BALL, J. T.
J. T. Ball, aged 74, died Tuesday in West Williamson from heart trouble, following an operation. Funeral services were held Thursday at the home of his son in law, William Adams, in West Williamson and were conducted by Rev. W. I. Canter of the Methodist Church. Burial was in the city cemetery under the auspices of the local lodge of Odd Fellows. Mr. Ball was born in Pike County and moved to Williamson in 1894. He spent several years in Canada, but returned here, following his occupation as a painter. His home burned a short time ago and he had been visiting a daughter at Kenova until about a week before his death. Mr. Ball is survived by the following children: Mrs. Grace Sloan, Mrs. William Adams, Everett, Clinton, and Miss Juanita Ball of Williamson, Mrs. William Giles of Kenova and Mrs. Henry Martin of Ironton. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1924
John Berry, 74 years old, resident of Mt. Vernon, OH died Monday at his home there, after an illness lasting 3 weeks. His body was taken to Lavalette, WV and interment made there Saturday afternoon. Mr. Berry is survived by his wife, 5 sons, Robert Berry of Columbus, OH, D. C. ?????? , J. M. Berry of Mt. Vernon and E. N. Berry of Huntington. He is also survived by the following daughters, Mrs. Mattie McComas of Salt Rock, WV, Mrs. James Brooks, Miss Hema Berry, Mrs. Goldia Harvey, Mrs. Lena Davis and Miss Mary Berry, all of Huntington, and Mrs. Nancy Pruitt of Wayne, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1924
Luther Birchwell was instantly killed Tuesday in the upper Blaine oil field. He was engaged in pulling the ??? of tubing of an oil well. A wire line was suddenly drawn taut by some part of the outfit, slipping, and a loop in the line caught Birchwell around the neck, almost severing his head from his body. He was about ?? years old and leaves a wife and 3 children. He was in the employ of the Union Gas & Oil Company. Those who knew him speak in the highest terms of his life and character. He was a Baptist preacher. The accident has shocked that entire part of the county and his death is regarded as a serious loss to the community. Notwithstanding his youth he was already a power for good, which would have increased with the years. Big Sandy news, Jan 25, 1924
Mrs. William Caines, former resident of Louisa, died at her home in Catlettsburg last Friday night. The following article is from the Independent:
Mrs. William Caines, long a resident of Catlettsburg and one of its finest women, passed away at midnight Friday at the Caines home on Oakland Avenue. Her death was caused from spinal trouble and her illness had covered several months, although she had been critically ill only a short time. The family resided for many years on West 28th Street in a home belonging to the Moore estate, but a short time ago purchased a beautiful home on Oakland Avenue from Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Muffett, and moved into it.
Mrs. Caines was born near Louisa on Apr 13, 1871, and was a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. J. Dalton. She was married to William Caines in 1899. Mrs. Caines is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, Misses Willie and Charlotte Caines. Mrs. Caines was a devoted member of the Catlettsburg M. E. church, South, and was loved for her many fine traits of mind and heart. She was a devoted mother and will be sadly missed by the family to whom her death is an irreparable loss. The funeral was held at the home Sunday afternoon. Many people were in attendance. A long procession of automobiles filled with relatives and friends followed the hearse containing the remains to Williams Cemetery at Normal where she was laid to rest. Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Caines is survived by a daughter in law, Mamie Sullivan Caines, and one grandchild, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Caines and by the following brothers and sisters: J. Dalton of Huntington, Walter and Albert Dalton of Logan, WV, Mrs. John Bolt of Huntington, Mrs. C. V. Ridgley of Pittsburgh, and Miss Alice Dalton of Logan. The brothers and sisters and their families were in attendance at the funeral and most of them were at Mrs. Caines bedside when she passed. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1924
Ollie Carpenter, son of Irvine Carpenter, a prominent merchant at Fredville, Magoffin County, was killed at the home of Adam Wireman near that place, a few days before Christmas. George Wireman is in jail at Salyersville charged with the crime. Moonshine caused the trouble. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1924
On Sunday evening, Jan 13th, the sad news came over the wire from Blaine that Dewey Chaffin’s suffering had been relieved by his departure across the mystical stream to a land that is fairer than day. Dewey had been in bad health for some time, only living 12 days after he was confined to his bed. He had been in Arizona for his health and he came to Louisa Jan 1st and came to his home at Blaine in a wagon, a distance of 20 miles and was never able to be out again. He was 25 years of age. He was converted and baptized in September and we believe our great loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted at the home by John Morris, a large crowd being present. He leaves to mourn his loss a mother, 2 sisters, one brother, and a host of relatives and friends. His father preceded him to the grave 2 years ago. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard overlooking the home. Big Sandy News, Jan 25,1924
Elmer Claypool age 64 years, oil well shooter for the Kentucky Glycerine Co. and James Sexton, field agent for F. E. White, an oil operator in the Johnson County field, were killed on Thursday of last week near Red Bush in Johnson County, while they were making preparations to shoot an oil well. The accident happened at noon when all others employed there were away and only these 2 men were present and therefore the particulars are not known, but those familiar with this work suppose they were thawing the glycerine or loading a tube. A man was standing on the porch at the home of a Mr. Williams and saw the bodies thrown into the air apparently going straight up. Both were cut in two at the waist and otherwise badly mangled.
NO injury was done to 3 horses standing 75 or 100 feet away. There were two explosions, one being directly over or by the well and the other ten feet away, which indicates that one was exploded by the shock from the other. Sexton was from Clinton County, KY, but had been living at ??? for some time. He leaves a wife and 3 children, the oldest being 5 years old. Claypool was a native of Toledo, OH and had been shooting wells for 10 years. About ??? supposedly belonging to Claypool was found in shreds. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1924
Clifford Coles, 11 year old son of Mrs. Fletcher Coles, died in Ashland, Tuesday of lockjaw. The result of a wound received on New Year’s eve while firing a blank pistol. The police are making an investigation of the sale of blank pistols to minors as a result of the young lad’s death. Mr. Coles is dead and the boy and his mother were living at the home of his grandmother, Roll Quillen. Mr. Quillen was for many years a conductor on the Big Sandy division of the C & O railway. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1924
CONLEY, Stella Banks
Prestonsburg—Stella Banks Conley died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Banks at Water Gap Saturday night Dec 29, of yellow jaundice. She had been teaching school in Boyd County but had to quit teaching about 6 weeks ago owing to her sickness. She was taken to the hospital first at Louisa and then to Ashland but filed to find relief. She was about 23 years of age and had taught several successful schools in this county. She is survived by her husband, father, mother and one sister. Big Sandy news, Jan 18,1924
CRISP, Sister Mary
Sister Mary Crisp was born Dec 11, 1823, died at her home near Smalley, Dec 21, 1923, age 100 years and 10 days. This is the most recent record she had of her age. She was married at the age of 17 years, was the mother of 12 children of which 5 preceded her to the grave, while 7 are left, together with several grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She joined the Methodist Church at the age of 16 yeas. She was 84 years a member of that church and a servant of God. Her life began and ended with faith in God.
Jacob Crisp, her son with whom she made her home, took so much pains and interest in caring for his mother in her old age and last days, a short time before she passed away she pulled him down to her and kissed him and after imprinting the last kiss upon his cheek she looked up with a sweet angelic smile, her face beeming with celestial delight. She told Jacob and Della Crisp not to shed tears for her. She said, "I am ready to go wherever the Lord calls for me." A very large crowd attended her funeral which was preached at her home by Rev. C.H. Peters and L.M. Laferty. She was buried in the family cemetery immediately after the funeral Sunday morning Dec 22, 1923. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1924
DAMRON, John L.
John L. Damron, of Yeager, Pike County, died in a hospital in Ashland Tuesday. His body was taken to his home for burial, passing through Louisa Tuesday evening. Some days ago Mr. Damron received injuries in a coal mine accident in Pike County, where he was working. He was a farmer, owning a good farm but at this time of the year often was employed about the mines. He was hurt in a fall of slate. Mr. Damron was one of the county’s best citizens. He is survived by his wife and a number of children some of whom are married. He is the oldest son of Mrs. Lucy Damron of Louisa. She left Wednesday morning for Yeager to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1924
Wayne County mourns the loss of one of her best loved pioneers, Mr. Lazarus Damron, of Whites Creek, who died at his home Monday, Jan 14. Mr. Damron was past 92 years of age. He was born at Dunlow, WV in the year of 1832. Mr. Damron, who was known all over Wayne County, has for the past few years, made his home with a son, A. C. Damron. He was a consecrated member of the Centerville Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted at Wayne. Surviving him are 5 sons, Charles of Kenova, Aleck of Whites Creek, A. C. Damron of near Wayne, L. Damron of Garretts Creek and Rev. A. W. Damron, pastor of the Wayne Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Jan 25,924
DENHAM, G. A.
G. A. Denham, 73, died at Los Angeles, CA at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Murphy after a brief illness. He formerly lived at Williamsburg, KY and was the father of Mrs. Charles Kise of Omaha, NE. Mr. Kise is from Kise Station, this county. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1924
ENDICOTT, Columbia (Branham)
Mrs. Columbia Endicott, aged 68 years, died in Williamson, WV on Tuesday of this week. She had gone there only 2 or 3 weeks ago from her home near Clifford for a visit to her son, Ulysses Shannon. Her death was unexpected to relatives here who did not known of her illness. She was the youngest sister of Thomas J. Branham of this place. Mr. Branham received a telegram bringing the sad message, but no particulars were given as to the cause of her death. Mrs. Endicott was the widow of James Endicott. She had been married twice. The first husband, Grant Shannon, was killed in a mill explosion many years ago. Mrs. Endicott’s body was brought to her old home where burial was to take place on Thursday in the family graveyard on Rockcastle. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1924
Mrs. Columbia Endicott, born Jun 7, 1854, died Jan 7, 1924, at the home of her son, W. L. Shannon in Pike Co., KY. She joined the Baptist Church when she was a young woman. She lived a devoted Christian until her death. She is survived by 2 sisters and one brother, Jennie Wallace, Mollie Shannon and Thomas Branham of Louisa, KY. She has left 2 daughters and 3 sons and a host of grandchildren to mourn her loss of a dear mother and grandmother. Her remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground known as the Branham Hill. Her funeral was preached at the graveyard by Elder Matt Justice and B. Branham. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1924
FITZPATRICK, Rev. Strother
Rev. Strother Fitzpatrick, aged about 60 years died Wednesday morning of this week at his home at Glenhayes, WV. Tuberculosis, from which he had suffered the past year or more, caused his death. He had for a number of years been a preacher in the Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1924
On Tuesday evening, Jan 8, 1924, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Strother Fitzpatrick and took the dear and loving husband. He had been sick 11 months, bearing his suffering patiently. He leaves to mourn his loss his dear wife, 4 sons and 7 daughters and a host of friends. He was loved by all who knew him. He has ?? grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren. He was 64 years 10 months and ?? days old. In the meeting he was always ready to deliver a good sermon and everyone seemed to enjoy his presence. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1924
GEORGE, Ella Virginia
The pale horse and its rider which is called death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alex George and took their baby, Ella Virginia George who was born Oct 18, 1923 and died Jan 18, 1924, aged 3 months. The body was brought to the home of her parents for burial. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Burgess. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1924
A young man named Hatcher son of Albert Hatcher, near Fort Gay was accidentally shot on Monday of this week at his father’s home and the injury resulting there from proved fatal. He died Tuesday evening about 3 hours before his death he was brought to the hospital at Louisa, but no operation was attempted, because he was already dying. The ball entered the abdomen near the groin, passed through a kidney and came out in his back. The accident occurred when a pistol was dropped on the floor and discharged when it struck young Hatcher stooping at the time, which accounts for the course taken by the ball. He was about 20 years of age and a well-respected young man, the son of a good citizen and his death is deeply deplored by all who knew him or the family. The burial took place Thursday near the home place. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1924
JARRELL, James Wilson
Funeral services for James Wilson Jarrell, age 45?, were held at the Baptist Church at Ceredo Friday. The services were in charge of the I.O.O.F. and the F & AM lodges of which Mr. Jarrell was a member. The ceremony was very impressive. Mr. Jarrell had been suffering from a complication of diseased for the past few years. Until the time of his illness he was employed at the Kenova power plant. Death came early Wednesday morning at his residence in Ceredo. Surviving Mr. Jarrell are his widow and 10 children, Mrs. Alva Carver, Mrs. K. J. Biggs, Mrs. F. S. Perdue, Mrs. Delbert Profit, Lee, Mack, John, ???, and Kermit of Ceredo, Mrs. R. F. and Mrs. W. N. Selbee of Huntington, brothers and sisters, Harry Jarrell and Mrs. Harry Stewart of Huntington, Columbus Jarrell of Ceredo, Mrs. Alex Porter of Radnor, WV, and John Jarrell of Dunlow, WV. The Jarrell family had always been a family prominent in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1924
LAYNE, Dr. P. C.
The following is from the Ashland Daily Independent:
The entire community was shocked and grieved Sunday morning when the news was flashed over the city that Dr. P. C. Layne, one of Ashland’s best beloved physicians and surgeons had suddenly been claimed by death. While it was known that he had been in failing health for the past 6 months, yet no one felt that the end was so near, not even the members of his own family and there the shock was all the greater Saturday evening he was in unusually great spirits and chatted with his family and several of the doctors who called during the evening. About ?? o’clock Sunday morning he sat up in bed and told Mrs. Layne, he had not been feeling quite so well, but that he was now better and was going to sleep. He then reclined on his pillow and in a few minutes stopped breathing as the spirit was called back to the God who gave it.
Dr. Layne was one of the most brilliant medical men which Kentucky has ever produced. Not only was he well versed in the practice of medicine, but as a surgeon he had few equals and no superiors. He was loved and greatly respected by every doctor not only in Ashland but in the entire tristate section where his ability was well known. He got his heart and soul into all his work as well as his best ability and his success with difficult cases had been most pronounced. Only a few months ago he purchased a beautiful home at 740 East Hilton Avenue, where he with his family was most ??? situated and just ready to enjoy life, when the death summons came.
Dr. P. C. Layne was born at Mt. Vernon, OH in 1871 and when a small boy the family located at Louisa, KY, where he lived until reaching manhood. After passing through the public school, he entered the Ohio Medical University at Cincinnati for 4 years and during all the time he was dean of one department of the university and lectured to the students every day. In 1897 he married Miss Pearl Leach of Cynthiana, and shortly after this they located at Proctorville, OH where for 5 years he engaged in the practice of medicine, moving to Ashland in 1902 where he has since resided. He is survived by his wife and 2 sons, Porter and James S. of this city, also by his father, J.C. Layne, aged ??, of Covington, KY, 2 sisters, Mrs. Ella Layne ??? of Covington, Mrs. Guy Peck of Huntington and one brother, J. C. Layne, Jr., formerly of Ashland, but now residing at Erlanger, KY.
Dr. Layne was always ??? the highest spirit of duty and devotion to any cause which he believed to be right and when our government became involved in the world war and the call went out for doctors to look after the needs of our soldier boys, he was quick to answer the call sacrificing his practice and leaving his family alone in order to serve his country. He was commissioned a captain and after a years of strenuous work in the army camps here he was sent to the battle front in France. He was in command of the 339th hospital (rest of this paragraph too faint too read).
Dr. Layne returned to Ashland 6 months after the closing of the war and resumed the practice of his profession here. He was chief of staff at the King’s Daughters’ hospital and also chief surgeon. He had frequently been honored by the Boyd County Medical Association and by the state as ?? also. He was loved by all the doctors and frequently called by them in consultation serious cases. He was the soul of honor, his ethics were the very highest and no man cane say he ever shirked his duty. He was liberal in his views, but positive in always standing for what he thought was right. He was kind and sympathic, a friend to the poor and unfortunate and a ??? patron to every worthy institution in his home city. His death will bring sorrow to hundreds whose burdens have been lightened by the generous impulses and splendid skill of this kindly man.
Funeral services were from the residence at 740 East Hilton Avenue, Tuesday afternoon conducted by the Rev. D. V. Scott, pastor of the First Christian Church, assisted by the Rev. E. R. Overly, pastor of the First Methodist Church and by Dr. C. N. Clark, pastor of the First Methodist Church, South. Burial Wednesday in the cemetery at Louisa. The funeral ??? included a firing squad consisting of members of the American Legion. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1924
MAYO, Mrs. Betsy
Mrs. Betsy Mayo, mother of the late John C. C. Mayo, great developer of Eastern Kentucky, died at her home in Paintsville early Tuesday morning. She had been in delicate health for a number of years having suffered 3 distinct strokes of paralysis, the third only a few days ago. Toward the last pneumonia set in and hastened the end. Mrs. Mayo was the widow of Thomas J. Mayo, who died in 1917. Mrs. Alice Mayo Fetter and her son, John C. C. Mayo, Jr., of Ashland went up on the early train Wednesday to attend the funeral which took place from the home at Paintsville that afternoon. Mrs. C. M. Preston, a niece, also attended. Dr. H. G. Sowards, president of the John C. C. Mayo College, and Rev. J.R. Mullen, pastor of the Mayo Memorial Methodist church, South, conducted the services. Interment following in the family cemetery.
Mrs. Mayo is survived by 3 children, Robert H. Mayo, M. L. Mayo and Mrs. Fred Atkinson all of Paintsville and a number of grandchildren. Before marriage Mrs. Mayo was Miss Mary Elizabeth Leslie, of Pike County, where she was born Sep 3, 1839?, being over 84 years old at the time of her death. She was married to Mr. Mayo in Pike County, in 1862, moving to Paintsville, a few years later when her first child, John C. C. Mayo, was less than 6 months old. There the 6 younger children were born to the union, including the survivors named above and Victoria and Marvin, who died after reaching maturity and Washington ? who died a short time ago. Mrs. Mayo was a veteran member of the M. E. Church, South, who found her greatest happiness in her children. Between her and her distinguished son, whose name overshadows all others in Eastern Kentucky, there existed a per??? beautiful attachment, the natural preferment of a mother for her first born being accentuated by her son’s constant love and solicitude, with which he never allowed the myriad activities of his crowded life to interfere. This was evidenced in a striking way in 1912, when John C. C. Mayo cut short a business trip to Europe and hastened home in order to be present at the golden wedding anniversary of his parents at Paintsville. When he died, in the prime of his life and achievements, friends said that the mother’s heart was buried with him. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1924
During a heavy shower of rain, which fell in torrents for a short time, Junior Moren, 6, met instant death on New Year’s day, when he dashed in front of a small truck owned by Thornsbury and Sowards, dry cleaners of Pikeville. Young Moren was attempting to cross the street at the Jefferson hotel about 4 o’clock, during the hardest part of the rain, when he was struck by the car driven by Sam Ratliff. Death resulted from a fractured skull. The lad’s home is in Wheelwright and he had come to Pikeville in company with his mother who was to meet his father at 7 o’clock. When the accident occurred, the mother was waiting at the hotel. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1924
PAGE, Lewis E.
After an illness of only a few days Lewis E. Page passed away on Monday night at his home in Louisa. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. Mr. Page was 60 years of age and was born at Glenwood, WV. He came to Louisa about 30 years ago and has made this his home since that time. He is survived by his wife, Tessie Heston Page, one daughter, Mrs. ? M Rankin and 5 sons, John, Thomas, Ben, Bruce and Charlie, also one sister, Mrs. Mollie Ellis, who lives at Lead Mine, WV. His death came as quite a shot to friends and relatives many of whom had not heard of his illness which was of only 5 days duration. Funeral services were held by Rev. F.P. Jernigan, pastor of the M. E. church, South, and Rev. H. B. Hewlett of the Christian Church Wednesday afternoon, after which the remains were laid to rest on Pine Hill Cemetery. Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Zeb Heston, of Portsmouth, OH, John Heston of Columbus, Thomas Heston of Barboursville, WV and Mrs. Ada Heston Wellman of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1924
Richard Perry, 24, single, of Wellston, OH, died in a Paintsville hospital Jan 16 as the result of a broken back sustained Aug 2? In a slate fall in a coal mine at Van Lear. Two brothers were located at Van Lear and Richard Perry went there to work with them. He was injured on the first day he worked. The body was taken to the old home at Wellston for burial. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1924
O’CONNOR, James A.
James A. O’Connor, veteran chief of police, passed away at this home at Jenkins last Sunday morning. His death was unexpected and was caused by pneumonia from which he had been ill only a short time. He had been employed at Jenkins by the Consolidation Coal Company for 12 years as supervisor of police. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Hazel. The body was taken to the former home at Pocahontas, VA for interment. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1924
PICKLESIMER, Mary Holley
Mrs. Mary Holley Picklesimer was born Jan 10, 1868, died Dec 28, 1923, age 57 years 11 months and 8 days. She was married to Fred Picklesimer Jan 11, 1883 and to this union was born 7 children, 6 daughters and one son, all of whom are living except one daughter who died in infancy. She is also survived by her husband, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. they were all at her bedside except one sister and one brother. She was converted when 15 years old and joined the M. E. Church of which she remained a faithful member until death. She was a devoted wife and mother and bore her suffering in her long illness without a murmur. Mr. and Mrs. Picklesimer resided in Louisa many years, but moved to Ashland last February. Mrs. Picklesimer had been very ill the past 10 weeks at her home in Ashland and at her request, was brought to Louisa to the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Petry on Wednesday of last week. She lived only until the following Friday night. The following are the surviving children: Mrs. John Petry of Louisa, Mrs. Taylor Billups of Fort Gay, WV, C. E. Picklesimer of Ashland, Mrs. Hurshell Hebron of Hardy, Mrs. L. T. Jones and Miss Maude Picklesimer of Ashland. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Louisa on Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett assisted by Rev. John Cheap and were attended by any friends and relatives of the deceased. Interment followed in Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1924
Georges Creek—Died, Jan 2, Julia Preston, wife of Hamilton Preston. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1924
RAY, Mrs. Ernest (Ruth Byington)
Mrs. Ruth Ray, 74 years old, wife of Ernest Ray, died Monday afternoon at the residence at Westmoreland after a short illness. She is survived by her husband, Ernest Ray, and one child, Ruby Ernestine, her mother, Mrs. James Byington of Ashland, 4 brothers, Alonzo Byington of Buchanan, KY, Millard Byington of Ashland, Paul Byington who is at present in the Navy, and E. J. Wilcox of Huntington. Four sisters, also survive, the are Mrs. James Peck of Columbus City, ??, Mrs. Millard Stanley, Mrs. Belle Compton and Mrs. Sophie Copley all of Buchanan, KY. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning in Huntington. Rev. Mullins of Wayne County conducted the service and interment was in Spring Hill cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1924
On Jan 2, 1924, Bill Savage, son of Lewis and Martha Savage of Hatfield, WV, bid adieu to earth, friends and ??? and his soul took its flight to the world beyond.. He had spent but about 21 years here on this earth, but when god looked down and said “Come”, he left us. He was sick only a little over 2 weeks. Typhoid fever was the cause of his death. How san are our hearts when we see his vacant chair around the table, but we believe that our loss is heaven’s gain and he is now singing the songs he enjoyed so well here, around the throne of God. Bill was a dear, gentle, loving boy and had a kind word and smile for everyone he met, and if the father, mother, sisters and brothers wish to see dear Bill again, prepare to meet him where no sorrow ???? He was taken to ???? , KY for burial. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1924
Noris—Died, Dec 29th, Elijah Spencer of this place. He was at the home of a brother in law, Scott Berry, of Christmas. His body was brought here and his funeral was preached on Tuesday after which his body was laid to rest in the Judd graveyard. He leaves a wife, 2 brothers and one sister to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1924
WADDELL, Garnet Lillian
Garnet Lillian Waddell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Waddell, of Portsmouth, OH died Jan 8, 1924 of whooping cough and bronchial pneumonia. Little Garnet was born Jun 27, 1923, and was therefore 18 months and 11 days old. She was a sweet little baby, always had a sweet smile for everyone. The funeral was preached at the Baptist Church at Morhert Road Wednesday by Rev. S.P. Creach. The body was then taken to the beautiful cemetery at Portsmouth and laid to rest. She leaves to mourn her father and mother and one sister, Ruth and grandparents and many other relatives. Big Sandy news, Jan 25, 1924
John Wallace, aged 85 years died last Saturday at his home a few miles from Louisa. He had been in failing health for some time, but was able to be up and around until about 2 weeks before his death when he contracted a cold causing an illness from which he never recovered. He was a native of Virginia and served through the Civil War in the Confederate Army, coming to Kentucky after the close of the war. He is survived by one daughter and 2 sons Mrs. Bascom hale of Bluefield, WV and Eugene and Millard Wallace. He made his home with the latter. He was a brother in law of T. J. Branham of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1924
Funeral services for Mrs. Alabama Adkins, 57 years old who died at her home in Huntington Saturday night were held from the residence. Rev. P. B. Adkins conducted the services and interment followed at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Wayne County on Tuesday. Mrs. Adkins is survived by her husband, P. M. Adkins, 4 daughters, Mrs. J.R. Varnum, Mrs. Russell Adkins and Miss Lillian Adkins all of Huntington, Mrs. Thomas Goodwin of Logan, also 3 sons, Galls, Moses and Lucas of Branchland, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1924
BALL, William L.
William L. Ball departed this life on Feb 24, 1924. He was 84 years old on the 27th day of last October. His wife who was a sister to Rev. Allen Berry, preceded him to the glory land several years ago. Mr. Ball was a very highly respected man and above the average of his day in education and intelligence. Surviving him are the following children: John W. Ball, Adams, Mrs. Melvin Frazier, Reuben M. Ball and Edgar V. Ball of Ashland, Sylvester Ball, Adams, Mrs. David B. Thompson of Ellen and Mrs. ?R. F. Davis, Stiltner, WV. All of said children attended the funeral which was held Tuesday morning at the Walnut Gap Church and was conducted by Revs. W. M. Copley, H. Kemper and A. H. Miller. Since the death of his wife ?? years ago, Mr. Ball had made his home with his son, Sylvester. He has been in failing health about 2 years, but until the morning of his death was feeling about as well as usual. Mr. Ball served as a soldier during the Civil War. He was a magistrate in Lawrence County one term. He had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church over 50 years and was known as one of the best citizens of the county. Big Sandy news, Feb 29, 1924
Lowmansville—The death angel visited the home of Lyss Bryant and took his loving wife, Aggie. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. She had lived a devoted Christian for a long time. She was always ready to greet everybody with a hearty smile and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and 3 little children, the baby only 5 weeks old, 2 sisters, Mrs. Ellen Castle and Mrs. Dora Preston and a brother, Mr. Cort Ball. She was laid to rest in the Hannah graveyard. Big Sandy News, Feb 29, 1924
A four year old girl of Mr. and Mrs. Hobert Carter was burned so severely last Sunday evening that she died on Monday morning. The father had employment at Mahan, WV and had just left home Sunday to go up the line to his work when the fatal accident happened. The child’s mother had gone to the barn to feed the stock and in her absence from the house the little girl’s clothing became ignited with the fire in the open grate and when it was ??? by it smother half way between the house and barn the flames were leaping clear above the top of the child’s head. The family and neighbors wired for a doctor but failed to get one in time the neighbors also tried to wire the child’s father as to the sad occurrence but not being posted as to his exact location they could not reach him and Andrew Adkins took the train and went after him. The burial took place Wednesday at the old family burial ground on Morgans Creek. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
Donithon—Houston Chapman aged citizen of this place, died Feb 7 at his old home at this place. He and his wife had for the past few years resided with their daughter at Williamson and returned here a few days prior to Mr. Chapman’s death. Interment was made near his home. Big Sandy News, Feb 15, 1924
Bill Chapman of Van Lear was killed in the mines of the Consolidated Coal Company, Tuesday. Chapman was killed by falling slate. Funeral services were held at Van Lear Wednesday afternoon of last week. He was a native of Lick Creek, this county, and has relatives here. His death resulted from an accident that occurred the day he went into the mines to work. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
The funeral of Silas Christian, 82, occurred at the home of his son, James Christian at Echo, Wayne County. Mr. Christian who had been in a helpless state for some time, died of maladies incident to age. He was born in Wayne County and was a member of one of the first family to settle in that county. In active life he was both merchant and farmer and was for many years prominent and respected in the affairs of the community. Mr. Christian is survived by 2 sons, James Christian of Echo, A. B. Christian, a merchant of Kenova and a daughter, Mrs. James Wilson of Iowa. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1924
CORT, Lewis H.
Funeral services for Lewis H. Cort, Sr., who died suddenly at the home of his son in law, Dr. Lindsay T. Vinson, of Huntington, Sunday afternoon were held Tuesday at the residence. Interment at Woodmere burial park. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Lindsay T. Vinson, 2 sons, Lew Cort, Jr., of San Diego, CA, and Joe Cort, Huntington, and one brother, Theodore Cort of Latrobe, PA. L. Corte, Jr., married Mrs. Mary Eloise Hughes Daniel. Big Sandy News, Feb 29, 1924
CRUM, Angie (Mills)
Mrs. Angie Crum, 32 years old, died Monday at her home in Huntington. She is survived by husband, Garland Crum, her father, J. H Mills and 3 sisters, Miss Belle Mills of Huntington, Mrs. Nancy Salmons of Crum, WV and Esther Skearl of Kenova. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1924
DIXON, George R.
George R. Dixon, age 83? Years, died at his home on Whites Creek, Friday after several weeks suffering from complications due to old age. Mr. Dixon is a well-known and respected citizen of Wayne County. Funeral services were conducted Saturday and burial made on Whites Creek. Mr. Dixon is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Peyton Wilson of Wayne, Mrs. P. d. Plymale of Kenova and Miss Emma Dixon who made her home with her father and 3 sons, Cal Dixon of Ceredo, Dr. J.C. Dixon, of San Francisco, CA and P. B. Dixon of Georgetown, PA. Rev. B. S. Akers of Ceredo conducted the service. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1924
ENDICOTT, Columbia (Branham-Shannon)
(Note: The print was very faint so if there may be errors.) On Jan 7th the death angel visited the home of W. L. Shannon and took his loving mother. Columbia’s first marriage was to Granger Shannon. There was born to their union 2 children, Betty and Ulysses. the father was killed by the explosion of a sawmill. Second marriage to James? Endicott? And in their home were 7? Children. He and four of them had gone on before. Mother made her home with her children but the last year she stayed with her son in law’s family Her health got bad on the 9th of November. She went with the son to his home on ?? Creek, Pike County. There she took jaundice? And grew worse until the 7th of January when God saw fit to take her from a world of trouble to peace and happiness. She leaves a brother and 2 sisters to mourn the loss Thomas Branham of Louisa, Mrs. Mary Shannon of Lick Creek and Janie Wallace of Lost Creek. Also 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls, Ulysses Shannon of Pond Creek, Mrs. Bettie Endicott, Clifford, Mrs. Mazellia Kidd, Glenhayes, Leonard and Zenith Endicott of Martin County. She joined the Baptist Church in early days and lived a faithful life until death. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard on Branham Hill. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
GIPSON, Lucy (Salmon)
Baker Gap—The many friends of Mrs. Harrison Gipson, formerly Miss Lucy Salmon, will be sorry to hear of her death which took place Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were held Monday at the family graveyard and were conducted by Rev. William Sparks, Lindsey Salmon and J. W. Hall. Big Sandy News, Feb 29, 1924
GILBERT, John P.
John P. Gilbert, well known Catlettsburg retired business man, died Saturday morning at the home of his son at that place, following a stroke of paralysis. He was 73 years of age. Born in Pikeville, Mr. Gilbert moved to Catlettsburg in his early manhood, going into business there. He married Miss Malissa Eskers. Mr. Gilbert was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a prominent Odd Fellow and Mason. He is survived by his widow, who resided with her son in Catlettsburg, one daughter, Edith Shackelford of Huntington and one son, John B. Gilbert, Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Feb 29, 1924
GREENE, James M.
James M. Greene, one of the oldest and best known residents of near Lawshe, OH, was claimed by death at his home Thursday morning, Jan 31, after an extended illness. Mr. Greene was born in Johnson Co., KY in the year of 1852, being 72 years 9 months old when called by death. The widow, Mrs. Lula Greene, and children, Gordon and Harry Greene of Catlettsburg, Tilmon Greene of Charleston, WV, Enoch Greene of Stambaugh, KY, willie and Columbus of Chandersville, KY, Paris Greene of Huntington, WV, and Arthur Greene of Ashland, Mrs. Bertha Tackett, and Gracie Stephens of Logan, WV, Mrs. Bessie Moore of Portsmouth, OH, Landon Milton and Malcolm at home, survive. Most of his children were at his bedside when the end came. Funeral services were held at the home and the body was taken to Johnson County for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 15, 1924
Mr. F. L. Hagerman of Two Mile was called to his home by his father’s death on Sunday. James Hagerman, 65 years old resident of Farmers, 65 miles south of Ashland on the Lexington division of the C & O was instantly killed there Sunday afternoon when he was struck by an east bound passenger train. Mr. Hager man was walking down the railroad tracks and after hearing the whistle of the passenger’s engine, ran on a bridge over Licking River and was knocked off by the train. The accident occurred several hundred feet from the passenger station, where his body was taken before his relatives were notified. Witnesses of the tragedy stated to railroad officials that the aged man apparently became confused when he heard the whistle of the passenger and tried to reach the other side of the bridge before the engine. He was overtaken about midway. The passenger train was the Louisville fast train, it reaches Ashland at 5:24 in the afternoon. Burt Hagerman, son of the accident victim, had been employed in Ashland with the VanHoose-Maggard Grocery Company, but resigned his position to take up business in Bay City, MI. He left Ashland Saturday night for Michigan to be engaged in the lumber business. Big Sandy News, Feb 29, 1924
HALL, Laura (Wellman)
Pittsburg, PA, Jan 27—The three men who were arrested late Saturday night when they were found by a policeman in the heart of the business section of the city in an automobile with the body of Laura Hall, of Huntington, WV, killed by a bullet through the head, were identified today as the men who participated in a holdup in McKee’s Rocks earlier last night. The authorities also stated that the three, who are Charles G. Jordan and E. Lafferty of Huntington, WV, and D. L. Moore of Hurricane, WV, have confessed to the hold up. They are held by police on the technical charge of being suspicious persons.
Jordan who says he was formerly a member of the West Virginia state po0lice force, asserts that he accidentally shot Mrs. Hall, according to police. The three men were identified by Ben Guttman of McKee’s Rocks, who was robbed of several hundred dollars on a street car near his home, When confronted with the three he asked where the young woman was who was with them when he was robbed. Mrs. Hall who was 19 years old, was dressed like a boy in a khaki suit, with a cap pressed over her bobbed hair. Pittsburgh police say that they have received word from the police at Huntington that the bullet holes in the rear of the automobile in which the three men and the dead woman were found was made by them several days ago when a party in the automobile fled when they attempted to make an arrest. Two of the men, the police say, are wanted by the Huntington authorities.
Enoch Wellman, Mrs. Hall’s father, of Fort Gay, WV, Edward ?Fielder, her brother in law, of Huntington and another member of the family left Sunday for Pittsburg to identify the body and to arrange for its shipment back to Fort Gay for burial.
Ashland police in attempting to arrest Jordan last week, fired shots which caused the bullet holes in Moore’s Hudson car, alluded to in the above story, Chief Gainey said. The former state trooper had been arrested in Ashland Jan 7, charged with the theft of some money and a valuable clock. This case was settled out of court. On Monday of last week Jordan drove Moore’s car to Ashland. They were called on by an unidentified man, who said that Jordan had stolen more than ?? gallons whiskey from him, hit him on the head and then driven away toward Huntington. Police chased the Hudson car, firing one shot through one of the rear brake ???, another over the driver’s head through the windshield and a third into the rear end of the car and a fourth through the ???? but the car and driver did not stop.
