This Week in W.Va. History

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This Week in W.Va. History


The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more about West Virginias people, places, history, arts, science and culture, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. Jan. 9, 1911: Louise McNeill was born on the family farm in Pocahontas County. She was appointed poet laureate by Gov. Jay Rockefeller in 1979, holding that title until her death. Jan. 9, 1986: The first instant scratch lottery tickets were sold in West Virginia. Voters had approved the lottery amendment to the constitution two years before. Jan. 10, 1846: Wetzel County was created from a part of Tyler County. It was named for Indian fighter Lewis Wetzel. Jan. 10, 1860: Webster County was created from parts of Braxton, Nicholas and Randolph counties. The county was named for Daniel Webster. Jan. 10, 1923: Musician Curly Ray Cline was born in Baisden, Logan County. He was one of the most significant bluegrass fiddlers from West Virginia from 1938 until his retirement in 1993. Jan. 10, 1925: Judge Elizabeth Virginia Hallanan was born in Charleston. She was West Virginias first female federal court judge. Jan. 10, 1928: Gov. Howard Gore appointed Minnie Buckingham Harper to fill the unexpired term of her husband, E. Howard Harper. She was the first African-American woman to serve as a member of a state legislative body in the United States. Jan. 10, 1940: The Pond Creek No. 1 mine at Bartley in McDowell County exploded, killing 91 miners. Jan. 11, 1865: Confederate forces under General Rosser burned the covered bridge at Beverly. …

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