ADAMS, Basil

Big Basil Adams is dead at his home on Whetstone, Greenup County, KY. He was a private in Company F, 54th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteers Mounted Infantry, and was a good  soldier. He drew a pension of $20 per month on account of his age, being past 75. He was also a very large man at the time of his death, weighing over 250 pounds. He was a good citizen as well as a soldier. He leaves a widow and several children, all grown up and having families of their own. Big Sandy News, Jan 29,1909



The identity of an unknown man, Tuesday night last shot himself in Huntington, dying almost instantly, became known when Mrs. Will Jones, wife of the man murdered by Jake Alley in the Reform saloon several months ago, was positive he was Jeff Allen, who lived on Licking River, about 7 miles from Salyersville, in Magoffin County, KY. From the description given of the suicide, Mrs. Jones was inclined to believe it was Allen and on her way to the morgue at the Johnson Undertaking establishment, in company with an officer, she gave a description of Allen at the time mentioning a number of peculiar scars he had. These scars were found to be on the body of the suicide just as she had described them. Mrs. Jones stated that she was closely connected with Allen by marriage, and had known him for a number of years. Allen, according to her story, was constantly in trouble at his home, and had been indicted on a number of occasions, but, so far as she knew, had never been in the penitentiary. As soon as Mrs. Jones had identified the remains, Chief Ross tried to get in communication with the sheriff of Magoffin County and through him it will be learned what disposition will be made of the remains. Mrs. Jones said Allen had been connected with the killing of his father and intimated that his relatives back in Kentucky would not ask for the remains to be sent to his old home. In this case he will be buried at the expense of the county, for when he was killed he had less than 2 dollars in his possession. Big Sandy News, Jan 29,1909


BARTRAM, Mrs. James, Jr.

The wife of James Bartram, Jr., died near Fort Gay, WV last Sunday of consumption. She was only 21 years of age. Her maiden name was Layne. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909



Miss Lizzie Billups died at her home at Forks of Hurricane Friday. She had been in bad health for a long time and her death was not unexpected. the funeral occurred Sunday, conducted by Revs. Jacob Puckett and Robert Billups. Miss Billups was about 18 and the daughter of James O. Billups. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1909


BLEVINS, Pressly

Pressly Blevins, aged 32 years, a farmer living near Salt Lick, was cutting down a tree when it fell on him, fatally injuring him. One of his spinal vertebrae was broken and three ribs. He has a wife and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1909



Mat Browning was instantly killed last Friday by a tree falling upon him. The accident occurred at his home on Tug River, at Lost Creek, WV about 10 miles above Louisa. A log rolled down the hill and struck a dead tree near where he was standing. The tree was felled by the force of the log striking it, and caught Browning as he was endeavoring to get out of the way. A limb crashed into his brain and caused instant death. Browning was 43 years of age. A wife and 5 children are left with meager resources. Browning was a farmer and a hardworking man. Big Sandy News, Jan 29,1909


CASSELL, Mrs. Allen and children

Almost a complete repetition of the Stafford family disaster, which happened at Paintsville several weeks ago, occurred near the town of Inez, Martin County, Friday evening, when 3 persons—all who were in a house at the time of the fire—were so badly burned that all 3 died Saturday night. Mrs. Cassell, wife of Allen Cassell and her children, a married daughter and a 12 year old son were in the home of the Cassells when the house took fire from an explosion of powder. The building and all its contents were destroyed, and the occupants, as stated above, so badly burned that they died last Saturday night. Mr. Cassell, who is a miner, was at work in his mine near the house. About 5 o’clock in the evening he sent his 12 year old son to the residence to bring some blasting powder stored in a room there, to the mine. It was a cold day, and the lad took the keg of powder into the room where there was fire, when the powder exploded with a terrific report, shattering the house into a million pieces. It is a wonder that any of the occupants got out alive, but, strange to say, they escaped injury from falling timbers, etc., and but for the horrible burns they received, might have survived. The house was somewhat remote from other dwellings and no assistance arrived in time to extricate the unfortunates from the mass of ruins until they had been almost completely roasted alive and all three were entirely beyond hope of recovery when rescued from the flames. Mrs. Cassell was a half-sister of City Attorney J. B. Williams, of Catlettsburg. Allen Cassell was a deputy sheriff of Martin County, and in addition to his other misfortunes lost $600 of county funds which were in the house at the time of its destruction. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1909


DANIELS, Mrs. Andy

Olioville—died on the 18th, Mrs. Andy Daniels. Her illness was of short duration. The remains were laid to ret on Monday in the family burying ground on Caney Fork. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909


ELLIOTT,, Josie (Hereford)

Pikeville, KY, Jan 11—Mrs. Josie Hereford-Elliott, wife of W. K. Elliott, passed away Saturday morning, after a long and lingering illness caused by cancer of the stomach. She leaves a husband, 2 sons, about 15 and 5 years of age, and a daughter age 13, mother and several brothers. She was highly and widely connected throughout the Big Sandy Valley and had lived here many years. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1909



The death angel visited the home of Albert Estep on the evening of Dec 31, 1908, and took from the home their little son Jay, age 2 years and 10 months. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1909



Fort Gay—John J. Ferguson, 84 years of age, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this country, died recently from a cancerous growth on his face. Mr. Ferguson had suffered several years from this dreaded disease. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1909



“Fooling with a gun” it reams of foolscap were consumed in telling how it happened the “how” could not be better told than it is by these four words. But the dear public want to know, you know, and so the NEWS will tell more particularly concerning an accident by which a strong young man was brought to a bed of suffering and by which he may yet go through death’s dark portals. Noll Fitzpatrick’s home is at Peach Orchard. He is 24 years of age and a son of Mike Fitzpatrick. He went some time ago to Borderland, WV to work as a miner in the mines at that place. Last Saturday night he, with several others, “Colonel” New of Torchlight among them, went down to Nolan, a couple of miles below Borderland, to “celebrate”. About mid night the party started back and to further celebrate as they walked along the railroad track each man fired his pistol. You know that the region round about Nolan and Borderland abounds with ferocious wild beasts. Lions, Elephants, rhinoceroses, grizzlies and so forth go about seeking whom they may devour, and it is highly necessary that those who are cut  after nightfall should go well armed. Hence these travelers to their homes had “guns” of small and large caliber. But there is alos a sort of “tiger” which abounds in that country. It has no eyes, but the devilment done by this varmint exceeds that done by the other sort, and its victims see it and do not get out of its way.


As we were saying, the boys were firing their guns kind of promiscuous like, when just as New fired his Fitzpatrick stepped in front of him and received the bullet. He was carried home and on Sunday afternoon he was put on N & W No. 15 and brought to Fort Gay and thence conveyed to Riverview hospital at this place. His condition was grave in the extreme. He was very weak, but with little pulse, and suffered great pain. An operation was imperatively demanded, and one was done by the house surgeon, Dr. York. The ball had penetrated the man’s back an inch or so to the right of the spinal column, ranging slightly downward. It has pierced the large intestine in two places and passed through the upper part of the right kidney. The bowels had emptied themselves into the abdominal cavity, and other functions of the body were greatly deranged. The work done for the boy’s relief was entirely successful from a surgical standpoint, but what the finality will be is a very grave question. When this article was written the young man was resting pretty well, able to talk and take his prescribed food.


LATER—Fitzpatrick died about 2 o’clock Thursday morning. Big Sandy News, Jan 29,1909



The death angel has again lifted her broad wing over this part of the country and taken from William Fraley and wife their beloved daughter, Ivory Fraley, departed this life Jan 20, 1909. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Gilbert Miller. Her remains were laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jan 29,1909



As the result of a deplorable accident which occurred near Fort Gay on Wednesday of last week, Fred Graves, a worthy young man of that place, is dead. He was at work in a cola bank located up the Frasher Hollow, just back of Fort Gay, when a mass of slate and coal fell upon him, crushing the life out of him in a second. He was the son of Anson Graves, a well known citizen of Wayne County and was a popular and worthy young man. He was 23 years of age and unmarried. The funeral services were conducted by the Revs. Reynolds and Akers. Big Sandy News, Jan 15,1909



A most distressing accident occurred on the line of the N & W railway a short distance below Fort Gay on Wednesday morning which resulted in the untimely and cruel death of Mr. Lace Hardwick, of that place. The accident was not witnessed by anyone, but the circumstances connected with its occurrence point unmistakably to its cause. Mr. Hardwick was a member of the firm of York & Hardwick, of Fort Gay , and also had a store on Tabor Creek, 3 or 4 miles below town. He had started to walk down the railroad track to the store and had evidently reached a fill about 2 miles from Fort Gay and just above the residence of Bev. Saulsberry. At this point there is a heap of cinder or slag, at that time covered with sleet and snow. Mr. Hardwick had evidently climbed upon this to avoid a train which he must have seen or heard for right here his dismembered body was found and the cinder heap showed plainly where the unfortunate man had slid or fallen down to the track. The train was a long double-header freight, and the accident must have happened after the engine passed Mr. Hardwick, as the trainmen made no report of any untoward event whatever.


The body was horribly mangled, having been crushed almost beyond recognition. In fact it is said that those who were first upon the spot could tell only by papers found in the clothing who it was that had been killed. Willard Lycan and a companion were the first to see the body. They were coming up the road about 9 o’clock when they discovered the scattered remains of what only a few moments before had been a strong man in the prime of life. Lycan was at first very much frightened, as his father had gone up the road only a short time before and the young man was afraid the body might be that of his parent. An arm and leg had been cut off, the chest and hip crushed and 50 feet beyond lay the head where it had ben carried along by the train. The mangled body was taken to Riverview hospital where, as well as could be done under the circumstances, it was prepared for burial and then taken to the home of the deceased.


Sometime ago Mr. Hardwick bought what is known as the old Black place, a short distance below Fort Gay. Here he lived happily with his wife, who is a daughter of John York, of Yorkville, WV and 7 children. Three of these ??? young man and 2 young women are pupils of the K.N.C. of this place. The young ladies were at school when the sad accident occurred which robbed them of a father. The burial took place Friday at Yorkville. Mr. Hardwick was 42 years of age, and was a son of John Hardwick, of Mill Creek, and a nephew of Oliver Hardwick of Lick Creek. He was a successful merchant and trader and one of the most prominent and popular men in the western part of Wayne County. Big Sandy news, Jan 15, 1909



Buchanan—The 6 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hatten died suddenly while they were driving in from their home on Durbin to the station at Burnaugh to take the morning train to Catlettsburg last Saturday. The child was in excellent health and the parents were making the trip to the photographer for the purpose of having its picture made, but instead they returned to their home grief stricken with the little dead body. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1909


HAYES, Tavie

Mrs. Tavie Hayes, wife of Arch Hayes, of Nelson Branch, died Jan 8? Of consumption. All was done for her that could be done, but without avail. She is survived by her husband and one sister, her parents having preceded her to the grave. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1909



Our Torchlight correspondent gives an account of a fatal accident to Sam Hull. He was killed by a fall of slate in a coal mine opening somewhere between Louisa and Torchlight. His body was mashed flat. Big Sandy news, Jan 1, 1909


Two weeks ago Sam Hull, a miner living about 2 miles down the river while digging coal in a bank on the head of Three Mile for Joe Burchett was caught by some falling slate and crushed to death. His entire body except his feet being crushed literally flat. His family being in destitute circumstances, the people of the place took up the matter and with Rev. J. T. Fraley, as foreman, soon secured enough to give the body a decent burial, and further provide for the wants of the needy family. The bereaved have the sympathy of all. It has been reported that his death occurred in the mines at Torchlight, but please dismiss this from your minds for it didn’t. Big Sandy news, Jan 1, 1909


HUNT, George

Grover Martin killed George Hunt and wounded Wayne Hunt in Floyd County yesterday, near Prestonsburg. The particulars as given to us are as follows:

It is said that Martin and Hunt were in love with the same woman. Martin was angered by fining Hunt in her company and the report says he procured a gun and waited alongside the railroad. The Hunt brothers came along and George received a fatal shot and Wayne was dangerously wounded. Martin escaped to the hills and had not bee arrested at the last report. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909



A daughter of Elisha Judd, died Tuesday a few miles south of Louisa. This young lady was only 23 years of age. She was a highly respected young woman and her death is deeply regretted by all who know her. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909


Mead Branch—The death angel has again visited the home of Uncle Elijah Judd and took from them another loving daughter, Lizzie. She had been very ill with consumption for quite a while. She leaves a father, mother, one brother and one sister and many friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1909



A.W. Kozee, well-known as “Uncle Wiley”, died at the home of his nephew, John Everman, 3 miles north of Pikeville Tuesday morning from blood poison, superinduced by scrofula, from which he had suffered many years. Mr. Kozee was 61 years of age and a most honorable and upright citizen. He was Deputy County Clerk at the time of his death and was making his home with County Clerk Fults, at his town residence. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1909



Departed this life Jan 2, Old Uncle Jerry Lambert, aged 87 years 10 months, and 15 days. He had been a true Christian member of the M. E. Church South for 34 years. He was loved, honored and respected by all who knew him, being a magistrate for many years. He was a true officer of the law and was at all times ready to put down crime. Uncle Jerry leaves a wife and 9 children—8 daughters and one son—to mourn their loss, but they are not mourning as those that have no hope, for they know well the life that he lived and the last word he uttered on earth was “Hallelujah.” Let me say to Hiram and his sisters to lived as near the life of your father as you can and when your departure comes you too can say hallelujah. God bless Aunt Julia and her 9 children, who are in mourning for the departed father and husband. God bless Bro. R. H. Cassady who preached his funeral at his home on Long Branch and followed his remains to his old home cemetery where he was laid to rest until the Judge shall descent and cause the dead to rise and not a single soul escape His all dreaming eyes. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1909


MARTIN, Mrs. A. B.

The death angel has taken from the home of A. B. Martin his darling wife. She was the daughter of Neal Moore, and was a good woman, liked by all who knew her. All was done that kind and willing hands could do, but it was all in vain. The burial took place on Thursday on Dry Ridge. The funeral was conducted by Revs. Miller and Williams. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909


MAY, Elizabeth

Mrs. Elizabeth May, wife of Thomas May, died recently at the old May homestead on John’s Creek, at the advanced age of 85 years. Her husband is 94 years of age and is still enjoying good health. The venerable and highly respected old couple have lived such upright lives among our people, and have been ever so devoted to each other, that the passing of one, and the broken ties, touches a chord of pathos in many hearts. Big Sandy News, Jan 29,1909



Edgar McClure’s baby, aged 3 months, died suddenly and mysteriously last Sunday morning near Gallup. It was left in bed by the parents while they prepared breakfast. Upon returning to the bed after an absence of 15 or 20 minutes they were horrified to find their child dead. It is supposed to have strangled. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909



Ulysses—Uncle George McClure, aged 75 years, died Dec 9th at the home of his son, M. F. McClure of Lowmansville. He was brought to this place and laid to rest in the family burying ground beside his wife and 2 children, who had preceded him to the land of rest. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909


MCCLURE, Stephen

Telegrams from Yuma, AZ, state that the condition of Stephen McClure is much worse and that he is barely alive. His wife and children were sent for and left here Wednesday morning for Yuma. From the tone of the messages it is evident that the end is near and that the hope of seeing his wife and children again is about all that stimulates him to continue the struggle. Mrs. McClure and 3 small children, accompanied by Prof. J. B. McClure left on the N and W train. Prof. McClure will go as far as Cincinnati. The trip to Yuma requires nearly five days. As reported in these columns at the time, S. M. McClure went to Arizona less than a month ago, hoping to find relief for consumption. He did not know that he had consumption until a few weeks ago. It is probable that he has contracted pneumonia, as this is frequently the case with those who go into that climate. It is a very sad case and much sympathy goes out to the family. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909



Osie—Died on the 24th, James Murphy, better known as “Blind Jim”. He died at the home of Tom Murphy on Morgan. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909


NELSON, Mrs. Will

Mrs. Will Nelson died at her home at Muddy Branch, Tuesday evening. She is survived by a husband and 7 children. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1909



Ulysses—An infant child of Lewis Pack and wife, died the 15th inst. It had been sick for quite a while. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909



Torchlight—The infant daughter of French Patrick, died rather suddenly last Friday night. Sickness was only a of a few moments. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1909



Death claimed as a victim last Saturday, Bessie, the young wife of Charles Picklesimer. Hs had been sick only a short while, and the attack was severe, and of a very serious character. On Friday it was thought that some improvement had occurred, but the hopes aroused were short lived and the end took place at the time mentioned. The cause of death was puerperal convulsions. The body was embalmed and taken to Abingdon, VA for interment. Mrs. Picklesimer was only 21 years of age and had been married not quite a year. When the critical nature of her illness became known her mother, Mrs. W. M. Worley, of Abingdon, and a sister and brother in law, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, of Bluefield, were sent for. Her mother and the Bluefield relatives came and were present at the last sad scene. The deceased had been a resident of Louisa only a short time, but during the brief period she had won many friends by her amiability and sterling worth. All who knew her speak of her in the highest terms and deplore the loss of such a lovely character. Charles Picklesimer is a son of James Picklesimer, who with his wife and Mr. and Mrs. John Worley, accompanied the body to Abingdon, leaving Saturday night on the N & W. Mrs. Picklesimer was a member of the M. E. Church South, of this place. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1909



Walbridge—An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Stump died Thursday and was buried Christmas day in the See graveyard. It has been a suffered almost all its life and at last God called it home from its suffering to where Christ said “Suffer little children to come unto Me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909



Phil Thompson, of Ceredo, died at an early hour Friday morning, after only a brief illness. His wife died last Thursday and this double blow is a great shock to relative. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1909



A ruptured blood vessel caused the death of Boyd Vinson, of Kellogg, at Chester, WV, Sunday night. Little is known concerning the cause of his death, aside from the fact that he was seized with a fit of coughing shortly after retiring for the night, and during a violent paroxysm, a blood vessel burst and he died almost immediately Mr. Vinson was born in Wayne County, WV, being a son of the late Col. S. S. Vinson and at the time of his death made his home with his mother at Kellogg. He was a man barely in his prime of life and of splendid physical appearance. He was a most capable business man, his demeanor was gentlemanly, and he possessed a high sense of honor in his dealings with his fellowmen. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and was a member of Beni Kedem Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Huntington. Mr. Vinson has a number of relatives in this city and throughout the Sandy Valley, but those more closely related to him are Mrs. S. S. Vinson and Mrs. Don Clark, mother and sister respectively, who reside at Kellogg; Col. Z. T. Vinson, Dr. L. T. Vinson and Mrs. James A Hughes, of Huntington. Catlettsburg Tribune

Mr. Vinson was, so the NEWS is informed, born in this county, either on Vinson branch or in Louisa. He was 38 years of age. The burial on Wednesday was attended by Mrs. A. M. Hughes, Mrs. A. J. Garred and James Vinson, of this city. Big Sandy News, Jan 15,1909


WAUGH, Lizzie

Denton—Mrs. Lizzie Waugh passed to her rest Saturday morning. She was interred in the J. B. Rice Cemetery Sunday evening. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1909


 WELLMAN, Mrs. John

Mrs. John Wellman died suddenly last Saturday morning at her home in Louisa. Apoplexy is said to have been the cause. She was in good health up to the last few days, during which time she complained slightly. Her death therefore came as a great shock. Four children, the oldest about 12 years of age, are left to the care of their father, who is a son of Al Wellman. Deceased was a sister of Doc and Robert Jordan. The funeral was conducted from the residence on Sunday afternoon by Revs. S. F. Reynolds and L. M. Copley. The body was taken to the Wellman burial ground at Salt Peter, WV, for interment. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909


WRIGHT, Mrs. W. M.

Osie—We are sorry to learn of the dath of Mrs. W. M. Wright, which occurred on the 17th. She was a good woman and leaves a husband and several children. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1909





In a difficulty which occurred at Whitehouse, Johnson County, last Tuesday night Conductor Frank Blevins was shot and fatally wounded, death occurring at the Kings’ Daughters hospital in Ashland, at 1 o’clock yesterday morning. As is usual in cases like the one of which we sadly write, the various stories concerning this most lamentable tragedy are conflicting and it is probable that only the closest investigation will satisfactorily reveal the exact history of the murder. The NEWS has all the information it is possible to obtain up to the hour of going to press and it presents it to its readers.


