Early days in Pocahontas County and Randolph County, WV, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 52 page booklet comprised of excerpts 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. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: Pocahontas County -- Arbovale, Bartow, Buckeye, Cass, Droop, Dunmore, Durbin, Green Bank, Hillsboro, Marlinton (County Seat), Mill Point, Minnehaha Springs, Seebert, Slatyfork, Snowshoe, and Stony Bottom. Randolph County --Beverly, Bowden, Coalton, Dailey, Dryfork, Elkins (County Seat), Ellamore, Glady, Harman, Helvetia, Huttonsville, Job, Kerens, Mabie, Mill Creek, Mingo, Monterville, Montrose, Norton, Pickens, Valley Bend, Valley Head, Whitmer, Womelsdorf (Coalton), and Wymer. Among the many highlights are: Anecdotes of "Big Joe Logston"; Physical features, such as Mount Bayard, Cheat Mountain and Tygart's Valley; Edmund Randolph; the first county court in Pocahontas; Huntersville and Beverly, the first county seats; Early settlers, such as David Tygart, Peter Lightner, John McNeel, and Charles and James Kennison; the White Pole Church; An Indian Uprising; Little Levels Academy; the County Records During the Civil War; Davis and Elkins College; Stephen Benton Elkins; Gov. Spottswood's Exploration Expedition and the Knights of the Golden Horse Shoe; WPA tours of various towns and villages, filled with interesting bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of several prominent residents of yesteryear. They frequently cover 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 bios include: Randolph -- Major Robert E. O'Connor, Bryan Hamilton, Capt. Zan F. Collett, Marion C. Moore; Pocahontas -- Dr. William Glen Harper, Albert Wilt, and Allan P. Edgar.