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Nicholas County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1818
Named: For Wilson Cary Nicholas, Governor of Virginia, 1814-16
County Seat: Summersville



Bell C. W. The Double Grave: A Chapter in the Early History of Nicholas County. Summersville, West Virginia, Press of the Nicholas Chronicle, 1929.
975.469 B433 Pam.

Bell, Carol Hughes and Hilda Grose. Summersville Pictorial History, 1820-1991. Marceline, Missouri, Heritage House Publishing, 1991.
975.469 B433.

Brown, William Griffee. History of Nicholas County, West Virginia. Richmond, Virginia, Dietz Press, 1954.
975.469 B881.

__________________. History of Nicholas County, West Virginia. Richwood, West Virginia, The News Leader, 1981.
975.469 B881 1981.

Campbell, Edward. "Nicholas County's First Settlers," West Virginia History, Charleston, West Virginia, Department of Archives and History, 1954-55.
Arc 1. 4:16.

Deitz, J. Dennis. Mountain Memories II. Charleston, West Virginia, Jalamap Publications, 1983.
818.54 D325 2.

_____________. Mountains Memories III. Charleston, West Virginia, Jalamap Publications, 1984.
818.54 D325 3.

_____________. Mountains Memories IV. Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain Memories Books, 1985.
818.54 D 325 4.

Groves, James Huling. Life at the Bend. s. l., William Groves Long, 1995.
975.469 G884.

Just For Old Time Sake: A Book From The Past. s. l., Jim Comstock and Bronson McClung, 1949.
Q975.469 C739.

Legg, A. J. A History of Panther Mountain Community (Nicholas County, West Virginia). Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1930 (On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: L45.

Leivasy Centennial Committee. Leivasy, West Virginia, Centennial, 1979. s. l., n. p., 1979.
975.469 L533 Pam.

Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society. Nicholas County West Virginia Heritage 2000. Summersville, West Virginia, Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2000.
975.469 N597 2000.

__________________________________________. Nicholas County West Virginia History, 1985. Summersville, West Virginia, Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society Inc., 1985.
975.469 N597.

Nicholas County State Troops, Enrolled and Enlisted Men. s. l., n. p., n. d.
MS 79-229.

Stults, Erma. Only In Memories: Crupperneck: West Virginia: Recollections of Rural America. Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Southern Heritage Press, 1998.
B S934.

Van Bibber, Mathias. Mathias Van Bibber Papers, 1799-1844. s. l., n. p.
MS 80-152.

Webster County Historical Society. Nicholas County, (West) Virginia Records of the Pioneers, 1818-1860. Upper Glade, West Virginia, Webster County Historical Society, Inc., 1985.
929.3 N597w.

