The angel of death visited the home of Mrs. Nannie Osborn Wednesday evening at 4 o’clock Jan 12, 1921 and claimed as its own her loving mother, Mrs. Corilda Bates. She was 66 years 10 months and 3 days of age, he daughter of George and Mary Thompson. She was converted and joined the M.E. Church South when quite young and lived a devoted Christian life ever since. She was married to Nathaniel Bates in 1873, and was the mother of 8 children, all of whom are living except 2 who have gone on to glory with their father, where they were waiting to welcome mother home. Aunt Corilda as she was called by most all that know her leaves besides her children many relatives and a host of friends. She had made her home among her children since the death of her husband in 1912 always making friends wherever she went.
The Huntington Herald Dispatch:
Death by freezing and starvation was the verdict returned Tuesday by the coroner’s jury in the inquest held over the body of George Beddow, chief engineer of the Main Island Creek Coal Company, who disappeared in the mountains one week ago Monday while en route from Omar to Red Jacket, WV. The whinnying of his half-starved horse hitched near led searchers to the body, which was lying face downward. A slight scratch on the temple, which had bled profusely, gave rise at first to the belief that Beddow had suffered from foul play. An open clasp knife, a crumpled map and dead embers of a small fire told the story of his fight with the cold. As the body was found several miles off the road to Red Jacket, it is believed that he lost his way in the dim trails and thickly wooded mountains and was overcome by exposure. The man left Omar on the afternoon of the 10th to superintend the moving of a steam shovel at Red Jacket. His body was discovered last Monday, one week after his disappearance. After the inquest the body was taken to Williamson. From there is was removed to Omar, where the funeral services were held Wednesday. Interment at Logan. Beddow is survived by the widow and 3 small children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
BRADFORD, Marie (Berry)
Mrs. Marie Bradford, wife of V. S. Bradford was born Apr 3, 1902 and departed this life Dec 22, 1920. She was the daughter of W. H. and Cora Berry. Her illness was but a few days and death was unexpected. The funeral was held at her beautiful little home, she loved so well, in Kenova, conducted by the pastor of Baptist Church. The interment took place in the Ceredo Cemetery overlooking their home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 14, 1921 (Note: this was very difficult to read so hopefully no errors.)
Elliott Burgess, one of the oldest citizens in Big Sandy Valley, died on the 29th day of Dec 1920 at the home of his adopted son, Mr. Sam King, a highly respected citizen of Johnson County. The deceased was 91 years 4 months and 2 days old. His remains were brought to Kise, his old home, for interment, Dec 31. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Bryan of Fort Gay, WV and Rev. A. H. Miller. By request of the deceased, in his lifetime, his funeral was preached by Rev. Bryan. The funeral was held at the home of the deceased’s brother, G. C. Burgess, in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives. The funeral service was beautiful and impressive. He had been a devout member of the M.E. Church for 50 years or more. He was buried in the family burying ground on the hilltop overlooking the old homestead where he was born and reared, was the oldest of a family of 12 children, all of whom are dead but 3; and as we looked upon his face for the last time, and knowing how full of faith he was, we could better know the truth of the scripture, “Though I was through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou are with me.” Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 7, 1921
CAMPBELL, Mrs. J. R.
Death came to Mrs. J. R. Campbell about noon Monday at her home at Sacred Wind after an illness of some time. She was 48 years of age and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Cooper of Cherokee. Several brothers and sisters survive, one of whom is Mrs. T H. Burchett of Deephole. Also one daughter, Mrs. Curtis Boggs. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
The following is from the Courier-Journal of this week: Frankfort, KY—It is believed by the officials of the penitentiary that the dead man found on the railroad track near Somerset, KY, is Sam Crabtree, Ashland, a convict who escaped from the penitentiary last September while serving a 7 year sentence for housebreaking. The officials of Pulaski County requested that W. H. Moyer, superintendent, forward them the Bertillon measurement of Crabtree. Somerset, KY—The body of a man which is thought may be that of an escaped convict, was found by the side of the railroad tracks near here a week ago. It is supposed he was struck by a train during the night. The man had dark hair, sandy mustache and appeared to be about 5 feet 10 inches in height and 55 years old. He was very thin. His weight has been estimated at about 140 pounds. The body is being held for identification. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 7, 1921
Death that brings the deepest grief to family and friends occurred at Zelda. Harlan Dean a bright young man of 21 years, died after an illness so only a short time. He was a son of Samuel and Alice Dean and a grandson of the Rev. Clifton Dean. Harlan Dean was born Jul 21, 1899 being 21 years 4 months and 5 days old when he departed this life Nov 26, 1920. He was a bright, intelligent boy, loved and respected by all who knew him. He had been in poor health for a few months, but was not thought to be seriously ill until the end came. He had never been past going out. His father died 17 years ago and his oldest sister preceded him to the great beyond 5 years ago, leaving a mother, one sister, one brother, Prichard and Susie Dean. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 7, 1921
DEAN, Mrs. John T. (Large)
Mrs. John T. Dean of Rock Camp, OH, passed away at 5 o’clock on Thursday evening after a prolonged illness dating from an attack of influenza that she suffered one year ago this winter. Mrs. Dean was a native Kentuckian. She was born in Lawrence County, Dec 12, 1846, the daughter of William and Melissa Large, of Irad. She was regarded as a most estimable woman and had hosts of friends both in Kentucky and Ohio who appreciated in her character the deep Christian principles that controlled her life. Sincere sympathy is felt for her aged husband, 88 years of age, who has been for a long time an invalid and for her devoted family of 5 sons and 3 daughters, who will feel keenly their loss of a superior wife and mother. The sons surviving are H. S. Dean of Huntington, WV, William Dean and Thomas Dean of Ironton, OH, J. C. Dean of Parkersburg, WV, and Kinner Dean, who has remained with the parents at Rock Camp, near Ironton. The daughters are Mrs. Mussetter and Mrs. Quillen of Ashland and Mrs. Genoa Chaffin of Pinkerton, OH. Several grandchildren survive, one of whom, a lad of 8 years, has always lived in he home of his grandparents. Mrs. Dean was a member of the M. E. Church South of which she became a member at the age of 14 years and lived a Christian the remainder of her life. The remains were laid to rest in the Leatherwood Cemetery near the M. E. Church of Leatherwood, OH. Rev. Harvey of West Virginia had charge of the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 14, 1921
DOSS, Marie Kathryn
Marie Kathryn, the 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Doss of Huntington died Sunday following a 3 weeks illness from sleeping sickness. The body was taken to East Lynn Tuesday for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
Mrs. Amanda Ellis, 67 years old, Catlettsburg, was killed by a C & O train. Mrs. Ellis was crossing the tracks which runs through the street when she was struck. She died instantly. She had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. J. L. Damron, riverman’s wife. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 7, 1921
The Huntington Herald of yesterday contained the following item: Retiring Tuesday night, apparently in the best of health, Carl H. Foughty, 21, was found dead in bed yesterday morning at the home of a friend, A. L. Wells, 1225 Monroe Avenue. Foughty was a big man apparently in the pink of condition. Doctors pronounced it heart failure. He had just arrived in Huntington from Louisa, KY where he had gone for a visit after leaving his work in a rubber factory in Akron, OH. He formerly lived here and was visiting at the home of Mr. Wells. Late in the night he attracted their attention, but before medical aid could reach him he expired. The body is at Chapman-Klingel Funeral Home, pendng the location of relatives, 2 sisters, in Akron, OH. He has a brother, but his whereabouts can not be learned. Several years ago the boy’s father an oil well shooter, was killed by an explosion of nitro-glyderine at Louisa, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
Oscar Garland, who moved here 3 weeks ago with his father, coming from Hatfield, WV passed away ay the home on Oakland Avenue Thursday, Dec 23. He would have been 21 years old in next month. He sustained a broken back in a coal mine accident 18 months ago and caused his death. The young man’s father who is a brother of Mrs. C.E. Hensley of this city came here and formed a partnership in the grocery business with Mr. Hensley and they have resided here only a short time, The poor boy had been a patient sufferer. He died in the faith of the saving power of the great Redeemer. The remains accompanied by the members of his family and that of Mr. Hensley were taken to Walbridge over O & B S on Christmas day and were buried in the family graveyard. The funeral was preached by Rev. Mr. York assisted by Rev. Thomas New. He is survived by his father. W. M. Garland, 2 young brothers, Henry and Junior and 2 sisters, Margaret and Alice. The family has our sympathy. Independent News. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 7, 1921
A union miner named George Hayes and possibly another man, were blown to atoms by an explosion of nitro-glycerine or other high explosive Monday night, near the Gates plant of the Crystal Block Mining Company. He had recently made frequent trips to Fort Gay and Louisa. He had been a striker for several months. A fund was raised to send to wife and children back to North Carolina, from whence they came. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 14, 1921
The death of Mr. Henry Hinkle took place of Sunday night at 9 o’clock after an illness of only a few days. The cause was typhoid and brain fever. He had not felt well for a few weeks but had kept up until the Thursday before his death. Mr. Hinkle was a good citizen. He moved from Chapman a few months ago to one of the Government houses on the West Virginia side of the river and was employed as one of 3 lock tenders at this place. His sudden illness and death came as a shock to his family and friends. Mr. Hinkle was 47 years of age. His family consists of the wife and one son, Ezra Hinkle, who has employment in Philadelphia and as called home to see his father. On Tuesday the body was taken to Meads Branch for burial. J. L. Gussler and relatives of the family accompanied the body which was taken to Kise on the Government boat. Funeral and burial services were held at 2 o’clock. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
Zert Hoback, 62, of Kenova, WV died Saturday morning at his home following an illness of several months. He was a prominent resident of Kenova and an employee of the Norfolk & Western railroad. Mr. Hoback is survived by his wife, 3 sons, William of Dock Creek, WV, John and Lawrence of Huntington, 2 sisters, Mrs. Mollie Bloss of Dixon, WV, Mrs. Minnie Haney of Dudley, WV and 2 brothers, John Hoback of Huntington and R. F. Hoback of Plattsburg, MO. The funeral service was held at Dock’s Creek Monday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
JARRELL, J. K.
J. K. Jarrell, 60, farmer of Griffithsville, WV, died Sunday of blood poisoning. Sometime ago he cut his hand on a saw. The slight scratch became infected. Mr. Jarrell had served as justice of peace in Duval district since 1908 and was reelected at the recent elections. He is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Julia Lovejoy, Palermo, VA, Mrs. N. c. Leonhart, Russell, KY, Mrs. Jason Lambert, Fallsburg, KY, Mrs. J. f. Russell and Mrs. O.W. White both of Huntington and one son, Frank Jarrell of Woodville, WV. Funeral service at Marmet Monday. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
The Ashland Independent says: Mrs. Mary Kimbler, wife of John H. Kimbler of Keys Creek, died Monday evening at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Ashland from the effect of burns sustained that morning when her clothing took fire from a gas stove of her home. Mrs. Kimbler was terribly burned on Sunday morning while busy about a gas stove. The flames caught her clothing and enveloped her from head to foot. She was hurried to the hospital as quickly as possible where everything was done to alleviate her suffering and she passed away at the hour stated. The body was taken to the home of Mr. Robinson at Clyffeside, a brother of the deceased. The funeral was held at Sitka, Johnson County on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Mrs. Kimbler was 37 years of age. She leaves her husband and 5 children, the oldest being a daughter of 15 years, the youngest a babe just 2 months old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
LEWIS, Rebecca (Shannon)
Mrs. Rebecca Lewis died at her home in Louisa Wednesday night after a long illness. She had suffered for 25 years with stomach trouble and this finally caused her death. She was in her 75th year. The funeral will be held at the M. E. Church South at 1 o’clock on Friday, preaching by Rev. J.D. Ball. The interment on Pine Hill will follow. Mrs. Lewis was a daughter of George Shannon and was born near Louisa. Most of her life was spent in the town, where she was always enjoyed the highest respect. She had long been a faithful member of the M. E. Church South and was a regular attendant at services until ill health prevented. For several months her condition has been very critical. She is survived by 2 sons, Alonzo C. and George R. and 2 daughters, Mrs. J. L. Barto of Arizona and Mrs. Martha Chestnut of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
LUTHER, George Burgess
George Burgess Luther, 46, 1310 Adams Avenue, employee of the Huntington Lumber & Supply Co. was run down by a speeding automobile in Huntington at Fourth Avenue and Fourth Street at 6 o’clock Sunday night, died in the Huntington General Hospital at 10:45 Monday night without regaining consciousness. Luther was a twin brother of Senator J. W. Luther of Welch. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Golden Eagle and a Woodman. The driver of the death car did not stop after striking Luther. Police have failed to locate either the car or the driver. After the accident, Mr. Luther was rushed to the hospital, where it was learned he had suffered, a head badly fractured skull and several broken ribs. His wife and children were attending church when the tragedy occurred. Surviving are the widow and ?? children, Homer aged 15, Irene 13, Paul, 9, and Peyton, 1, 3 brothers, Thomas of Louisa, KY, James of Shoals, Wayne County and J. W. of Welch and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ann Copley and Miss Lizzie Luther both of Shoals. The body was removed to Shoals Wednesday morning where the funeral and burial took place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
MARR, Thomas L.
Funeral services for Thomas L. Marr, were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis Prichard, Huntington, Sunday, with Bishop U.V.W. Darlington officiating. Interment was made at the Catlettsburg cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 7, 1921
Alf Matney’s youngest child, aged about 4 years, was burned to death Monday afternoon. She had whooping cough and was alone in the room at home when the accident occurred. Her oldest sister, who was taken care of the children since the death of the mother, left the room for a short time, and the child was then lying on a bed near the fire. It is supposed she got up and stood too close to the fire. Her clothing caught fire and she ran screaming into the yard, dying within a few minutes. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
MCCARTY, Dollie (Williams)
Paintsville, KY—Death has visited the hone of Clifton McCarty and taken from him his loving companion, Dollie. She was a devoted Christian, a true and loving wife. She is survived by her broken husband, one brother, Oscar Williams of Red Bush, 2 sisters, Mrs. Oscar McCarty of Win and Mrs. Ann Dorton of Greenup County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 14, 1921
Stephen McClure died Wednesday night at Ardell, Wayne County, WV and will be buried Friday at 11 o’clock at that place. He was a brother of Mrs. Nancy Billups of Louisa, and has many other relatives in this county He was one of the best citizens in this section. Out of a family of 17 brothers and sisters who grew to maturity near Gallup, only 3 now survive, Mrs. Sarah Bloss at Huntington, age 90, Mrs. Billups, age 87, and Prof. T. B. McClure of Wayne, about 73. One of the sisters moved to Tennessee lived to be 96 year of age. The father, William McClure, was married but once and he and his wife died within a few months of each other. The 17 brothers and sisters were never all at home at the same time. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
Mr. Albert McGowan died on Jan 20 at his home at New Boston, OH. He was a former citizen of Louisa and moved to Portsmouth some years ago. He is survived by 2 sons and several daughters. One daughter, Mrs. Fred Lynch of Orlando, FL, was prevented from attending the funeral by illness in her family. It will be remembered that Mr. McGowan’s wife died last month. Her death occurred on Dec 20, one month previous to the day of his death. Also on the 18th of last August the burial of their son took place his body arriving from France where he died while in Army service. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
The six months old child of J. r. Norris died in Louisa Wednesday at the home of its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Blankenship. Whooping cough was the cause of the death. The burial took place Thursday afternoon on Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
Webb Picklesimer, son of J. H. Picklesimer, was killed Wednesday of last week in a coal mine on Guyan River in West Virginia when a large piece of hard coal fell on him crushing him to death. In the same accident Foster, Compton, 22, his nephew of Franklin Furnace, OH was seriously injured. Mr. Picklesimer lived near Charleston, WV and is survived by his wife. He was 26 years of age. The funeral and burial took place on Saturday from the home of J. H. Picklesimer at Ironton, OH. Relatives from Louisa called there for the death were George Picklesimer, Mr. and Mrs. James Picklesimer, Fred Picklesimer and daughter, Lena and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duffy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
ROTEN, Frances Emmeline
Mrs. Frances Emmeline Roten, 72, died at her home in Huntington Saturday after a long illness. Although she had been ill for 2 years, her condition only became serious within the past week. Mrs. Roten had resided in Huntington during the past 2 years moving there from South Point, OH. Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Arthur Davidson of Ironton and Misses Anna, Grace and Nora Roten of Huntington and one son, Lee Roten of Huntington. Burial was made at Highland Cemetery at Ironton. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
SAVAGE, J. R.
Hitchins, KY—On Jan 1, 1921, about 20 minutes before 3 o’clock the death angel visited the home of J. R. Savage and claimed him for its victim. He was born and raised in Carter County and was a good and highly respected citizen, age 64 years 5 months and 5 days. He was sick 11 days with pneumonia. He is survived by his wife and 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. The 3 boys are Rayburn and Wesley Savage, who are employed by the C & O RR Co., Rayburn as brakeman, Wesley as conductor and Troy is at Berea College. The 2 daughters are Lottie and Madge. Lottie is employed at Washington, D.C. and Madge at the Cincinnati Bible School. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 14, 1921
Hazard, KY, Jan 6—John Sexton, 55 years old, former Chief of Police of Hazard, was shot to death almost instantly this morning in the room of Miss Mary McIntosh 22 years old, waitress in the Beaumont Hotel here. The girl, found with a smoking revolver in her hand, was placed in jail. She has refused to make any statement. A shot rang out in the hotel at 9 o’clock. Sexton was found dying on the floor of the girl’s room. A bullet had entered the back of his head and passed entirely through. The report that he had a knife in his hand has not been verified. The revolver which was turned over to the officers had one empty shell. The weapon had been given to the girl by Sexton recently, it is said. Sexton was married and a widow and 3 children survive. The girl is an orphan and has been employed at the hotel several years. An uncle, Jerry McIntosh lives here. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 14, 1921
The Ceredo Advance says: Leonard Smith, aged 30, died Tuesday morning following a 2 weeks illness from pneumonia. He refused to take medicine, believing that his faith would cure him if he were to be cures. Leonard gained nation wide publicity a year or so since when he attempted to raise his wife from the grave by prayer. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 21, 1921
SPENCER, Z. T.
Mr. Z. T. Spencer passed away last Saturday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. E. Haywood on Lock Avenue in Louisa. He had been in failing health about 7 years and for the past few months had been confined to his room. His death was not unexpected as his condition had been hopeless some time. Mr. Spencer was 72 years of age. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Verne Damron of Cincinnati and Mrs. Fannie Haywood of this place, and 2 sons, Grover Spencer of Minnesota and Tom Spencer of Kenova, WV, one brother, D. C. Spencer of Louisa and a sister, Mrs. T. J. Spencer of Thelma. Mr. Spencer was born in Lawrence County and spent the early part of his life near Charley. He had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Haywood, the past several years. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the residence where a large number of friends and relatives gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the deceased. The service was conducted by Rev. J. D. Bell. Rev. John Cheap was present and made an appropriate talk. The remains were taken to Pine Hill Cemetery where interment was made in the Haywood lot. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 28, 1921
VERNON, Cynthia (Moody-Cordle) 1839-1920
The following from a Utah paper has been sent us for publication:
On Friday, Dec 17, 1920, the spirit of Cynthia (Moody) Vernon winged its way to its Maker there to receive its final reward. The deceased by her estimable traits of character through all her life, has endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact. Mrs. Vernon was the daughter of James and Mary Moody, she was born in Canoe, Burke County, NC, May 4, 1839 and was married to William Cordle in 1854 to which union 5 children were born: Mrs. Mary J. Justice, Mrs. Ellen C. Grigin, James M. and John A., all being deceased and Ralph H. now living at Blaine, KY.
Her husband enlisted in the Union Army and lost his life in battle in 1865. In 1866 she was married to William Vernon in Blaine, KY. Seven children were born to them, all of whom are living. They are Mrs. Elizabeth Timothy of Roosevelt, W. P. Vernon, A. J. Vernon, Mrs. Martha Curtis, Mrs. Lillie Singleton, Weston Vernon of Logan, UT and t. B. Vernon of Baggs, WY. At about 1877 they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in 1892, the family emigrated from Kentucky to Utah and has resided in Uintah County ever since. In 1895 Mrs. Vernon was again left a widow through the death of her husband. Her devotion to her children, however, has held the family together as a unit, notwithstanding the fact that the children have separate homes. For years while living in Kentucky the Mormon Elders always found hospitable treatment. She was cautious and brave. On one occasion about the year 1879 a mob of about 40 men kicked the door down and entered her home calling for the Mormon Elders. Those Elders were taken from the home about 11 o’clock at night, the leaders of the mob stating emphatically that their other elders lives must pay for the doctrine which they had been pro???.
It was a dark and dreary night. Immediately after the elders were taken Mrs. Vernon with a light followed, wading the waters of the creek in order to save the elders from being killed. When she arrived within about 50 yards of the place where the mob was going to hang the elders, she heard the report of 2 pistol shots. In the face of all this she did not turn back but pushed on through the rain until she could see the faces of the mob. She told the mob that she knew everyone and that they must answer to the law of the land to such an awful deed. At this the mob dispersed leaving the elders to return to the house with her. This was remarkable because her baby was only 10 days old and the wading of the water and being drenched with rain did not cause any illness in the least. Where in history is there such a parallel of woman courage? She was much devoted to her friends, children, husband, and her religion. Her example is worthy of emulation. Funeral service were held at the Maeser Ward House Monday at 11 o’clock. Bishop Joseph H. Bodily presiding. Interment was made in the Maeser Cemetery, Heber Timothy from Roosevelt dedicating the grave. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 14, 1921
WILEY, Mrs. Mose
Sorry to hear of the death of Rev. Mose Wiley’s wife of Lucasville, OH. She was born and raised in Lawrence County, KY and moved to Ohio about 4 years ago and lived there till her death. They brought her body to Fort Gay Monday and then to Johnson county for burial in the old family burying ground. She was a good woman, a devoted Christian from her girlhood up. She leaves a husband and 4 boys and one girl to mourn the loss of a good mother and wife. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 14, 1921
YOUNG, Mrs. Mary
The death of Mrs. Mary A. Young occurred on Sunday, Jan 2 at her home on Irish Creek, this county. She was 80 years of age. Her husband died about 15 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 14, 1921
Hewlett, WV—The death angel visited our community and claimed for its victim Miss Roberta Billups, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Billups. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 25, 1921
BOWE, Charles A.
Charles A. Bowe was born in Boyd County, May 5, 1888, departed this life Jan 17, 1921, age 32 years, 9 months and 12 days. He lived in Lawrence County the greater part of his life. He was first married to Miss Elizabeth Blankenship and to this union 2 children, Raymond and Lawrence Edward were born. His wife and oldest child died. His second marriage was to Miss Margaret Mullins and they were living at Wayland, KY and doing well when the death summons came to him and he answered the call. He was a true and devoted husband and often said he wanted to live to raise little Lawrence and to school and educate him. He told his wife he was prepared to go. He leaves a wife, one child, mother, 2 brothers and 4 brothers in law. He was the son of Sherman Bowe and wife, now Mrs. J. N. Anderson. His wife has lost a good companion, his baby a kind father, father and mother a dear son. His body was brought to the home of his father in law, Dave Mullins and Bro. Robert Cassidy preached his funeral there, after which his remains were taken to the Newcomb graveyard and laid to rest beside his wife and child to await the sound of the trumpet of God when he will come forth in a glorified form. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 4, 1921
BURGESS, Mrs. J.W.
The following from the Huntington Herald Dispatch refers to the mother of Dr. T. D. Burgess of Louisa: Mrs. J. W. Burgess, 81, a pioneer resident of Cabell County, died at 12:45 this morning following a brief illness. Mrs. Burgess was a pioneer of the Virginia valley, being born in Cabell County Mar 15, 1840 and was one of the oldest surviving settlers in this section. She was a member of the Baptist Church for more than 30 years and was a devout Christian and her death is the occasion of much grief on the part of her many friends and relatives. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. G. A. Shumate of Virginia, Addie N. Burgess and Frances C. Burgess of Huntington and Dr. W. H. Burgess of Williamson and Dr. T. D. Burgess of Louisa, KY. Funeral services from the residence 1204 Third Avenue, Monday afternoon and interment in Spring Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 18, 1921
Catlettsburg, KY--“Uncle” Tommy Daniel, aged 91, who had been ill for some time passed away Saturday at 4:30 o’clock. He came here from Johnson County about 50 years ago. He is survived by the following children, John O. Daniel, this city, Andrew and Thomas of Portsmouth, Mrs. Nancy Cisco, an inmate for server years past of the State hospital for the insane at Lexington, and Mrs. William Suddith of the South Side, this city, at whose home he passed away. He has 26 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. His wife who was Nancy Cantrill of Johnson County has been dead several years. He had been in poor health for a number of years. Mr. Daniel was a splendid citizen and had many warm friends. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 4, 1921
Lowmansville, KY—The death angel visited the home of Roscoe Debord and wife and took from them their loving babe, Mona. She was only 3 weeks old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 25, 1921
EDMON, Margaret J. (Leslie)
Margaret J. Edmon was born Jan 11, 1862, departed this life Feb 8, 1921 aged 59 years and 28 days. She was married to James Edmon Mar 31, 1880. To this union were born 9 children, 6 are dead and 3 living. She was the oldest daughter of Rev. D. K. and Alafair Leslie and moved with her parents from Whites Creek, body County, KY to Big Blaine, this county, in the year 1880 and lived for many years near Hulette. She was a well educated woman and a great Bible reader. She was a member of the M. E. church and was converted about the year 1894 and lived a very consecrated life. She had a world of trouble and afflictions. She followed her husband and 6 of her children to the silent city of the dead and with an aching heart she returned to her lonely home to mourn the loss of loved ones. She suffered afflictions for many years and bore it without a murmur. She was at her daughter’s, Mrs. Jessie T. Marks, in Ashland when death came and a few days before she died she helped sing the song, “Every day, every hour” and said O how I will sing when I get up there. She leaves 3 children, Dee, Jessie and Leslie and father and mother, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, all to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 25, 1921
Called by his Master at 4 o’clock Jan 21, 1921m James Frasher passed to the great beyond at his home near Fallsburg. Mr. Frasher leaves a great circle of mourners. To his friends and acquaintances he was always the same. He had a word of cheer, a good wholesome philosophy, was generous in every way and was admired and respected by all. He was devoted to his family, a dutiful husband and affectionate father. He had been a valued employee of the Big Blaine Oil Company for years. News of the death of Mr. Frasher came as a shock to his friends. He had been bed fast only a few days. He passed away surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Frasher was born May 18, 1880 was a son of Capt. O. M. and Eda Frasher deceased. He was married to Mamie Mann Dec 23, 1905, to which union 6 children were born, all of whom survive except one. He also leaves 3 brothers and 3 sisters, Mrs. Steve Queen of Hulette, Kay of Zelda, KY, Charles and bird of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Morton Bostick and Mrs. Nunelly also of Portsmouth. Mr. Frasher was a member of Olioville Lodge No. 343, I.O.O.F, also Big Blaine Encampment No. 43, I.O.O.F. of Fallsburg. Funeral services were conducted at Newcomb Church by Rev. Robert Cassiday, interment at Mt. Nebo Cemetery on Bear Creek. A number of members from fellowing I.O.O.F. lodges, Fallsburg, Olioville, East Fork, and Buchanan, participated in the ritualistic rites of I.O.O.F. order. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 4, 1921
Additional information in Feb 11 issue: He was married to Mary Frances Mann, the daughter of John Mann, Dec 23, 1905. To this union were born 6 children, one is dead, five living. Ulysses G. a little baby, gone to the glory land; Rozella, 13, Dovie May, 10, Edgar, 8, Robert , 5, Mary Elizabeth 11 months. His 3 sisters are Mrs. S. G. Queen, Mrs. Harry Nunley and Mrs. Mart Bostic, brothers: M. C. Frasher, C. A. Frasher and C. G. Frasher.
GREER, W. W.
East Point, KY—W. W. Greer died at his home here on the third, aged near 73. He leaves a wife and 11 children. Mr. Greer was married first to Mrs. Sarah Spears and after her death to Miss Malissa Hall. He entered the Union Army at the age of 14 and served through the remainder of the Civil War. He has been a great sufferer for several years with a complication of diseases. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 11, 1921
The death of Jay Johnson occurred on Tuesday morning after an illness of a year or more, several months of which had been spent at the home of relatives near Busseyville where his death took place. He was the only son of Frank A. Johnson and was 22 years old. His death was the result of pulmonary trouble. The funeral was held at the home of F. W. Meek, his uncle, and was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. The father and an infant half sister survive. He was a young man of good character, a Christian and ready for death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 18, 1921
LITTLEJOHN, Elizabeth (Davis)
Mrs. Elizabeth J. Littlejohn, one of Carter County’s best known and influential citizens died at her home at Grayson on Monday evening, Feb 21, at the age of 84 years. Mrs. Littlejohn was the widow of Captain George W. Littlejohn, veteran of the Civil War, and for many years postmaster at Grayson, who passed away 3 years ago. Before marriage she was Miss Elizabeth Davis, sister of the late Judge R. D. Davis of Ashland. One daughter an done son survive, Miss Julia Littlejohn of Grayson and J. D. Littlejohn, a brilliant newspaper man of Ohio. One sister, Mrs. Mollie Literal is living in Chattanooga, TN. The funeral service was conducted at 10:30 on Wednesday by Rev. Mr. Lambert and interment was made in the Grayson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 25, 1921
MAY, William H.
