Big Sandy News, Louisa KY -1905







Mattie: Died on the 23rd, Jesse Cordle, Sr., of Rich Creek. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn their loss.


On last Tuesday Mrs. Lucy Pollard was called to her reward, after a short illness of only a few day. She came down from her home near Buchanan, on Jan. 2nd, to be the quest of her son, Henry Maupin, until Wednesday, when she intended going to Ashland for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. John. F. Hager. It seems that providence willed otherwise as Mrs. Pollard took seriously ill with a chill on Wednesday morning and continued to grow worse, until the angel band bore her spirit away from this world of suffering.

She was a good christian women, highly esteemed by everyone, and had for many years been not only a member of the Methodist Church, South, but a great worker in the cause of her Lord. It is not a year since she became a widow, but there are three own children and two step- children to remember and cherish this memory of lovely mother. They are S. A. Maupin, of Huntington, Henry B. Maupin, of this city, Mrs. John F. Hager, of Ashland, Harry Pollard and Mrs. Thos. Culbertson, of Ashland, The funeral was held from the residence of Judge Hager and the burial took place in Ashland cemetery.


In Memory:

Sarah A. Gillam was born in Carter county, Ky., March 2, 1834, and died at her home on Twin Branch in Lawrence county, Ky., Dec. 26, 1904, at the age of 70 years eight months and 24 days. She leaves four children, three boys and one girl to mourn the loss of a dear mother and a kind neighbor.





Andrew Frazier, son of James Calvin Frazier, died at the home of his brother, Jay Frazier, two miles below Louisa Monday night, after an illness of consumption. He was married about ten days ago to Miss Addie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zeb Heston, of this place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Cordle.

At the time of his marriage he was scarcely able to stand on the floor. His death occurred suddenly. He had been sitting up before the fire, and walked with some assistance. to the bed. Within three minutes after lying down he expired. It is said he also had heart disease and this is probably what brought the sudden termination.


The body of Carl Cassady was taken up yesterday on the train, enroute to his former home of Inez where it will be laid to rest at the home of his father, B. P. Cassady, at Olive Hill, to which place the moved from Louis a few months ago. Carl was a victim of consumption and has bee an invalid for a year or more. He was about thirty years of age, and was a bright young man. Until ill health forced him to quit work he was publisher of the Martin County News. Louisa friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved.


Bad Wreck on N. & W.

A wreck occurred yesterday morning on the N. & W. at Webb station about 14 miles above here. A large rock that had fallen onto the track from the mountain side, catching the engineer underneath. He lived only a short while. The fireman had an arm broken. The engineer name was R. P. Hannon and he lived at Ironton. He was only about twenty-five years of age. The fireman name is Smith.


The wife of Sam Hardy died last Sunday morning at his home a few miles east of Louisa.



Died of pneumonia on the 6th John J. Griffith. He only lived one week after he took his bed. His remains were interred in the Judd graveyard. W.S Marlin and A. J. Moore conducted the burial service. Mr. and Mrs. John Rafferty, of Wellston, Oh., and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Austin and family, of Logan, W. Va., relatives of the deceased, attended the burial. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.


Coal Run: Dr. S. M. Ferguson, was born March 22, 1822, died December 30, 1904. He death was due to general disability.


Patrick: The grim messenger of death called Uncle Sam Vanhoose from this earth on New Year’s day. Funeral services conducted by Rev. A. Preston.


January 20, 1905


Pollys Chapel: Died, on the 12th, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fannin, of Olioville.


Mrs. Elizabeth Hinkle died at her home on Mead’s branch on the 12th. She was 69 years old and the widow of Allen Hinkle, who died three years ago.

2nd article: On the 13th Aunt Bettie Hinkle passed away very quietly. Her remains were laid to rest on the following day by M. P. S in the family graveyard. Funeral was preached by Revs. ? and G. V. Pack and E.B. ? ( ? can’t read name)

3rd article: January 27, 1905: Born October the 19th, 1835 and died January the 12th, 1905, at her home on Meads branch. Her age was 69 years, 3 months, and 12 days. She was the wife of A. P. Hinkle who preceded her to the better world about three years ago. To whom were born ten children, four of who are dead and six living. Among the deceased was Rev. Jasper Hinkle. She was member of the United Baptist Church. Was converted and joined that church about  fifty years ago, and died in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Aunt Betsey” as she was familiarly known, was already to give good advice and help the poor. Through her suffering of pneumonia and her entire illness she would often shout and exclaim, “ I want to go to my heavenly home and meet with Jesus and the loved one who have gone before.” Her funeral was preached by Revs. A. H. Miller, G. V. Pack and C. Wiley from the text, “ For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand.” Immediately after the funeral the remains were taken to the old Hinkle graveyard and laid to rest beside her husband to await the resurrection of the just. She was buried by the M. P. S. Hinkle Lodge No. 91 as her husband was. The bereaved have our sympathy.


Mrs. George T Burgess ( Angie) died at her home near the mouth of George’s creek last Friday afternoon, of Dropsy. The funeral occurred Sunday. She was the daughter of the late A. P. Borders and was sister of Mrs. W. D. Roffe, Mrs. H. C. Sullivan, and Mrs. F. H. Yates of Louisa. She was an excellent woman and a faithful member of the Methodist church. A husband and six children survive, four children preceded here to the better land some time ago. Louisa relatives attended the funeral, which conducted by Rev. N. G. Grizzle.

2nd article 3/10/1905:  She suffered intensely from a complication of diseases for several months previous to her death, yet she bore it all with Christian patience, willing to submit all things to the will of wisdom of God who is too wise to err.


Estep: We are sorry to hear of the death of Walter Queen, of this place. He was a good man and loved by all who knew him.


The death angel took from our midst the wife of Wesley Judd on the 15th. Her funeral was preached the following day at the church by Revs. A. H. Miller, Green Pack and W. S. Martin. The two brothers of the deceased, Bloss and Hezie Spencer, of Portsmouth, Oh., attended the burial. Her remains were laid to rest by the M. P. S. in the family graveyard.



January 27.1905


Ratcliff: Died, on the 12th inst., Aunt Sally Lunsford. She was one of the oldest women in this neighborhood. The remains were laid to rest in the Lunsford graveyard.


Maple Gap: Died, January 12th, little Herl Fannin, aged 4 years. Weep not, dear father and mother, but live in hope for you will meet little Herl in that blessed land where parting never comes.

W. Sexton, Carter county, was found dead near the C.& O. railroad track near Russell, Ky., He had evidently been struck by a train.

P. Mayo received information that his mother, Mrs. Rhoda Mayo, of the Mouth of Beaver, had had a stroke of paralysis.


Greenup, Ky., - John Helton, a bachelor and soldier of the Confederacy, died at his home on White Oak, aged ninety-one. He has lived alone in the same one room-house ever since discharged from the army. He was born in Scotland.


Greenup, Ky., Jan. 21- the remains of John Patrick, killed by a train in Columbus, Ohio, reached here to-day for burial. He was one of the five men who broke jail her about four weeks ago. A card in his pocket having the address of a young woman in Portsmouth led to the identification.


Maysville, Ky., Jan. 22- Frank Robb aged thirty-five, was found dead at the Chespaeke and Ohio coal docks this morning with a bullet hole through his head. His father was a Union soldier from Lewis county, and formerly conducted a saloon here. The cause of Robb’s death is unknown. A pistol was found near him. The mystery is under investigation.


Death of J. R. Dean

Hon. J. R. Dean, one of Lawrence county’s oldest and most prominent citizens, died last Sunday morning at his home near Irad, at the advanced age of 80 years. He had been in bad health for nearly a year. The burial took place Monday afternoon and a very large number were present.

Judge Dean was an excellent citizen, and his worth was recognized by the people of Lawrence county. No stronger proof of their confidence could be given than the fact that he was kept in office longer than any other man, probably, who ever lived in this county. He was School Commissioner for 23 years, County Judge  one term, Representative in the Legislature one term, and County Surveyor for quite a long time.

Judge Dean was a man of strong intellect, was well informed and was always found on the right side of public and moral questions. He raised a large family, who was among our best citizens.

 February 3, 1905


Red Bush: J. W. Holbrook, one of our leading merchants, passed away Wednesday and was buried Friday.


Paintsville: The little child of M. L. Price Jr., was badly burned recently and died a few days later. The little ones clothes caught on fire.


The funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Burchett, Jr., took place Saturday afternoon from their residence on upper Jefferson street. Rev. O. F. Williams conducted the services. Burial in Pine Hill cemetery.


A telegram was received Wednesday by Prof. C. C. Hill, announcing the death of his father, at Louisville. He left at one for that place. His room was dismissed in the public school was dismissed until his return. The following mention of his death is made in the Louisville Times:

“James D. Hill, aged eighty-five years, a retired printer, died of uremia last midnight at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. C. Haynes, No. 3 Innes Court. He had been ill since Sunday. He is survived by five children, Mrs. P. D. Jackson, Mrs. A. C. Hayes, and E. A. Hill of Louisville: Mrs. R. B. Cross, of Lumber Bridge, N. C., and C. C. Hill, of Louisa Ky. Mr. Hill was born and reared at Knoxville, Tenn. He came to Louisville about thirty years ago and worked at his trade until eight years ago when he resigned his position with the Western Recorder and retired. He was a Mason.


Fallsburg: James Layne, near Kinner, died on Dec. 22. He had been in ill health for about six years. He was a good citizen.


Fallsburg: Also Lula Moore, daughter of Martin and Laura Moore, died Jan. 1st. She was taken to Bear Creek for burial. Services were conducted by Rev. R. C. Cassady.

Long Branch: 2nd article: Only daughter and child of Martin and Laura Moore. Her age was eight years and nine months. She departed this life on New Year’s morning 1904. Her death was unexpected as she was ill only thirty six hours. She told her mama and papa she was going home.



Feb 10, 1905


Mrs. Sarah A. White, aged 81 years, died Monday at her home in Ashland. She was the mother of Mrs. S. Wilbur Hager and Hon. John. D. White.


Emory Bushman, aged 19 was scalded to death at the Kelly Nail Mill, in Ironton by falling head foremost in a hoop vat filled with boiling water.


Mrs. Mary E. Pendleton, aged fifty-nine years was burned Saturday at Ashland, her clothing igniting from a gas stove. She died that evening. Her son Harry was seriously burned in attempting to smother the flames.


Tom, the bright 17 year-old son of Godfrey Fidler, died of brain fever, after an illness of only a few days.


A number of the Masons here attended the burial of Frank Brown, at Paintsville, Monday, who died on the 3rd inst. He was the C. &. O. agent at this place.


Uncle Gabe Stafford (colored), of Hampton City, but who formerly living in this county, died a few days ago at the home of his son, Fred, In Parkersburg, and was buried there.


Mention of the death of Rebecca Burgess, colored was overlooked last week. She was the wife of Mose Burgess and was one of the best respected colored women in Louisa.


Death of Warren Dean

Warren J. Dean, died Tuesday evening at the home of his father, John T. Dean, near Olioville, this county. His death was caused by pulmonary and other troubles. He had been in ill health for two years or more, but was able to go around until a few weeks ago. He was an intelligent, industrious and moral young man and his death at this early age makes the case more pathetic than usual. Warren taught school and afterward prepared himself for practicing law, but his health began to fail soon after he was admitted to the bar. H. S. Dean, of the teachers in the Louisa Public School, is a brother of the deceased and his department in the school was dismissed for Wednesday and Thursday.

2nd article: Departed this life February 7, 1904. He was about 26 years old. He was a member of the M. E. Church.


