ADAMS, Mrs. B. E.
This community was very greatly shocked on Friday evening of last week when a message was received saying that Mrs. B. E. Adams was found dead in her home in Ashland, shot through the heart. Mr. and Mrs. Adams had just moved from Louisa and placed their furniture in a residence at 209 East Carter Avenue and expected to spend the night there. Those who are in the best position to know express the belief that the tragedy was an accident. Nobody was present. Fred Picklesimer, a carpenter from Louisa, had been there 2 days unpacking the furniture and putting it in place. About four o’clock p.m. , he told Mrs. Adams he was going across the river to spend the night with his brother and she requested him to wait until she could go to the home of a neighbor where she had spent the night previous and get her suit case. He continued to work in the back yard for half an hour or more and did not know when she returned, not did he hear a pistol shot. Quitting work he went into the house to get his coat and discovered Mrs. Adams lying on the floor. He ran to the street and stopped an automobile, asking the driver to go for Mr. Adams and a doctor. He was told that Dr. P.C. Layne lived near and he went for him. Dr. Layne found that Mrs. Adams was dead, with a gunshot wound between the fifth and sixth ribs on the left side. The pistol a .25 caliber automatic, was on the floor.
The theory advanced is that the weapon was accidentally discharged when Mrs. Adams took it out of her suitcase. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at the residence. In response to a telephone call from Mr. Adams, Rev. J. D. Bell, pastor of the M.E. Church, South of Louisa, went to Ashland and conducted the services. He was assisted by Rev. Paul S. Powell and Rev. Butler of Ashland. The body was taken to Dayton, OH, via of Cincinnati for burial. Mr. and Mrs. Adams came to Louisa about 12 years ago from Dayton, the home of Mrs. Adams. Mr. Adams is a native of Atlanta, GA. They made many friends here who regretted their departure. Mr. Adams organized and built up the Lobaco Company, a large business. Recently he resigned and bought an interest in a wholesale business in Ashland. This tragedy arouses the deepest sympathy for him. Mrs. Adams was a member of the United Brethren Church. She was about 36 years of age. Her genial manner won many friends wherever she went.
The funeral was attended by quite a number of Ashland people and by the following persons from Louisa; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Vaughan, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Picklesimer, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Wellman, Mrs. O.C. Atkins, Mrs. D. C. Spencer, Mrs. Jennie Adams, Mrs. F. A. Millard, Mrs. Billie Riffe, Rev. J.B. Bell, F. T. D. Wallace, Sr., and F. H. Yates. Mrs. Spencer, sister of Mrs. Adams and her husband, from Dayton, were present and accompanied Mr. Adams and the body to Dayton. Mr. Adams purchased the gun some time ago for his wife, telling her he would be out of town a good deal and wanted her to have it for protection. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
Christmas—On the 12th of January the body of Herbert Adkins, who was killed in the World War arrived home and was buried in the family burial ground. He was the son of Jesse Adkins.
Yatesville— The switchboard operators have learned of the death of Robert Adkins of Bear Creek who was a son of Jay Adkins of our place. He was 17 years old and the disease was typhoid fever. His death occurred a the home of his mother, Mrs. Addie Chadwick. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
BAYES, F. M.
Paintsville-- Dr. F. M. Bayes, died Dec 17 after an illness of about one year. While his death for the past few months had been daily expected it came nevertheless as a great shock not only to his devoted family but to the entire community as well. For more than 40 years Dr. Bayes had practiced medicine in this section, 32 years of that time he has practiced in Johnson County. The funeral was held in the Christian Church of which he was a member, having been one of the best supporters of that church for a number of years. Rev. John Stambaugh, a Christian Church minister and a lifelong friend of Dr. Bayes preached the funeral sermon. The Masonic and Oddfellows lodges had charge of the services. The deepest sympathy is offered his widow and daughters, Mrs. J. F. Bailey and Mrs. Harry G. Hazelrigg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
BIGGS, J. D.
Dr. James D. Biggs, formerly of Louisa, died at the home of his mother near Greenup Tuesday night. The funeral was held Thursday morning and the interment took place in the Greenup Cemetery. Dr. Biggs was about 45 years of age. Several years ago he located in Louisa and practiced his profession very successfully or quite a while. He was a competent physician and made many friends while here. He had been in poor health for several years previous to his death. Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Vinson of Louisa attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1922
Martha—We are sorry to hear of the death of Estill Boggs little son. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
Death of Colored Woman—Mrs. Lettie Bott, formerly wife of Joe Botts, the aged barber of Louisa, died here Wednesday night, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Garred. She was near 70 years old. For a number of years she has lived in Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
BURCHETT, Mrs. Harve
Just before going to press we learned of the death of Mrs. Harve Burchett at her home near Yatesville which occurred after an illness of some weeks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
BURCHETT, Mrs. Harvey
Christmas—On the 5th of Jan death entered the home of uncle Harvey Burchett and claimed for its victim his loving wife. She was 80 years of age and had been a Christian for 53 years. She was buried by the side of her daughter, Millie, who died about one month ago. Much sympathy is extended to their surviving relatives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
Christmas—Death also entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Burchett and took their infant baby, aged one week. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
Fitch—Mrs. Nellie Butler of this place died Tuesday the 17th. She was the daughter of Mrs. M. E. Fitch. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and 5 children, mother, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters. She was laid to rest in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
The body of Quit Canada, missing since Christmas Eve, was found in Pond Creek, Pike Co., some distance below his home and murder is suspected as a post mortem examination revealed a crushed skull. Canada had been in a Pikeville store with $44 the day he disappeared but he did not have the money with him when he met his death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
The body of J. Q. Canada, who disappeared from his home at Toler, Pike County, on Christmas eve was found in Pond Creek near East Williamson on Dec 28. He was a merchant at Toler and stepped out of his store about 10:30 that night. Failing to return to his store or to his home the family became alarmed about him. A searching party was sent out and after 3 days the body was found several miles down the creek. His skull was fractured and physicians state that he did not come to his death by drowning. It is thought he was murdered and his body thrown into the creek. A reward of $1000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the guilty party. Mr. Canada carried a small amount of money which was missing when the body was found. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Canada, 4 sons, Earl, George, Wallace and Rowland and 2 daughters, Mrs. John Mitchell of Van Lear and Mrs. Freelin Hunt of Toler. He was 53 years of age and was born and raised in Pike County where he was well liked. He was a good citizen and successful merchant. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1922
CANTFIELD, Mrs. Tom
Mrs. Tom Cantfield died at her home on Savage Branch on Friday at the age of 80, of pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the home after which interment was made in the family cemetery at Savage Branch. Mrs. Cantfield is survived by her husband, 2 sons and a daughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1922
Madge—We were sorry to hear of the deaths of James Norton of Louisa and uncle Ben Carter of Osie. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved families. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
Blaine--On Tuesday morning, Dec 27 death visited the home of Mrs. James Chaffins and claimed as it own her loving husband. He had been sick a long time, but was very patient. He told them he was not afraid to die as he was prepared to go, so weep not, dear friends, but prepare to meet him where parting never come. He leaves a wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Also 3 brothers to mourn their loss. But while he is gone and they can not see his smiling face or hear his gentle voice he I free from all pain and is waiting for his loved ones on God’s bright shore where parting will never come. A Friend Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
CHRISTIAN, Lucinda Harriet(Bradley-Hutchison)
Lucinda Harriet Christian was the daughter of Stephen and Polly Bradley, was born Jan 21, 1831, departed this life Nov 20, 1921, at the age of 90 years and 29 days. She was born in Floyd County, KY and moved with her parents to Lawrence County, KY in 1834 when 3 years old and settled on Morgan’s Creek near Yatesville, KY. She was converted at the age of 13 years and lived a devoted Christian for 77 years. She was married to John H. Hutchison Feb 1, 1867 and lived with him until his death after which she married William A. Christian Feb 2, 1878. After his death she made her home with Rev. Roland Hutchison and took her flight to the glory world from his home. She was the step mother of 11 children, was loved, honored and respected by her many friends. The writer has known Aunt Harriet for many years and in the spring of 1889, while we were struggling between life and death with pneumonia and our many kind and loving friends were visiting us, Aunt Harriet and her noble husband, were in the number. She talked to us, she prayed for us. No more will she visit our sick beds. She is gone but not forgotten. Her memory will last as long as her friends and relatives live. While we mourn our loss, heaven has gained a noble soul, another mother. She told her fiends around her bed a short time before her death that she was anxiously waiting for the Lord to call her home. Her remains were taken to the Casey graveyard followed by many dear friends where they met a large congregation and where we heard one of the best funeral sermons that was ever preached in our country, same delivered by Rev. R. H. Cassady. Adam Harman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
COMBS, Rev. D. G.
The Rev. D. G. Combs, 86 years old, an evangelist of the Christian Church for more than half a century died last Monday at his home at Mt. Sterling of heart disease. His widow and 4 daughters are the surviving members of the family. Rev. Combs had been in Louisa several times and conducted services in the Christian Church. His last visit to this place was only a few months ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
CONDIT, Mrs. W.C.
Ashland, KY—Jan 12—Mrs. W. C. Condit, wife of the Rev. Dr. W. C. Condit, who was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here of 56 years, died today after a prolonged illness. She is survived by her husband and 3 daughters, Mrs. Oscar Henthrone, Miss Mary Ford Condit, both of Ashland and Mrs. Lucien Waggener of Danville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
DAVIS, B. L.
Paintsville-- We were sorry to learn of the death of B. L. Davis which took place at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ace Meeks recently. He had only been ill for a short time. He was a good old man and was loved by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jesse Preston and Bass Daniels. He is survived by 3 sons and daughters and a host of relatives and friends. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for many years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
Ulysses—Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Davis Dec 25 and took from them Mrs. Davis’s loving mother, aunt Edith Davis. She was 74 years old and was a good Christian woman. She leaves to mourn her loss many friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
DICK, A R.
A. R. Dick, 40, died Saturday morning at his home in Huntington, after an illness of 4 months. He was born in Dixon, Wayne County. For the past 10 years he has been employed by the Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company as a conductor. The survivors are his wife who was formerly Miss Icie Gates, 4 children, Denzil, Bertha, Irma and Herbert and 7 sisters, Mrs. A. E. Miller of Akron, OH, Mrs. E. P. Spurlock, Mrs. A.C. Smith, Mrs. R.R. Rardin, Mrs. Earl Houchins, Miss Lillian Dick and Miss Edna Dick and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee S. Dick of Huntington. Funeral services were held at the Central Methodist church with Rev. P. E. Thornburg and Rev. Hugh Workman officiating. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
Knob Branch—Sorry to hear of the death of Paulina Dobbins. Pneumonia is said to have been the cause of her death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
ELSWICK, Laura (Queen)
Laura A. Elswick was born Feb 23, 1860, and departed this life Nov 26, 1921 being 61 years 9 months and 3 days of age. She was the daughter of Walter Queen of this place. She is survived by her husband, D. W. Elswick and 3 sons, Carson, Earl and John and one daughter, Mrs. Nora Higgins. She is also survived by 5 brothers, John E. and Jay N. Queen of Estep, James Queen of Olive Hill, Monk Queen of East Fork and Frank Queen of Ashland and by 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Fannin of Beechy and Mrs. T. R. McGlothlin of Catlettsburg. Laura was converted some 35 to 40 years ago under the preaching of Bro. Isaac Fannin and became a member of the M.E. Church South of which church she remained a member. She lived a devout Christian life and died as she had lived—at peace with the world after a life spent in serving others. A Friend. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1922
FANNIN, Cynthia (Skeens-Reynolds)
Born Nov 14, 1839, Carterton, VA, died Sep 4, 1921, Estep, KY. Looking backward over 82 summers with indulgent kindness and a sympathetic tolerance, Aunt Cynthia Fannin calmly awaited the falling twilight marking the close of the inevitable day. Without a duty evaded or an unkindness done in a life begun in the fullness of promise, and lived under adversity, tragedy and sorrow, she slowly sank to restful sleep and was quietly awakened on the bursting brilliance of a morning full of gladness and light.
Her live begun under the maiden name of Cynthia Skeens, was as varied and uncertain as that encountered by any of the earlier settlers of Virginia or Kentucky and contributed just as fully to the peace and future greatness of her community as their. The unusual tide of events running the course of her four score years was unable to lessen the indomitable spirit or leave its trace of bitterness on her soul. God never created a task for her that was not accomplished, nor imposed difficulties under which she did not grow to finer attainments and great usefulness. Her first marriage to Oliver Reynolds was an ideal union and brought together 2 characters whose youthful ambitions looked fearlessly beyond the narrow confines of established custom for greater fields of endeavor. The emigrated to Tennessee and later to Kentucky where 3 children were born the first in 1858 and the last 1862. Sallie, the first child married Henry Fannin and now lives at Estep, George died in 1909, while Noah, the youngest, lives at Rush.
The union with Oliver Reynolds was terminated during the Civil War when communication with him suddenly ceased. On Nov 15, 1872, aunt Cynthia married John Fannin to whom she gave four children, all living. In addition to these she saw her progeny increased by 44 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren.
The good she did is a monument of virtue the storm of time can never destroy. Always thoughtful and helpful to others, she met the cares and troubles crowding in upon her life with unusual fortitude and while she rest overlooking the community that grew to love and cherish her, her name is indelibly written in kindness, love and mercy on the heart of hundreds. H. K. P. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
FRAZIER, A. J.
On Jan 5 this community was profoundly shocked when Wm. O’Daniel received a message from Portsmouth, OH, that his brother in law, Rev. A. J. Frazier had dropped death the night before. While Mr. Frazier had not had very good health for a number of years he had seemed to be better this fall and winter than usual. On Jan 4 he cut and hauled some fire wood and did his chores about the place. That evening he told his wife what he wanted for his supper. She prepared it for him and the had just eaten supper and were sitting by the fire. Mrs. Frazier went out through the dining room into the kitchen for something. Just as she reached the kitchen she heard him fall. She ran in and he had fallen out of his chair and before she could summons a neighbor who lived in calling distance he had expired. Rev. Frazier was about 74 yeas of age and had lived all his life in Lawrence county, KY until about 18 years ago when he moved to Portsmouth and lived there for a number of years. He then bought a farm over in Greenup County and moved to it and lived there until his death. He married Victoria Jarrell, daughter of Hiram and Rosanah Jarrell and they had lived together for about 50 years. They had 12 children, all of whom lived to be grown except for 2 who died when quite young and 5 died after the were grown. Esther and Caroline, who died in infancy and Mrs. Maggie Nunley and Mrs. Rosanah Evans and Jefferson Frazier are buried in the Harmon Cemetery at this place. Mrs. Nora Rice is buried at Yatesville and Elbert Frazier who died about 2 years ago is buried in Greenup County on the home place. Besides the widow, 5 children survive: James Kay and Oliver Frazier of Portsmouth, OH, and Mrs. Pearl Kelly and Charley Frazier of Letitia, KY. He leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss, but we mourn not as those that have no hope. He has fought his last battle and won the victory and today he is basking in the sunlight of God’s eternal love with his loved ones gone on before. All that was mortal of Rev. Frazier sleeps beneath a little mound down in Greenup County. His funeral will be preached this summer some time at the church house near where he is buried. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
Lester Frazier died at the home of his father, John L. Frazier, in Fort Gay, on Tuesday morning of this week, age 19 years and 6 months. His death was the result of a bullet wound received Mar 25,1921 a the same time that Robert Maynard was killed. He has lingered ever since, gradually growing weaker and more emaciated. The burial took place on Wednesday at 2 o’clock in the Frazier graveyard, Rev. L. D. Bryan conducted the services. The shooting occurred on Sunday night near a church house, in Fort Gay. Chris Johnson and Henry Whitaker were charged with firing the shots that killed Maynard and wounded Frazier. Johnson was captured and landed in jail at Wayne, but escaped and has not been apprehended. Johnson and Whitaker were students in Louisa and are natives of Floyd County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
HAGER, B. F.
Mr. B. F. Hager, a prominent citizen of Paintsville, died last Saturday morning. He is survived by 3 sons and one daughter, Ed, Frank, Forrest and Mrs. Addie Prindible. His brother, S. P. Hager of Ashland, passed through Louisa Sunday evening on his way to Paintsville to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1922
Pitt Hoard having lived nearly 2 months into his 90th year, died of pneumonia at his residence in Ceredo, WV Friday afternoon at 12:20 o’clock. Mr. Hoard was one of the pioneer citizens of the tri-state and was well known and liked throughout the whole section. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
Conway Howell was instantly killed when he came in contact with a high voltage electric wire in the mines of the Howard Colliers Co., at Chattaroy, WV late Saturday. Howell, a miner was 21 years old, and his home at the time of his death was at Berwind. He came to West Virginia from Tennessee and had worked in the mines since his arrival her. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
HUBBARD, Henry C.
The body of Henry C. Hubbard, 21 years old, who was killed Tuesday in the Pennsylvania railroad yards at Conway, PA was taken to White House, KY for interment in the family burial lot there. Hubbard, a railroad conductor for the Pennsylvania, served in France with the American forces. He is survived by Mrs. Ella Sarten of Ethel, WV, his mother, and the following brothers and sisters, Ralph S. Hubbard of Huntington George Hubbard, U.S. Navy, and Miss Nellie Hubbard of Ethel, WV. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at White House. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
“Wittie” Hudgins, of Morehead, age 17, died of pneumonia at Richmond, KY, Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
HUFF, Reda Louisa
Friends of Miss Reda Louisa Huff, formerly engaged as a teacher in the schools of Williamson, WV, will be pained to learn of her death which took place as the result of pneumonia at the home of the popular young woman at Hinton Wednesday evening. Miss Huff was 21 years old. She had been very successful in her work as a teacher, and seemed to be on the threshold of a bright future when she was called from the plane of action of earth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
JOHNSON, Mary Ann
Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson, was born Mar 10, 1842 and departed this life Jan 6,1922 aged 79 years 10 months and 4 days. She was married to Ben Johnson Feb 17, 1861. To this union was born 6 children, 2 boys and 4 girls. She joined the church at the age of 36 years and lived a consistent Christian life and died in the triumphs of living faith. She said, “Children don’t weep for me, I am going to rest.” Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1922
Mary A. Johnson was born Mar 10, 1841, departed this life Jan 6, 1922. She was converted and joined the church at the age of 36 years and lived a constant Christian ever since. Among her last words was she was ready to go and only waiting the change. She is survived by 6 children, 4 daughters and 2 sons, all of whom were present at the time of her death, except Calvin Johnson, who lived in Donora, PA. She leaves 2 brothers, John W. Merideth of Catlettsburg and J.E. Merideth of Kenova, WV, who were present at the funeral which was conducted by Rev. Rube Curnutte of Fuller, KY at 9:30 Sunday morning, Jan 6. “Aunt Man” as she was called by everybody was a kind and loving mother. She was married to Ben Johnson, who preceded her to the glory land years ago. After that time she lived with her brother, J.E. Merideth whose wife died in 1898, leaving him with 9 children to which aunt Mary has been a mother. All of his children were present at the funeral except Carrie Merideth Buskirk of Shelby, OH who could not be there on account of sickness. Aunt Mary stayed with her brother’s family about 5 years ago and then went to live with her son, Ed Johnson of Little Hurricane, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
LOAR, Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Loar, 73, for many years an outstanding figure among Huntington business men, died in a hospital at Cincinnati Thursday night of last week. He had been ill for several weeks from an ulcerated stomach. After undergoing a slight operation in a Cincinnati hospital, he had apparently recovered but was again stricken at the home of his daughter Mrs. Breckenridge Jones on Christmas day. He was removed again to the hospital and died at 11:30 Thursday night. Mr. Loar was born in Johnson, MO, Jul 5, 1848. On Dec 17, 1891, he was married to Elizabeth L. Spencer. He moved to Huntington from this place about 15 years ago, since which time he had become interested in a number of business enterprises. At the time of his death he was president of the Huntington Wholesale Grocery Company. For years he was a successful merchant in Louisa and president of the Big Sandy National Bank. His wife and 3 children survive him. They are Fred Loarl and Chester Loar of Huntington and Mrs. Breckenridge Jones of Cincinnati. Funeral services were held Saturday at 3 o’clock at the residence, 1626 Sixth Avenue, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
Mrs. Virginia McComas, 36 years old died Tuesday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Margaret Ross of 28th Street, Huntington. The body was brought to her old home in Wayne County last Thursday for interment in the family cemetery. Mrs. McComas is survived by 2 children, Paul and Silas Adkins, by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Parker McComas of this county, by one sister, Mrs. Margaret Ross and by 5 brothers, Thurmond McComas of Lincoln County, Jeff McComas of Cabell County, Ireland, Gordon and Garland McComas of Wayne County. Wayne News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
Frightened when her dress caught fire from the flames of a gas stove, Iva McNeal, 13 year old daughter of Theodore McNeal, ran out of a confectionary into the street, a mass of flames. Her life was probably saved by the quick action of a spectator who smothered the flames with his overcoat. The girl, in a serious condition, was taken to the hospital where her death occurred a few days later. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
Wayne County, WV—The two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Golden Mills, who live on the head of little Lynn Creek, in this county, was burned to death last week. The little boy fell in the fire while the parents were out of the house and the flames were not extinguished. He lived about 12 hours after the accident. The father of the boy was burned about the hands and face in attempting to put out the fire. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
NORTON, James S.
Mr. Jas. S. Norton passed away on Thursday afternoon Jan 19 at 2 p.m. at his house on Jefferson Street in Louisa. His illness extended over the past 7 or 8 years during which time he had suffered from spinal trouble but was able to be out most of the time until 2 months previous to his death. He had been confined to his home since Nov 8. The immediate cause of his death was tuberculosis. He came to Kentucky from Alderson, WV. He was a member of one of the prominent families of that place. He married Miss Wilson of Lick Creek and they lived at Gallup a while before moving to Louisa several years ago. He was a good citizen and an industrious man, working steadily even after his health had failed and he was hardly able to walk. He was a mechanic and superintendent of more than ordinary ability. He was 57 years of age and is survived by his wife, 5 daughters and 4 sons. The daughters are Mrs. Ruth Endicott, Mrs. Emma Withers, and Misses Velma, Ella and Edith Norton, the sons, William, Leo, Jack and Jim. All were present at the funeral. Mrs. Withers arriving here after his death. Funeral services for Mr. Norton were held on Sunday morning at half after 10 o’clock in the Baptist Church in Louisa and were attended by a large number of relatives and friends. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. J. Simpson. Burial took place in the Vaughan graveyard on Lick Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
Mrs. Sarah Parsons, of Nestlow, Wayne County, died suddenly of heart failure in the Red River Church Saturday evening. She had been in good health up to the time of the stroke. She was an active worker in the church and took a leading part in the services Saturday. Toward the last she made an appeal to those not members of the church, imploring them to become Christians. When she sat down she gasped for breath and never spoke another word, death being instantaneous. Mrs. Parson is survived by her husband, A.C. Parsons and the following children: Charley, Chester, Clarence, Jennings, Cora, Ethel, Lelia, Bessie and Nola Parsons.—Wayne County News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20,1922
ROBERTS, Fred G.
The death of Fred G. Roberts occurred Wednesday morning at the home of his father at Busseyville after an illness of some time with tuberculosis. He was about 28 years of age and was the son of J. N. Roberts. He served in the army during the World War. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
Fred Geiger Roberts, youngest son of J. N. Roberts and wife was born Feb 18,1894 and died Jan 5,1 922, aged 27 years 10 months and 24 days. He was converted a short time ago and manifested a desire to be taken away from his suffering and to join his mother and sisters who preceded him to the great beyond.. He leaves his father, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, beside many friends. He was a member of the Louisa I.O.O.F. and B.P.O.E. and the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. The funeral service was held at the home at Busseyville last Friday afternoon at 1:30, conducted by Rev. J.D. Bell of Louisa. Members of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Louisa in conjunction with the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen of Ashland had charge of the burial which took place near the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1922
On Dec 28, 1921, a death angel winged its flight to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Salters and claimed for its victim their darling son, Logan. He was born Mar 1, 1910, was 11 years, 10 months and 28 days old. He leaves a father, mother, 2 sisters, 4 brothers, and a host of friends to mourn the loss. He was loved by everybody. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1922
Fallsburg—We are sorry to hear of the death of uncle Bill Skeens, as we all call him, as he was a good citizen and neighbor. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1922
SURGEON, Rev. W. H.
Funeral services for Rev. W. H. Surgeon of Wayland, KY, were held at the Eastwood M. E. Church South, Huntington, Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Mr. Slaughter and Bishop U.V. W. Darlington, presiding elders of the Ashland district of the West Virginia Conference, officiating. Interment was made at Barboursville. Mr. Surgeon has for 36 years been a pastor under the West Virginia Conference and recently had charge of the church at Wayland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1922
The Ashland Independent says: Montana Tackett, 11, was shot and instantly killed by her 5 year old sister Sunday afternoon as the children were playing “bear” in their home on the Newman farm at East Fork. The full load of the shotgun entered the older girl’s head and death was instantaneous. A brief funeral service was held and the body laid to rest in the family burying ground. Montana was beneath the house and was peeping into the house through a hole in the floor. The other girl was lying on the bed and was playing with the shotgun. In some manner it was discharged accidentally and the shot took effect in Montana’s head after drilling a hole in the floor. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1922
Finley Thompson died a this home at Fort Gay a few days ago, after an illness of 2 months. Burial took place at Joel’s Branch. His wife and 7 children survive. He was a member of the M.E. Church South, and funeral services were conducted by the pas tor, Rev. J. W. Blankenship, assisted by Rev. Crabtree. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
WATTS, Russell, Sr.
Russell Watts, Sr., a lifelong citizen of Stonewall district died on Jan 7. He attained the age of 86 years 3 months and 25 days., much more than the allotted three score and ten years. He was one of the most respected citizens of his community and his loss is regretted by a great many friends. He was the son of Jackson Watts, one of the first settlers of what is now Wayne County. He is the last survivor of a large family of sons and daughter of this old pioneer who helped blaze the trial to the now prosperous section. At the time of his death, Mr. Watts had 62 living grandchildren, 83 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. This made, counting himself, 5 generation living at one time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1922
The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Webb Monday, Nov 28, and left twin babies, but it was a very sad visit as one of the infants died and was buried Tuesday, Nov 29 and Tuesday night the death angel came to the bed and claimed for its own the dear loving mother, Bertha. She was born Aug 20, 1892 and departed this life Nov 19, 1921, aged 29 years 3 months and 10 days. She leaves a husband, 4 little children and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death. She was the bright daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson and was loved by all who knew her. She has gone from us, from her loved ones, but she has gone to the land where the weary are at rest. Her family has lost a good wife and mother, but our loss is heaven’s eternal gain. Her body was laid to rest in the Webb Cemetery where her infant, many friends and relatives are sleeping to await the sound of Gabriel’s Trumpet in the last day. A Niece. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1922
On Jan 23 at 8 o’clock the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Mrs. Tom Chadwick and claimed as its victim her loving son, Robert Adkins. Robert was born Mar 20, 1905, departed this life, Jan 23, 1922, aged 16 years 11 months and 3 days. To know “Bob” was to love him. He always had a kind word for everyone. He leaves to mourn his loss a dear mother, sister, father, Jay Adkins, of Fallsburg. The remains were laid to rest at Harman graveyard near Newcomb. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1922
BALL, James Edford
Cherokee, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oll Ball Monday morning and took away their beloved son, James Edford, age 9 months. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1922
Martin, son of W. H. Bayes of Auxier, Floyd County, died in the Paintsville Hospital Saturday from burns inflicted by the explosion of powder. He was playing near a can of blasting powder, lighting small quantities. The can was ignited and his body was burned nearly all over. He lived about 3 weeks. His age was 16 years. His father is a coal miner. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1922
Our dear father departed this life Jan 19, 1922. He had been sick 5 weeks and bore his illness patiently. He was sorry to leave us. He realized that we would be left homeless with father, mother or brother. He was paralyzed on his right side. His story was pitiful to listen at, when his friends visited him, explaining his condition. A few days before he died he said all he could think of now was to make heaven his home. He prayed for the Lord to spare him just a few more years with us, but the dear Lord had a home on high for him. He had lived a Christian life from boyhood. He is sleeping the peaceful sleeps beside the one he loved most dearly, out dear mother who died 14 years ago on the 9th day of May, 1921. His suffering is now over. He said just a few moments before he died he wanted us all to meet him in heaven. We can proudly say we have a dear father and mother in heaven, 3 little brothers, and 3 sisters. Of course we have a great desire to make heaven our home. There are more than half of the family there waiting. His vacant chair can never be filled. Oh, how we miss him. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Dear father’s funeral will be preached in the summer some time. Will report later just when. His Daughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
Whitehouse, KY—Mrs. Elizabeth Collins, died Feb 16. She was a good woman and is at rest. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
Everett Conley, age 28, son of Rev. John E. Conley, died at the home of his father at Wayland Tuesday of pneumonia. Burial took place on Jennies Creek this county. His mother was stricken with pneumonia on the day her son was buried and her death occurred one week after that of her son. Big Sandy News, Feb 24, 1922
We are sorry to hear of the death of aunt Sarah Curnutte. Our sympathy is extended to the family. Adams and Ledocio Section. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1922
DEROSSETT, W. S.
Word has been received of the death of W. S. DeRossett of Vicksburg, Miss. Mr. DeRossett was born in Prestonsburg Oct 7, 860, and was the son of Samuel J. and Elizabeth DeRossett. He formerly lived in Ashland and Louisa, his first wife being Miss Willie Jones of Louisa. He has lived in Vicksburg, the home of his second wife, for the past 16 years. She was Miss Anna Fortner. Burial took place at Vicksburg. Besides his wife, Mr. DeRossett is survived by a daughter, Mrs. B.B. Rule of Price, Utah, a son Wallace DeRossett of Vicksburg, a sister, Mrs. E. L. Hubbard of Ashland and several nieces and nephews. Big Sandy News, Friday Feb 3, 1922
EVERETT, Laban J.
Judge Laban T. Everett, 61, for many years a prominent attorney of Boyd County, was instantly killed when struck by a freight train at a crossing in Catlettsburg last Sunday evening about 9:15 o’clock. There were no eye witnesses to the accident. Returning to “Beechmoor”, the home of James A. Patton, during a driving rain, it is believed the umbrella that Colonel Everett carried cut the approach of the fast freight from his view. The rain and wind, it is believed, prevented him from hearing the locomotive. Judge Everett’s body was thrown about 30 feet, one arm and a leg were broken and his face and side severely bruised. Judge Everett was born in Guyandotte, WV. When 13 years old, he went to Catlettsburg to live with the family of his uncle, Col. Laban T. Moore, in whose office he began the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1879. He was appointed master commissioner under Circuit Judge Kinner. About 1900 he was appointed county judge by Governor Beckham to till the 2 years of the unexpired term of Judge S. W. Hager, who resigned his office to take over the office of State treasurer. Mr. Everett was probably as well known in Masonry circles as nay man in the State of Kentucky. He was at one time Master of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky and has held several other offices in the order since. He was a member of the El Hasa Temple of Ashland, Knights Templar and Elks. The funeral was on Wednesday afternoon and was one of the largest ever held in Catlettsburg. The Masonic and other fraternal organizations took part. There is seldom seen such a large and beautiful floral tribute. Interment took place in the Ashland Cemetery. Among relatives from Louisa who attended were Mr. and Mrs. F. T. D. Wallace, R. G. Moore, E. e. Shannon and F. G. Moore of Cincinnati. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
The body of Morgan Flanery, who passed away about 8 o’clock Thursday morning at his home in Powellsville, OH, after a brief illness of pneumonia, was taken to Ashland Saturday and the funeral services will be held there Sunday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in the cemetery there. Mr. Flanery came to Powellsville 4 years ago from Kentucky where the greater part of his life was spent. He had many friends in the county who heard of his passing with sincere regret. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 10 children as follows: Isom Flanery and Bayles Flanery of Poplar Plains, KY, Mrs. Sarah Rose and Mrs. Laura Rose of Elliott County, KY; Charles Flanery of Webbville, Lawrence County, KY, Mrs. Mary Parson of Franklin Furnace; Mrs. Mamie Jenkins of Powellsville; Miss Maggie Flanery at home and Mrs. Ethel Triplett of Boyd County, KY. Portsmouth Sun. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1922
FULKERSON, F. M.
Augusta, KY—Feb 11—F. M. Fulkerson, 57 years old, died at his home here last night after an illness of 5 years. He was a native of Catlettsburg, but had been a resident of this city for 30 years. For a quarter of a century he was cashier of the Augusta Liberty bank, resigning when attached with his fatal illness. His widow, formerly Miss Bettie Allen of this city, survives him. Mr. Fulkerson was a son of Martin Fulkerson. His mother was a sister of A. Mimms, of Catlettsburg. His brother, A. C. Fulkerson, married Nannie Smith, daughter of Edmund M. Smith of mouth of Blaine. He was a cousin of William M. Fulkerson of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1922
Georgia, 8 year old daughter of Mrs. George Hatten of Prichard, WV, died in a hospital in Huntington Friday from burns caused by her clothing catching fire in front of an open grate. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
HOLT, Mrs. Mont
Mrs. Mont Holt died on last Friday morning at the home of her mother, Mrs. Pauline Robinson in Paintsville. She had been ill about 2 weeks with pneumonia and was thought to be on the road to recovery, but her heart could not withstand the attack and her death came unexpectedly. She is survived by her husband and 3 small children, 2 boys and a girl, aged 8, 6 and 3 years. Mrs. Holt was the daughter of the late M. L. Robinson of Paintsville. She had lived in Louisa for some time after her marriage and made many friends while here. She was a devoted wife and mother, a consistent Christian and a woman of high ideals. Much sympathy is expressed fro the family in their bereavement. Relatives of M. Holt, who went from here to attend the funeral which was held on Sunday were Miss Pearl Holt and Mr. G. B. Cater. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1922
JOHNS, Martin H.