At Catlettsburg Tuesday evening a man named Alfred Prewitt, about 40 or 45 years old, got on board passenger train No. 28 bound for Pikeville and in charge of Conductor Blevins. Prewitt was accompanied by his son or stepson, a young man of about 20. It is said that the elder Prewitt had been under the influence of liquor and was acting boisterously in Catlettsburg nearly all day, and it was not long after the train pulled out that he began to behave in a disorderly manner. Blevins spoke to him and told him to be quiet and this seemed to have a good effect. After the conductor had taken up the tickets he went into the coach for negro passengers and began to count his tickets as was his custom. While thus engaged Prewitt entered the car and said to Blevins that there was no use in their having any trouble. Frank said “Of course not,” and thought there would be no more trouble. But Prewitt had a pistol, which, in spite of the conductors’ remonstrance’s, he persisted in flourishing. Blevins said to his brakeman, John Compton that they would have to take the gun away from him, and this they did. Prewitt remained ugly, however, and at Louisa the trainmen looked for an officer to whom they intended to deliver their noisy passenger. There was none in sight, however, and the train went on toward its destination. At Whitehouse Conductor Blevins got off his train and set his lantern on the ground to assist some ladies down the steps. While so engaged Prewitt grabbed the lantern and struck Blevins a stunning blow on the head with it, knocking him under the car steps. As he staggered to his feet someone shot him in the back. Blinded by the blow and suffering with the shock of the fatal wound that brave conductor still had the nerve to defend himself and he fired 3 shots at the elder Prewitt, one striking him in the left shoulder, one in the arm and one in the foot. There were others engaged in the affray, but who they were it is impossible to say, some one struck Brakeman Compton on the head with a beer bottle, inflicting a painful wound.


Mr. Blevins was made as comfortable as possible and Dr. Williams, of Paintsville, attended the badly wounded man. The parlor car was attached to another engine, and with Mr. Blevins on board, a record run was made to Ashland and the victim of the assassin was taken to the hospital. Examination revealed the fact, that a .32 caliber ball had entered the back above the eleventh rib and about 2 inches to the right of the spinal column. It went nearly through the unfortunate man’s body and was found just below the skin almost directly opposite the point of entrance. Mr. Blevins was too weak to withstand the shock of an operation, and the wound was pronounced necessarily fatal. Death ensued at the time stated in the foregoing. Funeral at 2 p.m. Sunday, Christian Church, Ashland, Interment in Ashland Cemetery.


Conductor Frank Blevins was born at Peach Orchard, this county, about 40 years ago. He is survived by a widow—a second wife—and one child, a bright handsome boy by his first wife, who was Miss Wortman, of Ohio. His second wife was Miss Sadie O’Connor, of Ashland. He was one of the most popular conductors in the employ of the C & O railroad. Frank Blevins was absolutely devoid of fear. Strong as an ox, his courage and strength made him just the man to conduct the train of which he had charge so many years. He was always on the alert to protect his passengers from insult and injury from drunken toughs who at certain times were his passengers. He had many encounters with these undesirable citizens and bore more than one scar as testimony of their attacks. Mr. Blevins fully realized that he was a marked man and believed that some day he would fall by the bullet or the knife of the assassin.


The tragedy of Tuesday night is in some respects, tinged with mystery. So far as the NEWS is informed, no arrests have been made. Prewitt, who lives at Hampton City and has a lumber camp on Stafford ford of Rockcastle, went down the road the day after the shooting and the young man who some say fired the fatal shot, was with him. At Whitehouse there is much talk about “a tall man with a long overcoat” who, without mentioning names, the people say killed Frank Blevins. Others say that Jack Prewitt has admitted that he did the killing. If this young man is a stepson his name is Ferguson, a son of Elisha Ferguson, who was killed in this county many years ago by Jack Marcum. As we said at the first of this article it will require much investigation to unravel the tangled thread of this very unfortunate affair. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909


CARTER, Florence

Madge—Death has taken from Mr. and Mrs. Menifee Carter, their infant child, Florence. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1909



Died, at his home at Mossy, WV, Roy, the bright little boy of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cyrus. Roy was born Aug 1, 1903 and died Jan 28, 1909. He was sick only a few days. His death was unexpected to his many friends here. He was brought back to his old Kentucky home and laid to rest in the family graveyard at Smoky Valley. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909


EADS, Frances

On the 14th of January, Frances, daughter of J. H. Eads and wife, of Kenova, died after a short illness. She was 2 years old. The body was taken to Milton, WV for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1909



Last Sunday morning the final summons came very suddenly to John M. Edwards, one of the best and most prominent men in the Blaine section of this county. He had been in perfect health up to the fateful day, and soon after breakfast on that morning he went out as usual to feed his stock. He did not return, but thinking he had gone elsewhere, his family felt not uneasiness on this account. Late that afternoon his dead body was found in the stable. It bore no marks of violence, and it is presumed that he died of heart failure. Mr. Edwards was bout 50 years of age and left a widow and children. He was buried with the honor of Masonry. Big Sandy News. Feb 5, 1909


ELAM, Nannie (Brickley)

Mrs. Nannie Elam, nee Brickley, was born at Rosedale, KY and died at Wise, VA, Dec 22, 1908, having just passed upon her brief earthly journey the 22nd mile stone. The end came after 6 weeks of severe suffering and illness, which she bore patiently and with Christian fortitude. As Nannie Brickley, Mrs. Elam was one of a family of 10 children. At Ashland, KY, May 20,1906, she was married to Prof. C. M. Elam, of Blaine, KY, who is at present Principal of the High School, at Wise, VA. Of this marriage were born 2 children, both boys, they youngest being about 2 months of age. About 5 years before her death Mrs. Elam united with the Baptist Church at Ashland, KY, thus evidencing her faith in Him who came that though we should die we might live again, and proclaiming in her conduct and character the serenity and purity of her hope and faith. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1909


FITCH, Sarah

Ulysses—Mrs. Sarah Fitch, wife of James Fitch, Sr., died recently. She was sitting talking with her family and a neighbor who had called, when she became suddenly ill and before medical aid could reach her she had expired. The doctor pronounced the case heart trouble. She was about 56 years ofl and is survived by a husband and 2 sons. She was taken to the mouth of Hood for burial, near the home of one of her sons. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1909



The angel of death has paid the home of Mr. and Mrs. Trig Fraley a visit and taken from them their only child aged 7 years. Jan 19 was a sad day for the father and mother when their little darling girl fell asleep in Jesus. Ivory will be missed by all. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909



Shannon Branch—John Gussler, who had been sick so long died Sunday night. Interment took place on Blaine. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909



John Holly, Sr., of this city, died early last Monday morning, after a long and painful illness. He suffered from a complication of kidney and heart affections, and this, with the infirmities of advanced age caused his death. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hanford at the residence of the deceased, after which the body was interred in the Fulkerson cemetery. Mr. Holly left a widow and 8 grown children, all of whom except 2 were present at the death of their aged parent. Mr. Holly was in the 75th year of his age. He was a quiet, good citizen, and had the respect of all who knew him. The funeral was largely attended. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909



Osie—Died, on the 12th last, an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jobe It was laid to rest in the Jobe cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1909


JOHNSON, George W.

George W. Johnson, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of White’s Creek, WV, died at his residence last Sunday morning after a long and painful illness caused mostly by malignant carbuncle and the infirmities of age. Mr. Johnson was in all respects a worthy citizen, held in high esteem by those who knew him best. He was the grandfather of Mrs. H. G. Wellman, of this city, who had been frequently with him during his last illness but who was prevented by sickness from attending the burial. Mr. Wellman, however, was present. Mr. Johnson was a Mason and Master of the White’s Creek lodge. The fraternity in large numbers participated in the funeral rites. He was 75 years of age. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1909


JUSTICE, Nellie Marie

Radcliff—Died, the 9th inst. Nellie Marie, the infant daughter of D. M. Justice and wife. It was laid to rest in the Lunsford graveyard. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909


MCCLURE, Stephen M.

Stephen M. McClure died in this city Monday night last. Notice of his illness has appeared from time to time in the columns of this paper, and those who read them are not surprised at this announcement. He had made a brave struggle for his life, having sought and used every available mean for the recovery of his health. The vain efforts have ceased and today his mortal remains rest in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. McClure was born at Gallup on the 4th of July, 1873. In May 1898, he was married to Miss Emma Guery, of St. Stephens, South Carolina and from this union are Louise, William, and Matie, aged respectively 6, 4 and 2 years. The boy is named for his grandfather, who died in 1889. Addie, a sister of the deceased, died in 1885. Mr. McClure is survived by 4 brothers—Arnoldus of Yuma, AZ, J. B. of Louisa, Morris of Central City, WV and Jeff of Williamson. The funeral was held on Wednesday and was largely attended. It was held at the residence of Mrs. Lou McClure, the venerable mother of the deceased and the exercises were conducted by the Rev. G. C. Hutchison, of the M.E. Church, South. Mr. McClure had been converted and received into this church. The deceased  was a quiet, industrious man, of excellent character and habits and his bereaved widow and little children, as well as a large circle of relatives and friends, will deeply feel the loss which they have sustained. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1909



News has been received here of the death in Bartlett, TX, of Dan McKenzie. He died on the 14th of January after an illness of only 3 or 4 days of pneumonia. Mr. McKenzie was a native of Louisa, where he grew to manhood. He married a daughter of Robert Loar, and is survived by his wife and one child. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1909



Ratcliff—Died, Jan 14, Emory McKinney of tuberculosis. He leaves 8 children to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1909



Death has again visited our community and taken from the home of Bro. John C. L. Moore, his youngest son, Eli Moore, aged age 23 years. His sickness was of short duration. He died of double pneumonia. Eli was a model young man. He was loved by his many friends both old and young. He stayed at home with his parents and helped them in the way of finance. He was a good worker and strictly honest. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1909



Walbridge—William O’Brien, of this place received the sad news of the death of 2 of his grandchildren this week. A little daughter of his daughter, Mertie Kinzie and a little daughter of his son, Fred O’Brien, all of Williamson, WV. They died of pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1909



Torchlight—An infant child of Dock Pack died last Thursday and was buried Friday in the graveyard near the Harvy Hardin home. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1909


PICKLESIMER, Bessie (Worley)

A year ago, nearly, the Virginian told of the marriage of Miss Bessie Worley to Mr. Charles Picklesimer of Louisa, KY. Today it tells the story of the death of that popular and estimable young woman. After marriage, as before, her life and manners were full of sunshine gladness and mirth. As an employee at the telephone exchange, she made everyone who came in contact with her a friend, by her gentle manners and accommodating disposition. A short but fatal illness terminated her life Jan 9th, at Louisa. The remains reached Abingdon on Sunday afternoon and were taken at once to the home of the grief-stricken parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Worley, her own former home. Monday afternoon funeral services were conducted at the family home by Rev. J. A. Barrow, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The remains were accompanied from the late home to Abingdon, by her mother, Mrs. Worley, who had gone to her bedside, Mr. and Mrs. John Worley and Mr. and Mrs. Picklesimer of Louisa, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Taylor and Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, of Bluefield, WV. The deceased is survived by her husband, father and mother, Mrs. Robert Gray, Miss Maude Worley, Messrs. David, George and Leon Worley, of this place, Mr. John Worley of Louisa, KY, and Mrs. Andrew Taylor of Bluefield, WV. Abingdon Virginian. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1909


PRATER, Charley

Shannon Branch—Charley Prater died at his home on Shannon Branch  Saturday of consumption. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909



Adams—Death has paid the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Vanhoose a visit and taken from them, their darling little daughter, Cora, age 10 years. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909


WATTS, Deanis

Deanis Watts, a venerable citizen of Wayne County, died at his home at Genoa on the 7th last, of a complication of diseased of which he had been suffering for some time prior to his demise. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909


WEBB, Blanche K.

The following from the Wenatchee, (Wash.) Daily World concerns the untimely death of a bright young girl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Webb, formerly of Webbville, this county:

Word spread rapidly over the city yesterday that Blanche K. Webb, passed away at 1:30 in the afternoon. This caused much surprise among the popular young lady’s friends. She was known to be making a brave fight against the tuberculosis trouble which had gripped her young life, and she was on the street Saturday and was out sleigh-riding Friday evening. The young lady is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. D. Webb and came to this city 2 years ago with her parents. She at once entered the high school and was making a good record there when compelled to abandon her studies on account of failing health, which was the beginning fo the end. During the last 6 months she grew steadily worse in spite of a most determined battle to regain her strength. Miss Blanche was born Nov 29, 1890 in Webbville, KY. The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church and her beautiful character was admired by all who had the good fortune to enjoy an acquaintance. Her remarkable unselfishness was especially commented upon by those who knew her best. On account of the serious illness of Mrs. Webb, caused by the shock of the affliction, the funeral will be private and at the home of Methow Street tomorrow morning. Dr. Stevenson will officiate. Interment will be held in the Wenatchee cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1909



Shannon Branch—the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilson died Friday night. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1909


WOOTEN, Ezekiel

Ezekiel Wooten, aged 42 years, and son of George Wooten, deceased, died at his home in Louisa Tuesday night after a long sickness of pulmonary consumption. After a short service at the house the body was taken to the old family graveyard on Lick Creek for interment yesterday morning. The deceased left a widow and 2 children and is survived by his aged mother and a brother who reside in Ironton. Mr. Wooten was a good citizen, quiet and industrious. For a long time he was an employee of Col. Jay H. Northup, handling ties and timbers. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1909



MARCH 1909



Torchlight—The infant child of Andy Barker died last Sunday and was buried on Monday afternoon after the heavy rain had ceased. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1909


CAINES, Samuel

Departed this life Mar 9, Samuel Caines, of Fallsburg, aged ?42? years 2 months and 7 days. He was a good industrious man and will be missed by many. He was ready to help in time of need. He leaves a wife and one little daughter aged 7 years. Burial took place at the Caines Cemetery at Potters. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1909


CHAFFIN, Mrs. Thomas

Mrs. Thomas Chaffin died near Fort Gay, Wednesday at the age of 86. Rev. A. H. Miller went over there yesterday and preached the funeral. Mr. Chaffin, husband of the deceased, survives at the age of 87. Big Sandy News, Mar 19,1909


COX, Hensford

Sip—Died, the 26th, Hensford Cox, son of Mose Cox. He went to the west a short time ago for his health, but he was so low that it didn’t improve him any, and he came back on the 25th of February to his sister’s, Mrs. Albert Stapleton, of this place. He was so low that he died the next day. He had consumption. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard beside his mother at Mud Lick. He leaves a father, brother, and sister to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Mar 5,1909



The NEWS regrets to announce the death of Lewis Fannin one of the best known and highly respected citizens of Lawrence County, It occurred at his home on East Fork, last Saturday morning and was as sudden as it was unexpected. Early in the day Mr. Fannin declared his intention to do certain work, but his son remonstrated with his father, telling him he would attend to the work himself, and persuaded the old gentleman to go fishing. Accompanied by a grandson, Mr. Fannin went to the creek, the two seating themselves close together. In a few minutes the old man’s hat fell off and the boy waded into the creek and got it. He noticed that his grandfather did not pay any attention to him or the hat, and immediately saw that something was the matter. He gave the alarm and his father and a laborer picked up the stricken man and started with him to the schoolhouse close by, but Mr. Fannin died before they had gone more than a few yards. Mr. Fannin was 74 years old, remarkably well preserved. He was tall and muscular and straight as an arrow. He was a man of excellent habits and of strict integrity, popular and a most excellent citizens. He was foreman of the grand jury at the last August term of court. His death was most probably due to heart disease. Big Sandy news, Mar 26,1909



The News has information to the effect that on Sunday morning, at or near the mouth of Beaver Creek, Floyd County, Lands Weddington killed Newt Frazier Weddington used a spike pole, wielding it with such force that Frazier’s skull was crushed like an egg shell, causing his victim’s death on the following day The assailant is out on a bond of $3,000. We have no particulars concerning the homicide. Big Sandy news, Mar 19, 1909



Busseyville—Death again visited our community and took from us Mr. John Gussler, aged 52 years, 2 months and 4 days. Mr. Gussler was a good man and liked by all who knew him. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Rice. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1909



Harve Kinner, a prominent citizen, of East Fork, died Feb 26th, after an illness incident to old age. The funeral conducted by Rev. Leslie, took place at the home the Sunday following, attended by a large number of friends and relatives. He was a son of Dave Kinner deceased and is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Francis Hogan of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Lon Hutchison, of Clarksburg, WV and Mrs. J. R. Compton, Buchanan, KY, and 2 brothers, Dave Kinner, of Williamsburg and Lafe Kinner of Catalpa. Deceased was 77 years of age. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1909



Ulysses—John Lyons died of pneumonia on Feb 18. He was 55 years of age and leaves a widow and one daughter to mourn their loss. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Garred Debord, of Ashland. He was laid to rest in the H. K. Borders graveyard. Big Sandy News, Mar 12,1909


MARTIN, (Genoah) Mrs. James

Blevins Branch—Death has again visited the home of James Martin and taken from him his beloved wife. She was sick but a short time and it is a shock to all who knew her. She is survived by a husband and 4 children. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1909

Meads Branch—Death has again been in our community and taken from us Mrs. Genoah Martin. She departed this life last Friday and was buried Sunday.  Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1909


MOORE, Mrs. Andrew (Vicey Cox)

Mrs. Andrew Moore, formerly of this county, died at her home in Portsmouth last Monday. On Tuesday night the body was brought via the N & W to Fort Gay. On Wednesday morning it was brought to this place and sent by C & O to Torchlight, from which place it was carried to her old home for interment. She left a husband and several children. Mrs. Moore’s first name was Vicey, and she was a daughter of Bennet Cox. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1909



Donithan—died on the 26th, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Patrick, of this place. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1909



B. Powell, a well known citizen of Boyd County, and a man known to very many Big Sandy people, died at his home at Kavanaugh last Sunday afternoon. His decease was the result of pneumonia and his sickness was not of long duration He was buried the following Tuesday afternoon in the graveyard of the Kavanaugh church, where so many of his kindred are buried. Mr. Powell was an Odd Fellow and interment was made under the auspices and with the funeral rites of that ancient and useful order, Louisa lodge, to the number of about 25, went down and assisted in the funeral of the deceased brother. He was a member of Buchanan Lodge and this body had charge of the interment. Many of the craft from Whites Creek, Catlettsburg and other down the river places were also present. The Rev. W. B. F. Ball, pastor of the Kavanaugh circuit conducted the religious part of the funeral. Mr. Powell was 52 years old and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Nancy Powell, who is 91 years old. He left 2 children, Mrs. James Rice, of Holden, WV, Mrs. Labe Compton of Ashland, and William Powell, of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1909


RICE, Docia

The News regrets to chronicle the death of Miss Docia Rice, daughter of Dr. W. A. Rice, of Fallsburg. This occurred on last Tuesday morning followed by interment on the following day. Miss Rice had been sick a long time with tuberculosis of the lungs. All possible means, including a stay in California, had been used to stop the ravages of disease, but all efforts were in vain. Miss Rice was an amiable, intelligent young woman, and her untimely death is greatly deplored by a large circle of relatives and friends. Big Sandy news, Mar 26, 1909


RUGGLES, Mrs. Robert

Mrs. Robert Ruggles, Sr., died very suddenly at her home on Bear Creek Friday night at the age of 80. Interment took place Sunday. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1909

The wife of Robert Ruggles, Sr., died at her home on the left hand fork of Bear Creek on last Saturday morning and was buried Sunday He death came very sudden. She was a well as usual at supper time, but later complained of a shortness of breath and smothering. All efforts were used to try to relieve her, but she died in a short time. Mrs. Ruggles was a daughter of Squire Stewart, and was nearly 80 years old. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1909


STEPP, Robert

Near the margin of the Coldwater Fork of Rockcastle Creek, Martin County, in the deep stillness of a country night, and with no witnesses save the stars, 2 stalwart men fought a pistol duel to the death of one. The survivor is in jail at Inez, the county seat of Martin, awaiting his trial on a charge of murder. Bob Stepp, of the same county, sleeps in the narrow house appointed to all the living. A widow and 5 children survive the husband and father. Charles Smith, the man who says that he fired in self-defense the bullets which made him a homicide surrendered himself to the authorities and will trust his case to the verdict of 12 of his peers.


