ALDERSON – Jazz singer Ada "Bricktop" Smith was born here in 1894.
ALEXANDER – Actress Lillian Lawrence was born here in 1868.
ANSTED – Baseball player John "Sheriff" Blake was born here in 1899. He was the losing pitcher in the famous game in the 1929 World Series in which his Cubs lost to Philadelphia 10-9 after leading 9-2 after the seventh inning.
u Football player Tom Pridemore grew up here.
ARNETTSVILLE – A mine explosion here on March 27, 1930 killed 112 miners.
BARTLEY – A mine disaster here on January 10, 1940 killed 91.
BASIN – Musician Joe Meadows was born here in 1934.
BEARSVILLE – Baseball player Wilbur Cooper was born here in 1892.
BECKLEY – Born here in Beckley were: actress Cora Sue Collins in 1927, actor Chris Sarandon in 1942, football coach Bob Pruett in 1943, and singer Spyder Turner (he had the hit record Stand By Me.
u Basketball player Henry Dickerson grew up here.
BELLE – Basketball player Jason Williams grew up here.
BENWOOD – A mine disaster here on April 28. 1924 killed 119.
BERKELEY SPRINGS – George Washington came here often to bathe in the warm springs.
BETHANY – Football player Ira Rodgers was born here in 1925.
BLACKVILLE – Football player Troy Brown was born here in 1971.
BLUEFIELD – Born here in Bluefield were: publisher of the Knight Ridder Newspapers JohnS. Knight in 1894, jazz pianist Teddy Weatherford in 1903, actress Evans Evans in 1936, and actor Charlie Barnett in 1954,
u Actress Anna Stuart grew up here.
BOLT – Grand Ole Opry singer Little Jimmy Dickens was born here in 1920.
BOOMER – Actor Phil Brito was born here in 1915.
BRAEHOLM – Football player Charles "Humps" Cowan was born here.
BRAMWELL– Settled by wealthy coal mine owners at the end of the nineteenth century, Bramwell, near the southern border with Virginia, was once dubbed "the richest small town in America." It was home to as many as 19 millionaires, who made their fortunes in the Pocahontas County coalfields. The prosperous Bank of Bramwell was the hub of southern West Virginia's financial network. The bank closed in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression, and most of Bramwell's wealthy residents left West Virginia. GO THERE
BRIDGEPORT – Actor/singer Mayf Nutter was born here in 1941.
BROOKE – Football player Rich Tomaselli grew up here.
BUCKHANNON – Football coach Arnett "Ace" Mumford was born here in 1898.
BURNSVILLE – On January 26, 1960, Danny Heater, a student from Burnsville, scored 135 points in a high school basketball game earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
CASPER – Cartoonist Harold Tucker Webster was born here in 1885. He created the comic strip Casper Milquetoast.
CENTRAL CITY – Silent screen actor Rex Lease was born here in 1903.
CHARLESTON – Born here in Charleston were: actress Jean Carson in 1925, Sara Jane Moore in 1930 (she attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975), actor/director Robert V. Barron in 1932, actress Jeramie Rain in 1948, Olympic shot-putter Randy Barnes in 1955, basketball player "Hot Rod" Hundley, and basketball coach Jim Harrick,
u Football player Walter Easley grew up here.
u The first brick street in the world was laid on October 23, 1870, on Summers Street between Kanawha and Virginia Streets.
CHARLES TOWN – Football player James Jett was born here in 1970.
u The first rural free mail delivery in America was started here on October 6, 1896.
CHELYAN – Basketball player Jerry West was born here in 1938.
CHESTER – The world\s largest teapot was constructed here in 1938. It started as a gigantic wooden hogshead barrel for a Hire's Root Beer advertising campaign. William Devon purchased the barrel in Pennsylvania and had it shipped to Chester where it was set up on Carolina Avenue, which is also State Route 2. A spout and handle were added at this time and the wooden barrel was covered with tin to form the teapot's shape. A large glass ball was placed on top to make the knob of the "lid". The Teapot stood in front of Devon's pottery outlet store. Local teenagers were hired to run a concession and souvenir stand which was set up inside the Teapot. In 1990, the boarded-up Teapot was moved to a location adjacent to the Jennings Randolph Bridge Ramp, at the junction of State Route 2 and U.S. Route 30, where it was restored The teapot is 14-feet high and 14-feet in diameter.
