AKERS, Willie

What was probably the worst disaster that ever occurred in the Big Sandy Valley happened last Sunday night near Van Lear, Johnson County, on a branch railroad running from Van Lear Junction, 2 miles south of Paintsville to Van Lear, the new mining town some 2 or 3 miles from the junction. An engine, on the pilot of which were seven men, ran into some coal cars not far from the river, the collision causing the death of six men, five of whom were instantly killed, the sixth dying a few hours later. The dead are:

John Worley, conductor, 34, Louisa

Willie Akers, brakeman, 22, son of John C. Akers, Prosperity, this county

John E. Fugate, 55, Cadmus, this county

Lem Pinson, Warfield

Lem Mills, Van Lear

A. Smeltzer, Ironton, OH


The seventh man caught a glimpse of the cars in time to roll off the pilot before the crash came and thus escaped unhurt. Some of the dead were horribly mangled. Worley being almost disemboweled and having his lower limbs almost torn off. An iron rod of some sort went entirely through Akers' head and pinned him to the car. The bodies of the dead were taken to Van Lear and prepared for burial. The injured man was taken to the company's hospital, where he received every attention, but he lived only a short time. On Monday morning the remains of Akers, Fugate and Pinson were brought to Louisa, and the body of Smeltzer was sent to Ironton. the bodies of Akers and Fugate were taken in charge by friends and carried to their homes, while that of Pinson was sent via N & W No. 16 to Warfield. The body of John Worley was brought to Louisa Monday afternoon and the same night on N & W  No. 4 it was sent to Abingdon, VA, the former home of the deceased. It was accompanied by his widow, his daughter Lillian, aged 10 years, his father in law, James Picklesimer, David Holly, Fred Picklesimer, and Everett Hitchcock, the superintendent of the Van Lear mines.

News of the lamentable disaster reached this city shortly after it occurred, but it did not become generally known until next day. The community was greatly shocked and the untimely and shocking death of so many caused general regret. The unusual spectacle of the coffined remains of four victims of a terrible accident was never before presented in this city and it was a saddening sight. Mr. Worley was a very popular man with those who knew him, and much sympathy is expressed for his widow and the bright little daughter, the only child. 

Will Akers had been at Catlettsburg spending his holiday vacation with his uncle, W. R. Akers, and was only returning to duty, having left Catlettsburg on Sunday afternoon, and was expecting to go to work Monday. He had formerly acted as salesman for Mr. Akers and was liked by a large circle of friends. He was quiet and gentlemanly in deportment, kind and obliging.

Mr. Fugate was an industrious, sober man. He lived on Cat's Fork, not far from Cadmus. He left a family. 

 Of the other men but little is known in Louisa. Concerning the cause of the catastrophe there are various reports. the News has been diligent in endeavoring to get at the facts in the case and it gives the following as about correct:

The road on which the accident occurred is owned and operated by the Consolidated Coal Company, and except in a business way, has no connection whatever with the C & O. At the time above mentioned a coal train consisting of an engine and several loaded cars backed down to Van Lear junction, on this side of the river, the engine being attached to train by the pilot. On the way down 2 loaded cars broke from the train, the mishap being caused by the giving way of a drawhead. Of this fact the crew was not aware, or if they knew of it they must have forgotten it, otherwise the appalling disaster which shortly followed would not have occurred. After leaving its load at the junction the engine with the pilot full of ill-fated men, started on its return to Van Lear, having neither headlight nor lantern. It was running at a high rate of speed, so it is said, and it had gone but a short time when the crash came which cot the lives of six men. that someone had blundered, that someone had been reckless, is evident. The company will endeavor to fix the responsibility. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1911


AKERS, Willie H.

On the morning of Jan 2, this entire community was terribly shocked by the news of the sudden and untimely death of Willie H. Akers, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Akers of Rich Creek, this place. Deceased was born Jun 20, 1889, age 21 years 6 months and 1 day, in the awful wreck on the railroad near Van Lear, KY, of which an account was given in last week’s issue of the News. Willie Akers was an industrious, upright character that commanded the respect and admiration of all who knew him. His cheerful disposition, his kindness toward all had won for him true and lasting friends wherever he went both among the young and old. Besides his many friends he leaves a father, mother, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, who deeply mourn the loss of a dear son and brother. His body was brought to his home late on the afternoon of the day following the accident and was accompanied by his uncle and cousin, who were with him at the time of his death, and they who had gathered there to look upon his inanimate form looked upon a face which bore such a look of resignation and peace as was meet evidence that this spirit fled from its prison of clay to a home above this cold world of pain and death, where joy and peace shall be his lot forever. Big Sandy News, Jan 13, 1911


BOYD, Andrew

Ulysses—Andrew Boyd, who had been sick for some time, died the 7th inst and was buried the 9th in the Julia Boyd graveyard. He is survived by a widow and four small children, 2 by his first wife and 2 by his last wife. His funeral was preached by Rev. Albert Miller. Big Sandy News, Jan 27, 1911


FEELY, Miles C.

Last week this paper briefly noted the strange disappearance of M. C. Feely, a prominent citizen of Pikeville. The following from the Ashland Independent tells the story of self-murder and a final exit from the stage of life:

Pikeville, KY, Jan 16—Miles C. Feely, prominent citizen and contractor, whose sensational disappearance had been discussed in the Independent, committed suicide here Sunday afternoon. Mr. Feely, who was one of our very best citizens had taken a contract to build several miles of railroad bed on the new extension of the L and E division. He had gone to Huntington some weeks ago to purchase supplies for their commissary at Whitesburg and took a drink of whisky which he afterwards thought contained dope, and he stated he never fully regained his sense until he reached Kansas City. He returned here at once and went direct to Whitesburg, only to learn that his partner had taken others in his place. He returned home at once and his depression was further augmented by learning that about $900 worth of goods had reached their destination at Whitesburg, and that the men who had taken his place refused to handle them, and that he would be responsible for them. Friday he purchased a 2 ounce phial of carbolic acid of Druggist Robert Ratliff, telling him he wished to use it as a disinfectant. He was conversing with his wife shortly after the noon hour yesterday, both of them being in depressed spirits. He suddenly stepped into an adjoining room and drank the contents of the bottle. She followed him, but he was too quick for her, and threw the bottle out the door as she entered the room. She summoned help, and 4 doctors were soon on the scene but their efforts were of no avail, and just 25 minutes after he drank the poison he was dead. Big Sandy News, Jan 20, 1911


FORD, Henry

Henry Ford, of Pike County, well known throughout the Sandy country, was shot to death in Lincoln County, WV last Friday morning. The killing occurred on what is known as Six Mile Creek, and was the outcome of a difficulty between the dead man and William Geary, his slayer. Some land which Ford expected to operate was claimed by Geary and the men had had some hot words over the matter shortly before the shooting. On Friday as Ford was passing Geary's house the latter saw him and taking his gun he followed him and shot him. ??? victim living only a short time after receiving the would. After the murder Geary fled, but was captured by a sheriff's posse and he and a man charged with being an accomplice are now in jail in ???. the body of the murdered man accompanied by William Fork, a brother was taken to Ford's branch, Pike County, where it was buried. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1911


FUGATE, John E. --see under Willie Akers

John E. Fugate was born and raised in Pike County, KY and moved with his family to Cadmus, KY 3 years ago. He was a good citizen, a good neighbor and a good worker. He left his home last August to work in the mines at Van Lear, Johnson County and after working 4 months, he came home to spend Christmas with his family. He started on New Years night to go back to his work. He had arrived within one-half mile of his boarding house, when he met his awful fate, being killed by the train. He was about 55 years old and left a wife and 7 children and many friends and relatives to mourn his death. He was a member of the M. E. Church South and had been for a number of years, and before he left his home, he counseled his children and asked them to be good children and mind their mother. Big Sandy News, Jan 13, 1911


GARRETT, Mrs. Alazanah (McClure)

Mrs. Alazanah Garrett died last Sunday at Ardell, WV, 5 miles north of Wayne, in the 83rd year of her age. The funeral took place on Tuesday and the interment was made in the family burial grounds near the home. Rev. Chapman, pastor of the Methodist Church conducted the services. A large number of relatives were present, among whom from other places were  Dr. and Mrs. C. R. Enslow, of Huntington, Mrs. Augustus Snyder, Mrs. J. L. Richmond, and G. R. Burgess of Louisa, John McClure of Kenova. Deceased was the widow of Morgan Garrett, who died 30 years ago. A son and daughter survive her—Will Garrett and Mrs. John Burgess, both living at or near the old home place.


Mrs. Garrett was a daughter of William and Lucretia McClure, of Lawrence County, KY. She was born and reared 7 miles south of Louisa and was one of 17 children born to that couple. All of these sons and daughters grew to maturity except one child. Of the number there are 6 yet alive. They are George C. McClure of Gallup, in his 88th year, Sarah Bloss of Huntington, 81st year, Nancy Billups, of Louisa, 78th year, Harry McClure, of Gallup, 70th year, Stephen McClure of Ardell, 69th year, Taylor B. McClure, of Wayne, 66th year. The oldest daughter living to the age of 96. Mrs. Garrett was a faithful member of the Methodist Church from her early womanhood to the end. She was known as one of the best women in the community. Her illness dated back only a few months, up to which time she enjoyed robust health. Big Sandy News, Jan 20, 1911



Mr. Mack Howell, aged 46 years died at his residence in this city on Monday last after a lingering illness caused by Bright's disease. Following services at the Christian Church the body was interred in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Deceased left a widow to mourn the loss of a good husband. Mr. Howell was a brother of Mrs. Julia Fulkerson, of Louisa. He was a most excellent man and citizen, sober, honest, and upright. The Rev. M. J. S??? conducted the funeral services. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1911



Blaine, KY—On Dec 30,1910, little Pearl, daughter of Joe and Effie Kitchen, was called home to God. She was only 6, but her gentle ways had endeared her to all who knew her. She was the idol of her father’s heart. The comfort in so many ways to her mother, the joy of her little brother, but God in His wisdom doeth all things well. Big Sandy News, Jan 27, 1911


MILLS, Lem--see under Willie Akers


MOORE, David

Ledocio--Died Dec 28th, David Moore, son of J. W. Moore of Mattie, of pneumonia. He leaves a wife and 8 children. He was a good citizen and his untimely death is to be regretted. Big Sandy News, Jan 13, 1911


Death has called from earnest labor to eternal refreshment our beloved friend David J. Moore, who departed this life Thursday, Dec 29, 1910, age 36 years, 9 months and 12 days. He was the son of John W. and Elizabeth Moore. He married Lucy Hall Feb 27, 196 (not sure if this should be 1896 or 1906). He lived a true and devoted Christian life. In the death of David J. Moore his fellow citizens have lost a God fearing, law abiding, country loving patriotic neighbor; his parents a loving son, and his wife and children, whose thoughts were always of them and who loved them above every other earthly interest. Big Sandy News, Jan 13, 1911


PENNINGTON, Lewis Russell

Polly’s Chapel—Died, Jan 13, the infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. Wat Pennington. Diphtheria was the cause of its death. It was interred in the Pennington cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Berry. Big Sandy News, Jan 20, 1911


Gladys—Died, Friday, Jan 13, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Wat Pennington, Lewis Russell. Its sickness was short, death was caused by inflammation of the stomach. Big Sandy News, Jan 27, 1911


PINSON, Lem--see under Willie Akers



Emma--Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Preston on the night of the 11th and took from them their little daughter, who had been suffering for so long. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1911


PUTOFF, Maud (Drennon)

On Tuesday last Mr. M. S. Burns, received intelligence of the death in Cincinnati of his niece, Mrs. William Putoff. Before her marriage she was Miss Maud Drennon, and at one time she lived in this city. The body was brought to Huntington for interment. The burial was attended by Mrs. M. S. Burns and daughters, Misses Shirley and Kizzie. On account of a press of court business Mr. Burns was unable to attend the burial. Mrs. Putoff died of pneumonia. She was 41 years of age and is survived by her husband, who was a business man of Cincinnati. Also one sister survives her, Mrs. Andy Wilson of Portsmouth and one brother, Samuel Drennon, who is in the Navy. Big Sandy News, Jan 13, 1911


RIGG, Turner

Turner Rigg, a coal miner employed by the Louisa Coal Co., in tis mines at Torchlight, 6 miles south of Louisa, was instantly killed by a fall of slate while at work shortly after midnight last Monday night. The body was badly mangled. The body was prepared for burial and sent to the home of the deceased at Saltpeter, where interment occurred Wednesday. Turner was a young man and had been married only a few months. On Tuesday last an inquest was held on the body, when it was stated that the mine foreman had warned the men concerning the room where Riggs and others were at work, and, in fact, had ordered Rigg away from it only a short time before the occurrence of the accident which caused his untimely death. The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts. Big Sandy News, Jan 13, 1911


SEXTON, Marion

The News has information that Rev. Marion Sexton, of this county, was instantly killed in the Van Lear mines by a fall of slate. No particulars could be learned. Big Sandy News, Jan 27, 1911


SKEENS, Charles

Williamson, WV, Dec 31--The torn and mangled bodies of 8 men told the story of a terrible mistake made this morning by men in charge of the head house at the incline of the Lick Fork operation of the Red Jacket Consolidated Coal Company near Thacker. For some reason not yet explained four loaded mine cars were allowed to dash over the incline carrying death and destruction in their wake.


The dead are P. W. Tramel, mine foreman; Charles Skeens, mine foreman; 6 foreigners, Hungarians and Slavs, whose names could not be learned, most of them being known to the foremen by check numbers. the catastrophe happened at 7 o'clock this morning and a number of the men killed were riding on the incline car on their way to enter the mines. Without warning the loaded cars which were being let out of the mines dashed over the incline crashed into the carrying car completely demolishing it and landing in the tipple at the foot of the hill. Although the tipple men saw the terrible fate of the men who were on the car they did not have time to save themselves and two of them were crushed to death and two so badly injured that little hope of their recovery are entertained.


A Hungarian miner who was riding on the outside of the incline car jumped, and, while he was covered up in the wreckage, he practically escaped injury. the man is now a raving maniac and had to be bound. The eight men will be buried at Lick Fork tomorrow and at the request of the mine officials the County Coroner had gone to make an investigation. Big Sandy News, Jan 6,1911


SKEENS, Martellia

Hubbardstown--Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Skeens, Dec 30 and took from them their darling little baby Martellia and left father and mother heart broken .Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1911


SMELTZER, L. A.---see under Willie Akers


SPRIGGS, Matilda

Mrs. Matilda Spriggs, wife of John Spriggs, a farmer of Lawrence County, died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amos Lowe, on West Front Ave., near 8th Street, Ashland, after but a brief illness from pneumonia, of a malignant type, and it was soon apparent that the end was near. Decedent was 41 years of age and is survived by her husband and 3 children, Mrs. Lowe, Maywood and Ben Spriggs, all of whom were at her bedside when the final summons came. The body was taken to Kise for interment. Big Sandy News, Jan 13, 1911


The funeral of Mrs. Matilda Spriggs, who died in Ashland on the 7th was preached the 9th by Revs. Williams and the 2 Millers, Gilbert and his son Frank, after which she was buried at her old home in the G. H. Young graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jan 27, 1911



Mrs. Martha Stafford, wife of the late William Stafford, passed away Monday morning at her home in Johnson County, near Paintsville. Mrs. Stafford, who was one of the pioneers of the Big Sandy valley, had been in ill health for some time and her death was not unexpected. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1911



After a comparatively short illness which had been noticed in this paper, Mrs. Mary Swetnam died peacefully and painlessly about 9 o’clock last Thursday night. After funeral service conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hanford at the M. E. Church Saturday afternoon, the body was buried in Pine Hill cemetery beside the remains of her husband, Dr. Hamilton Swetnam, who died in Sep 1893. Mrs. Swetnam was in the 84th year of her age, having been born in Scott County, VA in 1827. Of her 7 children, only one, Dr. J. W. Swetnam, of Whitehouse, survived. For perhaps 70 years Mrs. Swetnam had been a devoted member of the Church. All who knew her testify to her worth as a wife, mother, sister, and Christian woman. In all these varied relations she failed not but did well. The very large audience which assembled in the church of which she had been so long a devout and consistent member was strong evidences of the respect and esteem in which she was held by those who had known her long and well. Big Sandy News, Jan 20, 1911


TRAMEL, P. W.--see under Charles Skeens


WELLS, Jacob

Jacob Wells, one of the most prominent and respected citizens of Boons Camp, Johnson County was buried in the neighborhood of his late residence on Saturday, his death having occurred on Thursday. The deceased was a widower, his wife having died 3 years ago leaving him with 7 children, most of whom were grown to manhood and womanhood. He was a brother of John P. Wells, one of the leading lawyers of Paintsville and had 2 other brothers. He was regarded as one of the most perfect types of the Christian gentleman in that section and his death is being mourned by many . Catlettsburg Tribune. The burial was attended by Rev. H. B. Hulette and daughter, Miss Bessie, of this place. Mr. Wells was an uncle of Mrs. Hulette and was 52 years of age. His disease was tuberculosis. Big Sandy News, Jan 20, 1911


WORLEY, John---see under Willie Akers



At 7 o’clock Sunday evening the body of M. A. Adams, a well known and highly respected citizen of Huntington was found in room 26 at the Hotel Shively, in Catlettsburg. 100 quarters grain morphine tablets and a drachm bottle of morphine were found in his room at the time his body was discovered. Big Sandy News, Feb 24, 1911


ADAMS, Verlie

Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rube Adams and took from them their little girl, age 5 years, 3 months and 20 days. The sudden death was caused by catching fire, while out where the little boys were at work. It was a cold day and they had a little fire built up. She only lived 4 hours after the accident occurred. She leaves a father, mother and 3 little brothers and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. She was burned on Saturday and laid to rest on Sunday in the Holbrook Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 24, 1911



The following will be read with sad interest by the Louisa friends of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson: Miss Lucile Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. U. S. G. Anderson, died at her home in Huntington at 3 a.m. Saturday, after a 3 months illness, aged 17 years, 6 months and 21 days. The funeral was held from the home at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. U. B. W. Darlington. The Huntington Advertiser says in part: Miss Anderson was one of the brightest and most winsome young ladies in Huntington, and her friends were numbered by the hundred. To the nearer and more intimate of these her death did not come as a surprise, as she had been ill for 3 months and critically so for a fortnight. Miss Anderson was born in Catlettsburg on Jul 13, 1893, and spent her earlier childhood there. With her parents she came to Huntington about 12 years ago and resided here continuously until the time of her death. She was affiliated with the Johnson Memorial Church and her interest there was constant and active. Her father is one of the well known business men of the city, being the directing head of the Colonial Casualty Company. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911



On Feb 14, death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Atkins and took from them a darling child. It leaves a father, mother and one little brother and a host of relatives. The child was sick only a short while. The remains were laid to rest in the Adkins graveyard until the Resurrection then we can see little D. H. again. Big Sandy News, Feb 24, 1911


BERRY, Hannah

Watterson—Died, Wednesday Jan 25, Aunt Hannah Berry, of this place. She leaves a host of friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911



I.K. Berry better known as “Dick” Berry, died at his home near Irad, this county, last Saturday, after a long and painful sickness caused by Bright’s disease. The funeral and burial occurred on the following Monday, conducted by the Rev. William Copley. He was 61 years old and left a widow and 4 children. Mr. Moore’s wife was a daughter rof “Uncle” Sammy Moore, in his day one of the most popular and well known man in Lawrence County, And it is to be truthfully said of Dick Berry that he was equally and deservedly as popular. He was sober, honest, industrious, given to hospitality and good works, He kept “open house”, and on Sunday, when there were numerous visitors and callers his cry of “dinner’s ready” could be heard half a mile. He was, to use the language of one who knew him long and well, as good a man as we had in the county, and the passing of such men is a distinct loss. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911



Delbert Burchett, aged 22, son of drew Burchett of Smoky Valley, this county, was killed by a train in some unknown way at Maysville, Saturday night. Olive Hill Times. Big Sandy News, Feb 17, 1911



A tragedy that occurred near the Breaks of Sandy, last Wednesday, resulted in the death of one of the children of John Colter, and the miraculous escape of another, when a monster boulder weighing hundreds of tons broke loose from where it had lain for a century, perhaps, on the mountainside above Colter’s home, roaring down into the valley, tore away almost one half of the Colter cabin, crushing a bed that stood in one corner, killing one of 2 children asleep in it and throwing the other across the room slightly bruising it. The escape of the one child was a miracle as the bed was torn to pieces and scattered along in the path of the mighty rock. Colter and his wife who were asleep in the other end of the cabin, were thrown out of their bed by the shock and awoke paralyzed with fear, in the darkness. After a while a light was secured and the sorrowful tale of the disaster lay written before the eyes in the mangled body of their 7 year old daughter. The other child was unconscious but the injuries were slight. Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911



