ANDERSON, J. D.
J. D. Anderson of North Kenova, was killed, and his son, Burl Anderson is in a hospital with both legs fractured as a result of being caught on the Kenova bridge by 2 N & W freight trains going in opposite directions, Wednesday night. The men were walking across the bridge and stepped off one track to let a train go by and were struck by another train. The father was killed instantly and the son jumped to the ground, a distance of nearly 10 feet. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 30,1920
Everett Barnes, aged 23, a well known young miner of Sprigg and a former resident of Williamson, died Tuesday after an illness of several weeks with typhoid fever. Deceased was well known and had many friends in Williamson. He was not married. His father, G.P. Barnes, who also formerly lived here, died last week in the Welch hospital after a surgical operation and his body was brought her for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
Ashland, KY—Luke Bayless, 27 years old, is dead of a bullet wound. He was home from Camp Grant on a furlough. Sunday he seemed depressed and several times burst into tears even when other young people who were having a good time. He was at the home of a neighbor, William Field. Several other young men who were there had stepped out of the room for a few moments when they heard a report from a pistol. Returning to the room they found young Bayless dead. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
BELCHER, Mrs. George W.
Friday, Jan 2, Mrs. G. W. Belcher passed away at her home at Belcher, KY. She as born at Praise, Pike County, Apr 26, 1874 and was married in Feb 1893 to George W. Belcher of Belcher. The husband and 9 children and 7 step children are left to mourn. The are: Fred Belcher, Dixie Clevenger, Burney, Carl, Oscar, Algie, Opal, Ollie James and Woodrow, an infant son, Everett died several years ago. Step children are: E. S. Belcher, Nannie Ratliff, Allie Chaney, J. W. Belcher, Jeff Belcher, George Belcher, Jr., and Ed Belcher. Two sisters and 5 brothers survive: Mrs. Cora Polley, of Millard; Mrs. Myrtle Englar of Ft. Pierce, FL; John A. Bentley, Will Bentley, Charles Bentley of Pikeville, Dr. Bentley of Ark. And Rhodolph Bentley of Praise and a loving mother who ministered to her from 3 months before her death, Mrs. Mary M. Bentley. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 23, 1920
Loren Berry, formerly of Louisa, was instantly killed at Nolan, WV last Saturday morning by an N & W locomotive. The body was taken to the home of his mother, near Fort Gay, and the burial took place Monday. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the services. The wife and 2 small children survive. She is a daughter of Felix Thompson, of this county. Deceased was a son of the late Buchanan Berry, formerly toll keeper on the Louisa & Fort Gay Bridge. M. G. Berry, of this place, was his uncle. He was about 26 years old. Just a few days before his death he had moved to Nolan, where he held a good position, and was making his home temporarily with his brother Hubert. The accident occurred in the usual way, by standing on a railroad track, with his attention concentrated on a moving train on a parallel track. A shifting engine struck him and caused instant death. Mr. Berry was a young man of excellent character. His death is a severe loss to the country and a most violet blow to his family. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
Ledocio, KY—He was married to Miss Nora May Thompson, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Felix Thompson, of this place, Feb 23, 1916. To this couple 2 bright little boys were born, Burnered 3 years and Loran Jr., 2 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
Ulysses, KY—Uncle John Bowens of this place died the 27th after a long illness. He is survived by his 3 sons and one daughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
CHAFFIN, Margaret (Short)
Mrs. G. W. Chaffin died at her home near Yatesville Wednesday night after a long period of ill health. She was 74 years old. The husband and a number of grown sons and daughters survive. Among these is B. J. Chaffin of Louisa. Mrs. Chaffin was a good woman and a consistent church member. She was a daughter of William Short, who died many years ago. The burial will take place today near the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
Williamson, WV, Jan 12—The explosion of a powder magazine near the entrance to the Randolph mine on the outskirts of Williamson resulted in the death of James Childers, a mine foreman, and did great damage to property, the chief source of loss being shattered windows in the city of Williamson. The explosion occurred at about 7 o’clock in the morning, a large magazine in which blasting powder and dynamite were stored letting loose with fearful effect. The first shock of the detonation the people of Williamson and vicinity were thrown into a panic of dread, believing that a mine horror of major proportions had occurred. As it happened, however, no fatality other than the death of Childers occurred. The streets of Williamson for hours this morning were littered with fragments of broken glass. Some of the largest plate glass windows in the department and other stores were shattered into bits. Dwelling houses were rendered practically uninhabitable because hardly a window pane remained in those in that section of the city nearer the scene of the explosion. Churches and schools were also large sufferers.
Childers was standing in the door of the powder house when the explosion took place and was literally blown away. Nothing was found of him excepting shreds of clothing that were identified as having been worn by him, prior to the explosion and a silver watch which he had worn and which strange to say, was little the worse for wear and was still ticking. Another man who stood at some distance from the powder house was slightly injured. By the merest chance a number of men had passed the place a few minutes before the explosion of the powder and spoke briefly to Childers and then passed on. Two of those were knocked from their feet and other members of the party were deafened temporarily by the concussion. Had they remained a few minutes longer to talk to Childers they would have assuredly been killed. The cause of the explosion of the mining powder is a mystery. Childers was a native of Kentucky. His age was 35. A wife survived him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 16, 1920
James Childers, of Meads Branch, this county, was killed at Orinoco, Pike County where he was employed in coal mining. Two cars collided and caught him, causing almost instant death. The accident occurred on the 15th. He was 18 years old. The body was brought home for burial. the services were conducted by Rev. Gilbert Miller. He is survived by father, mother, one brother and 4 sisters. One of the latter’s Mrs. Newel Ferguson of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 23, 1920
CLARK, Eliza Ann
The death of Mrs. Eliza Ann Clark, known to her friends as “Granny” Clark, who died near Marigold on Lick Creek a few days ago, is the passing of one of the most remarkable women in Wayne county on account of the fact that she is possibly survived by more descendants than any other person ever lived in the county. Mrs. Clark was the oldest representative of 5 living generations. She is the mother of 11 children, 4 living; 101 grandchildren, 82 living; 313 great grandchildren, 255 living; and 44 great-great grandchildren, 40 living. This is a total of 469 descendants, 381 of whom are living. At the time of her death, Mrs. Clark was 94 years old, but despite her advanced age she was active almost up until the last. She read small print and did intricate sewing without the aid of eye glasses and was able to walk several miles a day to visit relatives up to within a few days of her death. Mrs. Clark, who is the widow of the late David Clark, was born in Franklin County, VA. She was a devoted member of the United Baptist Church for over 40 years. Her relatives are found in every section of Wayne County. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
Nicholas Copley died Jan 7th at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Claude Holt near Fort Gay. He had been ill only a few days. His age was 84 years. Four sons and five daughters survive and all were at his bedside when death came except a son in South America and another in the army at Brownsville, TX. Mr. Copley was a veteran of the Civil War. He was a good honest citizen and had many friends. The body was laid to rest by the side of his wife, who died some years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
DIXON, W. O.B.
Blaine, KY—W. O.B. Dixon died and was taken to Pike County for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 2, 1920
Miss Lena Ferguson, 16 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pharoah Ferguson of Centerville, died Sunday a the home of her sister, Mrs. Doliver Boothe in Kenova. She had been in poor health for some time and for several months had been taking treatments at a sanitarium at Battle Creek, MI. funeral services were held at the Ferguson home near Centerville Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
FIELDS, Louisa J.
Mrs. Louisa J. Fields , an aged and respected lady of Boons Camp, Johnson Co., died last week. She was the mother of H. J. and Bob Fields of Johnson County. She was 70 years of age. The cause of her death was pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
FRANK, Mrs. Conrad
Mrs. C. Frank, widow of the late Conrad C. Frank, died at her home in Ashland. Although she had been in bad health for several years, her death was a shock and surprise to her many friends. She was a devoted member of the M.E. Church since childhood and will be greatly missed by all. She leaves 5 daughters to mourn her loss: Misses Minnie and Ida Frank, popular teacher of Ashland, Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. N.M. Reed and Mrs. H. G. Vanhoose of Nolan, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
On Monday evening Jan 5th, the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Mr. C. C. Hatton and took from him his loving wife Judia, age 52 years. Mrs. Hatton had been in poor health for some time, but no one thought death was hovering so near. It came as a great shock to her many friends. She was converted and joined the M. E. Church early in life and lived a devoted Christian until the end. She leaves to mourn the loss of a tender mother, a loving wife and sister, one son, Dwight, a husband, 5 sisters and 4 brothers and a host of dear friends and relatives. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Jacob Puckett at the home of her brother, Richard Lakin. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
Yatesville, KY--We are very sorry to hear of the death of Gabe Hawes little son. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 23, 1920
Cherokee, KY--We were sorry to hear of the death of Jerry Jordan, who died at the home of Jim Campbell on Irish Creek and was brought to this place for burial in the Griffith graveyard. He has been a sufferer for years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
The Ashland Independent say: Mr. and Mrs. John Kahne, of Alka, Pike County, arrived in Ashland, bringing the body of their infant daughter, Jeannette Kahne, 6 weeks old, for interment. Just a few days since Mrs. Kahne had returned to her home with the baby, a beautiful little girl, after spending the holidays here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hood. On last Friday night the babe was put to bed apparently in perfect health, and its parents awakened at 3 a.m. to find it cold in death. A physician, hastily called, pronounced the sudden death to be the result of hives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 16, 1920
KAZEE, Joel D.
Joel D. Kazee was born in Lawrence County in 1890. He was the son of H. W. and Lizzie Kazee. He married Miss Sadie Prose in 1913. He leaves a widow and 2 children, one boy age 2 years and a girl aged 7 years; his mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He was scalded in an accident at the Ashland Solvay coke plant while performing his duty attending to flues. The accident happened about 2 a.m. Dec 21, 1919 and he died about 9 o’clock the same morning. His wife went and stayed with him at the hospital and talked with him. He was in his right mind and told her not to cry, and asked her, ”What did Lillian say about me getting hurt.” He told his wife he thought he was all right and then said “Praise the Lord. “ he was buried at the Ashland Cemetery by the I.O.O.F. Lodge. Mrs. Sadie Kazee is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Prose. The live at Irad, Lawrence County. Joel was thought well of by everybody. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 16, 1920
KIRKPATRICK, Harley C.
Harley C. Kirkpatrick, of Liverpool, WV, was run over and instantly killed by an east bound freight train at Huntington. The accident occurred at the C & O crossing at Johnson’s Lane. He was 26 years old and was discharge from service Aug 11, 1919. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
LLOYD, F. C. (Nan)
F. C. (Nan) Lloyd died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lambert Mills south of Wayne last week. Mr. Lloyd was known throughout this section as the inventor of the Lloyd ironing board which he patented several years ago. This achievement was rewarded with reasonable success and in dozens of homes in this county the Lloyd folding ironing board is being used. Mr. Lloyd who was 70 years old, was the father of 9 children, 50 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Coming to Wayne from Raleigh County, WV, he was first married to Miss Bettsy Jackson to which union were born the following 7 children: Columbus, Pharoah, Mary, Thomas, Bettie, Sanford and Virginia. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Lloyd was married to Miss Minda Jordan and to them were born 2 children, Jennie and Mitt. The only 3 surviving children are sons Columbus and Thomas and daughter, Mary. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 2, 1920
LYKINS, Amanda (Hampton)
Mrs. Amanda Lykins, aged 88 years 4 months 8 days died at her home at Hampton City Sunday morning. Her death was caused from pneumonia. The remains were removed to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lute Adkins, where the funeral was held Tuesday morning. Burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Mrs. Lykins had resided here for many years and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was reared in Wayne County, WV and was a daughter of Henry Hampton and wife Mrs. J. Thompson Hampton. She was a widow and is survived by several children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
Robert Mauger died in Pittsburgh Wednesday night of pneumonia. His condition had been almost hopeless for several days and Louisa relatives were kept advised until the end came. His son George was with him. Funeral arrangements had not been announced at the time we went to press. Mr. Mauger was about 45 years old. His first wife was Miss Vessie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. McClure of Louisa. She died when George was about a year old and he has since lived here. He is now 17 years old. Last fall he went to Pittsburg to attend school and was living with his father. Mr. Mauger was a good man and his early death is a heavy blow to family and friends. He was a native o Washington City, where his mother still lives. The mother, wife and son are the closest surviving relatives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 23, 1920
MCKEE, Mrs. R. A.
The funeral of Mrs. R. A. McKee, Sr., was held Tuesday afternoon in the M.E. Church in Fort Gay, WV. Her death occurred at her home there after a long illness from asthma and complications. The family moved to Louisa several years ago from Shelbyville, KY and they were residents of this place a number of years, later moving to Fort Gay. Mrs. McKee is survived by her husband, 2 sons, Alex and William B. and 2 daughters, Mrs. Jay See of Washington and Mrs. Otto Frazier of Fort Gay. Mrs. McKee was an excellent woman who enjoyed the respect of all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
MCKINSTER, Mrs. Henry
Mrs. Henry McKinster died at her home in West Virginia. Her body was brought to this county for burial. She was about 45 years of age and was the daughter of J.M. Berry. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
MELLON, W. T.
On Thursday morning Jan 15, 1920, death entered the home of Hon. W. T. Mellon, one of the most respected citizens of Prestonsburg and took him to the great beyond. His serious illness was not generally known and it was a great surprise when the news was spread early Thursday morning that the end had come. Mr. Mellon’s father was Patrick Mellon, who came and settled in this county below Prestonsburg from Ireland in the year 1845. Mr. Mellon was born in 1838 and was nearly 81 years of age. Early in life he learned the carpenter’s trade and his handiwork is seen in nearly every house of note in Prestonsburg. He retired from active work about 10 years ago. He was police judge of the city of Prestonsburg for a good many terms of office an in all occupied this office for about 20 years. He was a Confederate veteran in the Civil War. Both his father and mother came from Ireland. Mr. Mellon married the daughter of James J. Hamilton, a respected farmer, who had lived for many years on Middle Creek and left a large family of children. Mr. Mellon’s widow, therefore, is widely related in this county. Mr. Mellow leaves his widow, Mrs. Banner, James Mellon, B. C. Mellon, Lena Mellon, W. T. Mellon, Jr., Henry Mellon, J. H. Mellon and Lucretia Hale of Louisa and 3 daughters Mrs. James Nunnery, Mrs. c. H. Dyer and Mrs. G. w. Vance are dead. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 23, 1920
Hitchins, KY—The pale horse and the rider visited the home of Wiley Mullins taking from him his beloved son, Robert. He was always a kind and obedient son and they will miss him very much. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
POSEY, May (Savage)
Hitchins, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Savage, taking from them their daughter, Mrs. May Savage Posey. She was returning to her home from Lincoln, NB. She took sick on the way and reached Ashland, where she remained ill 4 weeks and died at the home of her brother, Wallace Hankes. She will be buried at her home at this place as soon as her sister, Madge arrives from Canada. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
SHANNON, James P.
James P. Shannon died at his home near Gallup, this count, Wednesday morning of this week. He had been ill for quite a long time, and as he was 82 years old his death was not a surprise. The burial took place Thursday near the home. Lawrence County had no better citizen than Mr. Shannon. His life was clean and he always stood for the right. He was a faithful church member. The wife and several grown sons and daughters survive him. Mrs. H. B. Muncy of Louisa, is a daughter and Mrs. Ellen McHenry a sister of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 16, 1920
SMITH, Mrs. Charles
Mrs. Charles Smith died at her home here on Monday (Catlettsburg), She and family have only been in the town about a month. The remains were shipped to Glenhayes, WV Tuesday for interment. She is survived by her husband and several children. She was a Miss Pack before marriage. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 23, 1920
Mr. Henry Smith, among the best citizens of Williamson, died at his home there. He was about 69 years of age and leaves a wife and 2 children. Mr. Smith was a native of Pike County, KY but for a long time had lived in Williamson. He formerly lived in Pikeville. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Jan 9,1920
SNYDER, J. Cal
Mr. J. Cal Snyder of Ironton, died suddenly in Cincinnati last Friday morning. The sad news was a great surprise and severe shock to his w brothers, T. J. and Augustus Snyder of Louisa. They knew his health had not been good for some time, but no intimation of a crisis in his condition had been received. He died in Christ’s hospital while taking an anesthetic, preparatory to undergoing a severe examination. His son, Dr. Homer Snyder, was holding his hand and observing his pulse, when suddenly the pulse stopped. Every known means was use to resuscitate him, but without avail. Mrs. Snyder was in the hospital at the time. The body was returned to Ironton and the funeral took place Monday. The Louisa relatives attended. Mr. Snyder was 65 years old. He is survived by the wife and 2 sons. The only daughter died 2 years ago from influenza. One son is a physician in Ironton and the other a lawyer in Kansas City. Mr. Snyder was a member of the Methodist Church. He was prominent in business circles and had accumulated quite a large estate. He was a genial, big hearted man, possessing much energy and business ability. He had a great many friends. His death is regarded in Ironton as a real loss to the city and county, as he was a leader in matters of public enterprise. Mr. Snyder was suffering from some complicated trouble and decided rather suddenly to go to Cincinnati for a thorough examination. He was going about as usual and attending to business up to the time of his departure for Cincinnati and no alarm was felt as to any immediate danger in his case. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 23, 1920
Buchanan, KY-Dec 31, 1919, Whereas, it has pleased the Almighty God to call from our midst to the Celestial Lodge above our beloved brother, James Sprouse who departed this life Nov 16, 1919, there fore Be it resolved that in the death of Bro. Sprouse, Big Sandy Lodge No. 318 has lost a true and loyal member, his wife a loving husband, his family an affectionate father and the community one of its best citizens. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 16, 1920
STEWART, Velma Opal
The death angle visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Stewart and took their beloved daughter, Velma Opal Stewart, born Mar 26, 1907. She departed this life Dec 23, 1919 age 12 years 8 months and 29 days. Her death was caused by typhoid fever. She will be missed in many ways as a kind and loving daughter and sister. She was always kind to her parents and she thought that there was nothing like papa and mamma. She loved to go to Sunday school and she will be greatly missed in Sunday school. The funeral took place at Garrett Chapel on Christmas day, conducted by Bro. Campbell. Her body was laid to rest in the Lambert graveyard on East Fork. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
THOMAS, John C.
Bluefield, WV—John C. Thomas, whose death occurred at Miami, FL, was 24 years of age and president of the Thomas Coal Co., Crystal Coal & Coke Co., Flat Top Mining Co., Eclipse Milling Co. and a large shareholder and director in the Flat Top Fuel Co. He was the first volunteer from Mercer County, WV in the late war, leaving his class at Cornell University to enter the naval aviation service. He experienced a fall in Long Island Sound and the injury which was finally cause of his death, forced his retirement from the service. He was the only son of the late William H. Thomas, and grandson of the lat John Cooper, both millionaire coal operators in the Pocahontas district. He is survived by his mother and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9, 1920
VANHOOSE, Mrs. Andrew
Mrs. Andrew Vanhoose age 53 years, has passed to the Great Beyond, leaving a husband, son, L. c. and daughter, Cora to mourn her loss. L.C. is a general merchant at Whitehouse. She was a loving wife, a kind and affectionate mother. To know her was to love her. She was for 38 years a faithful and devoted member of the United Baptist Church at Chestnut. Was a daughter of the late Rev. John Murray. She was married to Andrew Vanhoose May 29, 1884. Her remains were laid to rest in the Murray cemetery near Chestnut. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
Last week NEWS had a brief and somewhat indefinite account of a shooting affray in Johnson Co. not far from Van Lear. The report reached us just before going to press. The facts are quite different from what we first heard. Martin Wells and a friend named Harmon were killed by 2 brothers named Kirk, who are charged with moonshining, and also it is said one of them is a deserter from the army. Wells and Harmon arrested one of the Kirks and started to Paintsville with him. Harmon went back for something and during his absence the other Kirk arrived and shot Wells killing him instantly. When Harmon returned he was fatally shot, living only a few hours. He Kirks escaped. Later: The names of the people referred to in above article are as follows: Martin Wells, detective, Isaac Kirk, 23, returned soldier, Hebe Kirk, 20 a younger brother, who had deserted the U. S. Army, and D. C. Harmon, a deputy sheriff. The officers had a warrant for the arrest of the deserter. A reward of $1200 is offered for the arrest of the two boys. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 2, 1920
The infant son of James Wheeler age 8 months died at his home near Fort Gay yesterday after a brief illness. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 9,1920
WILLIAMS, Mrs. Mordecai (Savage)
Mrs. Mordecai Williams, one of our most honored and distinguished ladies passed away at her home at Normal last week after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Williams was near 84 years old. She was a Miss Savage before marriage and is highly connected in this vicinity and Eastern Kentucky. She established the fine Normal School which gave Normal its name and which lent so much prestige to this section in those days. It was a great school and many of the leading men and women of this section received their education there. She was a faithful member of the M. E. church South in Catlettsburg. (Independent). Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
Two colored employees of the C & O railroad met with an accident at Ivel, a small station near Pikeville on the Big Sandy railroad on Tuesday afternoon. One of the men Lacey Wilson, 32, living at Tram, KY, was killed and Walter Lasky, was badly injured. The men both section employees were speeding over the track in a motor car and hit a hog that had been caught between the tracks. The motor car was hurled over an embankment. Wilson’s head struck a pile of ties and his skull was fractured. He died soon after. Laskey had several ribs broken. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 30, 1920
ALBERT, James S.
Mr. James S. Albert died in Williamson Monday. He had been a long sufferer from tuberculosis. He leaves a wife and 2 children. The deceased was about 35 years of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
A daughter of Mr. Vol Artrip died at his home a few miles east of Fort Gay last week. She had contracted influenza while in Ohio. A family of neighbors who assisted during the illness and funeral contracted the disease and 11 cases resulted. This shows how contagious the disease is. About the only cased we have heard of in this vicinity have been brought in by persons who have been exposed elsewhere. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
Miss Pauline Asbury, 20, of Dunlow, WV died with pneumonia. She was one of the popular young teachers in the county and was a student in Marshall College for 2 yeas. She was the daughter of the late T. J. Asbury and was the sister of William T. Asbury who was killed in the late war while fighting with the marines. She is survived by 2 brothers, C. W. and Edgar J. Asbury of Dunlow and one sister, Mrs. Frank Hooker of Detroit, MI. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27,1 920
Bradley, KY—We deeply regret to announce the death Feb 1, at the home of his sister, at Hendersonville, NC, of Dr. Wallace Bailey, a former resident of Salyersville. He was one of the county’s most popular young men and his death came as a shock to his many relatives and friends, although he had been an invalid for several years. Interment was made in the Power Cemetery near the home of Henry Cain. Rev. John Prater preached the funeral and the Odd Fellows had charge of the burial. The deceased is survived by his father, Alex Bailey, 3 sisters, Mrs. Frank Hackworth, Mrs. Smith Brown of Salyersville and Mrs. Frank Hazelrigg of Hendersonville, NC and one brother, James G. Bailey, connected with the diplomatic service in Switzerland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
BISHOP, Mrs. Hawk
Mrs. Hawk Bishop, well known Ashland woman, died Tuesday night at the home of her sister, Mrs. R. W. Seale in Huntington. Mrs. Bishop went a week ago to help care for member of the Seale family who had been stricken with influenza and contracted the disease while nursing them. Influenza developed into pneumonia which proved fatal. Mrs. Bishop was born at Matewan, WV and was widely acquainted throughout the southern section of the state. She lived at Kenova for a time. She was the mother of 5 children. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Archie Black, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Black of Ardel, 5 miles north of Wayne, died Monday afternoon of this week from pneumonia. Burial was made in the family cemetery near Ardel Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
Ulysses, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Hazel Borders. She left a few weeks ago and went to Portsmouth to stay with her sister, and while she was there she took the flu and died. She was brought back here for burial the 11th of this month. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20,1920
Tuscola, KY—We are sorry to hear of Mat Browning’s death. He died with the flu and pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27,1920
BRYAN, Mary (Bartram)
Mrs. Mary Bartram Bryan, wife of Rev. L. D. Bryan, died at Fort Gay on Thursday of last week. She had been in bad health for 2 yeas or more. On Monday she developed influenza and pneumonia followed within 24 hours. Her weakened condition made it impossible for her to withstand this severe disease. Mrs. Bryan was a daughter of James Bartram who died a few years ago. She is survived by the husband and brothers and sisters. Mr. Bryan is left without any relatives, having no brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews or nieces. He came to Fort Gay a number of years ago as a pastor of the M. E. church and married Miss Bartram. He had lived in Fort Gay ever since and is one of the most highly respected citizens of that place. Mary E. Bartram was born Sep 11, 1862, married Rev. L.D. Bryan Nov 20,1882, died Friday morning Jan 30, 1920, after an illness of many months, but she bore it bravely and without complaint. Her age was 57 years 4 months and 19 days. An only son died in November 1895 at the age of 12. A husband, 3 sisters and 3 brothers are left. The funeral took place at 2 p.m. Saturday from the M. E. Church. Rev. Richardson of Huntington conducting the services, assisted by Rev. Wadsworth and the body was laid to rest in Frasher Cemetery. She was converted at the age of 11 years and was a constant, faithful member of our school as teacher and superintendent for 10 years. She was active in all church work and by the purity of her life endeared herself to all our hearts. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
Trixie Buskirk, wife of Tucker Buskirk and daughter of E. L. Cline, Sr., passed away Feb 10th at her home in Martin County, KY. She was brought to Floyd county for interment and was buried in old Cline Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
CARTER, Mrs. Neff
The body of Mrs. Neff Carter of Portsmouth, OH was brought to Lavalette for burial Saturday in the old home cemetery. Mrs. Carter was formerly a resident of Lavalette and had many friends in that section of the country. She leaves a husband and 4 small children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
News of the death of Miss Pauline Carter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Carter, was received in Louisa last Sunday, causing profound sorrow among the many friends of the family. Only a few had heard of her illness. She was in Bowling Green attending school. About 2 weeks ago she suffered from tonsillitis and was out of school several days. Her recovery seemed complete and in a letter written home last week she had spoken of how well she felt and of how happy she was in the thought of going soon to accept a position. She was taking a commercial course and was to be a teacher. A fine position had been secured in Nebraska and she was waiting to be called to it. She had asked for 2 weeks in which to rest before taking up her work and expected to spend the time at her home here. The message granting this came on the day of her death.
On last Wednesday night she had an attack of something like croup but recovered from it and was in school the next day. She became ill, however, and returned to her boarding house. A physician was summoned and he pronounced her seriously ill with pneumonia. Although difficult to do at that time, a trained nurse was procured and was with her constantly. She was given the best attention in every way. Messages were at once sent her parents, but they could not be reached until Saturday, some of the telegrams going to Louisville, other to Garrett and to Pikeville. Mr. and Mrs. Carter were with another sick daughter at Big Shoal, a point 5 miles below Pikeville. They left there Saturday morning, reaching Bowling Green Sunday morning at 6 o’clock, but their daughter had passed away at 12:30 a.m. The body was brought to Louisa and funeral service was held on Tuesday afternoon at the M. E. Church. Rev. J. D. Haggard, the pastor, read the 23rd Psalm, Rev. J. D. Bell, pastor of the M. E. church South, offered a prayer and Rev. John Cheap preached on the subject of “Death and Life.” The burial took place in Pine Hill Cemetery immediately after the funeral. Miss Pauline was the youngest daughter of the family, age 24. She has one brother, Clyde and one sister, Mrs. Carl V. Martin of Big Shoal. Pauline was converted in the Holcomb meeting in Louisa several years ago and had been a devoted Christian ever since. She was a member of the M. E. Church and was active in church work wherever she went. She taught school in Paintsville and Wayland and served an emergency Home Demonstration Agent in Johnson County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
The little 7 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Green Cartmel died Monday morning from influenza. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
CHAMBERS, Mrs. Tom
Glenwood, KY—Mrs. Tom Chambers of Estep,, died at her home Sunday night, Feb 15, of pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
We are sorry to report the death of Uncle Jim Clay of Peach Orchard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27,1920
Jack Cornwell, well known citizen, died here (Buchanan) Saturday morning, age about 45 years and unmarried. He had been a sufferer from tuberculosis for a number of years and about a week ago was attacked by influenza. Interment was made in the Newman Cemetery on Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
DALE, Mrs. Robert (Vanhoose)
Catlettsburg, KY--Mrs. Robert Dale died at her home in the north side of influenza super-induced by pneumonia. She is survived by her husband and 2 small children. Mrs. Dale was a daughter of Mant Vanhoose, a well known citizen. Her mother passed away less than a year ago. She was a splendid young woman and will be sincerely mourned by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Lee Daniels, who for some time was a citizen of Prichard, but for the last year had been at Glenhayes, died Saturday at his home. The funeral was held at Glenhayes and the burial was at Prichard. Mr. Daniels was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Buchanan, KY. The lodge took charge of the remains at Prichard depot. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
DINGESS, Henry M.
