BIGGS, Thomas N. Sr.

Thomas N. Biggs, Sr., of Greenup, died Wednesday night from infirmities of old age and a complication of diseases. He was the father of Dr. J. D. Biggs, formerly of this city. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1912



Yatesville--Mrs. Mildred Blankenship, of whose illness mention was made in our last article, died on the 10th inst. and was buried the 11th on the Deephole Branch by other relatives. She was the widow of Casender Blankenship. She was a good woman and was well liked by all who knew her. She leaves 3 children here besides some 2 or 3 who live in West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Jan 19,1912


BOLT, Mont

Mont Bolt, formerly of East Fork, this county, but of late years a resident of Wayne County, WV, fell over a cliff Monday and was killed. He was out on his farm searching for a sheep when the accident occurred. The body was taken to the old home place on East Fork for burial. Big Sandy news, Jan 19, 1912



Mrs. Clita Borders, wife of Marion Borders, formerly of this county but more recently of London, OH, died in a Columbus hospital on Sunday, Dec 31. Her body was brought here the following day and was taken to her old home near Ulysses, where it was buried Tuesday, Jan 2nd in the Borders graveyard. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Burns Conley. Mrs. Borders died of appendicitis. When she was taken to the hospital it was too late for an operation. Mrs. Borders was 52 years old and is survived by her husband and several children. She was a devout Christian and a devoted wife and mother. The family moved from the home place about 4 years ago. Mrs. Borders was the aunt of Mr. Lon Burton, of this city. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912



Ulysses--Mrs. Geneva Borders, wife of Anderson Borders, who had been sick for several months died last Friday morning and was buried Wednesday on a beautiful point overlooking her home All was done for her by her family, friends  and physicians that could be done, but she gradually grew worse until death relieved her suffering. She is survived by her husband and 8 children. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a good neighbor Big Sandy News, Jan 26,1912




One day last week an N & W train crew discovered a box car on fire, near Vivian, a small station east of Kenova. They broke open the door and found 2 men overcome by the smoke and so badly burned that they were in a dying condition. An investigation revealed the two victims to be Ben Bradley and Walter Sanders. They died before their bodies could be taken out of the car. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1912



On Saturday evening, Jan 6, 1912 the death angel visited the home of Thomas Brown, at Paintsville and taken from them their darling son, Paul, after an illness of over 2 months. Paul was a kind and obedient son and a loving brother and loved by all who knew him. His many friends will regret to hear of his death. The day before he fell a victim to death he prayed such a pretty prayer for God to bless his home and then told his mother to call all of his loved ones in. He said, "I am not any worse or any weaker, but while I can I want to talk to you all." He had them to come to his bed one by one and take his hand and promise to meet in Heaven.  Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1912



In remembrance--John Dobbins was born May 10, 1849 died Dec 4, 1911, aged 62 years and 5 months. He had been sick for a year, but when the summons came he went peacefully to rest in the arms of Jesus, surrounded by his children and friends, who had done everything that loving hands could do to relieve his suffering. God called him unto himself. He leaves 4 children, 3 sisters and 2 brothers and a host of friends to mourn his death. We all miss him, but let us prepare to meet him where there are no more goodbyes. A Daughter. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1912



Mrs. Frank Easterling, aged 30 years, was burned to death at her home in Grayson last Sunday. She was married and left her husband and 2 children. The report says that Mr. Easterling had left the house for a short while having left his wife and children in the room and when he returned he found Mrs. Easterling lying in front of the open grate with all her clothing burned from her body and the body burned into a crisp. He rolled the charred body in a sheet and carried it to the porch, where she expired in a few minutes. Mr. Easterling is a prominent school teacher in Carter County and is widely known. Big Sandy news, Jan 19, 1912



Cannonsburg--James Fields, the oldest man in our neighborhood, passed away Jan 14, 1912, he was 92 years old and we believe he has gone to rest. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1912


FUGATE, Mrs. John

Hicksville--Death has visited the home of Mr. Fugate and taken from him his loving wife. She leaves 7 children to mourn her loss. She was laid to rest in the Holbrook cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912


Died, Dec 18, the wife of John Fugate, near this place. She had suffered quite a while with consumption. She left a husband, 6 children and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest in the Holbrook graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912


HAGER, Marion

Marion, the 2 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hager, of Paintsville, died about midnight of Monday, Jan 1st, at Riverview hospital. After funeral service at the hospital, conducted by the Rev Mr. Redd, pastor of the Paintsville M. E. Church, South, the body was taken to Paintsville Tuesday evening for interment. The child had suffered much from a spital affection, and when it was attached by jaundice it was unable to withstand the disease. Mrs. Hager, whose illness has been heretofore noted in this paper, is much improved. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912



This community was greatly shocked for the second time within a week when the news was received on last Saturday morning that the Rev. John W. Hampton had died suddenly at Buffalo, WV, where he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Pamela Miller, wife of Dr. Miller, of that place. The body of the beloved  minister was taken to Ashland, where he had lived for many years and where he was buried on Sunday last. The funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church, South, Sunday and the church and Sunday school rooms were crowded with sorrowing friends who came to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom all loved. Rev. J. M. Carter, of Point Pleasant, WV had charge of the services, assisted by Rev. Mr. Slaughter, of Catlettsburg and Rev. B. M. Keath. At the close of the church service the body was carried to the Ashland Cemetery and buried beside the noble wife who had died only a few months ago. Two children survive the revered father, Mrs. Miller and a son, Ireland, of Fort Worth, TX. The son was visiting his sister and his father when death robbed him of his remaining parent. Mrs. Hampton was the daughter of the late Judge W. C. Ireland. Her death was a great shock to her husband who never afterwards seemed quite his former self.


Born in Catlettsburg nearly 70 years ago, Mr. Hampton early in life began an active career. Almost at the beginning of the Civil War he joined his fortunes with those of the Southern Confederacy, and in all the gray clad hosts who followed the Bonnie Blue Flag to honored defeat none served the cause more bravely, more devotedly than he. He was ever in the thickest of the fray and to his dying day his cheek carried a scar made by the thrust of a Federal saber. He chose the law for a profession and in its ranks he was the peer of the ablest and the best. What his future as a jurist might have been no one can say, for sometime during the noted evangelistic campaign made by the Rev. George O. Barnes through his this region John Hampton "heard, believed and confessed" and converted to the faith of his fathers. Not long afterwards we do not know how long, Mr. Hampton yielded to the call of Him who said, "Go preach my gospel." He obeyed the summons, and the Church never had a more devoted, consistent, sincere and faithful servant. He carried to his new calling the powers of a mind schooled in logic and analysis. He knew just how to meet and successfully combat the skeptic's pleas. He was made Presiding Elder of this district and served, if we mistake not, from 198 to the fall of 1902.


Here in Louisa Mr. Hampton was greatly loved.  Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1912



Mr. Ferd C. Hatcher, a prominent citizen of Pikeville, died in that town last Monday after a lingering illness. He was for many years one of the leading Democratic politicians of Pike County and was a popular and highly respected citizen. Mr. Hatcher was 64 years old and is survived by a widow and 7 children. The body was taken to Beaver Creek for interment. Big Sandy News, Jan 5,1912


HESTON, Mrs. Zeb

Mrs. Zeb Heston, formerly of this city, died at her home in Portsmouth last Sunday evening of chronic heart disease. On Monday the body was brought to Louisa and taken to the residence of her son in law, Louis Page. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the M. E. Church, conducted by the pastor, Dr. Thomas Hanford, after which the body was interred in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Mrs. Heston is survived by her husband and 9 children, 4 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom except one son were present at the obsequies. She was in the 63rd year of her age. Mrs. Heston had been a resident of this city for many years, and was a well known and highly respected woman. It can be truly said of her that she was an ever present help in time of need. No call upon her for aid in times of distress ever fell on deaf ears, no matter for what or for whom. Night or day found her willing and ready to the bedside and do what she could, without the hope of fee or reward. The final summons was the Call which carried her from earthly scene and endeavor and it found her ready. Her faith and her good works have won for her a rich reward. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1912


HOWARD, Nannie

Huntington, WV, Jan--Mrs. Nannie Howard, 28, supposed to have come to Huntington from Salyersville, KY, 6 months ago, committed suicide in apartments at 331 Seventh Avenue at 6 o'clock last evening by draining a 2 ounce bottle of carbolic acid. There is more or less mystery attached to the affair. About the only facts available last night were pertaining to the woman's age, former place of residence and the method by which she made her departure from the realm of mortal existence. She lived on the second floor of an apartment, the first section of which is occupied by an Assyrian family. The first notice of the tragic affair was transmitted to Dr. Prichard by a woman of the neighborhood, and the physician arrived on the scene, but 10 minutes before expired, too late to give relief. Big Sandy News, Jan 5,1912


JANE, Hazel

Skaggs--We are sorry to hear of the sad fate of little Hazel Jane, daughter of Ernest Jane, of Flat Gap. Her clothing caught fire from the open grate and when its mother discovered the child it was covered with flames. The mother was burned in trying to extinguish the fire from her burning child. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1912


JUSTICE, Mrs. John R. (Mary Cordle)

The following clippings are from a paper published at Vernal, Utah, will to read with interest by many resident of this county.

On Saturday Dec 16, the spirit of Mary Cordle Justice winged its way to its Maker, there to receive its final reward. The deceased, by her estimable traits of character, has for the past 5 years, endeared herself to all who came in contact with her in Maeser and other parts of the country in which she has resided. Mrs. Justice, who is the eldest daughter of Mrs. Cynthia Vernon, was born in Millinsburg, KY on Oct 19, 1855 at which place she resided until her marriage with John R. Justice in the year 1871. She is the mother of 11 children, 8 of whom survive her. Mr. and Mrs. Justice came to Utah in March 1906 and lived at Maeser until 1908 when they removed to Moffat where they resided until the dread disease, tuberculosis, with which she suffered, became so bad that they returned to Maeser in the hope that better attention might restore her but all to no avail. She continued to sink until her death on the date given. The funeral services were held at the family residence Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning the remains were taken to Moffat by R. H. Cordle a brother of the deceased from Wilbur, KY, and Bert Singleton, the interment to be made at that place. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912


LACKEY, Alexander

After a long period of failing health, during which every effort was made to delay and possibly avert the inevitable result,  Alex Lackey, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Lackey, of this city, died peacefully and without a struggle at his home about 5 o'clock Monday morning.  All of the immediate family except an older brother, John G., of East Liverpool, OH, were present when death closed the scene. Two aunts, Mrs. Ben Thomas, of Cincinnati and Mrs. James McConnell, of Catlettsburg, were also present in the final hours. He is survived by his parents, one sister, Mrs. H. C. Corns, and 2 brothers, John and Junior. Had he lived until March 17 he would have been 32 years old.


At one o'clock Wednesday afternoon the funeral services were held at the home of the deceased, conducted by the Rev. J. W. Crites, pastor of the M. E. Church, South. The services was simple and appropriate. Following the services at the house the body was conveyed to Pine Hill Cemetery and buried. the road being dangerous because of the snow and ice the final farewell to the son and brother was taken at home, none of the family except John Lackey accompanying the body to the grave.


 As soon as possible after Mr. Lackey became aware that he was seriously affected he sought a more congenial climate, going to southern California, where he remained several years. A few months ago a longing for home and kindred impelled him to return to his native Louisa. It seemed for a time that the ravages of disease were checked, but it was not for long. First his activities were restricted to the home place and its surroundings, then he was compelled to remain in doors, finally the bed and then the untimely end. He said he was ready to go when called, having joined the church while in California and such was doubtless the case. Big Sandy News, Jan 19,  1912


MARCUM, Judge W. W.

The news of the sudden and entirely unexpected death of Judge W. W. Marcum, at his home in Ceredo last Monday morning came as a great shock to his relatives and many friends in Louisa. He had not been  his usual robust self for ?? or so, but was not thought to be sick. On the day mentioned ??? gotten up about the usual time when he was seized with intense pain in the back. Relief was ??? as quickly as possible, but ?? was unavailing and he died about 7 o'clock. Word of the sad ?? was immediately wired to ??? city and to his son, Dr. Fred Marcum, of Torchlight. the message of sorrow came in time for the relatives to leave on the morning train. Mrs. C. C. Hill, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. O'Neal and family, Miss Edith Marcum, who was visiting Louisa friends, and Dr. Marcum were those who left Monday. Mr. Hill went down Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Hill had been with her father with no thought of what would be the next word concerning her father. The burial occurred in Huntington at noon Wednesday after funeral services at the home and was largely attended.


Judge W. W. Marcum was born in what is now Wayne County, WV nearly 67 years ago. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Marcum and was the first of a large number of brothers  and sisters to die. The surviving ones are T. D. and P.S. Marcum, of Catlettsburg, John S., James H. and Lace of Huntington, Mrs. Cahill of New York City, Mrs. Morgan Baker of Huntington, Mr. E. V. Simpkins of War Eagle, and Mrs. J. B. Dotson of Thacker.


Judge Marcum was twice married. His first marriage was in Virginia to Miss Eunice Cox, of that state. The second wife was Miss Mary E. Burgess, of this county, who survives him. The children are Dr. Fred Marcum of Torchlight, James Charles, Frank and Homer of  Ceredo., Mrs. W. D. O'Neal and Mrs. C. C. Hill, of Louisa, and Misses Hermia and Edith of Ceredo. For many years Judge Marcum was a highly respected citizen of Louisa. He was a member of the Lawrence County bar and served a term as County Attorney. Upon going to Ceredo he became active in politics and law. He in time became Judge of the Wayne County court, and 2 years ago was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates. He was a good lawyer and  a fine speaker and as such he made his mark in his profession. "Will" Marcum had but few enemies. He was a genial, kindly man, devoted to family and friends. Sober, honest and capable he will be greatly missed and his loss deeply regretted. Big Sandy news, Jan 19, 1912


MARTIN, Mrs. Morgan

Mrs. Morgan Martin, aged 88 years, died at her home on Little Blaine this week. Death was due to the infirmities of age. She was a good Christian woman. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912



Isaac McClelland, son of George McClelland, of Etna Furnace, Ironton, OH, as a miner near Van Lear, met a tragic death near Van Lear Wednesday afternoon of last week when he was struck and instantly killed by a train. He had just left the mine after his work Wednesday and was enroute home to Van Lear when he met death. On the following day the body, accompanied by 5 brothers also miners, and 6 members of the Van Lear Lodge of Odd Fellows, was taken to Ironton for burial. The unfortunate man is survived by a widow and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1912



On the 10 inst. the dear Lord saw fit in his infinite wisdom to removed from our midst MacCager McComis, an old veteran of the cross, as he often expressed himself. He died on Caines Creek at his oldest daughter's and was taken to his old home on Dry Ridge and buried. Services were conducted by Sylvester Ball, which were brief and appropriate. He was laid to rest in the old home cemetery. He was 82 years old and had lived a Christian life for a number of  years and  often expressed a desire that the Lord's will would be to call him. He leaves 12 children and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1912



A very old citizen of this county, F. M. McComis, who formerly  lived near Louisa, but at the time of his death he was staying with one of his daughters, who lives on Caines Creek. He was born in 1829, died Jan 10, 1912. His illness lasted about 4 weeks and the sand in the hour glass of his life seemed slowly but gradually leaking out and on Jan 10th he passed into another of God's most glorious creations. Big Sandy News, Jan 26,1912



Cannonsburg--Death has again visited our community Jan 1, 1912 and taken from us old grandmother Sidney McSarley. She was loved by all who and will be missed by all. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1912


MILEM, James H.

Mr. James H. Milem, died Dec 19, 1911, age 75 years. Leaves a wife and 8 children. He was a kind husband and a loving father, well respected and loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his friends and a place is vacant in our home which never can be filled. God in his wisdom has recalled the boon his love has given. the funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Hickman. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912



Dora, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus O'Brien of Paintsville was burned to death last Monday, by her clothing catching fire. Mrs. O'Brien did all she could to extinguish the flames and was very badly burned herself, her hands being burned almost to a crisp. The child was 4 years old. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912


PERRY, Lewis

Lewis Perry, aged ?61, died at his home on Griffith's Creek, this county, on Thursday, Jan 18th after an illness of only 5 days. The disease which caused his death was pneumonia. He is survived by a widow. The deceased was a brother of Mr. James Perry of this city. Big Sandy News, Jan 26,1912



Pikeville--Dec 26--Much excitement was caused here yesterday evening when it became known that Miss Hazel, second daughter of L. D. Polley, one of Elkhorn City's most prominent and wealthy citizens, was drowned late that afternoon. She was riding on a horse behind her cousin, Ray Venters, who was in the saddle and the two attempted to ford the Big Sandy in order to reach the young girl's home in Elkhorn City. the splash dam of the Yellow Poplar Lumber Company had just previously let off and the river was greatly swollen and the horse soon got beyond its depth. The young girl was swept from her seat. The young man caught her and held her out of the water until men who were rushing to the rescue, had well nigh reached them, when he became so exhausted, that his hold was broken and the rushing waters soon swept her down stream and she was drowned despite the frantic efforts made to save her. The young man was rescued but is in a precarious condition from his experience while scored of men are dragging the river in an effort to locate the body. The little girl was about 14 . Pikeville Cor. Ashland Ind. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912



Susan Preston, aged 84 years, widow of the late William Preston, died last Thursday at the home of her son, Herford Preston, on Mud Lick, and was buried  Saturday at the family burial ground below Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1912



  1. K. Junction--The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Prichard died last week of meningitis. Mr. Prichard is a brother of Senator Prichard of Sandy Hook, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 26 1912



Pikeville, Dec 27--Yesterday forenoon on Shelby, Turner Branham and General Branham on one side and Noah Roberts and Jailer Branham on the other side all cousins became engaged in a controversy over an old grudge, when Noah Roberts, it is alleged started to leave the scene, but was overtaken and his brains shot out by Turner Branham, General Branham was wounded in the affray, but not seriously and Jailer Branham was shot and mortally wounded and is now dying. Sheriff H. Pauley was telephoned for immediately. He hastened to the scene, accompanied by detective, Martin Potter, and soon had his man under arrest. He placed General Roberts, who was too badly wounded to be moved under heavy guard. Jailer Branham being too far gone for any action to be taken by the Sheriff. He brought Turner Branham here and lodged him in jail yesterday afternoon. After the Sheriff and posse had passed enroute to Shelby, a tragedy occurred, on their direct route, at Island Creek, one mile above here. Arthur Brewer, son of Ben Brewer, a prominent citizen shot and instantly killed Harry Sword, Jr., aged 72. Pikeville Cor. Ashland, Ind. Big Sandy News, Jan 5,1912



Abner Salyer, father of County Judge R. C. Salyer, died at Licking Station Thursday last, aged 76 years. He was a son of Sam Salyer ??? whom our town was names. ??? Salyer was at that time a member of the General Assembly. Kentucky Mountaineer. Big Sandy News, Jan 26,1912


SANDERS, Walter--see under Ben Bradley



The friends of Miss Fannie Skeens a well known trained nurse of this county, will regret to hear of her death. She died at the residence of a brother in law named Sloan, near Fallsburg, last Monday night, and was buried near Fullers. Miss Skeens was an estimable woman of admirable qualities, and will be sincerely mourned. She fell a victim to tuberculosis. The funeral was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1912



Willis Hatfield, a son of "Devil Anse", the noted feudist, is said to have killed Dr. E. O. Thornhill, in Wyoming County, WV on Sunday afternoon. The report says that the shooting took place at a small town called Mullens, and the only provocation was the refusal of Dr. Thornhill to give Hatfield a prescription to the local drug store that he might procure liquor. the Doctor had refused to give the prescription a second time when Hatfield drew his gun and shot the physician 4 times. Hatfield attempted to escape but was arrested by a crowd that witnessed the tragedy and was taken to the county jail at Pineville. Big Sandy News, Jan 5, 1912


WEAVER, Andrew

Andrew Weaver died suddenly ?? Knob Branch Church last Friday. Doctors say he died of apoplexy. Some of his  children were present when his death occurred. He  was about 60 years old. Big Sandy news, Jan 26,1912



Mr. James A. Wellman, formerly of this city but for many years past one of the most prominent citizens of Catlettsburg, died at his residence in that place Monday afternoon after a lingering illness. The burial occurred on Wednesday. He was born in Wayne County, WV, Nov 19, 1829, and was the third in a family of 14 children, of whom 8, 3 brothers and 5 sisters, are still living. Mr. Wellman's wife was Miss Flora See, of this county, whom he married in October 1851, and who died nearly 6 years ago. To them were born Mrs. Ella Patton, Mrs. Ida Creighton, Miss Rebecca Wellman and Fred Wellman, who died a little more than 2 years ago. Mrs. K. F. Vinson, and Messrs. At. and Al. Wellman, of this place, were sister and brothers of the deceased. Mrs. Kizzie See and Mrs. Mary See are also sisters. During many years of Mr. Wellman residence in this city he owned and occupied the property now occupied by Mrs. Elizabeth Hatcher. He was an honest, sober, upright citizen. Upon his removal to Catlettsburg he embarked in business and remained actively engaged until by the infirmities of age he was forced to retire. Mr. Wellman amassed a fortune, being by some considered the wealthiest man in Catlettsburg at the time of his death. Big Sandy News, Jan 12,1912



By an accident which occurred at the grist mill of Whitten and Wellman, on Irish Creek, this county, last Saturday morning, one of the proprietors, Felix Wellman, was instantly killed, one man, young Sam Chaffin mortally injured, Harrison Castle, Joe Moore, Lafe Adams, Reub Adams and Garfield Adams more or less severely hurt. Chaffin's skull is fractured and he cannot recover. Mr. Wellman was an uncle of John and H. G. Wellman, of this place, and Garfield Adams was a cousin of J. M. Adams, with Dixon, Moore & Co. Mr. Wellman is survived by a widow and 2 grown children. The mill had been running but a  short time when the accident occurred. The buhr was going at a high rate of speed with it burst. One of the mill posts which held the buhrs in position struck Mr. Wellman about the lower part of his chest with force enough to drive him through the oak side of the building, causing instant death. Besides those mentioned several narrowly escaped injury. It is supposed that the continued cold had filled the stone with frost and the rapid motion and continued friction had generated heat sufficient to cause the upper stone to burst. Mr. Wellman was a good citizen and his untimely and tragic death is much deplored. His partner and son in law, Mr. Whitten was in Louisa when the accident happened and only heard of it at Busseyville as he was going home. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1912



