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AKERS, Mrs. Frances
The death angel visited the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Sizemore of Prestonsburg and took from their embrace their darling mother and mother in law, Mrs. Frances Akers. She passed to the great beyond Dec 6, 1925. She was over 67 years old at the time of her death. She was confined to her bed over 3 months and bore her afflictions with great patience. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1926
Pikeville--One of Pike County's venerable citizens was claimed by death this week in the passing of James Akers of Branham's Creek, after a respected and beloved life of 80 years. The burial was held in the cemetery on Branham's Creek. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
The Rev. William Ball passed this life Oct 27th, 1925 at his home at Waltz, Rowan County, KY. He was sick several days with heart dropsy. He was 85years old and leaves several children, all grown, to mourn his death. He was a strong preacher and served one term as the president of the Kentucky Conference of the M. P. Church. He was born and raised on Little Blaine, this county. He has relatives and friends throughout Eastern Kentucky. He married for his first wife, Susan Miller, daughter of the late H. B. Miller of Georges Creek. He was a brother I law of J. F. Davis of Louisa and a Civil War veteran. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
BENTLEY, Mrs. Tom
Pike County—On the Long Fork of Shelby, Mrs. Tom Bentley, 69 years old, died at her home at Etty of a cold contracted 3 weeks ago while attending the burial of her son, Dan Bentley, alleged to have been killed by Elijah Fleming. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
Pikeville, KY, Dec 26—Millard Bevins of Regina, KY, son of James Bevins, was the tragic victim of a Christmas celebration, it was reported here today. The boy loaded an iron pipe, he obtained at his father’s mill with powder and having connected a fuse and tapped both ends of the pipe ignited the fuse. He then placed the pie on top of a woodshed. A piece of it struck the boy and fractured his skull producing instant death. The unfortunate boy was a cripple. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
Georges Creek—Pearl Bevins, the 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Bevins, of Lucasville, OH, was brought here for burial in the Bevins Cemetery. She died on Jan 21st in Lucasville. She was a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Bevins. Other survivors include her parents and 3 sisters and one brother. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Bevins on Jan 21, 1926 and claimed their loving daughter, Dearl Bevins. She was born at Charleston, WV on Nov 14, 1921. She was 4 years 11 months and 14 days old. Pneumonia caused her death. She was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Bevins. She took sick on Jan 2. She leaves father, mother, 3 sisters and one brother to mourn their loss. She will meet her dear loving sister, who departed this life in 1924. She was taken to the Bevins Cemetery at Georges Creek, KY for burial. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
BOGGS, Mrs. Nelson
Hugh Boggs, of Potter, was adjudged insane last week and was taken to the Eastern State Hospital at Lexington by Dan Riffe. His daughter, Mrs. Nelson Boggs, also of Potter died Tuesday of this week of Bright's disease. She was 17 years of age and has been sick 4 or 5 weeks. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
Prestonsburg--Mrs. Kate Burchett, one of our best beloved women, died at the Pikeville General Hospital, Dec 22. She had been sick for quite a while, but it had been reported that she was very much improved and would be at home to spend the holidays. The funeral was conducted by Rev. C. H. Nicholls. The Eastern Stars had charge of the ceremonies at the grave. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
BURNETT, Mrs. G. W.
Mrs. G. W. Burnett, one of Grayson's esteemed citizens, passed peaceful to her reward Tuesday morning Dec 22 after a lingering illness of a complication of troubles. Wednesday morning funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Arthur Jarvis, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Grayson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
The sad news of the sudden death of Mr. Austin Chestnut was received in Louisa by Mrs. Chestnut's brother, Mr. G. R. Lewis, on Thursday night of last week and came as quite a shock to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, with whom they had passed Christmas and several days. The following news paper account from Jackson, OH, gives particulars: Thursday evening, Dec 31, about 10:30 Austin Chestnut, aged 60 years expired suddenly in Lewis' Drug store. He had been in his usual health during the day, but just as he was about to turn out the lights to close the store for the night, he complained of a pain in his chest, and died almost immediately. Mr. Chestnut was originally from Chillicothe, but had worked as relief man in drug stores in Ironton and Portsmouth previous to coming to Jackson. After being here awhile, Mr. and Mrs. Chestnut decided they would make Jackson their home and were preparing to moved their household goods preparatory to going to housekeeping. Mr. Chestnut was a cousin to Miss Jeanette Chestnut and Mrs. Kate McCurdy of Portsmouth. He is survived by his wife, one brother and one sister. The funeral was held from the home of Miss Jeanette Chestnut Saturday. Burial in Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Chestnut was Miss Martha Pigg, of Louisa, half sister of Mr. Lewis. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
Pikeville---The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. James Coleman of Marrowbone died in a hospital here on Christmas morning after living only 3 days. The body was taken home and burial took place Saturday at the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
COLVIN, Mrs. Bruce
Mrs. Bruce Colvin, aged 22 years, died at Thealka last Friday after 2 days illness with pneumonia. Mrs. Colvin was seemingly well Tuesday and did her housework, Wednesday, she was stricken and Friday at noon she was dead. Her remains were taken to Riceville for burial. She leaves a husband and 2 small children. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
DANIELS, Mrs. Joe
Pikeville--Joe Daniels shot and killed his wife Friday night at their home in Freeburn. A week ago he made an attempt to kill her, it is alleged, and shot her in the arm. Full details of the affair have not been secured, but the trouble is said to have arisen over another man. Daniels was arrested and put into the Williamson jail and brought to the Pikeville jail Saturday. He has a heavy court record already and has successfully escaped from justice several times. The murder leaves several children motherless. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
HENRY, E. P.
ROSE, J. D.
Three men were killed and 2 other persons slightly hurt when the boiler of a giant Mallet engine of a Chesapeake & Ohio freight train exploded in the business section of Hurricane, near Huntington, late Saturday afternoon. The dead are : J. D. Rose, engineer, Huntington, E. P. Henry, brakeman, Russell and D. Chattie, fireman, Russell, KY. Mrs. H. B. Taylor, of Hurricane and her little son were injured by pieces of flying steel. The entire town was rocked by the terrific explosion, which demolished the big engine and threw the coal and water tender about 15 feet away, overturning it. Store fronts and windows in the business houses fronting on the railroad were wrecked, the occupants in many instances being thrown down and furniture and store fixtures tumbled about by the force of the explosion. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
The sweet little boy who arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clay Tuesday, Jan 12, passed away Wednesday. The remains were shipped to Wellston, OH for burial and were accompanied by the grandfather, R. C. Thomas. Mr. Thomas returned to his home her Friday evening. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
The death of Nelson Collins, age 63 years, which occurred in Paintsville Monday night at the home of Logan Jackson, will come as a shock to his many friends in this section. Mr. Collins had been complaining for a few days of rheumatic pains, but his condition was not thought to be serious. Monday night he was sitting before the fire when he suddenly died. Nelson Collins was a resident of Oil Springs, having served that Magisterial district in the Fiscal Court of the county for many years. A few years ago his wife died and since that time he had been making his home in Paintsville with relatives. He was well known over the county, being a good citizen and a Christian man. He belonged to the order of Red Men and served a term under the Morrow administration as a fire agent for Kentucky. The funeral was conducted Thursday by Rev. W. B. Foley of the M. E. Church and the burial was made at Oil Springs, his old home, and the burial place of his wife and other relatives. Big Sandy News, Jan 29,m1926
After an extended illness Mrs. Hannah Cordle, formerly of this county, succumbed to infirmities of age on Wednesday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Isaac Adams of Ashland. She was in her 76th years. Mrs. Cordle was one of the county’s best women and resided at Cordell until the death of her husband, Jerry Cordle, some few years ago. For several months she had made her home with her daughter in Ashland. Funeral services were conducted at Ashland and the body was brought to Louisa on Saturday and taken to Cordell for interment. She is survived by 6 sons, Amos of Peck, KY, Olin of Centerburg, OH, Si and Milton of Cordell, Arthur and Alexander of West Jefferson and by four daughters, Mrs. Isaac Adams and Mrs. Jennie Thompson of Ashland, Mrs. Mintie Thompson of London, OH, and Mrs. Mollie Holbrook of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
CORDLE, Jesse Marion
On Saturday, Jan 2, 192?, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. J. M. Cordle of Lucasville, OH and claimed for its victim her loving husband, Jesse Marion Cordle. He had been sick since March, had borne his suffering with patience. He leaves a wife and 9 children to mourn their loss, but weep not as those that have no hope. He was married to Miss Cora Thompson Sep 7, 1910. To this union were born 9 children the youngest how about 2 years old. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
Arthur Dale, age 17 years, was killed Tuesday when slate fell on him while he was digging coal from the cliff opposite Paintsville, near the F. M. Stafford home. Young Dale was getting coal from a small seam in the cliff when slate fell after being thawed. He was injured in the head and body and died a few hours after being brought to his home. Funeral services were held Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Jan 22,1926
DANIELS, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Daniels of Patrick, this county, succumbed early Sunday morning of cancer after a long illness. She was one of the county’s best woman and lived a devout Christian life. She leaves her husband and 2 children, Ellen and Maxie, and 2 brothers, George and Smith Hannah. Funeral was conducted by Rev. A. Preston. Burial was made near the home. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
The death of Joshua Endicott occurred last Saturday at the home of relatives near Webb, WV. His death was caused by infirmities of age, he having lived to the age of 90 years. He was once a resident of Louisa and has relatives living here. Burial took place on Monday in the Sammons Cemetery at Webb. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
Mack Fain, age 78, a well known citizen of Wayne County, died Jan 21, 1926 at the home of his son, R. F. Fain, at Crum, with whom he had lived for 18 years. He had been in poor health for over a year. His death was attributed to old age. He was a member of the United Baptist church for more than ?? years and served as deacon to Silver Creek Baptist Church of Crum for ?? years. He died happy and his loved ones have no fear for his future. “Uncle Mack” as everyone knew him always had a cherry word and smile for those he met. His kingly manner made him loved by the community and he willb e greatly missed by all who knew him. The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Fain, 3 sons and 4 daughters, R. F. Fain, and Aaron Fain of Crum, and William Fain, Harlan, KY, Mrs. Rosie Parsley of Kermit, WV, Mrs. Jane Marcum, Mrs. Rebecca Marcum and Mrs. Vicie Chaffin of Crum, besides a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Interment was made in Crum Cemetery Jan 22, services conducted by Rev. Anderville Brown. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
Mrs. Margar?? Ferguson, 84 years old, an early resident of Wayne County, died Monday night at her home at Dickson, after an illness of 4 weeks. Born at what is now Dickson, in Wayne County, Feb 19, 1841, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Bloss, Mrs. Ferguson spent practically her entire life there. She was married in Dec 1860 to Alderson Ferguson. He died 10 years ago. Surviving are 2 daughters and one son, Mrs. Harriet Miller of Grovesport, OH, and Hiram Ferguson of Dickson. One brother, Valentine Bloss, who is now 82 years old, of Beach Fork, 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Mt. Vernon M. E. church, Rev. Henry Mullins, pastor of the church and Rev. Yates of Lavalette, officiating. Burial was made in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
FLANERY, Mrs. C. C.
Mrs. C. C. Flanery passed away at her home at Webbville this county on Monday. She was one of the best women of this county and had long been a devout member of the church. She was active in church and community work. Mrs. Flanery is survived by her husband, a prominent business man of the county. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at Newcomb where burial took place. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
GOODMAN, Rev. L. L.
Rev. L. L. Goodman, age 66 died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Verner Stambaugh in Paintsville, Monday night after a short illness. Mr. and Mrs. Goodman have been making their home with Mr. and Mrs. Stambaugh for several months. For many years this grand old man has been a minister in the United Baptist church and was considered one of the best men in Eastern Kentucky. His body was shipped to Ohio for burial Wednesday and the burial was Thursday. Funeral services were held in the United Baptist Church here Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
GOODMAN, Mrs. L.L.
Mrs. L. L. Goodman was stricken Sunday morning with a cerebral hemorrhage at the home of her son, Dr. T. D. Goodman, in Ashland. She was removed to a hospital, where everything possible for her comfort is being done, but little hope is held out for her recovery. Her husband died only about 3 weeks ago. Mrs. Goodman had not returned to her home in Paintsville since that time and had been visiting with her children. She had been in her usual good health up to the time she was stricken and was seated reading the morning paper. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
GRITTION, Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret Grittion, colored, who was seriously burned on Tuesday morning of last week when her clothing caught fire from an open grate and her home in the Italy addition burned, succumbed Monday afternoon. Burial was made Tuesday on the Wallace farm near town after funeral services held at the church. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
HALL, P. C.
C. Hall of Banner died suddenly of heart failure last Saturday Jan 9, 1926, at his home at Banner. He had been serving on a jury here during the week and went home Saturday evening. He ate a hearty supper and went in the sitting room and sat down by the fire. His wife came in shortly and noticed his head was leaning to one side. She spoke to him but he did not answer. On examination he was dead. His funeral took place Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
HELVEY, Martha, (Sparks)
Pike County—The deaths of five of Pike County women occurred on Tuesday of this week. The oldest of these was Mrs. Martha Helvey, 84, Zebulon, KY. She was formerly Miss Martha Sparks, and was married to Mack Matney who died 2 years ago. Ten children were born to them,8 of whom are still living Two sons, Charley and Henry, are resident of this city. The burial took place Wednesday at the Helvey family cemetery at Helveys Gap. Big Sandy News, Jan
HOLBROOK, Nancy Ellen (Boggs)
Mrs. William P. Holbrook died at her home at Offut, Johnson County, Jan 15. She was the mother of Mrs. Clint C. Skaggs, who moved from Louisa to Thelma, Johnson County, recently. Before marriage she was Nancy Ellen Boggs, born Jul 25, 1862 and was at her death 63 years 6 months and 20 days of age. She was married to William Holbrook May 25, 1882. To this union were born 7 children, Sarah A. James Albert, Sena, Martha, Della, Cam, and Hannah, all of whom are living. Mrs. Holbrook was converted recently and expressed herself as being ready to pass into eternity. The funeral services were held at the home on Sunday, Jan 17, conducted by the Rev. J. H. Holbrook, of this place. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
Drift—Death entered the home of Rev. John Hopkins and claimed for its victim his loving wife, Rebecca. She leaves her husband and one son and a host of friends. She was a good Christian woman and loved by all. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
Paintsville--Mrs. Mary Hughes, age 81, died at the home of her son, Robert Hughes, at Mingo, Dec 15. Mrs. Hughes had been in poor health for some time and her death was not unexpected. She moved to Paintsville a number of years ago with her 2 sons, W. H. and Robert Hughes. She lived here until her sons were married. (rest is missing) Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
JACKSON, Mrs. J. S.
Mrs. J. S. Jackson died at the age of 24 on Wednesday of last week at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Helvy, after a lingering illness. She was married at the age of 17 to J. S. Jackson of Emma, and to this union were born 2 sons, Fred, aged 6 and Ned aged 4. At the age of 16 she joined the Christian Church and lived a devout Christian life until her death. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, her 2 sons, her parents, 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
JARRELL, Sarah (Perry)
Mrs. Jarrell, aged 78 years, passed away at her home in Wayne County last Saturday. She was the mother of Wayne Jarrell and lived near Wayne, WV. The body was taken to Lost Creek for burial which took place on Monday. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
Mrs. Sarah Jarrell, widow of Jesse Jarrell, died suddenly at the home of her brother in law, G. T. Farra at Wayne, last Saturday at noon. She had been in rather poor health for some time and heart failure is supposed to be the immediate cause of her death. Deceased was a member of the United Baptist Church and was ready for death, having expressed a desire that the time might soon come. She was 76 years old. She leaves 2 children, Mrs. Tenny Matthews of Quaker and Wayne Jarrell of Glenhayes. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Moses Perry of Kenova, G. W. Perry of Glenhayes, C. C. Perry of Dunlw, Mrs. Nancy J. Farra of Wayne, Mrs. America Ferguson of North Kenova, OH, and Miss Pheba Perry of Kenova, WV. Interment was made in the Jarrell Cemetery, on the head of Mill Creek, Jan 18th. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. Wayne Smith. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
Louis Johns, colored, aged 85, died at his home of cardiac asthma, from which he had suffered only 4 days. Johns was a barber and conducted a colored barber shop near his residence at the foot of town hill. He is one of Louisa’s best liked colored citizens and has many friends among the whites. He is survived by his wife and a brother, Charley Johns. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
JONES, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Jones died Friday, Jan 1, 1926, at her home on First Avenue. Mrs. Jones (or Polly as we all knew her and loved her by that name) was sick for several months. She had been treated at the Ashland General hospital and later at the Pikeville hospital, where her many friends ha great hopes of her recovery until the past week she gradually grew weaker. Her death comes as a terrible shock to her loved ones and to those of us who have known and loved her from childhood. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
Rev. W. R. Kemper, of Dry Ridge, near Adams, was called to Piketon, OH, last Saturday by the serious illness of his father, William Kemper. He arrived there on Saturday afternoon to find that his father had passed to the life beyond at 10 a.m. a few hours before his son reached his bedside. Mr. Kemper had lived a consistent Christian life and shouted praises unto God until the end. Interment was made in Piketon Cemetery on the following Monday. Kemper returned to his home at Adams on Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
Colonel, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lambert of Genoa, died at the Rife-Ferguson Hospital in Kenova Jan ??. Interment was made in the Watts Cemetery near Genoa. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
Mrs. Beulah Maggard, 30, wife of John Maggard, died at a hospital in Ashland Sunday following a week’s illness. The body was taken to Hitchins, Mrs. Maggard’s home, where she was well known and had many close friends, who will be grieved to learn of her death. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
MARCUM, James H.
James H. Marcum, one of Wayne County’s best citizens, died at his home on Four Pole Saturday after a short illness. He was in his 83rd year. Mr. Marcum was well known in Louisa and the Tri-state section. He was a brother of the late W. W. Marcum who resided in Louisa many years. During the Civil War Mr. Marcum enlisted in the Federal army, Fifty-eighth Kentucky mounted infantry, and during his service was wounded in a skirmish at Fort Gay, sustaining an injury which affected him throughout the remainder of his life. He was married on Sep 14, 1880 to Miss Fannie B. Williams. They lived for 4 years in Cincinnati, and thereafter in the house at Four Pole where he died. As a young man he was active in politics and this activity was recognized when in 1894 Grover Cleveland, then in his second term as president, made his postmaster of Huntington. Upon retiring from the post office he was elected to the state senate, to which he was returned for a second term. During recent years he had not been active in business but had taken a keen interest in public affairs. He leaves his wife and one son, P. H. Marcum, a lawyer who is attached to the office of the attorney general of the United States in Washington. He also leaves 2 brothers, John S. Marcum and Lace Marcum, well known Huntington lawyers. Three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Cahill of New York City, Mrs. R. L. Simpkins of Excelsior, WV and Mrs. J. B. Dotson and a grandson, Carlos Marcum, complete the list of survivors. Funeral rites were conducted at the Johnson Memorial Church under direction of Huntington lodge No. 53, A. F. & A. M., the Rev. Thomas Hamilton, D. D. pronouncing the benediction. Interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
MAY, Louisa (Justice)
Mrs. Louisa May, 79, died at midnight last Sunday at the home of her son, J. C. Tipton, at Normal. Mrs. May had suffered for some time from the infirmities of age and her death was not unexpected. Mrs. May was before her marriage Miss Louisa Justice. She was born Mar 9, 1847, near the mouth of Pond Creek and she had spent the greater part of her life in Kentucky. She had been for many years a member of the Baptist Church and was a highly respected lady whose many friends will grieve to learn of her passing. All the members of her immediate family are dead except her son, John C. Tipton, a well known merchant at Normal, with whom she made her home. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
Cherokee—Mrs. Mary May, wife of Tolbert May, died at her home on Irish Creek Saturday, and was buried Tuesday with her infant child which died at birth. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
Pikeville--Bryan McCowan, 22 years old, son of Bud McCowan, of Elhseam, KY, was killed by a freight train on the Sandy Valley and Elkhorn Railroad at Elkseam 4 o'clock this morning. It is reported that he was returning from a party. McCowan was employed on the construction forge on the Mayo Trail, Shelby Creek section. Construction work is now being done in the vicinity of his home. Three weeks ago his brother, John McCowan was killed by a steam shovel used in construction of the trail a short distance from Elkseam. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
MCKINSTER, Rev. I. F. J.
Rev. I. F. J. McKinster, 70 years old, retired minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, died Tuesday afternoon at his home at Glenwood, WV, after an illness of pneumonia. Mr. McKinster was a minister for many years, engaged mostly in the capacity of a circuit rider. In recent years he had been assigned to the Glenwood circuit. He is survived by a widow, one daughter and one son, Mayo McKinster. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
The funeral of Rev. I. F. J. McKinster, whose death was reported last week, was held at his home at Glenwood, WV. He was a native of Carter County, KY, but had lived at Glenwood since retiring from active ministry a few years ago. His wife, who survives, was Miss Betty Mayo, daughter of Jake Mayo, of Floyd County. The body was taken to Allen and buried in the Mayo Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
MIDDAUGH, H. M. “Jack”
Paintsville--H. M. Middaugh (better known as Jack), died at the home of his niece Mrs. Bertha Gates of Hamlet, OH on Jan 2. Mr. Middaugh will be rememberd by our old inhabitants as he formerly resided here. He was a brother of John Middaugh who is well known to our people. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
MOORE, Margaret Malissa (Eubanke)
Death about 10 o'clock Thursday night claimed Mrs. Margaret Malissa Eubanke Moore, widow of the late Frank Moore, the final summons coming at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maud Adams, in Catlettsburg, where she had made her home for the past 3 years. She was 78 years of age. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Adams and Miss Kate Moore, of Catlettsburg and a son, frank A. Moore of Portsmouth, OH. Funeral services were held at Catlettsburg Sunday. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
OSBORN, Mrs. Elba
Wayne, WV--Mrs. Elba Osborn died Sunday at her home in Kenova of pneumonia. The body was brought to Wayne Tuesday where funeral services were held in the Court House. She leaves a husband and 3 small children, several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
Seymour Parsley, trackwalker for the N & W, aged about 53, was instantly killed on Monday of this week by an N & W train opposite the mouth of Wolf Creek, about 28 miles from Louisa. Mr. Parsley had been an employee of the N & W for 20 years as trackwalker and was making the daily journey along his section of the track when he was killed. No, 85, through freight, struck him when he failed to hear its approach, and hurled him about 20 feet. He sustained a broken neck and died instantly. He is survived by his wife and several children. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
Mrs. Elizabeth Pennington, 54, well known and highly respected citizen of Webbville, this county, died at a hospital in Ashland early Thursday morning after an illness of 2 months. Mrs. Pennington leaves to mourn her passing 4 daughters one of whom resides in Ashland, Mrs. Leonard Lang, and 3 sons. The funeral services were conducted from the residence at Webbville Saturday afternoon and burial was made in the Webbville cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
Lawrence Peters, 24 years old, of Kenova, died there Wednesday morning in the Rife-Ferguson hospital after an illness of typhoid fever. He is survived by a widow, Mrs. Gladys Osborn Peters, a teacher in the Kenova graded school; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gallie Peters, of Sciotoville, OH and by 6 brothers, Roscoe, Curtis and Howard Peters, of Sciotoville, Roy and Homer Peters of Steubenville, OH and Luther Peters, of Huntington. Mr. Peters, was a native of this county, having been reared on the point near Louisa. He and Miss Gladys Osborn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Osborn, of Fort Gay, WV were married in Louisa a the residence of the officiating minister, Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at the Baptist Church in Kenova, interment following in the Huntington cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
Pikeville--Orison Pinson died suddenly at Logan, WV, on Wednesday night of last week after being ill with pneumonia only one day and night. The body was brought here to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pinson, of Third Street. Orison attended the Pikeville schools but he was employed away from here a good deal of the time, holding a position for the last 6 months at Logan. He was a young man of 24 and had a likeable disposition and many good qualities. Left to mourn his loss are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pinson, and 2 sisters and 3 brother, Flora, Jetta, Ferrell, Edgar and Chester. Funeral services were held at the home here Sunday afternoon with the Rev. J. Ralph Wood of the Methodist Episcopal Church officiating, and the body was then taken to the family cemetery on Joe's Creek for burial. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
Win Preston, a resident of Van Lear, KY, was killed early Saturday morning by a Chesapeake & Ohio freight train. the details of the accident are unknown as Preston was found lying on the tracks, his body badly mangled, it is believed by rail officials that he was either riding a freight and fell off or had attempted to board a moving train and fell beneath the wheels. He is married and lives at Van Lear Junction, a short distance above Paintsville. His age was given as 65. All train crews reported that they were unaware that a man had been killed and that they believed the victim had not fallen in front of the locomotive. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
Winfield Preston, aged about 76 years, was killed some days ago near West Van Lear, by a passing eastbound freight train, at what is known as Limestone. Mr. Preston had been to the post office that morning as was his daily custom and returned home. Soon afternoon the family was notified by the train crew that he had been injured. Mr. Preston had not been of the train, as was at first reported, but was struck by the passing train. Death resulted instantly or soon after the accident. He and his family lived just across the river from the scene of the accident. He was a good citizen of that community and his tragic death is deeply deplored. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
Wayne, WV--Koonie Pyles, age 50 years, formerly of Wayne, died Saturday at the C & O Hospital, Huntington. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home of P. H. Bradshaw near Wayne and burial made in the Elmwood Cemetery, near his old home. He leaves a wife and 9 children. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
RATCLIFF, John C.
Pikeville, KY, Jan 19—John C. Ratcliff of this city, a traveling salesman and former deputy sheriff of Pike County, was drowned at 4 o’clock Monday evening while crossing the Levisa River at the mouth of Sims Creek, 20 miles from Pikeville. Ratcliff was traveling for the Snow King Baking Powder Company and at the time was in company with Dan J. Syck, a local salesman for the Kentucky Wholesale Grocery Company of this city. The two men were crossing the river which was swollen by recent rains and contained floating ice. Ratcliff’s horse became frightened at a floe and leaped into a swirl which soon engulfed them. Ratcliff managed to swim some distance but the ice closed over him and he was not seen again. His body had not been recovered last night. The search was to be continued Tuesday morning. His brother, W. H. Ratcliff, general manager of the Pikeville Clothing Co., and his brother in law, Dr. A. G. Osborn both of this city left Tuesday morning for the scene of the tragedy. Ratcliff was formerly associated with the Tug River Coal field as a deputy sheriff and guard under sheriff J. M. Johnson of Pike County. His is one of the leading families of this section. Besides his brothers mentioned above other members of the family are 2 brothers, McFarland and Vernon, merchants at Martin, Floyd County, KY and a sister, Mrs. Myrtie Cline of the same place. His father Alex Ratcliff, lived at Ash Camp, KY. A brother, Orval was shot and killed at Shelbiana, KY 2 years ago. The drowned man was 44 years old. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
RATCLIFF, Sula (Burgess)
The death of Mrs. Sula Burgess Ratcliff occurred a few day ago at her home near Clifford and Glenhayes. She was the widow of William D. Ratcliff and was about 74 years of age. She was the daughter of Edward Burgess who lived in this county at Kise Station. Mrs. Ratcliff is survived by 3 sons, Edward, Roscoe and Dan Ratcliff of Glenhayes, a sister, Mrs. Mary Conley of Louisa and one brother, G. C. Burgess of Kise. She had lived a consistent Christian life for many years. Funeral services were held at the home and burial took place in the Ratcliff burial grounds. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
Pike County—Mrs. Bettie Reynolds, ?? years of age, died early Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Reynolds Adkins of this city, after several months illness. She was buried Wednesday at Bald Knob Branch, Zebulon. Rev. Hayes Maynard officiating. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
RIDDLE, Mrs. Willard
Pike County—Mrs. Willard Riddle of Etty, died of a maternity operation, and Mrs. Jim Tackett of Hartley, approximately 50 year of age was the fifth death. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
RIGGS, Lucinda Jane
Mrs. Lucinda Jane Riggs, wife of L. A. Riggs, of Centerville, Wayne County, WV, died last Friday at the home of her son, T. A. Lambert, at Accoville. She had been ill for nearly a years. She is survived by her husband and by 6 children from a former marriage. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
ROBERTS, Ralph B.