Nora Harless, the little ten-year-old girl of Mrs. Jasper Harless, met a horrible death the 29t ult., while at her uncle Tom Miler’s. While passing by the open grate her clothing become ignited and she was so badly burned that she died shortly afterward. She was laid to rest in the Riffe graveyard to await the resurrection morn. The family is prostrated with grief. The have the the sympathy.


Casper: Died on the 5th, Lisha Lemons, of Culbertson and was buried at this place in the Sprouse graveyard.


East Fork: Uncle Jimmie Horless is very feeble and is worse since his little grand-daughter had the misfortune of being burned to death. That was Nora Horless, about 10 years old, the daughter of Jasper Horless, deceased. The little girl was visiting at her Uncle Tom Miller’s on Little Catt when her clothes caught the grate in the morn about 9 o’clock. She died about 5 p.m. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Givens.



Feb 17, 1905


Blaine: Died on the 7th, Mrs Joe Fugett, of consumption, Mertie was a good neighbor, kind and affectionate wife and mother. To know her was to love her. The family have our deepest sympathy.


Mt Zion: Lish Lemons died near Culbertson, Feb. 5th.


Deep Hole: The angel death visited our neighborhood and took our beloved friend, George Workman. He was a young bright boy, and loved by all who knew him. He leaves a father, mother, and five brothers to mourn his loss. But weep not, dear ones for George is at rest.

2nd article: Born May 3, 1887, died January 29, 1905. Member of the Methodist Church


Mouth of Daniels Creek: Died, on the 5th Uncle Canada Porter, Of Millers creek. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn their loss. But their loss is his gain. He was a good father and a kind and affectionate husband, and was loved and respected by all. Weep not, friends, as those that have not hope, for he has gone to heaven where there is no more death.


Mrs. Nancy Young, widow of Jack Young, died near Fort Gay Tuesday, at the age of 70 years. She was related to the Crutchers of this place.


Mrs. Emma Allison Fitzpatrick died Monday at the home of her son Otto Fitzpatrick, a few miles up Tug River. She was about sixty years of age and was the widow of Burgress Fitzpatrick.


Death of S. C. Beare:

This community was shocked last Monday just before noon by the news of the sudden death of Mr. Cal Beare. which occurred at his home in Fort Gay, just across the river, at 10:30 o’clock. He had been in his barn for some time, and upon going into the residence complained fo feeling ill. He sat down and leaned forward, resting his head on the back of a chair. Mrs. Beare was with him and noticed that his breathing was quite rapid. Becoming alarmed she went to the door and called a neighbor, who hurriedly went after Dr. York. Mr. Beare expired within a few moments, without uttering another word. Heart disease evidently caused his death.

Mr. Beare was about sixty years of age. There was not a better citizen in Wayne county. He was a man of correct morals and of the strictest integrity. He enjoyed the respect of everybody and his sudden demise has brought sadness to all who knew him. The community in which he lived has sustained a distinct loss. The influence he exerted was always on the side of right.

He had been identified with the business interests of Wayne county for many years. He had been farmer, timber man and merchant, and in these various capacities he was known as a pushing, enterprising man, strenuous for his own scrupulous of the right of others.

The interment took place at Fort Gay.


Killed by a Train:

Compton Stafford, of Torchlight, this county was killed by an N. & W. train at Nolan, W. Va., Sunday afternoon. The body was brought home for burial Monday. A wife and seven children are left with scant means of support. He was a son of Flem Stafford and was 45 to 50 years old.

The accident occurred in the same manner in which so many railroad fatalities happen. Stafford was walking on one track while a train passing on another alongside. A train backed up behind him and passed over his body. He was not hurt much until the engine passed over, when he was badly injured that he only lived three hours. The body was horribly mangled, but the man was conscious almost the last.


Buchanan: A telegram Monday announcing the death of Mrs. S. J. Patrick, at Charleston, came as a shock to the Miller family. Mrs. Patrick will be remembered as Miss Lizzie Miller, a daughter of Ulric Miller, one of the most prosperous and prominent farmers of this section of the country. The remains arrived here Tuesday and interment will take place in the Ogles cemetery Wednesday. Her death was due to pneumonia. She is survived by a husband and one daughter, Miss Lizzie.


Death of Samuel Burton, Jr.

Samuel Burton, aged forty-four years, died of consumption, January 17th, at his home in Osie, Ky.

He had been struggling with the dreaded disease for more than 12 months, but the disease became so bad that finally Samuel said to his friends “ I must go”. He leaves many friends and relatives to mourn his loss. He is survived by a wife and nine children.



February 24, 1905


Yatesville: We are sorry to hear of the death of H. H. Gambill ( see obit below)


Near Yatesville:  The death angel visited the home of Tom Newsom Friday night and took from his beloved wife. Weep not, friends, but prepare to meet her in a better world.

2nd article: Keturah: Died on the night of the 17th inst., Mrs. Margaret Newsom, wife of Thomas Newsom, She leaves a husband and six children.


Inez: Mrs Emily Fitzpatrick, of Warfield, died on the 12th. Mrs. Fitzpatrick, who was an aged woman, fell about two months ago and broke her hip, and ever since she had grown weaker until death appeared. The remains were taken to the Dempsey cemetery for burial.


East Point: John J. Robinson, died on the 16th of a severe attack of lung trouble. He was 22 years old and had been only a few days. He was engaged to a young lady here and the wedding was soon to take place.


Hicksville: Died on the 5th the infant child of Ed Jones.


Irad: We were sorry to hear of the death of Aunt Margaret Chaffin, but our loss is heaven’s gain. Weep not, husband and children, for mother, for she is gone to live with God in heaven.

2nd article: On the 16th of February the swift messenger of death visited the home of Kenas Chaffin, Sr., on Twin Branch and took from him his dear companion, Margaret Chaffin, aged about 72 years. She lived a devoted Christian 37 years.


Death of H. H. Gambill:

After a fierce struggle of several days with pneumonia, Harry H. Gambill, of Blaine, this county, passed to his reward last Saturday night at twelve o’clock. The news caused profound sorrow throughout the county.  The funeral occurred on Tuesday at 11 o’clock, from the Christian church, of which the deceased was a member. Rev. J. H. Stambaugh conducted the services. The body was laid to rest near the former home of the deceased. A very large crowd attended the funeral.

Mr. Gambill was sixty years of age. He was one the best known and most popular men in Lawrence county and had represented Boyd and Lawrence counties in the Kentucky Legislature. Mr. Gambill was a successful businessman and had accumulated a considerable estate. Only recently he sold his property at Bland and decided to buy a fine farm in Virginia or in Central Kentucky and locate on it permanently. It was while on a trip of inspection of these properties that he contracted the disease that ended his life.

Mr. Gambill was a kind, charitable man, of sound morals and strict integrity. A wife and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Jas. A. Holton, are the only surviving members of his immediate family. Mrs. Gambill was a daughter of the late Clairborne Sweetman, one of the most substantial and wealthy men our county has had.

Mr. Gambill’s death is a loss to the county and community.

2nd article: 3/3/1904

Honorable H. H. Gambill peacefully breathed his last February 18th, 12 p.m. aged sixty years. He had been manfully battling with pneumonia for over a week; and Drs. John Harry and William Gambill, nephews of the deceased, made the most skillful and heroic effort ever made in the his neighborhood to save their patient, but the disease was too powerful for the skill of the brilliant young doctors and the patient succumbed to the ravages of the disease. His patient wife was by his side to the end. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Mollie Swetnam, daughter of the late lamented C.L. Swetnam; who was one of the leading and most substantial citizens of this county; and he is also survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Eva Holton, wife of Mr. James Holton. Harry was born on Blaine about six miles from where he died, his parents being noted for their industry, honesty and integrity.

Fought for the preservation of the Union, for three and half years he faced the hardships of war. He was a consistent member of the Christian church.


Paintsville: Mrs. A. S. Strother, wife of contractor Strother, fo this place died Sunday night. Her demise has been expected for the last few months, as she was a victim of the dreaded consumption. She realized that her days were few and waited to end with Christian patience. She was a member of the M. E. Church South. The funeral was conducted by ( can’t read rest of damaged article)


Clifford: Death has again visited our neighborhood and taken from us one of our bright young men, Thomas M. Justice, son of Nancy and Ely Justice. He was a bright young boy of twenty-two summers and was loved by all who knew him. He was married two years ago to Miss Sarah Dingess and worked for the N. & W. Railway Co., at Dingess W. Va., until last July when he was seized with that dreaded disease of consumption. He resigned his position and with his young bride came back to Rockcastle to the fireside of his father and mother, the place of his birth, there to await the reaper death. He lived a devoted Christian the later part of his life and said he was only waiting the summons to come when he could go to meet his darling angel baby that preceded him to the glory world a few months ago, and said for his many friends and relatives to meet him in that celestial home where there will no parting.


Clifford: Another bloody tragedy has occurred in our neighborhood which will add to our county one among the darkest pages of Lawrence county’s records. J. O. Chaffin, son of C. C. Chaffin, being the unfortunate victim of one young man who said his name with Jack Pyle, an operator, employed by the N. &. W. at Webb, W. Va. It seems that the trouble arose over Pyle whipping and unmercifully beating  a woman with a Winchester, Chaffin taking part in the battle in favor of the woman, when Pyle turned and and with greater intent to do his horrible deed, fired the fatal shot which did the intended work, the ball taking effect in Chaffin’s bowels and could not be found by Dr. York who was called in haste. He died Thursday evening and was laid to rest in the family graveyard at C.C.Chaffin’s this morning at 10 o’clock. But the saddest part of the affair was that he said when asked by your scribe about ten minutes before he breathed his last, that he was not prepared to meet the judgement.


Departed this life Jan. 1, 1905 little Loula Moore, only child of Laura and Martin Moore. Her sickness was a very short duration. She was a sweet little Sunday School girl only 7 years and 9 months old.


Departed this life Oct. 19, 1904 little Charley Clay, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Clay, aged 4 months and 11 days. Buried in the late Burns graveyard, services conducted by Rev. H. Givens.


MARCH - 1905


March 3, 1905


Buchanan: Silas Morrow, and old citizen of the is place was killed at Bluefield’s Monday. The body will arrive here Wednesday for interment. The particulars of this death have not been learned.

2nd article: 3/10/1905: He had a light attack of rheumatism and thought he would go out and walk around awhile, and while out he got on the railway and heard a train coming up so he stepped off off this track onto another when another came up and he was killed. He was a man of high standing and was spoken well of anywhere he went. His age was 55 years, 8 months, and 25 days. His remains were brought back Wednesday to his half brother, Ben Vanhorn, and were buried Wednesday afternoon  at 2 o’clock. Brother Dean preached his funeral. His son Oliver, and a number of railroad men came with him.


Miss Anna Eads, of Ashland died suddenly last Saturday. She was a brilliant young daughter of the late Dr. Robt Eads. Her engagement to Rev. Ryland Knight, formerly pastor of the Baptist Church at Ashland, was recently announced.


Dr. George W. Gardner died at Prestonsburg Monday.


James Pinson, whose home is in the country between Williamson and Pikeville, died in Catlettsburg at the Central Hotel. Mr. Pinson has been a sufferer from dropsy from some time and had gone there for treatment.



March 10, 1905


The wife of John Frazier, a barber employed in Ira Wellman’s shop, died suddenly Saturday morning, at the home of her father, Mr. Lambert, across in Wayne county. She had just arrived there for a short visit and the sudden termination was very unexpected. Mrs. Frazier had been ill of consumption for quite a while, but was not thought to be so near the end of life. She was a good woman, and her early death calls forth much sympathy for the husband and family.

