In a former article there was a story about the Elihue Morgan family that lived at Altizer in the old George Lynch, Jr., house. This was the beginning of an investigation into the community of Altizer, part of a series of inquiries being made into the county's present and former centers of activity.
There were, I discovered, two Altizers, both of which were nestled in the charming lower West Fork valley along Rt. 18, and around which post offices were established for better mail services. Some of the county's oldest families lived and worked around Altizer - old and new - including the Starchers, the Lynches, the Whytsells, and Gibsons. Information on Altizer for this article were kindly given by Esther Gibson and Irene Lynch, two Altizer residents who by marriage inherited a fine tradition of these two old families.
The old Altizer was named after Henry Altizer, a prominent citizen and lawyer of Arnoldsburg who arranged the formalities for the post office to be established at the home of George Lynch, Jr., where Edgar Lynch now lives. The post office site has a long history of habitation, which according to "Dewees' Recollections of a Life Time" began with Philip Starcher. Philip apparently lived most of his life on the place which at one time was a one-fourth part of 5,000 acres originally owned by John Moyland and first surveyed in the 1780's. A good deal of controversy about where Philip was buried remains today at Altizer, since he was one of the county's earliest settlers, about 1820.
From a map of Calhoun County West Virginia, copyright 1930.
1. The area of Pine Creek, the location of Claria, a short lived post office around the 1900s, which was the address of many of the Starcher of that time. This was the homeplace of T.J. Starcher.
2. Homeplace of Allen B. Starcher, at the fork in the road.
4. Adam, named for Adam Starcher.
5. Richardson, sometimes referred to as Richardsonville.