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News : August meeting to feature Shawnee leader Cornstalk
Posted by Webmaster on 2012/6/30 12:00:00 (2735 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society's August meeting will feature the 18th century Shawnee leader Cornstalk portrayed by Dan Cutler of Milton. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Roane County Library in Spencer, West Virginia and is open to the public. This special presentation is possible through the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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News : 18th Annual Genealogy Fair
Posted by Webmaster on 2012/6/30 11:50:00 (2108 reads)

The 18th Annual Genealogy Fair, is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Heritage Park Community Building in Spencer.

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News : The Siege of Fort Randolph
 Posted by Rick Greathouse on 2012/3/25 8:40:00 (801 reads)

May 18 - 20, 2012: Siege of Fort Randolph Drama at 2pm. [Saturday only] "The Siege of Fort Randolph" encampment and re-enactment is held the 3rd weekend of May.

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News : Harry Chapman Woodyard - Plaque Dedication
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2011/11/2 9:20:00 (1416 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society is excited to announce the dedication of the plaque commemorating the Congressional service of Harry Chapman Woodyard. The bronze plaque with Woodyard's likeness now hangs in the Roane County Courthouse.

With pomp and celebration the Woodyard plaque was dedicated on Thursday, October 13th, opening day of the 57th W.Va. Black Walnut Fesitval. The Noon unveiling was attended by festival goers, historical society members and some Woodyard descendants.

The inscription on the plaque reads:
Roane County's Only Representative in the United States Congress
Born in Spencer, Roane County, WV, the son of William C. Woodyard and Isabelle C. Chapmen, he was elected to a seat in the State Senate in 1898 at age 31. A Republican, he was first elected as the Fourth Congressional District (Roane, Wirt, Wood, Tyler, Putnam, Pleasants, Mason, Jackson and Cabell counties) representative in 1902. He then served four terms prior to 1910, and was returned to office in 1916 for three more terms. He then served one more term in the 69th Congress from March 1925 to march 1927.
Mr. Woodyard united in marriage with Emma J. Douglass, of Harrison County, in 1893, and they had three sons, William Jr., Edward Douglass and Henry Chapman.
In 1919 Mr. Woodyard entered the publishing field through purchase of the Spencer Times-Record, a weekly newspaper. His three sons assisted in the expansion of this business, establishing the first chain of weekly newspapers in West Virginia, known as Woodyard Publications, Inc.
Mr. Woodyard died on June 21, 1929, and is buried in the Spencer Mausoleum at Spencer Memorial Cemetery. Roane County Historical Society - 2011

We are indebted to Mrs. Carol Board-Westfall for spearheading this project and seeing it to its completion. We encourage you to stop by the courthouse in Spencer and see the plaque if you have not already done so.

News : August Meeting of Historical Society
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2011/9/9 19:20:00 (1109 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc., met Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Roane County library with nineteen members and two guests present. Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order. Anthony Hofstad led an opening prayer and the pledge to the American flag was recited by all.
Susan Tucker, Recording Secretary, read the minutes from the July meeting which were approved as read. Carol Board-Westfall gave the Treasurer’s report which reflected a balance of $19,446.74. Linda Cottrell Liss, Membership & Corresponding Secretary, reported current membership at 202.
Liss reported that the Civil War marker for T.J.Cottrill was retrieved recently from the McKown’s Creek roadside by Frank Liss, Jack Nida, & Jim Perdue and is awaiting pick up by the Harrison County Genealogical Society to get it back to the IOOF Cemetery at Clarksburg where Mr. Cottrill is buried.
Board-Westfall reported that several old books had been donated to RCHS library. She also reported that she and Jack Nida had put up eleven of the church plaques and hopes to get the rest delivered & installed soon as weather permits. In addition she reported that the plaque commemorating the service of county native Harry C. Woodyard, U.S. Congressman, is being designed and hopefully will be ready for unveiling during Walnut Festival activities. It will hang at the Roane County Court House.
Carol Cronin, Newsletter Editor, reported that the Vol 19-Issue 1 newsletter is nearly ready to send to the printer.
Johanna Nutter, Genealogy Fair Chairperson, reported that vendors are signing up for our 17th Annual Genealogy Fair, scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Heritage Park Community Center. Drawings for door prizes will be held which include some of the books published by the historical society. Breakfast & luncheon foods will be served by the American Legion Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome to drop by, seek out folk working on same family lines, find new family connections, purchase items offered by vendors and make some new friends.
Paul Hughes, society member, distributed booklets titled: “The Civil War in SPENCER” which he helped compile and produce through the Spencer Rotary Club Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee with funding assistance provided by the WV Dept. of Education and the Arts. The booklet relates the years of conflict 1861-1865 and the part Spencer & its citizen soldiers played in the Civil War.
Greathouse announced that a speaker from Preservation Works is scheduled for our November 16th meeting.
The meeting adjourned with refreshments being served to: Tucker, Board-Westfall, Greathouse, Brenda Whited, Nutter, Okey and Mary Young, Carl Paxton, Reva Paxton, Hazel Gandee, Patty and Bernard Wyatt, Hughes, Betty Moore, Cronin, Liss, Melissa Swisher, Peggy Starcher, Bobby Skinner, Hofstad and Philip J. Miller.
The next meeting of the R.C.H.S. is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd, at 7 p.m. downstairs at the Roane County Library. All members are urged to attend and guests are always welcome. For further information about society activities you may contact Linda Liss at WVRoots@aol.com

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