Early days in Fayette County, West Virginia are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 135 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. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: Alloy, Ansted, Beards Fork, Beckwith, Boomer, Cannelton, Charlton Heights, Clifftop, Cunard, Danese, Deep Water, Dothan, Edmond, Fayetteville (County Seat), Gauley Bridge, Glen Ferris, Glen Jean, Harvey, Hico, Hilltop, Jodie, Kanawha Falls, Kilsyth, Kimberly, Kincaid, Kingston, Lansing, Lawton, Layland, Lochgelly, Lockbridge, Longacre, Lookout, Maplewood, Meadow Bridge, Minden, Montgomery (part), Mount Carbon, Mount Hope, Mount Olive, Nallen, Oak Hill, Page, Pax, Powellton, Prince, Ramsey, Redstar, Robson, Russelville, Scarbro, Smithers (part), Spring Dale, Summerlee, Thurmond, Victor, Winona. (Some towns may not be mentioned in the booklet.) Among the many subjects included are: Formation of the county, Natural features including Kanawha Falls, Hawk's Nest or Marshall's Pillar and Stone Face; assassination of John Rowzee Peyton; Civil War activity; Gauley Bridge, including a picture from the 1928 book; Fayetteville, the county seat; Coal mining towns of Montgomery, Oak Hill, Mount Hope, Ansted and others; Lodging prices at the Paddy Huddleston Farm; Electro-Metallurgical Company; and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of many county 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: Dr. Claude Frazier, Dr. Benjamin C. Byrnside, Joseph M. Tyree, John Q. Hypes, Porter M. Atkinson, Dr. Archer A. Wingrove, John Lorenzo Ryan, Oscar F. Kessler, Dr. Guy W.L. Stanford, Rev. M. Homer Cummings, Sam Frye, Emlyn David Arters, Prof. William Cecil Neal, Thomas H. Snyder, Richard Paul Nicholls, Albert Gallatin Sevy, Lewis E. Wilmer, Nickell C. Young, Cecil L. Ramsey, Henry Blaine Clower, Eugene R. Vawter, Prof. Edward Wallace Skaggs, William H. Koester, Prof. John Wesley Matheny, Rev. Charles Wesley Reed, Dr. David W. Shirkey, Raymond A. Lee, William O. Thompson, Edward St. Clair Hamilton, William H. Hill, Fred Irwin Martindale, John William Thompson, Edward Malone, Dr. Arthur E. Bayes, Luther William Bobbitt, Charles Payton Cobb, Alonzo K. Bailey, Frank P. Smith Jr., Rev. Freeman Ankrum, Joseph Henry Boyd, Gomer D. Carson, Bernard Clay Peters, Ernest Newton Goode, Henry Houston Andrews, Dr. Emory E. Jones, Cecil W. Lovell, Rev. Albert Ralph Young, Cleante Gros Janutolo, Dr. L.O. Fox, Dr. David Clifton Smallridge, John Calvin Hurt, Rev. Jonathan W. Legg, Oliver Finley McCoy, Joseph R. Hisey, John W. Walker, Noah Porter Rhinehart, John E. Vawter, David H. Smith, Frank Butler, John Whitehead, Frank S. Harkleroad, Bland Kemps Hesse, Loomis Clyde Allman, Rev. Clarence Shirley Donnelly, Rev. Clarence Shirley Donnelly, Carleton P. Dorsey, Dr. James Fred Van Pelt, Samuel Warwick Price, Elbert B. Eskew, Harry H. Chandler, Charles Letcher Garvin, Mack E. Stockton, Charles A. Conley, Wilbert H. Haynes, Herman D. Sydenstricker, Robert R. Thomas, William H. Thomas, George W. Miller, Lawrence William Carson, Dr. Thomas Allen Lamb, Albert Lee Nuckolls, Templeton Adair, Noah Franklin Stump, Henry Otis Boley, Rev. Walter Wellington Pharr, Harold B. McKnight, Charles W. Osenton, Emmett Oswald Wiseman, C.E. Clapper, Prof. Ruben E. James, Robert Thruston Hubard, Arthur E. Stacey, Charles E. Mahan Jr., Rev. Thomas J. Hopson, Lee Roach, Prof. Treffley F. (Buff) Bartlett, Rev. Ethan E. White, Cyrus H. Martin, Samuel Austin Cody, Earl M Seay, Harvey L. Hunter, Joseph A. Wren, Ollie Wilson Dixon, Dr. James William Skaggs, Claude R. Hill, Edgar M. Tutwiler, John D. Anderson, Raymond J. Ryan, Robert Edward Kelly, Aaron Richmond, Thomas E. Wickline, William A. Miller, Henderson O. Webb, Harry A. Berry, Dr. Edgar J. Grose, Samuel Alexander Scott, Karl Paul Burger, Frank W. Myers, Robert Roy Ashley, Thomas C. Bond, James Edmond Howard, William C. Bishop, Issac Murray, Cornelius L. Pauley, Guy D. Brown, R. Oran Thomas, Dr. John A. McCraw, George H. Moreau, Charles E. Beall, B. Emerson Claypool, Thomas Leffew, George Love, Dr. Leonidas R. Harless, Thomas Grafton McClellan, Dr. Walter Edward Bundy, A. Jennings Kincaid, Lieu . Hundley, Rev. Charles A. Powers, Albert S. Nunley, Dr. Ben F. Brugh, Ford E. Morgan, William D. Johnson, Col. Joseph Lawton Beury, J. Robert Miller, J. Alfred Taylor, Norman G. Butcher, Samuel J. Jasper, Alois Bahlmann Abbot, Otway Gunnoe, Charles R. Heermans, Edward L. Pinney, Oscar Kyle Robinson, Frank N. Bacon, Dr. Harry Andrew Duncan Sr., Charles P. Anderson, William Lewis Burruss, Alexander W. Hamilton, Charles Wesley Dillon, Joseph E. Phillips, William Hance Ramsey, Eli J. Taylor, Oscar A. Knerr, Dr. John Q. Godbey, John H. Toler, William Rodgers Dickerson, George Edward Rhodes, John Thornton Thompson, Henry M. Tully, Prof. William C. Washington, William Payne Gregory, D. Sidnor Johnson, Herbert R. Shaw, Robert Samuel Murray.