Henry M. Dingess, aged 40 years and a farmer living on Beaver Creek was run over Tuesday by a C & O eastbound train and both legs were cut off above the knees. He was removed to a hospital near Wayland, where he died yesterday. Mr. Dingess is well and favorably known in that section. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27,1920
EADS, John H.
John H. Eads, 58 years old, died in Ashland last Sunday of pneumonia. He had been in the service of the C & O railroad as conductor on the Big Sandy train since Nov 10, 1890. He is survived by his widow and 2 sons, Frank, who is in London, England and John, at home. Burial took place at Milton, WV Tuesday afternoon. He was conductor on the Lexington division several years. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 13, 1920
ELDERMAN, Mrs. Henry
Mrs. H. P. Elderman passed away Wednesday at Ashland. For the past 3 years she had suffered from carcinoma, but was able to be about the house continuing her usual industrious life until last Friday. She was a native of Ohio, born and reared at Ottowa, her maiden name being Lizzie Brown. She was twice married, her first husband, Mr. James Lovejoy died, leaving no family. Twenty years ago she was married to Mr. H. P. Elderman. Of this union one daughter, Thelma, 16 years of age, survives at home with her father, who has been for several years almost an invalid from rheumatism. Two sons of Mr. Elderman’s former marriage are living and are prosperous business men of the west. James is in Wisconsin and Andrew who was formerly connected with the independent, is now located in Montana. Thursday morning the body was taken to Fallsburg for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 13, 1920
ELSWICK, Anthony C.
The body of Anthony C. Elswick, 35, was taken to Huntington from Winchester, KY, where he had passed away following a severe attack of pneumonia. Elswick had moved to Winchester but 2 weeks ago from Stone, KY where he held the position as chief clerk for the Pond Creek Coal Company. He had left the employ of the coal company, going into the automobile and insurance business in Winchester. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Aleta Lloyd of Huntington, and 2 small children. He also leaves his father, W. J. Elswick, 4 brothers, Noah and R. H. Elswick of Tazewell Co., VA, T. W. Elswick of Huntington and L. B. Elswick of Cincinnati; one sister, Miss Nannie Elswick of Tazewell County, VA. He was buried in Huntington. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
EVERMAN, Betsey (Berry)
Mrs. Charles Everman departed this life Friday, Feb 20, 1920. She was sick a little over one week with influenza and developed double pneumonia. Mrs. Everman was formerly Miss Betsey Berry, daughter of J. M. Berry. She was born and raised at Mattie, Lawrence County, KY. She was 29 years old. At the age of 18 years she was married to Charles Everman of South Portsmouth, KY. To this union 3 children were born, one girl and 2 boys, twins, Beatrice, age 10 years and Herbert and Herman age 7 years. She leaves a father, mother and 3 brothers and 4 sisters to mourn her loss. William of Detroit, MI, Charley of Columbus, OH, Freet of South Portsmouth, KY, Rose of Springfield, OH, Callie of South Portsmouth, KY, Mrs. G. McKinster of Adams, KY, Mrs. Ballard Castle of Ulysses, KY. Betsey, as she was called by her friends, was a good, faithful wife and mother. She was converted at the age of 16 years and joined the Methodist Church and lived a good Christian life. Funeral services were conducted from her father’s home on Sunday morning by Rev. O. P. Smith. Burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
FERGUSON, Charles A.
Charles A. Ferguson, aged 36 of Kenova, passed away following an attack of pneumonia. He is survived by his wife and 6 children, 4 of whom are seriously ill with influenza at the old Ferguson homestead back of Kenova. The burial was in the family cemetery on Sweet Run. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Farrell died at the home of Mrs. Ferrell’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Huff in Louisa Saturday night. She was 22 months old. Her death followed an illness of several days of pneumonia and meningitis. On last Sunday the body was taken to the Ferrell’s home near Williamson, WV where interment took place. Mrs. Ferrell and child had come to Louisa for a visit a few days before. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
Mrs. Flora Flannery, wife of William Flannery of Alphoretta, died at her home Feb 18th of influenza. She had been sick for only a few days. Being very corpulent the disease made quick work. She leaves a husband and a family of 9 children who were all sick at that time and not able to attend the funeral. She was so large that a special coffin had to be made for her. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
Mrs. Nancy Goff, 45, wife of Tom Goff, died Feb 13 in Eastern State Hospital, at Lexington, KY after an illness of 5 years. In 1914 Mrs. Goff had a paralytic stroke and since that time had been helpless. She had spent some time in the hospital where she received the best of medical treatment. She leaves a husband and 3 children and several brothers and sisters to mourn her death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
GUSSLER, Mrs. Eli
Meads Branch, KY—Several attended the burial of Eli Gussler’s wife on Little Blaine. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
HALE, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Hale, known to every one as “Aunt Sis” Hale, died after a long illness. She was loved by all who knew her as she was a kind and considerate Christian mother. She had 3 sons in France during the late war. She is a sister of Jas. Steppe, of Kermit, WV. Her mother preceded her in death only a short time ago. Interment was in the family cemetery on Wolfe Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
HAMILTON, Mrs. Francis
Mrs. Francis Hamilton died Monday evening of influenza at her home in the south side. She leaves a family. Mrs. Hamilton’s remains were shipped to Harold, KY where interment was made. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
HARKINS, Walter Scott
Judge Walter Scott Harkins of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday evening at his home in Prestonsburg from acute pneumonia. The disease attacked him about 12 hours previous to his death. Mr. Harkins suffered a stroke of paralysis a few weeks ago, but had recovered sufficiently to attend to business. The funeral will take place on Friday. Judge Harkins was one of the most prominent men in Eastern Kentucky. As a lawyer he ranked among the best in the State. Many years ago he saw the possibilities of Eastern Kentucky’s hidden resources and his investments in coal and oil lands brought him considerable wealth. His residence is one of the finest in Eastern Kentucky and his office building is said to be the best exclusive law office in the State.
Judge Hawkins organized the first bank established at Prestonsburg and was president of it through all the years. He was a leader in all enterprises tending to build up his town and community and a great deal of the progress made by Prestonsburg and Floyd County is due to his energy and public spirit. Judge Harkins was a leading member of the M.E. Church South. A handsome new church building was completed only a few months ago to which Judge Harkins had contributed much time and means and in which he exhibited great pride. His age was 62 years. He is survived by the wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters, Jos. D., Walter Scott, Jr., Mrs. G. C. Howard and Miss Josephine. Mrs. Harkins was a daughter of Joe Davidson, a very prominent citizen of Prestonsburg. Judge Harkins was a most kindly man, generous and charitable. His death is mourned by a very wide circle of friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
HAVENS, Andrew Jackson
Mr. Andrew Jackson Havens, 74 years of age passed away on Wednesday night Feb 18, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Sam McSorley in Ashland. Mr. Havens was a native of Virginia who came with his wife to Lawrence County years ago and located at Buchanan, where they have ever since lived. Last fall, Mr. and Mrs. Havens went to Ashland to spend the winter at their daughter’s home because of his ill health, being a suffer from asthma. A paralytic stroke sustained 10 days since was the direct cause of his death. His wife, formerly, Miss Emily Yost of Virginia, survives him and he leaves 4 sons and 2 daughters, Charles Havens of Columbus, John Havens of Huntington, George Havens of Cyrus, WV, Mrs. Mollie Curnutte of Ashland and Mrs. Sam McSorley. On Friday morning the body was taken to Burnaugh by train for interment in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
At Zelda, Thomas Hicks passed away on Thursday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Mrs. Laura Huff, wife of Benjamin Huff of Joels Branch, Wayne County, died last week of influenza. She is survived by her husband and 6 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
Willie Hughes, age about 23, son of Squire John Hughes, died yesterday from influenza, at the home of his sister near Carter bridge. He had been sick only a short while. He was unmarried. Deceased was a bright and popular young man and his death is deeply deplored. His father is known throughout the county. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
On last Thursday night about 10 o’clock the great summons of death came to Willie Hughes. He was a bright young man of only 20 years. He had been away at work only a short time before his death. He was taken sick while away and the Dr. told him to sty in and go to bed, but he decided to come home with his brother, Beckham. His suffering was so great that he failed to make his journey, stopping at his sister’s Mrs. Walker Bartley. He lived only a few days after reaching here. He leaves a father, mother, 3 sisters and 6 brothers and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
Fred Johnson, age 40, died at his home in Ceredo after a brief illness of pneumonia, which followed an attack of influenza. Mr. Johnson who was a member of a well known Wayne County family, had been an employee of the N & W railway at Kenova for many years. He was esteemed for this upright qualities and for the kindliness of his nature and his treatment of his associates. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. fraternity and one of the most devoted of its members in this section of the state. He was married to Miss Oma Walker and is survived by her and their four children, Mrs. C. L. Strout, Miss Jeanette and Fred and Walter Johnson. The occurred Thursday at the old family homestead on Dock’s Creek. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 13, 1920
Ulysses, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Troy ones, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Jones of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
KENTNER, Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson Kentner, of Ashland, passed away in the C & O hospital in Huntington, his death resulting from appendicitis, for which he underwent an operation a the hospital one week before. Mr. Kentner was conductor on the Big Sandy division of the C & O railroad, and one of the finest men in the service of that company. He had been in the employ of the C & O as brakeman and conductor for more than 17 years, entering the service Sep 23, 1893. He was born in Carter County and was 46 years of age. 19 years ago he was married to Miss Minnie Richardson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richardson, of Ashland, who survived him, with their son, and only child, Thomas Richardson Kentner. Mr. Kentner leaves one brother, Charles Kentner of Hitchens and one sister, Mrs. Howard hatchet of Huntington. Burial took place Sunday. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
KISE, Thomas B.
Thomas B. Kise was born May 6, 1843 and died Feb 8, 1920, age 76 years 9 months and2 days. He was married to Elizabeth Dobbins in 1868 who survives him. to this union were born the following children: Nora, Chance, Commodore, Altia, May, John and Liss all of whom are living but 2. He was converted about 40 years ago at Garred Chapel and was a member of M. E. Church South and was faithful to the same until death. He was a soldier in the War of 1861 and belonged to the old 14th KY Co., H and when the war was over he received an honorable discharge and later was given a good pension which was a great help to him and his wife in their declining years. His body was laid to rest in the old Kise graveyard where his father, mother, brothers, sisters and 2 children are sleeping to await the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds of heaven and his voice as a might trumpet and they that are in their graves will hear his voice and come forth and go up to meet the Lord in the air and to ever be with the Lord. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 13, 1920
KOUNS, John J.
Interment was made last Friday in the Kouns burial ground on East Fork of John J. Kouns, age 21, whose death occurred in Ashland a the home of his aunt, Miss Georgia Kouns, after a week’s illness of pneumonia. He was the son of Theodore Kouns and grandson of John J. Kouns. He was a great grandson of Rev. J. T. Johnson, deceased. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
The death of Rebecca Large, aged 49 years, occurred Jan 8, 1920 at the Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, KY. She is the daughter of Malissa Large, deceased, Feb 11, 1918. She was born and reared on Big Blaine, Lawrence County, KY. She leaves 2 brothers and 3 sisters and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
Lindsey Layne, well respected citizen and a Civil War veteran passed away at his home at Buchanan Sunday night. Notwithstanding the fact that he had passed his 80th milestone, he was strong and vigorous until about a year ago when attacked with influenza. Since that time he has been in poor health, but able to go around until a few days ago when he fell a victim to the same disease. He has been a member of the M. E. Church South for a number of years and was active in church and Sunday school work. About 60 years ago he was married to Frances Hatten, who survives him. the children are Mrs. J. c. Buckley, of Parkersburg, WV, Mrs. Fabert Steadman of Pennsylvania, Tom and V.C. Layne of Ashland, Ms. R. L. Prichard of Kavanaugh, and Mrs. Keen Burchett. Interment was made in Buchanan Cemetery on Wednesday morning. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
LITTERAL, Judge W. E.
Judge W. E. Litteral died at his home at Oil Springs, Johnson County. He was 70 years old. At the time of his death he as commonwealth’s attorney for Johnson and Martin. He had been county judge and county attorney of Johnson County. His long service in these important positions prove his popularity and efficiency. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Death appeared in the home of Taulbee Maynard, Feb 15th and took his beloved wife, Emma Maynard, daughter of James Nunnery. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. She was a good woman and a good mother, leaving her husband and 3 children to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
MAYO, Minerva (Scutchfield)
Mrs. Minerva Scutchfield Mayo of Smalley, KY, widow of Jacob Mayo, deceased, died recently. She was past 75 years of age. She is survived by 4 sons and 2 daughters as follows: Mrs. I.F. J. McKinster, Glenwood, WV, Mrs. Bascom May of :Prestonsburg, S. s. Mayo of Smalley, T. D. Mayo of Texas, Miles Mayo, Smiley, Dr. H. H. Mayo, Smalley. The funeral was preached by Rev. I. F. J. McKinster, her son in law. She had been a loyal member of the M. E. Church South since she was 17 year of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Ulysses, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Uncle Sam Murray of Lowmansville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
The many friends of Andy New, now of Chattaroy, WV, will be pained to learn of the death of his little son, which occurred a few days ago as the result of pneumonia. He was sick only a short time. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 13, 1920
Meads Branch, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of George Nolan. He left a wife and 3 small children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
Word has been received here that Robert, son of Mrs. Billy O’Brien, who moved a short time ago from Walbridge to a place near Cincinnati, died after a few days illness of influenza. It is said the burial will take place there. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 13, 1920
Walbridge and Holt, KY—Our community was grieved to hear of the death of Robert Weddington, son of Mrs. William O’Brien of Covington who recently moved there from this place. His death occurred on Monday last, caused by pneumonia. Mr. Whittaker of Whitehouse, brother of Mrs. O’Brien went to Covington and accompanied the remains to Whitehouse Wednesday for burial in the family cemetery. Mrs. O’Brien is seriously ill and does not know of her son’s death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
On Sunday night, Feb 8 death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Pine and took from their loving embrace their baby, Leohone. She was 1 year 6 months and 14 days old, and was sick almost 3 weeks. The burial services were conducted by Rev. Mortin Berry. She was taken to the point overlooking her former home for interment. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Pikeville, KY, Feb 14—A duel which resulted fatally for Garland Price and probably fatally for Daniel Slone took place at Lookout, KY today. Slone was brought to a hospital here, one bullet having entered his abdomen. Daniel Slone and Price met on the railroad tracks at Lookout and Price, police say, opened fire on Slone, who seized his assailant, and after calling in vain for help to disarm him, it is said, shot him through the head. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
A sister of Sam Robinet died near Torchlight a few days ago. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Meads Branch, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Carrie Robinett. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
ROBINSON, W. E.
W. E. Robinson, of Grayson, died suddenly Wednesday while visiting his daughter, Mrs. W. W. Green at Ashland. He was 64 years old and was born at Willard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 13, 1920
Charles Sammons died yesterday at his home on Griffith’s Creek of influenza. He was 41 years old. Eight children survive him and all of them are sick with the same disease. His wife died last November. Mr. Sammons was a good citizen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
SKAGGS, Mrs. Dolpha
The funeral of Mrs. Dolpha Skaggs, wife of the city clerk, was held at the Baptist, conducted by Rev. Earl Delaney, pastor, assisted by Rev. Isaiah Cline of the First M. E. Church. The ladies of the order of Rebekahs attended in a body. Mrs. Skaggs was before marriage a Miss Wallen and they came here from Flat Gap, Johnson County. She is survived by her husband and a little son, Emil, 6 years of age, also by her mother, brothers and sisters. She was a splendid woman, a devoted wife and mother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
SMITH, Beverly J.
Mrs. Beverly J. Smith, 45, died last Thursday after a brief illness with influenza at her home at Ceredo, WV. Mrs. Smith was a daughter of Theodore Toney of near Fort Gay, WV. She was twice married, her first husband being Jamison Pyles of Whites Creek. Four children, Don and Fred Pyles, Mrs. Opal Toney and Mrs. Harry Jordan, survive. Also, Mr. Smith and children, Charley, Wilma, Elsie and Frances Kathleen, the lat named aged only 11 months. The funeral was from the Ceredo M. E. Church of which Mrs. Smith was a leading member. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
SMITH, Olga E.
In loving memory of our dear wife and mother Olga E. Smith, who died Feb 5th 1919, at Catlettsburg, KY, interred Fallsburg, KY Feb 9th 1919. One year has passed since that sad day. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
SMITH, Mrs. Shirley (Robinett)
Mrs. R. M. Smith, 20 years of age, passed away Tuesday at her home at Pollard, her death resulting from tuberculosis. Mrs. Smith was before marriage Miss Shirley Robinett, daughter of Mrs. Mary Robinett, of Pollard. She was born and lived on Bear Creek in the Big Sandy Valley, until the family removed to Pollard, 7 years ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church and a young woman of lovable traits of character. She leaves no children. In addition to her husband, and her mother, Mrs. Robinett, her survivors are one sister, married and living on East Fork, and 4 brothers, Mart Robinett, of Spring Hill, Lawson and Mason of Pollard and Clyde Robinett of Cabin Creek, WV. The burial took place on Wednesday morning at the Fannin Cemetery on Bear Creek. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 27,1 920
The death of Rev. Bernard Spencer occurred on Wednesday of this week at his home at Kermit, WV after a few day’s illness with influenza. He had been in declining health the past 2 or 3 years and was compelled by illness to give up his work as a minister of the gospel quite a while ago. He moved to Kermit, WV where he and his family were filling the place of toll keeper on the new bridge at that point. Rev.. Spencer was a men of bright mind and high ideals He was a member of the Western Virginia Conference, M. E. Church South and within the past 10 years had served charges in the Ashland district. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spencer, both of whom died several years ago. Up to the time of entering the ministry his home was at Charley, this county, excepting a short time spent in Louisa. Rev. Spencer leaves a wife and 5 children. Also he is survived by 3 brothers, H. K., of Washington, C.H., OH, Thomas of Portsmouth and Dee of Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Hazel, the 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sperry, died here Tuesday morning, having fallen a victim of influenza. She will be greatly missed among her schoolmates and in the home. She was a bright child and was advanced in her studies. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
STARR, Mrs. William
Madge, KY—Mrs. William Starr was buried Monday at S. J. Preece’s. She was a good woman and will be greatly missed. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 6, 1920
THOMPSON, Mary (Spencer)
The death of Mrs. Mary Thompson occurred on Monday night at the home of her daughters in Louisa. She had been an invalid several years following a stroke of paralysis and had been confined to her bed during that time. Mrs. Thompson was visiting at Auxier when she suffered the paralytic stroke and was brought at once to Louisa for medical treatment. This was 3 years ago last January. Since that time she has been at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. L. Burton. After the death of Mr. Burton another son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Burton, moved in with them and Mrs. Hester Carter also makes her home there. At the time of her death these 3 daughters were present. Others who were called here were Mrs. Williams of Maben, WV and Mrs. McComas and husband, of near Ashland. On Wednesday morning at 7:20 a service consisting of Scripture reading, prayer and song was held at the home and conducted by Rev. J. B. Bell. The body was taken to the family burial ground near Adams, this county, where interment took place. The service there being conducted by Rev. A. L. Moore.
Mrs. Thompson was the widow of Rev. A. J. Thompson, who was a local preacher in the M. E. church South. The following sons and daughters survive: Johns Thompson, of Ironton, John B. of near Louisa, Chris, of Adams, Ken of Ashland, Mrs. Hester Carter, Mrs. A. T. Burton, Mrs. Cora Burton of Louisa, Mrs. Jerry Williams of Maben, WV and Mrs. McCown of Adams. One son, Medley, died some time ago. Mrs. Thompson’s age was 85 years. Many years ago she united with the M. E. Church South and her long life was one of faithfulness and good works. She was devoted to her family and they in turn to her, showing her every care and kindness that could be bestowed upon a mother. During her lingering illness she was a most patient sufferer. On account of the serious illness of John B. Thompson and that of the family of Johns Thompson they could not attend the funeral of their mother. Sickness also prevented all except Mrs. A. T. Burton and Mrs. Jerry Williams from going from here to the burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
Glenhayes & Clifford--News reached here this morning of the death of Walter Thompson of Ferguson, WV, who was a victim of the flu. He was the son of Mart Thompson, deceased. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
TURNER, Mrs. John Burk
Drift, KY—We are sorry indeed to announce the death of grandma Turner which occurred at this place Tuesday of last week. She was laid to rest on Wednesday evening in the beautiful family cemetery on the little knoll near the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. L. Martin. She was about 84 years of age and the widow of John Burk Turner, a well known citizen of Floyd County, who departed this life several years ago. She had been a faithful member of the Regular Baptist Church for more than 30 years and died in full triumph of faith in the Lord. She was the mother of 10 children, 4 sons and 6 daughters, 3 boys and one daughter are dead and the others were all present at the time of her death, including her only living son, J. d. Turner of the Agricultural Experimental Station at Lexington, KY. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Within the short period of only 3 days the 2 children of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Vanderpool of Radnor have died from the effects of whooping cough followed by influenza. Fairfax, the oldest, died on last Friday, Stark, the baby boy, died on Sunday and Hope, the only girl, is very ill. Mrs. Vanderpool has also been seriously ill for some time. Mr. Vanderpool is one of the well known school teachers of the county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
Gorman Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. D. Ward, died at his home at Inez of tuberculosis. He was a student of the State University and would have graduated this year had he not contracted the dread malady. He was a young man of exceptional good habits with a bright future. He was an ex service man being a member of the Marines. He left $10,000 insurance to his parents. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
WATSON, Mrs. W. L.
News was received in Louisa Thursday of the death of Mrs. W. L. Watson which occurred at her home in Ashland Thursday morning after a few weeks illness. She was a native of the Webbville section of our county. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
WARD, John C.
John C. Ward, a prominent citizen of Martin County, died at his home at Inez. Mr. Ward was quite a prosperous citizen and left his entire estate to his widow, Mrs. Mary Ward. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
A sad occurrence shocked the passengers of C & O train No. 89 while at the Paintsville depot Tuesday evening of this week. The little son of Sid Webb died unexpectedly just before the train started from the station. He had been brought on a cot and placed in the baggage car to be taken to a hospital. Death came very suddenly and a young woman ran thought the cars called for the little boy’s mother, who had been sent to the chair car in the rear. The child was 10 or 12 years old and had been ill only since last Saturday. He was injured while playing, but it is thought he had appendicitis. Mr. Webb is proprietor of one of the leading hotels in Paintsville and has been a prominent business man there for years. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 13, 1920
WEBB, Mrs. E. P.
Mrs. Ed. Webb died Tuesday of pneumonia following influenza. The husband and 3 small children are left to mourn their great loss. She was a Miss Nunley, a woman of fine character, and one who will be missed by the community. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
Mr. John Webb died Monday after a few days illness with influenza. Mr. Webb moved to the farm of Mrs. Margarett S. Stump a few months ago. He is the brother of Millard Webb of this place and son of Robert Webb, deceased. He is a highly respected citizen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
WEBB, Samuel J.
Samuel J. Webb died Feb 18 at his home near Fort Gay, after an illness of only a few days. He was 86 years old and had been in fairly good health until recently. Mr. Webb was a good citizen and had many friends. He was the father of 21 children and grandfather of 54. A wife and 5 sons and 7 daughters survive him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 20, 1920
YATES, Mrs. J. W.
Mrs. J. W. Yates died at her home in Louisa Saturday night about 12 o’clock as the result of a fall on Friday night. Being in her 80th year she was not strong enough to recover from the severe injury to her back which was inflicted by falling on the floor of her room. She remained conscious almost to the last moment, and talked calmly about death to the members of the family who were at her bedside, doing everything possible for her comfort. Her passing was typical of the devout Christian for whom the future holds no doubts or fears. She had lived the life that brings this satisfactory condition to the closing hour. Mrs. Yates had long been a member of the Baptist Church. During her last illness she had given directions about her funeral and burial and these were carried out as far as possible. She selected the songs and a psalm, and these were used. The funeral was held on Tuesday at one o’clock at the Baptist Church, Rev. J.T. Pope, the pastor conducted the services, assisted by Rev. J. D. Bell of the M. E. church south. The body was taken to the Fulkerson cemetery on Pine Hill and tenderly laid to rest by the side of her daughter, Mrs. Lena Meyers, who passed away several years ago. The pallbearers were Robert Dixon, F. T. D. Wallace, Sr., Dr. A. W. Bromley, Capt. F. F. Freese, John H. Frazier and M. F. Conley. The surviving members of the family are the husband, age 83, the only son, F. H. Yates and daughters, Mrs. Maggie Riffe, Mrs. Mary Mason, Mrs. Elizabeth Eldridge, Mrs. Nellie Reynolds and Mrs. Lutie Muncaster. Mrs. Julia Franklin Yates was born at Paintsville Mar 28, 1840. She was a daughter of James Franklin, who was once prominent in business affairs at Paintsville. Her mother died when she was 12 years old. She taught school in Floyd County and also here. On Dec 24, 1867, she was married to J. W. Yates and they have lived here ever since, honored and respected by everybody. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
YORK, Mrs. Will
Walbridge & Holt, KY—Mrs. Will York died early Wednesday morning with influenza. She was not thought to be dangerously ill and her death came as a shock to her relatives and friends. She was a devoted wife and mother and leaves to mourn her loss a husband and 5 children. She was buried in the Wellman Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 27, 1920
The Morgans Creek section has had 3 more deaths. Miss Ida Burchett, Grover Diamond both young people and Uncle Billy Adkins died last night (the 15th). He was up toward 90 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
Ira Bernard died a few days ago at the home of his son, Jesse, 4 miles north of Louisa. According to his statement he was 99 years of age. This would make him the oldest person in the county and would give him the record for old age in Lawrence County over quite a period of years. Mr. Bernard moved to Breckenridge County about 20 years ago, returning to the home of his son not long ago. He was very active for one of extreme old age until the last few months. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
Died, Mar 15, 1920, Mr. Ira Bernard at the home of his son, Jesse, at the extreme old age of 99 years and 9 months. He was born in Virginia in 1820 came to this county a few years later and was married to Miss Mary Mills, who died in 1912. To this union were born 5 boys and 4 girls. Uncle Ira was a good and useful citizen. He always had a smile and a good word for all he met. He joined the Christian Church about the year 1885. He expressed his willingness to died just before the end came. He was laid to rest in the family burying ground near Potter. On account of sickness but few of the family could attend the burial. The service was conducted b Rev. H. R. Hewlett of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
Jay Blankenship, 21, died at the home of his father, Lewis Blankenship, in Huntington Sunday. He had been ill a long time before taking influenza which caused his death. His father and 4 brothers survive. The body was taken to Prichard, WV Tuesday for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
Charles Bowles, age 23 died at Pikeville, Sunday night of typhoid fever. He had been sick 3 weeks but was thought to be improving for a while previous to the time of his passing away. The funeral took place Tuesday and was very largely attended, many persons going from other towns to pay their respects. He was the oldest son of Mr. C. c. and Mrs. Nona Connolly Bowles and was one of Pikeville’s most highly esteemed young men. He was well educated and was just entering upon a promising business career. Early in the war he enlisted in the army and while at camp the physicians found some trouble in one lung which resulted in his discharge and several months treatment at Saranae Lake. He recovered and was apparently in fair health afterward. Charles was identified with the Presbyterian Church. He is survived by 2 sisters, and a brother, and his parents. His father is one of Pike County’s most prominent men. He had been county attorney and at present is actively engaged in the wholesale grocery business. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
Yatesville, KY—Mrs. Linza Browning died of the flu early last week. There was only a day or 2 difference in her burial and that of her father in law, Mat Browning, making 2 deaths in the Browning family since the flu made its debut over 2 weeks ago. Mrs. Browning was an excellent woman, a strict member of the church and will be greatly missed from our community. She leaves a husband and one child to mourn her loss. It is said that her husband, Linza Browning is very low at this writing with the same disease. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
May Browning was born in Lawrence County, KY Feb 24, 1886, departed this life Feb 24, 1920, aged 34 years. She joined the church in 1906 and was converted at Yatesville in 1907 and lived a true devoted Christian for 12 years. She was the oldest daughter of David and Gertrude Foster and niece of Rev. V. D. and Adam Harman. She had been a school teacher and taught school at Green Valley, Shady Grove and Compton. She was loved by all that knew her. She was married to Lindsey Browning and to this union was born one child, Alta Marie, a sweet little girl. She took influenza and suffered one week. She told her aunt, Nancy Harman, a few moment before she passed away, that she was going home. She passed away on Tuesday evening at 2 o’clock on her birthday and was buried Thursday morning in the cemetery overlooking her home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
BURCHETT, Mrs. Ben
Yatesville, KY—An aged lady who was the widow of Ben Burchett died on last Sunday at the home of her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Chaffin and it is said the entire family of Mr. Chaffin is down with the flu. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
The Morgans Creek section has had 3 more deaths. Miss Ida Burchett, Grover Diamond both young people and Uncle Billy Adkins died last night (the 15th). He was up toward 90 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
John Burris, age about 50, died at Buchanan last week of pneumonia. He was a son of Rev. M. T. Burris and is the first of 10 sons and daughters to be called. John is survived by the wife, 4 sons and 2 daughters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
The following from a Portsmouth paper gives the particulars of the accident which caused the death of a young man who formerly lived near Louisa: E. F. Chapman, 29 years of age, well known N & W yard brakeman, suffered the loss of his right leg below the knee and other injuries this morning about 8 o’clock when run over by a loaded car in the local yards at East Portsmouth, which resulted in death at Hempstead hospital about 2 hours later. Chapman was rushed to the hospital on a yard engine and the company surgeon, Dr. J. N. Ellison was called. He was placed on the operating table at once. His condition grew worse and about 9:30 a call was sent for Undertaker Roy Lynn’s lung-motor which was sent to the hospital in an effort to stay death but the shock of the several injuries were so severe that all efforts to prolong life were futile. Chapman was conscious until the last and told Dr. Ellison jut how the accident happened. His work was to ride the loose cars down the bump to various tracks where the trains are made up. He was riding a loaded car when the brakes refused to hold. He started to get off but thought of the damage that would be caused by the fast moving car crashing into other cars down the track and climbed back to the top of the car to make a last attempt to tighten the brakes and Chapman said that he gave a strong pull on the brake wheel and that something broke, probably the brake chain, which caused him to fall in front of the car. H said he rolled to one side of the track and got almost clear when the car caught him.
