Albert Cabell, Albert Fry, Appalachia, Atenville, Beatrice Adkins, Bessie Adkins, Bill Adkins, Blaine Powers, Bob Powers, Caroline Brumfield, Catherine Adkins, Charles Brumfield, Christmas, Curtis Dempsey, Floyd Dingess, Fred Adkins, genealogy, Harts, Herb Adkins, history, Inez Adkins, James Porter, Jessie Brumfield, Kyle Topping, Lee Adkins, Lincoln County, Logan Banner, Lola Adkins, Luther Dempsey, Nola Adkins, Nora Brumfield, Pearl Adkins, Ranger, Sadie Powers, Sylvia Shelton, Watson Adkins, Weltha Gore, Wes Smith, West Virginia, Williamson
An unnamed correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on December 11, 1925:
Seems to be a busy day at Harts. Every body at work.
Mrs. Nora Brumfield is teaching a very successful school here.
Mrs. F.D. Adkins is ill at this writing.
Mrs. Wealtha Gore of Williamson was visiting relatives of this place Sunday.
Mrs. Watson Adkins was calling on Mrs. R.L. Powers Sunday.
Mrs. L.D. Adkins was calling on Mrs. Fred Adkins Monday.
Mr. Floyd Dingess was calling on Mr. Herb Adkins Sunday.
Mrs. Beatrice Adkins was calling on Mrs. Catherine Adkins Friday.
Miss Pearl Adkins has been doing quite a lot of sewing and embroidering in the past month. Wonder who is going to get Xmas presents.
Miss Jessie Brumfield was seen passing through Harts Sunday.
Miss Sylvia Shelton and Mrs. Kyle Topping of Atenville were calling on friends at Harts Friday.
Mr. Albert Fry of Ranger was calling on Mr. Lewis Dempsey Sunday.
Mr. Bill Adkins was a caller at Mr. Luther Dempsey’s Sunday.
Combinations: Fred and his mule teams; Herb and his new shoes; Jessie and her spring coat; Inez and her apron; Pearl and her hose; James and his pups; Samuel and his books; Bill and his girls; Luther and his friends; Sadie going to the store; Rinda in her kitchen; Mae and her friends; Nora and her school; Catherine and her checkered dress; Bessie and her pencil; Robert staying with the children; Curtis and his new clothes; Marguerite and her basket; Den and his girl; Edgar and his wagon; Luther and his sore arm; Robert and his new job; Henry and his handcar; Blain and his bottle.
Mrs. James Porter has been on the sick list for a few days.
Mr. Albert Cabell was visiting Mr. F.D. Adkins Monday night.
Misses Nola and Lola Adkins were calling on Miss Pearl Adkins Tuesday.
Mr. Wes Smith and Albert Cabell were the dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Brumfield Tuesday.
Anna Brumfield, Appalachia, Bessie Adkins, Carmus Adkins, Christmas, Cora Adkins, Curry Branch, Enos Dial, Fisher B. Adkins, Fred Adkins, genealogy, Harts, Harts School, history, Hollena Ferguson, Inez Adkins, J. Johnson, Jessie Brumfield, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Mud Fork, Rotie Farley, Susan Virginia McEldowney, teacher, Watson Adkins, West Virginia
A correspondent named “Harts Hiccobughs” from Harts Creek in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on December 7, 1923:
___ ks and light brown curls, __amonds, teeth like pearls.
___ Dingess was calling on Miss ______ Brumfield Sunday afternoon.
__on Adkins and Miss Cora __ were shopping in Logan Saturday.
___ of Logan was the guest ___ Jessie Brumfield Sunday.
__ why all the boys have forgotten ___ Curry Branch.
Susan Virginia McEldowney __ has been visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Hollene Ferguson, __.
__ Brumfield has returned __ a visit with relatives in __.
Jessie and Anna Brumfield __ Adkins were seen out horse back riding Friday.
Fisher B. Adkins has been __ for the last two weeks.
__ and Mrs. Herbert Adkins is busy preparing for the Christmas holidays.
The school at Harts is progressing nicely with J. Johnson teacher.
Enos Dials seems to be very __ old coals have been kindled on __ Creek.
__ Rotie Farley and Carmus Adkins of Mud Fork have been visiting here recently.
Combinations: Inez going to the ___; Anna and Robert out walking; __ and her powder puff; Bessie and her bobbed hair; Cora and her curls; Herb and his bath robe; Watson and his pipe; Fred and his coal bucket; Billy and his horse; Johnny and his frock tail coat; Pearl writing letters; Tom going down the road.
