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Clay County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1858
Named: In honor of Henry Clay, Kentucky statesman.
County Seat: Clay

Sources

Books

Bragg, Alice Faye. This Holler Is My Home. Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain State Press, 1993.
975.467 B813.

Clay County High School Art Department. Hickory and Lady Slippers, Life and Legend of Clay County People. Clay, West Virginia, Messenger Publishing Company, 1977-
975.467 C619.

Clay County Historical Society. History of Clay County, West Virginia, Volume I-11. Clay, West Virginia, Clay County Historical Book Committee, 1989, 1994.
975.467 C619h.

Curry, Mary Lucinda. Booger Hole. Maysel, West Virginia, Frog Pond Printery, 1990.
398.25 C976.

Dawson, Hubert E. Twistabout and Thereabout Clay, West Virginia. Maysel, West Virginia, Frog Pond Printery, 1982.
975.467 D272.

Newspaper Clippings

"A Strange Man in a Strange Land," Webster Republican, n.d.
"A Clay Without Compromise," Clay Co. Landmarks Commission, Winter 1999.
"Bank President Phyllis Arnold Makes Most of Only Job Offer," Charleston Gazette, 2- 14-1999.
"Banker Owes All to J.G. Bradley," Charleston Gazette, 2-18-1981.
"Clay County Newspaper History Traced," Post Herald, 4-22-1965.
"Clay, West Virginia in 1895," Clay County Free Press, 7-3-1958.
"Clay County Then and Now," Clay County Free Press, 9-20-1935.
"Clay County Bootstrap," Charleston Gazette, 7-12-1964.
"Clay County WV History Book," Clay County Free Press, 8-10-1988.
"Clay County Government Emerged Slowly," Post Herald, 4-23-1965.
"County's History Written for Cent. Comm. by Clay Principal," Clay Co. Free Press, 7- 3-1958.
"Cultural Institute Determined to Stay in Widen," Charleston Gazette, 1-31-1979.
"Cultural Center to Host Clay Related Film," Metro North, 2-10-1993.
"Do You Know Why Widen is Called Widen," Clay Messenger, 1-28-1958.
"Duck Tales Clay County Town Draws the Curious," 9-23-1996.
"Early History of Clay County," n.p. n.d.
"Early Clay Transportation Was Tedious," Post Herald, 4-30-1965.
"First Woman Deputy's Rite Set Sunday," Charleston Gazette, 6-22-1963.
"First County Clerk Issued Own Marriage Licenses, 1861," Clay County Free Press, 9- 11-1941.
"Former Residents Recall Thriving Town of Swandale," Metro North, 7-15-1987.
"Further Clay Criminal History Recalled," Post Herald, 4-26-1965.
"Good Old Days Have Left Dundon, Widen," Post Herald, 8-5-1965.
"Historic Clay Family Site Becoming Memorial Park," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 5-3- 1998.
"I Got Science in My mind, Eloise Boggs," Charleston Gazette, 1-25-1999.
"Institute of Cultural Affairs Leaves Widen Amid Controversy," Charleston Gazette, 10- 30-1981.
"It Happened at Booger Hole," Charleston Gazette, 7-14-1980.
"Neil Boggs Recalls Days on Meet the Press," Charleston Gazette-Mail, 10-26- 1997.
"New Hounds, Correspondents Keep Clay Readers Up to Date," Charleston Gazette, 8- 7-1995.
"New Role For Widen," Charleston Gazette, 4-4-1965.
"Newspapers in Clay County," Clay County Free Press, 9-20-1935.
"Old Clay County Courthouse Undergoing Renovation," Metro North, 8-12-1998.
"Old Courthouse Holds Big Spot in Clay History," Charleston Gazette, 9-16-1978.
"On Elk River Around Sweeping Bend Lies End of the World," Charleston Gazette, 5- 14-1973.
"Once Mighty Oak," Charleston Gazette, 7-29-1996.
"Pioneer Superstitions in Early Clay County," n.p. n.d.
"Road Puts Farmhouse on Display," Clay Messenger, 6-22-1978.
"Slavery Not Widespread in Clay History," Post Herald, 4-27-1965.
"Some Clay Landowners Object to Oil & Gas Drillers' Method," Charleston Gazette, 5- 1-1981.
"Swandale---Now ---Only Memories," Charleston Gazette, 8-24-1979.
"Terror at Widen," Post Herald, 3-2-1979.
"The Widen Case," Saturday Evening Post, 2-20-1954.
"Tiny Clay County Honors 3-Time Loser," Post Herald, 3-9-1965.
"Unique Clay Co. Camp Built Labor of Love, Rocks...Wall of China..," Daily Mail, 8- 30-1971.
"Vicki Bird at Pinch Reunion," Clay Herald, 9-7-1992.
"What's in a Name? Ask Clay Countians," Post Herald, 4-28-1965.
"Where is the Big Silver Mine in Clay County," Clay County Free Press, 9-20-1935.
"Widen Stirs Anew With Mine Activity," Charleston Gazette, 6-18-1977.
"Widen Once Busy Coal Town Fading Bur Refusing to Die," Charleston Gazette, 5-31- 1974.
"Widen Was last Stand Against Unions," Herald Register, 1-25-1964.
"Wild Man, Orval Elijah Brown, Still Startling Passers-by," Charleston Gazette, 9-30- 1984.
"Without Doctors Clay Town Fends for Itself," 3-17-1991.

Clay County Records on Microfilm

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