After some consideration, I've decided to conclude, for now, my look at old Princeton circa William Sanders' "Old Town Princeton, Mercer County, W.Va." book and move on to another subject. I have people who are waiting for a response, and I need to get back to them as quickly as possible, st…

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In my quest to keep local history alive, I've mostly had to rely on either my own library of books or a few conversations with older residents. I sometimes wonder if it's worth the effort to ask people to contribute their thoughts, given their seeming reluctance to do so. Don't get me wrong,…

I'm using one of the books which Lois Miller, President of the Mercer County Historical Society, kindly provided me with a few months back. It's titled "Hazelwood History" and was written by Don Hazelwood and Carl E, Hazelwood. The chapter which I am adapting is the history of Elgood.

received an e-mail concerning my most recent series of column on the Barger family. It came from Jason Blevins who was a cousin to Dougie Barger who owned the gun shop and nephew to Doug Barger. Doug's wife's name was Joyce not Mamie. Mamie was Joyce's mother and Jason's great-grandmother.

This and possibly one or two other columns comes from the "Memories Mailbag" portion of the column and it concerns the Barger house. The current owner of said house, Amy Leftwich, e-mailed me and asked what I knew about the house's history.

I have recently added to my history library several books having to do with family histories, one dealing with a particular type of coal mining and a foreign visitor’s impression of Mercer County circa the 1850s. What I’m trying to decide is what area to focus upon after finishing up with Wi…

Before proceeding with another item from William Sanders II’s last book, “Old Town Princeton, Mercer County, W.Va.” (copyright 2006 Walsworth Publishing), I want to say that I never had any problems with Mr. Sanders, who was very gracious to me in doing this column over the years. Any proble…

PRINCETON — William Sanders II wrote about local newspapers extensively in his last book “Old Town Princeton, Mercer County, W.Va.” (copyright 2006 Walsworth Publishing), writing admiringly about Kyle McCormick, not so admiringly about the Shott family newspapers and people connected with them.

I have a question for the readership of this column. Do you prefer more general topics or specific (focused on one family or area) topics for this column? I do enjoy your input and am anxiously looking forward to more.

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Before I finish for now our look at William Sanders II's book "Lilly on the Bluestone", a history of the local family of the same name, written in 1989 and revised in 1997. I want to announce that I'll be looking at Jim Gilreath's account of when the Princeton City Council actually brought i…

There has been a great deal of interest recently in this column, which makes me happy, From Lois Miller bringing books to Mr. King's interest in Lamar to the most recent show of interest from a FB friend who helped record the daily history of the area.

I thought that I'd continue to look at biographical sketches of Princeton's post-bellum (after the war) leaders courtesy of H.W. Straley II's "Memories of Old Princeton" by picking up where we left off last week. This is the last profile in the Straley book and it happens to be the one of hi…

I thought that I'd continue to look at biographical sketches of Princeton's post-bellum (after the war) leaders courtesy of H.W. Straley II's "Memories of Old Princeton" by picking up where we left off last week.

I want to ask this open-ended question. It has been suggested to me that I expand my writing career to doing a book. With that in mind, should I stick with what I do best, which is write about history and sports, even if that just means compiling columns or try stretching my imagination by w…

I’d like to thank Lois Miller, president of the Mercer County Historical Society, for the books she provided for my research. They’ll be of great help in the perpetuation of this column.

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I have a request of the readership. A reader of this column named Lewis King, formerly from the town of Lamar, which was six miles north of Matoaka , is seeking information about the town and has asked my assistance in obtaining it. If you have any information about the town, please contact …

In honor of Princeton’s railroad heritage, which is getting a new emphasis, I thought that I’d look at the work of Sam A. Pennington, the long-ago writer responsible for “Sam R. Pennington’s Feature Stories Magazine”. Issue No. 1 of Volume No. 2, dated June, 1933, which featured the Virginia…

In honor of Princeton’s railroad heritage, which is getting a new emphasis, I thought that I’d look at the work of Sam A. Pennington, the long-ago writer responsible for Sam R. Pennington’s Feature Stories Magazine, Issue No. 1 of Volume No. 2, dated June, 1933, which featured the Virginian …

In honor of Princeton’s railroad heritage, which is getting a new emphasis, I thought that I’d look at the work of Sam A. Pennington, the long-ago writer responsible for “Sam R. Pennington’s Feature Stories Magazine”. Issue No. 1 of Volume No. 2, dated June, 1933, featured the Virginian Railway.

In honor of Princeton's railroad heritage, which is getting a new emphasis, I thought that I'd look at the work of Sam A. Pennington, the long-ago writer responsible for "Sam R. Pennington's Feature Stories Magazine". Issue No. 1 of Volume No. 2, dated June, 1933, featured the Virginian Railway.

This is the last segment of the interview of C. Q. Bingham conducted by William Sanders III in 1985 when Bingham was 90 as depicted in Sanders' book' "Legacy of Homes and Families/Princeton-Athens Area/West Virginia (1985 Walsworth Publishing, Marceline. MO). Therefore, I'm requesting your a…

I found my notes concerning the interview of C. Q. Bingham conducted by William Sanders III in 1985 when Bingham was 90 as depicted in Sanders' book’ “Legacy of Homes and Families/Princeton-Athens Area/West Virginia” (1985 Walsworth Publishing, Marceline. MO).

Concord History Professor Emeritus Dr. David Bard did a study of the Civil War in West Virginia titled "The Civil War In New River Valley, 1861-65 (2001, West Virginia Humanities Council) which was used as a textbook for his course on the Civil War. Pages 88-103 of his book, pretty much foll…

Concord History Professor Emeritus Dr. David Bard did a study of the Civil War in West Virginia titled "The Civil War In New River Valley, 1861-65 (2001, West Virginia Humanities Council) which was used as a textbook for his course on the Civil War. Pages 88-103 of his book, pretty much foll…

Concord History Professor Emeritus Dr. David Bard did a study of the Civil War in West Virginia titled “The Civil War In New River Valley, 1861-65 (2001, West Virginia Humanities Council) which was used as a textbook for his course on the Civil War. Pages 88-103 of his book, pretty much foll…

When we left off from our study of “Defend The Railroad: The Battle of Giles Court House and Pigeon Roost Ridge”, written by the late Carlton Lee and Shirley Warner Smith in 1995 and reprinted in 2010 by the Mercer County Historical Society, Confederate forces were converging on the advanced…

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When we left off from our study of “Defend The Railroad: The Battle of Giles Court House and Pigeon Roost Ridge”, written by the late Carlton Lee and Shirley Warner Smith in 1995 and reprinted in 2010 by the Mercer County Historical Society, the 23rd Ohio Regiment of the Union Army of the Ka…