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  • Battle of Philippi The first land battle of the Civil War took place at Philippi, June 3, 1861 Read More »

  • Glass Sand Mining June 7, 1926: An explosion at a glass sand mining operation in Morgan County killed six men. Read More »

  • Cass Scenic Railroad The first passenger trip on Cass Scenic Railroad was June 15, 1963, during West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. Read More »

  • Blind Alfred Reed Born June 15, 1880, Blind Alfred Reed was a street singer and fiddler in Summers County. He sometimes performed with his son and a fiddler neighbor as the West Virginia Night Owls. Read More »

  • New Capitol dedicated Built for slightly more than $9 million, the new state capitol was officially dedicated on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1932. Read More »

  • West Virginia Day West Virginia Day is celebrated each year on June 20, the anniversary of the day West Virginia became the 35th state, June 20, 1863. Read More »

  • The Shinnston Tornado On June 23, 1944, a twister struck Shinnston, killing 103 people in the town and the surrounding area. It was the deadliest tornado in the history of the state. Read More »

  • County Fairs Summer is a time of county fairs throughout the state. Read More »

This Date in History

June 26, 1887: Don Chafin was born in Logan County

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Sheriff Don Chafin (June 26, 1887-August 9, 1954) was born in Logan County. He was educated in Logan public schools, at Marshall College (now Marshall University), and at the Mountain State Business College in Parkersburg. His career included service as a teacher, a store clerk, and store owner and operator, but he is best known as a politician and controversial lawman.

Chafin was elected assessor of Logan County at age 21 an...

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