January 1902

January 3, 1902


Death visited the home of John Chaffin and took from them a loving boy about 25 years of age. Smith was a good boy and loved by all who knew him. He was a great Sunday school worked and while his seat is vacant in Sunday he is singing around that great white throne with his sister that has gone on before. Weep not father and mother form Smith, but live in this world so that when you cross over that cold stream you will meet that boy again.


The ten year old daughter of Andrew Goodman, living on Wilson creek in Wayne county, W. Va., was standing before her Christmas tree which she had just lighted with numerous colored candles when her dress caught fire and she was burned to death in a few minutes. Her body was burnt to a crisp. Her parents has stepped out of the house for a short time and found her dead.


A fatal shooting occurred in Ceredo last Friday night in which W. M. West, a section hand on the C.& O. road, was almost instantly killed by a policeman.

West and a man named Pleasant were drunk and the policeman followed them over into the city limits of Kenova, when West knocked him down, and turned down to run away. He arose to his knees and fired a ball into West’s back, causing death in 15 minutes.

West leaves a wife, child, and aged parent, who were wholly dependent upon him for support.


Mrs. Rebecca Dyer, died at he home of her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Garred, near Gallup, Wednesday, after a few days illness. She was about 94 years of age, adn was the grandmother of our townsman, A. J. Garred.


A murder was committed at the depot in Mt. Savage about 10 o’clock Tuesday morning in which Cass Pennington was shot and instantly killed by Flem Thompson. Only two shots were fired. The two had been scuffing and Pennington had knocked Thompson off, when the latter drew his revolved and fired with the above result. Thompson escaped.


Inez, Ky., Dec 28- Henry Butcher, living on Greasy creek, fifteen miles northeast of here, was fatally shot yesterday by Tivis Mead. A fight occurred between Henry Mead, a son of Tivis, and Butcher. They were separated and Mead was taken into his father’s house and the door barred. Butcher seized an ax, forced an entrance and struck at Mead with an ax. Mead seized a gun and shot him through the head.


Madge: Rosa Justice, daughter of John and Mary Justice, was born Feb 5th, 1882. She departed this life Dec. 23, 1901. She was a good and obedient girl and loved by all who knew her. She was converted and baptized a short time before her death.

Oh how sad to give her up. It does seem so hard for the young to die, but we must in humble submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well.

There is a reaper whose name is death,

And with his sickle keen

He reaps the bearded grain at breath

And the flowers that grown between.

The bereaved friends have our sympathy. May they live that they may meet Rosa in the better world.

A precious one from us is gone,

A voice we loved is still,

A place is vacant in our home

That never can be filled.


2nd article: Prosperity: Died, Dec 24th , Miss Rosa Justice. She was the daughter of John Justice, of Irish creek. The bereaved family have our heartfelt sympathy.

January 10, 1902


Lucinda OBryan, the wife of Owen OBryan, was born Feb 16, 1901 ( this is error in year). Her age was 61 years. To this union was bor 10 children of which 10 children of which two preceded her to that land where no sadness ever comes. She joined the Baptist church in 1868 and lived a devoted member until she passed over on the other shore.

She always said she did care to die after her children were all married off and got homes of their own. About six weeks after the youngest one married she passed quietly away.

She was a good mother to her family and to her aged companion. She will missed around the hearth stone. She was always willing to help the distressed.

When our life work is done and the King calls us home and saints of all ages we view when friends gone before we see as of yore, Oh, won’t that be glorious too. Won’t that be glorious with heaven to view.

Sad to say, but God’s will be done not ours, on the 25th of December, the death angel again visited our vicinity and took one of our best citizens, Allen P. Hinkle, who was born Sept. 9th, 1830. He was married to Elizabeth, daughter of James R. Spencer, Jan 24th 1850. To this union was born 7 children. There are 25 children. There are 25 grand children and two grandchildren. He joined the United Baptist church at Georges creek 1859 and lived a devoted Christian until death.

He was a deacon fo the United Baptist church for several years and was a member of the Association for 20 year and will be badly missed byt the church. He was also a member fo the Grand army, and of the Mutual Protection Society and was buried by the M. P. S according to request. His remains were laid to rest in the old home Grave yard on the Meads Branch. He was a man that was a friend to the poor and would feed the hungry.

Just before he passed away he called his family around his bed and said “Children, be good to meet your father in heaven for I will soon be home, praise the Lord.” He took them by their hands and told them farewell. He passed away like one going to sleep.

He leaves a wife and six children and many friends to mourn their loss.

West Virginia: Jeremiah Ferguson an aged citizen and substantial farmer, whose home was on Gragston creek, near Pharoah, died last Sunday. He had been ill for some time. The burial was made Tuesday near the home of the deceased.

Covey Carter, an old and well known citizen, died very suddenly Tuesday at his home on Morgan’s creek. He was apparently in as good health as usual and went out to chop some wood, when he dropped dead. He was a brother of Jas. “Slasher” Carter.

Joe Mitchell, aged 67 years, died at Catlessburg Tuesday. He had been in poor health for about a year.

Laurel Hill: on Dec. 30th, 1901, the grim master Death, visited the home J. T. Rigsby and took from him his loving wife. Mrs. Rigsby’s maiden name was Lidia Belle Collier. She was 18 years old and was married to J. T. Rigsby June 1st, 1901. She suffered with that dread disease consumption two months. All was done to restore her health that could be done, but all in vain. She claimed conversion two years ago, and joined the United Baptist church, and has lived a true christian ever since, and died in full triumph of faith. When she was bidding her friends and relatives farewell she said she wanted to shake hands with them in heaven. On January 1st her remains were carried to the home grave yard and there laid in its last resting place, to await the resurrection morn, when the grave will burst asunder and, the body will come forth and meet a convoy for angel, the will carry it to the home of the blessed. Husband, if you want to live with that dear one again, live a christian life as she did, so after the trials of this over you will meet where parting is no more.

January 17. 1902


Williamson W. Va., January 7,- a Norfolk and Western passenger train collided with an extra freight at Alnwick this morning. Flagman W. D. Turner, of the freight, was killed: H.S. Mith, baggage master, burned to death, and Engineer Bailey injured internally died this evening.

The body of Sturges E. Jones, a lawyer, formerly a Mayor of Roanke, Va., who has been in Huntington about three months in the insurance business, was found in the Ohio River at Huntington Wednesday morning. It is supposed to be a case of suicide. His pocketbook and Masonic charm were found on a pushboat near where the body was found.

Huntington W. Va., January 11- the explosion of a boiler at a sawmill on Madison creek, fifteen miles south in this county, brought instant death to four people and critical injury to four others. The mill wrecked by the explosion was owned by Mr. Midkiff, who is among the list killed. A dry boiler is the supposed cause of the explosion. The remains of the victims were horribly mangle, some of them being blown almost a hundred feet in the air. The building was totally wrecked.

Mrs. J. W. Layne, died at her home on lower Louisa last Thursday night of consumption. She was twenty five years old and leaves a husband and five little girls. A few days before her death she was converted and was received into the church by Dr. Boland. The funeral took place Saturday morning from the residence. Mr. Layne and family moved here only about a month ago from Jackson county, W. Va.

Wade Becklehammer, age about nineteen years, died Monday night at his father’s home near Kavanaugh station, in Boyd county. His death was the result of wounds received in a fight the evening before. The wounds inflicted by Tom Marshall, of the same neighborhood, who used a knife as a weapon.

The dead man is the son of James Becklehammer. On Sunday he and his son and Tom Marshall went to Catlettburg and filled up on liquor. On their way home it is said they had a difficulty in which Marshall struck the older Becklehammer on the health with a club, and it is reported that the skull is fractured. Going on some distance the trouble was renewed and Marshall cut Wade about the abdomen, fatally wounding him.

In the affray Marshall received some cuts about the head. It is also reported that a deep gash was cut on James Becklehammer’s neck.

Marshall is still at large, and has gone to Elliott to evade arrest. He claims the deed was done to self defense and that he will be acquitted.

Becklehammer moved to that neighborhood from this county about two years ago is a tenant on a farm there.


Prosperity: Died, Dec. 28th, a little child of John Adams. The bereaved have our sympathy.


Yatesville: Died, Jan. 6, Covey Carter, an old and well known citizen of this county. He fell dead at his work about 400 yards from his home. He was a good man and a kind father.


Savage Branch: Mrs. Walker Short, daughter fo Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lockwood, died Dec 27th of consumption. She leaves a husband, one child, and a host of friends in sad bereavement. She said she was ready and willing to go meet her Father in Heaven. Burial services were conducted by Rev. Bob Arthur.

Yatesville: Carrie Diamond is dead. A good and honest woman has gone to meet her reward. Carrie was the daughter fo James and Missouri Holley. She was born on July 19th, 1872 and was married to C.H. Diamond in 1889. She died Dec. 20th 1902, surrounded by family and friends, who with loving hearts and gentle hand, administered to her needs in her last hours. Her life, like a placid stream, slowly and gently ebbed away to eternity. She bore her suffering with much patience and like a tired child she lay down to sleep that eternal sleep, which is awakened only by God’s own hand in a better and more gracious world. She was a good and obedient wife, was converted and baptized over 3 years ago. She leaves five children, four boys and one girl, and kind husband who so patiently administered to her needs.

May the little ones that talk so much about mama now “ meet her in the sweet by and by. Oh how sad to give her up. It does seem so hard for a kind mother to leave her little ones, but we must bow in humble submission to the will of of Him who doeth all things well.

A precious one from us has gone,

A voice we loved is still

A place is vacant in our home

That never can be filled

May her friends be consoled and comforted by the assurance that her tired soul is in the keeping of that immortal one who doeth all things well.

Many thanks are extended to the neighbors and friends who were so kind to her.

January 24, 1902


Death of Mrs. E. B. Hager

Mrs Lucie Prichard Hager, wife of attorney E. B. Hager, of Ashland, died in Louisa last Monday morning, after several months of illness of consumption. She had been at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Prichard, ever since her return from Asheville, N. C., where she went in the futile hope of securing relief from this awful disease. Nothing was left undone which might add to her comfort during these last days. The best medical attention was given her, and it was not until a few days previous to the final summons that all hope was surrendered by the fair young victim and her loved ones.

The funeral took place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from the M. E. Church South. ON account of the illness of the pastor ( Dr. Boland) Rev. S. A. Donahoe was called from Ashland to conduct the services. He was assisted by Rev. S.G. Preston, of Catlessburg. The attendance at the funeral was probably the largest ever seen here. A great number of relatives and friends came from various points down the river.

The burial took place in Pine Hill Cemetery immediately after the funeral services and the body was laid to rest beside that of the only sister of the deceased.

The pall bearers were twelve of her young friends: Messers. J. C. Burchett, J. G. Burns, M. J. Webb, J. H. Reynolds, Alex. Lackey, George Burgess and Misses Ethel O’Brien, Sadie Reynolds, Charlotte Freese, Reba Lackey, Matie Wallace and Mrs. M. G. Watson.

Mrs. Hager was barely 23 years of age, her last birthday occurring just one week before her death. She was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Prichard and a granddaughter of County Judge R. F. Vinson. A frail little daughter about one year old, is left motherless by her death.

Lucie Prichard was a girl who everyone likes, She was of an unusually happy disposition, always greeting her friends with a smile and cheerful words. Until the ravages of that dreadful disease began to tell upon her she was the picture of health, and was regarded as a beautiful girl. Her death at this early age is indeed sad, and is a great blow to family and relatives.

Among the many beautiful flora offerings was a design from the Ashland Commandery K. T. and harp of calla lilies and roses was a token of the high esteem in which Mrs. Hager was held by her young friends of Louisa.


( For an tribute by a friend refer to 5/2/1902 issue Page 3)

Mrs. B. F. Johnson Dead ( in article spelled both Johnson and Johnston)

Mrs. Johnson, of Thacker, W. Va., died Thursday evening at 6 o’clock, after an illness of about two months, of typhoid fever and a complication of troubles. She was about 60 years of age and the wife of B. F. Johnson, a prominent hotel man, formerly of Peach Orchard, Ky., but at present the proprietor of the leading hotel at Thacker.

The deceased maiden’s name was Keiser. She was a life long Methodist and consistent christian woman, She was loved by all, young and old, with who she was associated.
The remains were brought her daughter’s Mrs. Cobb Lockwood, at Savage Branch. Saturday at 11 o’clock the funeral services were conducted from Mary Moore Chapel, by Rev. John T. Johnson. of the most prominent Methodist preachers of the county.

The deceased leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her death. The children are Mr. “Jack” Johnston of Ashland, Charles R. Johnston, of Thacker, Mrs. Cobb Lockwood of Savage Branch; Mrs J. W. Warnick, of Williamson, W. Va., Mrs. J.C. Butler, of Catlessburg, Mrs Guy White of Thacker, and Annie L., the daughter at home.


Dr. L. Jones’ family of Galen, this county, has suffered great affliction. There have been ten cases of typhoid fever in the family and three of the children, the eldest son, who was married, the oldest daughter, Mrs. Arnett and a younger son have died.

Mathias Harmon has also suffered great affliction. Three of his sons James, William and Samuel all grown, have died and all his other children have been sick.


Overda: Died, January 11th, the infant child of Henry Blankenship. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved parents.


January 31. 1902


Death at Thacker: Mrs Emeline. V. Johnson, wife of B. F. Johnson ( the leading hotel keeper of Thacker, W. Va.) died at her home at about 7:15 o’clock Thursday evening, January 16th, 1902, after an illness of about two months.

She was born in Carter ( now a part of Boyd) county, Kentucky, and was well along in her 63rd year when a severe attack of typhoid fever and a general giving away of life’s tenement, incident to old age, proved too much for her fragile old upon life, and after a heroic struggle she yielded to the gentle summons of the blessed Master, Who doeth all things well.

She was baptized and taken into the M. E. Church by her pastor two weeks previous, after which she rejoiced in hope of a blessed immortality, by saying, “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; bless be the name of the Lord, for He does all things well and bless His name, “ etc.

She told the writer a few days before her demise, that “if it is God’s will I would like to stay with my friends and loved ones; but if HIs will, was resigned to what he would think best.” Her last night on earth on being interrogated by a friend as to how it was with her soul, she exclaimed, “All is well.”

Funeral services were conducted form her late home on Friday morning by the writer, after which the remains were placed in a baggage car by the pall bearers on No. 11, west bound train, along with a number of friends and relatives following, repaired to the Mary Moore Chapel about six miles southeast of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, in the beautiful Big Sandy Valley, where all that was mortal of the beloved mother was laid to rest to await the resurrection of the just. Peace to her ashes.

Thus ends the life of a mother who had lived to see her two sones and four daughters grow into middle aged men and women before she bade farewell to them. May the remembrance of her loving face and long forbearance and suffering “in His name,” comfort and cheer those who mourn for her, especially the aged father in his declining years.

Before interment an excellent funeral Sermon was preached from Revelation 14 verse and 13 chapter by that grand old veteran minister, J. T. Johnson of Round Bottom. His subject was the “The Glorified Dead.”. Rev Ball, pastor of the M. E. Church, was present and assisted in the services. A large concourse of friends and neighbors followed the remains to their last resting place, which shows how very much she was esteemed by all who knew her.

Godfrey Seites, one of the aged and most highly respected citizens of Cabell county, died a four o’clock this morning at his home on Salt Rock, the result of an injury received after a fall more than a month ago. Mr. Seites was known in every quarter fo the county, having been a resident of this section for more than half a century. He was eighty years old.

Major Ensign, the well known head of the big Ensign Car Works at Huntington, dropped dead Monday night at his home in Huntington. He had apparently been in good health up to the moment of his death. Heart disease was the cause.

Major Ensign was probably the most valuable man that the city of Huntington had for a citizen. His enterprise gave employment to hundreds of man and brought prosperity to the city. In fact, the Ensign Car Works, did more to promote the growth of Huntington than any other one thing.

The deceased was a man of the greatest energy, and of clear business foresight, He was about 65 years of age.

He had accumulated considerable wealth, and had only recently closed a deal on some of his mineral lands in West Virginia by which he would have soon been receiving an annual income of $ 40,000.

H. J. Derbyshire died at Huntington Sunday, and the Advertiser gives the following particulars of his interesting life:

Henry James Derbyshire was born in Liverpool, England, April 6, 1833. He was educated in the old country, but came to the United States while yet a young man. He first located in New York City, but at the beginning of the Civil War enlisted in the United States navy and served throughout that conflict. He was one of the few who accompanied Mr. Hall on his expedition in the sixties in an attempt to reach the North Pole, and suffered severe hardships the winter he spent in Greenland. Mr. Derbyshire came to Huntington in 1877 and has since resided her being one of the city’s most highly respected citizens. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his demise, all of who are in Huntington, save Charles Derbyshire, who went to the Philippines last summer to engage in teaching school. One of his sons is C&O agent at White House Ky.

Sudden Death:

Dan Pigg, of this place, was shocked to find, upon awakening last Friday morning, that his wife had died during the night. She had been a sufferer from dropsy for quite some time and this probably caused her death. The funeral was preached by Rev. L. M. Copley, of the Baptist church, of which the deceased had been a faithful member for two or three years. The church was draped by kind neighbors and friends and the funeral was largely attended.

A husband and five children- four boys and one girl, survive her. The burial took place in Fulkerson cemetery.


The sad news has reached her of the death of Mrs. Henry T. Lyttleton, which occurred in Marshall, Texas as a result of severe burns received a few days ago. The particulars of the accident have not yet been received.

Deceased was formerly , Nannie Rice, of Carter county, Ky. Prof. Lyttleton, her husband, is also native of Carter county, and for a number of years was one of our most prominent educators. He was for a time at the head of the normal institute in Louisa. He moved to Texas about twelve years ago and was made president of a female seminary. After a few years he resigned and took up the practice of law. He is now County Judge.

2nd article:

Vessie: On the 16th inst. the Pale Horse and his rider visited our community and took from our midst, one of our aged and most respected citizens in the person of Josephs Childers. He had lived his four score years, and seemed to enjoy good health up to a few days previous to his death, when he was taken with pneumonia. He had lived in the county for over forty years and had for a long time been a consistent christian. His wife had been dead about six months. He leaves eight children and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn their loss.

2nd article: He was 82 years of age. His remains were taken to the Coburn grave yard and buried by his wife, who died in July.


February 1902

Feb 7. 1902


Mrs Louise Burgin Couring Dead:

Versailles Ky, Feb 3- A telegram from San Antonio, Texas announces the death from pneumonia of Mrs Louise Burgin Couring, aged 38 years. She was the daughter of J.C. Burgin, of this city, and was one of the handsomest women in Central Kentucky.


Matewan, W. Va., Feb 2-R. B Blankenship, a wealthy merchant of Delorme a small lumber station near here, last night shot and killed Robert Browning, a timber dealer. Blankenship’s plea is self defense, as he claims Browning had already fired one shot at him. The shooting occurred in the private office of Blankenship when a dispute arose during the settlement of the account. Both men were prominent. Blankenship is in jail. The preliminary examination will be held Monday.


James Adkins, age 25, who formerly lived in this county, but recently moved to Normal, died last Tuesday.


Hargis Branch: The death angel visited the home of Henry Marcum on the 30th of last month and took from them an infant boy. The bereaved have our sympathy.


Charley: Died, on the 31st, Miss Mary Judd, daughter of Lige Judd. She was a victim of consumption. Her remains were interred at the home grave yard. We heartily extend our sympathy.


Relief: Died, Jan 25, Lizzie Brown, wife of M… ( can’t read name) Brown. She leaves a husband and five small children.


Relief: Elijah Beggs, a highly respected old man of the head of Blaine, died very suddenly of heart disease on Feb 2nd.



Feb 14, 1902


Wilbur; Died on 7 inst, the eleven year old daughter of Rob Travis Jr,, of heart failure. The bereaved family have our deepest sympathy.


River: A small child of W. L. Chandler caught fire Saturday morning while Mrs. Chandler was out milking and was so badly burned that it died Saturday night. The bereaved have our sympathy.



Marion Vanhoose, of Tom’s creek, died Sunday and was buried Monday. He was a good citizen and will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Alice Workman, wife of A. T. Workman, died yesterday of consumption. She was a daughter of James Dills.


Monday morning on Burning fork in Magoffin county, two men one by the name of Fletcher and one Hollingsworth, shot from ambush and killed Pierce Patton. The had quarreled with Patton about some corn the day before. Mr. Patton was a son-in-law of Reuben Patrick, and a brother-in-law of R. A . Patrick, of this place, and was shot in the public road while carrying mail.


Death of O.P. Wellman

Death came peacefully and as a welcome messenger to Oliver P. Wellman last Friday afternoon, at his home in Louisa, He had realized for several weeks that this condition was hopeless. His mind was entirely clear until a day or two previous to his death, and he suffered but little during his confinement of nearly five months in bed.

His death was caused by a broken back, which was a result of a fall from a trestle at Torchlight station about Sept. 20th. He was employed on the railroad trestle force, and was using a “pinch bar.” The implement slipped and fell to the ground thirty feel below, sticking up at an angle. Mr. Wellman also fell and the lower part of his spine struck the bar. He was taken to the C.& O. hospital at Huntington, where he was well cared for by good physicians and nurses until the later part of January, when he was brought home at his own request. His body remained in a completely paralyzed condition below the point of injury from the time of his accident until his death.

The funeral occurred on Sunday at 1 o’clock, from the M. E. Church South, of which the deceased was a consistent member. Dr. J. M. Boland, the pastor preached a very appropriated sermon, which was listened to by a congregation that entirely filled the church. The burial was conducted by the Masonic fraternity. The body was laid to rest in the Pine Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Wellman was 55 years of age. He leaves a wife and seven children, four of whom are grown, three being married. He was a good citizen, a kind husband and father, and an industrious man.


Fatally Shot: J. F. Reid Dies from Wounds Inflicted by Miniard H. Thompson.

At Williamson. W. Va., last Friday Miniard H. Thompson, of this county , shot J. F. Reid, of Catlettsburg, three times, inflicting wounds which caused his death on Saturday evening. The first shot struck Reid in the abdomen, the second in his shoulder and the third in the back, he having turned to run.

Mr. Thompson surrendered and went to jail. He said he did the deed because Reid had invaded the sanctity of his home.

Reid was a carpenter and builder who had been in Williamson for a year or more. Mr. Thompson moved from this county to that section two or three years ago, and has been in business there. HIs trouble is eliciting much sympathy from his in this country. It is said that Reid was suspected of having been mixed up in affairs of this nature before.

