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Tyler County’s Power is its People

By Staff | Feb 15, 2017

“It’s not how much you have, it’s how you use what you do have.” – Longtime Elk Fork farmer John Roberts.

No truer words apply to Tyler County or anywhere.

For more than a century, the Roberts’ family has farmed the land in a valley located between the shadow of two ridges.

Their values of hard work and family have allowed them not only to endure lean days, but appreciate the good times because people who apply these virtues will always prosper.

Tyler County is not the largest or most populous county in the state, but the people use what they have to make a difference.

Long before A.I. Boreman became the state’s first governor, he was raised and later admitted to the bar while he was living in Middlebourne.

Tyler County native Col. Daniel Johnson, who fought bravely in many Civil War Battles, was an early leader who served with distinction as state Senate President.

He was appointed Regent of the State University in Charleston in 1873, and served as presidential elector in 1880.

Cecil Underwood was elected as the 25th and 32nd Governor of West Virginia from 1957 until 1961 and from 1997 until 2001.

He was born in Joseph Mills and graduated from Middlebourne High School in 1940.

Family names like Roberts, Weekley, Wells and Fletcher have long endured and thrived as long as they have because of the values they instill generation after


By applying these strengths and virtues – “using what you do have” – Tyler County’s power and promise will always echo an eternity.