Ralph B. Roberts, 25, of Prestonsburg, died last Sunday afternoon Jan 3, 1926 of heart failure. He had moved back here from Oklahoma just a few months ago and had been salesman in the I. Richmond Co.’s store during the holidays but was engaged in building a house for Dr. W. W. Richmond in the Richmond addition. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was a fine upright young man. He is survived by his young widow, Mrs. Mystie Roberts, whom he married in Oklahoma less than a year ago, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Roberts of Dewey and 3 brothers and 4 sisters as follows: Mrs. William Taylor of Yatesville, KY, D. H. Roberts, College Corner, OH, Mrs. R. P. Stratton, Betsy Layne, KY, Albert Roberts, Dekey, KY, Mrs. e. H. DeLong, Akron, OH, Mrs. Melvin Wells, Lancer, KY, and L. D. Roberts, of Emma. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
On Nov 26th the pale horse and its rider entered the home of Edgar Scott and claimed his father, Jack Scott. He was born in Pike County and was married to Sarah Courtney. to this union were born 7 children, four of whom preceded him to the glory land, 3 living, Edgar, Nora and Nolan. He had been almost helpless for 5 years. He knew his end was near and called his relatives around his bed and told them not to weep for him he was going to rest. All was done for him that loving hands could do, but God saw fit to take him home where there will be no more partings. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Roland Hutchison and Rev. R. H. Cassady. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
Zelda--A very sad accident occurred here Christmas eve, which shocked the people very much. Joe Smith, a citizen of this place, was found lying beside the railroad track at mile post 15. It was supposed that he was struck by the passenger train No. 38. He died within a few hours after being found. Joe leaves a wife and 6 children to mourn his loss. He was laid to rest in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Allen. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
Joe Smith, formerly C & O section foreman at Buchanan, was found lying near the railroad track at Old Zelda, this county, on Christmas eve with a fractured skull from which he succumbed early Christmas morning without regaining consciousness. His companion, Bob Price, was found lying a few feet away, intoxicated but uninjured. A coroner’s verdict stated that Smith met death by being hit by a train. Smith, who was employed as foreman of an extra force near Cincinnati, had returned home to spend Christmas and he and Price left the former’s home, which is midway between Zelda and Buchanan, enroute to Zelda and were traveling the railroad. It is said the Bill Nunnely a resident of that section saw them stagger and fall near the railroad shortly before the evening passenger train No. 39, passed at 5 o’clock. Mrs. Price, alarmed at the absence of her husband went with her brother, Eph Moore, in search of him and found the two men lying by the track with the brains oozing from Smith’s skull and a deep cut in the back of his head. Dr. Prichard of Buchanan was quickly summoned but Smith was beyond medical aid and succumbed 7 hours later. A stirrup on the moving train probably hit his head as he tried to rise to his feet. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Allen Sunday morning at Buchanan Chapel. Mr. Smith was born and raised in the Buchanan section and was about 43 years of age. He is survived by his wife, formerly Lucy Stump, and 8 children, the baby scarcely a month old. He also leaves his father Ballard Smith and 3 sister, Mrs. Sallie Easton of Ashland Mrs. George Allen of East Fork and Mrs. W. D. Queen of Lewisburg, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1926
Buchanan—Roberts, the six weeks old baby of Mrs. Joe Smith, died Sunday and was buried Monday beside the father whose tragic death occurred Christmas. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
SPARKS, James W.
Webbville—We are sorry to report the death of James W. Sparks of Sandy Hook, KY, who has been an invalid for a number of months. At 8 o’clock Wednesday evening the death angel came and claimed him for its own. He is well known throughout the country. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, Mrs. Florence Sparks, a daughter, Mrs. V. H. Redwine, of Sandy Hook, 2 sons, Estill Sparks, who is now in South America, and Lester Sparks of Sandy Hook, his mother and one brother and 5 sisters, also a host of friends and relatives. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cecil and Rev. Vansant. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
Ernest Stewart, 19, of Venters, died here Wednesday from the effects of peritonitis caused by his appendix. An operation was performed Sunday but there was no hope for his recovery at that time as his system was completely poisoned. The burial took place at his home. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1926
VAUGHAN, Pricie (Borders)
Mrs. Pricie Vaughan passed away last Friday evening about 7 o’clock at her home in Louisa. She had been in failing health quite a while, but had been able to be up and about the house until a few days previous to her death, which came unexpectedly even to members of the family who were at her bedside. Pneumonia is said to have been the cause of her death. Mrs. Vaughan was the widow of Mr. P. H. Vaughan who was in business in Louisa as a merchant more than 30 years and whose death occurred Apr 25, 1924. They had been prominent residents of Louisa since moving here 32 years ago from Richardson, where they had been identified with the business interests of that section a number of years.
Mrs. Vaughan was Miss Pricie Borders, daughter of John Borders and granddaughter of Judge Archibald Borders, prominent citizens of this county. She was married to Mr. Vaughan I 1870. Of nine children, 2 died in infancy, Mrs. Lillie Atkins passed away a few years ago, and Mrs. Julia Hatcher only a short time ago. The surviving daughters and son are Miss Belle Vaughan, Mrs. C. B. Bromley, J. B. Vaughan, of Louisa, Mrs. G. T. Conley of Williamson, WV and Mrs. C. E. Picklesimer of Ashland. Mrs. Vaughan was a quiet, home loving woman, of cheerful disposition, highly respected and loved by neighbors and friends. She had been a devout Christian for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the residence on Sunday afternoon by Rev. O. F. Williams and Rev. H. B. Hewlett, the latter a lifelong friend of the family. Bro. Williams, now presiding elder of the Ashland district, was pastor of the M. E. Church, South, in Louisa, when Mrs. Vaughan and three of her children united with the church. The funeral service was most impressive and attended by a large number of relatives and friends and the floral tribute was unusually beautiful. Following the services the body was taken to Pine Hill where interment took place in the Vaughan Cemetery beside the husband and daughter. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1926
Pittsburg, Dec 25--Orville Vanhoose, 35, Paintsville, KY was shot to death here when called to the door of his bedroom in a rooming house early today. Two men were arrested charged with connection wit the shooting. They are W. S. Phipps, 35, estranged husband of Mrs. E. M. Phipps, the boarding house landlady and C. H. Platte, 34, another roomer ?? Phipps was said to have been identified as Vanhoose's slayer. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1926
Mrs. Mary Ward, widow of Dr. J. R. Ward died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Meade of Crum, Jan 12. She was 87 years old Dec 1, 1925. She was a member of the Silver Creek Baptist Church for 60 years, had lived a beautiful Christian life and was ready for this call. The exact cause of her death is not known. She had taken a slight cold which it is supposed developed into pneumonia. She leaves to mourn her death 2 daughters, Mrs. Laura Meade of Crum and Mrs. Sarah Ward of Hode, KY, 6 granddaughters and 2 grandsons and many great grandchildren. Her husband died 12 years ago. The body was laid to rest in the Ward cemetery on Little Elk Creek in Kentucky Sunday Jan 24. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1926
Word was received Wednesday by Police Judge W. G. Whitt of Russell of the death of his brother, Jack Whitt, 52, who resided in Xenia, OH. He left immediately upon receipt of the sad news message for the home of his brother. Mr. Whitt, who was one of the most prominent jewelers of Xenia had been ill but a short time, his death being attributed to a disease which he contracted several years ago. Prior to his removal to Xenia, he resided at Louisa, for a great number of years, being engaged as a watchmaker. His many friends and acquaintances here will be exceedingly sorry to learn of his death. The funeral services were held on Thursday from his home in Xenia and interment made in that city. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1926
ALEXANDER, Goldia (Caudill)
A distressing automobile accident occurred on the Williamson-Pikeville road on Monday of last week which resulted in the death of Mrs. Goldia Alexander, wife of Gaylord Alexander of Rush, KY. Mrs. Alexander was accompanied by her father, Mr. E. H. Caudill, her stepmother, and 2 small sisters, all of whom barely escaped death. It seems in making a sharp turn on Pigeon Creek hill the driver lost control of the car and it plunged over the side of the mountain, rolling down a cliff more than a hundred feet. Mrs. Alexander was pinned beneath the car and after she was rescued, she was rushed to the hospital at Williamson where she died a few minutes after. Mrs. Alexander was before marriage Miss Goldia Caudill and was married at Catlettsburg in Jun 1923, and was past 18 years of age. Big Sandy news, Feb 5, 1926
BAILEY, Dora M.
Pikeville—Mrs. Dora M. Bailey, 21 years of age, died at the Methodist hospital here Tuesday night where she was brought Tuesday from her home at Tram, KY. Mrs. Bailey became a mother Monday following which complications developed that proved fatal after she had been rushed to the hospital. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
Yatesville—The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Berry that died a few days ago was taken to Twin Branch and interred in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
BERRY, John A.
John A. Berry, an aged citizen of Yatesville, died Sunday following a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Berry was about 74 years old and at the time of his death was making his home with his daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Will O’Daniels. Mr. Berry was a devout Christian and was a highly respected resident of that section of the county. His remains were taken to Twin Branch Monday and interment was made by the side of his wife. He leaves 3 children, all grown, and several grandchildren. He was a relative of the late M. G. Berry of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
Sacred Wind—Miss Cordelia Boggs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garret Boggs died here last Tuesday of pneumonia. She had been blind for many years. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
BOWE, W. M.
M. Bowe, aged about 21 of Busseyville, was killed in a mine near Glo on Beaver Creek Friday. His remains were brought to this county and buried in the Castle Cemetery about 2 miles from Busseyville on Monday. Bowe was coming out of the mines on a loaded car and was crushed to death between the coal and a low piece in the roof of the mine. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowe of near Busseyville and had recently married at Beaver Creek. He leaves his parents, wife and 2 sisters, Erie and Edith Bowe, and a brother Arnold Bowe. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
In memory of W. M. Bowe, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H, Bowe, who, by accident, was killed in the mines at Glo, KY, Feb 19. He was married to Miss Zetile Roupe about 2 months ago. He leaves a wife, father, mother, 2 sisters and one brother and many relatives to mourn the loss. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Andy Newsome and Lee Sartin were arrested on Wednesday of last week on Marrowbone Creek in Mingo County, WV by Sheriff Alex Bishop and a posse of officers and are being held in connection with the murder of Dave Brewer, aged about 60, who was shot from ambush while riding up Marrowbone Creek on a mule behind Harmon Newsome. The assassination of Brewer is believed to have been the result of a neighborhood feud that has involved a number of families. It is stated that bad feeling had existed for a number of years between Brewer and some of his neighbors. Just before Christmas Brewer, it is alleged, fired at four men who were passing his home, wounding all of them. Although he claimed he fired in defense of his home Brewer was indicted on felony charges for the shooting. Another incident of the alleged feud occurred just a short time ago when Andy Newsome was shot through the shoulder from ambush. Newsome lives a short distance from the David Brewer home. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
CANTRILL, Mrs. J. C.
C. Cantrill and daughter, Miss Dixie, of Deland, FL, arrived in Ashland Friday with the body of Mrs. Cantrill, who died early Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held at Oil Springs and interment followed in the family cemetery. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cantrill are well known and highly respected in the vicinity of Oil Springs, where they resided. For the past several years they have resided in Deland, FL where Mr. Cantrill is a successful realtor. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
Mrs. Jane Castle, widow of the late Ace Castle, passed away Monday at the home of her nephew Dillon Moore near Mattie, this county. A complication of diseased caused her death. She was past 71 years of age. She is survived by a daughter who resides at Columbus, OH. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday by Rev. W. Treggy. Burial was made in the Paris Moore Cemetery near Mattie on Little Blaine. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Lafe Chandler, of this county, died in a Paintsville hospital on Friday of last week. The body was taken to Rockhouse Fork of Blaine for burial Saturday in the family cemetery. He leaves a wife and 11 children. He is the father of Frank and John Chandler of Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Prestonsburg—The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emery E. Clark, passed away Thursday evening, Feb 4, 1926. Funeral services were held Friday. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
CLEVENGER, Mrs. A. (Curnutte)
The following, taken from the Tecumseh, OK Morning News, will be of interest to many Lawrence Countians. Mrs. Clevenger and Mr. Curnutte are natives of Lawrence County: A double funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at Tecumseh, following which Mrs. A. Clevenger, 83 years old, pioneer resident of the county and her brother, Frank Curnutte, 76 years old, were laid to rest side by side in the Fairview Cemetery at Shawnee. Both Mr. and Mrs. Clevenger and Mr. Curnutte have all three been ill with the flu for the past several weeks at Mrs. Barker’s home. Mrs. Clevenger passing away Friday evening and Mr. Curnutte Saturday morning. Mr. Clevenger has been quite ill, but is some better and was taken to the funeral on a stretcher, the service being held in the First Baptist Church which is next door to Mrs. Barker in Tecumseh. The church pastor, Rev. Blasingame conducted the services. The funeral was one of the largest in the history of the county seat, and the beautiful floral tributes filled several cars. Mr. and Mrs. Clevenger had 6 children, all of whom were present, and 25 grandchildren. The children are Mrs. Barker, Mrs. Harry Turner of Shawnee, Frank Clevenger of Oklahoma City, James Clevenger of Chicago, Mrs. J. A. Levins of Oklahoma City, and Mrs. Dorothy Carpenter of Tulsa. Grandchildren living in Shawnee are T. A. and J. O. Levins, Andrew Levins, Lewis Turner and Mrs. Vera May. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
COLLINS, Captain John C.
Captain John C. Collins, who for years has been well known in Portsmouth, Ironton, Catlettsburg and Louisa, died recently, according to word received here. A story of the death of the captain who was married to an Ironton girl, Miss Mary J. Simonon, is contained in an issue of the “Western Spirit”, publication from Paola, Miami County, Kansas. Death came at the Leavenworth soldiers’ home. Deceased was a Civil War veteran and captain of company G 14th regiment of Kentucky volunteers of whom Reuben Roberts of this county was a member. During Home Coming Capt. Collins came back to Louisa and spent a few days with old friends. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Griffith Creek—The 2 months old boy of Sam Cook was found dead in bed last Saturday morning. The child had been fretful during the night but not enough to cause alarm. Bold hives was said to have caused its death. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Joshua Crawford, aged 87, died on Thursday of this week on Griffiths Creek. His body will be taken to the John Wallace graveyard on left fork of Little Blaine where interment will be made Friday by the side of his wife, who died 8 years ago. His wife was the daughter of Harve Moore. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
DANIEL, Mrs. t. J.
Dennis and Tuscola—Mrs. T. J. Daniel died last week in Boyd County and was brought her for burial Saturday. She was 26 years of age and leaves a husband and 4 small children. She had been a sufferer for more than a year, and submitted to an operation some time ago. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
Simeon Dyer died Jan 27th at his home at Prichard, Wayne County. He had been in bad health for several years. He was about 70 years old. He leaves a wife and the following children, William, of California, Everett of Ohio, Ephraim of Michigan, Roy, somewhere in the U. S. Army, Mrs. Isadore Maynard and Mrs. Lucretia Jordan of Kenova, Mrs. Georgia David of Ligon Creek, Mrs. Elizabeth Davis of Prichard, Mrs. Via Workman of Wheelersburg, OH, Myrtle of Cleveland, OH and 6 brothers and one sister. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
FELTY, Mrs. W. N.
Mrs. W. N. Felty of Auxier died Sunday morning at the Paintsville Hospital, aged 37 years. Mrs. Felty was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Williams and was married early in life to Mr. W. N. Felty. To this union were born 11 children, 4 of whom preceded her to the world beyond. She is survived by her husband and 4 children. Her body was sent to Chinnville, Monday where it will be laid to rest. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
Mrs. Sarah Ferguson, 72 years old, wife of Joseph Ferguson, of Echo, Wayne County, died in the Rife-Ferguson hospital at Kenova, Tuesday morning after an illness of 2 weeks with blood poisoning. Mrs. Ferguson was a member of a well-known Wayne County family and was a member of the Baptist Church for several years. She is survived by 5 sons, 5 daughters, 4 brothers, C. J. Booth, and W. O. Booth of Huntington, and J. W. booth and F. H. Booth of Wayne, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Booten of Booten, WV. The funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Green Brier Church in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
GARRED, A. J.
Attorney A. J. Garred succumbed to heart trouble and Bright’s disease at his home in Louisa early Tuesday morning in his 70th year. Mr. Garred’s demise followed a period of poor health that has extended for a year or more. He had been confined to his room most of the winter, but had recovered sufficiently to be out on the streets Saturday and was believed to be regaining his health. The end came suddenly at one o’clock Tuesday morning after he had climbed a long flight of stairs in his home. Heart failure from exertion caused his death. His wife was by his side, but he died before neighbors could be summoned. He was in his 70th year, his 69th birthday having been last August. Mr. Garred was born at the old Garred home place 8 miles south of Louisa, a son of David and Nancy Dyer Garred. He came to Louisa when a young man to work in the County Clerk’s office as deputy under G. F. Johnson. Later he was elected to the Circuit Clerkship and served 2 terms. After his service as clerk, he entered upon the practice of law for which he had prepared himself during his years in the clerk’s office, and has since been actively engaged in practicing the profession of law in Louisa. In recent years he served as city attorney of Louisa. He was vice president of the First National Bank and a highly respected citizen of the town. He had been a member of the M. E. Church, South for many years.
He married Miss Jennie Vinson, daughter of R. F. Vinson who, with a daughter and son, Mrs. Linden Brode of Detroit and Richard V. Garred of Lexington, survive him. He also leaves the following brothers: Dr. b. P. Garred of Charleston, L. A. Garred at the home place, 8 miles south of Louisa, U. A. Garred of New York City, W. M. Garred of Miami, OK, O. D. Garred of Huntington, WV, and one sister, Mrs. Onolda Burgess of near Gallup. The funeral of Mr. Garred was held at the residence on Thursday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. F. E. Jenkins, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, assisted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett, and under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity of which he had been a member for many years. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
GOODMAN, Mrs. L. L.
Mrs. L. L. Goodman, of Paintsville, who was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage while reading the morning paper at the home of her son, Dr. T. D. Goodman in Ashland several days ago, died in an Ashland hospital without regaining consciousness. Burial was made at Milford, OH Saturday morning. She was the mother of a large family of children and was surrounded by all yet living during her last illness except one daughter, Mrs. W. A. Julian of Ft. Sumner, NM, who could not make the trip home in time to be at her bedside. Her youngest daughter, Minta Marie Goodman, died Aug 6, 1922. The 8 surviving children are: J. B. Goodman, Columbus, OH, Charles Goodman, Newton, OH, Dr. T. D. Goodman, Ashland, James Goodman, Milford, OH, Mrs. J. V. Stambaugh, Paintsville, and Earl Goodman, Mariemont, OH. There are also 30 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
Matilda Griffith, wife of Irvin Griffith, was born Sep the 5th, 1859, and deceased this life Jan the 15th 926, age 66 years 4 months and 10 days. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, 3 sons, William and Frank and Rev. Henry Griffith and 2 daughters, Mrs. Della Miller and Mrs. Stella Young; a number of grandchildren and a few great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. She was converted when she was 13 years old and lived a Christian life and was a member of the New Regular Baptist Church. She suffered with asthma and lung trouble. She was staying with her son, Henry Griffith of Lomansville, this county. She was confined to her bed for several months. Everything was done that loving hands could do, but her time had come for her to go and when the end was drawing near she said “everything is bright and there is nothing in my way and I am ready” and a short time after these words she fell asleep in death. The funeral was preached by the Rev. A. H. Miller at her son’s home and she was buried in the old family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
HALBERT, Mary Allen
Mrs. Mary Allen Halbert, of Printer, died Feb 11, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Martin, of typhoid fever. She was about 80 years old and is survived by the following sons and daughters: Mrs. J. P. Salisbury of Prestonsburg, Mrs. Adams Sizemore, Adam Halbert, Mrs. Frank Martin, Will Halbert, Mrs. Susan Haggin. She was buried Friday at the Halbert Hill Cemetery with Rev. Alex Allen in charge of the funeral. Mrs. C. W. May, Bess, Kitty, Judy, Herbert Salisbury and Mrs. H. L. Mayo and Mrs. James P. Salisbury, of Prestonsburg attended. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Miss Lucinda Hatfield, 70 years old, died Tuesday morning at the home of her niece, Mrs. O. F. Keyser, in Huntington, after a lingering illness. She was a sister of the late J. H. Hatfield. Several nephews and nieces survive. The body was taken to Inez for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
HATTON, M. Martin
The funeral and burial of the late Mr. M. Martin Hatton, aged 52, was held at Kavanaugh Chapel Saturday of last week. Mr. Hatton had been ill for the past 6 years and he passed away at his home in Ashland Wednesday. Mr. Hatton was a son of the late F. M. Hatton and Mrs. Ella Stewart Hatton and is connected with some of the most prominent families in this section. He is a half-brother of Mrs. Jess Cyrus of Durbin, Squire E. Hatton, and Mrs. Frank Thacker, who survive him. He is also survived by his wife, who was Miss Nellie Coffee of Inez, KY and by 2 daughters, one of whom is married and the other 10 years old is at home. He is also survived by his stepmother. He is a cousin of Mrs. F. T. D. Wallace, Jr., Judge J. W. M. Stewart and J. F. Stewart of Ashland. He was a consistent member of the M. E. Church, South and lived a life of Christian devotion. The funeral was preached by Rev. Frank Allen, pastor of the Kavanaugh Church. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
HAZLETT, L. C. (Tobe)
C. (Tobe) Hazlett, one of the oldest and best known pioneer citizen of Boyd County, died suddenly Friday evening at his home at Grassland, 8 miles from Catlettsburg on the Mayo Trail. Mr. Hazlett, who was 80 years of age, was born in Boyd County and has resided here during his entire life. He was widely known and had a wide circle of friends. He had been blind for nearly 3 years. His wife who was Miss Kisiah Fannin before her marriage, died in 1917. He is survived by one son, R. C. Hazlett, a daughter, Mrs. Sophia Caldwell, preceded him to the grave some years ago. Big Sandy news, Feb 26, 1926
Burns received several days proved fatal for the 8 year old daughter of John Holbrook, of Bottomfork, Letcher County. The child was burned while visiting a sister at Lynch. Her clothing was ignited by an open grate. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
JOHNSON, Mrs. Calvin
Abb Creek—Mrs. Calvin Johnson died here on Feb 14. She leaves her husband and 4 children. She was a devout Christian. Interment was made in the Hensley Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
William Justice, aged 88 years, 1 month and 21 days, died Saturday Feb 6, at the home of his son in law, G. A. Thompson on the point near Louisa. He was married many years ago to Mary Thompson who passed away about a year ago. Of their 8 children, 4 sons, and 4 daughters, only 4 are living. Mr. Justice was a good citizen and most of his life had been spent near Louisa. His funeral was preached Sunday afternoon by Rev. J. H. Holbrook and his body was laid to rest beside his wife, in the Davis Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Pikeville, KY—Columbus Killen, charged with the murder of his father, Morgan Killen, who was shot and killed at Shelby Gap several months ago, was arrested at Jenkins and brought here to be lodged in jail. Alex Killen, his brother, also wanted for complicity in the murder of his father, is being sought. The victim was 70 years of age and was well-to-do. A second marriage by the father caused family trouble, it is related, and drink is also thought to be a partial cause of the tragedy. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Pikeville, KY Feb 23—Clarence Kinney, 28, was shot in the back of the head and instantly killed last night while trying to make peace between 3 men who are alleged to have engaged in a drunken brawl in the store of Ken Gillespie on Grassy Creek. Fred Justice, one of the participants in the quarrel, is in jail charged with slaying Kinney. Justice was married only recently. His father was killed in an election quarrel 25 years ago. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
LEETE, Dr. R. H.
Dr. R. H. Leete passed away last Sunday at Huntington, WV where he had gone some weeks ago for treatment. The funeral was conducted from the late residence Wednesday afternoon, Rev. C. H. Nicholls, pastor of the Baptist Church in charge, assisted by other ministers of the city. Dr. Leete is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. C.P. Stephens, one sister and 2 brothers. He was reared at Ironton, OH, but came to Prestonsburg about 33 years ago to practice his profession, that of dentistry. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Alton Mann, aged 22, of Catlettsburg was shot and almost instantly killed by Harvey Johnson, 35, on historic Front Street in Catlettsburg Saturday night. After hearing testimony of 2 eye-witnesses, a coroner’s jury returned a verdict stating that the killing was done without nay provocation whatsoever. Both men were natives of Breathitt County and were engaged in bootlegging, it is said. The shooting took place in the garage of a wet wash laundry. With 3 bullets in his body from a. 32 caliber revolver, Mann staggered out of the garage into the street and walked several feet before he fell dead on the sidewalk. He died without speaking a word to clarify the mysterious shooting. Mann was tried a the last term of the Boyd Circuit court for the killing of a boy by the name of Hensley and was sentenced to 6 years in the state penitentiary. An appeal was taken and he was at liberty on bail pending the decision of the higher court in this case. Mann’s body was taken to Salyersville his former home on the Big Sandy train Tuesday morning where interment was made. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
MCDONALD, C. O.
O. McDonald, a freight conductor on the Big Sandy division of the C & O died at the Chesapeake & Ohio hospital in Huntington Thursday of last week. Mr. McDonald had been ill for 2 months. The deceased was born and reared in Ashland and was a son of C. W. McDonald of Louisa. Mr. McDonald was 31 years old and had been in the service of the C & O since 1911. He was conscientious in his work and was held in the highest esteem by his fellow workmen. Besides his father he leaves to mourn his loss his widow and 3 children, Cella, Ray and Jean. His funeral services was conducted from the residence by a Lutheran minister of Huntington Saturday. Interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Mrs. Susan Maynard, of Canada, KY, approximately 70 years old, died Monday of last week of burns received Friday, it was reported. The accident happened when the aged woman lit her pipe and sat down near the grate to enjoy a midnight smoke. Her gown of cotton flannel caught fire and she was fatally burned, although her husband, Henderson Maynard, of the same age strived manfully to save her. He was so badly burned about the hands that he has not since been able to use them. The funeral was held yesterday. The aged couple lived alone. Their children are among the prominent men and women of that section—Pike County News. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
MCGRANAHAN, Laud P.
Noris & Ledocio—The surrounding neighborhood was badly shocked last Monday afternoon when a message was received from Hatfield, WV, announcing the death of Laud P. McGranahan, of that place, son of Mrs. Millard Thompson, formerly of Noris. He was killed while at work in the mines by a motor. He was 18 years of age—a handsome young man just blooming into manhood and a boy whom everyone loved. His remains were brought to Noris and laid to rest in the Judd burial ground, funeral rites being conducted by Rev. G. V. Pack. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
Greenup, KY, Feb 24—A three months grudge, said to have originated from insulting a woman, had a dramatic but tragic ending here last night, with the fatal shooting of James Meyers, 30, by Sherman “Red” Jones, 25. The men both of whom are well known in Greenup and Eastern Kentucky, met on the lawn of the Greenup County Court House, shortly after 9 o’clock. Neither spoke a word, Meyers drawing a gun, but was beat to the “draw” by the younger man, who shot, the bullet from a 38 caliber revolver striking the former in the left cheek, ranging upward into the base of his brain. The silent and determined tragedy was witnessed by Clyde Garfee, a 15 year old boy of Greenup. He stated that Jones was lounging against a post in the court yard, when Meyers approached him on a half-run. When about 30 or 40 feet from Jones, Meyers is said to have drawn his gun and leveled it at his opponent, who coolly whipped forth a larger revolver and fired once. Meyers fell writhing in pain, and it is said to have died almost instantly. Jones was captured and is being held in jail here. The fatal shooting is said to have been the result of an alleged insult to Meyers’ wife by Jones last November, while Mrs. Meyers was serving as an election official at Greenup. Jones, however, denied that he insulted Mrs. Meyers, stating that her husband just “imagined” he had been insolent to her. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Meads Branch—Lee Mongron, aged 63, who moved here from Kermit, WV in September, died her on Feb 15. He leaves his widow and 2 daughters. Big Sandy News. Feb 26, 1926
Meads Branch—The 3 day old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Moore died Sunday. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Zelda—George Newsome aged about 50 died here early Saturday morning of heart dropsy from which he had suffered about 3 months, being bedfast for several weeks, before his demise. He is survived by his wife and 5 children. Burial was made near Yatesville. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
PEERY, John W.
