January 1, 1904


Paintsville: Colored Man Killed at Holiday Celebration in Boone’s Camp- Death of Dr. Holbrook’s wife

On Thursday night the 24th William Wright ( colored) was shot and killed at the house of Lewis Salmons, on Greasy creek, in this county. Some of Salmon’s brothers and other relatives and Wright were at his house spending the night, and awhile after dark Jeff Ward, Jr., came to Salmon’s accompanied by Alisha Ward, Lewis Ward, Richard Wells, Joseph R. Ward and and Budd Ward. William Wright was then playing a banjo and Jeff Ward asked Wright to go out doors with him, and in a short time three shots were fired out in the yard. James Salmon went to the door and fired two shots. In a few minutes the man was found dead. Ward says Salmon did the killing and Salmon says Ward did it. Ward was brought here yesterday under guard and his examining trial set for Thursday. From what we learn several gallon jugs had much to do with the murder.

2nd article: Crime is being charged to Jas. Salmons and Jeff Ward. It is said they dragged their victim to an old deserted house and went on with their revelry till daylight.

3rd article: Jeff Ward has been arrested and is having his examining trail at Paintsville. Wm. Wright the victim fo the foul murder was about 45 and has 10 children.

Mrs. Mary Liz Holbrooks, wife of Dr. J.H. Holbrooks, whose sickness we mentioned some time ago, died Sunday night. She was the youngest daughter of Dr. J. J. Gambill, of Lawrence county, and was a noble character and loved by all who knew her. She had been for many years been a member of the Church of Christ and lived a a consistent Christian life. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community. The burial will take place Tuesday at the family cemetery of Dr. Gambill, on Blaine.


David Kitchen was born in 1864 and died of typhoid fever at his home near Webbville on Dec. 5th, 1903.


Obit in 1903 but addition in 1904- Alfred Ferguson was born in 1872 and died October 1903, from blood poisoning caused by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of one of his best friends. The wound was received in W.Va., and he died in Ashland



Midway: We were sorry to hear of the death of aunt Janie Jobe. She died Tuesday and was laid to rest in the Shady Grove grave yard beside her husband who has been dead for many years. She was married at the age of 16 years and was 63 when she died. She had been a church member for many years. She left seven children and a host of friends to mourn her loss.


On the 26th inst. at 6 o’clock, a.m. the spirit of L.B. Thompson, 21 years of age, son of Jesse Thompson, took its flight from earth into the great beyond. He had wrested long and weary with typhoid fever. Soon after the breaking of the fever an abscess was formed on his lungs and soon sapped away the young life. During his illness he joined the church and was baptized, was soundly converted, and left brightest testimony of his future rest.


Ulysses: Death of Rev. Leander Smith infant child is reported. This is the second time within the last few months that the angel of death has entered the home of Mr. Smith and each time taken from their fond embrace one of their children. The bereaved parents have our deepest sympathy.


The widow of Jesse Murray died at her home near Whitehouse Tuesday, at the age of 84.


The wife of Harry Preston, who lives near Graves Shoals, died very suddenly Wednesday night of heart failure. She was about seventy years of age.


Rufus Isom, who was employed here at Ward’s restaurant some time since, was shot and killed by a negro at Rush Run mining camp, West Virginia. He was a native of Elliott county. The killing occurred on Christmas eve and was the result of whiskey.


Boone’s Camp: Died recently, Jack Newsom, a former citizen of this place, but later of Whitehouse.


Summit: Died recently the wife of James Martin, of consumption. Her remains were entered into the Mike Thompson burial ground,


January 8, 1904


Paintsville: W. J. Ward, Sr., died at his home on Monday very suddenly. He had been very sick a few weeks, but had been going around all the time. Monday morning he was unable to get out of bed without help, and when some of the family attempted to help him out of bed he fell back and died instantly. He was one of the wealthiest men in our country and was a good and influential citizen and will be greatly missed.


Up Tug River: The infant child of George Williamson took its flight from earth a few days ago after a long sickness.


Ashland Women Suicides: Mrs. Fredrick J. Weber, of Ashland, committed suicide by drinking carbonic acid. Mrs. Weber had been in poor health for some months, and it was noticed some time ago that her mind was unbalanced, and for the past week or so her reason had been dethroned. She was adjudged insane, and they were to have left this morning with her for Lexington where she was to be placed in the asylum. Last night her two sister-in-laws, Mrs. Alvin Powell and Mrs. Fred Kramer, sat up with her. This morning they left and she her husband to her bedside, threw her arms around his neck, and told him she would kiss him good-bye for the last time, just after which she picked up a bottle of carbonic acid and swallowed it contents. It is a mystery where or how she got the deadly drink, as she had been watched with such care. The doctors were summoned, but found she was beyond help. She lingered until 11 o’clock, suffering untold agony.


Mrs. Wm. Shannon was called to East Point a few days ago by the death of her mother, Mrs. Riley Spears.


Midway: Died, on the second, little Chester the little son of Lawrence and Minnie Derifield. Croup was the cause of death. He was about 21 months of age. His body was laid to rest in the Burton graveyard in Blaine by the side of his two little brothers, who have been dead a few years.


Descendant of Daniel Boone: Jason L. Webb, 84 years old, oldest member of the remarkable old Webb family, direct descendant of Daniel Boone, the famous Kentucky hunter, died in his quaint old home at Mayking, where he lived for nearly sixty years. He has eighteen children and thousands of descendants in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia.


January 15, 1904


Resolution of Respect: See note under 11/20/1903 of initial obit.

Bro. D. M. Banks was born Aug. 4. 1864 and died Nov. 9. 1903 at Willard, Ky. While carrying out one of the greatest commands of our order- “to visit the sick” he contracted the dreaded smallpox and after nine days of dreadful suffering his spirit passed to that home.


Hager Hill: We are sorry to report the death of the aged Mrs. H. E. Conley, wife of ex-county Judge. Judge Conley is the oldest brother of your townsman, A. J. Conley. The deceased leaves a numerous family; among them two earnest Baptist ministers-Burns and Elliott.

Also died Tuesday morning at the home of Mr. Harman Adams his brother-in-law Pleasant Horn. Mr. Horn had been married about two years but for some time has not been with his family. He died of consumption.


Busseyville: News of the death of Miss Mary McCommis, of Mattie, has reached us. She had typhoid fever, and had been a sufferer longer than the usual time for the victims of this dreadful disease. She being a granddaughter of Rev. A. J. Thompson our vicinity naturally writes in sympathy. Funeral rites administered by Rev. Hewlett.

2nd article: Feb 12: Mary was born April 8th, 1885 and died Jan. 10th, 1904, age 18 years, 9 months and 2 days. Mary was the beautiful daughter of Jas. and Fanny McComis. She was converted and joined the M.E. Church South in 1807.


Mrs. Wm. Crum died at Catlettsburg Tuesday. She was a sister of Wm. Stone, fo Louisa, and was probably better known as the widow of Robt. Price.


Ashland: Miss Lottie Wilson, aged 16, died at Owingsville yesterday from an attack of toothache. The pain was so severe and prolonged that her system gave way under its exactions.


Inez: Mary Spence, aged twenty-two years of age, living three miles west of Inez, was burned to death by her dress becoming ignited from the grate. Here parents were in the dining room at breakfast when the incident occurred.


Died of Smallpox: A Mrs. Houchins of Ceredo, wife of an N.&W. brakeman, who left Ceredo when the smallpox become epidemic, returned to her home about a week ago in the Millender block there. She was seized with smallpox soon after her return and died Tuesday. Her baby which was only two days old, also died and both were buried in the same grave. The rest of the family were sent to the pest house.


Killed by a Young Lady: Frank Johnson, brother of Deputy Sheriff G. W. Johnson, was shot and killed about 11 o’clock Monday night, December 21, at the residence of John Walker, about six miles south to Ceredo. Walkers family heard someone at a window and Mrs. Walker’s youngest daughter, Docia, aged 17 years of age, thinking a burglar was trying to enter the building, shot through the opening where a pane of glass had been removed. The family were shocked on arising the morning after the incident to find the dead body of Frank Johnson, a young man and brother-in-law of the young lady who did the shooting, lying dead about 75 yards from the residence. Johnson is said to have been drinking.

It is said that Miss Walker was to have been married to Howard Wilson, a prominent young man of this county, on Christmas, but on account of the sad death of Johnson the wedding was postponed.


Clifford: The Johnson brothers who were shot by Jacob Olivar and died. They were both intoxicated when shot.

Also the death angel has visited and taken from the home of Joseph Bradley and wife their three months’ old child. The father and mother have our sympathy.


January 22, 1904



Osie: The two year old child of Jacob Arrington died on the 6th.


John Walden, died at this home on Twin Branch Wednesday. He was about 70 years old.


The mother of Ran Hinkle died at his home on Richardson Sunday. She had reached an advanced age and her life had been an exemplary one.

2nd article Feb 12: Elizabeth Hinkle was born Oct. 8. 1828 and died Jan.17, 1904, aged 75 years, 3 months and 9 days. She was the mother of 11 childrens, four of them having preceded her to the other world, leaving seven, two sons, Randolph and Dow, and five daughters, Mrs. Newberry, Spence Ward, Fannie and Mrs Goble. “Grandma” as we all called her, was a sweet spirited lady, one of the pioneers of this country.


Mrs. Kizzie Preston, aged 83 died at the home of her son Hamilton, near Richardson, several days ago. She was one of the best women in that part of the country and was the mother of some of our most worthy citizens.


Charley, son of George and Angie Burgess, who live at the mouth of Georges Creek, twelve miles south of Louisa, died of smallpox. He had been away from home at work and returned about two weeks ago. He was then sick and the disease very soon proved to be smallpox. The deceased was a nephew of Mrs. W. D. Roffe, Mrs. H. C. Sullivan and Mrs. F. H. Yates, of this place. The death of a young man from this disease is particularly sad and much sympathy is elicited in this case.

Obituary from 6/3- Charles A, son of George L. and Angie Burgess, was born July 2, 1877 and and died of smallpox January 17, 1904. Charlies was away from home working when expoxed


Miss Anne Wurts died at the home of Mr. S.G. Bates at Riverton Thursday of last week. She was a sister of Mr. John Wurts, superintendent of mines on the E.K.


Rev. Charles F. Crooks died at his home in Guyandotte, W. Va., Sunday after an illness of several weeks. He was 86 years old, and was a prominent minister in the M. E. Church, South, having been engaged in active church work until about ten years ago.


Andy Marcum, 35 living near Naugstuck, W. Va., was blown into atoms by a dynamite explosion. He was preparing to blow stone for N. & W. railroad, when a tick of dynamite which he was holding in his hand exploded, throwing his head a distance of 20 yards and blowing fragments of his body to the opposite shore of the Tug River.


The body of Prof. Lyman Elliott Smith who committed suicide at Kenova, W. Va., Thursday last week was taken to the home of his brother, Auston Smith, near Mayslick. Prof. Smith was twenty-eight years old and unmarried. He was a college Professor at Defiance, Pa., and his brother attributes his suicide to overwork. His rash act was wholly unexpected. Prof. Smith was on his way to visit his brother at Mayslick. He had bought a ticket from Parkersburg to Maysville, but missed the train at Kenova. He was educated at Georgetown and Chicago University. He pursued his studied in Germany last summer. His people were respected tenant farmers and his future was promising.


Clerida Conley, wife of Judge H. E. Conley, aged 67 years died her home a short distance from town last Saturday night. Mrs. Conley had been sick with stomach and liver trouble for several months before her death. She was the mother of eleven children and this was the first death in that family. She was a member of the leading members of this county. Judge Conley was at one time County Judge of this county and is among our most highly respected citizens.


Williamson, W.Va., Otto Stafford was landed in jail here for killing Tommy Damron, aged 12, at Thacker last night. The little boy had snapped a pistol in Stafford’s face, which so enraged him that, it is charged, he shot the lad twice killing him instantly. Stafford is 35 years old.


Greenup County: Joseph Riley an aged citizen of Argillite, died of paralysis, and on the same day just a few hours afterwards a twenty one year of son died, in the same house of the same disease. The were buried side by side in the same grave.


William J. Ward, ( Uncle Jeff) of Ward City, Johnson county, Ky., died after only two days sickness last week. He was one of the best known business men in the Big Sandy Valley, though he sold his store and retired from business some two years ago. He lacked only a few days of being seventy eight years old, and is survived by several children and may relatives. He was an extensive property holder and one of the wealthiest men in the county.


Death visited the home of Thos. Va. Salter and took their little ten months old baby. Mr. Salter now lives at 323 E. 3rd St., Cincinnati, Oh., now, but formerly lived in Lawrence county, Ky. The loved one was laid to rest in the Wesleyan Cemetery in Cincinnati , Jan 15, at 3 o’clock.



January 29, 1904

Died, January 9, 1904, at her home on Queens Creek, W. Va., near Hubbardstown, Mrs. Martha Hayton, wife of Millroy Hayton and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Fuller. Mrs Hayton was 32 years. Her life was spent in the service of our blessed Master. Martha leaves a husband and ten children to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest in the Lakins graveyard beside her baby boy, little Roy, not quite two years old, who preceded her to the Glory Land Oct. 21, 1902.





Ratcliff: The little son of L. D. Johnson died last week. The bereaved have our sympathy.


A telegram received here Tuesday told of the death of Miss Lucy McHenry, daughter of the late Fred McHenry, which occurred at the State Sanitarium at Lexington. The family ordered the body sent here, and it arrived Wednesday morning. Funeral services were conducted at one o’clock by Rev. J. M. Boland from the residence of the a sister of the deceased, Mrs. Morris McClure and the interment took place in Pine Hill Cemetery.


Joe Walters killed. Between Ashland and Russell, in Boyd county, Joe Walters was killed Tuesday by a boy about 13 years of age. The boy used a crowbar and crushed Walters skull while he was filling a saw. Death was instantaneous. It is said the boy killed the man because he refused to pay him for work. Walters was about 50 years of age. He formerly lived on Three Mile on this county and was frequently in trouble.

2nd article: The name of the young man who killed Walters is Alf Keaton. He is about 18 years old.


Died of Smallpox: We are sorry to hear of the death of Wm. Shortridge, which occurred at Ashland Wednesday. He moved from Fallsburg to Ashland about two years ago. His age was about 60 years. Smallpox was cause of death. He was a quiet good citizen.

2nd article: Feb 12: Died Jan. 27th, 1904 William Shortridge at his home near Ashland, Boyd County, where he had recently moved. He died of that dread plague, smallpox. He was born in Pike county, Kentucky, and while very young he was married to Susan S. Johnson and about the close of the war of 1861 he with his companion moved to Lawrence county and settled at the forks of Catt where he lived a peaceful life until the fall of 1901 when he sold his farm to William Riley and moved to Ashland. He was about 61 years old. He has gone to meet his aged mother and eldest brother who departed this life October 1898, only five years prior to his death.

Father, mother, two brothers and three sisters have gone to the Glory land, One brother and three sisters remain on earth to mourn.


Mrs. Ewl Handley, wife of the saw mill man on Durbin, died at her home there Saturday nigh at nine o’clock. She sustained a broken hip some time ago and had not been in good health since


T.J. Pack, who was formerly employed in Hatten and Warren’s store at Buchanan, died of consumption at Ashland a few days ago. The body was buried at Kavanaugh. He spent a year in Texas securing temporary relief, and since his return has been in the grocery business in Ashland.


John McSorley, age 64, a former steamboat captain and pilot died at Catlettsburg recently.


Nellie, the two years of old baby of Jacob Arrington and wife of Overda, died last week.

 February 5, 1903

On last Monday on Rockhouse Fork a horrible crime was committed by a young girl only 15 years old. The young girl Tamsey Neeley is accused of crushing the skull of her child a few hours after its birth. The young girl was a domestic in the employ of Thomas Pack, a well know citizen of this county.


Buchanan: Jink Baugh, who was raised in our vicinity, died last week on Queen’s Creek, W. Va., of consumption.


Buchanan: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Fortner died Sunday.


Irad: Lon Jordan, wife of Orsan Jordan, departed this life Saturday, Jan 30th. She was the daughter of Granville and Mary Jane McCommis. She has been a victim of consumption for quite some time, and was converted during her sickness and has gone to join her many friends in that beautiful land where there is no pain or sorrow.


Cherokee: Marion Wheeler brought the body of his oldest girl from Ashland Saturday and buried it in the old Graham graveyard at the mouth of Cherokee. She was fourteen years old.


Wilton: Constable Mat Helton arrested one of the Fletcher boys on an old charge of some kind. Fletcher, it is alleged, agreed to pay off the fine if Helton would go over to his house and get the money. Helton and his brother went with Fletcher, one of Fletcher’s brothers also going along. Some misunderstanding occurred in a short time shots were heard at Fletcher’s home. It was found that Tom Fletcher was shot four times and instantly killed. His brother Dave was shot twice and is in a dying condition. Levie Broch, a friend of the Fletcher brothers, was shot in the mouth but not dangerously hurt. Dave Fletcher lived a few hours, and in his dying statement said the shooting was without cause. One of the dead man leaves a family and the other was single. Heltons has not been caught.


Mrs. H. C. Sammons was called to Dragg, W. Va., last week by a message announcing the death of her sister, Mrs. Lat Copley.