Yatesville--An infant child of George Workman and wife who live on Morgan Creek, was so severely burned that it died and was buried Monday. Big Sandy News, Jan 19, 1912


Morgans Creek--On Jan the 14th death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Workman and took from them their only darling little girl. She leaves a father and 2 brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn the loss of the little Ollie. She was a bright little girl of 4 years 3 months 21 days old. Little Ollie was burned on Thursday last and died on Sunday. During its suffering it was patient and good just before it departed this life it asked its papa to take her and sing "By and By when the morning comes" and while one of her uncles sang it she passed away. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1912



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ARTRIP, Lucinda

Mrs. Lucinda Artrip, of Advance, KY, an aged and respected resident and a mother of many noble and womanlike characteristics, is dead after an illness of short duration due to the infirmities bordering upon old age. The deceased was 69 years of age and was the mother of several grown children who, together with a grief stricken husband are left to morn her untimely end. She was the wife of John Artrip, who has many relative near Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912


BLY, Charles

Charles Bly, one of the older and most well known citizens of Catlettsburg, died Wednesday morning shortly after 2 o'clock, after an illness of about one week's duration. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912



Princess--Just as the shadows of evening were gathering on Sunday, death came to the home of George Bunting and called his mother, a woman of great age being four score and 4 years old. She had been a sufferer for a long time. Her sufferings and her great age made her death not an unexpected one. She leaves several children, many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Her remains were taken Monday to Kilgore, her old home and there placed beside her husband, who had long since preceded her to the Glory Land. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912



John Chadwick aged 84, of Docks Creek dies at his home Jan 11, of pneumonia. Rev. B. S. Akers of Ceredo preached the funeral after which the final remains of this grand old man was deposited in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912


CRUM, William

News reached this city Saturday conveying the sad news of the death of William Crum which occurred at Hot Springs, Ark. Death was due to heart failure. Mr. Crum was a former citizen of our city, having been engaged in the hotel business a number of years, later entering the lumber business. After the death of his wife he went to Huntington where he made his home with a stepson, Sterling Price, Owing to his declining health Mr. Crum spent the winter months at Hot Springs, where his sudden demise occurred Saturday. His remains will arrive here sometime today or Tuesday. Catlettsburg Tribune. Mr. Crum was born in Martin County and was for many years one of the foremost timber men of this region. His wife, who has been dead many years, was the widow of Robert Price, and a sister of W. M. Stone, of this city. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912



The little 5 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Curry, of Burch, Mingo County, died on the train No. 3 N & W last Tuesday, just before reaching this place. The child was afflicted with appendicitis and they were en route to a Huntington hospital to have an operation performed. Dr. Burgess of Williamson, and Dr. Burgess of Louisa, accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Curry here. Ceredo Advance. Big Sandy News, Feb 16,1912


HALL, Louis

HALL, Morgan

Louis Hall and his son Morgan, were killed at Millard Burke's store, Shelby Gap, Pike County, by Constable, George Johnson, who had a warrant for Morgan's arrest. They resisted and the officer shot both, killing them instantly. The charge was illicit liquor selling. Louis Hall was 83 years old and had a bad record. He killed 3 men named Steel on Tug about 10 years ago in a fight over whiskey. Big Sandy news, Feb 16,1912


HENEKEE, Aurora (McWhorter)

Princess--Last Sunday morning death came to our little town, first to the home of Henry Henekee, and called for his beloved wife, Aurora. the call was most unexpected, yet the summons had to be obeyed. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev. O. F. Williams, of the M. E. Church, South. The remains were interred in the Silent City known as the Kirby Flat just below here. the deceased was a woman with all the accomplishments necessary for a lovable companion, a good neighbor and in every way an estimable woman, loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband many relatives and a multitude of friends to mourn her loss. She was well known and much loved in Lawrence County, especially on Little Blaine, where she taught school. At which time she was Miss Aurora McWhorter.


JOHNSON, Johnnie

Ledocio--Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Johnson, on the 21st and taken their only son  Johnnie. He was 19 years old and loved by all. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1913


John H. Johnson, son of D. B. and Delilah Johnson, was born Sep 7, 1892 and departed this life Jan 21, 1912. He had gone to Portsmouth, OH, a few weeks previous to his death, and while there became a victim of appendicitis. A message to his parents announcing his illness and requesting the presence of his mother was received on Jan 16. Mrs. Johnson left at once for Portsmouth and arrived at the bedside of her suffering boy, the following morning where she remained until his freed spirit took its flight to the mysterious beyond.  Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912


KEARNS, Patrick

On last Friday, the 26th ult. as the M. & N F passenger engine No 5 was backing down the track from a depot at Wrigley, Morgan County, Patrick Kearns, an employee of the road, was run over  and instantly killed. He was walking down the track in the same direction that the train was backing and was caught under the wheels, his body being severed. He was formerly in the employ of the O & K railroad and was well known here. His remains were taken back to Lexington for interment. Licking Valley Courier. Big Sandy News, Feb 9, 1912


MOORE, Mrs. Coon

Princess--About 9 o'clock Sunday morning death came to the home of Coon Moore, and took his wife. All had been done that human hands could do, but the call was made she answered and now among the hosts in the great beyond. Her remains were taken to Straight Creek her old home, and buried on Monday. She leave a husband and 5 children together with many friends and relatives to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912



Williamson--Mr. Fred O'Brien, reared in this city, who had a large number of admiring friends in this community, passed from this life to his eternal rest on last Saturday night. He has taken a prominent part in the everyday events of this city and section for many years. He has edited a newspaper in this city for a long time and has held positions of trust in other capacities with care and credit. His unexpected death was a surprise to most of our people and it was very sad.  Indeed, that one just in the prime of manhood should be taken from family and friends. He was a young man of kindly disposition and a true friend to all with whom he came in contact. Reserved in manner, he was always pleasing and courteous to all. No one thought that he was lingering in the shadow of death or even failing in health, and his sudden passing away has shown how uncertain is the lease of life. His funeral was attended by a large number of our citizens and many relatives were present at the funeral to pay their last respects. He leaves a wife and one child and many sorrowing relatives to mourn his untimely death. Williamson Enterprise. Big Sandy News, Feb 16, 1912



Wednesday evening another veteran of the war between the states answered the call of death. This was John W. Porter, 1521 Sixth Avenue, Huntington, who died at the Chesapeake & Ohio hospital after an illness which began on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Had he lived until tomorrow Mr. Porter, would have been 70 years old, he having been born in Johnson County, KY in 1842. He was one of the first to respond to the call of volunteers issued by Pres. Lincoln at the beginning of the Civil War and he served continuously until peace was achieved He was twice enlisted, his original period of service having expired, before the war ended. He was a non-commissioned officer in the Fourteenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, in which many from this city served and of which the father of our townsman G. F. Gallup was the Colonel. Catlettsburg Tribune. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912


PRICE, William

William Price, aged 45, a married man who lived at Buchanan, KY, was killed by N & W train No. 15 Wednesday afternoon of last week and his body was brought to Kenova and turned over to the undertaker. Mr. Price left Kenova on No. 16 and got off at Cyrus and was walking up the track when he was struck. It is said that he had been drinking and that a jug of whiskey was found after he was struck. His brother, we are informed, was killed near Prichard about a year ago. Catlettsburg Tribune. Big Sandy News, Feb 2,1912


VAUGHAN, Abraham

After a lingering illness of tubercular disease, Mr. Abraham Vaughan, an old and highly respected citizen of this county, died at his home near Louisa on Saturday, Jan 27, aged 71 years 2 months and 11 days. He was buried on Monday morning, Jan 29, in the graveyard near the residence of his brother, John Vaughan, after impressive funeral services conducted by the Rev. L. M. Copley, of the Baptist Church, the church of which the deceased had been a devout member for many years.


Mr. Vaughan is survived by a widow and all their family of 6 children save one. He was born in Missouri, but moved to West Virginia where, at the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate army and became the color bearer of the late Col. M. J. Ferguson's regiment, the 16th Cavalry, serving gallantly until the surrender of Lee in 1865. Mr. Vaughan was twice wounded, once at Fredericktown and again at Lynchburg. He married a daughter of the late Anderson Wilson, and during their long wedded life, Mr. Vaughan was ever the devoted husband, and to his children the kind, affectionate father. He was converted at a prayer meeting and at his death was an honored member of the Elizabeth Jarrell church on Lick Creek. Before dying Mr. Vaughan expressed himself as fully prepared to make the solemn exchange of worlds.


In the death of Abraham Vaughan this county and community lost a good man and a valuable citizen. Although he had passed the allotted span of human life he was, till disease incapacitated him from active work, a busy, hard-working man, even when scarcely able to walk, going about his farm, coming to town on business, never idle, but always intent upon his business. In his domestic and civic relations Mr. Vaughan was just what a man should be--sober, honest, upright, God-fearing and home-loving. Men like Abe Vaughan leave a wide gap when they obey the final call, a gap not easily filled. A former comrade-in-arms, the Rev. S. F. Reynolds, desired the NEWS to say that Mr. Vaughan was a soldier of unquestioned courage, and a quiet, good man even during the lax, reckless, demoralizing period of war. Big Sandy News, Feb 2, 1912

 MARCH 1912


ADAMS, Mrs. James

Mrs. James Adams, of Adams, this county, succumbed to the ravages of cancer on Sunday morning last, after a long and painful illness. She was 75 years old and is survived by a husband and 7 children. The burial occurred on Monday, not far from the home where she had lived for so many years. Before her marriage to Mr. Adams she was the widow of William Hays, one of the best known and esteemed citizens of this county. Mrs. Adams was an excellent woman, religious, kind and given to hospitality. She will be greatly missed in the neighborhood which had been her home for many years. Big Sandy News, Mar 8,1912


BAKER, Elbert

BAKER, George

According to a report that reached here yesterday afternoon, 2 men, twin brothers, were struck and instantly killed at Bluestone, WV, a small station on the Pocahontas division of the Norfolk and Western. The men were Elbert and George Baker, papers among their effects giving their homes as Louisa, KY. According to the details of the double tragedy, the two men had been stealing a ride on an eastbound freight, but were driven from the train at Bluestone by the conductor. The two were engaged in a game of "crap" when struck by extra west freight No. 1039. Their bodies were hurled some distance and death was instantaneous. The corpses of the victims were held at Bluestone awaiting the arrival of relatives from Louisa. Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

Diligent inquiry fails to find anyone in Louisa or Fort Gay who knows who these boys were. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1912



Henry C. Bellamy, one of the older citizens of Huntington, who was a native of Lawrence county, KY, died last Friday in Huntington. the decedent was 75 years old. His death was quite sudden, he having died while sitting in his chair, where he was found soon after his spirit had flown. He has numerous relatives still living along the Big Sandy River, several of whom are quite prominent citizens. Big Sandy News, Mar 15,1912


BOGGESS, Judge Thomas

Judge Thomas Boggess, formerly of this city, died at his home after lingering on the brink of death for ??? weeks. Mr. Boggess was 83 years old and was born in March 1829 in Marion County, VA. He is survived by 2 sons, Thomas Boggess, who was postmaster here for the past 12 years, Charles Boggess, civil engineer and 2 daughters, Agnes and Bertha Boggess, who are at home. He and his family lived in Louisa several years. He was a merchant, doing business in the old brick on the corner of Main and Water Streets. He was a highly respected citizen. Big Sandy News, Mar 22,1912



Fred Brown, an employee of the coal company operating at Van Lear, KY, met with a horrible death at Van Lear Junction last week when he was accidentally struck by a train and instantly killed. Mr. Brown had been employed at Van Lear for a number of months. He lived in Wolfe County, where his body was taken for interment. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1912



John Chaffin, son of Marion Chaffin, of Webb, was fatally injured on Tuesday of last week in a most peculiar manner. A raft of logs was landed near the home of young Chaffin and he volunteered to help secure it. While paying out the rope Chaffin got his leg caught in the coil and when the current took up the slack of the rope the entire weight was thrown upon his leg. The rope cut the leg off and young Chaffin died from the injury on Friday. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1912



Fred Collinsworth, aged 22, who worked at Mine No. 3 at Van Lear, was electrocuted last Wednesday. His head came in contact with a live wire and he was killed instantly. It is claimed the wire was too low. His home was at Cannel City. This is the second man killed at Van Lear within the past few days. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Mar 8,1912


DAMRON, Mrs. William

The aged wife of William Damron of Fort Gay, died last Tuesday. She had been in bad health for a long time. She is survived by her husband, himself an invalid and almost totally blind. The deceased was his second wife. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1912


DAY, William P. --see under Charles May



Rufus Diamond, formerly of this vicinity, died at his home at Chattaroy, WV on Friday last, after an lingering illness caused by a complication of diseases, aged 66 years. He had been twice married and left a widow and 12 children. He was buried Saturday at Chattaroy. Mr. Diamond was the only surviving brother of John (Owley) Diamond, of near Louisa. There were 8 of these Diamond boys and John is the sole survivor. There is one sister living, the widow of Henry Diamond. Big Sandy News, Mar 8,1912


ELLIOTT, Susan Jane (Smith)

Mrs. Susan Elliott, widow of the distinguished Judge John Milton Elliott whose statue adorns the court house in Catlettsburg, passed away Sunday. She had been ill for a long time of a complication of troubles, but was most patient and enduring. Mrs. Elliott was before marriage Miss Susan Jane Smith, a daughter of Hon. William Smith, of Prestonsburg and was married to John M. Elliott, then a young practicing attorney more than 60 years ago. On Tuesday morning the remains were taken to Frankfort, where they will be placed beside the grave of her husband, under the shadow of the monument erected to his memory by the State of Kentucky in the historic Frankfort cemetery. Mrs. Elliott in her will provided for the establishment of a scholarship in Transylvania University, Lexington, to be called the Susan J. Elliott scholarship, to cost not exceeding $2,000. The death of his widow recalls the assassination of Judge Elliott at Frankfort on the 26th of March, 1879, while a member of the court of appeals. The tragedy is graphically described in the following dispatch from Frankfort:

Frankfort, KY, Feb 25-- Judge John M. Elliott was assassinated in 1879 in this city by Col. Thomas Buford of Henry County. The killing occurred in Ann Street at the women's entrance of the Capitol Hotel. Col. Buford had bought a tract of land in Henry County from James Guthrie and had made a payment of $14,000 on the land. He was unable to meet further payments and the title of the land was questioned. The lower court held the title valid and ordered the land sold for debt. It brought less than $14,000 and the Appeals Court sustained the sale. Col. Buford was rendered insane. ??? of his loss and determined to kill the members of the Appellate Court. He had made up his mind to kill Judge Pryor, his neighbor, as the felt more aggrieved at him than any other member of the bench, but refrained from doing so because Judge Pryor had a family


Judge Pryor stopped in at the grocery of Lawrence Tobin, a prominent politician of that day, to taste some cider, and Judge Elliott came on up to the hotel. Col. Buford was waiting on the opposite side of the street, and when Judge Elliott was about to step on the first step to go into the hotel he called to him. Judge Elliott turned. Col. Buford firing on him with a double barrel shotgun. The load took effect in his breast, killing him instantly. Col Buford came up to where Judge Elliott was lying and picking up his hat, he placed it under Judge Elliott's head and felt to see if his heart was beating. Finding that Judge Elliott was dead he said: "Off to the wars again. Home hath no charm for me and battlefields no pain."


Buy this time Judge W. H. Sneed, who was boarding at the hotel, rushed out and arrested Col. Buford. "Consider yourself under arrest," said Judge Sneed. Col. Buford replied: "I surrender to the law." Judge Sneed remarked: "It's a pity you did not do it two minutes ago." to which Col. Buford replied. "I have been wronged greatly."


Col. Buford was placed in jail, and a mob formed to take him from the jail to lynch him. Gov. McCreary was Governor at that time and ordered the McCreary Guards to the jail, and they dispersed the mob and saved Col. Buford's life. Col. Buford was sent to the asylum at Lexington, but escaped to Jeffersonville, where he remained for a long time, as there was no law to extradite escaped lunatics. Being unable to get support he finally returned to Kentucky and surrendered himself to the asylum authorities where he died. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1912


FARMER, Jeremiah

The Rev. Jeremiah Farmer, who formerly was pastor of the M. E. Church, South, this city, died at his home on Tygart Creek, Greenup County, on Saturday Mar 23rd, aged 93 years. He joined the Masonic Lodge at Greenup in 1848, being at his death the oldest Mason in Northeastern Kentucky. Rev. Farmer leaves 9 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild with several nieces and nephews to mourn their loss, besides a great number of friends in the Big Sandy Valley. If the NEWS is not mistaken one of Mr. Farmer's daughters was married to James Kilgore, of Catlettsburg, while they lived in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Mar 29,1912



On Tuesday last, while rafting logs near his home at the mouth of Horseford branch about a mile above the mouth of  Blaine, James Fugate, formerly of this city, was caught by rolling logs and instantly killed. the logs were on the creek bank, several in a bunch, and Mr. Fugate, with a cant hook, had begun to roll them into the water. He had been warned to be careful, but probably thinking he was in no danger he began to pull at a log with the hook. He had no sooner done so  when the mass began to move. He jumped to avoid the logs, but he was too late, one of them rolling over him, but he arose nearly upright, when another rolled over him, crushing the life out of him instantly. The body was not mangled, but the back of his head was crushed, evidently by a huge knot on the log. Mr. Fugate was buried on Wednesday at Newcomb burying ground, about 3 miles from the place where he met his untimely death. The funeral was conducted by Fallsburg Lodge of Odd Fellows and was largely attended. The deceased was  son of the late Granville Fugate and was 42 years old and left a widow and 6 children. He was a brother of Joe Fugate and a brother in law of George Salyer, both of Louisa. He was an industrious, sober, honest man and good citizen, and his untimely taking off is a loss to the community in which he lived. big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1912


GAINES, Mrs. Ella Harris

Mrs. Ella Harris Gaines died at Salt Lake City Mar 12, 1912, after a short illness of heart disease. She was the daughter of Kelsey N. and Louisa Harris, who lived in Catlettsburg many years ago, and her death leaves but 2 of the Harris children surviving, Albert, of Ogden, Utah, and Winfield of San Diego, CA. the family had many relatives along the Big Sandy River. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1912



Mr. Tate Greaver, son in law of the late Judge Richard Vinson, died of Bright's disease at his home at Wytheville, VA, last Sunday night News of his condition reached Louisa Saturday in time for Mrs. Greaver's sister, Mrs. Vic Prichard, to leave on the night N & W train for Mr. Greaver's home. Interment was made at Five Oaks, VA. Mr. Greaver was about 45 years of age and is survived by a widow, who was formerly Miss Dora Vinson, and by 2 children, a boy and a girl. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1912



A shocking accident, resulting in the loss of a valuable life, occurred at Torchlight, a mining town 7 miles south of Louisa, on the C & O railroad, about 8 o'clock last Friday morning. Lige Hammond, tipple boss for the Louisa Coal Co. had gone to the tipple to move a car of cal. He had taken away the "chock" which held the car, and when it began to move by its own gravity, Mr. Hammond attempted to climb to the top of the car. He had one foot on the stirrup, when he was caught between the moving mass and one of the tipple posts and crushed to death, the space between the car and the post being only 4 inches. Death was instantaneous. The funeral occurred on Saturday under the direction of the Torchlight Lodge of Odd Fellows, of which body Mr. Hammond was an esteemed member, and was very largely attended. Interment was made in the John Wallace graveyard on the head of Griffith Creek. Mr. Hammond was in the 39th year of his age, sober, industrious and highly esteemed. A widow and 9 children are living. His wife is a sister of Mrs. Dan. Stansberry of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1912



Fred, the 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hawes, of Walbridge, died on the night of Wednesday, Mar 13, of brain fever. the child had been sick of whooping cough, then pneumonia followed, and inflammation of the brain closed the short life of a very bright and interesting boy. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1912



 At the age of 76 years, John Jarrell, a prominent resident of Wayne County, WV died Tuesday night of last week, after a protracted illness. The deceased was one of the best known citizens of the county. For 24 years he was a member of the county court and during that time achieved a reputation for fairness and integrity. He was a son of Rev. John Jarrell, a pioneer minister of the Big Sandy Valley, and was well known in this city. Mr. Jarrell's life work was one of continual solicitude for the welfare of his neighbors. His removal has created an unwanted sadness among those who knew and loved him. The funeral arrangements have not been made. Mar 1, 1912



Thelma--Eph Johnson, who has been sick for some time, died Wednesday, Feb 28th, and was buried Friday. All was done for him that could be done by his children, friends and physicians, but he gradually grew worse till death relieved his suffering. He was an industrious, sober and honest man. He is survived by his children. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1912


MAY, Charles

DAY, William P.


