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An unknown correspondent from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 7, 1928:
Mrs. Pearl Harmon has been in the C. & O. hospital at Huntington but is home again.
Little Nell Marie Gill has returned home again from a visit with her grandmother at Gill.
Mrs. Minta Jeffrey of Banco was a business caller here today.
Geo. Chafin and A.J. Thomas of Logan were Big Creek callers Thursday.
Mrs. C.C. Varney and daughter Madeline were calling on Mrs. Myrtie Lucas Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Flora Lucas was the pleasant guest of Mrs. Myrtle Lucas one day last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hager and son Jack are visiting friends and relatives at Banco this week.
J.B. Lucas made a business trip to Chapmanville Saturday.
Edward Ferrell is store clerk in the Hunter store at present. Be careful, girls, and don’t stay too too long when shopping.
J.B. Thomas was a business caller in Logan this week.
Bulwark, located in the head of Harts Creek in Logan County, WV, is reportedly named in connection to a Civil War skirmish that occurred at the mouth of the fork. Bulwark means “fortification, stockade, or wall.” The name does not appear in deeds until after the Civil War. Whirlwind Post Office served this area from 1910 until the 1950s.
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An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 3, 1928:
Carl Adams was visiting friends on Twelve Pole Friday.
Ireland Mullins was the all night guest at Mollie Robinson’s Friday.
Charley Adams is very ill at this writing.
We are glad that Carl Adams is improving.
George McCloud spent Friday night with his uncle R.L. Martin of Queens Ridge.
Susan McCloud was calling on friends at Peter Mullins’ Wednesday.
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In 1912, Floyd Allen and other members of his family participated in a sensational gunfight during a trial at the Carroll County Courthouse in Hillsville, Carroll County, Virginia. The incident resulted in the death of Judge T.L. Massie, Prosecutor W.M. Foster, Sheriff L.F. Webb, juror Augustus Fowler, and witness Nancy E. Ayres, while seven others were wounded. In 1927, Frank Allen–a reputed relative of Carroll County Allens–was captured on Harts Creek in Logan County, WV.
Frank Allen Caught On Murder Charge
“Bad Frank” Allen was captured on Harts Creek last night and was lodged in jail here at 6 o’clock this morning. An hour or so later he was taken to Williamson to answer to a murder charge.
State police from Williamson, accompanied by Trooper Wilson and Constable Frank Adams, made the capture. They went to a house where he was known to be and called him to the door. As he appeared in view he was “covered” by high powered rifle and was commanded to drop a pistol he held in his hand. He refused to let go but one of the officers walked up to him and took possession.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 11 November 1927.
“Bad” Frank Allen Moved to Welch Jail for Safe-Keeping
Charged With Murder, He Eluded Officers from October 1 Until Captured on Harts Creek Week Ago–Kinsmen of Allens of Carroll Court House Fame.
“Bad Frank” Allen, who was captured on Harts Creek a week ago last night, to answer to a murder charge in Mingo county, was subsequently moved from the Williamson jail to the Welch jail for safe-keeping. Boys with hard heads or big feet are in the habit of kicking holes in the Williamson bastile, but a ball bearing nutmeg grater will be presented to the first one who bumps his way to freedom through the thick walls of the McDowell prison.
Allen is accused of killing Wallace Dillon at a horsetrading carnival held near the Baptist Association meeting on Shanklin Creek October 1. Stories of the affray are conflicting. It is said Dillon and others had a whale of a fight, after there had been much imbibing of strong liquor. In the free-for-all Dillon was a star performer, upsetting friends and foes with little regard for consequences. Allen missed the “party,” but when he heard that Dillon had beat up the other participants in the affray, he is said to have construed it as a challenge. Saddling his horse he rode to the scene of the fight and presumably without any provocation fired at Dillon with fatal effect. He escaped after the shooting and officials of both Mingo and Logan county waged a strenuous man hunt in an effort to capture him.
The arrest was made at the home of Leonard Conley in a wild and isolated corner of Harts Creek. His captors were Deputy Sheriffs Bill Driver and Ben Bartram, of Williamson; State Police Wamsley and McClure, of Delbarton, and State Trooper C.S. Wilson, of the Logan detachment.
