Category Archives: Logan

Myrtle Lilly Hager Acord

Biography of Myrtle Lilly Hager Acord

She was born January 1,1929 at Kistler, Logan County, West Virginia on what my
grandmother said was the biggest snow and was the coldest it had been in many years.

She is the daughter of Watson Riley Hager and Sylvia Belle Davidson Hager.

Her paternal grandparents are Claibourne G. Hager and Arabess (Arispie) Price.

Maternal grandparents are Blevins Davidson and Ellen Romaine Potter Davidson.

She grew up in Logan County,West Virginia on Buffalo Creek.

She came to live in Oceana,Wyoming County, West Virginia and that is where she met
Robert Lee Acord Jr in 1944 in Oceana and the married 3 months later in Oceana on
December 21, 1944 where they made their home.

To this marriage were born 8 children 7 daughters and 1 son. The 3 oldest daughters
still live in Oceana. Their children are as follows, Sylvia Acord Bragg,Betty Acord
Goodwin,,Myrna Acord Walker,Nancy Acord Paynter,Virginia Acord Gladden Bradley,Stallie
Acord Sheppard Allen,Robert Edward Acord,Mary Acord George Hood Bradley Lundy.

She loved the beach and enjoyed going to Myrtle Beach,South Carolina she always joked
about it she said it was named after her.Mom was a very happy person always laughing
she had a beautiful smile and her eyes just had a twinkle of mischief to them. When I
slip on a long sleeve blouse at times its as if Moms hands are coming through the sleeve.
She was very sick the last 7 years of her life as she had diabetes and was insulin dependant
for 20 years ,the last seven years she spent in a wheel chair.

Myrtle Lilly Hager Acord lived in Oceana until her death at the age of 65 years. February
21,1994 in Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia as her husband had died 26 years before
her she was laid to rest beside him on what would have been his 74th birthday in Palm Memorial
Gardens ,Matheny West Virginia

Submitted by her daughter, Sylvia Acord Bragg.

Barney L. Kidd

BARNEY L. KIDD is one of the prominent young busi- ness men of Logan County, and at the age of thirty has attained business responsibilities that would do credit to a man much older. His experience has been almost altogether in the lumbering industry, and he is superintendent of two large plants in this typical coal field of Southern West Vir- ginia. He was born at St. Albans, Kanawha County, West Vir- ginia, April 6, 1891, son of T. J. and Mary A. (Thomas) Kidd. His grandfather was a native of old Virginia and of French ancestry, while his mother’s people were English. Both parents were born in West Virginia, and his father has been active in the lumber business in Fayette County, and in the various localities where he has lived has always taken a great interest in public affairs. He has served as a school trustee, is a member of the Masonic Order, and is a leader in the Baptist Church, acting for years as superintendent of the Sunday school. Barney L. Kidd attended common schools in Kanawha County and in several other counties, and graduated in 1909 at the Mountain State Business College at Parkers- burg. After a few months employment in a law office he began his active experience in the lumber business with the Boone Timber Company at Clothier, West Virginia. He was chief inspector for that firm for two and one-half years, was then inspector for two years, with headquarters at Huntington, for the Peytona Lumber Company, was in- spector at Accoville about two and one-half years, and then came to his present location at Omar in Logan County, where he is superintendent of the company’s operations, comprising two complete sawmills, planing mill, dry kilns and flooring plant. One complete sawmill is located at Christian in Logan County. The mills have a capacity of about 65,000 feet of finished product daily. This product is shipped from the plants to various points throughout the United States. Mr. Kidd married in 1913, at Pomeroy, Ohio, Miss Ruth Martin, daughter of James A. and Mary Martin. Her par- ents were both born in West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Kidd have two children, Geraldine Martin and Dona Gene. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 370

Submitted by Valerie Crook
March 21, 2000

Alfred D. Callihan

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 137

ALFRED D. CALLIHAN. A brief outline of the personal career of Alfred D. Callihan recalls a number of the de- velopments in the mining district of Southern West Vir- ginia during the past thirty years. His intimate association with the coal interests of the state began in the New River field during the construction of the Chesapeake & Ohio Rail- road there in 1891. Mr. Callihan, whose home is at 713 Tenth Street, Huntington, is superintendent of the Paragon Colliery Company at Yolyn, Logan County.

Mr. Callihan was born at Greenup, Kentucky, October 3, 1872, son of Daniel and Sallie (Willis) Callihan, both na- tives of Greenup County. His father was born in 1814 and died in 1892. The mother died July 20, 1920, at the age of eighty-six. Daniel Callihan was a farmer and country mer- chant, was a republican in politics and was a Methodist, while his wife was a Baptist.