A man named Hite, from Virginia, was killed by a falling derrick on the C. & O. railroad work up Levisa, The body was taken to Ashland by a special train Sunday.


Samuel B. Vinson died Tuesday at the home of Wm. Peters in Wayne County, W. Va.. He was injured a short time ago by a street car in Washington City. Mr. Vinson recently returned from the state of Washington, where he lived several years and was prominent in business and political circles.


Death of Dr. G. W. Murray: Another of Louisa’s oldest citizens has been called from earth. Dr. George W. Murray passed away yesterday morning at 8:15. His death was a result of paralysis, of which he has had several attacks during the past two or three years.

The funeral will occur from the residence Friday at one o’clock. The body will be laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery. Rev. Dr.J.M. Boland will conduct the services. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the burial.

The deceased would have been 78 years old next June. He lived in Louisa 42 years. A wife, one son and two daughters survive. The son is Albert and the daughters are Mrs. Harry Lawson, of Williamson, W. Va., and Mrs. Chas. Salyers of this place. Dr. Murray was a a member of the United Baptist Church at Inez, Ky. He joined the I.O.O.F. in 1872 and was the oldest member of the Louisa Lodge. He was a Captain in the branch of the U.S. service in the Civil War. Soon after the war he engaged in general merchandising business, but later devoted himself entirely to the practice of medicine. Dr. Murray was a quiet, thrifty, substantial citizen. Condolence is extended to his family.


Mattie: A small child of Genoa Hays departed this life on the 30th. The bereaved mother has the sympathy of all.


Mrs. Sallie Vanover, aged 79, is said to have been murdered by John Estes on Shelby Creek, Pike County. He owed her $ 50 and she attached his property upon learning he was preparing to move to Virginia. A lynching is expected.


Vessie: The people of our community were greatly shocked to hear of the death of William Shortridge, who died of smallpox at Ashland.


Ulysses: Died, on the 20th Inst, of consumption, Mrs. Katie Boyd, aged 36 years, wife of Robert Boyd of Hannah Chapel. She patiently endured her suffering and was ready when the summons came. She leaves two daughters, one 10 years old and the other 16, and a husband and many friends and relatives to mourn her. The burial took place at her father’s, Wash Daniels, on Daniels branch. The sympathy of all the neighborhood is extended to the bereaved.


Ulysses: On last Monday, Mattie the little 6 year old girl of Sherman Boyd, was burned to death. Her clothing caught fire and before assistance reached her she was burned almost to a crisp. Her step mother tried to pull out her burning clothes, but failed. She was buried in the family graveyard Wednesday. The parents and friends have our deepest sympathy.


February 12, 1904


Elias Kennard who lived on Rockhouse Creek in this county died after a brief illness, of fever this week, he was well known, in his section and was a well to do farmer. His age was about sixty years. ( Salyersville News)


A terrible tragedy occured at the foot of Buffalo Shoals, three miles below Paintsville, when James Kelly, who was work for the Virginia Bridge Co., was rolling a couple of timbers, and becoming caught between them, was horribly crushed and mangled, causing instant death.


Clifford: The dreaded visitor, death, has again been in our neighborhood and taken from our midst one of our best friends, Mrs. Belle Copley, wife of Lat Copley, and her baby only three days old. Mrs. Copley was a daughter of S.P. Wooten, who lives near Fullers Station, and was a sister of Henry Sammons of Louisa. Mrs. Sammons came up from Louisa, but was too late to take the last sad look of her loving sister, who had just been laid to rest. She was loved by all who knew her.


Yatesville: Mrs. Marien Short departed this life Jan 30, of consumption. She was a good woman and loved by all who knew her. She was laid to rest Jan 31, by the side of her sister, who passed beyond about a year ago. We extend our sympathy to the husband and the motherless children.


2nd article: Beech Grove: Died Jan. 29, 1904, at Van Newsoms near Louisa, Mrs Christie Short, wife of Marion Short, and daughter of Lydia Marcum. She was about 34 years old and leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss. She was laid to rest in the Hughes graveyard, bedside her sister Mrs. Millie Hughes, who preceded her to the glory about a year ago.

 Mrs. Harry Lawson and children returned to their home at Williamson, W. Va., Monday, having been called to death of Mrs. Lawson’s father, Dr. Murray.

Bolts Creek: Died, on East Fork, on the 26th, Lenna Vanover. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss. We extend sympathy to the bereaved family.


The wife of F. Don Orcutt, city editor of Ashland Daily Independent died from a hemorrhage of the brain last Monday morning. On Wednesday evening before, she sank down in the floor just after carrying her baby upstairs. From that time until her death she had very conscious moments. Our condolence is extended to Mr. Orcutt in his deep bereavement.


Feb 19, 1904


Obituary: Departed this life at 11A.M. Sunday, Feb. 14th 1904, Cass Eastman at his home on Eastfork. He died of typhoid fever, was sick but a few days until death claimed him its own. Cass was a single man about 40 years old and a successful stock and dry goods merchant. The writer became acquainted with him in 1879 and to know him was to love him. He was an honest, truthful and trust worthy gentlemen and highly respected by many of his friends. He was good and kind to his aged parents during their last years. He has two brothers and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Fannin. We extended our sympathy to the many bereaved friends and brothers and sisters and hope that that their loss is Heaven’s gain.

2nd article: Vessie: Name is spelled Cass Easton- laid to rest in the family graveyard.


Osie: We are sorry to hear of Uncle Caleb Holbrook’s death who died on the 5th.


Casper: Died on the 12th, Thomas Bellomy, Sr., of Zelda. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Cliff Dean, and the remains laid to rest in Buchanan cemetery.

2nd article: Polly’s Chapel: Died, Feb. 4th, Uncle Caleb Holbrook with heart trouble. He was in his 77 year. He was a good honest man and always kind to everybody. He will be greatly missed not only by his children, but by his many friends.

2nd article: Thomas Bellomy, one of the Lawrence county’s oldest residents passed away February 12th, after an illness of years, with dropsy.


The mother of Rev. Chester H. Williamson died last week at Lexington, Ill., at the home of her son Dr. Williamson.

From Lexington paper: The large circle of friends and the relatives of Mrs. Williamson, wife of Rev. Williamson, D.D. are mourning over her death which occurred Monday afternoon. She had been sick several weeks, her disease being a general collapse and breaking down of her entire system. She was born sixty- seven years ago in West Virginia, she and her reverend husband have made their home for the past two years with their son, Dr. W. T. Williamson of this place.Mrs. Williamson leaves a husband, three daughters, Mrs. George McFadden of Havana, Mrs.  Anna Stewart of Gillesburg and Mrs. Chas. Freeman, of Virginia, and three sons, Rev. Charles of Pomona, Cal., Rev. Chester of Waukausha, Wis., and W.T. of Lexington. They all present during her last sickness with the exception of the son in far away California. A short service was held at the home Tuesday. Her son Rev. Chester Williamson repeated his mother’s favorite psalm, the twenty third. The family  accompanied the body to Petersburg Wednesday morning where for six years Rev. Williamson was pastor of the Presbyterian church.


Charley: Died recently, Leander, the little son of Issac Pack, Jr. He only lived 30 hours after taking sick. Pneumonia fever was the cause of his death.


A message from Greenup yesterday to Louisa relatives told of the sudden death of Dr. M. S. Leslie, which occurred Wednesday night. He leaves a wife and four sons, the youngest being two years old. The burial will take place in Greenup.

2nd article: Dr. M. S. Leslie:

The people of Greenup were deeply shocked Thursday morning by hearing of the sudden death of Dr. M. S. Leslie, which occurred about 11 o’clock Wednesday night at his home on West Main Street.

Dr. Leslie was in his usual health that evening. He was stricken with heart disease and died before medical aid could reach him.

He was in his 53rd year and had been a resident of Greenup for the past twenty years, with the exception of a short time he was located in Lexington in 1888. He was a member of the M.E. Church, South and a model Christian gentleman.

Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon in the presence of a large crowd. and interment was in the Greenup cemetery. Rev. J. W. Crites, his pastor conducted the services. His bereaved wife and children have the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community.

Dr. Leslie died without a moments warning. He retired at nine o’clock in apparent good health. At eleven his wife heard him turn over and gasp. A hurried investigation showed that death had done its work in an instant. It was not previously known that his heart was affected. His general health and his eyes ( with which he had much trouble) were in better condition lately than for a long time.

The large number of floral tributes sent, the messages of sympathy and the large attendance at the funeral testified to the high esteem in which he was held. Rev. Crites was assisted in the funeral services by the Presiding Elder, Rev. S. A. Donahoe, and by Rev. Cline the pastor of the M.E.Church.

A wife and four children survive Dr. Leslie. The oldest is 16; the others 8, 6 and 3 years. All are boys Dr. Leslie was a native of Pike County. He married Miss Florence Hunt, a most estimable women.


Raven Rock: We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. C.. ( can’t read- maybe Clistie?) Short.


Georges Creek: On the third the death angel visited the home of Andy Body and took from him his loving wife, with whom he lived only about three years. Martha lived a devoted Christian and God called her home from her kind husband and her two little babes.



February 26, 1904



Salyersville: The little daughter of James Arnett, aged fifteen months, residing on Burning Fork, died Friday morning of pneumonia. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved parents.


A sad case of suicide occurred on last Tuesday afternoon in Hunting creek in this county. Willie Joseph, aged 19, son of Mitt Joseph, killed himself instantly. He placed the revolver against his forehead, and the ball came out at the back of his head. Our informant said he had been drinking a day or two, and while laboring under a temporary aberration of the mind, committed the awful deed. He is spoken of as a young man of good qualities and his people have the sympathy of the entire community where they reside.



John W. Ratcliffe, aged about sixty, died at his home of his son at Torchlight, of fever, after an illness of five days.

Died, the 21st, Glancus H. York, age 63 (2nd article says age 65), of heart trouble. The funeral service as conducted by Rev. Miller, and the remains laid to rest in the See graveyard.


We failed to mention last week the death of Pearl Hampton, who died two week ago from smallpox. The body was buried at night by some man who had previously had the disease. He refused to be vaccinated some time before taking smallpox and pad the penalty with his life.


Felix A. Moore, died suddenly at his home at Relief, Morgan county, a few days ago. He was a native of this county being a son of Eli Moore, a good citizen who lives at Cordell. Felix was an excellent young man and prosperous merchant. His death is a loss to the community, as well as a severe blow to his family.

2nd article: Died of brain fever Feb. 21, 1904. His remains were taken to Brushy for burial.


Huntington W.Va., Van Maynard, aged 60, one of the wealthiest citizens in Mingo County committed suicide by drowning in Tug River.


James McGlothlin, a prominent farmer of the East fork valley, was found dead in his bed at Catlettsburg Tuesday noon. He leaves several sons and daughters living in Boyd country, and a brother, Thomas McGlothlin and two sisters living.


Thacker. W.Va., Feb 23- a sensational tragedy occurred here which has thoroughly aroused the community. Taylor Duty, a bartender at Lon Bishop saloon, was shot and instantly killed by deputy sheriff D.C. Howell the latter being intoxicated it is said at the time.


John Stepp, a wealthy merchant near Dingess, W. Va., shot and killed Elmer Brewer, a wealthy farmer and neighbor. Two hours after the murder a torch was applied to Stepp’s large store and it was totally consumed Stepp’s home was fired, but it was saved from destruction. Stepp is hiding.

2nd article:

Two Killings Near Warfield:

On last Saturday evening, about one mile from Warfield, and near Marrowbone Creek, Elza Brewer was shot and instantly killed by John Stepp. Stepp and Brewer, it is said, had not been on friendly terms for a year or more, and last Saturday, Brewer, while intoxicated, broke the door of the store open in which Stepp is one of the firm. Stepp and his father repaired the broken door and started for their home. Brewer followed them and in a threatening manner, tried to get the father to return to the store with him, when the son …. ( can’t read word) him to leave them… can’t read rest of article.



A horrible tragedy occurred near Maysville last Saturday night which William Bramel, a prominent farmer, shot his wife’s head off with a shot gun and burned himself up in his house. The horrible deed was committed in a fit of temporary insanity. Mrs. Bramel was a most accomplished and estimable women, sister of John M. Hunt, of Maysville, and a relative of Dr. G. W. Wroten.


Near Winfield, W. Va., last week an unknown assassin killed Thomas Sparks by firing through the window of his home. Sparks was eighty-three years old, and his only daughter, an elderly woman lived with him. She was out of the house when the shooting was done. Sparks was a county assessor for twenty years. There is no clue.



MARCH 1904


March 4, 1904 ( missing 2 pages)



A special from Inez, says Alvin, the four year old son of Lillian Barret, shot and instantly killed Leonard, the six-year-old son of Rev. G.W. Alley at his home in Warfield. The children were playing with a 22 target rifle. Mr. Alley moved from Inez to Warfield about three weeks ago.

( 2nd article states Leonard as 10 year old not six)


A very sad shooting affair took place at Thacker last Saturday. Constable Dave Hewell is the one accused of the shooting and a young man by the name of Duty is the unfortunate one who is now dead from the wound. There are a number of stories of how it all occurred.


Salyersville, Ky., Feb. 27- Silas Barrett, aged twenty-three, committed suicide at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon by shooting himself through the heart. The tragedy occurred ten miles above this place on the Licking. He served as a private in the war with Spain and had been married only a few months. His wife had deserted him.


Proctor Howe, aged 18 years and son of Rev. J. H. Howe died at his home on the river below town last Saturday of pneumonia after a very short illness.


Williamson, W. Va., A body of an unknown mane was found on a hillside near Doane Station, the skull crushed and the throat cut and the body covered with leaves. Jake Cobbs living near the scene was arrested. A murdered man is believed may be John Gresham, a buyer of staves and lumber living near Paintsville.


Mrs. Doug Campbell died of smallpox on Little Fork.



March 11, 1904


In Memory of Thos. Bellomy:

The angel of death visited our neighborhood and taken of our best citizens. Thomas Bellomy, son of William and Sarah Bellomy. He was born in Wayne county, Va., ( now W.Va.) and departed this life Feb. 12th, 1904, in his 68th year. He always lived a peaceable quiet life. Everyone who knew him, loved him. He joined the Methodist Church when twelve years old, was converted when sixteen, and lived a consistent Christian life. Brother Bellomy, was twice married, his last wife and five children surviving him. He was laid to rest in the Buchanan cemetery.


Inez: Mrs. Elijiah Dingus died at her home near Inez Monday. Mrs. Dingus had been sick for a long time and bore her sufferings as a true Christian. She was a member of the United Baptist Church in Inez. and loved by all who knew her. Her infant child died last week, and another, about two years old, died the day following Mrs. Dingus death. The bereaved husband and children have our sympathy.


Jack Hamelton, living on Rockhouse, died Wednesday of typhoid fever. he was 56 years of age.


Jas. Hodgins, proprietor of the Royal Hotel at Inez, died Sunday morning after an illness of only a few hours. He was for many years a resident of Louisa and had many friend here who will be pained to hear of his death. He was good citizen. After locating to Inez he married and has been doing well.


Inez: Died, on last Thursday Uncle Thomas Coffee of Inez. He was about 80 years old, loved, honored and respected by every one who knew him. He leaves a wife, four daughters and many friends to mourn for him. The bereaved have our deepest sympathy in their afflictions.


Mrs. Alonzo Stratton died suddenly of apolexy at her home on White’s creek Feb. 23. She was the daughter of John Piles, of White Creek, and leaves a husband and six children.


Miss Sallie, youngest daughter of Judge S.G. Kinner of Catlettsburg, died of appendicitis at Nashville, Tenn., last Saturday. She was attending school there. He illness was only three or four days duration. The burial took place in Catlessburg Tuesday. She was a beautiful and very popular young lady and her death was a shock to the community. Much sympathy is expressed for Judge Kinner and his family.



Death has again visited the home of Elias Salmons and taken two of his children, Gracie and Hattie. Their deaths were only nine hours apart and buried in one casket beside their their two littles sisters who had died the same way eight years ago. This is something very remarkable: four sisters sleeping side by side in two graves.


John McGuire, son of commodore McGuire, who resides near E.K. Junction, fell from a train in Kansas and was killed. The remains were brought to E.K.Junction Tuesday for interment.


Prof. J. M. E. Fairchilds, aged fifty-three, one of the most prominent educators of this section of the state, died at his home near Salyersville. He had been a teacher in the public schools and colleges of that seciton for the past thirty five years, always commanding a high place in his profession. He also was a well-to-do farmer and leaves a widow.


Cow: We regret to report the death of Dr. Jervis, one of the most prominent men of the Big Sandy Valley. He took sick on Saturday Feb. 27th, 1904, after returning from a steam mill on Coppers Creek, and only lived until Sunday 10 a.m. The Dr. was a man who was welcomed into every home where he was known. He was a member of the Christian church. He was born in Cabell county, Maryland, Jan. 5, 1822 and came to Ky in 1840. He was married to Eva Burchett in 1842. He patronized all classes of people, the poor as well as rich. He was 82 years, 1 month and 23 days old. He was buried on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the family graveyard. The funeral was conducted by three able ministers- Rev. Marian Collins, and son and Rev. Mont Bevins.