William H. May, 46 years old, of Jenkins, for 10 years Commonwealth’s Attorney of the Thirty-first Judicial District, died at the Norton Memorial Infirmary in Louisville at 2 o’clock Sunday morning following a few days’ illness of heart disease. Mr. May a month ago announced his candidacy for Circuit Judge of the district embracing Floyd and Knott Counties. It was expected that there would be no opposition. Mr. May was appointed Commonwealth’s Attorney by Gov. J. C. W. Beckham in 1906, serving 10 years. He twice was elected to succeed himself without opposition. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary May; 5 children, Miss Edna Grace May, Miss Mary Alice May, Miss Shirley May, William H. May, Jr., and Russell May; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jeff Ratcliff and Mrs. James Allen, Langley; and 3 brothers, A. J. May, Prestonsburg, B. L. C. May, Alphoretta and David C. May, Cincinnati. The body was taken to Prestonsburg where funeral services were held Wednesday. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 25, 1921
MCCLURE, Elizabeth (Cummings)
Mrs. Laban T. McClure died at Lockwood, KY last Monday night, the 14th. Pneumonia was the cause, and the disease was only a few days in doing its deadly work. She had not enjoyed good health for many years and was not able to withstand the attack. The body was brought to Louisa Tuesday evening to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Shannon, where the funeral took place on Wednesday. The remains were taken to Ashland on Thursday and buried beside 2 little daughters who died many years ago. Mrs. McClure was 66 years old. She was the eldest daughter of William Cummings, formerly of Ashland, in which city most of her youth was passed. She was a most devout Christian from childhood, always doing church and charity work. This was the subject uppermost in her thought and life; and she has gone to receive the rich reward that awaits the faithful. Besides the husband, she is survived by 3 sons, Earl, Arch and George William McClure, a brother, John Cummings and sisters, Mrs. J. C. Adams and Mrs. E. E. Shannon of Louisa. The husband and sons were with Mrs. McClure in the last hours. Rev. W. C. Condit, of Ashland, came to Louisa Wednesday and preached the funeral. Mrs. McClure was a member of his church when in Ashland. He spoke very highly of the work she did in his Sunday school and church in her young womanhood, Rev. John Cheap offered a prayer at the funeral service. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 18, 1921
The death of Mr. William McGlothlin, aged 24, of East Fork, occurred Tuesday. He had been ill for 2 weeks and for a time it was thought he would recover, but the last few days he grew worse and it seems that death was inevitable. He was the son of Mrs. Eliza McGlothlin and a splendid young man loved for his many noble traits of character. He is widely connected and the funeral services will not be completed until the family can bear from the relatives at a distance. Burial will be in the Buckley burying ground. Big Sandy News Friday, Feb 25, 1921
MOORE, F. R.
Mr. F. R. Moore, well known as “Uncle Tip” died at his home in Louisa last Sunday at noon. Having reached the venerable age of 81, and never having been of very robust physique his death resulted from exhaustion. For several months he had been quite feeble, though able to be on the streets a part of the time. The funeral took place on Tuesday at 10 o’clock from the M. E. church South, followed by interment in Pine Hill Cemetery. Rev. J. B. Bell, pastor, preached a very fitting sermon. The Masons had charge of the funeral and burial. The attendance was very large. Such a profusion of flowers is seldom seen at a funeral. Mr. Moore’s well known love for flowers prompted all friends to give special attention to this feature of the occasion. The death of Mr. Moore marks the passing of the last member of the family of Mr. Frederick Moore, founder of the town of Louisa. Also, he was one of the oldest citizens, He was a member of Lawrence County bar. For a number of hears he had taken great interest in church work, being an enthusiastic member of the M. E. Church South. A few months ago Mr. and Mrs. Moore celebrated their 60th anniversary of their marriage, a very unusual privilege for any couple. Mrs. Moore was a sister of the late Judge James H. O’Brien. She survives her husband, together with one son and 4 daughters. All of them were with Mr. Moore in his last hours. The son is Dr. W. L. Moore of Louisa, Mrs. Fannie Hudgins of Ashland, Mrs. W. F. Farley of Holden, WV, Mrs. Will Cole of Rush and Mrs. L. J. Webb of Louisa are the daughters. Uncle Tip was a kindly man, with a good word for everybody. He had no enemies. Much of his time was given to visiting the sick, always leaving flowers to cheer them. The pall bearers at the funeral were as follows; Honorary: M. H. Johns, Frank Maynard, H. B. Hewlett, T. J. Snyder, and N. D. Waldeck. Active: Dr. C. B. Walters, Harry Roberts, Willie Moore, H. B. Muncey, and J. P. Gartin, E. K. Spencer, Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 25, 1921
Capt. Frank Prater, 75, died in Ashland a few days ago. He was born in Morgan County and was a Civil War veteran. He practiced law in Grayson, Carter county for nearly 40 years. Mr. Prater married Miss Jennie Racer, Greenup County. He is survived by his widow and 5 children—Mrs. J. M. Waugh, Mrs. E. H. Phipps, Ashland, Mrs. W. H. Mitchell, Grayson, Charles B. Prater, West Virginia and Frank Chester Prater, Flemingsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 11, 1921
Alcus Rice, 30, died Monday in Ashland at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. L. Williams. He moved there about 2 years ago from Denver, Johnson County. His wife, and son aged 2 years survive. Interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 11, 1921
Webbville, KY—Bert Riggle passed away at his home at Soldier and was brought to Webbville Tuesday for burial. His funeral was largely attended. Mr. Riggle was employed with the C & O Railroad Co. He leaves a wife and 2 children. He was highly respected and will be missed greatly as he was one of our best young men in every respect. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 11, 1921
SWETNAM, Dr. J. M.
Winchester, KY—Mrs. D. M. Hurst received word today of the death of her brother, Dr. J. M. Swetnam, at his home in Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by 2 daughters, Miss Nell Swetnam, Covington, who often visited here and Mrs. Louis Sull, Arizona; 3 sisters, Mrs. Hurst, this city, Mrs. O. S. Kash, Carlisle, and Mrs. Laura Kash, Owingsville; 2 brothers, Leslie Swetnam, Eminence and Harlan Swetnam, Covington; 2 half sisters, Mrs. Ben Arnold, Owingsville, Mrs. Warren Rogers, Flemingsburg and one half brother, Robert Swetnam, Colorado. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 11, 1921
Ledocio and Adams, KY--The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Thompson of Georges Creek was brought here Monday for burial and laid to rest in the F. W. Thompson burial ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 18, 1921
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Williamson n Monday night, Feb 17 at 9 o’clock and took from them their beloved son, Ernest. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. He will be greatly missed here by his friends and relatives. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 18, 1921
Tuscola, KY--Eliene Womank came upon the stage Nov 8, 1919 and left it Jan 19,1 921. Her part was well played while she was on the stage. She had learned to walk and was a veritable bundle of brightness and sunshine. The mortal remains of little Eilene were laid to rest in the cemetery overlooking the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. V. B. Shortridge. Big Sandy news, Friday, Feb 4, 1921
BLACK, Louise (Burris)
After several weeks illness. Mrs. Louise Black of Buchanan, KY widow of F. F. Black, and daughter of the late M. T. and Agnes Burris, answered the call of the Father to come up higher. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 brothers and 4 sisters and 6 children, Willard, Ethel, Everett, Roy, Herbert and Hazel. Mrs. Black was born in Boyd County, KY, Jul 8, 1867. Early in life she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and remained faithful until death. Before her marriage she taught in the public schools of Wayne County, WV and of Lawrence County, KY. Several years ago when her husband was accidentally killed, she shouldered the entire burden of rearing her family and provided a comfortable living for herself and children. She will be remembered as a worthy daughter, a loving sister and a devoted wife and a Christian mother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
Pansy Bowen, age 16, of Huntington, and formerly of Wayne, died at her home in Huntington, Saturday afternoon following a several days illness with appendicitis. The body was brought to Wayne for burial and was interred Monday afternoon in the cemetery above Spunky. Miss Bowen was the daughter of Rufus Bowen and a granddaughter of Mrs. Thomas Aliff of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1921
BURCHETT, Louisa (Bevins)
On Feb 21, 1921, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Louisa Bevins Burchett of Dewey, and took her home to rest. She was born in Pike County on Mar 4, 1838 being 83 years 11 months and 21 days of age. She was married to Mr. Jesse P. Burchett of Floyd County on the 9th day of April, 1858. to this union were born 9 children, 7 girls and 2 boys., Ms. Belle Richmond of Prestonsburg, Mrs. William Roberts of Dewey, Mrs. George T. Burchett of Dewey, Mrs. Henry Auxier of Auxier, William S. Burchett, who died at the age of 3 years and 6 months, Mrs. George Fannin of Dewey, Mrs. John Branham of Cliff, Mrs. Albert Akers of Dewey and Mrs. will Hall, who died on Jul 5, 1919. Mrs. Burchett became a member of the M.E. Church South at the age of 16 years and always lived a devoted Christian life. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
BUSSEY, Carl B.
The sad news of the death of Carl B. Bussey was received in Louisa on Wednesday morning. After an illness of only a few days he passed away at an early hour Wednesday at his home in Bowling Green, KY. The cause of his death was pneumonia. He was in Louisa last week and moved his family from this place to Bowling Green where he held a position with an oil company. At the time he was here he had a deep cold and pneumonia developed soon afterwards. On last Sunday a message came notifying relatives of his serious condition. His 2 brothers, Henry W. and Joe, left at once arriving in Bowling Green Monday. He was 32 years of age and was the youngest of 3 sons of Mr. F. R. Bussey of Busseyville. He was one of the county’s highly esteemed young men and best citizens. Mr. Bussey is survived by his wife, who was Miss Corilda Shannon, and 3 children, a girl and 2 boys, to whom he was very devoted. Mr. Bussey was a member of the Masonic fraternity, having recently been initiated in Apperson Lodge at this place. At the time of going to press funeral arrangements had not been made as it is not known just when the body will reach here. The funeral and burial will probably be from the Bussey home at Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 11, 1921
Busseyville, KY—The death angel has again visited our community and claimed for its victim Mrs. Erie A. Compton the oldest daughter of T. H. and Julia Bowe of Busseyville. She was born Dec 20, 1896, married Burgess Compton, Dec 26, 1915, departed this life Feb 23, 1921 her age being 24 years 2 months and 3 days. She died a the home of her parents on Friday, the body was laid to rest in the family graveyard overlooking the home. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hay and ??. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 4, 1921
Mrs. Kate Conley, widow of Harmon Conley, passed away at her home in Joplin, MO, last Saturday evening at 6 o’clock. The cause of her death was apoplexy. She had been in failing health quite a while. She was about 80 years of age. Before marriage Mrs. Conley was Miss Kate Wheeler of Paintsville. Soon after the Civil War, Mr. and Mrs. Conley moved to Missouri. Their last visit to Kentucky relatives was several years ago. The surviving members of their family are one daughter and 3 sons, all prominent business men in the west. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
Drift, KY—On Feb 28, the pale horse and its rider whose name is death entered the home of Harry Cox and claimed for its victim his dear wife. Murl was a good woman a good kind wife and mother and lived in the hope of having a bright home in Glory. She told her loved ones she was willing and ready to make the great change. She would soon be at rest. She leaves a husband, 3 sweet little children, father, mother, 5 sisters and one brother, a dear grandmother and a host of relatives and friends to mourn, but their loss is only her gain. She was laid to rest in the graveyard on Lick Creek to await the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
Death visited the home of Harry Cox and took from his darling wife, Myrle Cox. She was 23 years 5 months and 10 days old. She was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. McCown. She was married to H. J. Cox in 1913. To this union were born 3 children, Manley Ford, age 6 years, Maxie Arneta, 3 years, and Cecil Howard, 3 weeks old. Myrle was converted in the year of 1917 and had lived a true Christian ever since. She told them just before she died that if it was the Lord’s will she was ready to go. She had been ready for 4 years. She leaves to mourn her loss besides the immediate family her father, mother, one brother and 5 sisters and one grandmother and a host of friends. . She was born and raised in this county. About 2 years ago they moved to Floyd County and she had lived there until death came. Her body was brought back here for burial and she was laid to rest in the family graveyard to await the resurrection morn. Rev. William Burgess attended to the funeral services, also Bro. Sparks prayed a nice prayer. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
DAVIS, Eugene Lawrence
Eugene Lawrence Davis, conductor on the Big Sandy division of the C & O Railroad, passed away at an early hour Wednesday morning, Mar 16, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital from mortal injuries received on Tuesday when he fell beneath the wheels of a slowly moving train at Shelby, 15 miles above Pikeville. The death of Mr. Davis has plunged this division of the road into sorrow for the departure of an employee of the highest type of manhood. Mr. Davis was 34 years of age. He entered the service of the C & O as brakeman on Oct 3, 1904, and was promoted to conductor Dec 9, 1911. Mr. Davis was born at South Point, OH, but had lived since boyhood in this state. He was a loyal Elks, and had recently been admitted to membership in the Masonic Order. Six years ago Mr. Davis was married to Miss Gertrude Kelly of Auxier, who survives him. Since their marriage they have lived at Auxier. One sister and 5 brothers are living, Mrs. M. F. Forgey, of Mahan, WV, Harry Davis of Catlettsburg, J. R. Davis of Cincinnati, Ernest and George Davis of Fullerton and John Davis, the half brother, who lives at South Portsmouth.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the residence of his brother, Mr. Harry Davis of Catlettsburg, was one of the largest ever seen in the Gate City. The Elks had charge of the ceremonial at the home and the Masons at the grave. The rites of both orders were solemn and beautiful. A special train came from up the Sandy valley bearing hundreds of friends of the lamented dead man and men prominent in railroad circles. This train waited at Normal until after the burial in Williams Cemetery at Normal and brought the crowds back an returned with its special quota of passengers up the Sandy valley. The pall bearers were prominent railroad men, who were special friends of the deceased. They were Charles Richardson, Charles Scott, the latter having been the engineer in charge of the train on which Mr. Davis met the fatal accident, John Holmes, “Tuck” McNeal, J. H. Davidson, and Burr Powell. The father, Mr. G. W. Davis, who had been located in Florida with difficulty, and notified of his son’s injuries, arrived here Sunday afternoon. He received the news of his son’s death in Cincinnati while eating noon dinner at the same hotel and seated in the same place as 5 years ago when he was likewise handed a telegram apprising him of the death of his father. Mr. Davis came to Portsmouth Saturday where he was met by his son Robert Davis and driver here in an automobile. The 4 brothers and only sister of the decedent were all here. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
DAWSON, D. King
D. King Dawson died at his home near Fort Gay, WV, Wednesday night. He was 74 years of age. Burial will take place at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon in he Bartram graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
James Ferguson, son of Kelly Ferguson of near Dunlow, this county, was shot and fatally wounded, late Saturday afternoon. The bullet from a .38 caliber pistol pierced his abdomen, going though his body. The wounded man accompanied by Dr. G. R. Burgess, of Wayne, was rushed to Huntington, but physicians were unable to save him. He died on Monday afternoon. A warrant has been sworn out for George Damron, of the same community, who is charged with the shooting. Up to the time of going to press this week officials have been unsuccessful in their efforts to arrest Damron. He is said to be hiding in the hills somewhere in Lincoln district. The shooting was the result of an enmity between the two men and a tragedy has been anticipated in the community for some time. Wayne County News. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
FETTER, Dr. Samuel P.
The death of Dr. S. P. Fetter occurred at Ashland last Friday, causing sorrow throughout this region. It was generally known that his health was not good, but death came unexpectedly. The following from the Ashland Daily Independent gives full particulars.
Dr. S. P. Fetter is dead. When the above message was flashed over the wires at 11:45 today, the people not only of this city but of all Kentucky and the neighboring states as well were shocked and grieved to know that this noble man was no more. Fair are the words of eulogy, but how sad also! Only a few days ago he was on our streets, the foremost of our citizens—the honored, the trusted, the genial, generous-hearted, open-handed man. Then in a moment when a large majority of his friends were least expecting it, he is summoned from our midst into the great hereafter. Friday morning Mar 18th was a solemn moment to all this community. “Dr. Fetter is dying, “ went from mouth to mouth and then at 11:45 when the announcement of his passing was made the whole community trembles with the sorrow of the news.
For the past several weeks, Dr. and Mrs. Fetter and son, John C. C. Mayo, had been in New York where he had been taking treatment a the hands of some of our most noted specialists. His case seemed to yield to the treatment and the immediate family seemed to be greatly encouraged and all felt that he was much better. He physicians consented for him to return home here and the trip was made, arriving in Ashland last Sunday afternoon. Dr. Fetter was greatly overjoyed on reaching home, greeting his mother and other loved ones and he seemed to have stood the journey well, although he contracted a severe cold. Monday morning he was able to walk down stairs for his breakfast and after this he talked and visited with the family and then looked into some matters of business needing his attention. But before noon on Monday he again had to take his bed and from this time on he began rapidly declining until the end came near noon today.
Some of the best physicians in the land were with him until the last. One specialist from Cincinnati and 2 from Columbus—men eminent in their profession and special friends of Dr. Fetter—but all to no avail. Dr. Fetter’s sudden death was due to an acute flare up of chronic parenchymatous nephritis. This trouble started in 1914 while he was living in Portsmouth, OH and his recovery at that time was considered almost miraculous. But for the past 7 years he had not been in good health and worked constantly under the handicap of knowing just what his actual condition was.
Dr. Samuel P. Fetter was born at Greensburg, NC Mar 18, 1881 and hence lacked only one day being 40 years of age. His father was an Episcopal minister and died Sep 20, 1908, one sister died Jul 8, 1903. He is survived by his wife, his mother and 3 brothers, Charles M. who has been making his home here, W. C. and Robert S. who reside in Texas. Dr. Fetter graduated from the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati and located in Gallipolis, OH where he was assistant superintendent of the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics. From there he moved to Portsmouth, OH where he engaged in general practice and where he was loved and respected by his every acquaintance. He was greatly interested in civic affairs and always gave most liberally of his time and means for both church and charity. While sojourning at Miami, FL, in 1916 he met Mrs. Fetter and they were married Sep 23rd of that year. They located in Paintsville for a while but moved to Ashland in 1917 where they erected a most beautiful home and where they have since resided.
The passing of Dr. Fetter removed from Ashland one of the best, most progressive and loyal citizens the city ever had. While practically a newcomer here, yet he took the lead in all movements which had for their objects the betterment of the city. He has been a the head of the Chamber of Commerce for 2 years and when death called him was still a valuable member of its board of directors. He was chairman of the Salvation Army Committee and it is due to his work alone that his great organization is to have a new home here. In all church and civic lines Dr. Fetter was a leader. He was willing and anxious to aid any deserving causes and especially did he, in company with his dear wife, delight in doing for those who were so situated in life that they needed help. Hundreds of cases have received their kindness and aid about which the world never heard. He believed that the greatest pleasure inn life was to do good deeds by stealth and have them found out by accident, if at all.
A pathos that was sublime and deeply impressive marked the funeral of Dr. S. P. Fetter, the big hearted Ashland citizen, Sunday afternoon. Everyone of the hundreds of friends present seemed to be imbues with the great sorrow caused by the untimely death of this splendid citizen. The coffin, which sat in the front end of the parlor and which room was used for the first time on this occasion, was surrounded by lovely flowers. Some of the splendid pieces came from distant states and were so numerous that the entire end of the parlor was literally banked with them and they were marvels of elegance and fragrance. The service which were arranged with consummate skill by Mr. John W. Paton, were brief and simple. The Rotary Male Quartette composed of Nelson Weedon, John S. Hager, Charles McIntosh, and Harry Moore, sang “Nearer My God To Thee” and “Somewhere” with rare feeling. Prayer was offered by Rev. H. G. Howes of Paintsville and Rev. W. H. Hampton, followed with Scripture lesson and the ritualistic service of the Episcopal Church. Rev. Paul Powell, pastor of the First M. E. church South offered a very eloquent and touching prayer and this was followed by a brief discourse by Rev. Hampton. This eloquent minister said that he would not attempt to preach a funeral sermon that Dr. Fetter’s own life was the most eloquent sermon which could be delivered. Ashland Commandery Knights Templar in full uniform assisted by 18 Knights Templar from the Portsmouth Commandery formed an escort and the ritualistic service of the Episcopal Church concluded the service at the grave. The pall bearers were Col. T. A. Field, Mr. L. R. Putnam, Mr. S. C. Peebles, Capt. John H. Brunner, Mr. W. B. Whitt and Mr. J. O. Mathewson. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. The graves which was on a beautiful grassy knoll overlooking the city he loved so well, was decorated with beautiful ferns and flowers and the silent form we all loved and honored was lowered to its last resting place into a beautiful bed of Nature’s sweetest blossoms. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
Robert Frazier, of Kenova, WV, died Sunday of pneumonia. He was 50 years old. The body was taken to Wayne, for burial. One daughter and his mother, Mrs. Jane Frazier survive. Also several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 4, 1921
The death of Lucille, 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank French at Normal on Friday has caused profound grief among the many friends of this excellent family. Her death was caused from pneumonia, which followed measles. A sad feature is that a 15 year old sister of this little girl died within the week of the same disease. Burial was made in the family graveyard on East Fork. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
Miss Marie French, age 15, died at Norman Monday of measles. Burial took place on East Fork Wednesday. The family formerly lived on East Fork. Several other members of the family are ill. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 11, 1921
HELTON, Mrs. Bascom
Paintsville, KY--Mrs. Bascom Helton, of Staffordsville, this county, died at her home Saturday and was buried in the old family cemetery Sunday afternoon. She was laid to rest on the old Rule farm where she was born and reared at the mouth of Mud Lick. Mrs. Helton was one of the good women of this county and the mother of 8 children and was quite prominently connected, being a daughter of the late Green Rule, one of the old pioneer business men of this section. Two of her children, Mrs. Jesse Dills and Mr. Paul Helton of the Big Sandy Hardware Co., reside in Paintsville. She is also an aunt of C. T. Rule and Mrs. Lon Shannon of this city. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
HOFFMAN, Maude Ray
The body of Maude Ray Hoffman, of Hellier, accompanied by her mother and sister, was taken to Carter, this state, on Saturday morning, for burial which took place Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Carter being the former home of the family. Mrs. Hoffman passed away at 1 a.m. on Friday after being brought to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital on Tuesday with the hope of a surgical operation prolonging her life. When admitted to the hospital she was in critical condition from peritonitis and never regained sufficient strength to under go the operation. She was 31 years of age. Surviving are her husband, Mr. E. K. Hoffman and 4 children, Lois age 12, Eunice, 9, Ruth, 7, and the youngest Dixie 5. Her mother, Mrs. Grizzell, one sister and one brother are living in Ashland. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 4, 1921
Roy Horn, 22, of Ceredo, died of spinal meningitis. He was a Mason, a Woodman and an Eagle. He is survived by the widow, formerly Miss Nina Sayre, 2 small sons, Harold and Roy Jr. and a sister, Miss Imogene Mormon of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
JOHNS, John Graham
John Graham Johns, 83 years old, one of the wealthiest men in that section of Kentucky, is dead at his home in Winchester. His widow and 2 sons, Capt. Lindsey P. Johns, who saw service in Siberia and Graham Johns, of Phoenix. AZ survive. He also leaves 3 children by a former marriage. They are Mrs. George P. Archer and T. J. Johns of Prestonsburg and Mrs. Ernest G. Robinson of Abilene, TX. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 4, 1921
LAND, Lucretia (Banks)
Mrs. Lucretia Banks Lang, wife of Henry Lang, of Catlettsburg, died last Saturday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Kate Tillman in Louisa. She had been ill about a year with tuberculosis and at her request was brought to this place a few days before her death. She is 28 years old and is survived by her husband, and 3 children, Joe, John and Lucretia, also her mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. The body was taken to Catlettsburg Sunday morning to the home of her mother. Funeral services were conducted there Tuesday morning by Rev. W. c. Pierce, pastor of the Baptist Church, of which Mrs. Lang was a member. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
Miss Lula Lockard, 19, of Canada, Pike County, died at Camp Sherman where she had been employed the previous 2 weeks. She was the daughter of Henry Lockard. The funeral was held at the home of her sister in Williamson. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
Prestonsburg, KY—Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock McKinley Moore about 22 years of age, was shot through the neck and instantly killed by Deputy Sheriff Ben Harris. It seems that McKinley Moore and several others had been in some kind of difficulty with Will Fouts and George Hall. Deputy Sheriff Harris went to arrest them. They were drinking it is alleged and refused to submit to arrest. After some parleying the officer shot Moore through the neck killing him instantly, the other then surrendered. Some time ago this same officer and his sons were badly beaten by the same fellows it is said and his gun taken away from him. In both cased we are informed “moonshine” liquor was much in evidence. The officer we understand was sober. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1921
A train-automobile collision at Pikeville last Saturday night about 9 o’clock resulted in fatal injuries to Miss Irma Morrison, a telephone operator. The automobile in which Miss Morrison of Williamson, WV, Miss Erma Blankenship of Louisa and J. K. Charles and F.S. Huffman of Pikeville were driving was struck by a C & O passenger train No. 38 on a street crossing. The automobile was on the railroad track before the occupants discovered the train which was backing and almost to them. Miss Morrison jumped from the car and was hit by the train and dragged a considerable distance. Her foot and her left side badly injured. The driver tried to back from the crossing but before he could do so the automobile was struck by the train and carried along the track about 80 feet. The 3 people remaining in the car were not hurt. Miss Morrison, was taken at once by special train to a hospital in Ashland. She lived until 11 o’clock Monday morning. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morrison of Williamson, WV. She was employed as telephone operator in Pikeville and was regarded as an efficient employee. She was in Louisa a while before going to Pikeville. The funeral and burial took place in Williamson of Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
Theron Patterson, of Kellogg, WV, died last Saturday from injuries received Friday night when the motor cycle he was riding crashed into a truck parked by the curb in Huntington. He was taken to a hospital and his right leg amputated below the knee in the hope of saving his life. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Patterson and was born in Fort Gay. He was 40 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 4, 1921
PENIX, Nora (Horn)
Salyersville Girl Dies. Mrs. Nora Penix, wife of Warney Penix, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Horn of Salyersville, died on Wednesday of last week in the hospital in Ashland after an illness of 3 weeks of peritonitis. She was taken to the hospital 2 days before her death. She was 16 years of age and had been married more than 2 years. The body was taken to Prestonsburg for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18,1 921
PERDUE, Mrs. Isaac
Mrs. Isaac Perdue died at her home on Docks Creek about 3 miles from Ceredo, WV last Sunday of cancer,, from which disease she had been suffering for several months. She was 56 years of age. A husband and 2 grown children, Wiley and Carl Perdue, survive. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
PORTER, William O.
Condition of William O. Porter, 38 years old, Mayor of Williamson, WV, who had been seriously ill a the Jewish Hospital since Nov 27, was reported to be graves by his attending physicians last night. When it was apparent that Mayor Porter’s condition was becoming worse telegrams were sent to Williamson with the result that J. T. Stevens, Police Chief: Harry Bentley and W. t. Manley, personal friends of Mayor Porter, arrived in Cincinnati yesterday. Because of his weakened condition physicians found it necessary to perform an operation for blood transfusion on Mayor Porter. Mr. Bentley immediately offered his blood in hopes of saving the life of his friend. More than a quart of blood was taken by physicians for the transfusion. Although week, Mayor Porter was conscious yesterday and displayed keen interest in the news from Williamson, which is the county’s seat of Mingo County, where Sid Hatfield, Matewan, WV, Police Chief and 18 other defendants are being tried in connection with the alleged killing of 7 detectives. Cincinnati Enquirer.
Later: Mr. Porter died at Cincinnati Tuesday and will be buried at Williamson. Mayor William O. Porter was born at Jackson, OH. The family moved to Williamson about 25 years ago. Mr. Porter was Chief of Police of Williamson for 8 years and was serving his second term as mayor at time of his death. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Pauline Adams, his widow, Cora Dempsey Porter, and one son, William Porter, Jr. Mrs. Porter is a cousin of Jack Demspey, the pugilist. Mayor Porter was a member of the Masonic order, a member of the Shrine and also of the United Commercial Travelers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 4, 1921
PRINCE, Mary “Polly”
Mrs. Polly Prince peacefully passed away Sunday morning at 7 at the home of her daughter Mrs. W. T. Bowe. She had only been ill since Monday last with pneumonia and her condition was not thought to be serious until a few days before her death. Her remains were taken to the home of a daughter near Busseyville and Tuesday she was laid to rest. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 11, 1921
Mrs. Mary Ferguson Prince, wife of David Prince, deceased was born Jan 25, 1843, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. T. Bowe, of Louisa, Mar 6, 1921, aged 78 years, one month and 11 days. To this union were born 10 children 3 are dead and 7 living. She is survived by 31 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. The children living are John and Sam Prince of Irad, Mrs. Isaac Adams, Adams, Willie Prince, Yatesville, Mrs. W. T. Bowe, Louisa, Dock Prince, Columbus, OH and Bert Prince, Ashland. She was for many years a member of the Baptist Church, having been converted early in life. Her last illness was brief, pneumonia caused her death. Mar 8th her funeral was conducted from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Isaac Adams and she was placed beside her husband, who preceded her to the spirit world 37 years ago, in the home cemetery at Dry Ridge. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
PRUITT, W. M.
W. M. Pruitt of Cliff, died Sunday, Mar 13. Mr. Pruitt was 74 years of age and had spent the larger part of his long life in Floyd County. He was buried Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at his late home. The funeral was in charge of the Masons of Zebulon Lodge. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Annie Pruitt, 63, and by 9 sons and daughters as follows: Mrs. George Music of Elk City, OK, Mrs. Savanna Miller of Middle Creek, Mrs. Alma Miller of Cliff, W. B. Pruitt, Cliff, John Pruitt, Garrett, James Pruitt, of Pineville, Joe Pruitt of Lackey and Mrs. Hettie Coburn and Grover Pruitt of Cliff. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
RATCLIFFE, Richard F.