Alfred D. Callihan, fifth in a family of seven children, attended school at Greenup until he was about eighteen years of age. At that time he entered the service of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company as a water boy dur- ing construction work on the Eastern Cincinnati Division. Soon afterward he was in the train service in West Vir- ginia, in the yards at Sewell, and there came successive promotions to more responsible work, leading from bill clerk to train master and the operation of trains over all the branches of the Chesapeake & Ohio leading into the va- rious coal fields.

In 1897 Mr. Callihan became associated with coal pro- duction with the McDonald Colliery Company at McDonald and the Cranberry Fuel Company, being superintendent of both properties. In 1908 he took charge as superintend- ent of the White Oak Railroad and the Piney River and Paint Creek Road as joint superintendent for the Virgin- ian Railroad Company and the Chesapeake & Ohio. While performing these duties his home was at Oak Hill.

In 1915 he took over the management of the Guyan Val- ley Coal Company at Crown in Logan County. This sub- sequently became the property of the W. E. Deegans in- terests. Then, in 1920, Mr. Callihan came to Yolyn in charge of Paragon Mines Nos. 1 and 2. This is likewise Deegans property.

In 1902 Mr. Callihan married Janie Dixon, daughter of S. Dixon, of Price Hill, Raleigh County. They have a son, Dixon. Mr. and Mrs. Callihan are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Huntington. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge at McDonald, the Royal Arch Chapter and Knight Templar Commandery at Huntington, the Shrine at Charleston, and in politics he is a repub- lican.

Submitted by Valerie Crook March 18, 2000

John F. May

John F. May, M.D.- Logan Co.

John F. May M.D. All the years of his active life Doctor May has been identified with some work that has a vital part in the welfare of his community. He was a teacher for many years, later took up and studied medicine, and after practicing some years in his native state of Kentucky moved to West Virginia, and has been one of the leading mine physicians of Logan County. His present location is at Rossmore in that county, on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad branch from Logan to Omar.

He was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, September 9, 1869. His family established themselves in the Big Sandy Valley in Eastern Kentucky more than a century ago. His great-grandfather left old Virginia in 1810, and while coming down the Big Sandy found at the mouth of Middle Creek what seemed to him an ideal place for a home with abundance of game to supply him with food. He took up his claim there, and lived in that locality until his death. The grandfather of Doctor May was prominent in politics and a power in that community. He died in 1855. Doctor May is a son of Thomas Green and Martha (Rice) May, both natives of Kentucky. His father was a farmer and stock man, was a deacon in the Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Order. He had a brother in the civil war.

John F. May attended common schools in Johnson Co., also the Baptist Seminary, known as the Enterprise High School, and soon afterward began his work as a school teacher, a vocation he followed for seventeen years. While teaching he pursued normal cources, and finally, in 1902, he took up the study of medicine in the University of Kentucky at Louisville, where he graduated M.D. in 1905. During the following five years Doctor May practiced in Boyd Co., Kentucky, at Princess Post Office. Since then his professional work has been in Logan Co., West Virginia. For eight years he practiced at Ethel and in the City of Logan, and for two years was associated with Doctor Farley at Holden. Since December, 1921, he has been located at Rossmore as physician for the Logan Mining Company and the Switizer Coal Company.

In 1891, at Flat Gap, Kentucky, Doctor May married Miss Charlotte Seagraves, daughter of E. G. and Sarah (Gray) Seagraves, her father a native of Kentucky and her mother of Tennessee. E.G. Seagraves for twenty years was a school teacher and was also a farmer and merchant. Doctor and Mrs. May have one child, Grace May, now Mrs. Lucian Adkins. She and her two children, Frank and Charles reside with Doctor May. Doctor May is a Baptist, is a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner and a republican.

History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago & New York, Volume 111
Page 370

Joan Wyatt
March 24, 2000

Aaron Edson Altizer

AARON EDSON ALTIZER, M. D. Altizer is one of the old- est family names in the Buffalo Valley District of Logan County. During the past seventy years the business inter- ests of the family have been chiefly engaged in farming and the timber and logging industry there. Doctor Altizer had some rugged experience as a boy in the timber, and since qualified for his profession has done an extensive practice, chiefly around the mines that have developed within his lifetime along this valley. His home is at Acco- ville.