The sad news of the death of their sister, Mrs. Rev. J. L. Albritton, has reached her brothers, Dr. G. B. Edwards and L.D.O Roarke here. She had consumption from many years and finally succumbed to the inevitable. They moved from Lawrence county several years ago, to Butte City, Montana, where her husband builded up a large church. Owing to her failing health they moved to a warmer climate and located in the city of the Mormon Temple. Besides her reverend husband she leaves two sons, Fred and Elmer.


Prosperity: Died, Jan 20th, the little child of Bill Bates. Also on Feb. 9th the little child of Crooks Adams. He was laid to rest in the home grave. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Cassidy. The bereaved family have our heart felt sympathy.


Feb 21, 1902


Dead at the Age of 92: Lawrenceburg, Ky., Feb 18- Dr John D Hutchinson, aged 92, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs William Johnso, in Tyrone. One of his sons is postmaster in this city, and another is postmaster is Owenton, Ky.


Calf’s Bite Proved Fatal: Richard Hes, a well known farmer and stock dealer, died at his home at Salt Lick of blood poisoning, caused by a calf biting him on the finger about three weeks ago.


Rev. John A. Black, of the M. E. Church, South, died at Bonham, Texas a fews days ago. He was formerly pastor of a Huntington, W. Va., church.


At Logan, W. Va., while skating on the Guyan river John and Walter Harman were drowned by breaking through the ice. John, they younger boy, first went through, and his brother, in attempting to rescue him, was also drowned.


The body of W. J. Lloyd, age 83, was taken from Bath county to Wayne, W. Va., last Friday, for burial. Mr. Lester, son-in-law of the deceased, accompanied the body. The aged man’s death occurred just after he reached his daughter’s home on a visit. Pneumonia caused his death and the disease was contracted while making the trip there.


Buchanan: A Telegran was received here stating that Gobe Lambert was killed at Dingess Tuesday. He is a son of Bud Lambert of Rove Creek and young man of high standing. We extend our sympathy to the bereave family.

2nd article: Gobe Lambert Killed. A Young Man From this County meets Death in W. Va.

Gobe Lambert, age 22, son of Bud Lambert, of Rove creek, this county was killed Tuesday in a coal mine in Logan country, W. Va. He has been employed by O. D. Garred to run one the tram road engines of the timber work formerly operated by L. M. Adkins. During the past two or three weeks the engine could not be operated because of the bad weather, and Mr. Lambert was putting in his time digging coal for the use of the engine. A fall of slate caused his death.

The body was brought to his home Wednesday evening. Deceased was an industrious and exemplary young man. He was unmarried. Much sympathy is expressed for the deeply bereaved family.

2nd article from March 7, 1901: We, as friend and acquaintance, join with the many friends in deploring the sad and untimely death of Gobe Lambert, who was killed in Logan, W.Va.,. He was a kind and affectionate son and brother, having no enemies as any one knows, an upright young man in every sense of the word. The family has lost a kind and obedient son and the county one of her brightest young men. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved friends.

3rd article: Spelled Tobe not Gobe: Son of W. H. and Julie Lambert was born in Lawrence county, Nov. 8th, 1881 and died February 18, 1902,


Buchanan: The remains of Mr. John N. Smith who died at Pittsburg, on the 17th, will be brought back to Round Bottom on the 19th for interment. The funeral services will be at the Round Bottom church, conducted by Rev. J. T. Johnson. We rarely see a larger concourse of sorrowing people assembled to pay the last sad tribute of respect to they one they love. Mr. Smith was a man universally loved and sought by those who knew him best. He was 56 years old last December. All who knew him mourn his loss as a personal bereavement and extend their sympathy to thy heart stricken relatives. “May the snows of winter rest lightly o’er him, and spring entwine her brightest garlands o’er his grave.” Peace to his ashes.

2nd article: John N. Smith, a well know citizen of this section, whose home has been at Round Bottom, W. Va., for a number of years, died at Pittsburg, Penn., Monday morning after a long illness for more than a year’s duration.

He was a victim of a peculiar disease, which puzzled the physicians considerably. He sought relief from the best medical men of Cincinnati, Philadelphia, New York and Pittsburg, but none of them could do anything for him.

The body reached Kenova Tuesday at noon and was conveyed by hearse to Round Bottom, where the burial occurred Wednesday morning. Revs. J. T. Johnson and J. W. Hampton, comrades of the deceased in the Confederate army, conducted the funeral services.

Mr. Smith was the only son of the late Mr. Ed Smith, of Catalpa, this county. He was 57 years of age. One son and two daughters survive him-S. S. Smith, of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Pat Hager, of Pittsburg, and Mrs Will Ross, of Bolts Fork.

Deceased was a highly respected citizen, popular with all who knew him, and his death is deeply regretted.


Potomac: We are sorry to announce the sudden death of Miss Fanny Bluebaum at her home on White’s Creek on Tuesday February 11th, 1902.

The people of this community were shocked to hear of her death so suddently for she enjoyed good health until Monday evening at 2 o’clock and a physician was summoned as quick as possibe but all in vain. He pronounced the disease heart failure.

All that was done that loving hands and medical aid could, to relieve her suffering, but to no purpose. “God called her unto himself.”

The funeral services were held at her home Friday Feb. 14, 2902.

She was laid in the Fannin Cemetery beside the loved ones who gone on before. A telegram was sent to her brother, T. J. Bluebaum, who is attending college at Louisville. How needful the warning to us all: “Be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh.”


Sad was that parting hour, yet full of of hope,

When friends beloved exchanged the long farewell”

With golden dreams each eye seemed lighted up,

Nor grief was long permitted there to dwell.

For bright the future gleamed and full of joy.

Laden with wealth and fame they hope to gain.

While hours and days and weeks sped joyous by;

Bearing them safely o’er the billowy main.


Thus leaning on the arm of the Beloved, she went down to the cold stream of Jordan with in-faltering step

Serene and untroubled, she gazed upon its rolling billows and with solemn, yet undisturbed composure fearlessly entered its dark waters looking beyond for that joyous welcome to life and immortality which remains for God’s beloved.


Oh cruel Death! relentless King!

How could’st thou aim so fell so there a ….. ( can’t read last word)

So rudely sever such endearing strings

As wound around that tender heart?

How could’st thou dim the light of that sweet home?

So joyous made by her enkindling smiles?

So happy then;-but now alas how lone.

No gentle voice the hours beguile.

Why didst thou pass the aged and feeble by,

Who seemed already ripened for the tomb:

And on this cherished on so coldly lay

Thine ….. ( can’t read) while fresh in youthful … ( can’t read)?

We deeply mourn; with grief her loss deplore;

Yet there’s a rainbow in the tears we weep;

She is not lost, but only gone before,”

Reposing sweetly in a peaceful sleep


One beloved and worthy of being so, young, amiable, and accomplished, possessing a mind of superior order of hight intellectual cultivation and attainment; of refined and polished manners, a form of symmetry and beauty; a noble and attractive; a heart warm devoted, gushing forth with tenderness of affection toward the home of affection toward the home of her youth and its thousand endearments; as a daughter ever dutiful, affectionate, faithful; as a sister, kind conciliatory, loving as a friend, ardent changeless, enduring, always pleasing, confiding ever welcome as a favorite by all.

None knew her but to love her,

None named her but to praise her.

She had much to endear her to life. It presented many alluring charms fo dazzling brightness and the future opened before her with prospects of high attainment of usefulness and honor.

Darling Fanny! though we miss thee,

Andy they absence deeply mourn,

Yet with meek submission, humbly,

Still respond “Thy will be done.”

Trusting in the firm assurance,

That though earthly ties are broken,

We shall meet they sainted spirit,

Where no farewell words are spoken.


Mr. D. M. Clere, aged 62 years, died at his home near Ashland last week from paralysis. His son, Rev. Clere, was pastor of the Baptist church at this place last year.


John N. Smith, a well known citizen of this section, whose home has been at Round Bottom, W. Va., for a number of years died at Pittsburg, Penn., Monday morning. after a long and painful illness of more than a years duration.

He was the victim of a peculiar disease, which puzzled the physicians considerably. He sought relief from the best medical men of Cincinnati, Philadelphia, New York, and Pittsburg, but none of them could do anything for him.

The body reached Kenova Tuesday at noon and was conveyed by hearse to Round Bottom, where the burial occurred Wednesday morning. Revs. J. T. Johnson and J. W. Hampton, comrades of the deceased in the Confederate army conducted the funeral services.

Mr. Smith was the only son of the late Mr. Ed. Smith, of Catalpa, this county. he was 57 years of age. One son and two daughters survive him-S. S. Smith of Catlettsburg , Mrs. Pat Hager of Pittsburg, and Mrs. Will Ross, of Bolta Fork.

Deceased was a highly respected citizen, popular with all who knew him, and his death is deeply regretted.


Gobe Lambert Killed: A Young Man From This County Meets Death in W. Va.

Gobe Lambert, aged 22, son of Bud Lambert, of Robe creek, this county, was killed Tuesday in a coal mine in Logan county, W. Va. He has been employed by O.D. Garred to run one fo the tram road engines fo the the timber work formerly operated by L. M. Adkins. During the past two or three weeks the engine could not be operated because of bad weather, and Mr. Lambert was putting in his time digging coal for the use of the engine. A fall of slate caused his death.

The body was brought home to his home on Wednesday evening. Deceased was an industrious young and exemplary young man. He was unmarried. Much sympathy is expressed for the deeply bereaved family.


Death of Mrs. H. T. Lyttleton: The following is taken from a Marshall, Texas paper:

Possibly the largest funeral cortege and certainly the most universally lamented was that of Mrs. Nannie Rice Lyttleton, wife of Judge Lyttleton, who died at 9:20 o’clock Saturday night from the severe burns received at 11 o’clock that morning, and was buried from the Christian church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon in Greenwood cemetery.

Long before the house set for this ceremony, people in all ranks began to crowed the church and streets surrounding. Every pew in the spacious edifice was packed, even the aisles were crowded that the ushers were forced to make room for the passage of the funeral party.

As the remains were were deposited in front of the altar, the choir arose and in a low, sweet voice rendered “Death is but a Dream.” Rev. Andrews, of the Baptist church, read from Second Corinthians, followed by prayer by Rev. Russell, of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Rev. Sewell, to whom the deceased has been an ever constant friend, arose and with voice choked with emotion, in a few bried words spoke of her noble deeds and christian character. Mrs. George Dupree sang “Rest”, after which Rev. Rines, of the Methodist church, offered the benediction. The funeral party then proceeded to Greenwood cemetery, where that that was mortal of this christian life was laid to rest.

Few women lead a better life than Mrs. Lyttleton, one of the best known and most popular characters of East Texas. Kind, gentle and with always a smile and encouraging word for those in her charge she was actively engaged in her duties up to the time of closing her school for the holidays.

Mrs. Lyttleton was a devoted christian and an untiring worker in the field of her Savior, going about her christian duties in a simple unassuming manner that carries with it always an added charm and grace. No hour tool late, no case so bad but this godly woman found time and cause to administer to the needy and afflicted.

Espousing the cause of religion at an early age she united with the Christian church and her life has been one glad sweet sone of praise and devotion to the giver of all good things. Her fondest hope was to see her children walk in the path she herself had so long traveled and in this knowledge she died rejoicing. The angels beckoned and the world lost a friend, husband and children an affectionate wife and mother, but to the heavenly choir was augmented one of the purest and sweetest voices when the spirit of Mrs. Lyttleton winged its heavenward flight.

Born in Carter county, Kentucky, Nov. 14, 1866. She was 36 years and 19 days at the time of her death. She was married at the early age of 16, and came to Texas with her husband in 1887 where her gentle nature and influence soon surrounded her with a host of personal friends. Those who were not personally acquainted with her, know of her and admired her character. None knew her but to love her, none breathed her name but in praise. She leaves behind to mourn her departure beside her husband, four daughters, a son, a sister, Mrs. T. B. Elwood, of Terrell, and a brother, H. S. Rice, a teacher in the Northside school.

2nd article: Further particulars of Mrs. Lytlleton death in Texas say that she had been cleaning a dress with gasoline and hanging it near the fire to dry when it took fire. The flames quickly took hold of the clothing she was wearing and burned her fatally before they could be extinquished.


Walbridge: We are sorry to hear of the death of Oliver Wellman, as he was such a good kind man. He will be missed by all.

Feb 28, 1902


In W. VA: the seventeen year old son of Bert Jefferson, of Cox’s… ( unable to read next word) accidentally shot a three year old brother, killing him instantly.


R.H. Bocock, a prominent Mason, fo Olive Hill, died suddently Tuesday, He was about fifty years of age.


Casper: Uncle Bill Strother of Hubbardstown, died Feb. 21st. He was 82 years of age. He leave a wife and five children to mourn their loss.

2nd article: Mr. Wm. Strother, aged 78 years, died at his home in Hubbardstown, W. Va., last Friday and was buried Sunday. He had been suffering from paralysis for some time and a second stroke on last Wednesday caused his death. He was one of Wayne county’s pioneer citizens and was an honest and upright man. A wife and a number of children survive him.


Mrs. C. R. Wilson Dead: Thursday morning death came to the relief of Mrs. C. R. Wilson, who had been lingering for some time suffering from a complication of diseases, with no hope of recovery.

Deceased was formerly Miss Lizzie Webb. She was 61 years of age and was a faithful and consistent christian, having been a member of the Baptist church 30 years.

A husband and one daughter, Mrs. Robert McKee, survive her.

The funeral will take place at the Baptist church today, Friday at one o’clock.


Mrs. Mary Roberts Holt:

Mrs Mary Roberts Holt, wife of Rev. D. P. Holt, pastor of the M. E. Church, at Ludlow, died at the home of her father, Red Roberts, near here, after an illness of several months of consumption. Mrs. Holt had been at her father’s home from some time in the hope that the country air might prove beneficial, but to no avail. The deadly fangs of consumption had fastened upon her and though every effort was made by her husband and other relatives the final summons could be stayed no longer and she passed peacefully away on Monday.

Mrs. Holt was one of Lawrence county’s best and most popular women and enjoyed the love and respect of a host of friends, both here and in the different cities which her husband had been stationed.
For a number of years she has been a faithful member of the M. E. Church and was a bright and influential chrisitan.

Besides her husband she is survived by her father, one sister and a brother.

The funeral which was held from the M. E. Church at this place at eleven o’clock Wednesday, was conducted by Rev. A. Boring of Bellevue, assisted byt the pastor Rev. G. W. Howes, Rev. Sutton of Ashland, and Rev. Boland, D. D.

Her remains were laid to rest in the Fulkerson cemetery beside her mother.

2nd article: The Pastor’s wife, Mrs. Mary Loo Roberts Holt, feel asleep in Jesus Monday, Feb. 24th 1902, at the home of her father, Mr. G. R. Roberts, near Louisa, Ky. For nearly two years she was ill and for the past two weeks her life was one of intense suffering. Sh endured it, supported by His word and grave, and sweetly, calmly, peacefully she went home. Rev. Dr. Boreing of Bellevue, conducted the funeral, assisted by Rev. C. W. Sutton of Ashland, and Rev. G. W. Howes, of Louisa, in the M. E. Church, after which her remains were laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon Feb. 26, 1902.


Dr Sparks Dead; Well Known Physician, a Native of Lawrence County, Dies Suddenly.

Dr. Henry W. Sparks died of pneumonia at his home in Denton, Carter county, Wednesday morning of this week, after an illness of only two weeks. he had only recently opened an office in Ashland, but had not yet moved his family there from Denton. About two weeks ago he contracted a severe cold and went to his home. Pneumonia developed and death resulted.

This will be shocking news to his many friends and relatives in Lawrence county, where he was reared and successfully practiced his profession for several years. He was popular and possessed more than ordinary ability.

A wife and two children survive him. Many of his relatives live on Blaine, this county.


Died at 80 years of Age:

Mrs. Samuel H. Snead, of this place, wife of an aged minister of the Protestant Methodist Church, died at her home Wednesday after an illness of several weeks. He death was caused by a complication of diseases incident to old age. She was a faithful member of the church, and a woman who was well spoke by all who knew her.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. W Howes at one o’clock at the M. E. Church yesterday and the burial took place in Fulkerson cemetery.


Mrs. Duvall, wife of Emmett Duvall, living on J. M. Ferguson’s place near Oak Niew, died Thursday evening of measles. The funeral occurred today at 10 a. m. pondacted by Rev. W. M. Wakefield. Mr Duvall buried a child 6 months old last Sunday, which died of the same disease. The entire family, except the father, consisting of mother and seven children have been stricken with the disease. ( From Catlessburg Press)


Shot at Whitehouse: Richard Roe, Swede Tramp, Shot by Elmer Hicks ( Not the man wanted at Birmingham)

Last Monday Jack Osborn and Elmer Hicks, both citizens of this county, went up to Whitehouse on the track of a Swede tramp who they claim was Frank Duncan, a desperado who was engaged in a bank robbery in Alabama and afterward killed policeman Kirkly and Adams at Birmingham, as was sentenced to death and escaped, and for whom a reward of $500 was offered. They came up with the tramp near Ward City and Hick says that when they ordered him to throw up his hands he reached for his pocket as though to draw a weapon. Hicks fired on him with a shot gun, tearing away the greater part of his left cheek and making a bad wound in his neck. When searched nothing but an ordinary table fork was found on his person.

The captors then brought the man to Graves’ Shoal where Hicks is employed and Dr Wary dressed his wounds, and on Tuesday morning the brought him to Louisa. He was immediately taken to the police office, where Dr. Riggs examined the wound and pronounced it a dangerous one and told the men they better take him to a hospital. the man was spoken to in German by William Sieff and said that he was not the man wanted. He said he had committed no crime, that his hame was Richard Rote and that he came from Parkersburg, W. Va., hunting work. He claims that he was shot while walking along, not knowing that he was wanted.

In the meantime Birmingham officials had been wired to know if Duncan was a foreigner and answer came that he was a Swede and to hold their man,

The wounded man was taken to the depot in the afternoon, his captors saying they were going to take him to a hospital, but Deputy Sheriff Jesse Cyrus arrived on the scene with a warrant and placed Hicks under arrest. Osborn gave bond and Hicks was held under guard until Wednesday morning., when both men were taken to Johnson county, where a report Wednesday night says, they were held without bail.

The wounded man was taken to Arlington Hotel, where he is being taken care of. Dr Wroten dressed his wounds and he is some better, though in a precarious condition.

Deputy Sheriff Cold arrived Wednesday evening from Birmingham and after examining Rote said he was not the man wanted.

Osburn is a farmer and has always been considered a good quiet citizen. Hicks is a sawyer for Art Preston, at Graves’ Shoal, and is considered a peaceful young man, though he has been in trouble before.


Death of Jemimah Borders:

I am just in receipt of a letter advising me of the death of Mrs. Jemima E. Borders, widow of the late Hexekiah Borders, at Baldwin, Kansas, February 13th. She was a daughter of Daniel Auxier, was born January 8th, 1816, was married to Hezekiah Borders, August 11, 1847 and moved to Kansas with her children in 1871. She was one of the best known woman in the Big Sandy Vally: a devout christian, zealous in all good works, and a Methodist of the old sterling type. Intelligently she was far above the average, socially a most delightful companion, and entertained with a lavish hand.


Dropped Dead: Friday, as John. L Hibbard was walking along a pathway at Peach Orchard, this county, he was considerably shocked by finding the body of Malcolm Hinkle, son of Wesley Hinkle, lying cold in death. The citizens of the locality were notified and the proper investigation was made. This seemed to proved that the man had died from heart trouble.

He was a miner, unmarried, aged 42, and had left his mother’s home at the usual time to go to work. He had his dinner pail with him. His death occurred some time before the body was found. he was a man of industry and good habits and was caring for his widowed mother. This makes it a particularly sad case.


Paintsville: On last Friday evening, Mrs. Ella Brown, wife of F. A. Brown passed peacefully away at home at this place, surrounded by family and many friend, She was one of the best women of our country. Her christian piety and every day christian life commanded the love, respect and esteem of all who knew her, and her influence for good went ouf for both church and school and she will be sadly missed. The bereaved have the sympatny of all.


Paintsville; John Rice of Denver, aged 8_ ( can’t read age) died at his home last Friday, He was a wealthy and influential citizen and was a soldier in the Civil War.

March 1902

March 7, 1902


Laurel Hill: Death has visited this vicinity and taken from David Collier and wife a little son one year and nine months. The bereaved have our sympathy.


Mrs. Wagner, wife of C. H. Wagner, manager of the Hotel Ventura, died at Ashland Monday at noon.

Francis M. Wilcox, a prominent merchant of Oskalossa, Iowa, died last week. He was a brother of Dr. D. B. Wilcox of Grayson, and was at one time County School Superintendent of Carter.


William Johnson was ground to pulp by the C.& O, shuttle train yesterday morning at 9:15, in the lower part of Catlettsburg.

He was walking west on one track. A heavy freight train was coming behind him in the same direction and he looked back and saw that is was on the track opposite that on which he was walking. He then pulled his cap down and proceeded down the track with his head down, as though in deep thought. The noise of the freight train prevented him from hearing the shuttle train, which was going east on the track upon which he was walking. Parties who were at the terrible accident say that he did not raise his head until the shuttle train was near him and whistling a series of short blasts. He turned around suddenly and looked up at freight train, he evidently thinking the whistle was being done by that engine. In this way he failed to see the shuttle at all, and it struck him just as he turned his back toward it.

The body was literally ground to pieces by the wheels of the locomotive. The man’s brain were strewn across the track for a considerable distance and the body was crushed and ground to a pulp. The pieces were gathered up and an inquest was held by Coroner A. H. Moore. The verdict was that the man came to his death thorough no fault of the railroad company’s.

Johnson was a laborer 35 years of age and leaves a wife and five children. He home was on Catletts Creek, near Catlettsburg. He was a son of Cal Johnson. This was a terrible affair and a most sickening sight. It is a very sad case, and the man’s family is left in an almost helpless situation.


West Virginia: One of our most esteemed and highly respected citizens is dead. He passed away quietly at his home near Naugatuck on last Friday. Mr. M. B. Thompson had been a long sufferer and life had been prolonged by the most skilled medical treatment. He leaves an interesting family and many friends to regret his loss. He was admired by all who knew him and was a quiet, model and upright citizen.


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Wellman, of Cassville, died Tuesday night.


Frank Tyree and Louis Schmidt, Well Known in Louisa, drowned near Pikeville.