Another account: The following from the Cincinnati Enquirer
Pittsburg, PA, Jan 28—The body of Mrs. Laura Hall, 19 years old, who forsook her husband for the friendship of bandits and the excitement of their companionship is being borne home tonight Home is the little hamlet of Fort Gay, in the hills of West Virginia The girl’s body will lie beside that of her mother in a graveyard overlooking a peaceful valley. Stalking in the wake of the tragic death of the girl, whose life was ended by a bullet Saturday night, when she was riding in an automobile with her bandit companions, could be??? The desperate poverty of mountain folk, a poverty ?? exacting to per??? of her father, Enoch Wellman, coming even the short distance of Pittsburg to hide his daughter’s face from the morbid gaze of the crowds which have visited the morgue here. Arrangements finally were made and the body was shipped to Fort Gay late this afternoon. Mrs. Hall’s three companions of Saturday night are in Central Police Station and police of this city and cities of West Virginia and Kentucky are checking up their movements during recent months in an endeavor to establish their record. They will be turned over to the Coroner after further investigations into their alleged connection with Pittsburg robberies. Under grilling today, they stuck by their first story of Mrs. Hall’s death. Charles G. Jordan, Huntington, WV, driver of the car, C. L. Moore, Hurricane, WV and P. E. Lafferty, Huntington, WV, were the men who drove up to Patrolman Scanlon early yesterday and said they had a woman in the car who had been accidentally shot. Patrolman Scanlon ordered them to drive to Mercy Hospital, but Mrs. Hall died just before being placed on the operating table. City detectives doubt the explanation of the ?? that the girl was shot accidentally when one of them was examining a pistol. Big Sandy news, Feb 1, 1924
HALE, Mrs. W. H. (Kathleen Holt)
Mrs. W. H. Hale passed away last Saturday night at her home on Perry Street in Louisa Only a week before she had returned from Asheville, NC where accompanied by her husband and some other relative, she had gone in the hope of being benefited. She was making a brave fight against tuberculosis trouble which had gripped her young life and did not give up until the end was near. Mrs. Hale was only 20 years of age. She was Miss Kathleen Holt, daughter of Mont Holt and Ella Wellman Holt, deceased. Before her marriage which took place less than 2 years ago she held an important position with a coal corporation at Jenkins, after completing a business course in Louisa. She was a bright student. Since marriage she had made her home in Louisa where she was much admired and loved by all those who enjoyed her acquaintance. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John Cheap on Tuesday afternoon at the M. E. Church in Louisa of which she was a member, in the presence of a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. Interment following in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1924
Hanging Rock, OH—On Feb 18 1924 the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Major Thompson and claimed their dear mother, Mrs. Nancy Hall, after a long illness. She was loved by all that knew her. All was done for her that loving hands could do, but the cold sting of death took her away. Her age was 81 years, 9 months, and 18 days None of her children were present when the end came but one. It was hard to give her up but the Lord called her on to that better world to stay till he called all home. Her funeral was held at the home conducted by Rev. McNeely, then she was laid to rest in Buckeye Cemetery in Scioto County. Big Sandy News, Feb 29, 1924
While on a visit with his niece, Mrs. M. C. Cooksey of Pollard, the Rev. Richard Hamilton, minister of Red Bush, KY, died Tuesday of last week after an illness of only a few days. Mr. Hamilton has been pastor of the Enterprise Baptist Church nearly 40 years. He made his home with his brother, Benjamin of Red Bush. He went to Ashland to visit his son, Fred, and after spending some time with him went to Pollard to visit his niece. He was taken ill several hours after reaching her home and despite excellent medical attention his condition became suddenly worse and he died a few days later. Mr. Hamilton was a master Mason and had been engaged in church work practically all of his life. He is survived by 5 children, Ralph of Alaska, Mrs. Charles Lester of Denver, KY, Fallen of Columbus, GA, Fred of Ashland and Mrs. Rurie Maxie of Topeka, KS. Two sisters and one brother also survive him. They are Benjamin of Red Bush and Mrs. Katherine Holbrook of Pollard and Mrs. Mary Holbrook of Skaggs, KY. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
Funeral services for Denver Hatfield, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Hatfield, was held Friday conducted by Rev. J. W. Lykins in Ashland. Mr. Hatfield died Tuesday morning in a hospital at Mansfield, OH after a brief illness of ?eryslpelas?. He was born in Lawrence County, KY, but moved to Ashland with his family when he was a small child and had lived here until recently when he moved to Mansfield for employment. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Hatfield, 3 brothers, Stanley, James and Edward and 2 sisters, Mrs. Sadie Fannin and Mildred, all of Ashland. Big Sandy news, Feb 29, 1924
Ambrose Hickman, age 65, died at his home on Georges Creek, Monday, after an illness of several weeks. He had lived in the county all his life. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1924
HOLBROOK, Aenic C.
Ashland, KY, Feb 20—Coroner H, S. Foote gave as his official opinion this morning that Aenic C. Holbrook, who was found dead in bed here last night, came to his death from cerebral apoplexy. The theory of suicide which the circumstances seemed to support last night was discounted by the coroner’s investigation today. The funeral services will be held at the C. M. Holbrook residence in South Ashland Thursday afternoon. Rev. D. W. Scott will officiate, with burial following in the Ashland Cemetery. Besides his widow, 2 children, and the brother mentioned, he is survived by another brother, C. M. Holbrook, former city councilman, and by his mother, Mrs. Mary Holbrook. Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook (May Burke) were residents of Louisa a number of years.
The following article was published in the daily papers before the inquest was held.
Ashland, KY, Feb 19—Heartbroken because his wife would not return to him, A. C. Holbrook, 44, salesman for a Cincinnati clothing firm, ended his life in a Twelfth Street rooming house here today, by drinking the contents of a bottle of carbolic acid. The body was found at ?? this afternoon by A. P. Shaffer, C & O mail clerk, who shared the room with Holbrook, when he returned from a 2 day run. An empty bottle labeled “carbolic acid” was found at the bedside alongside an empty pint bottle, which police believe had contained moonshine whiskey. Holbrook and his wife separated about 2 years ago and friends of the man tonight, said that he had been attempting to get her back, but that she had refused.
The widow, with her 2 children, one 7 and the other 11 years of age, lives at Charleston, relatives state. Altie Holbrook, a brother employed at the Chesapeake & Ohio station here said that A. C. Holbrook had visited him last night and told police that he had a bad case of the “blues”. He said that the man had expressed the wish that his wife would return to him. Holbrook went to his room sometime after 10:30 last night. H. T. Pope, proprietor of the rooming house told the authorities.
Buster Pope, 8 year old son of the proprietor, went to Holbrook’s room at 7 o’clock this morning to awaken him. The boy said that Holbrook was asleep and would not answer. Again and again during the morning and afternoon hours the youngster went to the room and called the man, but no answer came. The boy was timid and did not go further than call to Holbrook. When the roommate came in at ?? he found the man dead. A doctor secured within a few minutes declared that he had been dead for several hours. Coroner Foote was called and had the body removed to an undertaking establishment, where an inquest was held. The coroner would not make a formal statement, pending the inquest, but intimated that death was due to carbolic acid poisoning, and that he believed that it was suicide. There were 2 letters found in the room addressed to post office box 96 and 209 Division Street, Catlettsburg. Names were not on the letters, police said. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1924
LANE, T. B.
Mr. T. B. Lane expired very suddenly while in the waiting room of a physician’s office at Iaeger, near Welch, WV last Saturday about noon. He had been suffering severely from indigestion for some time, but was going along attending to business. On Friday evening he had been to see his physician and on Saturday shortly before noon he went again. The doctor was busy and Mr. Lane sat in the waiting room, where the doctor’s wife also was sitting. He became nauseated and vomited, after which he said he felt better. Soon afterward he pitched out of his chair, falling on his face. The doctor ran in and used every means to revive him, but his heart had stopped. The sad news was telephoned to Mrs. Lane at her home in Louisa and she went to Iaeger on train 16, taking her 3 small children. She was accompanied by Mrs. Hammond. The body was removed to Welch and from there it was taken to Pennington Gap, VA where interment was made on Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Lane was met at Welch by her father, Ballard Castle of Pennington Gap. He is a native of Lawrence County, having been reared near Peach Orchard. He moved to Virginia many years ago and is a railroad conductor. Mr. Lane was a native of Michigan two brother survive him. He came here a few years ago and has been engaged as a coal operator in both the Big Sandy and Tug Valleys, formerly at Auxier, KY but recently at Iaeger, WV. His age was about 48 years. Mrs. Lane will return to Louisa in a few days to look after the affairs of the estate, so we are informed. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1924
LEFFINGWELL, Viola (Hatten)
Mrs. Viola Hatten Leffingwell passed away at San Diego, CA on Jan 22. She was born on Rush Creek, Buchanan, 69 years ago. At the age of 19 she married C. C. Leffingwell. They went to Louisa, KY where Mr. Leffingwell was a prosperous merchant for several years. They left Louisa and moved to Carter City, MO, where Mr. Leffingwell died 8 years ago. Two sons also preceded their mother to the Great Beyond. She was the second of a large family to go. Her brother, F. M. Hatten of Durbin, died last year. She leaves 2 brothers and 4 sisters, J. S. Turman, and J. F. Hatten of Buchanan, KY, Fannie ?Booten? and Mrs. Lannie Webb of Lamar, MO, Mrs. Melcena Sturgel of Ashland, KY and Mrs. Elizabeth ?Hard? of Cincinnati, OH. She was a good Christian and we may expect to meet her where parting is no more. Big Sandy News, Feb 15, 1924
LESLIE, A. S.
A.S.Leslie passed away at his home at Hager Hill, Johnson County, on Tuesday of this week after an illness of pneumonia. In declining health for quite a while, he was not able to long withstand a serious illness and was confined to his home only about a week. He was 74 years of age and the oldest son of Martin and Sarah Auxier Leslie who lived in Pike County. He moved to Johnson County about 50 years ago and had resided there since that time on the farm on which he located. He was one of the county’s best citizens and had for years been a faithful member of the M. E. Church, South. His wife who was Miss Amanda Conley died some years ago and he is survived by 2 daughters. The funeral service was conducted at the residence and burial took place near the home. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
LESLIE, David Kendall
Rev. David Kendall Leslie, 80?, died early Friday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. L. Leibee of South Ashland, following a long illness. Mr. Leslie was well known in this section of the country, having been pastor of many churches. He had lived in Ashland the last few years. He is survived by 3 sons and 4 daughters, George of Rush, John of Huntington, Eli of Sciotoville Furnace, Oh, Mrs. Malinda Edmund of Ashland, Mrs. J. L. Leibee of South Ashland, Mrs. Thomas Rice of Lexington and Mrs. Kirk Estep of Buchanan. Big Sandy news, Feb 1, 1924
Noris—James Martin died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Della Mullens, on Shannon Branch, Jan 25?. His death was a shock to everyone, as he was in usual good health and on his way to Ohio when he died The day he died he had worked all day getting ready to leave and going to his daughter’s so as to be close to the station. Uncle Jim, as we called him had been a citizen of this county most of his life. He was married 3 times, his first wife being Lidia Moore and to this union were born 6 children, 4 of whom survive. His second wife was Malissa Estep and to this union were born 2 children, one preceding him to the great beyond in infancy. His late marriage was to Mrs. Ella Vanhoose of this place. Uncle Ji was converted about 3 years ago and was a member of the Regular Baptist Church of this place and his presence will be missed by the people, but we feel our loss is heaven’s gain. On account of the cold weather and all the children could not be present his funeral was postpone and only a short burial service was conducted. His funeral will be preached by Bro. M. A. Hay and Bro. W. T. Fraley. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
Frank Maynard, for many years a citizen of Louisa, died Monday night in Fort Gay, WV at the home of his niece Mrs. Charles Frazier. Mr. Maynard was 82 years of age and his death followed an illness of about 2 weeks His health had not been good for some time. He was a member of Apperson Lodge, F & AM, Louisa and H. H. Sparks, Master, and a number of other Masons from this place attended the funeral and burial. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Fort Gay Baptist Church and interment took place in the See graveyard, Rev. L. D. Bryan conducted the service, assisted by Rev. J. H. Holbrook. Mr. Maynard is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susan Maynard. He had lived here for years and was once Sheriff of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1924
Pikeville—Mrs. Lizzie Maynard, ?38?, died at her home in the Huffman flats here Saturday of pneumonia, following impaired health from which she had been suffering some time. She was the daughter of J. P. Morris, ex-county jailer of Pike County and belonged to one of the county’s best loved families. She is survived by her husband, her father, 3 brothers, one sister, and ?? children. The remains were taken to the old home cemetery at Zebulon Sunday for interment. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1924
MAYS, Mrs. Thomas
The body of Mrs. Thomas Mays, who died in a hospital in Huntington, Monday a few hours after a surgical operation, was taken to her home at Matewan, WV Tuesday where the funeral and burial took place Wednesday. She was 41 years of age and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Ju???, who survive. She also leaves 6 brothers and 5 sisters and on adopted son, Edward Mays. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1924
Miss Ethel Meredith died Saturday morning at her home in Kenova. Death came after an illness of 3 weeks. Miss Meredith was only 22? Years of age and had been in apparent good health until a few weeks ago when she suffered a hemorrhage which was followed by other until her death. She had been employed as stenographer in Huntington. Miss Meredith is survived by her mother, Mrs. Sara Meredith, 6 brothers, Corney, Edgar, Stunard, Karl, Fred and Dewey all of Kenova and Ceredo and 2 sisters, Mrs. Lawrence See? And Miss Herma Meredith of Kenova, 3 half-brothers, James Meredith of South Dakota, Oscar Meredith of Washington and Edward Meredith of Akron, OH. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
PARSONS, W. M.
Pikeville—Sunday evening, W. M. Parsons died at his home on Ferguson Creek from infirmities with which he had been suffering, the last few years. The deceased served in the Southern army during the Civil War and 60 years and ago he was ???? at the battle of Gettysburg. He is survived by 7 children, 2 boys, John and Jim of Pikeville and 5 girls, Mrs. Kelse Huffman, Mrs. Bob Hatfield, Mrs. John, S. Johnson, Mrs. ? M. Ferguson, all of Pikeville and Mrs. Will Mellon of Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1924
Edward Rife, age 19, son of Rev. George Rife, of Blackberry Creek, died Monday at the Williamson hospital from a ruptured appendix. He had been attending college at Berea, KY and came home ill with appendicitis. The body was shipped to Blackberry Creek for interment. Williamson Republican. Big Sandy news, Feb 8, 1924
The death of Mrs. Virginia Rife occurred at her home at Wayne Friday after a long illness. She was the wife of Moses Rife who died in ????. For more than 50 years she had been a member of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Rife is survived by 2 sons and one daughter, Dr. J.W. Rife and O. J. Rife of Kenova and Mrs. J. M. Thompson of Wayne. She was the daughter of James Wilson and was reared near Fort Gay. Brothers and sisters are P. H. Williams, Mrs. D. H. Frasher, Fort Gay, Samuel James and Galen, of Iowa, Mrs. B. B. McCormick of Missouri and C. R. Wilson of Louisa. Burial took place at Wayne Sunday after funeral services at the church. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
Logan, WV, Feb 18—Death by drowning was the verdict returned by a coroner’s jury sitting on the case of Frank Savage, of Earling, who was found lying with his head submerged in the waters of Peach Creek near here, late last night. The theory that he had been the victim of foul play which was at first advanced was dismissed when testimony was introduced showing that Savage had been seen walking in an apparently drunken condition near the place he met his death. All of his personal effects including a watch, a Masonic ring and some money were found on the body. He was identified by employees of a mining company as the man who had earlier in the day applied for a position at the mines. Savage had been employed as a coal miner for the Logan Mining Co., for some time. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Anna Savage and a 3 year old daughter. The body was taken to Earling for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1924
SHARPE, D. T.
D. T. Sharpe, ?? , supervisor of signals for the Norfolk & Western Railroad with offices in Kenova, was killed Tuesday night in a motor car wreck at Trip Siding, near Naugatuck, according to a message received by railroad officials at Kenova. Mr. Sharpe had been a resident of Kenova for the last 5 years. He had been an employee of the Norfolk & Western for about 15 years. His relatives all live at Kingston, OH and his body was shipped there for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1924
Died on Jan 23, 1924, Miss Sadie Shortridge, age 19 years 6 months and ?? days. She was a member of Green Valley Sunday school and was converted I 1923 at Green Valley and from that time on up to her death she lived a devoted Christian. Her sickness was of long duration. She leaves to mourn her loss a mother, ????.... and 4 brothers and a host of relatives. She was placed in a beautiful casket and borne by the pall bearers to the graveyard overlooking her home. Big Sandy News, Feb 15, 1924
SKEENS, Mrs. Alice A.
Mrs. Alice A. Skeens, wife of Henry A. Skeens, was born Sep 9?, 1849? At Cannonsburg, KY and deceased this life Jan 23?, 1924, being 74 years, 4 months and 17 days. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, Henry A. Skeens, to whom she was married in 1867?, and to this union was born 9 children, only 7 are living, H. E. Skeens of Idaho, Mrs. Caroline Bellomy of ???, Idaho, Mrs. Nellie Newman of Kenova, WV, Fred Skeens of Spokane, WA, Mrs. Mattie Bryant of Portland, OR and Harve and Ben Skeens of Hubbardstown, WV. She also leaves a number of grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Brothers John Adams of Soldier, KY and Link Adams who are living somewhere in the west and ?? sisters, Mrs. Isabel Skeens of Hubbardstwon, WV, also a host of relatives and friends. She was converted about ?? years ago and was baptized by Rev. W. A. H??? and was a member of the M. P. Church at Little Hurricane, WV. Her funeral was preached by Rev. A. H. Miller and was laid to rest in the old Hubbardstown graveyard. Big Sandy News, Feb 15, 1924
A telegram was received in Louisa Monday notifying relatives here and in the county of the death of Bert Sturgell at Odan, Indiana. He was the son of Rev. John Henry Sturgell who moved from this county to Illinois some years ago. Bert Sturgell’s wife was a daughter of the late M. P. Carter and sister of Mrs. G. C. Swetnam of Wilbur. Big Sandy News, Feb 15, 1924
Bryan Tucker, ?25, Wellston, OH, was killed in a mining accident at Wolfpit, KY Thursday. Mr. Tucker was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Tucker of route 4, Wellston. He married the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Scott of Springfield. The body was taken to Wellston for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1924
WILKES, Nancy Louise
On Monday, Jan 26, the angel of death visited the home of Grover and Melissa Wilkes, near Irad, and claimed for its victim their intelligent little daughter, Nancy Louise, age 11 years. Death was caused by burns received on the Saturday afternoon before. She had been washing and came to the fire to warm and in some way her clothing caught fire and she was so badly burned before her mother could reach her that death was the result. She bore her suffering patiently and almost without a sigh she closed her eyes and her soul was in the glory world, The last words she uttered were to try to show to a neighbor who was sitting by her bedside the angels right in number, that were gathering around her to carry the soul that God had given into this world to that beautiful eternal that awaits the faithful. Her funeral was preached by the Bro. Martin Berry and she was laid to rest on the hill top overlooking the home where she had spent her short but beautiful life to await the coming king. Big Sandy news, Feb 15, 1924
Paintsville, KY, Mar 14—Sheriff ??? Trimble and Deputy W?? Trimble, made a trip to Laurel Creek in the Flat Gap country of Johnson county and captured Oscar Bailey, a youth of 18, charged with having shot his sister, Anna Bailey, 37?, three times, killing her instantly. Bailey went to the house of a neighbor where, the authorities say, he shot 4 times at the occupants. A posse of 40 men headed by Sheriff Trimble was formed and captured Bailey after his ammunition had been exhausted. Bailey has never been out of the Laurel Creek section and has every appearance of a wild man. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1924
BARKER, Jean (See)
Jean See was born Jan 27, 1883? Was united in marriage to Mr. William Barker Aug 13, 1920. She died after a 9 weeks illness in her home north of Louisa in the Point. She was blessedly saved Feb 25, 1924 and died leaving a clear testimony that she had gone to heaven and begged her loved ones not to mourn over her but to meet her in heaven. Mrs. Barker is also survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. See, 3 sisters, Mrs. Leta Wellman, Miss Wilva See, Miss Grethel See and one brother, Hansel See, besides a number of distant relatives and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1924
Andy Bays of Trimble Branch died Tuesday afternoon of typhoid pneumonia. He had been sick for some time and his death was not unexpected. His remains were taken to the head of Middle Creek for burial. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
BOOTEN, ?Simpson? P.
?Simpson? P. Booten, aged 74, died Sunday morning near Wayne, WV, after an illness of many weeks. He was twice married, his first wife being Jane Sansom, Two sons, Reuben E. and Joseph B. of Wayne, survive, the second marriage took place in Sept 1903, to Hany Sellards, she survives. His sisters and brothers are Mrs. Nancy Dillon of Huntington, Franklin Booten of Kansas City, MO, J. D. Booten of Welch, ?? McFarland Booten of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1924
BROOKS, Georgia A.
Mrs. Georgia A. Brooks died at her home in Pikeville last Saturday from an attack of acute indigestion with which she was stricken on Monday. Mrs. Brooks was 65 years of age. She is survived by 4 sons, E.E. Robinson, a minister at Mansfield, IL, Ed A. Brooks, of Huntington, George E. Brooks and L. E. Brooks of Pikeville. Mrs. Brooks’ husband was a member of the 159th Kentucky artillery, serving in the Civil War. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
BURCHFIELD, Mrs. William
The people of Three Forks extend their sympathy to the bereaved family of Mrs. William Burchfield, who died after a long illness at the Lundale, WV hospital Tuesday night. Interment was made at Apple Grove, WV. The deceased born in Jackson County, KY was ?22 years of age. She leaves to mourn her death, husband, and daughter, William Burchfield and Geneva, of Three Forks, her father, mother, 3 sisters and one brother, Mr. and Mrs. Burt Price, Robert Price, Mabel Price, and Eloise Price of Hellier, KY and Mrs. Earl Wilson of Slagel, WV. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1924
BURKS, Mrs. Dave
Funeral services for Mrs. Dave Burks, 52, who died Tuesday night at her home on Bolts Fork was held Thursday, Mar 27, at the Ross Chapel Church with the Rev. D. Wood officiating. Burial in the Fannin Cemetery. Mrs. Burke had been in ill health for several years and for the past few years she has been in a sanitarium in Asheville, NC. Her immediate survivors are her husband, 5 daughters, Mary, Amanda, Beulah, Florence and Thelma, 2 sons Paul and Ray and 4 brothers, Joe, Edwin, George Fannin of Ashland and Dave Fannin of Bolts Fork. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
The death of Ben H. Caines occurred at Catlettsburg last Saturday, following a long illness. He was in a Huntington hospital several weeks, but had been removed to his home. He was a native of Fallsburg, this county, and the son of Richard Caines, deceased. A short funeral service was held at the home Sunday afternoon and was attended by many friends and members of the Elks Lodge in which he had been prominent. The body was taken to the home of Mrs. William Savage at Fallsburg and services held there , burial following. His wife, who survives, was Miss Ida Savage. There are also 2 sisters, Mrs. E. Batchell of Huntington and Mrs. Jack Thompson of Catlettsburg. Rev. H. B. Hewlett of this place conducted the service. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
CHANDLER, William Washington
William Washington Chandler, son of the deceased James and Katy Chandler was born Aug 2, 1851, in Johnson County, KY and departed this life Mar 15, 1924, at his home at Beaver, OH. He was united in marriage to Sarah Wheeler in 1869 and to this union were born 14 children, 2 of who preceded him in death in infancy. He leaves to mourn his death his loving companion, 6 boys and 6 girls. The boys are James, Josh, John, George, Liss, all of Beaver, OH and Lum of Lucasville, OH; the girls, Mrs. Belle Preston, Mrs. Kizzie Lintz, Mrs. Alice Wheeler all of Lucasville, Mrs. Lora Craft of Portsmouth, Mrs. Maud Wheeler of Winifred, KY. Also a brother, Z. D. Wheeler of Lucasville and sister Mrs. Jane Daniel of River, KY, a number of grandchildren and a host of friends survived. He joined the United Baptist Church in 1874 and lived a devoted Christian until death. He ??? was a Mason for ?? years. He was a sufferer from Brights disease for about 15 months. He bore his suffering with patience. He told his children before he died that he was ready to go. The funeral services were held in the Glendale Church near Lucasville. The Rev. Scott Shepherd and the Mason officiating. The remains were borne and laid in the ??? Cemetery to await the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
The body of Mrs. Ali Copley was brought to Louisa on Wednesday for burial. Her death occurred at her home in Ashland and was caused by pneumonia and asthma. She was about 50 years of age and the daughter of Granville Thompson of Lick Creek. Among relative accompanying the body to Louisa were a daughter and sister in law, Mrs. Laura Wilson Copley. Burial took place in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1924
COPLEY, Thomas F.
Thomas F. Copley, 52 years old, was struck by a C & O train near the mouth of Browning ??? a short distance from Camden Park. The accident occurred at 6 o’clock Tuesday morning when Copley attempted to cross the tracks in front of a C & O freight train with his son, William and his son in law, Moses McKinsey, on their way to the factory where Copley has been employed for 2 years. Witnesses believe Copley failed to see the lights of the approaching train which in a sudden flurry of snow he climbed up the railway embankment. Copley had lived near Huntington for 20 years. His children are William, who was with him, Joshua, a younger son, and his daughter, Mrs. McKinsey. Another daughter, Mrs. Jim Anderson lives in Ohio Mr. Copley has 5 brothers, Moses Copley, Huntington, Jim Copley of Wayne, WV, Joshua Copley of Kentucky, ?Radical? Copley of Sciotoville, OH, Oliver Copley of Portsmouth OH. His 2 sisters are Mrs. Peggy Peck of Wayne and Miss Rilda Copley of Fort Gay, WV. His father, Stanley Cop-ley, lives in Sciotoville, OH. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1924
Ben Davis died at his home at Prichard, several days ago. He was ?? years old and was sick only 3 days. Acute indigestion was the cause of his death. He is survived by a wife, 4 children, 4 brothers and one sister and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1924
Hicksville—The pale horse and its rider whose name is death entered the home of John Evans and wife and claimed for its victim his son, Curtis. He died with tuberculosis. He was converted before his death and left a bright hope. Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1924
FORD, John W.
Judge John W. Ford, 82, died at his home at the Forks, 10 miles from Pikeville Saturday night. His death was the result of Brights’ disease from which he had suffered several months. The deceased served on the side of the Union in the Civil War. For a number of years he was one of the counties most successful merchants, being proprietor of a large general store near his home. He was elected county judge of Pike County in 1909 and was for a number of years president of the First National Bank of Pikeville. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Mrs. L.D. Polley of Millard. The Thomas C. Cecil Lodge, F & AM of Pikeville of which he was a devoted member officiated at the burial. Big Sandy News, Ma 28, 1924
Thursday morning, Feb 28th marked the passing of one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Floyd County, Thomas Fraley, better known to his many friends and acquaintances as “Uncle Tom” aged 79? Years. Besides his aged companion he leaves the following children, W. R. Fraley, Mrs. J. W. Foley, Mrs. Landon Taylor of Thomas, J. D. Fraley and Mrs. Jack Laffety of Edgar, J. R. Fraley, Inez, Mrs. Jerry Delong, Akron, OH, Mrs. Allen Cline, Catlettsburg and Mrs. James Delong, Debord. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1924
Jackson, KY—The 6 year old son of Jesse Hilton was burned to death Tuesday night, and his wife burned probably fatally and 2 other children burned seriously in a fire which destroyed their home here. The father was away from home at the time, Mrs. Hilton was awakened by the falling ceiling in time to rescue 2 of her children, but the other was caught in the burning home. Big Sandy news, Mar 14, 1924
HULETTE, Elizabeth (Lakin)
Mrs. Elizabeth Lakin Hulette was born Apr 4, 1845, departed this life Oct 16, 1923, aged 78 years 7 months and 12 days. She united with the Methodist Church and was converted when 22 years old and lived a devoted Christian life for ?? years. She was married to James T. Hulette Jan 1869. To this union 4 children were born, 2 preceding her to the glory world. Her funeral was preached at her home by the writer assisted by Bro. R. M. Curnutte in the presence of a number of sorrowing friends and relatives. Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa, brother in law, of the deceased and his wife, were present at the funeral. Her body was taken to its last resting place on a mountain overlooking her home where she had lived for many years and in that home she fought the hard battles of life and ???? and died a most triumphant death and???? Home to live in that world where tears never fall and sorrow is never known. R. H. Cassady. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1924
JORDAN, Charles G.
Henry Porter, a taxi driver of Huntington, killed Charles G. Jordan, a former state policeman a few days ago. This is Porter’s second victim in 2 years. He was supposed to be in the jail serving time for the other murder, but for some unexplained reason was permitted to run at large. The trouble is said to have been about Porter’s wife. Jordan is said to be a son of Lunsford Jordan, a native of Lawrence County KY, who located in West Virginia, several years ago. Charles Jordan was one of the men with the Mrs. Laura Hall, daughter of Enoch Wellman of Fort Gay when she was killed in Pittsburgh recently. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1924
Williamson, WV—Arthur, the 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Kennedy, prominent citizens of Beech Creek, was fatally injured last Friday afternoon, passing away early Saturday morning in the Williamson hospital Young Kennedy was employed by a contracting firm working on a section of the county road near Red Jacket. He was attempting to pass a steam shovel and the shovel runner failed to notice him. The descending bucket struck young Kennedy on the head. He was brought to the hospital here but his injuries were such that nothing could be done for him. The parents because of a belated train did not arrive until he had died. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1924
NICKELL, Dr. H. V.
The West Licking Courier says: Dr. H. V. Nickell died at his home here Sunday afternoon, of ???, after an illness of nearly a year. About a year ago Dr. Nickell had a stroke of paralysis and had never recovered from it, though he had been about attending to business must of the time. He was born at Ezel, KY Jul 11, 1876. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Nickell, one of the oldest physicians of this part of the state. He was married Aug 21, 1891 to Miss Lillie Henry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jon D. Henry. To this union there were born 5 children, 3 of whom survive him. He had only one sister, Mrs. Millard Dennis of Ezel. He graduated at the Louisville Medical College I 1897. He was a member of the Christian Church and of the Masonic order. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
A long and useful life was brought to a close on Tuesday evening when Mrs. Eliza Jane Peck passed to her reward at her home in Portsmouth, OH at the age of 84 years. Death was due to hardening of the arteries, from which she had been suffering for some time. Mrs. Peck was born in Lawrence County, KY, but spent most of her life before coming to Portsmouth in Greenup County. Her husband, Preston Peck, died 23 years ago and since that time Mrs. Peck and family have been living in Portsmouth She is survived by the following sons and daughters, Miss Evelyn Peck, who has faithfully cared for her mother during the years of her widowhood, Mrs. Elmer Warden and Mrs. W. Z. Stephenson of Portsmouth, Mrs. Grant Aldridge of Greenup County and Harry and Everett Peck of Columbus. Portsmouth Sun. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1924
PETERS, Ethel (Thompson)
After an illness extending over the past 6 months or more, Mrs. Ethel Thompson Peters passed peacefully away at her home on Lock Avenue in Louisa Wednesday afternoon. She was the widow of Cecil B. Peters, who was killed by a railroad accident at Ashland some years ago. The death of their youngest child, Cecil, Jr., followed not long afterwards and wither 2 children, Ray and Rebekah, Mrs. Peters moved to Louisa where they have since lived. She was the daughter of John and Sarah Thompson of this place and is survived by her mother and a number of sisters and brothers. She was in a Baltimore hospital about 2 months for treatment, returning home early in January, the case having been pronounced hopeless. The cause of her illness was first recognized about 6 months ago. Mrs. Peters was a devout Christian and was most highly respected by everybody. She was 31 years old. Her 2 children are 13 and 10 years of age, respectively. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, having been received into the Ashland Chapter when a resident of that place. For a number of years Mrs. Peters had been a faithful and consistent member of the M. E. church, South. The funeral will be held from that church in Louisa on Friday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. F. P. Jernigan. Burial will take place in Fulkerson Cemetery on Pine Hill. Big Sandy news, Mar 14, 1924
PRICHARD, Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson Prichard, ?28? son of Mrs. J. Louis Prichard of Huntington died Thursday, Mar 6, at Albuquerque, NM. His mother, who was at his bedside left for Huntington Friday with the body. Mr. Prichard was brought up in Huntington and educated in the public schools there, and attended eastern schools. Six month ago he became ill and in October he went to the southwest in the hope of regaining his health. The funeral service was conducted by Bishop U.V. W. Darlington. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1924
Sam Reid, colored, died Saturday in his home here. He was a preacher and several years ago was a barber in Louisa. He was about 70 years old and leaves his wife and several children. Burial Monday at the Wallace place. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
Elkhorn City, KY—Fire and panic took heavy toll in life and property here early Friday morning when an entire block on Front Street was prey to flames. Three persons, a man and 2 children, lost their lives in the blaze, which wrought damage estimated at $50,000 and more. The dead are: Robert Ratliff, 1, burned to death in his bed in the Cumberland Hotel. Woodrow Rowe, 12, and Olga Rowe, 9, sons of Irvin Rowe, proprietor of the hotel, who were also cremated while they slept. The fire started at 3 o’clock Friday morning and is believed to have originated either in the hotel or n a restaurant which adjoins it the flames spread rapidly to other adjoining buildings and were not checked until the entire block along Front Street had been consumed.
Besides the hotel the buildings destroyed were Stanley’s restaurant, H. Cook’s Café, Joseph Powell’s pool room and restaurant and the Elkhorn City post office. The streets of this peaceful little mountain city were completely deserted when the fire was first discovered. There was no one to arouse those sleeping in the hotel to their danger. When finally the proprietor of the hotel, Irvin Rowe, was awakened, he was stricken with panic. Unmindful of his own danger he rushed through the corridors of the doomed hotel shouting, “Fire, fire”. Rowe’s 2 children were sleeping in his room with his wife. He rescued his wife, but in his panic is said to have rushed out of the building leaving the two little boys sleeping on the bed. Flames had not yet reached this section of the hotel although they were charging nearer with increasing ferocity.
When Rowe set his wife, half asleep, down, in front of the building, discovered that her 2 sons were still in the building She became almost hysterical and rushed back into the burning hotel and up the stairs to her room. A wall of her bedroom had collapsed and the others were tottering. The children had perished asleep and …..unreadable. Robert Ratliff, the other victim of the fire, had met a similar death ??? was in a part of the hotel not wholly destroyed by the fire. Searchers found his blackened form, badly burned lying amid the upstairs ????. There were only a few guest at the hotel and all of these except Ratliff and the two children escaped after being aroused by the proprietor. Big Sandy news, Mar 14, 1924
Mack Wallace, 22 years old a fireman on the Norfolk & Western railroad, was found dead on the N & W tracks about 2 miles east of Glenhayes early Sunday evening. Although the body was not mutilated it is believed that the was struck by a train, perhaps as he was attempting to jump aboard it to return to Kenova. He was the son of W. T. Wallace, prominent lumber man of Kneova and made his home with his father. He had formerly lived at Glenhayes and left Kenova Sunday morning to visit his sister, who lived a few miles above that station. His sister said he intended to board No, 29 to return that evening. The body was taken to Kenova where funeral service was held Tuesday. The young man’s mother is a sister of G. W. Chapman of this place. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
After an illness of several weeks Mr. John Wellman passed peacefully away at the home of is daughter, Mrs. Jim Billups, of near Fort Gay, WV, where he had been only a few weeks, as he had made his home with his son, Mont Wellman, at Fort Gay, since the death of his wife about 3 years ago. Mr. Wellman had been failing in health for the last few years and was confined to his bed only a few weeks. He bore his suffering with good heart, saying he was ready to leave this world for a home on high when his Maker saw fit to call him.. Mr. Wellman was past ?? years of age and was one of Wayne County’s oldest citizens and one that we should be proud of as he was a man of high ideals. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him, as “Uncle John” always had a good word for every one he met. He leaves to mourn his loss the daughter, Mrs. Jim Billups, and 3 sons, Mont, Hiram and Harry all of Fort Gay. He also leaves 12 grandchildren, one of whom Mrs. L. G. Ferguson, formerly of Louisa, now of Huntington, WV and Mrs. Rita Diamond of Kenova, WV. Funeral services was held at the Baptist Church of Fort Gay Tuesday morning, burial following at the Fairview graveyard where his body was lowered by the side of his wife and son, Sam Wellman, who died only a year ago. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1924
John Wellman, son of Elisha and Minerva Wellman, born Oct 6, 1854, died Mar 16, 1924, age 80 years, 8 months and 11 days He was the father of6 children, grandfather of 20 children, and had 3 great grandchildren. His home was near Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Mar 28,m1924
Hicksville—On the 25th death entered the home of Dan Elswick and took his daughter Mrs. Florida Wilks. She leaves 4 little children. Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1924
The pale horse and his rider whose name is death entered the home of Daniel Elswick on Feb 25 an claimed for its victim his daughter, Florida Wilks, wife of Albert Wilks. She leaves 5 little children, Frank, Ella May, Ernest, Jesse James and the baby. Florida was converted several years ago at Oak Hill and we believe dear Florida is sleeping the peaceful rest. She was a true mother and devoted most of her time to the care of her children. She was laid to rest in the Shady Grove graveyard. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
WILSON, Robert Burns
The body of Robert Burns Wilson, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilson of Ashland, was brought to Louisa Monday for burial. Pneumonia caused the death. Burial took place on Pine Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson formerly lived here. Mrs. Wilson is the daughter of Mrs. P. M. See of this place. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1924
YOUNG, Mrs. Charles (Mary)
The following is from a paper published in Washington. Mrs. Young was a native of Kentucky and a number of brothers and sisters born and reared near Webbville moved to Washington in 1901. Her husband was from Illinois. Mrs. Mary Young, of Twisp, WA, died at 2789 Pine St., Everett, WA, Feb 12?, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Young is survived by her husband, son and mother, Mrs. Sarah Halcom, besides 4 sisters and 2 brothers, Sarah Henshaw, Everett, WA, Mr. L. E. Halcom and Mrs. W. E. Rivers, Wenatchee, WA, H. g. Halcom, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. W. A. Hensley, Twisp, WA, Mrs. Ella Lyons, Winthrop, WA. Funeral services were held Feb 15 from the ???? & Fickel Chapel. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery at Everett. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1924
ADKINS, Mrs. Eli
Pikeville, KY, Apr 4, Unexpectedly returning to his home here at 7 o’clock this morning, Eli Adkins, 39, a lumber man, saying he found his wife and Charles Habeeb, an Assyrian, in a room together, shot and instantly killed both of them. He then went to the court house and surrendered. He is at liberty on $2,000 bond. Adkins, well thought of here and an employee of the Pikeville Lumber & Supply Company, went to work this morning without his breakfast. He told county officers he suspected too intimate relations between Mrs. Adkins and Habeeb, and he entered the back door. When he entered the room where he said he found the couple, he averred his wife and Habbeb came toward him with the assertion that he had come home to catch them. After some words, he said he got a revolver from the wall and fired a bullet into his wife’s brain and then shot Habeeb to death.