Cow: Miss Virgie Herald, the daughter of Joe Herald, age 13 years 11 months and some few days, died Feb. 29th. She leaves a mother, a step father, one brother and one sister and two half sisters to mourn their loss. The funeral was preached by Eli Hannah Right.


March 18. 1904

Paintsviile:  Mrs. Joe Conley died Monday of consumption. She was about 35 years of age and leaves a husband and several children.


Resolution of Respect: The soul of our brother, neighbor and friend Charlie Hayes, passed away Feb. 27, 1904.


Laurel Hill: Departed this life Feb. 28th, 1904 at 1 o’clock Ellen Hay. She died of consumption. She was a good and kind young lady of 16 summers and was loved by all who knew her. She was an orphan child, was raised by her uncle and aunt, Jas. M. and Hannah Skaggs. They have our sympathy.


Thomas: The death angel has again been in our midst and taken from us Aunt Linnie Roop. She leaves three sons and several grand children to mourn their loss.


Ambrose Terry, aged 20, was shot and instantly killed by a man said to be Hugh Pigman, aged 21, in a duel near Hindman, Ky. Pigman is in jail.


March 25, 1904

Madge: Died, on the 11th an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cyrus.


Casper: Died on the 19th Mrs. Bettie Curnutt,. She was laid to rest in Buchanan cemetery Sunday.

2nd article: Mrs. Elizabeth Curnutte, widow of the late Stephen Curnette, died at her home near Zelda, Friday, age 76. She was the mother of ten children, nine of whom are living. Her funeral was hold Sunday afternoon.


Clifford: News reached here today that the wife of Ezekiel Fluty died yesterday from a relapse of measles.


Death of Mrs. Butler:

This community was shocked last Tuesday morning by the news that Mrs. Aamasetta Butler had passed away. It was known to everybody that her health had been poor for a year or more, and that she was a sufferer of consumption, but the end was not expected so soon. She was able to do her house work up to a few moments before she expired. As profuse hemorrhage came suddenly and caused her death.

The funeral took place Thursday at 11 o’clock from the M.E. Church South, and the body was laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery by the side of her husband, who was carried off by the same disease only a few months ago. Dr. J. M. Boland conducted the services.

Deceased was the widow of J.C. Butler, and a daughter of B.F. Johnston, formerly of Peach Orchard. Her age was 43 years. Two children, a daughter and a son survive. The former is seventeen and the latter fourteen years of age. A few years ago Mrs. Butler joined the M.E. Church South and has lived a consistent life.

The relatives who came to attend the funeral are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Johnson, Mrs. J. W. Warnock, Mrs. Colbert Lockwood, Mrs. G. B. Gary and daughter Miss Blanche, Miss Annis Johnson, Mrs. E.H Borders, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Johnston and daughter, Miss Emma, Miss Damie Lockwood, Sam Lockwood, Guy White, Mrs. B. F. Conway and Mrs. Lydia Butler.


E.G. McMillen, traveling salesman for the Jones Music Co., of Huntington, and quite well known in Louisa where he was a frequent visitor, died at his home Monday from pneumonia and pleurisy.


The towboat M. B. Goble sank at Catlessburg Thursday night and Chas. Mains, engineer, and Will Bartley, cook were drowned. The rest of the crew barely escaped.


APRIL 1904


April 1, 1904

Blaine: The angel of death has visited our neighborhood and taken one of our kind, loving and affectionate boys away. Meredith Evans, son of H. H. and Sarah Evans. He was born and raised in Elliott county and departed this life last Sunday about two o’clock. All was done that kind and loving hearts could do, but all in vain. He was a good and kind young boy of 20 summers. He was shot three times and he started to run and had only run about ten steps and fell dead.


Olioville: Died, on the 24 inst. Jane Stewart, wife of Harve Stewart. She will be greatly missed by her family. The remains were taken to Brushy and interred in the family burying ground.

Also died, on the 25th, the infant child of Flem Kitchen.


Boons Camp

Died, since our last letter, the wife of Ephriam Dawson of this place- Mr. Dawson has since moved to Bobs Branch near the river.


Hubbardstown: Stephen Fuller died at his home near here last Sunday.


Sherman Welch, of Whitehouse committed suicide Sunday, taking the morphine route and dying in a few hours. His mother is a widow.


The wife of W. A. Moore of Irad, died of consumption Wednesday. She was formerly Miss Inez Pigg, and an attractive and worthy young woman, and had been married only a few years. Her husband is a prosperous young merchant and one of our best citizens. In his deep sorrow there goes out to him the sympathy of all who know him. The funeral was attended by Mr. and Mrs. James Picklesimer, of this place, who are near relatives.


Alexander Lackey: Falls a Victim to Consumption and Passes Away.

Louisa is in deep mourning. The death of one of our most prominent and substantial citizens, Mr. Alexander Lackey, has cast over the entire community a mantle of gloom.

The dissolution came at five o’clock on Thursday morning.

The funeral will occur from the residence Saturday at eleven o’clock. Dr. J. M. Boland, pastor of the M.E. Church South will conduct the services, and the Masonic fraternity will participate.

On January 1st Mr. Lackey was taken sick as the result of a severe cold. Pneumonia and pleurisy followed, and then consumption; he was never able to be out of the house again. During the las few days he came to realize the hopeless condition of his case and he rapidly settled up as many of his extensive business matters as possible. He mind was clear until he fell into the last sleep, half an hour previous to his death.

All the near relatives were with him during the last hours except Richard Moore, brother of Mrs. Lackey, who had been in Arizona for some time. Only the failure of a connection in Cincinnati prevented him reaching here Wednesday evening.

To say that Louisa, and Lawrence county, and Eastern Ky, did not have a better, more useful, more intellectual citizen is not too strong a statement. He was recognized as all this and more. As a lawyer he stood in the foremost rank and his position was won alone by force of ability and character.

He was 50 years old of age on the 18th of last December. Fifteen years ago he married Miss Hannah Moore, daughter of Hon. Wm. Moore and niece of the lamented Laban. T. Moore. To them were born three unusually bright and attractive little daughters, the eldest being thirteen years of age and the youngest eight. Miss Cynthia Quinn, an aunt, who has made her home with the family, is among those mostly heavily stricken by his death. Mrs.T. R. Brown of Catlettsburg, is the only sister of Mr. Lackey, and Mr. Jas. Q Lackey, of this place is the only brother. Other relatives came from distant points are: Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Brown and son Alex, of Catlettsburg; Mrs. Newman, of Atlanta, Ga., and Miss Kate Moore, of Cincinnati, sisters of Mrs. Lackey; Fred, John and Richard Moore, brothers; F. R. Moore, John G. Lackey and Mrs. Margaret Moore.

2nd article: 4/8/1904: The funeral took place from the residence last Saturday at 11 o’clock. Rev. Dr. J. M. Boland, pastor of the M.E. Church South, eulogized the departed and numerous people ( listed in article) were present. Also in this issue extensive article on page 3 discussing his passing and life.


A letter from Mrs.Orr, of Alicia Ark., stated her husband Wm. Orr, had been shot and killed. No particulars. The many friends of Mrs. Orr will regret to learn this sad intelligence. Mrs. Orr is better known as Miss Mary Montgomery. She taught school here, and at Louisa for a number of years.


The widow of George Hale, at Inez, died at her home at that place.


Joseph Burton, aged fifty, a farmer living three miles east of Grayson, slipped behind his wife, who was washing dinner dishes, and struck her with a wagon spoke and broke both upper and lower jaw, and then ran several hundred yards to a pool of water and drowned himself. His mind was affected by an attack of la grippe.


The infant son of John Cornutte, of Catlettsburg, formerly of this county, died of croup last Saturday. The body was brought to Louisa Monday and taken to Blaine for burial.


Cal Preston, who lived near Curnette Station, nine miles below Louisa, died of pneumonia Tuesday morning after a brief illness. He was about 70 years of age.


Blaine: Mrs. Rebecca Ferguson, who has been sick for some time, died last Thursday. She leaves a husband and five children who have the sympathy of the whole community.


Skaggs: Last Sunday evening near Sarah, in Elliott county, John Blanton son of Samuel Blanton, shot and killed Merida Evans, son of Harrison Evans. They were both drinking and had some trouble over a girl that morning. Blanton has been captured and placed in jail.


April 8, 1904

James Johnson, a nephew of the late J.B. Marcum, was shot and killed by Bummer Spicer from a window in the home of Roger Spicer, in Breathitt county.


Irad: The death angel has again visited our neighborhood and taken a good mother and companion. Mrs. W. H. Moore. Weep not dear friends, for Inez has gone to live forever with God.


Mattie: An infant child of Webster Poe departed this life on the 24 ult. of measles. It has gone to dwell with him who said, “Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven”. Weep not father and mother, for little Oliver has gone to the join the infant band on the golden shore where there is no more sickness, sorrow, pain or death.


While leaning on the everlasting arm of our Savior, and standing on his promises, the spirit of Nannie Kibbey took its flight March 31st.  Nannie was a sweet girl of only a few summers and was loved by all. She united with the Sandhill Christian Church six years ago and has lived a devoted Christian and will be greatly missed. She leaves four brothers and one sister.

2nd article: 4/15/1904. Was the daughter of Willis and Betsey Jane Kibbey.  She was victim of the dreaded disease consumption. She was laid to rest in the Coburn graveyard beside her father, mother and brother who died a short time ago with the same disease.


Jeff Delond, age 62, died in Martin county last week.


Harvey Williams dropped dead yesterday at Richardson. He was about 60 years old, and the father of several children. His wife died about four months ago.


The little child of J.W. Hall of Clifford, died Tuesday, after an illness of a few weeks.



Two Men Killed: Fatal Encounter Near Curnutte Station Saturday

Jasper Campbell and Lawrence Foreman were killed near Curnutte Station last Saturday afternoon after a fight between Campbell and James Morrison on one side and Lawrence and Arthur Foreman on the other.

All were employed on the N.& W. railway extension just across the river. Mary Poole a 14 year old girl living at Arthur Foreman took dinner to the brothers. In passing Campbell and Morrison they made improper remarks to the girl. She told Mrs. Foreman about it and the latter sent a note to her husband, telling what had occurred. The Foremans went after the two men, who had by this time crossed the river, intending to leave on the train. A fight started immediately, the men at first using their fists. Pistols were soon brought into play. Besides the two fatalities, Arthur was shot in the arm and Morrison was badly beaten.

The men were not natives. The Foremans are son’s of Emory W. Foreman, for Kanawha, who worked on the damn at this place several years ago. Lawrence married Miss Skeens, who with two children survive him. Campbell and Morrison were laborers, working for Contractor Sterm.


Death of Samuel R. Vinson:

The illness of Sam Vinson which was noted in a recent number of the News terminated fatally last Monday. He had been sick for some time with “flint consumption” a disease peculiar to workers in potteries. He died at the residence of Lon Skeens, a brother of Country Clerk Add Skeens. Mrs, Skeens and Rev. Mr Faust, of East Liverpool, accompanied Mr.Vinson’s body to Louisa were funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Mr. Faust and Rev. H. B. Hulett at the residence of his brother K. F. Vinson. Interment occurred the same afternoon at the Vinson burial ground near the old home of the late Col. William Vinson. Deceased was a brother of R. F. Vinson and was a very popular man. He leaves a widow to mourn his loss. Sam had been living in East Liverpool about two years, where he had a lucrative position with a large pottery. His death comes very unexpectedly. The last time he was in Louisa he was the picture of health, and did not look as thought he would ever have consumption. He was a genial generous man, and was liked by everybody.


Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Luther were called to East Point Tuesday by a telegram announcing the death of Mrs. Luther’s father, Mr. C. Conley. He had been sick for quite a while but his death was unexpected. He was about 75 years of age.

Major Jas. W. Mullen of Catlettsburg, died last Friday, after a brief illness of pneumonia.


Joe Burton, of Stinson, who lost his mind from effects of lagrippe about a month ago hit his wife with a wagon spoke Tuesday, knocking her teeth out and breaking her jaw bone, leaving her in a critical condition. He then went and drowned himself. Mr. Burton was a good honest man, and liked by all who knew him ( Grayson Bugle Herald)


Overda; Aunt Jane Stewart of Cat, departed this life last Wednesday night. She leaves a husband to mourn her loss. Aunt Jane was a faithful Christian and was a member of the Baptist church. She was laid to rest in the Clevenger graveyard.

2nd article

Polly’s Chapel: Died, March 24th Mrs. Jane Stewart. She leaves a husband and one child and many friends to mourn her loss.


Polly’s Chapel: Died, March the 25 the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Flem Kitchen.



April 15, 1904

Adams: George Fugett died Thursday of consumption. He left a wife and three children and many friends who mourn their loss.


David Cochran, brother of Frank Cochran, fo Fallsburg, died at his home in Menifee county, Ky., on the 31st day of March 1904. He was born in North Caroline April 1825, and was one of the first to enlist in the Confederate army, in the 1st, N.C. Reg., Company “A”. He was in the battle of Gettysburg, and was so unfortunate to lose his left hand in this battle. In the year 1876 he left his native state and move to Menifee county, Ky., and had before his death accumulated considerable wealth.


Death of George L. Hazelton:

By the death of George Hazelton which occurred a his late residence on Lock avenue shortly after noon last Sunday, Louisa lost a most excellent citizen. He was taken sick last November shortly after the death of his father, and in spite of all that could be done to restore him to health he grew steadily worse, until death closed the scene.

Mr. Hazelton came to Louisa about six years ago as clerk in the United States Engineer office at this place, which he held until failing health compelled him to leave the office. He was a first class man for the position, being a fine penman, an expert accountant, familiar with the work and routine of the engineer office in all its departments.

The malady of which Mr. Hazelton died was the rare and incurable one known as Addison’s disease.

He was a model husband, father, son and brothers.

He died as above stated on Sunday last and on the following day the body was taken to Cincinnati where he was born about forty seven years ago. It was accompanied by his widow, his aged mother, his daughter, Miss Laura Hazelto. Mr. B. F. Thompson also accompanied the family. The News is informed that the future home of the family will be in Cincinnati.


Williamson W. Va., In a “blind tiger’ across the line in Kentucky and only a few miles from here, Sid Harris of Wiliamson, shot and killed Will Ross, also of this city, The shooting was a result of a fight over a woman. Harris escaped.

Also Rudolph Sword shot and killed Will Brafford in a county store four miles east of Pikeville in Pike county, yesterday evening. Six years ago Brafford is is alleged ran away with Sword’s wife, She lived with Brafford about five months, it is said and then returned to her husband. She has since been living with her husband. Yesterday Sword and Braffored met for the first time since Sword’s wife returned to her home. Sheriff Will Smith, of Pike county and a posse of 15 deputies pursued Sword and ran him to cover in a coal bank, Sword fired all but one of his remaining cartridges at the posse. With the last bullet Sword ended his own life by shooting himself.


A little son of James Liming, age five years, died at Cherokee, this county, from hydrophobia a few days ago. He and a sister about two years older were bitten by a mad dog about three weeks ago. Hydrophobia developed in the little boy and caused his death great suffering. No evidence and the disease has shown in the little girl yet, but the family and friends are very much worried for fear it will develop late, This is the first death that ever occurred in Lawrence county from this terrible disease. Mr. Liming is one of the substantial citizens of that section.

2nd article: 4-22:

A 4 year-old child of James Liming, of Cherokee, died a horrible death on the 9th, from hydrophobia. He was bitten by a mad dog two weeks before. The little fellow suffered terribly and the family had to hold him down with a bolster until he died. An older sister who was also bitten has not yet shown the symptoms of the disease.: Died on the Tuesday of last week Inez Moore, the wife of William Moore. She leaves a husband and two small children and a host of friends to mourn their loss.


Ulysses: The infant child of Henry Brown and wife died a few days ago.

Also instead of joy and gladness Easter morn brought sorrow and sadness to the hearts of Grand Hall and wife, of Lost Creek on account of the unexpected death of their infant child, which was about three months old and very strong and healthy. We extend our condolence to each of the bereaved parents.


Inez: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weddington, died last Thursday evening and was buried in Blacklog cemetery.


Tudell: Aunt Elizabeth Webb departed this life March 29th. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for twenty-five years and was a kind and devoted wife and mother. She leaves a husband, four sons and three daughters to mourn their loss.


Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Burks, wife of D.B. Burks, a stone contractor on the C. and O., who recently came here from Charlottesville, Va., threw herself in front of C & O train No. W today, and was instantly killed.


April 22, 1904

Georges Creek: Died, suddenly on the 7 inst. at the home of his brother, Saul Williamson, Uncle Harry Williamson. He came up from his home at Catlettsburg to visit his brothers and friends, and on the 7th had walked out to the family grave yard at John Preston’s, and told the people where he wanted to be buried, by the side of his wife, and returned to his brother’s house and attempted to light his pipe, and fell dead. Uncle Harvey was laid to rest beside his wife who died five months ago, to sleep that long sweet sleep, while his sou is in Heaven. Uncle Harvey leaves two brothers, two sisters and nine children among the many friends to mourn their loss. The bereaved ones have our deepest sympathy. The burial services were conducted by the M.P.S. of which Uncle Harvy was a member.

