Kanawha County, WV
Miscellaneous News Stories

Poca District
The citizens of Poca district, Kanawha county, held a meeting at the Island Branch school house, June 25, and drew up and signed the following affidavit: "We are in destitute circumstances, no money to buy. We are out of everything in the way of edibles and have used all the means in our power to procure food and have failed, and if not helped immediately will suffer of hunger.
H. K. Monk, J. J. Monk, Martin Boyce, C. C. Drake, Joseph Wall, David S. Cox, C. M. Payne, J. J. Taylor, A. K. Jones, Jas. Cursey, G. W. Shafer, Snyder Parsons, Noah Conner, J. B. Olive, C. B. Burgess, F. M. Jones, J. H. Olive, B. E. Jones, D. T. Jones, Hannah Whitt, Rosa A. Haynes, Lou Scarbrough."
State of West Virginia, Kanawha county to-wit: The above named persons appeared and made oath that the foregoing declaration, by them severally subscribed, is true. Geo. W. Robinson, Notary Public.
[July 6, 1885, Wheeling Register {Wheeling, WV} Vol. 22 issue 361 pg 4 - DW - sub by FoFG]

Queer Story of Hanse Hatfield, of the Hatfield-McCoy Band of Outlaws

Mrs. E.P. Chapman, of Hartford City, W.Va., vouches for the truthfulness of the following story concerning Hanse Hatfield, one of the widely-known outlaws of the Hatfield-McCoy gang:
She was in Kanawha County some time ago instituting a Rebekah lodge, and, on her way home, stopped over Sunday with the family of a merchant in Charleston. Hanse Hatfield was in the city at the same time and was the guest of the merchant, being there on a purchasing tour. On Sunday evening Hatfield asked to be shown the Methodist Episcopal church, and, on being informed that there was no service in that church that evening, accepted the invitation to go with the merchant's family to the Presbyterian church. Upon arriving at the church, Hatfield took the merchant to one side and told him the Hatfields had such a bad reputation that he always carried a weapon. He then proceeded to open a hand grip he was carrying. To the chagrin of the party he took thereform an old and much used Bible, and, holding it up so those near could see it, said: "This is the only weapon I ever carry, and to get along well and live close to the feet of Jesus Christ one must carry it constantly and use it often." The Bible was all there was in the grip.
[The Union., (St. George, Utah) November 13, 1897 - Sub. by K.T.]

Negro Nominated
Charleston, W.Va., May 15 - For the first time a Colored man was placed on a Kanawha County ticket when C.H. James was selected by the Progressive party in convention here today as one of its five candidates for the lower house of the legislature, being third in a field of seven.
Mr. James, who is a wholesale produce and commission merchant, came into political prominence 2 years ago when, as one of the two Colored delegates from this state to the Pro-referred to at some length by Col. Roosevelt in a speech before that body.
There are 2500 Colored voters in the county. The support of these and that of the white farmers throughout the county by whom Mr. James is held in high esteem will elect him. His prospects are very bright.
[The Tulsa star., (Tulsa, Okla.) May 30, 1914 - Sub. by K.T.]


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