CAIRO WV will Always be Home.

There are several hundred people who have shared the stories, images and history of our small corner of West Virginia: Grant District of Ritchie County and the numerous communities located there. Many people have given so much information that it is overwhelming to search or find specifics. This is a web page created from the content of “our” Facebook site, as shared by us all, and organized here in a manner that is searchable and organized (a little). Enjoy this companion to our
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This project is created and driven by the many fine people whose roots lie in and around Cairo !!!

I created and maintain this web site and the related Facebook page. I am Dean Six, born of parents from Cairo.  My father’s Six family has lived a few miles out of town since the 1850’s. I am the sixth generation. My mother’s McGinnis family has been there five generations. While I was born in a Parkersburg, WV hospital, at the age of a few days old I came home to live with my family in the town of Cairo.  I attended school there for 8 years. I have degrees from WVU, including an undergraduate in history. I have written several books and was the co-founder (way back in the early 1970’s) of the Ritchie County Historical Society. For 15 years I was co-owner one of from one to three businesses in Cairo.

The Cairo I remember was tidy, houses were neat, lawns were trimmed, gardens were large and behind every house. People all knew each other, talked about each other, and were quick to help or support one another. 

To say I am tied to the community with roots that LONG preceded me is an understatement. Cairo will always be home for me.  I think this is true for many of us who can say we came from Cairo and Grant District.

To those whose roots lie elsewhere or your ancestors were folk in our midst- welcome and share our memories. Preserved here for future generations are our photos, memories and conjecture.

PLEASE explore, enjoy and join us on the facebook page to comment.  dean


Cairo & Grant District History Sharing Day May 2019

Cairo & Grant Dist WV History – a sharing day? We have reserved the Cairo Community building for SATURDAY May 25, 2019 – Yeah, it is memorial day weekend BUT maybe that means folks will be in the area doing cemetery visits? We will be there from 9AM until 3:00-ish with efforts to record oral histories, scan and preserve all photos attendees choose to bring to share, there will be exhibits of photos and artifacts and the history of Our community. NO charge to attende. Please join us in Cairo and talk / share history????

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Cairo High School/ Grant District High School Sports and Gymnasium

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This is one of the last known photos of the CHS Gym. It collapsed from neglect in (circa 2010?). A large cast metal sign spanned the top front of the building for decades proclaiming "19 gymnasium 21."

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Ink pens made from the gym floor were made by Alan Haught (Dottie Cornell) This view is of the gym floor looking from the front entrance of the gym near the end of it's time. From the posts on either side to the outside wall were large step-like "bleachers." When the crowd stomped their feet the entire building became one massive drum that echoed all across town.

Image may contain: texte This 2003 gym photo by Orlena McCormick-Leighton shows the front entrance of the gym after it had ceased to be used as a school.

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mimeographed sheet is from The CHS “Skylite” newspaper. AND with LATIN – Nice!
The GDHS and CHS student newspaper for decades was SKYLITE. (Maybe more properly The Skylite?)! It took it’s name after the large glass skylite in the ceiling of the third floor of the HS, in the middle of the auditorium.
This is the 1930 Section C Champions, who were obviously going”On to Buckhannon” for the next round! The men show are Mr. Wilson, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Edw. Scott, Mr. Heckler, Mr. D. Scott and Coach Curtis.

(Ruth Flanagan)  Thought you might like to know, my dad, Dorsey Scott, was in the center, and his brother, Edward Scott, on left just below him. My uncle Edward, was the father of Donald Eugene, or Scottie as many people knew him. He just passed after the 50 year reunion, he will be missed by many.