An examination of his injuries were made on the operating table and showed the right leg gut off below the knee, both hips crushed, and a deep and long cut to his side, caused by the edge of the wheel catching the side of the body against the rail. Chapman had worked for N & W I the local years about 7 years coming here from Louisa, KY a little over 7 years ago. He would have been 29 years of age had he lived until the 12th of this month. About 4 years ago he was married to Louella Bennett of this city. They had lived at 1616 High Street for about 4 years. Besides his wife, Mr. Chapman leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Chapman of 1620 High Street, 4 brothers and 2 sisters as follows: George A. of Cambridge, OH, C. C. of Akron, J. S. of Louisa, G. L. at home, Mrs. C. T. Wilson of Louisa and Lucille at home. The accident victim was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and was one of the best known and best liked employees in the local yards. The accident cast a pall of gloom over his fellow employees who witnessed the fatal accident. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 19,1920
CLAY, George B.
After a long illness George B. Clay died at his home Wednesday night of last week. He had seemed to be improving until attacked by influenza a few days before. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Allie Malone of Grayson, one son, Raymond and one daughter, Agnes. Mrs. Mary Hamilton of Pikeville, and Mrs. Julia Keith of Oklahoma are sisters and Tom Clay of Pikeville and Will of Washington are brothers. Mr. Clay was born in Pikeville 58 years ago. He had lived at Catlettsburg many years and for a while was connected with the Clay-Gunnell Shoe company. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and M. E. Church, South. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
Overda, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Bessie Cooksey. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
On Feb 25th death came to Bessie Cooksey. She was 23 years 2 months and 25 days old. She was a good Christian girl, having been converted 6 years ago and has since lived a good Christian life. She will be greatly missed. About 3 weeks ago Bessie went with her sister, Mrs. Fred Vanhorn to visit her brother at Kistler, WV. While there she was attacked with influenza, pneumonia following. As she was unable to come home she was there at the time of her death. At her bedside were her brother, Bert and Charley Cooksey, a cousin and other relatives. She was laid to rest beside her sister who died 3 months ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
Mattie, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Crishman Cordle’s baby. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
CYRUS, Mrs. Arthur
Mrs. Arthur Cyrus died at Durbin from pneumonia. Her husband and 4 children, the youngest 6 months old, survive. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
The Morgans Creek section has had 3 more deaths. Miss Ida Burchett, Grover Diamond both young people and Uncle Billy Adkins died last night (the 15th). He was up toward 90 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
News reached here this morning of the death of Bertha Dooley of Portsmouth, who was a victim of the flu and pneumonia. She is the wife of Walter Dooley and the daughter of Mrs. Ballard Castle. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
HALL, Madge (Berry)
Mrs. Madge Hall was born in Lawrence County, KY, Sep 19, 1894 departed this life Feb 9,1 920, aged 25 years 4 months and 20 days. She was the youngest daughter of John A. Berry of Yatesville. She was a bright intelligent young lady of excellent character and was loved by all who knew her. She always wore a smile for everyone around her. She was married to George W. Hall Jul 12, 1919. She had been failing in health for years and took that dreadful disease influenza and inflammation of the throat and suffered 5 days. She died at Columbus, OH and was brought back to Brushy Fork for burial. She leaves her husband, father and 2 sisters and a brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
HANSON, Lou Verna
Fort Gay, WV—Mrs. Lou Verna Hanson, age 64, widow of the late D. L. Hanson, died at her home near here Monday. She was the daughter of Smiley Stewart, of Lawrence County, KY. Although a bad cripple for a number of years, Mrs. Hanson was a faithful church attendant and was an influence for good in the community. Two children survive, Mrs. May Robinson and M. J. Hanson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
The body of Robert F. Hartman arrived in Louisa Tuesday evening from Nitro, WV. His death occurred there some time Sunday night. Mr. Hartman was feeling about as well as usual when he retired. When called for breakfast the next morning he failed to answer. His wife went to his bedside and found that he was dead. About a week previous he was kicked on the arm by a mule, but it is not thought this had anything to do with his death, which was pronounced due to heart trouble. Some time ago Mr. Hartman had suffered with heart trouble but of late had not complained of it. Mr. Hartman was 60 years of age. When a young man he came to Louisa and has spent most of his life here, being counted one of our good citizens. For several years he had charge of the Eloise farm near here. He was industrious and honest and had no enemies. His wife, Mrs. Mary Keggs Hartman, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Charles P. Shannon and Mrs. Eulah Cain, of this place, survive. Burial took place on Wednesday on Pine Hill after funeral services which were conducted by Rev. Haggard at the M. E. Church in this city. The Odd Fellows were in charge of the burial. Mr. Hartman was a member of that order in good standing. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
A very lamentable affair occurred near Osie, about 12 miles from Louisa on Tuesday of this week, resulting in the death of 15 year old son of Walter Jobe. He and a neighbor boy 14 years old, son of Kay Carter, were working near each other, using axes. A trivial controversy is reported to have arisen between them. The Jobe boy is said to have struck his axe into the ground near the other boy’s foot. The Carter boy then struck Jobe on the head with the flat side of an axe, causing almost instant death. It is thought he had no intention of killing his companion. His father brought him to Louisa yesterday and gave bond for his appearance later. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
JOHNSON, Lucinda (Muncey)
Lucinda Johnson was born Apr 12, 1932 and departed this life on Wednesday Feb 25, 1920, at the ripe old age of 87 years 10 months and 13 days. When she was 22 years old she was married to Thomas Johnson, who departed this life Dec 14, 1897. To this union 12 children were born, 8 are living: W. H., Boone, Theodore, Douglas, Mont, Mrs. A. H. Miller, Mrs. Gilbert Miller and Mrs. Harmon Boyd. They were all present at the burial except Mrs. Boyd, who could not attend on account of being sick. Green and Martha both died a few years ago, each leaving a family. Samantha and Rosa Belle died in infancy. She leaves to mourn her death 38 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. She was a daughter of the late Skidmore Muncey whose home was in the valley near Louisa. She had come to stay a few weeks with her daughter, Mrs. A. H. Miller and while there she took sick of the flue and a breakdown from which she never could recover. She was converted when she was a young woman and was a member of the old M. E. church and was a faithful Christian all these years. A short time before her death she told her children that she was ready and that she wanted the good Lord to take her home to Heaven. She was buried on the Friday following her death at the old home place, beside her husband, The burial service was conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller. There was a large crowd despite the bad day of snow and ice. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
It was sad news that came to the friends and relatives of Charley Jones’s family being sick with influenza. On Feb 15th the death angel visited their home and took the husband and father leaving 4 little children to more the loss. The remains were laid to rest in the South Solon, OH Cemetery. Nine days later the 4 year old daughter died at the hospital at Jamestown, OH and 26 hours later the wife of Charley and mother of the little daughter died.. The mother and daughter were laid in the South Solon Cemetery by the side of Charley. They were formerly residents of Lawrence County, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Mrs. Sarah Keelin, age 72, died at Catlettsburg of pneumonia, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I. Fairchild. Charles Keelin, only son, also survived. She was a Stafford before marriage. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12,1920
Mrs. James Kilgore, of Kilgore, passed away Sunday morning in a hospital in Columbus, after a 2 weeks’ illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Kilgore had gone to Columbus to be with the family of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Lusk, while the latter underwent surgical treatment. Mrs. Kilgore’s husband was with her and was also very ill, but has practically recovered. Mrs. Kilgore was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barrett, deceased pioneers of Boyd and Carter counties. A sad feature of Mrs. Kilgore’s death is that her husband’s sister, Mrs. John Johnson, was buried from their home at Kilgore, on last Saturday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
LAMBERT, Gustava (Copley)
On Feb 25, death entered the home of Carlos Lambert of Portsmouth, OH, and took from them their baby, Donald, aged one year and 11 days. Two hours later the mother died. Gustava Copley Lambert was the daughter of W. A. Copley of Potter, who died about 14 months ago. She was born in Louisa, KY but at an early age she moved to Potter where she was reared. She possessed a cheerful disposition, and enjoyed above everything else the companionship of family and friends. On Feb 28, 1913, she married Carlos Lambert, of Buchanan. To this union were born 3 children, Albert Harrison age 6, James Allen age 3 and Donald. Besides the bereaved husband and 2 little sons, the surviving members of her family are Mrs. Julia Horn, Mrs. Tennie Baker, Mrs. Virginia Montague, Mrs. Carrie Bryan and J. W. Copley. She was buried at the Buchanan Chapel burial ground Feb 28. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
Ellen, KY—the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Lawson Tuesday night and took their baby, Zelda. She was a bright little girl and loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
LESTER, Emma Estell Lambert
The death angel entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Thomas and claimed for its victim Emma Estell (Lambert) Lester, the little adopted daughter of Mrs. Milla Lester. At the time of her death she was with Mrs. Lester’s daughter, Mrs. Thomas of Herndon, WV. Emma Estelle was 3 years 9 months and 17 days of age. She was sick only a few hours. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Catalpa, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. Cecil Manns and took from them little Estell. He was 9 years old and had been an invalid from his birth. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
MCKENZIE, Mrs. John
Richardson, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. John McKenzie, formerly of this place, but who moved about a year ago to Lookout. She was a good Christian woman and will be greatly missed. Her daughter, Mrs. William Childers and brother, Dora Blanton, from here attended the funeral. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
MCKINNON, Rev. J.J.
Rev. J.J. McKinnon died last Saturday after a short illness. Burial took place at Barboursville on Monday. Rev. McKinnon was a preacher in the Western Virginia conference, M. E. Church South and was pastor at Van Lear a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
A ten year old daughter of J. N. Meek of Offutt died of pneumonia yesterday. The child had been sick with other troubles for a few days before pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Mrs. Matilda Musick, one of the best known women in Mingo County, aged 45 years, passed away last Friday at a Huntington hospital, where she had been taken for an operation for appendicitis. The physicians found that she was not suffering with that complaint and diagnosed the case as meningitis. Deceased had been a resident of the county all her life having been born at Meador on Mate Creek. She was married about 30 years ago to S. K. Musick to which union was born 6 children all of whom survive her. Mrs. Musick was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Chafin and is survived by her father. Williamson Republican. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
A telegram received Tuesday from J.S. O’Roark at Middlesboro brought to relatives the sad news of the death of his son, Dwight. A carbuncle was the cause. He leaves a wife and 2 children. T. J. and A. Snyder, uncles of the deceased, left Wednesday to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
Tabors Creek and Meredith—The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Pack died Monday and was buried Tuesday in the family burying ground. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Carroll. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
Cecil, the 3 year old son of Mrs. Ethel Peters, died last Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of his grandfather, Johns Thompson, in Ironton, OH. He had been sick about 2 weeks with influenza and pneumonia. On Saturday the body was brought to Louisa and was taken to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Peters, where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the service, which was attended by many friends. Cecil, Jr., was the youngest of 3 children of Cecil Peters who was killed by a train at Ashland a year or more ago. Burial took place in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
RICE, Charles W.
Mr. Charles W. Rice died at his home at Dennis after a few days illness. He was one of the county’s good citizens and was in the merchandising business at that place. He was a brother of Dr. W. A. Rice of Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
RICE, Rev. M. H.
Mr. Tom Rice has returned from Wellston, OH where he attended the funeral of his afther the late Rev. M. H. Rice, who died Mar 8 and was buried on the 10. He was born on Oct 29, 1840 on Garner in this county, then Carter County. He entered the ministry in 1874. He is survived by 7 boys and one daughter. Also by his wife, stepmother of his children. Rev. Mr. Rice was a brother of the late much loved Rev. French Rice. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
Evelyn, the 6 year old daughter of Harrison Scarberry, of Richardson, died last Friday night from burns received that day. Her clothing caught fire from an open grate and burned entirely off of her. She lived only a few hours. Burial took place on Sunday. She was 5 years 11 months and 16 days old. She leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother and one little sister. She was laid to rest in the Vaughan Cemetery Sunday at 2 o’clock. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Griffith Creek, KY—Arnold, the 14 months old son of Dan Senters, departed this life Mar 4th of pneumonia following influenza. He leaves mother, father and 10 brothers to mourn their loss. This is the second death in this well known family, another son having died only a short time ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
It is with feeling of sorrow that we report the death of Mrs. Nettie Skaggs who passed to the great beyond Tuesday, Mar 9, 1920. She was 25 years 4 months and 11 days of age. She had typhoid fever and was thought to be getting along alright till she was suddenly taken with a relapse and continued worse until the end. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Fyffe of Keaton. She was married to Rufus H. Skaggs of this place, Jul 26, 1911. to this union a son was born who is now 6 years of age. She was a devoted Christian and belonged to the new regular Baptist Church. Few who ever knew Mrs. Nettie Skaggs can think of her departure without a sense of personal bereavement. Her friends were many and by every one she was held in that high esteem which we call true affection. Her qualities were of the most winning and attractive sort. She was of fine physical appearance. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
On Feb 28th the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith and took from them their beloved daughter, Irene. She was 16 years of age and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a mother, father, 4 sisters, 2 brothers and a host of friends to mourn the loss of her death. She died with double pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Paintsville, KY—Luther Spears, son of Julius Spears, of Lowmansville, this county, died at the Jenkins hospital, Mar 9 and was brought to the old home at Lowmansville by his father for burial. He was 17 years of age and died of flu and pneumonia. He was an exceptionally bright young man and held a good position at Jenkins. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
STEPPE, W. B.
W. B. Steppe, of Inez, known as Bruz Steppe, died at his home on Wolf Creek Mar 12. His death was due to influenza. He was a son of Rev. Elias Steppe. He leaves a wife and family and number of relatives. Within the 5 months 4 deaths occurred in the Steppe family. Mr. Steppe’s mother died last month, his sister, Mrs. James Hale, died about 2 weeks ago, his sister in law, Mrs. Lige Steppe, died about a week ago. W. B. Steppe has a son who is a prominent physician in Missouri. Two of his children have been prominent teacher in Martin County. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
Overda, KY—Death visited the home of Bird Stewart and wife, taking their little baby. It was laid to rest in the Crabtree graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 12, 1920
Buchanan, KY—we are sorry to announce the death of John Turman which occurred Friday. He had been sick many months and his death came as a relief to this sufferings. Interment took place at Kavanaugh Sunday attended by a large crowd. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
Agonett Wallace, 3 years old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wallace of this place, was accidentally burned to death. Her clothes caught fire and her mother could not quench the fire until the child was so badly burned that death followed in a few days. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
WARD, Mary (Preston)
Mrs. Mary Ward died at her home in Paintsville after a few days illness. She was a sister of Mr. J. H. Preston, of this place. Mrs. Ward was an excellent woman. She had lived in Paintsville several years. She is survived by 3 sons, Lafe Ward of Williamson, WV, George Ward of Pikeville and Junior of Paintsville and 3 daughters, Mrs. R. D. Hinkle, Jr., of Richardson, Mrs. Ellen Clifton of Dry Ridge and Miss Hester Ward of Paintsville. The burial took place Wednesday at the old home a few miles below Paintsville. The cause of her death was leakage of the heart. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
WARD, Mrs. W. B.
Mrs. W. B. Ward died at her home in Paintsville Monday night after a 3 weeks illness. Mrs. Ward was stricken with the flu about 3 weeks ago and her condition continued to grow worse until the end Monday night. She was a daughter of Babe Cline, of Martin County. A husband and 5 children survive. Prof. and Mrs. Ward moved from Martin County to this place a number of years ago. Since coming to Paintsville she made many friends and was loved and respected by all who knew her. In her death the town and community have lost a good Christian woman and the family a devoted mother. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Benjamin Watkins of Blue River, died Feb 23 of heart failure caused by flu. Mr. Watkins was about 60 years of age, born and reared in Floyd County and was considered one of her upright citizens. He is survived by his widow and 2 sons and one daughter. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Ulysses, KY—Mrs. Martilda Webb, who has been sick for several weeks, died Sunday afternoon. She took influenza a few days ago and that caused her death in a short time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Webbville, KY—The death angel came Sunday, Feb 22, and claimed Aunt Rebecca Webb. She had been ill for a few days with influenza and after the fatal disease struck her she soon passed away. She was 84 years old and a good Christian woman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
WEBB, Susie (Nunley)
Susie Webb was born on Bear Creek in Lawrence County, KY Jun 9th, 1885, departed this life, Feb 17, 1920, aged 34 years 8 months and 8 days. She was married to E. P. Webb of Fallsburg, KY, Jul 5, 1915 and to this union were born 3 sweet little children, one girl and 2 boys named Cathaline, Ep and Junior. Susie was the daughter of Lewis and Cynthia Nunley and a niece of Alonzo and William O. Daniel of Hulette. She was raised from early childhood at Hulette. She was of a kind disposition and noble worker, loved, honored and respected by all her friends of which she had many. After she was married she moved to near Fallsburg and lived there until her death. She was a victim of influenza, suffered for 2 long weeks and bore her affliction with Christian patience and all was done for her that tender hearts and loving hands of a kind nurse, a loving husband and good neighbors and 2 noble physicians could do, but they could not stay the cold unmerciful hand of death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 26, 1920
Mrs. Jennie Williams, of Banner, wife of Jasper Williams, died of influenza and pneumonia. She was 22 years of age and is survived by her husband and 2 children. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Mrs. Woods died Saturday at her home near Fort Gay, aged 84 years 10 months and 4 days. She was buried in the family lot at the See Cemetery at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon. She was a relative of Mr. Jesse Holbrook. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Joe Workman died Saturday evening at his home Mar 6,1920, with pneumonia. He leaves mother, brother, 2 sisters and many friends to mourn the loss. He was a member of the choir at Morgan Creek. He was sick only 2 weeks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
Ironton, OH, Mar 2—Jacob Yates of Symmes Township, who shot and killed Charles Richendollar, Saturday night, and who was shot himself in the pistol duel, died at the Ironton hospital today. Mrs. Benjamin Yates, 83 years old, mother of one of the duel victims, also died today when her clothing caught fire when she was smoking a pipe in bed. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 5, 1920
Charley, KY--The 4 year old son of Isaac Young died Monday of pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 19, 1920
BARTRAM, Lindsay M.
The following account of the death of a former citizen of this section is from a San Bernardino, CA paper. Mr. Bartram was an uncle of Mrs. J. B. Peters, of this city, being the youngest brother of her father, Capt. William H. Bartram. He was also a brother of Capt. John Bartram of Catlettsburg. Before moving to California about 15 years ago his home had been in Catlettsburg. Mr. Bartram is the last member of the older Bartram family, the other having passed away within the last few years:
After an illness of less than 2 weeks, Lindsay Martin Bartram, well known and respected resident of this city and an employee of the San Bernardino postoffice for the past 7 years, passed away early this morning at the home of a son, William Bartram, in Los Angeles. The deceased was 65 years of age and had been a resident of this city for 15 years. He is survived by a widow, Mrs. Ceres Bartram, a daughter, Mrs. Marie Stowe of this city and 3 sons, James O. Bartram, who lives in San Bernardo, George Bartram of Colorado, and William Bartram of Los Angeles.
Post officer employees gathered to pay tribute to their fellow worker, L. M. Bartram, yesterday a the chapel of the Mark B. Shaw Company. The many friends and relatives of the well known man also attended the service which was held at 2 o’clock and the chapel was well filled. Rev. R.M. Dungan of the First Christian Church, of which the deceased was an attendant, officiated and read a brief sketch of his life, following which he spoke from the scriptural quotation. “If a Man Die, Shall He Live Again.” Burial was in Mountain View. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
Mr. Paris Beavers died at Welch, WV, Monday and was buried yesterday at that place. He had been in ill health for 2 or 3 years with Brights disease and his death was not unexpected. The widow and one daughter, age 15, survive. Mrs. Beavers is a daughter of Dr. R. F. Frasher of Fort Gay. Mr. Beavers is a traveling salesman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 30, 1920
Pikeville, KY, Apr 24—Miles Belcher, farmer, Lick Creek, this county, was killed by lightning while plowing during an electrical storm. While passing beneath a low telephone wire he was struck by a bolt, and both he and his horse were instantly killed. His wife, who was in the field, was severely shocked. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 30, 1920
Alford Boyd died at his home at Standard, WV. He was 64 years old. His wife and 7 children survive. Burial took place at Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 2, 1920
Mrs. Rachel Arthur Boyd, wife of William Boyd, of Pike Co., died Sunday at the King’s Daughter’s hospital. The funeral services occurred at the Hampton City Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Apr 20, the Rev. Branham officiating. Mrs. Boyd is a sister of Mr. Levi Arthur, County Court Clerk of Boyd County and was reared in Boyd County. She leaves a husband and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 23, 1920
CHILDRESS, Mrs. Richard
Lower Lick Creek—We were all sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Richard Childress. She was called to Harold a few days ago through the illness and death of her mother and while there she took ill suddenly and her death followed. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 16, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—the 7 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Clark died. This is the second child that has died in this family within 2 weeks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 2, 1920
The death of Jerman Conley occurred last Saturday night at his home near Hager Hill about 3 and a half miles from Paintsville. On the day before a difficulty arose over the division line between his farm and that of Charley Blair. In the trouble Blair struck Conley with a club inflicting injuries so serious that he never gained consciousness and he passed away at 8 o’clock the next evening. He was about 55 years old. His wife and children survive. Charley Blair was the son of Ned Blair. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 16, 1920
COURSER, Charles W.
Charles W. Courser, aged 63 years of Huntington, who has been employed with the Crosby Lumber Company at Chapmanville, WV for some time, fell from a scaffold Monday morning, death resulting almost instantly from internal injuries. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 30,1920
A telegram was received Wednesday from Columbus, OH by Mr. J. M. Cyrus of this city, announcing the death of his niece, Miss Marry Crager. She had been in failing health and some time ago had gone to Texas in the hope of being benefited by the change of climate. Accompanied by her father she had started home from San Antonio, but passed away before reaching there. She was the daughter of J. C. Crager and has relatives and friends in this county. Mr. Cyrus left Wednesday to attend the burial which will be in Hilliards, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
Cherokee, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Covey Ekers. Also of aunt Mary Stewart, both of Irish Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
Tarklin, KY—On March th 18th, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Rebecca Green and called her away. She was 79 years 4 months and 12 days old. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn the loss one daughter, Mrs. Perlina Boling, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 23, 1920
HALL, Green B.
The death of Mr. Green B. Hall occurred last Monday after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. He was a nephew of Mrs. Phil Preece and had made his home there for quite a while. He was a native of Martin County. On Tuesday afternoon funeral services were conducted at the Preece home, Eloise farm, by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Many of the young man’s friends attended the funeral and burial. He recently was converted and united with the M. E. Church South. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
Mrs. Martha Hall, wife of Elder Hiram Hall, died at her home at Melvin of heart failure. She had been a member of the regular Baptist Church for 25 years and had been a consistent and devout Christian. She leaves 5 children, 2 girls and 3 boys and many brothers and sisters. Her father, Painter Harve Johnson, is still living at the age of 85 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 2, 1920
JOBE, Elizabeth (Hicks)
The death of Mrs. Jobe occurred in Ashland Monday. The body was brought to this place and on Tuesday was taken to the old home at Osie this county, where most of her life had been spent. Interment was made in the family burial ground there. Following is from the Independent: Mrs. Elizabeth Jobe, the widow of James H. Jobe was called to the spirit world Monday morning shortly after 6 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. E. Wheeler, 315 21st Street. Mrs. Jobe was in her 75th year and had been in poor health for some time, her death resulting from a complication of troubles. For the past four years she had been blind. Before marriage she was Miss Elizabeth Hicks of Floyd County. Since the death of her husband which occurred last November, Mrs. Jobe made her home in Ashland with her son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Wheeler. She was a woman of beautiful nature, her patience under her bodily afflictions, and her absolute faith in the future life, lifting her above earth’s trails. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Twelve children, 6 sons and 6 daughters, survive: They are John, of Catlettsburg, Samuel of Akron, OH, James Harvey of Elkhorn City, KY, Douglas of Galveston, TX, Fred of Roundup, MT, Silas who lives near Louisa, Mrs. C. B. Carter of Nallan, WV, Mrs. A. J. Woods, of Branchland, WV, Mrs. L.c. Hornbuckle and Mrs. W. M. Marcum of Elkhorn City, Mrs. Wheeler of Hazard, and Mrs. E. E. Wheeler of this city, who had been her mother’s devoted nurse during her late illness. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 23, 1920
LAYNE, William S.
On Thursday, Apr 22, 1920, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Martha E. Layne of Zelda and claimed for its victim the dear husband and father, William S. Layne, aged 67 years, 1 month and 13 days. He had been in very bad health mentally for some time. He had always lived a quiet honest life. He was a kind husband and father, a good neighbor and citizen. He said before he died that the was seeking salvation, that he believed the Lord died to save sinners. He leaves to mourn his loss his dear wife, 2 sons and 3 daughters, as follows: Elgin, Leslie, Ethel, Emma and Ciara. Interment took place in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 30, 1920
William Lester, a N & W engineer who formerly lived here, died at his home in Portsmouth, OH, Tuesday of last week. He had an abscess on the inside of his throat that burst while he was coughing and choked him to death. He was a brother of Mrs. Fred Daft of Ceredo. The body was buried at Portsmouth Friday. Ceredo Advance. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
Floyd Martin of Minnie, died of a complication of diseases. He had been afflicted for some time with a disease of the bones. He was a son in law of William Stumbo, prosperous merchant of Minnie, a son of Keen Martin, one of the large landowners of the county. Mr. Martin was a fine young man and was n the merchandising business with his father in law. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
Cherokee, KY—John May, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hammond May, died at his home at this place Mar 30, 1920. He was a poplar young man and will be missed by all who knew him. He was 23 years old and leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, 3 sisters, and 7 brothers and a host of friends. He was loved by all who knew him. He gave his service in the world war. Burial took place in Graham Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
MAYNARD, Mrs. Thomas
Mrs. T. P. Maynard died at her home in Fort Gay, WV, last Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard moved to that place a few days ago from Georges Creek and were among the good citizens of that place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 30,1920
MOORE, Dewey Allen
Mattie, KY—The death angel visited the home of W.H.C. Moore and wife, Apr 4 and took from them their darling little baby, Dewey Allen Moore. He was one year and 8 months of age. He has been almost an invalid all his life. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. D. A. Hayes and D. M. Moore. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
NOLTE, Mrs. George
Mrs. George Nolte died in a hospital in Ironton Friday night. She was 19 years and 10 months old. Before marriage she was Miss Nancy May Cundiff of Borderland, WV. Her husband and 3 children survive. The body was taken to East Fork for burial Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 2, 1920
PACK, Ollie Waneda
Ollie Waneda, the 16 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Ransom Pack, died at their home at Plain City, OH. The cause of her death was pneumonia which followed an illness of influenza. The body was brought to their former home in this county. Interment took place last Saturday afternoon in the Mary Church burial ground at Charley. Mr. and Mrs. Pack and 2 children were in Louisa Monday returning to their home at Plain City. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
RICE, Charley W.
