ADAMS, Permelia

Overda--Death has visited our community and took from us our beloved sister, Permelia Adams. She was born May 1, 1863, died Dec 17, 1913, aged 51 years 7 months and 16 days. She was married first to Frank Wellman, deceased. To them 4 children were born, 2 of them dying in infancy. Her second marriage was to Leander Adams, to this union was born 3 children, 2 living and one dead. She was converted when quite young, at the age of 17, and she has lived a Christian ever since. She took sick with la grippe and then pneumonia. She lived only about 4 weeks after taking sick. She bore her sickness with Christian patience. She told all her children and friends she was never going to get well, and would tell them to meet her in heaven. She died praising the Lord. She told them she wanted sabbath school carried on at Oak Hill this summer. The writer heard her say that she never missed but 2 Sunday's during the entire summer at Oak Hill Sabbath school. She will be greatly missed in our school and at church where she was such a faithful worker. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fraley and Rev. Harvey at the Oak Hill Church. The remains were then laid to rest in the Adams Cemetery beside her little babe to awake no more till the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1914


BANKS, Elizabeth

Miss Elizabeth Banks, aged 12years 9 months and 11 days, died quite recently near Dwale, Floyd County, of whooping cough and some of its complications. She was the daughter of Joseph and Maggie Banks and was born at Dwale. Miss Elizabeth was an interesting, lovable girl, the idol of her widowed mother and her untimely death is mourned by a large circle of friends. A few months ago her father was thrown from a horse and killed. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1914


BERRY, Mrs. John

Mrs. John Berry, formerly of this city but for many years a resident of Huntington, WV, died in that place on Friday last after a short illness of pneumonia. Interment, attended by a large number of relatives and friends was made in the Huntington Cemetery on the Sunday which followed her death. Mrs. Berry was born in this county 84 years ago and was a sister of M. V. Graham, deceased and Larkin Graham, of the Big Blaine country. She is survived by her husband and 2 children, a son and a daughter, both of whom are married and live in Huntington. the son is Wentworth more familiarly "Wint" Berry and the daughter is Mrs. Hiram Bloss. For many years the family lived here in a house which stood on the site of the R. L. Vinson residence. Mrs. Berry was a quiet good woman, a faithful wife and devoted mother. Her numerous friends and relatives will learn with regret of her death. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1914


BEVINS, Marion

Ulysses--Last Friday Marion Bevins, a miner who was working in the Pond Creek coal mines was killed by the collision of 2 motor cars. The unfortunate young man who was a son of Merida Bevins was brought here Sunday and buried by the Red Men of which order he was a member. He is survived by his parents, brothers, and sisters and a young widow to whom he was married but few months ago. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1914


BILL, Mike

A funeral quite out of the ordinary occurred in this city on Tuesday last, Mike Bill, an Austrian Slav, who had been working on a Beaver Creek construction force, died on Monday of cardiac rheumatism. Accompanied by Superintendent Robinson and 8 Slavish fellow-workmen the body of the deceased was brought to Louisa for interment. A lot in Pine Hill Cemetery was purchased and there the man, thousands of miles from home and family, was given a Christian burial, the Rev. B.M. Keith, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, officiating. Before the body was lowered into its last resting place, the casket was opened, and while it was surrounded by the former companions of the deceased, Mr. Luther, the photographer, took a picture of the corpse. Copies of the photograph will be sent to the family of the Slav, this, so it is said, being customary when death occurs under circumstances such as are here related. Undertaker Snyder had charge of the funeral. Big Sandy News, Jan 9,1914


BRANHAM, George W.

Floyd County--T. M. Branham and sister Sallie arrived here yesterday on the noon train from Tulsa, OK, with the remains of their father, George W. Branham, who died there the 10th inst. of paralysis. Mr. Branham was born and raised in Floyd County and in 1896 moved to Catlettsburg, from which place he moved to Tulsa, OK, where he died. Mr. Branham had many friends in Floyd County and was well known all along the Big Sandy Valley, he having been engaged in carrying freight up and down the river a great part of his life, either by push boat or steamer, and was owner of the steamer Favorite when she sank, after which he quit the river and engaged in the hotel business at Catlettsburg. He was buried in the Martin Cemetery at Dwale by the side of his mother. Mr. Branham was 69 years old and had served in the Federal Army during the Civil War. Rev. Tygart, formerly of Whitehouse had charge of the funeral service. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1914



Death came without warning and which intercepted him Christmas morning while on his way to distribute presents and happiness among his friends claimed Ulrich Burkhart, aged 78, and one of the best known residents of Greenup County, KY. His dead body was found Monday afternoon about 100 yards from the barn on his farm near Greenup. One arm was clasped around the handle of a basket which was filled with Christmas presents that he intended delivering in person, despite his advanced years. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1914


BURNS, Jeremiah

It will no doubt interest the many friends of the venerable Rowland T. Burns, of this city, to know that his grandfather, Jeremiah Burns, was a soldier, of the history making War of the Revolution. He enlisted Jun 1776, served 3 years and was discharged soon after the battle of York. Among other battles and skirmishes Mr. Burns fought in the battles of Germantown, Monmouth and at the siege of Yorktown. At the time of his enlistment Mr. Burns was living in Bedford County, VA. The old soldier's wife was Elizabeth Rowland. She is buried in what is known as the Widow Jones graveyard, this city. In 1850, she at that time being 79 years old and a resident of Louisa, she was granted a pension as the widow of a soldier of the Revolution. Her husband was buried on East Fork, this county. The foregoing facts are embodied in the war record of Mr. Burns and kept in the Department of the Interior at Washington, a copy of which is in possession of M. S. Burns, a great grandson of the soldier of this long ago. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914



Princess, WV--Death came to the home of Dr. Jake Burton, of Rush, last Sunday and took from there Frank, the 20 year old son, who was the joy and pride of the family. Funeral services conducted Tuesday by Rev. Conry. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914



Pike County--While riding through the Narrows just above town, last Friday at midnight, Dr. W. A. Campbell, a physician and surgeon, well known throughout Eastern Kentucky, ??? an accidental death. He was on his way to visit the sick on Island Creek and while it is not definitely known how the accident occurred, it is supposed that the horse which he was riding became frightened and plunged forward breaking the saddle girth. The riderless horse came into town about midnight which was the first indication that something had gone amiss. A party of ????? went in search of him, and the dead body was found lying on the hillside, just a few feet above the railway tracks, some 50 feet beside the road from where he had fallen. It was at first thought that the neck was broken, but a post mortem examination proved that such was not the case, and that the blow which crushed in his skull at the back of the head was the real cause of his death. He leaves a family. The funeral and interment took place at the York farm, 3 miles south of Pikeville, Tuesday afternoon. The interment ceremony was conducted by the Order of Odd Fellows of which he was a member and a large gathering from every side of the county and from adjoining counties, took the last look upon the face of the great physician, whose name, especially in Pike County, had for many years been a household word. He leaves a wife and daughter to mourn for him. Big Sandy News, Jan 23,1914



Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Cartmel, of Torchlight, desire to thank the friends who were so kind to them during the fatal illness of their darling baby Lee. Their helpful deeds and bids of sympathy will be always remembered. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1914


CLARK, Edward

The NEWS of last week briefly mentioned the fact that on Wednesday Mr. Edward Clark had been brought to Louisa, from Winchester, KY, by his brother, W. D. Clark, of this place and was then at the home of his father in law, Mr. A. C. Ferrell, on Lock Avenue, critically ill. Mr. Clark rapidly grew worse and early on Saturday morning he died of cerebro spinal meningitis. Distant relatives had been sent for and the burial was delayed until their arrival, when interment was made Sunday afternoon in Fulkerson Cemetery. Because of the highly infectious character of the disease which caused the untimely death of the unfortunate young man no service was held at the house where the death occurred, but appropriate religious services, conducted by the Rev. B. M. Keith, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, were held at the grave.


The deceased was born at Esmond, VA and was 29 years old. He was married in Barboursville, WV on the 8th of March last to Miss Sammie Ferrell, of Louisa. He is survived by his father, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. The brothers are W. D. Clark, of this city, and C. Adams Clark of California. The sisters are Mrs. Ella Wilson of Putney, WV, Mrs. C. N. Bates of Lathrope, OH, Mrs. E. J. Matheney, of Mammoth, WV, and Mrs. Helen Kuykendall of Charleston, WV. Of these the father, 2 of the sisters and one brother were present at the funeral. Mr. Clark was an Odd Fellow and a member of Mammoth, WV Lodge No. 242. He was comparatively a stranger in this city, but he bore an excellent reputation and was intelligent, sober and industrious. When seized by the malady which carried him off he was doing railroad construction work near Winchester. His young widow, who has borne her trying ordeal with great fortitude, has the warm sympathy of her many friends in this city. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914


COMPTON, Thurston

Pike County--Thurston Compton, 45, a farmer and team driver, met an unhappy end at his own hand last Monday morning at his home at Yeager, KY 6miles up from the mouth of Shelby Creek. It is said Compton had been drinking for several days and had been the victim of financial straits. His wife died 2 years ago and it is thought this also had a bearing on the case. Beyond these causes no motive can be found for the deed of self destruction. A few moments after taking 3 ounces of carbolic acid his dead body was discovered by some friends lying on the ground near Andrew Call's store. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1914



Mrs. N. Starkey received word last Friday night announcing the death of her mother, Mrs. A. J. Crutchfield, at Asheville, NC, whither she had been taken for her health, from her home at Williamsburg, KY, 6 weeks previously. Mrs. Crutchfield had been a victim of a tubercular affectation of the lungs for several years, but recently grew worse, and was taken to the pine forests of North Carolina in the hope of improving her health. But she gradually grew worse instead of getting better and died last Friday evening. Mrs. Starkey and her sister, Miss Ola Crutchfield, left by the early train Saturday for Williamsburg, where they attended the funeral and interment of their mother Monday. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914


DEAN, John Wesley

On Monday morning, Dec 22, a sad accident occurred when there was a coal fall in Clere's mines at Coalton, in which John Wesley Dean, a well-known citizen was fatally injured. He was so seriously injured that an operation was performed and his left leg taken off. San were the results that followed the operation when the death angel came and called him away. He had always been a man of high, moral character and was loved by every one who knew him. He had made his home with his sister, Mrs. Ezekiel McCoy since the death of his mother in 1904. He was forty and some years old, never had made any religious profession during life, but tis said that he prayed earnestly from the time he was injured until death came, and we firmly believe that God heard and answered his prayer. Two sisters, 3 brothers and several other relative are left to mourn his loss. The funeral services took place Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. Will Duncan and the remains were laid to rest in Coalton Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1914



Mrs. H. P. Elderman of E. Greenup Avenue, received a telegram Christmas morning bearing the sad news that her son Milton, who was recently operated on for appendicitis at Big Sandy, Montana, where he and his wife and son went 7 years ago for his health, had died Wednesday night. His father, who left earlier in the week for Big Sandy, did not reach his bedside before the end came. The remains are now enroute to Ashland for burial. Mrs. Elderman before marriage was Miss Clara Rose. Before going West Mr. Elderman was born in 1885, was employed with Kitchen, Whitt & Co. He was a young man of splendid worth and happy, friendly disposition and his demise will cause much sorrow wherever he was known. Ashland Independent. Interment was held in Ashland Cemetery on Monday last. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1914


ELLIS, Mrs. Frankie

Mrs. Frankie Ellis, aged 84 years, died Dec 17, 1913 at her daughters home, Mrs. Martha Caines, and was laid to rest in the Caines graveyard. Mrs. Ellis was one of our oldest citizens, She was the moth.....(a line seems to be missing here)... four are living. Mrs. Ellis was a devout Christian, having joined the church when young and had fought the battles of this life bravely, and has now gone to reap her reward that is laid up for those that gain the victory. We know it is hard to give up a dear mother, and her vacancy can never be filled here on earth. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1914



Jeff Evans, a native of this county was accidentally killed near Cincinnati on Jan 16. He was working with a force of laborers in rebuilding some structures which were destroyed by the flood of last spring. He was engaged near a derrick, when the boom swung against him, killing him almost instantly. The body was sent to his home in Chandler, OK, for burial. The deceased was about 22 years old and was a son of Charles Evans, who formerly resided near this place, and was a nephew of W. T. Evans of Louisa. He was sober and industrious and his untimely death is to be deplored. Big Sandy news, Jan 30, 1914


FRAZIER, James Allan

Mr. James Allan Frazier, a prominent and highly respected citizen of Fort Gay and Wayne Co., WV, died at his home early Wednesday morning last, after long illness caused by tuberculosis of the lungs. He was 64 years old and is survived by his widow, 3 children and 3 brothers. The children are Mrs. R. L. Vinson, of Louisa, Mrs. W. E. Morris of Edinburg, Ind., children by a former a former marriage and one child by the second marriage, Mr. Frazier's first wife was a daughter of the late Granville Thompson, of Wayne county. The surviving brothers are Sam of Fort Gay, William, of Logan, WV and Lat, of Catlettsburg. The funeral will be held Friday morning and will be conducted by Vinson Lodge F & A.M. of which the deceased was a faithful member. the Rev. H. B. Hulett will conduct the religious service. James Allen Frazier was in all reports a worthy man. He bore an untarnished reputation and in all the walks of life conducted himself in such a way that he has transmitted to his children the priceless heritage of a good name. He will be surely missed by kindred and friends, by the Southern Methodist Church, of which be had long been a member and by the community in which he lived. He was prepared for the Great Change, and the end was peace. Big Sandy news, Jan 16, 1914


Mr. James A. Frazier, whose death in Fort Gay was announced in the NEWS of last week, was buried in the Fairview Cemetery on Friday morning. The funeral was very largely attended, many from Louisa having been present at the obsequies. Mr. Frazier was buried with the honors of Freemasonry. The religious part of the funeral, which was held at the late residence of the deceased, was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Bryan of Fort Gay, the Rev. Hulett of Louisa, having been called away by the death of a relative. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914


Brother James Allen Frazier was born near Glenhayes, Wayne County, WV, August the 3rd, 1849 and died at his home in Fort Gay, WV, Jan 14th, 1914, aged 64 years 5 months and 11 days. Brother Frazier joined the M. E. Church South i 1870 and was a true and devoted member, and on his death bed repeatedly expressed himself that the way was clear and that he was prepared and ready to go whenever the Master called him, and his last words were, "Jesus, Take Me." Brother Frazier was made a Master Mason in Vinson Lodge No. 66 A. F. & A. M. Jun 24th, 1891, and was a true and loyal member of the fraternity. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery, with the usual Masonic honors, conducted by Vinson Lodge No. 66. A. F. & A. M. assisted by a number of the brethren of Apperson Lodge, KY, No. 195. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914



Cadmus--About noon on Monday, Dec 29, 1913, Thomas N. Gulley, of St. Clair, Hawking Co., TN, shot and killed M. O. Fugate, a well known carpenter of St. Clair. Fugate was going from his home over to St. Clair to his work and while passing Gulley's house and being in the public road, Gulley shot from his home and killed Fugate, using a shot gun heavily loaded with large shot and slugs, shooting him 4 times. He lived only about 3 hours. He leaves a wife and 5 small children. He was the son of John D. Fugate and was born in Pike County, KY Mar 17, 1881 and he was well known in the Sandy Valley. His mother is Mrs. Susan Hibbitts, who resides with her 2 daughter at Cadmus. His widow is the daughter of A. J. and Sarah Scott of Cadmus. As soon as Mr. Scott heard of his son in law's death he started for St. Clair to see about his daughter and her 5 little children. His widow wrote to her people in this country that he kept praying all the time he lived after he was shot and a minister came to see him and asked him if he was all right with the Lord and he said yes. The undertaker wrote to his people also and said that he told him that the good Lord has saved me. So his dying statement should be a great consolation to his many friends and relatives and while they mourn they do not mourn as those that have no hope. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914


GRAY, John Turner

On Bull Creek, Floyd County, last Sunday morning John Laferty, Jr., shot and killed John Turner Gray. It is reported that bad feeling had existed between these parties for some time and that they had trouble on the day of the election. They met at church on last Sunday morning a few words passed between them when Laferty drew his pistol and shot Gray twice, killing him almost instantly. It is reported that one of Laferty's brothers who was standing by his shot. After the shooting Laferty fled to the woods and took refuge in a large cave near the top of the hill on the Beaver Creek side. As it had been snowing some on Sunday he was easily tracked and Deputy Sheriff B. G. McCown, who was the first officer ot arrive soon tracked him to his hiding place and he was taken into custody and lodged in the county jail. His examining trial is set for Friday, Jan 2, 1914. Big sandy News, Jan 2, 1914



Mrs. Phebe Hackworth, wife of W. W. Hackworth, died Sunday of pneumonia at her home in Ashland after an illness of one week. She was 77 years old and is survived by her husband and 4 children. One son, James, married Miss Floridie Eaves, of this city. Mrs. Hackworth was known by many of our citizens, having been a frequent visitor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Spencer. She had numerous relatives in the Georges Creek section of the county. She was a noble character, and her death is greatly deplored. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1914


HALL, Price

Catlettsburg, Dec 24--Price Hall, aged 50 years, who lived with his wife and brother on Patiola Street, opposite the residence of Jailer Debord, this city, died this afternoon, his death being due to hydrophobia, the result of a dog bite suffered last August. At the time Mr. Hall was bitten he though nothing of the incident. He later began to have strange attacks but failed to consult a physician. Suddenly the attacks became so severe that a physician was summoned and he at once pronounced the cause "hydrophobia". Since Saturday Mr. Hall has suffered greatly at times it requiring Mr. Debord and other to keep him in bed. His actions when suffering a spasm are said to have resembled those of an animal suffering from the "rabies". Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1914



The following item from Herald, Gale City, VA refers to a man who lived at Fallsburg, this county:

Mr. A. J. Heaberlin died Monday morning, after a protracted illness resulting from cystitis and a general breakdown. Up to a few weeks ago he was able to be out, going as long as his strength would permit. From the time he became confined to his room his decline was quite rapid. Mr. Heaberlin was 65 years, 4 months and 22 days old. He was born in Johnson County, Tenn. Of his family there were 8 brothers and 8 sisters, 9 of whom are still living. One of his brothers is a policeman in Bristol, Tenn., who visited him frequently during his illness. Two brothers from Wise County were with him when he died. He is survived by his widow, 4 sons and 4 daughters and 2 of his sons were at his beside, Oscar Heaberlin having arrived from Ohio Sunday night. Mr. Heaberlin has resided in Gate City several years, moving here from Speers Ferry. He was an insurance agent and gave some attention to real estate. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914


LEMON, Charles

O. M. Lemon, traveling salesman for the Pikeville Grocery Co., received word by telegraph last Monday afternoon that his brother, Charles Lemon, had been accidentally killed in a railway wreck at Roanoke, VA. Mr. Lemon left Monday afternoon for Roanoke, but before going stated the he doubted the accuracy of the advice, because his brother was employed at another place. But word was received by friends here Tuesday confirming the original report. Several others were also killed or injured in the wreck. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914


LEWIS, Charles R.

Many Louisians and many more who live in the county will remember Charles R. Lewis. Many years ago he came to Lawrence, from where nobody seemed to know and obtained a teacher's certificate. He was a man of considerable intelligence, but was a bit eccentric. After teaching for a considerable time he studied law, and if the NEWS is not mistaken, he passed an examination and was admitted to the bar. He was stalwart in figure but was a cripple. He went to Milton, WV after he left Louisa and practiced law. For a long time nothing was heard from him, but a few days ago it was learned that about a year ago he had married. It was also learned very recently was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis and to celebrate the event Lewis named the boy Robert Ingersoil and got on a big drunk the debauch resulting in his death. The boy, however, survived the name which had been inflicted upon him and after the death of the father the mother changed her son's name to Charles. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914



Pike County--In a wrangle over a five dollar bill which one found and both claimed, Lee Driver, a negro miner, at Jenkins, shot and instantly killed Mrs. John Lockhart, negress, according to the police, 3 bullets entering the right lung. Her husband, who was also engaged in the quarrel was shot twice, and his injuries may prove fatal. Driver escaped into the Cumberland Mountains, but within an hour 3 posses, composed chiefly of colored men, fell upon his trail. He successfully eluded them for 2 days; but fearing that he would be caught and subjected to mob violence, he gave up to the authorities at Wise, VA and will be brought back to Whitesburg for trial. Big Sandy news, Jan 16, 1914


LYONS, Jemima

Flat Gap--We also learn that Mrs. Jemima Lyons, widow of James Lyons, passed away this week and was buried Friday. We learn that she was 90 years old. We were not present and do not known the circumstances surrounding her death. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914


MAY, William C.