Mr. Martin H. Johns, aged 84 years, died last Saturday afternoon at one o’clock at his home of Madison Street in Louisa after a few days illness with pneumonia. He took sick on Tuesday night with a chill and was never conscious afterwards. He was one of the oldest citizens of Louisa and had spent the greater part of his life here. Until retiring a few years ago he was a prominent businessman, giving most of his attention to the timber business. He was remarkably well preserved for one of his age and was on the streets only a few days before his death, in his usual health. Mr. Johns’ first marriage was to Miss Goble, who died, leaving 2 daughters. They are Mrs. Ella Hays of Louisa and Mrs. C. B. Peters of Ashland. Of the second marriage, which was to Miss Sallie Vinson, whose death occurred a number of years ago, one daughter, Mrs. Annis J. Ahlers of Quincy, FL survives. Other surviving members of the family are his widow, one son, M. L. Johns and a daughter, Miss Dora Johns. Also a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. McDowell, died a few years ago. Mr. Johns was a member of the Masonic fraternity, being one of the oldest in the lodge at this place. Funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett, Rev. J. D. Bell also took part in the services. A large number of friends of the venerable citizen and his family attended. The burial was under the auspices of the Masonic lodge and took place in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. Johns was a man of influence and popularity. He was Sheriff of Lawrence county many years ago and made a good official. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
Dunlow, WV, Feb 12—While waiting at the Norfolk & Western station at Wells Branch 2 miles above here, with 3 stills which he had captured in raids earlier in the day, William Mead, 45, a state prohibition officer, was shot and killed by an ambushed gunman at 6 o’clock tonight. Mead was on his way to Wayne to deliver the stills at headquarters. He was shot without warning, the bullet entering his back and causing instant death, according to word received here. Authorities in Huntington were requested to rush bloodhounds to the scene. Arrangements to bring the dogs here on a Norfolk & Western train were made with the railroad officials.
In recent weeks Mead, with other prohibition enforcement agents, have been active in Dunlow and environs. Several arrests have been made and a number of stills and a quantity of moonshine liquor seized. The seal of the agent in tracing manufacturers of illicit liquor has frequently been commented upon and according to reports here, threats against hime have been heard. The ambush tonight, however, was the first resistance offered, despite the violence said to have been threatened. Mead’s work here was in connection with the state staff of dry agents directed by M.E. Ketchum. He owned considerable land in Wayne county, it is stated, and was widely known. He was fired on shortly after 6:30 o’clock, it was reported here. Officer Mead was married and had a family of 7 children. He also leaves 3 brothers, John Mead of Williamson, Wayne Mead of Dunlow and Sam Mead of Bowen and 2 sisters, Mrs. Church of Huntington and Mrs. Polly Huffman of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1922
Mr. Lewis Nunley died Wednesday of this week at his home near Hulette post office, this county. Hr was about 70 yeas old. A wife and several grown sons and daughters survive. Mr. Nunley was on of the good citizens of that neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1922
An infant child of G. W. Pennington was found dead in bed last Friday morning. It was buried the following day at Gallup. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1922
PETERS, Nancy (Harris)
Only 2 months after the death of her husband, Mrs. Nancy Peters passed away at the old home near Louisa, following a long illness, during the last several months of which she had been confined to her bed. Before marriage Mrs. Peters was Miss Nancy A. Harris and was born in Scott County, VA, Sep 15, 1845. She was married to John N. Peters, Aug 24, 1865. She died Feb 4,1922, aged 76 years, 4 months and 20 days. Of nine children, seven are living. They are Mrs. Ollie Ferguson of Seeley, CA, Mrs. Susie Smith of Escondido, CA, Mrs. Alice Linger, Findlay, OH, Mrs. Florence Sipple, Elcentro, CA, H.A. Peters, Seeley, CA, Robert C. Peters, at home and Mrs. Julia Bartram, of Fort Gay, WV. Mr. and Mrs. Peters were among best and most influential citizens and will be much missed in the community in which they had made their home these many years. In early life, Mrs. Peters united with the Christian Church and lived a faithful consistent Christian life ever afterwards. Appropriate funeral services were conducted at the home on Monday afternoon. Rev. H.B. Hewlett of Louisa, being in charge of the service. Burial took place in the See graveyard beside her husband. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1922
RICE, Dr. William A.
Dr. William A. Rice died of pneumonia at his home in Louisa Tuesday night at 11 o’clock. He was called about 10 days before to see a patient 6 miles in the country. While on the road he had a severe chill and this was the beginning of the attack that ended his life. For 3 or 4 days previous to his death the physicians realized that the chances for recovery were very slight. Dr. Rice himself did not believe he could survive. A few years ago he had pneumonia and had a narrow escape from death. He was in his 63rd year and his lungs were not very strong. The body was taken to Fallsburg Thursday for burial beside the body of his daughter. The Odd Fellows lodge had charge of the burial services. A number of Louisa members went to Fallsburg. Dr. Rice is survived by the wife and one daughter, Mrs. John Boggs. They had only 2 children. The other daughter died a few years ago. He practiced medicine in the Fallsburg neighborhood for a great many years and only a few months ago he and Mrs. Rice moved to Louisa. They bought 2 or 3 pieces of residence property and had just settled down to a more comfortable life, looking forward to many years of happiness. Dr. Rice had given many years of hard service exacted by practice in the country and by economy and thrift had accumulated quite a competency. He was a good man and had many friends. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and Masonic lodges at Fallsburg and East Fork and affiliated with the M. E. Church South. Dr. Rice was one of a family of 5, most of whom are still living. Dr. Nelson Rice of Blaine, is a brother, and there are 3 brothers living on Catt in this county. Rev. H.B. Hewlett preached the funeral and conducted the services at the grave. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1922
Isaac Richmond died at his home in Prestonsburg yesterday, after an illness of long standing. He was one of the prominent business men of his city, a successful merchant, an active churchman and a good citizen from every standpoint. He was about 70 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
Mont Riley died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jno. W. Runyon, at Toler, Pike County, Sunday night, where he had lived a number of years. He was 80 years of age. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Runyon and Mrs. Jas. Wellman of Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
Donithon, KY—Rev. H. W. Lambert was called to the See Cemetery Monday to conduct the funeral of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Salyers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
SKAGGS, Earl Martin
Earl Martin, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Skaggs, died last Saturday night after an illness of a few days with pneumonia. The child was about 2 months old. The body was taken to the M.A. Hay graveyard on Sunday afternoon for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1922
This well known preacher in the M. E. Church South died at Montgomery, WV, Monday age about 70. The burial took place at Fairmont. He lived at Louisa when he changed his life 32 years ago from that of a reckless traveling salesman to that of preacher. He was a unique character. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1922
Funeral services over the remains of Rev. H. M. Smith, venerable minister of the Western Virginia conference of the M. E. Church South, were held at Montgomery, WV Wednesday of last week. The body was taken to Fairmont where it was laid to rest. The Rev. H. M. Smith, widely known as “Bud” and in later years as “Uncle Bud” was one of the most picturesque and interesting figures in Southern Methodism. Born in Wayne county, WV, near Louisa, KY, more than 70 years ago, he went to Ashland as a young man and entered commercial life. He became a commercial traveler, selling shoes on the road. His striking personality and keen wit made him famous as a salesman, but at the age of 38 he laid aside his business ambitions and entered the ministry.
In the ministry as in the business world he was an evangel of good cheer. In his daily walks he never wore the traditional garb of the clergy, but attired himself stylishly, holding to gay colors even to his superannuate days. Starting though he did when past middle life he achieved a notable career in ministry. He occupied many charges in the Western Virginia conference. For a time he served as presiding elder of Huntington district. Later he was conference secretary of education in charge of the financial affairs of Morris Harvey College. He was a famous money raising preacher and his services were in demand for church dedications, at many of which he preached. His last active work was at Montgomery where he completed a pastorage of 4 years before accepting the superannuate relation at the hand of the conference. His death terminated an illness which lasted over a period of months. Mr. Smith was twice elected as a general conference delegate. The Rev. H. N. Clay, presiding elder of Huntington district, conducted the funeral service. Big Sandy News. Friday, Feb 24, 1922
SPARKS, Sarah (Conley)
A telegram received Thursday from Jim B. Sparks at Akron, OH, tells of the death of his wife at that place and says he will arrive with the body at Fort Gay at 2 p.m. on Friday of this week. The burial will take place at the old home place near Yatesville. Jim is a son of Cobe Sparks and is a good man and popular citizen. The wife was Miss Sarah Conley of Ashland. They have lived at Akron 4 or 5 years, where Mr. Sparks has a good position. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1922
The body of Mrs. James B. Sparks, who died at Akron, OH, arrived in Louisa last Friday afternoon and was taken to the home of relatives near Yatesville where on Saturday at one o’clock funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of this place. Mrs. Sparks had been ill only a few days. Double pneumonia caused her death. She was in her 35th year, having been born Mar 17, 1887. She was converted 11 years ago and united with the Protestant Methodist Church and lived a consecrated Christian life until the end. Her husband and 6 children survive, the oldest being only 16 years of age. The body was accompanied from Akron by the husband, her father, Mr. Conley and a sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1922
STEWART, Cynthia F. (Mayo)
Mrs. Cynthia F. Stewart passed away Monday night, Feb 20th, at her home in Louisa. Her death came almost without warning. Apparently, she had been feeling better than usual during the day and up to a short time before the final summons came. About 9:30 p.m. she made the first complaint of a change for the worse and said she would go to bed. Her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Campbell, and niece, Mrs. Nora Sullivan were with her and gave immediate assistance. A little later Mrs. Stewart said she realized that the end was near, and without the slightest struggle her spirit passed out of the tired body and winged its way tot the eternal home which awaits the faithful. Mrs. Stewart had reached her 82nd years, having been born Dec 21st, 1840. For 3 or 4 years she had been in feeble health, but able to get around most all the time. Last fall she visited relatives in Huntington, Ashland and Catlettsburg.
She is survived by one daughter Mrs. A. M. Campbell of Huntington, and 2 sons, Mr. J. W. M. Stewart of Ashland and Mr. F. L. Stewart of Louisa. The latter was with his mother when the end came. The other son was in New York City and arrived here Wednesday morning accompanied by his wife. Also there are 2 grandchildren, Charles Campbell and Martha Mayo Stewart. Mrs. Stewart was a scion of one of the leading pioneer families of the Big Sandy Valley. Her father was Lewis Mayo, prominent as an educator and as an earnest Christian leader in the early history of eastern Kentucky. Mrs. Stewart was the widow of Judge James E. Stewart, a native of Lawrence County. After their marriage they located for a while at Paintsville, later moving to Louisa, where they became leaders in the community. Judge Stewart successfully practiced law here throughout his life. He was elected Judge of the Criminal Court in the judicial district then composed of several counties, and served with distinction. His fearless handling of an outlaw organization known as the “Regulators” brought to him the commendation of the law-abiding citizenship of the state
The youngest of 10 children, Mrs. Stewart also was the last of her father’s family to pass into eternity. Hers was a long and active life, devoted to the welfare of her family and friends and of the community in general. The influence of her pious example and sacrificial life will live long in this valley. She was a great lover of flowers and her home was always surrounded by most beautifully kept beds of great variety. It seemed most appropriate that friends should send such a profusion of lovely flowers as they did upon the occasion of her death. Mrs. Steward was a woman of strong intellect, great energy and fine character. She was a devout Christian and a loyal member of the Methodist church South. Her last yeas were made happy by the devoted attention of her family, who provided everything possible for her comfort. The funeral took place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the residence and the interment in Pine Hill Cemetery followed. The body lies beside that of her beloved companion and of her eldest son, who died just after having graduated from a law school. Another son, Warren, died in early childhood. Rev. James D. Bell, pastor of the M. E. Church South, assisted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett, conducted the funeral. The pall bearers were: Active: H. A. Borders, J. J. Emerick, James Sowards, Hamilton Stewart, Jack Fos and R. A. Bickel; Honorary: Mrs. F. T. D. Wallace, Mrs. Hannah Lackey, Mrs. Frankie Rowe, Mrs. G. W. Castle, Mrs. Lida Lackey and Mrs. P. H. Vaughan. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
VAUGHAN, Louise Jane (Davis)
The end came Tuesday night, Jan 31, 1922. the entire family together with many other close relatives were with her in her last moments. On Jan 5 she received a partial stroke of paralysis from which she never rallied. Mrs. Vaughan was a daughter of the late James M. Davis and was born Nov 10, 1859. At the tender age of 16 years she professed a hope in Christ and joined the United Baptist Church at Concord to which she belonged when she fell asleep in the arms of Him who doeth all things well. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Reece of the M. E. Church and at the cemetery by Rev. W. L. Preston of the United Baptist Church. Both spoke in glowing words of her Christian faith and the model life she had lived. She was laid to rest in the Davis family cemetery on Davis Branch. As a companion she was attached to her husband as few women are—following him from one health resort to another and patiently administering unto his wants. When reverses came to the family she would look beyond the clouds of despair and picture out success and happiness for them. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1922
Mrs. Francis Watts, widow of the lat Burwell Watts, Sr., died at the home of her son, P. H. Watts, near Genoa, on Sunday night. Mrs. Watts was one of the oldest persons in Wayne County, having reached the ripe old age of 94 years. Death was due to the complications of old age. The deceased is survived by the following children: P. H. Watts, Taylor Watts, Dennis Watts, Francis Chapman, Tennie C. Maynard, Marion Watts and Georgia Ferguson. All of the children live in Wayne county with the exception of Mrs. Chapman, who lived in Huntington. Funeral services were held Tuesday a the home of P. H. Watts where the deceased made her home and burial was made in the Dennis Watts cemetery near Genoa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1922
WELCH, Mary C.
Mrs. Mary C. Welch was born in Ft. Gay, WV, and sent the greater part of her life there. She died last Monday at the age of 68 years 8 months and 17 days. She was converted in the M. E. Church South about 18 years ago and received and baptized in said church. She is survived by 2 children, Mrs. W. L. Wright of Frankfort and Samuel Welch of Rittman, OH; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was known for her generosity. No one was ever turned away from her door hungry or in need of sympathy. Since her conversion she had lived a consistent Christian life, often praying and saying she was ready to go whenever the Lord called her. The funeral took place on Tuesday and was conducted by Rev. Blankenship and Rev. L. D. Bryan. Burial at Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1922
Irene Barnell, aged11 years, died last Sunday morning at an early hour at her home in Fort Gay, WV. She had been a sufferer from Bright’s disease for quite a while and recently had an attack of bronchial pneumonia. Her death was caused by typhoid fever. She was the daughter of Mrs. Grant Bartram. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Richardson, pastor of the M.E. Church and burial took place on Sunday evening in the Bartram graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
BLACK, Sarah Agnes Victoria (Burris)
Mrs. J. O. Black, a lifelong citizen of this place, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Riddle, at Ashland Monday morning. Mrs. Black has been in poor health for some time but was feeling better than usual some 2 weeks ago when she was called to Ashland, KY by her daughter’s illness. While ministering to her she was taken very ill and lived just 5 days. Mrs. Black was formerly Miss Sarah Burris, a member of the well known Burris family of this section, was married in Jun 1881 to Rev. J. O. Black. She leaves 3 daughters, Mrs. W. E. Calhoun of Huntington; Mrs. Arthur Blankenship of Yatesville and Mrs. John Riddle of Ashland; a son, Fred, living at the home place. The remains were brought to Kavanaugh Chapel for interment Wednesday morning; funeral services conducted by Rev. Kirby and Rev. Duncan. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
BLACKBURN, Lucinda L.
Mrs. Lucinda L. Blackburn, 81, died at her home near Peg, Kyat 7 o’clock Monday morning. She had been afflicted for several years, though she was past going only a few days. The funeral was held at the school house near her home at 11 o’clock Tuesday. The Rev. W. J. May, Ferrell Hatfield and Will Stanley conducted the services. The funeral was attended by a large number of her friends and relatives. She had been a member of the old Regular Baptist Church at Big Creek for 27 years or more. Mrs. Blackburn is survived by 8 children: A. J. Blackburn, Ira, VA; T. J. Blackburn, Hardy, KY; Wayne Blackburn, Canada, KY; Grant Blackburn, Williamson; Mrs. Ballard May and Mrs. W. H. May, Siloam, KY, Mrs. Martin Ball, Pinson Fork, KY—Williamson, WV News; Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
BLANKENSHIP, Mildred (Hewlett)
Mrs. Mildred Hewlett Blankenship, peacefully passed away at her home in Louisa, at 8 o’clock on Wednesday Mar 15, after an illness of about 2 weeks. She was the wife of Capt. William Blankenship to whom she was married 67 years ago. Most of this time has been spent in or near Louisa, excepting the first 2 years which was spent in Central Kentucky. She was 87 years, 9 months and 17 days old. Her husband is nearly 90 years of age. They were the oldest married couple living in Louisa and we known of none older in Lawrence County. Mrs. Blankenship was a good woman. She had for years been a member of the Christian Church and had lived a faithful and consistent Christian life. She is survived by her husband and the following sons and daughters, Mose Blankenship of Catlettsburg, Tom of Beaver, D. W., H. B., P. L., and James of Louisa and Mrs. Emma Saulsbury and Mrs. Rachel Evans of Oklahoma. Three sons and a daughter passed away some time ago. She was the oldest sister of Rev. H. B. Hewlett of this place. About 2 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Blankenship returned from a visit to relatives in Oklahoma, making the journey alone which was very unusual for people of their ages. Up to 2 weeks ago Mrs. Blankenship had been able to be up and about the house. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at the residence, conducted by Rev. T. H. Matherly, pastor of the Christian Church at his place. Interment followed in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 17, 1922
BOWEN, Mrs. Lon
Funeral services for Mrs. Lon Bowen, who died Tuesday, at her home in Huntington, following an illness of double pneumonia, were held at the residence late Wednesday afternoon and the body taken to Wayne Thursday morning for burial. Mrs. Bowen is survived by her husband and 5 children: Wallace, Oscar, Emory, James and Thelma May; 2 brothers, 5 sisters, and her father James Rigg of Kenova. Before marriage she was Miss Flora Riggs. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
Woodrow Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bradley, of Charleston, WV, was killed instantly on last Friday when struck by an automobile. The accident occurred on Elk River bridge at that place. It is said the boy ran across the bridge from behind a wagon which prevented the young man who was driving the car from seeing him in time to avoid the accident. The boy was 9 years of age. His father, William Bradley, moved from this county to Charleston, WV, a number of years ago. He is the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley of Yatesville. Two of his brother, G. F. Bradley of Christmas and A. D. Bradley of Kenova, WV attended the funeral which was held at the home, 413 Pennsylvania Avenue in Charleston on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
Carl Brady, 49 years old, prominent Ceredo man, died Saturday after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. He was taken ill nearly a year ago and gradually declined in health. He married Miss Louella Carver, who with 4 children survive. He also leaves 3 sisters. He was a member of the Methodist Church and also the I.O.O.F. Lodge. Burial at the Carver Cemetery at Hubbard Branch. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
Hicksville, KY—On Feb 23 the pale horse and its rider visited the home of W. M. Caldwell, and took his wife. She was 34 years old and had been a Christian for about 6 years. She was the mother of 3 children, Clifton, age 8 years, Margery Ree, 6, Ida May, 4, and one stepdaughter age 14. She was taken suddenly ill with a severe pain in her right lung and the doctor was called and pronounced it pneumonia from which she suffered for 6 days. The end came peacefully and without a struggle her soul went to God who gave it. About 10 minutes before she died she motioned to be turned over and then she began to smile and talk and said, “I see Jesus’. She called for her 3 little ones and bade them good bye and took several of her friends by the hand. We would say to the bereaved husband, brother, and sisters not to weep for Hester, for according to her dying words you may know where to meet her. So just prepare to meet her where there is no sickness, pain or death. She was laid to rest on her home place overlooking her home. Burial service was conducted by Bro. Berry and Bro. Will Crabtree. A large crowd attended. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
CARTER, Alta (Lakin)
Mrs. Milt Carter died in a hospital in Lexington Tuesday evening of this week, as the result of a hemorrhage from the throat. She had been ill for several days with a bad case of tonsillitis but her death was unexpected. She lived only a few minutes after the hemorrhage started. A telephone message to Louisa relatives brought the sad news soon after the death occurred. Dan Carter and cousin Miss Lou Chaffin, nephew and niece of Mrs. Carter, left on the first train for Lexington to bring home the body to the old home place at Zelda, this county, for burial. They arrived Wednesday night in Ashland. Funeral services will be conducted at Buchanan Chapel on Friday by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa. The interment will take place in the family burial ground. Mrs. Carter had been living in Lexington for more than a year. Her husband is a traveling salesman and was in the country near Jackson, KY, when the death took place. Deceased was Miss Alta Lakin before her marriage and was a sister of G. J. Carter of Louisa. Her age was 33 years. She leaves no children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
Lowmansville, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elias George Monday, Mar 13 and claimed for its victim Mrs. Georges little daughter, Madgie Castle. She has had consumption for about 2 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
Ira Clevenger, a native of Pike County, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Clevenger in Williamson, WV. He was 25 years of age and was an employee of Armour & Co. He has been ill quite a while. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
COMPTON, Mrs. Lon
Ulysses, KY—Death visited the home of Mr. Lon Compton and claimed as its victim his loving wife. She is an aged woman. Consumption was the cause of her death. Her funeral was very largely attended. She was buried by the Odd Fellows. It was a very pretty funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
COX, W. B.
Funeral services for W. B. Cox, prominent Williamson merchant and business man, were conducted by the Rev. L. S. Cunningham of the First Methodist Church at that church Saturday. Burial was made in the city cemetery. Many friends of the late Mr. Cox, who had lived and transacted business in Williamson for 35 years, attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Curnutte and took from them his dear mother, Aunt Sarah. She departed this life Feb 1, 1922. She lived to be about 80 years old. She had been sick about 3 months and bore her illness patiently. Her last serious illness was about a week. She put her trust all in God. A few days before she died some of her friends were talking to her about summer and that she would get well and she would get to go to church and good meetings. Then she said, “I will be in a meeting in the summer that will be Heaven.” Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
DAMRON, Jennie (St. Clair—Wiggington)
Mrs. Marion Damron, 83 years of age, passed away at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Wayne Damron in Catlettsburg last Wednesday. Mrs. Damron had an attack of influenza 9 weeks ago from which she suffered complications which caused her death. Mrs. Damron was Miss Jennie St. Clair of near Roanoke, VA and was a member of a very old and highly estimable family. Her first husband was Robert Wiggington of Virginia and to his union were born 4 children, one of whom was Samuel D. Wiggington, the father of Mrs. Wayne Damron and Mrs. George Richardson of this city. Several years after the death of her first husband, the deceased was married to Marion Damron of Dunlow, Wayne County, WV, who passed away 18 years ago and since that time Mrs. Damron has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Damron. Mrs. Damron was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church and possessed a noble Christian character. She was much loved by all who knew her and was affectionately known by them as “grandmother”. She is survived by the following grandchildren: Mrs. Wayne Damron, Mrs. George Richardson and Marion Wiggington, Robert. Wiggington of Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. Hi Walker and Walter Wiggington of Huntington; John C. Wiggington of Washington, D.C. and John Wirt of Davy. WV. Big sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
DAVIS, George Washington
The following is from the Portsmouth Times of last Saturday:
A long and useful career was closed at 8 p.m. Friday when death summoned Captain G. W. Davis, for many years one of the best known citizens of Fullerton, KY and a man who had countless friends in that community and in Portsmouth, who will be deeply grieved to learn of his passing away. Captain Davis had been ill with influenza for several weeks and complication following caused his death.
When Captain Davis developed jaundice several days ago his condition took a change for the worse and relatives were prepared for the worst. Had Captain Davis lived until Jul 31, next, he would have been 71 years of age. He was born in Paintsville, KY, and was the son of James and Naomi Davis. In addition to his wife, he is survived by the following children: Captain J. F. Davis, Fullerton, Robert of Cincinnati, Mrs. Nora Forgey of Kingston, WV, Harry of Catlettsburg, and George and Ernest at home. Two sons, Glenn and Eugene, preceded their father in death. He is also survived by one brother, Roscoe of Van Lear and the following sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth Ford of Auxier, Mrs. Tress Childers, Mrs. James Spradlin and Mrs. Warren Auxier of Van Lear; Mrs. Melvin Hall and Mrs. C. C. Price of Paintsville and Mrs. R. W. Akers of Portsmouth.
Captain Davis was a river man all his life and was well and favorably known from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati. He had always owned a boat of some character and for a long time was interested in the upper ferry boat. During the latter years of his life he devoted most of his time to timber and real estate business in and around Fullerton. Captain Davis was a member of I.O.O. F. lodge and was a convert at Billy Sunday’s famous campaign in this city. He was always square in his dealings and made friends wherever he went. He was whole-souled, congenial and companionable and the news of this good citizen’s passing away will be learned with genuine sorrow. The funeral services were conducted from the home in Fullerton and burial was in the family burying ground at Frost, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
DORTON, Ben Jack
The body of Ben Jack Dorton, 32, who lived at Henry Clay, Pike County, was found with the head cut off and the trunk and limbs badly mangles, on the right of way of the Chesapeake & Ohio railway at Pond Creek at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The Pike County coroner and other county officials were notified and left Pikeville to take charge of the body. It is believed the man, walking along the tracks during the night, was hit by a train he did not know was approaching. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
Overda, KY—Clem Evans died a few days ago. He leaves a wife and 2 children, father, mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
The Wayne County News says: Clifford Ferguson, age 34 years, was fatally shot near his home on Gragston Creek, this county, last Sunday afternoon. He died from the effects of the wound at 4 o’clock Tuesday morning. Dow Dempsey, of the same neighborhood, is alleged to have fired on Ferguson after a quarrel over some personal differences. Members of the State Police force stationed in Wayne were sent to the scene of the shooting this week. But Dempsey, together with his brother, Henry, who was with him a the time Ferguson was shot, is said to have immediately left the neighborhood. It is believed by officials that he sought refuge in Mingo County where he formerly lived. Ferguson was shot twice through the back with a .32 automatic pistol. Dr. G.R. Burgess of Wayne, attended him and extracted one of the bullets, but vital organs had been torn by the shots and it was impossible to save his life. Ferguson is the son of Isaac Ferguson, widely known and respected citizen. He is survived by his father, mother, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
GILLESPIE, T. R.
Rev. T. R. Gillespie, who moved to Louisa only a few weeks ago, passed away at his home here Thursday of last week after a lingering illness. He was a minister in the Methodist Church and some years ago was located in Fort Gay, WV. He had also lived in Catlettsburg, but for several years his home had been at Coal Run, Pike County. He was 77 years of age and had been a preacher many years. He had been married twice. The surviving members of the family are 2 sons of the first marriage, Rev. B. C. Gillespie of Charleston, WV and Richard F. Gillespie of Ashland and his wife and one son, T. R. Jr., of this place. Mr. Gillespie came to Louisa a few weeks ago and entered the hospital for treatment. The family joined him later, moving into the home they had recently purchased. The body was taken to Coal Run where burial took place only 3 weeks from the day they had moved from there. Funeral services were attended by many friends from and near Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
Rev. T. R. Gillespie, husband of Sallie Gillispie, who died Thursday, Mar 9 at 12 o’clock had been an invalid for the past 6 years. His last illness was due to grip and fever which turned to dropsy and pneumonia followed. He was born in Pike County, lived in Pike, Boyd and in West Virginia. Moved from Pike, half a mile up Ratliffs, just 3 weeks ago, came down here to Louisa and died at his home on Water Street. His first wife was Caroline Smith. Five children were born to their union—Joie Bell, deceased in Maryland, the second was James Gillispie, deceased in Boyd County, B. C. Gillispie of Charleston, WV, a minister, Richard Gillispie of Ashland, KY and an infant deceased, Lemonia, in West Virginia. He was married to Sallie Adams in 1907. To this union was born T. R. Gillispie, Jr. and an infant, Mary Elizabeth Gillispie, who died in 1912. He has 3 children living, B. C. Gillispie, Richard Gillispie and T. R. Gillispie, Jr. The were all present at his burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
Elba Goble was born in Floyd County, KY, Sep 3, 1852, departed this life Nov 5, 1921, aged 69 years, 2 months and 2 days. He was married to Tabitha Hinkle, daughter of Dr. John Hinkle of Stidham, KY, in the year 1879 and to them were born 6 children—4 girls and 2 boys, viz: John W. Goble of Inez, KY, Lewis J. Goble of Inez, KY, Mrs. Susie Bowen, Kermit, WV, Mrs. Ella James, Milo, KY, Mrs. Vica Bowen, Inez, KY and Mrs. Lizzie Mills, Calf Creek, KY. He joined the United Baptist Church in 1889, was converted and was baptized by Rev. P. B. McCoy and lived a devoted life. He was a good husband, father, neighbor and citizen, loved and respected by his many friends. He was a merchant at Inez for years, a teacher of vocal music, and a superintendent of the Stafford Fork Sunday school. He forded the rivers and climbed the mountains and bore the disappointments of this life with much patience, but than God on top the captured battlements of victory he can shout “home at last”. He can enjoy the sunshine of God’s love forever. No more in this life will his children see his sweet smiling face and hear his gentle voice, but while they mourn his loss he is rejoicing his gain. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
Billy Gussler, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Gussler, of Lock Avenue, died Monday morning at 10 o’clock. He had been ill for some time with heart trouble. He was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Gussler. On Tuesday the body was taken to Little Blaine where funeral services were held in Evergreen Church. Burial took place in the family burying ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
In the item in the NEWS concerning the death of the little son of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Gussler, his age should have been given as 4 years instead of 10. He died about 2 weeks ago and the body was taken to Adams for burial. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
White House, KY
We are sorry to learn of the death of John Hall, formerly of this place. He was 30 years of age. About 9 years ago one leg was amputated at Van Lear while he was running the motor. He later moved to Chestnut where he was a merchant and from there to Williamson. WV where he had been for the last 2 years. He took typhoid fever which caused his death a few days ago. He leaves a wife and 3 children, father, mother and 2 sisters and one brother to mourn their loss, but their loss was only his gain for he left a bright hope behind. He had been converted and baptized a few years ago. His wife, father and mother attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
A double funeral took place in Williamson when Nathan Hargis, a middle aged man, who lived in the Lick Creek miners’ tent colony, and his 13 months old child, a boy, were laid to rest in the city cemetery, says the Williamson News. Both died Wednesday night as the result of pneumonia following an attack of la grippe. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
Prestonsburg, KY—Robert Harmon of Auxier died Saturday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mack Childers at Middle Creek. He was 77 years of age and a member of the Methodist Church. He was buried at Auxier Tuesday. He is survived by several sons and daughters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3. 1922
HARRIS, Grace (Auxier)
Paintsville, KY--Mrs. Garland H. Rice received a message Tuesday announcing the death of her sister, Mrs. Grace Harris in Lincoln, NB. Mrs. Harris was taken suddenly ill with pneumonia and an operation at one of the hospital there resulted n her death. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Auxier and formerly lived in this section. Mrs. Rice is unable to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
HAY, Mrs. Alfred
Mrs. Alfred Hay, whose illness was mentioned in this paper last week, passed away on Thursday night at her home here. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. She had been ill about 10 days. She is survived by her husband and a baby boy only 6 weeks old. Mrs. Hay was a Miss Fyffe before her marriage. She and her husband, moved to Louisa only a few months ago. They were from Elliott County and it was to that place the body was taken on Friday for burial. Mrs. Hay was about 21 years of age and was a good woman. Her untimely death is mourned by many friends and relatives. Burial took place on Saturday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
Zelda, KY—We have had two burials at Zelda cemetery this week, the first being Emma Belle Frazier, daughter of M.C. Frazier. The other was Marvin Hobson, 22 months old baby brought here from Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
Willie Holbrook died at the home of his brother, Jean Holbrook, in Louisa Wednesday afternoon of pneumonia, after an illness of 4 days. He came here from upper Blaine to help wait on his brother, Jean, who has pneumonia. The body was taken to the home place near Martha for burial. Mr. Holbrook was about 32 years old and was a son of Ferret Holbrook. He leaves 3 children, the youngest 3 years old. They are children of the first wife, who died more than a year ago. Mr. Holbrook was married again only about a month ago, and the wife was with him when he died. The mother of Jean and Willie is very low with pneumonia at the home of Mrs. L. D. Fyffe, a daughter, living next door to Jean Holbrook. Mr. Fyffe is just recovering from pneumonia and Jean Holbrook also is better. This is an unusually sad situation. These are all excellent people and they have a great many friends. Jean Holbrook moved to Louisa a few months ago and is operating a garage. Mr. Fyffe is connected with Dixon, Moore & Company. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
HOLT, Anna Mary
Anna Mary Holt, the little 3 year old daughter of Mont Holt, died last Sunday evening at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Pauline Robinson, after several weeks illness of pneumonia. Her mother, Mrs. Mont Holt, died a few weeks ago of the same disease. The funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the residence of Mrs. Robinson and the remains were buried beside those of her mother in Wells-Buckingham Cemetery near the depot. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
HOWES, Mrs. H.S.