As usual there are two—often more—sides to every story, It is so in this case. The dead man would, if he could speak, tell his version of the deadly encounter. Smith is, so far as the News can learn, the only living witness, and his statement, will be weighty when told in court. He had been staying in Inez of late, and he says that last Friday night, the night of the tragedy, he left Inez to go to the home of John Workman who lives on the Clearwater Fork, near the mouth of Blacklog, something like 2 miles above Inez, and where some of Smith’s children were staying. On the opposite side of Rockcastle was a grocery store kept by a man by the name of Preece. Stepp lived about half a mile from this locality. But it is known that Mat Luster, and these two had been together late Friday afternoon. After Smith had been in Workman’s house for some time he went out toward the creek bank He had not gone far until he heard a man say “Is that you, Mat?” “No” responded Smith, “I’m not Mat Luster, I’m Charley Smith.” “Well your’e the --- of a --- I’m after, “ and the man who asked the question, Bob Stepp, ran rapidly toward Smith. When he got close enough to see his adversary Stepp began to fire at him, still advancing rapidly. When close enough he grabbed Smith by the coat. Smith jerked away from him tearing the buttons from his coat in the act. It was then, so he says, and not until then, that Smith fired. He shot twice the first shot piercing Stepp’s heart, the second taking effect in his back.


Smith immediately went down to Inez, awakened County Judge James Kirk and surrendered himself into custody. A party went to the scene of the killing and found Stepp lying dead on the ground. In his hand was a revolver containing one loaded cartridge and four empty shells. There is no evidence that whiskey had any special place in this latest killing. But there is uch to show that the devil of jealousy played no small part in the tragedy. Smith had been twice married and twice divorced, both women still living. It is openly charged that Stepp’s attentions to one of these caused the bad feeling which on that unlucky Friday night, culminated in his death. Stepp was a nephew of former County Judge Stepp, deceased, and had relatives all over Martin County. Smith was well known in this city. During part of the past fall and winter he had charge of the Singer Sewing Machine Company’s business in this section and had an office on the corner next to the gas office. He was a son of “Dutch” Frank Smith, an old stave and tie worker known to all our older citizens. The homicide will probably be tried during the term of the Martin Circuit Court which begins next Monday. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1909



A distressing accident occurred in this city about noon last Friday, resulting in the death of a bright little girl 6 years old, daughter of J. W. Wallen. The child was playing in a room where a bright fire was burning in an unprotected grate. Passing too close, the flames caught her dress and instantly shew was enveloped in the blaze. The child rushed into the yard evidently trying to go to the home of Mrs. Childers, who lived in the adjoining lot and ??? whom the little girl exceedingly fond. Her screams attracted the attention of the woman and her daughter, the latter dashing a bucket of water on the frantic child. The little sufferer was carried into the house and physicians were hastily summoned, Drs. A. W. Bromley and G. W. Wroten responded and rendered all possible assistance. All the child’s clothing had been burned off and the child’s back, neck, face and arms were horribly burned. No effort was spared to relieve the little victim of the flames. She lingered until Monday morning when death released her from pain. On Tuesday morning the body was taken to Kenova where it was buried. Before it was carried to the train the body was taken to the Baptist Church where appropriate services were held by the Rev. G. G. Ri???. Several young girls acted as pall bearers. Mr. Wallen moved here from Prestonsburg about 2 years ago. His wife is dead, and a daughter, 13 years of age, has been caring for 4 children younger then herself, and doing all the housework In her effort to reach the little girl when she saw her wrapped in flames Mrs. Childers stumbled and fell, dislocating her right wrist and breaking one bone in the same arm. The same physicians attended to her. Mrs. Childers is quite old and her recovery will be slow. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1909



Fort Gay—Mrs. W. E. Wellman, died of stomach trouble, leaving a husband and 5 small children. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1909


WILLIAMSON, Agnes (Wells-Auxier)

Agnes Wells-Auxier Williamson was born Sep 2, 1820 in Russell County, VA. When she was 7 years old her parents came to Kentucky and settled on Johns Creek. At that time there being very few settlers in the Big Sandy Valley and educational and religious advantages being very limited. I have often heard her say that she walked several miles to attend a little school and a Sunday school near the mouth of Johns Creek. This Sunday school was organized and taught by Samuel Friend of Prestonsburg and Sarah Auxier. An aged lady (great-great grandmother of the editor of the News) and was probably the first Sunday school on Big Sandy, as that was about the year 1835. At the age of 18 she married Samuel Auxier, who was many years her senior. She being his second wife. Thus the blockhouse bottom became her home and she lived there about 70 years. By this marriage were 6 children, 3 of whom survive her. In the days when she lived with her husband and children in the Blockhouse bottom their home was always the home of the illnerant ministers of the M. E. Church, who rode up and down the Sandy Valley, carrying the message of salvation to the early settlers. Many of them will remember Aunt Aggie, as we called her.


She told the writer not many days before her death that when she was about 14 years old she attended a camp meeting at what is now East Point. She said she was convicted and went to the altar and was converted. She said that when she left the camp ground and was going home, it seemed to her that even the leaves on the trees were praising God. She was married to Franklin Williamson of Pike County, Jul 26, 1894. He died several years ago. Her death occurred Dec 10, 1908, on the 25th anniversary of her first husband’s death. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1909


APRIL 1909


The week of April 16th Big Sandy News available issues were in back shape, difficult to read and had pages missing. The week of Apr 23rd was also in back shape, and hard to read.


ADAMS, Burwell

Daniels Creek—The death angel has again visited our community and taken from the home of Bill Adams, his kind and obedient son, Burwell. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909



A most horrible death was met by Ben Caldwell, in Ashland, last Saturday evening. His body was found at Seventh and Front streets on the railroad track and his body cut into several pieces. He met his death by being run over by the Chesapeake and Ohio train. It is said that Caldwell was seen late Saturday and was greatly under the influence of liquor and it is now supposed that he was on the track and did not have presence of mind to get off as the train approached. His father lives on Bolt’s Fork. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1909



Ulysses—After a brief illness of brain fever an 18 months old child of Sanford Chandler and wife died on Mar 8th.  All was done for little Maggie that medical skill and loving friends could do, but without avail. The grief stricken parents, brothers and sisters have the sympathy of the neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909


CLAYTON, Mrs. Stanton

Last Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock Mrs. Stanton Clayton, of East Central Avenue, died very suddenly. Mrs. Clayton had gone to a nearby store and was returning home, when she grew tired and stopped at the home of a neighbor to rest. While sitting in her chair she was suddenly seized with an attack of heart trouble, and the neighbor observing her condition said she would send for a doctor at once. “No” said Mrs. Clayton, “It is too late, I am about gone.” And with that she expired. Mr. and Mrs. Clayton came here from Louisa. Mr. Clayton is the son of Judge Clayton of Lawrence County and is the brother of Ex-Sheriff Clayton, also of Lawrence county. Mrs. Clayton was 55 years of age and a woman who was the picture of health. She was robust and was always bright and cheerful. Besides her husband, she is survived by 3 daughters—Mrs. Timothy Haney, of this city, Mrs. Lillian Hyden, of Cincinnati, and Mrs. John Chin, of New York. Also one brother, James O Bryan of Cassville, WV, also 2 granddaughters, Independent.

Interment occurred on Saturday last and was attended by relatives from this place and neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Apr 9,1909


DOBBINS, William

It is held by some eminent physiologists and scientists that after the first short, sharp agony caused by fatal burning there is but little more intense pain. Let us hope that this is true, and that William Dobbins, aged patriarch and good citizen, did not suffer long when he was burned to death last Sunday afternoon No one knows exactly how it happened, and his friends can tell only from the circumstances connected with the accident how it occurred. Mr. Dobbins with some of his kinsmen and neighbors, went out to fight fire on the day named. It was on the hills not far from the Dobbins home, half a mile up Contrary Creek, not far from Gallup, and it threatened the destruction of fences and other property. The party separated and went in different directions. After they had finished their work they returned to their homes, and then it was that Mr. Dobbins was missed. Search was made for him and when found he was dead—burned to a crisp. He was lying on his face, and it is supposed that in his efforts to beat back the fire he was choked and blinded by smoke, and becoming insensible he stumbled and fell amount the flames. And thus he died, beyond the reach of human aid. Mr. Dobbins was one of the most eminent men in this neighborhood. He was about 72 years of age. He left a widow and one grown child and numberous relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1909



Uncle Lewis Fannin, deceased this life Mar 19, 1909, aged 73 years, 1 month and 6 days. He was born and raised in Lawrence County, and was loved, honored and respected by all his many friends He leaves many relatives and friends who will miss Uncle Lewis from their home. Uncle Lewis was a good Christian man and always ready to support the church. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909



Little John—On last Wednesday death visited the home of Sack Flaugher and took from him his beloved wife. She had not been well for some time, but nothing like death was expected. She went in to see about supper and fell and was dead in a few minutes. She leaves a husband and 4 children, a father and mother, 3 brothers and several sisters to mourn their loss She said only a short time before she left this world she was saved and ready to meet Jesus. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Polk Graham. Big Sandy news, Apr 9, 1909


GILES, Cloral

On Monday night Mar 15th at 9 o’clock, death knocked at the home of Luther Giles and from this home little 11 year old Cloral Giles, one of the dearest little blue eyed curly haired sunbeams God in all his wisdom has permitted mortal man to have for his own, was taken. Cloral was a mother’s joy and papa’s delight. Was grandmother’s and grandfather’s choice from the 3 little brothers and one sister. The funeral was preached at Webbville by the Rev. French Rice, to a large audience. Six of her little girl friends acted as pall bearers. Big Sandy news, Apr 23, 1909


GRIMM, Maggie

Ulysses—Mrs. Maggie Grim, widow of the late Marion Grim, died and was buried Easter Sunday. She had been in poor health for several years. The deceased was probably 60 years of age. Big Sandy news, Apr 30, 1909


HICKS, Mrs. Smith

Osie—We note the death of Mrs. Smith Hicks, which occurred on last Wednesday. She was a highly respected and aged lady. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909


LOWE, Sallie

Ulysses—Mrs. Sallie Lowe, wife of William Lowe, Sr., died at Lowmansville a short time since. Her death was the result of a fall which she had received some time previous to her last illness. She was 75 years old. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1909


MARRS, Sarah A

Shortly after midnight on last Sunday morning Mrs. Sarah A. Marrs, grandmother of William Marrs, freight clerk for the C & O railway at this place died of old age. Up to 2 or 3 weeks preceding her death she had been in remarkably good health for one so old. She was born in Tazewell County, VA, 1816, and moved to this state about 37 years ago. On Monday the body was taken to Whitehouse and was there interred. One sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Price, survives and lives on Greasy Creek, Johnson County. The descendants of Mrs. Marrs are very numerous, but Mrs. Price is the closest living relative. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1909


MCCLURE, Louisa (Booth)

Mrs. Louisa McClure died at her home in Louisa at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Apr 1st. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hanford, and the body will be taken to the old McClure place between Torchlight and Chapman Friday morning. Interment will be made in the graveyard, where the husband and only daughter of Mrs. McClure are buried. Mrs. McClure had been in poor health for quite a while. For several days it was apparent tot the family and relatives that the end was near. Disease of various forms had secured such a hold upon her frail body that there could be but one result. Ever since the illness and death of her son Stephen a few weeks ago she had been in a very bad condition. Mrs. McClure was born Mar 3, 1841 and was therefore 68 years of age Her maiden name was Booth. She was married to William McClure in 1864 and he died in 1889. Four sons survive. They are J. B. of Kentucky Normal College, Morris of Central City, Jeff of Williamson, and Arnoldas of Yuma, AZ. Two sisters of Mrs. McClure are here—Mrs. Emily Chapman of Central City and Mrs. John Chapman, this county. A brother, Hurston Booth, of West Virginia was with her a few days previous to her death. Many relatives attended the funeral. Mrs. McClure was a woman of fine character and was a devout Christian from early womanhood to the hour of her death. She brought up her family right and under many difficulties and the sons lived to honor her for the sacrifices she had made in their behalf. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909



An accident resulting in the horrible death of the 3 year old child of Mr. and Mrs. George McCoy, of Tabor Creek, about 4 miles below Fort Gay, occurred last Thursday. The child was alone in the house with an open fire. From this the flames caught the little one’s clothing and before the mother reached it, it was burned nearly to a crisp. A physician was hastily summoned, but the child was past human aid. The funeral occurred the following day, conducted by the Rev. C. L. Diamond. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1909



This valley is the home of aged people. Not long since this paper told you of a patriarch in this county who is beyond doubt 104 years old. A woman died in this city recently whose age was beyond question 93 years. On Sunday night, at the home of William Goble on the Katy Friend Branch of Middle Creek, Floyd County, the death of perhaps the oldest woman in Kentucky occurred. Polly McGuire, age 108 years, had just retired to her bed, apparently in perfect health, and a few minutes later it was discovered that she ha died, without giving even the least sign of illness. It is certain that her death resulted from extreme age. She was born in the year of 1801, and remembered distinctly the vivid events of the war of 1812, which she related many times with great warmth and exciting interest. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1909



Shannon Branch—Death has again visited our community and taken from us Mrs. Vicy Moore, the beloved wife of Andy Moore. She was 48 years of age and a good Christian woman, a kind wife and mother. Besides her husband and 4 sons she leaves 4 sisters and 5 brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Apr 2,1909



John Osborne, 7? Years of age died at his home in Wayne County, WV, Sunday. He lived on Wolf Creek near Echo, and was a brother of W. T. Osborne, a merchant of Fort Gay. He was one of the best men in Wayne County, and was recognized by all who knew him. The Masonic fraternity conducted the funeral and it was largely attended. Big Sandy News, Apr 30,1909


RICE, Docia

Death has again visited our community and removed from the home of Dr. W. A. Rice and wife, their daughter, Docia. She was born Jul 21, 1886 departed this life Mar 23, 1909, aged 23 years 8 months and 2 days. She was converted in Jan 1902, under the ministry of the writer, and joined the M. E. Church, South, but was not baptized until Dec 24, 1908. She was a true Christian in every particular. She was always ready to do anything in her power for the cause of the Lord. She was kind to all with whom she met, the poorest little boy or girl found in her a friend. Death always chooses a shining mark. Her funeral was preached by the writer and the Rev. H. B. Hulette. After which she was laid to rest on the hill that overlooked their home. R.F. Rice, Fallsburg, KY. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909


SPARKS, Solomon

Mazie—Solomon Sparks died here Apr 1st. He was a good citizen and a lively member of the Baptist Church. He leaves a wife and 10 children. On Apr 2nd he was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Apr 9,1909



As the result of a head-on collision between a west bound and an east bound freight train on the N & W near Prichard early last Tuesday morning Fireman Spaulding, of Wheelersburg, OH, is dead and Brakeman Sam Kelley, of Dunlow, and Engineer Charles Ingalls, are badly injured. One of Kelley’s feet was cut off and Ingalls is cut and bruised very seriously. Kelly was riding on the engine when the accident occurred and was caught in the wreck. Spaulding’s father lives at Webb, east of Fort Gay. His wife is the N & W operator at Wheelersburg. Several trainmen saved themselves by jumping, but the fireman was buried under the engine and it was hours before his body could be taken from the ruins. Of the real cause of this bad wreck buy little is known. It is said that the engineer of the west bound train lost control of his engine. He had orders to take siding at Prichard, opposite Buchanan, on the C & O, but failed to stop as ordered. He had proceeded but a short distance when the east bound train came a long at a high rate of speed and the catastrophe ensued. A large number of cars were ruined and it was several hours before the track was cleared for traffic. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909


SULLIVAN, Mrs. Charity Clifford

Mrs. Charity Clifford Sullivan was born near Fort Gay, WV, on Dec 20, 1831. She died in Ashland, KY, Mar 30, 1909. She was the daughter of Frederick and Pamela Moore. When very young she became the wife of Rev. Christian Sullivan, a man prominent in Methodism. Mr. Sullivan died in 1864. Of this union there are 4 living children. These are Mrs. James Shannon, Henry and William Sullivan, of Louisa and a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Gallup, of Catlettsburg, and a brother, F. R. Moore, of this county are living. Many grandchildren, a great grandchild and numerous nephews and nieces are also living, Notwithstanding her advanced age Mrs. Sullivan maintained good health, barring some of the infirmities of those who are advanced in years. During the recent winter she suffered much with rheumatism, but no great alarm was felt until last Monday. Her condition grew serious and her children here were then summoned. They left on the first train for Ashland Tuesday morning but arrived too late to see their honored mother alive. On Wednesday the body of Mrs. Sullivan was brought to this city and carried to the residence of her son Henry. At 10:30 Thursday it was taken to the M. E. church South where the solemn funeral was held. At the conclusion of the service the body was taken to Pine Hill Cemetery, and there in the midst of those who were near and dear to her, bone of her bone and flesh of her flesh, the mortal remains of Mrs. Sullivan will rest. With the passing of Mrs. Sullivan a notable character has left the scenes of life. She was in many respects a remarkable woman. From her father and mother she inherited a mind of great strength and a brain of great power. She received a fine education and she supplemented this with a course of reading and study which ended only with her life. She was by nature a woman of great refinement, and this, with her rare culture, genial manner and attractive personality made her a most delightful companion. She was a woman of noble impulses, affectionate and charitable. Mrs. Sullivan was a devoted Christian. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909


THOMPSON, Jiimmie F.

Death paid the home of Lewis Thompson a visit on the 15th and took from father and mother their darling son, Jimmie F. Thompson, at the age of 31 years. He had been sick over 2 years with dreaded consumption. He leaves to mourn the loss, father and mother, wife and 5 sisters, 3 brothers and a host of friends. He was laid to rest on the 17th on Belves Branch, funeral was conducted by the Rev. Albert Miler. His brother, Willie has been sick with the same disease for over a year and he is expected to live but a short time. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1909



Kise Thompson, aged about 70 years, died at his home near Gallup, this county, on Wednesday of this week. Consumption caused his death. He leaves a family. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1909


VINSON, George L.

George L. Vinson, age 41 years, son of Lafayette Vinson, died at the home of his parents near Saltpeter, WV, last Friday morning, after a long illness caused by Bright’s disease. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Bernard Spencer of  Fort Gay. Mr. Vinson is survived by his widow, parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, Apr 9,1909



??? KY, Apr 18, 1909 J. ??? has returned from Wilton, ???? he and Miss Cora Brown ??? attended the funeral of ??  er-in-law, George Wallace, ???? killed in the mines last ???? Miss Cora will remain with the family several days. Wallace was reared on Big ???? had been in the Jellico ???? 12 or 14 years. He was the son of John Wallace, former ???? of mines ????? Torchlight.  ?? brothers, Clint Wallace, ??? bookkeeper, for the ??? Coal Co., at Peach Orchard. (The rest is too hard to make sense of.) Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1909


In another section—John Wallace, brother in law of James Brown of this city and cousin to Miss Cora Brown, was killed Thursday while working in the mines at Wilton, KY, Mr. and Mrs. Brown left for Wilton Thursday afternoon to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Apr 23,1909


Brother George Wallace was born Jan 4, 1872. Was married Apr 2, 1892 to Miss May Brown. To this union there was born 5 children of which 2 have preceded him to the spirit land. He was made a Knight of Phythias Aug 7th, 1905. He was also a member of the I.O.O. F., Encampment and I.O.R. M. On Wednesday, Apr 7th, while pursuing his occupation as a miner he met with a serious accident which proved fatal resulting in his death at 3 .am. Apr 8th. He leaves a wife, 3 children, a father, 10 brothers and one sister to mourn his untimely death. Big Sandy News, Apr 30,1909


WOOTEN, Lucinda E.