Greenup, KY—The C & o flyer struck and instantly killed Joe Coon, aged 36 years, about 2 miles below here. Coon was standing on the track knocking coal off a car on opposite track with a stick when the train struck him. Big Sandy News, Feb 17, 1911


DEAN, Clifton

I trust you will allow me a little space to say something about my old friend and brother in the Lord, Rev. Clifton Dean, who passed to his reward Dec 2, 1910, after several months of affliction which he bore with great patience. He often said to his family and friends that it was all right, and he was only awaiting the Master’s call. Bro. Dean was born near Round Bottom, WV, in the year 1836, one year before your humble writer. We grew up in the same neighborhood and were associated together. We began our religious lives the same year. We both were quite young, not over 12 years old. Bro. Dean entered the ministry early in life, joined the M. E. Church, South and conference and was engaged as an itinerant preacher for a number of years. The fact is, the prime of his life was spent in the ministerial work. After long years of faithful toil over some of the rough portions of our country, on account largely of his age and infirmity he took a supernumerary relation. He did not stop preaching, but continued right on in the good work. It fell to his lot to preach a large number of funerals, in fact he was the choice of a large number of our people. His sermons were greatly appreciated on account of their great depth of thought. Bro. Dean was partly a self-made man, was a hard student but never had the advantage of an education except what he gathered from the common schools which were generally very poor at his day. In reviewing his past life and the great disadvantages which he had to labor under we deem him a wonderful man, and can say a great man in Isreal fell when he departed this life. Bro. Dean was twice married his first wife living only a few years. He and his second wife were married 39 years at his death. He leaves her and a number of grandchildren to mourn his departure. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. J. F. Hatten. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911



DUTTON, Mrs. Elias

Mrs. Elias Dutton died at her home one mile below the mouth of Georges Creek, this county, Sunday night last, of the infirmities of extreme old age. The funeral occurred Tuesday, with interment near the home. Mrs. Dutton was the mother of Mrs. P. H. Vaughan, of this city, and her funeral was attended by Miss Belle Vaughan, Mrs. C. B. Bromley, Mrs. James Hatcher and other Louisa relatives. Mrs. Vaughan was kept at home by reason of personal illness. Mrs. Dutton was born not far from the place of her death 86 years ago, and had always resided at the old home place. She had been married 3 times and is survived by her last husband. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911


HALE, John

East Point—Death has called from this world into eternity, Mr. John Hale, Jan 9, 1911, age 74 years. He leaves a wife and 7 daughters and one son to mourn his death. He joined the M. E. Church a few months before he died and was living a true Christian life. He has gone where there will never be sickness and death. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911



Uncle Shade Hatfield, age 70 years, and one of our best citizens died here Friday evening. He took sick suddenly about 4 o’clock and died in about 5 minutes. He was a pensioner, having served in the Civil War. He leaves a wife who is very old and in poor health. Prestonsburg item. Big Sandy News, Feb 17, 1911



John Higgins died at Salyersville, Jan 18. He had been confined to his bed for over 8 years. He was 90 years and 2 months old. He was a twin, his twin sister having died while quite young. Until 8 years ago he was a very active business man, engaged in buying and selling live stock for more than 75 years. He attended the markets of Richmond, VA in his early life, and later the markets of Cincinnati, Mt. Sterling, Owingsville, Winchester and other points, and perhaps had made as many acquaintances as any other men in this part of the state. He leaves a widow 77 years old, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 40 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, and scores of other relatives. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911



James Howell, a farmer, was shot and killed Tuesday on Laurel Creek, in Mingo County, by Miles Hall. Hall surrendered to the authorities. Three brothers of Howell are in jail, charged with conspiracy to kill Hall. The feud was over farm products. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911



George Hunicutt, a citizen of lower John’s Creek and about 60 years of age, was killed last Friday. It is claimed that he was killed by James Burborn Clark, a son of Morgan Clark, deceased and that the motive was robbery. Young Clark who is a minor is heir to about $1700.. The deceased had on him about $46 which was missing. The proof against Clark is conclusive. He has not been arrested, having left on the 2 o’clock train after the murder was committed. Pikeville Herald, Big Sandy News, Feb 17, 1911


MCCOY, John Raymond

On Feb 4, 1911, death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pat McCoy and took from them their darling little baby, John Raymond, aged 7 months and 20 days. On the following Sunday morning the heart broken parents took darling Raymond to Denton, KY, where he was laid to rest in a family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Feb 24, 1911


MILLER, Mrs. John

The widow of John Miller died near Torchlight, Wednesday, at a very old age. She lived with her son, who moved there from Martin County a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911



The tragic death of Boyd Patterson an engineer on the Norfolk and Western railroad, that occurred at Kenova some time Thursday night, of last week, was one of the most sickening affairs of the kind that has occurred in this section. It is now believed that he wandered around and sat down on the track when he was run over by an engine attached to a train and literally ground to pieces. The different members of his body were found scattered along the railroad for many yards, the truck of the body having been stripped of all its members, including the head, which was carried 50 miles on the pilot of the engine before it was discovered. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911



Mr. John Picklesimer, whose critical illness has been noticed in previous issues of this paper, died at 2 o’clock Thursday morning. He had been in the enjoyment of good health up to a month ago,, when he suddenly began to decline. For more than 2 weeks before the end finally came his death was almost hourly expected. All his 5 living children, except his son, John Henry, of Franklin Furnace, OH, were at his bedside when he died. This son had been here 2 weeks, but had been compelled to leave for home Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at the residence of Mr. Fred Picklesimer Friday morning at 10 o’clock after which the body will be interred in Pine Hill Cemetery. The service at the house will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hanford, pastor of the deceased, and the Rev. Franklin Hardin, of the Baptist Church.


The death of “Uncle” John Picklesimer marks the passing of one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this community. He was born in Johnson County nearly 82 years ago and came to Lawrence County about the close of the Civil War, in which he served 3 years as a member of the 14th KY Infantry. He moved from Busseyville to this place several years ago, where he was a well-known figure until his death. Few men have died with a better reputation for sobriety, industry and integrity. For many years he had been a member of the M. E. Church and he died fearless and confident in the faith of the Christian. Mr. Picklesimer’s surviving children are Mrs. Lucy Damron, George, James and Fred Picklesimer, of this city and John Henry Picklesimer of Franklin Furnace, OH. There are numerous grand and great grandchildren. The aged wife preceded her husband to the grave in Sep 1909. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911



Harry Preston died Dec 31, 1910 at the home of his son at McNeal, Boyd County, from diseases attending old age. He had been in rather ill health for some time but was only confined to his room a few days before his death, during which time he sustained a fall from which he never entirely recovered. His family was notified of his illness and were all present except Mrs. W. A. Chapman, who could not attend on account of illness. His remains were taken to Graves Shoals, Lawrence County which had been his home for more than 40 years till about 2 years ago. Here his funeral was conducted by Rev. Arthur Preston, after which interment took place in the old family cemetery. He was 80 years old and the father of A. W. Preston, of Dickson, WV, Mrs. W. A. Chapman of Graves Shoals, Lawrence County and Gus Preston, of McNeal, Boyd County. He left no wife, she having died 7 years ago.


The subject of the foregoing brief sketch was one of the best citizens of this county. He was sober, industrious, moral and upright, correct in all the relations of social life. He was a very quiet retiring man, but one who could be relied upon at all times. By his death Lawrence County lost one of its best and most useful men. Big Sandy News, Feb 17, 1911



The News regrets to hear of the death of Willie Reynolds, its Meads Branch correspondent. He was an estimable young man, and his untimely demise is much lamented. He leaves a father, mother, brother and sister to mourn his death. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911


Hulette--Death visited the home of John Reynolds and wife, and took from them their youngest son, Willie, Jan 2, age about 18 years. Willie had been suffering for a long time with consumption. He has gone to a country from whose bourne no traveler returns. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911


IN Memory—Meads Branch, Jan 27, 1911—Willie Reynolds was called home to God. Willie was one of our country’s brightest young men. He was only 19 years 4 days old. Willie lived a true Christian life, and was loved by all who knew him, but God in his wisdom doeth all things well. He has placed him in a Heavenly home and says to his father and mother and brother and sister, “Look up and prepare to meet dear Willie.” Willie was a correspondent of the News at this place until he took ill with consumption. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911


RICE, Lucile

H. Rice’s child, age 2 years, died at Buchanan Wednesday. It was a grandchild of Rev. R. F. Rice. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911


Death has entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Rice of near Buchanan, and claimed for its victim their youngest child, Lucile. She was born Jan 3, 1909, died Feb 1, 1911. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911



On Saturday last a little child of Mat Rowe, of Fort Gay, died after a short illness caused by pneumonia. It was about 8 months old and was buried in Fairview Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911


SHORT, Thompson

SHORT, Henry

Thompson and Henry Sort, brothers, were drowned while rafting logs in the Big Sandy river in Buchanan County, VA as the result of trying to leap from one raft to another. It is said the rafts suddenly spread, precipitating them into the surging waters, where they tried to swim ashore, but gave up before help could reach them. Both bodies were found some hours later. Big Sandy News, Feb 17, 1911



Attorney H. K. Shumate at one time recognized as one of the leading legal minds of West Virginia, died at his home in Williamson, last Monday. For the past 2 years he had been afflicted with locomotor ataxia and had been confined to his bed for several weeks. He was prominently known throughout the state and in the days of his active practice had the reputation of being a past master in the knowledge of technical law. He was 86 years of age. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911


SOARD, Rev. A. J.

The Rev. A. J. Soard died at his home in this city on Monday night last, after a short illness caused by pneumonia, It was known last week that he was sick, but few were aware of the fact that he was critically ill and news of the death was quite a shock to all who knew him. The funeral occurred on Wednesday afternoon, with services conducted at the Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. R. B. Neal, of Pikeville, and was largely attended. The body was interred in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Mr. Soard was 49 years of age. He left a widow and 6 children to mourn the loss of a good husband and father. Mr. Soard had not been a resident of Louisa very long, but by his quiet, godly life he had earned the respect and esteem of all who knew him. For a time he was pastor of the Christian Church and did much to build up the church and the congregation. At the time of his death he was not in ministerial charge of any work. His death at a comparatively early age is a loss to his church and the cause of Christianity. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911


SPENCER, Middleton

Middleton Spencer, of Fort Gay, died at his residence in that place on Monday night last, after an attack of pneumonia which lasted about 10 days. He had been afflicted with rheumatism, which, with his 60 odd years hastened his death. Interment was made on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Spencer was a sober, industrious man, well-known in this place, where he at one time resided. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911



On Saturday last, the morning train from this place to Ashland struck a boy near the underground crossing at the upper end of the city and killed him almost instantly. The lad, who was about 13 years old, was walking eastward on the ends of the ties, with his dead down as though watching his steps on the ties, and did not see the train until too late. The boy was the son of William Sprenger, an Ashland policeman, and formerly a C & O fireman. He was firing for Bolivar Wesley when the accident occurred near Graves Shoals several years ago when the engine went through a trestle and both men were nearly killed. Oddly and sadly enough the engine which struck the Sprenger boy Saturday was driven by Mr. Wesley. Big Sandy News, Feb 3, 1911


THOMPSON, Mrs. Chris. (Julia Botner)

Mrs. Chris. Thompson died at her late residence near the forks of Little Blaine on Tuesday night last after a painful illness of nearly 2 months. She was about 45 years old and was the youngest daughter of Capt. O. D. Botner, of this city. Her illness was caused by Bright’s disease. The burial occurred on Thursday. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1911


Julia, wife of C. S. Thompson, after a long period of suffering, departed this life Wednesday morning, Feb 8. She was taken to the church at Evergreen and her funeral was preached by Rev. Reid of Louisa, after which the Eagles took charge of her remains and laid them to rest in the cemetery near the ???. She was a good woman and will be missed very much by all the people in the community in which she lived. Big Sandy News, Feb 17, 1911


VAUGHAN, Mrs. A. J. (Sandy)

Mrs. A. J. (Sandy) Vaughan, one of the most prominent men in that section, died at his home in Paintsville at Saturday night after an illness of only 2 days. He was attacked by lagrippe Thursday night and never rallied. Big Sandy News, Feb 24, 1911


VINSON, Mrs. James

The mother of Judge Wilkinson, Mrs. James F. Vinson, who died a few days ago, was born in this county. Her maiden name was Chaffin. She died near Kermit, WV. Big Sandy News, Feb 24, 1911



Died, on the 7th, Elisha Wellman, after several months of affliction which he bore with great patience. He was born in this county in the year 1832. He belonged to the Baptist Church for several years. He leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. They and the whole neighborhood will miss him. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Daniel Kazee. He was laid to rest in the old Wellman graveyard to await the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Feb 17, 1911


MARCH 1911


Polly’s Chapel—Died, Mar 20, America Blankenship, of brain fever. She was a well loved and respected girl, age about 17 years. She was truly converted while upon the bed of affliction and told her mother, sisters and brothers, to meet her in Heaven. She was laid to rest by the side of her father in the Sand Branch Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Berry and Hicks. Big Sandy News, Mar 31, 1911


BOWEN, John Floyd

The authorities of Wayne County are grappling with the foulest murder mystery that has ever come to notice in that county, John Floyd Bowen, a popular young teacher of Crum, being the victim. Two days ago Bowen’s mangled body was found on the railway track on lower Bull Creek, 3 miles north of his home. Marion Chaffin, who made the discovery, notified justice J. B. Crum, who impaneled a coroner’s jury and with Dr. French as the attending physician, proceeded to conduct an inquest. At first it was believed that Bowen might have been struck by a fast train while walking near the mouth of the tunnel. The inquest had not proceeded far, however, when it was discovered that he had been shot twice in the forehead, one of the balls having come out at the top of the head, the other as far as could be determined, remaining bedded somewhere in the cavity of the skull. Bowen’s body was so fearfully mangled that it would have been almost unrecognizable but for his raven black hair and his shoes, and the garment that clung to his lower limbs. Big Sandy News, Mar 17, 1911


BRADLEY, Mrs. John (Mary)

In the death of Mrs. John Bradley, which occurred at her late residence on Greenbrier, about 4 miles from this city, Wednesday morning, her surviving family lost a devoted wife and mother, and the community in which she had lived so long a valued neighbor. Mrs. Bradley had not been in good health for a long time and when consumption began its ravages she had not sufficient strength to long resist its attack. She was a consistent member of M. E. Church and had long been an active Christian worker. She left a husband and 4 children, all grown, to mourn their loss. The funeral occurred on Thursday, conducted by Revs. Hanford and L. M. Copley, of this city. Interment was made near the old home. Mrs. Bradley left 4 brothers, James, George, and Bascom Hale, of this city and Mont Hale of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Mar 3, 1911



John Brewster, aged about 21 years, was shot and instantly killed late Thursday afternoon by Harve Kirk of Marrowbone Creek. Kirk was brought to jail here, Friday by Constable Chaffin but owing to the absence of several witnesses the examining trial went over until Saturday. Kirk and Brewster had been in Kermit together and were on their way to Marrowbone. The shooting took place at the head of Little Burning Creek, about a mile and half from Kermit. It is stated that the men got into an altercation and that Brewster attempted to cut Kirk with a knife. Kirk was sitting down when Brewster grabbed him by the shoulder, ready to strike with the knife. Kirk had a single barrel shot gun across his knees and fired point blank into Brewster’s abdomen. Death resulted instantly. Two men Jim Brewer and William Baisden witnessed the shooting. Williamson Enterprise. Big Sandy News, Mar 10, 1911



At Harold, KY, in the home of Mrs. Nannie Hatcher, Mr. John Caldwell peacefully fell asleep in death on Jan 28, 1911. Mr. Caldwell had been in ill health only a short time, confined to his room but 4 weeks, patient and uncomplaining. He was baptized by Rev. B. B. Spencer, of the M. E. Church, south and expressed himself as ready for the Master’s call. He was in the prime of manhood, being only 32 years old. When taken ill he was Superintendent of Construction on the L and E railroad. His lovely, devoted wife, Lucy Johns Caldwell and 2 bright little children are left to mourn their great loss. Mr. Caldwell was a kind, devoted husband and fond father. Besides his aged father and mother, who reside in Beckley, WV are also 4 surviving sisters. To these and to the widow and orphans go out the deepest sympathy from their many friends. The funeral was preached by Rev. Spencer and the body was laid to rest in the Hatcher Cemetery on the beautiful hill overlooking the river and valley. Big Sandy News, Mar 3, 1911


COX, Carl

Death came to the home of George Cox and wife on the 14th of February and took their 3 week old boy, but He who doeth all things well had need of this precious little soul. You have not lost little Carl, but he is only sleeping waiting the resurrection morn. He was laid to rest by his Uncle “Burns” in the Delorme graveyard. His aunt, Fannie Parker. Big Sandy News, Mar 24, 1911


CRUM, Mrs. Will

Information of the horrible death of Mrs. Will Crum of Martin County has reached this city. She was burning brush in her garden, on Rockcastle Creek, not far from the mouth of Blacklog, when her dress was caught by the flames and before held arrived she was burned almost to a cinder. Big Sandy News, Mar 24, 1911


CYRUS, Jennie

In Memory of a loving daughter, Mrs. Jennie Cyrus, who died Apr 16, 1908. Three long years of sadness and sorrow have come and gone since death parted me and my dear daughter, but memory has never failed to give her endearing thoughts of my heart’s warmest love and devotion for her. She was a king daughter, loving mother and a true wife, she by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Mar 3, 1911


DEAN, Kinner

Tuscola—Kinner Dean passed from this world to a better one, Feb 25th. Big Sandy News, Mar 10, 1911


FLUTY, Bessie

Bessie Fluty, of Martin County, aged 16 years, was burned to death Wednesday of last week. She was raking brush in the garden and her clothes caught from a near by fire. Big Sandy News, Mar 31, 1911


GOBLE, Montraville B.

The news of the death of Mr. Montraville B. Goble, one of Catlettsburg’s most highly respected citizens, came as a great surprise to friends in this city. While it was known here that Mr. Goble was in failing health, no one suspected that death was so near. He had passed his 73rd milestone, and his death was due to paralysis and advanced age. He died at 5:30 Tuesday morning at the old homestead, where his daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Magann, now reside. The funeral was held at the home Thursday, conducted by the Rev. W. J. Garrison, pastor of the Presbyterian Church.


Mr. Goble is survived by 5 children: Mrs. M. M. Magann, Mrs. Guff Wellman and Green Goble, of Catlettsburg, Monte J. Goble, cashier of the Fifth-Third National Bank; and Mrs. Lillian Burgess of Missouri. Mrs. Curtis Montague, of Ashland, Chestt C. Magann and Monte Magann, teller fo the Kentucky National Bank, Catlettsburg are grandchildren.


His first wife was Hester Ann, daughter rof George Revel and Emily Johns Burgess and to this marriage with this beauteous daughter of our fair state were born 6 children, four of whom survive—Mrs. Merritt Magann, Mrs. Guff Wellman, Green V. Goble of Catlettsburg and Mrs. J. J. Burges sof Missouri. His second wife was Mary J. daughter of Ephriam and Elmira Northup, of Hartford, NY. She was a devoted mother to his children and gave her whole deep loving nature to them. To this last union was born one son, Monte J. now of Cincinnati. Mr. Goble is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Thomas Pickerel and Mrs. Richard Meek, of near this city and Mrs. Sank Hall, who now lived in Texas.


He was born May 19, 1837, near this city. His parents were Greene V. and Rebecca W. Jones Goble, two highly honored and gifted people. He was licensed to practice law Oct 13, 1857 and served as Deputy Sheriff and Clerk of the Court at a very youthful age. His health caused him to give up the law entirely and later went into the timber business altogether.