William C. May was born in Pike County, KY Mar 16, 1834, departed this life Dec 13, 1913, aged 79years 8 months and 27 days. He moved from Pike County to Boyd County, when he was 20 years old. He married a woman by the name of Runyon. To this union were born 6 children, 5 girls and one boy. His first wife died near the close of the Civil War and he remarried to a woman whose maiden name was Elizabeth Eastham. He lived with her 21 years and she died the spring of 1900, after which he married a woman whose maiden name was Hettie Hodge, the widow of Melvin Browning, who is now his widow. Uncle Clem as we always called him was a soldier in the Civil War, a member of Co., F. 10 Regt. KY Cavalry and was a pensioner when he died. He lived a number of years near Cadmus, Fallsburg, Vessie, Yatesville, Olioville, and Tuscola, and was known by a large number of people who he was loved and respected by most all that knew him. He had been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for ?? years and had lived a ????... ever since. He moved to our country, and when he come to die said he was ready to go and that he saw angels in his room. His funeral was preached by Revs. Martin Berry and V.L. O. Harman, after which his remains were taken to the W. M. Cooksey graveyard and there placed by the side of his wife, Elizabeth, who was buried there in the year 1900 to wait the resurrection morning. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1914


MILWARD, Stanley

Stanley Milward, one of the most prominent business men of Lexington, on Wednesday last was attacked by sudden faintness while superintending work of his men, swayed, lost his footing and dropped 3 stories down an elevator haft. He died almost instantly. He recently went to Paintsville for J. C. C. Mayo, to place in his palatial new home there, a beautiful marble bust, brought to this country from Italy some years ago by the late Major Barak Thomas and which passed from him to Mr. Louis des Cognets and presented by Mr. des Cognets to Mr. Mayo. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1914



Ulysses--After a very brief illness Uncle Andy Nelson, as he was called, died at his home at Lowmansville last Wednesday evening. He was 75 years old and a Civil War pensioner. He was a good citizen. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914


O'BRYAN, Margaret (Johnson)

Ulysses--One day last week aunt Margaret O'Bryan, as she was usually called, died at the home of her son, Andrew O'Bryan on Brushy and was brought back here to her former home and buried beside her husband, William O'Bryan, who died several years ago. Grandma Bryan was probably the oldest person in this entire community. I am informed that she was about 94 years old at the time of her death. She has for a great many years been a consistent member of the United Baptist Church. Her maiden name was Johnson. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1914


PETERS, James Luther

Mrs. George W. Atkinson was notified by wire on Sunday morning of the sudden death in Colorado City, of James Luther, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Peters, aged 20 months. Mr. and Mrs. Peters arrived in Louisa with the remains over the C & O on Wednesday evening, Jan 14. The funeral took place on Thursday, Mr. Peters is a son of the late J. L. Peters and a brother of Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs. Peters was Miss Sadie Thornsbury of Wayne Co., WV. A short funeral service was held at the residence of G. W. Atkinson Thursday. The interment was in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1914



Angie, the 20 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Newton Porter, died last Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock at her home at Boldman, KY near Laynesville, from the effects of a relapse of cold, after only a short illness. She was first taken sick through the Christmas season, but soon was well again. Thinking too early that she had recovered, she became subject to exposure which resulted in the relapse. The funeral and interment were held Sunday afternoon at the home and several friends from Pikeville attended, among them Mrs. Kate D. Hatcher and son and 2 daughters. Big Sandy news, Jan 30,1914



Pike County--James Rasnik, aged 74, a farmer, died at his home at Regina last Friday morning of a combination of ills, of which cold and extreme age were the greatest factors. Mr. Rasnik leaves 3 children, and was well known throughout Pike County. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1914


ROGERS, Justin

Pike County--George Miller, a tunnel foreman on the new C C & O route through Breaks, shot and killed Justin Rogers, 23, bookkeeper, over the presence of a negro woman and child in the dining hall at the construction camps of the M. F. McArthur Co., just across the state line in Virginia, Monday morning at 5:30. It is said the presence of the negro woman and her infant child in the dining hall where a large number were taking breakfast was obnoxious on account of the condition of the child and Miller called Rogers, who had charge of the commissary, and told him in violent language to throw the d____ negro woman out. Rogers replied that she was just as much entitled to remain in the dining hall as anyone else, and then drew a large revolver and ordered everyone out. Miller refused to go. Rogers again ordered that the had better put the gun up before some one was accidentally hurt, and Rogers then trained the gun on Miller. The latter promptly drew a revolver and fired 2 shots which took effect in the head. He died a few hours later. Miller gave himself up to the authorities and was accorded an examining trial in the afternoon, before Squire W. J. Cochran, at Mart, VA, at which he was acquitted. Dr. L. F. Metzger, of Rouceverte, WV, Rogers former home, arrived at Elkhorn City Tuesday, having been sent by the young man's parents to take charge of the body after they were notified of his untimely end. The body was brought to Pikeville Tuesday, and Miller also arrived here by the same train. It is said this is Miller's third victim. Big Sandy news, Jan 9, 1914


ROSS, Joseph

Flat Gap--With sorrow we write of the death of Joseph Ross, one of the oldest and best citizens of Johnson County. He had been in delicate health for some time but not confined to his bed until last Saturday evening, when he became unconscious and remained so until past midnight, when he regained consciousness, but gradually became weaker until Monday morning, a half past two he peacefully and without a struggle fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. He was 85 years old, a man of strong convictions and sterling qualities. He was a loving husband, a kind father, a stalwart democrat, a regular Baptist and had been a faithful member of the Laurel Hill Regular Baptist Church for about 40 years. He was very hospitable, his relatives and friends always found a hearty welcome to his hearth and home, in fact no one was ever turned away from his table who was hungry. He leaves a wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters, several grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ulysses Walters and Henry Daniel Tuesday afternoon, when his body was carefully carried to the top of the hill and laid to rest in the family burying ground, surrounded by a number of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Jan 23,1914



On Friday night last the 4 weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Mont See died at their home on the Point after an illness caused by pneumonia. Interment was made on the following day. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1914


SHORT, Martha

Yatesville--Death has again visited our community and taken one of our oldest citizens, Mrs. Martha Short. She was born May 11, 1830 and departed this life Dec 20, 1913 aged 84 years, 8 months and 19 days. She was the mother of 13 children, the most of them are living at her death. She was a good neighbor, kind to all with whom she met. She was converted about a year ago and as baptized in the Christian Church when quite young, but she never was satisfied with her religion until some time last summer. She was sick but a short time. They were not expecting her to go so soon, but life is uncertain and death is sure. God had blessed her with a long life and with many kind friends. Her funeral was preached by the writer of this sketch at the home of her son, Mr. Millard Short. She was laid by the side of her husband to rest until the resurrection morn. Then it will be raised again. She will be missed by all who knew her, the children will miss her the most. R. F. Rice. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1914


SLONE, Harlan

Harlan Slone, an assistant bookkeeper in the office of the Marrowbone Coal Co., at Rockhouse, was killed by the accidental discharge of a revolver last Saturday evening. Slone had been drinking, it is said, and was preparing to clean out the gun with it discharged into his face. Death resulted almost instantaneously. His brother, Alex Slone, was here on his way to Ashland when the news of the accident reached him. He took the next rain for Marrowbone. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914


SMITH, Frank

Frank Smith, alias Loosell, aged 25, a St. Louis Negro, employed as porter on the steamer Greenwood was shot down and killed, aboard that packet by Alvin Martin, age 18, white, second clerk, while the boat was at Morrison's Landing, 14 miles below Portsmouth, Monday. That the killing was justifiable was indicated by the haste with which the gun user was acquitted at a formal trial held before County Judge J. M. Lee, shortly after he had surrendered to authorities at Vanceburg, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914



Jack Sperry, about 50 years old, known to many of the citizens of this and adjoining neighborhoods, to be an invalid for many years pass on account of being partially paralyzed, was found dead in a small ravine on the farm of James Stump, deceased, on Rove Creek in Lawrence County, KY, on Saturday, Jan 10 about 2 o'clock by 3 men who were rabbit hunting. Dr. J. F. Hatten was immediately notified and requested to hold an inquest. After a careful examination of the grounds and the dead body, and the testimony of Ball and Price, two of the men that discovered the body, the jury decided that he had fallen in the ditch in the branch and chilled to death. Dr. A. O'Daniels, a brother in law of the deceased was notified and immediately responded; by procuring a coffin and giving the deceased a respectable burial in the family graveyard on Newcomb, beside his mother.


Like all cases of this kind there seems to be a mystery We can locate this unfortunate man on Thursday morning at John Lock's house. He got a pipe and twist of tobacco, in his conversation he expressed himself as being dissatisfied with life, claimed that he was not able to earn a living and had no money, not even enough to buy his tobacco and that it would be better if he was dead. He left there and stayed at William Price's house, where he ate a hearty dinner. Soon afterwards he left there and went in the direction he was found. His whereabouts is not known between one o'clock Thursday and 2 o'clock Saturday. There seems to be no reason that he met with foul play, as there could be no reason why anyone would take the life of a man that was harmless and had nothing. There is one more thing-that is not easily explained. The man of science may understand this better. About 48 hours had elapsed, nobody seems to know where he was during this time, where he was lifted out of the ditch, partially surrounded with water, he was limber as a rag. This would infer from an ordinary thinker that the had not been dead long and that he lay helpless and dying in that branch almost 48 hours. Again, those who stripped, washed and dressed him on Sunday morning claimed that while his clothing had frozen and had to be cut off the body, yet the body was limber when dressed for burial. These are questions, the scientific world will have to settle. Big Sandy News, Jan 16 1914


STONE, Mrs. W. M.

On Thursday evening last, after many years of suffering, coupled with almost total helplessness, Mrs. W. M. Stone, of this city, closed her eyes upon all things earthly to open them in the blissful House of many Mansions. Nearly 12 years ago a stroke of paralysis fell upon her active form, and from that time until the moment when suddenly and without warning the summons that is never disobeyed called her she was a stranger to the activities of live. She was in her chair, near her bed, feeling better than usual, when her grandson called her daughter's attention to his grandmother. Mrs. Stone's head had fallen upon her breast and before any neighbor or a physician could arrive, Mrs. Stone was dead. On Saturday afternoon appropriate funeral services were held at the home which was filled with sorrowing relatives and friends. The Rev. B. M. Keith, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, assisted by the Rev. H. B. Hulett, conducted the simple service. The mortal remains were taken to Pine Hill there to await the call which will summon the dead to rise. Mrs. Mat. Stone was born in Tazewell County, VA in April 1847. She was the daughter of Floyd Shannon and wife, in 1867 she was married to W. M. Stone, who, with a son R. A. Stone and a daughter, Miss Minnie Stone, survive the faithful wife and devoted mother. One brother, J. W. Shannon, and one sister, Mrs. J. C. Layne, of East Huntington, are living. The first born of Mr. and Mrs. Stone was a son named Albert Gallatin, who died aged 18 months. Mrs. Stone was eminently a good woman. She loved her family, her relatives, her friends and the church which she joined in early life and of which she remained a consistent member until she was called from earth to heaven. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914



Ulysses--Rev. W. W. Williams, of Borders Chapel, left Tuesday on the C & O for St. Albans, Ill., the home of his daughter, Mrs. Moody Sturgill. Mr. Williams' son in law was recently shot and killed by a man there with whom, I understand, he had a quarrel about some business affair. Mr. Sturgill formerly lived in this county and was a good citizen of honest, industrious and moral qualities and we regret very much the sad affair. Mr. Williams expects to bring his daughter and her children home with him. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1914



Chicago, Jan 8--J. G. Sublett, an attorney of Salyersville, KY, who fell unconscious on the sidewalk while in front of 40 South Fifth Ave., died tonight at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Big sandy News, Jan 16, 1914


VANCE, Mrs. G. W.

Mrs. G. W. Vance, of Prestonsburg, died at her home in that place Sunday last after intense suffering from many months. She is survived by her husband and 2 young children. Mrs. Vance was 47 years old. She was a sister of Mrs. George Hale, of this city. She was in the hospital here several weeks but was too far advanced in complicated ills to derive substantial benefit. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914


VAUGHAN, Mrs. John

Floyd County, Mrs. John Vaughan, of Oklahoma, died here of blood poisoning last Monday night. Mrs. Vaughan lived in Floyd County until a few years ago when she and her youngest son, Patrick, moved to Oklahoma. She had come back some few weeks ago to visit her son Willliam, and while making up her bed one morning scratched a small place on the back of her hand, from which the blood poison started. Every attention possible was given her but nothing could stay the deadly poison, and she died in great agony. She was buried by the side of her husband in the old family graveyard 2 miles below town. Rev. Watts, of the M. E. Church, South, had charge of the funeral services. Big Sandy News, Jan 30,1914


WELLS, Morgan

Floyd County--On New Year's day Morgan Wells, aged 74, dropped dead from heart failure. He had just eaten a hearty dinner. He was buried on Daniels Creek by the order of Owls, who gave $50 as burial expenses. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1914


WELLS, Moses

Moses Wells, a prominent Johnson County man, died at his home on Johns Creek on Jan 14 aged 73 years. He died suddenly of heart disease. Interment was made on the 16th in the Wells burying ground at Boone's Camp with services conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulett, of this city. The deceased is survived by his widow and 3 children. Mr. Wells, who was an uncle of Mrs. Hulett, whose daughter, Miss Bessie, accompanied her father to Boone's Camp to attend the interment of her relative. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914


WOODS, Robert H.

Robert H. Woods, aged 27, known here and elsewhere in the Big Sandy Valley as a traveling salesman for the Emmons Hardware Co., of Huntington, was found dead in a room in his apartments in that city on Sunday last, his wife and child being absent from the city at that time. Death was supposed to have occurred from the bursting of an abscess in his throat. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1914


WORKMAN, Robert T.

Robert T. Workman, deceased, member of Aurora Lodge, A. F. & A. M. and of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineeers assisted in the conduct of the late rites over the body of Robert T. Workman at Manly M. E. Church, Monday morning, and later had charge of the short services at the grave in Greenlawn Cemetery. Both orders had representative delegations present, who marched in a body to the cemetery behind the funeral bier of their dead brother. Rev. L. I. Hart, pastor of Manly Church, of which the family of the deceased were attendants, preached the funeral sermon. He was born at Echo, Wayne Co., WV Oct 29, 1881, age 22 years, 1 month and 27 days. He was married to Miss Lutie Richman, of Zelda, KY, Aug 26, 1903, to which union were born 3 children, Shirley, Manley and Folsom, ages 9, 7, and 5, respectively, all of whom survive their father. The deceased was taken sick Tuesday, Dec 9, with pneumonia and grew steadily worse until the end came early last Friday morning. He was a man of exemplary character and morals, and at all times was a faithful and constant observer of the Golden Rule. On Christmas evening he was converted to Christianity and told his sorrowing relatives that he was at peace with his Maker and ready to die. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Louisa, KY and of the B. of L. E. of this city--Portsmouth Times. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1914






Dan Adams of Matewan, is dead and "Bill" Ackerman, also of Matewan, is lying at the point of death as the result of a shooting scrape that occurred at that place Saturday. It is said the shooting was the result of a hot quarrel the two men had in a Matewan saloon Sharp words led to blows and both men drew their revolvers and began firing. Adams was truck first, the bullet piercing the heart. As he fell to the floor, he sent a bullet through Ackerman's body, that is expected to cause death. Ackerman is in the Matewan hospital. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1914


AKERS, James

Sitka--James Akers, an old veteran of the Civil War, passed quietly into the great beyond the 10th, after a long illness. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1914


ALEXANDER, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Alexander, wife of John Alexander, of Gallup, KY was born Jul 21, 1845, and died Feb 8, 1914, aged 69 years 6 months and 17 days. She professed faith in Christ about 40 years before her death and lived a consistent Christian all these years. She passed away peacefully and quietly where her happy soul will join the kindred friends and her Savior in bright, glory that she said was waiting and going to meet. She leaves her aged husband, 3 sons, 1 daughter, William Williamson, of Inez, who was present and Ted and Eugene and Mrs. Arnold Perry all of Gallup, one brother, William Lowe of West Virginia, who was not present and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her death. Aunt Betty, as we always called her, will be missed. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at the time of her death. About 8 years before her death she came to Rev. A. H. Miller and requested that if he was living to preach her funeral and attend to her burial and did often times after that remind him of her request. The body was taken to the Oddfellows hall, followed by a large crown of people. The husband has lost a good, kind wife, the children a loving mother, the church a faithful member, the community a good citizen. Big Sandy news, Feb 27, 1914



Auxier--S. B. Auxier, of this place, a well known citizen and a well wisher of the good work of God, passed away Tuesday. Rev. J. O. Black of Buchanan was called to his bedside Monday evening and stayed near by until God called him from this old world of sorrow and pain. Services were held at the M. E. church, South, Thursday. The funeral was preached by Bro. Black. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1914


East Point--Samuel Buchanan Auxier died of tuberculosis at this home at Auxier Feb 10. Deceased was a son of the late E. B. Auxier and was about 43 years old. He leaves a wife, 7 children, brothers and sisters to mourn his death. Funeral services were conducted at the church by pastor T. J. Moore, of Auxier, and Bro. John Black, of Buchanan. Bro. Black delivering a touching and appropriate discourse on the subject: "Prepare to Meet Thy God." The body was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Judge ad Mrs. Beverly May and Mrs. Thomas R. May of Prestonsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Auxier, of Paintsville, attended the funeral of their brother, S. B. Auxier, Thursday. Big Sandy News, Feb 27, 1914



The body of a man, later identified as that of Frank Bocock, of Buchanan, was found near Catlettsburg Saturday inst. It is claimed that he had been struck by a C & O train. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1914


BOWE, Sibyl

Sibyl, 8 year old daughter of James and Sibyl Layne Bowe, of Laynesville, was burned to death Wednesday. Her pencil tablet caught fire and in trying to stamp out the flames her dress was ignited. She died 5 hours later. Big Sandy News, Feb 27, 1914



Another killing occurred in Floyd County last Sunday night. Constable Gus Burga went to the home of his brother in law, "Buckshot" Collins, and it is said that while there a man by the name of Ray asked Burga if he had a warrant for him, and he replied that he did not but had had one but had returned it. Whereupon Ray replied that he could not arrest him if he had it. This brought on a heated argument and Burga drew his gun and Ray ran into the house, and Collins and Burga got into a scuffle over the pistol, when it was discharged, the bullet going through Burga's heart killing him instantly. Another report says that Collins had gotten the pistol away from Burga and then shot him. Collins is in jail awaiting the action of the grand jury, while Ray has fled to West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Feb 13,1914



Frank Burton, aged 20 years, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. F. Burton, of Rush, closed his eyes in everlasting sleep Sunday morning, after an illness of many months, due to tuberculosis, and borne with rare patience and cheerfulness--Ashland Independent. The young man had numerous relatives in this county. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1914



Ledocio--Died, on the first of this month, 2 infant babies of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Castle. They were only a few days old. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1914



Zelda--Death has again visited our community and chose for its victim James Edmond, aged 57 years, Pneumonia was the cause of the sudden death. Interment was made in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev Yoke. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1914



Wayne County, WV lost one of its pioneers when Mrs. Mary Jane Ferguson, of Dock's Creek, died. She was 82 years old, and was known from end to end of the county. The cause of her death was said to be that of a sever cold which attacked her about 2 weeks ago. She was the widow of the late Daniel Ferguson. The children surviving are John and William Ferguson, who are prominent in the county. Big Sandy News, Feb 27,1914


HAGER, Forest

Forest Hager, aged 37 years, a son of B. F. Hager, of Paintsville, died in that city Sunday evening after a few days illness of pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1914



Webbville--A sad accident occurred in our town last Friday evening. Our constable, Jim Johnson, while unloading his revolver accidentally shot and killed his little niece, Lena Johnson, aged 6. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1914


JUSTICE, Fanny ('Thompson)

On Friday, Jan 23, 1914, the home of Charley Justice was turned to mourning and grief when the cold banner of death waved over his dear and beloved wife and called her from this cold world of sorrow to His eternal home on high. She was the daughter of Richard and Margaret Thompson and was born Mar 17, 1884 and Jul 25, 1901 she became the bride of Charley Justice and to them were born 4 bright children, Ivory, Mollie, Ethel and Ray, the youngest hardly 2 years old. Fanny's mother died when she was a little girl. How feeble are words to carry consolations to the hearts bereaved of a beloved wife, mother and daughter--a tender clinging vine interwoven in sweet memories from the Angle first gave her into your home. Fanny was a good woman and loved by all. A short time before she died she gave her heart to Jesus and said she was ready to go, Fanny was taken with that dreaded disease lung trouble but was bad only about 3 weeks but bore her suffering with patience. The only dread of death she had was leaving her little children, but the same God who was so merciful to raise Fanny from an orphan and to spare her with those dear little ones will spare and provide a way for them. On Sunday, Jan 25, she was laid to rest in the family graveyard overlooking her old home where she has spent many happy days and where a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives stood around to take a last look at Fanny here on earth. Burial rites were conducted by Rev. W. M. Copley. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1914


JUSTICE, Mrs. George

After months of sickness, marked at times by intense suffering, Mrs. George Justice passed peacefully away on Saturday night, Jan 31st, aged about 42 years. Heart disease, with serious complications, was the cause of her demise at this comparatively early age. On Sunday afternoon, the body was taken to the Baptist Church, where the pastor, the Rev. Olus Hamilton, conducted a brief and appropriate service. Every part of the spacious building was completely filled with the friends of the deceased. At the conclusion of the service the remains were interred in the burial plot between the two cemeteries. Mrs. Justice is survived by her husband and 6 children, only 2 of whom are grown. She was a woman of quiet, domestic habits, a faithful wife and a devoted mother. When she realized that the great and final change was about to occur she declared her preparedness and readiness for her departure. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1914



The little daughter of John McKenzie, age 7, living on Spruce Creek, 3 miles east of Fort Gay, was burned to death Tuesday. While standing before an open fire place her clothing caught fire and was entirely burned off. She lived about 12 hours. Big Sandy News, Feb 27,1914


MILEM, Mrs. James

Richardson--Death has again visited our community and has chosen for its victim the widow of James Milem, better known as Granny Milem. She has left many friends and relatives to mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. W. Baker. Big Sandy News, Feb 27,1914



Hellier--We are sorry to report the death of Uncle Sam Miller, of this place. He was born in Tazewell County, VA, but came to Kentucky while quite young. He has been a resident of this place about 4 years. He was 73 years old and leaves a wife and 3 children. He was a soldier in the Civil War. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1914


ROBERTS, Thomas H.

Mr. Thomas Roberts, a well known resident of Louisa, died at his home in this city on Saturday night last. Interment was made in Fulkerson Cemetery on Monday afternoon. Mr. Roberts had been in poor health for several months. This condition developed into an acute illness marked by complications which did not yield to skillful treatment and careful nursing. The funeral services were conducted at the late residence of the deceased by the Rev. B. M. Keith, of the M. E. Church, South and despite the intense cold and otherwise inclement weather they were largely attended. Mr. Roberts was a skilled builder and had done much work as a contractor. The following is a brief biography of the deceased:

Thomas H. Roberts was born in St. Agness, England, Aug 22, 1862 and died in Louisa, KY Feb 15, 1914, aged 51 years, 5 months and 23 days. He was married to Miss Mary Estes Jul 15, 1884 at Louisa, VA. To this union were born 5 children: George B., Claud, Jesse R., Ethel M. and William J. all of whom still live except Claud, who died at the age of 3 years. He was converted under the ministry of Rev. O. F. Williams and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church South Feb 12, 1905. Big Sandy news, Feb 20,1914



Thealka--Death visited our camps last Friday and took away one of its best and most respected citizens, George Robinson. Mr. Roberson was stricken with pneumonia in the early part of December and since then had never been able to leave his room. An abscess formed in his side and the doctors decided an operation was the only chance for his recovery. Last Friday at noon, Drs. Bays, Sparks and Holbrook, met at his home to perform the operation, although he was very weak, he had a strong nerve and seemed to be standing the operation fine, but before it was over his heart suddenly failed him and he was dead in an instant. Everyone loved "Uncle Geo" as he was familiarly known and he will be sadly missed by us all. He was 50 years old and had never kept his bed a single day until this sickness. He leaves a wife and 7 children, besides and aged father and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. One son, a soldier now in Mexico, whom he had not seen for 4 years. He left the good news that he was ready to go. The funeral was conducted at the home by Bro. John Walker. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1914



Pike county--Clay Scott, aged 69, died suddenly of apoplexy at his home near the public school building last Friday evening. He had just passed out of the dining room of his house onto the portico when the stroke overtook him. Five minutes later Mrs. Scott called to him that supper was ready, and hearing no response from him she suspected that something had gone wrong. He was found lying dead only a few feet away from the door, and efforts were made to revive him, but of no avail. The funeral service was held from the Christian Church and interment took place in the Pikeville cemetery Sunday afternoon and many attended. Big Sandy news, Feb 20,1914


SPARKS, Nancy (Curnutte)

Nancy Sparks, the subject of this short sketch, was born in Lawrence County, KY, Oct 7, 1834, died Jan 14, 1914, aged 79 years 7 months. She was the mother of 8 children, 6 of whom are still living, one girl and 5 boys, Mary, James, Cobe, George, Hugh and Billie. She was of good parentage, being the daughter of Uncle Billie Curnutte. She was reared right, hence before reaching the noontide of life she saw the importance of seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness and to the joy of her heart this sweet blessing was found. This mother in Israel had lived during the last 13 years of her life in the good home of Landon Carter, where she tried as best she could to guard the interest of that home both religiously and physically with unswerving fidelity. Her faith in God was strong, her hope in a glorious immortality was pleasing. By her exemplary life and motherly acts toward Landon Carter's motherless children she greatly endeared herself to them and oh, how they will miss her. She was buried in Morgan's Creek in the family burying lot of her son, Cobern. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1914



Pike County--Mrs. P. B. Stratton, who has been a sufferer from neuralgia for many years, died at her home in this city last Sunday evening from an acute attack of the ailment. For several weeks she had been in ill health from intermittent attacks of the disease and 2 weeks ago a girl baby was born. From this time onward she became gradually worse and Sunday morning the attending physicians renounced all hope of her recovery. Her death will be a shock to many friends throughout Pike County and the Big Sandy Valley, as she was a model lady, perfect mother and beloved neighbor. Besides many relatives living in the West, she is survived here by her husband, Attorney Pem Stratton and 2 little children, Margery, aged 9 and an infant daughter. The funeral was held at the First Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, and a large crowd of people attended. Interment will take place at West Plains, MO, the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hamilton, whither the body was shipped immediately after the funeral. She is survived by her husband, Attorney P. B. Stratton and 2 infant children. Big Sandy News, Feb 27, 1914


TIERNAN, Judge J. M.

