On Monday, Jan 17, Mat Bevins died at his home near Pikeville as a result of an attack of fever. He was an old man, having passed his 75th year. Seven children survive him, 3 of whom reside in the State of Washington and 2 of them in Williamson—Mrs. Elizabeth Chaffin and Z. M. Bevins, an employee of N & W. Mr. Bevins was well-known and highly respected throughout the region. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910



Miss Jettie Blackburn, of Williamson, accompanied by her father, Isom Blackburn, and Dr. William York, was brought to the hospital Monday, suffering from an advanced case of appendicitis. Examination showed that the patient was in a very critical condition. The danger attending an operation under such unfavorable circumstances was mad known to her and her friends, but they wanted it done in hope that it would save her life. On Tuesday morning the operation was performed by Dr. L. H. York, but such that the condition of the girl that death ensued in about 24 hours. The body was taken to Williamson for burial. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1910



In one short week the family of Columbus Blackburn has suffered a double bereavement. The first to answer the summons was Mrs. Blackburn and on the day of her funeral her daughter, Rozette, aged 17 years, was stricken with appendicitis and she died on last Wednesday one week later. Miss Blackburn was taken to the hospital at Louisa to undergo an operation. Dr. William York accompanied her and assisted the hospital physicians, but the disease had advanced to such a stage that nothing could be done for her. Miss Blackburn had lived in Williamson nearly all her life and was popular among a large circle of friends. The body was taken on Thursday to the old home of the family on Pond Creek, where the funeral services were held. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1910



Many of our citizens knew and remember Dave Borders who had frequently visited friends and relatives in and around Louisa. He was a son of Charles Borders, who lived in the Richardson neighborhood. His mother was a daughter of the late Andy Butler, well-known at Old Peach Orchard. The following account of Mr. Borders’ death will be read with interest. It is taken from the Quincy (Ill.) Herald:

David H. Borders died yesterday afternoon at the home of his parents at Milan, MO, after a short illness. The news of his death came as a shock to his many friends, and it is difficult for them to realize that he is no more. Only a week ago he left Quincy, suffering with a bad cold, but otherwise in excellent condition, and as he bade his friends good-bye, none would have thought it possible that it was the last time they would see him alive. Mrs. Borders was visiting at Milan with her husband’s parents and Mr. Borders went over to spend a week with his folks. Shortly after his arrival his cold turned into grip and this developed into pneumonia, which caused his death.


Mr. Borders was poor in health several years ago and spent some time in Arizona, and later in Oregon, where he was treated by specialists. When he returned to Quincy he was vastly improved and his friends rejoiced with him in his good fortune. The deceased was advertising manager of the Empire theatre, a young man of extraordinary ability and a personality which made him. W. L. Bushy, manager of the Empire theatre, stated this morning that Mr. Borders was to have had charge of the theatre at Marshall town, a promotion he well merited and which would have given him an opportunity to advance in the theatrical business. He was only 23 years of age and was born at Leona, Kansas. Mr. Borders was married to Miss Florence Green of this city in October 1908, the wedding taking place at Hannibal. Besides the wife and parents he leaves one sister, Mrs. David Sweetring, of this city. A brother, Lou Borders, a prominent railroad engineer on the O. K. was killed in a wreck during the summer of 1908. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1910



While crossing a creek near Logan, G. H. Caldwell, aged 62, superintendent of the Dinguss Run Coal Co., sustained a paralytic stroke and was nearly drowned before being rescued and died late the same night. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910



Cherokee—Mary, the wife of W. P. Caldwell, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaiah Houck, departed this life on Dec 24, 1909. Mary today no doubt is resting in the arms of Jesus. She left a light that will shine in the memory of all who knew her. She was about 21 years of age, and leaves a husband, one baby and numerous friends. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910



Mead’s Branch—After an illness of several weeks uncle George Chapman, at the age of 73 years, quietly passed away on last Friday morning, Jan 14. He suffered great pain until death relieved his suffering. He was united to the Methodist Church while very young and has lived a consistent Christian life all through the years. All who knew him speak lovingly and tenderly of his exemplary life. “Uncle George” fought through the war of 1861-65, fought bravely for his country. He leaves a wife, several brothers, 3 children and many friends and relatives to mourn his death. The burial service was held near his home on Blevin’s Branch. His funeral will be preached the fourth Sunday in February by Rev. A. H. Miller. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1910


COOKSEY, Laura Belle

Fallsburg—Death has again made its way with all its deformed nature and power, and took from the embraces of James and Mary Cooksey, a darling child, one that made their home so lovely and so bright. Laura Belle Cooksey was born Feb 4, 1890; died Jan 19, 1910, aged 19 years 11 months and 17 days. She was a member of the M. E. Church, South, being converted Dec 3, 1909 and baptized Jan 3, 1910. She died in Ohio and was brought to Fallsburg and laid in the Jordan Cemetery. The funeral was preached in the Odd Fellows Hall by Rev. J. C. L. Moore. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910


COX, Leander

Leander Cox, formerly of this neighborhood, but for several years preceding his tragic death a resident of Thacker, WV, was run over and killed at that place by N & W train No. 3 about 12:45 last Monday morning. The body was found shortly after the accident occurred and was taken to his home and prepared for burial. The skull was fractured and several bones were broken, but the body was not much mangled. Accompanied by 2 brothers, Sam and William, the body of Mr. Cox was brought to Fort Gay on Monday night. Besides the relatives several Mason, including the Master of the Lodge of which Mr. Cox was a member, accompanied the remains. Early on Tuesday morning these friends and relatives came to Louisa to arrange for the interment. When these were made the body was brought over and carried to the old William Chapman or Ed. Meek burying ground on Lick Creek, about 3 miles from Louisa and was there interred.


While there is not the slightest suspicion of foul play in connection with the death of Mr. Cox, the circumstances surrounding his sudden taking off are involved in mystery. He was the outdoor foreman of the Red Jacket mines, and his duties did not require him to be at the place of his death at that hour. The body was found about 200 yards from the Thacker deport. His watch had stopped at 12:45 and this is the hour at which it is supposed he was killed. He was a sober, reliable man, held in high esteem by those who employed him. At the time of his death his wife and one daughter were visiting relatives in Martin County. They were communicated with, but the NEWS could not learn whether they arrived in time for the burial or not. For many years Mr. Cox lived on the ridge between the river and Lick Creek. Here he raised a large family. He was known as a good citizen and neighbor, and had the respect of a large circle of friends. A widow and 6 grown children survive the husband and father. His age was about 55 years. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910


CURRY, James

James Curry, a well-known laboring man of Williamson, was killed last week on the track nearly opposite the Williamson Coal & Coke Co.’s store, by the shifter engine. Curry was employed by the railroad, and was working on the section at the time. He did the thing that has caused so many deaths on the tracks in this country—stepped off one track to avoid on incoming freight, and was run down by the shifter which he did not see approaching. Big Sandy News, Jan 28,1910



Torchlight—On last Monday night the pale horse and its rider came to the home of Mrs. John See, on Lick Creek, and claimed as its victim her son in law, Miles Diamond, who had been sick for only a few days. All was done that loving hands and medical skill could do, but all to no avail. The summons had come and Miles answered “Ready”. The remains were taken to his father’s burying ground on the Raven Rock Fork of Morgan’s Creek and buried Wednesday. Miles was a good citizen, an indulgent father and a loving husband. He leaves a wife and one child, together with a large circle of friends to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1910


Yatesville—The body of Miles Diamond of whose death mention was made by the NEWS last week, was brought through here and buried by the side of his twin brother, S. J. Diamond, at the burial ground between Morgans Creek and Twin Branch. Miles was a good citizen and leaves a father and mother, a good wife and one child, and a great many other relatives and friends to mourn his death. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1910



Rev. Isaac Fannin, son of Joseph Fannin, was born in Carter, now Lawrence County, KY, Apr 26, 1833. About the year 1854 he was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church South. For a time he proved himself to be an efficient workman in holding prayer and class meetings. Sept 1, 1860, he was licensed to exhort by the quarterly conference of the Big Sandy circuit at Cummins Chapel, George B. Poage, P. E. He was licensed to preach by the Sandy Circuit in 1862. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Kavanaugh in Sep 1870, and was ordained elder by Bishop Doggett in 1875. Brother Fannin was a man of strong body and mind. He had but a limited opportunity for mental training, but by a close application he became very efficient as a preacher. He had a good voice, which he controlled well, and was a sweet singer. He was a man of faith and deep piety, whose moral integrity was never brought into question. He was for more than 40 years acceptable as a minister among the people with whom he had been reared. God honored his ministry by called his son, I. N. Fannin, to the ministry, he having been for a number of years one of the leading members of the Western Conference. He reared a large family of sons and daughters who live to bless the memory of a noble father. The wife of his young who proved to be a faithful and ever helpful companion abides in the shade of the evening of life, full of hope and faith. When Bro. Fannin was conscious that the time of his departure was near, he sent a message to come, and when his soul had gone to God, to bury his body. On Dec 14, in the presence of a multitude of his friends and kindred, we, being assisted by his old friend, and brother, Rev. R. F. Rice, conducted the service as given in the ritual fo the church. The Masonic order and the Odd Fellows rendered at the grave the burial services of their respective order. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910


FERGUSON, Charles W.

Hon. Charles W. Ferguson died at Wayne, WV, Tuesday and was buried yesterday. He was a member of Louisa Chapter, R.A.M. On account of the bad condition of the county roads between here and Wayne the lodge could not attend the funeral, but they sent flowers. Deceased was a brother of Judge M. Jamison Ferguson, who is remembered as one of Louisa’s most prominent and enterprising citizens. Charles Ferguson was an excellent man in every respect. Capt. Joe M. Ferguson, of Ashland, is the only surviving member of this trio of strong and useful men. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910


HYLTON, Sarah J.

Cherokee—Sarah J. Hylton, wife of Ben J. Hylton, died Jan 9th. Funeral services were held in the church house of the United Baptists, of which she was a consistent member, conducted by Elder Clem Boggs and J. O. McNeal, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hylton burying ground. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910


JOHNS, Lewis Russell

Pleasant Ridge—Death has again visited our community and taken from the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Johns their darling babe, Lewis Russell. He was their only child. Big Sandy News, Jan 21,1910


KAZEE, Ellis

Pikeville, KY, Jan 21—On yesterday afternoon in the Elkhorn Consolidated Coal & Coke Company’s mines at Hellier, 2 miners named Ellis  Kazee and Frank Brown became involved in a controversy, when Brown picked up a rock and struck Kazee such a terrific blow on the head that death resulted an hour or two later. Brown made good his escape, but was shortly captured, a reward of $50  having been promptly put out by Mr. Crozier, the mine superintendent. It has developed that there had been some feeling between the two men, and that Brown had placed 2 rocks in convenient range earlier in the day, with the remark that Kazee would ?? the benefit of them before night. Kazee leaves a young wife and Brown is unmarried. Brown will be brought here tomorrow on the train. Big Sandy News, Jan 28,1910



MEAD’S Branch—Death has visited the home of Hint King and taken from him his daughter, aged 22 years on Jan 15. She leaves a husband, father and several friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1910


LARGE, Sarah Jane

Irad—Died, Saturday, Jan 15, Mrs. Sarah Jane Large, of Twin Branch, near this place. She was the wife of John Large. She leaves a husband and 4 children to mourn her death. She was a loving mother and a true Christian and was dearly loved by all who knew her, but she is now living with Jesus, and with her loving daughter who preceded her to the glory land about 2 years ago. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1910



C. Leffingwell, formerly a merchant in this place but now of Cartersville, MO writes to Judge R. T. Burns, that Alex Burns, son of Mr. Leffingwell, was killed by a fall in the mines near Cartersville last week. He must have fallen down a shaft, as his father says he fell 120 feet. The accident occurred on the 13th of this month and death ensued on the following day. He was about 28 years of age. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1910



Webbville—We are very sorry to note the death of Edd Lester, which occurred Jan 5th. He was loved by all who knew him and a bright and accomplished young man. His body was brought to Webbville graveyard for burial. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1910



James McGuire, who has been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Phipps, was found dead in his bed last Monday morning. He was close to 90 years of age, and had been in very bad health for several months. Morgan County News. Big Sandy News, Jan 28,1910


MEAD, Minerva J.

Hubbardstown—Minerva J. Mead, aged 50 years, wife of Samuel Mead, died Jan 11, 1910, after several months of intense suffering from that fatal disease, tuberculosis of the lungs. She endured her pain and suffering with patience, and passed to the great beyond relying upon that promise that God has made to all. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and lived an exemplary Christian, life. Her religious influence and deeds of charity and kindness will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Mrs. Mead was a daughter of  W. A. Bays, of Ashland. She leaves a husband and 7 children to whom we extend our sympathy in their sad bereavement. The funeral services were conducted under the auspices of Revs. John Moore and Reuben Curnutt, of Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1910



Ed Melvin, the young man from Paintsville, who was run down by a Chesapeake & Ohio engine on Thursday evening of last week, in Catlettsburg, has answered that final call, having passed to the great beyond shortly after 12 o’clock on Monday last. The body was taken to Paintsville for interment. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910



Sam Muncey was killed in a drunken brawl at Goodman on Christmas eve. It is hard to get at the exact facts in the case. French Compton and E. C. Taylor were arrested the next day by Constable Young and have been put in jail pending the action of the grand jury. One of them has been shot through the finger, but they allege that a third man, still at large, was the one who put the pistol shot through Muncey heart. Williamson Enterprise. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1910



Blaine—After an illness of several months from tuberculosis Miles Nickell died last Saturday at his daughter’s, Mrs. Winfield Edwards. He was laid to rest in the family burial ground on Sunday to wait the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1910


POE. Wirt

Wirt Poe, the 23 year old stepson of James Harris, a photographer of Pikeville, died at the Harris home there Saturday from the effects of a gunshot wound received the day before the November election, in Floyd County, that was fired by one Morg Wireman who is to be tried for a felony in that county. Young Poe, or Harris, was to have been the witness to give the most incriminating evidence against him. Wireman and the young man were in a wagon with several others, and Wireman was standing just behind the decedent with a gun in his hand. He fired and then dropped the gun, pretending that it was accidentally discharged but witnesses claim otherwise, and the dead man’s dying declaration was to the effect that Wireman shot hom purposely. The family say that they will prosecute the murderer. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910



Yatesville—From the back country comes the news of the death of a young man by the name of James Roberts, a son of the late Butler Roberts. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1910


SALYER, Sammie

Uncle Sammie Salyer, 118 years and oldest man in Kentucky or Virginia, or the entire country, father of Col. L. N. H. Salyer of Whitesburg, who is over 90, died across the Kentucky line in Wise County, VA, his old home, after a brief illness. Uncle Sammie had been enjoying perfect health until a few days ago. He recently cut a new set of teeth and his eyesight was as good as the average man of 35 years. The numerous Salyers of this section are blood kin to Uncle Sam. There are many families of them, and each has its Sam. Big Sandy News, Jan 28,1910



Allen Vantine, born at Cincinnati in 1833, died at his home in Maysville while sitting before the fire talking to his family. Heart disease was the cause. He served through the Civil War in the Sixteenth Kentucky Infantry. Mr. Vantine was in this section during the war, and his name is still remembered by many of the old boys in blue. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1910


WARD, Mrs. Kate

Cherokee— Death has visited our neighborhood for the last few days and taken 3 mothers in Israel. The first and eldest, Mrs. Kate Ward, who leaves quite a number of children and relatives to mourn their loss.


WATSON, Richard

There died in Elliott County last week a negro named Richard Watson. He was quite old and said to be the only one of his race in the county. It was further said that Watson died possessed of a valuable tract of coal and timber land, about 200 acres in extent, which had been given him by a former master, a man named Watson, and whose name he took. The negro had lived alone on this land, and it was thought he had no living relatives. Since his death, however, it has been ascertained that he has several near relatives in this city, Mose Burgess and John Wallace being brother, and Susan Ann Allison and Add Wallace his sisters. It appears that the mother of these well-known colored people was, when she was about 13 years old, given by Frederick Moore to his daughter, Mrs. Mary Wallace. She grew to womanhood, married, and became the mother of a large family. Some of these were sold, and each probably took the name of his owner. One boy was named Dick, and when quite young he was sold to Watson. He grew to manhood and was lost to the sight of his brothers and sisters here. The tract of land on which the former slave lived and died is situated, as before stated, in Elliott County, on the head of Newcomb Creek, about 8 miles from Sandy Hook. It is said to contain much mineral and to be covered with a fine growth of virgin timber. It is said that Watson’s relatives here will claim the estate of their dead brother and will at once proceed to establish and make good their right to inherit whatever property he left. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1910



Buck Weddington, a well-known citizen of Fort Gay, died at his home in that town on Monday last, aged about 45 years. His disease was tuberculosis of the lungs. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1910



The pale horse and its rider have entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clabe Wellman, of Erie, WV, and claimed for the victim their darling boy, little Harlin. He died Jan 12, 1910. All that could be done by physician and loving hands was gone. Little Harlin has gone to join the great number who have preceded him to a better land. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1910



Boones Camp—Died, last week, Ali Williamson, of this place. He was 54 years of age and leaves a wife and a large family. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1910



C. York, of whose severe illness mention has been made in the paper, died at Riverview Hospital shortly after 6 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, Jan 15th. On Monday the body was taken to Yorkville where it was interred in the York burial ground. For several days preceding Mr. York’s death he seemed to be convalescing. He had no fever and no delirium, some appetite, and had been talking of what he would do upon recovery. On Saturday afternoon he grew very suddenly worse, and in spite of all that could be done he died at the hour named, rational to the end. He contracted typhoid fever at Williamson. Mr. York was a brother of Dr. L. H. York, of this city, and John Y. York of Glen Hayes. His wife was a daughter of James Patrick, who formerly lived on the point, near this place. She died 2 or 3 years ago. Four children survive the father. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1910



AUXIER, Elijah B.