Sunday, Mar 6, 1921 Richard F. Ratcliffe, fell asleep and entered the joy of his Lord. He was born in Tazewell County, VA, Nov 11, 1852. His age was 68 years 3 months and 23 days, place of death, Motoaka, WV. Pulmonary tuberculosis caused his death. He came to Lawrence County at the age of 19 and shortly afterward was married to Miss Manerva Hardwick, daughter of Richard Hardwick of Wayne County, KY. Seven children were born to this union, 4 boys and 4 girls. Those living are Mr. John Ratcliffe of Louisa, Mrs. L. Hinkle and Mrs. D. C. Sizemore. His wife died and he was married the second time to Miss For a Stansbury, sister of Mr. Harry H. Stansbury of this place, who survives him. To this last union were born 7 children. Those living are Mrs. Harry Ratcliffe, Mrs. G. Conley, Mrs. D. F. Wellman, Mr. Burl Ratcliffe and Miss Myrtle Ratcliffe. All the children were present at his burial,, Mar 8t. His funeral was preached from his son, John Ratcliffe’s home and he was place beside his wife in the Wellman Cemetery. Rev. W. H. Miller had charge of the funeral service. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 18, 1921
The death of “Curb” Thornsbury occurred early Wednesday morning in an Ashland hospital where he had been taken a few days ago. He was a merchant in Pikeville and it is said that in straightening up his shelves in the store he came across what he thought was a bottle of Jamaica ginger and drank it. He became ill soon afterwards and upon investigation it was found that the bottle contained wood alcohol Accompanied by his wife, the body passed through Louisa Wednesday evening on the way to Pikeville where burial will take place. He is survived by 2 children and his wife who was miss Nora Dixon, a relative of Robert Dixon of Louisa. Before her marriage she spent considerable time in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 4, 1921
WARD, Charles Thomas
On Feb 12, 1921, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Ward of Mingo, KY and took from them their loving baby, Charles Thomas. He was born Jun 13, 1919, was 1 year 7 months and 29 days old. He is survived by mother, father, 2 brothers, 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers, 5 uncles and 4 aunts. The remains were laid to rest in the Hays Cemetery on farm of Mr. Archie Hays of Mingo. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 4, 1921
YORK, James A.
James A. York died at his home at Glenhayes, WV, last Sunday and was buried Tuesday in the York burial grounds. His death was sudden, being the result of heart disease from which he had suffered for several years. Mr. York was in his 73rd year. He was a brother of Dr. L. H. York of Louisa. Mr. York was one of Wayne County’s best citizens—honest, clean and progressive. He was a Mason and his funeral was conducted by that order. The funeral was largely attended. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
Taylor Young, aged 21, died at his home at Cherokee on Thursday of last week. Acute indigestion was the cause of his death. He had been married only 2 weeks. His wife was Mrs. Nancy Swetnam of Ellen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
On Mar 17 the pale horse and its rider whose name is death entered the home of N. S. Young and wife and took their loving son, Taylor He was 21 years old and had been married just 20 days before he died. He went to work on Tuesday morning and was seized with cramps and a physician was called and rendered all medical aid, but he realized right when he first took sick that he was going to die and called for prayer. He was removed home and all was done for him that human aid could do Doctors remained with him almost night and day, but he was out of the reach of medical skill. His dear mother and sister Mollie talked and prayed with him and he told them in the last hours that he was saved and to meet him in heaven and he went peacefully asleep. He was laid to rest close to his home in the Felix Adams Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 25, 1921
Garfield Adams, age 41, died in an Ashland hospital Wednesday morning, following an operation for gall stones. His system was thoroughly poisoned before reaching the hospital. The body was taken to the home at Overda, this county, by way of Webbville and the burial took place Thursday. Mr. Adams leaves a wife and 12 children. He was a brother of County Court Clerk. D. B. Adams and was an excellent citizen. He will be sincerely mourned by his neighbors and friends. For quite a long time he had suffered from the trouble that finally caused his death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 29, 1921
ADAMS, James C.
Mr. James C. Adams passed away last Monday morning at 5 o’clock at the Brunswick Hotel in Louisa. He had been ill for several months and had been confined to his room most of the time, since last Christmas. Having reached the age of 69 years, hw was not able to combat the physical troubles that attacked him, though he stood up bravely against them until recently. The body was taken to his old home at Portsmouth for burial. The interment took place on Wednesday. A funeral service was held her on Tuesday by Rev. John Cheap and J.D. Bell. The Mason accompanied the body to the N & W depot in Fort Gay. At Portsmouth the Knights Templar order had charge of the burial and an Episcopal minister officiated. Mr. Adams was a member of the Episcopal Church. A wife, son and daughter survive, the latter being Mrs. William McDyer of Charleston, WV. The son is William Adams of Toledo, OH and he attended the burial at Portsmouth. A brother, S. P. of Chicago, was here to see Mr. Adams a few days before his death. The surviving sisters are Mrs. Julia A. Leach and Mrs. Lida Kinney of Los Angeles, CA, Mrs. Earle Adams, widow of Mr. Adams’s son, came to Louisa from Portsmouth with her 3 children Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Adams was the son of a prominent business man of Portsmouth, OH. He was a man of unusually wide reading and general information. As a hotel proprietor he was counted a success, being genial, alert and popular. He had been in this business for many years, both at Catlettsburg and Louisa. This gave him a wide acquaintance and a great numer of friends, all of whom share with the family in the feeling of loss and sorrow. Mr. Adams had held a responsible position with Dixon, Moore & Co. wholesale grocers for quite a while previous to his last illness. Mrs. Adams will continue in charge of the Brunswick Hotel, it is said. Those who went from here to Portsmouth to the burial were Mrs. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. McDyer, John Cummings, Earl McClure, L. T. McClure, and Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Shannon of this place and Miss Josephine Harkins of Prestonsburg, George. William McClure of Cincinnati and other relatives joined them there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 8, 1921
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Baker Apr 23rd about 5:30 and took away the loving mother of Mr. Baker. She was 84 years of age and was converted in early life and has lived a true and devoted life for Jesus. She was a good neighbor and loved by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed by all her friends and loved ones. She has one son and her husband gone on before to the glory world with whom she will clasp glad hands on the sunny banks of sweet deliverance. She leaves 2 other sons and 6 daughters to mourn her loss: M. M. Baker, of Cordell, Roscoe Baker of Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. T. M. Cordle, Mrs. John r. Cordle, Mrs. W. g. Lester, Mrs. L.F. Griffith of Cordell, Mrs. Erwin Williams of Blaine and Mrs. Thad Cordle of Wilbur. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 29, 1921
BAY, Mrs. Homer
The death of Mrs. Homer Bay occurred last Friday night at her home in Louisa. The body was taken to her home at Compton for burial. Mr. Bay and Mrs. J. A. Crumley accompanied the body, leaving Louisa on the evening train Saturday. They were met in Winchester by relatives. Mrs. Bay came to Louisa as a bride about a year ago and while living here made many friends, all of whom speak in the highest terms of praise of her. She was interested in church and Sunday school work and was a member of the order of Eastern Star. Mr. Bay is employed by the Cumberland Pipe Line company and is a man of very high standing. A short funeral service was conducted at the home by Rev. Jas. D. Bell on Saturday. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
John Burchett, known as “Big-John” died at his home on Blaine last Friday. He was about 60 years of age and was the son of Calvin Burchett and nephew of Robert Burchett of this place. He had been sick only 5 days. Pneumonia and typhoid fever caused his death. His wife and several grown children survive. The funeral and burial took place Saturday from the home at Madge. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 15, 1921
The funeral of the 3 year old child of Fred Burke was conducted Friday morning by Revs. H. B. Hewlett and J. D. Bell. The body was taken to Catalpa for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 15, 1921
Mrs. Kire Carter died at Akron, OH, Friday of last week. Her husband is a son of Marion Carter of Irad, this county. She was a native of Louisville and her body was taken there for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 29, 1921
CASTLE, J. R.
Borderland, WV—The death angel visited the home of J. R. Castle Apr 10 and took the husband and father J. R. Castle. He leaves a wife and 4 children, G. T. Castle of Worth, WV, Mike Castle of Clothier, WV, T. F. Castle and Mrs. J. H. Compton of Borderland, WV. Also 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives. J. R. Castle was born Oct 7, 1850 and was 70 years 5 months and 22 days old at the time of his death. He had been a member of the M. E. Church and a devoted Christian for many years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 22, 1921
CHAPMAN, I. B.
I.B. Chapman, 53, of 1530 Jefferson Avenue, was found dead at 6:30 Monday morning in the superintendent’s office a the United States Chain & Forging plant, where he was employed as a watchman. Magistrate J.T. Stuart, who acted as coroner in the absence of Dr. Lindsey T Vinson, held that he died from a disease of the spine. It is believed he died about 8 o’clock Sunday evening, as his last hourly report was made at that time. Mr. Chapman was born at Louisa, KY, of an old and prominent family. He is survived by his widow, 2 daughters, Mrs. Fred Johnson and Mrs. Alex Church, a son, Homer Chapman of Huntington; his mother, Mrs. Johannah Chapman of Charley; 5 brothers, W. M. Chapman, Charley, D. W. Chapman, Mississippi, Sheridan Chapman, Illinois, T. J. Chapman, Ohio and Edgar Chapman, Canada; and 3 sisters, Mrs. John T. Graham, Mrs. Cecil Boothe and Mrs. C. D. Hill, all of Huntington. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Jefferson Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church. Interment at Woodmere burial park. Mr. Chapman was the son of John R. Chapman, deceased, who lived near Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
Potter, KY—Death visited the home of Mrs. Frank Cochran and took her beloved husband, “Uncle Frank” as he was usually called will be sadly missed in this community. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 22, 1921
DANIELS, George W.
Paintsville, KY—George W. Daniels, one of the county’s best known men died at his home near Mingo Tuesday morning. He had been in poor health for a number of years and his death was not unexpected. He served one term as jailer of Johnson County and is a member of one of the largest families in the county. He was an old Union soldier. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 8, 1921
One of Boyd county’s aged citizens, Harrison Estep, died at his home at Oakview Thursday morning after an illness of 8 months. Mr. Estep was 71 years of age. He was a native of Virginia, but had lived practically all his life in Kentucky and had been a resident of Ashland for the past 12 years. So long as his health permitted he was employed as night clerk for the United Fuel Gas Co. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Estep, 8 daughters and 4 sons. Mr. Estep was a member of the First Christian Church and the funeral service was held in that church, interment following in the Ashland Cemetery. Having been also a member of the encampment of Ashland Lodge I.O.O.F. No. 257, the lodge observed its burial ritual. Rev. Dr. Scott, pastor of the First Christian Church, had charge of the obsequies. The death of Mr. Estep is mourned by a very large kinship as well as by a host of friends. He was regarded by all who knew him as a men of high ideals, one whose life was an open book, his three score years and ten worthy of emulation by his descendants. He had been twice married. His first wife, who was formerly Mary Jane Galiste, having passed away many years ago, he was united in marriage the second time to Mrs. Mary Wilson of Louisa, who survives him. He was the father of 12 children, 11 of whom are living, J. R. Estep of Catlettsburg, George W. Estep of Ransaeller, IN, Ben Estep of Ashland, Mrs. Tom Cartmel, Mrs. Frank Kirk, Mrs. Theo. Kirk, Mrs. J. H. McNealy and Mrs. W. W. Thomas of this city, Mrs. J. J. Cornwell of New Brighton, PA; Mrs. J. E. Boyd and Miss Sophia Estep of East Liverpool, OH. One son, Shadrack Estep died 8 years ago. Seven stepchildren to whom Mr. Estep was deeply attached are among the survivors. Forty grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
Phillip Fyffe was shot and killed a few days ago on Wallowhole Creek, Elliott County, near the Lawrence County line. Five bullets entered his body and he died almost instantly after receiving the last wound. A man named Thornbury is said to have fired at least a part of the shots and Wash Lyons is reported to have taken part in the shooting also. Thornbury was shot in the head and his condition is said to be serious. A man named Griffith was hit by one of the bullets and slightly wounded. Fyffe was about 25 years old, a son of James Fyffe of Blaine. He married a daughter of Wash Lyons just before going into the army. Later hey became estranged. They have a child that the mother has kept wither at the home of her father, Mr. Lyons. It seems that upon the occasion of the shooting, Fyffe telephoned Lyons that he was on his way to see the child. Lyons warned him not to come, so the report says, but he went on. The trouble started as soon as he arrived. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 29, 1921
GARNER, Mrs. Gordon
Mrs. Gordon Garner, well known and highly respected Williamson young woman, died Sunday afternoon at the home of her parents, Captain and Mrs. Valkey W. Midkiff, where she had lain ill for several weeks following her removal from a Huntington hospital to which she had been taken some time before. Mrs. Garner was 20 years old. She was married at Camp Shelby, Miss., where Mr. Garner, First Lieutenant in the Army, was in training before being sent to France to take part in the world war. Mrs. Garner is survived by her husband and one son, Gordon, Jr. age 2 years. Williamson News. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 8, 1921
Paintsville, KY—Mrs. Margaret Haggard died in Winchester Saturday after a short illness. She formerly lived in Paintsville where she had many friends. She was the mother of Mrs. George Clark who died here a number of years ago. Mr. Clark attended the funeral and burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
Prestonsburg, KY—The death angel called Mr. J. W. Hopson, of Auxier, on last Friday. He was one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens. Mrs. L. P. Kirk of Cedar Grove, WV and others of his children attended the funeral services conducted at the grave by Rev. Icard. He leaves a widow and one son and 7 daughters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
HOPSON, Vernon B.
Prestonsburg, KY—On Wednesday night, Mar 16th Vernon B. Hopson, the little five and a half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Hopson, of Riverside passed away. He had been afflicted with some kind of skin eruption which was followed by Bright’s disease. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
Frank Jones of Matewan, WV, died at his home Mar 31. He had been sick for some 4 years of tuberculosis of the bone, and been unable to obtain relief though he had been treated in some of the best institutions in the country. He was born and reared in Prestonsburg, but had lived away from here for many years. He was 52 years of age and is survived by his widow and 2 daughters and one son the latter being only 6 years old, also by 2 brothers and 3 sisters, James and W. H. Jones and Mrs. Elizabeth Maynard and Mrs. T. O. Burchett, of this city and Mrs. W. T. Loar of Elkhorn City. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 15, 1921
The subject of this sketch was born in Wytheville, VA Jul 2, 1830. When a small girl she united with the Methodist Church South of which she remained a member until her death Dec 29, 1919. She was married to Joel Kegley of the same place and county. Before the breaking out of the Civil War they, with a number of families, came to Kentucky, settling in the wilderness. Clearing up the land and tilling the soil they raised a family of 9 children, 7 of whom still survive the mother. She was loved by all who knew her and was a good Christian mother. Some 32 years before, her husband, on his way from church was killed by a falling tree, she with 5 others escaping injury. When being visited by the doctor she asked him to tell her what he thought of her case, being told that she could not get well, she said, “It does not excite me a bit; I am ready to go.” She left a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss. But she waits to greet them at the Pearly Gates. J.W.K. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 22, 1921
Miss Mary Kelly died last Sunday morning at one o’clock at her home in Louisa. The cause of her death was tuberculosis. She had been confined to her room the past 3 months. She was 18 years of age and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Kelly, who moved to this place last fall from Portsmouth, OH. She is survived by 7 sisters. The funeral was conducted Monday morning at 9:30 by Revs. Collier and Lindsey Cyrus at the home and was attended by a large number of friends. The body was taken to the M. A. Hay graveyard a few miles from Louisa where burial took place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 15, 1921
Paintsville, KY—Mrs. Fannie Lemaster, one of the oldest residents of Magoffin County, and possibly of all Eastern Kentucky, died at her home at Falcon on Apr 1 at the ripe old age of 106 years. She could sew without the use of glassed and maintained all her faculties until her death. She had always worked and was in the habit of doing her work without fretting, she had never missed a meal or taken a dose of medicine during her long life until the day before her death. She had always been a devoted member of the United Baptist church being a member of the church at the head of State Road Fork. He had many friends and relatives throughout the county, including 3 sons and 3 daughters who survive her. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 22, 1921
LYNCH, Mrs. Robert
Mrs. Robert Lynch, 63, died Tuesday of Bright’s disease, at Kenova, WV. The body was taken to Hewlett, WV where the funeral was held Thursday and interment made in the Hewlett Cemetery. Mrs. Lynch had been married twice, she was formerly Mrs. Mollie Pack. Beside her husband, Robert Lynch, she leaves 4 sons, Herbert, Willie and James Lynch and Jesse Pack. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 22, 1921
Lowmansville, KY—The pale horse and its rider stopped at the home of Mrs. Evelyn Lyons and took from her a loving boy, Willard. He was 6 years old.. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 22, 1921
Hewlett, WV—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Massie Friday morning, Apr 1, and claimed for its victim their son, Earl. He was 21 years old and a member of the Baptist Church. He leaves a father, mother, wife, baby, 3 sisters, 4 brothers, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 8,1921
MAY, E. K.
Dr. E. K. May, a prominent physician of Maytown, Floyd County, died Monday after an illness of 3 hours. It is said he drank from a bottle containing lemon extract, into which some one had poured a quantity of carbolic acid. The deadly dose broguth violent illness almost immediately and death came after great suffering. Dr. May was about 48 years old. He leaves a family. He was quite a successful physician, and was a cousin of Attorney A. J. May of Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
Robert Maynard was shot and instantly killed and Lester Frazier dangerously wounded at Fort Gay, just across the river from Louisa, Sunday night about 8 o’clock. Charley Dawson had a very narrow escape, as a bullet grazed his stomach. Another bystander, a boy named Vanhorn, was lightly injured in one leg, Maynard was 23 years old, a son of Dan Maynard, a good citizen of Fort Gay. He had been on the State police force until recently, but had resigned, it is said. Frazier is the 18 years old son of John Frazier, who lives in Fort Gay but works at the barber’s trade in Louisa. A ball passed through his kidney and his condition has been considered very serious. He is still alive, however.
Chris Johnson and Henry Whitaker, students at Kentucky Normal College, Louisa, are charged with firing the shots. Warrants were issued also for 2 Crisp brothers, students who were present at the time of the shooting, but there seems to be little or no evidence to connect them with the fatal affray. Johnson was arrested while on his way across the bridge to Louisa. Whitaker got across without arrest and it is reported that he went on to his home in Floyd County, KY. He is a son of Vinson Whitaker and a grandson of Morgan Whitaker. Johnson was held under guard at Fort Gay until Monday night, when an examining trial was held. He waived examination and was remanded to jail at Wayne without bail. County Attorney Charles Ferguson was present. Johnson was taken to Wayne on the train passing Fort Gay at 1 a.m. Relatives of Johnson and Whitaker came from Floyd County Monday evening and were present at the proceedings in Fort Gay.
We have found it very difficult to get the facts in this case and the stories of what happened are conflicting and confusing. It seems that recently some Fort Gay boys have been playing practical jokes on boys from Louisa who go over there at night—such as throwing rocks at them, making fake arrests etc. On Sunday night several students went to Fort Gay. Church services were being held and Johnson and Maynard were inside the church. A quarrel arose on the outside between the students and some Fort Gay boys. The latter sent a small boy into the church and called Maynard out. The other side sent of Johnson. It seems that Maynard was requested to arrest the students on his authority as a State policeman. The students questioned his authority and a fight started. It si said Maynard threw off his coat and Johnson st4ruck him with a flash light. The shooting followed very soon. It is said 10 or 12 shots were fired. One of the balls that struck Maynard pierced the heart. It is reported that moonshine liquor played a part in this affair, but we are not able to give this as a positive fact. Johnson is a son of Lem Johnson, of Middle Creek, Floyd County.. He was taking a commercial course in school here. It is said that when arrested he had a pistol with 2 empty shells in it. Maynard had been serving as a State policeman in the Mingo coal field until recently, when he resigned from the police force. His funeral was conducted by Rev. L. D. Bryan and Raymond Wolfe. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
MILLS, Mrs. L.T.
Mrs. L. T. Mills, a resident of Tomahawk, died Wednesday morning after a long illness from tuberculosis. Her death had been expected for some time. Mrs. Mills was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Williamson, both now deceased, and had many friends at Tomahawk and at Inez. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, 5 children, 2 sisters, 6 brothers, and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
MOORE, Thomas L.
Mattie, KY—Thomas L. Moore of Rich Creek, who suffered a stroke of paralysis, died on Wednesday, Mar 23. He leaves to mourn his loss a companion and 2 children, Wiley Moore and Mrs. John Thompson of Ellen. He was loved by all who knew him. His many friends are sorry to hear of his death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
After an illness covering several years Chris Nicewander passed away on Wednesday evening at his home on Lock Avenue in Louisa. He is survived by his wife. Mr. Nicewander was well known in Louisa, having moved to this place from Blaine many years ago. After failing health prevented his doing other work he conducted a restaurant for quite a while near the post office, but for the past three years had been confined to his home. He was industrious and a good citizen. His age was 64 years. Funeral service was conducted Thursday morning at the residence by the Rev. H.B. Hewlett. The body was taken on Thursday to Blaine and burial will take place at his old home place on Laurel. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
PERDUE, William A.
Funeral services for William A. Perdue, 84, Civil War veteran, who died Sunday at his home in Wayne county, were held in the old home place Tuesday. Interment in the family burial ground. Mr. Perdue was widely known throughout Wayne County. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, Bernie and Brady Perdue of Shoals, WV and W. F. Perdue of Ashland and one daughter, Callie Perdue of Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 29,1 921
Hulette—This community was saddened Apr 9th by the death of Mrs. Phebe Poe. She was a good woman, loved by all who knew her. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Linzy Nunley, Mrs. Hubert Maddy. Dova, a daughter preceded her in death few years ago. Also 4 sons Robert, Okla Jay and Purl and the bereaved husband, survive and one brother, C. W. Honaker. Interment was made Sunday in the Harmon Cemetery. The burial service was conducted by Rev. R. H. Cassady. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 15, 1921
RICE, Elizabeth (Hewlett)
Mrs. Elizabeth Rice died at her home at Yatesville Monday of this week. She was the widow of Rev. French Rice and was the daughter of a pioneer citizen, Jeptha Hewlett, of near Fallsburg. Mrs. Rice was 83 years of age. She was born Mar 18, 1838, was married Aug 27, 1957 and died Apr 4, 1921. She leaves one daughter and 5 sons, 30 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Mrs. Rice had lived the life of a Christian for many years. Her funeral was conducted from the old home on Wednesday by her brother, the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of Louisa and was attended by a very large gathering of friends. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
ROBERTS, C. W.
The Huntington Herald Dispatch of last Monday contained the following article. Mr. Roberts was formerly from Floyd County. Two brothers, Sherman and Cleve Roberts were residents of Louisa for a short time a few years ago and now live near Buchanan. His parents also moved to this county:
C. W. Roberts, of 704 Twelfth Avenue, was found dead in his bed in a local hotel at 11 o’clock Sunday morning. Investigations conducted by Dr. L. T. Vinson, county coroner, brought from that official a formal verdict to the effect that death had ensued from cyanide of potassium, self administered. Mr. Roberts, head of the firm of C.W. Roberts & Company, wholesale jewelers, was born near Paintsville, KY and was 42 years old. He started his business career as a traveling salesman for a jewelry firm. He had resided in Huntington for 6 years. Something more than 3 years ago he organized a wholesale jewelry business in Huntington. The business grew rapidly despite the conditions following the armistice.
Mr. Roberts was public spirited and felt a keen interest in the civic welfare of Huntington. He was a member of Huntington Lodge 314, B.P.O. Elks, a member of the Rotary Club and of the Chamber of Commerce, of the Credit Men’s Association and other bodies of prominence. His parents and brothers survive. Mrs. Roberts and their young son and daughter are in Memphis, where Mrs. Roberts was summoned several days ago on account of the illness of her father, who is suffering from an incurable malady. The remains will be shipped to Memphis under an escort from the Elks lodge. The funeral and burial will occur there. Despite the fact that there was no outward motive for his act, friends of Mr. Roberts had been apprised that for several days he had faced business difficulties that had preyed heavily upon his mind. These, it was stated, did not involve insolvency or even portend insolvency, but were of a nature that discouraged him in fighting an uphill battle during readjustment. It was stated that Mr. Roberts was cheerful when last seen Saturday night and had made an engagement to got to church with his business associate, Mr. Parker. When he failed to show up for this appointment, Mr. Parker became concerned, fearing illness might have prevented. He called his room at the hotel but received no reply. He went to the room and fining the door locked, secured assistance and made the startling discovery of Mr. Roberts’ death. Coroner L. T. Vinson was summoned and after examination pronounced death due to poison, self-administered. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 8, 1921
SMITH, Mrs. L. T.
Mrs. Smith of Prichard, WV, the widow of the late L. T. Smith, aged 91 years, died very suddenly Tuesday morning of acute indigestion. Mrs. Smith was a very prominent woman and is survived by 2 daughters, Miss Helen Smith at her home and Mrs. Henrietta Prichard Kane of Huntington, WV, who was with her mother at the time of her death. The funeral services were held a the home Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock and were in charge of Rev. Mr. Dawson of Barboursville, assisted by Rev. Farley, pastor of the M. E. Church of Prichard. Burial in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 29, 1921
The Tug River at and below Thacker was being dragged in an effort to recover the body of Jamie, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sydnor, who was drowned at Thacker Tuesday. The Sydnor child, age 11, was one of 3 boys, cousins, who went out on the river in a boat, without paddles, and were swept through the rapids. Seeing that the boat was in danger of capsizing the boys jumped into the water, and 2 reached the shore. The third was carried down by the current. His father is agent for the Norfolk & Western railway company at Thacker. Williamson News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 8, 1921
Twin Branch and Madge, KY—On Mar 26th the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Spillman and took from them their darling little baby, Lillian. She was only one week old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 1, 1921
The funeral of Mr. Hite Warnick was held on Tuesday at his home at Richardson. His death occurred suddenly and unexpectedly last Sunday morning. Heart disease was the trouble. He died after some exertion in driving hogs out of a field. His age was 58 years and he leaves a family. He was one of the best citizens of that community and his death brings deep sorrow to all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 29,1921
The death angel visited the home of Charley Wilson Apr 14 and took his loving wife. She was laid to rest in Hays graveyard beside her baby, overlooking her sister’s home. Services were held by Bro. Bently. She was 23 years old. Eight years ago she was converted and lived a true Christian until her death. She had been married 6 years. She was a good wife and a good mother, She was loved by all her knew her. She leaves a husband, 3 small children, a mother, father, sisters and brothers, besides many sorrowing friends to mourn the loss of dear Hattie. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 22, 1921
Hicksville, KY—Died on the 27, Garfield Adams, son of Felix and America Adams. He was married to Miss Jennie Wood in the year of 1899. To this union 12 children were born, 6 boys and 6 girls, all of whom are living. He had been suffering from gall stones for several years and doctors advised him to be operated on, so on Monday, Apr 25 he was taken to Ashland Hospital and operated on Monday night. He revived after the operation and doctors and nurses said he was getting along, they thought, nicely. But on Tuesday night he was taken worse and died Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock. He was accompanied to the hospital by Dr. Thompson of Webbville, and his loving wife and son, Roscoe and his 2 brothers, Charley and Drew. All were with him when the end came but Drew. His brother, Charley realized that he was sinking fast and asked him if he was putting his trust in the Lord and was praying and his reply was “I’m all right and don’t worry about me.” He told his loving companion to meet him in heaven. He was laid to rest in the home graveyard near where he was born and raised. Burial service was conducted by Bro. Bently. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 6, 1921
Jim Bowen, son of S. L. Bowen, died Sunday afternoon, after an hour’s illness of acute indigestion. He was taken sick suddenly and died before medical aid could be reached. He leaves his aged father and 2 daughters to mourn his death. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Church Monday afternoon by Rev. J. W. Beale. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 13, 1921
CHAMBERS, William R.
Mr. William R. chambers passed away last Friday at his home near Louisa. His death followed an illness of about 6 weeks. Funeral services were conducted on the “Point” at the home of his son, M. W. Chambers on Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached the sermon in the presence of a large number of neighbors and friends. Burial took place on Pine Hill cemetery by the side of his wife and other members of the family. Mr. Chambers is survived by 2 sons, Millard W. and Harry, with whom he lived and by some grandchildren. He was a good citizen and enjoyed the respect and confidence of all who knew him. Mr. Chambers was a Confederate soldier the Civil War. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South. Mr. Chambers was 82 years of age. He came to this place many years ago. He married Miss Sarah Davis whose death occurred about 5 years ago. Of 5 sons, only 2 survive. In the death of Mr. Chambers the community has lost one of its best citizens. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 27,1 921
FRAZIER, S. Z.
Mr. S. Z. Frazier, known as Little Dock, died suddenly Wednesday morning at his home at Fort Gay, WV. Heart disease was the trouble. He was in Louisa Tuesday afternoon, apparently enjoying good health. About 3 o’clock Wednesday morning he awakened feeling somewhat sick. Later on he got out of bed and walked around for a while. After lying down again death came almost instantly. The funeral and burial will take place at 10 Friday. He was a consistent member of the M. E. Church South and the services will be conducted by Revs. J. D. Bell and H. B. Hewlett of Louisa, according to our information. Mr. Frazier was 66 years old. The wife and 2 daughters survive him. He was one of Wayne County’s most highly respected citizens. His life was of the steady, peaceful type that marks the substantial citizen. He was found on the side of good morals in all questions that arose in his community or state. The death of such a man is a real loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 6, 1921
Brother S.Z. Frasher was born Jul 17, 1844 Mill Creek, Wayne County, WV, and died at Fort Gay, May 4, 1921. Brother Frasher was made a Master Mason in Wayne Lodge No. 18, A.F. & A.M., afterwards becoming a charger member of Vinson Lodge No. 66, which was chartered Nov 11, 1875. He was buried at Frasher Hill Cemetery near Fort Gay by Vinson Lodge with usual Masonic honors. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 27,1 921
GULLETT, Mrs. Mathew
Paintsville, KY—Mrs. Mathew Gullett, of this city, died at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital and the remains were shipped to Paintsville for burial, which took place Saturday afternoon in the city cemetery overlooking Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 27,1 921
HACKWORTH, James Thomas
Mr. J. T. Hackworth, aged 60, passed away Friday evening of last week at King’s Daughters Hospital following an illness of 2 months due to stomach trouble. James Thomas Hackworth was born Dec 12, 1860 in Carter County, KY. His parents moved to Ashland during his infancy and he has made Ashland his home since. He was a successful merchant, operating a wall papering and painting establishment for a number of years. He was an Elk and a Mason. At the age of 30 he was joined in matrimony to Miss Florida Avis Eves of Louisa. Four children blessed this union, twin boys, Lucien and Leon and twin girls, Helene and Hermine. Hermine died in infancy. He was a devoted father and husband and will be missed by the bereaved family. He had been ill 2 months before entering the hospital and was there only a week before death alleviated his sufferings. In addition to his wife and children, 2 brothers, W. W. Hackworth of Russell and J. N. Hackworth of Tacoma, WA, one sister, Mrs. Frank Martin of Mississippi City, Miss., and a host of friends and acquaintances mourn his death. The funeral was held from the home on West Lexington Avenue Sunday afternoon. This pretty home was lavish in cut flowers and many beautiful designs, mute testimonials of the high esteem in which he was held. Rev. Dr. W. C. Condit, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church had charge of the services and he paid a splendid tribute to him. The remains were carried to Ashland’s Beautiful City of the Dean and laid to rest by the side of friends who have long since crossed the bar. The Masonic order of which Mr. Hackworth was a member attended in a body and had full charge of the funeral rites at the cemetery. The Elks, another order to which he belong also attended the services in a body. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 6, 1921
Andy Hays died on Wednesday of last week. His death occurred at the home of his son in law on Johns Creek. His body was brought to the old home on Little Blaine where burial took place on Thursday. He was a brother of Al Hays and the late John Hays of Charley. He was about 75 years of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 20, 1921
HUGHES, Mrs. Samuel
Bussyeville, KY—The death angel visited the home of Samuel Hughes Thursday and took from him his loving wife. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 27, 1921
The death angel visited the home of W.P. Hylton and claimed for its victim his wife, Nancy. She was 73 years of age. She was a loving wife, an affectionate mother and faithful to her profession of religion. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and had lived a devoted Christian since early life. She always had a smile for everyone; to known her was to love her. Before marriage she was Miss Nancy Webb. To Mr. and Mr. Hylton were born 8 children, 2 of whom preceded her to the better world. Those with her at her death were Mrs. Sarah Justice of Portsmouth, OH, B. J. Hylton of Irad and Tommy Hylton of this place. Her granddaughters, Misses Mary and Elva Hylton and Mrs. Ollie Sweeney of Portsmouth and Mrs. Emory Kelley. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 27, 1921
Rich Creek—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vessie Jordan and claimed for its own their darling little baby Lena, ages 2 years 6 months. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard at this place. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 27, 1921
Mattie, KY—Sorry to hear of the death of Elijah Judd of Noris. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 6, 1921
LITTERAL, H. G.
