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The Centennial History of Hurricane: Ira E. Tallman

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 227th installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by Dorothy Tallman

Mr. Ira Tallman, bachelor at 27, decided to marry the beautiful Miss Loullar Hodges of Hurricane Creek, West Virginia. The wedding took place at the home of Mr. Peter Hodges on Christmas Day, 1904.

The couple met in the store on Main Street in Hurricane Miss Hodges was preparing to teach and she needed a watch. “And what is your name?” said Ira. Miss Hodges hesitated. “Oh, you don’t want a receipt?” replied Ira. “Yes, of course I do,” Miss Hodges beamed.

Mr. and Mrs. Tallman had seven children: Mac Raymond, who died in Florida in 1918, at twelve years; George W. Tallman also died at three years in Florida; Elmond went to Putnam County schools, graduated and worked for several companies, but went with Pinkerton Tobacco Company. He served in World War II, received the Purple Heart. Elmond died in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1969.

Oakland finished high school in Hurricane. He ran the theatre, and worked for Mr. Cannon, who owned the show. He worked with International Shoe Company in St. Louis and later went on the road selling Star Brand Shoes. He served in World War II and did clerical work. He was president of his class and won a medal in high school. Oakland retired in April, 1987.

He is married to the former Jane Jewell. They live at Pine Hurst, North Carolina.

James Darrell Tallman graduated from high school in Hurricane. He served in the Navy as Chief Petty Officer. He married Miss Ruth Ours of Parsons, West Virginia. They had one son, Darrell. He has three children. James died in 1947, at Morgantown, West Virginia.

George Washington Tallman died in Florida at age 3 1/2.

Dorothy M. Tallman graduated at Hurricane High School as Miss Hurricane High. She attended Marshall University, being President of the Home Ec House at the time, Nutrition Supervisor of school feeding program, and Putnam Home Economist for two leading companies in Huntington, West Virginia. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Hurricane, past President of Hurricane Woman’s Club, past Worthy Matron of Order of Eastern Star Chapter 108 in Hurricane, won a silver medal for selling war bonds in Putnam County and a certificate from LaSalle Extension University in Chicago for studies in Children’s Literature. Miss Tallman is a member of “National Committee” to preserve Social Security and Medicare. Miss Tallman is the owner of Tallman’s Jewelry Store, “since 1898,” on Main Street in Hurricane, West Virginia.


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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