CLARKSBURG – Born here in Clarksburg were: General Stonewall Jackson in 1824 (at 328W. Main Street), movie producer/director Pare Leonetti in 1905, baseball player Herbert "Babe" Barna in 1915, U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance in 1917, actor/producer Tony Anthony in 1937, actress Sherilyn Wolter in 1961, and soprano Phyllis Curtin.
u TV host Peter Marshall and football player Rex Bumgardner grew up here.
u Members of the Jackson family, including the sister of Dolly Madison and her mother Mary Coles Payne are buried here in the Jackson Cemetery on E. Pike Street.
u In 1931, Harry Powers, a resident of Quiet Dell outside Clarksburg, corresponded with two widows, using the pseudonym Cornelius O. Pierson. In July, Pierson abducted Asta B. Eicher and her three children from their home in Park Ridge, Illinois. They were never seen again. Later that month, he lured Dorothy Lemke, a nurse of Northboro, Massachusetts, from her home on the promises of marriage, then choked her to death to get her life savings. Meanwhile, Illinois investigators traced the name Cornelius O. Pierson to a Clarksburg post office box that was registered to a Harry Powers who lived near Clarksburg.
– Powers and his wife ran a grocery store in Clarksburg and lived south of town in Quiet Dell (Broad Oaks section). When police searched Powers home, they found trunks filled with love letters and the personal effects of Asta Eicher. A trail of blood and a strong stench led police to the corpses of Eicher, her three children, and Dorothy Lemke buried in a slimy drainage ditch beside Powers' garage. He was arrested.
– Interest in Powers' trial was so intense it had to be held in a specially constructed courtroom at Moore's Opera House in Clarksburg. During the trial, prison guards claimed Powers confessed to the murders as well as the killing of a salesman with whom he had worked at a Clarksburg carpet company. Powers, known nationally as the "Bluebeard of Quiet Dell," maintained his innocence despite claims by prison guards that he had confessed to the five murders as well as the killing of a Clarksburg carpet salesman Dudly C. White in 1928. It took the jury less than two hours to find him guilty.
– Powers was hanged on March 18, 1932, at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. The multiple murderer, who wooed and won women by mail, walked up the thirteen steps of the gallows almost unassisted. He stood behind the dark curtain that screened him at first from the gaze of the forty-two spectators, who stood beyond the stage-like trap in front of him. The Warden and guards pulled the curtain back and there the mail order Romeo stood. He was dressed immaculately. He wore a dark suit with white pin stripes in it. His bright light blue necktie was tied neatly and he had on a white broadcloth shirt.
– A guard at the rear slipped the black death cap over Powers's head quickly. Attendants stationed at three buttons pushed them and sprung the trap. None knew who released it. Like a plummet he dropped through the trap to his death. Powers went through the trap at exactly 9 o'clock. He was officially pronounced dead eleven minutes later. After the trap had sprung, it was disclosed that Power had left a written confession, admitting in detail the murder of five persons.
UPDATE – Powers's body was not claimed by his widow, and he was buried in the prison potter's field, in dismal Toms Run valley.
* Moundsville-Clarksburg native Davis Grubb based his classic novel The Night of the Hunted on Harry Powers, but used the name Harry Powell. The book was later made into a movie starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters.
CLAY – Baseball player Dave Vineyard was born here in 1941.
COLLIERS – The first barenuckle world heavyweight championship was held on June 1, 1880, near Colliers, about 300 yards from the Pennsylvania border. Paddy Ryan won an undisputed title by knocking out Joe Goss of England in the 85th round.
CROSS LANES – Country singer Kathy Mattea grew up here.
CRUM – Born here in Crum were: singer Jeff Copley in 1969, and writer Lee Maynard in 1936.
CRUMPLER – Journalist Fred Reed was born here in 1945.
DAVIS – Actor Eddie Baker was born here in 1897. He was one of the original Keystone Kops.
DAWMONT – Football player Foge Fazio was born here in 1939.
ECCLES – A mine disaster here on April 28. 1914 killed 192.
ELKINS – Actor Will Hare was born here in 1916.
u Football player Marshall Goldberg grew up here.
EVERETTVILLE – Football coach John McKay was born here in 1923.
u A mine disaster here on April 30. 1927 killed 97.