Before his removal to Catlettsburg, Mr. Goble was one of the most prominent men in this section. He knew the timber business as few other men knew it, and he followed it untiringly. He was a most genial, lovable man, devoted to his family and his friends. He was generous and charitable, almost to a fault. If he ever had an enemy nobody ever heard of it. During his long illness he was tenderly cared for by his children. His end was peaceful and painless, and the regret and sorrow of those who knew him best is sincere. Big Sandy News, Mar 10, 1911


GREER, Hiram

Hiram Greer, one of the oldest, if not the oldest citizen of Morgan County, was found dead in his bed last Tuesday morning. He lived at the Greer Sulphur Spring, near the Chapel and was a good citizen. He was 92 years of age at the time of his demise. Only a year ago he was in a fiddlers contest at Cannel City and appeared to be quite sprightly for one of his years. His wife was a Higginbottom, and preceded him to the grave by several years. Big Sandy News, Mar 10, 1911


HAYES, Aunt Cordelia

Aunt Cordelia Hayes, aged 77 years and several months, passed away from us and went home with Jesus Feb 19, 1911. She was a kind and loving aunt, she kept her footsteps right and true and honest and she prayed to die all the time. Indeed, the world seems empty and cheerless to them and on their hearts there are dreary, dismal aching, their consolation is found that their treasure is in heaven and who will never be racked with pain any more. The body was laid to rest in the beautiful spot selected by her on Georges creek. May the brothers, son, daughter and relatives be sustained by the grace of God when they all pass from this they will meet the mother and rejoice together in that home where they will never part. Big Sandy News, Mar 3, 1911


HICKS, Reuben

Mrs. Jack Ward, of Lock Avenue, received intelligence Tuesday of the sudden death of her father, Mr. Reuben Hicks, of Grayson, KY, which occurred that morning. Mr. and Mrs. Ward left on the early train for Grayson. Big Sandy News, Mar 24, 1911


JUDD, Andy

Andy Judd was born Jun 9th, 1881, and deceased this life Mar 14th, 1911, aged 29 years, 9 months, and 5 days. He was happily converted near 2 months before his death, and he was patient and faithful till the end came. He often prayed for the good Lord to spare him a little longer, and it seemed as his prayers were answered. He leaves an aged mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters and a host of friends to mourn his death. “Chick will be missed by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Mar 31, 1911



Mr. Flem Kitchen, and aged and much respected citizen, of Webbville, died at that place Mar 7. He had lived there many years. He was 96 years old and probably the oldest man in the county. Big Sandy News, Mar 17, 1911



Huntington, Mar 17—Literally scalded to death was the horrible fate meted out to the little 6 year old daughter of Mrs. Amanda Lester, of Millers Fork, in Wayne County, WV, yesterday morning at 10 o’clock, the tragedy occurring while the child was playing near where her mother was doing the washing. A large kettle of scalding water had been set on the ground near where Mrs. Lester was at work, and the child was playing with a little wagon nearby. She was backing across the yard, pulling the wagon after her when she struck the big kettle of hot water and plunged backward into it, scalding her body until the flesh was literally cooked. Big Sandy News, Mar 24, 1911


MARCUM, Mrs. John

Chattaroy, WV—Death has again visited the home of John Marcum and taken from him his loving wife, after a long lingering illness. She leaves a loving husband and 6 small children to mourn the loss. Big Sandy News, Mar 3, 1911



Nobody will probably ever know how it happened but late Friday afternoon the 3 year old daughter of Henry Mays of Kenova, devoured a package of a dozen or more strychnine tablets, securing them from a medicine closet, where it seemed impossible for a baby to have reached them under any circumstances. Two hours afterwards, following innumerable convulsions the child died in horrible agony. Big Sandy News, Mar 24,1911



Estep—We are sorry to hear of the death of Dow McCornic, who died Feb 17. Big Sandy News, Mar 3, 1911


MEAD, Henry

Peach Orchard—Died Mar 5th, Henry Mead. He leaves several children and a host of friend to mourn the loss. Big Sandy News, Mar 10, 1911


MEAD, Willie

Little Blaine—Death visited the home of R. T. Mead and took from them Willie, age 15. He has gone home to God to join the Praise of evermore, Jesus said, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven”. Big Sandy News, Mar 3, 1911



The 3 months old child of the Rev. Moseley, of Martin County, was found dead in bed, one morning last week. Cause unknown. Big Sandy News, Mar 31, 1911



After a long and painful illness, heretofore noted in this paper, Wat Riffe, aged 19 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Riffe, of this city, died of typhoid fever shortly before noon last Friday. The funeral services were held at the Christian Church on Saturday afternoon and were largely attended. Interment followed in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Mr. Riffe was a popular young man, sober and industrious and his untimely death is greatly deplored. The mother of the dead boy, herself a sufferer from the malady, which caused the death of her son, was reported slightly improve Thursday. Big Sandy News, Mar 24, 1911



The Rev. P. J. Skaggs, died recently at the home of his son in law, Girard Deboard and was buried at Fairview. He formerly resided on Big Blaine, this county. He was 70 years old and had been a Baptist minister more than half a century. Big Sandy News, Mar 17, 1917



Ledocio—Died on the 9th, the infant of Armslo and wife, aged one week. Big Sandy News, Mar 24, 1911



Ben F. Wilson, proprietor of the Wilson House, at Ceredo, committed suicide Thursday, by drinking carbolic acid. Domestic troubles are said to have been the cause of the rash act. He was about 50 years old and had resided in Ceredo for several years, where he was widely known. Big Sandy News, Mar 17, 1911


APRIL 1911


ALLEN, Jennie (Martin)

Died, near Middle Creek, KY, one of the oldest inhabitants of Floyd County—Mrs. Jennie Allen, born Oct 4, 1806. She was born and raised on Beaver Creek, Floyd County. She was married at the age of 15 years to David W. Allen, who departed this life in 1884, at the age of 79 years. Mrs. Allen joined the Christian Church at the age of 22, and lived a devoted Christian life up to the end. She never took a dozen doses of doctor’s medicine in her life and retained her good health up until a few days before her death. When the time came for her demise she passed away with a smile. She was the mother of 16 children, 11 sons and 5 daughters, only 6 of whom survive her. The deceased was a daughter of Joel M. Martin, one of the oldest inhabitants of the county.


“Grandma” Allen, as she was called by all who knew her, lived to see her fourth generation. She was reared in Floyd County when all sorts of wild beasts roamed the hills, and she would tell of nights when she could not sleep for the barking of wolves. After the death of Grandma Allen’s husband, she resided with her youngest son, Elliott Allen, present deputy sheriff, near Middle Creek. The remains were conveyed to Pyramid for interment, where they were met by some 200 sorrowing friends and relatives. Funeral services by the Revs. Hyden and Sexton, of the Baptist Church, after which the remains were consigned to their last resting  place. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911



Ratcliff—On the 22nd Aunt Anna Bentley, one of the oldest women of this neighborhood died, being near 90 years of age. She was laid to rest in the old home graveyard. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911


BOGGS, Hobart

Chestnut Grove—Death visited the home of Lonnie Boggs Mar 30 and took from them their darling little boy, Hobart. Pneumonia was the cause of its death. He leaves a father, mother and a five year old sister. Little Hobart was about 3 years of age. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911



Dan Bowling, of Hellier, Pike County, was killed by the fall of a log Tuesday of last week. He and others were building a tramway. The log was used as a “leader,” one end on the tramway, the other on the ground. He was walking on the log, when it fell and rolled upon him, crushing hi so badly that death ensued that night. He was a brother of J. M. Bowling, the Pikeville attorney. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911



Chestnut Grove—Died, Apr 2, Mabel Carter, the little daughter of Kay Carter. She was burned very badly on Friday evening and lived until Tuesday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Strattenberger. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911


CULTER, Mrs. Amanda (Rice)

The News is in reception of the following:

Mrs. Amanda R. Culter, died at Satsuma Heights, FL, Apr 22nd, 1911. Mrs. Culter was former Miss Amanda Rice, daughter of the late Judge James M. Rice, of Catlettsburg, KY and the last of his immediate family. She has resided in Florida 25 years. Mrs. Culter was well-known to the older residents of this city, where she has several relatives. She was a sister of the Judge John M. Rice and Jake Rice also deceased. She was a sister of the first Mrs. John W. Jones and for many years lived in the house now occupied by Mr. A. M. Wheeler. She was much liked by many friends and relatives, who will learn with sorrow of her death. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911



As C & O train No. 3 came rolling through Riverton Monday afternoon it struck and almost instantly killed Miss Maymie Cunningham, who resided at Glenwood. Miss Cunningham had just arrived in Riverton via the E.K. from a visit with home folks at Glenwood and had gone to the post office, where she mailed some post cards and received a letter. She started back across the track reading the letter. Although she was the train approaching she thought she could safely reach the other side, not realizing the train was so near. Just as she placed one foot on the platform of the depot with the other foot on the track No. 3 struck her and knocked her several yards, killing her instantly. The engineer saw the tragedy about to be enacted and did all in his power to prevent it, whistling to warn her and decreasing his speed, although the train was not running more than 15 miles an hour. The employees at the depot also tried to warn her, but in a flash her soul was dashed into eternity.


Miss Cunningham was an estimable young lady and had for the past 3 years mad her home with Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McKee at Riverton, having for years resided with Mrs. Mckee’s mother, Mrs. Webb, until her death. She was only 23 years of age and a sad feature of the tragedy is that she was soon, next month to become the bride of Frank Burton, who resides in the state of Washington, and the letter she was reading was from her intended husband. The remains were placed on the train, taken to Greenup and then to the undertaking establishment of W. B. Taylor, where a Coroner’s inquest was held and the body prepared to be sent to the home so quickly made and at Glenwood. The train struck the young lady’s shoulder, breaking her neck and the bones of one arm. The young lady referred to in the above account was an estimable girl, well known and popular, where she lived. She was a sister of Mr. Isaac Cunningham, the well-known teacher of this county. Big Sandy News, Apr 21, 1911



DEAN, Mrs. L. B.  

The long illness of Mrs. L. B. Dean, which was mentioned regretfully in this paper a short time ago, terminated in her death at her late residence near Prichard, WV, early last Monday morning. The body was taken to Fallsburg via this place on the same day. Interment was made on Tuesday in the presence of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. Mrs. Dean died of pulmonary tuberculosis. She left a husband but no children. Mrs. Dean was the daughter of Mr. Vint Hutchinson, deceased, of Fallsburg, KY. As a girl she was popular in a large circle of friends. About 5 years ago she became the wife of Dr. L. B. Dean, and to him was a most devoted wife. She was a member of the Southern Methodist Church and lived the life of a Christian. In all the varied duties of life, as daughter, sister, wife and friend Mrs. Dean was a model. Big Sandy News, Apr 7, 1911



Last week one of the Van Lear mines was the scene of an accident which had fatal results. A man named Delaney who was running a motor, was, through some unknown means, caught on a “rib”, thereby receiving injuries which caused his death. He was a young man, married and had one child. The body was properly cared for by the I. O. O. F. of Paintsville. Our informant failed to name the residence of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911


FITCH, Cecil

Death visited our community on Mar 23rd and removed from the home of John Fitch and wife, their son, Cecil, age 19 years. He was converted Feb 1910. He is gone but not forgotten. His sweet voice will be heard no more in their home, but we miss him from our home and our hearts are sad because he is gone. All that was mortal of his sleeps on the hill near his father’s home, but we believe that the spirit of Cecil is in the Paradise of Rest. Big Sandy News, Apr 21, 1911



News received here last week of the death of Joe Fitzpatrick, at his home on Middle Creek, Floyd County, following an illness of several months due to an abscess of the brain. It is said that Fitzpatrick suffered most severely with his afflictions. Fitzpatrick is the man that gained so much notoriety by walking into the circuit court room during a session of the Floyd Circuit Court at Prestonsburg 2 years ago and in the presence of 3 or 4 hundred persons shot to death Andy Coburn. Coburn was present in court to answer a charge of killing Bill Fitzpatrick, in Floyd County one year before. He surrendered soon after committing the deed and made a plea of self-defense and was admitted to bail. Fearing trouble because of the killing of Bill Fitzpatrick he disposed of his property in Floyd County and went to Greenup County where he purchased a good farm and was living quietly. When the time for his trial came he boarded a train and went to Prestonsburg and entered the court room, taking his seat about midway the building. Five minutes after he entered the room, Joe Fitzpatrick came in and locating Coburn he went to within easy reach of him and fired several shots into his body.. He then walked out of the courtroom and in company with a number of friends rode quietly away and was never apprehended. The assassination of Coburn created a panic in the court room. After a time quiet was restored and a number of women in Prestonsburg went into the room and rendered all possible assistance to Coburn, who did not die for several hours after he was wounded. The killing of Coburn was to avenge the killing of Bill Fitzpatrick. Joe Fitzpatrick lived quietly after killing Coburn and although within a few miles of Prestonsburg, he was not arrested. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911



Edgar, son of Tobe French, of Vessie, this county, died Wednesday morning after an illness of about one year. He was 22 years old and formerly taught school in this county. About 2 years ago he went to Texas and while there had a severe case of measles. Complications followed which caused his decline and death. He was a bright man and his death is much deplored. Big Sandy News, Apr 21, 1911


GARRED, Isadore

After a lingering illness caused by heart disease and complications, Isadore Garred, aged 61 years and 10 months, died at his home near the old Garred homestead on the night of Thursday, Mar 30. The burial occurred on the following Saturday in the Chapel graveyard and was largely attended. Mr. Garred was interred with the honors of the masonry, the ceremonies held by Apperson Chapter, of which the deceased was a worthy member, and were conducted by brother C. C. ??? of this city. The religious service was conducted by the Rev. W. L. Reid, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, Louisa. Revs. French Rice and Kazee, the pastor of Garred Chapel. Mr. Garred left a widow but no children. He is also survived by his aged mother, one sister, Mrs. Arnolda Burgess, and six brothers. Of these only four were able to be present at the funeral, A. J. of Louisa, Lee of Gallup, Owen of Catlettsburg, and Dr. Bernard Garred, of Hernshaw, WV. The others, Ulysses and Richard were unable to be present. Isadore was the oldest brother. Up to within a few years ago he seemed to be in robust health and took an active part in the affairs of life. He was a man of much intelligence, sober, industrious, a man of strict integrity and good morals. These excellent qualities gave him prominence in his neighborhood and in the county, and his death is a loss to the community. Big Sandy News, Apr 7,1911


GEORGE, Huster

Ulysses—After a brief illness little Huster, one of Alex George’s twin children, died of diphtheria. It took sick last Friday evening and died on Saturday night and was buried Sunday evening. Rev. Arthur Preston of Graves Shoal conducted the burial services. Big Sandy News, Apr 7, 1911


HALEY, Mrs. Christopher

Mrs. Haley, wife of Christopher C. Haley, section foreman on the O & B S division of the C & O was struck By Big Sandy west bound passenger train No. 37, and almost instantly killed. Mrs. Haley and her daughter, Mrs. Virgil Alexander, were walking down the track, taking Mr. Haley his dinner. Engineer Wesley saw the women on the track, about 100 feet above the cross, and sounded the whistle. Mrs. Alexander stepped off, but the mother stayed on until the engine was quite close. The daughter grabbed at Mrs. Haley, and Engineer Wesley had reversed his engine, the whil the alarm whistle was being sounded; and just as Mrs. Haley was stepping off the track the side of the pilot struck her, hurling her quite a distance. She was so badly crushed that she breathed only a couple of times ere death claimed her. Her age was 54. Independent. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911


HAMPTON, Mrs. John W.

Mrs. J. W. Hampton, who sustained serious injuries from a fall at her home in Ashland a few weeks ago, died unexpectedly last Friday. She was a woman of the highest type, a model Christian, wife, sister, mother and daughter. Her death is a source of profound regret. She was the wife of Rev. John W. Hampton and a daughter of the late Judge W. C. Ireland. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911



Adams and Dry Ridge—Miss Ella Hayes, daughter of J. L. Hayes, who had been suffering for some time with that dreadful and fatal disease tuberculosis, departed this life about 2 a.m. Monday morning, Apr 10. Ella was a good Christian girl and loved by all who were acquainted with her. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Kazee and Rev. William Copley. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911



Williamson, WV Apr 26—This city was thrown into a high state of excitement this afternoon when a telephone message from Matewan announced that Mayor Romint Hoskins and chief of Police Walter Musick of Matewan, had been shot and killed. According to the best information that can be obtained concerning the affair, Chief Musick and Mayor Hoskins went to the home of  Tom Chaffin, who lives at the Red Jacket mines, near Matewan, for the purpose of arresting Mrs. Chaffin, who had been charged with some minor offense. It is said that as they approached the house, Chaffin opened fire upon them with a Winchester. Musick was shot dead in his tracks and Mayor Hoskins was fatally wounded. He cannot survived and his death is momentarily expected. Chaffin immediately made his escape to the hills and has not yet been captured.


Sheriff Hurst has been requested to hasten to the scene with a force of his deputies. Mayor Hoskins has 3 sons and it is feared that if they and Musick’s friends succeed in finding Chaffin he will be summarily dealt with. All the parties connected with the deplorable affair are prominently connected. Walter Musick was a son of ex-sheriff E. E. Musick and had been Chief of Police of Matewan for about 2 years. Mayor Hoskins is originally from Kentucky, but has resided at Matewan for a number of years and was serving his second term as Mayor, having previously held the Office of Justice of the Peace. Tom Chaffin, who did the shooting is a son of Andy Chaffin, of Mate Creek, and is a native of Mingo County, being closely related to the leading families. This is the first trouble of any serious nature he is said to have been in and at this time it is not known why he took the lives of Musick and Hoskins, who it is said, were attempting to arrest his wife on a petty charge. Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911



Ratcliff—John Kelley died on the 20th. He had been in very poor health all winter. He leaves a wife and son to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911



Emma—We are sorry to report the death of Mr. and Mrs. John Mosely’s 3 year old daughter, who caught on fire on 18th inst. And burned to death. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911


MUSICK, Walter—see under Romint Hoskins



Miss Lula Prichard, age 21 years, daughter of Senator and Mrs. J. I. Prichard, died at her home at Bolts Fork, Boyd County, Monday afternoon after a protracted illness. Death was due to organic heart trouble from which she had been a sufferer several years. She is survived by her parents and 2 sisters, Mrs. G.W. Chapman, Paris, KY and Mrs. Charles Hannah, Portsmouth, OH and 6 brothers, Dr. Allen and M. F. Prichard of Mavity, Dr. C. L. of Harold, Atty. Watt M. Prichard of Catlettsburg and Dr. L. M. and Charles Prichard of Bolts Fork. Brief funeral services were held at the home, after which interment took place in the family cemetery. A pathetic feature is that the mother is very ill of pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911



Fred M. Stewart,, of Jattie, this county died of typhoid fever yesterday morning. H was about 50 years of age and was an excellent citizen. His first wife was a sister of M. G. Berry, of this place, and the second, who survives him is a sister of Adam and V. D. Harman. The body was taken to Webbville by a hearse furnished by the Snyder Hardware Co., Big Sandy News, Apr 7, 1911


Fred M. Stewart was born in Scott County, VA, Aug 13, 1853, departed this life Apr 5, 1911, aged 57 years 7 months and 22 days. He left Virginia and came to Kentucky when only 24 years old. His first wife was a Miss Berry, a sister of M. G. Berry, of Louisa, KY, and from that union was born one child, Clarence, who was very young when his mother died. His second wife was Maggie Harmon, a sister of Adam and V. D. Harmon. Fred was loved by his many friends and, in fact, by everyone that knew him. He was kindhearted and good to his friends and neighbors. His illness was of long duration, but he bore his suffering with much patience. He requested that Bros. R. F. Rice and H.B. Hulett preach his funeral at the church house at Brammer Gap. He selected the text to be used in preaching his funeral, which was the 15th verse of the 17th Psalms, “As for me I will behold they face in righteousness I shall be satisfied when I awake with they likeness.” Bro. Hulett was unable to come out and Bro. Rice preached the funeral after which the Odd Fellows and Free Masons took charge of the remains and took him to Webbville and there he was consigned to the grave to await the resurrection morning. He left a wife and one child and many friends to mourn, but we have a good hope of meeting Fred in a world where there will be no sickness, suffering and death. Adam Harmon. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911



Nick Stokoe, formerly of this place, died in Williamson Tuesday after an illness of only a few hours. He quit work about 11 o’clock and went home and lay down, dying about 3 p.m. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911



Ratcliff—On the 19th inst G. W. Webb died of consumption. He had been in bad health for a number of years. He leaves a family and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911


YOUNG, Fanny

Chestnut Grove—Died, Apr 7, Aunt Fanny Young, aged 73 years 7 months and 7 days. She was laid to rest in the family burying ground. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday by Revs. Berry and Hicks. Big Sandy News, Apr 14, 1911


YOUNG, Robert

Ulysses—Robert Young, whose illness was mentioned in the News recently, died Sunday night, Apr 23. He had been confined to his bed for 5 weeks. At first he was taken down with pneumonia and then with a severe attack of typhoid fever. All was done for him by kind friends and physicians that could be done, but all to no avail. Bob, as he was usually called, was a bright sober and industrious young man of about 20 years of age. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Young. His sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Apr 28, 1911


 MAY 1911


AUSTIN, Winfield

Winfield Austin, formerly of this county, met his death in horrible shape last Tuesday night at West Jefferson OH, by being ground to pieces under the wheels of a trolley car. Accompanied by his father, John Austin, the remains of the unfortunate young man were brought to this place via the N & W Wednesday morning, and were conveyed to the Mike Thompson graveyard, near Charley, this county, for interment. He was 25 years old and a widower. Mr. Austin was employed in a bottling works in West Jefferson, and lived near a trolley line at some distance from town. He had worked until a late hour on the fatal night, and had gone to the track to wait for the last car. It is supposed that he sat down on the track and fell asleep, when the car came upon him. He was dragged 900 feet before he was released, dead and horribly mangled. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911



John Betts, a well-known Negro barber of this place, was found dead in his bed Wednesday morning. Excessive use of whiskey is supposed to have been the cause of his death. John has been familiar figure around Pikeville for many years. He came from Catlettsburg, where he is said to have at one time been the owner of considerable property, in the way of real estate. He was running a small barber shop  here on Main Street at the time of his death. Pikeville Advocate. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1911




Ulysses—Mrs. Julia Castle widow of John Castle, died Saturday at her home on the head of Georges Creek. Her health had been bad for some time. She was near 75 years old and is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters. She was preceded to the grave by her husband and 4 daughters. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1911



Ulysses—On last Wednesday an infant child of Albert Chandler and wife died of whooping cough and was buried Friday. Mr. Chandler is blind. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1911


COMBS, Edward

Edward Combs, aged 90 years, one of Letcher county’s veterans and father of the extensive Combs family of the county, died at his home near Ermine, 2 miles above Whitesburg, after an illness of the grip. He leaves hundreds of descendants in Eastern Kentucky. His wife survives him. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911


CONLEY, Asa Johnson

On Saturday morning, May 20, at his residence in this city, Asa Johnson Conley, died after a painful illness of many weary weeks, aged 72 years. He had not been in robust health for several months, and when from a slight injury to one foot gangrene ensued, a once vigorous constitution, already enfeebled by age and infirmity, was not able to resist the ravages of so serious a malady. So in spite of the best care and skill and after many days and nights of alternate hope and fear, the end came peacefully and hopefully. A widow, 2 sons, M. F. and M. L., and one daughter, Miss Stella, survive. Of these all were present except M. L. Conley, of Cannel City, KY, who could not be reached until his father had died. Mr. Conley came to this city from Johnson County nearly half a century ago. All the succeeding years except possibly one, were spent in Louisa.


