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JANUARY 1906

 

ADKINS, Sarah

Sarah Adkins, wife of Lamech Adkins, ex-county Superintendent, died at her home this morning of consumption. She leaves a large family of children. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1906

 

BRYAN, Oliver

We are sorry to hear of the death of Oliver Bryan and Joseph Stewart, formerly of this place while working in the New River coal mines. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1906

 

BURCHETT, James

James Burchett, a well-known citizen of this county, died Tuesday at the residence of Thomas Burchett, on Deep Hole Branch. He had been sick for a long time, a sort of general breakdown. He was a  quiet good citizen, brother of Robert Burchett, of this place. The burial occurred yesterday. He was about (?68?) years of age and unmarried. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1906

 

BUTLER, John

Blaine—John  Butler, formerly of Johnson County, died at his home on Cherokee, last Wednesday morning and was taken to Johnson County for burial. He was buried by the Improved Order of Red Men, newly established order in this vicinity. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1906

 

CYRUS, Sam

Sam Cyrus, a respected citizen who lived about 2 miles from Wayne, while quarrying rock on his farm the first of last week, was caught by a large stone and crushed to death. Both arms and legs were broken and he was injured internally. A number worked for several hours to extricate the unfortunate man and his suffering were such as no pen could describe. The accident occurred on Monday evening and on Wednesday morning death came to the sufferer’s  relief. He was buried by the Masonic Lodge of Wayne, being an honored member of that noble order. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1906

 

FITZPATRICK, Tom

Tom Fitzpatrick, former Congressman, politician and noted ???? died in Frankfort shortly after midnight Sunday at the home of Capt. Harry South, a relative. He had been ill but a few days, and the death was unexpected. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for several years. Mr. Fitzpatrick was preceded to the grave a few years by his wife, who was a Miss South, and leaves one child, a daughter. The body was interred in the state cemetery at Frankfort Tuesday. The biographical Congressional directory says of him: Thomas Y. Fitzpatrick of Prestonsburg, KY, was born in Floyd County, KY, Sep (?20, 1850?), was educated in the  ???? schools, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1877?, he was elected as County Judge, County Attorney and Representative from the district of Knott, Floyd and Letcher, following which he was elected to the Fifty-fifth Congress in 18??, and was re-elected to the Fifty-fifth Congress, after which time he retired from politics. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1906

 

FITZPATRICK, William

William Fitzpatrick was killed by Andy Coburn, Floyd County, Saturday night. He was a son of Isaac Fitzpatrick. Coburn was arrested and taken to Prestonsburg, waived examination, and is now in the Catlettsburg jail for safe keeping. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1906

 

HELTON, Lila

A distressing accident occurred at Summit Station last Thursday morning which may result in the death of Miss Lila Helton, of Greenup County, who had been visiting her sister, Mrs. Kate Hackworth at that place. She had crossed the railroad to get a bucket of water, from a spring, and upon her return was struck by C & O train No. 73, her left leg begin crushed above the knee. She was taken to Ashland, where she died the same night. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1906

 

JENKINS

Charles Harris, who shot and killed a man named Jenkins in a saloon in Ashland last fall, was sentenced to the pen for 21 years. Both are negroes. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1906

 

PRESSLEY

Overda—The death angel again visited the home of Jackson Pressley and took from them a loving little babe. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1906

 

STEWART, Joseph

We are sorry to hear of the death of Oliver Bryan and Joseph Stewart, formerly of this place while working in the New River coal mines. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1906

 

TABOR

The little daughter of Squire C. W. Tabor, about 4 or 5 years old was burned to death at her home at East Lynn, last Friday. The clothing of the little one caught from an open grate. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1906

 

WELLMAN

Overda—The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. George Wellman was brought back here this week from ??? County four burial. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1906

 

WILLIAMS, Ella

Miss Ella Williams died at the home of her mother on West Perry Street last Wednesday, after a long illness of tubercular meningitis. Her remains were taken to Paintsville for interment Friday. Greenup Dem. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1906


 

FEBRUARY 1906

 


CAMPBELL, J. ???

J??? Campbell, father in law of A. Collinsworth, of Fallsburg, died suddenly at the latter’s house Wednesday. The body was taken to the home of the deceased for burial. He lived 6 miles back of Huntington, WV and had been visiting the family of Mr. Collinsworth for about a week. He was a sufferer from kidney disease and his death is supposed to have been the result of that disease. The Snyder Hardware Company delivered a casket to Fallsburg Wednesday night. Big Sandy News, Feb 9, 1906

 

COLLINSWORTH, Thomas

Last Friday, Thomas Collinsworth, an old and respected citizen of this county, died at his home in Fallsburg after a painful illness caused by kidney trouble. The burial took place Saturday. Interment being in the family burial ground. Rev. H. B. Hulett conducted the services, the Masonic fraternity participating . Several members of Apperson Lodge of this place attended. Mr. Collinsworth left a wife and 9 children and excepting the deaths of one or 2 children during infancy there had been no other in the large family. He was 78 years of age. (Note: could also be 73 instead of 78) Big Sandy News, Feb 23, 1906

 

CLAY, Rev. Peter

Rev. Peter Clay died at his home in Parkersburg, WV. He was formerly of this town and his many friends made sad to hear of his death. His remains will be brought here Saturday for interment. Martin County News. Big Sandy News, Feb 23, 1906

 

DAVIS

Ulysses—On last Friday morning a 15 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Davis was burned to death. Its mother went a short distance to a neighbor’s well to get a bucket of water, and on her return was horrified to find the clothing all burned from its body. It lived but a short time. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1906

 

DAVIS, Roy

Roy, son of Dan Davis, of Paintsville, died at that place Sunday after lingering illness. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1906

 

DYER. James

Fallsburg—Uncle James Dyer, who has been sick for quite a while, died  yesterday. He was quite an old man and was liked by all who knew him. He leaves 4 girls and 2 boys to mourn the loss. Big Sandy News, Feb 9, 1906

 

FISCHER, Charles

A telegram from Paintsville says that Charles Fischer died at 9 o’clock Thursday morning. His dangerous illness was noted in our columns last week. He was a native of Webbville, this county and was a splendid young man. The telegram says the burial will take place at Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1906

 

GRUBB, W. G.

Twin Branch—We are sorry to hear of the death of W. G. Grubb. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1906

 

HATTON, Mrs. John

Last Monday the 7 year old boy of John Hatton, near Campton, Wolfe County, shot and instantly killed his mother. She had corrected him for something he had done and the child said, “I’ll kill you for this.” He went into another room and got his father’s pistol and shot her. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1906

 

JOHNSON, Mrs. Theodore

The wife of Theodore Johnson, of Fullers Station, died Wednesday night after a lingering illness caused by consumption. She was buried yesterday. Rev. H. R. Hulette and undertaker John Waldeck went down on the morning train and attended the burial. Deceased was a daughter of Reuben Curnutte. Big Sandy News, Feb 16, 1906

 

KITCHEN

Webbville—A child of M. D. Kitchen’s died yesterday. Big Sandy News, Feb 9, 1906

 

MARTIN, Ben

Ben Martin, formerly of this place died at Williamson last Saturday, from an overdose of morphine, whether from accident or design it is not known. The body was brought to this place for interment, his wife died here last summer from the same disease. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1906

 

MURRAY

Henrietta—One of Ed Murray’s children was buried this week at Whitehouse. Big Sandy News, Feb 16, 1906

 

NEWBERRY, Mrs. Jeff C.

Mrs. Jeff C. Newberry, of Huntington, died in that city last Tuesday, after a painful and protracted illness. Mrs. Newberry was a daughter of K. F. Price, of Inez, Martin County and a most estimable woman. She leaves a husband and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1906

 

PRICHARD, William

William Prichard, an old citizen of Boyd County died at his home near Kavanaugh last Monday. He was nearly 82 years of age. Big Sandy News, Feb 16, 1906

 

William Prichard an aged and highly respected citizen of Kavanaugh, near here, died Monday after a short illness. The remains were interred in the family cemetery near the home Wednesday. The funeral services held at the residence were conducted by the venerable John T. Johnson. Big Sandy News, Feb 16, 1906

 

RICE

Webbville—Curt Thompson and F. R. Moore went to Reedsville to assist in the burial of Mr. Rice, an Odd Fellow who was killed at Thacker, recently. About 60 Odd Fellows and at least 600 hundred people attended the burial. The Noble Grand from Thacker, brought the body here and remained until after the funeral. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1906

 

WALTERS, Julia A. (Davis)

Paintsville, KY, Feb 2, 1906—Julia A. Walters was born the 12 day of March, 1869, and died the 11 day of January, 1906, at my home where she had been through her last illness. She was 27 years old at her death. She leaves 3 sons, and husband, father and mother and 5 brothers and 4 sisters, to mourn their loss. She had been sick for over 2 years with la grippe. She was converted and joined the Baptist Church at the age of 18 years and remained a faithful member to her death and died praising God. She begged her father and mother and brothers and sisters not to grieve after her, that she was a soldier for Jesus. She called her 3 boys to her side and told them she had to leave them and ask them to be good boys and to meet her in heaven. Her funeral was preached by her father’s ???? by William Honeycutt and in the Wheeler graveyard. And will say to my friends and neighbors who was so good and kind to assist us and to Dr. Williams and Holbrook let me thank you all and I am sure I will not forget you. B. L. Davis, father. Big Sandy News, Feb 9, 1906

 

WILSON

Buchanan—an infant child of Rev. Fred Wilson Tyree appointment, died at Ashland Sunday. The remains were brought here on the morning train Monday and taken to their home for interment. Big Sandy News, Feb 16, 1906

Died on the 11th in Ashland, the infant child of Rev. Wilson. It was 11 months old. It was brought home and buried in the Ogle graveyard. Big Sandy News, Feb 23, 1906

 


MARCH 1906

 


BAILEY, John B.

John B. Bailey of Long Branch, Martin County was killed by a freight train in tunnel No 1 of the N & W ?? on Tug River, last Tuesday. He was about 45 years of age and leaves a large family. Big Sandy News, Mar 2, 1906

 

BIGGS, Mrs. Mary D.

Mrs. Mary D. Biggs, oldest daughter of Dr. A. D. DeBord, died here yesterday evening. She leaves 3 young sons. Big Sandy News, Mar 2, 1906

 

BOOTH, Anthony

Anthony Booth, a young man about 21 years of age, committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart on last Sunday night at the home of the widow Viers, in the head of Gragston creek, Wayne County. The young man had been drinking freely and was not accountable for his actions. No other reason can be assigned for this rash act. He was unmarried. Big Sandy News, Mar 16, 1906

 

BROOKS, Anna

Mrs. Anna Brooks, widow fo the late Alfred Brooks, was born in Grayson County, VA, Nov (?14, 1833?) and departed this life Mar 7, 1906, age (?73?) years. Her maiden name was Anna Hensley. With husband and ? children she moved to Kentucky in 1853 and to that union were born 14 children, 6 boys and 8 girls, ??? are still living. She was converted at the age of ?? and lived a consistent Christian till her death. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Albert Miller and she was laid to rest in the little graveyard near her old home. Big Sandy News, Mar 23, 1906

 

CHAFFIN, John

Polly’s Chapel—Died Mar 2nd, John Chaffin. He leaves a wife, mother and 8 children to mourn their loss. He had been a true member of the Baptist Church for many years and was always a straight honest man, and had a large circle of friends. He was laid to rest in the S??? Branch cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Berry and Hicks. Big Sandy News, Mar 23, 1906

 

CLAY, Mrs. Eliza

Pikeville, Feb 22—At ?? o’clock yesterday morning the soul of Mrs. Eliza Clay winged its flight to the eternal  land of the blest. She had been ill for some time, her illness ??? apparently resulting from a general breakdown in health. Big Sandy News, Mar 2, 1906

 

COLLINSWORTH, Thomas

Thomas Collinsworth was born in Pike County, KY, Dec 19,, 1833 and departed this life Feb 15, 1906, aged 72 years. He moved to Boyd County when very small. Was married to Elizabeth Lovejoy and to that union were born 9 children of whom 8 are living—5 girls and 3 boys. Uncle Tom, as we all called him was note for his kindness to his family and his socialbility to his many neighbors. He had no enemies and was always ready to speak a word of good advice to his family and neighbors. The old family Bible of his home bears the marks of his having searched the word of God and at some time unknown to all except him and his God he was converted. When his friends and loved ones began to lose hope of his recovery they were anxious to know his spiritual condition and when consulted by Bro. Cassady and others his reply was, “Yes, when life goes out of this old body my soul will be safely housed in heaven.”

 

As he grew weaker physically he grew stronger spiritually, and a few moment before the breth left him he was heard to utter, “Heaven, O, Heaven>” His funeral was preached by Rev. H. B. Hewlett, and he was laid to rest on a high point on his old home farm. The burial rites were conducted by the Masonic order, of which he was a member. God Bless Aunt Lizzie and her children, and the many friends and neighbors who were so kind to him during his illness. Big Sandy News, Mar 16, 1906

 

DALTON, John

Mr. John Dalton, who lived on Lick Branch, was instantly killed Friday by a coal bank falling in. He was the son in law of Mr. Jack Copley. He leaves a wife and 2 children. Martin Co. News. Big Sandy News, Mar 30, 1906

 

DEBORD, Stephen

Stephen Debord born Sep ?30th?, 1853, died at Ashland, KY, Feb 19th, 1906, from heart trouble and other complications. “Uncle Steve” is survived by his wife, 4 sons and 2 daughters. He carefully reared his children and they are industrious and honorable citizens. One of his sons, Will, is attending medical college at Louisville. He was indeed a kind husband and father, teaching his children to lead upright and honorable lives. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 24 years. Uncle Steve was born and reared on Georges Creek in Lawrence County, KY, where he resided up to a few years ago, when he and his sons moved to Ashland. The funeral services were conducted by Revs. Will Walker of the M. E. Church, Norman Borders of the Freewill Baptist Church and S. ? Debord , of the Regular Baptist Church. The remains were laid to rest in the Dixon Cemetery, 2 miles west of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Mar 23, 1906

 

DEMPSEY, Mrs. Martin

Mrs. Dempsey, widow of Martin Dempsey, and mother of Lewis and John Dempsey, died Tuesday and was buried yesterday. Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa, preached the funeral. Mrs. Dempsey was about 85 years of age. She was one of the most highly respected women in Martin County. Her sons are leading business men of Martin County. Big Sandy News, Mar 23,1906

 

ELKINS, Martha

Martha Elkins, wife of Ira Elkins was born Aug 7, 18??. They were united in matrimony Feb 14, 18??. She died at her home on Cat Mar 9, 1906 in full realization of a better home in that place—a country far from mortal sight. She joined the United Baptist Church and was baptized under the pastorate of Rev. C. L. Diamond. She was laid to rest in the Burnett Cemetery. She left 3 bright little girls, from ? to 14 years of age. Funeral services delivered by C. L. Diamond. Big Sandy News, Mar 23, 1906

 

FULLER, Ruth

Miss Ruth Fuller died at Round Bottom last week. The decedent was the last surviving daughter of Rev. Jeff Fuller, a well-known minister who lived on the Ceredo Pike, a few miles south of that town. Two weeks ago she went to Round Bottom to visit relatives and while there was stricken with an illness which resulted in her death, as above mentioned. Three weeks ago a sister of the young lady, Mrs. Cora L???, died. A year ago another daughter of Mr. Fuller died. Monday’s death fulfilling the san office of removing from earth the last living child of this well beloved minister. The funeral service occurred at Round Bottom church Wednesday and was conducted by Rev. John T. Johnson, of Round Bottom and other local ministers. Big Sandy News, Mar 16, 1906

 

HARMON, Clara

Departed this life, Clara Harmon, wife of Adam Harmon, born Jul 8th, 1869 in Boyd County, and moved with her parents, Rev. D. K. Leslie and wife to Lawrence County in 1882, was married to Adam Harmon on the 17th day of January 1884. She joined the M. E. Church South in 1885, and was converted at the same time. She lived a consistent Christian until her death. She departed this life Jan 21, 1906, aged 36 years. She died of that dreaded disease consumption. Everything was done that loving hands could do to prolong her life, but at the time stated above, death claimed her as his victim. Her funeral was preached by Rev. R. H. Cassady.  Big Sandy News, Mar 2, 1906

 

HOLROOK, James L.

