Jeff Harvey

Before we continue with our look at the history of the families of the Bluestone River Valley courtesy of William Sanders II’s book “A New River Heritage, Volume IV” (1994 McClain Publishing), I want to mention my friend Dr. David Ofsa for his tidbit on how Mill Street in Athens got its name (there was a mill powered by either mules or an engine there). The kids of that era after the mill closed down used the old milestones for recreation.

Also I want to thank Ray Lilly for his offer of Farley family history and Susan Coburn for her kind e-mail.

The Louis Farley-Emma Shumate newlyweds moved from River Ridge Road at Pipestem to Lashmeet then to the mouth of Rich Creek on Bluestone, where they built their home and established a planing mill on the Raleigh-Grayson Turnpike and a mercantile store and the Spanishburg post office at Rich Creek.

They bought the William Ferguson farm originally owned by Jeremiah Solesbury.

Two brothers, Jim and Joe Farley and an unspecified relative Elmer Cadle/Keadle, a master carpenter, joined the family, with oldest brother Thomas Farley killed by a falling tree working for Louis.

Louis established a large and thriving lumber business supplying Standard Oil with barrel staves and supplying the thriving Carolina furniture companies with wood. His daughter Myrtle accompanied him on a trip and met Oscar Albert Boyst whom she married on May 12, 1921 at the Farley home. Bouts established feed and flour stores in Princeton, Matoaka and Beckley.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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