Mrs. H. S. Howes, whose death occurred in Paintsville last week was a sister of Mrs. Julia O’Brien of near Louisa. They were daughter of the late Morgan Whittaker of Whitehouse. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
HUBBARD, Mrs. Ed. L.
Mrs. Ed L. Hubbard, whose death occurred in Ashland a few days ago was born in Prestonsburg Oct 23, 1863, the daughter of James and Elizabeth DeRossett and was married to Edgar L. Hubbard Jan 8, 1882. She was one of a family of 12 children, all of whom have preceded her to the grave. A brother, W. S. DeRossett died Jan 27 at Vicksburg, Miss. Her live was spent in doing good for others. She had no children of her own, but had reared 9 among whom are Mrs. Thursa Rule of Price, UT, Mrs. Lizze Sawyer of Custine, CA, Mrs. Gertrude Lock of Dayton, OH; Robert, Rosa Lee and Garnet, Marie Hubbard at home.--Ashland Independent. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
Skaggs, KY—We are sorry to learn of the death of Harvey Lester of Martha, KY. He was one of the oldest men of that community. He and his wife had made their home with their daughter, Mrs. Neat Bailey, and were there at their old home when the end came. He had lost all reason and was quite helpless for months. He was laid to rest Thursday, Feb 23 on a point near his home. He leaves a wife and 2 daughters, Mrs. George Bailey of Ohio and Mrs. Neat Bailey. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
LITZ, Mrs. F. G.
East Point, KY—The body of Mrs. F. G. Litz, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Zola Ward at Oil Springs, KY, was brought here for burial Monday. Mrs. Litz was 78 years of age and had been an invalid for more than a year. The funeral was preached by Rev. J. B. Wheeler of Ashland assisted by Rev. Green Allen of Beaver Creek, after which the body was laid to rest by her husband. Among those who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Zola Ward, Oil Springs, Mrs. Mary Nash of Bluefield, WV, Mr. and Mrs. Hop Preston, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Ward of Paintsville, KY; James T. Litz and sons of Portsmouth, OH, W. A. Litz and children, Mr. and Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. J. Stapleton and Mrs. Susan Rice of Auxier. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
MARTIN, G. T.
Word has been received here that Mrs. G. T. Martin whose husband was accidentally killed at Bengold, India on the 19th day of August, was to sail with the body of her husband for the United States March 1. She expects to arrive here about the first of May. Mr. Martin’s body will be buried in this county. Mrs. Martin is a sister of Mrs. William Mayo. Ceredo Advance. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
Hewlett, WV—Relentless death among us comes and bittier grief imparts. It took from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Massie their infant daughter, Gracie, but not from their hearts. But to our father’s home above not from their memory or from sorrow and from pain, their loss is heaven’s gain. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
Mrs. Catherine Mays died at her home near Lavalette, WV early Friday morning. She was twice married. Her first husband, J. O. Beckner, died in 1863. Her last husband, John H. Mays, died in 1905. Mrs. Mays was born Sep 21, 1837 and was in her 85th year. She was born and reared on the farm she inherited from her father, Christopher C. Keyser, who died in 1865. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. R. C. Bowen and 3 sons, W. M. Mays of Lavlaette, Robert A. Mays of Wayne, WV, and L. R. Beckner of Huntington. Funeral services were held at Mays Cheap M. E. Church of which she was a member. Interment was made at the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
MILLER, Nancy Ellen
Shannon Branch, KY—On Feb 26, 1922 the death angel called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David Miller and took from them their daughter, Nancy Ellen, age 5 years. She was buried in the cemetery overlooking their home. Rev. A. H. Miller conducted the burial services and a large crowd was present. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
Mrs. Mary Montgomery of Portsmouth, OH, died Saturday morning about 2 o’clock after an attack of paralysis of the bowels. She was taken ill Feb 21. The deceased was 60 years of age. Mrs. Mary Montgomery was the wife of Crit Montgomery, who survived with 5 children. The family moved from Kentucky about 3 years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. Minnie Shepherd of Kentucky, Bertie Montgomery of New Boston, OH, Mrs. Bertha Allen, at home, John Montgomery of Oklahoma, and Mrs. Virgie Staley of West Virginia. The body was shipped to Prestonsburg. Funeral and burial services were held there Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
Mt. Sterling, KY, Mar 21—While seated in a chair at the home of Donald Quisenberry, this city, today Mockabee Montjoy, 40 years old, shoe salesman of Pikeville, placed a revolver to his left temple and fired, death coming within 3 hours. He was visiting relatives here and was despondent. Mr. Montjoy was a son of Robert Montjoy of this city, where he formerly lived. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
MOONEY, Bessie (Polly)
Charles W. Mooney’s wife who has been sick for 3 weeks passed away. Bessie was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Polly. Born in 1900. She was 21 years, 8 months and 15 days old. She died Feb 22. She was married to Mr. Charles W. Mooney Jun 12, 1918 who with husband, 2 little children survives. Bessie always had a good word and a smile for everybody. She will be missed in our community. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
Elden Mullins, age 15, had both legs cut off by an N & W train last Sunday at Kermit, WV and was brought to the hospital at Louisa at 6:15 p.m. He died at 10 that night. The boy was hopping a freight train when his feet slipped and he fell on the rail. The loss of blood and the shock resulted in his death. This is the kind of an accident that happens very often to boys, but is seems to have no effect on the other boys. They continue to take the chance. Big Sandy News. Friday, Mar 17, 1922
Wesley Perry was killed at Ethel, Logan County, a few days ago. He was assistant mine foreman and was riding a coal train from Store No. 1 to the post office which is in store No. 2. In jumping to a platform his foot slipped and he fell beneath the train, the cars passing over his body and killing him instantly. He had been employed there several years. Burial took place at Stollings. He was a native of Wayne County and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sol Perry. He was 39 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1922
The following interesting account of the death of Osric Picklesimer, formerly a young teacher of this county, who died at Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. The account of his death was taken from the Mindanao Herald: “The American community of Zamboanga records the death of one more of America’s young men who came to the Philippine Islands to labor for the uplift and betterment of the Filipino people. On the night of Nov 28 Mr. Osric Picklsimer died in the Zamboanga hospital from a complication of pneumonia and pleurisy following a short illness from trancazo. Mr. Osric Picklesimer came to the Islands in 1917 as a teacher in the Bureau of Education. He served as supervising teacher in several provinces, including Bukidon and Lanao, before coming to Zamboanga. He was highly recommended by all his superiors and was considered an efficient, honest and faithful employee by all who knew him. He bore the highest reputation among all who knew him for honesty, integrity and fair dealing, in other word, he was an exemplary young man, having none of the vices which is too often acquired by young men who come to the Islands severing home ties and living among strangers. The funeral services were held in Rev. Lund’s chapel on St. Maria Road at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, of the 29th of Nov and the remains were interred in the American Cemetery in Tumaga. It is known that Mr. Osric Picklesimer has a mother, brother, and sister living in Volga, State of Kentucky, U.S.A. who will be advised of his death. “ Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
PINSON, Allen C.
Williamson, WV--Allen C. Pinson, 24, died Thursday. He had been ill 2 years or more and had spent some time in Asheville, NC. T. F. Pinson, Miss Josephine Pinson and Mrs. Dotson are the surviving members of the family. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
PRICE, H. L.
Prestonsburg, KY—H. L. Price of West Prestonsburg, died Sunday night Feb 19. He had been sick for quite a while and the end was not unexpected. He and his family have been residents of Prestonsburg for several years and have made many friends. He is survived by his widow and several children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
QUEEN, Emma Belle
Little Emma Belle Queen was born Mar 22, 1914, departed this life Feb 28, 1922, age 7 years, 11 months and 6 days. She was an adopted child. Her real parents were Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Frasher. Mrs. Frasher died nearly 7 years ago, leaving little Emma Belle a the tender age of 15 months, when she was taken into this home and tenderly cared for. Besides her foster parents, she leaves a father, one sister and 2 brothers and a grandmother to mourn the loss. She was sick only a short time with typhoid fever and spinal meningitis. She realized she was going to die and said, “papa, I an not going to get well.” The little body was laid to rest in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
Zelda, KY—We have had two burials at Zelda cemetery this week, the first being Emma Belle Frazier, daughter of M.C. Frazier. The other was Marvin Hobson, 22 months old baby brought here from Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
Charles Ramsey of Pikeville died in a hospital in Huntington Tuesday night as the result of an injury received when he was struck on the head by Kendall Arnett a few days ago in Pikeville. It is said the men were engaged in a game of cards when the trouble arose. Ramsey was struck by a coal shovel and fell unconscious to the floor. His skull was fractured. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
RICE, William Alfred
Dr. William Alfred Rice was born in Lawrence County, KY, Jan 24, 1859, departed this life Feb 7, 1922 aged 63 years and 14 days. He was married to Rilda Ann Boggs Sep 2, 1884; to this union was born 2 children Doshie and Dova. Doshie departed this life Mar 23, 1909. Dova is the wife of John N. Boggs. She has 2 children, Kenneth and Doshie Alene. Dr. Rice graduated in medicine in 1890 and that same years he moved to Fallsburg, KY where he lived for 30 years. He moved out on his farm near Dennis 2 years ago. He bough property in Louisa and had moved there last fall. Dr. Rice served the people of Lawrence County as a doctor for 32 long years. There was not a home in our country unless a new one just erected that Dr. Rice had not been in as a physician. He was one of the best doctors in the county and a man we all loved. His place in our country hearts and homes can not be filled. No more on earth will we see his smiling face or hear him humming his little songs; no more can we call him to our sick beds but thank God we are to be judged according to our deeds done in the body and not according to our profession. Dr. Rice was always helping the poor and sick, the orphans, and widows of our country. He had an outward sign of an inward work. He was always doing religion and professing not. We do not limit the mercies of God and will say to his dear wife and daughter and son in law, friends and neighbors and relatives, to live for heaven and when you reach that golden country you will meet Dr. Rice there, not racked with pain or scorched with fever but arrayed in splendor. thank God for this hope; that we shall see Dr. Rice again beyond death’s chilly river. Big Sand News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
RICHARDSON, Mrs. J.C. (Shock)
Catlettsburg, KY--The funeral of Mrs. J. C. (Shock) Richardson, was held at the home and was conducted by Rev. G. Monore Howerton and Rev. W. B. Foley. Burial followed in the family plot in Catlettsburg cemetery. Mrs. Richardson was before marriage Miss Hatfield. She was married forty years ago to J.C. Richardson, a prominent citizen of this city. Her husband and 2 sons survive her. One son, W. C. Richardson, resides in Idaho. He recently paid a visit to his parents here, but on account he will be unable to come here for the funeral. The other son, is George Richardson of this city. She is also survived by the following sisters and brothers, Mrs. Will Vanhorn of Lockwood and Mrs. Joe Runyon of the old Hatfield Homestead, near this city and George, Will, Louisa, Anderson and Harmon Hatfield. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
The body of Claude Roman, 22 years old was laid to rest in the Deskins Cemetery at Borderland. The young man was drowned while fishing at Tampa, FL where with his wife and his parents, Mr. and Mr.s I. Roman, he was spending the winter. The parents formerly lived in Williamson where a daughter, Mrs. J. M. Nowlin now resides. The parents now live at Hot Springs, Ark/--Williamson News, Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
Uriah Rowe, aged 80 years, died last Saturday at his home at Dunleith. He had been married twice and is survived by 21 children and many grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
SEE, Mrs. Bryan
Lick Creek, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Bryan See. She was loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
SEE, Bessie (Laney)
Griffith Creek, KY—Mrs. Bessie (Laney) See was buried Sunday, Mar 5 at her old home here. She died from pneumonia at Martin hospital. The news came as a shock to the entire community. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
Parish Sparks, a member of the Lawrence County Fiscal Court, was called from Louisa to his home at Skaggs last week by the illness of his youngest child. After a few days of intense suffering the child died. Meningitis was the cause of his death. He was 19 months old. Our Skaggs correspondent give particulars of the case. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
Skaggs, KY—We are sorry to note the death of little Coda Sparks, son of Parish and Margaret Sparks. It was all so sudden. The mother was at home with her 3 children, when on Tuesday morning she arose and all seemed well as usual. Little Coda ate hearty at breakfast but seemed a little sick through the day, and that night all went to bed as usual. But it was not late in the night that the mother became alarmed at the intense suffering of her child and called for help. Dr. C. B. Rice was called, also Dr. Chilt Osborn of Blaine. The father, Parish Sparks, who is our Justice of the Peace, was at Louisa attending court. A message was sent by phone to him. He made all possible speed homeward and when he arrived his baby was unconscious and in the most intense suffering with that dreaded disease, spinal meningitis. The doctors and all its grandparents, via: Menifee and Melissa Sparks, Ed and Visa Skaggs, were all there doing all that loving hands could do. But God in His infinite wisdom saw fit to take their dear baby back to his fold. He was 19 months old and an uncommonly bright boy, idolized by the parents and grandparents and all who knew him. He was buried Thursday, Feb 23 on the point near Menifee Sparks’ home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
SPARKS, Sarah (Conley)
Sarah Sparks was born Mar 17, 1887, departed this life Feb 8, 1922 age 34 years 10 months and 22 days. She was raised at Willard, KY, was the daughter of Red and Martha Conley, who now reside at Unity, KY, near Ashland. She was married to James B. Sparks Nov 2, 1905, the only son of Colby and Martha Sparks of Yatesville. To this union were born 6 children. Sarah was converted 10 years ago at the Morgan’s Creek Church and lived a consistent Christian to the close of this life. When she saw life was at an end she told her husband she was going to rest and the children were left with him and if he wanted to separate them or keep them together, that pleased her and the songs he wanted sung over her pleased her and if he ever saw her nay more he must come to Glory. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
STOKOE, T. W.
The body of 6 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Stokoe was brought from Illinois to Fullers for burial. The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. H. Holbrook. A more extended notice will be published in next week’s paper. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
THOMPSON, Felix Woods
On Thursday, Mar 23, 1922, the spirit of Felix Woods Thompson, took its flight back to the God who gave it. He had been in poor health for several years, but able to be around till about 2 weeks before his death when he rapidly grew worse, but bore it with such patience. Uncle Felix had been a Christian for several years and a preacher of the gospel, always ready to go to church and Sunday school when able. It can truly be said of him he was a friend to those in distress. If he couldn’t say something good of his neighbor he would never speak evil. That is how God would have us all do. While we will miss him from our homes, from church and Sunday school we feel sure he is resting in the paradise of God, from the testimony he left. He leaves a wife who was very devoted to him, 6 boys and 2 girls to mourn their loss, which we feel is heaven’s gain. On Saturday his body was taken to the Mattie Church where funeral services were conducted by Rev. McClung and A. H. Miller in the presence of as large a crown as ever assembled at the Mattie Church after which the body was taken to his father’s burial ground near the church and there laid to rest by the side of 2 children who died several years ago. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
Ledocio, KY—The sad news reached here last week of the death of little Hazel Thompson, the 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Thompson of Columbus, OH and grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Thompson of Ledocio. They visited here last fall and many learned to love little Hazel. She died while being operated on for her eyes which had been giving her much trouble. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
Burns Vanhoose, brother of Representative Fred Vanhoose, died of influenza and pneumonia near Paintsville a few days ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1922
Webbville, KY—WE are sorry to hear of the sudden death of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Merdie Wadell. The funeral was conducted her Sunday afternoon by Bro. Hutchison. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1922
The body of Maneleus Wellman arrived at Louisa on Tuesday of this week and was taken to the Wellman graveyard where burial took place on Thursday. His death occurred at his home near Dana, IN, where he had lived for several years. He moved to Indiana from this county. Mr. Wellman had been in ill health about 2 years. The body was accompanied to this place by one of his sons. He was about 75 years of age and was well known and highly esteemed by the older citizens of the community. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
WILLIAMS, Mrs. V. L.
Mrs. V. L. Williams was killed by a train last Tuesday in the Williamson, WV yards when she was crossing the track. Her husband and a twelve year old boy survives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1922
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wright, died on Tuesday night of this week. Burial took place in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1922
Oak Hill—Mar 23 about 11 o’clock death visited the home of Asbury Adams and took his beloved wife, Servonia. She was a good Christian woman and loved by all who knew her. She was 48 years old and leaves 8 children, all married. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard at Oak Hill. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Parker and Bro. Evans. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
ALLEN, Mrs. John
Estep, KY—Sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. John Allen which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Fannin, Sunday at 3 o’clock. Burial took place at the Fields Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
Griffiths Creek—This community was greatly shocked Saturday when word came that little Willie Belcher, 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Belcher of Fort Gay was dead. The body was brought here Saturday evening and Sunday was laid to rest in Gallup “city of the dead” to await the call of Him who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me.” Rev. H. B. Hulett of Louisa conducted the funeral rites. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 7, 1922
Willie Ray Belcher, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Belcher was born Jan 23, 1913, departed this life Apr 1, 1922, age 9 years 2 months and 8 days. Just a few days ago Willie was taken from this world of sin and sorrow and our heats are san as we think Willie is gone and then as wee realize he is gone never to see him on earth any more. We can say we are going to meet him again never to part. He was sick only a short time. Spinal meningitis was the cause of his death. He left to mourn his loss a father, mother, and sister and a host of relatives and friends. The body was laid to rest in Gallup Cemetery. Funeral was conducted by Bro. Hulette. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
BERRY, John M.
John M. Berry, 81, a veteran of the Union Army, died at 10:20 o’clock on Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. W. Bloss, 1053 Tenth Avenue, Huntington, after an illness of 3 weeks. Mr. Berry was born in Floyd County, KY, Jan 29, 1841. He was married in 1863 to Miss Lavinia Graham, of this county. His early married life was pent in Louisa. He moved to Huntington about 30 years ago and for a long time was connected with the Gwinn Mill. Later he was with the Keister Milling Co. Since the death of his wife 8 years ago, he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Bloss. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Bloss residence. The Rev. D. L. Ash officiating. Mr. Berry was a member of the First M. E. Church. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
Ironton, OH—On Mar 6 the pale horse and its rider visited the home of G. W. Blair and claimed his loving daughter, Virgie. She was sick about 11 months. Consumption caused her death. She was 31 yeas, 5 months and 13 days old. She leaved to mourn her loss mother and father, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and a host of friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Sanders and Bro. Jenkins. She was laid to rest in the sugar Creek Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
Raleigh brown, 18, fatally injured in a mine accident at Red Jacket Friday was taken to the Williamson hospital where he died. The body was sent to Red Jacket on a midday train. Brown had worked for the coal company at that place since early boyhood. He is survived by his father. His death is said to have been the result of a fall of slate. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
BURTON, William J.
William J. Burton was born in Lawrence County, KY, Nov 17, 1842 and departed this life Mar 20, 1922 aged 79 years 4 months and 3 days. On Nov 10, 1861 he was married to Mary Elizabeth Kitchen and to this union were born 9 children, one of whom, Sarah, with her mother was waiting on the other shore to welcome him home. The surviving children are: John, William, Harden and Jesse of Columbus, OH, Allen of West Virginia, Nehemiah of Idaho, Judith of Utah and Bennett of near Jackson, OH, with whom he has made his home in recent years. He also leaves to mourn their loss 2 brothers and 3 sisters, one of whom, Mariah Chandler of Jackson, was at his bedside in his last hours. Also 27 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He united in early manhood with the United Baptist Church at Blaine, KY and became a member by letter of the Candy Run Church near Lucasville, OH, about 5 years ago. He was a deacon in the church for more than 20 years and served his church and his God faithfully and gladly. He also served his county, having spent 3 years and 3 months in the Civil War, belonging to Co. B. 14th Regiment, KY Volunteer Infantry. He was a good man; to known him was to be his friend. He was respected and honored by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed in the home and in the neighborhood. His passing grieves a host of relatives and friends. He realized he was going and said he was ready when the call came. He was laid to rest in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery by the side of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Burton, who was called Aug 5, 1920. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
BUSH, Andy J.
Paintsville, KY--Andy J. Bush, who had been seriously ill for the past 7 weeks at the Paintsville hospital, died last Thursday morning at 3 a.m. About 7 weeks ago Mr. Bush, who was in robust health and a very strong man, was stricken with an affection of the left eye, which was diagnosed as tuberculosis. Pus gathered behind the eye which forced the eye ball from its socket, and caused intense suffering. He was removed to the Paintsville hospital where an operation was performed that gave relief for a time, but later the same trouble developed again behind the eye and other parts of the body which necessitated 5 operations. He apparently became better and was removed to his home and his condition was improved to such an extent that he was able to walk about the rooms of his home, but on Monday morning preceding his death he took a turn for the worse, the affection of the eye going to the brain and he became delirious and was unconscious until relieved by death. Mr. Bush was 29 years of age and a bricklayer and contractor in brick work by profession. He is survived by his wife and 3 bright little children. Also his mother, Mrs. Margaret Meade of Thealka and a brother, John Bush, also of Thealka and 5 sisters and many other relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1922
Ulysses, KY--Charley Compton and wife and 2 children were brought from Logan County, WV by J.F. D. Borders and cared for by same until his death on Mar 25. Large crowd of people attended the burial. Charley died in a living faith. When the choir was called by Mr. Compton to sing he shook hands with them and asked them to meet him in heaven. Mr. Compton was a first class blacksmith. On Friday, about 3 o’clock, 8 weeks previous to his death he was stricken down with a pain in his right lung. Doctors said it was consumption set up in right lung. After the attaché he only lasted 8 weeks. He leaves a wife and 2 little girls, Roberta, 6 years old and Fanny, 18 months old, to mourn their loss. Also leaves 5 brothers and one sister. He was buried in the Anderson Borders Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
Virgil Davis, 23, died at his home in Ceredo Wednesday following an illness of tuberculosis. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Davis, 4 brothers, Elba Davis, Wayne, Jube Davis, Kenova, Kenny Davis, Echo, and Barney Davis, East Lynn; 5 sisters, Mrs. George Drainor, East Lynn, Mr. Spurgeon Huff and Mrs. Lucian Ferguson, Ceredo; Mrs. Leonard Morrison and Miss Agie Davis. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church. Rev. B. S. Akers officiating. Interment was made at the Crescent Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
DINGUS, Edna (Buskirk)
Mrs. Edna Buskirk Dingus went into the longer life after a lingering illness of 2 months induced by operation for appendicitis followed by influenza and pneumonia. She was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Buskirk of Inez, Martin County, KY born Apr 23, 1886; married to Thomas H. Dingus Dec 23, 1908; attended school in Prestonsburg in her girlhood and taught in Floyd County before marriage. Her amiable disposition and marked personality won for her scores of friends of all classes both in the town and throughout the county. In 1910 she professed faith in Christ and united with the Baptist Church and from that time to her death she was devoutly pious and sacrificingly active n Christian work. When she removed to Huntington and then to Evansville, IN, where she died, she transferred her church membership and maintained her Christian integrity and activity. Mrs. Dingus, her mother in law and her father and a brother and sister were with her in her last illness and all was done that devotion of loved ones and skill of physicians could do. She leaves to mourn her early death her husband, father and mother, a son, William Thomas age 12 years old, 6 brothers and one sister besides scores of devoted friends and grateful beneficiaries of her kindness. The remains were brought to Prestonsburg to the home of her father in law on Tuesday night and the funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Thursday, 2 p.m. conducted by pastor Midyett. Interment in the Weddington Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1922
EBERFIELD, Goldie (Cross)
Death claimed Mrs. Goldie Eberfield, wife of Fred Eberfield, Wednesday night at her home in Portsmouth. Mrs. Eberfield was born in Lawrence County, KY, Feb 27, 1895, and came to this city in 1907, says the Portsmouth Sun. Here she was married to Fred Eberfield. Surviving in addition to the grief stricken husband, are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Cross of Cincinnati, one sister and 2 brothers, also living in Cincinnati. Mrs. Eberfield was well known and had many friends here who will mourn her death. She was a member of Bigelow Church. Funeral services were held from the home. Burial in Greenlawn. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1922
Skaggs, KY—We are sorry to note the death of Mrs. Nancy Fyffe. She was the wife of the late Merida Fyffe. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Mary Skaggs. She was laid to rest on a point on the old home place by the side of her son, Charley Fyffe. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
HAGER, James W.
James W. Hager, died Sunday at Marshall, OK, in the 74th year of his age. When under 16 years old he enlisted at Marietta, OH, as private in the 177th Ohio Infantry. His regiment was of the forces of General Thomas in the sanguinary engagements at Nashville and Franklin, TN, wherein the Confederate forces under General Hood were repulsed and defeated. Later the regiment joined the forces of General Sherman on the famed march from Savannah, northward through the Carolinas. Mr. Hager moved to the west before attaining his majority. He was teacher and farmer in Kansas until the opening of the Oklahoma territory to which he removed as an early pioneer and where he continued to reside until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, one son, one married daughter. His surviving brothers are D. Milt Hager of Lexington, John F. Hager of Ashland and one sister, Mrs. Mary H. Atkinson of Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
Mont Hall, aged 17 years, died Sunday at the home of his father, Odd Hall in Louisa. His death occurred after an illness of 2 months, caused by typhoid fever and tuberculosis. The body was taken to the family graveyard at Clifford on Monday for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
Owen Hall, age 30 was shot and instantly killed in Ashland Monday night by Jerry Crowder. The men had been quarreling. Three bullets struck vital parts of his body. Hall went to Ashland from Beaver Creek about 3 months ago. He was an ex-service man and was unmarried. No weapon was found on the body. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
HOLTON, Martha Haws
The following from the Vanceburg Sun refers to the little daughter of Mrs. Ethel Grubb Holton: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Holton and family of Trinity, have the sympathy of their neighbors and friends in the loss of their beautiful little daughter, Martha Haws, aged 2 years, 5 months who died Mar 24 after a brief illness of pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the Sand Hill Christian Church and burial in the Holton lot on the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Manchester, OH. Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Martha Holton were: Mr. and Mrs. J. w. Young of Louisa, KY, Misses Kate, Lizzie and Edith Holton and Mrs. Lizzie Barnett of Maysville, Mr. and Mrs. W.b. Holton and son, Lewis and Mrs. Pearl Pitenger of Decatur, OH and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mahaffey of West Union, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
HOLTZWORTH, Mrs. Clarence H. (Shortridge-Shipp)
Mrs. Clarence H. Holtzworth, 29, died Monday morning at her home, 320 Thirteenth Street, Huntington, following a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband one daughter, Mary Helen, age 7, her father, John W. Shortridge of Ashland; one sister, Mrs. George W. Amos of South Charleston and one brother, Roland Shortridge, of Ashland. Mrs. Holtzworth was born in Fallsburg, KY, 29 years ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Shortridge. Later the Shortridge family moved to Ashland. Mrs. Holtzworth was twice married, her first husband, being Mr. Shipp. She was married to Mr. Holtzworth Jun 25, 1919. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Pittsburg where Mr. Holtzworth is office manager of the district engineer’s office of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. About a year ago Mrs. Holtzworth’s health began to fail and she continued to grow worse despite the best medical assistance that could be procured. Several months ago she returned to Huntington but her condition failed to improve. She was confined to her bed for more than a year. Mrs. Holtzworth was a member of Johnson Memorial Church and was an active member of the Ladies Bible Class of that institution. Funeral services were held at the Johnson Memorial Church at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in Spring Hill Cemetery. Dr. John S. Jenkins, the pastor, officiated. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
HOPSON, Jessie May
Little Jessie May Hopson born Apr 2, 1920, departed this life Mar 1, 1922, aged one year 11 months and 29 days. She was the daughter of Mrs. Alice and Marvin Hopson of Cliffside, Boyd Co., KY. Mrs. Hopson is the second daughter of Rev. R.H. and America Cassady of Fallsburg and Mr. Hopson is the son of Lige Hopson of Buchanan. The remains of little Jessie May were brought to Buchanan and buried by the side of a little sister. The funeral was preached by Rev. Paul Powell, pastor of the M. E. Church South, Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1922
KAZEE, Rowland T.
Rowland T. Kazee of Leckleville, Pike County, was instantly killed on Thursday night of last week by coming in contact with a high powered electric wire in the mine in which he was working a the mouth of Pond Creek. He was putting a fuse into a transformer when the accident occurred and was hurled a distance of about 30 feet. Mr. Kazee was 39 years old. He is survived by 3 children of a former marriage and by his second wife who was Miss Hazel Borders of near Louisa. He was reared on Blackberry Creek in Pike County and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Kazee, who live at Orinoco. He also has 3 brothers and 3 sisters, living near there. They are Hi Landon and J. B. Kazee, Mrs. Vicie Davis and Mrs. Pricy Hendricks and Mrs. Bertha McCoy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1922
LEFTWICH, Judge Everett
Judge Everett Leftwich for more than 2 decades one of the best known men of Mingo County, died Monday morning a the Huntington state hospital, where he had been in distressing health for many months. He had lived at Kermit several years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
Hicksville, KY—Died the first day of April, Joe May, son of Hamon and Carrie May. He died with consumption from which he had suffered for about 2 years. He was converted about 2 months before his death and was baptized. We would say to the bereaved father, mother, brothers and sisters, not to weep after Joe but just get ready to meet him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
At Yuma, WV, Tuesday, Mrs. Abe Maynard accidentally smothered her little 3 months old child. When the mother awoke from her sleep to find the life of her little baby snuffed out, she was almost hysterical with grief and remorse. The mother and baby were sleeping together and it was while asleep the unusual accident occurred the mother presumably turning over against the baby and causing its death by suffocation. Logan, WV Democrat. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
NASH, Charles R.
Charles R. Nash, father of G. A. Nash, formerly a resident of Louisa, died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Ashland after an illness of 8 weeks. He spent some time in Louisa while his son lived here. The burial will take place at Ashland. Mr. Nash came to Kentucky from New York. He was 76 years of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
PUGH, Judge Samuel J.
Judge Samuel J. Pugh of Vanceburg died on Tuesday of last week. Judge Pugh was one of the framers of the present constitution of the state. After serving in both house of the Kentucky legislature he was elected to Congress from the Ninth district and served 3 terms. He was a Republican. His wife was the daughter of the late Judge George Morgan Thompson also for years a member of the Congress from the old 9th District. Judge Pugh was born in Greenup County, Jan 28, 1850 and at the time of hi death was 72 years of age. Burial was in the Vanceburg Cemetery Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1922
The death angel visited the home of Nelce Rice and family on Mar 3, and embraced in its strong arms their darling wife and mother, Ida. She was a good woman and was loved by all who knew her. She was converted about 2 months ago. She is gone, yes, gone forever, she is in heaven singing among the bright beaming angels, waiting there to welcome her friends. She leaves to mourn the loss 4 children and a husband, a mother, 2 sisters, and one brother. A father and brother preceded her. She was a victim of tuberculosis and her affliction was of long duration. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
RIGGS, J. P.
Funeral services for Mrs. P. J. Riggs of Ceredo, who died Sunday following a long illness were held at the Ceredo Baptist Church Tuesday at 10 a.m. Rev. Jerry Harmon of Shoals conducted the services. Interment was in the Crescent Cemetery. Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Martha Ferguson of Dickson; one brother, Hiram Ferguson of Dickson; 2 sisters, Mrs. Minnie Smith, Ironton, OH and Mrs. Hattie Carver, Richmond, VA; and the following children: Mrs. James Hawes, Mrs. J. M. Brumfield of Ceredo, Pearl Riggs, Westmoreland, Dorothy, Ona and Millard Riggs of Ceredo. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1922
SIMPSON, Frederick Ulen
Frederick Ulen Simpson, 62, for 20 years an employee of the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad, died Saturday in the Chesapeake & Ohio hospital in Huntington as a result of complications arising from a long illness. He had been sick for 5 months. Mr. Simpson’s home was in Ashland and for many years he was regarded as one of the best and most dependable engineers on the local division. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred S. Simpson, 3 daughters, Mildred, 6, Mrs. Harlan Bartram and Mrs. Onie Cox, all of Ashland and by one son, John Frederick age 12; brothers, Alex and John R. Simpson of Ashland and Sam Simpson of Russell and 5 sisters, Mrs. Martha Waugh, Mrs. William Johnson of Ashland, Mrs. Nannie Brown of Ironton, OH, Mrs. Frances Weatherhelt of Huntington and Mrs. T. J. Riley of Barboursville, also survive him. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Tuesday from the Ashland M. E. Church with Rev. John H. Bentley officiating. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
SLONE, Elijah M.