 L. Burk’s little four-year-old daughter died Sunday morning at his home three miles above Louisa, after an illness of only a few hours. The child was apparently in good health until Saturday evening, when it became quite sick, and although everything possible was done for its relief, the little one died the next morning. The parents were almost prostrated by the sad affair, the sudden termination making ‘the shock all the greater and harder to clear. “Link” is an honest, hard working man and a good citizen in every respect. He has many friend and all deeply sympathize with him and his family in their bereavement.


Raven Rock:  The angel of death has again visited our community and taken there-from one its best and oldest mother, Margaret Chaffins, the wife of K. M. Chaffins, Jr., age 73 years. She lived a devoted Christian live, and was a kind and loving mother and loved by all who knew her.



March 17, 1905


Cliff: Mr. Kenas Hackworth, of Bonanza, who has been quite sick for quite awhile of consumption, died last Saturday and was buried Sunday. He left a wife and three small children to mourn his loss.


In Memory: The death angel has again visited this community and taken from our midst one of our best citizens, Samuel W. Burton. He was born Nov 2,  1860, and departed this life Jan. 17, 1905, aged 44 years, 2 months an d15 days. He leaves a wife, nine children and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. He has gone to be with little Jim, his sweet little boy. He was a victim of the dreaded disease consumption. He was converted only a short time before his death. He was laid to rest in the Burton graveyard, where sleeps his mother, five sisters and one brother and a sweet little boy.


Madge: Mrs. Elisha Wellman, who has been ill for some time, departed this life March 13th. She left a husband and five children to mourn the loss.


Judge A. J. Kirk’s brother, Mr. John L, Kirk, of Inez who has been suffering of consumption for some time, passed away a few days ago. Mr. Kirk was one of the most popular men of his county, having served as Sheriff for several times.


John Underwood, aged about 50, who resided near Carter Caves, was instantly killed Tuesday of last week at Carter by the bursting of the burrs of the a grist mill he was operating  at that place. The deceased was one of the best citizens of Carter county and his friends were legion.

2nd article: A sawmill blew up and killed John Underwood, E.L.D. Webb and Fin? Underwood and son went to his home in Carter on an early train this morning.


Peach Orchard: Escum Preston, son of the late Williams H. Preston, died at his mothers home near Richardson March 7th. He leaves a wife but no children.


Buck York, brother of D. L. H. York, of this place, died last week at his home near Clifford.

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The body of Mrs. Talitha Haws arrived here from Kansas City, Monday and was taken to her old home near the mouth of Georges Creek for interment. She was the widow of Capt. Al. Haws and was 76 years of age. He maiden name was Preston. The burial was attended by Mrs. P. ? Vaughan, Mrs. Robt, Dixon and Mrs. O. C. Atkins, of this place, relatives of the deceased.


Mrs. James Ferguson died at her home near Fort Gay Saturday after an illness of consumption. She is survived by her husband and one son, John M. Ferguson. The funeral took place Monday from the residence and was attended by several relatives from this place.


Lewis Castle, while gathering logs to raft near River, Johnson county, was fatally injured by a log rolling over him. He was taken up on the morning train, but died before reaching his home at Muddy Branch, a short distance below Paintsville.


Article Damaged: Ross Rowe Fort Gay meet a terrible and horrific death. He was assisting two mean in lowering the pump… Died… thirty years of age and was only recently married.


Keturah: We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Jane Workman, who moved here from this neighborhood last spring with her husband, Chilton Workman, to Greenbrier county, W. Va, where Mrs. Workman was employed timbering. She was the daughter of  (can’t read) uncle Wm. Harris who died at home on Rove Creek a few years ago.



March 24, 1905


Webbville: Sorry to hear of the death of Uncle Jake Arrington ( not sure if spelled correctly as article faded).


“Tobe” Lampton, of Ashland, took poison and died a few days ago. It is supposed the poison was taken by mistake.


Clifford: List of Departed Friends since our last correspondence:

Mrs Oilista Coley, wife of C. C. Copley, leaves a husband and eight children.

Mrs. Peggie Marcum, wife of Thos. Marcum, leaves a husband and four children.

Mrs. Troba Curry, wife of Morgan Curry, leaves a husband and three children.

Buck York, brother of Dr. York, of Cassville, leaves a wife and children.

Also a small orphan boy died who was taken care of by Leff Boyles.


Pollys Chapel: Died on the fifth, Isabell Hicks. She was a bright young lady and was are sorry to have her taken from us so soon.



March 31, 1905


Clifford: The funeral of Troby Curry will be preached the fourth Sunday in May at his home place.

Also Wayne Jarrel died at his home near the head of Lost Creek last Wednesday leaving and wife and two children. He was buried by the Knights of the Golden Rule of Preston, W. Va.


Mrs. Jas. Billups died at her home near Cassville last Friday, after an illness of several days. Her funeral took place Sunday and was attended by several from this place.


The body of Mrs. Matilda Crager was brought here and taken to her former home on Blaine last Monday for burial. Her death having occurred at West Jefferson, o. Her three sons, Sherman Reuben and J. P. Crager, of Ohio, attended the burial.



APRIL - 1905

April 7, 1905

Mrs. John Wilse Mayo died near Prestonsburg aged 67 years.


At Olive Hill the hand of Providence has deprived five small children of their father and mother in the last three days. Mrs. John Hewlett died of pneumonia. Saturday her husband was stricken with appendicitis and died last night. One child is very sick.


Cliff: Misses Daisy Banks died March 23,


April 14, 1905


Borders Chapel: Morgan Vanhoose, of Patrick, near here died on the 4th inst. of typhoid fever. He was an intelligent young man and we are sorry to lose him.


Upper Lick Creek: The little girl that was burned on January 4th suffered until April 6th over three months and suffered more than tongue could tell. Hulda was a good girl and bore her suffering without a murmur. She was laid to rest on the point overlooking her home.


Mrs. Melvina Stratton Pinson, wife of John H. Pinson, died at her home on Bent Branch, Saturday, of pneumonia. She was only sick a few days. Deceased was about forth years of age, and a most estimable woman.


The funeral of Miss Bessie Keffer, sister of Dr. S. Keffer, of Ashland, was conducted by Rev. P. E. Thornburg, at the family cemetery, near Grayson.


James R. Wellman died Friday morning of last week at his home at this place, He had been a sufferer for several months from consumption, but was able to be up until a short time before his death. He was about thirty -five years of age and an industrious and good citizen. He is survived by his wife who is the daughter of Sam Rose. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon from the Baptist church, Rev. L. M Copley and Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducting the service. The burial was under the auspices of the Junior Order, of which Mr. Wellman was a member.

2nd article: May 12, 1905: Departed this life April 7th, 1905.


Hiram McKenzie, a blacksmith, who formerly lived in Louisa, but moved to Torchlight some months ago, died at that place last Wednesday. He was apparently well Sunday, but was seized with apoplexy and died as above stated. He was 70 years of age and left quite a family.


Miss Gussie Shortridge died at Fallsburg Wednesday evening of consumption. She was the daughter of John W. Shortridge and was quite a successful school teacher. The funeral will take place today at 10 o’clock. Rev. H. B Hewlett will conduct the services.

2nd article: May 12, 1905:

Fallsburg: Gussie Shortbridge, daughter of John Shortridge died the 12th of April after a long linger spell of consumption. Her funeral was preached by Hewlett at the Odd Fellows Hall and a large congregation of people was present.

She was born Dec., the 8th, 1877. Her occupation had been teaching school ever since she was fifteen-years old and having taught schools all along the Big Sandy Valley she was well known and respected by a great number of parents and school children.



People like books have their beginning. Jacob S. Arrington was born December 22, 1836, in Patrick county, Va. Susan E. Arlington, wife of Jacob S. Arrington, was born in the same county October 16, 1834. The were united in marriage on the 22 day of Oct, 1857, by a minister of the Baptist denomination.

Uncle Jacob was converted about five yeas ago and sine that time lived a very pious and devoted life. He had been a good citizen and useful man having served as Deputy County Clerk, a great part of his time since he came to Kentucky.
Aunt Susan was converted and joined the Baptist church near forty years ago, and has lived a consistent Christian life ever since.

Uncle Jacob Arrington died March 14, 1905 aged 68 years, 2 months and 22 days. Aunt Susan died March 18.1905, four days later than her husband, aged 70 years, 5 months and 2 days.

These dear people have raised nine children, four boys and five girls who are among us, good citizens.


Glenwood: We are very sorry to hear of the death of the infant son of L. D. Webb whose spirit was wafted to that bright Celestial shore on the 5th.



April 21, 1905


Busseyville: We were very sorry indeed to hear the death of Mr. R. Hays, which occurred ont he 15th inst. He was buried on Monday of this week, the funeral ties being conducted by Rev. L. C. Talbott.

2nd article. Mr. Martin R. Hayes died last Sunday at his home in Adams, this county, of Bright’s disease. He had been a sufferer from this trouble fro a long time and it had been realized for a few weeks that the crisis was not far away. Mr. Hays was one of the county’s very best citizens. He was thoroughly honest, sober, upright in all his dealings. He enjoyed the respect and confidence of all who knew him. He was an indulgent husband and father and his death is a heavy blow to his family and also to the community in which his life wielded an influence for good. He was a well to do farmer and merchant.


Lick Creek: The sudden death of Jennings Compton which occurred at Portsmouth from typhoid fever was quite a shock to his many friends and relatives at this place.


Lick Creek: The nine year old daughter of Millard Fugitt died at their home Friday morning and was laid to rest in the family graveyard on Reubin.


Morgan Creek: The death angel visited the home of Henry Marcum and took his beloved daughter, Maud.

2nd article: May 12, 1905: Maud was born September 12th, 1889 and died April 15th, 1904. She had long been a sufferer but her death was unexpected so soon. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard where amid nature dust shall be resolved again.



April 28, 1905


Mrs. T. B. Myers ( Lena) died Tuesday night at 12 o’clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Yates, at this place. She had been in ill health for two years of more, being afflicted with tuberculosis and heart disease. She came here several weeks ago from her home at Parkersburg, W. Va. The hopelessness of her condition was realized for some time previous to the end.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at one o’clock from the M. E. Church South. Rev. O. F. Williams the pastor conducted the services. The body was interred in Fulkerson Cemetery.

Mrs. Myers was the oldest of Mr. and Mrs. Yates’ children and the first of their seven to pass into Eternity. Her age was 36 years. Death came to her on the 13th anniversary of her marriage. She leaves a husband and one son, a little boy nine years old. Besides the parents, Lena is survived by one brother, F. H. Yates and five sisters- Mrs. Billie Riffe, Mrs. W. W. Mason, W. E. Eldridge, Mrs. C. T. Reynolds and Miss Lutie Yates.

Mrs. Myers was a member of the Presbyterian Church, having joined in Huntington several years ago.


Charleston W. Va., April 21- the search for the dead bodies in the Kayford mine continued all night. Bert Green, William Allen, Charles Nichols, Ira Nichols and Oscar Crum were found. Two were burned to death. All these men came from Greenup county.


MAY - 1905


May 5, 1905


Mr. Chas. H. Wagner, landlord of the hotel Ventura, Ashland, died Sunday morning after an illness of two months, aged 65 years.


Wal Borders, of Whitehouse, who was deaf and dumb, was on the track near Whitehouse when the extra train No. 137, known as the gravel train, knocked him down and ran over him, cutting off both his legs and crushing his skull, and otherwise injuring him internally. The accident occurred about 3 o’clock Saturday and death followed a few hours later. He was about 50 years of age and leaves two children.

