I read this morning that some of Devil Anse Hatfield’s sons (back in the day) owned businesses in the Fayette County, West Virginia area. That set me to researching what I could find. What a funny treasure I came across.
The business that stands out to me is the Need More Saloon located in the area of Pax, WV and close to the Fayette / Raleigh county line. My favorite historian (Shirley Donnelly) had a few columns on the establishment and I found a couple pictures on the WVU history site.
It appears the business was lost to a fire and the Hatfields opened a new saloon in another location. It is said that the fire was no accident.
I have included what I found in this blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Identifier: 052175 / Title: Need-More Saloon, Cirtsville, W. Va. / Date: undated / Description: The town is situated on the Fayette County-Raleigh County line. In the rear is the Hatfield Saloon. A barber shop and restaurant are also pictured. Winfred Sheppard was the owner of one of these establishments and is also pictured.
Identifier: 052174 / Collection Number: 3567 / Title: Need-more Saloon, Cirtsville, W. Va. / Date: undated / Description: A group of men with bottles are pictured in front of the saloon entrance.
UPDATE! Information provided by a reader with a relative in the photo!
Per Donald Davis: “Front row, l to r, Bob Hunter, Seymour Davis and Ples Williams (sitting), Back, Jim Maynor, George Maynor, Lewis Davis, William Davis (my great uncle), Pres Williams, Norville Williams, (little short guy), Erin Williams, Henry Roberts”