Elijah B. Auxier died last week at the home of John May, near Prestonsburg, where he had been confined to his sick bed from a combination of weaknesses for several months. He had been very low for several weeks, but up to within one week ago he was slightly better. On Sunday, the 13th, he suffered a relapse which resulted in his death. His has been a lingering illness, and his death was not altogether unexpected, but it is nevertheless a grief to all his friends and to those who knew him. He is survived by his wife and 6 children. The funeral was held according to Masonic rite, and interment took place at the mouth of Johns Creek. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1910



This community was startled about dark on Friday last by the news that John Bartram, Mayor of Fort Gay and one of the best known men of that section, had died very suddenly. He had closed his store in Fort Gay, and accompanied by his son Grant he had started for his home in the southern part of the town when he reeled and called to his son to catch him. The young man caught his stricken parent, and calling for help. Mr. Bartram was carried to his house, where he died in a few minutes. At 10 o’clock on Monday morning Mr. Bartram was buried nor far from his late residence. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Bryan, assisted by other ministers. Death is supposed to have been caused by apoplexy. Mr. Bartram had had frequent hemorrhages from the nose, and while these noted the trouble, they, acting as a vent, probably prolonged his life. Mr. Bartram left a widow and 5 children, all grown and numerous friends and relatives. He was 72 years old. John Bartram was a man of sobriety, great industry and good business qualities, and was straight and square in his various business transactions. These qualities were the means of his acquiring considerable means. He was active in politics, always taking an aggressive part in the affairs of his party.  Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1910



Jane Borders died in the county infirmary last Friday night from tumor. She was totally blind and had been an inmate of the poorhouse 18 years. She was 57 years old. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1910



Louisa friends and relatives of Mrs. Lily Goble Burgess will be sorry to learn of the death of her husband, Mr. J.J. Burgess, which occurred at Dearborn, Missouri, on last Monday night. Death was the result of heart and kidney trouble from which he had suffered a long time. Big Sandy news, Feb 11, 1910



Yatesville—died, on the 25th ult. Ira Bernard, a well-respected young man of this community. His death was not unexpected to his friends, as his disease was consumption and he had been ill for a long time. Ira was a good boy and had labored hard to the support of his widowed mother all the time of his short life. The funeral services were conducted by Revs. Waller and Diamond. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910



Blaine—The sad intelligence has just reached us that Tom Boggs who has been in a hospital at Louisville the past 6 weeks, died Monday. He will be brought home for burial. Mr. Boggs was a consistent Christian and the evidence he left is proof positive that he died as he had lived in the triumph of a living faith. He was a member of the firm Gambill & Boggs, leading merchants here at Blaine, and he was a gentleman in the truest and fullest sense of the world. His devoted wife had been by his bedside during his entire illness. Tom, dear Nan, will wait for you to join him in that realm of bliss where there is no pain, nor death , neither sickness nor sorrow. He left a widow but no children. He was 41 years old. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1910


CORDLE, Jennie (Thompson)

Jennie Cordle, wife of Amos Cordle, was born Mar 18, 1831 and departed this life Feb 8, 1910. Her maiden name was Thompson and she was married to Amos Cordle Mar 9, 1861. She died at her home on Brushy Fork of Blaine, where she had lived for 58 years. Mrs. Cordle had been a faithful and devoted member of the United Baptist Church for 49 years. She was the mother of 16 children of which 11 are still living, and are among the most prominent and useful citizens of our county. Those living are Fannie, wife of Sam Hays, Jane, wife of Milt Hays, Lucy, wife of John Isaac, and Mary, wife of W. M. Lester, Jerry, Enoch, Bill, John, tom, Lewis and Jesse Cordle are the sons who are prosperous farmers living mostly in the same neighborhood where their parents have passed so many useful and happy years. One son and 4 daughters have passed to the Great Beyond. One an infant, 16 months old; the others were Russell Cordle, Mrs. James Adams, Mrs. Jake Arrington and Mrs. John H. Curnutte.  After 79 years of swiftly rolling time the wheels of life stood still. The tired heart ceased its throbbing; the immortal spirit of this good woman winged its flight to a better and fairer world. Interment was made in the Cordle graveyard at her old home place. Funeral services were conducted by Moses Wiley. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1910


CURNUTTE, Maud (Ferguson)

Portsmouth, OH, Feb 15, 1910—a long illness with complications of diseases resulted in the death of Mrs. Maud Curnutte, aged 34 years, wife of James A. Curnutte, of Portsmouth, on last Monday afternoon. Mrs. Curnutte was born in West Virginia, her maiden name being Miss Maud Ferguson. She wedded James Curnutte and together they came to this city about 5 years ago. To them was born one child, Gussie, age 16 years. About 2 years ago Mrs. Curnutte was taken ill and her condition steadily grew worse. Her death was not unexpected, yet it comes as a deep shock to her many friends. Her husband and daughter and brother, Robert, and 2 aunts, Mrs. Hatten and Mrs. William Mikels, were with her when death came. Two brothers, Clyde and Elwood, and a sister, Georgia, were not present. The deceased was a staunch member of the Trinity Methodist Church. She did not fear death, but hated to leave her companion and daughter. The funeral was held at the home Wednesday afternoon. She was laid to rest in Green Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. C. G. Johnson. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1910



The little daughter of Byron Dean who was so severely burned some weeks ago, died Wednesday, the 2nd instant, of her injuries. She was buried Thursday on the old Dean homestead 2 miles south of Wayne, WV. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1910



On Jan 10 death visited the home of Nannie Diamond and took from her a loving husband. Miles was loved by all who knew him. He leaves a father, mother, 3 sisters, a good wife, one child and many friends to mourn the loss. He said in his dying hours that he was not afraid to die. He called many of his friends to his bedside and told all good-bye. He said to his wife that he could see his brother and sister as they beckoned him to come. His twin brother had been dead 3 years. Miles was raised at Yatesville, but lived on Lick Creek. He was taken back to Morgans Creek and laid to rest beside his twin brother. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910



Osie—Death has visited the home of Floyd Holbrook, Feb 3rd, and taken from them their darling baby, little Lester, aged about 15 months. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1910



Robert Jackson, aged 33 years, was killed in the Greenough coal mines on Marrowbone Thursday by falling slate. He died in a few minutes after having been brought out of the mine. Mr. Jackson moved from Jackson, OH to Marrowbone only a short time ago. He leaves a wife. The body passed through Louisa on Friday, on its way to Ohio for interment. It was accompanied by the widow and Leander Castle, the mine superintendent. Big Sandy news, Feb 18, 1910


JOHNS, Lewis Russell

Lewis Russell Johns, infant son of Martin Lewis and Lockie Russell Johns, was born Oct 23, 1909, died Jan 13, 1910; aged 2 months and 21 days. The death of this dear infant brought sadness to many hearts. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910



With deep sorrow and regret we announce that death has visited another home and taken away the beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Cal Johnson, who died Tuesday, Jan 4, 1910, at her home in Pikeville, KY. She joined the Baptist Church and was a true and faithful worker. To her bereaved husband and children we offer our sincerest sympathy. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910


KAZEE, Harvey, SR.

Terryville—Death has visited the home of Harvey Kazee and taken the aged father, Harvey Kazee, Sr. He leaves a wife, several children and grandchildren to mourn his death. Big Sandy News, Feb 18,1910


LARGE, Sarah Jane

Aunt Sarah Jane Large, aged 67 years and 29 days, departed this life of toiling and weeping Jan 15, 1910. She passed away from this sad earth and went home with Jesus rejoicing. She was such a loving and kind aunt. She always kept her footsteps right and so true and honest to her womanhood and above all she was willing and ready to go home with Jesus. She called them all to her bedside and told them she was dying, and that she wanted them all to be good and meet her in heaven. She told three little boys of her grandchildren, whom she was raising and loved them dearly, to remember their grandma nd to meet her in heaven. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910



Abe Hensley and Phil Marcum became engaged in an alteration over some ties on the Emily Fork of Wolf Creek last Saturday, when Hensley shot Marcum with a Winchester, nearly severing his arm below the shoulder. Hensley is in jail at Inez. The killing is said to be entirely unprovoked. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1910


MARR, Mrs. Thomas L.

Mrs. Thomas L. Marr, mother of Mrs. Lewis Prichard, of Huntington, has finished her earthly sojourn and at 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon passed to that unknown realm toward which all humanity is journeying. Mrs. Marr was born in Pike County 67 years, and the greater part of her life was spent in Kentucky. For some time she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Prichard, of Huntington, where she was at the time of her death. She had been in failing health for several months. She was a woman of remarkable intellectual acquirements and vigor of mind. The waning years of her life did not witness the decrease of her mental powers, nor did advancing age rob her of the attractions of her personality. Big Sandy News, Feb 18,1910


PACK, Mrs. Lena

Charley—Death has again made its way in all its deformed nature and power, and took from the embrace of Lena Pack his darling wife. She leaves a husband and 3 children to mourn her loss. She died Jan 24, 1910. The burial was attended by the Red Men. She was a good Christian woman, having joined the United Baptist Church when she was 15 years old and has lived a devoted Christian life. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910


PATRICK, Greenville

Upper Lick Creek—Death again has made its inroad into our community and hath chosen for its victim Greenville Patrick. He lived to a good old age, being up in the 70’s. He was stricken with paralysis in the left side, suffering 12 days. About 12 o’clock Friday last his soul took its flight into the Great Beyond. He leaves a wife and 6 children who mourn the loss of husband and father. On the point overlooking his old home he was laid to rest, funeral services being conducted by Rev. Fraley. Big Sandy News, Feb 18,1910


PRESTON, Elliott

The friends of Elliott Preston, whose serious condition was noted in this paper last week, will be sorry to learn that he died in Cincinnati quite unexpectedly on last Friday evening. As was stated in the NEWS Mr. Preston had been an epileptic for a considerable time. Insanity ensued, and it was deemed best to take him to a sanitarium in Cincinnati for restraint and treatment. This was done by his brothers and some friends on the 6th of this month. Shortly after his entrance into the sanitarium meningitis seized him and his death followed very soon. On Saturday the body of Mr. Preston was carried to his old home at Georges Creek for interment. Mr. Preston was about 41 years of age. A widow and 8 children are left to mourn the loss of the husband and father. By industry and shrewd business management Mr. Preston had acquired much wealth. He was related to very many different families in this section. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1910



Osie—We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Lula Rice’s baby. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910


RICE, Edmund

Edmund Rice, a merchant of Marvin, this county, died at his home Wednesday night. He was a brother of Dr. Nelse Rice, of Blaine and Dr. W. A. Rice of Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1910


ROBERTS, Charley

Donithon—On Thursday evening of last week Charley, son of J. I. Roberts, of this place, went to Portsmouth, OH to get employment with the N & W railroad. According to our information he had seen the authorities on Friday morning and was told to return at noon. He started at noon according to appointment and was walking on the road bed when he discovered an engine approaching from behind. He jumped and appears to have caught his foot and was struck by the engine, receiving injuries from which he died Sunday morning about 4 o’clock. The remains were brought home by two of his uncles on Sunday evening and the funeral took place at the mouth of Donithon Monday. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910


On Saturday Jan 29, death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. John I. Roberts, of Donithon and took from them their darling boy, Charley. He was employed as fireman on the N & W and was returning to duty when he was run over by a passing engine. He was taken to the hospital at Portsmouth. He was a bright and intelligent young man, only 18 years old and had many friends. Charley was loved by all who knew him and was an industrious boy. He leaves father, mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers, and many friends to mourn his death. The remains were brought to his father’s burial ground on the mouth of Donithon and were laid to rest by the side of his brother and sister to await the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Feb 18,1910


SCOTT, William O’Brien

William O’Brien Scott, aged 12 months and son of Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Scott, now of Bluefield, but formerly of this city, died at their home in Bluefield Sunday morning of typhoid fever and after an illness of only 2 weeks. The little one seemed to improve just before the last and the death came as a severe blow to his parents, when they were expecting him to get well. They brought the body to Williamson on Nov. 3 Sunday night and the funeral services were conducted from the home of Mrs. Scott’s brother, Mr. Fred O

‘Brien, on Fourth Avenue, and interment made in the Williamson Cemetery. Rev. S. W. Moore conducted the funeral services. Williamson Enterprise. Mrs. Scott, who is a daughter of William O’Brien, of Walbridge, had been spending the holidays at Williamson, and the child contracted typhoid fever while there. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1910



Custer Spencer, whose illness had been noted from time to time in this paper, died early on last Monday night. He had been sick for several weeks but was not confined to his bed more than 12 or 15 days. He was rational to the end, which came peacefully and full of hope. He declared that he was prepared for the Great Change, and all who saw him die knew that his belief and declarations were well founded. He was received into the membership of the M. E. Church by its pastor, Dr. Hanford, and by him his funeral was preached in the church on the afternoon following his untimely death. The Rev. Mr. Sword, of the Christian Church, and the Rev. W. L. Reid, of the M. E. Church, South, participated in the service. At the close of the service the body was interred in Pine Hill Cemetery. Custer Spencer died of tuberculosis and he was 19 years old, and was the son of McClellan Spencer, of this county. Orphaned at a very early age the boy had a struggle for life, but he was intelligent, sober and industrious, and if the “great white plague” had not attacked him there is no doubt that he would have made a useful man. He was an esteemed employee of the NEWS, and at the same time lately, he entered the K. N. C. studying hard and working in this office when opportunity was afforded. As a mark of respect the machinery of the NEWS office was silent during the hours of the funeral and the entire editorial and mechanical force attended the last service. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910



Yatesville—Just above here on Blaine an old lady by the name of Starr, mother of William Starr, died and was buried on Friday of last week. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1910



The pale horse and his rider visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Stewart the 3rd of Feb and took from them their darling baby. He was 3 years old. A father and mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters are left to mourn his death. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1910



Charley—William Vanhoose, aged 49 years, died Dec 12, 1909. He belonged to the Freewill Baptist Church. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn his loss. He said he was going to heaven. He invited all his friends to meet him in heaven. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Conley and Jed Borders. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910


WELLMAN, Mrs. Allen

The following interesting facts concerning the wife of Allen Wellman, of near Fort Gay, are taken from the Wayne News:

She departed this life on the 9th day of January 1910. She was a daughter of William Morris, born and raised on Twelve Pole about 3 miles below Wayne. Her mother was a sister of Rev. Burwell Spurlock. She was married to Allen Wellman at the age of 20, at the home of her father and was the mother of 10 children, 6 boys and 4 girls, all of whom are living, the youngest being 33 years old, and all married. All except two of her children were around her dying couch. She was buried in the family cemetery between Hurricane and Tabors Creek, near the home where she raised her family. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1910



Pleasant Ridge—Death has again entered our community and this time claimed for its victim Mary Whitt, the loving wife of W. M. Whitt. Her death was not unexpected, her illness lasting five weeks. The cause of her death was pneumonia. She leaves a kind husband, 6 little children and many friends to mourn her loss. The interment took place at her old home at Sand Branch. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1910


MARCH 1910



After a lingering illness Mrs. Jane Adkins, of Ratcliff, died last Friday. She was a consistent Christian, having been an active member of the Baptist Church for 34 years. She read her Bible daily and no one in this part of the county was better informed in the doctrine of the Bible. She was commonly known as
“Aunt Jane” and she lived what she professed to be—a disciple of Jesus. She was brought here and laid to rest in the Watson graveyard, following a large concourse of friends and relatives. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Rice of Boyd County. She leaves an aged husband and a host of relatives to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1910



Walter Alexander met death at Kenova by falling off the N & W bridge at that place. The exact particulars of the accident could not be obtained in detail but from what the relatives know and what the undertakers picked up over long distance phone, he evidently was trying to catch a freight train. He was principal of the Catlettsburg colored school. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910



The following gives the particulars of the latest murder in Floyd County, of which brief mention was made in this paper last week:

Prestonsburg, KY, Mar 19—Joe Allen was shot and killed on the public road just below the mouth of Spurlock Creek, this county, as he rode along the highway. The shooting occurred at night, no one being present except the participants in the fight. Allen received 2 bullets in the breast and a third grazed the flesh just under the chin. After being mortally wounded Allen rode home 600 yards to a neighbor’s house, where he was taken off his horse and died just a few minutes before midnight. His dying statement was that he had been shot and mortally wounded by Joe Gunnels and Dr. Walker Stumbo. It was known that ill feeling had existed between Allen and young Stumbo for quite a while. Allen was a member of one of the best families on Beaver Creek, and leaves a wife and several children. A special grand jury was impaneled at once and returned a joint indictment against John Gunnels and Dr. Walker Stumbo. The latter came to town and surrendered himself to the authorities and was released on $5,000 bond. Gunnels was arrested and brought to this city an gave bone in a like amount. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1910


BELLOMY, Maxwell

Hubbardstown, WV—God in His infinite mercy has seen fit to remove from Mr. and Mrs. David E. Bellomy their darling babe, Little John Maxwell Bellomy. He was nearly 9 months old, a bright playful babe, and it seemed liked everybody liked him. He had brain fever. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ball, of Buchanan, after which the pall bearers, Miss Nettie Workman, Mollie Ellis, Mertie Neal and Maggie Ellis, took him to the Strother Cemetery and put him away to sleep till the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1910


BRADLEY, Cornelius

The following from a newspaper published in Atchinson County, Missouri, has reference to the death of a former citizen of the Big Sandy Valley; and will be read with interest by all who once knew him in this section. Mr. Bradly was a brother of Mrs. Z. Meek and in 1872 left Johnson County, and went to Missouri where he spent the remainder of his life.

The Missouri newspaper says: Cornelius Bradley, far better known to his friends and acquaintances as “Uncle Neal” has passed to a better life, departing this world last Thursday night, Jan 27th, 1910. The end of the existence of 84 years was presaged by no sickness or even by any sign that Mr. Bradley’s time on earth was limited. On Thursday evening he ate a hearty supper and was apparently well. Sometime after the evening meal he made complaint of feeling unwell and it was not long until his condition became such as to alarm his grandson, Dan Bradley, and wife with whom he had made his home. Death followed soon after his first expression of feeling sick. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910



John P. Bromley, a prominent citizen of Wayne County, and a brother of Sam and Dr. A. W. Bromley, of this city, died in Huntington on Saturday last after a short illness caused by acute Bright’s disease. The body was interred in the Charles Ferguson graveyard at Wayne on the following Monday. Sam Bromley went to Huntington immediately upon the reception of the news of his brother’s death. Dr. Bromley went down Sunday night and both were at the burial. John P. Bromley was a prominent man in Wayne County by reason of his family, the families into which he married, and on account of his enterprise as a farmer and trader. He was a son of John Bromley, one of the best known men in Wayne County. His first wife was a daughter of the late Sam Vinson. By her he had 2 children. His second wife was a daughter of the late Charles Ferguson, of Wayne. Three children were the fruit of this union. Mr. Bromley is survived by this wife and the 5 children. Mr. Bromley was a highly respected citizen one whose death is a distinct loss to the county. He would have been 57 years old on the first of next month. Big Sandy News, Mar 4,1910


CASSADY, Mrs. Ben P.

A telegram was received here Thursday morning announcing the death of Mrs. Ben P. Cassady, of Olive Hill, which occurred in the hospital at Salt Lick, KY. the body will be brought here for burial and the interment will take place today (Friday). Mr. and Mrs. Cassady were residents of Louisa for several years and have many friends here, to whom the news of the latter’s death is quite a shock. The last reports from her bedside had encouraged the hope of her recovery. Mrs. Cassady was a native of Montgomery County, a member of an excellent family and a woman of high character. She was probably nearly 50 years of age. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910


Mrs. Ben Cassady, whose long and painful illness has been referred to in the NEWS, died in the hospital at Salt Lick, Rowan County, on Wednesday night last. The body was brought to Louisa for interment, Mrs. Cassady having been at one time a resident of this city and having on her sick bed expressed a wish that she be buried here. Accompanied by her husband and 3 brothers, C. R. Horton of Mt. Sterling and I. N. and J. L. Horton, of Campton, Wolfe County, the body arrived here on Thursday night and was taken to the residence of W. M. Justice. On Friday afternoon the remains were carried to the M. E. Church South where the solemn services for the dead were conducted by pastor, the Rev. W. L. Reid. When Mr. Reid had finished the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, who had been the pastor of Mrs. Cassady when she lived in Inez, spoke in high terms of the life and character of her. At the conclusion of the church services the body was taken to Pine Hill Cemetery and interred there. Mrs. Cassady was born near Mt. Sterling, KY and lacked but a few days of being 44 years of age. She left no children. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1910


CASTLE, Fannie

“Aunt Fannie”, wife of  “Uncle Jackie” Castle, died at her home near Richardson, Feb 19th. They lived in Louisa a few years ago and have a number of relatives here. Mrs. Castle had reached quite an advanced age. Big Sandy news, Mar 4, 1910



Crit Charles, a prominent farmer who lived near Zebulon, Pike County, committed suicide on Monday last by cutting his throat and plunging head first into a well. He was dead when discovered, very soon after he had disappeared from the house. Ill health, caused from a form of Bright’s disease, is said to have been the cause of his rash act. He leaves a young wife, and several children by a former marriage, most of whom are grown up and married. Some weeks ago he sent for Rev. R. B. Neal, of Pikeville, to come and administer baptism by immersion. This was done by filling a large wooden receptacle, made for the purpose, with lukewarm water, and into which he was immersed in the presence of a large number of friends, and attended by the usual ceremonies. Big Sandy News, Mar 18,1910


COLEMAN, Louisa (Venters)

Death entered the home of H. E. Coleman the 22nd of Feb and claimed for its victim the loving companion and mother, Aunt Louisa as she was familiarly called. Her maiden name was Louisa Venters. She came from Virginia and is a member of one of the oldest and best families in Virginia. She was a daughter of James Venters, who survives her. She was born Jul 19, 1854, aged 56 years and was married to H. E. Coleman. To this union were born 5 children: W. E. Coleman, J. H. Coleman, J. M. Coleman, Mrs. J. H. Ramick and Mrs. Rufus Blair. All are living to mourn the loss of a dear mother. Interment was made in the family graveyard at her old home place. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Thomas Thacker. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910



Mr. William Cummings, whose critical illness at Jacksonville, FL, was noted in the NEWS last week, died in that city sometime last Thursday. Upon the reception of the news J. C. Adams, of Catlettsburg, a brother in law, of the deceased, left for Florida, arriving in Ashland with the remains Tuesday morning. The burial occurred in the Ashland Cemetery, the services being conducted by the Rev. Dr. Condit, of the Presbyterian Church, in the presence of a large concourse of people. Among the relatives attending the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Adams and daughter of Catlettsburg, L. T. McClure and wife, and son of Delaware, OH, E. E. Shannon and wife, Earl McClure and wife and Arch, and Mr. and Mrs. John Cummings’ children were also in attendance. Mr. Cummings was born in Cincinnati and was 59 years old. For many years he lived at Old Peach Orchard this county, where his parents, William Cummings and wife lived and where the remaining brothers and sisters were born. He was an active contractor, engaging in business until ill health demanded a stop. He had not been entirely well for several years, but he kept going as long as possible. He was in the South in search of health when the fatal seizure came. He left 5 children. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1910



Only a short time ago our Heavenly Father saw fit in his holy wisdom to call from us our dear sister, companion, and mother, Maud Curnutte, wife of J. A. Curnutte, and mother of Miss Gussie Curnutte. A good woman is gone. She was converted and joined the church when quite young and she has lived a true Christian. Among those present when death came were Mrs. H. H. Curnutte, mother of J. A. Curnutte, who had been at her bedside for about 7 weeks during her illness, also a brother, V. B. Curnutte, of Catlettsburg, and a brother, Robert Buskirk from West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1910


DEAN, Mrs. J. R.

