From the Huntington (WV) Advertiser of February 5, 1887 comes this bit of history about Dusenberry’s Dam:
The dwellers along the banks of the Guyandotte River from its mouth to the headwaters, together with many others who are interested in the navigation of that stream, will be pleased to know that it is soon to be cleared of all obstructions. Major Post, the Chief Engineer, and Capt. Hugh Toney, his assistant, in charge of the Government improvement on Guyandotte River, have made a contract with the Messrs. Rodgers to clear the river of all obstructions from Barboursville up for a considerable distance. By this contract the Dusenberry mill dam, which has been the chief obstacle to the free navigation of the river and the cause of immense loss to timber dealers and others, will be removed.
After its removal, with such a stage of water as we now have, steamboats will be enabled to ascend to within a few miles of Logan C.H. This will be of immense importance to the city of Huntington, as it opens a fertile region, which has in a great measure been cut off by this dam and forced to go to Charleston. A line of steamboats will, no doubt, enter the trade between this city and Logan C.H. as soon as the river is clear.
At the point where the Dusenberry dam is located was established as one of the first grist mills in all this region of country. About the year 1818 or 1820, the Legislature of Virginia passed an act allowing a mill dam four feet high to be built across the river at that point, and since that time the obstruction has remained.
Capt. Toney has been untiring in his efforts to secure the removal of this bar to the free navigation of Guyan, but not until a few days ago was he able to effect the arrangement which will result in opening the stream.
The merchants and business men of Huntington should now be on the look out for the trade up this river and use all proper means to bring it here.
An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 22, 1927:
Mrs. Ruth Carter has left for her home in Huntington where she will spend a few days.
Mrs. Lettie Munsey is spending a few days in Logan this week.
There have been many arrests and fines paid in town this week. You will have to be more careful, boys.
Carlos Ferrell was in Logan Monday.
Guess the people over on Big Creek will be pleased when the road across the Chapmanville mountain is completed.
Alva Duty, Appalachia, B.C. Ferrell, Banco, Bena Robertson, Cecil Shuff, Chapmanville, Dr. J.T. Ferrell, genealogy, Golden Workman, history, Huntington, Logan Banner, Logan County, Marea Lucas, Nettie Ballard, O.J. Moses, Paul Winters, Peach Creek, pleurisy, Short Lucas, West Virginia, Westerly, William Workman
An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 25, 1927:
William Workman, son of Golden Workman, is improving since the operation for side pleurisy. He was brought here from a hospital at Huntington. The nurse, Miss Collins and Dr. Ferrell, are caring for him.
Cecil Shuff and Miss Bena Robertson from Peach Creek spent Sunday with Mrs. Nettie Ballard here.
Paul Winters who is attending school at Huntington spent Saturday and Sunday with his parents at this place.
Miss Marea Lucas spent Saturday and Sunday with her parents at Banco.
Mr. and Mrs. Alva Duty and family from Westerly are visiting friends at this time.
Short Lucas was seen in our town Sunday. Wonder for whom he was looking?
O.J. Moses has left for Huntington where he will spend a few days with his parents.
B.C. Ferrell and family spent Sunday with homefolks.
Combinations: Miss Collins and Dr. Ferrell visiting the sick; Hazel and her new dress; Fred J. going up the branch; Arnold and his smiles; Kyle looking downhearted; Wetzel calling on his girl; Ward and Paul out walking; Red and his boots; Mary looking for Vanzel.
Alifair McCoy, Appalachia, Beech Creek, Calvin McCoy, Chafinsville, crime, Dan Cunningham, Devil Anse Hatfield, Dollie Hatfield, feud, feuds, Floyd County, Frank Phillips, genealogy, George Hatfield, Gilbert Creek, Greek Milstead, Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Henry Clay Ragland, history, Huntington Advertiser, Johnse Hatfield, Johnson Hatfield, Kentucky, Logan County, Logan County Banner, Matewan, Mingo County, murder, Nancy Hatfield, Norfolk and Western Railroad, Oakland Hotel, Pikeville, Portsmouth Blade, Prestonsburg, Southern West Virginian, T.C. Whited, Thomas H. Harvey, true crime, Vanceville, West Virginia
From the Logan County Banner of Logan, WV, and the Huntington Advertiser of Huntington, WV, come the following items relating to Johnson Hatfield:
We are glad to see that Johnson Hatfield, who has been confined to his room for the last ___ weeks, is able to be on the street again.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 2 March 1893.