FAIRMONT – Born here in Fairmont were: actor/comedian Fuzzy Knight in 1901 (he was Tex Ritter's sidekick and he wrote the WVU fight song), musician Johnnie Johnson in 1924 (he co-wrote the songs Sweet Little Sixteen and Roll Over Beethoven), Singer Sonny Turner in 1939 (he was lead singer of the original Platters), football coach Nick Saban in 1951, movie director Bob Tinnell in 1961, and gymnast Mary Lou Retton in 1968.
u Pole vaulter Dave Tork grew up here.
FAIRVIEW – Football coach Fielding Yost was born here in 1871.
FARMINGTON – Football player Frank Gatski was born here in 1922.
u A mine disaster here on November 20, 1968 killed 78.
FAYETTEVILLE – Boxer Tunney Hunsaker was born here. He was Cassius Clay's first professional opponent. Clay beat him on points.
u When George and Jennie Sodder went to sleep on Christmas Eve in 1945, here in their home in Fayetteviile, nine of their 10 children were with them. One son was away in the military. During the night, Jennie woke up. She had heard a noise like something had been thrown on the roof. She got up and checked then went back to bed. She woke up about a half-hour later when she smelled smoke. She got up and found that one of the rooms was on fire. She woke her husband and two of the boys but they could not get to their other 5 children.
– Neighbors reached the Fayetteville Fire Department a little after 1 a.m. Firefighters were told that children were trapped inside the house, but a fire truck did not show up until 8 a.m. The Sodder parents and four of their children escaped. But five others, Betty, 5, Jennie, 8, Louis, 9, Martha, 12, and Maurice,14, were never seen again.
– All that remained of the Sodder house was a basement full of ashes. A brief, informal search took place, but instead of the skeletons they expected to find, firefighters encountered just a few bones and pieces of internal organs. Because it was Christmas, a more thorough search was postponed. The fire marshal told the Sodder family to leave the site as it was. He said authorities would come back and finish inspecting things later. But less than a week later, Geoge Sodder bulldozed four or five feet of dirt onto what was left of his home. The family planted flowers, a shrine to their lost children.
– Two years later, Sodder saw a newspaper photo of school children in New York and became convinced that one of the children was his missing daughter Betty. He rushed to New York, but was not allowed to see the girl. But he was convinced that his children were still alive – if not in New York, then somewhere else. He and his wife hired a string of private detectives to search for them. When newspapers published the story of the missing children, strangers began reporting that they'd seen the Sodder kids around the country. None of the leads went anywhere.
UPDATE - For the rest of his life, George Sodder traveled the country, tracking down rumors of his missing kids. He died in 1969, his wife, Jennie, 20 years later. Today, a new house now stands on the site of the former Sodder home.
FETTERMAN – Bailey Brown, the first Union solider killed in the Civil War, died here on May 22, 1861.
FLAT TOP – The Lilly Family Reunion held each year at Flat Top in Mercer County is said to be the largest family reunion in the United States. It attracts 10,000 guests each summer.
u On January 27-28, 1998, 35 inches of snow fall here in a 24-hour period setting a new state record.
FLATWOODS – Opera singer Suzanne Fisher grew up here in the 1920s.
FLEMINGTON – Baseball player Paul Popovich was born here in 1940.
FOLLANSBEE – Born here in Follansbee were: football coach Lou Holtz in 1937, and baseball player Dave Augustine in 1949.
GAP MILLS – Army officer Andrew Summers Rowan was born here in 1857. He was the bearer of the "message to Garcia."
GERRARDSTOWN – Lawyer Ward Hill Lamon is buried here in the Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery. He was Abraham Lincoln's law partner and later was Lincoln's bodyguard when he was president.
GLEN DALE – Born here in Glendale were baseball player George Brett in 1953 and singer Brad Paisley in 1972.
GRAFTON – Born here in Grafton were: former owner of the Washington Redskins George Preston Marshall in 1897, and movie director Bernard H. Hyman in 1897.
u Mothers Day was first observed at Andrews Church here on May 10, 1908.
GRANT TOWN – Cartoonist Tom Wilson was born here in 1931. He created the comic Ziggy.
GREEN BANK – Football player Bruce Bosley grew up here.
GREENBRIER COUNTY – The Greenbrier Ghost is the name popularly given to the alleged ghost of a young woman in Greenbrier County, who was murdered in 1897. The events surrounding the haunting have led to it becoming a very late instance in American legal history in which the testimony of a "ghost" was accepted at a murder trial.
