“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Maysel in Clay County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

William C. Markle

William C. Markle Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
1. William C. Markle Marker
Inscription.  To east was Claude Markle (1882-1962) home, noted road builder in Clay, Webster, Boone, & Kanawha in early 20th century. Projects include Maysel intersection of US 119/36/ & 4, Clay Jct. Route 16, & Widen ridge; bridges; tunnels; & culverts. He worked on Alaskan Railroad, Hoover Dam, and road in Death Valley, NV. Markle served seven years on Clay County Court, including term as president. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner.
Erected by the Markle Family. It is listed by West Virginia Archives and History as one of theirs.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsGovernment & PoliticsRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 38° 29.153′ N, 81° 7.08′ W. Marker is near Maysel, West Virginia, in Clay County. Marker is on Procious Maysel Road (West Virginia Route 4) east of Maysel Clay Road (Local Route 26), on the
William C. Markle Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
2. William C. Markle Marker
right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2205 Procious Maysel Rd, Maysel WV 25133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benjamin L. Stephenson (approx. 2.6 miles away); Clay (approx. 2.6 miles away); Jones Brothers Memorial Bridge (approx. 3.7 miles away); Solomon Osborne (approx. 8.7 miles away); Clay County / Calhoun County (approx. 11.3 miles away); Clay County / Nicholas County (approx. 14.7 miles away); Pioneer School (approx. 16½ miles away).
Also see . . .  West Virginia Road Pioneer William C. Markle. Excerpt: “Since Claude paid better wages than anyone else in the area, it wasn’t very difficult to find men ready to work. Once he needed some more men to work so he mounted ‘Old Painter’ and rode off through the farm fields where men were working their crops. He rode up to a man fertilizing his field. Claude asked; ‘How much are you getting paid to do that?’ The man answered, ‘Fifty Cents a day.’ Claude said, ‘I’ll pay you five dollars a day to come work for me.’ The man set his bucket down and climbed on the horse behind him. The man worked eleven years for Claude.” (Submitted on August 17, 2019.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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