Mrs. Dean, the widow of Judge J. R. Dean, died at her old home on Big Blaine last Sunday night after a long and painful illness caused by a complication of diseases and the usual infirmities of advanced age. Mrs. Dean was 86 years old. Surviving her are 2 children by a former marriage, Scott Grubb and Mrs. James Allison; Dr. L. B. Dean of Whites Creek, WV, Stant Dean, Mrs. Mart Hays, Robert Dean, Mrs. John Graham of Lewis County, Mrs. James Barrett and Gus Dean of Ohio. Mrs. Dean’s name was Walters, she being a daughter of Robert Walters, in his day one of the most prominent men of the Blaine country. She was a most excellent woman, a faithful wife, an affectionate mother, a good neighbor, a consistent Christian, and a friend of the poor and distressed. The memory of this venerable woman will long be held in reverence by all who knew her, and by those to whom she had so often ministered with kindly hands she will be held in grateful recollection. Mrs. Dean was buried on Tuesday in the graveyard overlooking the home over which she had so long presided, loved and respected by all. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1910


HOCKADAY, Minta (Weddington)

Mrs. Minta Weddington Hockaday, wife of I. B. Hockaday, died Sunday evening at her home in Greenup after a brief illness of typhoid fever. She was born Nov 13, 1868 at Coal Run, Pike County, KY and ran the journey of life in 41 years 3 months and 11 days. She was united in marriage to I. B. Hockaday Mar 13, 1888. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910


HOLT, Mabel

Mabel, the young daughter of Mont Holt, died at Busseyville on Thursday last of brain fever. Interment was made at that place the following day, with service by the Revs. Hanford and Little. Mable was 2 years old. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1910


HOPKINS, John Morgan

Pikeville, KY Mar 8—Late yesterday afternoon, at Shelbiana, John Morgan Hopkins, a most prominent citizen, was shot twice and fatally wounded by Charles England as the result of a grudge England accused Hopkins of cutting a rope which loosened a boom belonging to the former in some of the waterways, and indicted Hopkins for same at the last term of the Circuit Court. This is what the trouble that led to the shooting arose over. The officers were telephoned for to this place, and Deputy Sheriff Grant Phillips and F. C. Scott went to the scene last night and brought England in. England was, however, getting ready to come to Pikeville to surrender, and is now being held under guard awaiting his examining trial, which is likely to prove quite sensational. We learn that Hopkins died this morning. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1910


HUGHES, D. E. “Doug”

The friends and relatives of D. E. (Doug) Hughes were greatly shocked on Tuesday evening to learn that he had died suddenly in Winfield, WV, where he had gone to work in behalf of his brother, James A. Hughes, who is a candidate for re-election to Congress from the Fifth Congressional District. He had finished a debate defending his brother’s record in Congress and had gone to supper. He complained of feeling sick and was assisted to his room where he fell across the bed and died in a few minutes, probably of heart failure. His body was taken to his home in Huntington, and it will be interred in Ashland, where others of the family are buried. Mr. Hughes was the youngest brother of Postmaster Hughes, of this city, who went to Huntington on the midnight N & W train. Mrs. Hughes following on Wednesday. “Doug” as he was familiarly called, was 38 years old, married and a very popular man. He had a winning way which made friends for himself and for those whose cause he espoused. He had a mind and intellect of a high order; he was a good debater, and had he lived he would have made his mark as a lawyer and politician. He was in Louisa a short time ago, and was then the picture of health.  Big Sandy News, Mar 18,1910


LEMASTER, Louise (Holten)

Death entered the home of Matthew Lemaster the 5th of March and claimed for its victim the loving wife. She was born Jun 26, 1855 aged 54 years 9 months and 20 days. The funeral was conducted by Rev. C. M. Copley. She belonged to the Christian Church for years. She said she was going to heaven. “Aunt” Lou was loved by all who knew her. Her maiden name was Louisa Holten. Her sickness was long, but she seemed to have been in a state of readiness. She had sweet communion with Jesus and met loved ones who were waiting to welcome her home to rest in the kingdom of God; who will in His own time call His children to meet in that land where there will be no death. A husband and 7 children, Anna, Rosa, Minnie, Ola, Eva, Johnny and Charlie, are left to mourn the loss of their mother. The body was taken to Pleasant Ridge for burial. Big Sandy news, Mar 11, 1910



A sad and sorrowful catastrophe took place at Olive Hill last week when Sally Marshall, the wife of Rufus Marshall, who lived just west of that place, was burned to death together with house and all its contents. Mr. Marshall was away from home at the time and his wife, who was at home with their 2 children, aged 4 and 2 years, were at breakfast when the wife and mother had her dress to become ignited. She got into the bed to smother out the flames and was entirely burnt up in the house. The sorrowing husband with his 2 children have our sympathy. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1910


MEEK, John J.

John Meek, who lived about 3 miles from this city, on the Busseyville road died very suddenly at his home on last Saturday night. He had been in town during the day, in apparent perfect health, attending to his customary Saturday trading. Upon his return to his home he went about the usual business of the farm, feeding his stock and preparing for the night. He took a bath and ate his supper and read and chatted with his wife until about half past nine when they retired. It was nearly 11 o’clock when Mrs. Meek was awakened by the heavy breathing and the struggles of her husband. She did all she could to help him, but he died in a very few minutes. The burial occurred on Monday, interment being made in the graveyard across the county road and adjoining the land of the late Wade Muncy. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of the M.E. Church, South and was largely attended. Ed Meek, a brother who lives on Tug River, just below the Martin County line, was present at the obsequies. The only daughter, of the deceased, Mrs. Okey Vaughan, was present, but it was impossible to get the news of the death to Mr. Vaughan in time for him to attend the funeral, as he was in Tennessee, some distance from a railroad or telegraph office. Mr. Meek left a widow and one child, Mrs. Vaughan, to mourn the loss of the husband and father. He was about 57 years of age. John Meek was well-known in Louisa and Lawrence county. He was in all respects a good citizen. He was honest, sober and industrious, a devoted husband, an affectionate father, a good neighbor, a Christian citizen. Such men are the backbone of a community and when they are cut down in the prime of a busy, honorable life they are missed very much. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1910


MILLER, Ulrick

Ulrick Miller, of Bear Creek, died of a general breakdown and the infirmities of age. He was born in Switzerland Nov 1, 1834 and died Thursday, Feb 17,1910, aged 76 years, 2 months and 16 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Michel in the year 1856 and to that union were born 9 children—5 boys and 4 girls: Charley and Fred Miller, who are merchants on Bear Creek, and Billie Miller, a merchant in Boyd County and Casper, who is in the West and Mrs. Floyd ogle, of Bear Creek, are among the sons and daughters of the deceased. Three of his children have already preceded their father to the better land.  Mr. Miller with his family came over to the United States in the year 1865 and located in the state of Pennsylvania for 3 years. In the year 1862 he and family came to Kentucky, where he spent the remainder of his life. Mr. Miller joined the Presbyterian Church at the age of 14, and after coming to the United States he joined the same church. But not long afterward he moved to Bear Creek, and he and his wife joined the M. E. Church and have been faithful and true members. He was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows No., 290 for about 21 years. He leaves a wife and 6 children and a number of grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss. The funeral was preached at his house by Rev. A. H. Miller. The funeral was largely attended by the order of Odd Fellows and friends. After the funeral the lodge proceeded to take charge of the body and marched to the family cemetery, and in the regular order laid the remains to rest and sleep until the resurrection morning. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1910


OSBORN, Addie T. (Swetnam)

Mrs. Addie T. Osborn, wife of John S. Osborn, was born in Lawrence County, KY, Oct 19,1868, married to Johns S. Osborn Oct 18, 1890, she died Jan 13, 1910. Several years ago she professed the religion of Christ and united with the Christian Church in which communion she lived in fellowship with God and man until the evening of the 13th when, having finished her course and kept the faith, her work done, she fell asleep in Christ. Her sickness was long. She seemed to have been waiting in a state of readiness. On Jan 10th by her request she was accompanied by her husband and brother, G. C. Swetnam, to the St. Joseph Infirmary Hospital, Louisville, where a surgical operation was performed on the 12th. Shortly after sunset on the 13th she had sweet communion with Jesus and met loved ones who were waiting to welcome her home. A husband and 3 children, Pansy, Ethel, and Lydia Milton, are left to mourn their sad loss. The church has loss one of its exemplary members, brothers and sisters an affectionate sister, a blessing to the home. Funeral services were conducted by F. M. Stambaugh recently of Illinois. After the service at the church, her body was borne away to the home burial place, where the remains were tenderly laid beside those of loved ones there. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910



Lawrenceburg, KY, Feb 25—Jake B. Patrick, aged 50, well known gauger, died suddenly at the Ripy distillery, 4 miles east of here, this afternoon. He had been in the revenue service for a long period and was exceedingly popular. His remains will be sent to his old home in Magoffin County for burial. The above refers to a man well-known in Louisa, where he had often been a visitor. He was paralyzed several years ago, and this was probably the predisposing cause of his death. Mr. Patrick had just been appointed a Deputy United States Marshal, taking the position vacated by his brother, who is the recently appointed United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910


PRESTON, Elliott

Elliott Preston, of Georges Creek, KY, was born Mar 7, 1856 and died Feb 11, 1910, aged 53 years, 11 months and 4 days. Elliott was the oldest son of Dr. James Preston, and has had from his early boyhood days an inclination to make money, and did possess quite a little of this world’s goods, but of his possessions he freely gave. He was always ready to held those in distress. Mr. Preston had been all his life a very sympathetic man, and had been a seeker of religion for some time. While lying on his bed of affliction Monday night, Jan 31, 1910, with his loving wife and children bowed around the bedside, sending up their petitions to God, he was gloriously converted and raised shouting praises to God and sang the beautiful hymn “Sweet Memories of Dear Mother”. He began rapidly growing worse from that time. He had all the medical aid that could be given any one, but no relief came. The Lord’s will be done, not ours. Mr. Preston left to mourn his loss a wife and 8 children and a vast number of friends. He was loved by all that knew him. He was a man that will be sadly missed, but we can live in hopes of seeing him again on that golden shore, where the sad parting never comes. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910



Sacred Wind—W. M. Sagraves died Mar 3rd. He is missed by the people of Nob Branch. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1910


THORNSBURY, William Madison

William Madison Thornsbury, a prominent timberman of Catlettsburg, passed away there after a protracted illness from diabetes. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910


TURNER, Preston

A party of surveyors were engaged in running a line between the lands of Preston Turner and Morgan Martin on Feb 17th. Turner was present when the work of surveying began, but Martin was not. Martin is a timberman and was drifting timber in Beaver Creek when he heard of the surveying. He went up to where the party was working on the hillside, and on his way cut a cane, he says, to assist in climbing the hill. When he arrived on the scene hot words were passed between him and the party, whereupon Turner advanced toward Martin, and when he was near enough Martin struck him a blow around the left side of the head with the cane. The injury at first appeared of no consequence, as Turner went about his work with the surveying party, and Martin returned to his work at the creek. Several hours later during the same evening Turner fell unconscious and at 8 o’clock he died. Martin was immediately notified and he surrendered himself to County Judge Malone Hall. The Martin and Turner families are very closely related and the principals in this case were first cousins. Preston Turner, the victim, was a single man and a brother of J. D. Turner of Lexington. His real estate alone is valued at $30,000. Martin is a man of considerable means and is related to almost one-half the population of Floyd County—Prestonsburg Herald. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910


WEBB, Rachel

Ratcliff—Died, at the home of George Webb, his daughter, Rachel, Feb 16. She was a religious girl and will be mourned by all her friends. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910


Ratcliff—Died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Webb, their oldest daughter, Miss Rachel, of consumption and Bright’s disease. She was 27 (or could be 21) years old, a good girl, loved by all who knew her. She leaves a father, mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest in the Reeves burying ground. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1910



Meredith, WV—Death visited the home of Dave Wellman and wife and took from them their darling baby Claude. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1910


YORK, Andy E.

Andy E. York of Catlettsburg, died in that city on Sunday last after a long illness caused by Bright’s disease. Mr. York, who was a cousin of Dr. L. H. York, of this city, was a son of Dr. Josh York, of this county, and had many relatives in this county and in West Virginia. He was in Louisa a short time during the past winter for treatment. Mr. York was 72 years old. He left a wife and several children, all grown. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1910

APRIL 1910


On last Friday evening death visited the home of John Barnett and took from him his darling baby, little Willie Barnett. He was nearly 5 months old, a bright, playful little child. He died at his grandparents at this place, after which his remains were sent to his father’s burial ground on Catletts Creek Sunday morning, where he was laid to rest beside his mother and little brother to await the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1910


BOGGS, Henry

Henry Boggs, formerly of this county, died of pneumonia at Fullerton, Greenup County, on Thursday, Apr 21. He was attending school when he was taken sick with the disease which resulted in death. He and his father, William Boggs, moved from Lawrence County to Greenup several years ago. Henry Boggs was highly respected by all who knew him. He was educating himself for the profession of teaching and ranked high as a student. The death of such a young man is a great loss. Big Sandy News, Apr 29,1910


BURNS, Mrs. R. C.

On Friday last Mrs. R. C. Burns, of Catlettsburg, died after a long and painful illness. She was a most estimable woman, one whose death is lamented by all who knew her. She left a husband and 3 sons to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother. The interment occurred on Sunday last, after services in the M. E. Church, South, of which she had long been a consistent member. She was the wife of Rowland C. Burns, son of Judge John M. Burns, of Ashland and a brother of M. S. Burns, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1910


BURKE, Sarah (Allen)

After a lingering illness which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation, the spirit of Mrs. Sarah Burke left its frail tenement of clay on the afternoon of Friday, Apr the 8th, and winged its way to the House eternal. On the Sunday following at the M. E. Church South, in the presence of a very large concourse of friends and relatives, the Rev. O. F. Williams, pastor of the M. E. Church, South of Russell, KY, preached the funeral sermon of her whose friend and pastor he had once been, but who now, an untimely victim of tuberculosis, lay before him in her flower-laden casket. At the close of the solemn and touching service the body was taken to the Fulkerson cemetery. Mrs. Burke was born on Beaver Creek, Floyd County, KY about 25 years ago. Her maiden name was Allen. Three years ago she and her husband, Mr. Ben Burke, came to Louisa and took residence with us. She soon endeared herself to all who met her, and more particularly to those who were her neighbors. She was a faithful member of the M. E. Church South and was supported and comforted by the promises of her religion through her long illness. The following relatives were present at the funeral of Mrs. Ben Burke: her sister, Miss Dollie Allen of Floyd County, Mr. Burke’s mother, Mrs. James Burke, of Catalpa; his brother and sister in law, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burke, of Pikeville; A. J. Loar, of Huntington, Mr. Burke’s sister, Mrs. W. M. Cooksey of Grayson and Mrs. Will Burke of Catalpa. Mrs. Ben Burke left no children. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1910


CRAFT, William

Paintsville—William Craft, one of our oldest citizens, died last week at the home of his son, on Middle Fork. Mr. Craft was past 90 years old and was one of the first surveyors ever to survey a tract of land in Magoffin County. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1910



Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Crutcher, of Holden, WV were pained to learn of the death of their baby, aged about 3 months, which occurred Thursday evening of this week. Their first decision was to bury the child at Louisa, but later it developed that Mrs. Crutcher was not able to make the trip. The burial took place  yesterday at Logan, the former home of the family. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1910


DAMRON, Liddie

A letter from Maben, Wyoming, WV, requests the NEWS to publish the death of Liddie Damron at that place. She was the daughter of Clint Damron, who formerly lived in Louisa. She was in the 17th year of her age. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1910


DAMRON, Nannie (Adams)

The pale horse and its rider have entered the home of Robert Damron and claimed for its victim his darling wife, Nannie. Mrs. Damron was the daughter of Mont Adams. She was born Feb 17.1890 died Mar 18, 1910, aged 20 years 1 month and 1 day. She leaves  a husband, father, mother, 2 sisters—Mrs. Magnolia Reigel of Columbus, OH and Miss Jim Olga Adams, of Prosperity—one brother, Willie Adams of Portsmouth, OH and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Nannie was converted just a little while before death, and she died in the triumph of a living faith. The services were conducted by Rev. Kazee, after which she was laid to rest in the Adams graveyard. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1910


DOBBINS, Charles

About 8 o’clock on Saturday morning last an extra freight train going east ran over a boy a short distance above Gallup, 9 miles south of Louisa, producing such injuries that death resulted a few hours later. The boy was Charles Dobbins, 12 years old, and son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dobbins, who live near Gallup. The lad was accompanied by another boy, Henry Young, a stepson of Hiram Hurley, who lives near Torchlight, 2 or 3 miles below the place where the accident occurred. This boy made the occurrence known and help was rendered as speedily as possible. A hand car was procured and sent to Torchlight for Dr. F. D. Marcum, the mine physician at that place. The doctor very soon reached the injured boy, but a glance sufficed to show him that death was inevitable. The right leg was severed an inch or 2 below the knee; the left leg was ground to a pulp and cut off at the hip, the wheels having gone into the bowels, crushing everything into a bleeding mass. Every possible thing was done to make the lad as comfortable as possible. Stimulants were given, and under their use the boy rallied somewhat and talked a little about the accident, but he never recovered from the shock and died late in the afternoon. The burial occurred on Sunday. The shocking and untimely death of the boy has prostrated the family and is keenly felt throughout the entire neighborhood.


Concerning the cause of the unfortunate accident more than one story has been told, but the facts are probably told by the boy, Young. He says that Charley Dobbins and he were on one side of the track when the freight train passed on its way east, and that Dobbins grabbed a stirrup on the car and was drawn under the wheels. Young, of course, does not know whether his unfortunate companion intended to “hop” the train for a ride or not. It is said that boys of all sized and ??? living along the C & O railroad jump on all sorts of trains at any and every opportunity. Such being the case the wonder is, not that an occasional accident is the result, but that fatalities do not happen every day. Big Sandy News, Apr 29,1910



Paintsville--A little girl, the daughter of C. H. Estep, of the Low Gap sections, sucked a bean into her windpipe last week. An operation was performed by Dr. Williams, of this city, but the little one expired before the operation was finished. She was almost dead when the operation commences and this step was taken as a last resort. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1910



James Ison, the 11 year old son of former Jailer “Bony” Ison, accidentally shot and killed his playmate, the 4 year old son of Alfred Fields, at Kingdom Come, below Whitesburg, in Letcher County. The Ison boy, who was just inside the house at home, picked up a shotgun and began to carelessly handle it. At length the weapon was discharged, the entire contents taking effect in the Field boy’s face, killing him almost instantly. The Isons have relatives in the western part of this county. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1910


FRALEY, Mrs. Tom

Adams—On the 22nd the angel of death came to the home of Tom Fraley and relieved his darling wife from her suffering. She had been sick for quite a while. She leaves a husband and 7 children, besides a host of friends to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1910


HAYS, Archie

Death has visited the home of Wesley Hays and took from him his son, Archie. A father, mother and a host of friends are left to mourn his death. He was converted and baptized a week before he died. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1910


LANGLEY, Joseph R.

