The Wayts of Millsboro (The West Virginia Hillbilly)

 

Thanks to author Margaret W. DeBolt and the resourcefulness of Mrs. Betty Bower, we now have a fantastic collection of excerpts from that classic publication, The West Virginia Hillbilly.  For those of you unfamiliar with this newspaper, it was founded in 1957 by Jim Comstock and is basically a sampler of past and present West Virginia life.  Mrs. DeBolt wrote a column for many years for the Hillbilly entitled 'The Wayts of Millsboro' which featured entries from her father, William Blaine Wayt's personal diary, as well as random supplements of anecdotes and observations.  Betty Bower, a personal acquaintance of Mrs. DeBolt, managed to save over 100 issues of the Hillbilly dating back to the early 1990's and has generously allowed us to scan and share them with all of you.

Some notes before you begin browsing...

As is the case with the Genealogy Report, the files uploaded to the website here are in Adobe's PDF format, version 6 or higher.  Please visit the Genealogy Reports page for instructions for downloading and installing Adobe PDF Reader.

Make use of the Bookmarks feature in the Reader!  This is a handy subject-based Table of Contents which allows the user to jump to articles of interest.  Simply click the little plus signs next to the main section to open and expand them.  We have also included bright yellow comment balloons on some of the pages in the upper left corner which provide some background information about the page.  These may be read simply by passing the mouse point over them.  If you discover that some of the print or detail of images is too small, then use the View --> Zoom In feature on the Reader's toolbar to enlarge the image.  Finally, we have made every effort to try and balance image quality with file size, but as you know, the more the file size is reduced, the poorer the quality of the image.  What has resulted is the breaking up of these archives into separate PDF files of 2-3MB each.  The cookbook files are slightly larger so that you can save and print them with good quality.  Please allow sufficient time for download and opening of these files.

Lastly, there may be some content which isn't suitable for younger readers.  It's not obscenity-based material, but simply some raw details of life back in those times in terms of diseases, conflicts, etc.  We have chosen to include some of it not only because it was a a part of the original publication, but also because it is an important aspect of our ancestors' daily lives.  We'll make every attempt to place comment balloons on pages which include stories and/or images of this type of material so that browsers will be forewarned.

Click on the links below to download and open the files.  Enjoy!

Hillbilly Set #1  

Hillbilly Set #13  

Hillbilly Set #25 

Hill Cookin' #8

Hill Cookin' #20

Hillbilly Set #2  

Hillbilly Set #14

Hillbilly Set #26

Hill Cookin' #9

Hill Cookin' #21

Hillbilly Set #3  

Hillbilly Set #15  

Hillbilly Wayts #1

Hill Cookin' #10

Hill Cookin' #22

Hillbilly Set #4  

Hillbilly Set #16

Hillbilly Wayts #2  

Hill Cookin' #11

Hill Cookin' #23

Hillbilly Set #5  

Hillbilly Set #17  

Will's last entry!

Hill Cookin' #12

Hill Cookin' #24

Hillbilly Set #6  

Hillbilly Set #18   

Hill Cookin' #1

Hill Cookin' #13

Hill Cookin' #25

Hillbilly Set #7  

Hillbilly Set #19  

Hill Cookin' #2

Hill Cookin' #14

Hill Cookin' #26

Hillbilly Set #8  

Hillbilly Set #20  

Hill Cookin' #3

Hill Cookin' #15

Hill Cookin' #27

Hillbilly Set #9  

Hillbilly Set #21  

Hill Cookin' #4

Hill Cookin' #16

 
Hillbilly Set #10 Hillbilly Set #22 Hill Cookin' #5 Hill Cookin' #17  
Hillbilly Set #11 Hillbilly Set #23 Hill Cookin' #6 Hill Cookin' #18  
Hillbilly Set #12 Hillbilly Set #24 Hill Cookin' #7 Hill Cookin' #19