NOTE: Part of this page of the newspaper is torn and some words are missing.
Anna Adams, Appalachia, Belle Dora Adams, Charles Curry, Charley Baisden, Charley Mullins, Christmas, Daniel McCloud, Dingess, Elbert Adams, genealogy, Harts Creek, history, Kate Baisden, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lower Trace School, Mattie Carter, Mosco Dingess, Nora Adams, Randy Baisden, Robert Martin, Roxie Mullins, Rum Creek, singing schools, Thelma Dingess, Thomas Baisden, Tilda Baisden, Trace Fork, truant officer, Washington, Weltha Hensley, West Virginia
A correspondent named “Baby Doll” from Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 5, 1923:
(Received too late for publication last week.)
Christmas was certainly celebrated in true, old fashioned style here on Harts.
Messrs. Charles Curry and Daniel McCloud are teaching singing school at lower school house on Trace. They have all the voices but the alto, heigh ho.
There is a new arrival at Thomas Baisden’s. Oh no, we didn’t say who, so you need not get mad.
Mr. Charley Mullins was calling on Miss Roxie Mullins last Sunday, but oh gee, he had a black pudding on his nose.
Oh, I forgot. How many yards does it take to make a black pudding? “Haint it the truth.”
Miss Weltha Hensley cranked up her old Ford and went to Washington. Hope she doesn’t forget those—ah, you know what.
Messrs. Randy Baisden and Charley went to town just before Christmas. Wonder what for?
Mr. Elbert Adams was calling on Miss Tilda Baisden Christmas day.
Miss Mattie Carter has decided to be an old maid.
Miss Katie Baisden was calling on the Dingess home the other day.
Mr. Robert Martin, one of our teachers, is planning on attending summer school. We hope that many more will do likewise.
Mrs. Belle Dora Adams was seen going through town smoking her pipe but she did not have any thinking cap on.
Miss Thelma Dingess returned from Rum Creek to spend Christmas with her sister, Mrs. Adams.
The “scruant” officer visits Trace school so often that the teachers are kept busy watching for him.
Poor Anna is lonely since Frank is ill. Cheer up, Anna.
There has been an awful disaster around in Dingess town. Moscoe Dingess got his contract signed and then it was stolen. It was a blue paper, so watch for it. Oh, boy.
Misses Nora and Anna Adams are visiting friends on Hart. They appeared to be disappointed on Christmas day. Wonder why? Ask Everett and Bernie.
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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McKinley Grimmett was born on November 30, 1896 to Henderson and Nancy (Hatfield) Grimmett at Sand Lick, Logan County, WV. On May 14, 1916, Mr. Grimmett married a Ms. Plymale, who soon died, in Logan County. One child named Alva died on June 21, 1919 of whooping cough, aged fourteen months. His World War I draft registration card dated September 12, 1918 identifies him as having blue eyes and light-colored hair. He was employed by Mallory Coal Company at Mallory, WV. On November 13, 1919, he married Matilda “Tilda” Hatfield, daughter of Thomas Hatfield, in Logan County. He identified himself as a farmer in both of his marriage records. During the 1920s, he served as a deputy under Sheriff Tennis Hatfield.
The following interview of Mr. Grimmett was conducted at his home on July 17, 1984. In this part of the interview, he recalls his occupations. Tennis Hatfield, Cap Hatfield, Joe Hatfield, Willis Hatfield, pushboats, Logan, World War I, coal, and blacksmithing are featured.
What about Tennis and Joe Hatfield?
But now they come out, they paid all their debts and everything and stuff like that. They was honest, as far as I know. I think both of ‘em went broke, they was so good to the people. They had all kinds of things… Tennis had a five thousand dollar ring and he pawned it to the First National Bank and somebody got the ring. I don’t know who did. Tennis didn’t get it back. They both lost everything they had. And not just only them. Osey Richey, he was assessor and J.G. Hunter was assessor, and they lost all they had. People just, after they got elected and everything, thought that they had to furnish ‘em whether they had it or whether they didn’t.
Tennis and Joe were too young to participate in the Hatfield-McCoy Feud.