Frank Tyree and Louis Schmidt, two genial and popular commercial travelers, were drowned in the Big Sandy river, three miles below Pikeville, last Friday at one o’clock p.m. Ed Burke, another traveling salesman, had a narrow escape from the same awful fate as befell his two friends and companions.

A number of traveling men were caught at Pikeville by the flood tide in the river. During the fore-moon on Friday Messrs. Schmidt, Tyree and Burke bought a skiff and prepared to start at noon for Whitehouse, a distance of 45 miles, expecting to reach there in time to get the train Saturday for Louisa and Catlettsburg. The families of Tyree and Burke lived at the latter place, and Mr. Schmidt spend Sunday in Louisa whenever possible.

At the time fixed to start, the river was very hight, the current unusually swift, and the danger of the situation was increased by the fact that a great many loose saw logs were running. A number of friends endeavored to persuade them to abandon the trip, but in their anxiety to spend Sunday with loved ones they took a hopeful view of this situation and could see no great danger in the trip. They invited C. T. Rule of the firm of Dixon, Moore & Co., of this place, and James Bryant, who travels for the Patton Milling Company, to accompany them, but they declined because of the risk.

The jovial trio set out upon the hazardous trip with light hearts, and with no premonition of the terrible experience that was so soon to overtake them. Friends standing upon the bank of the river at the little mountain town, as the skiff was pushed from the shore into the current of the turbulent stream were the recipients of joyous farewells. Songs of gladness fell from the lips of the happy three as their little bark was caught up on the bosom of the raging tide and borne swiftly toward the cheerful firesides where hearty welcomes awaited them - welcome such as are found only at home.

All went well for the first three miles. There was not an accident to mar the pleasant anticipations of the three friends. But suddenly, without warning or apparent cause, a large saw log shot out in their direction striking another log and driving it against the skiff with great force. Unfortunately, just at that instant they were near a partly submerged limb of a large tree which at an ordinary stage of the river stood nears the water’s edge. The skiff struck this limb and was capsized instantly. Mr. Burke was thrown away from the skiff. Mr. Schmidt was caught under it, and Mr. Tyree apparently had the best opportunity to escape. But instead of taking advantage of this, he first extricated Mr. Schmidt. The current was bearing them toward the middle of the river all the time, and the probably realized that the only hope was to get a hold of a saw log. Tyree finally reached one and got on it, but seeing that his companion was about to drown, he pushed him partly up on a log. Mr. Schmidt feel back into the water immediately, calling for help at every breath. Like the hero he was, Mr. Tyree continued his efforts to save his friend until he was completely exhausted, the they both went down together. The struggle lasted until they were carried 300 yards or more down the stream.

While this tragic scene was being enacted, Mr. Burke was fighting desperately for his life. He first started to swim ashore, but soon found the current toward the middle of the river so strong that he could not overcome it, so he turned and swam back to a saw log, reaching it just as his strength was about exhausted. Benumbed by cold and thoroughly exhausted it was only but the most supreme effort that he finally succeeded in climbing upon the rear end of the swiftly running log. There he sat, frenzied and semi-conscious, until rescued by two men a mile below the place fo the frightful accident.

The only witness to the horrible scene were Mr. and Mrs. Keel, who live on the opposite side of the river. They were powerless to render any assistance and were forced to watch the three men throughout the awful death struggle. Mr. Keel was completely unnerved by the scene.

The day was warm and neither of the the men had his overcoat on. Mr. Schmidt’s dress suit case and overcoat were caught some distance below the place of the accident.

These three traveling men were well know throughout this section of the State having traveled it for several years as salesman. There were all popular, and this terrible accident has shocked their friends and people in general as nothing else has done for a long time.

Mr. Tyree was about 35 years of age and leaves a wife, but no children. He married Miss Maggie Hutchinson, daughter of Rev. J. B. Hutchinson. His home is at Catlettsburg, where he owned property. He was traveling from Crump & Field, the big wholesale grocery of Ashland. He was a genial, whole-souled man, energetic and very successful. His parents live in Credo.

Mr. Schmidt was about 25 years of age and unmarried, but betrothed to a young lady in Louisa. He was a son of the ex-Marshall of Portsmouth, Ohio and a young man of correct habits and the highest integrity. He had been a trusted employee of the clothing firm of Reid and Jordan, of Portsmouth, since his boyhood. He was well liked by everybody who knew him, and his untimely death has brought sorrow to all of them.

Mrs. Burke, the only one who escaped, is a resident of Catlessburg and travels for a hardware firm.

Mr. Tyree had $1,000 insurance in the Equitable Life Assurance Society, and Mr. Schmidt was carrying $2,000 in the same company. Mr. Tyree also had $6.300 insurance in the United Commercial Travelers Association. It is also said he had $3,000 in another company, making a total of $10,300. Mr. Schmidt is reported to have been insured in the U.C.T, but we could not verify the report or learn the amount.


Sad Death Of Mrs. Florence Enslow, a Native of our County

Mrs. Martha McClure Enslow, died at her home in Huntington, W. Va., last Monday evening at one o’clock.

Such was the startling news by which this community was shocked a few hours later.

The death was sudden and unexpected. Even those who were not watching at her bedside did not realize that the end was near until an hour or two before her spirit took its flight. Thought she had not been in the best of health for a year or more, there was nothing alarming to her condition. Two hours before her death she coughed violently and was thrown into excruciating pain. She had told those present that the coughing had caused some kind of an internal rupture. Intense suffering continued until death brought relief. Three physicians were called, but they could do nothing for her. She was conscious and realized that death was near, and stated that she was fully prepared. Her husband, Mr. Florence Enslow, was lying in bed upstairs with typhoid fever. Shortly before the death angel came, he was carried into the room where his wife was lay dying, and there followed one of the saddest farewell scenes every witnessed. The case is made all the more pathetic by the fact that a little son of only eight days old is left motherless by this death. Also, a little daughter of two years of age,

The burial took place on Tuesday at Huntington. The funeral was preached by Rev. B. B. Evans, pastor of the M. E. Church, of which Mrs. Enslow was a devout and active member.

Deceased was 30 years of age, and the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. McClure, fo Gallup, this county, one of our most prominent families. She was married just three years ago. Her life was a most exemplary one. From childhood she had been active in church work, and more consistent and earnest christian is rarely , if ever seen. Death found her entirely ready, as it doubtless would have done at any during time many years previous. No one doubts this who knew her.

Only ten months ago her sister, Mrs. E. T. Flinn, died in Arizona, leaving a little sone but a few days old. Up to that time there had not been a death in the family of good parents for fifty years, though nine children reared.

The surviving sisters are Mrs. O. D. Garred, Mrs. G. C. Burgess and Mrs. Dr. Atkinson. The brothers are L.T., J.P., T.S., and J. H. McClure. These and all other relatives are sorely bereaved by this great loss. To them and to the true and worthy husband who is heartbroken, the sincere sympathy of all acquaintances goes out.


Prosperity: Died, on Last Monday, Uncle Nat Saunders, near Blaine.

2nd article: Nathaniel Sander, commonly known as “Uncle Nat,” passed calmly to his heavenly home on Feb. 26h at 1p.m Uncle Nat had for several months been a patient, and uncomplaining sufferer from the dreadful disease dropsy. He was a member of the Baptist church and had long since made his peace with God and lived his last days in the fullness of a christian life, with the assurance of a heavenly home.

He had attended his 74th year in the beauty and bloom of an aged life. He possessed the energy and character which makes an old life happy and useful. His aged life was one of eternal spring his greatest joy was to make those around him happy and to light up his home and bring sunshine into the hearts and lives of his family. He was an obedient and brave soldier, but no more on earth will his footsteps be heard on the battle fields or elsewhere, with him all is peace and joy.


Catt: Died, on the 15th inst., Clell Miller, brother of Thomas Miller. His suffering was a long duration and when death came he was ready to answer, and died in full triumph of a living faith. His burial was conducted by Brother John Short. He was peacefully laid to rest in the McDowell grave yard.

2nd article: In memory of McCellan Miller. On the 18th day of February, 1902 brother McClellan Miller, was called away where all is bright and fair. He leaves a family and many friends in sad bereavement, but was can rejoice and say he is singing among angels, and the Lord has given us the promise that we shall meet beyond the grave, which is a great consolation. The Lord has said the cannot come to use, but we can go to him; so dear friends and relatives let us trust in the power of the crucified Savior and try to lead a better life. Let us take warning from this that our days are numbered and our time may come any day. Brother Miller will be as a beacon light to those he leaves in tears behind, and at the beautiful gate in paradise he is waiting to welcome us home.


March 14, 1902


West Virginia: At a late hour Monday night Mrs. Fred Goulding of Davy, shot and killed her husband and then fired a bullet through her own heart. The shooting occurred at the Goulding home, on the outskirts of this town and was witnessed by their two little children and a servant girl.

The terrible tragedy was the ending of a very unhappy five years of wedded life. Goulding came home last night, intoxicated and his wife immediately passed into her bedchamber, picked up a revolver and resting the weapon against the door facing, fired three shots at her husband, every one of which took effect. She then kissed her little ones goodbye and a moment later shot herself. Goulding was the foreman for a lumber yard for the Davy Crockett Lumbar Company.


Another Long List of Victims Gathered by the Grim Reaper:

Universal sorrow was caused throughout this region by the news of the sudden death of Rev. George Justice, which occurred last Sunday at his home at Princess, Boyd county, to which place he had moved only a short time ago. His death was caused by rheumatism of the heart, which attacked him only a few hours before. Recently he had sold his place on East Fork, near the Lawrence county line, and bought property at Princess, where he intended to engage in the mercantile business.

The Ashland Daily Independent gives the following particulars:

In her death Boyd county loses one of her more prominent ministers, and influential men. He was about 39 years of age and leaves a wife and six children. His wife was a Miss Ross, daughter of the late Judge Jack Ross, and a sister of George, Buck, Joe, Crit, John and Taylor Ross all prominent farmers and stock men of this county.

Rev. Mr. Justice was counted of Kentucky’s most brilliant young Baptist ministers, and it will be remembered that a few years ago he was the Democratic nominee for the Legislature defeated by a small majority by Rev. J. H. Sturgill.

He might be said to be one of the best known and most popular men in the Sandy Valley.

By a singular coincidence it seems, just a week ago last Friday he was called upon to preach the funeral of his friend and former neighbor, Dr Sparks, at Denton. He chose for his text the later part of the 3rd verse of the 20th chapter of 1st Samuel: “There is but a step between me and death.” Its seems this was last work and the words seemed most filling in his case, for

Twas the wink of an eye, ’tis the draught of a breath

From the blossom of health to the paleness of death”

The remains were taken to Bolts Fork and interred at the Ross graveyard. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Willis. C. Pierce, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Catlettsburg.


James. R. Cordle, the 14- year old sone of James H. Cordle, died Sunday at Russell, Ky., and the body was brought back to the old home on Little Blaine, this county for burial. Mr. Cordle moved down there several months ago, where he has employment. The loss of this promising son is deeply felt by him.


George Spears, died at Catlettsburg Sunday of cancer of the liver, from which he had been suffering from some time. He was 55 years old, and was a resident of Louisa for a number of years, having been connected with the Louisa Flour Mill when Capt. Freese was operating it. He was also a steam-boatmen and was known all along the river. His body was taken to River, Johnson county, for burial. This was his old home.


Mrs. Clark Mead, died at Peach Orchard last Sunday. She was a daughter of Mr. Simon Bartlett, of George’s Creek. She leaves a husband and three children. She was a good woman and her death is a great blow to her family and relatives to all of whom the sympathy of the community goes out.


The eleven year old son of Doc Carter of this county, died Sunday of rheumatism and typhoid fever. The little fellow suffered terribly and it seemed that only death would give him relief.


Sammy, The 18- year old son of Harmon Artrip, living about three miles from Cassville, died Friday night of last week.


The little three-year old daughter of Fred Picklesimer, of Busseyville, died last Tuesday.


A telegram from Ironton Tuesday brought the news of the death of Miss Bessie McDowell, a sister of Mrs. A. S. Weller. Dr Weller and family left for that place on the afternoon train. She was only 19 years of age and died of consumption.


Martin Lynch, formerly of Ashland, was killed at Tuscalossa, Ala., last week.


The little daughter of Green George, of Paintsville, died last Tuesday from burns received on Monday by her clothing catching fire from a grate.


Clarence Adams, son of N. P. Adams of Salyersville, died at Central Hotel, Caney, Morgan county last Tuesday of pneumonia. He was principal of the Caney High School, and a graduate of the A. &. M. College of Lexington. He was twenty one years of age and one of the most promising young men of the mountains. He was a brother of traveling salesman P. M. Adams and Win Adams, book-keeper in the in the Catlessburg National Bank.


Mazie: Several of the folks of this place went to Elliott county Sunday to attend the funeral of P. V. Diles, son Eli and Cynthia Diles, who was a soldier, and died in the Philippines May 22, 1901, and was removed to his home in Elliott county and laid in his final resting place March the 2nd, 1902. The funeral was attended by a large number of people.


Mount Zion: Mrs. John Bolt died at her home on Bear Creek Feb. 28.



On February 24th, 1902, W. H. White one of our oldest citizens, left the shores of time to answer the roll call up yonder.

A devoted father, a kind husband, no more treads the hills and valleys of this earth but walk among those gone before, to the city not made with hands.

He was a native of Virginia having been in Tazewell county, February 13, 2831, but for several years had a resident of Kentucky.

His lingering here only strengthened and brightened his prospects for the future after death. When he realized the death angel had called him he said “the future if bright, I am ready to go.” He had known for some time that he could not recover and calmly waited until death should close his eyes into an eternal sleep and hush his lips into everlasting silence until “The trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more.” He no longer lives upon earth among men but is now marching with the marshaled hosts of heaven.

He was laid to rest of February 26th, in the family burial ground overlooking the old homestead. His funeral was one of the most impressive in character, and was conducted by the writer and Rev. G. C. Hutchinson Grassland circuit.

Many friends and sorrowing relatives were present to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was born as we were born, who lived as we should live and who died as we surely die. Although are hearts are saddened and his loss we deeply feel, yet we have the blessed assurance that our loss is heaven’s gain.

As star has disappeared from among the lights of the earth, but on resurrection morn its rays will fall upon us as radiant as the star of Bethlehem.

Mother, husband has gone to join the angel band and though art faithful until death you will be reunited on that evergreen shore. Children, take courage; if you follow his footsteps you will again meet father where parting will be no more.


March 21, 1902


Keystone, W. Va., March 16

William Harden died here last night a result of a gunshot wound received Thursday night while pretending to defend Henry Fink, the well known merchant of this place, who, together with his wife, were being held up by robbers while on their way to the railroad station to go East on their honeymoon.

Harden, just before his death, made a confession, which was startling indeed. For months he was an employee of Mr. Fink, and knew that on Thursday evening he was to accompany Mr. Fink and bride to the midnight train to assist in checking baggage. Knowing that the groom would have considerable money on his person, he arranged a plan for the robbery, taking two other men into his confidence. While near an isolated spot about midway between the Fink home and

and the station the two pals of Harden attacked Mr. Fink, when the latter opened fire. During the affray a bullet from one of the robber’s revolvers struck Harden and he fell mortally wounded. Mr. Fink was soon overpowered, thought, by the other two robbers, and several hundred dollars was stolen. The bride during the hold-up displayed wonderful nerve. While the robbers were going through the pockets of her husband she continued to pelt them with boulders picked up in the street. Mr. Fink received some serious cuts and bruises about his body, but will recover. Both the robbers escaped.

Hardnen was not suspected of being implicated into the robbery until he made his confession, just a few hours before death.

Mr, Fink and his bride postponed their honeymoon, owing to the tragedy.


B. D. Hayes Dead: Basil D. Hayes, died rather suddenly last Saturday morning at Leon, Carter County, to which place he had moved just a month previous. The remains were brought to Louisa Saturday evening, and the burial took place in Pine Hill cemetery Sunday afternoon. The funeral was held from the M. E. Church South at 2:30 p.m. and was largely attended. Rev. J. M. Boland conducted the services.

Mr. Hayes had been sick about a month but his illness was not thought to be of an alarming nature, and he was apparently better the day before his death.

He wa a native of Louisa and resided here until a few years ago, when he moved to Webbville, and later to Grayson. A wife and one son survive him. He married Miss Ella Johns. Their son, Charley, married a daughter of Mr. L. Pl. Watson of Ashland.

Mr. Hayes was 47 years of age, He was a good man of good capacity, and was engaged in the tie and stave business. He had moved to Leon to take charge of some work of this kind.


Killed: Little Son of James Issacs Meets Horrible Death. Was Instantly Killed by a Saw Log.

A terrible accident occurred Wednesday on the S. K. Muncey farm, two miles from Louisa. Willie, the seven year old son of Jas. Issacs, was caught by a rolling saw log, and his life instantly crushed out. The little boy was mashed flat.

Mr. Issacs was hauling for the Prendergast mill , which is sawing the timber off of the Muncey tract. He had just hauled a log to a place from which is was to be rolled down the hill. The little boy got on the upper side and leaned across it, or pushed against it. Just at that instant the log started to roll down the hill and the little fellow was carried over and thrown in front of it, the log rolling over him.

2nd article ( note name difference- Willie above.. this article Charley but rest of date matches)

Madge: Charley H. Isaac was bron September 16th, 1895, and was killed by a saw log March 19th, 1902, age 7 years, 6 months and 3 days.

Charley was a very bright little boy and and his death was so unexpected that it fell heavily upon his parents. Their loss is one that only true and devoted parents feel for a dear child.

Oh how his friends miss him. It has cast a deep gloom over them all.

A precious one from us has gone,

A voice we love is stilled

A place is vacant in our home

That can never be filled.”

Now let his parents prepare to meet little Charley, for he is in that happy land with Jesus, who said: “Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingom of heaven.”

The parents have our deepest sympathy.


H. L. Cooper, died at Waverly, Kansas yesterday. He was a son of A. P Cooper, of Magoffin county, and a brother of J. H. of this place. The latter left this afternoon to attend the funeral.


Mrs. A. J. Hatcher died at her home in Pikeville last Saturday.


Blaine: Pard Norris’ baby died recently and was buried in the Edward graveyard.


Adams: Baz Hays, son of William Hays, was buried Sunday at Louisa.


Busseyville: The angel of death hovered over the home of Fred Pickle Tuesday and took there little Eva, age two years, their infant babe and the pride and joy of the family. She had been a sufferer for a long time, but bore her suffering without murmur or sign of pain. Funeral services on Wednesday by Rev. G. W. Howes, his text being found in Mark 10th and 14th. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire vicinity.


Hulett: Since writing last, Taylor Nipper has gone to try the realities of an unknown world. He died March 10th aged about fifty years. He was a man loved and respected by all who knew him and his death was a blow to the entire community. We realize we have lost one of our best neighbors and friends, and the family has lost a kind husband and father, whose place can never be filled. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn their loss. The funeral was preached by Revs. Billups and Frasher at Newcomb Chapel, after which the remains were interred in the Harmon cemetery, to await the resurrection morn. We extend our sympathy.


Obituary: On March 10, 1902, the angel of death visited the home of our neighbor ( can’t read first name) Carter, and took there from one of its most loved and cherished inmates, a little boy, whose name was Augie, and whose age was eleven years.

When Jesus said to the dear boy, come up higher, in the twinkling of his eye he was transformed from a child of earth to a recognized angel of God, whose brow is decked with a glittering crown, and whose voice today is mingling with the redeemed God in one everlasting shout of “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and good will toward men.”

Great is the consolation in his christian father and mother, to know that they have such an inseparable tie in Heaven. Then we admonish the bereaved father and mother, brothers and sisters to lament not for little Augie, for he will be waiting and watching at the beautiful gate to welcome you.

Little Augie was a bright boy and to know him was but to love him. At School he was studious, obedient and loved by his teacher and schoolmates.

The casket was followed to his last resting place by a a large concourse of friends, whose united sympathy was for the family.

My we ever have a Christian heart to weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn,


March 28. 1902


West Virginia: Mrs. Polly Ferguson, aged 91 wife of the late James Ferguson, Sr., died Monday and was buried Tuesday at her home near Wayne.


The following report comes from Thacker, W. Va.,

Joseph Wilson, aged 45, a wealthy stock dealer, who owned fine farms on Mill, Creek, in Wayne county, was murdered early last night. Wilson came here a few days ago to purchase cattle and had probably $1000. He left here Saturday for a trip through the mountainous region of Logan and intended to return here at noon yesterday. Last midnight the horse that Wilson had been riding came galloping through town minus the rider, and ran into a living stable. The supposition was that Wilson had been thrown, but an investigation resulted in the finding of huge blood spots are the saddle, and in one place the keen blade of a knife had penetrated one of the saddle skirts.

Wilson’s lifeless body was found half a mile out of town, his right leg cut in several places, his skull crushed in and throat cut from ear to ear. Robbery was evidently the motive. He had probably been attacked by the robbers while on horseback, who stabbed him promiscuously until he feel to the ground.
Near his body was the blood stained club that had been used in the battering out his brains. No clew.

Wilson was one of the most influential men of Wayne count, and was very wealthy. H was the son of Lee Wilson, well known over the state. Some of the best detectives agencies of the country have been called upon to send men here at once to ferret our the guilty parties. Wilson’s remains were shipped to his home, near Radnor, this afteroon.

Later: Two men were arrested in Pike county, across the Tug River, in Kentucky, charged with the murder of Jos. Wilson, the wealthy stockman, at Thacker, Sunday night. The gave their names as Pat Childers and Chaucey Hall.


Morehead, Ky., March 21: John J. Farley and Sebron Profitt, who reside in the southern end of this county, quarreled over a division of some timber this morning and Proffitt fatally shot Farley. Fraley’s father was killed from ambush last summer. Profitt is under arrest.

Willie Reed, twenty five years old, son of Henry Reed, of Caney, Ky., was shot and instantly killed at Mountain, Magoffin county, near the Morgan county line,

2nd article: Monday night on Trace branch, in Magoffin county, Tom Whitt, sone of James Whitt, shot and instantly killed Will Reed, son of H. H. Reed. The killing was done in a drunken brawl near a “blind tiger” kept by a man by the name of Risner. A man by the name of Brown was also dangerously cut.


Saturday night, at 10 o’clock. About twenty five had congregated at a blind tiger and general fight ensured.

It is claimed that Tom Whitt or Bud Brown did the shooting. The latter was acquitted at the last term of the Morgan Circuit Court for the killing of Hensley at Rockhouse last spring. Reed leaves a family. Brown was badly cut up with a knife.


