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City a bustling place in 1864

April 14, 2014
By DAVE McKAIN , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Think back 150 years ago to 1864, make it March. Your town is swamped with thousands of transient men in uniform. If you work downtown, and most did, you could leave your place of employment and meet and greet your U.S. Senator, P. G. Van Winkle, coming out of his office on third street. Think of it, you live in a town of four to five thousand people and you can personally rub shoulders with your senator. Further, if you have a good day, you can walk a few more steps and shake hands with your governor, A. I. Boreman, who also has his law office downtown. And then that evening you might be invited to a political meeting at the courthouse with your state's congressman, Jacob Beeson Blair, who convinced President Lincoln to sign the statehood bill. And he might be meeting with the West Virginia Commissioner of Immigration, J. H. Diss Debar, who just designed the new West Virginia state seal, along with the honorable federal Judge John J. Jackson, who lives out the pike below Fort Logan.

 
 
 

 

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