Lucinda E. Wooten departed this life Mar 31, 1908, aged 76 years. She was the mother of 12 children, 3 death and 9 living. She had for 50 years lived a true devoted Christian life and the last ten years of her life she was totally blind, but thank God, Grandma Wooten is in a country where there are no blind eyes or sickness. Adam Harmon. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1909


MAY 1909




Mrs. A. W. Blackburn died at her home on left fork of Little Blaine last Tuesday night, after an illness of only a few days. A few days ago she was lifting a heavy weight, when, to use her words, she felt something give away She immediately became very ill, grew worse rapidly and died as before stated. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1909


BOGGS, Fanny (Salters)

Yatesville—Died, on the 10th inst. Mrs. Fanny Boggs, wife of Sherman Boggs and the daughter of one of our best citizens, H. B. Salters. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. R. F, Rice. Mrs. Boggs had been raised a neighbor to us and had been a model girl all her life. Her funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909


BOGGS, James H.

Blaine--James H. Boggs, age 74, one of our county’s best and most respected old citizens, died of lagrippe on Saturday, May 17. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909


CARTER, Nancy (Prince)

Osie—Died on the 9 inst., Mrs. Nancy, wife of B. F. Carter. Her illness only lasted a few days. She was a daughter of John Prince, a good Christian woman. Her remains were laid to rest in the family graveyard the funeral was largely attended. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached at ??? sermon. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909


CARTRIGHT, Mrs. Walter

Denton—On the 15th inst. The home of Walter Cartright was visited by the reaper and called his wife to the rest. Mrs. Cartright was the daughter of A. J. Marcum, of this place, and was loved by all of her acquaintances. She had been married but a few years and her untimely death was a sad shock to all. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1909



The pale horse and its rider has again visited little Hurricane, WV and taken from home a beloved companion. Mother Chaffins, wife of Uncle Thomas Chaffins, and a dear mother of 7 children, 5 girls. Aunt Rhoda has lived out her time on earth and has gone to live in heaven. She was 85 years of age. And her loving husband who is only a step behind her is 87. “I will only say be faithful, uncle Tommy, only a few days more and you will join her in Heaven. Aunt Rhoda joined the Baptist Church when only 15 years old and has lived at true Christian life ever since. She was always kind and good to everybody and ever ready to help the poor. Funeral conducted by Rev. Miller. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1909



Paintsville—On last Saturday, the funeral of Alice Clevenger, wife of Isaac Clevenger, and her former husband, James Scott, son of Clay Scott, was held at the Christian Church on Joes Creek by Rev. M. C. Reynolds. James Scott died about 10 years ago, and it was his request that his funeral not be preached till his wife died, hence on last Saturday the double funeral was preached, she having passed away to the great beyond on last Friday night. She leaves a husband and 6 children. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1909


DAVIDSON, Lula M. (Heaberlin)

Mrs. Lula M. Davidson, wife of N. C. Davidson, passed away after a lingering illness at the home of her father, Mr. A. J. Heaberlin, Saturday. She had been a sufferer for more than a year, yet patient, kind and thoughtful of others all the while. Before her marriage to Mr. Davidson, she taught school with skill and ability in Kentucky and Wise County, VA and is still remembered by those who know her in this capacity as a worker true and kind, faithful in the performance of her duty. In her home life is found the merit of a true and ?? friend and loved one, a counsellor with those who had heavy burdens, never losing sight of the real object to which life should be given. At the age of 10 years she keenly appreciated the disastrous business failure of her father and employed every means in her power to assist in the care maintenance and education of her younger brothers and sisters.. When she was old enough to obtain a certificate to teach in common schools she bravely assumed the responsibility of teacher in which, as in all other undertaking she has more than successful, as hundreds of patrons in Kentucky and Virginia will attest. She was a Christian of beautiful faith and trust and the only regret expressed was that she had not been baptized. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, father and mother, 4 brothers and 4 sisters and a large ????? She was buried in the Davidson family cemetery near ??? Ferry, Monday, after a funeral service held by Rev S. H. Johnson, pastor of Gate City Baptist Church. Born Feb 21, 1880, died May 1, 1909 aged 39 years 2 months and 10 days. Gate City Herald. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1909



David Delong, of Martin County, was killed near the Breaks of Sandy last Friday by a log rolling over him. He was in the employ of the Yellow Poplar Lumber company, and at the time of the accident was assisting in unloading a logging train. The logs were being run into the Levisa Fork of Big Sandy River at a point opposite the mouth of Pound River in Virginia. A tram road brings the logs to the river at that point. Mr. Delong died in 12 minutes after the accident. Mr. Delong had been a faithful employee of this company filling many important positions. His father and people live in Martin County and his body was sent there for burial. The victim of this accident was about 35 years old and unmarried. He was a son of Hon. J. P. Delong, who represented the counties of Martin and Johnson in the Kentucky Legislature a few years ago. Miss Lutie Delong, formerly a teacher in the Kentucky Normal College at this place, is a sister of the man who was killed. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1909


DOBBINS, William H.

He was born Nov 9, 1840 in Lawrence County, KY. His early life was spent on his father’s farm near Gallup. He was of a romantic disposition and was very fond of hunting. The dark hollows and fertile valleys with their giant oaks and tall pines seemed to welcome him in their midst. His home was the nature where the grapevines meander around the tall trees and the songs of the birds and the flutter of their wings could be heard as he sat on the bank of some stream where the willows bowed their heads and the swift current rushed their glittering crystals on to the waters of the deep. Thus in peace and happiness his youth passed swiftly by. At the age of 21 he enlisted in the civil in Co., H, 14 KY, V. 1, 23 A. C. and was with Sherman in his celebrated march to the sea.


One of the first battles was fought May 14 and 15, 1864, at Resaca, GA, Sherman sent McPherson to seize Resaca and cut off Johnston’s supplies by railroad, but Johnston availed himself of this opportunity and placed his own army in this desirable position. Sherman with 100,000 troops, marched against Resaca and surrounded the north and west, but Johnston with 55,000 troops refused to leave his entrenchments and Sherman would not attack him Finally an elevated position was gained and the railroad bridge across the Ostenaula River was destroyed Johnston seeing his critical condition retreated on the night of the 15th. He then took position on Kennesaw Mountain. Sherman followed him closely with 100,000 Federal troops, and on the 17 of June, 1864, an assault was ordered by Sherman in which nearly 3,000 Federals were missing in killed and wounded. His brave soldiers rushed up the hill only to fall into the jaws of death and their cries and pains of agony as related by the old soldier seemed to be greater than they were able to stand. He also fought in the battles of Atlanta, Columbia, Peach Tree Creek, Johnsonville, Middle Creek and many others.


Mr. Dobbins was honorably discharged at Louisa, KY, Jan 21, 1865 and returned to his home and has been a successful farmer until he met the terrible death which is told by the ones who found him as follows:

On Sunday, Apr 19, someone had set the woods on fire, and it being near Mr. Dobbins’ fence, he told his wife that he would go up and see about it. He ran up after Mr. Gilkerson and some friends to help extinguish the fire. They came down and went to fighting and worked about 2 hours becoming afraid that something had happened to the old gentleman, Mr. Gilkerson set out in search for hi. On going about 50 yards from where he had been working his eyes were cast on one of the saddest scenes that he had ever witnessed the old gentleman was lying upon his face, burned to death, without a stitch of clothes or raiment to testify in his behalf. He had only been working about 20 minutes when it was thought by some way his clothes caught fire and he had run about 30 yards from where he had been working and had fallen down upon his face to die. When we beheld the scene our minds went back to the twilight of American history. We thought of the savage Indians lashing his captors to the stake and torturing them in the most barbarous was that could be done.  In conclusion we will say that he offered his life for his country and his foot prints still remain upon Kennesaw’s bloody mountain and his weary march to the sea will be remembered as long as history is recorded. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909



Dr. Ed Frank, a native of Prestonsburg, but practicing medicine last at Catlettsburg, committed suicide by shooting himself through the head in Greenwood Cemetery, Lexington. The following note, written on a Read Hotel letter head, was found in Dr. Frank’s coat: The derelict, etc, will cross over the river and cut under the shade May God have mercy on my soul. It all hinges on if Christ be risen. I can’t avoid what I must face. The inevitable must be met gamely. I trust the reporters will be lenient for the sake of those who in life trusted me. I could register and die in a hotel, but it would be an imposition, I only trust the end will come speedily and I will not have to linger. It cost me $300 to procure $12.50. I used it trying to figure out a way to a new start in life; the balance to help me die. I have no one to turn to, so God grant I have the nerve to pull the trigger. E. D. Frank. Frank was an optician and a few years ago he was in this city, remaining only a short time. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1909


HAMMES, Peter, Sr.

Peter Hammes, Sr., who with his family, lived here several years ago died recently in Jackson, OH, aged 84 years. The old man was a tailor and quite eccentric. His son Peter and several grandchildren live at Wayne. His wife died here many years ago. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1909


HAWES, Mrs. Lys (Paulina Carter)

Mrs. Lys Hawes died at her home in Ashland on Friday last of fever. Her body was brought to her former home near Yatesville, where it was buried last Sunday. The Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral services. Mrs. Hawes was a daughter of “Slasher” James Carter, deceased, and was a good, highly respected woman. She was the mother of Dr. Hez, Hawes of Warfield. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909


Yatesville—The wife of Ulysses Haws, who died in Greenup County on the 14th inst. Was brought here and interred in the Elkins graveyard on Sunday the 16th. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. The burial was largely attended. Mrs. Haws was a good Christian lady and highly esteemed by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909


Mrs. Paulina Haws, wife of U. G. Haws, and daughter of “Slasher” Jim Carter, was born Jan 10, 1849 and departed this life May 14, 1909, aged 60 years, 4 months and 4 days. She joined the M. E. Church, South and was converted when 16 years old, and lived a true devoted Christian until her death. She was the mother of 8 children, 2 of which have gone to heaven and 6 remains on earth to mourn the loss of a dear mother. But they do not mourn as those that have no hope, for their loss on this earth is the angels gain in heaven. Mrs. Haws was loved, honored and respected by all who knew her. She was a kind hearted woman and ever ready to help the poor and needy. She was good to visit the sick. Big Sandy news, May 28, 1909


HICKS, Mrs. William

Denton—Mrs. William Hicks died on the 17tyh after only a few days sickness. She was the daughter of Joe Branham of this place. This is the second daughter of Mr. Branham’s that has been taken in the past month or 6 weeks. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1909


MEYERS, Mrs. William

Mrs. William Myers, wife of Conductor “Billy” Myers died at her home in Greenup on Monday last, after years of sickness and great suffering caused by cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Myers was a most esteemed woman liked by all who knew her. For several years she and her husband lived at Richardson where they kept hotel. Interment occurred on Wednesday at Greenup. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1909


MORRIS, Rev. B. B.

Blaine—Rev. B. B. Morris, age 76, one of our very best citizens, died Sunday, May 16th. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909



The aged wife of John Picklesimer is lying at the point of death at her residence in this city. About 10 days ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis and since that time has rapidly failed. She is 79 years old, but up to the recent attack she seemed to be in the enjoyment of excellent health. Her son, James Henry Picklesimer, of Franklin Furnace, OH and Mr. Picklesimer’s youngest brother, Phillip Picklesimer of Mud Lick, Johnson County are her at the bedside of their aged relative. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1909



On Sunday night last James Porter, a night watchman on the N & W was struck by No. 4 and instantly killed. He had probably left his watch-box to take a walk and had laid down on the track and gone to sleep. Nearly every bone in his body was broken. He was about 25 years old and married. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909


Felix, WV—A very bad accident happened last Saturday night. Jim Porter, a temporary watchman one mile east of Glen Hays station, was run over and killed by the fast train No. 4. His head was mashed severely and both legs broken. No. 4 picked up the body and took it to Webb to be made ready for burial It is not exactly known what was the cause of his being down on the track. It is thought he had gone from the watch-box to flag No. 4, and while waiting had fallen asleep on the track. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1909


QUEEN, Cleveland

William Queen, the livery man of this place, received a telegram on Tuesday informing him of the death of his brother, Cleveland Queen, at Silver City, New Mexico, and asking what disposition should be made of the body. Orders were immediately sent to send the body to Ashland where it will be met by relatives and taken to the Queen home place on East Fork for interment. The remains will probably reach Ashland tomorrow. Young
Queen joined the army nearly 3 years ago, enlisting at the recruiting station at this place. Not long after his enlistment he showed evidences of consumption and he was discharged from the service. Some time ago he went to the Government hospital at Silver City for treatment and it was thought he was improving. In fact, he had written home that he was coming back, and his arrival was expected when the news of his death shocked his friends and relatives here. Besides William, there is a brother named Herbert, who is employed at Torchlight. Cleveland Queen is the third of the family to die away from home. His mother died suddenly at Nelsonville, OH, several years ago and a brother was killed by an N & W train at Portsmouth about a year ago. He was a brakeman on the road and had served only 5 days. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1909


ROBINSON, Mrs. William

Mrs. William Robinson died at her home on Mill Creek Sunday. She had been a sufferer for a long time from dropsy. Burial took place at Wellman graveyard. Funeral services were held by Rev. William Jarrel. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1909


SIMS, Charles

Charles Sims, colored, a laborer employed on the dam at Chapman was accidentally drowned in the river at that place Tuesday afternoon. He had been unloading cement, and as it is dirty work he went to his tent when the shift quit work, to take a bath. Going to the river for water he said to a fellow workman that the water felt warm and he would go in for a swim. He went in, and being a good swimmer swam to the opposite shore on his back. He started back and swam into deeper water and almost immediately sank. He came to the surface and his struggles attracted immediate attention and one of the Messrs. Skene and a fellow employee started in skiffs to his assistance. Before help reached him Sims went to the bottom. Several men were at once on the spot and by the direction of Mr. Skene one of them plunged into the river and dived for the unfortunate man. He was successful and came up with the body in about 5 minutes from the time Sims went down. All possible efforts were made to resuscitate him but without avail. Sims was a member of the colored Odd Fellows, and in charge of one of the order, the body was shipped via the N & W to a place near Norton, VA. Sims had worked several years for the Messrs. Skene by whom he was much esteemed. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909


SLOAN, Mrs. Lear

Mrs. Lear Sloan, an aged lady of Cains Creek, near here, was found dead in her yard on the 7th. Heart failure is supposed to have been the cause of her death. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1909


SOWARDS, Mrs. James M.

Mrs. James M. Sowards died at her home in Pikeville last Thursday, after a very short illness. She was the daughter of the late Judge A. J. Auxier and a niece of Mrs. Cynthia Stewart of Louisa. Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. H. C. Sullivan attended the funeral. Mrs. Sowards was recognized as one of the best women in Pikeville. Accomplished and energetic, she was from early womanhood prominently identified with all the good movements of her native town and her death is a serious loss to that community. She was the only daughter of Judge Auxier. Her other and 3 brothers, husband and 3 children survive. A baby born 2 days before the death of Mrs. Sowards was buried with her. The ages of the surviving children are 18, 14, and 7 years. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1909



Gallup—On the night of Apr 27, death called away Mr. C. C. Thompson. Mr. Thompson had been ill for some time with tuberculosis. All that kind hands could co for him of both friend and family was done. Mr. Thompson was aged about 60 years. He was a hard-working, sober, good citizen. He is survived by 9 children and a wife. He was taken to the head of Little Blaine to the Miller graveyard for interment. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1909



Adams—The angel Death has again paid the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Thompson a visit and taken another son, Willie, at the age of 28 years. He was taken sick with consumption in September, 1907, and since never knew what rest was till on May 8th, he gently fell asleep in Jesus. About a month ago he gave his heart to Jesus and was converted. He leaves to mourn their loss an aged father and mother, loving wife, 2 brothers and 5 sistes and a host of friends. His brother Jimmie died Apr 16th with the same disease, after 2 years’ illness. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1909



Death has visited another home and taken a precious jewel, leaving it late and father, mother, brothers, sisters are broken hearted and sad. Charley Thornsbury, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Thornsbury, age 19 years, died Apr 30, 1909. He took sick at his home Apr 25th, and after a brief illness passed away ???? the redeemed and blood washed throng. All was done that loving hands could do but in vain. The swift winged angle of death had come for him. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1909



The youngest child of Dick Vinson died of bowel trouble last Sunday after an illness of several days. It was a boy, about 13 months old. Interment occurred the following day. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1909


WEBB, Mrs. Joe

Mrs. Joe Webb, of this county, died on last Friday night after a lingering illness caused by tuberculosis of the lungs. The funeral occurred the following Sunday at the Walnut Grove Church and was very largely attended. The services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hulette. The deceased was an excellent wife and mother, much respected by all who knew her. The family lived in this city for a short time, coming here for the benefit of 4 daughters, who attended the K. N. C. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1909



JUNE 1909


BORDERS, Charley

Paintsville, KY, Jun 5, 1909—Charley Borders fell asleep in the arms of Him whose pleasure it was to receive such on Thursday morning, May 27, at Wheeling, WV, where he and his sister were visiting their cousin, Mrs. J. J. Emerick. Here the same dreadful disease, typhoid fever, that took his father and mother, Will and Emma Borders from their earthly home 19 year ago, seized this young man in his blooming days and he, too, had to succumb to its ravages in less than 8 days time. His body was brought here on the evening train Friday, accompanied by his brother and sister, Homer and Anna, M. L. Ford, Henry Borders, Eugene Davis and James Ford. The remains were kept over night at his grandfather, William Borders and Saturday morning were removed to his grandfather, James M. Davis, where the funeral services were held by Revs. J. H. Howe and Fred Preston. The services were largely attended and their talks most fitting. He was laid to rest Saturday in the Davis family cemetery. He belonged to the U. S. Army, in which he was serving his 7th year. As a soldier he had won distinction and honor and as a token of respect his fellow soldiers sent $25 for floral purposes.  Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1909


BOWE, James

James Bowe, an old Louisian who has lived near Sitka, Johnson County, died at his home on Tuesday last, aged 73 years. Mr. Bowe was a brother of Mrs. Henderson Hale, deceased and was the last of quite a large family of brothers and sisters. He was the father of Mrs. Jeff McClure. He died of dropsy. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1909


BROWN, Thomas R.