GRUNDY – Singer Mel Street was born here in 1933.
HARMAN – Singer/musician Stoney Cooper was born here in 1918.
HARPERS FERRY - Abolitionist John Brown led the raid on the federal arsenal here on October 16, 1859. Ten men were killed including two of Brown's sons.
HASTINGS – Football player Norm Wiley was born here.
HEDGESVILLE – West Virginia basketball coach Gale Catlett grew up here.
HELLIER – Baseball player Vern Bickford was born here in 1920.
HILLSBORO – Novelist Pearl S. Buck was born here in 1892.
HINTON – Born here in Hinton were: movie director Doran H. Cox in 1881, baseball player Jack Warhop in 1884, football player Lionel Taylor in 1935, and actor John Davis Chandler in 1937.
HOLDEN – Baseball player Max Butcher was born here in 1910.
HUNTINGTON – Born here in Huntington were: singer Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins in 1921, TV host Peter Marshall in 1927, basketball player Hal Greer in 1936, baseball player Steve Yeager in 1948, actor Brad Dourif in 1950, and baseball player Rick Reed in 1965.
u TV comedian Soupy Sales (Milton Hines) grew up here.
u On November 14, 1970, the plane carrying the Marshall University football team crashed on landing here and killed 75 people including the football team. Seven of the players are buried here in the Spring Hill Cemetery near a memorial monument near the 20th Street entrance.
u Buried here in the Woodmere Memorial Park are:
– Actress/singer Virginia "Dagmar" Egnor.
– Baseball player Ezra Millington "Salt Rock" Midkiff.
HURRICANE - On December 26, 2002, Andrew "Jack" Whittaker, Jr., claimed a $112 million lottery prize (after taxes) in the Powerball Lottery. He had purchased the ticket at C & L Super Serve in Hurricane. Whittaker was born at Jumping Branch.
JACKSON'S MILL – Jackson's Mill was the site of the first 4-H Camp in the United States.
JED – A mine disaster here on March 26. 1912 killed 63.
KENOVA – Singer Michael Smith grew up here in Kenova.
KENTUCK – Country entertainer Buddy Starcher was born here in 1906.
KEYSER – Composer Walter "Jack" Rollins was born here in 1907. He wrote the song Frosty The Snowman, and Here Comes Peter Cottontail. He is buried here in the Queens Point Cemetery.
u Baseball player John Kruk grew up here.
KEYSTONE – Baseball player Bob Bowman was born here in 1910.
KIMBALL – Playwright Jean Battlo was born here in 1939.
LAYLAND – A mine disaster here on March 2. 1915 killed 112.
LEWISBURG – Basketball player Vernell "Bimbo" Coles grew up here
LINSLY – Football player Willie Clay grew up here.
LOGAN – Born here in Logan were: actress Joanne Dru in 1923 (she was the sister of TV host Peter Marshall), basketball player Mark Workman in 1930, magician Michael Ammar in 1956, and football player Shane Burton in 1974.
LOST CREEK – Poet Althea Todd Alderson was born here.
u Educator Booker T. Washington and race car driver Rodney Combs grew up here.
MAN – On February 26, 1971, a coalwaste dam collapsed at Buffalo Creek near Man resulting in a flood that killed 125 people
MARTINSBURG – Born here in Martinsburg were: writer David Hunter Strother in 1816 (he covered the raid at Harper's Ferry), confederate spy Isabelle Belle Boyd in 1843, and football player Scott Bullett in 1968.
u Baseball player Doug Creek grew up here.
u Lewis Robert "Hack" Wilson, baseball Hall of famer, is buried here in Rosedale Cemetery. Wilson played with the Chicago Cubs and held the National League home run record of 58 set in 1938 until Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa both broke it in 1998.
MASON COUNTY – Founder of the Libby-Owens Glass Co. Michael Joseph Owens was born here in 1859.
MCMECHEN – Killer Charlie Manson was raised here by his grandmother.
u Actor George D. Wallace grew up here in McMechen. (He played Commando Cody in the movie film series “Radar Men from the Moon”).