At Devon, WV, on Tuesday of this week, while making a raid on moonshiners, 2 state police officers were shot. H.G. Litteral was killed and Charley Litteral was seriously injured. He is in a hospital in Welch, WV. They are cousins. These men are both from Oil Springs, Johnson co., KY. The body of H. G. Litteral was taken to Oil Springs Wednesday. Charley is in a hospital at Welch. Miniard, a brother, is employed somewhere in Lawrence County and at the time this was written he had not been located. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 27, 1921
Fred Loar, age 42, died of typhoid fever at his home on Tabor’s Creek, near Fort Gay, Monday night. The wife and one child survive. He was a son of Benton Loar and was a good citizen. He owned a farm near what is known as Brick church, about 3 miles north of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 13, 1921
Mrs. Pricey Lockard, wife of Henry Lockard, was run over and killed by a Pond Creek Train at Toler, KY, Saturday. She was 63 years old and is survived by her husband and 6 children. Mrs. Lockard was an aunt of W.P. T. Varney, T. A. West and Mrs. Mont Riley all of Williamson. Williamson News, Big Sandy News, Friday, May 20, 1921
MCCARTY, James B.
Paintsville, KY—After a serious illness for several months, James B. McCarty of this city, died at Ashland late Saturday night. Mr. McCarty was stricken last winter while conducting a restaurant on Court Street. He entered a hospital and underwent a serious operation and it was thought for a time that he would recover and he returned to his home in Paintsville. He again was stricken and entered the hospital and 2 more serious operations were performed, the last operation being on his head when a piece of his skull was removed. He had become so weakened by this time that the shock was too great and after an unequal fight he succumbed Saturday night. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 27, 1921
The death angel again has visited the home of Rev. J. C. L. Moore of Fallsburg and has claimed for its own his precious wife, who departed this life May 7, 1921. “Aunt Martha” as we all called her, was a loving wife and affectionate mother and faithful to her profession of religion. She was a member of the Methodist Church South and lived a devoted Christian since early life. She died in full faith of a living triumph after death. Aunt Martha was about 70 years of age. She was the mother of 6 boys and 2 girls, all living except one, who preceded her to the far beyond about 10 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 13, 1921
Miss Gaynelle Newman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Newman of Lavalette, was claimed by death a few days ago following an illness which extended over many months. Miss Newman suffered the misfortune of losing her voice 2 years ago and was injured in an automobile accident while visiting friends in Louisa last year, and never fully recovered from the effects of the accident. Wayne County News. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 6, 1921
PACK, Mrs. Grenton
Ulysses, KY--The death angel visited the home of Grenton Pack of Jenkins and claimed his loving wife on Apr 24. The body was brought to this place, her home of the past and was laid to rest in the Ira Borders Cemetery on Tuesday the 26th, to await the coming of Jesus. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, 2 daughters and 4 sons, 5 sisters, 4 brothers a a host of friends and relatives. Mr. Pack moved from his home at this place about 2 years ago. He is a successful miner. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Borders, about 200 people attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 6, 1921
Paintsville, KY—The casket containing the remains of Lieut. Warren Rice arrived Wednesday. The casket was not shipped at the time the relatives were advised. The funeral ceremonies took place at the M.E. Church at 2 p.m. Thursday May 19. The people of Paintsville showed their patriotism and appreciation of the services rendered our county by our brave boys by being present at the last sad rites of this brave young man. The burial took place at the Vanhoose Cemetery near the Paintsville depot.
Big Sandy news, Friday, May 27, 1921
SHANNON, George James
Little George James Shannon was born Jan 3, 1916. Had been the joy and pride of his home for 5 years one month and 14 days. But on the 17th day of Feb an angel visited the family fireside and for its victim swept their darling from their arms. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Shannon of Pine Creek, OH. On the 14th day of Feb he was taken very ill with scarlet fever. He rapidly grew worse and a the end of the third day of intense suffering he fell asleep to wake in a brighter world. He was laid to rest in the Lawrence County, OH cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Green Willis. Little George left a father, mother, 4 brothers, 5 sisters , grandparents and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his absence. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 27,1921
Hubbardstown, WV—On May 21 the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Skeens and took a bright jewel, Clyde was 4 years 11 months and 16 days old. He leaves a mother and father and one sister to mourn the loss. The cause of his death was diphtheria. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 27, 1921
East Point, KY—Miss Virgie Stapleton age 25, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Stapleton, died at her home near here Apr 28th. She was a girl of high Christian character, well loved and respected by all who knew her. She was laid to rest in the East Point Cemetery Apr 30th. The services were in charge of Rev. Castle. The funeral will be preached May 29th, as she had requested, Rev. Allen to officiate and he was unable to be present at the time of her death. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 20,1921
SWETNAM, Leander C.
Blaine, KY—On Sunday, May 1, 1921, the angel of death visited the home of Mrs. L. C. Swetnam and claimed as its own her loving husband. Leander was born Sep 29, 1848, was the son of Elza and Cynthia Swetnam. He was raised near his home where he died. When young he was married to Resa Griffith. To this union was born one boy and 4 girls. The boy and his mother joined the host of angels a good many years ago. His second wife was Miss Mary Walter of Richardson. To this union was born one girl and 3 boys. The 2 oldest boys have been claimed by the angel of death and were waiting to welcome father home. Uncle Leander was a kind and loving father and one of the county’s best citizens and will be missed by everyone. He also leaves one brother and 5 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 13, 1921
THOMPSON, A. J. “Johns”
Mr. A. J. Thompson, better known as “Johns” Thompson, died last Saturday at his home at Ironton, OH, after an illness of only a few hours. Ptomaine poisoning, resulting from eating canned meat, was the cause of his death. He became ill Friday night about 10 o’clock and died Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock. The body was brought to Louisa Monday morning and was taken to the home of relatives, Mr. and Mrs. George Picklesimer. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church South at 2 p.m. on Monday. Interment on Pine Hill following the funeral service. Rev. J.D. Bell, pastor, conducted the services in the presence of a large congregation. Many of those present came from Busseyville and Adams, the former home of Mr. Thompson. At the funeral service Miss Opal Spencer and Mr. Will Cain sang a beautiful duet, accompanied by Mrs. G. R. Vinson. Mr. Thompson was 54 years old. He is survived by his wife and 8 children: Mrs. Ethel Peters, Mrs. Charley Frazier, and Roscoe Thompson, of Louisa; Mrs. Jeff Shannon of Coal Grove, OH, Oscar Thompson of Marion, OH, Gladys, Cora and Jack. He was a son of Rev. A. J. Thompson of Adams, this count. He lived in Louisa for several years before moving to Ohio. He left her 7 years ago and for 4 years had lived at Ironton, where he had bought a home. The fact was mentioned at the funeral by the pastor that the last work done in Louisa by Mr. Thompson at his trade as a carpenter was the erection of the panel work fronting the choir space in the church. He joined the M. E. Church south at the age of 20 years. Recently he had renewed his vows and was ready when the end came with such brief warning, which fact goes far to comfort the family and friends in their grief. Mr. Thompson had few or no enemies. He applied himself diligently at his trade. As a citizen he stood for law and order and good morals. His death brings sorrow to many relatives and friends in Lawrence County. Big sandy News, Friday, May 13, 1921
VANSANT, Rufus Humphrey
Col. R. H. Vansant died at his home in Ashland on Thursday of last week, after an illness extending over a period of several months. He was one of Kentucky’s leading business men and was well known throughout the state. Also, in national lumber circles he was recognized as one of the authorities and leaders, having twice been president of the national organization. Mr. Vansant was one of the most popular men in the State. His generosity and kindly consideration for all with whom he came in contact had endeared thousands of persons to him. Eastern Kentucky has no citizen whose death would cause more universal sorrow. His removal means a great loss to his city and to the mountain people that he loved so well. Much of his time was denied to his great business enterprises in order to help his friends, and to work for every cause that would advance the moral and material welfare of the State and nation. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon and was attended by men from various parts of the State. The following is taken from the Ashland Independent:
Col. Vansant had been in poor health for a year or more and knowing his condition he had consulted the most famous specialists in the country at Johns Hopkins, The Mayo’s in Rochester and elsewhere but all to no avail. He also visited many of the noted health resorts and had only recently in company with Mrs. Vansant and daughters returned from a sojourn in Florida.
Rufus Humphrey Vansant was born in Morgan (now Elliott) County, Sep 8, 1852. He was the son of William H. and Louvisa Hunter Vansant, his father coming to Kentucky from Russell County, VA. His grandparents were of Pennsylvania origin and he possessed the full energy of his ancestors, belonging to that sturdy stock which composed the early settlers and made that state one of the best of the whole group of states. His father William H. Vansant was well educated, being a teacher for several years and a man of literary attainments and sound views. Mr. Vansant’s mother was a native of Tennessee. Mr. R. H. Vansant was carefully educated and when a mere boy, taught school for 2 years in his home county. He held the confidence and esteem of the citizens there and was when quite young deputy clerk of the court of Elliott County and was also circuit court clerk from 1880 to 1886. Mr. Vansant was united in marriage Dec 3, 1879 to Anna V. Hannah, daughter of James W. Hannah, a man of scholarly attainments.
It was while serving as clerk of Elliott County that he became interested in the lumber business at Leon, purchasing the lumber taken from the forest along the Little Sandy River. In this way he became an extensive lumber dealer and came to Ashland in 1894. He organized the lumber company of Vansant, Kitchen & Co. and was president of this company at the time of his death. His son, Campbell, during his recent illness has had charge of this business and will probably succeed him in the management. He also organized the Ashland Hardwood Lumber Co., of which Harold Vansant, his eldest son is president and manager. He assisted in the organization of the Merchant’s Bank & Trust Co. and was vice president when it merged into the Ashland National Bank and was a director in this bank. He was twice president of the National Hardwood Lumber Co., now “The American Hardwood Manufacturers Association.” All these positions of trust were filled with competency and reflected honor on this most capable man.
He was a tone time state chairman of the State Central and Executive Committee of the Democratic party and yet while we say he was a staunch Democrat he had friends in both parties and in all walks of life, and no one ever had a more loyal friend than was Mr. Vansant. He was campaign chairman for the late James B. McCreary, when elected as Governor the last time and many other positions of honor and trust were filled by him. He was scrupulously honest in all his dealings and expected those with whom he did business to be the same. It had been given Mr. Vansant to wield a large and beneficient influence in connection with public affairs in his home city and state and his broad minded and liberal attitude as a citizen made him a valuable factor in all local affairs.
He was a high Mason and a member of the M. E. Church South. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Paul Powell. Besides his wife, 4 children survive him, all of whom were about his bedside when the last summons came. They are: Maxie, Harold, Campbell, and Virginia. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Jonas, of this city and John of Elliott County and one sister, Mrs. J. Hall of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 20, 1921
This community was shocked and deeply grieved and also filled with righteous indignation Thursday morning of this week by the news that Manley Vaughan had been killed Wednesday evening near Nolan, WV. He was a member of the Lawrence County Cavalry troop now on duty in the Tug River strike region. He was a son of W. J. Vaughan, most favorably known throughout the State of Kentucky as a field worker for the State Sunday School Association. Wednesday evening about 60 shots were fired from the Kentucky side of the river and Lieutenant C. F. See, Jr., was ordered to take his men and go to the scene. While on the way, on the West Virginia side, they met 4 men who were suspected. The command was given to the four to throw up their hands. They did so and the solders began to search them. A pistol was found on one of them and the others began to shoot at the soldiers. George Crum shot Manley Vaughan through the head twice and he died instantly. A West Virginia trooper named Keckley was also killed. The soldiers shot George Crum so badly that death is expected at any time. He divulged the names of 6 other men engaged in the shooting and the soldiers succeeded in arresting them. This was at Big Splint mine. These men are union strikers, according to reliable reports from the field. One of the first reports that came out of the field was that the men were not connected with the strike in any way, and we therefore believe it is important to give the truth on this point.
The bodies of the dead men were taken to Williamson and Manley Vaughan’s body arrived here Thursday about 1 o’clock. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at the home place 2 miles from Louisa. Manley was barely 18 years of age. He was known as one of the best boys in this county. In fact, that is a poor description of him. In point of character, ambition, morals, and promise of a useful future he stood at the very top of the list of young men who have grown up in this community. He was a member of the Baptist Church, devoutly religious, which fact is the greatest consolation in this sad hour to his father, relatives and friends.. Since the death of his mother 2 or 3 years ago he had the care of the farm and the younger children very largely on his hands while his father was out over the State working in the Sunday Schools. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 27, 1921
WORDEN, Bertha (Johnson)
The following account of the death of a daughter of Asbury Johnson, who moved from this place a number of years ago is from Stockton, Kansas Record. Mr. Johnson was a brother of the late George F. Johnson of Louisa:
Bertha Snow Worden, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Lomia County, IA, Dec 17, 1874, and departed this life after extreme suffering from blood poisoning which followed a critical operation, Apr 1, 1921 aged 46 years 3 months and 25 days. She moved with her parents to Woodston, KS in 1887. She was educated in the country and grade schools and attended the Kansas Agricultural College at Manhattan. While there she was converted and joined the Methodist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Gill. Five years were spent in the school room as a teacher, On Mar 30, 1899, she was united in marriage to D. C. Worden of Alton, KS. To this union were born 3 children, Clarence and Esther and Willard, who died in infancy. She always held the duties of her home as sacred and spent her life for her loved ones. She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church until death, earnest in her work, a zealous officer of the Women’s Home Missionary Society. Until a short time before her operation she taught the Women’s Bible Class in the Methodist Church at Woodston. She had a high ideal of a Christian life. Mrs. Worden is survived by one sister, Mrs. Emma Rathburn of Nampa, ID and 2 brothers, George F. Johnson of Simpson, KS and James Johnson of Woodston. A devoted husband and one son and one daughter with many relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the home. Under a garland of flowers she was laid to rest in the Survey Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 20, 1921
BENNETT, James B.
The Grifton (Penn.) News of Jun 1 says: James S. Bennett, aged 72 years, died today about noon a the home of his son, Herchell Bennett, Penn Avenue, Oak Hill, New Brighton. The cause of his death was a complication of disease (he being taken seriously ill about 6 days ago). Mr. Bennett was a member of First M.E. Church and P.H.C. and had been employed at the Dawes & Myler plant of the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company. He is survived by the following children: Louis E. Bennett of Buchanan, KY, Mrs. Stella Knight and Herschell Bennett of New Brighton and Virgil E. Bennett of Rochester. Funeral services will be at the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 10, 1921
A very sad accident occurred a few days ago at Cherokee, this county, when Sam Butler’s son, 10 years old, accidentally shot and killed his little sister, age 2 years. The boy got his target rifle and went into the yard to shoot at a hawk. The gun was discharged prematurely and the ball entered the forehead of the child, who was playing in the yard. Death ensued in a short time. Mr. Butler was in Louisa at the time attending court. He was taken home in an automobile. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
CAMPBELL, Sallie Mabel (Jackson)
Mrs. Bruce Campbell, daughter of Elijah and Evelyn Jackson, Sallie Mabel Jackson was born Aug 15,1 897, departed this life May 22, 1921, age 24 years 9 months and 14 days. She was married May 22, 1920 to Bruce Campbell. To this union one child was born and was only 12 days old when the Lord said, “Mabel, thou shalt come up higher.” Her suffering was of short duration which she bore with fortitude and patience. She was saved, sanctified and baptized when only 16 years of age and hers is a beautiful character. She graduated with honor at Richmond when only 18 years old, was an excellent school teacher, loved by all the scholars and parents. Having taught 3 successful terms of school she took a business course and was stenographer for D. H. Carpenter when married to Bruce Campbell. Their wedded life was shot but one of peace and devotion. It is said to leave the little son for whom she gave her life, but God’s will be done. Shortly before death came she called her husband to her bed, kissed him goodbye and asked him to meet her in heaven. She then prayed for her parents and other loved ones, but the last words she uttered were for the dear little son she was leaving motherless. The bereaved parent and young husband are heartbroken. Funeral was conducted by Rev. Campbell, some beautiful songs were sung by the choir from the M. E. church, Catlettsburg where she attended service. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 10, 1921
Dennis, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Linnie Chaffin. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 24, 1921
The death of Albert Childers occurred a few days ago at his home on Lick Creek about 4 miles south of Louisa. He was about 40 years of age. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 3, 1921
Inez, KY—Grover Clay, who has been ill for some time, died at his home on last Saturday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. W. Alley on Sunday afternoon at the James Cemetery where the body was laid to rest. He is survived by his mother, 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
Prichard, WV—The death angel visited the home of Mr. E. A. Collinsworth and took his sister, Zella Collinsworth. She was laid to rest at Centerville graveyard May 27th. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 3, 1921
Emmett Taylor, age 13, shot and instantly killed Fred Cox, 17 years old, on Donithan, 8 miles east of Louisa, last Saturday evening. The fathers of these boys are Jason Taylor and Lafayette Cox. The weapon used was a shot gun and the load was discharged into the face of the boy at close range. The Taylor boy claims it was an accident. Another report says Cox had threatened to slap him a short time before. It seems that the gun belonged to Taylor and that he had loaned it to Cox and it had just been returned. There was only one eye witness, another boy. Emmett was brought to Louisa Monday by his father and delivered to the court. Further time was asked before an examining trial to determine whether or not the tragedy was an accident. The boy was place under bond. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1921
Twelve year old George Cunningham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cunningham of Kenova, met death at 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon, when he was drawn into an open sewer vent near which he and a party of companions were wading at the corner of Fifteenth and Sycamore Streets, Kenova. The tragedy followed a heavy rain. So much water had fallen that the sewers were unable to carry it off and the gutters were flooded. The boys were having a great time wading and were all unheeding of danger, though the current rushing toward the sewer was very strong. There was no warning of the fate of Little Fred Cunningham who was drawn into the vent before his companions realized what was happening. Homer Cunningham, elder brother, narrowly escaped a like fate, but was dragged to safety by his companions. When the youngsters gave the alarm an organized effort to recover the body of the Cunningham boy began. There was little which could be done in his behalf save to search the river at the mouth of the sewer, 500 years away. The body was recovered from the river near Portsmouth a few days later. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 3, 1921
DEBORD, Mary Jane
Lowmansville, KY--Mrs. Mary Jane Debord, wife of John G. Debord, who was taken to a hospital at Ironton, OH, a few days ago and underwent an operation, died there on May 26, and was brought back here and laid to rest in the family graveyard beside her 3 children who preceded her to the glory land. She was 38 years of age. She leaves to mourn her absence a husband, 6 children, Roscoe, Oria, Carrie, Willard, Brooksie and Irvin, father and mother, Irvin and Matilda Griffith, 3 brothers, William Marion, John Franklin and Henry; 2 sisters, Mrs. Frank Miller and Mrs. Charley Young and a host of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 3, 1921
Mary Jane Debord born Dec 2, 1882 departed this life May 26, 1921.
Burns Finney died at 7:15 Tuesday evening of this week of typhoid fever. His condition was good until he developed heavy hemorrhages of the bowels on Monday evening which proved such a shock to his system just as the fever was abating that his heart could not withstand the attack. He was a prominent young farmer of Boyd County near Burnaugh station. He was 27 years of age and a grandson of the late well known Mac Finney and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Finney of Catlettsburg. He was married in 1916 to Miss Pearl D. Compton, of Buchanan, and a former Lawrence County teacher, and leaves the following children: Harold age 4, Jo Edward age 2, and Ruth Frances age 2 months. The funeral in charge of Kilgore & Collier was held at Kavanaugh Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
Ledocio, KY—Died Jun 3, Bert, the 2 year old son of Rev. and Mrs. W. T. Fraley. His sickness was short and death was unexpected and is a shock to the family. Funeral was conducted by Rev. G. A. Thompson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
GRAHAM, Elizabeth (Carter)
After an illness of only a few days, Mrs. Elizabeth Graham died Tuesday morning at her home near Ellen post office, this county. She was about 70 years of age and was the widow of Lark Graham. Her father was Slasher James Carter. Several sons and daughters survive her, amongst them being Drs. John and Charles Graham of Lewis County and Oscar Graham of Louisa. Mrs. Graham was a good woman and will be much missed in the community in which she had passed many years. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon. Burial in the home cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 10, 1921
Willie Hall, 29 years old, was shot and killed; Bird Hager, one of his pals was wounded, and William Williams is being searched for in the Logan hills as the sequel to a raid on an alleged moonshiners nest in an abandoned coal mine near Sharples, on Spruce Fork of Coal River. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
HOLBROOK, Mrs. Floyd
The wife of Floyd Holbrook died last Friday at Garrett, Floyd County. She was a daughter of B. F. Carter, of Twin Branch, this county, and the body was brought to Louisa Saturday. The Snyder undertaking establishment took the body and the family to the carter home where the burial occurred Monday. The husband and 3 small children survive. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
Irad, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Jobe and took from them their darling baby, Mary. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 10, 1921
On Friday, Jun 3, the death angel with its sickle visited the peaceful home of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Jobe and reaped the white lily of this earthly paradise. This infant child May, only 2 years old, had been ill for some time. She was a victim of whooping county epidemic which has been pervading this part of the country and later contracted pneumonia which resulted in her death. Little Mary was ill for 6 weeks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 10, 1921
JUSTICE, Mrs. Lee
Mrs. Lee Justice, age about 43 years, a sister of Mrs. Florence Goff of Williamson, was killed in an automobile accident near her home in Logan Monday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Justice at one time operated a hotel in Williamson but had lived in Logan for 8 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 3, 1921
Effie Kitchen, born Feb 20, 1919, departed this life May 24, 1921, aged 2 years 3 months and 4 days. She was the baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Flem Kitchen of Dennis. Her illness was of very short duration, but all was done for little Effie that kind hearts and tender hands of dear father, mother, Dr. Rice and kind friends and neighbors could do, but they were unable to stay the cruel hand of death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 3, 1921
Fisher Maynard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Maynard of the Grant district was found dead Friday night of last week on the ridge dividing Blue Lick and Milum Creek. Investigation revealed that Maynard had died as the result of a knife wound in his abdomen. It was at first reported that Maynard had met his death by accidentally falling forward on an opened knife in his pocket, while riding a mule. But later developments resulted in the arrest of Winnie Maynard, Boyd Finley and Emery Finley on Tuesday of this week after warrants for murder had been issued against these 3 men. The men were brought to Wayne Tuesday night by Deputy Sheriff Fred Perry. They waived preliminary hearing before a justice to appear a the August term of circuit court.—Wayne County News. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 10, 1921
At Whitehouse, 22 miles south of Louisa, last Monday afternoon, 5 men were shot. Millard Meek was killed and Con Cheek and Ed Price badly wounded. Garfield Meek was shot in the arm and Wert Skaggs in the leg. Shade Cantrell is charged with killing Meek. He was acting as a peace officer under Cheek, a deputy sheriff. Ed Price and Ed Ward also were serving as officers. There was a circus at Whitehouse that afternoon and a large crowd present. It is said Garfield Meek was drunk and the officers attempted to arrest him just outside the circus tent. Millard Meek drew a pistol and interfered when he thought his brother was in danger of being shot, it is said, and Cantrell then shot him. The ball entered his mouth and crashed through the base of his brain. The shots then came in rapid succession, and 5 men were victims. Three of the injured men were taken on the first train to Paintsville for medical treatment, after receiving first aid at the hands of Dr. Castle. Millard Meek was a prosperous merchant at Whitehouse, a good citizen, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He leaves a wife and 8 children. Thus, moonshine liquor has scored another of its awful victories.
Later: A late report says the trouble started between Garfield Meek and the officers when the shooting started Millard and others ran out of the circus to see what the trouble was. Seeing his brother involved with Cheek, Millard drew on automatic revolver and tried to shoot Cheek in the back of the head. The weapon failed to discharge. He threw it away and grabbed a pistol from some one else and fired twice, it is said. Cheek returned the fire, hitting Millard in the chest and in the mouth. According to this report Cantrell did not shoot Millard. Garfield was shot 3 or 4 times, but not dangerously wounded. He has been in trouble often before, according to reports. Big sandy news, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
After a 3 hour search companions of Ulysses, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Noe of South Ceredo, found the body of the boy after he drowned in Twelvepole Creek a short distance from his home. The lad, in company with playmates, was playing in the creek near the old log boom, where the floor of the creek is known to be treacherous. He was missed at about 5:30 in the afternoon and a search begun. Funeral arrangements will not be announced until the arrival of the lad’s father, who is an employee of the Mallory Coal Company, Mallory, WV. The lad is one of a family of 6 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
O’BRYAN, Mrs. Lewis
Was sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Lewis O’Bryan of London, OH. She has many friends here who mourn the loss, but we feel that our loss is heaven’s gain. She had been living a Christian life since childhood. She leaves a husband and 6 children beside 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
Griffith Creek, KY—Mrs. Seatle Perry, an aged and respected citizen of Big Laurel, died last Friday and was buried in the Smith graveyard here Sunday. She was the widow of the late James Perry, one of the best known citizens of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News,F Friday, Jun 24, 1921
On Wallowhole Creek in Elliott County last Sunday James Barker shot and instantly killed Miss Mary Sparks, age 14. Also, he is said to have shot Dan Sparks, a brother of Mary, in the neck, and sent a bullet into one of Hughey Sparks arms. During the fracas Wesley Sparks, Sr., had his skull fractured by a blow from a club and it is reported that he has died. It is said this blow was struck by Wesley Sparks, Jr., a nephew and brother in law of the old man. The younger man is known as Little Wes. He was cut in five places during the fight and his death is reported. Barker escaped and has not been arrested. He is a son of Floyd Barker, who lives near the line between Lawrence and Elliott.
Moonshine liquor was the cause of the trouble. Several months ago Dan Sparks helped to cut up a still said to belong to Barker and Little Wes. Also, he was a witness against them. On last Sunday morning it is said these 2 young men threw rocks at the Sparks family as they were about to enter the church house. And when the services were over they started the trouble again. Mary stepped in between Barker and her brother, hoping to prevent the shooting but Barker promptly shot her through the heart. The fight then became general, with results as above stated. This is the second tragedy on Wallowhole Creek lately. Throughout that locality there is said to be a great deal of moonshining.
