Dille

GPS: 38.489, -80.826
ELEVATION: 1,201 Feet

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Dille (pronounced “dill” like “hill”) is a charming rural community with a historic past as a coal boomtown. Back then it was nicknamed “Bumtown” because many people traveled through while looking for work during the Great Depression.

Living in Dille today is a relaxing experience with park-like scenery, quiet neighborhoods and friendly neighbors. Dille is located on County Route 11 about 8 miles from U. S. Route 19 near Birch River. Shopping, a hospital and a community college are available in Summersville, which is about 25 miles from Dille.

Nina Knight was born in Dille where she raised her two daughters. Her favorite place is the Big Union Baptist Church. “The church provides a social meeting place,” said Mrs. Knight. Her friend, Hollene “Tootsie” Morris lives nearby. Mrs. Morris was a teacher at Birch River Elementary School for many years and is now retired. She was given the nickname “Tootsie”, which she enjoys, by her uncle Elmer Carte from Strange Creek. “I never liked the name ‘Hollene’,” she said with a smile.

“This used to be a very busy town,” explained Mrs. Morris, remembering the World War II era. “My father, Haymond Adkins owned a grocery store with the post office in it. Preston Hickman had a small coalmine. And Bruce Shingler had a grocery store.” “Tootsie” still enjoys riding her ATV with her grandchildren when they visit.

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Many people worked at the Coal Mining Company Store in Dille. Shown here are (left to right): Zelma Stickland, Electra Butcher, Janie DeMoss, and Hollene "Tootsie" Morris.

Many people worked at the Coal Mining Company Store in Dille. Shown here are (left to right): Zelma Stickland, Electra Butcher, Janie DeMoss, and Hollene “Tootsie” Morris.

Perched on their Plymouth, the young Mrs. Morris sits with Audry Morris (left), her husband's brother, Roy Morris (right), her husband's cousin, and an unidentified man (rear).

Perched on their Plymouth, the young Mrs. Morris sits with Audry Morris (left), her husband’s brother, Roy Morris (right), her husband’s cousin, and an unidentified man (rear).

Nina Knight and husband Orville "Bud" Knight are standing in front of their tomato patch.

Nina Knight and husband Orville “Bud” Knight are standing in front of their tomato patch.

Hollene "Tootsie" Morris enjoys the afternoon on her porch swing.

Hollene “Tootsie” Morris enjoys the afternoon on her porch swing.

Big Union Baptist Church

Big Union Baptist Church

The Dille Post Office

The Dille Post Office

Homes in Dille, West Virginia

Homes in Dille, West Virginia

Homes in Dille, West Virginia

Homes in Dille, West Virginia

Orville "Bud" and Pauline Keener Knight operated a teen center in Dille in the 1960's and 1970's. Mrs. Knight was born in Dille on Aug. 24, 1929 and passed away on Oct. 17, 1987. She was the daughter of Homer and Arena Keener and she had 4 sisters and 5 brothers. She raised a son Kenneth Knight and a daughter Sandra Knight Justus. She was a grandmother to 3 grandaughters- Jennifer, Cara, and Amy and 1 grandson- Joseph. She was a member of "The Big Union Baptist Church" of Dille for many years and had a beautiful singing voice. -- Submitted by: Granddaughter Jennifer Justus Conley of Edinboro, PA

Orville “Bud” and Pauline Keener Knight operated a teen center in Dille in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Mrs. Knight was born in Dille on Aug. 24, 1929 and passed away on Oct. 17, 1987. She was the daughter of Homer and Arena Keener and she had 4 sisters and 5 brothers. She raised a son Kenneth Knight and a daughter Sandra Knight Justus. She was a grandmother to 3 grandaughters- Jennifer, Cara, and Amy and 1 grandson- Joseph. She was a member of “The Big Union Baptist Church” of Dille for many years and had a beautiful singing voice. — Submitted by: Granddaughter Jennifer Justus Conley of Edinboro, PA