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Alderson West Virginia - A History
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Military History 2 3
Alderson’s Train Depot
Churches 2 3 4 5 6
Schools 2 3 4 5
Annexation / N. Alderson
The Alderson Lion
Well Known Women
Who's Who In America
The Greenbrier River
Acknowledgement: Kenneth D. Swope
A history of this kind could not be written without the help of many people. As various events and subjects are
recounted I have tried to credit those who have furnished information, lent me books or documents, or written a
chronicle of various kinds. However, there are several who must be thanked for special help.
Joseph N. Alderson, my father-in-law, has lent me his fine collection of papers and valuable books. Mrs. Agnes
Cooke has helped me by loan of records and has given me information about several subjects. Mrs. Ashworth of
the West Virginia Department of Archives and History directed me to fine sources of information, made copies of
records and looked up references. E. R. (Pike) Fletcher, Jr. has been of great help in records of war veterans, as
has Walter B. Rogers, Jr. Miss Hallie Jones and Roy Coffmann of the Alderson schools also helped me. Rodgers
McVey gave me a mass of information. The Reverend John Wagster, the Reverend Elwin Roberts and several
other persons connected with the churches cooperated.
Tracy Leach, Carl Bivens, J. Frank Nash, Charles D. Horn, Miss Gladys Bowman, J. Herbert Jones, Miss Crelia A.
Jones, Richard . Weikel all gave help. Duncan Johnston gave a lot of information about the Post Office and
newspapers. E. W. Cooper and staff of the Greenbrier County Board of Education assisted me. Cooper Dawson
furnished Camp Greenbrier data. There are so many I cannot list them all.
My wife, Frances Alderson Swope, who loves Alderson with all her heart, has edited, corrected and revised this
history. She amassed much of the information at Kanawha County Public Library. She is the co-author of this
Kenneth D. Swope, Lewisburg, West Virginia - July, 1964
The writer assures the reader this history contains errors. Those of commission have been made through
ignorance or incorrect information. Errors of omission are for the same reasons, or lack of space or lack of time or
materials for research. This history was written at the request of Greenbrier Historical Society. Of course, the writer
received no financial remuneration. It has been an interesting and historically profitable experience delving into the
past of his home town. Those who may feel persons or events should have had a place, or more space, please
add your chronicle to this one. - Kenneth D. Swope
The contents contained in this series is copyrighted and the sole property of The Greenbrier Historical Society - Lewisburg, WV Used by permission - November 18, 2008
“But in my mind, she is restored, and I’m a child again,
to walk the streets with no shoes on, and play all day
with friends”. - Barry Worrell
This history is a compilation of several sources. The majority of the text is from the 1964 publication of “The Journal Of The Greenbrier Historical
Society on Alderson, West Virginia", by Kenneth D. Swope, and is no longer in print. However, it is fortunate that permission to use it here has been
granted by The Greenbrier Historical Society in Lewisburg, West Virginia. I wish to thank Jim Talbert and the G. H. S. for their permission to use the
The complete text of the journal is intact, while pictures from Thomas Dixon, Margaret Hambrick, Barbara Hullings, Ward Parker, Tom Roush, Barry
Worrell, U. S. Library of Congress, old postcards and miscellaneous sources, have been placed through out to add relevancy to this presentation.
There is additional information that is italicized to distinguish it from the original text of Mr. Swope’s work. Also, I have also added a few pages of
history not included in the Mr. Swope’s Journal. I do not feel this is a betrayal of the integrity of Mr. Swope’s work for he invites external involvement
with additions to his history at the end of his acknowledgement below.
This work covers the time span from 1671 to 1964, but since 1964, major changes have taken place in Alderson, as it has in many small towns all
over the country. However, someone else will have to write that history. Alderson is not the booming, little town it was many years ago and certainly
not the way I remembered it growing up, but it still has charm and even a certain degree of celebrity that you will find as you read these pages. I
hope you find value in this history and I dedicated it to all who love Alderson as I do.
The History of Alderson, West Virginia
From The Journal Of The Greenbrier Historical Society On Alderson, West Virginia
Written by Kenneth D. Swope - Compiled and Transcribed by Barry Worrell
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