The funeral occurred on the day following his death and was one of the largest ever witnessed in Louisa. Mr. Conley had been a Mason, and not for many years, if ever had so many brethren of the mystic tie been seen together on a similar occasion in this city. The services were held at the home the deceased had built, in the spacious yard, among the trees he had planted, and in whose shade he was accustomed to sit. Amid these fitting surrounding the obsequies were held, the religious service being conducted by the Rev. W. L. Reid, of the M. E. Church, South, the church of which Mr. Conley had been a member since 1886 and Apperson Lodge F. and A. M. clothed in regalia, spoke the words which, from time almost immemorial, have been uttered over the body of a departed brother. After those who wished had looked , the body was taken to its last earthly resting place—beautiful Pine Hill, to sleep the sleep the sleep that knows no earthly waking.


Mr. Conley was born Mar 17, 1839. Was married in 1866 to Miss Elizabeth Leslie, who died in 1882. Nearly 3 years later he married Miss Mary Burgess. The following relatives from other places attended the funeral: B. F. Conley and daughter, Miss Bertha of East Point; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. C. Mayo, of Paintsville, Mrs. Florence Leslie and little son, of Greenup; Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Conley and little son, of Cannel City; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Burgess, of Kise; Judge Finley E. Fogg, of Paintsville, was present. Vinson Lodge of Fort Gay, WV attended in a body. Several members of the Masonic Order from Richardson and other points took part in the services. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911



Belle, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cummings, died Friday night last, after an illness caused by whooping cough and some of its complications. On Sunday afternoon, after appropriate services conducted at the residence by the Rev. Dr. Hanford, the little body was carried to beautiful Pine Hill and laid away in the narrow house appointed to all the living. Very many relatives and friends manifested by their presence and offerings of blossoms rich and rare their sympathy for the bereaved. Only those who have loved and lost know how even the death of a babe of such tender age can wrench the heart, and these know how the loss of baby Belle is felt, but the bereft ones know that she is “Safe in the arms” of the tender Shepherd, never to suffer again. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1911


DEAN, Mollie (Hutchinson)

Mollie, second daughter of Vincent and Susan Hutchinson and wife of Dr. L. B. Dean, was born Jan 24, 1863, departed this life Apr 3, 1911, aged 44 years 2 months and 9 days. She was converted when 19 years of age and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. From that time until her death she lived a very devoted Christian, at all times  ready and willing to do all she could in the church; she was never a discouraged Christian, but always full of hope and ???? that God doeth all things well. She was united in marriage Nov 12 190? To Dr. L. B. Dean. This union lasted over ? years. Many times during her last illness she and her husband read the Bible together and praised the name of God. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1911


FRY, William

William Fry, one of the most prominent attorneys in Wayne County, WV, died at Columbus, OH Wednesday. Mr. Fry, whose health had been delicate for some time, and been at the Hot Springs, Ark. for a while and had made some improvement, so that it was thought proper for him to return home. He started and had reached Columbus when he was suddenly stricken and died very soon. The remains were brought to his home. He had several relatives in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1911


HALL, Mrs. Mart

Barn Rock—Death has again visited our community and took from us a friend, Mrs. Mart Hall. She departed this life the 3rd last. She leaves a devoted husband and about 10 children and a host of friends to mourn her death. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1911



James Johnson, a well-known Big Sandy captain and engineer, was accidentally drowned in the river near Hampton City last Wednesday or Thursday morning. The body was found near the dam. It is supposed that he fell from the steamer Thealka. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911



Polly’s Chapel—Died, May 14, Mont Large, son of Thomas Large. He was laid to rest in the Adams Cemetery to await the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911



Donithon—Died, May 16, Andy Maynard, of this place. He leaves a father, mother, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, a wife and 4 children to mourn his death. The remains were taken to the Patrick graveyard for burial. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911



The death of W. S. Meek, one of Johnson County’s most highly respected citizens, occurred at the family home, on Buffalo Creek, that county, a few miles from Paintsville on last Friday, as a result of long suffering from the effects of that dreaded disease, cancer. Mr. Meek was born at Old Peach Orchard, Lawrence County, on the 19th of October, 1855, and was consequently past 55 years of age at the time of his death. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911


MILLER, George

Charley—Died on the  Apr 23rd, George Miller, aged 22 years 8 months and 13 days. He was a good Christian. He leaves a wife and one child, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and a host of friends to mourn their loss. His father and mother preceded him to the grave. He was laid to rest in the Meads branch cemetery by his father and mother. Funeral services were conducted  by Rev. G. V. Pack and Albert Miller. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1911



Miss Mary O’Bryan was born in 1889, in the state of Kentucky, and departed from this world Apr 25, 1911. Her father Anderson O’Bryan, moved to Ohio in 1908. She was married to Harry Miller December 18, 1910. She had been married 4 months when she left her husband. It was hard to part with our dear Mary, but the Lord needed one more flower in heaven. She has gone to join her dear mother, brothers and many other friends, who have gone on before. She is not dead, but asleep in Jesus. London, OH, A cousin. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1911


PINSON, George



George Pinson, 17 and Albert Proffet, 16, were drowned in Tug River at Goodman near Williamson Friday night. The young men went to the river to go in bathing. Evidently they did not know the depth of the water and although neither  could swim, they plunged in and were soon beyond their depth. The water at the point was from eight to twelve feet deep and both were struggling for life in a moment after they had jumped in. Albert Brumfield, a lad of 12 years, went to the river with Pinson and Proffet, but became frightened and refused to enter the water. Dave Childers, assistant bank boss at Goodman, was fishing just below the scene and witnessing the struggles of the two men called to Brumfield and asked if they were in danger. He first thought the boys were diving. The Brumfield boy did not realize at first that the men were in danger but thought they were by the time Childers called to him. Childers propelled his boat toward the men as fast as possible and came near reaching one of them before he went down. Both bodies have been recovered. The body of Pinson was shipped to Louisa and that of Proffet to Tazewell County, VA. Mingo Republican

Young Pinson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Pinson, formerly of Lick Creek, this county. They moved to Goodman in December last, where Mr. Pinson worked in the mines. The body was carried to the old home where it was interred. The services were conducted by the Rev. Friley. After the funeral the family returned to Goodman. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911



“Uncle J????” Potter died at his home near Catalpa last Thursday of the infirmities incident to old age. The body was taken to Pikeville, where Thomas Cecil Lodge F and A.M. took it in charge. On the following day, escorted by the lodge and many citizens, the remains were taken by train to Hellier. From Hellier the body of the patriarch was carried to his old home, about 7 miles from the station, where it was buried with Masonic ceremonies.. Mr. Potter was a brother of Ike Potter of Catalpa. He bought the old Fannin place when he left his old home in the mountain, and there he lived until the day of his death. He was ?82? years old, and was the father of 11 children. His widow is 79. In Mr. Potter’s much earlier days he was made a county magistrate and became “Squire”. This title adhered to him until with advancing years he became “Uncle J????”. He was an upright moral man, held in great respect by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1911


PRESTON, Mrs. Frank

The death of Mrs. Frank Preston of Paintsville removed from this earthly life and from kindly service of those who are discouraged, one of the trusty, noblest and gentlest women . Her death occurred Sunday at the home of her daughter Mrs. ??? Burton, in Catlettsburg, where she had been since her late illness, and when the final summons came, about her bedside were her devoted sons and daughter. Some months ago Mrs. Preston sustained a paralytic stroke, from which she never quite rallied. The body was taken Tuesday to Paintsville for interment. Big Sandy news, May 19, 1911


ROBERTS, Mrs. Mart H.

Mrs. M. H. Roberts died yesterday morning at her home at Prosperity, this county, of typhoid fever. A son is also at the point of death with the same disease. She was a sister of R. S. Chaffin, of this place, and her age was about 50 years. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1911


SEE, John

John See, aged 25, of Portsmouth, OH was seriously and perhaps fatally injured at that place last Friday. He is a brakeman on the N & W and has been employed about 4 years. On the day named he was engaged as usual, when he was struck by the pilot beam of a moving train, receiving injuries which will probably cause his death. Mr. See is a son of Venoy See, deceased, and a nephew of Charles See of Louisa. The present injury is the first he had sustained in his 4 years service as brakeman. He is an excellent young man, sober and industrious. He married a daughter of the Rev. Mr. Sparks, and their home is at Clifford station. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1911


SPARKS, Luella

On Wednesday of last week a young daughter of Henderson Sparks, who lived not far from Ulysses, this county, was burned so badly that death ensued the following day. She was helping burn brush in the field and her clothing was set on fire by the blazing pile. She was 17 years of age. Luella was the only daughter of Mr. Sparks. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She lived only a few hours after the accident and suffered terribly. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1911


SPIKER, Mrs. Louis

Van Lear—Died, Sunday morning, about 6 o’clock, at her home in the west end of this camp, the wife of Mr. Louis Spiker, after a long illness. Mrs. Spiker was all that a loving and kind mother could be. She had patiently faced the turmoil of life and greatly assisted her husband in maintaining and rearing a large family. She leaves a devoted husband, 3 sons and 4 daughters. The remains were sent to Fairmont, WV Monday for interment. Mr. Spiker is a foreman of the car shops and belongs to the orders of Free Masons and IOOF in good standing. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1911



Mrs. Martha L. Spradlin, aged 83 years, died at her home at Laynesville, Floyd County, last week. She was the grandmother of Mr. W. L. Ferguson, of this city, who, with his wife, attended the funeral. Mrs. Ferguson was at the old home before Mrs. Spradlin died, but Mr. Ferguson, through some delay in the transmission of a message, did not arrive until after his relative’s death. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1911



Green Stamper, aged 55, was run over and fatally injured, by train No. 16, on the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad, Tuesday night, a few feet below the freight depot of the railroad company, in this city. The man was taken to the Huntington C & O hospital on the same train by which he was injured where he died from his wounds. Stamper was a married man and has 4 children and his home was at Clayton, in Rowan County, 12 miles from Morehead. Catlettsburg Tribune. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1911



Forest Stapleton, a young farmer from Cliff, Floyd County who was taken to Ironton, seriously ill last Thursday, where he was operated on for peritonitis, died Saturday afternoon. Mr. Stapleton was 18 years of age, and had just been married a short time. His father, whose home is at Prestonsburg, was with him at the time of his death, having accompanied him last Thursday. When it was seen that death was inevitable, his mother was sent for, but did not get there. The remains were taken to Prestonsburg for burial. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1911



Mrs. Sam Thompson, whose death by accidental burning was recorded in this paper last week, was burned on Sunday, May 7. She was at a neighbor’s house when in passing in front of an open fire her clothing caught from the blaze. She was 39 years old and left 5 children. She was a daughter of Cagy McCormick. Mr. Thompson is a son of Jesse Thompson. The deplorable accident occurred near the head of Three Mile Creek. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1911



Mr. A. M. Wheeler, of this city, received Wednesday the sad news of the sudden death of one of his sisters, who lived near Salyersville. Accompanied by a brother from Ashland, Mr. Wheeler immediately left for the Wheeler home in Magoffin County. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1911


WHEELER, Mrs. John B.

Mrs. Wheeler, the beloved wife of John B. Wheeler, passed peacefully away, at 4 a.m. May 6, 1911, after a protracted illness from old age. She was 82 years of age and a devoted member of the United Baptist Church for 52 years. She was the mother of 6 children, of which 2 are living and are among the most prominent and useful citizens of our county. They are Martin and Franklin Wheeler, living in the same neighborhood, where their parents have passed so many useful and happy years. Four daughters have passed to the great beyond. Twenty-nine grandchildren and many friends mourn her death. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1911

 JUNE 1911


Inez—The infant child of Bill Banister died Tuesday of last week. Big Sandy News, Jun 2, 1911


CAINES, Thomas

Thomas Caines, a well-known citizen of this section, died of tuberculosis at his home on Caines Branch Wednesday night. Big Sandy News, Jun 23, 1911



Polly’s Chapel—Died, Jun 13 Pattie Chaffin an aged woman. She was laid to rest in the Berry cemetery near Sand Branch. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Berry and Hicks. Big Sandy News, Jun 23, 1911


COCHRAN, Laura B. (Hickman)

On Saturday morning, Jun 10, 1911, our Heavenly Father called to himself our dear beloved companion and mother and friend, Laura B. Cochran, wife of Martin Cochran, of Torchlight. She was about 18 years old, and was the daughter of Leander and Nancie Hickman, both who have preceded her to the Promised Land. Laura was a good woman and a noble wife. She suffered with that dread disease consumption. Everything  was done for her that human skill could do. Nothing could save her. Why she was taken from her husband and little babe we cannot tell, but she has gone home, where parting will be no more. She leaves behind her 2 brothers and 2 sisters. While they mourn the loss of a sister here let them look at God and trust him. Laura was a true Christian and died in full faith of a living God. It is a grand consolation for the husband, brothers and sisters to know where she is. Service held by Rev. J. T. Friley. Her body was laid to rest in the Joe McClure graveyard by the side of her father and mother at Chapman. Big Sandy News, Jun 30, 1911


CORNWELL, Benjamin

Benjamin Cornwell, 18 years of age, while in swimming with Ira Tabor Sunday afternoon in the Big Sandy River, went beyond his depth and was drowned, near Lockwood. The body was soon recovered and was buried Monday. Cornwell was a C & O employee. Big Sandy News, Jun 16, 1911



Levi Edwards, a well-known citizen of Williamson, was instantly killed Monday night just east of Delorme by a train. The body was cut to pieces. Mr. Edwards and a friend had spent the evening on the Kentucky side of the river and Edwards started home first. The other man found his mangled body several hours later. Big Sandy News, Jun 9, 1911



In memory of Edgar French on the 19th day of April, 1911, after a lingering illness of several months, caused from measles, he stepped from the stage of action into the realm from which not traveler has ever returned. He was a consistent Christian and fell asleep being weary of life. He loved the beautiful and his aspirations were that he might rise above the struggling mass and be a true and loyal citizen of his country and a blessing to his community. He acquired a good education and taught school. He often repeated what Horace Greely said, “Go west, young man, and grow up with the country.” His heart was set on the west and in the spring of 1908 he went to Cherokee, OK, where he found employment and being enraptured with life he went to Texas where he engaged in concrete work. He soon found that there is more room at the tip and he resolved to go to the top. He commanded the respects of his fellow workman and was soon a leader amongst them. In the full of his manhood when hopes were brightest he contracted measles which resulted in his death. He left the “Star of the West” and came home last September in hopes of regaining his health, but such was not to be.  He reached his 23rd milestone, before he threw off his mantle to put on a robe of righteousness. Big Sandy News, Jun 9, 1911


HAYS, Carrie

Miss Carrie  Hays, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hays, of Charley, died Jun 23,1911, aged 19 years. Her death was caused by tuberculosis. She was a niece of Mrs. Henry Preston of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jun 30, 1911


Carrie Hayes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hayes, died Jun 23rd at the age of 19 years. She was laid to rest in the graveyard overlooking the home. We all miss Carrie. There is a vacant place in the home which never can be filled. All too soon she fell a victim to disease and pain. Her soul took its flight to that beautiful shore where her dear brother ha gone to greet her. There around God’s throne where sickness and death never come, they are beckoning father and mother, sisters and brothers to that beautiful city above where all is peace, joy and happiness and love. Big Sandy News, Jun 30, 1911


HOLBROOK, Nellie Gartin

Nellie Gartin Holbrook, infant daughter of Charles R. and Nora Holbrook, was born at Blaine, KY, Jun 4, 1911 and died Jun 20, 1911. Big Sandy News, Jun 30, 1911



Near Wagner, a C & O station 5 miles west of Pikeville, No. 38, the evening passenger train from Ashland, ran over the body of a man last Friday night about 6:30. The train was stopped quickly as possible and the remains were placed on board and taken to Pikeville. It was at first believed that the man had been killed by the train, but a coroner’s jury discovered that the man had been stabbed in several places, and that the wounds thus made were sufficient to cause death. It was further shown that shortly before train time the man, who proved to be Joe Hopkins, a miner, had been seen in the company of 2 strange men who have not been seen since. These discoveries let to the warrantable presumption that Hopkins had been murdered and his body placed on the railroad track to create the belief that he had been run over and killed. Big Sandy News, Jun 2, 1911


JONES, L. D. Sr.

Dr. L. D. Jones, the Louisa dentist, has returned from Buckingham County, VA where he had been called by the sudden death of his father L. D. Jones, Sr. Mr. Jones died of heart failure at the age of 74, leaving a widow and 12 children, all of whom except, one brother who was detained by illness, were present at the burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 30, 1911



Miss Annie Lemasters a very worthy young woman of this vicinity, died on Friday last at the home of her father near this city. Tuberculosis was the cause of her death. She was a sister of Mrs. Barney Wellman, of this city, and was about 25 years old. Big Sandy News, Jun 23, 1911


LOCKHART, Louisa (Hackworth-Mayo)

Brandy Keg, KY, Jun 15—Many of the relatives and friends will be sorry to learn for the first time through this announcement of the death of Louisa Lockhart, wife of S. B. Lockhart, who departed this life Jun 11th at her home on Brandy Keg Creek in Floyd County, KY. She was 75 years and 2 months old. Had been married twice. Her first husband was William Mayo, brother to Richard Mayo, a farmer who now lived near Prestonsburg. By the first union she left 2 sons and 2 granddaughters, but no children by the last union. Bro. Lockhart, a minister her last husband, was about 12 years her junior had has had bad health for quite a long time. Her only brother, Mr. John F. Hackworth, of Louisa, KY, she had longed to see but I have later learned was also having poor health and could not be present. She lived a religious life and had many friends to wait on her in her last hours. About 10 months previous she was baptized in the waters of Johns Creek by Bro. William Walker, of Van Lear, who conducted the funeral services at the home. Her cousins are: Mrs. Mary Atkinson, Paintsville, Mrs. Julia Yates and Mrs. Charity Herald, Louisa; Mrs. Elizabeth Butler, Prestonsburg; Mrs. Henry Clay, Paintsville and Messrs. John Franklin, Magoffin Co., Milt Hager, Leck Walker, Foster Walker and Judge Walker, Paintsville; J. F. Hager and William Hackworth of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jun 23, 1911


PINSON, Mrs. Henry (Sulla Wilson)

After an illness of many months which she bore with fortitude and Christian resignation, Mrs. Henry Pinson died at her residence in this city on Sunday night last, aged about 30 years. She was buried the next day beside her father, Elbert Wilson, and her infant child. The place of interment was on the Busseyville road, some 3 or 4 miles from Louisa. Mrs. Wilson was an estimable woman. She came of good people, and was an excellent daughter, sister and wife. Many friends mourn the loss of one who in the varied relations of life lived worthy and blameless. Big Sandy News, Jun 16, 1911


QUEEN, Cora D.