Martha—The death angel has again visited our neighborhood and taken away one of our oldest and best beloved citizens, James L. Holbrook. He died March 1st and was laid away March 2nd. Big Sandy News, Mar 16, 1906

 

JOHNSON, Norma

Norma Johnson was born Feb 8th, 1878 and departed this  life Feb 14th, 1906, aged 27 years and 6 days. She was the wife of Theodore Johnson and daughter of Rev. R. M. Curnutte and wife. Her sickness was of very short duration. She died of consumption. She left 2 small children, with a request that her mother raise  them. She was a good wife and a darling child. A short time before she died she called her father and mother to her bed and said to them, “Do not weep, I am going home.” Her funeral was preached by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and her body was interred on her father’s farm on F??? Branch. Big Sandy News, Mar 16, 1906

 

KAZEE, Elizabeth

Lowmansville--Mrs. Elizabeth Kazee died last Saturday of the infirmities attending old age. She was a highly respected lady, and widow of the late John Kazee, who died about 15 years ago. The funeral will take place today (the12th) at the family graveyard. Rev. Art Preston conducting the service. Big Sandy News, Mar 16, 1906

 

KEN???? Clara

Miss Clara Ken????, who departed this life Mar 6, 1906, leaves a father and mother, 5 sisters, 4 brothers and a host of friends to mourn the loss. She had been ???? for some time with consumption. No one knew but to love her. She was a kind an gentle person and wore a smile for everyone. She was 24(or could be 14) years old and was ready for the Lord to take her home, where there will be no more goodbyes. She bid farewell to all and is now beckoning for ??? ????. Her body was laid to rest in the McClure graveyard. Big Sandy News, Mar 23, 1906

 

MAYNARD, Amy

MAYNARD, Leonard

Moses Maynard of Coon Creek, whose critical illness was reported in our last issue, and whose family is also ill, met with a sad loss yesterday by the death of his 14 year old son, Leonard, and 15 year old daughter, Amy, who died of measles. Their deaths, occurring only one minute apart. Pikeville ??? Big Sandy News, Mar 23, 1906

 

NAPIER, Mary

Mrs. Mary Napier, wife of James Napier, proprietor of the Osborn House, died at her home here on last Thursday of pneumonia after a short illness. Mrs. Napier had been sick only a short time and her death on last Thursday was unexpected. She was buried Friday in the Porter graveyard at Radnor, the burial place of her relatives. A number of people from here friends and relatives of the deceased attended the funeral service at the place of interment. Mrs. Napier was a devout Christian woman and a he??? In every sense of the word. She had no children and is survived only her by husband of her immediate family. Wayne News. Big Sandy News, Mar 30, 1906

 

SKAGGS, Big Boss

Big “Boss”  Skaggs, who died at his home on upper Blaine recently had quite a local reputation as a giant. He lacked only a little of being 7 feet high and in ???? weighted about ?550? pounds. He tired the tented life of a freak for awhile, but it didn’t agree with him. He ??? about ??? acres of hillside ????, gully washed land and seemed content to live on it, in a log house, and ??? his ??? by the ??? of his face. He was a ???, ???? man. Big Sandy News, Mar 16, 1906

Martha—Also, on the 6th of March, death visited the home of Boss Skaggs and relieved him from his long suffering. He was a kind and good man and we shall miss him sadly. Big Sandy News, Mar 16, 1906

 

SLOAN, Pharoah

SLOAN, Perry

Pharoah and Perry Sloan were killed and Henry Short was badly wounded Sunday in a moonshine raid in Knott County. The Sloans and Short were from Floyd County. Big Sandy News, Mar 2, 1906

 

STEWART, Mrs. Amos

Greenup, KY, Feb 28—Mrs. Amos Stewart, mother in law of T. J. Shepherd, mail agent on the ???? Kentucky railway, died yesterday evening. She was about 75 years of age, and had been helpless from paralysis for the past few years. Big Sandy News, Mar 2, 1906

 

STEWART, David

Buchanan—David Stewart, an old citizen of this neighborhood died Sunday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Sam Turman. The remains were interred at Buchanan Chapel Sunday afternoon, funeral by Rev. C. Dean. Big Sandy News, Mar 2, 1906

 

WOOTEN, Martha

Departed this life Mar 19, 1906, Martha Wooten, wife of William Wooten, and daughter of Uncle Thomas Collinsworth, who preceded her to the good world just 23 days. She was  born in Boyd County, KY, Jul 22nd, 1865, being 40 years 7 months and 16 days old when she died. Her sickness was of very short duration, being sick only one week. Her death was a shock to her many friends and neighbors, as she bid fair for a long life. Sister Wooten was a member of the M. P. Church and was a true Christian woman. Big Sandy News, Mar 30, 1906

 


APRIL 1906

 


 

Many of the April issues were too blurry and torn to read. The week of Apr 20 is missing.

 

 

ARNETT, Cleveland

Paintsville, Apr 11—Word has just reached here of the instant killing of Cleveland Arnett, who was shot by Press Dyer late last night in Salyersville. Arnett, who was a deserter from the United States Army, and who is a son of H. G. Arnett, has always ???? a good reputation and objected to being arrested by Dyer, who is a fugitive from justice. Intense feeling has been aroused by the shooting and more trouble is feared. Big Sandy News, Apr 13, 1906

 

BELCHER, Mrs. Minnie

The death angel has again made its appearance in our community and took from this earth to heaven Mrs. Minnie Belcher, departed this life, Sunday, Arp 22, 1906. She leaves a father and mother, brother and sisters, husband and 3 children, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn the loss. She was a member of the Baptist church and was reach for the Lord to take her home, where there will be no more sickness. Her disease was heart trouble. Just before she died she told her husband and her friends that had gathered around her bed with tearful eyes not to worry over her, that she was going home. Her way was bright, and the Lord was with her. She was laid to rest in the McClure graveyard. The funeral was conducted by Rev. N. G. Grizzle. Big Sandy News, Apr 27, 1906

 

CURNUTTE, Mrs. John

Last Wednesday Mrs. John Curnutte, formerly of this place, died of puerperal fever in London, OH, where she and her husband had lived for some time. The body was brought to her hold home on Brushy and buried Friday. She leaves one child, a boy about 12 years old. Mrs. Curnutte was a sister of former Sheriff Jesse Caudill. Big Sandy News, Apr 13, 1906

 

DIAMOND, Francis Marion

In the death of F. M. Diamond which occurred last Friday morning on Deephole Branch, this county and its people have suffered a distinct loss. He was in all respects a good man in all the relations of life. He was a model husband and father, an ideal Christian, a man whose character was stainless and a citizen whose reputation had no flaw. For years Marion Diamond had walked among his friends and neighbors, loved and respected and now that he is gone from their sorrow and regret are felt and expressed by all. His disease was measles and he was sick only a short time. The funeral occurred Saturday at the old Diamond place, Rev. O. F. Williams conducting the services. Mr. Diamond left a wife and 6 children. Mrs. J. A. Abbott, of this place, is a sister. He was 62 years of age. Big Sandy News, Apr 6, 1906

 

Born May 10, 1848, married to Miss Minerva Muncy, Mar 7, 1979, to them were born 7 children, one of whom passed into the great beyond early in its childhood, the remaining 6 survive. Marion, as he was commonly known, was one of the very best citizens of this entire county, honest, sober, industrious, an affectionate father, and a loving husband, was an active member of the Methodist Church, having joined when about 18 years old. Was converted soundly at that age, and until the very last moments of his good life, he kept the faith “that would not shrink.” He was always ready to uphold the cause of Christianity, and when the test came all through life he stood firm and was never found wanting.

 

In his early manhood he was one of the leading teachers in the public schools of this county and to him we point with pride as the one who gave us the first lessons of instruction in the alphabet. It was he who formed the first impressions of learning upon our mind, having taught us our letters, then to arrange them in words, and then to sentences. He was one of the most kind and patient teachers we ever knew, always at his post and ready for the duty of the task.  After his marriage he took up his abode on Deephole and became a farmer, serving in that capacity during his life. He served his community in the capacity of Sunday School Superintendent almost the whole of his life, was looked upon as the spirited leader in that neighborhood all the years he lived there, and all who knew him loved him. He leaves a wife, 6 children and scores and scores of friends to grieve over his absence. G. B. Carter. Big Sandy News, Apr 27, 1906

 

FANNIN, Joseph

Joseph, son of Phil S. Fannin, of Boyd County, died recently of typhoid pneumonia at the residence of his brother Charles. He was a most excellent man, about 21 years of age. Big Sandy News, Apr 6, 1906

 

HEWLETT

The infant daughter, the remaining twin of Rev. and Mrs. H.B. Hewlett, died of complicated whooping cough last Sunday, aged 6 months. Funeral services were held at the home. Rev. O. F. Williams officiating with interment in Pine Hill.?? ???? of the serious illness of her other children, Mrs. Hewlett was unable to attend the burial of her child. Big Sandy News, Apr 13, 1906

 

JOHNS, Mrs. James C.

Mrs. James C. Johns died at her home near Louisa last Saturday and was buried the following day in the Johns burying ground. Her dieease was consumption. She was ?36? years of age and leaves a child of 5 years. Mrs. Johns wa the adopted daughter of Mrs. L. M. Atkins and was a good woman. The funeral was conducted by Rev. N. G. G??? of the M. E. church. Big Sandy News, Apr 13, 1906

 

MILLER, Emily Frances

In Sunday School, April ???—The death angel has again visited our school and taken from its baby roll sweet little Emily Frances Miller. Her bright eyes and lively face that so often gladdened our hearts will be seen no more in our school The bereaved father and mother, grandfather and grandmother, and the other relatives have our heartfelt sympathy. Big Sandy News, Apr 27, 1906

 

PRESTON, Monterville

Monterville Preston, of Paintsville, KY, died at his home Friday, Apr 20th, 1906, after an illness of several months, patiently borne. He was born May 2, 1835, married to Lorenda Price, Feb 6, 1856. To this union there were born 5 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom survive him, excepting the oldest daughter. His wife’s death occurred only 18 months prior to his. From the unquestionable record of their lives as Christians they have joined hands in the Heavenly Kingdom. Father Preston joined the ‘Concord Church of United Baptist in August 1861. Since that time he has ever been found at his post of duty, living a consistent Christian. He has only ended his life’s work here and gone to the mansion of rest. During his Christian career he had always been found working for the advancement of the cause of Christianity, and the up-building of his children, In reply to the question of his children “Have you left anything undone you want arranged?” “Nothing” said he, “Meet me in Heaven.”

 

In his business live he was a man to be admired and worthy to be imitated. He measured business with the Golden Rule—Do unto all men all he would have them do unto him. So we conclude our loss is Heaven’s gain. The funeral services were conducted by Elders E. J. Harris and Roscoe Murray at the home of Father Preston, Sunday at 10 o’clock, after which the interment occurred in the family burying ground. Big Sandy News, Apr 27, 1906

 

QUEEN, Asbury

Estep—We are sorry to hear of the death of Asbury Queen. Big Sandy News, Apr 27,1906

 

WEDDINGTON, Emily

News reached here today of the death of Mrs. Emily Weddington, at her home at Golden?. Mrs. Weddington had been in poor health and her death was not unexpected to her family and friends. She was the mother of ?? businessman, J. M. Weddington, cashier of the First National Bank, and of Mrs. Harmon Marrs and Mrs. Joe N. Harris. Big Sandy News, Apr 6, 1906

 

MAY 1906

 

CARTER, Maud

Deephole Branch—Death has again visited our community and taken one of our beautiful ladies, Miss Maud Carter. She was the daughter of George and Jennie Carter, granddaughter of the widow David Diamond. She was born Aug 23, 1888 and departed this life Apr 26, 1906. She died of consumption. She was a kind, loving girl, always ready to give a satisfactory answer to any question that might be asked. She was converted a short time before she died. Her body rests in the Diamond graveyard. Her funeral was preached by the writer to many of her friends who were there to take the last look. B. F. Rice. Big Sandy News, May 4, 1906

 

COCHRAN, Will

Pikeville, May 14—Will Cochran was found dead on a mountain between Elkhorn and Grapevine, last Friday. These streams are both tributaries of the Levisa Fork. The supposition is that he was murdered and robbed, as it is positively known that he carried  a considerable sum of money. Big Sandy News, May 18, 1906

 

DAVIS, Ed

John Kazee, of Buck Creek, shot and killed Ed Davis, his brother in law, Wednesday morning. Kazee had had a case of fever which rendered him insane. As far as we can learn they had been good friends. The shooting was done with a 16 gauge gun. Martin County News. Big Sandy News, May 11, 1906

It was reported last Wednesday that John Kazee had shot and killed his brother in law, Ed Davis, but he did not kill him. Davis will get well. Mr. Kazee was brought here Thursday and tried and convicted of lunacy, and taken to Lexington Tuesday—Martin County News. Big Sandy News, May 18, 1906

 

HELLIER, Ralph A.

The death of R. A. Hellier, which occurred at his home in Pikeville last Sunday, was a distinct loss to the Sandy Valley. Coming to Kentucky and to Pike County about 12 years ago an entire stranger and a poor man, he had grown to be one of the foremost men in Eastern Kentucky and was possessed of a handsome fortune. This prominence was attained by remarkable business sagacity, by indomitable industry and strict personal integrity. Mr. Hellier’s foresight, enabled him to realize what almost boundless wealth lay locked in the mountains of his adopted home and he was not slow to put on its feet a company now known almost everywhere American capital may be found; a company owning indisputably one of the largest tracts of coal in a single body in the world. Of this corporation he was the general manager, and to his prudence, sense and business skill was largely due its strength and possibilities. Mr. Hellier married a daughter of John H. Hatcher, of Pikeville becoming by this marriage allied to one of the best families in this part of the State, and by this union was the father of two bright boys. He was proud of his birthplace of his wife and children and did much to improve it in every way. The disease which ended the life of this useful man was typhoid-pneumonia probably some complications. It was intended that Mr. Hellier should be buried in Pikeville, and preparations were made accordingly, but a telegram was received from his mother in Bangor, Maine, requesting that the body be sent there for interment. A special train was sent from Ashland Wednesday morning and in the afternoon the remains, accompanied by the widow and some others, were carried to Ashland and sent east over the C & O. Mr. Hellier was born in Bangor, and was about 40 years of age. Big Sandy News, May 25, 1906

 

HOLLY

A very sad accident occurred near Fallsburg Tuesday, whereby a bright little boy met his death. He was the son of Mat Holly, who at one time lived near Louisa, but who now lives on Cat, near its mouth. It was shortly after dinner that the child was missed and search being made he was found in the creek where the water was not more than a foot deep. He had evidently followed a path made by the horses as they went to water and in trying to wade had fallen upon his face and had been unable to get up. He was about 3 years old. Big Sandy News, May 18, 1906

 

LARGE, George

Polly’s Chapel—We are sorry to hear of the death of George  Large, who left this place some 5 weeks ago and died in West Virginia of brain fever. Big Sandy News, May 11, 1906

 

NUNLEY, William

This morning, while at work, William Nunley dropped dead, the cause being heart failure. Mr. Nunley had complained several days of a pain around his heart, but it was not thought serious. This morning he was busy helping move his household furnishing from a rented residence in Hampton city to the property in Morse Hollow, which he recently purchased. Together with 3 more men, Mr. Nunley was carrying an organ from the house to the gate, when he suddenly turned pale, and before the men could exclaim or assist him in any way, dropped dead. He was at one time one of the most prominent teachers in Boyd County. Daily Independent. Big  Sandy News, May 11, 1906

 

PORTER, James

West Liberty, KY, May 9—Henry Kelley stabbed to death James Porter in the County Superintendent’s office at Sandy Hook. They had a disagreement over a school Both were natives of Elliott County and both belonged to large and influential families.—Times—Big Sandy News, May 11, 1906

 

PRESTON, Myrtle

Miss Myrtle Preston, daughter of John W. Preston, and granddaughter of Judge and Mrs. J. W. Walker, of that city, died at her home at Inez, Saturday and was buried at the Preston family cemetery, Richardson, Monday.—Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, May 25, 1906

 

PRICE, James M.

