Post Offices of Grant District

Interior of the Cairo Post Office circa 2001.

Lynn Smith Frazier recalled:  I loved going to the Post Office to get our mail. It always had a “warm” smell
Elaine S. Strader shared:  I still remember the smell of the post office. Guess it was a combination of paper and glue from the stamps??? I often could not get our box to open and Clarence Haga would hand it to me through the window.
Pete Haga, son of postmaster Clarence Haga wrote: The smell was the oil on the wood floor. Periodically new oil had to be put on the wood .
Rosalind Jonas Baker commented: r Dean there is still no mail delivery in town for the ones right in the center. My mother Dorothy Jonas took over when Clarence Haga retired. She retired in 1992.

North Bend rail trail

An old spring near Silver Run, along the railtrail. Photo by and shared by Alan Nichols
These were maintained all along the B&O for water, fresh and cold, for their gangs. (they had a name for the teams/ gags that I cannot capture at the moment) This is located approximately 1/2 mile east of the Silver Run B&O tunnel. A similar one is toward Cornwallis, wet of Bonds Creek.

Homesteads and Farms of Grant District

Eva J. George shared this photo and posts relating:
This house was built for my Great Grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth (McNemar) Layfield by Andrew Jacob Layfield. George Layfield, born 3 Nov. 1841, died 30 July 1878 of typhoid fever. He was my Great Grandfather. Andrew Jacob Layfield was his first cousin. My Great Grandmother received a pension of $13 a month for George’s service in the CW. Andrew was born 23 Sep.1865. He married Ruhama ‘Hanna’ Rexroad in 1890. Their first child born about 1892 was born in Ritchie Co. They then moved to Upshur Co. where they lived the rest of their lives, so he was very young when he built the house. My G Grandmother died 8 Dec. 1906 and the house was sold after that. Andrew moved to Buckhannon and built a large house on Camden Ave. and it is still standing.
I can identify all of the people in the photo when I can find my list. And when I find it I will post. The older lady in the front is Sarah Elizabeth (McNemar) Layfield and the three boys in front with her are three of her grandchildren.

Dean says Double stacked porches are SLEEPING porches for hot summer nights long before fans or AC…. it was a safe outside space to sleep and much cooler than inside under those tin roofs!
This home is standing in 2019 and is up off Addison Run- what is now Bias Road. Near the Layfield cemetery… the fancy woodwork has all long been taken off.

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How the Layfield house looks in the early 2010s. Shared by Bobbi Goodnight Hazelton.
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Lloyd Six home on top of Six Hill, between Harrisville and Cairo, off Rt. 31. Long ago the “main road, later US 50” went over this hill. Photo by Megan Six Finley.
This home is the third on the same site. This land has served the Six family for six generations and since the 1850s!
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Davis Farm on Short Run, photo circa 1960s shared by Kim Welch.
Kim wrote: My great grandfather, Ed Davis(Joseph Edward and wife, Letha Hendershot Davis) bought the farm for my grandparents Jum (Joseph Eldred) and Eva (Moore) Davis around 1942 from the Dotson family.
My dad, Eldred (Eldy) was six, his sister, Julia Davis Robinson was ten, brother Biddle (Gay) was eight and youngest brother Ronald was about four.
They put in electric around 1942 with the Rural Electricification Act under President Roosevelt. 
My Uncle Biddle Davis lived there until he died in 2001. My dad owns it now.
My brother and I spent summers here as kids with our grandmother. My favorite memories were made there!
The Davis farm on Short Run, Photo, circa 2016, shared by Kim Welch.

Lee home near Goose Creek, Long Run in the foreground.
Kim Welch shared:
Rusty and Beverly Lee lived in the old house then built the new one. So the Lee’s are living there now, in 2019 . John and Goldie Hissem lived there before the Lees. John helped build the bridge there across Goose Creek.
James Chapman shared this photo and wrote:
My great-grandparent’s home on Big Run near Cairo. It hasn’t been gone for too many years. My grandfather George is standing at the front of the horses.