( Please note article has both Harry and Harvy as first name)


Adams: Died the 3rd, the infant child of Jas. Martin.


Wm. E. Scott, an old resident of this county, and who moved to Greenup county, died a few days ago. He had a paralytic stroke and had become entirely helpless.


Greenup, Ky., Nathan Stephenson, aged seventy years, a farmer, committed suicide by drowning in the Ohio River. His home was at Mt. Zion, this county. His widow was his third wife, and she had been married four times.


East Point: After an illness of several months Mr. Thomas Stratton departed this life at his home near the mouth of John’s creek. He leaves several children to mourn his loss. His wife died about one year ago.


Wesley Thompson, aged 35, of Pollard, was ground to pieces in the rod mill at Ashland Monday. He leaves a wife and several children.


A little daughter of Marion Cassady died at Keturah last week.

2nd article: 4-29: on the 12th of April the swift messenger of death visited the home of Marvin and Jennie Cassady at about 2 o’clock, and took from them ther sweet little daughter, Birdie, age 17 months.

A few nights before her mother in a dream was warned of her flight by an angel appearing. She was laid to rest in the Garrett Short cemetery, many weeping friends and relatives attending the funeral.


Hicksville: Mrs. Swean Jordan, the wife of Saul Jordan, departed this life April the 1st. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest in the Hicks graveyard.


Irad: Inez G., wife of W. H. Moore, and the youngest daughter of Louisa Pigg, born Oct. 19, 1877 died March 30.

Inez Moore early in life resolved to become a teacher. She studied diligently and at the age of 20 passed a creditable examination and taught one term in the public school. On the 16 of March 1900 she was married to W.H. Moore a prosperous merchant at Irad, Ky.

The excellent qualities that won her the respect and admiration of her class mates and pupils grew more excellent in her new sphere as mistress of a home. She was always cheerful thought consumption gnawed at her vitals.

She joined the Methodist church when but a child. She was very fond of the Bible and read it daily and when the summons came she said “I am ready” and fell asleep.

Two sweet boys have been rendered motherless.



April 29, 1904


Sunny Side: Died on the 29th, the infant child of Burrel Lynch

Red Bush: Sad to state, on the 15th day of this month death entered our little town and called from us our beloved brother, Jas. Hayes Holbrook, one of the best young men aged about twenty-five years. He was a member of the the mercantile firm of Holbrook Bros. Bro. Holbrook was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Masonic order. He leaves a father and three brothers and many friends to mourn his loss. His funeral was preached by Rev. H. F. Hamilton, assisted by Rev. J.T. Ferguson and D.B. Kazee at the church, the the Masonic order took his remains and deposited them in the Hamilton Cemetery to remain.


Ulysses: The infant child of “Buddie” Lyons and wife died Sunday morning.


Buchanan: Mrs. Francis Hedge died at her home near hear Tuesday night. She had been sick for quite some time and her death was not unexpected. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Watts and interment take place in the family cemetery Thursday.

2nd article: Mrs. Hedges died at Catalpa Wednesday. She was a widow and leaves one son.

F. Howes, Police Judge of Paintsville, died last Saturday after a short illness of paralysis. He leaves a wife and one son, Harry Howes. He was an uncle of Mrs. Fanny Wade, Mrs. J. L. Carey and Mrs. C. L. Miller of this place.


Noah Wellman, a prominent citizen of Catlettsburg, died Tuesday. He was a brother of Al and At Wellman and Mrs. K. F. Vinson. They attended the burial which took place Wednesday at Catlessburg.


Olioville: Sorry to report the death of Jim James. He died in W.Va.


Tuscola: Died on the 17th, Ella, the little daughter of Milton and Manda Watson. She will be greatly missed. The remains were interred int he family graveyard at Mrs. Watson’s.


Margaret Wolf was born Oct 2, 1866 and died April 13th, 1904, age 37 years, 6 months and 11 days. She was married to George W. Wolf at the age of 26. She had been a member of the Baptist church for 10 years and was a kind and devoted wife and mother. She was a victim of the dreaded disease, consumption, but the patiently bore her suffering and was ready when the summons cams. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn their loss.


Vina Pemberton was born Feb, 24, 1870 and died April 14th, 1904, age 34 years, 1 month and 20 days. She had been very low for several days and her death was not unexpected. She had been a member of the Baptist church for 16 years. Her father, mother, three brothers and three sisters have gone to the glory land. Two brothers and four sisters remain on earth to mourn. She also leaves a husband and four daughters to mourn their loss. The remains were laid to rest in the Kirk Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Crum.


Mrs. Owen Bartram of Chadwick’s creek was buried yesterday. This occasion was doubly sad, on account of the serious illness of Mr. Bartram, preventing him from leaving his bed to attend the burial of his wife.


Olive Hill, Ky: Chesteer Tabor aged sixteen, was accidentally shot and killed by his brother, Harry Tabor, who was playing with a revolver when it was accidentally discharged, the bullet striking the younger boy in the abdomen.


MAY 1904

May 6, 1904


Resolved, we the members of the Juvenile Missionary Society of the M.E. Church South, Louisa, Ky., hereby extend our sincerest sympathy to our worthy member, Ray Butler, in the death of his loved mother.

Aslo Margaret, Rebekah and Kathleen Lackey, are bowed with grief over the loss of their kind and indulgent father.


Irish Creek: Died, on the 23, old Uncle Jimmy Young, we are sorry to hear of his death


Cow: Jim Blair’s baby died a few days ago.


Webbville: Uncle John Hensley’s mother, Mrs. Wheeler, died from old age Tuesday night.


Georges Creek: The death of Emma, little daughter of Oliver and Laura Miller occurred last week at Catlettsburg. She was brought to this place for burial. The father, mother and sisters have our deepest sympathy.


Potters: Gertrude Tackett departed this life April 22, 1904, aged 7 years. She was the daugther of Thomas Tackett, and has gone to meet her mother, sister and nephew, all having been called away in less than two years. Gertrude was sick three months and all was done for her that loving hands could do. She passed away at the home of her aunt, Mrs. W. D. Barnett, and was laid to rest by the side of his mother.



May 13, 1904


East Point: Mrs. Elijah Hobson, who lived on Bear Creek, died recently. She was a daughter of the late Alex Webb.

2nd article:

Buchanan: Mrs. E. B. Hobson, of this place, died Friday morning after an illness of three months. She was a kind and loving mother and wife and will be greatly missed by the family and her neighbors. She leaves a husband and six children, the youngest only two years old. The funeral was conducted by Rev. B. F. Caudle, of Russell, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Buchanan cemetery.

3rd article:

Mrs. Cordelia Hobson, wife of E. B. Hobson, died at Buchanan last morning. She had been sick for the past three months, but it was not thought that the end was near. That morning she was talking to her husband, he little thinking that in a few minutes more and her life would be ended. The immediate cause of death was heart failure. She quietly she passed away, smiling as she died.

The deceased was a member of the Louisa Baptist Church. She leaves a husband and six children.

The funeral services were held in Buchanan chapel of the M.E. Church, South, Saturday morning, May 5, conducted by Rev. B. F. Caudill.


Mead’s Branch: Died on the 3rd, Emma Laney, wife of Luther Laney. A husband and two children survive her.


Four Men Lose Their Lives in Big Sandy River:

One of the worst accidents that occurred in this vicinity for a long time was the drowning of four young men last Saturday evening, a short distance above Buchanan. The unfortunate young men were:

West Lambert, age 19

Dayton Stewart, 27 ( 5/17 edition body found)

Allen Hicks, 24

Phil Lockhart, 23

Stewart was the only one who was married. He leaves a wife and two children.

The four men, in company with Seba Stewart and Bert Vanborn, were crossing the Big Sandy river in a small boat. The load was almost too much for the boat, and when about the middle of the river the craft seemed almost to sink. Locke jumped out, and in doing so caused the boat to capsize. He swam almost to shore and went back to rescue one of his companions. The drowning man caught hold of him in such a way that both sank to the bottom. The other two names above also sank before assistance could reach them. Vanhorn clung on the boat until rescued and Seba Stewart got hold of a piece of wood that enable him to keep his above water.

The accident occurred in Dean Bend, where the water was 28 feet deep.

None of the bodies have been recovered, although an almost continuous search has been made.

The men had all been at work on the new line of the N. &. W. R. R. across in West Virginia. All were residents of this county. Lambert was a brother of Gobe Lambert, who met a horrible death in a coal mine at Dingess, W. Va., a few months ago.

A number of persons witnessed the tragic affair.

2nd article-6/10: The body of the third victim was found near Buchanan, two or three weeks ago. He was identified as Mr. Hicks. Thursday morning the 4th body was found, Mr. Lambert. Lockhart was found in previous article.


Death of Mrs. Smith:

Mrs. Jane Smith was born in Lawrence county, January, 15, 1823. Her maiden name was Jane Curnutte and she was married to Edmond Smith in the year 1843. To this union were born eleven children, twenty-one grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. The immediate family who survive hear are one sister, Mrs. Mahala Kinner of Catlettsburg; seven daughters- Mrs, Nancy Fulkerson, of Winfield, KS, Mrs George Richard of Anderson, IN, D.A. Gillespi, of Logansport, IN, Mrs. P. S. Butler of Allegheny City, PA, Mrs. M. A. Bell of Denver, CO, Mrs. Burke of KY and the widow of her only son Mrs. Helen Smith of W.V. A beautiful service was held at the home by Revs. John. W. Hampton and I.B. Hutchison. Age was 77 years old.


While working in a timber job a few days ago, near Red Bush, Johnson county, Will Salyer, was struck by a falling tree and instantly killed. A wife ad children survive him.


Sam Y. Metzger, aged 19 of Salyersville, fell from Donathan Rock and was fatally injured.


Mrs. America E. McMillen, died at her home in Huntington Friday, aged 63 years old. She was the mothers of the late Eugene McMillen.


Col. W. Rees Debyna, born in Maysville, aged 65 years ago, died at Huntington Tuesday very suddenly at the Florentine Hotel. He married Miss Myrtilla Littlejohn sister of Jno. D. Littlejohn ( Grayson Times)


Rudolph Sword died at his fathers home on Island Creek last Saturday morning. He suffered a great deal but was conscious to the end. It is a good thing for all concerned he died, as had he lived he would at least have gone to the penitentiary for killing Bradford, and no doubt for life. He had always been wild and reckless. ( Pikeville Times)

May 20, 1904

Ernest Vanhoose, son of Harry Vanhoose, of Mingo, died at home at Ceredo, W. Va., Saturday morning. Typhoid fever caused his death. He was married a month ago to a Miss Brown, of Ceredo. The deceased was about 23 years of age and was a soldier in the late Spanish-American war. His first wife was Miss Mary Rice, daughter of Payne Rice, of this city. She died a month after her marriage.


Ratcliffe: Shelby Belcher, infant son of John and Lora Belcher, died Wednesday of Inflammation of the stomach. A host of friends mourn his loss.

2nd article 5/27: Laid to rest in the family graveyard at Uncle Issac Belcher’s.


Polly’s Chapel: The death angel visited the home of J. M. and Mary Jobe and took from them their beloved little baby, Stella.

Also the same day, little Essie Holbrook was called to that beautiful home on high.


The funeral of Mr. Arch Cummings, formerly of Ashland, but late of New York City, took place Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in Ashland. Rev. Condit, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, conducted the service. All of Mr. Cumming’s sisters and brothers were present: Mrs. J. C. Adams, Miss Belle Cummings and Mr. John Cummings, of this place, Mrs. L. McClure, of Delaware, Ohio, and Mr. Wm. Cummings of Indiana. The interment followed in Ashland cemetery.


Mr. Robert Saulsbury died Saturday morning at his home near Potters, a few miles from Louisa. He was about 77 years of age and until a few days previous to his death had always enjoyed the best of health. His wife and several children survive him. Mrs. Henry Caines of this place is his daughter and was with him during his illness. The burial took place Sunday in the Caines graveyard. Rev. L. M. Copley conducting the service.


Mrs. Sarah Maynard, widow of the late Charles Maynard, died last Thursday, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ulysses Fitzpatrick, near Clifford this county. She was probably the oldest woman in the county, lacking only two weeks of being eight seven years of age. She was the mother of Frank Maynard of this place. Her funeral took place Saturday and the burial was at the old home place.


George Hollman, who met a tragic death in a tunnel on N. & W. extension down Big Sandy river from Naugatuck Friday, and had been employed with Carpenter and Boxley railroads contractors, but was dissatisfied with the work and went to Huntington where he got a position as night baggage master. He finally returned to Virginia and only a short time before his death again accepted a position with Carpenter & Boxley. He was not working at the tunnel at the time of his death, but was passing through it with a number of workmen, when the cave in occurred. He was caught beneath the mass of rock, and his life crushed out.


Mr. Wm. Pollard who had been lying at the point of death for some time, died at Round Bottom Saturday night. The remains were taken to Catlettsburg on the Monday morning O & B. S. train and the funeral services held at the home of H. B. Maupin. The interment took place at the Ashland cemetery.

The deceased was the father of Mrs. Jno. F. Hager and Mrs. T. M. Culbertson of Ashland, and had many friends who will regret to hear of his demise.


Bristol, Tenn. May 11- the dead body of E.L. Wentz, which was found near Big Stone Gap, Va., last Sunday, arrived here this morning at 7 o’clock on a special train. An hour later the special left for Philadelphia, the home of the Wentz family, conveying the dead man’s two brothers and the body. It will be interred in that city. The casket weighing 300 pounds which was deposited in a burglar- proof gave vault weighing 600 pounds. Nothing has yet developed to lead to a clue of the murderer, if murder was committed. The general belief here and in this section now is that Wentz committed suicide.


Adams: Mrs. Emma. Layney, who had been ill for some time, departed this life May 4th. She left a husband and two children to mourn her loss.


Red Bush: Mr. Marshal, the stave contractor, while cutting timer this week accidentally fell a tree on Will Salyer and killed him instantly without one moment’s warning. He leaves a wife and some children.


May 27, 1904

Mead’s Branch: Died, on the 6th, Emery Castle, Jr. He had smallpox at Nolan, W. Va., about 8 months ago and was brought from there to his home at this place and fell a victim of consumption. He was a son of Emery Castle, Sr., of this place.

2nd article : He was born on Sept. 25, 1879 and departed this life on the 16th ( not 6th as previous date says?)



Davilla: Died on the 18th inst. Hester the little daughter of J. M. Ward. She was about two years old and had been suffering for several days with whooping cough. The remains were laid to rest in the McGinnis cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Crum.


Irad: The funeral of Mrs. Alice Wellman took place last Sunday and was largely attended. The funeral was preached by Rev. Copley of Irad, and T. H. Large of Overda, and we can say truthfully say that the sermon was wonderful. She leaves a husband, two sons and one daughter.



Mrs. Viola Dollarhide, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Meade, died at Whitehouse and was brought here Friday morning and buried.

Mrs. Susie Fitch died last Wednesday of consumption.


Martin Elsweek died at his home in Boyd County Saturday at the age of 68 years. He was a member of the G.A.R and served in the Union army about three years.


Charle Frisbie, who lived near Caney, Morgan county, was shot to death Sunday evening. Six arrests have been made by the Sheriff. Whiskey was the cause of the trouble. He leaves a widow and large family and was buried at Caney but the Odd Fellows.


James Hopkins of Huntington, an advance agent of McDonald circus was picked up at the foot of a high cliff eight miles out of Williamson, Monday. The man was met such a tragic death was about 35 years of age.

From what can be learned it seems he was driving along a rough part of the road close to the edge of the cliff, when his horse became frightened and dashed over the precipice and down sixty feel to death. Both horses were killed and a handsome bill posting van completely wrecked.


Burned to Death:

On last Saturday the little daughter of John Shivel of Gallup this county, was burned to death while playing in the field with some of her smaller sisters and brothers. He father had been burning brush and the fire seemed to the children to be out, but in their playing they passed too near a smoldering pile of brush when Laura’s clothing become ignited and before assistance could reach her she was so badly burned that she died after suffering eight hours. Her father on reaching her smothered the flames with his hands and is now suffering from terrible burns.

Mr. Shivel moved to Gallup from Bath county about a year ago. He associated himself with the Christian people of the neighborhood. He and his family were gifted with musical talent and became helpful to the church and Sunday school. Laure was a member of the Sunday school.


Boons Camp: Died recently, Joseph Salmons, an aged and respected citizen of this place. He was interred in the family burying ground on Pigeon.

Also little George, the small child of George Akens has died.


 The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reynolds died a few days ago at their home in Prestonsburg of lung fever.



Miss Laura Perkins died Sunday from consumption and was buried Monday.


The angel of death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Belcher Friday morning and took from them their little eleven year old daughter. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground.


Tuscola: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Wilt Watson died Saturday and was buried Sunday in the family graveyard.


JUNE 1904


June 3, 1904


Prestonsburg: Walter, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Reynolds, died last week of lung disease.


Mrs. Charles Kitchen, of Vansant, Kitchen & Co., lumbermen, and of Kitchen, Whitt & Co., wholesale grocers of Ashland died Friday. The deceased had ben sick for about two months from her heart trouble, and her death had been expected at any hour for several days past. Mrs. Kitchen was 56 years of age, and is survived by her husband and nine children

Mrs. Wm. Roberts was called by telegram Monday, to the home of her father, Geo. Shivel, near Louisa on the sudden death of her sister Laura Shivel aged 13 years.