Judge J. M. Tiernan, one of the oldest lawyers practicing at the Wayne County bar, took his own life Saturday, using carbolic acid as the agent of destruction. Big Sandy News, Feb 27,1914


YATES, Margaret

Died, shortly after midnight of Sunday, Feb 22, 1914, Margaret, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Yates, aged 14 years 1 month and 9 days. Her untimely and deeply lamented death was caused by burns received the previous Sunday. At no time after the deplorable accident could the attending physician give the distressed family any hope that the much loved sister and daughter would recover, and after 8 days of physical torture, borne with unequalled fortitude the pure spirit of the gentle girl left the pain-racked body and passed through the waiting gate of Paradise. On Tuesday afternoon the body was carried to the M. E. Church, South, where the funeral service was held. On its way from the home to the church it was attended by the Sunday School class of the deceased in the capacity of pall bearers. The commodious building was packed with sympathizing friends, many other finding it impossible to obtain an entrance. The service, conducted by the Rev. B. M. Keith, pastor, and the Rev. C. B. Plummer, of the M. E. Church, was appropriate and touching to a degree. The great audience was deeply moved, many strong men, unused to weeping, giving the tribute of tears to the memory of the fair young girl who had so ruthlessly been snatched from the embrace of kindred and the companionship of friends. Interment was made in Fulkerson Cemetery and although the ice-covered road in the place of burial made travel difficult and dangerous very many braved the intense cold and followed the body to its last earthly resting place. Big Sandy News, Feb 27, 1914



MARCH 1914

ADAMS, Newton

Mr. Newton Adams, aged 59, died at his home at Normal after a lingering illness. The remains accompanied by the wife and 2 sons, Winn and Richard, were taken to Salyersville, where the funeral was conducted. Mr. Adams who was a very prominent and highly respected citizen was born and reared in Salyersville, Magoffin County. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 1914



While attempting to save the life of Miss Dixie Blackburn, his sweetheart, whose foot was caught in a railway trestle near Williamson, William McCoy was struck by a train and tossed into a ravine 50 feet away. Miss Blackburn was killed instantly and McCoy died later. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1914



On Tuesday morning last Ross Boggs, aged about 40 years, dropped dead at his home on upper Lick Creek, 6 or 8 miles from this city. He had arisen early and was getting ready to go to his work at Torchlight, when he said he felt bad, sank to the floor and expired. He was buried on Wednesday near his home. The deceased was a son in law of H. W. Castle and was a sober and industrious man. Big Sandy News, Mar 20,1914


BURCHETT, Benjamin

Mr. Robert Burchett, of this city, received a telegram Monday informing him of the death of his brother, Benjamin, at Smith's Ferry, PA. The burial occurred Wednesday. The deceased was about 76 years old and was very well known in this county, where he had lived many years. He left a widow and 4 children. Mr. Burchett had been married twice. His first wife was a Curnutte and his second wife a Kazee. Jeff Burchett, of Zelda, is a son. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 1914


DEAN, Virgie

Ratcliff--The death of Mrs. Virgie Dean is greatly mourned by her friends on Catt. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 1914


HATTEN, Mrs. Ezra (Sadie Patton)

After a long illness caused by tuberculosis, Mrs. Ezra Hatten died at her home in this city on Wednesday night, aged about 33 years. She is survived by her husband and several relatives, among whom is a brother, sam Salyer of Pittsburgh, who was at her bedside when death ended her suffering. Mrs. Hatten was childless. The funeral will occur Friday. Services will be held at the M. E. Church. Before marriage Mrs. Hatten was Miss Sadie Patton, and was a sister of Mr. Henry Patton, of Magoffin County. She was a quiet woman, of domestic tastes, well liked by all who knew her. Her friends will regret her untimely death. Big Sandy News, Mar 13, 1914


The funeral of Mrs. Ezra Hatten occurred on Friday last, with services at the M. E. Church, conducted by Revs. Keith and Plummer of this city and Rev. Bryan, of Fort Gay. Interment was made in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1914



Holden, WV--Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Holbrook and took from them their darling little baby. Little Elmer was 3 weeks and 6 days old, and was sick but 6 hours. Its body was laid to rest in the Whites Creek graveyard. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 1914



The steamer "Old Reliable" was sunk in the Ohio River near Evansville, IN, Monday and Capt. Arch Hollerbach, of the government contracting firm of Hollerbach & May, of Evansville, lost his life. He was about 60 years old and one of the best known men along the lower Ohio River. He was on his way to Mound City, IL, to look after some government work. Capt. Hollerbach was the only man on the boat who lost his life, although the crew escaped jut in time to save their lives. The Old Reliable, which belonged to the company, was towing a heavy tow of stone. The barge in front was chained to the steamer and early Monday morning the barge began to leak and the crew was aroused. When the barge was cut loose from the steamer, Capt. Hollerbach ran back into the cabin to get his shoes and at that minute the steams which had evidently sprung a leak, sank to the bottom of the river. Capt. Hollerbach and his son in law, Sam May, built the Saltpeter Dam and were well known in this city. Mr. and Mrs. May boarded at the Brunswick while the work was going on and made many friends while here. Capt. Hollerbach was a frequent visitor here. Big Sandy News, Mar 27,1914


JOHNS, Mrs. D. W.

Mrs. D. W. Johns, who had just passed her 90th birthday, died at the home of her son, D. B. Johns, 10 Litchfield, Minn., Mar 15. the residents of Louisa, who were there at the time of the Civil War will remember that D. W. Johns and family moved from their farm 2 miles up the river above Louisa to Minnesota in June 1864. Of the large family of children only D. B. and W. H. Johns, of Litchfield, survive. Numerous cousins and other relatives are living in the Big Sandy Valley, some living in this city. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1914


JOHNSON, Florence

Pike County--Florence Johnson, aged 12, daughter of Alex Johnson, Regina, KY, and niece of John E. Ratcliff, County Court Clerk, died Wednesday morning of rheumatism, from which she had been suffering for several months. The ailment was also complicated with fever, it is said. Big Sandy news, Mar 6, 1914



Pike County--W. B. Johnson, wealthy merchant and timber dealer, met an untimely death on a railway trestle near his home on the Shelby Creek railroad last Friday morning. Mr. Johnson and of his sons, it is said, were walking home from the Vergie Station and as they were crossing the trestle a special passenger train bound for Jenkins overtook them. The young men had reached the other side in safety, but the train came upon Mr. Johnson on the bridge, and he was instantly killed. For years he had been the special representative and general manager of the Cole and Crane timber operations in Eastern Kentucky and was himself owner of land, mainly along the waters of Shelby Creek. He was well known in all the counties of the eastern part of the state. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 1914


KISER, Thelma

Death has again visited our community and taken from Silas and Emma Kiser their darling little Thelma. She was a right little girl., the joy of the home. Little Thelma was sick but a short time. Christ bade her com and live with him and on Friday morning, Feb 27th, Thelma gave her earthly friends their farewell look and fell asleep in Jesus. The funeral was preached by Rev. Harmon on Saturday and the remains were laid to rest on the home farm. Big Sandy News, Mar 13, 1914


LAKINS, Charley

Mt. Zion--We are sorry to hear of the death of Charley Lakins of Mavity. Big Sandy News Mar 13, 1914


On Monday night, Mar 2, 1914, our Heavenly Father saw fit, in his wisdom, to call from us our dear beloved cousin, Charley C. Lakins, son of James and Katherine Lakins. His age was 18 years, 2 months and 22 days. Charley had been going to school at Grayson only 2 weeks, and he told some of his schoolmates that he was feeling bad. The physician pronounced it lagrippe. He was brought home and lived 25 days. We believe the spirit of Charley is in the Paradise of rest. He seemed to understand that it was his duty to serve the Master and seemed to delight in so doing. Charley was a bright boy, and to known him was to love him. Charley leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, Howard and Robert, and 3 sisters, ?Lelia?, Mabel and Lucille to mourn his death. The funeral was preached by Bro. Jarvis in the presence of about 400 relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Mar 27,1914


MCCOY, William

While attempting to save the life of Miss Dixie Blackburn, his sweetheart, whose foot was caught in a railway trestle near Williamson, William McCoy was struck by a train and tossed into a ravine 50 feet away. Miss Blackburn was killed instantly and McCoy died later. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1914


MILEM, Clarinda

Clarinda Milem, born Mar 12, 1840, died Feb 10, 1914, at her home below Richardson. She was laid to rest in the Bartlett burial ground the following day. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. George W. Baker in his usual impressive and consoling manner. Owing to the very cold weather many were denied the privilege of attending the last sad rites. Mrs. Milem was married in her early youth to Samuel Spears. To this union one son was born. After the death of Mr. Spears, she married James H. Milem Jun 10, 1859 To this union 11 children, 3 daughters and 8 sons were born. Four of them have passed to the great beyond, 3 in childhood's tender years and the youngest Jack, aged 30, died suddenly last October. Mrs. Milem was a member of the M. E. Church, South for about 40 years and was a good woman, a good neighbor and had no enemies. She did not fear death, but looked on it as a relief from the burdens of life, a glorious painless sleep. She often said she would be so thankful if it was the Lord's will to call her to leave this world of trouble and suffering. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 1914


MILLS, Sarah

Mrs. Sarah Mills, formerly quite well known in this locality, died of pneumonia last week in Lucasville, OH. The body reached Louisa on Friday and was taken to the home of a son in law, James Maguire, of Two Mile. It was buried Saturday in the old Crabtree graveyard, after services conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Nor far from the place of interment John Mills, the husband of the deceased was killed by lightning many years ago. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 1914


MIMMS, Alonzo

Alonzo Mimms, one of Catlettsburg's most prominent citizens, died Monday at his home in that city after prolonged suffering caused by rheumatism and other diseases. He is survived by his widow, who was Miss Blanche Marcum, formerly of Louisa, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. The funeral occurred Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 1914



Mossy Bottom--Mrs. Tom Ratliff died of paralysis at her home on Lowe Bottom Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Mar 27, 1914


ROSS, J. Taylor

J. Taylor Ross died Sunday night at his residence on Bolts Fork, in Boyd County, after an illness of 3 weeks of jaundice, at the age of 65 years. Mr. Ross was the son of Judge Jack Ross, the first County Judge of Boyd County. He was born and lived all his life near the place where he surrendered to the enemy, death. His death was not unexpected, as his friends and relatives had been summoned from a distance and were present when the end came peacefully. Mr. Ross early in life was united in marriage to Miss Belle Riffe, a daughter of William Riffe, of Glenwood, who survived him. He is also survived by the following children: Maude and Beuva Johnson, who live at East Liverpool, OH, Sam, Millard, Lou, Ed; George and Henry, who are still at home, also by the following brothers and sisters, George, at Mavity, John, Buchanan, W. I., Dave, and Crit, of Rush; J. H. of Ashland, Mrs. Susan Riffe, Susan Stanley and Mollie Riffe of Rush, Sallie Mills, Catlettsburg, and Anna Justice of Ashland. Independent. Big Sandy News, Mar 27,1914



Shortly after 2 o'clock on last Saturday afternoon John Spears, a well known citizen of Fort Gay, WV was struck by east bound N & W passenger train No 16 and almost instantly killed. Speers, who had been a section man in the employ of the company was walking west on the track immediately below the passenger depot, apparently oblivious of the fact that the swift going train was rapidly approaching, He usually walked with his head somewhat bent forward, and on this occasion it was observed that he was looking just below the station, when the train came around a slight curve and struck him, hurling him 20 or 30 feet from the track. When Mr. Speers was picked up he was living but died in a few minutes. He had been hit in the forehead by the pilot beam. His skull was crushed and his left arm broken. The unfortunate man was buried on Sunday in the Beaire graveyard. He was a son of Jack Seers, an old and well known resident of Wayne County. The deceased was 36 years old and is survived by a widow, 4 children and a brother an sister. His wife was a daughter of Middleton Spencer, who formerly lived in Louisa. He was a quiet, sober man, and his untimely and shocking death is much regretted. Big Sandy News, Mar 13, 1914



C & O fireman, James P. Walters, who was so badly scalded on Mar ?7th, when the engine upon which he was riding overturned near Ford Branch, on the Big Sandy division, while backing around a curve, died last Saturday night at the King's Daughters' hospital, Ashland, where he was taken following the accident and where he received every care possible. His death was due to his burns and pneumonia which followed. Mr. Walters, who was 30 years of age, was one of the most popular men on the road, and his tragic death has caused sincere sorrow among his fellow railroad men and among all others by whom he was known. He was a valued member of the Railroad Fireman. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Mar 27, 1914


APRIL 1914



A tragedy which had its beginning in this county and its last act in Huntington, WV has been the cause of much comment and speculation. Gossips have had a rich harvest, and the real facts in the case, sad enough in reality, have been so exaggerated and distorted that it s hard to get the plain truth concerning the unfortunate affair. To publish one-half of what has been told in connection with the occurrence would fill columns of the NEWS. And nothing would be said in it now if the matter had not received attention from the county authorities.


On Friday, Mar 27, a young woman named Ruby Adkins, daughter of Jesse Adkins, a respectable citizen of this county and living on Twin Branch, visited the office of a Louisa physician. She admitted that she was facing maternity and importuned him for aid. The doctor promptly and emphatically refused to grant her request. She left his office, but went again on the following day and urgently repeated the request of the preceding day and was again met with a decided refusal. The woman disappeared from the city and so far as the NEWS can learn nothing was heard of her until Friday, Apr 3, when news came that she had died in a Huntington hospital and word to this effect was sent to her father.


On Saturday morning the body arrived in Louisa. The box which held the casket bore the certificate of the attending physician giving hemorrhage as the cause of death. Mr. Adkins had come to take the body of his daughter home for burial, but the authorities deemed it advisable to have an inquest held and by so doing ascertain, if possible, the cause of the death and who was responsible for the illegal act. Coroner J. F. Hatten, of Buchanan, was phoned for and he arrived on the 2 p.. N & W. He at once impaneled a jury and ordered that an autopsy be made. The jury consisted of A. L. Burton, L. M. Copley, R. S. Chafin, Mont Holt, J. H. Holbrook, and C. F. Peters. The body was taken from the passenger depot to the Green Meek building just across the street where the autopsy was made by Dr. Bussey, Reynolds and Wellman. After his was done and the testimony of several witnesses had been taken the jury rendered a verdict which declared that the deceased died in Huntington from the effects of a criminal operation performed by parties unknown to the jury. The remains were then taken to Osie, where they were interred Sunday.


On Sunday Sheriff Stone and County Attorney Fred See went to Huntington for the purpose of making an investigation. They learned that the young woman had gone to a private boarding house in that city on Wednesday, where she became suddenly and violently ill. A physician was called who visited her several times during the day and night. On Thursday she was removed to the city hospital where she died. Sheriff Stone declared that they found much in Huntington by which they hope to effect final clearing up of the lamentable affair which brought so much sorrow to the home of the motherless girl. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914


ADKINS, Thomas

Thomas Adkins, a substitute brakeman, fell from a car at the Russell yard Saturday morning and was decapitated. He was riding a cut of cars, which came in contact with some stationary cars, and the impact caused him to fall to the tracks. He was 24 years old and married. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914



The body of James Blanton, brakeman, who was killed by accident in Cincinnati yard last Friday, arrived here at noon Monday and was carried to the home of Mr. Blanton's father in law, Richard England, and was interred in Pikeville cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Blanton was married to Miss Bertie England 3 years ago during which time they have resided near Cincinnati and Mr. Blanton has been an employee of the N & W. Both are well known at Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Apr 17,1914



Upper Lick Creek--Death visited the home of Mrs. Jannie Boggs and took from her a loving and faithful husband on the 17th. He was a man that will be greatly missed by his many friends and relatives. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his death. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914


BOYD, Arthur

Arthur Boyd, well known in Louisa, died at his home in Portsmouth on Thursday, April 2. His health had been bad for a year or more but the acute attack lasted only a few days. He was in Louisa the week before he died. He was a popular salesman, genial and courteous, liked by everybody. He was single and about 30 years old. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914



About 4 o'clock on the morning of Sunday, Apr 19th, Mr. H. G. Burgess, Louisa born and reared, but for the past 10 or 12 years a resident of Huntington died at the home of his sister, Mrs. George R. Vinson. He had been sick of typhoid fever for some time in Huntington and had come to his old home for rest and treatment. For a while he improved and his friends had hope for his ultimate recovery, but such complications as acute gastritis and inflammation of the veins in one leg supervened and he sank rapidly. The funeral services was held at the Vinson home Monday morning conducted by the Rev. Mr. Donaldson, of the Presbyterian Church, Huntington, assisted by Revs. Plummer, Hamilton and Keith, pastors respectively of the M. E. Church, the Baptist Church and the Southern Methodist Church of this city. At the close of the very appropriate service the body was borne to the C & O depot, accompanied by the relatives and a large number of friends. From there it was taken to Catlettsburg, where it was met by a funeral car of the street railway and was taken to Huntington for interment. Mr. Burchett is survived by his wife and 3 children, the eldest a girl of 13, his father, Maj. D. J. Burchett of Mt. Sterling, 3 sisters, Mrs. John F. Ratcliff, of Huntington, Mrs. G. R. Vinson, of this city, and Mrs. J. B. Biggs. He was the eldest of 3 brothers. The living ones are John, of St. Albans, WV, and D. J. of this city. He was born in Louisa a little more than 39 years ago. His mother was a sister of the late J. W. Jones and has been dead many years. As a boy George Burchett was industrious and honest, and clean in his personal life. As heh grew into manhood these admirable qualities became part and parcel of his existence, making him an upright business man, a model husband and father. He was always a dutiful son, an affectionate brother. It seems like the irony of fate that such a character should have to die before he had reached the noonday of a useful life and the sorely stricken wife and children, the bereaved father and the brothers and sisters have the consolation of knowing that the departed one can day, "It is well with my soul." Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1914


BURGESS, Mrs. Elliott

Mrs. Elliott Burgess, of Kise, this county, died at her home Wednesday night after a short illness caused by pneumonia. She was buried Friday morning near the home place. She is survived by her husband, but no children were born to them. The deceased was 85 years old, while Mr. Burgess is about one year older. These worthy people had been married many years, probably longer than any other couple in this entire valley. Mrs. Burgess was greatly respected because of her many virtues and good qualities. Her death is a severe blow to her aged husband, her companion for so many years. Mrs. Burgess's maiden name was Porter and she had many relatives at South Point, OH. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914



Mrs. Lydia Cooper, 24, wife of Rev. H. D. Cooper, pastor of the M. E. Church of Tollesboro, KY, died in Cincinnati Saturday as the result of an operation for appendicitis performed a week ago. Besides her husband, Mrs. Cooper is survived by a 6 year old.--Maysville Ledger. The deceased was born at Summit, near Gallup, and was a Miss Sammons. Mr. Cooper at one time was pastor of the Gallup M. E. Church. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914



Overda--We are sorry to hear of the death of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Crabtree. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914



The 12 year old son of John Curnutte died at his home near Gallup Tuesday night and was buried Wednesday. He had been sick a long time. Dr. York went up Tuesday morning and relieved the lad by an operation, but the boy was too far gone to sustain permanent relief. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914



Mrs. Abigail Curnutte, a much esteemed woman of this county, died Tuesday at her home on Blaine near the mouth of Horseford, aged 70 years. She was buried on Wednesday near the home place. The Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral services. Mrs. Curnutte was the mother of former County Clerk Add Skeens. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914



On Wednesday, Apr 1, death visited the home of David and Lizzie Curnutte and took from them their son Tommie. They did all medical skill could do, but God seen fit to take him to a better world. Little Tommie was 12 years old, a bright little boy, and loved by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914


DAWSON, Elizabeth (Lovins)

Elizabeth, widow of Isaac Dawson, died Wednesday at Walbridge at the age of 78. The burial took place on Thursday in the Summit burial grounds. Mrs. Dawson was born in Russell Co., VA and came to this county with her parents when a small girl. Her maiden name was Lovins. She had been a consistent member of the Christian Church for a great many years. She was the mother of 8 children, 6 of whom are living. They are Mrs. Kittie Engleman, Mrs. Cordie Hensley, Mrs. Kentucky See, Mrs. Dora See, V. B. Dawson of Ashland and Grant Dawson of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Apr 24,1914



We are sorry to hear of the death of little Hazel Diamond of Overda. Big Sandy News, Apr 17,1914



John Fannin, ?4, of Rush, died this week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vint McCormick, of Ohio Furnace. Mr. Fannin left his home in Rush for a brief visit with his daughter and he was feeling very well. On arriving at the home he sat down in the chair saying that he felt rather tired. Suddenly he became faint and died almost instantly. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1914


GILKERSON, Annie (Brown)

Mrs. Annie Gilkerson, wife of Mr. Sine Gilkerson of Gallup, died at her late residence Tuesday, Apr 14, after a lingering illness caused by consumption. She was buried at the home place on Wednesday, the funeral services being conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Mrs. Gilkerson was 61 years old and is survived by her husband and 2 children, the daughter being the wife of Jeff Burgess, of Gallup. The deceased was the daughter of the late James Y. Brown. She was a good woman, wife and mother. She was a consistent member of the M. E. Church South and is mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1914



Greenup, KY--April 14--County Clerk S. C. Howland died here at his home today from blood poison following an abscess on the neck. Big Sandy News, Apr 17,1914


JONES, Lee--see under Beverly McCown


MAYNARD, Judge S. S.