Adkins said his wife, had refused to get up this morning to prepare his breakfast. Habeeb, who had been traveling as a peddler in Eastern Kentucky for some years, had lived at the Adkins home for 7 months The double tragedy leaves 3 children motherless. The eldest is a boy of 8 years, another is a girl, 6 and the baby is a boy of 7 months. Mrs. Adkins was a daughter of Dan Prater of Greasy Creek. She and Adkins had been married 10 years. Habeeb has no relatives in this country, so far as could be learned. Adkins said he and his wife had had difficulties for several years, incompatibility being assigned as the cause of their trouble. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1924
AKERS, James A.
James A. Akers was born Mar 17, 1844, died Apr 5, 1924. His age was 80 years and 18 days. He was converted when he was 22 and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church and lived a Christian life and in his last days he said he was ready to go. He leaves a widow and 8 children, all living but one, Mrs. Julia Thompson, who preceded him in Feb 1923. He was married to Miss Jane Crabtree when he was ?22. She was a devoted wife and survives him with 7 children, 44 grandchildren and a host of friends. The living children are Mrs. Lizzie Webb, Mrs. Paulina Webb, W. M. Akers, Mrs. Ida Walker, James B. Akers, Sr., Mrs. Sadie Wellman, Miss Vina Akers, at home. He also leaves 11 brothers and sisters, Rev. Burt S. Akers, Lewis Akers, John Akers, Noah Akers, Nathan Akers, Mrs. Mary Akers, half brother and sister, David Wilson, William, Richard, Joseph and Mrs. Nancy Wilson. He was laid to rest in the Frasher Hill Cemetery Sunday, funeral services being conducted by J. D. Bryan. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1924
BOOTEN, Mrs. Job (Lucinda)
Mrs. Lucinda Booten died at her home at Welch, OK a few days ago. She was a native of Wayne County, WV and was 82 years of age. Her husband, 3 children, 2 brothers and 2 sisters survive. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1924
Ulysses—A fatal accident occurred at Thealka company store, Johnson County, last Tuesday when Walter Bowens, a young man of this place, and Joe Castle of Thealka engaged in a friendly scuffle of boxing match. Castle tripped young Bowens and in falling a pistol fell from his pocket, the hammer striking the foot which caused the loaded weapon to be discharged, the ball striking Bowens in the back and ranging upward through his body and coming out in front near the heart. As soon as the sad accident happened he was taken to the Paintsville hospital where all was done for him that could be done, but death claimed him Friday, Mar 28th. He was brought to the home of his father, Babe (Andy) Bowens, of this place Saturday and buried in the family burying ground Sunday. A large and sympathizing crowd attended the burial. On Mar 22 he was married to Miss Dora Lyons of Johnson County, who is prostrated with grief over the untimely death of her husband They young bride, parents, brothers and sisters all have our deepest sympathy. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
CANADY, G. W.
Sharondale, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Donley and took her loving father and husband, Mr. G. W. Canady, who died Tuesday, Apr 8th, age 86 years 1 month and 3 days. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters and a host of friends and relatives. He had made his home for 25 years with Mrs. Donley, his oldest daughter. He was laid to rest in the Murphy Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1924
CASTLE, James “Friday”
James (Friday) Castle of Thealka, age 69? Years, died Tuesday night. Monday he was in Paintsville apparently in the best of health. He went to his home and while visiting at his daughter’s home drank one half cup of cod liver oil. All day Tuesday he was in a serious condition and Tuesday night he passed away. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
Ethel Cordle, daughter of John R. Cordle and wife was born in 1904. The soul of this sweet Christian girl ????? in heaven Mar 13 her age being 20 years, She was a favorite among her friends everybody being drawn to her by a sweet and noble disposition that won ??? and imparted as such characters always do, a (note there is more but too faded to read). Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
The community of Durbin was overshadowed with sadness last Thursday when the sad news came that one of our best young citizens was dead. Karl was a son of Arthur Cyrus. He was born Apr 1, 1907. He leaves his devoted father, one sister, 2 brothers and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted by the Willing Workers class assisted by the pastor. These comrades of a fallen brother proved that love is stronger than death. Bro. Joseph James, a neighbor and Baptist minister had part in the service. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
DAMRON, Moses D.
Funeral services for Moses D. Damron, 85 year old Civil War veteran who died at his home in Huntington Saturday afternoon, were conducted there Monday afternoon. Mr. Damron, who is well known in Eastern Kentucky, had been in ill health for several months but had not been confined to his bed until several days ago. He was a native of Wayne County, WV, and was the son of the late Samuel Damron of Pikeville. He was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War and took part in several major engagements. He was in the Eighth Virginia Cavalry under General Jenkins. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1924
James Dills, better known in Paintsville as “Mush” died at the Marting hospital, Ironton Friday evening, after an operation for gall stones. He had been ill for only a few weeks, and had been a remarkably strong man up till he was stricken a short time ago while employed in Paintsville. He was a son of the late William Dills and was born and reared in Johnson County and was about 55 years old. He married Miss Alice George, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Green George former residents of Paintsville. Mr. Dills moved to Portsmouth with his family several years ago where he made his home up till about 2 years ago when he and his wife became estranged and he returned to Paintsville. Interment took place at Portsmouth, where Mr. Dills has several grown daughters. He is survived by 4 brothers in this county, one of them whom is Jesse Dills of Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1924
Mathias Harman, was born in Floyd County, KY Feb 18, 1844, departed this life Mar 3, 1924, aged 80 years and 11 days. He was converted Aug 15, 1865 and licensed to preach Jun 18, 1869 and ordained deacon in the M. E. Church, South, Sep 19, 1875. He was married to Loucina Castle, Jul 6, 1870, and to this union were born 8 children, 4 now dead and 4 living, viz, James H., Rebecca, Aquilla, Samuel, Isaac, Florence, Frank, and Daniel. James died Dec 14, 1891, Aquilla died Jul 27, 1907, Rebecca died Dec 8, 1874, Samuel died Sep 14, 1881. His wife Loucina Castle Harmon was born in Johnson County, KY, Jun 9, 1849, departed this life Apr 15, 1910, aged 69 years 10 months and 6 days. She was a devoted Christian woman for many years. The both were at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Florence Patrick, of Tuscola, when they left this world. She tenderly nursed them during their last days on earth. They leave to mourn their loss 4 children, several grandchildren and many friends and neighbors. Mathias was a teacher in the public schools for many years. Adam Harman. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1924
Rushing from her home near Gallup on hearing screams of her children, Mrs. Eugene Hensley found her 5 year old daughter enveloped in flames on Thursday afternoon of last week. The entire body was burned to a crisp excepting the feet which were not burned on account of the shoes worn. Men engaged on road work on Mayo Trail near-by were attracted by the cries, but at first thought the children were only playing. Mr. Kelly was one of the first to reach the scene. Two small children had been playing in a field near the home and started a fire. The grass being dry caught and spread quickly and the little girl’s clothing was ignited in this way. She lived only about an hour. The mother’s hands were badly burned. A physician was summoned from Louisa, but the child’s death occurred before means of transportation could be obtained. Nothing could have been done for the child anyway. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
Griffith Creek—one of the saddest accidents that has cast its gloom over our neighborhood for years was the untimely death of little Violet, 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hensley last Friday. She and a small brother were playing near the home and the little boy set fire to the dry grass. Little Violet got surrounded by fire and was so badly burned before she was rescued that she lived but an hour. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
HOGAN, John C.
John C. Hogan, Sr., passed away at his home in Garner Monday morning, after an illness incurred by a general breakdown some time ago. He had attained the age of 85. He was survived by one son, John C., Jr. of Catlettsburg. The funeral services were held Wednesday and burial made in the Hogan Cemetery at Rush. Big Sandy News, Apr11, 1924
John C. Hogan, aged 89 years 3 months and 17 days left us for his heavenly home Apr 7. He had been in failing health since October. He suffered long and the last few weeks of his life talked much of “going home”. The funeral service was conducted at the residence by Rev. Barton, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, at Grassland. The news of the passing of this splendid citizen was received with deep regret by all who knew him. He had lived all his life in this section and his upright life had been a blessing to the community. His beloved companion preceded him in death 14 years ago. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Annie Kinner, of Buchanan. The other children, Mrs. Addie Hereford, and Dan Hogan, and during the past 5 years. Two children died in infancy. Also 23 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild survive him. The handsome casket was borne to the waiting auto hearse by 6 grandsons of the deceased and interment made on the Hogan estate overlooking his old home. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1924
HOLBROOK, Mrs. H. F.
On Friday evening Feb 15th the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Gambill and claimed for its victim Mrs. H.F. Holbrook. She had been suffering for a long time with a complication of diseases, but seemed to bear them patiently. She lived to see the number of 60 some years. Her husband preceded her to the great beyond some 4 years ago, leaving her and her only girl. In the last few weeks of her sickness she was moved to her daughter’s Mrs. Lon Gambill of Sacred Wind. She leaves to mourn her loss and departure as a dear loving mother 2 children, Norman and Mrs. Lon Gambill and 4 grandchildren, Doshia, Anna, Dova and Nova Gambill also 2 sisters and 3 brothers Mrs. W. A. Rice of Louisa, Mrs. Bruch Riggsby, of ???, WV, ??? of Cherokee, James and ??? of Hannah. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
Ashland, KY Mar 31—Dan McKnight, 68 years old, grocer, is dead after an altercation with his nephew, Edward Murphy, near their home at Fairview. The grocer was shot 3 times by Murphy who surrendered to county authorities. He entered a confession, saying he acted in self-defense. He will be given a preliminary hearing. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
MOORE, Rev. Marion
The death of Rev. Marion Moore occurred recently at his home in Missouri where he had spent the past 20 years. He was about 65 years of age, and the son of Wesley Moore, of Little Blaine, this county. Rev. Anderson Moore, of Kenova, is a brother. Rev. Moore left here about 20 years ago and most of the time since has been spent in preaching in Missouri. Numerous relatives live in this county. Big Sandy News, Apr 25,1924
Nelson Moore, a brakeman on the C & O was burned to death Tuesday night when he was trapped in a caboose which turned over and caught fire. The accident occurred at Gearheart on the long Fork railroad. Three cars were derailed as the west bound train was running along and the caboose turned completely over when it was dragged from the track. It is thought that Moore, who was in the caboose, was struck by the stove and knocked down. Flames caught the wood structure afire and the brakeman was beyond help when the train crew came to his rescue. He was 34 years old, married and a resident of Martin, KY. the Long Fork railroad is a branch line of the C & O connecting Jenkins with Shelby Junction. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1924
Mat Patton, 12, whose leg was severed by the wheels of a train near Prestonsburg about 2 weeks ago died in the hospital at Martin, Floyd County, Tuesday morning. His right leg had been amputated, but his condition at the time was thought to be very serious, owing to loss of blood before receiving medical aid. The accident occurred when the boy was trying to hop a train. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1924
Harry Poor, 45 years old, a prominent business man of Ashland, was almost instantly killed Sunday about noon when the automobile he was driving was struck by a C & O passenger train. Josephine Poor, aged 5, and Anna Maxine Stewart, 8, daughter of Judge Frank Stewart, were in the car with Mr. Poor and were tumbled out when the car was struck. They are in the hospital, suffering from minor injuries. According to witnesses a westbound train had just pulled across the 12th Street crossing as Mr. Poor drove up to the tracks, and the victim apparently did not hear the other train approaching. His machine was struck almost in the center and dragged about 60 yards.
When bystanders had extricated Mr. Poor they found his neck was broken and death had been almost instantaneous. The fact that the children were thrown out probably saved their lives. Mr. Poor had been prominent in Ashland for 15 years in the retail shoe business, being the surviving partner of the firm of Gray and Poor. Besides his daughter he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Poor and a brother, G. W. Poor of Rocky Hill, OH. His mother is now seriously ill and will not be informed of the tragedy. His wife who died some time ago was Miss Goldia Williams, daughter of N. K. Williams, deceased. Big Sandy News, Arp 4, 1924
RARDIN, Mrs. W. J.
Mrs. W. J. Rardin, 74 years old, wife of the late Judge W.J. Rardin, and well known resident of Greenup, was instantly killed Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a C & O freight train on a crossing at Greenup. Mrs. Rardin was on her way to a neighbor’s home to get some milk when she walked in front of the approaching train. She had lived in Greenup about 40 years. Her husband died 14 years ago. She is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Fullerton of Greenup County, Mrs. Hoskey of Portsmouth, Mrs. Alva Bagby of Grayson, and Mrs. Hiram Davenport of Covington. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1924
SMITH, C. C.
Mr. C. C. Smith, better known as Lum Smith, departed this life Feb 17, 1924 very suddenly of heart disease. He was born May 10, 1860, and was a son of Rev. Thomas Smith and Mrs. Jemima Smith and was raised near Richardson, Lawrence County, KY. His parents preceded him to the great beyond several years ago. C. C. Smith was twice married. His first wife was Miss Tennessee Borders of Kentucky. They were married Feb 12, 1899. She died Jun 24, 1907. To this union 3 children were born, Mrs. A. C. Lovell of Freeburn, KY, Frank of Rose Siding, WV and William, of the U. S. Navy, who with his second wife who was Miss Rebecca S. Wiseman of Monroe County, WV survive him. They were married Jan 20, 1913 at Thacker, WV. Mr. Smith also has 2 sisters in Lawrence County, KY, Mrs. Lizzie Fitch and Mrs. Emina Fitch, also Mrs. Susan Fitch of Sprigg, WV and Mrs. Jennie Fluty of near Webb, WV and many other friends in both Kentucky and West Virginia. Mr. Smith lived in Mingo County, WV for the last 24 years. His funeral was conducted in the Baptist Church at Matewan, WV by Rev. W. M. Whitlock and Rev. Ratliff. He was laid to rest in the cemetery across the river on the Kentucky side by the side of his first wife. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
Jeff Sturgell, one of the old and respected residents of Johnson County died Monday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Howard, where he had made his home for more than a year. Mr. Sturgell owned a farm at the mouth of Barnetts Creek where he had lived almost his entire life until he broke down in health and came to Paintsville to reside with his daughter. He is survived by 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, one of the boys Sam Sturgell, being a prominent citizen of Lawrence County where he has served as jailer of that county. “Uncle Jeff” was probably better known than any man in Johnson County. He was a noted violinist of the old-fashioned type and has played the old-fashioned ditties of which the mountaineer is so fond, throughout Eastern Kentucky, In his day “Uncle Jeff” was as famous as a fiddler as Fiddling John Carson is today and equally as proficient on the violin. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1924
THOMAS, C. M.
C. M. (Muck) Thomas, of Flat Gap, died at his home there last Thursday and was buried Saturday. He was one of the oldest citizens of Flat Gap section, well known to the people of the county and one of the best citizens. He was deputy sheriff at the time of his death and had served as such for the past few years. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1924
Ed Tipton, 50 years old, a miner of Garrett, died Saturday afternoon at an Ashland hospital. Death was due to myocarditis from which he had suffered for the last 4 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Vesta Tipton and 6 children. The body was taken to Garrett for burial. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
ED Tipton 49, survived by his wife Mrs. Vesta Laige Tipton, and 6 children, Mrs. Myrtle Carroll, Mrs. Nannie Graves, Carton, Edward, Lucille, Virginia, was buried at Garrett. Rev. J. F. Pennybacker delivered the sermon at the home of Mrs. Hughes of Garrett. The burial took place under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. and the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. It is reported that the burial service was the largest ever held in Floyd County. Over 1,000 people reported present. About 20 selected Klansmen were in robes to represent the order. The cross was burned and a great impression was made. Mr. Tipton died in the Ashland hospital April 5. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1924
On Mar 27th the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Don Wallace and claimed for its victim the infant son, Pat ????, He had been sick for quite a while, but on Thursday his suffering came to an end. Pat was only a bud on earth, but will born flower in Heaven for God said “suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid him not, for of such is the kingdom”. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1924
Funeral services for John White, 41, of Mavity, who died Tuesday following an illness with a complication of diseased, were conducted at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. V. White, Friday afternoon. Mr. White is survived by his parents, one sister, Miss Emogene of Mavity, and 2 brothers, Robert and Fred both of Indianapolis. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1924
On May 4th the death angel visited the home of ?? Aliff of Fort Gay and claimed for its victim his darling little girl, Sybil. She was 10 years old and her sickness was short. God in His wisdom saw that to take her from this life of sickness and sorrow and pain and transplant her life in that bright and celestial city, for Lord said, “Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Her funeral was preached at the Baptist Church at Fort Gay by Rev. Holbrook of Louisa and Rev. Johnson of Fort Gay. She leaves a father and mother, 2 sisters and 4 brothers to grieve for the loss of little Sybil. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Mrs. Mary Allen, 43 years old, wife of Rev. Alex L. Allen of Allen, died Sunday afternoon at the Beaver Valley Hospital at Martin, following 6 weeks illness of heart trouble. She is survived by her husband and 7 children, 3 girls and 4 boys of Allen. Father and mother, 2 brothers and one sister, of Rosco The funeral was held Tuesday with burial in the Allen Cemetery at Rosco. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
Mr. Harry Barr was called to Wellston Wednesday owing to the death of his sister, Miss Eva Barr, who died in a Cincinnati hospital Tuesday night. Her death, the result of pneumonia and pleurisy, was not unexpected. Miss Barr was a teacher and was well known in Prestonsburg. She was a member of the M. E. Church, was an Eastern Star, and also a member of the White Shrine. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
BENTLEY, Ella Virginia
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Bentley, and claimed for its victim their darling little baby, Ella Virginia. She was 2 months and 2 days old and was sick only a week. We know it was hard to part with little Ella Virginia but God needed one more little jewel to add to his bright and shining kingdom. We know father and mother are said and lonely since their sweet little baby left them, but we know it is resting with those little ones who have gone on before. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
The body of Mrs. Hannah Blankenship, believed to have been the oldest woman in West Virginia, was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at Catlettsburg in a rough coffin, fashioned out of pine ???, according to instructions which she had given member of her family many times during her last years. Mrs. Blankenship, according to her own reckoning and that of member of her family was 108 years old at the time of her death. Death came at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maggie Loar, in Westmoreland, where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Blankenship, as nearly as family records show, was born in 1816 in Pike County, KY, and there she was reared. When she was 2 years old her mother died and she was placed under the care of her grandmother. Until a few years ago Mrs. Blankenship was very active. Successive attacks of rheumatism, however, in recent years had confined her to her home. Her children, all of whom are living are Mrs. Loar, H. M. Blankenship and Harvey Blankenship. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and a number of great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Jeff Brown, ?54 years old, farmer of Catlettsburg, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George T. Williams of Pollard Sunday of an attack of pneumonia. He had been ill for 16 days. He had been at his daughter’s home on a visit when he was taken ill. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jeff Brown and a daughter. Burial at the Catlettsburg cemetery after funeral services at the home of Mrs. Williams. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
Rev. H.B. Hewlett was called to Greasy Creek, Johnson County, Sunday to preach the funeral of Henry Butcher, and honored old citizen, who died last Friday at the age of 84. He leaves no children. Prof. Butcher, of Paintsville, is an adopted son. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1924
CASEY, Mrs. Tempy
Mrs. Tempy Casey, aged 76m died at her home on Bob’s Branch in Wayne County, Thursday afternoon, following a stroke of paralysis. She was among the oldest residents of the county, having moved to West Virginia about 65 years ago, when her parents, on old Virginia family, took up residence in Wayne. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Bob’s Branch Baptist Church. Interment was made in the Ward Cemetery in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1924
CAVINS, G. W.
The funeral of G. W. Cavins, who died at his house on Ratliff’s Creek, Friday was held at the cemetery opposite Pikeville Tuesday, the Rev. T. B. Campbell and the Rev. Hayes Maynard taking part in the ceremonies. The deceased was more or than 70 years of age. He was stricken with paralysis a few days before the end and never regained consciousness. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was faithful in his attendance upon the services of that denominations. Mr. Cavins had served a number of years as coroner of the county and was filling that office at the time of his death. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
James Clark of Dwale, Floyd County, was killed instantly Tuesday morning near his home when struck by the eastbound C & O passenger train. The man was walking on the track and evidently failed to hear the train. Those who witnessed the tragedy had called to him, but he did not hear them. Mr. Clark was 84 years of age and had resided there many years. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Uncle James W. Clark, 82 years old, was killed by a passenger train at Dwale Tuesday morning, May 13. He was coming down the railroad track to visit his daughter. When he heard the approaching train he intended to step off the track, but instead stepped right in front of the train. He was struck in the breast crushing it and also breaking his neck. He was dead when the nearest witness arrived. Mr. Clark was a faithful member of the Southern Methodist Church. He was also a Mason, and the oldest member of the Zebulon Lodge No. 273. He is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters. He was buried by the Masons Wednesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
On Apr 20?th the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Cooksey and took from them their beloved daughter, Reba. She was 21 years one month and 5 days old. She had been sick for some time and her illness grew worse all the time. But at last her spirit took its flight to the glory world up yonder where sickness, pain or death never comes. Reba will be greatly missed at her home and by her friends and relatives. She was laid to rest in the cemetery overlooking the home. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Mrs. Angie Curnutte, 70 years of age, died at Paintsville hospital last Monday after a short illness. Three weeks ago Mrs. Curnutte was enroute home after attending a meeting of the Eastern Star and fell and fractured her hip. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and pneumonia developed from which she died Sunday afternoon. She was a member of one of the oldest and best known families in the valley. She was the widow of the late Ballard Preston and after his death was married to a Mr. Curnutte, who died a number of years ago. Since the death of her last husband, she had been making her home with her son, Hopkins Preston. Three sons are left to mourn their loss, Warren H., Hopkins and James all residing in Paintsville. Johnson County has lost a valuable woman in the death of Mrs. Curnutte. Funeral services were held at the home of her son, Hopkins Preston, Tuesday afternoon, the services were conducted by Rev. Green and Rev. Warren L. Preston. The funeral and burial were in charge of the Paintsville Chapter of Eastern Star of which she was an honored member. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
Last Tuesday friends here were shocked at the receipt of a telegram announcing the death of Orville Damron at Louisville early that morning. He was attending the Louisville Dental College where he was among the best students of the institution. His death was the result of intestinal disorders. He was the son of Sam Damron, Virgie and was 27 years of age. His brother, P.K. Damron, is a member of the faculty of the Pikeville High School. Other members of the family are Baird Damron, Luther Damron and Blaine Damron. The remains were taken to the old home on the head of Robinson Creek where the funeral and interment took place. The I.O.O.F assisted in the funeral. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
DORSEY, Mrs. Stanton (Alma Viers)
A woman and her 2 infant children were pinned beneath an auto and drowned in the shallow waters of Gragston Creek, near Prichard, WV and her husband received injuries which may prove fatal, in a tragedy Saturday afternoon. The dead are: Mrs. Stanton Dorsey, 21 years old, of Kenova, and her 2 children, Violet, 2, and Howard, 1. The husband and father is being cared for at a farm house near the scene of the accident and is not expected to survive his injuries. Dorsey and his family were on their way to the home of his father in law, who lives on Gragston Creek, when he lost control of the Ford touring car which turned turtle from a bridge into the creek. It was stated that Dorsey and the bodies of his wife and children lay pinned under the wreckage of the car for more than an hour until passersby found the wreck and lifted the car from upon them. The water in the creek were the people lost their lives is said to have been about 2 feet deep.
There is a steep grade in the road leading to the bridge and it is thought that Dorsey failed to apply the brakes which resulted in the fatal plunge. The bridge has no guard rails on the sides and it is probable that the plunge was begun after the car had run part way across it. The drop to the water below is approximately 10 feet. When the car and the victims of the wreck were found, the auto’s top was crushed down on the people holding them fast under the weight. Dorsey is employed as car builder in the factory of the Kenova Mine Car Company. His wife was formerly Miss Alma Viers. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
Mrs. Louisa Doss, beloved wife of Grover C. Doss, of the Jewett farm, Scioto Trail, passed away at Hempstead hospital Saturday afternoon of complications. She had been ailing about 6 months. Mrs. Doss was ? 27 years 11 months and 3 days old. Her husband and 6 children survive. She also leaves her father, Madison Runyon and several brothers and sisters in the George P.O. community. The mother died a year ago this moths. The remains were taken to Louisa, KY for burial Monday morning. Portsmouth Times. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Miss Honor Dunkle, Huntington high school graduate, motherless daughter of C. C. Dunkle, died a few minutes after the dawn of her 21st birthday, says the Herald Dispatch. For months Miss Dunkle had been dangerously ill. She came to Huntington 4 years ago with her father from Wayne County. She entered the high school at once and in 3 years had completed the 4 year course. So studious had she been, her health failed and just before commencement last spring she became suddenly ill. She was sent to a sanitarium after her graduation and spent 8 months there. Doctors and specialists had pronounced her case hopeless. Funeral services were conducted in the little Mays Chapel, in Wayne County. She was buried in the Mays Cemetery beside the body of her mother. Surviving Miss Dunkle are her father, C. C. Dunkle, of Huntington, 3 sisters, Mrs. Genevieve Dorsey, of Pittsburg, Mrs. Crystal Morrison of Ashland and Mrs. Effie Barboar of Huntington, and 2 brothers, Hardwick and James Dunkle of Huntington. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1924
EDMONDS, M. M.
Pikeville, KY—The funeral of M. M. Edmonds, 65, who died at his home there Saturday night was held at the family cemetery on Ratliff Creek, the Rev. M. C. Reynolds delivering the sermon. The funeral was largely attended, quite a number of Pikeville citizens motoring to the cemetery. Ten of the 11 children gathered at the grave as did also three of the 4 brothers of the deceased and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Virginia, 17 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ekers of Louisa, died Saturday morning after an illness of 2 weeks with spinal trouble. She was a bright and attractive child. The body was taken to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Ekers, near Yatesville, where funeral service was conducted Sunday morning by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa. Interment took place in the family burying ground. Several friends accompanied the family from Louisa and many others attended the funeral and burial. Big Sandy news, Mary 2, 1924
Funeral services for Mrs. Celia Elkins, 80, who died at the home of her son, Frank E. Elkins, in Westmoreland, WV, Wednesday night, were conducted at the residence Friday afternoon with the Rev. Henry Mullens, of Mount Vernon, officiating. Interment in the Johnson Cemetery. Mrs. Elkins’ nine surviving children were all at her home when death came. They are: Mrs. Sarah Hawes, Mrs. Mary Crawford, Walter, Frank E. and William E. Elkins, of Huntington and Sherman Elkins of New Boston, OH, Edgar E. Elkins of Coal Grove, Ray E. of Lavalette and Charles E. Elkins of Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
GENTRY, Ralph T.
Ralph T. Gentry, proprietor of the Jefferson Hotel, Pikeville, was found dead in his room at the hotel Tuesday. He had been indisposed for a few days and suffered a heart attack. Mrs. Gentry became alarmed when she went to the door of her husband’s room, but failed to realize that he was dead. The alarm spread and scores of people, shocked by the news, gathered at the hotel. An inquest was immediately held by Coroner John W. Call. Mr. Gentry formerly lived at Chicago. He went to Pikeville from Lexington several years ago as a representative of S??trunk & Co., of Lexington, KY. Later he quit traveling and entered the hotel business as proprietor of the Louisa Inn at this place. He then took charge of the Pike hotel, but for the last 4 years had been in charge of the Jefferson Hotel, where he had built up a good business. He was a member of a number of fraternal organizations and especially active in Masonry and Rotary. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Virginia Gentry. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Matthew Gullett, Sr., known to the people of Paintsville and Johnson County as “Uncle Mathie”, died at the home of his son, Sherman Gullett, on Mill Branch, Thursday, May 15 after an illness of 4 weeks duration. He was87 years of age and had been a man of remarkable strength and vigor and up until one year ago had enjoyed the best of health never being sick until one month ago when he suffered a complete breakdown. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1924
Mrs. Susan Harris, ?66 years old, of Logan, WV, died at her home there Saturday of a 2 months illness with tuberculosis. The body was accompanied to Ashland from Logan to the home of her brother, J.T. Mayhew and the funeral was conducted at the old Mayhew home near Hood’s cemetery on Bolts Fork Monday. Burial was made in the Hood’s Cemetery. Mrs. Harris is survived by 2 sons, Charles of Logan and Clarence? Of Wayne County; 3 daughters, Mrs. Angie Harris of Logan, and 2 married daughters, Ethel and May; one sister, Mrs. Grace Diamond of Lamar, MO and 2 brothers, J. T. Mayhew of Ashland and George Mayhew of Cincinnati. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
On May 19th the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Drew Hickman and claimed for its victim Opal, age 12 years 2 months and 18 days. The body was laid to rest in the Hardin graveyard at Torchlight. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. W. M. Burgess of Chapman. There have been many sad hearts over the death of Opal. She was loving and kind and loved by all who knew her. There are left to mourn her loss 4 sisters, father, mother and a host of other friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
HUFFMAN, Fannie Belle
Mrs. Fannie Belle Huffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Loar of Johnson City, TN, died of blood poisoning caused from a ?felon? April 13. Her funeral conducted by the Christian minister took place from her home. She was a faithful member of the church. She is survived by one son 10 years of age, her husband, C. Huffman was killed by falling coal about a year ago, her parents and 3 brothers. Mrs. Huffman was born and reared in Prestonsburg and lived for some time in Pikeville. She was only 24? Years of age. Big Sandy news, May 2, 1924
JUSTICE, George B.
George B. Justice, a life-long resident of Louisa, passed away on Thursday afternoon of last week at his home here. He had been confined to his home only a few days by illness which was caused by indigestion and high blood pressure. He was 62 years of age. His son, Ray and wife lived with him and the children from a distance were called home to his bedside. His wife, who before marriage, was Miss May Friend, died several years ago. Four sons and 2 daughters survive. They are John, Ray and Mrs. Pat Brown, of Louisa, Mrs. W. t. Ferguson of Huntington and Ural J. and George W. of Portsmouth, OH. For many years Mr. Justice had been in charge of a shoe shop. His familiar figure will be missed from his place of business near the C & O depot. Among surviving relatives are 2 sisters and 2 brothers, Mrs. Hannah Waldeck, Mrs. W. w. Blankenship, William and S. J. Justice, of this place. He was the son of Sam Berry Justice, well known by the older citizens of Louisa. Funeral service was conducted Saturday afternoon at the Baptist Church. The pastor, Rev. B. P. Hyde, was in charge of the service. Interment took place on Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
Fort Gay—The funeral of Mrs. Nona Justice was held at the Bartram Cemetery Saturday and was largely attended. The sermon was preached by Rev. T. D. Kirk, Rev. Carter of Kermit and Rev. Lewis Peters. Those who attended the funeral of Mrs. Justice from out of town were Tom Salmon and Sherman and other from Kermit and Misses Joe Wilson, and Neva Vanhorn of Louisa. Big Sandy news, May 9, 1924
She was born Nov 21, 1891, died May 1, 1924, making her stay on earth 30 years 6 months and 10 days. She was married to G. E. Justice Apr 21, 1912. To his union were born 3 children, one of which was called hence some years ago. A daughter and son survive. She became a member of the Baptist Church in Feb 1913 and lived a life of a Christian, and died the death of a saint. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1924
KELLER, Mary Chafin
Complications after a 4 days illness claimed Mrs. Mary Chafin Keller, wife of W. E. Keller, Monday afternoon, the final summons coming at the home of her brother in law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Faught, in Portsmouth, OH. Mrs. Keller was 18 years of age and was married 4 months ago. She had been in Portsmouth about 2 years and had made her home with her sister during that time. Surviving are the husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Chafin of Zelda, KY, and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Frank Faught, Mrs. Martha Lane of Ashland, Mrs. Alice Stratton of Zelda, Tony, William, Oliver and Irene at home. Mrs. Keller had won many friends since coming to Portsmouth and all will be shocked to learn of her death. Portsmouth Sun. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1924
Williamson, WV, May 20—Mrs. Pricey Kennedy, 24 years old, of Sprigg, near here, was killed today when a fragment of an exploded dynamite cap pierced her heart. Mrs. Kennedy was holding her babe in her arms at the time of the explosion. The missile barely missed the child and struck the mother. The cap exploded in an open fire place. Relatives were unable to explain where it came from. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
LEE, Rowland C.
Rowland C. Lee met a tragic death on Thursday evening of last week. He was the son of R. T. Lee of Potter, a few miles below Louisa, and was a student in the Louisa schools. He had returned home that evening from school and visited neighbors a short time. With his brother and some other boys he was walking along the railroad tracks when a westbound freight train came along. He started to hop the train when his companions advised him not to do so, but he did. He tripped and was thrown under the train which dragged him about 25 feet between the platform and track. At the end of the platform he was turned over causing him to fall beneath the wheels of the train. Both legs were severed.
The accident happened about 5 o’clock, shortly before the evening passenger train was due and he was brought to Louisa and taken to Riverview hospital. It was necessary to amputate both limbs about 3 inches above the knee. This was done by Drs. York and Wray, but his death occurred about 8 o’clock, 3 hours after the accident. He was a boy of good character and everybody that knew him liked him. He will be much missed by schoolmates and by those in the community in which he lived. His father is gauger for the Cumberland Pipe Line Company and the family moved to Potter in February 1923 from Laurel County. Besides his parents he is survived by 3 brothers and a sister, Ralph, Raleigh, Robert and Lula May. He was 16 years of age. Funeral service was held at the home on Friday, conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa. The body was taken on train No. 39 to London, Laurel County, where burial took place on Sunday. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1924
LOCKWOOD, Dr. Eph
Dr. Eph Lockwood, aged 64 years, was found dead in his home at Fort Gay, WV on Thursday evening of last week. He lived alone and while had not been in the best of health for some time he was able to be about town. Friends missed him on Thursday and going to his home that evening found the house locked. They climbed to a transom and discovered his body lying on the floor. Entering the house they were shocked to find that he was dead. An inquest was held and heart trouble and indigestion given as the probable cause of his death. He had been reading while sitting up in bed and had fallen out on the floor, evidently, when stricken by the sudden illness. This must have occurred on Wednesday night, as the light was still burning in the room, and the condition of the body showed that death had taken place several hours before it was found.
