The Christmas Dinner Party was held at the home of Nina Mullins, where Nina cooked a delicious dinner and gifts were exchanged. Most of us attended and we had a great time. Thank you, Nina!
More History, more Photos, more Folklore, Full of surprises! This book is a MUST for Wise County researchers, or if you have ties with Wise County in any regard. It will intrigue you with its many stories of Wise County’s early days, its towns, communities and people who made it all happen.
Comments: “The book is a great buy at any price.”
“I love it. I can hardly put it down!”
“It is better than the first book.” (Volume 1)
“The Wise County Historical society did a great job with this book.”
“It is one of a kind and will be a much sought-after collectors item and heirloom one day!” 1133 pages, photos, Index, 9 x 12. Price: $65.00, plus shipping charge. (See chart for postage).
The Heritage of Wise County and City of Norton, Vol II contains the following chapters:
In the Beginning, Frontier Forts, Indian Atrocities along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, Early Frontier, Early Houses, Wise County, Princes Flats… The city of Norton, Our Towns, James Taylor Adams (writings), Edward L. “Buck” Henson, Jr. (writings), Our People, Memories
February 14, 2002
February 28, 2002
April 4, 2002
Christmas Dinner Party
December 2000 -2002 at Bonanza
March 2, 2000
March 16, 2000
April 26, 2000
June 1, 2000
June 22, 2000
July 6, 2000
August 3, 2000
September 7, 2000
October 5, 2000
November 9th, 2000
January 4, 2001
February 1, 2001
March 1, 2001
April 5, 2001
May 3, 2001
June 7, 2001
October 4, 2001
Wise County’s Apple Blossoms of Yesteryear by Denver “Bud” Osborne and the Book Committee.
Apple Blossom book cover photo is from the apple orchard of Letcher and Fannie Steele
It was reported that the Laurel Grove Cemetery book has been completed and is now for sale.
Wanda Rose made the motion that we give a Heritage of Wise County, Volume 1 to the Big Stone Gap Library in memory of Darthula (Dot) Carroll. A plaque will be placed in the front of the book stating that it was given in her memory.
Ganell Marshall told of an Appalachian Consortium in Abingdon, VA on March 19, 20, and 21st. Discussion was held as to whether we should try to sell copies of the Edith Maxwell Trial, among other books. Ganell made the motion that we participate in this and have a table to sell books. The motion carried.
A new cover will appear on the front of the Appalachian Quarterly for March
March 4, 1999
The Trial of Edith Maxwell-Wise County Virginia 1935, A Court Transcript of the actual trial was typed by Fannie Steele which consisted of 202 pages. The Edith Maxwell Trial was the most publicized trial in Wise County and was known about all over the United States. It is still talked about today and books are still being written about this trial.
April 1, 1999
A surprise birthday party was given for Fannie Steele and Dorothy Witt on Thursday Night, April 1st. No business session was held as we all ate birthday cake, drank cokes and made merry. And a Happy Birthday Party was had by all.
May 4, 1999 Discussed the business of The Heritage of Wise County and The City of Norton, Vol. II. Discussion of ways to advertise.Mention of sending a WWII book to the Library of Congress
July 6, 1999
Wanda Rose read a Thank you note from American Brain Tumor Association, thanking us for our $25.00 donation to the Justin Porter Walkathon in honor of Golda Porter.Ms. Rose reported that she recently received five orders for the Vol. II History of Wise County and the City of Norton book.We plan to have booths at the Wise County Fair, during Home Craft Days at Mountain Empire Community College and at Duffield Days.
Ernie Benko has expressed a desire to film one of our meetings.
August 3, 1999
September 2, 1999
October 7, 1999
November 4, 1999
(The December meeting will be combined with the Christmas party )
September 4, 1996
A Book on Wise County Courthouse 1896-1996 is being prepared for sale at the Fall Fling in October.
Melungeon Registry forms have been distributed and brochures will be taken to Brent Kennedy.