Salyersville, KY, Mar 23--In a fight here last night Charles May, 17 years old, and William P. Day, 19, were shot and killed by Harry Raybourn, aged 19, who was himself fatally stabbed. The three young men were cousins. The fight originated over a trivial matter. Big Sandy News, Mar 29,1912


MATNEY, Mrs. Joe

Mrs. Joe Matney, a well known and highly respected colored woman, died at her home in Ashland last Saturday night. Her funeral at that place on Sunday last was largely attended, many going from Louisa. She was the daughter of Joe Botts, of this city. She left a husband but no children. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1912


MILLER, Robert

Samuel Vinson, who formerly lived on Mill Creek, near Fort Gay, foreman of a C & O construction gang, shot and instantly killed Robert Miller, a negro employee near Springdale, 4 miles from Maysville, KY. Miller is said to have accused Vinson of withholding some of his pay and to have threatened to assault him. He followed Vinson into his office, seized a chair and was about to strike him with it, when Vinson shot him. Vinson was tried by an examining court and acquitted. Mr. Vinson is married and since he has been on his work has, with his family, lived near Springdale. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1912


MOTTE, Frank

Frank Motte, ???....??? well known in this  city died Saturday nigh. Mr. Motte was about 87 years old and his death resulted mostly from the infirmities of advanced age. He leaves to mourn the loss of a kind and devoted husband and father a wife and several children all of whom are married and live  a distance away. Mr. Motte is a brother in law to Atty. R. C. Burns and Mrs. J. C. Gallagher in this city and possesses many friends here who regret to hear of his death. Catlettsburg Tribune. The wife of the deceased was a sister of Mr. M. S. Burns of this city. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1912


NEACE, Willard

Willard Neace, age 14, was accidentally shot and instantly killed by his cousin, James Neace, 20, on Straight Creek in Boyd County. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1912


PECK, Mrs. William

Mrs. William Peck died at the residence of her father, Mr. Van Wellman, near Walbridge, this county, last Friday, Mar 8. She had been ill of consumption for a long time, and death came as a release from much pain. She was 39 years old and left a husband and 7 children. The funeral took place on the following Monday, with interment in the Peck graveyard, near Chapman, conducted by Rev. Mr. Cayton, pastor of Borders Chapel. Mrs. Peck was a devoted wife and mother and had been a consistent member of the M. E. Church for 18 years. All the family were present at the funeral, a daughter, Miss Flora, who was teaching in Missouri, arriving in time for the rites, which had been postponed to await her coming. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1912


Mrs. William Peck was born in 1873 and fell asleep Mar 8, 1912. At the age of 21 she was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Peck's Chapel. The following evening her beloved husband, also was converted, following her good example.  Thus her very earliest Christian experience began bearing fruit for the Master. She leaves a husband and 7 children and a host of relatives and friends. Her body was laid to rest in the old cemetery near Chapman, KY, Mar 11, 1912, the pastor officiating. Big Sandy News, Mar 22,1912



Mr. David Peters, a very old and highly respected citizen of Wayne County, died last Friday at his home on Mill Creek, about 2 miles from Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Mar 15,1912


PRATER, Thomas

Mr. Guy Atkinson went to Salyersville Saturday last to attend the funeral of  his uncle, Mr. Thomas Prater, one of the oldest and most prominent men in that county. Mr. Prater was 87 years old. Mr. Prater was the oldest Mason in Eastern Kentucky. His widow is 87 years old and is the sole survivor of the Samuel Auxier family. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1912


PRESTON, Mrs. Asbury

Mrs. Asbury Preston, aged 62, died at her home near Georges Creek station on Monday last, after an illness of many months. She was buried not far from her residence on Wednesday. She is survived by her husband and several children, all of whom except one are married. Mrs. Preston was a sister of Mrs. P. H. Vaughan, of this city. She and her daughters, Mrs. C. B. Bromley, Mrs. James Hatcher and Miss Belle Vaughan, attended the funeral. Mrs. Preston came to Riverview hospital last fall and submitted to an operation which prolonged her life, but disease had progressed so far that ultimate recovery was impossible. She was an excellent woman and many relatives and friends deplore her death. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1912


RAYBOURN, Harry--see under Charles May



Mrs. Mary Savage widow of John Savage, died Feb 24, 1912 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Deck Jordan, of this place, aged 89 years 5 months and 17 days. She was the mother of 12 children, 7 living and 5 dead. She also leaves 43 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Savage became a member of the M. E. Church when she was 13 years of age and was a devoted Christian up to her death. She was confined to her bed about 2 months, during which time she was very patient and manifested great faith in Christ, and would have her friends to sing and pray with her often . The funeral was conducted by Rev. Burch Hulett, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Mar 8,1912


SEE, Elizabeth (Goff)

After many months of patient suffering Elizabeth Goff, wife of Charles See, of this city, died during the night of Saturday Mar 23rd, and was buried in the See burial ground 3 miles from Louisa, on the following Monday. Preceding the interment funeral services were held in the Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Burwell Akers, of Ceredo, WV. She is survived by a husband, 5 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sisters--Mrs. Mattie Helms, of Terry, Miss., and Mrs. Emma Brown of Kansas. On account of sickness neither of the sisters was able to be present at the funeral. All of the children were at home when death called the beloved mother, Jay reaching Louisa from Tacoma, WA, the day before her death. Three children died in early life. Mrs. See was the daughter of the late Felix W. Goff and was born in Shellmound, Miss., Jan 24, 1860. With her father she came to Louisa in 1872. She was converted at the early age of 13 years and walked in the straight and narrow way until it led her into the City beyond the stars. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1912


SIMPSON, Mrs. George (Julia Wellman)

Mrs. George Simpson died at her home in the Muncy neighborhood, about 3 miles from this city, Friday, Mar 1st and was buried on the Sunday following. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulett, of this city, in the presence of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. Mrs. Simpson left a husband and 7 children to mourn the loss of an affectionate wife and devoted mother. She was nearly 57 years old and was the daughter of Flem Wellman, who died many years ago. She was an excellent woman, a good friend and kind neighbor. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1912



In Memory--Death has again visited our community and taken from us Lewis Skaggs, age 66, son of John W. and Polly Skaggs. The swift winged angel came and called uncle Lewis home. He was sick but a short time. He died at his home on the middle fork of Sandy. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1912


SKAGGS, Squire

Squire Skaggs, father of E. C. Skaggs, of Ceredo, aged 94, died at the home of his son last Friday. He was an ex-confederate solder, and the father of 10 children. He formerly lived in this county. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1912


SMITH, Mrs. Gordon

Mrs. Gordon Smith died at Hicksville, this county, on Tuesday, Mar 12, aged 78 years. Her death was the result of old age and its attendant infirmity. Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved from Ohio to this county in 1881 and were well known and highly respected people. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1912



Lee Varney of Williamson, WV, who married a daughter of J. M. Staton, principal of the Public School, was foully murdered Thursday, Mar 14, while going to his work on the N & W railroad at Eckman, WV. Mr. Varney was called for duty at 3 o'clock in the morning. Before reaching his cab he was struck on the head with a hatchet, inflicting a mortal wound, from which he died 15 hours later at the hospital in Bluefield, WV. He was never conscious after receiving the injury and this leaves his death shrouded in great mystery. His assailant is unknown. The deceased leaves a wife and 2 children to mourn their loss. Pikeville Herald. Big Sandy News, Mar 29,1912




An accident which occurred on the Marrowbone division of the C & O near the town of Hellier, Pike County, about 15 miles from Pikeville at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening caused the instant death of Deck Vaughan, aged 20 years and the death of Arthur B. Williamson, 20 years old, about 16 hours later. Both young men were employed as brakemen on the C & O and it was while they were at work in this capacity that death came to them in such horrible form. They had gone up a spur or siding to bring down a couple of loaded coal cars. The grade on which cars lay is said to be quite heavy, and cars, either loaded or empty, would go down the track rapidly if not properly controlled. The young men got on one of the two cars, which were coupled together, and released the brake, thinking, probably, that they could control the descent. In this, unfortunately, they were grievously mistaken. they were entirely unable to control the cars with the brake, although both were at the same brake and doing all in their power to stop the heavy cars or ??? their speed. On they dashed ??? they reached the bottom of the spur, where they struck with terrific force some cars which were on the track directly in the way.


Vaughan fell between 2 cars  ??? was ground almost to pieces. Williamson fell under the wheels and was horribly mangled. His left leg was entirely cut off just below the knee, his left are was ground off obliquely across from the elbow to the thumb, his back was broken, and there was a compound fracture of the right leg between the knee and ankle. The dead and injured were placed on a special and the body of Vaughan left at Pikeville to be prepared for burial, while Williamson, in charge of C & O surgeon, Z. A. Thompson, was brought to this place arriving about 5 a.m. Wednesday and taken to Riverview hospital. The poor fellow was beyond all human help, however, and died at 11:15. He never rallied from the shock of the injury. The body was properly cared for, placed in a casket and sent to his home on the 5:24 train.


Young Williamson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Williamson, of what is known as Old Peach Orchard, a short distance below Richardson, and a brother of Mont Williamson, a farmer living near this city. This brother and the aged mother were present during the final hours of the son and brother.


Deck Vaughan was a son of Mr. Sam Vaughan, who lives at the old Forbes Station, between Peach Orchard and Richardson, and was a nephew of Mr. P. H. Vaughan, of this city. Both young men were sober and industrious and highly respected, and their sudden and untimely taking off is greatly lamented by relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Mar 22,1912



After an illness of several weeks, young Ed. Wellman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charter Wellman, of this city succumbed to the ravages of typhoid fever on last Saturday evening. The funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church by the pastor, the Rev. C. M. Summers on Monday afternoon, and were largely attended, the church not being large enough to accommodate all who sought this occasion to manifest their sympathy for the parents and kindred of the dead boy. Interment followed in the Fulkerson Cemetery. The deceased was in this 18th year and was an excellent young man. Not long before his sickness he had gone to Pikeville to work at his trade of a printer, and it is thought that he contracted fever while there. About a week after his return to Louisa he began to complain of feeling bad. This continued for a week when he went to bed, sick of the malady, which caused his untimely death. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1912



Felix Wellman, a well known citizen of Watterson, was killed by a grist mill, a pair of buhrs bursting and one of the mill posts which held the buhrs in position struck him about the chest with force enough to drive him through the oak side of the building, causing instant death. The mill had been running but a short time when the accident occurred. He had never tightened the buhrs for grinding. He had just started the engine and went back and hung a sack and just come out when they exploded. It tore the bottom buhr all to pieces, broke every bolt and band rod and every post, and the bottom sheet which the buhrs were cemented on burst all to pieces and it never hurt the top buhr or the hopper. Everything went down like lightning stroke.


(Note: I have typed this the way it was in the paper, but it seems either some lines were not put in or not put where they should have been.) It seems as though Mr. Wellman has had lots of trouble in his life  25 days old. He had belonged to and nearly everything he had. Mr. Wellman was 57 years and 25 days old He had belonged to the church for 12 or 14 years. He had 2 children, Ten years ago the 14th of this August his youngest girl caught on fire and burned to death, she was 17 years old, just leaving him one. She married Doc Whitten in 1912 she still lives in the house with her father Mr. Wellman had 3 brothers, Oliver Wellman of Louisa, S. D. Wellman of Blaine, L. F. Wellman of Grayson. Oliver fell from a trestle near Louisa, causing his death. Mr. Wellman leaves a widow and one child, Mrs. Doc Whitten, 4 grandchildren and 2 brothers to mourn his loss. He will be greatly missed and his loss deeply regretted. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1912


WILLIAMSON, Arthur--see under Deck Vaughan


APRIL 1912


BARTRAM, Capt. William

Capt. William Bartram, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Lawrence County, died at the residence of his son in law, James B. Peters, this city, on Sunday last, after a long period of ill health. On Monday afternoon a brief religious service was held at the home by the Rev. Dr. Thomas Hanford, of the M. E. Church, after which the body was taken by N & W train to Clifford, the home of the deceased, for interment. About a month ago Capt. Bartram left his home to go to Catlettsburg, but when he arrived in Louisa he was too sick to continue his journey and went to the home of his daughter, where he remained until his death. The direct cause of death as given by Capt.  Bartram's physician and relative, Dr. L. H. York, was valvular disease of the heart.  Capt. Bartram was born near the mouth of Rockcastle Creek in October 1832 and was therefore in the 79th year of his age. He is survived by a widow, who was his second wife, 4 children, Mrs. J. B. Peters of Louisa, Mrs. Sam Frasher and Mrs. Sam Maynard and William Bartram all of Clifford. A brother and sister also survive, Lindsey Bartram, who lived in the west and Mrs. L. G. Chatfield, of Catlettsburg, who attended the funeral and interment. Capt. Bartram's first wife was a daughter of the late Squire William Ratcliff. Late in life he married a daughter of Lindsay Sammons. He was a Federal soldier, earning his title as Captain of Company F, 14th Kentucky Infantry. He was for years one of the leading timber men of this region. He was a sober, industrious, law-abiding citizen, of quiet demeanor, one who will be greatly missed in the neighborhood where he lived for more than 3 quarters of a century. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1912


BOTNER, Columbus C.
Columbus C. Botner,  a native of this county, died at his home in Clinton, Indiana, March 2nd of apoplexy, dying four hours after he was stricken.  He was 70 years of age.  He is survived by a widow and several grown children.  Mr. Botner was the son of Capt. O.D. Botner, of this city, who is now in the 94th year of his age.  His wife was a daughter of the late David Borders, of Georges creek, this county. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1912


CHAPMAN, Pamelia (Wallace)

Mrs. Pamelia Chapman died in the State Hospital, Lexington, early Friday morning, Apr 19th. the intelligence reached this city in time for Mr. F. T. D. Wallace, Jr., to take the morning train and go to Lexington and bring the body to Louisa for interment, reaching this place Saturday morning. The remains were taken to the residence of Mr. F. T. D. Wallace, Sr., where funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon. These were conducted by the Rev. J. W. Crites, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, who was assisted by the Rev. Dr. Handord, of the M. E. Church.


Pamelia Wallace was born in Louisa, Aug 25, 1844. She was the oldest daughter of Thomas and Mary Wallace, and is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hatcher, Mrs. G. W. Castle and Mrs. R. C. McClure and one brother, F. T. D. Wallace, Sr., all of this city. When quite young she was married to Mr. Will Jones, a brother of the late John W. Jones, of this city. to this union 2 children were born. One died in infancy and the other, Willie Belle, became the first wife of William Derossett. Mr. Jones dies in Sept 1866.


Before she had reached mature life it was noticed that the dead woman' mental horizon was darkening, and after awhile  it was deemed best that she be taken to the hospital at Lexington for treatment. This was done and it was thought she might entirely recover and be restored to her family and friends. Indeed, she came home more than once, but the improvement was only temporary and for many years preceding her death the hospital was her abode. She received all possible attention and care and had many lucid intervals. Only a few weeks before her death she was visited by a relative, who asked her if she would like to go home. He reply was that she was doing well where she was and that it would be but a short time, anyhow, before she would be with her mother. As she advanced in age her general health failed and she became weak. She suffered more than one stroke of paralysis and died as a result of the last. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1912


CLARK, Morgan

On Friday last while Mr. Morgan Clark, of Floyd County was cutting down a tree it fell upon him inflicting injuries which caused his death a short time afterwards. He was alone when the accident occurred and when discovered he was dead. Mr. Clark lived about a mile from Harold, a station on the C & O and on Mud Creek, about a mile above its mouth. He was 75 years old and left a wife and several grown children. Mr. Clark was a veteran of the Civil War. Big Sandy News, Apr 5,1912


COLE, Matilda

At the early dawn of last Monday the residents of that part of Louisa known as "Italy" were aroused by pistol shots and were startled by loud screams which emanated from the residence of Mrs. Matilda Cole and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Richards. Hurrying to the house the near neighbors were horrified to see  Mrs. Cole in the arms of Mrs. Richards, with 2 gunshot wounds in her forehead and blood and brains showing where the deadly bullets had found lodgment. Physicians were hastily summoned and Dr. J. C. Bussey responded to the call. He found that one ball, probably the first, had entered the skull a little to the left of the center of the forehead, and that the other had penetrated the brain somewhat nearer the left temple. The woman was unconscious remaining in this condition until she died, which was about 5 o'clock that afternoon.


On Tuesday morning undertaker Kilgore, of Catlettsburg, embalmed the body and in the afternoon it was sent to Point Pleasant, WV for burial. Undertaker Augustus Snyder, of this city, accompanied the body.


The story of the self-murder as told by Mrs. Richards, who is a niece of the dead woman is that she and her aunt, the only occupants of the house at the time, had gone to bed as usual. At the hour above mentioned  she was awakened by the first pistol shot and saw Mrs. Cole, fully dressed, seated in a rocking chair directly in front of a mirror, holding a pistol in her hand. She was paralyzed by the sight, and before she could collect her senses the woman raised the weapon again, holding the pistol some distance from her head, and again fired, this second bullet doing its deadly work.


Mrs. Richards says that for some time her relative had been brooding over some financial losses and had become very despondent. Only the day before her successful attack upon her own life she had proposed to her niece that both should commit suicide by drowning themselves in a barrel of rain water that stood near the house. Mrs. Cole was an intelligent woman, about 58 years of age. She was born near Gettysburg, PA and with Mr. and Mrs. Richard, who was also her adopted daughter, moved to Louisa something like a year ago. they purchased a house and lot on Lock Avenue, also the house and lot formerly owned and occupied by Billie Wilson, where they were living at the time of the tragedy. Mrs. Richards is a young woman, being about 19 or 20 years of age. She is a woman of refined manner, as was Mrs. Cole, and the house was well furnished.


All sorts of stories were soon afloat concerning the tragedy, the wildest of them being that Mrs. Cole was murdered and Richards was her slayer. He had been seen by some and had been heard by others on the night of the suicide, so it is alleged. According to one report the captain of the Edna Riley had been hailed 3 miles below Louisa by Richards a few hours after Mrs. Cole killed herself, and that Richards had got aboard and gone to Catlettsburg all of which did not occur. The talk about murder grew so strong that County Judge Boggs ordered an inquest, which was held at the Cole residence shortly before noon Wednesday. The case was fully inquired into and a verdict of suicide was rendered. Richards is not here now, and has not been in Louisa for 2 or 3 months, and his whereabouts are not known to the public. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1912


COLE, Miles

Salyersville, KY, Apr 23--Miles Cole, a well to do farmer living 10 miles from here on the Licking River, committed suicide today by shooting himself through the heart with a double barrel shotgun. Domestic trouble is said to be responsible for Cole's act. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1912



Hazel Coleman, of the head of Johns Creek, was killed Tuesday, Mar 19, being dragged by a runaway horse. He died Tuesday night and was buried Thursday. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1912



The death angel again passed this way and claims Mrs. Nora Hannah, wife of John Hannah, of Holden, WV. Mrs. Hannah was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert White of this city and was born and raised in Logan County. She united with the church of Christ, and was baptized about 6 years ago and was faithful to this profession until death claimed her. She leaves a husband and 2 children, father, mother, 3 sisters, 4 brothers and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Logan Democrat. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1912



Mr. H. C. Herndon, for many years a member of the Seventh district internal revenue force, died last Saturday morning at his home in Lexington, after an illness of 3 weeks. Mr. Herndon was severely injured by falling through an elevator shaft at Maysville about 2 years ago and since that time his health had not been good. Mr. Herndon was well known in Louisa and vicinity through his many official visits to this section. He is survived by his widow but no children. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1912



On Tuesday morning Reuben Ball, manager of the A. C. & I Mines at No. 8, shot and instantly killed Fred Jarrall. Jarrall and his wife had attacked Ball, Jarrall striking him with a piece of iron, fracturing his skull. The parties had fallen out over an account. Reuben Ball was formerly of this county and is a son of Squire William Ball, of the Dry Ridge neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Apr 5,1912


LAWSON, Chloe Anne

Mrs. Chloe Anne Lawson, widow of Dr. George Lawson, died in Williamson last Saturday as the result of injuries received by a fall  a few days ago, and the infirmity of old age. She leaves many relatives and descendants, several of whom reside in this state. Big Sandy News, Apr 5,1912


MEADE, Charles

C and O passenger train No. 23, while going west Tuesday afternoon struck a man sitting on the side of the track near Aden, 7 miles east of Olive Hill. He was taken to Olive Hill, where he was identified as Charles Meade, aged 22. He died late in the afternoon. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1912



The 6 year old daughter of Alex Phipps at the Edgewater mines near Hellier, was drowned last Wednesday morning at 4 o'clock. When the family awakened their home was floating in the water. Mrs. Phipps reached safety with 2 of the children through the back entrance, but Mr. Phipps was carrying the little girl through the front entrance, when the front porch separated from the house. He fell into the water losing his hold upon the child and she washed away. Her body was found one mile below the home. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1912


PRICHARD, Charles H.

Charles H. Prichard, a well known young man of Ashland, died in that city last Monday after an illness of more than a year. He was the son of Columbus Prichard and was 36 years old. His widow was Miss Ceres Kinner, a daughter of Judge S. G. Kinner. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1912


RICE, Mrs. Jim

Deep Hole--Death has visited the home of Jim Rice and family and taken from them their loving wife and mother. She leaves a father, mother, several sisters and brothers, a husband and 3 children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Mrs. Rice was a loving mother and wife and a well known Christian of this place. She had been in bad health ever since December. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1912


Yatesville--Died, on the 4th, Mrs. Rice the wife of James Rice, leaving a husband, 3 children and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss. She was buried at the George Short graveyard. the funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hulett of Louisa. Mrs. Rice was a good Christian woman and was greatly loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1912


Mrs. Nora Rice, wife of James Rice, and daughter of Rev. A. J. Frazier, was born Dec the 3rd, 1873 and died Apr 4, 1912. Nora was converted at the age of 15, married to James Rice in the year 1890. James Rice is a son of Rev. R. F. Rice. Her disease was tuberculosis. She was in bad health for 3 months but death was not expected so soon. She lived a devoted Christian life and was not ashamed to aid in everything which was for the upholding of a religious plan. James had lost his devoted wife, Jocie, Olvia, Richard a loving mother yet heaven has gained a shining mark. We miss her sadly. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1912



Dr. C. J. Shelton, one of the best known physicians of the N & W section, was buried at Williamson Thursday, having died Friday at Asheville, NC where he had gone in search of health. Dr. Shelton resided near Dinguss during the early days of his life and he spent the first years of his practice there while the mining boom was at its height. Soon after removing to Williamson his health failed, and he then went to Huntington, where he spent several months taking treatment of local physicians. He went to North Carolina several months ago. Big Sandy News, Apr 17,1912



Hicksville--Death visited the home of Mr. Smith and took from him his loving wife, Mary, her death was caused by old age. She was laid to rest in the Jobe graveyard. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1912



Leo Thompson died of tuberculosis at the home of his father, J. F. Thompson, at Olioville, this county, on the 14th. He had been sick only a short time. The disease was brought on by exposure. He taught school and boarded quite a distance from the school house and the severe weather kept him with a deep cold. He was confined to his bed only 2 weeks. Leo was one of the county's most substantial young men. He attended school at Louisa 2 or 3 years ago and was known by many of our people, who will be shocked to learn of his untimely death. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1912


WALLACE, Charles

Charles Wallace died on Wednesday, Apr 18, at his home in Wilton, KY. He was 40 years old and leaves a wife and 2 children. He had been in ill health for 5 months. His brother, Clint, of Richardson, had just returned from Wilton, when the news of his death was received, it was unexpected as he was apparently better when Clint left Wilton. Charles was one of 12 sons of John Wallace, who lived for many years at Peach Orchard. He was a hard working, honest man and an excellent citizen. His wife was a sister of Richard Childers, of Lick Creek, this county. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1912


WEBB, Garnet

Saltpeter--The pal horse and its rider have again come into our community and taken from our friend and neighbor, Willie Webb, his little daughter Garnet. Her age was 10 months. She was a sweet little girl and the only baby they had. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1912



Maude Wellman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Wellman, of Wilsons Creek died last Tuesday night and was buried Thursday in the Sanders Spurlock Cemetery. Rev. M. E. Peck, of the Methodist Church conducted the funeral services. She had been sick for a long time. Wayne News. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1912

 MAY 1912

The week of May 10 Big Sandy News is damaged and has pages missing. Also the week of May 17 is damaged and parts missing.