2nd article pg 4- He was a hard working man of excellent character and it was while he was on his way to quarterly meeting at this old home, Borders Chapel that the accident happened. His remains were brought on the Alka Sunday accompanied by his two daughters and several other friends. His funeral was preached by Rev. Wm. Walker after which his remains were deposited in the family burying ground. His wife died about 15 years ago. His aged father and relatives have the condolences of the entire community.


The twelve year old son of Sam Hensley who lives near Cannonsburg  was instantly killed by becoming entangled in the harness on a horse he was riding back to work after the noon hour. It is supposed the boy got off the horse before he got to the field and in trying to climb back, his leg slipped over the trace chain and frightened the horse which ran off and dragged him a distance of several hundred yards.


Joseph Prater, a 50 year old citizen of Greenup was run down by a C. & O. train in that village and was instantly killed. He was intoxicated, had wandered on to the railroad track.


Mrs. George Vanhorn died at Lockwood last Monday night. Her illness was sudden and death followed soon after the attack. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. O’Brien and daughter, Miss Jane, who were closely related to the deceased attended the funeral.


Ulysses: Born, on the 21st inst. to Joe Brown and wife, a girl which only lived a short time, It was buried near their home on the 22nd. Mrs. Brown is very low with lung trouble and is not expected to survive her child.



May 12, 1905


Greenup- Mrs. Sarah Flaugher met death at Portsmith from blood poisoning. While peeling a potatoes she cut a finder and in an hour after she took ill died. Her remains were taken to Mt. Zion, Greenup county.


Lafe Gambill is Shot by Clarence Cooper, Age 19.

On Caines Creek in this county on last Saturday evening Lafe Gambill was shot through the heart by Clarence Cooper.

It seems that there had previously been some ill feeling between them. On this occasion Copper was drunk and Gambill sober. Cooper is said to have leveled his pistol on Gambill and told him not to move or he would kill him. Gambill swung one foot slightly and Cooper sent a ball through the man’s heart, causing instant death. The murderer than made good his escape. It is said Cooper had annoyed Gambill previously the same day by shooting near him.

Cooper is 19 years of age. Gambill was considerably older and leaves a family. $100 reward is offered for Cooper.


The body of Mrs. Eliza Kitchen, wife of Bert Kitchen, formerly of this county, arrived her Saturday morning from Carbondale, W. Va., and was taken to their old home nine mile back of Louisa for interment. The husband and six pall bearers in Golden Eagle Uniform accompanied the remains. By the death of Mrs. Kitchen twins only a few hours old were left motherless.


Jimmie, son of the late Dr. Davis died of spinal trouble and was buried Sunday at Will Johnson graveyard.



May 19, 1905


Killed by a Texas Desperado: Clifford, KY:

At tunnel No. 6 on the N. & W. R. R. at Peters Branch, C. C. Crum, son of James Crum, and employed by the R. R. Co. as an extra gang foreman, was shot and Sunday evening and almost instantly killed by James Powers, who came from Texas about a year ago and has worked on the railroad near here even since.

The murder was committed in cold blood, Powers having secured a relvolver and started out to kill him a man ( he said). Bro. Crum being the first man he met he ordered him to get up the road. Crum said he would obey. Without returning a harsh word he stepped ahead two or three steps when Powers fired on him four times, three shots taking effect, one taking effect in the back of the head, one under the left shoulder and the other in the chin. The dying man turned with innocent look and in words as gentle and soft as those spoken by President Garfield he said “Brother you have killed me,” and falling on the railroad the ties became his dying couch.

C. Crum was a bright loving member of the I. O. O. F. of Dunlow, W. Va., Years ago we learned to love him.

James Powers was arrested at Peters Branch..

Salmon’s three year old boy while eating parched corn the other day became choked while in a glee with the rest of the family and lived only twenty minutes.


Inez:  B. Richmond, of Tomahawk, was called to the death bed of his grandfather, Eli Crum, who died Tuesday.


May 26, 1905


Lowmansville: Died on the 18th inst., Mrs. Nettie Brown of consumption.


Mrs. Williams Philips was struck by lightening at Olive Hill Sunday morning and instantly killed. Her husband was shocked by the bolt.

N. Hambleton, formerly a dealer in monuments in Huntington died last Friday at the home of his daughter in Covington. The funeral took place Sunday from the M. E. Church in Ashland.


Coon Franklin, a young man of Red Bush, Johnson county, suicided a few days ago. The course of love did not run smoothly enough for him, it is said.


Vanceburg, KY, May 22- A child of Boone Reeds age two years, died of spotted fever here yesterday. This is the second death from the dreaded disease here in the past two weeks.


Rev. William Walker, a well know mountaineer preacher, is dead at Madison, W. Va., at an advanced age. He was a preacher in the mountains, covering four or five counties, for more than forty years.


Salyersville, Ky., May 23- D. H. Arnett, once a prominent merchant and timber dealer of Hendricks, this county, died this morning from the effects of a pistol wound inflicted by Mrs. Dora. Arnett, his wife, Sunday. She is in the custody of the jailer and claims the incident was accidental. She was formerly a Miss Thompson of Virginia and her first husband was D. M. Arnett, son of H. G. Arnett, a prominent citizen of this county. She is related to former County Judge J. WIse Hagins of Breathitt county.



JUNE - 1905

June 2, 1905


Inez: Charley, the infant son of Andrew Cain, and grandson of ex-Police Judge K. F. Price, died at the home of the later in this city last Friday. Epilepsy was the cause of death.


Squire Damron Passes Away: Mr. Samuel Damron died at his home in Fort Gay, W. Va., opposite Louisa, on Thursday evening of last week. He had contracted pneumonia about ten days before, and owing to his advanced age, recovery was almost despaired of by the family and friends from the time the nature of the disease was apparent. Mr. Damron was 93 years old and was remarkably active. His fatal illness was the result of assisting in cleaning out the well on his place.

The funeral took place Saturday at ten o’clock from the residence. Rev. Burwell Akers conducted the services. It was largely attended.

Mr. Damron was one of the most highly respected citizens of his country. He was a man of strictest integrity and his worth was recognized by all who knew him.

He was the father of Mrs. Polly Vinson, widow of Hon. S. S. Vinson. Mrs. James A. Hughes was his grand-daughter. The were with him during his illness. Mr. Damron’s sons and a number of grand-children were also present at his funeral.

Deceased was industrious and economical and had accumulated considerable property.


June 9, 1905

Judge J. D. Ross

Last Monday, August 20th, 1894, the grim master of death entered our midst and claimed for his victim, one of the oldest and grandest men J. D. Ross, aged eighty- six years, three months and six days.
He was born in Rockbridge Co., Va., May 14, 1808, married Miss Susan Lockwood, in 1833. After her death he married Miss Martha Leslie, in 1858, who still survives him.

By the two marriages, he had seventeen children, which he raised to man and womanhood, ninety-three grand-children; and thirty-three great grandchildren; making a total of his own progentry, one hundred and forty-three souls.  Fourteen are at the present time living in Boyd and adjoining counties. His eldest son, Capt. Jacob Ross, of Company K 45th Ky., died during the war, from the effects of exposure. Two daughters died after attaining womanhood. In addition to the seventeen children of his own, he raised three orphan children.

While in the full vigor of manhood he was elected to the Legislature from this district, after which he served the people of this county, as County Judge, two terms. We are reliably informed that he was Boyd County’s first judge, and by his judicious and wise administration of the affairs of the county.

He was laid to rest in the family graveyard on his farm.


Torchlight: Zat Stansbury died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Wm. Wooten. He died of consumption. He was able to go about until 3 days before his death. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved relatives and many friends.



June 16. 1905



The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Yontz died at the home of L. E. Bennett Friday evening. It was only sick a few hours and its death unexpected. The remains were taken to Mrs. Yontz’ home near Gallup for interment.


On last Tuesday Mont Chaffin was found dead on Pigeon Creek about two miles from Naugatuck and it was found that a ball from his own Winchester had ended his life. A coroners jury rendered a verdict of suicide.


A disastrous train freight wreck occurred in the tunnel at Dingess last week. when freight train No. 70 n charged of engineer Fink, ran into a work train. Two men were killed and several seriously injuted. George Salmon who resided at Webb, a small station on the Big Sandy division sustained injuries that resulted in death two hours after the accident occurred.


Bill Burgess (col.) brother of Harry Burgess of this place, died Monday at his home a few miles above town.


A memorial service was held, Mrs. Nannie Freese Watson have died since last meeting.


Jordan H. Cox died Tuesday morning at his home in Louisa, after a long illness. Rheumatism and spinal trouble caused his death and had kept him confined to the house since last September. He was one of our oldest citizens and a veteran of the Civil War. He was in his 76th year. A wife and three children survive him. They are Ed Cox, of Oklahoma, Chas. Cox and Mrs. Georga Carter, for Kansas. Misses Lizzie and Vessie Ward, of this place were his grandchildren. The burial took place Wednesday in a Pine Hill Cemetery.


Boons Camp: Died, recently Nannie Lee, the 5 year child of W. G. Wells, Sr. Also Miss Annie Standifur daughter of Mrs. Rachel Staudifur ( not difference in spelling with each listing) of Upper Greasy.


June 23, 1905


Died at her home near East Point, Mrs. Cora Auxier, wife of Will Auxier. The deceased is the daughter of the late Hamilton Price.


After a long illness, Mrs. Conley, widow of B. H. Conley, died at Paintsville last Friday night. Her husband’s death occurred last September. Four children are left.


Death: Claims Two Good Citizens, One as the Result of a Dose of Poison:

On Tuesday of this week two of Lawrence county’s best citizens passed to their reward. James “Slasher” Carter died on the morning of that day and John Curnutte in the evening. Mr. Carter lived near Yatesville, and Mr. Curnutte on Horseford Branch, about seven miles below Louisa.

Mr. Carter was in his 82nd year. His fatal illness was of about three weeks duration, and the exact nature of it is not known. His extreme age was doubtless the chief cause of his death. The body was taken to the family burying ground at his former home near Prosperity on Wednesday, where the interment was made that afternoon in the presence of a large number of people.

We have heard the opinions expressed that Lawrence county never had a better citizen, one to whom fewer faults were charged, than Mr. Carter. He was one of the those industrious, progressive and substantial citizens whose life and influence count for so much in the community. It is difficult to estimate the value of such life as his. Mr. Carter leaves a wife and several sons and daughters.

Mr. John H. Curnutte was also a valuable citizen, who life might well be followed as an example by the younger generation. He was about 75 years of age.

The particulars surrounding his death are very sad. He died as the result of a dose of strychnine, taken by mistake. Death resulted in a very short time. It is said that he and his wife had prepared two dosed of quinine to that that night. They also had some poison put up in about the same way, and when Mr. Curnutte thought he was getting the quinine he got the poison and swallowed it. The fatal error was not discovered until the strychnine had done its deadly work. Mrs. Curnutte was almost prostrated by the sad accident.

The body was taken to Mr. Curnutte’s former home at Prosperity for interment.

Mr. Curnette was an exemplary citizens in all respects. He was thoroughly respected by all who knew him, and was regarded as one of the best citizens of Lawrence county. Mr Curnette, formerly a resident of the Brushy fork of Blaine and lived near the mouth of Horseford on the North Side of Blaine. After being left a widow he came down her six or seven years ago and married the widow Abigal Skeens, mother of Add Skeens the Lawrence County Court Clerk.

2nd article: July 7, 1905. John H. Curnette died 21st of June. He was about 68 years old, born and raised in Lawrence county, Ky. , on the Brushey fork of Blaine. He was twin brother of David. T. Curnette, of Paintsville.