Bill and Lil Gobble have been copying and filing Wise County Marriage records and have them almost completed. They are to be commended for an excellent job.
A Genealogy class will be taught by William and Lillian Gobble during the Fall Fling
December 5, 1996
The Society decided to hold Open House for courthouse employees on Monday, December 16.
The Society has been contacted about helping with the Civil War Museum, the week before Norton Best Friends Festival, June 1997
Question: Talk of Heritage of Wise County, Volume 2 February 6, 1997:
March 6, 1997:
June 5, 1997:
A lady from A&E TV Channel had been calling the office from Los Angeles, CA requesting pictures and information on George C. Scott as they wish to do a video of his biography.
Bill Gobble has sent her some pictures.
We will have Open House on October 10th with refreshments for those who come into the office and browse.
Phillip Blevins has told us that they will do our Volume II of the Heritage of Wise County & The City of Norton.
WWII Veterans who did not get their history in the WWII book can get it in the Volume II of the Heritage, with 500 words and 1 photo.
Have 380 Banner Books by Bill Porter and others, for sale.
Thanks to Paul Kilgore for doing a good job on the Glencoe Cemetery book. He is now in the process of getting all the names from the American Legion and the other valley cemeteries.
George C. Scott’s biography will be on the A & E TV Channel in December.
John Foster stated that he was in our office about a month ago and subscribed to the Appalachian Quarterly and was amazed that “It was the finest thing I have ever seen.”
Rhonda said she hoped by the next meeting we will be able to bring the WEB page up for everyone to see.
Denver Osborne reported that the Cherokee Turtle Clan will give scholarships. The purpose of the organization is to be able to give scholarships and educate the public about Indians.
Wanda Rose reported that Sandra Williams is going to try to raise funds privately for her grant and would like the Wise County Historical Society to back her in her efforts to do this genealogical dig.
Tent for Best Friend festival in Norton
Paul Kilgore has 70 % of Glencoe Cemetery completed.
Dorothy is typing on the Wise Cemetery and Rhonda is typing on the Norton Cemetery.
July 3, 1997
William Gobble – President
Much discussion on the upcoming First Union Gathering on the Clinch Valley College ground.
Purchased a Laser Printer, which will only be used for the printing of the Appalachian Quarterly.
April 2, 1998:
Jennifer Rose has our web page ready.
Glen Arwood asked if there was anything could be done to save the old cemeteries from being stripped and destroyed. Mr. Arwood said he will be in a meeting with Terry Kilgore in May and will talk to him about this.
May 7, 1998:
Paul Kilgore and Mr. Arwood had gone to several cemeteries and has seen some beautiful country.
Rhonda said a list needs to be kept of all veteran’s graves found so that markers can be placed on these.
Bud Osborne gave prices which he had acquired from the technical School for building a storage place for the WWII books.
Wanda stated we have the 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860 and 1870 census records of Pike County, Kentucky.
June 4, 1998:
A list has been made of al members subscribing to the Appalachian Quarterly, with the date of expiration. There are over 1200 on the list.
Bill Gobble reported that he had a call from Clinch Valley College library. They asked if we would donate two copies of the Appalachian Quarterly to them for use in the library. Dorothy Witt made the motion that we give them two copies of the Appalachian Quarterly each time it comes out, and Paul Kilgore seconded it.
Our visitors are now being encouraged to put a pin on the map, showing what part of the United States they are from. All workers in the office should not fail to ask them to do this.
Dorothy Witt reported that we now have about 20 histories typed into the computer for the upcoming Vol. II of the Heritage of Wise County and the City of Norton.
Wanda received information regarding selling books at the Wise County Fair this year. Volunteers are needed to work. Bill Porter will be in charge of the Guest River Rally. He will get some of the Sons of Confederates to go help him. Nina would like to go to “Duffield Days.
The second Union will be held July 9-12.
Wanda suggested that we give a WWII book to every library in Wise County and one to all school libraries, 1 box to the VFW in Coeburn, the Ladies VFW in Pound, 1 to Veterans Hospital in Johnson City, 1 to the Pound Historical Society, and 1 to Letcher County Historical Society.