Later: A later report says Dan Sparks has died from the wound in his throat. Dan became religious a few months ago and reported Barker and Little Wes for moonshining. He is said to have been associated with them previously in the moonshining business. He made indictments in circuit court in Elliott County, but is is said the men have never been arrested. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 10, 1921
Tuscola, KY—Bernard, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Thompson, died at Holden, WV, last week and was brought here for burial. He was laid to rest in the Watson burial ground to await the resurrection morn. He lacked a few days of having reached his second milestone on life’s highway but he had endeared himself to all with whom he had come in contact and his smile and childish prattle had made a lasting impression. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 17, 1921
Miss Evangeline Thompson, age 31 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Thompson did at her home Saturday afternoon after an illness of several months. Miss Thompson was one of Wayne county’s successful school teachers but her health for the last few years caused her to give up teaching and part of the time was spent in the west. Funeral services were held at the home Monday morning conducted by Revs. B. S. Akers of Ceredo, A.W. Damron, J. S. Simpkins and Pharoah Wilson. Interment was made in Wayne Cemetery. She leaves beside father and mother, 2 sisters, Mrs. Kyle Pauley of Portsmouth and Mrs. Grace Rife of Kenova. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 24, 1921
The funeral of Manley Vaughan took place last Friday afternoon at the home of his father, W. J. Vaughan, 2 miles south of Louisa and the body was laid to rest beside that of his mother, who was a victim of the influenza epidemic nearly 3 years ago. The funeral was preached by Dr. C. F. Anderson, pastor of the Baptist Church at Louisa. Manley was the leader of the young people in this church and Dr. Anderson was very deeply affected by his untimely death. He felt the loss of this promising young man more severly than anyone else, perhaps, outside of the immediate family. He paid the highest possible tribute to Manley. A very large crowd was present at the funeral. Many people from Louisa were there. Rev. J. D. Bell and Rev. John Cheap were among the number who went from here. Manley was barely 18 years of age. After the death of his mother, and during the absence of his older brother, Willie, in school at Georgetown, KY, he was virtually in charge of the family affairs. His father thought he would have to give up his work as field worker for the Kentucky Sunday School Association in order to take care of the farm and the children, but Manley assumed charge and worked hard and faithfully. There are 2 brothers and 2 sisters younger than Manley. The youngest was only a few months old when the mother died. When called to go to the Tug field Manley said he did not see how he could leave the farm and the children. The father was away on Sunday school work and he had considerable difficulty in locating him by wire. But he made no effort to be relieved from what he considered a duty and went to the mining region with the troop. Manley’s health had not been good for 2 years or more, as a result of the influenza, but he kept right on with his arduous duties at home. Telegrams from all parts of the State have reached Mr. Vaughan, carrying words of sympathy to him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 3, 1921
Irad, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Dan Young and took her husband. He was a good citizen and respected by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 10, 1921
The death angel knocked at the door of Harrison Young and mother on Jun 4th and took from them their dear husband and father, Daniel Young. He had been in poor health for some time but was taken suddenly sick on Jun 2nd and lived only 3 days. His sickness and death was a great shock to all of his relatives and friends. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard overlooking his home. His funeral was held by Bro. M. V. Berry. He was 75 years old and been a member of the church for 35 years and lived a true Christian life. He was a good husband, a good father and also a good citizen. He leaves a wife and 5 children, besides many other sorrowing relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1921
Peter Alara was instantly killed Tuesday of this week at Mt. Hope, WV, by a stroke of lightning. He was at work in a stone quarry with a number of other men. A severe electrical storm came up and they all sought shelter. Mr. Alara took refuge under a tree. Lightning struck the tree and shattered it killing Mr. Alara. His home was at Fort Gay, WV where the body has been brought for burial in the Frazier burial grounds. He was about 55 years old and leaves a wife and 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. Mr. Alara was a native o Italy who came here many years ago, when the locks were being constructed in Big Sandy River. He was a stone cutter. He married Miss Jennie Poole, near Fort Gay and lived there most of the time since. His line of work has kept him away of late years. He was an industrious man and a good citizen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
Bennett Bias, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Randolph Bias, of Williamson, WV, lost his life when a truck he was driving went over a high embankment near Gilbert, WV. He was returning to the Camp Fire Girls Camp on Guyan. His head struck a large boulder, when the car overturned. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 8, 1921
The following is from Williamson (WV) News of Monday:
Suffering from 3 gunshot wounds, Deputy Sheriff Henry Blackburn of Martin County, KY, was brought to the Williamson hospital yesterday afternoon and died within a short time after his arrival. Two bullets from a high powered rifle had struck him in the breast and ranging downward passed through his stomach and made several perforations in the smaller intestines. One bullet struck his hand and made a flesh wound extending above his elbow. Enroute here he bled profusely and was so weak that little hope was entertained that surgical skill could avail anything. Word came here that the shooting was done by Harrison and James Moore, brothers. The scene of the trouble is laid in Wolf Creek, several miles from Kermit. Early this afternoon the Moores had not been apprehended, so far as was known in Kermit.
Two stories widely at variance, as to the cause of the shooting have resulted. One is to the effect that Blackburn had undertaken to arrest the Moores, his reputed brothers in law, who were drinking heavily at the time. They resented his intrusion and opened fire. The other story attributes the tragedy to a family dispute, or to an old grudge, and makes mention of a case of alienated affections. Blackburn was 37 years old, a big muscular man, a resident of Inez and a deputy sheriff for the last 4 years. The body was shipped last night to the decedent’s home. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1921
The body of Mrs. T.J. Blevins was brought to Louisa last Friday morning over the N & W and was taken to the home of her sister, Mrs. Lafe Wellman. She was better known here as Mrs. Nancy Boggs, having only recently married Mr. Blevins. She owned property on Lock Avenue in Louisa and lived here a few years ago where she made many friends. Accompanied by her husband, she visited relatives here and at Blaine 2 weeks before her death and helped to nurse members of her sister’s family at Blaine who were ill with flux; 2 of whom died. She was sick only a week. Appendicitis and flux caused her death which occurred at her home at Pearisburg, VA where she had lived since her marriage to Mr. Blevins. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church at that place. The body was taken to Blaine from here where burial took place Friday afternoon by the side of her first husband, Mr. Boggs. Those who came from Virginia with the body were Mr. Blevins, his 2 sons and 2 nephews and Mr. Pack of Pearisburg. They were joined here by L. F. Wellman and family and drove to Blaine. Mrs. Blevins was a daughter of Meredith Gambill, deceased. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 8, 1921
BUTLER, Anna Pauline
Little Anna Pauline Butler was born Jun 18, 1919. Had been the joy and pride of her home for 2 years, 4 months and 21 days. But on the 9th of June an angel visited the family circle and for its victim swept their darling from their arms. She was the lovely little girl of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Butler of Cherokee. She was accidentally shot and was so suddenly killed it was a terrible blow to the family and many friends and relatives she leaves behind. She left a father, mother, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters, grandmother and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her absence. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
BUTLER, Norma Elizabeth
The death angel has again visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Butler and claimed as its victim their darling infant, Norma Elizabeth. She was born Jun 29, 1921 and died Jul 6, 1921 aged 7 days. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 22, 1921
CLAY, Henry Jay
Estep, KY—On Jul the 2nd the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clay on Garner and took their darling baby, Henry Jay, age 9 months 7 days. His suffering was short. Death was due to flux. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
COLEMAN, R. E.
See under L.E. Layne
Harry H. Cooksey, 11 year old son of I. B. Cooksey died Sunday night at his home in Huntington, WV after an illness of a few days with peritonitis. He was born at Soldier, KY and had lived in Huntington the past year where he was a pupil at Cabell school and regular attendant at Sunday school. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at one o’clock at the residence, 1038 Jefferson Avenue. Burial took place in the Ashland Cemetery. His parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers survive. Mr. Cooksey, his father, who is in business in Louisa, was called home by the boy’s illness. L. E. Cooksey went to Huntington Monday and remained until the funeral on Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
Warfield, KY—On Sunday morning May 29th, death suddenly visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Dempsey and took from them their little son, Joe. He was 4 years 8 months and 20 days old. He had been ill the greater part of his short life, but death came unexpectedly. Besides his father and mother he leaves 4 sisters, Marcia, Lucia, Garnet and Virginia and one brother, Claude. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. S. Hart of the Presbyterian Church, after which he was laid to rest in the Kirk Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
The Ashland Independent—A fractured skull, received when he was hit by Big Sandy train 36 early Saturday caused the death of Kanoy Fletcher, 25, a discharged marine of Salyersville, at 8 o’clock Sunday night. His relatives will take charge of the body and it will probably be sent to Salyersville. Fletcher was struck by eight a coach step or an oil box on the train while he was sleeping near the railroad tracks, above Hampton ‘City Saturday morning. He was lying with his head on the ties and his feet down the bank and it is believed the noise of the passing train so frightened him that he raised his head and was struck by the step or oil box. He received a fractured skull, a broken jaw bone and his teeth were knocked out. He was rushed to the King’s Daughters’ hospital where little hope was held for his life that day. He seemed to rally late Saturday but early Sunday sank into unconsciousness from which he never awoke. Fletcher was discharged from the Marine Corps last Wednesday in New York and was on his way home at the time of the tragedy. Several persons saw him in Catlettsburg Friday as he was easily distinguished because of his uniform. The accident which caused his death happened about 2 miles above Hampton City. The train was stopped immediately and the unconscious man picked up and place in a car driven by Charles Fannin, Jr. of Buchanan, and then driven to Catlettsburg where he was transferred to an ambulance and taken to the local hospital. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
Rev. Isaac Griffith was born Jun 25, 1860 and died Jun 25, 1921, age 61 years. He was converted 20 years ago and has since lived a devoted Christian life. About 17 years ago he commenced preaching in the Free Will Baptist Church which he joined at his conversion. I can say that Bro. Griffith was an every day Christian and always ready to lend a helping hand. He was a man loved by all good people. He was pastor over many different churches and always went and preached when called upon by any church. He was not one bit prejudiced. On Saturday he was at church at Bell Chapel and after service his brother Chilt was baptized and he prayed the prayer at the water. That night God called him from earth to reward. He had often said he wanted God to let him live to see his brother Chilt converted and baptized. His prayer had been answered. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
HAGER, Mary Ann
Mrs. Mary Ann Hager, wife of Riley Hager, died Thursday night at her home at Dingess, WV after a long illness from cancer. She was 73 years old and was highly esteemed in that community. Twelve children survive her, among the number being Hardin of Wilsondale, Charles of Breeding, Okey and Pearl of Dingess. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 22, 1921
HATCHER, Elizabeth (Wallace)
Mrs. Elizabeth Hatcher died at her home in Louisa last Sunday morning, Jul 3rd. She had been very sick for some time and unable to take nourishment for several days. Her extreme age rendered the case practically hopeless, so the end was not unexpected at the time it came. Mrs. Hatcher was probably the oldest woman in Louisa, being 86 years of age. She was born in July 1835; was married to John B. Hatcher in 1855. The husband died more than 40 years ago, leaving 7 children. Five are yet living. All were present at the funeral except for Mrs. A. H. McClure, who lived in Arizona. The others are Miss Maggie Thomas, James and John C. Hatcher. The funeral took place at the residence on Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the service, assisted by Rev. J. D. Bell. Mrs. Hatcher was a member of the Episcopal Church. She had lived a secluded life but those who knew her have only words of praise for the devoted and self-sacrificing record made by this good woman. Mr. Will Cain sang a solo at the services, accompanied by Mrs. G. R. Vinson. Also, some selections were sung by a choir. Rev. Hewlett paid a fitting tribute to the deceased, whom he had known throughout his life. She was a daughter, by the first marriage, of Thomas Wallace, one of the most prominent men of his day in Lawrence County. Mr. F. T. D. Wallace, Sr. and Mrs. G. W. Castle and Mrs. R. C. McClure are son and daughters of the second marriage. The body was laid to rest on Pine Hill, by the side of members of her family who passed away years ago. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 8, 1921
HERALD, Charity (Hackworth)
Death visited the home of William Clark, on the 6th and took from our midst our loving mother, Charity Hackworth Herald. She was the widow of John W. Herald. She was born Apr 1, 1833. She joined the M. E. Church South and was converted early in life and lived a consistent Christian until death. Funeral services were conducted at her home by Rev. Morris of Fullerton. Her children were all present at her beside when the end came. Rev. J. N. Herald, Gassaway, WV, Mary Clark, Williamsburg, OH, Emma Taylor, Woods, KY, Ella Clark, Maloneton, KY with whom she made her home. She was laid to rest in the family burying ground by the side of her husband near her old home on Cow Creek. Services were conducted by Rev. F.V. Allen and Rev. S. B. Lockheart and were attended by a host of her old neighbors and relatives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 22, 1921
Mrs. Nancy Johnson of Upper Tygart died Tuesday and was laid to rest in the Bowen graveyard. She leaves one son and one daughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
KELLY, Mrs. Mathias
Mrs. Mathias Kelly died at her home in Louisa Thursday morning after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. The family moved to Louisa last fall from Portsmouth, OH to which place they had gone from the Blaine section of this county some time before. A daughter died some months ago of tuberculosis also. Mrs. Kelly will be laid to rest beside the daughter in the burial ground near M. A. Hay’s. The husband and 7 children survive. Big Sandy news, Jul 1, 1921
KING, Mrs. S. P.
Mrs. S. P. King, Sr., died at the Paintsville hospital Wednesday. Mrs. King had been in poor health for some time and was operated on for appendicitis last week at the hospital but her weakened condition from tuberculosis made her unable to stand the shock of the operation. Mrs. King was one of the county’s best women and her death will cause a great deal of sorrow. She leaves a husband and one daughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
KINNER, Ollie H.
Ollie H. Kinner, aged 75 years, died at his home near Buchanan Tuesday morning at 2:30 o’clock after a 3 weeks illness of flux and complications. His death is a distinct loss to the community in which he lived his long and useful life. He had always stood for every good and worthy cause. He is survived by his widow and a number of relatives. He was a member of the old and prominent Kinner family of that section, which is in Lawrence near the Boyd County line. Mr. Kinner was a splendid Christian gentleman. The funeral was held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at Buchanan Chapel, in charge of the I.O.O.F. and Rebekah Lodges, he having been an honored member of both of these lodges and having served as treasurer of both since they were instituted in the neighborhood 14 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
KITCHEN, J. L.
J. L. Kitchen, farmer, after being thrown from his horse and alighting on the railroad track at Iaeger was run over and instantly killed by passenger train No. 9. When he fell his head struck the rail, rendering him unconscious. A few moments later his body was cut in two at the waist line by the train which was backing up to the Iaeger station. Williamson News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
LAMBERT, Barbara May
Barbara May, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Lambert passed away Thursday morning about 11 o’clock after an illness of a few hours. She was only a month old. The body will probably be taken to East Fork where other children of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert are buried. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
LAYNE, L. E.
Pikeville, KY, Jun 29—R. E. Coleman of Raccoon, KY, shot and killed L. E. Layne at that place yesterday and then, turning his pistol on himself, fired 2 shots from which he died instantly. Layne was cradling oats on the hill some distance from his home when Coleman went around the hill back of him and, it is said, fired the first shot into Layne’s back before he was discovered. Layne started for the bottom of the hill, running and rolling down the steep hillside, with Coleman close behind in mad pursuit, Layne was seen to look back and at that instant Coleman fired at close range. The shot entered the forehead and Layne fell dead. Coleman then turned his pistol toward his own breast, but the shot glanced. His second aim was more accurate and the ball crashed through. He fell dead by his victim. The coroner’s inquest revealed nothing of nay previous trouble between the 2 men. The Coroner learned that Coleman had written a note to Layne’s wife on the day of the killing but that it had never been delivered. He secured this note from Coleman’s father. The note said: “At one time I thought you would become my wife. This matter had gone too far. It may be in a day or two we will be together not to part.” Coleman was a young widower. Layne leaves a wife and 2 children. Louisville Times. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
LEMASTER, Elanor Christine
Griffith Creek, KY—Elanor Christine, 14 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lemaster, died Thursday, Jul 7th and was laid to rest in the little pine grove city of the dead overlooking the home. Her short stay here had made so happy and her going makes so sad. A vast number of sorrowing relatives and friends. The whole countryside turned out to pay homage to her whose taking away has cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
MCCOY, Judge John J.
Inez, KY—Jul 6—On last Sunday afternoon the most atrocious crime ever committed in Martin County was committed about 5 miles south of Inez, when Judge John J. McCoy was murdered by T. J. McCoy of Floyd County. Judge McCoy had started for Inez from his home on Wolf Creek and had stopped at the home of his sister, Rachel DeLong and was sitting on the porch when McCoy came up, in the company of Ep. Thompson and John Cornett, Jr., and called Judge to the gate and asked him to take a drink of moonshine which he declined to do. Tom then caught Judge by the beard and dragged him about 150 feet, cutting him several times with a knife, it is said. He then cut Judge’s throat and death resulted in a short time. McCoy, Thompson and Cornett were lodged in jail Monday evening. Moonshine is the only motive given for the murder as there was no trouble existing between the parties. Judge McCoy was almost 84 years of age. He is survived by his widow, 4 sons and one daughter. Also 3 brothers and 5 sisters besides a host of relatives and friends.
Another Account, Warfield, KY, Jul 6—The following detailed account of the murder of former County Judge J. J. McCoy is given by the Martin County Advertiser. Ex-County Judge J. J. McCoy was killed in cold blood on the afternoon of Jul 2nd by his kinsman, Thomas McCoy of Thomas, Floyd County, KY. The Judge who was 82 years of age had left his home on Wolf Creek on the morning preceding the tragedy to go to Inez to attend the Fourth of July celebration at that place. He had reached the home of Mrs. Rachel Delong on the waters of Cold Water Creek where the infirmities of old age compelled him to take up his lodging for the night. Tom McCoy was ranging some cattle on the headwaters of this creek despite the fact that livestock was forbidden to run at large in this territory by law. These cattle had damaged the crops of Mrs. Delong, an aged widow, and she and her son had confined them in a lot near the house. Tom McCoy, hearing of this, accompanied by his son in law and nephew, came over after the cattle. On the way they obtained a supply of moonshine liquor and had become insanely intoxicated. They tore down the fence and turned the cattle out and started to drive them away. Judge McCoy, in the meantime, was sitting on the porch of the Delong home and had said nothing or done nothing to prevent their taking the cattle, as he could see they were in the last stage of intoxication.
For some reason, Tom McCoy returned to the house. He called his kinsman out to the fence, seized him by his long white beard and almost severed his head from his body with a pocket knife. Then dragging and jerking his victim over the ground, he continued to plunge the knife into his body until his maniacal blood lust was satisfied. He then stripped his shirt which had become soaked with blood of his victim and fled down the creek from the scene of his crime. Together with his companions they went yelling like wild men, putting the inhabitants of this isolated community in fear of their lives. They continued their way down the creek to the point where the Panther Fork road leads to Wolf Creek. They took this road and returned to their home on John’s creek. Magistrate Reuben Davella was called to the Delong home to hold an inquest and Officers Delong and Buskirk were put on the trail of the murderers. They were found at their homes just below Thomas, KY and professed to known nothing of the crime. They were brought to Inez and place in jail. Tom McCoy later claimed he was acting in self defense.
Feeling is running high against the murderers. J. J. McCoy was at one time County Judge of Martin County and was noted for his progressiveness. He opened up and built many miles of public roads and conducted the county’s affairs in a manner above criticism. He had been a resident of Wolf Creek all his life with the exception of a few years spent in the state of Washington. He was a good citizen and liked by everyone. He was quiet and law abiding and never harmed anyone. He leaves behind him numerous relatives to mourn his end. He had 2 brothers, P. P and A. McCoy, living in Lawrence County. Another brother, David, lives on Wolf Creek. He was an uncle of Attorney W. R. McCoy of Inez. Tom McCoy is a son of “Big Andy” McCoy, deceased. He is an only son and inherited all of his father’s land holdings in this county. He formerly lived on Wolf Creek, but moved to John’s Creek in Floyd County some few years ago. Allen Cline, his son in law and a man by the name of Thompson, are held as accessories to the murder. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 8, 1921
Sam McCoy, 62, died in Pikeville Sunday at the home of his son in law, H. E. Syck. Funeral services Monday by Rev. B. Ashley. Mr. McCoy was the son of the late Randall McCoy. His widow, 6 sons and 2 daughters survive. He was considered one of Pike County’s best citizens. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
Williamson, WV, Jun 28—William McMillion, 24, state trooper, died in a hospital here at 8 o’clock tonight from a bullet wound in the back fired from ambush when a party of 4 troopers, of which he was a member, was on its way from Lynn to Matewan after investigating the alleged slugging of a non-union miner. A detachment of 20 state troopers, headed by Major Wood of the West Virginia Nation Guard and Capt. Brockus was hurried to the scene of the shooting which was near the tent colony at Blackberry City, according to a statement made here tonight by Capt. Brockus.
Bloodhounds secured from Freeburn, KY were place on the scent at a point on the hillside where empty cartridges were found. They followed a trail which led to a tent in Blackberry City colony occupied by E. E. Lehman and T. W. Lehman, brothers, both described by Capt. Brockus as non-residents of the state and unknown in Williamson. The men, who were place under arrest, acted as if the matter were a great joke. During the forenoon word came to state police headquarters at Matewan that a non-union miner named Pennington had been attacked and beaten at Lynn by strike sympathizers. Sergeant Jennings, in command at Matewan, sent a detachment of four men to investigate.
After completing their investigation the troopers started back to Matewan via the county road. Within 3 hundred yards of the tent colony at Blackberry City, they were fired upon from 2 points on the hillside about 30 yards from the road. It is estimated that 15 or 20 shots were fired. At the first volley McMillion fell. The wounded trooper was place in a passing automobile and hurried to the hospital at Williamson. A special train was secured at Williamson and Capt. Brockus and his men hurried forth in search of the gunmen. McMillion was a resident of Nicholas County. He has a brother who is an officer in the department of public safety. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
Mat Meek died on Monday of this week at his home at Little Rock, Arkansas. The cause of his death was paralysis of the heart. He was a son in law of Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Waldeck of this place, having married their eldest daughter, Miss Dove Waldeck. His wife, 2 grown sons and one daughter and a daughter about 6 years old survive. Mr. Meek came to Louisa from Carrollton, KY. He was about 55 years old. He was a man of integrity and good standing. He was employed in this vicinity before his marriage and for awhile afterwards, but went west and located. He had been at Little Rock a number of years, where he had prospered and established himself as a substantial citizen. Charles Waldeck, a brother of Mrs. Meek left over the N & W Monday night to attend the funeral and burial which was to take place on Wednesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
Pikeville, KY, Jul 11—Fitzhugh Moore, an escaped inmate of the Kentucky House of Reform, Greendale, was shot and killed late Sunday by Freel Tackett in an altercation on Coon’s Branch, Island Creek this county, it was learned today. Tackett, Wilburn Hall, Moore and his father were on horseback at the time of the shooting. All were drunk, it is said, and Tackett began shooting at random. An altercation in which Moore was fatally wounded, followed, according to accounts. Fitzhugh Moore, Bershew Moore, his brother and Anthony Moore, a cousin were sentenced to 18 years in the State Reformatory from Floyd County in 1919 for manslaughter. Gov. John D. Black commuted the sentence of Fitzhugh Moore to 2 yeas and the boys were transferred to Greendale. Fitzhugh and his cousin, Anthony escaped Aug 11, 1920. Fitzhugh Moore married after his escape. A request made to the superintendent of the reform school to permit the brother, Bershew, to attend the funeral was refused. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
Adeline, KY—The death angel visited the home of Catherine Moore on the 21st and took her son, Fred. He was one of Lawrence County’s best young men. He was laid to rest near Mt. Zion Church. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
MOORE, Mrs. J.C. S. (Martha Castle)
On the 6th day of May 1921, the death angel visited the home of J.C.S. Moore and took away the spirit of a dear companion and loving mother. She leaves a husband and her dear children, 5 boys living, one is gone to dear mother and 2 girls. She was 75 years, one month and 9 days old when our blessed Savior called for dear mother. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
Mrs. Martha Moore, out dear mother, departed this life May 6, 1921. She was a loving mother and kind to everybody. She leaves a husband, 5 boys and 2 girls, Ephriam Moore of Zelda, James Moore of Fallsburg, Green Moore of Potter, Lindsey Moore of Yatesville, John Moore of Dennis, Mrs. Mary Workman, Radnor, WV and Jennie Christian of Dennis. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
OSBORNE, Jesse B.
Pikeville, KY—Jun 7th, Jesse B. Osborne died at his home on Indian Creek, this county. He was one of the oldest men in Pike County, being in his 92nd year. He was the son of Hiram Osborne, who migrated from Scott County, VA to Pike County in 1805. Mr. Osborne never was known to use profane language or have any trouble in the courts. He is survived by a widow, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 56 grandchildren and 120 great grandchildren. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
Osie, KY—We were sorry to hear of the death of Mecca Pennington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
In loving remembrance of dear Warren Pigg, who departed this life Jul 16, 1921, aged 17 years 5 months and 20 days. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 22, 1921
Busseyville, KY—On last Saturday night the death angel visited our community and took from us our beloved friend, Warren Pigg. He was born Jan 1904 and died Jul 16, 1921, age 17 years, 6 months and 16 days. His death was caused by that terrible disease tuberculosis. Warren was sick only a short time, but now he has answered the roll call and said that he was ready to go. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
A child of Charles Raines, near Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday after a brief illness. The child was 14 months old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
RICKMAN, John Homer
Sacred to the memory of John Homer Rickman, son of G. B. Rickman of Zelda, KY, born Mar 23, 1906 died Jun 26, 1921, aged 16 years, 3 months and 3 days. A noble hearted boy, Johnnie was a loving son and brother and a loyal friend. Besides a host of friends who mourn his loss he is survived by his father and 8 sisters. His twin sister, Hazel, Mable and Alice are at home. Others are Mrs. Bruce Atkins, Zelda, KY, Mrs. C. M. Workman, Huntington, WV, Mrs. Freddie Smith and Mrs. S. L. Chandler, Columbus, OH and Mrs. L. Workman of Portsmouth, OH, 2 brothers, Add and Warren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 22, 1921
RIFFE, Ona (Hunt)
After a lingering illness the death of Mrs. John (Hooker) Riffe of Russell occurred a few days ago in Colorado. She had gone there last March hoping that the climate might prove beneficial to her. Her mother and husband were with her. Before marriage she was Miss Ona Hunt of Ironton. Her husband is a brother of Judge Billie Riffe of Louisa. An adopted son, Charles, aged 7 years survives. The body was brought to Russell on Wednesday of this week the funeral was held at the M. E. church South where Mrs. Riffe had been a faithful teacher in the Sunday school. The funeral was largely attended, many friends coming from Portsmouth and Ironton, OH and other points. Burial took place in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
TAYLOR, William B.
William B. Taylor died Thursday morning of this week at the home of his son, Ebon Taylor of Yatesville. His death occurred about 8 o’clock. He had been ill the past year and a short time ago went to the home of his son to spend his remaining days. Mr. Taylor was a good citizen and had lived in Louisa since his marriage to Mrs. Mollie Evans a few years ago. He was bout 65 years old and is survived by 3 sons, Ebon, William and G. W. Also his wife. His burial will take place at the old home place near Yatesville on
Friday at 10 o’clock. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
Wayne, WV—Evangeline, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Thompson of Wayne, died at her home here Jun 18. She was 30 years old. She had tuberculosis and had been very weak for about 2 months. About a year ago she went to the West but it did not relieve her. Besides her father and mother she is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. J. W. Rife of Kenova and Mrs. Kyle Pauley of Portsmouth, OH. The funeral services were held Monday. They were conducted by Revs. A. W. Damron, B. Akers, P. H. Wilson and J. C. Simpkins. Miss Thompson had been a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church for 16 years. She held a number of certificates and had taught school for 10 years. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
Oscar Thompson, age 28, was killed by coming in contact with a live wire at Coal Grove, near Ironton, OH, Wednesday evening. He was employed at the big cement plant. Until recently he had lived in Akron, OH. He was a son of Johnson Thompson, who died of poisoning from eating canned meat at Coal Grove about 2 months ago. They were natives of Lawrence County and lived in Louisa for several years. Oscar was an excellent young man. He had been married less than a year. Two sisters and a brother live here—Mrs. Ethel Peters, Mrs. charley Frazier and Roscoe Thompson. The body will be brought to Louisa Saturday morning on N & W train No. 8 and will be buried by the side of his father on Pine Hill. This family has suffered from an unusual number of tragedies in the last few years. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 8, 1921
A child of Mr. and Mrs. John Vaughan, Jr. of Lick Creek, died Tuesday night. Mrs. Vaughan is a daughter of H. G. Hanners, of Louisa. The child was about 18 months old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 15, 1921
Archie Vicars, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Vicars of Butler district, died at his home Monday morning. He was a bright young fellow and was well liked by his many friends. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He leaves a father, mother, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. His body was buried in the Billups Gap Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
Pikeville, KY—Jul 21, Ferrell Williamson, a former service man, was killed near his home on Brushy Fork of John’s Creek yesterday, when the team he was driving became frightened and ran away. Williamson was driving an empty wagon across the hill when the team became uncontrollable and dashed down the mountain side. The wagon struck a stump and upset. Williamson was thrown some distance and his body was badly mangled. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 29, 1921
Wayne, WV—Mrs. Hester Workman, widow of the late Alph Workman, who lived in Wayne died at the home of her son in Fort Gay last week. The body was returned to this place and laid to rest Thursday. Rev. A. W. Damron conducted the services. Mrs. Workman was a sister of Alderson and S. L. Bowen of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 1, 1921
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Adams Thursday and took from them an infant son. He was interred in the family graveyard on Irish Creek. He leaves father, mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 12, 1921
In loving memory of Luther Ball. Luther was born Nov 2, 1908 and died Aug 17, 1920. He was the son of Mont and Hattie Ball. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 19,1921
East Point, KY—Mrs. Elizabeth Bowling age 62, died at the home of her son, W. P. Bowling Aug 18. She had suffered for many months with cancer of the stomach. The body was taken to Van Lear for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 26, 1921
CASTLE, L. Roscoe
Mr. G. W. Castle received a letter on Sunday night which brought the news of the death of his brother, L. R. Castle, known as Roscoe Castle. He lived near Trespiedres, New Mexico. No particulars as to his illness were given as the letter was not written by a member of the family. Mr. Castle left this place for the west when he was about 19 years old and has never been back since. He is survived by a wife and 5 children. Big Sandy news, Friday, Aug 12, 1921
Sid Hatfield, age 26, leader in the mine war at Matewan, WV and Ed Chambers, his pal, were killed at Welch, McDowell Co., WV last Monday morning. C. E. Lively, George Pence and William Salters are held under $10,000 bonds, charged with the killing. They are all Baldwin-Felts detectives. Salters is a son of Harvey Salters of Lawrence County, KY and has been in the service of this detective agency 9 years. He was formerly a deputy sheriff of this county. Hatfield, Chambers and 17 others from Mingo were taken to Welch on a charge of shooting up the town of Mohawk. The 2 men were starting up the steps of the court house when the shooting began. The following account from Williamson News appears to be about the best yet published:
Hatfield and Chambers, accompanied by their wives, had started up the steps leading from the street to the court house entrance. The 2 men were in the center of this group of 4, their wives being a the ends. Behind them, and near the first step from the street, were from 6 to 12 of their friends from Matewan and vicinity. At the top of the staircase stood C. E. Lively and several other men. Just what significant motions of hands and of lips, what glances of hate, may have preceded the shooting will never be learned fully and accurately portrayed. Pistols were brought into play like a flash. Reports indicated that Lively’s brace of guns were the first in the fray. He had one in either hand and fired both pistols in rapid succession. Hatfield drew at least one of his pistols, possibly both. It is belived that he shot one of them 5 times before he fell dead riddled with bullets. Chambers went down about the same time. Although as many as 19 shots are supposed to have been fired, it was all over in 10 seconds, say many eye-witnesses.