MONONGAH – The worst mining disaster in American History occurred here on December 6, 1907. Around 10 o'clock in the morning after a full force of 380 men and boys had begun their shift, mines number 6 and 8 of the Consolidated Coal Company shook from the impact of an underground explosion. A total of 362 men and boys lost there lives leaving 250 widows and over 1000 children without support. The vast majority of the victims (171) were Italians who had migrated from Italy. A morgue was set up in the bank building to accommodate the victims. Hundreds of coffins lined Main Avenue in front of the building. The ruins of the coal mines have been sealed shut with bricks. Many of the original mining homes were built on the hillside above the mine. In 2000, the downtown area (the heart of the coal mining camp itself), was almost abandoned. Several small, private businesses have been attempted in this blighted area, but none succeeded.
u University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban grew up here.
MONTROSE – Baseball player Del Gainer was born here in 1886. He made the hit while playing with the Boston Red Sox that won the 1916 World Series in the longest game in history.
MORGANTOWN – Comedian Don Knotts was born here in 1924. He played Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show. A street here has been renamed Don Knotts Boulevard.
u Also born here were: football player Rich Braham in 1970, and basketball coach Bob Huggins.
u Movie director Lawrence Kasdan grew up here.
MOUNDSVILLE – Born here in Moundsville were: musician/composer Frank DeVol in 1911, and author Davis Grubb in 1919 (he wrote the Night of the Hunter),
u The 1955 movie The Night of the Hunter, starring Robert Mitchum, and the 1971 Fool's Paradise, starring Jimmy Stewart were filmed here.
u Built in 1866, by convicts, the Civil War Penitentiary here on 8th Street, was a tourist attraction until it was closed in 1988. 94 convicts were hanged or electrocuted here between 1899 and 1954. In the 1930s, townspeople watched hangings from bleachers on 8th Street.
u One of the nation's oldest and largest Indian burial grounds is located in here. Its 69 feet high, 900 feet in circumference.
MOUNT HOPE – Football player Earl Jones was born here in 1961.
u Football player Lonnie Warwick grew up here.
MULLENS – Born here in Mullens were basketball coach Mike D'Antoni, and basketball coach Shawn Finney in 1961.
MYRA – Test pilot Chuck Yeager was born here in 1923.
NEW CUMBERLAND – Singer Daniel Johnston grew up here.
NEW MARTINSFIELD – In a high school football game in 1912, New Martinsville defeated Woodsfield, Ohio, by a score of 157-0.
#9 – Football player Sam Huff was born here in 1934. #9 is near Farmington.
NITRO – Baseball player Lew Burdette was born here in 1926.
u The town of Nitro claims that actor Clark Gable came to Nitro in 1918 when he was 17-years-old and worked here as a laborer digging ditches.
NORTHFORK – Football player Tommy Beasley grew up here.
NUTTER FORT – Reporter/newsman Hugh Aynesworth grew up here.
OAK HILL – WWII navigator Captain James Van Pelt, Jr. was born here in 1922. He was the navigator aboard the B-29 which dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan in World War II.
u Also born here was football player George "Bad News" Cafego in 1916. He is buried here.
OHIO COUNTY – The cremated ashes of silent screen actress Lina Basquette are here in Ohio County.
PALESTINE – Army Private Jessica Lynch was born here in 1984. She was taken prisoner in the Iraq war in 2003.
PARKERSBURG – Born here in Parkersburg were: geologist Douglas Wilson Johnson in 1878, cartoonist Harold Tucker Webster in 1885 (he created the comic strip Caspar Milquetoast), president of Standard Oil Monroe J. Rathbone in 1900, actor Walter "Piggy" Barnes in 1918, astrologer Linda Goodman in 1925, actor/writer Paul Dooley in 1928, baseball player Steve Swisher in 1951, Miss 1977 West Virginia Patsy Ramsey in 1956 (she was the mother of JonBenet Ramsey, actress Allie Raye in 1963, Admiral Felix Budwell Stump. musician/singer Eddy Bailes, and TV games show host Bill Slater (Twenty Questions)
u Football coach Earl "Greasey" Neale is buried here in the Pakersburg Memorial Gardens.
PECKS HILL – Baseball player Max Butcher is buried here in the Forest Lawn Cemetery.
PENNSBORO – Basketball coach Clair Bee was born here in 1896.
PETERSON – Born here in Peterson were: basketball player Travis Jackson, and football player Chad Johnston in 1974.
