Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Christopher Columbus TABLER


         Christopher Columbus TABLER was a teacher in the country schools of Berkeley County for 33 years, 27 at North Mountain, also known as Columbus School of Hedgesville District. In addition to being a teacher, he was Secretary of the Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools during that time. When C.C. Tabler was 21, he took charge of the Fearno School, Morgan County; the next year he taught at North Mountain School.

         He was educated in the common schools of Welltown and Little Georgetown, Berkeley County, and in Shepherd College State Normal School. He took a course in telegraphy at the Valentine College of Telegraphy, Oberlin, Ohio, in 1882, and a business course in the Elliott Business College in Wheeling, West Virginia, in the summer of 1902. In January 1907, C.C. Tabler left the Columbus School to run a telegraph school in the City of Martinsburg and in two years graduated 43 operators for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. His telegraphic school was in the second story of the Katz building, corner of Queen and Martin Streets, at that time occupied by the Martinsburg Business College. The school was in a room 18 x 18 and started with two day students and equipment of 10 learners' instruments and one switchboard. By February 1, 1908, 20 students had enrolled and the room was enlarged and equipped with 25 learners' instruments and two switchboards, the railroad train wire and the block wire. This department was open day and night, 5 days each week, giving 6 hours practice days and 3 hours nights.

         In 1892, the old schoolhouse at North Mountain was sold and a more commodious building erected three-quarters of a mile south of it on a 1-acre lot. Mr. Tabler was teaching there at the time and named the new school after himself, “Columbus.” In the dedication of the new schoolhouse, a 5 x 8 flag was raised over it, the first schoolhouse in Berkeley County over which Old Glory flew. The flag contained 45 stars.

         C.C. Tabler’s parents were Adam Malachi Tabler and Elizabeth Green Claybourne Tabler, whose maiden name was Butts.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928.

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