June 30, 1905


Webbville: Uncle Jim Carter died Tuesday and buried by Masonic Order next day. ( also see article from 6/23/1905)

2nd article: About 3 o’clock p.m. of the 20th June, 1905, departed. He was about 82 years old, was born and raised in Lawrence county, Ky., near Hoods fork of Big Blaine. He raised a large family of most intelligent children of which Dr. Jay Carter of Fallsburg, is the youngest son living. John Calvin his little baby boy died only when five or six years old. His illness was of short duration


Mrs. Schmauch, wife of Deputy Sheriff Schmauch, of Ashland died of apoplexy after an illness of only fifteen minutes.


Jas. McCormick died at his home at Rush last week after an illness of only three day. Three years ago he moved to Rush from Denton and has been conducting a general merchandising store. He was about forty years old and leaves a wife and three children.

F. Smith died at his home in Russell after a lingering illness, aged about twenty years. Mr. Smith’s illness dates back about two years when he was severely injured on the C.& O. railroad since which time he has been gradually failing in health.


Mr. L. S. Stringfellow Breathes HIs Last in a Western Car:

A telegram received a few days ago from some point in Montana told very briefly the sad news of the death of Mr. Louis S. Stringfellow. Death came to him on a train upon which he was a passenger, en-route to the home of the of his mother, who lives in that State. He almost reached his destination when the final summons came.

He hd been suffering from tuberculosis fro several months and the ravages of the the terrible disease finally brought him to realize that he would be compelled to seek a more favorable climate. He told his wife and two children in Whitehouse good bye in search of better health. Mr. Stringfellow was a railroad man and married to Miss Fannie Spencer of this place. To them have been born two little daughters, the younger only being a few days old when the father departed.


Ratcliff: Died on the 22nd the little two year old of Hiram Bently. The remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground attended by a large crowd.


JULY 1905


July 7, 1905


Prestonsburg: July 3- James Hales who had been confined to his bed for several months with consumption, died at his home this morning. Mr. Hale was 16 years old, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Hale and a most worthy man.


Paintsville: The many friends of Miss Grace Conley, of Jennie’s Creek, will be pained to learn of her death on Saturday last, of typhoid fever. She was Bro. J. E. Conley’s daughter.


Obituary: On Saturday morning June 17 as the sunshine was sending its rays through the home of Capt. O. M. Frasher, the Angel of death came and took from that home the husband and father, and the spirit took its flight to the glory land. Born August 28, 1837. He married Eda Stone about 40 years ago and to this union were born eleven children, seven boys and five girls, of which only seven survive him four boys and three girls. He was a loving husband, a dear father, and kind neighbor in the noblest sense.

2nd article 7/21/1905: Departed this life June 17, 1904, Oliver M. Frashier ( note different spelling from above article of last name) aged 67 years, 10 months and 11 days. he left a wife and 7 children, four boys and 3 girls. He was born and raised in Lawrence county, Ky. He served during the war of 1861 as Captain of Co., C:14 Kentucky Inft. He was married to Eda A. Stone, a sister of Marion Stone, of Louisa who is his surviving widow. He was the oldest brother of Rev. A. J Frashier, formerly of this county.


July 14, 1905

The widow of Moore Compton died on Lick Creek Tuesday at an advanced age. She was a sister of Rev. John R. Chapman.


 Thos. D. Burgess, Jr.

Died on the night of July 8th, Thomas D. Burgess, Jr., and the seven month-old son of Dr. and Mrs. Th. D. Burgess, of Matewan, W. Va. The body was brought to Louisa and now rests in Fulkerson Cemetery.

The funeral took place Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the resident of Augustus Sndyer. The services were conducted by Rev. O. F. Williams of this place, and Rev. Holbrook, from Matewan, both of the M. E. Church South. Had an illness of three weeks with inflammation of the stomach and bowels.



July 21, 1905



Miss Alice Roe, daughter of the late Geo. E. Roe, well known in Louisa, recently died at her home in Greenup.


Lick Creek: Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Granville Thompson and took from the family circle Mrs. Thompson’s mother, Mrs. Ellen Compton. She had suffered for a long time. Aunt Ellen ( as she was commonly called) was 77 years old. We believe now she is enjoying the sweet rest which is for the faithful.


The wife of Rev. Caudill, who was formerly pastor of the Baptist Church at this place, died at Huntington Wednesday. Mr. Caudill is a pastor of a a church at that place.


W. Fitzgerald, aged about sixty years, died at his home in the “Italy” suburb of Louisa Monday night of hemorrhage of the lungs, and was buried Wednesday near Wade Muncey’s. Mr. Fitzgerald was a quiet good citizen, known to many of our citizens as the mail collector who succeeded Henderson Hale. He leaves a widow and several children.

2nd article: July 28, 1905: Rev. G. W. died at his home. He leaves a wife and, three boys and one girl to mourn their loss. He was laid to rest in the Simpson graveyard in Smokey Valley. Burial services conducted by Rev. C. L. Diamond.



Martelia Picklesimer, died at the residence of her father, John Picklesimer, Tuesday morning. She had suffered with consumption a long time and death was doubtless a glad relief. During her last illness she was tenderly nursed and cared for by her aged parents and the relatives, everything possible be done for her. She was about 50 years old and was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery.



July 28, 1905


Obituary: On the morning of June 23rd, 1905 the soul of little Clyde Derefield took the flight to the that better land. He was the infant son of George and Delilah Derefield. He was born Jan. 15th, 1905 and died June 23rd, aged 5 months, 8 days. He was the only grandson of Rev. R. H. Cassidy.

He was laid to rest in the Garred- Short cemetery. Burial services were conducted by Bro. John Short assisted the writer ( Thomas G. Clay).


The funeral of the wife and three daughters of Sam Rose will be preached at his home on Twin Branch the last Saturday in September at 11 o’clock a. m. by Wm. Copley and H. B. Hulett.


Last Thursday, Miss Eula Hensley, of Chaffee, died at the home of Albert Stewart. The funeral and burial occurred at Kavanaugh Chapel.


AUGUST - 1905 


August 4, 1905


Red Jacket: On the night of Monday, July 24, the death angel visited the home of Samual Casey and took from him his beloved wife. Her maiden name was Sarah Mitchell and she was born in 1882 and was married to Samuel in 1899, leaving two babies to mourn their loss. The bereaved husband is a son of Jasper Casey and was born and reared near Fallsburg, Ky.


Wilton: Robert, On the 25th, Robert,  the five … ( can’t read -damaged) baby of J. B. Brown.


August 11, 1905


The wife of Henry Issacs died at her home on Lick creek a few days ago, of consumption. She was an excellent woman, highly respected by her neighbors. She was the mother of Mrs. J. C. Bussey, of this place.

 R. B. Chapman Died:

The passing of Mr. George Chapman, which occurred about 7 o’clock Wednesday evening, removes a well known figure from Louisa. Born near Louisa, nearly seventy-seven years ago he had never, so far as we know, lived anywhere else. He was an officer in the 14th Kentucky Infantry and was at the famous battle of Middle Creek. After his army service was over he opened a general store in Louisa, and for many years was a successful merchant and trader. His first wife was Mrs. Permelia (could be Permedia) Jones, a daughter of the late Thomas Wallace. Much later in life he married Mrs. Lou Tennant of Ashland. At the time of Mr. Chapman’s death he and Mrs. Chapman were living in the property purchased from A. J. Loar, and from it his wasted body was carried to Pine Hill yesterday afternoon.

For many years Mr. Chapman has been in poor health, often confined to his bed, but his indomitable will and untiring energy and industry caused him to be up and out when he should have been taking a rest.

He was a man of the strictest integrity, scrupulously exact in this dealings. To his kink he was ever helpful and in his death the lose a friend indeed.

James, the only brother lived in Paris, Illinois and there are two surviving sisters, Mrs. Wooten and Mrs. Winfield Castle. In his widow, Mr Chapman had a most devoted wife. She was his constant companion nursing and caring for him with untiring patience and attention. To her and the other relatives we tender our sincere sympathy.

The burial service was conducted by Rev. O. F. Williams, of the M. E. Church South.



August 18, 1905


Vessie: The little eleven-months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Author Ratcliffe died last Thursday and was buried Friday in the Coburn grave-yard to rest till the resurrection morn.


Yatesville: Died on the 7th inst., Miss Miram Yates at the age of 65. She was followed to her last resting place by a large concourse of friends and relatives who deplore their untimely loss, which beyond a doubt is her external gain. Miram had been a very zealous worked in the Baptist church for many years. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Adam Harmon, the discourse on the occasion being very impressive. The aged mother of the deceased who had reached the age of 85, is very low at this time.

( See article below for 9/15/1905 on mothers death)

2nd article: August 25, 1905: Departed this life August 7th. Louisa M. Yates. She was born in Pike county, Ky., December 14, 1841 and moved with her parents to Lawrence county where she lived a peaceful life until her death. She was never married and always lived at home. She was the oldest daughter of James and Pauline Yates. She was an obedient child to her parents and loved and respected by all who knew her. She left a mother, two brothers and two sisters and many friend to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest in the Bradley graveyard. The burial services were conducted by Rev. Adam Harmon.


Gallup: Died on the 23rd of July, Miss Onolda Fortner, daughter of Aaron and Rebecca Fortner, after an illness of about four years. She was 29 years old. She bore her illness with great patience. Three days before her death she took a walk and immediately afterward became seriously ill and died three days afterward.

Miss Nolda had been a Christian for fifteen years. She was always in church when her health would permit it. Her Christian brothers and sisters will miss her. She was a good moral girl, kind to her parents and brothers and sisters and to all who she meet. She leaves a mothers and a brother to mourn their loss, but she has gone to join her father and sister gone on before.


Potter: The infant boy child of Rev. L. G. Wallace and wife died on July 29th, after a few days of suffering.


Fallsburg: The son of Richard Loar, colored who came up from Catlessburg sick died last week and was buried near W. T. Kane’s place.


Mattie: Died Tuesday evening, Aug. 9, Claiborne Castell, aged seventy-eight years. Bro. Castell had long been waiting for the summons that would call him from the church militant to the church trumphant. He leaves several sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. His wife proceeded him to the better land about eighteen years ago.


Cadmus: Died Tuesday evening August 7th, Mem Yates, sister to John and George Yates. Mrs Emma Marcum and Mrs. Lovejoy. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard.


Georges Creek: Born to Jas. Boyd and wife, on the 6th inst. a girl, but lived only one day.


Pikeville, August 14, Miss Hattie Williamson, daughter of the late Taylor Wiliamson of Big Shoal Branch, a few mile below here, committed suicide Monday by drinking poison. She had been infatuated with one John Damron, the same man whose peculiar fascinations caused a Miss Gunnells, of the same vicinity to commit suicide.


Paintsville: Last week, at Ratcliffe, a short distance above here. Hardin Sullivan was shot and killed by Harrison Sowards. Sullivan was endeavoring to shoot a young man named Vanhoose, which Sowards undertook to prevent, when he turned on Sowards and fired shattering his knee. As Mr. Sowards fell he raised his gun and fired shooting Sullivan through the heart killing him instantly.



August 25, 1905



Boons Camp: Two deaths have occurred here the last week. Mrs. Mary Murray, aged 84, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Branham, and buried at the old Ward cemetery at the mouth of Greasy, and Mrs. Jno. C. Mollett died of consumption and was buried same day (Monday) at Mollett graveyard near Three Forks. The cause of the first was old age.


Wilton: Hamp Smith has died.


Walbridge: The death and burial of Mr. Clem O’Neal was sad news to our community. The bereaved relatives have our sympathy.

