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Last Friday's Sand Fork Centennial the gala Centennial Ceiebration will Sand Fork cen- Celebration, which was scheduled by be re-scheduled during the spring the school, had to be cancelled, due to when the weather promises to be more tennial ll--J &~ upuat the snow day. cooperative. Until then, please enjoy AccordingtoPrincipalJohnWolfe, Sand Fork's history featured here. The Oil Town of Gilmer County (Editor's Note: By O. F. Morton who wrote this history for the people of Sand Fork on February 5, 1903, this article is courtesy of Billy Decker of Kingwood, WV, grandson of Frank L. Decker, who was the engineer for the Eureka Pipe Line Company, and son of Harry G. Decker, who owned the Decker Garage in Sand Fork. In January, 2004, Mary Ann Radabaugh relayed it to The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder in commemoration of the Sand Fork community's Centennial celebration.) Life-styles --The Gilmer Social Scene & Other News lenville Democrat ville at I ? During the extremely cold spell in an election appointed for February gentlemen rendered every courtesy in February of 1899, the writer of this 14. The corporate line include 223 showing this writer through the Eu- letter walked through Sand Fork and acres and nearly all is quite smooth reka Station. Powerful engines drive remembers an iron bridge and rive lying ground. Circumstance alone the local pumps which draw the oil houses scattered lonesomely about causes the site to be exceptionally from the Copley Field into the two the riverbottom. There were two stores well suited for a town, and a city of tanks which have a collective capac- and a post office. The public school respectable site could be accommo- ity of nearly 50,000 barrels. Other was so small that there was talk of dated on the comparatively level pumps force the fluid through sixty disannulling the same. ground which lies within and without miles of pipe to Downs, on the B. & O. SuchwasSandForkin1899,merely the present corporate limits. There Railroad. The Rosedale Oii Field also the starting point for a village. The will be little occasion to clihab the sends its product here. A dynamo bridge and the fivehouses are still surroundinghillsideswithhousestwo supplies 125 Electric Lights for the here, but they are no longer stories high on one side and four on lighting of the buildings. Althougha lonesome, Yet possibly there might the other, large sum of money has already been have been no further growth even to There are Forty Dwellings in expended on the pumping station it is this day, but for a circumstance which Layopolis and the Population is fully not yet complete, and it is the inten- caused this hitherto quiet neighbor- 200. Lots are being sold almost daily tion of the managemente to beautify hood to be promptly recognized as and more houses are soon to be erected, the premises with grass and flowers. one of the strategic points in the de- There are three general stores--those The pump station is controlled by J. velopmentofWestVirginia.Thiscir- of Moore& Wiant, Keith & Com-C.McCarl.JohnRyanisaforemanof cumstance was the completion of a pany, and Goff & Knotts. J. A. Lytle the construction gang of the pipeline test well some distance up the Sand has a grocery, T. A. Dettimore a company. The Hope Gas Company ~Fork Valley. The well "struck oil" blacksmith shop, Taylor & Ellison a supplies natural gas, not only to the with a vengeance and with an exceed- harness shop, and Emma Floyd & pumping station, but to the town it- mgwetnessandagreasyliquidgushed Company keep millinery (women's self. out at the rate of 7,000 barrels a day clothing). Messenger & Townsend A mile above Layopolis is a water and deluged the whole vicin.ity, have a grist mill and on the same lot, station where wateer is pumped from This was the beginning of the A.E. Messenger operates a planer the river and driven to the Copley Copley oil field, and in the excite- and does an active business. Another field. The pump is run by J. W. ment which immediately drew to the firm is the Coffin and Furniture Corn- McVaney. Nearby is a grocery and Sand Fork valley the attention of all pany of winch Mr. Keith is a member, millinery store kept by E: Spicer and persons interested in the oil business, and besides being merchant and daughter. it was seenthat the spot at the opstmaster, he finds time to engage in Such, in a few words, isasurveryof confluence of the Sand Fork River several other lines of occupation, the lusty young town of Layopolis. It and the Little Kanawha River had at Forhotels,therearetheStump Hotel may look crude and incomplete, but once acquired an unforeseen impor- by Blaine G. Stump and the Traveler's such is the case with towns in the tance. A pipe line was laid from the Inn by J. W. McCullough. At either early stage of rapid growth. Better Copley field to this point, and here a establishment, the wayfaring public streets and sidewalks will soon be a pumping station was established to is well cared for. Mr. Stump also necessity and better buildings will " drive the fluid through anotherline in keeps a livery and feed stable and is presently arise. Better school facili- the direction of a market. A genuine enlarging his hotel. The Traveler's ties are already needed, the school village quickly sprang into existence Inn is also to increase its capacity, enumeration being nearly 100. The around the pumping station, and al- Boarding