Conley, wanted on a liquor charge, was not at home, but the officers had a tip that “Bad Frank” was there. One yelled for him to come out and he appeared in the doorway, pistol in hand, and ready to “shoot it out,” until he saw several high-powered rifles leveled at him. Even then he ignored the command to drop his gun, but stood motionless as an officer approached him and took possession of the weapon, which proved to be of 45-calibre.
Allen told his captors that during the six weeks he was a fugitive he had slept in caves and barns and had nearly starved at times. It is thought he fared much better in the hospitable hills of Harts, altho he said that was the first night he had sought shelter in a human habitation.
Big Shoot Recalled
Allen hails from Wythe county, Virginia, and is said to be a kinsmen of the Allens who shot up the Hillsville court house on March 14, 1912. Two of the clan were executed for the crime and Sidney Allen was released from prison on a conditional pardon a year or more ago, the first fusillade in the court upon Judge T.L. Massie and Sheriff Lew F. Webb fell dead. Augustus Fowler, a juror was shot through the head and died two days later. Commonwealth’s Attorney Forst was also shot. Andrew Howlett, another juror, was shot through the _____st. Another juror and Clerk of the court Dextor Goad were wounded but recovered. Miss Elizabeth Ayres received a death wound. Sidna and Allen Floyd were wounded also.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 18 November 1927.
Penitentiary Awaits “Bad” Frank Allen
“Bad” Frank Allen, whose recent capture under dramatic circumstances on Harts Creek, will be recalled by Banner readers, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the circuit court at Williamson this week. Sentence has not been pronounced but that offense is punishable by from one to five years in the penitentiary.
This desperado of a picturesque type killed Wallace Dillon at a horse-trading gathering near Kirk, on October 1. State’s evidence indicated he rode on the scene when the crowd was watching a fight between Dillon’s brother and another man and shot Dillon without any provocation. Allen testified he shot in self-defense, claiming there was no ill feeling between them and that they were unacquainted.
Allen is 28 and said to be related to the Allens of Hillsville court house fame.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 16 December 1927.
“Bad” Frank Allen Escapes from Pen
“Bad” Frank Allen, said to be one of the Hillsville Allens and known in these parts, has escaped from the penitentiary and is at large. W.M. Ray, a Boone county man serving a two-year sentence for moonshining, escaped with him. They were missed at the prison mine Monday.
The usual reward of $50 has been offered for Allen’s recapture, but those familiar with his record are likely to believe the reward is too small to be tempting.
Allen entered the pen last December 26 to serve a term for shooting and killing Wallace Dillon at a horse-trading carnival near the Baptist Association meeting on Shanklin Creek, Mingo county, October 1. After that affray he escaped but late in November was captured at the isolated home of Leonard Conley on Harts Creek. State policemen armed with rifles and pistols surrounded the house and several were pointed at the front door when Conley, .45 pistol in hand, opened the door in response to a knock. He ignored commands to drop his gun but allowed an officer to seize it.
During the six weeks preceding his capture, Allen stayed in the wilds, subsisting on nuts and fruits largely, he told his captors, though he fared better after getting into the hospitable Harts Creek country.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 24 April 1928.
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On June 15-16, 2018, the town of Matewan, WV, hosted the Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival. Matewan Depot hosted us for a book event. THANK YOU, Matewan Depot!
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The following two items gleaned from the Logan Banner provide insight into African-American life in Logan County, WV, in 1926 and 1927.
CANDIDATES GIVE FLAG TO STIRRAT REPUBLICAN COLORED CLUB SATURDAY
A handsome American flag was presented Saturday night to the colored Republican club at Stirrat by Joe Glenn of the county assessor’s office in behalf of Republican candidates as an award for the precinct making the biggest Republican registration this year and for this club being the largest in point of numbers in the county. Charles Kelley is the president.