For a number of years, Dr. Lockwood was a resident of Bear Creek, this county, where he was a practicing physician. He moved to Fort Gay several years ago and continued to practice his profession. He had a wide circle of friend in each of these places who were shocked to know of his death. Dr. Lockwood was a quiet, good citizen, always active when able in matters of interest to the community. Funeral services were held at his home on Saturday morning conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett in conjunction with the Masonic fraternity and the body was taken to Bear Creek, where interment, took place by the side of his mother, Mrs. Johnie Powers, he often having expressed a desire to be buried there. He is survived by only a few relatives, his sister, Mrs. William Arthur, being the nearest. She was called here from her home in Ohio by his death. Dr. Lockwood was a member of Vinson Lodge F & A.M. and a number of that fraternity accompanied the body to its last resting place and had charge of the burial services. Twenty-one automobiles carried friends from Fort Gay and Louisa, over the Mayo Trail, to the Fannin Cemetery where he was buried. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Corbett Maynard, ?? years old, of Pikeville, died Thursday night at the King’s Daughters’ hospital, Ashland, where he was taken after receiving injuries in an automobile wreck about 2 weeks ago. He was struck by an auto on the Pikeville-Williamson road, one mile from Pikeville Maynard who was engaged in repair work on a car at the time stepped in front of a passing auto and was knocked some 20 feet. He sustained a badly mangles leg and a severed artery. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Maynard of Pikeville, and is survived by his father. The body was taken to Pikeville Friday night and the funeral was held Sunday at the old home place on Johns Creek with burial in the Johns Creek cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Suffering from burns she received several months ago when she fell into an open grate, Mrs. Ida McCalvin, 30 years old, invalid wife of Bascom McCalvin, died at her home on East Fork, near Naples. Mrs. McCalvin, who had been a victim of paralysis for the past 15 years, was seriously burned about 5 months ago at her home. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Attison, who are resident on East Fork, She is survived by her husband, of East Fork., her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk, one sister, Mrs. Addie Johnson, also of East Fork. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1924
NEWMAN, Oscar S.
Oscar S. Newman, 53?, prominent resident of Lavalette, died at his home Monday morning after a short period of sickness. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Lavalette church with interment in the family cemetery. The Lavalette lodge of Eagles and the Masonic lodge of Wayne had charge of the funeral services. Mr. Newman was assistant superintendent of the Laval Band company for more than 8, resigning about a year ago to enter business for himself. He successfully conducted a general merchandise business at Lavalette with his brother until one month ago when he became ill. Mr. Newman’s ancestors were among the first settlers of Wayne County and for more than a century have played a conspicuous and honorable part in the affairs of the county. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
In a moonshine still raid Tuesday night Bert Newsom was killed and his brother Ab Newsom was shot in both legs. A young man named Hall or Pauley was slightly wounded. The shooting occurred just across the hill from Saltpeter, WV, 4 miles east of Louisa. The men who were shot are charged with operating a still found at or near the place where the trouble took place. The officers who raided the place and did the shooting are Fred Phipps and Gus Perry, and they had summoned Bert Thompson, Fred Vinson, and possibly some others to assist. A still and some of the product was found and destroyed. The Newsoms and Hall lived near the location of the still. Ab Newsom was not found after the raid, it is said, but mad his way home later on. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
O’BRYAN, Mrs. Harrison
Noris—Sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Harrison O’Bryan. She was a daughter of Zeal Hayes of Georges Creek. She leaves a husband and 3 small children and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss. The family has our deepest sympathy. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
George Parker, age 8 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Parker, was drowned in Tug River Monday afternoon when he fell into the stream while fishing. The body was recovered from the river by Tobe Cline. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
PENNINGTON, Mrs. Wesley (Fannie)
Mrs. Fannie Pennington died at the home of her brother, Lon Pennington, of Princess Sunday afternoon. She is survived by her husband, Wesley Pennington, 3 daughters and 4 sons. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
Following an illness of the past 3 months caused by the infirmities of age Thomas Pigg died on Tuesday at his home in Louisa. He was in his 87th year and had lived here or in the county practically all of his life. He was twice married and is survived by his wife and one son of each marriage, Frank M. Pigg and Monte Pigg. Also a daughter, Mrs. Della Pack, wife of Henry Pack, of Torchlight. Three children died some years ago. Three grandsons, Frank, Mart and McKinley Compton of Roderfield, WV were here to attend the funeral. The funeral of Mr. Pigg took place on Wednesday from the residence of Frank M. Pigg, burial following in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. F. P. Jernigan. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
POPE, Laura Frances
The death Monday night of little Laura Frances Pope, aged 8 years, came as a shock to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Commodore Pope, as she had only been sick a few weeks with typhoid fever. She leaves to mourn her loss her parents, 5 sisters and 2 brothers. The body was taken to Glenhayes their former home where burial took place on Wednesday. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
PRINCE, Frances Alleen
The death of Frances Alleen, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Prince followed a severe illness which was pronounced by specialists as tumor of the brain. The parents lived at Sharon, PA, and it was at that place the child’s death occurred on May 4th. Her age was 11 months. The body was brought to Louisa and taken to Irad to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lys Prince, on Wednesday. From Sharon the parents were accompanied by Mrs. Elva Prince Ball, and at Louisa they were joined by Mrs. Dock Jordan and Mr. Prince. On Thursday morning funeral services was conducted at the home and the body was taken to Twin Branch for burial. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
PUCKETT, Mrs. William T.
Mrs. William T. Puckett died Saturday morning at Catlettsburg. Rev. Charles Crossing of Kenova had charge of the funeral services and the burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Mrs. Puckett, who had been ill for considerable time with a stroke of paralysis, was before her marriage Miss Elizabeth Hall. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
Uncle Laney Salyer, age 96, one of the oldest men in this part of the State, died at his home at Red Bush recently from infirmities due to old age. He is survived by 3 children and many relatives and friends. He was a member of the old Regular Baptist Church of which he had been a member for 50 years. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
Pikeville—John Scott, 65, died at his home on Joes Creek Sunday, following a brief illness. Mr. Scott was one of this section’s widely known business men. Without children of his own, Mr. Scott and his estimable wife, who was the daughter of Harve Williamson, adopted Rush ?Perkins and Ira C. Deskins, 6 and 4 years old respectively, and lavished upon them their fondest parental care. Through their great interest in these 2 boys both have been well educated. Rush being at present recognized as a strong minister of the Christian church, and Ira as one of Pike County’s active young business men. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1924
SKAGGS, Mrs. Aaron
A house on Dr. Nelson R??? farm near Blaine, was destroyed by fire Friday under very unusual circumstances. It was set on fire by a sister of Harry Phillips who lived there, with his family. The sister had shown evidences of dementia since the death of her husband, Aaron Skaggs. Upon this occasion she locked herself in a room and started the fire. When the flames were discovered they were beyond control. Mr. Phillips broke into the room and found his sister nearly suffocated. He carried her out, and she lived only a few hours Very little of the household goods was saved. The family had planned to moved to Louisa soon and after this disaster they arranged to locate here at once. They will occupy a house belonging to Mrs. ??? Mr. Phillips has been suffering somewhat from the effects of inhaling the intense heat encountered when rescuing his sister, but his condition is not serious. Mrs. Skaggs had attempted suicide some time ago by jumping into a well, but she was rescued in time to save her life. Mr. Phillips is a son in law of D. W. Skaggs of Martha, this county. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
The death of Dr. Forest Skaggs occurred at Ashland on Tuesday morning of this week following an operation for appendicitis. He was the son of Dr. Ran Skaggs, of Salyersville and grandson of Dan Skaggs of this county. The latter and Oscar Skaggs passed through Louisa Thursday morning on their way to Salyersville to attend the funeral and burial. Forest Skaggs was a student in Louisa a few years ago and has relatives and friends here. The body was taken to Salyersville Wednesday evening. He was a dentist. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1924
Dr. Forest Skaggs whose death was mentioned in the News last week was a relative of Dr. C. B. Walters’ wife and made his home with them, while attending school in Louisa. He was a very bright young man and entered dental college in Louisville younger than most of the students. After graduating there, he later located at Salyersville. He was taken to the hospital in Ashland on Sunday May 25 and his death occurred the following Wednesday morning. Appendicitis was the cause. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1924
STAFFORD, F. M. “Bud”
F. M. Stafford, known as “Bud” Stafford, died early last Friday morning while sitting in a chair at his home near Paintsville. He was 85 years of age and a prominent citizen of that place. He appeared to be in his usual health when the stroke came. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
Logan, WV, May 21—Robbery is believed to have been the motive for the slaying of R. P. Temple, 60, a night watchman, whose body was found in a creek bed near Holden this afternoon. County authorities are scouting the vicinity for a companion of the dead man, who has not been seen in Logan for several days. The victim had been stabbed twice in the left side, and his throat had been cut. His pockets were rifled. He was an employee of the Hatfield Construction Company, Huntington, on road construction in Logan County. Big Sandy News, May 30,1924
THOMPSON, Velma Garnet
In Memory—Velma Garnet Thompson, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L?? Thompson of Shock, KY was born Sep 20, 1921 departed this life Nov 28, 1923, aged 2 years 2 months and 8 days. The funeral was conducted by Revs. Allen Castle and W. T. Fraley after which the little form of Velma Garnet was laid to rest in the Judd burying ground. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
The death of Mrs. Helen Thornley occurred on Tuesday of this week in the hospital at Martin, Floyd County, where she had gone several weeks ago. She had been in declining health for quite a while. Her husband is connected with an oil company and came to Louisa about 5 years ago. For some time they lived at the Louisa Inn, but had been housekeeping the past year or so. While it was known that Mrs. Thornley was ill, news of her death came as a shock to her Louisa friends. Her husband, Albert Thornley was in Louisa at the time of her death. He had come down from Martin expecting to return Monday but was delayed. When he left there she seemed to be better. On Sunday pneumonia, is said to have developed and she lived only until 5 o’clock Tuesday morning. Wednesday evening Mr. Thornley passed through Louisa taking the body to their former home at Marietta, OH, where funeral service will be held at the home of her sister and interment made. Mr. Thornley is employed by the Ohio Fuel Oil Company and came to this place from Marietta. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
TURNER, T. A.
Mr. T. A. Turner, proprietor of the electric shoe shop, died Tuesday morning, May 20. He had been sick for a long time and his death which was caused by consumption and pneumonia was expected. He is survived by a wife and 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls. Mr. Turner was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a good citizen. His funeral services were held at his home Wednesday afternoon. Burial at West Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, May 23,1924
VAUGHAN, Mr. P. H.
Mr. P. H. Vaughan familiarly known throughout his life as “Bud” died very suddenly at his home in Louisa last Friday night. Mrs. Vaughan and their daughter Miss Belle were with him when the summons was answered. He had been enjoying good health, apparently, and had eaten heartily of the evening meal. Not long before his death he complained of feeling sick, and while receiving attention from his wife and daughter ???? on the bed and died immediately. The funeral was conducted from the residence Sunday afternoon. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached the funeral sermon, and Revs. F. P. Jernigan and John Cheap also had a part in the service. A very large crowd of friends gathered to pay their respects. Interment was made in the family burial grounds adjacent to Fulkerson Cemetery.
Mr. Vaughan was 76 years old and had been a resident of Louisa for 30 years. He was a son of William and Isabelle Vaughan and was born at Prestonsburg Dec 18 1847. His parents moved to Richardson when he was 2 years old. It was there he began his career as a merchant, in which line of business he was successful. He bought the Northup residence when he came to Louisa and erected as store building on the corners of the lot. Here he conducted a general merchandise business until death called him. He was a director in the First National Bank, a Mason, Knight Templar and Shriner. A more kindly citizen could not be found in our city. Always pleasant and attending strictly to his own business he had the good will of everybody. He was in sympathy with efforts to build up the town, being, for instance, a strong supporter of the street paving enterprise. Recently he said he would not be willing for twice the cost of paving to look at the mud and dust that formerly existed in front of his store. Notwithstanding his age, he never lost interest in what was taking place in the world and in his community. He possessed good business judgment and had acquired quite a substantial estate.
Mr. Vaughan’s death is lamented by all who were acquainted with him. He was scrupulously honest. In 1870 He married Miss Pricie Borders of Richardson, who survived him. To them were born 9 children, 6 of whom are living. Two died in infancy and Mrs. O. C. Atkins died several years ago. Those surviving are Mrs. James H. Hatcher, Miss Belle, Mrs. C. B. Bromley, John B. Vaughan, Mrs. George T. Conley, of Williamson, Mrs. C. E. Picklesimer of Ashland.
Among the out of town relatives and friends to attend the funeral of Mr. Vaughan were Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Bickel and daughter, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Lutz, Mr. H. C. Thornburg, Miss Frances Thornburg, Mrs. Earl Branham, and Mr. and Mrs. Nick Peterson, all of Huntington, WV, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Moore, Mr. Whitt and Mr. John Moore, all of Russell, KY; Mrs. Julia Grant, Mr. and Mrs. D. Q. Mead, Mrs. Martha Clutts, Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCown, Mr. B. F. Adams, Mr. F. Picklesimer, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Picklesimer, all of Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. Billie Vaughan, Miss Imogene Vaughan, Mrs. Clint Wallace, Mrs. Jane Preston, Miss Mattie Warnock, Mr. James Akers, Mr. Millard Castle, all of Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Hatcher of Man, WV, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Atkins of Portsmouth, OH, Dr. and Mrs. G. T. Conley and J. W. Warnock of Williamson, WV. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1924
Miss Jaunita Vinson, 16 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Vinson, died last Friday at their home near Glenhayes. Typhoid fever was the cause of her death. A brother, Alex Vinson is in the hospital at this place, recovering from an illness of typhoid. Miss Vinson was a bright and attractive girl and her death brought sorrow to many relatives and friends. Interment took place in the family burial ground near the home. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
According to news from Royalton the scene of the operations of the Dawkins Lumber Co., in Magoffin County, Mrs. Osie Watkins shot and instantly killed her husband, at that place last Saturday at noon. It is said that Wadkins and his wife had been having domestic trouble for some time past. On Friday Mrs. Watkins had left home and stayed away Friday night, the father remaining at home taking care of the 2 small children. The wife returned on Saturday before noon when it is said their quarreling was resumed. Eye witnesses to the tragedy say that Wadkins had left the house and started away when Mrs. Wadkins called him back. He returned and stepped upon the porch and was in the act of picking up one of the children when Mrs. Wadkins fired a bullet through his heart. He died without speaking. Mrs. Wadkins was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Coon Patrick and place in jail at Salyersville, Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
Elmer Wheeler, 19, was drowned with his team of horses while trying to ford Paint Creek with a load of sand Monday morning. George Mead, a cripple and Mitchell Fannin, a 10 year old boy, who were with Wheeler in the wagon, were rescued. The body of Wheeler was taken to the Paintsville hospital and the pulmotor applied, but to no avail. Elmer Wheeler was the son of Tobe Wheeler, who is in a serious condition resulting from a recent operation for appendicitis. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1924
WHYTE, William Webster
William Webster Whyte, 63 years old, republican leader and business man of Welch, McDowell County, WV, was found dead in his berth on a Pullman a the Chesapeake & Ohio Huntington station Sunday morning. Mr. Whyte, a former state senator and prominent Welch business man, was on his way to his summer home in Wayne County and had gone from Welch on a night Norfolk & Western passenger train. His death was discovered by the Pullman porter who went to arouse him at the end of his journey. He had been dead only a few minutes and Dr. H. D. Hatfield, the physician said that his death resulted from paralysis or cerebral hemorrhage. Colonel Guy D. Goff, candidate for the U. S. Senate was one of Senator Whyte’s fellow passengers. Senator Whyte’s body was taken to his home Monday for burial at Norfolk, VA. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
The sad news of the death of Robert Williamson reached Louisa this week. He was the son of Rev. C. H. and Mrs. Thursa Burns Williamson of Memphis, TN and nephew if Mrs. Mary Horton and J. G. Burns of this place. His death occurred last Saturday. He was about 22 years of age and is the first of 9 children in the Williamson family to be called to the great beyond. Mr. Williamson spent some time at Ashville, NC for the benefit of his health and returned home apparently restored to health. Later he went to Albuquerque, NM, where he had been for a year or more. Two of his sisters had been there with him and other members of the family were called there a few days ago by his critical illness He was a young man of brilliant mind and well educated. Much sympathy is expressed by Louisa friends of the family for Dr. and Mrs. Williamson in their bereavement. The body was brought to the home at Memphis where on Thursday morning service was to be held followed by interment in that place. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1924
YATES, Amanda Luella
Miss Amanda Luella Yates, aged 80 years, died last Friday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. George W. Gunnell in Catlettsburg after an illness of several years. Her death was cause from a paralytic stroke some years ago, from which serious complications developed. She had been in an unconscious condition the past weeks. She was born at Ona, WV, May 29, 1944(note: should be 1844) and was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S. J. Yates, who were prominent residents of Louisa many years, their home being where the Louisa Inn is now located. Miss Amanda was reared here and was a teacher for a number of years Her survivors are besides her sister, 4 nephews George F. Gunnell, Ed, Fran and Charles Carpenter of Catlettsburg and an uncle, J. W. Yates of Louisa. Impressive funeral services were conducted on Saturday afternoon at the home on Geiger Street in Catlettsburg, the Rev. Charles S. Hale of Ashland officiating. She was one of the oldest members of the Episcopal Church at this place. The body was brought to Louisa on the early Sunday morning train and was taken direct to Pine Hill cemetery for interment in the family lot. The services at the grave was conducted by Rev. F. P. Jernigan of Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1924
CHARLES, Mrs. J. K.
The death of Mrs. J. K. Charles of Pikeville occurred unexpectedly in a hospital in Huntington last Thursday. She was 23 years old and is survived by her husband and one child. She was visiting a school friend in Huntington and was in her usual health until a short time before her death. She was the daughter of Frank Hatcher and niece of Tom Hatcher of Pikeville. She was a graduate of Pikeville College and Morris Harvey of Barboursville. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
COMPTON, Jacob R.
Jacob R. Compton, an aged and respected citizen of Buchanan, this county, died last Friday and was buried Sunday in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. He had been in ill health for more than a year. Rev. O. P. Smith, of the M. E. Church, South, conducted the funeral. The six sons were pall bearers. The survivors are his wife, Mrs. Martha Kinner Compton, 6 sons, L. B. Compton of Portsmouth, OH, S. G. of Columbus, J. R. of Eastwood, OH, John and Joe of Ashland, and L. G. Compton of Catlettsburg, one daughter, Mrs. Dr. Allen Prichard of Buchanan and a sister, Mrs. Caroline Prichard of Falls City, NE. Mr. Compton was in his 81st year. He spent his entire life in Lawrence County. He was an industrious farmer and a good citizen. Big Sandy News, Jun 2, 1924
COMPTON, Ollie (Smith)
Mrs. Oscar Compton, aged 22, died at an Ashland hospital Sunday afternoon of blood poisoning the cause of which was said to have been from an operation, performed in Cincinnati 2 years ago. Mrs. Compton was Miss Ollie Smith of Ashland and resided there with an aunt prior to her marriage, Her relatives, including her mother, reside in Alabama. She had only been married 2 months. The funeral was held at the home of Mr. Compton’s sister, Mrs. Ella Robinson on Big Sandy road, south side. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1924
CORDLE, Henry D.
Henry D. Cordle, 66 years old, died at Ashland of dropsy. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and lived a Christian life and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary A. Cordle and 3 children, Mrs. John Elkins, and tom Cordle of Ashland and Mrs. Bessie Ross of Adelphia, OH. The funeral was held from the home by Rev. Cordell and Rev. Walters. He was a native of Lawrence County and lived here until recently. Big Sandy News, Jun 13, 1924
Ashland, KY, Jun 23—Walter Drennen, 70 years old, was almost instantly killed when he fell downstairs at a local hospital, where he had gone to borrow a wheel chair to take his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Malarkey, to see her son, James Malarkey, injured in an automobile wreck. Mr. Drennen, fining the elevator out of commission, started down the marble steps with the chair and fell striking his head. He died within 2 hours. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
Mrs. Lucinda Fields passed away on Saturday night at her home on East Fork in Boyd County. She was 90 years of age, the oldest woman living in that vicinity. Death followed a short illness of infirmities of age. She was the wife of Anderson Fields and had resided in that community about 50 years. She was a native of Tennessee. Since girlhood she had been a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by about a hundred descendants, ???? whom are 3 sons and a daughter, James Fields of Ashland, John Fields of East Fork, and ??? Fields of Greenup and Miss Rose Fields, 34 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and ?? great-great grandchildren, also survive. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
Capt. Fletcher Garrett died Saturday at Catlettsburg, age 76. Burial Tuesday in Catlettsburg cemetery. Edmond Garrett of Columbus and Mrs. Amos Tyree of Annapolis, MD are the only surviving children. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1924
HALSTEAD, Nat W.
Bardstown, KY, May 30—Nat W. Halstead, 71 years old, attorney, died this morning, after he was stricken with apoplexy in the Nelson Circuit court, where he was preparing to make a plea for the freedom of Mrs. Beulah Vance Lindsay, on trial in the slaying of her first husband. Mr. Halstead was one of the most prominent attorneys in Central Kentucky. He had been county attorney of Nelson County for 24 years and had devoted his time to his large private practice since his retirement from office 16 years ago. Mr. Halstead was the son of Dr. J. S. Halstead of Breckinridge, MO. The father is 106 years old and is said to be the oldest living Mason in the United States. Nat Halstead also was a Mason. A native of Missouri and graduate of the University of Missouri, Mr. Halstead moved to Nelson County 50 years ago. His widow was formerly Miss Sue Muir. He moved to Bardstown in 1877 and began the practice of law with Jasper W. Muir. In addition to his father and widow, 6 daughters survive. They are Mrs. Margaret Fulton, Mrs. T. B. Nichols, Jr. Mrs. Walter Featherstone, Mrs. Russell Hager of Paintsville, Mrs. Fred M. Vaughan, wife of the Secretary of State in the Morrow Administration, and Mrs. Clifton Atherton of Louisville. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1924
LITTERAL, C. V.
Pikeville, KY, Jun 21—The theory that C. V. Litteral, 23, C & O telegraph operator of Harold, KY had drowned while bathing in the river at that point, Thursday morning was confirmed Saturday when his body was accidentally discovered on a sand bar at Betsy Layne, KY, 2 miles below the point of drowning. Litteral was night operator at Harold. At 7 a.m. Thursday he went to the river alone and when he failed to return in the afternoon a search was instituted and his clothes were found on the river bank adjacent to a deep reach of water. Divers was employed but their efforts to find the body prove futile. Litteral is the son of J. C. Litteral, C & O section man at Ashland, KY, and has been located at Harold for 2 years. Shortly before going on duty, Litteral remarked to associates that he was going to “cool himself” in the river. Litteral then went in the direction of the river. After having been away from the office for several hours, and as it was getting late in the afternoon, companions began a search for him. At the river bank they discovered his clothes. Several of the men who were good divers made a thorough examination of the water nearby, but could find no trace of the body until Saturday. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Miller Undertaking parlors in Ashland. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. He was born at Music, Carter County, KY, Aug 20,1904. He leaves his parents, 4 sisters, Mrs. Grace Williams of South Ashland, Mrs. Mason Bates of Jochin, WV, Mrs. O. R. Stewart of Denton, KY, Mrs. Henry Evans of Grayson, KY. He also leaves 7 nieces and 3 nephews. The Rev. E. R. Overly preached the funeral sermon. Burial followed. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
MOORE, Stanley Alonzo
Stanley Alonzo Moore died Saturday evening Jun 14 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Picklesimer, in Louisa. Thus ended the sad story of a long and hopeless fight against tuberculosis. It had been evident for quite a long time that he was afflicted with the white plague. When death came to his relief he was in his 22nd year, having passed his 21st birthday last December. About 3 months ago he returned from Arizona where he went in hope of getting relief. Stanley was a son of William H. Moore and Inez Moore, both of whom are dead. The mother passed away when Stanley was only 11 months old. She was a sister of Mrs. James Picklesimer and the latter brought Stanley to her home in Louisa and tenderly cared for him until the day of his death. She and her husband, could not have given better treatment to a child of their own than they did to this orphan boy. The father died in Nov 1922. Stanley is survived by a brother, Marvin, age 23, 2 half-brothers and a half-sister, who live at Rush with their mother, now in very ill health. The funeral took place Monday morning at the M. E. Church, South, of which Stanley was a member. Rev. Jernigan preached a very comforting sermon. The body was taken to a family burial ground near Irad and placed by the side of his mother. 21 persons made the trip of 8 miles from Louisa to Irad the pall bearers were young friends, all telegraph operators, as follows: George McGuire, Will McGuire, Johnson Calloway, Lindsay Wilson, Tom Carey and Dan Carter. Stanley was a telegraph operator and had been employed in that capacity by the C & O railway for a few years. He was industrious and did not give up the work until forced by ill health to do so. His death brings sadness to all who had known him. He was honest, clean and highly respected. Big Sandy news, Jun 20, 1924
Ashland, KY, Jun 19—Oscar Mullins, 35 years old, a huckster traveling on a regular route between Greenup and Old Town, his home, in Greenup County, was found lying dead beside the road this morning near Buffalo Furnace, with his head and shoulders mutilated by wounds, apparently inflicted by a shotgun. It is believed by authorities that Mullins was held up and shot by someone who knew of the considerable sum of money he was accustomed to carry home on his return journeys. Buffalo Furnace is situated at a lonely spot in the road, with dense shrubbery and overhanging trees. Mullins was married several years ago to Miss Myra Oakes, daughter of Rev. Oakes, well known Christian minister. He was pastor of the Christian Church in Greenup for some years and since has been preaching in many parts of that country. The murder victim is survived by his wife, parents, and several brothers and sisters. Most of the relatives live at Argillite. Big Sandy News, Jun 27,1924
OWENS, Emma A.
Funeral services for Mrs. Emma A. Owens, aged 78, widow of Edward Owens, Civil war veteran who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Hinchman in Huntington Thursday night were held Sunday afternoon at the Sandy Bell Church on Whites Creek, Wayne County. She is survived by 2 sons, the one daughter, 13 grandchildren, and one great grandchild, all of Huntington. Mrs. Owens moved to Huntington several years ago following the death of her husband at their home in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1924
Maloneton, KY, Jun 2, 1924
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In the death of Johnny Phelps, little son of B. F. Phelps, one of our best citizens, formerly of Van Lear, has occurred one of the saddest accidents that has visited our vicinity for years. Among the children of our neighborhood he was one of the brightest, one of the kindest, and at the same time, one of the ??? and bravest. To know him was to love him. At very door he had a hearty welcome and he never failed to bring sunshine to the inmates of whatever home he entered. On the 24th of April he was bitten by a rabid dog belonging to his uncle living just across the road from the Phelps residence, the wound being only a small speck below the ??? angel of the right eye. As another dog frequently seen with this one had been killed for hydrophobia a short time before and as this one had been unusually surly for a day or two, he was suspected to having rabies and was confined. Mr. Phelps being away from home at the mines at Van Lear, the owner of the dog went to Greenup and related the case to a physician, who advised him to go home and kill the dog and bring him the head then next morning. This was done and the head sent away for examination. Two more days passed before the doctor was authorized to proceed with the case.
The examination of the head disclosed the awful fact that the dog had a genuine case of rabies. In the meantime, Mr. Phelps had been dispatched for and had come home in time to take Johnny to Greenup for his first injection, which was on the 28th of the month. The doctor continued the treatment 20 days, administering in all 21 injections. It was now the 18th of May and as the doctor had ??? Johnny that there was not a disease germ in his body, everybody hoped that he had escaped the awful consequence that is supposed to follow the bite of a rabid dog. But, alas, we all make mistakes. It seems that the period of incubation was all this time secretly, stealthily but surely, running its course, for after having complained of headache for nearly a week, Johnny fell sick on the 24th, just one month after the bite, still complaining of the headache and a tickling sensation about the ??? of the wound. The scar, which had become almost invisible, again reddened up and to the touch had the feeling of a little lump. His tongue became heavily coated and he for a few days slobbered profusely, the saliva sometimes streaming to the floor of his being lifted to his feet. His pulse had quickened and when lifted to his feet he would quake like a leaf. This tingling sensation which first appeared at the seat of the bite, gradually extended to his arms and then to his legs. It was intermittent, and when it would strike him, he would flinch. On one occasion when it first reached his arms he suddenly exclaimed, “Mamma rub my arm, it tickles.” Then turning over on his side, he said, “Mamma there must be something wrong with me.” While we were particular not to mention in his presence the bite he seemed to suspect it. We had tried to hope it was nothing worse than typhoid fever and had talked of its possibility in his presence.
In the meantime the doctor had been sent for but didn’t come. An unsuccessful attempt was made on each of the other doctors of Greenup, Dr. Edginngton of Fullerton was called, as soon as he entered the door, Johnny said, “Doctor, I’ve been bit by a mad dog.”
After making the examination the doctor left some medicine but would not promise to come back, assuring the party that had one after him that the was no use. This was on the 28th of the month. However, he was prevailed upon to come back on the next day. During the short time that he was there the little fellow had entered one of those short periods of tranquility that occasionally came to him, and the doctor ??? himself as agreeably surprised and even suggested that there might yet be a chance. Death came at half past three next morning. After the first two of three days of Johnny’s illness his mind was almost constantly in a state of delirium. He saw all kinds of strange objects. He held wild fretting steeds that were trying to run, he fought the other boys because they would not let him out of the boat, he rode the trains, he played ball, he played marbles.
This case differed from the ordinary cases of hydrophobia in man. Usually the patient cannot drink water and the attempt to do so throws him into a fit of choking convulsions., the sight of water or of anything having the appearance of water as the light reflected from a mirror, a rippling sound, or even the passing of a gentle breeze across the cheek will bring on these convulsions. This symptom was entirely absent in the case of Johnny Phelps. Again, the period of recurrence that begins at the end of the incubation period and lasts until death, usually brings life to a close within 3 days. Johnny lived a week. (Note: there are several more paragraphs about the disease I have chosen not to include.) Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1924
Norman Prater, 10? Years old, of Bosco, was fatally injured Saturday night when he was run over by a freight train at Midas on the S. V. & E branch of the C & O. The injured boy was taken to a hospital at Martin, a few miles from the scene of the accident, where he died a few hours later. His head and chest were badly crushed, according to the reports. The railroad men stated that the boy had apparently fallen asleep on the railroad tracks and had failed to hear the train. His body was turned over to his relatives for the funeral which was held Monday. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
On the morning of the 17th of June 1924, while the earth was yet wrapped in darkness, the death angel visited the home of Stephen Queen, at ????, KY and claimed for its victim the loving wife. Lizzie Queen was born Jan 31, 1872, being 52 years 4 months and 16? days old at death. She had been in bad health for some time and had make a heroic struggle for master of the disease but the blighting arm of the destroyer had been …..(can’t read). Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
Tom Rice, ?56 years old, well known Catlettsburg citizen died at his home there after an illness of a few days. His death was due to heart trouble. Mr. Rice was taken ill Wednesday although his condition was not thought serious. He was a man of large build and it was thought that complications which set in hurried his death. He was a traveling salesman and was widely known in the Big Sandy Valley. He spent most of his life in Catlettsburg. He is survived by his wife and one stepson, Morton Lanning of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1924
SEE, Samuel F.
Samuel F. See, 35 years old, Rising Sun, IN, superintendent of construction of Ohio River Lock and Dam No. 38, being built by the government at a point a few miles below Rising Sun, was electrocuted Monday morning when he picked up an electric wire which the storm of Sunday night blew across the road. See was enroute from his home in Rising Sun to the dam in his automobile when he saw the wire lying across the road. He stopped his car and alighted to remove the wire from the path of the car. His death is said to have taken place almost instantly after he grasped the wire. Information of see’s death was received by Major A. K. B. Lyman, officer in charge of the Cincinnati District Corps of Engineers, within a short time after the accident. See had been an employee of the Cincinnati Engineering District for approximately 3 years. Cincinnati Enquirer
The sad news of the death of Mr. See reached here Monday morning. He is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Crit See, of this place, to whose home the body was brought, reaching here Tuesday evening. He was married by Rev. H. B. Hewlett several years ago to Miss Fay Hensley, only daughter of C. E. Hensley, of this place. She and 3 children survive. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. See, 7 brothers, David G. See, Portsmouth, OH, Wayne See and Clyde See of Rising Sun, IN, Fred See, Point Pleasant, WV, Alvis See, John See, James See, all of Louisa, and 4 sisters, Mrs. Lace Branham, Miss Pansy See and Miss Marie of Louisa and Mrs. James Stump of New Boston, OH. In a family of 12 children he was the first to be claimed by death. Funeral services are to be held at the Baptist Church, on Thursday afternoon. Rev. b. F. Hyde, pastor, will conduct the service, Rev. H. B. Hewlett assisting. The Mason, Oddfellows and the Klan took part in the funeral as the deceased was a member of all these organizations. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
Mrs. Emily Taylor, 84 died at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. A. H. Davis at midnight Tuesday night. Mrs. Taylor was formerly of Leitchfield, KY, but during the past 2 years had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. A. H. Davis of this city. Most of that time she had been an invalid. She recently suffered a stroke of paralysis from the result of which her death followed, Pike County News, Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1924
At 2 p.m. Thursday, 26th, Jimmy, son of Lindsay Thompson, of Ellen, died at the hospital in Louisa, where he was brought 2 or 3 days ago hopelessly ill of peritonitis. He was only 16 years of age. He was a nephew of Judge T. S. Thompson and brother of Mrs. Drew Adams and Mrs. Ray Wilson. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
James Turner died at Lexington Monday of typhoid. A wife and 2 little daughters, 2 and 8 years old survive. He was the youngest brother of Mac and Phil Turner, both well known here. He lived at Winchester until recently, when he moved to Lexington. The body was taken to the old home in Maryland for burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 13, 1924
VINSON, Frank M.
The death of Frank M. Vinson, whose illness was mentioned in last week’s issue of this paper, expired on Thursday night, Jun 19th, at 11 o’clock after an illness of 9 days of tetanus. Francis Marion Vinson was born in Lawrence County, KY, Jun 17, 1869. He was the son of Lazarus (Lace) Vinson and wife. When he was about 14 years of age the family moved to Wayne County, WV, where he lived until 15 years ago, when he with his family came to Louisa to make their home. He was married Jan 11 1893 in Louisa to Miss Zea Reynolds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Reynolds. She and 6 children survive: Mrs. Shirley Compton of Louisa, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell of Lundale, WV, Mrs. Brooke Hatchet, of Louisa, Forest Dorothy and Ray at home. Mr. Vinson had been a member of the Masonic order about 32 years, his membership being in Vinson Lodge in Fort Gay, WV. He was a man of sterling qualities and loved by all who knew him, and was a husband, father, son, brother and friend to be proud of. Although he had never united with any church he was a Bible student and loved to read and talk of the Scripture. As he told his friends the first day of his fatal illness he tried to live each day ready to meet his Savior.
He leaves his mother, wife, 4 daughters, 2 sons, 8 brothers, and 4 sisters. All the near relatives except one brother and his mother, who were prevented by ill health, attended the funeral. From a distance were Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Vinson, Mr. O. J. Vinson, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Peters, Mrs. D.B. Hardwick, Mrs. Ben Pinson, Mrs. Myrtle Crum, Mr and Mrs. J. M. Bromley and daughter, Miss Sayde Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Reynolds, Mrs. Charles M. Crutcher, Miss Marie See, Mr. J. J. Vinson, Mr. Ben F. Vinson, and Rev. A. M. Dial, all of Huntington, WV, Dr. J. F. Reynolds, Mt. Sterling, KY, Mr. and Mrs. I. J. James and son David of Williamson, WV, Mr. Benton Reynolds and daughter miss Neola of Gary, WV, Mr. L. K. Vinson and daughter, Miss Carrie, and sons, Alex, L.K., Jr., Millard and Gerald, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vinson and daughter, Virginia Hazel, and son, Ruby Queen, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Vinson and sons, Garrett, Olen and Denver Lee, Miss Arlene Vinson, Mr. Z. T. Vinson and little son, Ireland, Mr. S. P. Vinson, Miss Carrie lee Vinson, and Mr. D. W. Vinson of Glenhayes, WV, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Branham and little son of Clifford, KY, Mrs. Frances Williamson, of Saltpetre, WV, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Vinson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maynard of Donithon, Mrs. W. S. Vinson, Mr. and Mrs. Lace Vinson of Vinson Branch, Mrs. Hatler Mitchell of Lundale, WV, also Miss Dorothy Vinson who was attending summer school at Man,, WV and Congressman Fred M. Vinson who was called home from Cynthiana, KY.
