Here are the publications that the Harrison County Historical Society has available to purchase at this time. Stay tuned for more books in the near future.
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Other Days Other Days is a collection of articles pertaining to the earlier history of Shinnston and Pine Bluff, areas settled by the Shinn and other families. This book was originally published in 1978, on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Shinn settlement.
Ramblings: With Biographical Sketches of the Author Jack Sandy Anderson's first book was published c. 1960. In it he details life in the community of Pine Bluff in Harrison County. Local history and people are his subject matter. At the end of his little book we have added comments from Jack on his school days and notes from people who knew him.
Out Of The Past: Harrison County History Vignettes "Out of The Past" is a collection of articles devoted to Harrison County WV history written by Jack Sandy Anderson, well-known historian and past president of the Harrison County Historical Society. Articles included: the Civil War, coal industry, World War II, Shinnston Tornado, Melville Davisson Post, Granville Davisson Hall, physicians and hospitals, O'Dell's Knob, Stonewall Jackson's parents, John and Rachel McIntire, Thomas and Edward Cunningham, early Hornor family, etc.
Glimpses of the Past: Marion County History Vignettes Jack Sandy Anderson wrote articles for many years for publication in newspapers and books. He wrote on topics including both Harrison and Marion County West Virginia. This collection represents some of his favorite articles on Marion County, WV. Included are sketches of four West Virginia Governors with ties to Fairmont, Gov. Aretas Brooks Fleming, Gov. Francis Harrison Pierpont, Gov. Matthew Mansfield Neely, and Gov. Ephraim Franklin Morgan. Altogether there are 35 articles on people, places and organizations. One of the more unusual articles concerns Peter Crowe, an enigmatic log ago character from the Bingamon area who possessed amazing abilities.
Shinnston Tornado: Illustrated Eyewitness Accounts of Nature on the War-Path John L. Finlayson collected and published photos and personal accounts of the people who lived through and responded to what became known as the Shinnston Tornado. This scarce book is now being republished. The storm system that created the tornado outbreak remained one of the most devastating storms in our nation's history for many decades.
Old Gold: Glimpses of Antebellum Shinnston The Harrison County WV Historical Society is republishing this special edition of Old Gold in the interests of the local history of Harrison County, WV. Granville Davisson Hall wrote about his boyhood years in later life. He grew up in small town Shinnston, WV in the years prior to the Civil War. Our editions identifies the real personalities and places that he disguised in his work. Included are pictures of structures he would have been familiar with, some still standing.
These are publications sold on behalf on other individuals that donate the profits to the Historical Society These books can be purchased in our office during regular business hours or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nathan Goff, Jr. A Biography: With Some Account of Guy Despard Goff and Brazilla Carroll Reece Nathan Goff, Jr. (1843-1920) served in all three branches of government, starting as a Union soldier in 1861 he rose to the rank of Major and participated in over twenty engagements including the second Battle of Bull Run, before being captured and imprisoned in Libby Prison. Exchanged for a confederate officer he was interviewed by President Lincoln regarding the conditions in Southern prisoner of war camps. Goff’s career as a public servant continued for the next fifty years during which he served as U.S. Attorney, Secretary of the Navy, member of Congress, and as the Republican gubernatorial candidate in the disputed election of 1888 and twenty years as a federal judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Goff completed his career by serving as U.S. Senator from West Virginia from 1913 to 1919. Nathan’s son Guy Goff also served as U.S. Senator from West Virginia from 1925 until 1931 and a brief biography of his life as well as that of U.S. Congressman Brazilla Carol Reese is included in the work.
The Despards in Ireland, 1572–1838: A Memoir of Ms. Jane Despard Written in 1838, Ms. Jane Despard points her acid pen at the lives of her family members living in Ireland for the previous 250 years. Jane herself is very well educated, has a sterling intellect and uses it to devastating effect on her ancestors and peers. Her social outlook is strictly upper middle class English and she is very concerned about social standing, income, “improving property.” and morality. She can be very engaging and has a dry, droll wit. A self-proclaimed heretic, she does not pull her punches. Everyone gets the full magnifying glass treatment of her intellect; from “Infidel Geologists” to “cross grained” cousins as well as various idle and dissipated relatives, no one is spared except a few saintly individuals and even they get a few barbs. She also recites aphorisms, sayings and turns of speech that you just won’t see anywhere else.
A Long Delayed Wedding Journey: Two Thousand Miles of Our Country Seen From A Flivver A recreation of W.C. Clark and Nevada Clark's original work from their delayed honeymoon journey taken in a Flivver (Model T Ford) in 1922. This journey was taken during the beginning of the automobile age and roads were just being built and surfaced in rural towns. Their journey describes the sights, scenery and people they met along the way. Added content includes town history and obituaries of the principal authors.
A Century Ago: Creating a State Constabulary for West Virginia A history of the first 20 years of the West Virginia State Police, on the occasion of its centenary 1919. The 110-page book features pictures from the State Police Academy and Eastern Regional Coal Archives. All profits of this book go toward the West Virginia State Police 100th Anniversary Fund.
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