Fish Creek

Submitted by Eric Anderson.

Moundsville Daily Echo, Friday, July 2, 1937

Fish Creek Sixty and Seventy Years Ago

Now, just above the Punkin Seed Pool there was an island known as the W. M. Covalt Island, probably three or four acres of it. The timber consisted of sycamore, buckeye and some elm.

For a few years there would be some people come out from Wheeling and camp there for two or three weeks and fish. Over fifty years ago, Mr. Covalt cut the timber. John and Andrew Cambers brought their saw mill there and sawed the timber up, and Mr. Covalt built a barn out of part of it, and the barn is in good condition today.

How Cedar Point and Cedar Run got its name Mr. Covalt said when he was a small boy there were several large cedar trees standing on that point, and they were cut down and made into shingles. And for cause a fire got out into the woods and burned them up. That has been something near a hundred years ago, and just a few years ago there were some of the stumps standing there yet.


Now then, we will go on up the creek to where Mr. Covalt lived. There I have seen the third dwellinghouse standing, and just above the house the county road crosses the creek and went up the run where Earnest Johnson now lives, and it passed by the house where F. M. Clark was raised and continued on for a distance of two or three miles and came out on the top of the hill just on this side where Lins Cain now lives. Melvin Poyles lived there then.

Then something like sixty-two years ago there was a new location surveyed, beginning just below the bridge, across the creek and up past where Clyde Loper now lives, on up through the Mark Miller farm and through the Clark farm, and connected up to the old road at Cain's. And about that time T. A. Clark built up on the hill where his son Blair Clark now lives. Worked On Road

Jason Clark built part of the road and maybe all of it. I just forget. Anyhow, I worked for him on that road at fifty cents a day. I was about fifteen years old. And when the Miller bridge was built, there were some changes made on the road.

By the way, we must not forget the old Township hall. There is the first and only place I went to school. I think my first teacher was P. M. Burley. Our seats consisted of good heavy slabs with legs in them, and about fifty-eight or nine years ago there was a new school house built and the old one was sold to J. C. Connely. He took it apart and moved it up to the forks of the creek and built himself a dwelling house out of it and today it is still in good condition. We had four months school there and thirty or forty scholars attended school. As far as I know there are only a few living now.