On Thursday, May 4, 1911, our Heavenly Father came forth and called to himself our dear beloved companion and mother and friend, Cora D. Queen, wife of J. C. Queen of Garner, KY. Cora was a daughter of John and Sarah Prichard, of Bolts Fork, KY. She was a good woman, a good wife and a noble mother, she was born Feb 7, 1872 at Bolts Fork. She suffered with that dreaded disease consumption. Everything was done for her that human skill could do, nothing could save her. She was the mother of 4 children, 3 boys and a sweet little girl. Her oldest son, Ray, was called from Richmond where he was attending school to come home to help wait on her. Ray’s friends will never forget him for his kindness toward his mother, for he was so good to stand by her and lend a helping hand. Funeral was preached at Garret Chapel by Bro. Leslie after which her body was laid to rest in the Buckley graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jun 9, 1911


RUGGLES, Nancy Jane (Short)

Mrs. Nancy Jane Ruggles, formerly of this county, died at the residence of her brother, Ira Short, near Catlettsburg, last Sunday. The body was buried in the Ruggles graveyard, near Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Jun 23,1911



Flat Gap—Mrs. Alma Ryland, of Portsmouth, OH died May 25th and the body was brought here for burial. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Powell Ferguson. Big Sandy News, Jun 9, 1911



John Smith, who was an engineer at the saw mill of Mr. York, at Hatfield, in Kentucky, near Williamson, was killed last Friday by a cut of saw. He was a good and trusty man and his untimely death is to be deplored. Big Sandy news, Jun 30, 1911


WEBB, John

Tuscola—One of the oldest and best respected citizens of the county passed away last week at his old home at Glenwood. John Webb, Sr. had passed his 93rd milestone before he passed to the great beyond. He reared a large and respected family, many who are well known and leading citizens of this and adjoining counties. His wife and most of his children survive him. He was laid to rest in the home burying ground followed by a large concourse of people. His funeral was preached by Revs. Woods and Rice.  Big Sandy News, Jun 23, 1911


WRIGHT, Robert

Marshal James Vinson received news Sunday of the death at Ceredo of his brother in law, Mr. Robert Wright. Mr. and Mrs. Vinson, who is a sister of Mrs. Wright, left on the early Sunday train to attend the funeral. The deceased was about ?60? years of age and left a widow and several children. He died of asthma. Big Sandy News, Jun 2, 1911

JULY 1911


ADKINS, Hiram J.

On Sunday morning, Jul 2, 1911, our Heavenly Father called unto Him our dear companion husband, Hiram J. Adkins. He was 81 years 8 months and 2 days old. He was the son of John Adkins. Grandpa Adkins was a good man and a noble husband. He suffered for a while. Everything was done for him that human skill could do. Nothing could save him. He suffered much, but thanks be to God, he is free from all pain. Why he had to leave his family we cannot tell. He leaves a wife and 4 sons to mourn his death. Grandpa Adkins was a true Christian and died in full faith of a living God. It is a grand consolation for the mother and children to know where he is. He was laid to rest in the Adkins graveyard to await the resurrection morning. Granddaughter. Big Sandy News, Jul 14, 1911


Death visited the home of Mrs. Nancy Adkins and took from her, her beloved husband. Those 2 aged people have been together quite a time and have lived happy ever since their marriage about 58 years. Uncle Hiram, as he was usually called, was a good citizen of his country. His age 80 years 8 months and 26 days, died Jul 3, 1911. He leaves a dear old companion and four children to mourn for him, John, Jesse, Ziegler, and Jonah. Mother and children he has gone from you, he cannot return, but you can go to him. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911


BOGGS, Everette

Martha—After a short illness of much suffering, Everette Boggs is dead. He was taken sick on Thursday and died Sunday night, Jul 2nd. The bereaved have our deepest sympathy. Big Sandy News, Jul 14, 1911


BRADLEY, Estella

Yatesville—A 2 year old child of Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley died and was buried near the home of its parents on Morgans Creek, one day last week. The services at the grave were conducted by Thomas Murphy. Big Sandy News, Jul 14, 1911


Died, Jul 5, the little child of Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley, aged 2 years and 5 months. It was only sick 3 days. It was a sweet little girl, loved by many. Weep not, parents, sisters and brothers but prepare to meet Estella where there is no parting. God has recalled the boon his love had given and though its body moulders here its soul is safe in Heaven. Big Sandy News, Jul 14, 1911


BRADLEY, William

Mr. William Bradley, aged 83 years, died at his house on the Busseyville road, 5 miles from this city, on last Friday afternoon. He was buried at the home graveyard on the following day after funeral services conducted by the Revs. Copley and Kazee. Old age and its ??? infirmities caused his demise. He left a widow and several grown children to mourn the loss of the husband and father. “Uncle Billy” was one of the best known men in this part of the county. He was an honest, industrious sober man, quiet in his manner, but neighborly and helpful as long as he was able to go about. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911


BROWN, Edward

The N & W has been the scene of one more tragedy, the life of Edward Brown, of Portsmouth, having been wiped out Sunday morning while asleep on the track at Prichard, WV. Passenger train No. 4 killed him. The victim was hurled a distance of 50 feet and had both legs and arms broken and his dead and chest caved in. The victim had been employed as brakeman on the N & W but a few weeks when he met his death. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911


BUSH, Deliah

Ratcliff—Mrs. Deliah Bush, wife of  Fayette Bush, Sr., of Lost Creek, died on the 6th inst. Of kidney and liver trouble. She leaves a husband, 5 sons and 6 daughters, several grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends to mourn. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground beside her 2 little granddaughters that have gone on before. She was a true Christian and a kind, loving wife and mother. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911


CAINES, Thomas

Death visited the home of Mrs. Martha Caines and took her beloved companion. He died jun 20, after a long illness. Thomas Caines was 71 years old. He died in full faith in Christ. He was a well-known citizen and was loved by everybody that knew him. He is not dead, only asleep in Christ. He was the father of 16 children. The funeral was held at the home conducted by Rev. H. B. Hulette and L. W. Moore. He was laid to rest in the Caines graveyard. Big Sandy News. Jul 14, 1911



Greenwood—Death visited the home of Mr. Fred Chaffin on Jul 21, took from them their beloved little darling. He was only one year, 9 months and 3 days old. Little Bennie has gone to live with the angles. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911



On Saturday morning last, Ad Conley and one of his sons, a lad about 10 or 12 years old, were drowned in the Big Sandy near Laynesville, Floyd County, about 65 miles above Louisa. They were bathing not far from the Mouth of Mud Creek and Mr. Conley attempted to swim across the river with his boy on his back. It is supposed that the boy became frightened and seized his father in a way that disabled him, and before help reached them, both sank to the bottom and were drowned. Mr. Conley lived on Mud Creek not far from the mouth. The bodies were recovered a few hours later. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911



Samuel Crabtree died at his home in Fort Gay. Mr. Crabtree had been sick a good while. He was 71 years old. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911


DANIELS, Herbert

Grayson, KY, Jul 21—Herbert Daniels, 20 years old, was shot in the head and instantly killed near here today. Mrs. Daniels, his mother, was walking beside him when the fatal shot was fired. Within a short time after the shooting Willard James was arrested. Young Daniels and his mother were on their way to a Magistrate’s court to make complaint, concerning damage done to a corn field by trespassing cattle. It is said that much feeling had been aroused in the neighborhood over the case and when the Daniels declared their intention of invoking the law against the owners of the cattle, threats are said to have been made against young Daniels’ life. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911


DILLON, Mrs. Julia (Borders)

Mrs. Julia Borders Dillon died at her home in Catlettsburg Wednesday evening at the age of 76. She was the widow of John W. Dillon and had been an invalid for many years. Mrs. Dillon was the last of the Arch Borders children. Arch Borders was the first County Judge of Lawrence County, and one of the most prominent men in the valley. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911


Speaking of the late Mrs. John Dillon, of Catlettsburg, the Tribune, of that city, had the following: There is an interesting coincidence in the dates at which the 3 great incidents in her life and in the life of every human character, occurred. She was born Mar 19, 1840, was married Apr 19, 1863 and died Jul 19, 1911. Her marriage occurred in this city, in a house not a square away from where her death occurred. She was a daughter of the late Archibald Borders, who a half century ago was one of the most widely known and highly respected citizens of the Sandy Valley, his home having been at Peach Orchard, Lawrence County, and she has many relatives, rather remote in the relationship, who reside along the Big Sandy River. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911



Hart. Eastham, who attended the old Masonic Academy in Louisa many years ago, died at his home in Catlettsburg last Monday after a brief illness. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911



Estep—Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Fannin and took their child. The body was buried at the Stewart Cemetery the 11th. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911



On last Saturday afternoon Sheridan Evans, of Martin County, KY, shot and fatally wounded Frank Finley, a constable of Martin County. The shooting occurred at Naugatuck, Mingo County, a station on the N & W railway about 7 miles above Warfield. It is not known what the exact cause of the tragedy was. It is thought, however, that Evans, who was walking about with a rifle in his hands, was afraid the constable was going to arrest him, as he told Finley not to come close to him. Finley failed to heed the warning, and suddenly Evans raised the gun and fired at the officer, the ball striking him in the breast, passing entirely through his body. The bullet was a .22 caliber, and before the wounded man fell helpless to the ground he fired 5 times at this assailant, neither shot taking effect. Evans, who is only 16 years old, fled and to this hour has not been apprehended. Finley, who is said to be about 25 years old, died Sunday. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911



The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Hale died on Sunday last and was buried on the following day. It was a little more than 4 months old and had been sick from birth. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Reynolds, Hardin and Copley, followed by interment in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911


HARPER, James—see under Leck Whitt



Bluefield, WV, Jul 8—Sid Yost, who resides at Red Jacket, a mining town some distance from here, went home unexpectedly today and finding 2 men in company with his wife, Will Hatfield and J. H. Reeves, he secured a double barreled shotgun loaded with buckshot, and fired both barrels at them, killing both men. They were fairly riddled with shot. No less than 50 were found in Hatfield’s body and 30 in that of Reeves. Yost immediately fled to the mountains. A posse of neighbors was organized without delay and started in pursuit. The whole country is excited, and it is likely that if Yost is found the lynch law will be resorted to. All the parties of this tragedy are prominent. Red Jacket is on the Big Sandy River in Mingo County, close to the Kentucky line. It is thought that Yost will take refuge with friends across the line. Hatfield, the murdered man, is a relative of the Hatfields of feud fam and Reeves is connected with the same family, In the posse after Yost are relatives of the dead men and they are swearing vengeance against the slayer. Big Sandy News, Jul 14, 1911


JOHNSON, Mrs. Robert

Mrs. Robert Johnson, who, with her family formerly resided in this city, died at her late residence at Chattaroy, WV on Sunday, last. The body was brought to this place on the following day and was buried near the home of Mr. G. M. Copley, a few miles from Louisa. The Rev. L. M. Copley conducted the service. Mrs. Johnson left a husband and several children. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911


JONES, Ethylene

Ethylene, the infant child of Dr. and Mrs. L. D. Jones, died on Sunday night after a long illness of whooping cough and complication, aged one year. The Rev. L. M. Copley conducted  funeral services at the Jones residence Monday afternoon. Interment was made in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Dr. Jones requests us to say that the kindness and sympathy of many friends as shown by their help, flowers, etc. is gratefully appreciated and will be long remembered. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911


KITCHEN, William

William Kitchen, of Wayne county, familiarly called Bill, while at work on a log train on the Guyan Valley railroad, was instantly killed, Tuesday, by being caught under some heavy logs. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911


LAKIN, Effie

Mrs. Effie Lakin, wife of F. M. Lakin who resides near Catlettsburg, died on yesterday morning after but little illness. Her remains were taken to Kavanaugh on the morning O & B. S. train where the funeral and burial took place today. Mrs. Lakin is survived by a husband and 4 small children—Ashland Independent. The deceased had numerous relatives in the Kavanaugh and Buchanan section. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911


MCCLELLAND, Mrs. Belle Johns

Mrs. Belle Johns McClelland died Tuesday of this week at the home of Mrs. Nannie Hatcher, at Harold, Pike Co., KY. While her health had not been good for several months, the illness which caused her death was of very short duration. The body was interred in the family burial ground at Harold. The news of her death was not received in time for Louisa relatives to attend the funeral. Mrs. McClelland’s home was at Glencoe, MN, but she had spent most of the last few years with relatives in the Big Sandy Valley. She was a daughter of Dan Johns, who moved from Louisa to Minnesota about the time of the Civil War. Mrs. McClelland was about 65 years old. Her mother is yet living at Glencoe at the age of about 90 years. Mrs. McClelland was a woman of more than ordinary intelligence, educated and accomplished and a fine Christian character. She had no children. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911



Word comes from Olive Hill, KY, of the murder near there of John Mitchell, aged 45, a Grayson stock dealer, Saturday night. Mitchell’s body was found on the hills. His skull was fractured and all of his money was gone, robbery perhaps being the motive of the crime. He had been to Flemingsburg, where he sold a drove of cattle. He stopped at an inn and while his horse was feeding, he went to the hills to visit a soft drink parlor. He got some beer and was preparing to begin his trip home when waylaid. A search was instituted for him, but it was not until Monday morning that his dead body was discovered. Big Sandy news, Jul 21, 1911



John Moore, aged 18, and a son of Ephraim Moore, was drowned in the Big Sandy River last Tuesday afternoon. Young Moore, with other boys was in swimming in the river at a point near the Bellamy Rocks, in the Oklahoma suburb of the city when the tragic affair occurred. The body was recovered shortly after the accident. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911


MURRAY, Walter

Walter Murray, a son of Rhoderic Murray, of Lowmansville died recently. He was a highly respected young man and the bereaved have our greatest sympathy. He was buried in the family burying ground at Lowmansville. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911


POOLE, Lewis

Lewis Poole, formerly  a well-known citizen of this county, died on Tuesday at the residence of his son in law, Peter, Alara, of Fort Gay. His age was about 75 years. He had been sick a considerable time. Mr. Poole lived many years near the mouth of Blaine, this county. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911



The family of the Rev. Albert Ratcliff, of near Clifford, this county is greatly shocked to find him dead in his bed wary Wednesday morning. The cause of death is not known. He was 58 years old. Mr. Ratcliff was well known as a good man and citizen. He was a Baptist preacher of considerable local repute and was a man of much ???? for good in the community . He had many relatives in this section. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911


REEVES, J. H. see under Will Hatfield



Mrs. Mary Smith, so well and favorably known as the landlady of the Valley Inn, Prestonsburg, died in that town last week. She was a sister of Mr. John G. Jones, of Winchester. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911


SWIMMS, William

A general shooting affray took place in Breathitt County, Monday afternoon near the head of the South fork of Quicksand Creek, in which William Swimms and his wife were instantly killed and Alonzo Allen was fatally wounded. Mrs. Swimms was the mother in law of Norman Allen, a brother of the wounded man, and the killing is the result of an old family grudge, it is alleged. It is reported that the Allens were passing the home of the Swimms and were called in for some purpose by some of the family. They had been in but a few minutes until the shooting began. Swimms was shot a half dozen times or more; the wife was shot 4 or 5 times. Big Sandy News, Jul 28,1911



Oscar Thompson, 24, drug clerk, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Thompson, 106 Warren Street, Friday night after an illness of 4 months from a complication of diseases. Besides his parents, he is survived by 2 brothers, W. S. Thompson, of Columbus and J. C. Thompson, of West Virginia, and 2 sisters, Miss Bertha Thompson and Mrs. J. E. Blitz of Columbus. The body will be taken to West Virginia Saturday for burial. Columbus Paper. Mr. Thompson was born and reared at Hubbardstown, WV where he had many relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911


WARD, John

John Ward, age 16, was killed in a coal mine at Borderland, WV on Tuesday. The body was brought to Louisa Wednesday afternoon and taken to Whitehouse for interment. The lad was the son of Harmon Ward and a nephew of Mr. Jack Ward, of this city. Big Sandy News, Jul 21, 1911


John Ward, whose accidental death in a mine at Borderland last week has been mentioned in this paper, was killed in a very peculiar manner. Motor cars are used for removing the mined coal from the mines and young Ward was riding on one of the cars when the fatal accident occurred. At one of the cross entries or rooms the electric wires form a sort of switch or frog. As the car young Ward was on made the turning at this point the boy’s neck was caught in the frog and he received the full force of the current. He was instantly killed and dropped under the wheels of the car. As stated last week in the News the body was taken to Whitehouse for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911







Lexington, KY, Jul 26—Desperately wounded in the pistol battle yesterday in the Courthouse  yard at Salyersville with Leck Whitt, a mountain desperado, Bud Whitt and James Harper, survivors of the encounter, were brought to a Lexington hospital today in the hope of saving their lives. The wounded men were carried across the mountains a distance of 20 odd miles on litters borne by friends to the nearest railroad station. Harper was shot though the windpipe and died this afternoon. The fight was the result of a dispute over a tract of land. Bud is an uncle of Leck Whitt, who, he alleges, attached him and Harper, opening fire on them with a pistol in the Courthouse yard as they emerged from the County Clerk’s office. A desperate battle followed in which all three participated, and in which bystanders joined. Leck Whitt’s body was riddled with bullets, more than 20 taking effect, resulting in the instant death. Bud Whitt was shot in the groin and back and his recovery is doubtful. Harper is shot in the throat and head and is partly paralyzed. A bystander name Berton is also reported to have been severely wounded. Leck Whitt, the main man, was regarded as a bad man in that section. The battle caused intense excitement in the town. Further trouble is feared. Big Sandy News, Jul 28, 1911



James Wilson passed away at his home on what is known as the Bromley ridge 6 or 7 miles from Fort Gay. Mr. Wilson was 83 years old. His death was the result of old age and physical infirmity. Uncle Jim was one of a large family of boys and girls of whom one of each survives. The remaining brother is Mr. Mordicai Wilson of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911



Mrs. M. T. Womack died at her home at West Liberty Friday, the 30th of June, at an early hour and her burial services were held Sunday by Elder Wesley Hatcher. She was a devoted Christian and a great worker in the Christian Church at that place. She was a sister of Henry M. Cox, of West Liberty, the hotel man and politician; the mother of Clay Wade Womack, 91st District Democratic Chairman, and a niece of Mr. Lou Day. Big Sandy news, Jul 21, 1911


WOOD, Gipsy (Northup)

Intelligence reached this city Wednesday from Buffalo, NY, of the death in that city of Mrs. Harry Wood, oldest daughter of Col. Jay H. Northup, of this city. Mrs. Wood had suffered for months from a complication of diseased, and her death was not unexpected. She was a native Louisian, born her 42 years ago. She is survived by her husband and 4 children. The body of Mrs. Wood will reach Louisa Friday afternoon and will be taken to the residence of Mr. F. T. D. Wallace, Sr. at which place funeral services will be held at 9 o’clock Saturday morning, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Hampton rector of the Ironton, OH Episcopal Church, Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.


 Gipsy Northup Wood was born in Louisa, Mar 17, 1869. Here she lived and grew to womanhood, the playmate and companion of many who yet live in her former home and who today sincerely mourn her death. When she became the wife of Dr. Harry Wood, of Buffalo, NY, she left the parental roof, but no change of circumstance or place dimmed or dulled her recollection of the old home in Kentucky and her love for those who shared the joys and the sorrows of the early days where her beautiful eyes first opened upon the scenes of earth. When motherhood came to her she accepted its joys and its hopes and responsibilities with a full comprehension of what they meant. While never for a single instant slacking in her perfect love and devotion to father and mother, Mrs. Wood lived for her husband and her children. Two girls and 2 boys came to her, and upon them she lavished a love deep, strong and abiding. It was of them and of him who won her when a girl that she thought and talked almost with her latest breath and with an affection that only death could end. Three sisters mourn the loss of one who was bound to them by ties of more than usual strength. Big Sandy News, Jul 7, 1911



The funeral of Mrs. Lucy Worthington, wife of former Lieutenant Governor William J. Worthington took place from the residence last Friday afternoon. Mrs. Worthington’s maiden name was Lucy York, and she was born in Lawrence County in Sep 1860. She was 51 years of age. She was united in marriage to Mr. Worthington in Sep 1889, and to this union 2 children were born, Mrs. Sallie Collins, of Greenup and Mrs. Nannie Williams, of Russell, both being with her through her illness and death. Her death was not a surprise to her many friends, for she has suffered months with a cancer, but it was a great shock to all. Greenup Gazette. Big Sandy News, Jul 14, 1911




The August issues of the Big Sandy News were in bad shape, torn and faded so very difficult to read.



