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Monroe County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1799
Named: For James Monroe, 5th President
County Seat: Union

Sources

Books

Ballard, C. C. A Brief History of Gap Mills Community, Monroe County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1925 (On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: B2.

Banks, James W. 200 Years From Good Hope. Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1983.
285.1754 B218.

Burke, William M. D. Red Sulphur Springs, Monroe County, Virginia. Wytheville, Virginia, St. Clair Printer, 1860.
917.5478 B959r Pam.

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, Jim Comstock, 1973.
975.4003 H259 v.1.

Cottle, George E. History of Forest Hill Community, Monroe County, West Virginia. s. l., n. p., 1924. (On-line version).

975.478 C849.

Dixon, Thomas W. The Rise and Fall of Alderson, West Virginia. Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1967.
975.478 D621.

______________. Only Yesterday in Alderson, West Virginia. s. l., n. p., n. d.
975.478 D621a Pam.

Fleshman, R. F. Christian Peters and Peterstown Community, Mopnroe County, West Virginia, s. l., n. p., n. d.
975.478 F611.

_____________. History of Peterstown Community, Monroe County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1924 (On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: F5.

Historical Records Survey, West Virginia. Inventory of the County Archives of West Virginia: No.31 Monroe County (Union) West Virginia. Charleston, West Virginia, Division of Professional and Service Project, Works Projects Administration, 1933.
016.9754 M753.

Huntt, Henry. A Visit to the Red Sulphur Spring of Virginia During the Summer of 1837. Boston, Mass., Dutton and Wentworth Printers, 1839.
917.5478 H956 Pam.

Logan, Frances. The Old Sweet; Biography of a Spring. Roanoke, Virginia, Frances Logan, 1940.
917.5478 L831o.

Maddy, W. T. History of Marie Community, Summers and Monroe Counties, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1925 (On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: M3.

Monroe County Historical Society. Newsletter. Union, West Virginia, Monroe County Historical Society, 1978-
Per.

Morton, Oren Frederic. A History of Monroe County, West Virginia. Staunton, Virginia, The McClure Company, Inc., 1916.
975.478 M891.

Motley, Charles B. Gleanings of Monroe County, West Virginia. Radford, Virginia, Commonwealth Press, 1973.
975.478 M919.

Vawter, George W. History of Greenville Community, Monroe County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1928 (On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: V3.

