[caption id="attachment_14895" align="aligncenter" width="400"]<img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2017\/02\/Pres.-Poca.jpg" alt="George Douglas \u201cG. D.\u201d McNeill \u2013 circa. 1956" width="400" height="582" class="size-full wp-image-14895" \/> George Douglas \u201cG. D.\u201d McNeill \u2013 circa. 1956[\/caption]\r\n\r\nGeorge Douglas \u201cG. D\u201d McNeill is pictured on his farm in Buckeye where he was born on May 22, 1877. He received his early education at the one room school in Buckeye and the Hillsboro Male and Female Academy. He then received his Teaching Certificate and began his teaching career at the age of 17 before heading to college and receiving his law degree. What followed were two years as County Prosecuting Attorney, a trip Around the World with \u201cThe Great White Fleet\u201d and working as a lumberjack in the Northwest woods before returning to the farm in 1910. \r\n\r\nG. D. McNeill is remembered most fondly in Pocahontas County as the admired and oft times feared Principal of Marlinton High School, a position that he held from 1923 to 1941, while continuing his education. He then spent 14 years as a Professor of History and Geography at Davis and Elkins College. In 1951, he was awarded the Honorary Degree \u201cDoctor of Law.\u201d\r\n\r\nDr. McNeill was a writer and historian. In the mid 1950s he worked with Ruth Morgan and W. E. Blackhurst to write the outdoor pageant \u201cThe Saga of Pocahontas.\u201d This story of the history of Pocahontas County became a successful production at the Pocahontas County Fair in 1956 and 1957. In addition to numerous short stories and historical articles, he authored \u201cThe Last Forest\u201d in 1940 and \u201cTales of Pocahontas County\u201d in 1958. \r\nG. D. McNeill married Grace McNeill in 1903. Their children were Ward K., Elizabeth, Louise and James. Dr. McNeill died in 1964. Photo courtesy of Ginny McLaughlin Shaw, ID PHP002150\r\n\r\nAllegheny Mountain Radio will present the 16 stories from \u201cTales of Pocahontas County\u201d Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. beginning February 1 during \u201cCaroline in the Morning.\u201d Each story will be read in its entirety by family and community readers with discussion to follow. \r\n\r\nAccess the \u201cPreserving Pocahontas\u201d Digital Library at www.pocahontaspreservation.org or www.preservingpocahontas.org If you have historical records or photographs to be scanned for the county Historical Archive contact Preservation Officer B. J. Gudmundsson at 304-799-3989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Prints of photographs are available.