Elijah M. Slone, 56 years old, died at his home in Ashland after a 2 years illness. Mr. Sloan is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. D. J. Fairchild, Mrs. C. Seagraves and Mrs. B.F. Blair all of Ashland and 3 sons, Garfield of Huntington, Andrew and George of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1922
After a 2 months illness of diabetes Carlos Sparks died at his home in Sciotoville, OH, Sunday night. He was 32 years of age and had lived in Kentucky most of his life. In 1917 he went to Portsmouth where he was employed by the Solvay Company. His widow, Mrs. Bertha Sparks, and 5 children survive. Also his mother, Mrs. Millie Sparks of Ashland at whose home funeral services were held on Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1922
The 2 year old child of Joe Stevens died of pneumonia on Saturday after a few days illness. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
STONE, Josephine (Fugate)
Mrs. Fred Stone, formerly Miss Josephine Fugate of Fallsburg, this county, died in a hospital at Ashland Sunday. The body was brought to the old home place near Fallsburg for burial. Death was the result of swallowing a bichloride of mercury tablet, which it is said she believed to be an aspirin tablet. This occurred at her home where she had lived most of the time since her marriage about 2 years ago. She was taken at once to the hospital, but the poison had found its way into the system before medical aid was reached. She was a handsome and intelligent young woman who was very much liked by her associates. Her mother is Mrs. Arminta Fugate, a widow owning a farm about 7 miles from Louisa. The husband and several brothers and sisters survive also. The father was killed several years ago in a mine or railroad accident. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
Mrs. Josephine Stone was born in Pike County, KY, in the year 1900, and moved to Lawrence County, KY with her parents in 1908. She was the youngest daughter of John E. and Mintie Fugate; was raised at Cadmus and Fallsburg. She was a fine little woman, loved and respected by her many friends. She was married to Fred Stone Feb 16, 1921 at her home at Fallsburg, KY and they moved to Pike County and settled at Mossy Bottom and lived happy until the sad night of the 8th of April 1922, when by mistake, she took a tablet of bichloride of mercury which she believed to ban an aspirin tablet. She was taken at once to the general hospital at Ashland followed by a heartbroken husband, mother and sister. All was done for her that could be done but hey could not stay the hand of death which came on the 14th morning ant took little Josie from a dear husband, 2 step children, a dear mother, 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Bro. L. N. Fannin, pastor of the Centenary M. E. church South, Ashland was at her beside during the last hours of her life. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1922
A boy 13 years old, son of Gilmer Thompson, was killed by lightning Friday on Mill Creek, in Wayne County, WV about 5 miles from Louisa. He was sitting on the porch at home during the severe storm that swept over this section that day, when a vivid flash of lightning snapped the thread of life. Death was instantaneous. The body was very perceptibly burned, the course of the current being easy to trace. No one was near the body when the tragedy occurred. The body was taken in charge by the Snyder undertaking establishment of Louisa and transported several miles back in Wayne County to the former home place of Mr. Thompson where the interment took place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
VANHOOSE, William Jasper
William Jasper Van Hoose, died at his home in Fort Gay, WV, Wednesday afternoon the 19th. He had been confined to his bed only 2 weeks. Asthma and heart trouble caused his death. Up to the time of his last illness he was very active for a man of his years. He was erect and never used a cane. Very frequently he was on the streets of Louisa. The funeral took place at 2:30 on Thursday in the M. E. Church and the body was taken to the Bartram Cemetery, Fort Gay for burial. Rev. L. D. Bryan conducted the funeral services, in connection with the Odd Fellows Lodge, of which he had been a member for 31 years, having joined at Paintsville, Apr 16, 1891. He was also a member of the Rebecca Lodge of Louisa. Mr. Van Hoose was born at Paintsville, KY and spent the greater part of his life there, moving to Fort Gay in February 1898. He was First Sergeant of Co C 45th KY Infantry during the Civil War. On Jun 6, 1870, Mr. Van Hoose was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Catherine Turner of Paintsville. to them 8 children were born, 4 of which ar now living--Mrs. R. F. Frasher, Miss Nolie McClure Van Hoose, Herschel Preston Turner Van Hoose and Charles C. Van Hoose. The wife and children were at the bedside during his illness. Mr. Van Hoose was a genial and popular man. He made friends wherever he went. For a time he was in the hotel business in Louisa and there fore was quite well known here. Surviving are 4 brothers and one sister, Lace, Harry, John and Frank Van Hoose and Mrs. Julia Rice. The following relatives from Paintsville attended the funeral: C. T. Rule and wife, Mrs. Ora Rule Shannon, Mrs. Ralph Williams, Heber Ward and wife, Paul Hager, Tom Estep and Ivan Van Hoose. Big Sandy News, Apr 21, 1922
Henry Ward, 69, a pioneer resident of Wayne County, WV, died at the home of his brother, Grozzie Ward in Huntington last Friday following a few day’s illness of influenza. He is survived by 5 brothers, Dan Ward of Iverson, William Ward, Lavalette, Joe Ward, Chris Ward and Grozzie Ward of Huntington. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Lavalette Saturday and interment followed there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
WATSON, Mrs. Mary
Mrs. Mary Watson of Olive Hill, died Apr 3 and the funeral services were held Tuesday. She is survived by 3 children, her parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
WILBUR, Ambrose T.
Ambrose Wilbur died at his home at Richardson Thursday in his 91st year. He had been in feeble health for quite a long time. The burial will take place Friday morning at 10 o’clock. The widow survived and also 4 sons and 3 daughters. One son died a few years ago and a daughter died when small. Mr. Wilbur came from Dunkirk, NY when 18 years of age to work for the coal company then operating at Old Peach Orchard, just below Richardson, from which place coal was shipped out by barges. He was a clerk for the company. Later he taught school, following that profession for many years. The surviving daughters and sons are Mrs. John H. Wilson, Mrs. Dave Castle, Mrs. Art Preston, Jr., Charles, Leo, Henry and W. W. Wilbur. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1922
Ambrose T. Wilbur was born Dec 30, 1831 in Chenanga County, NY. Came to this county when 18 years of age to work for the coal company then operating at Old Peach Orchard just below Richardson, form which place coal was shipped out by barges. He was a clerk for the company. He then taught school in this county for a number of years. He then worked for Allen P. Borders at Georges Creek as store manager for a good many years and the balance of his life was put in as clerk in the store in different localities up until the last few years, which has been spent at Richardson on his farm, he owning the old Butler farm. He became a member of the M. E. Church South some 40 years ago, during which time has been a very active member and devoted father. He was a firm believer in Sunday school and served in the capacity of superintendent practically all his life or as long as his health would permit, in which he did a great work. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. for 35 years in which he served in all capacities and did a great work for this valuable order. He died Wednesday at 4:45 Apr 12, 1922, aged 90 years, 3 months and 13 days. His funeral was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hulette of Louisa, followed by the rites and ceremonies of the I.O.O.F. which was conducted in a very beautiful and impressive manner and was largely attended by a mass of friends and old acquaintances. The surviving sons and daughters are: Mrs. John H. Wilson, Mrs. David C. Cassell, Mrs. A. T. Preston, Jr., Charles B., Leo H., Henry E. and Walter W. Wilbur. He was a pioneer and served 2 years in the Civil Army. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
WREN, C. E.
Rev. C. E. Wren, for many years pastor of the Institutional Baptist Church died at his apartment on Third Avenue. He suffered a paralytic seizure following which he never regained consciousness. His remains were removed to the Steele Funeral Home where the last rites were held. The Rev. Mr. Wren played an interesting and unusual part in the history of Huntington. Twenty years or more ago he conceived the idea of establishing an institutional church in Huntington. At that time there were no churches here with the institutional features which have since become part of the work of almost every important congregation. Mr. Wren secured property at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street and with the assistance of liberal Huntingtonians, and subscriptions received from outside, began an ambitious building project. The solid foundations and partially erected walls of a structure of massive stone stand there yet as a memorial to his zeal. A year ago failing health made it certain that he could never complete his project, and anxious that his work should serve a lasting and useful purpose, he deeded the Institutional Church property to the Young Women’s Christian Association. Mr. Wren was a native of Bedford County, VA. Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1922
ADAMS, Mary (Moore)
Mrs. Mary Moore Adams, passed away on Wednesday night about 11 o’clock at her home at Irad after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Mont Adams and several grown children, all of whom were at her beside except one son. Two daughters, Mrs. Maggie Quisenberry and Mrs. Jim McPeak, were called here several days ago by her illness from their home at Collier, WV. Mrs. Adams was a sister of Dr. J. O. Moore of Ledocio and Rev. A. L. Moore of Kenova, WV. The burial will take place on Friday. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 19, 1922
ALGER, J. T.
The news of the death of J. T. Alger, formerly connected with the gas and oil business in Martin County, has been received by his relatives at Inez. He had been a resident of Oklahoma for many years. He was married several years ago to Miss Jenny Kirk, daughter of ex-county Judge J. D. Kirk of Inez. While in Martin County, he was employed by Triple State Oil and Gas Company. Martin County Advertiser. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 19, 1922
Funeral services for James Barnett who died Saturday afternoon were held at Catletts Creek and burial followed in the cemetery there on Monday. Mr. Barnett was born in Lawrence County in 1885, the son of Hiram and Jane Barnett. In 1905 he was married to Virginia Coldiron. He had been a number of years a member of the Holiness Church in Catlettsburg. He was ill for 10 months preceding his death with throat trouble. Besides his wife, Mr. Barnett is survived by 4 children, Delpha, 16 years old, Ethel, 6, John Jr., 4, and Raymond, 18 months; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Dorton of Sandy City and Mrs. Belle Bailey of Olive Hill and 4 brothers, George, Oliver, John and Richard of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
BARTRAM, Mrs. Grant
Mrs. Grant Bartram died at her home at Fort Gay on Friday May 5. She was 32 years of age and is survived by her husband and one child. The cause of her death was typhoid fever. Burial took place Saturday in the Bartram graveyard. Her daughter died only a few weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1922
BORDERS, Miss Garnet
Miss Garnet Borders age 24, died Wednesday at the home of her father, Leander Borders, near the mouth of Georges Creek. Her health had not been good for 4 or 5 years, but she was not confined to her room until about a month ago. She was the only unmarried daughter of Mr. Borders. The funeral and burial will take place on Friday morning. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
CLAY, Robert Kenton
Funeral services for Robert Kenton Clay, 28 years old, who died Saturday evening at a hospital in Ashland after an illness with complications of diseases, were held Monday at 10 o’clock in East Fork Chapel. Burial followed in the Davis Cemetery. Mr. Clay is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearl Clay, and a daughter, 21 months old. He lived on the Thirteenth Street Road where he conducted a tire repair shop. Big Sandy News, Friday, Ma6 12, 1922
COOKSEY, Dora Virginia
Come! was the call of our Heavenly Father which cast sadness over the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kay Cooksey when their darling baby was taken from their home. Little Dora Virginia was a bright little baby. She was born Sep 28, 1921 and departed this life May 4, 1922. She leaves to mourn the loss a father, mother and one brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1922
Bennett Cox, age 58, died at his home on Lick Creek, 4 miles south of Louisa on May 23rd. He had been sick for 10 weeks with brain trouble. He was a good citizen and his death means a loss to the community. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
CRABTREE, A. J.
A.J. Crabtree, of Dewey, died May 8. He was 64 years old and death resulted from a surgical operation. He is survived by his widow and 2 sisters. Burial took place at his home. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
Ulysses, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burns Davis and claimed for its victim their little son, Mayo, age 2 months and 21 days. The child was found dead in bed. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1922
The little year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monte Gibson was found dead in bed Thursday morning, May 18. The little girl had been sick but was thought to be recovering. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Graham of Akron, OH was brought here for burial and was buried at the Colba Sparks graveyard on last Sunday. Mrs. Graham was formerly Mrs. Dewey Sparks, a daughter of M. and Mrs. Colba Sparks. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1922
GRAHAM, Sarah (Wellman)
Sarah Wellman Graham, peacefully passed away at her home at Cherokee Apr 30. “Aunt Sally” as she was known by everyone, was one of Lawrence County’s oldest citizens—86 years, 2 months and 2 days old. She had been a devoted Christian since 18 years of age. She was loved, honored and respected by her many friends. She was a devoted mother and leaves 7 children: V. E. and L. W. Graham, Mrs. F. H. Moore, Mrs. Georgia Fitch, S. W. Graham of Tuscola, and J. E. and J.W. Graham of Spokane, WA. Her husband, William Walter Graham, preceded her to the great beyond 17 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
Johns Hatfield, oldest son of the late “Devil Anse” Hatfield, died suddenly of heart trouble Wednesday night, Apr 19, while crossing the mountain between the left and right forks of Ben Creek. He had been in his usual health and strength and was in Williamson the early part of the week attending the trial of his nephews, Craig and John Hatfield, for the murder of George Cantrell, says the Williamson, WV News. When the Hatfield-McCoy feud was in full-tide a generation ago Johns Hatfield was reputed to be one of the most active participants therein. He and his father and his brother, Anderson (Doc) now a peaceful and prosperous citizen of Logan, were the recognized leaders of the Hatfield clan. Johns’s career as a feudist was terminated when Kentucky officers arrested him on the Tug River side and took him by force to Pikeville. There he was tried and convicted for the murder of Alafair McCoy, one of several killed when the Randal McCoy home, near what is now Hardy, was burned to the ground. He was sentenced to the Kentucky penitentiary for life, but was released after serving 13 years.
In later years he has been regarded as one of Mingo’s good and substantial citizens. He was bout 62 years old. For quite a long time he had been employed by the Glen Alum Coal Co., as a watchman. He was born at the old Hatfield homestead, near Delorme and spent most of his life in that vicinity. Returning home after attending court here, he and Mrs. Ale Hatfield, a neighbor and a relative by marriage started out to find their respective sons and to bring them to Williamson to answer to indictments returned by the April grand jury. Astride 2 mules they started across the mountains. There was a strong wind that night. The wind blew out his lantern light and Hatfield dismounted to relit it, if possible. As he did so, he said to his companion, “I’m about to faint, “ and then fell on his hands and knees and presently rolled over on his back, unconscious.
Mrs. Hatfield, with a flashlight in her hand, ran to his side and saw that he was dying. After putting her coat under his head and making him as comfortable as possible, she ran to the home of Charles Ellis, half a mile away. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis went back with her only to find that death had preceded them. In a short time the body was removed to the home of Craig Hatfield. Johns Hatfield had been married several times and is survived by a number of children. His last wife, who survives, was the widow of the late Andy Toler. He is also survived by his mother, living on Island Creek, near Omar, Logan County, and several brothers and sisters. The funeral was held at Wharncliffe. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1922
On Saturday, May 20th, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hayes and claimed the loving husband and father, George. He leaves a wife, 4 little children, a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. The family has lost a good husband and father, but our loss is heaven’s eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Berry and Bentley. He was laid to rest in the Hayes Cemetery overlooking the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
A three months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Hodge, who live below Fort Gay, WV died a few days ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1922
Wayne Lycan died at his home in Wayne County, WV on last Monday night. He had been ill for quite a while. He was 73 years old and had for many years lived on his farm which is about 2 miles below Fort Gay. He was a prominent citizen of that county. Surviving members of the family are Spurgeon, Zenas Wayne, Jr., Willard, and Corlis and Mrs. Edgar Loar. Funeral services were held a the home at 10 o’clock on Wednesday morning and burial took place in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 19, 1922
Alvis Maynard, an old well known highly respected citizen of Aflex, KY, died at his home in that town Sunday. Deceased was born on the homestead upon which he died on Feb 1, 1844 and was therefore a little more than 78 years of age at the time of his death. All his life he had resided in the same community seeing his family grow up about him, taking active part in the affairs of his section and holding the esteem and regard of neighbors and friends. Alvis Maynard was the father of the following sons and daughters, all well known in this community: J. B. Maynard, J. C. Maynard, K. A. Maynard, P. B. Maynard, Mrs. H. S. Justice, Mrs. A. C. Pinson, Mrs. Wheeler Preece, Mrs. Starr Curry, Mrs. Jas. Albert—Williamson News—Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1922
MCCORMACK, Joseph Nathaniel
Dr. Joseph Nathaniel McCormack, for 43 years actively associated with the State Board of Health and one of the most widely known physicians in the United States died at his home in Louisville last week. Death was due to paralysis accompanied by cerebral hemorrhages. Until Tuesday he was at his desk in the State Board of Health Building and it was while he was seated working at his desk at noon that day he was stricken. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 12, 1922
Busseyville, KY—Sorry to hear of the death of Asa Meek’s baby of Williamson. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 19, 1922
Roscoe Miller, 4 year old son of Jake Miller, who lives on Half Mountain Creek in Magoffin County, was instantly killed when run over by a horse which was a large in a field near his home. About 3 years ago the death angel visited this unfortunate home and called away Mr. Miller’s wife and 4 children. There are but 3 left out of a family of 9. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
NASH, Charles R.
Charles R. Nash, was born Jan 19 1846 in Peterboro, NY. He moved to Syracuse, NY at an early age and engaged in the manufacture of harnesses. This business occupied his life until he retired 13 years ago, when he came to make his home with his son. Mr. Nash died after an illness of 8 weeks caused by the infirmities of old age. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. A. L. Herr, and son, G. A. Nash, secretary-manager of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, both of Ashland. Mr. Nash was well known here and liked by all who knew him. He was the confidant of many persons in Ashland relative to business mattes and his judgment along these lines was considered authoritative. Ashland Independent—Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1922
Mr. James Neece, aged 72 years, died Friday at his home near Wayne. He leaves a wife and 7 children. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday morning, conducted by Rev. W. H. Beale. Burial was in the family cemetery. The funeral was largely attended. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 26, 1922
POWERS, Mrs. Cynthia
Mrs. Cynthia Powers, 83 years old, a daughter of one of the first settlers of Wayne County, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie Harless in Huntington early Friday morning. Interment was made in the family burial lot at Shoals, Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
Joe Pruitt, age 63, was assassinated at his home near Clifford, this county 10 miles southeast of Louisa, on last Monday morning. The body was found on the outside of the doorway, and the door was closed. On it were bloody marks where his hands had been placed against it as he fell dead. Evidently he tried to make his way into the house after the shots struck him. There is blood on the ground at the corner of the house also, indicating that the first shot struck him while at that point. Two balls hit him, one entering the shoulder from the back and ranging downward, passing through the lung. The other went through one arm. Both shots were fired from behind Mr. Pruitt and were from a high powered weapon. Ulysses Branham, a neighbor, was the first person to reach the scene except Mr. Pruitt’s son, Cleve, and his wife. The son lives on his father’s farm. He said he heard the shots and heard his father make an outcry and sent his small boy to see about it. On the body was found $145 and a watch. The theory of robbery therefore does not have much weight. Mr. Pruitt’s wife died about a year ago. He has no children except the son referred to. Another son, Henry, enlisted in the Army when the United States entered the World War and died of pneumonia a the camp near Columbus 3 weeks after reaching there. He had taken $5000 or $6000 life insurance and his father was receiving this in monthly installments. Mr. Pruitt owned a farm of about 65 acres. He had been living alone most of the time since his wife’s death. On the morning he was killed he head breakfast at the home of his son. This is one of the most diabolical murders that has occurred in Lawrence County. Mr. Pruitt was an excellent citizen who attended strictly to his own affairs and had no enemies, so fare as can be learned. The neighborhood is greatly wrought up over the affair. There is strong suspicion as to the guilty party. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1922
Mrs. Minnie Renfrey, wife of Jesse Renfrey, died last week at the Paintsville Hospital of fever. She was buried at the Middle Creek Cemetery by the side of her father. She was in her 20th year and is survived by her husband and infant son. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
Miss Gladys Robinett died at the home of her mother in Louisa last Friday. Her death followed a lingering illness of tuberculosis. She was 15 years of age. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Saturday morning by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. The body was taken to the George Short graveyard on Blaine for burial. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 12, 1922
WALLACE, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Wallace, age 87, died at her home on Donithon, 10 miles from Louisa, on Tuesday of this week. She is survived by the husband, 2 sons, and a daughter, M. F. and Eugene and Mrs. Bascom Hale. She was a sister of T. J. Branham, Sr., of Louisa and was an excellent woman. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
WHEELER, Harry C.
Harry C. Wheeler, 56, of Kenova, died suddenly Friday after an apoplectic stroke. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Vinnie Wheeler, 4 daughters, Mrs. Stella Farley, Kenova, Mrs. Florence Williams, Crews, VA and Misses Josie and Vinie Wheeler of Kenova; 3 sons, Harry C. Jr., Billie and Cameron Wheeler all of Kenova. He was connected with the United Fuel and Gas Company for 15 years. Interment was made in Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1922
BLAIR, Dr. Frederick K.
News of the death of Dr. Blair brought sorrow to many relatives and friends of his wife, who was Miss Rebecca Garred of this place. Their wedding took place in Louisa last December. Mrs. Blair is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Garred. The following is from the Ashland Independent of Wednesday: Ashland and Morehead were shocked today when the news came that Dr. Frederick K. Blair, eye, earl, nose and throat specialist of the Ashland General Hospital and a native of Morehead, had died last night at St. Anthony’s hospital in Louisville. Mr. Blair, who was just 32 years old had lived in Ashland about a year and a half but in that time he had won many friends who will grieve to hear of his untimely passing. The young physician had suffered since coming out of the war, with 3 leaks in the heart and he and his fellow doctors had known for weeks he could not get well. The end came at 9:30 o’clock last night. At his beside were his father, Dr. A. L. Blair of Ashland, his wife, and 2 sisters.
Three weeks ago Dr. Blair made a confession of faith, was baptized in the hospital chapel and was received into membership of the First Methodist Church, South of Ashland. His faith in God and his zeal to keep p his work to the very bitter end characterized his last days. The funeral services will be conducted at Morehead tomorrow afternoon and will be preached by the Rev. Mr. Paul S. Powell, pastor of the First M. E. Church, South and by the Rev. Dr. D. W. Scott, pastor of the First Christian Church, both of Ashland, assisted by local preachers. Burial will be at Morehead where the young man spent his early years and started his practice. Fred Blair was a graduate of the University of Louisville and specialized in the treatment of the eye, ear, nose and throat. For six years after his graduation, he practiced with his father at Morehead, then went into the service during the war as lieutenant, spent 2 years in France and then on entering civilian life served as medical advisor to disabled veterans.
He opened an office in the Grand Theater building, Ashland, with Dr. G. M. Lyon, now of Olive Hill. They were connected in medicine and dentistry for more than a year and until Dr. Blair became attached to the staff of the Ashland General Hospital. Three months ago he was forced to quit work and went to see specialists in Louisville where no hope could be found of prolonging his life. He leaves a wife, whom he married about 5 months ago and who was Miss Rebecca Garred of Louisa; 2 sisters, a father and mother and an uncle, F. M. Blair of Thirty-first and Central Avenue. The mother of Dr. Blair is in Ashland but will go to Morehead this afternoon. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 2, 1922
BRADLEY, Nellie Altha
Little Nellie Altha Bradley born Jun 7, 1920 departed this life Jun 13, 1922, aged 2 yeas and 6 days. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Bradley of Christmas, KY. The remains of little Nellie Altha were taken to Yatesville for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
Shirley Chapman, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Chapman, 112 Buffington Avenue, Huntington, died last Friday night after a short illness. Mrs. Chapman was stricken late Thursday night. Physicians were unable to determine the cause of the death. She is survived by her parents, one brother, and 2 sisters, Joseph L. Chapman, Ruby and Loucille Chapman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1922
Gable Church, age 94, died at the home of his daughter in Ashland Saturday. Mr. Church was a victim of dropsy. The body was sent to his old home at Willard Monday where funeral services were held. He is survived by 4 daughters and 5 sons. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
Tuscola, KY—After a lingering illness of about 6 months the spirit of Bobbie Daniels took its flight to the God who gave it. He had passed his three score years, but was active and as willing to work as the ordinary man at forty. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 2, 1922
Buchanan, KY—The death of Clyde Davis, just across at Prichard, WV, was a shock to friends here. He dived while swimming and injured his spine, living only 2 days. He was an excellent young man and a leader in his home church and will be greatly missed. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
The death of Vivian Davidson, prominent Huntington young man which occurred Wednesday night at the Kester-Hatfield hospital, bereaved many relatives here. He was the only child of his parents, his mother having been Miss Bessie Lockwood of Savage Barnch and a niece of J. Lee Eastwood. He was the only grandchild of Mr. “Pick” Lockwood, wealthy and prominent citizen of Savage Branch. The funeral was held Friday afternoon in Huntington. Mr. Davidson was a young man of highest esteem and most splendid character. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1922
DAWSON, V. B.
Mr. V. B. “Bud” Dawson, 66 years old, died on Wednesday afternoon after an illness of 2 months at his home in Ashland. He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters. He had been a resident of Ashland for 30 years. Before moving to that place he lived in Louisa. Funeral services were held at his home on Friday afternoon and were conducted by the Rev. C. A. Slaughter. The high esteem in which Mr. Dawson was held was manifested in the beautiful floral offerings, the large number of friends and relatives, who were present to pay last respects and the touching words of the ministers. He was a member of the M. E. Church South. Six nephews acted as pall bearers. They were Clyde, Frank and Purl Dawson, Frank and Lawrence See and James Engelman. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Among those out of town to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Mason of Pittsburg, Mrs. Mason being a sister of Mr. Dawson; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Schroeder and daughter, Mrs. Sanders of Huntington; Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Whitt and Mrs. Joe Morris of Russell, Mrs. H. Lovans of Huntington; Mr. and Mrs. Grant Dawson of Catlettsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dawson of Kenova and Mr. and Mrs. William See of Kenova, and Mrs. James Englemen of Stanford, KY; a sister of Mrs. Dawson. He leaves his wife and 3 daughters, Elizabeth, at home, Mrs. Parry Birch and Mrs. J. M. Birch, one brother, Grant Dawson of Catlettsburg; 3 sisters, Mrs. W. E. See of Kenova, Mrs. Mason and Mrs. George See of Seattle, WA. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1922
One of the most shocking tragedies that has occurred in this vicinity for many years was the death of Miss May Diamond at the home of her parents 2 miles from Louisa. She was killed by lightning on last Saturday afternoon. Miss May was the 18 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milt Diamond, a good citizen living on Two Mile Creek. She was working in a flower bed in the yard when the storm arose and kept at it until the lightning became very severe. Going to the house she was just about to step upon the porch when there was a very keen flash of lightning and she fell into the yard. Her mother was on the porch and thought she had slipped and fallen, but when she failed to get up Mrs. Diamond and another daughter went to her and found that death had taken place. There was a burned place on the back of her neck, but this was all the mark left by the deadly bolt. The funeral was held Sunday preached by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. The body was laid to rest in the family burial ground near the home. Miss Diamond is described to us as exceptionally fine girl. She was active in church work and also in community affairs. On Jul 13th she would have been 19 years old. At the recent examination for teachers she was one of the successful applicants. She attended school in Louisa during the past year. She was a bright and studious girl, ambitious to be of real service in the world. This fact make the community feel the loss all the more keenly. The funeral was attended by one of the largest crowds ever gathered in that community, being impelled by the deep sense of loss and of sympathy called forth by the sad catastrophe. Big Sandy News, Jun 23, 1922
Nathaniel Estep of Garrett died May 18, 1922, at the extreme age of 80 years, one month and 26 days. Mr. Estep moved from Hawkins County, TN where he was born to Scott County, VA and married there Miss Mary Carter, daughter of James P. Carter. Mr. and Mrs. Estep moved from Scott County, VA to Beaver Creek, KY 38 years ago. “Uncle Can” as he was commonly called is survived by his widow, Mrs. May Estep, 79 and 5 sons and daughters. His funeral was in charge of the Masons of the U.W. Alley Lodge of Wayland. He had been a Mason since he was 21 years old. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Garrett May 20. He was a loyal husband and father and good citizen and will be greatly missed. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1922
Mrs. Grace Esthque, wife of Leonard S. Esthque, of Wayne County, died at her home late Saturday night after a prolonged illness. She is survived by her husband, 3 children by a previous marriage, Nolan, Ora and Lena Perdue and one daughter by her second husband, Louise Esthque. Services were held Monday at her home near Kenova at 2 p.m. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1922
We are sorry to report the death of Carl Faulkner at Ashland recently. His mother, formerly Cora Bromfield, was reared in this vicinity and Carl had spent much time her. He was 23 years of age. Burial took place at Kavanaugh, the funeral sermon preached by Rev. I. N. Fannin, his pastor at Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1922
The death of Harry Hatcher prominent Sandy Valley citizen occurred at a Louisville hospital at 3 o’clock Sunday morning of heart trouble. He had been taken to Louisville last Friday by his wife and brother in law, Dr. Carl Prichard of Harold. Mr. Hatcher was a prominent business man in Harold. He was a son of the late Kenas Hatcher and Mrs. Nan Johns Hatcher. He was married a few years ago to Miss Margaret Davidson of Prestonsburg and is survived by her and the following children: Anna Mary, Samuel Kenas, Vivian and James, also by his mother, Mrs. Nan Hatcher, 2 sisters, Mrs. Carl Prichard of Harold and Mrs. Octavia Stemp Hamlin of Big Stone Gap, VA and Mrs. Lucy Caldwell and by 2 brothers, George and Grover of Harold. The body was taken to Harold on the evening train Monday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1922
HATFIELD, J. F.
Moundsville, WV—June 9—Another baffling mystery confronted authorities here today in the murder of J. F. Hatfield of Powhatan, OH, whose body was found in the river late Wednesday, near Woodland, WV. A bullet wound in the head and railroad iron weights tied to the body told the story of the crime but this morning Coroner T. J. McCombs declared not a clue to the perpetrators of the crime had been found. Hatfield was a cousin of Sid Hatfield, killed in West Virginia mines disorders last summer and a descendant of the famous “Devil Anse” Hatfield of Hatfield-McCoy feud fame.
An unmailed letter found on the body dated May 30 was the only clue that may possibly fix the time of the crime. It was addressed to the wharf master at Bellaire, OH and when opened today was found to relate only to a freight shipment. Hatfield was 35 and of powerful build. A few weeks ago he was arraigned in federal court for having moonshine in this possession and pleaded guilty. The man resided in a houseboat, but where the killed occurred is not known. Authorities think it was the work of river pirates with robbery as the motive. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1922
HATFIELD, S. D.
The numerous friends throughout southern West Virginia, of Dr. S. D. Hatfield learned Saturday with profound sorrow of his untimely death which occurred Friday night at 9:40 o’clock at a Kokomo, IN hospital as the result of an accidental gunshot wound sustained sometime during Friday. He graduated from the Louisville Medical College of Louisville, KY in 1906 and established himself at Iaeger and practiced in that locality until Jun 2, 1921 when he located at Kokomo, IN. Dr. Hatfield had taken considerable post graduate work and specialized in diseases of children. He was a native of Mingo County having been born and reared at Matewan being the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ephriam Hatfield, both of whom survive him. He was aged 40 years. Dr. Hatfield not only stood high in his profession but was also a leader among his fellowmen. He was high in Masonry, being past worshipful master of Royal Arch Mason of Welch, a Knight Templar and a member of Bahi-Kadem Shrine. He was married about 10 years ago to Miss Ethel Younglove of Walton. Besides his widow and parents, he is survived by 3 brothers and 4 sisters. The brothers are Dr. D. D. Hatfield of Susanna, Albert Hatfield of Dry Fork and D.V. Hatfield of Roanoke. Dr Hatfield was a second cousin of former governor H. D. Hatfield and former Sheriff Greenway Hatfield. The four surviving sisters are Mrs. A. B. Hatfield of Red Jacket, Mrs. Harrison Varney of Mate Creek, Mrs. Lyle of Red Jacket and Mrs. Dr. Smith of Cincinnati. Valentine Hatfield, a brother, who lives in Bluefield, passed through Williamson enroute to his home after attending the funeral. He states that a Kokomo policeman, with his wife, took their daughter to Dr. Hatfield’s office for an examination. While this was in progress the officer’s revolver fell from his pocket and was discharged, the ball striking Dr. Hatfield in the abdomen. He lived only 4 hours. The funeral services were held at Kokomo Monday. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 16, 1922
Hicksville—On May 20, 1922 death visited the home of our brother and sister, G. W. and Permelia Hays and claimed the husband and father. George was born Sep 4, 1874. He was married to Miss Permelia Johnson and to this union 4 children were born, Glen age 7, Inise age 5, Thelma age 3, Wilma age 11 months. He has been sick for a long time and had been confined to his room for about one year. He was converted about 6 years ago and has lived a devout Christian and true to God. He bore his sickness with such patience and always seemed willing for the Lord’s will to be done. He was often heard saying, “Lord, have your way.” Oh it seemed so hard, to give such a good one up, but we believe our loss is heaven’s gain. He died with a smile on his face. The funeral was preached by Bro. Martin Berry and Bentley. There was a large crowd and the floral offering was nice. He was laid to rest at the home place where he was born and raised. He leaves to mourn his loss an aged mother, 6 sisters, 2 brothers , wife and 4 little children and a host for friends and relatives. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 2, 1922
HAYES, Herman Arville
Herman Arville Hays, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Hays was born Mar 26, 1921 departed this life May 22, 1922, one year one month and 25 days old. Herman Arville was taken from this world May 22 and our hears are sad as we realize Herman Arville is gone and we are never to see him on earth any more. We can say we are going to meet him never to part and we realize its not going to be long till we all will have to meet God and our loved ones. No more can we see his sweet smiles, no more can we hear his little sweet voice. Everybody that ever saw him said he was such a sweet baby. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 2, 1922
R. Ingraham, a brakeman on the Big Sandy division, died last Sunday about 2 hours after being run over by a freight train. The accident occurred Sunday morning about 8:18 at Tram, Floyd County. He was throwing switches for a shifter engine at Tram. His arms and legs were bruised and he suffered internal injuries from which he died while on the way to the hospital at Martin. The body was taken to Ashland Sunday afternoon to the home of his sister, Mrs. Maddux and on Monday to his home at Fultz, Carter county. He is survived by his wife and 3 children. His home was at Fultz where he owned a farm. Burial took place on Tuesday near the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1922
KIRK, Judge J. D.
