Pleasants County

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-06
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub
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Formed from portions of Wood, Tyler, and Ritchie Counties, Pleasants County was founded in 1851 and was named after Gov. James Pleasants Jr. of Virginia. Residents of Pleasants County fondly recall many of the buildings that no longer exist today, such as the button factory, blacksmith shop, marble factory, and the Quaker State Oil Refinery, all of which are preserved in the photographs that are showcased throughout Images of America: Pleasants County. Taking a step back in time, these photographs illustrate how the town and county looked more than 100 years ago, exploring a variety of the county’s activities and historic scenes and offering a colorful insight into the past as well as the present.

Author Biography

Author Ellen Dittman Pope is a resident of Parkersburg who grew up in Pleasants County. She is the reference librarian for West Virginia University-Parkersburg, where she is able to share her passion for preserving history. Coauthor Ruth Ann Dayhoff lives in Belmont and has taught the youths in Pleasants County for more than 35 years. Both have authored previous publications; however, this is their first book with Arcadia Publishing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Mound Builders, Native Americans, and Foundersp. 11
Early Businesses and Vital Industriesp. 19
Our Town, St. Marysp. 39
Disasters and Floodsp. 49
River and Land Transportationp. 61
Parades, Entertainment, and Activitiesp. 75
Serving the Countyp. 93
People, Past and Presentp. 103
Schools and Churchesp. 111
Just Passing Throughp. 123
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