Caney, KY (Morgan Count), Jul 31—Jeff Brown, brother of Sheriff H. B. Brown, of this county, was shot and instantly killed today by Deputy Sheriff John M. Cottle. Cottle had a warrant for the arrest of Brown and on demanding his surrender, Brown drew a pistol and both men fired at about the same time with the result of Brown’s death and Cottle receiving a sever wound in the leg. Brown had lived an isolated life for several years ad would allow no one to enter the house where he lived. He always went heavily armed, and was quick to resent a fancied insult. Only a short time ago, while in a gun fight, he received a severe wound which necessitated the amputation of his left arm. Last week he ambushed some timber cutters and fired several shot at them and it was for this offense that Cottle had a warrant for his arrest. Big Sandy News, Aug 4, 1911



George Butcher, of Williamson, while attempting to board a passing freight train for the purpose of riding to his home in the east end of that city, missed his hold and falling beneath the moving train was instantly killed, last night, his body having been terribly mutilated. He is supposed to have been intoxicated when the accident occurred. Big Sandy News, Aug 4, 1911



Pikeville, KY, Jul 31—Wick Compton aged about 22 years was found dying at his brother’s lumber camp on Island Creek near here Sunday morning with a bullet hole through his head. The door was fastened from the inside and had to be forced open and a loaded revolver with one barrel discharged was found beside him, which would indicate suicide, although not the slightest reason can be assigned for such a rash act. He was a good boy, well-known here, where he lived for a number of years with his parents, his father being the late Will Compton, who was murdered by his nephew, Dick Compton in West Virginia a few years ago. He is survived by his mother, a brother, Charles Compton and by 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Aug 4, 1911



Opal, the 6 months old daughter of F. M. Hewitt of Fort Gay died in that place of whooping cough last Monday morning. Interment was made in the Bartram burial ground the following day. Big Sandy News, Aug 18, 1911



Rush, KY—Death visited the home of Mrs. John Higins and took from her   her beloved husband. Those 2 aged people have been together quite a time and have lived happy together ever since their marriage about 55 years. Uncle John as he was usually called, was a good citizen of his country. His age 77 years. Died Aug 7, 1911. He leaves a dear old companion and 9 children to mourn for him. He was a faithful Christian and died rejoicing. Big Sandy News, Aug 25, 1911


JOHNSON, William

The Pikeville correspondent to the Ashland Independent says:

Thursday night William Johnson of Shelbiana on hearing a commotion on the outside of his home opened the door and was shot and instantly killed by someone in the yard, presumably his son, Lee Johnson, with whom he had had serious trouble a few hours previous. The wife of the dead man was in the house at the time with the younger members of the family and she was heard to call to a neighbor to run there that Lee had killed Will. The Johnson were strangers in the neighborhood, having but recently moved there, consequently was known to have had no enemies in the vicinity. Lee Johnson was arrested and put in jail Saturday. Big Sandy News, Aug 4, 1911


LAMBERT, Frankie

Meredith—Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Lambert and took from them their darling baby, Frankie. Big Sandy News, Aug 11, 1911


LESTER, Dr. Wat. (note: parts were torn off or unreadable)

Dr. Wat. Lester a prominent physician of Paintsville died at his home on Monday ????

Dysentery. He was ???? Dr. J. J. Gambill, ????was about 45 years old. He had been attending to patients who had the ???? and from them he contacted the sickness which ended his life. There is something very ??? in such a case as ????a man scarcely in the ???? life, stricken down in the ??? of his duty. Rest unreadable. Big Sandy News, Aug 11, 1911



Polly’s Chapel—Died, Jul 25, Wryley Mckinney of dropsy. He had suffered for some time. Interment took place in the home cemetery Services conducted by Rev. Berry. Big sandy News, Aug 4, 1911


POE, James

James Poe died at his home on Little Blaine Wednesday morning, at the age of 63. He had been in poor health for quite a long time. He leaves several children, all grown. Mr. Poe was a good citizen and his death is mourned by the entire neighborhood in which he had lived for so many years. Big Sandy News, Aug 4, 1911


Died, Aug 2, 1911, Mr. James Poe at the age of 63 years 6 months and 7 days after an illness of about 4 months. Although he had been in poor health for some time his death was practically unexpected. He had seemingly been on the mend for some few days and it was hoped that he would recover until about 12 hours before his death he became unconscious and lay in a stupor until a few minutes before his death when he regained consciousness and though he was unable to speak he seemed to know those who were at his bedside and made several efforts to speak to them, but it was in vain. He could not speak.


Uncle Jim, as he was called had lived a true Christian life for the last 40 years and rejoiced in the faith of a living God until the last. By the death of this venerable old solider the community has lot a good and useful citizen, the bereaved widow mourns the loss of a good husband and the children a kind and loving father. When Mr. Poe was quite young he married Miss Nancy Wellman. To this union were born 6 children, 5 of whom survive him: John Poe, Mrs. Lish Griffith, Webster Poe and Mrs. J. O. Miller all of this county and Mrs. John Shoemaker, whose home is in Bixby, OH.  For his second wife he married Mrs. Nancy Berry Fannin, to this union were born 3 children, 2 of them have preceded him to the Glory Land, and one of them a boy is still living. For his third wife he married Miss Ellen Bradley about 3 years ago. She remains his widow. Only 2 of the children were close enough to be summoned to their father’s bedside at the time of his death. They were Webster and Jessie. One of his grandchildren, Miss Nora Griffith of Cherokee was present. His remains were laid to rest in the family graveyard at the Thompson Berry place. After the funeral services had been held in the Spring Dale Church house conducted by Revs. Kazee and John T. Moore. Big Sandy News, Aug 11, 1911



Sam Rose, one of the best known men in Lawrence County, died shortly before dark last Saturday evening at the residence of his son Mont, this city. On the following day the body was taken to his home on Twin Branch and on Monday he was buried beside his first wife in the family burial ground. Mr. Rose had suffered a stroke of apoplexy about a year ago, and since that time his health had materially failed. In spite of this he kept at work, attending to his business almost to the day of his death. He had charge of a big timber operation near the head of Rockcastle, Martin County, which he was compelled by sickness to leave only a short time ago. He went to his home for recuperation, and as soon as he thought he was able to travel he started for his work, accompanied by his wife. They got as far as this place when Mr. Rose was compelled to go to the home of his son, where his death occurred shortly afterward. He died sitting in a chair. The direct cause of Mr. Rose’s decease is said to have been Bright’s disease. He was 64  years old. He left 12 children, 8 of whom are by his former wife, who was a daughter of Thomas Carter, deceased. Of these 3 were living in Kansas when their father died. These are Millard, of Holsington, Miss Jessie and Jay of Council Grove. They all reached the old home in time to attend the burial of their parent. Mr. Rose’s second wife, who survives him and by whom he had 4 children was Mrs. Plummer, a daughter of Harvey Jobe, Sr.


Sam Rose was an honest, industrious man, much liked by a large circle of friends. He was known far and wide as one of the best timber men in the country. He knew how to handle a job and the men on it as few others knew. His death is a source of much regret. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulette, was attended by a very large number of people who thus gave testimony of the high regard in which the dead man was held by his neighbors and friends. Big Sandy News, Aug 4, 1911



On last Friday afternoon, John Taylor, of near Potters station, 4 miles north of this place was drowned under very peculiar circumstances. He was in a skiff, fishing in the river not far from his home, when he had an epileptic fit and his head, hands and shoulders fell across the side of the boat into the river, and before held could reach him he was drowned. The unfortunate man left a widow and 4 children. A burial outfit was furnished by the county. Big Sandy News, Aug 11, 1911


WEEKS, Janet O’Brien

This entire community was greatly shocked on last Sunday morning when it became known that Mrs. Janet O’Brien Weeks had died unexpectedly in Logan, WV, where she had been taken the day before her treatment. The sad intelligence rapidly spread throughout the town, eliciting expressions of sorrow and sympathy on every hand. Mrs. O’Brien who was near the head of Rockcastle Creek, Martin County, on a visit to her daughter and son in law, Mr. Bert Shannon, who is store manager for a lumber operation at that place, was ???? as speedily as possible, and by hard travel she and Mr. and Mrs. Shannon arrived home Monday morning. John the only son of Judge and Mrs. O’Brien was at Ashland, where he has employment, and as soon as possible after hearing of the death of his sister, he came to the ??? stricken home. Mrs. David Bird was on account of sickness, un able to leave her home in Holden. Miss Ethel O’Brien who has resided in Mahan, WV for some time, arrived home Sunday night So that, excepting Mrs. Bird, all the family were present when the body of the daughter and sister, the first one to be taken from them by death, was put away in the Silent City. The death of Mrs. Weeks secured under circumstances peculiarly sad and distressing. She was married less than a year ago to Mr. A. B. Weeks at Holden, WV where she resided until her untimely death. She had been on a visit to Louisa, the place of her birth, not long ago, and there was no note or sign of the great disaster which would so soon take her from her young husband, her family and her friends. She was young, barely 24 years old, handsome, intelligent and popular, ??? and with hope and happy in what the future might hold for her. But on Saturday she became suddenly and alarmingly ill. She was hurried to Logan where she was placed in the hospital and operated upon speedily and to all appearance successfully, but the shock was too great, and very early Sunday morning she died. The body was taken to Huntington where it was embalmed and accompanied by several friends, it arrived in Louisa on Monday evening. The funeral services were held on Tuesday morning at the home from which she had so recently gone. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big sandy News, Aug 18, 1911



After an illness of 3 weeks of typhoid-malaria Frank Wellman passed away at his home in Normal Friday.  Mr. Wellman moved to this city about 6 months ago from Kavanaugh and leaves a wife and 5 children. Mr. Wellman is a son of W. M. Wellman, proprietor of the Victor hotel on Division Street. At the time of his death he was 35 years of age, and is survived by his parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. His remains were removed to Buchanan on the early morning  O and B. S train Saturday where the funeral took place at the Buchanan Chapel by Rev. Richardson. Catlettsburg News. Mr. Wellman was a resident of this city a few years ago, where he followed his trade as a carpenter. Deceased is a brother of Fred Wellman of this place. Several Louisa Odd Fellows attended the burial. Big Sandy News, Aug 18, 1911



George Wellman died at his home near Fort Gay Tuesday of Brights disease. He had been a sufferer from the disease for 3 years. His age was 58 (or could be 38) years. He was the oldest son of Allen Wellman and was an excellent citizen. Big Sandy News, Aug 4, 1911



Sitka—Fred Wheeler departed this life 13th last. The funeral services were conducted by the I.O. R. M. of Red Men. The Pocahontas was debarred from participating in the services on account of rain. Big Sandy News, Aug 11, 1911


The September issues of the Big Sandy News were torn and in bad shape, making them difficult to read. The  week of Sep 1 only 4 pages were filmed.



Sometime last week some parties left the western section of Lawrence County and the adjacent part of Elliott County to go to Ohio for the purpose of getting work. The farming region near Columbus was their objective point, where men were wanted to help cut up and save the big corn crop of that country. The men were either quite poor or were saving of their money, for it is known that for a part of their way at least they traveled by freight. On Thursday or Friday the crowd was riding in the way toward Columbus, when the espied a hay mow or something of the sort not far from the road and some suggested to get off and go in the mow and rest. This they did, and then it was proposed that some of the party go to a store a short distance back and get something to eat. Among those who volunteered to go was a man named Barker, from Elliott County. The railroad was double tracked and the remainder is the same old story. The men heard a train coming and to avoid it stepped onto the other track only to be run down. Two of them were instantly killed, one of them being Barker. One of the men left behind in the field knew who he was and where he was from, and it was though him that Barker’s Kentucky friends were notified. They had the body sent to Fort Gay where Undertaker Snyder took it in charge and started it on its last journey Saturday. The hearse was met near the head of Blaine by a conveyance from Elliott County and by it was taken the remainder of the way. Big Sandy News, Sep 15, 1911


CORDLE, William

News reached Louisa on Monday last, that William Cordle, aged 21 years and unmarried, had been run over by a street car in Columbus and instantly killed. John Morris, of Blaine, an uncle of Cordle, went to Columbus when he was informed of the accident and returned Wednesday. He had learned but little more of the death of his relative than is here stated. The unfortunate young man was buried in Columbus. His father, Russell Cordle, was killed about 4 or 5 years ago by the falling of a tree upon which he was chopping. Big Sandy News, Sep 29, 1911



A fatal shooting affair took place at Metz, on the Meat House fork of Johns creek, Pike County, Sunday in which Sidney Deskins, 22, was shot and instantly killed by James Gammon, 19. We are unable to learn any of the particulars of this sad affair further than that a woman and whiskey started the trouble. Gammon was arrested ??? William Deskins, a brother of the murdered boy, and accompanied ??? brother of the murderer, sta??? Pikeville. They were over ??? just as they were crossing Gre?? Mountain by Tom Deskins, another brother of the deceased, who made an effort to commit violence upon the prisoner, beating him severely about the head with a revolver before he could be stopped. After a desperate struggle the grief maddened brother was over powered, and the party came on to this place, where the prisoner was turned over to the officers and is now in the county jail. The deceased was a son of ??? Deskins and a brother of Mrs. W. T. Phillips and Prof. Rush Deskins, of this place. Prof. Deskins, who is ill with fever at the home of A. F. Childers, here, will be kept in ignorance of the tragic fate of his brother, until he recovers. Pikeville Herald. Big Sandy News, Sep 8, 1911


ESTEP, Ollie

Miss Ollie Estep, of Williamsport, Johnson County, died in the hospital last Tuesday evening. She had been sent there to be operated on for appendicitis, but exploration showed that she was not suffering from that affection. She had a nervous trouble and had lost one eye from ophthalmic neuralgia. She did well, apparently, until the third day, when she was racked by convulsions and died as stated. She was 16 years old. The body was taken to Johnson County for interment. Big Sandy News, Sep 29, 1911



On last Thursday evening the sad news was brought to us that “Aunt” Martha Ferguson the widow of C. W. Ferguson, deceased, had passed to the great beyond, but with this sadness was the pleasant thought that she had so lived that when the summons came it found her prepared for that solemn charge. Martha Ferguson was born Sep 1841 and died Aug 31, 1911. She was nearing her 70th year She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Smith. She is survived by and 2 brothers—Mrs. Mary Anne Sansom, Mrs. Amanda Osburn, Mrs. Sarah Walker, Albert M. Smith and John E. Smith.—Wayne News. Big Sandy News, Sep 15, 1911



Shortly after 10 o’clock last Monday night Will C. Frank was shot and instantly killed by a man supposed to be Ed. Tracy, a local “sport.” The affray occurred on 15th Street near the place where Policeman Conrad Frank, the dead man’s father, was shot and killed a little more than a year ago by Bob Hammond. Will Frank and his assailant met near a restaurant on 15th Street, and almost immediately the unknown fired 5 shots at Frank, who fell pierced with 3 bullets, the fatal one passing through his neck. Several men started in pursuit of the murderer but were unable to overtake him. Later, he returned and surrendered. Big Sandy News, Sep 22, 1911



Albert Gallion, aged 48 years, was injured on Monday forenoon while working in a coal mine on East Fork, so badly that he died in the afternoon of the day he was hurt. While working in the mine, a large piece of slate became detached over head and fell on him, with the result that he lost his life. He had a wife and 6 children, who survive him, 3 of the children being married and the 3 single. Big Sandy News, Sep 22, 1911


GRAY, Mrs. G. B. (Julia Butler)

Mrs. G. B. Gray died at her home at E. K. Junction, on Sunday, Aug 27, after a long illness caused by a complication of diseases. She was buried at the Junction, where for several years Mr. Gray has been operator and C & O ticket agent. Mrs. Gray, formerly Miss Julia Butler, was born at Peach Orchard, this county, 48 years ago She was a resident of Louisa several years. Mrs. Gray is survived by her husband, one son and 5 daughters. The son is Ed Gray, who has for some time been C& O agent at Chapman, near this city, the daughters are: M??? Blanche ??? of Texas, ????, Lucille, ???? and Doris. ????? children were present when their mother died. Mrs. Gray was ????wife and mother much liked and respected ??? many friends ??? city, she was for many years a member of the M. E. Church, South. Big Sandy News, Sep 1, 1911


HOWARD, Stanley

Stanley Howard, a boss for one of the contracting firms on the Shelby Creek railroad in Pike County was shot by a negro laborer Sunday evening and died 12 hours later. Howard was a native of Pike and was quite popular and highly respected citizen. The negroes had had a pay day and some were drunk and boisterous. Howard attempted to quiet them and the negro resisted. Howard pushed him out of the camp and the negro shot him through the breast. The negro was captured and taken to jail at Pikeville and there were fears of a mob for a day or two. The affair caused a large number of negroes to leave the work and return to Virginia. Big Sandy News, Sep 29,1911


JONES, Frank Jones

After a long period of ill health supplemented by a painful sickness of several weeks duration, Mr. Frank Jones, a well-known and respected citizen of this place, died last Monday night. After funeral services on Tuesday afternoon conducted at the M. E. Church by the Rev. L. M. Copley, and Rev. W. L. Reid, interment made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Dr. Hanford, the pastor of the Methodist Church to which Mr. Jones had belonged for many years, was absent from the city. All Mr. Jones’ children, but one, were at his bedside when the summons came, Lon, the oldest child, being in California, was unable to get her in time. The other children are Curtis, of Ashland, Mrs. Wallace Johns, of Columbus, OH, and Maymie, who is unmarried. Mrs. Curtis Jones and children and John Allen, whose first wife was a daughter of Mr. Jones, were present. The immediate cause of death was cancer of the liver. Mr. Jones was nearly 66 years old and had lived in this city nearly all his life. When a mere lad he enlisted in the Federal Army and served nearly 4 years in the Civil War as a member of the 14th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. He was a quiet, sober, industrious citizen, a good husband and a devoted father. Big Sandy News, Sep 15, 1911



Death visited the home of Bro. Hiram Lambert last week and took there from his aged mother, Aunt Julia Lambert, aged about 86 years. Her sickness was of short duration. She joined the M. E. Church, South and was converted when only 13 years old and lived a devoted Christian till her death. She was loved and respected by her many kind friends. Her funeral was preached by Bro. R.H. Cassady, after which she was taken to her old home place and buried in the Lambert graveyard on the waters of East Fork, of Little Sandy, beside her husband, Jeremiah Lambert, who preceded her to the good world 6 year ago.  Big Sandy News, Sep 22, 1911



Van Lear—Pat McKay is dead. After a few days suffering he passed away. His death was caused by receiving injuries in the mine, 14 days previous. Our mine superintendent manifested a warm sympatric and charitable disposition in his attention during the sad hours of the bereft family. The remains were sent to Denton, KY where they were buried in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 15, 1911


MCCOY, Virginia (Cline

Mrs. Virginia McCoy, of Phelps, KY, died Wednesday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. G. Gilmore, of Williamson, WV. She had been ill for several weeks and her death was expected. She was the wife of the late John H. McCoy and before her marriage she was Virginia Cline, daughter of Jacob Cline, one of the first settlers of West Virginia and at his death the wealthiest man in Logan County, WV. She was the mother of 9 children, but was only survived by 2 of them: Mrs. C. G. Gilmore of East Williamson and Mrs. Walter Charles of Phelps, KY. She had 4 brothers and 4 sisters, Rev. Craig Cline of Catlettsburg, KY, Peter Cline of Prestonsburg, Parry and Jacob Cline of Pikeville, Mrs. Pattie McCoy of Phelps, KY, Mrs. Mary Cline of Phelps, KY and Mrs. Nancy Davis of St. Joseph, MO. Mrs. McCoy was 68 years old. Big Sandy News, Sep 1, 1911



The large colony of people who have gone from the Blaine country and settled around Columbus, was saddened by the tragic death of one of their number quite recently. Lucy O’Bryan had married Edgar E. Myers, and 12 days afterwards she met an untimely death. Her stepson picked up an old breech loading shot gun, asking his stepmother if it was loaded. She said no and an instant later she dropped dead, shot through the brain with a ball from the gun in the boy’s hand. The husband was absent from home when the dreadful affair occurred, returning in the evening to find the children huddled in a corner, crying. Big Sandy News, Sep 22, 1911 (Note: there is an obituary for her in Sep 29th issue but half is torn off.)


