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  • Wheeling Jamboree The Wheeling Jamboree began broadcasting its live show from the stage of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Wheeling on April 1, 1933. Read More »

  • Ramps Ramp dinners are popular in April Read More »

  • Mine disaster Twenty-nine miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County on April 5, 2010. Photo by Tom Hindman. Read More »

  • Dogwood Flowering trees are already in bloom, a sure sign of spring in West Virginia. Read More »

  • Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike On April 18, 1912, the miners at Paint Creek and Cabin Creek went on strike. What followed was one of the most dramatic and bloodiest conflicts of what became known as the Mine Wars Read More »

  • Eccles Mine Disaster On April 28, 1914, 183 miners died in explosion at Eccles No. 5 mine in Raleigh County Read More »

  • Benwood Disaster On April 28, 1924, an explosion ripped through the Benwood coal mine south of Wheeling, killing 119 miners Read More »

This Date in History

April 19, 1902: Jean Lee Latham was born in Buckhannon


Author Jean Lee Latham (April 19, 1902-June 13, 1995) was born in Buckhannon. She pursued a number of careers before beginning to write books for children and young adults. After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1925, Latham taught English at Upshur County High School for three years. She then taught drama and education classes at the Ithaca (New York) Conservatory for one year, earning her M.A. in 1930 at nearby Co...

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