Oh yeah. That happened before I got big enough, Cap and them. Cap was chief deputy, though, while I was on. I can remember some of it. Just hear-says. I don’t know nothing about it. Ellison Toler was related to them someway and he stayed at my daddy’s and they kept him up for killing somebody over there at Welch and they hung him there at Welch yard on a tree. I remember getting into my daddy’s papers and reading the letters after I was just learning in school about such stuff like that. And I thought that was the awfulest thing ever was, writing to him and telling about it.
What changed in the county for the Hatfields between the feud and the 1920s?
Mostly, they died out to tell you the truth. Joe and Tennis died out and nobody else had guts enough to take it, you see? Now, Willis, he was the youngest brother. Elba, now he was JP and after he got out as JP he pulled out and went to California. And Willis, he died here about a year ago up on Rum Creek. And Tennis and Joe both died. And that was all of ‘em. All of the old people. Harvey Howes married their sister, and they’re all dead.
Did you ever talk to Cap or Willis?
Oh yeah. Willis, they’d hang after me all the time. They knowed I was half-Hatfield, you know. Tennis and Joe would, too. They was awful good to me ever way. Now Cap, I never – Cap just had one word for a person. If he wanted to talk with you, he’d say, well let’s talk a while, and if he didn’t, he’d say, get the hell away from here. That was the way Cap was. Devil Anse, he used to kill a beef and roast it every Christmas, you know. I’ve went there and eat with him a lot. They tell me they wouldn’t know that place now. They’ve cleaned the graveyard up, you know. I ain’t been up there in… Be five years in January since I got down and I ain’t been away … Only one takes me anyplace is my daughter Edith and Ralph and Edith’s working all the time and Ralph’s all the time busy and Ralph takes me to the doctor every month and Edith took me to the store back and forth and Ralph took me last Saturday.
How has Downtown Logan changed since you were young?
Oh, it’s changed a big lot. Built more buildings in it and everything. Used to be you had about three or four policeman and that was it. Now I can remember back whenever they had a wooden courthouse. A boxed building. I was just a big boy then. Daddy followed rafting and pushboating. You know what pushboating is? Well, they had a big long boat. He had two. And one of ‘em was about eight feet wide and about 46 feet long. Other one was about twelve feet wide. And they had to catch water to get that big boat. And sixteen foot wide. And they’d take a pair of mules or horses, whichever they had, and they’d go to Logan and buy groceries. He had a store and he boated most of his stuff. They’d kill hogs and take chickens and catch fish and take it down to Logan and sell it and they’d bring groceries back.
And they’d make these trips how often?
He went every week. It would take two days to make it, very best. You had from daylight to dark.
Tell me more about your work history.
Well I was a blacksmith. Worked in electric force. They knew I was going to fire. Harvey Ferguson was superintendent. Johnny Davis was general manager. They knowed how old I was. They knowed I was going to retire. I left Christian over here. They shut down. Johnny Davis offered me a job and offered me a job and I wouldn’t take it. I met him right at the foot of the hill. He was a boss over some Elk Creek mine. Well, I went and worked about six months lacking two days for Burl Stotts over there in Campbell’s Creek, built a tipple he fell off of and got killed. I come back and Johnny had come in home that week and Johnny and Harvey Ferguson had been up here and they wanted me to come around there and talk with them on Saturday night. I went around there. They said Johnny said he wanted me to come back up and work for him. I said, well you won’t give me enough. He said, how much you getting? I told him. He said, well I’ll give you three dollars on the day more. I said, well I’ll do it. The rates was 24 dollars. Union then. He give me 27 dollars. I wasn’t getting 24 and going over there and paying board, you know. So I said, well I’ll go back over there and work next week and pay my board up. I wouldn’t walk right off the job from him. He was a good fellow. And he was good to me. And he liked me and everything. And he give me all he could give me. They said they appreciated that, Davis and Harvey Ferguson both. That I’d do a thing like that. So I went back and worked that week and paid my board and come back and went up there and stayed with him fourteen years and retired. In November 30, 1962.
Do you remember anything about your last day?
No, they give me a pair of gloves and Johnny told me that he was going to put a ten dollar gold piece in my envelope. And he did.
What about World War I?