Sunny Dale: We are sorry to note the sad death of Mrs. Nancy Pigg of Louisa.

2nd article: Mrs. Nancy Pigg, died Tuesday morning at her home in this place after an illness of a few weeks of dropsy. She was about 80 years of age. The burial took place at her old family burial ground near Porter station, three miles below Louisa, Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the services. She had made her home with her step-son George Pigg, for several years. She was the mother of Harmon, Henry, Robert, Thomas and Andy Caines.


Wm. DeRossett, was killed in Whitley county, Monday night, by Harve Goodman. Previous trouble between the families is supposed to have caused the tragedy.

The murdered man was a cousin of William DeRossett, of Louisa. ( Note DeRossett is spelled two ways in article.. one with itt at end, other ett at end)

Sim Thompson died at his home on Catt Monday from the effects of a a carbuncle on his neck. He was something over 50 years of age. He was buried Tuesday by the Odd Fellows Lodge at Fallsburg, of which he was a member. His brother Green arrived at Catlettsburg Tuesday afternoon with his family from West Virginia, and they learned for the first time of his brother’s death.Green had lived in the mining area of West Virginia for some time, but has moved back to his old home on Catt.


James I. Muncey Dead: James I. Muncey, died Wednesday evening at his home about two miles from Louisa, after an illness of several months. He was about sixty years of age and had been an active member of the M. E. Church for number of years.
His funeral will take place this afternoon at two o’clock, and will be attended by the Apperson lodge of Masons of which he was a member.

2nd article: Deep Hole: We are sorry to note the death of James I. Muncy, but our loss is heaven’s gain, for we know that he is a child of the King.


Ben Dixon Killed: B. F. Dixon, son of Frank, and formerly a resident of Louisa, was killed Tuesday in West Virginia, on the Greenbrier, division of the C. & O. Railroad. He had been train-master and chief dispatcher on that division for quite a while. On the occasion of his death he had gone out over the road on a freight train, and was riding the locomotive. The engine struck a rock and turned over in a ditch. Mr. Dixon jumped, but was caught by a car and it was sometime before he was released, being conscious all the time. He was taken to a hospital and died soon afterward.

His remains were taken to Vanceburg where the funeral occurred yesterday. He was a member of the Knight Templars and a number of members from Hinton and Huntington attended the funeral.

The news was received here with great sorrow. Mr. Dixon was a deserving and popular young man. He started in the railroad business at this place, and won promotion quite rapidly. His mother was a sister of B. F. and David Kise, of this county. A few years ago he married at Vanceburg, and his wife and two children survive him.


The dead body of Mark Bates, a widower, aged thirty five, was found on the C.& O. tracks near Ashland. The unfortunate man had evidently been struck by a freight train.


Osie: The 17 year- old son of Joseph Kitchen died last Wednesday evening. He was a victim of epileptic fits. He began taking spasms early Wednesday morning and after thirty-two fits, expired. The funeral procession followed his remains to the Kitchen cemetery where rests the ancestors of the deceased.

April 1902

April 4, 1902


The Hatfields: Four Men Were Killed in an Attempt to Arrest One

Pineville, Ky., March 31-One of the bloodiest tragedies in which the name of the world-famous Hatfield family, of the Hatfield-McCoy feudal fame, were ever connected, occurred on Blackbird creek, Pike County, Ky., and as a result four men were killed- all the principals in the tragedy- the dead including Thompson Hatfield and his son Ephraim; John Rutherford, a detective and revenue officer, and Harry Watts, a fearless young man, in the hotel business at Williamson, who accompanied Rutherford in an attempt to arrest the younger of the Hatfields on a fugitive warrant charing him with a murder committed in North Carolina.

2nd article: Two Hatfields and Two Officers Have Fatal Duel in Pike County

Revenue officer John Rutherford, and Harry Watts, of Williamson, W. Va., went to the the home of Thompson Hatfield, on Blackberry creek, in Pike county, Ky., and arrested his son Eph. In the fight that followed, all were killed.

There was a reward for Eph for some forgeries alleged to have been committed in North Carolina, and Watts went along with the officer to make the arrest. Watts was a proprietor of the Palace Hotel at Williamson, W. Va. He was a yong man. A few years ago he married Miss Ida Vinson, of Ferguson.

Eph Hatfield had often committed deeds such as he was charged with in the warrant from the South. He obtained some goods and money in Louisa at one time upon fraudulent checks. Watts was employed in Louisa for awhile three or four years ago.

A communication from Wayne says:

Harry Watts, one of the victims of the fight between the Hatfields and the officers, was buried at East Lynn today at one o’clock, the Rev. J. D. Garrett officiating. His body arrived at home Sunday at 3 p.m. and was taken to East Lynn, where he was born, and where his father still lives. His brothers, Hans Watts, Alderson Watts and Dr. A. Watts went to the scene of the tragedy and accompanied the body home. They met the wagon conveying his corpse half way up Blackberry creek in Kentucky, the stream on which the Hatfields lived. Two of Watts clerks visited the Hatfield home and brought young Watts body away.

Ep Hatfield’s sister tells an apparently straight story of the killing on last Saturday. She declares that Watts and Rutherford, the detective, rushed into the Hatfield’s home and surprised the inmates and covered them with their guns, ordering Eph Hatfield to surrender. He obeyed, but his father, Thompson Hatfield. fired on the officers, who released their hold on the son. After Rutherford was killed Watts killed Thompson. He then fired at Eph, who shot him in the side just as a ball from Watt’s gun laid the younger Hatfield out on the floor.

Harry Watts only fired three shots. He put his pistol in his pocket after killing both the Hatfields and walked out to his horse where he died. The Hatfields lived from one hour to two hours, and they both asserted that Watts fired the fatal shots. This story is told by the Hatfield girl, Mrs. Hatfield and Hatfield’s son and son-in-law, all of whom witnessed the killing. Harry Watts was reared in this country, and no young man was better known or better liked in Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. He was kind and generous to a fault, and his bravery was undoubted. Mrs. Watts, who is here tonight, feels confident that her husband lived several hours after the shooting, and finds great consolation in the fact that he was found kneeling as if in prayer.


Vanceburg Tragedy: Four Men Arrested For the Murder of Mather H. Howland:

April 1, Sandy Scott and Arthur Shane were brought in late Monday and locked in jail as abettors in the terrible murder of Mather H. Howland, a rich young merchant of Quincy, 15 miles east of here. The murderer, Lawrence Hensley and another accessory Harvey Books, had been locked in jail Monday morning. The crime took place in front of the victim’s store. There was a deep laid plot to murder Howland and his father.

Great excitement prevailed, as young Howland was one of the best know men in Eastern Kentucky. Both he and his father are very wealthy. The victim leaves a widow and two children.


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Hall died last week and was taken to Eden for burial.


Little Blaine: We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Green Johnson of Wilbur. She was a loving wife, a christian mother and a good neighbor. She leaves a husband and three children.


April 11, 1902


Laurel Hill: Death has visited here and taken Mrs. Ida Fyffe. Her last words were: “We are in Heaven.” She leaves an aged mother and sister and brother to mourn her loss.


Jerry Johnson, a character well known around here, died Friday night at a home near Three Mile bridge.


Nathan P. Hilton, aged 107, died in Johnson county last week. He was a relative of Dr. G. W. Murray of this place.


Instantly Killed George Cooksey Shot Ralph Marcum Through the Heart and Head.

At Fallsburg, nine miles below here, Wednesday, George Cooksey shot and instantly killed Constable Ralph Marcum, just after the latter had placed him under arrest. Police Judge Ed. Webb then fired five shots at Cooksey, two of then taking effect. Neither of the wounds is serious, however.

The fatal affray occurred during a session of police court which was trying to find who had been firing a revolved on the streets at night. Cooksey was suspected, but there was no positive evidence, and the Court ordered him and others in the court room to be sworn and answer questions. Cooksey absolutely refused and Judge Webb instructed Constable Marcum to arrest him. Marcum did so and Cooksey drew his revolved and sent one ball through the officer’s heart and another through his head.

Cooksey returned only a few days ago from the Phillipines, where had served for two years in the army. He has been discharged. Since arriving at Fallsburg he had been drinking heavily.

Marcum was about thirty years of age and married, but had no children. He is a brother of Coroner J.C. Marcum.


Mrs. L. B. Ferguson Dead.

After month of suffering from the terrible disease consumption, Mrs. L. B. Ferguson gave up the struggle and passed peacefully into eternity Wednesday of this week. She breathed her last a few minutes before on o’clock p.m., surrounded by all the members of her family.

The funeral will occur today Friday at 10:30 o’clock at the residence of Mr. G. B. Gray.

Mrs. Ferguson was 26 years of age. He maiden name was Miss Lillie Butler. She was the youngest daughter of Mrs. Lydia Butler, and a sister of Mrs. B. F. Conway of Covington, and Mrs. G. B. Gray and Mr. J.C. Butler, of this place.

She was an excellent woman, a member of the M. E. Church South, a good wife and devoted mother. A husband and two small children are left. She requested that her mother should assist her husband in caring for the children. The deepest sympathy is expressed for all the bereaved.


Death of Mrs. D. C. O’Neal

A telegram received here last Friday evening brought to relatives and friends the sad news of the death of Mrs. D. C. O’Neal, which occurred at Bowling Green on that day after a brief illness. A previous telegram had notified the relatives of her dangerous condition. The cause of her death was blood poisoning.

The body was brought home for burial, arriving here Saturday evening. The interment took place Sunday in the Vinson burial grounds across the river on the “point” where the parents of the deceased are buried. Rev. H. B. Hewlett , of the M.E. Church South, conducted the funeral. The local lodges of Maccabees and Odd Fellows attended in a body, Mr. O’Neal being a member of both.

A little daughter only eight days old is left motherless by this death, as are also six other children.

Mrs. O”Neal maiden name with Miss Lizzie Vinson. She is the youngest sister of Judge R.F. Vinson, and Mrs. G. F. Johnson. She was a devoted wife and mother. The family moved to Bowling Green only two or three months ago from near Curnutte station, this county. Mr. O’Neal will now make this his home.


Mangled by a Train: Harrison Ratcliff, a Pike County Man, Killed at Catlettsburg.

Early Saturday morning the body of a man was found lying on the C. & O. tracks near Normal Planing Mill in Catlettsburg. The remains were identified as Harrison Ratcliff, aged 38, a timber measurer and buyer for the Yellow Poplar Lumber Co., whose home was near Regina, Pike county, Ky.

A revolver wass found lying near the body and suspicions of foul play were aroused but as the pockets of the dead man were unrifled, ( a check for $183 and $10 in currency were found). It was evident the man had been killed by a train during the night. His body was cold and covered with frost, showing that he had been dead several hours. The watch he wore stopped at 1:30.

The body was body mangled, the left foot was crushed and there was a wound in the back part of the head.

The unfortunate man leaves a wife and seven children. He boarded at Catlessburg. A cousin, Mr. T. J. Ratcliff, took charge of the remains and conveyed them to his home at Regina.
The sad incident is greatly to be deplored; he was a man who stood well, and highly respected.


Case of Suicide

Frank L. Galge ( name could be possibly Gaige- hard to tell if i or l), aged 45 of Ashland, suicided Wednesday afternoon by slashing his legs and arms with a razor. He was a bachelor and cabinet maker and lived alone in a room at the rear of his workshop. His only companion was a faithful dog. Mr Gaige suffered from ill health and evidently planned the suicide deliberately. He stuffed cotton into the cracks around the doors and windows, shot his dog, and then cut himself. The left a note saying: “ May the Lord forgive me for this deed.” Friends who had missed him suspected something wrong and forced the door open before he had expired.

Deceased lived at Ward City, Johnson county, several years ago, and afterward at Louisa. The family came to this section from Massachusetts. The parents died several years ago.


Killed by a Fall:

Albert J. Payne, whose parents reside just across the river from Hampten City, who has working on the bridge corps for the Norfolk and Western, fell from a bridge while at work Saturday and was instantly killed.

The fatal accident occurred at Virginia City, Va., on the Clinch Valley Division of the N.& W. His remains were accompanied home by Grover Wellman of this city, and Dowell Thacker of Lockwood, who were at work with him at the time of his death. From them we learn that Mr. Payne, was struck by a rope that ran over an iron pin at an angle. The pin suddently broke and young Payne was in reach of the rope as it flew back and hurled him into space, falling a distance of 10s feet and striking on his head, and breaking nearly every bone in his body. The accident occurred just at the hour for quitting work Saturday evening.

Mr. Payne was born June 22, 1877, near his present home. He belonged to the I.O.O. F. Lodge, which organization had the body in charge at the funeral. His parents are prostrated with gried over the awful accident.


Mrs. Esther A. Bond was born July, the 24th, 14849, and died of consumption Feb 15th, 1902. Deceased had been in bad health for about three previous years to her death and the last few months of her life she suffered greatly all the time, but she was fully prepared to die and called her family to her bedside one by one and told them she was going home and asked them to meet her there and for eight days before her death she said she felt the presence of the angels around her.

Her life was spent in her home among the children, she being the most devoted and self sacrificing mother I ever knew. Her nature was sweet and gentle. Her loss meant so much to use who knew and loved her best and when she could no longer talk to her friends of Heaven she pointed upward to show them where to meet her. She having been faithful unto death is now given a crown of life. “Blessed are the dead that died in the Lord that they may rest from their labors and their works to follow them.” Though we know our sainted mother’s voice will never cheer us here on earth, or soothe our sorrows as of old, her love for us and her sweet patience will always be an example for us to follow and an inspiration for us to strive for the higher things pertaining to this cold comfortless world? No! Rather let us live our lives faithful to God as she lived and meet her on the other shore where all is immortal youth and eternal bloom. Our lives at longest are not long and there is no death.

Let us look up and try not to grieve for our mother but try to look for the sun that is surely shining beyond the dark cloud and to remember that here is just the common lot and that she is so much happier than we, and that there is no union here on earth that does not end. ( Vic Burgress)



An infant child of Thomp Price and wife died recently.



We are sorry to hear of the death of Uncle James Muncy


April 18, 1902


Frankfort: Mrs. Benjamin A. Preston, daughter of Capt. Joseph K. Dixon, of Johnson county, State Arsenal Keeper of Bradley administration, died at the home of her husband on the West side today. Her funeral will take place Monday, with interment in the State cemetery.


Mrs. Polly Frazier, widow of “Honest John”, died at Fort Gay. W. Va., Tuesday at the advanced age of 94 years. She was the mother of “Doc”, Reynolds and “Johnnie” Frazier.

Gone to Rest:

Died, on April 12th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Garred Wilson, at this place, Mrs. Rebecca Shannon, after an illness of several weeks. She was 86 years of age.

All that the faithful devoted friends could do was done, but to no avail. She had lived to a a ripe old age and was ready and willing to go. She bore her suffering with sweet christian presence and was never known to murmur or complain.

She has given her service to God and his Church early in life. Having been converted and taken the vows of the church she did not turn away from her Master, but ever looked to him as the hope and expectation for her soul. She had many friends and relatives who hung around her as a tender vine. She expressed a desire for her remains to be carried back to the old home near Gallup, that she might sleep beside her kindred. This request was complied with. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Boland at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Garred Wilson where she had made her home for several years.


Johnson County:

Adams: The Angel of death hovered over the home of Johnson Thompson on the 10th and took away little Dewey, a two year old babe. We will say to the bereaved ones, weep not for little Dewey is at rest where there is no sickness, pain or death, but all is joy, peace and love.


Whitehouse: The sad news reaches us from Oklahoma that Henry Conley’s eldest son, late of this place died of mad dog bit.

Mr Peter Elliot died a week ago.



Died on the 1st, Clinton Border, son of Marion Borders. He was the victim of typhoid fever. His remains were interred at the Borders graveyard by the side of his sister who has been dead a little over a year.

2nd article: Lee Clinton son of Marion and Clista Borders was born, Oct. 31, 1888, died April 1st 1902, age 13 years 5 months. He was a victim of typhoid fever, only sick a few days. All was done of loving hands could do to rescue him, but the Master said come, and on the night of April 1st, at 11 o’clock his spirit fled to the world above.

Little Clint was a kind boy and had a smile for all he met. At Sunday school he filled his seat each morning and at the time of his sickness was janitor having only one more Sunday to serve until his term would have expired. This was faithfully filled by his father.

We miss him much, but our loss is his gain as he died, leaving evidence of his faith of his faith in Christ.

He leaves a father, mother, four brothers and two sisters, with many friends to mourn for him. Around the glorious resurrection there clusters a bright hope.

The bereaved have our sympathy.


Floyd County:

Beech Grove: The death angel has again visited our community and has taken there from our friend and brother, Ralph Marcum. Weep not dear friends for those gone before, but prepare to meet them. He left a wife, three sisters and two brothers.


April 25, 1902


West Virginia:

Mrs Booth, of Toms Creek who serious illness we noted last week, died last Friday in her 84th year. Her maiden name was Vaughn, and she was a niece of Mrs. Lucy Adkins of Wayne, who is not about 94 years of age.


Mrs. Lucy McCombs, who lived on Prices creek, near the Cabell county line, died on Wednesday of last week. She was about 84 years of age. Her maiden name was Hensley, a sister of the Patrick and Alexander Hensley. She was the last of the family except one. The younger brother, Elisha still lives, but is quite an old man. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. D. Garrett.


Fred Wheeler, age 22, died at Paintsville yesterday of typhoid fever. He was a son of the late Sam Wheeler, and visited here only a few weeks ago. He had contracted for a stock farm near Louisa and the family expected to move here soon. Mrs. J. H. O’Brien, his aunt, and Miss Ella Preston, a cousin, went to Paintsville, Wednesday to be present at the funeral. His mother and brother eighteen years old are the only surviving members of the family.


Death of Rev. G. B. Poage

Saturday night, the 12th inst., when the spirit of Rev. George Bernard Poage crossed the divide that separates the living from the dead, Bracken county lost one of her old and honored citizens. Deceased was aged 79 years, and the cause of death was paralysis, he having received a stroke of same some five years ago from which he had since been a sufferer.

To show the esteem and confidence reposed in him by those who knew and appreciated his worth, for twenty-six years he served them at Circuit Clerk and twelve years as County Clerk. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Chatham, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Brooksville cemetery by the Masons, of which fraternity he was an honored member.

Deceased was well know in Louisa. He was a brother of the late Mrs. Judge John M. Rice, and therefore an uncle of Mrs. B. F. Thomas and Mrs. James Lackey. He visited here frequently during the life of Mrs. Rice.

May 1902

May 2, 1902


Sol Osborn and Bud Little were killed above the mouth of the Otter Creek on Beaver, April 26h by J. W. Reddy. Constable and posse, consisting of Jo Cook, Lafe and Gus Little and H. C. Red. Osborn was charged with murder in Virginia and was a fugitive from justice. A reward was offered by Virginia authorities and the warrant was in the hand of Reedy. Bud Little was with Osborn and tried to keep him from being arrested. Little and Osborn fortified themselves in a barn and defied the officers shooting at them. When the officers attempted to enter the barn, to save their own lives they were compelled to shoot Osborn and Little.

The constable showed your correspondent where Osborn shot him in the back of the head a week ago. The ball did not break through the occipital bone but glanced off. The above mentioned officers came here and surrendered. They each gave a thousand dollar done bond for their appearance at next term court. People who know the Constable and his men speak well of them, but say that Osborn was a noted outlaw. Little is thought to have been drinking.


Inez; Died on the 25th inst, of Tuberculosis, William Sanders, near here.


Sudden Death: The Wife of County Judge R. R. Vinson Passes Away

This community has not been more severely shocked lately than it was Sunday night by the sudden death of Mrs. R. F. Vinson, wife of our esteemed County Judge.

The final summons came about 9:30 Sunday night at her home one mile from Louisa.

Mrs. Vinson has retired in apparent good health and in excellent spirits. In a short time however, she was attacked by something like congestion of the lungs, and grew rapidly worse. Her husband and son Jay were with her. The latter called in some neighbors and went after Dr. J. D. Biggs. By by the time the latter arrived the good woman was beyond the aid of human skill. She lived only thirty minutes after becoming ill.

The funeral took place Tuesday at one o’clock from the residence. Rev. John T. Johnson of the M. E Church South, on old friend of the family, preached the funeral sermon, and Dr. J. M. Boland, pastor of the M. E. Church South at this place, assisted with the services. The remains were laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery, near the newly made grave of her granddaughter, Mrs. E. B. Hager. A large number of people attended the funeral and the internment. Mrs. Vinson was in her 62nd year. She was a woman of much intelligence and refinement. Deeply devoted to home and family she led a quiet and somewhat secluded life but all who knew her had the highest respect and admiration for her. Death has taken her in the midst of happy maturity. Her health was good enough to give the family hope that his faithful wife and mother would be with them for many years. The uncertainty of life has a most forceful illustration is this sad case. It is especially so to a number of friends who were driving out past the Vinson home on that beautiful afternoon last Sunday and stopped to talk to Mrs.Vinson, who came out to the fence.

Deceased leaves a husband, three daughters and two sons-Mrs. R. J. Prichard, Mrs. A. J. Garred, Mrs. J. Tate Greever, G.R. Vinson, cashier of the Bank of Louis and attorney Jay A. Vinson. Mr and Mrs. Greever arrived from Tazewell, Va., in time for the funeral. Col. Jack May, of Virginia, a distinguished uncle of the deceased also came. Others from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mrs. G. W. Hutchinson, Mrs. J. F. Ratcliff and Mrs. Felix, of Huntington.

Mrs. Vinson was a daughter of Dr. Randall, who died a good many years ago. Her mother died only a few months ago, in Wisconsin.


Edward Lawless, employed at a lumbar mills in Ironton was struck by lightening Monday morning and almost instantly killed. He was married.


Harlow Dow, of Memphis, Tenn., father-in-law of Judge S.S. Savage of Ashland, perished in the steamer Pittsburg disaster, He was enroute home from Ashland where he has spend the winter.


Kenova: Died at the home of Mrs. L. Baugh, Miss Birdie Rank, of spinal disease.


May 9, 1902


Wayne W. Va.: Harry Davis a barber, was accidentally drowned while fishing last night. His body was recovered.


