The History of Mt Lookout, WV

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wilderness Lumber Company

In "The Story of Mt. Lookout" by Carrie Jo Huffman, she states that the 43,000 acres to the North of Meadow River was a mighty forest of giant poplars, great red oaks, white oaks, chestnut, walnut, and cherry. From the pictures I have here of the Wilderness Lumber Company I can certainly believe that.

The Wilderness Lumber Company was located in Nallen, WV. As a kid I can remember driving through Nallen and seeing the remnants of the mill. It was amazing for me to find out that it used to be the largest hardwood operation in the WORLD. In 1927 they even supplied the lumber and other timber that the U.S. Navy used to restore the USS Constitution "Old Ironsides".

Lumberyard Crew - My grandfather George Wesley Kincaid (center)

Look at the size of that log they are sitting on!!

I really don't know the names of anyone in these photos other than my grandfather. Judging by the size of those trees, I think it's a safe bet to say that they were real men. I can't even imagine how difficult it must have been. As you can see NO power equipment.

Here are a few links to old newspaper articles that I found regarding Wilderness Lumber Company

The Morgantown Post / July 21,1961
Beckley Post-Herald / June 8,1972
Beckley Post-Herald / January 2,1973
The Raleigh Register / June 29,1977

If you have any information regarding Wilderness Lumber Company or these photos I would love to hear it.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pure and Simple Joy

Emory, Alice and Brenda Kincaid

I am hoping to be able to spend more time in sharing some of the information and pictures that I have. I am going to start with a couple of pictures that I came across recently of my parents and my sister Brenda. Judging from the age of Sis I believe these photos were taken in 1950. The second photo below is Brenda with my Uncle Eugene and Aunt Mary Kincaid.

Now the reason I chose these photos. JOY. Can you see the pure joy on the faces of my Mom and Dad? I have seen many photos of them and have never seen another that captures the happiness in their faces as much as this one.

I plan to get this one framed and placed it where I will see it often. Life too often gets in the way of our happiness with the day to day pressures we all have on us. I hope this photo will help me keep things in perspective. I certainly hope that you enjoy this photo as much as I do.

Eugene, Mary and Brenda Kincaid
Oh and Sis, I can't help but be a little jealous!