Thomas R. Brown, whose lingering illness had been noted in this paper, died at his home in Catlettsburg at an early hour last Monday morning. The immediate cause of his death was nephritis and dilation of the heart. Mr. Brown was senior member of the law firm of Brown & Martin, ranking among the leading lawyers of the State and enjoying an extensive and lucrative practice. He was born in Pikeville and was 54 years old. His early education was received in this state. He was afterward graduated from the University of Virginia and from a law school in Louisville. He was a son of the late Judge George N. Brown. The funeral took place Wednesday morning and was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Garrison of the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Brown is survived by Mrs. Brown and 3 children, Alex L. Brown, Mrs. Robert O. Poage, of Ashland, and Miss Florence Brown. He had several relatives in this city among whom are Mrs. Hannah Lackey and Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Lackey. Mr. Brown was a man of engaging personality and had many friends who will keenly feel the loss sustained in his death. His wife was Miss Mary Lackey, to whom he was married in this city on Dec 11, 1878. Big Sandy News, Jun 25.1909



The infant child of Boss Hampton died in Louisa an Saturday last. He was taken to the Riffe burying ground near Yatesville for interment. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1909



On Thursday morning of last week in the coal mines at Logan, WV, Joe Hensley, of Buchanan, was instantly killed by being thrown from a car in the mines. The exact way in which Hensley met his death is not known, but it is thought he was suddenly jerked off the car and it then ran over him Hensley was only 17 years old and is a brother of Millard Hensley, who is employed at the lock in Catlettsburg. The remains were sent to Buchanan Saturday morning on the O & B S train. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1909


JUSTICE, Millard

Millard Justice, aged 19 son of Dave Justice, while working on timber last Sunday evening was drowned. He was a young school teacher of Pike County, and quite popular with all who knew him. Pikeville Herald. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1909



John Kazee, age 82, died near Willard recently and was buried near his home. He was a soldier of the sixties and a good citizen. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1909



Webbville—Mrs. Jane Kitchen, wife of Levi Kitchen, deceased, died at her home near Willard on the 13th of this month. Mrs. Kitchen’s sickness was of only a few days. She was taken violently ill on Friday night, dying Sunday night. She was in her 82nd year, and was the mother of John W. Kitchen, W. A. Kitchen, F. L. Kitchen, James Kitchen, Mrs. L. C. Prichard and Mrs. Giles Green and the sister of Col. S. L. Bays of Carter County. Mrs. Kitche was one of the oldest citizens of Carter County. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1909



Miss Rosa Pennington, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sarah Mullins, May 17, 1909, of that dreaded disease, consumption. She was about 19 years of age and was loved by all who knew her. She said before she died she was ready to meet her Savior. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1909



Mrs. Effie Rayburn, wife of Robert Rayburn, and daughter of J. H. O’Daniel was born May 15, 1874, departed this life May 17, 1909, aged 35 years 2 days. She was converted when young and lived a devoted Christian until her death. She leaves a mother, a husband, and 7 children to mourn the loss of an obedient daughter, a loving wife and tender mother. But they do not mourn as those that have no hope. She has gone to join her father, brothers and sisters and to be with the angels. She was loved and honored by all who knew her. Her funeral was preached by Bros. Dean and Ball at Buchanan Chapel and she was laid to rest by the side of her father, sister and brother to await the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1909


REMY, Lelvurn

Lelvurn G. Remy, aged 21 years, a son of Judge John Remy, out of Olive Hill, but who has been working at Portsmouth for some time, was killed by an N & W train sometime Saturday night just below Hanging Rock, OH. His body was found early Sunday morning and papers in the dead man’s pockets revealed his identity. Big Sandy news, Jun 25, 1909


ROSE, Laura

Osie—In the death of Laura Rose this community, has lost one of its noble women. She has joined her mother and 2 sisters, who crossed the cold river of death some years ago. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1909



The infant child of R. A. Stone was taken to the hospital shortly after the death of its mother in the hope that by good nursing it would live. For a short time it seemed to thrive, but it soon began to fail, and on Monday night it died of inanition. On Tuesday afternoon the little body was buried beside the mother in the Jones graveyard, never to know aught of pain or sorrow. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1909


STONE, Mrs. Jennie Jones

After several days of intense suffering Mrs. Jennie Jones Stone, the wife of Sheriff R. A. Stone, passed from earth at an early hour yesterday morning. She had been in poor health for several months and after giving birth to a child on last Saturday morning she failed rapidly. She left a husband, 2 children and a sister, Miss Addie Jones. The latter has been attending Marshall College, Huntington, and arrived home on Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Stone was the oldest daughter of John W. Jones and his second wife, both deceased. She was born in this city 25 years ago. As a child she was ll that a daughter should be. As a wife she was devotedly attached to her husband, and as a mother she loved unselfishly and intensely. Mrs. Stone was in every respect a most estimable woman. She was a member of the Southern Methodist Church and lived the life of an humble Christian. She was empathically a home woman, thinking and ??? more for her husband and children than for anything else. She will be buried today (Friday). Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1909


VINSON, George Randall

Death visited the home of Richard Vinson and wife on the 22nd of May, and took from them their darling baby, George Randall, aged one year one month and 12 days. He was laid to rest in the Pine Hill Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hutchinson. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1909


YOUNG, Marion

On Sunday last Marion Young, of Nippa, Johnson County, while standing in the front door of his residence, was struck by lightning and instantly killed. Mr. Young was a prominent citizen of that section of the country. He was a member of the Baptist Church and active in its affairs. He was an uncle of Henry and A. B. Young, of this place, and was about 65 years old. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1909


JULY 1909



BOLT, Mary

Miss Mary Bolt, of Portsmouth formerly residing near the Boyd-Lawrence line, died in Portsmouth last week, and the remains were brought to this county for burial. The decedent has numerous relatives and friends in this county, all of whom are greatly grieved over her demise. The Portsmouth Times had this to say of Miss Bolt’s death: Miss Mary Bolt, shoe worker died at the home of her stepmother, Mrs. Amanda Ellis, 260 East Eleventh Street, Friday morning. She had been seriously ill for several weeks, contracting pneumonia fever during the last stages of her illness. Miss Bolt was in a runaway accident July 4th, but the doctors who attended her state that her injuries in no way led to her death. She was a bright girl shoe worker, and was loved by her friends and acquaintances, who now mourn her death. She is survived by 3 brothers, Leo, Theodore and Willard and also 3 sisters, Leva Burton, Clara Damron and Alice Bolt. Besides these she leaves a stepmother, Mrs. Amanda Ellis and 2 half-brothers, Matt and Clyde Ellis. Two aunts of Mary Bolt, Mrs. Louis Workman and Nan Strother, of Boyd County, KY are in the city to attend the funeral. The services will be held at the home on Friday evening, the body to be taken to Lawrence County, KY for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1909


BURNS, Rowland Therman

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Burns died last Monday morning after an illness of about a week. The serious condition of the child was apparent for only 2 or 3 days previous to his death. The funeral took place at the residence Tuesday morning conducted by Rev. G. C. Hutchinson, pastor of the M. E. Church South. Rev. G. G. Riggan, of the Baptist Church, assisted with the service. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery, in the presence of a large number of sympathetic friends. Little Rowland Thernan Burns was one year old on Jun 8th. He was the first boy to come into this home of which 2 little girls had already made their appearance. Also, this was the first grandson of Judge R. T. Burns to bear the family name and the Judge’s full name. The little fellow was the idol of his parents and grandparents and his death is a heavy blow to all of them. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1909



Amanda Chandler, of Georges Creek died on Saturday and was buried the following day. She was a highly respectable woman quite well known in Louisa. Her disease was consumption. Big Sandy news, Jul 30, 1909


On July 25, death entered the home of James H. Chandler, and bore his loving daughter to the home of the blest. She was about 20 years of age, and fell a victim to consumption. She was preceded to the grave by her mother, 2 sisters and one brother, all of whom fell victims to the same disease. Rev. John E. Conley, preached the funeral sermon at Walnut Grove church Sunday. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 2909



Departed this life Jul 10, 1909, Harry Chaffin, aged 30 years 7 months and 25 days. He left a wife and 6 small children to mourn their loss. Harry was a son of W. S. Chaffin. He was a king son and loving husband and father. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1909



Torchlight—The home of Robert Craft is a home of  sorrow this week caused by the death of an 18 months old girl, the youngest of the family. The little sufferer was sick only about a week. Death came as a relief last Monday afternoon. On Tuesday the remains were buried in the Wellman graveyard, funeral rites conducted by Revs. New, Hickman and Fraley. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1909


DAMRON, Sallie

Sallie the infant child of G. W. Damron and wife, died in Huntington Friday last. The body was taken to Peach Orchard for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 30,1909



Ed Fannin, son of Thomas Fannin, of Chestnut, near Whitehouse, was instantly killed in a coal mine at Red Jacket, WV on Monday last by falling slate. The body was brought to this place on Tuesday, via the N & W and shipped to his former home. He was 18 years old and unmarried. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1909



F. Fleming for a long time with the Northern Coal & Coke Co., but who for the past 3 years had been employed by J. C. C. Mayo, of Paintsville, in looking after his extensive mineral land interests, died at Paintsville Saturday from cancer. Mr. Fleming is survived by his wife and 2 sons, Earl and William. The remains, accompanied by the family, R. A. Patrick, G. C. Copeland and Miss Emma Wallace, of Louisa, were brought to Ashland on the O & B. S. train and taken over the Lexington division to Mt. Carmel, IL, near Louisville, for interment. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1909


HAGER, Harry H.

Harry H. Hager, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Hager, of Ashland, died Sunday about noon, at the home of his parents. Though he had been in declining health for the past few years, his condition had been critical but 3 weeks and death was due to tubercular trouble. Mr. Hager was born in Paintsville, May 19, 1864. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1909


HALCOM, Ezekiel

Sacred Wind, KY—The many friends of Ezekiel Halcom of this place were sorry to hear of his death which occurred at Everett, Wash. He was engineer on a train and was killed while on duty. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn their loss. His wife was a daughter of N. O. Gambill, of this place. She has the sympathy of all here. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1909


HOLT, Mrs. Mont

Between 7 and 8 o’clock on last Sunday evening, Mrs. Mont Holt, wife of County Clerk Holt, died at her home in this city after a lingering illness of tuberculosis of the lungs. Her sickness was accompanied by much suffering and death, undreaded, was welcome to the patient wife and mother. On Tuesday morning the body was taken to Busseyville, once Mrs. Holt’s home, and in the Methodist Church of the little village the service for the dead was held conducted by her pastor, the Rev. Thomas Hanford. Interment was made shortly after the conclusion of the exercises. Mrs. Holt was a daughter of the late Oliver Wellman and Mrs. George Burgess, of Georges Creek. She left a husband and 3 children, one very young, to mourn the loss of an affectionate wife and devoted mother. She was 32 years old. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1909


HUGHES, Jarred

Jarred Hughes, a well-known and highly respected citizen of this county, died at his home 5 miles from Louisa on Saturday last after a long and painful illness. Interment near his late residence was made on the following day. He left a widow and several children, all grown, to mourn the loss of a good husband and father. His illness was caused by an affection of the liver. Mr. Hughes was in all respects a good citizen. He was an industrious man, sober, moral and honest. Such men are sadly missed when death call them away, and Jarred Hughes will be missed and long remembered by his neighbors. He was about 65 years of age. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1909


JOHNSON, Mrs. John T.

Mrs. Johnson, widow of the late Rev. John T. Johnson, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rutherford of Central City last Thursday morning after an extended illness. She and her husband, who has been dead about a year, were well known throughout this section, the latter being a prominent minister of the M. E. Church, South. Mrs. Johnson’s remains were taken to Round Bottom ?? Prichard, WV for interment. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1909


JUSTICE, William

William Justice, of Grayson, was killed in a pistol duel at a Fourth of July platform dance at Foley, Logan county, on last Tuesday night, his slayer being Sherd Baldwin, the town marshal of Foley. The killing is said to have been indirectly the result of an old quarrel between the 2 men although it is said to have arisen immediately out of an attempt by Justice to interfere, with Baldwin while the latter was beating a woman. Foley is a mining town 6 miles above Logan at Dingess run. The people of that community had made great preparation for Fourth of July celebration, part of which was to be a platform dance at a platform owned and conducted by Justice. The dance began with a great number of people in attendance.


Details of the affair are meagre, but it seems that Baldwin had gone to the dance accompanied by a woman relative said to have been his daughter. During the progress of the revel this woman in some way aroused the jealousy of another woman, who attacked her, inflicting a severe beating before Baldwin could or did interfere. When he did interfere, however, he attacked the second woman fiercely, knocking her down and kicking her. At this juncture Justice appeared, ordered Baldwin to leave the woman alone and not to kick her again. Heedless of the warning, Baldwin struck the prostrate woman with his foot, whereupon, Justice pulled a revolver and fired at him. Baldwin ??? knocked aside the weapon of his adversary, drew his own revolver and shot, the bullet entering Justice’s side, producing instant death. The affair created tremendous excitement and as the bystanders were inclined to take up the quarrel, it looked for a time as if there might be more serious trouble. The disturbance was quieted after a time and the crowd dispersed. Baldwin was arrested. The body of Justice was taken to Logan, prepared for burial, and then shipped to Grayson for interment. A man named William Crispin was fatally wounded. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1909


LESTER, Andrew

Andrew Lester, who lived on East Fork, some 10 or 12 miles southwest of Catlettsburg, was instantly killed by a falling tree last Friday afternoon. Lester was an employee of the Vansant Lumber Company and at the time he was killed he was on a timber truck, riding near the camp. Just as the truck was passing by a big poplar, the tree fell on the truck, almost instantly killing Lester and the horse which was pulling the truck. James Young, a fellow employee, was struck by the branches of the tree and thrown some distance but escaped serious injury. Lester was 42 years old, an industrious, hard-working man. He and his wife and 6 children were reared on Durbin Creek, where the family was well-known. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1909



Ulysses—The little 7 year old son of James Lowe and wife died of typhoid  fever Jun 5th. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1909



Adams—James S. Miller received a letter from his brother-in-law, James Parker, telling of the death of his son Burns Parker, who was drowned on the 15th at Thacker, WV. He was 15 years old. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1909


SMITH, John N.

John N. Smith of Morgan County not far from the Lawrence line, died at Riverview hospital at an early hour last Monday morning. For a  long time Mr. Smith had suffered from an effusion of blood into the left side of his chest. The origin of his trouble is not known exactly. It is possible that he had at some time an attack of pleurisy which caused the original effusion. For this he had been tapped. In a short time Mr. Smith’s chest began to swell again. The fluid filled the entire left chest cavity, seriously interfering with circulation and respiration. He grew rapidly worse and it was thought advisable to again seek surgical relief. To this end he was brought to our hospital, arriving here on Saturday last, accompanied by his brother and Dr. Con Rice, of Blaine. He was delirious when he entered the hospital, in poor shape for an operation. The gravity of the case was explained to Mr. Smith’s brother, but it was known that the only hope lay in an operation and on Sunday it was done. More than a gallon of blood was drawn from the chest and the blood was followed by a large quantity of serum. For a time Mr. Smith seemed to improve. He bore the operation without the use of any but local anesthesia and seemed strong, but about 4 o’clock Monday morning he died. Undertaker Snyder took charge of the body and sent it to the home of the deceased. Mr. Smith was about 55 years of age. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1909


TAYLOR, Zellie

Saturday morning, Jun 26th, Mrs. Zellie Taylor died at her father’s at Buchanan, aged 23 years 1 month and 19 days. She had been very ill for some time and her death was a great shock to her relatives and friends. She was converted about 4 years ago and had lived a good woman ever since. She was the daughter of James Edmund and wife of John Taylor. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. The funeral was conducted by Rev. John Buckley and burial was in the cemetery at Buchanan Chapel. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1909




BARTON, Robert

Robert Barton, whose illness was noted in this paper some time ago died at his home in Catlettsburg on Wednesday last, aged ?? years. He was born in Virginia and married a daughter of the late Frank Preston of Paintsville. He left a widow and 5 children. Mr. Barton was one of the foremost business men of Catlettsburg, ranking high as a man and citizen. His death is much regretted by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1909


BULL, Mrs. Edward

Mrs. Edward Bull, of Goodloe, Floyd County, died at  Huntington at the home of her father in law, W. H. Bull. She had been ill for several weeks with tuberculosis. The deceased leaves a husband and infant son. It is likely that the remains will be taken to Goodloe and interred in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 27 1909


BURTON, Christina

On last Saturday afternoon while Mrs. Christian Burton, of this city, was doing some trifling work in her garden she was stricken with apoplexy and died the next day. The body was taken to Blaine on Monday and was there buried. The deceased was the widow of A. M. C. Burton and mother of Mrs. Holbrook and Mrs. R. S. Chaffin, of Louisa. She was 83 years old. The Rev. Walker, of Paintsville, John Stumbo, Mrs. Pat Crager, of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Daniels, of Whitehouse and Mr. and Mrs. David Burton, of Paintsville, attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1909


CARTER, Lorenzo

Evergreen—Died, the 15th inst. Lorenzo Carter. He leaves a wife and 2 sons,. Ren was a quiet, peaceable man and had been living a Christian life for about 4 years. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1909



Polly’s Chapel—Died, Aug 20th, Jerry Cooksey, son of A. J. Cooksey, near Marvin. He leaves a wife, 4 children, a father, 5 brothers, 4 sisters and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his death. He was interred in the cemetery near his home. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Cassady and Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Aug 27,1909



Buchanan—An infant child of Wade Crank died here last week and was buried at Buchanan Chapel. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909


DALE, Roscoe

Henry Owens, colored, 30 years old, shot and killed Roscoe Dale, a white man, near Sublett, KY in Magoffin County. A double barrel shotgun was used to do the killing. Dale had warned Owens to stay away from his house and had some business away from home, and returned sooner than he was expected, and found Owens in the house He ordered him away and as he went shot at him. Owens returned the fire killing Dale instantly. Owens came to town and surrendered. Big Sandy News, Aug 27,1909


DILLS, Lysle

The body of Lysle Dills, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dills, who was drowned Wednesday evening at the south of Hampton City, while in bathing in the Big Sandy River, was recovered about 9 o’clock the same night. The unfortunate youth, it is said, could not swim, and was also lame in one of his arms which was partially paralyzed, one of his legs being also afflicted so as to be of little service. He had gotten onto a small log and paddled to where the water was probably 12 feet deep and losing his hold on the log slipped off and went to the bottom. The government lock closed only a mile below, caused an eddy in the water so that the body failed to drift and was found within a few feet of where it went down. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1909



Woods—A. J. Dotson, of Waynesburg, formerly of this place, died the 24th. His remains were brought to this place for burial. Big Sandy News , Aug 6, 1909



At 2 o’clock Monday afternoon just as train No. 39 was passing the coal tipple of the Middle Creek Coal Co., Ira Frazier, of Prestonsburg, stepped from the sidetrack onto the main line, directly in front of the engine No. 812. The pilot struck him on the head, crushing his skull. He lived only 43 minutes, passing away without regaining consciousness. The noise from the coal tipple is supposed to have drowned the sound of the approaching train and Frazier stepped in front of the engine with no thought that he was in any danger. There were 4 eyewitnesses to the tragedy, none of whom attach any blame to the engineer. The train was  held nearly 2 hours while the County Coroner impaneled a jury and held an inquest. Frazier was between 45 and 50 years old. He had been married twice and left a widow and 10 children. We learn that no possible blame could be attached to the engineer or any other employee of the railroad. The engineer, Tom Songer, is noted for sobriety and carefulness, and the other trainmen are equally reliable. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1909



After an illness which confined him to his bed only 3 or 4 days, Stephen Hiltbruner, a well known and highly respected citizen of Louisa, died near noon on Tuesday last. He had been a sufferer from Bright’s disease for nearly 15 years, but, so far as known, he had not consulted a physician for this trouble until about 2 weeks before his death. On Friday last Mr. Hiltbruner came over from his home near Sam Bartram’s, on the Point, and expressed himself as feeling much better, only weak. He suddenly grew worse on Saturday but refused to allow his physician to be sent for. He became unconscious during the night, and Dr. Wroten and later, Dr. York were sent for. All they could do was unavailing and he died at the time mentioned of uremic poisoning. Interment was made on Wednesday morning in Fulkerson Cemetery under the direction of the Louisa Lodge of Odd Fellows, an organization of which Mr. Hiltbruner had long been a worthy member. At the grave the Rev. Dr. Hanford, of the M. E. Church, spoke some suitable words and offered prayer. Hiram Hiltbruner, of Atlanta, GA, brother of the deceased, had been telegraphed for and he arrived a short time before his brother died. Mrs. Anna Hite, of Catlettsburg, an aunt of the deceased was at the funeral. Stephen Hiltbruner was about 68 years of age and married. His wife was Miss Angie Spradlin, of Floyd County. They had no children. The deceased was a captain in the Civil War and served his country well. He came to Louisa from Ceredo many years ago and worked at his trade as tinsmith. He was an industrious, hard working man, honest and capable. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1909



On Sunday morning last, about 3 o’clock, while George Montgomery, operator in the N & W office at Fort Gay, was returning from the station to his home at Saltpeter he was startled to discover the mangled dead body of a man on the track nor far from the residence of John Peters. The point where the body was found is about 3 miles east of fort Gay. Those living near the place were  hastily aroused, and investigation revealed that the unfortunate man was Sam Jones, son of a widow who lived in the neighborhood of Saltpeter. Later on it was learned that Jones had got off No. 4 at Fort Gay that morning, returning from some point in Ohio, and he had evidently started to walk home. No. 4 not stopping at Saltpeter. There is a deep cut where he met his untimely death and one of the many trains passing had crushed out his life. The young man was 22 years of age and unmarried. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1909



Mead’s Branch—Death visited the home of Commodore Kise and took from him his darling baby. Jesus said “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of Heaven.” Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1909



After lingering in the shadow of death for the past 3 months, Mrs. Rachel Kitchen, wife of F. R. Kitchen, died at her home at Webbville on the 28th of July. Mrs. Kitchen was 83 years old. Aunt Rachel and Uncle Flem were the oldest citizens in this community. For 64 years they have walked hand in hand in happy wedlock, living a Christian life, filling each day with deeds of kindness and Christian love. Forty years ago they gave themselves to their Savior, uniting with the Christian Church, and with hands clasped walked down into the water and ere baptized.  There were never any children to bless this home of their own, still there has been several orphans that have found a father and mother under this roof. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1909