Doctor Altizer was born on a farm that included ground on which the later town and now thriving little City of Man is located, near the mouth of Buffalo Creek. He was born there November 19, 1882, son of Joseph and Nancy (White) Altizer, and grandson of Aaron and Sarah Altizer. His grandfather came from Virginia to Logan County in 1858. Aaron Altizer is now ninety-eight years of age. He has been a witness of and a contributing factor in the de- velopment of this valley for seventy years. Soon after coming here he bought a large tract of land at the mouth of the Buffalo. This land was covered with heavy timber, and his labors cleared up a farm there. His active years were devoted to the timber business and farming. Aaron Altizer has been an influence for good in this locality. He has been a man of temperate habits, which no doubt ac- counts for his long life, and he has also been satisfied with the simple life, producing most of the food that sup- plied his table, including milk, butter and honey, and has kept up with the march of events by constant reading, so that he is well informed not only on local history, but on the history of the world and topics of the day. He was a Confederate soldier and a prisoner of war. His service was with a Virginia regiment. In politics he has a rather in- dependent choice in casting his vote. The large tract of land he formerly owned he finally sold for $15,000, but it is now worth many times that figure. The town of Man was built on this land, and he was the first postmaster of the village and served as justice of the peace and at differ- ent times was a member of the local school board. His great age is not exceptional in his family, since he had an older brother in Virginia to reach the age of ninety-eight years. After the death of his first wife Aaron Altizer married Mary Aliff, of Roanoke County, Virginia, and she died in 1907. He now lives with his son Charles at Kistler, a mining village also built on part of the Altizer farm.

Joseph Altizer, father of Doctor Altizer, was one of a family of nine sons and two daughters. He was born in 1848 in Montgomery County, Virginia, and was ten years of age when the family came to Logan County. He de- voted his life to the lumber business and farming, and died on March 10, 1911. He was a Baptist and a democrat. His wife, Nancy White, was a daughter of Green White, and she is now sixty-five years of age. They had a family of seven sons and two daughters: George W., a merchant and justice of the peace at Accoville; D. K., a lumberman and dealer in railroad ties and timber, living at Hunting- ton; Aaron E. and Bruce, twins, Bruce being yard master for the Chesapeake & Ohio at Logan; Walter, in the mines at Kistler; Ellen, wife of Thomas Perry, of Kistler; Julius, who lives with his mother at Kistler; Lena, wife of Beverly Burke, of Kistler; and Cecil, at home.

Aaron Edson Altizer had a happy boyhood on the old farm long before any railroad was in the vicinity or any of the mines opened along the valley. He worked in the timber, and helped pilot many log rafts down the Guyan- dotte River. He attended school at Man, and during 1905-07 was a student in Marshall College at Huntington. At the age of twenty he began teaching, his first school being at Oilville on Island Creek in Logan County. He taught a number of terms, aggregating fifty-two months altogether. As a teacher he made the money that put him through medical college at the University of Louisville, entering that school in 1907 and graduating in 1910. While there he specialized in children’s diseases. He had work in the Louisville City Hospital in 1911, 1920 and 1922, and then returned to Man and began practice. Almost from the beginning much of his practice has been in the mining towns. In 1916 he moved to Accoville, where he has charge of the medical practice for the mines owned by the Litz- Smith, the Deegan Eagle, the Arthur D. Cronin companies. He is president of the Triadelphia District School Board and many of the modern school buildings have been erected under his supervision. He is associated in membership with various medical societies.

In 1911 Doctor Altizer married Elsie Burgess, daughter of C. A. Burgess, of Man. Their four children are Boyd Delmont, Aaron Edson, Jr., Vera Vane, and Joseph Corne- lius. Doctor Altizer is a trustee of the Methodist Church. He is affiliated with the Lodge and Chapter of Masonry at Logan, the Knight Templar Commandery at Charleston, the Shrine at Charleston, and the Scottish Rite degrees in Wheeling.

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 211

Submitted by Valerie Crook March 18, 2000

Archibald Roger Montgomery

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770


pg. 727

(Democrat.) Address: Clothier, West Va. Born in Rad-
nor township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania; educated in
public schools and University of Pennsylvania, from which
latter institution he received the degree of Bachelor of
Science in Civil Engineering; besides following his profession
he is also engaged in the coal business; was elected to the
Senate from Eighth District in 1916; a hold-over Senator;
committee assignments in the sessions of 1917: Privileges
and Elections, Finance, Banks and Corporations, Railroads,
Mines and Mining, Claims and Grievances, Public Library,
Passed and Enrolled Bills..