Paintsville, KY, Apr 28—James M. Price, ex-county clerk, of this county, who was the only Democrat ever elected to office in this county for the past 20 years, died at his home on Jennie’s Creek this morning. The funeral will take place Sunday morning with Masonic honors. Big Sandy News, May 4, 1906

 

QUEEN, Asberry

Lizzie—Mr. Asberry Queen, a good citizen of this place, died recently and was laid in the Taylor graveyard. Big Sandy News, May 11, 1906

 

Tuscola—After a lingering illness of pulmonary trouble Asberry Queen died, and was laid to rest in the Taylor graveyard. He leaves a loving wife and 2 children and a host of friends to mourn the loss. Big Sandy News, May 11, 1906

 

SCOTT, Walter

Farmer, KY, May 3—The boiler in the sawmill of Thomas Razor, 3 miles east of this city, blew up today. Walter Scott, married, an employee, was instantly killed, his head being completely blown from his body. Robert Jones was also seriously injured. Low water in the boiler is supposed to have been the cause. The mill is a total wreck. Big Sandy News, May 11, 1906

 

SCOTT, Wayne

Nolan, WV—Wayne Scott died May 9th of liver trouble. He was a church member and was well liked by everybody. Big Sandy News, May 18, 1906

 

STURGILL, Mrs. Francis

Mrs. Francis Sturgill, a good old lady, the mother of Mrs. Will Cravens, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cavens, new town Friday morning. The remains were buried Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Sturgill was from 65 to 70 years old. Her exact age was not known. Her funeral was preached by Rev. M. C. Reynolds of the M. E. Church. Big Sandy News, May 25, 1906

 

WELLMAN, Mrs. James (Flora See)

Mrs. James Wellman died Friday afternoon at her home on the hillside. Mrs. Wellman had only a few days before returned from a week’s visit with her daughter, Mrs. John P. Creighton, but on Wednesday seemed to have taken ill again, the end soon coming. She had been sick for some time past, but improved vastly in the last month, and had been down town and out visiting. Her had was 73 years and she lived a good life as well as a long  one, even though Death is now a sorrow. Mrs. Wellman was a faithful member of the M. E. Church and a beloved family favorite. A husband and four children, namely, Mrs. Silas Patton, Mrs. John P. Creighton, Mis Rebecca Wellman and Fred Wellman survive her, and mourn the great loss. Mrs. Wellman was the last of her own family to die, as she leaves no sisters or brothers, yet, with faith in the Master, it often advances more contentment to journey to the wonderful Beyond. The funeral will be conducted from the residence Sunday afternoon. Ashland Independent.

 

The estimable woman of whom the above was written was Mrs. Flora See Wellman. She was a native of this section and for many years was a resident of Louisa. She was a good woman, loved and respected by her numerous relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. At Wellman, Mrs. R. E. Lee, Mrs. L. M. Cooper and Jeff Wilson, of this place, attended the funeral Sunday. Big Sandy News, May 4, 1906


JUNE 1906

 


  

BATES, Allan

Several boys and young men who lived in the neighborhood of the Three Mile bridge went into the river to bathe Sunday and one of them, Allan, the 17 year old son of Lot Bates, was drowned. It is said he was subject to epilepsy or something of that sort, and that when he had gone into the deep water where his body was found after along search, he was probably seized with one of these attacks. The body was interred in the See burial ground Monday. Big Sandy News, Jun 1, 1906

 

BAYS, Cora

Cliff, Jun 13—Another sad death occurred near here yesterday, that of Miss Cora Bays, who was a sufferer of that dread disease consumption, being only 20 years old, and was much loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Jun 22,1906

 

BEASLEY, Peter

Ulysses—On last Thursday eve the angel of death invaded the home of J. A. Beasley and took Uncle Peter Beasley from the afflictions and sufferings of earth to the home of the blest. He had long been an invalid, due to the infirmities of age. He was an octogenarian, having recently passed his 83rd milestone. His funeral was preached by Rev. J. H. Sturgill. His remains were then conveyed to the Kazee graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 

BEGLEY, Sam

Prestonsburg, KY, Jun 1—News reached here last evening of the death of Sam Begley, at his home on Beaver Creek. Mr. Begley’s death was a great shock to his family and friends, he not having been sick. His death was sudden, suffering only a few hours with a pain in his side. Mr. Begley was well and favorably known in our town, having gone to school here several terms, and was a young man of excellent character, and like by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Jun 8, 1906

 

BRADLEY, William

Adeline--We are sorry to learn of the death of William Bradley, of Zelda, he was a good citizen and will be greatly missed. Big Sandy News, Jun 1, 1906

 

CASTLE, Mrs. Ballard

Georges Creek—We are sorry to say that the death angel visited our vicinity on the 14th night of June, 1906, and took from the home of Ballard Castle his darling wife. She fell a victim to that dreaded disease consumption, and suffered for about 4 months, but alas, her sweet life went out and her soul was wafted home by angels. She was converted before she died, and the writer was there and ??? her claps her hands and heard the sweet hallelujahs ascending to the dazzling throne of God. I wish to say to Bro. Castle, weep not for Francis, for she has gone to that blest land. Big Sandy News, Jun 29, 1906

 

CASTLE, Sherman

Last Monday night Sherman Castle, a coal miner, was murdered on his shanty boat one mile below Paintsville. He was shot through a crack in the boat, and former Town Marshal Price, of Paintsville, has arrested a man name William Welch, charged with the killing. An examining trial of the accused man was held yesterday but its result has not been learned here. Welch claims that he and Castle had been close friends and that he will have no difficulty in proving an alibi. Big Sandy News, Jun 29, 1906

 

CHAPMAN, William

William Chapman, an aged and highly respected citizen of Durbin, died Tuesday, and was buried Wednesday. He had been Supt. Of Durbin Sunday School, a number of years and had a host of friends who were pained to hear of the death of “Uncle Billy” as he was familiarly called. Big Sandy News, Jun 1, 1906

 

COLLINS, Harrison

On Monday George Chapman shot and killed Harrison Collins and seriously wounded Lane Collins, Jr. The shooting occurred at the storehouse of Levi Gibson on the right fork of Ben Creek. The story of the affair as related to a representative of the Republican is that the 2 Collins boys, on Monday, went to the store house of Levi Gibson and started trouble. No fighting was done in the house, but it is reported that when the Collins boys went outside they opened fire on the building. George Chapman who was in the house with Mr. Gibson walked to the door and returned the fire with a revolver. One shot struck Harrison Collins directly over the heart and he was instantly killed. Two shots took effect in Lane Collins, Jr., one in the hip and the other in the leg, inflicting serious wounds. It is said that the trouble was brought about by an old grudge and that the father of the boys, Lane Collins, Sr., and Mr. Gibson, had heretofore had some difficulty over business matters. This is given as the probable cause of the Collins boys action when they entered the store house. George Chapman, who did the shooting is a brother in law of Gibson. He immediately surrendered to the authorities and is now in the county jail. Southwestern Virginia. Big Sandy News, Jun 29, 1906

 

CORBIN

An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Corbin, of this city, died early Wednesday morning. The interment took place in Highland cemetery. Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 

FITZPATRICK, Mollie (Spradlin)

Prestonsburg, Jun 13—Mrs. Mollie Spradlin-Fitzpatrick, wife of Henry D. Fitzpatrick, after a lingering illness of several months, died this morning at her home on College Street. Everything that love could suggest or money to procure was done to restore her to health, and relieve her sufferings, but all was of no avail. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was in her 28th year and was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Spradlin. Her father died 6 years ago and her mother had been dead 2 years. Big Sandy News, Jun 22,1906

 

FRAZIER, William

Last Monday night William Frazier, one of the oldest men in this section, died at his residence across the river in Fort Gay. The burial occurred Wednesday morning at Fairview, according to the rites of Masonry. He left four sons, James Allen, Sam, Lat, of Catlettsburg and William. Mrs. R. L. Vinson, of Louisa, is a granddaughter. Also, Mrs. Della Ferguson. Mr. Frazier’s death was due to the infirmities of his advanced age. This venerable patriarch was, in the language of one who had known him for many years, a grand old man. Of stern integrity and uprightness of life, he was a bright example to his fellowmen. His kindly nature and disposition made him greatly liked by all, and it is safe to say “Uncle Bill” left none but friends. Mr. Frazier was born and lived continuously near the spot where he was born. At his birth that place was in Cabell Co., Va. Thus he had the unique distinction of having lived in 2 states and 2 counties without ever having moved. Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 

Bro. William Frasher was born on Mill Creek, near Cassville, Cabell County, WV (now Wayne County, WV) on the 10th day of Sep 1827 and died at his home in Cassville, WV, Jun 11, 1906, aged 84 years 9 months and 1 day and was buried in Fairview Cemetery by Vinson Lodge, No. 66, assisted by a goodly number from other Lodges.  Big Sandy News, Jun 22, 1906

 

GAMBILL, Mrs. J. J.

Blaine—We are sad to chronicle the death of Mrs. J. J. Gambill, who died at her home on upper Blaine last week. All was done for her that loving hands and faithful friends could do. Medical skill could not relieve her and her spirit passed out into a newer and brighter world. She leaves a husband and 4 children to mourn her loss. Dr. J. J. Gambill is a brother of the late H. H. Gambill, of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Jun 29, 1906

 

GRIMSLEY, Rev. D.

Skaggs—Death came to Rev. D. Grimsley Saturday, May 26, 1906. The funeral services were conducted Sunday by Rev. Powell Ferguson and his son, Thurman. He was buried on a point near C. C. Holbrook’s home. He was born in Ash County, NC, Feb 8, 1839, joined the Baptist Church in the 14th year of his life. Mr. Grimsley was a faithful minister of the Gospel for 33 years. He married Miss Lizzie Wyat in North Carolina Dec 2, 1860, and in the spring following joined the Confederate army and served a faithful soldier for 3 years and 7 months. Then he moved to Missouri and lived there 6 years. The climate was not suited to his wife’s health, so he moved to Kentucky and lived here till his death. He was 67 years 3 months and 18 days old.  Mr. Grimsley was a kind husband, a loving father, a brave soldier and a most excellent man in all respects. He was the father of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, 3 of which stood with beckoning hand to meet father in the Glory Land. A loving wife and 3 children are left to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Jun 29, 1906

 

HALE, Julia

After a long and painful sickness, borne with patience and Christian fortitude, Mrs. Julia Hale, widow of Henderson Hale, died yesterday morning, aged 70 years. She will be buried today with funeral services at the homes and interment in Pine Hill. Mrs. Hale was a most excellent woman, devoted to her children and in all respects worthy of the high esteem in which she was held. The children who mourn the loss of their aged parent are George, James and Bascom of Louisa, Mont of Central City and Mrs. John Bradley, of this county. Big Sandy News, Jun 8, 1906

 

HARLESS, Grandma

Tuscola—After an illness of several months Grandma Harless died and was laid to rest in the Riffe graveyard. She had passed her three score years and ten and was a consistent Christian. She leaves a husband, several children and a large number of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Jun 8, 1906

 

KITCHEN,  Tom

Webbville—Mr. Tom Kitchen died Tuesday and was buried next day in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Jun 22, 1906

 

LAYNE, George

News of a homicide committed in Catlettsburg Wednesday reached this place yesterday, but reports are vague and conflicting. Some months ago Will White, Jr., and a young man named George Layne had a difficulty in which White received some knife wounds, the user being Layne. Bad feelings were engendered between the two, and about noon yesterday a meeting occurred which resulted in the death of Layne by one or more shots fired by White. One version of the killing is that Layne was leaning against a tree or post on Front Street and that White without warning fired 2 bullets into him, both taking effect in his head. Another, and probably the correct story is that at the time mentioned the parties met in Lat Damron’s saloon and the old grudge was renewed. A few words followed, when White drew his pistol and fired, the ball entering Layne’s head and causing death in a short time. White is a son of William White, formerly of Portsmouth, where he was a whiskey drummer for the old firm of Thomas P. Brown. He was well known up this valley 30 years ago. Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 

MARCUM, Frank

Marvin—We are sorry to hear of the death of Frank Marcum. He was a respectable young man and was liked by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 

Frank Marcum, son of Pharoah and Emma Marcum, born Dec 12, 1887, and deceased this life, Jun 4, 1906, aged 19 years 2 months and 23 days. Frank was a good boy, loved, honored and respected by his many friends. He died with typhoid fever and during his suffering he was often praying to the Lord for mercy. A few moments before he died he said I want to kiss by dear mamma and said to his sister, Nora, death will   be sweet to me. Then, dear sisters, it was so hard that summer day to see your brother pass away, the angels hovering around his bed in the morning whispering, “Brother, come home.” Big Sandy News, Jun 22, 1906

 

PRESTON, McDonald

This community was shocked last Friday morning by the news of the sudden death of McDonald Preston, one of the best citizens of the county. He rose at his usual early hour, about 5 o’clock and seemed in perfect health. After breakfast he went out to make some repairs about the well and a few minutes afterwards his wife found him near the well, dead. Interment was made in the yard, not far from the house, which was the house formerly occupied by Millard Garred, not far from Richardson. He left a widow and 3 children, a son and 2 daughters, all married. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral services. McDonald (Dorner) Preston was about 60 years of age and a most excellent man. He was a good husband and father, a first-class citizen, and in all respects worthy of the high esteem in which he was held by his neighbors. He had many relatives in blood and by marriage, among whom was Mrs. P. H. Vaughan of this place, who was a sister. Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 

RAMEY, Harry

Cliff, Jun 13—News has just reached here of the drowning of Dr. Ramey’s son, at East point, yesterday afternoon, while in bathing. We have not learned all the particulars, but it fills our heart with sorrow for the grief-stricken parents. Big Sandy News, Jun 22,1906

 

The community and neighborhood was very painfully shocked on last Tuesday, Jun 12, when the news was borne to this place that Harry Ramey was drowned. He had gone fishing with some boys and then had gone in for a swim. Harry was a son of Dr. and Priscilla Ramey. He was about 14 years old and a good Christian boy. He had always been a model, moral boy, but that alone did not fully satisfy him, son on Oct. 22, 1905, he gave his heart to Jesus and obeyed his divine commands. He was a member of the Christian Church. Big Sandy News, Jun 22, 1906

 

STIDHAM, Mrs.

Webbville—Mrs. Stidham, of Fischertown, died last night. Her sister, Mrs. Mullins, came on the train today to attend the burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 

TURNER, John W.

This morning the soul of John W. Turner, of Johnson County, passed from his tired body. Mr. Turner was one of the best known men in the county, and his loss will be greatly felt. Mr. Turner was sick for a long time and his devoted wife was a constant attendant at his bedside. He left one sister, Mrs. W. J. Vanhoose, of Ft. Gay. Big Sandy News, Jun 22, 1906

 

WELLMAN, Charlie

Lower Twin Branch—Sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Charlie Wellman. Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 

WELLS, Mrs. W. M.

Adeline—The remains of Mrs. W. M. Wells, who died at Gallup, May 20th, were brought to this place the following day and interred in the Pettry graveyard She leaves a husband and 6 children to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Jun 1, 1906

 

WILSON

In Fort Gay last week Fred Wilson’s little boy, age 2 years, was burned so badly that death resulted the following day. The child was alone in a room for a few minutes and its dress caught fire. The flames did their work quickly, and although help arrived promptly the injuries sustained were sufficient to prove fatal. The child was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Harris, of Fort Gay, W. H. Harris, an uncle, came down from Matewan as soon as he heard of the accident. Big Sandy News, Jun 8, 1906

 

YOUNG, Annie

Polly’s Chapel—We were sorry to hear of the death of Annie Young. Big Sandy News, Jun 15, 1906

 


JULY 1906

 


 

ADAMS, Amos

Amos Adams, aged 22 years and 13 days departed this life Jun 5, 1906. He was the victim of that fatal disease consumption. His illness was of short duration. Was taken suddenly with hemorrhage of lungs. Physicians were called and all that medical skill could accomplish was done, but the destroyer had struck a fatal blow and brother Amos being at the time not ready to meet the destroyer, turned his eyes and heart to the Great Physician and was happily converted.  He was laid to rest on a beautiful spot of the old home place of Bro. James Adams. Vess Ball. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

ADKINS, Albert

Albert, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Balton Adkins, of Greenbrier, WV, died Jul 2nd, aged 1 year and 4 days. He was brought here for burial and was laid to rest in the A. J. Webb burial ground to wait the resurrection morn. Due to serious illness of Mrs. Adkins, the parents were unable to attend the burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

ARRINGTON

Wilbur—Died on last Friday the little 5 months old baby of Walt Arrington, of Cordell. Spinal trouble caused the little one’s death. Big Sandy News, Jul 20, 1906

 

BARTRAM,

The infant child of Dr. Jay Bartram, living on Mill Creek, near Fort Gay, died of pneumonia last Tuesday and was buried the following day. Big Sandy News, Jul 6, 1906

 

BLACK, Frank

About 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon a most distressing accident occurred at Chapman, a station on the C & O about 7 miles above Louisa, where by Frank Black, 38, post office Buchanan, this county, was instantly killed. He was employed by the Baker Contract Company, contractors for the building of Lock No. 1, Levisa Fork, and was the valued foreman of the work. For some time the Company had been quarrying stone not far from the lock, and Black had charge of the blasting. The explosive used was dynamite, and the discharge was made by a battery connected with the dynamite by a battery wire at least 400 feet long. A great many blasts had been made without the slightest accident, and it was thought that the one which was fraught with such sad disaster would be sufficient.