Pikeville: News reached here that King Akesr shot and killed Mont Hatfield last Saturday evening. The parties lived near togethers. The difficulty came up over a passway through a piece of land. Akers went home after the row begin, got his gun and came back and killed Hatfield. The killing took place on Cowpen creek, abour several miles from here. Hatfield is the same man who was sentenced to the penitentiary for life for the murder of Dave Newsom on Blackberry creek, about 20 years ago. and was pardoned by the governor.


Whitehouse: E.E. Undrew’s baby died Sunday and was taken to George’s creek for burial Monday.

2nd article: Ulysses: A little son of Ed Undrew of Whitehouse was brought here and buried yesterday. The bereaved have our sympathy.


Inez: Died, on the 5th, Mrs. Elizabeth Cassel, age 70 years.


Ulysses: On the third, Hezekiah Chandler, about 18 years of age, while playing with a pistol shot himself in the center of the forehead living only a few minutes after the accident.


Died of Smallpox: Mrs. and Mrs. J. P. McCloskey arrive at their home at Kinner Monday from Pennsylvania, where they were called by the death of Mr. McCloskey’s brother.

It was quite a sad case. The young man was superintending the construction of a long tunnel quite a distance from his home. Smallpox was brought into the camp by some negro laborers, twelve of whom died there. Every case so far has proved fatal. Mr. McCloskey contracted the disease, which was a very virulent type, and death followed quickly. His father received no notice of his illness until the evening before his son’s death. He started immediately and arrived at the camp the next morning. An attendant meet him at the fence and told him his son had just expired. He was not allowed to see the body, and authorities buried it a few hours afterward.

Deceased was 28 years of age and was due to have been married June 4th. His affianced was at the express office receiving a part of her wedding apparel when a telegram hearing the shocking news of his death was delivered to her.

The many friends of Mr. McCloskey will deeply sympathize with him in this sad experience.


A Sudden Death:

The wife of John T. Jones, Jr., died very suddenly at her home on Lick creek, a short distance from Louisa, last Monday forenoon. Her husband had left the house early that morning to go to work. The wife and little two year-old child were in apparent good health. About eleven o’clock a neighbor called and found the child playing alone in the yard, but did not see Mrs. Jones. A search was made and her dead body was found in the pantry.

Mrs. Jones would have been 22 years old this month. She was born in May, married in May, and her death occurred in May. The little child was two years old on the day Mrs. Jones died.

Deceased was a daughter of John F. Meek, one of our best citizens. She was a grand-daughter of Mr. Samuel K. Muncey, and was an excellent young woman. Her death calls forth much sympathy for all the bereaved.


William Slate, a C. & O. section hand, while under the influence of liquor fell from a railroad bridge near Vanceburg, receiving injuries from which he died.


Samuel K. Bands, who died in Washington a few days ago, was formerly an Owingsville newspaper man. He established the Owingsville Enquirer in 1868, it being the first newspaper in the county.


The family of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Galliher, of Fullerton, Greenup county, is afflicted in a grievous manner. On Saturday afternoon a daughter, Miss Lydia, aged twenty, died of typhoid fever. At the same hour Sunday afternoon Miss Anna, another daughter, two years older, died of tuberculosis. The were buried side by side at the same hour of the day that they died. The aged mother is prostrated with grief.


Grayson, Ky., May 4-The people of this community are greatly aroused by the action of Marshal George Davis, who shot and killed Owen Leedy, the twenty-year old son of Mr. Robert Leedy, of the Eastern Railroad Company. Young Leedy was shot last midnight by the Marshal, who it is charged, fired three shots at him. The last of the three proved the fatal one, as the bullet penetrated the chest, near the heart.

Marshal Davis undertook to arrest Leedy on the charge of disorderly conduct, and Leedy, it is said resisted the officer. Seeing that the young man was about to get away from him, it is said, Davis whipped out his revolver and began to fire point blank.

The reports of the pistol attracted a large crowd to the scene of the shooting when it was ascertained later that Leedy had been killed and Davis was the man who had cut short the promising career of one of the most popular young men in the community his friends began to talk of avenging his death.

In the meantime Davis had promptly given himself up to the authorities. The Marshal is now under guard as a general precaution and to forestall any attempt that my be made on his life.

Davis claimed that he resorted to every possible means to put Leedy under arrest without squabble and that he did not draw his revolver until he found it necessary to flourish its in self-defense.

He claims he did not fire until he found that is was necessary to do so in order to save his own life. He deplores the accuracy of his aim and the death of Leedy, who he was called on to arrest, he maintains, in the usual line of his sworn duty.

Despite Marshal Davis’s assertions that he fired in self-defense the feeling against him that he was too hasty in resorting to the use of firearms has been accentuated by the grief that followed the announcement of Leedy’s death and the high esteem he enjoyed in the city. Talk of violence against Davis is freely indulged and proposal to institute a lynching bee has been discussed by some of the dead man’s friends. Excitement over the affair is at a fever heat and may result in an attack unless cooler judgement prevails between now and morning.


Olive Hill, Ky., Miss Josephine Hicks, aged 40, committed suicide here today by taking morphine. It is thought she was despondent over the loss of her lover, who died by the same method here two months ago.



The angel of death visited the home of our brother in Christ, T. W. Tackett, and called away his wife to live with the angels and Christ.

Sister Tackett, was born March 14th, 1866, was married December 2nd, 1883; died April 26th, 1902, of consumption. She leaves a husband and six children-four girls and two boys- to mourn their loss. Deceased was convert four years ago and was baptized into the United Baptist church and remained a faithful christian until death. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. C. L. Diamond, who stood by her dying bed and, with his faithful wife and many other friends, did all that loving hands could do. But she is gone.


May 16, 1902


Resolution by Masonic Lodge: Brother Abraham Elliot, died April 30th, 1902


News has just reached here of the killing of James Canady, a constable at Thacker, W. Va. Canady was one of the crowd who killed Blankenship not long since. It is thought his slayer was Blankenship’s friends.


News come here of the death of John G. Clark at Dwale, this county. He was taken sick Sunday and died a few hours. Mr. Clark belonged to one of the best families of the county, and his sterling qualities and bright intellect , made him well liked by all who knew him. His death was a shock to his friends in this vicinity, and they sincerely mourn their loss.

The Hon. A. Dud Pollitt, former member of the Kentucky Legislature, elected on the Republican ticket from Lewis County, died suddenly at Tollesboro.


Robert Hicks was killed, Tom Tackett fatally wounded, W.M. Smith shot in the forehead and Henry Tackett cut three times with a knife so that he will die and others were hurt in a row at Olive Hill Sunday night. The guilty persons are under arrest and more trouble is expected.


May 23, 1902


From up Sandy : Died on the 19th Mrs. Timothy Justice near Milo. She lived an exemplary life, was a devoted christian, and a mother to all who knew her. Her many friends and relatives have our sympathy in their sad bereavement.


From East Point to Salyersville: A very sad death occurred near this village May 9th, The daughter of Wallace Arms, was suddently summoned to the Great Beyond, leaving husband and eight children to mourn their unspeakable loss.


We have learned of another killing in Magoffin county. Ed Keeton and a young man by the name of France met and asked each other about their pistols. It is said that Keeton pointed his pistol at France’s breast and said, “If I was to kill a man I would do this way”, shooting him near the heart. France than shot at Keeton, but without effect. They have Keeton in custody.


Mrs. George Carter, died at her home at Irad last Thursday morning after an illness of several weeks. She was about twenty years of age and was a daughter of Rev. Copley.

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Obituary: The angel of death visited the home of George Carter on last Thursday morning and took his dear companion from him. Virgie is not dead but safe in the arms of Jesus. Only a few short month ago we witnessed their wedding at her father’s home ( Rev. Copley’s). Her request before dying was to be laid by her mother’s side so she was taken to Little Blaine and laid to rest.

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Mrs. George Carter, died the 15th of May. She was the daughter of Wm. Copley and was married the 25th of August. Virgie was converted about two years ago, while in health and lived a christian life till death. Her remains were brought to her grandfather’s Geo. A. Berry and burial services were conducted by W. H. C McKinster. Her relatives and friends have our sympathy.


West Virginia: Hon. Judge W. Tippett, aged sixty years, editor of the Point Pleasant W. Va., Register for a quarter of a century is dead. He has held many positions of trust in the State.


John Craig the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Craig, of Kenova, died from unusual causes. For several days little John had been running about in the fields with a number of other tots, who have been making a practice of eating sour grass when they found it growing. It is supposed by several physicians, who have been in attendance, that the child has picked up some poison vine or week with sour grass and that the suffering the past week is due to that poison.

The American Hotel in Point Pleasant W. Va., was burned Thursday morning and three lives were known to be lost. The adjoining buildings were the residences of Hon. Rankin Wiley, and of Mrs. Kimberling, and a meat market. The loss is $ 30, 000, is partially insured.

The following dead have been identified: Elias Hambrick, Mason county, John Flask, Kanawha county and John Woodall. They were farmers and were serving as grand jurors. Lee Carlisle, mate of any Ohio river boat, was fatally burned. Henry Woodall and Miss Maude Wise were also injured. The American Hotel was owned by Rankin Wiley.


Logan, W. Va., May 18- Nicholas Warf is dead and Enoch Childers will be sent to the insane asylum. Three weeks ago the two men, who were carpenters, began the erection of a barn over on Millers branch, this county. A revival was in progress at at a church nearby. Both men attended. They began to manifest great interest. At intervals the laid off and read from their Bibles. For several days past they have done nothing practically, except to discuss the Scriptures. Yesterday Childers became impressed with the idea that he had a message from heaven to slay his fellow worker. Warf, seeing that the man was insane, , attempted to draw his knife, but before he could do so Childers had cut his throat from ear to ear with a long bladed barlow knife, his victim explaining in a few moments thereafter. The struggle was a desperate one, and was witnessed by two men, who had come to assist, them, in their work.

Childers was arrested by a Constable, bound and taken to another town. He will be kept there until the excitement subsides, when he will be returned and committed to the asylum.


Balaam Phillips of Greenup, has just buried his sixth wife. He is also very low with a complication of diseases and will not forever.


Campton, Ky., The dead body of John Ferguson was found in Grassy Creek, Morgan county. It is believed he was seized with an epileptic fit while fishing and fell into the water and was drowned.


John Boynton, an old soldier at Haverhill, Oh., opposite Greenup, pulled of his shoes to enjoy a wade in the Ohio. he came to a “step off’ or hole in which the water was over his head and was drowned. He leaves four children. His body was recovered.


Mrs. J. C. Eastham, of Catlessburg, was called to her reward Tuesday evening with her children, her aged companion, and a number of friends surrounding her. The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Davis, one of the old and prominent families of the county.


Henry Shute, who was express agent at Ashland for many years, became insane a few months ago, and his death occurred Wednesday at his home.


Death of a Former Citizen:

One of our most respected and beloved citizens passed to his reward last Monday morning, death resulting from heart trouble and Brights disease.

Williams Raines Holbrook was born in Blaine, Lawrence county, Kentucky, May 15th 1825, He spent the greater part of his life time in the “Blue Grass” region of Ky., but in 1888 he moved with his family to Howard Lake, Minn., where he resided until April, 1901. At that time he and his wife came to Donnybrook to make their home with their son J.C. Holbrook.

On December 3rd, 1850, Mr Holbrook was married to Miss Paulina Prater. Their married life was one of unalloyed pleasure until death came to take away from the loving wife and children the truest of husbands and fathers. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook, five of whom with the mother survive the departed one: H. W. Holbrook and R. W. Holbrook, of Howard Lake, Minn., Mrs Artie Bogss of Blaine, Ky., Mrs Nannie Holbrook of Tacoma, Wash., and John C. Holbrook, of Donnybrook.

For many years Mr. Holbrook was engaged in the mercantile, stock-raising and lumber business at his birthplace but of late years his advanced age and feeble health have forced him to abandon business of all kinds and to settle down in peace and comfort for the remaining years of his life.

Mr. Holbrook’s home was but a stone’s throw from the dividing line of the north and south of the United States and when the war of Rebellion broke out he did not hesitate to shoulder his musket and march forth to do or die for his country. He was a good soldier, fighting valiantly for a caused he loved and knew to be right. A position of high rank in the army did not fall to his lot, due more to the fact that his modest nature prompted him to a life of service rather than of authority. Commissions were offered to him which he refused, preferring to stay in the ranks. For years he spent in his country’s cause during the civil conflict and at the close of the war he was not permitted to take up civil life but entered the Service where he did courageous work for his country.

Many years ago Mr. Holbrook became a christian uniting with the church of the Disciples of Christ, in which faith he lived and died. His life was truly a noble one; he lived not for himself alone but was happy in doing good for others. A kinder father, a more faithful husband could not be found. His kindness of heart. was apparent to all. He loved the children as only a noble man can. Many of the little ones knew him and called him Grandpa. Among the older people he was beloved by all. A noble man has been taken from our midst and called home to enjoy eternal happiness- the reward of the just.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Hynes of Kenmare, and at the grave the G.A.R. and A.O.U.W burial services were given. Temporary burial was made on the homestead west of town.

( Above was taken from the Donnybrook Courier, of North Dakota. Mr. Wm. R. Holbook was a brother of A. M Holbrook of this county and Dr. D. R. Holbrook of Cimarron City, Okla. His death was a sad blow to his many friends and relatives in this county.


May 30, 1902


Charley: Died. on the 14th, Autalie, daughter of Isaac Griffith. Her remains were interred in the Spencer graveyard. While she was battling with that dreaded disease, consumption, a few days before her death, God spoke peace to her soul, all was well.


Vessie: The “pale horse and his rider” visited the home of home of James Coffee and took there from them the one, the wife, the mother, that makes home happy. She was a sufferer of pulmonary tuberculosis but she bore her suffering without a word of grumbling or complaint. She was a member of the M.E.Church South and had been a number of years. She leaves a husband and five little children to mourn their loss. She is gone but not forgotten./ She was laid to rest in the V.B. Shortridge graveyard on Little East Fork. The funeral service was conducted by Bro. Isaac Fannin.


Pikeviile: Mrs. Charlie Gillespie, who had been ill for some time with consumption, died last Wednesday evening and was buried in the Pikeville cemetery Friday. Rev. C. Reynolds preached the funeral. She was 58 years old and had lived a consistent christian life from her girlhood. She leaved a husband and nine children to mourn their loss. Three of the children are married. Many friends also mourn the loss of one they had learned to love.


Ed. Webb, aged 25 years, nephew of Dr. Webb, died at his home on Lick Creek Wednesday of consumption.


Mrs. Bowe, widow of Wm. Bowe died Wednesday night at her home on the Eloise farm. She was sister of Wm. Caperton of this place.


Mrs. G. V. Ball died last Thursday night at her home on the head of Little Blaine, of consumption. She was about 50 years of age and was a good woman. The burial took place Saturday.

2nd article: Miss Fannie Ball departed this life May 23rd, 1902, She was the wife of G.V. Ball and was about 52 years old. She was a good wife, loving mother and a friend to all. She said she was ready to go any time the Lord called her, and she passed away in peace trusting in Jesus.


West Virginia: Charley Workman, aged about 29, who lived up in the “point’ about two miles from here was killed Monday in Logan county, W. Va., a log falling on him. He was working for Garred & Smith,. His remains were brought home for burial.


Ben Willis, an old soldier, formerly of Springville, was seriously injured by a street car in Portsmouth, Tuesday evening. He is the grandfather of the little Osborn boy that was killed with a stone wagon the day before.


Eugene Dixon age nine years was drowned in the Ohio river at Ashland while playing on a boat. Some small boys were with him, but kept the affair secret for two or three days. The widow mother thought the boy had wandered away or had boarded a freight train and she was prostrated by the news of his death.


Arthur Madden, aged twenty one and Miss Ethyl Halett, aged eighteen, sweethearts, of Soldier Station, on the C&O., were driving and attempting to cross Tygert creek, swollen by the heavy rains the buggy was upset. Young Madden placed the girl on his back and swam ashore. He then plugged into the waters to save his horse, but the swift current carried him under the buggy and the struggling animal and he was drowned.

The young girl witnessed her lover’s struggle and death, helpless to aid him. Beau were highly connected. The were soon to be married.


June 1902

June 6, 1902


Yatesville: Died, June the 1st, Lasey Lakin at the age of 19 years. He had been making his home with his brother-in-law, G.J.Carter, for some little time. Lasey was a good clever boy and was well liked by all who knew him and considering his short acquaintance in the section his friends were numerous. His remains were buried Monday at a graveyard at Zelda at or near the old home place where he was born and raised. His remains were followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives from here and Fallsburg. His relatives have the deepest sympathy of the entire community.

2nd article: Theolosis Lakin, son of Thomas and Martha J. Lakin, was born July 15, 1882, at Zelda, Kentucky and departed this life June 1st, 1902, at the home of his brother-in-law G. J. Carter, Yatesville Ky., where he had all the attention that could be given. He was a model young man and was never known to associate with wild, reckless company. He was moral from childhood until his death. He was converted at Parkersburg, W. Va., last winter, but was never baptized and received into the church until a few days before his death when he made the regret known to me, then I baptized him and received him into the M.E. Church South.

There was never one who bore his afflictions with more patience than he die. He never complained but little. He died of consumption. He leaves four sisters and one brother, a father and mother having preceded him to the spirit world. They that remain do not mourn as those who have no hope for they expect to meet him again in heaven.

His funeral was preached by Rev. C. Dean at Buchanan Chapel, then he was laid beside his father and mother in the family graveyard near the old home. Many friends attended the funeral. May God bless the bereaved sisters and brother and relatives and may they meet him in heaven.


Pikeville, Little Essie, daughter of J. M. Bowling, of this place, died Saturday morning of consumption. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. James F. Record of the Presbyterian church. The body was taken to Canada, Ky., to be buried beside her mother who passed away eight years ago. Many girl friends mourn the loss of Essie.


The wife of David Cordle died at Mechanicsburg, Ohio, a few days ago, and the body was brought here Monday on the way home to Blaine, where the interment took place. She died of cancer. Mrs. Cordle was a sister of Jesse and Joe Cyrus


June 13, 1902


John Plymale, who for a quarter of a century has been conducting a general store at the mouth of Buffalo creek, in Wayne county, seven miles south of Huntington, met with a fatal accident. Mr. Plymale was advanced in years and of late was quite feeble. He was walking on the railroad track and failed to notice the approach of a construction train that was backing down toward Kenova, and was run over and his bodily badly mangled. He lived only two hours.


Mrs. Levina Runyon, widow of the late L.G.Runyon, one Representative from Pike in the Legislature died last weeks. Thousands of people remember their unstinted hospitality.


Gulnare: Other deaths hereabouts recently: Rus Pinson, Mary Pinson, little Robert, son of J.W. Blankenship, and Aunt Sarah Cassady. Aunt Sarah had been a noted woman. Perhaps no one of her years, and untoward circumstances, ever carried more sunshine into the hearts and homes of her neighbors. She has a most worthy son, the Rev. Robt. Cassady in your county.


John Powell, aged 80 years, died at Greenup on Monday.


Mrs. William Marshal, who died in Carter county last week, weighed 350 pounds. The coffin in which she was buried measured six feet four inches long, two feet eight inches wide and twenty two inches deep.


W.M. Segal, age 25, foreman of the C.&.O. yards at Ashland, attempted to board a moving train, when his foot slipped and was caught under the wheel, crushing it off. He died ten hours later from the effects, leaving a wife and three small children, the youngest only two weeks old.


There was a fatal fracas in Martin county last Sunday. George Newsom was killed by a man named Munsey, a son of Thos. Munsey, a minister of that county. It was a drunken row. Newsom was on a horse, and when Munsey drew his revolved Newsom dodged down behind the horse’s neck. Munsey fired and the ball passed through the horse’s neck and through Newsom’s head, causing instant death.

Newsom was a bad character. Of the 20 indictments made by the Martin county grand jury, last week, Newsom made 14.


June 20, 1902


West Virginia: Ben Fucher shot his sweetheart, Mary Jane Botts, in the forehead killing her instantly, last Saturday at Williamson, W. Va. Both are colored. Fucher was drunk. He is under arrest.


West Virginia: At the month of Fourteen in Lincoln county, an unknown negro was shot to death by Harry Smith, a native. The shooting occurred at the home of Mr. Smith, and was witnessed by Mrs. Smith and two or three children. The negro, who had been at work on the railroad became incensed at Mr. Smith at few hours before, over some trivial matter, and arming himself went to the house with gun in hand and began abusing Mr. Smith. The latter walked to a rear room, picked up a gun and lost no time in firing the contents of both barrels into the outlaw. The negro fired but once, but his bullet went wide of the mark. His remains were buried a few hours later.


Pikeville: Will Ferrell, of Island Creek, was shot from the brush last Wednesday evening. He lived until Friday morning. It is not positively known who did the shooting, but it is thought that is was Dick Ferrell, a cousin of the deceased. He was seen shortly after the killing going toward West Virginia. Illicit relations between Will Ferrell and the wife of Dick Ferrell is believed to have caused the trouble.


John Henry Bartley, of Elkhorn creek, shot and killed W.P. Stanley, sheriff of Dickerson county, Va.,last Thursday. The sheriff was attempting to arrest Bartley when the killing occurred. Bartley, at last accounts, had not been arrested, but one of his brothers, who was implicated in the affair was arrested and placed under bond of one thousand dollars.


Charles Adkins, of Ferguson creek, while bathing yesterday about one mile below Pikeville, was drowned, He was 25 years of age and leaves a wife and child. He and four younger persons were bathing in water about fifteen feet deep. A boy named McCowan was about to drown and Adkins and a colored man started to rescue him. The other man succeeded in getting the boy out but Adkins, who was a good swimmer, was drowned. It is thought he had cramps. The body was recovered.


Charley: Died, on the 16th, Mrs. Isaac Pack, Jr., of consumption. Her remains were interred in the John Hays grave yard. She leaves a husband and several children to mourn her absence.


John Wilcox, aged 20, and a young cousin, named George Blackburn, were drowned in the Big Sandy river Saturday night near the mouth of Savage Branch, five miles from Catlessburg. Wilcox’s body was found Monday morning at 7 o’clock. A searching party worked all day Sunday without results.

Blackburn’s body was also recovered Monday. Blackburn was from Kanawha, W.Va., and was on a visit to Wilcox. The latter was a son of Givot Wilcox.

It is said the young men were drinking and were out driving for a quite awhile that evening. It is supposed that they went in bathing and got in beyond their depth.


Adams: Death visited the home of Jess McKinster and took from him their little infant. The bereaved have our sympathy.


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Link Cooksey died a few days ago.