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Lloyd Edward Bragg

Biography of Lloyd Edward Bragg

Lloyd Edward Bragg was born May 19,1914 in Logan County West Virginia although they lived in Lincoln County, so he grew up in Lincoln County West Virginia .
He was the son of Albert Bragg and Lottie Spears Bragg.
His siblings were 3 sisters they were by a previous marriage of his mother
Their names are Bernice,Bessie and Allie Sowards
His paternal Grandparents are James Calloway Bragg and Sarah Adkins Bragg
Maternal Grandparents are Hamilton Spears and Jerusha Spurlock Spears.
He married Rita Irene Elkins d/o Dennie Wirt Elkins and Corba Louvina Stewart February 15,1933 In Oceana Wyoming County,West Virginia.
He was a resident of Oceana Wyoming County for over 47 years as they made their home there.
They had 10 children 6 sons and 4 daughters and adopted 1 granddaughter
Their children are as follows James Edward Bragg ,Patsy Bragg Sexton,Danford Earl Bragg,Carol Bragg Slattton, Hubert Acy Bragg,Dennis Everett Bragg,Frederick Keith Bragg,Judith Bragg Milam Lowe Barbara Bragg Spears Crouse,Jimmie Randall Bragg and the adopted granddaughter is Kimberly Bragg Lafferty
Dad and Mom met when he came to Oceana to work on the railroad building the railroad to Eastern Gas and Fuel at Kopperston and when this was finished he went to work at Eastern Gas and Fuel in the mines at Kopperston ,Wyoming County,West Virginia where he worked over 40 years .
He was a disabled coal miner and suffered from Black Lung.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows in Matheny West Virginia
He was a member of The United Mine Workers for 47 years.
He was among the founders of Turkey Ridge Independent Baptist
Served as a Deacon of the church for years ,he worked with the youth fellowship I can still see him when Church youth group would go roller skating he would skate right along with us and could skate as well as anyone and better than most.
He died September 15,1980 in Beckley Raleigh County West Virginia
Buried in Palm Memorial Gardens at Matheny Wyoming County West Virginia.

Submitted by son Danford Earl Bragg Sr

Cecil H. Perry

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 24, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 264
Logan County

CECIL H. PERRY was born in Logan County at a time
when this famous coal district was hardly known to the
world. He received a training that equipped him with the
liighest degree of technical skill for service in the coal in-
dustry, and as a civil and mining engineer returned to his
native county a year or so ago and is now general superin-
tendent for the Main Island Creek Coal Company at Stirrat
on the Omar Branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio.

Mr. Perry was born in Logan, May 22, 1886, son of N. F.
and Ida (Gore) Perry. The Gores are an old West Virginia
family. The Perry family were early settlers in the famous
Pike County District of Missouri. N. F. Perry was born,
however, in West Virginia, and served in the Confederate
army, being a member of the regiment known as the Wild
Cats. He was once wounded in the forearm, and subse-
quently was captured and was held at Fort Donelson until
1866. He was a farmer by occupation.

Cecil H. Perry attended common schools at Logan, and
acquired his professional education in Columbia University
of New York City, where he graduated civil engineer in
1907. As a civil engineer engaged in work of a mine en-
gineer he spent two years in New Mexico with the Kooky
Mountain and Pacific Coal Company. He then returned
East and was at Washington from 1909 to 1912 as resident
engineer for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Returning
to West Virginia, he became an engineer with. the Consoli-
dated Coal Company at Fairmont, and served with this
corporation successively as mining engineer, superintendent
and finally as general superintendent until January, 1920,
when he resigned and took up his present duties at Stirrat
with the Main Island Creek Coal Company. He is general
superintendent of mines Nos. 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
and 22 for this company. Mr. Perry was discouraged from
army service during the war, since he was more useful to
the Government in securing a maximum of coal production.

On May 22, 1912, at Jackson, Kentucky, Mr. Perry mar-
ried Miss Nancy E. Woodman, daughter of Jesse and
Elizabeth (Combs) Woodman, both natives of Kentucky.
Her father is a merchant at Hazard, that state. The two
children born to their marriage are Mary Elizabeth and
Paul. Mr. and Mrs. Perry are Baptists, and he is a Master
Mason and is also affiliated with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.

Chester Cush Chambers

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II.
pg. 356.


Chester Cush Chambers, the efficient and popular city attorney
of Logan judicial center of Logan County, was born at Pecks
Mills, this county, Decmeber 11, 1890, and is the son of Leroy
and Martha (Chambers) Chambers, both natives of this state,
where they still reside on their excellent homestead farm near
Pecks Mill. The father of Leroy Chambers was born in Virginia,
where the family, of English lineage, was founded in the
days, and he became one of the distinguished and eloquent
clergymen of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as a minister of
which he labored long and earnestly and gained high reputation
for his consecrated zeal and devotion.