Charley W. Rice was born near the mouth of Hoods Fork of Blaine in Lawrence County, KY May 28, 1875 and departed this life at Dennis, KY Mar 19,1920 aged 45 years 9 months and 20 days. He was married to Mintie Whitt Mar 14, 1900 and to this union was born 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls: Arnold, Heston, Herbert, Olive, Ruth and Edwin. Charley was a son of Cam and Levina Rice and a nephew of Dr. W. A. Rice of Dennis and Dr. N. T. Rice of Blaine. He was a victim of tuberculosis and his affliction was of long duration. He was one of Lawrence County’s best men, loved, honored and respected by all who knew him. He was elected County Assessor of Lawrence County and was a good officer. He was in the merchandising business and was assistant postmaster at Dennis for years. He was kind to all and a man of the noblest sense. He was an I.O.O.F. in good standing and belonged to Olioville Lodge no. 343. He was happily converted about 5 hours before his death and spent most of that time praising the Lord and talking to his family and friends and asked them to meet him in heaven. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
Grayson, KY—Mar 27—Winfield Scott, 65 years old, president of the Citizens Bank here for many year, died suddenly while presiding over a directors’ meeting today. As he sat down to the table he fell back in his chair and died almost instantly. Mr. Scott had been prominent in merchandizing and banking here for more than 30 years and was known throughout Eastern Kentucky. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 2, 1920
SPARKS, Sophia Lucile
Denton—On Thursday, Feb 26, 1920, our hearts were saddened by the appearance of death into the home of A. J. Pennington which took away the brightest jewel, his stepdaughter, Sophia Lucile Sparks, age 25 years, 4 months and 25 days. She was stricken with influenza and bronchial pneumonia, only lasting 8 days. She leaves behind 2 sisters, Belva Sparks and Mrs. Dr. Holbrook, of Paintsville, 2 half sisters, Bessie and Thelma Pennington. The funeral services were conducted in the Baptist Church at Denton, KY by Bro. Thompson. The remains were laid to rest in the family graveyard of the same place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 2, 1920
Ulysses, KY—Miss Julia Stevenson, who has been sick quite a while died Mar 18. She was a victim of quick consumption. She was 57 years old and was a member of the Holiness Church. She is survived by 2 sister and one brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 2, 1920
Cherokee, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Covey Ekers. Also of aunt Mary Stewart, both of Irish Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 9, 1920
John Towler died suddenly at Coalton Monday night, following a hemorrhage from the lungs. He was 56 years old. He was in his usual good health when the retired that night. He is survived by his wife, who was formerly Miss Esther Elkins, of Lawrence County, and leaves several children: Mrs. Lela Holbrook, of Grayson, O. J. Towler, Ada,, Eliza, Eba and Lou Towler, all of whom live at Coalton. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 30,1920
VANHOOSE, Willie May
Willie May, 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Vanhoose of Whitehouse died of typhoid fever. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 23, 1920
WEDDINGTON, Bettie (Reynolds)
Friends throughout this section will be sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Bettie Reynolds-Weddington, wife of Col. Will Weddington, which occurred at her home at Coal Run, KY, last Thursday, the funeral taking place on Saturday afternoon. Her sister, Mrs. Mathew Amick passed away only last Monday at her home in Pikeville. Mrs. Weddington, is survived by her husband, 2 sons, Ballard and John Weddington, prominent merchants and capitalist of Coal Run, by one daughter, Mrs. Trimble also of Cal Run. Mrs. Irwin Hockaday, deceased, of Greenup, was also a daughter and therefore Miss Dorothy Hockaday and Willie Hockaday of Maysville are grandchildren. Dr. John Sowards, prominent physician of Greenup is a nephew. She is also survived bhy 2 brothers, Rev. M. C. Reynolds and Thomas Reynolds of Coal Run. Mrs. James A Scott of Frankfort is a niece. Mrs. Weddington was a much loved Christian lady, was devoted to her family and was in turn idolized by her husband and children. She had more than reached the goal of 3 score and ten. She will be deeply missed and sincerely mourned. Mrs. Weddington was an aunt of Mrs. Minnie Daniels of this city who attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 30, 1920
WILLIAMS, Victoria (Walker)
Mrs. H. W. Williams passed away about 1 o’clock last Tuesday morning at her home on Lock avenue in Louisa. While her health had not been good for some time her lat illness was of only 2 days duration. She was out in town on the Saturday before her death. She was the wife of H. W. Williams, Tax Commissioner of Lawrence County. They moved to Louisa from Patrick soon after his election, to this office two years ago. Mrs. Williams was an excellent woman. She was converted early in life and lived a consistent Christian life afterwards. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Before marriage she was Miss Victoria Walker, of Paintsville. She is survived by her husband, 7 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom arrived in time for the funeral. They are Mrs. Mona Sturgell of Louisa, Wiley Williams of Hartville, MO, G. T. and Charles of Ashland, Bert of Winchester, Sanford and Milt of Bowling Green, Mrs. Elizabeth Brown and Boone Williams of Louisa. At her beside were her sister, Mrs. Mollie Stapleton and daughter Gypsy and brother, John Walker of Paintsville. Wiley Williams, who had been away 8 years arrived Thursday morning from his home in Missouri. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at the M. E. Church conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. The church was filled with relatives and friends of the family, Interment took place in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 23, 1920
WILLIAMSON, Victoria (Leslie)
Mrs. Victoria Leslie Williamson, died at the home of her son, H. T. Williamson, in Williamson, WV Thursday of last week. She was 72 years old and the widow of Floyd Williamson. She was a sister of Mrs. Thomas J. Mayo of Paintsville. Burial took place in Pike County on Saturday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 23, 1920
:Pikeville, KY—Mrs. Georgia Adams died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Young, at Shelbiana, Monday of complications of diseases. Aunt Georgia, as she was called, was born Sep 4, 1843. She married Mr. Adams and to this union 3 children were born, 2 girls and one boy; namely, Mrs. T. J. Kendrick and Mr. John Adams, deceased, and Mrs. J. M. Yung, who lives at Shelbiana. She has living one brother, John A. Dils and one sister, Mrs. J. M. York, who resided here. Aunt Georgia was the daughter of the late Col. And Mrs. John Dils and was born in this city. She was a good Christian woman. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
Cadmus, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Luverna Adkins. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
Yatesville, KY—Mrs. Luverna Adkins, widow of the late William Adkins, died on the 12th inst. She had lived a Christian life for many years past and died in the full triumphs of faith. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground by the side of her husband, who had preceded her about 2 months. The burial services were conducted by the Rev. W. O. Spillman, who did some able talking both at the graves and at the house. Her daughter, Mrs. Mary Roffe, whose home is at Louisville, was in attendance at the burial, but another daughter, Mrs. May Littlefield, whose home is in Georgia, could not be reached by telegram in time for her to come through. All the rest of Mrs. Adkins’ children, together with a shot of sorrowing friends, were in attendance. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
Catlettsburg, KY—The funeral of Okey Adkins, aged 39 years, who passed away Wednesday at his home here, was held at the residence and was preached by Rev. A. P. Keyser. Interment in Catlettsburg Cemetery. The deceased with his parents came here from Wayne, WV about 3 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
Miss Agnes M. Auxier of East Point, passed away last Monday after a long illness caused by cancer. She was in a hospital in Cincinnati quite a while for treatment and returned home some weeks ago. For several years she was one of the leading teachers in the schools in Johnson County and was also one of the members of the board of examiners for teachers in that county. She was the daughter of J. K. Polk Auxier who lives in Blockhouse bottom, a part of the old Auxier farm. Besides her aged father the surviving members of the family are one sister and 2 brothers. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday and was attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends. Burial in the Auxier Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
Butler Blackburn of Floyd County was killed by falling slate in a private coal mine near his home back of Prestonsburg Monday. Blackburn was a coal loader and employed at one of the large mines but went into a small mine near his home to get cal for cooking purposes when he met with the accident. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
Tom Carter, son of Cox and Malissa Carter, died at his brother’s home in Columbus, OH, Wednesday morning, May 26. His body was brought to Fort Gay Thursday morning and was taken to Rich Creek for burial. He was about 30 years old and single. He served in France and Germany in the late war and contracted lung trouble from exposure, whilst on detailed duty in Germany, and his death is the result. He was a fine young man. During the war he spent considerable time as a “sniper” for the U. S. Army, being an expert shot. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 28, 1920
Donithan, KY—The angel of death entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Off Chapman of Rock Castle, Friday, Apr 30, and took from them their little daughter, Ella, age 10. The remains were brought to this place Sunday and interment was made in the family burial grounds near Mr. Huston Chapman’s home. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
Leroy Conway, 18, of Vanceburg, who was attending school in Cincinnati, was aroused Saturday night by a burglar. He and his roommate procured a gun to search for the intruder. In attempting to load the gun it was discharged striking Conroy in the stomach. He died before reaching the hospital. His father is engineer on the accommodation train between Huntington and Maysville. Funeral services was held at the home of his grandfather, Ben Conway, of Covington. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Ezra Crabtree, 71 years of age, died at the home of his grandson, Gilbert Crabtree on Highland Avenue, Apr 29. His death was from paralysis. His body was shipped to Ironton for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
William Damron, former Huntingtonian and brother of Moses Damron, employee of the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad here, was found dead Monday night by the side of a railroad track 5 miles east of Hellier, KY, according to information received here. While Damron’s trousers were torn from the ankle to the knee and his suit case was broken, there were no marks on his body to show violence, a telegram to Moses Damron said. Damron left Huntington for Hellier, where he will claim his brother’s body. Huntington Herald. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
Paintsville, KY—The death of Rev. Miller Fairchild occurred last Sunday at his home near Sip. He worked on his farm Saturday and was in his usual good health. He died suddenly from heart trouble. Rev. Fairchild was born Jul 1850, died Apr 25, 1920. He was married to Sarah Daniel, daughter of the late Isom and Eleanor Daniel, in 1866. To this union were born 16 children, 13 of whom are living. He became a member of the United Baptist Church in early life and has lived a devoted Christian ever since. 28 of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren arrived in Paintsville Monday from Ashland and Catlettsburg on their way to the funeral which was held at Winifred. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
FIELDS, C. C.
Congressman Fields’ father died at Reedville, Carter County, last week. The following children survive him: Mrs. William Deal, Mrs. Frank Fleming of Ashland, Congressman Will J. Fields of Washington, D. C., Mrs. S. W. McDavid, of Rosedale, Mr. Austin Field of Edna, TX, Robert Field of Alaska, Mrs. Nannie Fuller of Olive Hill and Eris Field of Reedville. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
GARRED, Mary Clarke
Little Mary Clarke Garred, whose illness was mentioned in the NEWS last week, passed away early Friday morning in a hospital in Louisville where she had been taken for treatment upon the advice of Louisa physicians. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard V. Garred, arrived in Louisville with the child Monday. No encouragement was given them as to the case. Paralysis was the trouble. It was first discovered on Sunday morning, affecting the limbs from the knees downward. Gradually the paralysis extended until it reached vital organs. The body was brought to Louisa and interment took place on Sunday afternoon Funeral services were held at the Garred residence, conducted by Rev. J. D. Bell. This little child would have been 2 years old in August. She was a very bright and interesting, the idol of parents and grandparents. Among relatives who were here to attend the funeral were Mr. William Clark and Miss Willie Lee Clark, of Lexington, father and sister of Mrs. Garred, Miss Anna Jean O’Neal of Lexington, Mr. and Mrs. Linden Brode of Huntington, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Vinson of Garrett, Malcolm Burgess, Lee Garred and Miss Nancy Garred, of Gallup. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
Hellier, KY—Tom Gunnell’s little son Bertley took his gun and went out hunting. He fell and the gun went off and shot him through the thigh and bowels. He was on top of a hill and a man heard his pitiful cry and went to him and found him rolling and crawling trying to get home. The man gave the alarm and others came and carried him home in a quilt. The next night the pale horse and his rider came and took little Bertley home. He was 12 years old. The funeral services were held at his home. Brothers Lon Childers, Dick Butler and Newt Lease conducted the funeral. It was sad to his father and brothers and mother and all of his friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
HALL, Mrs. Oscar
Prestonsburg, KY—Mrs. Oscar Hall, whose home is East Point, KY, this county, daughter of Jim Smith of that place, shot and killed herself at Greasy, Pike County, KY, Tuesday, May 11. Despondency over domestic troubles is thought to be the cause of her suicide. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 21, 1920
East Point, KY—The body of Mrs. Flossie Hall, who committed suicide at Alka, Pike County, was brought her for burial May 13. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 28, 1920
HATFIELD, Milton Burns
The body of Milton Burns Hatfield, who passed away at a hospital in Charleston Saturday night, was brought to Ashland Sunday and taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Hatfield, where service was conducted by Rev. W. D. McCraw, pastor of the Church of God, Monday afternoon, the burial following in the Ashland Cemetery. Milton Burns Hatfield was just 21 years of age. He was an industrious young mechanic, for the past year employed in Charleston, where he was seized one month ago by an attack of typhoid fever. He was placed in the hospital where he had the care of 2 special nurses and his father and mother have alternated in being with him all during his illness. He was born in Lawrence County but had made his home with his parents in Ashland for the past 12 years. His father is a merchant here. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 7, 1920
Hubert Hensley, 18, of Naples, died after undergoing operation for appendicitis. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hensley. Burial took place Wednesday on East Fork. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
JESSE, Mrs. Reuben
Prestonsburg, KY—Mrs. Reuben Jesse, of Yellowtown, died Saturday of cancer. She had been in poor health for months and it was known that she could not survive. She is survived by her husband. Big Sandy news, Friday May 14, 1920
JOHNS, Harry D.
Prestonsburg, KY—Harry D. Johns, well known farmer of Dwale, died at his home May 14th. He was stricken with paralysis about a month ago, and no hope was held for his recovery. Mr. Johns was 62 years of age and had spent a long and useful life in this county. He is survived by his widow and 2 daughters, Miss Josephine Johns and Mrs. J. B. Lynch, of Dwale. Many Prestonsburg people, his relatives and friends attended the funeral which took place from his late home, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. C. A. Powers and Rev. Lafferty. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 28, 1920
Measles and pneumonia caused the death of the 14 months old child of James Justice and wife of this place last Sunday. Another child of the same family was seriously ill, but is somewhat improved at this time. The funeral was held on Monday. Burial in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
Sam Lykins, well known Democratic politician, from Morgan County, died in an operation for gall stones at Dallas, TX last Sunday. The burial will take place at Frankfort, KY. He was deputy warden of the Kentucky penitentiary for many years and later was custodian of the State capital building and grounds. He was a genial man, well liked by all who knew him. He resigned as custodian last year and went to Texas. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 28, 1920
MARRS, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Marrs died at Winchester Saturday and the body was taken to Pikeville for burial. The family moved from Pikeville about 5 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
William McCoy and Henry Ratliff, 2 old citizens living near Fort Gay, WV have died within the last week. The former was father of Wayne McCoy of Louisa, and father in law of John New, who died 2 weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Uncle Wash Miller, aged 83 years of Middle Creek, died at his home on the Big Branch of Abbott Creek on Monday, May 3. Mr. Miller had been in feeble health for some time when he suddenly dropped dead. He served 3 years in the War of Sections, and was a Confederate pensioner. He was born, reared and had lived in Floyd County all his life, and was a most esteemed and respected citizen. During the war he received a shot through his abdomen. He leaves surviving him 3 sons and one daughter, Jack Miller, English Miller, and Dave Miller and Mrs. C. C. Hyden all of Middle Cereek. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore died Wednesday morning, May 12, 1920 at 2 o’clock. The little child was about 3 months of age but had never been strong. The young parents had taken him to the home of Mr. Moore’s parents, Rev. and Mrs. H. K. Moore of Russell, KY, where he died. His body was brought to Prestonsburg for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday May 21, 1920
MORRISON, Ottaway (Vest)
Prestonsburg, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. Walker Morrison and took his beloved wife, Ottaway Vest Morrison. She was about 38 yeas of age. She is survived by her husband and 8 children, 2 sisters, Mrs. Tobe Blackburn of Meta and Mrs. Milton Morrison of Thomas; 3 brothers, Dr. N. L. Vest of Harold, William Vest of Yeager, WV, and R.. L, Vest of Thomas. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
John New, age about 76 years, died a few days ago near Louisa. Cancer of the stomach is said to have been the cause. He was confined to his bed only about a week. He was a brother of Andy New, who died recently. John was a Confederate veteran and Andy a Union soldier. Both were honest, industrious citizens. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
PATTON, Mrs. John H.
Richardson, KY—Death visited the home of John H. Patton Tuesday morning May 25th, and claimed as its victim the loving wife, Mrs. Patton had been an invalid for several years. She was 53 years old and leaves to mourn her loss a husband, 7 sons and 3 daughters, and a host of friends. The body was taken to East Point for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 28, 1920
William McCoy and Henry Ratliff, 2 old citizens living near Fort Gay, WV have died within the last week. The former was father of Wayne McCoy of Louisa, and father in law of John New, who died 2 weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
RITTENBURY, Andrew Jasper
A very lamentable accident occurred Wednesday morning at Chapman, 8 miles south of Louisa, resulting in the death of Jasper Rittenbury. The gates of the government lock in Big Sandy River were being manipulated, preparatory to raising the dam. Mr. Rittenbury was assisting the lock tenders in this work. The men were applying considerable power to the cable when the hook on the capstan or crane broke. The cable struck Mr. Rittenbury across the breast, throwing him into he river. His head struck the lock wall and the blow either caused death or so stunned him that he drowned. The body was recovered at once. He was 37 years old and leaves a wife and 8 children. He was an honest, industrious man, respected by all who knew him. His wife is a daughter of Harvey Hardin, Sr. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
Noah Spencer, who fought for 3 years with the Virginia infantry, died in his 80th years at the Confederate Home, Pewee Valley, Sunday. He was born Aug 25, 1840, in Hillsville, Carroll Co., VA, enlisted in May, ??? with Company I, 63rd Virginia and was discharged in April 1865. He entered the home from Jackson, KY May 7, 1907. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
THOMPSON, Laura Catherine
Wayne, WV—Laura Catherine, the 8 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Thompson died Wednesday of diphtheria. Funeral services were conducted at the home Friday morning by Rev. J. R. Glenn of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
VANDALE, Grace (Burke)
Mrs. Earl Vandale died Wednesday at her home in Charleston, WV. Her death followed an illness of the past few years, some of the time being spent in Asheville, NC, where for a while she seemed to improve and hope was entertained for her complete restoration to health. However, for several months, it has been known that she could not recover. Mrs. Vandale was Miss Grace Burke, of this place, where she lived until her marriage. She was the youngest daughter of Mrs. Gertrude Burke, who died a few years ago. She is survived by her husband and one little son. Mont Burke and Mrs. Fred Tiernan, of Charleston, WV and Mrs. A. C. Holbrook of Ashland are her brother and sisters. She was a niece of Mrs. W. T. Cain, of this place. The body accompanied by relatives will reach Louisa Friday morning and will be taken direct to Pine Hill Cemetery for burial. Funeral services were held in Charleston Thursday. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
WARD, Lucinda (Lyon)
Lucinda Lyon Ward, widow of William Ward, died at the home of her son, John Ward, at River, KY, on May 22nd, aged 98 years, 6 months and 11 days. She was the mother of 11 children, 7 of whom remain to mourn their loss. She was probably the oldest woman in this section, and she leaves a host of descendants, among them a number of great-great grandchildren. She was laid to rest in the old family graveyard Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Ward was a woman of strong intellect and fine character. Her sons are leading men in the communities where they live. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 28, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Uncle Allen Wells, 84 years of age, died at his home on lower Johns Creek, near Auxier, May 17th. He was a Union soldier and served for some time in the Civil War. He leaves 5 sons, Elijah, Riley, James, Win and Kenzie Wells, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Sophia Williamson and Mrs. Martha Robinson, all of Dewey. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 28, 1920
WELLS, Mrs. Robert
Tuscola, KY—On last Saturday morning our community was shocked by the sad intelligence that Mrs. Robert Wells had dropped dead. Without a word of warning to her friends or family she breathed her last. She was a good Christian woman devoted to her home and family and had passed her 65th milestone on life’s pathway. She leaves a husband and 2 children to mourn the loss of a true Christian mother and devoted wife. Her funeral was preached Sunday at the church by Revs. Grant Bentley and Roland Hutchison in the presence of an unusually large congregation to pay the last respects to one they tenderly and dearly loved. Her remains were taken to the Hammond graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 21, 1920
Wayne, WV—Amos Workman, well known farmer of this county, died Sunday afternoon at his home here after several months illness. He leaves a wife and 10 children. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at Greenbrier Church. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 14, 1920
COMPTON, John A.
John A. Compton, of Lawrence County’s best known and most popular citizens, died at his home near Hulette, this county, some time during last Friday night. His passing into eternity was not known until Saturday morning, when a member of the family went to his bed and found him cold in death. He had suffered somewhat from heart trouble and this caused his demise. Friday night he retired, feeling as well as usual, after having eaten a good supper. Squire Compton was 73 years old. Eleven children survive him, and also one brother, J. R. of Buchanan, and one sister, Mrs. Caroline Prichard of Falls City NB. Another sister, Margaret A. Compton, died May 18th of this year. Besides 7 children at home there are L. T. of Ashland, K. F. of Louisa, D. C. an employee of the C & O railroad and S. G. who lives near the old home. Squire Compton spent all of his life except the first 8 years at the home where he died. He was one of the most popular men in the county, because he was one of the most genial and generous. Hospitality in his home was of that whole-souled kind that captured very guest who entered there. He was of a cheerful disposition, full of humor and an entertaining companion. He was a true friend, and there are hundreds of friends of his who are saddened by his death. For 28 years he was a Magistrate of Lawrence County, having been elected every time he was a candidate. Four years ago he declined to offer his name again. As a member of the fiscal court of the county he stood for progressive measures and for efficient handling of county affairs. The burial took place Sunday and was very largely attended. All the sons and daughter were present. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 18, 1920
Jerry Endicott, age 50, died Wednesday evening at his home in Louisa, after an illness of more than a year. He submitted to a serious operation at Huntington a few weeks ago, and was brought home from there about May 1. The funeral was held at the residence at 2 p.m. Thursday and interment in Fulkerson Cemetery followed. Rev. J. D. Bell of the M. E. Church South conducted the services. The widow and 4 children survive. Oscar, the oldest son, is in the west for the benefit of his health and it would be impossible for him to reach here in time for the funeral. Mr. Endicott was an excellent citizen. He was honest, quiet, industrious and enjoyed the respect of everybody who knew him. His death is deeply deplored by all his friends. Relatives called here by the illness and death of Mr. Endicott are his father, Joshua Endicott, aged 82 years, 2 brothers, Gabe and Billy Endicott, of Webb, WV, Mrs. Oscar Endicott of Prestonsburg, Zeke Wilson of Pt. Pleasant, WV, Ralph Wilson of Charleston, WV, Mrs. Ella Hornick and husband of Sun, WV and Truman Wilson of St. Louisa, who has been at his bedside 5 weeks. Mr. and Mrs. R. A. McKee, of Vanceburg, were unable to be here on account of sickness in their family. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 11, 1920
FRASHER, H. F.
Fort Gay, our sister town across the river, and Louisa also, received a severe shock last Friday morning when the news was flashed that H. F. Frasher had taken his own life. The awful tragedy was enacted at about the hour Mr. Frasher was accustomed to open his store in the morning. His residence is on the rear of the lot occupied by the store building and he entered the store by the rear door. Evidently he fired the fatal shot soon afterward, as the front door was not unlocked. Some time later Mrs. Frasher went to the store and found the dead body of her husband on the floor in a pool of blood. The pistol from which the fatal ball had been fired was under the body. Mr. Frasher had shown some indication of slight dementia for about 2 months, enough that his family was concerned about his condition. There is not much doubt about this being the caused of the rash act. No other reason can be found. He had been a successful merchant for many years and there were no financial troubles. His family relations were pleasant. Frank Frasher was 48 years old. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him. The wife and 3 attractive young daughters survive, 2 of them being members of the graduating class in the high school course at Kentucky Norman College. Dr. R. F. Frasher, father of the deceased, also survives. Mrs. Effie Beavers, of Welch, a sister, came down and attended the funeral. Miss Lilly Frasher and Carl Frasher are bother and sister of frank. The funeral took place on Monday and was attended by a very large crowd, many people from Louisa being present. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jun 9, 1920
HAGER, Mary (Ratcliff)
Pikeville, KY—Mrs. Mary Ratcliff Hager, died Monday night at her home in Pikeville. She had been suffering with rheumatism several years and until recently had spent the winters in the South. She had been hopelessly ill the past few weeks and some days ago the immediate relatives were called to her beside. Her first marriage was to Winston M. Connelly, an attorney of Pikeville, whose death occurred many years ago. Of their 2 children the son, W. H. H. Connolly, passed away a few years later, leaving 2 sons, Frank R. and Winston. The daughter, Mrs. Nona C. Bowles, wife of C. G. Bowles and her 3 children, Harrison and Misses Loraine and Josephine, live in Pikeville. Mrs. Hager is also survived by her husband, John L. Hager, a prominent merchant of Pikeville. Mrs. Hager was a sister of Judge W. O. Ratliff, deceased. Her death removes one of Pikeville’s well known and good women. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, burial following in the Pikeville Cemetery where only a short while ago her grandson, Charles Bowles, was laid to rest. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 25, 1920
Prichard, WV—Aunt Lou Hannon, one of our pioneer school teachers, died at the home of her son, John H. Beckley, Jun 3. Her body was taken to Huntington and laid to rest by the side of her husband. The deceased was an estimable Christian lady, having joined the Methodist Church when quite young. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 11, 1920
HARRIS, Margie (Cassiday)
The people of Prestonsburg and vicinity were shocked and grieved to hear of the death of Mrs. Margie Cassiday Harris, at Louisville, KY on May 20, 1920, at a hospital in that city where she had been taken from her home at Jonesville, VA for a serious operation. She had been in failing health for some time, and it was hoped that the operation would assist in restoring her to health. She was 33 years of age and leaves surviving her, her husband, Rev. Walter C. Harris, to whom she was married in this city on Feb 13, 1903, and 3 sons, and 2 daughters, William Glenn, Forest Clyde, Walter Donald, Maude Rose and Anabelle, all of whom are of tender years. Rev. Harris has been engaged in the ministry at Grassland, KY, Lookout, WV, Ansted, WV and Jonesville, VA and at each place has made a remarkable success, having great power as a speaker from the pulpit. Mrs. Harris was a daughter of Mrs. Belle C. Gardner of this city. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. P. Carico of Big Stone Gap, VA and interment in the Weddington cemetery—Prestonsburg Post. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 11, 1920
The death angel knocked a the door of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Young on the 2nd and took from them their dear father, Mr. A. L. Hicks. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard. His sickness and death was a great shock to his relatives and friends. He was 73 years old. Just a year and 2 months ago his dear wife preceded him to the glory land. They are both sitting on the throne with Jesus wearing the golden crown. They had been member of the United Baptist Church about 43 years and lived faithful until their death. Bro. Hicks was a minister of the Gospel most of the time and stood on a solid foundation for Jesus. He was a good minister and a good citizen and was liked by all of his community. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 11, 1920
HUGHES, James W.
The death of Mr. James W. Hughes, father of A. M. Hughes, of Ashland, occurred last Friday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Hughes had been called to Huntington on Thursday by his illness. Miss Ellen Hughes went Friday to attend the funeral. The following article was taken from the Huntington Herald Dispatch: James W. Hughes, 86, former postmaster of Huntington, died at the home of his son, former Congressman James A. Hughes, 1140 Fifth Avenue, at 5:30 o’clock Friday morning, following an illness of several weeks. Mr. Hughes was born of Scotch parents in County Mayo, Ireland, Nov 11, 1833. He was educated in Scotland and was a teacher in Ireland. He married Miss Ellen McNulty of County Mayo, sep 25, 1855, with whom he left for America at once. The voyage over the Atlantic was made in a sailing vessel and required 6 weeks. The young couple landed in New York but went at once to Corrona, Canada, where they lived until 1872. Here all but the youngest of their 8 children were born. The youngest, the late Douglas Hughes, was born at Bellaire, OH while the family was en route to Ashland, KY.
Ashland remained the home of the Hughes family until 1890, when the family came to Huntington. Mr. Hughes served as assistant postmaster of Huntington for several years. Then he was appointed postmaster by President McKinley, an office he held 14 years. During the whole of his tenure as postmaster the conduct of his office was never assailed. In recent years he lived quietly at the home of his son, former Congressman James A. Hughes. After more than 50 years of life with him, his wife died in this city 12 years ago. His only daughter and one son died in early life. Two sons, both well known in the affairs of the Tri-State region, have died in recent years. These were Douglas Hughes and Ed Hughes of Ashland. Surviving sons are James A. Hughes, of this city, John G. Hughes of Ashland, and Arthur M. Hughes of Louisa, KY. Mr. Hughes was an old fashioned country gentleman. The term gentleman applied to his character with unusual fitness for his was a truly gentle spirit. It is said of him, throughout his long life no oath ever passed his lips, and that he never used either whiskey or tobacco. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and his life was marked by an earnest and unostentatious piety. He was a man of very wide reading.
