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Pleasants County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1851
Named: For James Pleasants, Jr., Senator from VA, and VA Governor, 1822-1825
County Seat: St. Marys

Sources

Books

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Genealogical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, Jim Comstock, 1973.
975.4003 H259 v. 5.

Fleming, Dan B. From a Riverbank: Sketches From Pleasants County History. Blacksburg, Virginia, Southern Printing Company, 1976.
975.421 F597.

History of the Upper Ohio Valley. Madison, Wisconsin, Brant and Fuller, 1891.
975.41 H673 1891.

Pemberton, Robert Landon. A History of Pleasants County, West Virginia. St. Marys, West Virginia, The Oracle Press, 1929.
975.421 P395.

Pleasants County Historical Society. History of Pleasants County West Virginia to 1980. Paoli, Pennsylvania, Taylor Publishing Company, 1980.
975.421 P724.

_____________________________. History of Pleasants County West Virginia to 1980. Salem, West Virginia, Pleasants County Historical Society, 1980.
975.421 P724c.

Pleasants County, West Virginia. St. Marys, West Virginia, n. p., n. d. Reprinted from 1882 Edition Published by H. H. Hardesty and Company.
973.421 P724w.

Newspaper Clippings

"Commemorative Plaque Noting Co. Birth Ordered for Cain House," St. Marys Oracle, 7-4- 1957.
"Family Grimm Brought Gaiety Culture... to St. Marys," Pleasants Co. Leader, 4-1-1966.
"Farming Was Way of Life for Early Arvilla Settlers," St. Marys Oracle, 10-7-1976.
"First Nine Mile Church Dates Back to 1866," St. Marys Oracle, 10-16-1975.
"First Episcopal Service Held Here 98 Years Ago," St. Marys Oracle, 5-9-1957.
"First White Settlers Came to Pleasants County in 1790," Parkersburg News, 5-2-1968.
"Go With the Flow," Charleston Gazette, 5-12-1993.
"Grape Island Was Once Village...," St. Marys Oracle, 2-22-1973.
"Grape Island Once Bustling Village," Parkersburg News, 5-24-1973.
"Greatest Gas Well In The World, Big Moses," n. p. n. d.
"Historic Gallery Gets Holiday Facelift," Parkersburg Sentinel, 11-16-11994.
"Historical Society Gets 1862 Regimental Book," Pleasants County Leader, 7-15-1989.
"History of St. Marys Bridge," Parkersburg News, 2-26-1961.
"LaRue Brothers First Pleasants Settlers," Parkersburg News, 6-18-1963.
"LaRue Family Established Wilderness Home Mouth Middle Cr.," Parkersburg News, 3-8-1964.
"Legend of City's Founding Visualized By Local Artist," Pleasants County Leader, 8-8-1958.
"Martha Wells Recalls Early Days of Schultz," Pleasants County Leader, 7-4-1975.
"New Masonic Temple Will Be Dedicated," Pleasants County Leader, 1-3-1958.
"Oldest Retail Firm Ceases Business," St. Marys Oracle, 2-21-1974.
"Pearl Button Factory Once Thriving St. Marys Industry," Parkersburg News, 5-10-1964.
"Pictured Levi Boley's Barn on Clay Street," Pleasants County Leader, 7-22-1989.
"Pictured Stanley's Bargain Store," Pleasants County Leader, 8-19-1989.
"Pleasants County Largely Agricultural in 1939," Pleasants County Leader, 10-7-1989.
"Pt. Lookout Once Home of Early County Settlers," St. Marys Oracle, 9-11-1975.
"Ruttencutter Has Thousands of Copies Early Pictures," Parkersburg News, 3-11-1964.
"Some in Pleasants Co. WV Has Ghost Towns," n. p. n. d.
"St. Marys Refinery Closing To Cost 95 Jobs," Charleston Gazette, 2-5-1993.
"St. Marys Masonic Lodge Receive White House Stone," Pleasants County Leader, 11-7-1958.
"St. Marys Hospital In The Beginning," Herald Dispatch, 11-8-1994.
"The Horseneck Well, World's First Oil Well," By Herbert P. McGinnis Parkersburg, WV, 1949.
"Troisi To Keep His Law License," Parkersburg Sentinel, 11-4-1997.
"Typical Town Has Figures To Prove It, St. Marys," Charleston Gazette, 11-20-1995.
"Whoever Heard of Rabbit Row, WV," Parkersburg News, 5-5-1968.

Pleasants County Records on Microfilm

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