ROSE, Mrs. Mont

Mrs. Mont Rose, of this city, died at the home of her father Doy Adams on Blaine Creek, on Friday last, after a short illness caused by typhoid fever. She had gone to burial of her father in law, Sam Rose and was taken sick there. Mrs. Rose was a good wife and mother. She is survived by a husband and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Sep 15, 1911



For the death angle and the stork to visit the same family home simultaneously is something very unusually seen, yet that was the experience of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Spears last night, who reside in the south side of the city. The babe of the family, about 2 years old was attacked by an illness recently and continued to grow weaker until last night when the death angel entered the home and the little one was carried away. Scarcely had the breath left the little body and while with ears immortal one might have still heard the swish and flutter of the death angel’s wings, the stork entered the home and left a tiny little babe to supplant the one that had just so recently been called. It is stated that ten minutes had not elapsed after the death of the one until the announcement of the birth of the babe was made Hence there was a commingling of both joy and grief in that household—lamenting the departure of the one and rejoicing over the advent of the other. Catlettsburg Tribune. Big Sandy News, Sep 29, 1911



Wade Tierman, aged 25, the son of Judge Tierman, of Kenova, died at Mt. Hope hospital in Huntington, following a protracted illness from blood poisoning, resulting from a wound received in a fall on Whites Creek several weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Sep 29, 1911



Jay Wilson, son of Zeke Wilson, of this place, died in Paintsville last Monday night. He had been in Catlettsburg several days and had returned to Paintsville the day he died. Nothing definite can be learned concerning his death. He was buried at Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Sep 29, 1911


BALL, Montie

Many friends attended the burial of Master Montie Ball, born Nov 25, 1897, died Sep 30, 1911, age 13 years 10 months, and 5 days. He was honest, truthful, kind and loving son. His last words were “Good-bye mamma, Good-bye papa,” and he said he wanted them to meet him in Heaven. He closed his eyes in this world to wake in the City of Glory, where sorrow, pain and death never come. Big Sandy News, Oct 6, 1911


BARBER, Judge John

News was received here recently that Judge John Barber had died Oct 15 at his home near Willard, KY, of a complications of diseased. He had been in poor health for some time and his death was not unexpected. Judge Barber was well-known in Eastern Kentucky. He had been prominent in politics and business and his death will be deeply regretted by his associates and friends. Big Sandy News, Oct 27, 1911



David Carter, a very old citizen of this place died Sunday night of the infirmities of age. He was buried Tuesday in the old Carter burying ground some distance from Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 20, 1911



Mr. L. F. Chapman, editor and proprietor of the Catlettsburg Tribune, died suddenly at his home in Huntington last Monday morning. He had been in failing health for some time but had not ceased from his newspaper work.. The immediate cause of death was heart failure and hemorrhage of the lungs. Mr. Chapman was born in Wayne County and was 39 years old but had spent several years in Catlettsburg. He was closely related to George Ed Chapman, of this county, and had visited this section not long ago. Mr. Chapman left a widow and one son to mourn his untimely decease. He was prominent in the business circles of Catlettsburg, a sober, industrious citizen and had made his paper a success. The News extends its condolence to the family. Big Sandy News, Oct 6, 1911


DANIELS, Mrs. Martha

Mrs. Martha Daniels, who was without doubt the oldest woman in Wayne County, died last Sunday at the home of Allen Ward, about 2 miles south of Ceredo. The deceased was 97 years of age. She was the mother in law of Henry Cyrus, of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Oct 27, 1911


DIMICK, Mrs. George H.

Mrs. George H. Dimick, Sr., died at her home in Huntington last Monday of heart disease, aged 62 years. Until 3 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Dimick resided in Catlettsburg and Prestonsburg, KY, where they made many friends, who like those in Huntington are deeply grieved to hear of Mrs. Dimick’s death. Big Sandy News, Oct 20, 1911


HUGHES, Garred

A most distressing accident happened on the farm of William Music, near Cannonsburg yesterday afternoon, when the life of Garred Hughes, a coal miner was crushed out in a fall of slate and earth in a coal mine. Mr. Hughes was opening an old abandoned bank for Mr. Music, and evidently had been lax about his props and timbers, and was thus caught by the fall of slate and earth. He was buried about 10 feet deep, and it took a number of men nearly an hour to remove the dirt and rock sufficiently to remove the man’s body. When removed the spark of life had fled and all efforts of resuscitation proved unavailing. Mr. Hughes leaves a wife and 6 children to mourn his death. He was a man well thought of and respected in the community where he lived. He was a member of the Red Men’s Lodge of Coalton, and this organization went to Cannonsburg, where they had charge of the funeral services. The burial took place in the Cannonsburg Cemetery. The foregoing was taken from the Ashland Independent of Tuesday. Mr. Hughes was born and reared near this city and lived in the Busseyville neighborhood until he went to Boyd County about 2 years ago. His brother, David Hughes, was informed of the sad accident Tuesday in time to take a train for Catlettsburg. The deceased was a member of the Red Men’s Lodge at this place, and the Louisa Lodge requested the Red Men at Coalton to take charge of the funeral. Mr. Hughes was a sober, industrious man, whose many friends and relatives in this section will regret to learn of his death. Big Sandy news, Oct 27, 1911



David Justice, who was shot on Sep 28, by Will Keene, died Monday at his home at Fish Trap, KY. Justice’s relatives have posted a reward of $50 for the arrest of Keene, and will appeal to Gov. Willson to supplement this amount. Big Sandy News, Oct 20, 1911



Blaine—Death has entered our neighborhood and taken from us our dear friend, Miss Ollie McGuire of Davisville, who had been lingering for a long time with the dreaded disease known as tuberculosis. As she was a true Christian to her dearest friends, “Weep not”, as we know she is your loss, but Heavens gain. Big Sandy News, Oct 27, 1911



The friends of Miss Emma McHenry, daughter of Mrs. Lizzie and Fred McHenry, deceased, died at her home, near Seattle, WA, Oct 19, of liver trouble. She had been sick about 5 weeks. Her age was 28 years. Miss McHenry moved with her mother to Washington some time ago She was born in this city, where she had many relatives. She was a most excellent young woman, and her untimely death so far from the friends and kindred in her native state is much regretted. Big Sandy News, Oct 27, 1911


PARKS, Charles R.

Charles R. Parks, formerly of Wayne County, WV, died at his home at Elk City, OR, Oct 6, 1911, age 91 years. He moved there with his family in 1888. Mr. Parks was a Confederate soldier and served with Rev. S. F. Reynolds, of this place, who speaks in the highest terms of his bravery and integrity. He was married twice, first to Miss Margaret Buskirk and next to Miss Cosber Lewis. The latter and  3 sons and 2 daughters survive him. Mr. Parks was a member of the M. E. Church South, for 60 years. Big Sandy News, Oct 27, 1911



A most lamentable accident caused by the careless handling of fire arms, occurred at the home of “Johnnie” Thompson, near Wilbur, this county, last Sunday afternoon, which resulted in the death of his daughter, Ethel, aged 13, at the hands of her brother, Charles, aged 15. The accident happened in the presence of some children, only one of whom was old enough to tell anything about the sad occurrence. She, says that the boy had started out with the gun and had gone as far as the gate, when he called to Ethel to bring him his gun swab. She procured the swab and took it to her brother. As he turned to take it from her one barrel of the gun, not thought to be loaded, was discharged, the entire load entering the child’s left side, just below the heart. She lived about half an hour. She was conscious until a few minutes before she died. She kissed her brother and told her father that Charley did not intend to kill her. It is not known how the gun was discharged. It is thought that when the ??? to take the swab from his sister the gun struck the gate ?? with force enough to cause the discharge. Coroner W. H. C. Thompson impaneled a jury consisting of W. ?? Steel, Simon Arrington, Frank ???, J. L. O’Bryant, Levi Justice and Eli J. Moore, who after hearing the evidence rendered a verdict of accidental death. Big Sandy News, Oct 20, 1911



The News regrets to hear of the death of Mr. Green Seagraves, a prominent citizen and lawyer of Johnson County It occurred on Monday last at his home in Whitehouse, burial taking place on Tuesday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulette, of this city. The cause of death was infirmities of age. Had he lived  a month or so longer Mr. Seagraves would have been 70 years old. He left a widow, 7 children, 4 of whom were born by a former wife. He was a consistent and useful member of the Southern Methodist Church and died as he had lived for many years, in the well founded hope of a life of happiness beyond the grave. Mr. Seagraves was a good lawyer, versed in its many phases, and had been called several times to act as a special judge of the circuit court. He was fond of the Sunday school, seemingly never tired of doing all he could to promote the interests of the work. He will be greatly missed by the people among whom he lived. Big Sandy News, Oct 13, 1911



Mrs. O. J. Vaughan died Thursday morning at her late residence near this city after a long illness caused by tuberculosis of the lungs. She is survived by a husband but no children. At this hour no definite knowledge concerning the funeral can be had. Big Sandy News, Oct 13, 1911


The funeral of Mrs. O. J. Vaughan whose death was mentioned in this paper last week, took place on Friday, Oct 13. It was largely attended by sorrowing relatives and friends. The services were conducted by the pastor of the deceased, the Rev. G. M. Copley, of the Baptist Church, assisted by Revs. H. B. Hulett and J. W. Crites, of this city. Interment followed in the home burial place, where lie the bodies of Mrs. Vaughan’s father and mother.The deceased had been sick since February. She bore her illness with fortitude and Christian resignation, and passed from earth to a better world painlessly and peacefully. She was but 28 years old, a loving daughter, a devoted wife and noble woman. Big Sandy News, Oct 20, 1911


WELLMAN, Mrs. Harry G.

After an illness of many months, borne with patient fortitude and resignation, Mrs. H. G. Wellman, aged 24, of Louisa, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hence Johnson of Cyrus, WV, early last Sunday morning. Twenty-four hours later her only child, a sweet little girl of 10 months, joined its mother in the Far Country where life is perennial and where happiness is fadeless and pure. On Wednesday afternoon the funeral and interment of mother and babe occurred, conducted by the Rev. B. S. Akers, of the Baptist Church, the family graveyard being the place of burial. The same casket, almost hidden from sight by flowers wrought into designs of exquisite, odorous beauty, held both mother and child, each seemingly asleep beneath the fragrant buds and blossoms. The funeral was very largely attended by friends from 3 states a very large number being there from Louisa, the home of the sorrow-stricken husband and the abode of Mr. and Mrs. Wellman during the short period of a happy married life.


Seldom has this paper been called to chronicle so sad a story as that which related to the latter months of Mrs. Wellman’s life. She married Mr. Harry G. Wellman, of this city about 3 years ago. She was a young woman of much beauty and charm of manner, amiable in disposition and lovely in character and soon became a general favorite. Her married life was a happy one, and when the little one came her cup of happiness seemed full. It was not long after the coming of the little one before it became evident that the mother was marked by the Destroyer. Physicians were consulted, journeys made and every known means of restoration to health used. To add to the sorrow of the husband and parents of the wife and daughter the tender little one, never very strong sickened and faded, until its wasted little body was laid in the coffin beside the cold form of the mother who wanted to live for “Harry and my baby”. Its short ten months of troubled life ended painlessly and of it we may truly say, “It is better off.” Big Sandy News, Oct 6, 1911



“Bye, bye mamma”, lisped Baby Louisa, the 18 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wilburn of Second Street and Scott Avenue yesterday morning as she toddled out the kitchen door; a few minutes later the distracted mother lifted the lifeless body out of a lard can, partly filled with water into which the baby had fallen, while waving her tiny hand to brother. Big Sandy News, Oct 20, 1911



 ALLEY, Kimbard

On last Thursday night Kimbard Alley, son of the late John Alley, a prominent citizen of the Chadwicks Creek section, about 4 miles above Catlettsburg, was struck by a C & O train near the Big Sandy bridge and was instantly killed. He was about 55 years old and left a widow and several children. During the earlier part of the evening Alley had had a difficulty in a Front Street saloon with a man named Henry Castle, when Castle, so it is said, struck him on the head with a heavy stick. Castle was arrested and lodged in jail pending an examination of the case by the grand jury of the Boyd Circuit Court. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911


ARTHUR, Mrs. Caleb

Mrs. Caleb Arthur, formerly of this city, died at Vessie, this county, Sunday after a long illness caused by tuberculosis, aged 42 years. She was buried on Tuesday. She was formerly Miss Nellie Riffe, a daughter of Uncle Billie Rife. A husband and several children survive her. Mrs. Lockwood, of Fort Gay, and Mrs. W. M. Byington, sisters of the deceased and Mr. and Mrs. Hulette, relatives went to Vessie Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Arthur. The funeral services were conducted by Mr. Hulette. Big Sandy News, Nov 17, 1911



Ratcliff—John, the 5 year old son of Hiram and Mary Bentley, died Thursday of inflammatory rheumatism. He was laid to rest in the family burying ground. He leaves father, mother, 2 sisters and one brother to mourn. Big Sandy News, Nov 10, 1911


BINION, Lincoln

Grayson, KY, Oct 27, Lincoln Binion, a farmer, was instantly killed while assisting Matthew Seller, of Baltimore, MD, aviator, who was in the act of starting on a journey from his summer home in this county, in a flying machine invented by himself. Seller had prepared for a long time and had his machine anchored to a stump. After starting the engine, he asked Binion to loosen the rope and as he did so the blade of the propeller struck him on the top of the head, killing him instantly. Big Sandy News, Nov 3, 1911



Whitesburg, KY, Nov 16—F. M. Blair, a special patrolman, who formerly served as a deputy United States Marshall and Wash Morgan, whom he was trying to arrest, were both killed in an affray in the southern part of Letcher County yesterday afternoon. Deputy Sheriff J. D. Blair was seriously, if not fatally, injured. Morgan recently returned from a term of service in the army and a few days ago shot S. C. Flanary, a policeman, at Roda, VA. Following this affair Morgan fled to Letcher County. A reward of $200 had been offered for Morgan’s arrest and the Blairs were detailed to capture him. Morgan was located in an old house, heavily armed and disposed to fight. The moment the officers approached Morgan opened fire, killing F. M. Blair at the first shot. Blair fired at the same instant fatally wounding Morgan. Morgan rallied and fought off the Deputy Sheriff, severely wounding him. F. M. Blair was considered one of the bravest men in Eastern Kentucky, rendering valuable service during his long term as deputy marshal. He was a prosperous merchant at Dongola, as well as a special patrolman. He was a leading lodge member and will be buried by both Odd Fellows and Mason. Deputy Sheriff Blair is a fearless officer. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911


CHILDERS, Mrs. Charlie (Millie Thompson)

Ulysses—Mrs. Charlie Childers, of Georges Creek, died one day last week. She is survived by her husband and children and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Thompson, of Little Blaine, all of whom have our sympathies. Big Sandy News, Nov 17, 1911



A. Greene, aged 55 years, a driver of a nitroglycerine wagon for the Marietta Torpedo company, was blown to death, 2 horses were killed, a nitroglycerine factory was blown into small fragments and a wagon completely disappeared, when an explosion of 1200 quarts of nitroglycerine occurred at the factory at Rinehart, near Clarksburg, Tuesday morning, Nov 7. The explosion was terrific and it was felt for miles. Greene was engaged in loading his wagon with nitroglycerine to drive into the Weston gas field, when he dropped one of the cans at the factory causing the explosion. Man, horses, wagon and factory all went up together and there is scarcely a particle of the factory to be found. A search is being made for pieces of the man’s body but there is little hope of recovering an considerable portion of his remains. The factory building was a 2 story frame structure 30 by 40 feet in dimensions. Where it stood there is only a big, deep hole in the ground and the earth is torn up a considerable distance. Big Sandy news, Nov 24, 1911




The following from the Cincinnati Enquirer is from Huntington and that is sufficient to warn those familiar with the work of the artist who sends out items from that place. It may not be true:

Huntington, WV, Oct. 24.—Standing over the biers of their two brothers, Elias and Troy Hatfield, who were shot and killed by an Italian in Fayette county a few days ago, 11 stalwart sons of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, noted fend leader, who professed religion, responded -to the pleadings of their aged parent, embraced religion and pledged themselves to lead better lives. Every member of the noted feud family was at home to attend the double funeral. Troy and Elias'Hatfield, the victims of the Italian, were two of thirteen brothers. Every one of these boys was trained in his youth to be prepared to bring about, if necessary, the extermination of the McCoy clan. The bodies of Troy and Elias Hatfield were taken back to their old home in Logan county for burial and "Uncle Dyke" Garrett, the veteran mountain preacher, who led "Devil Anse" to the altar, was summoned to conduct the double funeral. When they saw their brothers cold in death and heard the final benedictions pronounced over them, sorrow filled the hearts of the surviving brothers and they together went forward and made a public confession of faith in God of their mother, and more recently of their father as well. The mother of the 11 converts has long been a member of the church. Among the brothers were “Cap” who in the days of the feuds, was the possessor of a name feared through all the mountains, Bob, John, Dr. Ellis, Tennis, Johnson, Floyd and Boe. “Uncle Dyke” is to baptize the Hatfield boys in the near future. A special day is to be set for the baptism. Big Sandy News, Nov 3, 1911



Pleasant Ridge—The death of little Garnett Heaberlin was a severe blow to her relatives and friends. She was only sick one week. The cause of her death was appendicitis. She was brought from her home at Portsmouth and buried in the Hutchinson graveyard. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911



David Jordan, of this county, a veteran of the Civil War, died last week of chronic disease and the ???of old age. Big Sandy News, Nov 10, 1911


LAUCK, Rev. J. M.

Rev. J. M. Lauck, a retired minister of the West Virginia conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, died Friday morning at his home in Parkersburg. Mr. Lauck was taken sick only last Sunday but his illness was of a serious nature from the first and this fact combined with his advanced years hastened the end. The cause of his death was a bowel complaint and other complications. The deceased was 77 years of age. He had been retired from active work in the ministry for several years past and had since been living quietly in Parkersburg. The deceased is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Morris Hansford, of Patt, near Charleston, WV. Mrs. Hansford arrived in the city Friday morning a few hours before her father died, having been summoned by reason of his serious condition. Rev. Mr. Lauck was a man of the highest character and was admired and respected by all who knew him. His death will be sincerely mourned by hundreds of people. Rev. Mr. Lauck was born in Winchester, VA, dec 10, 1833. He came to Parkersburg about 1855 and in 1858 took up the ministry in the M. E. Church, South, preaching his first sermon in that city, where he was presiding elder in 1876 and 1877. In 1898 Rev. Mr. Lauck gave up his last charge at Barboursville, WV on account of ill health. He was in the ministry exactly 40 years.—State Journal. Rev. Lauck was pastor of Louisa station in 1886. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911



Miss Mary McCall received a letter this morning from relatives at Kalania, WA telling of the illness and death of her cousin, Miss Emma McHenry. Miss McHenry was ill but a month and although the best of medical attention was given her, the physicians were unable to discover the cause of her illness and on the morning of the 19th of October, she died, leaving a mother, brother and sister, besides a host of other relatives and friends It is the belief of her family that she died from grief, caused by the death of another sister, Mrs. Morris McClure, of Huntington, which occurred about 2 years ago, and to whom the deceased was greatly devoted. The McHenry family was formerly of Louisa and have a large number of friends in the Sandy Valley and in this city, where they also resided. Miss Emma was at one time an employee of The Tribune, and a bright and lovable girl. The Tribune joins the friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved mother and family. Catlettsburg Tribune. Big Sandy News, Nov 3, 1911


MOORE, Goldie

Miss Goldie Moore died of tuberculosis at Portsmouth last Saturday, Nov 4th. She was a daughter of Z. H. Moore, formerly of this county. Her age was 18 years. The body was brought back to the old home at Ulysses for burial, accompanied by the surviving members of the family. Big Sandy News, Nov 10, 1911


Goldie, daughter of Z. H. Moore and Fannie Moore, was born at Mattie, KY, May 20th, 1893, passed peacefully away from her home at Portsmouth, OH, Nov 4th, 1911, age 18 years 5 months 10 days. Her childhood days were beautiful her life a ray of sunlight. Her love for father, mother, brother and sister was sublime. She was converted, baptized and joined the church at the age of 15. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911


MOORE, William

William, the 5 year old son of Mr. John Moore, of near Lockword, died last Friday afternoon of infantile paralysis. The funeral occurred on Sunday, with interment in Cyrus burial ground, near Cyrus Station, WV. Mrs. Margaret Moore, the grandmother, Mr. F. R. Moore, John Moore, H. C. and W. N. Sullivan and Chris Sullivan, of this place attended. Illness prevented the attendance of Mrs. Hannah Lackey. Many friends and relatives from Catlettsburg and Ashland were present. Big Sandy News, Nov 10, 1911


MORGAN, Wash—see under F. M. Blair



Cumberland, MD, Nov 15—Hardin Pennington died here this morning at the home of his son in law, Rev. a. Lee Barrett, pastor of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church South in his 95th year. He was a native of Monroe Co., VA, now West Virginia. He was never ill until just before death. He never used tobacco or liquor. He voted a straight Democratic ticket for 71 years, starting with Van Buren. Pennington migrated to Lawrence County, near old Peach Orchard, KY, where he operated a farm and later he removed to Catlettsburg, KY, where he conducted a transfer business. He lived in Kentucky for 40 years. He leaves one son, Henderson Pennington, architect, contractor and builder, Huntington, WV. His body will be taken to Catlettsburg tomorrow for burial beside his wife. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911


POOLE, Robert, Jr.

