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, […]

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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 […]

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She had one husband, four children, and four legs

Myrtle Corbin was known far and wide in the late nineteenth century as the Four-Legged Woman. While at a glance one could plainly see four legs dangling beyond the hem of her dress – only one pair belonged to her, the other set to her dipygus twin sister. Born in Lincoln County, TN in 1868, […]

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