There was an unfortunate difficulty at Matewan on Sunday last in which Mr. Johnson Hatfield was severely wounded through the hand. His son had become involved with an officer which drew his father into the trouble.
Source: Southern West Virginian via the Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 1 January 1896.
Johnson Hatfield, accompanied by his daughter, Miss Dollie, left on Monday last for a visit to friends and relatives in Mingo county.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 23 January 1897.
Johnson Hatfield and daughter, Miss Dollie, have returned from a visit to friends on Sandy.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 6 February 1897.
Johnson Hatfield, the genial proprietor of the Oakland Hotel, is visiting friends at Pikeville, Kentucky.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 28 August 1897.
Johnson Hatfield has returned from a visit to Pikeville, Ky.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 9 October 1897.
Johnson Hatfield is at Williamson this week.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 23 October 1897.
The many friends of Mrs. Johnson Hatfield will regret to learn of her serious illness. She has a very bad attack of rheumatism.
Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 13 November 1897.
Johnson Hatfield and wife, of Mingo, passed through here [Chafinsville] last Sunday en route for Vanceville, where they will make their future home.
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 21 April 1898.
TAKEN TO KENTUCKY ON A SERIOUS CHARGE–NOW IN JAIL.
Johnson Hatfield was arrested yesterday and taken to Pikesville, Kentucky, and lodged in jail on a charge of being an accomplice in the murder of Alifair McCoy on New Years night about nine years ago. This murder was committed during the feud of the Hatfields and McCoys.
Source: Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 20 July 1898.
NOTE: Not all of these stories may pertain to the Johnson “Johnse” Hatfield of Hatfield-McCoy Feud fame. For instance, items relating to the Oakland Hotel and a daughter named Dollie relate to a Johnson Hatfield (born 1837), son of George and Nancy (Whitt) Hatfield.
A.A. Low, Allum Branch, Ambrose C. Kingsland Jr., Appalachia, Cain Lucas, Caroline Lucas, Climena Lucas, Fourteen Mile Creek, genealogy, George Hager, history, James I. Kuhn, James Renwick, Jefferson Lucas, John A. Aspinwall, John Minturn, Laurel Hill District, Lincoln County, Lloyd Aspinwall, Minerva Lucas, New York, Samuel Parsons, Sulphur Spring Fork, West Virginia, William H. Aspinwall, William Johnson
Appalachia, Chapmanville, Dr. J.T. Ferrell, Emmett Raines, genealogy, Gladys Lowe, Grace Workman, Grover Lowe, history, Jim Turner, John F. Ferrell, Logan Banner, Logan County, Minnie Workman, Stollings, Victor Toney, Virginia, Watta Workman, West Virginia, Willa Lowe
An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 28, 1927:
Here we come with a few items from Chapmanville.
Chapmanville isn’t anything but a mud hole nowadays.
Mr. John F. Ferrell from Virginia was visiting relatives in our town for the past week.
Grover Lowe from Stollings attended Sunday school here last Sunday. Everyone was pleased to see him.
Dr. Ferrell and Miss Collins were seen at church Sunday morning.
Emmett Raines was calling on Miss Willa Lowe Sunday.
Watta Workman, Miss Gladys Lowe, Jim Turner and Miss Grace Workman attended church Sunday night.
Daily happenings: Inez teaching school; Mabel going to the post office; Lamar calling on Maude; Walter going to see Carrie; Victor Toney and his smiles; Beulah and her toboggan; Minnie Workman and her spit curl; Wetzel calling on Callie; Brook looking for Nelse; Dennis and his sweetie; Ward looking for Bernice.
Good luck to The Banner.