Whitehouse--Death has again visited our town and removed from it one of its oldest citizens, Judge S. S. Maynard, who was born Sep 10, 1841. He departed this life Apr 7, 1914, aged 72 years 6 months and 27 days. He was a member of the Baptist Church, converted 42 years ago, He was married to Miss Eveline Fitzpatrick Apr 5, 1866. There was born to this union 8 children, 4 girls and 4 boys. Most of them were present at the funeral. At the time of his death he was a member of the M. E. Church South. He was the Superintendent of Sunday School at Whitehouse and was at his post every Sunday when he was able to be there, and after he was taken sick he would ask those who attended how the school was getting along. I was with him often during his last days and he said he was ready--only waiting the Lord's will. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his wife and children will miss him most. He will be missed by the Sunday School but that God who is too wise to err and too good to be unkind has called him home to that house that's not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. His funeral was preached by the writer and Dr. D. Osborn to a large congregation. He was laid away in the White house burying ground to rest until the trump of God shall awake his sleeping dust in the resurrection morn. R. F. Rice. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1914


MCCOWN, Beverly

Pike County--Lee Jones and deputy sheriff Beverly McCown, of Floyd County, were both killed in a pistol duel at Wayland, KY an isolated mining town on Beaver Creek, Sunday evening. According to the story, Jones and his brother, who lived in Knott County, were engaged in peddling a wagon load of liquor at Wayland when McCown undertook to place both of them under arrest. Lee Jones fired several shots at the officer, most of which took effect in this body. The prostrate officer fired one at his retreating prisoner which struck him and killed him instantly. The officer died a few moments later. John Clark, a special deputy for the coal company, was also shot and badly wounded in the fray. For several years Clark has acted in the capacity of special police for different companies, and for a long while was marshal of the city of Prestonsburg. He went to aid McCown in the arrest. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914


Prestonsburg, KY, Apr 1--On last Sunday, at Wayland, 35 miles from Prestonsburg, Lee Jones shot and killed deputy sheriff B. G. McCown and was immediately shot to death by deputy sheriff J. B. Clark. It is reported that Jones and his brother, John Jones, were bootlegging whiskey in Wayland and that the officers were looking for them and they had taken refuge between two houses, and when approached by McCown and told that he had a warrant for Lee Jones, with an oath Lee Jones drew his pistol and fired, striking McCown in the breast. McCown fell to the ground and as he rose, Jones again shot him in the mouth, killing him instantly. In the meantime Deputy J. B. Clark had reached for his pistol and as he did so, John Jones shot hi in the wrist, the bullet going through his arm and elbow; and as he reached for his pistol with his left hand, John ones shot him through the left hand and one finger off, but Clark succeeded in firing four shots into the body of Lee Jones, from which he died about 11 o'clock Sunday night.


It is reported that Clark also wounded John Jones, but it is not known, as he fled when his brother fell, and escaped to the mountains and has not yet been caught. J. B. Clark, it is thought, will soon recover from his wounds, as he was able to sit up today. Excitement is high and several men are on the hunt for Jones. McCown was taken to the old family graveyard on Big Mud Creek to be buried. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914


MCCOY, Randall

Uncle Randall McCoy, one of the oldest citizens of Pike County, and a participant and leader in the Hatfield-McCoy feud which brought a reign of terror to Eastern Kentucky 30 years ago, died at the home of his grandson, Melvin McCoy, on Herald's Branch, last Saturday morning from the effects of injuries he received by falling backward into an open fire place last autumn. Funeral and interment were held Sunday afternoon at the Dills Cemetery across the river. At his death Mr. McCoy was 89, and he was a conspicuous figure in the most noted feud in the history of Kentucky. On New Year's night, 27 years ago the Hatfields made an attack on his home, and in a bloody battle one of his daughters and 2 sons were killed. His home was also burned to the ground. But he pursued his enemies with relentless courage, and after depleting their rank he drove the remainder of them either from the state or into hiding. At the close of the bloody war he removed with his family to Pikeville and lived her until the time of his death. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914



On Sunday last, the 14 year old son of Mack Miller, who lives near the mouth of Georges Creek, was accidentally drowned. He and an older brother were in a gasoline launch and the boys tried to jump from the boat to a passing raft. the older boy succeeded but the other missed the raft and fell into the river. Big Sandy News, Apr 10,1914


MILLS, Bernard

Bernard Mills, a prominent citizen of Wayne County, was shot and instantly killed early Sunday morning at Fortner, near East Lynn. He was shot through a window, and "Mink" Justice has been arrested charged with the crime. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1914


O'DANIEL, Mrs. Alonzo

Mrs. Alonzo O'Daniel, of Hulette, this county, died at her home Sunday, aged 64 years. She was buried at Monday at the home place, after appropriate services conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this city. She was the wife of Alonzo O'Daniel, who survives her. She had been in poor health for some time, but her death was totally unexpected, falling into a stupor on the Friday before her death, and never regaining consciousness. Mrs. O'Daniel was a most estimable woman, a devoted Christian and held in high esteem and regard by a large circle of friends. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914



Elzie Murray shot and killed Malcolm Picklesimer of the Low Gap section of Johnson County, on Sunday last. Murray is in jail and says the shooting was accidental. Big Sandy News, Apr 10,1914



Mr. Sam Preston, a well-known preacher of Wayne County, was buried at his home near Dunlow Tuesday. It is said that his death was caused by meningitis. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914


RICE, Earl

Earl Rice, aged 20 years, son of Sherman Rice, of Jennys Creek, near Paintsville, died Sunday in Ashland, as a result of an accidental shooting, which occurred Saturday afternoon at Paintsville, where young Rice was attending school. It seems that young Rice and several other boy students were in a room of the home of Judge Kirk, and Rice started to get a pitcher of water, and as he did no one of the other boys started to pull a revolver from his pocket and the trigger of the same on his clothing, causing the revolver to be discharged, the bullet striking Rice in the abdomen, causing a wound from which his death resulted, despite the heroic efforts to save his life. The shocking death of this bright young man is directly chargeable to the criminal and cowardly practice of carrying concealed deadly weapons. What possible excuse could the boy who had the pistol in his pocket give for having it?. And why did he attempt to draw it from his pocket? Let us hope that a rigid enforcement of the new concealed weapon law will break up the detestable practice. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914



Pike County--Little Hugh Richardson, aged 6, died last Friday night after a very brief illness said to have been caused by vaccination a few days before. The day before his death he appeared to enjoy perfect health, and the vaccination gave no cause for uneasiness. But at nightfall the effects of internal blood poisoning became apparent, and this was followed later with convulsions, and finally tetanus. Death resulted shortly afterward. The child was a grandson of Mrs. Martha Cline, owner of the Cline farm just below Pikeville and his father is an employee of the N &W near Bristol, VA. The little body was laid to rest in the Cline Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Apr 17,1914


SCOTT, Flora Belle

Pike County--Little Flora Belle Scott, the 4 year old daughter of Vance Scott, died at the home of her parents just across the river from the Cline addition of whooping cough and pneumonia last Sunday morning. the child had been sick for only a few days. The little body was interred in the Cline Cemetery last Tuesday morning. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914


STEWART, Elizabeth

Lost Creek--Departed this life Mar 19, 191? , Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart. She was the wife of Henry Stewart and was a good woman, loved by all who knew her. She leaves 3 children the youngest being about 7 years old. Mrs. Stewart had been in ill health for several years. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard here. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914



John Thomas, a miner at Princes, was killed on Friday last by a fall of a large quantity of earth. He had finished his own work and was on his way home, when he stopped to help some fellow workmen who were trying to put a bent of timber in place. While thus engaged the wet earth slipped and buried them all .Thomas was smothered to death, but all the others escaped without injury. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1914


WALTER, Winfrey H.

Departed this life Apr 1, after an illness of little more than 5 months, Winfrey H. Walter, born Aug 22, 1833, aged 80 years 7 months 10 days He was married ??? 11, 1854 to Elizabeth Preston. To this union were born 15 children, 14 living to be grown, 11 of whom are living. He joined the United Baptist Church Oct 7, 1858, living a devoted Christian life until death. During his long illness he seemed to ??? his religion so much, bidding ??? friends and relatives goodbye ??? telling them how he longed to ?? ?nd of his hopes beyond the ??? . He was buried near the old ??? surrounded by his weeping companion and 8 of the children and a large crowd of friends. Three of the children, John, of Williamson, ??? and Mrs. Juda Butcher, ????, OH, Mrs. Exer Preston, ??? Wash., could not be present for the burial, but they have ???? assurance that they can ??? again, where as he often ???? his illness they will meet and be complete and long together dwell. Of all the large families all but one have accepted that Savior whom father loved so dearly as theirs, and was a comfort and satisfaction this is to the dear old mother. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914


WITTEN, Jimmie

Sitka--Death visited the home of Tom Witten and took from them their darling Jimmie, 3 years old. the great Omnipotent saw fit in his wisdom to take the little bud from earth to bloom in the eternal heave. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1914


MAY 1914

BENNETT, Judge B. F.

Judge B. F. Bennett, the venerable father of former Congressman Joe B. Bennett, died at his home in Greenup last week, aged 84 years. The Judge had retired from the law, but was one of the best known practitioners in the State. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1914


BIGGS, Henry

Henry Biggs died at his home on Big Hurricane, Wayne County, on Friday last after a long illness caused by consumption. He was buried on the following day near the Wellman Gap, 2 1/2 miles from Fort Gay. The funeral was conducted by the I.O.O.F. lodge of Fallsburg and the lodge of Redmen of this city. The deceased was, for many years, a cook on the camp car of the C & O bridge force under the direction of Henry Caines and was a quiet, sober man, much respected by his friends. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1914



Sadie Burton was 28 years 6 months and 6 days old. She was a daughter of Calpurna Burton. Her father was Samuel W. Burton, who preceded her to the glory land 9 years ago. Sadie leaves a mother, 3 sisters and 5 brothers to mourn their loss. Sadie was a Christian girl and she was of a spotless character and a girl that had no enemies. She was plain and sweet in her daily walks. Sadie died fully trusting in the Lord and may the brothers and sisters prepare to meet her in the sweet bye and bye. Sadie died of that dreaded disease consumption. She bore her suffering almost without a murmur and was ready and willing to die. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1914



Miss Clara Chaffin was drowned in Tug River at Webb, 18 miles above Louisa, a few days ago. Her body has just been found about 300 yards below the place where she went down. She was 15 years old and a daughter of Henry Chaffin. Miss Chaffin was accustomed to handling a small boat kept by her father. Upon the occasion of the accident which cost her life she had crossed the river in this boat to bring over a girl friend of hers. The river was rather high and the current quite swift. They were nearing the landing on the return trip when the boat was carried against a tree by the strong current and capsized. Miss Chaffin was drowned, Her companion held to the boat until rescued. Miss Clara was an excellent girl and quite a favorite in the community, and her tragic ending brought the deepest sorrow to all. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1914



While fishing near his home at Kilgore last Thursday, James Collins, aged 18, son of Isaac Collins, fell into the creek and was drowned. It is thought that the unfortunate youth suffered an attack of vertigo, which caused him to fall into the water. The body was recovered shortly after the accident. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1914



Death visited the home of David and Lizzie Curnutte, April 1st and took from them their dear little boy, Johnnie, to a better home on high. He was born Oct 22, 1900. Saturday night, March 1st he was taken sick and all that loving hands and medical skill could do was done for him, but God took him to his great reward. He was conscious until the last, saying he was going to heaven and wanted all to meet him there. He leaves father, mother, 4 sisters, 5 brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard near his home. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1914


CYRUS, Jennie

In remembrance of my beloved daughter, Jennie Cyrus. Just 6 years have passed since that sad day, when God called you to a home of rest. Twas a bitter grief and shock to part with you whom I loved so. Time was too short to say goodbye to the one I loved so dearly. I miss your footsteps. Home is not what it used to be, since you are not there. You are gone, but are not forgotten. Never shall your memory fade Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger about your grave. MOTHER. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1914


DIAMOND, Mrs. William I

Mrs. William I Diamond died Sunday night last at her residence on Two Mile Creek, not far from this city. Interment was made near the home on Tuesday morning, following appropriate services conducted by Revs.. Hewlett and Copley, of this city. Mrs. Diamond died of tuberculosis and is survived by her husband and 3 children. She was a Christian, a good wife and devoted mother, and is mourned by many relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1914


EDMON, James M

James M. Edmon was born in Mason County, WV, Oct 3, 1856, departed this life Jan 31, 1914, aged 57 years 3 months and 28 days. He leaves a wife and 4 children and many friends to mourn their loss, but they do not mourn as those that have no hope, as Jim was a member of the M. P. Church and was converted many years ago and lived up to his profession. When he first took sick he called his wife and children into his room and had them sing No. 35 in Vaughan's revival happy home and when they were singing he rejoiced as he had never rejoiced before. He lived just 14 days from the time he took sick. He died just like one going to sleep without a groan or struggle. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. E. York, of Buchanan, who delivered an able sermon. His body was enclosed in a beautiful casket and laid to rest in the Buchanan Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1914


ELAM, Walter

Pike County--Walter Elam, aged about 55, died at Elkhorn City Monday afternoon from a nervous collapse thought to have been superinduced by overheating, while at work at the railway station loading freight on wagons in the forenoon. Elam had been suffering from neurotic trouble for a great while, and his age and weak nervous condition were in a large measure responsible for his falling an easy victim to the heat. He leaves a family. Big Sandy News, May 29,1914



A fatal cutting affray took place last Saturday at Lookout, KY, on Marrowbone Creek. The trouble is said to have been the result of a misunderstanding between Oscar Puckett and Jim Farmer that had existed for years. According to the story, Puckett, while intoxicated, came to Farmer's house at lookout, and demanded an apology or some other reparation, which Farmer refused. A quarrel followed and it is said Puckett drew a large knife and stabbed his victim several times about the face and throat, from the effects of which he immediately died. Puckett made good his escape, and although officers throughout the county have been on the lookout for him he has not been taken. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1914



Olive Hill, KY May 18--Lafe Fraley is dead from a wound he received in a fight on the outskirts of town of C W. Tolliver's malt mead stand. Fraley and another man were fighting with beer bottles when it is alleged Tolliver drew his revolver and shot Fraley in the back. Tolliver surrendered to officers, but denies his guilt. Big Sandy news, May 22, 1914



Pike County--The 9 months old son of James D. Francis who contracted a case of double pneumonia recently died at the home of its parents in West Pikeville Wednesday evening. Mr. Francis was in Jenkins Tuesday and he received a message that the child was worse and could not live. The funeral will be held in the First Presbyterian Church and the interment ceremonies took place Thursday in Pikeville cemetery. Rev. C. A. Dugger of the Presbyterian church preached the funeral sermon. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1914


FRY, Kenna

Kenna Fry, the 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Cumberland Fry, of East Lynn, was burned to death Friday night in a fire which destroyed the hall built by the Knights of the Golden Rule, but now owned by C. M. Fraley. The second floor was occupied by the Fry family. Mrs. Fry was awakened by the roar of the fire but at this time the flames had broken into the room of Kenna who was suffocated in his sleep. The family with the exception of Kenna escaped. The first floor was occupied by the store of Mink Justice and was covered by $2000 insurance. J. M. (Matt) Napier, of East Lynn, has been arrested and lodged in jail accused of the burning of the storehouse and dwelling. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1914



J. Smith Garrett, 22, a graduate of Marshall College, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Garrett, of near Wayne died Sunday after an illness of 28 days, typhoid being responsible for his death. Mr. Garrett had been teaching in Logan County and was stricken with fever while there. He returned to his home and was attended by 2 trained nurses and best of medical attention The death of this young man has occasioned gloom in many households. He was widely known, considering his age, and his fine intelligence and manly way made him a favorite wherever known. Young Mr. Garrett is survived by his father and mother, a brother, Fred Garrett and by Mrs. Eustace Adkins of Ceredo, and Miss Texie Garrett, who resides at the Garrett homestead. big Sandy News, May 1, 1914


GILKERSON, Annie (Brown)

On Tuesday morning, Apr 14th, death visited the home of Mr. A. S. Gilkerson and took from him his beloved wife, Mrs. Gilkerson was a woman of moral and upright character and loved by all who knew her. She had been in bad health for a long time with consumption, and about a year ago she grew worse, but she trusted in God and believed in the healing power, and so he raised her up and spared her. A short time ago it seems that He had use for her above, so ?? has called her where there will be no pain, no parting, no goodbye, but where all will be joy, peace and happiness forever. Mrs. Gilkerson's maiden name was Annie Brown, daughter of James Brown, and was 61 years old. She is survived by 2 children, Dud and Mrs. Jeff Burgess of Gallup. Big Sandy News. May 1, 1914


GROSE, Mrs. John A.

A telegram was received this forenoon from John A. Grose, editor of this paper, containing the sad information that his wife had died in St. Luke's Hospital in Richmond, VA. Mrs. Grose went to Richmond Apr 13 to visit a brother and was apparently enjoying the best of health at that time. Last Saturday Mr. Grose received a telegram notifying him of her illness and stating that it was likely an operation would be necessary. Saturday night she was operated on for appendicitis and a gangrenous condition was founded. Although one of the most noted surgeons in the South had charge of the case and did everything possible to save his patient's life, gangrene had gotten such a start that surgical or medical skill was useless. Mr. Grose started for Richmond Sunday and had been with his wife since Monday evening. Mrs. Grose had resided here but a few months but in that short time she endeared herself to all our people and the news of her death has occasioned genuine grief in Sutton. She was a sister of Levin, W. H. and A.B. Smith of Parkersburg, where she formerly resided and her body will be interred in that city Saturday--Braxton Democrat. Mrs. Grose was the first editor in the Woman's Missionary Society of the Western Virginia Conference of the M. E. Church South. She was given a page in the Methodist Layman' Herald, which position she held for a year. She was Secretary of the Parkersburg District. After returning home from a trip to Europe she gave a most interesting and helpful account of her journey at the annual meeting of the Women's Missionary Society. Mrs. Grose was greatly beloved by the members of the Society. Before her marriage she visited Dr. and Mrs. Bo? nd while they resided in this city. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1914



On Monday last Mr. Gus Handley, aged 72 years, died at the residence of his son, A. C. Handley. On the following day he was buried with the honors of Odd Fellowship. the deceased was a member of a lodge in Ironton, where he formerly resided. A. C. Handley lived on Tabor Creek. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1914


HARRIS, Clarenda

Clarenda Harris departed this life Apr 26th, aged 82 years, 8 months and 4 days. Her husband, William A. Harris died Jun 13, 1897. to them were born 12 children. Six are living--Joe and John Harris, of New Thackery, WV, Mrs. Allen Robison, of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Jas. McDowell, of Vessie, Mrs. Andy Robison of Echo, and Mrs. Hattie Lock. Mrs. Harris was loved by all who knew her . Three of her children were with her at the time of her death. She lived a Christian life from her early womanhood, was a loving mother, kind to everybody, always willing to lend a helping hand. We will miss Aunt Clarenda. She lived with her daughter, Mrs. John Lock and was laid to rest in the home graveyard. Big Sandy News, May 15,1914



Joe Huffman, aged 15, was drowned near the spoke factory in the Big Sandy River last Sunday afternoon. He with a number of other boys had gone to the river for a swim, and the others, knowing that the unfortunate child could not swim, cautioned him not to get beyond his depth. By accident he stumbled over an obstruction and was thrown into deep water. His cries for help brought his cousin, Archie Huffman, who endeavored to save him. But the drowning seized his rescuer by the throat, and he narrowly escaped drowning, also. None of the youths were good swimmers and becoming panic stricken they failed to save him. The body was taken from the river 30 minutes later and removed to the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Fannie Hatcher, on Second Street, where Coroner Cavins held an inquest. Vigorous efforts were made to restore life when the boy was taken from the water but with no success. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian Church and interment in the Hibbard Williamson plot in Pikeville Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1914



Mrs. Nancy Justice blew her brains out with a revolver at her home on the Levis Fork last Monday morning, Lat fall she won a verdict for $10,000 in damages against the Catlettsburg Timber Co., for the accidental death of her husband, David Justice, on Greasy Creek, while he was riding a log truck doing his work. She left a note telling the cause of her self-destruction, but the contents of the note have been kept from the public by her friends. Just before she fired the fatal bullet into her brain her youngest son discovered her intention, and tried in vain to save her by wrestling from her hand the cartridge which she was about to place it in the revolver. The loss of her husband, it is said, was the real cause of her act of self-destruction. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1914


KIRK, Emmitt

Emmitt Kirk, of McVeigh, KY, an employee of the Pond Creek Coal Co., met a most terrible death Wednesday morning while at work. He had been doing some work in the mine and had started to find the electrician, riding on the mine "electric mule", to do so. By some means he fell from the motor and was pressed against the side of the mine so closely that he was unable to breathe. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1914



MASSIE, Robert


Mrs. Nancy Massie, aged 71 years widow of Dennis Massie, who, for many years was landlord of the old Dennison Hotel in Ironton, her son, Robert, aged 45 years, and her daughter Mary, aged 40, were found murdered Wednesday morning of last week at their home on Greasy Ridge, Lawrence County, OH 20 miles back of Ironton, and about the same distance back of Huntington. Robert Bierd, aged 19, a farm hand who worked for the murdered people was arrested in Chicago and has confessed having committed the crime. Big Sandy New, May 22,1914


MAYO, John C. Calhoun

(Note: The entire front page of the Big Sandy News is completely about John C. Calhoun Mayo, his career, businesses, family, associates, etc. I have chosen to only include mostly information about his death and family. For those interested in his career and business dealings you can find the article in Chronicling America website.)

John C. Calhoun Mayo died at 2:20 Monday, May 11, 1914, at the Waldorf-Astoria. Uremic poisoning was the cause. Mr. Mayo at the time of his death was surrounded by members of his family and close friends. The end was courageous, the same as Mr. Mayo's career. After a long struggle for health in Cincinnati and his home city of Paintsville, KY, Mr. Mayo was taken to New York Apr 25 and took the apartments in which he died. He had the attention of the city's and America's best specialists, but they were unable to help him. A week ago Mr. Mayo showed a slight improvement and arrangements were made to take him to Long Beach, Long Island, where it was thought, the ocean breezes would benefit him.


The following day, just before he was to have been taken to Long Beach, he suffered a relapse and became semiconscious. Since then he had been in a comatose condition, although at times he appeared stronger and his family entertained hopes for his recovery. Pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac which surrounds the heart, developed Friday and physicians despaired of his life. With the exception of a brief rally Sunday night, he sank almost constantly until the end came. Mrs. Mayo had been with her husband through his illness and for nearly a day before his death she was at his bedside continuously. With her were their 2 children, who came to New York Saturday night with their grandfather, T.J. Mayo, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Atkinson. Mrs. Atkinson is a sister of Mrs. Mayo.


Washington Mayo, brother of the dead man, J. W. M. Stewart, a cousin, and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Buckingham, of Paintsville, have been with Mr. Mayo also during his illness. Mr. Buckingham was associated with the deceased man in business and at one time a pupil of Mr. Mayo when the latter was a school teacher in Kentucky. As a boy Mr. Mayo came to know the contents of his native hills and he realized more than any other man of his day and time the value of coal and iron and other minerals and clays therein. His first and constant idea was the development of those resources for his people and the mountain people--and for himself. He came to the Blue Grass when a youth and was graduated with high honors from the Kentucky Wesleyan College, then at Millersburg, now at Winchester. Then he went back to his beloved mountains and taught school and studied law. He was finally admitted to the bar and his small savings he invested as rapidly as possibly in land, which was then cheap. He was a natural geologist and he rode the mountains over during the vacation period and often from Friday adjournment of his school until the following Monday morning.