John W. Peery, aged 42 years, died at his home at Naugatuck Feb 12, after a long illness of heart dropsy. He was a former resident of Big Hurricane, Wayne County, but for the last 13 years he had mae his home in Naugatuck. He is survived by his wife and 3 children, Harve, Mary, Lonzo, 2 brothers, James and Dave Peery, of Big Hurricane, 4 sisters, Mrs. M.L. Lycan, Mrs. L. C. Chapman, of Cleveland, OH, Mrs. Enoch Johnson of Prichard, Mrs. Ed Rayburn of Huntington and his mother, Mrs. Oma Peery of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
PENNINGTON, Elizabeth (Webb)
On Thursday morning Jan 21st, death claimed as its victim Mrs. Elizabeth Pennington. She was taken to Ashland to the hospital on Monday before her death on Thursday and had been in declining health for the past 2 months. Her death was due to a goiter, which had affected her heart. She was born Oct 9th, 1868, and at the time of her death was 57 years 4 months and 12 days of age. She was married to A. J. Pennington, Nov 25th, 1886 (was a daughter of J. C. Webb) and to this union was born 12 children, five of whom preceded her to the great beyond, namely, Claudie, an infant, Morton, Mrs. Sam Moore and Alton, those who are left to mourn the loss are: Cecil Pennington, Imperial, CA, Mrs. L. M. Young, Fremont, VA, Mrs. L. H. Lang, Ashland, KY, Miss Eva, Ashland, KY, James and John of this place. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church here for many years and was an active church and Sunday school worker. A good woman in every respect, always willing to aid in sickness or death, a good neighbor, loyal friend and a loving mother and will be missed by all who knew her. The funeral services were held at the home by Rev. Berry and the remains were laid to rest in the Webbville Cemetery, beside her husband and children. Big Sandy news, Feb 12, 1926
PERRY, Hulda (Dickerson)
Mrs. Hulda Perry, 37 years old died at Portsmouth, OH Monday after an illness of several months. She was born in Wayne county, WV Dec 6, 1889 She resided at Portsmouth the last 13 years. In addition to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Dickerson of Huntington, she is survived by her husband, M. F. Perry and one son, 12 years old, 3 brothers, Floyd, James and Sanford Dickerson, all of Kenova. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
PRESLEY, Mrs. Dump
Dennis and Tuscola—After a lingering illness of several years, Mrs. Dump Presley passed away Monday. She had long been a member of the church and lived a consistent Christian life. She leaves a husband and 8 children. Funeral services were held Wednesday. Interment was made in the Woods Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
A Big Sandy woman, who married a man from Pennsylvania, left her home in Pennsylvania on Dec 15th to return to Big Sandy to see her mother at Whitehouse who was ill and was not heard of afterwards. Now, her husband, Michael Flour or Michael Musky, of Shamokin, PA, thinks that the dismembered body, of a woman found in Tennessee is that of his wife who was formerly Miss Virgie Price of Whitehouse, 35 miles above Louisa. According to Flour’s story his wife who was formerly Miss Virgie Price and a native of Whitehouse, KY, left her home at Shamokin, PA, on Dec 15 last ostensibly to got to Whitehouse, KY, to be at the bedside of her mother, who was reported seriously ill. Since then her whereabouts have been a mystery. Efforts to trace her through police bureaus of various cities failed. Flour or Musky, as he is best known, finally enlisted the aid of the Burns detective agency and through that source managed to trace his wife to Little Rock, Ark. There the trial was lost and further efforts to find her failed. Musky states that the worked for a time at Whitehouse, KY and it was there that he met his wife. They were married on Dec 15, 1921. The woman is 18 years old while Musky is 45. According to descriptions which appeared in the newspapers, Musky believes that the torso of the dismembered woman found at Decatur, TN is that of his wife. He is awaiting further word from the authorities there. According to information which Musky has been able to gather, his wife, after leaving Pennsylvania, failed to go to her home in Kentucky and had never appeared there since. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
The Paintsville Herald this week says that the report that Virgie Lee Price, a former Whitehouse, KY young lady was lost and that her husband, Michael Flour, was searching for her, seemed to be very much exaggerated. It states that Mrs. Ballard Price of Whitehouse, mother of the young lady was in Paintsville last week and gave full facts of the case. According to the Herald, Mrs. Price states that her daughter has always been interested in Sunday School work and in 1924 had written an article for a Sunday school publication in which her picture appeared. Mr. Michael Flour, of Pennsylvania, noticed the picture and read the article and at once started a correspondence with Miss Price, who then resided with her parents at Whitehouse. The correspondence soon ripened into love and Flour proposed marriage to her and she accepted.
Mrs. Price further states that she accompanied her daughter to Catlettsburg in December 1924, and witnessed the marriage ceremony of Flour to her daughter. They located in Pennsylvania and in December 1925, Mr. Flour was drowned while on a fishing trip with a party of friends in New Jersey. Mrs. Price said she failed to hear from her daughter for a few weeks and a short time ago she had a letter from her daughter stating that she had again married a young doctor by the name of Hughes, of Denver, CO and was happily located in that western city.
The NEWS first apprised the valley of the matter 3 weeks ago following the publication of an article in the Shamokin (PA) Independent stating that Flour’s wife had left her home at Shamokin on Dec 15 to visit her mother at Whitehouse, KY, who was ill. According to Flour who was interviewed by the Independent, his wife, after leaving Pennsylvania, failed to go to her home in Kentucky and had not been heard of since. The dismembered body of a woman found in Tennessee was thought to be that of his wife and officers were investigation the matter at the time. According to the Herald, Mrs. Price stated that Flour drowned in 1925. This must be a mistake as the NEWS received a letter from him early in January of this year. Quite a little mystery still shrouds this matter, but at any rate the torso victim in Tennessee was not that of Virgie Lee Price, formerly of Whitehouse. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
Rhode Reffitt, 78, of Ashland, formerly of Salyersville, died Saturday night at Ashland after several months illness. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 4 sons, Edward, Smith, Paris, and Jasper Reffit, all of Ashland. One daughter, Mrs. William Holmes, also survives. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Dennis and Tuscola—The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rice of this place died this week. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Lige Rice of Yatesville succumbed to an attack to appendicitis at his home early Saturday morning. Mr. Rice was of middle age and a respected citizen of the community. Burial was made by the side of his father and mother in the Short Cemetery. He leaves a wife and 6 children. He was a son of Rev. R. F. Rice and was a teacher in Lawrence County a number of years. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
ROBINSON, Andrew Jackson
One of Pike County’s early settlers and one of its most venerable and beloved citizens was lost in the death of Andrew Jackson Robinson at his home on Island Creek Tuesday morning. Mr. Robinson died at the age of 89 years from the weaknesses common to such advance years. He leaves behind him his wife and 5 generations of descendants, among them 10 living children, who are John M. Robinson, Mrs. Cis R. Justice, Mrs. Nane Bray, Boone Robinson, Mrs. Pokie Syck, A. J. Robinson, Ike Robinson, Mrs. Lizzie Dye, Mrs. Mattie Sword and Mrs. Dellie Dye. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
Lige Roup, aged about 50, of Fallsburg, died on Friday of last week of pneumonia. Mr. Roup was a devout Christian and a member of the M. E. Church, South, and one of the county’s good citizens. He is survived by his wife, who was a daughter of the late Andrew Woods of the Fallsburg section. Funeral services were conducted Sunday by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Interment was made in the Woods cemetery near Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
East Fork—Uncle Ballard Smith, an aged resident of this section died here last week. He was the father of Joe Smith of Zelda, whose tragic death occurred on Christmas eve. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Miss Susan Sparks, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Sparks of Cannonsburg, died Saturday evening from burns which she sustained Friday. The little girl had returned home from school and was standing in front of an open grate warming, when her dress caught fire. Badly frightened, she ran outdoors, where her mother caught her and smothered the flames. However, practically all of the clothing were burned off the child and she suffered much from burns about the body, head and face. In addition to her grief stricken parents, she was survived by 2 brothers, Chester and Marion and one sister, Alice. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
SPRADLIN, A. P.
A.P. Spradlin of Henry Clay, the father of Mrs. Robert Lyons was fatally injured in a mine accident last week and died in Pikeville Sunday. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
The little 4 year old daughter of Jake Stanley who lived about 4 miles up on Abbot Creek in Floyd County, sustained serious and extensive burns about 3 weeks ago when her dress caught fire from the fireplace near which she had been playing. The child has suffered terribly since and struggled hard for her life, but on Wednesday of last week passed away and was buried locally. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
STIDHAHM, Mrs. J. D.
Mrs. J. D. Stidham, aged 61, resident of Stinson Creek, 2 miles from Grayson, was found murdered in her home early Sunday morning, and it was suspected that she had been killed by robbers. Monday, J. D. Stidham, aged 72, husband of the woman was charged with complicity in the crime when a warrant was sworn out by the 2 sons of Mrs. Stidham by a former marriage. With new facts being discovered which throw new light on the murder Stidham, confined in the Carter County jail, refuses to talk of the case other that to repeat his first version of the killing; that three men entered the barn where he was feeding his stock Sunday morning, bound him and then went into the house where they beat Mrs. Stidham into insensibility and left her dying as they robbed the home and departed. The commonwealth is now interested in probing the past matrimonial affairs of Stidham. He was married when quite young and lived with his first wife in apparent peace and harmony until 2 years ago, when she died. His second wife was an invalid and their married life continued for but 6 months. Her death occurred a few weeks before he was married the third time, friends relate. His third alliance lasted but about 4 months when the unhappy tragedy of Sunday marked an end. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
CLOUDBURST NEAR PIKEVILLE CLAIMS 5 VICTIMS SUNDAY
Five persons were killed and scores injured Sunday morning at Coaldale, a mining camp about 20 miles from Pikeville, KY, when the raging waters of Marrowbone Creek inundated the village and swept away scores of homes. The flood was the result of a cloudburst in the mountains above Coaldale late Saturday night. The torrent reached its high level at about 2 o’clock Sunday morning and fell upon the sleeping village with tremendous force, practically obliterating it from the map. The known dead are: Fred Stiliner, 28, miner, his 23 year old bride of 2 weeks, Miss Essie Sykes, 14, daughter of Boliver Sykes, Lewis Likely, 40, colored miner and his infant child, all of the bodies have been recovered except that of Essie Sykes. All the victims lived at Coaldale a mining plant of the Edgewater Coal Company, situated on Marrowbone Creek, a mile from Hellier. The population is 500.
Heavy rains occurred in the mountains Saturday night, streams rushing down the precipitous sides ran full as the drenching downpour came and the tributaries of Marrowbone gathered the great flood into one channel, rushing silently and swiftly down the narrow valley in which Coaldale nestles. The town was asleep when a rumbling roar gave the first and only warning of danger. It was followed almost immediately by the deluge. Soil and rock, carried by the scores of streams created by the cloudburst, tore through the dwellings of the victims. The racing water, taking instant advantage of the opening, swept the man and wife, the girl, the father and baby, and 2 others into Marrowbone Creek, where the current shot them away from town. The 2 others, Likely’s wife and William Pickens, were carried a quarter of a mile downstream. There the water deposited the woman, burying with driftwood and dirt all except her head, Pickens struggled in the current until he finally grasped a large piece of timber. And there the clung until rescued. A drenching rain fell as rescuers and flood victims fought their battle to save lives and possessions. Men carried wives and children to high ground and then went back to help drag others from the current as their homes went down and they were forced to leap for safety.
A colored woman, called Mother Jones, heard the flood coming and ran to the door. When the water struck the house, she found herself carried away, but still clinging to the door which had been jerked from its hinges. The door, carrying the colored woman, who weighs 376 pounds, breasted the fury of the flood and carried her to safety. Those in houses which were not wrecked heard the cries of Effie Sykes as she was carried from the doorway of her home and sent swiftly away, her cries growing more and more feeble until they were heard no more. Boliver Sykes, the father, made several trips to the nearby hillside, carrying his children to safety, one by one. When he went back of Effie she was gone. Coaldale, now, is a devastated waste houses mere piles of kindling, others moved from their foundations standing topsy-turvy in the streets, blank foundations standing witness to a former home, pianos, sewing machines, wash tubs, furniture, jumbled piles of wreckage strewn and scattered. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
Laud Thompson, age 17, son of Mrs. Millard Thompson, of Hatfield, WV, was run over by a motor in the mines at Hatfield on the last trip out and almost instantly killed Monday. On Tuesday his remains were taken to Little Blaine, this county, for burial. The Thompsons are Lawrence Countians, having resided at Noris before going to Hatfield 2 years ago. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Samuel Vaughan passed away at his home at Richardson on Wednesday of last week in his 77th year. Mr. Vaughan had been in failing health for 5 years. He ate a hearty supper Tuesday night and was found dead in bed next morning. Mr. Vaughan was a Christian and a highly respected citizen. He was a brother of the late P. H. Vaughan of Louisa and uncle of J. B. Vaughan, and Mrs. C. B. Bromley and Miss Belle Vaughan of Louisa. He leaves his wife, formerly Miss Mary Warnock, and one son, William Vaughan, of Richardson and 3 brothers, Linman, Chum and Will and one sister Miss Martha Clutz. Miss Imogene Vaughan who is attending school here is a granddaughter of the deceased. Funeral services were held on Friday, Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa officiating. The remains were interred in the Judge Borders Cemetery. Mrs. J. B. Vaughan, Miss Bell Vaughan, and Mrs. O. C. Atkins of Louisa attended the funeral. Also Mrs. C. E. Picklesimer, of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
WALKER, Mrs. J. W. (Rebecca Ellis Vaughan)
Mrs. J. W. Walker of Euclid Avenue died at her home Saturday afternoon from a stroke of paralysis. Mrs. Walker is one of the oldest and best known families of Johnson County. She has been an active member of the M. E. Church for several years and was devoted Christian wife and mother. Her friends, who are numbered by her acquaintances, are grieved to learn of her passing. She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters and 2 sons, Mrs. John W. Preston, Mrs. Dan Ward, Mrs. Bell Preston, Theodore Walker of Paintsville and W. M. Walker of Logan, WV. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church Monday, conducted by W. B. Foley, pastor, and E. J. Reese of Maysville, KY her former pastor. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
The last chapter was written and the doors were closed in the passing of Mrs. John W. Walker, known to the local community as “Aunt Becky” who died at her home in this city, Saturday, Feb 6. She is survived by her venerable husband, Judge Walker, and all her 5 children namely: William F. Walker, Whitaker, WV, Mrs. M. G. Preston, Mrs. John w. Preston, Mrs. Dan W. Ward and Theodore G. Walker all residing in this city. “Aunt Becky’s” maiden name was Rebecca Ellis Vaughan, daughter of John and Isabelle Griffin Vaughan, long deceased. She was a sister of Sandy Vaughan, William Vaughan (Big Brother), Mrs. Joseph Sturgill and H. S. Vaughan, one of Johnson County’s early County Judges. Her death marked the passing of the John Vaughan family. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
WEBB, Mrs. Edward
Greenup, KY, Feb 1—Mrs. Edward Webb, 32, and 2 children, Billy, 7 and Beatrice, 18 months of age, met tragic deaths late Saturday afternoon, near Warnock, when the mother and son were drowned in Tygart Creek and the baby sustained a broken neck. The tragic accident occurred when a wagon loaded with household goods and the family turned over on the Tygart Creek road, hurling the mother and son into the swollen stream. The baby was pinned beneath the wreckage and died instantly of a broken neck. The father, Edward Webb, and cousin, E. C. Martin, who were riding on the wagon at the time of the sad occurrence escaped with minor injuries. Mr. Webb and family and Martin left the home of the latter’s brother, Wiley Martin, near Fullerton about 7 o’clock Saturday morning enroute to a small farm near Warnock, KY, where they contemplated making their future home. Mr. Webb is a former construction worker on the C & O and was employed near Greenup for some time. Mrs. Webb was formerly Dullcena Martin and is a native of Pike County, KY. they were former resident of the Riverview section. It was stated that the bodies of the mother and son drowned were recovered and that they were removed to Carter City, KY where they are being held pending funeral arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
WELLS, E. D.
D. Wells, son of Herb Wells, of Boons Camp, died at the Paintsville Hospital last Wednesday night of influenza. The body was shipped to his home at Boons Camp Thursday for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1926
WELLS, J. K.
K. Wells, aged 48, prominent Paintsville attorney was shot 4 times by marshal James Foster of Paintsville Friday at the noon hour and died of his wounds at 11 o’clock that night in the Paintsville Hospital. The shooting of the attorney, who is a half-brother of John Buckingham, president of the Ashland National Bank, is said to have resulted from the arrest of Wells, Thursday by Officer Foster, on a charge of drunkenness. Reports say that Wells, after being released from lock-up, overtook Foster at the noon hour while walking down Main Street and engaged in conversation with him over matters concerning a check which the attorney had for collection. It is said that Wells told Foster he had intended to be lenient in collecting for the check, but since Foster had arrested him without arresting another person equally as drunk, he would demand a speedy remittance. An argument followed. Foster drew a revolver and shot Wells once. Wells turned half away and started to retreat. Foster fired again and again as Wells backed away. The bullets ricocheted from the side walk and the brick buildings and broke a window in the National Bank and also the restaurant nearby. Wells was struck 4 times and as he drew away he came to the door of Stafford’s Restaurant and stumbled inside, Foster said that, when Wells came upon him he thought he was armed and intended to do him bodily harm and dared not take any changes with him. After the shooting, reports say Foster expressed regrets that he killed the attorney, but said he thought it was either his life or Wells.
In vain efforts to save his life, a special train, bearing surgeons from Ashland, was rushed to Paintsville over the Chesapeake & Ohio railway soon after the attorney was wounded. The train arrived shortly after 4 o’clock when an operation was performed at the hospital. Four bullets had penetrated his bowels. He died at 11 o’clock. Foster was brought to Louisa Saturday morning on No. 37; then transferred to the N & W passenger train No. 16, and taken to Catlettsburg, where he was lodged in jail. He was later taken back to Paintsville and lodged in jail. Attorney Wells is the son of Mrs. Julia Wells. He leaves a wife and 4 children, the eldest of whim is 12 years. There are 2 sisters, Mrs. D. V. Splane of Paintsville and Mrs. B. S. Taylor of Portsmouth and 2 brothers, Hubert of Paintsville and Byron of Cincinnati. Claud Buckingham and John E. Buckingham, of Ashland are half-brothers. His wife was Miss Ruth Long. Funeral services for Wells were conducted Sunday in Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1926
The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Ruby Hutchinson and called her loving mother Mrs. Charity Wells after an illness of 16 years. She was always in good heart and bore her sufferings patiently until the end. All was done that her children and kind friends could do to keep her with us, but God thought it best to call her to that sweet land of peace and rest. She was a member of the Christian Church for many years. She was good to everybody and was loved by all who knew her. Aunt Charity, as most everybody called her, was born May 1, 1855, died Feb 2, 1926, aged 71 years 9 months, and 1 day. To mourn her loss she leaves 7 children; 2 sons and 5 daughters and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Feb 16, 1926
WHEELER, Oscar Manuel
Skaggs—Oscar Manuel Wheeler, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Wheeler, died here Sunday. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Mrs. Cynthia Wood, 65 years old, died Monday morning at her home at Ceredo following a stroke of paralysis. She had resided at Ceredo for the last 8 years. She had been a member of the Wayne Baptist Church since the age of 14 years. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. C. J. Collins, of Prichard, WV, and 5 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Wayne Baptist Church. Rev. Burt Akers of Ceredo officiating Interment was made there. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1926
Paintsville, KY—In a message received here, the death of Ernest Woods was reported. Full details are lacking but relatives were informed that he had been shot and killed about noon Thursday at Latoir, KY in a pool room there, following an argument which arose. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and formerly resided 3 miles from Paintsville. He is the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Woods. One sister, Ollie, is living, and 2 brothers, Denny and Bazell. He had been located in Latoir for the past year. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1926
The 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Freeland Akers died suddenly Mar 6, at their home at Prichard. The child had been ill with measles but had apparently recovered up to within 2 hours before she was found dead in bed. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
ANDERSON, W. B.
A man who was found dead in the waters of Schopes Branch, a short distance from Denton, late Sunday afternoon, has been identified as W. B. Anderson of Huntington, WV. The wife of the dead man read in newspapers of the fining of the man and went to Denton and identified it as that of her husband who had been missing for several weeks. Mrs. Anderson told officials that her husband had been a patient in the Huntington State Hospital up until a few weeks ago. Shortly after she secured his release, Mrs. Anderson said, he went for some cigars and never returned. The malady from which he had been suffering, doctors said, resulted in the softening of the brain. Shortly after the finding of the body, William Stevens, believed by officials to have been the last person seen with Anderson, was taken into custody and has been held in the city jail at Ashland pending an investigation. Signs of a struggle were found near the body and a dogwood club was found nearby also. An examination revealed also that the man’s neck had been broken. A coroner’s jury was impaneled and it found that the man came to his death at the hands of person or persons unknown. The body when found was in an advanced stage of decomposition. It is thought that the man has been dead about 5 weeks. Officials are sure that the man was murdered and will continue the investigation into his death started soon after his body was found, but at the same time they admit that they are without lead on which to work. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
Gus Arnett, 34, died at an Ashland hospital Saturday of burns sustained about 2 weeks ago at the Travelers Inn at Ashland. Arnett was horribly burned about the face and hands following a small explosion in the room which he was occupying at the hotel. The body was taken to Salyersville, Arnett’s former home, where the funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. Interment was made in the Gardner Cemetery. The deceased is survived by his father, John M. Arnett, 2 sisters, Goldie B. Arnett, Chicago, Mildred Clark of Frankfort and one brother, Hicks Arnett, Frankfort. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
BAYS, Julia (Jordan)
ON Mar 1st, 1926, the death angel visited the home of William P. Bays and took from that home his loved companion, Julia (Jordan) Bays. She was 66 years 4 months and 29 days old, having been born Oct 2, 1859. Lagrippe and bright’s disease caused her death. She was the mother of 7 children all of whom are living, as follows, Mrs. L. J. Lanson, Holden, WV. Mrs. R. D. Hall, Huntington, WV, Mrs. John Fields, Rush, KY, Mrs. J. L. Fannin, Ashland, KY, Mrs. Sanford Scott, Catlettsburg, KY, Younger Bays, Jattie, KY and R. D. Bays, Baltimore, MD. All the above children were at her bedside during her illness and death except the youngest, R. D., he having been called away a few days previous to her death. She professed faith in Christ and united with the Christian Church when a young woman and lived a consistent Christian life. Mother Bays (as she was often called) was a good neighbor, an indulgent mother, a faithful wife, and a good Christian woman. She leaves to mourn their loss, the above named children, one sister, Mrs. James Ratcliff of Fallsburg, KY, 5 brothers, 33 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and many relative and friends. The funeral was conducted at the home by Rev. John Thomas and Rev. R. D. Hall, after which the body was taken to Glenwood Cemetery for interment, overlooking the old school ground to await the Resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
The little 6 months old baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Celus Blanton of West Paintsville died Thursday of last week of pneumonia and was buried Friday in the Fairchild Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1926
BOWE, W. M.
In Memory of W. M. Bowe, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Bowe, who was killed in the mines at Glo, KY, Friday night, Feb 19. After being mashed he lived ?? minutes, being conscious to the end. The last words were “Tell Mona I’m ready to die.” W. M. Bowe was born Jun 19, 190?, his age being 20 years and 8 months. He was married Dec 29, 1925 to Miss Zettie Roop of Glo. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, father and mother, 2 sisters, Mrs. Cecil Thompson and Mrs. Leo Nolen and one brother, Arnold Bowe, and a host of friends and relatives. His body was brought from Glo to his home near Busseyville and was laid to rest by the side of his sister, who preceded him to the glory land 5 years ago. The funeral services were held Monday at the home of his parents by the pastor, Rev. Boyd. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
In memory of William H. (Bill) Bowe, I wish to correct a few mistakes that has been printed since death as I see his age printed 22 years old He was born Jun 19, 1905, departed this life, Feb 19,1926, his age being 20 years 8 months. Bill was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowe of Busseyville. He met with death while working in the mines at Glo, KY. He was breaking on the motor and by obeying orders from his boss he rode on a loaded car which was later run under low coal which crushed him so badly he only lived 65 minutes. Bill knew shortly after he was hurt that he couldn’t live and got ready to meet God in peace, Almost his last words were “Tell Mama and Papa I’m alright.” He was married Dec 20, 1925 to Miss Zettie Roop at Glo, KY. On Sunday following his death he was brought to the home of his parents at Busseyville where funeral services were conducted on Monday by Rev. Budd, pastor of the M. E. Church and was laid to rest in the Bowe Cemetery overlooking the home. He is survived by his wife, father, mother and 2 sisters, Mrs. Leo Nolen and Mrs. Cecil Thompson and one brother, Arnold, Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
BOWLING, Mrs. Press
Mrs. Press Bowling died at her home on Preston Street last Friday night. Mrs. Bowling gave birth to twins about 2 weeks ago and at the time of her death was sitting in a chair. Heart trouble was the cause of her sudden death. Funeral services were held Sunday morning in the United Baptist Church in Paintsville and burial took place Sunday afternoon in the Fairchild Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
BOYES, Charles Earl
Wayne County—News was received here this week of the death of Charles Earl Boyes, 21 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Boyes. The parents of the deceased are both well known in Wayne County, having moved to Rittman from Big Hurricane, this county, about 4 years ago. Charles Earl leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother and 6 brothers and sisters, Anna Lee, Vangie, Violet Mae, Harold, Donald and Robert, all at home. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
In the death of Miss Lydia Burgess, which occurred last Saturday, the family lost a devoted daughter and sister. She was the daughter of Mrs. Nancy Ellen Burgess, who lives near Kise, this county, and Mr. John F. Burgess, deceased. She is survived by 3 sisters and one brother, Mrs. J. M. Bowling, of Matewan, WV, Mrs. J. M. Talbert, of Red Jacket, WV, and Miss Bertie Burgess and Mr. William Gordon Burgess. The cause of her death was pneumonia which developed a few days after she had undergone a serious operation and seemed to be recovering. She passed away Saturday morning in a hospital in Huntington, WV. News of her death came as quite a shock to family and friends, many of whom had not heard of her illness. The body was taken to her home on Saturday evening, accompanied by friends. Miss Burgess was 44 years of age and had lived a useful Christian life, being especially devoted to her aged mother and the home. She was conscious to the last, and her testimony on her death bed was beautiful and comforting to the bereaved family. The funeral service was held Monday morning and was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa. Interment in the family burial ground near the home. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
BURTON, Thomas C.
Dr. Thomas C. Burton, a native Louisian, died at his home in Holsington, Kansas, Mar 15th. Death came after a year of invalidism. He was confined to his bed several weeks before the end. Dr. Burton was born in Louisa in 1886, a son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Burton. He was graduated from a medical college in Cincinnati in 1895. He moved to Kansas in 1903 and practiced medicine until 2 years ago. He is survived by his wife and daughter of Kansas and 2 brothers and 3 sisters of Kentucky. Dr. Burton was a member of the Methodist Church of Holsington, KS and a member of the Masonic order. His remains were interred at Holsington. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1926
Mont Carter, aged 31, died at the home of his father, Sol Carter, at Busseyville on Mar 6th of leakage of the heart and stomach trouble. Mr. Carter, who was a well respected young man of the Busseyville section, became ill several weeks ago while working in Detroit, MI and was brought to the Riverview hospital her 4 weeks ago and later taken to his home at Busseyville, where the end came on Saturday 2 weeks ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Busseyville M. E. Church by Revs. Charles Moore and R. L. Budd. Interment was made in the Pigg Cemetery. He leaves his father, Sol Carter, one brother, Roy of Busseyville, 3 sisters, Mrs. Noah Ball of Gallup, Mrs. Reece Keyser and Miss Katherine of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Mont Carter, son of Sol and Julia Hayes Carter, was born Jul 24, 1891, died Mar 6, 1925, age 31 years7 months and 12 days. He leaves a father, one brother, Roy of Busseyville, 3 sisters, Mrs. Noah Ball of Gallup, Mrs. Reece Keyser and Miss Katherine of Portsmouth, OH and other relatives and friends. His mother preceded him to the Great Beyond 5 years ago last September. Stomach trouble and leakage of the heart caused his death. He had been in Detroit, MI the last 3 years, where he was employed. He became ill in February and his father was called to his bedside where he remained several days. He then brought his son home thinking the change would be a help to him to recover. All was done that loving hands could do to restore him back to health again, but God had a place for him. On the morning March 6, about 2 o’clock the Lord spoke peach to his soul He told his relatives he was ready to go. He died about 5 o’clock. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church Monday by Revs. Charley Moore and R. L. Budd. He was laid to rest in the Pigg Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Mattie—Mrs. Jane Castle passed away at the home of her nephew, Dillon Moore, last Sunday night. Dropsy caused her death. She was 71 years old. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lon Karee of Portsmouth, OH, 3 brothers, Thornton and Landon of Mattie and John of Fallsburg. Revs. G. V. Pack, Scott Thompson, and Triggie Fraley conducted the funeral services. She was laid to rest in the B. F. Moore Cemetery by the side of her sister. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
CHILDRESS, Chrisley—See under Bart Rowe
Mrs. M. M. Coleman, aged 35, of near Pikeville, shot and wounded her husband’s brother, Ernest Coleman, and later killed him in defense of her life on Greasy Creek late last week. The shooting was the outgrowth of charges made by Ernest to his brother that his wife was untrue to him. M. M. said he did not believe the charges and opened fire upon Ernest, who returned the fire. Neither was wounded. Charges of slander were then preferred against Ernest by Mrs. Coleman. He was convicted in court, but acquitted in an appeal to the Pike Circuit Court last Monday. It was then that Mrs. Coleman made her first attack on the brother in law. They were returning to their homes on Greasy Creek and when Ernest alighted from the train, Mrs. Coleman fired upon him 5 times, but with no serious consequences.