Well I was called… I was drum runner. The superintendent come down in the drum house where I was at. The superintendent said I see you are called for service. I said, Yeah, two more weeks will be my last. You better get somebody in here and let me learn him while I can. He said, we were studying about that. Do you want to go? I said, no I don’t want to go but I guess I’ll have to go. Kaiser was his name. He said, We’ll see what we can do about it. I’ll let you know and I’ll keep you posted at all times. Well, that was on Monday morning, I believe it was. On Saturday evening, I had to work six days a week, Saturday evening he wanted me to come over to his office. That was around on Huff Creek, at Mallory 1. And I went over there. He said, I think I’ve got you retired. He said, We’ve got to have coal men as well as army men. Just don’t say anything about it to none of the boys. You’ll not have to go. And that was all of it. I never did have to go. But I registered five different times for the service. Last time I registered, they took everybody. They didn’t get too old—I registered them all. And the company put me in a little old room beside the store and furnished my eatings for that day paid me for my day’s work and the government never did pay me a cent for none of it. Five different times. Now at first start I had to take them, I had to keep a tally of how many registered, had to take them to Logan and send them out, call in to Washington and tell them how many I registered and everything. Now the last time, I didn’t have to do that. A man come and got ‘em the next day.
Who taught you how to blacksmith?
Oh, I taught myself. My daddy used to shoe horses and I used to help him in the shop. That’s the hardest job ever I got in, shoeing horses or mules. Dangerous job, too. I’ve had them kick me plumb over top of… At that time you had belluses you blow. They’d kick me plumb over top of them belluses. Almost kill me sometimes.
Were there any blacksmith shops around Logan when you were a boy?
Oh yeah. There was plenty of them. There in Logan there was a big one. A fellow named White was the blacksmith down there. Boy, he’d whip a mule. He kept big old hickory poles in there and a mule or horse that didn’t hold still or anything he’d throw its leg down and grab one of them poles—I’ve been in there and watched him—and he’d beat that mule… I swear, I’d be uneasy about it. Think he was going to kill it. It would just quiver like a leaf.
Where was his shop?
Right where the courthouse sits now. There was a wooden courthouse. Box building. Two-story high. And his blacksmith shop was right on down the street. I’d say it wasn’t quite down to the Smoke House. Not quite down that far. Over on the right hand side. It was a big old boxed building and a shed to it. He’d get dirty coal. He was too tight to buy the coal or something. And he’d have enough smoke go all over that town. Yeah, I remember all about that.
NOTE: Some names may be transcribed incorrectly.
Appalachia, B.E. Smith, Barney Saunders, Cecil Estep, Cecil Kidwell, Christmas, Dova Adkins, Freeda Adkins, genealogy, Golden Saunders, Hamlin, history, Hubball, John Estep, L.C. Hatfield, Lincoln County, Logan Banner, Mary Estep, Olive Adkins, Opal Adkins, Peach Creek, Ranger, Rufus Hatfield, Stollings, West Virginia
An unknown correspondent from Ranger in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 13, 1928:
We have been neglectful in our writing, but our town is still on the map and our memory still lingers on the dear old Banner.
We are glad to say the cold spell has passed and the weather is more agreeable.
Cecil Estep of Peach Creek met with an accident Saturday morning, losing two fingers.
B.E. Smith of Peach Creek was calling on Miss Mary Estep Sunday.
Barney Saunders of Hubball was seen in our town Monday.
Golden Saunders was the pleasant guest of Miss Opal Adkins Wednesday evening.
John Estep was visiting his sister of Peach Creek this week.
L.C. Hatfield was a business visitor in Hamlin Monday.
Misses Freeda and Olive Adkins were seen in our town Saturday.
M. Frazier who visited homefolks at Stollings last weekend, returned to his work Monday.
Cecil Kidwell was seen in our little town Monday. Dorothy was smiling out loud.
Irma was looking for Paul Saturday evening. Irma, Golden hasn’t purchased his 1928 license is why he didn’t come.
Rufus Hatfield was calling on Miss Dova Adkins Sunday.
News is scarce this week but look out for Ranger next week.
Wedding bells were not heard this Christmas, but listen for them next Christmas. This is leap year, boys.
Best wishes to The Banner and its many readers.
A.S. Harmon, Appalachia, Banco, Big Creek, Bruce Hunter, C.C. Varney, Chapmanville, Christmas, Clara Harmon, D.H. Harmon, E.S. Harmon, Estep, George Chafin, history, Huntington, J.B. Lucas, J.B. Toney, Logan, Logan Banner, Logan County, Nell Mobley, R.C. Vickers, R.S. Pardue, Ted Hager, Thanksgiving, W.C. Lucas, West Virginia
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.