June 27, 1902


Busseyville: The angel of death visited the home of Osburn Carter, on Thursday of last week, and took Elizabeth, aged 70 years, his wife and companion. The had been afflicted quite a long time with heart disease, and until within a few days of her death, bright hopes of recovery were entertained. She bore her sufferings without murmurs or complaints, leaving bright testimony that she was going to rest in “that beautiful city in the great beyond,” The leaves considerable family and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss, but the mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral sermon by Rev. Miller, from Revelations XX11 and 5th. She was buried in the graveyard on the hill overlooking the home where she had lived and toiled for many years.


Potter: Again the angel of death came to the home of Brother T. W. Tackett, and took his little daughter, Nancy, to go and live with Christ, who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Little Nancy Tackett was born March 3rd, 1900 and died June 19th, 1902 of fever. It has been less than two months since Bro. Tackett followed his wife to the grave, who, only a short time before she died, asked for little Nancy. The little golden-haired Nancy, the darling of the home, the pride, the joy, the comfort of the father, obeyed her mother’s call and has gone to be with her.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. L. Diamond.


Skaggs; Doc Ferguson was fatally shot by a boy named Lyon in Morgan county last week. We have not learned of the cause of the trouble.

2nd article: West Libery, Ky., June 18- George Lyons shot and instantly killed Dock Ferguson on Paint Creek this county. Ferguson was constable in Paints precinct. Lyons was trying to make Ferguson give him his revolver so he could follow some other men who, he claims, got his whiskey. Ferguson refused. Lyons shot him twice, killing him instantly.


John Collier, a citizen of the right hand fork of Blaine, died at his home a few days ago.


A little child of Jesse Meeks died at his home on Lick Creek Monday.


Death of Little Child: The spirit of little Morton Freese, only child of Dr. and Mrs. M.G. Watson, and only grandchild of Capt. and Mrs. F.F. Frees, peacefully took its flight Wednesday night at ten o’clock, after an illness of two weeks of cerebro-spinal meningitis. His recovery had been despaired of several days before the end came, but as the life sparks lingered and flickered, hope revived time and again, only to be as often broken.

Throughout the long and tiring vigil, this entire community has kept watch with the stricken family, anxiously hoping that the little one would be spared to his fond parents and doting relatives.

He was an unusually bright little boy, twenty-three months of age, the idol of his parent and grandparents, and his death is a great blow to the the family. On a sunny slope of beautiful Pine Hill there is a new made grave.

( Also see In Memoriam tribute 7/4/1902 page 3)

He will be buried this Friday morning at ten o’clock with services at the residence of his grandfather, F.F. Feese, conducted by Rev. Boland.


Mrs. Mary Pugh, aged 80 years, was stricken in her home in Vanceburg, Wednesday, and died Friday. She was the mother of ex-Congressman Sam. J. Pugh.


The body of John Flannery, of this county, who was killed at Bluefields, W. Va., by an Elliott county, Ky., officer was taken to Frankfort for identification. Flannery was wanted in Bath county for murder and a reward of $150 had been offerred for him.


Lick Creek: The sad death of Mrs. Lot Wellman occurred last Sunday near here.


Prosperity: Died on 16th, Mrs Janette Curnutte, wife of Jame Curnette,. She was a good woman and loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and three sweet little children, the oldest only being about six years old and the baby being just two years old in July.

2nd article: Mrs. Janette Curnette, the wife of J. W. Curnette was born January 31, 1874, died June 16, 1902, aged 27 years months and 16 days. She joined the church 13 years ago and was converted to God, and has lived a christian ever since, and died in the triumphs of a living faith.

She was the daughter of Thomas and Polly Carter. She was laid to rest on the old home graveyard, the burial services being conducted by Rev. W. M. Copley.

JULY 1902

July 4, 1902


Charley: Died on the 24th, the infant daughter of Issac Griffith. Its little form was interred in the J.B. Spencer graveyard. The parents have our sympathy. This is the second death within the last two months.


Ulysses: Johnnie, little son of N.A. Borders, who has been an invalide for some time, passed peacefully away a few days ago. Our sympathy is with the bereaved.


W.H. Hubbard died Wednesday night at his home in Whitehouse.


Gould Vaughan, aged 18 died at the home of his father, Sam Vaughan, near Richardson Tuesday morning of typhoid fever. He is a nephew of P.H.Vaughan of this place.

2nd article: Gool Vaughan who was born September 17th, 1884 and died July 1st, 1902. He was buried in the family burying ground near hear his grandfathers home of the 2nd day of July, 1902. Rev. Hulett preached the sermon.


Willard Webb, son of A.J. Webb, of Olioville, died Wednesday morning of typhoid fever. He was 29 years of age and leave a wife and two children.


Choked to Death: A very sudden and shocking death occurred two miles below Louisa Sunday evening. Charley, the youngest son of James Rice, was choked to death. His age was five years. He was playing in the yard and had a collar button in his mouth. While running, the small end of the button entered his windpipe, the large end closing it so effectively the child could not breathe. Death resulted in a very short time, in spite of all the family could do.Medical aid was summoned, but arrived too late. The funeral occurred Tuesday and was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hulett, of the M.E. Church South. The boy was a strong, promising little fellow, and his tragic death has caused much sympathy for the family.


The wife of “Uncle Doc” Miler died Saturday night at her home four miles from Louisa. She was 71 years of age. Her death was caused by consumption. She was an excelled woman. The burial took place Monday. A large crowd attend the funeral.


Mrs. Richard Crabtree died at her home about two miles from Cassville, Monday night, of consumption of the bowels. She had been in bad health for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. B. S Akers, of Catlessburg attended the burial Wednesday. The deceased was a sister to Mrs. Akers. A husband and a number of children survive her.


Dr. Wm. Kouns, proprietor of the Columbia Hotel, at Greenup, died last week.


News reached here that Jacob Riley, who was smashed in the back of the head at Ruggles last Monday by Hiram Copper is dead. The affair occured in the store of Jeff Cooper, brother of Hiram. Cooper is a brother of ex-Representative James Cooper.


July 11, 1902


Adams: We were sorry to hear of the death of Willie Borders who enlisted in the U.S. Army about four years ago and died the 8th of June. He leaves a wife and one child and several brothers and sisters to mourn his loss.


The infant child of Jeremiah Blackburn and wife died Saturday.


Uncle Wesley H. Hubbard died Wednesday, July 21 and was buried by the Masons July 4th.

2nd article: Bro. Hubbard was born on September 22, 1826, He was a Mason in Virginal in the year of 1852, enlisting and served in the Mexican War, also in the Rebellion of 1861 to 1865.


Fred Miller, of Huntington, who on Wednesday of last week took a quantity of morphine with suicidal intent, died Thursday night. He was to have been tried Saturday for forgery, and chose to death rather than penitentiary.


The little two year son of John See, who lives four miles from Louisa, died last Monday.


The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ross, aged 19 months, died at Ironton Tuesday. Mrs. Ross is a sister of Messers B.F. and J.C. Thomas, of this place. Mrs. J.C.Thomas attended the funeral.


The funeral services of Will Hutchinson, of 31st U.S.V.D. who died in the Philippines, and whose remains arrived here Wednesday, were held at the the home of his father, Charles Hutchinson, Thursday afternoon by Rev. C.W.Sutton, of the M.E.Church. A large number of friends were present, at the last sad rites, including Capt. R. S. Carr and many members of Co.D.K.S.G, the deceased’s old company.


Mrs. Prichard, wife of C. Prichard, the retired, wholesale grocer of Catlettsburg, and mother of Charles H. Prichard, of the Merchants National Bank of Ashland, died at 12 o’clock Friday night after a protracted illness. The funeral occurred Saturday from the residence conducted by Rev. J. W. Hampton.


Chief of Police Alexander Yost, of Catlettsburg, died at his home there Sunday of apoplexy. He was overcome by the intense of last Friday at 11a.m. but remained on duty until 3 p.m. when he was compelled to go home.

His condition was not thought to be all serious until Saturday afternoon when his mind began wandering, and he quickly grew violent, requiring physical force to control him all that night.

He gradually grew weaker and death came to relieve his sufferings at 12 o’clock.

Mr. Yost was a man prominently and favorably known, not only in Catlettsburg but throughout the entire Big Sandy valley.
He was elected Chief of Police at Catlettsburg about two years ago, and proved a faithful and efficient guardian of the peace.

For many years he, together with his brother, Wm. B. Yost, was engaged in the steamboat business on Big Sandy river, and also in the grocery business at Catlessburg.

The deceased was born at Pikeville. He was thirty years old. He was a son of L.D. Yost, who died several years ago. He is survived by a wife and one child mother, three brothers and three sisters. The brothers are John and Thomas Yost, of Pikeville, and W. B. Yost, the Catlettsburg grocer; the sisters are Mrs. A.L. Williams of Salyersville; Mrs. Nelson Robinson, of Pikeville, and Mrs. Emma Davis, of Williamson.


Murder at Catlettsburg:

Jesse Rule, age 42, was stabbed to death in a saloon at Catlettsburg on July 4th. Fred Burchett, age 24, a son of G.W. Burchett, of Setser, Floyd county, has been held without bail to answer the charge. Rule and Alex Lark stopped into the saloon and encountered Harry Burchett, a man with who Lark had had some trouble. Harry started a quarrel with Alex., and his friend C.C. Cline began pushing Rule, who was a stranger to him. Rule warned him to quit, but he persisted and received a blow from Rule’s fist. Fred Burchett than ran in and stabbed Rule in the heart. The men were entire strangers and had not spoken to each other. Rule was a good man, a former councilman and merchant of Catlettsburg. He was employed by the Yellow Poplar Lumber Company for several years. His wife is a daughter of Squire J.J. Sturgell. The examining trail brought forth some sharp clashes between the attorneys. Burchett’s lawyers are C.L.Williams, J.J. Montague, H.C. Sullivan, and Albert Stevens. The Commonwealth is represented by County Attorney J.W. Burns, R.S. Dinkle and ? F. Price.


Obituary: Louisa Pack, the wife of Isaac Pack, Jr., was born Feb, 7, 1950, departed this life June 15th, 1902, aged 52 years, 4 mo. and 8 days. Her death was caused by consumption. She was a mother of several children. She was a member of United Baptist Church, and lived a consecrated life. Just before she passed away she called her family around the bedside and bid them to meet her in heaven. She said she was going to Jesus.


July 18, 1902


Killing in Martin county: James A. Marcum, commonly called “Jim A.” shot and fatally killed his wife last Sunday. The bullet entered the woman’s forehead and was taken out back of the ear. Marcum is hiding, hotly pursued by a Sheriff and posse.


Prestonsburg: Mrs. Lucy Dyre died here yesterday.


Paintsville: We regret to note the death of one of our oldest and best townsmen, Wiley William, who was buried in the Paintsville cemetery, July 14. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Oaks and largely attended. The bereaved family and father have our deepest sympathy.


Miss Julia Belle Cox died of consumption, Wednesday morning, at the home of her father, Jordan Cox, She was about twenty-five years of age. The burial took place yesterday. She was confined to her bed only a few days previous to her death.


The ten year old son of Allen Banfield, John Banfield, was killed at Whitehouse Thursday evening of last week by the local freight train. He was attempting to climb abroad the cars and fell beneath the wheels. The body was ground to pieces. The boys father holds a position in the Whitehouse mines and formerly lived at Peach Orchard.


Arch Pack, an old resident of the lower Big Sandy, opposite Kavanaugh station, died a few days ago.


The remains of W.M. Robinson passed through here Tuesday for East Point, his old home. He died at Panther, W. Va., of heart failure.


Richmond, Va., Garfield Potter, of Kentucky, one of the desperate outlaws who has, for a year been terrorizing Eastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia was accidentally killed in Dickson County yesterday. The father who lived in Kentucky, came for the body of his son. Enemies of the gang to which Potter belongs also came over, all armed to the teeth. They found only George Potter and agreed that he might go across the “line” to see his brother buried and then take his chances for escape.

Several felony indictments are pending against George in the Court of Pike county. Potter’s enemies will probably land him in jail. Great excitement prevails at Osborne Gap, where Potter died, as part of this gang are supposed to be hiding in the mountains. It is feared that there will be depredations committed by them. The gang, besides several women, now consists of George Potter, George…. ( can’t read next couple of sentences). The Flemings are closely related to Cal and Henon Fleming, who together with Doc Taylor, are said to have murdered the Mullins family at Pond Gap in 1891. The Potter gang took part in the Vance-Vanover fued in Elkhorn Creek, in Ky., last spring and had to leave, after which they took up quarters in an old log cabin on the Virginia side, near Osborne Gap. They have since that time been a constant terror to the citizens.


July 25, 1902


Prosperity: Died on the 16th, William Jordan. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn their loss, and a host of friends. Will was a good boy and loved by all who knew him.


News has reached here that W.R. Hopkins, of Virgie, Ky., shot and killed one Mr. Vance of McDowell county, Va. The parties had a previous row on the 4th of July over a game of cards. Hopkins claims Vance began a quarrel again over the same affair in a drinking saloon, and that forced self defense. Hopkins was forced to kill Vance.


East Point: Mrs. Burk died last week leaving husband and children to mourn an irreparable loss.


East Point: A very sad death is that of Watt Robinson, which occurred near Panther, W.Va. The body was brought here and laid to rest in a grave he had staked off eight years ago. His death resulted from a broken leg, suffered in a timber job.


Ulysses: We are all greatly shocked to hear of the sudden death of W.S. Borders, who died of cholera in P.I.June 8th. He was so noble and good and we all loved him, our hearts are bowed down with grief.


The trial of Oscar Phipps, the Guyandotte negro, who shot to death Ed Swaney in front of Baxter’s saloon at Huntington three weeks ago, resulted in a verdict of murder in the first degree.


Squire Soloman Crabtree died Wednesday at his home five miles from her, across in West Virginia. He was a very large man, weighing about 400 pounds. He was one of the best citizens of that community.

2nd article: Departed life July 23rd,1902, aged 63 years 10 months and 3 dasy.


John Calhoun, of Russell, age 50, a C.& O. employee, died Tuesday, leaving a wife and seven children.


Newton Stephens, formerly of Grayson shot and instantly killed Wm. Sexton, an old and respected citizen near Montgomery, W. Va., while the latter was in the doorway of his home. Stephens claimed to have thought the old man was Doc Ison who is wanted in Elliott county for murder. A reward is offered for the capture of Stephens.


Cherokee: The body of David Cordell’s wife was brought from Ohio recently embalmed and was interred in the old Jordan graveyard. The body was brought from near Columbus. Her death was a great shock to her relatives and friends. She was a member of the Brush fork Baptist church having been a member for thirteen years and has gone to her reward, where friends meet to part no more. She was the daughter of A.J. Cyrus and wife, a sister of Jes Cyrus and Mollie Cordell.


Cherokee: The funeral of old uncle John Arrington and wife will be preached the second Sunday in August, at the school house on Cherokee near Jes Youngs by John Thornsbury and others.

August 1902

August 1, 1902


Elizabeth Childers, wife of James Childers, died at her home on Meads Branch, Lawrence County, Ky., July the 18th, 1902, aged 65 years. She leaves a husband and six grown children. She was buried by the M.P.S., the funeral being conducted by Rev. G.V.Pack.


Instant Death to One, A Close Call for Another:

The life of Alonzo Scarberry was ended in an instant Tuesday by a flash of lightening which struck a tree under which he and companion, Forrett Castle, had taken shelter from the storm. The later was so severely shocked that he was not rational for several hours. Each of the young man was about 18 years of age.

The affair occurred on top of Gauley hill, near Charley, this county, one of the highest mountains in that neighborhood. The young men had been to a store at Charley and were returning home. They hitched their horses by the roadside when overtaken byt the storm, and took shelter under a chestnut tree a short distance away. Scarberry was sitting against the tree, but Castle was a few feet away when the fatal flash struck the tree. the dead man’s hair was burned off and his breast and one arm blistered. Castle was similarly injured. He wandered down the hill in a dazed condition and was found by someone. He finally said he had become sick on top of the hill and left his horse there. Scarberry’s body was found soon afterward.

These young men are sons of Mat Scarberry and Al Castle.


Albert Fulkerson Dead: Albert Fulkerson died morning in Colorado, of consumption. He had been in poor health for two or three years, and spent most of his time at health resorts in hope of recovery.

His home was at Paola, Kansas, but he requested that his body be interred at Catlettsburg, and the request will, it is said, be complied with.

He is between 55-60 years of age, a man of fine physique, genial and popular. He leaves one son and two daughters. His wife also survives him. She was Miss Nannie Smith, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Smith, of Catlessburg, seven miles below Catlessburg.

Mr. Fulkerson was a prominent lawyer and successful businessman. His death has brought sorrow to all who knew him.


Squire A. T. Wilbur, who has lived at Hunter, W.Va., for two years, has moved back to Old Peach Orchard, and occupies property purchased by Lydia Butler. His son Leo, age 17, is just recovering from the effects of an accident that came near resulting fatally. It occurred on June 16th, in the mines at Hunter.He and Frank Queen were making a cartridge to shoot down the coal. They set a keg of powder down on a “live” electric wire and the powder exploded. The two men were horribly burned and Queen died from his injuries 13 days later. He was a married man and his home was at Kilgore, Ky. Wilbur’s life was probably saved by the fact that the he had on heavy woolen clothing, which would not burn readily. The wire that caused the trouble was supposed to be insulted but the covering was defective.

Charley: Mrs. Ann Cook, who died with inflammation of stomach was buried a few days ago. Also the wife of Uncle Childers.


August 8, 1902


Nannie McKlinster, daughter of Lemuel Tomlinm and wife of Jesse McKlinster, was born Feb. 4th, 1876, married Nov. 29th, 1896, was converted July 2, 1902, and died July 12, 1902. She was the mother of three children, two of whom preceded her to heaven, leaving one little daughter for years old. Nannie died with consumptions. She bore her afflictions with great patience, and especially after being converted. She seemed to be wholly resigned to the will of God, and retained her mind up to the last. She said that her mother and two children had come after her, and that she saw a host of angels on the other side of the river, and that she was going to just as soon as God gave the command. She died about 5 o’clock p.m. Saturday July 12. A few days prior to her death she wanted to hear the writer of this imperfect sketch preach, and during the service she enjoyed the spirit very much and desired all present to give their hand that they would meet her in heaven. She sent often during the last days for Uncle R. T. Thompson to come and sing and pray with her. Drs. L. B. Dean and J.O. Moore did all they could to save her. When a child M.R.Hayes and wife took her to thier home and she remained there until she married. She was laid to rest on the point near Mr. Hays’ to sleep until God shall awake her at the great day of the Lore. She requested the writer to preach her funeral sermon, assisted by R. T. Thompson, some time this fall.



Little Ora, only daughter of Ulyssess and Barbara Bellomy, died Saturday, July 19th, 2902, aged 10 months and 21 days. On Sunday at 3 o’clock the funeral took place, conducted by Rev. Miller, assisted by Rev. Miller ( ?). A large concourse of loving friends and relatives were present.

Ora was the pride of her home, but she has gone to meet her angel brother, leaving a broken hearten mother and father whose grief is almost more than they can bear. It seems so hard for them to give her up, but we must bow in humble submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well.


The infant child of Ed Kirk, died suddenly last week.


Keturah: Many people attended the funeral of Clelon Miller, at McDaniels Hill last Saturday.


West Virginia: Bomb Combs, white quarreled with a negro at Red Jacket Mines and Matewan and killed him. The negro was a union miner, and the fact that Combs was nonunion man nearly caused a strike at the mines. The average output of the miners is about 60 cars a day. Since the shooting only seven or eight care a days have been shipped.

The coal company offered a reward for Combs and Constable has a desperate encounter with him. Combs and the constable both took shelter behind trees and emptied their revolvers at each other, the Constable being wounded seriously but not fatally.


Mrs. “Bud” Smith, after a lingering illness of many months, died at her home in Belington, Barbour county, a few days ago. She was a most excellent lady whose death will be deeply regretted by her many friends throughout the conference.

She is well known in Louisa having lived her for a number of years. Her maident name was Newman, and she was from Round Bottom, W. Va.


A Sudden Death: Denny Pigg died at the home of his brother, Frank, at this place Wednesday just after noon. His death was very unexpected, as he had not been regarded as seriously ill. He was on the streets the night before. A severe case of the cholera morbus was the cause of his death.

Deceased was about 21 years of age, and son of Thos. Pigg, who lives about five miles from here. The latter was stricken with paralysis the night before his son’s death.

The funeral was preached at one o’clock Thursday afternoon at the residence of Frank Pigg, by Rev. L.M. Copley, and the burial took place at Pine Hill Cemetery.


Mr. Henry Blankenship, of Normal, Body county, died Saturday. He was one hundred and one years of age, at his death. He had been comparatively good health until two weeks ago. He made his home with his son, William Blankenship and relatives at Sandy City.


Greenup, Ky., July 31-Two weeks ago John W. Kiser, a former soldier in the Spanish-American War, left his home, at Stanton, to visit his two sons about Huntington, W.Va. At Ashland he became bewildered and started to walk up the C.&.0. track. He walked for four days without anything to eat, arriving at his sons Tuesday. He ate a hearty supper Tuesday evening, and walked out into the yard and dropped dead. His body was brought back here for burial.


John White was shot and instantly killed Sunday morning while attending services at Oakland church, five miles south of Catlessburg, Wayne Copley of the same neighborhood fired the fatal shot.

The killing occurred during services. Copley has not yet been arrested.

The two men had been enemies for quite some time and Copley claims he acted in self defense in killing White, alleging that the latter made an attempt to fire first. The trouble is said to have been about White’s wife.

Oakland Church is on Chadwick’s creek 2 1/2 miles from Hatfield station. Copley is 32 years of age, unmarried, and is a son of Sylvester Copley. White was 30 years old.


August 15, 1902


Near Plum Lick , Bourbon county, Manly Florence was killed and Marvin Blackfort was seriously injured by the discharge of dynamite blast. The men were blasting holes for telephone poles.


The funeral services held at McDaniels Sunday was largely attended.


Vessie: Mart Webb, a former citizen of Glenwood, died at Oakview last week fo typhoid fever, and was brought back for burial. He was laid to rest in the Webb cemetery on All Horn.


Vessie: The little two year old child of William Thornsberry died last week and was laid to rest in the family burial ground.


Charley: Died, recently, Chilt Griffith’s infant. Its remains were interred in the Lige Judd graveyard. Rev. Miller conducted the burial service.


Pikeville: Henry Sowards died of typhoid fever Thursday.