After receiving the discipline of the public schools Chester C.
Chambers was for three years a student in Marshall College at
Huntington, this state. In 1915 he graduated in the law
department of historic old Washington and Lee University,
Virginia, and after thus receiving his degree of Bachelor of
Laws he engaged in the practice of his profession at Logan,
where his success marks him as one of the representative younger
meembers of the bar of Logan County. He served one term as
county recorder, and the year 1922 finds him giving an
effective administration in the office of city attorney of

On the 6th of March, 1918, Mr. Chambers entered the nation’s
military service in connection with the World war. He passed
one year at Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, and for ten months
thereafter he was stationed at Fort Bayard, New Mexico. He
won commission as second lieutenant, was assigned to the
sanitary corps, and at Fort Bayard he was made adjutant of the
United States General Hospital, commanding officer of the
hospital force of 600 men, custodian of the hospital funds and
fire marshal of the Post. The preferments denote the high
estimate placed upon him and also the effieciency of his
service. He received his honorable discharge in August, 1919,
and then resumed the practice of his profession at Logan. He
is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks.

In March, 1918, Mr. Chambers was united in marriage with Miss
Ida Robinette, of Logan County, she being a daughter of
Preston and Ella (Gore) Robinette, the former a native of
Kentucky and the latter of the present Logan County, West
Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers are popular figures in the
representative social activities of their home community.

Submitted by Vivian Brinker April 27, 2000

Floyd D. Stollings

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
“John “Bill” Wheeler”
December 6, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume ll.,

Floyd D. Stollings, who has been a prominent and influential figure in
connection with the timber business in West Virginia and also in the handling
of coal lands, has the distinction of maintaining his home in a town that was
named in his honor, the attractive village of Stollings, Logan County. He was
born near Chapmanville, this county in January. 1853 and is a son of Nelson and
Lurania(Workman) Stollings, the former of whom likewise was born near
Chapmanville and the later of whom was in Boone County, where her death occurred
in 1890 and where her husband died in 1900, at the venerable age of eighty-four
years. Josiah Stollings, grandfather of the subject of this review, owned large
tracts of land near Chapmanville, and was one of the representative pioneers of
Logan County. The Stollings came from North Carolina and were numbered among the
first settlers in the Guyan valley in what is now West Virginia. Abraham
Workman, maternal grandfather of Mr. Stollings likewise came to this section in
an early day, his former home having been in North Carolina, near the Virginia
Nelson Stolling finally established his home on a farm in Boone County,
about midway between Chapmanville and Madison, and he met with heavy property
and financial losses at the time of the Civil War. He became a mail contractor
and transported the mail from Logan to Charleston and also between Logan and
Wayne, besides which he established a postoffice at Tracefork, a village now
known as Manila, in Boone County.After the close of the war Nelson Stollings as
prosperous in his activities as a farmer, trader and mail contractor. He was
born in the year 1816 and his wife in 1821, both having been earnest members of
the Missionary Baptist Church and his political allegiance having been given to
the democratic party. Of their seven children Floyd D., of this sketch, is the
only one now living. The oldest son, Thomas B. though under the age at the time,
enlisted for services as a confederate soldier in the Civil War.
Floyd D. Stollings gains his early education in the schools of Logan and
Boone Counties, and his initial work of independent order was the service which
he gave as postmaster at Tracefork. From 1874 to 1876 inclusive, he was in the
panhandle district of Texas, and upon his return to West Virginia he engaged in
the mercantile business in Boone County. He next turned his attention to the
timber industry and instituted operation of Twelve Pole Creek and Guyandot
River. He first bought popular and walnut timber, which he would raft down to
the Ohio River, down which stream the fleet of logs were towed by boats to
market points. In his operation, which became of large scope, he maintained his
headquarters at Catlettsburg, Kentucky, which was the headquarters for all of
the old timber men operating on the Twelve Pole and Guyandot rivers. Mr.
Stollings has bought and sold many thousand acres of timber and coal lands, has
cut the timber from much land that he later sold to coal operators, and among
his purchases was 500 acres where the village of Stollings is now situated,
this town having been founded in 1900, which was named in his honor and to the
development of which he has contributed in general measure, he having
established his home after many years’ residence in Boone County. He is a
democrat in political allegiance and his wife is a member of the Christian
The year 1873 recorded the marriage of Mr. Stollings and Miss Luella Stone,
daughter of the late William N. Stone of Boone County. Of this union were born
five sons and five daughters, two of the sons being deceased.