A very impressive funeral service was conducted at the residence on Lock Avenue Saturday morning by Rev. B. F. Hyde, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, Rev. A. M. Dial, of Huntington, and a former pastor of the Louisa Christian Church, taking part in the service. The burial took place in Fairview cemetery at Fort Gay, WV, a long line of automobiles carrying relatives and friends to that place. Members of the Masonic lodge attended in a body and conducted their part of the ceremonies. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
Orville Wallace, 36, of Huntington, died on the way to a hospital in a car, after having been found near Edrington in a dying condition with throat and wrist lashed. He was found in a hollow near the road, at 9 o’clock Sunday morning and taken to a doctor. His wounds were dressed and he was put on a freight train to be taken to a hospital, and as the train neared Greenup, he asked ????? for a drink of water and in his absence leaped from the open door. He was practically unhurt by the leap, and got to his feet and walked across the track and fell. He was picked up again and died while the car rushed him to the nearest hospital. There is much mystery attached to the death of the man he left Huntington with a ticket to Cincinnati, according to his brother, who left him at the station. Why he should be near Greenup is a puzzle to the authorities. According to his story to Sheriff Callahan, of Greenup, he was attached and robbed, but his action after being place on the freight train, would indicate that he had tried to commit suicide. Residents near the place where the man was found say they saw him get off a freight train the afternoon before accompanied by a bobbed haired blond in knickers. The girl was not seen afterwards, and no trace of her can be found. A note to his mother saying, “A girl was the cause of it all,” was found in one of his pockets. According to his family he was not associated with girls since his school days. His body was taken to Huntington last night for burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1924
Samuel Wheeler, 29 years old, deaf and dumb, died in the King’s Daughters’ hospital Saturday night of injuries received when he was run down by an automobile driven by an unknown man, near Belleford Crossing Wednesday morning at Ashland. The driver of the mysterious auto speeded up his machine after hitting the unfortunate man and the authorities have so far been unable to establish his identity. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1924
During the past 2 weeks it developed that the C & O pump man at Stoney Point who was drowned was not Fred Rankins but Fred Workman his former home being in Kentucky near Big Sandy. The man’s father J. H. Workman, reading of the death of Rankin, which was the maiden name of Mr. Workman’s wife, went to Dover and identified the picture of Rankins as that of his own son, who left his home in Kentucky 5 years ago last April, and had not been heard from since. After he was gone 2 years his wife, secured a divorce. She is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Savage. Fred Rankins Workman was married to Anna Daniels, age 21, of Dover, Jan 16, 1923, by H. P. Parnell, County Judge of Mason County. Workman seemed to have plenty of friends anywhere he went and everybody thought well of him at Dover. He was 33 years old. Friends there say he had suffered severe pain with his teeth and during the night before he was drowned he took 21 aspirin tablets. Next morning, May 14th he and 2 friends started to Ripley to have his teeth treated and he fell from the boat and was drowned. The water was so swift that their efforts to save him were all in vain. It is believed the aspirin tablets caused his death. No one knew anything as to his whereabouts from the time he left until they read of his death and they were all deeply grieved over his sad death and anxiously awaiting the recovery of the body. Big Sandy News, Jun 13, 1924
ATKINSON, George W.
George W. Atkinson was on our streets last week, but today he is in his grave. He became ill the latter part of the week and his condition was recognized as serious. After some improvement on Monday evening he was stricken early Tuesday morning with was proved to be the fatal attack. An ambulance was called about noon and he was taken to Huntington accompanied by Mrs. Atkinson, J. N. Marcum, and Dr. Hardwick. He died about 9 o’clock that night. The body was returned to Louisa on Wednesday. Funeral services were held from the residence at 4 o’clock. Rev. R. B. Neal was in charge of the services assisted by Rev. Shafer of Huntington. The body was taken to Bluefield, WV Thursday morning for burial by the side of his mother. Mr. Atkinson was about 54 years old. He is survived by his wife, but no children. He was an active member of the Christian church. Mr. Atkinson was a native of Virginia and first came to Louisa when 19 years of age employed with an engineering party by the Guyandot Coal Land association, under J. Craig Miller. Then he was in business at Logan, Williamson and other West Virginia points for several years. When the Louisa waterworks was offered at public sale about 16 years ago, he bought it, and has lived in Louisa ever since giving his time chiefly to this business. He was a man of energy and public spirit. Mr. Atkinson’s health had not been good for 2 or 3 years. He was a sufferer from Brights disease and this caused his death. Uremic poisoning ended his life. The funeral was attended by a number of relatives from Huntington and by many Louisa friends. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1924
BERRY, Montgomery G.
Montgomery G. Berry has answered the last call that ever comes to earthly beings. On Wednesday, Jul 23, he passed into the Great Beyond, surrounded by sorrowing relatives and friends. His last illness extended over a period of several weeks during which time he grew gradually weaker. During the last few days he was scarcely able to speak and was in a state of coma most of that time. Soon after he became ill he expressed the belief that he would not recover. The funeral will be conducted from the residence Friday morning by Rev. F. P. Jernigan. The body will be laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery, by the side of loved ones who have gone before. Mr. Berry was 68 years old. He is survived by the wife, but no children. His 2 daughters died in young womanhood many years ago. Two brothers, Hiram Berry of Russell, KY and G. T. Berry of Ellen, also are survivors. We are sure no one will disagree with the statement that Lawrence County has no better citizen than M. G. Berry proved to be throughout his long life. He was born and reared in the county and lived here during his entire life. For more than 25 years he had been a citizen of Louisa. His life was an outstanding example of honor, integrity, clean living and sturdy citizenship. He was a leading member and official of the M. E. Church, South and since the death of Mr. Kennison had been teacher of the Men’s Bible Class in the Sunday school. All his life he had been a close student of the Scriptures. He was always on the moral side of every question that arose in the community, and there was never any doubt about it. His death is a real loss to the community. Big Sandy news, Jul 25, 1924
BILLUPS, Nancy (McClure)
Mrs. Nancy McClure Billups, one of the oldest and most highly respected women of Louisa passed away at her home last Sunday night. She was in her 91st year. She had been unusually active for one of her years until about 5 years ago when crippled by a fall since which time she had been confined to her room where she was tenderly cared for by only daughter, Mrs. John Cummings and family. Mrs. Billups was born and reared about 6 miles from Louisa and had lived in Louisa since her marriage. She was the daughter of William and Lucretia McClure. Her husband, Samp McClure, died many years ago. She is survived by 5 sons and one daughter, William H. Billups of Huntington, WV, George of Columbus, OH, James S. of Chillicothe, OH, Taylor B. of Louisa, KY, Robert S. of Washington, D. C. and Mrs. Ida Cummings of Louisa. The youngest son, John H. Billups died some years ago. The five sons and one grandson, Earl Billups, of Cincinnati were pallbearers at her funeral which was held Wednesday afternoon. Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Bloss and son, Corridon Bloss and daughter, Mrs. Hazel Bloss Bryan and little son, Gaines, Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Garred and son and daughter, Alex Garred and Mrs. Nina Crow, Mr. and Mrs. T. B. McClure and son and daughter, Lawrence McClure and Mrs. D. J. Hager of Huntington WV, John J. McClure, Joe P. McClure Frank McClure, Edgar McClure, their ??? from Gallup Morris McClure and his family from Kenova, WV, Mrs. Gordon Burgess of Kise Station and Ms. Julia Atkinson of Paintsville. (Note: there is a nice picture of her in the paper.) Big Sandy News, Jul 18, 1924
Nancy Billups was born in Lawrence County, KY, Oct 8, 1833, died at her home in Louisa, Sunday Jul 13, 1924, and was therefore, 90 years 9 months and 5 days old at the date of her death. She was one of a family of 17 children, all of whom are now dead, except, Prof. T. B. McClure, of Wayne WV and Mrs. Isaac Bloss of Huntington, WV, one of the oldest and most highly respected families of the Big Sandy Valley. The funeral services of the deceased were conducted at the M. E. Church, of which she was for more than half a century a faithful and efficient member and was participated in by Rev. F. P. Jernigan of the M. E. Church, South, and Rev. John Cheap of her own church each paying well deserved eulogy to the memory of this nonagenatian mother whose spirit lingered long past the allotted span, then slipped leash and put out for the unknown shore, over that wondrous sea that “never yet has borne the image of returning sail.” Big Sandy News, Jul 18,1924
BLACKBURN, Nellie C.
Noris—An infant child of Freelan Blackburn was scalded to death Sunday, while the mother was preparing a chicken for dinner, the child fell backward into the basin of scalding water, and death came in a few hours. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1924
BOOTHE, Nellie Marie
Nellie Marie Boothe, the little 5 year old daughter of Jack Boothe, who was badly burned Tuesday Jul 8, while with her playmates was playing with burning papers in front of her home, died Wednesday morning. Those left to mourn her loss, are her father and mother, 2 younger sisters, Artie and Bessie Lee and grandmother. Nellie was a bright child, loved by all who knew her, but God had called her and she must go. Big Sandy News, Jul 18, 1924
BOWE, James Hughes
Funeral services for James Hughes Bowe, age ?32, who died while serving with the U. S. Marine Corps in the West Indies Jun 18th, were conducted at Vinson Memorial Church in Westmoreland Tuesday morning. The deceased was the son of Lafayette Bowe. He is survived by his mother, 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1924
Prestonsburg—Funeral services for Ezra Calhoun 23 year old, who was killed Sunday, in an automobile accident in Ashland, were held Tuesday in the Presbyterian Church. Rev. Isaac Stratton, of Ivel, conducted the services. Ezra is survived by his mother, Mrs. James Frasure and a sister, Mrs. Theodore Burchett. He was a barber. The pall bearers were Hensley’s concert ban, of which he was a member. He was also a member of Catlettsburg B.P.O.E. Remains were interred in Weddington Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 18, 1924
Mrs. Isabel Childers died last Friday, Jul 18th, at the home of her son, Leonard Childers, at Salt Peters, WV. Mrs. Childers lived in Louisa some years ago. She has made her home among her children since leaving here. She is survived by 3 sons and one daughter, Will, of Huntington. She was 82 years 8 months and 3 days old. The body was taken to Gallup to the family burial ground for interment. Big Sandy News, Jul 25,1924
COMPTON, J. R.
Sorrow enshrouded our community when death claimed J. b. Compton on Friday morning Jun 13?. His spirit winged its way to Heaven just as the sun was peeping over the hills. He had been sick several months and though all was done that his loved ones could do, yet his days were numbered and he fell asleep to sleep the sleep that knows no waking. Mr. Compton was born in Tazewell Co., VA Apr 21, 1844. When a small boy his parents moved to Blaine Creek and purchased the farm now owned by the widow of Squire John Compton. At this place he was married to Martha Kinner and went to housekeeping on a part of the Kinner estate at Buchanan where their entire married life of 54 years was spent.
No death in this community has caused deeper sorrow than “Uncle Jake’s” as he was familiarly called. He was always happy and cheerful and cast a ray of sunshine wherever he went. He was a veteran of the Civil War and the last member of his company to answer his call. His captain, J. F. Hatten, survives alone. In June 1919 he was converted under the ministry of Rev. J.H. Dawson and in 1921 was baptized and became a member of Prichard Memorial M. E. Church, South. He was a faithful attendant as long as he was able and came a few times when he would become ill and have to leave the services. The funeral and burial was at Buchanan Chapel Sunday morning conducted by his pastor, Rev. O. P. Smith, whose words were such a comfort to the bereaved ones as he had been with him during his illness so much and Mr. Compton had given such ??? testimony of his salvation and being ready to go. He is survived by his widow, 6 sons who bore the body to the last resting place, and one daughter, Mrs. Dr. Allen Prichard. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1924
The following obituary follows the fatal accident to Ulysses Cordell, who was working on a building in Columbus. He married a sister of J. M. and Joe Cyrus of this place.
Ulysses Cordell was born Sep 26th, 1871 in Lawrence County, KY, departed this life Jun 24th, 1924 at Columbus, OH, age 52 years and 9 months. He was united in marriage to Miss Dellie(or could be Dollie) Cyrus Mar 1st, 1894. Was converted in Feb 1909 at Brushy Fork United Baptist church, where he remained a faithful member until his departure, being Asst. Supt. Of the Bible school of the Brushy Fork United Baptist Church. He was always about his Heavenly Father’s business. He was constantly striving to help others to live a better life. He came to his death by a fall, living 13 hours afterward. He was unconscious from the time he fell until his death. For a month of his last days on earth he was counseling and advising his family along the line of Christian duties. Last Thursday morning he was in his usual health, when he kissed his wife, and said good bye the last time. He seemed to have some foresight of his death. He expressed strong faith that his brothers and friends would meet him in Heaven. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, one son, Oscar, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1924
Wesley Crabtree died Tuesday at a hospital in Louisa from the effects of pistol wounds inflicted by William Presley near Hicksville, this county. Presley escaped to Ohio but was brought back by W. L. Webb, Wednesday and lodged in jail. The shooting occurred last Monday on the farm of Will Daniels, where the two men met by chance. Crabtree was there talking with Daniels, when Presley came along. Daniels feared trouble and tried to get Crabtree to leave, it is said. Crabtree was sitting by a fence, whittling. Presley asked him if he had said he intended to “settle” with him at the first opportunity. Crabtree denied having said it. Presley then told him to put away his knife. Crabtree arose, it is said, and called the attention of Tom Daniels to the fact that the blade of his knife was broken and that he could not hurt anyone with it. Presley, it is alleged again, told him to put the knife away, but Crabtree did not obey him. It is said that Presley then fired four shots into his body as rapidly as he could pull the trigger. One shot plowed through the stomach, making a fatal wound. Two balls lodged in his arm and one in the thigh. He was brought to the hospital at Louisa, but nothing could be done for him. There had been trouble between the men for some time, said to have been due to some talk about a member of Presley’s family. Crabtree leaves a wife and 4 children and Presley has a wife and 3 children. They had lived in the same neighborhood for a number of years. Big Sandy news, Jul 4, 1924
Hewlett, WV—The people of this place were shocked when the sad news reached here Saturday that Elba Dean of Kenova had been killed at Lenore. Just how Mr. Dean met his death is not yet known. He had lived at Hewlett for several years before going to Kenova. His body was brought here Monday and burial in the Hewlett Cemetery by the side of his first wife, who was formerly Miss Grace Land. One son, Homer, of his first marriage survives. He was later married to Miss Emma Howard. To this union were born 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, who all survive. He leaves besides his wife and children an aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Dean, 5 brothers, all of Kenova. The burial was conducted by the Masonic Order. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1924
Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Friend were conducted Sunday afternoon at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. G. T. Hatcher, where her death occurred Friday night. Rev. B. F. Hyde, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, conducted the services. Burial took place on Pine Hill. Mrs. Friend was 87 years of age and had been a life-long resident of this place. Of 7 children she is survived by 2 daughters Mrs. Ruth Hatcher and Mrs. Susan Pryle, of Columbus OH. There are also 12 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1924
GAMBILL, Nathan O.
Nathan O. Gambill, of Caines Creek, died Monday at his home. He was nearly 80 years old. Death came suddenly, after he had eaten a hearty meal. One of his daughters is Mrs. Noah Wells. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1924
GIBSON, John M.
A sad accident occurred at Wayland Monday afternoon, Jun 23, 1924, when John M. Gibson and Acie Milby, the former a single man, and the latter a married man with a wife and 3 children, were caught under a fall of slate and were crushed to death. The funeral services took place at Wayland Methodist Church Tuesday morning. They were conducted by Rev. C. B. Morris, Judge Sexton and James F. Pennybacker. After the services the bodies were taken in charge by the Knights of Pythias and the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, of which orders young Gibson was a member, and interment was made in the family cemeteries about 6 miles from Wayland. Pitsburg Post. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1924
Ben Johnson, 5 year old son of Walter Johnson, prominent Catlettsburg man, was almost instantly killed yesterday afternoon at one o’clock when he was struck by an eastbound Chesapeake and Ohio passenger train number 6. The child, who went to his death in the gaze of several terror stricken witnesses, toddled across the tracks in front of the train’s engine several hundred feet east of the passenger station at Catlettsburg. He was hurled aside by the impact and died a minute later from injuries to his head and body. The engine did not pass over his body it was reported. A physician, who was a passenger on the train, hurried to the side of the body, immediately after the accident to render attention, but he told train officials that he was beyond medical aid. He stepped back on the train before his name was learned. An inquest was conducted and a verdict was returned to the effect that the child’s death was an accident.
According to the story of the witnesses in the coroner’s investigation the child had apparently wandered away from his home on lower Broadway. It was the opinion of witnesses that it would have been impossible for the engineer to have avoided running down the child. His father is a salesman for the Watts-Ritter Dry Goods Company at Huntington and is well known in the tri state region. Funeral services at the residence tomorrow afternoon with burial in the Ashland Cemetery. The child is survived by his father, Walter Johnson, his step mother, Mrs. Walter Johnson, 2 brothers, Chauncey and Walter Thomas Johnson and one sister, Susannah Johnson. His mother died when he was an infant more than 4 years ago. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1924
Tuscola—Tuesday morning the brittle cord snapped and the spirit of Dola Jordan returned to the God who gave it. He remarked that he wasn’t afraid to die, which emphasized, the fact that all should be brave enough to meet what all have to meet. It will come to all. His mortal remains were laid to rest by the side of his mother in the Watson graveyard Wednesday morning. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1924
The death angel visited the home of Orville Jordan and took from him his oldest son, Dola James Jordan, who was born Sep 16, 1902 and departed this life Jun 24, 1924. He leaves to mourn his loss father, stepmother, 3 brothers and one sister and a host of friends. He was laid to rest by the side of his mother in the Watson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1924
Rev. Lambert, pastor of the Methodist Church at Welch, WV, was killed and his wife’ skull was fractured when their automobile left the road and fell over a precipice. He had just returned from the general conference at Chattanooga. Big Sandy news, Jul 11,1924
LAWFORD, T. C.
T. C. Lawford, 23, mining engineer, for the Bottom Creek Coal and Coke company, at Vivian, McDowell County was killed by a fall of slate in the mines. Lawford leaves a wife who is a bride of 2 months. This is the second mining engineer to lose his life by a slate fall in the Pocahontas district recently. Maynard O. Gibbs, 32, mining engineer for the United States Coal and Coke company, at Gary, having lost his life by a slate fall last Friday. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1924
The William McClure Family
William McClure was born Oct 12 and died at age of 71 years.
Lucretia McClure was born Aug 10, 1798 and died at the age of 62 years.
Children: Joseph P. born Jan 23, 1817, Elizabeth born Apr 30, 1819; Mary Ann born Aug 5, 1822, George J. C. born Nov 15, 1823; Ellen born Jun 28, 1825; Rebecca born Jan 5 1827; ?Alazanah? born Oct 5 1828; Sarah born Jul 16, 1830; Strother born Mar 19, 1832; Nancy C. born Oct 8, 1833; William, Jr. born May 2, 1835; Julia P. born Feb 22, 1838; Albert G. H. born Jun 20, 1841; Stephen A. r. born Jun 20, 1842; Priscellia F. born May 14, 1844; Isaac T. born Jan 16, 1847. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1924
Funeral services for Ed?? Meddings, 16 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Meddings, of Guyandotte, who died in a hospital were held Sunday afternoon. The young girl’s death followed her attempt to commit suicide by drinking carbolic acid because her mother punished her for bobbing her hair against her wishes. She lived 24 hours after swallowing the poison. She is survived by her parents and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News Jul 11, 1924
MOORE, Stanley A.
Stanley A. Moore, son of W. H. and Inez Moore was born in Lawrence county, KY, Dec 23?, 1902?,. He departed this life Jun 14, 1924 to be with Him who said to His sorrowing disciples “ I shall come again and ???(unreadable)…. His mother died when he was 11 months old, and from that home he found a good home with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Picklesimer of Louisa, KY. Stanley was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, under the ministry of Rev. ??? Jan 21, 1918. He was also a member of the Men’s Bible Class of the First M. E. church, South. The funeral was conducted Jun 18, 1924 from the church. (There is a little more but very hard to read). Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1924
Buddy Rice, age 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Rice, was instantly killed in the mines of the Elkhorn Piney Coal Mining Company at Weeksbury, KY on Jul 16 by a fall of slate which crushed out the life of the young man. Young Rice was married and the father of 2 children and had the reputation of being a very industrious and law abiding young man. The Rice family are well known in this county and resided on their farm on Middle Fork up until a few years ago when they moved to Floyd County and engaged in the mining business. Jake Rice is a son of the late Elliott Rice and is related to the Rice family of Johnson County. The dead man was exactly 27 years old on the day of his death, the fateful day being his birthday. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1924
News of the death of Miss Louise Robinson brought sorrow to her many friends in Louisa. She was from Georgetown, KY and came to Louisa as a teacher in the high school in Sep 1922. The past year she was a teacher of languages in the Welch, WV schools. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Robinson and 2 sisters survive. Her death followed an illness and operation for appendicitis. After funeral services at the home in Georgetown the body was taken to Smithfield, KY, where burial took place on Saturday, Jul 5th. Miss Robinson was very popular among the younger social set both here and in Ashland, having visited there a number of times. She was a very lovable young lady possessing a pleasing personality and made a host of friends every place she was known. Big Sandy news, Jul 18, 1924
Miss Susie Sammons who lived with her mother near Grahn, died of typhoid fever at Ashland hospital and was buried at Counts Cross Roads Monday. For several years Miss Sammons had taught school in West Virginia. Many relations and friends of West Virginia, Ashland and Grayson attended the funeral. Miss Sammons was a sister of John Sammons, who was at one time an editor of one of the local papers. Grayson Journal. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1924
Williamson, WV, Jun 29—Miss Dona Smith, 19, an operator in the Williamson telephone exchange was killed instantly today when a car in which she was riding in West Williamson was run into by a heavier car and throw over a high embankment. Her companion, Andy Herald, also an employee of the telephone company was severely injured and is in the hospital. Miss Smith, who had been employed in the local telephone exchange from some time, came here from Dunlow, Wayne County, where her parents reside. Her remains will be sent there tomorrow. The occupants of the car which caused the death of Miss Smith had not been apprehended tonight, though police were on the lookout in Williamson and nearby towns. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1924
STAFFORD, John Albert Hoge
John Albert Hoge Stafford, ?80 years old prominent resident of Barboursville, dropped dead Friday about 3 o’clock, a short distance east of his home, where he had gone with his son, Gilbert Stafford to look over a farm which he planned to purchase. He had been ill since last December of heart trouble but appeared as well as usual when he left home. An hour later a telephone message reached Mrs. Stafford with the information her husband had suddenly died while inspecting a farm. MR. Stafford was born in Giles County, VA, where he married Miss Sarah Golden, when a young man. Twenty years ago Mr. Stafford moved from his Virginia home, to Thacker, Mingo County, WV, with his family. After spending 5 years at that place he again moved, this time to Barboursville, where he had lived since. He operated a small dairy farm and was interested in real estate in that section. He had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South since before his marriage. Mr. Stafford is survived by his widow 2 brothers, C. F. and ??? M. Stafford, both of Huntington and one sister, Mrs. Amanda Stafford of Pearisburg, VA and the following children, Mrs. Henry Clay of Barboursville Mrs. Bess F. Woodson of Roanoke, VA, Mrs. W. R. Henderson of Charleston, WV, Gilbert M. Stafford of Barboursville and Zeb Stafford now in business in Logan. Big Sandy news, Jul 18, 1924
Pikeville—Med Tackett, former deputy sheriff of Pike County, was shot and instantly killed in the J. B. Elkhorn Coal Company store at Hildason by Hubbard Branham, it is charged. According to reports, Tackett entered the store and attacked Branham and his brother by striking them with a revolver. He was shot 3 times. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1924
The death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Thompson and took their darling son, Jimmie, whom God had given to them for a few short years. Jimmie was sick for a few days only. He died in the hospital at Louisa. All was done for him that loving hands could do. Jimmie was a bright boy, 16 years of age, loved by all who knew him. He had a sweet smile and a kind welcome for everybody. He leaves to mourn his loss, father and mother, one brother, 7 sisters and a host of friends and relatives. The services were conducted at his home at Ellen, by rev. Sylvester Ball and Rev. George Al Thompson. He was laid to rest in the Thompson grave yard near the home of Dave Thompson. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1924
Olive Hill, KY, Jun 27—Charley Henderson, a young man of Olive Hill, late Wednesday ran down Frank Trambo, 80 years old, with his automobile and fatally wounding him. Mr. Trambo died Thursday. Mr. Henderson said that he was running at a moderate rate of speed, that when he saw Mr. Trambo he blew his horn and that Mr. Trambo stepped to the side of the road where he stood until the car was almost opposite him when he stepped in front of it. No one else saw the accident. Mr. Trambo was a farmer and lived on Upper Tygart about 8 miles from Olive Hill on the Midland Trail. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1924
On Sunday morning Jun 29, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Trent and claimed for its victim the father. He had been in ill health for quite a long time. All was done for him that loving hands could do, but God saw best to take him from this world of sin and sorrow. God honored him with a long life, he being 92 years 8 months and 7 days old. He was married twice and the father of 20 children A wife and 13 children survive him a great number of grandchildren. He was a good citizen and liked by all who knew him. The funeral was conducted at the church near his home by Rev. L. D. Bryan of Fort Gay. Mr. Trent spent most of all his life in Wayne County. He was an honest man, never turned anyone hungry from his door, always ready to lend a helping hand to the poor and those in need and distress. Big Sandy News, Jul 25,1924
WARD, Mahala (Porter)
Mrs. Mahala Ward died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Malissa Banfield. She was in her 91st year. The funeral was held Thursday morning at the Baptist Church. Rev. Stratton of Banner, KY assisted by Rev. B. F. Hyde, conducted the services. Interment in Fulkerson Cemetery followed. Mrs. Ward had enjoyed good health until about 2 months ago, since which time she was confined to her bed. She was born in Martin County, Mar 20, 1834, a daughter of Rev. Ben Porter, a Baptist preacher. When barely 15 years old she was married and her husband died at age 47. Besides Mrs. Banfield she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Sam Hannah of Crum, WV and 3 sons A. J. Ward of Ashland, Ali and Harmon Ward. She is a sister of Dr. Porter, who died in Louisa several years ago. Mrs. Ward joined the church in early life and had lived a consistent Christian life ever since. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1924
Mrs. Pauline Adams, aged 64, died Thursday morning at her home in Williamson after a 2 weeks illness with dysentery, a disease which in malignant form has caused a great deal of sickness and a number of fatalities in that section during the summer, says the Williamson, WV Republican. Mrs. Adams was born and reared at Paintsville, KY and was the widow of John H. Adams, who died here in 1906. She was a devout and consistent member of the Methodist Church and a woman of many fine traits of character. The aged mother of Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Mary C. Porter, past 83, survived her at Whitehouse, KY. Other surviving relatives are a sister, Mrs. Laura Witten of Whitehouse and 3 brothers, P. K. Porter of Sciotoville, OH, R. L. Porter of Wellston, OH and J. E. Porter of Ironton, OH. A stepson, Floyd Adams, of Huntington and a stepdaughter, Virgie Ward, of Inez, also survive. She also leaves a young grandson, W. O. Porter, Jr. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1924
Gallipolis, OH, Aug 10—While talking to a friend in the street last night, Grover Adkins was shot and killed, police declared by Jonas Epling of Manbar, WV, a life-long friend. Epling was arrested. Jealousy over alleged attentions paid Epling’s wife was the cause of the shooting, according to the police. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
ADKINS, John W.
John W. Adkins, 54, Auxier mine contractor, succumbed to injuries received when slate fell on him in a mine 2 weeks before, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital at 5:30 Friday morning in Ashland. Immediately after the accident occurred he was taken from Auxier to the hospital where it was found he suffered a broken spine, and was paralyzed from his hops down. He was apparently improving and relatives were hopeful of his condition, when they were notified of his relapse early Friday morning. Mr. Adkins who was born in Elliott County in 1866, was married in 1900 to Miss Chattie Daniels, the daughter of Mrs. H. J. Daniels, of Ashland. About 15 years ago they moved to Auxier, where they have since resided. Mr. Adkins was affiliated with both the Masonic and Odd Fellows orders. His survivors are his wife, one daughter, Miss Irene, 2 sons, Raymond and John Harvey, 2 brothers, Bruce Adkins of Jenkins and Jim Adkins of Duff, TN and a nephew, George VanHoose. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
ADKINS, Nancy (Young)
Death visited the home of Jonah Adkins and claimed from him his aged mother, Mrs. Nancy Young Adkins, who died Jul 30, 1924, aged ?? years 11 months and 21 days. Nancy Young was united in marriage to Hiram J. Adkins, in 18??. To this union was born 4 sons and one daughter, John M., Jesse, W. Z. and Jonah, the daughter, Mrs. Delila Christian, who preceded her to the glory land several years ago. At the age of ??she was converted and joined the Northern Methodist Church and lived a true Christian until the Lord was bet to call her home. She was a kind and loving mother and was a good neighbor and was liked by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 sons and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren besides a host of other relatives. “Grandma” was stricken with a paralytic stroke on ?? Saturday night before her death. Her suffering was great and she never knew anything more. Her sister, Mrs. Sarah Bates, and nephew were all present when the end came. Her funeral was preached by W. O. Spillman and Rev. Martin Berry. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery overlooking the home. Big Sandy news, Aug 8, 1924
Ashland, KY, Jul 29—Mrs. Garnet Alford, 18, of Cabin Creek, WV was in a hospital here tonight probably fatally wounded and police were seeking Wylie Childers, 22, of Greenup County, charged with shooting her during a quarrel at 8 o’clock this evening near the Bellefonte Country Club. Mrs. Alford was suffering from a wound in her neck, which, physicians say, will probably cause her death before morning. Mrs. Alford in company with Childers and a men known as “Scater” Adkins and Mamie Pruitt, both of Ashland, were in an automobile parked on a road to Greenup County, when the quarrel started, according to the story told police. Childers, Adkins and the Pruitt girl said, drew a revolver and fired on Mrs. Alford and then attempted to shoot the other girl but missed her. He fled in the automobile leaving his 3 companions stranded on the road. A passing motorist rushed Mrs. Alford to the hospital here. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1924
BISHOP, Nancy (Bowling)
The pale horse and its rider claimed for its victim Mrs. Nancy Bishop Jul 17, 1924. Nancy Bowling was born Mar 8, 1857. She was 67 years 3 months and 9 days old. At 17 years of age she was united in holy matrimony to George Bishop, in 1874. She was converted quite young and united with the church and was baptized and lived a devoted Christian until the Lord saw best to call her home. She leaves 5 sons and 3 daughters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Among them are 2 sisters and 7 brothers. Sister Bishop was known wherever she lived as a kind and loving woman to all her neighbors. Six years ago she claimed a deeper experience in her Christian faith and truly believed in the third angles message of our Lord and Savior soon coming and stated to her daughters 5 days before her death that she fully believed that she would rest but a short time in the grave and that Jesus would come and resurrect her from the grave and that she would have a part in the first resurrection. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1924
On Jul 18th death came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Bishop and in its choice of victims claimed the dear mother, Mrs. Nancy Bishop, widow of the late George Bishop. She had been sick for 10 weeks. She never failed a neighbor in distress. No night too stormy, no creek too high for her to go at their call. Many times a pain racked body and fevered brow were soothed into refreshing slumber y her capable hand. She was converted close to 40 years ago and united with the Brushy fork United Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member until her departure. She leaves to mourn her loss 8 children 5 sons and 3 daughters who are, Phillip with whom she made her home, Custer and Frank of that place and Monroe of Paintsville and Edgar of Williamson, Mrs. Lizzie Carter of Beaver, OH, and Mrs. Mary Curnutte of Williamson and one brother and one sister, Mrs. Shade Boling of Blaine and Mrs. Polly Porter of Paintsville, all of whom were present at her death and funeral. Her husband and 2 other sons preceded her to the glory world some years ago. She was taken suddenly ill with a severe pain in her head, the doctor was called and pronounced it neuralgia. She suffered for 10 weeks. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. V. Berry. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
BOGGS, Eva (Sparks)
Mrs. Eva Boggs, wife of Ossie Boggs died in Columbus, OH, on Monday morning of this week. She had been sick for quite a while, but her death was unexpected by relatives here. She is survived by her husband and 3 children. The family had lived in Columbus about 15 years. She was a daughter of L. T. Sparks of Martha, this county, and sister of Dr. H. H. Sparks of Louisa. Burial took place at Columbus. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
BORDERS, Ruth (York)
The widow of Leander Borders was found dead in bed last Thursday morning at her home near the mouth of Georges Creek, this county. She was about 70 years old. A daughter and granddaughter were living with her. Mr. Borders dies nearly 2 years ago. Before marriage, Mrs. Borders was Miss Ruth York, a sister of the late Andrew York of Catlettsburg. She is survived by a brother Ben York of Meridon, KS and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ann Peck of Des Moines, WA and Mrs. Alice Noe of Ranger, WV, also, by a son and daughter, and several grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
LITERAL, Mrs. Turner
Pikeville, KY, Aug 15—Turner Literal shot and killed his wife and John Burchett, whom he alleged he found in his own home at the head of Long Branch of Big Creek, Pike County, 25 miles from Pikeville, Thursday evening. A short time before the killing Literal had passed Burchett’s home, apparently on his way to Williamson, WV. Burchett asked permission to go to Literal’s home to use his razor. Literal’s suspicion was aroused and he returned home, he says, and when he reached home he found the children playing some distance from the house and Burchett and Mrs. Literal together. Both men used their revolvers, he claims in the course of which Burchett was shot 3 times and Mrs. Literal once, the ball taking effect in the back. Burchett died instantly and Mrs. Literal fell dead after running 75 feet from the house. Literal was arrested and brought to jail here today. He has 3 children, 2 boys, 8 and 6 years and a girl, 4. Burchett has a wife and 2 children but they recently separated. Both men were operating moonshine stills, it is said, and had formerly been in partnership. Sheriff Johnson and his deputies destroyed Burchett’s outfit after making the arrest. Big Sandy news, Aug 22, 1924
CAULIFLOWER, Mrs. Ber?
Mrs. Ber? Cauliflower, 52 years old, died at her home in Chesapeake, OH Thursday night after an illness of several months, She is survived by her husband, one brother, J. W. Mitchell of Wayne and 4 sisters, Mrs. Martha Collins of Chesapeake, and Mrs. Mary Bailey, Mrs. Cynthia Newman and Mrs. Emeline booth all of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Aug 29,m1924
CHILDERS, Isabelle (VanHoose)
Isabelle Childers, daughter of Jesse and Julia Vanhoose was born Nov 15, 1842. In the year of 1861 she was united in marriage to Marion Childers and to this union was born 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters as follows: William, Frank, and Wallace Tobe of this place, Leonard of Louisa route 2 and Jennie of Huntington, WV, Mary who deceased this life in the year of 1882. Also in the year of 1898 death came and took her husband from her side Yet she with patience bore her burdens and pains of old age until on Jul 18, 1924, the Lord said “It is enough”, and took her home. Her age was 82 years 8 months and 3 days. She was saved and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church when but a girl and remained a member of same until her death. She leaves one sister, Nancy Price, 4 sons and one daughter and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Just a few minutes before death came she lifted her hand and said “Lord take me now” and soon went home to be with Jesus. There are not many who have spent more time in reading God’s word than Mrs. Childers having read it through more than a dozen time and last finished reading it for the last time 2 weeks before her departure. The funeral service was conducted at the home of her son, William, by Rev. Odis Polley assisted by Rev. Lewis Peters in the presence of a very large congregation. The remains were laid to rest in the little mountain cemetery to wait the resurrection of the dead. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
COCHRAN, Mrs. Troy
The Williamson, WV Republican says: One dead and 3 injured was the toll of an accident at Borderland Sunday when a train struck an automobile driven by Troy Cochran of Borderland. Mrs. Troy Cochran is dead, her 2 children are slightly injured and Elizabeth York, of Kermit, who was riding in the automobile, is in a serious condition. Mr. Cochran miraculously escaped injury. Witnesses state that when he saw the train approaching he tried to speed the engine to get across the track but the engine stalled on the crossing. The car was carried nearly 150 yards before the train could be brought to a stop and was completely demolished. Mrs. Cochran’s remains were sent to Torchlight, KY where funeral was made. Big Sandy news, Aug 1, 1924
COLE, Rev. E. B.
