Rum Creek, WV

Rum Creek Area Photos

This is a collection of photos of the Rum Creek area (Argyle, Cham, Dabney, Dehue, Hutchinson, Orville, MacBeth, Slagle, Rum Creek, and Yolyn) of Logan County.

1906 Family at Cham on Rum Creek, W. Va

1906 Family at Cham on Rum Creek, W. Va. Copyrighted used with permission & courtesy of

Down on Rum Creek song by Jerry Melvin Cole

This gallery includes Argyle, Cham, Dabney, Dehue, Hutchinson, Orville, MacBeth, Slagle, Rum Creek, and Yolyn.

If you have enjoyed these photos, it’s because of photo contributions from visitors like you. You can help preserve a bit of Logan County history by sharing your vintage photos with us. To share a photo, please email it to the admin at Please note that you must own the photo you are submitting or ensure that no one has a copyright claim on it. Preferably, photos of individuals should be no later than the 1970s.

*Rum Creek, MacBeth Mine header photo courtesy of Ralph H. Mcneely.

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71 Responses to Rum Creek, WV

  1. The Best part of my young life…. Was Beautiful Mary Moore… Uncle Huey Moore… Cousin’s Barbara Moore Glass, Marisa Glass, Richard Moore senior and Junior and Joey Moore… And…. RUM CREEK ….. God bless Yas!

  2. Tom Jones Jr says:

    omGosh, just viewed some more of the photos. Remember Mr L. Berry, he used to cut my hair and gave me my first Don Eagle,Mohawk haircut. I consider the Berry’s and the Hunt’s that lived in Hutchinson some of kindness and most wonderful people one could ever hope to meet. Mrs. Berry most of all, what a sweet lady.

  3. Harold Gene Adkins says:

    My Name is Harold Gene Adkins, Born 1937 at Argyle, I lived at Dabney, attended Dehue through the 7th grade, Then moved to Man. I lived next door to Steve , Great Man. I sent Bill a picture of Larry setting in his highchair some years back..(in Steve’s back yard. My Mother Mae Bethel took the picture.Edgar was the company meter reader, I think Eugene was the book keeper at Mcbeth. They were all great people. You should be very proud of your family. Jean Lea was in my class six of seven years that I was at Dehue. I would like to hear more about the Vankovich family.

    Harold Gene Adkins
    Ludlow Falls, Ohio 1 (937)698 6834

    • Mahala Browning says:

      What was the last name of the Steve you lived next door to in Dabney. If it was Darby I am his daughter. One of 5 children.

  4. My parents were Bill and Margie (Moore) Vankovich. Daddy was the son of Gazel and Anna Torok Vankovich. His father was killed in the MacBeth explosion in 1937 when daddy was only 11 years old. His brothers and sisters were: Steve, Eugene and Edgar and his sisters were Mary Ann (Jones) and Irene (Simko). Daddy worked in the MacBeth tipple in the fifties and then went to Westmoreland over in Boone county. He also worked for Elkay. My mother’s parents were Laurence and Cora (Saunders) Moore. Pappaw was also a coal miner he died from black lung and complications from the flu. Mommy raised us and then went to work as a CNA for Guyan Valley and then Holden Hospital until she retired. My brother, Larry Vankovich was killed/murdered by a drunk driver in 1975. I went to Dehue Grade School until we moved to McConnell. Loved living on Rum Creek, playing in the hills and creek behind our house. Wonderful memories of all the communities and people.

    Such a shame nothing much is left of our history. It’s like our very culture has been erased….Sadly, not even the historical markers remain.

  5. Jackson Childrrs (Bue ) says:

    My name is Jackson Childers for McBeth I am now 82 and live in Cape Coral, Fla with my Wife there still a Dehue Reunion we would love to attend if so this Aug. Please reply to

  6. Crystal Cole Hatfield says:

    The picture of the older couple titled Lonnie and Elizabeth white is not correct. They are my parents James and Delores Cole from yolyn

    The names were corrected. Thank you! — Admin

  7. charles copley says:

    I am Charles Copley,son of Otis(red) and arco Copley, born may 18, 1934.Brother Jack also born @ slagle 1932. Moved to Omar 1935., to stone branch 1937,to switzer 1939 back to stone branch moved to yolyn 1940 and back to stone branch 1942 moved to Mt Gay 1945 and to wayne county 1946 in the 6tg grade. Graduated from wayne county high school in 1953. Arnett Copley was my uncle, and he was a member of coal miners union.