houses are kept by G.W. teacher for the present winter was F. though the oil industry was the imme- Davis, J. M. Brake, and John A. Lytle. B. Wilfong. diate cause of the new growth and is E.O. Townsend is a gas plumber, J. The people of Layopolis have faith still the mainstay of the town, there Doyle deals in coal, and Frank Bell is and enthusiasm in their town and are are other factors which make for addi- awater well driller, working for its continued growth and tional prosperity. All around is one of Rev. C. C. S. Board of the M.P. prosperity. They point to the adjacent the surrounding hillsides, it lies above Church is as yet the only resident oil district, the axis of which appears the water level and can be mined by pastor. Thechurchbuildingstandson to cross the river a short distance drifting. And last, but not least, the rising ground near the eastern border abovethe town. They point also to the Wabash railroad has located its Little of the village. The local physician is coal in the hills around and to the Kanawha line through the town and Dr. J. B. Rymer, and he is an able, probability that a branch railroad will preparations(ortheworkofconstruc- accommodating practitioner. Mr. pass up the Sand Fork valley. They don) have for some time been in Reynolds, the railroad contractor, will point also to the fine town site and its progress, locate here. The town is the home of pure and abundant supply of well Very recently the town has been Jacob Moore, the genial sheriff of - water. They further point to the de- incorporated underthe new name Of GilmerCounty, and also of his deputy, "mand for the navigable improvement Layopolis. The first syllable is the William Rowe. of the Liule Kanawha. name of the first assistant treasurer of The plant of the Eureka Pipe Line With abundant coal and gas, why the Standard Oil Company, and the Company occupies a perfectly level may not this valley become on a new designation of the town is thus a site at the confluence of the two smaller scale an industrial region like graceful recognition ofthe prime cause streams and is well worth a visit, the Monongahela with its numerous for its rapid growth since the develop- Frank L. Decker is the engineer and busy towns, sometimes withing sight ment of the Copley oil field tow years telegraph operator, and W. E. Porter of one another? ago.Townofficersaretobechosenat and C. R. Neill are gaugers. These Best Flare to Bey & Save! Deals now being offered regularlyl $18,500 $16,500 2001 WHITE DODGE RAM 1500 LARAMIE SLT O v-8 ,x,. Exr ED ca.. ^trro. cD -'% r T at:,_ SHORT BED WITH LINER TRA ~ HITCH 33,500 MIL]~.''-'~ ~ ~ we..'-v v 1992 WHITE GMC JIMMY SLE 4X4 4 DR.. g-fi EI~IGIN'E AUvl'O ~WS AND DOOR. LOCKS AUTO TI~ANSMISSION * 95,000 MILF~ Ouality Trade-ins are 2OOl BLUE JIMMY 4X4 DIAMOND EDITION V..6 F2qGINE 4-DR. ALerO LEATHER INTERIOR CD PLAYIgR Iu~WER WINDOWS & DOOR LOCKS 4"/,0m MILES 1999 ~ GMC JIMMY 4X4 &DR V-6 ENGINE POWER DRIVER'S SEAT POWER WINDOWS AND DOOR LOCKS . ~ INTERIOR being acquired daUyl JOHN LYTLE'S STORE IN SAND FORK - Man sitting 5th from left is John A. Lytle. His wife; Mary E. Miller Lytle, is standing next to him. They were married June 1,1884, in Gilmer County. The small child in front of them and to the left, is their daughter, Letha Lyric. Chades R. Miller, Mary Lyric's brother, is the man seated on the extreme right. John and Mary Lytle probably lived upstairs over the Store. Mrs. John Lyric was a barber. The parents of Mary E. Miller and Chades R. Miller were George "Dutch" and Elsa (Messenger) Miller. They lived in a little house across the street from BOB RAY JONES. This house stood until about 20 years ago. (This picture is courtmly of Lavonne Childers Minlgh) STUMP HOTEL IN SAND FORK-This is the original picture taken around 1910 or 1911 in front of the Stump Hotel in Sand Fork, West Virginia. The vehicle was known as a 1902 International Harvester Motor Wagon since it was built on a wagon chassis. Regular runs were made from Glenville to Gilmer by this machine with a cog drive, and one frequent stopover and general meeting place for travelers making the 12-mile overland drive was the Stump Hotel. The four men seated in the car are Claud Stump, Lee Stump, Odas Stump, and Blaine Stump, and seated in the third seat are Merle and Gefle Stump, Rubert Stump's cousins and daughters of Absolum Stump. The fellow on the horse in the background is Roma Burke, a former member of the Gilmer County Court. Taken from the pages of The Glenville Democrat, December 21,1944, and from the memory of Elmer Cawthon. Blaine Stump left Sand Fork and moved to Gilmer in 1910. (Picture courtesy of Rubert W. Stump of GlenvilIe, WV.) SAND FORK SCHOOL IN 1907 -This picture of the Sand Fork School is courtesy of Fred Burke who sent this picture to the Glenville Democrat many years ago, and the late Mrs. Nelson Wells, who saved this newspaper clipping for later generations. This picture was taken in October 1907. This was the first year that a six months school term was offered in the Glenville Distnct. Fred Burke is in the front row on xtreme left. This school was built in 1897. m i i 2 Directly off 1-79 Exit 105, Jane Lew 884-7806 HOUSE OF TUNES All Diamond Engagement Rings... 25% off Gold Chains... 5096 off Heart Necklaces... 20% off Earrings... 25% off Heart Rings... 30% off COMING FEB. 6 r. & FEB. 7 T. FRI. SAT. --- LADIES' NIGHT -- .Friday Nights. 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