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CHARLESTON – The following events took place on these dates in the history of West Virginia. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at

May 8, 1864: Clarence Wayland Watson was born in Fairmont. Watson was a prominent coal baron and was in the US Senate from 1911 to 1913.

8 May, 1998: Senator Jennings Randolph died at the age of 96. He was first elected to Congress in 1932 and was for 40 years.

9 May, 1800: John Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut. Harold Ferry was galvanized by the raid on 1859 by the raid on the North and South.

9 May, 1843: Boyd's ‘‘ Belle conference spy in Martinsburg. On July 4, 1861, Belle Yankee soldier shot and began her career.

9 May, 1863: Merged raiders joined Burning County Springs, Wirt. They arranged 150,000 oil barrels, oil tanks, engines for pumping, engine houses, wagons, and oil-laden boats.

10 May, 1863: Stonewall Jackson died after saying the words: ‘dúinn Let us cross the river and relax under the shade of the trees. It's been buried in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia.

10 May, 1908: The first official observance of Mother's Day was held at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton and simultaneously in Philadelphia. The holiday came out of Anna Jarvis' vigorous campaign which sought to commemorate the spirit of her mother's work as a social activist.

10 May, 1960: John F. Kennedy met Hubert Humphrey in West Virginia school. It put an end to the widespread belief that being a Roman Catholic was a major obstacle to a presidential candidate.

May 11, 1909: Filmmaker Ellis Dungan was born. After working in the main film industry in India, he settled in Wheeling, where he shot documentaries and made films available to the state and the region.

11 May, 1930: Physician John C. Norman Jr was born in Charleston. A surgeon and a thoracic and cardiovascular researcher noticed his work towards creating an artificial heart.

12th May, 1921: Bullets went down to about a dozen mining towns in the Matewan-Williamson area, and the fishing community returned to the Battle of Tug. Three were shot and killed.

May 13, 1962: The editorial cartoonist Henry Payne was born in Mill House. In 1989, Payne was the first editorial cartoonist in the country to deliver his work through a computer.

May 14, 1878: The photographer Rufus “Red” Ribble was born in Blacksburg, Virginia. For almost 40 years, he traveled on the coal fields making panoramic photographs of miners, towns, family reconnections, community groups and school groups.

May 14, 1906: The social performer Mary Behner was born in Xenia, Ohio. From 1928 to 1937, Behner worked in the coal camps along Scotts Run near Morgantown, fighting poverty and creating social and educational centers for families.

14 May, 1943: Alan Mollohan was born in Fairmont. Mollohan served in the US Congress from 1982 to 2010.

e-WV: The Encyclopedia West Virginia is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council. For more information, contact the West Virginia Humanities Council, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25301; 304-346-8500; or visit e-WV at


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