Steve Boka taught local immigrants the English language as an outreach of the Ward West Virginia Hungarian Baptist church.
There are two versions of how Ward came to be called Ward. The first suggests the community was named in honor of Dr. David Ward, a man who owned most of the land that would later become Ward on Kellys and Hughes Creeks.
The 1984 Ward Community Reunion Committee shared the following list of pastors of Ward Community Church in their booklet printed to share at the reunion and help fund the event.
The Reunion Books have this church being built by Kelly’s Creek Colliery Company in 1919 (actually the Colliery was owned by Valley Camp Coal after it was purchased in 1917 but retaining the name Kellys Creek Colliery Company until the mid 1930’s).
The church was dedicated on May 25th, 1919
Sadly the world, the people and all things are no longer the way they used to be. Our once thriving town of Ward is no longer there. But for those of us who lived any part o f our lives, up that winding road, between those beautiful mountains, we won’t forget our days at Ward. We will always remember…
Many times I’ve thought about what I would give to go back home to Ward as it used to be, just one more time. If only I could. If only I could….