He was taken to a house, which Mrs. Coleman passed Saturday morning. She said he was standing on the porch and as she went by in a buggy Ernest fired twice, striking her horse both times. Keeping the wounded animal under control with one hand she returned the fire over her left shoulder, but due to the smoke Mrs. Coleman said she did not see him fall. He fired 4 more shots at her, none taking effect. After learning she had killed Coleman, Mrs. Coleman surrendered and was placed in jail charged with murder. An orphan at an early age, Mrs. Coleman struggled through girlhood in an effort to obtain a good education. She was graduated from Pikeville College and later attended school at Louisa. Mrs. Coleman is 35 years old and her husband is about 41. Mrs. Coleman is a highly educated woman, a writer of essays and short stories and noted in Pike County for her literary ability. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Whitesburg, KY, Mar 10—John Combs, 78 years old, of the vicinity of Carrs Fork fell from a cliff while out in the mountains of Acup Creek, not far from his home, and suffered injuries from which he died within a few minutes. Combs was alone. As he plunged over the high precipice, he cried out. A near neighbor heard the cries and rushed to the scene while the aged man was still breathing. His neck was broken in the fall. Through a cripple for many years, he is said to have enjoyed walks in the mountains and on this occasion it is believed he walked too near the precipice and lost his footing. A brother, D. Y. Combs, of the Combs Hotel, Hazard survived him. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
CYRUS, Samuel Henderson
Samuel Henderson Cyrus, pioneer resident of Boyd County succumbed to infirmities of age at his home on Durbin Creek Monday in his 86th year. The deceased had been engaged practically all of his life in farming and stock raising. He had what was considered the cleanest and best stocked farms in that section of the county and was pointed to all by his neighbors as a farmer of the highest type. He was prominent in Masonic circles, being for many years a member of Hampton Lodge No. 235 of Catlettsburg. Mr. Cyrus’s first wife, Margaret Ann Lakin, preceded him in death more than 20 years ago. He later married Mrs. Elizabeth Lockwood. He is survived by one son, P. P. Cyrus, and one daughter, Mrs. J. M. Prichard of Ashland and several grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
DEREFIELD, J. B.
J.B. Derefield, member of the Lawrence Fiscal Court, died early Saturday morning at his home on Morgan’s Creek, near Yatesville. On the preceding Saturday, Mr. Derefield, while chopping wood at his home, was stricken with a pain in the back of his head and remained unconscious until his death. He was 68 years of age and one of the county’s best citizens. He is survived by his wife and 3 children: Mrs. G. A. Haws, and Arlie Derefield of Louisa, and Mrs. Sherman Fannin of Glo, KY. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Sunday by Rev. Rolen Hutchinson. Interment was made in the family cemetery near Yatesville. A. J. Haws and Arlie Derefield of Louisa attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
Dr. Paul B. Hall reports the arrival of three girls—triplets—to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Ferguson at Thealka last Friday. The all died a short time after birth. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
Mrs. Sarah Ferguson, 72 years old, wife of Joseph Ferguson, of Echo, Wayne County, died in the Rife-Ferguson hospital at Kenova Tuesday morning after an illness of 2 weeks with blood poisoning. She is survived by 5 sons, 5 daughters, 4 brothers, C. J. Booth and W. O. Booth and P. H. Booth of Wayne, one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Booten of Booten. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
Whereas it has pleased God Almighty, the father of the universe, in his infinite wisdom to call from among us our dearly beloved friend, Wilda Fitch who passed into that undiscovered city, from whence no traveler ever returns, Mar 11th, 1926. She was a kind and loving wife and mother. She leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother, one sister, and 2 brothers, a husband and one child 2 years old and a host of friends and relatives. She has lived a consecrated Christian life for the past 3 years She told all that were by her bedside not to weep that she was going home to rest, where sorrow and troubles come no more, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Moses Dutton and A. Preston. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1926
FITZPATRICK, Mrs. Henry
Mrs. Henry Fitzpatrick died at her home on Spurlock Friday Feb 26 of tuberculosis of the bone. She was buried Monday Mar 1, at Keith graveyard near her home. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
John Green died at his home at Little Gap last week after several months illness. He formerly lived in Paintsville and was at one time on the Police force here. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
GULLETT, Mrs. Fred
Mrs. Fred Gullett of West Paintsville, who has been seriously ill for the past 2 weeks with pneumonia died at her home Wednesday morning after much suffering. Mrs. Gullett was a good Christian woman and her death has caused much sorrow among her relatives and friends. She is survived by her husband and 6 children, most of whom are small. The remains of Mrs. Gullett were taken to Magoffin County, her old home, where funeral services were conducted Thursday. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1926
HAGER, George W.
Paintsville, KY, Mar 4—George W. Hager, 59 years old, died at his home here this morning after a few days illness of pneumonia. Mr. Hager had been an invalid for the last 20 years having suffered a paralytic stroke several years ago. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, Eugene and Russell, of Huntington, WV and R. B. Hager of Miami, FL, and 2 sisters, Mrs. O. C. Geiger and Miss Edna E. Hager of this city. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
HANLEY, Mrs. N. K.
Mrs. N. K. Hanley, formerly of Wayne County, died at Winchester, OH, on last Thursday. Mrs. Hanley was 81 years of age. She resided at Hubbardstown, WV until 3 years ago when she went to live with her son, John Hanley, of Winchester. She leaves a large number of relatives in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
James Hughes, the 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Hughes, of Louisa, died Monday. Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday and his remains were taken to Potter and interred in the Cains Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Death entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Hughes on Mar 15th and claimed for his own their darling little baby James Claudie. He was born Jan 2, 1924. He was 2 year 2 months and 13 days of age. He leaves a mother, father and brother and 2 sisters and 2 grandmothers and many relatives and friends. The following were by him when he died: Mrs. Martha Caines, his grandmother, and Mrs. Heaven Blankenship, Mrs. W. W. Yong, and Mrs. Clarence Carter and many other friends. The funeral services were held at the home and he was laid to rest in the Caines Cemetery at Potter on Wednesday, Mar 17, 1926. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Alvin Hunnicutt, 23, a former Lawrence Countian, died Sunday morning at Ashland two and a half hours after he had received a heavy electric shock in the American Rolling Mill plant at Ashland. He was employed as a millwright helper. According to officials of the Armco Hunnicutt and 2 fellow workmen were repairing a set of shears. Hunnicutt, they said, was holding an extension light for one of the men and it became shorted and he was knocked unconscious. Two physicians were called. They and a first aid team worked two and a half hours, administering artificial respirations, and all other conceivable restoratives, but without avail. Funeral services were held in the home in Ashland and his body was brought to Lawrence County Wednesday where interment was made in the Pennington Cemetery near Dobbins Hunnicutt is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hunnicutt and 4 sisters, Ethel, Madge, Myrtle and Katherine, all at home and 4 brothers, Estie, Vernon, Glenn and Carl, all of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
JOHNSON, Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane Johnson departed this life Feb 14,1926 aged 59 years. The greater part of her life was spent at Orr. About 30 years ago she was united in marriage to J.C. Johnson. To this union were born 7 children, four of whom survive: Mrs. Leona Walker, Mrs. Victoria Hensley, Elmer, Jack and Alex. She leaves to mourn her loss besides her husband and children, one sister, many friends and relatives who will miss her. Sarah Jane was a Christian and was loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
LAYNE, Mrs. John
The death of Mrs. John Layne on Wednesday night took from us one of our most beloved and esteemed women. For many years a staunch member of the Regular Baptist Church, she took a leading part in church work and was also an enthusiastic worker in the Order of the Eastern Star. Though she had been in bad health for several years, her death was very sudden, caused by heart failure. At the time of her death she was 57 years old and would have celebrated the 41st anniversary of her marriage to Mr. Layne on the 25th day of this month. To their union were born Milton Layne, Preston Layne, Mrs. William Davidson (deceased), and Charles Layne of Pikeville and George Layne of Williamson. Her husband survived her and she leaves a brother, Francis Elliott of McDowell and 2 sisters, Mrs. Jeff May of Osborne and Mrs. George Elliott of Beaver. She has a wide circle of friends and relatives, being the daughter of James and Francis Elliott and a native of Tazewell County, VA. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1926
Mrs. Laura Lemasters, 37, a former Lawrence County woman, died at her home on Keys Creek at Ashland Saturday night after an illness of 7 years. Her condition was not regarded as serious until a few days ago, however. The deceased was well known in the neighborhood in which she lived and had a wide circle of friends who learned with regret of her death. Funeral services were held from the residence Monday afternoon and the body was brought to Lawrence County where burial was made in the Borders Cemetery. Mrs. Lemaster is survived by her husband, Arby Lemaster, and 3 daughters and 6 sons. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
Joseph O. Mathewson, aged 50, former mayor of Ashland and a prominent business man of that city died Sunday following an operation for appendicitis. Mr. Mathewson was one of Ashland’s best known citizens and had been active there for a number of years. He was a former potentate in the El Hasa Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Ashland and had been the first president of the Ashland Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his widow and one son, Joseph M. Mathewson. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
Uncle John May of Maytown, one of Floyd County’s highly respected citizens died Wednesday afternoon Mar 3, 1926. He had reached a ripe old age having passed his 94th birthday the 13th of last December. He was nevertheless active in mind and body almost to the last and being of great faith he was faithful to the end. He was a loyal member of the Christian church 65 years. His wife preceded him some 12 years ago. He is survived by 3 sons and one daughter as follows: B. L. C. May of Alphoretta, Mrs. Emily Ratliff of Alphoretta, D. C. May of Cincinnati and A. J. May of Prestonsburg. His funeral and burial will take place Thursday afternoon at the home of his son B. L. C. May of Alphoretta where he died. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
MCCOY, Cora (Mullins)
Mrs. Cora Mullins McCoy, 49, sister of A. D. Paul and Charles Mullins, of this city, died at her home at Penny Saturday, after a lingering illness. The burial took place at Penny on Sunday. Mrs. McCoy is survived by her husband, her mother, 4 sisters, and 7 brothers and 9 children, Lilly, Rose, Nellie, Luis, Della, Fannie, Benjamin, Ezra and Joseph. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
Mrs. Lizzie McDaniels, wife of Henry Lee McDaniels, died at her home near Coal Grove OH, Sunday following an illness of 2 weeks of pneumonia. The deceased is survived by her husband and father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. James Kiser of Aden. The body was taken to Aden, the McDaniels former home for funeral services and burial. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Mrs. Birdie McKinzie, wife of Cue McKenzie died at her home in Paintsville last Saturday and was buried Sunday afternoon in the city cemetery. Rev. Perkins had charge of the funeral. Mrs. McKenzie had been in poor health for a number of years. She moved here a few months ago from Mud Lick. Her brother, Pate McKenzie, who is serving a life sentence in the Frankfort penitentiary was brought here for the funeral. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
George Meade, aged 39 years, passed away at his home near Offutt last Sunday morning. He had been in declining health the past 5 year, following an illness of typhoid fever. Mr. Meade was a good citizen. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons, Dr. Lloyd Meade of Paintsville, and Dr. P. P. Meade of Flat Gap, are his brothers and Mrs. Best of Wayland, and Mrs. Riley of Huntington, sisters. Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of Louisa, conducted the funeral service Tuesday morning at the residence. The burial was in the Ward graveyard at the mouth of Greasy Creek, near Offutt. Among relatives from a distance who attended were Dr. Meade of Paintsville, Mr. and Mrs. Best of Wayland and Mr. Riley of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
MOORE, Samuel F.
Samuel F. Moore, formerly of Louisa, died at Columbus, OH, last week and was buried at Portsmouth. Mr. Moore was born in Louisa Jul 19, 1891. His mother and father preceded him in death. He leaves 3 brothers, James and E. A. Moore of Portsmouth and Leander of Russell. He was a member of the Masonic bodies and the Grotto in Cleveland. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Mrs. Flora Nealy of Douglas died here Thursday from a fibroid tumor and other complications. Her body was taken to her home at Richam for burial and interment, which was held Sunday. Mrs. Nealy was a prominent and devoutly Christian woman and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge recently organized at Douglas. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
NEWMAN, Mrs. C. L.
After several years of invalidism Mrs. C. L. Newman succumbed to heart dropsy in her 57th year on Saturday of last week at her home in Atlanta, GA. Before her marriage Mrs. Newman was Miss Blanche Moore, daughter of the late William F. and Margaret Moore of Lockwood. Her remains were interred at Atlanta. Besides her husband she leaves an only sister, Miss Kate Moore of Cincinnati who was with her at the time of her death, 3 brothers, Fred S. Moore of Cincinnati, John Moore of Lockwood and Richard Moore of Louisa. Miss Margaret Lackey, Miss Kathleen Lackey and Miss Boyd L. Codding of Detroit are nieces of the deceased. She also leaves many relatives and friends in Louisa, Catlettsburg and Cincinnati. She was a generous and lovable lady and will be greatly missed by her admiring friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
Mrs. Alaphor Patton, 78m formerly of Beaver Creek, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Davidson, of Ashland, last week. She leaves 5 daughters and one son. Her remains were interred in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
PATTON, Dr. Silas
Dr. Silas Patton, pioneer resident of Catlettsburg, died on last Sunday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Hearnes in Catlettsburg, where he had been confined in his room for many weeks. He was 80 years of age. Mr. Patton was a prominent business man of Catlettsburg and was associated with the Patton Milling Company and the Patton Lumber Company. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
PETERS, James B.
James B. Peters, a former resident of Louisa, died suddenly at his home in Westmoreland, WV last Saturday night in his 70th year. Mr. Peters for many years resided in Louisa and conducted a hardware store on Lock Avenue. He reared his family here. Five years ago he sold his hardware store to Messrs. Moore & Burton and moved to Westmoreland where he engaged in the mercantile business. He was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were held at the home in Westmoreland Monday, the Rev. A. M. Dial officiating. His remains were brought to this county and interred in the See Cemetery on the Point about 3 miles from Louisa. Mr. Peters leaves his wife, formerly Jennie Bartram, a daughter of Capt. William Bartram of Clifford, this county, 4 sons, Karl H. Peters, of Best, TX, Earl S. Peters, George D. Peters and James K. Peters, all of Huntington, 4 daughters, Mrs. C. B. Kautz, Miss Dollie Peters of Huntington, Mrs. T. W. Johns of Cinco, WV and Mrs. M. J. Murphy of Ironton. The deceased was a brother of Mrs. At Wellman who is critically ill at her home here and had visited her about a week before he died. Charles Peters of Fort Gay and C. B. Peters of Ashland are brothers of the deceased. Misses Jessie and Jennie Belle Beaire who are attending school here are granddaughters. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1926
PICKLESIMER, Ivel Franklin
Ivel Franklin Picklesimer, son of Manford and Rhoda Picklesimer, died at the home of his parents last Monday morning. His death was caused by pneumonia following quickly after he was stricken last Wednesday afternoon. Young Picklesimer is survived by his father and mother, a brother, Virgil Picklesimer, of Thealka, a sister, Mrs. Lloyd Castle of Matewan, WV, and a younger brother, and sister, Woodrow and Gene Marie, who are in the Paintsville schools. Young Picklesimer has been a student in the Paintsvilel graded schools since early boyhood. He was a Senior in the High School and would have graduated in the class of ’26. He was a popular student and an honored member of the debating team of his school. Both schools attended the funeral services in a body. The Senior graduating class were pallbearers. Big Sandy news, Mar 26, 1926
The death angel visited the home of Walker Porter and claimed as its victim his mother, Mrs. Lina Porter. She was 94 years of age. She was born in Tennessee and was married to J. C. Porter at the age of 15 years. She was a devoted wife and mother and a splendid Christian woman. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 sons, Walker, Porter, Dobbins, KY, Tivis Porter, Ashland, KY, Lee Porter of Missouri, Louisa Porter, Arizona, and a host of grandchildren and many friends. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
PRESTON, Betty Jean
Kenova, WV—A very sad accident occurred in our town Tuesday when little Betty Jean Preston, 20 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Preston caught fire from an open gas grate. She died Friday morning. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
PRESTON, D. L.
L. Preston, 69, formerly of Paintsville, but a resident of Ashland for a number of years, died suddenly at his home Sunday morning. Death was due it was said to a heart attack. The body was taken to Paintsville Monday morning where the funeral services were held and burial made in the Paintsville Cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife and 2 daughters, Mrs. Charles Kirk and Mrs. Sidney Webb, both of Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Violet Ray, aged 18 years and 17 months, daughter of Israel Ray, died at her home on Whites Creek, Feb 16, of tuberculosis. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Henry Mullens at the Whites Creek Valley Baptist Church. Interment was made in the Walter Staley Cemetery. The deceased is survived by her father, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
RICE, N. Jack
Jack Rice, age 74, prominent merchant of Johnson County, died Sunday morning at his home on Lick Fork. Mr. Rice was prominently connected and leaves many relatives throughout Eastern Kentucky. In his immediate family he is survived by one son, John R. Rice of Portsmouth, OH, 3 daughters, Mrs. Mitchell Hall, of Frankfort, Mrs. Clyde Preston and Mrs. Bert Watkins of West Van Lear; 2 brothers, Charles Rice of Hager Hill and Samuel Rice of Columbus; 3 sisters, Mrs. Sarah Rice of Ashland, Mrs. Ellen Conley of Staffordsville and Mrs. Elizabeth Conley of East Point. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
RICE, W. W.
W. Rice, aged 89, Civil War veteran, died at Mud Lick, Johnson County, last Thursday after a long period of invalidism. His aged wife, who survives him, is 84 years of age and in poor health. An only living daughter, Mrs. Eugene Preston and 3 sons, Charles Rice, Will Rice and Schuyler Rice also survive. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
Pikeville, KY, Mar 10—Bart Rowe, 32 years old, Chief of Police at Elkhorn City, died in a Pikeville hospital Wednesday of last week of 2 bullet wounds inflicted the preceding night by Chrisley Childress, 30, in a fight in a restaurant. After he was shot by Childress, Rowe fired, the bullet piercing Childress’ skull between the eyes killing him instantly. Rowe said that he was in church when he was informed that Childress was “taking the town”. He went to the restaurant of Kelly Marino, according to Ryan, and found Childress with a pistol in his hand annoying patrons in the restaurant. Rowe, cautioned Childress and threatened to arrest him. According to Ryan, Childress showed “fight” and told Rowe, with an oath, that he could not arrest him. Rowe then struck Childress with his pistol, Ryan continued, and Childress shot, the bullet passing through Rowe’s body. The chief then fired. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
SCHMAUCH, Ed T.
Ed T. Schmauch, 50, died at the Baptist General hospital in Ashland after a long illness. He had been in failing health for the past 2 years, but his condition was not considered serious until about 3 weeks ago. Mr. Schmauch was born and reared there, but for the past 10 years has been located in the various coal fields of the Sandy Valley. About 3 weeks ago 2 of Mr. Schmauch’s brothers were called to Betsy Layne, where he has resided for the past few years, on account of his illness. They took him to the hospital. He was suffering from diabetes and the malady failed to yield to treatment. Mr. Schmauch is survived by his wife and several children and also by 6 brothers, Henry J., Charles A., and Albert, all of Ashland, George R., of Florida, Lincoln of Chicago, and Arthur of Huntington and also by 3 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Horstman, Miss Annie Schmauch and Mrs. Nellie Wheeler of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
Uncle Ben Smith of Prestonsburg died Wednesday Mar 3 of paralysis due to senility. He was 78 years of age having been born Jan 8, 1848. He is survived by his widow who was Art Burchett and by 2 daughters Mrs. Walter E. Ashby of Wellsville,, OH and Mrs. Fannie Conley of East Liverpool, OH. The funeral in charge of Rev. Isaac Stratton of Banner took place at the late home Thursday afternoon. Burial in the Richmond Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1926
Pike County lost a greatly beloved and very prominent woman in the death of Mrs. Rebecca Thacker of Elkhorn City who passed away Saturday Feb 20th, at the age of 59. Her death followed the third operation which she had to undergo for cancerous goiter. She is survived by her husband, J. W. Thacker, 2 daughters, Mrs. Louise Ratliff and Mrs. Rose Blackburn and twin sons, William Ballard and L. M. Thacker. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
Harrison Watts, age 83, pioneer Wayne County citizen, who for many years lived near East Lynn, in this county, died Sunday evening at his home on the Sixteenth Stret Road, a short distance out of the city of Huntington. Mr. Watts was the son of Hansford Watts, was born Oct 16, 1842. His father, who was one of the well-known men of Wayne County, was a native of Virginia. Following the war service he engaged in business at East Lynn. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1926
W??? Wilcox, 28 years old, a farmer of Leach, Kym near Catlettsburg, was shot 3 times and fatally wounded by 4 men on the Mayo Trail 4 miles south of Catlettsburg last week. Wilcox was shot 3 times. He was unable to give Boyd County authorities an adequate description of his four assailants, except that they were traveling in a Ford touring car toward Catlettsburg and that he was unable to see them distinctly in the darkness. A Boyd County deputy sheriff and 2 Catlettsburg policemen, called to the scene of the shooting were unable to find a motive for the shooting of the farmer. Wilcox, who is single and lives with his father on a farm a mile from the scene of the shooting, was alone when he was attacked. Big Sandy News, Mar 26,1926
Mose Wiley, 90, who resided with his son, Robert Wiley, 3 miles back of Catlettsburg, died Friday morning after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Wiley just recently passed his 90th birthday and is a grandson of Jennie Wiley, known in the history of the Big Sandy Valley. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1926
Freeland Workman, 68 years old, well known resident of Kenova, died at his home last Wednesday night following a stroke of paralysis suffered early Wednesday morning. Mr. Workman was one of the pioneer residents of Kenova, having lived there for many years. He was a native of Echo, Wayne County, and was a member of the Kenova Methodist Episcopal Church. He was the son of the late Allen Workman. The funeral services were conducted at the Kenova Methodist Episcopal Church Friday afternoon and interment was made at the Catlettsburg cemetery. Mr. Workman is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tennie Workman, one son, William Workman, of Kenova, also one brother, S. P. Workman of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1926
ARNETT, Elliott A.
Death Wednesday afternoon claimed Mr. Elliott A. Arnett, aged 74 years. He had been in declining health the past few years, but had been able to be up and around until a few days previous to his death. His body will be brought from Crum, WV and taken to the McGuire farm about 2 miles from Louisa, where interment will be made beside his wife who passed away May 24, 1925. Mr. Arnett is survived by one daughter who lives in Texas, 2 grandsons, Arnett and Jack Peters, of Huntington, WV, 2 granddaughters, Mrs. F. O. See of Lynch and Mrs. Mary Loomas of Texas. Mr. Arnett was a native of Magoffin County, but came to Louisa when a young man. He married Miss Elizabeth McGuire and resided near Louisa until recent years when he moved to a farm near Crum, WV. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
AUXIER, J. K. Polk
Mr. J. K. Polk Auxier died at his home near the mouth of John’s Creek in Johnson County, on Friday of last week. Pneumonia following a 2 weeks’ illness of influenza was the cause of his death. He was 82 years of age, the youngest of the large family of Samuel Auxier. At the time of his death, his daughter, Miss Anne Auxier, was very ill with pneumonia and her death occurred on Monday of this week. Mr. Auxier’s funeral was held on Saturday, interment following in the Auxier Cemetery. His daughter’s funeral and burial took place Tuesday. Mr. Auxier and daughter and his son, Robert, resided at the old home on the Auxier farm, known years ago as the Block House bottom. He is the last direct descendant of one of the pioneer families of that part of the Big Sandy Valley. He was a son of Samuel Auxier who died in his 98th years on the same farm on which lived the last son who has just passed away. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
AUXIER, Mrs. Joseph
Mrs. Joseph Auxier, age 78 years died at the home of her son Tobe Auxier across the river from Paintsville last Monday. Her husband, Joseph Auxier died 10 years ago. She was one of the oldest citizens of the county and a member of one of the county’s best families. She leaves 2 daughters, Mrs. Amanda May of Prestonsburg and Mrs. Gabe Hughes of Tampa, FL. Five sons survive: Warren, Tobe, Down, Harry and Sam. Funeral services and burial at East Point last Tuesday, being conducted by Rev. Arthur Green. She was a devoted Christian woman and the county has suffered a great loss. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
BANFIELD, Allen P.
Dr. Allen P. Banfield, aged 70, prominent physician of Catlettsburg, died last Friday morning in the King’s Daughters’ Hospital at Ashland after an illness of but a few days duration. Dr. Banfield was born and reared in Boyd County and after completing his education in the rural districts, he attended medical college in Cincinnati, from which he was graduated. After his graduation Dr. Banfield began practicing medicine at Buchanan, this county, where he remained for 10 years. In 1901 Dr. Banfield went to Catlettsburg and started as a specialist on eye, ear, nose and throat trouble. During his practice in Catlettsburg, Dr. Banfield traveled in Europe taking post graduate work at medical schools there. He is survived by 2 brothers, Dr. J. C. Banfield, a prominent physician of Huntington, and William Banfield of Wayne, WV. Dr. Banfield was a member of the Boyd County Medical Society, the State Medical Association and the National Medical Association. He was also a member of the Catlettsburg lodge of Elks. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Due to a delay in arrival of the body from Albuquerque, NM where she died Wednesday of last week, funeral services for Mrs. Essie Barbour were held Wednesday afternoon at the Lavalette Church. Rev. Henry Mullens conducted the services. Interment in Mays cemetery, near her old home. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Emanuel Belcher, age 67 years, passed away at his home in Nolan, WV Tuesday evening of last week. His death was sudden and happened while he was walking along the street. The remains were shipped to Fort Gay for burial. He is survived by his wife who is the mother of G. W. Taylor of Williamson. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
BERRY, Mrs. Leo (Martha Kelly)
Mrs. Leo Berry, of Ellen, died last week and was buried Sunday, according to word reaching here. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
Mrs. Martha Kelly Berry was born at Keaton, Johnson County, KY, Jun 3, 1906 and died Apr 9, 1926. Surviving are her husband, Leo Berry, one daughter, Lydia Jane, age 3, her father and stepmother, and 5 sisters, Mrs. Zed Watkins, of Lakeside, Mrs. D. J. Fairchild, of Portsmouth, OH, Misses Delitho, Edna and Virgie, at home. Mrs. Berry who was a member of the Louisa, KY Christian church, was faithful to her Christian profession and a devoted wife and mother. Funeral services were held from the home of Mrs. Berry’s father and mother in law, Mr. and Mrs. David Berry at Ellen, with interment in the Berry Family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Mrs. Allie Blankenship, 38 years old, died Monday afternoon in a Huntington hospital after a lingering illness. She leaves her husband, G. M. Blankenship. Burial at Reuben’s Branch. WV. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
BLANKENSHIP, Grizzelle (Motley)
Mrs. Grizzelle Motley Blankenship passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. M. Justice, here Sunday night. Infirmities of age caused her death. She had lived almost 2 decades, beyond the scriptural 3 score and ten years. In February she quietly celebrated her 87th birthday. For several months she had been in declining health and was confined to her bed several weeks prior to her death. She lived at Potter for a number of years. For the past few years she has resided with her daughter, Mrs. W. M. Justice at the Louisa Inn. Mrs. Blankenship before marriage was Miss Grizzelle Penalton Motley, and was born and reared in Virginia. Seven children survive: Mrs. W. M. Justice, R. Blankenship, Arthur Blankenship, of Louisa, Mrs. G. R. Schmauch and Mrs. J. F. Stump of Huntington, WV, Mrs. L. B. Compton of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. W. F. Austin of Potter. Short funeral services were held at the Louisa Inn Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. F. E. Jenkins assisted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. W.H. Sanders. The body was taken to Potter where brief services were held at the home of Mrs. Austin. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
BOWLING, Mrs. J. K.