Six candidates were at the meeting and made brief talks. An enthusiastic meeting was held presaging a warm campaign when the battle of ballots opens for the November election.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 7 September 1926
COLORED MUSICAL CLUB BEING ORGANIZED HERE
Announcement is made by W.J. Glover, president, and L. Jean Bayes, secretary, for the organization of the Music Lovers Club among colored citizens, formed at a meeting held in the reception room of Brown’s hotel. It is their purpose, they promise, to do some very constructive work in the county, “using as a method for success the reaching of the hearts of the people by having them respond to the musical concords of sounds.” All those approaching the object of the movement are invited by these officers of the club to meet this newly organized body at Brown’s hotel, Friday evening at 8 o’clock, to assist in creating a musical appreciation and community interest.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 13 September 1927.
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An unknown correspondent from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on December 6, 1927:
Everything is lively around Banco now days, with everyone looking forward to Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Lucas and Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Pardue were visiting homefolks at Banco Thanksgiving Day.
E.S. Harmon of Estep was a business caller here this week.
Mrs. J.B. Toney and Mrs. A.S. Harmon of Huntington were weekend visitors here.
We have a new shoe shop here. Now the boys can have their shoes mended without going far.
W.C. Lucas is on his job at the new gas station.
Bruce Hunter is going to put in a big store in the W.C. Lucas building in the east end of town.
George Chafin of Logan was here on business Tuesday.
D.H. Harmon of Banco was also a business caller here this week.
Mrs. C.C. Varney and Mrs. Ted Hager were calling on Mrs. J.B. Lucas, Wednesday.
Miss Clara Harmon of Banco was in Big Creek for a short time Sunday evening.
Mrs. Nell Mobley was calling on Mrs. R.S. Pardue one afternoon last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hager were visiting Mrs. Hager’s mother at Banco Sunday.
R.C. Vickers of Chapmanville was down to look after the Sunday School Sunday.
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On October 27, 1891, P.H. Noyes and Company sued Anderson Hatfield and John R. Browning relating to an 1890 debt. The following depositions provide some details about the case:
NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITIONS.
To Anderson Hatfield Sr. and John R. Browning. You will take notice that on the 28th day of March 1892, between the hours of 8 o’clock A.M., and 6 o’clock P.M., at the Law office of Adams and Smith’s at the City of Charleston in Kanawha County, we will proceed to take the deposition of P.H. Noyes and others to be read as evidence in behalf of ourselves in a certain suit at Law pending in the Circuit Court of Logan County, West Virginia wherein you are defendant and we are plaintiffs and if from any cause the taking of the said deposition be not commenced on that day, or if commenced and not completed on that day, the taking of the same will be adjourned and continued from day to day or from time to time, at the same place, and between the same hours, until completed.
Respectfully, P.H. Noyes & Co., By Counsel
Executed the within notice on the within named John R. Browning and Anderson Hatfield Sr. on the 2nd day of March 1892 by giving to each of them a true office copy of the same.
J.B. Buskirk, Dept. for F.M. Chafin, S.L.C.
DEPOSITIONS of Witnesses, taken before the undersigned authority, in and for the County of Kanawha, in the State of West Virginia pursuant to the annexed notice, at the law office of Adams & Smith at the City of Charleston W.Va on the 28 day of March 1892 between the hours of 8 o’clock A.M., and 6 o’clock P.M., of that day, to be read in evidence on behalf of the plaintiff, in a certain suit pending in the Circuit Court of Logan County West Virginia, in which suit P.H. Noyes & Company are Plaintiff and Anderson Hatfield Sr. and John R. Browning are Defendants.
Present: W.W. Adams for Plaintiff and no appearance for Defendant.
Deposition 1: Henry W. Sentz
Q: State your name, age, residence and occupation.
A: My name is Henry W. Sentz. I am 25 years old. I reside in Charleston, W.Va. and am a traveling salesman.
Q: What connection if any have you with the plaintiffs P.H. Noyes & Co.?
A: I am employed by them as a traveling salesman.
Q: Do you know anything about the matter in controversy in this suit between plaintiffs and defendants?
A: I sold him the bill of goods and he paid me in cash the sum of $400 for the residue. He executed the note upon which this suit is based. Since that time he has paid $100 on this note.
Q: Did you ever have any conversation with the defendant Anderson Hatfield in regard to the claim for which this suit is brought? If so, when and where?