  8. Roni Coe Browning Mattas Kazee says:

    I am from Slagle was born and raised there I am the daughter of Otis and Avennell mcKenzie Browning we moved from rum Creek in 71 when my dad retired from the mines I loved Rum Creek it will always be home I also had a twin sister Retha love this page wish I could find my moms pictures she had some good rum creek pics

    • Darwin Justice says:

      Roni, My Grandpa Tom Aldridge retired from Amhearst also in 1971. They lived in Rum Creek before moving to Mudfork. Maybe someone will remember them.

  9. Cynthia Mauk says:

    My dad, George Mauk and his brothers, Bill and Elwood Mauk grew up at Yolyn. My grandparents were Jake and Sarah Mauk. My dad was born 1937 and grew up there in the 40’s and 50’s. Also my maternal grandmother and her brothers and sisters grew up at Rum Creek. My grandmother was Susan Gay Browning her siblings were Otis, Drewy, Howard, Bruce, Mae and Faye Browning. Her parents were Isaac and Brooke Browning. My grandmother was born in 1917.

  10. Mary Henderson says:

    What a wonderful web site. You are reading about another little girl ( now in her 70’s) borned and raised on Rum creek.we lived at Yolyn, Orville,and dehue..I am the 10th child of Charlie and Callie Cole, Mary is the name..grew up with the Coopers, Ashley’s, Davis’s Best friend was Annie Davis ( now deceased) thanks so much to whom ever put this together, lot of work went into this..anyone knows the cole family and would like to contact me Still have a brother JIM living at logan.

    • Twila williamson says:

      Replying to your post about Yolyn web site. I am twila Williamson, Kathleen Adkins sister.kat’s son randy found it and sent it to my son. He knew my son wouldn’t know anyone but me and my husband probably would.

      • Jim and Mary ( cole ) Henderson says:

        Hey, what a small world, My Goodness its been ages,,,you are in your 70’s..I just turned 80….had a lovely birthday with my 2 girls (Irene and Tonyau) her 2 girls ( my granddaughters) and Irene’s son and his wife my soninlaw Jeff..AND my fifth great grand child ( a girl) is due in June.. you remember Jimmy Henderson ( he is and has always been the love of my life) he remeembers playing horseshoes with your brother RED..I recall you and Carole Cooper being friend growing up..Jim and I live in ohio now and we have a baby girl—–the 4 legged kind.haha..that is spoiled rotten….keep in touch, it would be wonderful to see you guys, including Kathleen..does she still have her beautiful red hair? 190 Junior Rd Ironton Rd 45638

        • Twila williamson says:

          I am 81 years old. Me and my husband own a grocery store and are still working. We have 2 sons and 4 grandsons. Kathleen died in 2013. I do miss her. Carol and I are still friends. She lives in Kingsport, TN. A couple of years ago one of my daughter -in-law and I went to carol’s 80th birthday party. It was great to see her. Mary Ethel lives with her. Diane also lives in Kingsport.

  11. Lyle Slagle says:

    I would like to know some of the early history of Slagle. My last name is Slagle, and family tradition has it that one or more of my grandfather’s half-brothers settled in that area around Civil War time. If you have any information on this, I would so appreciate your contacting me: Lyle Slagle, 6657 Windy Pines Street, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815. Thank you.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Lyle, put this in your search,
      Slagle WV.Early History.
      See a few articles,
      The Legend of Slagle’s Mill.
      Also an article at WV.

  12. genny says:

    Thank you so much for posting these photos. I am a descendent of LD Chambers and Margaret Auxier and never saw a photo of them that was identified as them. Now I can go thru some old pics and try to put a name to a face. I only remember going to the Rum Creek area when I was a little girl to family reunions with my grandfather and grandmother, Willie Chambers and Parlee Curry Chambers. Except my cousin Karen and I went to the funeral of Lidge Chambers (not sure the spelling is correct) in the late 60’s. He owned/worked at a grocery store I think. I grew up on Cow Creek/Barnabus.
    Does anyone remember the stirrat grade schoo upon the hilll? Is there any photos from there around? That’s where I went 3-6. My aunt, Nancy Chambers Ferguson was a teacher there before she moved to Fla. Any pics of the 2 room school house at Barnabus where Mrs Cook and Mrs Jorden taught?

