Submitted by Phyllis Slater.
NOTE: Message received from Randy McCombs, Jan 19, 2009 says, "These Franklins were my Great-Grandparents. However O. B. Franklin should really be A. B. Franklin. Asa Banning Franklin was my Great-Grandfather's name. Alice Franklin is my Great-Aunt. She and my Grandfather Ward & his brother Carl were the children of Asa and Laura."
Lynn Camp was named for a family named Lynn who, tradition says, camped on the run which flows into Fish Creek. Early settlers of Lynn Camp included the Franklin family who lived on Lynn Camp Run above the present site of Lynn Camp. The Franklins had a store there, O. B. Franklin of Bannen and Laura Carney of Silver Hill were married in 1890 and came to Marshall County to live. Later the Fox family built a store on Fish Creek near where Lynn Camp Run flows into it. The Franklins left Lynn Camp in 1915.
Alice Franklin, in her book "A Wreath of Evergreen" describes life in Lynn Camp and tells about the flash flood in 1914 which she says was most responsible for their leaving.
Two schools are mentioned in this book, Mountain Hill and Hart's Run. Clarence Mason was mentioned as one of the rural teachers. Clarence lived until this past winter and was a great source of historical and oldtime reminiscences. Other prominent teachers were David Bonar, father of three prominent educators who worked in the Ohio County Educational System, Levering, Carl and John Bonar.
Two well known medical doctors were Drs. Coffield and Yoho.
Two railroad stations were accessible to Meade District residents....
Gypsy caravans were not unusual in the Fish Creek area and created quite an interest with their horses, wagons, dogs and children.
Carter Darwish (later a well-known Moundsville merchant) was a familiar figure as he went door-to-door (or farm-to-farm) selling goods unavailable in the village stores.
Two others who engaged in this type of merchandising was an Assyrian lady with a peddlar's pack who sold dress materials, buttons, thread and etc.George Tedrow of Glen Easton sold Arbuckles Coffee and other household products from the "Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co." Everyone who bought Arbuckles Coffee saved the signatures from the coffee bags and bartered them for rings, bracelets and household utensils.
Social life centered around the schools and churches. There were special church services, apple peelings, corn huskings, exhibitions, literary societies, dances, play parties, horseback riding, buggy riding and sled riding. Skating was available when the creeks and runs were frozen. Baseball was an enjoyable sport.
Modern conveniences have made life easier but perhaps not happier or more sociable.