Joseph R. Langley died of paralysis at his home at Spurlock, on Middle Creek, Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock. Prior to his death Mr. Langley had been in ill health for several years and was confined to his room from a partial stroke during this long period of sickness. A few days ago telegrams were sent to the absent members of his family. Congressman John W. Langley and Theodore Langley, Washington, D. C., William Langley, in Mississippi, Ernest Langley, St. Louisa, and Joe Langley, Jr., in the far West, who, with Mrs. J. M. Flanery, Mrs. B. M. Spurlock, Mrs. J. L. Spurlock and Mrs. Robert E. Stanley, of this city, were summoned to his bedside. These arrived Monday, immediately after which his illness took a serious turn, which resulted in his death the following morning. He was a member of the Christian Church and also a member of the Zebulon Lodge F & AM of this place. He was born in this county, and was 76 years old at his death. The funeral was held from home by the Masonic order of this city Wednesday afternoon.  An number of Paintsville Masons were in attendance and the remains were interred in the cemetery near the home. Prestonsburg Herald. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1910


LAYNE, Sarah

Sarah, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Layne, died Apr 16th 1910 aged 2 years 7 months. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1910


MCCLURE, Mellie (McHenry)

A message just received from Central City, WV, says Mrs. Morris McClure died at 2 p.m. Thursday. Her maiden name was Miss Mellie McHenry. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1910

On last Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Mellie McClure, wife of Morris McClure, of Central City, WV died after a brief illness caused by puerperal peritonitis. On the following day the body was brought to Louisa and on Saturday it was interred in Pine Hill Cemetery. Previous to the burial funeral services were held in the M. E. Church South, conducted by Rev. I. N. Fannin, of Central City. At this service, which was largely attended, the infant daughter of the deceased was baptized and given the name of its dead mother—Mellie Elizabeth. It is the only surviving child and is about 5 or 6 weeks old. The body of Mrs. McClure was accompanied from Central City by her husband, her mother, Mrs. McHenry, her brother, Labe, and her sister, Emma. Mrs. McClure was born in Louisa 38 years ago. She was a daughter of the late Fred McHenry and passed most of her life in this city. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1910


PAYNE, Mrs. Melvin

We are sorry to hear of the death of Melvin Payne’s wife, of Little Blaine. She was the sister of “Uncle” Charley Mead, of this place. She died Saturday and was buried Monday. She had been sick for quite a while. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1910


After an illness of several weeks Mrs. Melvin Payne, at a very old age, quietly passed away on the Saturday evening, Apr 9th. She suffered great pain until death, relieved her. “Aunt Betty” ???? a good fight and gained the crown. She leaves a husband, several children, and many friends and relatives to mourn her death. The entire community feel a personal loss in her death, and all who knew her feel that they have lost a dear friend and most valued advisor. She was a member of the Baptist Church and has lived a consistent Christian life all through the years. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1910



Death has again visited our vicinity and taken for its victim Floyd Pennington, a well-known citizen near Gladys. He lived an honest life and was a kind, loving husband and father. He was about 50 years old and has always labored hard to support his wife and children. On Thursday before his death he told his son, Oscar, that he had not long to live and that he wanted to be buried on the point just over in front of their home, and told him that he was prepared to go. According to his request he was laid to rest on the Cooksey point, overlooking the home of the bereaved. He had suffered long from that dreaded disease consumption. He leaves a wife and 10 children, many relatives and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1910


RAMSEY, Robert

Robert Ramsey, son of a prominent citizen of Pike County, was crushed and killed on the death dealing railroad years at Williamson last Saturday, being crushed out of all resemblance to a human being. This is only one of many Pike County citizens who have met death on these yards, which is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous places in half a dozen states and has more deaths to its discredit than any other in the same amount of space. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1910


SEXTON, Andrew

Andrew Sexton, an employee of the N & W at Williamson, was run over by an incoming freight and instantly killed just above the light plant on Sunday about 12:30. He was standing on the east bound passenger track watching No. 15 pull in, and apparently did not see the freight coming up on the same track on which he stood. His body was cut entirely into 2 pieces and horribly mangled. Sexton was a man about 50 years old, his home being at Saltpeter, WV. He left a wife and 5 children. His remains were taken to his old home for burial. This makes the third man killed in the same way within a stone’s throw of the same place since the first of the year. Williamson Enterprise. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1910



“Uncle” Russell Thompson,, formerly of this county and this city, died Wednesday at this home in Boyd County, near Kavanaugh where he had lived during the past 3 or 4 years. Mr. Thompson was born on Little Blaine, and to his old home on that creek his mortal remains will be taken for interment, which will occur on Friday. By his first wife Mr. Thompson had 16 children. His last wife was Miss Samantha Pigg, of this place. Mr. Thompson was a highly respected Christian man, sober, industrious and intelligent. Those who knew him best speak of him in terms of highest praise. He died of pneumonia and was 72 years old. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1910

 L. Thompson, better known as Russ Thompson, was born Jan 22, 1837, and deceased this life Apr 13, 1910, aged 72 years, 2 months and 13 days. He was converted about 4 years ago and was a faithful member of the M. E. Church. He leaves a wife and 13 children—6 boys and 7 girls and several grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his death. He was a Union soldier in the war of 1861. He lived at Kavanaugh at the time of his death and his remains were taken to Mattie, on the right fork of Little Blaine to his old home. The services were held in the M. E. Church, where a large crowd of the kindred and friends assembled, and the Rev. A. H. Miller preached his funeral. After the services the remains were taken to the old family graveyard and laid to rest to await the resurrection morning. His death was due to pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Apr 29 1910


VANCE, Monroe

On the right fork of Beaver, Floyd County, Tuesday of last week Monroe Vance, met an untimely death at the hands of unknown assassins. Two reports of the killing have been received. One to the effect that 3 men were slipped up behind Vance who was plowing in a field and threw a line around him and strangled him to death, while another report is that Vance was shot from ambush. Mrs. Vance, mother of the murdered man, was in Paintsville when the news of the killing was received. She took the first train for home. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1910



That deadly combination, bullets and booze, got in its direful work not far from this city on Thursday evening last. A tragedy was then and there enacted whose results will be far-reaching and lasting. One young man, Oscar Waller, sleeps in a new grave on the hillside overlooking the home which, in the flush of a stalwart young manhood, he had left that morning, only to be brought back the next day a mangled, bullet-pierced corpse. His slayer, a youth not yet grown to man’s estate, is a fugitive from justice, a hunted criminal, not daring to seek the light of day, with a reward for his capture, and, if the story told is true, with punishment swift and condign awaiting him. This hunted man is Ben Blankenship, and more’s the pit, he is a blood relative of the man whose life he took. Of course, this paper has neither partiality for nor prejudices against either of these parties. In common with the entire public it laments the tragedy and deplores the conditions which made it possible. The NEWS has sought diligently to get at the truth, the bottom facts of the homicide, and in relating what has been told to it by disinterested parities it “nothing extenuates, lays down naught in malice.”


It is said that between Oscar Waller, son of Lindsay Waller, and Ben Blankenship, son of Mose Blankenship, a sort of enmity had existed for years, in fact ever since they went to school together. The bad feeling frequently broke out and showed itself in quarrels and sometimes blows. On Thursday, Mar 31st, the two met near the mouth of Blaine. Both, it is said, had been drinking, and they soon began to quarrel. Ben, so it is alleged, struck at Oscar with a knife, and Oscar replied by striking Ben with a stone. Mutual friends interfered and the young men separated, going different ways. Waller lived just this side of Potter station, 4 miles west of this city. A couple of miles below his home stands what is known as the old Harmon Burke house, now occupied by Sid Hensley. Waller reached this place and stopped to rest and get a drink of water. How long he had been there before Blankenship came along and stopped this paper is unable to say. He was seen to go in the direction of Buchanan.


When he arrived at Hensley he immediately approached Waller, who was sitting on the ground in front of the house, and said, “do you want to take this up again?” Waller said nothing and Ben asked him again if he wanted to take it up again. Waller said no, he didn’t, but that he was not afraid of him. Blankenship immediately drew a pistol and began to empty it into the body of the helpless victim. Every shot took effect. One arm received 2 bullets, another went through the label of his coat and another pierced the bowels. Waller fell back and was carried into the house. It is said that after Blankenship had emptied his pistol he “broke” the barrel and reloaded, saying he had a notion to go into the house and blow Waller’s brains out. However, realizing what he had done, he hastily went to the home of his father, who lives in West Virginia, at the mouth of Tabor Creek, and has so far evaded arrest. The shooting occurred about 5 o’clock, not long after the evening train for Ashland had passed. Medical aid for the wounded man was sent for, and Dr. Jay Carter, of Fallsburg, who was in the neighborhood on professional business, was soon found. Recognizing the gravity of the case he asked for a consultation and Dr. L. H. York, of this city, was hastily sent for. The doctor responded and reached the wounded man as soon as possible. He declared that an operation was the only possible chance for saving the young man’s life, and that it was impossible to perform it satisfactorily under the existing conditions.


A handcar was hurriedly obtained and Waller was placed upon it. With the two physicians and the 2 men to run it the car made record time to Louisa, and Waller was at once carried to Riverview hospital and made ready for the operation. The wounds in the arm were comparatively trifling, but the surgeons saw immediately that the wound in the abdomen demanded their serious care. The patient was chloroformed by Dr. Bromley, and Dr. York, assisted by Dr. Carter, proceeded to ascertain the extent of the damage done by the bullet. The ball had entered the right side, ranged downward and to the right lodging near the appendix. In its course it had pierced five folds of the small intestines. These had poured out their contents into the abdominal cavity. The wounds in the intestines were stitched, the cavity cleansed and everything done in the best possible way to save the man’s life, but no hope of ultimate recovery was held out. Waller rallied from the anesthetic, but he rapidly grew worse until he died. The end came about 9 o’clock Friday morning. Waller’s father had accompanied his stricken son to the hospital, and his grief at the death of his boy was pitiful to see.


The body was made ready for burial, and placed in a casket, it was taken on the afternoon train to the residence of the father, reaching the desolate home about 24 hours after the shot which killed Oscar Waller was fired. The funeral occurred on Saturday morning and was very largely attended. The Rev. L. M. Copley, of Louisa conducted the service. A warrant for the arrest of young Blankenship has been issued and placed in the hand of Deputy Sheriff James Clayton. Clayton went to the scene of the homicide Friday afternoon and remained in the neighborhood all night, but, as before mentioned, Blankenship has not yet been found. Three years ago yesterday a cyclone struck this section of the country. One of its freaks was to upset a handcar which was on its way to Fullers Station. Ben Blankenship was one of these. Both bones of his left forearm were broken and he was otherwise bruised and injured. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1910


WILLIAMSON, Col. Floyd  E.

Col. Floyd E. Williamson, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of that section, passed away at his home on Turkey Creek, last Monday a week ago, after a lingering illness. While his death was not unexpected it nevertheless came with poignant grief to his devoted family and to the countless friends who knew and loved him. The funeral services were held at the late home Wednesday morning, the large concourse of people testifying to the high regard in which he was held by the people of Mingo and Pike Counties where he spent almost his entire life. The funeral was one of the largest held in that section and the services though simple, were impressive. Rev. Ellison of the Methodist Church officiated. Interment was made in the family burying ground. Col. Williamson was born Sep 14, 1846, where the city of Williamson now stands, the house being the first one built on the present town site. It stood in the “orchard” for many years, being destroyed by fire about 6 years ago. He was the son of Benjamin and Esther Williamson, pioneers of this section, whose children have been prominent in all walks of life. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1910

MAY 1910

 ADKINS, Mrs. Jesse

On last Wednesday evening May the 4th, the pale horse and his rider visited this community and took from the home of Jesse Adkins, the beloved wife and mother, aged 49 year, 6 months and 2 days. She had been sick only a short time and her death was unexpected. Mrs. Adkins had lived a Christian life for several years. She was a kind and devoted wife and a loving mother. Her husband and 6 children survive her, Mrs. George Diamond, Ruby, Hubbard, Hester, Martha and Willie. She was laid to rest in the Adkins graveyard to await the resurrection. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1910



The entire community was profoundly shocked on Tuesday morning last when it was learned that Dan Allison, an old citizen and well-known character of this county, had been cremated alive the preceding night in his humble home not far from this city. Somewhere between nine and ten o’clock parties living in the vicinity had their attention attracted by a bright light of the Allison home, and some of them hurried to the spot. Among them was a Mr. Ward, who lives at the old Manelius Wellman place, only a few hundred yards from the scene of the catastrophe. He was the first to arrive and the scene which met his gaze was a horrible one. The house,, a single story log building, was a mass of flame, the inside a seething furnace. Both doors were open and on his bed could be seen, through rifts in the smoke and flame, the already half burned body of the unfortunate man. Other neighbors had arrived, among them being Sheriff James Clayton and Walt Clayton, nephews of Allison, W. J. Vaughan, John Burchett and possibly others. They could not possibly render any assistance whatever, and in a short time the building was reduced to ashes. As soon as possible the charred bones of the lone inmate were taken from the ruins and properly cared for. Late on Tuesday afternoon they were buried in the old Allison burying ground, not far from the spot where the old man met his death.


The origin of the fire which had such a horrible result, is not altogether plain, and more than one theory as to its cause has been advanced. One very strongly hinted at arson, committed in order to conceal the worse crime of murder. Really this theory had some plausibility. Most everybody who knew Dan Allison believed that he had money. He was a man of frugal habits spending only for the bare necessities of life. He was unmarried, lived entirely alone, and had been often seen with small sums. Under these circumstances it was only reasonable to suppose that he had considerable savings. Those who knew him intimately, however, knew that he had but little of which he could be robbed. The fear on part of his relatives that some villain, tempted, by the belief that old Dan had accumulated a large amount of money, would sometime kill and rob him, caused them to bring him to a house close to them and where they could look after his welfare. This was not far from James Clayton’s residence, on the old Little Blaine road, some 2 miles southwest of Louisa. Allison was living in this house when it was burned. The interior was piled up with sticks and light wood and other combustible material. The old man was not well during the preceding day or so, and it is supposed that he had built a fire during the early evening and had gone to bed, leaving the fire, and had gone to sleep. The fire in some way was communicated to the rubbish in the room and the solitary inmate was suffocated before the flames reached his bed. A small amount of silver coin was found on the blackened remains and this, with some other facts, confuted the theory of murder and arson.


Dan Allison was 70 years old and was the last surviving son of J. H. and Mary J. Allison. Two sisters survive him, Mrs. L. H. York and Mrs. Felt O’Bryant, of Fort Gay. He was a man of marked eccentricities, living the life of a recluse or hermit. He had most remarkable memory of people and events, and was quiet and inoffensive. The funeral service, the last earthly service for the man, was conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulett, of the M. E. Church, South. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1910



Mazie, KY—On Apr 29th, the spirit of our friend, Mrs. E. G. Collier, passed from time to eternity. She seemed apparently to be in usual health and was reading from Holy Writ, when death called her away.  Big Sandy News, May 6, 1910


DWYER, Richard

An accident attended by loss of life and other personal injury occurred on the C & O early Thursday morning near England Hill, a short distance this side of Catlettsburg. Engineer Richard Dwyer is dead, Engineer Emmet Diamond is badly hurt, and Brakeman Larry and Fireman Gayheart are injured, but to what extent the NEWS cannot learn. What is commonly known as the “Bull Dog”, a double-headed coal train that leaves Ashland and Shelby on alternate nights, ran into a slip on the track at the time and place noted and turned over down the side of the track, followed by 5 or 6 cars which piled on top of the two engines. Aid was secured as soon as possible and the dead and injured men were taken to Ashland, where they all resided. Engineer Dwyer, who at that time was fireman, was on the engine with Andy Berry when the latter was fatally injured in the wreck at Torchlight on the 5th of June, 1908, and was himself badly scalded. He was also once badly hurt on the Marrowbone branch. Diamond is a son of Jerry Diamond, of Ashland, formerly of Louisa, and a grandson of Joshua Diamond, of this place. The slip which caused this very sad accident was the result of the recent heavy rains. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1910



Young Floyd Fletcher paid the death penalty at Whitesburg, Letcher County, last Thursday afternoon for the murder of Ellen Flannery, of Pert Creek, May 16th, 1907. The march to the scaffold was started at 12:20 o’clock. On the scaffold Frazier made a statement that his sins had been forgiven. The drop fell at 1:30 and in 11 minutes he was pronounced dead. Five thousand people witnessed the execution. On the morning of May 16, 1907, Ellen Flannery, a poor widow living alone with her 3 small children on Pert Creek, near Whitesburg, went into the mountains nearby to pick greens for the noonday meal. The children awaited their mother’s return—far into the following day, until a visitor came to find her missing. A search was instituted, being  joined by 20 or more of the woman’s neighbors. At length her mutilated body which was covered with huge stones was found in a dark ravine only a short distance from the humble home. Her throat was cut from ear to ear while the breast, arms and hands were horribly mutilated with knife wounds. Frazier’s suspicious acts led to his arrest and after several delays he suffered the extreme penalty. The execution of Frazier was the first legal hanging in the history of Letcher County, and is perhaps the last legal hanging that will take place in the state. During the early “80’s” “Tib” Combs, a local tough, killed William Polley, his cousin, during a drunken row shortly above the town. His arrest followed. That night masked men demanded the keys of Hiram Williams, the jailer, and Combs was taken to the outskirts of the town and lynched. For the commission of any crime after Jun 12, for which death is the penalty, electrocution will be used instead of hanging, and the execution will take place in the Eddyville penitentiary. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1910


FORTNER, Rebecca

Mrs. Rebecca Fortner, widow of Aaron Fortner, died at her home near Gallup Sunday. She was about 80 years old. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1910


Death came as a welcome relief to Rebecca Fortner on Apr 30th, she was 70 years of age, was married to Aaron Fortner, when quite young, was the mother of 8 children, 6 of whom together with her husband have preceded her to the glory land. She had been a consistent member of the Baptist Church since she was 15 years of age, had lived a Christian life, was loved and respected by all who knew her. She leaves a son, George, who was the staff of her declining years, and one daughter, Mrs. Mariah Balden of Paris, Ill., 2 brothers, William and Thomas Cartmell and one sister, together with a large circle of friends to mourn her death. She was buried Sunday the lst inst. At her old home near Chapman, funeral rites being conducted by Rev. Cyrus Riffe. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1910


FUGATE, Granville

After many weeks of ill health Granville Fugate died peacefully and suddenly at his home at Hulette, this county, on last Saturday night. He was buried on the following Monday not far from his last earthly home. He was 69 years old and left a widow and 5 children—2 boys and 3 girls. Mr. Fugate was born in Morgan County but had lived in Lawrence many years, part of the time as a citizen of Louisa. He was a lawyer by profession and served a term as County Attorney, making an honest, capable official. Mr. Fugate was a Confederate veteran, having faithfully served the South during the Civil War. He had about as many friends in Lawrence county as any other man in it. He was genial, honest, good, ????, hospitable—the ideal “clever” man. No man ever left his door hungry if Granville knew it. In the language of one who knew him well he would divide his last peck of meal with a friend. Envy and malice had no place in Granville Fugate’ bosom, and although not unexpected the news that he had died came as a shock to all who knew him. He was in Louisa only 2 or 3 days before his death and said to the writer these lines, “I don’t know when I shall be back.” The following Saturday night he fell on the floor of his room and died without a word. Peace to the ashes and rest to the soul of Granville Fugate. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1910



Death visited another home May the 7th 1910 and took a precious jewel and left the home desolate and father and mother, brothers and sisters broken hearted and sad. Ula Gilbert, the 5 year old child of John and Kate Gilbert is dead. She was laid to rest in the cemetery at Grayson. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1910



On the 10th day of May, 1910, frim, merciless death visited the home of Cornelius and Mary Holbrooks and took from that home their dear loving daughter, Myrtle, aged 14 years and 19 days, one who had lived a holy Christian life from childhood. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1910


KISE, Samantha

Death visited the home of Liss Kise the 7th of May an took from him his darling wife. She was 22 years old. She leaves a husband and  2 little babies, a father and mother, 4 sisters and 2 brothers and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1910