    • Angela Thompson says:

      My grandmother on my mom’s side was Mildred Chambers Morrison. I remember hearing all the stories of the Chambers. I remember visiting and my grandparents home was very close to railroad tracks. That was in the 60s. They later moved to Milton.

    • Angela Thompson says:

      Hello Genny, I am also kin to the Chambers. My mother grew up in Logan. We have a family cemetery there. My grandmother was Mildred Chambers. My grandmother married Luther Morrison. My mother’s name is Dorothy Morrison Rodriguez. I remember seeing all the names you mention in a family tree book my mother has.

    • Lillian Porter Smith says:

      Hi Jenny. I am a third cousin to Margaret Auxier, We are both GGgranddaughters of of Richard Wells. I was raised at Dehue

      • Genny Chambers Smith says:

        Lillian thank’s so much for your note. I don’t know the name of Richard Wells. I was raised by Bill and Parlee Chambers at Barnabus. I would like to know about the Auxier’s and maybe obtain any photos available. I wonder if they came from Auxier, Ky. I am a Smith also.

        • Angie Thompson says:

          My Grandmother was a Chambers. Her name was Mildred. She had a sister named Ruth. My Grandmother was married to Luther Morrison. My mothers name is Dorothy Morrison. I remember all the stories of Rum Creek. I remember the old white house across from railroad tracks . My Great Grandmother would be Laura Dingess. My great uncle was a judge. L.D Chambers. Im going to have to show this wonderful website to my mom.

  13. Larry Dean Preece says:

    I loved reading all the comments. I will have to say Rum Creek was a great place to live. My name is Larry Dean Preece youngest son of Virgil and Marie “Miles” Preece who was raised in Orville Hollow. Enjoyed all the wonderful pictures.

    • Sissy {McDonald) Workman says:

      Are you related to my cousin Patty {Ball} Preece. I used to go to her house about every Sunday. We stayed at her house and watched Disney with our Uncle and Aunt Ernie & Nell Ball. I was Johnnie McDonald’s oldest girl Sissy. Last i heard you got married. I married a man from Mudfork, West Virginia. And i met him in Columbus, Ohio through my oldest brother Tommy. We have two grown sons and 4 grandchildren. My youngest son died last year which is a hard thing to get over. Just thought i’d say hi.

  14. sandy tomblin goins says:

    Watching American pickers. They are at Goldies grocery and hardware store. By chance is this around the Logan area?

    Thank you

  15. sandy tomblin goins says:

    My moms dad robert lee shelton died in 1926 in a mining accident in or around slagle. Does anyone know how I might get more info on this?

    • Admin says:

      The news of the accident was probably reported in the Logan Banner. Microfilm of copies of the Logan Banner are available at the Harless Branch of the Southern West Virginia Community College at Mud Fork.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Hello Sandy,if you haven’t found the info
      that you were seeking,you can see Robert
      Shelton’s death record at
      It shows that he died from a crushed chest
      in a slate fall on Oct. 9,1926, in Slagle,WV.

    • Shelby Burgess says:

      I remember a person named RL Shelton running for sheriff of Logan County,WV. This was about 1946. Could this man be his son?

      Shelby…… ps : I voted for him !

    • bones says:

      Robert Lee Shelton
      Death: October 09, 1926.
      Place of Death: Logan, Logan, West Virginia.
      Town or City: Slayle
      Residence: Slayle
      Sex: Male Color or Race: White Married/Single: Married Age: 39
      Occupation of Deceased Miner: Miner
      Employer: Logan co. Coal Corp. Slayle, W. Va.
      Father: Harmon Shelton
      Father’s Birthplace: Va.
      Mother’s maiden name: Ruth Shelton
      Mother’s Birthplace: Va.
      Signature of information: Mrs. Robert Shelton
      Slayle, W.Va.
      Date of Death: October 09, 1926.
      Time of Death: 1:30 p. m.
      Cause of Death: Chest crushed in slate fall.
      Contributory cause: Slate fall in mines.
      Was there an autopsy? No.
      (Signed) Thomas C. Smith.
      (Address) Slayle, W.Va.
      Date of Burial: Man, W. Va.
      Date of Burial: October 11, 1926.
      Undertaker: Logan, Merc. Company
      Address: Logan, W. Va.
      Note: Certificate of Death

    • Kathy Young Chafin says:

      Sandy, my grandfather, Lucian Adkins (my mother’s father) was killed at MacBeth in the early 30’s or late 20’s and we found his death certificate in the WV site for mining accidents in the state. go to wv web site they can lead you to the site. or the funeral home he was taken to, they will also have a copy of his death certificate…or the census for the closest year to his death….