Rev. E. B. Cole, formerly of this city died very unexpectedly at his home in Ironton Thursday. The body was taken to New Philadelphia, OH for interment. Rev. Cole had been ill for some time but was able to be around therefore his death was quite a shock to his family and friends. He is survived by his wife and a 15 year old son, Clarence, who is a student at Ironton High School. Mr. Cole had charge of the Brunswick Hotel here for some time. Mr. Lawyer the father of Mrs. Cole, resided with them here and is still with the family. Big Sandy news, Aug 29,1924
DAVIS, Col. R. L. (Dick)
Col. R. L. (Dick) Davis of Paintsville, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hollis Ward at Thealka where he had gone for a few days visit. Funeral services were held at his home last Sunday. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1924
Mt. Sterling, KY—A motor car driven by a man named Dennis of Maytown, Morgan County, was run into from behind above Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Friday night, when it stopped at a mud hole. The 10 year old son of Dennis was thrown through the windshield his jugular vein was slashed and he bled to death. The father was pinned under the steering wheel and unable to go to his son’s assistance. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1924
FITZPATRICK, H. H
Mr. H. H. Fitzpatrick, one of Prestonsburg’s oldest and most prominent men, died at his home on Second Street Thursday night of Bright’s disease. He had been sick for several months and had been away to specialist in various places, but nothing could be done. About 2 weeks ago he returned from St. Elmo, IN where he had been for treatment. Mr. Fitzpatrick was 73 years of age and for 35 years or more had been in the mercantile business in Prestonsburg. He had been circuit court clerk of Floyd County. He leaves a wife, one son, H. D. Fitzpatrick and a daughter, Mrs. C. Y. Ligon and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. He was interred in the family burying ground in the Weddington Cemetery Saturday. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1924
FRAZIER, Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone Frazier, 74 years old, died at his home in Huntington Tuesday morning after a short illness. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Frazier is survived by his widow and several children who lived in Kentucky. He had lived in Huntington several years. The body will be taken to Whitesburg, KY Wednesday Funeral services and burial to take place there. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1924
HANDLEY, E. W.
E. W. Handley, aged 65, died of heart failure at his home in Ashland Friday. His death was sudden. He had been up and around talking to members of the family 5 minutes before the time of his attack. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. H. R. Stafford of Tampa, FL, one son, Eri, of Gaston, Al, 3 sisters, Mrs. John Lockwood of this city, Mrs. E. a. Barnett and Mrs. J. A. Billups of Catlettsburg, 4 brothers, Frank of Washington, Ulysses, Clarence and William all of Ashland.-Independent. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1924
HAYES, Mrs. Willie
Adams—Mrs. Willie Hayes died at her home here Friday night, Aug 15. She had been sick for only a few hours and her death was very unexpected. She is survived by her husband and 3 boys. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
HOLBROOK, Mrs. Texie (Garrett)
Mrs. Texie Garrett Holbrook, wife of John B. Holbrook of Cincinnati, died there Saturday in her 37th year. She was born at Dickson, Wayne County, where funeral and interment was made. Surviving are Mrs. W. B. Garrett, of Dickson, the mother, a sister, Mrs. Eustace Adkins of Ceredo, and a brother, Fred M. Garrett, of Grand Rapids, MI. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1924
HOLLISTER, Rev. A. A.
Rev. A. A. Hollister, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, at Milton for the last 3 years and in the active ministry of the church for 32 years, died early Sunday morning in the C & O hospital in Huntington. He had been in declining health since last December when he was first stricken with heart disease and a complication of other troubles. He was obliged at that time to give up all active duties as the head of the Milton congregation, though he retained the pastorate of the church. Mr. Hollister was well and favorable known throughout this section in which he served the major part of his 32 years in the ministry of the M. E. Church, South, and his death will be widely and deeply mourned.
He was highly efficient and capable minister of the Gospel and was regarded as one of the strongest men in this conference of the church. He was the presiding elder of the Ashland district for one term and at different times held pastorates in Russell and other Kentucky communities. He leaves a wife and one son, Carl Hollister of Ashland. His funeral was held Monday afternoon from the M. E. Church, South, at Milton and burial was made there. Bishop ‘Darlington was in charge of the services, assisted by Rev. C. N. Coffman, Rev. A. M. Martin and Rev. H. L. Clay. Many years ago, while pastor of the Guyandotte, Mr. Hollister became a member of the Western Star Lodge No. 11 F & AM. His funeral was under the auspices of this body. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1924
HOWES, Henry S.
Henry S. Howes of Paintsville, died at a hospital in Ironton OH, early Wednesday morning. He had been suffering with diabetes the past 4 months. Gangrene followed a slight surgical operation a few days ago. He was a prominent lawyer and president of the Paintsville Bank & Trust Company. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Two daughters survive, Mrs. Lloyd Meade and Miss Mary Evelyn Howes. The body was taken to Paintsville Wednesday evening and funeral and burial services took place there on Thursday, under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which he had long been a member. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1924
Tom Jobe of Osie, this county, was killed near Newark, OH Tuesday night of this week. The body has been brought home for burial. His death was caused by jumping from a fast passenger train running at full speed. He was under arrest at the time and tried to escape from the officer by jumping through an open window. The train was stopped and his dead body was taken care of by the officer. John B. Johns, deputy sheriff of this county, went to Ohio Monday in search of Jobe, who has several indictments against him for disturbing public worship and other offenses of about the same importance. Mr. Johns found him and was bringing him home on a night train when Jobe made the fatal leap. Jobe was only 18 years of age. He is said to have caused considerable disturbance in his home community from time to time and several indictments were made by neighbors. He was a son of Smith Jobe, formerly a magistrate, who died a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
JORDAN, Dola J.
In memory of Dola J. Jordan who was born at Tuscola, KY, Sep 16? 1902 and departed this life Jun 24, 1924, age 21 years 9 months and 7 days. He was the oldest son of Orville Jordan, was loved by all that knew him. His illness was of long duration and he made not a murmur. He told his father sometime before his death that there was nothing between ham and the Lord and that he was not afraid to die and as David said, “Turn us again?? Lord, and cause they face to shine, and we shall be saved.” Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1924
KAZEE, Martha Jane
The death angel visited the home of Mart Kazee Sunday morning and took from him his loving wife, Martha Jane. She told her friends and relatives she was prepared to meet Jesus and asked them all to meek her in the better land. She leaves to mourn her loss besides husband, father, 2 children, Harmon of Grayson and Mrs. Virgie Johnson, of this place, and a host of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
Webbville—On Sunday, Aug 10th, the death angel visited the home of Mart Kazee, taking away his wife, Martha Jane. A few hours before her death she called the family and bid them good bye. She had been suffering about a year with cancer. At the age of 33? She joined the Baptist Church at Providence and during her short life had been a faithful Christian, helping everyone by a kind deed or one of her smiles and which ??? to be always present. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Johnson and after services she was laid to rest in the Webbville Cemetery. She leaves to mourn her death a husband, son and daughter, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. She was 54 years and 6 months old. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
KINNER, Margaret (Fannin)
Mrs. Margaret Kinner wife of “Dump” Kinner, passed away at her home on Bear Creek, near Buchanan, last Friday. She had been in failing health about 2 years, but her last illness was of only a few days duration. She was a Miss Fannin and was married to Theodore Kinner May 26, 1880. Eight children survive, all of whom were at her funeral which was preached last Sunday morning by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa, the pastor, Rev. O. P. Smith of Buchanan, assisting in the services. Mrs. Kinner was born Feb 13, 1862 and was therefore 62 years 6 months and 2 days old at the time of her death. She was converted and united with the M. E. church, South, in a meeting held by Rev. Isaac Fannin and Rev. John Martin at Mud Lick in 1878 and lived a consistent Christian life. A large crowd attended the funeral and burial, many coming from Catlettsburg, Ashland and Huntington. Mrs. Kinner was a sister in law of Mrs. M. G. Berry, of this place. Big Sandy news, Aug 22, 1924
In midst of life we are in death. This time it was Margaret Kinner, wife of Theodore Kinner. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Fannin, 62 years ago Feb 13 she came into the home of Lewis and Elizabeth Fannin. 18 years later she came into the life of Theodore Kinner as tenderly as lo?? Came in Eden’s beauty garden to help to lighten the burden for him, for God said it is not good for man to live alone. To this union was born 10 children, 2 died in infancy, 8 are still living: Scott, Allen and Green Kinner, Mrs. w. M. Faulkner, Mrs. Sherman Roberts, Mrs. W. M. Vanhorn, Mrs. Charles Riddle, all of Buchanan KY, and Mrs. Tolbert Bostick of Fullerton KY. Mrs. Kinner had been in poor health for several years but only seriously ill about 5 days. She bore her suffering without a murmur. She leaves to mourn her loss husband, 8 children 21 grandchildren, 2 brothers, W. M. Fannin of Estep, John D. Fannin of Ohio, one sister Mrs. Eliza McGlothlin of Estep besides other relatives. Her funeral was preached in the front yard of her beautiful home on Sunday morning Aug 17, by Bro. Hewlett of Louisa, assisted by Bro. O. P. Smith of Buchanan, surrounded by many sorrowing friends and relatives. From the home the body was conveyed to the cemetery at Buchanan Chapel encased in a beautiful lead colored casket, with many beautiful flowers and consigned by loving hand to the bottom of mother earth to await the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1924
Peter Kirk, aged 68? Died in Ashland after an illness lasting 5 weeks. His body was taken to the home of his son Wade Kirk, of Cannonsburg Monday and funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon. Interment in the family cemetery. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. B. Bayless of Kenova and Mrs. J. S. Kelly, of Kent, OH, and one son, Wade Kirk. Big Sandy News, Aug 29,1924
On Jul 30th just at the close of a beautiful day the death angle came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lakin and claimed the husband, Richard Lakin. While he had been sick for a long time his death came as a great shock to his many friends. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and 6 children, Sons, Claude Lakin of Westmoreland, Charles Y. Lakin of Huntington, Rev. Bascom Lakin of Ceredo, Jim Lakin of Fort Gay, 2 daughters, Mrs. Shirley Smith of Prichard, Miss Bertha at home. All these children were at his bedside when death came. He was a member of the Big Hurricane Baptist Church, and had been a Christian for many years. A few days before he left this world the wife entered the room and asked if there was anything she could do for him to ease the pain. He raised his weak and trembling hand and told her he was going up yonder. He also talked to a number of his friends who had gone on before, seeing them with an eye of faith. While here is a vacant place in the home that never can be filled, yet we can make the sacrifice as our loss is Heaven’s gain. He is from from pain and sorrow and is singing sweet songs around God’s bright throne. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Francis of Kenova and Rev. Ben Curnutte of Prichard. He was laid to rest in the Lakins cemetery to await the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
LAMBERT, Mrs. Cyrus
Funeral services for Mrs. Cyrus Lambert, 42 years old, member of a widely known Wayne County family, who died suddenly in Detroit last Tuesday night following a heart attack, were held Friday at the First Baptist Church at Kenova. The Rev. B. S. Akers of Ceredo conducted the services. Following the services the body was taken to the home of D. O. Simpson in Kenova. Interment was made Saturday in the family cemetery in Wayne County WV. Mrs. Lambert had been residing in Detroit for the last 8 years. She moved there with her family from Kenova. She was born at Cyrus, Wayne County, in 1882. She is survived by her father, Jesse Lambert, of Cyrus, one son, Carl, 2 daughters, Mrs. Charles Norman and Mrs. Olilda Magner and one brother John Cyrus, all of Detroit. Big Sandy news, Aug 8, 1924
LITERAL, Mrs. Turner
Pikeville, KY, Aug 15—Turner Literal shot and killed his wife and John Burchett, whom he alleged he found in his own home at the head of Long Branch of Big Creek, Pike County, 25 miles from Pikeville, Thursday evening. A short time before the killing Literal had passed Burchett’s home, apparently on his way to Williamson, WV. Burchett asked permission to go to Literal’s home to use his razor. Literal’s suspicion was aroused and he returned home, he says, and when he reached home he found the children playing some distance from the house and Burchett and Mrs. Literal together. Both men used their revolvers, he claims in the course of which Burchett was shot 3 times and Mrs. Literal once, the ball taking effect in the back. Burchett died instantly and Mrs. Literal fell dead after running 75 feet from the house. Literal was arrested and brought to jail here today. He has 3 children, 2 boys, 8 and 6 years and a girl, 4. Burchett has a wife and 2 children but they recently separated. Both men were operating moonshine stills, it is said, and had formerly been in partnership. Sheriff Johnson and his deputies destroyed Burchett’s outfit after making the arrest. Big Sandy news, Aug 22, 1924
LYKINS, Dr. S. D.
Leaving the drug store where he was employed, with complaints of “I’m feeling bad, “ Dr. S. D. Lykins got into his automobile at 10 o’clock at night and died a half hour later, apparently of heart failure. Sheriff Delbert Clark received a call for assistance and he, with Dr. C. M. Preston, rushed to the scene as quick as possible. According to G. H. Eversole, Dr. Lykins kept complaining to his companions that he was sick, and reaching the end of the paved streets, he got out and walked a bit. He walked up and down the side of the car 2 or 3 times and then got in the back seat. In a few seconds he was dead. Dr. Lykins had suffered a nervous breakdown about a year ago and was confined in a Louisville hospital for 5 months. Physicians there advised him not to exert himself in the least, that if he did he was liable to drop dead at any time. Dr. Lykins came her from Pikeville about 2 months ago. He was a member of the Masonic order and was an ex-soldier of the world war. He is survived by his wife and child and a brother of Mt. Hope, WV. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1924
Mrs. Amanda Mahan, aged 81, died at Paintsville Tuesday. Her husband Mason Mahan, 2 daughters and one son, Frank, survive. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1924
MCCOY, Helen Lee
Helen Lee, the one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry McCoy, died Friday after several days illness of dysentery. Mr. and Mrs. McCoy reside at Lynch, KY, but both resided in Kenova before their marriage. At the time of the child’s death, Mrs. McCoy was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell at Kenova. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
MCKENZIE, Lydia (Caudill)
Columbus, OH—Mrs. Lydia M. McKenzie passed away at Mercy Hospital Aug ?4th? aged 76 years. She joined the Baptist church in her early twenties. She was married to Rufus McKenzie on Sep 1, 1877 near Paintsville, KY where she was born and raised, also lived until the last 24 years. To this union were born 2 children, Dr. A. P. McKenzie, Chicago,, IL and Mrs. John Lohr, (better known as Fred and Callie to folks in Johnson and Lawrence Countys of Columbus OH with whom she made her home. She was the daughter of Reuben G. Caudill, deceased. She was of a family of 13 children, 12 lived to have families of their own. She leaves 5 brothers and 2 sisters, 2 children and one grandchild and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
Meads Branch--Leo Mead was born Aug 20?, 1876. Died at age 47 years 11 months and ?? days. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and 5 children, 4 girls and one boy, an aged father and mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. His wife was the daughter of Rev. A.H. Miller of this place. About 3 months before his death he took a bad aching behind his right ear but continued to work as well as he could and planted a crop, but he continued to grow worse. He called 3 physicians, all of them told him he had a bad case of meninges and that he had better go to some good hospital for surgical treatment. He had been suffering about 3 months he decided to go to the hospital at Ironton, OH. On June 30th his father in law and his brother, Blaine Mead and brother in law, Lon Hinkle, accompanied him. He rested very well until about 11 o’clock when he became very ill and did not rest any that night. The doctor had thought he would treat him a few days before operating but seeing he was so much worse decided to operate at once, which they did, finding puss in the bone near the brain. He never regained consciousness and lived only about 2 hours. The physicians and nursed did all they could to save him, but his time had come and he had to pay the debt we all have to pay, so he passed out of this world, surrounded by strangers except his father in law, who was with him to the last. He told Mr. Miller that he had made a full surrender to the Lord, that he belonged to the Lord and was in his hands. It was very touching the morning he left home to see him bid his wife and children goodbye. There was no better citizen in our county than he was. His remains were brought to his home on Mead’s Branch and the Rev. G. V. Pack preached his funeral in the yard at his home. A large crowd was in attendance and his body was laid to rest in a selected spot of ground near his home. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1924
Asberry Moore was fatally injured last Friday by being run over by a wagon. He died Tuesday and was buried on Wednesday near his home in the Wilbur neighborhood, this county. When the accident happened he was returning home from Louisa with a load of gas pipe to be used in piping gas into Oliver Swetnam’s residence. The wagon was heavily loaded, in going down a hill he fell off of the wagon and a rear wheel passed over his body, inflicting injuries that caused his death. He suffered greatly from the time of the accident until death came. Mr. Moore was about 47 years old, a son of “Happy Jim” Moore, a surveyor who died several years ago. He leaves a wife and several children. His death brings sorrow to his community. He was a good man and will be missed very greatly. The accident occurred within 100 yards of his home, which is at the foot of Carl Moore hill. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
The Portsmouth Times says:
Complications following injuries sustained Tuesday while at work resulted in death Saturday for James Moore, 48. Mr. Moore sustained compound fractures of the right leg when a shale bank caved in on him. While these injuries were severe, his condition was encouraging until a clot worked its way through blood vessels to the brain, Wednesday. He became unconscious Wednesday noon, and remained in that condition until the end. The accident victim came to Portsmouth in 1912, shortly after the flood and had worked in local brick yards since that tie. Surviving besides the widow Mrs. Nannie Moore, are a son and 2 daughters, Demarree, 24 and Elmo, 16, at home and Mrs. Ethaline Gianetti. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1924
NORRIS, Etta (Blankenship)
The death of Mrs. Etta Blankenship Norris occurred on Thursday morning at her home in Louisa. She had been ill with tuberculosis for quite a long time and for several months had been confined to her room. She is survived by her husband and 3 sons, the oldest being about 11 years of age. Their home had been at Jenkins, but she came her on account of her illness. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan W. Blankenship and was born and reared in Louisa. She was a member of the church and was active in the work at Jenkins. Mr. Ben Norris, the husband, is engaged in railroad work at Jenkins. He was at the bedside of his wife when she passed away. The funeral will take place at the residence Friday. Rev. F. P. Jernigan will preach the funeral. Mrs. Norris had many relatives and friends in this vicinity, all of whom are deeply grieved by her death. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1924
Miss Malissa Osborn, 30, superintending nurse at the Paintsville Hospital, was drowned about 6 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Chestnut, on the Big Sandy River, while swimming. She had been spending her vacation at her home at Chestnut, near Henrietta, Johnson county. Searching parties recovered the body about 8 o’clock, 2 hours after the drowning. Miss Osborn was well known in Ashland, as she was superintendent at the Ashland General Hospital several years ago but went to Paintsville at the time of the opening of the hospital there to assume charge. She returned to Ashland again later but went back to her position at Paintsville again after spending an interval of 2 years here. She went to her home at Henrietta to spend her vacation and invited w2 of her friends, nurses at the hospital to visit with her. The three young women went down to the river to swim late Sunday evening and the unfortunate occurrence happened and only a few minutes later. The two companions were unable to extend aid as she never appeared after sinking. Miss Osborn was one of the most efficient nurses in the Paintsville Hospital and was highly respected. Chestnut, or Henrietta, is as 12 miles below Paintsville and about 2 miles below Whitehouse. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
PATTON, Joseph Allen
Joseph Allen Patton, aged 60, died Sunday morning at his home at Cannonsburg, following 6 month illness of brights’ disease. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon and burial was in the Patton Cemetery. Mr. Patton is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lydia Baldridge, Patton, 8 sons and 4 daughters. He and family lived in Floyd County until the past few years where he as a prominent stock dealer. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
PELPHREY, C. E.
The body of C. E Pelphrey, former watchman, who died in an Ashland hospital Saturday night as a result of injuries received when the car in which he was riding plunged over an embankment on Forest Hill, was taken to Olive Hill Monday where funeral services were held Tuesday. Burial followed in the Olive Hill Cemetery. Pelphrey was pinned beneath the wreckage, his chest being crushed by the weight of the car. The other men in the auto, Jake R. Cass?? Of Ashland, and R. E. Ratliff of ?? escaped serious injury. Pelphrey died four hours after the accident . Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1924
William Roberts killed Chester Pennington last Sunday evening, about dark, at the mouth of Bells Trace, near Webbville. The tragedy occurred just 60 feet ??? of Lawrence County. Both men were citizens of Carter County and crossed the lie just before the killing. Thus Lawrence is charged with a crime that does not belong to her in reality. Roberts is a deputy sheriff of Carter County and is a man of middle age. Pennington was ?9 years old, a son of Charles Pennington. Roberts was indicted for burning a barn some time ago but was acquitted. Carter County authorities ?? telegraphed Sheriff J. W. Young to come to Grayson Monday and get Roberts. He did so, but no warrant had been issued for lace of the necessary affidavit, and Roberts went back home. Later an affidavit was received and warrant issued and the sheriff brought him in again and placed him in jail. The examining trial is being held as we go to press. It seems that Roberts was called from his home on a report that a drunk man was raising a disturbance near by. He went out and followed some fellows across the county line threatening to arrest them, and someone said they were in Lawrence and he could not arrest them. The shooting followed after some controversy. The stories are widely different as to details. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1924
PORTER, Mary C.
Mrs. Mary C. Porter, aged 84, died at her home at Whitehouse, KY, after an illness from infirmities of age. The body was taken to Williamson on Thursday of last week for interment. She is survived by 4 children, Robert L. of Wellston, OH, who was at her bedside, Ernest J. Porter of Ironton, Foster K. Porter of Sciotoville, and Mrs. L. Whitman of White House. A daughter died at Williamson a few days ago and was buried at that place Sunday. Big Sandy news, Aug 8, 1924
RATCLIFF, John Frazier
After an illness of a year or more with Bright’s disease John Frazier Ratcliff passed away at his home in Huntington, WV, about noon on Tuesday Aug 26. He was born in Wayne County, WV 10 miles east of Louisa Nov 27, 1867, and was in his 57th year at his death. He was the son of Col. William Ratcliff and Rachel Vinson Ratcliff, the latter a sister of Col. S. S. Vinson. As a boy he attended school in Louisa and when a young man came here and was a clerk in J. A. Hughes’ store for some time. Later he went into the wholesale grocery business at his place, being a member of the firm of Atkins, Burchett & Ratcliff. After a few years of successful management, of this business, he went to Huntington as junior member of the firm of Hagen, Ratcliff & Company which became one of the largest wholesale grocery houses in all this territory. He was the credit man of that firm from that time up until his death.
While in Louisa he was married to Miss Mary Burchett, oldest daughter of Major D.J. Burchett. She and one daughter and one son survive. They are Anna Louise, now Mrs. Luther T. Long of Huntington and John Drury (Jack). All were with him at his death and for many weeks preceding. Mr. Ratcliff has many relatives in this county, one of whom is a half-sister, Mrs. Nancy Ellen Burgess, who lives at Georges Creek. Funeral services were held at the home in Huntington conducted by Bishop Darlington. Interment in Huntington. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1924
Lee Smith, ?19 years old of Pike county received injuries Sunday when he jumped from a moving motor truck and struck his head on the road, which resulted in his death a few hours later. The accident happened when he was on his way from Crigger to John’s Creek to attend a baseball game. At the time of the accident Young Smith seemed to recover quickly and he proceeded to the ball game. ??? after watching the game for about an hour that he suddenly became unconscious and was rushed to the Williamson hospital where he died Sunday night. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Crigger, KY. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1924
Norman Smith, 24 years old, formerly of Houston, TX, grandson of Ed Smith of Ashland, was fatally injured Thursday morning while at work at the base of the 14 story Union Bank building at Huntington. Young Smith was struck on the head by a heavy iron bar, which fell from the 11th story of the building. The heavy bar, which is known as a “dolly bar” struck Smith on the left side of the forehead, and ranged down, into his chest inflicting a wound which caused his death 2 hours later in a hospital at Huntington. He had come to Ashland, 3 weeks ago from his home in Texas to spend a vacation with his grandparents, which was his first visit there in 14 years. Big Sandy news, Aug 22, 1924
One dead and 3 wounded is the result of a shooting fracas at Burch last Friday night. Delbert Stone, age 19, is dead, Mrs. Boyd Maynard and Ben Ward are seriously injured and Arthur Damron is suffering from a broken nose. Boyd Maynard has been arrested and will no doubt face a charge of murder. Witnesses say that Mrs. Maynard with 2 women friends, left the church after services and started home. On the way home they were joined by Damron, while Ward and Stone walked close behind. At the railroad they were met by Maynard, who smashed Damron’s face with a pistol. He then shot Stone and Ward as they were running away. The 3 women started to run but Maynard followed and shot his wife. After the shooting Maynard went to his home and later surrendered to Deputy Tiller and was brought to the county jail here. Williamson, WV News. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1924
Mrs. Susanne Terry age 73 years a well-known Wayne County woman, died early Friday morning at the home of her son in law, W. M. Lott, of Kenova. Her death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. She had made her home in Wayne County most of her life. For the last few years she had resided with her children. She lived at Wayne with her daughter, Mrs. J. T. Lambert, before going to Kenova. Mrs. Terry is survived by 2 sons, John of Genoa, WV, James of Kenova, 2 daughters, Mrs. Susie Lambert of Wayne and Mrs. W. A. Fiery, of Kenova. Interment was made at Genoa, WV where her husband is buried. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
Noris—Death has again visited our community and claimed for its victim Uncle Amos Thompson who had been an invalid for a number of years. He was 75 years of age and had been a Christian for 41 years. When a person met him it was his constant talk of how people should live this life and during his last illness he seemed to be deeper in this Christian warfare and often world call the people together and sing and pray and his voice could be heard giving praise to God. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist ?7 years but at the time of his death he was a member of the Regular Baptist at this place. He bore his suffering with patience and as this life was ebbing away his voice, burst forth into laughter and the soul of Uncle Amos took its flight to God where there will be no more struggles to overcome as Uncle Amos had. His funeral was preached Wednesday in the presence of a large crowd. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1924
Hiram VanHoose was born Nov 18, 1880 and departed this life Aug 5, 1924, age 42 years, 8 months and 18 days. He had been in ill health for some time. On Jul 24 he was moved to a hospital at Columbus and underwent an operation for cancer of the liver, Jul 27, living only days after operation. All was done that loving hands could do, but God saw best to take him from this world of suffering. A few days before being moved to the hospital, he told his sister, Mrs. James Moore, not to weep for him, after he was gone for he was praying. Mr. VanHoose was married to Emma Moore Mar 30, 1899, who was called from this earth Jan 9, 1918. The morning before the operation Mr. Van Hoose called his son Arby and brother, William to his bedside and with a smile upon his face told them that after he was gone where he wished to be laid to rest and what to do with his little children. He was liked by everyone. He leaves to mourn his loss 7 children, 3 of whom are married. One brother, William and a half-brother, Garfield and one sister, Mrs. J. A. Moore. At their father’s request the 3 baby girls will stay at the home of William Van Hoose and L. B. the boy will stay with Arby Van Hoose. The remains were laid to rest in the Plain City Cemetery by the side of his wife, Friday, Aug 8th. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
Walter Ward, son of the late Ashley Ward, died last week in St. Louis, MO, while en route home from the West where he had been in search of health. The following obituary was read at the funeral. Walter Ward was born at Oil Springs, KY Oct 23, 1891. He died Jul 17, 1924 at St. Louis, MO age 32 yeas 8 months and 24 days. He was the oldest son of Ashley and Kate Reed Ward. Of the family his mother, Mrs. Kate Ward, his brother, Dewey Ward, and sisters, Maude, wife of Dr. Bailey, Delia, wife of L. R. Peters, Blanche, wife of Dr. P. B. Hall and Golda, unmarried, are still living. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1924
The funeral of Ellis Watts, whose body arrived Tuesday from New Mexico, where he died last Friday, was held Wednesday morning from Amayetta Chapel at Lavalette, WV. Burial in the Woodmere Cemetery. Mr. Watts had been in failing health for some time and went to New Mexico, 2 months ago in the hope of recovering from his sickness. Born Jun 5, 1874, at Shoals, Wayne County, he was widely known throughout Wayne county. He had resided with his family in Westmoreland at the time of his leaving for New Mexico. Mr. Watts was a member of the Masonic, Eagles and Modern Woodmen lodges. Surviving him are 3 sons and 3 daughters. They are: Curtis, Irvin and Mike Watts, Mrs. Sallie Wilkinson, Miss Helen Frances Watt and Miss Mary Watts, all residents of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1924
BALDWIN, J. S.
PARSLEY, Mrs. (May Dingess) Melvin
Kenova, WV officials state that Melvin Parsley, 21, is lodged in jail there charged with the murder of J. S. Baldwin, who he alleges, was intimate with his wife. The shooting occurred on one of the main streets of Kenova about 8 o’clock Saturday evening when Parsley, who had arrived in town a short time before, encountered Baldwin on the street with his (Parsley’s) wife and opened fire. Baldwin was shot 5 times and died almost instantly, police say. Parsley then turned the gun on his wife and shot her once in the leg. She was only slightly wounded. Parsley works at Crum, WV, where he has been nominated for justice of the peace. His parents live there and he stays with them. Owing to a disagreement, it is said, Parsley’s wife lived with her parents in Kenova. Parsley drove to Kenova just before the shooting. According to the Kenova police Parsley made a statement just before being locked up, saying that his attack on Baldwin was justified. Baldwin was employed on construction work near Kenova. Later, Mrs. May Dingess Parsley, died at a Huntington hospital Wednesday and will be buried Friday at Crum, WV. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1924
The body of C. Berryington was taken to Stanton, KY for burial.. His death occurred at Keaton on Saturday night, Sep 13th. He was an oil pumper, employed in the Blaine field. He had suffered from rheumatism for some time, but his death was unexpected. His wife and 2 children survive. Acute indigestion was said to be the cause of his death. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1924
Roy Black, living on Rush Creek, near Buchanan, was fatally burned Wednesday, when he attempted to build a fire in the kitchen stove, using a five gallon can of coal oil. The oil exploded and threw the fuel over the room, setting fire to the home, which burned to the ground together with contents. The fire spread to the cellar house near-by and burned it including all the fruit, etc. The wife and 2 children were burned painfully. Dr. J. A. Prichard reached the home soon afterward and rendered first aid to Mr. Black and had him removed at once to an Ashland hospital, announcing his case hopeless. He died later in the day. Dr. Prichard dressed the burns of Mrs. Black and the 2 children, who are at the home of neighbors The property was formerly the home of Mr. Black’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Black, but is now owned by Stanton Burris of Huntington, WV. This occurred Wednesday morning about 4 o’clock. Big Sandy news, Sep 19, 1924
Samuel Blankenship, 64 years old, died at his home near Lavalette Tuesday night from heart disease from which he had been suffering for many months. The funeral will be held at his home Thursday afternoon and interment will be made in the Blankenship family cemetery near Lavalette. Mr. Blankenship, who was a well-known farmer, is survived by his widow and one son, Garland Blankenship of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Sep 12, 1924
On Sep 4th the death angle visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Borders and claimed their little darling son, Ervin. He was 6 years 10 months and 29 days of age. All was done that loving hands could to. Little Ervin was loved by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss, a father, mother, 3 brothers, and one sister. He was laid to rest in the Uncle Mike Borders graveyard. Big Sandy News, Sep 12, 1924
BURCHETT, Bertha (Layne)
Our village, was grieved by the untimely death of Mrs. Bertha Burchett who died at the Ashland General hospital Thursday evening following an operation performed on Monday. She had been in bad health several weeks and submitted to the operation in the hope that her life might be spared. Mrs. Burchett was born and reared here, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Layne. She was married Dec 13, 1902 to ??? Burchett of Catlettsburg, who survives her together with one daughter, Mrs. Ernest Caine, of Ashland. She also leaves her mother, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. The remains were brought to the home here ??? afternoon. The funeral conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. P. S??? was held at Buchanan Chapel. Sunday morning. Mrs. Miler of Ashland rendered some beautiful hymns. The body, borne by members of the family was carried to its resting place in the cemetery by the church to await the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1924
CAREY, Thomas J.
The first fatality from an automobile accident in this vicinity was recorded when Thomas J. Carey died last Sunday morning. About 11 o’clock on Thursday night of last week the car in which he and James Kelly, Dan Riffe and John Meade were driving on the Mayo Trial left the road and ran over an embankment, injuring all of them more or less. Mr. Kelly was driving. They had been out only as far as Dock Jordan’s home, where they took Oscar Moore. Returning, they were rounding the sharp curve at Lick Creek point, just outside of Louisa. It is said the headlight from a locomotive coming east blinded the driver or was mistaken for another automobile about to meet them. A heavy fog also made driving difficult. The car plunged down onto the railroad track and was badly wrecked and the occupants were thrown violently to the ground. Tom Carey was unconscious when picked up by Dan Riffe. They got off of the track just before the train reached them. The car was hit by the locomotive. Tom was carried to the hospital where it was found that some ribs were broken and had penetrated one lung. His condition was recognized as being very precarious. He soon became conscious and remained so until the end came. Mr. Kelly has a very badly cut hand, 2 broken ribs, an injury to the ear, and other minor injuries He is gradually recovering. Dan Riffe’s head was skinned considerably, but the skull is not fractured. John Meade also was bruised and injured quite painfully, but no serious results are expected.
Tom Carey’s funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon in the M. E. Church South. Rev. F. E. Jenkins conducted the service, assisted by Rev. B. F. Hyde, of the Baptist Church. The church was filled to almost capacity by friends of the deceased and of the family. Interment followed in Pine Hill. The victim of this unfortunate accident was barely 33 years of age. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Carey and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Carey. He was a telegraph operator employed by the C & O railroad. Tom was an honorable young man, honest in his dealings, popular amongst the younger set and respected by everybody. He was devoted to his parents to a marked degree. His tragic death shocked the entire community and has called forth the deepest sympathy for the bereaved. Those who came to Louisa for the funeral were his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Estep of Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilson, John Wilson and Roland Wilson, all of Ashland; Charles Simpson and daughter Mary Frances, of Ashland, Mrs. J. J. Johnson of Jenkins, Mrs. Charles Johnston of Nitro, WV, Mrs. George Parsons of Ashland, G. B. Carey of Lexington, C. J. Carey of Lynch and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Felty of Ashland; Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Burgess and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Burgess of Gallup. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1924
CASSELL, Goebel Chester
On Wednesday Sep 10th, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Preston of Patrick and took their little grandson Goebel Chester Cassell son of Charles and Mrs. Mary Preston Cassell. He was 2 years, 4 months and 24 days old He had been sick only a few days, when death came to relieve him. He was given medical attention and all as done for him that loving hands could do but God who doeth all things well saw fit to call him home. The funeral was conducted by Rev. A. Preston and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Mrs. Sarah Preston’s home. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1924
COLE, Moselete (Spradlin)
Mrs Moselete (Spradlin) Cole died at the home of her son, J. Henry Cole, Aug 24 of cancer. She was 71 years of age. Mrs. Cole had been ill and confined to her room for more than a year. She was a daughter of jack Spradlin and had lived at West Liberty all her life, A remarkable ??? is that she was born, married and died at the same place. Mrs. Cole was born Nov 4, 1854 at West Liberty and was married to James H. Cole, Jan 8, 1873. She is survived by her husband, and 6 children. The sons and daughters are Mrs. C. M. Keyser, Pikeville, R. b. Cole, Enid, OK, Mrs. R. A. Baldwin and J. Henry Cole, West Liberty, Mrs. John A. Flowers, Hammond, IL and J. S. Cole, Wanetka, OK. Two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Cecil, of Hazel Green and Mrs. Sallie Womack of Wilmore. West Liberty Courier. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1924
Another fatality was added to the list of Mingo County automobile accidents Wednesday evening, when Miss Ducinia Coleman, age ?20?, received injuries which resulted in her death a few minutes later. Miss Coleman was driving a Ford coupe on the Pigeon Creek Road and came upon a place where the road had just been graded, losing control of the car in the fresh dirt, it plunged into a tree. The car did not turn over but Miss Coleman was thrown against the steering wheel and received internal injuries which caused her death. Carl Murphy was in the car with Miss Coleman at the time and received only slight injuries. Miss Coleman has been in training in the Williamson hospital for several weeks and was very popular among the any nurses there. Her body was shipped to her home in Oak Hill, WV for burial. Williamson Republican. Big Sandy news, Sep 6, 1924
COOPER, Attorney R. H.
