She's anticipating some help in labeling the countless notebooks lining the walls in her carpeted library. While the building is heated, other improvements have yet to be made, including the installation of air-conditioning. She also plans to hang curtains.
"I have not even begun to put everything in here," Click said as she thumbed through the impressive notebook she helped her grandson, now 14, develop. It was part of his winning elementary school social studies project on Confederate Gen. John McCausland of Mason County.
The Clicks are the parents of a son and daughter and have four grandchildren.
Through the years, she also has assisted home-schooled students with research and book donations.
"I want to share the history of this area with anyone who wants to come, who has an interest in genealogy and history," Click said.
The shelves testify to her study of the Civil War and World War II in addition to local history.
Her library sits where a blacksmith shop once operated as part of the 124-acre Chestnut Hill property they bought from her husband's father.
According to notes made by Karl's cousin Ora Click, the area was known for the state's largest chestnut trees, which were killed by the blight that devastated the species. The ridge was settled in the 19th century and was first served by the Roush grocery-post office, hardware and feed store, all in a single building.
The closest town was Mudsock, which included a funeral home, stores and church. There was no school until Mount Flower School opened in 1872. It is gone, but the name lives on. Click was instrumental in organizing the Mount Flower Extension Homemakers Club.
"Mudsock" didn't meet U.S. Postal Service standards for a name, Click has been told. So when the post office was established, it instead was designated as Mount Alto, as shown on today's maps.
Electricity didn't arrive until 1949, but today two cell towers on the ridge provide the Internet and phone service that residents of many other rural area can only wish for.
Such services enable Click to post local obituaries on Facebook and cemetery updates on the West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association website.
She also shares her interest in history and preserving family memories by speaking to groups and inviting visitors to her library. Just call for an appointment at 304-895-3590.
And not to worry. The Clicks have plans for the future of the library.
It eventually will be loaded again onto a truck and transported to the West Virginia State Farm Museum in Point Pleasant.
Contact writer Evadna Bartlett at eva...@dailymail.com.
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