A: I am not positive as to the time, but we had conversations in regard to the claim on two or three different occasions before the institution of this suit. These conversations were had at Logan Court House.
Q: State what was said by you and by him in said conversations.
A: He spoke of the debt, and when the note became due he asked for more time on it. He said if we would give him a little more time he would pay it, and I agreed to it as far as I could and explained the matter to the house. This was before the note was sent to Mr. Turley for collection. At the expiration of the time Mr. Hatfield asked should be given him on the note, I had another conversation with him. He still wanted more time, stating that he had a land deal on foot with M.B. Mullins, and said he thought it would only be a short time until the note was paid.
Q: What if anything did he say in these conversations, about the acts on which this suit was afterwards brought?
A: He said the debt was just and he wanted to pay it.
Q: When did these conversations occur?
A: The first conversation occurred about the time the note was due. The note was for three months, I think. The second conversation occurred about two months after the first. Both of these conversations occurred before the note was placed with Turley for collection.
Q: Has the house ever given Hatfield any other credit than the $100 credit above mentioned on the note?
A: Yes. At the time the goods were sold I figured up the amount of the bill. He paid at that time $400 and then sent in the note in controversy for the residue before the goods were shipped. When the goods were shipped, it was found that the amount of the note and the $400 was in excess of the amount of the bill for the goods, and credit was given on the note for this excess.
Q: What if anything did said defendant say in said conversations with reference to the condition of the goods for which this note was given? I mean their condition when he received them?
A: He said nothing.
Q: When did he first claim that the goods were damaged for which the note was given?
A: I can’t give the exact time but it was after the two conversations above mentioned, and before I had put the note for collection in C.M. Turley’s hands, that the defendant stated to me that some of the flour had been damaged, but that he did not blame P.H. Noyes & Co. for it as the goods had been a long time in transit and he did not get them home as early as he had expected to. Part of the flour had lain at Logan Court House for some time, I think in J.B. Buskirk’s stable.
Q: By what route and conveyance were these goods carried in Logan Court House?
A: They were shipped from Charleston to Guyandotte by steamboat, and from there to Logan Court House by push-boat, which is about 80 miles up Guyandotte River. The flour was shipped from Cincinnati to Guyandotte.
Q: When did you first hear of any claim on the defendant’s part and that he was entitled to an offset because said goods were damaged?
A: It was after the institution of the suit I saw the offset filed with the papers.
Q: Has the defendant made any payments on said note except the one of which you have spoken?
A: None that I know of.
Deposition 2: M.B. Mullins
Q: State your name, residence and occupation.
A: My name is M.B. Mullins, Logan County, West Virginia, Real estate dealer.
Q: Did you ever have any conversation with the defendant Anderson Hatfield in regard to the claim of P.H. Noyes & Co. v. him which is in controversy in this suit?
Q: When and where?
A: I think it has been some nine months ago at Logan C.H. We first had the conversation in Buskirk’s store and then in Turley’s office.
Q: What did he say about said debt in that conversation?
A: He and I were on a trade for some land. He said he owed this debt and asked me in connection with the trade to pay it. This I agreed to do provided he could make good title to his land.
Q: At that time, who held this note for collection?
A: C.M. Turley said he had the note for collection. He is an attorney at Logan Court House. And part of the above conversation with Mr. Hatfield was had in the presence of Mr. Turley.
Q: Do you remember anything else Mr. Hatfield said to you about this debt on that occasion?
A: He asked me to write P.H. Noyes & Co. and ask them to give him a little time on this debt until this trade went through and he would pay it, and not to sue him. I did this.
Q: How long ago do you say this conversation occurred?
A: Nine months or more and I think I wrote the letter before I left Turley’s office. The date of the letter will show the date of the conversation.
Q: Did C.M. Turley take part in said conversation between you and Hatfield?
A: Yes, sir. My recollection is that Mr. Turley said he would give us time and hold up on the suit until the title to the land for which we were dealing was examined. Turley also wanted me to write P.H. Noyes & Co. so that they would understand why he had not brought suit v. Hatfield.
Q: Did Mr. Hatfield say anything about the goods Noyes & Co. had sent him being damaged or having any offset against said claim?