Amos Hatfield, nephew of old “Devil Anse” Hatfield, Sunday shot and killed “Doc” Mounts, a constable at Lindsey, in Mingo County, the shooting  being the result of a fight over a woman’s love, both men being aspirants for the affection fo Jane Lusby, of Lindsey. Hatfield, it is said, had sent word to Mounts that if he didn’t keep away from the girl he would kill him on sight. Mounts sent word back that if Hatfield did kill him he would have to draw quicker than he ever had before. The men met Sunday afternoon, and at sight, Hatfield, who is a crack shot, pulled his gun. Two shots rang out in quick  succession and Mounts fell dead, both bullets piercing the heart. Mounts was a constable, a nervy man, quick on the trigger, but he never had an opportunity to get his gun. Amos Hatfield has been tried a number of times for highway robbery and murder in Mingo County, but has in some manner always escaped conviction. The entire community is aroused by this, his latest crime. He is still at liberty and it is thought that any attempt to arrest him will result in a desperate battle. LATER: Hatfield killed Mounts but upon an investigation of the affair it was shown that he did it in self-defense and he was acquitted. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1910


PRESTON, Augusta

On Saturday evening, May 14, 1910, just as the sun was sinking in the golden west and all nature seemed wrapped in one beautiful sunbeam the angel of death appeared in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Preston and took from them their darling baby, little Augusta, aged about one year. Though she had been ill for several weeks past and the end was expected her death came as a great shock to family and friends. She was the idol of her father, the joy of mother, the pet of grandfather and the pride of brother and sisters. The body was laid to rest in the beautiful spot selected by her parents where special care can be taken of the little darling’s resting place. Big Sandy news, May 20, 1910


PRESTON, Mrs. Hite

Georges Creek—On the evening of Apr 30 at one o’clock, the pale horse and its rider entered the home of Hite Preston and took from him his beloved wife. She leaves a husband and 4 children to mourn their loss, besides her numerous relatives and friends. Mrs. Preston was a loving wife and mother and her death will be regretted by all who knew her. Her remains were interred Sunday in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1910


SNYDER, Mrs. Henry

The relatives and friends of Mrs. Henry G. Snyder, formerly of this place, but now living in Oklahoma City, were greatly shocked by the news of the unexpected death of his wife in that place on Monday last. She left a baby daughter a little more than a year old. Uremia is said to have been the cause of her death. Mrs. Snyder was a woman of fine intelligence and much charm of person and manner and her untimely demise is a source of great sorrow to all who knew her. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1910


WHITE, Mrs. Harrison (Alice Childers)

The Chadwick Creek community is all agog over a suicide which took place at the home of Albert Bartram, at the head of that stream near the midnight hour Wednesday night. The victim of the tragedy was Mrs. Harrison White, a bride of just 3 weeks and so far as known at present no motive for her rash act has been discovered. She ended her life by shooting herself through the heart with a 44 calibre Colt revolver. The husband says that the people about the house had all retired for the night, Mr. and Mrs. Bartram sleeping in an adjacent room to that occupied by himself and Mrs. White. He stated that he had himself gone to sleep, and he thought he had been sleeping about an hour when he was suddenly awakened by the pistol’s report, to find his wife lying at his side writhing in her last death throes. She died instantly and never spoke a word after she fired the shot, or, if she did, he did not hear her. White said that was all he knew about the case, except that since the occurrence, the Bartrams and himself recalled the fact that Wednesday afternoon Mrs. White had taken a bath and dressed entirely in fresh wearing apparel, and it is now recalled that she spent considerable time in self adornment, but nothing was thought of it at the time. Mrs. White was 23 years of age and had been married twice, her marriage to White having taken place just 3 weeks ago. Her maiden name was Alice Childers, being the daughter of the widow Childers, who now resides in South Catlettsburg. She was married when quite young to Lewis Howell. She had been separated from Howell about 2 years, having secured a divorce from him about one year ago.


Mr. White, in speaking of the matter of a possible motive for the suicide, said that it might have been that she wanted to her children with her, and the Howells objected to her having them, but he said he had no assurance that this was the case. He said there had been absolutely no trouble or unpleasantness between himself and his wife since their marriage. They had been making their home with the Bartrams since their marriage and had not arranged to keep house.—Catlettsburg Tribune

Chadwick’s Creek is a Boyd County watercourse which empties in the Big Sandy a short distance below Savage Branch. The suicide, if such it was, occurred several miles from the Boyd-Lawrence line. The husband says h had been told by his lawyer “not to talk.” Big Sandy News, May 20, 1910


JUNE 1910

The week of Jun 24, 1910 Big Sandy News was not available. Several pages of the June issues were damaged and difficult to read.


ADAMS, Sally (Webb)

Mayking, KY, May 28—In the death here Thursday of Aunt Sally Webb Adams, aged 86 years, Eastern Kentucky loses one of her best loved old women, and the remarkable old Webb family, known for years as a family of great longevity, is reduced to only 2 members, Uncle Wily Webb, aged 84, and Uncle Miles Webb, aged 88 years. They are descendants of Daniel Boone, the Kentucky pioneer, their father, Benjamin Webb, being a first cousin of the pioneer hunter. Numerous descendants and kin of Mrs. Webb live in this county. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1910


ADKINS, Rebecca (Whitley)

Death has visited the home of Jesse Adkins and taken from him his darling wife, Rebecca, on May 4, 1910. Her death was unexpected and the last words was, “I’ll soon be in glory.” She will be missed by all who knew her. She was a kind and loving mother. She was 49 years 5 months and 5 days old. Her maiden name was Rebecca Whitley. She has sweet communion with Jesse and met loved ones who were waiting to welcome her home to rest in the Kingdom of God. A husband and 6 children, Doxie, Ruby, Herbert, Hester, Martha and William are left to mourn the loss of their mother. Her many friends will long remember her. Big Sandy news, Jun 3, 1910


BAKER, Winnie

Mrs. Winnie Baker, formerly of Fort Gay, died in Ashland on Sunday last after a brief illness caused by a complication of troubles. She was 67 years of age and is survived by 5 sons, Lindsey, William, Nathan, John and Morgan and one daughter Elizabeth. The remains were taken to the old home at Fort Gay, where the funeral services were held, and were conducted by her former pastor, Rev. M. Copley. The remains were laid to rest beside her husband who passed away 2 years ago. The family and many friends accompanied the body to its last resting place. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1910



Pike County, Jun 7, 1910--John C. Bowles, the well-known financer and cashier of the First National Bank, died at Pence Springs Sunday morning and the remains arrived here yesterday accompanied by his wife, little son, John Jr.,, and his brother, R. B. Bowles, all of whom were with him at the time of his death. Mr. Bowles was the oldest son of the late well-known Capt. O. C. Bowles and is survived by his wife, who was Miss Linda Ramsey, son John and 4 brothers, County Atty. C. C. Bowles, R. B. , Malcom and O. C. Bowles. He had amassed a comfortable fortune, was ever honest and straight forward in business and will be deeply missed, not only by his loved ones, but by the entire community. He was 42 years old. The funeral will occur Wednesday afternoon at the M. E. Church, South, after which the remains will be taken to the Cecil farm, a mile below here for interment beside the graves of his parents. His mother, Mrs. Pauline Cecil Bowles, having passed away only last autumn. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1910



Ulysses—Joe Davis, who has been very low with consumption for quite a while died last week. His funeral was preached by Rev. Burns Conley, of Paintsville, after which  he was buried in the family burying ground near his home. His widow and 2 small children survive him who, with his father, brothers and sisters, all have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood. Big Sandy news, Jun 10, 1910



Pike County, Jun 10, 1910—Pete and Berlin Blankenship and John Lockhard shot and instantly killed J. L. Dotson, constable, and his assistant, “Buddy” Sheppard, on Knox Creek Saturday night. The three first mentioned, who were intoxicated, were riding along the highway firing at random and were terrifying the natives by their daring recklessness. The officers in attempting their arrest were shot dead. The Blankenships escaped into Virginia with officers in hot pursuit, while Lockard was arrested brought here and lodged in jail. The parties were all citizens of Pike County and all were unmarried, except Mr. Dotson, who leaves a wife and child. All were prominent and the affair has created great excitement. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1910



Terryville—On Thursday morning, Jun 9, 1910 death appeared in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Ferguson and took Lonnie, the husband and father to the Spirit World. Mr. Ferguson was about 22 years of age. He leaves a wife and 2 children, father, mother, 3 sisters, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. His death was caused by falling on a pick while running cross ties. Mr. Ferguson was a highly respected citizen and will be greatly missed by his many relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1910


GILLAM, Mrs. Frank

Death has again been in our vicinity and visited the home of Frank Gillam on June the first and claimed for its victim the loving companion and mother. She was well-known in the community in which she lived and was loved by all who knew her. Her sickness was long and painful with lung trouble. A few hours before death came she called her children to her bedside and bade them to love and obey their kind father and gave them all the good advice that a dying mother could. She leaves 8 children to mourn her death, 5 girls and 3 boys. She was a dutiful mother, a loving wife, and a kind neighbor. She was laid to rest under the sod in the graveyard near her home. Big Sandy News, Jun 10,1910



Mrs. Rhoda A. Hereford, the mother of L. B. Hereford, of Ashland, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. S. Morrison, at Kenova, yesterday afternoon. The decedent was 74 years, 2 months and 23 days old, and was a native of the Big Sandy Valley being the widow of Dr. M. L. Hereford of Prestonsburg, who died 45 years ago. She is survived by 7 children—5 sons and 2 daughters. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1910



The grim reaper, Death, is again abroad in our community and has taken from us our kind and loving little friend, Cora Hughes. Cora was born Mar 10, 1894, died May ??, 1910, aged 16 years, 2 months and 12 days. She lived a happy contented life, until some months ago when she was stricken with that dreadful disease consumption, and during that time Cora knew not what rest was. But she did not complain. She said just before the end came that she knew she must die and God’s will be done. Cora was a dutiful daughter and loving sister. She leaves a dear father and 2 brothers, Charley and Bert, to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1910


LOWE, Thomas

Thomas Lowe, a member of the prominent and wealthy Lowe family of Johns Creek, was drowned in the waters of that stream yesterday while drifting timber. He fell from a raft and was in the water 40 minutes before it was recovered. Mr. Lowe was the father of Miss Eunice Lowe, who was a pupil of the K. N. C. and who is now the wife of Mr. Goodloe Combs an alumnus of the college. Big Sandy News, Jun 10,1910


NEWBURY, Charles

Recently somewhere between Hellier, Pike County and Clintwood, VA, a man named Dutton aged 80 years became involved in a quarrel with Charles Newbury, age 40, who was a rival claimant to a tract of land. The aged man, who was passing the home of Newbury drew a revolver and shot the latter dead in his front yard. Both men were highly prominent and well-to-do. The affair has created intense excitement in the community. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1910



Mat Newsom, a 19 year old boy from Johnson County, was instantly killed by falling slate while working in the mines of the Preston Coal Co., at Alonzo, Pike County, Monday morning. The body was badly crushed when removed from under the mass of slate. The inquest was held by Coroner T. J. Bentley Tuesday and the body was buried in the cemetery near that place in the afternoon. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1910



Mrs. Jennie Saulsberry died at the residence of her son in law, Henry Caines, at Potter Station Tuesday night of the infirmities incident to old age. She was the widow of Robert Saulsberry, who died about 6 years ago. Interment Thursday (rest is unreadable). Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1910


SHEPPARD, “Buddy”—see under J. L. Dotson


STUART, Mrs. Ellis (Victory)

On Thursday morning, May 12th, the spirit of Mrs. Ellis Stuart took its flight to the God that gave it. Mrs. Stuart was about 50 years of age and the mother of 7 children now living, 4 girls and 3 boys. She was a dutiful mother, a loving wife and a kind neighbor in the noblest sense, loved and respected by her many friends, therefore who shall measure the loss, or who will attempt to fathom the depth of sadness that lingers in that home. Sister Victory Stuart was laid under the sod of Fallsburg hill, amid nature’s magnificence, where he body will be resolved to dust.  Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1910


 JULY 1910


The week of July 1st had only 2 pages available to transcribe and they were in bad shape.



On Sunday last the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Baldridge, of this city, died after an illness of several weeks. It was about 6 months old and was interred in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 29,1910



Miss Julia, daughter of Capt. William Blankenship, of near Fallsburg, died at the residence of her father on Friday night last, aged ?? years. She was a sister of Dan Blankenship of this city. Big Sandy news, Jul 15, 1910


BLEVINS, Jefferson

Jefferson Blevins, aged 45 years and tender of the C & O new pump station at Russell, was struck by west bound freight engine No. 372 Saturday evening and instantly killed, his body being almost severed in two at the waist. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1910


BRYANT, Mildred

Mildred Bryant, the 8 year old daughter of James Bryant, died at her home on Third Street after a week’s illness of measles. The little girl was badly burned while lighting a stove at the residence of Fred Atkinson nearly a year ago. Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy news, Jul 15, 1910


BURNS, John M.

After a short illness, heretofore noticed in this paper, Judge John M. Burns, of Ashland, died at his home in that city Wednesday morning. His son, M. S. Burns, and his brother, R. T. Burns, and Mrs. Burns went to Ashland on the morning train to see their venerable kinsman before his death. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon. Judge Burns was born in what is now the lower part of Lawrence County more than 86 years ago. He was a lawyer of great ability and held many positions of prominence and responsibility. He was licensed to practice law in 1846 and located at Whitesburg, later moving to Prestonsburg. No man in the Big Sandy Valley was better known than John M. Burns. He was a man of genial disposition, affable manner and generous to a fault. He leaves numerous descendants. Judge Burns had been for many years a member of the Baptist Church, and the burial service will be conducted by the pastor of the Ashland Church of that denomination. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1910



Shortly after 6 o’clock on last Saturday evening an affray occurred on Main Cross street, this city, between William Caperton and Victor and Fred, his sons, on the one side and John Damron on the other, which resulted in the fatal shooting of Victor Caperton. Concerning the origin of the difficulty, as well as the various phases of the fatal meeting, there are almost as many versions as there were witnesses of the killing. All however, are agreed that the trouble began in the barber shop of George Atkins, located on the West side of the street, between the stores of W. D. Pierce and J. B. Crutcher. William Caperton and John Damron were both in the shop, but there was nothing in the demeanor of the two men that would indicate any bad feeling between them until Damron said something about getting a musical instrument to play at some sort of a gathering. Caperton then said something at which Damron took offense. The two men at once began to quarrel, and while so engaged, it is said that Victor and Fred Caperton entered the shop and joined in the wrangle. At this point the story has different versions. Some say that Damron was ?? our of the front door by the Capertons, while others say he went ??? into the street, followed by ????. Upon reaching the street Damron drew a .38 calibre revolver and warned them to keep back, but ??? advance continued and three bullets sped from his weapon--?? , then a brief interval and 2 more in rapid succession. Some eye witnesses say that the first two shots were fired at William and Fred Caperton, missing their mark, and that it was the third shot that caught Victor. Others say it was the second shot that struck Victor. Immediately after he was shot, Victor fell forward, his hands touching the ground, but with great effort he straightened up and started to the hospital. He walked nearly all the way there with the assistance of one man. He displayed wonderful nerve, but when near the building he began to sink and had to be carried in. He was suffering intensely and prayed to be relieved from his pain. Later he prayed God to have mercy upon him. As soon as possible he was chloroformed and Drs. York and Bromley operated in the vain hope of saving his life. The ball passed though the seventh rib, near the breast bone, ranging to the right and downward, perforating the intestines in three places. The bullet was not found. Death from shock and hemorrhage occurred about 2 o’clock Sunday morning. Caperton received a terrible wound in the abdomen several years ago from which few thought he would ever recover. The operation performed last Saturday for his relief showed how desperately he had been hurt, and further that as a result of that injury his liver was seriousl affected so much so that it would have caused his death at some no distant day.


About 24 hours after Caperton’s tragic death he was buried in the Fulkerson Cemetery. The weather was intensely hot and it was not possible to keep the body any longer. Preceding the burial appropriate services, conducted by Rev. W.L. Reid, of the Southern Methodist Church, were held at the house. A large number of friends of the family attended and many followed the body to the ???. Caperton was about 34 or ?? years old and married. One of the bullets fired during the affray passed through  the ?? window of the barber shop. ??the bottom and left side, ranging ?? the right and entered a  cupboard 2 or 3 feet from the floor and made a big hole in a mandolin. The third bullet could not be traced or found. After the shooting, Damron, who is a young married man, walked slowly away in the direction of his home in West Louisa. Search was made for him, but up to this hour he has not been apprehended. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1910


CHILDERS, The remains of James Childers, who was killed in the coal mines at Van Lear, Johnson County, Tuesday were taken through her Wednesday and on to his home at Dubois, PA. He was about 40 years old and was married. His wife accompanied the remains. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1910




GAYHEART, Mr. and Mrs. Roach


A cloud burst on the headwaters of Licking River occurred Monday evening and made a record of destruction that has never  been equaled in Eastern Kentucky. A message to the Big Sandy News from Salyersville today says five lives are known to have been lost. They are Gearhearts and Conleys. The water was in several buildings in Salyersville, but none was swept away, as above, reported. No rain fell at Salyersville or with 16 miles of there and the first the people at that place knew of the flood was when an enormous volume of water swept down upon them. The persons known to have been drowned lived 18 miles above Salyersville. Great numbers of live stock were drowned along the valley, buildings were swept away, and scores of people had to flee for their lives. The property loss cannot be estimated. The water ran in torrents through the town of Salyersville and almost submerged several houses, but the damage there is comparatively ????.  ??? flood occurred only two ???? similar, but less de??? Occurrence in the same ????.


From dispatches to the city papers we take the following, which was probably somewhat exaggerated; Salyersville, KY, Jun 29—Eight ??? have been recovered from ??? , of houses and stores ???? by the cloudburst at the headwaters of the Licking River. ????, and 50 persons are missing ?? Salyersville, including the entire families of William Conley and ?? Wireman. They are supposed to have been swept haway in the flood waters. The bodies recovered are those of Mrs. John Sheppard, John Conley, Will Conley, Mr. and Mrs. Roach Gayheart and child, unidentified man, unidentified boy. Among the missing are the families of John Shepherd, Benton Whitaker and William Bailey and another child of Roach Gayheart.  Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1910



The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Crutcher died on Saturday night last and was buried the following day in the Fulkerson Cemetery. It had been a frail, feeble bit of mortality from birth and its painless transition from the woes of earth to the blissful realities of the Better Land should not be mourned. Preceding the interment many friends of the family gathered at the residence, where the Rev. H. B. Hulette, conducted a short and appropriate service. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1910



What is known as the “turn hole” a deep pool in Tug River, at the lower end of Warfield, Martin County, was the scene of an accident about 2 o’clock last Saturday afternoon whereby two young lives were lost and 2 families of the town were plunged into deepest grief and sorrow. Shortly before that hour a party of young girls had gone to the river for the purpose of bathing. They had not been in the water very long before loud cries from some of them attracted the attention of persons living close to the spot. It was at once seen that 3 of the girls had gone out beyond their depth and were struggling for life. Ben Pinson, whose heroic action should never be forgotten, rushed to the river and plunged into the water. He seized one of the girls and with great difficulty brought her to the shore. He again went to the rescue but 2 of the girls, Noan Mooney age 15, daughter of Charles Mooney, of Warfield, and Nona Ferguson, age 16, daughter of John Ferguson, had gone to death in the swirling waters of the muddy Tug. The sad intelligence of the untimely death of these young girls rapidly spread, and soon a large number of men were searching for the bodies. In about three quarters of an hour from the time the accident happened both bodies were found near the head of the shoal below the pool where the drowning occurred. All possible means of resuscitation were used for a long period, but the vital spark had been quenched. On the following day in the presence of a large number of people the bodies were buried in the same grave.