About 14 years ago Mayo married Miss Alice Meek, daughter of Green Meek, of Paintsville, who operated a line of steamboats on the Big Sandy River and was heavily interested in the timber industry. They have 2 children, John, 13 years old and Margaret, 8 years old. After years of the hardest kind of work he last summer found himself run down in health and upon the advice of physicians went abroad. He came back at the end of august looking like a new man and feeling fine. He continued so until Sunday, Feb 15, when he caught a cold, which attacked his kidneys.


On Feb 28, Mr. Mayo was taken to the Jewish hospital, in Cincinnati, from his home in Paintsville, where for 8 weeks, he made a game fight for his life. Practically all of the time he was under the care of Dr. R. r. Wilkinson, of Cincinnati and Drs. Riggs, Slade, and Lindeman, specialist of New York. On Apr 11 a transfusion of blood was made from Washington Mayo, the capitalist's brother, and 3 days afterward another operation of the same kind was made. The patient apparently rallied and gained strength after the 2 transfusions and when he was sent to New York on Apr 24, on former United States Senator Clarence Watson's private car, which had been equipped as a veritable hospital, his physicians thought that he had won the battle. The funeral took place at Paintsville at 10:30 today (Thursday). It was attended by prominent people from all over the State and some from the Eastern cities.


The body arrived from New York Wednesday morning in a special car attached to the regular train. Accompanying Mrs. Mayo and the 2 children were Mr. Mayo's father, T. J. Mayo, brother, Washington Mayo, sister, Mrs. Fred Atkinson, Mr. Fred Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Buckingham, J. W. M. Stewart. At Ashland they were joined by W. S. Dudley, Gen. Percy Haley, Charles and John F. Howes. Other friends went aboard the car at pints on the Big Sandy division. About 200 people met the train at the Paintsville station which is a mile and a half from town All business houses, including the banks, were closed for 2 days.


The Rev. Dr. Foote, of Louisville, M. E. Church, South, was selected to preach the funeral. the services were held in Mayo Memorial Chapel, the handsome edifice erected 3 years ago chiefly though the aid of Mr. and Mrs. Mayo. A special train brought to the funeral Senator Clarence W. Watson and 60 officials of the Elkhorn Fuel Co. Also, a number of C & O officials arrived by special train. The body was viewed at the residence by hundreds of sorrowing friends on Wednesday. On Thursday immediately following the services at the church, the remains were laid to rest in the beautiful family burial ground on the hill in sight of the residence. The honorary pall bearers were as follows: Gov. James B. McCreary, Senator C. W. Watson, ex-gov J. C. W. Beckham, State Treasurer, T. S. Rhea, Hon. R. H. Vansant, Senator W. E. Chilton, J. H. Wheelright, John F. Hager, W. S. Harkins, D. W. Gardner, C. B. Slemp, J. M. York, J. E. Buckingham, M. F. Conley, G.B. Wall, W. S. Dudley, Thos, J. Davis, C. A. Hinsch, Monte Goble, Johnson N. Camden, Percy Haley, Louis Des Cognets, D. E. O'Sullivan, A. D. W. Smith, A. W. Young, J. W. M. Stewart, Desha Breckinridge, Justus Goebel, R. P. Ernest, Milton H. Smith, C. M. Preston. The active pall bearers were as follows, all having been pupils of Mr. Mayo when he taught school here: Jas. W. Turner, Chas. J. Howes, Fred Howes, John Howes, Eugene H. Hager, Claude Buckingham, Heber Rice, Warren H. Preston, Dan E. Preston, W. C. Howes, C. T. Rule S. A. Webb. Big Sandy News, May 15 1914


page 4--is all devoted to John C. C. Mayo--I have included genealogy information.

John Caldwell Calhoun Mayo, eldest son of Hon. Thomas J. Mayo, and Elizabeth Leslie Mayo, was born in Pike County, KY, on the16th day of Sep 1864. His mother is the daughter of Pharmer Leslie, a distinguished pioneer citizen and wealthy hand owner of Pike County. Thomas J. Mayo was both farmer and teacher, and is a modest, unassuming man, of sturdy, excellent reliable qualities. Those young men of the mountains, whose good fortune it was to come under the sway of his influence as man and teacher, love to testify their appreciation of the excellence of his scholarship and teaching, and the fine impression his character made upon them.


Thomas J. Mayo removed to Paintsville, in Johnson County, about 45 years ago, was elected County Clerk as a Democrat in a strong Republican county, against a popular opponent and in 1873 was elected and served as representative in the Legislature from the counties of Johnson and Floyd. At this legislature session was enacted the first local option law for Kentucky. He was also Master Commissioner and Receiver of the Johnson Circuit Court. In recent years his occupation has been that of a farmer, wherein by industry and frugal habits he has amassed a competence. (There is much more on his accomplishments and life that I have not included)


PARSLEY, Mrs. Anse

On Monday last Mr. Hiram Webb, of Martin County, was buried near the mouth of Wolf Creek. While the funeral was in progress, one of his daughters, Mrs. Anse Parsley, dropped dead. She had been in the enjoyment of good health. Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Muncy, of this place, relatives of Mr. Webb attended his funeral. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1914


PIGG, Rosin

Rosin Pigg, wife of the Rev. William Pigg, deceased, was born Oct 22, 1839 and died Apr 25, 1914 aged 74 years 6 months, and 3 days. She was converted in the early part of her life and was a member of the M. E. Church South, and lived a consistent Christian until she was called to her home in heaven. She was first married to Harry Webb in 1855 and to this union were born 8 children--James Webb, Mrs. Nan Adkins, Joseph Webb, Mrs. Susan Keen and Charley Webb, Richard, Ed, and John, who departed this life several years ago. She and her husband lived together about 48 years an then she lived his widow 4 years, and was married to the late Rev. William Pigg, Aug 28, 1905. After his death she remained at the home place with her stepson, Arby Pigg, until she became so feeble that she was taken to her son in law's Jack Adkins' some 2 months before her death and remained there until she died. She moved with her husband from Pike County to this county some 25 years ago. Her funeral was preached by Revs. A. H. Miller and James Fraley, assisted by William Burgess, who spoke in the highest praise of the deceased by telling the large congregation that the Lord had used sister Pigg as one of His instruments in the salvation of his soul. Her body was laid to rest in the Castle graveyard. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1914



The news will be received with a great deal of sorrow by people of this section of the State of the death of Rev. H. J. Ramey, of Salt Lick, KY, which occurred Tuesday evening. Mr. Ramey had been in declining health for some time and his death was due to a general breakdown of his system. He was 77 years old. Mr. Ramey was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was at one time presiding elder of the Ashland district and made his home in Ashland for a great many years. For the past several years Mr. Ramey had made his home with his son, Joe, on a farm near Salt Lick, KY. He is survived by his wife and the following children: John W., of Ashland, Joseph of Salt Lick and Mrs. will Means, of Maysville, KY. The body arrived in Ashland Wednesday afternoon for burial. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1914



Blaine--Died, on the 19th inst., Uncle Sam Ramey. He was laid to rest in the graveyard on the hill near his home in T???. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1914


ROW, Cecil

Cecil, son of Mart and Ppaulina Row, both Apr 12, 1900, died Apr 19, 1914, survived by 5 brothers and 2 sisters, one brother having died in infancy some years since. Rev. G. W. Baker, of Richardson, conducted the funeral services, after which the flower laden casket was borne to the family burial ground where interment was made. Cecil was his mother's help and comfort, his father's favorite son. He was always kind, obedient and helpful, always kind, obedient and helpful, always taking care of the younger children for his mother. He told his little sister that he was "going to die and was going to heaven." And he talked and sweetly smiled through all his suffering to the very last. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1914



Mr. James Rucker, a prominent pioneer citizen of Carter County, died Saturday night after a brief illness. Mr. Rucker was 82 years of age and was a man held in the highest esteem by all. He was a great Bible student and one of the best read men in the worth?? part of the state. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1914



Robert, the 7 months old child of Rev. C. M. Summers and wife, formerly of this city, died at Stone, Pike County on Saturday last of a kidney trouble. The body was taken to Grayson for burial. At Fort Gay Sunday night the parents with their dead son, were joined by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wellman, of this city, who accompanied them to Grayson, returning Monday to Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1914



Thomas Whitlock, a miner of Hitchens, was seriously burned Wednesday morning while opening a can of powder in his home, and his 6 year old child, who was watching him, was almost instantly killed when the powder exploded. Whitlock was taken to the King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland. His face and body are deeply burned and grave fears are entertained that the burns and shock may prove fatal. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1914


Thomas Whitlock, of Hitchins, who was so seriously burned last week when a can of powder which he was opening exploded, killing his ?? year old child who was watching him, died in Ashland. His remains were taken home for burial. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1914



On Sunday last Christmas, the 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Williams of Williamson, WV was brought to the hospital here suffering with appendicitis. She was accompanied by her parents and 3 brothers and sisters, and Dr. Irvine, her physician. After a careful examination of the child Dr. York informed her parents that peritonitis had set in and that he could offer but little hope, if any, for recovery. The father said he would take the slight chance and desired the doctor to operate. This was done, but gangrene had already taken place, and although no shock followed the operation it was seen that death would follow. The child was apparently better for a short time, but death occurred on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, the body was taken to Williamson for interment. Mr. Williams' mother, Mrs. Harriett Williams, of Peterston, WV and Mrs. Leethe, a sister of Mrs. Williams, arrived shortly after the child's death. Mr. Williams is an N & W engineer and the company gave him a special train to put him in Williamson in time to get No. 15 These parties were at the Brunswick while in Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1914



Wayne Workman died at his home in Ceredo last Wednesday of tuberculosis, from which he had been suffering for several months, aged 36 years. He leaves a wife and 2 small children to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church, after which the body was buried in Brown's Hill Cemetery.--Ceredo Advocate. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1914


JUNE 1914



Ulysses--A 18 months old child of Andy Bowed drew a button into it trachea on May 26, and died the next day. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1914



Pleasant Ridge--Death visited the home of Mrs. Ed Chaffin on Friday last and took there from her loving husband. He was a victim of the dreaded disease typhoid fever. Ed was a good neighbor and respected citizen. He leaves a wife, father, mother, brothers, and sisters and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his death. Ed was 35 years of age. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Harvey. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1914


DIAMOND, Mrs. George R.

Mrs. George R. Diamond departed this life Jun 6, 1914, at the age of 62 years. She leaves a husband, 2 children, 2 brothers, one sister and a host of friends to mourn her death. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. M. A. Hay and was largely attended. She died with that dreaded disease, tuberculosis. She was a member of the Baptist Church, was a good wife and mother and a good neighbor, and was often heard calling on the Blessed Savior to take her home out of her suffering. She told us not to weep for her, but to prepare to meet her in a world that is free from sin. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1914



Eda A. Frasher, wife of Capt. O. M. Frasher, deceased, was born Jul 11, 1843, and departed this life Apr 30,1914. She was ill only 4 days with pneumonia, when God saw cause to call her from this world of sorrow, to a home where sorrow, pain or death can never enter. She leaves 7 children to mourn her death, besides a host of friends. To known her was to love her. She was a dutiful mother and a kind neighbor in the noblest sense, therefore who shall measure the loss or who will attempt to fathom the depth of sadness and emptiness that lingers an unbidden guest in that home and neighborhood. The deceased was laid in the Nebo graveyard, after funeral services by Rev. R. H. Billups. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1914



John Griffith, who had an authentic record of being 110 years old, died Sunday at his home on Cherokee Creek, this county, where he had lived so long that the memory of man runneth not to the contrary. Up to a very short time before his death Mr. Griffith was remarkable well and active for one of so great age. He could hear and see and would have walked about but his family was afraid he might fall and be permanently injured. Mr. Charles Holbrook, who was at the Griffith home a day or so before the old man died, said to the NEWS that the patriarch was cheerful and talkative, looked well and was plump as a baby. When Mr. Clairborne Swetnam was 92 years old he was heard to say, in a general talk about ages, that "Uncle John" Griffith was a year or two older than he, and Mr. Swetnam has been death at least 18 years. Mr. Griffith came from Dickenson County, VA. He leaves many descendants. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1914



One killed, one very seriously and 2 other slightly injured and much valuable property destroyed and damaged was the result to date of a rear end collision which occurred on the C & O a short distance below Burnaugh last Friday morning. The dead man was Mack Harmon, of Prestonsburg, Brakeman K. F. Compton, of Buchanan, is in the C & O hospital at Huntington, suffering from a compound fracture of the right leg, and Engineer L. G. Gross, of Ashland and Fireman J. Hatten, of Russell, are suffering from cuts and bruises on the face and shoulder. Brakeman Compton is very seriously hurt. Both bones of his leg were fractured between the knee and ankle, one end of the broken tibia and shin bone having protruded through the flesh.


When the accident occurred he was riding in the cab of No. 83, the rear engine and with engineer Gross, jumped to avoid the crash. He was caught under the overturned engine, but in some way managed crawl out with no serious injury except the broken leg and some cuts and burns. He and the other injured men were taken to Ashland as soon as possible. Compton was carried to the King's Daughters' hospital, where, so it is said, he is in a bad shape. He suffered greatly from shock and it is also said that amputation may have to be resorted to save his life. He is a son of John Compton, the well known Lawrence County magistrate.


Mack Harmon, the unfortunate man who lost his life in the collision, was brought to Louisa on No. 36, where undertaker Snyder took charge of the remains and prepared them for burial. The body was placed in a casket and shipped to Prestonsburg on No. 38. The deceased left a widow and 2 children to mourn his shocking and untimely death. Harmon had made several trips over the road with a view of becoming a fireman, and when he was killed he was on his way to Ashland to sing with the railroad company and receive his papers as fireman. When the accident occurred he was asleep in the caboose. Some say he had been awakened but had no time to jump. George Parsons was engineer and _____ Davidson was conductor of No. 81, and Engineer Gross and Conductor Powell were on No. 83. Engineer Parsons wife is a granddaughter of William Carey, of this city. This very unfortunate accident occurred about 4 o'clock in the morning. Both trains were heavily loaded coal trains, headed toward Ashland, Train 81 was pulling up a heavy grade or "knuckle". It had been raining nearly all night and the track was wet and slippery. Engineer Parsons says his engine had been making steam badly all the way down. There is also a pretty sharp curve at the point of the accident which possibly would have prevented the engineer of 83 from seeing the other train until it was too late to avoid a collision. It is said the railroad officials will make a rigid investigation and endeavor to ascertain the cause of the accident. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1914



Olympia Springs, Jun 4--The Pergrim-Harris feud, which has been smoldering since last summer, broke out afresh this morning and as a result another Harris is dead and several more of the feudists may be before the day is over. Last summer Jim Harris shot and killed Therman Pergrim near the Springs. This morning as Harris and his family were moving, they met Cleve Pergrim, a brother of the man who was killed last summer, on a bridge not far from the scene of the other shooting. When the smoke of the revolvers blew away, Jim Harris and one of his horses were found dead. The others, however, were not injured. Harris' father and brother and 2 of the Pergrims were reported en route to the scene of the shooting this morning. Cleve Pergrim is alleged to have shot and killed Tom Jones, a liveryman, 10 years ago because Jones refused to let him have a horse. This shooting occurred in front of the home of H. O. Irwin, C & O ticket agent of Ashland, who was then located at Olympia Springs. Big Sandy News Jun 12, 1914



Belcher--On last Sunday morning, Mrs. Nancy Justice, near the mouth of Lick Creek, shot and killed herself instantly. She was buried in the Bishop graveyard Monday evening. She leaves 2 small children and many friends to mourn her death. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1914


KIRKENDOL, Martha (Hughes)

Mrs. Martha Kirkendol, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Hughes, was born Dec 6, 1883, departed this life Jun 3, 1914 at the home of her father at Kenova, WV. She was converted and united with the M. E. Church at Kenova in 1907 and lived a Christian life until the time of her death. She bore her suffering with patience until God relieved her of her pain. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband and little daughter, Beatrice, father, mother, one sister and brother and a host of other relatives and friends, one brother and one sister having preceded her to the better world. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1914



Ulysses--A 19 days old infant child of Sam Lyons died May25, after a very brief illness of bold hives. Big Sandy News Jun 6, 1914


MAY, Maggie L.

In memory of Maggie L. May, who died at her home 2 miles above Prestonsburg May 27, 1914 of heart failure. Only a short time ago she was with us, bright and happy, carrying joy and gladness wherever she went, but, alas, "the Reaper who reaps the bearded grain at a breath, and the flowers that grow between" hath very suddenly cut her down and the place that knew her once shall know her no more. How deep the shadows that shall rest upon her homestead and her family to which she was a loving faithful wife and kind mother. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1914



T. S. Murray, a well known architect of Ironton, died Friday evening. He had been in failing health for some time, but only last Sunday did he become seriously ill, and until his death was confined to his bed and his condition had been regarded as serious. He was 66 years of age and since the year 1887 has been one of the most prominent citizens of Ironton. Mr. Murray will be remembered by Louisa people as a architect of the K. N. C. building. In addition to his general good citizenship he was an old time Ohio Democrat, without variableness or shadow of turning. Big Sandy News, Jun 26, 1914


POLLEY, Englar

Pike County--Six months old Englar Polley, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Polley of Millard, KY, died last Thursday of whooping cough. The child had only been sick for a short time and at his death it was thought that he was better. Several Pikeville relatives attended the funeral ceremonies which were held at the home Saturday. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1914



Belcher--Uncle John Ratcliff died at his home on Island Creek last Monday morning, aged 84 years. He was laid to rest in the Good graveyard at the mouth of Lick Creek. Quite a number of people attended the burial Tuesday. Among them were Willie Belcher, Mrs. Clark Farley, L. M. Young, Miss Bertha Farley and Frank Justice. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1914



A telegram was received here on Tuesday from Bascom Sturgill, of Robinson, IL, announcing the death of his daughter, Miss Alka. The message came to Dock Jordan. with the request that he inform Green Burton, who is Mrs. Sturgill's father. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1914



William Trivette, aged 74, a Civil War veteran in the Union ranks and man of public affairs in Pike County, died at his home on Third Street last Saturday morning from a sudden attack of paralysis of the heart. His health had been perfect up to within one year of his death, and the disease made its first attack upon him about one year ago. Since that time his health has been noticeably weakening, but the end was not expected and came as a surprise to his family. He died early Saturday morning after a hemorrhage of the lungs following a brief illness since Friday night. Mr. Trivette was one of the oldest and most widely known citizens of Pike County, and his son, E. E. Trivette is the present postmaster at Pikeville. He has borne an active hand in public affairs of Pikeville and Pike County for many years and lived on Shelby Creek before moving to Pikeville. The last years of his life were spent practically in retirement, though to the last he was concerned in the city's government. Being a member of the public school board and a committee man in the matter of erecting a new public and high school here this summer it was mainly through his efforts that the county and town finally agreed to consolidate their building funds and erect one large building instead of two smaller ones. Without his efforts neither of these enterprises would have been undertaken at the present, but would have been indefinitely delayed. Death overtook him, however, before the work had been started, or even the plans for the work had been finally settled. His was a busy life and doing good was his chief employment. The funeral and interment ceremonies were held from the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon. Rev. C. A. Dugger having charge. He leaves a family. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1914


WEBB, Charley

On Sunday evening, May 31st, death came with tender mercy and lifted the immortal spirit of Charley Webb from this land of sorrow and woe to one more sublime. He had been a victim of that dreadful disease, consumption, for some time. Many hoped for his recovery but medical skill was unable to relieve his sufferings. He was the son of Allen Webb, deceased. He leaves many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Berry. The remains were laid to rest in the Webbville cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1914



Sitke--Death has again visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Witten and took from them their dear daughter, Rosa. Her remains were interred in the family burying ground. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1914


WOMACK, Clay Wade

Clay Wade Womack died at his home in West Liberty Saturday, Jun 13, of a complication of diseases. He was a prosperous merchant and a leader in the business, social and religious activities of the town and county, and his death removes from among them a man whose place it will be hard to fill. He was born Jan 18, 1878 and was the son and only child of M.T. and Mary B.. Womack, the former surviving him. Big Sandy News, Jun 26, 1914


JULY 1914


Belcher--On last Saturday morning news was received by phone that Aunt Vinal Abshire poisoned herself by drinking a bottle of carbolic acid. She lived one hour and ten minutes. No one knows the cause. She was buried in the Good graveyard Sunday afternoon near the mouth of Lick Creek. Several from this place attended the burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914


BALL, James H.

Cadmus--Quite a strange and very uncommon circumstance occurred at Long Branch on last Sunday. James H. Ball, who died on Friday night before, was to be buried on the following Sunday in the Ball graveyard and just as the friends and neighbors of the deceased were getting ready to start with the remains to the graveyard, a double rig was driven up drawn by 2 large gray horses, which held the remains of the deceased, James H. Ball's niece, which was to be buried in the same graveyard. So the people went to work and dug another grave and both were laid to rest at the same time within 6 or 8 feet of each other. The burial services were conducted by Revs. Adam Harman and James Ellis. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1914



Pike County--John Belcher was shot to death at Shelby Gap last Friday and his cousin, George Belcher, a dummy, Barton and Harrison Belcher are charged with the crime. The victim was the 20 year old son of George W. Belcher, a farmer of Shelby Gap. According to the reports of the tragedy reaching here, John Belcher, the victim, had had a quarrel and fist fight with his alleged slayers the day before. John was at work near the C. C. Greer store the afternoon of last Friday, it is said, when the 3 cousins came along. George fired upon him, according to the story, and being unarmed he tried to get behind the corner of a building, but a deadly fire was poured in upon him before he could reach shelter. He died 35 minutes later from his injuries, and Harrison and Barton Belcher were placed under arrest, but George, who is charged with the shooting, made his escape. Harrison and Barton were brought to Pikeville and admitted to bail in the some of $10,000 each. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1914



Mrs. Talitha Blackburn, wife of G. R. Blackburn, of this city, died at her home on Second Avenue Jul 11th. She was born in Pike County, KY and was 73 years old. She had been confined to her bed for nearly 3 months. She leaves a husband and 7 children to mourn her loss. She was the mother of 11 children, but 3 had preceded her to the great beyond. She was a good wife and mother and a good woman. She was a member of the old Primitive Baptist Church. this church has lost a good, faithful member in her death. She will be missed by all who knew her. Williamson Daily News. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1914


BURNS, Rowland Clay

A deep and sincere sorrow falls on our community at the news of the death of Hon. Rowland Clay Burns, who died Sunday night at his home in Catlettsburg after a complication of troubles. He was a man of utmost integrity and in all his official and professional work no narrow views ever actuated him and no selfish ambition ever swerved him, from the plain paths of duty to his constituents or clients. He was a Mason, a staunch Republican and loyal to his party, and the man who counted him his friend was fortunate, for he was indeed a true friend.