Fallsburg: Old Mrs. Marcum, who had been a resident of Fallsburg for a good many years, died last week after a long lingering illness. She leaves quite a number of children to mourn the loss.


Windell Meinhart, a prominent druggist of Ashland, died Wednesday of stomach trouble. He was a proprietor of the Ventura drug store.


A Boy Drowned:

Jim Sanders, a homeless boy about 13 years of age, was drowned in Big Sandy River, at this place, last Sunday afternoon. He was swimming with another boy. The damn was up and the the pool was probably 15 feet deep where the drowning occurred. The body was recovered in a short time, and was buried the next day in Pine Hill cemetery. Rev. L. M. Copley conducted the services.

The boy was native of Martin country. He lived for awhile with Mr. Hardin, who lives near Gallup, but ran away.


Irad: We were very sorry to hear of the death of Uncle Tom McCann. The many friends have our sympathy.

2nd article:

Adams: Died, on the 24th of May, Thomas McCann. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn their loss.


Georges Creek: Tena, little daughter of Jas. Chandler, formerly of this place but now of Ashland, was brought here on the 28th for burial in the family graveyard by her mother. Little Tena had been blind for several years, but she received her sight now and is one of the brightest angels in heaven. Among her friends she leaves a father, one brother and four sisters.


June 10, 1904


Paintsville: Uncle Josh Bayes, who formerly lived on Hoods Fork, died at his home on Indian Run, Greenup county, last week.

2nd article: Davisville: Josh H. Bayers, of Rice P.O., died May 20th,. Woodward He got hurt by L. B. Caudill’s grist mill about two months ago which is supposed to cause his death.


Busseyville: Through neglect, the death of Thomas McCown, Sr., has not been mentioned. He died at the home of John B. Thompson on the 24th ult. A sketch of his life will be given later.


Davisville: May Woodward, of Flat Gap, June 5th died.


Mrs. Margaret Davis, died last week at Fayetteville, W. Va., at the age of 81 years. She was known to Louisa people as “Auntie” and made her home with her niece, Mrs. L. T. McClure at the Brunswick hotel for several years.


Williamson, W. Va., June 6- Another man has been found dead with every indication pointing to murder. Last Thursday night Romulus Swader left home between sundown and dark with the intention of going to see a doctor. He did not return Friday night and his relatives and other parties about town searched for him all day Friday without finding any trace of him. Saturday morning he was found in the river at the ford in the east end of town. A coroner’s jury was summoned and an inquest held. Dr. Ben Harris made an examination of the body and stated the man did not come to death by drowning. It is believed he was choked to death and thrown in the river. He was about 60 years.

Hi Swader, a youth of about 16 years of age and the son of the murdered man, was the lost one seen with him, and according to the boy’s own evidence, he accompanied his father to town and back up the hollow to Jerry Blackburn’s home. Jerry was a son-in-law to “Old Man” Swader and it was said that the two men had some difficulty over a tract of land on the branch. This morning warrants were issued for Jerry Blackburn and Hi Swader, charging them with murder of their father and father-in-law.


Anna Elizabeth, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Thompson of Webbville, died at the home of her grandfather, M. M. Walter of Blaine last week, after an illness of two or three weeks with typhoid fever. She was about four years of age and very bright child.


Overda: It has pleased God to take from us our brother, William Young, who moved her from Greenup county two months ago. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn their loss. His age was 52 years, 4 months, and 2 days and after three weeks of illness the Lord called him. He was laid to rest in the Plum Grove cemetery. The burial service was conducted by Brothers Fox and McGinnis.


Overda: The death angel visited the home of Mr. Joe Wellman and took from him his loving companion who had been a sufferer of consumption for some time.

2nd article: Alice Wellman was the daughter of Martin and Fannie Adams and was born on April 25, 1854 and died May 15, 1904, being 50 years and 20 days.


Obituary: Cecilia Bellomy, wife of William S. Bellomy, of Casper, Ky., departed this life May 25th, 1907, at the age of 37 years and 22 days. She was the daughter of Uliric and Elizabeth Miller. She was married to William Bellomy September 15, 1886. They were blessed with five bright girls, the oldest now being 16 years of age and the youngest 2. She leaves with her husband and daughters, a father and mother, four brothers and three sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was taken with typhoid fever.


June 17. 1904

William Sherman departed this life on June 1st, was laid to rest near his home. The bereaved family have our heartfelt sympathy.


A Small Boy Accidentally Shot While at Play

A sad accident happened near Wilbur, this county, last Sunday. A 13 year old son of Green Bryant shot and instantly killed his little brother, two years younger. The boys were up in stairs in their father’s house playing with two revolvers that had belonged to their grandfather. The did not know the pistols were loaded. The older boy playfully pointed the weapon at his brother and pulled the trigger. In horror he saw his little brother fall, pierced through the hear by a bullet.

This is the second awful tragedy that has occurred in this family. Only a few months ago the parents were prostrated by the news of the death of two sones who were many miles  away from home at work in coal mines. A fall of slate crushed out their lives in an instant.


Obituary: The angel of death came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Diamone and called from earth to the silent land of death Doll Frashier, daughter of Mrs. G. R. Diamond, aged 22 years. She died of consumption after a lingering illness of some three months.



June 24, 1904

The remains of Mrs. Jas. Wheeler, who died at Ashland, were taken to her home at Cherokee yesterday for burial.


Death of Jack Compton:

Jack Compton, aged 24, a native of this county was killed while at work on a Norfolk & Western train as fireman. It is supposed that he fell from the engine, as no one seems to have witnessed the accident. The train ran a considerable distance before he was missed, and after  search his lifeless body was found near the track. This occurred last Friday, up in the mountains in West Virginia. The body was brought to his father’s home near Fallsburg, arriving Saturday morning. The burial took place Sunday.

The deceased was the oldest son of Magistrate John Compton, for whom much sympathy is expressed. Jack was a son, brother and neighbor. Jack was an industrious and popular young man and his tragic death was the cause of great sorrow in the neighborhood and among all who knew him.

He had been employed as a fireman for two years and was have taken charge of an engine as engineer on July 1st.

The body was accompanied home by sixteen fellow- employers of the N. &. W., thus showing the high esteem in which he was held.


“Uncle” Sam” Vinson Dead:

Hon. S.S. Vinson died at his home at Kellogg last Sunday the 19th. He was a very prominent man, known and respected by the people of this entire section. He was the father of Z. Taylor, Lynn Boyd, and Dr. L. T. Vinson, and Mrs. J.A Hughes and Mrs. Mary Garnet Clark. He was a Confederate soldier, serving as Captain of Troop K, Virginia Cavalry. The following members of his company were pallbearers at his burial Tuesday: Wayne Ferguson, Joseph Ferguson, Edward Ferguson, Marion Stone, W. W. Marcum and Goodwin Preston. Also attending were Mrs. G. R. Vinson, Mrs. Jas. Vinson, Mrs. Victoria Prichard and Mr. and Mrs. Garred, Judge R. F. Vinson, G. E. Pigg.

Mr. Vinson was  prominent and successful in business and politics. He was U. S. Marshal for West Virginia under Cleveland. Had he lived until September of this year he and his wife would have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

His daughter, Mary, resides in Texas, and was summoned.


Yatesville: Died on the 15th inst., the eight months-old child of John Yates and wife. The bereaved parents have our deepest sympathy.

 F. Howard, another of the old citizens of Magoffin, passed to his final rest on Thursday morning at six o’clock, in the 73rd year of age, He was born and raised on Licking River.


A telegram conveying of the sad of the death of Miss Mary Berry was received hear today. Miss Berry left here more than a year ago with her sister, Miss Laura Berry, for Olympia Washington where she has been a teacher in the public schools until a month ago, when was compelled to resign on account of poor health. He death was due to heart trouble. She was on Boyd’s county most highly educated and popular teachers. She is a sister of Dr. W. A. Berry of this city. Her remains will arrive here about Monday. ( Ashland Independent).


Wen Burchett, son of Wesley Burchett, died June 11, from blood poison caused by an accidental gun shot wound.

JULY 1904



July 1, 1904

Fallsburg: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts died Tuesday morning. Bro. Hulett and Casady attended the burial.


Charley: Died, recently Mrs. Benjamin Castle. Her death was caused by rheumatism from which she suffered for a long time. The interment took place in the Robert Spencer burial grounds. Rev. Albert Miller conducted the services.

An infant of Fint Pack’s died recently from whooping cough.


Mrs. William St. Clair died at her home on Donithon last Saturday after a few days illness of measles. She was thirty five years of age and a sister of Mrs. Elizabeth McHenry of this place. Her remains were brought to her old home at Smokey Valley for burial. She was a good woman and will be missed by large circle of friends.



This community has not been more severely shocked by sad news than it was on last Monday morning when a telegram arrived from Santa Fe, New Mexico, announcing the death of Mrs. Vessie McClure Mauger, which occurred there on Sunday. Later messages stated the body would be brought here for interment and that it would arrive at Louisa this Friday morning. Mr. F. T. D. Wallace, Sr. uncle of the deceased, went to Cincinnati to meet the family.

The particulars of the sad affair are not know here as of yet. Letters to relatives told of an illness, which seems to have been of about a months duration, but the last letter stated she was out of danger. Her mother, Mrs. R. C. McClure, was with her, but had expected to leave with her other daughter, Jean, for Louisa, on the 28th inst.  Mrs. Mauger had also planned to spend the summer here.

Mrs. Mauger was only 23 years of age. She leaves a husband and a baby one year old.  She was a pretty and popular girl and her early death calls forth the deepest sympathy for the family and relatives.

It was while visiting here aunt Mrs. G. W. Castle, in Washington City, almost three years ago, that Vessie met Mr. Mauger. Some time after their marriage the located in New Mexico, where Mrs. Mauger was prospering in business.

The funeral will take place Friday at 1 o’clock from the residence of F. T. D. Wallace.

2nd article 7/8/1904:  Funeral was actually at 10A Saturday due to the body arriving late Friday. Rev. Dr. Boland conducted the service. Mrs. Mauger died from blood poisoning. She had been suffering for a month from a severe case of throat trouble, which stared at tonsillitis. The case assumed a malignant form requiring severe treatment and yielding to nothing to which the physicians resorted.

George Howard, the infant son wiil be adopted as their own by Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Castle, this being expressed wish of the mother.

Born in Louisa June 13th, 1881, married in Washington to Robert. S. Mauger, January 1902, died June 26th, 1904. She was the oldest daugther of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. McClure. Her father, mother and a sister survive her along with her husband and child.

( note all article from July 1 spelled name Manger, later spelled  Mauger so changed all article spellings to later spelling).


Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Chapman, of the South Side, have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in the death of their little 3- months old son, which occurred last night. The child’s death was due to inflammation of the bowels. The funeral will be conducted at the family resident at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning. Rev. A. S. Keley, pastor of the Baptist church, will officiate.


News of the death of George Cochran at his home in Hemlock, Ohio, has reached here. He was  a brother of H. C. Cochran and formerly lived in this county.

2nd article: July 22, 1904:

George W. Cochran, a prominent and highly respected citizen of Hemlock, took a paralytic stroke, Friday June 24, while in Corning mixing mortar, and died at his home Saturday June 25, Funeral occurred at Hemlock, Sunday, June 26, preached by Rev. B. A. Subbins, pastor of the M. E. Church at Shawnee.

Mr. Cochran was born in Dazel county, Va., June 15, 1856, and at the time of his death was aged 48 years and ten days. He was married to Rebecca J. Stafford, June 16, 1881, in Lawrence county, Ky. Moved to Hemlock in 1887, where thye have made many friends. To them were born four children, Belle, Inez, Charles and one dying in infancy.
Mr. Cochran was a member of the M. E. Church and made a happy christian home.


Arther Capehart, employed by the Inter-State Camden Railway Company was instantly killed by a live wire Tuesday at Ashland.


Mrs. Maggie Coburn died at her home near Denton Wednesday of last week, fo complication of diseases. She was buried Friday at Glenwood. Lawrence county. She was sister of Mrs. Jerome Duvall of Denton.


July 8, 1904

Maggie E. Webb, daughter of Lindsey and Eliza Webb, departed this life May 3rd,1904, aged 11 years, 4 months, 21 days. She has bee a sufferer for 4 years with nervous trouble.


Resolution of Respect:

On the death of Bro. John Thompson a member of the Willard Lodge. He departed from this life at the age of 76 on June 17th, 1904.


Paintsville: Rev. Samuel Preston, a prominent minister of the Baptist church, suddenly expired at his home in Johnson county, Tuesday of last week. He had just finished a hearty supper and had taken a seat on the porch when the summons came.


Paintsville: Mrs. W. E. Litteral died at her home at Oil Springs last Friday of consumption, at the age of 45. She was a true christian woman.


July 15, 1904

Webbville: The WIllard Lodge of I. O. O. F. had the funeral of D. M. Banks preached yesterday by Rev. John Stumbo. About fifty Oddfellows were in line and 25 sisters of the Rebecca degree, which look splendid. 600 or 800 people were there. Bro. Banks died last winter of smallpox and the burial service could not be performed on account of smallpox.


Mrs. Booker Mullins died last week and was buried in the family graveyard on Shannon branch. She was the daughter of Osburn Carter, who had large estates in England.


Mrs. Robert Skeens died last Friday at her home on Horseford after an illness of several days. She was the daughter of Eli Sloan, of Fallsburg.

2nd article: July 22, 1904- Died at her home on Horsford, July 8th, 1904, Reta Skeens, wife of Robert Skeens. She was know as Rita Sloan, daughter of uncle Eli Sloan before she was married. She had been in poor health for some time but was suddently attacked with spinal trouble only a few days before her death and suffered the most intense agony.

She leaves behind a husband and four little children and aged father, brothers, and sisters and a host of friends to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest in Sloan graveyard.


The 4-year old son of Bony Mead, a farmer of Toms Creek, Magoffin county, ate a lot of matches and died suffering terribly for an hour.


Wm. Cordell of North Catlessburg, dropped his pistol on the floor and the weapon was discharged. The ball penetrated the man’s heart. He was married and leaves a wife and one child.


Leonard, the five year of old son of James Howard, living four miles below here was instantly killed by a revolver in the hands of his brother on last Sunday morning. His brother, it is said, was trying to shoot a hawk with a revolver and it failed to fire, and while examining it to find the cause, Leonard stepped in front and the revolver fired, the ball passing through his breast ( Martin County News).


July 22, 1904

Elizabeth Clay, fourteen-year-old child, died at the home of the widow Price, June 16. Her trouble was consumption which it is possible she inherited, as her mother and father had the disease. She was small to her aged and always appeared delicate. After the death of her parents she, with the other children, was thrown on the cold charity of the the world without money or strength to fight life’s battles, but the psalmist said he had never seen the righteous forsaken or their children beg for bread. Kind neighbors took this little consumptive into their home and cared for her until God sent his angels to carry all that was immortal of Lizzie to the Heaven of eternal peace.


Editor News: I wish to publish the death of my precious mother, Phoebe J. Osborn, who died June 12th. I wish to say to the surviving children that I did all that could be done to give them the news that mother was dead so that they could meet me at the family yard on Big Blaine. The wires were all out of order and I could not send a single message. Brothers and kindred, I feel that I did my whole duty. Out of three children three of us witnessed the burial. Six of them and father had gone before.


I speak today in memory of the death of little Bertie A. Yates, who was born September 8, 1903, departed this life June 16, 1904, at the age of 9 nine months and eight days. She was the only child of John and Martha Yates.

 I. Sagraves, died at Whitehouse Monday after an illness of several months with consumption. He was a son of Attorney G. V. Sagraves, and was about 22 years of age. He was employed for some time in the Whitehouse Company’s store. The burial took place near Whitehouse. Deceased was a brother of John Sagraves, the traveling salesman of Huntington.


A 4 year old child of Mrs. France was killed by a street car in Huntington Saturday.


Mrs. Caroline Kouns, died at her home in Greenup last Monday night of paralysis, the result of a fall sustained some weeks ago. Mrs. Kouns was in her 82nd year, widow of W. S. Kouns, one of the prominent citizens of this place during his life.


Mrs. Chas. Greer, was taken with convulsions evening and died Monday morning. Her death was sudden and very sad. She leaves four small children and a husband. The body with that of her new born baby was laid to rest in Fontana.

L. Perdue, who moved from this country about two years ago to Dassel, Min, died June 27, 1904, of the grip, aged about 68 years. His remains were buried in Minnesota by a Masonic order. He leaves a wife, two sons and three daughters, who live in Minnesota, besides numerous relatives and friends in this State, to mourn the loss of an excellent citizen.


Caleb H. Fannin, aged 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fannin, residents of Fullerton, Greenup county, met death in Tygart creek Sunday morning under unusually sad circumstances. The unfortunate man was subject to epileptic fits, and while in bathing he was suddenly seized with one of there dread attacks and drowned before assistance could reach him.