  16. Wondell Alford says:

    Does anyone remember my family… Last name Alford? My daddy was Franch Alford, mom was Ida Mae Alford…they had 13 kids starting in 1947, raised in and around Logan County. Daddy was a coal miner all his life in Logan.
    Kids names….Mary, Dennis, Terry, Karen, Janet, Franch Jr.

    Anyone remember contact me:

  17. Lisa Cooper says:

    Thank you so much for the pictures. It brings back memories of when I was a little girl and would visit my grandparents. It is such a shame that most of this is gone. You have a picture of my mother. She is the one holding Vicky Chambers with James Owsley. It is a picture I have not seen before. Her name was Elyeen Rhodes. She has been gone since 2007 and this was a wonderful surprise to find this picture. Again I Thank You.

  18. Sandy Tomblin Goins says:

    Thank you.. My mom is from there Ardena Shelton Tomblin.. Uncle and aunt Roy and Olena Keaton also.
    And I have a cousin whose moms family are chambers. His name is Bobby Dow shelton. I believe he was named for Dow chambers from the 1800 that u had pic of. Thank you again

    • Cindy Keaton-Stover says:

      Hi sandy!!!! I haven’t seen you since I was a little girl! If you don’t remember me, I understand. I’m Randall’s (Viola’s) youngest!

  19. Tom Jones Jr says:

    Thanks for the wonderful and precious memories.

    Kids on Rum Creek had a childhood other kids could only dream of, at least that is the way I feel. Sure we had it hard at times, but thats what made us who we are today. Rum Creek Kids, were raised like weeds, during tough times we would bounce back if stepped on or insulted, unlike kids today.

    The guy in the middle in the photo with me and Gary Dennison is Bobby Blankenship, he was the son of Leanord and Silvia Blankenship. They lived at Hutchinson from around 1959 to 1962. We all three served in Viet Nam at the same time, that is where the picture was taken in Da Nang Viet Nam, 1967. Heard both Bobby and Gary passed away from heart attacks a few years back, guess who is now on a low fat diet!

    As for the Borth family I will always be thankful for Susan Borth’s Dad, think his name was Pete. Our family was going through some rough times, Dad had been out of work for over a year because the coal mining was slow. Remember Pete Borth stepping up on the porch when we lived at Yolyn and offering Dad a job, it was like Christmas morning. The entire family was thankful for that moment in time, we were living on government issued food and Dad was hauling groceries for Lonnie Ward to help pay bills. Remember Pete saying, when the job came open Buck, I had you in mind.

    During my high school years I always had a secret crush on Susan Borth, but was to shy to let her know it. When she would get on the bus at Logan High School I would just stare and lose my nerve to talk to her.

    • Sue gozdal says:

      Tom Jones is my cousin as well markie and Sharon grandparents were Lillian and willard McNeely I remember going to rum creek when I was little so much fun at grandma house . My mother’s name was Janice McNeely and my dad was Ronald Tolley would love to go back and visit grandpa is buried there.

  20. Wilma Jean Workman Zigmond says:

    I was born at Slagle in 1946 to Dova Lee Manns Workman and Challis Workman. I had one sister, Carol Joyce. We lived across the tracks from the company store and I have heard Phyllis Dillon Adkins talk about working in the company store and coming with my aunt, Eliza Manns Price, to my house and my Mom would fix them lunch. When I was in junior high we moved to Yolyn below the store. I lived on Rum Creek until I was 17 and then Mom and Dad moved to Chapmanville my senior year in high school. I loved growing up in the coal camp where families loved and cared for one another. I remember Ida Pearl and James Matthews, Ruth Price, Jerry Price, Don Price , who married my Aunt Eliza, Sharon and Nancy Roberts, Susan Bevino, Sandy and Danny White, Richard White and when we moved to Yolyn the Bevinos, Keatons, Smiths, Borths, Sluss and Vaughn to name a few. I don’t ever remember not liking anyone because everyone took care of you. I was educated at Slagle(thanks to Martha Williams and some wonderful teachers), Logan Jr High and Logan High and then went to Marshall. I belonged to the Slagle Missionary Baptist Church. I recently retired from Logan COunty Schools after 45 fantastic years. RUM CREEK WAS GREAT AND SO WERE THE PEOPLE!!!!!