Native American, Mound builders and more

Libby Carpenter shared a post reading: The Indian mound near Cisco is still in plain sight…. Stand in our field at Cisco and look back behind Cisco Church off to the right. That big hill behind Steve and Betty Curfman’s house I have always been told that it is an Indian Mound. And every time they plowed the fields…. where our property and adjoining properties are at Cisco, folks would find a lot of arrow heads. That is where the Indians had their campgrounds, Liz Carpenter BayerDean Six and Rose Roberts. I also read something in a book or newspaper about the Indian Mound at Cisco. It’s directly behind the pond from the road

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The Indian petroglyphs on the Raber Farm at North Bend State Park. Uncovered by the summer work team at North Bend State Park while constructing the overhanging rock trail, summer of 1976 (?). An extensive film documentary was later created about this by Nancy (Summers) Curry the then Ritchie County Librarian. Wonder what became of that film


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Old school photo shared by Elaine (Smith) Strader from clipping kept by her mother, Mary. From an undated Ritchie Gazette article. See more info below

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as shared by Eiaine (Smith) Strader from her mother;s newspaper clippings

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Dave Harper shared: The picture of the Glendale School building looks a little different from what it looked like in 1963 when I attended school there in 3rd grade Mrs.Hatfeild was the teacher Mid Jameson was the cook ,there was six grades there at that time. I can’t remember the other teachers that was there, I was there through 6th grade,and that was the last year the school was open.


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The Store at Racy – and the operators/ owners we can recall:
Grant Marshall (1950s) ); Clyde Border (early 1980s) ; Nancy Putnam (1984-85); Mary Putnam Foster (1985-1988): Fred & Libby Carpenter (1997- ?)
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North Fork Baptist Church, Racy WV
(John Jackson)  Now looking at this pic a little more closely, I’m 99% certain that’s our family’s Plymouth Valiant in the background at far right. To the left of our car is the back of the Nulls’ car, but I can’t remember what it was. The van at far left, I’m sure, belonged to Arlis and Ruth Brohard. The ramp on the left side of the church was to allow access for their daughters, Linda and Arlene. I should recognize that little blue pickup, but I can’t think of whose it was.

Cairo homes and residences

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McGregor house as I photographed it circa 1980s. House torn down 1990s? See the accompanying 1899 drawing of this same home
in a post shared by Pete Haga he stated: loved that house. I was in it almost every day from age of two to thirteen. And visited it quite often until the owner Glen Marden died.

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In a post shared by Ashley N Rebecca Cox we read: x Beautiful home. I remember as a kid going up there and looking through the windows. It had service stairs into the kitchen and the mantel in the kitchen had a wine elevator that came out if the cellar

Chapman Carrell house on Carroll Street in Cairo. Photo shared by Susan Shock. dated 1913.


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This photo of the mill and dam at Rusk appeared in the 1941 West Virginia Blue Book. (shared by John Jackson)

From Lowther (History of Ritchie County, 158): “And the next notable landmark here [in Rusk] was the old Prible mill, which came upon the stage as early as 1839, with Daniel Pribble as builder and operator, but the wheels of this old mill ceased to turn before its owner crossed to the other side, and the site is now marked by the Moats’ mill, which was built by the late William Meredith, father of the Rev. Thomas Meredith, of the West Virginia Methodist Episcopal conference, perhaps, thirty five years ago. But Mr. Moats has been the owner and proprietor for the past quarter of a century, and during the year 1909, he rebuilt and enlarged this mill, and added his store to the structure.”
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(John Jackson) The house was located about a half-mile northeast of Cisco and was across the NF of the Hughes from the mouth of Buffalo Run. It was still standing as late as the 1980s. I believe somebody said that this is actually the back of the house, but I can’t be sure. It was the home of Hugh Jr. and Mary Ellen Dulin Pribble, my gg grandparents. More on Hugh can be found on his findagrave page: <>, linking to more on Mary Ellen and other family members. I’m sure other relatives on here know more about the house and about the couple than I do. Photo shared by John Jackson
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(John Jackson) The add-on to the right, I’m told, was to enclose a staircase, so they would no longer have to go outside to go upstairs.
The Pribble house viewed from the other side. Photo shared by John Jackson.

(Craig Wilson ) I remember this house well. My mom and dad bought the place in or around 80. Hayward and Anne Wilson. They never lived in it, it ended up being a barn in its last few years. Dad had kept pigs in it. I also remember an old dug well in front of it. There was also a large barn on the property as well.