Monthly Archives: May 2012

His excuse for marrying a child was…

May 31, 1898 Yesterday morning, Monday, I left Hyden to come to this neighborhood to see about getting permission to furnish a teacher for this school district. There are 109 scholars in the census. I want to put a Wilmore teacher here, full of the Holy Ghost, to get the people saved. Storefronts in Hyden, […]


Notice the trim, white washed poultry house

Stewart A. Cody worked as the Jackson County, WV County Agent in the early 1900s. The West Virginia Historical Photograph Collection possesses 36 images which were pulled from a photo album of his dated 1912. As County Agent, Cody spent a great deal of time with the local chicken farmers, and the captions of these […]


Final run of the Bellaire, Zanesville, and Cincinnati Railway

It was Ohio’s longest-lived narrow gauge railroad. Monroe County’s rugged terrain hindered commerce and communication during the 1800s. In the early 1870s Woodsfield businessmen, led by banker Samuel L. Mooney, promoted a narrow-gauge railroad to connect to the Baltimore and Ohio at Bellaire. Narrow gauge railroads were popular during this boom era because they cost […]

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