Mrs. J. K. Bowling, of Ivel, a well-known and greatly loved woman of this section, died at her home on Mar 24th after having contracted pneumonia only 4 days before. Her body was taken to her old home at West Liberty, KY for burial. Her husband and 4 children survive. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
The shadows of death fell across the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Boyd last Monday and called their darling little girl, Mearl, age 9 years, 3 months and 22 days. She took typhoid fever 3 weeks before and while everything was done that medical skill, tender hands and loving hearts could do, yet all failed. Little Mearl was the joy of the home and was loved by everyone that met her. Mearl leaves to mourn, father, mother, 4 sisters and one brother. The funeral sermon was preached by Bro. Allen and attended by a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives. Interment was made in the Davis Cemetery. Big sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
Walter Brown, age 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Brown died Saturday night at his home on Catletts Creek after an illness of but a few days. Walter suffered from a bad case of blood poisoning. Funeral services were held at the Catletts Creek Church after which the burial was made in the Warner Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
BURTON, Thomas C.
Dr. Thomas C. Burton was born near Louisa, KY Mar 30, 1886 and passed out of this earthly life Mar 5, 1926, at his home in Holsington, Kansas, lacking just 15 days of being 60 years old. He was one of 6 children of Mr. and Mrs. Phaebe Burton. He studied medicine at Cincinnati, OH and graduated from the Medical College of that city in 1893. Oct 12, 1899 he was united in marriage to Miss Maude Dornall in 1903 they moved from Kentucky to Kansas, settling in Holsington and where they lived only 5 years, coming back to Holsington in 1923. Dr. Burton united with the Methodist Church while living at Reading transferring his membership to the Holsington church on his return. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the I.O.O.F. of the Security benefit association.
The doctor’s health began failing some years ago and all the highest skill of modern medical science could do was sought in hopes of checking the malady, but he never received much encouragement if any at all. Yet the doctor never left his office until a year ago and on New Year’s Day of last year he was compelled to give up his wheel chair for the bed where he gradually grew weaker until life had ebbed its way from his tortured body. Besides his wife and daughter of Holsington he leaves 2 brothers, 3 sisters living in Kentucky. Having resided in Holsington and administered to the sick of that community for over 18 years he leaves a large number of friends who have been much concerned during his lingering illness and who deeply sympathize with the bereaved wife and daughter. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon conducted by George A. Kraft under the auspices of the Masonic lodge. Interment was made in Holsington Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
CAPERTON, Mrs. Milt (Mary Davis)
Mrs. Milt Caperton passed away Wednesday afternoon at her home in Louisa after an illness of some weeks. Before marriage she was Miss Mary Davis. She was the daughter of Willie Davis, of Ulysses, who with other members of the family, was at her bedside during her last hours. She was about 20 years of age. She is survived by her husband and a child about 2 months old. Also 12 brothers and sisters. Her body was taken to the home of her parents at Ulysses on Thursday morning where funeral services will take place Friday and interment will be made in the Davis Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
Mrs. Milt Caperton passed away at Riverview hospital at Louisa Wednesday, Apr 14, 1926, aged 19 yeas 7 months and 16 days. Mrs. Caperton was formerly Miss Mary Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Davis of Ulysses. The deceased is survived by one child, Eugene and the mother and father and the following brothers and sisters: William Jr., Dennie and Alton of Columbus, OH, L. T. of Wakefield, OH, Burnes of Ulysses, KY, Corbit of Catlettsburg, KY, Mrs. Callie Prerian of Phoenix, AZ, Mrs. Hilda Castle of Ulysses, Hannah and Oka at home. The body was taken to the home of her parents at Ulysses on Thursday morning where funeral services were held Friday morning an interment was made in the Davis Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
CAUDILL, Nellie (Griffith)
Mrs. Nellie Caudill, 39, died at her home in Ashland Monday following an illness of several weeks. She was well known and highly respected in the community in which she lived. Mr. Caudill had a host of friends who were saddened by the news of her death. To mourn her passing the deceased leaves her husband, Quince Caudill, 3 children and her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Griffith. The body was taken to Paintsville where services were held. Interment was made there. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
Frank Clark of Lyken’s Branch was electrocuted while working on the motor which he operated in the mines at Greasy Creek, Tuesday night. He was buried near his home about 5 miles from Pikeville. Mr. Clark was a fine young man and liked by all who knew him. He was about 24 years of age and unmarried. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clark, and a nephew of S. G. Reynolds of this city. His parents and a brother and 2 sisters survive him. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
COLLINSWORTH, Emaline (Sellards)
Mrs. Emaline Sellards Collinsworth died at her home at McCombs, Pike County, on Thursday of last week of infirmities of age. She was nearly 90 and had been in ordinarily good health until 2 weeks before her demise. She is survived by 3 sons, Jeff Collinsworth of Cadmus, this county, Martin Collinsworth of Pikeville, and Mose B. Collinsworth of Ashland. The funeral was held at the old home, after which burial was made in the old family cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
Bryant Corbin, son of A. S. Corbin of Pikeville, fatally cut his classmate at the Pikeville High School, Clyde Farley, son of Clark Farley, at Pikeville late Wednesday evening of last week. While in the laboratory the boys had quarreled, it is said, when they played pranks with ammonia. At the close of school they took up the quarrel on the walk outside the building. Corbin struck Farley, loosening some of his teeth, it is reported, and Farley struck him twice with a knife. Dan. J. Vanhoose, truant officer at the school, intervened and took Farley before Police Judge Kendrick, who placed him under bond. Corbin was rushed to the Methodist hospital, where he was found to be suffering from 2 dangerous wounds, one a 3 inch gash just below the ribs on the left side, cut the diaphragm, touched the lungs and reached the intestines. The other was a deep 4 inch cut just above the left hip. He died Thursday morning. Both boys are of prominent families. They are members of this year’s graduating class at the high school and both were members of this year’s football team. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Iven Dallie, aged 2 ½ years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dallie of Wheelwright, died Friday afternoon after several days illness of measles. Mrs. Dallie was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Toler of Princess when the child became ill. The child is survived, besides its parents, by one brother, Vern, age 6. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon and burial was made in Coalton, Boyd County. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
DOTSON, Nancy Jane
Mrs. Nancy Jane Dotson, 91 years 2 months and 12 days old, passed away Friday morning Jan the 9th, 1926 on Blackberry. She leaves 2 daughters and 4 sons to mourn her loss: J. B. Dotson, of Fort Gay, Green Dotson, Hurley, VA, George Dotson, Majestic, KY, Harrison Dotson, Phelps, KY, Mrs. Gipson, Mrs. D. J. Dotson of Blackberry. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Rev. John Estep died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Fairchild on Apr 4. He was 75 years of age, a minister of the gospel and belonged to the Freewill Baptist Church. He was married to Sarah Marshall in 1851 whom God called to her home 4 years ago. To this union were born 7 children: Mrs. Manford Estep of Fords Branch, KY, Mrs. Leander Bayes, Hagersville, KY, Mrs. Joe Fairchild, Mrs. Dick Ratliff, Miss Virgie Estep and one son, Roy Estep all of Rock House. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Paintsville—William Fairchild, age 94, died at his home here last Sunday night after a short illness of pneumonia. For many months he had been in poor health and for the past few weeks his death had been hourly expected. He was one of the very few old Union soldiers left in this section. During the Civil War he served in the 14th, 39th, and 45th regiments. For many years he was a blacksmith in Paintsville but a few years ago he moved across Paint Creek to the place where he died. Surviving are 3 daughters and 2 sons. The daughters are: Mrs. Mary Bayes of Paintsville, Mrs. Mint Fairchild of Peoria, IL, and Mrs. N. J. Price of Paintsville. The sons are: Dr. J. R. Fairchild of Inez and William Fairchild, Jr., of Paintsville. He also leaves his widow, Mrs. Laura Fairchild. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the late residence of Clyde Ferguson, 2010 Madison Avenue, Huntington, WV, who died early Saturday night after a long illness. Rev. W. O. Kersey, pastor of the Walker Memorial Baptist Church, conducted the services and interment was in Highland Cemetery. Mr. Ferguson is survived by his widow, Mrs. Tennie Ferguson, and 4 children, Jack, Ernestine, Harry and Thomas Ferguson; one brother, T. W. Ferguson, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Gordan Kimball and Mrs. Harry Steinhour, all of Huntington. The Ferguson family lived in Louisa some years ago. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
Isonville—The people of this neighborhood were very badly shocked last Sunday Mar 28, when they heard of the death of Jimmie Fraley who committed suicide Sunday morning by stabbing himself near the heart with a knife. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
William Garland died Sunday morning at 9 o’clock at his home on Clay Street in Louisa. His death brought to an end an illness extending over a period of 9 weeks. Deceased was born in Clayborn County, TN, Aug 15, 1873 and was 53 years 8 months and 10 days of age. He had resided in Louisa for several years. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. W. B. Hager of Portsmouth, OH, and Miss Alice Garland, at home; 2 sons, Henry Garland of Bias, WV, and William Garland, Jr., of Danville, KY, 2 brothers, John Garland of Lynn, WV and Rube Garland of Pineville, KY and one sister, Mrs. C. E. Hensley of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist Church on Monday afternoon by the pastor, Rev. B. R. Lakin, assisted by Rev. Sanders. Interment was made in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. W. B. Hager of Portsmouth, OH, John Garland and son of Lynn, WV, Henry Garland of Bias, WV, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garland and son of McVeigh, KY. William Garland, Jr., who is attending school at Danville, was unable to be present at the funeral. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
Claude Gaujot, 54 years old, mining engineer and a member of a well known family of southern West Virginia, died at his home in Westmoreland Thursday, Mar 25, a victim of apoplexy. He was ill only 2 hours. Mr. Gaujot moved to Huntington several years ago from Williamson. He is survived by his widow and 7 children; also 2 brothers, and one sister Mrs. B. Randolph Bias of Williamson. The Gaujot family lived in Louisa a few years. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
GIBSON, Sarah Elizabeth (Spencer)
The Ashland Independent had the following concerning Mrs. Gibson’s death. Mrs. R. A. Stone, of Louisa, is her niece. Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Gibson, one of Ashland’s oldest and best known women, died at her home Tuesday. Her death brought to an end an illness extending over a period of 16 months. She was 83 years old and had resided in this city for 47 years. The deceased was born in Scott County, VA, Dec 26, 1842, and was the daughter of a Methodist minister, Rev. Robert Spencer. Her mother’s maiden name was Miss Lucinda Flanery, also of a well-known and prominent Virginia family. Mrs. Gibson joined the Methodist Church when a girl of 16 and was an active worker in that church up until her death. For a number of year, Mrs. Gibson taught school and until a few days before she died she was alert and well informed on the topics of the day. She was an excellent conversationist. During the early days of Ashland when it was the custom for the citizens to visit the sick and render assistance it can not be said of Mrs. Gibson that she ever turned down a request of aid. She was always willing and ready to visit the afflicted and minister unto them.
Mrs. Gibson was a student. She always read the best literature, and her favorite book was the Bible. She had read it through and few understood it better than she did. She was blessed with wonderful traits and a personality which few have. Her place in the hearts of her friends will be hard to fill and her memory will linger and with many years. To mourn her loss Mrs. Gibson leaves her aged husband, Mr. William Gibson, one daughter, Mrs. John Tierney and 3 sons, B. L. of Van Lear, H. C. of Pittsburgh, KS and P. L. Gibson of Jacksonville, Fl. She is also survived by 2 brothers, R. W. Spencer, Kansas City, MO, and Emmett Spencer, Scott’s Bluff, NE, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Cornelia Hamlin, Jonesville, VA, Mrs. Steward Neff, Clovis, NM and Mrs. Helen Gayhart of Lackey, KY. Sixteen grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren also survive. The funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church, South, at Thirteenth and Winchester, by Rev. C. N. Clark. The body was laid to rest in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
GREEN, Mrs. Jackson
Mrs. Mary E. Daniel and daughter, Ora, and Walter Spradlin and daughter, Irene, were called to Ashland last week on account of the death of Mrs. Daniel’s daughter, Mrs. Jackson Green of East Winchester Avenue. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
GREEN, M. L.
L. Green, age 76 years, died at his home in this county at Chandlerville last Friday. The funeral and burial was held on Saturday, conducted by the Masonic lodge of which he was a member for many years. His death removed the last of the children of Jiles Green, his aged brother, William Green, of that section died 2 weeks ago and was buried on the same farm. He leaves only one son, W. F. Green, who resides on the old home farm. His wife who is 78 years of age survives him. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
HEDRICK, J. W.
W. Hedrick, well known merchant and farmer of Rush, Boyd County, died Monday morning after an illness of 2 months. Mr. Hedrick was 74 years of age and was well known in all parts of Boyd and Carter Counties, having lived here for the greater part of his life. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Mrs. Alice Hensley, 84, of Betsy Layne died from the infirmities of age at the home of her friends, Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Perry with whom she had lived for the past 10 years. She had no near relatives. The funeral and interment were held at Betsy Layne Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
Miss Susie Highberger, died at Welch, WV, Saturday and was brought to this county for burial. Miss Highberger was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Highberger, onetime residents of Louisa. Her remains were taken to the home of her uncle, A. B. Thompson of Mattie where interment was made in the R. T. Thompson Cemetery beside her father, who was killed about 3 years ago in West Virginia. She is survived by her mother and a number of brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Matt Holly, a former resident of Louisa, died on Friday of last week at his home in Coal Grove, OH, after an extended illness with dropsy. Mr. Holly was born in Louisa and resided here a number of years before going to Coal Grove. He was 70 years of age. Interment was made at Coal Grove. The deceased was a brother of Ruby Bamer and John Holly of Louisa. Mrs. Bamer and Mrs. John Holly attended the funeral Sunday. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Don Howe, age 30, was instantly killed Tuesday morning when a tree he was cutting fell on him. He was employed by Warren Auxier on Davis Branch with a number of other workmen in cutting timber for a saw mill. A tree had been cut and Howe was hit killing him instantly. He was a son of Rev. and Mrs. James Howe who reside in Paintsville. Young Howe with his wife and one child were living at the mouth of Buffalo. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
Ishmael Johnson, the 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johnson, died Saturday afternoon at the home of his parents in Ashland, after several days illness of pneumonia. The child is survived by its parents, 8 sisters and one brother. The body was brought to Lawrence County on Monday where burial was made in the Johnson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
JONES, Mrs. J. E.
The wife of J. E. Jones died at her home at Chapman on Wednesday night of this week. She was 59 years of age and had been in failing health for quite a while having suffered a stroke of paralysis about 6 months ago from which she never recovered. Mr. Jones is a section foreman on the C & O railroad and he and his wife had lived at Chapman several years. The funeral will be held Friday morning, interment following in a cemetery near Chapman. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
Lafe Jordan, aged about 70, who resided on Rich Creek, this county, died on Monday night. He was a good citizen and a brother of Wallace Jordan and Vess Jordan of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Lafe Jordan died at his home at Ellen on Tuesday morning Mar 30, 1926. He is survived by his wife and 5 children, 4 sons, Vessie of Mattie, Arlie of Ellen, Jay of Ledocio and Arbie of Ohio, and one daughter Miss Vernie Morris of Blaine and several more relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed as he was kind to everybody whom he met. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
“Daddy” Lee, one of the oldest Negroes in Louisa died Thursday morning at the home of Minnie Houston, colored. No one known his exact age, but it is presumed that he is about 92. He was a slave in his youth. He had been indisposed for a long time but was bedfast only 3 days. His only relatives is a daughter who lived in Virginia. His friends are soliciting to defray burial expenses. The county will furnish a casket. Big Sandy news, Apr 16, 1926
Whitehouse—A child of Charles Lemasters was burned to death here on last Thursday by an explosion of powder. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sant Lemasters. Another child was seriously burned. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
LITTRELL, Nancy (Phillips)
The news has been received here of the death of Mrs. Nancy Phillips Littrell at the age of 83 years 4 months ad 12 days in Paden, OK. The funeral was held in Paden on Thursday Mar 25th and the burial took place in the Paden Cemetery. Mrs. Littrell was a native of Pike County and went to the West many years ago with some of the first homesteaders from here. She is widely and prominently connected in this section, and the news of her death will be of interest to many throughout the country. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
Curtis Lloyd, 21 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lloyd, of Wayne, was shot and killed at a prison road camp near Red Jacket, in Mingo County, Tuesday afternoon of this week. Lonnie Philpott, age 23, of Williamson and Fort Gay, is being held in the Mingo County jail at Williamson charged with the murder of Lloyd. Lloyd who was serving a short sentence in Mingo County for a violation of the prohibition laws, had been sent from the Mingo jail to the road camp near Red Jacket Tuesday to work, but feeling too sick to work he was not compelled to go to the road, but was permitted to remain in the camp with Philpott. Philpott was neither an officer nor a prisoner, but until recently had been employed as a fireman on a steam shovel which was being used in connection with the road work. About 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon Lloyd declared he would rather accompany the prison gang on the road than to remain in camp and announced his intentions of leaving the camp to join the men who were working not far away. Apparently Philpott took upon himself the unauthorized duties of a prison guard and picked up a rifle that had been left in camp by guards to escort Lloyd to the place where the other prisoners were at work. According to Philpott’s story, Lloyd started running in an effort to escape and Philpott shot 3 times at the fleeing boy, the first shot went wide but the third struck Lloyd in the left side, coming out on the right side. Lloyd’s body was shopped to Fort Gay Wednesday and taken to Wayne for burial. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lloyd. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
MARRS, Elizabeth Dye
Mrs. Elizabeth Dye Marrs passed away Wednesday morning at the home of her son, Charles Dye. Her death was caused by heart failure after she had been sick for only 2 weeks. Impressive funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John McCown, on Thursday morning. The body was laid to rest near her old home on Island Creek. She married in her youth Lilburn Dye and after his death was again married to Thomas O. Marrs who preceded her in death 17 years ago. Mrs. Marrs reared to maturity 19 children, and she has 118 grandchildren, besides a great number of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
MCCASKEY, J. A.
Mr. J. A. McCaskey passed away a few days ago at the home of relatives at Van Lear Junction where he had gone about a week before. He had been in declining health the past few years and spent winter before last in Florida hoping to be benefitted by the climate there. Tuberculosis is said to have been the cause of his death. He and his family resided in Louisa for some time, moving to Huntington about a year ago. The past 2 months he and two of his children were at Mt. Rainier, MD with relatives. He is survived by 3 sons, 2 daughters and his wife who was Miss Duncan of Van Lear. They are at the home of her relatives at that place. Mr. McCaskey was buried at Van Lear. He was a native of Maryland. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
MCKENZIE, Mabel Louise
Mabel Louise, 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. McKenzie, died on Friday night of last week following an attack of measles. The child contracted measles more than 2 weeks ago. Pneumonia developed causing death. Rev. Sanders conducted funeral services and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
Meagre reports conveyed by telegraph from Alabama Wednesday apprised people in this county of the tragic deaths of 3 children of Mr. and Mrs. David Miller of Demopolis, Alabama, former residents of Lawrence County. The 3 children, Jasper, 10, James Edward, 8, and another, 6, were drowned when a boat in which they were fishing capsized on a river near Dr. T. D. Burgess’ farm in Alabama. Definite particulars are lacking. The telegram stated that the children supposedly were raising a net which caused the boat to capsize. The bodies had not been found at the time the telegram was sent. Mr. Miller is overseer of Dr. T. D. Burgess’ farm in Alabama. His family has been in Alabama since January of this year. They moved there from Beech Farm, a few miles above Louisa. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miller was burned to death a few years ago while they resided in this county. Only one child, a baby , of a family of 5 is now living. The 3 children will be interred in Alabama. Dr. Burgess left Wednesday evening for Alabama. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
Demopolis, Ala., Apr 28, Three children of David Miller were drowned today in the Warrior River at Arcola, near here, when a skiff in which the father was fishing, capsized. The dead are Jasper, 12, James Edward, 8, and Edith, 5. The bodies of the boys were found, while the river was being dragged for the other body. The father and a negro were attempting to raise a net when the skiff capsized. Dynamite will be used also to attempt to bring the body of Edith Miller to the surface. The efforts of rescue parties from Demopolis to resuscitate the two boys were without avail, although artificial respirations was tried for an hour in an effort to revive Jasper, the oldest boy. The tragedy occurred as the children, off for a morning’s lark, with their father, were assisting in bringing to the surface a hook net laid the night before. The small rowboat was caught in the current it is believed and the weight of the net caused it to capsize, throwing its five occupants into the swirling muddy waters of the Warrior. Miller and the negro were able to swim but when they looked about for the children all had disappeared. Two men reached the bank and spread the alarm. Within a short while Demopolis citizens and residents of nearby plantations reached the scene to join in the search for the missing bodies. The Miller family moved to Demopolis neighborhood the past January coming from Louisa, KY. Miller took charge of Arcola plantation for its owner, Dr. T. D. Burgess, of Louisa, KY. the bodies of the children will be sent to Louisa for burial. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
The bodies of the 3 children of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Miller, who were drowned in Alabama last week, were brought back to Lawrence County for burial. Interments were made near their former home on Dr. T. D. Burgess’s farm, 8 miles above Louisa, Wednesday afternoon. The two boys, Jasper, 12, and James Edward 8, were interred in the same casket. Rev. Albert Miller officiated at the funeral ceremonies. The father and mother and on only child, an infant, accompanied the bodies here and will probably not return to Alabama for some time. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
Mrs. Margaret Musick, 55 years old, of Crum, WV, died Monday morning at the home of her son, G. N. Musick in Huntington after a lingering illness. The body was taken to her home at Crum Tuesday morning. Funeral and burial services there Wednesday. Mrs. Musick had lived with her son for the last 6 months, having gone for medical treatment. Surviving are her husband, John Musick; 2 sons, W. M. Musick, of Amherstdale and G. N. Musick and 4 daughters, Mrs. Emma Booth of Crum, Mrs. Vye Horn of Stone Coal, WV, Mrs. Effie Shumate of Amherstdale and Mrs. Callie Chafin of Vulcan, WV. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Pikeville, KY, Apr 7—Three men were killed and several others injured in a boiler explosion at Ligon Mar 30, at a lumber mill belonging to William Newsome. The accident was caused when excessive pressure blow off the crown sheet. Trivis Newsome was blown 300 yards, striking and breaking through the fence around his home. He was killed instantly, as was Jacob Tackett who was blown for 50 yards. Jacob Fouts, the third man was fatally injured lingered on badly hurt for several days and died on Apr 1. All of these men leave a wife and family. The owner of the mill and 2 or 3 others were also hurt but not seriously. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
PRICE, John R.
John R. Price, 55 years old, a former well-known resident of Catlettsburg, died Monday morning at the National Soldiers’ Home, at Hampton, VA. Rev. Mr. Keyser, a minister of the Methodist Church, South, officiated at the funeral which was held in Catlettsburg. Burial was made there. Mr. Price was born at Louisa. He was engaged in the timber business for a number of years and was well-known in the Big Sandy country. He was also identified with the Cole and Crane Company. He is survived by one son, George Price, of Catlettsburg; and 2 brothers, Sterling Price of Huntington; and Harry Price of Catlettsburg. He was a nephew of W. M. Stone, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Benjamin Prose, of Dry Ridge passed away Monday night in his 75th year. Mr. Prose taught school in this county many years, retiring a few years ago. He was one of the county’s best teachers and a highly respected citizen. Virgil Prose of Ashland is a son of the deceased. He is also survived by 3 daughters. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
REPASS, H. W.
Pikeville, KY, Apr 19—H. W. Repass died at the home of his son, Fred Repass here shortly after midnight last night. Mr. Repass was 79 years old, Mar 30, and was the last of a family of 8, all noted for long life. He came to Pikeville from Tazewell County, VA, 33 years ago, and formerly operated a saddlery here. His wife died several years ago. He is survived by 2 sons, Fred and Robert Repass, Pikeville business men, and 2 daughters, Mrs. H. J. Lutteral, of Cedar Bluff, VA and Mrs. Allen Beavers, of Grundy, VA. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
One of Pikeville’s most beloved citizens was lost to us in the death of Hamlet Repass, known affectionately as “Dad” Repass, Sunday, Apr 18. His death was due to the infirmities of his age, and his passing was very peaceful and easy, for after being ailing for several days, he seemed merely to go to sleep a little after midnight. Mr. Repass was born near Cedar Bluffs, Tazewell County, VA, Mar 30, 1847 and was 79 years old. He served with the Confederate forces during the Civil War and came to Pikeville to live 33 years ago and operated a saddlery here. Throughout his life he was a loved and honored citizen with multitudes of friends. Mrs. Repass died 24 years ago and he is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, Fred and Robert Repass of Pikeville and Mrs. J. H. Lutteral of Cedar Bluffs, VA and Mrs. Allen Beavers of Grundy, VA. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
RIGGS, James Harvey
James Harvey Riggs, 81 years old, father of John M. Riggs, attorney, of Huntington, and a prominent resident of Centerville, in Wayne County, died Monday at the home of his son, George W. Riggs, in Kenova. His death followed a lingering illness. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the Centerville Baptist Church. Burial in a nearby cemetery. A lifelong resident of Wayne, Mr. Riggs went to Kenova to reside with his son upon the death of his wife about a year ago. Although he had been in declining health for many months, he had been bedfast only a week before succumbing. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of the Golden Eagle, and had been a life-long member of the Baptist Missionary Church. Surviving are 6 sons, and 3 daughters, Mrs. J. S. Hughes of Ceredo, Mrs. Viola Workman, of Westmoreland, Mrs. Minnie Bloss of Centerville, John M. Riggs of Huntington, W. S. Riggs and W. B. Riggs of Prichard, Wayne county, George W. Riggs and Albert Riggs of Kenova and L. J. Riggs of Centerville. Two brothers and 4 sisters also survive. They are: M. D. Riggs of Fort Gay, R. J. Riggs of Shoals, WV, Mrs. Mark Hutchinson of Wayne, Mrs. Elizabeth Huff of Shoals; Mrs. William Dean and Mrs. J. W. Huff of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
John Roberts, a former resident of this county, died in Ashland last week of pneumonia and was buried in Roberts Cemetery near Smoky Valley Sunday. Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of Louisa, conducted the funeral. Mr. Roberts is survived by a wife and 4 children. The deceased was a son of Jake Roberts of this county. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Willie Runyon, 20, was the victim of playing the wrong record, according to authorities here (Pikeville). He was paying a call to the sister of Robert Bostick, at Pond Creek, 10 miles from here. The girl and Runyon were listening to a phonograph. Bostick entered and objected to the tune, it was said. An argument ensued and Runyon received almost the entire load of a shotgun in his abdomen. He lived 3 hours. Bostick’s sister was struck twice in her right wrist. The youth told Deputy Jailer Joe Ratliff that the shooting was accidental. He declared that in moving the shotgun it fell over and was discharged. Big sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
Harry Sawyer, 24 year old Mingo County, WV, Negro, who confessed criminal assault upon a white woman at Williamson, WV was hanged at the West Virginia State Prison at Moundsville Monday. Sawyer confessed to state police at Williamson that he assaulted Mrs. Amburgy on the night of March 11 last. He was arrested in a railroad construction camp near Williamson on Mar 16, confessed, and was protected from a mob of aroused citizens who threatened to storm the jail. A special grand jury convened on the morning of Mar 12, and with a half hour Sawyer had been indicted, arraigned and sentenced to hang. Immediately he was whisked away from Williamson and early on the morning of Mar 18…..Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
Henderson Scott, honored and respected pioneer citizen of John’s Creek died from bronchial pneumonia Apr 10th at the age of 87 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Augustus Kidd of Salt Creek Township, OH. The body was taken to the hoe of his son, John Scott, at Pikeville and taken to Brushy Creek, near his hold home for burial. Mr. Scott was a member of one of the most influential families of Pike County. He was a veteran of the Civil War, prominent merchant and one of the greatest lumber operators of the state, when timber cutting first flourished here. His wife, Rebecca Maynard Scott and 10 children have preceded him in death and he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Kidd, of Ohio and one son, John Scott of Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
SHANNON, Mrs. Sam
Mrs. Sam Shannon who recently moved to Prichard, WV from Buchanan, KY, was taken ill before she got her household goods arranged and died last Friday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Boyd. Funeral services were held at Shiloh, Wayne County, Monday morning of this week. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
SKAGGS, Mary E.
