine.

Messrs. Joe Glim and George Ohler returned home after a long vacation.

Chapmanville News 11.02.1923

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Correspondents named “Evelyn and Marie” from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on November 2, 1923:

We are having nice weather at this writing.

We are all glad to know Mr. Darnell Stone and Miss Inez Barker were out joy riding Sunday. Wonder what Inez will say when she finds out his car was shot all to pieces. Ask Darnell. He knows.

Mr. Victor Toney and Miss Hazel E. McCloud attended church Sunday night.

Miss Hazel M. McCloud attended the Young People’s Christian Endeavor Sunday night.

Wonder what makes Miss Hazel E. McCloud visit the post office so much? Ask Hazel M. McCloud. She ought to know.

Mr. Clyde White was visiting in this little burg Sunday.

Civil War in the Kanawha Valley: Glenwood Estate (2019)

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Terry Lowry is THE authority on the Civil War in the Kanawha Valley. Stop 6 on his tour: Glenwood Estate in Charleston, WV. 29 September 2019. Here is a link to Terry’s latest book, The Battle of Charleston (2016): https://wvcivilwar.com/now-available-the-battle-of-charleston/

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For more information about Glenwood, go here: https://www.marshall.edu/graduatehumanities/the-glenwood-project/

Big Creek News 09.05.1924

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An unnamed correspondent from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on September 5, 1924:

Dear old Banner, here I am with a bit of news from our little city Big Creek, one of the most leading little cities on the Guyan Valley.

Miss Lulu Harmon is very ill at this writing.

Mrs. John Mitchell was calling on Mrs. John Mobley Sunday.

It was sad to see Mr. Burke McComas baptized Sunday. He is very ill and not expected to live.

Mr. Lloyd Ellis seems to be enjoying himself of late.

Misses Florence Wheeler and Gladys Saunders has returned home after a short stay in Huntington.

A fine new boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Mobley.

Don’t forget the basket meeting Sunday on Big Creek. Everybody invited.

Misses Nannie Lilly, Myrtle Mobley, and Cecil Hager were out car riding Sunday.

Mr. Jess Harmon and Miss Norma Saunders were out picnicking Sunday.

Mr. Tom Vance and Miss Pearl Mobley motored to Logan Sunday.

John Mobley has accommodated all loafers. He has made a loafers bench under his shade tree near his store.

Ward Shively has returned to his home after a short stay in Charleston.

Peter M. Toney made a flying trip to Huntington to see his home folks.

We all were sorry when Mr. P.D. Bradbury found his span of mules drowned Sunday. They were tied with a rope and fell over the high bank.

Mrs. Nannie Mobley was kodaking Sunday evening.

Miss Lillie Estepp returned home after a short stay with her parents.

Miss Gladys Saunders and Miss Myrtle Mobley had a happy meeting when first they met after Gladys’ return home.

There are plenty of cars and good drivers nowadays.

Mrs. Lonna Hager of Huntington is the guest of her sisters, Laura Hager.