The death of Judge J. D. Kirk occurred very unexpectedly on Monday of this week at his home at Inez. He had been busy at work in his garden in the morning and ate a hearty meal about noon. Within half an hour afterwards he died. An attack of acute indigestion is said to have caused his death. He was 67 years of age and had been prominent in the affairs of Martin County practically all his life. He was clerk of the county for 36 successive years and was elected county judge for 2 terms. He was a relative of E. W. Kirk of this place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1922
KITCHEN, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Kitchen of Argillite, died Tuesday morning, aged about 68 years . Deceased had been a sufferer for some time with a complications of ailments. She leaves besides her husband, 2 children, a daughter, Miss Sophia and son, Irwin. The remains were taken to Willard Wednesday for burial. Grayson Journal. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
MANSFIELD, W. L.
Funeral services for W. L. Mansfield were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stewart H. Bowman, in Huntington. Dr. John S. Jenkins read the services. He was assisted by Rev. W. H. Sheffer. Mr. Mansfield is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Bowman, brothers, W. F. Mansfield of Brownswood, TX and J. J. Mansfield of Columbus, TX and 2 half brothers, Charles E. Walker of Wayne county and Dr. Everette Walker of Adrain, WV and 2 sisters, Mrs. Columbia Damron and Mrs. A.F. Meyers. Interment was made at Spring Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1922
Strother Mays, 60, widely known Kenova business man and for many years prominent in Wayne County politics, died at 10:10 Thursday night at a hospital in Huntington as a result of a lingering illness. Mr. Mays was born in Louisa, KY but had been a resident of Wayne County for more than 40 years. He is survived by his widow, 5 sons and 3 daughters: Amos Mays, Mrs. W. H. Bowman and Miss Gertrude Mays of Huntington; Henry Mays of Ceredo and Ted, Harold, Woodrow and Kathleen Mays of Kenova. Funeral services were held at 5:30 Sunday at the residence, Kenova. Interment in Spring Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
Funeral services for John Meredith, age 35, who died Friday at a Huntington hospital, were held at Hubbardstown, WV. Interment at the cemetery there. Mr. Meredith’s death resulted from an appendix operation which he underwent Monday. Mr. Meredith leaves a wife and 2 children, 2 brothers, Purl Meredith of Hubbardstown and Benjamin Meredith of Huntington, 5 sisters, Mrs. D. H. Bellomy of Huntington, Mrs. Clyde Buskirk of Chicago, IL, Mrs. Ben Skeens of Hubbardstown, Mrs. Alice Thompson of Huntington and Mrs. Charles Newman of Kenova. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 2, 1922
POINDEXTER, Carrie (Thompson)
The body of Mrs. Carrie T. Poindexter was brought to Louisa on Tuesday from Welch, WV and was taken to the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Carrie Meek Prater, near this place. She had been quite ill a while with tuberculosis. The burial took place on Wednesday afternoon in the family burial ground. She was the daughter of the late M. H. Thompson and sister of Charles M. Thompson who lived in Colorado. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 2, 1922
The mangled body of Billie Preston was found on the railroad track Sunday morning between Georges Creek and Richardson, this county. Just at what hour he was killed or what caused him to become the victim of this accident may never be known. He was 19 years old, the youngest son of Mrs. Belle Preston, of Georges Creek, widow of Elliott Preston. On Saturday evening he went to Richardson to call on a girl, it is said. On his way home in the night he met death in a tragic manner. The body was brought to Louisa Sunday morning and Judge Sparks held a coroner’s inquest at the C & O station. The body was prepared for burial and returned to Georges Creek the same evening. The burial took place Monday. Billie was known as a boy of good qualities and everybody like him. His tragic death was a great shock to the community. Much sympathy is expressed for the mother and brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
Dennis, KY—The death angel visited the home of Nelse Rice Tuesday and took from him his loving mother, Mrs. Cam Rice. “Aunt Vinie”, as she was called, was a good Christian wife and mother but God said that her work was ended here on earth as He had for her a home in heaven. She had reached the age of 68 years and will be greatly missed by the people of this neighborhood. She always had a pleasant smile and a gentle word for every one. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and 2 sons as nearest relatives. Her eldest son, Charley Rice, preceded her to the great beyond a little more than a year ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30,1922
Nippa, KY—Death claimed Henry Scarberry last week. We are confident he has gone to the rest prepared for the people of God. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
SIMPKINS, Elizabeth (Hatfield)
One more of the elder generation of the Hatfield family has been called to the great beyond. Mrs. Elizabeth Simpkins, wife of the late Joseph Simpkins, and a sister of the late Captain Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, passed away Friday, Jun 9 at the home of her son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Reynolds of Devon. She had been in failing health for several months and her death is attributed to the infirmities of age. Mrs. Simpkins was 84 years of age and a real pioneer of this section. Reared with her brothers and sisters she experienced many of the thrilling events in the long drawn out feud between her family the McCoys. She was of a deeply religious nature and became a church member at a tender age, living a conscientious Christian life. At the time of her death, Mrs. Simpkins had been a member of the church for 63 years. Funeral services were held at the late home Sunday conducted by Rev. Harve Chaffin. Of the brothers and sisters of “Devil Anse” and Mrs. Simpkins, but 3 now survive. They are Mrs. Biddy Mitchell of Logan County, Smith Hatfield of Mate Creek and Mrs. Reeves, of Guyandotte. Mrs. Simpkins’ husband preceded her to the grave about 10 years ago. She is survived by the following children: Elias Simpkins of Lenore; Julius Simpkins of Wayne County; R. L. Simpkins of War; Mrs. J. T. Reynolds and Mrs. Belle Moore of Devon and Mrs. J. E. Steel of Williamson. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 23, 1922
Gallagher, WV--The grim reaper has again visited the home of James Sparks and wife claiming their son, Mitchell, age 19 years. Death was caused by getting his leg cut off under the wheels of a freight train, living only a few hours after the accident and dying Wednesday night, May 24, 1922. His brother in law, Thomas Scott, was with him till his death and accompanied his body home on Thursday. The funeral services were held at his home by Rev. R. L. Legg Friday afternoon and burial was in the Holly Grove Cemetery. He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1922
Robert Thompson, a resident of Wayne County, was fatally injured Tuesday when struck by a Huntington truck on the Piedmont road near Camden Park. According to the report at the inquest Mr. Thompson had stepped down from a wagon on which he was riding, into the path of the truck. He was hurried to a hospital and died shortly after. Injuries sustained by Thompson were a fractured skill, a broken shoulder blade and a broken leg, according to coroner’s examination and also several internal injuries. Mr. Thompson is survived by his widow, 2 brothers, John and Willie Thompson, 3 sisters, Mrs. Hattie Haywood, Mrs. Vinie McCand and Mrs. Cynthia Johnson. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thompson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
TRIMBLE, Lillie (Salyer)
The death of Mrs. Lillie Salyer Trimble occurred at Hampton City at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Salyer on last Sunday. She had been ill for quite a while with tuberculosis. Burial took place on Tuesday at Princess. The family formerly lived in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1922
William Trodgen died at the home of his son, Pharoah, on Toms Creek near Wayne, last week. Old age together with a paralytic stroke is given as the cause of his death. Mr. Trodgen was 75 years of age. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. A. W. Damron, Baptist minister of which church the deceased was a member. Burial was made at the cemetery in Wayne. Surviving relatives are a wife and the following 12 children: Richard Trodgen of Genoa, John, William, Pharoah, Hop Henry, and Sam Trodgen all near Wayne, Mrs. William Holland of Greenbrier, Mrs. Henry Ballenger of Huntington, Mrs. Flem Artrip of Toms Creek and Mrs. George Stumbo of this county. Wayne News. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 16, 1922
WEBB, Bettie Ann
Whitesburg—Aunt Bettie Ann Webb, 90, oldest member of the remarkably long lived Webb family of this county, died at her home near Mayking after a brief illness. Aunt Bettie Ann is survived by her husband about one year her senior. Several brothers an sisters also are surviving, among them being Chunk Webb, 98 years old; Sam Andrew Webb, 85 years old; Dutch Webb, 80 years old; and Joe N. Webb, the younges,70 years old. Their hardiness is traced back to Daniel Boon, early Kentucky pioneer, to whom they are related. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1922
ADKINS, L. W.
L. W. Adkins, 62, well a well known resident of Wayne County, died Friday, Jun 30, after a short illness. He is survived by his wife and 5 children, Earl, Dorothy, Ray, Vivian and Ruth, also by his mother, Mrs. Octavia Adkins, 2 brothers, and 8 sisters. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday morning at 10. Interment in the Bowen Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1922
Ashland, KY, Jul 20—While hunting birds on the river bank, Walter Tussey, 14 years old, accidentally shot and killed his playmate, Charles Arcle, 17, Tuesday after shooting a bird, reloaded his gun and flung it over his shoulder when it was in some manner discharged, the bullet entering Arcle’s body, killing him instantly. He was the stepson of Will Dunlap, this city. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1922
Prestonsburg, KY—A telegram from Ern Arnett of Salyersville announces the death of his father Augustus Arnett Wednesday morning Jul 5. Funeral was Thursday. Mr. Arnett had been confined to his bed for several months with cancer of the intestines. He is survived by his widow and 7 daughters and 4 sons, being the father of Justus Arnett of this city, also of Mrs. R. C. Minix, formerly of Prestonsburg but now of Cincinnati. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
William Bellomy, 45 years, of 1538 Jefferson Avenue, Huntington, died early Thursday of last week after a long illness. He was born in Hubbardstown, WV and had made his home in Huntington for several years. He is survived by 3 sisters: Mrs. E. K. Meredith of Akron, OH, Mrs. A. J. Jackson of Fort Gay, WV, and Mrs. J. L. Selbee of Huntington; one brother, D. E. Bellomy also of 1538 Jefferson Avenue. The body was taken to Hubbardstown Saturday morning for funeral service. Interment at the Strother Cemetery at that place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7,1922
BERRY, Mrs. Sam
Mrs. Sam Berry died last Sunday at her home at Irad, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. She leaves a husband and several children. The burial took place on Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1922
Lowmansville, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Borders and took from them their darling babe. It was about 17 months old and was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1922
Lowmansville, KY—William Boyd died at his home here Saturday. He had been sick for some time. The disease was said to be paralysis. He was about 73 years old. The bereaved have our sympathy. He was laid to rest in the Julia Boyd graveyard at Ulysses. Many from here attended the burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
Buchanan, KY—Sine Carnahan, age 85, a former resident of this vicinity, died at Oldtown, Greenup County, where he had resided for a number of years. The body was brought to Kavanaugh Chapel and interred Wednesday afternoon. He was a son of Dr. Carnahan, one of the pioneer physicians of this section. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1922
Sherman Creech, age 52 years, who lived near Ashland, was hit by a freight train some time last Saturday night and died the next day from injuries received. He was a native of Elliott County and the body was taken there for burial. His wife and 8 children, 2 of whom are married, survive. It is not known how the accident occurred. His body was found beside the track with one arm severed and other injuries. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
The funeral services of Clyde Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Butler Davis of Butler, WV, were held at Smith Memorial Chapel at Prichard, WV. Mr. Davis, who was 22 years of age died Sunday morning, Jun 25, as a result of injuries received while in swimming with a party of friends on Thursday in the river near his home. He dived and his head struck the sand in the shallow water, injuring his spine. His companions, seeing his condition, rushed to his aid and carried him from the water to the N & W station nearby where he was treated by Dr. J. A. Prichard and placed on the passenger train and sent to Hatfield-Kessler hospital in Huntington. He died there and the body was taken back to Prichard for burial. The funeral was one of the largest ever held there and the floral offerings were many and beautiful. Mr. Davis was a very popular young man. He was a telegraph operator employed by the N & W and the active pallbearers were fellow telegraphers as follows: Lucien Smith, Jr. R. Compton, Jr., L. M. Perry, Howard Sutton, J. Southworth and Joe Mantle, the latter being the division chairman of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers of which he was an honored member. He was converted in February of this year and baptized in May and had been one of the most active church member of Smith Memorial since his conversion. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1922
Death once more has visited out community and taken for its victim Miss Amy Fannin, daughter of Cynthia Fannin, deceased since last September. Amy Fannin was born in Oct 1877, died Jun 14, 1922. She with her sister, Sapphira and the mother had lived happy together at the old home place until the mother’s death. Then Amy whose health had been bad for some time gradually seemed to weaken. Though she realized the sands of time were slipping from beneath her feet, she courageously held on to life, helping and encouraging her sister as long as possible. And during her last illness she went to the Great Comforter who turneth not away and anchored her soul in the haven of rest, and when death was claiming her she praised God and said: “Don’s worry about me, sister, for God has my soul” and fearlessly entered into the Great Beyond. She is survived by 5 brothers and 7 sisters. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Campbell at the home and a host of friends were there to pay their last respects to the deceased. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
FANNIN, Mrs. B. B.
Mrs. B. B. Fannin, of Paintsville, died last Friday at an early hour. She had been ill over a year with a complication of diseases. She was 54 years of age. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Fannin is survived by her husband, B. B. Fannin and 8 children. They are Mrs. Bob Caines, Mrs. Fred Pinson, Mrs. John Chandler, Fred Fannin, Vencil Fannin, Newt, Fannin, George Fannin and Robert Emil Fannin. She also leaves her father, R. T. Parsons, of Woodland, a sister, Mrs. S. A. Click, Ashland, 4 brothers, J. T. Parsons, Ashland, Charles Parsons, Wheelersburg, OH, E. B. Parsons, Galveston, TX and R. C. Parsons, Sandy Hook. Mr. and Mrs. Fannin were former resident of Ashland. Mr. Fannin was extensively engaged in timber dealing and the furniture business. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
GAMBILL, Robert Henry
Drowned in about 3 inches of water was the fate of Robert Henry Gambill, 15 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gambill of the West Side of Portsmouth. The baby fell headlong into a wooden lard bucket, just a little larger than a big milk bucket, used on the farm. Just a little over 2 inches of water covered the bottom of the bucket when the child was lifted out dead by his grandmother. The baby was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gambill, who have lived on the former Douglas Harness farm just opposite Lucasville for several years. The family came to the community from Greenup County, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
GARVEY, H. M.
H. M. Garvey died last Friday morning in a hospital in Ashland after a few days illness. Dropsy is said to have caused his death. Mr. Garvey had been employed as inspector on the Mayo trail road work and last winter made Louisa his headquarters for a while, he and Mrs. Garvey having rooms at Mrs. Mary Horton’s. The made many friends while here to whom the news of his death brings sorrow. After leaving here they lived at Yatesville and other points along the trail and for a short time he had been on the Ashland-Greenup road and they were living at Wurtland. Mr. Garvey had been transferred to another road and expected to go to Henderson this week. He is survived by his wife and 3 brothers. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 8 at he Holy Family Church and burial followed in the Calvary Cemetery. The pallbearers were the members of the state road engineers. Mr. Garvey has been in this section for about 4 years as inspector of state highways. He was greatly interested in his work, and although he had been advised by physicians to take a needed rest, he did not stop work until the seriousness of his illness forced him to enter the hospital the day before his death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 14, 1922
HARRIS, Angeline (Ward)
Mrs. Angeline Ward Harris died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Butler of Pikeville Wednesday morning. Mrs. Harris was about 79 years of age and had been an invalid for several years, unable to walk. She was the widow of attorney H. H. Harris, formerly a prominent attorney of this city, he however had preceded her some 11 years ago. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and her funeral at the home of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Harris of this city and in charge of her pastor, Rev. W. E. Bennett of Pikeville, took place Thursday afternoon at 2 followed by burial in the Weddington Cemetery. Mrs. Harris is survived by 4 sons and daughters as follows: Mrs. Ida Butler of Pikeville, Mr. Malcolm Harris of Prestonsburg; Rev. Walter C. Harris of Limestone, TN and Mrs. John C. Gamble of Offutt. She also leaves 22 grandchildren. The following persons from Pikeville attended the funeral of Mrs. Angeline Harris here Thursday: Mrs. bib Cornett, Mrs. Annie Adkins, Mrs. Dick Thompson, Mrs. W. K. Elliott, Mrs. Dixie Ratliff, Mrs.F. L. Haynes, Miss Evelyn Harris, Rev. W. E. Bennett. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1922
Paintsville, KY—June 30—William Helton, 43 and Cux Smith, 32, carloaders, both of Morgan County, were instantly killed in an explosion in Thealka mine. Both were farmers who, having their crops planted, had just arrived for work in the mines to make extra money for large families. During the night a coal cutting machine had been loaded with high explosives by unknown parties, the arrangement being such that the charge would be set off when the electric current was connected at the beginning of work.
John Vanhoose and Claud Preston, operators of the machine, entered the mine and coupled the wires. Both were far enough away from the machine to sustain only minor injuries, but the 2 loaders were close by the machine. Had the explosion been a few minutes later a large number probably would have been killed. The tragedy follows warning received by mine officials that the mine would be blown up. A careful lookout has been kept for explosives, but the placing of it in a machine was not suspected.
A strike has been in progress for several months, but enough diggers have been available to keep the mine in operation. The day previous Gus Butler was fired upon and Urchill Daniel was rocked as they went to work. The damage to the mine by the fateful explosion is placed at $5,000. Doors and tracks were blown to pieces. On account of the poisonous gas thrown off, men could not enter the mine for several hours. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1922
Wayne Court House, WV, Jul 22—Mitchell Kelly, 26 years old, was fatally shot and John Napier, 15, slightly injured in a shooting affray 2 miles above East Lynn tonight. The authorities are searching for Body Davis, 30 years old, alleged to have shot the other two. According to witnesses the 2 men and the boy met in the public road above East Lynn and chatted for a few moments. Davis then rode away. Turning as he left, witnesses averred, he fired. Kelly was shot 4 times through the body. He was not expected to live, Napier was shot through the foot. No cause for the shooting was known. Davis is said to have dashed through East Lynn on horseback shortly after the shooting. The local authorities said he had been sentenced at the last term of circuit court for moonshining and that he was released long enough to harvest his crops. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1922
LACEY, W. Clay
W. Clay Lacey, aged 50, of West Liberty and Mrs. Ed Baxter, widow of Lexington were killed Sunday afternoon when the automobile in which they were driving to Winchester swerved, sideswiped a tree and turned over. Elvin Lindon, owner of the car was in the rear seat and was seriously cut and bruised. He was formerly president of the Kentucky Petroleum Exploration Company. Lacey was also well known in oil circles in Eastern Kentucky. Lacey’s body was taken to West Liberty for burial. He leaves a widow, and several children, a brother, D. R. Lacey of West Liberty, who was sergeant at arms of the Kentucky senate at the session this year, 2 sisters, Mrs. H. C. Swango, West Liberty and Mrs. Harris Howard of White Oak. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
The death of Byron Martin occurred at his home near Busseyville on Monday night of this week after an illness of only a few days. He was bout 62 years old and was a good citizen. Burial took place near the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1922
The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Byron Martin and took the loving husband and father. Mr. Martin had been sick about 8 or 9 days. God called him away on the morning of Jul 4 about 5 o’clock. Mr. Martin was 68 years old. He was married many years ago to Louise Moore and to this union were born 14 children. His wife and 10 children preceded him to the glory land. The four still living are one son, Arlie Martin, who remained at home with his father, Iuke Ferguson of Keaton, Mrs. Laney of Louisa and Mrs. France of Ohio, all present but Mrs. France. After his first wife died Mr. Martin married Ettie Moore. She was with him at the time of his death. Uremic poison caused his death. Burial took place on Wednesday at 10 at the family burial ground on Dry Ridge. Mr. Martin was a hard working man, good citizen and loved by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
George McCann was drowned last Friday evening just after dark while trying to cross the river at Potter Station, 3 miles north of Louisa. He and 3 other young men, “B” Peck and ____ Willis, started from their homes on the West Virginia side of the river to attend a pie social at Potter. The boat was leaky and sank near the middle of Big Sandy River. George could not swim. He and the others jumped out of the boat when they discovered it was sinking. The three swam to shore, but did not see George after he plunged into the water. The body was found the next day about 10 near the place where he went down. The burial took place on Lick Creek, south of Louisa. George was 21 years old, son of Marion McCann. They had lived in Louisa and on Lick Creek, this county, for many years, but moved to a farm 3 miles north of Louisa on the West Virginia side of the river last spring. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marion McCann and claimed for its victim their son, George Edward. George was born Jun 4, 1901 departed this life Jul 14, 1922 being 21 years 1 months and 10 days old. He was converted in August 1921 and joined the church later on. He and 3 other boys were crossing the river going to a pie social and the boat was leaky and sank near the middle of the river. George was liked by all who knew him and will be greatly missed in the community. The burial took place at the old place on Lick Creek. He leaves to mourn his loss mother, father, one sister and 3 brothers, one sister and one brother having preceded him to the great beyond. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Liking and a host of friends were there to pay their last respects to the deceased. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1922
MCCLURE, William C.
Mr. R. C. McClure and Mrs. T. J. Snyder received a telegram last Friday announcing the death of their nephew Prof. William C. McClure, which occurred Thursday night at Fulton, MO. Accounts of his illness were published in the NEWS last week and the week before. Appendicitis caused his death. The burial took place at Fulton which was the home of his wife before her marriage. The wife and a little son, age 8, survives. Also, his parents, Prof. and Mrs. George M. McClure of Danville, KY; 2 brothers, and one sister. The parents and brother, Jasper, were with him during the last days. His sister, Mrs. Elbert Gary Sutcliffe, was there a few days before.
Prof. McClure was only 30 years of age, but his unusual ability and efficiency had already won for him the high position of superintendent of a great State institution. He went to Fulton as a member of the faculty of the School for the Deaf in 1918, remaining as a teacher until 1920, when he was elected superintendent of the North Dakota School for Deaf. The Fulton Gazette pays the biggest possible tribute to Prof. McClure. We can use only a part of it:
Mr. MCClure’s work with the deaf was preeminently successful. The child of deaf parents, he had deep sympathy for the deaf and possesses of unusual winsomeness he obtained and held their confidence and affection. When it was announced to the pupils of the Missouri school in May, 1921 that he was to come back as superintendent, they made an extraordinary demonstration of approval, while in North Dakota when it was announced that he had accepted the Missouri position, his students individually and at a mass meeting besought him to remain with them. His work at the Missouri school attracted attention throughout the deaf world. The official family of the institution fell in with him in his plans to raise its educational standards and to open up larger fields of service for the deaf, and the work of the year under his leadership brought most happy results. Up to his last illness he was working on plans for the enlargement of the school plant, for more extended manual training courses and for larger attendance, which at his suggestion a number of the members of the faculty are now spending the summer in study away from home to better prepare themselves for their work. Few men that have lived at Fulton have entered so heartily into the life of the town and more willingly given of their time and talents to the community. It is not too much to say that by his brilliance, integrity, uprightness and graciousness he gained the friendship of everyone with home he came in contact. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
MOORE, Zachariah H.
Zachariah H. Moore, 67, passed away at his home in Portsmouth, last Saturday afternoon about 2:30 following a 2 weeks illness with paralysis. Mr. Moore was born in Lawrence County, KY, Aug 27, 1855, the son of William and Delilah Hale Moore. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, Miss Nora, at home; Mrs. Mary Hoyt of Kansas City, MO and William of Wheelersburg, OH; one brother, Rev. John T. Moore of Wayland and one sister, Mrs. Matthew Berry of South Portsmouth. Mr. Moore was a faithful member of the Manly M. E. Church of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
Russell, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Vic Nichols, of Vinson Street, shot and killed Mildred, his 4 year old sister last Monday night. The father was away from home and Mrs. Nichols, being afraid, had placed a loaded shot gun against a wall by the side of a bed. The next morning Russell picked up the gun and not knowing it was loaded, pointed it at his sister and said, “I’m going to shoot you.” He pulled the trigger and the contents of the gun pierced the little girl’s arm and entered the heart killed her instantly.—Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
Death at 11:20 Thursday of last week claimed William Osborne of White Oak, back of Fullerton, KY, death coming at the home of his son, Charles, of White Oak. Mr. Osborne had been ill with Bright’s disease 8 years. Three weeks ago his condition became alarming and loved one s were called to his bedside and were with him until the end. William Osborne was born in Morgan County, KY Jan 16, 1847. He had lived for a number of years at White Oak where he was widely known. The deceased was a farmer. Surviving are 6 sons, Frank Osborne of Portsmouth, OH, James, William, Charles and Bert of the White Oak community, Samuel of Jackson, OH and one daughter, Miss Naino Osborne of Portsmouth. His wife and one daughter, Effie, preceded him to the great beyond. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1922
The death of Paul Panco, age 75, occurred at 8 Sunday morning at his home at Buchanan. He had been ill quite a while with asthma. He was born in Germany and had resided in the locality in which he died for 50 years or more. His wife, who was Mrs. Jennie Wright Kendrick, survives, also a stepson, Joe Kendrick. Mrs. Panco is a sister of Mrs. Charles Warren of Buchanan. The funeral was held at 11 on Tuesday morning at Kavanaugh Chapel where interment was made. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
PETERS, Rebecca (Johns)
Friends in Louisa were shocked and deeply grieved on Monday when the news of the death of Mrs. C. B. Peters of Ashland was received her. It was known that she was in a hospital there having undergone an operation for cancer on last Friday, but her condition was considered favorable and her recovery was expected. Her sister, Mrs. Ella Hays had returned home here Sunday evening, thinking Mrs. Peters was better, but death claimed her at an early hour on Monday morning. Pneumonia developed and the end came quickly. Until 2 years ago Mrs. Peters had lived in or near Louisa most of the 56 years of her life. She was Miss Rebecca Johns, daughter of the late M. H. Johns and was married in 1880 to Mr. C. B. Peters. Of their 6 children, 2 preceded her in death, an infant son and Cecil Peters, the latter having been killed by a train at Ashland a few years ago. The husband and 4 sons, as follows survive: Basil D. Peters of Tennessee, Levi R. Peters of Paintsville, Dr. Edgar A. Peters of Jersey City, NJ and Jesse Peters at home. Also several grandchildren, two of whom , Everett and Louise, children of B. D. Peters, have made their home with their grandparents since the death of their mother some years ago. All were with her during her illness. Mrs. Peters was a splendid woman of admirable character. She united with the Christian Church more than 40 years ago and had been prominent in activities of church in Sunday school and other departments, ever since. Her influence will long be felt in the communities in which she lived. A short service was conducted at her home in Ashland on Tuesday by the Rev. H. B. Smith, pastor of the Christian Church and the body was brought to Louisa to the home of Mrs. Hays Tuesday evening. On Wednesday at 10 funeral services were held in the new Christian Church in Louisa, conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Members of the Eastern Star chapter attended in a body. Mrs. Peters having been for years a member of the organization. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
PICKLESIMER, Mrs. George
The death of Mrs. George Picklesimer occurred on Thursday morning at 10:30 at her home in Louisa after an illness of more than a year. She was 64 years old. The funeral will be held at the M. E. Church at 10 Friday morning, conducted by Rev. John Cheap and Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1922
Funeral services for Mrs. George Picklesimer, who passed away Jul 6, were held on last Friday morning at 10 at the M. E. Church in Louisa. The sermon was preached by Rev. H. B. Hewlett, a life long friend of the family and the ritualistic service was in charge of Rev. John Cheap, pastor of the church. Appropriate music was rendered. A large number of friends of the family attended. Burial took place in the Fulkerson Cemetery near the grave of her son, Milt Picklesimer, who died 3 years ago. Mrs. Picklesimer’s death was caused by Bright’s disease and grief over the loss of her son, she never having been well since. Her burial was on her 64th birthday. Mrs. Picklesimer was before marriage Miss Serena Thompson, daughter of Samuel R. Thompson. She was born Jul 7, 1858 and was married to George Picklesimer 47 years ago last December. She is survived by her husband and one son, Sam J. Picklesimer, now located at Straight Creek, Bell County, who was at her bedside several days before her death. She was converted at the age of 11 years and lived a consistent Christian life ever afterwards. She was an excellent woman and had been for many years a devoted member of the M. E. Church at this place and was a regular attendant at services when able. Among surviving relatives are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Lon Carter and Richard Thompson of Little Blaine, Mrs. John H. Picklesimer and Mrs. Sarah Thompson of Coal Grove, OH, Mrs. R. M. Berry of Stockdale, OH, and Lys Thompson of New Boston, OH. The death of her oldest sister, Mrs. Hala Thompson, widow of Green Thompson of Little Blaine, followed hers only a few days, her burial taking place on Monday of this week. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
PRESTON, Mrs. Douglas (Porter)
Pikeville, KY—Sunday evening Mrs. Douglas Preston of Hellier, the wife of Dr. J. C. Preston, passed away at her home at Edgewater at the age of 26. Mrs. Preston had been seriously ill during the past 6 weeks and was conscious of her impending fate when first taken ill. The deceased was the daughter of Jake Porter of Prestonsburg and her mother was the daughter of Bill May. The remains were taken to Prestonsburg for interment Tuesday. The deceased is survived by her husband, a prominent physician, who has been with the Marrowbone Coal Company several years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
Greasy Creek, KY—Jul 9—“Uncle Johnny” Shell said by relatives to have been the oldest man in the world is dead here. He has records purporting to prove that he was born in Tennessee in 1788; therefore he would have been 134 years old if he had lived until his next birthday Sep 3rd. Shell, who, it is said, had lived for more than 100 years on the same farm in Leslie County, was well past the military age limit when the Mexican War was started and at the beginning of the Civil War was in his seventies. His actual age often had been called into question, but physicians who examined him said they believed he was correct in his statement of his longevity.
One of the most remarkable things bout his funeral is that at his grave 2 of the mourners were brothers, Shell’s sons, one 82 years older than the other. William, 90 years old, and Albert, 7, are the two. Albert being a son of “Uncle John’s second wife who was 45 years old when he married her and who is the only child of their union. By his first wife, who died 12 years ago at the reputed age of 122 years, “Uncle Johnny” had 4 sons and a daughter, who survive him, as do a number of grandchildren, many great grandchildren and it is said a number of great-great grandchildren. Up to the last Shell retained possession of his faculties and discussed his funeral arrangements with Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Creech, with whom he had made his home since he lost a farm through a mortgage. He said that he had lived so long he had grown tired of earthly life and was ready to proceed to his eternal home, where his first wife was waiting for him. “Uncle John” probably had been better advertised through newspaper stories than “Old Parr” the Englishman, who was said to have lived to be 130, and even Methuselah. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
SHUTE, Jennie B.
Mrs. Jennie B. Shute, one of the community’s best loved and Christian women, died at her home in Mt. Adams at 11 Thursday night. Mrs. Shute had been an invalid for 7 years but despite her illness she spread sunshine into the lives of all who knew her. She had a host of friends, won by her many lovable characteristics and who are sorrowing at her death. She was 63 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1922
The death of Mr. Frank Skene occurred a few days ago at a hospital in New York where he had been since suffering a stroke some time ago. He was a brother of G. B. Skene, who with their sister, Mrs. Marshall Cole, of Huntington, attended the funeral. Mr. Skene and family lived in Louisa a short time a few years ago when engaged with this father in connection with building the lock and dam at Chapman. He then formed a partnership with J.L. Richmond and they did railroad contract work on Shelby. They later went to New York and took contract work on a barge canal. After that Mr. Skene followed contracting in various lines in the state of New York until his illness. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
TROUT, Mrs. I. C.
Mrs. I. C. Trout of Charleston, WV, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Newman of Wayne, died Thursday morning following an operation performed in a Charleston hospital. She is survived by her husband, 2 step children, Louise and Gerald, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Newman of Wayne and a brother, Claude Newman. The body was taken to Huntington for burial. Funeral services were held at Woodmere Burial Park at 2 p.m. Saturday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
VANHOOSE, J. B.
Paintsville, KY—J. B. Vanhoose, better known as “Jim Buck” died at the home of his son in the state of Washington last week and the remains were shipped back to this county for burial. The remains arrived here Tuesday night and were taken to the old home place on Toms Creek for burial. Mr. Vanhoose was a native of this county going to Washington about 2 years ago after his son had located there in the fruit business. He was one of the county’s best citizens and his death is mourned by a large number of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1922
Theodore Weddington, died in Fort Gay Friday. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Bryan at the M. E. Church on Saturday and interment made at the Beaire Cemetery. He leaves 4 children, 2 daughters, Mrs. Charley Vanhoose and Mrs. Alfred Ratcliff, and 2 sons, Henry and Bill Weddington, a wife and many friends to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1922
YOUNG, Anna O.