 

Owing to the peculiar formation of the rock strata where the blasting was done all the shattered stone was hurled into the river, away from the men engaged in the work. But it seems that the inclination of the stratum where this fatal charge was laid was  the other way, and when the blast was made the great shower of fragments was thrown in exactly the opposite direction and one big piece of stone struck Foreman Black, carrying away the entire upper half of his head, causing instant death. The body was cared for as thoroughly as possible and immediately brought to Louisa in a skiff, accompanied by several of the lock employees, some of whom were neighbors of the unfortunate man. John M. Rice, the Company’s business man, and Mrs. Rice also came down in another boat.

 

Mr. Black’s body was taken to Snyder’s undertaking establishment and was there prepared for burial and placed in a casket. From there it was taken to the depot and placed on No. 37 and carried to Buchanan for interment. Mr. Black was married and leaves a widow and 6 children. His wife was a daughter of Mr. Burris, a former well-known teacher in this county. The Black home is on Rush Creek, and is the house closest in this county to the Boyd County line. Mr. Black was one of the most valued of the Contract Company’s employees, and had the reputation of being a most excellent man. His untimely death is deeply regretted by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Jul 27, 1906

 

BURGESS, Mrs. George

Mrs. Burgess, wife of Dr. George Burgess, died at her home in Wayne, WV, this week. She was a daughter of Charles Ferguson of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Jul 6, 1906

 

CHANDLER, Louverna

Ulysses—Mrs. Louverna Chandler, wife of Thomas Chandler, Jr., died one day last week. She had consumption. She leaves a husband and 2 small children. Big Sandy news, Jul 20, 1906

 

EAVES, Andrew J.

A.J. Eaves, formerly a well-known citizen of Louisa, died suddenly at his home in Ashland last Tuesday. The Ashland Independent speaks of the death as follows: The friends of Andrew J. Eaves were shocked this morning to hear that he had dropped dead at his home on Lexington Avenue. Mr. Eaves arose about 6 o’clock and complained of a difficulty of breathing, but dressed and walked as far as the kitchen, where he staggered and fell, life being extinct when members of his family reached him. Mr. Eaves had been a resident of Ashland for about 10 years, coming here from Louisa. He was a native of Virginia, having been born near Lexington in 1831. He had been an invalid for a number of years, but no one dreamed that death was so near, and the members of his family are prostrated by the shock. Mr. Eaves was a member of the M. E. Church and was a man of sterling Christian character, who was held in the highest esteem by all. He is survived by his wife and 5 children—Mrs. Will Hutchison, Mrs. J. T. Hackworth and Mrs. Grace, all this city, Mrs. Will Ferguson of Catlettsburg and E. K. Eaves, of Indian Territory. Definite arrangements for the funeral are not made, but it will probably be held tomorrow afternoon from the house. Big Sandy News, Jul 27, 1906

 

FRALEY, John

The remains of John Fraley, who was killed by falling slate in a coal mine at Naugatuck, WV were brought to Prestonsburg on trains No. 38 Sunday evening, for burial. He was a hard-working, industrious young man and his death is ??? regretted by everyone. Big Sandy News, Jul 20, 1906

 

HANLEY, N. K.

Rev. N. K. Hanley, of Hubbardstown, WV, died Jul 6th from injuries received about 21 hours previously. Mr. Manley and his son were attempting to roll a log over a bank when he slipped and fell, sustaining fatal injuries. The funeral and burial took place on Sunday. Rev. A. M. Miller, of this county, conducted the services, assisted by Rev.. W. F. Wilson. Rev. Miller is President of the Kentucky Conference of Protestant Methodists, and Rev. Hanley was secretary. The deceased was an excellent Christian gentleman. His age was 75 years, but he was very active up to the time of the accident. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

JOHNS, Harry

Harry Johns, a prominent citizen of Floyd County, died at Harold on Tuesday. (Note: the next line is typed as it appeared but something apparently was left out) Bank as a depositary of public mon- several months. He had a number of relatives in Lawrence County, the nearest of whom as a brother, J. C. Johns, of this lace. He was a native of this place, but went to Floyd County many years ago. A letter received yesterday has the following to say about his last days: “ he leaves for our example some of the sweetest lessons of patience, kindness and Christian fortitude that I have ever been a witness to. He was also ready and more than willing to answer the dear Savior’s call to enter the Heavenly mansion, the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. His sister, Mrs. Nannie Hatcher, watched by his bedside and cared for him with all the devotion a loving sister could bestow. “ Mr. Johns leaves a wife and 5 young children of his first wife. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

KITCHEN, Raymond

Osie—It was a shock to us all when H. C. Kitchen and wife drove up with their darling little Raymond in the casket. Little Raymond was about 2 years old, and was born at Carbondale, WV. Mr. Kitchen and wife were natives of this county, but are now residents of Boomer, WV. His body was laid to rest on Cat at the home place of H. C. Kitchen. Big Sandy News, Jul 6, 1906

 

LESLIE, Amos

Amos Leslie, a young man aged 19 years, died at his home at the Mouth of Cow Monday. Mr. Leslie was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Leslie, and was a most excellent young man, and his untimely death is deeply deplored by his family and friends. He had been down with consumption for over 5 months. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

MARCUM, Frank

The grim monster Death has again visited our community and taken therefrom one of the brightest of jewels, the loving son of Mrs. Pharoah Marcum. Frank was born Mar 12, 1887 and departed from this life Jun 4, 1906, age 18 years 2 months and 23 days. He had been a sufferer 8 weeks of typhoid fever and all through his sickness he never worried, and called on the Lord to have mercy on him. A short time before his death he said to his sister, Nora, “Death will be sweet to me.” Frank was loved by all who knew him and of a most amiable disposition, and was a universal favorite, and his passing away in his early boyhood when all the future seemed bright is greatly deplored.  He was laid to rest in the family graveyard, there, amid Nature’s dust, shell be resolved to dust again. His loving sisters, Nora, Rac??? And Perlinia. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

MARTIN, Mrs. Morgan

Mrs. Morgan Martin was brought to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Ashland from her home at Alphoretta, Floyd County, and was operated upon Monday; but her condition was too weak to withstand the shock, and she died shortly after the operation. She was accompanied to Ashland by her husband and Dr. Stumbo, who took the body home for burial this morning. Big Sandy News, Jul 20, 1906

 

MOORE, Green

Death came very suddenly to Green Moore, this county, Wednesday. He had gone to the home of his nephew, James Moore, to assist in digging a well. When the well was fifteen or sixteen feet deep Mr. Moore, who was at the bottom helping in the work, cried out that he was sick and asked to be hauled out. This was done as speedily as possible. When he got to the top he said he felt very sick, and before aid could be summoned he died. Mr. Moore was about 55 or 60 years of age and leaves a widow and one grown son. For some time he had been living on Rich Creek, at or near the Isaac Berry place. Big Sandy News, Jul 27, 1906

 

MOORE, Trinnie (Hayes)

Died, Jun 16, 1906, at her father’s home on the county farm, Mrs. Trinnie Moore. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Hayes and a kind and loving sister. She was the wife of Johnnie Moore and had been married but a short time. Her age was about 22 years. She leaves a father, mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters, to mourn their loss, but their loss is Heaven’s gain. A loving husband was left to weep for Trinnie was a kind and loving wife. She was a good Christian woman, and before her death she said she was going to take the bright wings. Big Sandy News, Jul 6, 1906

 

MOORE, Sammie

Osie—We are sorry to hear of the death of Uncle Sammie Moore. Big Sandy News, Jul 20, 1906

 

PACK, Martha (Dixon)

Death has again visited our community and taken one of our best and noblest women, Martha Pack, “respected in life and honored in death.” She was the wife of Rosco Pack and the daughter of M. V. Dixon. She was a true and devoted wife and to her parents a kind and dutiful daughter and will be greatly missed by her many friends. She was a member of the Methodist Church and lived a faithful until death.  She was brought from Johnson County and buried in the Dixon graveyard last Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

ROSS, Sophia

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A shocking tragedy, deplorable and heart-rending in its character, occurred in this county last Friday afternoon. Accounts are meager and somewhat conflicting, but the NEWS has taken much pains to gather the facts of the case from some who were present and is able to give its readers a reliable, unvarnished statement ?? the lamentable affair.

 

??? was the occasion of the District Sunday School Convention, held in ??? Zion Church on Bear Creek, not ??? from Buchanan. A very large crowd was in attendance, and the ??? program had been given ???? any marked disorder from ??? outside. Three was quite a cro2wd ??? a lemonade stand not far ??? the church, and around this ??? was some loud talk, and occasionally someone would discharge a pistol At the conclusion of the ??? exercise an adjournment ??? was made, and about half-????the convention re-assembled ???ecceded with its work. Judge ??? Burns of this place, had de???? an interesting address, and ????followed by Miss Bird Finney. ??? was speaking the disorder ?? increased and the lady asked ???? making the noise would ???. It increased, however, and ??? was trying to make her??? Several pistol shots rang out and the battle was on.

 

??? excitement and wildest ???? . Women and children were screaming, scores trying to ??? the church and as many ??? get in. Those inside the ???? a man running through ???? and occasionally failing. This was Tucker Vanhorn and he had been shot through the chest. Before he was shot and before the shooting near the church door, Mr. William Caldwell, who had made the welcoming address and whose sons had the lemonade stand referred to, was told in the church that some drunken men had taken possession of the boys’ stand and were going to do him injury. Mr. Caldwell immediately went to their aid, borrowing a pistol as he went along. It is said that 2 young Vanhorns, Tucker and another, were the leaders in the foray on the refreshment stand, and that when Caldwell appeared one of them fired at him. Then Caldwell fired and his bullet struck Tucker Vanhorn.

 

The firing was kept up for some time, Caldwell going back into the church with his pistol in his hand and taking a seat in the pulpit. Very soon one of the Vanhorns and some others appeared at the door, trying to effect an entrance. This they were kept from doing. W. J. Vaughan and others succeeding in keeping them out. People were rapidly leaving the place, among them being Miss Sophia Ross, a young lady about 14 years of age, daughter of John D. Ross, one of the best citizens in the county. She complained of a pain in her side, saying she thought she had been struck with a stone. She rode in a buggy to her home, gut up and walked up a short hill to the house. Here is was discovered that a bullet had penetrated her abdomen and physicians were hastily sent for. Dr. Allen Prichard, of East Fork, and Dr. Manley Warren of Buchanan, were in attendance as soon as possible and made an examinations of the wound, This revealed the serious nature of the injury. The small intestines had been perforated in several places and a difficult and grave operation was the bare and only chance for saving the young lady’s life. This operation, known as laparotomy, was skillfully performed by the attending surgeons, but the unfortunate girl, was unable to withstand the profound shock produced by the wound and the operation and she died about 2 o’clock Saturday morning.

 

One who was present when this untimely death occurred said he had seen many deaths, under many conditions, but never in his life had he witnessed such heart-rending grief. A young and innocent girl just budding into womanhood, the idol of a home, had gone from this home  radiant with health and happiness. She returned in a few hours wounded unto death, and died ere the light of another day shone on the earth. Who fired the shot that shrouded John Ross’ home in the habiliments of woe no one, perhaps, can tell. The dread cause—the direful spring of woes unnumbered—of all this sorrow, of all this disgrace to an honest people is easily named. Whiskey. It was on Bear Creek in unlimited quantities and anybody who had the price could get it.

 

It is said that the day before the convention a man got off a train at a station near Buchanan, carrying with him 2 two-gallon jugs and a basket of bottles. No doubt that this or other vile stuff sold on that fatal Jun 29 caused the death of poor Sophia Ross, the wounding of Tucker Vanhorn and cast a stigma upon a people helpless to prevent, but which still burden them for years.

 

The killing of Miss Ross is the only recorded fatality thus far. It was reported several times that Tucker Vanhorn was dead but he is still living, with chances for recovery. No arrests were made on the day of the tragedy, and until yesterday none had been made. On last Monday some relatives of Mr. Ross, accompanied by Attorney J.J. Montague of Catlettsburg, came to Louisa and procured from County Judge Thompson warrants for the arrest of William Caldwell and five of the Vanhorns. These warrants were placed in the hands of Sheriff Salters for execution. It is said that the parties whose apprehension was sought sent word to the Sheriff that they would be near Buchanan yesterday, and if he would come there they would peaceably surrender. The office went down yesterday morning, but as this paper goes to press before the coming of the afternoon train from Buchanan, we are without further information. Big Sandy News, Jul 6, 1906

 

On Saturday Jun 30, 1906, Our Heavenly Father saw fit in his wisdom to call to himself our dear beloved friend, Sophia Ross, daughter of Mr. John and Nannie Ross. Her age was 17 years and 7 months. Her untimely death was a shock to all. She came to her death at the Mt. Zion Sunday School Convention by a pistol shot by unknown hands. She was the idol of all who knew her. She was a kind and loving friend al all her associates. She was one of the most zealous workers of Mt. Zion Sunday School. Sophia loved to take care of her little baby brother, Charley, and help her mamma, but God hat something else for her to do. She is another tie to bind father and mother, brother and sister on to God. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

SPENCE, David

David Spence, age 35, was killed in the coal mines at Peach Orchard Wednesday morning, presumably by a fall of slate. A telegram was received here telling of the sad accident, but no particulars were given. Mr. Spence married a sister of Mr. P.H. Vaughan, of Louisa. Mrs. James Hatcher, a niece of the deceased, went to Peach Orchard to attend the funeral. Mr. Spence was a good citizen and a member of the Odd Fellows Order. He had been employed at Peach Orchard for 15 years or more and was a trusted employee. He leaves a wife and 2 sons, ages 8 and 11. This is the first fatal accident that has occurred at Peach Orchard mines for several years. Big Sandy News, Jul 27, 1906

 

STAPLETON, G. B.

On the afternoon of Saturday, Jul 7,a prominent citizen of Pikeville, G. B. Stapleton, lost his life by having been run over by a freight car on the switch at that place. It seems that Mr. Stapleton was walking along one of the tracks on his way to the offices of the Northern Coal & Coke Company, with which he had long held an important position. He had just passed the switch, where an engine on the main line was shifting cars. One car had been sent with considerable momentum down the main track in the same direction to which Mr. Stapleton was walking, and was followed by another, which was  diverted to the siding, which he had followed after passing??? ???? Eye witnesses agree that he was walking just outside the rails at a point about opposite the loose car on the main track and apparently watching it, when his attention was called by Attorney James Sowards, who shouted frantically to him to warn him of the approach of the car in the rear. Possibly the warning shouted to him was not heard, for he took a step over the rail and in an instant the car had overtaken him. He was knocked diagonally across the track and fell on the opposite rail. The car had passed over him, and his soul was winging its way to the Great Beyond ere he could be reached by the nearest bystander. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

STEPHENS, William

AT 8:10 Thursday morning of this week William Stephens was killed in a C & O wreck near Buchanan, this county. William Fitzgerald was injured so badly that his recovery is doubtful. W. W. Rickets, superintendent of the steam shovel work on the Big Sandy division, was slightly injured. The reports received up to the time of going to press are somewhat meager, but we give them as gathered from the best sources. The wrecked train was the one being used by C. D. Langhorne in connection with the steam shovel work. Two engines are used and one of these turned over while coming up near Buchanan with a train of cars loaded with dirt. It is presumed that the unfortunate employees names above were riding on the engine, as they are accustomed to doing, and were caught under the wreckage. The report says that the overturning of the engine can not be accounted for.

 

Stephens and Fitzgerald have lived in the “Italy” addition to Louisa for several years. Mr. Ricketts is well-known here, having had headquarters in Louisa for several months. He met with an accident just below town last year which laid him up for several weeks and left him in a crippled condition from which he will probably never fully recover. Stephens was an industrious young man about 20 years of age. Fitzgerald is not that old by 3 or 4 years. He is a son of Rev. Fitzgerald who died about a year ago.

