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A partial list of timber companies active in the Guyandotte Valley of West Virginia during the 1890s, based on Logan County deeds, the Logan County Banner, and the Huntington Advertiser:
C. Crane & Company (1891, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900)
C. Dingess & Company (1891, 1892, 1893, 1894)
Fridman Lumber Company (1899)
Guyan River Coal and Mercantile Company (1897)
Hugh Dingess & Company (1893)
Ironton Cross Tie Company (1897)
Little Kanawha Lumber Company (1891, 1892, 1893, 1895, 1898)
Logan Timber Company (1897)
McClintock & Son (1895)
Panther Lumber Company (1896)
Penn Lumber Company (1898)
R.H. Prichard or Burks and Prichard (1891)
Ratliff and Shannon of Wayne County (1890)
Sliger Lumber Company (1896)
Yellow Poplar Lumber Company (1893)
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An unknown correspondent from Banco on Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on July 27, 1926:
Roses are red, violets are blue,
Banco girls are always true.
Forrest Barker of Charleston and Miss Hazel Sanders of this place were joy riding last Sunday afternoon.
B.R. Lucas and son Fred motored to Chapmanville last Wednesday.
Jesse Justice has obtained a new job. Hope he’shaving much success.
Mrs. Mary Hager of Lynn street was the dinner guest of Mrs. D.H. Harmon last Sunday.
Miss Ruby Sanders of this place was visiting relatives in Huntington and Barboursville last week.
Miss Mary Thomas of Estep and Miss Lucas and little sister Jean of this place were the Sunday evening guests of Clara Harmon.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hager of Big Creek were the guests of Mr. Hager’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hager at this place last Wednesday night.
J.H. Pardue of Huntington motored to Banco last Sunday evening.
Mrs. Maggie Adams of Big Creek was seen going through Banco one day last week in her new car.
Mrs. E.C. Varney and children of Elm street were calling on Mrs. J.A. Stone at this place last Wednesday afternoon.
Wonder if Gardner Baisden still helps the women saddle their horses? Always be good to Sarah, Gardner.
Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Pardue and children of Big Creek motored to the home of Mrs. Pardue’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Lucas on Trace Fork last week.
H.F. Lucas was very busy last week. He sure believes in making hay while the sun shines.
Basil Duty sure does like to go to Big Creek to church. One girl at a time is enough for Basil.
J.W. Thomas and daughter Mary of Estep were the dinner guests here of Mr. Thomas’ sister, Mrs. D.H. Harmon, last Wednesday.
Daily happenings: Hub and his dinner pail; Basil and his mule; Fred and his Ford; Jesse and his peddling wagon.
Success to one and all.
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An unknown correspondent from Banco on Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on July 20, 1926:
Banco is getting to be a lively place. Traffic is getting to be so thick we will soon have to employ a traffic cop for every corner.
Jesse Harmon and W.J. Vance of Peach Creek and two girlfriends motored through Banco last Sunday afternoon.
B.R. Lucas and son Fred motored to Big Creek last Wednesday evening to attend a protracted meeting.
D.H. Harmon of this place was loading bank ties at Big Creek last week while his employees did the sawing at Spring Dale.
Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Stone and grandchildren of this place were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Stone at Blair.
H.F. Lucas and sister Marea of Banco motored to Estep last Sunday evening after the singing teacher bade us all goodbye.
Jesse Justice has obtained a new job at Spring Dale.
Wonder why Basil Duty has the blues so bad these days? Don’t worry, Basil. Ruby and Fannie will soon return.
Miss Pearl Hager was the all night guest of Miss Clara Harmon last Sunday night.
Wonder why Gardner Baisden went to meet the down train last Monday?
Annie Chapman of Hamlin was a caller in Banco last Monday morning.
Mrs. Etta Thomas and daughter Hazel were business callers in Banco last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Varney and daughters Nellie, Lois, Mabel and Ruby attended the last day of singing at this place last Sunday.
Mrs. J.B. Lucas was the dinner guest of her mother, Mrs. D.H. Harmon, last Monday.
Luther Bias of Chapmanville was seen going through Banco last Wednesday. Wonder if he called at Pumpkin Center?
Mr. and Mrs. John Vance and children motored to the mouth of Trace Fork to visit Mrs. Vance’s father, F.D. Vance, who has been ill for some time.
Mrs. D.H. Harmon entertained as her guest on last Wednesday evening Mrs. Amanda and Nola Justice and Miss Marea Lucas of Elm Street.
The following documents relating to the killing of Burwell Chapman in Chapmanville District are located in the Logan County Circuit Clerk’s Office in Logan, WV.