Mrs. Anna O. Young, 55 years old, wife of E. O. Young, manager of the Miller Huntington Homes Co., died Sunday at 6:15 p.m. in an Ashland hospital following an operation. Mrs. Young is a past grand matron of the Eastern Star in Pikeville, KY and was active in lodge circles. She was a daughter of J.W. Ordelmundt of Ludlow, KY. Besides her husband survivors are 2 brothers, William F. and H. J. and a sister, Mrs. A. F. Webb, all of Ludlow. Funeral services were conducted at Ludlow with interment in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1922
Benny Adkins of Ratcliffe, this county, died at the age of 23 of tuberculosis on Aug 4. Besides his parents he is survived by a wife and 2 sons. The remains were taken to Greenup County for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1922
ADKINS, Frederick D.
Frederick D. Adkins, 9 year old son of Clem Adkins of Normal, was drowned in the Ohio River on Tuesday. His body was recovered after 3 hours. He and some companions were playing on a raft of logs when he fell into the river. His is a niece of Miss Gertrude Adkins of this place who with her mother went down to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Aug 25, 1922
Thomas Arcutt, formerly of Fort Gay, WV died at Dayton, OH on Monday, Jul 31. The body was brought to Fort Gay and laid to rest on last Saturday at 1 o’clock in the Bartram Cemetery. Mr. Arcutt was 23 years 5 months and 14 days old, having been born Feb 17, 1899 in Morgan County, KY. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1917 and was honorably discharged in 1919. He was in overseas service 22 months and had been at Dayton for some time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
John Bowles, age 28, was almost instantly killed when the automobile he was driving collided with another machine at Ironton Wednesday afternoon. Glass in the windshield cut his throat. The accident occurred just outside the city at a crossroads. Curtis Davidson of Superior, OH was driving the other machine. Both were wrecked. The Bowles machine was thrown from the road and turned over. It belonged to Jim Floan, formerly of Pikeville. Bowles went to Ashland by train and hired the machine. A woman in the car is said to have a broken collar bone. Other occupants were bruised, but not dangerously injured. Bowels’ mother and uncle, Mack Bowles, went to Ironton yesterday to accompany the body back to Pikeville. The victim was a son of John Bowles, who died a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
The death of James Bowling of Webb, WV, occurred soon after his leg was amputated in Riverview hospital. His leg was almost cut off by a freight train near Webb. He leaves a wife and children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1922
Patrick, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Boyd’s baby of Manco. The body was brought here for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
Warfield, KY—Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Purham and claimed as its victim Mrs. Purham’s mother, Mrs. Mary Coleman. Mrs. Coleman was a kind woman and always had a smile for everyone she met. She will be greatly missed by her friends and children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
HALE, Matilda (Ward)
Inez, KY—Mrs. J. W. Hale died at her home at Pilgrim after a short illness of typhoid fever. Mrs. Hale was the daughter of the late Dr. Arthur Ward of Inez. She is survived by her husband and several children; also a number of brothers. Burial services were held here on Wednesday at the Ward cemetery about a mile from here. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
Tom James, 68, retired farmer, died Sunday at his temporary home near Catlettsburg following a brief illness. The body was shipped to his home at Prestonsburg and interment was made at the Johns Cemetery. He is survived by several children. He formerly lived at Gulnare. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1922
Friends of Garrett were badly shocked and grieved on Friday, Jul 28, when the news came of the death of Mr. John Jobe. He was a beloved father and was loved by all his friends. He had belonged to the Christian Church for several years. He leaves a wife and 5 children, one girl and 4 boys, Mrs. Jasper Sexton of Buchanan, Will A. Jobe of Hicksville, Keffier Jobe of Ashland, Chester Jobe of Buchanan and Estell Jobe of Garrett. Also Okley Gallion, a stepson. The funeral services were held at the home of a relative, James Kliabus of Garner. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1922
Mr. Tom Johns is reported to have committed suicide last Monday at his home in Prestonsburg by shooting himself through the heart. Nobody was present when the rash ace was committed, his wife having just left the room. He was near 50 years of age. Mr. Johnson had been in ill health for several years and was very despondent at times as the result of this condition. He was a son of John g. Johns, who died in Winchester a year ago. The wife and a married daughter survive him. Also, 2 sisters, Mrs. George P. Archer and Mrs. Ernest Robinson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
JOHNSON, Annie Matilda (Kinner)
Mrs. Annie Matilda Kinner Johnson was born Jan 31, 1890 and died Jul 25, 1922 age 32 years, 5 months and 24 days. She was the daughter of James H. and Annie M. Kinner. On Dec 24, 1904, she was married to Thomas L. Johnson, who with the children, James Nicholas, Alma Lorene and Ada, survive. She also leaves her mother, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters, John G. Kinner, of Catlettsburg,, W. A. , Oliver T., Fred Kinner and Mrs. Ida Rice of Buchanan, Mrs. Elizabeth Cooksey of Hazard and Dan Kinner of Toledo, OH. She was a member of Centenary M. E. Church, South, in Ashland and took an active part in church work in Toledo, OH, when she lived there. She had many friends who will miss her greatly. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1922
KELLY, John S.
The death of Mr. John S. Kelly occurred very unexpectedly at this home at Auxier. He was found dead in bed on Friday morning of last week. He was about 80 years old and had been in failing health for some time. He was one of the most prominent citizens of that section. Many years ago Mr. Kelly came to Kentucky from Virginia and located at Auxier. He was a teacher for some time and for years was in the merchandising business at Auxier. He was vice president of the Paintsville National Bank and was interested in coal mines and real estate. His wife who was Miss Adelaide Auxier, daughter of Samuel Auxier died some years ago. His youngest daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Davis, widow of Eugene Davis, lived at the old home with her father. Two other daughters and one son survive. They are Mrs. Nora Robinson, wife of Rev. Sam Robinson of Cape Girardeau, MO, Mrs. Margaret Donally, wife of George Donally, of Guyandotte, WV and Sam Kelly, an attorney of New York City. Funeral services were held at the residence on Tuesday and were attended by a large number of relatives and friends. Interment took place in the Auxier Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1922
Hicksville, KY—Death visited the home of Harve Lyons and wife, and took from them their little babe. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1922
MARRS, Reece T.
The death of R. T. Marrs occurred Friday, Aug 18, 1922, at the home of hid daughter, Mrs. T. R. Gillispie in Louisa. He was 82 years, 8 months, and 20 days old. He had been a great sufferer for the last year, but bore it with great patience. Called on the Lord to have mercy on him to the end. Oh how patient he was. He was confined to his room almost 4 months. Reece T. Marrs was born Nov 20, 1839, was married to Mary A. Dalton Sep 18, 1866. To this union was born 8 children, 3 of them and their mother went on before to welcome him. The ones deceased are R. L. Marrs of Great Cacapon, WV, Mrs. Vic Ratliff of Boldman, KY and an infant, Henry Marrs, of Boldman. The ones surviving are Mrs. T. R. Gillispie of Louisa, KY, Mr. James S. Marrs of Pikeville, KY, Mrs. Tilda Stokes of Centerburg, OH, Mrs. Martha Morell of Hickory, NC, Mr. W. W. Marrs of West Virginia. He and his good wife were with him. He was very ill 2 weeks but conscious to the end. All the children were present but James Marrs of Pikeville. The grandchildren present were Miss Willa Lee Stokes, Centerburg, OH, Gladys May Morell of North Carolina and Mag Dorothy of North Carolina. The grandchildren were all at his burial except, Curtis A. Adams, who is in Boston, Mass. They are Mrs. Juanita Bentley, Mrs. Estelle Ratliff, Miss Ruby Marrs, Mr. Graham Marrs, Mr. Hugh Ratliff,. Also, Reece T. Meadows, who was name for his uncle, Reece T. Marrs and raised by him and his aunt, Mary A. Marrs. The body was taken to Boldman, Pike County in the home of his brother, S. W. Marrs, where funeral services were held Sunday morning. Burial took place in Pike Conty bh the side of his precious wife who departed this life Sep 13, 1919. he was born and reared in Pike Count and left the old homestead in 1914.Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1922
MAYNARD, William H.
The death of William H. Maynard of Kermit, WV, occurred in a Williamson hospital on Wednesday of last week following an operation for appendicitis. He was 50 years old and is survived by his wife and children. Burial took place on Friday across the river from Kermit. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1922
Alex McCoy died last Friday in Williamson, WV, where he had gone for treatment for blood poisoning. Interment took place near his home at Wolf Creek, Martin County. He had been ill several days. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1922
Paintsville, KY—Rachel (Pet) Melvin, age 67 years, died at her home in West Paintsville Sunday night after a long illness. She suffered a paralytic stroke a few months ago and had been sick for more than a year. She leaves one son, Alfred Spears and 2 sisters, Mrs. Creed Vaughan and Mrs. Will Wheeler; 3 brothers, George Melvin, John Melvin and Will Melvin. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
MILLS, Mrs. Silas
On last Saturday at noon, at the mouth of Dragg, one mile west of Webb, WV, Mrs. Silas Mills was killed at her home. Her brother in law, a young man, was shot in the thigh. A part of the woman’s head was blown off by the load of buckshot that caused her death. It is reported that the dead body was left on the floor, where the woman fell, until the next day when Dr. Ferguson arrived to dress the wound of the young man. The husband at that time, it is said was sitting up on the hillside some distance from the house. No satisfactory explanation of the tragedy could be obtained from the two survivors, so we are told. It is thought the chief trouble was too much moonshine. These 3 persons are all young. Dragg is about 18 miles southeast of Louisa in Wayne County, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1922
Hicksville, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Bertrand Moore. He had been employed for sometime in West Virginia in the coal mines where he was fatally crushed. He was taken to the Huntington hospital but all doctors could not save him. Bertrand fell, in saint-like beauty, asleep by the gates of light. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
PAYNE, Major J. P.
Hazard, KY—Aug 7, Major J. P. Payne, formerly of the U. S. Army who was shot here Saturday, it is alleged by F.C. Huckaby, died today in the Hazard hospital. Three bullets took effect, two in Payne’s body and one in the arm. Huckaby is in jail and it was said today a murder charge would be placed against him. Payne was a captain in the forces of the Baldwin-Felts detective agency. The shootin took place in the Wooton Morgan building, where depositions were being taken in the divorce proceedings of Huckaby vs. Huckaby. Payne, aged 47, it is stated, was assisting Mrs. Huckaby in a counter petition. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
PELPHREY, Mrs. Paris
Mrs. Paris Pelphrey of West Van Lear, died last week with pneumonia and her remains were taken to her former home in Morgan County for burial. She leaves a husband and 5 children, the oldest 11 years of age and the youngest 4 months. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4,1 922
PIGG, George E.
The death of Mr. George E. Pigg, occurred very unexpectedly on last Sunday morning at this home in Louisa. He had eaten breakfast and walked to the porch and soon after sitting down fell from his chair and was dead when friends reached him. He lived alone, never having married. His death was caused by heart trouble from which he had suffered at various times. He was one of the oldest citizens living in Louis who was born here. Mr. Pigg was 72 years of age and had spent his entire life here. He was a carpenter by trade and for years had a shop on Main Cross Street near the old Sullivan corner. He was a son of John Pigg, whose death also occurred suddenly as did that of his brother, John, some years ago. Their mother was killed when a bridge gave way over which she and her son, John Pigg, were driving, killing her instantly. The nearest surviving relatives are an uncle, Tom Pigg, and niece, Mrs. Oscar Blankenship of this place and a nephew, Mr. Shannon of Detroit, MI. Funeral services were held at the home of a cousin, Frank W. Pigg, on Tuesday afternoon at one o’clock, conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. A large number of friends of the deceased attended. Burial took place in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1922
PINSON, James W.
Funeral services for James W. Pinson, age 73, who died Sunday morning at 5 a.m. at his home at Kenova, WV, were held Monday morning at 10 at Watts, WV, where interment was made. Mr. Pinson’s death resulted from a complication of diseased from which he has suffered for some time. The services were conducted by Rev. H. J. Francis. Mr. Pinson is survived by his widow, who was formerly Miss Tennie Chambers of Louisa, 2 daughters, Mrs. Ethel Stuff and Mrs. Ella Simpson of Kenova, Mrs. Cora Perry of Catlettsburg and Zinnie Perry of Los Angels, CA, daughters by former marriage also survive. Mr. Pinson and family lived in Louisa for several years before moving to Kenova. Mrs. Pinson is a sister of Mrs. Thomas J. Branham of this place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1922
RANKINS, William Goebel
A lunch of cheese, crackers and sardines cost the life of William Goebel Rankins, 21 of Garner, late Thursday afternoon when he was accidentally shot with his own gun. Funeral services were held from the residence and burial in the Garner Cemetery. Sitting on the porch of the general store of George Leslie, near his home, Rankins was munchin a lunch of cheese, crackers and sardines. His spoon dropped to the ground. He stooped over to recover the spoon and his revolver fell from an inside pocket. The gun discharged, sending the bullet crashing through his heart. Death was instantaneous. Young Rankins is survived by his father, Hiram Rankins, 2 sisters, Mrs. John Lambert and Mrs. Tom Enyart of Holden, WV and one brother, Warren Rankins of Garner.—Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1922
James Robinson, son of the late Rev. N. G. Robinson, and a brother of Revs. Leonidas, Sam and Ernest Robinson, died after a long illness at the home of his brother in Mt. Sterling, KY, Aug 10. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1922
Rev. Jack Smith, known all over Wayne County as “Uncle Jack” died at his home in Kenova. Rev. Smith had reached the age of 74 years. His death was the result of 5 years illness of complications of diseases. He has been pastor of several Baptist Church in Wayne County. He has resided in Kenova for the past 7 years. Before coming to Kenova he lived at Coleman, WV. A funeral service in charge of the Masonic order was held at Echo, WV here burial took place. Rev. Smith is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. Rebecca Ruthford, Sidney, WV, Mrs. Laura Thompson, Holden, WV, John Smith, Sidney, WV, Mrs. Serla Rife, Holden, MO, Maxie Smith, Kenova, Chattie Smith, Dayton, OH, Lucretta Kerry, Huntington, Miss Beulah Smith and Freddie Smith, Kenova. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1922
Cullen Stamper, aged 15, died at the Williamson hospital last Monday following an operation for appendicitis. He was seemingly improving after the operation when complications set in. The body was taken to the former home near Wayland, KY and the funeral and burial took place there. Deceased was a very popular boy and had been making his home here while attending school with his uncle, Dr. Cullen Amburgy. Dr. and Mrs. Amburgy accompanied the body to Wayland. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy news, Friday, Aug 4, 1922
THOMPSON, Francis M.
Francis M. Thompson died at his home near Fort Gay, WV Jul 7, 1922 age 65 years, 9 months and 23 days old. He leaves to mourn his loss a companion and 6 children, viz: Sam, Gertrude, Saide, Elsie, Jake and Amos, all grown and married. Also 2 sisters and one brother and a host of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1922
Jattie, KY—Sorry to hear of the death of the little son of Lafe Webb. It has gone to meet the dear mother, who only a few months ago went to be with Jesus on heaven’s happy shore. Weep not, dear ones, but prepare tot meet little Eskel where parting comes no more. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1922
On last Friday evening the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. I. Thompson and claimed for his victim their little grandson, Eskel Webb, age 8 months and 1 day. The little one who had been sick for several days was thought to be improving until spinal meningitis set up. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1922
WEBB, F. L.
F. L. Webb died suddenly a few days ago at Ardmore, OK, where he had lived the past 3 years. He was a native of Webbville, this county. Three sisters survive, Mrs. Will Rupert of Portsmouth, Mrs. E. H. Case of Ashland and Mrs. John Lang of Oxford, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1922
Following a long illness from a complication of diseases, Joseph Wellman, 55, former Wayne County man, died Wednesday of last week at his home in Moundsville, WV. While he was a young man he was employed as assistant to his father, the late J. P. Wellman, of Wayne, who was county clerk for several years. After spending several years as clerk a the Moundsville state penitentiary, he went into business there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1922
Pikeville, KY, Aug 1—Willie Adkins is under arrest here today on a charge of having stabbed Willie Williams to death at the home of Will Ray, on Hurricane Creek, yesterday. The men, who were intimate friends, had been wrestling in Ray’s house and at Ray’s suggestion went down to the creek to continue the match. Williams was stabbed several times in the neck and back and died in about 5 minutes. Adkins then came to Pikeville and surrendered. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1922
Paintsville, KY—The death of Sandy Caldwell occurred very unexpectedly on Tuesday evening at Sip. He was opening an old coal bank and started inside to see how much work he would have to do before he would be ready to mine coal and was overcome by black damp in the mine and died instantly. He leaves a wife and one child. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1922
CONLEY, Martin Leslie
Martin Leslie Conley, age 51, died suddenly at Cincinnati last Sunday evening, Sep 24th. Uraemic poisoning is believed to have been the cause. In May 1919, he submitted at a serious operation at the hands of Dr. William May, Rochester, Minn. An abscess on one of the kidneys made it necessary to remove one-third of the organ. He apparently had been well most of the time since that but recently there was some indication of further trouble there. However, the climax came with shocking suddenness. For 2 years the family had been living in Cincinnati in order to give the boys better schooling. Mr. Conley continued his duties at Cannel City, Morgan County, KY, visiting the family when he could. Upon the occasion of his death he had bone home on Friday, after having been sick most of the week. He complained of a severe pain in the back of his head, near the base of the brain. Remedies were applied that gave temporary relief. Sunday afternoon he accompanied the family on an automobile drive of an hour or more. Returning home he asked for a cup of coffee and went up stairs. Mrs. Conley heard him moaning and she and the oldest son ran to him. He became unconscious very soon afterward and lived only a few minutes.
The wife and 3 sons, ages 17, 9 and 6, survive. Also one sister, Miss Stella Conley and one brother. M. F. Conley of Louisa. Mr. Conley was a native of Louisa but left here before reaching mature manhood. His visits here have teen infrequent. For 24 years he had been at Cannel City in charge of the Ohio & Kentucky railway, a line 43 miles long extending from Jackson to Index, near West Liberty. Also, he was in charge of the Kentucky Block Cannel Coal Company, and the dead of the Morgan County National Bank. For more than 2 years his resignation had been in the hands of the owners of the railroad and coal mines but hey had not relieved him. The 1922 Legislature placed him on the State Highway Commission with General William Sibert, retired Army engineer and 2 other men. The law provides for this commission to take charge of road building in Kentucky next January.
The funeral and burial took place in Cincinnati on Wednesday morning. Among those present from outside the city were: W. T. Congleton and wife, W. E. Bach and wife, William Watson, Al Garver and wife, Prof. t. J. Barr, Attorneys Robert Rives and Monroe Nickel, all of Lexington, Senator R. C. Simmons of Covington, Mr. and Mrs. Quill of Newport, S. M. Freese of Wheeling, WV, Mr. Faulkner of Paris, J. H. Stricklin, Hugh Minor, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Leslie and little daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Snowden and Miss Snowden, Mr. Ellington, Mr. Effort, all of Cannel City and vicinity. Miss Stella, M. F. , Nell B. and Miss Elizabeth Conley of Louisa.
(Note: Below was taken from another tribute of this man on page 4 of the newspaper.)
Martin Leslie Conley was 51 years old, second son of A. J. and Elizabeth Conley. The deceased leaves a wife, and 3 children, all boys: Leslie age 17, Richard, age 9, and Mart, age 6. His wife was Miss Anna Adams of Lebannon, KY
Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1922
COPLEY, Mrs. Thomas
Rev. H.B. Hewlett went to Warfield last Saturday and conducted the funeral of Mrs. Thomas Copley of that place. She was a member of the M. E. Church South and Rev. Hewlett was her pastor for many years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
CRABTREE, Anna Lee
Overda, KY—Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Crabtree and took their darling baby, Anna Lee. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1922
Herbert Crum, 25, Norfolk & Western brakeman, who mutilated body was found Saturday morning on the railroad tracks near his home at Dunlow, Wayne County, WV is believed to have been the victim of murder, according to announcement of Wayne authorities. Crum, employed on the Portsmouth division of the Norfolk & Western, had been home 3 days on a hunting trip at the time of his death. Relatives missed him from his home and began a search which ended in the discovery of his body on the tracks.
The first theory that he had been struck by a train and killed was abandoned when bullet holes were found in his body, which led to the belief that he had been shot and killed ant he body place on the tracks to camouflage the manner of hid death. Prosecuting Attorney Charles Ferguson ordered a special inquest and a post mortem to the held in an effort to establish the cause of death and fix the responsibility. Young Crum was visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.V. Crum. The body was found within 500 years of the Crum residence at Wells Branch station near Dunlow, authorities declared. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1922
Hudnall, WV—The spirit of Uncle Daley Fauber was silently wafted from this world Sep 15th. He was 74 years , one month and 25 days old. He leave 8 children to mourn the loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1922
FERGUSON, Martha J.
The body of Mrs. Martha J. Ferguson arrived at Fort Gay, WV on Thursday of last week and burial took place there beside her husband, Judge M. J. Ferguson, that afternoon. A number of Louisa people attended. H.E. Ferguson of Louisa, had charge of the interment. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 8, 1922
Yatesville, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of little Sedma Fulton, who was burned to death at Walbridge. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
HARRIS, Mrs. Bill
Glenhayes, WV—The death angel called at the home of Bill Harris, and took his loving wife leaving 3 little children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1922
Smokey Valley, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Hay of Smokey Valley and took from them the little 2 year old son who has been sick for some time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1922
HAYS, J. L.
After a lingering illness of tuberculosis, Mr. J. L. Hays died at his home at Adams, this county, Wednesday afternoon. He was 70 years old and was a prosperous well known farmer. Mr. Hays is survived by a wife and 5 grown children. They are: Mrs. Andrew Hudson, Mrs. George Cheek, Mrs. Lindsay Hays , Dr. W. A. Hays and John Hays. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1922
HEETER, O. M.
Mr. O. M. Heeter was called to Proctor, WV, a few days ago by the critical illness of his wife who had been at that place for some time for treatment. He reached there on Monday and her death occurred a few hours later. She was at the home of her brother where she had been for some time. Mr. and Mrs. Heeter came to Louisa a few years ago. He was connected with the Cumberland Pipe Line Company until recently when he and W. J. Heeter formed a partnership as drilling contractors. He is now in the Blaine oil fields. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 15, 1922
Hazard, KY, Sep 17—Two officers went to arrest a man who was said to be drinking and beating his wife near here today. As a result, one man is dead, one is dying and another is wounded. The dead: Deputy Sheriff James Holliday, 25 years old, brother of Sheriff Tolbert Holliday, shot four times. The dying: James L. Payne, 35, whom officers sought to arrest, shot 3 times. The wounded: James Eversole, 32, deputized by Holliday, shot through right shoulder. Word that Payne was mistreating his wife was telephoned to the officers this afternoon. Holliday, familiar with Duane, the mining camp where Payne lived, took Eversole with him. Holliday whose right hand was blown off by dynamite some time ago, walked ahead of Eversole to Payne’s cabin. He was a few feet from it, it is said, when Payne opened fire without warning. Four bullets struck Holliday before he fell, and all struck near the same spot on his head.
Eversole reached for his pistol. A bullet tore through his right shoulder. The cabin door was then swung opened and by this time Eversole had changed his weapon to his left hand. He fired 3 bullets into Payne’s body before Payne could level his pistol. As Payne fell his wife and children ventured to the door. They bathed Payne’s wounds until a physician arrived. Holliday was dead. Any one of the four bullets would have proved fatal, it was said. Holliday was the second Deputy Sheriff to be killed near here recently in the performance of duty. Deputy Sheriff Richard Crawford was shot to death while attempting to arrest a drunken man. The slayer, Herman Williams, last week was sentenced to 21 years in the Frankfort penitentiary. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
A fatal accident occurred Monday evening at the Middle Creek bridge at East Prestonsburg. Wade Johnson was instantly killed and Morgan Sheppard dangerously injured by falling from the bridge. The two men were walking arm in arm on the railroad track and were seen to make a rather quick turn and fall off near the end, landing on rocks about 40 feet below. Sheppard fell on top of Johnson. Sheppard is on trial, it is said, on a charge connecting him with the murder of a woman named Allen. Johnson was attending court as a witness. Both were citizens of Floyd County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
KELLY, John Sargent
John Sargent Kelly was born May 12, 1844 in New Tazewell, Claiborne County, TN and died at his home near Auxier, KY Aug 11, 1922 being 78 years, and 3 months old. He came to Floyd County, KY, when a young man. He taught school for several years and was one of the pioneer educators of the Sandy Valley. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Adelaide Auxier, Mar 31, 1875. The loving wife to whom he was so devoted passed from this life Apr 19, 1889. Eight children were born to this union four of whom died in infancy. The following children survive their father: Nora, Mrs. Sam Robinson, of Cape Girardeau, MO, Margaret, Mrs. George Donally of Guyandotte, WV, Gertrude, Mrs. Eugene Davis of Auxier, KY and Samuel E. Kelly of New York City. Mr. Kelly is also survived by one sister and one brother, Mrs. Leah Reece and James Kelly both of Lowell, Arkansas.
Mr. Kelly, besides being an educator, was one of the strong, influential business men of the Sandy Valley. He was widely known in business circles, having been vice president and director of the Paintsville National Bank for several years. His other business interests were in ca coal mine and in the large farm on which he lived. He had retired from active business owing to the condition of his health and had spent the late two years quietly at home, tenderly cared for by his daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Davis. For some time before his death he seemed to be in fairly good health. (Note: there is more about the character, etc of this man that I have not included. The newspaper can be accessed on Chronicling America). Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1922
KIMBLER, Eliza (Herd)
Mrs. Eliza Kimbler died at her son’s home, E. S. West, Blaine, KY, Aug 20, 1922 age 68 years. She leaves a loving husband, son and daughter in law, 7 grandsons, 2 brothers, Enoch and Ervin Herd and a host of friends to mourn her loss. “Aunt Liza” as she was called had been a consistent Christian for years. She was fully reconciled during her last days and had no fear of the future. We will miss her in our neighborhood, but we believe our loss had been her great gain. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 1, 1922
The death of the 6 year old daughter of Rev. Mr. W. A. Kirby of Buchanan occurred Wednesday. Gazing intently at a passing N & W train, the 6 year old girl, ruth, fell through a hole in a bridge at 10 a.m. Friday and was drowned before her body was recovered from the stream. She was about midway of the bridge which is near her home, when she fell through the hole. The engineer of the train, which she had been watching, was the accident and stopped his engine, He sounded the alarm and assisted by his crew and resident of the neighborhood succeeded in recovering the body from the water within 25 minutes. Respiration would not be restored to the still form despite efforts continuing for an hour. Funeral services were held at he residence with the Rev. Mr. C. A. Slaughter of Ashland, presiding elder of the M. E. Church officiating. Burial at Buchanan. The girl’s father, Rev. Mr. Kirby was married to Miss Susanna Price of Buchanan in Catlettsburg, Wednesday. He has been pastor of the Buchanan M. E. Church South for some time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1922
KITCHEN, John W.
Mrs. John W. Kitchen of Willard died last week in a hospital in Ashland. She had bee ill several weeks at her home and was taken to the hospital where she was operated on for appendicitis on Aug 19. She died the Tuesday following. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1922
Nehemiah Kitchen, 69, a retired clergyman of the Methodist Church and a respected citizen of Greenup, died suddenly Tuesday morning at his home in South Greenup, death being due to heart failure. The Kitchens were preparing to move to Logan, WV, this week where they resided before coming here. The deceased will probably be taken there for burial. Russell Times. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
LYKINS, James Bruce
James Bruce Lykins, son of Newton and Mary Lykins of Glasgow, KY, died at the C & O hospital at Huntington Monday morning, Sep 11 of typhoid fever after an illness of some 10 days. Mr. Lykins was 29 years old. He was born near Prestonsburg. He early in life showed signs of piety and he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He was a conscientious Bible student. Feb 25, 1917, he married Miss Lena Cox of Jeffersonville, IN and to this union were born 2 daughters, Mary Belle and Jean Avanelle, ages 3 and 4. His funeral in charge of Revs. R. T. Gettys and A. C. Harlowe took place Wednesday at 11 o’clock at Cliff, KY. He is survived by his widow, 2 daughters, father and mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters, viz: Garrett, Herman, John and Owen Lykins and Misses Pet and Emma Lykins and his aged grandmother, Mrs. Mary L. Hatcher of Cliff. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
Scott Martin, ages 27 years, died on Wednesday in Riverview hospital after an illness of about 4 weeks of blood poisoning. He was the son of Elisha Martin and lived near Clifford. He was a veteran of the World War and was in service in France for some time during the war. His body was taken to the home of John Frazier in Louisa and on Thursday morning removed to the home of his parents where burial will take place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
MCKENZIE, Mrs. John (Phoebe Fairchild)
Mrs. John McKenzie died Tuesday at her home near Paintsville. The family had lived at Hampton City since the death there of a daughter, Mrs. Salyer, about 4 years ago. Mrs. McKenzie had gone to their farm a few days ago to look after matters and while about her household duties early Tuesday morning dropped dead. After funeral services at the home interment took place in the family burying ground Thursday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
Henrietta, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Becky Mullit and took from them their darling daughter, Mary. She was 19 years old and well loved by all that knew her. Mrs. Mullit’s husband died the 30th of may, 1921. She was buried in the Boothe graveyard at Henrietta. They lived at Whitehouse. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1922
Floyd Ogle, a prominent farmer of Adeline near Buchanan, died suddenly Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Ogle were enjoying a visit from their nephew, Dr. Raymond Leu, World War veteran, and his mother of New Martinsville, WV. The four were driving to Ashland in Dr. Leu’s car and had gotten about 8 miles on their way when Mr. Ogle, who was seemingly in the best of health and spirits, died suddenly while replying to a question asked by his nephews. He was 72 years old and was highly respected. The family owned a splendid farm about 3 miles above Buchanan. The funeral has been deferred until Friday, awaiting world from a sister of Mr. Ogle in Oklahoma. The services will be held a the home. Dr. Leu lived in Catlettsburg when a small child with his parens, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Leu and had not been here since. He was in the service 4 years and was overseas 2 years, as a physician and surgeon in the Marine Corps. He is a brilliant young man and has had a varied experience. He with his mother will remain until after the funeral and will then returned to New Martinsville. Mr. Ogle is survived by his wife, a son, Ulric Ogle, of Ashland and daughter, Mrs. Ira Vanhorn of Adeline. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1922
The 13 month old child of Mr. and Mrs. J. Redding died Sunday after a short illness. Burial took place Monday in Pine Hill Cemetery. The funeral service was conducted at the home by Rev. H. B. Hulette. The family recently moved to Louisa and lives in Dr. Sparks’ house near William Taylor’s in the Gartin addition. Mr. Redding, who is an electrician, is employed by the power company in building a power line from West Virginia to Beaver Creek. They moved here from Lexington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1922
REEDER, Ollie Frances
Mrs. Ollie Frances Reeder, wife of Jas. B. Reeder, died at her home in Portsmouth, OH. She was born in Carter County, KY, and was 24 years of age. Burial took place at Solder. Big Sandy News, Sep 1, 1922
Morgans Creek, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Salter and took from them a loving daughter, Miss Pauline. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1922
The death of Mrs. Rose Shannon occurred last Saturday at her home in Huntington, WV after an illness of some weeks. The funeral and burial took place on Monday. Her brothers, O. C. and George Atkins of this place attended. She was the widow of Jesse A. Shannon and lived in Louisa before moving to Huntington. She was a daughter of Mrs. Lydia Atkins and is survived by 2 sons and 5 daughters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1922
Mrs. Rose Shannon, aged 54, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. D. Snedegar, in Huntington after a brief illness. She is survived by 2 sons, William and Oscar R. Shannon of Huntington and 5 daughters, Mrs. Snedegar, Mrs. W. H. Merritt and Mrs. L. H. Theem of Huntington, Mrs. Frank Gribble of Pittsburg, and Mrs. Tony Vaughan of Omar, WV. After funeral services from the Snedegar home conducted by Rev. Thornsburg, burial took place in Spring Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Shannon was the oldest daughter of Mrs. Lydia Atkins of Louisa and sister of Mrs. John S. Wellman and O. C. and George Atkins. She was the widow of Jesse Shannon and had many friends here to whom news of her death brought sorrow. The family moved from her several years ago to Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1922
SMYTH, John G.
John G. Smyth, General Manager of Elkhorn Division of the Consolidation Coal Company was instantly killed at the mine of the Buckfield Coal Co. on Shelby Creek last Thursday morning at 11 o’clock by falling slate. Accompanied by A. B. Brooke, superintendent of the mine, and G. w. Hay of McRoberts, Mr. Smyth had just completed a tour of inspection of the mine, and the party were proceeding along the main entry near the face, when a slab of slate about 6 feet long fell from the top without warning and struck Mr. Smyth on the head, fracturing his skull. Death was instantaneous.
