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Putnam County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1848
Named: In honor of General Israel Putnam, New England soldier and patriot
County Seat: Winfield



Centennial Celebration, Hurricane, West Virginia, 1888-1988: Program. s. l., n. p., 1988.
975.435 H966c Pam.

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Genealogical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, Jim Comstock, 1973.
975.4003 H259 1973 v.1.

Hanson, Lee H. The Buffalo Site: A Late 17th Century Indian Village Site (46 PU 31) in Putnam County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, 1975.
Geo 3. R4 no.5.

Harper, Charles Ray. History of Red House, West Virginia. Red House, West Virginia, Charles Harper, 1983.
975.435 H293 Pam.

_________________. A Short History of Putnam County, in Two Parts. Red House, West Virginia, Charles Harper, Putnam Democrat and Hurricane Breeze, 1983.
975.435 H293s Pam.

Historical Records Survey, West Virginia. Inventory of the County Archives of West Virginia: No. 40 Putnam County (Winfield). Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, Charleston, West Virginia, West Virginia Historical Records Survey, 1941.
016.9754 P899.

History of Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia. Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia, Mattox Printing Service, 1976.
975.435 B929.

History of Hurricane, 100 Years, 1888-1988. Salem, West Virginia, Walsworth Press, Inc., 1988.
975.435 H966.

Upper Vandalia Historical Society. The Paradise Journals, 1884-1905, Putnam County, West Virginia. s. l., Upper Vandalia Historical Society, 1981.
975.435 P222 Pam.

____________________________. The Vandalia Journal. s. l., Upper Vandalia Historical Society, 1964-.

Wintz, William D. and Hunter, Ivan N. The History of Putnam County. Charleston, West Virginia, Upper Vandalia Historical Society, Quick Copy Service Company, 1967.
975.435 H673.