ADKINS, Chapman

Chapman Adkins, a pioneer citizen of Wayne County, and the oldest member of the bar of this county, died at his home at Wayne last Monday, aged 61 years. He was the father of Eustace and Elba Adkins of this place. the funeral was held at Wayne under the auspices of the Masonic lodge at that place. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1912


BRADY, James, Sr.

James Brady, Sr. aged 79, a pioneer citizen of Barboursville, was struck by Chesapeake and Ohio F. F. VA train No 2 at the depot in Barboursville last Friday evening about 5:30 and was hurled to instant death. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1912



The body of John Castle, ?? found ??? in the Ohio River at Catlettsburg last Monday afternoon. It ???? been in the water several days ??? was much decomposed. Castle ?? boatman and was subject to ??? of epilepsy, and it is thought ??? one of the seizures he had ??? into the river. He had been ???? from his boarding house in Catlettsburg about 8 days, and ??? his pockets was found a ??? paper of May 7th. He ??? of Millard Castle, of old ???? and was a nephew ??? C. Spencer and Mrs. J. ???? of this city. He was 33 ??? and married. It was ????? Castle's burial should ???? home near Richardson. ???? Big Sandy News, May 17, 1912


CHAPMAN, U. G. (Fred Golden)

Last Saturday a telegram reached here from Globe, Arizona, addressed to the Sheriff of Lawrence County. It stated that U. G. Chapman, alias Fred Golden, had committed suicide there; that he claimed to be a son of a preacher, and that a brother and sister still live in this county. He claimed to have left here about 30 years ago because of some trouble he got into. Inquiry here failed to develop any clue. the Sheriff wired description of a young Chapman, who is now in the West, thinking perhaps it might fit the case. On Monday a reply came as follows:

"Fred Golden or Chapman, 6 feet 1 inch. About 60 years old. 190 pounds, Brown hair, high cheek bones, we think about one quarter Cherokee Indian Cowboy and good broncho rider at one time, claimed to be from Lawrence County and his people well fixed." No one around here seems to recollect such a man. There was a preacher her named Golden about 35 to 40 years ago, but no sons or daughters of his now live in this county. Big Sandy News, May 17,1912



Glenwood--Died May 5th, 1912, Mrs. J. M. Cooksey of consumption, she leaves a husband, 6 children, father and mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn their loss, she was laid to rest in the family graveyard at Glenwood, the funeral was conducted by Rev. James Church of Grayson, KY, a large concourse of friends followed the remains to their last resting place. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1912


Mrs. J. M. Cooksey was born Jan 1879, aged 32 years, 3 months 13 days, died at her home May 5, 1912. She had suffered severely for several months with consumption, all was done for her that kind anxious hands could do to restore her to health, but earthly health was all unavailing. the summons found her ready and she is safe in the arms of him who doeth all things well. She was converted and joined the Baptist Church while young, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Jones. She was married to J. M. Cooksey, and to this union was born 6 children--Ruby, Bertha, Jay, Bessie, Joe and George. She leaves a father, mother, 4 brothers, 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1912



Robert Daniels, of Normal, KY, aged 35, was struck near the east end of the Prichard switch some 10 miles west of Fort Gay, by east bound passenger train No. 4 about 2:30 last Tuesday morning and received injuries which caused his death 2 hours later. He was an N & W watchman and had sat down on the track to rest. He fell asleep, and the usual result occurred. The train had the man put on board and brought him to Fort Gay. The company surgeon, Dr. Bromley, was summoned, but Daniels lived only long enough to speak a few words to the doctor before death came to his relief. The man's chest and side had been crushed by the pilot of the locomotive. the body was prepared for burial and sent to his home Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1912



Ulysses--Uncle Farm Debord, as he was usually called, departed this life May 18th. He had been suffering intensely with a tumor on his hip for several months. His family and friends did all they could for him and employed the best medical assistance that could be had, and recently they took him to the hospital at Ashland, hoping the surgeons might do something for his relief, but nothing could be done to save him and he gradually grew worse until death relieved him. He was buried last Sunday morning in the Joe Edwards graveyard. Religious services were conducted by Van Williams, M. J. Allen, and a nephew of the deceased, Rev. Gerard Debord of Ashland also an other nephew of his from Catlettsburg, Mr. Sam Debord, who is jailer of Boyd County was present. He is survived by his widow, 6 sons and 3 daughters and one sister. All of his children were present at his burial except two sons who live in Washington and one daughter who lives in Indiana. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1912



Ulysses--The 18 year old daughter of Mrs. Rosa Bell Edwards of Catlettsburg died and was brought here to the home of her grandfather, George Pack, and buried in the S. B. Davis graveyard. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1912


EVANS, Judge Charles

Louisians whose good fortune it was to know Judge Charles Evans, of Cincinnati, will regret to hear that he died suddenly at the home of a daughter in Baltimore on Tuesday, May 7th. He was the father of Mrs. P. S. bond, who, with her husband, Capt. Bond, Engineer Corps U. S.A. lived in this city form March 1905 to July 1907, during which period he had charge of the Big Sandy River. Judge Evans was a most genial and entertaining man. He had been for 8 years Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, OH. After his retirement he devoted his time to study and travel, visiting nearly every portion of the civilized globe. This, with his native courtesy and charm of manner made him a delightful companion. He had just returned from one of his numerous trips abroad when he was seized with the illness from which he died a few hours. Capt. and Mrs. bond are somewhere in the Orient enroute home from a 3 years sojourn in the Philippines. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1912


GAMBILL, Meridith

Mrs. Meridith Gambill, aged about 60 years died at her home near Terryville, about 7 miles from the town of Blaine, this county, on Wednesday last after a short illness. She was buried Friday, Mrs. Gambill was the mother of Mrs. Lafe Wellman, who resides on Lock Avenue, this city. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1912


GRIM, Recie

Ulysses--On last Wednesday Mrs. Recie Grim, of Johnson County, was brought her to her former home and buried in the S. B. Davis graveyard beside her father, mother, 2 sisters and one brother. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters and one brother, The Rev. Willard McClure of Johnson Co. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1912


HARRIS, Harmon

Brother Harmon Harris, passed away Sunday, Apr 28, being 80 years and 12 days old. He was the senior member of this church, the oldest citizen of this city, the last officer of the confederate army, living in Floyd County, KY and he practiced law longer than any man in the Sandy Valley. For many years he was an exhorter in our church. He had been ill for about 14 weeks and bore his affliction bravely. He rejoiced that his salvation was so complete, and exhorted and solicited promises from others to meet him in glory--Rev. A. Hollister in Methodist is unreadable. Big Sandy News, May 10,1912


HUGHES, Raymond

Raymond Hughes, aged 28 whose home was formerly at Van Lear, KY, met instant death shortly after one o'clock Tuesday afternoon, when he was struck by extra A. C. & I train No. 12 at the tunnel just back of Ashland. Hughes was sitting on the edge of the track, apparently asleep, and as the train just rounded the curve at this point, it was almost upon him before his presence was detected by the engineer. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1912


LEMASTER, Aaron Charles

Death visited the home of Mathew Lemaster and took from him his darling son Charley. He was born May 6, 1891, age 21 years 14 days. He died May 15th, 1912. He was loved by all who knew him. He was baptized a short time ago. He threw a ray of sunshine around his associates and won many friends, many of his school mates were present at his funeral. He was a great Sunday school worker. We miss him in our Sunday school so much. He has gone to join his mother and sister. He died with that dreadful disease consumption. He will be greatly missed and his loss deeply regretted. He was buried at Pleasant Ridge. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1912


MARCUM, Eunice

The remains of Mrs. Eunice Marcum, the first wife of the late Judge W. W. Marcum, have been exhumed and were taken to Huntington on Tuesday last for burial beside the body of her husband. Mrs. Marcum was for many years an honored resident of this city. She died of consumption Apr 14, 1885. Big Sandy News, May 3, 1912



Ulysses--An infant child of Bob Miller and wife died last night and will be buried today. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1912


MILLER, Albert

One of the best  and best known citizens of Lawrence County, Mr. Albert Miller, better known as "Uncle Dock" Miller, died at his home on the river, about 5 miles above Louisa Thursday, May 9. He had been in poor health for many months, suffering from some of the diseases incidental to a man of his age, at times suffering greatly, but death came as a relief from all earthly ills and the old patriarch passed peacefully from earth tot he reward of a well spent life. Mr. Miller was buried on the home place on the following Saturday, in the presence of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. William Copley. The deceased was 83 years old and was born not far from the place of his death and had been a resident of the county all his life. He is survived by 4 sons and 3 daughters, all grown. His wife died about 10 years ago.


It is said in the foregoing that Uncle Dock Miller was one of the best men in the county. this is literally true. His was the life of an honest, upright, industrious, sober citizen. Besides the possession of these admirable moral virtues he rightfully claimed, in his modest unassuming way, the possession of a religious faith which endured to the end. He was a simple, unpretentious man, but such was his daily walk and life among and with his fellow men that even an enemy, if he had one on earth, could not truthfully speak ill of him. And surely, he spoke only good of those he knew. If he could not praise his neighbor neither die he condemn him. the influence of such a man as "Dock" Miller is great and lasting, will continue long after his mortal remains have crumbled into dust. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1912


PETERS, Garred

Mr. Garred Peters, an old and highly respected citizen of this county, died on Monday last and was buried Wednesday. His death was the result of a stroke of apoplexy and occurred at his residence, the old home of his father, the late Jacob Peters, on Three Mile. The deceased was 67 years old and left a large family. He is survived by a widow who was his third wife. Mr. Peters was a brother of James and Brack Peters and Mrs. Atwell Wellman of Louisa, and left many other relatives in Lawrence and Wayne Counties. Mrs. Melissa Smith of Kenova, is a sister of Mr. Peters and came to attend the burial. The burial was in the old See graveyard. Mr. Peters was a Confederate veteran, having served gallantly under the "Bonnie Blue Flat" from '61 to '65. His application for a pension was filed not long before his last illness. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1912



Noris--Death visited the home of John Reynolds, May the 16th, and took from him his only son Harlen. Harlen leaves a father, mother, one sister, wife and 2 children to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1912


RIFFE, Peter

Peter  Riffe, aged 66, formerly of this place, was killed by a passenger train at Johnson City, TN, last week, while walking along the track. He had been at the Soldier's Home at Johnson City for some time prior to his death. Mr. rife was a son of the late Gabriel and Susan Riffle, and was born near old Sandy Furnace, in Boyd County and had lived most of his life in Boyd, Lawrence and Magoffin Counties.


He was a Union soldier, under Capt. J. L. Ross, who died while in the army. He married Miss Dima Ross, a sister of his late Captain, and a daughter of the late J. D. Ross, who was the first County Judge of Boyd County. His wife died some 4 years ago. After her death, Mr. Riffe made his home at the Solders Home at Johnson City, coming back once a year to visit relatives. His body arrived in Ashland last Saturday and was conveyed on Sunday to the Ross graveyard, and laid to rest by the side of his wife.


He is survived by the following children: Miss Ida, who is employed as stenographer for Judge J. C. C. Back, of Jackson, KY, Mrs. Cora, who married Labe Simpson, and resides in Floyd County, Mrs. Susan Reed and Maud, who live in Morgan County and Oscar Riffe, who resides in Oklahoma. All were present at his funeral except Oscar. Besides these children, the descendent left numerous relatives in Boyd and Lawrence Counties. Big Sandy News, May 3, 1912


SMITH, Cyrus

Cyrus Smith, aged about 45 years, was shot and killed about 6:30 Monday morning, Apr 29, by William Smith,Jr., his nephew, aged 18 years, near home on Blackberry Creek, about 3 miles from Ransom post office. Two shots were fired from a shot gun by young Smith both taking effect. The first shot hit the older man in the breast and the second in the head, the second shot killing him instantly. Smith was brought to Pikeville Wednesday morning by his father William Smith, Sr., and his brother, M. F. Smith. He was put in jail to await the examining trial. Curtis Smith leaves a wife, and 4 children. He was a brother in law of William Smith, Sr. He was well known and respected, this being true of both families. At the examining trial held Wednesday afternoon, Judge Stallard held young Smith for the grand jury which meets Monday and the young man was returned to jail. The homicide was the result of a family quarrel. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1912


SMITH, Maudie

Miss Maudie Smith, daughter of Mrs. L. M. Honaker, committed suicide by taking carbolic acid at her home in Pikeville, Sunday morning, Apr 28. She was found shortly after she took the acid and physician were called but they were unable to save her. Miss Smith had been working at the Five and Ten Cent store. Some article had been missed from the store and it seems that suspicion had fallen upon her for some reason, unaccountable. She declared her innocence and was believed, but her step father, Mr. Honaker, had made good the amount in question to ally talk. Only a few days before her death she heard of his action and thinking her parents, despite their declaration to the contrary, thought her guilty of theft and declared her purpose to take her life. this statement was not taken seriously but Saturday she bought the carbolic acid from a local druggist saying she wished to cure chicken cholera. the deceased was born at Canada, Pike County, 17 years ago, being the daughter of Henry C. Smith. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1912



Friday, May 3, 1912, at 4 a.m. the spirit of Allen Stewart, one of our best citizens, took its flight to that beautiful city above. Allen, the son of Leam and Frank Stewart, deceased, was born at East Fork, KY, 24 years ago. His illness was brief and the news of his death was a shock to the many friends. Truly a bright link is broken in the death of the loving husband. While we deeply deplore their loss and sympathize with his broken hearted wife, we cherish his memory and humbly bow to the will of Him who doeth all things well. He was united in marriage to Miss Epple Mcglothlin March 5, 1911, daughter of Mrs. Eliza McGlothlin, of East Fork. Mr. Stewart was a member of the Pittsburg Lodge of Old Fellows and members of the Bolts Fork and Buchanan Lodges were out in large numbers to pay the last respectful tribute to their dead friend and brother. The body was borne to the Stewart Cemetery that overlooks his home. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1912


VINSON, Mrs. Willie

Mrs. Willie Vinson died at her late residence on Tug River a few miles from this place on Friday last and was buried the following Sunday. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. John Vinson of the Liberty Street Southern Methodist Church, Parkersburg, and the Rev. Mr. Thornsbury, of the M. E. Church South, Russell, KY. Mrs. Vinson's death, caused by tuberculosis, is regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1912


WALDECK, Chalmers

Chalmers Waldeck, aged ?? son of Dr. Waldeck of Ezel, ???? riding on a freight train on ???L. and N. rialroad, at Middletown, OH, shortly after midnight ??? Friday morning, a week ago fell under the wheels and was so badly hurt internally that he died 2 hours later. He was an employee of the American Tobacco Compamy. Some of his relatives reside in Cincinnati, where the remains were shipped last Friday afternoon. He had relatives living in Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 10,1912



Jacob Weddington, of Coal Run, aged 83 years, passed away at his home Saturday and was buried Sunday in the Jacob Weddington graveyard near his home. The funeral was preached at the graveyard in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Mr. Weddington, who was one of the county's most highly respected pioneer citizens has been ill for a long time. He was a relative of ??? Robert Burchett of this city. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1912



James Wright, uncle of Sam and J. C. Wright of Pikeville, was shot and killed at his home at the head of Beefhide Creek in Letcher County about 2:30 Tuesday morning Apr 30th, by John Ellison. No cause for the shooting is known. Monday night several of the friends of Mr. Wright, among them Ellison, were at his home and the callers were drinking to some extent. They left rather early, but late at night Ellison, with 3 other men, returned and knocked at the door. Wright got out of bed and went to the door and Ellison shot him 5 times, according to  the information received here. Neither of the 4 men had been apprehended Wednesday morning. there is talk of lynching if Ellison is found. Mr. Wright having been one of the most upright and respected citizens of the community. Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, of a second marriage, and 9 children. Ellison may as well come in and surrender. The man he killed is a cousin of John Wright, noted as one who will follow persistently and to the end anyone who wrongs one of the family. Ellison may never face a trial, but he will render an accounting all the same. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1912


JUNE 1912


ADKINS, James D.

Mr. James D. Adkins died at his home at Kermit, WV last Friday night after an illness of several months of Brights disease. He was a lawyer and for some time had been a very successful merchant. He is survived by his wife, 5 children and one brother, Lewis Adkins of Zelda this county. Mr. Adkins was about 62 years of age and was a member of the M. E. Church. The funeral took place Sunday at the residence and was largely attended. Interment in Glenhayes Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 21, 1912


BERRY, Martha

Ledocio—Died, near her on the 25th, of May, Aunt Martha  Berry, wife of Uncle Rube Berry. She was a very old woman and a woman that will be missed in our midst. She leaves a husband and 6 grown children to mourn her loss. Aunt Martha had been a Christian for many years. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1912



After many months of intense suffering, borne with cheerfulness and Christian resignation, Will Ferguson, died at his home in Catlettsburg last Monday afternoon. Interment occurred on Wednesday in the Ashland Cemetery. His death was the result of cancer. Mr. Ferguson was born in this city. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abram Ferguson, who live  in Huntington. Monroe and Lindsey Ferguson, of Louisa, are his uncles. He married Miss Viva Eaves, a most estimable young woman, also a native of Louisa. When quite a boy he entered the service of the Snyder Brothers as a salesman in their hardware store, and for 6 years he remained in their employ, honest, industrious, and faithful to every trust. No more highly respected young man ever lived among us and went out into the world to make his way. Mr. Ferguson went to Catlettsburg and for 17 years he was the valued agent of the Adams Express Co. and in that capacity and in performing the duties of citizen, church member and the head of a family he won the confidence and respect of the whole community. The funeral occurred at the home of the deceased on Wednesday morning. The remains were interred in Ashland City of the Dead. The pallbearers were official Board of the M. E. Church of which deceased, was a member: J. S. Jenkins, D. Davenport, W. B. Yost, J. H. Williams, Fred Becker and W. B. Beard. Big Sandy News, Jun 14, 1912


GAMBILL, Mrs. Shine

Mrs. Shine Gambill, wife of Shine Gambill, who was jailer in Louisa for 4 years, died at her home on Blaine last Saturday after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. Judge and Mrs. L. D. Boggs went to Blaine Sunday to attend the funeral. Mrs. Gambill was a sister of Mrs. Boggs. Big Sandy News, Jun 21, 1912


HAYMES, William

A telegram received Wednesday by Mrs. W. D. Pierce, of this city, conveyed the sad intelligence of the death of her father, Capt. William Haymes, at his home near Elmo, Halifax County, VA. Death occurred that morning. Although Capt. Haymes had been ill for several months, and was feeble from old age, the news of his death came to his daughter as a great shock. Miss Eliza Pierce, who has been attending school at St. Martin’s, Ohio arrived at Fort Gay Thursday afternoon, where her mother joined her and both went on to Elmo. The deceased left an aged widow, 3 daughters, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Barksdale, the mother of Mr. Will Barksdale, formerly of this city, and Miss Lillian Haymes, and one son. Capt. Haymes was a Confederate veteran, winning his title and distinction in the War between the States. He was 82 years old. Big Sandy News, Jun 14, 1912


HOWELL, Annie (McGuire)

Annie McGuire was born near Denton, Carter County, KY, Mar 7, 1879. At 15 years of age she was married to Mr. Mack Howell and for some time afterward lived in Lawrence County. Then they moved to Morehead, KY, and finally to Louisa, where they lived for something like 11 years. It will be remembered that Mr. Howell died a year and a half ago, after an illness of 2 years.


Mrs. Howell united with the church when she was 13 years of age and at the time of her death was one of the most loyal and beloved members of the Christian Church in Louisa.

With very few near relatives within easy reach of her she made brothers and sisters of the people among whom she lived. By her habits of industry she supported herself and had “wherewith to give to those who had not.” It was Mrs. Howell’s lot in life to hear the troubles of the sorrowing and to cheer the hearts of the discouraged. This she did by the strength of her Christian faith and the charm of her serene personality.


Mrs. Howell became ill while visiting friends in Ashland in company with her devoted friend Mrs. J. R. Riffe. Realizing that the end was near, for typhoid fever had laid strong hold upon her, she begged to be brought home. In consideration of her earnest entreaty she was brought up on the morning train Jun 18 and passed away at Riverview hospital at an early hour the following morning, aged 33 years 3 months and 12 days. The funeral services took place from the Christian Church on Thursday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. M. Summers. Burial followed in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 21, 1912




Harry Madison died at the home of Mrs. Charles Wadsworth, last night. Mr. Madison, who is a resident of Spring Hill, Nova Scotia, had been visiting his brother, who is superintendent of mines at Van Lear. On coming to this city he was taken very ill at the hotel and was removed to the hospital, where he was under treatment for a month for typhoid fever. After he was able to leave the hospital, he engaged a room at Mrs. Wadsworth’s, where he was thought to be convalescing, but a relapse came and he died last night. Mr. Madison is only 23 years of age. His brother and family, who are here from Van Lear, will leave tomorrow with the remains for the old home at Spring Hill, Nova Scotia. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Jun 28, 1912


MOORE, Garfield

After a long and painful illness dating back for several months, Mr. Garfield Moore, a prominent and popular citizen of Lawrence County, passed peacefully away at his late home near Prosperity at an early hour last Monday morning. It was known throughout this section that Mr. Moore was in very poor health, but none but his immediate friends and relatives believed the end to be so near, hence very many were surprised and sorry when they learned that he was dead. Interment was made on Tuesday afternoon under the auspices of Jake Rice Lodge, F & AM. The religious services were conducted by Rev. Albert Miller. A large number of people attended the burial, the local lodge of Freemasons being were present from Louisa. The burial was made near Mr. Moore’s old home. Mr. Moore had rheumatism for several months before he became sick of Bright’s disease. He died at the comparatively early age of 45. He was a son of Mr. Garl Moore, who died a few years ago. Garfield Moore is survived by a widow and 5 children, 6 brothers, and one sister, Mrs. Jeff Moore of Little Blaine. The brothers are E. L. and Gus of Charley, Dr. A. H. of Ashland, Dr. Hawes of Catlettsburg, Dr. John of California, and Farris of Indiana. All except the two latter were at the funeral. Mrs. John P. Gartin, Mrs. W. H. Adams, Mr. Lock Moore and Mr. Charles Moore of Louisa are cousins of the deceased.