 

Later: Definite information says the engine did not turn over, but left the track and ran into a bank, planning Stephens and Fitzgerald tightly. The former was almost instantly killed. The latter is not dangerously hurt. Mr. Ricketts is injured worse than first reported. The boys, were not in the employ of the company, but  were stealing a ride on the front of the engine. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

STUMP, Thelma

Died, in Ashland, Jun 30, Thelma, the greatly loved infant daughter of Alex and Maggie See Stump, of Fultz Station, Carter County, and formerly of Walbridge and Buchanan. This tender flower had so entwined itself about the hearts of parents and kindred that young as it was, its untimely death carried the deepest grief to more than one home. Only 6 short months the darling babe brightened the lives of father and mother, but when its tiny fingers could no longer grasp the hands of father and mother they felt desolute indeed. It lives and waits for those it left on earth Big Sandy News, Jul 20, 1906

 

THOMPSON

The five months old son of Dr. Z. A. Thompson and wife of Pikeville, died Tuesday morning at the home of its grandmother, Mrs. Onolda Burgess of Gallup, this county. The cause of the death was cerebro spinal meningitis. The interment took place on Wednesday in the family burial ground at Gallup. Relatives from Louisa attended the funeral. On account of the ill health of Dr. Thompson’s wife the child had been under the care of Mrs. Burgess almost ever since its birth. Dr. and Mrs. Thompson came down from Pikeville when the child became sick, a few days before its death. Big Sandy News, Jul 6, 1906

 

WEBB

A little son of T. T. Webb, of Cliff, died last week, having only been sick a few hours. It is thought the child was poisoned from eating raspberries. Big Sandy News, Jul 6, 1906

 

Last week this paper contained a paragraph relative to the sudden death of the young daughter of T. T. Webb, of East Point, who died after eating a small quantity of raspberries. Interesting particulars concerning the sad occurrence are contained in the following from the Paintsville Herald of recent date:

A little girl of T. T. Webb, of East Point, after eating a small quantity of raspberries, died last week There is no doubt the locust eggs concealed in the berries poisoned her to death. Some few weeks ago we mentioned the danger of being poisoned eating berries where the locust had been, and we shall not be surprised to learn of more deaths from this cause. Several years ago when the locusts made their appearance several people in this section met death in the same manner as the little Webb girl. Not everyone that eats berries dies nor are all the berries ???? with the poisonous eggs, but just where to find the berries safe to eat can only be ascertained by running  a great risk. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906

 

WEBB, Lem V.

Webbvile—Lem V. Webb died last week and his child died last night. Big Sandy News, Jul 6, 1906

 

WEBB, Pete

Pete Webb, a son of Jonah Webb, and well and favorably known in Prestonsburg, was kicked in the stomach last Monday by a mule, and died Wednesday night. Mr. Webb lived on Beaver Creek, and was one of Floyd’s best and most prosperous citizens, and his untimely death is deeply regretted by all. He was about 38 years of age and leaves a family . Big Sandy News, Jul 20, 1906

 

WILSON, Malissa

Mrs. Malissa Wilson, age 87 years, widow of Charles Wilson, died in this place last Saturday and was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery the following day, after religious services at the Baptist Church conducted by Rev. L. M. Copley. Mrs. Wilson had been a widow many years, and notwithstanding (next line not readable) Charley” made repeated offers of aid and would have willingly given her a home the old lady preferred to live alone. For a long time she was entirely dependent upon the kindness of neighbors and others for her support, and this was never lacking. Mrs. Wilson was from near Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Jul 13, 1906


 

AUGUST 1906

 


 

ADKINS, Floyd

Floyd Adkins, a C & O brakeman, running on the Lexington division, received injuries in a tunnel near Becker, who used to say some of the Aden on Wednesday night of last week which resulted in his death at the C & O hospital in Huntington early Sunday morning. He was found on top of a box car unconscious, his skull having been crushed, probably by a mail crane. Adkins was living in Ashland, but his body was brought to Potters Station, 4 miles north of Louisa, where it was interred Monday last. Mrs. Adkins is a sister of Charles See, who went to Huntington for the remains and who, with other relatives attended the burial. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

ARNETT, Warner

A telegram from Salyersville to a Cincinnati paper tells of a battle on Middle Fork between the Risners and Arnetts on one side and the Gulletts on the other. Warner Arnett is dead and Clay Gullett fatally wounded. John Gullett and Leander Risner are slightly hurt. They had gathered at Risner’s house to engage in a friendly shooting match. Arnett was in the house talking to some girls. He suddenly ran out crying that he was killed, and fell dead. He had been stabbed in the heart. There was a rush for guns and shelter and a rain of bullets began lasting for some time with results as above stated. Leander Risner and Clay and John Gullett are accused of the murder. Big Sandy News, Aug 17, 1906

 

BRANHAM

On Greasy Creek, Johnson County, Monday morning a 9 year old son of Joe Branham shot and instantly killed his little 3 year old brother. A pistol was on the mantle piece and when the mother went to milk the larger boy got the weapon and not thinking it was loaded pulled the trigger. The little brother was shot in the head and expired instantly. The accident is very deplorable. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

BURCHETT, Peggy

Last Saturday “Aunt” Peggy Burchett, aged 84 years, died at the residence of her son in law, Sam See, near Walbridge, where she had lived many years. The body was brought to Louisa by train Sunday morning and met by Undertaker Snyder and carried to the Sam Bartram graveyard where it was interred. Rev. Albert Miller conducting the funeral service. Mrs. Burchett was the widow of William Burchett, a former Jailer of this county, and was for many years a resident of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

BURTON, Mrs. M. A.

Circleville, OH, Aug 17—Mrs. M. A. Burton committed suicide last night by taking morphine and carbolic acid. She posted a notice on her door, which read: People, look in the house, look in here. Citizens seeing the notice, called Night Chief Morgan, who entered and found her lifeless body in bed. She left a letter stating that her husband had taken her from a happy home, brought here and deserted her among strangers, without money. She was the daughter of W. M. Calhoun, of Wilbur, KY and she asked that her remains be sent there. Her husband returned at 8 o’clock this morning. He said he left her yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock and told her he would return either that night or this morning. She had been married almost 3 weeks. The remains of Mrs. Burton arrived in Louisa Sunday via the N & W and were taken to Brushy for interment. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

Wilbur--Our community was greatly shocked last Friday to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. Mary Burton. It was reported from Circleville, OH, that she was poisoned by taking morphine and carbolic acid. The remains were brought here and buried in the M. F. Swetnam’s graveyard. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

CANTERBERRY

While the property loss by the recent disastrous storms in this county is very great nothing so touched and grieves as does a loss by death and unfortunately the flood did not spare human life. A little girl of 6 years, daughter of Henry Canterberry, of Rove Creek, was drowned in the swollen waters of that stream last Thursday. The mother was at the home of a neighbor and it is supposed that the little one became frightened by the storm and started to go to its parent and fell off a walk-log into the creek. When the child was missed a search was organized and after an all night quest, the body was found about a mile from the spot where it is thought it fell into the stream. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

CHAPMAN, Isaac

Isaac, son of George E. Chapman, of Donithan, this county, died at Huntington last week and the body buried at the old home place. He had closed a deal with L. K. Vinson only a few days before his fatal illness, whereby he became the owner of the latter’s farm on Donithan. Mr. Vinson will hereafter make Louisa his home. He will buy property here as soon as possible, in the deal he took a store at Naugatuck, WV and he will be there temporarily, in charge of the business. Mr. Vinson is an energetic, progressive citizen and we are glad to have him in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 17, 1906

 

CHRISTIAN, Willie

Morgan’s Creek—Willie Christian departed this life Aug 10, aged 9 years and 7 months. He was sick a few days. His death was sad to us all. He left a father and 2 sisters to mourn over him. Willie was loved by all and had many friends. He called his sister Annie to his bed and said, “I want to kiss you, dear sister, I am going to my new home, where mother is.” Willie is in his new home, calling for father and sisters to come to the gates where beckoning hands are waiting for them. Lizzie Fannin. Big Sandy News, Aug 17, 1906

 

Raven’s Rock—Died, on the 10th, little Willie Christian, son of James Christian. Big Sandy News, Aug 17, 1906

 

CONLEY, Marion

Marion Conley, 79, pioneer citizen of Johnson County, died at his home near East Point last week. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

DAMRON, Rowland Burns

Madge—Died, on the 29th, little Rowland Burns Damron, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Damron. Big Sandy News, Aug 3, 1906

 

Died Jul 29, 1906, Rowland Burns Damron, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Damron, age 14 months. I will say to the bereft parents, not to grieve longer after Rowland Burns, for he is not dead, but only a budding flower that the great God saw fit to transplant from your home to the garden of His kingdom. Parents, continue on in your faith in Christ, that you may make angels of all your dear children, Lockie, Dorothy and Forest, hold fast your faith in Jesus and some sweet day God will take you to ever be with little Rowland Burns. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

FLANNERY, Sue Elliott

Sue Elliott, the lovely little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Flannery, quietly left this world Sunday, Jul 22, 1906, age 3 years, to take her place beside the glorified beings in the celestial city of God. Her death was unexpected. She was sick just a week. It was a shock to everyone the funeral sermon delivered to a large concourse of friends, by Rev. W. F. Tyree, was very appropriate. Her father, mother and sisters have our deepest sympathy. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

GILES

Tuscola—The little child of Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Giles died last week of summer complaint, making the second victim of that dread disease within the last few weeks. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

HANLY, N. K.

Adeline--In loving memory of N. K. Hanly, who departed this life Jul 4, 1906. Mr. Hanly was born Oct 2, 1831, died Jul 6, 1906; aged 74 years, 9 months and 4 days. Mr. Hanly leaves a wife, a son and 3 daughters and many friends to mourn his loss. He joined the M.E. Church when 18 years old and was an officer of the church ever since. He joined the M. P. Church by letter 18 years ago and has been an efficient member in all the work of the church. He had been secretary of the Sabbath School almost all the time for the past 50 years. He was a solder in the late war; was one of the Board of Examiners of Public Schools of the county in which he lived for many years. Mr. Hanly was a business, energetic, Christian man. His funeral was preached at his residence near Hubbardstown, WV by A.H. Miller, President of the Kentucky Conference of the M. P. Church, assisted by W. F. Wilson, pastor of the circuit of which Mr. Hanly was secretary. Big Sandy News, Aug 17, 1906

 

HARMON, Mrs. Adam (Clara Leslie)

 “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lore” Twenty minutes past nine o’clock on Sabbath night, Jan 21st, 1906, my dear wife died after having suffered much affliction for 3 long years. She was born on Whites Creek in Boyd County, KY, Jul 8, 1869; moved with her parents, Rev. D. K. Leslie and wife, to Big Blaine, in Lawrence County, the winter of 1881, and we were united to each other in the bonds of holy matrimony by Rev. William A. Christian Jan 17, 1884. We lived a peaceful happy life as husband and wife for 22 years and 4 days. She dies at the age of 36 years 6 months and 13 days. She joined the M. E. Church, South and was converted the winter of 1885, and lived a true devoted Christian for 21 years. She has been dead now 6 months and 6 days, and I miss her as bad as the day after she was buried. Clara called her friends around her bed and asked them to meet her in heaven and raising her eyes toward God she said, “Farewell, vain world, I’m going home,” and then fell asleep, safe in the arms of our dear Christ. Adam Harmon. Big Sandy News, Aug 3, 1906

 

HOLBROOK,  A. M. “Mint”

Adams—Sorry to hear of the death of Mint Holbrook. He was a good man. Big Sandy News, Aug 3, 1906

 

“Uncle Mint” Holbrook, one of the most prominent citizens of Blaine, this county, died last Saturday. He was 70 years of age, and a good man. The burial took place on Sunday. Services were conducted by Revs. Sturgill and Baker, of the M. E. Church. He was a member of the Odd Fellows order. A wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters survive. Big Sandy News, Aug 3, 1906

 

HOLBROOK, Lida

Miss Lida Holbrook died at Blaine Wednesday. She was a daughter of the late A. M. Holbrook, and had been in ill health for some time. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

HOWARD, Mrs. Wash

Mrs. Wash Howard, the old lady whom Grover Cantrill shot 2 years ago, died from the effects of the wound at her home on Pigeon Creek, Johnson County, Friday. She was a great sufferer and death was a relief to her. About 6 months ago she was taken to Ashland and an operation was performed but it did not relieve the suffering. Cantrill was indicted and a short time ago Dan Price arrested him in the coal fields of West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

HOWELL, Benjamin

Benjamin Howell, one of Lawrence County’s best known and highest esteemed citizens, died Friday night at his home in Upper Township, near Hecla. The deceased had been ill but a short time, but from the first his condition was very serious. He was first stricken on Jul 5th and continued to grow worse until relieved by death at the hour mentioned. The infirmities of advanced age together with a complication of ailments were responsible for his passing. Mr. Howell was born in Pike County, KY, on June 14, 1831, and came to this county with his eldest brother, the late, J. F. Howell, in 1844. Ironton paper. Big Sandy News, Aug 3, 1906

 

LARGE, Chester

Died Jul 26th, Chester, the infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. Mart Large, age 13 months and 22 days. I will say to the bereaved parents not to grieve after little Chester, for he is not dead, but is only sleeping sweetly till the resurrection morn shall come and wake the living day. Little Chester was laid to rest in the home cemetery. Services were conducted by Bro. T. H. Large. Big Sandy News, Aug 3, 1906

 

LITTERAL, Grace (Ward)

Mrs. Grace Litteral, widow of the late Prof. W. H. Litteral, died at her home in Paintsville at an early hour Monday morning. Her death follows that of her husband but a few days. Mrs. Litteral contracted typhoid fever while nursing her husband, and she was forced to take her bed before her husband died. Her sister, Miss Edna Ward, is, as reported to us, at the point of death, at her home near Inez, and cannot recover. She, Too, contracted typhoid while assisting in nursing Prof. Litteral. Mrs. Litteral’s remains were taken to Inez for burial Monday. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

LITTERAL, W. H.

On receiving the Big Sandy News last week, our hearts were made sad as we read the Paintsville item announcing the death of our beloved and honored friend, W. H. Litteral, of the Paintsville Graded School. It has been our pleasure to spend many happy school days with this distinguished gentleman. As a schoolmate he was agreeable in every particular. As a roommate he was the same, cheerful, earnest, consc??? Gentleman, wearing the same smiling countenance he was so accustomed to greet his fellowmen with on the streets. It has been our happy lot to be with him many times in church, and in private conversations frequently we have heard him speak of his hopes of heaven. We doubt not that Bro. Littlera had a part in the first resurrection which is Christ. Written by Roscoe Murray, Ironton, OH, Aug 6, 1906. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

MAYNARD

Louisa had three funerals yesterday. One was that of Mrs. Maynard, an aunt of Marion Damron, who died at Coal Grove, OH, Wednesday. The funeral was conducted by Rev.. Lindsay Waller. The other funerals were those of the McClure baby, mentioned elsewhere and an infant of John Reed, colored. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

Mrs. George Maynard, aged 46, died Tuesday in Ohio of typhoid fever. Her body was brought to Louisa, where she lived about 16 years ago, and was buried in Pine Hill Thursday. She left a husband and 4 children. Mrs. Maynard was Malissa Damron, a half sister of Dr. John H. Ross. She died in the faith of the Christian. The burial service was conducted by Rev. I. G. Waller. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

MCCLURE

Louisa had three funerals yesterday. One was that of Mrs. Maynard, an aunt of Marion Damron, who died at Coal Grove, OH, Wednesday. The funeral was conducted by Rev.. Lindsay Waller. The other funerals were those of the McClure baby, mentioned elsewhere and an infant of John Reed, colored. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

Virginia marguerite, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. McClure of Dingess, WV died Tuesday evening and the body was brought to Louisa Thursday for interment. The child was 7 months old. Its illness was of short duration. The cause of its death is thought to have been cerebo spinal meningitis. The funeral took place from the M. E. Church at 9 o’clock Thursday morning conducted by Rev. N. G. Grizzle. The interment in Pine Hill Cemetery was made immediately after the close of the services. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

MOORE

Death has again visited the home of Susan Moore and taken from her her beloved husband. Weep not, dear wife and children, for papa is gone to heaven where the angels sing all around him. He was a good Christian man, loved by all who knew him. He suffered a year and 3 months with paralysis in his right side. Dear Martha, if you want to see father again you will have to go to him, he can’t come to you. He is walking the gold paved streets. He was laid to rest at Blaine in Dick Berry graveyard. He always like to work and help his children, but the Lord called him away from them when he thought best. Big Sandy News, Aug 17, 1906

 

MOORE, George

George Moore dropped dead on the C & O Thursday evening between Olive Hill and Enterprise. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

MOORE, Hiram

Rev. Hiram Moore died at his home in Oakview last Sunday evening after 2 weeks of illness, which began with a stroke of paralysis. While his sufferings were intense, he was ??? patient and resigned and requested that the church pray,  not for longer life, but that he might have a peaceful passage through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and find his welcome on the other side. Rev. Moore was one of the oldest ministers of the M. E. Church South in this section of the country. The funeral was held Tuesday from the First M. E. Church, South, Ashland, which he loved so well, and where he attended services as long as he was able to reach the city. Mr. Moore was 87 years of age. His first pastoral work was what was called the Falls of Tug Mission. Big Sandy News, Aug 17, 1906

