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A correspondent named “Candy Ankles” from Stone Branch in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on June 23, 1922:
Mr. Forest Evic and Miss Ethel Ellis were calling on Mr. and Mrs. Wert Ellis Sunday.
Mr. Wert and Miss Marie Ellis and Miss Alberta Jackson were in _athing Sunday evening.
Mr. Wert Ellis has purchased a new porch swing.
Rev. L.J. Jackson of Accoville preached a very interesting sermon here Saturday and Sunday nights.
Mr. L.J. Jackson and his daughter Miss Alberta Jackson are visiting Mr. Wirt and Miss Marie Ellis of Stone Branch.
Mrs. Marie Ellis and Alberta her sister were at church Sunday night.
Mr. Forrest Evic and Miss Ethel Ellis were calling on Mrs. Wirt and Marie Ellis Sunday afternoon.
Rev. L.J. Jackson returned to his home at Accoville Sunday evening.
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A correspondent named “Slow Sam” from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 10, 1922:
The revival at the Holiness church, conducted by Rev. Johnson, is still going on.
Three very interesting sermons by Rev. Langdon were delivered at the Christian church.
Monroe Conley’s house was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.
We are glad to say that Dr. J.D. Turner’s baby is improving rapidly.
Mrs. Larkin, of Omar, is visiting her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Langdon of this place.
Mr. Silas Smith, of Abraham, was visiting at A.K. Bowling’s Monday.
The free show given at the Wonderland Theatre was well attended Tuesday night.
Mont Tabor, of Logan, was seen on our streets Sunday.
Mr. Everett Fondee and Miss Eunice Ward were calling on Miss Anna Bowling Wednesday evening.
Mr. P.M. Ferrell and Miss Alma Wagner were seen walking our streets a fine evening ago.
Wanda looks lonesome this week!
Mr. Millard Brown is calling quite often at the Star Supply. There is a good looking girl working there.
Mr. Gordon Adams killed a fine hog, Ernest said.
Mrs. Ferrell is visiting friends here.
John Dingess looks pleased. Wonder why?
Guy Dingess was seen talking to some girls down the street one day this week.
Jim was glad the show was free!
Mr. Ray Swann is working at Chapmanville now.
The Busy Bee pool room is doing good business.
The music is fine in the Butcher pool room as well as the business.
Mr. Mathenie has moved back to his home at this place.
Ed Conley has moved across the river.
Good luck to The Banner!
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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history for the old “Court House Elm” that once stood at the Logan County Courthouse:
Court House Elm is Slowly Dying
The old elm that has stood on the western end of the court house plaza has given evidence that it is about ready to give up the ghost and pass away. Efforts have been made this week to water the roots and otherwise assist Mother Nature in bringing life into the old trunk that has stood there for many years. This tree has afforded shade for practically every inhabitant of the county and under its spreading boughs has, for many years, gathered what is known as the “Elm Tree Club,” composed of citizens who have grown in age and who are inclined to enjoy the comforts of the seats on the plaza and the breeze as well and to enjoy viewing all passing traffic. Should the old tree die, it is understood, Lee Justice will be called upon to deliver the funeral oration. It is said that Yie Buskirk, father of several of the prominent Buskirks who have lived in Logan, gathered the shrub while roaming in the mountains and brought it to the village and planted it where it now stands. The tender shrub grew with years until it gained a huge size, but recently when that part of the lawn was concreted, not sufficient amount of earth was left about its trunk to afford moisture and the tree has been declining for years.
Although it gives signs of budding forth this year, it will not remain with us many more years to afford us a pleasant shade.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 14 April 1922
Dying Elm Inspires Many Reminiscences
The article in the Banner of last week relative to the dying elm tree on the southwest corner of the court house square has brought the older citizens of the city to reminiscence of the days gone by when the “Elm Tree Club” was in full bloom.
This club was organized in 1908 and consisted of 8 charter members. The object of the club was to gather daily under the shade of this tree, swap jokes, tell tales of past experiences in life and otherwise entertain all who cared to listen while the members viewed the never ending line of traffic as it passed by every moment of the day.
The club was organized by Lee Justice, who was honored by being made President. William Forbes was elected secretary and the charter members consisted of these two gentlemen with Beverly Spencer, Kelly McNeely, Gordon Riffe, John Lee Buskirk, Wallace Perry, and Harmon McNeely forming the nucleus around which a large membership has grown at the present day.
The old elm is a favorite meeting place for people with a few idle moments to spare and the seats found there afford comfort and ease to the weary who are pleased to find a place to relax and rest while at the same time they are able to observe principally all the traffic for this point is traversed by practically all the traffic of the city.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 21 April 1922
From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this poem by Charles M. Gore of Chapmanville printed on December 23, 1927:
GOD’S GREAT GIFT
Far away in a eastern country
About this time of year
There was an expectation ____
___ and fear.
The hope within her had been prompted
By a message she had received
From the messenger Angel Gabriel
And the message she truly believed.
That she and not another
In this sin cursed world below
Straight way would become a mother
Of a son whom men should know.
Knew him as a lowly Saviour
And not as a high browed king,
Know him through loving favors
And the peace and joy he’d bring.
Twas in the little town of Bethlehem,
Near two thousand years ago, Dec. 25th,
God set a new star in the firmament
Which was proof of his great gift.
His son was born, his angels sang
“Peace on earth, good will I bring”
The shepherds heard and the wise men there
Brought gifts of frankincense and myrrh.
They bestowed them on that little babe,
Who in the hay-filled manger laid
To show to the world that what they knew
Of the prophets’ word had sure come true.
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A correspondent named “Two Chums” from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 17, 1922:
The Chapmanville school is progressing nicely.
Mr. Guy Dingess was calling at G.S. Ferrell’s Sunday.
I hear Miss Devona Butcher is going on the stage for an actress next year.
Miss Gladys Bryant returned from Newport News recently.
Mr. Oscar Langdon is looking hungry now days.
Mr. Millard Brown and Miss Pearl McCloud seemed to be enjoying themselves out walking Sunday.
Green Simms arrived Saturday evening from Camp Dix, N.M.
Mr. Jim Bryant had a 75 cent smile on when he came in the theatre Saturday night.
Mr. Everett Fowler is going to take a journey to Mont Coal in a few days.
Mr. George Hensley has taken a flying trip to Cleveland, Tenn. to graduate and become a minister.
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