Mr. Moore was prominent in the political history of his county. If the NEWS is not mistaken it was in 1907 that the sought and obtained the Republican nomination for the Legislature, to represent the counties of Boyd and Lawrence. He was elected and made a useful member. He was highly respected by all who knew him, and was an honest, sober, industrious man, a man of much influence in this, his native county. About a year before his death he connected himself with the church and so lived that his end was peaceful and triumphant. When the Destroyer takes such a citizen, one who has not yet reached the meridian of life, one who could reasonably look forward to many more years of usefulness, a gap in the ranks is made which is not filled at once. The bereaved widow and children have the sympathy of many. Big Sandy News, Jun 14, 1912


PIGG, Effie

Effie Pigg was born at Louisa, KY, Oct 8, 1890, and died at Blaine, KY, Jun 5, 1912, aged 21 years, 8 months and 27 days. She was taken into the home of James Evans when only 8 years old and remained as one of the family until her death. Big Sandy News, Jun 21, 1912



E. Ratcliff, of Pikeville, who is a brakeman on the Big Sandy division of the C & O fell from a train in Ashland Wednesday evening and was run over and instantly killed. He was on his way to Russell, KY, to take out a train when the accident happened. Ratcliff was about 24 years old, and unmarried. His people live at Shelby. Big Sandy News, Jun 21, 1912



On last Sunday morning about 8 o’clock near the mouth of the Mud Fork of Island Creek, John Vernatter, a young man 21 years of age, was fatally stabbed by Willie Deskins, and died Monday evening at the Logan Hospital. Young Deskins, who is only 17 years of age is in the jail here, held without bond. The affair was the result of an argument over a trivial affair and in the altercation which ensued Deskins stabbed Vernatter just above the heart. Big Sandy News, Jun 7,1912

 JULY 1912



Whitesburg, KY, Jul 15--The 8 year old son of Daughtery Adams, Jr., Lower Rockhouse Creek farmer, was sent to the mountain to see about a hen's nest. His failure to arrive on time caused his mother to send a younger brother after him. When the younger brother failed to return the mother went to investigate. She found a big rattlesnake coiled in the nest and her two little boys lying dead. After a desperate effort she succeeded in killing the reptile. Returning to the home, she found her 3 year old boy drowned in the washtub. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1912



Mack Bailey was shot and killed near Oil Springs, in Magoffin County, Sunday by Bud Collins. Reports say they became engaged in a difficulty over a young lady and Collins shot Bailey in the eye, killing him instantly. Big Sandy News, Jul 12, 1912


The NEWS told last week of the killing of Bailey, and the following particulars from a Magoffin County paper will be interesting:

Last Sunday at 4 o'clock Bud Collins, age 22, shot and instantly killed Mack Bailey, age 19, near the head of Little Paint, this county. It seems that some several months ago the 2 young men had some bitter words over a baseball game. they had no further trouble until both of them began to call on the same girl. The young woman is reported to have gone with Bailey in preference to Collins, and on last Sunday after church refused to go with Collins again, when he said, "I'll kill Mack Bailey."


He mounted his mule and fired one shot while his revolver was under his coat and galloped down the creek. He induced on Dennie Saylor to get in the saddle and go with him. When they had come upon Mack Bailey and his younger brother, Taylor, age 15, and Charley Adams age 18, Collins dismounted and pulled his revolver on Mack Bailey, saying, ""D___ you if you speak I'll shoot you." Bailey stood still and Collins repeated the sentence, firing the fatal shot that took effect over the right eye. Young Bailey and Adams took hold of Collins. Adams and young Bailey then released Collins who then shot at Adams, who fell to the ground and feigned to be killed. Collins then started after a third man when young Bailey had taken his dead brother's revolver and emptied it at Collins, who ran back up the road. Collins had received a stab in the back which caused him to lose a great deal of blood. He had his wound dressed Sunday afternoon at the home of his Uncle Nelse Collins and made his escape into the woods. He was accompanied by his Uncle Nelson, who has a Winchester gun, and some other friends and relatives. It is reported that his Uncle Nelson said that they would die before they would be taken.


On Monday some of the deputy sheriffs searched for Collins but have been unable to find him. Henry Brown, County Jailer, and Floyd Patrick arrested Dennie Saylor, who is now in the county jail awaiting his examining trial. Eddie and Fred Bailey, bothers of Mack Bailey, have been in the saddle constantly since the murder. They are infuriated over the act and want no rest until they find Collins. The shooting took place near the home of "Black" Green Adams. There is a reward of $150 for the arrest of Collins.--Mountaineer


In response to a telegram from the judge of Magoffin County, R. C. Salyer, Acting Governor McDermott ordered Capt. Cisco to take 20 members of the Magoffin militia and arrest the fugitive Collins. The homicide created a great deal of excitement in parts of Magoffin and Johnson Counties. It is said that the killed occurred in Johnson County.


The following telegram tells of the withdrawal of the troops and the reason for doing so:

Frankfort, KY, Jul 13--Messages from the seat of war in Magoffin County, where 20 members of Company D., Second Regiment, Kentucky National Guard have been in pursuit of Bud Collins, accused of the murder of Mack Bailey were received today by Acting Gov. McDermott and Col. J. Tandy Ellis. Acting Adjutant General. the messages stated that the soldiers have been relieved from duty, but do not state whether the fugitive was captured. Acting Gov. McDermott wired County Judge Salyers today for further information regarding the situation. He said if the fugitive is offering armed resistance to the officers the militia may continue in service, but they cannot be used for a search. He said it would be cheaper for the State to offer a reward than to keep the soldiers on duty. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1912



In loving remembrance of our dear sister, Mrs. Carrie Curnutte was born and raised in Lawrence County, KY and about 12 years ago with her family moved to Montana, WV where her husband had employment. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hughes, and besides her husband and 7 children she leaves a father, mother, one brother and 2 sisters to mourn our loss, but our loss is heaven’s gain and we must submit to God’s will. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1912


GAMBILL, Ella Rose Belle

Ella Rose Belle Gambill, wife of Shine Gambill, was born in Virginia, Jan 13, 1864, and died at Blaine, KY, Jun 15, 1912, aged 48 years 5 months and 2 days. She came to this state with her parents when only 4 years old, was married to Shine Gambill 22 years ago. She had been a faithful member of the United Baptist Church for about 25 years. She had been an invalid for a number of years, but always patient never murmuring or complaining. She leaves a husband, 6 sisters, and a mother, besides a host of friends to mourn her loss. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church, Blaine, by Rev. J. H. Howes and Rev. M. A. Hay. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1912



Wilbur—Died, on last Sunday morning at his home on Rock House, Mr. John Green. His age was 75 years. He was a good citizen, highly respected and will be missed by his family and many friends. Big Sandy News, Jul 12, 1912



Death has again come into our midst and claimed for its own the form of Little Billie Gussler. Little Billie was the son of John S. Gussler, but spent the higher portion of his short life here with his grandparents, Will and Julian Gussler. The subject of this sketch was born 24th of March 1911, fell asleep on the morning of the 29 of June 1912, being one year 3 months and 5 days old. Little Billie was afflicted with that dreaded disease tuberculosis which it is supposed that he inherited from his mother who preceded him a little over a year ago. Funeral preached in the M. E. Church South at the forks of Little Blaine. the body was then conveyed to the Adams burying ground and lowered into the grave there to remain until the general resurrection morn when the dead in Christ shall arise. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1912



Trace Branch--Death visited the home of Eugene Hughes Sunday Jul 14 and claimed for its victim their infant child. The baby had suffered from typhoid fever for more than 2 weeks. Big Sandy News, Jul 26,1912



The 14 year old son of Floyd Napier was killed near the Mouth of Quicksand, Saturday, by being run over by the narrow gauge train. He was attempting to board the train, it is said, when by some accident, he was thrown under the wheels and both legs ground off. Dr. Wilgus Bach, of Jackson and Dr. Bert Bach, of Portsmouth, OH, were immediately summoned and performed some operation as a temporary relief, but were unable to do anything to save the life. Jackson News. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1912



Last Saturday Lee Patrick, brother of U. S. Marshal Asberry Patrick, was killed by Earn and Clarence Arnett at Salyersville. A fight was in progress between Patrick and Arnett, so it is reported, when young Clarence Arnett stabbed Patrick with a butcher knife, killing him instantly. Earn and Clarence Arnett are brothers and son of R. Arnett, who was also arrested. The three Arnetts, together with R. C. Minix were locked up immediately after the killing charged with the crime. Circuit Judge Gardner, was there and at once called out the state guards (a company being at Salyersville) anticipating more trouble. Paintsville Herald


The foregoing is a meager account of one of the most sensational homicides that ever occurred in Eastern Kentucky. Nothing is said of the cause of the quarrel which caused the fight between the Arnetts and Patricks. All the participants belong to two of the most prominent families in the county. The following from Frankfort is interesting:

Frankfort, KY, Jul 22--Salyersville passed a quiet Sabbath in spite of the uneasiness over the killing Saturday of Lee Patrick and the subsequent arrest of the Arnetts. A detail of Company D Second Regiment, K.N.G. under Capt. John Cisco guarded the jail all night, but the vigil was without incident. Acting Gov. McDermott received a telegram Sunday from the Circuit Judge conveying this information and adding that as County Judge and Sheriff are related to both the Patrick and the Arnett families, he feels responsible for the situation. The Judge said that it is necessary for him to go to Knott County today to open court, and requested acting Gov. McDermott to appoint a special Judge for Knott County, so that he may return to Magoffin County and resume charge of the situation. Big Sandy News, Jul 26, 1912


POE, Dewey

The death angel visited the home of John and Ida Poe and took from them their darling son, Dewey. His age was 13 years. He had always been very delicate from a baby. His disease was dropsy of the heart. He will be greatly missed in his home and by his many friends. He leaves father, mother, 5 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn his loss. He was laid to rest in the home graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1912



Mrs. Edna Preston, wife of L. F. Preston, Jr., of Paintsville, died at Riverview hospital on Friday afternoon last. The body was taken to her former home the following morning for interment. Mrs. Preston had been sick of puerperal peritonitis several days and was brought here in the hope that something might be done to save her life, but the disease had progressed too far to hope for recovery. Mrs. Preston was 33 and was the mother of several children. During her illness at the hospital she was the recipient of much kindness from our good people, and for this the bereaved husband desires through this paper to express his heartfelt thanks. Big Sandy News, Jul 19,1912


PRESTON, Jarrett

Jarrett Preston, aged about 21 years and unmarried, was killed about 4 o'clock last Tuesday afternoon by the overturning of an N & W engine on which he was firing. The accident occurred near Buffalo station, some distance above Ceredo. The train which the engine was drawing was a freight train which runs down the main line to the line which goes up Twelve Pole. the engineer was also killed when the locomotive upset, and the two bodies were not taken from the wreck for several hours. Young Preston was the son of William Preston, of Radnor, VA, and a nephew of Mrs. Thomas Branham of this city. It is said that as he passed this place, he would blow the whistle in a way that let his aunt know he was on the train. His father was in Louisa a few days before the untimely death of his son. Big Sandy News, Jul 26,1912


QUEEN, Sarah

Mrs. Sarah Queen "Aunt Sackie", widow of Walter Queen, died at her home on East Fork Monday night last of the infirmity incident to advanced age. the burial occurred on Wednesday, with services at Garret Chapel, East Fork, conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this city. Mrs. Queen was an excellent woman, universally loved and respected. She left numerous descendants. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1912


RICE, William Beckham

William Beckham Rice, aged 11 years, son of Wash Rice, died at his home on Twin Branch, this county, on Monday last, from a slight injury. Some time ago he accidentally cut one of his toes. It was bound up and no more attention was paid to it until a few days later when it was discovered that blood poisoning had supervened. Everything possible was done to save the boy but with avail. He was buried in the George Short graveyard on Tuesday, with religious services conducted by Rev. H. B. Hulett. The deceased was a grandson of the Rev. French Rice. Big Sandy News, Jul 26, 1912


SKAGGS, Mrs. James Patrick

Skaggs—Death visited the home of James Patrick Skaggs and took from him his loving wife. The young couple had only been married 3 months she was the daughter of John L. Skaggs, her death was caused by lock of the bowels. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1912



Ulysses--On Monday night Jul 15 inst. Uncle Claim Stephenson as he was usually called departed this life. His health had been very bad for quite awhile. About one week ago he became worse and still grew worse until death ended his suffering. He was 82 years 8 months and 4 days old at the time of his death. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1912


WOODS, Judge William H.

Judge William H. Woods, aged 70 years, died at his home near Webbville, this county, early on the morning of Friday, Jul 19, 1912, after a lingering illness caused by a disease of the stomach. The funeral and interment occurred on Sunday, Jul 21, and was largely attended., about 400 people being present. the deceased was a Mason and he was buried with the rites of this order. Masons from Ashland, Grayson and Willard lodge attended in large numbers.


Judge Woods is survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters: John W. Woods, of Ashland, James Woods of Vessie, Harlen Woods of Ratlcliff, Ezra and Walter Woods of Webbville, Mrs. A. S. Doty of Detroit, MI and Mrs. Sallie Gardner of Webbville. Judge Woods was one of the most popular men in Lawrence County. He was a farmer and stock man, having been at one time largely engaged in the buying and selling of horses, making annually several trips to the Southern markets with car loads of these animals.


He was hospitable to a degree entertaining all who came his way and turning none from his door. In 1895-6-7 he was the Judge of Lawrence County, being one of the few Democrats who have held that office in late years. Judge Woods stood high in the county and in the community where he had lived so long, and by his neighbors and those who knew him best his loss will be keenly felt and deplored. Big Sandy News, Jul 26, 1912




BOYD, Herbert

On Friday night last, at Red Jacket, WV, Herbert, the 5 year old son and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Boyd, died of diphtheria, after an illness of 2 weeks. The body was brought to this city on Sunday and on Monday morning it was taken to the old Hinkle graveyard, near Graves Shoal, where it was buried. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Roscoe Murray, a relative. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd were guests of Rev. and Mrs. Murray while they were in Louisa, Mr. Murray and his mother attending the funeral. Mr. Boyd is a native of this section but for some time had been at Red Jacket, where he is a foreman of the mines. Big Sandy News, Aug 23,1912


BURCHETT, Sheridan

Stepping directly in front of passenger train No. 15 N & W, as it was making 40 miles an hour east of Kenova Tuesday afternoon, Sheridan Burchett, aged 35, was struck by the engine and hurled into eternity. His body was thrown directly in front of the train and it  was mangled frightfully. Armed with a bucket, Burchett had started after some water for a gang of N & W section men. His lifeless body was picked up in 15 pieces. the mutilated remains were taken to Williamson late Tuesday afternoon. It is said the dead man's home is at McCombs, KY. Burchett was employed by the Mary Helen Coal Co. Big Sandy News, Aug 30,1912


CLARK, Emma May

Died, in this city, on Friday, Aug 16, Emma May, the 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Clark. The little one was sick only a day or two of lobar pneumonia when heart failure ensued and death closed the scene. On Sunday morning, the Rev. Hanford held a short and touching service at the residence of the grandmother, Mrs. Lydia Atkins, following which the little body was interred in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Emma May was a beautiful and attractive child whose sweet winning ways made her the idol of the household who have the sympathy of all in their sore bereavement. Big Sandy News, Aug 23, 1912


Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Clark, feel very deeply the loss of their little and only child, Emma Mae. She was born Jun 13, 1910 and died Aug 14, 1912 and was 2 years 2 months and 3 days old. Though a delicate child she was sick but a short time, playing about and interesting herself almost to the last. Her name was on the Cradle Roll of the M. E. Sunday school and only a few days before her death the certificate of her membership had been signed by the officers of the school. The funeral services took place on Sunday morning Aug 18 and were simple and beautiful. Big Sandy News, Aug 30, 1912



B. Compton of Georges Creek, died a few days ago, age about 55 years. He had been in ill health for several months. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1912


KIRK, Glenn

Glenn, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Kirk, died on Wednesday morning at the home of George Atkins, this city, after a long illness caused by bowel trouble. On Thursday afternoon the body was taken to Glen Hayes, the home of the parents, for interment. Glenn was a bright interesting boy, the only child. He would have been 2 years old in October. Big Sandy News, Aug 30, 1912



The NEWS has received copies of Ada. OH newspapers containing accounts of the death in a hospital at Ft. Wayne, IN of Miss Sadie Kirkpatrick, for several years well known and highly respected in Louisa. Miss Kirkpatrick had long been a sufferer from a malignant growth, to be relieved of which she had gone to the hospital and submitted to a delicate operation. For some time it was thought by the attending surgeons that she would recover. She rallied well and for a few days fall seemed to go well, but a sudden collapse came and death ended her sufferings and her life. She was buried at Ada. Miss Kirkpatrick was 50 years old and is survived by her mother, a sister, Leila, and a brother, Rev. Finley Kirkpatrick. A minister of Ada thus writes of the dead woman:

"In the death of Miss Kirkpatrick, Ada has lost one of its foremost citizens and her contributions to the uplift of our community in her 20 years of fine work as a teacher in our public schools is beyond human estimate. Miss Kirkpatrick has done her part well and her memory to all who knew her will always be very precious and a great help to better things. Her life was one of the best productions of Christ-life I have ever known."


For several years Miss Sadie Kirkpatrick resided with her family in Fort Gay, then called Cassville. She was an accomplished school teacher and taught in Louisa during several sessions of the public school. She was a young woman of much loveliness of mind and person and was much esteemed and admired by a large circle of friends. Her father, Rev. Kirkpatrick, was a Presbyterian minister of learning and ability. He died some years ago. Big Sandy News, Aug 23,1912


LOVINS, Maggie

Nolan, WV--Died, Friday night, Mrs. Maggie Lovins, wife of Sam Lovins, of this place. She had been ill of consumption. She leaves a husband and 5 little children. She was buried Sunday afternoon in the family graveyard overlooking her home. Big Sandy News, Aug 23, 1912



Pike County--The infant child of Jake Luster of Chloe Creek, died Tuesday and was interred in the Dill's Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1912


MAY, Mrs. Harry

Mrs. Harry May, to whom twins were born on the 5th inst. died of puerperal peritonitis on Sunday the 11th. After a funeral service by the Rev. J. W. Crites, of the M. E. Church South, the body was interred at the former home of David  Wellman, near this city. Big  Sandy News, Aug 16,1912



Beauty Ridge--We are sorry to hear of the death of James McKelly. He had been sick for some time. He was 79 years 11 months old. He was an old soldier. Big Sandy News, Aug 23,1912



Readers of this paper may remember that in the NEWS of July 26 was given a short account of a homicide which occurred in Salyersville on Saturday, Jul 20. the following story of what led to the killing, also the testimony of one of the 12 witnesses for the commonwealth is given. This is taken from the Salyersville Mountaineer, and to it is added an editorial from the same paper:

The excitement caused by the murder of Mack Bailey by Bud Collins had not subsided when Lee Patrick was stabbed and instantly killed by Clarence Arnett last Saturday. From the information that we have it seems that Lee Patrick's wife, who was a sister of Role Minix, had left Patrick a year or so ago. Ar Arnett, Role Minix's father in law, was attorney for Patrick's former wife. A compromise had been reached wherein Patrick was to pay $200. He had borrowed the money and came to town to settle the matter but Ar told him that he must pay an additional sum of $25 to his son Earn for service. This Patrick refused to do which brought about the beginning of the trouble.


Since the statements about this case are somewhat conflicting we have decided to give our readers the substance of what a number of witnesses for the prosecution testified. The defense introduced no proof. The commonwealth introduced 12 witnesses.


Testimony of Jim Crace: I was in the Adams pool room. I heard some loud talking on the outside and recognized Ern Arnett's voice. I heard him invite Lee Patrick to fight him. Lee said something and laughed. Ern started at him and got within a few feet of Lee and Lee put his hand back like he had a pistol. They got near the pool room door and Ern got up in the door and got over next to the counter on the right side. Lee then came up in the door and Clarence after him. As soon as lee entered the room Ern closed him and had around him his arms and Clarence ran in while Ern was holding him and stabbed him in the breast with a large knife. Lee then sunk down or he and Ern fell on the floor and Ern commenced to strike him in the face with his fist. A short time before the killing my brother, Will Crace, and me come down the walk near the pool room. Lee Patrick and Ar Arnett were having some words. I heard Lee say, Ar you got mad at me for nothing. Go on, I don't want any trouble with you.