Johnson, the father of one of the girls, formerly lived in Wayne County, WV and was an employee of the N & W railroad, on the Twelve Pole division. He lives with his family on the old Mark Dempsey place, a mile below the town of Warfield. Brave Ben Pinson very nearly lost his life in his effort to save the girl who was rescued. He was nearly exhausted before he reached the shore and would have been swept off his feet had he not been helped by a woman who waded out and caught him before he was carried away. The girl he saved was a sister of the Mooney girl who lost her life. The “turn hole” got its name from the fact that owing to the narrowness of the Tug River at Warfield steamboats which had gone up the river to the town were compelled to back down to the deep wide pool where this unfortunate accident occurred and turn there before continuing their downstream trip. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1910


FRANK, Conrad

Conrad Frank was fatally shot Tuesday night in Ashland, while making a raid on a “soft drink” and gambling house owned by Thomas Grannan. The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. and Mr. Frank lived until 6  o’clock the next morning. He and other officers had previously raided the place and made arrests. The chief of police sent them back to take charge of the gambling paraphernalia. As the officers entered the rear room the electric lights were turned off and a five shot automatic shotgun was turned loose upon them. Mr. Frank was the only one hurt. Robert Hammond was captured after escaping through the rear window and is in jail. He does not deny his guilt. Coon Frank formerly lived at Peach Orchard, this county, and later at Rush. He was 62 years old. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1910


LYCANS, Herbert

On Wednesday of last week Herbert Lycans, about 14 years old, who lived near Glen Hayes, WV was brought to the hospital at this place, suffering with an abdominal tumor. Dr. York saw the lad in Fort Gay and made an examination into his condition. He told the mother and uncle of the boy what he thought was the trouble, and also told them of the gravity of the case. He also explained the impossibility of making a correct diagnosis without an exploratory incision. Consent was given to this also that they would take a small chance that an operation might offer to save the life of the boy. He was brought to the hospital and prepared for the operation for the following morning. The tumor was very large, weighing 7 or 8 pounds and proved to be a tuberculosis mass. The boy rallied from the anesthetic but the shock and exhaustion were too much for his frail body and he died during the afternoon. The body was removed to Glen Hayes for interment. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1910


MILLER, Mrs. Charles

Mrs. Charles Miller, who lived on Miller’s Branch, near Cadmus, this county, died suddenly at her home about dark on Wednesday evening. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of death. Mrs. Miller was about 50 years of age and was the wife of Charles Miller, a leading merchant of the county. The burial occurred on Thursday near the home of William Riffe, of East Fork. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1910


MOONEY, Nona—see under Nona Ferguson


PRESTON, Rev. Samuel S.

Rev. Samuel S. Preston, of Thelma, Johnson county, a pioneer citizen and well-known minister of the United Baptist Church, died at his home last week after a brief illness. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1910


SHANNON, William

The relatives and friends of William Shannon, of Gallup, this county, were greatly shocked and grieved on Saturday last by the News of his untimely and sudden death, the result of an accident a short distance this side of Covington, KY. Mr. Shannon had been for a long time a valued employee of the firm of Langhorne & Langhorne and was at work on a steam shovel used by them in excavating for the C & O railway a few miles this side of Covington, KY, when he met his untimely fate. The sad news came to his brother in law, Bascom Muncy, of this city, by a message from D. A. Langhorne but no particulars were known until the arrival of the Sunday Cincinnati papers. From the Enquirer the News reprints the following:

H. Shannon, 29, employed as shovel runner of D. A. Langhorne railroad contractors, who are excavating work for the C & O railroad at Silver Grove, above Brent, KY, where new yards are being built, met with a terrible death yesterday afternoon. Shannon, with the crane man, B. C.Staples, was at work making some minor repairs on one of the big steam shovels, when the accident occurred. He was trying to adjust a belt on the table of the machine and had one arm entwined under the big chain where the huge arm attached to the two-?? Steel bucket runs back, when the shovel is ready to scoop another load. In some way the ?? slipped out, and this let the huge arm, with the bucket attached, ?? back on Shannon. The edge of the shaft caught him squarely, causing injuries which resulted in the unfortunate young man’s death. Shannon whose home was at Gallup, near Louisa, Lawrence County, KY, was most highly thought of by his employers and fellow workers. Arrangements were at once made by Mr. Langhorne and fellow workmen to accompany the body to his home. The body was prepared for burial and sent by train to Gallup, arriving there about 6 o’clock Sunday evening. The funeral and interment occurred on Monday morning and was very largely attended,. The Odd Fellows were out in large numbers to pay the last tribute of respect to their much esteemed brother. Mr. Shannon belonged to a large and prominent family, having many connections, these also and many friends paid honor to the departed man by their sorrowing presence. Solemn and fitting religious services were held conducted by Rev. Cyrus Riffe, of the M. E. Church and the Rev. W. L. Reid of the M. E. Church, South. He was 29 years old and unmarried.


The history of this branch of the Shannon family shows that a very marked fatality has attended its members. About 35 years ago Granger Shannon, an uncle of the man killed last Saturday, was instantly killed by the explosion of a boiler in a saw mill, located on the West Virginia side of the Big Sandy, at a place known as the Dean bend, about 10 miles below this place. Seven or eight years ago, Dan, a brother of William, and William himself were working on the C & O near Torchlight. A charge of dynamite was to be exploded  and the men, Dan among them, had gone as they supposed far enough away to be out of danger. The discharge was let off by William and a huge piece of the root of a tree, torn up by the dynamite, fell upon Dan, killed him instantly. William Shannon had many relatives in this city, among whom is a sister, Mrs. Bascom Muncy. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1910


SMITH, Elijah

Elijah Smith, aged about 65 years, died at the home of his step son in law, Nimrod Robinson, on Oakland Avenue, Friday evening, after a long illness from dropsy. The decedent was a native of Floyd or Pike County, but had been in this city for a few years. He leaves a wife and a couple of children. He had been a member of the Maccabees for some time and his heirs will receive an insurance of $1,000. He was buried by the Maccabees this afternoon at the Haney Cemetery. Catlettsburg Tribune. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1910



After a long illness caused by consumption Miss Puss Vanhoose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Vanhoose, of Fort Gay. Miss Puss Vanhoose died at her home in that place on Monday last. She suffered much during her sickness and death was a relief. She was buried on Tuesday near Fort Gay, after religious services conducted by the Rev. Mr. Bryan. The funeral was largely attended, many from this place and Paintsville being among the number. Those from Paintsville were Dr. I. R. Turner, brother of Mrs. Vanhoose, Jeff Vanhoose, Miss Sylvia Preston, Miss Rusha Kirk and Miss Thelma Meek. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1910


VINSON, Judge R. F.

On last Friday afternoon, Jul 22, as Sheriff James Clayton was riding to town he saw former County Judge R. F. Vinson lying by the side of Lick Creek road, not far from the gate opening into the Eloise farm. He dismounted and asked the Judge what was the matter. Judge Vinson said he was very sick but felt a little better. Mr. Clayton asked him if he should go for a doctor. He said, “No, not now,” but later he asked Mr. Clayton to go to Louisa as quickly as possible and informed Judge Vinson’s sons  who were all here, of the condition of their father. They hurriedly summoned physicians and started for the place where the Judge was . Dr. G. W. Wroten was the first physician to arrive at the Judge’s side and later Dr. J. C. Bussey also arrived. The sick man seemed to be better than he was when first discovered and after the administration of restoratives he rallied considerably. He said he felt no pain except for his stomach and had a regular though rather feeble pulse. And said he would go home, not half a mile distant. He walked to a buggy, got in and thanked those who  had helped him, and was driven home. He got out of the buggy and walked to the house but very soon grew greatly worse. Physicians were immediately sent for, but the Judge died before any of them arrived. He suffered no pain, and his active, busy life ended peacefully and without a struggle. The direct cause of death was probably heart failure, superinduced by heat, indigestion and excitement and worry. He had not been well for several days, the weather had been intensely hot and humid, and he had been active in promoting the candidacy of the man who had married a granddaughter. All these things had combined to impair the strong human machine already worn with the activities of 72 busy years. At a critical moment a vital part of the machinery broke, it was beyond human repair, and it stopped forever.


When it became known that the mortal career of Judge Vinson had so suddenly ended the regret in this community where he had lived so long was pervading and sincere. The funeral and interment occurred on Sunday afternoon, the funeral at the home of the deceased and the burial in Pine Hill Cemetery beside the remains of his wife, who had been dead many years and whose death was almost as sudden as her husband’s. The services were conducted by the Rev. F. F. Shannon, of Brooklyn, who was in Louisa on a vacation. Other ministers were present, one of whom the Rev. W. L. Reid, of the Southern Methodist Church, offered prayer.  The services were held in the large yard in front of the last earthly home of the dead Judge, and a very large number of friends and relatives came to pay respect to the man whom they had known so long. All the children of Judge Vinson were able to be present. Mrs. Vic Prichard was visiting her sister, Mrs. Dora Greever, of Graham, VA, but the sad news of the father’s death had reached them and both arrived home in time for the burial. These, with Mrs. A.J. Garred, George, Jay and “Little Dick” comprise the children. Z. C. Vinson, of Catlettsburg, was here and he and K. F. Vinson, of Louisa, are the surviving brothers. Mrs. George Hutchison, of Huntington, was in attendance, she and Mrs. Zarah Johnson being the surviving sisters. Mr. Hutchison accompanied his wife. Judge Vinson had numerous relatives by blood and marriage in this section.


Judge Vinson was born in this vicinity in March 1838. He began the activities of life at a very early age, and they never ceased until he was stricken by death. For many years he was clerk of both the county and circuit courts, filling those positions in the best possible manner. Later in life he took up the practice of law, and a few years ago he was elected Judge of the Lawrence County Court, serving his single term acceptably. He was an active, honest, sober man forceful and positive in character. He was popular with all classed and conditions of men. He was devoted to his children these in turn were devoted to him. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1910


WARNOCK, William

William Warnock, an old and highly respected citizen of Lawrence County, died at his home at Rich- long and painful illness caused by cancer. He was 75 years old and left a widow and 8 children all of whom are grown. Mr. Warnock was buried Monday, the Rev. H. B. Hulette, of Louisa, conducting the services. Mr. Warnock was a native of Belfast, Ireland, but for many years (continued on page five—which was not available). Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1910


WEBB, Mrs. Wesley

Mrs. Webb, the beloved wife of Mr. Wesley Webb, passed away peacefully today after a protracted illness from a complication of troubles. She was 63 years of age, and a devout member of the Christian church. The Webb family lived here several years ago, but Mr. Webb sold his real estate interest and they later returned to their old home at Denton, Carter County. A few months ago Mr. Webb purchased the Pennybacker property on Winchester Avenue and 32nd Street, and moved his family to this city. Mrs. Webb was in poor health when they came here, but the most skilled physicians and the best nursing possible were secured and they had hoped that she would recover, but it seemed all efforts were futile; she gradually grew worse, and surrounded by her devoted household, she passed to the Great Beyond. Besides her husband, 3 devoted daughters and 2 sons survive her, and they all keenly feel the loss of a loving wife and mother. She, too, was a kind neighbor and generous to a fault. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1910

 AUGUST 1910

The August issues of the Big Sandy News many pages were very faint and difficult to read.


ANDERSON, William—see under Rosette Gentry


BERRY, Edward

On Friday, Aug 13, death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Berry and took from them their darling babe, Edward, aged 10 months. Just a few short days ago their home as radient with love and sunshine. For what home is not happy where three are sweet faced little infants to brighten and gladden them. But such joys do not last forever, and Edward’s sweet little soul has wafted home where he’ll never know pain or sickness again. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1910


CHURCH, Leslie

Aug 14 death came to our community on last Thursday in the home of Leslie Church and called for him and said “come ye Blessed”. He was a man who lived a Christian life and always was ready to lend a helping hand to whom it was in his neighborhood in Christian service or in neighborly love. He took measles and it grew all the while worse God called him home. For 2 years he devoted his life in the prayer of God begging sinners to turn to the Lord and live. He is survived by 4 brothers, one sister and a great many near relatives. His last word to all his friends was for them to meet him in that bright world where we can meet to part no more. He was carried to the Lost Creek grave yard near Willard and his body laid there to rest. He leaves a wife and 5 little children, a father and mother to mourn his death. The funeral was conducted by Rev. E. Leadingham. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1910



Miss Alice Cochran whose serious illness was noticed in this paper last week died at her home in Fallsburg on Tuesday, Aug 2nd and was buried on the following day. The Rev. H. B. Hulette, of this place, conducted the funeral services. Miss Cochran formerly lived in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1910


Sarah Alice Cochran died at her home in Fallsburg, KY, Aug 2, 1910, age 31 years and 9 months. Her funeral was preached by Rev. H. B. Hulette to a large audience after which the body was laid to rest in the family graveyard overlooking the town. Alice was a girl that everybody loved. To known her was to love her. She was afflicted with a complication of diseases for 8 months yet she bore it all with Christian patience, willing to submit to all things to the will and wisdom of God (the rest is too faint to read) Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1910


DANIEL, Maggie Lena

Death visited the home of James Daniel on the 9th of August, 1910 and took their darling baby, Maggie Lena, age one year 8 months and 9 days. The (too faint to read the rest) Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1910


GENTRY, Rosette

A horrible double killing is reported to have taken place at the mouth of Coon Creek, in Magoffin County, Saturday afternoon. William Anderson while drunk is alleged to have gone to the home of Mrs. Rosette Gentry and attempted to gain an entrance. Mrs. Gentry ordered him away and he flew into a rage and shot her twice and bringing instant death. A 15 year old son of Mrs. Gentry was in the house and witnessed the tragedy. He escaped from the rear of the house unnoticed by Anderson and went to a neighbor where he procured a double-barrel shot gun. He returned to his home and found Anderson kneeling over his mother as if attempting to arouse her. Young Gentry took deliberate aim and emptied the contents of the gun into Anderson’s  body. He then went and informed his neighbors of the occurrence and when they went to the Gentry home both Mrs. Gentry and Anderson were lying side by side cold in death. The Gentry boy went to Salyersville and surrendered to the jailer and was locked up. It is thought he will be discharged from custody when his examining trial is held. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1910


HANFORD, Mrs. Thomas

The aged wife of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Hanford died on Wednesday night after a long illness complicated by the infirmities of senility. The burial will take place on Friday in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Hanford’s death was not unexpected as for many days she had been barely alive. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1910


Mrs. Thomas Hanford, whose death occurred in this city on Wednesday night of last week, was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery on the following Friday. Funeral services were conducted in the M. E. Church by the Rev. Mr. Ackman, District Superintendent M. E. Church, assisted by the Rev. Cyrus Riffle, of Gallup and Rev. W. I. Reid, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, this city. Mrs. Hanford was 82 years old and survived by her husband and  children, Mrs. Goddard of Cincinnati and Miss Alice Hanford, of Louisa. She was born in England and married to Dr. Hanford on the Isle of Wight, 39 years ago. Previous to her failure in mind and body about 8 years ago, she was a woman of fine mental attainment and culture, an admirable helpmate to her distinguished husband. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1910


MILLER, Mrs. Charley T.

Mrs. C. T. Miller, wife of Charley T. Miller, a merchant and postmaster of Vessie, departed this life Jul 5, 1910, aged 48 years and one month. She was born and raised in Ohio and married Charley Miller when quite young. To this union was born 10 children all living. Mrs. Miller joined the church and was converted when but a child, and lived a devoted Christian life. Mrs. Miller performed well her tasks in this life. She was gentle, kind and good and respected by her many friends and neighbors. Mrs. Miller is not dead but sleeping. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1910



The death of Alfred Osborne, the aged father of Mrs. Z. Meek, Jr., occurred at the residence of Mr. Meek in the South Side of the city last night near the hour of eight o’clock as a result of a stroke of paralysis which the old gentleman had received about 2 weeks ago and an account of which was printed in the Tribune at the time. The deceased was born in Morgan County, near West Liberty, 87 years ago, but when a child his father came to the Big Sandy Valley, having settled not far from Paintsville, Johnson County. Here the deceased grew to manhood and early in life he began to engage in the business of  “push boating”, which at that early day was the only means of transportation on the river. With this beginning as a waterman he continued to spend his entire active life on the river and by this means he became one of the most widely known men along the Big Sandy Valley. Early during the “fifties” the first steamboat, the old “Red Buck” navigated the river and Mr. Osborne had the distinction of having had a berth on the boat. From that time until he grew so old as to become inactive he was continuously engaged in steamboating and there is probably no old citizen between this city and Pikeville but what knew him well. In accordance to his expressed will his remains will be taken tomorrow morning on the O and B S train to Stafford Station, 2 miles below Paintsville, where the funeral and burial will take place. Catlettsburg Tribune. Big Sandy News, Au 12, 1910


VAUGHAN, Charles

Charles Vaughan, a C&O brakeman, was fatally injured by a train at Mt. Sterling last Saturday and died in Lexington, the next day. Burial occurred at Ashland Tuesday. Mr. Vaughan’s wife was Miss Martha Shepard of Estep, this county. He was little, if any, kin to the Vaughans of Lawrence County. Mr. Vaughan frequently ran over this division as extra passenger brakeman. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1910


WILSON, Mrs. Mordecia

Mrs. Mordecia Wilson died at her late home in this city last Monday night after a long and painful illness. Several months ago Mrs. Wilson was successfully operated upon for cancer of the breast, but her constitution became greatly impaired and several weeks ago she began to lose ground. Her lungs became involved and she rapidly grew worse until death came to her release. Her body was taken to Whites Creek, WV where she was buried Wednesday. Mrs. Wilson was ?? years of age. Her second marriage was to the late Dr. George W. Murray. Some years after his death she married Mordecia Wilson of this place, who survives her ???...???(rest to faint to read.) Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1910




Many pages of the Big Sandy News for September were too faded to read.



Meads Branch—Died, Saturday Aug 20, John Austin, an old and respected citizens of this place. He leaves a wife and 2 children and many friends and relatives to mourn his death. Uncle John fought in the war of 1861-65 and fought bravely for his country. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1910


AUXIER, Margaret (Richmond)

Mrs. Margaret Richmond Auxier, relict of the late E. B. Auxier, of Auxier station, died Monday after a short illness. She was 79 years of age and is survived by 6 sons and daughters, your fellow townsman, J. W. Auxier, being one of them. The decedent was born in Scotland and came to America when 20 years of age. Soon after reaching the United States she moved with her family to the Mouth of Johns Creek where a few years later she was married to E. B. Auxier. She was always a Christian woman and will be remembered for her many good deeds. Rev. Slaughter conducted the funeral from the old homestead and the burial was in the Auxier graveyard. Herald. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1910



Capt. John A. Bartram, the old time riverman, died in Lexington on Monday last and was buried on Tuesday at Catlettsburg. For many years he was a very popular steam boat clerk and was known from the head to the mouth of the Big Sandy. He was a fine violinist and many were the beaux and belles of a former generation who figured in the mazes of the dance to mush played by him. Captain Bartram was born near Clifford, this county, and was in his ?88th year. He left a widow and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1910


CHAPMAN, George Ed

The following facts concerning the late George Ed Chapman of Donitho0n, this county, and whose death occurred on Thursday of last week are taken from the Catlettsburg Tribune, whose editor, E. Frank Chapman, is a brother of the deceased.

He was born in Gallia County, WV, Mar 1, 1840, which made him 70 years old last March. In about 1847, he came to the Big Sandy Valley where he spent the remainder of his life. He was engaged in the grocery business in Huntington for one year, 1893, in the Bowen Davis and Son’s building on Third Avenue.  During the Civil War he enlisted and served in the Federal Army in the 173rd Ohio Infantry and has numerous surviving comrades in this section by whom he will be remembered. At one time Mr. Chapman was one of the largest saw mill operators along the river. After the building of the old Chattaroi railroad, now the C & O Chapman station was named for him. When the N & W was built up Twelve Pole he furnished largely the commissary supplies for the construction crews from a store he operated at Lost Creek, near Glen Hays, the nearest point to the road from  Tug River. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and during his latter days was a very devoted member. It had long been his purpose to build a new church at his home village, but was prevented by ill health. He was the son of Isaac Chapman and wife, Sarah Chapman and was the oldest of 5 brothers. One sister, Mrs. Sarah F. Ward, of Rio Grande, OH survives him.


