Early days in Braxton and Webster Counties in central WV are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this NEW 49 page booklet comprised of excerpts from four rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); History of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis (1889); West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry by Morris Purdy Shawkey (1928); and Virginia, a Guide to the Mountain State, a WPA publication (1941) The booklet is printed on 60# opaque paper, with the print size enlarged as needed to fit the 8 1/2 x 11 size. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. Past or present communities include (some are not mentioned in the booklet): Braxton County Burnsville, Centralia, Clem, Copen, Corley, Elmira, Exchange, Falls Mill, Flatwoods, Frametown, Gassaway, Gem, Glendon, Heaters, Herold, Little Birch, Napier, Newville, Riffle, Strange Creek, Sutton (County Seat), Tesla, Wilsie. Webster County -- Addison (Webster Springs), Bergoo, Boggs, Camden-on-Gauley, Cowen, Curtin, Diana, Erbacon, Gauley Mills, Hacker Valley, Parcoal, Replete, Upperglade, Webster Springs (County Seat). Among the many subjects included are: physical features, the beginnings, the county seats, early officials, the story of Dunmore's War, ignited at Bulltown , and an extensive look at that War, Webster Springs, Point Mountain Fire Tower, how Strange Creek got its name, the iron boom, a great fish tale, and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of some area residents of yesteryear. These frequently include ancestors, siblings, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on the businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. The biographies include: William Lee Armstrong, Grover C. Belknap, Dr. Homer Scott Brown, Allen Morgan Berry, Jake Fisher, Dr. Ellis S. Frame, William Edgar Hines, G. Stanley Hamric, Ernest W. Hefner, Kenneth Echols Hines, Thomas Hawkins Hyer, Dr. James Clyde McNeill, Dr. Morgan T. Morrison, John A. Park, Edwin Marvin Smith, Major Justus Stalnaker, Letcher S. Stonestreet, John Davison Sutton, Oley Ord Sutton, Dr.James B. Dodrill, Alva L. Gregory, Dr. Burton B. Sturdivant, Wartman T. Talbott.