Word was received here this week of the death of Mrs. Mary E. Skaggs of Wenatchee, WA. Mrs. Skaggs was a native of Lawrence County and a sister of Mrs. J. N. Sparks and C. K. Dobbins of this county. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
SMITH, L. C.
C. Smith, 52, of Pikeville, died in a Portsmouth, OH hospital Tuesday after a week’s illness of pneumonia. His wife and son, Joseph Smith, of Ashland, survive. The body was taken to Pikeville for interment. The family had resided there 14 years. They were from Spencer, WV. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
The news of the death of L. C. Smith on Tuesday came as a great shock to the people of Pikeville for he had only been sick 3 days and shortly before his death a message had been received here saying that his condition was improved. Mr. Smith was away from home on a business trip in the interests of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company with which company he had been connected for the past 3 months when he was suddenly stricken with pneumonia. He went to a hospital in Portsmouth, OH, where his death from heart failure occurred at noon Tuesday. His son, Joe Smith, of Ashland, brought the body here and the funeral was held at the home of his widow, Mrs. Kate Campbell Smith, today. The interment was held in the cemetery on the farm of Judge and Mrs. J. M. York above Island Creek the same afternoon. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1926
SODARO, Vina O. (Bryan)
Mrs. Vina O. Bryan Sodaro was born at Lawrence County, KY, Aug 29, 1895, and died at her home in Portsmouth, OH on Mar 19, 1926, after an illness of several days. She went to Portsmouth in 1905 and had lived there since, marrying Frank Sodaro Feb 14, 1914. One child was born to them, but died in infancy. Mrs. Sodaro was a member of the Baptist Church, was well liked by her friends. Those surviving are the husband, Frank Sodaro, the father, Anderson, Bryan, London, OH, 3 brothers, Garfield of London, Alva of Columbus, Maynard of Portsmouth, 2 sisters, Mrs. Florence Kirkpatrick of Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. Eva Lyles of Portsmouth. Funeral services were held at Portsmouth with Rev. H. Stewart Tillis, of the First Baptist Church in charge. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1926
STAFFORD, Mrs. Frank
Mrs. Frank Stafford died at her home in Catlettsburg Tuesday. She was the daughter of Charles Greenville Rule of Johnson County, and was born Oct 24, 1856. She married Frank Stafford in 1876 and moved to Catlettsburg in Feb 1881. They have made their home there since that time. Mrs. Stafford is survived by her husband and 3 children, Mrs. A. J. Brown of Hinton, WV, and Miss Maude Stafford who lived at the home in Catlettsburg. One son, Fred Stafford, who is also living at home and one granddaughter, Helen Lee Brown. Funeral services were from the home with burial in the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Stafford was a well-known traveling salesman in the Big Sandy territory many years. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
THOMPSON, Roberta Irene
Miss Roberta Irene Thompson, aged 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Thompson, of Ohio formerly of Ledocio, died on Mar 20th of leakage of the heart. Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Thompson, of Ledocio, attended the funeral which was held at Beaver, OH. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Roberta Irene Thompson, daughter of Lindsey and Dona Thompson was born Jun 1915 at Ledocio, departed this life Mar 20, 1926—age 10 years 9 months. In the death of Irene the home has lost the sunshine but God needed one more angle so he beckoned her to come up higher to that house not made with hand. The cause of her death was leakage of the heart. The parents realized for quite a while she could never be strong again. During her long period of sickness she was always patient. Besides father and mother, she leaves 4 little sisters and 2 grandfathers and one grandmother and a host of loved ones to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest on the 24th of March at Beaver, OH, a home that Mr. Thompson bought about 3 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Thompson of Busseyville, grandparents of the child attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Ben Vanhorn, aged 75 years, died at his home at Cadmus last Saturday after a long illness of Bright’s disease. He was a good citizen of that community. He had been married twice, his first wife being a sister of B. H. Harris. His second wife, who was Miss Jordan and 4 sons and 2 daughters survive. All were present at the funeral which was held on Sunday afternoon except one daughter and one son. Burial took place near the home. Mrs. Mary Belle Vanhorn and daughter of Louisa, Mrs. Martha Roberts and daughters, of Louisa, were among those who attended the funeral services. Also, the only brother, William Vanhorn, of Greenup County, was present. Big Sandy news, Apr 16, 1926
WELLMAN, Permelia (Peters)
Mrs. At Wellman succumbed to cancer of the stomach in her 74th year at her home here early Sunday morning. Mrs. Wellman had been a sufferer of cancer for more than a year and had been confined to her bed eight weeks prior to her demise. Before her marriage Mrs. Wellman was Miss Permelia Peters,, a daughter of the late Jacob and Jane Peters, who resided on the Point a few miles from Louisa. Mr. and Mrs. Wellman moved to Louisa a number of years ago and have reared their family here. Mrs. Wellman was one of the oldest members of the Louisa Christian Church and was a conscientious Christian, loved and respected by all who knew her. Dr. Ira Wellman and Charter B. Wellman, a member of the city council are sons of the deceased. Another son and daughter survive: Floyd Wellman of Huntington and Mrs. Stella Lee Kuchule of Cincinnati, OH. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church Monday, Rev. Frank M. Stambaugh officiating. Interment in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Floyd Wellman, Huntington, Mrs. Stella Lee Kuchule, Cincinnati, Mrs. Melissa Smith, a sister, and Miss Pauline Block, a niece, of Pekin, IL, Haskell Lee, Akron, OH, Robert Lee, Atwell Lee, Lawrence Lee, Mrs. Robert Adams and Mrs. George Shivel, all of Cincinnati, and a brother, Brack Peters of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Mrs. Martha White, aged about 80, Parkersburg, WV, died Monday morning according to word received here. Mrs. White was a native of Lawrence County and resided in Louisa a number of years ago. Her husband, who died sometime ago, was a native of the Bear Creek section. Mrs. White was a conscientious Christian woman and highly respected by her relatives and friends. Miss Lizzie Jackson and Mrs. Mary Davis are sisters of the deceased. Five children survive. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1926
WILLIAMSON, Parlee (Taylor)
Mrs. Parlee Williamson, daughter of Col. William A. and Sallie Taylor, was born Aug 24, 1850. Her girlhood was spent in Pike County, KY, the place of her birth. She was married to Benjamin Deskin Williamson, youngest son of Benjamin and Ester Holt Williamson, May 31, 1868, when she came to occupy the home, formerly owned by Benjamin Williamson, Sr., at which place the town of Williamson is now located. In the year 1891 they sold their land and came to Catlettsburg to reside. For 35 years this venerable lady has been a member of the Presbyterian Church in that place. To this union were born 8 children, John B. Williamson, deceased, Roland T. Williamson, Catlettsburg, Kenna A. Williamson, deceased, Millard F. Williamson, Bastrop, LA, Mrs. E. K. Mahan, Huntington, WV, Mrs. Thomas McCormick, Newark, NJ, Mrs. Winn Adams, this city, a nd Mrs. Lane Schofield, Akron, OH. Funeral services were conducted from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Winn Adams, Tuesday afternoon by Rev. S. S. Daughtry, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. –Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
Arthur Workman, a native of Louisa, died at his home in Hampton City, Monday and was brought to this county for burial. Death was due to an attack of double pneumonia. He was ill 12 days. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Workman of Louisa, and a brother were at his bedside during his last hours. The deceased was 32 years and 4 months of age. He was raised in and near Louisa. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Workman of Louisa, he is survived by a wife, formerly, Miss Mary Ratcliff of Harland County, and 2 children, ages 6 and 3, and 3 brothers, Oscar Workman of Columbus, OH, C. B. Workman of Kermit, WV and Lon Workman of Banner, KY. His remains were brought to Louisa and funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church Wednesday by Rev. B. R. Lakin. Burial was made at Busseyville with short services conducted by Rev. Jake Workman. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1926
YONTS, Winifrede (Paynter)
Mrs. Winifrede Paynter Yonts, wife of Attorney Morton K. Yonts of Louisville, succumbed last Sunday to a heart attack in Rome, Italy, where she was traveling with her daughter, Miss Mary Morton Yonts. Mrs. Yonts was a daughter of the late former United States Senator Thomas H. Paynter of Greenup. She was 49 years of age. Besides her husband and daughter, Mrs. Yonts is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Alex Sand, a son, Thomas P. Yonts, a brother, Pollock Paynter. The body is being brought to this country for interment. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1926
Pikeville, KY, May 23—Attempting to rescue a friend from a posse of prohibition raiders, Butler Adams was killed today in a restaurant at Marrowbone, near here, after he had wounded one of the officers. The eight members of the posse brought 3 prisoners into the restaurant today after a series of raids near Marrowbone. One of them was Frank Phillips, Adams’s friend. According to spectators Adams drew his pistol when one of the deputies refused to let him take Phillips outside to talk to him. He shot deputy sheriff Casebolt, and 3 prisoners and 15 spectators ran from the room as pistols began to crack. Jack Justice, said to have been loitering outside the restaurant, was arrested and charged with being an accomplice.
Deputy Sheriff Lewis Casebolt died at a local hospital early Tuesday morning of a bullet wound inflicted Sunday by Butler Adams of Morgan’s Creek, who was killed in an attempt to rescue Frank Phillips from officers who had arrested him during dry raids. Surviving Casebolt was his widow, Mrs. Rhoda Salisbury Casebolt, this city; George Casebolt, Keyser, KY, James Casebolt, Ironton, OH and Andy Casebolt, Hellier, KY and 2 sisters, Mrs. Lottie Williams, Pikeville, and Miss Mary Casebolt, New York. The officer was a son of the late Andy Casebolt, a magistrate and Christian minister. Funeral services Wednesday morning at the family residence. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1926
ADKINS, Mrs. James (Annie McCown)
Mrs. James Adkins of Hurricane Creek died after a lingering illness at her home Wednesday night, at the age of 26. The funeral was held Friday and the interment took place at the George Adkins Cemetery on Hurricane Creek. Mrs. Adkins before her marriage was Miss Annie McCown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCown of Pikeville. She is survived by her husband, 5 children, and a sister, Miss Nona McCown—News. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
ADKINS, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Adkins was suddenly stricken with heart trouble and died immediately when she was alone in her home at Toler last Friday. The burial was held Sunday on Hurricane Creek. Mrs. Adkins was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Adkins and the sister of Deputy Sheriff John Adkins. She is survived by her husband, 10 children and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
Paintsville, KY, May 4—George Bailey, aged 22, an employee of the Northeast Coal Company at Thealka was killed late yesterday afternoon by a freight train, one mile east of Paintsville. It is supposed that he was trying to board the freight and that his foot slipped and he was thrown underneath. He was dragged 100 yards before the train could be stopped. His neck was broken and death was instant. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bailey of Thealka and leaves his wife to whom he was married but a month ago. The funeral will be held this afternoon. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
Uncle Andy Blanton, age 63, a resident of East Paintsville, died at his home last week, after a few days illness of pneumonia. He is survived by 8 children, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. He was in Martin County last week buying cattle and was stricken with the fatal malady while on the road and death followed within a few days. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1926
Naomi Blevins, the 11 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Blevins of Winchester Avenue, Ashland, died after a few days illness of pneumonia. The child is survived by its parents, one sister, and 2 brothers. Funeral services at the Caines cemetery near Louisa Wednesday. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1926
Sanford Brown, 51 years old, of Huntington, died last Sunday morning after several months illness with Bright’s disease. Mr. Brown was born at Paintsville, KY, Mar 26, 1875, and lived there until he went to Huntington 16 years ago to work for the Foster-Thornburg Hardware Company, where he filled a responsible position until the time of his death. He was an active member of the Central M. E. Church south and was generally known and well liked. He is survived by his widow Emma Mahan Brown, one daughter, Mrs. Jack Carter; 2 grandchildren, Richard Brown Carter and Jacqueline Carter; one brother, P. K. Brown of Pueblo, CO. His brother arrived from his Colorado home and was with him at the time of his death. Funeral services at the residence Tuesday afternoon with his pastor, Rev. I. N. Fannin, in charge. Burial followed in Woodmere under the auspices of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
Pikeville, May 8—Tom Brown, 20, a miner, was instantly killed last night at his home at Loar’s Creek, a small mining town near the Floyd-Pike County line, when he was struck on the head with the butt of a pistol by Deputy Sheriff George Nunnery. Nunnery had arrested Brown on a charge of creating a disturbance while under the influence of liquor. Brown resisted the attempts of the officer to take him to jail. He is survived by his widow. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
C. Brumfield, 70 years old, a prominent resident of Wayne County, died at his home at Shoals, May 12 after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Friday at the Newcomb Baptist Church. Interment in Brumfield Cemetery. Mr. Brumfield was born in Wayne County and had spent his entire life there devoting his life to farming. Surviving are his widow, 11 children, Will Brumfield, Mrs. Henry Barbour, and Mrs. Jay Barbour, all of Huntington; Fernando Brumfield, Mrs. Orrville Woods and Mrs. Scott Berry of Shoals, Mrs. W. D. Carroll, of Kenova, Jay Brumfield of Ceredo; Otis, Henderson and Pauline Brumfield at home; also by 3 brothers and 3 sisters, G. B. Brumfield and Bostic Brumfield, deputy sheriffs of Wayne County, and Com Brumfield, Mrs. Wylie Hale, of Huntington, Mrs. J. T. Carroll and Mrs. Margaret Rowe of Shoals. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1926
Opal Bryan, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bryan of Ashland, died Apr 28 after an illness of a week of pneumonia. The child is survived by its parents, 2 brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held from the home Thursday morning Apr 29 and interment made in the Ashland Cemetery. The Bryans are formerly residents of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
John Chaffin, aged 63, a sturdy farmer and good citizen of Catalpa, this county, died early Tuesday morning following a few weeks’ invalidism of typhoid fever and other complications. Mr. Chaffin, an assiduous farmer and law abiding citizen, was born and spent all of his life in that section of the county and was esteemed by all for his honesty and integrity. Funeral services were conducted Thursday by Rev. F. V. Allen and Rev. Hodge. Interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Chaffin is survived by his wife, 4 daughters, Mrs. Frank Faught, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Harry Huff, of Ashland Mrs. William Stratton, of Martin, KY, and Irene at home, and 3 sons, William and Obbie at home, and Toney Chaffin of Louisa. Two brothers and 3 sisters also survive: Ob Chaffin of Firebrick, KY, and Will Chaffin of Kenova, WV, and Mrs. Cynthia Harris, Mrs. Walker Harris, and Mrs. Sanders Workman all of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
Death twice within 2 days invaded the family circle of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Burchem of Gallia Pike, east of Sciotoville, OH Saturday afternoon about 1:30, Richard, 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Burchem died. Early Friday at Ashland death claimed Mrs. Burchem’s mother, Mrs. Margaret Cheek, a former well known resident of Sciotoville. Richard Burchem had been ill a short time with whooping cough and pneumonia. Mrs. Margaret Cheek was 65 years of age. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Miss Essie Cheek, the mother, locating in Ashland after the death of her husband in Sciotoville several years ago. Mrs. Cheek was ill only a few days. Surviving are the following children, Mrs. Thomas Weaver, Lyra, Mrs. Floyd Burchem, Sciotoville, Walter Cheek of Ashland, G. W. Cheek of Louisa, James and Essie of Ashland, Gus Cheek of Sciotoville, Joe Cheek of Louisa, Andrew Cheek of Sciotoville. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Church in Ashland Sunday morning after which the body was taken to Lyra Cemetery by motor hearse. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1926
CLAY, Mrs. William B.
Mrs. William B. Clay, mother of Mr. J. L. Clay of this city (Catlettsburg), who has been living with her daughter, Mrs. Fred Vanhorn of Franklin Furnace, died Saturday afternoon at Franklin Furnace. Mrs. Clay was 82 years old and until recently had not suffered from age. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Fred Vanhorn and Mrs. Ira Thacker of Charleston, WV and Mr. J. L. Clay and a host of grandchildren. The body was brought to the home of Mr. Clay, Catlettsburg. Funeral services took place Monday at the Mary Moore Chapel, preached by Rev. A. P. Keyser. Burial was in the Whites Creek Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1926
CURNUTTE, Mrs. W. B. (Cora Abbott Prince)
On Jul 16, 1884 a little girl came to our home to live. We called her Cora Abbott Prince. As she grew in years she grew in spirituality as much devotion to religious duties as you would find in persons much older than she. At a very early age her mother taught her to kneel by her bed to pray. This she kept up through her life. Cora was a blessing to her family, a comfort to her parents, never at any time disobeyed them, considered the feeling of others always, a lover of the pure and good, won her way into the hearts of those with whom she came in contact because a Sunday School lover and worker at a very early age. Although the hand of afflictions laid heavily upon her, in a way an invalid believed and did bear her cares with a smile, taught school at the age of 19 years, married W. B. Curnutte at the age of 20, about the year 1911 joined the Missionary Baptist Church, was baptized in that church, was a great worker in that church and Sunday school, was a great student especially of the Bible, proved a great help to her husband, who is a Baptist Minister.
As Cora grew older she grew sick about Mar 1925, was under the care of a doctor. Her suffering became so great that she was rushed to the Ashland General Hospital under the care of Dr. Stephenson who performed a very serious operation assisted by Dr. J. S. Sparks. The operation seemed at first very successful. But a few months the change for the worse came. Cora leaves behind besides her husband, her aged parents of Irad, KY, 2 sisters, one brother 2 nephews, and one niece, and a host of relatives and friends. Written by her father—J. P. Prince. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
Enroute home to Prestonsburg, KY, after spending the winter at Bowling Green, FL, Mrs. A. J. Davidson 69, was stricken ill in Lexington, dying Monday night of heart trouble Her husband, her nephew, William B. Davidson, of Lexington and her sister, Mrs. Levina Ford of Prestonsburg, were with Mrs. Davidson. The body was taken to Prestonsburg where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1926
Mrs. Rachael Deaton, 77 died at her home at Rush Sunday morning, after an illness of a year. She was one of the best known and highly respected women in that section of Boyd County. She had a host of friends who were grieved when they learned of her death. Mrs. Deaton leaves the following children to mourn her passing: J. J. Deaton, Betsy Layne, KY, Mrs. A. P. Burnside, Oak Hill, WV, Mrs. W. M. Trunnell, Leesburg, FL, and Miss Mary Deaton of Rush. Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday morning with Rev. D. K. Wood officiating and burial was made in the Hall Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1926
Tilden Ellis of Water Gap died last Friday night Apr 30, at a Paintsville hospital after having been operated on for appendicitis some 2 weeks before. The operation was late, the appendix having broken before the operation He was 47 years of age and is survived by his widow and 10 children. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Sunday school superintendent at the ford of Bull. He said he did not fear death and said that he was ready. His funeral was in charge of Rev. Guy Coffman of this city. His burial being in the church cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
O’Rear Fogg, 29 years of age, son of the late Finley E. Fogg, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Finley E. Fogg Wednesday. After he left the University he took up the practice of law in the office of Judge Edward C. O’Rear, at Frankfort. He remained in the O’Rear law offices until he was taken ill. During the World War he was attached to the aviation corps and was an aviator for Uncle Sam in France. Funeral services were conducted at the home in Lexington and burial was made at Mt. Sterling. The Fogg family is well known in Paintsville where they resided for several years. Finley E. Fogg, father of the young man, was one of the most brilliant lawyers in Kentucky. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
FRANKLIN, J. William
William Franklin, age 60, stationary engineer died at Speer’s hospital, Dayton, KY, from a fractured skull as the result of falling from the roof of his home while replacing shingles. He fell to the cobblestones of an alley striking his head and fracturing the skull. Funeral services were held at Newport, KY Saturday and the body cremated. Mr. Franklin was employed at the Cincinnati Terminal Warehouse and was interested in many fraternal organizations. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Myrtle Chapman Franklin, one daughter, Mrs. Romeo Bennett of Dayton, KY, and a son, C. William Franklin of Ft. Thomas. The Franklin family was well and favorably known to many persons here. Mrs. Franklin is a sister of John W. Preston of Paintsville and has often visited there and in Louisa, where she resided as a girl. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1926
Uncle Sam Hatten of near Camp Creek, WV dropped dead at his home Sunday and was buried Tuesday in the Hatten Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
HUNT, Henrietta (Miranda)
Mrs. Henrietta Hunt, 81 years old, of Kenova, a member of one of Wayne County’s earliest families, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Allen, of Ashland, Wednesday of last week, following a brief illness with pneumonia. Mrs. Hunt was the mother of W. H. Hunt, Wayne County commissioner, and Mrs. Mary McCoy of Huntington and was a resident of Wayne County for a number of years. The funeral services were conducted Saturday and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Rev. H. J. Francis, pastor of the Kenova Church conducting the services. Mrs. Hunt is also survived by one brother. W. H. Miranda, of Ashland. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
LAFERTY, Fannie (Parsons)
Mrs. Fannie Parsons Laferty, wife of Jonah Laferty of Dwale, died Mar 31, of tuberculosis. She was almost 36 years of age. She had been sick for a year or so. She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband and 6 small children. She was buried at Dwale the services being in charge of Rev. J. C. Laferty. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1926
LAMBERT, Mrs. Harvey (Rebecca McCoy)
Death Tuesday morning claimed Mrs. Harvey Lambert of Portsmouth. She had been ill only a few days with bronchial pneumonia. Mrs. Rebecca McCoy Lambert was born Jan 3, 1859 being 67 years, 4 months and 22 days old when claimed by death. She was united in marriage to Harvey Lambert, Dec 17, 1875 at Wayne County, WV. To this union 5 children were born: Herman Fred who died 7 years ago. Surviving children are Dr. A. C. Lambert of Charleston, WV, James G. Lambert in U.S.A. service, Mrs. L. H. Workman, Mrs. Bert Stratton. Two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ann Selbee of Wayne, WV, and Mrs. Jane Workman also survive. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Ceredo, WV. The last rites were conducted from the home Thursday with Rev. G. L. Winters, of Central Baptist Church, officiating. Burial in Greenlawn at Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, May 28,1926
MAY, Mrs. L. J. (Birdie Carter)
The news that Mrs. L. J. May was dead came as a great surprise early Monday evening as she had seemed to be improving as well as could be expected after an appendicitis operation performed Saturday afternoon. Although the operation was a success her heart, weakened by 8 years of illness, could not stand the strain and she passed away at 10 minutes after 6 Monday evening. Two little children, Louris, age 11, and Eliza Arlene, age 8, are left with their father, L. J. May, one of our leading attorneys, to mourn their irreparable loss. Mrs. May is also survived by 5 sisters Mrs. Plevie Barton of Chillicothe, OH, Mrs. Ada Burton of Midland, PA, Mrs. Cora Chafins of Earlington, WV, Mrs. Martha Kitchen of Manbar, WV and Mrs. Celia Hughes of Nolan, WV. Mrs. May was before her marriage Birdie Carter, and she was born at Big Blaine, KY, 36 years ago. Her life was one of beautiful devotion to her home and loved ones. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, South, Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa, who baptized Mrs. May’s parents and several of her sisters and delivered the funeral addresses of her parents and 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The body was laid to rest in the city cemetery here. Among those from out of the city who were here for the funeral were Mrs. Hughes of Nolan, Mrs. Burton of Midland, Mrs. Chafins of Earlington and Mr. nad Mrs. D. R. May of Wolfpit Winston May of Wolfpit Mr. John May of Wolfpit, Mrs. Liza Coleman of Wolfpit and Mrs. Zella Prater of Greasy Creek. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
NORRIS, Claude D.
Claude D. Norris, 73 years old, prominent grocer of Huntington for 25 years, died last Saturday at his home 413 Thirteenth Street, that city, after a lingering illness. With the exception of a year and a half he had been bedfast practically since 1913. Death resulted from hardening of the arteries. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the chapel of the Steele Funeral Home. Dr. T. S. Hamilton, pastor of the Johnson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of which Mr. Norris was a member, officiated. Interment in Spring Hill cemetery. Mr. Norris was born in Lawrence County, moving to Huntington in 1896. For many years he operated the E. Norris Grocery Company, later he was partner with Manfor Fuls in the operation of a grocery store, under the name Norris-Fulks. Mr. Norris lived in Louisa several years where he was a grocer. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. May Norris, one son, Fred F. Norris, 2 sisters and one brother, Mrs. Ella Crank, Huntington, Mrs. Belle York of Franklin, TN, and Frank Norris of Salisbury, KY. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1926
OSBORNE, Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret Osborne, daughter and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Green Osborne was born Dec 16, 1925 and after a protracted illness departed this life Apr 25, 1926, age 4 months and 9ndays. Her loss is a severe blow to her devoted parents, relatives and friends. Death has left our hearts all desolate. He has plucked our fairest and sweetest flower, transplanted into bliss. She now adorns immortal bowers; the lost world has no children, heaven has them all. Little Mary Margaret is not lost to her loved ones, she has not been sent away, but only sent on before. Like a star which when going out of sight, does not die or vanish, but shines on another hemisphere. She shines in heaven and may light you in that direction. So thick in a very graveyard the little hillocks do; but every hillock represents an angel in the sky. Our faith in Jesus and through that faith we expect to meet little Mary Margaret in that beautiful land beyond the gates of the sunset that knows no suffering or death. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
SALISBURY, J. A.
A. Salisbury, of Printer, recent candidate for sheriff, died Thursday Apr 15, 1926, at noon. He was about 50 years of age and is survived by his widow and some children. He was buried at Printer Friday afternoon his funeral being in charge of Rev. Alex Allen. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
Claude Smith, aged 28, a native of this county, was found crumpled on the streets of Portsmouth, OH, shot through the heart and dead late Tuesday night of this week. A blood stain on his shirt, bounded by powder marks, showed where the muzzle of a gun had rested when the fatal shot was fired. Lying possibly three feet away from the body and but a few from the open hand was the gun, a .32 caliber “Victory”. The muzzle of the pistol was stained with blood. No one witnessed the fatal tragedy and accurate information is lacking. The Portsmouth newspapers presented the supposition that Smith was despondent because of domestic trouble, and took his own life. Smith and a 19year old Portsmouth girl were married less than a year ago. Jealousy interrupted their married life and a separation followed, Smith went to Chicago. He returned Saturday and endeavored to form a reconciliation. His interview failed it is believed. And immediately thereafter he went to the police station and asked police to arrest his wife, saying she had a gun and he was afraid of her. Smith is a son of Alfred Smith of near Blaine, and was reared at the mouth of Knobb Branch about 2 miles from Blaine, this county. For a number of years he had been employed at Portsmouth, OH. Smith’s mother and elder brother came to Blaine Wednesday and went to Portsmouth by bus. Smith’s body was brought to Louisa Thursday and take to Blaine for burial. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
SMITH, H. E.
Mr. H. E. Smith, brother in law of Mr. W. F. Wiechers of Louisa, passed away at his home in Huntington, WV at midnight Wednesday of this week. Mr. Smith had been confined to his home almost a year. In failing health he went to Colorado and remained quite a while in the hope of being benefited by the climate, but his case was considered hopeless and he returned home. Tuberculosis was the cause of his death. He was an employee of the Herald-Dispatch until forced by ill health to resign. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cleo Plybon Smith and 2 sons, Ralph and Julian. The latter has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Wiechers the past 2 years. The funeral will be held Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Wiechers, Miss Opal Plybon and others from Louisa will attend. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1926
VAUGHAN, John L.
