Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

This Week in West Virginia History

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

This Week in West Virginia History

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The following events happened on these dates this week in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at April 20, 1823: Gen. Jesse Lee Reno was born in Wheeling. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1846, eighth in a class that included another cadet from western Virginia, Thomas J. Jackson, later known as Stonewall.

April 20, 1863: President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation that in 60 days West Virginia would become a state. This occasion was marked 100 years later during the state's Centennial celebration with a special ceremonial session of the West Virginia Legislature on April 20, 1963, in Wheeling.

April 20, 1909: Fiddler Melvin Wine was born near Burnsville. A favorite of old-time music enthusiasts nationally, he was chosen as a National Heritage Fellow in 1991 by the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest recognition given to a folk artist in the United States.

April 20, 1939: Poet Irene McKinney was born in Belington, Barbour County. Gov. Gaston Caperton appointed her state poet laureate in 1993, and she served in the capacity until her death in 2012.

April 21, 1908: Traditional musician Phoeba Cottrell Parsons was born in Calhoun County. Parsons's traditional claw-hammer banjo style, unaccompanied ballad singing, riddles and storytelling have influenced countless numbers of younger musicians.

April 21, 1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Jefferson National Forest. The West Virginia portion of this forest includes 18,530 acres in Monroe County.

April 22, 1908: Marshall Little Sleepy" Glenn was born in Elkins. Glenn coached basketball at West Virginia University from 1934 to 1938 and football from 1937 to 1940. …

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