In the sunset years of his life, whenever the weather permitted, he occupied a chair on the front porch of the Hughes home, daily greeting his neighbors as they passed to and fro in front of the home. The kindly spirit which was so pervasive as to flood the home where he dwelt, flowed out to these passersby, also, so freely that it was a source of regret to them when growing feebleness compelled him to keep his bed. Funeral services were held at the residence at 10:30 Saturday morning. The Rev. Dr. Roger Tyler, pastor of the Trinity Episcopal Church and the Rev. W. H. Sheffer, pastor of Central Christian Church, officiated. Interment was in Ashland Cemetery. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. John Romack of Hinton, Mr. and Mrs. George P. Franklin, Alderson, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hack, Pittsburgh, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Hughes and Miss Ellen Hughes of Louisa, KY; Mr. and Mrs. John G. Hughes, Miss Gertrude Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dawson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Van Sant, Mrs. Ed S. Hughes and son, Ashland, and Mrs. Robert Daniel and son, Lucian Smith. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 25, 1920
LAWSON, Mary A.
Pikeville, KY—Mrs. Mary A. Lawson, age 78 years, died at the home of her son Rollan Lawson, on last Friday evening of a complication of diseases. Mrs. Lawson was the mother of 5 children, Rollan, Landon and Jimmie, the last 2 deceased, daughters, Mrs. Anna and Minnie Williamson. She was the widow of the late J. M. Lawson and has always lived on John’s Creek, this county. Funeral was preached Sunday by Rev. J. A. Slaughter, of Huntington and burial took place in Lawson Cemetery, near her home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 11, 1920
Burwell Morris, deaf and dumb, was instantly killed Thursday near Wayne when struck by East bound passenger train No. 28. He was 46 years old and had never been able to hear or talk. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 4, 1920
MUSIC, T. J.
East Point, KY--T. J. Music, died at his home near here Jun 16th. He was a good Christian and citizen, well liked and respected by all who knew him. He was 66 years old. He left a wife, 6 daughters and 3 sons to mourn his loss. Rev. Henry Dunnigan conducted the funeral services, paying tribute to the consecrated Christian life he had led. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 25, 1920
RAINES, Mrs. William
Mrs. William Raines, 36, died at her home on Mill Creek, WV, Saturday night after a short illness. She was a sister in law of Mrs. C. B. Crutcher of this place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 4, 1920
In sweet and loving remembrance of our loved son, Jasper Rittenbury, who was born Jun 19, 1882, and died May 26, 1920, age 37 years 11 months and 7 days. He was the son of Mrs. Amanda Rittenbury of Gallup. He left a wife, 6 children, one brother, 2 sisters and an aged mother to mourn his death. He was always a loving husband, good father and an affectionate brother. He was converted in 1918 and had lived a Christian life up to the time of his death. He told his loved ones a short time before his death that he was fully prepared to meet his Savior. The funeral was preached at his home by Rev. Sparks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 11, 1920
ROBERSON, Dr. C. G.
Dr. C. G. Roberson, age 30, of Hurricane, WV, was injured fatally when an automobile in which he was riding overturned near Hurricane Friday. He died shortly afterward while being taken to a Huntington hospital. According to relatives, Dr. Roberson was driving to call on a patient, when a wheel came off his automobile. The machine overturned, pinning the physician. Dr. Roberson was a captain in the medical corps during the war. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Myrtle Robertson, his parents, former Judge and Mrs. J. M. Roberson of Covington, and by 3 sisters, Mrs. J. N. Blake and Mrs. Alice Brooks of Huntington and Mrs. Charles Fuller of Indiana. Funeral services were held at the residence of his sister in Huntington. The family formerly lived in Pikeville. Dr. Robertson was a cousin of Mrs. A.C. Ferrell of route 2, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 4, 1920
SEE, David G.
The death of David See occurred Saturday evening at 6:30 o’clock, after an illness of the past few weeks at his home on Mill Creek. The burial took place Monday afternoon in the See graveyard. Mr. See was a good citizen. He is survived by 9 children. He was a brother of Jim and Mont See and also has 5 sisters. He was 62 year of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 11, 1920
SPENCER, Mrs. Lewis W.
Mrs. Lewis W. Spencer died Wednesday evening at her home at Charley, this county. She had been ill a year or more with Bright’s disease. Mrs. Spencer was an excellent woman and the wife of one of our best citizens. She was the daughter of Peter Burgess of Wilbur. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Hays, wife of Dr. L.S. Hays and 2 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 25, 1920
TURNER, Andrew J.
Andrew J. Turner, 10 year old son of A. H. Turner of Prestonsburg, fell from a small flat boat into the Big Sandy river and was drowned last Saturday afternoon. A number of little boys were with him, but none was large enough to rescue the child. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 11, 1920
WATTS, B. B.
B. B. Watts, age 47, widely known Wayne County attorney, died at his home in Kenova Friday afternoon from heart trouble, the result of chronic asthma. Watts, a native of Mill Creek, this county, has been a member of the Wayne bar for several years. He was formerly associated with H.B. Marcum in Marcum & Watts firm of Kenova. He was a graduate of the law school of West Virginia University. The deceased was the son of the late Albert Watts and is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Enda Lambert, daughter of the late J.C. Lambert and 2 children, Mrs. Lucile Perry and Leslie Watts both of Kenova. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday and burial services made in the cemetery near Genoa. Wayne News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 4, 1920
Madge, KY—We were sorry to hear of the death of Lafe Wellman. He had been a sufferer for some time past, and his death was a relief from much pain. He passed away Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock and was laid to rest Saturday on the hill overlooking the home. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 25, 1920
AUSTIN, Mrs. John
Catlettsburg, KY—Mrs. John Austin died at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning at her home on the south side. She had been critically ill for several days and hope for her recovery had been abandoned by her mother and friends who were at her bedside when the end came. She was 42 yeas old and leaves her mother, husband and a daughter, as well as sisters and brothers. The funeral was held in the South Side Baptist Church on Wednesday, Rev. A. P. Keyser, of the M. E. Church, South, and Rev. Mason Branham, pastor of the Baptist Church, officiating. Interment at the Catlettsburg Cemetery in charge of the local lodge of Rebekahs. The deceased was a daughter of Mrs. Robert Roberts and was born in Louisa, and had been a resident of the south side for the past 4 years. She made a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
CARTER, Mrs. Cox
Mrs. Cox Carter died at her home near Ellen Wednesday night, after an illness of several weeks. She was operated on at an Ashland hospital recently, without getting much relief. She was a sister of Judge T. S. Thompson, of Louisa, and a most excellent woman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 16, 1920
Pretty little Bettie Castner, age 16 months, died Thursday afternoon of last week. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Castner, of this place. As the result of pneumonia and complications last winter the child was never restored to good health and her case became hopeless. Early last week her parents took her to Huntington for treatment, but returned Thursday afternoon. The child was in a dying condition upon arrival at home, and lived only a short while. The community was shocked by the sad news, as the seriousness of the child’s condition was not generally known. The body was taken to Huntington Friday for interment. Mr. Castner is in charge of the development of oil leases owned in this county by the New Domain Oil & Gas Company. Since locating in Louisa, he and Mrs. Castner have made many friends. They are very amiable and worthy people. Little Bettie was a child of unusual beauty and brightness. At a fair held here last fall she was selected as the prettiest baby. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 2, 1920
Mrs. Louise Clay, wife of John Clay of Catlettsburg, was struck by a street car Tuesday evening, dying from injuries ten minutes later. Mr. and Mrs. Clay were on their way to South Side Pentecost Church. At the Patton’s Mill stop, they waited for the car. They were told they were on the wring side of the street and Mr. Clay crossed the track to stop the car, which was within a few feet of him. Mrs. Clay followed, crossing diagonally. The motorman applied the brakes when he saw her danger, but she was struck before the car could be stopped. Mrs. Clay received severe injuries on the head. Mrs. Clay was born in Fleming County, KY in 1866. She has been a resident of Catlettsburg for many years. She is survived by her husband, John Clay, and an adopted daughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
COLLINS, Mabel Blanche
Prestonsburg, KY—Mabel Blanche Collins, the infant daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. M. Collins of Lackey, died last Tuesday night and was buried the following day. This was their first born and while just a few weeks old, their grief is profound. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 2, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Dixie Conley, the 8 year old daughter of F. P. Conley of Cliff, died Jun 25 of blood poisoning. Some time ago she had hurt her food and at the time of her death the foot was swollen and inflamed. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 9, 1920
Lawrence Curnutte, a popular young man of Radnor, who served his county in France during the World War, was shot and killed by Fred Cooksey, a young man of the same place, last Friday evening. It seems that Cooksey had some difficulty with Elisha Curnutte, father of the veteran, and that the boy imagined that the son would take up his father’s quarrel and attempt to punish him. The boy secured a pistol and when he met Lawrence Curnutte at the railroad station Friday evening deliberately shot him, it is said. He lived only a few minutes after having been shot. Cooksey made his escape, but relatives induced him to give himself up and sent for Sheriff Cyrus, who conveyed him to the county jail at Wayne.
The above is from the Ceredo Advance. The following is from the Wayne News;
Lawrence Curnutte, age 24, son of Elisha Curnutte and a wounded veteran of the late war, was shot down and killed at Radnor on last Friday evening by Fred Cooksey who is now behind the bars of Wayne jail awaiting indictment and trial. The shooting, which took place at Radnor station, is said to have been the result of differences between Cooksey and the father of the man he shot. There were several eye witnesses of the shooting who say that when the two men met on the railroad track Cooksey ordered Curnutte to throw up his hands, which he did, with the exclamation, “For god’s sake don’t shoot me.” The fatal shot was fired an instant afterward and the ex-soldier dropped to the ground dead with a bullet hole through his chest. County officials were notified and Sheriff Cyrus and deputies began the trail of Cooksey Saturday morning. It was learned that Cooksey had left the county and hedged himself in the hills of Kentucky about 15 miles back of Louisa. On the promises of the Sheriff to protect him from mob vengeance, relatives of Cooksey agreed to take the sheriff to his hiding place. The sheriff found Cooksey on Morgan Creek in Lawrence county, KY, and after a talk with him the accused man agreed to meet the officials the following day and surrender himself. He came to Catlettsburg the next day (Sunday) and was taken in custody by Sheriff Cyrus who brought him to Wayne County jail Monday morning. Cooksey requested that he be indicted and given trial at next term of circuit court, which convenes Aug 9th. Prosecuting Attorney Ferguson is now making arrangements for the trial. Cooksey suggested to the officials that he would enter a plea of self-defense. He secured as counsel Attorneys John Marcum, of Huntington and Fred Vinson of Louisa. Cooksey and Curnutte both lived in the vicinity of Radnor. Curnutte served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France during the war. He was severely gassed in battle and at the time he was killed Friday evening he was on his way to Wayne to consult Dr. G. R. Burgess who has given him treatment since his discharge from service. Curnutte was one of the wounded veterans of the county whose claims for compensation are now pending action by the War Department through the American Legion and Red Cross. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
CURNITTE, Reuben M.
Reuben M. Curnutte, age about 50, died of apoplexy at Red Jacket, WV last Monday evening. He lived only 3 hours after the attack. He was a native of Lawrence Co., a son of John Curnutte of Brushy, near Blaine. His last wife, who survived him, was Miss Kate McHenry, of Louisa. They have one son, a boy of 12. Ten years ago they moved west, locating in Washington. Returning here the first of May, Mr. Curnutte went to Red Jacket where his brother, Will, is a mine superintendent, and took employment as a carpenter. He had rented a house and intended to start house keeping next week. Mrs. Curnutte and son were in Ashland visiting a son and daughter of Mr. Curnutte by his first marriage. They all went to Red Jacket immediately after receiving the shocking news. The first plan was to have burial at Louisa, but difficulties in regard to shipping the body caused the family to decide upon burial at Red Jacket. Mr. Curnutte was an honest, industrious, upright citizen, such a man as no community can afford to lose. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
At Williamson, WV last Monday, Gertrude Garnet, 14, was drowned in Tug River while swimming with several girls and boys. The cries of the children attracted the attention of Sam Davis, a colored employee of the Leckie Colleries Co., who attempted to rescue the drowning child. Davis could not swim himself and was wearing rubber boots, but he made a heroic effort and gave up his life in the gallant attempt to render aid. Both bodies were recovered. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 16, 1920
After a few days illness with diphtheria the 4 year old child of Sam Fletcher died at his home on Lick Creek. Another one of the children was quite sick at the time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
FRENCH, Mrs. Rufus
East Point, KY—The body of Mrs. Rufus French, who died at Bluefield, WV, was taken to Oil Springs, KY, for burial. Relatives from this place who attended the funeral were George, B. F. and John Robinson, Misses Alice and Stella Robinson and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stapleton. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 9, 1920
GARDNER, Henry G.
Prestonsburg, KY—Col. Henry G. Gardner, of Salyersville, died recently at his home there. He was 79 years of age, but was active and industrious to the last. He went up town the morning before he died and brought some seeds. He was taken sick, however, in the afternoon and died of heart failure. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Pattie Gardner and 5 sons as follows: Tone, Richard, Lawrence, Camille and Wishard. He was an uncle of Judge D. W. Gardner and a Civil War veteran and will be greatly missed as one of the landmarks of Salyersville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 2, 1920
At Williamson, WV last Monday, Gertrude Garnet, 14, was drowned in Tug River while swimming with several girls and boys. The cries of the children attracted the attention of Sam Davis, a colored employee of the Leckie Colleries Co., who attempted to rescue the drowning child. Davis could not swim himself and was wearing rubber boots, but he made a heroic effort and gave up his life in the gallant attempt to render aid. Both bodies were recovered. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 16, 1920
Harvey Hardin, Sr. died last Saturday at his home 7 miles south of Louisa, at the advanced age of 86 years. He had been in feeble health for several months. Previous to that time he had been quite active for a man of his years. Mr. Hardin was a good man in every way and has gone to his reward. He was honest, industrious, frugal and God-fearing. His aged wife, near the same age, survives him, and a number of sons and daughters. Mr. Hardin came from Martin to Lawrence County several years ago and bought the old McClure homestead, where he spent his last days. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
Burman Hatfield, a deputy sheriff of McDowell Co., WV, was shot from ambush and killed at Mohawk. About 8 o’clock Hatfield was walking down the railroad when a shot was fired from the hillside and he fell dead. The assassin has not been apprehended. Several nights ago Hatfield’s house, in Buchanan Co., VA was burned to he ground. It is thought probable that the two crimes are of the same source. Williamson News. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
Edith, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Hatten, of Kenova, WV, died after an illness of 3 days with pneumonia. Four brothers and 2 sisters survive. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
HAYS, Mrs. John
On Monday, Jul 12th the death angle visited the home of Rev. John Hayes of New Boston, OH and took from him his loving wife, who had been for several months a sufferer from blood poison. She suffered untold agonies but during all her illness she was patient and was ever ready to cheer her friends with kind words and a smile. She had been for many years a member of the Baptist Church and was always true to her profession and always ready and willing to speak comforting words to those in trouble. She was 62 years of age and leaves a husband, 5 sons and 6 daughters and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss. Rev. Hays and family moved from Louisa to New Boston about 2 years ago. They have many friend in Lawrence County. The body was brought home to her daughter, Mrs. M. A. Hay of Smokey Valley on Wednesday, Jul 14 and on the following day the funeral service was held and the body laid to rest in the Hays burial ground overlooking the home of M. A. Hay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
KOUNS, Mrs. Theodore
Mrs. Theodore Kouns died Jul 5 at her home at Mavity, from effects of an attack of influenza last winter. This is the third member of the family to pass away within 5 months. The others were her son, John J. Kouns and her mother, Mrs. John T. Johnson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 9, 1920
LEFFINGWELL, Dwight A.
Death came suddenly at noon Wednesday to Capt. Dwight A. Leffingwell, while a the dinner table at his home in Ashland. Heart trouble the cause. He was 78 years old. He was a prominent business man of Ashland. He was in the wholesale grocery business for many yeas. For the past few years he had been in the real estate business. His wife, one son, D. A. Jr. and 2 daughters, Mrs. John Chaffee and Mrs. P. K. Malin survive. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
Cordell, KY—The death angel visited the home of George Loar Sunday morning and took away his loving father, Johnny Loar. He was a good Christian man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
MEADE, Henry King
Mr. H. K. Meade, 75 years of age, a well known farmer of Lawrence Co., died at his home near Buchanan Chapel on Tuesday morning, Jul 6, of dropsy. The funeral and interment took place on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Mr. Meade was a member of the Baptist Church, and stood well in his community. He is survived by his wife, 7 daughters, and 2 sons, Mrs. Tom Collinsworth of West Virginia, Mrs. Nora Lakens of Zelda, Mrs. W. H. Thomas, Jr., of Oakview, Mrs. Everette Walker of Jenkins, Mrs. Violet Yokes of Akron, OH, Misses Retta and Pearl Meade at home, Alvin Meade of Van Lear and Anse Meade of Jenkins. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 16, 1920
Lundy Miller, age 20, was drowned last Sunday in Turkey Creek, 5 miles west of Portsmouth. He was in bathing with his brother in law, John Coldiron and Joseph Sparks. He swam into deep water and dived, but failed to come up. His body was recovered about an hour later. He was a native of Ulysses, Lawrence Co., KY. He married about 11 months ago and his wife’s home is in Portsmouth. The body was buried at Ulysses Tuesday. The parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers survive. Miss Georgia, a young sisters, was so shocked by the death that she has been placed in a hospital. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
Mose Newsome of Pilgrim, Martin County, died last Saturday night from the effects of a bullet wound received 3 days before. He was shot by Jim Kirk of Kermit, WV. The killing came up over Newsom following Kirk around for several days and saying that he was going to kill him. Kirk and Newsom are brothers in law. Newsom bore a bad reputation and everybody had expected him to be killed. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
PLYMALE, Octavian Cromwell
Octavian Cromwell Plymale, 77, a Confederate veteran and former resident of Wayne County, died last Friday afternoon at his home in Huntington. He was a member of Camp Garnett, and moved to Huntington in 1905. A man of upright character and sterling qualities, he held the respect of all who knew him. He was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church at Buffalo. He leaves a widow, Mrs. M. E. Plymale and 6 children, who are: John M. Plymale of Wayne County, William E. Plymale of Muncie, IN, J. H. C. Plymale and Sylvester Plymale, Mrs. Charles Dyer and Mrs. E. L. Richardson of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 2, 1920
PRESTON, Flossie (Brown)
Paintsville, KY—The death of Mrs. C. W. Preston occurred Wednesday morning of last week. She had been seriously ill at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Brown for the past few weeks. She leaves one son and one daughter, husband and a number of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 9, 1920
PRICHARD, Dr. Lewis
At the age of 82, Dr. Lewis Prichard died Wednesday at his home in Charleston, WV. He was one of the wealthiest men in that city and has given away large sums to schools and churches in the last few years. He is survived by 2 sons, Fred of Huntington and Mead of Charleston. Dr. Prichard was the 8th of a family of children born and reared at Kavanaugh station on the Big Sandy River, 14 miles below Louisa. He located at Grayson and practiced medicine successfully for many yeas. Moving to Charleston in 1869 he engaged in banking and real estate business and became a millionaire. His brother Dick Prichard was in business in Louisa for many years and died here. Dr. Prichard outlived all of his brothers. Taught by his mother, he became an acceptable school teacher before he was 21. Later he studied under Prof. Holbrook at Lebanon, OH and thereafter entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he received the degree of doctor of medicine in 1867. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
Mr. Isaac Queen died Saturday night at his home at Tuscola. The funeral was held Monday and burial took place in the Taylor burying ground. He was about 70 years old. Mr. Queen is survived by his wife and several children, Richard Queen, formerly of Louisa, but now of Catlettsburg, being one of the number. He was a brother in law of Sheriff William Taylor of this place, having married his sister. Deceased was as good a citizen as we had in the county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 2, 1920
The death angel knocked at the door of Charley and Dorsa Ratcliff on the 7th day of July and took from them their dear father, Mr. Isaac Ratcliff. He was laid to rest in the Caney Fork graveyard. His funeral was held by Bro. M.V. Berry. He had been a member of the M. E. Church for about 25 years and lived faithful until his death. He was 86 years old. He leaves a wife, 5 children an several grandchildren to mourn the loss of their dear one. He had made his home for the last 3 years with his son Charlie, who was good and kind to him. He was a good husband, father and good citizen and was loved by every one. He was a man who had nothing to say in either people’s affairs and worried about nothing. He was sick only 12 days and bore his suffering so patiently. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
RICHMOND, Carroll Friel
Catlettsburg, KY—Carrol Friel Richmond, one year, one month and 8 days old, child of Mr. Everett Richmond, of Garrett, died on Thursday night of dysentery, the funeral and interment taking place Saturday at Coalton. The child’s mother passed away in Ashland exactly one month previous to the death of the little boy, and sincere sympathy is felt for this family, 4 members having been called from its circle since the 7th of April. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 30, 1920
Paintsville, KY—Fred Short, father of Leonard Short, died at his home on Buffalo last week from pneumonia. Mr. Short was one of the county’s best citizens and the people of this section will receive the news of his death with regret. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 16, 1920
STAFFORD, Mrs. Carl
Paintsville, KY—Mrs. Carl Stafford died in a hospital at Ironton, OH last Tuesday following an operation for appendicitis and was buried on Friday. She leaves a husband and a number of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
The body of Mrs. Sallie Stokoe was brought to Louisa last Friday for burial. Her death occurred at Williamson, WV where the family had lived for some time. They formerly were residents at Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
WEBB, Ed P.
Deputy Sheriff Ed. P. Webb, died at Louisa last Saturday morning from the wounds inflicted in the encounter with Paul Wellman on the Monday before. Up to Thursday noon his condition seemed as favorable as could be expected that he had an attack of vomiting and it was realized that he had very little chance to live. He was conscious and fully aware that the end was near. He gave directions as to his wishes in various matters. One request was that his small children be sent to the Masonic home. He leaves 5 children, one of them a grown son, the next a daughter 14 years old. The others are quite young, being the children of a second wife, who lied last fall. The body was sent on Saturday to the home of Mr. Webb’s brother in law, J. L. Moore at Fuller Station. On Sunday afternoon the burial took place under the auspices of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities. A large number of people from Louisa attended and it is said the crowd at the funeral was one of the larges that ever gathered upon a similar occasion in the county. No death that has occurred recently has caused more general sorrow. The fact that he was shot down by an outlaw while in the faithful and fearless discharge of his official duty accentuated the feeling and general interest in the case. Mr. Webb was 48 years old, a Christian gentleman, and a most excellent citizen. He was a son of Z. T. Webb of Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
E. P. Webb was born in Wayne Co., WV, Jul 16, 1872, departed this life Jul 16, 1920, aged 48 years. He came to Fallsburg, KY, with his father, Z. T. Webb when quite a young man and engaged in blacksmithing with his father for a number of years. He was first married to Jennie Moore, a noble young woman and to this union was born 2 children, Garland and Marie. He bought a farm and was doing well. His first wife died, after which he marries Susie Nunley, another young woman and to this union were born 3 sweet little children, Cathaline, E. P. and J. R.. His last wife died last February with influenza and left him with 3 babes. He was a deputy sheriff and in the discharge of his duty as an officer be received a shot that brought him to an untimely death and draped our country in mourning, but thank God we do not mourn as those that have no hope for he was converted the winter of 1915 and lived a true, devoted Christian and often said he wanted to educate his children and raise them right.
When his father went to him after he was shot he was sitting up in a chair and he said, “Father, I would not care so much to die if it was not for leaving my little children.” They took him to Riverview hospital at Louisa, KY where he received all the medical aid and care and attention of loved ones, friends and neighbors that could be given him, but could not stay the cruel hand of death. His father, mother, 2 sisters, 6 brothers in law and many of his friends called to see him during the 4 days he lingered at the hospital. His body was brought to his home cemetery near Fallsburg overlooking his old home and consigned to the narrow house between his two wives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
Williamson, WV—At Maher, KY, Marion Webb, a well known young man of that place, was crawling into his corn crib for corn to feed his horses when a pistol he carried was discharged, the bullet taking effect in his thigh and ranging up into his body. Medical attention was secured, and the would dressed. The attending physician, after doing what he could for the young man, gave it as his opinion that the would was not dangerous and that Webb would soon be around all right. But he grew rapidly worse, and died at 2 o’clock the next morning. Deceased was a son of Penn Webb, a well known citizen of Maher, and a brother of Ira Webb, who conducts a livery stable in Williamson. He was married and leaves a widow and one small child. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 9, 1920
WELLMAN, Mrs. Fred
The wife of Fred Wellman, a well known merchant living near Fort Gay, WV, died Wednesday night, after an illness of about a year with tuberculosis. She was 30 years of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 9, 1920
Fort Gay, WV--The pale horse came through our town Sunday morning about 12:30 and claimed for its victim Maggie Wellman. The funeral took place Monday morning at the Apostolic Holiness Church conducted by Rev. Wolfe, burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Margaret Ann Wellman was born Nov 19, 1864. She was converted about 12 years ago in a meeting conducted by Rev. John Fleming and lived an upright Christian life to the time of her death. She leaves to mourn her loss 2 sisters, Mrs. Maurice Listy of Columbus, OH, and Mrs. Mary Brown of Fort Gay and 2 brothers, Neal and Will Wellman of Fort Gay and many nieces and nephews and friends. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 23, 1920
At Catalpa last Monday Paul Wellman of Catlettsburg was killed and Deputy Sheriff Ed. P. Webb of Fallsburg was dangerously wounded. Mr. Webb had a warrant for Wellman, who hid behind a clump of bushes and shot the officer 5 times. Mr. Webb returned the fire and one ball entered just under the heart, causing almost instant death. Webb was shot in the lower part of the abdomen, cutting an intestine. Two other balls made slight wounds in the side and 2 struck the right forearm, badly shattering the bones. Dr. Proctor Sparks went to Catalpa on a freight train and brought Mr. Webb to Riverview hospital, where an operation was performed. He rallied nicely and up to this time had been doing well, giving considerable hope for his recovery. Wellman was a son of Bent Wellman of Catlettsburg, and had a bad record. He was about 30 years old. It is said he had served two terms in the Reform School and one in the penitentiary. Recently he had been charged with bootlegging in the neighborhood of Catalpa, which is at the mouth of Blaine, 7 miles north of Louisa. It is reported that only last week he had several quarts of whisky and 2 large pistols on display near a meeting or public gathering of some kind and was offering the liquor for sale by the drink or quart. His wife came to Louisa Monday morning, carrying a baby and procured a warrant charging Wellman with beating her. This was the warrant Mr. Webb was trying to execute. He summoned Virgil Skeens to assist him. Wellman was near the station when the Sheriff got off the train. He ran over the river bank and hid. When Webb and Skeens came close he opened fire. Both he and Webb used automatic pistols. Mr. Webb is a good citizen and a fearless officer. He had just recovered from a long illness and his wife died only a few months ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 16, 1920
Everett Williams, aged 33, of Paintsville was struck by a train on the Beaver Creek road last Saturday night and one leg was cut off. He was taken at once to the hospital at Martin where he died twelve hours later after undergoing an operation. His body was brought to Paintsville and on Monday at 3 o’clock funeral services were held at the home of Judge John Wheeler, the burial followed in the Paintsville Cemetery. Mr. Williams had been employed by the railroad company for some time, but was not on duty when the accident occurred. He was engaged to be married. The wedding was to take place on Monday the day of his burial. He was a nephew of H. W. Williams, of Louisa, who attended the funeral and burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 9, 1920
WILLIAMS, Sybil (Stafford)
After an illness of 4 weeks with typhoid fever, Mrs. Williams, wife of Dr. P. H. Williams, passed away last Sunday at her home in Ashland. She is survived by her husband and one son. She is remembered here as Miss Sibyl Stafford of Paintsville, having visited Louisa relatives a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 2, 1920
Cherokee, KY—On Saturday evening, Jun 26, while out seining with a party of friends, Haskel Young, age 18 years, fell into the water and being unable to swim he was drowned before his friends could rescue him. The accident occurred just below George May’s in Blaine. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 9, 1920
Paintsville, KY—the body of John Arms, son of Dan Arms, who died in Germany May 31, 1919, age 20 years, arrived in Paintsville and was buried near his home. Arms enlisted in the army at the age of 17 and went with the first soldiers to France. He contracted tuberculosis and died while with the Army of Occupation in Germany. This is the first body brought to this county for burial from overseas. Big Sandy news, Friday, Aug 13, 1920
The body of Luther Ball was brought from Columbus, OH to Louisa reaching here on Thursday morning. It was taken to the home of his grandfather, Lindsey Thompson, at Ellen, for burial. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Ball and his death which occurred Tuesday morning in a Columbus hospital was caused by appendicitis. He was a handsome boy 12 years old. He had returned to his home in Columbus only a few weeks ago after spending most of the summer at the home of his grandparents. He was a nephew of Roy Thompson and Mrs. Drew Adams of this place. Accompanying the body were the parents and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Ball. Also Leo and Lee Carter. The funeral will be held on Friday. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1920
BROWN, Mrs. George (Lizzie Williams)
Mrs. George Brown passed away Tuesday at her home at Graves Shoals the cause of her death being tuberculosis. She was Miss Lizzie Williams, youngest daughter of H. W. Williams, of Louisa, and her marriage took place here only a short time ago. While living here she made many friends to whom the news of her death brings much sorrow. She was 18 years old and assisted her father in the Lawrence County tax commissioner’s office for some time. The funeral service was conducted at Graves Shoal on Wednesday, burial following at that place. Mr. Williams and daughter, Mrs. Mona Sturgell and family of Louisa attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 13, 1920
BURNS, Rowland Tiernan
On last Sunday night at 11 o’clock Honorable Rowland Tiernan Burns, eminent lawyer, prominent churchman, leading citizen, patriarch of our little city, laid aside the burdens of a long life. The weight of more than four score years had for many months caused his fragile form to totter as he passed in and out amongst us. The transition came after an illness of 2 weeks, following a trip to a Sunday school convention at Kavanaugh. His enfeebled condition was not equal to the exertion put forth on that trip and he was confined to his bed from that time until death claimed his emaciated body. On last Sunday it became evident to the family that Mr. Burns could last only a few hours. Absent members of the family were notified of his condition and they started at once for Louisa. Several other relatives also came. Mrs. C. H. Williamson, daughter of Mr. Burns, arrived from Arkansas on Tuesday evening and Rev. Williamson reached here from Asheville, NC on a later train the same day. Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Johnson and sons and daughter, Mrs. Mason Payne, were here when the end came. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the residence, n the presence of a large gathering of people. A number of friends and relatives from various points all the way from Ashland to Pikeville were present. At the conclusion of Rev. Bell’s sermon, the Rev. Dr. C. H. Williamson of Memphis, TN, son in law of Mr. Burns, paid one of the most striking and touching tributes that could be uttered. A long line of automobiles followed the hearse to Pine Hill Cemetery, where the resting place for the weary body was ready and placed by the side of his beloved wife, who preceded him nearly 4 years ago.