PHILIPPI – Baseball player Jim Fridley was born here in 1924.
u Actor Ted Cassidy grew up here. He was "Lurch" on The Addams Family TV show.
u The first major land battle fought between Union and Confederate soldiers in the Civil War was the Battle of Philippi on June 3, 1861.
u In 1888, local businessman and inventor Graham Hamrick created an embalming process that proved to be much safer than the current mixture of arsnic and mercury. His salt peter and sulphur process eventually won a US patent. But the journey proved to be strange and somewhat bizzare. After successfully testing his mixture on fruit and animals, Hamrick was ready for human experiments. He asked officials at The Weston State Hospital for the Insane for any unclaimed cadavers. Hamrick performed his embalming process on 2 female cadavers, at the hospital and was successful in preserving the bodies. He went on to become very successful in the embalming business. The 2 original mummies still exist, and are on display at the Barbour County Historical Society Museum in Philippi. They are kept in a back room, and a one dollar donation is required to see them.
POCA – Poca High School sports teams nickname is “Dots.” It was suggested by a sportswriter for the Charleston Gazette in 1928.
POINT PLEASANT – Born here in Point Pleasant were football coach B en Schwartzwalder in 1909, and football player Bob Adkins.
u Daniel Boone lived near Point Pleasant from 1788 to 1798.
PRATT – Actor John Bradford was born here in 1905.
PRINCETON – Born here in Princeton were: actor Bob Denver in 1935 He was Gilligan on Gilligan's Island), and baseball player Greg Keatley.
u Musician Joe Meadows is buried here in the Camp Creek Cemetery. He was one of the Bill Monroe's "Blue Grass Boys."
PRUNTYTOWN – Chairman of the Red Cross John Barton Payne was born here in 1855.
RAND – Football Player Randy Moss grew up here.
RANSON – Abolitionist John Brown was hanged here in 1959.
RED JACKET – Baseball player Howard "Doc" Edwards was born here in 1936.
REEDY – Former president of J.C. Penny William Milfred Batten was born here in 1909.
RIPLEY – Born here in Ripley were: football player Bill Karr in 1911, and baseball player Kane Davis in 1975.
u The last public hanging in the state of West Virginia was held in a field in the Grass Lick area outside of Ripley on December 16,1897 when more than 5,000 people showed up to watch the hanging of John F. Morgan. He had been tried and convicted of murdering Mrs. Chloe Green and her daughter with a hatchet.
– On November 3, 1897, Morgan, a local handyman and friend of the Greene family, attacked Mrs. Greene, her son Jimmy, and her daughters Matilda and Alice with a hatchet. Jimmy was killed first, then Morgan wounded Alice in the head. After she fled for help, Matilda and her mother Chloe were killed. Morgan was arrested within hours of the murders and was taken to Ripley. He was indicted the next day, November 4, tried and convicted the following day, and sentenced the day after that.
– Morgan escaped from jail about 2 weeks before the scheduled hanging, but was captured two days later near Walton in Roane County.
UPDATE - Shortly after Morgan's hanging, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill prohibiting public executions, allowing them to be carried out only at the state penitentiary in Moundsville.
* The Greene home was about two miles south of Fairplain on Stone Lick Creek (a branch of Big Mill Creek). Mill Creek empties in to the Ohio River at Millwood
SALT ROCK – Baseball player Ezra Millington "Salt Rock" Midkiff was born here in 1882.
SARAH ANN – Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield is buried here in the Hatfield Cemetery9. He was the head of the Hatfield family of the famous Hatfield-McCoy Feud in the 1880s. The feud lasted for over 30 years. On WV-44 near Sarah Ann. Approximately 100 yards up a steep hillside from the main road is the Hatfield family cemetery. The grave of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, is marked with a life-sized Italian marble statue that he commissioned in 1920 for $3500.
SHEPHERDTOWN – Julian Lane Latimer, commander of the battleship Rhode Island during World War I was born here in 1868.
u The first steamboat was launched here by James Rumsey in the Potomac River on December 3, 1787.
SHINNSTON – Baseball player Dick Brown was born here in 1935.
u Football coach Joe Stydahar grew up here.
SISSONVILLE – Baseball player Toby Harrah was born here in 1948.
SISTERSVILLE – Basketball player Martha Evans was born here.
