This is a copy of an engraving likely done from a photo original. It was done by Bruce Haymond, brother of Henry Haymond who wrote the History of Harrison County in 1910. Bruce did the illustrations for his brother's book but this one does not appear therein.
The building in the right of the picture was owned by merchant David Davidson and it's construction took the front yard and porch of the home.
This engraving was done prior to the demolition of the home which was done to expand Mr. Davidson's business. The home sat back on the lot at 324 West Main Street in downtown Clarksburg, WV, on the opposite side from the courthouse. A commemorative plaque was placed here to designate this location.
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Color postcard of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Clarksburg, West Virginia. A large marquee is surrounded by two American flags at the front entrance to the hotel. The hotel was constructed of gray and beige brick. 1930's or 1940's style automobiles are shown on the adjacent streets. The number of rooms and baths as well as the prices of those rooms are listed on the image side of the postcard.
This is the current location of the Harrison County Historical Society's Archives.
Photo of Davis taken on August 10, 1924 in Clarksburg
during his 1924 campaign for president.
John William Davis
Lawyer, diplomat, and presidential candidate John William Davis (April 13, 1873-March 24, 1955) was born in Clarksburg. He was educated at Washington and Lee, graduating from the university in 1892 and from the law school in 1895. Davis practiced law in Clarksburg, 1897–1913, and was president of the West Virginia Bar Association in 1906.
Davis began his political career in the state House of Delegates in 1899 and was elected to Congress in 1911. He resigned during his second term to become solicitor general of the United States, a position he held from 1913 to 1918. Davis was ambassador to England, from 1918 to 1921, and a member of the American delegation to the 1918 Geneva conference on the treatment and exchange of prisoners of war. He began practice in New York and was president of the American Bar Association. Most widely known as the 1924 Democratic candidate for president, Davis lost overwhelmingly to Republican Calvin Coolidge and failed to carry either West Virginia or his native Clarksburg. After the election he returned to he law practice.
One of the most accomplished lawyers of his time, Davis argued 141 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. His last case was one of the most controversial, when he argued in 1952 for the continuation of racial segregation in South Carolina. The case Briggs v. Elliot was one of four cases comprising the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education. Davis’s name was often mentioned as a potential U.S. Supreme Court justice.
1908 Clarksburg Football Black and white photograph of the 1908 Clarksburg High School football team. On the far left, there is a young boy wearing a newsboy cap and long wool overcoat. Three young men on the right are wearing early leather football helmets. A man fourth from the left cradles a football in is right arm. Most of the players are wearing dark colored turtle neck sweaters or light colored cardigans. This photograph might possibly have been taken at what became Washington Irving High School's Hite Field.
The Ritz Theatre
Black and white photograph of the Ritz Theatre at night in Clarksburg, WV circa 1933. The electric marquee is lit and advertisements for the film, "Footlight Parade" cover the front of the theater. There is a car parked nearly out of frame on the left.
Donohue and Johnson Building
The larger one Donohue and Johnson building was built on the site of the Stonewall Jackson birthplace. The building on the present site is marked by a plaque and is now occupied by the Federal Bankruptcy Court. The site is decorated twice a year by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Civil War Era Clarksburg
This Civil War Era photo by Bennett Rider is usually shown with the left hand side cropped. Here it is as developed showing Main St., Clarksburg, WV. It depicts the same side of the street as in the above photos. Mr. Rider did many photos in Harrison County and the historical society is fortunate in having a number of his glass negatives. According to Judge Haymond Maxwell's book The Story of Sycamore, Mr. Rider lived in the vicinity of Sycamore during this period. There he operated a store, post office and picture gallery.
Other photography by Mr. Rider from this era are pictured below.
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