Sept. 14, 1903
Mr. S.B. Mullins,
I write this to inform you that I expect to have you and Maudie summoned to my trial pretty soon. The time has come that I must face bitter enemies and as you know they would be glad to see me hung whether I was guilty or not. I know and God knows I am not guilty of the charge which is alleged against me, though my life is at stake because they hate me so bad. You know that I stayed at your boat on the night the house was burned and you know that we talked about it the next morning and you said that you were glad that I did stay at your house that night. I am positive that I was not off your boat on the night the house was burned. I can’t swear positive that a fishing crew passed your boat on the night the house was burned but I was positive that I talked to you that night about going fishing.
Don’t you remember seeing that light at the head of the shoal above the boat the night the house was burned? I know that you can safely swear that I stayed at your boat anyhow till 11 o’clock that night. How would you like to be taken away from your family for something you did not do?
It is in your power to make me a free man and I know that you will do so. I want you to come up to see me just as soon as you get this letter. No matter what you are doing when you must drop it and come. I will pay you more for your time than you can get for working on the mill. I want you to go to work for me and help me to show up the truth in this matter. Justice is all on earth I ask.
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, LOGAN COUNTY.
The Grand Jurors of the State of West Virginia in and for the body of the County of Logan, upon their oaths present that Lloyd Ellis on the 14th day of May 1903, in the County aforesaid, willfully, maliciously, deliberately, feloniously, and unlawfully did slay, kill and murder one Burwell Chapman, against the peace and dignity of the State.Found at the October Term of said Court, 1903, upon the information of Lena Chapman sworn in open Court and sent before the Grand Jury to give evidence to that body.
We the Jury find the Defendant Not Guilty.
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The following news items relating to Clinton Crane (1844-1917) and Cole & Crane Co. were printed in the Logan Democrat of Logan, WV, in 1917:
HONOR FOR LOGAN CITIZEN
C. Cole Appointed Member of State Board in Optometry
C. Cole of this city has been appointed by Governor Hatfield a member of the State Board of Examiners in Optometry, and the senate has confirmed the appointment.
It will be Mr. Cole’s duty to meet at the state capital with the other members of the board at regular intervals to prepare examinations and to examine applications who wish to practice optometry in this state, and to issue certificates to those who pass a satisfactory examination.
Mr. Cole has been practicing optometry for about sixteen years, and when the law requiring a certificate came into effect, he would have been exempt from taking the examination on account of his long practice, but preferred to take it.
In 1912 he passed a satisfactory examination and secured a life certificate, and since that time has been practicing in this profession and has taken an active part in the state optical work.
He has supervised the training and study of his two sons, W.H. and Fred Cole, who also hold certificates.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 1 March 1917.
CAPT. CRANE IS BETTER
Veteran Timberman and Lumber Manufacturer Will Get Out Again
Capt. Clinton Crane of Cincinnati, millionaire timber and lumber dealer and manufacturer, who has been very ill for several weeks at his home in the Ohio metropolis, and whose life was for a time despaired of, is now improving, according to advices received by friends and business acquaintances here.
The messages state that Capt. Crane will be able to get out again as soon as the weather improves.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 8 March 1917.
Work on remodeling the Cole residence on Highland avenue, which was damaged by fire before Christmas, is progressing rapidly. W.H. Cole, son of C. Cole, expects to build a house for himself later on the lot above his father’s.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 27 April 1917.
CLINTON CRANE DEAD
Well Known Lumber Magnate Passes Away At His Home In Cincinnati
The death of Clinton Crane, a well known lumber man, at his home in Cincinnati, last Friday, came as a shock to a number of people in Logan county who were well acquainted with him.
Mr. Crane had extensive holdings in West Virginia, being junior partner in the firm of Cole & Crane. He was 77 years old. He entered the West Virginia timber market about 1880, and came to own thousands of acres in the Guyandotte valley. His firm had booms at the mouth of the Guyandotte river and drifted millions of logs from the upper waters, rafting them to the booms and then towing them to Cincinnati. Lately, they have used trains mostly for this work.
Mr. Crane kept in close touch with his vast business interests. He also had large coal interests in the Guyan valley. He leaves a widow and two daughters. He was buried last Monday. His interests in Logan county were put in the hands of trustees before his death, so his passing will have no effect on the companies in which he held interest here.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 10 May 1917.
The late Clinton Crane, who died recently in Cincinnati, was among the first to recognize the vast resources of this part of West Virginia. He accumulated over a million dollars as a result. The same opportunities that were open to him are still open to others. The coal development of Logan county will produce many more millionaires within the lifetime of the present generation.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 17 May 1917.
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