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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this story dated September 24, 1926, which provides some history for Jack Dempsey:
DEMPSEY OF LOGAN
It may be comforting to Jack Dempsey to learn that perhaps nowhere in America is there more genuine disappointment over his loss of the heavy weight championship than among his boyhood friends in Logan. Many of them believe and hope he will “stage a come-back.” However, there was no dearth of lusty cheering for the victor by the crowds that fairly swarmed over the business section of Logan last night.
As a boy Jack and O.D. Avis, sports editor of The Banner, used to set up pins in a bowling alley on the Main street corner now occupied by the Logan garage.
The Dempsey family at one time lived on Mud Fork and another period near the Logan-Mingo line. Many relatives live in the two counties; and they as well as his former friends have taken pride in his prowess and successes. They are still “for him,” though none the less impressed by the fighting ability and admirable traits of his conqueror.”