~ INDIAN CAMP - 1923 ~
INDIAN CAMP COMMUNITY
Prepared by C. E. and B. F. Huffman
Abraham Kline settled on what is now the Phillips farm in the years between 1840 and 1850. He built and lived in a log cabin near where the ball diamond of the Indian Camp Normal School was located. He sold to a man named Cutright. Cutright sold to the Howses, who in turn sold to the Phillip's, the present owners of the land.
Samuel McCann, the father of Squire McCann and the grandfather of Rev. Samuel McCann, David, Henry, and William McCann, settled on the hill not far from the present lndian Camp U. B. Church and near where John Bonnett now lives, in the years between 1840 and 1850.
Jason Loomis settled on the farm where Wash Cutright now lives sometime between the years 1840 and 1850.
No one lived between Indian Camp and Sago previous to 1850 except Andrew Casto. He lived on the head waters of Saw Mill Run on what is now known as the Casto farm and owned by Mason Cutright at the present time.
Kline, McCann, Loomis, and Casto were the only settlers on the Buckhannon River between Sago and Alton previous to the year 1850.
In the fall of the year 1850, Joseph and Anthony Huffman came from Hampshire County to the Indian Camp Rock, and moved into a cabin which Anthony had built the previous summer, he having been to Indian Camp in May of the year 1850. They lived in this cabin which was located just across the public road in front of the Odd Fellows Hall until they built a house up the creek on the farm where Otha Boyles now lives and moved into it. It is still standing and is the oldest existing building in the community. Anthony afterward married Andrew Casto's daughter, Lucinda, bought land, moved down on lower Indian Camp, and settled on the farm now owned by B. F. and J. W. Huffman.
In the fall of 1850, after the coming of the Huffman brothers, Henry Bean and. David Bosely came to Indian Camp. Bean settled on the head waters of Indian Camp above where W. P. Newcome now lives. He later built and moved down to where James Bean now lives, and finally to Bean's Mill where he erected the mill which is yet standing. Bosely settled where W. P. Newcome now lives.
Joseph Bosely, Henry Bosely, Andrew Bean, and William Bean were the next settlers to cone to the community. They came in 1853. Joseph Bosely settled where William Phillips now lives. Henry Bosely moved into the Huffman cabin at the Indian Camp Rock until he built on his farm at the place where Melroy Tenney now lives. Andrew Bean moved into the property of David Bosely at the place where W. P. Newcome now lives. William Bean settled on the hill at the place where Silas Rowan now lives.
Johnny Howes came to Indian Camp in the years between 1850 and 1860, bought of Cutright, and settled at the place where Abraham Kline had lived.
Thomas Bond settled on what is known as the Gideon Hoover farm between 1850 and 1860. He was the father of the late Thomas Bond, and the grandfather of John Ephriam, and Elijah Bond.
Jamima Boyles is the only person now living (1923) who came with the first settlers to come to Indian Camp. She was then only a small child and came with her father, Joseph Huffman. Her grandfather came with them and is buried in the Huffman cemetery.
From the Indian Camp school the following persons have gone forth as teachers: Rebecca Huffman (Tenney), Jamima Huffman (Boyles), William Bosely, Robert Bosely, George E. Bosely, Anna Phillips (Snyder), C. E. Huffman, A. R. Huffman, A. W. Huffman, E. L. Huffman, B. A. Huffman, Anthony Linger, Myrtle Loudin (Cain), and J. L. Fultz.
From the Upper Indian Camp school the following have gone forth as teachers: Samuel McCann, Mary McCann (Hoover), Pearl Thomas (Simons), Ressie Cutright (Huffman), Mae Phillips, Carmie Phillips (Hinkle), Henry Queen, Jacob Queen, Henry Powers, and Esther Cutright (Lamb).
Five ministers who were reared and partly educated here have gone from the community. Samuel McCann, William McCann, Ertha Bean, and Hazel Fultz were German Baptist ministers. Floyd Fultz is a United Brethren minister.
Samuel McCann was ordained as an elder of his denomination at Bridgewater College, in Virginia, in 1893. He spent a number of years in India as a missionary, came back to America, and taught in the College at Bridgewater for several years. He died in North Dakota and is buried at Bridgewater, Virginia.
William McCann is a resident, and minister, of North Dakota.
Ertha Bean resides near Bean's Mill, West Virginia, Hazel Fultz resided near Bean's Mill. She died in 1923, and is buried in the McCann cemetery.
Floyd Fultz's residence is at Indian Camp, but he is now (1923) located at Mt. Lake Park, Maryland as the U. B. minister of that charge.
Two doctors were reared in our community. They were Floyd Bean of Fort Pierce, Florida; and J. B. Simons of Buckhannon, West Virginia.
One county officer, Ernest Phillips, was reared here, and spent his boyhood playing over and around the old Camp Rock. He was elected and served one term as county clerk of Upshur county; then was re-elected and succeeded himself to the same office for a second term which he is now serving. Four telegraph operators received their education here. They are Frank E. Phillips, Charles Thomas, French Thomas, and A. R. Huffman.
Frank E. Phillips has filled some of the most responsible positions with the leading railroad and telegraph companies of the county with credit.
A. P. Huffman is the agent and operator at Newlonton, West Virginia, for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.
One stenographer, Miss Lavida Bean, received her education at Upper Indian Camp School. Her home state is now Florida. Her place of employment was formerly Evanston, Illinois but at present her home is in Florida.
Our community has furnished soldiers for every war in which our country has been engaged since our war with Mexico in the forties. They fought on several battle fields of our Civil War, fought the Spaniards in 1898, and helped to drive the Germans back in 1917. Over a dozen stars deck our service flag, but fortunately the stars are yet all of one color - our boys all came back.
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