Mrs. Sid Hatfield is said to have thrown up both hands as soon as the shooting started and asked that her life be spared. Mrs. Ed. Chambers, it is declared, stood motionless. When the firing ceased, she walked hurriedly up the steps, carrying a parasol. She stopped in front of Lively, who had not moved one step since the bun battle started, looked him squarely in the eyes and said, “You (using and epithet) have murdered my husband.” Lively, who had reloaded his pistols or was then reloading them, returned her gaze and coolly remarked, in substance, “I beat him on the draw and shot him.” After Lively reloaded his pistols, he placed one in his pocket and kept the other in his hand ready for action, and stood motionless and silent, except for his remark to Mrs. Chambers. Near him were several men, most of whom, it is said, had pistols in plain view.
AT the bottom of the steps were the friends of Hatfield and Chambers. They had crouched down when the shooting began. Some of them, it is said, drew guns but did no shooting. State police and other officers soon reached the scene and aided in preventing a renewal of hostilities. It is believed that someone besides Lively and Hatfield took part in the battle. Friends of Chambers declare he was unarmed while others say a pistol dropped out of his pocket when he fell with 8 bullet wounds in his head and body. Word comes from Welch that out of 18 or perhaps 19 shots fired at Hatfield and Chambers, 18 took effect. Moreover, nearly everyone of the 18 inflicted a wound that would have probably proved fatal. Stranger still, according to a message from the scene of the trouble, he wounds of the two men were very much alike. Each, it is asserted, was shot twice in the head and above the eyes, once in the neck and the other bullets took effect in the breast.
A Smith & Wesson “Squeezer” with a 2 inch barrel, was found on or near Hatfield. It is believed that he fired 5 times. Five bullet marks were found in the wall of the building just behind where Lively was standing. All had gone over his head, by a narrow margin evidently. Sid Hatfield married Mayor Testerman’s wife 2 weeks after he was killed in the Matewan tragedy in May, 1920. Eight Baldwin-Felts men were killed at that time also, one of them being a Felts. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 5, 1921
CONLEY, Lorena (Auxier)
Mrs. Lorena Auxier Conley died at the home of her son, W. T. S. Conley Sunday, Aug 20, age 92 years. She was born May 29, 1829. In her early womanhood she was married to Jefferson Conley. To this union were born 7 children. Three of these and her husband preceded her to the unknown world. The 4 living are Mrs. Helen Middaugh, Auxier; Mrs. Alice Burke, Dewey; James Conley of Oklahoma, and W. T. S. Conley of Hager Hill, KY. These with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends are left to mourn her loss. She had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for many years and died in full faith of a glorious resurrection. She had been an invalid for a number of years and bore her suffering patiently. She was tenderly cared for by Sherman and his wife. Her death came unexpectedly to all as she was preparing to eat her dinner when the summons came. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Burns Conley of Paintsville after which the body was laid to rest in the old family burying ground at East Point. Among those who attended the funeral were, Mr. Ben Conley and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Conley, Mrs. Amos Conley and daughters of Van Lear, L. S. Moles of Prestonsburg, Mrs. John Adkins, Mrs. Eugene Davis, Mrs. Susan Rice, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Middaugh of Auxier. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 26, 1921
COPLEY, Mrs. W. T.
Mrs. Copley, young wife of a well known citizen, W. T. Copley, at Genoa and the mother of 5 children, died at the Williamson hospital Sunday night. The body was sent to Genoa where the funeral took place Wednesday. Mrs. Copley was 23 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 19,1921
Jesse Cyrus, prominent farmer and stock breeder of Durbin, Boyd County, was killed late Tuesday by an infuriated bull. He had started with some of his children to milk about 6 p.m. noticing the bull in the barnyard he took a whip and started to drive him to another field when the animal turned and knocked him over an embankment, then jumped over on him and pawed him in the chest and tossed him into the air. A 16 years old daughter rushed to him and drove the bull away with rocks. His son by that time reached him and the two managed to get him out of the reach of the infuriated animal. They immediately summoned Dr. Prichard of Buchanan and he reached him about 39 minutes before he died. His chest was crushed and he was bleeding profusely. Jesse Cyrus was a splendid citizen and will be greatly missed in all progressive movements. He was 50 years of age, a son of Sam Cyrus. He is survived by his father, one brother, and one sister of Ashland. His brother was summoned by phone as soon as the accident happened and came at once bringing Dr. Bryson to assist Dr. Prichard, but he died before they arrived. His daughter, Miss Lucy, is in school at Chautauqua, NY and the funeral arrangements will be made as soon as she arrives. Probably will be held Friday morning in charge of the Masonic and I.O.O, F. Lodges. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 12, 1921
DAVIS, James Cecil
James Cecil, the bright baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Davis of near Williamson, passed away Thursday night, after a month’s illness and the remains accompanied by the parents and relatives were brought to Kenova over N & W and were taken to Morehead where automobiles were waiting to take the remains and the funeral party to Sandy Hook, where the funeral was held Sunday and interment made. The babe was near 5 months old. The mother is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Vansant of Sandy Hook. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 5, 1921
The body of Emory Dean who was killed in action in France May 28, 1918, arrived at Fort Gay, WV, and the burial took place a few days ago. He was a member of Company F, 28th Infantry. The burial was in Greenbrier Cemetery. He was a brother of Mrs. A. V. Osborn, of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 5, 1921
A telegram to M. B. Pickrell brought the sad news of the accidental death of his nephew, Carl Diamond, in Texas. He was driving some cattle when the horse he was riding ran away and the boy’s head struck a tree. He was leaning one way to avoid the tree and the horse went on the opposite side. He was not instantly killed. Physicians and a specialist were called and found that the spinal cord was broken a the neck and he could not recover. He lived until the following day and was conscious about 6 hours of the time. He was 18 years of age and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Diamond, both of whom died some years ago. His mother before marriage was Miss Annie Pickrell of this place. The young man and his sister, Iris, 15, were making their home in Texas, having accompanied their grandmother, Mrs. Jessie Pickrell to her home there. He was a good boy and his death brought sorrow to many friends and relatives here. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 19, 1921
Plain City, OH—Mrs. Ida Dooley, wife of James Dooley, died of poisoning. She had been ill for some time with typhoid fever, it is stated, and is though to have taken carbolic acid by mistake. She leaves her husband and 8 children, 5 sons and 3 daughters, all at home and a host of friends to mourn their loss. The funeral service was held Monday at 2 o’clock a the Christian Union Church in London, conducted by Rev. Leeth. Interment was made in the Lafayette Cemetery in charge of W. e. Lukens. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 19,1921
GOODWIN, The burial of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin took place on Pine Hill Thursday. Mrs.Goodwin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert White, who recently moved here and have rooms at Mrs. McHenry’s. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 5, 1921
Lowmansville, KY—The death angel visited the home of Frank Griffith and took from him a loving wife, Frances. She was laid to rest in the William Griffith graveyard Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 12, 1921
HAMPTON, Mrs. J. H.
Mrs. J. H. Hampton, who has been ill for some time died last Thursday, near Effie, WV. Mrs. Hampton has been a member of the Old Pleasant Baptist Church for a long time. She is survived by her husband and 4 children, 3 girls and one boy and several other relatives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 19, 1921
See under Ed Chambers.
The body of Johnnie Keeney, who was shot to death by Frank Chapman at Aflex Thursday night, was shipped by Undertaker M. T. Ball from Williamson to Ironton, OH. He was a son of William Keeney, who lives on a farm about 10 miles back of Ironton. Chapman is in jail at Pikeville. Officials say he gave no reason for shooting Keeney and expressed no remorse over his deed. It is believed that he was enraged by the attentions Keeney paid to Miss Emma Smith. It was on the porch of her mother’s home that Chapman shot Keeney 3 times at close range and inflicted wounds from which he died at the Williamson hospital 5 hours later. Chapman is not quite 17 years old, according to his brother. Keeney was about 24 years and was an ex-service man. He belonged to the Red Men, it is said. Williamson News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 19, 1921
Fred Kirk, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Kirk, died at his home last Monday and was taken to Wolf Creek Wednesday for burial. Fred had been in the hospital for several months, having undergone an operation for appendicitis and kept getting worse up till his death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 26, 1921
It is reported that a man named Porter killed Lafe Martin on Beaver Creek in Floyd County. Whiskey and the primary are given as the cause. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 12, 1921
Tom May, 23 years of age, son of Andy May of White House, was drowned at White House in the Big Sandy River last Thursday evening while in swimming with a party of young people. Young May was caught in a swirl at the mouth of White House creek and his body was found one half mile below by friends. He could not swim. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 5, 1921
On the 25th day of July the death angel visited the home of Lindsey and Gertie Moore of Cadmus and called from them their darling baby, one that was dear their home. He was 4 years old and was laid to rest in the family graveyard to await the call to Little Woodrow out of the sleeping dust. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 12, 1921
MOORE, Julia (McKinster)
We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Julia Moore. She was the wife of Hubert Moore of Ledocio. Before marriage she was Miss Julia McKinster, daughter of Albert McKinster of Norris. She was 17 years of age. She leaves a husband, father and mother and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a dear wife and daughter. Julia was a good Christian. Big Sandy news, Friday, Aug 5, 1921 On Jul 29th the death angel visited the home of Hubert Moore and took from him his beloved wife, Julia. Julia was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKinster. She was 16 years 5 months and 14 days old. Julia was a good Christian girl, was converted when 13 years of age and lived up to her Christian duties. She was laid to rest in the Judd graveyard to await the coming of Christ. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 5, 1921
MURRAY, Mrs. Roy
Lowmansville, KY-- We are sorry to report the death of Mrs. Roy Murray of this place. She was taken to her home at Lowmansville for burial. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, two children and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 19, 1921
Mecca Pennington had been in bad health for over 2 years and had been confined to her bed 5 weeks. She departed this life Jul 25, 1921, age 22 years, 15 months and 13 days. She had always been a patient sufferer and often before death claimed her wished that she could leave this world and shortly before she left she asked those around her to pray for God to take her then and told mother to pray for little brother to come to go with her. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 12, 1921
RIFFE, Mrs. William
Mrs. William Riffe died at her home at Vessie, this county, Wednesday and the funeral will take place at the home on Friday morning. Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa will conduct the service. Mrs. Riffe was 90 years old and is survived by her husband age 96. they were the oldest married couple in Lawrence County, having lived happily together for 73 years. Ten sons and daughters are living and all will be present at the funeral. Lawrence County has no better citizens than Mr. and Mrs. Riffe have always been, and the passing of such people is a universal loss. The remarkably long life allotted to them is in some degree a reward for the correct and consistent course of their lives. It is safe to say that there are not many couples in Kentucky who have lived together 73 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 26, 1921
SLONE, James H.
The body of James H. Slone, Co. L. 120th Inft., A. E. F., who was killed in action on Oct 7, 1918, was removed from Tincourt Cemetery, Devon, England and arrived in Paintsville on Jul 30th and the remains were laid to rest in the family cemetery at his old home at Davisville. He was given a Masonic burial in which over one hundred Masons took part. There were 4 Masonic Lodges represented in the burial. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lafe Walters of Ashland and Rev. Charles Wheeler, of Wheelersburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 19, 1921
TAYLOR, W. M.
Our community has been called upon and one of its dearly beloved citizens, W. M. Taylor, was called away from us to the heavenly home where parting or tears never are shed, but smiles and gladness fill each soul. Brother Taylor was born May 25,1 857 and died Jun 30, 1921, age 64 years 1 month and 5 days. After several weeks of sickness and excruciating pain borne without murmur or complaint and with Christian fortitude until the end came, among the songs of praise and his shouts of joy death claimed him and his lifeless body lay limp among relatives and weeping friends while his spirit had taken its flight to its heavenly abode. Mr. Taylor was a dutiful man honest, industrious, truthful and faithful to his claims of religion. Just one month before death he was happily converted to God and joined the Baptist Church and was baptized by Rev. E. B. Wiley. He had lived at Louisa about 5 years but was brought back to his son Will Taylor, about 3 weeks before death. He leaves a wife to whom he had been married 6 years. Also, 3 sons, his first wife, Martha, having left this world about 7 years ago. Mr. Taylor was laid to rest in the family graveyard beside his first wife the day after death, burial services being conducted by Rev. E.B. Wiley. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 5, 1921
The death angel visited the home of Mr. William Twinam at Cannonsburg, KY, Aug 14 and claimed the father and husband of the home. Mr. Twinam had been suffering from typhoid fever for the past 36 days, but the attending physician gave the family reason to believe he was on the road to recovery, but when the crisis came he was too weak to rally and death came at the above mentioned time. Mr. Twinam was one of the best known men in Boyd County. He was a successful farmer and a kind neighbor. Mr. Twinnam was crippled, having lost his right arm a number of years ago, but this handicap did not keep him from doing the work necessary to be done about a farm. He was a lifelong member of the Grassland M. E. church South and always tried to live up to the teachings of the Methodist Church. He professed an unusual spirit of cheerfulness and was also a man who was ready at all times day or night, to help those who needed his assistance. He was twice married. His first wife who was Miss Elizabeth Conley, preceded him in death 18 years ago, leaving 6 children in their father’s care. He kept the family together for 12 years and was married 6 years ago to Mrs. Letitia Taylor, who with 7 children survive. One daughter, Helen, Red Cross nurse, died during the influenza epidemic in 1918 at Waterbury, Conn. The children surviving are: Frank, Earl, Roy, Clarence, Joe Wilson and James, also one daughter, Margaret. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. John Smallridge, Mrs. W. T. Riffe, both of Ashland, KY and Mrs. S. J. Hammons of Bane Bridge. Also, 2 brothers, James T. Twinam of Ashland and Samuel of Kettle Isle, KY. The funeral services were held at the grief stricken home at Cannonsburg, KY, Tuesday, Aug 16 and were in charge of Rev. Campbell, pastor of the Methodist Church South at Grassland, assisted by Rev. H. H. Miller of Ashland, KY. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Field Cemetery beside father, mother, wife and daughter who have gone before. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 26, 1921
Quite a large crown assembled at the Varney cemetery on Pigeon Creek to attend the funeral of Alex Varney. Mr. Varney would have been 92 years old next month. He had been a preacher for 60 years and was known and respected and esteemed throughout Logan, Mingo and Pike. His adopted children are Mrs. Hence Whitt, Mrs. Jas. Collins, and Mrs. D. B. Varney, all of whom live on the old Varney homestead. There are two surviving brothers, Alvis, age 87 and James C. aged 83. All three were hardy, rugged mountaineers. Alvis Varney was in the full enjoyment of health and strength until a month ago when he was stricken with paralysis. Williamson News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 26, 1921
VINSON, Mary (Damron)
Out of a quiet sleep such as which she had prayed might attend her dying hours, Mrs. Mary Damron Vinson, widow of S. S. Vinson, and known throughout half a dozen counties in West Virginia and Kentucky as “Aunt Polly” passed into eternity early Sunday morning, aged 85 years 6 months and 25 days old. Surrounding her bedside in the closing hours were her daughters, Mrs. James A. Hughes and Mrs. Donald Clark, her sons, Z. Taylor Vinson and Dr. Lindsey T. Vinson and their sons and daughters. Mrs. Vinson was born near the present site of Dunlow, in Wayne County, Jan 5, 1836. Her father, Squire Samuel Damron, who came to Wayne County from beyond the mountains, being in truth a pioneer, lived to the age of 94. She was married to Samuel Sperry Vinson on Sep 21, 1854. Mr. Vinson who died 17 years ago was prominent in business and politics and a leader in community life.
The Vinson lived in Wayne county until the outbreak of the war between the states. Then Mr. Vinson enlisted in the Confederate army to follow the fortunes of the South until he laid down his arms with Lee. Mrs. Vinson remained in Wayne during the war period, but on her husband’s return they went together to live on Vinson Creek in Lawrence County, KY and later at Louisa. After a few years they returned to West Virginia and took up their residence on the present site of Camden Park. A quarter of a century ago they moved into the present Vinson home, itself a picturesque and stately reminder of the days before the civil war. Mrs. Vinson and her husband were baptized together into the Christian Church, more than half a century ago. From that time forth she was an earnest church worker, known far and wide for her zeal and devotion. To the ministry her home was ever open and many of the stalwarts who carried the gospel to the mountains found food and shelter there. She leaves one brother, M. D. Damron of Huntington, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Bromley of St. Louis and Mrs. Winfield Vinson of near Louisa, KY. Big Sandy news, Friday, Aug 5, 1921
Lowmansville, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Chaffin and took a loving father, Robert Young. He was laid to rest in the S. F. Hannah graveyard, Monday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 12, 1921
CHAFFIN, Mrs. Noah
We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Noah Chaffin. She died of cancer after a long illness, at her home on Twin Branch, Saturday night and was buried Monday. She was the mother of 15 children, all of whom are living except two. She was a good wife and mother and will be greatly missed by them. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
William Courtnor was born in Scott County, VA Feb 20, 1854. He came to Pike County, KY with his parents when very young and grew up to manhood and was married to Miss Susie Stratton, daughter of Wash and Phebe Stratton 41 years ago. To this union was born 2 sons, Samuel and Andy. He moved to Lawrence County, KY, near the Buchanan Chapel on Big Sandy River and lived there 11 years and departed this life Aug 19, 1921, aged 67 years 5 months and 29 days. He left one brother and 2 sisters, David, Mary and Sarah, a wife and 2 children and a host of friends and neighbors, though they do not mourn as those without hope. He told his wife a short time before he died that he was ready to go, that he had been praying for 3 years. His funeral was preached on the 20th of August by his old time friend, Rev. R. H. Cassady at the Buchanan Chapel, after which his remains were consigned to old mother earth at said chapel near his home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
The death angel visited the home of Pearl Edwards on Daniels Creek near Banner P. O., Floyd Co., KY Saturday, Aug 22, 1921, at about 1:30 p.m. and called from him his darling wife, aged 22 years, 3 days, after several weeks of sickness and extreme suffering from tuberculosis, pain borne without murmur or complaint with great Christian fortitude until the end came. Sister Priscilla Edwards was laid to rest the next day after death in the Crum Cemetery at Banner. The burial service was conducted by Rev. C. H. Peters, Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
ELSWICK, Jessie Hazel
Jessie Hazel Elswick, aged 4, died in Ashland while waiting to undergo an operation for tumor. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Elswick. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
FISHEL, J. P.
J. P. Fishel, 63, a widely known oil well contractor, whose headquarters have been for some time in Huntington, WV, was instantly killed when an automobile he was driving plunged over a 30 foot precipice from a road 9 miles our of Paintsville about 9 o’clock Monday morning. Mr. Fishel, it was said, accompanied by another man, an employee of the Mid-South Oil Company, was driving toward operations of the company having left Paintsville early in the morning. Between Paintsville and Red Bush they encountered a washout in the road and the car slid over the embankment while its driver was attempting to turn it around. The other occupant jumped and escaped uninjured. Mr. Fishel spent Sunday in Huntington, leaving Sunday afternoon for the Kentucky field of the Mid-South Oil Company, for which he was chief contractor. He was a veteran of the oil business an done of the oldest active contractors in this part of the country. During the course of his career, he put down hundred of wells. His operations included extensive drilling in Pennsylvania fields where he was widely known. D. t. Evans of the Mid South Oil Company accompanied the body of Mr. Fishel to his home in Marietta, OH. Mr. Evans was joined by Mrs. Fishel, widow of the accident victim and her brother, in Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 30, 1921
Van Lear, KY, Aug 30—The funeral services for Earl Gillespie, a miner for the Consolidation Coal Co., here where held at his home yesterday. Gillespie was instantly killed Sunday when an automobile he was driving ran over a bank on Buffalo Creek and overturned. The accident occurred about 3 miles from Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
HIGHBARGER, Henry B.
Henry B. Highbarger, a civil engineer, was instantly killed at Welch, WV on Thursday of last week by an electric current of 4400 volts. He was laying off a piece of land into town lots. At the time of the accident he held one end of a steel tape in one hand and with the other hand threw a tape several feet to a chain carrier. The tape came into contact with a live electric wire that was not insulated and the current was carried to his body, causing instant death. The body was brought to Louisa Friday and taken to Little Blaine for burial. Mr. Highbarger was about 56 years old. He came here from Anderson Co., KY about 30 yeas ago and soon afterward married Miss Victoria, daughter of Russell Thompson, near Mattie. She and 8 children survive, the youngest being about 7 years old. They have lived at Welch about 2 years. Mr. Highbarger was a competent engineer, a sober, honest man, and his tragic death was a great shock to his many friends in Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
JOHNSON, D. B.
Mattie, KY—The death of D. B. Johnson was quite a shock to his many friends. He died at Burdine and was brought to this place and laid to rest in the McKinster Cemetery. He leaves a wife and 3 daughters. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Albert Miller and Felix Thompson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
KENNISON, E. M.
Prof. E.M. Kennison died at his home in Louisa last Saturday evening at 8:45 of Brights disease, from which he had been a suffered for more than a year. The end came rather suddenly, just after 2 Masonic brothers had assisted him in walking across the room; but death was not unexpectedly, for it was known that the fatal disease had reached the final stage. The funeral was held in the auditorium of the Kentucky Normal College building on Monday at 2:30. Rev. Roscoe Murray, of Parkersburg, WV, had charge of the services, in conjunction with the Masonic fraternity. A large crowd was present. A choir rendered some appropriate music, with special numbers consisting of a duet by Mrs. L. S. Johnson and Mrs. Nora Sullivan and a solo by Miss Elizabeth Burgess. Rev. J. D. Bell of the M. E. church South, read a scripture lesson and Dr. C. F. Anderson, of the local Baptist Church, offered an impressive prayer. Rev. Murray, who was a pupil of Prof. Kennison’s read, a historical sketch of the deceased and followed with a most eulogistic and touching tribute. When Rev. A. B. Withers, of Parkersburg, WV, one of Prof. Kennison’s favorite classmates, spoke in the highest terems of the life and character of his departed friend. The Masonic order then took charge of the service and conveyed the body to the cemetery on Pine Hill where it was laid to rest.
Following is the sketch read by Rev. Murray:
Edward Melvin Kennison was born in Temple, Maine, Jun 7, 1870, fell asleep Aug 27, 1921 aged 51 years, 2 months and 20 days. At the age of 18 he was converted and united with a Congregational Church. He was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry Aug 7, 1894 following his graduation from Bangor Theological Seminary. Two years later he graduated from the National Normal University of Lebanon, OH an din the same year Nov 26, 1896, he was united in marriage to Miss Nora Stant, his classmate in college. The following 5 years were spent in pastorates in Western Pennsylvania. From the pastorate he became an instruction in the Kentucky Normal College then at Prestonsburg and later at Louisa. He gave 19 years service to this school and the people of Big Sandy Valley in the work to which he felt definitely called of God. He had been in failing health during the past 16 months, and thru it all he was patient and self-forgetful, until quietly and peacefully he fell asleep in the Lord. His life was one of strenuous and unceasing labor in unselfish devotion to others. Hundreds of lives have been enriched through personal contact with his and a multitude of friends sorrow in his removal. Prof. Kennison is survived by his faithful and devoted wife, whose sorrow is shared by many friends and by hundreds of men and women and boys and girls who have studied under this able instructor. (Note: there is a lot more about this man, his education, etc. for those interested you can read about it on Chronicling America in the Big Sandy News section) Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
Rev. William Leadingham was born in the year of our Lord 1873 and died the 12th day of August 1921, aged about 48 years. Uncle Bill had been in ill health for several years, and for a number of months he had been unable to do any work. He was a patient sufferer during his last illness. He had been a preacher of the gospel for about 9 years He left a wife and 6 children, 4 brothers and one sister and many friends to mourn his death. He was laid to rest in the Leadingham graveyard where his father, mother, children and sisters are sleeping to await the sound of Gabriel’s trumpet in the last day. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
Washington, Sep 14—Clyde Lester, son of Paris Lester of Fort Gay, Wayne Co., WV, was an alumnus of Marshall College and president of his class, and a life of promise was opening to him when this country went to war against Germany. He was killed in the battle of the Argonne Forest; a member of the 80th Division. He was one of the 8 bodies of soldiers interred with high military honors at Arlington, Sep 8. The number of his grave is 2644. His body was among those which narrowly escaped cremation at the big pier fire in New York. The West Virginia hero’s father, Paris P. Lester, came to Washington to attend the funeral services over the remains of his son and was accompanied to Arlington by Representative Wells Goodykoonz. There was a large gathering of relatives and friends at the 68 graves, a detachment of the American Legion, a company of regular soldiers from Fort Myer with a band. The regulation military rites were performed, 3 chaplains officiating , 2 protestant clergymen, one representing the army, the other the navy, and a Catholic chaplain-priest. The band played “Nearer My God To Thee” the burial rites were read by the 3 ministers, each in his turn, a firing squad fired two volleys over the grave and taps were sounded. Flags were removed from the caskets and presented to relatives who requested them, as is the custom, and then the graves were closed. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
LESTER, The youngest son of P. P. Lester, age about 7 years, died recently at the home about 6 miles from Ft. Gay of diphtheria, after a brief illness. An unusually sad feature of the case was the fact that Mr. Lester had just been to Washington to the burial of his son, Clyde, in Arlington National Cemetery. Clyde was one of the heroes who gave up his life in the World War. The body arrived recently with a shipload of others who had made the supreme sacrifice. Mr. Lester found his little boy sick upon his return home and death came within a few hours. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 20, 1921
The three year old child of M. and Mrs. James Made of Williamson, died Sunday night from pneumonia and whooping cough. The body was taken to Fort Gay for burial. This is the second loss suffered recently by Mr. and Mrs. Made, their baby having died about 3 weeks ago. Williamson News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
MCCOY, R. C. (Carl)
R. C. (Carl) McCoy, of Logan but formerly of Wayne, was fatally shot Saturday by his employer at the store of Lewis Furniture Co. McCoy died from the effects of the injury after 3 days. Funeral services were held at the home of his parents in Huntington Wednesday. The shooting which resulted in McCoy’s death was accidental. He and his employer were examining some new guns sent into Logan in connection with the recent labor trouble and left at the store of Lewis Furniture Co. the shot was fired from a gun which was thought not to be loaded. The bullet entered McCoy’s abdomen, cutting a hole through his body from the right to left side. He was rushed to a Huntington hospital were it was determined that he could not survive. He regained consciousness and told of the shooting, saying that it was an accident. McCoy was the son of George McCoy who was a jeweler in Wayne for many years. Carl went from Wayne to Logan some 7 years ago. He was brakeman on the Guyan branch of the C & O for some time, leaving that work to become associated with the Lewis Furniture Co. as a traveling salesman. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, which order conducted the burial rites. He is survived by a wife, a 16 months old baby, father, mother, 2 sisters and one brother. Wayne County News, Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
Two men who have not been apprehended by the authorities are blamed for the killing of 2 officers and the wounding of another by alleged moonshiners near Paintsville last Friday, in a dying statement made by Pate McKenzie, one of the alleged gang. The 2 men are John Dye and H. Stambaugh for whom a searching party now is looking. James Melvin, chief of police of Paintsville, and J. H. Reynolds, prohibition agent, were killed during the battle, which followed efforts of the officers to locate a still in the neighborhood of the McKenzie farm. Manual Fitzpatrick, assistant chief of police of Paintsville, was shot 3 times but it is thought he will recover. McKenzie was shot 3 times and is expected to die. He is at the Paintsville Hospital.
Five men are in jail at Paintsville on charges of being implicated in the killings. They are Hugh McKenzie, from whose cabin the ambushers fired upon the officers, and Ray McKenzie, brothers of Pate McKenzie, Tolly King, Otto Young and Dennis Blevins. These men were arrested near the scene of the battle by a posse. They were exonerated of blame by the statement of Pate McKenzie, who said that all of the shots were fired by Dye and Stambaugh and the officers. In his statement McKenzie told the authorities where the still which caused all the trouble was located. He said it was on Stambaugh’s farm about 2 and a half miles from where the shooting occurred.
Intending to search for a still on the McKenzie farm, the 3 officers had tied their horse and were walking up a ravine when fired upon from a small cabin about 50 years away, according to the story told by Fitzpatrick the surviving officer. Before the shooting the men at the cabin hailed him and his fellow officers and ordered them not to go any further in the direction they were taking, according to Fitzpatrick. A volley of shots sounded almost immediately from the cabin, he said. Melvin fired once before being killed and Reynolds shot at the attackers several times. Pate McKenzie did not have time to reach safety in the cabin and was shot 3 times. Fitzpatrick fired several times, he said. Another fusillade came from he cabin. Melvin fell dead with a bullet in the head and another in the heart. Reynolds was shot in the head and in the body. Fitzpatrick was struck by buckshot in the head, arms and body.
Seeing his companions were dead, Fitzpatrick gave up the fight against odds and though suffering greatly from his wounds and loss of blood, managed to ride back to Paintsville, Immediately a posse was formed and hastened to the McKenzie place, which was surrounded. No resistance was offered by the alleged moonshiners and the 3 McKenzies submitted to being brought to Paintsville and were lodged in jail. Pate McKenzie was in a serious condition and taken to a hospital. The three brothers had little to say about the attack. Later at their homes in the same neighborhood Blevins, King and Young were arrested. The McKenzies have never been mixed up in any serious gunplay so far as is known, it is said. Chief of Police Melvin leaves a widow and family. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
Guy Miller, aged 84, of East Lynn, WV died Sunday night at the home of his grandson, Moss Mills. A stroke of paralysis suffered 3 days before caused his death. He had walked to the polls on Thursday and voted. He was a veteran of the Civil War. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 23, 1921
MILLER, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Miller of Lick Creek, died last Friday in an automobile while crossing the bridge at Louisa. She had been sick for more than a month and her husband was taking her to a Huntington hospital. They expected to go by way of the N & W from Fort Gay. Mrs. Miller was a daughter of Field Pigg, of this county. She gave birth to a child a few weeks ago and her condition had been critical ever since. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 30, 1921
Adeline, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Catherine Moore, Sunday, Sep 4th and claimed as its victim her loving son, Dewey. A mother, 6 sisters and 3 brothers are left to mourn the loss of a dear son and brother. Dewey was a bright young man and loved by all who knew him. the remains were laid to rest at the Mt. Zion Cemetery Monday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 9, 1921
MORGAN, Lula (Pendland)
Fitch, KY—Mrs. Lula Morgan of head of Grassy died Saturday with typhoid fever. She was the daughter of Mr. William and Hannah Pendland. She leaves a husband and 5 children, father and mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn her loss. She was laid to rest in the Morgan graveyard overlooking her home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
Mrs. Amanda Adams, estimable Gate City woman, received the sad news of the death of her brother, Thomas Prater at Salyersville, Magoffin Co., KY. He was most prominent in his county. Mrs. Adams only recently returned from Magoffin Co., where she spent the summer with this brother, who has passed away. He had been ill for a number of months. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
RATCLIFF, William D.
