Hur is on the backroad from Mt. Zion, three miles off Route 16, it's
most notable remaining fixture is the Mt. Olive
United Methodist Church, which celebrated 120 years of existence in
Hur, a post office until the early
1950's, was named for the novel "Ben Hur," after a local resident
obsessively read it and offered it up for the P.O.
name about 1890.
The village at one time had three stores,
including the McCoy Store which closed in 1996 after a
100 year run when it's last storekeeper, Scottie McCoy passed on. It
was originally the McCoy Brothers, founded
by James Everett and John Ira McCoy.
Will Sturm, a well-known
Calhoun County politician, once described as a
"rabid democract", operated a general store at the top of Buckhorn for
about 40 years, closing about 1948.
store location was in the IOOF Lodge Hall, operated in the early part
of the century by the Umstead's and the
Bell's, but later owned by the Hess and Lizzie Reynolds family. That
building burned in 1929.
Two of the stores
maintained grist mills. The village was tied together by a board walk,
which extended from the McCoy Store past
the church and cemetery, the Reynold's Store (Umstead-Bell), Will
Sturm house and store, the Hur crank'em up
telephone company, up the hill to the parsonage and grist mill.
Hur one-room school on the backside of the
village burned to the ground in 1939, not to forget Uncle Charley
Starcher's blacksmith shop which closed about
A few remnants remain as the village stands on the edge of
memory, not unlike many others which sprung to
life in Calhoun County before 1900. It is from this time and place
that many of the stories come to The Hur Herald,
reminding us of the hard work of our ancestors in a kinder, slower,
and less complicated time.
To keep the
spirit and community alive, we have re-created the mythical Village of
Hur for The Herald, where we now have a
mock election, a mayor, the Commissioners for Social Improvement and
Upward Mobility and nasty political
scraps, not unlike they did many years ago. However, a sense of
reality is maintained when the ghost of ole
Reason Kerby comes back to talk with Hur's most innocent citizen,
Little Billy Braveheart.
If you are
unfamiliar with Hur and Calhoun County WV, we hope you'll learn a few
good things and enjoy your visit with us.
Keep coming back. - BOB WEAVER, 1999