John Combs, son of Andrew Combs, was arrested and lodged in jail at Hindman, charged with the murder of his deaf and dumb sister who was shot and killed a few days ago. It is reported that the girl shot herself, but her brother, since his arrests admits having done the shooting though he claims the shot was accidental.


William Ward, a highly respected old gentlemen of River, this county, passed away Thursday morning at the home of his son, John Ward. He was about 85 years of age. He has not been in good health for some time and his death did not come as a surprise to those acquainted with his condition.

He is survived by an aged widow and a number of sons and daughters. He truly was a good man, a successful farmer and his friends learn of his death with regret.


Jospeh Bellomy died at his home in Ashland after a protracted illness of dropsy. He was born in West, Va., January 22, 1841 and was a son of Bennett and Jane Bellomy both deceased. He served in the late war in Company A, 14th Kentucky V. I. He participated in the battle of the Big Sandy campaign, Cumberland Gap, Cassville, the Atlantic campaign, Nashville and Johnsonville. He was honorably  discharged at Louisa, January 31, 1956. He was married in 1866 to America Hensley, who survives him. Three sons, William, Daniel and James and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Stewart, also survive him.


Mrs. Basel Daniels, from Johnson county, died at his place recently. Her funeral was conducted by Henry Dixon, of Bertha.


 July 29, 1904

A Sudden Death:

Mr. Marion Martin, Jr., of the grocery firm of Martin and Haywood, died very suddenly Wednesday night at his late residence near the depot. He had been in poor health several years and for the past several days been very sick, but his death was entirely unexpected. He grew worse about four o’clock Wednesday afternoon and suddenly expired a few minutes past twelve.  15 years ago he fell victim to Bright’s disease.

The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon, the interment being the Fulkerson burial ground. ( another article says Pine Hill cemetery)

Mr. Martin came to Louisa about a year ago from the Beaver county, Floyd county. He was a good citizen, highly respected by those who knew him. He leaves a wife, the sister of his partner, Mr. Haywood, and one child, a grown daughter. Mr. Martin was forty-five years of age and a member of the Southern Methodist Church.

He was the son of W. J. Martin.

( Obtained from two articles. One article did not put Jr. after name)


Two small children of William Burgraff, at Rush died of scarlet fever last week and were buried in the same grave.


Erza Bates, a Greenup county farmer, was stabbed to death near his home. Two neighbors with whom he had trouble are suspected.


West Liberty, Ky.,

George Columbus, of this place committed suicide by taking laudanum.


Bert Rodgers was killed by a street car near Clyffeside Park Sunday morning evening, while asleep on the track. He leaves a wife and three children.


Policeman Ote Riley and night telegraph operator Cox were shot by two drunken railroad laborers at Williamson Monday night. Cox is dead and Riley’s injuries are very serious. A posse pursued the murderers and one of the latter fell from a freight train and received fatal injuries. The other is in jail and lynching is talked of.


Bertha Ky., Resolution of Respect:

S.P. Adkins passed July 13, 1904


Capt. Jeff Owens died at Catlessburg a few days ago. He was well know all along the Big Sandy river, having been a steamboat for many years. Mr. Owens was born in the year 1826, in Pike county he was at one time sheriff. He moved to Catlessburg shortly after the Civil War, and had always been an honored citizen.


Antonio Dominick, formerly a contractor on the V. G, and later of the Big Sandy Branch of the N. & W., was killed near Wheeling. From the word received the unfortunate man was riding on a work card and in some way fell off and landed under the wheel of the vehicle. The cart was loaded with debris from the quarry near by, and the weight of the load was such that it crushed him internally in a terrible way.




August 5, 1904


Mattie: William Childers departed this life June 28. 1904, at his brother Harden’s on our creek, of dropsey. He was a soldier in the late rebellion, but has gone to answer the roll call where there is no more sickness, pain nor death, but where all is peace and happiness. He was 65 years old and always had a good work for all.


The News regrets to learn of the death of a bright little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Dean, which occurred at Charley last Monday.

2nd article: 8/26/1904- Died on the 1st inst., Mary Dean, of typhoid fever.

3rd article: 9/9/1904- May 18. 1896



The community will regret to learn that Mrs. Pamela Ireland, wife of Judge William Ireland, deceased, died in Ashland last Monday. Mrs. Ireland was well known to many of the citizens of Louisa, where the life time of her distinguished husband, she was a frequent and welcome visitor. She was a woman of much culture and refinement and of a most lovable disposition and gracious manner. She was in her 77th year.


Mrs. Susan Frances Vaughan, age 92, died at the home of her son-in-law died at the home of her son-in-law, Frank Cooksey, near Fallsburg. She was the sister of Chas. Wilson, deceased, formerly of this place.

2nd article: 8/12/1904  Born May 4, 1812. Her maiden name was Wilson, a sister of the late Charles Wilson, who preceded her some years ago at Louisa. She was converted at the age of seven and lived a faithful Christian. She was married at the age of 20 to Mr. Jas. Vaughan who preceded her to the glory land. She was the mother of six children- 3 boys and 3 girls. She died at the home of her youngest daughter



Paintsville: The finding of the body of Shade W. Preston, prominent in Big Sandy Steamboat circles, in Sherman Boyd’s yard, has resulted in the arrest of Boyd. though he protests his innocence.


August 12, 1904

Vessie: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Defoe died Friday and was buried Saturday.


Mrs. Rhoda McComis, age 66, died near Irad August 3rd.

2nd article:

Irad: Mrs. Rhoda McCommis departed this life August 3rd and was laid to rest in the family grave yard. Rev. Copley conducted the burial services.

3rd article: 8/29/1904- she was born Feb 9, 1838 and died July 31.

4th article: 9/9/1904- aged 70 years and5 months. She was the mother of fourteen children, twelve of who survive and mourn the loss of a kind mother.


Hazel, the little daughter of Mrs. Harve Reynolds, died Thursday; also an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Smith.


Death of Mrs. Ellen Yates:

Last Sunday morning about four o’clock the spirit of one of Louisa’a best known, oldest and most respected women lefts its frail tenement of clay and winged its way to the regions of the blest.  For many years, so many in fact that there are few left in this town who may have been here longer than Mrs. Yates had lived here, this venerable woman acted well her part in this community. To her husband, the well-beloved physician, she was a help meet indeed; to her children, those by adoption as well as birth, she was the ever loving, patient, devoted mother.

She was born August, 1825, and was married to Dr. S. J. Yates in 1842. To them were born three girls, Mrs. Amanda, Mrs. D. H. Carpenter and Mrs. G. W. Gunnell, and one boy who died in infancy. Two lads, the children of a kinswoman, were adopted by this children-loving couple, and on them were lavished the affection which would have been poured on the boy who died. These boys, Mart an Charlie, grew to manhood, educated and cared for as brothers of the girls.

On the 8th day of August, the birth month of his wife, her husband died, and on that day, fourteen years later, she who was the mother of his children, the companion and helpmate of so many, was borne to Pine Hill.


Smokey Valley: Sorry to hear of the death of Polk Adkins. The bereaved have our deepest sympathy.


August 19, 1904

Card of Thanks: Family thanks you for the sympathy during the illness and death of their dear mother Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts on July 27, 1904.

2nd article: 9/30/1904: Elizabeth Frances, daughter of Richard and Frances Ramey Elam and widow of Strawther W. Roberts, was born in Morgan county, Kentucky, Sept. 27, 1823 and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Frazier, July 27, 1904.

At the early age of 15 she joined the Christian Church.



The wife of Andrew Thompson, near Fallsburg, died Wednesday.

2nd article: Rhoda C. Thompson, born Nov. 25, 1848, departed this life August 16, 1904, aged 55 years, 8 months and 21 days. She joined the christian church at the age of 17 years.



 Also the wife of Marion Workman, at Whitehouse.

On the same day George Hurley’s child died a few miles of Louisa, of fever. It was one year old.


Webbville: Howard Porter died last week of peritonitis. He was buried in the Webb graveyard.


William Justice, 15 years of age, son of Thomas Justice, living on Lick Branch, near here, died Monday night at at eleven o’clock of typhoid fever. Willie was one of our brightest young men, and his untimely death came as a surprise to the whole community. ( Martin County News)


Thos. C. Clark, who has been employed the the Synder Blacksmith Co. for some time, and whose serious illness we mentioned last week, died at his residence below town on last Sunday or uraenic poisoning.


The infant son of George Jones died Sunday night. Mr. Jones has been employed here for some time by L. H. Gormley as a carpenter, and he and his wife, accompanied the remains of the little one to Ashland where it was interred. ( Prestonsburg Herald)


August 26, 1904

In Memory:

The death of my dear cousin, Isabelle Blankenship occurred August 1st, 1904. Her age was 51 years and 7 months. She was the wife of W. R. Blankenship and she died at her home on Queens creek, W. Va. She had been sick for six months and suffered greatly. She leaves a husband and ten children to mourn their loss. The funeral services took place at Big Hurricane Baptist church by Rev. R. A. Billups. The remains were taken to the Lakins graveyard and laid to rest to await the resurrection morn, when the Lord will come in power and claim his own.


In Memory:

Mrs. Elizabeth F. Elam, was born September 27. 1823. Was married to Strother W. Roberts, September 23, 1874, died July 27, 1904, aged 80 years, 10 months. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Wm. Copley. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard beside her husband who had preceded her to that better world seven years ago. To him she was a faithful and devoted wife, and to his four motherless children she was a faithful, loving and patient mother.

She leaves two brother and two sisters- Mrs. Mary. E. Lemaster, Barnetts; Wm. L. Elam, Blairs Mill; Matthew Elam, Ashland;  Mrs. John Frahser, Madge. Deceased belonged to the Christian church.


Busseyville: The funeral of Garfield Berry and infant child of Rube Berry will be preached on the 2nd Sunday in Sept. at 10 o’clock by Rev.s. W. M. and L.M. Copley in a grove near the home of Rube Berry.

Immediately after the funeral of John Hays (Al’s son) will be preached.


The sad news of Millard Meek’s death was wired to his mother this morning. He was shot in the coal mining section of Sun, W. Va. ( Ashland Independent)


James Fitzpatrick, aged about 50 years, died Wednesday night at his home on the “Point” opposite Louisa. Dropsy is said to have been the cause of death.


Mrs. Rus. Thompson died very unexpectedly last Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. B. Highbarger, on Maple Street. She had come in from her home on Blaine only a few days before. For several years she had been an invalid, and for a day or two previous to her death had been in poorer health than usual. The body was taken home for burial.

2nd article: 9/2/1904- Amanda Thompson, born 1836, married Aug. 1854, and then was born to them seventeen children- seven boys and ten girls, all living except three, one boy and two girls. She was converted to the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ at a meeting held by Rev. John Burford and Wm. Miller about the year 1858. Died on the 20th day of Aug., 1904. Aged 67 years. Aunt Manda, as she commonly called by those who knew her, had been a great sufferer for several years with neuralgia and heart trouble and is supposed that she died of heart dropsy. She was interred in the family graveyard.


Miss Amanda Yates and G. W. Gunnel and family were called to Catlettsburg Wednesday by a message stating that Mrs. D. H. Carpenter was dangerously ill. She was stricken with paralysis, this being the third attack.

Later: Mrs. Carpenter died at 2 a.m. yesterday. The body will be brought to Louisa and will be taken to Pine Hill cemetery.

2nd article: 9/2/1904: Article damaged- survived by husband and .. boys all grown to manhood and two sisters. She was born in Louisa


Death of Mrs. Nannie Watson:

Tuesday morning Mrs. M. G. Watson died at here home in this city where she was born after a complicated illness of several weeks. Her death was unexpected and was a great shock to the entire community. She was a woman of great personal beauty, of a most amiable disposition and was a universal favorite. She was the wife of Dr. M. G. Watson, President of The Louisa National Bank, and the oldest daughter of Captain F. F. and Mrs. Mary Freese and grand-daughter of the venerable Captain Mr. Freese. These and a sister, Miss Katie, and a brother S. M. Freese of Cannel City survive her.

Mrs. Watson was only 26 years of age, and her passing away in the bloom of her early womanhood, when all the future seemed bright.  She belonged to the Southern Methodist. The funeral service, conducted by Rev. J. W. Hampton, was held at her late residence. She leaves a husband and her son departed this world two years ago.


Greenup, Ky., Aug 21, Miss Lyde Bennett, one of the most prominent school teachers in this county, committed suicide this morning at her home, near Malonton, by shooting herself through the head. She is a near relative of County Judge J. B. Bennett, and it is thought she brooded over her mother’s recent marriage to a man past seventy years of age.


Mrs. Jayne Bays, age 63 years died at her home in this city with flux Monday night. She had just moved from Red Bush hear after being there for a few months. She was only sick a few days.


A sad death occurred at Normal last afternoon -that of Master Malcolm Short, the 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Short. Young Malcolm had been sick for some weeks with what seems to be on abscess on his thigh bone some time in June and was placed under the care of Dr. W. A. Berry of Ashland. His disease proved to be necrosis, or consumption of the bone. It grew steadily worse until yesterday when his leg was amputated as a last resort. He never rallied form the operation, but passed to the great beyond. The remains were taken to Fallsburg, Lawrence county, on the O., & B. S. train for interment. ( Ashland Independent)

2nd article: 9/30/1904: The parents formerly of this county, who are present residents of Normal, Ky.

Malcolm was born July 15, 1889, and departed this life August 18, 1904. In April 1904 he joined the Presbyterian Church.


Inez: Robert the seven months old son of Samuel Maynard, residing on Black Log, died last Wednesday and was buried Thursday. The funeral was conducted by Rev. M. Patrick of Inez.


A very sad accident occurred at the home of Mrs. S. F. McClung, in Central City, when little Adella, the baby girl. and the light of the household, died suddenly yesterday morning. In some way, unknown, she secured a strychnine tablet and swallowed it. In spite of all that was done, the dread poison, executed its deadly work, and the beloved little sister closed her eyes in death and her spirit went to join that of her father, who passed from our midst two years ago. ( Ashland Independent).


Buchanan: the bright little daughter of Harve Reynolds died Thursday.




September 2, 1904


Ethel, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dink Hodge, died Friday night after an illness of several days. She was about a year old. Her remains were taken to Cassville for burial.


Fatal Accident at Chestnut:

A fatal accident on the C. &. O. station, Johnson county, Tuesday afternoon last, about five o’clock. Contractor Olmstead has a large force of man at work there, building a stone arch across Chestnut creek. At the time mentioned some of the workmen were hoisting a large timber with the derrick. In some way the guy rods knocked the hooks from the stick and a brace fell, striking George Scott on the head. Mr. Scott died Wednesday at King’s Daughters Hospital in Ashland. He body was brought to this place for interment. “Scotty” as he was familiarly known was a stone cutter, well known in Louisa. His widow…damaged portion…. is the sister of Chilt. Osborne of Blaine. Besides his widow an infant.


James B. Auxier, son of the late Polk Auxier, died at East Point Saturday night. He had flux and a fever.

2nd article 9/9/1904: Jamison F. Auxier departed August 21, 1904 at 6 o’clock a.m. aged 31 years, 4 months and 15 days. of typhoid fever. He leaves a wife and one child, father, mother, brothers and sisters to mourn their loss.

F. King, aged 71 of Whitt, Carter County, died this week after a brief illness. He is survived by nine children.


Alfred Sexton, who has been confined to his room all summer with Pulmonary Tuberculosis, died last week and was buried at the Tiller graveyard. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss.


September 9, 1904

While driving from the soldiers reunion at Grayson, Ambrose McGuire, a sewing machine agent, was attacked by a man said to be George Ash, of W. Va., and fatally stabbed.


Mrs. Andy Webb, Jr., died of consumption Sept 1st at her home near Ketuarah. A husband and two children survive her.

2nd article: 9/16/1904- Ida Webb departed this September 1, 1904. She was a member of M. E. Church South, having been taken into the church and baptized on the 12th day of June, 1904 by Rev. R. H. Cassady. She was the daughter of Covey Adams and was a good christian girl, loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and two little children and many friends and relatives to mourn her loss. She died with that dread disease consumption, which is so common in our country,.

 J. Damron Shot and Instantly Killed on a Street Car:

The quarrel began in Damron’s saloon in Catlessburg Saturday morning last, was renewed on a street care shortly after noon of the same day, and in less than five minutes afterward Jamison Damron, in all the vigor of a robust manhood was a corpse, shot thru the heart by Charles Smith. A citizen of Catlettsburg gave the News from the following account of the tragedy from its inception to its close, so far as the general public is familiar.

Smith went into Damron’s saloon on Front street, Catlessburg, some time Saturday morning. He was drinking and was noisy as was put out of the house. Shortly afternoon both he and Damron were on the east bound street car. On the same car was a nephew of Damron’s a son of his brother-in-law, Hoke Wellman, formerly of Cassville, W. Va. Smith and this boy became involved in an altercation in which Damron took the part of the boy. This lasted a few minutes, however, and Smith went out and stood on the rear of the platform, The car about this time was nearing the end of the Virginia approach to the bridge when, according the infomant, Damron stepped up the platform, caught Smith by his hair, pulled his hair down and began to kick him the face. While he was doing this Smith drew his pistol and pressing it against Damron breast, fired. Damron fell and never spoke again. The car was hastily run to Dr. York’s office for aid but the wounded man died in a few minutes. Smith made no effort to get away, but surrendered  to the officers and is now in jail in Huntington, awaiting an examination to be held Monday. He was for quite awhile a section laborer on the N. & W. and recently an employee at the Camden power house at Kenova.