July 2, 1998
Volunteers to work at 2nd. Union: Dorothy Witt, Rhonda Robertson, Nina Mullins, Fannie Steele, Nancy Brown and Wanda Rose.
Bud Osborne showed his Apple Blossom’s of Wise County book
Considering becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce
August 20, 1998
Nina Mullins, Wanda Rose, Dorothy Witt and Fannie Steele will be working at the Duffield Daze on Saturday.
Wanda Rose reported that 2,315 World War II books have been taken to the old Westmoreland Building in Big Stone Gap for storage. Volunteers for this were: Stuart and Wanda Rose, Letcher and Fannie Steele, Bill Porter, Harold and Dorothy Witt.
Wanda Rose made the motion that all those who work regularly in the Historical Society Office, and others who are involved at home with work concerning the Society be exempt from paying annual dues to the Wise County Historical Society. Paul Kilgore seconded the motion and the motion carried. Those involved are: Bill and Lil Gobble, Bud Osborne, Dorothy Witt, Wanda Rose,
Fannie Steele, Bill Porter, Paul Kilgore, Nina Mullins, Mildred Hughes, Rhonda Robertson, and Ganell Marshall.
Bud Osborne has the copy of the Apple orchard book ready for the printers. The Committee has decided to have the book hard bound with a jacket of apple blossoms, with the minimum order of 500 copies.
Cecile Dingus will continue working on getting a grant to have the book printed.
Fannie Steele asked that shelves be built in the vault. She was told this would be done.
September 18, 1998
First meeting of the Heritage of Wise County and the City of Norton Vol. II Book Committee met at the courthouse on Sept 18th. 1998
We decided that each person will work on one specific place or person.
October 1, 1998
New deadline for submitting stories should get their histories in right away.
Wanda Rose made the motion that we put an advertisement in the Mountain Empire Older Citizens paper about the Civil War soldiers for their next issue.
Fannie Steele will write about the part of Dickenson County which used to be Wise County. Dickenson County was the only county which was taken from Wise.
Lil Gobble will submit stories on midwives of Wise County
John Powers had called from Tennessee and said he will write on William Powers, Civil War Soldier.
Proofing on the Apple Blossom book has been completed and Bud Osborne has mailed it to the printers.
The Fall Fling will be next weekend. We will have Open House on the 10th and 11th.
Wanda, Dorothy and Nina plan to go to Mountain Empire Craft days on the weekend after the Fall Fling.
October 15, 1998
Wanda Rose said that Madonna Cook has agreed to go with us to see the home of Mahalia Mullins in Hancock County, TN. Plans had been made tentatively to go on October 31st, but since so many members said they could not go at that time, Wanda said she would contact Mr. Cook and tell her we would plan to go next Spring.
We are in final plans of getting “Apple Blossoms of Wise County” published.
We discussed which would be better – to build book shelves in the back room or buy bookcases.
We also need to buy two comfortable chairs for the computer desks.
Fannie Steele gave a report on the class which she has been attending on how to get grants. She said it takes a lot more than just writing a letter. It has to be signed by the president, has to be three pages long and have a short cover letter. You need several letters of support. You need to let them know that your project is a “burning need.” It has to be approved by all members, essentially the Board of Directors. It has to have the approval of the whole group. It has to state the amount of money we need and a copy of last year’s budget. They never furnish more than 50%, and you have to let them know where you intend to get the other 50%. You have to do 80% planning and 20% writing. Fannie (also added ) each one of us should write about where we would like to see the Wise County Historical Society go, and how we need to expand our vision.
November 12, 1998
Bud Osborne expressed his opinion that all those who helped work on the Apple Blossom book should get a free book.
Bill Porter made the motion that we give Bud ten books and he could distribute them to those whom he feels deserves a book for helping on the book.
Motion to contact the Coalfield Progress, the Post, the Dickenson Star and the Powell Valley News, advertising Volume II of the Heritage of Wise County.
