Albert Messer, Appalachia, Big Creek, C&O Railroad, crime, Dr. Whitehall, Earl McComas, Ferrellsburg, Frank Stone, genealogy, H.B. McComas, Hamlin, history, Howard Fry, Huntington, Ike Dean, Indiana, Lewis Stowers, Logan Banner, Logan County, murder, Peter M. Toney, pneumonia, Sand Creek, South Bend, Stone Branch, West Virginia
A correspondent named “Phil” from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on April 28, 1922:
Earl McComas, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. McComas, died last week of pneumonia.
Dr. Whitehall who has been visiting friends and relatives in South Bend, Ind., for the past week or ten days has returned.
Mr. P.M. Toney has been attending business matters in Huntington for the past week.
Mr. Howard Fry of Sand Creek died last week of pneumonia and influenza.
Big Creek is coming to the front more every day. We note that the picture theatre is running three days a week instead of two.
Mrs. Lewis Stowers who has been in for some time died Monday night and was buried Tuesday evening.
Serious murder case at Ferrellsburg last Sunday evening; it is said that Albert Messer killed Ike Dean which was a very bloody and sad affair, which is said to be the result of an old grudge. Messer surrendered to authorities and was taken to Hamlin to jail Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Stone has been away visiting relatives in Huntington for the past week and taking a rest after a spell of sickness.
Frank Stone brakeman on the switch engine at Big Creek was hit by a switch lever, slightly injuring the left side of his face, and has been off from duty for the past ten days on that account. He returned to work on Tuesday.
There was a large freight wreck just below Stone Branch Monday at noon. 15 freight cars derailed and caused passenger trains to transfer Monday evening. The wreck was cleared after several hours work with the tool cars.
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From the Logan County Banner of Logan, WV, come these items about Gilbert in present-day Mingo County, WV, dated 1894:
On yesterday William Johnson lodged James Stimpson and Joseph Bragg in jail here. They were sent on for further trial by Justice M.A. Hatfield, on a charge of breaking into the store of H.E. Ellis, on Gilbert creek. The boys confessed to the offense.
Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 24 May 1894
From Waco, written on July 7, 1894 from Gilbert:
EDITOR BANNER: Farmers are very busy with their crops. Corn is looking as well as could be expected. Oats in most cases are promising.
Two or three applications have been made for our school, but it is thought that Prof. James E. McDonald will teach it.
That log tide which failed to materialize makes it hard on taxpayers and merchants.
Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 12 July 1894
Appalachia, Brady, Branchland, Cecil Dean, Earl Brumfield, education, Emma Adkins, Ferrellsburg, Fred B. Lambert, Gill, Guyan Valley High School, Hallie Messinger, Harry Pinson, Harts, Hazel Adkins, history, Huntington, Juanita Cline, Lincoln County, Macil Covey, Marshall University, Midkiff, Morrow Library, Philip Adkins, Pleasant View, Reva Pierson, Roncie White, Samuel Adkins, West Virginia, Wilford Dingess
Fred B. Lambert, a prominent educator in the Guyandotte Valley, compiled this list of early Guyan Valley High School graduates. Guyan Valley High School was located in Pleasant View, Lincoln County, WV.
List of 1932 graduates
1. Earl Brumfield Harts, WV
2. Samuel Adkins Harts, WV
3. Roncie White Gill, WV
4. Emma Adkins Branchland, WV
5. Hazel Adkins Branchland, WV
6. Philip Adkins Harts, WV
7. Macil Covey West Hamlin, WV
8. Juanita Cline Bradyville, WV
9. Hallie Messinger Branchland, WV
10. Reva Pierson West Hamlin, WV
11. Wilford Dingess Midkiff, WV
12. Harry Pinson Midkiff, WV
13. Cecil Dean Ferrellsburg, WV
Source: Fred B. Lambert Papers, Special Collections Department, James E. Morrow Library, Marshall University, Huntington, WV.
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A correspondent named “Uncle Joe” from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on May 5, 1922:
We are still having fair days and cool nights.
Miss Ruby Wagner has returned from the hospital at Huntington and is getting along nicely.
Mr. Oscar Langdon has left our town for Cincinnati.
Miss Alma Wagner looked lonesome Sunday. Where was L.T., Alma?
We wonder where they go when they take a ride here?
We saw two sweet gigglers out promenading all alone Sunday. Where were the boys?
Bug makes several trips to town during the day, but what does he care, for he gets his rides free.
Miss Eunice Ward and Mr. Hobert Spurlock were at the show Saturday night.
Miss Queeney Conley was shopping in town this week.
Some of the young folks were calling on Miss Clee Conley and thought they were on a merry go round.
Every person is always anxious to know who sends in the news. We wonder, who sent this?
Still more improvements and better wages at the mines here. You ought to make good money, boys.
When is Rev. Langdon going to preach for us again? It seems a long time between times.
Did we see Miss Maud Garrett and Mr. Wilbart Langdon out walking Sunday, or was it just imagination?
You’re not in style in our town unless you have a gray cap.
Mr. Roy Hager, of Big Creek, was calling on Miss Ida Butcher Sunday.
The handsomest man of Chapmanville has gone to work.
Mrs. Levy Hensley and daughter have returned to their home at Chapmanville after a short visit at Stone Branch.
Anna Justice, Hattie Clay and Mazie Bates were calling on Lola and Wanda Ferrell Sunday.
Mrs. Nettie Pauley was visiting relatives in this town Sunday.
Mr. Morgan Garrett has gone to work in Logan.