A telegram received here from Williamson Thursday announced the death in that place of Robert, Jr., young son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Poole. Mrs. Poole was Miss Mabel Butler, formerly of this city. The interment will be at Williamson Friday. Erysipelas and pneumonia caused the death. The child was 11 months old. Big Sandy News, Nov 3, 1911


SMITH, James

Late Sunday afternoon James M. (Speed) Smith, for years owner and operator of the Valley Inn at Prestonsburg, died suddenly of a stroke of paralysis. His wife died some 18 months ago, and he was well advanced in years, having served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.—Prestonsburg Monitor. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911


STALEY, Mrs. Walter

Mrs. Walter Staley, of Whites Creek, WV died Sunday morning of consumption after lingering with this disease for some time. She is survived by a husband and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Nov 3, 1911



Hal Starr, aged nearly 70 years, was instantly killed Tuesday evening near Nolan when the engine of passenger train No. 16 struck him. Starr and several boys were walking along the track and a freight train going west prevented them hearing the approach of the passenger. The boys, who had been hunting, jumped in time to save themselves but Starr was struck and his body hurled with great force, struck one of the boys, knocking him through a barbed wire fence. Big Sandy News, Nov 10, 1911



Mr. James H. Stewart, a well-known citizen and retired businessman, died at his home in North Catlettsburg, Oct 11th, after a lingering illness for several years. Mr. Stewart was loved and respected by a wide circle of friends and business associates who knew him for his worth and who  will revere his memory. Mr. Stewart had been in business in Ashland 30 years until about 6 years ago, when he retired from active business life owing to ill health, leaving the conduct of his business largely to others. About 3 years ago he purchased a beautiful home in North Catlettsburg and moved to it, where with his interesting family he spent the last years of life.


James Stewart was born in Lawrence County, KY, Jun 19, 1853. He was the son of Alvin Stewart, sturdy, substantial and highly respected people of that community. In early young manhood he went to Ashland and cast his lot with the thriving little city which at that early day he felt sure was to become the metropolis of Northeastern Kentucky. Of his father’s family he is survived by one brother, Marion Stewart, of Buchanan and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Fannin, of Hubbardstown, WV. In his own family he is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. John Kobs, Jr. of Ashland, Mrs. Carlton Kountz, of Huntington and Morris, Marvin and Jessie at home. He was a faithful member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, which had charge of his funeral Thursday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Nov 10, 1911


TACKIT, Charles

S. Marshal, Martin Potter, killed Charles Tackit yesterday while trying to arrest him for a crime he had committed in Virginia. Potter had a fugitive warrant for the arrest of Tackit and while serving it on him, Tackit drew his gun and fired twice, missing. Potter, with lightening rapidity, drew his pistol and with a deadly aim, fired but one shot, shooting Tackit through the heart. Tackit lived only a few minutes. Some years ago Tackit served a double term in the State penitentiary. Although a bad character he at last came to the end of ????But the Bible says, “???? Way of the transgressor is hard. Pikeville Advocate.. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911


TERRY, Amanda

William Terry’s little daughter, Amanda, was fatally burned at the home of its mother on Keaton fork of Blaine Tuesday. Its death occurred on Wednesday. The accident was caused by the child’s dress catching fire as it stood near the fire place. The parents separated some time ago and the father went to Oklahoma, where his father, Sam b. Terry, is now living. Big Sandy News, Nov 17, 1911



Miss Angie Trusty, daughter of John Trusty, of the Keaton Fork of Blaine, killed herself on the public road near Blaine on Thursday morning of this week. Her body was found by the roadside on top of the hill just this side of the town of Blaine. An empty bottle that had contained carbolic acid was at her side. Also, a note is said to have been found with the bottle. She had been staying with the family of C. B. Crutcher in Louisa for a short time, but left Wednesday for the home of her parents on the dead of Blaine, just across the line into Johnson County. She was making the trip with Bailey and Lemaster’s wagon, which had been to Louisa with country produce and were returning to the upper Blaine country. The Blaine hill is quite steep and the girl got off and walked up the hill ahead of the wagons and alone. When the wagons reached the summit the drivers were surprised and shocked to find the lifeless form of the girl who had been out of their sight only such a brief time. The deadly poison had done its work quickly. This was about 9 o’clock yesterday morning. The motive of the suicide is not known. It is presumed the poor girl was despondent over the hard lot that seemed to be hers in life and decided that death would be a relief. Big Sandy News, Nov 17, 1911


WELLS, William

Mr. William Wells, of Boon Camp, Johnson County, died on Monday night last of Bright’s disease, from which he had been a sufferer a long time. His age was 42 years. Mr. Wells was a relative of Mrs. H.B. Hulette, of this city. The deceased was a prominent man, well-known throughout the Big Sandy Valley. Mr. Hulette attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Nov 10, 1911



In the death of Mrs. Hi. Williamson our city loses one of its oldest and most respected ladies. She has been a resident of this town from the beginning and had a large circle of friends who admired her excellent traits of character. A good woman has gone, we hope to a better sphere. The funeral was held at the home Wednesday morning and was attended by the hosts of friends and relatives whom Mrs. Williamson left here to mourn her loss. The remains were taken to her old home on Pond Creek for interment. Mrs. Williamson was 80 old. During her long residence here she made many friends and her death is a loss to the entire community. Williamson Item. Big Sandy News, Nov 24, 1911



 APPERSON, Mrs. Elizabeth

Mrs. Elizabeth Apperson, widow of Judge Richard Apperson, died in Mt. Sterling Nov 29th, aged 81 years. Mrs. Apperson was well known by many in this city, where she had visited while her distinguished husband was Judge of the Lawrence Circuit Court. Big Sandy news, Dec 8, 1911



Death visited the home of Mr. Charley Childers Thursday, Nov 6, and took from him his darling wife, Mille. She leaves a father, mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, husband and 3 children, 2 girls and one boy, to mourn her death. Millie lived a true Christian life for many years, being a member of the Baptist Church, Millie was loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Dec 1, 1911



Mrs. Thomas Collinsworth, aged 73 years, died at her home at Fallsburg Sunday night last. Her disease was pneumonia. She was buried Tuesday, the funeral services being conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this city. Mrs. Collinsworth was a highly esteemed woman, and her loss is deeply deplored by her relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Dec 15, 1911


The NEWS adds some items to the brief article of last week concerning the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Collinsworth. She was born Aug 6, 1834 and died Dec 11, 1911, thus being 77 years, 4 months and 5 days old. Of the 11 children born to her 8 are living. There are also living 54 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren. Among the living children are Sine, Thomas and Jack Collinsworth. Mrs. Collinsworth was in many respects a remarkable woman. Notwithstanding her great age she led a very active life up to the attack of the short illness which terminated her earthly career. For more than a quarter of a century she had been an active member of the Methodist Church, and died in the triumph of the Christian faith. Big Sandy News, Dec 22, 1911



Mrs. Lida Darlington, wife of Rev. U. V. W. Darlington, died suddenly of heart failure, at the parsonage of the Johnson Memorial Church, 517 Tenth street, last night. The ending of her life came almost without warning. Mrs. Darlington had been a sufferer from indigestion and it is to an acute attack of that ailment that ???? describe the cause of her death. Yesterday morning she seemed in unusually good health. Just before noon, however, she grew faint, and complained of severe pains. Dr. Carl Prichard was summoned, and under his ministrations Mrs. Darlington appeared better, and rested easily during the afternoon. The trained nurses were in constant attendance. Late in the evening she became worse, and Dr. J. E. Rader was called into consultation with Dr. Prichard. Everything known to medical science was employed without avail. She passed peacefully into eternal rest. Mrs. Darlington was 40 years old. She leaves besides her husband, who is one of the best known ministers of Huntington, 2 small children, Lida Clarke, 8 years old and Urban  6 years old. She was born at Millersburg, KY, the daughter of Charles C. Clark, a prominent citizen of Kentucky. At Millersburg 10 years ago she was married to Rev. Darlington, then pastor of a church at Covington, KY. She has been a resident of Huntington during the pastorship of her husband, for the past 2 years. Mrs. Darlington was ever active in religious work, and stood at the side of her husband in church activities of every nature. During her life she manifested a distinct leaning ??? missionary work and as the ??? of her endeavors much good has been done not only in Huntington, but in the foreign field, in which she took a particular interest. Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Big Sandy News, Dec 29,1911



Ulysses—John Debord brought his infant, which died at his home at Buffalo, Johnson County, recently, to Lowmansville for burial in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Dec 22, 1911


EVANS, Henry

Killing in Elliott—A quarrel over a debt resulted in the shooting of Henry Evans by Ed Evans at Dew Drop Thursday night. On the way from church Henry Evans asked Ed Evans for a sum of money owed him by the latter. At this Ed said he could whip both Henry and his brother, Charley, and attempted to hit the latter, who knocked him down. When he regained his feet he began to shoot at Henry who had started to run, between the shoulders with fatal results. After the report of the revolver the youth ran a few steps and fell. Two shots were fired, but only one striking the boy. He died shortly afterwards. Elliott County Democrat. Big Sandy News, Dec 8, 1911



On Monday, Nov 12, Mr. John F. Hackworth, of this city, suffered a stroke of paralysis. His advanced age and feeble health made his ultimate recovery doubtful and while he received the best possible attention and care, and occasionally showed a slight improvement he was unable to ??? effects of the attack and died late on Sunday afternoon, Nov 26. Death occurred at the Savoy hotel, where he was living at the time he was seized with his fatal illness. On the following Monday morning the body was borne to the M.E. Church, South, where in the presence of a large number of friends, both resident and distant, the funeral services were held.


Borne to the hearse by his fellow directors of the Louisa National Bank the body, under a wealth of flowers, was carried to Pine Hill Cemetery and there interred. For many years Mr. Hackworth was active in the business life of this city. Born in Floyd County, Nov 13, 1830, he came to Louisa in 1864. He was then in the prime of early manhood, active and industrious, sober and honest, traits of character which distinguished him throughout life. He began his business career in this place in the store of the late Greenville Lackey and with whom he remained several years. When Mr. Hackworth severed his relations with Mr. Lackey he went into business for himself in the frame building which stood on the site of the Louisa Natioanl Bank. Here he did a large general business for many years, finally, with Mr. R. T. Burns, building the brick structure now occupied by the bank. When Mr. Burns retired from business Mr. Hackworth continued some years longer, when he, too, retired for good. In all these busy years Mr. Hackworth was known in the business world as one of the foremost men in the Big Sandy Valley. His honesty and personal integrity were ??? proverbial, and these qualities together with his industry and ?? business sense, enabled him to acquire whit is, for this section, a fortune, and every dollar of it was honestly made.


In very early life, when only about 12 years old, Mr. Hackworth joined the Southern Methodist Church, under the ministry of one of the “old time” preachers, the Rev. Mr. Stamper. While he had (rest is cut off from bottom of page)…. He had made the proper preparations or words to this effect. He never married. Mr. Hackworth’s wealth, between 30 and 40,000 dollars, consisted mostly of cash with a considerable amount of real estate. After his death an examination of his personal effects was made, a relative, Mr. J. F. Hager of Ashland, assisting, and among them was found his will. It was written by himself 7 years ago and was clear and explicit as to the disposal of his estate. It all goes to relatives who live up the river, the bulk of it being willed to his nephew, Fred Walker and G. W. Mayo, who are by the will made administrator without bond. Big Sandy News, Dec 1, 1911


MARCUM, Gid—see under John Vanhoose



John McGuire, a well known citizen of this county, died at the residence of his brother, James McGuire, at the mouth of Two Mile, near this city, early Wednesday morning, aged 82 years. He had suffered much and long from a complication of diseases and death came as a welcome release. He was buried Thursday in the burial ground near the home place. Besides the brother 2 sisters, Mrs. Kate R. Freese and Mrs. Elliott Arnett, survive the deceased. Big Sandy news, Dec 8, 1911



Salyersville, KY, Dec 25—Samuel Picklesimer, aged 50 years, former Justice of Peace, brother in law of Robert Reed, Sheriff, and one of the best citizens of the county, was shot dead in the door of his dwelling on Cow Creek, at 10 o’clock Sunday evening. Berry Burton accompanied by 4 of the Hardy boys, are accused of the killing. They have just been arrested by Deputy Sheriff Dennis Arnett and posse and placed in the Salyersville jail. They claim to have no knowledge of the killing. The murder is somewhat shrouded in mystery. Burton was at the home of the dead man during the day of the shooting and evidently the warmest of friendship for his host existed. Burton accepting fruit and light hospitality at his hand. The only ill feeling that ever existed between the men dates back a few weeks, when the dead man reprimanded the Hardy boys for trespassing upon his premises by tearing down his fence. Burton killed Leander Holiday in Morgan County a few years ago and received a short term in the penitentiary. Big Sandy News, Dec 29,1911



Mrs. Effie Reeves, wife of W. C. Reeves, died at the home of her father Monday morning, Dec 4th, with that dreadful disease consumption with which she had suffered for many months. Funeral held at the Glenwood Baptist Church and services were conducted by Bro. D. Wood of Ashland. Pallbearers were Misses Myrtle Coburn, Emmie Holbrook, Maud Gremsley, Myrtie Queen, Mauda Burks and Esther Holbrook. She was 25 years old and had been married 7 years and had always been a true and loving wife and a faithful Christian of the Baptist Church. She leaves a husband and 3 little girls, Irene, Laura and Grace, besides father, mother, brother, 3 sisters and her many friends to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Dec 15, 1911



J. Salsberry of Greenup, KY was shot and almost instantly killed 5 miles west of Vanceburg, KY Wednesday night. It is said that there were 5 or 5 in the crowd and Salsberry (rest is unreadable). Big Sandy News, Dec 29, 1911



Mazie, KY—Death has entered the home of John Sertain and taken from them their darling little Gracie. Big Sandy News, Dec 29, 1911


SHANNON, William

William Shannon, son of Hutt Shannon, who lived near Pharoah, WV, was run over and instantly killed by N & W train No. 3 last Friday. He and a cousin named Jerry Shannon crossed the Big Sandy Near the Kavanaugh lock, and were known to have whisky in their possession. Both were seen on or near the track, and it is supposed that they lady down on the track and fell asleep. How long they had been in this position is not known, but while there No. 3 several hours late went dashing by and struck William Shannon, cutting half his head off, killing him instantly. The accident occurred at a short curve and the young men were not seen by the engineer until the train was right on them. Jerry Shannon was unhurt and did not know of the death of his companion until he was awakened by the men on the train. Shannon has some relatives in this county. Big Sandy News, Dec 29,1911



Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Simpson and took from them their loving son Edgar. Edgar was a good child and loved by all who knew him. He leaves a father, mother, 4 sisters and 4 brothers to mourn his loss. Big Sandy news, Dec 22, 1911


SPURLOCK, Francis Marion

The death of Captain Francis Marion Spurlock, one of the oldest steamboat men along the Ohio River, occurred this morning at 2 o’clock at the home of the family, in South Point, as a result of advanced age and general debility. Captain Spurlock had reached the age of 79 years and during all those years he has been active in business with the exception of the past few years, when during which he had spent his time quietly awaiting the final summons. Catlettsburg Tribune. From far into the 60’s to far into the 80’s Capt. Spurlock was well-known along the Big Sandy from Catlettsburg to the “Forks”. He seldom took a boat higher than Louisa. Big Sandy news, Dec 15, 1911


STUMP, James

Mr. James Stump, an old and well known citizen of this county, died at his home near Buchanan last Saturday morning, age 55 years. His death was caused by a complication of diseases, after an illness of many weeks. Interment was made in Kavanuagh cemetery on Sunday, after funeral services at his late residence. Both the funeral and the burial were largely attended. Mr. Stump was prominent in the Odd Fellowship and was a member of the lodge at this place, which to the number of about 25 attended the obsequies. This, with the local lodge, made a large procession. Mr. Stump and members from other places is survived by a widow and 7 children. He was a brother of Mr. John Stump, formerly of this city. Big Sandy News, Dec 8, 1911


James Stump, one of our leading citizens, departed this life Dec 2nd at his home on Big Sandy near Rove Creek. His disease was a lingering character, dropsy and heart trouble. For some years past he has been excessively fleshy weighing near 300. He was born at Honaker, VA, Nov 7, 1857. His father moved to Big Sandy when he was but a boy. He was married to Miss Deliba Rouse, Apr 28, 1878. To them were born 6 children. He was a very industrious, hard working man. His time was principally devoted to farming and contract work. He built perhaps more county bridges than any other man in the county he was considered a good husband and affectionate father to his family. He was a man that made no religious professions until his life was almost spent. When his health begin to fail he begin to realize that he had not given God the praise for his strength and life and the many blessings he had enjoyed. He resolved to turn to him who has said “come not me and I will not turn you away”. He repented and confessed his sin before Gog and men called in Rev. Richardson, preacher in charge, who administered baptism and took him into the M. E. Church, south. He leaves a wife, children, brother and many friends to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Dec 22, 1911


TAYLOR, William

William Taylor died at his home on East Fork in this county last Sunday, in his 86th year. Pneumonia was the cause of his death, but he had been in a feeble condition physically during the past few years. He was one of our very best citizens. He was born in Virginia and came to Louisa when a small boy. He was married at the age of 21, and his good wife survives him. They were probably the oldest married couple in the county. Their happy married relation continued for 65 years. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Christian Church for 45 years. The funeral was conducted by Rev. R. F. Rice. Their sons are James, Ed and William Taylor, Jr., all prosperous, highly respected citizens of the East Fork section. Big Sandy News, Dec 1, 1911


TYREE, George

George Tyree, aged 35, an N & W Section hand at Chatteroi, WV, just west of Williamson, died Saturday morning at a section camp near that place, his death resulting from a desperate encounter with a robber of Thanksgiving eve, when he was shot and robbed of his years savings amounting to $250. Tyree was found Thanksgiving morning in a serious condition with 3 bullet holes through his body and his money gone. He regained consciousness in a short time and said that while lying in camp sleeping, Nov 29, he was awakened by a noise and discovered a man rifling his pockets. He turned over and the robber shot him 3 times making his escape in the darkness. Tyree was intoxicated at the time. Owing to the fact that he had neither money, friends nor relatives the body of the unfortunate man was buried near the N & W tracks at Chatteroi. Big Sandy News, Dec 22, 1911




Detective John Vanhoose, of Catlettsburg, and Gid Marcum, of somewhere near Breeden, WV, were both killed last Sunday as a result of Marcum’s arrest by the detective. Nothing very definite can be learned just now of the double tragedy, as all reports concerning it are conflicting. It is said that for a long time the N & W railroad has been the field where robbers and thieves have successfully plied their vocation, with only an occasional arrest. A few days ago Vanhoose, who was employed by the Baldwin Agency, received orders to go up the Twelve Pole division of the N & W and arrest Marcum, who was suspected of being guilty of some of the depredations on its property.


Vanhoose went in search of Marcum, taking with hime a constable or deputy sheriff named George Damron. Somewhere between Breeden and Dinguss they found Marcum, who, when told what they wanted, surrendered in apparent good humor and all three started for a train. Here comes in what seems at this distance a most unaccountable thing. The officers neither handcuffed their prisoner nor searched him for weapons, and while thus walking along Marcum, as suddenly as lightning strikes, drew a pistol, shot detective Vanhoose 3 times once in the arm and once in the stomach, the third shot though the head, killing him instantly. He then turned his weapon on Damron, but the officer was too quick for him and shot him through the left eye, the wound causing instant death. Vanhoose was married, leaving a widow and 2 children. He was a son of Jeff Vanhoose, who many years ago was a resident of this city and was at one time city marshal. Big Sandy News, Dec 15, 1911



Death visited the home of Mr. J. P. Williams and claimed for its victim his father, Jacob P. Williams. All that loving hands could do failed to help him. He took heart dropsy nearly a year ago and had been ever since under the care of Drs. H. H. Gambill and N. T. Rice. He joined the United Baptist Church nearly 40 years ago and has been a faithful member ever since. He bloomed here on the earth for 82 years, but now he has gone to yonder to bloom around the golden throne of God. Big Sandy News, Dec 1, 1911


YOUNG, Mrs. Robert

Watterson—Death visited the home of Robert Young and took from him his loving wife. Mrs. Young was a good woman and loved by everybody who knew her. She left a husband and 7 children to mourn her loss. She was laid to rest in the Graham graveyard on Nov 21st?.  Big Sandy News, Dec 8, 1911