On This Day
in West Virginia History...


June 1
On June 1, 1880, at Collier's Station in Brooke County, Paddy Ryan defeated Joe Goss to win the heavyweight bare-knuckle championship of the United States.

June 2
On June 2, 1951, Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton, a native of East Gulf in Raleigh County, was mortally wounded in Korea. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

June 3
The first land battle of the Civil War was fought at Philippi on June 3, 1861.

June 4
On June 4, 1750, Thomas Lord Fairfax conveyed 400 acres on Lost River in present-day Capon District, Hardy County, to William Warden, on which he later erected Fort Warden.

June 5
On June 5, 1915, the Old Mill at Rock Springs Park in Chester burned, killing four young people.

June 6
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces, including a substantial number of West Virginians, launched the Normandy invasion.

June 7
Elizabeth Kee, the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress from West Virginia, was born on June 7, 1895.

June 8
On June 8, 1924, former United States congressman Samuel B. Avis and R. G. Altizer were killed by lightning at the Edgewood County Club in Charleston.

On June 8, 1909, Judge Samuel Burdett of the Kanawha County Circuit Court ruled that the two-cent per mile maximum railroad passenger fare, mandated by legislation passed in 1907, could not be enforced against the Coal and Coke Railway Company.

June 9
On June 9, 1925, a group of women picketed the Owings mine of Consolidation Coal Company after the company and miners reached an agreement independent of the UMWA.

June 10
On June 10, 1983, Don Cohen, founder of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, held a press conference in Charleston at which he criticized Governor Jay Rockefeller and the Charleston Gazette for their failure to support the construction of the Hall in West Virginia.

On June 10, 1924, Lewis Collins, a prominent businessman in Litwar, McDowell County, was murdered.

June 11
On June 11, 1873, a Wetzel County lynch mob shot and killed John Jennings, suspected leader of a gang of criminals, at his home at New Martinsville.

June 12
Renowned African American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. graduated as valedictorian of his Piedmont High School class on June 12, 1968.

June 13
On June 13, 1861, at the first session of the Second Wheeling Convention, John Carlile presented "A Declaration of the People of Virginia," a document that called for the reorganization of the government of Virginia on the grounds that due to Virginia's decision to secede from the United States, all state government offices had been vacated.

June 14
On June 14, 1902, the West Virginia Osteopathic Society was formed in Parkersburg.

June 15
Noted civil rights activist, political leader and attorney Thomas G. Nutter was born on June 15, 1876.

June 16
More than two thousand people, including George Romney and actor Jimmy Stewart, attended a "Salute to Gov. Moore Dinner" at the Charleston Civic Center on June 16, 1971.

June 17
Thomas Maley Harris, a physician and military leader, was born in present-day Ritchie County on June 17, 1813.

June 18
On June 18, 1950, the 42nd annual Governors Conference began at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

June 19
Rush Dew Holt, who served as United States senator from West Virginia from 1935 to 1941, was born in Weston on June 19, 1905.

On June 19, 1984, Governor Jay Rockefeller broke ground for the Blennerhassett Mansion Reconstruction project.

June 20
West Virginia became the 35th state in the Union on June 20, 1863.

President John F. Kennedy spoke at the State Capitol on June 20, 1963 as part of the West Virginia centennial celebration.

June 21
On June 21, 1781, the Virginia General Assembly passed a joint resolution offering pardons to individuals who had participated in Claypool's Rebellion.

June 22
On June 22, 1984, the Sixth Annual Conference on Women Miners began its 3-day meeting in Charleston.

J. P. Thatcher, Town Sergeant of Moundsville and noted local minister, was murdered while attempting to make an arrest.

June 23
On June 23, 1944, a powerful tornado struck north central West Virginia, killing more than one hundred people.

June 24
On June 24, 1934, Granville Davisson Hall, former editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer and West Virginia's second secretary of state, died in Glencoe, Illinois.

June 25
On June 24 and June 25, 1950, flash flooding in a 6-county area of central West Virginia killed almost 3 dozen people.

June 26
On June 26, 1909, a riot erupted in Grafton in which several traveling horsemen, mistaken for B&O Railroad employees working during a strike of machinists against the company, were attacked.

June 27
Henry Jefferson Samuels, who served as the first adjutant general for the Reorganized Government of Virginia during the Civil War, died in Barboursville on June 27, 1898.

June 28
Dr. Harriet B. Jones, women's rights and political leader, and the first woman licensed physician in West Virginia, died on June 28, 1943.

June 29
A prize fight held at Fries Park, Parkersburg, on June 29, 1899, between Kid Wanko of Parkersburg and Felix Carr of St. Albans led to Carr's death.

June 30
On June 30, 1854, the Committee on Military Affairs of the United States House of Representatives reported a bill to compensate the heirs of the late James Greer of Harpers Ferry for his invention in the 1790s of a labor-saving nut-boring bit, which subsequently was used at the armories at Springfield and Harpers Ferry.

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