Jamison Damron was about 45 years of age, son of Judge Samuel Damron, of Cassville and son-in-law of Neal Wellman. He had for many years conducted a saloon in Catlettsburg. He was buried in Catlettsburg last Monday.


The Inez Lodge, I. O. O. F. conducted the funeral of George Hensley, who was killed while working on a country road near Naugatuck.


Skaggs: James Eldridge was killed in coal bank at Boss Skag’s Tuesday. His body was badly mangled. He leaves a wife and three children.


September 16, 1904

E. Turner, aged about 25 years was found dead in bed at the Hotel Aldine, Ashland, last Saturday. He was a telegraph operator at Guyandotte and a son of Dr. W. W. Turner of St. Albans. He had been in the best of health and his sudden death was the result of heart trouble.


William Caudill, aged sixteen met death in Clear Creek, Rowan county, under peculiar circumstances. He left home before daylight to work. Two hours later a stranger came to Caudill’s home, carrying Caudill’s hat saying he had found it floating in the creek. A search was made, which resulted in finding the boy’s dead body in two feet of water. There were no marks on the body to indicate violence. His watch had stopped at 6 a.m.


Mrs. Jerry Burns died at her home on Bear Creek of tuberculosis.


Issac Berry, one the old old-time prominent citizens of Lawrence county died at his home on Rich creek Tuesday night. He was 85 years old.


A Homicidal Mania
The News regrets to chronicle two lawless deeds which have been perpetrated in the Sandy Valley so recently. One day last week, date now now remembered, a negro employed in one of the railroad camps on the West Virginia side of the river, not far from Lock No. 2, struck a boy named Johnson on the head with a pick handle and from the effects of the blow the body died last Saturday. Johnson was employed in the same camp as a water boy. It was his duty to carry water to the laborers, white and black and had been ordered to serve the white men first. On the occasion mentioned  he had a pail of water, the the negro committed the crime called him to give him a drink. Acting upon his orders the boy refused until after he had gone to the whites. This incensed the negro, and seizing the pick handle struck the boy a fearful blow on the head. The lad dropped to the ground and the negro fled, thus far eluding his pursuers. The unfortunate boy was a son of Lem Johnson and a grandson of the venerable John T. Johnson, the well known Southern Methodist minister and noted ex-Confederate Chaplain. If captured and brought back to the neighborhood of the foul murder Judge Lynch will surely preside at the trial.

On the day the victim of the above narrated tragedy died Hubbardstown, a mining town in W.Va., about 9 miles above this city was the scene of what appears to been a deliberate murder. Williams Davis kept a general store in Hubbardstown and in this store on Saturday was a man named Young, who on lived on Hurricane creek, not from the little town. What really occurred between him and Davis can not be ascertained. The tow men quarreled and Young went out. He was unarmed and made no demonstrations towards Davis who, it is said deliberately shot him dead. Davis fled and so far as is now known has not been captured. Young was a man of family and formerly lived in Cassville. He was buried Sunday.


Captain Milton Freese Dead;
After an illness of many months’ duration, mostly due to the infirmities of old age, Captain Freese died Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services will be at his residence this Friday morning at ten o’clock.

2nd article: 9/23/1904: Born on the 11th day of November, 1819 and died in Louisa, Ky., on September 14, 1904. He came to the Big Sandy country early in the 40;s. He then began a career of business energy and enterprise which continued successfully and honorably, ending only when increasing years and physical infirmity compelled a withdraw from the activities of a strenuous life.

He engaged in business first at Prestonsburg, where he was married to Miss Minerva Vaughan. From this union there were three children; F.F. Freese, Mrs. W. S. Handler of Philadelphia and Mrs. G. W. Wroten all of whom are living.

At Prestonsburg Capt. Freese was engaged in various business enterprises. He kept hotel, was a miner of coal and a merchant. It was while living here that the Civil War broke out. Capt. Freese’s sympathies were strongly in favor of the South and being in this manner, as in all others, outspoken and frank, he so incurred the disfavor of the Unionists that he was arrested and sent to Camp Chase, where he was kept a close prisoner for many months. After his release he moved to Louisa, where for some time he was a hotel keeper. After a short residence here Capt. Freese moved to Catlettsburg where, as usual he embarked in business with his usual vim and success. It was about this time that his wife died and shortly afterward the family moved to Louisa, where he remained the reminder of his life. In 1867 he married Miss Kate McGuire. Four children were born to them, of who three are living; Mrs. J. C. Thomas, Mrs. Robert Magee, of Cincinnati, and Miss Charlotte Freese.

Captain Freese’s career as a citizen and business man is a part of the history of the Big Sandy valley. He was a builder of steamers from Catlettsburg to Pikeville, and from Cincinnati to Parkersburg, he is remembered as a steamboat man of untiring “push” and skill and famed for his courteous manner. The Dew Drop, the Fannie Freese, the Sallie Freese, the famous Fleetwing, the Lexington and other boats were all owned and managed by him, and on them no preacher ever a cent of fare, and on them no passenger ever received aught but the most polite attention. In Louisa he built flouring mills, carding mills, livery establishments and stores. The Louisa flouring mill is a monument to his industry, and its daily greeting to all within hearing is a reminder of the man whose money and enterprise first set its wheels in motion. Fires are up in an hour the fruits of many labors, and wreck and disaster put than one boat out of commission, but through it all he would smile and joke, light another cigar and plan another and bigger mill, a bigger and faster boat. And all through those these active, busy years, and this connection with so many and such varied enterprises Captain Freese maintained an unspotted reputation for integrity and rugged honestly of which his children may well be proud. No stain soils the recored of sixty years of business life, or dishonest acts spot the character of Milton Freese.

In social life Capt. Freese was hospitality and geniality himself. He was fond of society, and wherever he went his handsome face and figure and courteous manner made him a welcome quest. Late in life he joined the Southern Methodist Church, and over his wasted form the minister who he liked so well, Dr Boland told in tenter words the story of his Christian experience, and by the open grave on Pine Hill., when all that was mortal of the old Captain had been lowered from our sight, he repeated the solemn words, “Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”. No more for the honored citizen are the bustle and activities of the marts of trade; no more for the old meatman are the storms and vicissitudes of his trade; no more for the him the pains and sorrows which compassed his more than fourscore years. Instead is the restful peace of the silent sleep and the blissful reward of “well done, thou good and faithful servant.”


Hell Broke Loose on Cat:

On this fatal night the floor of Polly’s Chapel, country church on Cat’s Fork of Big Blaine, was drenched with the life blood of “Buck” Daniels” who it was charged, was stabbed to death by John Ledman, and who died in the language of a participant. Daniels was not the only injured. John Holbrook, son of the man familiarly known as “One-Eyed William” Holbrook, whose home is near Overda post office, was dangerously wounded by knife thrusts made by John Daniels, a nephew of the man who was killed. Daniels was arrested and taken to Louisa jail.

Buck Daniels was a man probably 50 years of age, and had a wife and five children. John Daniels a single man, 25 years.


September 23, 1904

The funeral of Joshua Endicott, Jr., will be preached Sunday Sept. 25th, a short distance from the home of Gabriel Endicott on Rockcastle creek near the line between Martin and Lawrence counties. The deceased was a bright young man.


Sept 30, 1904

Vessie: The little infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Hence McCormack died last week and was buried in the Riffe burial ground.


Ulysses: The infant child of John Boyd and wife, of Hampton, was brought here and interred in the burying ground recently.


Hicksville: Died, on the 19th, an infant child of J. M. Pennington and wife’




October 7, 1904

Mrs. Hermon, of Cats fork of Blaine died today.


The second Sunday in October the funeral of little Bertha, daughter of Will Rice, will be preached at the Hulett Branch school house at 10 a. m. by Rev. C. L. Diamond. Rev. R. M. Curnette will assist in the funeral.


Death of Dr. Thomas Prichard:

The many friends and relatives in Louisa were greatly shocked Wednesday afternoon byt the reception of the news that , Dr Thomas Prichard of Huntington, was dead of blood poisoning. He hurt his leg some time ago, and quite recently he underwent an operation for relief. The discovery was then made that the leg had become infected and from this he died Wednesday. Funeral services were held in Huntington yesterday and the body was taken to Paris, Ky, where interment was made. Paris was the home of Dr. Prichard wife, and he recently bought the home place. Hence the burial there.
Dr. Prichard was the oldest child of Jack and Jane Prichard and was born in Boyd county about 45 years ago. His mother was a sister of Mrs. Ellen Waldeck and Mrs. Wm. Carey. He attended the old Masonic Academy in this place and was a very bright boy. He studied medicine and after graduation settled in Huntington, where he amassed a fortune by successful practice becoming one of the most prominent physicians in West Virginia. He married miss Amna ( article spelled Amna but not sure if mistyped by paper and should be Anna) Fretwell, of Paris and they had two children, both boys, the older being about fourteen years of age.


October 14, 1904

Fred Hylton died suddenly of heart trouble at the home of Jos. Lett last week. Although he had in  poor health for some time his death was a shock. Fred was an exemplary boy of eighteen years and his death while yet so young calls forth the sympathy of all friends.


Thomas: The funeral of Uncle Hawkins H. Jackson and daughter Mary were conducted at Jackson cemetery by Rev. Robt. Cassaby and Rev. Bevins.


Mattie: Death has visited our neighborhood and taken a precious little flower, little Ida, daughter of A. L. Moore.


The infant baby son of Dr. And Mrs. Smithfield Keffer died Tuesday. Rev. W. S. Gamboe conducted the service and laid to rest in the Ashland cemetery.


Sam Wallace was killed at Olive Hill by a passenger train last Friday.


Mrs. V. D. Harmon, of Keturah died.

2nd article 10/21/1904: Wife of V. D. Harmon and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Jones died at her home Sept. 29, 1904. He age was 34 years and 7 months. She was a victim of asthma from childhood and in later years developed into lung trouble. She joined the M. E. Church South in her 15th year under the pastorate of Rev. H. B. Hulett at the McDaniel school house. She is survived by her husband, and three children, father, mother brother and sisters.

3rd article: 12/9, 1904: V. D. Harmon: She was born in the state of Ohio March 28th, 1870 and moved with her parents, Mr. and mrs C. W. Jones to Lawrence county while very young and married to V. D. Harmon May 18, 1892. To the union was born three children- two girls Clara and Docie and one boy. Sister Minnie told her sister how she wanted to be dressed as she bid them farewell.


Mrs. A. M. Holbrook, of Blaine died lately.

2nd article: 10/21/1904: Death of Mrs. Holbrook:

Mrs. Nellie Holbrook, wife of A. M. Holbrook departed this life September 30, 1904, aged 61 years. She is survived by a husband Mint and six children, four of her children having preceded her the unknown beyond. The youngest child is 21 years old. Her husband is one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens in this end of the county. She and had husband had been married 41 years and 35 days. She had been sick eight months. She was a member of the Baptist church for forty years and lived a true christian life. 


Ora Thompson, age 19, son of young Johnson Thompson died near Ashland last Saturday of pneumonia. The remains, accompanied by the father and mother of the dead by, were brought to Louisa Monday and taken to the Jasper Roberst place for interment. Mr. Thompson formerly lived on Little Blaine, this county, but moved to the neighborhood of Ashland about fourteen years ago.


Mr. Henderson Hale, one of the oldest citizens of Louisa, whose serious illness was mentioned last week, died yesterday morning about six o’clock. The funeral will occur at 9:30 this Friday morning from the residence and the interment will follow in Pine Hill cemetery.
Mr. Hale was in his 76th year and had been a resident of Louisa for two score years of more. He came here from Johnson county and pursued his avocation of shoemaker until failing eyesight compelled him to quit the work. He was a quiet, unassuming citizen. Five sons and one daughter survive, together with the widow.

Homicide at Fullers:

Last Thursday afternoon at Fullers station, about five miles below Louisa, Coon Hampton, single, shot and instantly killed Lee Boyd, married. The deadly weapon was a shot gun, fired at short range. Soon after the tragedy Hampton, whose mother, now name Henson, lives in the “Italy” section of Louisa, walked to Louisa and surrendered himself into the custody of Marshal Al. Wellman. The next morning Esq. Ben Diamond went to Fullers and secured an affidavit upon which Hampton was formally arrested. He was arraigned before County Judge R. F. Vinson who, on the finding of the Coroner’s jury, held Hampton without bail, pending an examining trial Monday October 10th. Certain facts hearing on the case were presented to the court and in view of them allowed the defendant to go under guard until the day of the examination. At this trial it was shown that Boyd was acting the role of “bad” man all the day he was killed. Hampton is the owner or occupier of one of these pests of this region known as a whiskey boat and Boyd is said to have made a ugly demonstrations toward him. He was in a joe boat, approaching Hamptons’ craft, when the latter appeared on the bow… can’t read this section.. and fired the fatal shot.


It makes one sad note the death of a friend, Miss Susan C. Martin, daughter  and little child of W. T. Martin, died at her home Thursday Sept the 22nd at 30 minutes of 10 o’clock p. m. The funeral was held at her home and conducted by Rev. Bevins.


October 21, 1904

F. Burton departed this life Sept. 17, 1904. He was in his 79th year and had lived with his son, Issac W. Burton, ever since the death of his wife which was ten years ago the 4th of last February. He joined the Methodist church early in life and has lived a devoted christian. He leaves 8 children and a host of friends to mourn their loss. His children were all present except Dr. T. C. Burton, who has located in Kansas. Brother William Copley conducted the funeral services. His remains were laid to rest in the Burton cemetery and beside his wife and near five of his children who have gone before.


Prof. J. B. Wheatley, of Paintsville died last Sunday of typhoid fever, after an illness of only a few days. He was Superintendent of the Paintsville schools and was a very competent school teacher.


Wes Liberty: Dock Whittaker who was shot a few days ago by Lawson Bishop, a constable of this county, is dead from his wounds. Bishop was arrested and lodged in jail, charged with murder.


Mrs. Samantha Preston wife of Mon Preston, of two miles below town, died Sunday. Mrs. Preston leaves many friends and relatives. She was a member of the Baptist church. Her children live in the county. ( Ashland Independent)


Killed Himself: Fatal Accident Caused in the the Old Old Way.

A very distressing accident occurred on Mill Creek, a few miles east of Fort Gay, last Wednesday morning. Oliver Hardwick, son of James Hardwick, was the victim of his own act., one that nearly always results fatally. He was seen to take a rifle, one of the old-time patch and ball variety, and go to the front yard for the purpose so he declared, of shooting a bird. Shortly afterward a shot was heard and the lad no appearing soon some one of the family they bay was stretched to the ground, dead. The ball from the gun has entered the roof of his mouth and passed clear to the top of his head, and was found imbedded in the bough of a tree under which the unfortunate young man was lying. There was dirt on the hammer of the rifle, and it is believed that he had used his foot to pull back the hammer, and blowing into the barrel to see if the gun was loaded it went on with sad results. He was buried the following Friday.


Died on ?th inst. Comfort, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Wellman. She had been in poor health for several months and her death was not unexpected. She leaves a father, mother, three sisters, four brothers and a host of friends to mourn their loss.


October 28, 1904

John’s Creek: Mrs. John W. Ramey, daughter of Robt. George of Little Paint, departed this life Oct 6, and her body was taken back to the old homestead on Little Pain and consigned to the tomb near her father, and mother to await the great day when Christ shall come to gather up his jewels.  Sister Ramey was about 32 years of age and was a good wife and the mother of two nice little children. She was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the M. E. Church.


The many friends of Mrs. Tivis Burris will be grieved to hear of her death which occurred last Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Marion Hatten, on Durbin. It will remembered that she with her venerable husband came here about two months ago from the West to visit their children and friends in Kentucky and West Virginia.

2nd article: 11/4/1904

Tuesday of last week death entered the home of M. F. Hatten at Buchanan and laid his icy hands on Mrs. M. T. Burris mother of Mrs. Hatten. She was stricken with pneumonia about 48 hours before her death, and her condition was not thought to be so serious. Mr. Burris will return to Arkansas( later article says MO) now as he is 76 years of age and rather feeble. Mrs. Burris was 70 years old, and leaves a husband and several grown children to survive.

3rd article: 12/23/1904- Mrs. Agnes Burris was born May 6, 1834. She was the daughter of Spencer Spears and Rosa Wells Spears of Johnson county. She was married to Rev. M. Tivis Burris July 27, 1854, and died October 25, 1904 of pneumonia, after about 36 hours of illness, surrounded by a part of her children. She was laid to rest at Cyrus Chapel, Boyd county. She was a member of the church before she married but was not converted until August 10, 1856, and during all those years lived a faithful christian. She was the mother of ten children. Two sons and two daughters are in the west, the others are here  and at Huntington, W. Va.  Strange to say, after one month and two days of rolling time and constant suffering Rev. M. Tivis Burris followed his wife to the city of our God. Bro. Burris was 76 years old. Early in life through many difficulties, he acquired a good knowledge of the the ordinary branches of an English education and received  a certificate to teach school and for forty years he served the people in the Big Sandy Valley as instructor in the public schools. He united with the M. E. Church, South, in 1848, under the ministry of Bro. Wm. Beckers. In 1850 he was appointed class leader at Snively Chapel, and was licensed to preach August 13, 1852. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Marvin September 23, 1873, and as elder by Bishop E. R. Hendrix at Berryville, Ark. Bro. Burris moved from this country to Carroll county, Ark, eight miles from Eureka Springs, in 1891. He and his noble christian wife their golden wedding in the land of the bright setting sun, July 27, 1904, and on August 1st they took their last leave of many friends in Arkansas to visit their children, grand children and great grand children ( 49 in number) in Boyd county.