Appalachia, Belle Dora Adams, Carl Mullins, Cecil McCloud, Garnet Martin, Garnet Mullins, genealogy, Harts Creek, history, Hoover Fork, Howard Adams, Ireland Mullins, Jonas Branch, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lucy McCloud, New Orleans, Paralee Browning, Queens Ridge, Robert Martin, Trace Fork, Troy Town, West Virginia
An unknown correspondent from Queens Ridge (Harts Creek) in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 13, 1927:
Mrs. Paralee Browning and Garnet Mullins of Lower Hoover were the evening guests of Cecil McCloud Sunday.
Ireland and Carl Mullins went up Hoover late Sunday enroute to Troy Town.
Mrs. Belle Dora Adams is going to have a son-in-law, some one said. Gee, the girls will have to quit flirting with Charley.
Lucy McCloud was visiting her aunt Mrs. Garnet Martin here Saturday.
R.L. Martin was renewing old acquaintances on Jonas Branch.
Howard Adams made a business trip to New Orleans. Many tears were shed on account of his own absence.
Alla Mullins, Appalachia, Bernie Adams, Bulwark School, Daniel McCloud, genealogy, Harts Creek, history, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lora Martin, Lucy McCloud, Twelve Pole Creek, West Virginia, Whirlwind, Wilburn Mullins
An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 10, 1927:
Mrs. Alla Mullins was the guest of Daniel McCloud Monday.
Daniel McCloud made a business trip to Twelve Pole Monday.
All the farmers are getting very busy in this vicinity.
Wilburn Mullins was calling on friends at Daniel McCloud’s Sunday.
Lucy McCloud visited her aunt Lora Martin Sunday.
Bernie Adams has just returned from a business trip to Logan.
Daniel McCloud is teaching a singing school at the Bulwark school house. All report a nice time.
Daily Acts: Florence and her straw hat; Lucy and her pink dress; Lenville carrying milk; Roy making whistles.
A.M. Dial, Appalachia, Chapmanville, Christian Church, Ellen Conley, genealogy, George Raines, Greenway McCloud, Hazel McCloud, Henry Hughes, history, Huntington, Katie Chapman, Lamar Collins, Logan Banner, Logan County, Mattie Owens, Wattie Workman, West Virginia
An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 18, 1927:
Here comes some very interesting news from the little town of Chapmanville.
Rev. A.M. Dial of Huntington is holding a short revival at the Christian church at this writing.
We are sorry to announce the death of George Raines who was instantly killed Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. by a train. His family has our sympathy. He was 63 and is survived by his wife and ten children.
The death angel visited the home of Henry Hughes Monday night at 10:00 p.m. and took away his mother Mrs. Ellen Conley.
Wattie Workman was calling on Miss Gladys Lowe Sunday afternoon.
Greenway McCloud and Miss Katie Chapman were all smiles Sunday. Cheer up, Virginia. Katie may not be holding such a hand yet.
Combinations: Inez and her tobacco; Beulah and her spike heels; Bernice and her hat; Wetzel going to see Callie; Miss Collins attending Sunday school; Julia and her spit curl; Maranda and lip stick; Ruby and her rolled hose; Hazel McCloud and her pretty waves; Minnie and her galoshes; Wattie calling on Gladys; Rupert falling down; Lamar Collins singing his favorite song, Bye-Bye Blackbird; Dr. and his wheel; Mrs. Mattie Owens and her boyish bob.
Appalachia, Bill Bird, Buck Fork, Chapmanville, Crawley Creek, crime, deputy sheriff, Ed Hensley, Harry Butcher, Harts Creek, Henderson Maynard, Henlawson, history, Hugh Butcher, Irwin Carter, Logan Banner, Logan County, moonshine, moonshining, Mud Fork, Smokehouse Fork, Wade Rice, West Virginia, White Oak Fork
From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story about Harts Creek moonshiners dated February 1, 1927:
Raiders Find Three Stills Along Harts
Mash In Abundance is Located But Shiners Are Wary, Alert and Fleet.
Prohibition officers, federal and state, made sweeping raids along Harts Creek last Thursday. Two moonshine stills complete and part of another, together with 900 gallons of mash and 12 gallons of moonshine were seized and destroyed. Operators of the stills escaped the dragnet.
An 80-gallon copper still was found in operation by the raiding agents at the mouth of Buck Fork of Harts Creek, along with 400 gallons of mash and eleven gallons of moonshine. No one was at the still when the officers arrived, according to the latter, but later two men approached carrying sacks of half-gallon fruit jars. At sight of the officers, they turned and fled, escaping.
