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Davis, Alice and Lena Smith617 viewsALICE DAVIS AND LENA SMITH / 604 EAST MAIN / SALTVILLE, VA. / CIRCA 1935. Courtesy of don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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deadbaby1.jpg993 viewsThis morbid photo taken in the 1890s somewhere in Smyth County shows a dead baby. It was common in the days before photography was widespread to have portraits of dead children made. This is one of these photos. Courtesy of Rick Davidson.
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drucillablevins.jpg609 viewsDaughter of Melvin C. Sturgill and Celia Pennington, 1st wife of Henry C. Blevins. Lived at Konnarock, Smyth County, VA. Photo courtesy of Mary C. Blevins mcblevins@smyth.net
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drucillafamily.jpg654 viewsCourtesy of Mary C. Blevins mcblevins@smyth.net
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Early, James Louis, MD., et. al.625 viewsDR. EARLY AND FRIENDS / EAST MAIN STREET / SALTVILLE, VA. / CIRCA 1910
DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE IS DR. EARLY. THE LADY ON THE RIGHT IS MISS LULA SHANNON. Courtesu of Don Smith dsmith1-43@comcast.net

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Dunham, M. S. Family611 viewsTHE M. S. DUNHAM FAMILY / WEST MAIN STREET / SALTVILLE, VA. / CIRCA 1907

PHOTO FROM DUNHAM COLLECTION. Courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net


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Dunham, M. S.566 viewsM. S. DUNHAM CAME TO SALTVILLE FROM TITUSVILLE, PA. IN 1902 TO WORK AT THE MATHIESON ALKALI WORKS. HE HAD BEEN AN OIL DRILLER IN PENNSYLVANIA.

HE WAS PLACED IN CHARGE OF THE MAWX BRINE WELLS AND ROAD SUPERVISION. HE BECAME ONE OF SALTVILLE'S MOST PROMINENT CITIZENS AND WAS ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. HE ALSO SERVED AS MAYOR.

HE LIVED ON WEST MAIN STREET ACROSS FROM THE 1905 SALTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING WHERE THE SALTVILLE MEDICAL CENTER IS NOW LOCATED. HE DIED ON AUGUST 25, 1946.

THE HOUSE IS STILL IN THE DUNHAM FAMILY.

PHOTO - DUNHAM COLLECTION. Courtesy of Don Smithdsmith1043@comcast.net
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dunhamms1924.jpg488 viewsEmployee of Mathieson Alkali Works in Saltville, this image is from the 1924 Alkalite.
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Dunham, M. S.533 viewsM. S. DUNHAM / WELL FIELDS AND ROADS SUPERINTENDANT FOR MATHIESON ALKALI WORKS SHOWN AT HOME ON WEST MAIN ST. SALTVILLE, VA. WITH HIS 1928 STUDEBAKER ABOUT 1930.

PHOTO FROM DUNHAM COLLECTION COURTESY MYRL DUNHAM. Courtesy of Don Smithdsmith1043@comcast.net
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EarlBlevins.jpg584 viewsThis very nice gentleman stopped what he was doing to show us where the Kell cemetery was. Earl was blowing leaves off the parking lot of a community center across from the church. He (I think-I didn't write a thing down) is a descendant of Squire & Sarah Ann. He led us to the cemetery, went home & came back to make sure we got back down the hill alright. He gave me his phone # and called his cousin Daniel Smith Blevins in Marion about Rhoda. Anyway he was very helpful, friendly & nice. [email]Courtesy of Nanalee Wrenn[/email]
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earlyjl.jpg579 viewsPhysician of Saltville, Virginia. Born in Carroll County, VA, and moved to Radford, Virginia after leaving Saltville. From the 1922 Alkalite. Dr. Early was the examining physician for Smyth County fellows entering the U.S. Army in World War I.
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farmerlydia.jpg567 viewsThis photo shows Lydia Thompson Farmer holding a photo of her late husband, Noah Farmer. Lydia moved to Marion, VA after Noah died in 1930. Courtesy of Anita Kay Wyatt.
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