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This week in W.Va. history

Jan. 03, 2012 @ 09:56 AM

CHARLESTON -- The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more about West Virginia's people, places, history, arts, science and culture, go to "e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia" at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

Jan. 1, 1936: Don Nehlen was born in Canton, Ohio. Nehlen, who had a record of 149-93-4 at WVU, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jan. 2, 1809: Cabell County was created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly from part of Kanawha County. The county is named for William H. Cabell, governor of Virginia from 1805 to 1808.

Jan. 3, 1921: The state capitol building in Charleston was destroyed by fire. A temporary wood-frame building, located on the future site of the Daniel Boone Hotel, was erected in just 42 days and became known as the ''pasteboard capitol.'' This 166-room building experienced the same fate as its predecessor when it was completely destroyed by fire in 1927.

Jan. 4, 1897: Classes began at Montgomery Preparatory School, a state institution that was established to prepare students for West Virginia University. The school evolved into what is now West Virginia University Institute for Technology.

Jan. 6, 1921: Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield died. He was the patriarch of the Hatfield family and their leader during the Hatfield-McCoy feud.

e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, developed by the West Virginia Humanities Council, is an interactive reference site showcasing West Virginia's history, culture, and people. e-WV is free of charge and available to anyone with access to a computer and Internet connection. For more information, contact the West Virginia Humanities Council, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25301; 304-346-8500; or visit e-WV at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

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