 

NEWSOM, Fred

 A telephone message received at Prestonsburg states that Fred Newsom, son of Jack Newson, who was shot by Bert T. Hamilton, on Big Mud Creek, last Saturday, is dead. Hamilton served 2 years in the penitentiary for the killing of Bill Hall, on Beaver, and only been out of the pen a little over 6 months. We did not learn the particulars of the killing of Newsom. Hamilton is badly cut and his recovery is doubtful. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

PERKINS, Henry

Webbville—Henry Perkins, an old 14th Kentucky soldier, died here today. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

REED, John

Louisa had three funerals yesterday. One was that of Mrs. Maynard, an aunt of Marion Damron, who died at Coal Grove, OH, Wednesday. The funeral was conducted by Rev.. Lindsay Waller. The other funerals were those of the McClure baby, mentioned elsewhere and an infant of John Reed, colored. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

ROBINSON, Eden

Eden Robinson, one of Boyd county’s most prominent citizens, died at his home out in the East Fork section last week. Many years ago he was a frequent visitor to these parts and is well remembered by our older citizens. He was of English birth and his name was Robotham, not Robinson. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

SKAGGS, Alka

Alka, the little daughter of Manford and Hester Skaggs, departed this life Jul 27, 1906, aged one year, 9 months and 10 days. A sad parting indeed, dear parents, to give up little Alka, but how consoling are the words of our Savior, “Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Little Alka can no more brighten your home her on earth, but heaven has one more shining jewel. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

SLOAN, William

William Sloan died at his home on East Carter Avenue, Tuesday evening, after a lingering illness of consumption. He was 48 years of age and is survived by a widow and 8 children, whose friends sympathize deeply with them in their affliction. At 10 o’clock this morning the funeral services was held at the home by Rev. Andrew Pennington, of the Baptist Church and at 1 o’clock this afternoon the body was interred at Dixon burying ground. Sloan had relatives in Louisa and on Georges Creek. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

SPENCER, Fannie

The death angel visited the home of Luther Spencer the 16th and took from him his darling wife. She was 25 years 3 months, and 16 days old. She leaves a husband, and babe, one sister, 3 brothers and a host of friends to mourn. Luther do not weep for Fannie, but get ready to meet her where there will be no more good byes. She is now with her darling babe. She was laid to rest in the Spencer graveyard. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Talbert. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 

VANETTER

Buchanan—A Vanetter boy, age 16 years, died at his home on Rush Creek near here Saturday of typhoid fever. Three other members of the family have typhoid. Big Sandy News, Aug 24, 1906

 

VINSON, James

James Vinson died near the Lawrence-Martin county line a few days ago. He was a son of James Vinson, Sr. Big Sandy News, Aug 3, 1906

 

WALLEN

The infant child of Mrs. Sophronia Wallen, Pikeville, died Friday night, and was buried Sunday in the cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Aug 10, 1906

 

WELLS, Rev. Aaron

Rev. Aaron Wells died yesterday at Boones Camp, at the age of ?? . He was the father of Mrs. H. B. Hewlett, of this place. Rev. and Mrs. Hewlett went to Boones Camp today to attend the funeral. Mr. Wells was a local preacher in the South Methodist Church, and was an excellent man. Big Sandy News, Aug 31, 1906

 


SEPTEMBER 1906

 


 

ATKINSON, John

Dr. W. T. Atkinson and other relatives were greatly shocked Saturday night upon receipt of a telegram which announced the tragic ending of his nephew, John Atkinson, at Kaysville, Utah. The message was brief and was to the unfortunate young man’s mother, Mrs. A. P. Atkinson, of Salyersville, and which read: “Your beloved son, John, our dear friend passed to eternity Wednesday night. Body mangled by train.” Big Sandy News, Sep 28, 1906

The remains of John Atkinson were buried at Salyersville Sunday. He was killed last Wednesday in Kaysville, Utah, by a train, his body being horrible mangled. Mr. Atkinson was a son of A. P. Atkinson, and a prominent school teacher of this section. Big Sandy News, Sep 28, 1906

 

BILLUPS, R. A.

On the 12th day of September, 1906, death came to the home of R. A. Billups, near Echo, Wayne County and relieved him of his sufferings, taking him to his reward beyond the skies. He had been a sufferer for the past 6 months from a complication of diseases—heart trouble, dropsy and Bright’s disease. His wife died 24 days previous to his death. Big Sandy News, Sep 28, 1906

 

BRANHAM

Boones Camp—The infant child of David Branham died a few days ago. Big Sandy News, Sep 14, 1906

 

CASTLE, Meredith

Meredith Castle, a laborer, met death in a most horrible manner early Monday morning at the Acrogen Coal Company’s mines below Paintsville, where he was employed The accident happened while Castle and others were engaged in riding the heavily loaded bank cars out of the mine down the incline to the main entrance to the mine. Castle was on the front running board of the rear car, while his companions were standing on the rear. Suddenly, as the cars was speeding along, Castle lost his footing and his body shot down between the cars, directly across the track and rolled for some distance before the cars could be brought to a standstill. Workmen who had witnessed the accident quickly ran to the scene and with some difficulty, the body was extricated from beneath the trucks. Death occurred a few hours later. The unfortunate man was about 18 years of age and lived with his mother, Mrs. Polly Castle, at Fairview, just below town. A brother, Louis Castle, was killed near George’s Creek about a year ago while drifting logs. Big Sandy News, Sep 14, 1906

 

CRUM, John

Almighty God in his Providence was fit to remove from us John, the son of W. H. and Maggie Crum, aged 18 years and 24 days. He fell victim to the dreaded diabetes mellitus. After an illness of several weeks he passed to the Great Beyond. He leaves a father, mother and 2 sisters to mourn their loss. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Isaac Fannin at the Sexton graveyard on Gamer. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

DILLS, Emmit

Abe and Alf Church, brothers, are in jail charged with assaulting Emmit Dills with murderous intent, Saturday night. Dills is at his home at Mingo, Johnson County, and his death is feared. The prisoners are being held to await the results of the injuries—Mingo Rep., Big Sandy News, Sep 14, 1906

 

DOBBINS, Lizzie

Gallup—Died, on Saturday, Sep 22, Mrs. Lizzie Dobbins, wife of John Dobbins. She had been in ill health for some time. She was interred in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Sep 28,1906

 

EVERETT, Tarlton

Tarlton Everett, the aged and respected citizen of Guyandotte, who is and has been seriously ill, is some better today. However, little hope of his recovery is entertained. Huntington Herald. Captain Everett is well-known in Louisa where he is related to many of our most prominent people.

Later: Mr. Everett died on Tuesday and was buried Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Sep 28, 1906

 

FAULKNER, Jack

After several months illness from tuberculosis, Jack Faulkner died at his home on North Front Street Sunday morning at 8 o’clock. Mr. Faulkner was born and reared in Boyd County, where the station of Kavanaugh is now located, but had resided in Catlettsburg about 15 years being in business here. He attained the age of 41 years in last July. Big Sandy News, Sep 21. 1906

 

HALL, Richard

The grim monster death visited our community on the 11th of this month and took from the home of the Hall family Richard Hall. He had been sick but a short and bore his sufferings with great patience. His wife and children and many friends were by his side, during the short time of his illness and everything was done for him that loving hands could do. He lived a true and devoted Christian life. No husband and wife were ever truer or more affectionate to each other than were Richard and Margaret. He was born in Cornwall, England, Mar 19th 1843, aged 63 years 6 months 33 days. He joined the church and lived a constant Christian and lived in the full triumph of a living faith. His funeral was preached by Revs. Hicks and Fannin, at Garrett Chapel and he was laid to rest in the family graveyard. He was the father of Dr. J. C. Hall. Big Sandy News, Sep 21, 1906

 

HILL, J. Polk

After an lingering illness of over 5 months, J. Polk Hill died Friday morning, at his home at Bonanza. Mr. Hill was known throughout the Sandy Valley and had ever been one of Floyd County’s best citizens. He was a familiar figure in Prestonsburg for many years, in fact, until sickness and disease laid its touch upon him. Mr. Hill was 60 years of age. He leaves a wife and several children, all grown to mourn his death. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

HOLLY, Mrs. Georgia

Morgan’s—We are sorry to relate the death of Mrs. Georgia Holly, who departed this life Aug 27th. She was a good Christian woman, honored, loved and respected in life, and her passing away is greatly deplored by her many friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

The Grim Monster, Death, visited our vicinity on the 27th of last month and took from the home of George Holley his wife. She had been sick for some time, but she bore her suffering with real patience. Georgia lived a true and devoted Christian. Mrs. Holly’s funeral was conducted by Rev. Cassady in the presence of a large audience. The remains were laid to rest in the John Chaffins graveyard by the Odd Fellows of Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

HOWARD, Adams

Salyersville, KY, Sep 2—Wiley Joseph, aged 35 years, was held over under bond of $4,000 on the charge of killing Adam Howard, aged 13 years. It is said that Joseph threw a stone at the boy crushing his skull. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

LAMBERT, Virginia

Virginia, the little 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Lambert, of Whites Creek, died Aug 29, 1906 of diphtheria. The body was buried Saturday in the Cyrus Cemetery at Whites Creek. Rev. E. T. Phillips, pastor of the Ceredo Baptist Church, conducted the funeral. Big Sandy News, Sep 14, 1906

 

MAYNARD, Millard

Georges Creek—Died, Sep 7, Millard, son of Thomas Maynard. The body was laid to rest in the Swetnam graveyard. Rev. A. H. Miller conducted the funeral service. Millard was a bright young man liked by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Sep 14, 1906

 

On last Friday morning our community was startled by the death of one of our Sunday School boys, Millard Maynard, son of Uncle Tom and Aunt Jane Maynard, as we all called them. Millard was born Jan 17, 1880, died Sep 7, 1906, age 26 yeas, 7 months and 20 days. While home has lost one of its shining jewels and the vacant chair sits in the hallway Millard is wearing a starry crown and has filled a vacant place in that beautiful haven of rest. Big Sandy News, Sep 14, 1906

 

MONTGOMERY, Alva

Salyersville, KY, Aug 29—Alva Montgomery, a prominent merchant on Coon Creek, 8 miles from this place, was called to his door and shot down, it is alleged, by Henry Montgomery and Moses Phipps, last night. The killing was the result of a difficulty which occurred a few hours before, in which Henry Montgomery received a knife wound. Henry Montgomery and Phipps are at large and friends of Alva Montgomery have offered a reward. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

NASH, Kathryn

Mr. and Mrs. Garritt P. Nash and relative have the warmest sympathy of their friends in their sorrow, caused by the sad and untimely death of their little daughter, Kathryn. Scarce 18 months ago the little one came into their hearts and home and it seems very hard that very soon the form in which so much hope was centered must be hidden from their sight. After a pitiful struggle with disease, watched and tended with infinite are, the little one passed from earth to heaven day before yesterday . After a brief service at the residence by Rev. O. F. Williams, Thursday morning the body, accompanied by heart-broken parents and other relatives, was taken to Flemingsburg, KY where it will be interred Mrs. Nash and Mrs. Shipman once lived in that town, and there repost the ashes of their kindred. Big Sandy News, Sep 14, 1906

 

PROSE, Celsus

Henrietta—The Death Angel came and took away from Virgil and Ida Prose one of the dearest little boys there was. Nothing in the home that ever brighten it more than little Celsus did. He was the idol of his parents and grandparents. He lacked some of being 2 years old, enjoyed life while here. In his sickness he was calm and sensible to the last. Big Sandy News, Sep 21, 1906

 

QUEEN, Mrs. Allen

The death angel has visited the home of Allen Queen in Butler Co., OH and claimed for its victim the wife and mother of that home. She was 25 years of age and the daughter of Lindsay and Mary White of this vicinity. The funeral service was conducted by Revs. Fannin and Hicks at the home of her parents, and the remains were interred in the family graveyard. She leaves a husband and 3 children to mourn their loss. She was a  member of the Methodist Church and was converted at the home church 13 years ago, and lived a consistent Christian, and died in the full triumphs of a living faith. She was a victim of appendicitis. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

Vessie—Mrs. Allen Queen died Aug 28th of appendicitis, at Oxford, OH. She was a daughter of Lindsay White. Her remains were brought back and laid to rest in the family graveyard on Seedtick. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Isaac Fannin. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

RUNYON, Louis

Louis Runyon, formerly of Pikeville, died in Welch recently. Hi was accidentally struck by the steps of a car, on the 17th of August and was badly hurt, but had so far recovered that he was able to walk around, but, pneumonia fever setting in a few days later, ended his life last Sunday. The funeral took place at Welch last Tuesday. He was the father of Mrs. A. R. Williams of Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

SLOAN, Mrs. Ben

On Tuesday at Thacker, Ben Loan shot and killed his wife, but he claims that the shooting was purely accidental. From the report Sloan and his wife had been playing with the revolver and had snapped it several times. Sloan, it seems went on the outside of the house and turning around pointed the revolver at his wife. The weapon fired and the ball took effect in the right side of Mrs. Sloan, just below the heart. She lived for about one hour and thirty minutes and it is said, stated to her mother shortly before she died that the shooting was accidental and that her husband did not intend to shoot her. Sloan was almost distracted over his foolish ace and the officers believing from all circumstances that the weapon was accidentally discharged have not arrested him. A man by the name of Beard and his daughter, who live near the home of Sloan, tell that they saw the man fire the shot and that the woman did not shoot herself as they seem to be of the opinion that the shot was fired intentionally. Sloan has not been arrested and is still at his home. Big Sandy News, Sep 28, 1906

 

SPENCER, Fannie

On Thursday evening, Aug 16, 1906, our Heavenly Father saw fit in his wisdom to call to Himself our beloved friend, Mrs. Fannie Spencer, aged 25 years 3 months and 16 days. She leaves a husband, one little baby 18 months old, 3 brothers, one sister and a host of friends to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest Friday afternoon in the Spencer graveyard. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Talbert. Big Sandy News, Sep 7, 1906

 

VINSON, Frances

Died in this city Saturday morning, Sep 22, 1906, Frances Vinson, beloved daughter and oldest child of George R. and Emma Vinson; aged 11 years 1 month and 6 days. She had suffered many months from Bright’s disease and death was a release. She was a lovely child, bright and amiable, and the very large number from all ranks and classes which gathered to pay a heart felt tribute at her funeral spoke silently, but eloquently, of the affectionate regard in which she was held by all. Rev. Dr. Boland, a friend and former pastor of the family had come from Point Pleasant to conduct the funeral. Big Sandy News, Sep 28, 1906

 

WILLIAMS, Sam

Davisville—We are sorry to hear of the death of Sam Williams, of Winifred, KY. Sam was a good man and will be missed by his many friends. Big Sandy News, Sep 21, 1906

 


 

OCTOBER 1906

 


 

BANFIELD, Lee

Lee Banfield died at his residence on upper Jefferson street, last Friday evening, after a short illness. Interment was had the following day in Pine Hill. His disease was typhoid fever. He left a wife and children, and had lived in Louisa about a year. Big Sandy News, Oct 5, 1906

 

BENTLEY, Mrs. William (Nancy)

Mrs. Bentley, an aged woman and former resident of this county, died in the Asylum at Lexington, last Sunday. On the following day the body arrived here and on Tuesday it was taken to her former home not far from Yatesville for interment. She was the widow ow William Bentley an old and highly respected citizen of this county. Big Sandy News, Oct 5, 1906

 

Mrs. Nancy Bentley was born in Letcher County, KY, 76 years ago and moved to Lawrence in 1865. She was married to William Bentley when she was 20 years of age, joined the Baptist Church about 3 years afterwards and passed to a glorious and everlasting rest on the 29th of September, 1906. Big Sandy News, Oct 12, 1906

 

BLANKENSHIP, Charley

Charley Blankenship, son of W. R. Blankenship, after one year’s absence, returned to his home, near Hubbardstown, Sep 1st and shot himself Sep 3rd. He and another young man were hunting in the woods together when the sad accident occurred. The other young man ran about a mile and gave the alarm and in a short time a number of people were on the scene. The deceased was only 19 years of age. He was shot in the left arm near the shoulder and was in the hands of good physicians and kind nurses. He was getting along nicely up to the 9th day when a change for the worse took place and he died Sep 15th. Before he died he called his father to his bedside and said: “Pa, I am dying; good-bye; meet me in Heaven.” Charley, whom we all loved so well has crossed the river to his reward. The body of the deceased was buried in the Laken Cemetery, by the side of his mother, who died 2 years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 19, 9106

 

BORDERS, Arthur

Arthur Borders, aged 23 years, son of Arch Borders, died Monday at the home of his father, near Richardson. He was a nephew of Mrs. P. H. Vaughan, who with Miss Belle and Emma, attended the burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 19,1906

 

BURGESS, Henry J.