Newspaper Clippings

"1969 Poca Seniors Last to Graduate From First Building," Kanawha Valley Leader, 6- 5-1969.
"Back to the Putnam County Homeplace," Charleston Gazette, 11-24-1996.
"Bobbie Hill, A Museum From Scratch," Charleston Gazette, 10-24-1993.
"Buffalo Works On Its Image," Charleston Daily Mail, 9-7-1988.
"Buffalo Is Oldest Lower Kanawha Town," Beckley Post Herald, 1-9-1965.
"Buffalo Is Oldest Kanawha Town," Beckley Post Herald, 1-7-1965.
"Buffalo Academy Faces New Role," Charleston Daily Mail, 1-13-1978.
"Cairn Will Mark Spot Where First Marshall Met Death," Huntington Advertiser, 6-30- 1924.
"Camp Now Deserted [Red House] Awaits Transformation," Charleston Gazette, 10-31- 1984.
"Co. Records Threatened By Poor Inadequate Storage Facilities," Hurricane Breeze, 3- 26-1987.
"Coming In Out of Country, Once Tiny, 108 Year Old Winfield...," Charleston Mail, 10- 13-1976.
"Conner Hotel, A Page of Hurricane's History, Or Is It?," Hurricane Breeze, 12-7- 1989.
"County to Celebrate Anniversary 150th Year," Herald Dispatch, 1-15-1998.
"County's First Football Team, Buffalo-1923," Hurricane Breeze, 10-20-1988.
"Down Home Hardware," Charleston Gazette, 3-4-1997.
"Eleanor Putnam County Town Has 50th Anniversary," Charleston Gazette, 7-7- 1985.
"Eleanor, Was It Utopia," Huntington Advertiser, 2-16-1976.
"Eleanor, The Town That History Built," Hurricane Breeze, 9-29-1988.
"Eleanor Calendar a Keeper," Charleston Daily Mail, 1-2-1995.
"Eleanor, the Cleanest Little Town," Putnam Democrat, n. d.
"Gone Is The Depot and The Picture Show...," Hurricane Breeze, 8-13-1987.
"Growing Pains, Flat Land Difficult to Find in Putnam," Charleston Daily Mail, 12-3- 1996.
"Growth Surrounds Winfield History," Charleston Gazette, 12-14-1998.
"Historic House May Be Unsalvageable," Charleston Gazette, 4-11-1992.
"Historic Winfield," Charleston Daily Mail, 7-31-1978.
"Historic House's Life Goes On," Charleston Daily Mail, 2-8-1995.
"Historical Study Flawed, Putnam Officials Say," Charleston Gazette, 5-24-1995.
"Historical Census to be Taken in '64," Hurricane Breeze, 4-2-1964.
"History of Hurricane," Hurricane Breeze, 9-1-1972, 9-8-1972, 10-13-1972, 10-20-1972, 11-17-1972, 1-26-1973.
"History of Putnam County," Hurricane Breeze, 8-17-1967.
"Homemade Kiln Fuels Works of Art," Herald Dispatch, 4-17-1998.
"Homesteaders Are All Set For Winter at Red House," n. p. n. d.
"Hurricane Couple Named State History Heroes," Charleston Gazette, Metro North, 2- 25-1998.
"Hurricane High School Football," Hurricane Breeze, 11-10-1988.
"Hurricane Getting a Second Wind," Charleston Daily Mail, 3-11-1997.
"Hurricane Celebrates Founding," Herald Dispatch, 1-24-1998.
"Hurricane Creek Named After Big Storm," Beckley Post Herald, 1-7-1965.
"Hurricane's Last Landmark Of Railroad Days Coming Down," Hurricane Breeze, 10- 29-1988.
"I Cn Still Hear That Whistle," Charleston Gazette, 3-28-1998.
"Just This Once Hometown Really is Hometown Honest," Herald Dispatch, 4-3- 1989.
"Manufacturer Moves Company Headquarters to Putnam County," Dominion Post, 10-3- 1997.
"Mt. Vernon County Club at Lake Washington Hurricane WV," Herald-Advertiser, 5-1- 1938.
"Much Has Changed in 150 Years," Charleston Gazette, 3-24-1998.
"Old House at Poca Was Famed in History of Mining Section," Charleston Daily Mail, 7-6-1941.
"Orphan Rescued Putnam House...," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-20-1979.
"Pictured 1929 Hurricane Football Team," Hurricane Breeze, 11-10-1988.
"Pictured-Hurricane Football Team 1933," Hurricane Breeze, 11-10-1988.
"Poca Graduate Compiles Dots' Football History," Charleston Daily Mail, 9-14- 1984.
"Poca Residents Help With History," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-10-1995.
"Preserving Our Past," Herald Dispatch, 9-24-1984.
"Putnam County Small But History Rich," Jackson Herald, 1-29-1965.
"Putnam County Court House Has Bad Case of Cramps," Charleston Gazette, 10-13- 1994.
"Putnam Countian Freed Younger Boys," Beckley Post Herald, 1-14-1965.
"Putnam Courthouse Relic Recalls River," Charleston Daily Mail, 8-7-1938.
"Putnam County Grows and Changes," Charleston Gazette, 1-2-1991.
"Putnam County Small But Rich in History," Beckley Post Herald, 1-6-1965.
"Putnam Prepares for Museum in the Community Gala Grand Opening," Gazette, 5-9- 1998.
"Putnam Spilt Between Clutter and Peace," Charleston Gazette, 8-16-1994.
"Putnam Youth First Person to Cook With Natural Gas," Charleston Daily Mail, 1-5- 1941.
"Putnam Suffered Horror of Lynching," Beckley Post Herald, 1-13-1965.
"Red House Plantation Home Familiar Landmark," Charleston Daily Mail, 6-28- 1951.
"Red House Memories," Charleston Gazette, 3-9-1998.
"Red House Planned as Gift to Center at Cost of Million," n. p. n. d.
"Reflections From Turn of Century in Hurricane," Hurricane Breeze, 4-7-1967.
"Royal Faith Academy Rising Amid Hilly.. of Putnam Co.," Charleston Daily Mail, 8-2- 1953.
"Rush to Putnam Growth," Herald Advertiser, 1-27-1974.
"Saving History," Charleston Gazette, 12-29-1997.
"Scary Has More Than a Battlefield to Hold Interest," Charleston Gazette, 7-23- 1950.
"Shopping Hub? George Washington? Buffalo Residents...Lost Toyota," Gazette, 9-21- 1998.
"Special Edition for Poca Heritage Day Celebration," Hurricane Breeze, 9-22-1988.
"Stark Tragedy in Putnam in Spring, 1817," Beckley Post Herald, 1-11-1965.
"Stark Tragedy in Putnam In Spring, 1817," Beckley Post Herald, 1-11-1965.
"Talk Newspaper: Hurricane's Fresh Breeze," Charleston Gazette, 11-22-1994.
"Teacher Recalls Town's Early Days, Eleanor, WV," Charleston Daily Mail, 8-10- 1995.
"The History of Fudge Creek," Hurricane Breeze, 10-26-1989.
"The History of Red House, Putnam County," 7-14-1972.
"The Putnam County Courthouse in 1912," Hurricane Breeze, 4-30-1987.
"The Putnam County Court House Story," Putnam Democrat, 7-25-1958, 8-1-1958.
"The Old Homesteads," Charleston Gazette, 11-6-1997.
"The Civil War Years The Skirmish at Hurricane Creek Bridge," Hurricane Breeze, 8- 11-1988.
"Their Liberty Still Lives in Putnam," Herald Dispatch, 7-5-1975.
"They Keep Putnam's History Alive," Herald Advertiser, 3-10-1968.
"This Is The Way Red House Looked in 1931," Hurricane Breeze, 4-16-1987.
"Town Wants Teays Valley," Charleston Daily Mail, 6-10-1999.
"Trojan Steel Works Going to Putnam," Charleston Daily Mail, 7-15-1999.
"Utopian Dream of 1930's Never Realized for Putnam Co. Eleanor," Charleston Mail, 8- 5-1979.
"Way Eleanor Looked On Stock Show Day, September 6, 1920," Hurricane Breeze, 9- 29-1988.
"We Were as Green as Anybody Could Be, Museum in the Community," Gazette, 10-20- 1997.
"West Virginia's Promised Land," Herald Advertiser, 1-7-1973.
"Winds of Change Blow Through Hurricane," Charleston Gazette, 12-6-1998.
"Winfield, Putnam County," Jackson Herald, 6-29-1970.
"Zoological Park in Putnam...," Charleston Gazette, 5-13-1968.

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