Ward, West Virginia was a coal mining town in existence soley because of the Kelly’s Creek mining operation. At it’s heart, just like many other similar communities in coal mining areas, was a company store. Read about it here.
The Five Mile Sunday School Class was a little project sponsored by the Ward Communty Church. It was located at the head of Five Mile, in the section then known as Number 6. The weekly gatherings took place from 1927 to 1929 and were attended by nearly 100 people each week.
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 special time. It was such a close-knit community, I know this because of how many still seek out the reunions and come here to my blog to remember it.
Today, I have added photos and records shared by Scott Stephens to the FREE file download box on this site. You will find photos of various Stephens family members with ties to Ward, West Virginia as well as commencement announcements of Ward Jr. High from 1940. There are documents – for Hart and Stephens surnames. Plus a headstone image of William Stephens taken at Ward Cemetery.
Information about the Ward Community Reunion for 2010.
Can you imagine a place where the sense of community is so strong it draws back former members for years after the physical presence has vanished?