Another old and valued citizen of Lawrence County passed to his reward Wednesday morning. Henry J. Burgess, of Graves Shoals, died after several months of painful illness and was buried near his home Thursday. Mr. Burgess was a son of Ned Burgess, long deceased, and was 73 years old. He was married twice, the first time to Miss Preston and again to a Miss Price who survives him. To these unions 6 children were born. Mrs. A. J. Conley is a sister and Mrs. A. O. Carter a daughter of Mr. Burgess, and they and Mr. Carter attended the burial. Mr. Burgess was in every respect a good man and citizen. He was sober, moral and industrious, and a devoted member of the M. E. Church. Big Sandy News, Oct 12, 1906

 

BUSSEY, Mrs. Mont

After an illness lasting many weary weeks, Mrs. Mont Bussey died at her home in Busseyville last Sunday evening, aged 52 and a half years. On the following Tuesday morning her worn body was laid to rest not far from the familiar ???? of youth and womanhood. The funeral service, conducted by a former pastor, the Rev. Mr. Davenport was held in the church she had helped to build and sustain, and the mourning friends who heard the words of eulogy and consolation and who followed this worthy woman to her narrow home on the wooded hill numbered hundreds. The writer knew Mrs. Bussey when she was a school girl, affectionate daughter, and gentle ???? devoted wife and loving mother and in all these varied relations of life she was ever up to the mark of an exalted excellence. Big Sandy News, Oct 26, 1906

 

COOKSEY, Otta

Otta Cooksey, daughter of William and Nancy Cooksey, died Agu 29, 1906, aged 15 years 10 months and 2 days. Her death was a shock to all her friends. She was laid to rest in the Webb graveyard on East Fork to await the resurrection morn, when all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  Big Sandy News, Oct 5, 1906

 

FRAZIER, Lewis

Lewis Frazier, for many years a resident of Wayne County, near Fort Gay, died at his home in Kenova last Tuesday, after a lingering illness. On yesterday afternoon the body was brought to Fort Gay and was buried with Masonic ceremonies on Frazier Hill. Mr. Frazier was a most excellent man in all the relations of life, honored and highly respected by all who knew him. He was a son of “Honest” John Frazier and the good qualities of the father were largely the inheritance of the son. Big Sandy News, Oct 26, 1906

 

JOBE, James

Tuscola—James Jobe, of near Overda, died last week of a lingering illness of tuberculosis. He leaves 2 little children and a very large number of friends to mourn their loss. His wife has been dead more than a year. Big Sandy News, Oct 12, 1906

 

James Jobe, age 32 years departed this life Oct 4, 1906. He was the victim of that dreaded disease consumption. His illness was of short duration, was taken suddenly. Physicians were called and all that medical skill could accomplish was done, but the destroyer had struck a fatal blow and brother James being at the time not ready to meet the destroyer, turned his eyes and heart to God and was converted. He lived just a few minutes after his conversion. His wife had been dead about 3 years and while James was so sad and lonely in this gloomy world, his dear wife was enjoying the happy association of holy angels and redeemed loved ones. He was laid to rest in the Jobe Cemetery. He leaves one little boy to mourn for papa. Big Sandy News, Oct 26, 1906

KINNER, Bertha

Bertha, the little 4 year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Wat Kinner, was burned to death Tuesday morning. The mother was doing the usual work about the house, leaving Bertha and a younger baby in the room, when she was attracted by the screams of the baby. She immediately ran to the house, and as she opened the door the child fell to the floor. All its clothing had been burned off and its little body burned almost to a crisp. The mother summoned aid at once and Dr. Warren arrived in a short time, but he could do nothing but alleviate the little one’s suffering. It was an unusually bright child, much loved by everyone, and its death comes as a heavy blow to its parents and friends. She bore her suffering with patience, talking cheerfully almost to the last. She had attempted to build a fire during the mother’s absence and her sleeve caught fire while lighting the match. She lived about 4 hours. Big Sandy News, Oct 19, 1906

 

MARSHAL, Frank

Frank Marshal, of Elliott, killed himself at Greenup Sunday. He had recently bought a farm of Henry Fischer. His father in law, Hendrick Salyer, and Mr. Williams, of Flat Gap, passed here Monday on their way to Greenup. Big Sandy News, Oct 5, 1906

 

Greenup, Sep 30—Frank Marshal shot himself through the heart in the same room where his wife was lying at the point of death with consumption. He came here 6 months ago from Elliott County and bought a large farm on Coal Branch. Big Sandy News, Oct 5, 1906

 

MUNCEY, D. Wade

Mr. Wade Muncey, aged 75 years died at his home near Louisa last Sunday after a lingering illness. He had dropsy, with some complications. He leaves a wife, his second, and 2 grown sons, Gus and Hampton. Another son, Tunis, was drowned some years ago. Mr. Muncey was a good citizen. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and had been for many years. He was a man of quiet, industrious habits, an advocate for the right and a lover of his home. He came to this county from Virginia many years ago and lived here up to the day of his death. He was buried near his old home with the honors of Odd Fellowship Monday afternoon, in the presence of a large concourse of people. Big Sandy News, Oct 12, 1906

 

SCHUFF, Ed

The ho9micidal spirit was in evidence in this county last Saturday and the result is one fatality and the wounding of a few others. The fatal affray occurred in the old Watson store house on Dry Fork, now occupied by Ratcliff post office. The dead man was Ed Schuff, and the youth who laid him low is “Doc” Jones, aged about 20 years. If there was any premeditation at all in connection with the homicide it was evidently on part of the man who was killed, as will be seen later in this narrative.

 

Two or three days before the encounter in the store Schuff assaulted the boy Jones, whom he met on the public highway. He dragged him from his horse, tearing a new suit of clothes all to pieces. The boy’s money fell to the ground in the scuffle, and this Schuff took and refused to give back. Between that time and the day he met his death Schuff had made repeated declaration of his intention to beat Jones and to kill him if he resisted. These threats were told to Jones, and this, taken with Schuff’s reputation of violence probably caused Jones to arm himself. On the day mentioned Jones was in Ratcliff and Horton’s store when Schuff entered and immediately advanced threateningly upon him. Jones retreated toward the back of the store, Schuff continuing his advance. Suddenly Jones leveled a pistol, holding it in both hands, and as rapidly as he could pull the trigger he pumped 4 35 caliber balls into Schuff’s body. Any one of the bullets would have caused death, which was almost instant.

 

On the day following his tragic death Schuff was buried near the head of Bell’s Trace. He came into this county from Virginia 2 or 3 year sago and had repeatedly been in trouble, boasting, so it is said, of having paid over $600 in fines. He left a wife and 3 children.

 

Jones came to Louisa last Monday and surrendered himself into custody and after an examination was admitted to bail in the sum of $500 which he gave. He is respected, where he is best known, being regarded as an industrious and peaceable young man. On the same day Horace Hensley and one of the Flem Kitchens were the human targets in a shot gun completion. The match cae off about 2 miles from the scene of the above related homicide. Thre were no fatalities, but both parties are walking lead mines and Hensley will lose the sight of one eye. Kitchen’s wife was slightly wounded during the festivities. Big Sandy News, Oct 5, 1906

 

THOMPSON, George

On the night of the 20th George Thompson, said to have once lived in or near Louisa, fell from the steamboat Enterprise near Manchester, and was drowned. His friends can learn more by addressing Joe Reitzenbert, Parkersburg, WV. Big Sandy News, Oct 26, 1906

 

WORKMAN, Ruth

Saturday, Oct 6th death reached forth its icy hands and touched the form of little Ruth, and took from the arms of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Workman their precious baby. Ruth was a bright flower indeed. The little one was loved by all who knew her. It seems hard, dear bereaved parents, for us to submit to the will of God when he calls away one of dearest ones of this world. Big Sandy News, Oct 12, 1906

 


NOVEMBER 1906

 


AKERS, Millie

Millie, the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Akers, died at her home at Allen City, Monday. Miss Akers was only ill a few days with fever. Her death was a great blow to her family and friends, she being the idol of her father and mother. She was 16 years of age and was engaged to be married in a few months to Lee Martin, of Hueysville. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

ALLEN, Felix

Died, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Preston, at Alphoretta, on Beaver Creek, Monday, at the ripe old age of 93 years, Felix Allen. He was considered by all who knew him to be one of the best men that ever lived in this county. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

BILLUPS, John

About one o’clock last Saturday morning a collision on the B. O. and S. W. railroad occurred near Pleasant Plain, OH whereby, John Billups, born and reared in this place, met an untimely death. He had been a brakeman on the road a good while, and by good conduct and attention to business had just been made a freight conductor. He had been ordered to Cincinnati to bring out a train, and was on his way from his home in Chillicothe to the former city, when the accident happened, which ended his life. He was sitting in a coach when the train he was on and a fast passenger train collided near Pleasant Plain, several coaches his among them, being thrown over an embankment and poor Billups was instantly killed.

 

The sad news was telegraphed to Louisa and the mournful intelligence was imparted as gently as possible to his widowed mother. On Sunday afternoon, the body, accompanied by the widow, Mr. and Mrs. James Billups and George Billups arrived in the city and on Monday morning, followed by a large number of relatives and friends, all that was mortal of John Billups was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery. Brief and appropriate religious services, conducted by Rev. Mr. Elsa, of the M. E. Church, assisted by Rev. O. F. Williams, of the M. E. Church, South, had b een held at the residence of Mrs. Nancy Billups.

 

John Billups was the youngest son of the late “Samp” and Mrs. Nancy Billups. He married Miss Dora Johnson, a most estimable young lady of Johnson County and a member of one of its best families. A beautiful girl baby, about 4 months old is the result of the union. The dead boy was doing well in his calling as a railroad man, sober and saving in his habits, and it seems hard that just when all looked so favorable he should be stricken down. His aged mother and her family have the sympathy of all who know them. Big Sandy News, Nov 16, 1906

 

BOWE

The body of a little child of Taylor Bowe was brought from West Virginia to the old home place, 3 miles above Louisa, where it was buried today. The family has lived in West Virginia for a few years. Big Sandy News, Nov 2, 1906

 

BOYD, Bob

Ulysses—Bob Boyd, who has long been a sufferer from typhoid fever, died Nov 5th. His remains were taken to T??? creek and there laid to rest beside his wife who died about 18 months ago. He is survived by 2 daughters aged 14 and 18 years. Big Sandy News, Nov 23, 1906

 

BOYD, Tommie

Ulysses—On the night of Oct 29, little Tommie Boyd died of croup. He was 3 ½ years old, and son of Ed Boyd. His funeral was preached by Rev. A. Miller and Rev. Miller Fairchild, after which his remains were conveyed to a beautiful spot near his parent’s home and then laid to rest. Big Sandy News, Nov 23, 1906

 

BURCHETT, Benjamin

Benjamin Burchett died at his home on Cow Creek, Floyd County, Sunday, at the age of 70 years. He was stricken with paralysis a few days before his death and on Saturday became unconscious. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his death, for he was a good husband and father, and was well-known in our town and community and liked by all who ever knew him for his jolly, happy disposition and pleasant ways. Big Sandy News, Nov 30,1906

 

BUSSEY, Sue

Mrs. Sue Bussey was born Apr 11, 1854 and died Oct 21, 1906. She joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1866 when she was 12 years old. She was married Dec 24, 1877 to Mr. F. R. Bussey, of Busseyville, to this union was born 4 children, all boys, one of which died when he was small. She leaves a husband and 3 boys. Aunt Sue, as she was familiar called was loved by all who knew her. She was 52 years 6 months and 10 days old. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, kind and obliging neighbor and a true friend. She was a devoted Christian always for the right. Mrs. Bussey had been the Superintendent of the S. S. for 10 years and under her management it was one of the best Sunday Schools in the county. Her burial was attended by a large crowd of people and her funeral was preached by Rev. Davenport, of Greenup. Her body was laid to rest in the family graveyard overlooking her home. Big Sandy News, Nov 2, 1906

 

COOLEY, Mrs. Lum

Mrs. Lum Cooley, widow of the late David Cooley, of Prestonsburg died at her home on  Beaver, at Hueysville, Saturday at noon. Mrs. Cooley had  been in poor health for the past 2 years, but was able to be up until 2 weeks ago, when she grew rapidly worse and was glad when death came to relieve her of her sufferings. Her death is a very sad one, and a great blow to her children, who are left without father or mother. She leaves 6 children, her 2 eldest being married—Harry and Mrs. Tom Turner. Big Sandy News, Nov 23, 1906

 

DEAN, George

George, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Dean, died last Sunday night of pneumonia. The body was taken to Fallsburg Tuesday for interment. The child was about 16 months old. Big Sandy News, Nov 30, 1906

 

EVANS,  Julia

On last Tuesday, Mrs. Julia Evans, the venerable widow of Edwin Evans, died at the residence of her son, Charles, near Potter. Mrs. Evans had been infirm on account of old age and its incident ills for a long time. She is survived by James, Charles and W. T. Evans and leaves numerous descendants. Misses Lizzie and Vessie Ward, attended the funeral, which occurred Wednesday and which was conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Nov 16, 1906

 

GAUSE, Alexander

Died on the 17th of October on Wolfe Creek, Martin County at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Uriah Hariman, Mr. Alexander Gause. Mr. Gause was born on Kanawha river, near Brownstown, then Virginia, now West Virginia in 1802. He moved to Wolfe Creek from his birthplace, with his wife and 2 or 3 children, and at that time was a portion of Lawrence County. He settled on a small tract of land which he owned until a short time prior to his death, when he deeded it to his daughter, Mrs. Harmon, who so kindly administered to him in his last affliction. Big Sandy News, Nov 2, 1906

 

GOODMAN, Tom

Tom Goodman died at his home on Bull Creek Tuesday. Mr. Goodman was a man of splendid character, and his death is deeply regretted, not only by kindred but by neighbors and those who knew him. The funeral occurred at the Methodist Church on Bull Creek the services being conducted by Revs. Hite Calhoun and Harry Auvil. The Masons and Odd Fellows of which lodges he was an honored member, attended from Prestonsburg. There were over 75 Masons and Odd Fellows in the procession and over 250 people in attendance, showing the high esteem in which Mr. Goodman was held. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

HALE, Gladys

An accident greatly deplored and regretted occurred at Eleventh St., Central City, at 4 o’clock last Thursday afternoon, depriving pretty little Gladys Hale of life. The child who was 9 years of age, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Hale, of Sixteenth Street and Washington Avenue, Central City, and was en route home from school when the accident occurred. In company with a number of other children the little girl was playing “tag” and all were running in the street. When at Eleventh Street she ran in front of a rapidly moving street car which struck her and hurled her several feet away. When picked up by persons who witnessed the accident the child was dead. The body was taken to the Johnston Undertaking establishment in Huntington and prepared for burial. It is not believed by persons who witnessed the tragedy that those in charge of the car are not to be blamed for what happened but that the little girl in her childish play was oblivious to the approach of the car and was knocked lifeless in an instant. When the news was conveyed to the child’s mother she was so greatly shocked and prostrated that it was with great difficulty that she was kept from dying. Mrs. Hale was slowing recovering from a long sickness and was also subject to attacks of heart trouble, and it required the services of 2 physicians to restore her. She is a daughter of Sam Wellman, and lived in Louisa several years. Interment occurred at Central City and was attended by James Hale and wife and Messrs. George, Millard and Bascom Hale, of this place. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

HOLLANDSWORTH, Emery

Emery Hollandsworth, about 16 or 17 years of age, son of John W. Hollandsworth, a prominent teacher of Wayne County, committed suicide last Saturday evening by shooting himself with a revolver. Big Sandy News, Nov 30,1906

 

MARCUM, Sam

Sam Marcum, aged about 27 years, died in Louisa Wednesday of typhoid fever. He had been absent from this place and came home sick. His death occurred about 2 weeks after. He was a son of Josiah Marcum and was a quiet, industrious young man. Big Sandy News, Nov 16, 1906

 

MAYNARD, Mrs. Elijah

The widow of Elijah Maynard died on Tuesday at her home near the mouth of Rockcastle Creek. She was 72 years old and died of general debility. Big Sandy News, Nov 23, 1906

 

MCCORMICK, Mrs. Hensen

East Fork—Death has visited the home of Hensen McCormmick and taken from him his beloved wife. God in in infinite love called her home, Monday, Nov 19th. She leaves a husband, 3 children and many friends to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest in the Riffe Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 30, 1906

 

MEEK, Sterling

Greenup, KY, Nov 14—Sterling Meek, formerly a prominent citizen of this county, died at New Boston, OH, yesterday from blood poisoning originating from a small pimple on his nose. He was compelled to take to his bed Saturday. He was 43 years of age and a member of the Tribe of Ben Hur. Big Sandy News, Nov 23, 1906

 

MOORE, G. V.

