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Samuel B. Avis
Samuel Brashear Avis


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.

Learn more:
"Bolt of Lightning Strikes Dead Two Prominent Local Attorneys While Playing Golf at Edgewood"


Coal and Coke engine and crew at water tank
Coal and Coke engine and crew at water tank


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.

Learn more:
"The Two-Cent Law Does Not Apply To The Coal & Coke Railroad"
Extracts From Court Documents Relating to Coal & Coke Ry. Co. v. Conley And Avis
Extracts From Supreme Court Decision, Coal & Coke Ry. Co. v. Conley And Avis


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