Appalachia, Arnold Perry, Catherine Perry, genealogy, history, Hoover Fork, John McCloud, justice of the peace, Logan County, Pretty Branch, Samuel Dawson, Stephen Marcum, Twelve Pole Creek, Virginia, Wayne County, West Virginia
Appalachia, Big Sandy River, Bragg Creek, Fort Gay, history, Horse Creek, Kenova, logging, Mingo County, Naugatuck, Ohio River, pushboats, rafting, steamboats, timber, timbering, Tom Brown, Tug Fork, Twelve Pole Creek, Wayne County, West Virginia
The following interview excerpt of Tom Brown (born c.1909) was conducted at Fort Gay in Wayne County, WV, on December 15, 1979.
It was probably hard to get around back then, to go to church.
Well the only way you could get around through this country was up and down creeks or on horseback or wagon. And roads were in the creek most of the way. And where they cut timber and logs they had tram roads built back in the heads of the hollows and they had tracks–they built their track out of 2″ X 4″s–and they hauled these logs or ties from the mills back to the heads of the hollows back to the railroads. And they logged out of the mountains and they ran lots of rafts down Tug River. I’ve see high as four to five. They started the rafts running in the spring. They run them out of Mingo County and generally a lot of them was set out in Naugatuck.
That’s how they got them, they used rafts and boats?
Yes, they used rafts. Logs. They’d put these logs together… Sometimes a raft would be maybe 200 or 300 feet long.
200 or 300 feet long?
Almost as wide as the river. The man would stay on that and they’d pull the men to, I guess, Kenova and the Ohio River down here. And they would log them through the winter. The spring waters came and they started down the rivers with the rafts. The river banks were all cut clean.
That’s what I was going to ask you about. They had to be cut clean, didn’t they?
Yes, they was all cut clean. But the rafts… Well they ran logs down Twelve Pole Creek to… Back then people used to put their logs in the creek when it would raise and run them plumb out down Twelve Pole to Kenova. Heads of these creeks… And sometimes I can remember Bragg Creek and Horse Creek… They was a sawmill. There was locks in at Saltpeter and they pushed just like water to Bragg Creek. I’d say along 1916-1917. And almost the travel was boats. It went down on a little showboat. It used to come up an old paddle wheel boat.
That was in about 1917?
About 1917, ’18, ’19, along that.
Could you get a ride on that showboat if you wanted to?
No, they just pulled in and parked and had a show every night, like the picture show, the movie picture show had.
How long did that showboat go up and down the river? How many years did that last?
Well, I don’t know. It would just come up every once in a while maybe, and just stopped at certain places maybe. Places you know at that time… That was about as far as it could get up. And then things was brought up on pushboat. They loaded ties and stuff like that. I remember them loading them on the boat at the river at the mouth of Horse Creek. It was about as far as boats could come up the river.
Appalachia, Charles Adkins, Charles Lattin, Elizabeth Adkins, Enos Adkins, Evaline Adkins, Fourteen Mile Creek, genealogy, George W. Adkins, Guyandotte River, Harmon Stroud, Henry Adkins, Henry H. Adkins, history, Isaac Nelson, Jacob K. Adkins, Laurel Fork, Lewis Adkins, Lincoln County, Little Harts Creek, Mary Louisa Adkins, notary public, Price Lucas, Reece W. Elkins, Sand Island Branch, Spencer Adkins, Sulphur Spring Fork, Trough Fork, Twelve Pole Creek, West Virginia
A correspondent named “Lonesome Girl” from the Queens Ridge area of Wayne County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on November 30, 1923:
I thought I would send in some of our Wayne county news to help make part interesting.
Miss Flora Maynard is visiting friends on Mud Fork.
Mr. Roma Maynard has been visiting his grandfather on Twelve Pole.
Mrs. Linza Perry and her daughter Erie Perry was visiting Roma Maynard and his grandmother on Sunday.
Tracie Toppins has been visiting his grandmother on Milam Creek.
Appalachia, Charles Mullins, Charles Rineer, Cherry Tree, Evert Workman, Frank Adams, genealogy, Grover Adams, Harts Creek, history, Hoover Fork, Horatio Adams, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lucy Carter, Mud Fork, singing schools, Thompson Workman, Trace Fork, Twelve Pole Creek, West Virginia, Whirlwind
A correspondent named “Pedru” from Whirlwind on Big Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 9, 1923:
Thompson Workman has moved back from Mud Fork where he has been living for the past year to his old home on Harts Creek.
Frank and Grover Adams made a business trip to Cherry Tree the latter part of the week.
Evert Workman of Cherry Tree was a business visitor to Whirlwind recently.
Mr. Rush Adams was visiting friends near the mouth of Hoover Sunday.
The singing school on Trace is progressing nicely. Everybody seems to enjoy the teaching of their singing master.
Mr. Charles Mullins of Hoover accompanied Miss Lucy Carter home from singing school Sunday.
Mr. Charles Rineer of Twelve Pole was a business visitor to Whirlwind the latter part of the week.
Mr. Bill Mullins of Buck Fork has moved to Cherry Tree. We miss Bill very much.
Miss Sadie Carter of Hoover is visiting her sister on Twelve Pole.
Some daily happenings—M.J.M. enquiring about Rush; Rosa going to the post office; Isom carrying the mail; Van going to Whirlwind.
Appalachia, Bud Richards, Cherry Tree, genealogy, Grover Adams, Harts Creek, Harvey Smith, history, Hoover Fork, Horatio Rush Adams, hunting, James Robert, Joe Kirk, John Fillinger, John H. Mullins, Logan County, merchant, Mollie Robinson, Mount Gay, Pete Dalton, Pusher Blair, Samuel Vance, singing schools, Smokehouse Fork, Sol Adams, Trace Fork, Twelve Pole Creek, Van Mullins, Victoria Kirk, West Virginia, Whirlwind
A correspondent named “Bluebird” from Whirlwind at Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 16, 1923:
Quite a number of people are on the sick list in this vicinity at this time.
Grover Adams has been busily engaged in the hunting business this winter.
Sol Adams of Mount Gay has been visiting relatives on Hoover recently.
Wonder if James Robert has ever let Pusher Blair ride his grey anymore?
The singing school on Trace is progressing nicely.
Victoria and Joe Kirk were out horseback riding Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Mullins have been visiting relatives on Hart.
Mr. Samuel Vance of Twelve Pole was a business visitor to this community recently.
Mr. Pete Dalton was calling on Mrs. Mollie Robinson recently.
Harve Smith and John Fillinger have been having some fine sport fox hunting this winter.
Everybody has been wondering what has become of Ichabod Crane.
Van Mullins of this place is at Cherry Tree on the sick list. We hope that he will soon recover and return home.
Bud Richards is going into the mercantile business near the mouth of Smoke House.
Ratio. Don’t be afraid. The bull dog won’t hurt you.
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