Attorney R. H. Cooper of Pikeville died at the Ashland General hospital Wednesday afternoon of last week after an illness extending over but a few hours. Mr. Cooper left Pikeville Wednesday morning accompanied by his 2 daughters, Pauline and Vivian, who were on their way to Millersburg to enter school. Mr. Cooper planned to go to Millersburg from Millersburg to Cincinnati and undergo treatment for chronic appendicitis. At Louisa he was stricken seriously ill and from there went to the Ashland hospital. A message was received by the family here, and 2 other daughters, Mrs. E. B. Stevens and Miss Madge Cooper, left for Ashland, but lost in the rate against death as the end had come before they reached their father’s side. Apoplexy caused his death. Mr. Cooper formerly lived at Salyersville but located at Pikeville several years ago. He was a brother of J. H. Cooper of Paintsville. Besides the four daughters, Mr. Cooper is survived by one son, Erroll, of this city. Funeral and burial took place at Paintsville Friday. Pike County News. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1924
The pale horse and its rider entered the home of Mrs. Eva Crabtree and took from her, her loving husband, Wesley. His death was caused by stray bullets which landed in his ??, 2 in the arms, one in his ?? and one in the bowels which caused death almost instantly. Crabtree was a good citizen and was a true devoted husband. He leaves to mourn his death wife, 4 children, mother, 3 sisters, 7 brothers, and a host of close relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Sep 26,1924
Morgan county’s first fatal automobile accident occurred at Maytown Friday afternoon when Ray Dennis, 9 year old son of Luther Dennis was instantly killed. Coy Justice, a 16? Year old boy working for Buel P’Simer, had started to take his employer’s car to have the brake hands tightened and the Dennis boy got in the car with him. Mr. and Mrs. James Brown were driving in another car in front, Justice is said to have said to Dennis that he could overtake the car in front and put on all the speed the Ford was capable of making. Mr. Brown had to slow down to pass a bad place in the road and the car containing the boys crashed into his car. The impact of the cars threw the Dennis boy through the windshield and the broken glass cut his neck severing an artery. Two doctors were within call but the little fellow died before they could stop the flow of blood. West Liberty Courier. Big Sandy news, Sep 6, 1924
FULKERSON, Marie (Wilhoit)
Our citizens were deeply pained Wednesday, of last week when it became known that Mrs. Marie Fulkerson, one of Grayson’s highly esteemed ladies, had passed away after a lingering illness of a complication of troubles. Funeral services were held Thursday at the Christian Church, burial in the cemetery on the hill. Deceased had been in failing health for some time and while her kindred and friends had become reconciled, a few days before her death that the end was near, yet her passing left an aching void in the hearts of those who knew her best and loved her most. She was aged 40 years. Her maiden name was Marie Wilhoit, daughter of E. H. (or K. B.) Wilhoit for many years a leading attorney of northeastern Kentucky. In 1912 she was united in marriage to Dr. Herman Fulkerson at Louisa, who preceded her to the grave 8 years ago. Early in life she united with the Christian and truly it can be said that her walks and works in life ever lead to the higher and nobler things. In memory of her deceased father, the Mason contributed a beautiful design and the Eastern Star lodge of which she was an honored member, also sent a beautiful wreath, as dis the 2 banks one each. She is survived by the following, her mother Mrs. E. H. (or K. B.) Wilhoit, one son, Herman, one sister, Mrs. W. H. Strother and 2 brothers Calhoun Wilhoit of Pactolus and Junior Wilhoit of Normal. Greenup Republican. Big Sandy News, Sep 19,1924
FULLER, J. M.
J. M. Fuller, prominent Huntington man, and formerly of Wayne County, WV, died last Sunday. He was for many years a merchant of Shoals. Two daughters and 2 sons survive, Mrs. B. F. Berry and Mrs. Anna Johnson of Tampa, FL, F. E. Fuller of Charleston, WV and Jay Fuller of the McMahon Diehl Company, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Sep 12, 1924
Funeral services for the baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Harkins who died Thursday in a Louisville hospital suffering from an infantile ailment were held at the home in Prestonsburg Saturday. The baby, just 2 months old, had been taken to Louisville, where it was place under the car of a noted baby specialist. The body was taken to Prestonsburg Friday. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1924
HARRIS, Laura Alice (Pelphrey)
The death of Mrs. Laura Alice Harris, wife of former State Senator Brig H. Harris, local real estate dealer, occurred Wednesday morning at her home at Normal, as a termination of an illness extending through 2 months. Mrs. Harris was 58 years old and had become well-known here since her coming to Ashland several years ago. Mrs. Harris was formerly Miss Laura Alice Pelphrey,, a member of one of Johnson County’s older families. After her marriage she and Mr. Harris remained in Johnson County for several years, and coming to Catlettsburg 18 years ago. In Catlettsburg the Harris’ operated the hotel, which is now the Magann Hotel. After leaving the hotel business they moved to Normal. The funeral services were held at the home by the Rev. Hilas H Miller. Burial in the Ashland Cemetery. Besides the husband, Mrs. Harris is survived by 2 daughters, Miss Snow and Jo both at home, and 3 sons, Harry of this city, U. S. commissioner E. Poe Harris of Catlettsburg, and George Howes Harris of Ardmore, OK. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. D.J. Chandler, and 3 brothers, Will Pelphrey of Prospect, Harry Pelphrey of Madison, WV and Jesse Pelphrey. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Sep 12, 1924
The body of a man fully dressed, was found floating on top of the waters of Big Sandy River Saturday morning at Savage Branch, a few miles south of Catlettsburg, by 3 Catlettsburg boys traveling up the river in a boat. Authorities at Catlettsburg were notified and the body of the drowned man was taken to Catlettsburg for a coroner’s inquest. The man was identified as Wayman Hatten, 28 years old, of Prichard, WV, across the river from Buchanan, after papers were found on his person to that effect. According to the county authorities at Catlettsburg the exact cause for the man’s death could ot be ascertained because after an investigation it was found that Hatten had taken part in a brawl at Savage Branch Thursday afternoon and that he had received a gash in the head when he was struck by a rock. It is believed that Hatten, after the fight had wandered off toward the bank of the river and had fallen from a steep embankment into the waters of Big Sandy. It is also alleged that he had been intoxicated when he had the fight with some men at Savage Branch. Physicians said that the man had been in the river for about 2 days. Their decision was verified after it was learned that he had last been seen Thursday afternoon. His body was in an advanced stage of decomposition, it was reported. Hatten is married and is survived by his wife , 2 children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hatten, and several brothers and sisters. He was a member of a prominent Wayne County family. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1924
On Aug 19th the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Smith Jobe and claimed for its victim her darling son, Tommy Jobe, age 18 years, 9months and 4 days. He met his death at Newark, OH, in the midst of life, we are in death. He leaves to mourn his loss a mother one sister 2 brothers and a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. His father preceded him to the Gloryland 5 years ago. On Aug 23rd the body was conveyed to the Jobe Cemetery encased in a beautiful casket laden with flowers and was conveyed by loving hands to the bosom of Mother Earth, awaiting the trumpet of God to sound when the dead in Christ shall rise. Services were conducted by Rev. M. V. Berry. Big Sandy News, Sep 12, 1924
Pikeville, KY, Sep 20—Three fresh mounds on a hill overlooking their former home marked the last of a family of 3 at Vi, Pike County, this week. Mrs. Earl Justice, a bride of little more than a year died at 8 o’clock Monday night, her husband, dies at the same home Monday night 2 weeks before and at 8 o’clock the night of his burial their 4 months old babe died. The husband convalescing from typhoid, it is reported, s???? the insults of a neighbor and soundly thrashed him but in doing so suffered a relapse resulting in his own death. An indictment against the neighbor will be lodged it is claimed. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1924
LESLIE, Rev. D. K.
The late Rev. D. K. Leslie was born Apr 27, 1843 and deceased Jan 24, 1924, age 80 years 8 months and 27 days. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. J. Liebee, ???, KY near Ashland. He leaves several children, all grown, to mourn his death. He was converted in early life. He preached 23 years under local license in the M. P. Church and was ordained in the year 1884 and entered the active ministry and served as pastor on several charges in the Kentucky conference. He could have been elected the president of the conference but would not agree to accept the office. He was a great Bible theologian and well versed and especially on the subject of the resurrection of the dead and was called many time to preach funerals throughout the Big Sandy Valley. He told his daughters before his death that he was ready to meet death and if it was the good Lord’s will he would love to go from the pulpit when the summons came for him. He will be missed in his home in his church and by his many friends. Big Sandy News, Sep 12, 1924
MARRS, Samuel W.
Samuel W. Marrs, age 92, died at Boldman, Pike County, last Sunday. The funeral took place Tuesday. He was the father of Mrs. A. C. Ferrell, who lived 3 miles from Louisa. She and Mr. Ferrell and their daughter, Mrs. Lace Williamson, and sons, Ralph, Otis and Edward, attended the funeral. Mr. Marrs was a Confederate Veteran, one of Pike County’s oldest men. His death removes the last of five brothers who wore the grey, and who each lived beyond the three score years and ten. Besides Mrs. Ferrell the survivors are his wife, age 87, one son, Thomas Marrs, Mrs. Ethel Greer of Barboursville, WV Mrs. Della West of Huntington. Big Sandy news, Sep 19, 1924
Pikeville, KY—A child 8 years old, the son of Pierce Maynard, of the Hill residence section Williamson, WV, was killed by a shot fired on the Pikeville-Williamson bridge across the Tug River, nearly a mile away at 9 o’clock Sunday night, according to reports reaching here. A Kentucky officer had arrested a man whose name was not learned. The man jumped on the running board of an automobile and endeavored to escape. The driver of the car stopped ant the man broke into a run. The officer fired 2 round of shots probably in the air it is said. The Maynard child with his father and mother were on the porch of their home, beard the singing of bullets, the father suggested the family retire to their rooms as a precaution. As he opened the screen door for his wife to go in his son fell to the floor shot through the brain. Sheriff J. M. Johnson of Pike County left for the scene of the tragedy the next morning. Big Sandy News, Sep 12, 1924
MCCOMAS, Mrs. John
Mrs. John McComas, age 48 years, died at Walbridge a few days ago from blood poison. The trouble started from a pimple on the chin. She was sick only about a week. The body was taken to her former home near Irad. She leaves a husband and 5 sons and 2 daughters. This family lives on Mrs. Hannah Lackey’s farm. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1924
MCLAUGHLIN, Hermando Ridgeway
“I’m coming home to stay.” This was the last message of Hernando Ridgeway McLaughlin, 64 year old, to his daughter, Miss Mary McLaughlin in a telephone message Monday night from his office in St. Albans to his residence in Huntington. For several years he had been stationed at St. Albans, as assistant division superintendent in charge of the Coal River division of the C & O railway, returning home weekends. Monday night he said he was tired of the strenuous life of a railroad executive and was come home for good. His promise was fulfilled, though not in the manner of his dream, for ?? his lifeless body which reached his residence to sojourn for a little while before being carried to its last resting place Thursday afternoon. ??? McLaughlin, as he was more familiarly known, was slain at St. Albans, about 8 o’clock Tuesday morning, by Oscar V. Newman, ??? a former C & O trainman, who it is said, blamed McLaughlin for his discharge by the railway company in January. Newman, a member of one of the best known families in ?? County, but recently a resident of St. Albans, w2alked away from the ???his victim, but a little while later placed his gun at his own forehead and blew out his brains. McLaughlin is survived by his wife and 2 children, and Newman by his wife and 5 children. Big Sandy news, Sep 19, 1924
MEREDITH, James A.
James A. Meredith, well know Ashland lumber and mill man, age 55, died suddenly at his home Wednesday evening of apoplexy. He had been in good health, apparently and his death was entirely unexpected. He was a prominent Mason and churchman. Big Sandy News, Sep 12, 1924
Ledocio—Sorry to hear of the death of Mat Moore of near here who had been sick for about 4 years with dropsy. He was a good Christian man, liked by all who knew him and the death of such a man brings sorrow to the entire neighborhood. He leaves a wife and 4 children, besides several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1924
Mattie—in memory of our brother who departed this life Aug 26?, 1924, after a lingering illness of 13 years. But only for a year was he confined to the home, then sometimes he would rally and get out and walk about the home and yard.. He was born Apr 4, 1872, He was converted when 15 years old and joined the Methodist Church and lived in that church about 14 years. In 1906 he joined the United Baptist church at Lower Brushy and a consistent member of same until his death. He talked cheerfully to his wife, telling her what he wanted to do with the property. He leaves a wife and 4 children, Johnie D. Moore of Rushville, OH, Ruth and Mary Opal Moore at home and Hezzie Moore, Jr. He also leaves several brothers and sisters, Mrs. Thomas Thompson and Mrs. J.B. Cordle of Columbus, OH, Mrs. William Hayes of Georges Creek, Mr. H.K. Moore, Sr. and J. B. Moore of Louisa. Mat Moore was one of Nature’s noblemen. He had served as deacon in the church for some years. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1924
PARSLEY, Mrs. (May Dingess) Melvin
BALDWIN, J. S.
Kenova, WV officials state that Melvin Parsley, 21, is lodged in jail there charged with the murder of J. S. Baldwin, who he alleges, was intimate with his wife. The shooting occurred on one of the main streets of Kenova about 8 o’clock Saturday evening when Parsley, who had arrived in town a short time before, encountered Baldwin on the street with his (Parsley’s) wife and opened fire. Baldwin was shot 5 times and died almost instantly, police say. Parsley then turned the gun on his wife and shot her once in the leg. She was only slightly wounded. Parsley works at Crum, WV, where he has been nominated for justice of the peace. His parents live there and he stays with them. Owing to a disagreement, it is said, Parsley’s wife lived with her parents in Kenova. Parsley drove to Kenova just before the shooting. According to the Kenova police Parsley made a statement just before being locked up, saying that his attack on Baldwin was justified. Baldwin was employed on construction work near Kenova. Later, Mrs. May Dingess Parsley, died at a Huntington hospital Wednesday and will be buried Friday at Crum, WV. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1924
Eliphus Preston, age 54, took his own life by hanging himself with a trace chain from a beam in a barn near Thelma in Johnson county last Friday No motive for the suicide is known unless poor health and the fact that he had been a cripple for life was responsible. He is survive by 2 brothers, John, and Dick Preston, both of Thelma and it was with them that he made his home. He was commonly known as “Jackie Bud”. A note was found in his pocket and it made only a simple request that he be taken to Road Branch of Toms Creek for burial and that he be buried in a home-made wooden coffin. The note also stated that he had been planning the suicide since the first of August. Big Sandy news, Sep 6, 1924
We were sorry to hear of the death of George Prince, who died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wash Liming. He was a man loved by all who knew him and never did anyone harm. He leaves to mourn his loss 2 brothers and one sister and a host of friends. He departed this world Saturday, Aug 30th. We all hated to give him up but it was the Lord’s will to take him. He died almost instantly being ill only a few hours and his death came as a great shock to his friends and relatives. He was almost 47 years of age. His body was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy news, Sep 12, 1924
ROBERTS Mrs. Grant
The death of Mrs. Grant Roberts of Madge, occurred on Monday of this week at her home, after a lingering illness. She was a sister of George Haws of Louisa, who with his wife had been at her bedside several day during her critical illness. Mrs. Roberts was a good woman and her death brings sorrow to many friends and relatives. She was a daughter of John Haws, deceased, and was 48 years of age. Tuberculosis caused her death. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1924
Salyersville, KY, Sep 21—Mrs. Sally Shephard was shot and killed Saturday night at the home of a brother in law, on Licking River in Magoffin County by an unknown assassin. Her death was the third by violence in her immediate family within recent years. Her sister was slain and Mrs. Shephard’s husband, John Morgan Shephard, was indicted for the crime and convicted but obtained a new trial. While she was awaiting a second hearing, he was shot and killed and Kelly Howard was indicted for this crime. His hearing was set for the present term of the Magoffin Circuit court. Mrs. Shephard’s body was found in an outbuilding. Officers have visited the scene of the crime, but found no clues. She was the principal witness against Howard. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1924
SHEPHERD, J. J.
J. J. Shepherd was born Jan 13, 18??, died Sep 10, 1924, aged 78 years 8 months and 27 days. He was converted and joined the M. E. Church South under the ministry of Rev. Isaac Fannin nearly ?? years ago and lived a consistent Christian life until he was called to his final reward. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and 7 children and a number of grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1924
Her?? Sparks, the son of Martin and Missouri Sparks was born Apr 17, 190? Departed this life Sep 7, 1924, age 18 years ? months, and 12 days. The greater part of his life was spent at Orr. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his father 5 sisters and 3 brothers, Mrs. Virgie Haden, Mrs. Lena Hicks Mrs. R??? Kitchen, and Mrs. Jane Kitchen, Walter, Logan and Dan Sparks, all here except Mrs. Virgil Haden. He leaves also many relatives and friends who will miss him. About 2 months ago he paid his sister a visit who lives at Borderland. He also heard the word of God preached which took root in his heart and brought birth good fruit as he testified to all that came near him Affliction was such that he could not show forth his light as he desired. He stood his affliction without a murmur and no doubt will come forth in the first resurrection when we shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, to meet Him in the sky. Big Sandy news, Sep 12, 1924
WELLMAN, Mrs. Cla??
Mrs. Cla?? Wellman died on Thursday of last week at her home in Fort Gay after ??? illness. She was the mother of ??? Wellman of the First National Bank, Louisa, and a sister of Mrs. ??? Bromley of Louisa, Mrs. ?? York of Huntington is another sister. Besides the husband and son, she is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. ??? Peters and Mrs. Stella Chapman. Mrs. Wellman was 68 years old, a member of the Baptist Church. The funeral was held Friday afternoon, Rev, Barwell, being the minister in charge. She was a most excellent woman and will be missed in the community. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1924
Frank Woods, 31, miner, of Rush was shot and fatally wounded Monday by his brother-in-law, James Burton, 30 who was arrested a short time later and lodged in the county jail. The shooting occurred in front of the Rush store, and Woods died while being rushed to an Ashland hospital in an automobile. Burton claims that he thought Woods was reaching in his pocket for a gun when he shot him. He stated that there had been bad feeling between himself and his brother-in-law ever since he and his wife had separated 3 years ago. Burton is the so of the late G. W. Burton of Rush. Friends of Woods say he has supported his sister, Mrs. Burton and her 7 year old son, whom they claim Burton deserted and describe Woods as an inoffensive hard working man. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1924
Jeff Burton of Noris, this county, died at the home of his son in law, E. W. Thomas, at Maysville recently. He and his wife had gone there for a few weeks previous for a visit. Mr. Burton was quite old. The cause of his death is not reported. Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1924
Paintsville, KY, Oct 22—Pete Daniels, age 45, died this morning at home at Thealka. He was injured Saturday when he attempted to set a coal car at the North Eastern Coal Company ??? at Thealka and a brake stick slipped and struck him just above the hip. He is survived by his wife and 3 children. Paintsville Herald, Oct 24, 1924
The death of Will Fairchild of Salyersville, occurred last Saturday about noon in Memphis, TN. Upon the advice of physicians he had started to Tucson, AZ for the benefit of his health, but within a few hours after reaching Memphis he passed away. He had returned only a week before to his home at Salyersville from Cincinnati where he had been in a hospital for treatment for some time. Tuberculosis of the throat is said to have caused his death. His health had not been good since service in the army during the world war. Mr. Fairchild’s wife and brother, J. T. Fairchild and wife, of West Van Lear, and Sam Powers of Pikeville were accompanying him. They passed through Louisa Monday morning returning home with the body. Mr. Fairchild was married about 2 years ago. Besides his wife he is survived by his mother, 3 sisters and a brother. He was 35 years old. The funeral was held at the home. Interment in the family burial ground. Big Sandy New Sandy News, Oct 17, 1924
Charley—On Sep 18th the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Fannin and claimed for its victim their daughter, Laura, age 10 years. She had been sick only a few days and leaves a father and mother, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her death. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1924
Mrs. Nancy Garred died at her home 8 miles south of Louisa, on the Mayo Trail, Saturday evening, Sep 27th. The body was laid to rest Monday afternoon in the family burial grounds, by the side of her husband, David Garred, who died many years ago. She was in her 93rd year, being one of the oldest women in the county. Mrs. Garred lived at the old home place with her son, Lee A. Garred. She is survived by other sons and daughters as follows: A. J. Garred of Louisa, Mrs. Onolda Burgess of Gallup, Dr. R. P. Garred of Charleston, WV, O. D. Garred of Huntington, U. G. Garred of New York, and Dick Garred of Oklahoma. All are prominent citizens. The funeral will be preached next august, when it is hoped that all of Mrs. Garred’s descendants may be present. She was a faithful member of the M. E. Church South, a devoted mother and a kind neighbor. Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa conducted the burial service. Big Sandy news, Oct 3, 1924
HATTEN, George W., Jr.
George W. Hatten, Jr., so of James Hatten, of Prichard, died recently at his home there. The deceased was a member of the M. E. Church and had lived a consistent Christian life for a number of years. Burial was in the Hatten cemetery on English Creek near Shiloh Church. He leaves to mourn his death his father and 2 brothers. The deceased was 23 years old and was considered a model young man. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1924
HENSLEY, Malcom F.
Malcom F. Hensley, age 52, was killed Saturday morning, near his home at Belfrey, KY, when he was struck by the Pond Creek shifter. His body was found at 3 o’clock in the morning and just how the accident occurred could not be determined. Mr. Hensley was superintendent of the Carry On Coal Company at Toler. Was well known throughout the Pond Creek section and had many friends there. His wife and 3 daughters survive. The body was shipped to Shawsville, VA for burial. Williamson Republican. Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1924
Paintsville, KY, Oct 27—Marching to the jail at Wayland, KY, late Sunday night, a mob composed of about ?? residents of Floyd County, with sledge hammer and drills, battered down the jail door, released “Kid” Shannon, Negro, 28 years old, accused of the murder of a white man, and mortally shot him when he reached the street. The accused Negro died en route to the jail at Prestonsburg. Member of the mob, masked and armed, informed Shannon of their mission and gave him 30 minutes in which to pray, and to answer questions. Instead he pleaded for his life and they poured a fusillade of shots into his body and left him for dead. Eighteen bullets riddled him. So quietly did the mob carry out its purpose and so quickly did it disperse that Floyd County authorities announced they had no clues concerning the identity of any of its participants.
Because Lock Hitchcock, 38, a miner for the Elkhorn Coal Corporation accused him of the theft of $5, Shannon is said to have shot him dead Sunday afternoon. Hitchcock gave the Negro $5 for him to purchase moonshine for him, it is alleged. Shannon left but later returned with neither whiskey or money, it is alleged. An angry debate ensued, after which Hitchcock turned and walked away. Three shots were heard and Hitchcock was found dead with three bullets in his back. A sheriff’s posse found Shannon in the hills and brought him to the jail at Wayland. He was to have faced preliminary hearing yesterday morning and then was to have been taken to Prestonsburg. On the same train and in the same coach that he rode, the body of his victim, Hitchcock, was also. It was being taken to the home of his brother at Paintsville for burial, which will be held today. Just as Shannon was being detained, he succumbed to his wounds. Although having but one arm, Shannon was a musician. Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1924
HOGG, Lucian M.
Note: there is an obituary for him but it is too faint to read. Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1924
James, son of J. A. Holbrook, died in a Huntington hospital Monday afternoon after an operation on the skull. During a football game between the Wayne and the Louisa high school teams James was paralyzed and never regained consciousness. He fell while the team was lined up preparatory to an attempt to kick goal. He had previously been tackled by 2 or 3 Wayne players. The players contend that he was not injured in the game and it is said he had complained that day of not feeling well. Various theories are advanced. The body was brought home Monday evening and the funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at the high school auditorium. The funeral was preached by Rev. W. H. Hay. Rev. B. F. Hyde, led in prayer and made a talk. A very large crowd attended. The ball team and classmates marched in the procession to the building, carrying flowers. The Wayne high school dismissed and many came over to the funeral. Also, the Louisa schools attended the service.
James was an unusually good boy, industrious, studious and popular. He was a dutiful son, contributing of his earnings to the support of relatives in need of his help. He was one of the operators at Garden Theater. Had he lived until next March he would have been 18 years old and he was the oldest child in the family. His parents and one brother and 2 sisters survive. His death has elicited a great deal of sympathy as he was a promising youth and a great help to the family. We are requested by the family to express the deepest gratitude for the great interest, respect and assistance extended by the people of Louisa and vicinity. Also, to state that no blame is attached by them to the football boys or anyone else for the death of James. The kindness of the teachers and students toward him is fully appreciated by them and will never be forgotten. Big Sandy News, Oct 10, 1924
Buchanan—On Sep 23rd the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Humphrey and claimed for its victim their little son Joseph, age 5 years 8 months and 17 days. He had been sick about 10 days with typhoid fever. His funeral was preached at his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Humphrey’s residence Sep 24 by Rev. O. P. Smith of Buchanan. The remains were laid to rest near his grandparents home. He leaves to mourn his loss father, mother, brother and sister and several relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Oct 10, 1924
George Kazee, 30, a driver for the Hunt-Forbes Construction Co., of Ashland, was fatally injured Tuesday when the wagon he was driving toppled over while going down a hill and pinned him beneath. His back was broken and he suffered internal injuries which caused his death 3 hours later at a hospital. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1924
KEW, Mrs. W. G.
The body of Mrs. W. G. Kew, whose death occurred at Weeksbury, Friday was taken to the home of Mrs. George Raning in Ashland and prepared for burial. Mrs. Kew was the sister in law of Paul Kitchen. Death occurred while Mrs. Kew and her husband, who is a traveling salesman, were stopping over a short time in the Big Sandy town. Mr. Kew’s home office is in Chicago. Two children, one of whom is only 7 days of age, survive. The funeral was held Monday morning in Ashland. Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1924
Billy Lambert, 57, of Naples, Greenup County, was shot and killed Tuesday night. Herbert Welch, 20, of Catlettsburg, is in a hospital in Ashland with 9 bullet wounds in his body. He is charged with killing Lambert. Fred Rice, Negro, is in jail at Greenup charged with complicity in the murder which occurred in the road near Lambert’s home, the 2 boys having called him to their car. There are no witnesses except the 2 men noted. The shooting followed an altercation which took place about 6 o’clock that evening. The body was brought to the old home place in East Fork where burial took place Thursday afternoon. Among surviving relative are his mother and several sisters and brothers, one of whom is B. D. Lambert of this place. Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1924
LITTERAL, Mrs. W. P.
Note: there is a small paragraph about the death of Mrs. W. P. Litteral, but too faded too read. Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1924
MCCOY, James J.
The body of James j. McCoy, a miner employed at the Fordson mines at Pond Creek was taken to the home in Coalton after his death caused by a slate fall at Pond Creek. The funeral was held at the home, the services being preached by the Rev. P. E. Stoner, pastor of the Fordson Church at Pond Creek. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1924
The death of Ernest Meek at noon on Saturday at his home in Catlettsburg was quite a shock to his family and friends, although he had been ill for a long time, yet all had hoped against hope that he might yet recover, or at the most did not expect the end so soon. He was suffering from a general breakdown that is thought by some to have been caused by over ???? attention to business. He having been connected with a number of business institutions and having been ever most attentive to duties. He had ???? enjoyed the best of health until during the past winter when his breakdown came about. Mr. Meek had taken treatment at Battle Creek, MI, having only returned from there a few weeks ago and had the best medical attention available in this section and was thought to have been making slow improvement, until about a week ago, since when he had but not been as well. A sinking attack Saturday morning warned the family that the end was not far and at 12 o’clock his soul parted into the beyond, while he was surrounded by his physician, and his devoted wife and children. He was conscious to the last and at the time had he had any fear of death. He had lived an upright life and was a public ??? and was much loved citizen.
Mr. Meek was a fine specimen of manhood. He was possessed of a pleasing and magnetic personality was kind and charitable, brilliant and ???? and was very popular with all who knew him. He was 48 years old the 29th day of last February. He was a son of Dr. Zephaniah and Mrs. Mary Davis Meek and was reared in Catlettsburg. His father was a ??? as was a brother, Dr. Lafayette Meek, who passed away a number of years ago while yet a young man. His father was one of the organizers of the M. E. Church, South, of that city and was editor of the Central Methodist published for many years there. He is survived by his devoted wife, who has tended him so carefully throughout his illness. She was Miss E??? M???. He is also survived by 2 sons, Donald who is assistant cashier in the Ashland National Bank, Luther who is bookkeeper for Farmers and Merchants Bank of Catlettsburg. Miss Christine, Lawrence and Eunice Dean, also by the following sisters and brothers, Davis and Felix Meek of Catlettsburg, Irvine Meek of Florence, CO, and by 3 sisters, Mrs. Y. C. Atkeson of Washington D. C, Mrs. M. V. Brown of Buffalo, WV, and Mrs. Bascom Hatten of Independence, MO. The funeral was held at 2 Monday afternoon at the home. Burial in the beautiful Meek plot in Catlettsburg Cemetery, the funeral ceremonies marked with the burial rites of the B.P.O.E. He was a long member of this order. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1924 (This was very difficult to read and may contain errors)
MOORE, David M.
The death of Rev. David M. Moore, age 65 years, of Mattie, occurred last Friday after an illness of only 3 days. He died at Riverview hospital where he was brought from his home in a hopeless condition. The deceased was a carpenter by trade and is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, John B. Moore and Mrs. M. L. Marcum of Louisa, Mrs. Mart Dooley of Mattie and Haskel Moore who is in Louisville attending school. Haskel Moore was unable to attend the funeral of his father. The deceased was buried at Mattie and a number of people attended from Louisa. The funeral was preached by Revs. Copley, Thompson and Moore who paid a beautiful tribute to the deceased’s upright Christian life. Big Sandy news, Oct 3, 1924
Pikeville, Oct 13—Lee Mullins was killed and his brother, Arvid, perhaps fatally wounded at Dorton, KY ?? miles from Pikeville by John Holifield, 19 years old, Saturday night. It is reported that the Mullins boys brought about the difficulty and that Arvid was shot while in the act of recovering a pistol belonging to his brother, Lee, who had just been shot. Arvid was rushed to the hospital at Jenkins with w wound through the chest. Holifield surrendered to the deputy sheriff Bowles Belcher and is in jail here, awaiting examining trial. Holifield is a miner and had just finished his day’s work at the mines. His father was killed at the Dorton mines by a slate fall a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1924
As the result of a quarrel over an all-night card game in a Wheelwright hotel, Bill Osborne is in jail at Prestonsburg charged with the killing of Kenie Packett. Packett met his death by bullet wounds about 4 o’clock in the morning when the dispute arose across the card table. Osborne is reported to have a police record against him already, as he was tried for killing a man at Whitehouse about 10 years ago and sentenced to the state penitentiary from where he was afterward paroled. Big Sandy News, Oct 24,1924
The funeral of Miss Addie Peery was held Sunday afternoon at the Baptist Church conducted by Rev. M. A. Hay, assisted by Revs. Hyde and Jenkins. Death occurred on Saturday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hance Peery on Jefferson Street, after an illness of a few days following a tonsil operation. Miss Peery was 17 years of age and a student in the Louisa Junior High school. She was a bright girl of pleasant manner and had many friends who mourn her untimely death. After the funeral service the body followed by a large line of automobiles were conveyed to the Hay graveyard a few miles from Louisa where interment was made. Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1924
Edwin Potter, died at Central State Hospital, Lexington on Monday night of this week. The body was brought to Zelda, this county, for burial. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Potter of Zelda. He had been in ill health for 2 or 3 years and his death was not unexpected, we are informed. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1924
Everette Preston, age 17, was instantly killed Wednesday evening in an automobile wreck 7 miles south of Louisa. Curtis Preston, age 18, was so badly injured that his recovery is doubtful. He remains unconscious. Jay Fitch has a fractured skull and other cuts and bruises. E. M. Hall, who was driving the car, escaped with minor injuries, although pinned under the wreckage. The fifth occupant of the car, Okey Compton, jumped from the car in time to save himself from any injuries whatever. The accident occurred on the new Mayo Trail on the south side of Patrick Gap, which has not yet been turned over to the State by the contractors. The time was after 5 o’clock. A steam shovel was at work and was about the middle of the road. Two other cars had passed just ahead of the one that wrecked. When the Gray car attempted to pass, it was being driven up the hill slowly in low gear. The two wheels on the outside of the road slipped over the edge in loose dirt, and after going along for a few feet that way, balanced over, and rolled down the hill, turning over 3 times and landing 80 to 100 feet below. The hill is very steep at that place. About the instant the car was toppling over, Hall told the boys to jump. Compton is the only one who did so. Everette was thrown out and his head struck a large rock. His neck was broken. The other 3 were crowded into the front seat and went all the way down together. The injured boys were brought to Riverview hospital at Louisa soon after the accident. Hall is a citizen of Letcher county, but is teaching school at the forks of Georges Creek, this county. The dead boy is a son of “Sant” or Sanford Preston. Curtis is a son of Ransom Preston. The party of 5 were on their way to Louisa to get some automobile batteries. There was no drinking on this trip. It was purely an accident. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1924
RARDIN, Mrs. Olivia
Funeral services for Mrs. Olivia Rardin, age 75, whose death occurred at her home in Catlettsburg Sunday morning, were held from the residence Tuesday afternoon, with the Rev. Mr. Harrison, of the Presbyterian Church of Portsmouth, officiating. Interment in Catlettsburg cemetery. Mrs. Rardin had been ill for quite a while. She was the widow of J. C. Rardin and the mother of J. C. Rardin, Jr. of Huntington. She was born at South Point, OH, but had resided in Catlettsburg since 1884. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Percy Kames, 3 sons, J. C. Rardin and P. B. Rardin of Huntington and Hugh Rardin of Chesapeake, OH, one sister, Mrs. William Cecil of Catlettsburg and 2 brothers, Jasper and Joseph McClure both of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Oct 10, 1924
Morgan Creek—The people of this community were greatly shocked to hear of the death of John Rose of Irad. John was a good boy and was well thought of by everyone. It is hard to give our loved ones up but God knows best and he had a place for John up in Heaven. He told his brothers if they wished to see him again they must change their way of doing. Typhoid fever caused his death. Big Sandy news, Oct 3, 1924
SELLARDS, William David
William David Sellards, 62, died at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Roy Kittle, in Huntington Sunday morning, following a stroke of paralysis suffered Wednesday night. Mr. Sellards was born at East Lynn, Wayne County, Apr 6, 1861 and was married to Miss Dolly Martin in 1881 at Wayne. Both were members of the Baptist Church of Wayne. He is survived by 8 children, Wallace, Robert, Edmund, and Fletcher, all of Huntington, Mrs. Edmund Fry, Mrs. Dana V. Bayes, Mrs. Hoy C. Kittle of Huntington and Mrs. Jennie Wolfe of Cleveland. After the death of his wife, Mr. Sellards moved his family from East Lynn to Huntington in 1904. Besides his children who were constantly at their father’s bedside during his illness, he leaves 5 sisters, Mrs. Jim Hensley, Mrs. Tim Perry, Mrs. Ellen Nease, Mrs. Haney Booten and Mrs. Bascom Booten, all of Wayne and 2 brothers, Dock Sellards and Attason Sellards, also of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1924
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Pikeville, Oct 8—W. T. (Talmadge) Jones, was lodged in jail here last night following the death of Della Smallwood, who died after she was hit by an auto driven by Jones. It was Della’s second day in school and she was playing along the way home with her twin sister, Dessie, at the close of school, when she was struck by the car and knocked against the curb, producing a fatal injury. She was taken to her former home at Dorton, KY for interment. Dessie exonerated Jones of blame, according to Mr. Ryan, the undertaker. A surprise was created here today when Postoffice Inspector W. L. Ferrell appeared at the jail with federal charges against Jones alleging that he had fraudulently accepted a valuable parcel of mail at Terre ???, WV. Jones is a traveling salesman and had been in Pikeville only a few weeks. Big Sandy news, Oct 17, 1924
Saunders Spurlock, 80 years old, Civil War veteran and a member of an old Wayne County family, died in a Huntington hospital Thursday. His body was taken back to his home about 2 miles north of Wayne for burial. Mr. Spurlock was born in Wayne County, a son of Rev. Barwell Spurlock. At the age of 16 he joined the 16th? Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate Army, serving throughout the war.. He was wounded in 186? While a detachment, with which he was riding charged into a skirmish with Union forces on West Virginia soil. After the war he went to Tazewell County, VA, where in 1866, he was married to Miss Margaret J. Williams and moved back to Wayne County several years later. In 1888? He was elected sheriff of Wayne County ??? to which he had (rest is unreadable), Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1924
Prof. Thompson, a high school teacher in the Inez Academy, died of typhoid fever a few days ago at Inez. He was a resident of Pennsylvania and his body was taken there for burial. He had been at Inez for several months and was considered a splendid young man. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1924
THOMPSON, Mrs. W. Ken
The death of Mrs. W. Ken Thompson occurred at her home in Baltimore last week after a brief illness of pneumonia. Her sister in law, Mrs. Hester Carter, of Louisa was notified of her death last Saturday in a message from Mr. Thompson’s son, Leo of Washington, D. C. Her illness was of only 5 days duration and news of her death came as quite a shock to relatives and friends here as she had been in her usual health when they last heard from them. Mrs. Carter spent several weeks at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson last year while their niece, Mrs. Ethel Peters, was in a hospital in Baltimore. They were residents of Louisa some years ago and Mr. Thompson was a native of this county. His wife was from Ohio. She is survived by one daughter who lived in Pittsburg. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1924
VINSON, K. F.