Mr. Burns was in his 87th year. Although never robust in body, he had been active in all affairs of lift until 2 or 3 years ago. Since that, he had been able to be on the streets almost every day, except for short periods of illness. He never missed attending a preaching service at his church when able to go. Mr. Burns ranked as one of the very ablest lawyers in Eastern Kentucky. He practiced in all the counties of the Big Sandy Valley for 40 years or more. In addition to his knowledge and judgment of the law he was an orator of more than ordinary talent and accomplishment. For 40 years he was Superintendent of the Sunday school at the M. E. Church South at Louisa and it was under his administration that the school attained the reputation of being the best in the Western Virginia Conference, a distinction held for many years. He was the first president of the Lawrence County Sunday School Association and was the greatest factor in building up this organization to a successful and permanent point. It is a coincidence that the annual Sunday School Convention for Lawrence County met in Louisa on the day of his funeral.
At the time of hid death he was Superintendent emeritus of the Louisa Sunday School, and one of 6 honorary life members of the Kentucky Sunday School Association. His reputation as a Sunday School leader extended throughout the two states of Kentucky and West Virginia. Mr. Burns joined the M. E. Church South in early life and was a most loyal and exemplary member to the hour of his death. He had served in all the official positions, proving faithful and efficient in every instance. He will be greatly missed by his church.
Mr. Burns literary attainments were remarkable for a man whose educational advantages were limited. He was largely self educated, but in grammar and diction and style he was the ewual of any. His reading included the best literature, both poetry and prose, and much of it was stored in his wonderful memory and called forth to serve him well in his oratorical flights. He was ready for an address upon any occasion and always acquitted himself most creditably. The surviving children are Mrs. C. H. Williamson, Mrs. L. S. Johnson, Mrs. Mary B. Horten and John G. Burns. A son and daughter, Alex and Mrs. H. W. Ferguson, died a few years ago.
Rowland T. Burns was born on Bear Creek, then in Lawrence County, KY, Mar 16, 1834: hence was 86 years 5 months and 6 days old at death. He was younger brother of 2 most distinguished jurists of Kentucky—William Harvey Burns and John M. Burns. The full equal of his distinguished brothers in ripe knowledge of the law and powers of eloquence as an advocate, he entered the practice of his profession at Pikeville in 1857 and continued in leading practice there until removing to Louisa about 50 yeas ago—continuing in active and successful practice there and in the courts of the Big Sandy country until within the past year or two. Unsullied in reputation: true and faithful in all relations of life, urbane and courteous in association with fellow members of the Bar of unbending loyalty to the cause of client, having the confidence of courts and juries, his entire professional career shows forth a type of his surviving professional brethren. (Note: there is a lengthy amount of compliments, etc that I chose not to include) Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 27, 1920
Morgan Creek, KY—James Carter, son of John Carter, deceased, died Aug 6, 1920, at Huntington, WV. He was brought here for burial, and is survived by wife and 2 children, 2 brothers and one sister and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 13, 1920
CHATFIEDL, General L.
General L. Chatfield, age 70, of Sheridan, near Ironton, was shot and killed Friday night by Harry Belcher, aged 24, after an argument over a grocery bill, owed Chatfield by Belcher. Belcher gave himself up Saturday morning, after hiding out in the woods, over night, and is now in the county jail. General Chatfield is the father of County Recorder John Chatfield, and for years has conducted a general store at Sheridan. At one time he was a guard at the Ohio penitentiary. He is survived by 4 sons, John and Charles at home and Frank and Ed of Columbus. Harry Belcher is married and has 2 small children and also 2 small brothers who make their home with him at Sheridan. He came from Kentucky about a year ago. The gun used was a shot gun. Ironton News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
Logan Combs, a C & O employee, was killed when he went under the wheels of a car going over the “hump” in the Russell yards Tuesday night. Both legs were cut off and one arm was severed. He was taken to a hospital in Ironton, OH but died as hour later. He leaves a wife and one child, residents of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 27, 1920
William Cooper, of Magoffin, 18 years of age died on Sunday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blair, in Pollard. Young Cooper had been ill for 15 days suffering from acute dysentery which was the direct cause of his death. His stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Adaine, also one brother and one sister were with him when the final summons came. The body was taken by train to Paintsville and from that point removed to his home in Magoffin County for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 13, 1920
The following is from Ashland Independent: Stepping from an east bound street car directly into the path of east bound C & O passenger train No. 16 at the Broadway street crossing, just below Catlettsburg, Isaac Cordial, 44, of Sandy City, was instantly killed about 6:30 last Friday night. His mangled body was taken to Catlettsburg where it was prepared and later taken to the home of the dead man’s brother, D. P. Cordial, of Chaffee Crossing. The body was shipped to Louisa and taken to his old home in Lawrence County for burial. The deceased was a widower and is survived by 6 children, who are living at the homes of various relatives scattered over the tri-state section and by one brother, D. P. Cordial. Cordial was an employee of Kentucky Solvay. He lived only a few minutes after being hit by the train. Nearly every bone in his body was broken. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 27, 1920
Mattie, KY—Isaac Cordle was killed instantly on Thursday evening of last week at Ashland by a train. His body was brought to this place on Saturday. Burial took place on Sunday. He leaves 6 children to mourn the loss of a father. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 27, 1920
CYRUS, Elizabeth L.
After an illness of only 4 hours duration, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Cyrus age 82, passed away at her home at Durbin, KY, Friday morning at 5:30. Heart trouble was the cause of this venerable woman’s death and it came as a sudden shock to her relatives and friends as she was enjoying the best of health previous to last night. She is survived by her husband, Samuel Cyrus, 5 children who are: John Lockwood of Ashland, Dave Lockwood of Savage Branch, William Lockwood of Chadwicks Creek, Mrs. G. P. Hannah of Portsmouth and Mrs. G. W. Handley of Glenwood, KY. All the children arrived at the stricken home Friday. The funeral was held at the home at Durbin at 11 a.m. Sunday morning with Rev. Slaughter in charge. Burial in the Savage Branch Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 27, 1920
CYRUS, Frank Sees
A posse of civilians and officers of Logan Co., scoured the Buffalo Creek section looking for a Negro named LeRoy who shot and killed Deputy Sheriff Frank Sees Cyrus of Logan, Saturday night near Stollings, according to a statement by Sheriff Frank Hurst of Logan Co. Two Negroes, Joe White and Joe McNeily, were taken to the Cabell Co. jail Sunday morning by Logan law officers, who feared mob violence if the prisoners were retained in Logan Co. Both men confessed to being with LeRoy when Cyrus was shot, but they told officers that LeRoy was responsible for Cyrus’s murder. Sheriff Hurst said last night that 3 Negroes came down from Buffalo Saturday night shooting revolvers aimlessly. Deputy Sheriff Cyrus, while walking toward Stollings on the railroad tracks was attracted by the shots and investigated. On his command to halt, given before he drew his revolver, 2 of the Negroes threw up their hands, but the third leveled his arm at Cyrus and fired. The bullet pierced the abdomen and deflected thru the intestines. Cyrus died Sunday morning at 11 o’clock in a Logan hospital. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 27, 1920
DANIEL, H. J.
The Independent says: After a lingering illness of several months Mr. H. J. Daniel passed peacefully away at his home at 705 13th street at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. At his bedside when the final summons came was his devoted wife and children. Mr. Daniel has long been a resident of this city and was a man held in the highest esteem by al who knew him. He was kind and considerate of others, a splendid neighbor, an upright and honorable citizen, a devoted husband and father. He was a Mason and a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church south, Mr. Daniels was born 77 years ago in Johnson County and was married when quite young to Rebecca Lexetta Vanhoose who survived him. He is also survived by the following children: Mose D. , Bert, both of Ashland, Mrs. John Adkins, Auxier. The sisters who survive him are Mrs. Polly Murray, of Kerz, Mrs. Sarah Fairchild of Flat Gap, Mrs. J. C. Fitch, Johnson County, and the brothers, living are: Dr. G. V. Daniel, Paintsville, D. J. Daniel, Whitehouse, David J. Daniel, Paintsville, Isaac Daniel, of Sipp, and James M. Daniel of Sipp. The funeral services were held from the home and burial in the Ashland Cemetery. The Mason had charge of the burial service. The services were in charge of Rev. Paul Powell, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 13, 1920
Wayne Evans, a miner who lived at Chattaroy, was struck by train No. 3 in the Williamson yards Saturday night and so baldy injured that he died a few hours lager. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 20, 1920
Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Graham, 87, widely known resident of Wayne County, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martha Watts, Huntington, was held at Lavalette. Interment in the family burying ground. Mrs. Graham is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Mary Holing and Mrs. Tom Harrison, of Wayne county and Mrs. Watts of Huntington. Two sons, John Graham of Harveytown, and Joe Graham of Huntington, also survive. Big Sandy news, Friday, Aug 27,1 920
HATFIELD, A. E.
A. E. Hatfield, aged 36, proprietor of Urias hotel, Matewan, WV, who was shot from ambush as he was seated in front of his place of business at 9 o’clock Saturday night, died Sunday morning at a Huntington hospital, where he had been taken for treatment. The single bullet fired by the assassin went through Hatfield’s chest and lodged in the jaw of Dr. Edward Simpkins, with whom Hatfield was conversing when the shot was fired. The condition of Dr. Simpkins, who was taken to the same hospital, was reported much improved Monday night. He suffered a fractured jaw. The assassination of Hatfield is said to have been an outgrowth of the Matewan shooting on May 19, when 7 Baldwin0Felts men and 3 miners were killed in an exchange of bullets. Hatfield was a witness at the special grand jury at which 14 men were indicted. Shortly after the jury’s investigation Hatfield received an anonymous letter warning him to prepare for death as “he had but a few days to live.” Members of the state police allege the shot which took Hatfield’s life was fired from the corner of a warehouse opposite the hotel. Three confessed gun-users in the United Mine Workers effort to organize the Tug River coal field last night were confined in the Mingo County jail at Williamson where they will be held pending the investigation of the next grand jury. Two of the men were arrested a tGlen Alum Saturday night after an attack upon the power house of the Glen Alum Coal Company. The third was arrested by members of the state police on the West Virginia side of Tug River Sunday following an outburst of fire which was poured into Freeburn, the mining town of the Portsmouth Solvay Coke Company on the Kentucky side of the river. All of the men are said to have confessed to being members of the roving band of gunmen who have been attempting to terrorize mining communities in the Tug River field for the last 4 weeks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 20, 1920
Pikeville, KY--On last Saturday morning the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Johnson and took their little daughter Kathleen, aged only 18 months. She took whooping cough a week ago, then other complications were developed until one could soon see that there was no chance for her. The funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. C. C. Davies. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
JUSTICE, James A.
Pikeville, KY—James A. Justice died at his home at Millard, near Pikeville, last week and funeral services were held from the home. Several relatives from Pikeville were present with the large number gathered there to pay the last respects to a father and citizen who was 81 years and 2 months of age at the time of his death, and who had been a life-long resident of the community in which he lived. Uncle Epp, as he was commonly called, had always been a man of industry and careful habits. He had managed well in his occupation as a farmer, and had accumulated considerable property. Mr. Justice is survived by the following children: Mrs. Emma Scott, Mrs. Ella Lockhart, Mrs. Sallie Robinson, Mrs. Lizzie Dye, Mrs. Rebecca Charles and Mr. Bud Justice all of Pike County, Mrs. Maude Taylor of Williamson, WV and Mr. J. F. Justice, vice president of the People’s Bank of Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 20, 1920
KELLEY, William Henry
William Henry Kelley, of the upper Blaine section of this county, was adjudged insane less than 2 weeks ago and sent to the asylum at Lexington. He died Tuesday of this week and the body is being returned to his home for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
Paintsville, KY—Mr. James Lemaster of Staffordsville, passed away at 5:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug 4 at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Ashland, where he was admitted one week ago critically ill. Mr. Lemaster was a farmer, well known in the Big Sandy section and highly regarded. He was 64 years of age and a widower, his wife having preceded him to the spirit world several years ago. He is survived by one son and 5 daughters, one of whom, Miss Eunice Lemaster, is a student nurse in the King’s Daughter’s hospital. The body was taken to Paintsville to the home of another daughter, Mrs. Ollie Cooper. The funeral was conducted there. Big Sandy news, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
LOAR, John, Sr.
Jul 18th the death angel took John Loar, Sr., of Wilbur. “Uncle John” as he was familiarly called, had lived to the age of 69 years 11 months and 15 days. He had lived a devoted Christian for 28 years or more and was a member of the United Baptist Church of Brushy. He was the father of 8 children. His devoted wife and 2 daughters preceded him to the better land. Those that remain to know the loss of a dear father are Andy, Jim and John Loar, all of whom now reside in Ohio, George of Wilbur, Garfield of Blaine and Mrs. Martha Smith of Ohio. To know Uncle John was to love him. He was an honest and upright man in all his dealings with the community in which he has always lived feels the loss since his departure. The 4 small children of Amos Ramey, deceased, have lost a loving grandfather. They had been in his care for 2 years or more. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
Lundy Miller, age 20, of Ulysses, KY was drowned Sunday afternoon, Jul 25, in Turkey Creek about 5 miles west of Portsmouth, OH the body remaining in the water over an hour and a half before it was recovered. The scene of the fatality was on the Frank Kuhm farm at the mouth of Stony Hun, west of Portsmouth. Miller, John Coldiron, his brother in law, Kester Woodrum and Joseph Sparks went to Turkey Creek for a swim, motoring out in Coldiron’s machine. Miller entered the water, swam about half way across the stream and dived, holding his nose with his left hand, his right arm extending up into the air. His companions, noticing that he did this twice thought nothing of it, but when he came up the third time they noticed that he made a peculiar noise with his nose and Sparks swam to him throwing him a log and attempted to pull him out of the water. Sparks being lighter in weight was unable to pull Miller out and the efforts of the others were equally unsuccessful. Coldiron then went to a nearby farm house and tried to call the city, but was unable. He then came into town driving to his home where he got his brother, Walter Coldiron, and to the police station to call chief Distel and these 3 rushed to the scene. Chief Distel took command of the party which was soon joined by Albert Burnheime and Lawson Clar, divers. They secured a boat and some grab hooks and proceeded to drag the creek. Chief Distel felt the body about 20 feet from where Miller went down and then Burnheime hooked onto the bathing suit. Clark then dived and su9cceeded in bringing the body to shore. Strenuous efforts were made by the chief and other to restore life but Lundy was beyond the aid of respiratory measures. Coroner Hendrickson, who had been making a professional call near the scene was stopped on his way back to town and pronounced the death due to drowning. The body was ten taken to the morgue. Lundy Miller was married 11 months ago Sunday, to Miss Ollie Coldiron, of Portsmouth, OH. He is survived by his widow who is in a critical condition at her home on Boundary Street, also his father and mother of Ulysses, KY, and 3 brothers and 4 sisters at home, William Miller and Mrs. Ella Brown of Ashland and Mrs. Gertrude Moore of Portsmouth.
The remains were taken to the Miller home at Ulysses where the funeral was held and interment made in the Mike Borders graveyard. Services were held Monday, Jul 26 at 8:30 from the Coldiron home. Rev. Charles R. Oakley officiating. Services were again held from the Miller home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock conducted by Rev. Hack Young. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
Fitch, KY—Omar Moore died Aug 18. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Delaware Moore. Big Sandy News, Friday, Agu 27, 1920
NUNNERY, Mrs. S. H.
Mrs. S. H. Nunnery died Saturday at her home in Prestonsburg after an illness of 10 days. She was a relative of Mrs. E. T. Westlake, of this place. Her daughter, Miss Lida Nunnery, visited here last spring. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
RICE, John C.
The death of John Rice occurred on Tuesday evening at his home at Normal. He had been in failing health the past few years. The cause of his death was Bright’s disease. He was a brother of Charles F. Rice of this place and the oldest son of Jake Rice, deceased of Two Mile, near Louisa. The body was brought to the old home place for burial. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral service which was attended by many relatives and friends of the family and was held on Thursday. His wife is a sister of Judge Billie Riffe of Louisa. He is survived by several brothers and sisters and 4 children. He had lived at Normal the past 9 years.
The Ashland Independent has the following account: John Crabtree Rice passed away at this home at Normal at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug 10, after an illness of 8 months of tuberculosis. Mr. Rice was a nailer, an employee of the Norton Iron Works and highly regarded by employers and fellow workmen. His industry and perseverance under adverse conditions of failing health are worthy traits of honor. He was nearly 67 years of age at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife, who formerly was Miss Rebecca Riffe, 2 sons and 2 daughters, Jake Rice of Normal, J. T. rice of Ashland, Mrs. Andy Brigham of Kansas City, MO and Mrs. Ed Barbee of Normal. Big Sandy News Friday, Aug 13, 1920
RIDDLE, Mrs. John Sr.
Kavanaugh, KY—The funeral of Mrs. John Riddle, Sr., was preached at Cyrus Chapel Sunday, Mrs. Riddle leaves several children, all of whom are grown. Her husband preceded her only a few years ago. Interment took place in the family burial grounds. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 20, 1920
Warren Robertson, age 92, died at his home near Fort Gay, WV Wednesday morning of this week. The burial took place Thursday. Rev. H.R. Hewlett conducted the funeral services. Mr. Robertson was a good citizen and a man of considerable means. He lived a busy life and was honest and frugal. Two sons survive, and 9 daughters, among them being Mrs. S. M. Ferguson, Mrs. James M. Wellman, and Mrs. C.B. Wellman of Louisa and Mrs. William Norris of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 13, 1920
SAVAGE, Col. A. H.
Col. A. H. Savage, who has been in failing health for the past year and has been critically ill at the King’s Daughters’ hospital for 6 weeks, passed away Tuesday night of last week. Col. Savage was born in Louisa, Lawrence County, 67 years ago, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pleasant Savage, influential citizens then of Louisa. Col Savage has made his home in Ashland for many years where he was engaged in the real estate business. He was a very strong character, a man of splendid mind and perhaps no man in the county has more friends than he had. Col. Savage always had strict regard for all religious subjects. He has spent the past few winters in Florida in the hope of renewing his health and also spent months at a time at the home of his nephew, Col. H.D. Savage. Col. Savage is survived by one daughter, Mary Moore Savage, 2 sisters, Mrs. J. S. Stevens of Ashland, and Mrs. James Martin of Salem, IL, and one brother, Mr. Frank Savage, all of whom were with him when the final summons came. The funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the home of his sister, Mrs. J.S. Stevens and were in charge of Rev. W. C. Condit, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
At nine o’clock on Thursday night of last week a freight train on the Norfolk & Western railroad killed 2 small boys near Saltpeter, 3 miles south of Louisa. They were Ray and John Sexton, 14 and 11 years of age, respectively, only sons of Mrs. Anretta Sexton, a widow living at that place. Her husband, A. J. Sexton, was killed a few years ago by a train in the railroad yards at Williamson. The shocking tragedy of last Thursday night occurred when the boys went to sleep on the railroad track. It was a bright moonlight night and after supper the boys suggested that they take the family horse out to graze along the railroad track. They had worked hard all day and were accustomed to going to bed early, so it is not strange that they soon fell asleep after sitting down. At nine o’clock the mother sent a daughter out to see why the boys had not returned. She called several time and then walked along the track a short distance. Coming upon the bodies, cut into several pieces, the sister was horrified. In her frenzy she gathered up parts of the bodies and carried them off of the track. Her screams brought the heartbroken mother to the scene, and soon the neighbors were gathered. A freight train had passed only a little while before the daughter went to look for the boys. These boys were helping their mother to make a living. The older boy was able to do much in this way and was an unusually industrious and manly boy. Mrs. Sexton is a daughter of Nicholas Copley, who died only a few months ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
Skaggs, KY—The infant son of Dr. H.R. Skaggs and wife died at their home in McRoberts. They brought it to Blaine and buried it in the family graveyard at P.P. Holbrook’s. Big Sandy News Friday, Aug 13, 1920
SPARKS, Dorothy Louise
Dorothy Louise Sparks, aged 7 years and 10 months, passed away at King’s Daughter’s hospital Saturday after undergoing an operation for appendicitis. At her bedside when she died were her mother, Mrs. Amanda Blankenship of Denton, grandmother and uncle, Mr. H.B. Blankenship of Pikeville and her teacher, Miss Audrey Fitzgerald, instructor in the Denton school. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 13, 1920
Thomas Spencer, well known N & W engineer, was instantly killed at Claren, a short distance east of Iaeger. It is said that a work train was pulling onto the track and fearing that he would crash into it Spencer set his brakes and jumped from the cab. In some manner he fell underneath the wheels of his own engine and his body was terribly mangled, death coming instantly. The body was taken to his former home near Lynchburg, where his parents still reside. Mr. Spencer had made his home in Williamson for a number of years and was one of the best like engineers on the road. He was about 28 years of age and unmarried. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 27,1 920
The body of Miss Daisy Talbert was taken through Louisa last Saturday to Kise station where on Sunday burial took place in the Burgess Cemetery. Some time ago she was struck by an automobile near her home at Red Jacket, WV and her death resulted from injuries received at that time. She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Melvin Talbert and was 14 years of age. On Sunday funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Talbert’s mother, Mrs. Nancy Ellen Burgess. Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this place, conducted the service. Our Georges Creek letter gives particulars of this case. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 6, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—the two infant children of Willie Whittaker were brought back here for burial last week at Blue River. Mr. Whittaker moved to Ohio last spring but has had very bad luck with his family. The deaths were caused by measles. Mr. Whittaker has brought the rest of the family back here for his future home. Citizen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 20, 1920
News of the death of Miss Louise Arnold, of Columbus, OH came very unexpectedly last Friday to friends in Louisa. She had been in poor health the past few years, but a short time ago had been reported as feeling better since going to the Adirondack mountains. She had been camping at Plattsburg, NY for the summer and her death took place there. The body was brought to Ironton, OH where on Monday afternoon funeral services were held from the home of her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Arnold. Services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Hampton and burial was in Woodland Cemetery. Miss Arnold was the only child of Dr. and Mrs. O. Arnold of Columbus, both of whom passed away a few years ago. She was a niece of L.S. Johnson of Frankfort and frequently visited Mr. and Mrs. Johnson when they lived here. She was the guest of Mrs. Mary B. Horton about a year ago. Miss Arnold was quite intellectual and very highly educated. She and her mother had spent much time in traveling not only in America, but in Europe. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 10, 1920
ARTRIP, Mrs. Lindsay
The wife of Lindsay Artrip died this week, after an illness of about 2 weeks, leaving 7 children and the husband. She was about 40 years old and a most excellent woman. Before marriage she was a Miss Toney. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral services. She had been a faithful church member for many years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 17, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Callie Barnett, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Barnett, took sick Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock and died Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock. He worked on the railroad the afternoon he took sick around a burning mass of coal which has been burning since early in the spring, and it is supposed that he inhaled poisonous gas from the burning coal and slate that caused his death. He is survived by a father, mother, 3 brothers and one sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
BOWLING, Mrs. Will
A very sad accident occurred at Piso, this county, Friday when Ireland, the 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Bowling, accidentally shot and killed his mother. The boy was on the porch oiling a gun when he happened to strike the gun against a porch post causing the gun to fire. The bullet, which went through the wall of the kitchen, struck his mother who was sitting just inside the door. She lived only a few minutes. Her remains were laid to rest in the graveyard near her home Saturday. She leaves to mourn her death a husband and 5 children, one of them a little babe only 5 months old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 10, 1920
BROWNING, J. M.
J. M. Browning was born Nov 5, 1857, died Feb 21, 1910, aged 62 years 3 months and 16 days. He was converted Aug 1912 and lived a true Christian 8 years. He left a wife and 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, and many friends to mourn, but while we mourn we have a bright hope that beyond the confines of time and over there he has kissed the dew on the bank of the river of life and resting sweetly under the shade of the tree of life. O what a country. Let us go. Will you go? We want to go. God help us to go. Adam Harman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
Lindsay Browning was born in Lawrence County, KY, Mar 10, 1892, departed this life Mar 17, 1920, aged 27 years 7 days. He joined the church and was converted Feb 1912, and lived a true devoted Christian for 8 years. His father and his wife preceded him to the good world just a few days. He was a noble young man, loved, honored, and respected by those that knew him. He has kissed the dew on the bank of the Jordan and with a hand of angles has ascended the mount of God and to the home of the blessed. Adam Harman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
BUCHANAN Everett R.
