Tyler County West Virginia Genealogy Project

Tyler County Timeline

1802, Charles Wells settled what is now Sistersville (Wells Landing)

1813, January 27, Middlebourne established by legislation

1814, December 16, Tyler County was formed from Ohio County, Virginia

1815, Sarah and Delilah Wells laid out the town of Sistersville

1815, First Sheriff of Tyler County, Joseph Martin

1816, Middlebourne became County Seat

1817, John Buck came to Tyler County and executed a lease on Williamson Island. This is the first recorded   entry of a Buck into Tyler County.

1818, January 28, Ferry was established by legislature in Sistersville

1818, Log Jail erected in Middlebourne

1819, April 7, First Post office established in Sistersville

1820, First Courthouse built in Middlebourne

1838, Baptist Church dedicated in Sistersville

1839, February 2, Sistersville is incorporated

1854, Two story brick Courthouse erected.

1863, June, West Virginia became a state.

1871, February 3, Middlebourne was incorporated

1874, Present Jail constructed in Middlebourne

1877, August 20, Paden City Post office established (Paden Valley)

1884, The Ohio River Railway was built through Sistersville

1885, First commercial telephone service in Sistersville

1885, January 1, First Weekly newspaper, Tyler Democrat

1892, "Polecat" well was drilled, Discovery of oil in Tyler County.

1892, November 18, The Tyler County Bank was established.

1894, Farmers/Producers National Bank, Sistersville, 1894

1895, Ephraim Wells Built the Wells Hotel

1895, December 14, The First National Bank of Sistersville was established.

1896, Start construction of First Presbyterian Church on Wells St in Sistersville. Cornerstone laid December 16th. It is now the Church of Nazarene.

1896, Hennachan-Daly Bldg constructed (Old movie theater bldg) Sistersville

1897, Sistersville City Building constructed at Diamond and Main Street.

1897, Sistersville High School completed (Main Street School)

1897, March 4, First Baptist Church Bell, Bell on display in church yard.

1898, First classes in new Sistersville High School

1898, Friendly was founded.

1899, Sistersville High School on Main Street constructed.

1902, Bank building erected in Middlebourne

1903, Wetzel-Tyler Railway Co operated between Sistersville and New Martinsville

1905, Methodist Church cornerstone laid, May 20, M.E.Church 1853-1905.

1906, Sistersville High School construction started in Gary Owen, cornerstone Oct. 13.

1906, First Christian Church built on S Wells St. in Sistersville.

1908, Tyler County High School opened

1908, Sistersville General Hospital established

1909, Postcard view of Sistersville,

Shows Opera House, Wells Building, Thistle Bldg, City Hall, First Tyler Bank Bldg.

1909, Postcard shows Main Street, with Dr. West Residence, Catholic Church and new High School.

1910, First Filling Station in Sistersville, on Water Street.

1910, Baptist Church cornerstone 1838-1910, Hill and Wells St.

1911, Baptist Church built at Hill and Wells St. in Sistersville

1911, Paden City Pottery Company began operation

1912, Sistersville High School, in Gary Owen, opened

1913, Library in Sistersville moved to city building on Diamond St.

1913, Cornerstone of new post office laid MCMXIII, Sect of Treasury, William G McAdoo.

1914, Present Post office built in Sistersville

1916, July 4, County poor farm cornerstone laid.

1917, Poor House on Middle Island opened.

1920, Eastman Garage, Now Wables Ford.

1921, The Friendly United Methodist Church was built

1923, Sistersville Jr. High School, cornerstone June 19.

1923, Electricity came to Middlebourne

1923, Present Courthouse was completed

1925, September 30, Last run of Street car from Sistersville to New Martinsville

1924, Sistersville Junior High & Gymnasium completed in Gary Owen

1928, July, Sistersville Hospital opened in current location on S. Wells St.

1931, First Presbyterian Church cornerstone 1930, Sistersville-Middlebourne streetcar  line discontinued service.

1934, First service in the new First Presbyterian church on Chelsea Street

1950, November, 40-50 inches of snow blanked Tyler County

1951, County poor farm ceased operation.

1956, Addition for Sistersville High School opened.

1957, Paden City Pottery Company ceased operations

1963, Poor House on Middle Island was closed.

1964, March 22, Current Sistersville library dedicated

1970, December, Fire destroyed Opera House, Wells Building , Five&Dime store and the Shouldis Dept Store.

1976, New library built in Middlebourne

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