He has 4 sons and 3 daughters living, namely, George, of Meek Station, KY; T. B. of Kermit, WV, Luther of Portsmouth, OH, Trimble, still single and at home; Mrs. William Wallace, of Kermit, WV, Mrs. Alla Harod, of Lima, OH, Miss Mayme, still single and at home. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Rebecca Dobbyns, who died about 30 years ago. His second wife was Mrs. Mary Maynard, the widow of the late Thomas Maynard. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1910


CLAY, Fred

Fred Clay, aged 8 years, was instantly killed at Ironton Monday by grapping a “live” wire with his naked hand. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1910


DUGGER, Clifford

Clifford Dugger, who formerly resided at Paintsville, was electrocuted Monday in Huntington by having come in contact with a live wire of the Ohio Valley Electric railway company. The accident occurred on Third avenue, near Seventh Street. The unfortunate man was working at the top of a pole attaching a block and tackle for the purpose of hoisting another pole and his shoulder came in contact with the wire which sent more than 200 volts of electricity through his body. Death was instantaneous. The remains were prepared for burial by a local undertake and taken to Paintsville, the former home of the wife, for burial. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1910


FANNIN, Willie

Meads Branch—Death visited the home of Jack Fannin and wife Sep 4th, 1910, and took from them their darling little baby Willie. It was only 5 months old. Little Willie was sick only one week, and all was done that could be done to save this precious little one, but God knew best and took it to a better home. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1910


GOODWIN, Hattie (Lowe)

Huntington, WV—Mrs. Bruce Goodwin, aged 22 of Clarksburg, formerly Miss Hattie Lowe, of this city, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lowe and sister of Mrs. Robert Cox, shot herself in the breast in a probably successful effort to end her life, Wednesday morning at her home in Clarksburg, where she has resided for the past 18 months. The weapon with which the rash act was committed was a .38 calibre revolver, the shot being fired while her husband was out of the room to get her a drink of water at her request. The cause of the pitiful tragedy is said to be a conjugal difference that has been going on in the Goodwin home for some time. It is understood that Goodwin’s treatment of his wife has not been as that should be and that she chose to end her life rather than put up with it longer. Immediately following the shooting the victim was removed to the Kessler Hospital, where she is now in an extremely critical condition. The bullet entered the chest near the heart, passing thought the body to within an inch of the back where it lodged in the muscles. It was cut out and treatment given, the wound, little hope is held out for her recovery. On the night of the shooting Goodwin, who is a night waiter at a restaurant in that city, went to his home an hour earlier than usual and was at once sent to the kitchen after some water by his wife. While he was gone the shot was fired. Dispatch.

A later report says she is dead. The unfortunate victim of self-murder was born on Blaine Creek, this county and at different times was a resident of Louisa. She was a daughter of Sam Low and her mother was a daughter of David Curnutte, deceased. While a resident of this city during the time the Louisa and Fort Gay bridge was being constructed she married one of the workmen employed in its building. She was a woman of remarkable beauty. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1910


MAY, Thomas P.

Pikeville, KY, Sep 3—There passed away Sunday, Aug 28, 1910, at his country home on Johns Creek in this (Pike) county, Thomas P. May, the oldest citizen of the county at the time of his death. He was born Aug 3, 1816, on Robinson Creek, then Floyd County, now in Pike County, 12 miles south of Pikeville, where his father, Thomas May settled in 1813 and lived until his death, Sep 3, 1867. Thomas P. May was the third of a family of 13 children, all of whom lived to a great age, Thomas P. being the last survivor, who died in the house where he had lived continuously for 63 years. He was one of those pioneers who lived in 2 centuries and saw the former primitive methods of travel, locomotion and transportation give to the present perfected ingenuity of man. He lived to learn that electric messages could be sent and man could sail through the air. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1910


PACK, Mrs. Lewis

Mrs. Lewis Pack was killed by lightning last Friday morning about 10 o’clock at her home one mile southeast of Louisa. At the fatal moment she was sweeping the floor just behind the front door, which she had partially closed. A storm of moderate severity was in progress when a vivid flash came. At this instant the lightning struck a locust tree standing near the house and leaped from there to the roof. Running down one rafter and along the wall to a point near where Mrs. Pack was at work the deadly bolt caught the unsuspecting woman and brought instant death. The clothing was stripped from her body by the lightning. Mrs. Pack’s 3 children were present and witnessed the sad event. The oldest was a boy of 10 years, the youngest a baby of 6 months. The husband was some distance away at work on the farm. The little boy ran to the home of the nearest neighbor and told what had happened. The body was taken to the old home on Georges Creek for burial. Mrs. Pack was about 30 years old and was an industrious and respectable woman. Lewis Pack is a tenant of James See, living on the “Point” opposite Louisa. Big Sandy news, Sep 16, 1910



On Saturday last John Rittenbury aged about 60? Years who lived near what is known as the Harden bend, some 7 or 8 miles south of Louisa, on the C & O railroad, committed suicide by cutting his throat from ear to ear. He had been very despondent for several weeks fearing he would starve to death. A close watch had been kept ujpon him as his wife feared he would do himself bodily harm. On the day mentioned he told her ha had lost his razor and asked her to go look for it as he did not want it to get rusted. She complied with his request and in her absence he ended his life and his earthly troubles. When she returned she found her husband lying on the floor with the blood pouring from the ghastly self-inflicted wound. He had stood before a looking glass and the blood had spurted all over it. The suicide had gone out of the house into the yard as far as a chimney on the end of the building and back into the room where he fell, a trail of blood plainly showing what he had done. Acting Coroner J. H. O’Brien went up and held an inquest over the body and rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts. Rittenbury left a widow and several grown children. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1910


SHOOP. Mrs. James

Dr. Z. A. Thompson, of Pikeville brought Mrs. James Shoop of near that place to the hospital the first part of the week for treatment. Shortly afterward she gave birth to a stillborn child and died herself in a few minutes. There were severe complications, know to physicians. Mrs. Shoops was a Crabtree and her body was taken Wednesday to the Job Crabtree place ? miles above Andy Cooksey’s for burial. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1910


SPENCER, Delmar J.

Pleasant City—Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Spencer, Aug 15 and took from them their darling baby, Delmar J. He was the light and joy of the home. The remains were laid to rest in the Harvey Cemetery to await the resurrection morning. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1910



Martha—Death visited the home of E. C. Williams and took from him his darling little girl, Nola. She was a sweet child and loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1910



John Workman a timberman who was employed on Coal Branch, just opposite this city, was instantly killed Tuesday while at his work. Workman was trucking logs out of the hollow to the sawmill, when the truck wrecked and a large log rolled over his body. The remains were brought to this city and turned over to the undertaking department of Guyan Furniture Co. where they were prepared for shipment to his late home on Little Hart. Logan Democrat. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1910


YORK, Mrs. John Y.

Mrs. John Y. York died at her home in Glen Hayes, WV on Thursday morning after a long illness caused by pulmonary tuberculosis. She was about 35 years old and left 4 children to mourn the loss of a devoted mother. Interment will occur in the family burial ground Friday, Sep 20. Mrs. York was a daughter of  Jesse Parsley of Jenny’s Creek. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1910



Week of Oct 7, 1910 only page 7 and page 8 were available.



Inez, KY, Oct 18—News has reached here of the killing of Isaac Bannister, formerly of Inez, but who for the past few years has been working in the West Virginia coal fields. Bannister, who leaves a wife and 5 children, had just moved his family to Van Lear, Johnson County, and had not been in the mines at that point more than an hour when a piece of slate weighing over 1,000 pounds fell on him, crushing him into a pulp. Upon the reception of the above the News phoned to Inez for particulars. The latest information received here is that Mr. Bannister is not dead but has been unconscious since receiving his injury. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1910



Surrendering to an attack of melancholia which had seized her several days previous, Miss Hattie Caldwell, daughter of Will Caldwell, a farmer residing in the Little Gap section, deliberately planned her death and went to it Friday afternoon. The girl had been acting strangely for several days but little notice had been paid it. During this time she was planning her death. Procuring a pistol from a neighbor and making ready her burial clothes she dressed for the occasion and going to a secluded spot put the pistol to her head and fired the shot that made life extinct in a very few moments. The report of the pistol attracted the family to the spot where the girl was found almost cold in death. Medical aid was rushed to the spot, but the bullet had been true to the wish of the girl. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1910



The remains of Mrs. Mary Cantrell arrived today from Charleston, accompanied by her daughters Misses Flowery and Arf  Cantrell. They were en route to Louisa, the former home of the deceased where the funeral will be conducted tomorrow. Mrs. Cantrell was 54 years of age, Catlettsburg Tribune. Big Sandy News, Oct 28,1910



Friday evening, shortly before 6 o’clock, John Dixon, aged 54, a well-known man in the city and community, met a tragic death on the line of the Ohio Valley Electric Railway at Sandy City, having been run over by car No. 104 of the company. Death was instantaneous, the man’s body having been almost cut in twain by the wheels of the car, besides numerous other marks of violence, being found on the body. Dixon, whose home was at Neal Station, 3 miles south of Kenova, on the West Virginia side of the Big Sandy River, had been in Catlettsburg for a day or two and those who saw him say that he had been drinking considerably. Big Sandy news, Oct 7, 1910



Adeline—Death has visited our community and taken Mr. Hence Jackson. He leaves a wife and 6 children and a host of friends to mourn his death. He died Sep 22. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1910



Hicksville—Death entered the home of Ed Jones and wife on the 11th inst. And took from them their darling babe, aged 2 months. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1910


JORDAN, Mrs. Robert

The wife of Robert Jordan died at his home near Walbridge Tuesday, leaving a baby one week old. She had been married about a year and was a daughter  of John Moore. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1910


LAKINS, Willie

Rove Creek—On Oct 10, another home was left desolate and dark.  Death knocked at the door of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lakins, of Zelda, and took from them their darling little girl, Willie. The deceased was 8 years 3 months and 10 days old. She leaves a father, mother, a little twin sister to mourn her death. The remains were laid to rest in the Buchanan Cemetery near the home of the deceased. Funeral conducted by Rev. Richelson. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1910



Tuscola—After a lingering illness of several months Mrs. Lula McCormick passed to the great beyond. She was yet in her teens and leaves besides her husband a little babe about 3 months old. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1910



On Monday last Tug McCoy, who married Miss Mouse Pigg 2 or 3 months ago, was killed near Thacker by a train. He had left one train and had stepped to another track and was almost instantly killed by the train which he had not seen. He was buried the following day. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1910



An extra force man by the name of McGinty, employed by the Norfolk and Western, was instantly killed at Borderland Tuesday. McGinty was sitting at the end of some cars that were on the switch where he was working, when an engine was coupled to the cars and backed on him catching him unawares, crushing his breast and right hand causing almost instantaneous death. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1910


PACK, Sheridan

Mr. Sheridan Pack, a well-known young man of Goodman, Mingo County, was killed at Naugatuck, Saturday night while riding on  a freight train.  Five or six boys caught a freight train at the depot at Naugatuck, Saturday night about one o’clock and it seems that they were all trying to get together on the same car when Mr. Pack, fell between the cars just west of Naugatuck and his body was badly mangled. The body was brought to Williamson on train No. 4 Sunday morning and prepared for burial by Undertaker, M. T. Ball. It was taken to the original family home at Webb, Sunday evening where interment was made Monday. Big Sandy news, Oct 7, 1910


PUGH, Smith

Mr. Smith Pugh, who was sick so long at the residence of his brother in law, the Rev. Roscoe Murry, of Lock Avenue, died on the morning of Friday, Oct 14. On Saturday morning a short service was held at the house, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Hardin, of the Baptist Church, after which the body, escorted by the members of the Junior Order American Mechanics, was taken to the C and O depot and was taken to Covington, KY, the home of the deceased. The Order in that city had sent an undertaker and a handsome casket in which the body was encased. The funeral was conducted from the First Baptist Church and interment was made in Covington on the following Monday. Mr. Pugh was single and about 28 years of age. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1910



Rove Creek—On the night of Oct 8, death claimed as its victim the little grandson of Bill Shockey. The remains were laid to rest in the Harris graveyard near the Rove Creek school house to await the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1910


SLOAN, Sallie (Bryan)

Buchanan, KY, Oct 11, 1910

Sallie Sloan departed this life Sep 1, 1910, at the age of 91 years. She was the daughter of Zachariah Bryan, whose home was the home of the Methodist preacher for perhaps  50 years. Sallie was married to Alderson Sloan more than 40 years ago. Unto them was born 2 children, a son and a daughter. While they were young the father was called to the great beyond. Alderson, the son, grew up a faithful and obedient young man, and Mary was a most amiable girl. Just in the bloom of youth Alderson was stricken down with a fatal disease. He had lived a moral respectable life, but when he begin to properly look out over the great eternity, there hung thick shadows over his pathway. One day he sank back and died to all appearance. When he came to himself he called for his mother and threw his arms about her and said “Mother, I always loved you, but I love you now better than ever before, I love everybody. He said “God has taken all my skepticisms away and I am ready for the kingdom.” In a few days he bid his friends a round farewell. Sallie Sloan joined the M. E. Church when about 14, and lived a moral respectable life. She was a good neighbor and loved by those who knew her. Before she finally passed over she was permitted with spiritual eyes to see her parents and sisters, that had gone on before. She called each of them by name and seemed to be in conversation with them. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1910



Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Spillman on last Saturday morning and claimed as its victim their little babe, Geneva. She was only 5 months old. She only had a short stay with her parents, brothers and sisters, until God called her home. Big Sandy News, Oct 28,1910



Adeline—Mrs. Polly Tomlin died Sep 11. She leaves 8 children. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1910



M. Whittaker, aged 22, a brakeman on the Norfolk & Western was instantly killed at the Red Jacket store on the Mate Creek branch, late yesterday afternoon, according to a report received last night at the division office, while cutting out a car from his train. He had cut the train and on account of a mistake in signals he was caught between the drawheads and crushed to death. He was unmarried and a resident of Williamson. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1910





Pikeville, KY, Nov 15—R. F. Blankenship, the night watchman at the big sawmill of George J. Walker, at Phelps, on Peter Creek, this county, while in bed at his home last Wednesday night, was shot with a shotgun and killed instantly. The wife of Blankenship and a man known as “Hyena” Collins were arrested on suspicion of having committed the crime, and were brought here last night and lodged in jail, which was the first news of the affair to reach here. Much mystery surrounds the case, and we have been able thus far to glean only the bare facts in this case, which is likely to prove to be a most sensational one. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1910



Chillicothe, OH, Oct 28—About 3 weeks ago Mrs. J. R. Compton, Jr., developed a felon on the middle finger of her left hand. It was lanced and seemed to make rapid recovery. Last Wednesday Mrs. Compton was taken with pain at the base of the brain and Dr. Rickey was summoned. Her condition remained about the same until last Saturday evening when she suddenly grew worse and Dr. Leach, of Columbus was immediately called and operated upon Mrs. Compton Saturday night at the Chillicothe hospital. After trephining the skull a large abscess was found at the base of the brain. She did not recover consciousness and passed away Monday evening. Mrs. Compton and her husband were telegraph operators on the N & W Railway at Chillicothe. The remains accompanied by the grief stricken husband and 2 brothers, Lafe and John Compton and Mrs. Grossman, a sister of the deceased, were taken to Rockbridge Baths, VA at which place the funeral services will be held. Mrs. Compton was a native of Virginia, while her husband was born and reared at Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1910



Yatesville—died on the 30th ult. Mrs. Mary Cooksey, the widow of Lafayette Cooksey. The funeral services of Mrs. Cooksey were attended by the Rev. R. F. Rice of this place. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1910


COPLEY, Melvina

Melvina Copley, the wife of Rev. William Copley, departed this life Nov 9, 1910, after many years of suffering. She was converted 44 years ago last September, and was a devoted Christian all these years. She was the stepmother of 5 children, one had preceded her to the glory land and she was laid to rest by the side of her stepdaughter in the Berry graveyard on Little Blaine. She was a good mother to these children. Big Sandy News, Nov 18,1910


DIAMOND, Mrs. Julius (Anna Pickerel)

Mrs. Julius Diamond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pickerel, died at her home on Two Mile last Wednesday, after a long and painful illness of tubercular trouble. She was buried near the home of her childhood, on the Pickerel place, not far from Louisa. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Mrs. Diamond was a good woman and she leaves a large number of relatives to mourn her death. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1910


Death has again visited the home of Julius Diamond and took from him his darling wife, Anna. She leaves w children and a husband and 2 sisters, 3 brothers, father and mother to mourn the loss of Anna. Mrs. Diamond joined the Missionary Baptist Church. She died Oct 25, 1910, aged 31 years 9 months and a few days. Anna was loved by all who knew her. She was taken to her old home place for burial. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1910



Torchlight—The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey, who reside here died of brain fever last Sunday night. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1910



Torchlight—The little child of  Leonard Lee, died of rickets. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1910


MUNCY, Byron

Lick Creek—Death visited the home of our near neighbor, Mr. and Mrs. George Meek Tuesday morning and relieved the long illness of Mrs. Meek’s brother, Byron Muncy. Mr. Muncy was of a royal character and loved by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1910


MARCUM, Mrs. T. D.

All who knew Mrs. T. D. Marcum of Catlettsburg, will be greatly grieved when they learn that she is dead. Her death occurred at her home in that city Thursday morning. She had been sick several weeks with dysentery and at times during this period her condition seemed critical, but she grew better and had been able to move about her room. She took a change for the worse, however, and in spite of all that could be done for her death occurred as above stated. Mrs. Marcum leaves a husband, 3 children, J. Fletcher Marcum, Mrs. A. Mims and Miss Maud Marcum, 2 sisters, Mrs. R. M. Brous and Mrs. Will Frazier, and 3 brothers, Sam and Dr. A. W. Bromley, of this place and John B. Bromley of Catlettsburg. No arrangements as to time and place of burial have been made. Mrs. Marcum was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bromley of Fort Gay, WV, and was born 65 years ago. She was a most excellent woman, of untarnished name and high Christian character. She was a devoted member of the Baptist Church, and in all the relations of life, as daughter, sister, mother and wife, “Polly” Marcum occupied an elevated place. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1910


The funeral and burial of Mrs. T. D. Marcum, whose death was chronicled in this paper last week, took place on Saturday last, the funeral services being held in the Baptist Church and the interment in the city cemetery. For one hour the business houses were closed and the solemn service was conducted by the pastors of the Baptist, Southern Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. For many years Mrs. Marcum was a resident of Louisa, living first in the J. C. Thomas house and then in the residence now occupied by M. S. Burns. She is remembered with great respect and esteem by all who knew her.. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1910


NORTON, Andrew

The following death notice from a Charleston, WV paper refers to the father of James Norton, of this place. Andrew Norton was a native of this county and moved to Charleston, WV soon after the Civil War. He will be remembered by many of the older citizens of this vicinity. Andrew Norton, and aged and highly respected citizen of Charleston, died Wednesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Richard Goddard, of Lewis Street, in the 73rd year of his life. The funeral will take place this morning at the residence. Rev. C. C. Lanham officiating. Interment will be made at Spring Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1910


PERKINS, John Dials

John Dials Perkins, was killed Wednesday night near Webbville, this county. Anderson Perkins is charged with the crime, but has not yet been arrested. The men were first cousins. The trouble arose amongst some women of the neighborhood, who engaged in a fight. The battle became so fierce that the men took a hand. Perkins was shot in the neck and death was almost instantaneous. The ball struck the vertebra and broke it. The dead man leaves a wife and 2 children. He was about 38 years old. Anderson Perkins is 31 and has no family. Feeling is running high in the neighborhood and further trouble is reported to be imminent. The killing occurred at Cherokee Gap, 3 miles from Webbville. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1910


PRICE, James

Peach Orchard—The funeral of James Price was preached by the Revs. McCoy and Crum at the New Moutn Zion Church on the 23rd inst. The services were conducted in a highly creditable manner, rendering unto the lamented friends of Mr. Price loving condolence, and to the memory of the deceased most fitting respect and love. James Price was born Jan 6, 1820 and died Feb 16, 1909 having reached the 89th milestone of his life, it is said that over a half century of his life was spent in the service of his Master. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1910



Yatesville—Aunt Mary Ramey died on Sunday, the 23rd ult. She was well advanced in years and had been in feeble health for many months past. Her funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulette, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1910



Mr. Lewis Rutherford, one of the best known residents of Mingo County, died in the Matewan hospital Wednesday morning as the result of a pistol wound sustained Thursday night of last week. William Thaxton, of Matewan, who was shot at the same time, is in the Welch hospital for treatment and it was reported Friday that his condition is quite serious. Many reports have been circulated as to how these 2 men were shot and it had been impossible to learn the exact facts. No arrests have been made at the time of going to press, say the Mingo Republican. One report connects James Crawford, of Matewan, with the affair. Crawford and Rutherford were friends and it is said that Mr. Rutherford stated that if Crawford did the shooting it was accidental.


