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(Photo by Calvin Shepherd - Use By Permission) Alderson West Virginia - A History Made with Xara © Compilation property of Min7th Productions 2012  Alderson Community Early Exploration Baughman's Fort Early Growth Post Offices Military History   2     3 Bridges Roads Railroads Alderson’s Train Depot Churches  2   3   4   5   6 Schools     2   3   4   5   6 Political History Annexation / N. Alderson City Services Utilities    2 Alderson's Newspapers Business Banks Milling Livestock Market Nash Stone Quarries Acme Limestone Lumber Women’s Prison Alderson's Fair Camp Greenbrier The Alderson Lion Well Known Women Who's Who In America Census Statistics 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  history. Kenneth D. Swope, Lewisburg, West Virginia -  July, 1964   Conclusion 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 Index 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  material.  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 Start Here: Alderson Community