Monaville, WV

Monaville was originally called Vanceville. “The name was believed to have been changed to Monaville in honor of Mona Wilkinson, the daughter of a prominent coal mining official. The Logan Mining Company operated a coal mine here and the name Mona Mine appears on a 1918 photo of the coal tipple.”  — Wikipedia

Monaville, WV courtesy of G. B. Berry.

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11 Responses to Monaville, WV

  1. Carol Chafins says:

    My dads name was Willie Runyon. His grandfather was Alexander Runyon. I cannot find much information or pictures of him when he was young. He was crippled with polio. If anyone has any pictures of the Runyon family or m dad to share I would appreciate it.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Carol, there is a photo of a
      Donnie Runyon on this website.
      His parents were George & Elizabeth
      Runyon(Wooten). shows a will for a
      Alexander Runyon.
      Also marriage in 1878 in Logan to
      June Runyon.

  2. My Step fathers family was from there. They lived in the last house in the hollow. The name is Abbott. The house is empty and falling down now. Some of the Abbott family still live close to the old house. Sometimes over 50 people in the family would come for great breakfast and dinner. As a child in the 60s I loved catching lizards and crawdads in the little creek that ran by the house.

  3. Bob Piros says:

    Regarding the train photo. In 1923 my Mom
    Helen Piros(Tarkany) while going to Monaville
    Grade School was on a team of girls who went
    to Field Meets.They rode the train to different areas
    of Logan County to play against other schools.The
    school colors were green & white.Those on the team
    were: Estie Vespremi, Nina Somogyi, Tennesse McCalvin,
    Irene Loslo & Frances Steele. She was a LHS grad in 1932.
    This train was also used by coal miners to go to jobs in
    Logan County.
    A Dr. Steele the coal company Dr. used the train to go into
    the coal camps to treat people.

  4. Doug Isaacs says:

    I found our HS principal Rudi Marushi in there. He was 18 at the time. I also found Helen Triolo. I wonder if she was the English teacher at Logan Central in the early 70’s

    • Bob Piros says:

      Doug,if you want to see more about
      Rudi Marushi,you might want to go to
      the 1960 Logan East Jr.High School site.
      More of his photos there.

  5. Terri Pippin-Grannis says:

    I own the original photograph of your image #58 and would simply like to have that acknowledged in your “description” that goes with the photo. The three men pictured in the photo are L to R, John Kovach, Nelson Hockett, and Jim Brooks (Jim is wearing the light colored suit and tie). Jim Brooks was my uncle. He passed away in January of 1977.
    Thank you, Terri Pippin-Grannis

  6. Bob Piros says:

    Many thanks to G.B. Berry for sharing his wonderful
    photos of Monaville. The 1st photo of lower Monaville
    on the side facing the tracks & Monahill is the store that
    many people shopped at. The people living in the house
    ran the store.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Regarding the post card sent to
      Mrs.Mary Jenkins,Monaville,WV.
      The 1930 shows her as Manager of
      a boarding house in Monaville Village.
      She was born in England. Further research
      shows that she was born as Emily Mary Ann Jenkins,
      born Dec.4,1871 in Fawkhan,Kent England,her father
      was James Jenkins & mother Harriet.
      She died April 26,1933 & is buried in
      Whitman Cemetery.

  7. Connie says:

    In the picture where everyone was watching a baptism,
    looking toward the YMCA (which later became the Church).

    that would be the edge of our yard, later!
    I loved seeing these pictures,

    My Mom said that she could really relate to them, also.