The remains were conveyed to Jenkins by special train. Funeral services were held Friday morning, after which the remains were taken to Fairmont, WV for burial Monday. John Gordon Smyth was born Jan 9, 1880, at Pottsville, PA and educated as a civil and mining engineer. He began his career with the Consolidation Coal Company at Fairmont, WV. About 1909 he was sent to Johnson County to take charge of the construction of the town of Van Lear, and the opening of the mines at that place. Having completed his work, he was sent to Letcher County in 1911, where he took charge of the construction of the towns, of Jenkins and McRoberts and the opening of the mines there. At that time the site of the present town of Jenkins was a mountain wilderness. 20 miles distant from the railroad, over almost impassable roads. Notwithstanding almost insurmountable difficulties, the work of construction proceeded to a successful conclusion until today Jenkins is a model mining town, and in many respects unequaled anywhere. At the out break of the war Mr. Smyth entered the service of the government and was assigned to the ordinance division in the manufacture of TNT and was stationed during that work in a California plant. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 29, 1922
Hitchins, KY, Sep 13—His clothes ignited while playing near the kitchen stove, during the absence of his other who had left the house for only a few moments, Ellis Vanhoose, the two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Vanhoose of Hitchins, was horribly burned today, dying almost instantly. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1922
WARNICK, Jane (Preston)
Mrs. Jane Warnick died Wednesday at her home at Richardson, this county from the infirmities of extreme old age. She was nearly 90 years old. The funeral will be preached Friday morning by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Mrs. Warnick was a sister of McDonald Preston and a faithful wife and mother. She is survived by sons John, McClelland and Willie Warnick, and daughters, Mrs. Sam Vaughan, Mrs. Will Vaughan, Mrs. Tom Layne, Mrs. Robert Brown and Miss Mattie Warnick. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1922
Mrs. Virginia Watts of Portsmouth, OH, died at 8:15 Monday night after an illness of complications. The deceased, the wife of W. Watts was born at Genoa, WV 61 years ago and she leaves 13 children to mourn her death. They are as follows: Wayne Watts, Mrs. Missouri Robinson, Mrs. Josephine Indicot, Calvert Taylor and William Watts, Mrs. Frank Webb, Mrs. Maggie Hall, Mrs. Martha Jane Fraley, all of Genoa, WV and Mrs. Grace Keyes and Miss Esther Watts of Portsmouth, OH. The body was shipped to Genoa, WV Wednesday morning and burial made at the cemetery at that place. Big Sandy News. Friday, Sep 22, 1922
WEBB, A. J.
On the 24th of March, 1842, in a little log cabin on Bellstrace the subject of our sketch, A.J. Webb, was born, Shortly afterward his parents moved to Glenwood on East Fork where he grew to manhood. He helped to clear the new grounds and build fence and knew all about the hardships incident to exploiting a new home in the wilderness. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the militia and served several months. He did not believe in suicide for he was twice married and to the two unions 17 children were born, 15 of whom survive. After his first marriage he moved to Olioville where he lived the rest of his life.
He was one of the best known men in the county and the needy never appealed to him in vain. He was hospitable, charitable and kind to a degree processed by few. His readiness to help and his gentle disposition of which the dishonest took advantage often caused him to lose as his books show. For several years he was a leading merchant at Olioville where he had a grist and saw mill. He was very industrious and believed in the proverb “Plow deed while sluggards sleep and you’ll have corn to sell and keep.” He was a very early riser, often in the field before the stars had hidden away. His large cribs of corn and bins of wheat were proof that his labor was not in vain. He owned sixteen hundred acres of land and had plenty of property. Until his health began to fail him his farm was well kept and his orchards well pruned. He believed in good roads and often built and repaired at his own expense.
He believed in good schools and churches and gave liberally to the support of both. He was a member of the Methodist Church South and gave more than all the members combined in the building of the Olioville Church. About 6 weeks ago he was taken with pneumonia. He seemed to get better but his condition gradually became worse till the 23rd when his spirit took its flight to the God who gave it. 14 of the 15 living children were at his bedside when the end came. How tenderly his wife and children ministered to every want. Nothing was left undone but the enemy won and he fell into that dreamless sleep from which no traveler has ever returned. On Monday the 25th his funeral was preached by Revs. Robert Cassady and Rolen Hutchinson after which the mortal remains of A. J. Webb were taken by the Masons and I.O.O.F. to the family burial ground that overlooks his home and consigned it to the mother earth to await the resurrection morn when it will come forth an immortal body.
Besides his wife and 15 children, he leaves 54 grandchildren and nearly a score of great grandchildren to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband, a kind, indulgent father and a tender and consoling friend. His aged mother who has passed her 99th birthday still survives. He also has 4 brothers and 4 sisters living. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1922
WEBB, Mrs. Wesley
Mrs. Wesley Webb, of Maytown passed away at her home at that place on Saturday evening, Sep 16th. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Shannon (deceased) of Gallup and spent her early life at that place. Mrs. Webb was 88 years of age and leaves a husband and 4 children to mourn her loss. Relatives from here attending the funeral were Mrs. G. C. See, Mrs. Arthur Foster, Hobert Daniels, Charles Cox, Albert, Cecil and Jeff Shannon. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 29, 1922
WILLIAMS, Josephine (Howes)
Mrs. Josephine Williams, 65, wife of the late Dr. N. K. Williams, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Wade Clay in Ashland last Thursday. Death was caused by a complete breakdown following a severe attack of sciatica. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday a the residence of Wade Clay, Rev. Butler having charge of the service. Mrs. Williams is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Harry Lee Skelly of Tulsa, OK and Mrs. Wade Clay, 2 sons, Sandy Williams and Bruce Williams of Ashland, one sister, Mrs. Julia Wells of Paintsville, one brother, E. F. Howes of Paintsville and 4 grandchildren, Jack Watson of Springfield, OH, Mary Maxine Clay, Clay Watson Williams and Harriet Josephine Poor, all of Ashland. One daughter, Mrs. Harry Poor, died several years ago. Mrs. Williams had been in failing heath for 5 months but she was not forced to her bed until 5 weeks ago when she suffered a complete breakdown. Mrs. C. L. Miller of this place is a niece of Mrs. Williams and with her family attended the funeral and burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1922
Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, aged 75 years, passed away on Wednesday, at one o’clock at her home in Louisa after a lingering illness. She was the widow of Elbert S. Wilson, who died a number of years ago. She was a good woman and had been a member of the Baptist Church many years. Funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock on Friday afternoon and burial will take place near the old home on Lick Creek. The surviving members of the family are 5 daughters, Mrs. James Norton, Mrs. Johnnie Johns, Miss Joe Wilson, Mrs. Robert Carr and Mrs. Harry Burke. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1922
WOMACK, Effie (Taylor)
Mrs. Effie Taylor Womack, wife of J. Davis Womack of Oldtown, Greenup County, died Tuesday, Aug 29 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ike Ferguson of Wheelersburg, OH, after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Womack was 49 years of age and with her husband had long been a resident of the Oldtown neighborhood. She is survived by her husband and 4 daughters. Burial as made in the Oldtown Cemetery on the 31st. big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1922
Yatesville, KY—A one month old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Adkins died and was buried last Sunday at the Adkins burial ground. Mrs. Adkins is dangerously ill with pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
ADKINS, M. J.
The funeral of M. J. Adkins, aged 68, who died Thursday, was held from the residence in Huntington and burial made in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Mr. Adkins has lived in Wayne County practically all his life and is well known throughout that section of the state for his work in the M.E. Church South during the last 50 years. He was a retired farmer and fro the last 3 years has been living in Huntington. He is survived by his widow, one son, L.D. Adkins and 2 daughters, Mrs. Q. D. Leap and Miss Hester Adkins of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
ADKINS, Octavia Ann (Davis)
Mrs. Octavia Ann Adkins, 81, died in Huntington Tuesday where she had lived for 44 years. She had been ill 8 months. She was born at Bowen, Wayne County, and was the daughter of Marshall and Mary Davis. She was the mother of 12 children, one of whom died in infancy. The first death among the others was last June when L. W. Adkins of Wayne passed away. Seven of the son and daughters were graduates of Marshall College. She had been active in the M. E. Church South since early life. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
ARTRIP, James F.
James F. Artrip, son of Harmon Artrip and Mahala Artrip, was born Jan 18, 1886, died Oct 17, 1922, aged 36 years, 8 months and 9 days. Left to mourn his loss is his mother; one brother, 5 sisters and many friends. He was very loyal to mother, brother and sisters. He was a good citizen and beliked by everyone who knew him. Rev. H.B. Hewlett conducted the funeral which was held at the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 20, 1922
Wesley Jordan was called to Williamson, WV by the death on Wednesday morning of a grandchild, the 2 months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Bevins. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
BOSTER, Corporal M. M.
Corporal M. M. Boster, aged 25, of Ceredo, WV, died at the Walter Reed hospital, Washington, D. C. Sunday evening. The body was brought to Ceredo Tuesday for burial in the Spring Hill Cemetery. The funeral services were held at the Central Christian Church. Corporal Boster belonged to Company M, 165 Infantry, Rainbow Division. He is survived by his father and mother, one brother and one sister all of Ceredo. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1922
Jennings Bower, ages died at Goodman, WV of typhoid fever. He had been sick several weeks. The body was taken to Pike County, his former home, for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
BRANHAM, Ninnie (Chambers)
After a lingering illness the death of Mrs. Branham occurred at her home on Lock Avenue on Thursday night of last week. The following article in regard to the life of this good woman has been handed us for publication: Another noble woman has been called to lay down the mortal and take up the immortal. Mrs. Ninnie Chamber Branham, wife of Thomas J. Branham who resided in Louisa, Lawrence County, KY, after a long and continued illness, passed to her final reward at her home Oct 5, 1922. She was born in Lawrence County Feb 12, 1852 and was the daughter of Robert L. and Ella Chambers who moved to West Virginia in 1868. In 1881 she married Thomas J. Branham. Mrs. Branham was greatly admired by all who knew her. She had a shot of friends and no enemies. Her home was well kept, her lawn was checked with beautiful fragrant flowers. She made a warm welcome for her friends and one who ever entered her hospitable home was always desirous of returning. She was a lovely woman and was always entertaining to those who came in contact with her. She was a faithful member of the Christian Church and lived a true and consistent Christian life. She leaves to mourn her loss a faithful husband, uncle tom, one daughter, Mrs. Ida L. Kinser and one son, Charles F. Branham. The funeral was held at the home. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral and made an appropriate talk. The interment followed in Pine Hill Cemetery. Among the relatives who attended the funeral of Mrs. Branham were the following: Mrs. J.W. Pinson and Mr. and Mrs. Goodwill Preston, of Kenova, WV, Mrs. W. M. Preston of Radnor, WV, Mrs. Thomps Perry of Dunlow, VA, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Wallace of Huntington, WV, Mrs. D. H. Simpson of Huntington, WV, Mrs. D.D. Frasher, Huntington, WV, and J.G. Ratcliff of West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
BURGESS, George R.
The body of Dr. George R. Burgess, prominent Wayne County physician, was brought to the home of his daughter, Mrs. John H. Meek in Huntington Friday and removed to the Burgess home in Wayne county Saturday morning for the funeral services which were held that afternoon. Dr. Burgess died Wednesday in a hospital at Baltimore where he had been taken to undergo an operation. He was one of the best known physicians in Wayne count, having practiced medicine there for 40 years. He was also connected with professional affairs. He is survived by 5 children, Mrs. John H. Meek and Basil Burgess of Huntington, Mrs. Norman Curry of Catlettsburg, Misses Ruby and Marjorie Burgess of Wayne, and by his widow formerly Miss Letha Ketchum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Ketchum of Westmoreland. Mrs. D. S. Martin of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Amelia Powell and Mrs. Stoughton of Huntington, Mrs. T. B. McClure of Wayne, sisters, and John B. Burgess of Ardell and Dr. Will Burgess of Catlettsburg, brothers, also survive. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
The death angel has again visited our community and called one of our dearly beloved citizens, James Carter to his heavenly home above. He was born Aug 21, 1841 and died Sep 26, 1922 age 81 years, one month and 4 days old. His death was due to heart failure. He was sitting up in bed eating his breakfast when God called him home. Mr. Carter was an honest, industrious and truthful man and faithful to his claims of religion He was converted about 40 years ago and has lived a true Christian ever since. The friends and neighbors will sadly miss him as he always met every one with a kind word and bright smile. He leaves to mourn his loss 10 children. His loving wife preceded him to the glory world about 10 years ago. Mr. Carter fought in the Civil War and now he has fought the battle we all must fight. He has traveled the road to the city from whence no traveler has ever returned. He has laid to rest at the Berry graveyard beside his precious wife. Their funerals will be preached together some time later. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1922
James Compton, aged 68, died Monday at his home on Water Street, in Louisa. He had been confined to his home by illness the past month or more. Bright’s disease is said to have caused his death. Mr. Compton is survived by his wife, and three daughters, Mrs. Jim Muncey of Paintsville, Mrs. A.S. Wilson of Louisa and an unmarried daughter. Also, some other children of his first marriage whose names we did not obtain. Mr. Compton was a good citizen and had lived here the past few years moving from the country. The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday afternoon and burial took place in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 20, 1922
Walter Ferguson died suddenly at his home near Ceredo Friday evening, having been seriously ill only about an hour. His death, it is believed, was due to an injury of the spine received in an automobile accident about a month ago near Bellefontaine, OH. He is survived by one son who lives in Arizona, but who arrived for his father’s funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
GARRISON, E. S.
Mr. E. S. Garrison died a few days ago at Campton, Wolfe County. He was a drilling contractor at Skaggs, KY and was well known in the oil fields. Mr. Garrison was in Louisa recently and joined the Chapter, royal Arch Masons. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1922
HARVEY, Mrs. S. V.
Mrs. S. V. Harvey aged 64 an estimable lady of Chattaroy, died at her home there last Saturday morning from dropsy after a serious illness of only a few days. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon and interment followed in the Chattaroy cemetery. Mrs. Harvey is survived by her husband and 2 sons and 2 daughters. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
Ledocio and Adams, KY—Sorry to hear of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hays’ baby. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1922
Ledocio and Adams, KY—The angel of death again paid a visit to our land and took from us John Hays, a much loved and respected man. He leave a wife and 4 children, Mont, Jess, Madge and Dorothy besides a host of friends. He had been a sufferer fro about 15 months. About a week before death came he grew rapidly worse. He was a brother of Mr. Lafe Hays who died 2 weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
HAYS, Willard L.
The body of Willard L. Hays was found on top of a hill in Magoffin County, near Falcon last Friday morning. It was evident that he had died nearly 2 hours before the body was discovered. Heart trouble or apoplexy is supposed to have been the cause. He had left the house where he and his wife were living, after eating heartily of breakfast and being apparently in good health. He went alone and climbed a steep hill, on his way to oversee the work of moving an oil rig. His son, Will, and other men were waiting for him when S.S. Fisher discovered the body and called the son, who was not far away. The body was brought to Louisa Saturday morning and taken to the home of M. F. Conley, where the funeral was held on Sunday. The burial took place in Pine Hill Cemetery Sunday afternoon. The funeral was conducted by the Masonic fraternity, as Mr. Hays was a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Knights Templar. The Ashland Commnandery sent 4 escorts and a beautiful floral offering. Dr. Jernigan preached a very appropriate sermon. Mr. Hays is survived by the wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. Jake Thompson and Mrs. Arthur Staley, and 2 sons, Will and Homer, the latter 19 years, the youngest of the family. Also his father, Hezekiah Hays and 3 sisters and 7 brothers survive. Mr. Hayes was a successful oil well contractor of the firm of Hays & Muncey. For 2 years of more they had been drilling for the Petroleum Exploration Company in Magoffin County. Previous to that he had completed contracts for the same company in Lee County. He knew his business thoroughly, having worked his way up from the bottom. His reputation for honesty was of the highest order. He moved to Louisa several years ago from Floyd County. His wife died not long afterward. In April 1921 he married Miss Annie Skeens, of Louisa. He was in his 47th year at the time of his death, and is the first one of his father’s large family to be taken. He had always been a strong man and his death came very unexpectedly and was a great shock to family and friends. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 6, 1922
JUDD, Mrs. Robert
Ledocio and Adams, KY—Sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Robert Judd of Mead’s Branch. She leaves a mother, one brother, husband and 2 small children, besides a host of friends to mourn the loss of a good daughter, faithful wife and loving mother. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 27,1 922
KIRK, Kathleen (Preston)
Paintsville, KY-- One of the saddest deaths in the history of Paintsville was that of Mrs. Holmes Kirk which occurred at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Preston, last Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Kirk was a victim of tuberculosis and for the past 4 years had been under the care of the leading physicians of the country. More than 3 years were spent at Asheville, NC and a few months ago she was brought to the home of her parents here after all hope for her recovery had been abandoned. She was 26 years of age and leaves her husband, Holmes Kirk and a little daughter of 5 years of age, together with her parents. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 6, 1922
Pikeville, Sep 28—Dick Lamb, of Ratliff’s Creek, was killed early this morning when the auto he was driving left the road on Ratliff’s Creek mountain and turned over several times. In the car with Lamb a the time were his father, Dow Lamb and his brother, Arthur Lamb, neither of whom was seriously hurt. The three men who were on their way to work in the vicinity of Pikeville were immediately picked up by anther car and brought here for medical attention where Dick Lamb expired within a few minutes. The deceased is survived by his wife and 5 children. His 7 year old son was the victim of a tragic death from a rolling stone near his home on Ratliff’s Creek a few months ago. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 6, 1922
MUNCEY, Mrs. Thomas J.
Mrs. Thomas J. Muncey died Monday morning at her home near Walbridge, 3 miles south of Louisa, after a month’s illness. Blood poisoning was the cause. The body was taken to Martin County for burial. This was formerly the home of Mr. and Mrs. Muncey. The husband and 2 small children survive. Mrs. Muncey was an excellent woman and her death is a great blow to family and friends. She was only 26 years old. Her husband is an oil well contractor, of the firm of Hays & Muncey. His partner, W. L. Hays, died 2 weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
PERKINS, M. D.
M. D. Perkins, aged 68, died Monday afternoon at the home of his son, Greene Perkins, in Huntington, WV of Bright’s disease. His body was taken to Webbville where burial took place on Thursday. He lived at Webbville until about 6 years ago when he went to Huntington to make his home with his son. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. The surviving members of his family are the widow, 2 sons and 7 daughters, Greene of Huntington, Joe of East Bank, Mrs. Anthony Howard and Mrs. C. B. Messer of Huntington, Mrs. Jas. Thompson of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. J. R. Hensley of Kenova, Mrs. Thomas Abrahams of Ironton, OH, Mrs. H. B. Thompson and Mrs. Albert Kitchen of Webbville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1922
PERRY, Charles Allen
Charles Allen Perry, son of Thomas and Angeline Perry, was born Mar 25, 1892, in Lawrence County, KY and departed this life on Sep 21, 1922 at his home in Springfield, OH aged 30 years 5 months and 20 days. On Aug 21, 1916, he was united in marriage to Fannie Bethards. Hand in hand and heart in heart they traveled the six short years of their married life together in true companionship sharing life’s joys and sorrows. Besides the wife he leaves father, mother, 4 brothers, John and William of London, OH, Clinton and Otto of Springfield, OH; also 5 sisters, Mrs. Addie Tingley, Mrs. Martha Miller, Mrs. Mary McKinster, Mrs. Camsey Brown and Lillian Two brothers and one sister is deceased. About 3 years ago he gave his heart to God and united with the Church of Christ in Christian union of which he was a member at the time of his death. He lived an earnest Christian life and enjoyed that perfect fellowship with Christ which brings so much joy and comfort. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
Mr. Preston, a young man of Offutt, Johnson County, was instantly killed a few days ago while at work at Iaeger, WV, when he came in contact with a live wire. The body was brought to this place Tuesday night and on Wednesday was taken to Offutt for burial. He was the son of Mrs. A. S. Gilkerson and had been employed at Iaeger for some time. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
Tracy Preston, who was killed in the mines at Iaeger, WV was brought here (Paintsville) for burial. Mr. Preston had just returned from Canada, only working in the mines one day, and was instantly killed by a live wire. Mr. Preston was 20 years old and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Sine Gilkerson of this place, 3 sisters, Mrs. Ransom Williams of Logan, WV, Mrs. Lennie Daniels of Rhodesfield, WV, and Miss Eva Preston of this place, one brother, Dick Preston of Martin, KY. Rev. J. B. Preston conducted the funeral services. Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1922
At Williamson, WV, the two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Quillan died at the Warnick hotel. The family was on their way from McVeigh to their home in Atlanta, GA, when the child became ill. The body was taken to Atlanta. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Reeves Sep 21 ant took from them their darling baby, Vanzel. He was 11 months old and had suffered most all of his short life. He leaves a father, mother, and 6 brothers to mourn. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1922
SKENE, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Skene, aged 76, died at the home of Mrs. R.A. Bickel, 519 Eleventh Avenue, Tuesday morning as a result of heart trouble. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon but the hour has not as yet been announced, pending the arrival of her daughter, Mrs. Frederick W. Grugg of Minneapolis, Minn. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. The family resided in Louisa a few years ago. Mrs. Skene is survived by a daughter and 2 sons, one of whom is George B. Skene, son in law of Samuel Bromley of this place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
Pikeville, KY, Oct 17—Rowland Wallace shot and instantly killed William Smith on Peter Creek Sunday afternoon, it was learned here today. The two men had quarreled some time ago. Smith, who was on horseback, placed his hand on Wallace’s shoulder it is said and asked him if he had anything against him. Wallace told Smith not to speak to him again and immediately shot him through the chest, according to the report. Wallace was arrested. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 20, 1922
SPAULDING, Samuel S.
Samuel S. Spaulding, age 76, died at his home at Crum, WV, last Friday. He was a leading citizen and one of the oldest merchants of that place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1922
WARNICK, Jane (Preston)
Death has again visited our community and claimed for its victim Mrs. Jane Warnick, wife of W. W. Warnick, who preceded her to the glory land 12 years ago. She was 93 years old. She had fallen a victim of that dreadful disease, convulsion of muscles. She was a true Christian wife and mother, had been a member of the M. E. Church South for 40 years. The funeral service was held at the home in charge of Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Her remains were laid to rest in the family cemetery with her husband, 2 children, father and mother. She is survived by 8 children, 5 daughters and 3 sons and one sister. All were present at the time of her death except one daughter, Mrs. Robert Brown of New York. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1922
WEBB, Andrew J.
Andrew J. Webb was born in Lawrence County, KY Mar 24, 1842 departed this life Sep 23, 1922, ages 80 years 5 months and 29 days. He was first married to Jane Thompson and to this union was born 6 children. After his first wife died he was married to Mary Childers, and to this union was born 11 children. He had 17 children, 55 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was a man that was loved, honored and respected by his many friends. He was a member of Freemasonry of the Jake Rice Lodge at Blaine, KY. Was also a charter member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Fallsburg, KY. He joined the Christian Church when but a young man and in the year of 1891 joined the South Methodist Church under the ministry of Rev. A. H. Barrett. He was converted some time before his death and asked his children and friends to meet him in heaven. His funeral was preached by Rev. R. H. Cassady and Roll Hutchison. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1922
An unknown Negro, about 40 years old, was killed by a C & O train Wednesday morning at Catalpa, 7 miles north of Louisa. Nobody witnesses the accident, but the man is supposed to have been killed by a coal train that passed just after daylight. The body was cut in two and the legs were severed. There was nothing about the clothing or pockets by which he could be identified. His cap had “W.J.” worked into it, which was the only mark that might lead to identification. He carried a small satchel, containing only 2 or 3 shirts. The body was brought to Louisa and after an inquest it was taken a few miles from here and buried on the railroad right of way. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1922
Noah Adams is dead at Overda from shots fired by Grover Adams, his nephew. Grover was arrested Thursday morning, after Noah died, and is now in jail at Louisa. (The following was written before the death occurred) Grover Adams, age about 15, shot Noah Adams Monday with a shotgun and his condition is reported to be serious. The trouble occurred at the boy’s home at Overda. Noah is about 40 years old, a widower with 3 or 4 children. The boy is a son of John Adams and wife. He objected, it is said, to attention being paid to his mother by Noah Adams and the shooting resulted from this. An indictment was made by the last grand jury against Mrs. John Adams on account of the character of the house kept. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1922
ARTHUR, J. E.
J. E. Arthurs, age 55, foreman for the Langhorne-Langhorne Company at Whitman, was admitted to the Holden hospital on last Friday suffering with a fractured skull, caused by a large stone falling upon his head while working near that place. Arthurs lived but a few minutes after he was taken to the hospital. It is understood that he was walking along the side of a car when the stone rolled off and struck him a direct blow on the head. Arthur came here sometime ago from Lynchburg, VA and has been employed by the Langhorne-Langhorne Company ever since. He is survived by a wife. Logan Democrat. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1922
BAILEY, James Francis
Paintsville, KY—Paintsville people were grieved last Saturday to learn of the death of Jas. Francis Bailey, the bright little son of Circuit Judge and Mrs. J. F. Bailey, who died at Lexington Saturday after a brief illness with pneumonia. The little fellow had been in poor health for the past few years, suffering with an affection of the heart that had baffled physicians of many sections. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1922
BLEVINS, Mrs. Sam
Whitehouse, KY—Death visited the home of Sam Blevins and took his darling wife. She was a good Christian woman. The funeral was conducted by Bro. Jim Mullet. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1922
Frank Blodgett, age 30, was killed at Fort gay on last Friday morning. He was pumper at they Norfolk & Western water tank in the lower part of Fort Gay. About 2 a.m. Friday he went to the plant to begin his work for the day. A gas engine furnishes the power. No one was with him. When he failed to come home to breakfast his wife went to the pump station and found his dead body, badly mangles. Evidently he had been dead for 3 or 4 hours. It is thought he was caught in the engine soon after starting it. He leaves a wife and4 children. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jay Blodgett, who survive him. The burial took place in the Bartram burial grounds in Hurricane. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10,1922
On the 15th day of October, 1922, the death angle visited the home of James and Laura Bradley and took from that home their dear loving daughter, Rosa. She was born Jan 19, 1895. She wore a smile for everyone she met. Their home is sad and dreary without the sweet voice of Rosa to hear, but who would call her back. She was converted a short time before she died and oh so happy was she. The dear Savior called her from her earthly home to live for ever with him. We would urge the father, mother, brothers and sisters not to think of Rosa as dead but think of her as waiting for you at the pearly gates of Paradise to clasp glad hands together. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 sisters and 6 brothers and a host of relatives and friends. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground beside her little sister Stella, who had gone on long before. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1922
BURTON, Joseph Davis
Mr. J. D. Burton passed away at his home at Ulysses Friday morning, Nov 3, after an illness of several months. Some time ago he suffered a paralytic stroke from which he never entirely recovered. Mr. Burton was 66 years of age. He was born at Blaine and spent most of his life in this county. For a while he lived in Johnson County and also in Morgan County. He was a blacksmith by trade later becoming interested in stone cutting and contracting. He was industrious, successful, and generous and a man who had many friends. Mr. Burton was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, one son, R. C. Burton of this place, and one daughter, Mrs. Nora Mead of Ashland. Another son, A. L. Burton of Louisa, died a few years ago. The following brothers and sisters survive: A. T. and Elisha Burton of Thealka, and G. V. Burton of Blaine, Mrs. Frances Palmer of West Jefferson, OH, Mrs. Mary Holbrook, of Ashland, Mrs. R. S. Chaffin of Williamsburg, OH and Mrs. Katherine Daniels of Johnson County. All were present at the funeral except the daughter who was kept away by illness in the family and Mrs. Chaffin and Mrs. Daniel. Among other relatives from a distance who attended were Mrs. A. T. Burton, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Plummer, Mr. and Mrs. Isaiah Plummer of Thealka, and Mrs. R. C. Burton of Louisa. The funeral was preached at the home on Sunday by Rev. Hack Young of Ulysses, Rev. Burns Conley of Paintsville and Dave Al Hayes assisting in the service. Interment took place in the family burial grounds. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1922
Mrs. Margaret E. Carter, 73, died suddenly at Mt. Sterling. She is survived by her husband, O. P. Carter and a son, Chester Carter of Morgan County. The body was taken to her home at Liberty Road for interment. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1922
Ulysses, KY—On Nov 4, L. W. Castle and wife of Beard’s Fork, WV brought the remains of their small son back to their former home at his place and interred it in the family burying ground at Rev. G. H. Young’s on Monday. They returned to their home Tuesday morning. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1922
CASTLE, George W.
One of the most shocking of the many tragic occurrences that have taken place lately was the sudden death of Hon. George W. Castle, County Attorney of Lawrence County. It happened at Chapman station, 8 miles south of Louisa on last Saturday morning about 9:30. He and Attorney W. T. Cain went to Gallup on the early morning train to look after a lawsuit. Getting through they found that train No. 37 was not quite due and the started to Chapman station a mile or more, at a rapid gait, running most of the way. Owing to Mr. Castle’s age, almost 78, he was almost exhausted by the run. A coal train was passing slowly by the station and Mr. Castle and Mr. Cain stopped a few feet from the track and engaged in conversation with men standing there. Suddenly Mr. Castle began to stagger or pitch toward the train and fell between the platform and the rail. The men to whom he had been talking pulled him out as soon as possible, but he was dying. Just above one eye was a wound caused by striking the boxing on a car. In a short time he ceased to breath. The body was brought home o the passenger train a little while later. It is thought the exertion from running caused heart failure of apoplexy. Mr. Castle was born in Scott County, VA, Jan 12, 1845. His parents moved to Paintsville when he was a small boy, and he came to Louisa in his young manhood. He was one of 10 children, 2 daughter and 8 sons, out of which only 3 of the latter survive. Winfield was the only one present at the funeral the others living in the far west. In 1867, Mr. Castle was married to Miss Elvessie Wallace, who survives, with and adopted nephews, George Manger, who has lived with them since he was an infant. Mr. Castle joined the M.E. Church South at the age of 21 years and at the time of his death was a member of the official board. Many yeas ago he served as County Attorney. Later he was Sergeant at Arms of the Kentucky Senate. During the Cleveland administration and most of McKinley’s term he serves as keeper of the rolls, dies and plates in the government printing office of Washington. Under the McCreary administration in Kentucky he was an assistant State Examiner and Inspector, traveling all over the state. At the November election, 1921, he was the Democratic nominee for County Attorney and was elected, entering upon his duties in January. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church South on Monday at 1. The pastor, Dr. F. P. Jernigan, assisted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett, conducted the service. Burial took place in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17,1922
Hobart Castle, of Ashland, 16 years old, died as the result of an accident pistol wound in the thigh. Young Castle had returned home from his work a the sheet mill on Thursday morning and had entered the dining room to eat breakfast. His step brother, William Crisp, had been handling the revolver, it is said, and had laid it on the edge of the table. Castle lifted a chair and set it up to the table, and in some manner either he or the chair knocked against the pistol, discharging it. The bullet entered his thigh. He was rushed to the hospital where an operation was performed, but the wo0uld was of such serious nature that death resulted Friday morning. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Castle, 3 brothers, George, William and Elmer and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Crisp and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Castle. Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1922
CHATFIELD, David R.
Funeral services for David R. Chatfield, 80, who died at the home of his niece, Mrs. E. C. Conley, 923 Eighth street, early Friday morning, will be held at his old home near South Point, Sunday. Burial will be made in the Woodland Cemetery at Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1922
On the 25th day of October the death angle visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Cordle and took their dear loving little son, Lonnie. He was born Mar 8, 1918. He wore a smile for everyone he met. Their home is sad and dreary, without the sweet voice of little Lonnie to hear, but who would call him back. …. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1922
CURNUTTE, Mrs. R. M.
On Nov 6, 1922, the death angel visited the home of brother R. M. Curnutte and took from his embrace his loving wife. She was born Oct 6, 1922 She was 70 years, and 4 months old. She leaves a companion and 2 daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at the home by J. H. Holbrook assisted by Bro. Ellis. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1922
This community was greatly shocked last Saturday evening when the news spread that Arland Damron had committed suicide by shooting himself. The tragedy occurred about 7:30 at the ice plant where he had been employed since returning to Louisa some months ago. He was overseas in the Army, having enlisted early in the World War. He continued in the service until a few months ago and had talked considerably about re enlisting. He was 25 years of age and the son of Mrs. Lucy Ann Damron and brother of Josh and Colfax Damron. He was a quiet, industrious young man. He had been threatening to take his own life, it is said, and talked with employees at the plant about it. Mr. Tom Hodge, superintendent, left the plant and went across the street just before Arland committed the rash deed. Hearing the shot he ran back and found the young man dying. The ball entered the lungs and probably reached the heart. Arland had been very despondent at times. The effect of war experiences and life in the army may have influenced him. A love affair also is mentioned as a possible cause. The funeral was held on Monday at 2 at the home of his mother and was conducted by Rev. John Cheap, pastor of the M. E. Church. A large number of friends attended. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1922
Whitehouse, KY—Mrs. Tempy Debord died last week of pneumonia. She was a Christian woman. Her age was 74. The funeral was conducted by Bro. John Burchett. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 10, 1922
News was receive here the first of the week of the death of Oscar Endicott, who had gone about 2 months to New Mexico in the hope that the change of climate might be beneficial to his health. He had been very ill a the house of his mother, Mrs. Emma Endicott, in Louisa for quite a while before going to the west. Tuberculosis was the cause of his illness and death. He was a pharmacist and was employed in a drug store in Prestonsburg. He was married there to Miss Harris, who with their little daughter, aged 7 years, survives. He was the son of Jerry Endicott, whose death occurred a few years ago and Mrs. Emma Wilson Endicott of this place. Oscar Endicott was a Louisa boy and was well liked by all his companions. He was an industrious young man with good habits and his death at the early age of 28 years is deeply mourned by his family and friends. The body will be brought to this place for burial. Funeral arrangement to be made after the arrival here. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 17, 1922
FORD, Nannie A.