Mead’s Branch—Death visited the home of Jim Martin and took from him his only darling baby. Funeral services were held by Revs. G. V. Pack and John Miller. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909



Miss Jennie McKenzie, near Avondale, died  Sunday morning after an illness of 3 weeks with spinal meningitis. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McKenzie. She was but 16 years of age, and a very handsome and bright young lady. The remains were taken to her former home at Paintsville for interment. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909


MURRAY, William

William Murray, formerly of this county but latterly a resident of Lawrence County, OH died suddenly at his home near Kitts’ Hill, not far from Ironton, about 6 o’clock last Saturday afternoon. He had gone for his cows and was found dead by a  neighbor. On the following day services were held at Mamre Baptist Church and on Monday the body accompanied by several friends and a choir from Ironton, was carried to Paintsville, where it was buried, the Rev. Arthur Preston conducing the service. Mr. Murray was 56 years old and had been a member of the Baptist Church 35 years. He was an upright, greatly respected citizen. He left a widow and one son, the Rev. Roscoe Murray, of the Baptist Church, and who is well-known in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1909


PACK, William

William Pack, who lived just across the Big Sandy, opposite the mouth of Blaine, met death in a horrible form on the afternoon of last Monday. He was a section man on the N & W railroad and when he was killed he was working on a gravel train near Glen Hayes, 10 miles east of Fort Gay. He was on one of several cars, loaded with gravel, and at the time the accident occurred he was shoveling the stuff through the hopper or scuttle onto the track. While thus engaged, the engineer suddenly, and, so it is claimed, without cause or warning, started the train with such force that 2 cars were derailed and Pack was thrown in such a manner that he fell through the scuttle to the track. The wheels passed over the unfortunate man, nearly severing his body in twain. He was alive when reached by his companions, but merely nodded his head twice and expired. The mangled corpse was dressed as well as possible and sent to his home. Pack was married and leaves a widow and several children. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909



Burns Parker, son of James Parker, was born Jul 19, 1895 and was drowned Jul 15, 1909 close at the age of 15. He left home for the purpose of going in swimming with 7 other boys, not thinking that would be the last time he should ever leave home alive. But life is uncertain and death is sure. He has left this world of sorrow to join his mother and sister, who crossed the chilly tide of death some time ago. It was so hard for father, stepmother and sisters and brothers but the Lord’s will be done. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909



Denton—Mrs. Sarah Pennington, wife of A.J.  Pennington, one of our leading merchants passed to her reward on the 6th inst. Mrs. Pennington had been in declining health for nearly 2 years and she was at Ironton in January and was operated on by Dr. Keller, but her physical condition would not undergo the necessary operation to effect a cure, so she has been growing weaker for some time. Dr. W. L. Gambill, of Ashland, accompanied by Dr. P. C. Layne and Dr. Shoope, came to her home and another operation was performed last Friday. She was so weak the operation was too heavy for her to bear, and she lived only about 24 hours. Rev. R. Reynolds, of Olive Hill, was called from his work to conduct the funeral service which was held Monday, to which a large crowd was present. She was laid to rest Tuesday morning in the  Denton Cemetery. A husband and 4 children are left to mourn her death. Mrs. Pennington was a member of the Methodist Church and a devoted Christian. She was loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909


PETERS, Mrs. Baz

The NEWS regrets to chronicle the death of Mrs. Baz Peters, which occurred on Saturday last at Paintsville. The body was brought to Louisa on the following day, and after services at the house of her father Wallace Millard, it was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery. The Rev. G. C. Hutchinson, of the Southern Methodist Church, conducted the religious rites. Besides the bereaved young husband, Mrs. Peters left one child about 2 years old and a baby only one week old. Her disease was puerperal fever. Baz. Peters is the son of Breck  Peters, of Two Mile, and Mr. Millard and family formerly resided in the same neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909



As the result of an accident which occurred at Chapman, 9 miles east of this place, shortly after midnight of Monday last, John Sammons, 21 years old, is dead. He was an employee of the contract firm which is building the government dam across the river near Chapman and was working on the night shift. The men were driving piling used in the repair of damages done to the coffer dam by the recent flood in this river. The men had been using a crow bar on the work, and in some way this bar got in the way of the heavy driver, and in one of its descents it struck this bar with terrific force, and one end of the bar struck young Sammons across the lower part of his abdomen. It was at once seen that Sammons was badly injured and some men with a hand car were sent to Louisa for Dr. York. The doctor went up and declared the case to be a very serious one. He ministered to the young man as best he could and when No. 27 came along at 9 o’clock Sammons was put on board the train and carried to Riverview hospital. Here the boy’s father, John Gaines Sammons, of Summit, was told that the injury would probably prove fatal. Everything possible was done for the unfortunate young man, but he grew worse very rapidly and died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, having lived about 24 hours after being hurt. His mother arrived at the hospital not long before he died. The body was taken to Summit for interment. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1909


SHORT, Gypsy (Diamond)

Smoky Valley—Died, at her home on Morgan’s Creek, Aug 7th, Gypsy, the beloved wife of Jack Short. She had been sick only a short time, but her death was expected by her many friends here. She was the daughter of Benjamin F. Diamond. She leaves a husband and a darling little babe and a host of friends to mourn her death. She was laid to rest in the Diamond Cemetery to await the Resurrection. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909



A suicide occurred at Gullett, in Magoffin County, Wednesday. George Sizemore, aged 30 years, jumped into a well, head foremost and dashed out his brains. George Sizemore was a brother of Polk Sizemore, who committed suicide about 6 months ago by shooting himself in the abdomen with a shotgun. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1909


WELLS, Jackson

Jackson Wells, who was removed to the King’s Daughters’ hospital 2 weeks ago, in a very critical condition with typhoid fever, died there today. Just a week ago Mr. Wells lost a daughter with typhoid fever, and now a son is at home alarmingly ill with the same disease. Mr. Wells came here about 6 months ago from Lawrence County, KY and he worked at one of the mills until his late illness. After his death the remains were removed to Bullington’s undertaking establishment, as they could not be taken home on account of the illness of his son. It was the same way at the time of his daughter’s death; her remains, too, were taken to the undertaking establishment, where the funeral services were held. Mr. Wells is survived by 3 sons, James, Leonard and Dewey, it being the latter who has typhoid fever at his home on East Greenup Avenue and 28th Street. The deceased was an honest, upright and industrious citizen and was a faithful member of the Baptist Church. A number of his relatives arrived here today from Webbville, and while the funeral services have not been arranged definitely, they will probably occur tomorrow afternoon, and interment will be at the McCormack graveyard.—Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1909


WHITE, Robert E.

The Portsmouth Times of last Saturday has the following:

Robert E. White, age 59?, died at his home, 617 East Seventh Street, Friday afternoon. He had been ill with dropsy for over a year. He had been a resident of Portsmouth for 4 years, coming here from Ashland. He was in the employ of the Norfolk & Western Railway Company at the local terminals. He is survived by his wife and 5 children. Mrs. Dixon, of Newport, KY, Mrs. Herbert Queen, of Torchlight, KY, Mrs. Frank Queen, of Paintsville, KY, Memphis White of Ashland, KY, and Roscoe White, of this city. He also leaves 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The former are Henry White of Boyd County, KY and Lindsey White of Lawrence County, KY. His sisters are Mrs. Sack Leakens, of Lawrence County, KY and Mrs. Wash Enyart, of Boyd County, KY. The remains will be taken to Ashland and interred in the Dixon Cemetery, near that place. The funeral will take place at the home of relatives in that city Sunday morning. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1909


WHITE, Rufus

Rufus White, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Arigo City, died at his home this forenoon at 11:30 o’clock, after a protracted illness, incident to advanced age and general debility. The decedent was a  native of Floyd County where he was born and raised to early manhood. During the Civil War he enlisted in the Federal army and was assigned to Company A, Captain Auxier’s, of the Thirty-ninth Kentucky Infantry regiment and participated in all the hardships and battles in which that command was engaged, being honorably discharged at the close of the war.—Tribune. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1909




BURNS, Harrison G.

A telegram was received from Lebanon, VA by Mr. R. T. Burns, Wednesday, reading as follow: “Father died peacefully today at noon. Buried tomorrow at two. C. C. Burns. This refers to Harrison G. Burns, age 75, a nephew of R. T. Burns. He was a son of Judge William Harvery Burns and father of W. F. Burns, now a circuit judge in Virginia. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1909



Torchlight--“Uncle” Mack Canada, whose illness has been mentioned by us before, passed quietly away last Saturday after a long and agonizing period of suffering. No doubt death was a welcome visitor, as his suffering was so intense He was about 80 years of age and came to this country from old Virginia about 40 years ago. He leaves a wife and a number of friends to mourn his death. His remains were interred in the Wellman graveyard, just below here Funeral services conducted by Bros York and New. Big Sandy News, Sep 17,m1909



On Sunday last Mr. T. R. Crumpter, of this city, received a telegram calling him to the bedside of his mother, Mrs. M. E. Crumpter, who had suffered a stroke of paralysis. He left on the first east bound  N & W train for Ronda, NC where his mother lived, arriving there about one hour and a half too late to see her alive. Mrs. Crumpter was buried in the family burial ground at Roaring River, NC. Her age was 53 years. Mr. Crumpter arrived home Thursday morning. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1909


DIAMOND, Mrs. Joshua

Mrs. Joshua Diamond died at her residence in this place on Thursday morning. She had been sick a long time, and death was doubtless a welcome release from suffering. She was a quiet, good woman, the daughter of Jerry Wellman, deceased. She was 77 years old. The interment will occur Friday morning in the Jerry Wellman burying ground. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1909


HAYES, Martha

Adams—Death has paid another visit to our land and taken Martha, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Hayes She had been quite sick for some time with fever. All was done that could be done, but it was all in vain. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1909


JORDAN, Mrs. J. J.

The body of Mrs. J. J. Jordan was taken through Louisa Tuesday on the way to Fallsburg, where interment was made. She died  on Paint Creek in West Virginia. Where Mr. Jordan has been employed for some time. Big Sandy news, Sep 10, 1909


KEARR, George

George Kearr, the young man who had been sick so long at Riverview hospital, died there on Tuesday morning. His first illness was caused by typhoid fever, but there was some brain lesion which ultimately caused his death. A brother of the deceased arrived here from Minersville, PA Thursday morning to take charge of the body, which had been embalmed soon after death. Mr. Kearr left with the remains yesterday. Big  Sandy News, Sep 10, 1909


MEEK. Rev. Dr. Zephaniah

The Rev. Dr. Zephaniah Meek, of Catlettsburg, died at his residence in that city on Saturday, Sep 4, from pneumonia and a complication of diseases incidental to advanced age. He was 76 years of age, having celebrated the anniversary of his birth on the 4th of last March. Dr. Meek was a native of Johnson County, where he resided until after the close of the Civil War, when he located in Catlettsburg and engaged in business. In 1867 he founded the Christian Observer, a religious newspaper devoted to the special interest of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, but later changed the name of the paper to the Central Methodist. Several years ago he severed his connection with the paper and has given his attention to other business, preaching on special occasions.


He was the father in law of Mrs. Mamie P. Meek, member of the faculty of the Millersburg Female College and father of Mesdames T. C. Atkinson and M. V. Brown, whose husbands are members of the faculty of the West Virginia University, at Morgantown. Besides, he leaves 4 sons and another daughter, Mrs. J. B. Hatten, of Independence, MO. In the death of Mr. Meek the commercial and religious interest of this entire section have suffered a great loss. In every work that had for its aim the betterment of his adopted home he was an able, helpful leader. Upon going to Catlettsburg and casting his lot with the people of that city he at once made for himself a prominent place in its social, business and religious affairs and as the years passed that place became more str4ongley entrenched.


As a business man Dr. Meek was active, enterprising, liberal and honest. As a private citizen he sought the welfare of the people, always standing for truth and the right. He believed in temperance to the point of total abstinence and the prohibition of the sale of intoxicants, and as he believed so did he work and vote. Yet he had no harsh words, no denunciation for those who thought and acted otherwise, and when he was beaten at the polls on the liquor question he had no abuse for the victors, but counseled moderation and union on the part of all in the work of upbuilding and bettering the city he loved.


In his religious belief Dr. Meek was an ardent, enthusiastic Methodist, but he was not a sectarian. Every man who professed Christianity was his brother in the church, and one outside the pale of the organized church was entitled to brotherly aid and consideration. He was a preacher of much force and ability, devoted to the spiritual and business interest of the church. He was a man of fine executive ability, and this ability made him a power for great good in the councils of the Methodist Church. Dr. Meek made both his public and his private life accord with his professions of faith. He was neither a pharisce nor a hypocrite, consequently he walked among his fellow profoundly respected and universally liked. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1909


PRICE, Elcaney

Elcaney Price, who resided near Neal, on the Big Sandy River, was run down by a C & O train at Kenova Saturday night and instantly killed. He had been drinking the previous day, and it is presumed he was in an intoxicated condition when killed. When found a flask of whiskey was lying near him. Price’s skull was fractured and he was otherwise badly bruised. The remains were discovered by a passenger who had alighted from C & O train No. 1 which arrives at Kenova about 5 o’clock ???. The matter was reported to the authorities and the dead man was removed prepared for burial, and later taken to his home.--Commercial. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1909


RANSOM, Ivory Pearl

Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Ransom, of near this city, are mourning the death of little Ivory Pearl, their 3 year old daughter. This sad event occurred on last Saturday morning. The funeral and interment took place at Busseyville the following day. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1909


SKEENS, Virgil

Virgil Skeens died Saturday afternoon at Catlettsburg. He had not been seriously ill but a few days, and only the last week did it become apparent that his time was short on earth. About 2 months ago his health became bad and he thought that the climate here was not good for him,a nd he and his family moved to Denver, CO, but returned a few weeks ago. Up to about a week ago he was not confined to his bed, and was able to go around his residence. The cause of his demise is thought to be tuberculosis. Virgil Skeens was born in Lawrence County and lived at Horsford for many years, at that time being engaged in farming. He was born Jul 8, 1879, and 10 years ago was married to Miss Ollie Dalton, who, with an infant girl, Tillie Agnes, survive him. About 2 years ago he moved from this county to Catlettsburg and accepted a position in the freight department at the C & O station, which place he filled with credit and satisfaction to his employers. In the early spring he was promoted from the freight house to the position of baggage master, and held this place until his illness caused him to go to Colorado. The deceased was a stepson of George Norris of Fallsburg. Others, besides his wife and baby, who survive him are his grandmother, Mrs. Bettie Burns, of Horsford, an aunt, Mrs. John Shortridge of Chaffee, a cousin, Miss Fannie Thompson of Horsford and one uncle and 3 other aunts. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1909



The NEWS and the many friends of Eli Sloan, of Fallsburg, regret to learn of his death, which occurred a few days ago Mr. Sloan was the Fallsburg and Fullers correspondent of this paper, using the signature U. E. S. and his letters will be much missed. He wrote in a quaint, direct way, going much into detail and missing nothing which might interest his many readers. Mr. Sloan was a man of much intelligence He had read much and remembered it all. The Yatesville correspondent of the NEWS says he was a minister of the Christian Church, preaching quite often, He was a good man and useful citizen and will be greatly missed by the community in which he had lived so long. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1909



Some time last Sunday night a young girl named Vanderpool, an inmate of the family of Mrs. Sarah Gearheart, of this city, was taken very suddenly and severely ill. For a short time domestic remedies were tried, but they gave no relief. About 12 o’clock a physician was called and ?? pronounced the case hopeless. All was done that it was possible to do but all was unavailing, death occurring about 7 o’clock on the following morning the trouble was congestion of the lungs Miss Vanderpool came from the Beaver Creek country, in Floyd County, where her parents live, but for several years, she had made her home with Mrs. Gearheart. The body was sent to Beaver on Monday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Sep 24,1909



Torchlight—Died, Wednesday of last week, D. Wellman of Lick Creek. He leaves a wife and 2 children and a host of friends to mourn his death. We are asked to say that his funeral will be preached on Lick Creek the third Sunday in October. His remains were buried on Mill Creek in West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Sep 3, 1909



On Thursday evening, Aug 12th, just as the sun was setting in the golden west the pale horse and its rider came forth to the home of John Wooten and took from that home the companion and father. Bro. John was 54 years of age. He and Mary Blevins were married about 25 years ago and to them were born 5 children—3 girls and 2 boys, who still survive him. Bro. Wooten joined the church and was baptized years ago. He was a good man and a true Christian. He died in full faith of a living triumph after death, and until his dying moments he praised God for his goodness and mercy, and informed loving friends that the religion that he possessed while living was a  sweet comfort in dying. He suffered for about 8 long years but bore his suffering with the greatest pleasure and why he did so was because he had the religion of God shed abroad in his heart. Funeral services were conducted at the Collinsworth graveyard by Bro. Moore. Big Sandy News, Sep 3, 1909








Fallsburg—On the 26th day of Sep, 1909, while the affectional wife and loving children of W. B. Austin were patiently standing around his sick bed waiting an opportunity to administer to his wants, his soul took its flight and his body fell asleep there to remain until the resurrection morning. He was 52 years of age and was married in the year of 1882, to Miss Rosa Moore daughter of W. H. and Margaret Moore. To this union were born 9 children, one preceding him to its eternal home in heaven. He was converted about 9 years ago and since that time lived a devoted Christian life. He read his Bible each night and he with his wife and children, would hold family prayer. The funeral oration was delivered by Revs. R. F. Rice and B. H. Cassady at his home after which his body, bedewed with tears and garlanded with buds and blossoms of choicest and rarest flowers, was borne to the cemetery overlooking the home he loved so well. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1909


BERRY, Johnny

Twin Branch—Death has again visited our neighborhood and taken from James Berry and wife the dear son, Johnny. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1909

Osie—Died, one day last week, John, son of James Berry, aged about 14 years. He was buried near J. W. Spillman’s. Funeral by Rev. Martin Berry. A short time ago this boy while going from church fell on a snag which entered his leg producing lock jaw and death. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1909



The remains of the late Phillip Bevins, who died on the operating table in Dr. Rufus B. Hall’s private hospital in Cincinnati Tuesday night, arrived in Ashland on C & O last Wednesday afternoon. They were shipped to Pikeville, the home of the late Professor’s family, on train No. 78, which departed at 4 o’clock. Mr. Bevins was one of the best and foremost citizens of Pike County. He was making a speech in the interior of the bailiwick Monday night, when he was suddenly stricken with appendicitis. His friends carried him or a stretcher 16 miles over the mountains to the nearest doctor and thence he was sent to Cincinnati for an operation. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1909


BREWER, William Sherman

William Sherman, the 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Brewer who was severely burned a couple of weeks ago by falling into a pan of boiling apples, died last Wednesday night and was buried in the Brewer Cemetery on Marrowbone. Big Sandy news, Oct 15, 1909


BROWN, Julina

Mrs. Julina Brown, only surviving sister of Mrs. Zephaniah Meek, of Catlettsburg, died on Tuesday last. Her home was on Lost Creek, a few miles from Whitehouse. She was 70 years old. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1909


Ulysses—On Tuesday, Oct 5th, the angel of death entered the home of Ben Brown, of Lost Creek, and took his mother, Mrs. Julia Brown, to the home of the blest. She was 71 years of age and was converted when 16 years old and had lived a consistent member of the M. E. Church for 55 years. Her funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Arthur Preston, of Graves Shoals. She was buried Wednesday evening in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Oct 15,1909


DALE, Milton

Milton Dale, of Richardson, was instantly killed in a coal mine at Glen Alum, WV, on last Monday, Oct 25. He had a contract of some sort with the company which required his presence in the mines. On the day of the deplorable accident Dale was riding in a coal “buggy” which was going at a high rate of speed. Those who are familiar with such places know that in the various entries and chambers of the mines there are places where the roof is much lower than at others. One of these places was hit by the car on which Dale was riding with such force that his neck was broken, killing him instantly. The body was sent to Richardson, passing through Louisa on Tuesday. Dale was bout 20 years of age. He left a widow and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1909


DEBORD, William

By a cave-in at 29th Street and the C & O crossing at Ashland, William Debord, from Georges Creek, this county and a man named B. H. Hays, were buried beneath an avalanche of earth and stone. When taken out Hays was comparatively uninjured , but Debord was dead. On Monday morning the body, accompanied by a brother of the dead man, was taken to the home of his mother for interment in the graveyard on Georges Creek. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1909


Ulysses--William Debord, a young man about 20 years old, who was killed by a cave-in at 29th Street and the C & O crossing at Ashland, was brought here of the C & O on the 4ht inst. His brother, Alfred and several other relatives accompanied the remains of the unfortunate youth to his last resting place at Lowmansville, where he was buried in the Allen graveyard. Rev. M. J. Allen made the closing talk after the corpse was lowered into the grave. The mother, Mrs. Jake Scarberry and his brothers and sisters have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1909



The 2 year old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Elliott, of Pikeville, died Saturday afternoon of spasmodic croup. The remains were taken to John’s Creek for interment in the May burying ground. Little more than a year ago their little 4 year old daughter, Opal, died after only a few days illness. They had previously lost 2 smaller children and this leaves them with only one child, a boy. Mrs. Elliott has just recovered from an attack of fever. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1909


EVANS, Henry C.

