The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 10, 2012

Local historian compiles new book on Maple Fork


— Local historian Donald R. Davis, who was born and raised on a farm at Maple Fork, has compiled the book “Images and Memories of Maple Fork.”

The book is 277 pages. It reviews early area settlement and details the genealogy of prominent first families, their descendants and later generations of residents. Nearly 180 pages of the book are devoted to an extensive picture gallery featuring hundreds of black and white images of the community from the early 19th century to the present. There is also information about schools, churches and cemeteries and selected census data. Davis also provides some personal insights about growing up in a small, tightly knit rural community during the 1950s and 1960s.

Davis says he has combined a lifelong passion for history and genealogy with decades of collecting and exchanging thousands of photos of his community to produce an informative and well-balanced book.

Davis said readers have been “greatly pleased” with the book. One person said, “It is a blessing to have a book such as this.” Another commented, “It was like walking through my childhood again.” Davis added that readers have stated that the photos are “priceless.”

“Images and Memories of Maple Fork” is available for $30. Copies can be ordered by contacting Davis at 304-253-6450, e-mailing donalddavis. or mailing cash, check or money order to Davis at 1011 C&O Dam Road, Daniels, WV 25832-9631.

Davis graduated from Morris Harvey College and also served in the military. He also earned master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Marshall University. He is retired from the National Mine Health and Safety Academy at Beaver and taught at Mountain State University until retiring in 2010. Currently, Davis teaches at Bluefield State University and is a member of the Fayette-Raleigh Counties Genealogical Society. He has co-authored articles in the journals “West Virginia History,” “Military Collector,” and “Historian.”