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Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statements of Agency for the Mssrs Francis and John A Granger"

Alfred Beckley's Private Memorandum Book, 1856-1865, including "Statem...

The son of John Beckley, the first clerk of the House of Representatives under George Washington, Alfred Beckley is widely recognized as the founder of Raleigh County. The man for whom the county seat of Beckle... more

"Grandpa, all you bought was the air!"

"Grandpa, all you bought was the air!"

After researching the complicated history of his grandfather's property, West Virginia poet Bob Henry Baber composed this version of the Broad Form Deed. Used with the permission of the writer, Bob Henry Baber.

Clyde Bonds, at Daffy Bonds' house on Shumate's Branch

Clyde Bonds, at Daffy Bonds' house on Shumate's Branch

Event: Visit to Homes on Shumate's Branch Prior to Evacuation in Preparation for Slurry Impoundment. Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes on Shumate's Branch just before they were ... more

Leewin Richmond's ‘37 Buick, on Shumate's Branch

Leewin Richmond's ‘37 Buick, on Shumate's Branch

Event: Visit to Homes on Shumate's Branch Prior to Evacuation in Preparation for Slurry Impoundment. Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes and other traces of community life on Shum... more

The house of Denver Collins, Shumate's Branch

The house of Denver Collins, Shumate's Branch

Event: Visit to Homes on Shumate's Branch Prior to Evacuation in Preparation for Slurry Impoundment. Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes on Shumate's Branch just before they were ... more

James Clay's house on Shumate's Branch

James Clay's house on Shumate's Branch

Event: Visit to Homes on Shumate's Branch Prior to Evacuation in Preparation for Slurry Impoundment. Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes on Shumate's Branch just before they were ... more

The road through Shumate's Branch

The road through Shumate's Branch

Event: Visit to Homes on Shumate's Branch Prior to Evacuation in Preparation for Slurry Impoundment. Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes on Shumate's Branch just before they were ... more

Buck Gregory's house on Shumate's Branch

Buck Gregory's house on Shumate's Branch

Event: Visit to Homes on Shumate's Branch Prior to Evacuation in Preparation for Slurry Impoundment. Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes and other traces of community life on Shum... more

Arlie Clay's house, Shumate's Branch

Arlie Clay's house, Shumate's Branch

Event: Visit to Homes on Shumate's Branch Prior to Evacuation in Preparation for Slurry Impoundment. Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes on Shumate's Branch just before they were ... more

The house of Kemper and Stella Mae Clay on Shumate's Branch

The house of Kemper and Stella Mae Clay on Shumate's Branch

Event: Visit to Homes on Shumate's Branch Prior to Evacuation in Preparation for Slurry Impoundment. Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes on Shumate's Branch just before they were ... more

Daffy Bonds' house on Shumate's Branch

Daffy Bonds' house on Shumate's Branch

Rick Bradford of Edwight, West Virginia, took photographs of homes on Shumate's Branch just before they were torn down to build a slurry impoundment. Dave Bailey describes the houses, their inhabitants, and the... more

Joe Aliff's farm, including the house, barn, an outbuilding wherein he keeps samples of trees with disease symptoms induced by air pollution

Joe Aliff's farm, including the house, barn, an outbuilding wherein he...

Event: Visit with Joe Ailff. Joe Aliff writes, "Many school children and adults come to this modest museum to see the collection of fossils, photos and examples of the current conditions of plant life -- especi... more

Hay barn
Joe Aliff's farm, including the house and barn

Joe Aliff's farm, including the house and barn

Event: Visit with Joe Ailff. Joe Aliff writes, "The three story barn in this photo is more than 100 years old and has served as a dairy barn, implement storage, hay barn, and shelter for the farm animals. Not t... more

Joe Aliff's farm, including the house and barn
Donna Wills, of Rock Creek

Donna Wills, of Rock Creek

Event: A visit with Donna Wills.

Map showing the fourteen coalfields of West Virginia

Map showing the fourteen coalfields of West Virginia

The study area for the Coal River Folklife Project is in the Kanawha Coal Field, the largest of the West Virginia Coal Fields. The coalfields in the southern part of the state contain the most highly valued bit... more

Junior Peters, seated in his living room, surrounded by hunting trophies

Junior Peters, seated in his living room, surrounded by hunting trophi...

Event: Interview with Junior Peters about deer hunting.

Orie Loucks lectures to Appalachia Forest Action Project volunteers during the Citizen Science orientation in the gymnasium of the Mountview School, Rock Creek, West Virginia

Orie Loucks lectures to Appalachia Forest Action Project volunteers du...

Event: Citizen Science workshop at Mountview School.

Henry Aliff

Henry Aliff

Packsville was evacuated when the Marfork Mining Company (an A.T. Massey subsidiary) opened a mine at Marfork, just up the hollow from Packsville. Event: Interview with Henry and Louise Aliff about the Evacuati... more

August Service Station

August Service Station

Event: Interview with John August.

Orie Loucks orienting Appalachia Forest Action Project volunteers to mixed mesophytic habitat on the property of Joe Aliff, Rock Creek

Orie Loucks orienting Appalachia Forest Action Project volunteers to m...

Event: Citizen Science workshop at Mountview School.

Ed Cantley

Ed Cantley

Event: Interview with Ed Cantley.