About six o’clock Monday morning a bad collision occurred on the N. &. W. railroad between Coleman and Genoa stations, 25 miles east of Kenova.

Lewis Litteral and Fisher Ferguson were killed, and Guy Osborn, Ollie Booth, and engineer Rice were badly injured.

It was a head-end collusion between two freight trains, and such a mass of wreckage was piled up on the track that the work of clearing it away required days.

Litteral was a firearm on duty on one fo the engines. Ferguson was not an employee of the road, but was taking a ride on the train. His home was near Wayne, W.Va.


Lettle Johns, a colored… aged 85 years, died Wednesday ( can’t read of all article)


It will be remembered that Miss Bracie Snow, formerly of this place, married a Mr. Flippin, of southern Ky., a few years ago. Recently he was killed in a railroad accident, and his widow is at Catlessburg at the home of D.C. Spencer.


Miss Martha, youngest daughter of L.P. Watson, formerly of Webbville, died at Ashland last Saturday night, of consumption. Dr. M.G. Watson, who is a of the brother of the deceased, was present when she died, but his wife was not able to go down. The following is taken from the account published in the Ashland Daily Independent:

Miss Watson had been ill but a short time with consumption, but her death was not expected; yet it came with a great shock to her devoted parents and that entire family.

She was but 16 years of age and it seems doubly sad for one so young, bright an promising to be cut off just in the bloom of womanhood. Her life was indeed beautiful, and her character was that of a sweet Christian girl. Some time ago, she gave her heart to God, uniting with the Baptist church.


August 22, 1902


Will Goforth’s, white and Ance Renfro, colored, were killed at Straight creek by an electric lightwire, which had been broken by Friday’s storm. John Whittacker, aged twelve years, ran under a freight car to escape the storm when an engine ran into the car. The boy was so badly hurt that he died yesterday.


Laurel Hill: Chilt Osborn, of Red Bush, died Wednesday of fever. He was baptized Monday.


On Sunday evening Mrs. Ella Conley, wife of William Conley, departed this life. She died of consumption. She had from her childhood lived a Christian life and was one of the most triumphant. It seems that she was given a glimpse of heaven before she died and spoke of seeing her baby, infant son Francis L. who had preceded her about three days, and of seeing a beautiful light. The remains were interred in the Conley graveyard, on Lick Creek of Jennie’s creek.


Mr. Jack. Patrick, an aged and respected citizen of Jennies Creek, this county, died suddenly Sunday evening of heart trouble. He was known throughout our county as uncle Jack Patrick and was a good and useful man.

Uncle Jim Johnson, a citizen of Floyd county died last week. We were sorry to lose him.


Charley: A sad accident occurred on last Thursday. While Albert Edwards and Billie Vanhoose were digging coal for the former’s father on Scarberry branch below town, a slate about 1x4x10 fell catching the boys underneath breaking Edward’s back and legs, and mashing him so badly that he only lived three hours after gotten out. Vanhoose was near the coal buggy and his back was badly injured. He is in a critical condition, not much hope of his recovery. Edward’s father heard their screams and went to their rescue. Edward’s remains were interred in the Edward’s remains were interred in the Edwards graveyard. He leave a wife and several children. He died praying. His funeral was preached Sunday by Rev. Collins.


Several people attendd the burial of Loranze Borders of Ulysses Saturday. He died of typhoid fever. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist church. He leaves a wife and two children and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure.


Death of Mr. John H. Franklin:

The following is taken from the Hannibal MO Courier Post, of July 16, and will be sad news to the friends of Mr. John H. Franklin. He was formerly a resident of Louisa and has many friends throughout the Big Sandy Valley who will regret to hear of his death. He was the only brother of Mrs.J.W. Yates of this place:

John H. Franklin is no more. He passed away this morning, at 12;45 o’clock, in his home on Willow St, aged 68 years. His illness against which he struggled long and well and bravely before he retreated to his family abode to expire, was of long duration. And though through his illness he was attended by a devoted wife, faithful friends and skillful physicians, human arms were too short to stay the inroads of the disease, and he is gone. And though he removal to a fairer land of rest was not expected, it was a shock to those who knew him and loved him and will mourn for him, and they are legion, for he was related and acquainted with thousands of people far and near.

He was born in Kentucky in 1835, and came to Mo.,when 19 years old and since that time he has engaged in a variety of occupations, a large amount. of his devoted to school teaching and mercantile pursuits. For twenty-nine years he resided in Hannibal, filling different positions, that of a merchant, a clerk in private establishments, and for twelve years was a clerk of the court of common pleas. He became a real estate agent individually, then as suck was with the firm of Franklin & Selleck, and at the time of his demise was senior member of the firm of Franklin & Bassen. He was highly educated and a writer of both prose and poetry of more than ordinary ability, and he was a man who will be missed far more that the generality of men.

Of his immediate family to weep at his loss are devoted wife, daughter, Mrs. W. T. Kirtiey, of Frankfort, M.L. Franklin, of St Louis, Bernie Franklin, of Salida, CO., and a number of grandchildren.


Mr. Jackson Patrick, of Jennies creek, one of the wealthiest and most influential farmers of Johnson county, died suddenly at this home Sunday.

Mr. Patrick and his wife were alone, when he stepped out to look at his corn and examine his bees. On returning to the house he took a seat and remarked that everything was prosperous. His wife stepped into another room for something, and when she returned he was dead in his chair. She held him in the chair for over half an hour before anybody else found out he was dead. He was seventy three years old.


August 29, 1902


Hugh Marshall, who was accused of the murder of Zoda Vick, in Logan county, was found hanging in a barn yesterday at noon, near the scene of the murder. His body was discovered by a farmer. An inquest was held, and the Coroner’s jury returned a verdict of suicide. A heel plate found on Marshal’s shoe correspond with marks found at the spring where the girl was murdered, and the officer citizens have no doubt that he was the murderer. Marshall’s body was buried immediately after the inquest. The excitement in Logan county has subsided, and business, which has been virtually suspended at Russellville since the murder, will be resumed today.


On last Saturday MIlton Music and William Gose had a difficulty in which Gose was killed. The children of the two men had had some troubles at school and Goss’s wife and another woman went down to Music’s to investigate the matter to settle it in some way. Gose went along also and when they got to Music’s place the women went in, Gose remaining in the road. The woman began throwing rocks in the house and Gose raised up and Music shot him. Music and some witnesses say that Gose fired the first shot, but other witnesses say that Music fired the first shot and that Gose fell, and then raised to his knees and fired one shot with a double barrel at Music. Gose’s wife then took the gun and fired another shot at Music. Gose died in a few hours and Music came to town and surrendered to the sheriff. His examining trial is set for today.


Boon’s Camp: S.W.Ward of the firm of Mollett & Ward, of this place, has recently lost by death a mother, a wife and a little baby boy.


Miss Mary Ratcliff died at her home in Cassville Wednesday morning of consumption. She was about 18 years of age.


George, little son of D.M. Ward, died Thursday morning of typhoid fever after a short illness.


Will Bloss, aged 41, died at Huntington last Thursday of appendicitis. His mother was formerly Miss Sarah McClure, of Lawrence county, and they have many relatives her. Mr. Bloss was a druggist and was an exemplary man. He was unmarried. His mother, a brother (Hiram), and a sister (Mrs. C.R. Enslow) survive him. Mrs. Augustus Snyder and Miss Ida Billups, from Louisa attended the funeral, which occurred Sunday.


Mrs. Rebecca Dobbins died at her home near Gallup last Thursday, after an illness of 21 days with flux. The burial took place Saturday at the Peck graveyard. Revs. G. W. Howes and John R. Chapman conducted the services. Deceased was 62 years of age, the widow of F. M. Dobbins, who died two-and-a-half years ago. She was first married to Henry Burke.There is one son by this union, G. L. Burke.The children from the second marriage are Monroe F., John E., Frank F., Sheridan and Emma. Mrs. Dobbins was a good christian woman and her death is a deep sorrow to her family. I Frank Dobbins attended the burial of his mother. He is located in Grayson and has a position as book-keeper in the Commercial Bank).


Mrs. Katerine Honshell, widow of Capt. Wash Honshell, died at Catlettsburg Friday evening from the effects of a fall received several weeks before.


Mrs. Ida Fischer, wife of Capt, August Fischer, a Civil War Veteran, died suddently at Ashland while talking to her husband and family. She leaves two sons and three daughters.

September 1902


No issue for 9/5/1902


September 12, 1902


Busseyville: Grandmother Holt, aged 90, who has been residing at the home of her son, B.P.Holt, during the summer, died last Friday evening. She had been in poor health for some time and her friends were surprised when the summons came. She had many times expressed her readiness to go. Her remains were taken to her old home on Mill Creek, W. Va., and interred by the side of her husband.


George’s Creek: Death visited the home of W.M. Lemaster recently, and took from their happy home their little 8 year old son, the pride of their home. Little Albert was a loving little boy, and met every body with a smile. Everyone loved him.


West Virginia: A child of A.Smith, of Birch, just above Huntington, was bitten by a rattlesnake, and died soon afterward. The snake wrapped itself around the child, and had to be cut to pieces before it could be gotten loose.


Pikeville: A.A. West, of Island creek, one of our best citizens died Thursday of fever.


The funeral of Thomas Carter will be preached by at Elm Grove the third Sunday in October by Rev. Rice, Copley and McKinster.


Millard Carter, aged 22 years, son of Cova Carter, deceased, died at the home of his brother on Morgan’s creek September 8th. He was a young man of good mora’s and had a few month been engaged in the mercantile business.

2nd article: Died, September 8, Millard Carter, son of Covey Carter. He had been suffering for some time of heart trouble.


Killed His Wife:

One of the most sensational murders in the southern portion of this State in many years occurred near Genoa, in Wayne county, eight miles from Louisa. Neighbors heard a woman’s scream from the the home of Rev. Morris Wilson, an aged Baptist minister, and hurrying to the scene, found the old preacher engaged in death struggle with his wife. Her throat had already been cut and blood was streaming from the gaping wound.

Wilson himself, with her dying form supported by his left arm, was waving a bloody razor aloft with his right and with eyes turned toward heaven was calling out, “without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin.”

When he saw the presence of the neighbors he turned toward them and there was a look of exultation upon his face as he dramatically waved his blood stained hand and declared:

The will of the Lord be done, Blessed be the same of the Lord.”

No hand was stretched forth to stop him as he calmly stepped out of the cabin. By the time the frightened spectators had recovered their senses he had disappeared in the woods in the rear of his home, and no trace of him has yet been had.

Wilson was one of the most respected ministers in this section of the State and it is general belief that his mind was deranged and that the murder was committed under the belief that it would appease the wrath of the Lord.

Mr. Wilson is eighty-two years of age and was at one time prominent in the councils of the Baptist Church in this end of the State, but for some years he has been living a retired life. He has several children living in this county. Practically no effort has yet been made to apprehend the aged minister, but it is probable that he is hiding in the heavy woodland near his home. It is thought he will come in and surrender, for he is feeble that he could not travel far.

2nd article: Rev. Wilson was found in the woods, a few miles from home. He was so exhausted he could not speak. He is unquestionably insane and will not be taken to jail.


Obituary: Robert Church, son of Wm. Church deceased and Jennie Ferguson, died at his home on Cat Friday, August 5th, at 2 o’clock p.m. He was 13 years of age. His suffering was intense from early morning till the good master and it was enough and he fell asleep in Christ who doeth all things well. Little Bobbie was such a good boy and so patient.He leaves a mother, one sister and three brothers that remember his kindness while here and suffering before death. His remains were interred in the family cemetery on the hill. The funeral services conducted by Rev.R.H. Cascady amid singing and weeping many tears.


Obituary: On August 28, 1902, the angel of death with his sickle been visited the home of David Ward, and took there from one of its most loved and cherished inmates, who name was George Atkinson, a child but of 7 years old. Great is the consolation to the father and stepmother, to know that they have such an inseparable tie in heaven.


September 19, 1902


Anthony Shoats, for twenty seven years an inmate of the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, comitted suicide yesterday by hanging.


irad: The widow of Fugitt died a few days ago of cancer.

John Young’s funeral will be preached the 28th of this month at Dick

Young’s. The Masons will attend the funeral.


Ulysses: The funerals of Henry and Mary Bowen were largely attended.


Laynesville: We are all sorry to hear of the death of Callton Osborn, brother of Dr. Osborn, on the account of Dr. Osborn, who has a host of friends here, and has preached a number of stirring sermons here since he came.


Fatal Row at Catlettsburg:

In Catlettsburg last Monday evening a difficulty arose between John “Dewberry” Davis and Dr. Fred Marcum. They came to blows and Marcum struck him down about the head with his fist. David sank down and expired in about twenty minutes.

Physicians made an examination and decided that the blow on the head was not sufficient to cause death, and attributed the fatal result to heart failure.

An autopsy was decided upon and Dr.A.H. Moore, the coroner conducted it. The examination showed a very decided heart lesion, an inquest was held and the verdict of the jury was that the man came to his death from heart failure while engaged in a difficulty with Fred Marcum.

Davis leaves a wife and several children living in Catlettsburg. His body was sent to Georges creek, his old home, for burial. Dr. Marcum is a Louisa body, second son of Judge W.W. Marcum, of Credo, he is a son-in-law of Wm. Holt, of this place. Dr.Marcum is at his home at White’s Creek, W.Va., and no arrest has yet been made.


Harrison Gilbert, aged twenty six, a miner near Ashland, was buried by a fall of slate Saturday. His body was recovered an hour afterward horribly mangled. He leaves a wife and child.


Died, Sept. the 14th at the home of Mrs. Teenie Williams, of Greenwood, Miss., Mrs. Minnie Wellman wife of Lon Wellman, deceased. She was formerly Miss Minnie Goff of this place.


The youngest child of H.E.Evans, of this place, a little son aged 14 months, died Tuesday night of a brief illness. The child has been with its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Evans at Prosperity, ever since the death of its mother, which occurred when it was only a few days old. The burial took place yesterday in Pine Hill Cemetery.


The little son of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Songer, age eight months, died at Ashland last Friday, or pnuemonia, after a brief illness. The body was brought here Saturday morning and laid in Pine Hill Cemetery by the side of another of another little son of these parents. The funeral took place from the residence of H.C.Sullivan, brother of Mrs. Songer, at 11a.m. Dr.J.M. Boland, pastor of the M.E.Church South, conducted the services. Mrs.C.C. Sullivan, grandmother of the little child, and Mrs. Rebecca Gallup, sister of Mrs. Sullivan, accompanied the family on their trip. The bereaved did not lack for sympathy among Louisa people, by all of whom they are well known and highly regarded.


Elliott Stone, of Bonanza, died last week of enlargement of the liver.


Merchant Lake Booth lost his infant child on the 4th and his wife is now sick.


September 26, 1902


Winifred: We have to chronicle the death of one of our neighbors, Mrs. Martha Wheeler, wife of B.R. Wheeler, of Winifred. She departed this life quite suddenly on Friday, the fifth of this month, at her home. She had been in feeble health for some time, and was thought to be as well as usual that morning, but in quite a short time it seemed the death angel called and she must obey. Years ago she professed a hope in Christ and united with Liberty Baptist church in Denver. She leaves a husband and two chidren to mourn their loss.


Potter: Wm. Barnard died yesterday from mysterious cause and with intense suffering. He was a hard worker and a good neighbor.


John Robbins, aged 90, died in Greenup county last week.


Jackson, Ky., September 22- As the result of a quarrel between two boys near Callahan store, on Long’s Creek, this county, Gordon Denton was instantly killed. Harrison McDaniel and “Dutch” Burton probably fatally wounded, and Will Burton, Bud Thompson and Rhodes Hall slightly hurt. Eight or ten men and boys were on their way home from a mill when two boys became involved in a fight over a trivial matter. Others joined in, pistols were drawn and the fighting became general. Alex Riley has been arrested and charged with the killing.


Miss Maude Lockwood, died at the home of her aunt, Mrs. A.N. Ragby , at Huntington, Thursday morning at seven o’clock, of consumption. She had been in Huntington since July 1st, taking treatment.

She was a daughter of “Pick” Lockwood, a well-to-do farmer who lives eight miles above from Catlettsburg, on the Big Sandy division. She was about 21 years of age and until a year ago was apparently very strong and healthy. Consumption then began to tell upon her and steadily declined in health, Miss Lockwood was very popular in her circle of friends, and her death sorely grieves them.

The interment took place at the family burial ground near the Lockwood home.


Vanceburg, September 22-this morning the preliminary hearing of Wm.M. Scott, charged with murdering C.C.Beard on the evening of July 8, occurred before Judge Lee. Considerable excitement prevails and nearly 100 witnesses were sworn. Mrs. Beard the widow was first witness called to the stand. She stated that about 6 o’clock on the afternoon of the 8th of July she was in the barn and heard her husband scream. Running out, she saw her husband lying on the ground and Scott making off around a clump of bushes. The dying statement of Beard was that while unhitching his horses he heard a voice cal “Halt!”. Looking out he saw Scott in front of him. The gun leveled, Scott fired, sending a load into Beard’s left groin and lower bowels. He died before the doctor could reach him.


Noah Goble, colored, died last Saturday morning of paralysis, at this place. The burial took place Sunday. He leaves a wife, but no children.


Dr.Scott Holbrook died at Blaine last Friday, after a long illness. He was a son of Mint Holbrook, and brother of R.W.Holbrook, County Superintendent of Schools.


Mrs. Olivia Strachan, widow of George Strachan, formerly of this place, died at Huntington recently. She was an excellent woman and highly respected here.


William Barnard died Tuesday at his home four miles above Louisa, after a brief illness. The cause of his death is not know. His suffering was of a most terrible nature. A wife and five children survive him. He was a good citizen and unusually industrious man.


Death of Mrs.T.S. McClure: After several years of ill health and many months of intense suffering the earthly existence of Mrs.T.S. McClure came to end at two o’clock last Tuesday afternoon. The her the Death Angel must have been a welcome messenger, worn and racked with pain as she was, and already to enter upon the better life that awaits the faithful christian.

During the past eight weeks she had been at the home of her husband’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.G.C.McClure, at Gallup; and in her last hours she was surrounded by family and friends. Heart disease bringing about a fatal form of dropsy, was the cause of her death. The trouble began about eight years ago, and for the last four years she had been a confirmed invalid.

The funeral took place Thursday morning at nine o’clock at Gallup, and a special train took the remains to to Ashland immediately afterward for interment in the cemetery.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev.G.W.Howes, pastor of the M.E.Church, and Rev.Pendleton of the Walnut Hills Christian Church, Cincinnati, the latter being a particular friend of the family.

Mrs. Mary Davis McClure was 38 years old, a consistent christian and a member of the M.E.Church. She was married ten years ago to Mr.T.S.McClure, and he survives her, together with her mother, the widow of Mitchell Davis; and sister, Miss Rebecca Davis; and brother, T.J.Davis, casher of the First National Bank of Cincinnati.


The funeral of George Thompson of Little Blaine was largely attended by our people.

October 1902

October 3, 1902


River: Mr. Marks, a foreman on the railroad, died Sunday morning of typhoid fever.


Paintsville: Died, last Friday, of diphtheria and croup, the only child of Dr. J. Sizemore. The bereaved parents are almost prostrated, and have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends.


Reuben Keudall, a Louisa negro who moved to Ironton a few years ago, was killed at that place last week by Frank Schell, another negro. The killing occurred in a saloon belonging to the murder’s father. Schell was held without bail, as the killing seems to have been unjustified. Kendall was about fifty years of age. When he was sober he was quiet and industrious, but when drunk he was quarrelsome and dangerous.


Obituary: The Death Angel came to the home of the Wm.D. Barnett and called him away from earth, September 23, 1902. He had suffered only a few days from asthma.

Brother Barnett was born May 11, 1864. He leaves a loving wife and seven children to mourn their loss.


The dead body of C.B.Marks, a railroad man, was taken down Monday from River Johnson county. The man died there rather suddenly from hemorrhage. The remains were being shipped to Columbia, Va., and were accompanied by the dead’s man wife and three little children. Mr. Marks was employed on the C.& O. Railroad, and had been up that country only six weeks.


Seba Heatly, a 17 year old boy from Pike county, died at the Reform school, Friday last and was buried in the Lexington cemetery this afternoon. The cause of death was of the brain. The lad’s parents were communicated with, but no reply was received and all efforts on the part of the officers to locate his relatives failed.


J.S. Kelly, familiarly know as “Chub” who formerly made Credo his home died of pneumonia fever in Neveda last week. He had been in the U.S.Army in the Philippines, had received his his discharge and was on his way home when taken ill with pnemonia.

The body was buried in a G.A.R. cemetery in Nevada. The deceased was the brother of Mrs. Quinn Payne, of this place.


October 10. 1902


Pikeville: Ex-County Judge Bart Belcher, died yesterday an illness of several weeks. Judge Belcher was an industrious and able lawyer, made an excellent officer, and was noted for his kindness to the poor.


East Point: The funeral of Mrs. Ella Webb Conley was ably preached on Sunday last, by Rev. Oaks of the Christian church. Quite a number of people from Paintsville and other neighboring places were present.

2nd article: Ella Webb was born January 19, 1879 and was married to W.L.Conley August 18, 1991, died August 7,1902. The u


George’s Creek: Mrs. Sherman Boyd died recently with fever leaving a husband and two children.


Death of Birdie Hutchinson: Miss Birdie Hutchinson died at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, October 7th, at the home of Chas. Warren, of Buchanan, after an illness of five days. Peritonitis was the fatal disease that caused her death and the intense suffering endured during those few days and nights.

She had the constant attention of competent physicians and kind friends, but her ailment was too much for human skill. Between paroxysms of pain she was rational and fully realized her condition, given minute instructions at her funeral and burial. Her home was at Fallsburg, but she was was teaching school at Buchanan, and the people there are unanimous in the declaration that she was doing the most effective school work they ever had in that district. She was a model young woman, of lofty ideas, and the highest type of christian character. Her age was 23. She was the youngest daughter of Vinton Hutchinson, deceased. At the bedside during her last hours were her brothers, Fed and Luther, and sister Mr. G.W.Norris. The body was conveyed to Fallsburg and the burial took place there Wednesday afternoon. Revs. Clifton Dean and R.F.Rice conducted the funeral services.