Mrs. Nannie A. Ford, widow of the late Robert Ford, died at her home in Portsmouth, OH, Monday night, death being due to complications. Mrs. Ford has been ill for 10 months. She was born in Louisa, KY, Aug 25, 1855 and was married to Robert Ford Jan 5, 1881. Mr. Ford preceded her in death 2 years ago. To this union were born 5 children, four of whom survive: T. A. of Catlettsburg, Orma of Philadelphia, Mida, and Amanda, at home. The funeral was held at Catlettsburg. Interment in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1922
FRENCH, John N.
John N. French, one of the best old citizens of this county, died Thursday night of this week at the home of his son, Tobe French, at Vessie, where he had made his home for 11 years. Had he lived until Christmas day he would have been 97 years old. He was born in Mercer County, VA and came here just after the Civil War. He was twice married and there were 3 children by the first union and 9 by the second. All are living except one son, Crit. The last wife died about 4 years ago. The surviving sons and daughters are Mrs. Hiram Howell of Denton, Mrs. Bud Davis of Mavity, James French of South Portsmouth, Mrs. Stephen Curnutte of Catlettsburg, Mrs. William Taylor and Mrs. Joe Stewart of Ashland, Mrs. Julia Lambert of Zelda, Tobe French of Vessie, Mrs. Elliott Billups of South Point, OH, Mrs. Cora Compton of Rulette, Robert French of Charleston, WV. The funeral will take place Saturday and the burial will be in Buchanan Chapel near Zelda. Revs. Hewlett and Campbell will conduct the services. Mr. French was a fine type of citizen. He was a man of the strictest integrity, industrious and always stood for the right. He had been a member of the M. E. Church South for a great many years. He had been able to get around quite well until about a month ago, when he became sick and was confined to his room. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1922
LEWIS, George Arthur
Impressive funeral services for little George Arthur Lewis were held on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the M. E. Church South in Louisa. He was the bright 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Lewis. He passed away Tuesday morning of an illness of a few weeks of an attack of pneumonia followed by complications causing his death. The funeral was conducted by Dr. F. P. Jerrigan, pastor , the little boy being a member of the cradle roll department of the Sunday school of the church, He was assisted by the other pastors of the town. Four boy friends of the brother, Douglas Lewis acted as pallbearers, tenderly carrying the flower covered casket into the church. They were: William Yates, Chester Cain, Rowland Compton and John Dunbar. Member of the Louise Chapter, Order of Eastern Star attended in a body. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1922
MOORE, James Edward
Ledocio and Adams, KY—The death angel visited the home of Thomas Moore and took from them their little son, James Edward on Nov 15. He was buried in the family graveyard on the following day. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1922
NOLTE, Mrs. August
Mrs. August Nolte died at her home at East Fork after in illness due to the infirmities of old age. She was one of the pioneers of Boyd County. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Theodore Tanner at Pollard. Mrs. Nolte is survived by several children and grandchildren. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 10, 1922
Daniel Phillippi, age 42, conductor on west bound extra N & W train No. 1422, a native of Rural Retreat, VA was killed Saturday morning about 8:45 at Crum, WV, when he was crushed between cars he was coupling. There were no eye witnesses to the accident, but according to George Sperry, conductor on extra No. 1381, and what happened upon the scene shortly after the fatal occurrence, and was the first to find the body,, Mr. Phillippi probably met death while at work setting off a defective car on the siding at Crum. He had apparently gone between the two cars to open the knuckle necessary to make a coupling and misjudging the distance between himself and the front portion of the car moving toward him was caught between the end sills. Death resulting from a crushed back and chest, was probably instantaneous. Conductor Sperry, aboard the train following No. 1422 got off to investigate the cause of the delay when his train came up behind the other. Passing along the track he found the mangled body lying between the cars. The death of Mr. Phillippi was a great shot to his friends and officials of the railway, as he had always been an unusually careful employee. Mr. Phillippi left Portsmouth, OH on Thursday evening and had been on the train ever since.
He has been an employee of the N & W Railway for over 20 years and has been a resident of Portsmouth for 17 years. He was born a Rural Retreat, VA and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Phillippi. He has been a member of the Order of Railway Conductors since 1907. He was married 12 years ago at Wytheville, VA to Miss Lelia Copenhaber of Crockett, Va. The following children survive: Katherine age 10, Grant age 7 and Ulysses age 5. They are now living with a sister of Mr. Phillippi at Rural Retreat their mother having died 3 years ago. The body was taken to Portsmouth and from there to Rural Retreat for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1922
Paintsville, KY—Nov 4—One man was killed and 3 others probably fatally injured her late today when a 30 ton concrete mixer crashed through the state highway bridge, being constructed over the Big Sandy River. Frank Reed, 24, Salyersville, was killed instantly when his body was buried in the dry river bed by the weight of the mixer. George Jones, H. A. Borders and John Curnutte were probably fatally injured. They are in the hospital here. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 10,1922
Dewey Short, who had left Williamson, WV with Jack Dempsey on Tuesday night of last week was killed in an airplane wreck at Cheyenne, WY last Sunday, according to a message received at Williamson Monday. It is said that when he left for the west, he expected to buy an airplane and return with it. He came to Williamson about 3 years ago from Virginia. He married Miss Roach of Inez, KY a short time ago. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 10,1 922
SIMPSON, Mrs. A. B.
Wayne, WV--Mrs. A.B. Simpson died at her home here Sunday, Oct 29. She leaves a husband 3 daughters and one son to mourn her loss. Although Mrs. Simpson had lived in this community but a short time she had made many friends who deeply mourn her loss. The remains were laid to rest in the home burial grounds at Louisa, KY, Tuesday, Oct 31st. She joined the M. C. church when young and had lived a consistent devoted Christian life. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1922
Job Spurlock, deputy internal revenue collector, died early Monday morning in Ashland after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Spurlock had been in charge of the Ashland revenue office about 18 months. His home was at Middle Creek, Floyd County and it was to that place the body was taken for burial. The funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon. His wife and 3 children are the surviving member of the family. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1922
Sam Wellman of Fort Gay, died in a hospital at Portsmouth, following an operation for appendicitis. The body was brought to Fort Gay Thursday afternoon for burial. He was about 40 years old and unmarried. He was a son of John Wellman. For a few weeks he had been living at Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1922
A murder occurred last Sunday on Abs Creek near Blaine, this county. Liss Williams was the victim and Elbert Caldwell is charged with having fired the fatal shot. The awful affair occurred just outside of a church during a service. It is said that Caldwell went to Williams and told him he just had trouble down the road with a fellow from Caines Creek. Williams replied that it was not of his affair. Caldwell said, “You are from Caines Creek and the Caines Creek fellows try to run everything.” He then kicked Williams on the leg, it is said, and told him not to give him any of his “jaw”. Williams told him he did not want trouble but was not afraid of him. Caldwell then shot him, it is alleged, and Williams died almost instantly. Then Caldwell turned to Constable Parker and asked him if he had ever run. Parker said no, and Caldwell told him “this is a good time for you to run.” Parker was unarmed and Caldwell walked off, and up to last report had not been captured although a search is being made for him. Williams was a school teacher and a fine young man, with no bad habits, He was a son of Jake Williams.
It is said that the real cause of the shooting was the face that Williams had gone there to see a young lady who had rejected the attentions of Caldwell. Caldwell is about 22 years old and unmarried, a son of Creed Caldwell. He is known as a rather dangerous man. He claims to have been drunk, it is said, when he committed this murder. The family moved from Virginia to this county about 18 years ago. Elbert’s grandmother, we are told, was a sister of the Tollivers of Rowan County.
Williams was teaching the lower Caines Creek school. The loss of such a promising young man seems all the more lamentable when it happens as this case did—wholly unjustifiable. Lucian Morris had been engaged to complete the school.
Elbert Caldwell was brought to Louisa Thursday night and lodged in jail. He was captured by Constable Dru Parker and another man. They found him under the floor of his father’s home. No resistance was made. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1922
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Berry and called from their home their darling son, Robert. He was a bright and lovely boy and loved by everyone who knew him. He was shot Nov 30th and lived 2 weeks. All was done that kind friends could do for him to keep him with us, but God saw best to take him. Robert was converted the day before he died and clapped his hand and said he was going home with Jesus. He told his mother before he died that he couldn’t stay here that he was going to meet his brother that had gone on before and he prayed a prayer for his brothers and sisters that they may be turned from their sins before it is too late. We have no doubt but that Robert is resting on the paradise with Go. He bore his suffering patiently until the end and then he fell asleep in the arms of his blessed Jesus. Robert was born Apr 11, 1905, departed this life Dec 14, 1922, age 17 years, 8 months and 4 days. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1922
Olive Hill—Whitt Boggs, 77, died from a stroke of apoplexy which he sustained while in conversation with member of his family and without warning. He was credited with living up to his motto: “Spend half your time minding your own business, the other half leaving other people’s business alone.”
Leander Borders died here on Thursday of last week near Richardson, where interment was made on Friday. He had been a sufferer from diabetes for quite a long time. During the past 3 months his condition was recognized as being very serious. He was 63 years old. The wife, daughter, Miss Hazel and son Arthur, survive. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends. Robert Dixon and wife from Louisa attended the funeral. Mr. Borders was one of the county’s best citizens. He lived his entire life near where he was born and reared in peace and happiness. Everybody liked him. He was a scion of one of the pioneer families of Lawrence County, being a son of Arthur Borders and a grandson of Archibald, the first County Judge. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1922
A report from Pikeville says Bronlow Johnson shot and killed his father in law, Eph Branham in Pike County on Thanksgiving. Branham interfered when Johnson and his wife were having trouble. The tragedy occurred at the home of the Johnsons. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
BURCHETT, Thomas Roger
Prestonsburg, KY--Uncle Thomas Roger Burchett died Dec 4 of pneumonia. He was 86 years of age. His wife who is 84 years old survives with several children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 15, 1922
Pikeville, KY—Nov 25, Ferrell Johnson is alleged to have shot and instantly killed James Charles at Zebulon, this county, early this morning. Charles was overseer of the public highway and had gathered a number of men for road work. It is said that Johnson was on his way to dig coal and on meeting Charles was accused by him of stealing his dynamite. A dispute arose, according to witnesses, in which Charles struck Johnson through the hand with a pick and Johnson immediately shot him 3 times. Johnson, who was otherwise inured, was met by the sheriff while on his way to Pikeville, to surrender. Charles leaves a large family. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1922
A man thought to be Welch Collins, of Wayne, WV, was killed early Tuesday morningm at Kelley’s corner in Kenova when struck by a street car. The report stated that Collins was lying face downward on the street car tracks and was not seen by the motorman until it was too late to apply the brakes. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
CURNUTT, Eliza (Fuller)
Eliza Curnutt was born at Potter, Lawrence County, KY Oct 6, 1852, departed this life Nov 6, 1922, aged 70 years and one month. She was the daughter of Obediah Fuller who was a pioneer citizen of Lawrence County and for whom Fullers Station was names. She was married to Rev. R. MM. Curnutt Mar 3, 1878 and to this union was born 3 children, all girls, viz.: Nona, Cynthia and Mergie. Nona preceded her mother to the glory land 17 years ago. There were 9 grandchildren, 3 have crossed the last river and 6 on this side. Bro. Curnutt, 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of Sister Curnutt, Nona and the 3 grandchildren, but may their memory ever be to them a guiding star to heaven. Sister Curnutt was a member of the Methodist Church and was converted Jan 1881 and lived a consecrated Christian 41 years. She was a model woman, one that should be exemplified, kind to all, no hard words to say about any person and was always found at home and just before she passed into the beyond she asked her husband, children and friends to meet her in heave. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8,1 922
DAVIS, Mrs. F. L.
Mrs. F. L. Davis, aged 72, died at her home at Culbertson, Boyd County, on Tuesday of last week. She had been ill about 8 months. Three sons, C. L. Davis of Buchanan, Mike Davis of Culbertson and Prof. A. C. Davis of Williamson survive. Prof. Davis is superintendent of the Williamson public schools. He attended school here some years ago. Rev. Campbell had charge of the funeral services which were held on Thursday from the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1922
The night of Dec 19 a tragic event occurred at the residence of Nelse Evans, when his son, Wilfred, 19 years old, who had just returned home from church blew out his brains. He laughed and talked with the family a few minutes after he reached home, then went up the stairs with the avowed intention of going to bed. A few moments afterwards the report of his pistol was heard. He was dead when they reached his room. No cause is known for the rash act unless disappointment in a love affair was responsible. The remains were laid to rest beside those of his brother, Plummer, who was killed in France. Grayson Journal. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1922
FERGUSON, Alice (Davis)
After an illness of less than a week, Mrs. Alice Ferguson, wife of H. E. Ferguson, passed away on last Sunday morning at 3 o’clock. She had been stricken with paralysis at noon on the Monday previous, the stroke coming while she was at the dinner table. She was conscious only a part of the time afterwards. Mrs. Ferguson was 72 years of age the 27th of last January. For 49 years she and her husband had lived in Louisa in the home in which she died. Her health had not been good for a number of years, but as late as Saturday before her illness she was able to be on the street. She is survived by her husband. Also Mrs. T. B. Billups, whom they raised, and who until her marriage had been in their home since the death of her parents when she was 3 years old. On Monday morning the body of Mrs. Ferguson was removed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Billups where funeral services were held at 2 o’clock that afternoon. Rev. John Cheap had charge of the service, assisted by Rev. T. P. Jernigan and Rev. J. D. Brame who read the scripture lesson and offered prayer. The body was taken to Pine Hill Cemetery and laid to rest near the graves of loved ones. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Davis and Lucinda Buchhannan Davis and was the youngest of 8 children, 6 girls and 2 boys, namely, Mrs. Elizabeth Davis Davenport, Hester Ann Davis, Mrs. Sarah Chambers, Mrs. Mary Davis Wellman, Mrs. Eliza Davis Wilson, James Davis and William Davis. She was the last of the family to pass away. Alice Matilda Davis was born Jan 27, 1850, was married to Henry Edwin Ferguson Feb 11, 1873. Would have been married 50 years the 11th of next February. She had been a member of the church for many years and in her last conscious hours repeated: “I am not afraid. The Lord will take car of his own.” Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1922
FRAZIER, Sam G.
The death of Sam G. Frazier occurred on Saturday morning at his home in Fort Gay, WV, following a long illness. He was a brother of L. J. Frazier of Catlettsburg and W.J. Frazier of Logan, WV. They were sons of William F. Frazier, deceased and were reared in Fort Gay, Sam Frazier spending his entire life there. He was 69 years of age and was never married. His brothers were at his bedside in his last hours. Mr. Frazier had for many years been a member of Vinson Masonic Lodge and the funeral service was in charge of the lodge and was conducted at the M. E. Church South on Monday morning at 10:30. Burial took place in the cemetery at that place. Mr. Frazier was always a good citizen, honest, intelligent and well respected. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
Pikeville, KY—Warry Goff, son of Paris Goff, of Raccoon, was instantly killed by falling slate in the C.F. McCoy mine on Ferguson Creek last Saturday. Henry Adams was in the mine with him a the time. Goff had been testing the slate with his pick. Adams warned him of the danger of its falling. To this Goff replied he believed it would fall and by the time he was through speaking a large piece dropped from the 48 inch ruff, caught his head beneath it and crushed him to the floor. Adams, unable to removed the slate, ran for assistance. He returned in a short time and combined effort of 3 men was required to remove the slate. Goff is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Myrtle Layne, to whom he had been married less than a year. That he had a premonition of the approaching tragic end was evidenced in his conversation a few days before his death. He expressed a dislike of embalming, a wish not to be place in a hearse and given some directions as to the music to be rendered. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
GRUBB, Hester Ann (Hawes)
Mrs. Hester Grubb died at Catlettsburg Monday night from the effects of a fall a week before which caused internal injuries. The body was brought here and taken out to her home at Ellen, this county, where interment was made yesterday. Mrs. Grubb had been visiting a woman who had grown up in her home and the accident occurred not long after she arrived there. She was 66 years old, widow of Scott Grubb who died 17 years ago. Previous to her marriage she was a Hawes. Six children survive, Willie A. and Harlan of Ellen, Eustis of Texas, Mrs. Ethel Holton, Mrs. James Walter Young of Louisa and Mrs. Luther Burton of Blaine. Mrs. Grubb was a woman highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was a faithful member of the M.E. Church South. Her death will be felt in her neighborhood as a real loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
Grayson, KY Dec 9—Paul Herron, 25 years old, a farmer 3 mils from this city, was shot 3 times in the back and instantly killed at 10 o’clock this morning by Harrison Blanton, 30 years old farmer and stock trader, half an hour after the victim had been acquitted for the killing in July of the slayer’s father, Will Blanton. The shooting occurred in front of the Commercial Bank on main Street. Blanton walked up behind Herron and fired 3 times, the victim falling dead. The slayer fled half a block to the Citizens Bank, where he was arrested by Sheriff William Burchett without trouble. He was lodged in jail charged with murder. The grand jury which was in session, immediately considered the case and within an hour after the tragedy returned an indictment against Blanton. The shooting caused great excitement, but no demonstration was made and no threats against Blanton were heard. An unusually large crowd was in the city as member of the Burley Tobacco Growers Co-operating Marketing Association were registering for delivery of their 1922 crops.
On trial Herron had consumed 3 days in the Carter County circuit court. Herron had claimed self defense. The killed had grown out of trouble which had developed when Warnig Blanton, Deputy Sheriff and son of Will Blanton had attempted to make an arrest. The tragedy occurred 3 miles east of Grayson. Herron’s relatives had left the city after the jury returned its verdict at 9:30 acquitting Herron. The latter remained in town and was walking along the street when he was shot down. Surviving Herron are his widow and a child. He was a son of Ben Herron. Blanton has a wife and 2 children. Blanton was removed to the Boyd County Jail.
Warnie Blanton, 23 and Erna Blanton, 22 of Grayson, brothers of Harrison Blanton, were arrested Monday at Catlettsburg at noon, after warrants had been sworn out charging them with being accessories before the fact to the killing. Both men had revolvers when arrested, it is charged. The 2 Blantons came to Catlettsburg Monday morning in an attempt to effect the release on bond of their brother, Harrison, they said. Shortly after their arrival a man whose name was no divulged appeared before Police Judge J. H. McConnell and asked for the warrants, Judge McConnell issued the warrants and turned them over to officers who arrested the brothers on Main Street. They made no statement. Later it is understood, the sheriff of Carter County who is in Catlettsburg, will take the two men back to Grayson today. Circuit Judge H. L. Woods, who Saturday evening ordered the removal of Blanton to Boyd County jail at Catlettsburg, announced that he would call a special term of the Carter circuit court in January for trial of the case.
Henry Houck, 45 years old, farmer and bystander, who was shot in the leg, is able to be about, the would being slight. It is believed that Houck was struck by one of the 3 bullets fired into Herron’s back, all of which penetrated the victim’s body. Blanton refused to discuss the shooting before he was taken to Boyd County for safekeeping, the Grayson jail being in bad condition. The families live near each other on the Midland trail. The first tragedy grew out of trouble which arose while Warnie Blanton, a deputy sheriff, was attempting to arrest a man named Booth for alleged disturbance of religious worship. Herron, whose trial consumed 3 days in the circuit court, was freed on a plea of self-defense. He is survived by his widow and a child. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 15, 1922
HICKS, Donald Edwin
The pale horse and his rider visited the home of Grove C. Hicks and wife and took from their family circle their darling baby Donald Edwin. He was born Apr 5, 1921 departed this life Nov 28, 1922 age 1 year 7 months and 23 days. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
HUFF, William B.
On last Friday morning the people of Louisa were again shocked by the sudden death of one of our citizens, it was that of Mr. W. B. Huff who had been down town among friends only a few minutes before the summons came. He was a carpenter and had been working on the new Ekers building now under construction. On account of delay of some material he returned home Friday morning and was helping with the work about the house when suddenly he complained of feeling very sick. He walked across the room sat down on the bed and fell forward, dying instantly. His death was so sudden and unexpected that those with whom he had been talking only a short time before could not realize that it could have happened.
Mr. Huff was born Jun 15, 1861 at Paintsville, KY. He was married to Alice Price, Oct 31, 1884 who with 3 sons and 3 daughters survive. He had been a faithful and consistent member of the Christian Church for more than 25 years. He took membership first with the Wills Point Church in Texas and on Feb 28, 1911, with the Church of Christ at Louisa. Mr. Huff had been a deacon in this church for some time. He was also secretary and treasurer. He did much of the carpenter work on the new church built last year at this place, donating all his services.
He had lived in Louisa many years and a good citizen, highly respected by all who knew him. The funeral was held in the Christian Church in Louisa at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Dec 3. The sermon was preached by his pastor, H. S. Early who was assisted by Dr. C. a. Slaughter, presiding elder of the M. E. Church South, and Rev. J. d. Brame of the Baptist Church. Such a large number of friends attended that many were not able to get inside the building. Interment took place in Pine Hill cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
Pikeville, KY—Homer Huffman of Millard was killed while working on the new bridge across the Russell Forks at the forks last Monday when one of the buckets carrying concrete gave away suddenly and crashed down upon him for a height of 10 or 20 feet. Huffman was cut about the face, limbs and other parts of the body, but his death which occurred within half an hour after the crash, was the result of internal injuries. The deceased was 19 years of age. His father, the late Anderson Huffman, was killed by a train at The Forks depot in 1912. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
Prestonsburg, KY—Wayne Hunt, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hunt, died Wednesday at the home of his brother, James Hunt. He was about 35 years old and unmarried. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
KELLER, Sallie (Lambert)
The Ashland Independent of Wednesday gives the following account of the death of the wife of a former resident of Webbville, this county. Mrs. Sallie Lambert Keller, wife of Flem Keller, manager of the Catlettsburg and Kenova Water Works passed away at 8 o’clock this morning. Her death was a shock to the entire city, where she was so well known and so dearly loved. Mrs. Keller has been ill for more than a month and had been taken to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital for treatment, remaining there for 2 and a half weeks and was apparently much improved, so much so that she was able to return home a week ago, but yesterday afternoon she was taken very ill and at no time thereafter was it thought that she could survive. Mrs. Keller had been possessed of splendid health and until the sudden turn in her condition her friends had anticipated her early recovery. Mrs. Keller as a beautiful woman was one of the most popular matrons in the tri-state region. She was most accomplished and had a lovely and charming personality. Her character had even been above reproach and her rare attributes of mind and heart endeared her to all so fortunate as to know her. She was 29 years old, and was married to Flem Keller of this city, May 29, 1915. She was the daughter of John and Linwood Kouns Lambert of East Fork, Boyd County. Her parents survive as do the following brothers and sisters: George Lambert of Ashland, Richard of Portsmouth and Charles. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
LYONS, T. J.
Pikeville, KY—T. J. Lyons, 84 years of age, died at the home of his son in law, Mr. Floyd Spence, at Hellier recently. The deceased was the father of R.H. Lyons a popular business man of Pikevolle, The remains were taken to the old home at Wellington, Menifee County for funeral and interment. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 29, 1922
MCCOY, Mont V.
MOnv V. McCoy of Zebulon, died suddenly while seated at the supper table at his home Tuesday evening. Mr. McCoy had been in Pikeville the day before, visiting his son in law, Ferrell Johnson, who is in jail here suffering from wounds received in Saturday tragedy in which he shot and killed James Charles near McCoy’s home. Tuesday Mr. McCoy complained of being indisposed but attended to business through the day and but a short time before his death had milked and done the evening’s chores. The deceased was the son of John Riley McCoy. He was a man of fine physique and weighed more than 200 pounds. He was generally recognized as one of the county’s very best citizens. His business career began as a teacher but he later quit teaching to enter the mercantile field in which held his honesty and persistence were awarded reasonable success. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, having been for years a faithful member of Thomas C. Cecil Lodge No. 375 F & AM at Pikeville. The funeral was held at the home on the afternoon of Thanksgiving day and the Masonic order assisted in the funeral rites. Interment in the family cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife and one son, Seth McCoy and a daughter, Mrs. Ferrell Johnson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
MILLER, Mrs. Bryan (Pig)
The wife of Bryan Miller did in childbirth last week in Johnson County and the body was brought home for burial. She was the daughter of Lindsey Pigg, of Busseyville. The funeral was held on Friday, conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. She was a most highly respected young woman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1922
MOORE, James Edward
On Nov 14, 1922, the angel of death knocked on the door of the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. ?. Moore and called from the home a darling baby boy, James Edward. Little James Edward was born Sep 29, 1920. He had been an invalid most all the time and about 3 weeks before his death he became worse. He bore his suffering with patience. He leaves the father and mother, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters to mourn here on earth while he is rejoicing in heaven. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 15, 1922
MOORE, William H.
William H. Moore, age 58, died Tuesday evening of this week at his home at Rush, Carter County, KY. He has been incapacitated for several months as the result of a paralytic stroke and his death probably was caused by this trouble. He leaves a wife and 5 children. Two boys by the first marriage survive. They are Marvin F. of Ashland and Stanley of Louisa. The last children are 2 boys and a girl. One brother, Eli, lives near Blaine, this county, W. H. Berry, the Louisa grocer is a nephew. Mr. Moore was a native of Lawrence county and had been a merchant throughout his business career. He moved to Carter County several years ago, where he established a successful business. Mr. Moore was a man of integrity and possessed many good qualities. Lawrence County friends and relatives will be grieved to learn of his death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1922
At about 6 p.m. Sunday, Ben Mullins, died at his home near the Big Hollow, his death resulting, it is said from a mine accident at Kewanee a few months ago in which he was injured by falling slate. The funeral was conducted a the Sword graveyard above Island Creek Tuesday afternoon by Rev. A. d. Cline and a large crowd gathered to lend their sympathies to the bereaved family and to assist in the burial rites. The deceased was 40 years of age. He was a brother of John Mullins of Pikeville, of James Mullins of Betsy Layne and Alfred Mullins. He is survived by his wife and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 15, 1922
PLANCK, Rosa (Adams)
Mrs. Rosa Planck of Triplett died Dec 1. She was the wife of J. D. Planck. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, a mother and one brother. She was the daughter of Rev. Henry Adams. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives. She was laid to rest in the Adams graveyard. She lived a few years in Lawrence County and she moved from there to Rowan County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
PORTER, Isaac N.
Isaac N. Porter of Boldman, died at his home Nov 23 at 9 p.m. age 65 years 9 months and 3 days. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday, Nov 26, at 10 o’clock. Interment in the Porter Cemetery. Mr. Porter had been in declining health for the past 2 years. He was one of the most highly esteemed men of Pike County. Mr. Porter was a school teacher for several years. Later he went into the mercantile business at Boldman. He was widely known through the Big Sandy country. Mr. Porter is survived by his widow, Mrs. I. N. Porter, of Boldman, 3 sons, B. N. Porter of Boldman, B. L. Porter of Emma and J. F. Porter of Minford, OH; 2 daughters, Mrs. Mattie Caldwell and Mrs. Katie Stegle of Boldman. He also leaves 2 half brothers, Mr. Jeff Haynes of Mossy Bottom and Mr. Clell Haynes of Sugar, ID. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
Lewis Rakes, 62, died at Dock’s Creek last Saturday. His wife, 3 daughters and one son survive: Mrs. J.B. Plymale of Ceredo, Mrs. Robert Powell, Mrs. Charles Johnson and Edward Rakes of Kenova. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
A letter from Harry Sammons, of Sedalia, MO, states that Mrs. Jim Rose died at her home there last Saturday. Mr. rose and family lived in Louisa several years ago, but have resided at Sedalia for some time. She was about 55 years of age and is survived by her husband, 3 sons and one daughter. She has a number of relatives and friend living in this community. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1922
The little son of Oscar See of Fort Gay, WV died last Friday evening from burns received when his clothing caught fire. He was 3 years old and was standing near an open grate when his outing flannel dress or gown caught fire and he was so horribly burned that he lived only a short time. No one was in the room at the time excepting 2 other small children. One was a little brother, age about 5, whose hands were painfully burned in a heroic attempt to get the burning garment off of the child. Mr. and Mrs. See are running a restaurant at a location about 100 yards from their home. Mrs. See was called to the restaurant and only gone a short time when the accident occurred. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
SOWARDS, Dr. John L.
Greenup, KY—Dec 1—Dr. John L. Sowards, 57 years old, a prominent physician and business man died at his residence on West Greenup Avenue, Wednesday at 5 p.m. of Brights’ disease. He had recovered from a very serious attack and was able to be out on the streets and attending his business affairs, but Wednesday at noon he was taken ill, dying before the doctor arrived. His first wife died several years ago and he later married Miss Mary Warnock, who survived him. He also leaves one son, James Sowards and one half brother, James Sowards of Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
SPARKS, Merida B.
The spirit of Judge Merida B. Sparks took its flight Wednesday morning of this week, ending the physical suffering that had been his to endure for many weeks. Bright’s disease and heart trouble was the cause of his illness and death. About 4 months ago the people of this community and county were shocked when announcement was suddenly made that the County Judge of Lawrence County was dangerously ill. Only the family knew previously that the diseases mentioned above had taken hold of him. Since about August first he had been confined to his room. He realized that his case was hopeless and about a month ago sent to the Governor his resignation as County Judge. Only last November he was elected to that office by perhaps the largest majority ever given a candidate for judge in this county.
The funeral was held at the residence and the body was taken to the old family burial grounds at Martha, 27 miles west of Louisa, for interment. Rev. H. B. Hewlett, assisted by Rev. Brame, conducted the funeral services. Notwithstanding the short notice given as to the time of the funeral there were many people present. One daughter, Mrs. Bert L. Sparks of Fleming County and one son, Dr. Proctor Sparks are the only surviving children. Both were with the father in his last days. The widow survived, and also Judge Sparks’ father Nelson Sparks of Martha, a brother, Dr. J. A. Sparks of Ashland and a sister, Mrs. P.P. Holbrook of Martha. Among those who accompanied the body to
Blaine were the widow, Dr. Proctor Sparks and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Sparks and little son, Dr. J. a. sparks and Dr. H. H. Sparks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1922
Johnson is a former service man, having been in the A. E. F. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1922
Bennie, age 15, son of William Staley, died Nov 28, after 5 weeks illness from an unusual complication of diseases. He is said to have had typhoid, blood poison, spinal meningitis and tuberculosis of the bone. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
WALKER, P. G.
Rev. P. G. Walker of Barboursville, WV, died on Wednesday evening of last week after a long illness. The funeral was conducted by Dr. R. J. Yoak from the M.E. Church South in Barboursville on Friday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
Mrs. Elizabeth Webb died at Denton a few days ago. She was in her 100th year. Had she lived until next March she would have been 100 years old. A. J. Webb, who died a short time ago at Dennis, was her oldest son. Among other sons living are Wesley W., John and Flem Webb of Ashland. She had been living a Denton, Carter County for some time with a daughter. Funeral service was held at that place. Mrs. Webb was a woman of excellent characteristics, a devout Christian and one who was very useful in the neighborhood, where she spent most of her long life. A large number of descendants survive her in this and adjacent counties. With the exception of Mrs. Mahala Webb, she was the oldest woman in this part of Kentucky. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 15, 1922
Mrs. Susan Weddington died in Fort Gay, WV, Saturday after an illness of long duration. She was the widow of Henry Weddington and mother of Sam and The. Weddington. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for many years. The funeral and burial took place Sunday, conducted by Rev. Johnson, pastor. Mrs. Weddington’s age was about 70 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
One of the twin children of Fred Wellman of Adams died Wednesday at Adams. The child was 7 weeks old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
Word was received by Mrs. M. Elam of the death of her nephew, Joe Wellman of North Dakota which occurred on Wednesday of last week at his home. Mr. Wellman spent some time in this county about a year ago among relatives. His health had not been very good for some time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1922
The West Liberty Courier says that Frank Wells was drowned when taking a raft down the river. He and his brother, J.R. Wells, were on the raft when it ran onto a sand bar. They tied it up and J. R. left Frank on the raft. When he returned he failed to find his brother. A search was made and the body was found about a hundred yards below the raft. His wife and several children survive. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922
Guy Wright, aged 33 years, was accidentally electrocuted at Pikeville Saturday night when he became entangled in a live wire. His body was taken to St. Albans, WV for burial and services were conducted there Tuesday afternoon by the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of which he was a member. Mr. Wright is survived by his wife and 2 children. He was connected with the Automatic Refrigerator Co. and his home was at Huntington, WV. He was an electrical engineer and arrived at Pikeville at 10 p.m. Saturday night to repair an electric elevator for the Coleman Fruit Co. and had gone to the company’s wholesale store with the manager, L.B. Coleman, and repaired the elevator. He remarked to Coleman: “Here is where the trouble was” and at the same time came in contact with the wire. He then said, “I can’t get loose.” Coleman attempted to pull him loose but failed, and ran to the second floor to turn off the current, after being asked to do so by Wright. Wright expired within a few seconds. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1922