( See below on another article on husband’s death 12/2/1904)


Fred Hall, 12 years of age, jumped from a train on the C. & O. near his home at Salt Lick, Bath county, Sunday. He fell under the wheels, cutting off both legs just below the knees. He lived only a few hours.

 W. Warnock, a prominent citizen of Greenup, died Saturday at Ashland after an illness of three months.


Gallup: Jesse, the infant sone of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander, was called from his home on earth to the brighter one above on Monday, Oct. 23,


Mrs. Jay Wheeler died near Cassville Tuesday after an illness of several weeks- can’t read the rest - damaged.




November 4, 1904


Yatesville: A most serious accident occurred here last Monday Friday morning. That was the burning to death of the little five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Valda Diamond. The mother had packed her clothing and gone to the creek to wash, and as we are informed had left the children, some three or four in number, at the house of her neighbor, James Short, when the fatal accident occurred.  Dr. Jay Carter and the good neighbors did all that could be done for the child but the burns were so deep that little or no aid at all could be ignited from the fire in the grate. The bereaved parents have the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.


Prosperity: Died Oct 22, Uncle Bill Graham, of Cherokee. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn his loss. All were present at his death except one, who was in the stated of Washington. Uncle Bill was a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge at Cherokee and was laid to rest by the members of that order.

Also Dick Adams died Oct. 22. He fell from a saw log and his struck a small stump and he died two days later. He leaves a wife and five children.


Irad: We are sorry to hear of the death of Lindsay Adams. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all.


Bolt’s Fork: We are sorry to hear of the death of Ellis Morrison, typhoid fever.


Vessie: The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Clay died last week of pneumonia.


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. George Meek died last Thursday afternoon at the residence of F. A. Johnson, where they were visiting. Mr. and Mrs. Williamson, W. Va., and had intended leaving home Wednesday, but were delayed by the sudden illness of the baby.

The body was buried in the family burial grounds a few miles out in the country.


Elbert Wilson, died at the home of her son Anderson Wilson, on the old Fred Asche place last week. He was an intelligent, sober and industrious man and a good citizen. His disease was consumption.


A telegram was received this morning from Will Wray, of Bellwood, Pa., who intended bringing the bodies of his deceased wife and little boy today, to be placed in the Catlettsburg cemetery, preparatory to taking up his residence here with his sister-in-law, Mrs. Z. C. Vinson-stating that his brother David Wray, had died suddently and that it would be impossible for him to come for several days. Mrs. Wray was a sister of Dr. and Sam Bromley of this place, and lived in Cassville a number of years.


Mrs. Phoebe Ann Hager died at her home in Salyersville last Tuesday at the age of 74 years. She was a member of the oldest and most distinguished families in Eastern Ky. She was the mother of Hon. S. W Hager, Auditor of the State.


Ulysses: The grim monster has taken three from our neighborhood since our last letter. One was the infant child of Franklin Chandler and wife, another, an infant child of Monroe Borders and wife.
Also Emmazetta, wife of Charley Grim, died a few days ago, leaving a husband and a large family of small children, one an infant only a few weeks old. She was a good woman and loved by all who knew her. She was converted when 13 years old and has lived a consistent member of the United Baptist Church for 20 years.


Walbridge: We are sorry to report the death of one of our best citizens Elbert Wilson, aged about 60 years. We extend our sympathy.


November 11, 1904


Dr. Henry F. Dixon, a pioneer citizen of Johnson county, passed to his reward Sunday morning. His death took at the old Dixon homestead, at Henclip, near Paintsville. He was 77 years of age. A number of sons and daughter survive him.


The three-year-old daughter of Garry Conley, in Magoffin county, was burned to death last week. Her clothing  caught fire from an open fire place.


Mrs. George Holt, of Mill creek, about four miles above Cassville, died Wednesday after a long illness caused by typhoid fever. She was buried yesterday.


Webbville: Uncle John Pennington has passed away, leaving a wife and several children. He was a loving husband, a good father and a good citizen, and had been a deacon in the Baptist church for 35 years. That church here lost its stay when he passed away. The funeral was largely attended

2nd article: 11/18/1904- unable to read whole article due to damage- seventy eight year of aged, joined Baptist church.


November 18.1904


Vessie: The little child of Jas. Coffee died last week at Bolt’s Fork and was brought to little East Fork and laid to rest by his mother in the Shortridge graveyard. The bereaved father has the sympathy of all.


West Liberty: Floyd Haney, who was accidentally shot by John Ferguson was Caney Tuesday, died from his wound. Ferguson was shooting at Bat Byrd when a stray bullet hit Haney. Byrd is a cousin of Attorney A. F. Byrd of Winchester who will assist in the prosecution.


David S. Luther, an old and respected citizen of this county, died at his home at Shoals last Monday, aged almost 82 years. He was been ailing for some time. His death was caused by general debility, the result of old age. The deceased leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss ( Ceredo Advance).


Jim Holbrook, Deputy Assessor, of Johnson county and a son of Lark Holbrook, a prominent farmer of Blaine, shot and fatally wounded Felix Fife, son of Henry Fife, on Keeton Fork of Blaine Tuesday. A dispute arose over the assessment of some of Fife’s property and it is reported that one man fired three shots and the other five, with above result.


Mrs. Thompson mother of Mrs. Bill Bartram, of Cassville died near that place, Sunday after a lingering illness.

 V. Graham Dead:

News was received here last Friday that M. V. Graham , a native of Lawrence county and a former resident of Louisa was dead and that his body would arrive the next day. Saturday morning the remains arrived, accompanied by his son John, his daughter Mrs. Galbreath, his son-in-law and Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Bloss, of Huntington. The funeral was met at at the depot by Undertaker Snyder and several friends. Shortly afterward the burial took place at Pine Hill cemetery where many years ago, Mrs. Graham was interred. A large number of Mr. Graham’s old friends attended the funeral. Mr. Graham died in Indianapolis from the effects of a paralytic affection from he had suffered for many years. Mr. Graham was formerly Sheriff of this county and was in turn proprietor of the old St. Lawrence and Chattiaroi hotels. He was a good officer and a proper man and good citizen. Four children survive him: Mrs. Millie Galbraith, of widow of Seymour, Indiana; Mrs. Miller, of the same place; John, of Hot Springs, Ark., and Miss Emma, who is now in St. Louis.

2nd article: 11/25/1904:


William W. Graham was born April first, 1831, on Blaine, Lawrence county, Ky., and died October 22, 1904, aged 73 years, 6 months and 21 days. He leaves a widow and seven grown children: S. W., Georgia, V.E., L.W. Izzie, J.E. and Jay N. Graham.


November 25, 1904

Vessie: The angel of death has again visited our community and taken away an infant child of Mr. Riley Fannin and also the infant child of Mr. Chas. Stanley. Also the aged wife of  Alford Shepperd. She lived a Christian life and while we mourn her loss here on earth we trust to meet her in the better land. ( See 2nd article on Alford Shepperd’s wife 12/16/ 1904)


Andrew K. Hatcher, died at his home at the mouth of Mud, Floyd county a few days ago. He was a prominent young business man and his untimely death is a loss to the community in which he was an important figure.


Judge H. E. Conley, died at his home near Paintsville Tuesday of typhoid fever. He was 75 years of age, and was remarkably active for a man of his years up to the time he was attacked by fever. He was a Judge fo Johnson county during the Civil War. Several sons and daughter survive, among his sons being Frank. P. Conley and Reve. Burns Conley. Deceased was an active member of the Missionary Baptist Church.




December 2, 1904


Rev. M. Tivis Burris died at Buchanan Monday from pneumonia, after a very brief illness. His wife died only three weeks ago of the same disease. The aged couple were here from Missouri on a visit to relatives.


Mrs. Panola Ross died at her home in Louisa Sunday, of pneumonia. The burial took place Monday. She leaves a son, Eugene about 15 years of age.


December 9. 1904

Boon’s Camp: Died on last week, Wm. Branham, of this place, He was a son of Turner Branham.


Cow Creek: On the 20th of November, 1904, Melvin Morrison, of Cow Creek, Floyd county, Ky., from a stroke of paralysis from which he had been a sufferer for many years, passed beyond the confines of his mortal life into the great beyond where there is no sickness, sorrow or death. Bro. Morrison was a strict member of the M. E. Church South and lived a christian life. He occupied several places in the the church, as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher in the Bible Class, every ready to do all the count for the best interest of the church and the community at large. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn their loss. Bro. S. G. Lockhart preached the funeral.


It is reported that David Stephens killed Joe Saulsbury in Halbert precinct, Floyd county, last Saturday during the primary election. Stephens and his brother habe been arrested. They claim the killing was accidental.


A Valve Blows Out of Boiler, Resulting in Death and Serious Injury:

This community was startled about seven o’clock last Saturday morning by a report that the boiler at Col. Northup’s tie hoist near the mouth of Lick Creek, about a mile above Louisa, had blown up killing at least persons and seriously injuring as many more. A large crowd of people immediately hurried to the spot, only to find that no one was killed outright one would died and another was baldy scalded. The less seriously hurt was George Atkins, son of Mrs. Lydia Atkins, of this place, He while painfully hurt was able to walk to his home where he is now, resting fairly well.

The other injured man was Henry Pigg, oldest son of Dan Pigg, of Louisa. He was carried to the house of Gum Berry, a few hundred yards distant from the scene of the disaster and made as comfortable as possible. An examination showed the poor fellow was scalded from head to foot and that he probably inhaled some steam with which the engine house was filled when the accident occurred. As soon as possible the young man was carefully borne to his father’s house in Louisa where every attention was given to him. But it was declared that he could not possibly survive. He was entirely conscious, and besides the best care given and all that had been done to mitigate his physical sufferings, Rev. O. F. Williams, of the Southern Methodist church, in a very touching was administered such spiritual service and consolation as was possible. Friends and physicians were unremitting in attention, but to no avail, and about one p. m. death as a happy release from the suffering. Sunday afternoon the church was filled as Rev. L. M. Copley preached. The remains were buried in the Fulkerson burying ground and interred beside his mother. He was born in Louisa and was 222 years of age.


A little child of James Adams and wife died last Sunday.


December 16, 1904

Lizzie: Died at her home on Garner, the wife of H. Estep. She was a good kind mother and was loved by all who knew her.


In Memory: Eda Bell Frasher, daughter of Chas. and Annie Frasher, was born August 11, 1904 and departed this life Dec. 2. aged three months and twenty-one days. She had been suffering but a short time from that dreaded spasmodic spinal disease.


Obituary: The death angel has visited the home of Alford Shepherd, and has taken from him his loving companion who was more than 77 years old. The had lived together more than 60 year, had raised four boys and two girls. The oldest boy lives in West Virginia and is one of Wayne’s county best citizens. John and David live in Lawrence county and are highly respected as honest upright citizens. Wm. lives in Ohio and is a very prominent mine. Jane the oldest daughter is the wife of C. M. Savage and lives on East Fork this county. Lizzie, the youngest girl, married J. D. Hensley and lives in the lower part of the state. The mother of these six children was born in East Virginia, was the daughter of Wm. Morris, who served as a U. S. soldier in the was of 1860. She was a member of the M. E. church, South, having been a member and christian for more than 30 years. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Sturgill. The remains were interred at the Stewart graveyard. to rest.


Explosion: Nitro-Glycerine Killed Three Men and Did Other Damage:

The Ashland Independent says: The people of Ashland were given a great fright at 12:50 Saturday afternoon, when the very earth was shaken as if by an earthquake, and doors were thrown open and window glass broken by the unknown force.

Rumors were at one rife that the Kellogg Powder Mill had blown up; while others believed that an earthquake had happened.

Investigation soon revealed the fact that a fearful explosion of nitro-glycerin had occurred in the Ohio river at a point almost opposite Clyffeside Park, when several hundreds quarts of this explosive was, in some unaccountable manner, set off.

How the 2,200 quarts ignited will never be know, for the men in charge of the cargo, James Brown of Cleveland, Frank McGugin and John Coghlin, of Parkersburg, W. Va. The life of the fourth man Henry Brown of Cleveland was saved.

( see edition for long detailed article on details).


A sign painter named Greer, who recently did some work in Louisa, died in Paintsville of pneumonia.


Mrs. Lucindy Damron, wife of Lazarus Damron, died December 10th at her home in Centerville, W. Va.. She was the sister of T. J. Branham of this place.


John Preston, died at his home on Georges’ creek last Sunday of consumption. He was about twenty years of age. Mrs. T. S. Salyer, of this place was a sister of the deceased.


Killed in Virginia: Edward Vinson was the son of Jim Vinson, a native of this section and remembered by our older citizens. He was nearly related to Col. William, Sam and Lazarus Vinson. His son Ed, while at Hawks Nest, W. Va., as the News understands it, was run over by No. 2 fast passenger C. & O. train one day last week and instantly killed. The remains were taken to the Vinson burial ground near the old Lafayette Vinson place at Powder Mill and interred Sunday.


December 23, 1904

Glenwood: Died on the 14th, the infant son of Dave Burks and his wife. The bereaved have our sympathy.


Charley: Several Obituaries

Since our last letter the death messenger has been a frequent visitor to our community. On the 11th, John Preston, who was been suffering with consumption, passed away. He remains were interred in the family graveyard.

On the 17th, Uncle Pack, Sr., one of the oldest citizens in the Big Sandy Valley, passed away very quietly. His age was 92 years. His remains were laid to rest at his old home place.
Also, died on the 17th, Reed Judd. Mr. Judd met his death by slate falling on him in a coal bank, the day before, crushing his shoulders and stomach. The body was buried in the old Judd graveyard. His age was 55.

Born, recently to Luther Spencer and wife, a girl. It lived only a short time and was buried in the J. B. Spencer graveyard.


Ten Men Dead From Drinking Wood Alcohol:

Capt. Henry Spriggs, Shade Daniels, Harrison Spencer, Curt ( or Curtis) Adams, Sam Hartman  (or Harmon) and Winfield Adams, the majority of the crew of a pushboat which left Prestonsburg Friday evening, lie dead at the mouth of Beaver creek from the effects of drinking wood alcohol. All were residents of Paintsville and vicinity.

2nd article: There were 16 men on children and 10 died and two very ill.

2nd article list additional names Field Daniels, Joseph Samonds, Issac DeRossett, two Goebel boys.


Uncle David Wade, aged 117 years died at his home on Wilson creek, in Carter county, Sunday night. He was the oldest man in Kentucky, if not in the nation, and one of the oldest in the world.

2nd article: 12/30/1904:  Data obtained from a citizen was taken from Mr. Wades own lips: I was born in Clarybourn county, Tenn., August 20. 1787. My parents died while an infant and I was cared for, raised and educated by Joseph Powell, a well known, a well known Quaker of the same county. In 1806, at the age of 19 years, I married Miss Sely Herron, who also was quite young, and we lived five miles south of Cumberland Gap, in Claybourn county. Many of my first wife’s children have grandchildren married, with large families. One of them is Mrs. Alfred Keeney, of Ashland, who has grandchildren.


There was a shooting tragedy on Pigeon last Sunday in which a man by the name of Vance was shot and instantly killed by a man by the name of Ward, who is now in jail, and claims self defense.


Commodore, the 15 year old son of Steve Sexton died Sunday of flux and a daughter Dorcus, eight years old died December 1st of the same disease.


Henry Fisher, of Hunneywell, died Sunday of bowel trouble, after a few days of suffering.


Pollys Chapel:  Died on the December 4th, the infant child of Jim Adams.


December 30, 1904

Mrs. Arthur Cyrus, of Whites creek, of W. Va. was burned to death last week. She was the daughter of Sheriff Moore.


Blaine: Mrs. Ellen Gartin departed this life on the 24th and was laid to rest in the family burial ground on Brushy on Christmas Day. Her death was caused by pneumonia. She was 62 years old.


The following refers to the death of a sister of Dr. J. D. Biggs, of this place:

Mrs Ella Lawson, wife of J. Taylor Lawson, died at their home in East Greenup, Friday morning about 2 o’clock, after an illness of over two months. While her death has been expected daily for some time, it nevertheless came as a shock to the family and friends. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Biggs. In 1884 she was united in marriage with J. T. Lawson, who, with seven children survive. ( Greenup Democrat).


We are pained to hear of the death of Hiram Chartmel at Rose Farm, O. , Saturday. He was formerly as resident of this vicinity, having been in charge of a section force near Gallup a few years ago. His death was due to pneumonia. The remains were interred at Rose Farm.


Hicksville: Died, on the 17th, Uncle Robert Holbrook, at his home on Cat, after a long illness.