Jackson L. Arnett, deputy sheriff, pulled Ern Arnett of from Patrick and arrested him within a few minutes and put him, Ar, Clarence, Arby Arnett, and Roll Minis, in jail. Judge Gardner had the State Guards around the jail Saturday and they remained there until Tuesday. Judge Salyer was related to Arnetts and Esquire Shepherd Cole was objected to by the prosecution. Cole is siad to have taken a fee from the defendants and Esquire Wallace Cole tried the case. He surprised many people by fixing Clarence Arnett's bond at $3,000 and Ern Arnett's bond at $2,500 and acquitted Ar Arnett and Rill Minis. Bond was filled and Arnett's are again at large. It is hoped that there will be no further trouble. Many, however expect it if Arnett's get to drinking. (Note: I have chosen not to include the editorial.) Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1912



Sunny Side--Death has again visited us and took from us our dearest friend Edith Peters. She was 15 years of age and was loved by all who knew her. She was sick just 2 weeks and during all her illness she was patient and said she was waiting for Jesus to take her home. She was converted at Bartram Chapel Dec 1919 and has been a faithful and obedient servant, never grumbling or complaining about her trials, and now she has gone to get her reward which the Lord has promised. She leaves a father, mother and 2 sisters, Gertrude and Edna. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1912



Jim Spradlin, who has been a resident of Paintsville for a number of years, was found dead on Greasy last week. the old gentleman was subject to heart trouble and it was supposed that he had an attack of this disease and was drowned, as he was found in a branch dead. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Aug 30,1912



Little Minnie Stewart, the 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Stewart, died Saturday evening, Jul 6, 1912, after a lingering illness of 8 months with the dreadful disease tuberculosis. She was exceptionally bright for her years, was the pet of the household and made her a favorite among everyone with whom she came in contact. Until her illness she was a regular attendant at Sunday school being a member of the First Baptist Church in Catlettsburg, KY. She was enrolled in the fourth grade at school and her presence among her young friends will be sadly missed, besides the bereaved parents, 3 sisters, Mrs. Jessie Compton, Mrs. Sylvester Fields, and Miss Bertha Stewart and a brother,  Curtis Stewart, all residents of Catlettsburg are left to mourn her loss. Accompanied by the family and friends, the remains were brought upon the morning Big Sandy train where at the Buchanan Chapel the last sad rites were conducted by Rev. Richardson with interment following in the Stewart burying grounds at Zelda, KY. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1912



Bert Stuart was killed at Kenova, WV yesterday evening by a Norfolk & Western train. No particulars could be learned. His body was brought to the home of his parents near Fallsburg today. He was a son of Ellis Stewart and was about 19 years of age. Big Sandy News, Aug 30, 1912



Pike County--Mrs. Mary Tackett, aged about 90 and the mother of Squire Tackett, died at her son's home Tuesday night and was laid to rest in the Dill's cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1912



Died, Tuesday evening, Aug 20, of typhoid fever, Liss, the youngest child and only son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wellman. If he had lived until Sunday next he would have been 7 years old. On Thursday morning funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C. M. Summers were held at the Christian Church, after which the body was interred in the Fulkerson Cemetery. The lad had been sick many days, the last of them marked by intense suffering. For a long time the little fellow seemed to linger between life and death filling the hearts of relatives with alternate hope and fear, but Death was stronger, and the bright boy in whom were centered so many fond hopes is lost forever from mortal vision. Big Sandy News, Aug 23,1912



Richardson--J. M. Williamson died at his home at Old Peach Orchard Jul 20th. He leaves a wife and 4 children. Big Sandy News, Aug 4, 1912


YOUNG, J. G. Blaine

G. Blaine Young, aged 25 years, died Saturday, Aug 10th at the residence of his brother, William Young, on Lick Creek, near this city. His death was caused by pellagra. Burial occurred on the following Monday in the Jimmy Daniels graveyard, near Sugar Grove, Johnson County, with funeral services conducted by the Rev. Wyatt Daniels. Mr. Young was the son of Allen and Louisa Young and left neither widow nor children. He left 2 sisters, Miss Cora Young, of Big Laurel, Johnson County and Mrs. Charles Wallace, of near Russell, KY and 5 brothers, Henry and William of Louisa, Abraham, Harrison and Jay. Big Sandy News, Aug 16, 1912




The  week of September 6 issues are damaged and missing parts.


ALLEN, Taylor

Mr. Taylor Allen, a son in law of Mrs. Laura Davidson, of Prestonsburg, died near Hazard, Perry County, last week, leaving a widow and 3 children. The body was taken through Louisa to Prestonsburg for interment. Mrs. Davidson was visiting a daughter, Mrs. Sam Spradlin of Putnam, VA, at the time of Mr. Allen's death. She and Mr. Spradlin came to this city Thursday night and left the next morning for Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912


BORDERS, Clarence

Ulysses--Clarence  Borders, who has been quite ill with typhoid fever for a month or longer was died last Tuesday. His funeral was preached by Rev. Albert Miller, after which he was laid to rest in the family burying ground at Walnut Grove. He leaves a widow and 5 children, his father and mother and one sister, 3 of his brothers having preceded him to the grave. Clarence was an obedient son, a devoted husband, a kind father, a good neighbor and a Christian who sweetly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Big Sandy News, Sep 27,1912


BURCHETT, son of Walt Burchett

See under Dennie Preston


CHILDERS, child of Lon Childers

See under Dennie Preston



A most unusual death occurred at our cemetery here on last Friday, the victim being Ruth Coburn, 3 years old. The child was playing in the cemetery, and amused herself by walking around the pedestal that supported a marble shaft 4 feet high. Finally she attempted to climb the shaft, and although it weighed more than 150 pounds, and rested squarely on the pedestal, her childish strength was sufficient to topple it over. Its weight crushed her chest. The child's father was within a few feet of her when the accident happened. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Sep 20,1912


CONLEY, Mayme (Tierney)

Early on last Friday morning Mrs. Jennie Conley, of this city, received a message which informed her that her daughter in law, Mrs. John Conley, of Ashland, was critically ill. She at once got ready to go to Ashland on the morning train, but before it arrived another telegram told of the death of her son's wife. News of the death was wired to Dr. George T. Conley and wife of Williamson. The came down Saturday and they and the mother, brothers and sisters, residents of this city, went to Ashland to attend the funeral. This occurred on Monday. Dr. and Mrs. Conley returned to Williamson by way of Kenova. Mrs. Conley had been ill for 2 weeks with what was supposed to be walking typhoid fever, but her death was entirely unexpected. Mrs. Conley was before marriage Miss Mayme Tierney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tierney. She was 24 years of age. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912


CONLEY, Robert

Paintsville, KY, Sep 23--Mrs. Louise Columbus Sunday received word from the authorities at Calgary, Alberta that a man who registered at a hotel there with a  young woman as Mr. and Mrs. W. Inthout, and who later was found dead in his bed had been positively identified as her son, Robert Conley, and arrangements have been made to bring the body to this city for burial. The man and woman died clasped in each other's arms, according to telegraph dispatches and it was supposed that the deaths were the result of a suicide pact. This is discredited by relatives of the dead man here, however, and while it is stated that he has been in trouble it is not believed that this was such as to cause him to take his life.


Ed Conley, a younger brother of the dead man, Sunday stated that he had seen his brother in the State of Washington a month ago, when the two left there and went to Canada. Mr. Conley left his wife in Washington at that time and Ed Conley was unable to state whether the young woman who was found dead with Mr. Conley in the Calgary hotel was his wife. Mrs. Columbus received a message from an undertaker in Calgary in which it was stated that her son died suddenly and asked for instruction as to the disposition of the body. Inasmuch as the message did not state that indications pointed to the fact that the case was one of suicide, Mrs. Columbus is unwilling to believe that her son killed himself. It is her opinion that he died from heart disease. Telegraph dispatches, however, state that death had been caused by revolver shots.


Mrs. Columbus immediately wired instruction to prepare the body for burial and ship it to Paintsville where the funeral will be held probably Saturday or Sunday. It is expected that it will require at least 4 days for the body to reach here. Mr. Conley left Kentucky about 4 years ago and located in Washington, where he became a telegraph operator. He married a Western girl. He was 24 years old. Besides his mother and his brother, Mr. Conley is survived by 2 sisters who lived in Paintsville and a half brother. Big Sandy News, Sep 27 1912



Tennie, the 16 year old daughter of James Dobbins, died after an illness of 2 weeks of peritonitis. This the second death in the family, her mother having died 4 years ago leaving her and a younger sister, Nannie, 10 years old, and 2 older brothers, John and Fred. Soon after their mother's death they moved to Gallup and lived with their grandmother Dobbins. She had been a regular attendant at Sunday School. She had a bright and happy disposition and was liked by everybody and especially by her class mates and Sunday school teacher. She faced death bravely, talked with her grandmother about dying and said she was prepared, and expressed a desire for the Sunday school girls to help bury her. She was buried at her grandfather Wallace's burying ground, near Donithan. the funeral was largely attended. The school at Gallup, of which she was a pupil, together with her teacher, Prof. J. M. McClure, attended. Her Sunday school teacher and class mates were present. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912


HATCHER, Melissa (Franklin)

Mrs. J. W. Yates has received the sad intelligence of the death of her only sister. Mrs. Melissa Franklin Hatcher of Winona, MN. She died Friday, Aug 30. A more extended notice will appear in the NEWS next week. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1912


Mrs. Melissa Hatcher, of whose death at Winona, MN, on Aug 30, brief mention was made in the NEWS last week, was born in Paintsville in 1842, and consequently was 70 yeas old at the time of her death. She was married to W. W. Hatcher in 1865 and moved to Louisa in 1866. To them were born 4 boys, 3 of whom are living. Mr. Hatcher was a brother of the late John B. Hatcher, who lived in this city many years and whose widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Hatcher, is still living. He was also a cousin to Mr. R. T. Burns, on the Burns side and to Mrs. Burns on the Hatcher side. Mr. Hatcher died many years ago. Mrs. Hatcher was a daughter of Mr. James Franklin, who died in Louisa several years ago. She was the only sister of Mrs. J. W. Yates, of this city, who becomes through her recent bereavement the sole survivor of what was in the long ago a very prominent and highly respected family. Mrs. Hatcher was a well educated woman, of refined, gentle manner,, much liked by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912


HOPKINS, Capt. J. C.

Capt. J. C. Hopkins, one of the best known men in the Sandy Valley and prominent business man of Catlettsburg died in that city of Sep 19, after a long and painful illness. He moved from Prestonsburg to Catlettsburg in 1872 and was the first mayor of the city. He was a native of Virginia and was a brother of former Congressman Frank Hopkins. His wife was Miss Mousie Martin, a member of one of the oldest and most influential families in Easter Kentucky. Death was the result of a complication of diseases. Besides 3 sisters and 2 brothers, the deceased is survived by a devoted wife, 3 daughters, Mrs. J. O. Mathewson, of Waynesburg, VA, Mrs. George Dimmick, of Huntington, and Mrs. Ed Hughes, of this city, and a son, John M. Hopkins, of Ashland. One son in law, Mr. Ed Hughes, is a brother of Postmaster A. M. Hughes of this city. Capt. Hopkins earned his title as a steamboat captain and as such he became generally and favorably known. He was a very intelligent man, genial and companionable and his death is deeply and widely regretted. Big Sandy News, Sep 27, 1912



A weird fatality seems to follow members of the Johnson family who reside on Daniel's Fork of Hood's Creek, Boyd County. A horrible tragedy was enacted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Johnson at about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, when the little 3 year old boy--the baby, and idol of the household, was accidentally shot by an elder brother, producing wounds from which he died a few hours later. Big Sandy News, Sep 20,1912


JONES, Mrs. Charles W.

The widow of Charles W. Jones died at her home near Cadmus, this county, on Monday last. Mr. Jones dies 3 or 4 years ago. He was a good citizen, prominent in Sunday school and church work. Big Sandy News, Sep 27, 1912


KINNER, Mahala

Mrs. Mahala Kinner died in Catlettsburg on Monday last, aged 88 years. She is survived by 2 children, Mrs. Joe Mitchell and Judge S. G. Kinner. She was buried in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912


MANN. John

Mr. John Mann, one of the best known teacher in Lawrence County, died a short time ago at his residence near Fallsburg. He was well educated, possessed of much wit and originality and was a successful teacher. Mr. Mann had quite a family and was over 70 years of age. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1912



On the 29th of August last Frank McCarthey, son of J. C. McCarthey, of Ashland, left that city with a horse and buggy and started on a trip though part of Boyd and Greenup counties to pay rentals on gas leases for the United Gas and Fuel Co. of which his father is superintendent. On the following Wednesday, Sep 4th, a buggy was found near what is called Pickett's Ford, near Naples, Greenup County, just over the Boyd line. Not far from the buggy a stray horse, with part of the harness on, was found. He had been hitched to a tree with a halter strap but had broken loose, leaving part of the strap on the tree. The search was continued and about dark a body of a man was found at the edge of the creek, not far from where the buddy was found. Examination showed that it was the body of young McCarthey. There was a cut over one eye and some scratches on the face. His watch and money had not been disturbed. So far the cause of the young man's death remains a mystery. His father, Mr. J. C. McCarthey, is quite well known in Louisa. He was in Inez when he heard of the untimely death of his son. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1912


MOORE, Ivy Benard

Death has again visited our community and claimed for its victim Ivy Benard Moore, the only son of Dr. and Mrs. J. O. Moore. He was only sick 5 days, but his suffering was great. He will be missed by his many friends, especially by his dear parents who done so much for their darling babe but all in vain. He was too pure to stay any longer on earth so God wanted him to bloom in paradise, where the flowers do not fade or loveliness does not decay. He was about 17 months old. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Copley, after which the body was laid to rest in the Moore graveyard. Big Sandy News, Sep 20,1912



The Paintsville Herald has the following account of a deplorable affair:

Osric Picklesimer, aged 25 years, shot and killed his father Nat Picklesimer, last Saturday at their home on the head of Tom's Creek. Bad feeling had existed between the father and his children and his wife for some time, owing to the fact it was alleged that the older Picklesimer had been paying attention to another woman in that neighborhood.


Young Picklesimer, his mother and his brothers claim that the father and husband had been treating them badly for some months, and that on the morning of the killing he returned home and had a pistol in his hand and that the young man feared that the father would kill his mother, as he was going near her with pistol in hand, and that the young man shot in defense of his mother. Other relatives of Picklesimer and some of the neighbors claim that the elder Picklesimer had been run from home the night before the killing and that when the returned home the next morning with a pistol, he was killed without cause by his son. Young Picklesimer is in the county jail, having surrendered immediately after the killing. He is a graduate from Sandy Valley Seminary of this city, and a young man of good reputation. His examining trial is set for Friday of this week. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912


PORTER, Walker

A very sad death occurred in our city last night at 11 o'clock. It was that of Walker Porter, of Prestonsburg. It is thought that Mr. Porter's death was due to heat prostration. At the time of his death, he was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will L. Bryan, of East Carter Avenue. He came her last Sunday and after reaching here complained of a terrible pain in his head. He was compelled to go to bed, but he seemed better after awhile, only to take a turn for the worse again. On Monday he became unconscious, and passed away at the above mentioned hour. Walker Porter was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Porter, of Prestonsburg, and was just 23 years of age. Ashland Independent

Mr. Porter was at one time a pupil of the K.N.C. and during his residence here he boarded with the family of Mr. Charles Diamond, who now live in Missouri. For some time past he had been in the drug business in Prestonsburg. He is survived by his parents and 5 sisters. the body was taken to Prestonsburg on Monday last for interment. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912


PRESTON, Archie "Buster"

Only Son of Mrs. Sarah Preston Fatally Injured by a Street Car in Cincinnati

Archie Preston, (better known as "Buster") son of Lafe Preston, deceased, was struck by a street car in Cincinnati on Monday night, receiving injuries from which he died at 2 p.m. the following day. The body was sent to the home of his mother, opposite Graves Shoals, this county, passing through this place Thursday morning. Interment will be made on Friday at the home of his mother, Mrs. Sarah Preston.


Mr. Preston was a street car conductor in Cincinnati, where he had gone some time ago. He had finished his Monday night run and had started to go to his boarding place. When only a short distance from the car barn he was struck by a passing car, with the lamentable result narrated above. The mother of the unfortunate young man was advised at once of the injury to her son and she and her brother in law, F. C. McClure, left as soon as possible for Cincinnati, but death had occurred before their arrival. Mr. Preston was 22 years of age. He had been a K. N. C. student and was well known here. Last fall he went to Cincinnati and took a course in a school of telegraphy. Failing to secure work as a telegrapher, he took employment with the street car company. He was a young man of good habits, sober and industrious and his death is greatly deplored. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912



Emma--Death has visited our neighborhood and took four. Dennie  Preston, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Preston of Alonzo. The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Childers, also Watt Burchett's boy across the river and Essie  Sexton the wife of Martin Sexton the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Sexton.  She leaves a husband, one child, father and mother, 5 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn her loss. Essie was a good woman and loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Sep 20,1912



Hurled into eternity in the presence of her husband, was the cruel fate that befell Mrs. Hattie Queensberry, aged 42, near Williamson, early Tuesday morning. She stepped out of the way of a westbound N & W train, only to walk directly into the path of time freight No. 86, N & W east bound. The woman's body was hurled 40 feet and when her husband reached it, life had already left it. Big Sandy News, Sep 20,1912



See under Dennie Preston



Hon. Joseph Simpkins, one of the most prominent men of Mingo County died at his home at Devon, Wednesday night, as the result of a complication of diseases. He was 72 years old and one of the oldest pioneers of Logan County, and of what is now Mingo County. He was a Confederate soldier, having served under Stonewall Jackson, at the memorable battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and other hard fought battles of the Civil War in which Jackson's men engaged. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Sep 27,1912


STAFFORD, Mrs. James

Mrs. James Stafford, who for the past few years has resided with her daughter, Mrs. Hiram Roberts, above Paintsville, passed away Sunday. She was 83 years of age and was the mother of a large family of children, among them are Frank Stafford of Catlettsburg, Charley, of Mt. Sterling and Tom of Oil Springs. Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy News, Sep 27. 1912



Amos Williamson, a son of Harvey Williamson of Georges Creek, died at some point up Tug River on Tuesday last of typhoid fever. The body was brought to Louisa early Wednesday morning and from this point was taken to Georges Creek for burial. He was a son in law of George Gallup, of this city, and was about 25 years old. His aunt, Mrs. John Crutcher, attended the burial. Mrs. D. C. Spencer, also an aunt, was kept at home by sickness in her family. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912



Sam Workman, of Saltpeter, died at his home on Monday last after an illness of short duration and was buried on the following day. He had been for many years subject to epileptic seizures, but the ultimate cause of death was apoplexy. He was a brother of Jake Workman and was about 25 years old. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1912





Weighing too lightly the hatred of his enemies cost Amos Barker his life at Dingess Tuesday night of this week when refusing the invitation of a friend he chose the porch of the saloon there as a place to sleep. He was shot 6 times and lived but a few minutes. Early in June Barker was one of the participants in a shooting affray at Dingess and it was charged that he shot John Dingess. Probablly a score of people were involved in this affair and since there has been a great deal of bad feeling. At that time Barker was employed there as a bar tender but lately he has been working on Pond Creek.


Barker was in Williamson this week and was locked up by the police for being intoxicated. He went to Dingess Tuesday on No. 18 and was drinking there during the afternoon and evening. He had no trouble of any kind and when the saloon closed told his friends that he would rest awhile on the porch. It is reported that he had a companion who was not even awakened by the crack of the gun which the assassin used. Squire McCloud held an inquest and Dr. J. B. Millard, of this city and Dr. R. L. Baisden, of Dingess, made a post mortem examination. Only 3 shots were heard and it seems that each bullet, inflicted 2 wounds, make possible by the fact that Barker was lying down. John Dingess was arrested Thursday by Baldwin-Felts Detectives from Holden and his brother Will Dingess, known as "Bodie" was arrested here by Deputy Sheriff Cole. they will be charged with the murder. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Oct 18,1912


BISHOP, Leonard

Leonard Bishop, the oldest son of John and Florence Bishop was born Jan 13, 1902, and departed this life Sep 28, 1912, aged 10 years 9 months and 15 days. Leonard was a good, kind hearted child, loved by all who knew him. Besides father and mother he left one brother, Luther, and 3 sisters, Emily, Edna and Gladys and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his death. The funeral services were conducted at the home Monday by Rev. C. M. Jordan. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1912


CASTLE, Jackie

"Uncle" Jackie Castle died at a very advanced age at Richardson on Wednesday night. He was an uncle of Mrs. J. B. Crutcher and Mrs. D. C. Spencer. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1912


CHAMBERS, Mrs. William

Mrs. William Chambers died at her home on the Point, near this city, on Monday last after a very painful illness. She was buried on Tuesday afternoon in Pine Hill Cemetery, following funeral services conducted by Revs. Bryan, of Fort Gay, and Crites, of this city. About 2 weeks before her death Mrs. Chambers fell and fractured one of her thighs near the hip. Uremia supervened resulting in death. She is survived by her husband and 2 grown sons, Harry and Millard, and a sister, Mrs. H. E. Ferguson, of this place, who mourn the loss of a good wife, mother and sister. Mrs. Chambers was an excellent woman, a good Christian, kind friend and neighbor. A large number of sorrowing friends and relatives attended the last sad rites. Among these were Mr. Dan Davenport, Miss Galliher and Mrs. Charles Armstrong of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1912


HAYS, Isaac

One of the landmarks of Lawrence County was removed on the night of Monday, Oct 21, when death claimed Isaac Hays, who lacked but a few days of attaining the ripe old age of 85 years. He died at his home near the head of Brushy, where he had lived since his marriage. He had a complication of diseases and had been confined to the house, mostly to the bed, for 4 years. Mr. Hays was buried Wednesday near his old home place. He is survived by a widow and 2 sons, Bazil, who lived in Kansas, and Lum, who lives on Little Blaine, and by 2 daughters, Mrs. Angeline Childress and Mrs. Vashti Kise. There are also 3 brothers living--Andy, John and Al, of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Lila Travis. the living half brothers are Arch, Milt Walt, Mathew, Mart, Hardin and Lige, one half sister, Mrs. Trinvilla Wellman. He had altogether 26 half brothers and sisters. Twenty years ago Mr. Hays had a large tombstone, with the names of  himself and wife carved upon it, setting on the spot he had selected for his burial. "Uncle Ike", as he was familiarly called was a good man and citizen. He was a member of the Baptist Church, liked and respected by all who knew him. He was an ardent Democrat. It is said that the last time he left his home he went to the polls and cast his vote for Bryan 4 years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 25,1912


HAYWOOD, Josephine

Josephine, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Haywood of Lock Avenue, was buried on the afternoon of Friday last. the funeral services were conducted at the residence by the Rev. J. W. Crites, of the M. E. Church South and was very largely attended. The child, a very beautiful and attractive little girl, of only 2 years, died last Thursday after a brief illness. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1912



AUXIER__Death has visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hopson and took away their little daughter, Maxie.  She was a good and sensible child and loved by all who knew her.  Her bereaved parents have our deepest sympathy. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1912