Lucy Braun Association members Lowell Dodge and Judith Dumke

Lucy Braun Association members Lowell Dodge and Judith Dumke

Event: Tour of the Wayne National Forest.

Photos of John Flynn's home, the house of his grandfather, John Rorrer
Guardhouse and tipple at entrance to Marfork Mine

Guardhouse and tipple at entrance to Marfork Mine

Event: Interview with Henry and Louise Aliff about the Evacuation of Packsville, West Virginia. Packsville was evacuated when the Marfork Mining Company (an A.T. Massey subsidiary) opened a mine at Marfork, jus... more

Betty Bonds of Drews Creek, West Virginia, in Syble's Restaurant

Betty Bonds of Drews Creek, West Virginia, in Syble's Restaurant

Event: Interview with Betty Bonds and Lucy Cabell about Aspects of Woods.

Orie Loucks orienting Appalachia Forest Action Project volunteers to mixed mesophytic growth on the property of Joe Aliff, Rock Creek

Orie Loucks orienting Appalachia Forest Action Project volunteers to m...

Joe Aliff writes, "The site of this photo is on the south slope of the right hand ridge of the 'Goode Hollow' which is one quarter mile up Rock Creek Hollow.

E. Lucy Braun, the pioneering ecologist who identified the mixed mesophytic forest as a coherent system.

E. Lucy Braun, the pioneering ecologist who identified the mixed mesop...

In an entry for the <u>Biographical Dictionary of North American Environmentalists</u>, L. Ron Stuckey describes E. Lucy Braun as "One of the most original thinkers in the developing field of plant ecology duri... more

Pat Canterbury showing albums in which he has collected stickers and patches from mining companies he has worked for

Pat Canterbury showing albums in which he has collected stickers and p...

Event: Interview with Pat Canterbury about labor history on Coal River.

Painting of Christ knocking at the door by Charlotte Cantley, 1991

Painting of Christ knocking at the door by Charlotte Cantley, 1991

Event: Prayer Service at the Sundial Assembly of God Church.

Congregation praying at the altar

Congregation praying at the altar

Event: Prayer Service at the Sundial Assembly of God Church.

Pat Canterbury showing albums in which he has collected stickers and patches from mining companies he has worked for

Pat Canterbury showing albums in which he has collected stickers and p...

Event: Interview with Pat Canterbury about labor history on Coal River.

John August, Stickney, WV

John August, Stickney, WV

Event: Interview with John August.

Dan Twardus, United States Forest Service Specialist

Dan Twardus, United States Forest Service Specialist

The mixed mesophytic forest is also known as "Lucy's Woods" after Lucy Braun, the botanist who first named this forest system "mixed mesophytic." Twardus is giving a slide-lecture on mortality rates for chestnu... more

H.D. Price and John Flynn in the Sundial Tavern.

H.D. Price and John Flynn in the Sundial Tavern.

Event: An Evening at the Sundial Tavern.

Louise Aliff

Louise Aliff

Packsville was evacuated when the Marfork Mining Company (an A.T. Massey subsidiary) opened a mine at Marfork, just up the hollow from Packsville. Event: Interview with Henry and Louise Aliff about the Evacuati... more

Corrina Walker

Corrina Walker

Event: Interviews with Richard Combs and Corrina Walker.

Glendale Tabor, Naoma, WV

Glendale Tabor, Naoma, WV

Event: Interview with Glendale Tabor.

Richard "Dickie" Combs

Richard "Dickie" Combs

Event: Interviews with Richard Combs and Corrina Walker.

Elsie Rich, Jarrold's Valley

Elsie Rich, Jarrold's Valley

Event: Interview with Elsie Rich.

Ed Cantley's flock of pigeons in flight

Ed Cantley's flock of pigeons in flight

Event: Interview with Ed Cantley.

Lucy Cabell preaching at prayer service

Lucy Cabell preaching at prayer service

Event: Prayer Service at the Sundial Assembly of God Church.

A bill requiring the construction of roads to provide turnpike access

A bill requiring the construction of roads to provide turnpike access

This Bill Requiring the Construction of Roads to Provide Turnpike Access was introduced by Delegates Mullett and Roop on February 4, 1988 to the West Virginia State Legislature as House Bill 4358. It was passed... more

Joe Aliff with "Big Red," an old-growth red oak tree on his property

Joe Aliff with "Big Red," an old-growth red oak tree on his property

Joe Aliff writes, "'Big Red' stands near the top of Fishpond Hollow -- a north slope 'side hollow' that is one mile up Rock Creek Hollow."

Junior Peters, seated in his living room, surrounded by hunting trophies

Junior Peters, seated in his living room, surrounded by hunting trophi...

Event: Interview with Junior Peters about deer hunting.

Ranger giving orientation to Lucy Braun Association members before the hike through Wayne National Forest

Ranger giving orientation to Lucy Braun Association members before the...

Event: Tour of the Wayne National Forest. The Wayne National Forest, in southwestern Ohio, is considered to be an exemplar of the mixed mesophytic forest.

Ed Cantley

Ed Cantley

Event: Interview with Ed Cantley.

Pat Canterbury showing albums in which he has collected stickers and patches from mining companies he has worked for

Pat Canterbury showing albums in which he has collected stickers and p...

Event: Interview with Pat Canterbury about labor history on Coal River.