Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Virgil Floyd Rider in an undated photo. Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years...
Five Mile Sunday School Class Near Ward, WV | 1927-1929

Five Mile Sunday School Class Near Ward, WV | 1927-1929

The above photo is of a Sunday school class gathering at Ward Community Church likely many years after the Sunday School classes at Five Mile stopped meeting.  I have not been able to find a photo of the Sunday School class at Five Mile if one exists. The Five Mile...

Christmas in Ward, WV

I can only imagine what Christmas must have been like at Ward, WV.  I was not there and have only the stories of grandparents, aunts, uncles and people who comment here on this blog  to kindle my imagination. I believe it was a special time.  It was...
Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

Its that time of year again, Thanksgiving. Time for long held family traditions that often involve a turkey with all the trimmings and family gatherings.  This year we’re having dinner with my parents, my brother and his wife and of course the kids.  The dogs...
My Unknown Kin, Rider or Wills Lines, Kanawha County, WV

My Unknown Kin, Rider or Wills Lines, Kanawha County, WV

Posting a drawing here that just came into my hands (an electronic version that is).  It was owned by my great aunt, Marcelene Rider Keenan, the daughter of Ulrich Rider (aka Honzura “Poppy” Rider) and Lottie Mae Wills.  This man is presumed to be...