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Gilmer County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1845
Named: For Thomas Walker Gilmer, Governor of Virginia from 1840-41, later a representative in Congress and Secretary of the Navy under Tyler.
County Seat: Glenville

Sources

Books

Beall, Mrs. Elsie. History of Cedarsville Community, Gilmer County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, n.d. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: B3.

Bush, Mrs. W. Farley. History of Sinking Creek Community, Gilmer County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1925. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: B85.

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, 1973.
975.4003 H259 vol. 7.

Gainer, Rosemary L. The Civil War in Gulmer County, West Virginia. Grantsville, West Virginia, Red Clay Press, 1991.
975.42d7 G142 Pam.

Gilmer County Historical Society. Bicentennial Biographies, Gilmer County, West Virginia. Glenville, West Virginia, Gilmer Graphics, 1976.
92d0.0754 G487.

___________________________The History of Gilmer County, West Virginia, 1845- 1989. Walsworth Publishing, 1994.
975.427 G487.

Virginia General Assembly Petition, @, 1860.
Ms 80-251.

Work Projects Administration in West Virginia. Gilmer: The Birth of a County. Charleston, West Virginia, West Virginia Writers' Project, 1940.
975.427 W956g.

Newspaper Clippings

"After 100 Years Oil Booms in Gilmer," Parkersburg News, 9-18-1977.
"At Cedarville Cemetery in 1905," Glenville Pathfinder, 6-9-1978.
"Bear Fork Treasure--The Legend Continues," Glenville Democrat, 10-26-1989.
"Birth of a County," Glenville Democrat, 1-4-1973.
"Blacksmith Shop Photo 1916," Glenville Democrat, 1-23-1969.
"Brief Economic Facts," Gilmer County Industrial Development Association, 1989.
"Cedar Creek, Leading Creek, Little Kanawha First Settlers," Glenville Democrat, 11-9- 1972.
"Council Reguests Grant From State Archives," Parkersburg News, 2-16-1984.
"Custom Tents," Parkersburg News, 3-2-1997.
"Demise of DeKalb and the Beginning of Glenville," Glenville Democrat, 3-22- 1973.
"First Car in Gilmer County," Glenville Pathfinder, 3-6-1964.
"Gilmer Bridge Spans Way to Historic Register," Parkersburg Sentinel, 6-26-1997.
"Gilmer County Formed 128 Years Ago," Glenville Democrat, 2-1-1973.
"Gilmer County Loses Another Relic," Glenville Democrat, 6-6-1985.
"Gilmer County Heritage Trunk Returned," Glenville Pathfinder, 2-16-1978.
"Gilmer Trails," Glenville Democrat, 8-16-1990.
"Glenville State College, 1872-1972," WV Hillbilly, 6-26-1976.
"Glenville Its Just Not For Teachers Anymore," Charleston Gazette, 3-22-1985.
"Guy Bailey Authority on History of Linn Community," Glenville Democrat, 11-28- 1968.
"Historical Society Founder Dies at Age 97, " Glenville Democrat, 11-3-1988.
"History of Gilmer County Written in 1877," Glenville Democrat, 6-7-1973.
"Hoke Williams Garage and Gas Station, 1931," Glenville Democrat, 8-24-1989.
"Interstate Cooperage Company," Glenville Democrat, 1-5-1989.
"Job's Temple Listing is Considered a Possibility," Glenville Pathfinder, 10-27- 1978.
"Kanawha Union Bank Continues to Grow," Glenville Democrat, 4-8-1982.
"Laurel run School Reunion," Glenville Democrat, 8-1-1985.
"Layopolis, The Oil Town of Gilmer County," Glenville Democrat, 3-30-1989.
"Little Kanawha Bank Bldg. National Register Historic Places," Glenville Democrat, 10- 3-1991.
"Living With a Ghost Town In Our Midst," Glenville Democrat, 10-26-1989.
"Local FFA Notes 50th Year," Glenville Democrat, 2-23-1989.
"Main Street Glenville in 1913," Glenville Democrat, n.d..
"Molasses Time in Gilmer County," Glenville Pathfinder, 9-8-1978.
"Normantown, 1945 When a Tiny Town Marched On," Charleston Daily Mail, 3-19- 1980.
"Not a thing of Beauty But a Welcome Sight," Parkersburg News, 4-28-1974.
"Notes on Glenville, 1900-1902," Glenville Pathfinder, 8-29-1975.
"One Day in 1785 Two Indians Stalked Toward the Cabin," Glenville Democrat, 12-21- 1972.
"Pictured Troy Junior High Basketball Team of 1957," Glenville Democrat, 5-11- 1989.
"Post Office at Gilmer is Now History," Exponent-Telegram, 7-28-1995.
"Primitive Tents Call West Virginia Their Home," Weirton Daily Times, 3-21- 1997.
"Rocky Knob, Devil's Teatable ... Gilmer County Landmarks," Glenville Demcrat, 8-8- 1996.
"Sand Fork in 1900," Glenville Democrat, 6-11-1964.
"Sands Fork High School Photo/Basketball, 1934, Glenville Democrat, 4-13-1989.
"Small Town Courts in Progress," Washington Post, 7-25-1972.
"Soldier's Skeleton in Well Recalls 1864 Army Hanging," Charleston Daily Mail, 11-23- 1930.
"State Park System Should Study Tanner Rock Monuments," Glenville Democrat, 9-12- 1996.
"Stumptown Red Caps Baseball Team, 1939-40," Glenville Democrat, 4-27-1989.
"White Man Settles on Indian Land," Glenville Democrat, 11-30-1972.

Gilmer County Records on Microfilm

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