On August 24, 2019, Appalachian Heritage Day occurred in Logan, WV. The event featured authors, musicians, speakers, all-day music performances by leading regional old-time musicians, old-time and bluegrass music workshops, a genealogy workshop, a writers’ workshop, and an old-time music concert. On August 28-29, 2020, Logan will host Appalachian Heritage Days at Chief Logan State Park Lodge and the Coalfield Jamboree.
From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history about the Ku Klux Klan in Logan County in 1922:
Has Logan An Organization of the Ku Klux Klan in her Midst?
Mysterious Fire Surrounded by Many Figures in Long Flowing Robes Observed
JUNCTION OF MUD FORK AND ISLAND CREEK ASSEMBLY SPOT
Ceremony Lasted Until Midnight, When Fiery Red Cross Was Raised and the Crowd Left
Has Logan a Ku Klux Klan?
Wednesday night a bright fire was observed on the mountain at the junction of Mud Fork and Island Creek, around which the figures of many beings were assembled. Many people that observed the fire made a closer inspection and they witnessed a secret meeting around a large, brightly burning fire, in which 60 or more figures dressed in long, flowing white robes participated. In the circle formed by these people could be observed the figure of the Chief, and the ceremony, while it could not be heard, was beautifully executed as each member arose and in a majestic manner saluted the Chief, and hastened to do his bidding.
The ceremony lasted until the hour of twelve when the fiery red cross was raised and the blazing emblem cast a ghostly shadow throughout the valley beneath. When the names from the flaming symbol had died away the clan evidently dispersed for the fire around which they had been assembled was ____ out and no further signs of the figures could be observed.
The Ku Klux Klan does not signify what the clansmen stood for during the reconstruction period. The Ku Klux Klan in this day assists in maintaining law and order, yet they still stand for supremacy of the white race. Unlawful acts and violence have no place within their councils, yet in their silent way they have a means whereby they are enabled to right wrongs and assist the authorities in maintaining the peace and dignity of the commonwealth. This invisible society is not to be feared by any that are law abiding citizens but to those who are inclined to do those things which are morally wrong yet probably within the law may sometime play host or hostess to a visit from these weird strangers.
Inquiry was made in the city as to whether or not there was a local branch of the Ku Klux Klan here. They are known to exist in many parts of the state and nation for the revival conducted at Charleston by Billy Sunday, which has just closed, was visited by members of the Klan there, who appeared in their weird attire. Of course no one here would speak authoritatively, but one prominent party of the town vouched for the information that they were here and in larger numbers than the public would suspect.
Strange and mysterious lights have been observed high on the peaks of the mountains about our city for some weeks. These lights have a habit of mysteriously appearing and suddenly disappearing. They occur at all hours of the night and in various places. Whether or not these strange lights have any connection with the meeting of Wednesday night is, of course, a matter of conjecture. However, those who observed the meeting of the Ku Klux Klan are inclined to believe all the lights signify individual members of the council which held forth Wednesday night.
Their future meetings will be observed with interest–if they can be discovered.
Logan (WV) Banner, 14 April 1922
Ku Klux Klan Has Been Organized Here
Organization Which Has Sprung Up So Quietly Within Our Midst Gives Promise of Being Strongest of Any Other Body in the County if Information Gained is True
Perhaps the readers of the Banner were a little doubtful of the authenticity of the statement made in these columns a few weeks ago relative to the presence in Logan county of the Ku Klux Klan. If any doubt existed then it is well to rid your mind of further doubt, for the Ku Klux Klan is here and the organization is not holding “marshmallow roasts” as was thought by a contemporary newspaper.
According to information which we feel is authentic, the second meeting of the Klan was held in this city Wednesday evening at which time the organization was perfected but only those on the inside are aware of the place of the meeting and just what occurred that evening. It is understood leaders were elected and members were made acquainted with the purposes and objects of the organization.
The movement for the organization in this country, while made secretly, spread like wildfire and applications for membership swamped those behind the movement and the Klan now numbers about 500 members, of which it is thought approximately 200 are to be found in the city while the remainder is scattered throughout the county and is composed of the most prominent business and professional men of the Guyan Valley.
The first meeting of the Klan was held a few weeks ago. Since that time the movement has grown with rapidity and it is understood several hundred applications for membership are now on file. New members are being carefully and systematically chosen and the Logan Klan will evidently take first rank with the numerous other Klans found throughout the state.
The Ku Klux Klan movement has met with the endorsement and approval of the most prominent men of the nation. The Rev. Billy Sunday, during his recent revival in Charleston, proudly announced he was a member and many of the Klans throughout the state number among their members, officials, professional men, and others whose moral character and community standing is above reproach.
The greatest secrecy attends all movements of the order and the identity of the members and the place of meeting of the Klan are secrets carefully guarded. secrecy is necessary in view of the old false prejudice against the order in the north, yet since the objects have become nationally known the order is experiencing its greatest growth in northern states. Membership is limited to native born Americans and initiation is open only to those who receive special invitation to join.
The Ku Klux Klan is described as an institution of picked men standing for “Chivalry, Humanity, Justice and Patriotism”; embodying in its genius and principles all that is chivalric in conduct, noble in sentiment, generous in manhood and patriotic in purpose; its peculiar objects being:
First: To protect the weak, the innocent, and the defenseless from the indignities, wrongs and outrages of the lawless, the violent and the brutal; to relieve the injured and oppressed; to succor the suffering and unfortunate, especially worthy widows and orphans.
Second: To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and all laws passed in conformity thereto, and to protect the people thereof from all invasion of their rights thereunder from any source whatsoever.
Third: To aid and assist in the execution of all constitutional laws and to preserve the honor and dignity of the state by opposing tyranny, in any and every degree attempted from any and every source whatsoever, by a fearless and faithful administration of justice to promptly meet every behest of duty without fear and without reproach.
Logan (WV) Banner, 12 May 1922