V. Moore was born Sep 1848 and died Jul 25, 1906. Until within 10 minutes of his death, which occurred at the place and in the manner as before stated in the NEWS, Uncle Green was in the enjoyment of perfect health, his strength and activity for exceeding that of the average man. But now he is dead. He leaves a widow and 6 children, all of whom were away from home at the time of his death. The manner in which this sad news was accepted was attested by the immediate coming to the scene of his death of the largest assembly of people the writer ever saw on a similar occasion. Uncle Green was well-known in this and adjoining counties and was, generally speaking, loved and admired for his frankness, and candor. Some weeks before his death he was chosen Supt. Of Springdale Sunday School and in this capacity worked in a spirit of full consecration to God, and stove to lead his Sunday School to a full conception of the importance of living in Christ. We feel that while his sun has so suddenly set here it has risen in undying splendor amid the beauteous realities of the saints’ eternal home. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

NELSON, Jim

Jim Nelson, a well-known citizen of this county, died at his home on the waters of Big Blaine on election day. His disease was paralysis. He leaves a widow and several grown children, among them are 5 boys. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

PACK, Liss

Charley—Died on the 16th Liss Pack, of Whitehouse, with that dreadful disease consumption. He was brought back here and buried in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Nov 30, 1906

 

PANGBURN, Mrs. G. W.

On the night of November 23rd, one of the saddest incidents that has ever occurred in this neighborhood happened sometime between eight and 2 o’clock. The wife of Rev. G. W. Pangburn, preacher in charge of Kavanaugh Circuit M. E. Church South across from her bed while her husband slept, and disappeared in the darkness, clad only in her night clothing. About 2 o’clock, Brother Pangburn awoke and missed his wife. He immediately arose and made diligent search in and about the premises. Toiling to find her he notified the neighbors and in a very short time they were out. Lanterns could be seen in all directions. All muddy and soft dirt was examined for barefoot tracks. Great excitement prevailed. The grief of Brother Pangburn was indescribable. The san moans uttered by that good old man, will doubtless be remembered by the children when they are gray. His beloved wife was wandering in the gloom of night, he could tell of her going until she fell exhausted in some rugged, dismal place, there to chill and die of the bitter cold.

 

About dawn a white object was discovered in the backwater of Bear Creek, just above some saw logs about 200 feet below the county bridge. The object was found to be the floating body of Sister Pangburn. It was carried to the parsonage, and the women neighbors cared for it. For some time the grief of Brother Pangburn was so great that it seemed to all that he would not be able to stand the shock. Several times he fainted. At one time he was thought to be dead and some of his best friends advised that his body had better be straightened out.  A neat casket and beautiful white robe were procured by the first train. The only child, a son of 21, arrived from school at Barboursville later only to find a mother cold in death. Friends from Ripley, OH arrived next morning. A very touching service was held just before the body was conveyed to the train. The remains were taken to Ripley, OH, her former home, for burial. Sister Pangburn was among us for about a year and a half. She was a very religious woman, kind and affectionate to all. She had been very sick for some days past and at time was delirious. It is generally believed that her life was ended while in one of these irrational periods. She evidently fell or jumped off of the county or railroad bridge more probably the county bridge, as her foot print was found near the guard rail. Big Sandy News, Nov 30, 1906

 

PORTISS

An infant child of Henry Portiss died of croup last Monday and was buried the following day. Portiss lives on the Point and is a brother in law of Mont See. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

SALMONS

Felix—On last Thursday the sad news reached this place that the little child of Henry Salmons had passed to the realms of the blest, and the body was conveyed on Friday to this place and laid silently in the tomb to wait the resurrection morn. The family left this place about a year ago to Chattaroy mines. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

SHANNON, Mrs. Bert (Ella Preston)

Yesterday loving friends followed Mrs. Bert Shannon’s body to its last resting place in our beautiful City of the Dead. The passing of such a noble character deserved more than a brief notice. Young in years, she was ripe in the experience that comes and grows with such a life as hers. Daughter, sister, wife and mother in all but natural ties to the son of her husband, this good woman, cut off when but 20 years had measured her span of life, filled to its full the duty imposed upon her. Ella Preston was the loving daughter of loving parents, the affectionate sister, the devoted wife and when the cold earth hid her from the sight of the loving and the loved they surely felt the depth of a sorrow unfathomable and unutterable. She died last Monday night, after a brave fight against whet we must yet believe to be inevitable. Consumption early set its ominous seal upon her young body and although medical skill, travel, nursing and all that the tenderest care could provide were used in her behalf she faded slowly, but surely. Two years ago one sister yielded to the White Plague, and now Henry and Nancy Preston mourn the untimely loss of another child from the same fell destroyer. Big Sandy News, Nov 30, 1906

 

WELLMAN, Rosa

Adams—We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Rosa Wellman, she was a good woman. Big Sandy News, Nov 9, 1906

 

WILLIAMSON, F. A.

Williamson, WV, Oct 25—Captain F. A. Williamson, foreman of the extra gang on the yards here, was attending to the duties of his position and had occasion to step across the track just as a string of loose cars started down the incline. Amid the noise of the yards, he did not hear them coming, nor did he hear the cry of one of his men, as his attention was drawn to something else. He was struck by the foremost car and three of them passed over his body before they could be stopped. Both arms were cut off and the head terribly mangled. Death was probably instantaneous. Big Sandy News, Nov 2, 1906

 

YOUNG

Mt. Sterling, KY—The 12 year old daughter of Ed. Young of Lawrence County, was burned to death. Her little sister lighted a paper and playfully touched it to her dress. The child’s mother died only a few days ago and the father is critically ill. Big Sandy News, Nov 30, 1906


 

DECEMBER 1906

 


BLANTON, Ben

Ben Blanton was run over by a saw log and instantly killed, near Harry Barker’s residence on Big Paint Creek, Johnson County, Thursday. Big Sandy News, Dec 14, 1906

 

BOYD, Louisa

Mrs. Louisa Boyd, wife of Uncle Hugh Boyd, of Patrick, KY, departed this life Tuesday night, Dec 4th, at the ripe old age of 78 years. She died very suddenly from a neuralgia pain in her chest and throat; her husband and son, Henry, and her daughter, Mrs. William Murray,  of Ironton, who happened to be home on a visit being the only persons present. She was buried in the family burying ground Thursday, the funeral services being conducted by Elders Roscoe Murray and P. B. McCoy. “Aunt Vicie” is now shouting while friends are crying. Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain. She lived a consistent Christian for 50 years, always found at her post, doing what she could in the great cause of Christ. Allen Body, son of the deceased and 3 grandchildren, Alice and Lizzie Boyd and Kenova Murray were converted immediately following the death of their mother, and were baptized Sunday by Rev. Roscoe Murray. The Lord works in mysterious way, his wonders to perform. She leaves a devoted husband and several children to mourn their loss. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and consecrated Christian. Big Sandy News, Dec 21, 1906

 

BRADFORD, Sarah

Last Friday morning, near the first stop above Pikeville, as the down river local was making the run from that point to Pikeville, the tender struck Mrs. Sarah Bradford, a widow, and injured her fatally. Her cow was on the track and she ran onto the track to drive the cow off, when she stumbled and fell, the tender struck her in the head and breast. She died 3 hours later, without regaining consciousness. Her husband was assassinated a few years ago by Rudolph Sword, who, when Sheriff Will Smith attempted to arrest him committed suicide by shooting himself. She was to have been married again to A. M. Ratcliff, who had taken a raft of timber to Catlettsburg. The nuptials were to have been celebrated on his return. She leaves no children. Big Sandy News, Dec 28, 1906

 

CASTLE, Clara

In loving remembrance of Clara eldest daughter of Scott and Avilia Castle, who departed this life Nov 1st, 1906, aged 20 years and 22 days. She leaves a father, mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss, but we feel sure that their loss is Heaven’s gain. Death always chooses a shining mark. Clara was a sweet girl and loved by all who knew her. She was sick for sometime with fever, and was converted a while before she died. She said the angles were hovering around her bed just before she fell asleep. Big Sandy News, Dec 7, 1906

 

DAVIS, Lillie

Miss Lillie Davis died on Saturday at the home of her father, Ed Davis on East Fork, and was buried on Sunday afternoon. Miss Davis’ death was due to consumption and a sister, who died of the same dread disease, was interred on last Christmas day. Big Sandy News, Dec 28, 1906

 

FULKERSON, George

A telegram received Wednesday morning from Rhyolite, NV, brought the sad news of the death of George Fulkerson, of this place, a son of the late William Fulkerson. His brother, Will, left Tuesday night for that place in response to a telegram telling of the dangerous illness of George. No particulars have been received. A brief letter from George a few days ago said he was not in good health and was going to the hospital. Efforts have been made to deliver a message to Will, but without success. George was a member of the Elk Lodge at Catlettsburg and members of that order in Nevada have charge of the remains and have been instructed to ship the body home at once. George went to Nevada several months ago and had lucrative employment there. His health had not been good for quite a while previous to his leaving here, but no apprehension of such a sudden ending of his life was felt, and the shock is a very severe one to his mother and 2 brothers. It is probable that death was the result of pneumonia, though this is only a surmise. Big Sandy News, Dec 7, 1906

 

As stated in this paper in a recent issue George R. Fulkerson, son of the late William Fulkerson and Mrs. Julia Fulkerson, had died at Rayolite, a mining town in Nevada. His brother William had started for the bedside of his relative and had gone as far as Chicago when he heard George was dead and that the body would be sent to Louisa. He at once came back to Louisa. Then followed days and nights of weary and anxious waiting, the body not reaching Louisa until last Monday night. It arrived on the O. & B. S. train and was taken off at the Fulkerson home, where Undertaker Snyder and several Elks and other friends took charge of the remains. On Wednesday afternoon funeral services were held at the M. E. Church South, the Rev. O. F. Williams, officiating. At their conclusion, the body, followed by a large number of friends, was taken to the Fulkerson Cemetery and interred.  Big Sandy News, Dec 21, 1906

 

HARRIS, Kean

Mrs. Julia Booth, living on Big Elk Creek, 6 miles east of Inez, was lodged in jail at that place Monday charged with the murder of Kean Harris, her next door neighbor. Young Harris and William Booth, it is stated, were the best of friends. Thursday night Harris accepted an invitation to spend the night with Booth. While sitting around the hearthstone Mrs. Booth ??? the question of cowardice, and said that before she would run she would blow a man’s head off. Her husband told her that she could be frightened until she would throw her gun down and outrun a steam engine. The argument progressed until Mrs. Booth wagered her cow against $25 with her husband that she would not run. Booth, it is said persuaded Harris to feign ???? home and to return about 1 o’clock in the morning to test the matter. Harris consented, and on returning, rapped at the door. Mrs. Booth woke her husband and he refused to get up. She then asked Harris his name and what he wanted Harris told her it was none of her business, and if she did not open the door, he would break it down. Mrs. Booth, it is said, arose from the bed and without dressing, procured a double barreled shotgun and emptied both barrels into Harris’s head, killing him instantly. Big Sandy News, Dec 21, 1906

 

HAYS, Mart

The many friends of Lafe Hays, keeper of the County Infirmary, will regret to learn that death has again visited his family. This time the victim was his son, Mart, aged 19 years. The death occurred on Sunday last, and it was the second time this year that the family has suffered sore bereavement. The other death was that of a young married daughter, which occurred last spring. Mart Hays was a very worthy young man, moral, industrious and well educated. Big Sandy News, Dec 14, 1906

 

HICKS, Elizabeth

Died at the home of her grandson, George Hale, on Bear Creek, this county, Dec 18 Mrs. Elizabethy Hicks, aged 96 years and 6 months. Big Sandy News, Dec 28, 1906

 

HOWARD, Whitt

Grayson, KY, Dec 3—Charles Tabor shot and killed Whitt Howard at Limestone, this county, last night. There had been an old feud between the two, and about a year ago Howard shot Tabor in the leg, while he was riding along the highway. Tabor, accompanied by Deputy Sheriff Mannin, his brother, Marshal George Tabor, of Olive Hill, Senator R. A. Carpenter and Dr. W. D. Williams, arrived in town today and arranged for a hearing. Tabor claims self-defense. Howard was a dangerous citizen. Big Sandy News, Dec 7, 1906

 

LAMBERT, Ed

A tragedy was enacted near the little hamlet of Mavity about 10 miles south of this city last Thursday night in which Ed Lambert lost his life, and Bill Ross, who has heretofore served time in the penitentiary, has probably gotten himself into another serious bit of trouble. The Rosses live about 2 miles from the town of Mavity and it is said conduct a house of rather odious reputation. The household is composed of Bill Ross, a brother, Joe Ross and 2 sisters. The Rosses were arrested next day. Big Sandy News, Dec 7, 1906

 

MAYNARD,

Miss Maynard, age 17, daughter of ?? Allen Maynard, of Rockcastle, died of consumption one day last week. Big Sandy News, Dec 28, 1906

 

MCCOMAS, Blaine

On Christmas Eve two liquor men at Warfield, Martin County, shot each other. They were Blaine McComas and a man named Starr, son of James Starr. McComas was shot through the abdomen and is dead. A ball struck Starr just above one eye, and a part of the ball was removed by Dr. F. D. Marcum from the side of the head, more than half way back. The man is still alive and bids fair to recover, although the ball apparently passed through the region where the brain ought to be. McComas operated a distillery at Naugatuck, WV and sold liquor at East Warfield. This is said to be the third man that Starr has killed. Both men are reported to have been under the influence of liquor. Big Sandy News, Dec 28, 1906

 

MCKINSTER, Mary J.

Died—Mary J. McKinster, age 70 at Fullerton, KY, Nov 23, 1906. The remains were taken to the old home place near Atton, and buried beside relatives who had preceded her. She was a splendid Christian woman, having lived as she died in full faith of the future. She was the widow of William McKinster, a soldier and drew a widow’s pension. She was ??? the Methodist Church South, and the mother of Rev. I. F. J. McKinster now located at Lane’s Bottom, West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Dec 7, 1906

 

THOMAS, John N.

Mr. John N. Thomas died at Ironton, OH last Saturday night. He was the father of B. F. and J. C. Thomas citizens of Louisa. Mr. Thomas was 78 years of age. He was one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Lawrence County, OH. He was elected Auditor of that county 3 times and up to the day of his death he was Assistant Auditor. He worked until 4 o’clock that day and then went home complaining of illness. No alarm was felt, however, until about 10 o’clock, when the dangerous nature of the attack was realized. He passed away at 12 o’clock. The funeral took place on Wednesday. All of the sons and daughters were present except Mrs. Dupuy, of California and Mrs. Cooper, of Chicago. The latter was kept away by serious illness in her own family. Mr. B. F. Thomas and family were here when the news of the death came on Sunday morning. Mr. Thomas went to Ironton at once and his family attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Dec 28, 1906

 

From the Irontonian

Mr. John N. Thomas, ex-county auditor and up until Saturday, an assistant in the auditor’s office, died suddenly this morning at his home on south Fifth Street between Park Avenue and Vernon Street. The Irontonian is unable this morning to give the date of Mr. Thomas’s long and useful life, but will do so Tuesday morning. The deceased was 78 years of age and was probably one of the best known men in Lawrence County, OH.. Mr. Thomas is survived by a family of grown children, among them, Benjamin Thomas, of Cincinnati, John Thomas of Kentucky, Miss Mattie Thomas, Mrs. F. A. Ross and Miss Ola Thomas  and Mrs. Frank Dupuy of Long Beach, CA, Mrs. Cooper of Chicago and Elma Thomas of Omaha, Neb. Big Sandy News, Dec 28,1906

 

VANHORN

Sherman Vanhorn’s little son, aged 2 years and 4 months was badly burned Monday at the home of its parents on Rove Creek, this county and died from the injuries on Wednesday evening. Its clothing caught fire from an open fire place. Big Sandy News, Dec 28, 1906