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The Centennial History of Hurricane: Meet Some of Hurricane’s Oldest Families

In 1988, The Centennial History of Hurricane, WV was published to commemorate the town’s 100th anniversary. Since the Centennial History is now out of print, the Breeze is reprinting articles from the book as space allows. This week’s selection will be the 181st installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by Wanda Berg Holston

Rebecca Lynn Holston McCallister was born May 22, 1958, to Ronald Keith (Pete) Holston and Wanda Jean Berg Holston (1938).

Ronald was the son of James Bruce Holston and Clemma Bishop Holston.
Wanda Jean was the daughter of Clarence Newton Berg and Alice Hope Dunlap Berg.
Rebecca (Becky) has a sister, Ronda Jean Holston Allen (1955), and a brother, Ronald Keith Holston II (1962).

Becky attended first grade at Richmond Elementary in Spring Hill and after moving with her family to Springdale Estates in Hurricane in 1968, she attended Conner Street School and completed her education graduating from Hurricane High School.

Becky was active in the Girl Scout program, was a Hurricane High majorette and listed in Who’s Who among American High Students.

Becky started her career at Putnam County Bank after graduation and she married Joseph Allen McCallister (1955) in 1975.

Joseph is the son of Donald Evern McCallister (1932-1960) and Nora Jean Stephens McCallister (1934).

Donald was the son of Joe McCallister and Annie Bragg McCallister who had eighteen children.
Nora Jean was the daughter of Don Francis Stephens (1907) and Inez Burham Stephens (1904). She resides on the old Stephen’s Farm.

Becky and Joseph reside on the Buff Creek Valley farm in Culloden and they have one son, Bryan Joseph, born May 7, 1986.


Much hard work and effort by many people went into the compilation of The Centennial History of Hurricane, WV. Published in 1988, the history incorporated family and business histories and local history. All this information was enclosed in a beautiful red and gold hardback volume, the pride of anyone wise enough to have purchased it. Unfortunately, the book is now out of print, so finding a copy will be difficult, if not impossible. It is a great shame that many do not know the existence of this fine book, so the Breeze is reprinting the articles in serialized form as space allows.

A digital copy of the Centennial History can be obtained from the Hurricane City Hall for a small donation. For more information, call the City of Hurricane at (304) 562-5896.

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