Category Archives: West Virginia

Wordless Wednesday, Besoco, West Virgina

June 2004
Besoco, West Virginia
Mary Jane, Zedith and Susie Lachney
in front of the house they grew up in.
Picture taken on a Trip to WV for the Hilton Family Reunion, 
by Terri O’Connell.

Tombstone Tuesday – Susie Hilton

This photo was taken by Terri O’Connell,
at Sunset Memorial Park
1915 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Resting place for (inscription reads)
Mother
 Susie Hilton
1876-1943
Susie (Kerr) Hilton was born 12 Feb 1876 in Arlington, Ohio to John and Margaret (Garlinger) Kerr. She married John James Hilton around 1893 and had 11 children. She passed 11 Sept 1943, in either Beckley or Oswall, WV. Here she lies to the right of her husband. She is also resting with many family members nearby.

Wordless Wednesday, West Virginia Coal Mines

Coal Mine in West Virginia
June 2004
This photo was taken by my daughter Brittany from a moving car, 
while on our way to Beckley, WV. 
We were just outside of Charleston, WV when she took this. 
We come from a long line of miners. 

Tombstone Tuesday – Joan Lachney

This photo was taken June 28, 2004 by Terri O’Connell
Sunset Memorial Park
1915 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Inscription:
Joan Lachney
1928-1931
A Little Bud of love
Gone to Bloom With
God Above
This stone was decaying badly at our visit in 2004. It has since been replaced by her sister Mary Jane.
Joan was a sister to our Grandmother who passed so early in her life. We feel those who are here for such a short time are on the other side watching over our daily lives. We are truly blessed to have someone watching over us.

Not So Wordless Wednesday – Stoco School

June 28, 2004
Stoco School in Lego, WV.
Stoco school where my Grandparents and my mother attended (until she was 8). 
Stoco was built around 1925 and housed students from grades K-12 originally. The building has been abandoned for roughly 30 years. The building was not secure, we  were able to walk right in. The first room we went into was the gym, it was in terrible shape. My Grandmother cried as she looked around. You could tell by looking at the building that it was a beautiful building in its day. My youngest daughter and one of the other cousin’s that were with us told my Grandmother not to worry, that when they grew up they were going to buy the building and fix the school. It is wonderful how the mind of a child works. They see the ache in a loved one and just want to fix it. My daughter, now 12, still talks of how sad this building was and how they are going to fix it to make her Granny happy. 
In the writing of this I have found that in 2008 the school was in a  fire that left the building a complete loss. I hesitate to even tell this to my Grandmother because I am not sure how she will take the information. She left West Virginia as a young mother and moved to the big city of Chicago. When she speaks of WV, you can hear the love for the home of her childhood and where she gave birth to her children. Often when we speak, there is the conversation of “if the Lord is willing, I want to visit one more time”. I truly hope that I can make that trip with her. There is so much more I would like to see and learn about.

Tombstone Tuesday – John Hilton

Sunset Memorial Park

1915 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Inscription reads:
Father
John Hilton
1869 – 1947
This photo was take June 28, 2004. John Hilton is my Great Great Grandfather. His resting place, as well as other family members,  is on the side of a steep hill in Sunset Memorial Park. This trip was taken with my Grandmother and  two of her sisters; one who had just gone through a few major surgeries the previous year. The steepness of the hill made it extremely difficult for me to visit. I can only imagine that Grandma and my Great Aunts found it challenging to maneuver. 
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