This community was startled on Monday morning last by the news that Henry Evans, on elderly man who resided not far from James Vinson’s had dropped dead in Compton’s blacksmith shop, in the same neighborhood. Mr. Evans had gone to the shop to procure a couple of bolts. He got them and took them home. He returned shortly afterward, and saying they were not the right size he asked for others. He stood near the front door waiting for Compton to make the exchange, and just as they were about to be given to him he sank to the floor. He never spoke, but died in a very few minutes. Medical aid was summoned as quickly as possible but Mr. Evans was dead when Dr. Burgess arrived. He probably died of heart failure. No inquest was held. The body was immediately carried to the residence of the dead man, and on the following day it was taken to his former home for interment. Mr. Evans came to Louisa from the Laurel Fork of Blaine, about 5 miles from the mouth of Hood. He had been married twice, his second wife being a Mrs. Clevenger. Mr. Evans left several children, all grown. Mrs. Chris Nicewander and Chilt Evans of Louisa are his children. He was over 70 years of age. Big Sandy News, Oct 29,1909



The many friends of Joe Gardner, formerly of Salyersville, will regret to learn of his death. This occurred in Ironton, OH early on last Monday morning. On the same day the body was taken to Paintsville and on the next day it was carried to Salyersville for burial. Mr. Gardner had for some time been in failing health and a few weeks ago he entered the hospital of Dr. Keller at Ironton, for an operation for hemorrhoids. This was successfully done and recovery from it was rapid. A few days ago he was told by the doctor that if he was as well the next day as he seemed then he could go home. The next morning Mr. Gardner complained of fever and severe pains in the neck and base of the brain, and upon making an examination it was found that he was suffering with tubercular meningitis and about 5 o’clock last Monday morning death ended his suffering. Joe Gardner was one of the best known and most popular salesmen in this region. He was very companionable, making friends wherever he went. A few years ago he married a daughter rof Judge William Woods, of Webbville. To them was born a son, a bright, handsome boy. Shortly after his marriage Mr. Gardner went to Prestonsburg to live and this place was his residence when he died. He was a brother of Judge D. W. Gardner, of the Magoffin Circuit, and was related ot many prominent Kentucky people. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1909



Harry Geiger, brother of Cook Geiger, of Paintsville, was killed in a logging camp at Drift, VA last week. Charles Harmon, who roomed with Mr. Geiger, is held on a murder charge, but declares that the death of Geiger is due to an accidental discharge of a shotgun in the hands of the decedent. Harmon was the only witness to the killing. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1909


HANSOM, Ivory Pearl

Died, Sep 4, 1909 at the age of 3 years, Ivory Pearl, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Hansom. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1909


HATFIELD,  Harrison

A story, tragic in its intensity, and romantic in its sentiment, had been disclosed by post office inspectors regarding Harrison Hatfield, of the family of feudists of that name who died recently in the penitentiary at Moundsville, WV. The narrative is of the loss of Hatfield of $2,854, of the recovery of a part of that amount, of the murder of Mrs. Hatfield by her husband in a fit of insanity caused by the loss of his money, and of the circumstances which finally brought to an end the career of one of the most remarkable feudist’s in the history of the country.


Harrison Hatfield lived near Horsepen in the mountains of West Virginia. He was widely known as “Old Hatcher”, and was a leader of the Hatfield in the McCoy-Hatfield feud, which amounted almost to civil war and disrupted several counties on the borders of West Virginia and Kentucky. One of his eyes was shot out during a raid which the Hatfields made into Kentucky several years ago. The Hatfields owned large areas of land in West Virginia from which, they realized considerable money. “Old Hatcher” deposited $2,854 in the Guyan Valley Bank at Logan, WV. Subsequently having need of the money, he authorized Alexander H. Trent, post master at Horsepen, to direct the  bank to forward to him the money by registered mail. Hatfield called at the post office repeatedly for the registered letter but when it arrived, on Apr 24, 1907, he had left the office only a short time before to assist an intoxicated friend who could not sit astride his mule alone. Hatfield directed Postmaster Trent to take special care of the letter, lest it be destroyed by fire in the post office.


Early on the following morning the post office was destroyed by fire, the contents of the safe alone being saved. Hatfield’s letter was not in the safe. Postmaster Trent declared he had placed the letter with the ordinary mail, all of which was burned. An investigation of the fire and of the disappearance of the letter was made by post office inspectors. It was discovered that Postmaster Trent had obtained a typewriter from a Chicago concern by fraudulent representations, to which he confessed. Later, Postmaster Trent and his father were indicted for having stolen the registered letter. Postmaster Trent finally confessed to the theft and made propositions looking to the refunding of the money. He produced a jar hidden under his barn, in which was the sum of $1, 280, which, with $500 obtained from his bondsmen, was eventually turned over to Hatfield. Trent was convicted of the crime, but escaped from jail and now is a fugitive from justice.


Becoming insane from worry over the loss of his money and the sudden elation at the recovery of a considerable part of it, Harrison Hatfield poisoned his wife, who was an Indian woman. He was sentenced to the penitentiary for life and there he died only a few days ago. It was not until his death that the post office inspectors felt justified in revealing all the facts respecting the case. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1909


JORDAN, Mrs. Robert

Mrs. Robert Jordan died at her home near Walbridge Monday afternoon. She had been in ill health for some time, but her death was unexpected. She was a good woman and her death is a severe loss to the family and the community. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1909



Sometime during Tuesday night of last week, fiends in human form entered the home of Mrs. Bettie Justice on Laurel fork of Knox Creek, about one mile from Hurley, and after securing a sum of money, said to be about $2,400, killed Mrs. Justice, her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. George Meadows and their 3 babes. The house was then fired to hide the evidence of the crime. Some of the victims were shot to death, but the fiends used other weapons to compass the death of their victims. All the bodies except that of Meadows was incinerated but a search revealed Meadows’ charred remains a short distance from the ruins. His skull had been crushed with some blunt instrument


The object of the fearful crime was robbery, it being known that Mrs. Justice had a large sum of money about the house. On the day before Meadows had drawn about $400 from the Ritter Lumber Company for some timber and it is presumed that this fact was also known. It is stated that Mrs. Justice secured $2,000 from an insurance company that carried a risk on the life of her first husband. Justice, it is claimed, was killed by Mrs. Justice’s father some time ago. Mrs. Justice married a man by the name of Blankenship, but did not live with him long, and was known in the neighborhood by the name of Justice. This appalling tragedy has aroused the section in which it occurred as it has never been stirred before. Large posses of men from points along the N & W railroad and from the counties adjoining Backanon, the county where the awful deed was committed, have been in pursuit of the fiends. Several men have been arrested, but so far the crime has not been fixed upon anyone. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1909


MOORE, E. Blaine

Mattie—On the 20th inst. The spirit of E. Blaine Moore took its flight from this world He was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Moore, having been born the 10th of April, 1888. He had been afflicted with epilepsy since a mere lad. The spells of epilepsy were so serious that his reason, though previous to his affliction was bright and active, had left him, and he retained only enough to recognize his intimate friends. The day and evening previous to his death he seemed happier and brighter than usual and the thought that yet perhaps the Master of all mercies would restore him to his normal condition shot with a transient gleam through the minds of his friends, thereby enlightening their souls, but the morning showed that He who created him had another purpose. His sister on awakening the other boys, noticing how calmly Blaine seemed to be resting, did not care to disturb him, thinking he would awaken of his own will, but when, not seeing him at the breakfast table she again went to his bedside and found him in the cold embrace of death, sleeping the sleepless sleep that kisses down his eyelids still. The remains were buried in the family graveyard, the funeral services being conducted by the Rev. J. R. Thompson.  Big Sandy News, Oct 29,1909



On the 20th of October, Heaven’s portals opened to the soul of Mrs. Amanda Shannon. She was one of Catlettsburg’s oldest and best known citizens. Her death followed closely upon a period of illness caused by a severe burn received at her home in the South Side some 5 or 6 weeks ago. She was placed in the hospital and her burns were healing nicely and it was reported that she was much improved. However, she suffered a sudden severe paralytic stroke and death came to her relief. Mrs. Shannon was formerly Miss Amanda Compton. She was 74 years of age and had been 3 times married. Her girlhood was spent at Round Bottom, WV and after her marriage she went to Catlettsburg, where she had resided for a number of years and made hosts of friends who sincerely mourn her loss. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and will be greatly missed. Her body was removed to the home of her sister, Mrs. Anna Compton, and from there was taken over the C & O railroad to the home of her brother, Mr. J. R. Compton, at Buchanan. The funeral services were held at Buchanan Chapel. Rev. Ball officiating. She is survived by 2 sons, Lis Hatten of Prichard, WV and Alsinus Gilkerson of Gallup, KY. Also 2 sisters, Mrs. Anna Compton of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Carrie Prichard of Falls City, Neb., and 2 brothers, J. R. Compton of Buchanan and John Compton of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1909


SHANNON, Christian F.

Died, at his home near this city, on Friday morning, Oct 1, 1909, of typhoid fever, Christian Shannon, son of James and Kate Shannon, aged 28 years. On Sunday morning the body was interred in Pine Hill cemetery with the rites of Christian burial and the impressive burial service of Odd Fellowship. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hanford of the M. E. Church and were participated in by the Revs. W. L. Reid, of the M. E. Church, South and G. MM. Copley, of the Baptist Church. The funeral was perhaps the largest ever witnessed in Lawrence County. The deceased was a worthy member of Louisa Lodge of Odd Fellows, and the order, represented by Brethren from Buchanan, Fort Gay, Paintsville, Richardson, Peach Orchard and other places, was largely represented. In fact it is doubtful if more of any fraternity ever attended the funeral of a dead brother in all this section. But far more than these brethren of the mystic ?? paid their last tribute of respect to this worthy young man. They came from neighboring cities and from the adjacent country. More than 50 vehicles carried sympathetic friends to the bereft home and to the last resting place of Chris. Shannon. It is an easy thing to write well of Chris. Shannon, though the heart be sad and the eye moist because of his untimely taking off. He had so lived in this community where he was born and grew to manhood that no word of blame, no whisper of reproach was ever uttered or breathed with the mention of his name. He led a simple, manly life, free from even the suspicion of vice in any form. He chose for his life’s calling farming and its associate industries. His business was followed with surpassing, untiring industry and much intelligence. He was the valued right hand of his sorrowing father who will never cease to miss him, and to the heart broken mother he was ever the dutiful, loving son. The loss of such a son, brother, fired and citizen can not be estimated. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1909


SLUSH, Nona Ann

Skaggs—Mrs. Nona Ann Slush, wife of the late Boss Skaggs, died last Wednesday. She married a Mr. John Slush and lived just 15 days. At the time of her death she was at her home in the head of Blaine. She leaves one son, who lives with his uncle Jerry Skaggs. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1909



R.D. Strother, a Confederate veteran, died Oct 21 at the State Confederate Home, at Pewee Valley. Six weeks ago he returned in a feeble condition to the home from a visit to relatives at Catlettsburg. Since he had been confined at the infirmary of the institution and his condition gradually grew worse. Pneumonia recently developed caused his death. He was born in Lawrence County, Feb 3, 1932. He enlisted in the Confederate army Aug 6, 1862, and served in Company C of the Fifth Kentucky Infantry regiment until the close of the war. He was admitted to the home in 1903 from Williamson, WV. The body of Mr. Strother was sent to Catlettsburg for burial . Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1909



Boons Camp—Died, since our last writing, Lee Ward of Upper Greasy. He was a son of Greenville Ward,, Sr., about 30 years old and unmarried. He had typhoid fever. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1909


WELCH, Mrs. Peter

Mrs. Peter Welch died on Wednesday night of consumption The death occurred at her late residence on the old Licks, about 3 miles below this city. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1909



On Thursday, Sep 30, Fred Wellman, a prominent citizen and druggist of Catlettsburg, died in that city, after a long and painful illness. He was nearly 54 years old, having been born in Louisa Dec 11, 1854. While quite a boy his parents moved to Catlettsburg. His wife and 2 children, 3 sisters and his father survive the deceased. Mr. Wellman’s mother, who was a See, died about 4 years ago. His wife was Miss Georgia Boat, of Catlettsburg Besides those mentioned elsewhere who attended the burial on Friday were Mrs. Robert Vinson, Mrs. James Hale and Mrs. Charles See. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1909



Richardson—Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilbur’s little son, Hugh, died here Sunday evening of diphtheria and was buried at the family graveyard Tuesday. Rev. A. Preston conducted the funeral services. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1909






Ulysses—Willie Beasley, who has been low with typhoid fever for near 4 weeks, died Nov 1st. Mr. J. A. Beasley, the father of the young man, employed 2 trained nurses from Huntington to care for him during his illness; first a Miss Hammond and later a Miss Maxwell, who remained with him till the last. He was about 22 years old and  a hard working, kind hearted boy and loved by all. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1909


BORDERS, Mrs. William Borders (Sara Mayo)

Mrs. Cynthia Stewart, of this place, received the sad intelligence Tuesday that her only sister, Mrs. William Borders of Paintsville, had dropped dead that morning. Mrs. Borders was a daughter of Lewis Mayo, deceased, and was closely related to some of the oldest and most prominent families in Big Sandy Valley. She was an estimable woman, highly respected and beloved by a large circle of friends and relatives. Mrs. F. H. Yates, Mrs. H. C. Sullivan and Mrs. W. D. Roffe, of this city are nieces and F. L. Stewart is a nephew of the deceased. She was 78 years old. On account of poor health Mrs. Stewart was unable to attend the funeral of her sister. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1909


The many friends of Mrs. Sara Borders, wife of William Borders, will be grieved to learn of  her death which occurred rather suddenly on last Thursday morning. Mrs. Borders had been in poor health for some time but up to within a day or two of her death appeared no worse than usual. She had been troubled with her heart and stomach for some hours previous to her death but upon the morning on which her death occurred she complained of pain in her left shoulder which went to her heart and she died within a few hours. Mrs. Borders was one of the oldest residents of Johnson County, as well as one of the best and most favorably known. She was the daughter of Lewis Mayo, and both on her father’s and her husband’s side was connected with a great many of the foremost families in Eastern Kentucky. Had she lived until Feb 22 she would have been 78 years of age. On Jul 10, 1849 she was united in marriage to William Borders who survives her. At the age of 7 she became connected with the Methodist Church and she lived a consistent Christian life all though the years. Four son and 2 daughters survive her—all of whom were present at her funeral except one daughter, who being in New Orleans, LA, could not reach Paintsville in time for the funeral. Her funeral occurred at the old Borders home across the river at the mouth of the creek. A  large crowd from the surrounding community and from Louisa and down the river points attended. Rec. C. A. Slaughter, pastor of her church, conducted the service and interment was made in the Mayo burial ground at the old Lewis Mayo homestead up the river. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1909



DANIELS, Rebecca

Hicksville—Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Daniels and took from them their darling baby, Rebecca, aged 2  months. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1909



Ulysses—Kenis Debord’s little child, which was burned some time ago, died on Oct 17th. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1909


DEBORD, Vandalie

Ulysses—Mrs. Vandalie Debord, of Lowmansville, departed this life Oct 17th. She had been an invalid for several years and her death was no surprise to her relatives and friends. She was preceded to the grave by her husband and 7 children, and is survived by 2 daughters and one son, the Rev. Gerard Debord, of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Nov 5,1909



Suicide is not a common casualty in this section, hence when it occurs it usually creates a sensation. Prichard is the name of a station and small settlement on the N & W railroad, about 12 miles below Fort Gay. On Monday morning, last, Cora Dishman, a young married woman of that place, swallowed enough carbolic acid to end her earthly troubles. The Catlettsburg Tribune further tells of it:

The tragic event took place at the residence of Mrs. Smith, widow of the late Lindsey Smith, one of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of the Big Sandy Valley. The Dishman woman who is sad to have been entirely respectable, had been staying with Mrs. Smith and on last night she retired to her room, presumable for the night. Nothing was heard to create any alarm until an early hour this morning when the woman had failed to arise and go about her work as usual when someone went to the room and found her wrapt in the repose of death, with an empty bottle bearing the fumes of carbolic acid lying on either side of her on the bed. She had apparently gone about the work after the coolest manner conceivable considering the gravity of the act, having written a note and addressed it to Mrs. Smith, stating that she had reached the conclusion that life was not worth the living to her any longer, and saying that she had decided to end it. She had undressed herself and donned her night robe and when she was discovered there were evidences that she had struggled but little, after having swallowed the fatal draught. Mrs. Dishman was formerly Miss Kitts and was born and raised not far from where she ended her lif. She and her husband had not been living together for some time and it is presumed that the worry over her unfortunate matrimonial affairs led to the tragic ending of her life. She was about 28 years old and is accredited with being a good woman, hence there is great sorrow among her former acquaintances over her sad and untimely end. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1909



Mrs. Angie Hiltbruner, widow of Stephen Hiltbruner, died on Wednesday night of typhoid fever. Shortly after the death of her husband in August last Mrs. Hiltbruner moved to Louisa, occupying a cottage adjoining the residence of the Rev. Lindsey Copley. The funeral occurred Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Hiltbruner was 67 years of age. She had no relatives in this vicinity. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1909


HOOKS, George

George Hooks, of Bristol, VA, was instantly killed last Saturday near Whitehouse, KY. He was employed as a brakeman on a log train which is being operated on a tram road owned by the Greasy Creek Lumber Company. At the time of the accident he was in the act of coupling cars loaded with logs. The cars came together with some force and the ends of 2 logs met, catching Hooks’ head and crushing it flat. The man was about 30 years old and leaves a wife and baby. The body was brought to Louisa Sunday morning and from here was taken to the old home in Virginia, accompanied by the wife and child, 3 brothers, and the Assistant Superintendent of the lumber company. The four brothers have been employed on this work since last spring. One of them was engineer of the train at the time the accident occurred. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1909


NEWMAN, Valentine

The many friends of Mr. Val Newman, of Ironton, OH, will be pained to learn that his physicians found amputation of his left leg near the knee necessary to save his life from the ravages of a severe diabetic gangrene which begun on his foot several months ago. All was done to preserved Mr. Newman’s life without amputation of his limb, until Saturday morning. Ashland Independent

The Louisa friends of Mr. Newman will be sorry to learn of this misfortune. It will be remembered that he was here several months ago, the guest of Mayor Snyder. Shortly before his visit he had celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Mason, which celebration many Louisa members of the craft attended.