Newspaper Clippings

"200 Year Old Hotel Resort to be Sold at Auction," Wheeling News Register, 10-25- 1995.
"A Sweet Deal Awaits Buyers at Monroe Auction," Charleston Gazette, 11-27- 1995.
"A Sunday Afternoon Drive in Monroe County," Register Herald, 4-9-1989.
"Abraham Man Gives Monroe Land Grant," Beckley Post Herald, 3-26-1966.
"Alderson Memorial Bridge on National Register," WV Daily News, 2-13-1992.
"Allen Woodrum a Monroe County Hero," Beckley Post Herald, 1-29-1965.
"Ancient Water Pipeline Unearthed at Union," Monroe Watchman, 9-6-1973.
"Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home at Sweet Springs," Hinton Daily News, 6-20- 1975.
"Beauty Not Altered by Changes in Valley," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 9-25-1977.
"Beirnes, Early natives Veritable Giants,"Beckley Post Herald, 10-14-1957.
"Belonging 200 Year Old Church Gives Special Feeling," Register Herald, 6-29- 1988.
"Break Oliver Beirne? Some Spendthrift!," Beckley Post Herald, 10-22-1959.
"Capertons, Elmwood Graced Old Union," Beckley Post Herald, 10-12-1957.
"Cheese and a Whole Lot More," Charleston Gazette, 12-11-1994.
"Compton is First Female Delegate From Monroe County," Register Herald, 3-26- 1989.
"Descendant of Pioneers Adds To Lore," Beckley Post Herald, 12-29-1964.
"Dunlap House, Union, WV," Monroe Watchman, 10-3-1968.
"Early Harvey Home Near Rock Camp of Family Interest," Monroe Watchman, 2-27- 1964.
"Echols Voted In Favor of Secession," Beckley Post Herald, 10-15-1957.
"Famed Theologian Native of Wolf Creek," Beckley Post Herald, 10-7-1957.
"Fire Rubs Salt in Wounds, Alderson, WV," Charleston Gazette, 2-25-1996.
"First Gossipist Lived at Sweet Springs." Beckley Post Herald, 7-30-1959.
"Former Resort Up For Auction," Register Herald, 10-18-1995.
"Foster Was One of State's Top Intellects," Beckley Post Herald, 10-8-1957.
"Gap Mills Was Once Named Moss Hole," Beckley Post Herald, 5-29-1967.
"General J. W. M. Appleton," Monroe Watchman, 10-30-1913.
"Ghostly Encounters," Register Herald, 10-31-1996.
"Greenville's Great History as Centerville," Beckley Post Herald, 12-10-1964.
"Hanging in Monroe Little Remembered?," Beckley Post Herald, 2-23-1965.
"Hawkeyes, Hawk Migration Brings Birders to Monroe County," Charleston Gazette, 9- 18-1998.
"Healing Powers, Red Sulphur Springs Resort," Register Herald, 11-28-1994.
"Historic Tour," Charleston Gazette, 5-6-1979.
"Historic Sweet Springs Hopes Profit Flows Next Incarnation," Charleston Gazette, 3- 12-1994.
"Historic Alderson Structure New Home Riverbend Auction Co.," WV Daily News, 3- 20-1992.
"History Research Is Dar Secretary's Joy," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 3-23-1986.
"Hope Manor, Monroe County Landmark," Meadow River Post, 12-26-1996.
"How Monroe Beat Out Summers Claim," Beckley Post Herald, 10-15-1959.
"Hutchinsons, Alexanders Old Settlers," Beckley Post Herald, 10-22-1957.
"Jefferson Building Still Stands at Resort," Charleston Gazette, 9-14-1941.
"Kyle McCormick's Column," Sunset News Observer, 6-4-1965.
"Man Who Buried Abraham Lincoln Was a Monroe Countian," Monroe Watchman, 2- 10-1966.
"Mennonites Hold Fast to Service," Weirton Daily Times, 12-24-1997.
"Mennonites," Charleston Daily Mail, 11-24-1983.
"Monroe Pasture Statue Honors Lost Cause," Charleston Gazette, 7-8-1995.
"Monroe Co. German Community Annual Separatist Days," Wheeling News Register, 7- 23-1972.
"Monroe County Pattons Kin to General?," Beckley Post Herald, 12-3-1959.
"Monroe Travel Council Sets Membership Drive," Register Herald, 3-6-1966.
"Monroe Mennonites," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 4-5-1981.
"Monroe County Landmark Going on Auction Block," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 8-19- 1996.
"Monroe County Territory Safe Now," Beckley Post Herald, 10-16-1959.
"Monroe County Can Be Proud of Name," Beckley Post Herald, 3-27-1970.
"Monroe Bicentennial Plans Outlined," Register Herald, 1-7-1997.
"Monroe Farmer Takes National Sheep Honors," Register Herald, 12-14-1997.
"Monroe County: A De-Stressing Experience," Charleston Gazette, 5-22-1991.
"Monroe County Has Fascinating History," Beckley Post Herald, 8-25-1965.
"Monroe's Military Men of the Civil War," Beckley Post Herald, 12-12,14,15,16,17- 1964.
"Motorcade in Old Monroe," Charleston Gazette, 8-15-1965.
"Name Form the Sky, Clayton, WV," Charleston Gazette, 6-23-1963.
"Nominated to National Registry of Historic Places," Monroe Watchman, 3-7-1991.
"Not Jefferson But William Phillips Likely Designer," Inter Mountain, 10-13-1997.
"Oak Hill Store a Favorite Meeting Spot," Beckley Post Herald, 10-16-1965.
"Official Fears Monroe Museum May Be History," Wheeling News Register, 5-25- 1998.
"Old time Hospitality Reigns," Charleston Daily Mail, 11-14-1979.
"Old Families of Wolf Creek Valley Area," Beckley Post Herald, 10-10-1957.
"Past Lives in Monroe Farmhouse," Charleston Daily Mail, 11-22-1979.
"Peters Mountain Termed Truly Unique," Beckley Post Herald, 7-6-1962.
"Peterstown Named For 1783 Settler," Beckley Post Herald, 11-14-1968.
"Peterstown," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 3-5-1989.
"Peterstown," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 3-26-1989.
"Pioneer Heroine Had Many Adventures," Beckley Post Herald, 10-19-1957.
"Pioneer's Descendants Still in Monroe," Beckley Post Herald, 7-16-1963.
"Professional Bringing Old Mill Back to Life," Charleston Daily Mail, 6-6-1990.
"Red Sulphur Springs Now Hole in Ground," Beckley Post Herald, 6-25-1968.
"Researcher Says Jefferson Wasn't Designer of 1833 Monroe Co. Bldg., Journal, 10-13- 1994.
"Rowan Home To Be Leased To Private Firm," Register Herald, 6-14-1990.
"Say Cheese It Has People Smiling in Union," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 8-27- 1989.
"School's History Traced, Bouquet School," Hinton Daily News, 3-10-1964.
"State's Little Cubbyhole Born Out of Conflict," Charleston Gazette, 2-13-1995.
"Sweet Springs Buyer Hopes to Complete Purchase Soon," Register Herald, 2-14- 1996.
"Swopes, Connors In Wolf Creek History," Beckley Post Herald, 10-9-1957.
"The Big Essay," Register Herald, 4-17-1996.
"The Springs Bubble The Good Life Salt Sulphur Springs," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 3-23-1975.
"The Landmark of Ballard," Charleston Gazette, 7-10-1985.
"This Old House," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 3-10-1996.
"Town Echoes Name of Christian Peters," Beckley Post Herald, 7-15-1963.
"Union Monroe's County Seat, Incorporated Aug 14, 1886," Raleigh Register, 6-19- 1963.
"Union Once Home of Richest Virginian," Beckley Post Herald, 10-11-1957.
"Valley in Two Virginias Has Valuable Manganese Deposits," Charleston Daily Mail, 9- 8-1940.
"Visits to Monroe House Confirm Out of the Ordinary Events," Register Herald, 10-31- 1996.
"Waiteville During Lumber Boom," Monroe Watchman, 10-8-1965.
"Widow Ransomed From Indians, Weds," Beckley Post Herald, 10-21-1957.
"Wolf Creek County's First Settlement," Beckley Post Herald, 10-5-1957.