He was the son of the late Judge John M. Burns, and was born Dec 1, 1846 on East Fork, in Lawrence County. He was united in marriage to Miss Kenney Womack, of Carter County, a beautiful and talented woman, on Sep 5, 1860?. This was indeed a happy union, and to them were born 4 children, John, James, the present county attorney, Roland, and a little daughter who died in infancy. The wife of the deceased passed away Apr 1, 1910, and she, who had been his stay and comfort so many years he deeply mourned. Hon. Rowland Clay Burns entered the practice of law in 1866 and since has held many positions of trust, which he filled with fidelity and honor, and he also was commissioned Special Judge on numerous important cases throughout the Sandy Valley. There is not a man in Northeastern Kentucky who will be more generally missed. He was the acme of kindness. His funeral services were held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from his late home on Franklin and Louisa streets. Burial at the Ashland Cemetery beside his wife and child--Ashland Independent. He was the only brother of Mr. M. S. Burns, of this city. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914



On last Thursday afternoon Henry Castle, aged about 70 years was struck and instantly killed by lightning not far from his home while returning from work in the field. His home was on Hood, about 3 miles from Blaine. A grandson who was with him was so badly shocked that he did not recover consciousness until the following day. Mr. Castle was a veteran of the Civil War. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1914


CHAFFIN, Daniel Edward

The reaper whose name is Death visited the home of Mrs. Mabel Chaffin on Friday, Jun 5th and claimed for its harvest her loving husband, Daniel Edward. He had fallen a victim to typhoid fever and bore his suffering with patience until God relieved him of his pain. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, father, mother, 3 sisters, 3 brothers. Weep not, dear sorrowing friends, as those that have no hope for the Lord has said "He that asketh shall receive" and Ed died praying and praising the Lord and we believe that he is now basking in the sunlight of Jesus where there will be no parting or goodbyes. He was buried in the family graveyard on the hill overlooking his home. Brother Harvey spoke to the people words of comfort and warning. After which the body was laid to rest until the trumpet shall sound and the dead and Christ shall rise. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914


CHILDERS, Mrs. William

The wife of Rev. William Childers died in Covington, KY last Tuesday, Jul 21, and was buried in that city on Thursday, the 23rd, aged about 72 years. Her maiden name was Howes and she was related to Mrs. J. L. Carey and Mrs. C. L. Miller, of this city. Mr. Childers was at one time pastor of the M. E. church, this city. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914



Eddy Collins, aged 35 years, was drowned last Friday in the river a short distance from Paintsville. Collins went to the river for a bucket of water and by some means fell into the river. He was subject to fits and it is supposed that while in one of these fits he fell into the river.--Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1914



Miss Anna Conley, aged about 40 years, and daughter of John Conley, deceased, died at her home in Cincinnati on Tuesday last of appendicitis. The body was brought to this city Wednesday evening and was taken to the residence of her stepmother, Mrs. Jennie Conley, on Lock Avenue. On Thursday morning interment was made in the Fulkerson Cemetery, the burial service being conducted by the Rev. Father Gosselin, of Ashland, according to the rites of the Catholic Church, of which the deceased was a devout member. The grave was near that of Miss Conley's father, who was also buried by Father Gosselin. Miss Conley is survived by a sister, Miss Mary, who is a nun and is in a convent in Chicago. There are also living the Misses Ruth and Nora Conley and Mrs. Jamison Skeens, of this city, who are half sisters, and John, Mike, and Will Conley, and Dr. George Conley, of Williamson, half brothers. Mr. and Mrs. Jamison Skeens a few days ago started to Arizona. They stopped in Cincinnati to see their sister, not knowing she was sick. They remained until her death and returned with the body to Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914



Frank Cotton, who lived near Jean, this county, was struck by lightning on the 19th of June and instantly killed. He had been plowing, when a storm came up and he took shelter under a tree. His dog was killed and 2 of his children who had gone to the field with their father were stunned but managed to crawl home and tell what had happened. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914


DAVIDSON, Joe Wheeler

Joe Wheeler Davidson, a very bright and promising young man of Prestonsburg, died of typhoid fever on Friday last, aged 16 years. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Davidson of Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914

Joe Wheeler Davidson died of typhoid fever Friday, Jun 26th. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe M. Davidson. He had been sick for 4 weeks and while he was in a serious condition at all times, his parents and friends were hopeful that he would recover until just a day or two before his death. Joe Wheeler was 15 years, 10 months and 7 days old. the funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. T. Watts, of the M. E. Church South. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914



On last Wednesday morning the dark banner of death waned over the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Derifield and took away from them their darling little boy Alden. He was born Feb 11, 1914, aged 5 months and 4 days. His stay was short in this world but sweet it was as only a sunbeam taken to brighten their home. A father, mother, 5 brothers and one sister are left to mourn the loss of a loving brother. The remains were laid to rest in the Allen Cemetery. The pall bearers were Misses Ollie and Anna Bruce, Carrie Adkins and Ollie Diamond. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914


DIXON, Mrs. Mart

On Monday of this week, Mrs. Dixon, wife of "Little Mart", who lives on Little Blaine, about 2 miles above Mattie, this county, drank, either by mistake or with suicidal intent, enough carbolic acid to cause death within an hour after swallowing the lethal dose. She is survived by her husband. She was the daughter of "Uncle Lewis" Spencer, of Georges Creek, and was 50 years old. She had been married twice her first husband was George McGranahan, who was killed by lightning while on a raft in the Big Sandy not far from Louisa, about 16 years ago. Mrs. Dixon's neighbors say that her domestic matters were of the pleasantest character, and that if the unfortunate woman purposely ended her life it must have been that she had become unbalanced in mind as a result of long continued ill health. It is said she attempted suicide once before. This time she went into the cellar when her husband sat down to the supper table. She came back in a few minutes and went to the bed, remarking that she had taken enough this time to do the work. Death came in 40 minutes. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914



Death has again visited our community and taken away from the home of George Enyards, a daughter Edith Enyards. She was 23 years old. She had been sick for some time with consumption. She was confined to her bed for 6 weeks when death came. She leaves a father, 3 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She joined the church and was baptized. A few days before she died she said she was ready to go. The funeral was preached at her home Sunday evening and from there she was taken to Whites Creek for burial. She will be greatly missed in our community and there will be a vacant chair in the home which never can be filled. She was a sister of Emma Enyards, who was killed in Huntington the 27th of June 1913. It just liked one day of being a year between their deaths. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1914


ESTEP, Cline or Pline

Yatesville--A young man by the name of Cline Estep, aged 19 years and a son of Charley Estep, died her every suddenly on the 27th ult. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. C. L. Moore, after which the remains were laid to rest in the old Casey Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1914


On Saturday night, Jun 27th, our Heavenly Father saw fit in His wisdom to call our dear beloved friend, Pline Estep, from his home to rest. He was a son of Charley and Jessie Estep, and was about 19 years old. We believe the spirit of Pline is in the paradise of rest. He seemed to understand it was his duty to serve his Master and seemed to take a delight in so doing. Pline leaves a father and mother, one sister and a host of friends to mourn his death. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1914


FAIRCHILDS, Martha Lee (Swetnam)

Martha Lee Swetnam, wife of Sam Fairchilds, and daughter of John and Sydney Swetnam was born near Webbville in Lawrence County, KY, Jan 13, 1888. Her childhood and womanhood were spent on the farm, where in nature's school she learned the things the most useful in life and in the home. It was there she lived a life as pure as the air she breathed. and was as pleasant and cheerful as a summer's morn. All who knew her sought her presence. She was a dutiful and obedient daughter, a kind and affectionate sister and a loving and sympathetic friend. She was a member of the M. E. Church at Blaine, KY uniting with that church about 4 years ago, and has ever since lived a consistent Christian life. In April 1912 she moved with her parents to Jenkins. There she met and wedded Mr. Fairchilds. They had been married less than a year when she departed this life. She died Jun 12, 1914, aged 26 years, 5 months and 1 day. She leaves a husband, a father and mother, 2 sisters and 4 brothers to mourn their loss. She was buried in the beautiful little cemetery near Plain City, OH where her husband and she lived since going to that state. She there had made friends who as testimony of their friendship contributed lavishly with floral offerings. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914


GAMBILL, Martin M.

Martin M. Gambill, eldest son of Jesse C. and Melissa B. Gambill, died at the home of his parents in South Portsmouth, KY on Jun 26th, after about a year's illness with tuberculosis. Hoping to regain his health he went west along in Jul 1913, remaining there until December, but of no avail. He was born in Lawrence Co., KY Nov 13, 1886, and had he lived until Nov 13, of this year he would have been 28 years of age. With his parents he moved to South Portsmouth from Elliott County about 4 years ago, and was employed in one of the shoe factories in Portsmouth, OH until ill health forced him to resign his position. Besides his father and mother he leaves 2 brothers and one sister, Owen and Charlie and Mrs. Ruby Howerton and numerous relatives and friends. The funeral, which was largely attended, was held from the home on Saturday, Jun 28, and the body was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1914


HACKNEY, Mrs. Roland F.

Mrs. Roland F. Hackney, wife of one of the most prominent merchants in this section of the county, died at her home at Mouth Card, KY, of tuberculosis ???? Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1914


LOAR, Mrs. Harmon

The widow of Harmon Loar died at the home of her son in law, "Doc" Frazier, near Fort Gay, on Saturday last. She was 90 years old and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frazier, and 4 sons, 2 of whom, Oliver, of Fullers and Benton. The funeral occurred on Sunday Jul 12, with services conducted by the Rev. S. F. Reynolds. Death was the result of the infirmity of age. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1914


LYONS, Marion

LYONS, Henry

Princess--Marion and Henry Lyons, whose deaths were mentioned in the NEWS of last week, lived here, and were brought her from the place where they met death. Both were buried in the same grave. Funeral rites performed by Rev. C. H. Spaulding. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1914



The body of Louis E. Marting, one of Ironton's most prominent and highly respected business men, was found Sunday morning in the Ohio river on the Ohio side opposite Seventeenth St. The finding of the body cleared up the mystery of what had become of Mr. Marting, who had been away from home since Friday morning, but whose disappearance caused no alarm until Saturday, when it was learned that he had to the flouring mill for which he left home Friday morning, and that he his automobile had been found at the Narrows above Coal Grove, in the opposite direction from Wheelersburg. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914


MAY, Madison

A tragedy occurred on Pond Creek, near the West Virginia border, last Monday. According to the story told here immediately afterward, Madison May, the victim, a 19 year old boy, had found a bee tree in the mountains near his home. He marked the tree intending to return to it the next day. On returning the following day he found that the tree had been cut down, and he accused his cousin, Anderson Varny of the trespass. They fell into an altercation and Varney struck him in the head with a stone, it is said. Varny escaped, but may did not die immediately, but May did not die immediately, and was removed to a nearby hospital. Death came Tuesday, however, and Varny appeared and gave himself up to Squire J. M. Billeter, who brought him to Pikeville Wednesday. He waived examining trial, but was admitted to bail in the sum of $2500. The case will go to the grand jury at its next session. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1914



Born in Springfield, OH on Jul 23rd, to Mr. and Mrs. A. C. McClure, formerly of this city, a daughter. The child lived only a few hours. The body was brought to Louisa and interred in Pine Hill Cemetery. For some time Mrs. McClure was dangerously ill but is now much improved. Her sister, Mrs. Carrie Snyder Burns who had been with her several days, has returned home, but her mother, Mrs. T. J. Snyder, remains with her daughter. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914



Princess--Mrs. Julia McDowell, 92 years old died Friday of last week at the home of her grandson, Charles Adkins. She had lived an exemplary life, loved by all who knew her. She was well known in Western Lawrence County, where she had many relatives. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1914


MILLS, Laben T.

Tomahawk--Died in Martin County, at Tomahawk, KY, Mr. Laben T. Mills, who died at his home Jul 21st. He was born and reared in Martin County and was 51 years old. He had been confined to his bed for about 7 weeks but had been going down in health for the past year, and has spent hundreds of dollars to regain his health, but nothing seemed to do any good, He leaves a wife and 11 children and a mother and a whole host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. He was converted while on his death bed and was carried to the water and baptized, and had his name enrolled on the United Baptist Church book. The funeral, which was largely attended, was held from his home Wednesday, Jul 22. He belonged to the Odd Fellows and the burial was attended to by them and his body was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914



Mr. W. D. O'Neal, Sr., a well known and respected citizen of this county, died on Monday last at his home near Busseyville, after a lingering illness. He was buried Tuesday in the graveyard not far from the Busseyville Church, with funeral services conducted by Revs. H. B. Hewlett and Hicks. A very large number of people attended the funeral. The deceased was 78 years old. Mr. O'Neal, who was the father of W. D. O'Neal, of this city, was an excellent man, citizen and neighbor. He was a member of the church, quiet, sober and industrious. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914



On Monday evening the dark banner of Death waned over the home of Cecil Pennington and took away their darling little baby Marie. She was born Mar 20, 1914, and died Jun 22, aged 3 months and 2 days. Her stay was short in this world, but sweet it was as, only a sunbeam taken to brighten their home. Dear parents, we know you miss little Marie, but buds open fairer in paradise and God reached a loving hand and took little Marie to fill a vacancy around the throne of God. Her funeral was preached on the graveyard by Bro. Martin Berry. She was laid to rest on the Cooksey point. The pall bearers were Misses Sophia and Mary Pennington, Sophia Wright and Rebecca Arrington. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1914



On Sunday last Mrs. Nancy Powell, probably the oldest woman on the Big Sandy river, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James Finney, near Burnaugh, Boyd County. She was buried in the Kavanaugh graveyard on the following Tuesday. If Mrs. Powell had lived until October next she would have been 97 years old. Death was due to the infirmity of old age. For many years Mrs. Powell's home was a noted stopping place for travelers up and down the Sandy Valley before the coming of the old Chattaroy railroad. In those days it usually required the greater part of the day to travel the distance between Louisa and Catlettsburg, a journey now made in about an hour and it was usual to stop at "the widow Powell's" for dinner and a good one it was. You got the fat of the land in abundance, cooked in the good old way for 25 cents, and if one didn't have the quarter, why, you got the dinner, anyway. Peace to her ashes. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914



Cordell--On Monday, Jul 13, while the sun was sinking below the western hills, one of most loved and honored friends breathed her last feeble breath and sank in the waiting arms of Jesus . Mrs. John Thompson, or Genoah, as we all loved to call her, was a good Christian woman. To known her was to love her, In all her daily walks of life she wore the patient smile of one who knew of the life beyond She was 34 years old and leaves a husband and 7 children to mourn her loss. The services by Rev. L. T. Griffith were held at the home and also at the old Sanders graveyard, where she was laid to rest. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914


YOUNG, Mrs. James

On Saturday last Mrs. James Young, formerly of this county, died after an illness of only a few hours. She seemed to be in her usual good health and was carrying a churn of milk to the dairy, when she became sick and died in about 10 hours. She was about 50 years old and leaves a husband and 2 children. She was a good woman, much liked and respected by her neighbors. Mrs. Young was a daughter of "Slosher" James Carter, a well known citizen of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1914



BOYD, Martha

Lower Greasy--Death visited the home of Charlie Boyd and took from him his loving wife, Martha. She leaves a husband, a baby and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1914


BUSSEY, Fred??

?? Thursday evening, Jul 30th, Fred??? Bussey, a native of this city, died suddenly in Ironton, OH. His home was in M??arion, 12 miles from Ironton, but as superintendent of the Ironton Cement Plant he was occupying a small cottage near his work while his family remained at home. About 8 p.m. on the day mentioned he was in the cottage explaining to a neighbor the working of a gasoline stove, when, without warning he fell from his chair, dead. His relatives here were immediately informed by telegraph of the sad occurence and his brother, Dr. J. C. Bussey of Louisa and Mont Bussey, of Busseyville, left as soon as possible for Ohio. His niece, Mrs. M. S. Burns, of this place, and a nephew, Dr. Joe Bussey, of Busseyville followed later and all remained until after the burial which occurred on Sunday. The deceased was 68 years old and leaves a widow and 2 grown children. Mr. Bussey had been in failing health ever since he had suffered the loss of a hand by accident. He was a carpenter by trade and was a fine mechanic. He was sober and industrious, a good husband and father and a ??? respected citizen and neighbor. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1914


CARTER, Mrs. Thomas

On Sunday night last Mrs. Carter, widow of Mr. Thomas Carter, died at her late home on Irish Creek, near Prosperity postoffice, after a lingering illness. she was a good woman, highly esteemed as friend and neighbor. She was about 60 years old and was an aunt of Judge T. S. Thompson, of this city. Mrs. Carter's daughter, Mrs. Gus Dean and her husband and daughter of Columbus, OH came in an automobile to attend the burial of her mother, arriving in Louisa early on Monday morning and going on to the place of interment. Mrs. Carter was the grandmother of Monroe Adams and Miss Jettie Adams, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1914


CHILDERS, William Russell

William Russell Childers was born Jul 14, 1914 and died Jul 17th. He leaves a father, mother and 2 sisters to mourn his death. He was laid to rest in Abe Dixon graveyard at Fairview, there to await the Resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1914



James T. Dickerson, a prominent farmer and school teacher, died at his home near East Lynn, Aug 13th, of diseased resulting from catarrh of the head. He was about 52 years of age at the time of his death and for 30 of these years he taught school in this county. He was a men who was highly esteemed for his good qualities. Funeral services were held Friday after the death of his late home after which the body was buried in the family burying ground, A wife, 5 children and other relatives are left to mourn their loss. Ceredo Advance. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1914



T. B. Elswick, one of the most highly respected citizens of Lawrence County, died Saturday at the late home at Estep, aged 76 years. On Sunday the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this city, conducted the funeral, which was one of the largest ever held in that part of the country. Mr. Elswick had been a Confederate soldier and was honored and esteemed by all who knew him. His wife died 2 years ago but 3 sons--John, Tom and Dave and 4 daughters are living. The burial service was held at the Garrett Chapel. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1914


LITTERAL, Ben Harrison


Ben Harrison and Elzie Litteral son of Flem Litteral were killed in the Mary Luck Coal Company's mines at Auxier Monday afternoon. they were killed by a premature blast. big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1914


MCGUIRE, Sophia Ellen

About 8 o'clock on Friday morning last C & O train No. 36 from Ashland ran over Sophia Ellen, the 2 year old daughter of Mrs. Lou McGuire, causing injuries which produced death in less than 2 hours. The child was placed on the train and taken to Louisa and carried to the hospital in all haste, but it was at once seen that the accident was a fatal one. However, Dr. York and company surgeon, G. W. Wroten, did all that was possible for the little one, using every known means to prevent what they feared was inevitable, but all efforts were unavailing. the child never recovered from the shock and died at 9:30 without having regained consciousness. The body had been frightfully mangles. The left leg was torn off at the knee, hanging by only a strip of flesh, the left shoulder joint was crushed and the shoulder blade broken. There was a deep cut above the right eye, the bottom of the right foot deeply cut, with numerous bruises and cuts on various parts of the body. From the hospital the body was taken to the saddened home of the widowed mother a short distance below the mouth of Two Mile and on the following day it was interred in the McGuire burying ground.

Early on the morning of the day this lamentable and entirely unavoidable accident occurred the child's mother left on horseback to go to Busseyville. Her 3 older children had gone to school and she left the 2 younger ones, the little girl and an older brother, in the car of their grandmother, Mrs. James Calvin Frazier. Not long after Mrs. McGuire had gone Mrs. Frazier left the house to attend to a cow which was grazing across the railroad a short distance from the house, which is on the lower side of the road and far below the old McGuire place. She put up the bars to keep the children from going out and thought they were safe. Shortly after she had crossed the railroad she heard the morning train whistle and instinctively looking up was horrified to see the little girl who had crept between the bars and followed her standing in the middle of the track. She screamed to the little one but it had evidently made no effort to get out of the way. The engineer, Mose Daniels, an experienced and competent man, applied the emergency brakes using all possible means to stop the train, but it could not be done in so short a time and the child was run over by the engine and one car before it could be brought to a standstill.

On this occasion George Parsons, extra engineman on the C & O made a heroic though unsuccessful attempt to save the life of the unfortunate little girl. He was firing on this trip and saw the child's imminent peril. without a moment's hesitation he, at the great risk of his own life, climbed out upon the running board of the engine and out to the pilot in faint hope that he could grasp the child and snatch her from the track, but before he could reach her she sat down on the track and was run over. His act was a brave deed, and for its performance Mr. Parsons deserves as much credit as if it had been successful. the poor little thing was only a short distance from the train when discovered by the engineer and no power on earth could have saved her. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1914



Ledocio--Died, near here on the 19th, Uncle Ben Moore, of heart failure. He seemed to be in as good health as common and came to the dinner table. He had only eaten a few bites when he died. Uncle Ben was a good man and had long been a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. T. Fraley, after which his body was laid to rest in the Burton graveyard. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1914



Tuscola--The little 8 months old baby of Linzy Mullins died Sunday morning and was laid to rest in the Watson graveyard on Sunday evening. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1914


NEWMAN, Preston

The news of the death of Preston Newman, a pioneer citizen of this county, has reached this place. Mr. Newman died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Addie Wellman at Red Jacket, and was 88 years of age. He had lived in this county nearly all his life, but for the last 2 years lived with his children. He was a member of the Baptist Church. The surviving relatives are 3 daughter, Mrs. Addie Wellman, of Red Jacket, Mrs. John Walker and Mrs. Kilgore, of Huntington, 5 sons, William, John, Montgomery, and George, all of this county and Peyton, who is in the west. The body was buried in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Ceredo Advance. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1914


O'BRYAN, Victoria

Ulysses--Mrs. Victoria O'Bryan, wife of James O'Bryan, died of typhoid fever at her home in Martin County Aug 2nd. She was brought here to her former home and buried in the Hannah graveyard. She was about 35 years old and is survived by her husband and several children. Two of her children have typhoid fever. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1914


O'NEAL, William Dana

The subject of this sketch was born Mar 13, 1836 died Jul 27, 1914, aged 78 years, 4 months and 14 days. He was married to Mary Ann Woodruff in 1859, who died in 1875. To this union was born 7 children--3 boys and 4 girls--Daniel Clement, who died a few years ago, William Dana, citizen of Louisa, Joseph, who now lives at Rainier, OR, Minnie, wife of Mr. J. F. Handley, who lives at Goshen, WA, Elizabeth, who resides at the old home, Effie, wife of Mr. Elwood Hutchinson, Sadie, wife of Mr. Harry Waxler, of Wellston, OH. Mr. O'Neal was married the second time to a Miss Frazier, who only lived a few years. William Dana O'Neal came to our county from Ohio about 34 years ago and during these years of a sober upright life it became an apparent fact that he was one of our most worthy citizens. As a father he was patient and devoted, as a neighbor none better. He united with the M. E. Church, South and was baptized by Rev. E. Yoak.. He was a firm believer in the church, no pastor ever had a better friend; he gave liberally of that which God had blessed him. All was done that hands could do to keep him here, but after 2 years of patient suffering he passed away in great peace to be with Him who died to save. His funeral took place at the home church conducted by the writer and Rev. H. B. Hewlett. We laid him to rest in the cemetery at Busseyville where he sleeps beside his mother. J.M. Hicks, Adams, KY. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1914



Logan Man Dies--R. W. Peck, prominent for many years in business affairs of the county and a brother of J. E. Peck, of Peck's Mill, died at his home here on Wednesday evening after an illness of some length. He was apparently improving, however, and on the day of his death seemed stronger than for some time past and talked with friends who called to see him in apparent good spirits. He was stricken suddenly in the afternoon and died in a few minutes. Mr. Peck was 73 years of age and was a native of Virginia, coming here from Blacksburg, that state, bout 1868. He fought in the Confederate army during the war and was wounded in both knees during the battle of Manassas. Mr. Peck was elected Sheriff of Logan County in 1880 and served for the ensuing four years. R. P. Peck, a nephew, formerly of Peck's Mill, has been here attending his uncle ever since the death of the former's wife a few months ago. The body was taken to Peck's Mill today and the funeral services will be held there tomorrow, Friday, between trains, so that all desiring to attend from this section may do and return at night. Logan Democrat. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1914


POPE, William S.