Mr. John L. Vaughan, formerly of near Paintsville, KY, died at Pasadena, CA, Apr 2, 192?, after a lingering illness of near 2 years. Mr. Vaughan at the time of his death lived with his daughter, Mrs. D. M. Jones, formerly of Louisa. About 30 years ago, being widowed, with 2 small daughters, Laurine (who later married Solon Patrick of Magoffin County) and Belle who later as married to D. M. Jones, a photographer of Louisa, he married a Miss Davis, a sister of Daniel Davis who lived about 2 miles back of Paintsville on Paint Creek. For several years Mr. Vaughan traveled for a wholesale grocery out of Louisa and later went to Cincinnati where he lived until he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Jones, of Pasadena. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery near Pasadena, Apr 5th, amid a shower of flowers. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
WEBB, Mrs. Andy (Mary Jane Castle)
Mrs. Andy Webb, aged 51, died at her home on Lick Creek Saturday night of pneumonia. Surviving her are her husband, one daughter, Miss Stella Boggs, and 3 sisters and 4 brothers: Mrs. T. H. Bowe, Busseyville, Mrs. T. W. Cochran, Milo, KY and Mrs. Lou Abshire, Louisa; and John Castle, Huntington and Ed and Walker Castle of Beaver Creek. Interment was made Monday. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
On May the first at ten after 11 o’clock p.m. the Pale horse and its rider, who is called Death visited the home of Andy Webb and claimed for its victim his loving wife, Mary Jane Castle Webb. All was done that loving hands and willing hearts could do, but God, who doeth all things well, took her spirit back to him who gave it. Janie was sick only one week with double pneumonia. She bore her suffering with patience until the end and then fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. Janie was kind to everybody she met and was loved by all who knew her. She was 51 years, 8 months and 11 days of age. She said she was ready to go. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, and one daughter, 4 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and three sisters. She was laid to rest in the Castle Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Burgess and Budd on Monday. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
WEBB, Mary (Nickell)
Mrs. Mary Nickell Webb, wife of Wesley Webb, died at her home in Ashland after an illness of more than 3 months. She had resided in that city about 20 years. Mrs. Webb was a devoted member of the First Christian Church and was also member of the Rebekahs and Macabees, in which organizations she was always interested and active. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Volney N. Ingram. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
WELCH, Fred William
Fred William Welch, 23, son of William Welch, who formerly lived at Three Mile, Greenup County, died in an automobile between Ashland and Portsmouth early Sunday morning, Apr 25, while he, Warren Bryan, Hubert McKenzie, Claud Allen, Jack Barrett and Frances Tisdale were driving from Portsmouth to Ashland. Saturday afternoon the party drove to Catlettsburg, secured a half gallon of poison liquor and proceeded to Portsmouth where they secured some more liquor. After attending a dance in Portsmouth, they started home early Sunday morning, got to a garage at Ironton and discovered that Welch was dead or about dead. The tried to enter him in an Ironton hospital but failed. Then they drove to Ashland and took him to a hospital where physicians claimed he was dead. The members of the party thought Welch was dead drunk and when he began to get cold they rolled him up in a blanket to warm him. Some of witnesses claim McKenzie and the Tisdale girl did not drink any of the liquor. The other two did and were very ill over its effects. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1926
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Yates and took there from the loving wife, Opal. Her death occurred Apr 23, 1926. She was 20 years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, mother, 3 sisters, and 8 brothers and scores of friends. She was a splendid girl and will be greatly missed in the home which she has left vacant. Her infant son had preceded her to the better land but one week before. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1926
Mrs. Sarah Allen, age 76 years, mother of Mrs. William Walters, who resides at the mouth of Paint Creek, was killed in an automobile wreck at Long Island, VA last week. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
In memory of my dear stepmother, Sarah Bates, widow of Dave Bates, who departed this life June the 1st 1925 and she was called to death June the 6th 1926. She only lived 9 days after she became ill. She leaves no children, only stepchildren to mourn the loss. She was laid to rest in the old family cemetery at Mart Young’s. Funeral services were conducted by uncle Martin Berry. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
BINION, John H.
Deputy Sheriff John H. Binion, of Elliott County was murdered from ambush last Friday near Sandy Hook. He had been very active in maintaining law, arresting moonshiners and destroying stills, and it is supposed his work caused his death. On the morning of his death he and Sheriff Ballard Aikens, of Elliott County, were to have gone to Grayson, where they were to testify today in a moonshine case. Their trip was postponed until the afternoon a the request of Binion, who stayed at home to work in one of his cornfields. Needing another hoe, Binion went through a hollow to another field some distance away and returned by the road. The men who fired the fatal shots had constructed an ambush and were lying in wait for him. Some 40 yards from the ambush constructed of pine limbs the body of the deputy was found. Two charges of No. 2 shot had been fired into his body, one taking effect in his face and breast and the other in his back. It is the theory of the officers that the slayers were waiting for him and the sheriff to come along the road on their way to Grayson and to kill both at the same time.
Bloodhounds were brought from Lexington and the chase was begun Saturday morning, In the posse were Sheriff Aikens, the county judge of Elliott County, 2 deputies and the son of the slain deputy. All were heavily armed. The slayers evidently had anticipated being hunted with bloodhounds, for cayenne pepper had been scattered all around where the men had laid in wait. After some difficulty the hounds picked up the scent and began the manhunt. Never more than 2 away from the scent of the murder, the trial twisted and turned, often doubling back among rocks, caves and thick bushes. Often the hounds encountered more cayenne pepper, scattered to make trailing difficult, but with some delay went on with the chase. The slayers had done everything possible to make the hunt for them harder and about noon today, after going 10 miles, the posse had to admit itself baffled and the hunt was temporarily given up. Sheriff Aikens and his officers still are determined to bring the guilty men to justice and plan to continue work on the case. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
Solon Booten, 55 years old, prominent farmer of Wayne, WV, died last Thursday afternoon after an illness of several months. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, Russell Booten and Lyle Booten of Huntington, his mother, Mrs. Lizzie Booten, 4 brothers, Burril, Okey and Bascom Booten of Wayne, and Charles Booten of Portsmouth, OH and 4 sisters, Mrs. Stuart Houchin, Mrs. Lonnie Adkins, Mrs. Eddie Leap and Miss Nora Booten of Huntington. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Booten Chapel with interment in the Booten Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
Luther Boyd, aged 22, a native of this county, died in a Huntington hospital Saturday after an trepanatory operation. Boyd was reared at Ulysses but was employed at Thacker, WV when stricken. On his way home from work Friday he was stricken with a severe pain in his head and at once became blind and speechless. He was taken to a Huntington hospital where an operation was performed but without avail. Death came Saturday from a blood clot on the brain. His remains were interred at Ulysses beside his father and 3 brothers. His mother resides at Thacker, WV. He was to have been married Saturday to a young lady from Matewan, WV. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
Ulysses—The entire community was shocked last Sunday at the sad news of the unexpected and almost sudden death of Luther Boyd, a young man 22 years of age, who was born here and spent the greater part of his brief life at this place—until a few years ago when he and some of his brothers went to Thacker and found employment in the coal fields. And later his mother moved from here to the same place. He was the son of the late Ed Boyd who died a few years ago. Luther was a young man of many noble qualities. Besides being a dutiful son and an affectionate brother, honest and industrious, he always had a kind greeting and a pleasant smile for all. For some time he had held a responsible position with the Thacker Coal company and seemed to be enjoying his usual good health but after completing his day’s work started home at 2 a.m. Friday morning in company with his brother and other workmen and before going far he was stricken with a severe pain in his head and at once became blind, speechless and unconscious. He was soon rushed to a hospital at Huntington where he underwent an operation. It was discovered that he had a blood clot on the brain from the effects of which he died on Saturday, Jun 5. Many sorrowing friends and relatives from Thacker, Kenova, Catlettsburg and many surrounding localities attended his funeral and among others a young lady from Matewan to whom he was to have been married Jun 12. He was interred Monday in the family burying ground here beside his father, 3 brothers and one sister, being survived by his mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters and many other relatives and friends. Revs. D. A. Hays and Albert Miller had charge of the funeral services. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
Mrs. Adeline Brickey, wife of W. E. Brickey, departed this life May 22, 1926. She had been ill for a few weeks and was taken to a hospital at Ashland where she underwent an operation for ear trouble. She was 29 years of age and leaves to mourn her loss a husband and 5 children. She will be greatly missed by her many friends. She was brought back to her home Sunday, and was laid to rest in the home cemetery. Funeral services were held by Revs. J.W. Brickey. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
Charles Brown, 58 years old, farmer of Chadwick’s Creek, 3 miles from Catlettsburg on the Mayo Trail, was instantly killed when he drove his ford touring car into the path of a C & O passenger train at John’s Street crossing in Catlettsburg Wednesday afternoon. The body was picked up about 50 feet from the crossing, horribly mangled and cut while the car was hurled 100 feet through the air and was completely demolished. Brown is survived by his widow, 3 sons, Homer, 30, Kenny, 24, Theodore, 21, and 4 daughters, Mrs. Emma Price, Mrs. Millard Robinett, Mrs. Eddie Money and Mrs. John Blankenship. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
BRUMFIELD, C. P.
P. Brumfield, 74 years old, well known resident of Wayne County, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ina Stevenson, at Huntington, Sunday night after a brief illness. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. C. P. Watts, and Miss Emma Brumfield, all of Huntington, 3 sons, C. P. Brumfield, Jr., Hamilton Brumfield, of Huntington and H. C. Brumfield of Cleveland, OH; one brother, Nolan Brumfield and 3 sisters. Twenty-eight grandchildren also survive. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
Frequent family quarrels are believed to have caused John Canterberry, 45 years old, to shoot his son, Jesse, 23 years old, to death Monday, in front of the Canterberry store at Grayson, Carter County, according to the testimony of the victim’s two sisters and brothers at the coroner’s inquest. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of “death at the hands of the father, with no apparent cause.” Three eye witnesses were produced at the inquest, Goble Estep, T. Wellman and W. C. Christian. They described the scene of the shooting saying that they saw Jesse Canterberry run to the truck as his father started to drive away. The lad attempted to board the back end of the truck but failed and ran alongside, until he caught a handhold and leaped to the running board, they said. The witnesses testified that the elder Canterberry took his right hand from the steering wheel, reached into his pocket and drew a pistol. He fired 3 times, and the boy at the first shot, let loose with one hand and grasped his side, witnesses said. At the next shot he toppled over backwards and fell to the road, the father firing again as his son fell away from the truck, it was testified.
When the 2 sisters of the victim, Jane and Mary Canterberry, and 2 brothers, George and Levi Canterberry took the stand, they told that their father had on several occasions, threatened violence to their mother. On each of these occasions, it was testified, the son, Jesse, stepped forward and defended his mother. After the shooting Canterberry fled in his truck and took the road toward Ashland and after 2 hours search by a posse formed by Sheriff Arthur James, he was captured about 3 miles from Grayson, walking along the road. Officers claim Canterberry was known as a bootlegger, and also assert the had been drinking since Sunday morning. He has been twice arrested for alleged violations of the dry law within the past month and was under bond to appear in United States Court. He served a 2 year term in the penitentiary for horse steeling about 14 years ago. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
John Compton 23 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Compton, of Hampton City, Catlettsburg, was instantly killed Sunday morning when an eastbound freight train on the Big Sandy Division struck him at the crossing just across from Ice Dam Bridge in Hampton City. Compton’s body was badly mangles. There were no eye-witnesses to the accident. According to Bill Hager, the last person to be with Compton, he and Compton sat for a few minutes on the crossties on the eastbound track and talked. Hager decided to go to his home, which is in Hampton City, and he left Compton sitting on the track smoking a cigarette. The body was discovered by Charles Killan. Compton was an employee of the Great Eastern Refining Company. Interment was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
Prestonsburg, KY, Jun 9—Firing point blank at each other in a gun fight on Quicksand Creek, Knott County, Kelly Conley, 20 years old, was shot 9 times and instantly killed and his adversary, Mont Smith, 26, barely escaped death when a bullet grazed his neck, according to a report received here today. The two men were intoxicated, it is said. The fight was waged as Conley is alleged to have chased Smith around a tree. Early in the fight, Smith Grasped the others revolver and holding its muzzle from him, emptied his automatic into Conley’s body, the report says. Intense feeling has been manifest among the victim’s kinsmen and a diligent search has been made for the slayer, though his whereabouts have not as yet been learned. Big Sandy news, Jun 18, 1926
FERGUSON, Milton J.
Milton J. Ferguson, 77 years old of Huntington, died 2 weeks ago at home after a lingering illness. He had been ill since the demise of his wife, occurring 8 months ago to the day. Surviving are 3 sons and 5 daughters, C. C. Ferguson of Milton, William Ferguson, of Davenport, IA, Pharo Ferguson of Huntington, Mrs. Walter Nash, of Belleville, IL, Mrs. Charley Church, Mrs. Carney Booth, Mrs. Pete Adkins, and Mrs. Vesta Rhodes, all of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
Mrs. Malinda Fitch of Fitch died recently at the home of her son, Charles Fitch at Higby, OH and was buried at Fitch in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. She is survived by 6 sons and 2 daughters. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
Robert Frasher, 55, a native of this county, was killed in the mines at Minnie, Floyd County last Thursday morning shortly after going into the mines for the day’s work. He operated a coal-cutting machine and was caught between the machine and the coal and crushed. His remains were brought to this county and interred at Madge. Mr. Frasher was recently married to Mrs. Corilda Adams of Madge, who survives him. The family moved from this county to Floyd about 6 months ago. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
FRITZ, Mrs. Ray
Mrs. Ray Fritz, 22 years of age, died Sunday at her home in Pikeville after a lingering illness. The burial was held at Island Creek. Mrs. Fritz was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. See Huffman and a granddaughter of “Aunt” Spicey Robinson. She is survived by her husband and by 2 little daughters one aged 6 years and the other 18 months. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
GARRED, Richard Vinson
The death of Richard Vinson Garred occurred last Friday morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington where he had been for the past 9 weeks for treatment. Until forced by ill health to resign he had been head of the title department of the Guaranty Bank and Trust Company at Lexington. He was called to Louisa by the death of his father early in February and remained here a few weeks. Being in declining health and daily growing weaker, he returned to Lexington 9 weeks ago for treatment, remaining in a hospital there until death. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Garred, of this place, and was born Jan 19, 1890, being at the time of his death 36 years of age. He was married in 1913 to Miss Ollie May Clark, of Lexington. His wife and one daughter Lyda, survive. A little daughter passed away a few years ago. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Jennie Vinson Garred and a sister, Mrs. Victoria Brode of Detroit, MI. Mr. Garred was graduated from the college of law, University of Kentucky in 1912. He previously was graduated from Kentucky Military Institute and had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he resigned on account of poor health. At the university he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. For some time Mr. Garred practiced law in Louisa with his father, the firm being known as Garred & Garred.. His body was accompanied to Louisa from Lexington by his wife and her father, Mr. William F. Clark, of Lexington and Mr. and Mrs. L. Brode of Detroit. His mother, Mrs. Jennie Garred, who had been at his bedside the past 2 weeks, was unable to return on account of illness. Funeral services were held at the Garred home Sunday afternoon. Rev. Jenkins, who conducted the funeral, assisted by Rev. Hewlett, made a beautiful talk on his noble life. He was a learned young man of sterling qualities, quiet disposition, gentle manner and enjoyed the esteem of a host of friends. Burial was made on Pine Hill beside his little daughter who passed away a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
On June the 9th, it pleased god to take from us our dear daughter and sister, Sinda Gillam. Sinda was a good girl and she is greatly missed in our home and by many good friends and relatives. We wish to thank all of our friends for their kindness and sympathy shown us during our bereavement. We wish to thank the friends for the many beautiful flowers and also to thank Mr. Helton and Mr. Arrowood of Whitehouse for the nice fruit sent during her suffering. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Boyd and family. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
HELTON, O. B.
B. Helton, aged 35 years, passed away last Sunday at the Marting Hospital in Ironton, OH, after an illness extending over quite a while, but he had been in the hospital only a few days previous to death. The body was brought to Louisa Monday and was taken to the home of his brother in law, John Petry. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the M. E. Church and burial took place on Pine Hill. Mr. Helton and family lived at Hardy, Pike County. His wife was Miss Juanita Picklesimer, daughter of Fred Picklesimer and was reared in Louisa. She and 3 small children survive, the youngest being only 2 weeks old. Mr. Helton was a member of the I.O.O.F. and the burial was under the auspices of this lodge. The funeral was conducted by Rev. William Sanders. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
HINKLE, Mrs. J. G.
Mrs. J. G. Hinkle of Martin, KY, mother of Lee Hinkle, who attends school here, and Mrs. C. E. Mink died in a hospital at Martin Wednesday morning of lock jaw. Two weeks ago a splinter from a board walk, ran into her foot, developing into tetanus, causing her death. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
His day’s labors as air brake repairman complete, Cecil Holbrook, employed in the N & W shops at East Portsmouth, was en route home through the railroad yards about 3 o’clock Monday afternoon when he suffered a heart attack that proved fatal within a few minutes. Surviving are the mother and step father, Mr. and Mrs. Dock Boggs, of Kentucky, half-brothers, Estill Boggs, Mabert Road, Arthur Boggs, Jackson Street, Jesse and Alva Boggs of Mabert Road, Willard and Millard Boggs of Letitia, KY, a half-sister, Mrs. Margaret Wright of Mabert Road, 2 step sisters, Mrs. Rosa Sexton and Mrs. Vergie Sexton, Letitia, KY, and 3 step brothers, Albert Boggs, Elmer Boggs and James Boggs of Letitia, KY. Portsmouth Sun. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
HUGHES, Arthur M.
Arthur M. Hughes died in Huntington last Sunday afternoon May 30th, following an operation for appendicitis. The first indication of the trouble came Thursday evening of last week. Previous to that he had enjoyed his usual good health. During the night he suffered considerably and the next afternoon he was removed to Huntington for an operation. When the incision was made it was found that the appendix had ruptured and peritonitis had developed. Therefore, but little hope was held out for his recovery. Early Sunday morning it was apparent that he had no chance. The body was returned to Louisa Monday afternoon and the interment took place Wednesday. It is seldom that a community gives such unmistakable evidence of deep sorrow and shock from the death of a citizen as has been shown in this case. The short duration of the illness intensified the shock and made it difficult for family and friends to realize that the life of this good man was ended. The business houses of Louisa closed during the funeral hour out of respect for the deceased. An appeal from the people for the funeral services to the held at the church, so all could attend, was so strong as to cause a change to be made from the home service first decided upon.
The M. E. Church, South, was filled to its utmost capacity when the service began Wednesday afternoon. The space around the chancel and the pulpit was banked with the most beautiful floral offerings that had come from far and near as tributes from friends. The body was followed to Pine Hill cemetery by a long procession of mourning friends, who saw the last rites performed by a large body of the Masonic fraternity, of which Mr. Hughes was an honored member. Arthur was a son of the late James W. Hughes, former postmaster of Huntington, and a brother of James A. Hughes of Huntington and John Hughes of Ashland, who are the only surviving members of the family. He was born in Canada, but his parents moved to Ashland when he was four years old. He first located in Louisa about 1890 and in 1891 he was married here to Miss Jennie E. Burgess, daughter of Cornelius and Julia McClure Burgess, and sister of Mrs. Augustus Snyder, Mrs. M. F. Conley and Mr. G. R. Burgess. Shortly after his marriage he located in the new town of Central City, WV, since incorporated into Huntington, and engaged in the merchandising business. He was the first postmaster of Central City, serving in this capacity from 1891 to 1893. Thereafter he returned to Louisa where he engaged in the mercantile business. He served as postmaster at Louisa 8 years under the Roosevelt and Taft administrations. For several years he had been secretary and treasurer and buyer for Dixon, Moore & Company, wholesale grocers, in which firm he was a stockholder. He was an active member of the M. E. Church, South, serving as steward and treasurer, and was also prominent in the Masonic order, a Knight Templar and a member of El Hasa Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Ashland. Mr. Hughes is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Ellen and a son, James B. Hughes. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
A 12 year old daughter of Ira Jackson of near Echo, Wayne County, died horribly from a gapping bullet hole through her head and brain Wednesday when her little 6 year old brother, child-like and insensible of the result, pointed a 22 rifle at her and pulled the trigger. According to meager reports, the little boy came across a 22 rifle on the porch where someone had set it down casually, and child-like, pointed it at his sister who was standing nearby. The gun fired. The bullet entered the girl’s head over the left ear, plowed through the brain and came out above the other ear. She died about 2 hours later. The mother was ill at the time of the tragedy and fear was expressed Wednesday for her survival of the illness and shock. The Jacksons reside on Bradford Branch of Twelvepole which is about 13 miles from Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
JACKSON, Logan—see under Sonny Mahan
LESLIE, Robert A. E.
Mr. Robert A. E. Leslie died at his home near Burkeville, VA, on Saturday Jun 19th. The body was taken to Greenup, KY for interment, which took place on Wednesday of this week. Mr. Leslie was a native of Pike County, having been born on Johns Creek Jul 9th, 1854, nearly 72 years ago. His parents were Martin Leslie and Sarah Auxier Leslie. He had 2 brothers, Amos and Samuel, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Conley of Louisa and Mrs. B. F. Conley of West Van Lear, the latter being the only one surviving. Dr. Samuel Leslie died many years ago at Greenup, and it is very near his resting place that the body of the younger brother was tenderly laid on Wednesday. Thomas J. Mayo, father of the lamented John C. C. Mayo, was a half-brother of these Leslies, the child of the first marriage of Sarah Auxier. Robert Leslie is survived by his wife, who was Miss Mary Womack, daughter of William Womack and sister of Watt and John Womack, of Greenup. Their children all grown are Miss May Leslie of Richmond, VA, Mrs. June L. Scott of Gulnare, KY, Mrs. Fay L. Bayes of Paintsville, Guy W. Leslie of Cannel City, Ruth C. Leslie of Washington, D. C. , Speed Alan Leslie of Lexington, Mrs. Ethel Kay of Sante Fe, NM, Mrs. English L. Larsen of Washington. One son, Robert died in infancy.
Mr. Leslie graduated from Transylvania University at Lexington, and was valedictorian of the law class. He practiced in Lexington for a time, afterward returning to the profession of teaching, which he followed throughout the greater part of his life in the early eighties he was interested in the newspaper business at Prestonsburg and Pikeville, having edited papers in these towns. Later he moved to the west and spent 15 years in Oklahoma and Texas, teaching and farming. Returning from the west he was in Kentucky for a few years, and about 15 years ago he bought a farm at Burkeville, VA where he spent the remainder of his life. Two years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, but made a partial recovery. In March of this year another stroke was sustained and his condition was critical thereafter until the end last Saturday. He was a member of the Methodist Church South and had often expressed his willingness to meet his God. Throughout his life he had been interested in education, religion and problems of government. He was known as an instructor of exceptional ability and equipment.
Mr. Leslie was a generous, unselfish man who delighted in doing something worth while for others. The many hundreds who were thoroughly grounded in education under his painstaking service as a teacher are testifying to his conscientious work and to the lasting results of his labor and influence. He was a most kindly character, beloved by all who formed his acquaintance. The older son, G. W. Leslie, is General manager of the Ohio & Kentucky Railway and Superintendent of the Kentucky Block Cannel Coal Company at Cannal City, KY. The funeral and burial of the deceased took place at Greenup Wednesday. Relatives of both Mr. and Mrs. Leslie live there. The impressive service was held at the home of his sister in law, Mrs. Florence H. Leslie, conducted by the Rev. Donahoe, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, Interment in the beautiful Riverview Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
Two Paintsville men are dead as the result of an automobile accident that occurred last Sunday morning on the Mayo Trail, 2 ½ miles south of Louisa. The victims were Sonny Mahan, age 28, and Logan Jackson, 30. The driver, Earl Butler and Mrs. Collins, aunt of Jackson, escaped with only slight injuries. These four were on their way from Ashland to their homes in Paintsville, driving a new Hupmoblie. They passed through Louisa about 10:15. At the scene of the accident they were only a short distance behind a Ford car driven by Hiram Layne, a rural route carrier, and expected to pass. Before overtaking the Ford the Hup got over the edge of the road with 2 wheels and ran about 100 feet before Butler could get it back into the road. He “cut” the front wheels sharply to make it climb into the road and the car turned over in the road. It is said the car was running at high speed. The two men who were killed were thrown out as the car started over and it fell on them. One was in the front seat and the other in the rear. Both were unconscious when picked up. They were brought to Riverview Hospital in Louisa in Mr. Layne’s car. Mahan died soon after reaching here. Jackson lived until Monday noon, but did not regain consciousness. An ambulance came from Paintsville and took the bodies home. Mahan leaves a wife and 5 children. Jackson is survived by a wife and one child. Butler was in Ashland and invited the 3 persons to ride home in his car. They gladly accepted the invitation. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
On May 3rd death entered the home of L. J. May of Pikeville and claimed for its victim his wife, Birdie May, age 36 years. Her death came as a great shock, as she was thought to be improving. Birdie was loved by all who knew her. Birdie was born at Osie, KY and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Carter, who preceded her to the Glory land several years ago. She leaves to mourn her presence husband, 2 children, 5 sisters, Mrs. Cleva Burton of Chillicothe, OH, Mrs. Ada Burton of Midland, PA, Mrs. Martha Kitchen of Manbar, WV, Mrs. Celia Hughes, Nolan, WV, and Mrs. Cora Chaffins of Holliday’s Cove, WV. Her body was laid to rest in the Pikeville Cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
A 10 year old son of Jay Maynard of Glenhayes, WV was drowned in the Big Sandy River at Glenhayes Tuesday. The boy was playing in a boat that was tied to the bank. Standing on the back seat, he pushed the boat from the bank with a pole. When the chain drew taut the lad fell backward into the river and was drowned. His body was recovered in about 30 minutes. Resuscitative methods were applied incessantly for 3 hours but without avail. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
Lester Mullins, 10 years old, of Elkhorn City, died last Sunday night of lock jaw, which resulted from running a nail in his foot 3 weeks ago. He was brought to the hospital here Thursday but it was too late to stop the poison which had entered his system. The body was the son of Mrs. Blankenship of Elkhorn City by a former marriage to John Mullins, well known resident, of this section, killed several years ago in an automobile accident. The funeral was held Tuesday in Elkhorn City at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wash Mullins. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
Fred Nelkirk, aged 42, died at his home in Richmond,, VA, Friday May 28th, and was buried there the following Sunday. He is survived by his wife, his father, James P. Nelkirk of Pikeville and 2 brothers, Will Nelkirk of Portsmouth, OH and Joe Nelkirk of Roanoke, VA. Mr. Nelkirk had many friends and a number of relatives in Pikeville where he was born and reared. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
Mrs. Fannie Pack, aged about 77, died at her home in the Needmore addition Wednesday morning. Tuberculosis caused her death. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Thursday afternoon by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
Mrs. Fannie Pack, who passed away at her home here Jun 9, was ?? years of age and is survived by 5 daughters and one son: Mrs. Maud Skaggs, Mrs. Ettie Tilton, both of Portsmouth, Mrs. Golda Woodroe, Canton, OH, Mrs. Jennie Goodwin and Siela and John Pack of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
Believed to have been temporarily deranged as result of sickness, Mrs. Susie Pack, 40 years old, of Huntington, WV shot and killed her husband, Theodore Pack, 44, shortly after 5 o’clock Saturday morning at their home and then turned the same weapon upon herself inflicting a would instantly fatal. Mr. and Mrs. Pack resided near Louisa before going to Huntington. A double funeral service was held Monday. The burials, made in Woodmere Burial Park, Huntington. Mr. Pack was shot 3 times. One shot struck him in the left arm near the shoulder, a second tore through the muscles of his back directly back of the left shoulder, while the third drilled through his upper left arm and into his heart.. Mrs. Pack was shot once, dying of a bullet wound through the heart. A fifth shot, according to police investigators, found its mark in a mattress on a bed. Seized by a fit of insanity, it is believed, Mrs. Pack grabbed a revolver from under the pillows of their bed and opened fire on her husband while they were in the act of dressing. Mr. Pack had his trousers and had placed one arm through the shirt sleeve, it was revealed when his body was found.
Mrs. Pack, according to relatives had for several weeks been suffering from an illness and at intervals during the period was confined to the bed. She suffered particularly on Friday, when she summoned her husband from the Chesapeake & Ohio railway shops, where he was employed as a crane operator. Relatives, friends and neighbors alike concurred in the opinion that the tragedy could not have resulted from any differences between Mr. Pack and his wife. It was their opinion that Mr. and Mrs. Pack were a most devoted couple. Both Mr. and Mrs. Pack were natives of the vicinity of Louisa. They were married and resided near here before going to Huntington to make their home 19 years ago. In addition to their one daughter, Mrs. Ferris, Mrs. Pack is survived by her mother, Mrs. Sarah E. Rice of Louisa, and one brother, who resides in the west. Mr. Pack leaves his mother, Mrs. George Pack of Louisa and one brother, John Pack of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
PENDLETON, Ed W.
