“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glenville in Gilmer County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Glenville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Glenville Marker
Inscription. Here was written “The West Virginia Hills,” State song. This was the home of William Perry Brown, author of three score books for children, and for many years one of the most popular writer for the old “Youth’s Companion.”
Location. 38° 56.268′ N, 80° 49.962′ W. Marker is in Glenville, West Virginia, in Gilmer County. Marker is on North Lewis Street (U.S. 33) east of Main Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glenville WV 26351, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Moore (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Attack on Glenville (about 500 feet away); Glenville State College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Glenville State Teachers College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Lewis Hays (approx. 0.8 miles away); Duck Run Cable Suspension Bridge (approx. 2.5 miles away); Stagecoach Stop (approx. 7 miles away); Braxton County/Gilmore County (approx. 8.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glenville.
Regarding Glenville. Glenville State College, founded in 1872, is located here. “The West Virginia Hills” was adopted as the state song in 1961.
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Glenville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. Glenville Marker

1. The West Virginia Hills. Words by Ellen Rudell King, Music by Howard Everett Engle. This page shows lyrics, has a MIDI file with the music. “Oh, the West Virginia hills! How majestic and how grand, / With their summits bathed in glory, like our Prince Immanuel’s Land! / Is it any wonder then, that my heart with rapture thrills, / As I stand once more with loved ones on those West Virginia hills? ” (Submitted on December 6, 2008.) 

2. Adoption of the State Song. “On September 25, 1885 a poem appeared in the Glenville Cresent. The poem was attributed to Ellen Rudell King. It seems a little silly today, but there is some question about who really wrote the poem. Some say that it was actually written by Mrs. King. Others suggest that her husband, the Reverend David H. King, wrote the poem for his wife Ellen. Still others suggest that Mrs. King wrote the song and Mr. King polished it up.” (Submitted on December 6, 2008.) 

3. Brown, William Perry. from the Northern Illinois University Libraries Beadle and Adams Dime Novel Digitization Project. “He wrote short stories and poems for various weeklies and magazines, including the Springfield Republican, Ainslee’s Magazine, Golden Days, the Youth's Companion, Woman’s World, Chicago Ledger, Banner Weekly, Housewife, People’s Home Journal, Southern Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and various outdoor magazines, such as Forest and Stream. He went to Glenville, West Virginia, in 1888, and was there married, September 3, 1890, to Emma E. Hays. From 1890 to 1892 he was associated with Sam Walter Foss as editor of the Yankee Blade (Boston). After 1892, he resumed his free-lance writing until shortly before his death. He died in Glenville, September 4, 1923...” (Submitted on December 6, 2008.) 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,161 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the town of Glenville • Portraits of Mrs. King and Mr. Brown • Vintage and current photos of the houses they lived in, if still standing • Can you help?
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