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Friday, April 10, 2009

Clarksburg History

Clarksburg is the Harrison County Seat and this marker stands in front of the courthouse on Main Street downtown. As shown on the marker, the city was established in 1785 and named after General George Rogers Clark. Clarksburg had a population of more than 32,000 in 1905.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson

This statue of General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson, who was born in Clarksburg, Va in 1824, has for years stood on the Harrison County Courthouse Plaza in downtown Clarksburg.

About my family

My great grandfather, my grandfather and my father all grew up in Clarksburg.

My father and grandfather live in this house on 127 West Pike Street.

My father graduated from WI H.S. in 1927.

He lettered in track and went by the nickname "High Hurdle"

My father is pictured center first row.

This is a photo of my grandmother taken in 1933.

This is a picture of my mother taken in the early 1940's.

Pictured below is my sister and her family.

Below is a picture of Judy's mon and dad.

Below is a picture of Blair M. Holden in 1929.

This is a picture of the Holden siblings at an early age.

And one more when they were older.

School Days

Clarksburg Schools

Shown below are 3 pictures of WI High School taken from
1925 to 2001.

Below is Linden Grade School on Linden Ave. I went to school
here after one year at Towers.
How well I remember the 4th grade teacher (Mrs. Timberlake)
reading from the book "The Boxcar Children".
Mr. Flannagin was the principal and Mr. Hayes was the janitor.

This is an old picture of Carlile Grade School where Judy
went to school.

The building below is Towers Grade School. It stood at the
site of the Northwestern Virginia Academy. The school was
named after the Reverend George Towers, who taught at
the former Randolph Academy. Towers opened in the 1890's
under the name of Clarksburg Public School.

Towers was demolished in the mid 1990. Central Jr. H.S.,
seen in the background, closed around the same time, but still
stands today. Towers was located on Hewes Ave.

Clarksburg's Victory High School was located on Pike
Street in Adamston.
In 1973 students began attending Liberty High School.
The old building became home for Adamston Grade School.

1952 Victory Eagles H.S. marching band.

Kelly Miller H.S. was located on Water Street. The school
was an African-American school and closed in 1955.
The building today houses the Harrison County School
The street where it was located was renamed a few years
ago to E.B. Saunders Way.

Notre Dame High School on East Pike Street was a new
school finished in 1956.

The old Adamston Grade School on West Pike Street in
The old Victory High School is now the new location for the
grade school.

This was a fire that destroyed to old Point Comfort School
on West Pike in Clarksburg. It happened in the 1960's.
The site is now home to the West End station of the
Clarksburg Fire Dept.