    • Wilma Jean Workman Zigmond says:

      OOPS How could I forget my neighbor Connie Price?

    • Kyle Workman says:

      From one coal camp kid to another, I always said you were a keeper. That ain’t changed a bit.

      • edmond ramey says:

        dova manns was my cousin. dau of will manns. will was the brother to cecil manns sr. from lincoln and wayne co. wv. we lived just below dova 3. house below the scout hall below slagle store. i used to go with tom jeffries when he went to see on of dova;s daughtersin the 50;s

    • Bo Robinette says:

      Martha Williams was my 5th Grade teacher at Stollings Grade School. She was the greatest….

    • Lisa says:

      My mom was born in Slagle in March 1936 during a snow storm. Her name was Laura Scalf. She married Ted Morzark 16 years later. My grandfather was Bud (David) Scalf and my granny was Mandy Scalf. They had 10 kids, 2 died as infants. The oldest to the youngest: Eliene, Emily, Laura Mae, Carol Sue, Larry, Alice and Doug. When my grandparents died. They were living in Madison Hires in Logan. My Aunt Eliene Hanks and Aunt Alice Beckett are the only ones and their families that live in WV now. I have very fond memories of visiting my granny, aunts, uncles and cousins. We loved stopping at Hawkins Nest on our way to Logan. My granny was an awesome cook. No matter what time we arrived at her house, she had hot food waiting for us and the table was set. Boy, I miss her and all those times !! By the way, I am Lisa.

  21. Virginia Gay Hager Cook says:

    I was born at Slagle and lived there for about 2-3 yrs. Dad worked in the coal mines. An aunt and uncle lived at Argyle with 10 kids. Some of the kids worked at the old Hager Theater and Ben Lowe’s store before they moved to Michigan. Brought back some good memories.

  22. Donna Conley (Scaggs) says:

    My mom (Joyce Scaggs) and I really enjoyed the pictures of your family. It brought back a lot of memories. My mom really loved and thought the world of you mom.Thanks for sharing and viewing a trip down those memory lane.

  23. Peggy Berry Borth says:

    Thank you for the wonderful memories. If anyone has a picture of the old Dehue Grade School please post it. I can remember walking from MacBeth and crossing the bridge going over into Dehue. This is where the grade school was at the time.

  24. Cora Chambers Tooley says:

    I so enjoyed this. Brings back alot of memories. Thanks.

    • Shelby Burgess says:

      Hello Cora;
      A bit of history about Rum Creek,Logan Co. WV. I see your name was probably chosen from one of your Chambers ancestory relatives.
      The first settlers on Rum Creek were : Robert Lowe,Wm. Burgess(1814), and Harrison Chambers. Arminta (Burgess) and Husband Harrison Chambers had 11 children. I have been told that Harrison and Arminta are buried at Logan City Cemetery.

    • Mahala (Darby) Browning says:

      How old are you? I remember playing with a Cora Chambers when I was a little girl.
      I was about 11 or 12. My name was Mahala Darby and I lived at Yolyn. email If you are the same person I am talking about you lived across the road from Chambers Cemetery. The house was backed up to a hill and there was a well in the back yard and grapevine swings on the hill behind the house.

  25. Maudella Berry Smith says:

    To whomever put this together. I thank you so very much. Maudella from Macbeth

  26. James Terry says:

    Thank you for the walk down memory lane. I spent my youth in the coal mining camps up in Rum Creek. If any one remembers my family contact me at GOD BLESS W.VA.

  27. Herb Harvey says:

    Page 1, Row 5, 1st. photo: Man in the center is Paulus Marcum (sp?) pronounced
    Pole us.

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