A 36-gallon capacity still, 300 gallons of mash, and a small quantity of liquor were found by the officers on Smoke House Fork of Harts Creek. Three men fled from the scene on approach of the agents and made good their getaway. Forty-two empty one-half gallon fruit jars were also found there and destroyed.
In the same locality the officers found the worm and other parts of another moonshine still, together with 200 gallons of mash.
Officers participating in the raids were: Federal Agents Lilly and Bill Bird and State Agents Hugh “Ridgerunner” Butcher and Harry Butcher, of Chapmanville, Irwin Carter, and Wade Rice.
These men believe they seized the still that made the liquor that was consumed by those present when ____________________ were shot to death.
From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story about Crawley Creek and Harts Creek moonshiners dated April 8, 1927:
‘Shiner Totes Still and Makes Escape
An all-day raid Tuesday on Crawleys and the upper reaches of Harts Creek by five officers resulted in the capture of three stills and 22 barrels of mash.
Five shiners were seen at a distance working around a still but they were able to escape and take their still with them owing to their better knowledge of the country. A couple of shots were fired at the man who carried the still but he “carried on” with a stout heart and saved his “mint.” This was on White Oak of Harts.
This raiding party was made up of Prohibition Agent Ed Hensley, Deputy Sheriff Henderson Maynard and State Policeman Rowe, Wilson, and Russell. They went to the head of Mud Fork Tuesday morning and scouted along the ridges, reaching Henlawson late in the day where a car awaited them to bring them home.
The signal system along Crawleys and Harts works so effectively, it is said, that it is nearly impossible for the officers to catch a moonshiner at his still or get hold of any of his product, although stills and mash are often found. If the officers raid the country in daylight they are seen and warnings are sent out in various ways to all concerned. If they travel at night, they must use lanterns or flashlights which are of course detected and reported.
Appalachia, Brandon Kirk, Charleston, Daniel Boone Chapter, genealogy, history, John Blair, Rick Greathouse, Sons of the American Revolution, West Virginia, West Virginia State Archives and History Library
I recently had the honor to present a lecture titled “Our Overmountain Men: A Brief Overview of the Revolutionary War in Western Virginia (1775-1783)…and what it means for us today” to the Daniel Boone Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution at the West Virginia State Archives in Charleston, WV. Here’s a link to the lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJFqADwCpA
Appalachia, Bernie Adams, Burl Mullins, Daniel McCloud, Dixie Adams, genealogy, Harts Creek, history, Hoover Fork, Howard Adams, Jackson McCloud, James Carter, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lucy McCloud, Monaville, Shade Smith, West Virginia, Whirlwind, whooping cough, Will Adams
An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 12, 1927:
Sunday school is progressing nicely at Trace.
A large crowd attended the last day of Howard Adams’ school Friday. All reported a fine time.
James Carter of Monaville was visiting home folks of Hoover Sunday.
Wonder if Daniel McCloud got all the news Sunday evening.
Howard Adams went up Hoover whistling “Hard Times.” His mustache caught on fire.
Wonder what Burl Mullins was interested in Saturday evening that he forgot to shave.
There are several sick children in our town with whooping cough at present.
Jackson McCloud is making his home at Daniel McCloud’s.
We are all listening for the wedding bells to ring on Hoover. Look out Burl, you will be sure to hear them.
Shade Smith of Whirlwind was calling on friends at Daniel McCloud’s Sunday.
Bernie Adams is very ill with whooping cough at this writing.
Wonder why Will Adams was stepping so high Saturday? He must have been afraid of getting his socks muddy.
Wonder why Lucy McCloud looks so down hearted these days? Cheer up, Lucy. You have made a bad mistake.
The funniest thing we heard last week was Mrs. Dixie Adams making Howard change beds.
Daily Happenings: Daniel losing his cane; Earl and his potatoes; Rush going to Bible school; Lucy lost her sugar; May got disappointed; Alice loving her job; Uncle Jack chewing his tobacco; Tilda going to see Clinton; Charlie got his black eye; Clyde going to the store.