Mason County woman's collection grows into regional history library
Alice Click and her husband installed this outbuilding at their Mason County property when genealogical records she collected outgrew her office, closets and garage.
Mary Combs Williamson, pictured here with her son in 1908, began collecting her family's history when she was a young mother. Her granddaughter, Alice Click, now is the keeper of the family records, which she stores in an outbuilding beside her Mason County home.
Click also has a collection of old photos from the region, including this one of the Chestnut Ridge store and post office, owned first by the Roush family and then the Shields family, which is pictured here. It later went back to the Roush family. The Click family now lives on what was the Chestnut Hill area near Mount Alto in Mason County.
Click's Alto Bargain Store sold merchandise to area residents.
Click's grandmother used the manual typewriter when she composed letters - usually making carbon copies of them. The letters helped Click to trace her family's history.