Donithon--Death has again entered our community and took from the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Pope their darling little baby, William S. aged 2 years. the remains were laid to rest at the Wallace graveyard. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1914



Forrest Preston died at Paintsville very unexpectedly Wednesday evening of this week. He was quite well known in the upper Big Sandy Valley. Some time ago he was in the merchandising and coal mining business. Big Sandy New, Aug 28,1914


PRICHARD, Col. Columbus

Col. Columbus Prichard, one of Ashland's well known and highly respected citizens, died Saturday morning at his residence on Central Avenue and Broadway, Ashland, after an illness of some 3 weeks duration. Mr. Prichard had been in his usual health until a short time ago when he caught a violent cold, and from this complications developed which his weakened system could not throw off, despite the efforts of the very best medical skill procurable, and he passed peacefully to the great beyond. Mr. Prichard was born Sep 26, 1846 and was just nearing his 68th birthday. He was a son of Lewis and Lucy Prichard and was one of a family of 9 children. Practically all his life was spent in this immediate section. He was for many years engaged in the wholesale grocery business at Catlettsburg and as a business man was eminently successful. After retiring from the grocery business he invested his money in bank stock, bonds and other securities, all of which proved to be profitable investments. At the time of his death he was rated as one of Ashland's wealthiest men.


Mr. Prichard was married Dec 15, 1871 to Miss Virginia Burgess and this union was a most happy one. They had 2 children, Taylor who died in infancy, and Charles Prichard, late of the firm of Jordan, Prichard, & Co. who died about 2 years ago. Mrs. Prichard died 12 years ago and shortly after this Mr. Prichard moved to Ashland where he made his home with his son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Prichard. He is survived by 2 brothers, Dr. Lewis Prichard, of Charleston, WV and Joseph Prichard of Kansas; also by his daughter in law, Mrs. Charles Prichard of Ashland, Mr. Kent Prichard, Dr. J. M. Prichard, and numerous other relatives, both in Ashland and Catlettsburg. The funeral was held from the late residence Sunday afternoon conducted by the Rev. Mr. Slaughter, of Catlettsburg with interment following in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Ashland Independent. He left all his large estate of about $200,000 to his daughter inlaw, Mrs. Charles Prichard, who was a daughter of the late Judge S. G. Kinner. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1914


SALYER, William

Hannah--Death visited the home of "Uncle William" Salyer on the night of the 24th ult. and called him away from this land of sorrow and woe, and took his soul to a land where there shall be no more dreadful pains to bear. He is safe in the Beulah Land today and is safe in the arms of Jesus. He had been sick for several months and during that time, his poor body was hardly free from pain, but now the soldier's last tattoo has sounded and the last charge has been given. William Salyer was born at Flat Gap, KY in Johnson County in 1839. At his death he was 75 years 11 months and 22 days of age. He enlisted in Co. $ 14th regiment volunteers of Kentucky. He served 3 years in the army and was honorably discharged in January 1865. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1914



After many months of failing health Mr. James W. Shannon, one of the most prominent and well known citizens of Lawrence County, yielded to the ravages of complicated disease on Thursday afternoon, Jul 30th, and passed peacefully to the reward of a well spent life. The aid of skillful physicians and the untiring ministry of devoted kindred failed to defeat the last enemy of our poor mortality; and the places which knew him once and so well will know him no more forever. On the following Saturday afternoon at the late residence of the deceased a short distance from this city, and in the presence of very many sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends, impressive funeral services were conducted by Mr. Shannon's former pastor, the Rev. C. B. Plummer, of the M. E. Church. The Rev. B. M. Keith, of the M. E. Church, South, assisted in the service. At the conclusion of the home service the body was borne to Pine Hill Cemetery and was there buried to await the resurrection of the dead.


James W. Shannon was born in Tazewell County, VA 72 years ago, but in his early boyhood the family moved to this county and later to this city, where except during a short stay in Kansas, he passed the remainder of his life. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having been a Lieutenant of the 14th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. His wife was Miss Kate Sullivan, who is the sister of Mrs. Tom Songer, of Ashland, and H. C. and W. N. Sullivan, of this city. Mrs. Shannon and 5 children survive the husband and father. The children are Mrs. Rice McClure, Miss Ruth Shannon and E. E. Shannon, of Louisa, Miss Lizzie Shannon, of Philadelphia, and the Rev. Frederick P. Shannon of Brooklyn, NY. One son, Chris, died a few years ago. Mr. Shannon is also survived by one sister, Mrs. James C. Layne, of Huntington.


Mr. Shannon belonged to a high order of American citizenship. He was intelligent, religious, moral, honest, sober and industrious. Possessing these qualifications it is not strange that he was useful in his day and generation he served a term as Sheriff of his count, and here performed the duties of that responsible office with the same honesty and exactness which characterized his dealings with his fellowman in private life. His inherent industry led him to toil long after he might have taken life more easily and with a doubt this work about his farm contributed in no small degree to end a life which, otherwise, might have been spared many years longer. But this was not to be, and so the community which knew him so well and respected him , the church which honored him with office and the wife and children who loved him regret and mourn his decease. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1914


SMITH, Gordon

Gordon Smith died at his home at Hicksville, this county, on Sunday night last. He had been in declining health for some time but the ultimate cause was a stroke of paralysis. His wife died childless about 2 years ago and his surviving relatives, if any, live in Ohio, from which place Mr. Smith came about 25 years ago. He was a man of much intelligence, an excellent citizen and neighbor and will be very much missed by the community in which he lived. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1914



Robert Spradlin, of Paintsville, was killed near Huntington, WV about 3 o'clock Wednesday morning of this week in an automobile accident. Eugene Hager, also of Paintsville, was injured, but not dangerously. In the same car were R. P. Montgomery and his sister, Mrs. Anna Mayo, and her guest, Miss Maggie Hazlett, of Huntington. All were more or less injured. The following account is from a Huntington paper:

Hager, Montgomery and Spradlin had come up from Ashland about 11 o'clock at night, in a car they had secured at the Wright Motor Car Co. After coming here they went tot he residence of Mrs. Mayo and got Mrs. Mayo and Miss Hazlett. After a drive about Huntington they finally went up through Guyandotte, out the Ohio river road, a great part of which is paved. On the return trip they reached a place filled with dirt and cinder, between two stretches of pavement. Just before getting to this there is a curve, and the chauffeur couldn't see and failed to make the curve, and ran over the fill, just at the beginning of the cinder road. The car went a distance of about 45 feet, overturned twice and landed upright.


The distance from the top of the road to the bottom of the bank where the car is now is 25 feet, the car, however, went over on an angle. Hager was thrown out as the car overturned, but the rest of the occupants were held in the car by the top. Spradlin was caught under the rear axle and instantly killed. His neck was broken. The rest of the members of the party were able to get up alright and the women and Mr. Hager went to a farm house, while Montgomery and Kautz tried to get Spradlin out from under the car. They called for assistance from the Huntington police station, and the police patrol and an automobile were sent up. The men were all able to leave the hospital the next morning, but the women are still there, but will recover. The automobile is a complete wreck. Mr. Spradlin was the only son of Mrs. Mary Spradlin. He was about 30 years of age and married. Lately he has been employed in Eugene Hager's store. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1914


VANCE, Joseph

Joseph Vance, aged 45, foreman at the Cole & Crane works at Craneco and who was well and favorably known all though this section, was instantly killed on Wednesday morning by being crushed beneath a falling log. Mr. Vance was married and leaves a family. Logan Democrat. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1914



Ulysses--An infant child of John Webb and wife died Aug 7th and was buried in the Sam Davis graveyard the next day. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1914



Much of September is damaged and missing in parts.



Agnes, little daughter of William Adkins, died near Russell, Greenup County. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914


AKERS, Lucile

One of the most shocking tragedies that ever thrilled and horrified a community occurred on Friday morning last at the home of John Akers when 17 year old Lucile, his beautiful young daughter, committed suicide by blowing out her brains with a shotgun. the upper half of her head was torn away, scattering blood and brains in every direction, Death was instantaneous. The mother and a young married sister, Mrs. Wilson, were in the garden near the house and upon hearing the report of the gun both ran home. Mrs. Akers exclaiming, so it is said, "Lucile has killed herself". It was an awful spectacle that met the horrified gaze of the mother and the sister, and great was their grief as they beheld remains of what only a few moments before had been the animated lovely form of the sister and daughter.


Exactly how the dreadful deed of self-destruction was done will probably never be known. Three little girls, the oldest about 6 years old, were in the house when the tragedy was committed, and because of her tender years can not tell a detailed story. From what she says, however, it is learned that Lucile had taken the gun from its usual place and had tried to persuade the little girl to shoot her with it. This she refused to do, and so it is said, went to an upstairs room and was looking out the window and saw Lucile shoot herself. It is said that the poor girl stood on the backyard steps, rested the butt end of the gun on the ground, put the muzzle to her forehead and with either her foot or a stick pushed the trigger hard enough to cause the weapon to be discharged. The father of the unfortunate girl was not at home when the terrible event took place and did not return until the afternoon. The family lives on the Big Sandy River, between 3 and 4 miles above Louisa. The family is well known and highly respected one.


Immediately after the occurrence Coroner Hatten, of Buchanan, was sent for and held an inquest. The following note from him may be of interest. "We found her body in the backyard just where she fell, with a shotgun by her side. When the sheet was removed every juryman seemed to stagger back and for a moment turn his face away, the scene was too dreadful to look upon On inquiry we found no one was present when she performed the rash act, except 3 small children, the oldest 6 years old. Ollie Mae, a very bright child, between sobs of grief told in a very clear manner for one of that tender age, what occurred. The girl ordered the children to go into the house. They obeyed her, but Ollie, child-like watched through the window and saw her place the gun to her head, heard the shot and saw her fall.


The funeral of Miss Akers occurred on Saturday with services conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this city, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Fraley. There can be no doubt that at the time she took her own young life and cast a lasting pall of sorrow over her surviving family she was not of sound mind. Over a year ago she had an attack of typhoid fever of the severest most malignant type. She lay for weeks between life and death, and when she finally was able to go about her mental lapses were frequent and pronounced. It is said that for some time she was totally blind, and was never completely "at herself". Those who knew the poor girl give this testimony and therefore it is only reasonable to assume that when she committed self-destruction she was of unsound mind. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1914


ATKINS, Cora (Jordan)

Tuscola--Our departed sister, Cora Jordan Atkins, born Jul 29, 1880, aged 34 years 22 days died Aug 19, 1914. She was baptized when 11 years old and received into the M. E. Church South by Bro. French Rice. She lived a faithful and devoted Christian. The writer visited sister Cora in her tent and talked with her about her future prospects. While I talked??? she smiling with a bright ???? face said, "I think I am all ??? told me this 2 or 3 times. She died of consumption ????was in the absence of Bro. ???away from home, called ???? her funeral and attended to the ????. She was laid to rest in the old family graveyard on the point back of the ??? residence. She married Zed Atkins Aug 2, 1907. M. Harman. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1914


Mrs. Zed Atkins died on the 19th at Tuscola, this county, of tuberculosis. The interment was made in the Jordan burial grounds. For 4 months Mr. and Mrs. Atkins had lived in a tent on the farm of the latter's brother, Mr. H. A. Jordan. This was doe in the hope of restoring her to health, or at least prolonging her life. Mr. Atkins had been in the grocery business in Cincinnati for several years, but gave up the business to devote all his time to the comfort of his afflicted wife. He will return to Cincinnati and again engage in business. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914


ATKINSON, Mary Louise

Little Mary Louise Atkinson, age 7 years, daughter of Fred and Fannie Mayo Atkinson, died at Paintsville last Saturday morning, of diphtheria. The burial took place Sunday afternoon. The funeral was held at the residence and the body was laid to rest in the Mayo burial grounds. Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson and 2 children had visited at Pikeville 2 weeks previous to the little girl's death and from there they went to Salyersville to visit relatives. The child became sick while there and was brought home. This was on Aug 29th. The case proved to be diphtheria of a malignant type. A specialist was taken to Paintsville by special train on Sunday the 30th. The child apparently got better, but on the following Friday evening, the heart showed signs of failing, and death came during the night. The deepest sympathy is felt for the parents, who were devoted to their 2 children. The remaining child is a boy, nearly 3 years younger than the little girl. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1914



Death has again visited our church and taken one of its oldest member, Mrs. Irena Boling, widow of the late William H. Boling, born in Russell County, VA Sep 12, 1836, departed this life Jul 24, 1914, aged 77 years 10 months and 12 days. Her maiden name was Lovens. Married to William H. Boling in 1856. She was the mother of 8 children--5 boys and 3 girls. All are married but Anna. She and her mother made their home with Mary Hibbard. Everything was done for her that could be done. She had been in poor health for several years, and for the last 3 or 4 years, she was confined to her room but only for 9 months and 2 days to her bed when the pale horse and his rider called for her and she was ready. I visited her a few days before her death and when she could not speak she would point up with her weak hands. She was converted under the preaching of the writer of this sketch, also several of her children. She was buried in the Warnock graveyard by the side of her husband. Her funeral was preached by the writer to a large crowd of people. R. F. Rice. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1914


BOYD, Hugh

"Uncle Hugh" Boyd died at his home on Nat's Creek, in the upper part of this county, on last Saturday. He was 88 years old and was a highly respected citizen. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914


GREEN, Willie

Grayson, KY, Sep 10--Willie Green, 20 years old, was shot and killed near Denton last night while attending prayer meeting. His slayer escaped. Green was shot through the heart. A reward of $100 was offered by Gov. McCreary for the arrest of Reeves. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1914



Webbville--The home of J. C. Griffith was saddened by the untimely death of their daughter, Mollie, who passed away Friday night after a lingering illness of several months caused by tuberculosis. Services were held in the Baptist Church Sunday at 11 a.mm. The burial took place at the Hensley cemetery on Dry Fork. The pall bearers were Fred Duncan, Flem Keller, Will Webb, Clarence Stewart, Walter Woods and Watson Rucker. The honorary pall bearers were Ethel Pennington, Dorothy Webb, Abbie Pennington, Sallie Gardner and Goldie Horton. The Rev. Add Conway conducted the services. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1914



Samuel Griswold, formerly of Greenup, died in Ironton at the age of 84. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914



Irene Justice, aged 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Justice, of Jenkins, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. U. K. Williams, of Pikeville, was accidently killed while driving with her sister, Pansy, and brother Jack, last Friday morning, on their way home from school. In passing a wagon on the road the children undertook to turn to one side and the carriage in which they were riding turned over the grade killing Irene, the youngest and badly injuring Pansy, the oldest, Jack escaped without injury. The remains of the unfortunate child were brought to Pikeville Saturday morning for interment in the cemetery here, and Pansy was also brought here for medical attention. the funeral and interment took place Saturday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914



Joe Laney, a coal miner, was killed at Torchlight, 5 miles south of Louisa Thursday morning of this week at about 1 o'clock. He was operating a cutting machine in the mine of the Eastern Kentucky Coal Company and was caught by a fall of rock from the roof. Death was probably instantaneous. Laney was about 35 years of age and leaves a wife and one child. His relatives live near Peach Orchard, this county. He had been at work only 2 days for this company this time, but had formerly been employed there. The place of burial had not been decided upon at last report He was a member of the order of Red Men, of Sprigg, WV lodge. Big Sandy News, Sep 25,1914



After an illness of many months which she bore with Christian resignation and fortitude Miss Ola Lemaster died Tuesday morning at the home of her brother ??? Barney Wellman. Interment was made on Wednesday near the place of John Frazier, 3 miles ???? this city, after funeral services conducted by the Rev. A. M. Dial, of the Christian Church. The burial and funeral were largely attended. Miss Lemaster's illness was caused by tuberculosis of the lungs. She fought bravely against the inroads of the last enemy, but in spite of all that could be done by physicians and devoted friends she passed quietly away at the time mentioned. She was the daughter of Matthew Lemaster, of this place, and is survived by one brother and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1914



Greenup County--Sant Literal, an old citizen of Greenup County, died Sunday. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914


MARCUM, Ruth (Hardwick) & child

One of the prettiest romances which the tri-state region has known in years ended in bitter grief yesterday afternoon at half past five when Mrs. Ruth Hardwick Marcum, wife of Homer B. Marcum, prominent young attorney of Ceredo, answered the call of death. She was but 16 years old, having attained this age on the 21st day of last month. Readers of the Herald-Dispatch remember her romantic wedding. She was visiting in Ceredo, having come from her home in Fort Gay, when she was wooed and won by the young attorney, with whom she eloped on Jul 29, 1913, to Catlettsburg where they were married. Since that time they had been residents of Ceredo. Funeral arrangements had not been perfected last night but it was said that the body would likely be taken to Fort Gay for burial. Huntington Herald-Dispatch. The many friends and relatives of Mrs. Marcum in this vicinity were greatly shocked when the unexpected news of her untimely death reached this city. She was the daughter of Lace Hardwick, deceased, whose widow lives in Fort Gay. By birth and marriage the dead girl was connected with very many of the most prominent people in this part of the country. She was a grand niece of Dr. L. H. York, of this city. The funeral occurred at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with interment at the Beaire graveyard. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1914



Ashland, KY, Sep 10--News has reached here of t catastrophe on Straight Creek, near Princess, in this county, in which 3 children of Ras McElvain met a terrible death. McElvain arose early this morning, and after eating his breakfast went to his work. The mother, as was her custom, got the morning meal on the stove to keep warm, and leaving her children, 2 boys, aged 5 and 3 years, and a girl, 1 year old, soundly sleeping, went out some distance from the house to milk. Having finished she was hastening homeward when she saw that the house was enveloped in flames, and her screams brought some men who were working in a mine nearby to her side. It was all they could do to hold the frantic mother from rushing into the burning building. Being a frame house it was soon burned to the ground and from the embers the charred bodies of the little one were recovered and placed in one casket. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1914


MEYERS, Benjamin

Benjamin Meyers, aged 41, of Van Lear, KY, who was brought to a local hospital several days ago suffering from appendicitis, died Monday evening. The dead man, who was employed as a fireman by the Consolidation Coal Company, in the Big Sandy coal fields, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Meyers, old residents of this city. His father, who died many years ago, was an engineer on the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad. He is survived by his wife, young son, mother, one sister and 3 brothers. He was a member of the Masonic order which will have charge of the funeral. The funeral services will be held at the Farrell Undertaking establishment this afternoon. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.--Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

Ben Meyers was very well known in this city. ???? many yeas ago married Miss ???? Yates. (Rest is unreadable.) Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1914


MOORE, Margaret

God's holy band of angels visited this fragile earth last Monday and took away one of its fairest, Mrs. Margaret Moore, of Long Branch, KY. She was 76 years old and lived a faithful life for Jesus. She was ever ready and willing to help the distressed. She leaves 4 boys and 5 girls to mourn her loss. Her funeral was preached by Rev. R. H. Cassady and she was buried in the family graveyard beside her husband who departed this life Jun 15, 1900. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1914



R. V. Newman, age 81, was killed by a Norfolk & Western train Sep 7th at Hubbardstown, WV 7 miles below Louisa. The accident occurred at 11 a.m. "Uncle Dick", as he was familiarly known was picking up coal along the track and failed to see or hear the approaching train. The engine struck him and death is thought to have been almost instantaneous. The body rolled down an embankment into a ditch, a distance of 40 feet. His grandson, Charles Newman, with whom he had been living, was the first person to reach him after the accident. Interment was made the following day in the Strother graveyard. Mr. Newman was one of the oldest citizens of Wayne County and was highly respected. He leaves 7 daughters and one son, the latter in the far west. Only four were close enough to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Sep 18,1914



Jake Compton, of Buchanan, received a telegram Monday announcing the death of his brother in law, Joseph Prichard of Falls City, Nebraska. The decedent was a brother of "Bud" Prichard, the Boyd County capitalist, who died recently, and is survived by one brother, Dr. Lewis Prichard, of Charleston, WV. Mr. Prichard was one of the wealthiest and foremost citizens of the west where he had resided since 1889. He was married in 1858 to Miss Caroline Compton of Blaine Creek. To this union were born 7 children, 6 of whom survive him--Hubert, Oliver and George, all prosperous farmers in Nebraska, and Mrs. Lucy Auxier, Mrs. Margaret Auxier and Mrs. Cora Stinson, also of the west. He had been ill from paralysis for many months, which finally resulted in his death Monday morning. He was born and reared to manhood at Kavanaugh, Boyd County and was prominently connected throughout this valley. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1914


ROSS, Verlina

On the 5th of Sept 1914, Mrs. Verlina Ross, widow of Joseph Ross, passed from us and we trust to a better world than this. She was visiting her daughters, Mrs. D. R. Williams and Mrs. Henry Daniel. She was apparently in good health, and active for one of her age, being 78 years 6 months and 9 days old. She was stricken with disease the first day off July, when she was at Henry Daniels. Everything was done for her that loving hands could do, but it seemed to be God's will to take her to himself, so we had to give her up. Thus another one of the oldest and best women of the country has passed away. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for a number of years. Her pious walk, indeed her very life, proved her to be what she professed to be a child of the Lord. The funeral services were conducted Monday morning by James Hall, Ulysses Walters and Henry Daniel, at her old home, after which sorrowing relatives and friends followed her to the burying place on the top of the hill above the home, where she was carefully laid to the tome to wait until the Lord called her forth upon the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914



C. M. Sawyer, aged 43 years, a cola miner of Ohley, WV, while beating his way west o the C & O freight train, fell asleep and rolled from the top of a coal car to his death, at Frost, 2 miles east of Fullerton, KY, last Wednesday night, about 9 o'clock. Sawyer's neck was broken in the fall and death was instantaneous. His dead body was not found until about midnight. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914



Guy Warnock, age 21, was killed by a freight train at Greenup. He and McKinley Kitts were attempting to get on a moving freight train and fell on the track. Kitts is not seriously injured. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1914



Much of October is either missing or too damaged in parts to read.


