Built in 1874, Sallie Bennett donated the family's mansion in Weston in 1921 to be used as a public library. The Louis Bennett Jr. Library has served the citizens of Lewis County for nine decades.
Dr. Timothy Lawrence Barber organized an ambulance unit of mostly Kanawha County men when the United States entered World War I in April 1917. He was killed shortly before the war ended on Nov. 11, 1918. Photo courtesy of Tim Barber.
A portrait of World War I flying ace Louis Bennett Jr. hangs in the Weston house where he grew up.
This memorial in the Lee Street Triangle was erected in 1925 to honor the men of Kanawha County who died in the World War. The park has a similar monument honoring the dead of the Second World War.
For his heroism, Dr. Thomas Maxwell Barber was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. Pershing. After the war, Barber re-enlisted and served in the Red Cross in Poland, where he contracted but survived typhus, a disease that had killed two younger brothers. Photo courtesy of Tim Barber.
Daniel Barber dropped out of West Virginia University, where he was studying chemistry, to join his two brothers in the ambulance unit. He practiced medicine for many years in Charleston. Photo courtesy of Tim Barber.