Later—Ironton, OH, Nov 16—at 2:30 this afternoon the spirit of Valentine Newman took its flight back to the God who gave it. While his death was not unexpected, yet its announcement will cast a shadow over the entire community as well as the homes of his intimate friends and relatives. He was 76 years old. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1909


PACK, Reeves

Near Sip, in the Little Gap section Wednesday evening, while Clint Smith, aged 15, and Reeves Pack, age 19, were out hunting, the latter was accidentally shot by the former and died within a few hours. Smith was brought here and placed in jail and the shooting is being investigated. Only these young men were present when the accident occurred and the victim of the accident never regained consciousness. They were the best of friends and the opinion is that Smith will be released from custody. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1909


PARKER, Mrs. Wyley

The death of Mrs. Wyley Parker occurred about the same day as Mrs. Wallace’s (see under Mrs. John Wallace). She suffered for a long time with dropsy until death relieved her. She leaves a husband and several children and many friends to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1909



After an illness of many months Mrs. John Picklesimer, one of the oldest citizens of this place, quietly passed away at the residence of her son, Fred, on last Saturday afternoon, Nov 13th. Several months ago she was stricken with paralysis, and from this seizure she never recovered. The funeral, with interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, occurred on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Picklesimer was a member of the Christian Church, and funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Sword, of that church. Revs. Reid and Hanford, of the 2 Methodist Churches, were present and participated in the service of the occasion. The deceased is survived by a husband and 5 children, all of whom were present. The children are Mrs. Lucy Damron, James, George and Fred, of Louisa and John Henry of Franklin Furnace, OH. Mrs. Picklesimer was 79 years of age and before the failing of the stroke which finally caused her death, she was busy and active. She was a kindly woman, ever ready in her days of health and strength to visit and help the sick and poor. The very large number which attended to pay the last tribute of respect to the venerable woman was a striking evidence of the estimation in which she was held by those who knew her. The venerable couple passed the 61st anniversary of their marriage in last September. Big Sandy News, Nov 19,1909


ROE, Mrs. Sam

Mead’s Branch—Death has again been in our midst and taken from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Miller their daughter. She had been married only a short time to Mr. Sam Roe. She leaves a father and mother, a husband and several sisters and brothers to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1909


ROSE, Will

The friends of Will Rose will regret to hear that he died of consumption at Prestonsburg last Tuesday night. He had been sick a long time and his death was not unexpected. The deceased had been for many years an employee of the C & O having been at one time the operator in the Louisa office. Mr. Rose was from Peach Orchard, but he married a young lady of Prestonsburg. She and 2 children survive the husband and father. The funeral was held at Prestonsburg yesterday. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1909


WALLACE, Mrs. John

Mead’s Branch—After an illness of many weeks Mrs. John Wallace, quietly passed away on last Friday morning, Nov 19th. She suffered great pain, but when she saw that God must call her home ???? willing to go ????? She is survived by a husband, mother and 4 children. The funeral service was held at her home on Little Blaine. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1909



D.M. Ward, aged 54 years, the well-known restaurant keeper and a long time resident of this city, died about noon of Sunday, Nov 14. He had been unable to attend to business for some time, and on the Friday preceding his death he was taken to Catlettsburg for treatment. He grew rapidly worse soon after reaching that place, and his wife went down and brought him home Saturday night. He was then unconscious and death relieved his suffering at the time mentioned. The funeral service was held at the M. E. Church South on Tuesday morning and was conducted by the Rev. W. L. Reid, pastor, and the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. The body was interred in Pine Hill Cemetery. The deceased is survived by his father, who is an old resident of Ward City section, a brother who lives in Pennsylvania, a sister, Mrs. John Sparks, of Greasy, Johnson County, 2 married daughters and a widow. The only one unable to be present was the brother. Dave Ward had been a familiar figure on the streets of Louisa for many years. He was a social, genial man and had many friends. He was an honest man, and charitable. These good qualities should be long remembered and all else soon forgotten. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1909







Ulysses—Amos Cordial, of Lowmansville, who died in New York recently was brought to the home of his parents on last Wednesday and buried. His funeral was preached by Rev. Mose Wiley. Mr. Cordial had enlisted in the U. S. Army but a short while ago. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1909


DANIELS, Mrs. Charles and daughter

Mrs. Charles Daniels and her 16 year old daughter were shot to death last Friday, Nov 26th, near Devon, Mingo County, by a posse under the command of a constable named Ferroll of Pike County, KY. The shooting of Mrs. Daniels and her daughter grew out of a family feud, which has been brewing for some weeks between the Christians and Daniels on the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. The Christians lived in Mingo County, WV and the Daniels in Pike County, KY. About 3 weeks ago George Christian ventured to the Kentucky side and was slain by Jim Daniels, and it is claimed that the murder was unprovoked and most brutal. Christian and Daniels were brothers-in-law and had formerly been allies, having each served a term in the West Virginia penitentiary upon the charge of murder and shooting to kill. They fell out over a trivial matter and became deadly enemies.


After killing of Christina by Daniels the 2 families and their friends became involved and for some few days both factions have gone about heavily armed. The Christians secured warrants for Jim Daniels and his brother, Charles, who was also said to be implicated in the murder of George Christian and led by a posse of 16 went to the home of the Daniels for the purpose of effecting their arrest. The 2 Daniels boys were at the home of their father, Charles Daniels, near Devon, and it is said that when the officers approached within a few feet of the house Mrs. Daniels and her daughter threw open the front door and opened fire with Winchester rifles, one of the posse receiving a bullet in the arm and Mose Christian, father of the murdered Christian boy, had his hat shot from his head. The w Christian boys and their father opened fire from behind the house. Mrs. Daniels was shot down in the doorway, but the 16 year old daughter stood over her prostrate form and fired upon the posse until she dropped dead across her mother, pierced by 3 bullets.


The officers closed in, but by forfeiting their lives, the mother and daughter had so effectually covered the retreat of father and brother that they made their escape. There are now some 30 armed Christian and their friends on the West Virginia side and almost a like number of the followers of the Daniels faction on the Kentucky side. Both factions are armed with Winchesters and officers say they are unable to control the situation, and if either of these factions crosses the line and clash, either Governor Glasscock of West Virginia or Governor Willson, of Kentucky, will be appealed to.


The following dispatch from Williamson says further concerning this new feud:

As a result of the battle between the Christians and Daniels, near Devon, Pike County, KY, Jim Daniels lies at the home of his brother with a wound which is said to be fatal. Kentucky officers have refrained from approaching the house, knowing that it means more bloodshed. It was believed that Daniels had escaped uninjured until appeal was made for a physician. Accurate information gained points to a possibility that 2 of the largest and most highly respected families of Mingo County may become involved in the feud.


The Daniels married into the Cline families, sons and daughters of Confederate veterans. They are the descendants of the pioneer settlers of Mingo County. Upon the other side is aligned close kin of the Hatfields, likewise fearless people, and officers are gloomy as to what the possible outcome of the troubles may be. Circuit Judge Andy Kirk, of Kentucky, who was in Williamson on the day after the battle occurred, said that it was the purpose of the Kentucky authorities to bring the Daniels to justice if the entire Kentucky state militia had to be called into service. The local officers of the 2 states are saying but little.


The excitement, however, is high and an officer of Mingo County who issued warrants for the Daniels, said that the matter would come to a close when 4 or 5 more of the Daniels bit the dust.


Williamson, WV, Nov 30—Henry and Jason Daniels, sons of Charles Daniels, this afternoon appeared before Justice of the Peace Wallace Chafin, of this place, and pleaded not guilty to the warrants sworn out by Dan Christian, charging them with shooting a Deputy Sheriff. Just before the hour of trial they met Deputy Sheriff Robert Simpkins, Mingo County, at the Norfolk & Western railway depot, and Simpkins forced them to submit to arrest, not knowing that they had surrendered some time ago at War Eagle, Mingo County. Simpkins shot one of the Daniels boys in attempting to arrest him. The state asked for a continuance in the case of Henry and Jason Daniels, and the trial was set for Monday, Dec 8 the two giving bond for their appearance. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1909


DAWSON, Isaac W.

Isaac W. Dawson, formerly a resident of this city, died at Walbridge on Friday last. He was 82 years of age and leaves 8 children: V. B. Dawson of Ashland; Mrs. John Ingleman of Stanford, KY; Mrs. George Lee of Washintgon; Mrs. Lee of Walbridge; Mrs. Porter Hensley of Walbridge, and Grant Dawson of Catlettsburg. Mr. Dawson was a Union veteran and was for many years postmaster at Walbridge. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1909


DUIS Clarence

A shocking accident occurred at Prichard, a station on the N & W about 12 miles north of this place, by which Clarence Duis, a freight conductor, lost his life in a most horrible manner. About 4 o’clock on last Friday morning he stopped his train at Prichard and ran onto a siding on account of a hot box. He dropped the car, and in decoupling his head was caught between the bumpers and almost crushed from his body. Death was almost instant. His body was also badly mangles. The remains were taken to Kenova. Duis ran out of Portsmouth, but his home is not known here. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1909



Some months ago the NEWS told of the very serious illness of the Rev. Isaac N. Fannin, of Estep, this county, saying at that time that his recovery was impossible. Today it chronicles the news of his departure to the dwelling place “not made with hands.” He died on Sunday last, bringing to a peaceful close the 78 years of a well-spent life. More than 50 of these useful years were passed in the Christian ministry. He was a preacher of the Southern Methodist Church. His church passed through a stormy period during the 4 years of civil strife, and at its close Mr. Fannin was a leading spirit in the reorganization of the church, rendering it valuable assistance. He was an upright man, honored and respected. In life he was unspotted; in death, triumphant. He was buried Tuesday last, not  far from what had been his home for many years. Big Sandy News, Dec 17,1909



A bad shooting affair occurred late Sunday evening in Elliott County, near Limestone, in which a young man named Bige Garris was shot and instantly killed by Peter Middleton, Jr. Middleton was out walking with his sweetheart and Garris made a wager with some friends that he could “take his girl away from him.” He succeeded and Middleton resented it to the extent of trying to thrash him. He (Middleton) came our worsted in the affair and was knocked down several times. Middleton was lying on the ground and Garris started to walk away from him when he drew his revolver and shot  Garris through the back, killing him instantly. Independent. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1909


GOODMAN, Pleasant

Pleasant Goodman died at his home on Wilson’s Creek, Wayne County, Monday morning. He was a native of Kentucky and a Union soldier in the war between the states. Big Sandy News, Dec 31,1909


HALL, Angie

Thelma—Death has again visited our community and taken from our midst Mrs. Angie Hall, aged 33 years. She died Nov 29, 1909. Mrs. Hall was the daughter of B. L. Davis. She leaves a husband, 3 small children and a host of friends and relatives, among them a father, 5 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn her loss. Mrs. Hall was a good Christian woman whose life though short might well be an example for all to follow. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1909


HANNAH, Sherman

In trying to slight from a rapidly moving freight train near Williamson, Sherman Hannah, a well-known young man whose home is in the lower end of the county, was drawn under the wheels. His body was terribly mangles. It is stated that Wayne McCoy and Alex Stoke were in the car with Hannah. They say that he opened the car door and when he jumped his coat caught against the fastening, drawing him close to the car. He was drawn under the wheels and met instant death. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1909


HEWLETT, Little Love

The pale horse and its rider have entered the home of Mrs. Belle Hewlett and claimed for the victim her youngest child. Little Love was born Aug 6, 1907, died on Nov 6, 1909. All that could be done by physician and loving hands was done, but one who is stronger than we reached out his loving hands and plucked the tender bud from their care and transplanted it in heaven. Little Love has gone to join his father and 2 little brothers, who have preceded him to a better home. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1909



Hicksville—Died, the 26th inst. The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Edd Jones. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1909



Adams—After an illness of about 6 months Miss May Justice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wellman Justice, gently fell asleep in Jesus. About a week before her death she hadn’t talked for several days. She began to talk to her mother and told her that she was converted under Rev. L. C. Tolbert. Then she sang a song with as clear a voice as she ever did. Funeral services were conducted by Uncle Jimmie Moore. She was laid to rest in the J. D. Moore burial ground. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1909


KAZEE, Anna (McKenzie-Griffith)

When sorrow come, they come not single, was fully illustrated Sunday, when again death entered the home and claimed Mrs. Anna Kazee, wife of Mr. Meridith Kazee, of the ?? Mines. Only 2 days previous Mrs. Kazee’s brother, James McKenzie had passed to the great beyond. Mrs. Kazee had suffered greatly from neuralgia and this, together with the shock over the demise of her brother, hastened her death. She was born in Johnson County 56 years ago last March and was twice married, her first husband’s name being Griffith. No children survive her by either husband. Mrs. Kazee was a devout member of the Baptist Church. She was a consistent Christian and loved by all who knew her. Besides her husband she is survived by 3 brothers, Noah McKenzie, a business man of this city, and Frank and John McKenzie of No. 8 Mines; also one sister, Mrs. Collins of Star Furnace. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1909


KELLEY, George

Hicksville—On Nov the 21st death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Kelley, of Webbville, and took from them their darling son, George. He was sick only a few days. The body was taken to the Hays graveyard for burial. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1909


LITTERAL, Mrs. Wylie

After an illness of several months Mrs. Wylie Litteral, formerly of this place, died on Christmas day at Blaine. Her body was taken to Rich Creek, this county, for interment. It will be remembered that her husband was killed in the battle near Webb, WV on the 5th of December last year. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1909


MCCANN, Goldie

On last Tuesday night Goldie, the 5 year old daughter of Marion McCann, died of cerebro meningitis. The family lives on what is known as the John Burns place, about 2 miles from this place. Mr. McCann is from Boyd County. His wife is a daughter of Mordecia Wilson. Big Sandy news, Dec 10, 1909


MOSBY, Henry

Details fo the killing of Henry Mosby, of Iaeger, WV, by Frank Welsh, of this place, on Wednesday of last week are meager and the accounts given in the newspapers are much distorted and exaggerated. The killing was done at Iaeger, and Welsh is in jail at Welsh awaiting trial. One account telegraphed from Bluefield, says;

“Welsh has been running a gambling room at Iaeger for several years and has the name of being more or less quarrelsome. Welsh and a painter employed at Iaeger had a quarrel Tuesday night in Mosby’s saloon and Welsh was about to hit the painter over the head with a beer bottle, when Mosby caught his arm and probably prevented a murder. Welsh was incensed because Mosby interfered and threatened to get even with him. Mosby’s brother advised him to stay away from Welsh as Welsh was a sneak and would ambush and kill him. But Mosby, who was known to be a fearless man, stated that he was not afraid of Welsh doing him any harm. Mosby showed his gameness by pulling his gun after he had been pierced by 3 bullets holes through the breast and shooting 3 times at the fleeing murderer. Reliable accounts brought to Louisa by disinterested people are at variance with this story. A gentleman direct from Bluefield says that Mosby had been following Welsh all day, trying to pick a quarrel; that he shot at him 3 times before Welsh fired to save his own life. Welsh is the son of Pete Welsh, who lives at the “old licks”, 2 and a half miles below Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 17 1909



Another sad story of a killing at Hellier, Pike County, Christmas eve, was flashed over the wires. Bad whiskey and a devilish gun was the cause of it all. Red Harris and Roy Powell both young men, and employees at the Greenough Coal & Coke Company’s mines, became engaged in a drunken quarrel over a trivial matter at a Sunday School Christmas function at Hellier, Friday evening, when suddenly, and without warning, Harris whipped out a 44 calibre Colts pistol and fired 4 successive shots into Powell’s abdomen. Powell was shot on their way back to Greenough about a mile distant from the original scene of the first trouble. The wounded man lived 7 hours, giving up the ghost at 3 o’clock Christmas morning. Both men had been celebrating the holiday season in the old-fashioned mountain way and bad whiskey scored another victim on the list of Christmas fatalities in that region. Independent. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1909


PRINCE, Manda (Moore)

After an illness of about 3 weeks, Mrs. Manda Prince quietly passed away on last Monday morning, Nov 29. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Moore. Her age was 28 years. In 1900 she was united in marriage to Dock Prince, who survives her. She lived a consistent Christian life. She leaves a father, mother, husband, 4 sweet little children, brothers and sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Manda was a faithful wife and mother, and the entire community feels a personal loss in her death they have lost a dear friend. The funeral took place at the Dry Ridge school house. Rev. W. M. Copley conducting the service, and the interment was at the Prince burying ground. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1909



Jack Smith, a well-known carpenter of Huntington, was run down and instantly killed by a Baltimore  & Ohio passenger train at Kellogg last Monday morning about 7 o’clock. The report which is thought to be about correct says that Smith was walking down the track, meeting the train, though the whistle was blown he failed to observed the approach of the engine until it was upon him. The body was badly mutilated. The man was about 43 years old, but was sprightly and active as one much younger. He was born and raised in Wayne County, WV on Whites Creek, being a son of the late Rev. Harrison Smith, one of the most popular Baptist ministers in that section of the state, and brother of Rev. “Bud” Smith. He has an extensive family relationship residing in and adjacent to Huntington. He was a contactor and builder and assisted in erecting the original buildings for the Kellogg powder mills. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1909


SPARKS, Mrs. Hugh

Osie—The death of Mrs. Hugh Sparks, which occurred one day last week, brought sorrow to everyone who knew her. She was a kind Christian woman, daughter of the venerable John W. Chaffin. A husband and several children are left alone to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Dec 31,1909


STEWART, Sarah J (Lycan)

A Huntington newspaper of recent date had a glowing eulogy upon the life and character of Mrs. Sarah J. Stewart, who died in that city a week or so ago. Mrs. Stewart was a native of this county. Her maiden name was Lycan, and she was born in the Bear Creek or Durbin Creek neighborhood. She married James Stewart, an uncle of the late Judge James E. Stewart of Louisa. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart moved to Guyandotte, where they settled and became identified with the history of that place and the county which afterwards became Huntington and its suburbs. She was largely identified with the Southern Confederacy, and her devotion to it knew no bounds, and it was while the war was on that her courage was so frequently displayed. She was arrested once as a spy and many times since has spoken of her experience which occurred in Catlettsburg, KY. She had gone through the lines in company with Mrs. Miller, of Guyandotte, now of Barboursville, the 2 making their way stealthily to the Kentucky town to secure medicine to send by sympathizers into “Dixie”. They were arrested as spies and held for some time, until proof was procured to the effect that they were not guilty, and they were allowed to return home.


Another incident of an exciting character in the life of this brave woman occurred while she ws attending Marshall College during the war. Both armies were encamped in that section of the country close to the dividing line between the North and South, when Mrs. Stewart learned fo the presence of a famous Northern spy in the camp of the Southern army, then located at Guyandotte. Stealing away from Marshall College at the dead of night, the brave girl made her way to the Guandotte headquarters of the general in charge of the division of the Southern army and warned him of the spy’s presence, then returned to her room alone, the danger of her action in that wild time never daunting her. The spy she informed against was afterward captured and shot on the banks of the Ohio, near that city. On him were found the date telling of the size of various companies of the Confederate army, their location and proposed movements. Had this spy succeeded in getting through the lines with his dangerous information, there is no telling what the cost would have been to the Confederate army, and the woman who had effected the situation so fraught with danger to her beloved South, remained unknown, her bravery unacknowledged save among the few to whom she afterward told the story. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1909



VANCE, Albro

Readers of the NEWS will remember the account published some weeks ago of Albro Vance, of Knott County, who was brought to the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound in the leg. The injury was an old one and the leg was then gangrenous and the man in very bad shape. Amputation of the thigh gave a slim chance for recovery. Vance took ti but he was too far gone. Death occurred the latter, part of last week. He was buried in the Fulkerson graveyard. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1909


WELLS, Steve

Torchlight—On Monday night at midnight the silent watches of death were in the home of Steve Wells and called him home to his rest in the Great Beyond. He had been a patient sufferer for quite a while, and death was not unexpected. He leaves a wife and 3 sons and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1909


WILSON, Everett

Hicksville—Death has been in our neighborhood and taken from Mr. and Mrs. Isaac

Wilson their beloved son, Everett. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1909


WORKMAN, Mrs. John

Mrs. John Workman died at her home in Ceredo, WV Thursday morning after a long and lingering illness. She had been afflicted with insomnia and could not sleep, and on Thursday morning the doctors administered chloroform, from the effects of which she never recovered. Mrs. Workman was a highly respected woman and has many relatives in Wayne County, who will regret to learn of her untimely death. She is survived by her husband and 2 sons. The funeral was held from the family residence in Ceredo, after which the remains were taken tot Catlettsburg for interment. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1909