Because he answered a midnight call intended for his employer, Everett R. Buchanan, 45, a laborer, Christian, Mingo Co., WV, cousin of Sid R. Ellis, for whom the call was made, and a man named Perry, are in custody in Gilbert, suspected of participation in the murder. Hi Ellis is under bond of $2,000 to appear before the United States grand jury to answer charges of swindling Sid Ellis of $10,000, said to have been accomplished by a letter to which the name of Mayor C. W. Campbell was forged. He is also under bond to answer state charges of obtaining money under false pretenses. Buchanan, who is employed in the general store conducted by Ellis, was asleep in a room nearest the road. A window commanding the road is at the foot of the bed. There was no answer to the first call made by the killer. A second call was shouted, then a third. Awakening Buchanan rose to the foot of the bed and put his head out of the window. “What do you want?” said he, drowsily. For answer, a man raised a rifle and fired. Buchanan fell backward into the bed. The man fled. Aroused by the shot, Ellis ran to Buchanan’s side. There were no witnesses to the murder. While Mr. McNeeley said that there was but one man known to be implicated in the murder, Logan authorities said that 3 persons were implicated and that 2 of these, Ellis and Perry, had been apprehended. Nothing is known of Perry by the Logan authorities. He lives, they say, near Elk Creek. Both men were taken into custody near Gilbert Wednesday morning. Ellis is said by private detectives here to have threatened the life of Sid Ellis following his arrest on swindling charges. Buchanan was not married. He was a native of Mingo County. Surviving are 2 brothers, Millard and Walter Buchanan, also of Christian. Herald Dispatch. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 3, 1920
CARTER, Mrs. Sol
The wife of Sol Carter died at Greenup this week and was buried there. The family moved from Lawrence County about 10 years ago. She was a daughter of Andy Hayes and was an excellent woman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
Richardson, KY—We are sorry to note the illness and death of the little daughter of Major Castle and wife on Thurs, Sep 2. She was about 3 years old and a very bright and charming child. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 10, 1920
Lowmansville, KY—Mrs. Cena Chandler, an old and respected lady of this place, died Friday the 27th and was buried Saturday in the family burying ground at H. B. Lyons. Funeral services were by the Rev. G. V. Pack. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 3, 1920
A very sad accident is reported from Martin Station in Floyd County. The little son of Andy Cox accidentally shot himself, resulting in almost instant death. He was only 4 years old and crawled under a bed where a rifle was concealed. In attempting to pull the gun out it was discharged, the ball passing through from the shoulder almost to the hip. His father is telegraph operator and agent for the railroad at that point. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
DAMRON, Sarah Ann
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Ann Damron, 78, of Wayne County, who died Friday, were held at Kenova. Mrs. Damron is survived by one son, Filmore Damron of Mann, WV, 3 daughters, Mrs. Ida L. Watts of Baltimore, MD, Mrs. Virginia White of Parkersburg, Mrs. Belle Parselly, of Kenova, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 17, 1920
Pikeville, KY—Jakie Blankenship, school teacher, Phelps, KY, shot and killed his brother in law, Perry Dotson, of the same section, and has been lodged in jail here. Particulars of the killed have not been learned. Blankenship is a well known teacher, but at the time of the trouble was employed as guard at mines on Poplar Creek. Several years ago he lost his right arm in a sawmill accident. Dotson was a brother of Dr. W.A. Dotson. There is said to have been an old grudge between them. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
Skaggs, KY—We were sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Cynthia Fyffe. She died Sunday, Sep 19. She took typhoid fever and lingered, getting better then worse, until the end came. She leaves a husband, Joe Fyffe, and a large family nearly all grown of boys and girls to mourn their loss. She lived near Relief, in Morgan County, and was an affectionate wife, a loving mother, a true Christian and a was a faithful member of the Mormon Church. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
East Point, KY--William George, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex George, of this place, was killed by the wire in the mines at Cliff, KY Sep 3. The young man had sat down on a car to rest and leaned back against the wire, causing death by breaking his neck. It is said the body was horribly burned. He was brought here for burial Sep 4. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 10, 1920
East Point, KY—Alex Hall, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hall, was killed Sep 2 near Shelby, KY by an east bound C & O passenger train. It is said the young man attempted to board the moving train and fell between the cars. The head was severed from the body. The body was taken to the undertakers at Pikeville and prepared for burial and was brought here and placed in the Spradlin Cemetery Friday, Sep 4. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 10, 1920
Albert Hatfield, age 16, was fatally burned with powder on Tuesday near his home on Tabors Creek, 2 miles from Fort Gay. He died Thursday morning. He was a son of Johnson Hatfield. The boy had been working at a coal mine and had filled his pocket with powder. He placed a small amount on a flat rock and lighted it with a squib. The flash ignited the powder in his pocket and burned him horribly. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 17, 1920
In the history of Pike County, no more honest, upright and popular citizen lived than the Reverend Anderson Hatfield who died at his home on Blackberry Creek near Ransom, KY on Mar 6th, 1920. He was born Sep 25, 1835, joined the Primitive Baptist Church Jul 5, 1853, was baptized by Elder John Ferrell, married Polly Runyon Aug 2, 1855. He was ordained minister Jul 11, 1889, at Old Pond Creek Church. There was born to them 15 children, one of whom died in infancy, the others all grew up to maturity. At the time of his death he had 118 grandchildren, 186 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. His wife, Polly Hatfield died Mar 15, 1920, just 9 days after his death and just here I want to say no more pious or exemplary person ever lived or died in our county than Aunt Polly Hatfield. The Rev. Hatfield served as Assessor of Pike County one term; 2 terms as Magistrate and one term in the State Legislature. In all of these positions be brought honor and dignity and filled them to the credit of the county. In his death Pike County lost one of its best citizens and his family and church an honored and idolized member. M. G. Clay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 3, 1920
HORN, Tom Jr.
Paintsville, KY—Tom Horn, Jr., who lives on Barnetts Creek, was killed Tuesday evening by falling slate while mining coal on his farm for household purposes when the accident happened. He was about 45 years of age and a son of Tom Horn, Sr., who resided at the mouth of Jennies Creek. He was a good citizen, a very industrious man with many friends. He leaves a wife and a large family of children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 3, 1920
HORTON, Lucy Marlow
Ashland, KY—With the body of the girl who died here a week ago at the Capitol Hotel identified as that of Miss Lucy Marlow Horton, college graduate of Winchester, KY, authorities are endeavoring to clear the mysterious circumstances of her death. Miss Horton had completed a summer course at Marshall College, Huntington, WV where she was awarded a first-class teacher’s certificate, and had intended teaching school this fall. After a short visit with a classmate at Union, WV, she wrote relatives she would return home last Monday. They went to the train to meet her and when she failed to return thought she had decided to extend her visit. She arrived here at 5 o’clock Monday morning and registered at the hotel as Elizabeth Dare, Madison, WV going immediately to her room at 10 o’clock, there was a scream in her room Hotel attaches who forced the door found her in a stupor on the bed. A physician who asked her if she had taken poison believes she slightly nodded her head. She died a few minutes after he reached her. He attributed death to strychnine poison. She was pretty and modishly dressed. No note or poison receptacle could be found. Her purse contained $7.50. Miss Horton was a native of Raleigh, WV. Her father was killed when she was 5 years old. Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Calloway, Raleigh, then adopted her. Mrs. Calloway died several years ago. Since then the girl had lived with her foster sister, Mrs. Cordell, at Winchester. The body was buried in the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Calloway indicated that no further investigation would likely be made but it is believed that her mind was unbalanced as the result of overstudy at Marshall College. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 3, 1920
George Jarrell of Glenhayes, WV died a few days ago from the wounds alleged to have been inflicted by his son in law, John Ferguson, on Jul 24th. He leaves a widow and grown children. It will be recalled by our readers that Jarrell was passing Ferguson’s house and saw him beating his wife, (Jarrell’s daughter). He went in and ordered him to desist. Ferguson shot him twice and immediately fled. His wife left also, and it was reported that she went with Ferguson, leaving their 2 small children to be cared for by the grandmother, wife of the man who was shot. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 3, 1920
Harvey Mathis, of Quaker, near Dunlow, one of the oldest and best known citizens in that section of the county, died at his home Sunday from flux. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served with the Confederate army. The deceased is survived by a widow, Mrs. Louise Mathis, and the following 8 children, John D. Mathis, of Wayne, James Mathis of Brabrant, George W. Mathis, Taylor Mathis, and Mont Mathis of Quaker; Charles Mathis of Handley, WV, Sam T. Mathis who lives in the west, and Mrs. J. A. Preston of Kenova. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 17, 1920
PRESTON, Mrs. John
Paintsville, KY—Tuesday morning Mrs. John D. Preston died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ethel Howes on Third street. Mrs. Preston became ill last Saturday night but had recovered sufficiently to do her house work. Tuesday evening she was taken suddenly ill and died within a few minutes. Neighbors who were visiting her called a doctor but she passed away a few minutes after he arrived. She was one of the best known and most popular women of this section. She was a sister of Frank A. and T. S. Brown of this city and a member of one of our oldest and best families. Her sons and daughters reside at Huntington, WV and all were here to attend the funeral and burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 10, 1920
STALEY, Dayton H.
Dayton H. Staley, 28, a farmer of Neale, WV, died Sunday at his home after an illness of more than a year. Relatives who survive are the father, W. H. Staley and wife, Ralph and P. J. Staley, brothers, all of Neale, W. M. Staley, brother of Portsmouth, J.M. Staley of Huntington and the following sisters: Mrs. Lucian Queen of Kenova, Mrs. C. W. Thompson, Kenova, Mrs. Camden Plymale of Logan, and Mrs. Laban Notter, Huntington. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Cyrus, WV where interment was made. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
Paintsville, KY—Mrs. Sarah Stapleton, aged 86 years, died at the home of her grandson, Beecher Stapleton of Oil Springs, Johnson County. Old age was the cause of her death. She was the mother of the late G. Stapleton of Pikeville and was the grandmother of Mrs. J. D. Mayo and Miss Olga Stapleton of Dwale. Mrs. Stapleton was one of the best educated women in the Sandy Valley, being the most of her life a student of Literature and Science. She was also a devout member of the Methodist Church. Besides the relatives above named she is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Nancy Webb of East Point and Mrs. Tom Walker, of Nashville, TN. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 10, 1920
TACKETT, Mrs. U.S.
Pikeville, KY—Mrs. U. S. Tackett, aged 33, died of pneumonia at her home at Pinson’s Fork Saturday. She was an estimable young woman, daughter of Bud Blackburn. One daughter, Myrtle, survives her. Burial was in the family cemetery at the mouth of Coburn near Stone. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 17, 1920
THOMPSON, Mrs. Minville
The widow of Minville Thompson died in Fort Gay Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. V. See. The body was buried near the old home on Mill Creek. She was about 70 years of age. Her husband died 4 or 5 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
TURNER Dr. I. R.
Dr. I. R. Turner, prominent citizen of Paintsville, passed away last Friday at his home there after an illness of the past few weeks. He was 83 years old and is survived by his wife and one son, James W. Turner, cashier of the Paintsville National Bank. Mrs. W. J. Vanhoose of Fort Gay, WV is a sister of Dr. Turner. She had been at his bedside several days. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 3, 1920
On Monday morning the bodies of 2 of the children of Alvis Vaughan, of Greenup, were brought to Louisa and later were taken to the home of his father, John L. Vaughan, on Lick Creek for burial. Death came to one on Saturday afternoon, the other passing away that night a few hours later. They were both boys, a baby 13 months old and a 9 year old son. Cholera infantum is said to have been the cause of their deaths. They had been sick several days and 2 other children of the family are ill. Mr. Vaughan was accompanied to Louisa by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vaughan of Kenova, who came to attend the funeral. Services were held at the Vaughan home Monday, burial following in the family burying grounds. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
WALLACE, Mrs. Millard
Mrs. Millard Wallace died Wednesday of this week at her home at Donithon after a lingering illness with consumption. She was about 40 years of age and leaves 7 children. Mrs. Wallace was the daughter of William Harvey. She was an excellent woman and a devoted wife and mother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 24, 1920
East Point, KY—The body of Garland Wells, American soldier, killed in a train wreck in France Nov 26, 1918, was brought to Auxier, KY near here for burial Aug 26th. The body was given military burial, a number of former army and navy men attending. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wells. His father was drowned near Prestonsburg a number of years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 10, 1920
BANKS, T. J.
Prestonsburg, KY—T. J. Banks, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Banks of May Branch, was killed almost instantly Thursday when the entrance of the Harkins mine in which he was at work caved in. He was only slightly injured by the first stone, that fell on him, but while his comrades were endeavoring to extricate him another and larger stone fell on him crushing him completely. T. J. was about 21 years of age and was a hardworking boy and had been married less than a year. He is survived by his young wife, his parents and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 1, 1920
BARTLEY, James H.
Ashland Independent: The death of Mr. James H. Bartley occurred at his home in Ashland Friday. He was a well known and popular conductor on the C & O railroad, being employed on both the Lexington and the Big Sandy divisions. His death was the result of typhoid fever. He was nearly 30 years of age and had been for several years a resident of Ashland, having come here from Hellier some time before his marriage 5 years ago to Miss Anna Howard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howard, Sr., who survived him, with one daughter, Dorothy Eileen, 2 years old. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. John Bartley of Hellier and leaves 3 sisters and one brother, Mrs. J. W. Gray of Pikeville, Mrs. John Vance, of Chinnville and Miss Pearl Bartley and Earl Bartley. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
Isaac Belcher died Oct 16 at his home at Glenwood, this county. For several weeks “Uncle Isaac” had suffered with gangrene and when he knew he could not recover he was perfectly resigned. He was born in Dayton, OH, in 1829. His parents died when he was quite young and he lived with his stepfather, Joseph Stonebraker at Louisa until 1851 when he married Miss Elizabeth Riffe, who departed this life May 20, 1900. to this union 10 children were born, 9 of whom survive. Miss May died at a Lexington Sanitorium in 1908. The children are Mrs. John Jordan of Huntington, Mrs. G. W. Blizzard of Olive Hill, Mrs. Charles Neal of Estep, Mrs. J.H. Ross of Ashland, W. M. Belcher of Ironton, E.E. Belcher of Pittsburg, PA, J. D. Belcher of Prestonsburg, Alonzo Belcher of Ashland, and George B. Belcher, who resides at the old home place known as the Belcher Stock Farm. A higher sense of integrity than he possessed could not be found. He was genial, big-hearted and honorable. Until a few months ago he had been blessed with splendid health and was always found at home with a pleasant smile for all who knew him. Although in late years his eyesight and hearing were not good, he successfully handled business in livestock with his son, George. The body was laid to rest on Monday in the family cemetery overlooking the old home, by the side of his wife and daughter. At various times during his life Uncle Isaac expressed desires about his funeral, requesting that it be unostentatious in every way. As far as possible his wishes were carried out, and Rev. James Barrett of Barboursville, WV conducted the funeral services at the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
BLOSS, Hamilton Morris
Hamilton Morris Bloss, 63, prominent business man and a resident of Huntington for 25 years died of heart disease in a hospital last Friday. His ailment was augmented by the shock of an operation for appendicitis on Sep 18. Mr. Bloss was born in Wayne county. He came here 25 years ago and engaged in the furniture business. From that he entered the general merchandising field. At the time of his death he was conducting a real estate business, filling the vice presidents chair in the Twentieth Street bank and widely interested in oil. Mr. Bloss is survived by his widow, 2 daughters, Mrs. Pearl Ferguson and Mrs. Virginia Dempsey, both of Huntington, 3 brothers, E. M. Bloss, and V. A. Bloss, both of Wayne County, and J. L. Bloss of Huntington. Herald Dispatch. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
Paintsville, KY—Last week death removed from our midst one of Paintsville’s best known and most highly respected women in the person of Mrs. Angie Castle who had been sick for the past few months. Mrs. Castle was 71 years of age and the widow of the late John W. Castle. She leaves 4 children: Mrs. John F. Howes, Homer, Leonard and Fred Castle. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
Rev. and Mrs. I. N. Fannin went to East Fork Wednesday to attend the funeral of Rev. Fannin’s brother, Mr. J. M. Fannin, a coal operator of Harold, who passed away on Monday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fields, in Portsmouth. Mr. Fannin was 65 years of age and was very well known throughout this part of the state. Early in September he came to Ashland for medical treatment, being at that time in very poor health, and he remained at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Fannin, then went 2 weeks ago to Portsmouth, where he could be with his daughter and other relatives. Six children survive. Eleven brothers and sisters are also living. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. C. A. Slaughter and was held at the grave in the family burial ground on East Fort. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
Pikeville, KY—Quite a crowd went from here to Blackberry Fork of Pond Sunday to the burial of Uncle Ali Farley, who died Friday night after a short illness. He was a Christian gentleman, having attained a good old age and had long been a member of the Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
FERRELL, Trinnilla (Spillman)
On Thursday evening about 5 o’clock death visited the home of Sam Ferrell and family and took from them the beloved wife and mother, Trinnilla Spillman was born Oct 22, 1860, and died Oct 14, 1920, aged 59 years, 11 months and 8 days. In the year of 1878, she became the wife of Sam Ferrell. To this union was born 9 children, 3 of whom died when small and 6 are left to mourn the loss of a dear mother and her husband and a host of friends and relatives. She had lived all her life in this county and was liked by all who knew her for she always met everybody with a smile and kind word. She told them before she died she was going home. She had long been a member of the Baptist Church and had lived a devoted Christian. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
Nathan Flax, member of the firm of Oppenheimer & Flax died in a hospital in Cincinnati Saturday after having received a fracture of the skull a few days ago on the streets of Cincinnati. Mr. Flax had been in Paintsville and suffered an attack of apoplexy, leaving the next day for his home in Cincinnati, He was found on the streets in an unconscious condition and was taken to a hospital. For some time it was thought that he had met with foul play but members of his family say that he fell on the pavement from another attack of the disease, causing the fracture. Mr. Flax moved to Paintsville about 18 years ago and engaged in business with Mr. S. Oppenheimer. The store is the oldest of its kind in the city and has a large patronage. He was also interested in the coal and oil development of this section and was considered one of our best citizens. A few months ago he moved his family to Cincinnati where they were in school, but retained his business connections, here, spending most of his time in Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 15, 1920
Rockcastle, KY—We are sorry of the death of Taylor Hammond. He was killed in the mines in Williamson and was brought to his father’s on Laurel Creek for burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1920
Milton Hatten, a well known Norfolk & Western car inspector, sustained injuries in the Kenova yards Wednesday morning from which he died 40 minutes later being taken to a hospital in Huntington. It seems that Mr. Hatten was making a coupling of air hose between 2 cars when the yard crew kicked another cut of cars down the track of which the unfortunate man was working. The impact was such that Mr. Hatten was knocked down so suddenly that he had no time to get from between the cars. One leg and arm were almost severed from the body while he also received other serious injuries. He had been a resident of Ceredo for many years and had been an employee of the Norfolk & Western Railway Co. for 12 or 15 years. He is survived by a wife and 3 children. A few years since he became affiliated with the Ceredo Baptist Church and since that time had lived a Christian life. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Pope Thursday morning. The remains were taken to Whites Creek for burial. Ceredo Advocate. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
HAYS, Sarah Jane
Fitch, KY—Mrs. Sarah Jane Hays died suddenly at her home Thursday. She leaves a husband to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 29, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Aunt Jennie Layne, widow of James S. Layne, former jailer of Floyd County, died at her home Sunday. She was about 60 years of age and left surviving her 5 children, George Layne, Roe Layne, Mrs. Dollie Calhoun, Mrs. Denver Crabtree, of this city and Bee Layne of Wolf Pit. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
MANDIVILLE, Edna Earl (Dixon)
Mrs. Edna Earl Mandiville, daughter of Col. And Mrs. J. K. Dixon, died at her home in Louisville Saturday and the remains were brought to Paintsville Monday for burial. Her husband died about 3 years ago. Two children are left. The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. C. Stewart at the M. E. church Tuesday. The Dixon family formerly lived in Paintsville. Col. Dixon having been County Judge and County Court Clerk of Johnson County. The following relatives of Louisville accompanied the remains here: Col. And Mrs. J. K. Dixon, Mrs. Maxine, Miss Gladys Dixon, Ike and Kirker Dixon, of Louisville and Mrs. Botts of Montgomery, AL. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 15,1 920
Blaine, KY—We are all sorry to hear of the death of Uncle Henderson May. He was a good, kind neighbor and liked by all that knew him. Uncle Henderson was 88 years old and had lived in this county about 12 years. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
Lower Cherokee, KY—Death has made its appearance in our vicinity again and claimed for its victims Uncle John H. May and Lavasca Ward, both were called in less than a week. Uncle John was nearing his 89th birthday and was sick only a few months. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 15, 1920
MILLER, Elsa May
Normal, KY—The death angel visited the home of George and Certie Miller Oct 18th and took from them their darling baby,Elsa May, aged 4 months and 18 days, She leaves father, mother and one little brother to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 29, 1920
Tobe Moore, 19 years of age, died on Wednesday of last week a the home of his brother, Laud Moore, at Ashland. This young man had been in poor health for several years. The body was brought to Louisa and the burial took place last Friday at Mr. Moore’s former home in Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 1, 1920
Eugene Nelson aged 14 years, died in Huntington of mastoiditis, Monday night. The body was taken to Heath Creek, Wayne County, for burial on Wednesday. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Nelson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
The burial of Mrs. Jessie Peters took place Thursday afternoon in the See graveyard. Her death occurred at her home in Huntington. She was the daughter of Garred Peters, deceased. The funeral was conducted by Rev. James. D. Bell. Mrs. Peters was a niece of James B. Peters of Louisa. Mr. Peters and family attended the funeral and burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
Walbridge and Holt, KY—The news of the death of Mrs. Kenneth A. Peters of Huntington was received Wednesday She is a daughter of Mrs. Jane Peters of Lavalette, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
Jesse, the infant son of Kenneth Peters of Huntington, WV died a few days ago. The body was brought to the See Graveyard for burial by the side of the child’s mother whose death occurred about 2 weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
Jesse, the infant child of Kenneth Peters, died Oct 15. The little body was laid to rest by the side of its mother, whose death occurred Oct 8. several relatives and friends attended the burial Saturday morning. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 29, 1920
Isaac Ratcliff, aged 86 years, was laid to rest in the Caney Fork graveyard Jul 7th. He had been a member of the M. E. church South for about 25 years and lived a true Christian. For the last 3 years he had made his home with his son Charlie. He leaves a wife and 5 children. He was a good husband, a good father and a good citizen and was liked by everyone. He will be sadly missed by his friends as well as his loved ones. He was sick only 12 days and bore his suffering very patiently. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 1, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Girard Richmond, Weeksbury, son of the late Judge Richmond was shot and instantly killed near his home Saturday by Marshall Squire Collins and Police Judge. It is said to be a bad affair. The row came up over whisky. Richmond was shot by both officers and 7 different balls entered his body it is said. The officers claim they had arrested Richmond and that he resisted arrest. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
Cora, the 16 years old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Robinett of Whites Creek, died Sunday at midnight. The young lady is said to have been a most attractive girl. Mr.. and Mrs. Robinett lost another daughter by death 2 years ago who was the same age practically as this one. The funeral took place Wednesday, burial in the family graveyard near the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
The death angel has again invaded our neighborhood and claimed for its victim, Miss Cora Robniett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Robinett of Whites Creek. She was born Aug 5, 1904 and departed this life Oct 3, 1920. She suffered from a complication of diseases, but bore her suffering with patience. She was a bright young girl of high intellect and of esteemed character. She leaves to mourn her loss, her devoted father and mother, 5 brothers and 5 sisters, one sister having preceded her to the glory land 2 years past, both having died at the same age. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground. Funeral services were rendered by Rev. Alvin Wooten. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 29, 1920
:Pikeville, KY—At Ransom last Thursday the community was shocked by the news that Harvey Smith had been killed by a tree which he and L. L. Smith were cutting for their saw mill to make ??. Neighbors rushed in and found the sad news true. The had lodged a small black oak and forced it down by falling another across it. A fork was broken off, thrown back and struck the victim on the head while the companion by his side was not hurt. He remained unconscious until the end came a few hours later. His funeral was preached by J. F. Hatfield and George Coleman, both his neighbors and ministers of the Baptist Church. He leaves a large family consisting of 5 children, a widow by a second marriage, and several stepchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
George Spradlin, son of John M. Spradlin and a brother of Walter Spradlin died at the home of his father Saturday of Bright’s disease, He was about 36 years of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
Blaine, KY—Friday, Oct 22 death entered the home of Hamilton Swetnam and took from him his loving mother, aunt Serena. She was very old and her death was due to old age. Before marriage she was a Patrick, born and raised in Magoffin County. She died at her old home where she has lived and raised her family, all of whom are married and have homes of their own, except Hamilton, who lived with his mother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 29, 1920
Pikeville, KY, Oct 18—Mallie Thornbury, Deputy Sheriff, died at his home here last night as the result of a pistol duel with Charles Bentley, a tailor at the Pike Hotel in the afternoon. Bentley was rushed by a special train to a hospital at Huntington, WV where he died Tuesday morning. It is said he never regained consciousness after undergoing an operation in which an incision was made into the lungs. W. Young was lodged in jail on a statement of Bentley that after he and Thornbury had shot each other he was then shot by Young, who had grabbed Thornbury’s revolver. Young gave the following version of the duel: “I was in the room with the 2 men before the shooting. They were shooting “craps”. I lay down across the bed and went to sleep. When I awoke, Bentley had his pistol in his hand and had Thornbury down on the floor and was sitting on his chest. Thornbury asked me to not let him do that. He told Bentley not to do that. He told me to get out of the room. I ran into anther room and heard the shots.” A. S. Short said that he was in the room nearby and that Young ran into his room about the time the first shots were fired and could not have possibly done any shooting. Bentley was shot twice through the chest and once in the leg, the ball breaking the femur. Thornbury was shot 3 times through the chest. Both Bentley and Thornbury were noted for their daring. They had been intimate friends for more than a decade, and Thornbury was wearing a suit Bentley had made for him the day before. Thornbury was single. Bentley has a wife and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
The death angel has again visited our home and claimed for its victim Truman Vanhorn. He was 2 years and 10 months old. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vanhorn of Hubbardstown, WV. He suffered only a few days with typhoid fever which he took his flight from earth to heaven where suffering and pain will never come near him again. Truman was a beautiful boy and had many friends. He leaves father and mother and 4 sisters to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 15, 1920
Lower Cherokee, KY—Death has made its appearance in our vicinity again and claimed for its victims Uncle John H. May and Lavasca Ward, both were called in less than a week. Uncle John was nearing his 89th birthday and was sick only a few months. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 15, 1920
WELLMAN, Walter Leon
Walter Leon Wellman, aged 10 months passed away last Sunday after a several days’ illness with whooping cough and pneumonia. He was the son of Dave Wellman, formerly of Louisa, who has been living in Virginia and West Virginia the past few years. The family moved only a short time ago to Morrisvale, WV. The body was brought to Louisa, Monday and funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10:30 at the residence of James Henson. The Rev. L.D. Bryan of Fort Gay conducted the services. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery beside a brother who died about a year ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
The following letter was received by Mrs. Lissie White after the death of her son Raymond which occurred a few days ago:
U. S. Naval Hospital,
Naval Operating Base,
Hampton Roads, Virginia,
Oct 21, 1920;
Mrs. Lissie White, Buchanan, KY
Dear Madam: it is my said duty to inform you of the death of your son, Raymond White, carpenter mates second class, U. S. Navy, occurring at this hospital 5 p.m. Oct 19, 1920, from bronchial pneumonia. Everything possible both from a medical standpoint and a point of comfort was done for him, but to no avail. He was under the care of a medical officer with an abundance of experience, also that of a trained graduate female nurse, assisted by hospital corpsmen, who were ever present administering to his wants and needs. Prior to your son’s death he was visited daily by the hospital chaplain and was spiritually well prepared to die. Present at the time of death were his father and brother, also his medical officer and the chaplain. Assuring you of my deepest sympathy in your great loss and trusting that if I can be of further service to you that you will have no hesitancy in communicating with me, I beg to remain.
Yours very truly,
James C. Poyony, Captain
M.C.U.S. Navy in Command.
Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 29, 1920
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Wilson Oct 10 and took their darling baby aged 11 months and 9 days. It was said to part with little Elsie but we know she is safe in the arms of Jesus. She leaves a father, mother and 3 sisters to mourn her death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 15, 1920
Dennis, KY—We are very sorry to hear of the death of Carl Workman of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 8, 1920
Williamson, WV—John Yates, Superintendent of the Gates mine of the Crystal Block Mining Company, was shot and killed by unknown persons last Saturday morning, when walking along the Mingo County road, near the company store at Gates, 10 miles east of Williamson. Federal troops on duty in the Mingo County strike zone immediately were sent from Spriggs, near Gates, to establish patrols in the woods, which flank the road and from which the shots came. Bloodhounds were hurried from Williamson to the scene in an effort to trace those responsible for the shooting. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 29, 1920
YOUNG, Margie Loraine
The death angel visited the home of Smith and Jeddie Young Sep 27 and took from them their darling baby Margie Loraine. It was laid to rest in Hicks graveyard overlooking the home of the parents and grandparents. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 22, 1920
YOUNG, Maysie May
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Young and took from them their darling baby. Maysie May Young was born Jul 31, 1920 and died Oct 17, 1920. She was sick about 2 weeks. All was done that loving hands could do, but God saw best to take her home. She was laid to rest in the graveyard overlooking the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Young. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 29, 1920
BACK, Nannie (Moore)
Mrs. Nannie Moore Back, wife of C. A. Back, died at her home in Marion, OH, Nov 14. On Nov 4th, an infant son, Charles Milton, passed away, age 4 days. She is survived by her husband and 4 daughters whose ages range from 15 months to 12 years, names Florence, Lillie ,Mary and Bessie. Mrs. Back was a daughter of Wesley Moore of Ledocio, this county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
Ledocio & Adams, KY—Mrs. Nannie Back was a sister of Dr. J. O. and Rev. A. L. Moore of this place, and moved from here some few years ago. Besides her husband she leaves 4 small little girls, also 6 brothers and 5 sisters to mourn the loss of a good wife, mother and sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
Huntington, WV—Funeral services for William Boyd, who died Wednesday at Cleveland, OH, of heart trouble, were held Monday afternoon at the home of a son, Charles Boyd, 702 ½ Eighth Avenue, Rev. M. L. Wood officiating. Interment was made in the Spring Hill Cemetery. He is survived by 3 sons and 3 daughters, Charles Boyd, of Huntington, John Boyd of Prichard, WV, Sherman Boyd of Normal, KY; Mrs. Lizzie Salvic of Cleveland, OH, Mrs. Mary Dillon of Charleston, WV and Mrs. Bessie Rice of Huntington. He is also survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers, Mrs. Frank Burgess, Mrs. Mack Fitch, both of Thealka, KY, Mrs. Wildia Childress of Emma, KY, W. S. Boyd of Paintsville, and Charles Boyd of Princess, KY—Herald Dispatch. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 5, 1920
Ulysses, KY—The pale horse and its rider visited the home of Fred and Virgie Castle, Friday, Nov 5, and took from them their darling baby, Russell. He was 9 months old. He was laid to rest in the Boyd graveyard overlooking the home of the parents. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 12, 1920
Christmas, KY—The body of Pvt. Ernest Chaffin, who gave his life in France for his country, was brought back home last Saturday and was buried on Sunday in the family cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. James Harvey. Quite a crowd was there to pay the last tribute of respect to Ernest, one of our noblest, kindest and most respected boys. His father, Mother, brothers and sisters have our very deepest heartfelt sympathy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 12, 1920
CLAY, Robert F.