Since we are partners with the Tourism organization, Bud Osborne made the motion that a WWII book be donated to the silent auction held by the Regional Tourism Development Authority on November 17th at the Holiday Inn.
Wanda Rose and Rhonda Robertson have decorated the Christmas tree from the Historical Society at the Southwest VA Museum.
A computer desk and two chairs have been purchased for the office.
Phyllis Williams has presented her mother, Julia Bolling’s scrapbooks of the Wise County 1956 Centennial to our archives.
December 3, 1998
Wanda Rose made the motion that we buy Christmas gifts for two needy children. She has talked to the leader of Head Start who has given her the names of two girls – one 1 1/2 years old and the other 3 years old. Motion was passed.
Bud Osborne has colleted 1,572.00 on the Apple Blossom books. Mike Steele wants to do a write-up about the book and Bud told him we could use all the publicity we could get.
Bill Porter thinks that the members of the Society need a handbook and he will begin on preparing one after Christmas.
People have been asking about the Laurel Grove cemetery , Paul is in the process of finishing up the index and will get it completed as soon as possible.
We have three or four boxes of brochures advertising Vol. II of the Heritage of Wise County and the City of Norton, and we need to get these out of the office by December 20th.
Motion to extend the deadline date for getting the histories in for Vol. II to March 31, 1999.
Meeting at Lonesome Pine Library in Wise
Guest Speaker-Buck Henson
Topic: Joe Smiddy – The Politics of Culture
Scroll down to see photos of WWII Book and Native American-Melungeon Museum
School Bells From The Past-Volume Two. by Bill Porter, containing many pictures of early school groups from many of the Wise County Schools that no longer exist. Also the 1905 Wise County School Census.
Denver Osborne of the Wise County Historical Society and an apple grower himself, is preparing a history of apple growing in Wise County.
The 1996 Calendar is available for $6.00 plus tax. This years calendar contains old photos of the towns of Wise, Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, St. Paul, Coeburn, Pound and the City of Norton. The calendar also lists all the important club and civic meeting dates.
Calendar Celebrates Courthouse Centennial by Rob Kilgore. “Nestled within the 1896 wing of the Wise County Courthouse can be found the combined office and gift shop of the Wise County Historical Society. Bill Porter is there, promoting the society’s new 1996 Wise Courthouse Centennial Calendar.
“With the Christmas shopping season drawing to an end, one gift for that hard-to-buy for family member or friend may be the new centennial calendar. On sale for $6, the calendar features old photographs of Wise County localities and gives the times and dates of current Wise County organizations meetings and events. Bill Porter spearheaded the project, springing off the success of last year’s World War II calendar. He wanted to create a calendar of events for 1996-and he did so. securing permission for photos and compiling event information. Tim Cox, Gladys Stallard, Dorothy Witt, Bill Hendricks, Bud Osborne and Leroy Hilton contributed photos for the project..”
“The calendar includes a lot already. Know when the Wise Planning Commission meets? Or how about when the John Fox, Jr. Festival or Pound Heritage Days are celebrated? Know when the Turner family reunion is? The calendar combines these current events with pictures of historical scenes such as Norton’s park Avenue in 1904 and Coeburn’s train tracks of 1912. The Society staffs the office in the courthouse to keep open their doors to researchers. People come from all over the country to research the historical and genealogical records, according to society charter member Fannie Steele. The office also has for sale books and other wares of Southwest Virginia history…”
WISE COUNTY, VIRGINIA’S WORLD WAR II VETERANS: ..A Tribute… Over 6,000 veterans, Over 3,600 photos, 926 pages. Compiled and edited by Rhonda Robertson and Wanda Rose. Published by The Wise County Historical Society.
Photos: Wise County Virginia’s Men and Women In World War II
Members of Wise County Historical Society and Guests
January 4, 1996: Meeting. Sale of World War II Books
Bill Porter was voted to be a Liaison officer to the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Department to help promote our Society. He was voted to be the publicity person for the Society.
