Another barn raising or log structure is added to our number. A.
J. and Joseph Bailey are the owners of the barn situated in the head of Pine
Hollow of Fink. This is the second tallest log structure in Calhoun County.
It brings us back to olden times when our forefathers used to
have such gatherings as barn raising, log rolling, etc. A.J. and Joseph Bailey
were blessed with 27 men and a bunch of women and children. It surely did take
some chuck to satisfy their hunger when the call for dinner was sent out.
Joe Heave failed to get to the raising in the morning, but
stopped at the house with the cooks. After the feast at noon, he ventured on the
hill and made plenty of noise for us all.
P.G. Deweese, Preston Helmick and Boyd Duncan were the chief
cornermen and they sure knew how to make the notches fit. Joe Bailey and Bill
Cottrell were the main mule drivers.
We are sure Mr. Bailey will be proud of his barn when it is
Flash floods in several sections of
the county were experienced last Friday, and brought
about a big raise in the Little Kanawha River, doing
considerable damage to lowlands last Friday and
Many residents along small tributaries of the river were
surprised Friday by flash floods, which quickly developed after the torrential
downpour onto already rather wet ground. Many gardens were ruined, roads were
damaged, and foot bridges were washed away. No damage to homes was reported.
As water from the smaller streams flowed into the
Little Kanawha on Friday evening and early Saturday, that stream rapidly
overflowed its banks, and backwater closed area roads in several places on
High water on the Hughes River in Wirt County accounted for
eight of Grantsville’s Boy Scouts passing their 10-mile hike test. The Scouts
were spending the week at Camp Kootoga and the flood washed away the bridge. To
get across the river, they had to hike out the long way.
Noonday chimes in Grantsville?
The town council and mayor agreed that midday music was just
what the county seat needs to give some charm and individuality to the
In actual fact, the Methodist Church used to play its chimes
every day around noon. A lot of people enjoyed the music, but as so often
happens, there were complaints too, and eventually the chimes were silenced.
Councilman James A. Morford remembered the music with pleasure,
as well as nostalgia, and when he broached the idea of asking the Baptist Church
to revive the custom, his fellow council members agreed unanimously that it was
a splendid suggestion.
Having anticipated such a favorable response, Morford whipped
out a letter he had already typed out, addressed to Rev. Douglas Eades, and all
present at the meeting signed it.
No one could remember the exact date when the noonday musicale
ceased--most placed it in the late 1960’s.