Mr. K. F. Vinson passed away on Thursday morning of this week at his residence in Louisa. His death occurred at 7:30 and followed an illness which confined him to his home only about a week. Bright’s disease was the cause of his death. Although in declining health for quite a while he was able to be about most of the time and on the streets until a short time ago. Mr. Vinson was in his 75ht year. He was born in April, 1850, at the old Vinson homestead on the point near Louisa and is the last member of the large family of Mr. and Mrs. William Vinson. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Wellman Vinson, 2 daughters and 2 sons, Mrs. J. O. Marcum of Ceredo, WV, Mrs. Janie Land, R. L. Vinson and Milton Vinson of Louisa, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon from the home and burial will take place on Pine Hill. The services will be conducted by Rev. F. E. Jenkins and Rev. H. B. Hewlett of the M. E. Church, South. Mr. Vinson was a man of genial disposition and everybody liked him. He was bright and witty and had something pleasant to say to all who met him. For many years he was a very active business man, being engaged chiefly in the timber business. He was honorable in his dealings and liberal with those who had transactions with him. Big Sandy News, Oct 10, 1924
Boreo? Berry, 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Berry of Huntington, died in a hospital there Thursday morning of blood poisoning, which developed several days before when he stepped on a nail. Funeral services were conducted at May Chapel in Wayne County Friday, interment was in May cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
BURCHETT, Anna? (?Hagen?)
News was received her on Thursday of the death of Mrs. Anna? ?Hagan? Burchett, wife of Major D. J. Burchett, at their home at Mt. Sterling. Her death followed a short illness. Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Vinson and daughter, Mrs. Thomas Hodge?, and D.J. Burchett, Jr., went to Mt. Sterling on Tuesday to attend the funeral. Mrs. Burchett was the second wife of Major Burchett. She was Miss Anna ?Hagan? of Lexington. After residing in Louisa a few years they went to Mt. Sterling where he owned a fine farm and is president of one of the banks there. Major Burchett’s daughters and sons: Mrs. J. F. Ratcliff and Mrs. Addie Biggs, of Huntington, John C. Burchett of Williamson, WV and Mrs. G. B. Vinson and D. J. Burchett, Jr. of Louisa were called there by the death. On account of failing health Mrs. Burchett has spent port of the ??? winters in California. Her death was unexpected to friends in Louisa as many had not heard of her illness. Mrs. Burchett’s surviving relatives live in central Kentucky and California. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
Ray Burchett age ?? was shot and killed by James Tyree, age ?28?, on Saturday night of last week. The tragedy occurred at the home of Lee Ross? On Caines Creek a few miles from Blaine, this county, where several persons had gathered during the evening. Immediately after the shooting, Tyree left the scene and was arrested at Olive Hill on Tuesday and brought to Louisa and lodged in jail. An examining trial will be held Saturday. The trouble seems to have been the result of a trivial matter so far as can be learned. The men had a ??? about an hour before the shooting at which time Burchett is said to have struck Tyree twice with his fist. Just before the shooting the two men were outside of the Ross? Home and it is said the trouble was ???? and resulted in the fatal shooting. Reports say that Dewey Smith was the only witness to the killing. Burchett was employed in the Blain oil field and Tyree is a brick layer who went to Blaine, recently to work on G. V. ?Patton’s? ??? residence. He has a wife and 5 children and lived at Olive Hill, Carter County. Burchett was not married. The body was brought from Blaine Tuesday to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Burchett, parents of the young man at Deephole Branch, 4 miles from Louisa. The burial took place Wednesday. It was delayed a day or two awaiting the arrival of a sister from California. Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa conducted the funeral at the home. Burial in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
Clarinda Caperton, wife of Allen Caperton, was born Aug 21, 1845 and departed this life Nov 15, 1924 age, age 79 years 2 months and 25 days. She was converted and joined the M. E. Church and was baptized when she was about 20 years old. She was married to Allen Caperton, Jan 1868 and to this union were born 9 children, five boys and 4 girls, of which 4 boys and one girl survive, and several grandchildren. She was staying with her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Wellman, who lived at Walbridge, this county ,at the time of her death. The cause of her death was a cancer on the side of her face and neck just below her ear. She bore her affliction with great patience. (Note: there is a little more but could not read it.) Big Sandy News, Nov 28, 1924
On Saturday morning Nov1, the death angel visited the home of Aunt Mat??? Carr, and took her darling little baby. He was 8 months and 9 days old. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
CHATFIELD, George Washington
George Washington Chatfield, Civil War veteran and member of Poage Lodge of the Masonic order died at his home on Eighteenth Street, Ashland, in the ?? year old his life. (could not make out the next few lines) He was born in Lawrence County, KY and came to manhood there. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted ???? regiment of Ohio Infantry and served with this detail throughout the campaign. He was married to Miss Helen Clark in 1867? And her death preceded his several years ago. In ??? he came to Ashland and has lived here since. Four children are living. They are Miss Minnie Chatfield, at home, O. P. Chatfield of Cincinnati, Mrs. ??? Becker and Mrs. A. N. Richardson. Three brothers and 3 sisters also are living, Abner, S??? and Fred, Mrs. Anthony Henneman, Miss Mary Chatfield and Mrs. Helen F???. Mr. Chatfield was converted in the Methodist faith and has been a member of that church for years. Funeral services were held at the home and the burial followed in the Ashland Cemetery. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy news, Nov 28, 1924
The Grayson Journal says Thomas Crank, 25? Years old, was shot and instantly killed by his cousin, Robert Davis, 21, at the home of Davis Monday evening. It has been said that Davis and Crank had been quarreling over a house in which Davis’ father was living. Davis was taken to jail in Grayson. Crank leaves a wife and child besides his father, mother and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
GAMBILL, Henry H.
After a brave fight of 7 years with pulmonary tuberculosis, death came quietly to Henry H. Gambill, son of M. F, and Eliza Osborn Gambill, at his home in Lucasville, on Oct 21?, 1924. He was born at Blaine, Lawrence County, KY on Feb 9, 1887, and was 37 years 8 months and 15 days of age at the time of his death. Feb 28, 1921 he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Hitchcock of Frost, KY. They had one son, Robert Henry, born to them, who died Jun 21, 1922. Besides his widow, other surviving relatives are his parents, one sister, Mrs. Stella Moore, one brother, J. J. Gambill, and several nieces and nephews in Lucasville. The funeral services were held from the Mt. Zion Church at Frost. The body was laid to rest by the side of his little son I the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1924
William Gose, ?74?, died at his home in Portsmouth after an extended illness ????.... Mr. Gose was born in Morgan County, KY May ?26, 1850?. While he was but a boy his parents moved to Vanceburg where he lived until 1914. He then moved to Portsmouth in 1915, where he has lived until his death. His wife preceded him in death 11 years ago. Mr. gose is survived by 6 children, John and Ira of Ma??? Road, William of Wheelersburg, Bertha at home, Mrs. Harold Holden of Muncie, IN and Robert of C???, OH. Burial took place Saturday at Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
GREENE, Cora A.
Funeral services for Mrs. Cora A. Greene, Portsmouth, who passed away Tuesday, were conducted at the Pentecostal Church there last Friday afternoon with Rev. V. B. Williams and Rev. Samuel Creech in charge. Cora A. Green was born Apr 13, 1875, died Nov 4, 1924. After suffering a stroke of paralysis Dec 12, 1923, she was never able to leave the house. After her second stroke she gradually grew worse until death. She was a member of the Baptist Church for 20 years or more, loved by all who knew her. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by her family and host of friends. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, Lewis Greene, the following children: Mrs. Agnes Lyons, Everett Greene, Mrs. Monnie Ralston, Dixie, Glad and Irma at home, one sister Mrs. Alice Sparks of Louisa, KY, 2 brothers, C. M. Bailey of Flat Gap, KY, Dr. T. B. Bailey of Nippa, KY, her aged mother, Mrs. Agnes Bailey of Louisa, KY, and 5 grandchildren, Helen Rixby, George and Robert Ralston, Louisa Greene and Irene Lyon. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
HANNERS, Mrs. Catherine Dies at Portsmouth
Note: Could not read the obituary—to faint. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
Imogene Harless, the 2 year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harless, died at the home on East Fork Monday from burns sustained when her clothing caught fire as she was standing near an open grate. She was 2 years old. The funeral was held Wednesday and burial made in the Cooksey cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
HATFIELD, Mary Elizabeth
Miss Mary Elizabeth Hatfield, aged ?? years, who had for several years been superintendent of the Williamson hospital, and was at one time with the Kessler Hatfield hospital at Huntington, died Tuesday of last week after a short illness. Miss Hatfield had been confined to her room since Friday morning, but her condition was not considered serious until Sunday night when she developed uremic poisoning and she had been unconscious ever afterwards. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Hatfield of Rose Siding, Mingo County, WV. She was born in Pike County, KY. Miss Hatfield was a graduate of the Minera Hospital at Welch and after her graduation was superintendent of nurses at the Kessler Hatfield Hospital, Huntington, and since 1921 has held the same position with the Williamson hospital. She is survived by her father and mother, a sister, Mrs. Emma Hatfield of Burch, 4 brothers, W. J. Hatfield of Welch, McGinnis Hatfield of Northfolk, Leonard and Glen Hatfield of Rose Siding. The funeral was held at Rose Siding. Big Sandy News, Nov 28, 1924
HATFIELD, William Henry Harrison
The death of William Henry Harrison Hatfield of Prestonsburg occurred in an Ashland hospital Monday. He was 84 years of age. The body was shipped to the home in Prestonsburg and burial took place there Wednesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
The dead body of Homer Hayes was found under a railroad trestle at Kenova early Monday morning. The skull was crushed. The body was brought to Louisa Tuesday to be buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, where the body of his father rests. Homer was in his 20th year, the youngest son of Willard L. Hayes, who died suddenly in Sep 1922. He is survived by a brother, Will, and by 2 sisters, Mrs. Jake Thompson of Kenova and Mrs. Arthur Staley of Ashland. The particulars as given by the Huntington Herald Dispatch are printed below. The girl referred to is a daughter of Prater Short, who moved to Kenova from Yatesville, this county.
In trying to make his escape after he is said to have seriously wounded an 18 year old girl, a bystander , in a shooting scrape at Kenova Sunday night, Homer Hayes, 19 years old, Kenova youth, fell from a trestle on the Norfolk & Western railway south of Kenova and was almost instantly killed. The body of Hayes, in a pool of blood, was found at 5 o’clock Monday morning by 2 little girls living near the trestle. Miss Ollie Short, 18, of Louisa, KY is in the Rife Ferguson hospital at Kenova suffering with a bullet wound in her left thigh, received when she was said to have been hit by a bullet from Hayes’ revolver. She is believed to be out of danger from her wounds. Just as church-goers attending Sunday night services at Ferndale Chapel, a Holiness Church, word leaving the building, which is located about 300 years from the scene of Hayes’ death. Hayes engaged in an argument with Arthur Johnson, 2? Years old, also of Kenova.
The argument between the 2 youths brought on the shooting with Hayes as the user of the gun, it was said. It was reported by authorities at Kenova last night that Hayes had fired 2 shots point blank at Johnson, who stood a few feet away. Neither took effect, but one of the bullets found its mark in the body of Miss Short, as she and a party of friends were standing along the Chesapeake & Ohio tracks near the church waiting for a freight train to pass over the crossing. After firing the shots, Hayes is said to have placed his smoking revolver in his pocket and fled toward the hills, south of Kenova. Johnson is said to have tried to pursue the fleeing Hayes but was kept from doing so by friends.
County authorities at Kenova Monday morning in holding an inquest after the finding of the body, gave a verdict that he had come to his death from an accident. Physicians viewed the body and made an investigation, giving our a report later that he had received a fractured skull in the fall, approximately 30 feet. The body was later in the day removed to the home of his sister, Mrs. Jake Thompson of 22nd and Sycamore Streets, Kenova. Hayes’ death, is the latest of several deaths which have occurred at the trestle when persons, in the darkness, have stepped from the railroad tracks into the trestle to their deaths. Homer Hayes had $2000 life insurance, it is said, payable to the children of Mrs. Jake Thompson. Will K. Hayes, brother and W. H. Hayes, and lives near Hueysville, Floyd County. The body was brought to Louisa Tuesday evening and was taken to the home of Eskel Adams on Lock Avenue. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon from the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. M. A. Hay. Burial following in Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Nov 28, 1924
HOWES, E. F. “Bozier”
E. F. Howes, 75 years old, one of Paintsville’s oldest and most venerated men died suddenly at his home here Monday afternoon. Mr. Howes had been in poor health for several months and sometime ago was in ???? was thought that he would not live. He grew better and was again able to be out. His death ???..... it came as a great shock to his family and his many frieds. Monday he was well enough to be out in ???? and late in the afternoon ???? to the house from the back of his ??? and fell across the bed. ???...... It is thought that he ??? …. A stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Howes is survived by his wife and 7 sons, one daughter and one sister. They are John, ????, ??? Fred Howes, of Paintville, Charles Howes of Frankfort, Edgar Howes of Portsmouth, OH, ????... Howes, of Paintsville, and Mrs. ???? Ramey of Portsmouth, OH. One??? Mrs. J. P. Wells of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
HUBBARD, Uncle Will
Prestonsburg—Uncle Will Hubbard of Sugar Loaf Creek died Nov ??? at his home after 3 weeks illness. He was a soldier of the old war and one of Floyd County’s best citizens. He was married to Miss Sallie DeRossett in his youth and to them were born 7 children, 3 of whom have died, and surviving are Malcolm Hubbard of Prestonsburg, Mrs. A. O. Burchett of Alvin, Mrs. Alice Burchett of Wolfpit, and Mrs. Julia Burchett of Prestonsburg. They were all present at his bedside when the end came. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
JOB, E. J.
Colonel E. J. Job, president of the Southern Sheet and Tinplate Co., of Ashland, died at the hospital in Portsmouth Monday from the effects of inhalation of carbon monoxide gas Friday. Colonel and Mrs. Job were returning from a visit with the brother in law in Cincinnati in a closed automobile. Mrs. Job was also made ill by the fumes which ???? her husband. Pneumonia developed after it was though Mr. Job was recovering and caused his death within a short time. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
Louise, the 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Meek, passed away at their home near Louisa. Her death came as quite a shock to family and friends. She was thought to be recovering after an illness of ?? weeks of typhoid fever when she suddenly became very ill living only about 6 hours. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral which was held at the home on Monday. G. V. Meek and family of Huntington were among the ???? who attended the funeral. Burial was in the family burying ground near the home on the Dick Meek farm near Louisa. Big Sandy News, Nov 28, 1924
The death of Mrs. Anna Moats, wife of R. A. Moats, occurred in Ashland Friday. She had been in failing health for probably 6 years and the end was not unexpected. Mrs. Moats was formerly Miss Ann Russell and was born in Lawrence County, KY. She was ?69? years old at the time of her death and had lived in Ashland ??????.... After leaving Lawrence county her parents removed to Ohio where the family lived for a number of years. After Miss Russell had been in Ashland some time she was married to Mr. Moats and has lived there ever since. Her husband is living and 2 sons and one grandchild also remain, Andrew Moats lives in Newport and Russell Moats in Cincinnati. Betty Jane, aged 6, is the child of Andrew and is the only grandchild. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
MOORE, Mrs. F. R. (Belle) Dies at age of 82
Note: there is an obituary but too faded to read. Also there is a photo of her in the paper on page 5. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1924
On Sep 30, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Elded Murray of Waverly, OH and claimed for its victim their loving husband and father, Elded Murray. The cause of his death was appendicitis. Elded will be greatly missed by his friends and relatives but we fell our loss is Heaven’s gain. Mr. Murray was born in Johnson County, KY, Jul 5, 1887 and was therefore 37 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Murray and the following children, Irvin, 16, Gusta, 15, Ray, 11, Rhoderick, 8, Pricy, 8, John, 6, Zora, 3 and James 9 months. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rhoderick Murray of Waverly, OH and the following brothers, Albert Murray of Ashland, Lonnie Murray of Waverly, Lloyd Murray of Paintsville, Willie Murray of Waverly, the only sister, Mrs. May Montgomery of Lucasville, OH also survives. He was a member of the F & A. M. Lodge No. 843 of Wheelersburg, KY and a member of the United Baptist Church at Beaver, OH. His remains were taken to the Glendale Cemetery near Lucasville where he was laid to rest. The funeral services were conducted by the Masons in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1924
RECE, Kate (Garred)
Word had been received her of the death of Mrs. Andrew G. Rece of Ardmore, OK, which occurred at her home last Sunday. She was formerly Miss Kate Garred and lived near Louisa. Her husband and 2 daughters, Frances and M???, survive. Mrs. Rece was a cousin of A. J. Garred of Louisa. Her husband’s sister Mrs. J. W. Hager lived in Huntington. Mrs. Rece was a daughter of Ulysses Garred. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
SHORT, William Ira
William Ira Short, ?? years old died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Crank, at Normal. Mr. Short was a native of this county and spent most of his life in this section. For 12 years he was a resident of Huntington, but since the death of his wife 3 years ago, he had been dividing the time between his daughter’s home in Ashland and that of Mrs. Homer Mearns in Huntington, also a daughter. He was a member of Johnson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Burial took place at Fallsburg Monday afternoon. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached the funeral. Mr. Short was a brother of George Short. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Sturgill and took from them their little baby boy, aged one month and 9 days. The body was brought to the cemetery at Brushy Fork for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1924
THOMPSON, Delila Ann (Wright)
Mrs. Delila Ann Wright Thompson was born Oct 7, 1849 and departed this life Dec 3, 1923?. She was 74 years, 2 months and 4 days old, when her soul took its happy homeward flight. She had only been sick 12 days when death came. She is survived by one sister, 2 brothers and 3 sons and 2 daughters. She has 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News , Nov 14,1924
The body of Bill Thomas, Red Jacket, WV age 2? Years was found riddled with bullets Thursday in a patch of weeds on the mountain near Red Jacket. He had been missing since Tuesday. Two men whose names are being withheld by Matewan and county authorities are suspected of this murder. Thomas was last seen Tuesday when he left Red Jacket on a hunt. The mob according to Chief of Police Jim Boggs, of Matewan, claimed that Thomas left them. Shortly afterward they heard several shots but did not investigate because they thought he had found game. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1924
Fred Williams, ??, a laborer at King Powder Company’s plant just below Wurtland, near Greenup, was instantly killed Monday morning in an explosion of one of the new press plants. Details about the accident were meager as some of the other laborers were close to Williams when the explosion occurred. As nearly as can be learned the facts are that Williams, a native of Carter County, who had gone to work for the company for the first time that morning, was ???? on a small push truck near one of the glazing ???. The truck in some manner ran into the mill and the explosion followed. Officials of the company seemed uncertain about the cause of the explosion. The body of Williams was taken to Greenup and prepared for shipment to his former home. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1924
BILLUPS. Rev. W. H.
Rev. W. H. Billups died on Monday at the home of his son, Taylor, of Fort Gay. He was for many years a Baptist preacher. He was 85 years of age and had been active in Christian work for 70 years. He is survived by 5 sons. His wife died about 10 years ago. The sons are Sam and John of Tabors Creek. W. T. of Centerville, James of Hewlett and Taylor of Fort Gay. Mrs. Mitchell Wellman of Hurricane and John L. Billips of Fort Gay are brother and sister of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Dec 12,1924
BOWE, L. F.
The body of L. F. Bowe was brought to Louisa and was taken to his former home on Lick Creek for burial. Mr. Bowe was killed in a fall of slate in a coal mine in which he was working at Betsey Layne on Thursday, Dec 4th. He was employed there and lived in Prestonsburg. At the time of the accident his ??? son was with him. He is survived by his wife and 4 children, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Mr. Bowe was a good citizen, a consistent member of the Methodist Church and a member of the Masonic fraternity. A number of Prestonsburg Mason went to Betsey Layne and accompanied the body to his place. Burial took place Saturday on Lick Creek, the Mason being in charge. Big Sandy News, Dec 12, 1924
The death of Miss Anna Bowling occurred last Sunday at her home at Peach Orchard, this county. She was the daughter of William Bowling and wife, deceased, good citizens of that community. Since their death she has made her home with her sister Mrs. John L. Hibbard. She was intelligent, well read and had been a lifelong Christian. Her death brings sorrow to many friends. The body was taken to the church at Richardson where at 11 o’clock on Tuesday Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa, conducted funeral services. Interment took place in the Warnick graveyard at that place. Surviving relatives are 2 sisters, Mrs. Duncan of Van Lear and Mrs. Mary L. Hibbard of Peach Orchard and 2 brothers, John M. Bowling of Red Jacket, WV and a younger brother who lived in the west and could not be present at the funeral. Miss Bowling was ?? years of age and has spent most of her life at Peach Orchard. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1924
Frank Burgess died at Thealka last Friday and was buried on Sunday in Lawrence County not far from Richardson. He had been in poor health for some time and his death was not unexpected. He was about ?62 years old and leaves 2 grown children, his wife, having died several years ago. He was a son of Henry Burgess and was the only brother of Mrs. A. O. Carter of Louisa. He was a good citizen. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1924
Believing that he would die upon the operating table, John A. Hayes, asked the doctors surrounding him to wait a minute before they adjusted the either cone that would send him into the deep sleep and then unburdened his tortured mind of its confession admitting himself to be the murderer of Jim Castle, of Hueysville, Floyd County. The confession was received in a hospital in Denver, Co Nov 27 and was made known Saturday in a news dispatch. The independent over the long distance telephone, secured from one of the doctors at the hospital at Martin, the verification of the confession made by Hayes but if the man lying in the hospital at Denver could have heard the words spoken from Martin, the haunting fear that has hung over his mind since the crime would have been lifted for the authorities at Hueysville have no warrant for Hayes, there has been no indictment made and, according to the doctor, if they had him back there, they wouldn’t know what to do with him other than to turn him loose immediately.
To bring him back would only be a useless expense to the state, the doctor stated as the killing was in self defense. Hayes was never wanted in Floyd County and the shadow that dogged his footsteps and caused him to cry out as he saw the possibility of death on the operating table, was a mere chimera of the brain, a fantasy caused by conscience. The message from Denver reads, in part as follows;
“Don’t give me any more ether yet, doctor, “ Hayes pleaded, as he was stretched out on the operating table. “I’ve killed a man and I’ve got to tell you about it in case I don’t pull through” he was quoted as saying. Hayes then confessed, it was said, that in October he killed Jim Castle at Huesysville, when attacked by Castle as he attempted to eject him from his brother’s house. Hayes declared he fled from the state and came to Denver where he suffered a severe hemorrhage and was taken to the hospital. He has a wife and child living in Hueysville, he told Captain Kirkwood. Hueysville, is a small mining settlement on the right fork of Beaver and is about 15 miles up the creek from Martin, the junction point of the railroad situated at the forks of right and left Beaver. Hemmed in between the high mountains Hueysville has only the railroad to relieve its isolation. It was here that Hayes and Castle had their quarrel. The feeling that arose between them after Castle had attacked Hayes never died down and a short time after the trouble Castle was sent down to Martin where he was placed in the hospital and an operation ordered. He was a sickly man, a chronic sufferer and after he went to the hospital Hayes is said to have entered the room where he lay and this time castle is said to have attempted to get at him with a knife. Hayes killed in self-defense, the opinion was, but the man, knowing nothing of public feeling or the merits of the case, fled the state and carried the weight of the crime in his mind as he traveled westward. Whether Hayes will be brought back to his home in Floyd County or not was not stated in the Denver dispatch.—Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1924
Ashland, Dec 18—Oliver Chadwick, aged 40, who was shot and wounded last night by holdup men at a filling station on Fifth Street, died late this afternoon at a local hospital. William Shultz, scarcely 20 years of age is said to have confessed to City Attorney John Fullerton incriminating himself and 2 companions in a series of raids pulled last night, in which 3 stations were robbed and Chadwick, clerk at the Fifth street filling station, sot through the neck. The others accused are Bascomb Bishop, 18, and Erwin Shultz. The Shultz boys came here with their parents about a year ago from Bath County, while Bascomb Bishop has lived in this city about a year and a half, coming here from Lawrence County. Chadwick leaves a wife and several small children in needy circumstances. His home was not fully paid for. Citizens are raising money to help them along. Judge Woods has called a special session of the grand jury to assemble Dec 29th and a trial jury for the 30th. A speedy trial is demanded by the public and this is the proper thing.. Justice is too slow in this country as a rule, and more speed will being more respect for the courts. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1924
Bruce Cheek died Dec 9 at Wheelersburg, OH after an illness of 2 years with tuberculosis. He was the son of Will and Margaret Cheek of Salyersville, KY and went to Vernon, OH, as a school teacher 9 years ago. His widow and son, Kermit, age 11, survive. Also his parents. He was ?38 years old. Big Sandy News, Dec 12, 1924
ESTEP, J. R. J. R. Estep, ?7, died at his home in Catlettsburg Sunday. He was a merchant and moved to that place 10 years ago from Buchanan. He is survived by his wife, formerly Victoria Frances Workman and 7 children, Mrs. Paynter Howe, Buchanan, Mrs. Paul Turman, Van, WV, Hascal?, Myrtle?, Allen and Ruth, ??? a number of brothers and sisters. He was a member of the city council and school board. Big Sandy News, Dec 12, 1924
GEORGE, Mrs. Nathan (Rhoda Price)
The death of Mrs. Nathan George occurred on Monday in Riverview hospital in Louisa where she had been the past 2 weeks. She was very critically ill when brought to this place. She is survived by her husband and 3 children, the youngest, being only 6 weeks old. Mrs. George was a daughter of W. B. Price??, of Irad, and the body was taken to the old home for burial. Both Mr. and Mrs. George were teachers in this county, before their marriage. They afterwards lived at Van Lear and for some time have been at Majestic, Pike County, where Mr. George is employed and was recently promoted to an important place with a coal company. Big Sandy News, Dec 12, 1924
Arthur Hammond, 26 years old, widely known athlete, was instantly killed last night when his body was caught between the elevator cage and grill between the first and second floors of the Robson Prichard building. W. H. Dansher, 28, agent for a life insurance company, who was with Hammond when the accident occurred, is being held at police station until an investigation is made into the exact manner in which Hammond met death. For 2 hours after the accident occurred, police worked with sledges and chisels in vain effort to extricate the body while several hundred Saturday night dance attendants swarmed through the narrow lobby until they finally were driven out by police. According to Dansher he and Hammond arrived at the Robson Prichard building just a few minutes after elevator service had been discontinued. The elevator door was open. They ran the elevator up to the ninth floor themselves, and in about 10 minutes returned and started down. Lights were burning at only a few floors. They did not know much about running an elevator. The cage was dark and Hammond’s companion does not seem to know what caused him to fall and get caught.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Hammonds of Newman Street, South Ashland, his father an employee of the C & O Railroad in Ashland. Hammonds was a student at Ashland High during the first of his athletic successes. His clean sportsmanship, likeable personality and sociable nature made him a favorite wherever he was known. In 1919, his graduation year at high school, he became a four letter man winning this title, in basketball, football, track and baseball. He was the only four letter man of Ashland High. He went to Southerland College in Florida for 2 years after graduation here and won laurels there on the football field. Later he entered Morris Harvey and played on the gridiron team there one year as half back. He entered Marshall in 1922 and played his last year of collegiate football there. Big Sandy News, Dec 26,1924
HAZELRIGG, Judge James H.
Frankfort, Nov 28—Funeral services for Judge James H. Hazelrigg, who died this morning at his home in this city, will be held tomorrow afternoon at the First Christian Church conducted by the Rev. Roger T. N???, pastor of the church. Officers of the church, of which Judge Hazelrigg was a member will be the active pallbearers and the judges of the Court of Appeals honorary pallbearers. Burial will be at the Franklin Cemetery. Big Sandy news, Dec 5, 1924
The funeral of Walter Hensley, who died Friday of wounds inflicted the evening of the ?? instant at the Sandy ???? was held at the home of Mrs. Bob Car??? His mother in law at the Carmack home, Catlettsburg and was a very ??? the big home and yard were filled with relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1924
Garrett—Crushed beneath a slate fall of several tons in the Elkhorn Coal Corporation mine at this place, Chester Hunter, 22, was instantly killed Wednesday and Proctor Griffith, 21, was probably fatally injured. Griffith’s spine is thought to have been broken in the mishap and he was removed to the Wayland hospital where little hope is entertained for his recovery. Coincident with this accident, it is recalled that Doak Griffith, a brother to Proctor Griffith, was paralyzed by a similar slate fall 5 years ago in the same mine in which the mishap of Wednesday occurred. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1924
LYKINS, Polly (Crum)
Mrs. Polly Lykins, ?58?, years old died Sunday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. H. Foster, Huntington. She had been ill for 2 years. She is survived by her husband, H. A. Lykins of Kenova, 2 sons, John and Charley Lykins, of Kenova, her sister, Mrs. Foster and one brother, W. J. Crum of Glenhayes. She was the daughter of the late Anderson Crum of Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1924
Vinson Lyon died in the Eastern Kentucky Hospital for the Insane at Lexington last week and the body was returned to his home at Keaton for burial. He suddenly became insane a few weeks ago. A wife and some small children survive. He was formerly a school teacher and was a very bright and highly respected young man. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1924
PETERS, Mrs. C.F. (Sarah Smith)
Mrs. C. F. Peters passed away at her home near Fort Gay, Thursday night Dec 11. For more than 2 years she had been an invalid but had been confined to her bed for only 3 weeks. Before her marriage Mrs. Peters was Sarah Smith daughter of ?? and Mary W??? Smith. She was born at Wayne Jul 11, 1848 (difficult to read so could be wrong). She married C. F. Peters Jul 8, 1868. Seven children were born to them, all now living with the exception of one daughter, Claire, who died at the age of 11. The son are G. G. Peters, For Gay, R. H. Peters of Steubenville, OH, S. H. Peters of Hopedale, OH, Fred Peters of Ashland, daughter are Mrs. Mollie Meek of Louisa and Mrs. J. K. Holbrook of Grant, KY. All of the above were present at the funeral with the exception of Mrs. J. E. Holbrook, who was unable to make the trip. C. F. Peters, her husband, also survives her. One brother, William Smith survives his sister ….. (there is more but could not make it out. This issue of the paper was very faint so I could have made errors in reading it.) Big Sandy News, Dec 19,1924
POWERS, Mrs. J. D.
Mrs. J. D. Powers, ?? years old, a resident of Huntington died Sunday evening after an illness of several months. She was the daughter of the late George W. B??? , a Huntington hotel man and was born at Dickson, Wayne County. During 30 years of married life she lived in and near Huntington. She is survived by her husband and 4 children, Roy, ???, ??? and Flynn. She also leaves her mother and brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1924
PRICHARD, L. C.
L. C. Prichard died in the West…. The article is very faint and difficult to read. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1924
REYNOLDS, Mrs. S. F. (Elizabeth Wellman)
Mrs. S. F. Reynolds passed away at her home in Louisa on Friday evening of last week. She had been in invalid many years and had been confined to her bed the past 10 years. She and her aged husband resided at their home on Maple Street, where they lived ever since moving to Louisa from Fort Gay, WV years ago. Mrs. Reynolds maiden name was Elizabeth Wellman. She was born in Fort Gay on Jun 8, 1839?. Her first marriage was to a Mr. Graves, who died leaving one son, Anson Graves. Mrs. Graves and Rev. S. F. Reynols were married on Jun 21, 1865, nearly 60 years ago. Their marriage took place in Fort Gay, WV where they spent quite a number of years. Ten children were born to them all living to be married before the family circle was broken by death. In fact in the long period of 60 years the mother’s casket was the first to be brought into the home. Their 5 sons and 5 daughters are as follows: Dr. J. F. Reynolds, of Mt. Sterling, Ed Reynolds of Ft. Gay, J. H. Reynolds, deceased, Louisa, Dr. B. B. Reynolds, Huntington, and Benton Reynolds, Matewan, WV, Mrs. Ann Whitt Milam, deceased, Mrs. Frank M. Vinson, Louisa, Mrs. C. M. Crutcher of Huntington, Mrs. Perkins Ellis, Manteo, VA and Mrs. J. M. Bromley, Huntington. The descendants of Mrs. Reynolds number 116, including 2 great-great grandchildren who live near Fort Gay, being great grandchildren of her son, Anson Graves, deceased. Mrs. Reynolds had been as well as usual until about 24 hours preceding her death when it was discovered she was sinking. She soon became unconscious remaining so to the end. Her children were summoned home reaching here before she died with the exception of Mrs. Ellis who came the next day. Attending the funeral were more than half of her large number of descendants, besides many friends. She was a faithful member of the Baptist Church and it was from that church in Fort Gay that the funeral service was held on Sunday morning, conducted by Rev. B. S. Akers, a lifelong friend of the family. At the residence a short prayer service was held before leaving. Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 12, 1924
Note: There is an article in Dec 19th issue with a photo of her, but the article was hard to read.
Mrs. Elizabeth Tackett died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. J. Blair, in Ashland Monday after an illness which lasted over a period of about 2 years. She was in the 78th year of her life and had been living at the home of her daughter for some time. The body was taken to Magoffin County for burial. She was born there and lived a great portion of her life there. She leaves 3 daughters, Mrs. S. J. Blair, Mrs. J?? Adams, both of Ashland, and Mrs. Susan F. Love of Columbus. Three sons also survive, Frank, M??? and J??? S. all of Magoffin. One stepson survives William H. Tackett of Kansas. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1924
THOMPSON, Mrs. Wade
The death of Mrs. Wade Thompson, wife of Wade Thompson, real estate dealer of Ashland, died Friday morning at the home of her ??? Dr. Thompson, in Webbville. Death ….. could not read the rest. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1924
The death of Lindsay Wellman, of South Ashland, occurred Sunday morning at the home. He was 71 years old and had been in failing health for some time. The body was brought to the old home in Lawrence County where the funeral was held Wednesday from the home, burial following in the Wellman Cemetery. Mr. Wellman is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, Ashland Independent. Later: We find that Mr. Wellman was not a resident of Ashland, but that he went there on Friday from his home at Ellen, this county. He was in Louisa that day, apparently as well as usual. Acute indigestion is said to have caused his death. He was one of Lawrence County’s good citizens, a man of integrity and industry. He was an uncle of Mayor L. F. Wellman, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1924