2nd article: After a lingering illness which he patiently bore, Mr. D. C. ( “Clem”) O’Neal died at the residence of his father near Busseyville last Saturday. He was buried in the Vinson burial ground on the Point Sunday by the side of his wife, formerly Miss Lizzie Vinson, who died at Bowling Green a few years ago. Mr. O’Neal leaves seven children to mourn the loss of a father, whose death makes them orphans. He was a lawyer by profession, but on account of bad health had not been in active work for some time. He was a sober, good citizen and will be missed by many relatives and friends. He was a brother of W. D. O’Neal a prominent attorney of this place, He was about 41 years of age. The funereal was largely attended and the services were conducted by Revs. William Jarrell and S. F. Reynolds.


The wife of Ben Martin died Sunday. It well remember that on the 15th of July she took a big does of morphine and from the effects of this she never recovered.


Vinson Wray, youngest son of Will Wray of Catlessburg died suddenly at Gallipolis, Ohio, where he had been taken for treatment. After the death of his wife, who was Miss Lizzie Bromley, of Cassville, and one of the prettiest girls in the Sandy Valley, Mr. Wray and his children made their home with Mr. and Mrs. Z. C. Vinson of Catlettsburg. The funeral of the boy occurred in that city Monday. His aunt and uncle, Dr. Bromley and wife attended the burial. A brother and sister survive the deceased.


While repairing telephone lines at Catlettsburg Tuesday, Fred Hooper from Tennessee, fell from the top of a pole to the ground, a distance of forty five feet, receiving injuries from which he died.


Robert Anderson of Ashland, was run over by a train on the Lexington division of the C. & O. near the tunnel Tuesday night. His mangled body was found laying near the track, and was brought in by the crew of No. 24, and was at once taken to Kings’ Daughters’ Hospital. Both legs were cut off below the knee and he never rallied, but died Wednesday morning at 6 o’clock.




September 1, 1905


John W. Mahan, an old resident and prominent citizen of Catlettsburg died at Charleston, W. Va., last Saturday. He was well known in timber and lumbar circles.


Mrs. John M. Spradlin, of Johnson county, met a horrible death near Paintsville, last Saturday. Accompanied by her son, Walter, she had started to Morgan county, and when near Hager Hill the horse became frightened and dashed over a precipice, killing Mrs. Spradlin instantly. Her son jumped and escaped injury. She was a prominent and worthy woman, deeply regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends.


We have just learned that Mrs. Jane Carter, widow of “ Slasher” Jas. Carter, whom we spoke of starting the middle of Sept., with her daughter, Mrs. Belle Hall, for Los Angeles, Ca., died from the effects of a dose of laudanum at her home on Poorhouse Branch. She only survived her husband two months and seven days.

2nd article: Mrs Jane Carter, died at her home near Cat’s fork, of Blaine died last Saturday. She had been suffering a good deal all day with something like flus. Some time during the afternoon, unknown to others of the family, she took a dose of laudanum, evidently for the relief of pain attendant upon her trouble. The exact amount of the drug is known only by what the family knew was in the bottle and what was left. The quantity must have been considerable for the unfortunate woman never awoke from the sleep in which she was found, although every effort was made to save her life. She was buried Monday on the hill overlooking the town of Fallsburg. Mrs. Carter had disposed of most of her property and intended to go to California this fall. She was about 66 years old.

3rd article: 9/8/1905: Born January 19, 1839 and departed August 27th, 1905, aged 66 years, 7 months and 8 days. She was the daughter of Bill McGuire, born and raised in Pike county, Ky. She was converted while very young being a member of the M. E. Church South. She lived a devoted christian life. She had been married three times. Her first husband was Thomas Shortridge, a brother of J. W. Shortridge, of Louisa, and to that union there was one child born, Mrs. Belle Hall, of Los Angeles, CA., her last huband was uncle “Slasher” James Carter, who preceded her to the good world just two months and seven days.


The wife of Joe Moore died at Mattie a few days ago. She was a daughter of W. H. C. McKinster.


The young child of Bert Pickrell died last Friday morning and was buried at Pine Hill. The child had been feeble since its birth about a year ago.


Mrs. Pauline Yates, widow of Uncle Jimmy Yates, died at her home on Morgan’s creek Wednesday night. She was very old being in the neighborhood of 90 years and died of the infirmities attendant upon such extreme longevity. She was an aunt of John Shortridge, of the Arlington.

2nd article: September 15, 1905: Departed this life August 30th, 1905, Aunt Paulina Yates. She was 84 years, 10 months and 2 days old. She was the widow of James Yates and mother of John and George Yates, of Yatesville. She survived her oldest daughter, Louisa M. Yates, just 23 days. She was a good old lady, a kind mother and a good neighbor, loved, honored and respected by all that knew her. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 40 years and lived a devoted christian life. She left four children, two sons and two daughters, and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a mother and friend, but it is a consolation to know that we do not mourn as those that have no hope. Weep not Maggie and Emma, Georg and John your dear mother is singing a son of redemption and resting her happy soul in the sunshine of heaven.

Aunt Paulina was laid to rest in the Bradley graveyard. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Sie Marcum and R. F. Marcum.



September 8, 1905


Adams: Died on the 2nd, a little girl of Richard Thompson


Killed a Woman: Jesse Browning recently show and fatally wounded Mary McNeely on Tug river in this county, near the Martin county line. She died from the wound a few days ago. Browning escaped but a man thought to be the murderer has been arrested at Lexington.

Browning and the woman had been living together for some time and on the occasion of the shooting she was in the company of another man. This so angered Browning that he shot her, the ball entering her neck, cutting her tongue in two and coming out her check.

It is said that Browning had held the woman almost slave for a long time, locking her in a house when going away. On such occasion he left her a supply of bread and water upon which to subsist until he returned. The woman was very much afraid of Browning and the fatal ending of the tragedy shows how well founded were her fears.


Issac Ogle, an old and respected citizen of Bear Creek, aged 84 years, died Wednesday and was buried Thursday in the family burying ground near his home.


Buchanan: The sudden death of E. P. Morriis the railroad contractor who died last week was quite a shock to his many friends of this place. Mr. Morriss with his wife was located her several months this summer and while here have made a host for friends who were pained to her of his death at Hatfield. His remains were taken over the N. and W to his old home near Lynchburg, Va., for interment.


Patrick: On Sunday morning about two o’clock it pleased God in his infinite wisdom to call Morgaine Price from this world to the land of the blest. She had been suffering for some time with bone cancer, and in so much pain that doubtless death was to hear a welcome visitor. She leaves a number of brothers and sister to mourn their loss. The interment took place Monday at the Hinkle cemetery.



September 15, 1905


East Point: Carl, the little son of Rufus Blackburn, died last week of fever and brain trouble. He had been sick for four months.


Mr. T. M. Layne, of Laynesville, died Tuesday morning at 4 o’clock, at the King Daughters’ Hospital, his death being due to pneumonia. He came to the hospital for treatment about a week ago, and was doing nicely until Monday, when pneumonia developed and the best medical aid was unable to check the disease. Mr. Layne was an uncle of Dr. P. C. Layne, of this city and was one of the leading men in the Sandy Valley. He was 63 years of age, and is survived by his wife and large family of children. The body was taken to Laynesville.


Ulysses: Monroe Castle, of Lowmansville, died of dysentery last Thursday. He was sick only one week. He leaves a bride of but four weeks. Also father, mother, sisters and brothers to weep because he is gone. He was married to Miss Bessie Hale, of Lowmansville about one month ago. The bereaved friends have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.


The Miss Helton… (damaged and can’t read) shot herself died Sunday night.


Did not see this previous obit but there is a card of Thanks:

From the depths of our hearts we wish to thank those who so kindly assisted us in every possible way during the death of our darling son and brother, Millard and most especially do we wish to thank Dr. L. B. Dean, who kindness will never be forgotten. Rufus Diamond and Family.

 H. Loar Passes Away:

The News regrets to announce the death of Mr. P. H. Loar formerly of this place. The sad event occurred at the residence of his brother Andrew, in Huntington, Thursday, and the funeral will be held in that city at 10 o’clock.

“ Bud” Loar, as he was more familiarly called and known, was born on a farm just below Cassville about fifty-three years ago. Shortly after reaching manhood he and his brother Andrew went into trade in Louisa, and for many years conducting a thriving business. They had a large general store, and also dealt largely in timber and other products in this section. They made considerable money, holding everything in common and keeping no accounts between themselves. Mr. Loar never married, but was devoted itself to the children of his brother. He had been in bad health for several years, spending much of his time in the southwest in the vain hope of staying the progress of that great destroyer, consumption. Those who knew him best will greatly miss him.


This community was started to hear Thursday afternoon that “Dol” Branham, one of the most prominent and substantial citizens in this county was dead. According to the best information we can get Mr. Branham had complained a little Sunday of not being very well, bit it caused no uneasiness. Yesterday he fell to the ground and died almost instantly.

Mr. Branham lived in Rockcastle creek for many years, all his life we believe, and was known to our people as an industrious, sober and intelligent citizen. He was a leading Democrat, and a force in a district large Republican. He was kindly and hospitable in nature and in all respects a citizen of who any community would be proud. He was probably fifty-five or sixty years of age.


Mattie: Died, Minnie Moore, wife of Joseph Moore, Minnie had suffered with typhoid fever for several weeks. She and her tiny infant were buried in the same coffin. Mother and baby died Saturday. The latter only living about one and a half hours. Just as the sun went down the mother joined the little spirit which had only preceded her a few hours. They were laid to rest in the family burying ground on Sunday afternoon. Rev. James Moore spoke lovingly and tenderly of the life of Minnie. Departed this life life August 26, 1905. Minnie became a member of the M. E. Church South when young.


Vessie: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Miller died last Thursday and was buried Friday. Mrs. Miller is dangerously ill.



September 22, 1905


Patrick: Last week Forrest Preston, son of Etch Preston, was killed at Thurmond W. Va., supposed by a runaway motor. Was sent here by express the interment taking place Saturday. Particulars of the death are unknown at the time of this writing. His body was badly mangled.


Shadrach Casebolt, one of Ashland’s oldest and wealthiest citizens, died in that city last Monday evening, after an illness of many months. Mr. Casebolt was 81 years of age and was born in Pike county.


Epp, the son of Shade Ward, died last Wednesday. He leaves one sone, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss.


Muncey: Obit of a esteemed citizen who was 78 years old and leaves a second wife and ? children. He died near his old home. ( article damaged so unable to read name or full obit)



September 29, 1905



Jim Galloway was found dead near the C. & O. track in Hampton City Saturday morning. It is supposed that he was struck by the gravel train which passes here at 11 o’clock at night. After the coroner’s inquest the body was removed to R. A. Kilgore’s undertaking establishment and prepared for burial. The deceased was the brother of Mrs. Jno. Crow, who lives on Catletts creek.


Paintsville: A message has just reached here of the death of Thomas S. Kirk in Colorado where he went several weeks ago in search of health. The cause of his death was diabetes, with which he had been afflicted for about a year.

Mr. Kirk represented this district in the Legislature and later in the Senate, whe he finally became leader of the Republican minority. He retired a few years ago to accept the position of attorney for the C. & O. railway at this place, which position he was holding at the time of his death. He leaves a widow and one child. His widow is postmaster at this place, Mr. Kirk was a brother of Judge A. J. Kirk,

of Inez.


Mrs. Lizzie Burgess Johnson, widow of the late Asbury Johnson, died at at her home in Woodston, Kansas, a few days ago. She and her husband, who was a brother of George F. Johnson, deceased were formerly residents of this county.