Early History of Monroe Series In the Monroe Watchman

"A Solider of the Confederacy," 8-10-1967, 9-15-1967, 9-28-1967.
"A Letter From Father to Son-1862," 11-6-1969.
"Address by Hon. Jim Kee at Dedication of New Union Post Office in 1965," 7-14-1966.
"Allen T. Caperton," 7-21-1966.
"An Old Newspaper Comes to Light," 8-1-1968.
"Baldwin Ballard, 1821-1915," 6-10-1966.
"Baldwin Ballard told Confederates to Hang and be Damned," 11-17-1966.
"Bank History First National Bank of Peterstown," 7-27-1967.
"Baughman's Fort," 12-22-1968.
"Bouquet College School," 6-6-1968, 6-13-1968.
"Brief History of Gap Hills Community," 2-27-1969, 3-6-1969.
"Christopher Lively's Letters," 2-22-1967.
"Comprehensive Planning Monroe County Planning Commission," 12-12-1968.
"Correspondence Re: Red Sulphur Springs (1890-1891)," 1-23-1969, 1-30-1969.
"Counterfeiting in Monroe," 7-4-1968.
"Crossing the Greenbrier at Alderson by W. Thomas Dixon Jr.," 1-11-1967.
"Day Book," 10-19-1967.
"Declaration for Pension," 5-29-1969.
"Duel of the Newspaper Editors," 9-11-1966.
"Dunsmore Business College, March 28th , 1898, Photo," 9-22-1966.
"Early Wills in Monroe," 11-7-1968.
"Early Wills in Monroe," 10-19-1968, 10-31-1968, 2-26-1970.
"Early Wills Recorded in Monroe County (Will Book Num1, 2, 3)," 2-13-1969, 1-22-1970.
"Elizabeth Graham," 7-23-1970.
"First National Bank of Alderson," 3-8-1967.
"From the Files of the Monroe Watchman, 1873-1878," 2-15-1968.
"Greenbrier Co. Clerk Office on Davis Stuart Rd in Front Lawn of the Stuart Manor,"4-13- 1967.
"Greenbrier Valley Woolen Mills," 10-9-1969, 10-23-1969.
"Historical tour," 8-24-1967.
"History of Peterstown," 11-1-1967.
"History of Greenville Postoffice," 8-8-1968, 8-30-1968.
"James and John Crow," 12-11-1969.
"James H. Arnott of Greenville, First Graduate of D. B. C., Sinks Grove," 9-15-1966.
"John & Elizabeth McNeer,"12-8-1966.
"Larew Springs on Hans Creek," 1-8-1970.
"Linda Lee and Other Verses," 7-25-1968.
"Marriage Register of John Alderson Jr.," 3-20-1968.
"Marriage Register of Rev. John Alderson Jr.," 2-22-1968.
"Medical Problems of the Pioneers,"10-14-1970.
"Mid 19th Century Dulcimer," 8-11-1966.
"Milton Street of Union," 9-1-1966.
"Monitor Postoffice," 7-3-1969.
"Monroe County West Virginia," 4-10-1969.
"Monroe County Court House," 4-19-1967.
"Monroe Weather," 2-20-1969.
"My Hometown," 7-6-1967, 7-13-196, 7-20-1967, 8-3-1967.
"Old Sweet Springs," 5-16-1968.
"Pickaway Postoffice," 7-10-1969.
"Pirates' Treasure," 9-17-1970.
"Random Recollections," 4-21-1966.
"Red Sulphur Turnpike," 11-12-1970.
"Red Sulphur Register Tells Story," 12-26-1968.
"Rev. John Wiseman's Marriage Register," 9-13-1969.
"Ring Games of Long Ago," 5-5-1966.
"Rodgers Mill," 7-18-1968.
"Salt Sulphur Springs," Part, I, II, III, 4-18-1968.
"Sarah Peters Goes West," 11-14-1967.
"Springfield Merchantile Business," 3-12-1970.
"State Fair Museum," 9-7-1967.
"Survey of Monroe County Boundary Lines-1856," 4-6-1967.
"The Almanack," 1-5-1967.
"The Old Toll Gate House," 11-28-1967.
"The Lowell Roit," 8-10-1970.
"The Town of Union," 6-19-1970.
"The Town of Union," 4-30-1970, 5-7-1970, 5-14-1970, 5-21-1970,7-2-1970.
"The Old Dunlap House," n. d.
"The Story of Cousin Mattie," 6-27-1968.
"Tobacco Once Important Crop in Monroe," 1-1-1970.
"Union," Charleston Gazette, 11-10-1983.
"William Royall," 2-19-1970.

Monroe County Records on Microfilm

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