Prestonsburg, KY—Robert F. Clay of Paola, CO, died Wednesday morning, Nov 3, of hemorrhage of the lungs. Mr. Clay was widely and favorably known here, where he lived for many years and conducted a barber shop and has relatives. He married Miss Mayo, but she and an only child died several years ago. Mr. Clay went to Colorado about 8 or 9 years ago and was proprietor of several barber shops at the time of his death. He was about 50 years of age. His remains will be brought here for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 12, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—The body of Mr. Robert Clay, accompanied by his niece, Mrs. Bessie Starbuck, arrived here from Paonia, CO where Mr. Clay died suddenly. Mr. Clay was born near Paintsville, KY, Nov 1, 1869, and was married to Miss Gladys Mayo, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Mayo in or about the year 1904. His wife entered upon her heavenly rest 13 years ago last July. About 7 years ago Mr. Clay went to Colorado and located at Paonia. His funeral was conducted by the Rev. Charles Albert Powers of the Methodist Church, at the residence of Mrs. Elizabeth Goble, a sister of Mr. Clay. Three sisters, Mrs. Goble, Prestonsburg, Mrs. Gilly, Russell, and Mrs. Burchett, Akron, OH and 2 brothers, Malcom Clay, Paonia, CO and Henry Clay of Paintsville, remain to mourn his sudden demise. Those that attended the funeral from out of town were Mrs. Bessie Starbuck, Paonia, CO, Mrs. Alice Gilly, Mr. and Mrs. Mat Collins, Mr. Bert Collins, Miss Garnett Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Hamor, and Miss Alice Hamor, Russell, Henry Clay, Elmon Clay, Lloyd Clay and Mrs. Henry Borders, Paintsville, Mrs. William Burchett, Akron, ON and Robert Burchett, Logan, WV. The local order of the Free and Accepted Masons, led by the Master of the lodge, Mr. White, conducted a service at the grave. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
While en route on the Big Sandy train from Prestonsburg, Earl Clifton, 25, a miner near Prestonsburg, died from burns received in a powder and carbide explosion, as he was being taken to a hospital. His body was shipped to Prestonsburg. Clifton and a fellow employee were at their work in the mine when Clifton attempted to open a can of powder with an axe. The powder exploded also setting fire to his carbide lamp. His burns were so serious that the physicians deemed it necessary to remove him to the hospital. The other man, John Fraley, was also removed to the hospital, but is believed that he will recover. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
Bryon Dean, age 53, died at his home in Wayne, WV at 12:30 Wednesday morning following an illness extending over many months. Mr. Dean was born here and was a lifelong resident of this county. He was actively engaged in mercantile business in Wayne and East Lynn for nearly 30 years. Although most of his life was a battle against odds due to ill health, he was a close student of business affairs and achieved success as a merchant. The deceased was a devout member of the Christian Church of Wayne and was active in the affairs of the church until 7 months ago when he was forced to take his bed on account of a general breakdown in health from which he never recovered. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. R. Glenn of Westmoreland and the body laid to rest in the family cemetery near East Lynn. The burial services were in charge of the Wayne Masonic lodge of which he had been a member for 29 years. Mr. Dean is survived by his wife, one son, Herman P. Dean, one sister, Mrs. Hartley Ferguson, of near Wayne, and 2 brothers, Bernard and V. H. Dean of this place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
ELDERMAN, Henry P.
Henry P. Elderman died at his home at Ashland Thursday morning after a long illness. His body will be brought to Louisa Friday morning and will be taken to Little Blaine for burial. He married in Lawrence County and lived here for many years, moving to Ashland a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1920
The body of Henry Elderman, of Clyffeside, was shipped to Louisa and burial took place Friday afternoon at Mattie, Lawrence County, beside the grave of his wife who preceded him in death about 3 months ago. The body was accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Danny Brown, and her husband. Henry Elderman was born in Holland and came to this county during the civil war. He enlisted in the United States navy and served throughout the length of the war. After the close of the war he settled in Virginia and gradually drifting south until he arrived in the Big Sandy valley where he lived for many years as a lumber operator. He and his family moved to Ashland many years ago and for many years the deceased was a watchman at Clyffeside Park. His death came as a result of several years’ trouble with pulmonary tuberculosis. He is survived by 2 sons, James and Andrew, who now reside in the west but who were formerly well known here. One daughter survives, Mrs. Danny Brown, who ministered to her father throughout his sickness. The 2 sons were here about 2 weeks ago for a visit but departed last Saturday as their father had taken a turn for the better. They were unable to reach Ashland in time for the funeral. The deceased was well and favorably known in Ashland. He was engaged in the lumber, grocery and coal business at various times in his life. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 12, 1920
EVANS, John Milton
John Milton Evans died on Thursday evening of last week at the home of his brother, Henry E. Evans, in Louisa. He had been ill of diabetes for about 3 years and for a year had been unable to attend to business. Therefore his death was not unexpected. The funeral took place on Saturday morning at the M. E. Church South. Rev. J.D. Bell preached and the Masonic fraternity had charge of the service. Mr. Evans was 40 years of age, a son of James and Julia Evans, the latter surviving. A wife and 4 children also survive him. The oldest is a boy of 16. Mr. Evans’ first wife was a daughter of David Thompson, formerly of Potter. The surviving wife was Miss Roma Goff of Pike county who has 3 small children. Mr. Evans was an honest, upright citizen. He was well known and liked throughout the county and was once the Democratic nominee for Sheriff. A few years ago he moved to Michigan and lived there until the disease that caused his death had fastened itself upon him. Several months ago he was converted and shortly before his death he said he was ready to go. Interment took place in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
Miss Nora Kirkpatrick, formerly of Rush, died at Fresno, CA, Nov 11. She was 26 years old and was for some time a teacher at Ashland. The body was returned to Ashland for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 19,1920
MURRAY,( Note: this is Katherine Brown)
Catlettsburg, KY—Mrs. Murray, aged 70 years, a venerable and most estimable lad, a widow, passed away at her home at Normal. Some children survive. The remains accompanied by member of the family were shipped to Offutt, Johnson County for interment. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 12, 1920
The death angel has again visited the home of our brother and sister, John Nelson and wife, and claimed for his own their darling little baby, Marcelleen. She was 2 years old past when the death summons came. She always had a sweet little smile for everyone she met. She never met any strangers. The body was laid to rest in the mountain home cemetery, funeral services were conducted by W.H. Tomblin. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 12, 1920
It was on Monday Oct 8, 1920, while the sun was shedding its brightest rays upon earth that the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Boss Pack and took from them their darling little baby, Lester. Lester was 3 years 11 months and 16 days old. He was laid to rest in the Skeens graveyard a few miles from his home at Kenova, WV. Rev. Stevinson conducted the services. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 5, 1920
Walbridge & Holt, KY—The death angel has again visited the home of Mrs. Jane Peters and claimed a grandchild, Garnette, the 3 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Welzie Peters. It was left for a few moments in a chair in front of an open fire. When the mother returned to the room she found it had fallen from the chair to the edge of the fire and was severely burned on the face and body. This occurred Nov 13 and the little spirit took its flight on Nov 19. The little body was laid to rest in the See Cemetery Saturday afternoon. The death is doubly sad as only a few weeks ago Mrs. Kenneth Peters and infant son were laid to rest in the same cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
Ella Powers, born Sep 24, 1861 died Nov 5, 1920, age 59 years. She is survived by husband and 8 children, all of whom were present. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home, after which the remains were taken to the family burial ground near by for interment. She had been in delicate health for some time and had made a heroic struggle for mastery, but the blighting hand of the destroyer had been too heavily laid upon her and she soon answered the call to which no one shall be deaf. She told Bro. Jackson a few days before she died that she was ready to go any time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 19, 1920
RICE, Mrs. Nathaniel J. (Katherine McCloud)
Paintsville, KY—On last Friday night the death angel visited the home of N. J. Rice on Jennies Creek and took there from the beloved wife and mother. Mrs. Rice was a daughter of George McCloud and was born in this county Mar 25, 1874. She was married to Nathaniel J. Rice on Jan 26, 1893 and to them were born 4 children, three girls and one boy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
Joseph Rutherford died Nov 11 at his home at Whites Creek, WV. He was 75 years old and his death was caused by Bright’s disease. He had lived in Wayne County all his life and had been a member of the Wayne Masonic lodge for 45 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 19, 1920
Tobe Simpson, 31, died Monday in Ashland from a gun shot wound below the heart received from his own revolver as he pitched it with a coat into an automobile the day before when he and his brother were starting on a hunting trip. He is survived by his wife and one son. His father, C. A. Simpson, a contractor, is well known here. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 12, 1920
STEVENS, George W.
President George W. Stevens of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company dropped death in his cottage at White Sulphur Springs, WV Wednesday morning while seated at his desk looking over his morning mail. The cause of his death is unknown, the suddenness of it coming as a great shock to all his friends and associates. Mr. Stevens’ career has been remarkable in that he has risen through all the ranks of the railroad business. He thoroughly understood the intricate working of the railways and was regarded as one of the best authorities in the country on questions of transportation. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 5, 1920
Compton, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Leota Wellman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 19, 1920
Raymond White, Carpenters mate, second class born Feb 25, 1899, died Oct 19, 1920, at Hampton Roads, VA, in the U. S. Navy hospital. He is son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe White. His death was to bronchial pneumonia. He was a kind, loyal and truthful boy from his childhood. He was loved by all who knew him. He enlisted in the navy Feb 14, 1919 and was stationed at Hampton Roads, VA until his death occurred. He was always ready and willing to do his duty. He had been home 4 times. He was home just 2 months prior to his death. His father and his brother, Joe, were present at the time of his death. They only got there a short time before he died and he talked with them and was not unconscious until death. The remains of Raymond were brought home and laid to rest on the hill overlooking his home where only 3 years ago his grandmother and grandfather White were laid to rest. His funeral and also the funeral of his little sister, Pearlie, who departed this life a few years previous, will be preached at Tyree Chapel the third Sunday in this month by Bro. J. H. Cleveland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 12, 1920
Death visited our community and claimed this dear boy for our heavenly Father’s jewel—Carl Workman. He was a good boy far beyond the average. He always had kind word for everybody and was ready to lend a helping hand to any one who called on him. He leaves a father, mother, one brother and 2 sisters to mourn his loss. He was laid to rest in the Collinsworth Cemetery by the side of his great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Collinsworth, who preceded him to the glory land a short time ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 26, 1920
AUXIER, Joseph D.
East Point, KY—Joseph D. Auxier, 20, fell dead at his home here Dec 6th. The young man had just come in from work and was washing his hands when the call came. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tobe Auxier, a good, moral boy far above the average. The mother is prostrated at her home from grief and the shock. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 17, 1920
Eighteen children were made orphans Monday morning when Booker Lloyd and Cecil Ball were both crushed to death in a mine slate fall on Deep Hole Creek, near Coleman, Wayne County. Ball is survived by a wife and 7 children, while Lloyd leaves a wife and 11 children. Wayne News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
On last Tuesday morning Will Hopkins instantly killed Will Blackburn and probably fatally wounded his brother, Henderson Blackburn, on a train near Pikeville. Hopkins was shot through the left lung by one of the Blackburns and was taken to a hospital in Ashland. His condition is very critical. A brother of Blackburns recently shot and wounded Buddy Hopkins, brother of Will. The Blackburns and Hopkins brothers, 3 each, were on their way to Pikeville for the examining trial when the fatal shooting took place. Hopkins is prohibition enforcement officer. He and his brother and one of the Blackburns were in a car ahead of Will and Henderson Blackburn. Will Hopkins was passing through the rear car when the 2 Blackburns began to curse him and call him names, it is said Hopkins passed on to the rear of the car, warning the Blackburns to remain in their seat. They arose, it is said, and the shooting started. Hopkins fell on the long seat at the end of the car when a bullet hit him and it seems that he did most of his firing from that position. Henderson received 3 wounds. The men are all comparatively young, Hopkins is about 25. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
Catlettsburg, KY—Leonidas Borders, 49 years of age, died last Thursday at his home at Clyffeside, leaving his wife and several children. The body was taken to Richardson and burial was made near there in the family burial plot. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Mrs. Ellen Branham died Thursday night of last week at her home a few miles from Louisa. Her health had not been very good for the past 2 years, but she was able to be around in the home up to a few minutes before her death. She was seized with a fit of coughing and death followed in a short time. Mrs. Branham was the widow of Dol Branham, who died several years ago. He was the brother of Thomas J. Branham, of this place. She was a daughter ob Billy Bowe, a resident of Louisa many years. Lat J. Bowe of Kenova is her brother and J. F. Ratliff of Huntington, WV is a half brother. Mrs. Branham was 68 years of age. She is survived by 5 sons and one daughter, Thomas B. Branham, Sam, John, Lace, Edward and Mrs. Inez Ratcliff, wife of Dan Ratcliff. She had long been a faithful member of the Christian Church. Funeral service was held at the home at 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ballard Branham, burial following in the family burying ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
BURGESS, Mrs. Robert
Pikeville, KY—Mrs. Robert Burgess passed away suddenly Tuesday morning. She was a fine woman and was esteemed highly by all who knew her. She leaves her mother, Mrs. Steele, and 2 daughters, Mrs. James Gillispie of Huntington, WV and Mrs. Sam Caudill of Pikeville, also 2 sisters, Mrs. Clarence Brown and Mrs. Hobson and one brother, Hon. W. K. Steele, U. S. Commissioner here. Burial at Coal Run Thursday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
BURNS, Alvin D.
Alvin D. Burns died at his home in Ashland Tuesday night after an illness of several years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jean Burns, one son, Daniel, 14, a daughter Mary Catherine, 11. He moved to Ashland from Grayson a few years ago where he had been C & O agent a number of years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 24, 1920
Ad. Chaffin, a miner, died at his home near Princess Tunnel on Monday evening after a 4 days illness of pneumonia at the age of 47 years. He is survived by his wife and several children. The interment took place on Wednesday in the private burial plot near the Chaffin home. Hope Lodge I.O.O.F. No. 109 had charge of the obsequies. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 31, 1920
Buchanan, KY—Harlan Dean of Zelda died Saturday of tuberculosis. Burial at Buchanan chapel Sunday. He was 21 years of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Buchanan, KY—We are sorry to report the death of Lewis Faulkner, one of our good citizens, at his home at Kavanaugh Monday. He had been in bad health for 2 years but was able to be around when the summons came. Interment was at Kavanaugh Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock. He leaves a wife and 2 small children, 2 brothers and one sister and a number of relatives. His mother was a member of the pioneer family of Prichards, a much loved noble woman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Chapman Fry, 65, former clerk of Wayne County succumbed to a stroke of paralysis after a long illness at his home at Ceredo Tuesday. He was a lumberman and coal operator and well to do. The surviving relatives beside the widow are: 3 sons, C.G. Fry, C. H. Fry and Johnson Fry; 6 daughters, Mrs. C. B. Bromley of Hollidaysburg, PA, Mrs. J.F. White of Wilmore, KY, Mrs. H. S. Lambert of Kenova, Mrs. C. W. Kerr of Huntington, Misses Forence and Clara Fry. Two brothers, Edmund Fry and James Fry of Huntington. The late Mr. Fry was widely acquainted and had many friends. He was county clerk of Wayne County for 24 years, and formerly resided on a farm on White’s Creek. He was engaged in the timber business for many years and later went to Alabama to engage in the coal business. He became ill several years ago and the stroke of paralysis which terminated his life was the third he had sustained. He was born at Wayne, Jul 2, 1856. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 24, 1920
Dec 19, 1920 the death angel visited the home of Charles Gambill of York, KY and took for its own his loving wife, Veva. She was the oldest daughter of Tom and Martha Johnson now of Portsmouth, but was raised at Blaine, KY. She moved to Portsmouth 4 years ago and was married in Jul 1919. Veva was a good girl and loved by all who knew her. She was organist in the Sunday school at Blaine for several years, having learned to play when she was very small. Veva was only 23 year old and leaves to mourn their loss a husband, little daughter 3 weeks old, father, mother, a sister and a brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 31, 1920
Oscar Garland, 21, died Thursday of last week at the home of his father, William Garland in Catlettsburg. About 18 months ago he sustained a broken back in a coal mine accident in West Virginia and this caused his death. The body was taken to Walbridge where burial took place on Christmas. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 31, 1920
On Friday morning Nov 26, 1920, the death angel visited the home of J. T. Griffith and claimed for its victim his loving wife, Belle, age 42 years and 3 months. Mrs. Griffith had been in poor health for some time and taking pneumonia only lived about 5 days. She was converted and joined the M. E. Church early in life at 14, and lived a devoted Christian until the end. It is said we are known by the life we live here, and we believe that Sister Griffith is today singing sweet songs around God’s bright throne. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and 4 children, a mother, 5 brothers, and a host of friends and relatives. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Roland Hutchinson at Bakers Chapel. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard on Catt facing the old home where she was born and raised. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
Jattie, KY—Mrs. Mary Griffith was buried at Baker Sunday. Her home was on Cherokee. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Madge, KY—We were sorry to hear of the death of Aunt Kate Jordan of Twin Branch. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
On Nov 27, 1920 the death angel visited the home of George Jordan and family and took their darling baby Landon. It had been a patient little sufferer for almost a month with diphtheria first and then double pneumonia. He was about 3 years old. He was laid to rest Sunday in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
Lafayette Kinner, age 81, was found dead in bed at his home at the mouth of Blaine. He had been suffering from a “leaky” heart. Mr. Kinner was a well known citizen and a good man. He was born and reared at Buchanan and after his marriage to Miss Elizabeth Durney he located on the farm at the mouth of Blaine and remained there throughout his long life. His wife died many years ago. The surviving members of the family are Mrs. Carrie McCloskey, the only daughter and 5 sons, Elwood, Coon, Burg, Fred and John. All the sons live at Greenup except Fred, who resided on the home farm. Mr. Kinner was a genial, kind hearted man, popular with all who knew him. The burial will take place Friday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
MARCUM, John B.
John B. Marcum was shot and killed at Breeden, Mingo county, Monday morning. Marcum was killed in a melee with State police when a gang of robbers attempted to make away with a quantity of coal from a passing freight train. Marcum was under bond for $5,000 on a charge of shooting Meredith C. Burchett of Breeden on Nov 3. The bullet that hit Burchett was fired from train No. 28. A week later Marcum was arrested by state police and taken to Williamson. After being held a few days, he was admitted to bail. Marcum was 24 years old and a son of Henry Marcum. He is survived by his parents, one brother, his wife and one child. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
MCGOWAN, Mrs. Albert
The death of Mrs. Albert McGowan occurred on last Monday at her home at New Boston, OH following a stroke of paralysis at 2 o’clock that morning. A message was received by Louisa relatives calling them to her bed side but before they reached there she had passed away. She was a sister of Mrs. Mary Davis and Miss Lizzie Jackson of this place and lived in Louisa for some time before moving to Ohio. She is survived by her husband and several grown children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 24, 1920
MERRITT, Louida Burton
South, Vienna, OH—Louida Burton Merritt, daughter of Charles and Stella Merritt, was born Oct 21, 1920 an died Nov 20, 1920. Death was due to whooping cough. Little Louida was the joy of her parents and 2 little sisters, Naomi and Margaret. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 17, 1920
Paintsville, KY—Harry Moore, 6 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Moore, was killed Monday afternoon by a truck driven by Edward Estep in East Paintsville as the little fellow was returning from the store. The truck was loaded and the wheels passed over the child’s breast killing instantly. Harry was 6 years old Monday and was spending the day with his parents, not going to school on account of it being his birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Moore recently moved here from Virginia and Mr. Moore was engaged in the oil development of this section. The remains of the little boy were taken to Baltimore, MD. He was their only child. Estep was arrested and is out on bond, He claimed that he could not stop the car in time to prevent the accident. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 24, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Mr. Greeley Poe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Poe, who was accidentally shot 2 weeks ago last Saturday and taken to the hospital at Ironton, died Sunday and the body was brought home for burial. He was 17 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
POIRSON, V. J.
Died Nov 24, 1920, Hon. V. J. Poirson, aged 54 years, of Jeanerette, LA, husband of Inez V. Poirson. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in that parish. His remains were followed by the bar and U.S. Senator of that parish and state. He leaves a wife and one daughter. His wife was Miss Inez, daughter of Ben Frank and niece of Dr. A. W. Bromley and Sam Bromley of Louisa. She was born and reared in Louisa and has many friends here who sympathize with her in this bereavement. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Mrs. Nora Ramey, of Queens Ridge, WV, passed away last Thursday night in Riverview Hospital in Louisa. She had been ill about 6 weeks and was brought to this place a few days before her death. On Tuesday of last week she was operated on. She was the wife of James Ramey of Queens Ridge. He and other relatives were here at her bedside when the end came. Mrs. Ramey was about 40 years old. Her maiden name was Wiley and she was a native of Lawrence County. The operation performed was done as a last resort and with but little hope of saving her life. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 17, 1920
RATLIFF, Freeland T.
Pikeville, KY—Freeland T. Ratliff died at his home here last Saturday morning, Nov 27. He was a pioneer of the county and town, coming here from Coal Run. He founded the Ratliff Drug Store and for more than 40 years was its proprietor. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Albert Ray, one of Wayne County’s most highly respected citizens, died at his home on Lynn Creek, near Shoals, Dec 14, aged 76 years, 10 months and 20 days. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 24, 1920
Jattie, KY—Sorry to hear of the death of Sam Shepherd. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Cadmus, KY—Aunt Louisa Shortridge passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susie Riley. She was up in her 80th year, had been bedfast for some time. She was a good Christian woman and loved by all who knew her. She died happy for she knew she was going to heaven to meet her loved ones who had gone before. She was laid to rest in Fallsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Louisa A. Shortridge born in Pike County, KY Oct 9, 1840, departed this life Nov 22, 1920 aged 80 years one month and 13 days. She joined the M.E. Church in August 1855 at the mouth of Joes Creek in Pike County and was converted at the Snively Chapel on John Creek, Pike County, 1855 and lived a true devoted Christian for 65 years. She was first married to Daniel J. Harman in Pike County in 1858 and to this union was born 6 children, 4 girls and 2 boys, viz: Mrs. Mary E. Green, Webbville, Adam Harman, Cadmus, Mrs. Susan Riley, Cadmus, Mrs. Gertrude Foster, Yatesville, Rev. V. D. Harman, Wheelwright, and Mrs. Maggie Stuart, Webbville. Our father, Daniel J. Harman departed this life Mar 6, 1870, in Lawrence County, KY at the age of 39 years and 13 days leaving our dear mother with 6 little children. She was married the second time to George W. Shortridge near Fallsburg in 1876, and to this union was born 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls, viz: ?ay N. Shortridge, Catlettsburg, Martin Shortridge, Normal, Bascom Shortridge, Cadmus, Ettie and Effie both dead. Her second husband had been married prior to their marriage and to his first marriage was born 5 children, one is dead, 4 living, viz: V. B. Shortridge, Glenwood, C. B. Shortridge, Cadmus, Mrs. Dollie Barrett, Ashland, W. N. Shortridge, Normal, KY. All of her children and step children living were at her burial except 3. Her children and stepchildren were constantly at her bedside awaiting an opportunity to do something for our dear mother. Her daughter, Gertrude Foster and her daughter in law, Nancy Harman, were her regular nurses. She came from her daughters at Webbville to her daughter, Mrs. Susan Riley’s at Cadmus last October where her children and friends could see her often….. We followed her lifeless form and consigned her to the narrow charnel house with stepfather, Ettie and Effie, there to sleep sweet sleep until the trumpet of God awake her sleeping dust. She buried 2 husband and 2 children, 3 sons in law, and 5 daughters in law, including 2 step daughters in law….. Adam Harman. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
Skaggs, KY—Aunt Rilda Sparks was taken suddenly ill with a pain in her head Saturday morning about 9 o’clock. Dr. J.J. Gambill of Blaine was wired to come at once. When he arrived she was unconscious and shortly before 2 o’clock Saturday Dec 18, 1920, she passed to the Great Beyond. Before she became unconscious she embraced her kind and faithful husband and granddaughter Grettie Holbrook and told them she was going home. Aunt Rilda was born Mar 4, 1849. She was 71 years 9 months and 14 days old. She was the daughter of the late Pleasant and Sarah Jordan Holbrook. She was married to Nelson Sparks, Dec 15, 1864 and they lived in peace and with plenty for 56 years and 3 days. Besides a host of other relatives and friends, she leaves her husband, 3 children and one sister to mourn their loss. They are M.B. Sparks of Louisa, Dr. James A. Sparks of Ashland and Mrs. P. P. Holbrook of Martha and her sister, Mr. Melissa Williams of Ashland. Her boys were summoned to come at once and they all speed possible to get there, but when they arrived they found their mother cold in death. Aunt Rilda was a faithful member of the new Regular Baptist Church and lived a true Christian life. She was laid to rest Sunday in the family graveyard of P.P. Holbrooks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 24, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY, Nov 26, Miss Flora Staley, 50 years old, was burned to death today when her clothing caught fire from an open grate. Her 80 year old mother tried in vain to save her. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Prestonsburg, KY—Wheeler Stanley, the little 4 year old son of Mrs. Joe Stanley of Myrtle, died last Friday of Flux. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
Robert Sturgell died in Ashland Tuesday, after having been in a helpless condition for 3 years. Paralysis was the trouble. He was about 70 years old and his home was in Lawrence County for many years. His wife was a daughter of Judge John J. Jordan, of this place. The body was taken to Yeager, Pike County for burial by the side of his mother. Dr. W. A. Berry brother in law, accompanied the remains. Mr. Sturgell was an honest industrious citizen. Others accompanying the body to Yeager were Mrs. Pamela Sturgell, Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Sturgell, Dr. and Mrs. G. M. Sturgell and Mrs. W. A. Berry. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 3, 1920
VANCE, John F.
John F. Vance, 25, son of A. A. Vance, of Big Creek, WV, shot and killed himself near his home last Friday. He had started on a hunting trip and it is thought the shooting was accidental. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1920
Barney, son of Brunk Vanhorn of Zelda, this county was killed near Portsmouth Wednesday morning while at work on a scaffold. We could not learn the particulars of the accident but it seems that Mr. Vanhorn was overcome by gas or fumes. It is reported that another man working with him died at the same time. Barney was about 25 years old and was married only 2 months ago to a daughter of O. B. Stump, formerly of Zelda. The death of this young man has brought deep sorrow to the neighborhood in which he lived. He was always industrious and gave promise of a useful life. His parents are good people, and to them and the young wife especially there goes out the sincerest sympathy. The body was brought to Zelda for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
Wilbur Webb, a young man who lived on Buffalo Horn in the lower end of the county and one of the most respected citizens of that section, was killed recently in a slate fall in the coal bank where he was digging some coal for winter. Mr. Webb was the son of Jeff Webb of this place and was married and leaves a wife and 2 small children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 24, 1920
WILSON, Garred S.
Garred S. Wilson, died at his home in Louisa Monday night, Dec 13, after an illness of several months. Stomach and heart trouble was the cause. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church on Wednesday morning, conducted by Dr. Anderson and Rev. B. S. Akers. The latter preached by request of the family, he being an old friend of theirs. The interment took place in the cemetery on Pine Hill. Mr. Wilson was an excellent citizen and was in business here for many years. He was a member of the City Council for several terms and at the time of his death was on the Board of Education. The public schools closed during the funeral out of respect to him. He was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Odd Fellows fraternity. The order officiated at the funeral and there was a long procession. His passing is a loss to the community. Mr. Wilson is survived by the wife, a son, Arbie, 2 daughters, Mrs. Fred Wellman and Mrs. Creed Gearheart; 2 sisters, Mrs. L. M. Copley and Mrs. James Hale, one brother, William F. Wilson. His age was 60 years. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 17, 1920
Garred S. Wilson was born May 3, 18??, died Dec 13, 1920. He was married to Mary L. Shannon Jul 13, 1881. Two daughters and a son are left to mourn the great loss which death has brought to them. Also, an adopted daughter, Louise. He was a kind father and loving husband, a good citizen and a thoughtful neighbor. He was one of the 11 children of Graham Wilson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 24, 1920