At first Mr. Rutherford paid no attention to his wound. The ball entered his leg two inches below the knee and severed the tibial artery but it was not until the next day that he went to a physician. Friday morning he was taken to the Matewan hospital but it was not until Tuesday that the limb was amputated. Gangrene had set in and the physicians could do nothing to save his life. Dr. A. G. Rutherford, son of the wounded man was away when the shooting occurred and did not reach his father’s side until Monday. Dr. H. D. Hatfield was then summoned and the operation was performed at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Rutherford rallied for a time but died at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning. Mr. Rutherford had lived in Mingo County nearly all his life and was widely known. He is survived by the following children: Dr. A. G. Rutherford, of Thacker, Lawrence of Matewan, Dr. Lafe of Oklahoma, Dr. G. C. of Indian Territory; Donnie, a student at the state university and Leonard and Robert at home. The funeral was held Wednesday evening and interment followed in the family graveyard about 3 miles west of Matewan.


LATER:--We are informed by a reliable man who was at Matewan soon after the shooting that it was without provocation further than a political soreness resulting from the election a few days previous. The man who is charged with the crime is of opposite politics from that of the two men who were shot and is said to be a tool of gang that is in control. He is said to have had a revolver in each side coat pocket and did the shooting without removing the pistols from his pockets. He pretended to be shooting for amusement and without any intention of injuring anyone. Mingo County has some of the toughest holes on earth and should be cleaned up. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1910


TURNER, Wesley

Jackson, KY, Nov 9—County Jailer Wesley Turner was shot and instantly killed last night by Jake Noble, better known as “Bad Jake”. Turner had just returned from Canoe Fork, his home precinct, where he had been working in the election and was walking up the street in company with Pierce Crawford, Jr., and Marion Hall, when they met Noble. Noble stopped and asked to look at Crawford’s pistol, Crawford yielding, handed the pistol to Noble, who began firing instantly at Jailer Turner, who stood only a few feet away. Three shots took effect, and Turner died instantly. Noble fled down the street and was fired at several times by Hal, who also had a pistol. A posse of about 100 men at once left in pursuit of Noble, but he has not yet been located. A second posse left this morning in search of the slayer. Five hundred dollars reward has been offered for his arrest and it is expected that the Governor will increase this amount.


The trouble between the men originated while Noble was confined in jail under Turner, who had only served as Jailer one year, and was one of the most popular officials in the county. All the city is aroused over the affray and a lynching is almost sure if an arrest is made, although much trouble is expected as Noble is Breathitt County’s most desperate character and has heretofore killed several men. The officers expect a strong resistance in making an arrest when he is located. As usual on the night of the elections the town rang with pistol shots for several hours, beginning at dark and lasting until shortly before the killing. The officers were powerless. Big Sandy news, Nov 18, 1910


WELLS, Bannie

A sad accident occurred near Auxier, a station on the C & O south of Paintsville, last Saturday which resulted in the death of a bright young lad named Bannie Wells, aged 13 years and son of “Bud” Wells of that place. The boy, who was employed as water boy at the tipple near the place of the accident, was trying to jump on some cars which were being shifted at that point, when the usual thing occurred. His foot slipped and he fell under the wheels of the moving train. As soon as possible he was picked up and placed on No. 39 in charge of a physician with the intention of taking him to a hospital. At or very near Louisa the unfortunate lad breathed his last and the mangled body was sent back to Auxier on No. 38 the evening train from Ashland. The accompanying physician was Dr. Will Hatcher, of Auxier, Jeff Wells, a brother of the lad, was also along. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1910





Polly’s Chapel—Died Dec 17th, the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Hilera Adams of pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cassady. It was laid to rest in the Large Cemetery at this place. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910


BELL, Howard K.

Four mail clerks were killed and several men were injured in the wreck of passenger train No. 16 of the Norfolk and Western railroad in tunnel No. 6, near Webb, WV at 3:30 o’clock Saturday morning. The train left Columbus, OH at 8:10 o’clock Saturday morning. Just what caused the wreck has not been ascertained. The locomotive and tender and the baggage and mail cars were all thrown from the tracks, the mail car badly wrecked. At work in the mail car on the heavy Christmas mails the clerks had no chance of escaping. Engineer Lou Robinson and his fireman, whose name is not known, were both injured, Baggageman R. H. Edwards, of Roanoke, VA, sustained serious injuries and Mail Clerk Charles H. Davisson, of Columbus, was badly hurt. The wreckage choked up the tunnel. None of the passengers on the train is reported injured. The dead, all employees of the railway mail service are: James R. Herndon, of Roanoke, VA, Carl C. Goode, of McDowell, WV, Howard K. Bell of Franklin, OH, Lama W. Dowdy, of Pearisburg, VA.


Mail Clerk Davisson’s injuries are very severe: one arm is broken and one shoulder dislocated and he had numerous cuts and bruises. Another clerk was much stunned and bruised, but in his joy at escaping death he forgot his pain. Express Messenger Griswold, of Portsmouth, was very seriously injured. He had a compound fracture of the left leg between the ankle and knee, both bones being broken, the fractured ends protruding through the flesh. Other trainmen were more or less cut and bruised but none of them seriously. A passenger named Ferguson, of Marysville, OH had one of his right ribs broken. A Mrs. Simpson or Simpkins, who lived at Webb, was quite badly shaken up and suffered much from shock. These, so far as could be learned, were the only passengers injured in any way. The train was a double header, and the two engines, the baggage and express car and the mail car had got inside the tunnel, which is 18 miles east of Fort Gay, between Webb and Crum, before the accident occurred. The second engine, or “trailer” left the track, the mail, express and baggage cars being turned over and completely demolished. As soon as the first engine could be detached it went at top speed to Crum and from there the news of the disaster was wired to Fort Gay and a call for all the physicians that could be obtained. Drs. L. H. York, G. W. Wroten, A. W. Bromley and Ira Wellman of this city and Dr. E. Lockwood of Fort Gay, left on a special train for the wreck, arriving shortly after five o’clock. Three of the mail clerks were dead and the fourth died in about an hour after the train bearing the surgeons arrived. The other three were dead when taken from the ruins of the car. Some of the injured had been taken to Wallace’s store, near the scene of the accident. These were attended by Drs. Bromley and Lockwood. The others had been carried into the rear Pullman and were cared for by Drs. York, Wellman and Wroten. About 10 o’clock a special arrived from Kenova upon which the dead and some of the injured were placed. The special was coupled to the Pullman and day coaches and about 11 o’clock it pulled out for Portsmouth. At Kenova the regular train was taken on by No. 4 and went east via the Twelvepole division, while the dead and injured went on to Portsmouth.


The wreck was a very disastrous one, about the worst in all respects which has happened so near Ft. Gay in all the history of the road. The loss of life was very large, while the loss in rolling stock is very great. The mail and baggage cars were literally demolished. Some material for splints was needed and a request for some brought an armful of fragments of the baggage car, many of them not wider than one’s finger. The entire body of the car was reduced to this fragmentary condition. The car was packed with baggage, much of it very valuable, and this was reduced to a chaotic, worthless mass. Express goods and mail both in large amounts, shared the same fate. As soon as possible a wrecking train was at work, but it was not until 1:30 p.m. Sunday nearly 24 hours after the accident that the road was clear for the passage of trains. The cause of the wreck has not been definitely ascertained. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910


BORDERS, Ambrose

Ulysses—Ambrose Borders, son of Wallace Borders died last Monday. He was about 30 years old and had been a helpless invalid all his life. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910


BURTON, William

The relatives of Mr. William Burton were notified on Monday that he had died that day in Holsington, KS, where he had gone several months ago in the hope of regaining his health. Shortly after Mr. Burton and his family arrived there he grew much worse and his son in law, Mr. Will Queen, of this city, went to see him. He grew better and Mr. Queen returned to Louisa. Mr. Burton’s improvement was only temporary, however, death occurring as before stated. The telegram announcing the death said the body would be brought here at once, and it was expected Thursday, but the heavy snow which fell Monday night has evidently caused the delay in arrival. Mr. Burton was about 50 years of age. He left a widow and 3 children, one whom is Mrs. Will Queen, of this place. He was born in this county, and was the son of Jacob Burton, and brother of former County Judge Samuel Burton. His disease was tuberculosis. Mr. Burton was a good man and citizen, and his untimely death is regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1910


The body of William Burton, whose death in Holsington, Kansas, on Dec 5, was noted in this paper last week, arrived in Louisa last Friday morning. The widow was taken sick in Ashland and did not arrive here until evening. The body was taken to the residence of Mr. Will Queen, a son in law of Mr. Burton, where many friends called to pay their respects. On Sunday morning the remains were carried to Mr. Burton’s former home, the old George Pigg place, Lick Creek, about 3 miles from this city. The funeral and interment occurred here in the presence  of a very large number of friends. Appropriate services were conducted by the Rev. L. M. Copley of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1910



Amos Davis, a resident of Prichard, WV, died at his home at that place Wednesday night after an illness of 2 weeks with pneumonia. He was 65 years of age and had been afflicted with blindness for the past 43 years. He leaves a wife and 8 children, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, all of whom are living. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910


DEAN Clifton

When Clifton Dean closed his eyes upon all earthly scenes, to open them in the Heaven he sought to reach, a good and useful man was removed from the community in which he had honored by his life ?? died at an early hour last Friday morning, aged 76 years. For ??? years, more than half a century, he had been a faithful minister of the M. E. Church, South, serving God and his fellow man with patient trust and unswerving fidelity and died near four score, loved and honored by all who knew him. He died without living children, but an aged widow mourns the loss of a faithful and devoted husband. Mr. Dean was a free and accepted Mason and was buried near his home on Sunday last with the honors of the craft. He was a member of Wayne Lodge and Louisa Chapter. Many from both these places attended the funeral and participated in the impressive burial rites. The religious service was attended by Elder O. F. Williams of Ashland, the Rev. Richardson of Buchanan and the Rev. H. B. Hulette, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1910


DEAN, Mrs. M. L.

Death entered the home of Bro. M. L. Dean and took from him his loving companion on Nov 13. She leaves a husband and 5 children, 40 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller after which the remains were laid to rest in the Buchanan Cemetery. She was 77 years 11 months old, loved and respected by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1910


DOWDY, Lama W. –see under Howard K. Bell


GEORGE, Julia (Brown)

Ulysses—On Tuesday night last Mrs. Julia Brown George, wife of Elias George, Sr., died of consumption. She was 53 years old and the mother of several living children. Besides her children, she leaves a husband and many other relatives and friends by whom she will be sadly missed. Julia was a good woman and loved by all who knew her and never did she look more beautiful than on last Thursday as she lay in her coffin, robed in white. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910


GOODE, Carl C.—see under Howard K. Bell


HERNDON, James R.—see under Howard K. Bell



One man was killed and three injured in a collision of freight trains on the Cincinnati division of the Norfolk and Western railroad. The collision occurred near Perintown, OH and it is said that it was caused by a misunderstanding of orders. The dead man is Brakeman Hunt, of Wayne, WV and the injured are Roland Jacobs, fireman, Cliff G. Smith, engineer and J. J. Pyles, engineer, all of Portsmouth, OH. The wreck delayed all traffic both passenger and freight over this division of the road. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1910


JACKSON, Henderson Rallan

Death has entered our community and claimed for its victim another one of our oldest and best respected citizens in the person of Henderson Rallan Jackson, who was born and reared in the city of Louisa and lived almost the allotted time  of three score and ten, he being 67 years, 9 months and 14 days. On Sep 22, 190, surrounded by his many friends, devoted wife and children, the summons came and he fell asleep in Jesus. He said he was ready to go and passed away. He united with the South Church in the year 1868, under the ministry of the late Rev. J. C. Crooks. He was an honored member of East Fork Valley lodge I.O.O.F. which had charge of his burial service. His funeral was preached by Rev. H. B. Hulette. His remains were followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives to  Stewart graveyard and there laid to rest by the honors of the lodge he loved so well. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1910



Yatesville—Died on the 23rd ult. Mrs. Emma Jordan. Leaving a husband and 2 children and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Her remains were interred at the family burial ground near the home of her father. H. B. Hulette. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1910


LEEDY, Edward

Greenup, KY, Dec 24—Edward Leedy, aged 40 years, a locomotive engineer of Huntington, WV, son of Superintendent R. B. Leedy, of the Eastern Kentucky railway, was instantly killed at Leon, on the C & O railway, at noon today while attempting to board a moving freight train. The caboose wheels passed over the side of his face and head. Mr. Leedy was well known and popular in Webbville and vicinity. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910



East Fork—Died on the 16th inst. Henson McCormack. He had been sick for some time with consumption. He was laid to rest in the Riffe graveyard beside his wife and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910


MCDOWELL, Mrs. Harvey

Mrs. Harvey McDowell, formerly of this city, but for some months past a resident of Wolf Summit, near Clarksburg, WV, died at that place Thursday last and was buried near the residence of her father, Mr. M. H. Johns, near Madge this county, Sunday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. John B. Artrip, pastor of the Christian Church, this city. Mrs. McDowell’s disease was measles, with complications. She was 29 years old and left a husband and 4 boys to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother. Mr. McDowell is a telegrapher in the employ of the B and O railroad, being the operator at Wolf Summit station. Mr. and Mrs. Dillon, of that place, accompanied the body of his wife to this place, where it arrived over the N & W Sunday morning. Mr. McDowell and Mr. and Mrs. Dillon, with Mrs. Ellen Hays, left Louisa for his home Monday. Mrs. Hays will remain there probably several weeks. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1910


MEEK, Jennie (Muncy)

Mrs. Jennie Meek, widow of John Meek, who died suddenly at his home near this city, on the night of Saturday, Mar 12 last, died Dec 10, after a lingering illness caused by consumption. On Monday morning she was buried by the side of her husband after funeral services conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulette, of this place. Mrs. Meek was in very bad health at the time her husband died so unexpectedly and her decline was steady and rapid thereafter. She left one daughter, Mrs. Okey Vaughan, and aged mother and several brothers and sisters to mourn for the mother, sister and daughter. Very many neighbors and other friends and relatives lament the loss of this good woman. Mrs. Meek was the daughter of Mrs. and the late Samuel Muncy and was 48 years old. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1910



Cecil Mollett, aged 22 years, a native of this county, but for some time a resident of Huntington, WV, was instantly killed on the B & O railroad at Mercer’s Bottom, WV, 10 miles below Gallipolis ferry, last Monday night. Concerning this unfortunate accident the Catlettsburg Tribune has the following:

“It has been with great difficulty that anything could be learned concerning the affair. Captain Moffett not having received any of the particulars. He left immediately for his residence in Huntington to be with his family in their deep distress and make the proper preparations for the funeral. It appears that young Moffett, who has been running as a brakeman on the road, left Huntington at a very early hour this morning for Parkersburg and when his train had reached Mercer Bottom there was a head-on collision between it and another freight, resulting in the killing of the engineer and fireman and young Moffetta dn engineer on the south bound train. The cause of the disaster is reported to have been a misunderstanding of orders by the engineer and conductor on young Moffett’s train, but his appears to be only a rumor and has not been fully confirmed.”


The News learns that when the collision occurred Moffett was standing on a car next the locomotive tender. The force of the collision threw the tender back upon this car, and the unfortunate young man was crushed under the enormous mass of iron and coal. Mr. Moffett had been railroading only 3 months, and was very popular with the B and O and his mates. He was an excellent young man, and his cruel and untimely death is greatly deplored. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Moffett of Huntington and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jeptha Meek, of this county. Interment will be in the Catlettsburg Cemetery Friday morning. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910


MOORE, Mrs. William (Belle Carter)

Wednesday morning, Nov 23, just as the sunlight was crowning the hills with splendor, the freed spirit of Belle Moore took its flight to the fields of immortality. She was the wife of William Moore and daughter of James and Betsie Carter, and at the time of her death was about 47 years of age. She leaves a husband and 10 children, the youngest child being only 3 years old. She was a patient sufferer unable to walk for over 2 years and was truly a model of Christian resignation, “meekly waiting” the end which came as peacefully and gloriously as a summer sunset. She expressed her willingness to go and said she was fully resigned to the will and purpose of God. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1910


NORTHUP, Emma (Wood)

Mrs. Emma Wood Northup, wife of Col. J. H. Northup, died suddenly and unexpectedly at her residence in this city after an illness of less than a week, aged 66 years. A severe cold caused her to go to bed on Friday, Nov 25, and a physician was summoned. She did not improve and on Thursday night, about half after ten, she died of heart failure, peacefully and without a pang. None of the daughters was at home when the end came. The surviving children are Mrs. H. A. Wood, of Buffalo, NY, Mrs. F. B. Harrington of Albany, NY, Mrs. Charles Russell of Ashland, and Mrs. J. M. Turner of Louisa. Dr. Wood and Mrs. Harrington were unable to attend the funeral, all the others were present. The funeral services were held at the late home of the deceased on Sunday afternoon and were participated in by the Rev. W. L. Reid, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Hanford and the Rev. L. M. Copley. Followed by a great number of those who mourn and regret her death the body of the deceased was carried to Pine Hill Cemetery and buried near the children she had loved and lost many years ago. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1910



News reached here Saturday of the death of one of the best known residents of Inez, Martin County, ???? King Price, aged about 65 years. His death occurred on Friday and was the result of a long ??? caused by tuberculosis. Mr. Price left a widow and several children. Mrs. Brownlow ??? of Louisa is a daughter. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1910



A telegram was received this morning by W. L. Andrews, of the ??? Company, announcing the death of Mr. James Prichard, who ????his home at Prichard, WV ???? one o’clock this morning from injuries sustained by a fall ??? on last Thursday. Last spring Mr. Prichard was stricken with paralysis from which he never fully recovered, and ??? that time he seem to fail ??? in health. The news of his death comes as a shock to the entire community, as he has many relatives and friends here who ??? to the grief-stricken wife their best sympathy. The funeral service will be conducted on Monday afternoon at the residence of Pat Hager, a relative of the deceased, in Huntington at the hour of one o’clock. Catlettsburg cor. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1910



Ann Sanders was born Jun 20, 1831 and departed this life Dec 11, 1910, aged 79 years 5 months and 21 days. She gave her heart to God when in her early girlhood life and has always lived an earnest devoted Christian ever since, and has been a member of the M. E. Church at Blaine, KY for many years. She born her last suffering patiently and without a murmur saying she was ready and willing to go. She was born in Virginia and came to Kentucky, with her parents when but a small child and has spent the most of her life on the old home farm, where she departed this life. A short funeral service was held at the house by the Rev. Snaff and her remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground on the old home farm. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1910



At Spurlock, on Middle Creek, in Floyd County, last week, a 9 year old son of a farmer named Slone discharged the contents of a double barreled shot gun in the head of a young sister resulting in the instant death of the little girl. There are several versions of the affair in circulation. One is that the boy became enraged at the girl and shot her through revenge while another version is that the affair was an accident. There were no witnesses to the tragedy. The father of the boy delivered his son into the custody of the officials at Floyd County at Prestonsburg and we understand that steps are being taken to send him to the reform school. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1910


STALEY, George

George Staley, the Ceredo boy, who was shot in a hunting accident by his friend and companion, Lawrence Wright, on the Plymale farm at Dunleith, five miles south of Ceredo, died from his injuries last Thursday. The accident occurred on Nov 25th. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1910



Died, on the 4th of this month, Miss Fannie Stambaugh, who had been ill for some time. Her death is mourned by many friends and relatives, but the great consolation that consoles the grieved family and friends is “That she rests with the Lord” and the redeemed that have gone on before. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1910


THOMPSON, Mrs. Allen

Little Blaine—On last Friday night death visited the home of Allen Thompson and took from him his darling wife. Mrs. Thompson’s age was about 56. She was the mother of 4 children who are left to mourn her death. She was a good faithful mother and a beloved wife, and was loved by all who knew her. She was the daughter of Isaac Pack, deceased, She has 3 sisters and 4 brothers to also mourn her death. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1910



Ledocio and Adams—Death entered the home of Sherd Vanhoose on the 19th and took from them their little baby, aged about one week. Big Sandy News,