Fannie Steele has made a list of the contents of our archives to be kept in the office so it can be ready available. Fannie will add to this list as we get more books.
Rhonda Robertson is interested in our Society writing a quarterly paper. Should this come about it would replace the newsletters and the bulletins. Members asked to think of names for the Quarterly. Ganell Marshall has volunteered her services in printing the paper.
Paul Kilgore is still working on the Wise County Cemeteries and has found that several Cemeteries have been destroyed.
Bud Osborne reported that there will be a meeting next Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Mt. View Church on Pole Bridge road for those people interested in the “Apple Orchard of Wise County” book.
March 5, 1996: Rhonda Robertson made the motion will put an advertisement in the magazine, The Genealogical Helper. She also made the motion that we send something by Caynor Smith when he goes to Turkey on March 9th. May 1st. will be the deadline for getting articles in for the June Appalachian Quarterly
May 7, 1996: Chris Jones of the Norton Kiwanis Club was the guest speaker and spoke in detail of the upcoming Indian get-together, the Best Friends Festival, the museum in Norton and Camp Rock, the great motel on High Knob in the 1700′s. A museum is planned to house artifacts from Southwest VA. volunteers are needed to help man the museum. The date of the Best Friend Festival is June 9th, 1996. Get in touch with Gentle Bear of Dink Shakleford. Volunteers to help are Bud Osborne, Bill Porter, Bill Gobble and Rhonda Robertson. They will also promote our Appalachian Quarterly and sell our book. It is said that more people return to Wise County than do to Williamsburg, VA. It is announced that the Guest River Rally will be held in September on Labor Day weekend.
May 20, 1996: Wise County Historical Society will have their books and calendars at the museum for sale. It was voted that we get one business card size advertisement published in the supplement, Mountain Wonder.
Rhonda Robertson asked if we want to see if we can get more books to sell for Over-mountain Press and it was agreed that we would do this. Special Focus for the September Appalachian Quarterly will be on the Cherokee Indians. June Quarterly is already typed and ready for the printers.
Wanda Rose reported that the Wise Historical Quilt will be taken to the Best Friend Festival for display. She has taken many old pictures depicting Wise County and put on the quilt. Tickets are $1.00 each for chances on the quilt.
July 2, 1996: Money made at Museum for Book sales will be used to purchase laser printer.
Trip To Crab Orchard Museum By Dorothy Witt
On May 13, 1995, two van loads of Wise County Historical Society members traveled to Tazewell County, VA to attend the annual Pioneer Festival at Historic Crab Orchard Museum. Rhonda Robertson, Gladys Stallard, Louise Delp, Blaine Sturgill, Wanda Rose, Nina Mullins, Dorothy Witt, Bill and Diane Porter, Bill and Lil Gobble, Denver and Kathy Osborne, and Fannie Hamilton spent the morning touring the grounds of the Crab Orchard Museum, visiting the blacksmith shop, the pottery shop, the old stage coach shop, and listening to dulcimer music as the clogger’s danced.
We also enjoyed prowling through and old log home and watching dinner being prepared on the fireplace. In “the church” at the Museum, we all gathered around the old pump organ and sang hymns.
Following lunch, we drove on across the mountain into “The Garden Spot of the World”, Burke’s Garden. This is a beautiful 25,000 acre farming community surrounded by a continuous circle of mountains. Here we visited two country stores and came home loaded with homemade bread and butter, jellies, books, etc. It was a great day! Below are photos of the town.
Wise County Historical Society Activities
Wise County Historical Society Members Picnic at Nina Mullins’ Place on Bold Camp.
Members of Wise County Historical Society traveled to Saltville in the Spring of 1996 seeking information on the town for the first issue of our magazine, “The Appalachian Quarterly,” (Editor: Rhonda Robertson). It was a very interesting and rewarding trip. From the June issue of Appalachian Quarterly, the following excerpts: Saltville Boasts A Long And Rich History by Roger A. Allison