JONES, Caroline

Death visited our neighborhood on last Monday night and claimed for its victim Aunt Caroline Jones, widow of Charley W. Jones who preceded her to the glory land 4 years ago. Her illness was of long duration which she bore with much patience. She was a good mother, a good neighbor and will be missed by her many friends. One week prior to her death she told me of her conversion, back many years ago in Gallia County, OH and that she had lived a devoted life. She leaves 2 children, 16 grandchildren and many friends to mourn her demise, but thank God our loss is heaven's gain. Her funeral was preached by Rev. R. H. Cassady, after which she was taken to the Garred Short graveyard and laid to rest by the side of her husband. Nancy Harman. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1912


KAZEE, Stella (Skaggs)

Mrs. Stella Kazee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Skaggs, of this city, died in Portsmouth on Friday last, Oct 4, after a lingering and painful illness caused by a cancer of the stomach. Interment followed in Portsmouth. Mrs. Kazee is survived by a husband and 2 sons, 13 and 15 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs were called to the bedside of their daughter several days before her death and they with 2 other daughters, Mrs. Virgie Johnson and Mrs. John Heston and the 2 brothers of the deceased, Tilden and Wills, were present when death closed the scene. Mrs. Kazee was born in Johnson County but came with her parents to Louisa when quite young. She was a good daughter, sister, wife and mother and her death at the early age of 34 years is mourned by relatives and friends. Big  Sandy News, Oct 11, 1912


KELLEY, Victoria

Victoria, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Smith Kelley, was burned to death at Ivyton, Magoffin County last Monday afternoon. Her mother left her playing with her sister and had been absent from the room only a few minutes until she heard the children screaming and when she reached her most all of her clothing was burned. She lived only 6 hours. Big  Sandy News, Oct 25, 1912


KIRK, Mrs. Albert

Princess--Death came as a very unexpected guest last Sunday evening to the home of George McCollister and called his sister in law, Mrs. Albert Kirk, whose illness was of short duration. Everything was done that medical skill and loving hands could do but the call had to be answered. She was a noble woman and loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, 3 children and a host of friends to mourn her departure. She was buried at Coalton Monday. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1912



Nick McGuire, son of Luke McGuire, deceased, and Mrs. James Calvin Frazier, was admitted to Riverview hospital in the early part of July last, suffering with blood poisoning, and died there early on the morning of Oct 24, the 35th anniversary of his birth. Interment will probably be made Friday in the old McGuire burial ground near the mouth of Two Mile. He is survived by his widow and 4 young sons, his mother, Mrs. James Calvin Frazier, and a brother, George, who is a fireman on the N & W railway. He was a nephew of Mrs. Kate R. Freese of Toronto, OH and of Mrs. Elliott Arnett of Spalding, WV. He suffered greatly during his long illness and death came as a relief. Big Sandy News, Oct 25,1912



Sitka--Old Aunt Annie Middaugh, whose illness was mentioned some time ago, departed this life Sep 5. Her bodily suffering was great but when life was over her spirit was wafted to the great beyond, where there is no more suffering and where all tears are wiped away and Christ makes all things new. Her sister, Mrs. J. H. Daniel, of Ashland, her son, Jack Maddaugh, of Pollard and her niece Mrs. Miranda Childers, of Thelma were at her bedside when  death came. Her body was interred in the Stambaugh graveyard at Sitka, KY. She was 84 years old. Big Sandy news, Oct 4, 1912



John Parker, age 51, was killed in the Louisa Coal company's mines at Torchlight Thursday of this week. What is known as a "kettle bottom" fell out of the roof and crushed him so badly that he died a few minutes after being taken out of the mines. The accident occurred in entry No. 3. Mr. Parker was a native of this county and had lived for many years on Lick Creek, not far from Torchlight. He leaves a wife and several children. He was a quiet industrious citizen. Judge O'Brien was called from this place to hold an inquest. the burial will take place near the home on Lick Creek. Big Sandy news, Oct 18, 1912



Mr. J. L. Peters died at Colorado Springs Oct 22, while on the operating table undergoing what was considered a slight operation for an infection of the lower jaw. the remains will arrive her Friday evening. The funeral will be held from the Christian Church Saturday. Vinson Lodge, assisted by Apperson Lodge, A.F. & A.M. will have charge of the burial rites. Interment will be at this place. Mr. Peters was 64 years old. He was the son of Jacob Peters and wife and was born at the old Peters home on Three Mile. He is survived by his widow and 5 children--Frank, of Bluefield, WV, Sam of Athens, AL, Mrs. Viola Bryan, of Logan, Mrs. Sarah McDaniels and Mrs. George A. Atkinson, of this city. Two sisters are living--Mrs. Atwell Wellman, of Louisa, and Mrs. Melissa Smith, of Kenova. The surviving brothers are James and Breck, of Louisa, Mike of Kansas, John and Will of near Fort Gay and Noah of Breathitt County. For some time past Mr. Peters had lived at Logan, WV but a short time ago he went to Colorado for the purpose of making that state his home. Mrs. Peters remained here with her daughter, Mrs. Atkinson, expecting to join her husband as soon as he had finished his preparations for their new home, but the unexpected news of his death came as a great shock. "Jake" Peters was well and favorably known all through this section. He came of a prominent family and by his marriage to a daughter of the late Frank Vinson he became related to very many other well known people. He was a good citizen, devoted to his family, liked and respected by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Oct 25,1912



News of a lamentable tragedy which resulted in the death of Louisa, the pretty 5 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burnam Roberts, reached their relatives in this vicinity on Tuesday last. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts went to Arizona a few years ago and settled upon a claim near the town of Safford. Near their residence was a tenant house occupied by a man who worked for Mr. Roberts. The tenant had in his employ a couple of Mexican boys who acted in the capacity of "gin hands" for their employer. The oldest of these boys was 13 years old. On Sep 18 both Mr. Roberts and his tenant happened to be away on business, leaving the 2 Mexicans and Mrs. Roberts at their respective homes. Mrs. Roberts was preparing grass for some stock and had probably failed to notice that her 2 children had strolled to the house of the tenant. She heard the report of a gun and presently saw one of the children running toward her. Mrs. Roberts ran to meet the child, who told her that the older boy had killed Louisa. Rushing into the house her horrified gaze rested upon the dead body of her child lying upon the floor. the Mexican was arrested and lodged in jail to await an investigation. The boy claims that he was sitting on a bed handling a gun, when it was accidentally discharged, with such shocking results. A coroner's jury declared in its verdict that from the boy's own story of the tragedy that if the weapon had been discharged when he was holding it as he says he was the bullet could not have struck the child. The little girl was born near this city and was a beautiful child. She was a granddaughter of Mr. Reed Roberts, of Two Mile. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1912




BOLT, Mrs. Kent

Mrs. Kent Bolt, whose illness had been noted in this paper, died at her residence in this city on Saturday night last after a long sickness caused by typhoid fever. Burial was made at her former home on Bolts Fork. She is survived by her husband and 6 children. Mrs. Bolt was a good woman, held in high regard by her many friends. She was 36 years old. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1912



The many friends of Mr. H.C. Boughton will learn with much regret of his death, which occurred suddenly at Toledo, OH on Wednesday last. For many years Mr. Boughton was superintendent of the C & O railway and the company never had a more efficient and popular official. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1912


CAINES, Blaine

Death again visited the home of Mrs. Tom Caines and took from her her beloved one, Blaine Caines. He died Nov 10, 1912 and was laid to rest in the Caines graveyard. He left a mother, 6 sisters and 3 brothers to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1912


CRANK, Marion

The numerous friends and acquaintances of Marion Crank will regret his sudden death at the home of his brother, Eugene, on Friday night last. He was principal of the Richardson public school and on Friday afternoon he took the train for the purpose of making a visit to his father's family near Fallsburg. He left the train at Potters and walked as far as his brother's. During the night he was seized with a hemorrhage from the lungs and died in a very short time. He was a son of Frank Crank and was an excellent young man. He was buried on Sunday not far from Eugene Crank's after funeral services conducted by Rev. Mr. Cassady. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1912



Mrs. Mollie Burchett was born Dec 21, 1857 and departed this life Nov 12, 1912, aged 54 years 11 months and 18 days. She was married to H. H. Burchett Dec 15, 18?4. She was the mother of 2 children, one having preceded her to the great beyond in infancy. She leaves a husband and one child, Mrs. Carrie  Fannin and one sister, Mrs. Rachel Layne, of Portsmouth and 3 brothers, John McGuire of Catlettsburg. She united with the M. E. Church South about 4 years ago and was converted about 3 months ago. She had been in bad health for some time but grew worse about a month ago. She gradually grew worse until on the above date the dark winged messenger touched her and her spirit took its flight to the God who gave it. Her funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. R. Lasley and Rev. Garr??. Her remains were followed by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends and laid to rest until the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1912



Mrs. Nora Davis formerly of this place, committed suicide by drinking carbolic acid at the home of Richard Bowyer, in Huntington Sunday morning. Mrs. Davis was the wife of Dennis Davis and together they operated a restaurant at this place near the Depot for several months and then moved to Prichard, WV, where they engaged in the same business. Mrs. Davis was visiting in Huntington at the time and no cause was given for her rash act. Wayne News, Big Sandy News, Nov 22,1912



Death again visited the home of John Estep and wife and took from them their darling little babe. Big Sandy News, Nov 8,1912


EVANS, Mrs. Milt

After a long illness caused by consumption, Mrs. J. Milt Evans died at the home of her father, David Thompson, of Horse Ford, Wednesday night. The body will be brought to this place on the train from Ashland Friday morning and will be taken to the M. E. Church South, where funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulett, followed by interment in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Mrs. Evans was 30 years of age and is survived by her husband and one child, a boy. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912


On Friday morning last the mortal remains of Mrs. Milt Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson, of Horse Ford, were brought to this city, accompanied by many relatives and friends and taken to the M. E. Church South. Appropriate funeral services were then conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulett, assisted by the Rev. J. W. Crites. the body was then taken to the Fulkerson cemetery and buried. Big Sandy News, Nov 8,1912



Died, at Riverview hospital at an early hour on Wednesday morning last, Mrs. Amelia Ferguson of this city, aged 49 years. She had suffered a long time from a tumor, and finally, in the hope of obtaining permanent relief, she submitted to an operation which is always fraught with danger. This operation was performed on Tuesday morning by Dr. P. C. Layne of Ashland, assisted by Drs. J. C. Bussey and A. W. Bromley, of this city. the operation was a difficult one, but it was successfully done. Mrs. Ferguson regained consciousness, but she never entirely rallied from the shock. It was believed that death was inevitable, and it occurred about 5 o'clock the following morning. the body was taken to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wallace, Jr., who had been close friends and neighbors of the deceased. On Thursday afternoon the funeral was held at the Baptist Church, of which denomination Mrs. Ferguson had been for many years an active and consistent member. The Rev. Burwell Akers, an old pastor and intimate friend of Mrs. Ferguson led the appropriate services for the dead. She was buried in the Fulkerson Cemetery beside her husband, Andrew Ferguson, who died several years ago. Mrs. Ferguson left 2 sons, Cecil, of Portsmouth, and Rolla, of this city, to whom she had devoted the energies of a busy, useful life. She also left a sister, Mrs. Robert Caines of Fallsburg, to whom she was greatly attached. Mrs. Ferguson was well known by nearly everyone in this city and all who knew her esteemed her highly. Among the relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were her son, Cecil Ferguson, of Portsmouth, OH, her only sister, Mrs. L. V. Caines, of Fallsburg, Mrs. Jennie Thompson of Fallsburg, Mr. and Mrs. Abram Ferguson, James Hite and family and Millard Johnson and Shelby Johnson of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Nov 22,1912



Mr. James H. Ferguson, a well known and highly respected citizen of Wayne County, died a this home near Fort Gay, Monday afternoon Oct 28, after a long period of ill health caused by a complication of diseases. He was buried the following day on the home place where he lived honorably and long. The funeral was Masonic, with services conducted by the Rev. Burwell Akers. The burial was conducted by Vinson Lodge, many Masons from this and other places participating. Mr. Ferguson was about 72 years old. He left 3 children whose mother died several years ago. He was a member of one of the best known and most influential families of Wayne County. There were several brothers and one sister. Of this large number the sister, Mrs. Henry Duncan, of Kenova and 2 brothers, Wade  and Wayne, are living. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912



Little Ruby Friley, daughter of Mrs. Myrtle Fannin, passed away Nov 12, 1912, at the age of 10 years 1 month and 9 days. Dear little Ruby has gone to join her father who passed on before her 9 years ago. Her sickness was of short duration. She took sick Monday evening and died Tuesday night at her grandma Kelley's where she had always made her home. When it was found that she was seriously ill her mother was sent for and just arrived in time to see her alive. Little Ruby was a bright child for one of her years. She was the light of the home and she is sadly missed by loved ones . She was a member of the Buchanan Chapel Sunday school. In the death of this dear child the parents and Sunday school have lost a bright jewel. She was laid to rest in the Buchanan Cemetery by her father Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harvey. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1912


HALL, Neva Adelaida Hall

Neva Adelaida Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hall, of Paintsville, KY, was on Oct 23, 1912, called from this earthly existence to her reward in the sun-lit climes of never-ending day. Born Oct 9th, 1894, Neva's life, covering a period of 19 years and 14 days, was one full of gentleness and kindness to all with whom she came in contact, and in departing she leaves mother, father, a sister, 2 brothers and a host of relatives and friends who deeply mourn her loss. This flower of Christian spirit was merely beginning to unfold its beautiful petals of kind and loving deeds to the admiring gaze of relatives and friends, when the frost of death fell upon it. Belonging to the noble family of Davis' her kindred extend from the head  to the mouth of Sandy, and great is their loss. the remains were taken from their home in Paintsville to the home of the deceased's grandfather, James M. Davis, at Davis Gap, 3 miles east of Paintsville and there burial services were conducted by Fred Preston, a minister of the Baptist Church, after which the remains were buried in the Davis family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912


HAYS, Anderson


A shocking accident involving the loss of life and property, occurred on the night of Saturday, Nov 16, at the home of William Prince, who lived on the Sand Branchof Blaine creek, about 12 miles from this city. By a singular mishap a fire was started which burned Anderson Hays to death, seriously burned John Prince, a boy of about 10 years, painfully burned William Prince and entirely destroyed the residence and its contents. Anderson Hays, who was about 17 years old, had been recently engaged in work of some king in Ohio. On the day he met an untimely and horrible death he was in this city on his way to his home, which is not far from the place where he was burned. The Price home was on the land belonging to Sheriff John Carter and not far from Mr. Carter's residence. On Saturday evening the Prince family had gone to Mr. Carter's to make a neighborly call. They had not been there very long when a hello was heard near the house. Mr. Prince recognized the voice as that of Anderson Hays, who had gone that far a foot on his way from Louise to his home. Mr. Prince and his wife and 2 children and his nephew, John, then went home, accompanied by Hays, who was under the influence of liquor. He told Mr. Prince that he was tired and asked him if he might go in and rest awhile. He was told to come in, which he did. He took a seat by the fire but had not been seated long before he complained of feeling sick and started to go to the door. He staggered, however, and fell back to his seat. In his fall he broke a bottle of gasoline which was in his pocket. In a moment or two he again rose from the chair, when the inflammable fluid streamed on the hearth, and in a twinkling the flames were roaring and reaching out to wrap everything in their hot embrace. Prince had the presence of mind to yell to his wife to grab the children and run out through the dining room into the yard. She did this, and she and her little ones escaped unharmed. The fire had reached the nephew and he is so badly burned that his life is despaired of. He is at his home on Dry Ridge, where he was carried on a cot Sunday afternoon. Prince tried to rescue Hays but his effort was futile. The seething flames drove him out of the burning building, with hands, face and arms burned deep. Hays, from his waist down, was burned to a crisp before he could be taken out of the house, and he died in a short time. Prince is at Sheriff Carter's home, in a helpless condition on account of his injuries. Mr. carter was attracted by the light of the burning house and the agonized cries for help and at once hurried to the spot. He and others succeeded in saving some meat, molasses and other supplies from the kitchen, but the furniture was all destroyed. The house was a one story frame building and was burned to the ground in a very short time. The fire occurred about 8 o'clock. On Monday Esquire John Hughes held an inquest on the remains of the unfortunate victim of the flames and rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts.. The burial of Hays occurred on Monday near his home, which was on the land of Elizabeth Woods.


All day long Sunday the scene of the dreadful catastrophe was thronged by people anxious to hear the particulars of the grim disaster and to gaze on the smoldering heap of what had been a happy home. Later. Young Prince, the lad who was burned as related in the foregoing died Wednesday night and was buried Thursday. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1912



Twin Branch--Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hughes and took from him his darling little babe. It was laid to rest in the Workman graveyard to wait the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1912


In memory of our dear little nephew, Des, departed this life on Thursday, the 7th at 5 o'clock a.m. Croup was the cause of his death. He was one year and 5 months old. He was the darling baby of Henry and Celia Hughes and one of the sweetest of babies. He was too bright to stay in this sinful world, weep not, dear father, mother, and little brothers, for little Des is now sheltered in the Saviour's loving care. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1912


ISON, Nannie

Backbone--Death visited our community Sunday, Nov 10th, and took from the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Ison their daughter, Nannie, aged 19 years. She had been sick but a short time of typhoid fever. The funeral took place Monday at the home. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1912


JOBE, Doug

On Saturday last Doug. Jobe 21 years old and married was found dead not far from his home on Irish Creek, this county, about 18 miles from Louisa. Some 15 or 20 feet from his body was an unloaded gun, the accidental discharge of which is supposed to have caused its owner's death. Jobe was a grandson of Dick Lyons and is survived by a widow and one child. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1912



On Monday last Mr. John Layne, an employee of the Ashland Steel Plant, died in that city after a lingering illness caused by typhoid fever. On Tuesday the body was brought to the home of his brother, C. R. Layne, of Hulett, this county. On Wednesday the body was interred in the Harmon graveyard. the deceased was 35 years old and is survived by a widow. Mr. Layne was born in Lawrence County and was a quiet, good citizen. In this connection the family and relatives of the deceased desire to extend their warmest thanks to those who so kindly assisted them during the sickness, death and burial of their kinsman. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1912


LAYNE, Kager

Bro. Kager Layne, son of James and Sarah Layne, departed this life Nov 11, 1912, aged 35 years. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cassady, who in touching words gave a brief account of his life then the remains were laid to rest in the Harmon Cemetery near his old home. Mr. Layne was a devoted church worker, being a minister of the gospel for several years. He leaves a wife, brother, and sister, and other relatives to mourn his loss. His illness was of short duration, but from the first he seemed to feel that it would prove his last. Then with calm submission he resigned himself to the will of his Heavenly father, who will not forsake us in the last hour of greatest need, but could that inanimate from once more have with the vital principles of life, could the rigid tongue be loosed so that it might again articulate. Oh, with a knowledge of all the secrets of his mysterious journey, would he not plead with us to prepare to meet our God. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1912



R. McGuire who died in the hospital on Thursday last, was buried in the graveyard at the old home place at the mouth of Two Mile. the body was kept in the hospital until Saturday morning when it was taken to the residence of John Chapman on the railroad, not far from the Hulett residence. The funeral occurred shortly after noon with services conducted by a Catholic clergyman from Ashland. Big Sandy News Nov 1, 1912



Ulysses--On Nov 9th an infant child of Border Mead and wife died of croup. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1912



A man named Moody was killed near Hulette, WV by N & W train No. 2 at an early hour on Sunday morning last. the man was on the track when the train struck him. the body was taken to Portsmouth. Moody is supposed to be related to a family named Waller, living some distance up Tug. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912



Mr. Jacob Myrtle departed this life Oct 19,1912, aged 78 years and 10 months. A widow and 2 orphan children they were raising are left to mourn their loss. Mr. Myrtle was a veteran of the Civil War. Mrs. Myrtle was Miss Sarah Newman of this county. They lived near Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, Nov 8,1912



On Oct 25th, Mrs. Nancy Parker died at her home near Hubbardstown, WV in her 85th years. Paralysis was the cause of her death. Burial in Lakin Cemetery. Funeral preached by Rev. R. H. Billups. Her husband died 8 years ago at the age of 85. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912


PARKER, Samuel

At the age of 78 years, Samuel Parker died on the 23rd ult. at the home of William Shannon on Lick Creek. He was the father of John Parker, who was killed in the mines at Torchlight just 6 days previous. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912


On Oct 22 death visited the home of Mr. William Shannon and took from them a loving father, Mr. Samuel Parks, aged 74 years 3 days. He was an old solider in the war and a soldier for Jesus. He has been a Christian for many years and the Lord seen cause to call him home to rest. He leaves a widow, 3 daughters and 4 sons to mourn his loss. Just 6 days before he departed from this world his son John Parker was killed in the mines at Torchlight by a kettle bottom. The bodies were laid to rest in the Cox graveyard. Big Sandy News, Nov 8,1912


PARKS, Nancy

One of Wayne County's oldest citizens, Mrs. Nancy Parks, wife of Harrison Parks, died at her home on Big Hurricane Creek near Hubbardstown, WV on the morning of the 25th of Oct 1912. The cause of her death was a renewed attack of paralysis from which she had been suffering for some time. She was a consistent Christian and a member of the M. E. Church. Her age was 84 years 8 months and 10 days. Her body was laid to rest in the Lakin Cemetery after the preaching of her funeral by the Rev. R. H. Billups, of Fort Gay. She is survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters. Her sons are George of Hubbardstown, WV, Robert, of Kellogg, WV and John, Will and Charles of the state of Washington. Her daughters are Mrs. Full Wallace and Mrs. Frances Bellomy, both of Troy, Idaho. Her husband was 85 years 5 months and 20 days when he died. They were among the old pioneer settlers of Wayne County and well respected by all who knew them. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1912