2nd article: Miss Louvernia Hutchinson was born Nov. 8. 1879, and departed this life, Oct. 7. 1902, at the home of Charles Warren, where she was boarding while teaching school. She was taken suddenly sick as she was retiring at night. Dr. Warren was called at once to her bedside, but all his efforts to save her were in vain. She was a member of the M.E.Church of the Fallsburg class of Blaine charge. She leaves four sisters and two brothers to mourn the loss. Her father and mother had preceded her to the glory land.


October 17, 1902


Yatesville: Died, on the 9th inst., Mrs.D.J.Casey, one of the best and most kind hearted ladies of our community. She was greatly beloved by all who knew her.


Peach Orchard: At Richardson Sunday Rev.J.T.Johnson, of the M.E. Church South, preached the funeral of old sister Pricey Preston, who departed this life in 1894. There was a large audience present.


Fallsburg: Died, on last Thursday, Mrs. Sarah Casey.

Pikeville: Our hearts are sad at this writing. Mr. E. S Ferguson, late editor of the Pikeville Independent, whom of the people of Pikeville had learned to love, died Sunday morning at 9:30. Mr. Ferguson came here in July past, when the people of this section began to feel that they needed a good newspaper. He established the Pikeville Independent and had already convinced the people here that he was the right man in the right place. Just as he was completing arrangements to bring his loved one, his devoted wife and child, to make their permanent home where they might enjoy prosperity, he was stricken down with fever. The body was taken to Louisa for burial.

2nd article: The mortal remains of Emmette S. Ferguson were laid to rest in Pine Hill cemetery, Louisa’s beautiful City of the Dead. He died of typhoid fever last Sunday morning. The age of the deceased was thirty years. He was married to Miss Della Frazier in June, 1899. Se, with a little son six months old, are left to lament the severe of an indulgent husband and father. Three sisters are also grief stricken- Mrs. Fannie Wade, Misses Grace and Kenna Ferguson.

He was the only son of the late John. M Ferguson, who died here in 1898. The family first moved to Alderson, W.Va., and then at Wayne. Emmette came here seven years ago to take the position of foreman in the Big Sandy News. Afterward he was entrusted with the authority of general assistant in the management of the business.

A few months ago the time for the establishment of a newspaper at Pikeville seemed propitious, and after a thorough investigation and consideration of the matter, Emmette decided to undertake the task of building up a newspaper business there. Accordingly, he too up the work in July and launched the Pikeville Independent.

He was a member of the M.E.Church South and teacher in the Sunday school.


David D. Geigeg ( can’t tell if Geigeg or Gelgeg), 81, died at Ashland last Friday. He was one of the most prominent men in this section.


Freelin, the 19-year old son of Thos. and Nannie B. Reynolds, died at Ashland October 9th of typhoid fever. The family formerly lived in this vicinity.


John W. Dillion, a well know citizen of Catlettsburg, died last Friday, His wife was a daughter of Judge Archibald Borders, the first county judge of this county.


Ad.” M. Crow, proprietor of the Mansard Hotel, at Catlettsburg, died Tuesday evening after an illness of only a few hours. Heart trouble caused his death. He was about 74 years.


Word comes up form up Matewan, W.Va, that Bob Roberts, until recently a resident of Webbville, Lawrence county, and Benjamin Sellards engaaged in an alteration in which Roberts was killed with a knife. The story goes that Sellards had loaned Roberts some cash with which to take a hand in a poker game. When Roberts won he refused to pay the debt, and the two quarreled over the matter, and Roberts slapped Sellards in the face, upon which Sellards drew a knife and stabbed Roberts, from which he died.


Mrs. Taz Arrington ( last name difficult to read) died at her home on Cat Saturday night, of consumption. She was about fifty years of age.


A little child of Bill Bird’s died at the home of Flem Ratcliff at Torchlight Friday night from burns received some time ago.


Dan Robinet died at his home two miles from Louisa last Friday, after an illness of over a years duration. He was a poor man, but a hard worked and reliable.


Ernest Borders, son of Ira Borders, died at his home on Georges Creek Sunday morning of typhoid fever. He was nineteen years of age and leaves a wife and child.


Mrs. Mary Damron, wife of the venerable Samuel Damron, died rather suddenly Tuesday morning at her home in Cassville, She was stricken with paralysis early that morning and died within a few hours. She was in her 80th year. Her husband is past 90 years of age. The burial took place Thursday morning.


Buchanan: Mrs.R.J. Fuller, an aged lady of this place, died Monday evening after an illness of several month. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family and bid them weep not for mother is at rest.


Rabbi Eiseman, of Huntington, died Sunday morning.


October 24, 1902


Yatesville: The funeral of Covey Carter and wife will be preached the first Sunday in November at Morgan’s creek church by Wm. Ball and Albert Miller.


Willie Woods, son of John Woods, deceased died Friday on the 17, of consumption.


Ulysses: The great monster death visited the home of Ira Borders, and took his youngest son Ernest on the night of October 10th, 1902. He was a victim of typhoid fever. His remains were interred in the home grave yard. He suffered intensely with the dreadful typhoid fever three weeks. He was unconscious half of that time. He was a18 years of age and on last New Years Day he was married to Tisha Borders.

The corpse was taken to the church on Sunday morning and Bro. Hicks and Williams spoke some very consoling words, after which he was conveyed to the cemetery and laid to rest beside his brother who had been deal a little more than a year.



Reuben Patrick died Saturday after an illness of fever at his home at Salyersville.


Inez, Ky., Oct 21- Van Bertram was shot and instantly killed by Isaac Muncy on Wolf creek, six miles from here. A dispute arose over Muncy passing over land belonging to Betram. Betram drew a rifle on Muncy, it is said, and Muncy shot him through the heart. Muncy is a son of Thomas Muncy, an prominent minister of the United Baptist Church and a brother to John Sherman Muncy, who killed G.W.Newson two months ago. Muncy came in town and gave up to the officers, claiming he shot Bertram in self-defense.

Bertram was age 36. It was this Bertram who killed Green Kick back at Catlettsburg. (in articles named is spelled both Bertram and Bartram)


October 31, 1902



Peach Orchard: On last Tuesday morning death visited the home of Jimmie Brown and removed from the family circle their little four year old son, Eugene, who was the very ideal of his parents, but to them comes the only consoling thought, we can meet him again beyond the tomb.


Obituary: Died on the 20th, Mary E. Marcum, wife of Calloway Marcum. She was born July 4th, 1851, and died October 20, 1902, age 52 years, 3 months and 16 days. She was married to Calloway Marcum Sept. 15, 1869 and they raised four children, three girls and one boy. Two girls a and the only son are living and were present with M.L. McNeal, Mr. Marcum’s son-in-law from Ashland.

Mrs. Marcum was happily converted to a saving faith in Christ August 7th, and was baptized by Rev. Robert Billups August 9th. She was formerly a member of the M.E.Church South. The remains were taken to the Buchanan church were the funeral was preached, and the relatives being present concluded to have the funeral of their daughter, Janie McNeal preached. She was born August 24, 1870 and died October 20th, 1899, age 29 years, 1 month and 20 days. She was converted about two years and baptized a few months before her death. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist church.

The remains were laid to rest in the the Buchanan cemetery.


Warfield: On Saturday night, Oct. 11th Lucien W. Davis was found dead opposite Warfield. Cause of death is unknown. He was a great sufferer of phthisic. He was a son of Lucien W. Davis, deceased, who had charge of Warfield under the Floyds during the war of the Rebellion and was aged 36 years. He was buried at the Warfield cemetery on Monday 13th inst.


This morning at 4 o’clock Miss Columbia Chaffin, aged 28 years died of consumption. She was the daughter of Nathan Chaffin and will be buried by the side of her mother and father in the Warfield Cemetery tomorrow.


Calf Creek: Died on the 24th Mrs Lee Fluty. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn their loss. Mrs. Fluty was a good christian and was loved by all who knew her.


Paintsville: Died last week a little daughter of W.H. Vaughan. The little child was the only daughter, and perhaps was more loved by her parents on that account.


Ex. Ward, of River, Johnson county, died at Hunter W.Va., Monday of consumption and the body was received at Whitehouse Tuesday. He was 31 years of age.


Albert Robinson, the well known traveling man, died at his home in Ironton, Thursday evening, from consumption of the bowels. He was 51 years of age.


James Spence, 18, son of William Spence, of Pigeon Creek, in Logan county, was killed by the explosion of a “shot’ in a coal bank near T.F. Price’s on Island creek. Spence was digging coal for Price and put in a shot which failed to fire. After waiting some time, he started to bore out the charge and put in a new one, when, from some cause the shot exploded tearing off the whole top of his head.


Word has been received here of the death of Thomas J. Reynolds the president and principal stockholder in the Standard Lumbar Company, His death occurred in New York where he had been some time. He had been a resident of this section for a number of years, making Huntington his headquarters.


The funeral of W.D. Barnette will be preached at the Hewlett School house the second Sunday in November at 10 o’clock.

November 1902

November 7, 1902


John Wyatt, the 16 year old body who was shot in the back at Whitehouse two weeks ago by Arnold Waddie, died Sunday night.


Inez, Oct 31- Pleasant Spradlin was lodged in jail here today accused of killing his four year old boy. The case was called to court and the trial was continued until the third day in November.


Jerry Lambert, an aged citizen who lived near Zelda,ths county, died Monday. He was a highly respected citizen. His death was due to infirmities of age.


A telegram was received here Saturday by A.J.Conley announcing the death of his brother, Harmon, which occurred at Joplin, Mo. The burial took place there Monday. The cause of death was heart disease as he had been subject to for quite some time. He had lived in Missouri since a few years after the war.


Frank Damron Killed; Frank Damron, of this place was accidentally shot and killed in Wyoming county, W. Va., last Sunday evening. Bud Collins of Johnson county committed the murder. The killing occurred at the time camp of Garred and Smith, on Huff’s creek.

The body was brought here Wednesday and buried under the auspices of the Old Fellows Lodge, of which the deceased was member. Interment took place in Pine Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Damron was about 41 years of age and leaves a wife and one son, Wayne, who is a brakeman on the C.&.O. railroad.


Skaggs; The death angel visited the home of Minton Wheeler and took their only child, Leonard. He was only 15 months old and had coup.


The funeral services of Arthur the sixteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Romick of Hinton W.Va., who died in a New York hospital while undergoing an operation for appendicitis, was held in Ashland Sunday at the Calvary Episcopal church. Mr. Romick was a cousin of A.M.Hughes of this place and visited here last summer.


Distressing Accident: Early last Monday morning, Myrtie, the young daughter of John Diamond, who lives on the old Pete Rifle place on Two mile creek, was burned so severely that death was the result in less than twenty four hours. The girl, who was ten years old had just gotten up, and went to the fire. In some manner the flames caught her thin dress and before help reached her almost her entire body was burned. Her mother was living in Magoffin county when the accident occurred and did not reach home before her daughter died.


Lizzie: The wife of Ed Taylor died a few days ago. She was loved by all who knew her. She was laid in the family graveyard of grandfather Taylor.


Kenova W, Va., we are sorry to mourn the sudden death of B.F. Baglin, a former resident of this place who died in Cincinnati last week. His bereaved mother has our sympathy.


Patrick: Died a few days ago the little daughter of John Vanhoose,


Emma Fannin Jordan was born Feb 28, 1872 and departed this live October 14. 1902. She was only ill a few hours until death came. She has left a husband, mother, sisters, brothers and a little daughter only a few hours old to mourn their loss.

November 14, 1902


Cow: Mrs Herald’s little child died Saturday.


James West, an old soldier and pensioner, aged about 80 years died at his home at Denton Sunday night of apoplexy.


Mrs. Julia Borders, relict of the late Joseph Borders quietly passed to her rest at noon Wednesday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Rice. She was 84 years of age. The remains will be taken to Border’s chapel where the funeral will be preached, after which the interment will take place in the family cemetery near the chapel. Mrs. Borders is the sister of the late Wallace. W. Brown, and is the mother of Joe. H.Borders of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Rice, with whom she made her home, Mrs. J. W. Allen of Lowmasville, Mrs. J. W. Preston of Richardson and Mrs. Hannah. ( Paintsville Ledger)


A sad accident occurred at Alley, Boyd county, last Thursday when Rice, the 19 year old son of Reece Edmundson, was accidentally shot and instantly killed by Col. J. Cal. Lambert, one of Boyd county’s most prominent citizens.
It seems that the young Edmundson was tossing cans in the air and Mr.Lambert was shooting at them. Presently the gun was prematurely discharged just as Lambert was elevating it to shoot. The charge struck Edmundson squarely in the head and blew out his brains.


W.Va., Mrs Lucy Adkins died of general debility at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Frasher, in Ceredo, Wednesday, October 29, 1902, aged 90 years.


Death of Little Shirley Hewlett: Expressions of sorrow are heard on every hand over the death of Shirley little daughter of Rev. and Mrs. H.B.Hewlett. The end came Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. Surrounded by loved ones after a two week struggled with typhoid fever she passed peacefully. She was only seven years of age. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon at two o’clock from the M.E.Church South, Dr. Boland and Rev. C.C.Hill conducting the services. The burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery.


John Hickman died unexpectedly at last Tuesday night at his home on Mead Branch, this county. Heart trouble is supposed to have been the cause of his death as he was able to work the day before. He was about fifty years of age and was a leading citizen in the community in which he lived.


Laurel Hill: Death again visited this community and taken little Flora, the one year and ten month old daughter of D.H. and Sarah Ferguson. Se was called away November the 4th at 6 o’clock p.m., after 28 days of suffering of untold misery with croup. The little body was laid to rest Nov 5th at four o’clock.


Dr. Osborne of Laynesville, attended the funeral of his brother Chilt, at Point Pleasant church Sunday.


November 21, 1902


Manila: Richard Lemaster died of consumption. He leaves a wife and four small girls.


Mr. Lafe Preston, father of Henry Preston, of this place, died at his home in Johnson county Monday after an illness of only a few hours. Further particulars are given in a communication from that neighborhood, published in this issue.

2nd article: Paintsville: Lafayette Preston ( Vina’s son) died of heart trouble Sunday night. He was as well as usual Sunday evening, became ill at early night and died at eleven o’clock. Mr. Preston was one of the purest and best man of Johnson county. While he was comparatively wealthy he had lived an honest, correct and moral upright life. Had been a member of the Baptist church for a long time.


November 28, 1902


Obituary: With melancholy feelings and sad regrets we the death of Hala Taylor, wife of Ed Taylor, October 25, 1902.

She leaves a little babe, Hermie only three weeks old.

2nd article: She was born Feb. 14, 1870, was married to Ed Taylor April 1899.


Ratcliff: Died, last Thursday, W.F.Webb. He leaves a wife and many relatives to mourn their loss. He was a good man and loved by all who knew him. The bereaved have our deepest sympathy.


Wilbur: The four-year-old daughter of Andrew Wheeler was so severely burned last Sunday morning that she died on Tuesday. The bereaved have our deepest sympathy.


Died, at the home of her brother, Dan Davis, Mrs. Lizzie Davis Vaughan. She died suddenly of heart trouble Monday morning. The deceased was a sister of Mrs. A.J.Fox.


Charley: Died, recently, the wife of George Pack, of Little Blaine.

2nd article: Obituary: Mrs. Delilia Pack, wife of G.W. Pack, passed quietly away November 11th. She was born on George’s creek in 1834, was buried November 12th, 1902, at the home graveyard. The funeral was conducted by Rev. M. Wyley. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and died in the triumph of a living faith.


Glenwood: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Holbrook died one day last week and was laid to rest in the Coburn graveyard.


Henry Selp, a steamboat Captain was killed Thursday night in Ironton, his face being beaten to a pulp and his head cut. Oscar Smith and Charles Soward, West Virginians, employed at the Sarah Furnace, were later arrested on suspicion, after a desperate struggle in their room.


Obituary: The Angel of Death has again visited our community and taken from our midst one of earth’s fairest jewels. Maude, the beautiful daughter of J.B. and Mary Millard, departed this life at 2 o’clock Sunday morning, Nov. 2nd, 1902. She leaves a father, mother, two sisters, a brother and a host of friends to mourn their loss. She was 18 years, 5 months and 25 days. She became a member of the Christian church nearly two years ao.


Laurel Hill: Hubert, the little 9 year old son of W.M.Lyon, departed this life November 9th, after a short illness.

Blaine: Simpson Casteel, who has been sick for some time, died the 8th.


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December 5, 1902


Blaine: Corbin Lyons, who has been sick from some time, died the 26th of November.


A.Evie, a photographer, aged 70, was found unconscious on the floor of his

gallery at Ashland Tuesday. It was thought then that he had been assaulted as there was a wound on his head, but the doctors pronounced it apoplexy. He died during the night without regaining consciousness. He was a pioneer citizen, and leaves a wife and four children.


News of a distressing accident was received here today from near Centerville in Wayne County, W.Va. The little six month old child of Mr. and Mrs. James Staley, who live on the waters of White’s Creek, smothered to death last night. The night was rather chilly and more bed clothing was used than usual and as a result the little one’s head was covered up and at four o’clock this morning it was found lifeless.


Mrs. Ferguson, wife of G.W. Ferguson, of Gragstone, Wayne county, is dead. She was sixty years of age, was a most estimable woman and had numerous relatives in this section. She had been ill a long time.


Almost a dozen years ago Wesley Brumfield and Zeak Tiller, natives of Lincoln county, engaged in a shooting scrape, in which Tiller was killed and Brumfield crippled. Last Saturday Wayne Brumfield and Howard Tiller, son of the same two men, who have ever since the old tragedy been enemies, engaged in a pistol duel , this time Brumfield being killed. The tragedy occurred in the sight of where the fathers engaged in their deadly duel and in many ways similar. Tiller was uninjured, notwithstanding his adversary fired three times at him at close range. Tiller has surrendered and says he has nothing to fear and nothing to regret, but on contrary is proud to have avenged his father’s death.


John Vanhorn died at his home near Fallsburg a few days ago. He was a son of Ben Vanhorn, and leaves a wife and children.


December 12, 1902


Prestonsburg: William Weddington accidentally dropped his revolver and shot himself living but a few days.


Mr. L.P. Watson died at his home in Ashland Tuesday night, after a long illness. The burial will take place this afternoon in the old graveyard near Webbvile. Until three years ago Mr. Watson had lived near the place, and he was one of the most prominent and wealthy citizens in the county.

He was born in Carter county, Ky., and was 63 years of age. He was married twice. His first wife was a Miss Webb, and his last wife, who still survives him, was Miss Ellen Patterson, of W.Va. Four children survive him- two sons, W.L. Watson of the firm of Bush, Watson & Company of Ashland, and Dr. M.G.Watson of this city; and two daughters, Mrs. J. F. Riffe, of near Webbville, and Mrs. C.Y. Hayes of Ashland.

The deceased was a consistent Christian, a devoted husband and kind father.


A telegram received here Wednesday of the death of William Riggs which occurred in Cincinnati hospital during the previous night. He had been at the hospital for several months. His son George wired instructions to ship the body to this place and it arrived her yesterday morning. The interment took place at Pine Hill cemetery, where the wife and daughter of the deceased are buried. The funeral took place at two o’clock p.m. yesterday from the residence of Mrs.L.M. Adkin, sister-in-law of the deceased.

Three children survive him, the youngest being Miss Willie, aged 15. The others are George and Milton. The latter is in Japan in the service of the U.S.Hospital corps.

Mr. Riggs was about 50 years of age and lived here for many years. Since the death of his wife, however, he has been away most of the time. He was well liked here, and had but few, if any enemies


James Skaggs, died at Chestnut, Johnson county, Monday evening after an illness extending over four months. He was about forty years of age. A widow and eight children survive him. He was formerly employed on the section force of the C.&.O.


Soloman Williamson, a well know citizen of this county, died suddenly at the home of his son George at Buchanan Monday evening. The rupture of a blood vessel in his head caused his death. He was 74 years old and was still a quite active man. He had a number of relatives in Louisa. The burial took place Wednesday.


West Va., -the daughter of S.H. Frazier of Wayne, died Wednesday, last week.


December 19, 1902


Lick Creek: The Angel of Death visited the home of W.R. Childers on the 26 ult. and took there from a little daughter Nannie Ethel, six weeks old and although of such age was the joy of the mother and love of brothers and sisters.


Lick Creek: Neal Moore, aged 32, died on the 14th inst, and was buried in theCompton graveyard on Tuesday. He leaves a wife and six children to face the frowns of the world.


Sam J. Cunningham, a well known citizen of Johnson county, died last week.


Charles Gillim, of Grazzy, while operating a sawmill, was caught in a pulley and instantly killed by his skull being crushed.


James Stine, a well-known farmer near Martin, Lewis County, fell off a wagon loaded with railroad ties and was run over and killed.


James Saxton, Jr. aged 15, shot and instantly killed his sister at Central City last Sunday. The boy was cleaning a gun, which he did not know as loaded. It was accidentally discharged and the little girls head was almost torn off by the charge. They are the children of James Sexton a carpenter. ( Name in article is spelled both Sexton and Saxton)


Ulysses: Died on the 28th, Hezekiah Hannah, He has been fighting many months with the dread disease, consumption. He was converted and baptized several days before his death.


December 26, 1902


Mrs. M. Dennison, the oldest resident of Southern Ohio is dead over at her home at Getaway. She was one hundred and four years old at the time of her death and until within the past fews days had been in the best of health. A few days ago, however, she was out in the cold and damp and caught a cold, which soon developed into the grippe, which caused her death.


Granville Skeens died at his home near Hubbardstown, W.Va., Saturday night. he leaves a large family.


John Minotti, died in Cassville yesterday, after an illness of several months. He died at the home of his father-in-law, Mr. I. H. Harris. He was a good citizen and member of the Masonic fraternity.

2nd article 1/16/1903: Born in Favaro, Italy, Oct. 1st, 1858. Came to the United States in 1882. Died at his home in Fort Gay, W.Va., Dec. 25, 1902, after a lingering illness.


Near Ten Mile in Lincoln county, Joseph Bias and his father, R.A. Bias were engaged in blasting rock on the Guyandotte Valley extension of the C.&.O. There was a premature explosion and Joseph was killed and the father fatally wounded.


Frozen to Death: William Friend, a well know steamboat engineer, froze to death at the railroad water tank near the mouth of Blaine Wednesday night. He went to Catlettsburg and was on his way back on a train Wednesday evening, but we could not learn how it happened that he got off in that vicinity. He is said to have been intoxicated. His body was found Thursday morning and brought to this place. He was a son of the late Capt. John Friend, of this place. A daughter survives and she lives with her grandfather Isaacs, on Lick Creek.