BARKER, Harvey

The following regarding a recent fatal accident on the C & O at Ashland is taken from the Independent: As they were en route to their places of residence Monday morning, from their work at lock and dam, which they had ceased for the day because of the rain, Harvey Barker, Calvin Carroll and John Simms were struck by west bound Big Sandy passengers train No. 37. Barker was so baldy injured about the head that he died within half an hour at the C & O depot, where all 3 were quickly taken. Barker was from Fielding, Elliott County. Carroll, who suffered a fractured skull was removed to a hospital where he was operated on. There is just little hope held out for his recovery. The men stepped out of the way of a C & O east bound freight and were struck by the passenger train. Big Sandy News, Oct 16,1914


BERRY, Jane (York)

Mrs. Isaac Berry, better known as "Aunt Jane York", died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kate Wilson on Little Blaine, last Wednesday night and was buried on Friday. She was ?93? years old and death was caused by the infirmity attending such advanced age. She was a very intelligent woman, of pleasant manner and kindly disposition. By a former marriage she was an aunt of Dr. York of this city. Big Sandy News, Oct 16, 1914


BOYD, Hugh

On Sep 19th, "Uncle Hugh" Boyd, a pioneer resident of Lawrence county, died at his home on Nats Creek just a few miles east of Graves Shoals, at the ripe old age of 88 years. "Uncle Hugh" was loved by all who knew him. Not an enemy had he anywhere. His wife preceded him to the great beyond 8 years ago. He leaves 6 sons, Cass, of Whitehouse, George of Henrietta, Reubin, Allen and Henry of Graves Shoals, and Alford of Standard, WV. Also one daughter, Mrs. Mahulda Murray of Huntington, WV. The funeral was very simple, he having made complete arrangements for same in detail before his death. The services consisted in song and prayer and Scripture reading by the Rev. Roscoe Murray, of Huntington, who is a grandson, of the deceased. Then the Revs. A. Preston of Graves Shoals and Dr. J. R. Fairchild, of Inez, delivered short but very impressive sermons. All this being the request of the deceased. The text, Rev. 22-14, had also been selected by him prior to his death. "Uncle Hugh" is gone, but long will the memory of him live in the hearts and minds of those, who knew him. He had been a faithful follower of the Lord, for 59 yeas, being a charter member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church at Chestnut, KY of which church he was a member when he died. Big Sandy News, Oct 2, 1914



Joe Burton Killed by a Powder Explosion

Former Resident of Lawrence County Loses His Life in Ohio

(These are the head lines--the article is too faint to read.) Big Sandy News Oct 30, 1914



John H. Carter, of the firm of Gartin & Carte, this city, died at his home on Jefferson Street Thursday morning. He had been sick for some time of what was supposed to been stomach trouble, for the relief of which he had talked of going to some watering place. Two weeks ago, however he was stricken with typhoid fever, which in spite of the best care and medical aid, was the cause of his untimely decease. He was buried on Friday at the old home graveyard on Sand Branch, this county, near the place where he was born 46 years ago. Mr. Carter is survived by his widow and 5 children, a son, Will and 4 daughters, namely, Mrs. tom Derifield, Mrs. Allen Roberts, Mrs. Will Jobe, and one unmarried daughter, Miss Larna?. He is also survived by his aged father, James Carter, of Sand Branch. John Carter was well and favorably known throughout Lawrence County. In 1909 he was elected Sheriff and made a most efficient officer. He was active and honest in the discharge of his duties settling with both the State and county to the utmost penny. He was a sober, honest man, a good neighbor and friend. He was a kind husband and father, a man of much intelligence and business capacity and a good citizen. Some months ago he moved to this city, where he was highly esteemed to all who knew him. the death of such a man before he had reached the m??ridian of life is felt and regretted. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1914


CLICK, William

William Click, age 47, of Olive Hill, died in a Lexington hospital of pellagra last week. This of the first death there from this disease for several weeks. Big Sandy news, Oct 2, 1914


CURRY, Artie

CURRY, Ernest

C & O fast train No 2 struck and killed 2 brothers, Artie Curry, age ?? years and married and Ernest Curry age 20 years, whose home was at Trenton, GA at a point one and a half miles below South Portsmouth, Monday. the unfortunate young men, who had been ???? their way on a west bound freight train, jumped off directly in front of east bound No. 2 and their bodies were hurled fully 40 feet. the were both killed instantly. Big Sandy News, Oct 16, 1914



While riding a horse near what is known as the Bobby Wellman place, not far from Fort

Gay, Joe Davis on Sunday evening last received injuries which probably resulted in his death. As told by 2 little girls who saw the accident Davis jerked the horse, which caused it to rear and fall backwards. Davis fell under the animal and was not found until Monday morning. the girls told some neighbors who went to the relief of the unfortunate man but by some mischance they missed the place where the accident occurred. The man was taken to the residence of Sam Webb, who lives at the Wellman place, and surgical aid summoned, Dr. T. D. Burgess, of this city responded to the call and rendered all possible assistance. Davis is said to be paralyzed and unconscious. He is a brother of the Davis girls of Hubbardstown, who were famous for their great size, but Mr. Davis is of ordinary stature. Later: Mr. Davis was taken to the hospital at Welch, where he died a few minutes after being received. Big Sandy News, Oct 9,1914



Dr. H. ? Ferguson, prominent physician and pharmacist of Carter, KY, aged 74 years was found dead in bed at the home of his only son, Herbert Ferguson, of Portsmouth, OH Tuesday morning. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1914


FERGUSON, Martha Jane

News of the death of Mrs. Martha Jane Ferguson, at G??? Island, VA has been received here. Death occurred Oct 12th with interment in Virginia. The body would have been brought here for burial but the services of an embalmer could not be procured. The deceased was ?8 years old and is survived by 2 children, Boyd and Mrs. Lutie Suddith. She was converted about 2 years ago and was baptized by her son in law, the Rev. Mr. Suddith. Mrs. Ferguson was the daughter of Judge M. J. Ferguson and lived in this city many years and in Wayne County and was a good woman, wife and mother, highly respected to all who knew her. She was a sister in law of Capt. Joe Ferguson of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1914



Mrs. Mandy Hunley, wife of Silas Hunley was born Mar 12, 1865?, and died Sep 29,1914 aged 49? years 7 months and 16 days. Her disease baffled the skill of the physicians, but believed to be a liver problem. She was a member of the M. P Church, and was converted about 16 years ago and was faithful until death relieved her of her suffering. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, and 6 children, 5 boys and one girl, 3 brothers and one sister, and a host of relatives and friends. She said when she was first taken that she was going to die and that she had no fixing up to do. She said she wanted to see Rev. A. H. Millers who was soon by her bedside and she told him that she wanted him to attend her burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1914



Ulysses--The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Jacoby died recently and was buried in the Mike Borders graveyard. Mr. and Mrs. Jacoby have returned to their home at Majestic, KY. Big Sandy News, Oct 23,1914


MEAD, Benjamin F.


The bodied of Benj. F. Mead, of Princess and Frank Mullins, of Cannel City, KY, were killed in a mine near Van Lear last Thursday by a fall of slate. The body of Mullins was take to Cannel City for burial, and that of Mead was taken to Princess for burial. Mead was a son of William Mead of Princess and was born Dec 12, 1880. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, who had charge of the burial. He leaves a wife and 5 small children. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1914


Princess--Our village was shaken last Thursday night by the news of the death of Ben Meade, age 46, which occurred in the mines of Van Lear, KY, by reason of a slate fall. The body arrived here on the 7 o'clock train Saturday in charge of a committee from the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Van Lear, the chairman being our good friend, Fred Picklesimer, formerly of Busseyville, who was the right man in the right place, knowing what and how to do at the right time. The Lodge is evidently fortunate in having him as a member. The body was taken to the home of a brother, E. G. Meade, where appropriate services were held then to the family graveyard about 3 o'clock where the rites of order in which he belonged were performed and the body then placed in the grave. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1914


NAPIER, Alfred

Alfred Napier, who was well known throughout Wayne County and the Sandy river, was born Jul 5, 1840 died Sep 18, 1914, aged 74 years, 2 months and 15 days. He lived the greater part of his life in Wayne County and at the time of his death resided near Radnor. Alfred Napier was a son of Edmund Napier, a pioneer preacher. His mother was Ella Mitchell, who was of Irish descent. The deceased was twice married. His first wife was Cynthia Adkins, daughter of Owen and Mary Damron Adkins. She died in 1883 in Huntington, WV. To this union were born 9 children, only 3 of whom are living, namely: Mrs. Maggie Bess of Hinton, Edmund Napier of near Wilsondale, and Sam Napier, of Huntington. By his second marriage there were 12 children, all of whom excepting 2 are living. All his children were present at the burial. Ceredo Advance. big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1914



PATTON, Everett

James Patton was instantly killed, Everett Patton, his nephew, was so badly injured that he died a very short time afterwards, and M.P. Dillon and 2 men ???? Swim and Sublett were seriously , perhaps fatally injured when a boiler of a saw mill blew up at Rodburn, KY, about one mile from Morehead. The mill is the property of Mr. Dillon. The cause of the explosion could not be ascertained. Big Sandy News, Oct 16, 1914


SWORD, Harry

Harry Sword, aged ??, a Union veteran of the Civil War, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.M. S??? in West Pikeville, last Thursday morning from the effects of age combined with pneumonia. Mr. Sword had been unable to be about for several months before his death. The funeral service was held at the home and the remains were interred in the Dills Cemetery across the river Friday afternoon. Mr. Sword leaves a wife, who is also a very aged woman, and several children. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1914


TONEY, Alonzo

Alonzo Toney, aged 70, died at the home of his son in Huntington. He had been in failing health for several years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and served with distinction on the Southern army. He was engaged in the lumber business, but was forced to retire several years ago on account of bad health. He is survived by 3 sons, A. G., T. H. and W. A. Toney, of Huntington, and by 2 daughters, Mrs. E. T. Gwinn of Kenova, and Mrs. H. R. Morse?, of Richmond, VA and 4 brothers. The funeral was in charge of Camp Garrett Confederate Veterans. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1914



J. W. Vaughan, 45 years old, a farmer living at the mouth of Tygart Creek, in Greenup County, was struck by C & O flyer No. 1, near South Portsmouth and killed. Big Sandy News, Oct 2, 1914



On Monday last Cecil Wellman, of this city, died at the home of his father, James Harvey Wellman, the result of injuries received in attempting to jump on a Big Sandy train at Catlettsburg. On Tuesday afternoon he was buried in the cemetery, following appropriate services conducted by the Rev. Olus Hamilton, at the Christian Church, the pastor, Rev. A. M. Dial, being absent. Mr. Hamilton spoke feelingly of the unfortunate young man and his untimely death, drawing lessons from it which would be useful for all who heard him. The accident which caused the young man's death occurred on a Monday, just 2 weeks before death relieved him from his suffering. He had been brought to his home, where he received the best possible care and attention, nothing being left undone which could cause his recovery. He was 22 years old. He was a member of the Christian Church having joined that body about 4 years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1914


YOUNG, Frances Ann

This old and respected citizen has crossed the bar. She was born Nov 11, 1849 in Scott County, VA and came to Lawrence County, KY when only 13 years old. Her maiden name was Turner, being related to Dr. Turner of Paintsville, Married Allen Young and to them were given 4 children, William and Henry of this city, and H. B Young of Toledo, OH, who arrived here on the N & W train in time to accompany the body to the old home place on Brushy Fork of Blaine Creek. She joined the Methodist Church at the age of 25 and has been a true Christian since that time having been on the bed of affliction for the past 38 years, by a sudden failure of the nervous system combined with heart trouble. she bore her sick period with fortitude and did not complain. Her children have been kind and loving to her all this time, first one and then the other keeping her in their home. All who knew her loved the kindness of her heart. She passed over the river of death on Oct 4,1914, at her son, Henry S. Young's in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1914


Mrs. Frances Ann Young, aged 65, mother of H. S. Young and William Young of Louisa, and A. B. Young of Toledo, OH, died at the residence of Henry Young on last Sunday afternoon. On Monday, after a short service conducted at the home by the Rev. M. A. Hay, the body was taken to Milt Hays place on Brushy for interment near the remains of a son who died many years ago. the deceased had been an invalid for 38 years and death was a relief from suffering. The burial service was conducted by the Revs. Lafe and Lys Walters. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1914



Many pages of the November issues were damaged or very faint and difficult to read.



Frank Atkins, whose home was at Chapman, died Thursday morning in the C & O hospital at Huntington. His illness was caused by typhoid fever. He was a son of William Atkins and had been the agent and telegrapher at Chapman station. He was about 20 years old and single. The body was brought to his former home Thursday evening. The young man had had a long siege of the fever but had become better when he sustained a relapse. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1914



Dr. M. S. Burgess, aged ??, a well known physician committed suicide at his office in Wayne, ??????.... with a ?? ???? Colt revolver. He lived about a half an hour after the shot was fired, but was not able to speak after the ???. Dr. burgess a member of one of the ???? families of the Big Sandy Valley was a son of the late Judge ?G. G.? Burgess of Wayne. His mother, now Mrs. B. B. Ch???? and his wife who was Mrs. ???? ???? of Columbus, survive him. (There are several more paragraphs but too faint to make out.) Big Sandy News, Nov 27,1914



Woods--Death has been visiting in our community again and taken one of our best and honest men, "Uncle France" Collins. He died at his home Thursday night and was buried Saturday at the home cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Wright. Big Sandy News, Nov 13, 1914



W. J. Fell, known throughout Eastern Kentucky for his extensive timber and oil operations, died at his home in Salt Lick after a long illness of Brights disease. He was 70? years old at the time of his death and he came to Kentucky 20 years ago as the representative of the Standard Oil Co., He was considered to be a very wealthy man and did much for his home town and community. Licking Valley Courier.

Mr. Fell came to Louisa many years ago, long before oil operations had obtained any prominence in this section, and soon became known as a big buyer of staves. In this business he became widely known. Big Sandy News, Nov 13, 1914


GAINES, Nellie

Miss Nellie Gaines, a nurse of Louisville, who was visiting relatives at Paintsville, was fatally burned about the face and body Friday morning by the explosion of gasoline, with which she was cleaning some clothing. She was taken to Ashland where she died the following day. Big Sandy News, Nov 20,1914


HICKS, Jessie

On Wednesday, Oct 14th, another of our good citizens was called to his home on high without a moment's warning. Jessie Hicks, son of James Hicks, of this place, was the victim. He had been complaining some time with his heart and on this day said he felt much better and was out around the cane mill and probably helped his boys haul two loads of cane during the day and at night at supper thanked the Lord that he had been spared another day. After supper he complained of eating too much and stepped out in the yard, walked back to the fire, sat down and then walked back out on the porch, staggered back to the bed and fell across it and was dead. He leaves a wife and 3 children, one daughter, grown, and 2 boys, aged 14 and 16, other relatives and a host of friends to mourn their loss. He was a hard working man, honest and a Christian, having confessed Christ just a short time ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1914


PAYNE, Silas

After 10 hours of effort workman succeeded in bringing to the surface the body of Silas Payne, aged ?? years, who was drowned in a vault at Kenova, Wednesday morning. Payne, with his father and brother, was engaged in digging a cesspool, which proved to be too close to an old vault, the result being that the wall broke through and the ????..... the old wall flooded the new one, drowning the workman. (There are a couple more paragraphs but to faint to read.) The dead man left a wife and 3 sons. Big Sandy News, Nov 13, 1914



A heavy fog was responsible for a wreck which occurred near the ????? depot at Paintsville last Saturday morning, when freight ??? No. ??? in charge of Engineer Walter Walker, and shifter engine No. 382 in charge of Engineer William Artrip, collided and in which Shade Preston, ??, ????, Offutt brakeman, was killed and ?. B. ?????, brakeman and ??? conductor, Richard Gillespie, conductor and J. W. Lee, brakeman, Ashland, were injured. First aid was rendered by Dr. Evans, of Van Lear, and Dr. David Osborne, of Whitehouse, and the injured men were place on No. ??, the morning ??? Pikeville and Dr. G. W. Wroten, c & O surgeon at Louisa, was wired to Supt. Allen to meet the train at this point and go with the men to the c & O hospital at Huntington.


Accompanied by Dr. Ira Wellman, Dr. Wroten, boarded the train at ?? and took charge of the injured men, rendering ?????? ????? ......... met by a special train to which the patients and the physicians were transferred. At Huntington the party was met by automobile ????? and taken to the company hospital, where Dr. Enslow, hospital surgeon, assumed charge.


Eggleston and lee were standing up on one of the engines when the collision occurred and were caught between the seat and the firebox. Both men were suffering internally and both were thought to be seriously, if not fatally hurt Eggleston was the worse injured of the two and ??? was given him before he could be examined. Lat reports from them say that they are being well and will recover. Gillespie's nose had been split nearly in two and his whole face more or less badly cut and bruises At the time of the collision he has breaking ice and the force of the impact threw him violently to the floor of the car where he was found insensible. He is now going about and doing very well. Preston was sitting on the rear of the tender when the two came together and was instantly killed. He was a ?? young fellow and had been married only 2 weeks. Eggleston was from Lexington and is ?? years old and married. It is said that his father, ??? conductor, was killed in a wreck about 3 years ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 20,1914



Mr. John Queen, one of the best known citizens of this county, Saturday morning last died at his home near Glenwood, East Fork, of the infirmity ????? to advances age. He was buried near his late residence on Sunday in the presence of a large throng of relatives and friends. The deceased was widely connected by blood and marriage and many of these of this and (can't read the next few lines) The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. ? Woods at Boyd County, (can't read next several lines) John Queen is survived by his aged widow, 6 sons, and 2 daughters and many relatives. Mr. Will Queen of Louisa is a nephew. (Next paragraph unreadable.) Big Sandy News, Nov 13, 1914


RICE, James K.

?? Saturday morning last at an early hour Mr. James K. Rice, age 84 years died at his home at Fallsburg after a long illness caused by weight of years and physical infirmity. He is survived by a widow, who is his second wife and 11 grown children, 8 sons and 3 daughters, all by the first wife. the funeral on Monday was very largely attended. After appropriate services conducted by Rev. ? F. Rice and H. B. Hewlett, the body was carried to its last earthly resting place, a beautiful plot near the Fallsburg -Fullers Road, about midway between the 2 places, where it was interred.


James K. Rice was a very prominent character in Lawrence County and in its history. There are but few men of ??? ?? mature age in the county who do not know him personally or by reputation. His name was a synonym of honesty and hospitality. While it was not until a few years ago that he became a landed proprietor he was, in the vernacular, of the section, a "right liver", that is, he always had plenty and dispensed his hospitality with a generous hand. He was genial and kindly in manner, liked by everybody who enjoyed his acquaintance. "Uncle Jim" was a consistent Southern Methodist, sober and industrious, a man of intelligence, a good husband and father, upright citizen and good neighbor. His memory will long be cherished. Big Sandy News, Nov 20,1914


SHANNON, William

The funeral of William Shannon, one of the oldest residents of this section, whose death occurred at his home in Wayne, Saturday took place Sunday afternoon. Mr. Shannon was 8? years old. the funeral was directed by the Masonic Lodge of Wayne to which Mr. Shannon had long belonged. Huntington Herald Dispatch. If the NEWS is not mistaken Mr. Shannon, was a native of Wayne County, but for many years lived in Lawrence. He was a brother of Mr. James Shannon who lived a long time at Gallup. He has relatives in Louisa, Mrs. Bascom Muncy, Mrs. Garred Wilson and probably others. He was a highly respected citizen. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1914


SKAGGS, Mrs. G. W. (Elizabeth L???? Phillips)

Mrs. G. W. Skaggs, wife of attorney G. W. Skaggs, of this city, died at her home on Lock Avenue on the night of Thursday last Nov 12th. Interment was made in Fulkerson Cemetery, following appropriate services conducted at her late home by her pastor, the Rev. B. M. Keith, of the M. E. Church, South. Mrs. Skaggs had been ill for many months, suffering from abdominal cancer of a malignant type and death came as an angel of mercy to her relief. The following biographical sketch will interest her many relatives and friends:

Elizabeth L????? Phillips Skaggs was born in Lawrence County, KY on the 15th day of January, 18??, was married to Greenville W. Skaggs on the 20th day of April, 1872?. They then settled down on a little farm in Johnson County, KY, loved there about 12 years, during which time 6 children were born to them, 3 boys and 3 girls, ?Celesta Wilson Skaggs was born Feb 8, 1873, Laura Belle was born Jun ?? 1874, Tildon ??? was born Oct 12, 1876, Stella May was born Dec 29, 1878, Della Virgie was born Jun 3, 1881, A??? Breckenridge was born Sep ??, 1883 and died Sep 17, 1884 and was buried in the Skaggs family graveyard in Johnson County KY. Stella May Skaggs Kazee died in Portsmouth, OH, Oct 4, 1912 and was buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery there. Elizabeth Lamira Skaggs with her husband and children moved from their farm to the town of Blaine, KY and lived there a few years and moved from that place to Louisa, KY on the 17 day of December 1887 and lived there with her family until her death, which was on the 12th day of November, 1914. She leaves a husband and 4 children surviving her. She was a dutiful wife and mother. She died in the triumph of faith in Jesus. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1914


WOODS, Andrew

Andrew Woods died Friday night at the home of his son in law, Mr. Holbrook, this city. Interment was made on the following Sunday in the See burying ground near this city. The deceased was 82 years 8 months and 8 days old. Death was caused by the infirmity of old age. He is survived by a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Holbrook, and 2 brothers, Rev. D. Woods, a well known Baptist preacher of Boyd County and John Woods of California. All these relatives were present at Mr. Woods death. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. M. A. Hay, of this city. Big Sandy News, Nov 6,1914



December issues are very faint and difficult to read--many pages missing or damaged.

ATKINS, Juanita

On Friday morning Nov 27th, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Atkins and took from them their darling little baby, Juanita. She was one year, 9 months and 15 days old, a bright sweet and loving child. (The rest is too faint to read.) Big Sandy News, Dec 11,1914



Sam Farra, aged ?? years, a well known resident of East Lynn, Wayne County was accidentally shot and killed while hunting on Upper ???? Creek. It was stated that Farra, in company with 3 men, had discovered a squirrel by a tree in an open space. they felled the tree. Farra his gun against a bush for when the tree started falling he grabbed it to shoot the squirrel. the hamer caught in the bush causing the shell to explode. the entire contents struck Farra, in the right. He died in 3 minutes. The surviving relatives are the wife and 3 children, 2 brothers, Peck Farra, of East Lynn and Bud Farra, connected with the Guyan Land association. Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1914



Le???? Hatfield was born Oct ?, 1834, and departed this life Nov 26, 1914, aged 80 years one month and 19 days He was married to his wife, Lydia Music, Mar 12, 1857, in New Garden, Rush Co., VA and to that union were born 9 children, 7 living, 2 boys and 5 girls. He has 6 brothers living and several grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death. He was a member of the Christian Church and died in the Christian faith. His funeral was preached by Rev. C. Reynolds of Pike County, where Mr. Hatfield lived with his so in law, T.P. Wagner, near Kise station, this county, and the remains were taken to Mossy Bottom, Pike County and laid to rest beside his wife. Big Sandy News, Dec 1914


RICE, James K.

Death has again visited our town and taken one of our oldest members, James K. Rice, who was born Nov 26, 18?? and departed this life Nov 14, 1914. He was converted in the year 15?? and has lived a consecrated life up to the day of his death. In the last moments of his life he said to his son, ????, that he was ready, and when he could no longer speak when I was talking to him he pointed up with his hand. He was first married to Miss Delila Hutchinson, and to them 3 sons were born. After the death of his first wife, he was again married to Miss Ada Evans. To them were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. All of his children were at the funeral but one daughter who was out west and could not get here. (The rest too faint to read.) Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1914