Another Old Citizen Dead:

It was with painful surprise that this community heard that Burt Hutchinson was dead. Aged man and minister of the Gospel as he was, many times a father and grandfather, we can only think and speak of him as “Burt”. Such was the genial, happy disposition of the dead preacher, so ready and sympathetic with his greeting, so jovial and hearty his manner, that reserved and dignity vanished at this coming.  We believe he was born in Scott county, Va.

This was in 1832, and for many years he was a citizen and businessman of this town. His first wife was Miss Lou Miller, of Marion, O., and to them six children were born. She died in Louisa. His second wife, who survives him, was Miss Ellen Davis, and to them also were six children given. The surviving children are Lon, of Huntington, Will of Ashland, and Gould, of Clarksburg, W. Va., Mrs Maggie Tyree and Mrs. George Mason of Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Tom Jones of Portsmouth. Mrs. Tyree is the widow of Frank Tyree, who was drowned near Pikeville some years ago. Mrs. Mason and her mother were at Joe Hutchinson’s near Louisa when the dreadful news came Tuesday morning that the beloved father and husband had without warning gone to meet the God he served so long and so well. He has hurried to the Big Sandy train when it stopped at Hampton on its way to Louisa and just as he was putting some letters in the mail car he threw up his hands, fell backwards and expired. He was an active Mason, and the fraternity had charge of the interment which occurred at Catlettsburg yesterday afternoon.


Keturah: The subject of our sketch is Miss Fanny D. Fugate. Born in Pike co. Ky., July 26, 1889, and reared to almost womanhood, she moved with her parents to Lawrence county, March 10, 1904 to rear with the forks of Catt. She was of a bright sunny disposition and soon won the hearts of a large circle of friends. She was a favorable and a leader in the community. Her sickness was about of 8 weeks. She departed this life September, 16, 1905, about 5 o’clock p.m. at the age of 16 years, one month and 21 days. She was buried in their home graveyard by Revs. A. Harmon and R. H. Cassady.


OCTOBER - 1905


October 6, 1905


Charley: The funeral of Issac Pack was largely attended last Sunday.


Ulysses: Mrs. Clara Chandler has just returned from Tom’s creek, where she was called on account of the sickness and death of her sister, Mrs. Alafare Stambough, who died last Saturday.


Beckham Shannon aged four years, died at the residence of her mother, on Lick Creek, near Mary’s Chapel, recently. His disease was dropsy. Died on Saturday September 30th.


Another Old Citizen Dead:

R. Wilson, better known as Ramsay Wilson, died in Louisa yesterday morning of consumption. He had been in bad health for a long time, but had been confined to bed only about a couple of weeks. The interment will occur this afternoon at one o’clock at the Fulkerson graveyard. Mr. Wilson was well known in this vicinity. He was the son of “Uncle” Charley Wilson and was one of six brothers, two of whom are living. These are Mordecal of this place, and James, of Wayne county, W. Va., He had been married five times and leaves numerous children and grandchildren. Mr. Wilson was a man of integrity and great personal courage. He was a private in the 14th Kentucky infantry, serving through the war and while a soldier receiving disabilities for which he drew quite a liberal pension. He was about 67 years of age and leaves a widow.


Dr. Williams whose death in Catlettsburg is noted elsewhere, was an uncle of Mrs. Wade, Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Miller of this city. The attended the funeral.

2nd article: Dr. N. K. Williams of Louisa street, died Sunday evening after a illness of three weeks. He was stricken with paralysis three weeks ago and has been critically ill up to the time of his death. Dr. Williams is a native of Flat Gap, Johnson county, Ky., where he lived until the past two years when he moved to Willard and came here from there where he resided the past year. He had been a practicing physician for over twenty years and was considered an adept in his profession.


John Craig, the 3 months-old sone of Mr. and Mrs. Craig, of Spring Street, was found dead in bed Monday morning. The coroner’s verdict was that the little fellow was suffocated. Mrs. Craig is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benton Wellman, of the South End, and death has been a frequent visitor in their family recently, this being the third grandchild taken in the past three months.



October 13, 1905



“ Uncle” Jim Delong one of Floyd county’s oldest citizens, died at his home near East Point, at the age of 92 years.


East Point:

Levi Johnson died Oct. 2 of pneumonia and typhoid fever and was buried Oct., 4, by the Masons, as he was a member of that order. He was an enterprising merchant, a kind father and loving husband. He was liked by everybody. He was thirty years old and leaves a widow and six children and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He was a son of James Johnson, of Buffalo, Ky.

Also James Wells died last week of typhoid fever.

Also Miss Flora Collins died of typhoid fever last week.


Twins a boy and a girl, were born to Rev. H. R. Hulette and wife Monday. The boy only lived a short time.


 October 20, 1905


 Clyde Waldeck Thompson:

Rev. O. F. Williams conducted the services as the burial of little Clyde Thompson, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson.


James Damron, whose home was in Laynesville, Floyd county, was accidentally killed at Williamson last Thursday. He was a a car repairer and was working in the railroad yard about a mile form town, where the accident occurred. He was making some repairs on a car when in some way he was caught between two moving cars and was squeezed to death dying almost instantly. His body was brought to Louisa Friday afternoon by a delegation from the Order of Car Repairers of which he was a member, and was taken to Laynesville on No. 38, where his father, Wright Damron, now resides. Damron was 20 years of age and single. On the morning of the day he met his untimely end the young man had been importuned to take some insurance in the Order to which he belonged, and said he would when he came back from work at night.



October 27, 1905


The death of Mrs. Neil Frazier of Cassville, which occurred last week was very sudden. She seemed in her usual good health and ate a hearty supper, not many hours afterward she was death. She leaves a husband and a large family of children all of who but two are married.


Frank Branham, A Prominent Citizen of Lawrence County, Fatally Injured.

Monday about one o’clock in the presence of a large number of people, a shocking accident occurred near the Court House, whereby Frank Branham, one of the best known men in this county, lost his life. He was standing on a sidewalk in front of the Court House and not far above the front gate, talking with Garfield Moore. While thus engaged a horse attached to a “buggy” dashed around the church corner at full speed. Most of the “crowd” scattered but Mr. Branham, who had a buggy whip in his hand, started with the evident intention of trying to stop the frightened animal. Just about this time the buggy was dashed against a tree, releasing the horse. The animal fell upon Branham, throwing him against the iron fence and then according to most of the on-lookers it fell, as one man expressed if, all over the unfortunate man. Dozens ran to Mr. Branham’s assistance  and he was given every possible attention. Drs. J. C. Bussey and I. ( or L?) Dean and Dr. Wooten rendered first aid to the injured man and he was carried to the residence of his brother-in- law, Bert Shannon, where in spite of all that could be done he died about three o’clock Tuesday morning, never spoken or regained consciousness. When picked up he was bleeding profusely from a large would near the top of his head and blood came in a large amount from both ears. He was also injured internally, but to what extent it could not be ascertained. News of the terrible accident was rapidly conveyed to Mrs. Branham and she was speedily at her husband’s bedside, but the poor woman was not recognized by the man who had only a few hours previous left her in health and strength. The internment occurred at the Shannon burial ground on Lick Creek.

Mr. Branham was about 42 years of age and left a widow, a daughter of the late Andy Shannon, and four children. He was a man of sobriety, industry and integrity a good man and citizen, and his shocking and untimely death is greatly deplored in this community.

2nd article: November 17, 1905-died on Oct. 23, member of the M. E. Church for more than twenty years.



Suicide: Last Monday week Mrs. Nancy Moore, wife of Freeland Moore, living near Fallsburg, this county, drank carbolic acid and died shortly after swallowing the deadly draught. It appears that Mrs. Moore, who had been sick for some days, knew that there was a bottle of carbolic acid in the house, it having been prescribed and used for some ailment suffered by a a member of the family, and on the day she took the poison asked some one where it was. After taking she told another member of the family what she had done, and upon being told that is would kill her she said she was glad of it. She was about 46 years of age and leaves six children.There were no domestic troubles and it is thought that temporary insanity caused the unfortunate woman to end her life. Departed October, 1905 ( can’t read day). She was a niece of old Bro. Sperry, who was well known in this county by the oldest citizens. She married in 1883, Freeland Moore who was a son of Wm. H. Moore deceased.

2nd article: November 3, 1905- leaves seven children ( previous article mentions six children)


Bessie Hale, aged about 18, daughter of Ira Hale, of Georges Creek, died in a hospital in Ashland Monday and the body was taken home Tuesday morning. It is said that in some manner she had sustained a broken rib, and that rib had penetrated the pleural cavity, causing the trouble which had resulted in her death.

2nd article: November 3, 1905-it is said that Ira Hale’s daughter, Bessie, who died at the hospital in Ironton last week came to her death from injuries received while a party was charivaring her sister on the night of the 4th of last July. Isn’t it about time to put an end to this charivaris foolishness, anyway?



The body of a man who was killed by a C.& O, train near Clyffeside, on Thursday morning, has been identified as Michael Gallagher, Ashland, who resided on 29th street, and Carter Avenue, with his brother, Thomas Gallagher and sister, Miss Margaret Gallagher. He left home about 6 o’clock on Thursday morning to visit a sister, at England Hill, near Catlettsburg, and when he failed to return at the expected time inquires were made that led his family to believe the man killed by the train might be their brother. At the request of Thos. Gallagher, Undertaker T. H. Bullington, disinterred the body, which was positively identified by Mr. Gallagher and a number of others as being Michael Gallagher.

NOVEMBER - 1905 



November 3, 1905


Yatesville: Your scribe accompanied by another or so of our neighbors visited the scene of death and devastation, where the Browning Steam Saw and grist mill exploded on the Long Branch last Saturday morning. There men to wit: Henry Wilson, Norris Rodgers and a man by the name of Low lay dead at the neighboring farm hours they had been cut by fragments of the Boiler and scalding by the boiling water so badly that they presented a sick sickening to behold. Several others were more or less injured, but none seriously except two young men by the name of Clay and Plumber, whose faces and bodies were severely scalded. It it thought that Plumber will lose his eyesight.

2nd article: Occurred about nine o’clock near the mouth of Marcum hollow and a short distance from the town of Fallsburg. Dead Henry Wilson, commonly called “little Hy,” aged, 20, engineer, Norris Rogers, widower with 2 children; Luther Lowe, of Elliott county and a nephew of Rogers. ( long article goes over injured and why incident occurred)


Dwale: Died Sunday night the little infant of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Begley



Fallsburg: Maymie the little daughter and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Mallaster departed this life Oct. 22.



November 10, 1905


Willard, Carter County- numerous article on bank robbers in Willard.

Report from Grayson, one of the bank robbers giving his name as G. E. Smith died this morning from a fight.


Death of Mrs. J. W. Jones:

Mrs. Belle Jones, wife fo John Jones, died in this city yesterday after a long illness. Her disease consumption and although she and her relatives knew that death was inevitable the end was sudden and unexpected. Interment will be today in the Jones burial ground, where so many of her husband’s kin are buried. Two children, Mrs. R. A. Stone and Miss Addie Jones, survive and affectionate and devoted mother. Mrs. Jones was a most excellent christian woman, a good wife and loving parents.


Death of darling baby - no obit but card of thanks for sympathy by parents Mr. and Mrs. David Spence.


Suicide in Paintsville: At an early hour this morning Samuel M. Rice was found in his barn, where he had gone to fee, with a bullet hole in his left breast, and a Winchester rifle by his side. He had been in the habit lately of taking the Winchester when he went to feed. He was found by Harmon Daniel, a school teacher who had boarded there and who had been sent to look for Rice, when he did not respond to the breakfast call. He was a son of D. J. Rice of Jennie’s creek, and a son-in-law of Ham Rice, of this county, now deceased. He leaves a wife and four children. Mr Rice lived just above East Point and was a well-known farmer of our county, well liked and popular. He had been showing signs fo temporary fits of absent mindedness. Coroner determined suicide.


