Early days in Marion County, WV are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 73 page booklet comprised of excerpts from four rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry by Morris Purdy Shawkey (1928); History of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis (1889); 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. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Palatine, Fairmont (formerly Middletown), Mannington, Worthington, Enterprise, Shinnston, Hughes, Farmington, Metz , Glover Gap, Monongah. Other communities listed in the county today include: Barrackville, Baxter, Carolina, Colfax, Fairview, Four States, Grant Town, Idamay, Jordan, Kingmont, Montana Mines, Pleasant Valley, Rachel, and Rivesville. Among the many subjects included are: physical features, Doddridge's notes on "the customs of those primitive times," the Fairmont Male and Female Seminary, Francis H. Pierpont, Governor of Virginia under the "Restored Government", Fairmont State Normal School (Fairmont State Teachers College), David Morgan's Fight, the National Bank of Fairmont, a tour of Fairmont, and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of prominent 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 area businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. They include: Arch W. Adams, LeRoy F. Alder, James J. Allen, Clay D. Amos, Curtis Edgar Amos, George E. Amos, Paul E. Amos, Luke C. Arnett, John W. Ballard, Frederick William Bartlett, Robert R. Beebe, Ernest R. Bell, A. Blake Billingslea, James F. Black, Jackson V. Blair Jr., Lee Bernard Boyers, John M. Brownfield, William E. Buckey, Mayor Frederick A. Burt, Dr. Hugh Holmes Carr, Harry B. Clark, John Andrew Clark Jr., Rev. William P. Cline Jr., Carroll C. Coffman, Andrew Jackson Colborn, Dr. James C. Collins, Rollo J. Conley, William H. Coontz, Franklin C. Davis, George L. Davis, Zachary F. Davis Sr., Ralph F. Doolittle, Charles Drake, Melvin E. Dyson, L. T. Eddy, Rev. William Jobes Eddy, Gov. Aretas Brooks Fleming, Brooks Fleming Jr., John W. Fleming, Alta Jason Gibson, Rev. Patrick H. Gilsenan, Edward Everett Hale, Thomas W. Hanley, J. Virgil Harr, William Stanley Haymond, Edward L. Hawkins, Frank C. Haymond, Robert M. Henry, William Melvin Hess, Rev. Thomas LeRoy Hooper, Dr. Edward W. Howard, Dr. LeRoy Downey Howard, William A. Hustead, Melville L. Hutchinson, Benjamin H. Ice, Samuel Lambert Johnson, Dr. Harry Stanley Keister, Rev. Heber Dwight Ketcham, Ira L. Laughlin, Claude S. Lawson, Camby M. Lowther, Myron Carleton Lough, William K. McCray, Arch L. McIntire, J. Harper Meredith, James A. Meredith, Winfield Scott Meredith, Thomas Condit Miller, Rev. Charles Baird Mitchell, Robert Emmett Mochler, J. Clyde Morris, Bonard C. Morrow, Henry E. Mulligan, Dr. Cloyd M. Musser, Thomas S. Neptune, John Edward Offner, John William O'Neil, Clyde Poling, Robert Sidney Reed, Charles Richie, Lowman A. Riggs, David A. Ritchie, Thomas F. Robey, L. Glenn Roop, Hershel Hampton Rose, Joseph Rosier, A. Lawrence Russell, Dayton A. Rymer, Woods P. Rymer, Ward M. Satterfield, Charles M. Shinn, Roy Hampton Stewart, George H. Shomaker, Flavius J. Smith, Coy Henry Snider, Sen. Ira L. Smith, A. Glenn Springer, Paul V. Stillings, Rev. Herman G. Stoetzer, Charles R. Sturm, Daniel Clingingsmith Tabler, Von E. Teeter, Homer C. Tennant, James H. Thomas, Dr. Jesse Ray Tuckwiller, Charles Walter Waddell, Kephart Delvarem Walker, Sylvanus L. Watson, George Thomas Watson, Ross Alfred Watts, Jerome N. Weaver, Miss L. Dale Westfall, Milton Williams, Dr. Robert S. White, Lynn E. Yoder, Henry Sanford Yost, Herschel R. Yost, Jorier Yost and Paul Yost.