William D. Ratcliff, age 23, was killed by a fall of slate in a coal mine near the home at Clifford, this county, 10 miles up Tug River on Tuesday morning. He was the only son of Roscoe Ratcliff, one of the best citizens of the county. Bennett Salmons, aged about 45 years was working with him and was imprisoned behind the slate fall which killed Ratcliff. When the men were missed the neighbors went into the mine and dug them out. It was a home mine and these men were getting out a winter supply for the use of their families. W.D. was a son in law of Charles B. Peters, and was an industrious, honorable young man. His death is a very sad blow to the community in which he had spent all his life. Later: More reliable information says that Ratcliff’s father and brother in law were present and sitting outside of the mine when the accident occurred. It was a mine that had just been opened and the accident occurred within sight of those on the outside. His age was 26 and he leaves a wife and little daughter. His neighbors say he was one of the best and most industrious young men whoever grew up in the community. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
SKEENS, Mildred Pauline
Hewlett, WV—Death entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Skeens Wednesday Aug 24 and took from them their infant daughter, Mildred Pauline. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. Skeens’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Vanhoose, by Rev. Geo. Pack of Kenova and Rev. Bascom R. Lakin. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Spurlock and took their darling one, Morton. Morton was 6 weeks and 3 days old. He has been a joy to the home 6 weeks, but was taken away Thursday Aug 25. He leaves a father an mother and a host of relatives to mourn. He was laid to rest at Laurel. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 2, 1921
STRATTON, Walter Frank
Walter Frank Stratton of Betsy Layne died as a result of epilepsy at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Granville R. Stratton Sunday. He was past 35 years of age and had been a sufferer of epileptic fits a large part of his life. He joined the Methodist Church when about 16 years old. His remains were taken to his old home at Dewey for burial Monday and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. W. Rowe of Betsy Layne. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Granville R. Stratton and one brother, W. H. Stratton of Betsy Layne and 3 sisters, Mrs. W. J. Mayo of Betsy Layne, Mrs. W. t. Lockhart of Cliff and Mrs. Anna Auxier Webb of Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 23, 1921
The body of McClellan Vaughan passed through Louisa last Saturday morning on the way to Richardson. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. (Jeff) Vaughan and was killed in France in the World War. The funeral service was held Wednesday morning at the home and burial followed in the family burying ground. The young man was a nephew of P. H. Vaughan of this place. He was killed in France Oct 16, 1918, after nearly 4 months service overseas. He enlisted a year previous to his death. His age was 25 years. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached the funeral which was largely attended. The following Louisa relatives and friends were present: Mrs. P. H. Vaughan, Mrs. J. R. Hatcher, Miss Belle Vaughan, Mrs. J. b. Vaughan, Mrs. Carl Picklesimer, Mrs. W. R. Bartram, Mrs. Giles Simpson, Mrs. D. C. Spencer and Mrs. Billie Riffe. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 30, 1921
Cordell, KY—Several attended the funeral of the infant of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Webb which was brought to this place from Charleston, WV for burial. The funeral took place at the Swann Cemetery at this place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 9, 1921
WELLMAN, Rebecca (Mrs. Wayne)
We are very much grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Rebecca Wellman of route 2, Fort Gay, WV. Mrs. Wellman was overcome by the much dreaded disease known as dropsy. She had lived a long life, being at her death 86 years of age. She had been a devoted mother and had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for more than 40 years. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Wayne Wellman, one daughter, Mrs. Jack Armstrong of Portsmouth, OH; 3 sons, B. F. Howard, Logsville, KY, B. G. Howard, New Boston, OH and M?? Wellman of Garrett, KY. Also, one brother, William Perkins, near Huntington, WV. Her funeral and interment were held under the direction of Rev. Bryan of Fort Gay, WV at the Wellman Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
Cordell, KY—Our community was sorry to know of the death of Mrs. Stella Wheeler. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 9, 1921
In sad but loving remembrance of our dear friend, Mrs. Stella Carter Wheeler, whose soul took its flight to the God who gave it, Sep 2, 1921. In the death of Stella the husband has lost a faithful wife, the mother a kind daughter, sisters and brothers a loving sister, but heaven has gained another angel. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 23, 1921
George Williams, 50, shot his wife, Fannie, 39, killed her almost instantly, fired the remaining bullet in his revolver into his own body, and then fled, bleeding from the house and disappeared into the darkness at 11 o’clock at night. Williams shot his wife following a quarrel in which she refused to take him back into her house. Her 12 year old son was the only witness. Mrs. Williams was born in Ashland, KY, where a brother, Eugene Rice, still lives. She had been married previously and was twice a widow. Her first husband, was Arthur Capehart of Huntington, by whom she had a son, Fred, now 18, who made his home with her. She had been married to Sherman Baker of Ironton. OH. Williams’ body was found in the Ohio River. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
The body of Keenie Williamson arrived here Wednesday Sep 7 for burial. He was killed in the battle between the union and company men in West Virginia Sep 2. He was a union man and it is said he killed three of the company men before he was killed. He was a nice young man age 22 years. He left a wife of only 9 months to mourn his death. Also, mother, father, 2 sisters and brother and many relatives and friends. A large crowd of relatives from West Virginia came with the corpse, including Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Blevins and family, Mrs. Malissa King, Oliver and Ervin Williamson, John Milan, Sam Williamson and Mrs. Mollie Williamson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 16, 1921
Miss Georgia Artrip, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Artrip, died in a Huntington hospital. She had been ill for some time. The cause of her death was typhoid fever. Besides her parents, she is survived by several brothers and sisters, who reside at the home in Kellogg. The body was brought to Fort Gay, WV for burial in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14, 1921
James Ball, age 21, was killed at Adeline, this county, last Saturday night. He was accidentally shot by Mrs. Sophia Church, who playfully pointed a gun at him. The weapon was accidentally discharged, it is said, and death was almost instantaneous. The young man was popular and well respected and his death is deeply regretted. Mrs. Church is prostrated over the tragedy. The funeral was held on Monday at Tyree Chapel and the body was laid to rest in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
BERRY, Julia (Moore)
Mrs. Julia Moore Berry died at her home in Louisa Tuesday morning, Oct 4 about 5 o’clock. She suffered a slight stroke of paralysis a few years ago from which she never entirely recovered. For the past few weeks she had been confined to her home. The announcement of her death brought sorrow to her kindred and friends. She had been a resident of Louisa for many years and had endeared herself to the people of the town and community by her Christian character and upright life. Mrs. Berry was 65 years of age. She was the daughter of Nell Moore. She was married to Mr. M. G. Berry Oct 6, 1879, the day of her funeral being on the 42 anniversary of their marriage. She was converted in early girlhood, since which time she had been a devoted Christian and faithful member of the M. E. Church South, always prompt in attendance at church and active in Sunday school and Missionary service. Of her it may be said she was a good woman. Their only children, Nora and Alta, died when about 20 years of age. The former married Herbert Carr and lived in New York at the time of her death. Both the daughters sleep in Pine Hill Cemetery where on Wednesday afternoon the body of the mother was laid to rest beside them. Funeral services attended by many relatives and friends, were held at the M. E. church South at one o’clock by Rev. J. D. Bell and Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 7, 1921
Jeff Bingham of Cliff, one of Floyd’s old and respectable citizens died at his home recently. He was 70 years of age and is survived by his widow and 8 children. He had been a consistent member of the Methodist Church since he was 16 years old. Prestonsburg Citizen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
CASSADY, Glen C.
The body of Glen C. Cassady, who was killed in France during the latter part of the World War, was brought here Saturday and was buried in the family cemetery 5 miles south of Inez, Monday afternoon. Glen answered the call Feb 25, 1918, and served with distinction until Oct 17,1 918. He was a noble young man and had a bright future, but when his country called him he answered as many other young men did and within a shot time was on the battle fields of France, fighting for his country’s flag. He was survived by his father, Samuel Cassady, and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 7, 1921
CHRISTIAN, A. V.
V. Christian, a widely known and highly respected citizen, died at his home near the Forks of Big Hurricane, Wayne County, last Sunday night. He had been afflicted with paralysis for 4 or 5 years and for some time had been past going. He was about 75 years of age and leaves 2 sons and 3 daughters. Funeral services were conducted at the home Tuesday at noon and the burial took place in the family cemetery. The deceased was a member of the Baptist Church and also the Masonic Lodge of Wayne. Ceredo Advance. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14, 1921
Henry Copley, of Crum, WV, died Saturday night, Oct 15, of heart disease. He was 67 years had been a merchant 44 years. He had never failed nor been burned out, but had conducted his business in a safe consistent manner through all those years. He was a good citizen and was very highly respected. The community will miss him. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
Mrs. Minerva Diamond, widow of Marion Diamond, died at her home near Yatesville Wednesday, after a long illness. She was one of the best women of the community and will be much missed. Her age was about 70 years. Several grown children survive her. She was a sister in law of Mrs. James A. Abbott of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1921
Mr. John Ekers, Sr., died last Monday morning at his home at Fallsburg. He had been in failing health several years and had spent the past few winters in Florida for the benefit of his health. He was 70 years of age, Bright’s disease caused his death. On Tuesday the funeral service was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and was attended by a large number of friends and relatives. Mr. Ekers was an industrious, honest citizen and his passing is a loss to his community. It is such men as he that make up the substantial part of our country’s citizenship. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
EVES, Mary J.
Mrs. Eves died on Monday night from the injuries described below. The funeral was held Wednesday from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Florida Hackworth. Mrs. Eves was a sister of Mr. Lydia Atkins of Louisa and W. A. Holt of Ceredo. She lived in Louisa for many years. The following is from Monday’s Ashland Independent: Mrs. Mary J. Eves, 82, is in a serious condition at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Ashland. She was struck by a C & O passenger train at 16th Street, Ashland, Monday afternoon. Mrs. Eves had gone on the tracks when she saw an east bound switch engine approaching. She stepped on the west bound track only to be struck by the passenger train. She was thrown from the track and hit on the head. It is believed she suffered concussion of the brain. Passersby rushed to her aid and called an ambulance which took her to the hospital. Fears were expressed that she would not recover because of her advanced age. Mrs. Eves lives on West Lexington near 15th Street. She is the mother of Mrs. Grace Rice, Mrs. J. T. Hackworth and Mrs. V?? Ferguson. There is no gate or watch tower at the railroad crossing at 16th Street. It is believed the woman did not see any train approaching toward the wet, as the switch engine cut it off from view. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 7, 1921
FRIEND, Edwin J.
Mr. Edwin J. Friend died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. B. Auxier, Sunday, Sep 25 at 10:30 a.m., age 89 years. He was the last of a family of 14 children. His parents were among the first settlers at Prestonsburg, Floyd County. At the age of 27 he was married to Miss Emma C. Sturgill. She died 2 years later, leaving one child. He was later married to Miss Nancy Flannery of Elliott County. To this union 8 children were born, 4 of whom are living. He was a graduate of Emory and Henry College of Virginia and taught school in different parts of Kentucky for about 40 years. He was accounted one of the best educators in the State. In his last days he claimed he had made his peace with God and prayed for those who had so tenderly cared for him. He had been an invalid for some time before his death. His children that survived are : Mrs. J. C. B. Auxier, East Point, Mrs. J. Moles, Auxier, Mrs. Lewis Conley, Paintsville, Mrs. Eddie Presley of Youngstown, OH and Charley friend of Junction City. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Green Allen of Weeksbury, assisted by Rev. tom Walker, after which the body was laid to rest in the old Conley Cemetery at East Point. Among those who attended the funeral were Mrs. Elizabeth Goble, Mrs. Emma A. Midgley, Sam Spradlin and Charley Friend of Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 7, 1921
HENSLEY, Margaret Jane
Mrs. Margaret Jane Hensley, wife of J. W. Hensley, of Prichard, WV, died Friday, Oct 14, aged 77 years. She was a member of the Methodist Church from early life and was a faithful Christian all her life. Burial took place Sunday, Oct 16 in the Centerville Cemetery. Rev. Alley Smith preached her funeral. She was the step mother of C. E. Hensley of Catlettsburg, formerly of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
Williamson, WV—Roosevelt Hensley, charged with bootlegging, was killed and 2 State troopers, Moyer and McDaniels, were wounded in a gunfight Friday night at Naugatuck, 20 miles west of Williamson, according to reports reaching State police headquarters here. Hensley and several other men had crossed from the Kentucky side of the border when they were halted by the troopers the reports said. Hensley and his party opened fire, it was said, and the shots were returned. McDaniels was shot through the hip and Moyer suffered a flesh wound. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
Maudie Hughes, aged 10 years, died at Busseyville after an illness of 2 or 3 days. Quinsy was the cause of death. She was the daughter of ??? Hughes. Rev. H. B. Hewlett of this place conducted the funeral service. Burial in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 7, 1921
On last Sunday night the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. c. Hughes and took for its victim their little 9 year old daughter, Maudie Magdelean Hughes. She was born Oct 30, 1911 and died Oct 2, 1921 age 9 years 11 months and 2 days, She had only been sick for a short time. Only one week and one day before she was with her playmates at school. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
The body of Elisha Johnson, who died at Donora, PA, Wednesday was taken to Hubbardstown, WV where the funeral was held and interment made Friday. The following relatives survive: his father, Calvin Johnson of Donora, PA, 4 sisters, Miss Clyde McComas of Hubbardstown, Mrs. Andy Courtney of Zelda, KY, Miss Leona Johnson of Ashland and Mrs. Kay Burks of Ceredo, 3 brothers, Harry Johnson of Hubbardstown, Harvey Johnson of Lexington, KY and Henry Johnson of Ashland and 2 grandmothers, Mrs. Skeens and Mrs. Mary Johnson of Hubbardstown. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
KITCHEN, Mrs. William
Blaine, KY—Death visited the home of William Kitchen, Oct 19 and took his loving wife. She was a good woman, a kind and loving mother and liked by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, 2 small children, one sister and 4 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28,1 921
MOORE, Julia (McKinster)
Julia McKinster Moore was born Feb 23, 1905, died Jul 29, 1921 age 16 years 5 months 6 days old. She was converted when 14 years of age and lived a faithful Christian until death. She left to mourn her loss a father, mother, husband, one brother, 4 sisters, and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
NAPIER, William S.
William S. Napier, a well known and prominent Wayne County citizen, died at his home in East Lynn last week. Mr. Napier, who was 76 years old had been in poor health for some time. He was one of the leading citizens of the county. He sprang from one of the first settlers of Wayne County and was a man of splendid physique and of such a kindly nature he was liked by all who knew him. for 50 years he was prominent in business and politics in this county. He was first engaged in the timber business and in merchandising. During the last 20 years he had engaged extensively in the coal industry, and had amassed a comfortable fortune. His life was one of unceasing activity and his kindly deeds will long be remembered by hundreds. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ellen Fry of Ceredo and a brother, Judge P. H. Napier of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 7, 1921
OUSLEY, Martha (Cyrus)
Galloway, OH—Martha Cyrus Owsley, daughter of A. J. and Arrena Cyrus was born in West Virginia, Aug 14, 1857. She was one of a family of 11 children, 3 of whom preceded her to the life beyond. In early life she united with the Methodist church, but later she became a member of the United Baptist Church. On May 11, 1889, she was united in marriage with George W. Owsley and came to Ohio in 1892. Though with no children of her own, she became a real mother to her husband’s children, Columbus and Eliza, and grandson, Howard Cordell. The children of the family who preceded her to the spirit land are Mrs. Salina Thacker, who died in Arkansas; Mrs. Ella Cordell, who died in Ohio and Henry Cyrus who died in West Virginia. Her father and mother too preceded her to the spirit land. After an illness of about 4 weeks duration, Mrs. Owsley passed to her reward from St. Francis hospital, Columbus, OH, Oct 5, 1921, being 64 years 2 months and 21 days of age. She is survived by her husband, 3 brothers, J. M. Cyrus of Louisa, KY, G. L. Cyrus of Portsmouth, OH, Joe Cyrus of Louisa; 4 sisters, Mrs. Sarah McGinnis, Jackson, OH, Mrs. Nancy Chandler, West Virginia, Mrs. Mollie Cordell, Wilbur, KY, Mrs. Dollie Cordell, Galloway, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14, 1921
PERDUE, W. B.
W. B. Perdue, 75, died Monday at his home at Kellogg in Wayne County. Death followed a lingering illness. Mr. Perdue was a lifelong resident of Wayne County. He leaves the following children, Van Perdue, of Ceredo, A.R. Perdue, J.G. Perdue, Delbert Perdue, and Bert Perdue of Huntington; Mrs. Hoe Turner of Kenova, Mrs. Connell of Ashland, Mrs. Wellman of Kellogg and Miss Ella Perdue at home. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Fannie Madox of Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14, 1921
RIFFE, Mrs. William
Mrs. William Riffe was born Sep 30, 1833 and departed this life Aug 26, 1921, age 87 years, 10 months and 25 days. She was married to Mr. William Riffe in 1850. To this union 13 children were born, 8 living, 5 had preceded her into the presence of God. She was a grandmother of 53 and great grandmother of 62 and great-great grandmother of 4 children. She was the daughter of William and Emily Short. She was converted in early life and joined the Methodist church and had been a faithful Christian. She was a bright shining light for God’s people are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill can not be hid. The funeral services were held at her home by the Rev. H. B. Hulette and Roland Hutchison attended by a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground overlooking her home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 7, 1921
ROBERTS, Melvin Keith
Smokey Valley, KY—the death angle visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Roberts, Oct 29, 1921 and took from them their darling baby boy, Melvin Keith. He was born Dec 17, 1919. Little Melvin will be missed in the home. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
Bennett Sammons, an aged man, died near Dunlow Sunday night. He was a highly respected citizen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
STEPHENS, Cynthia (May)
The death of Mrs. Cynthia May Stephens aged 23 years occurred Oct 14. She was the daughter of John P. May and was married in Feb 1920 to Mr. Charles W. Stephens who with an infant daughter survives. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
Earl Thompson, age 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Thompson, of Sidney, Wayne County, WV, died at his home in Williamson last week following an attack of typhoid fever which lasted 2 weeks. Thompson was a merchant in Williamson. He is survived by his wife and 2 children. The body was returned to Coleman and interment made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
THOMPSON, Martha Margaret
The death angel visited the home of Clayton Thompson and wife Oct 15 and took their darling little daughter, Martha Margaret, about 8 years of age. Diphtheria was the cause of her death. After 2 weeks of suffering little Margaret was called home to live with Jesus. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
P. J. Thompson’s 3 year old daughter, Norma, died of diphtheria recently near Sidney. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
WALKER, Robert Alexander
Death came very suddenly to R. A. Walker Tuesday evening at his home near Gallup, this county. He appeared to be in perfect health and was in unusually good spirits up to the moment he dropped dead. He was giving aid to his wife, who was suffering with headache. Mr. Walker was 47 years old. Four children and the wife survive. He was a native of Virginia. There was no better citizen nor finer Christian gentleman in the county. His death will be mourned by the entire neighborhood. He had no enemies and his influence was always on the side of right. The body was laid to rest near the home and the funeral was largely attended. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 7, 1921
Our hearts were made sad on Tuesday evening Oct 4, 1921, when the sad news went through the neighborhood of the sudden death of one of our neighbors and brothers in Christ. Robert Alexander Walker was born in Tazewell County, VA May 20, 1875. He was united in marriage to Minnie Walker, Apr 21, 1898. To this union were born 12 children, 8 preceding him to the better world. He was converted in Jun 1918. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and lived a most Christ-like life, always having a kind word for everyone. He has one brother living here James Walker. He was laid to rest in the Franklin graveyard. The funeral services were held at his home by Revs. E.C. York and W.G. Pennington of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14, 1921
Near Fort Gay, WV last Sunday evening, William Walker was instantly killed by Tivis Yates, a neighbor, at the home of the latter’s father in law. Walker was drinking and is said to have followed Yates during the day, annoying and threatening him. Finally he followed to the home of Yates father in law and started into the house saying, “Now I’ve got you.” It is claimed that he had his hand in his pocket at the same time, Yates shot him in or very near the heart. Walker threw his hand on the wound and a second shot went through his hand. The third shot took effect very near the others, there being not more than an inch difference in where the 3 shots landed. It is said Yates did the shooting with Walker’s pistol. Just how he got it is not clear in the report given us. Both men were married, Yates is about 35 years old and Walker was past 50. The latter had a reputation of being a dangerous man. Yates waived examination and bail was fixed to answer to the action of the grand jury. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 21, 1921
On Thursday night, Sep 29,1921, the death angel visited a home near Fort Gay, WV and carried away the spirit of Jerry Wellman. He was 69 years 5 months and 24 days old and had been a sufferer from Bright’s disease for several years and had been confined to his bed most all the time for 2 years. “Uncle Jerry” as everyone called him had been a Christian for 11 years and a great worker in the church and his good works are made manifest in his home for his wife and most all his children are church workers. The funeral services were held in the International Holiness Church Saturday Oct 1 at 2 o’clock and were conducted by Rev. R. W. Wolfe, his pastor, who was assisted by Rev. J. H. Marcum. Jerry Wellman was the son of Fleming Wellman and was reared at Smokey Valley near Louisa, KY. He was the father of 11 children, 4 daughters, and 7 sons, 2 of whom have passed to the great beyond. A wife and 9 children, 4 brothers and a host of relatives and friends are left to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14, 1921
Webbville, KY—We are very sorry to hear of the death of Uncle Larkin Wells which occurred in Ashland Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
WILLIAMS, Mrs. Kelse B.
Paintsville, KY--Mrs. Kelse B. Williams, died at the home of Mr. Williams’ mother, Mrs. John Dixon after a lingering illness. She was a daughter of Mrs. Link Rice of this city. In addition to her mother she leaves one child, her husband, one sister, Mrs. C. F. Kirk and 3 brothers, Glen, Earl and Collie Powell, the remains were taken to Ashland for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14, 1921
WILLIAMSON, Dewey Edward
The body of Dewey Edward Williamson, 4 year old son and youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Williamson, was brought to Louisa Tuesday afternoon for burial. He died on Sunday morning at their home at Hatfield, WV, after an illness of 10 days of diphtheria. His condition had seemed improved and his death was unexpected. It was a severe shock to the family. His sister is very ill at their home having only recently returned from a hospital after a 9 weeks’ illness of blood poison following throat trouble. On this account the mother could not attend the funeral. Mr. Williamson and his other children, and Mr. Alex Williamson accompanied the body to this place where they were joined by Mr. Williamson’s mother, Mrs. Jasper Meek, of Henrietta. The body was taken direct to Pine Hill cemetery and funeral service was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14, 1921
WILLOUGHBY, C. P.
Paintsville, KY—C. P. Willoughby died suddenly of acute indigestion at his home at Richmond, KY. The news comes as a shock to relatives and friends in Paintsville, as Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby were here recently on a visit and at that time he appeared to be in the best of health. Mr. Willoughby was a young man of sterling qualities and it is with much sorrow we learn of his death. While in school at Richmond Normal, he met and married one of our charming girls. Miss Freda Ward, and they have made their home in Richmond since their marriage. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 14,1921
William Wilson, 23, was hit by an automobile on Piedmont road near Huntington Monday evening by an unidentified motorist, while walking along the road with 2 other companions. He died at the hospital Tuesday morning. Mr. Wilson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wilson of Kellogg. He was born in Wayne County. He was a brake man on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. The body was taken to Prichard, WV Wednesday for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
BIGGS, Harvey L.
Olive Hill, KY—Nov 21—Dr. Harvey L. Biggs, 45, a prominent physician of this city and formerly of Ashland, was shot and instantly killed by C. f. Duvall, chief lineman for the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. because of alleged attentions paid to Duvall’s daughter by Dr. Biggs. Duvall was taken to the Boyd County jail at Catlettsburg. The sensational killing occurred shortly after noon on the main street of the town when Duvall and Dr. Biggs met. After a brief exchange of words, Duvall leveled his single barrel shotgun and sent the load into the body of his victim. It is said he then reloaded his gun twice and fired into the prostrate body. It is common knowledge here that Duvall was bitterly opposed to the attentions paid to his daughter, Leona, 23, by Dr. Biggs and would not allow the latter to call at his home. This is believed to be the motive for the killing. Both men are from prominent families, Dr. Biggs moved here from Ashland several years ago. He was a widower. Duvall is married and has 5 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
BOWE, Lafayette F.
Lafayette F. Bowe, 68, a member of one of the oldest families in Wayne County, died Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock after 2 operations Friday and Sunday in a vain effort to prolong his life. He had been ill for some time of a complication of diseases. The late Mr. Bowe was listed among the pioneers of the county. In his prime he was active as a timberman and in later years dwelt on his farm near Camden Park. He was born at Fort Gay. The widow, Mrs. Sarah Bowe and 8 children survive him. The children are: Jay Bowe of Huntington, Grover C. Bowe and Mrs. Ella Jackson of Wayne, Mrs. Lola Nye of Williamson, Frank Bowe of Detroit, Ollie Bowe and Mrs. Mamie Lyons and James H. Bowe of Westmoreland. A lifelong member of the Christian Church, Mr. Bowe was held in high esteem for his excellent character and many acts of kindliness and neighborliness.
The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
BOWE, Lillie May (Ratcliff)
The death angel has again made its call in our community. On Wednesday morning about 6 o’clock Nov 16, it made its call to the home of Mr. Arnold Bowe and claimed for its victim his loving wife, Lillie May Bowe. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ratcliff of whom both preceded her to the great beyond. Lillie was born Jun 14, 1903, married to Arnold Bowe Jun 19, 1919 and departed this life Nov 16, 1921. He rage being 18 years 5 months and 2 days. She had been in poor health for several months had had been confined to her bed about one month. Her death was caused by that dreadful disease tuberculosis. Lillie was converted at Smokey Valley about 9 months ago and has lived a true Christian ever since. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Thursday, at 2:30 in the afternoon by Rev. Lindsey Cyrus and later the remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground overlooking the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
Fitch, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of Arthur Brickles who died the past week. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
Miss Belvia Burchett, age 18, died with heart disease Monday at the home of her parents at Deephole Branch, 5 miles west of Louisa. She had hurriedly gone up the stairway, a long and rather steep flight, on an errand for her mother. Reaching the room at the top she screamed and called for her mother to get a doctor as soon as possible, declaring that she was dying. Death came within a few minutes. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Burchett. For 2 years or more she had suffered somewhat from a leaky heart. The exertion of climbing the stairs resulted in death. Mr. Burchett was in Louisa when the shocking event took place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
BURK, Mrs. H.C.
Mrs. H.C. Burk, 27 years old, died Thursday of last week in a Huntington hospital. Her home was in Wayne, WV, where the funeral services were held. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, her mother, Mrs. Jennie Lancaster of St. Albans, 4 brothers, of Holden, WV and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
Knob Branch, KY—The death angel visited the home of Frank Cantrel and wife and took away their infant child Saturday. Typhoid fever was the cause of its death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
Paintsville, KY—Bascom Castle, who was kicked by a mule last Tuesday at Thealka, died at the Paintsville Hospital Wednesday night at 12 o’clock. The body was removed to the Paintsville Furniture Co., where it was prepared for burial. The funeral services were held at Mingo. Burial took place at the old home cemetery, near the church. He leaves a wife and 6 children and also 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
CLARK, A. J.
Prestonsburg, KY—Nov 21—H. D. Conway, 45 years old, mine operator and A. J. Clark, 36, private detective for a coal corporation were killed in a duel this afternoon. Both men lived in Garrett, this county, where the duel occurred. After a shot from Conway’s repeating shotgun had torn away most of Clark’s right shoulder, the latter grappled with his adversary in an attempt to disarm him. Breaking away, Conway shot Clark again. Clark then pursued Conway across the street to a poolroom, where Conway locked himself in. Clark forced the door and using a pistol with his left hand, shot Conway through the heart. Both men have many relatives in this county. Both were married and have families. The shooting was said to have been the result of an old grudge. What was said to precipitate the shooting is not known. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
COLE, Mrs. Dolph
Mrs. Dolph Cole died on Monday of this week at her home on Bolts Fork. Her death was caused by infirmities due to advanced age. Mr. and Mrs. Zeb Heston of this place attended the funeral and burial, Mrs. Heston being her granddaughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
Polena E. Cole was born in Blaine, Lawrence County, KY, Jun 24, 1846, departed this life Nov 7, 1921. She was the daughter of E. L. and Cynthia Swetnam. She was married to William D. Cole in Oct 1870. To this union was born one son, William A. Cole of Rush, Boyd Co., KY. She was converted when 14 years of age and joined the M. E. church and lived a true Christian life, always ready and willing to do any acts of kindness for the poor or distressed. She was survived by one son, William A. Cole and 2 grandchildren, Willia B. Heston of Louisa and Fred Cole of Rush; one brother, Bud Swetnam of Blaine, KY and 3 sisters, Mrs. Julia Moore, Mrs. Samantha Wellman and Mrs. Heston Holton of Blaine. Mr. Swetnam and Mrs. Holton attended the funeral but Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Wellman were not able to attend owing to their advanced age and the condition of their health. Mrs. Cole was 75 years of age and very active until the last 5 years when she was troubled with enlargement of the liver, which caused her death. She was sick only about 2 hours. At 4 o’clock on Nov 7 as was her usual custom, she walked from her home a short distance to that of her son where she always spent the night, seemingly as well as usual. She talked with Mrs. Cole of the happenings of the day yet she said that her side was hurting and she felt sick. She immediately went to bed. Mrs. Jennie Cole called some of her near neighbors and they came and Mrs. Cole sent immediately for her husband who arrived 20 minutes before his mother’s death. They were unable to get a doctor there before she died. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Campbell, the minister of the Grassland circuit at East Fork Chapel after the body was laid to rest beside her husband, William D. Cole in the Cole Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 18, 1921
CONWAY, H. D.