A: He did not at that time and I don’t remember of his having ever told me so. My recollection of his language is that he said “it is a just debt and I want to pay it.”
Additional notations derived from the Logan County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV:
Law Orders Book G, p. 277 (27 October 1891): initial entry
Law Orders Book H, p. 112-113 (24 November 1892): case continued
Law Orders Book H, p. 113 (25 November 1892): jury could not decide, jury discharged
Law Orders Book H, p. 254 (28 April 1893): no notation
Law Orders Book H, p. 254 (28 April 1893): plaintiff wins $321.95 with interest
NOTE: This case does not appear to have any connection to the Hatfield-McCoy Feud.
An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on November 22, 1927:
Rev. Watkins has been holding a revival at the Holiness church of this place and a large crowd has been attending. There has also been several conversions.
Elma Connelly spent Saturday in Logan.
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An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on December 6, 1927:
Miss Gertrude Clendenin has just returned from Ohio where she has been visiting her parents.
Wilburn Mullins made a business trip to Dingess Monday.
Elias Workman made a business trip to Charleston last week.
Daniel McCloud was a business caller in Logan Monday.
Frank McCloud made a visit to Hoover one night last week.
Anna Mullins of Twelvepole was a visitor of Harts Sunday.
Curtis Hamlin is on the sick list this week.
Joe Martin and family of Buck Fork motored to Hoover Sunday.
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An unknown correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on August 24, 1926:
We are having plenty of rain at this writing.
Howard Adams is going to teach our school on Hoover. We are expecting a good school.
Miss Lucy McCloud visited her grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Wiley of Queen’s Ridge, last Tuesday.
Mrs. Anna Adams of Trace Fork is very ill at present.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Browning of Mud Fork are visiting Mrs. Browning’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mullins of Hart’s Creek.
Miss Pearly McCloud made a flying trip to Sol Adams’ Wednesday.
Charlie Mullins and Edgar McCloud have completed their coal tipple.
Carl Adams and Geo. McCloud Jr., are coal mining on the left hand Fork of Hoover.
Miss Mildred Adams has returned from Mt. Gay where she has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Frank Bradshaw.
Mrs. Mary Honaker was the guest of Miss May Robinson last Sunday.
Clinton Adams was taking his vacation last week.
Wonder what makes Bernie Adams look so downhearted? Ask Tilda. She knows.
Howard Adams was seen coming up the creek with a broom. Wonder what’s going to happen?
Daily happenings: Edgar and his new slippers; Carl and his white hogs; Herb and his lantern; Pearl and her blue dress; Howard and his talking machine; Charlie and his kodak; Bernie and his cob pipe.
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From various newspapers come these items relating to Thomas Dunn English, the famous poet who once lived in Logan County, (West) Virginia:
The Columbian Fountain (Washington, DC), 19 September 1846
Thomas Dunn English is to be the Democratic candidate for Congress in the fifth district, New York.
New York (NY) Daily Tribune, 27 December 1850
Doctor Thomas Dunn English will lecture concerning Hungarian matters on Sunday the 22d inst. and Lucretia Mott concerning Woman’s Rights upon the 29th of December, Sabbath evening.
Daily Dispatch (Richmond, VA), 29 July 1853
Dr. Thomas Dunn English is engaged in making geological exploration for some New York capitalists in Western Virginia.
Richmond (VA) Enquirer, 6 March 1855
We have seen the proof-sheets of a selection of the poems of Thomas Dunn English, the author of “Ben Bolt.” The same author is collating and arranging materials for an illustrated history of South-western Virginia.
Nashville (TN) Union and American via Richmond (VA) Enquirer, 6 September 1861
THOMAS DUNN ENGLISH MOBBED.–This gentleman was mobbed in Bergen county, New Jersey, on Friday, while on his way to speak at a peace meeting. He was severely maltreated by the Abolitionists, and, though he fought his way boldly, was with difficulty saved from assassination by the sheriff of the county. Dr. English resided in Logan county, Va., for several years. He represented Logan county in the legislature several years ago, and last year he delivered the poem at the commencement of William and Mary College. He is a genial poet and eloquent speaker. Since 1855 he has resided in New Jersey.