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“I was at Meddings.” The first line of my great, great, grandfather’s diary, written on October 10, 1880 begins simply enough, but he would continue to write nearly daily until 1935, including all the mundane and remarkable events of his life, news of the world, and friends, lovers and acquaintances in Coon Creek, where he had a farm in Lincoln County, West Virginia.

"(dark cross) 4:30 pm" Harriet died  William James Clark  March 6, 1886

"(dark cross) 4:30 pm"
Harriet died

William James Clark
March 6, 1886

"Rosa impressed my mind of her doing wrong in Ceredo."  William James Clark  April 6, 1888

"Rosa impressed my mind of her doing wrong in Ceredo."

William James Clark
April 6, 1888

"Rosa offered me $5 to tell her a remidy to make one miscarry"  William James Clark  October 12, 1889

"Rosa offered me $5 to tell her a remidy to make one miscarry"

William James Clark
October 12, 1889

“I bought a hat, and Cherry Pectoral & got drunk”  William James Clark  December 20, 1886

“I bought a hat, and Cherry Pectoral & got drunk”

William James Clark
December 20, 1886

"Ann Jackson drank carbolic acid & killed herself at Huntington this morning."  William James Clark diary  April 20, 1912

"Ann Jackson drank carbolic acid & killed herself at Huntington this morning."

William James Clark diary
April 20, 1912

"Lindsey found a gold spider in the yard with letters worked in the web."  William James Clark diary  September 16, 1896

"Lindsey found a gold spider in the yard with letters worked in the web."

William James Clark diary
September 16, 1896

"1st raised the rapping spirit tonight."  William James Clark diary  October 30, 1912

"1st raised the rapping spirit tonight."

William James Clark diary
October 30, 1912

"Nan shot at Mary Davis this morning."  William James Clark diary  November 9, 1912

"Nan shot at Mary Davis this morning."

William James Clark diary
November 9, 1912

"I found an umbereler in the road before the schoolhouse."  William James Clark diary  August 25, 1922

"I found an umbereler in the road before the schoolhouse."

William James Clark diary
August 25, 1922

"Myrtie went over the river & talked to the dead at Mrs Blake's."  William James Clark diary  August 18, 1915


"Myrtie went over the river & talked to the dead at Mrs Blake's."

William James Clark diary
August 18, 1915

"Sold my banjo to Moore for $2."  William James Clark diary  December 23, 1899

"Sold my banjo to Moore for $2."

William James Clark diary
December 23, 1899

"Mag Cummins refused to let my corn be took to mill on the wagon. Hung my meat."  William James Clark diary  January 21, 1901

"Mag Cummins refused to let my corn be took to mill on the wagon. Hung my meat."

William James Clark diary
January 21, 1901

"George Sowards was here two or three hours & pretended to be very friendly."  William James Clark diary  July 29, 1916

"George Sowards was here two or three hours & pretended to be very friendly."

William James Clark diary
July 29, 1916

"Swanson 1st talked to me about putting a still house at my spring."  William James Clark diary  January 5, 1891

"Swanson 1st talked to me about putting a still house at my spring."

William James Clark diary
January 5, 1891

"Hitler appointed chancellor of Germany."  William James Clark diary  January 30, 1933

"Hitler appointed chancellor of Germany."

William James Clark diary
January 30, 1933