Prestonsburg, KY—Nov 21—H. D. Conway, 45 years old, mine operator and A. J. Clark, 36, private detective for a coal corporation were killed in a duel this afternoon. Both men lived in Garrett, this county, where the duel occurred. After a shot from Conway’s repeating shotgun had torn away most of Clark’s right shoulder, the latter grappled with his adversary in an attempt to disarm him. Breaking away, Conway shot Clark again. Clark then pursued Conway across the street to a poolroom, where Conway locked himself in. Clark forced the door and using a pistol with his left hand, shot Conway through the heart. Both men have many relatives in this county. Both were married and have families. The shooting was said to have been the result of an old grudge. What was said to precipitate the shooting is not known. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
Cecil, son of John R. Diamond, died at the home in Smokey Valley yesterday. He had been sick of typhoid fever for 3 or 4 weeks. His age was 17 years. He had been working in the coal fields of West Virginia and it is thought the disease was contracted there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 18, 1921
DIAMOND, Minerva L. (Muncy)
Minerva L. Muncy was born Jun 13, 1860 in Dallas Co., TX, and departed this life Oct 26, 1921, age 81 years 4 months and 13 days. She came to Kentucky in the year 1876, and was married to Francis Marion Diamond Mar 12, 1878. To this union were born 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls, one son preceded her on to the better world in infancy. The remaining six children and 9 grandchildren were all present at the burial. She was converted in early life and joined the Methodist Church and has always lived a devoted Christian life. She always from the time she became a housekeeper, together with her devoted husband, shared their home with the homeless, fed the hungry and helped clothe the poor. Her one great object in life was to help some one in distress who was weaken or more unfortunate than she, and was often heard to say, “the poor you have with you always, and do good unto them when you may.” The funeral services were held at her home by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett attended by a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
The bodies of John W. Newman, aged 26, and Miss Louise Doyle, aged 18, were discovered early Friday afternoon in an abandoned house on the George Davis farm 7 miles north of Portsmouth, OH. Both bodies were found in one small room. His body was lying in a corner pierced by 3 bullet wounds from a .32 calibre revolver. Her body was crouched in a nearby corner pierced through the heart by a similar bullet. The couple disappeared suddenly on Friday night a week before the bodies were found and Miss Doyle’s mother notified the police that that night when her daughter failed to return home. Both are employees of the Excelsior Shoe Plant and had splendid reputations, standing high in the opinions of all who knew them. Mr. Newman was married and leaves a wife and 3 children. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov. 4, 1921
Hiram Fuller a pioneer and respected citizen of this community, died of pneumonia at his home in the southern part of Ceredo on Tuesday of last week. He was 82 years of age and was only ill about a week. Mr. Fuller was a civil war veteran and served his country in the Union army. He was a member of the Bailey Post, G.A.R. at Huntington and a number of the post members attended the funeral. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. S. Akers, assisted by Rev. J. T. Pope, in the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon, after which the body was buried in Brown’s Hill Cemetery. Born in Pike County, KY, Mr. Fuller came to Wayne County in early life and had resided here ever since. He was twice married and the following children all from the first union, survive: Oliver, Thomas J. and John W. Fuller, all of whom reside in this community, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Ellnora Reese of Andover, VA and Mrs. Rebecca Newman of Cincinnati and his widow. Ceredo Advance. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
Tom Halbert, 46, coal miner of Printer, was shot and almost instantly killed by his father in law, Bud Salisbury, in the home of the latter near Printer Friday. The weapon used was a shot gun which Salisbury, who is 77 years old, secured as Halbert was seen approaching. Halbert it is said was drinking and when in that condition was a dangerous man. He was advancing on Salisbury with a pistol when shot. He leaves a wife and one child, a daughter, who is grown. No legal steps in this connection are contemplated by officers, it is said. Prestonsburg Citizen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
Mr. George Lakin, died at Hanging Rock, OH, a few days ago and his body was returned to his old home near Buchanan, KY for burial. The funeral was preached by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. He was 80 years old. About 2 years ago he moved to Ohio, but was back in this county recently and said he hoped to again locate here very soon. Five grown sons and daughters survive and all were present at the funeral. Mr. Lakin was a good citizen. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 4, 1921
Jim Frazier, age about 60, killed a negro in the Bank Josephine at Prestonsburg Tuesday morning at 3:30. The negro’s name was John Mills, age about 28, Frazier had been janitor of the building for many years and always comes to the bank very early to clean up. He says he surprised Mills and another negro while they were ransacking the desks in the bank. The other man escaped through an open window. Several drawers were found open, with contents scattered on the floor. Nothing of value has been missed. Mills had no hat or coat on and was unarmed. He received one shot in the jaw and death resulted instantly. He was employed at a hotel since going to Prestonsburg Nov 2. It is said he was a convict, having been paroled from the Frankfort penitentiary recently. Frazier is a native of Louisa, having grown up here, and form many years during his youth he was in the employ of Capt. M. Freese. The Kentucky Bankers Association has a standing award of $1000 to any person who kills a burglar while attempting to rob a bank. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 18, 1921
NEWMAN, John W.
The bodies of John W. Newman, aged 26, and Miss Louise Doyle, aged 18, were discovered early Friday afternoon in an abandoned house on the George Davis farm 7 miles north of Portsmouth, OH. Both bodies were found in one small room. His body was lying in a corner pierced by 3 bullet wounds from a .32 calibre revolver. Her body was crouched in a nearby corner pierced through the heart by a similar bullet. The couple disappeared suddenly on Friday night a week before the bodies were found and Miss Doyle’s mother notified the police that that night when her daughter failed to return home. Both are employees of the Excelsior Shoe Plant and had splendid reputations, standing high in the opinions of all who knew them. Mr. Newman was married and leaves a wife and 3 children. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov. 4, 1921
Mrs. Zara O’Brien died last Friday at her home in Fort Gay, WV. She was a sister of Mrs. L.H. York of this place. She had been ill for quite a while. Her husband, Felt O’Brien and some grown children survive. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 18, 1921
Almost tragic was the death on Saturday of Harless Pack, son of Mrs. Dona Pack, a most estimable woman of Big Sandy Road, South Side. He had been ill for a few days, his illness having been caused by a slight abrasion on one of his fingers, which had been made by a corn stalk, causing blood poisoning. Lockjaw developed and he was rushed to the hospital but died in a few hours after reaching there. He was 21 years old and was married. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
Greeley Runyon, 27, a farmer of Hatfield Station, near Catlettsburg, was shot and almost instantly killed at 11 a.m. today by his brother, Ransom Runyon, following a quarrel which resulted from Greeley’s pushing an automobile over Ransom while the latter was doing some work on it. Ransom was said to be repairing an automobile near Greeley Runyon’s home when Greeley pushed the car over Ransom. When Ransom resented the act, which was attributed to the report that Greeley had been drinking, Ransom struck Greeley with a sled standard. After a tussle, Ransom departed for his home, telling Greeley not to follow him. Greeley insisted, however, on following and when the latter insisted on entering Ransom’s home against the protests of both Ransom and his wife, Ransom went inside and obtained a .38 calibre revolver and shot Greeley through the head. He died on the front porch of the home. Ransom then remained at his home while others notified the authorities in Catlettsburg. Ransom did not resist arrest but went peaceably with the officers to the jail. The Runyons are members of a well known and respected family in the section of Hatfield Station, just outside the city limits of Catlettsburg and on the Big Sandy division of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Joe Runyon a farmer, is the father of the 2 young men. Greeley Runyon was married but had no children. Ransom is married and has 2 children, Ashland Independent.
Ransom Runyon was tried before County Judge Watson Monday afternoon and was acquitted of the charge. A case of self defense was clearly proven by the parents of the dead man and of the defendant who returned home with his parents. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 28, 1921
SKAGGS, John L.
John L. Skaggs, of Cherokee, this county, was killed in Elliott county just over the line, last Saturday, it is said to have been the result of a drunken row. Evans, son of Harrison Evans, of Elliott Co. is charged with firing the fatal shot. A “sale day” gathering brought together quite a crowd at the place where the killing occurred. Moonshine was plentiful and one man paid the supreme penalty usually exacted upon such occasions. Skaggs leaves a wife and 2 or 3 small children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 18, 1921
James Starr was killed in Martin County a few days ago by a young man named Hensley. Starr owned a farm about 5 miles west of Louisa, which he bought a few years ago from one of the Burchetts. Some time ago he contracted to do a logging job on Wolfe Creek, Martin County, his old home neighborhood. He was here last week to vote. It is said he had been drinking several days previous to his death and that he attacked the Hensley boy, shooting at him twice with a shotgun. Hensley saved himself by falling over a bank, and then came up with a pistol. It is said he planted 8 or 9 bullets in Starr’s body, causing instant death. Hensley surrendered to the officers. Starr’s reputation in Martin county was that of a dangerous man, especially when drinking. While living in Lawrence, however, he had been in no trouble. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 18, 1921
The NEWS was misinformed last week in regard to the man who was killed in Martin County. It was “Black Jim” Starr, who was killed, and not the James Starr, who lives in Lawrence County. There are said to be 3 men named James Starr, all of Martin County. Black Jim is reported to have killed 6 or 7 men. The last fracas was with a boy 17 years old, who had warning of the impending trouble. He was carrying 2 pistols and a shingle barreled shot gun, it is said. Starr fired at him with a double-barreled shot gun and the boy saved himself by falling over a bank. Starr evidently thought he had killed him, but young Hensley came up with the 2 pistols and place 11 bullets in Starr’s body. Later: Since the above was written we are again informed that the Lawrence County man is the one who was killed. So our readers may take their choice. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
Hicksville—We were sorry to hear of the death of little Mary Wilks. She was only 9 years of age, and just lived a short time after taking sick. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
John Wooten, born Oct 1, 1892, gave his life in action in the World War between Oct 1 and 6, 1918, on the Argonne Forest battlefield, France. John volunteered for service for his county and didn’t wait to be called or drafted. He was among the first soldiers sent to France to keep his country’s honor. John was willing to go and we hope by his willingness that he has gained his victory in glory where there will be no battles to be fought. He was a good boy, liked by all who knew him. John’s body arrived home Sep 17,1921, and was met at Fullers Station, by his father, William Wooten and friends. His body was taken to his home at Hulette. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. K. Leslie of Ashland, R. H. Cassady of Fallsburg, after which his body was laid to rest by the side of his mother in the family cemetery at Fallsburg. John leaves to mourn his loss, father, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 4, 1921
YORK, Dr. James F.
Dr. James F. York, 55 years old, Kenova, WV, died Friday at a Cincinnati hotel following an illness which extended over 5 weeks. He was widely acquainted throughout West Virginia and for 10 years was Mayor of Kenova. He had been engaged in the oil business in the last few years. Dr. York’s fatal illness was contracted in the oil fields at Scottsville, KY. Immediately after becoming ill Dr. York went to Cincinnati in an attempt to regain his health. Dr. York was known among a number of Cincinnati professional men, as he was graduated from the Electic Medical College in the class of 1895. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. No. 113, Huntington, WV; Kenova Lodge, A. F & A.M. No. 110, Royal Arch Masons No. 6, and Beni Kedem Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Charleston, WV. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dora York and a son, John Y. York, who is a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Service stationed at Ross Field, Arcadia, CA. both were at Dr. York’s beside at the time of his death. The body was forwarded to Huntington, WV for burial. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 11, 1921
Ulysses, KY—the death angel visited the home of Rev. G. W. Young and wife on Nov 16 and claimed for its victim their beloved son, Milton, who has suffered severely since 1918 from a shot received in the back at Powellton, WV. Milton was 19 yeas of age and a jolly little fellow, loved by everyone who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss, father, mother, 4 sisters, 3 brothers and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 25, 1921
The death angel visited the home of Mr. Cap Adkins Dec 23 and claimed for its victim his loving wife, Frances Adkins. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 30, 1921
Talbert Barnett, aged about 25 years died at the home of his mother in law, Mrs. Lyons of West Paintsville, He had been a sufferer from tuberculosis for the past 2 years and had visited health resorts in the West in an effort to check the inroads of the dreaded disease, but to no avail and his death was not unexpected. He was a son of A. J. Barnett of Sip, this county, and an excellent young man. He is survived by his wife and 2 children, several brothers and sisters and his father. The burial took place at the old home near Sip. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1921
On Dec 1 the death angel winged its flight to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Burchett and claimed for its victim their darling daughter, Millie. She was about 45 years of age. She leaves a father and mother and 3 brothers and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was laid to rest in the family burying ground by the side of her brother, overlooking the home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 9,1 921
Marion Cox, native of Gallup, KY, and father of General Lafayette Cox and George Cox, of Red Jacket, and 5 other children, died of paralysis yesterday at his home in Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 9,1921
On Nov 17th the death angel visited the home of Johnie Diamond and claimed for its victim his son, Cecil. He was about 17 years of age. He leaves a father, step mother, 6 brothers and one sister and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. Cecil had been working up the river. He came home for a party his sister was giving on Saturday night. He had been sick about a week before he came home and he took his bed on Thursday, was bedfast 14 days. Typhoid fever was the cause of his death. The interment took place in the Diamond burial ground near Smokey Valley. Rev. Lindsey Cyrus conducted the funeral services in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1921
ELSWICK, Laura E. (Queen)
Death has again flapped his black wings o’er our community and claimed for his victim Mrs. Laura E. Elswick, wife of D.W. Elswick of Estep. She was 61 years 9 months and 3 days old. She was a fallen victim to that dreaded pneumonia and departed this life Nov 26, 1921. She was a true Christian wife and mother and had been a member of the M. E. Church South for 38 years. The funeral services were held at the home church in charge of Rev. H.B. Hulett and Rev. Campbell pastor in charge. Her remains were laid to rest in the family cemetery on the brow of the hill above the church with her father and mother, Walter and Virginia Queen, who preceded her to the glory land several years ago. She is survived by her husband, D. W. Elswick, 3 sons, K.C. Elswick, Earl Elswick and John Elswick and 2 sisters and 5 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 16, 1921
The death of John Farley occurred a few days ago near Kise station. He had been ill for some time with leakage of the heart. He is survived by his wife and 4 children. The burial took place near the home. The family moved from Ohio to Kise some time ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 30, 1921
Mrs. Elizabeth Gray of Water Gap, passed away at her home Nov 2. She had been in poor health for some time, yet her death was a great shock to her many friends and relatives. She was about 90 years of age, a member of the Methodist Church South and has always lived a clean, Christian life. She leaves 3 sons and 3 daughters and many grandchildren to mourn her loss. She was laid to rest in the Laferty Cemetery by the side of her dear husband, Joseph Gray, who had passed away some time ago, and no doubt was waiting for her on the golden shore. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. C. H. Peters, Rev. B. W. Craft and Rev. J. M. Laferty. Prestonsburg Post. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 2, 1921
HAGER, Martha (Dixon)
On Monday morning at 6:30 the soul of Mrs. Martha Hager passed from this life to the life beyond. Thus rest came, after a prolonged illness of months, due to the work of a stubborn cancer. Throughout the entire time of her illness this little woman bore her affliction in a patient, Christlike manner. She was perfectly resigned to the Lord all the time, and the example of her heroine attitude was an inspiration to all. Even in her most intense suffering she "counted her blessings." Mrs. Hager was a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Church for 50 years. She was in her 69th year. She is survived by 3 brothers, Dr. Ben Dixon of Salyersville, John Dixon, Paintsville, George Dixon, Henrietta and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Mayo of Paintsville and Mrs. Murza Borders of Henrietta. She is also survived by 3 children, Mrs. Dr. G. M. Stafford, city; Fred Hager, Hager Hill, and Ben Hager of Van Lear. Several grandchildren mourn her passing. Funeral services were held by her pastor, Edward J. Rees at the residence of her son in law, Dr. G. M. Stafford of this city. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1921
Joe Hall was shot and instantly killed at Martin, on Beaver Creek, Floyd County, last Friday. A man named Crum is charged with the murder. The men were drinking, it is said, and the killing is a result of them being in that condition. Hall is a native, but Crum went there from Virginia some time ago, so we are informed. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 2, 1921
Ulysses, KY—The loving little son Everett of Mr. and Mrs. Elsie Hannah died a few weeks ago at this place. His death was caused by diphtheria. He was 6 years of age and a very bright little boy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 9, 1921
Mrs. Nancy Horton, 27 years old, died at noon Friday at the Ashland General hospital from an abscess on the lungs. Her body was taken to her home in Willard where the funeral was held Saturday afternoon Mrs. Horton is survived by her husband, Watt Horton, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bays of Carter County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 30, 1921
Inez, KY—Joe James died Monday morning at the age of 79 years. He was one of the oldest citizens of the county and was highly respected. He had served one term as Sheriff of the county, was a large land owner and one of the county’s wealthiest men. Uncle Joe had been in feeble health for the past 3 or 4 years, having suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he never quite recovered. He is survived by his widow, Aunt Martha Jane James, who has been confined to her bed for some time; also 3 daughters and 4 sons, together with a host of relatives and friends. Uncle Joe was a grandson of John James, one of the earliest settlers of the county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 23, 1921
LAYNE, Mrs. James C.
Louisa relatives and friends were grieved when they learned of the death of Mrs. James C. Layne, which occurred at Fort Thomas, KY Thursday of last week. It was known here that she had been in an enfeebled condition for quite a while, due to advanced age and to an accident which befell her about 4 years ago, resulting in a broken hip. A funeral service was held a the home on Friday evening and on Saturday the body was brought to Louisa for burial, arriving on Norfolk & Western train at 2:16 p.m. Undertaker Snyder and a number of friends of the deceased met the train and all were conveyed directly to Pine Hill Cemetery, where the interment was made. Rev. John Cheap, of the M. E. Church, conducted an appropriate service and members of the choir sang favorite hymns. The active pallbearers were Richard Moor, L. T. McClure, M. S. Burns, T. S. Thompson, G. R. Vinson and M. F. Conley. Honorary pallbearers were Col. Jay H. Northup, F. T. D. Wallace, Capt. F. F. Freese, J. W. Yates, G. W. Castle and R. C. McClure. Accompanying the remains to Louisa were the husband, the 2 sons and 2 daughters of Mrs. Layne and some of the grandchildren, as follows: Dr. and Mrs. P. c. Layne and son Porter of Ashland. Mr. and Mrs. James C. Layne, Jr. of Fort Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Peck and 4 children of Huntington. Mrs. Ellie Layne Brown and daughter, Adelaide of Fort Thomas. Mrs. Adams of Logan, a sister of Mr. Peck, also was present. All were guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Shannon while here. Mrs. J. C. Layne had just passed her 78th birthday. She was a daughter of Mr. “Dock” Shannon, who spent a long and honorable life in this community. James W. Shannon was Mrs. Layne’s brother and her sisters were Mrs. W. M. Stone and Mrs. J. C. Gratigney, all of whom have passed away. Mrs. Layne was a consistent member of the M. E. Church from her youth. She was a woman of more than ordinary mental capacity of kindly disposition refined in manner and tastes. About 30 years ago the family moved to Cincinnati in order to give the children better educational advantages. Several years later Mr. and Mrs. Layne removed to Huntington, where they resided until 4 years ago, Mr. Layne is in his 87th year and is remarkably active for this extreme age. He walks erect and briskly, using no cane. Mrs. Layne never lost her affection for the old home town of Louisa and the friends she left here. It was her expressed desire to have her body laid to rest on Pine Hill, where so many relatives and friends sleep, overlooking the little city where she spent her young and a good portion of her mature years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 9, 1921
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lockwood died Saturday evening. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home by Rev. H. G. Sowards. Interment in the Preston Cemetery in West Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 16, 1921
MARCUM, Thomas Damron
Captain Thomas Damron Marcum, 81, one of the best known men of the Tri-state region, died at his home on Broadway in Catlettsburg at 9:30 Wednesday night, after an illness of one week. Captain Marcum was born in Lawrence County, KY, 5 miles from Louisa, Dec 17, 1840. He was the oldest living son of the late Stephen N. and Jane Damron Marcum. He served in the Union Army thru-out the Civil War as Captain of Co. K, 14th Kentucky Infantry. He was the first Democrat from Eastern Kentucky to be elected to a state office in Kentucky after the war. He was chosen in 1875 to fill the position of registrar of lands. During the first Cleveland administration he served as inspector of Indian lands. His interest in politics never lagged and he continued to be active throughout the campaign which closed early this month. During this campaign he served as chairman of the Democratic committee in Boyd County.
For 31 years prior to his death he had been general agent for the New York Life Insurance Company. He was active in business until the day before his last illness compelled him to keep his bed. He was married Jan 19, 1865, to Mary Bromley of Wayne County, WV. She died 11 years ago. They are survived by 3 children, who are J. F. Marcum of South Point, OH, Mrs. Alonzo Mims and Mrs. E. C. Walton of Catlettsburg. Captain Marcum also leaves 4 brothers there being, J. H. Marcum, J. S. Marcum and Lace Marcum residents of Huntington and 4 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Cathill of New York, Mrs. Morgan Baker of Huntington, Mrs. John Dotson of Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. R. L. Simpkins of this county. Captain Marcum was a 32degree Mason, an Elk and a member of the Baptist Church.. The funeral was held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alonzo Mims, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock and was preached by Rev. W. C. Pierce of the First Baptist Church. The body was laid to rest in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 2, 1921
Griffith Creek, KY—The only child, a little boy of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Maynard of Laurel, was killed one day last week by a fall of slate. He and his mother had gone where Mr. Maynard was working in a coal bank where the accident happened. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 23, 1921
James McGuire died at his home at the mouth of Two Mile Creek, 2 miles north of Louisa, last Friday night. The burial took place Sunday afternoon in the family burial grounds. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. D. Bell of the South Methodist Church. Mr. McGuire was in his 86th years. He had lived 84 years on the farm where he died. His parents came here from Virginia when he was about 18 months old. Nicholas McGuire was his father. He lived to be 96 years of age. James was the last of a large family of sons and daughters except one, Mrs. Elliott Arnett, who lives at Greenup. She is about 82 years old and was not physically able to attend the funeral of her brother. Sons of the deceased are Luke, James, George and Dick, all of whom are living. One daughter and the widow survive also. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 30, 1921
Fred Moore was born in Floyd County, KY, Mar 3, 1894, departed from this life Jul 31, 1921, aged 27 years, 4 months 18 days. He moved with his parents from Floyd County to Lawrence County the year 1908. They first settled on McDaniels on the right fork of Cat and remained there for 4 years, after which they moved from there to the William Colwell farm on Bear Creek, near Buchanan, the place of his death. He was a Corporal in Co. F 358th Inf. In the World War and was in France where he incurred the disability that caused his untimely death. After he came home from the service he was ordered to the hospital at Somerset, KY where he was treated by Dr. A.W. Cain. All was done for him that doctors, companions, mother, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors could do but could not stay the strong arm of death. He was married to Miss Carrie Layne, Jun1920, and she accompanied him to the hospital at Somerset and went in as a nurse in order to be with her husband. His remains were consigned to old mother earth at Mount Zion Chapel, near the home of his mother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 9, 1921
The body of Mrs. Elizabeth P. Paynter, 70 years old, widow of Thomas H. Paynter who served on the Court of Appeals and also as United States Senator from Kentucky, who died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Morton K. Yonts, in Louisville, was taken to Frankfort for burial. Mrs. Paynter was a native of Greenup County and a member of the Pollock family, pioneers of the section. Besides Mrs. Yonts she is survived by a son, Pollock Paynter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 23, 1921
PETERS, John N.
Mr. John N. Peters died at his home 4 miles east of Louisa, near Saltpetre, WV, on Monday of this week at the age of 83 years. The interment took place in the See burial grounds not far away. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the funeral services in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. Mr. Peters had been in ill health for several years. One foot was amputated 3 or 4 years ago as a result of gangrene. For more than a year he had been in a very feeble condition. He is survived by the wife, who is in very poor health; several sons and daughters. Three live in California, Mrs. T. C. Linger of Findlay, OH, who has been coming frequently to see her parents, was present at the funeral. Mr. Peters was an honest, industrious and substantial citizen. For many years he operated a saw mill. He was also engaged in farming. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 9, 1921
John N. Peters was born in Lawrence County, KY, Jan 1, 1839. He died Dec 5, 1921. He was married in Scott County, VA Aug 24 1860 to Miss Nancy A. Harris. Unto this union 9 children were born, 2 of whom died in infancy. He was a member of the Christian Church, strong in faith, having made the good confession about 50 years ago. He was a Royal Arch Mason. Mr. Peters had his right leg amputated just below the knee in Aug 1917, on account of gangrene, after which he speedily recovered and was in the best of health until Apr 17, 1921, when he suffered a paralytic stroke which confined him to his bed until the end. The widow is now unable to sit up, having been confined to her bed since last May. She suffers from a complication of diseases. Besides the widow there are left to mourn the loss the following children: Mrs. A.R. Ferguson, Seeley, CA, Mrs. Marion Smith, Escondido, CA, Mrs. T.C. Linger, Findlay, OH, Mrs. Webb Sipple, El Centro, CA, Mrs. Mont Bartram, Fort Gay, WV, R.A. Peters, Seeley, CA and R. C. Peters at home of parents. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 16, 1921
Mrs. Josephine Smith, wife of Ballard Smith, after a lingering illness and much suffering was called to the great beyond Nov 17. She had put her house in order: death came to her with no alarm. She had long since made her peace with God. At the age of 23 she was converted and joined the Baptist Church and lived a consistent member from that time until her death. To the family were born 4 children, 3 girls and one son. She endeavored to bring her children up in the right way. She gave them the proper home training, sent them to church and Sunday school and the good example set before them has resulted in the children growing up to love the church and Sunday school work. At the time of her death Mrs. Smith was 60 years 11 months and 18 days of age. She leaves a husband, 3 daughters and one son and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Rev. Campbell preached her funeral at Garrett Chapel. She was laid to rest in the old family graveyard not far from her home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 2, 1921
Wesley Thompson, 73, of Radnor, WV, was found dead last Thursday morning about ½ mile from the home of Mont Thompson by neighbors after having been missing since noon Monday. At noon Monday, Nov 28, he told relatives that he was going to post some letters. He later changed his mind and started hunting. About 3 o’clock in the afternoon it began to rain and his relatives supposed that he had stopped at a neighbor’s house for shelter. When he did not return they were not uneasy for it had been his habit to stay overnight now and then with friends without telling his family. When he did not return next day his relatives were alarmed and went from house to house inquiring for him. On Thursday morning he was found by John Noe and James Pratt. Mr. Thompson was born in Floyd County, KY and lived there most of his life. In 1918, he moved with his family to Tacoma, WA and last spring he moved to Wayne County. He was a man of quiet and earnest disposition and was liked by all his neighbors. He was married twice and the following children of the first union survive: Dock Thompson, Wonder, KY, John Thompson, Washington, of the last union these children survive: James of Ivel, KY, Dove of Radnor, Willie and Fairy of Moron, WA. The funeral was held at the home of Mont Thompson Friday afternoon. Rev. Cyrus Marcum conducting the services. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 9, 1921
Pikeville, KY—Dec 12—Palmer Vanover, son of Circuit Judge Roscoe Vanover, who was shot here Saturday night by Policeman Bales, died at the King’s Daughters Hospital at Ashland, KY at 1 o’clock Monday morning. Vanover had entered a box car, it is claimed, and taken a crate of cigarettes. He was shadowed by officer Bales and attempted to escape by running but Bales fired on him. The officer then took him in custody and did not realize for some time that the boy was seriously shot. He is said to have walked 30 minutes before becoming aware of the fact that a bullet had passed though his body. Vanover was rushed to the Ashland hospital on a special train. An operation early Sunday disclosed that his intestines and liver had been pierced several times by the bullet. The body was returned to Pikeville for burial. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 16, 1921
WALDECK, Nicholas Dunlap
Mr. Nicholas Dunlap Waldeck passed away on Tuesday, Dec 20, at 12:40 p.m. at his home in Louisa. His health had been declining the past 3 years but until about 2 weeks previous to his death he was able to be out and around town. He suffered from a complication of troubles for some time had been unable to speak above a whisper. Mr. Waldeck was born at Big Blaine, KY, Apr 12, 1852, and moved to Louisa with his parents when just a child and has been a resident here since that time. He was one of the oldest members of the Masonic order in Louisa, having been initiated into this chapter over 40 years ago and had held office in the lodge for many years. He was often their representative to the Grand Lodge in Louisville. Mr. Waldeck’s age was 69 years 9 months and 8 days. His wife was Miss Hannah Justice of this place. She and the following children are the surviving members of the family: Mrs. J.M. Meek of Little Rock, AR, John Waldeck of Portsmouth, OH, Charley Dunlap Waldeck of Louisa, James Jolly Waldeck of Norfolk, VA, George Waldeck of Prudence, WV, and Mrs. C. B. Ross of Ashland. Also a brother, John Waldeck of this place and sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley of Yatesville. All the children were present during his last illness except Mrs. Meek, who was unable because of illness to be hers. On Thursday morning at 10 the funeral service was held in the M. E. Church South, under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. The service was conducted by Rev. J. D. Bell, pastor. The body was then taken to Pine Hill Cemetery and laid to rest. The Mason had charge of the last sad rites. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 23, 1921
WEBB, Bertha (Thompson)
The death angel visited the home of Lafe Webb on Tuesday night, Nov 29, 1921 and claimed for its victim his loving wife, Mrs. Bertha Thompson Webb, aged 29 years 10 months and 12 days. On last Monday morning the stork brought twin babies to Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Webb but the visit was a very sad one. One of the infants died and was buried Tuesday morning and on Tuesday night the fond mother passed to the great beyond. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground. The funeral was preached by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa. The deceased leaves a husband, and 4 small children to mourn the loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 9, 1921
The little son of John Wellman age 10 years, died at Jean a few days ago. Heart trouble was the cause. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 9, 1921
A child of Walter Wellman’s died last Friday at his home in Louisa. The burial took place on Saturday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 30, 1921
YOUNG, Oral Synett
The death angel again visited the home of Smith and Jeddie Young on Dec 6 and took from their home their infant baby, Oral Synett. It was laid to rest beside its infant sister in the family graveyard, overlooking the home of its parents and grandparents. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 23, 1921