The body of Mr. J. L. Peters, who died in Colorado Springs, Co on Oct 22nd, arrived here on Friday last and was taken to the residence of his son in law, Mr. G. W. Atkinson. the funeral occurred on Saturday afternoon, beginning with services at the Christian Church, conducted by the pastor, Elder C. M. Summers.  At the close of the exercises at the church the body was taken to the Fulkerson cemetery, where it was consigned to the grave with the rites of Masonry and the church. Mr. Peters had been a member of Vinson Lodge, and the attendance of the fraternity of that lodge and Apperson lodge was very large. Among the relatives from other parts of the country were Mr. Mike Peters and son, Bannie of Parkersville, KS, Mrs. George McDaniels and daughter of Colorado City, CO., Mrs. C. H. Smith and Sandfrod Smith and wife, Kenova, WV, Mrs. Alice Lingers, of Findlay, OH Mr. and Mrs. Ned Bryan of Logan, WV, Sam Peters of Alabama, and Frank Peters of Bluefield. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912



The body of Cal Phillips, foreman of the firebrick plant at Hitchens, was found in Little Fork Creek Monday morning. there was an abrasion on his forehead and it is not known whether he fell into the creek while intoxicated or was killed ant thrown into the water. Phillips recently killed the marshal at Olive Hill, KY. Big Sandy News, Nov 29,1912


PRINCE, John--see under Anderson Hays


QUEEN, Keith

On Saturday night Oct 26, 1912, our Heavenly Father saw fit in his wisdom to call to himself our dear old beloved friend, Keith Queen, son of James and Cora Queen, his mother having preceded him to the glory land about one year ago. His age was 17 years 10 months and 20 days. His untimely death was a shock to all. He came to his death at Rush school house by a fatal knife used by known hands. He was the idol of all who knew him. He was a kind and loving friend to all his associates. He had a kind word for all and was very obedient to his father. Keith leaves father, 2 brothers, Ray and Ronald, and one little sister, Ella to mourn his loss. His funeral was preached by Bro. Leslie in the presence of over 300 relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1912



Caney Fork--Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Ratcliff on the 17 of this month and took their baby, Henry, age 11 months. Little Henry was a bright child for his age, and bore his suffering with patience until the angle came and took him home to dwell with Jesus. The body was conveyed to the grave by four little girls dressed in white. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912


SHANNON, Mrs. William

On Saturday last Mrs. William G. Shannon, of this city, was operated upon at Riverview hospital for relief from a trouble which had for years caused her much suffering. The operation was performed by Dr. L. H. York, Drs. A. W. Bromley, Ira Wellman and G. W. Wroten assisting. It was a most difficult abdominal operation, there being many complications which only surgeons can understand. It was successfully done, however, and the patient rallied well. Mrs. Shannon rested comfortably during Sunday and part of Monday, but later on that day she began to grow worse. She failed to improve and shortly after noon on Tuesday she peacefully passed away. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church South on Wednesday afternoon, with appropriate services conducted by her pastor, the Rev. J. W. Crites and the Rev. S.F. Reynolds, of the Baptist Church.  Interment followed in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Shannon is survived by her husband, her father and a sister who live at East Point, Johnson County, and a brother who married a daughter of Warren Robinson, near Fort Gay, and who lives on Mill Creek. She was the mother of one child who died many years ago. Mrs. Shannon was born in Johnson County but had lived in Louisa many years. Her father is quite infirm and because of this he and her sister were unable to attend the funeral. Mrs. Shannon was an excellent woman, a most devoted wife, a Christian, and was held in high regard by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Nov 22,1912


STEDMAN, Mrs. Alfred

A large crowd attended the funeral of Mrs. Alfred Stedman Monday morning. She died Saturday at 12 o'clock. She had been sick for many years. We will miss Mrs. Stedman in our neighborhood. She left 4 children and a father, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters to mourn he rloss. Mrs. Stedman was a good woman and loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1912



On Monday last, Nov 4, a large frame building occupied by George Stumbo and family, located at Felix, WV, a station on the N & W railway, 14 miles east of Fort Gay, was totally destroyed by fire and 2 children, a boy 8 years old and a girl of 8 months, were burned to death. The father was absent when the fire occurred, and the mother had gone to the barn for corn, leaving the children alone in the house. Returning she saw flames bursting from an open door. A large crowd gathered at the scene of the disaster in a very short time and every possible effort was made to save the helpless children, but they perished before the eyes of the distracted mother. The large general store of G. M. Salmons, in which the post office was kept, was saved from the flames only by the most heroic efforts. the residence of Mr. Salmons was in imminent danger and was saved only by hard work. Stumbo is a son of Marion Stumbo, formerly of this state. Big Sandy News, Nov 8,1912



the lifeless body of John B. Thompson, a prominent resident of Pigeon creek, was found Thursday in the woods not a great distance from his home. Mr. Thompson had gone hunting and the supposition is that in some manner his gun was accidentally discharged, killing him almost instantly. Mr. Thompson was about 40 years of age and a man of high character, generally respected throughout the county. His untimely death will be deeply regretted by his relatives and by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Nov 22,1912


VAUGHAN, Oakey Johnson

After an illness borne with fortitude and Christian resignation Oakey J. Vaughan passed away at the home of his brother in law, Walter Clayton, this city on the morning of Monday, Oct 28, aged 36 years 3 months and 12 days. At 10 o'clock the following morning a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends gathered at the Clayton home to pay a heartfelt tribute to the memory of a useful citizen, an honest man and a devoted worker for the cause of Christ and humanity. The appropriate service was conducted by his fellow worker in the cause of human uplift, the Rev. L. M. Copley. the speaker had known the subject of his discourse for many years and his feeling, sympathetic  remarks fitted well the man whose cold, still form lay before him. When the touching exercises closed the body was taken to Mr. Vaughan's late home, the John Meek farm, and laid close to the mortal remains of his wife who was taken from him just one year ago.


In June last Mr. Vaughan was attacked by a throat and lung trouble which progressed with varying intervals, until it became all too evident that death must ensue. Three weeks ago he was moved to the home of his sister, where he battled with the last enemy until a frightful hemorrhage closed the scene. Mr. Vaughan was born in West Virginia and came to Lawrence County when quite young. About 7 years ago he married Reecy, the daughter of John Meek. They had no children. He was a son of Abraham Vaughan, deceased, and is survived by his aged mother, one brother, W. J. Vaughan, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Walter Clayton, Mrs. James Clayton and Mrs. John Huff, of Kansas. He was a member of the Improved Order of Red Men. A large number of the fraternity attended the funeral, but, in compliance with a  request made by him some time before his death, they took no formal part in the services.


The death of Oakey Johnson Vaughan is a distinct loss to the community and to the entire county. He was sober, intelligent, honest and industrious. He was a consistent member of the Baptist Church and was the efficient secretary of the Lawrence County Sunday School Association. He did much for the cause of Sunday schools and through them for the church. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1912









 Five men were killed on Thursday last by a boiler explosion which occurred at a saw mill owned by Wayne Thompson, on Spruce Creek, not far from Wilsondale, on the 12 Pole division of the N & W. the disaster happened on Thursday last, and the probability is that the cause of the explosion will never be known, as every man near the mill when it took place was killed, 4 outright and one dying of his injuries shortly afterward. Others were at work in the woods nearby. The dead are: Wash Finley, Jacob Maynard, _____ Phelps, Lon Burchett and Wayne Thompson.


It is believed that the men killed had come in to the mill to dry their clothing and as the day had been wet and rainy. Mr. Finley was the father of Mrs. Albert Damron of Williamson, and was quite well known in Mingo and Wayne counties.


Mr. Burchett was a brother of M. C. Burchett, of near Breeden and his body was taken there Friday.


Mr. Thompson was an uncle of Deputy Circuit Clerk A. W. Damron, of Williamson and has been in the lumber business for a number of years.


It is stated that Burchett’s body was found in a well near the mill, His neck had been broken. All the dead men were well known in this section, some of them having relatives on Mill Creek, not far from Fort Gay. The widow of Mr. Finley was a Kirk, a daughter of Capt. Jim Kirk, of Inez, and a relative of Ed. Kirk, of this city. Similar disasters attend similar outfits all over the country. Too often boilers are used which had been once condemned and too often the engines are run by men whose mechanical skill is limited to a knowledge of how to start and stop the machine. Big Sandy News, Dec 13,1912



Gip McGuire shot and instantly killed Romeo Crider near Dewey, Johnson County, a few days ago. The men were partners in a timber job and the trouble is said to have arisen about a settlement of their affairs. Crider was unmarried. McGuire has a family. Big Sandy News, Dec 27,1912



The 3 year old child of Dave Davis residing near East Fork was scalded to death by falling into a tub of boiling water. The little one lived but a few hours after the accident.

Big Sandy News, Dec 20,1912



Will Dingess, son of Pole Dingess and one of the most respected and well known citizens of Mingo County was killed by falling slate on Dec 10, 1912 at the old Pearl mine just below Dingess, WV. This mine had been abandoned for several years. He and T. F. Tolbert were furnishing coal to the citizens up to the mouth of the mine with his wagon to get a load of coal, when he heard the slate fall and Dingess hollow He ran into the mine and spoke to Dingess, but Dingess did not speak Seeing he could not get the slate off of him he rant to Dingess and secured the help of a number of citizens who recovered the body. Big Sandy News, Dec 20,1912


FORD, S. King

King Ford, who was well known in this city many years ago, died last week in New York, where he had resided for some time. The body was taken to Mt. Sterling for burial. He was born in Pikeville and was a son of Capt. Harry Ford. Ford was formerly one of the best known Democratic politicians in Eastern Kentucky. He lived at Mt. Sterling for many years and was a traveling salesman through the mountain section, where he was a power politically. In 1897 he made the race for the Democratic nomination for the Clerk of the Court of Appeals and was one of the contenders in the memorable State convention of that year at Frankfort, being defeated by Sam. J. Shackelford then of Owensboro.


It was on that same State convention that the chairman of one of the legislative district delegations from Louisville caused a big laugh every time he announced the vote. The delegation had 8 votes and they were divided equally between S. King and Sam J. Shackelford. On each ballot the chairman of this Louisville delegation, who was gifted with a foghorn voice and rich brogue when casting the vote roared out in stentorian tones: “Four votes for Ford and four votes for Shackel-ford, “ with a decided accent on the last syllable of the name of the last named candidate. He was fregquently interrupted with: “Why don’t you give ‘em to him all at once.” Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1912


GALLUP, Rebecca (Moore)

After a long period of ill health Mrs. Rebecca Gallup died at her home in Catlettsburg Wednesday evening last. She was buried beside her husband in the cemetery at Ashland Friday afternoon. The deceased is survived by one child, Frederick Gallup, of Catlettsburg, and one brother, Mr. F. R. Moore of Louisa and numerous nephews and nieces. Her husband, Col. G. W. Gallup and one son, Harry, died many years ago. Mrs. Gallup was in the 78th year of her age and was born near what is now called Fort Gay, WV. She was the daughter of the late Fred Moore, a pioneer of this section and in his day one of the most prominent men in West Virginia. Her death leaves Mr. F. R. Moore the sole survivor of a numerous and influential family. In early life she was married to Col. G. W. Gallup, a gallant soldier of the Civil War serving as commanding officer of the 14th KY Volunteer Infantry. For several years Mrs. Gallup with her husband and boys lived in the house now occupied by A. J. Garred. The house was built by Col. Gallup and there was dispensed a hospitality of the old-time Kentucky sort. Mrs. Gallup was, if the NEWS mistakes not, the youngest of the Moore sisters and was in every respect a most estimable woman. She was refined in manner, gentle and amiable in disposition, hospitable to a degree, popular with all and loved by everybody. Until stricken by partial paralysis some months ago, Mrs. Gallup was active for one of her age, and even when the second seizure occurred about a week ago she was hopeful that she would live much longer. Her death removes a prominent personage and her loss is keenly felt by her relatives and friends. Mr. Moore was at the bedside of his last sister when the last summons came. Big Sandy News, Dec 27,1912


HENSLEY, Hattie (Miller)

In loving remembrance of Mrs. Hattie Miller Hensley, who departed this life Dec 13, 1912. She was born May the 5th, 1895, age 17 years 7 months and 8 days. She was the loving daughter of George and Belle Miller. Was married to Eugene Hensley Mar 13, 1909. To this union was born one child who preceded her to the better land Sep 22, 1912. Hattie united herself to the United Baptist Church in 1907 and since lived a true Christian. Hattie was a kind loving woman. No one knew her but to love her. She has been sick for nearly 2 years with consumption. All was done that loving hands could do to keep her with us but all in vain. She bore her suffering well, trusting in the Lord for all things. She often said she was ready and willing to die and heard to pray to the Lord to relieve her from her suffering. She is missed by her loving husband, kind father and mother, sister and brothers and her many friends. She wrote some time before her death in a book telling where she wanted to be buried and who she wanted to preach her funeral and her request was fulfilled. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Albert H. Miller in the Gallup Church after which her loved body was taken to the McClure graveyard, there laid to rest by her little Alka and other loved ones to sleep till the dead and Christ shall rise. Big Sandy News, Dec 7, 1912



Little George Hewlett, son of David Hewlett, departed this life Dec 5. He had been sick only a short time, but his disease was of such a nature that all medical aid failed to relieve him. All that loving hands could do was done, but the Lord knew best and took little  George to live with him. His kind and affectionate disposition made him a favorite with all in whom he came in contact and to know him was to love him. Big Sandy News, Dec 13,1912


HOOD, Orville

One of the most distressing accidents that has taken place in this section of the country in a long while, happened at Normal when little Orville Hood, aged 10 years, son of Mrs. Allie Hood, was struck by a car on the Ohio Valley Electric railway, and injured so badly that he died at the hospital.—Independent. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1912



While loading coal in the mines of the Sycamore Coal Company, at Cinderella, last Friday afternoon, W. R. Jarrell was crushed to death and Jim Mills was severely injured by a fall of slate. The two men were working on opposite sides of the mine car when the top came down on them. Jarrell was badly crushed about the head and breast and died in a few minutes. The slate also caught Mills about the head but he escaped with severe but not serious injuries. Dr. J. B. Millard dressed his wounds Jarrell was a single man and his home was near Huntington The body was sent there for burial. Mills left Sunday for his home in Wayne County to recuperate. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1912



Henry Justice, aged 60, fell dead as he was washing Sunday morning at his home on the Forks of Ferguson Creek, Pike County. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of old age. The deceased is survived by a wife and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Dec 27, 1912



James Kelley died Wednesday at the advanced age of 84 years. He lived in this county about 15 miles from Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1912


KISE, David G.

David G. Kise, a well known and highly respected citizen of Lawrence County, died at his home near Kise station at half past one o’clock on Wednesday morning, after a long illness caused by tuberculosis of the lungs. He was buried in the family graveyard Thursday. He was about 67 years old and is survived by his wife and 5 children, 4 sons and a daughter, who is the wife of Oliver Swetnam. One son, Frank, died about 14 years ago. One brother, T. B. Kise, and a sister, Mrs. John Stafford of Illinois, are living, Mrs. Stafford had been notified of the serious illness of her brother and it was thought she might arrive at her old him in time for the funeral. Mr. Kise’s mother was a sister of the late David and Ulysses Garred, and through this connection he became related to many persons living in Louisa and vicinity. These and numerous friends will regret his loss. He married Miss Annie Ramsey. Mr. Kise had been a consistent member of the Methodist Church for quite a long time. He was a good citizen in every respect and his death will be felt by the community as a distinct loss. He was on the right side of every movement involving a moral principle. His home is known for its hospitality. He set a good example in industry, frugality and morality. His occupation was that of a farmer and country merchant and he was in comfortable circumstances. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1912



The four years old daughter of Harry Mayes, living at Dave Wellman’s, this city, was terribly burned shortly after noon Tuesday. It’s the old story of an open grate. The little one was standing in front of it, with her back to the fire, when her dress touched the grate and in a moment she was in flames. She was burned almost from head to foot, her neck, back and legs suffering most. The worst burn is in the left armpit. Dr. Ira Wellman was called and dressed the burns. The child is suffering very much. Thus again in this shocking way, is the lesson of the unscreened fireplace brought home to our people. Sooner or later it comes to all who thing there is no danger where fire is kept in a grate or a fireplace without a screen. LATER. The child died Wednesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Dec 27,1912


MCCLURE, George C.

C. McClure died at his home at Gallup, Lawrence County, KY, Thursday, Dec 5th, and was buried in the old family graveyard just back of his home on Saturday last. He was married to Jane Borders when quite a young man and to this union there were born 10 children, viz. J. P. McClure, L. T. McClure, Mrs. O. D. Garred, T. S. McClure, Mrs. Dr. W. T. Atkinson, Mrs. E. T. Flinn, Mrs. Gordon C. Burgess, J. H. McClure and Mrs. Florence Enslow. All of the children living, seven of them attended the funeral. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cyrus W. Riffle of the M. E. Church, of which the deceased had been a member since 1838 having united with it when he was only 15 years old.


He is survived by his wife “Aunt Jane” as she is familiarly called, who is now 82 years of age. G. C. McClure was the fourth child of a family of 17 children born to William and Lucretia McClure. Of the 17 children born to the parents of Mr. George McClure every one lived to be over 27 years of age and 5 are yet living: Mrs. Sarah Bloss of Huntington, Mrs. Nancy Billups, of this city, Stephen McClure of Herbert, WV, Harry McClure of Gallup and T. B. McClure of Wayne, WV. All these except Mrs. Bloss attended the funeral of their brother, she being kept at home by age and bodily infirmity. Although some of the children live remote from Gallup all were present at his death.

C. McClure was at one time sheriff of this county and was the nominee of his party in the counties of Boyd and Lawrence for Representative in 1870 and made the race against George Carter by whom he was defeated by a small majority. He was a member of the mercantile firm of G. C. McClure & Son and leaves considerable property. Mr. McClure was sick for so short a time that it might almost be said that his death was sudden. It was seen that for 2 or 3 days he was not in his usual health, but not until the day before his last one on earth did he take to his bed. His parents came from Giles County, VA, but he was born not over half a mile from the house where he died.


Because of the size and convenience of the Odd Fellows Hall, just across the railroad from the home which had been his home for many years, was selected as the place for holding the funeral services. At their conclusion the body was carried to the place chosen for its entombment. For nearly 3 quarters of a century “Uncle George” McClure had been a prominent figure in the business, social and political history of Lawrence County. He was a man of very strong convictions. If there were 2 sides to any question he was sure to take one, and once taken it was seldom abandoned He was scrupulously honest and exact in all his dealing and bequeaths to his children the enviable legacy of a good name. He gave his means for the support of his church, and the hospitality of his home was generous and abundant. He was active in the affairs of the neighborhood, a notable figure in its enterprises. The following persons from Louisa attended the funeral of Mr. McClure: Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. McClure, Mrs. A. M. Hughes, Mrs. M. F. Conley, Mrs. F. T. D. Wallace, Sr., T. B. Billups, Col. J. H. Northup, G. R. Burgess, ? C McClure, John L. Vaughan, Arch C. McClure, of Columbus and Miss Gypsie Thompson. Mrs. L. T. McClure of Delaware, OH accompanied her husband to Gallup. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1912


MILLER, Elizabeth

Mrs. Elizabeth Miller died at her home on Bear Creek, Adeline post office, Wednesday night, at the age of 80 years. She was the widow of Ulrich Miller and was a woman of fine character. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1912


PACK, Lavina

The death angel has visited the home of H. K. Pack and took from his embrace his darling wife, Lavina Pack. Her death was very sudden. She arose from her slumber at 5 a.m. Dec 11th, 1912, and getting very sick returned to her bed and was in the arms of Jesus within 45 minutes. Death was due to apoplexy. She did not have the time to talk to any of her friends, She was born at Lowmansville, KY, Feb 2nd, 1858, being 54 years of age. Was united in matrimony to H. K. Pack at Charley, KY Oct 5th, 1876. To them were born 11 children, 2 of which are dead. They and their children lived very happily together, living at Charley, KY, until Nov 1907, and since then have lived at Portsmouth, OH. Lavina Pack was a member of the United Baptist Church and lived a devoted Christian for 37 years, joining the church July 1876. She was a very lovable mother and industrious. She has raised a very bright family, 2 of which are in the clerical service of the C & O at Portsmouth, OH and one a Creamery foreman at Chicago, IL and two of the girls are married and 4 are at home. Her remains were interred in the Larkins Cemetery at Bertha, OH in the presence of a large congregation and all the children. Her funeral was preached at Morris Chapel Baptist Church, Bertha, OH by Rev. McAfee. Big Sandy News, Dec 20,192



After a long period of ill health which developed into acute heart disease Mr. W. D. Roffe, an old and highly respected citizen, peacefully passed away at his home in this city. During the last weeks of his sickness he had many alternations of hope and despair of ultimate recovery, making a brave fight against the inevitable end. He kept on his feet as long as possible, appearing on his porch whenever possible. When hope was no longer possible he yielded and passed to the beyond fully prepared for the change. The funeral and interment will occur on Friday at 1 p.m., services to be held at the M. E. Church South. Mr. Roffe is survived by his widow and 4 children: George of Jeffersonville, IN, Mrs. Jettie Crutcher of Holden, WV and Mrs. Hester Huffman of Pikeville, all by his first wife, who was a daughter of the late George Burgess and Mrs. Hildegarde Scholze, a daughter by the third wife, who is a daughter of Allen Borders, deceased. There were no children by the second wife who was Mrs. Morris, the widow of physician of Wayne, WV. None of his children were able to be present at the deathbed of the father. Mr. Roffe was in the 73rd year of his age, and up to a few years ago had been hale and active. He was born in what is now West Virginia, near Barboursville. At the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate army and fought gallantly until hostilities closed. He was a member of Col. Patterson infantry regiment, the 22nd, and belonged to Capt. John Donaldson’s company. Former companions-in-arms to his good record as a soldier.


Somewhere about 1868 Mr. Rooffe came to Louisa and after a short time engaged in business at the stand on the corner of Main and Main Cross Streets now occupied by A. L. Burton. About 20 years ago Mr. Roffe, who in early life had been a member of the Baptist church, joined the M. E. Church South and remained an active, consistent member during the remainder of his life. For a long time he was a member of the board of stewards and held an official position at the time of his death. He took a pride in church work, only ceasing his labors when compelled to stop by physical infirmity. Mr. Roffe was a popular man, a familiar figure in the community, and his death will be mourned by his relatives and regretted by a large circle of friends. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1912