Newspaper Clippings

"100 Year Old House On Panther Mountain," Nicholas Chronicle, 10-19-1989.
"105 Year Old Nicholas Co. Confederate Dies In Richmond," Charleston Daily Mail, 11-19-1940.
"1818-1968 Nicholas Co. Mark 150th Birthday Anniversary," Nicholas Chronicle, 1-18-1968.
"1818-1974 Nicholas Co. to Mark 156th Birthday Anniversary," Nicholas Chronicle, 1-24-1974.
"A Piece of History PA Archaeologists Search Site 1921 Crash," Charleston Gazette, 9-22-1996.
"A West Virginia Mountain Curiosity," Tribune Telegraph, 9-7-1923.
"A Little Bit of History, Vengance of Heaven Seen Fatal Flash," Nicholas Republican, 8-1-1963.
"Co. Court House Nominated National Register Historic Places," Nicholas Chronicle, 4-25-1991.
"Craigsville, WV Hillbilly, 5-5-1988.
"Craigsville Plant Turns Out Cabinet-Grade Plywood Panels," Charleston Gazette, 7-14-1992.
"Dr. Marmion Rush Hereford Nicholas County's First," WV Hillbilly, 6-18-1987.
"Early Settlements of Nicholas County," News Leader, 1-29-1970.
"Evenwood," WV Hillbilly, 11-6-1965.
"Fenwick & Old Laurel Manufacturing Company Pictured," News Leader, 9-15-1965.
"Former Employees' Air Laundry Richwood Clothespin Factory," Register Herald, 8-29-1999.
"Legends Live In Nicholas," Charleston Gazette, 12-18-1998.
"Lots of Things Happened in Nicholas," Beckley Post Herald, 6-5-1969.
"McClung Hospital Richwood WV Photo," News Leader, 7-3-1991.
"Morris Monument Restoration Planned," News Leader, 9-25-1991.
"Newspaper History," Nicholas Republican, 9-28-1922.
"Nicholas Veteran Banker Attends State Convention," Charleston Gazette, 6-22-1930.
"Nicholas County's First Civilized Man Son African Chieftain," Clarksburg Exponent, 6-11-1939.
"Nicholas Native Found Home in Alaska," Charleston Daily Mail, 1-13-1952.
"Nicholas County's First Medical Doctor," News Leader, 5-20-1987.
"Nicholas County's '42 Pulitzer Prize Winner, Larry Allen," Nicholas Republican, 4-4-1957.
"Nicholas Memory Beloved Circuit Rider," Clarksburg Exponent, 9-8-1938.
"Nicholas County Celebrates 100 Years of Justice," Register Herald, 4-14-1998.
"Nicholas Couple Gets Vandalia Award," Charleston Gazette, 5-30-1999.
"Nicholas Names," n. p. n. d.
"Nicholas Farmers Like Their Fences High," Beckley Post Herald, 9-23-1965.
"Nicholas Man Beats Drum For Scenic Mountain Road," Charleston Daily Mail, 9-20-1962.
"Nicholas Co. Clerk, Find Aged Documents While Cleaning House," Register Herald, 4-10-1981.
"Nicholas County Had Fine Gunsmith, Too," Beckley Post Herald, 9-24-1965.
"Nicholas County Site of Famed Murders," Beckley Post Herald, 9-27-1965.
"Nicholas History Is Exciting and Colorful," News Leader, 9-8-1971.
"Nicholas In Sesquicentennial Year, I-IV," Beckley Post Herald, 6-4,5,6,7-1968.
"Nicholas Riven Rocks Await Exploitation," Beckley Post Herald, 6-3-1964.
"Nicholas County 150 Years Old in 1968," Beckley Post Herald, 9-22-1965.
"Old Time Grocery Store Closes," Beckley Register Herald, 6-4-1998.
"Orval Brown, Tarzan of the Appalachian Mountains," Clarksburg Exponent, 1-29-1995.
"Photo of the Fenwick School Sluggers of 1914," News Leader, 10-13-1965.
"Pictured Eaken Lumber Company Crew," Nicholas Republican, n. d.
"Pictured-1916 WV Pulp & Paper Company No. 12 Camp Elk River," News Leader, 6-15-1966.
"Pictured-Perry and Elizabeth Dooley McCuthceon Family," News Leader, 6-15-1966.
"Rough Going," News Leader, 4-28-1965.
"Selim the Algerine, Escaped Shawnees... Nicholas Co.," Charleston Daily Mail, 12-19-1937.
"Site of the Gad Dam About 1906," Nicholas Chronicle, 7-27-1967.
"Slovenes In Rural Appalachia: Oral History Richwood Connection," News Leader, 11-17-1993.
"The Open Rocks," Nicholas Republican, 3-1-1923.
"Time Taken Heavy Toll of Nicholas Civil War Vets," Nicholas Chronicle, 7-21-1939.
"Today 94th Anniver. Of Wounding of Nicholas Co. Man at Gettysburg," Post Herald, 7-3-1957.
"White-Haired Nicholas Countain Recalls Showboat Days," Clarksburg Telegram, 4-10-1940.
"Who Owns Nicholas County?," News Leader, 9-24-1975.
"Work Starts on Nicholas Sculpture Garden," Register Herald, 6-15-1997.

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