Col. John Smith Hurt, aged seventy-nine years died Sunday. He was a native of Montgomery county and prominent in civil and military affairs. He was a candidate for Congress in Lawrence county many years ago.


Jake Clauder, who was recently shot by a Catlettsburg policeman, died Saturday morning, but any autopsy showing that he died from “locked” bowels and not from the pistol shot.


About one o’clock Monday afternoon Charles Jenkins, a negro, was shot and instantly killed in Ashland, the place of the murder being the saloon of Charles Harris, also colored. Harris and another negro named Greene have been arrested, charged with complicity in the homicide.


Mrs. Thomas Adams died at her home in North Catlettsburg Friday evening at 7:50 o’clock, in her 61st year. Mrs. Adams, who maiden name was Miss  ( can’t read first name) May, was a niece of the late Col. A. J. May, for Tazewell county, Va. She was born in Louisa and came to Boyd county some 38 years ago, where she had since resided. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Adams leaves two children, Mrs. Compton of this city, and Charles Adams, of Ironton, to mourn their loss. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon from the residence of her daughter at 1:30 o’clock, the services being conducted by Rev. W. M. Wakefield of the Sandy City, M. E. Church South of which the deceased was a member. Interment followed in the Ashland cemetery.

Mrs. Adams has relatives in this city.



November 17, 1905


Ulysses: Little ( think says Eva but not sure) Chandler infant daughter of Albert Chandler and wife died. Also on last Friday nigh an infant of Floyd ( can’t read last name) and wife left a victim to croup.


Jeff Kiser, the C. and O. brakemen who was injured at Peach Orchard last Thursday afternoon, is dead. The freight train on which he worked was near the depot, and was in the act of backing up to couple a box car to a loaded gondola, when Kiser tried to pass between them. He was caught by them and horribly crushed. A large wound was torn in his abdomen through which nearly all the small intestines protruded. Dr. Burton, the mine physician was with the man in a few minutes and Dr. Wray of Richardson, was soon in attendance. All that could possibly be done for the man was performed. He was wrapped in blankets and put on an extra which started for the C.& O. hospital at Huntington. At Kise the company surgeon Dr. Wroten, boarded the train and took charge of the case. As the train near Chapman, it was seen that death would soon occur and when the station was reached a stop was made until life became extinct. The man died at 6:30, having lived more than three hours after he was hurt, being rational and able to talk up to a few minutes before he died. The body was taken to Ashland where it was prepared for burial and was then sent to Argillite, Ky., his former home. Kiser was 25 years of age and single.



Instantly Killed:

About 6 o’clock Wednesday morning a young man named Denny Large an employee of Langhorne & Langhorne, railway contractors, was instantly killed by falling under moving train. The train was the one doing steam shovel work, digging and loading a short distance west of Louisa. At the time the accident occurred it was west bound with a load of dirt and stone, and when a short distance east of Fullers Large attempted to jump from one car to another. His foot slipped as he jumped and he fell between the cars and was mangled almost beyond recognition. The remains were put into a box and brought to Louisa, where the unfortunate young man lived, and where he had only a short time before he was shockingly killed, left a wife and one young child. The body was taken to Twin Branches yesterday where he was interred near Harvey Jobe’s where his mother was buried several years ago. Large was a son of Burt Large and a son-in-law of George Simpson. He was about 22 years of age.



Viola Ferguson, was born April 9th, 1905, and departed this life Sept. 7th, 1905, aged 4 months and 28 days.

Golda Ferguson was born April 9th, 1905, 1905 and departed this life Sept. 20th, 1905, aged 5 months and 11 days.

These were the twin babies of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Ferguson. The were sweet little children.


James Boggs, a timber man of Caine’s creek was accidentally killed yesterday by the falling of a tree which he was cutting. He was a good citizen and his death is much regretted. At his request he was buried with the honors of Odd Fellowship.



November 24, 1905


Mary Ann Mahan, residing at the old Howe house, on Upper Third street, was horribly burned. She died during the night. ( Paintsville)


Death of Mrs. M. B. Goble

The many friends and relatives of Mrs. M. B. Goble in this place were greatly shocked and deeply grieved last Monday morning to learn that she had died at her home in Catlettsburg the day before. For a long time she had been an invalid, but for a few days preceding her release from suffering she had been much better than usual, only the day before seeming cheerful and happy. So that, after an apparent change for the better the death was the greater shock. The end was peaceful, befitting the life and character of the woman, who has entered in to the rest eternal.

Mrs. Goble was well known in Louisa. She born in the state of New York, and some years after the coming of Col. Jay H. Northup, her brother to this town she followed him and became the loved inmate of his home. It was here that she met Mr. M. B. Goble. She became his wife, and it is seldom given to man a better one. To her husband she was a loyal and devoted wife, and to his children she was just as devoted and affectionate. Her mother-heart went out to them lovingly and generously, and when her own boy came these girls, his half sisters, rejoiced at his coming.

Mrs. Goble was a woman of education and refinement. Gentle of manner and gracious in speech and bearing. She attracted and won all with whom she came in contact. In the home over which she presided so long and so happily she was all that wife and mother could be, and when death robbed the family of such as she the loss is great indeed.

The her union with Mr. Goble one child was born, This is Monte J. Goble now assistant cashier of the Fifth National Bank of Cincinnati. It was not given to him to stand by the couch of his dying mother, but he knows that it was to him that her latest thoughts were given, her warmest hopes and wishes for health and happiness.

The burial occurred in Ashland Wednesday, delayed somewhat awaiting the arrival of Mrs. Jno. Burgess, a step daughter.


DECEMBER - 1905 


December 1, 1905


After a lingering illness the venerable Thomas Salyer died at the residence of his son, Will at Fullers station Wednesday afternoon and was buried from the residence of a daughter, Mrs. William Remmele.

2nd article: December 8, 1905: The death of Thomas. P. Salyer removed a man of much note in the Big Sandy Valley. Born in Russell county, Va., March 21, 1824, he came to Kentucky at an early age and lived her ever since. He was a man of unusually strong mind and force of character. He was industrious and active and long after he passed the allotted three score and ten he kept alive to the activities of this bustling age and participated in them. Uncle Tom as he was called by all who knew him was a kindhearted man especially devoted to his children and theirs.



December 8, 1905


Mrs. Ferguson the wife of James H. Ferguson who lives about two miles above Wayne on Twelve Pole, died at her home last Thursday, after a lingering illness.

2nd article: Mrs. James H. Ferguson died at her home near Wayne last Thursday, of a complication of diseases. She was about 50 years of age and leaves a husband and five children. All her children are married. Mrs. Ferguson was an aunt of William Ferguson of this place.


The many local friends of Jas. S. Davenport, a former Ashland boy, will regret to hear of his death at his home in Graham, Va., last Wednesday after a brief illness of Bright’s diseased, aged 38 years. Mr. Davenport had a host of friends and many relatives in Ashland and vicinity.


Charley: The death angel visited our village and took from our midst a dear one, leaving many friends to mourn their loss. Joseph K. Hayes, son of John Hayes, died December 2, 1904, aged 26. While his father and mother, brothers and sisters mourn for him, yet behind the tears is a heart full of joy, for after awhile they can meet Joe over beyond this vale of tears.

2nd article: The news regrets to announce the death last Sunday of Joseph Hayes, son of John Hayes, of Georges creek, and brother of Mrs. Henry Preston, of this place.


Rice: William Kazee, of Summit, died Saturday night and was buried Monay in the old Church yard.


A Good Woman Gone:

“ Aunt” Vina Berry, widow of the late Thompson Berry died at the old place on Rich Creek recently. She was 85 years old and after her noble life, crowned with years and goodness, she is reaping a rich reward.


Sudden Death: Last Friday morning Mrs. Meloy, mother of John Meloy, of this place complained of not feeling well, and presently she fell to the floor and died in a few moments. Mrs. Meloy lived at Washington, Pa., and this was her first visit to her son. She came the day before Thanksgiving. She was about sixty five years of age.


Mrs. McGranahan, mother-in-law of Dr. Hez. Haws, of Inez, died Saturday of consumption. She was a native of the Georges Creek section of this county.


Keturah: Died on the 28th ult. of croup, a two year old child of Ben Vanhorn.



December 15, 1905


Mrs. Frank Bruning, aged 88 years, one of the pioneer citizens of Boyd county, died at Normal Friday.


Mrs. Mary M. Botts, the widow of the late Judge J. R. Botts, died at her home of her daughter, Mrs. William Lewis, Friday, December 1, 1905.

Mrs Botts was a daughter of Moses Everman and wife, born in this, then Greenup county, March 17, 1825, where the Hon. Tig Everman, her brother, now resides, thus being in her 81st year.


Mrs William O’Brien Dead:

Gloom settled over our city Thursday when it was announced that Mrs. William O’Brien had succumbed to the Grim Ripper. Mrs. O’Brien had been ill for several days with typhoid  ? pneumonia and while for several days past her condition was alarming the end came as a great shock to the family and friends.

William O’Brien, cashier of the Bank of Williamson and editor of the Southern West Virginian, by whom she is survived as well as by two sons, Fred W. ( the editor of this paper) and Goodykoontz and by two daughters, Myrtle and Mrs. A. O. Scott.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, of which she was faithful member. She was taken to Louisa for interment in the family burying ground.  She was the daughter of David and Lizzie See and had numerous relatives in the area. She was about 50 years of age.

She visited the area a few weeks ago and it was while she was crossing the river to take the train in Cassville that she meet with the accident which probably was the cause of her death. She through some mishap fell into the river, and the cold which ensued developed pneumonia.


Webbville: Mrs. Kitchen daughter of ? Heasley died today.


Polley’s Chapel:

Died on the 7th of Dec, the infant child of Jackson Presley.


 December 22, 1905

 Leander Kazee died Monday at his home on Blaine.


The house of Mr. Dock Miller was again made sad, when the death angel took from their midst, Mrs.Nan McGrannyham, a sister of Uncle Dock./ She had been a sufferer from heart trouble for some time and death was only a relief.


The News regrets to learn that Thomas H. Roberts, of this place has received the sad intelligence of the death of his sister, Miss Mary Roberts, November ?, also the death of his mother Mrs. Mary Ann Roberts, November 29. Both these deaths occurred at Plymouth, England.


News was received here last Friday of the death of Mrs. Julia Borders Redding of Hot Spring, Ark. She was the daughter of the late Allen Borders.

She had been very sick for two or three weeks prior to her death and her sisters, Mrs. W. . Roffe and Mrs. H. C. Sullivan were almost ready to start for Hot Springs when a telegram arrived announcing her death. The body was interred at Hot Springs, that having been her home since her marriage to Mrs. Redding about three years ago.


Sacred Wind: Died on the 11th inst., the little son of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Boggs. The bereaved have our sympathy.



December 29, 1905


Grant Hubbard, married, formerly of Whitehouse, but recently Hampton, met death at the latter place Saturday evening. He had boarded train No. 28, en routed for Richardson, and was not missed for some time after the train had left Hampton. His body was found there and it is believed that in stepping from the train he fell and broke his neck. His body was sent to Richardson last Monday where it was interred the the following day. Deceased was a son of the late Wes Hubbard.


Reliable news from Warfield is to the effect that on Tuesday there were four bodies of men who had met violent deaths lying in that town. Two had been killed by an N. and W. train a few miles about the town. One was named Nathan Chaffin. The name of the other could not be learned. Two other men had been killed in the fight. -shot to death. One of these was named Marcum. The name of the other could not be learned.