SLAB FORK – Born here in Slab Fork were: baseball player Earl Francis in 1935, and singer/songwriter in 1938 (he wrote Lean on Me).
SMITHERS – Football player Gino Marchetti was born here in 1927.
SOPHIA – Boxer Tommy Small was born here in 1970.
SOUTH CHARLESTON – Born here in South Charleston were: country singer Kathy Mattea in 1959, and football player Robert Alexander.
ST. ALBANS – Olympic shot-putter Randy Barnes grew up here.
STOTESBURY – Senator Robert Byrd grew up here.
STUART – A mine disaster here on January 29, 1907 killed 84 (or 88).
SUMMERVILLE – Movie director Stephen Roberts was born here in 1895.
SWITCHBACK – A mine disaster here on January 12, 1909 killed 67.
TALCOTT – Tradition names the Big Bend Tunnel, near Talcott, as the location where the legendary John Henry won a race against a steam-powered drill. Although John Henry has become a folk hero of worldwide fame, there is much evidence indicating that a man named John Henry actually existed and that he did win a race at Big Bend Tunnel against a drilling machine during the construction of the tunnel during the 1870's. According to some accounts, on hearing of the machine, John Henry challenged the steam drill to a contest. He won, but died of exhaustion, his life cut short by his own superhuman effort. He has been the subject of novels, a postage stamp and even animated films. Above all, "John Henry" is the single most well known and often recorded American folk song.
TALLMANSVILLE – A coal mine explosion here on January 2, 2006 killed 12 miners.
VALLEY HEAD – Musician/singer Wilma Lee Cooper was born here in 1921.
WEBSTER – Anna Jarvis was born here in 1864. She founded Mother's Day in 1905.
WEBSTER SPRINGS – The world's largest sycamore tree is located here on the Back Fork of the Elk River.
WEIRTON – Born here in Weirton were: author David Anthony in 1930, football player Ron "Fritz" Williams in 1944, and baseball player Dana Williams in 1963.
u Weirton is the only city in the U. S. that extends from one state border to another.
WELCH – Born here in Welch were: actor Page Johnson in 1930, baseball player John Wockenfuss in 1949, football player Rod Martin in 1954, and TV host/comedian Steve Harvey in 1956, and actress Karen Austin.
u The first recipients of food stamps were the Chloe and Alderson Muncy family of Welch. The family, which included 15 children, received $95 worth of stamps from Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman on May 29, 1961.
WELLSBURG – Track athlete Glenn Ashby Davis was born here in 1934.
u The Golden Delicious apple was developed here.
u Revolutionary War Continental Army Officer Oliver Brown is buried here in the Brooke Cemetery. He was at the Boston Tea Party.
WEST HAMLIN – Test pilot Church Yeager grew up here.
WEST UNION – Movie director/writer Clyde Ware was born here in 1932.
WHEELING – Born here in Wheeling were: General Jesse Lee Reno in 1823 (Reno, Nevada is named after him), actress Sara Alexander in 1839, actress Henrietta Crossman in 1861, baseball player Jesse "the Crab" Burkett in 1868, founder of Sinclair Oil Harry F. Sinclair in 1876, actress Charlotte Wynters in 1899, actress Virginia Fox in 1902 (she was married to movie producer Darryl F. Zanuck), labor leader Walter Reuther in 1907, actor Billy "Red" Jones in 1913, soprano Eleanor Steber in 1916, singer Nan Wynn in 1918, actress Joyce DeWitt in 1949 (played Janet in TV's Three's Company), actor Stephen Burleigh in 1949, and actor John Corbett in 1962.
u Author Jack Canfield grew up here. He wrote the book Chicken Soup for the Soul.
u Killer Charles Manson, 19, married Rosalie Jean Willis here in 1954. He worked as a busboy, gas station attendant and parking lot attendant while here.
u Silent screen actress Lina Basquette died here in 1994.
u Musician Leon Barry is buried here in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
u The first patent for a soda fountain was granted in 1833 to George Dulty in Wheeling.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – Major General John L. Hines was born here in 1868.
u Coal House, the only residence in the world built entirely of coal, is located here. at Rt. 60 E.
WILSONDALE – Burlesque stripper Blaze Starr was born here in 1932.
WINFIELD – Born here in Winfield were: baseball coach/manager Jim Lett in 1951, and football player Mike Barber.
WYCO – Actor Bernie Casey was born here in 1939.