Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Elizabeth "Betty" Smith

Elizabeth "Betty" Smith was married to Burt Johnson.

She is the daughter of Marvin and Lucinda Justus Smith.

Walter and Tennessee Smith

Walter Smith and Tennessee Justus Smith

Louis "Harlin" Smith

Louis Harlin Smith was photographed in the 1880's. He was married to Sarah Davis, of Hurley. He was the father of seven children. His sons were Jim Smith, Walter Smith, George Smith, and Buddy Smith. His daughters were Lourannie Smith James, Mary Smith Justus, and Matilda Smith Justus. Harlan was a brother to Marvin, Sam, Lurana, William Riley, Irene, Susana, and Armeda Smith.

Marvin and Lucinda Smith

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hurley Lumber Yard - 1920

Rock House Mountain

Harve Christian, second from right. Linco Blankenship is fourth from the right.

Hurley, VA

The church on the hill is the Regular Baptist Church at the mouth of Pounding Mill Branch. The top story was taken off around the mid or late 1940's. The lumber dock was one of three in the Hurley bottom. The Big Sandy & Cumberland Railroad ran on this side of the creek. The school building on the left is the first high school in Buchanan County. The building to the right of the school was used for classroom space and also as a building to teach young ladies the art of homemaking, sewing and quilting. Mr. Arthur Ownby was the first principal. Mrs. Maude Smith of Hurley, was one of the teachers in the school. The buildings were torn down around 1929. The Norfolk & Western Railroad began buying right-of-way up Lester's Fork in 1925, and when the track and present day railroad bridge over the highway was constructed around 1929-30, the landsape was changed completely.

Ritter Lumber Company - Hurley 1916

Roseann Side of Raitt Tunnel

Roseann - Home Creek Raitt Tunnel

Home Creek side of the Railroad Tunnel

Bill Kennedy and Earl Browning

Hurley Train Station

Worker for Ritter Lumber Company - 1930

Monday, April 4, 2011

Blankenship Ladies of Knox Creek

Hats were "in" when this photo was taken of the Blankenship women. From left, Merville Blankenship, daughter-in-law of King Blankenship. King Blankenship's daughters, Olivia Blankenship, Alpha Blankenship, Martin & Viola Blankenship Mullins.

Tom and Adeline Dotson Family

The Tom and Adeline Dotson Family gathered for this picture at their home at Hurley in the early 1930's. The couple had 11 children. Pictured are Adeline J. Dotson, Eileen D. Tester, Cecil, Lonnie, Dora D. Justus, Ruth D. Bower, Luther and James are not pictured.

Train - Roseann, VA

Hurley Flood - 2002

Ritter Lumber Company

Daughters of Jim and Amanda Smith

Daughters of James Harvey Smith and Amanda Jane Justus from Lester's Fork, Hurley. Top left - Ellen, Ann, Bottom left, Margie and Lydia. Ellen married Fred Hackney, Ann married Wilburn Layne, Margie married Walter Billiter, and Lydia married Dave Broyles.

Joe Hall

Joe Hall, an engineer for W. M. Ritter Lumber Company, posed with the train engine he operated which is in the background. This photo was taken on Lower Mill Branch in the 1920's.

Samuel M. Smyth

Simeon "Semmie" Turley Justice

David C. Mullins

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hurley High School - Class of 1953

George Marrs, Jr.

George Marrs, Jr. is pictured on his old mule back in 1927. He was nine years old when the photo was taken. George was raised on a mountain farm on Lester's Fork at Hurley. The photo belongs to George's daughter, Denise Marrs Shafer of Hurley.

Victoria Matilda Justus Jackson