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History of Ritchie County

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History of Ritchie County with Biographical Sketches of Its Pioneers and Their Ancestors and with Interesting Reminiscences of Revolutionary and Ind

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER LV Natural Resources EST VIRGINIA now holds a second rank in the production of the higher grade of oii and gas, and Ritchie county is one of the leading oii-producing sections of the state. As has already been noted (in the Ritchie Mine chapter), this great industry had its beginning in our Commonwealth, in 1844, when George S. Lemon, discovered it while putting down a well for salt-water, near the mouth of Flint run. in Wirt county, and introduced it into the Marietta market as medicine. Then came the famous Burning Springs-field, in 18(50. and from this time it has gradually grown into one of the richest resources of the state. The history of this industry in the county, dates back to the 'wild cat wells" between the years 1865 and '70, when one of these wells, which gave a promising showing of oil, was drilled in on Big run, near Cairo. In these early days, the oil interest centered in the Volcano field, in the heavy lubricating oil, which sold as high as twenty dollars a barrel. But after the conflagration, on August 4, 1879, which destroyed most of the town, the development was carried southward past Petroleum to the California House, and on to Burning Springs. Ten years after the Volcano field commenced its decline, Cairo began to show signs of becoming a center for this development, and about 18'J0 prospecting was begun; and soon exaggerated stories were in circulation as to the importance of the results, and tests extended to Cornwaliis, Pennsboro and Harrisville. On August 11, 1890. A. L. Gracey, now of Marietta, Ohio, leased a tract of land near Cairo, and the A. M. Douglass well. which is still a producer after the lapse of twenty years, was the result of this test. Then came well number two on the Hatfield farm; the...

Ritchie County in History and Romance

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Ritchie County West Virginia Cemeteries Through 1993

Author : David M. Scott
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A compilation of approximately 300 cemeteries/burying grounds in Ritchie County, West Virginia. The 860-page, hardbound book includes a 162-page index with approximately 20,000 names & a county map that indicates the location of the cemeteries.

The Four Goff Brothers of Western Virginia

Author : Phillip G. Goff
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Ritchie County Crimes and Calamities

Author : John M. Jackson
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Murder, mayhem and melodrama in rural West Virginia! Traditional history has painted early Ritchie County as a peaceful place, populated by industrious, prosperous citizens. In compiling newspaper articles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, however, Ritchie County Crimes & Calamities editor John M. Jackson shows that the county in its first decades was livelier--and deadlier--than previously portrayed. More than a simple collection of reprinted newspaper clippings, Ritchie County Crimes & Calamities might be considered an alternative history of the county during the Victorian era and beyond. Among the hundreds of stories reprinted in this volume is the heartrending tale of Margaret Maley's death by poison and the subsequent murder trial of her husband. Here, too, the reader will learn of Alvadore Connolly, who died in bed with a live sheep and a pile of hot rocks, victim of an ill-fated home remedy. Also revisited is the mysterious death of "Shogg" Cunningham, who reportedly returned to life at his own wake. Collectively, the tragic, sensational, and sometimes amusing events recounted in these pages shaped not only the lives of our Ritchie County ancestors but--by extension--our own. The book is divided into chapters arranged by subject matter, with introductory essays to place the articles in context. Indexed and exhaustively annotated, the book will prove useful to those researching the county's families and communities while it reclaims history that had been lost or deliberately concealed for generations. Beyond its relevance to local and West Virginia history, Ritchie County Crimes & Calamities will appeal to readers with interests in true crime stories, 19th century social conditions, and the history of journalism.

West Virginia History

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North Fork Hughes River Watershed Project Ritchie County

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West Virginia History

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Some Observations on the Birds of Ritchie County West Virginia

Author : William Brewster
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Ritchie County in Vintage Postcards

Author : Rock Wilson
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Ritchie County, West Virginia, named for famed Richmond journalist Thomas Ritchie, was originally founded in 1843 from portions of Harrison, Lewis, and Wood Counties. In the late 19th century, Ritchie County found itself directly on the Baltimore & Ohio Rail Line. Early postcards from this era capture the county ripe with natural resources and the grandeur of the quickly developing region. The production of oil and natural gas has been a chief source of development since the early 20th century and continues today. The area is also known for its agricultural and manufacturing developments including livestock, grain, glassware, and lumber products.

The History of Barbour County West Virginia

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Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass Miami Howard and Tipton Counties Indiana

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History of Davis County Iowa

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History of Davis County Iowa

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Richard Dotson 1752 1847 and His Descendants

Author : James M. Dotson
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Family history and genealogical information about the descendants of Richard Dotson who was born ca. 1752 in Frederick Co., Virginia. He married Mary (surname unknown) sometime prior to the year 1775. They lived in Virginia and were the parents of two known children. Descendants lived in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kansas, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

History of Taylor County Iowa

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Biographical History of Pottawattamie County Iowa

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An Illustrated History of the State of Washington

Author : Harvey Kimball Hines
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Proceedings of the Newport Natural History Society

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