Before we continue with  our look at the history of Mercer County, courtesy of

Kyle McCormick’s The Story of Mercer County, (Charleston Publishing Co. 1957). I want to reiterate that I'm looking for further reader input as to what appears in this column after the McCormick information runs its course which will be soon. The address for this column will appear at the end of the column.

There were three major rail lines in Mercer County or better yet, three rail lines which had properties in Mercer County, The Norfolk and Western and the Virginian had major properties and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway bought out the Blue Jay Lumber Company railway near Flat Top in 1931. The rails were taken up some years later.

The first bank in Mercer County was chartered in 1851 and ceased operations during the Civil War. It was known as the Princeton Savings Bank and was chartered in Richmond, Va., since Mercer County was part of Virginia then. The incorporators were Robert B. McNutt, Alexander Mahood, John R. Dunlap, James W. Ward, Zachariah Fellows, George B. Newlin, William N. Anderson, Elliott Vawter, Ben B. McNutt, Ralph Hale, Davis Calfee, Hercules Scott, David Hall and George W. Pearis. The Princeton Bank & Trust Company was incorporated in 1874.

The 100th Anniversary of the Princeton Presbyterian Church was observed in August, 1954 at the church, then on Mercer Street. The Principal speaker was Dr., Harvey Rice, native of Princeton, who was the president of the Buffalo State Teachers' College, Buffalo, New York. Mr. Rice is one of the few Mercer County natives listed in Who's Who in America..

Rev. Z.F. Mayberry, of Princeton, died on June 12, 1953.

Mayberry, a Methodist minister and native of Floyd County, Va., served in various pastorates in Mercer County and presided  over 3,000 funerals.

Fourteen-year-old Keith Walton of Princeton won the sum of $4,357 on a TV quiz program in 1954.

The Concord College administration Building burned to the ground in 1911. The college's new (current) grounds were located and the new Concord College was built in 1912. Oak Hill tried to move the college to there in the meantime, but Princeton supported Athens for the re-establishment of the college in Athens. This ended the 40 years of differences between Princeton and Athens and the two places have cooperated to the fullest since then.

Some 26 flood refugees or victims came to Mercer County from the Huntington area ad were housed in the Memorial Building on January 28, 1937, because of the big flood in Huntington which practically submerged the city. The refugees were warmly welcomed and seemed to be persons of more than average means. They remained in Princeton for about a week.

Principals and presidents of Concord College from 1875 to 1957 have been James Harvey French, 1875-1891; John D. Sweeney, 1891-1897; George M. Ford, 1897-1900; E.F. Goodwin, 190-01; Arthur S. Thorn, 190-06; Isabel Davenport, 1906-07; CL. Bemis , 1907-13; L.B. Hill, 1913-18; C.C. Rossey, 1918-1924; George West Diehl, 1924-29; J. Frank Marsh, Sr., 1929-1945 and Virgil L. Stewart, 1945-. Post -1957 presidents included J. Franklin Marsh, Jr.. Meredith Freeman, Jerry Beasley and Gregory Aloia.

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