The body of Atty. Ed W. Pendleton was taken up on train No. 36 Thursday morning to his home at Prestonsburg. Mr. Pendleton was found dead in his room in a hotel at Frankfort Wednesday. He had been in Frankfort since Saturday, having been called there to attend a meeting of the Board of Regents of Morehead Normal School, of which he was a member. The coroner’s jury reported death due to a heart attack. Mr. Pendleton is very well known here and throughout the valley. He resided here with his parents some years ago and was graduated from the Louisa High School in the class of 1909. He later attended the Law College of Yale University. Dr. F. A. Millard is a cousin of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
Pikeville, KY, May 30—Sam Pruitt, brother of County Judge John W. Pruitt of Pike County, was found dead today on the C & O railroad tracks near his home at the mouth of Island Creek. Mr. Pruitt operated a general store at Island Creek under the name of “Sam Mullins” by which he was known. He left his home soon after dark last night with Joe Compton, a trusty at the Pike County jail. Compton, drunk was arrested today at Kewanee, a few miles above the place the body was found and was returned to jail. Pruitt’s body was found by Duran Packett, an employee of the C & O soon after daybreak. The coroner’s jury found that he had been sitting on a tie on a curve in the track and that the engineer of the train could not see him. Near where the body was found was a string of fish which Pruitt had obtained from Frank Sword, who lives nearby. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
Bernice Richardson, 11 year old girl of Blackford, 20 miles from Ironton, OH, died at the Marting hospital Saturday from a gun shot wound in the right eye which she received May 12. Her brother, Stephen Richardson, 13, fired the shot that culminated in her death. He was recently acquitted by a grand jury, they returning a verdict that the shooting was accidental. Stephen was engaged in a target practice with a high powered rifle, when his sister peeped around the corner of a building to watch him. The boy had erected an improvised target near the corner where the little girl was watching and he failed to see her, a shot from the gun striking her in the right eye. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1926
ROBERTS, J. H.
H. Roberts, aged 42, formerly of Fort Gay, was killed at Bolt, WV, on Tuesday of last week by a rolling log He was engaged at the bottom of a log chute extricating logs and hooking teams onto them to drag them away. A log coming down the chute crushed him. His remains were laid to rest in the Frasher Cemetery at Fort Gay Friday. Surviving are the wife and a son and daughter, Holiday Roberts and Mrs. Wallace Saulsberry, Bolt, WV. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
Rosemary, 9 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Swetnam, ofBluefield, WV, died of membraneous croup Tuesday and was brought to this county for burial. Funeral services were conducted Thursday by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Interment was made at Wilbur. The parents are natives of this county. Mr. Swetnam is a son of Oliver Swetnam of Wilbur. Mrs. Swetnam was before marriage Miss Ella Jay Hewlett, daughter rof Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hewlett of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
Pikeville, KY, Jun 2—Kermit Thornsbury, 15 years old, son of Bud Thornsbury, accidentally shot and fatally wounded himself on Ratliff’s Creek, 4 miles from Pikeville, yesterday. He had gone into the woods near his home with his younger brother and Ralph Buckley, and was carrying his pistol in his hand. Stooping to pick up something, he discharged the revolver in rising. The shot entered the side of his dead and passed thru the brain. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
WARD, Mrs. Zollie C.
A death that came as a great shock to the people of this section was the sudden death of Mrs. Zollie C. Ward which occurred last Sunday night in the Paintsville hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Ward accidentally scratched her hand on the thorn of a rose bush while picking roses for Decoration Day. It developed later that blood poison had set up and she was taken to the hospital where her condition was pronounced to be serious She continued to get worse and passed away last Sunday night. Her remains were taken to Oil Springs Tuesday for burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
WEBB, Fannie (Moore)
The death of Mrs. L. J. Webb on Thursday afternoon, Jun 16, followed an illness of the past several months. She was in a hospital in Huntington for some time, but returned a few weeks ago to the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. T. Cain, Jr., in Louisa. Mrs. Webb was Miss Fannie Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Moore. She was born in Louisa, Feb 15, 1870. Later the family moved to Cherokee, this county, where she lived until her marriage to Mr. Webb in 1893 afterwards residing at Webbville. She came to Louisa in 1919 to care for her aged parents and has since resided here. The surviving members of her family are her husband, L. J. Webb, daughter, Mrs. W. T. Cains, Jr., son, Ed Webb of Riverton, and granddaughter, Frances Pauline Webb, 3 sisters, Mrs. W. A. Cole, of Durbin, Mrs. Nell Hudgins, of Ashland, and Mrs. W. F. Farley of Holden, WV and one brother, Dr. W. L. Moore of St. Louis. Mrs. Webb had been a Christian for many years and throughout her long illness from an ailment which had puzzled physicians and specialists, she was always patient. The funeral service was held on Saturday afternoon at the M. E. Church, South. Rev. F. E. Jenkins read a scripture lesson, Rev. William Sanders offered prayer and in fulfillment of a request Mrs. Webb had made, Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the service. Mrs. Webb was a member of the Blaine Chapter, Order Eastern Star, and Louise Chapter attended the funeral in a body. Interment took place on Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1926
WELLMAN, James Harvey
James Harvey Wellman, aged about 81, died at his home here Tuesday evening after a lingering illness of bright’s disease and dropsy. He had been an invalid for a number of years and had been confined to his home about a year. He was bedfast about a week. Funeral services were held Thursday morning. Interment was made on Pine Hill. Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducted the services. He is survived by 4 daughters and 5 sons: Mrs. Milt Vinson, Miss Effie Wellman and Mrs. Harry May, all of Louisa and Mrs. John Diamond of Huntington and W. H. Wellman and Floyd Wellman, both of Louisa, Elva Wellman of Ceredo, WV, Warner Wellman of Catlettsburg, and Lish Wellman of Mill Creek, WV. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
WHEELER, Mary L.
Mrs. Mary L. Wheeler, widow of James L. Wheeler, was born Apr 30, 1861 and died May 19, 1926 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. Rose, after an illness of about 4 months. Her children, T. G. Wheeler of Columbus, OH, O. R. and E. B. Wheeler of Huntington, Mrs. Ella Thompson of Ashland, KY and Mrs. Stella Porter of Hanging Rock, OH, and stepchildren, P. T. Wheeler, Hazard, KY, Mrs. G. W. Gallian of Franklin Furnace, OH, and Mrs. Sherman Wheeler of Jattie, KY were present during the last days and the burial. In the death of Mrs. Wheeler the community mourns the loss of a true friend and neighbor, the church at Little Fork, a faithful member and the children a kind and loving mother. The funeral was preached by W. Brickley of the United Baptist Church and the remains were laid to rest in the family cemetery overlooking the old Wheeler homestead. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1926
Fleming, KY, Jun 13—Search for illegal whiskey resulted in the fatal shooting of Deputy Sheriff Robert Wright, 42 years old, this morning at Jenkins, 6 miles from here. “Honkey Joe” as Italian whose real name is unknown, is in the county jail at Whitesburg awaiting his examining trial for slaying the officer. With a warrant authorizing them to search the premises for whiskey and a still, Deputy Sheriff Wright and Clark Day, on a raiding party, with Sheriff Morgan T. Reynolds, went to Honkey Joe’s house at Jenkins. The foreigner refused to allow them to enter his house and ordered them away when told by officers they had a warrant to search the premises. They attempted to open the door, but found it locked and when Honkey Joe refused to unlock it, they forced their way in.
Searching the first floor of the house, Wright and Day found nothing to create and suspicious. Going upstairs, Wright started into a room where Honkey Joe was believed to have gone. Just as he passed the threshold the Italian fired a German Luger pistol, the bullet striking Wright in the chin and ranging upward into the brain, killing him instantly. Day rushed from the house and found Sheriff Reynolds, who had been attracted by the shot. The sheriff went to the house and arrested Honkey Joe. He was taken to the county jail at Whitesburg. A quantity of home brew and moonshine was found in the room where Wright was shot, officers say. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1926
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Akers, 67 years old, who died Tuesday morning, after several weeks illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alfred Hoosier at Huntington, were conducted near Fort Gay on last Wednesday. Burial was made in the family cemetery near Fort Gay. Surviving Mrs. Akers are the following: her husband, Noah Akers, 7 daughters, Mrs. Clabe Wellman, of Fort Gay, Mrs. Charles Wellman of Wheelersburg OH, Mrs. Shirley Maynard, of Sciotoville, OH, Mrs. Clyde Billups and Mrs. Charles Billups of Ceredo, Mrs. L. R. Lambert and Mrs. Alfred Hoosier of Kenova, 2 sons, Noah Akers of Ceredo and William Akers of Prichard, WV. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
Shafter Patrick, 30, and Dona Allen, 35, died in a well near Royalton, Magoffin County, Friday, as the result of inhaling fumes of dynamite. Patrick had been employed by Add Miller to blast his water well deeper as the long dry spell had dried up his present supply of drinking water. Patrick put a charge of dynamite at about 11 o’clock and at twelve thirty entered the well to remove the loose rock. While working at this he was overcome by the fumes and died in a few minutes. Mr. Allen, who lived nearby rushed to the rescue of Patrick. He succeeded in fastening a rope about the unconscious form of Patrick and then attempted to climb from the well, when he was overcome by the poison fumes and fell back into the well. By this time a large crowd had gathered about the mouth of the well and the rope was secured about the two bodies by using hooks on the end of long poles. When the 2 men were drawn to the top of the well both were dead. They were good citizens of Magoffin County, and each leaving a wife and family. Allen had been a school teacher in this county for several years and was the son of Joe Allen, lately deceased. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
Charles Atkins, aged about 4, died of Bright’s disease at his home at Yatesville Tuesday night. He leaves a wife and family. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
BALL, Rev. A. E.
Rev. A. E. Ball, 74 years old, well known Baptist minister of Wayne County, died at his home at Ceredo, WV last Friday. Funeral services were conducted at the Ceredo Baptist Church Monday afternoon. Burial was in Crescent cemetery at Ceredo. Rev. M. Ball was a life-long resident of Wayne County. He recently resigned from the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Neal, WV on account of declining health. He had been preaching for 40 years and was instrumental in building the Beach Fork Baptist Church. Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Ellendar Taylor, Mrs. Harry Patterson, Mrs. J. M. Perdue, Miss Jane Ball all of Ceredo, and Mrs. John Smith, of Sidney, WV; 2 sons, Ezra Ball of Cincinnati and Thomas Ball of Neal; one brother, James Ball, of Portsmouth and a sister Mrs. Robert Pelfry of Ceredo. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
The remains of Charles Brainard, a native of this county who was killed in Florida, arrived in Louisa Wednesday on the evening train and were taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. William Brainard, near Tuscola, for burial. Only vague reports of his death are obtainable. It is said that he was driving a truck and was mistaken for a revenue officer when he went into the woods to get water from a spring for the radiator and was shot by moonshiners. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
Our good correspondent, Old Lem Jucklins of Tuscola, informs us that Charley Brainard, who met death in Eustis, FL last week was murdered by a negro. Mr. Brainard operated a saw mill in Florida and at the time of his death was driving a truck. He had gone to a well to get water to fill the radiator of the truck and a negro by the name of Ray Williams, thinking he was a deputy sheriff looking for a moonshine still, fired on him with a shot gun loaded with buck shot and killed him instantly. His remains were brought to this county and interred at Tuscola after funeral services by Rev. Rolan Hutchison, who recounted the boyhood days when they played together at school and swan together in the old swimming hole. The large number that was present attested the respect in which he was held. His brothers and sisters were all present except Rev. Dan Brainard who was in Florida looking after the assassin. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
Last Thursday afternoon an automobile driven by G. R. Blackburn, attorney of Stone, Pike County, KY struck and fatally injured a 6 year old child, Bessie Brumfield, at Kermit, WV. Mr. Blackburn was watching a number of children on one side of the road when Bessie dashed from a tractor on the opposite side and went directly in front of the car. She was rushed to a hospital where she died the same afternoon. In the automobile with Mr. Blackburn was another attorney, the Rev. J. C. Cantrell, also of Stone. Both were grieved by the accident and did all they could to save the child. They joined the family at the funeral and paid all expenses resulting from the accident including those at the hospital and of the burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
The death of Sullivan Burton, son of A. T. Burton, of Louisa, occurred at his home at Shelbiana, Pike County, Sunday after he became ill while playing on a baseball field. The excessive heart provoked a nerve affection, sustained when he was kicked on the head by a mule while a boy and caused exhaustion. He was assisted to his home where death followed soon after. He planned to go to a hospital within a few days to be treated for the injury as it had given him trouble recently. He was an employee of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad at Shelby. Mr. Burton was reared at Blaine, and was 35 years of age. He was married to Miss Carrie Hopkins, of Virginia, who with 2 children, Columbia, 6, and Hazel 3, survive him. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Burton of Louisa and a sister and 2 brothers: Mrs. R. C. Cyrus of Louisa, and Foster Burton of Thealka, and John Burton of Louisa. His body was brought to the home of his parents here. The funeral was conducted at the Christian Church Tuesday afternoon by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Burial followed in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1926
BUTLER, R. J.
J. Butler, former resident of Johnson County, died at Ashland Jul 2, age 58 years. He was a teacher for 11 years in this county. He married Miss Nancy Jane Turner of Ashland where he has resided for the last 26 years, being a traveling salesman for the Consolidated Grocery Co. Besides his wife, he leaves 6 daughters and 3 sons to mourn his passing. He also leaves 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
CARROLL, Mrs. O. B.
Mrs. O. B. Carroll, 57 years old, died Monday morning at her home at Shoals, WV, after a lingering illness of heart disease. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Newcomb Baptist Church at Shoals, WV. Rev. B. R. Lakin of Louisa, KY, and Rev. B.S. Akers of Ceredo, conducting the services. Interment was made in a cemetery there. Mrs. Carroll is survived by her husband, one son, W. D. Carroll of Kenova, one daughter, Mrs. A. W. Hutchison of Kenova, her mother, Mrs. Malinda Payne, of Kenova and 4 brothers. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
CASSELL, Alfred Berry
Alfred Berry Cassell of Normal, suffered a sun stroke while picking blackberries on Bear Creek near Buchanan Monday and succumbed shortly after he was stricken. Three men from Catlettsburg were picking berries with him and while 2 of them worked over him the other went for aid. An ambulance was dispatched from Catlettsburg but by the time it reached the scene Cassell had died. Cassell is survived by his wife and 2 small children. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
CASTLE, Julia May
Julia May Castle, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LloydCastle of Matewan, WV, died at her home in Matewan Tuesday Jul 6 of bronchial pneumonia. The body was brought to Paintsville for burial at the Preston Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Arthur Green Thursday morning at the home of Mrs. Castle’s father, M. M. Picklesimer. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
On Jun 19, 1926, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Caudill of Wilbur and took their loving daughter, Dorothy. She was 19 years old. She lived a Christian life and was loved by all who knew her. She died from consumption. Just before she was gone, she said her suffering would soon be over and she wanted them to meet her in heaven. She fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. She is greatly missed by her many friends. She was my loving friend—Tilda Jane Wheeler. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
CLARK, John B.
Prestonsburg—John B. Clark died at his home on Upper Cross Street Jul 1 after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Clark was about 50 years of age and was known both in town and in the county where he was recognized as a brave officer. He was taken to his old home on Johns Creek for burial. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons and several daughters. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
Prestonsburg, Jul 20—Pinned beneath slate in a mine at Jenkins, Ezra Conley, 22 years old, Garrett, this county, could not be removed before another slatefall of several tons completely buried his body. Rescue workers were 6 hours in recovering the body, a report received here today says. Conley, a motorman in the mine, and a companion were both struck by the first drop of slate. While miners were endeavoring to extricate Conley’s “buddy”, the second avalanche of slate came. The body of the victim was taken to Garrett for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
Mrs. Elizabeth Cunningham, aged 91 years, died last Thursday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Neva Forest, in Huntington, Mrs. Jane Rice of Paintsville is a sister. She was buried near Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
CURNUTTE, Nancy (Miller)
Meads Branch—Mrs. Nancy Curnutte died her almost suddenly and was buried in the Miller Cemetery. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Miller. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
Edwin Damron, age 23, of near Kermit, and known to many Wayne County people, was electrocuted while making a repair on a power line near Sprigg Sunday. He died almost suddenly. Damron was single and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Isabel Damron. He had been in the employ of the Kentucky and West Virginia Power Company as a lineman and foreman for several years. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1926
Henry Daniel, 77, for 60 years a Baptist minister, died at the Baptist General hospital in Ashland after an illness of several months. Daniel’s home was at Flat Gap, in Johnson County. Mr. Daniel is known throughout the Sandy Valley, having preached in virtually every town along the river and in the back counties during the 60 years in the ministry. The body was taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Fitzpatrick in Catlettsburg and later taken on to Flat Gap, where funeral services were conducted from the home last Thursday afternoon. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Last year, surrounded by his children and a number of relatives and friends, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Besides his wife, Mr. Daniels leaves 5 children, Mrs. Oscar Fitzpatrick, of Catlettsburg Mrs. Florence Hamilton, Flat Gap, Mrs. Bertha Littleton, of Gothard, KY, Will Daniel of Moore Haven, FL and Cleveland Daniel of Flat Gap. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
DIXON, Thomas J.
Another one of our old soldiers, Thomas J. Dixon, died Jun 15, 1926, at the home of his son, Ed Dixon, at Oil Springs, KY. He volunteered as a soldier on the 8th day of Nov 1861, to serve 3 years and was honorably discharged from the service on the 31st day of Jan 1865 in the year 1872 he was married to Eliza J. McFarland. He leaves to mourn 4 sons, Manford Dixon of Ivel, KY, Ed Dixon, Oil Springs, KY, W. M. Dixon, Ashland, KY, J. F. Dixon, Wayland, KY. He was 84 years and 9 months old, and has been a Christian most of his life. He did not seem to dread the sting of death in the least, and talked of all his old friends who had passed away long ago. He was ready to go and his children had nothing to cause them to mourn except his absence. He was loved by everyone and always had a kind word to say to all.—Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
Thomas Dobbins of Gallup, this county who was a lineman for the Appalachian Power Co., in West Virginia was electrocuted last Wednesday when 2300 volts arched across a dead line on which he was working. He was strapped to a tower 85 feet in the air when death occurred. The scene of the accident is at a point halfway between Logan and Madison where a high power line is under construction. The victim was a son of Hugh Dobbins of Gallup and was 24 years old. Burial was made at Gallup Monday. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
William Thomas Dobbins, son of Hugh and Lyda Dobbins, was born Aug 24, 1901 died Jul 14,1926, aged 23 years 10 months and 14 days. Tommy, as he was called, was employed by an electric company, and met his death while making repairs. He was one of Lawrence County’s most highly respected young men and will be greatly missed by his many friends. He always wore a smile and had a kind word for everyone. His remains were brought to the home of his parents near Gallup and laid to rest beside his 2 sisters who preceded him long ago to that Great Beyond. Burial services were conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller. He is survived by his parents, one sister, Shirley and 4 brothers, Millard, Hugh, Edmond and John Harvey, all at home and many relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
Paintsville, Jun 29—Dave Fletcher, 32, is dead and Cleave Barnett, 38, is not expected to live following a gun battle in which the 2 participated Sunday about 2 miles from Ivyton according to word received here today. According to available information the trouble arose over the custody of Barnett’s children. Reports say that Barnett divorced his wife, who was formerly Louise Cole, and Fletcher had married her, taking the children. A few days ago, friends of both families say, Fletcher informed Barnett that any arrangement he and his former wife made regarding the custody of the children would be satisfactory with him. Sunday, it is said, as Fletcher was passing Barnett’s home, Barnett rushed out and shot him in the left breast with a shotgun, but before he fell he fired a bullet into the body of Barnett which doctors believe, will prove fatal. After he was wounded, however, Barnett is alleged to have gone into his home and secured a knife with which he cut off Fletcher’s head. The shooting occurred on what is known as Big Lick. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
Paul Frazier committed suicide in Ed Reynold’s hardware store in Fort Gay Sunday by shooting himself through the brain with a pistol. His method of dispatching himself was occasioned by a dementation resulting from a drug habit to which he had been addicted several years. He had several times attempted to refrain from the habit but never succeeded. Three weeks before his taking off he had returned from a 6 weeks stay in a Huntington hospital, apparently much improved, but the habit had run so long that it was incurable. Sunday he was at Ed Reynold’s store and walked inside, secured a .32 caliber pistol that was laying on the counter behind a showcase, placed it to his right temple and fired. Mr. Reynolds, who was seated on the porch of the store, chanced to look through the window just at the time he placed the pistol to his head and called and started to him. As he reached the door the fatal shot was fired. He lived about 3 hours. Mr. Frazier was 35 years old and a son of W. J. Frazier, of Logan, and Mrs. Rebecca Frazier, of Fort Gay. He resided with his mother. He was graduated from the Louisa High School in the class of 1909 and attended the University of West Virginia at Morgantown and was well educated. He passed much of his time in Louisa and was well known here and throughout the valley. He was laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery back of Fort Gay, after funeral services conducted at the home by Rev. F. E. Jenkins of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1926
Before going to press meagre reports reached the NEWS office of the death of John Fugate, a native of Fallsburg. He was electrocuted at the mines at Lundale, WV, Wednesday by an electric current. He is about 35 years of age and a son of Widow Fugate of Fallsburg. His body was brought to Fullers Thursday and taken to Fallsburg for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 9,1926
Miss Stella Gibson, 22 and her cousin, Ena Gibson, were killed last Thursday night when they leaped from a moving automobile on the Garrett Highway, running between Paintsville and Salyersville. It was reported that the radiator of the car became overheated and began to steam and that the girls became alarmed and jumped from the car. Stella suffered a broken neck and died instantly. Ena was injured and was taken to a hospital in Paintsville, where she died at an early hour Friday morning. The accident happened about 7 miles out of Paintsville, about 8 o’clock. There were 6 in the car, which was driven by Elzie Ball, all of whom were cousins. The members of the party lived at Falcon, a small community about 17 miles from Paintsville. When the radiator steamed over, 4 of the party retained their composure and remained in the car. The two girls, in their fright, leaped before the others could restrain them and were thrown to the roadway. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
GILLIAM, Mrs. Ireland
Mrs. Ireland Gilliam, aged 23, of Betsy Layne, died from Bright’s disease at her home Saturday night. She had been a sufferer from this disease for some time and was for a while in the hospital here but nothing could be done to lengthen her life further. Mrs. Gilliam is survived by 2 small children, her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Colgrove and a number of other relatives. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
GRIFFITH, Ester Belle
Mrs. Ester Belle Griffith of Ashland died Sunday morning, 2 hours after a ton and a half truck had passed over her stomach about 2 miles from Farmer, KY. Mrs. Griffith, riding in the truck, thought it was going over a bank and jumped. She struck the railing of a bridge. Seeing this the driver cut the front wheels of the truck to keep from hitting her and the rear wheel passed over her abdomen. The Griffiths had been visiting relatives near Flemingsburg and were on their way home when the accident occurred. Besides her husband, Mrs. Griffith is survived by 2 brothers, willie and Henry Blevins and 2 sisters, Mrs. Pearl Kazee and Frankie Albert Blevins Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
Prestonsburg, KY, Jul 8—When Bill Whittaker, 40 years old, failed to shoot down his brother in law, Jesse Hale, 35, after exchanging about 30 shots with him in a pistol duel on the Brushy Fork of Licking River, Magoffin County, his son, Sam Whittaker, 19, coolly asked for his father’s weapon, challenged Hale to come out in the open and put a bullet through his uncle’s heart at the first shot, according to reports received here today. The youth was taken to Salyersville Monday morning by his father and another uncle, W. B. Shepherd, and released Tuesday under $20,000 bond for his appearance at an examining trial set for Jul 26. Hale and Whittaker, according to reports, disputed some time ago over land which both claimed. Sunday, according to a witness, Hale and his son came on the Whittakers and a crew of workmen constructing a road through a track of land. The elder Hale, it is claimed, immediately opened fire, and a dozen men, including the Whittakers, scurried to safety, behind trees and rocks. Hale and Whittaker, the brothers in law, posted behind trees, started to shoot it out. Their defenses proved impenetrable, and Sam Whittaker, reports say, got tired of watching shots bury themselves in the trees. “You’re doing no good,” one of the Whittaker faction claims Sam told his father, after the parent fired about 15 shots. Sam then challenged Hale, it is said, to step out in the open and see who would fall first. Hale accepted the gauge, and stepped from behind his protection. The two fired. Hale died within 5 minutes. Hale is survived by his widow, 9 children, his mother, 2 brothers and a number of sisters. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
Freeman Hannah, 30, of Greenup County, received burns from which he later died in an Ashland hospital when a portion of the King Powder plant near Greenup exploded. Hannah, when he received the fatal burns, was alone at the powder mill and the cause of the explosion is unknown. About 2 tons of powder which was in large cakes, let go. Fire broke out immediately and the miss it was said was a total wreck. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
The long and honored life of Judge Basil Hatfield, pioneer citizen and leader of his community, came to a close Friday, Jul 9th. Judge Hatfield was born and reared on Blackberry Creek and lived in South Williamson until the death of his wife 5 years ago, since which time he has made his home with his friend, Squire Hamilton of Mossy Bottom. Since he was 20 years old he has been a minister of the Baptist Church and about 35 years ago served as Sheriff of Pike County and later as County assessor. He was one of the 17 children of George Hatfield, of this county. His brother, John, 2 or 3 years older them himself, John’s wife and his brother, Elias, aged 72, who was formerly county assessor and representative to the state legislature as well as a well known Baptist minister all died with a week of each other only a few months ago. Judge Hatfield is survived by one of his brothers and sisters, Floyd Hatfield, the youngest member of the family, father of E. M. Hatfield of this city, but he leaves a large family of sons and daughters and a number of grandchildren. His body was taken Saturday to the home of J. Ep Runyon on Pond Creek and laid to rest at the side of his wife, “Aunt Nancy” Hatfield Sunday in the Runyon Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
Boyd Hewlett, who resided at the home of George McGuire of Potter, died Sunday and was buried in a cemetery on the old Hewlett farm near Potter Monday. He was 46 years of age. Deceased was a son of the late James Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
HOLBROOK, Charles W.
Charles W. Holbrook, ae 33, a prominent teacher of Johnson county who recently returned from Arizona where he had spent the past 2 years in an effort to regain his health, died Jul 14 at the home of his father, L. D. Holbrook, at Red Bush. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
JOHNS, Mollie Elizabeth (Fitzpatrick)
Mollie Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Johns was born in Prestonsburg, KY, Jul 1864, departed this life Jun 16, 1926, making her stay upon the earth 61 years and 11 months. Aunt Mollie was converted at an early age and united with Collcia Baptist Church of this city of which church she was a faithful member. She was elected superintendent of the Sunday School and served as such for more than 40 years. She was active in both church and Sunday School work until the end. She was united in marriage with Lewis Johns in May, 1880 in Lawrence County, KY. To this union were born 3 children, all of whom preceded her to the spirit world. Her husband also preceded her 5 months and 16 days. Aunt Mollie has lived a consistent Christian life, been a leader in her church, was always willing and ready to do whatever was assigned her hands in the Master’s cause. Her loving ways and kindness won her many friends and she was held in high esteem by one sister, Mrs. Kate Thomas of this city, and one brother, Schorcher Fitzpatrick of Ashland besides several nieces and nephews. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
JOHNSON, George, Jr.
George, Jr., the year and a half old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson of Webbville, died Saturday and was buried in the Lick Creek cemetery on Sunday. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
C. Lambert, 50 years old, a merchant at Kenova, died at his home Sunday afternoon, after an illness of several years. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the First Baptist Church there. Burial was made in White’s Creek Cemetery. Mr. Lambert is survived by his widow, Mrs. Amelia Lambert, 4 sons, Paul, Wallace, Davis and Raymond Lambert, of Kenova and Jim Lambert of Detroit; 2 sisters Mrs. H. M. Pyles of Portsmouth and Mrs. G. W. Hensley of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
Mrs. Elizabeth Lett, 79 years and 10 months old, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Betty Powell, of Lucasville, OH. Rev. J. S. Thornburg, of the Kenova Methodist Episcopal Church conducted the funeral services at Prichard, WV where the burial was made. Mrs. Lett was the widow of the late Joseph Lett. She resided on Gragston and the family is well known in Wayne County. Mrs. Lett’s brother “Uncle” Jeff Fuller, resides in Kenova also her grandson, J. M. Gilkerson, and niece, Mrs. J. K. McClure. Surviving Mrs. Lett are the following children: Mrs. Betty Powell of Lucasville, with whom she made her home; Mrs. Victoria Gilkerson, of Prichard, Mrs. Lora Ballengee, of Portsmouth, George Lett, Russell, KY and Holt Lett, of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Jul 30,1926
Word was received Wednesday of the accidental death of Estill Lyon at Marion, OH. Definite report of his death is lacking except that he was killed while working on a steam shovel Wednesday. Mr. Lyon was a native of the Blaine section and had been living at Marion, OH for some time. He was about 48 years old. His sister, Mrs. J. L. Lyon, of Blaine, passed through Louisa Thursday morning on her way to Marion to bring the body to Blaine for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
Albert McDaniel, 22 years old, of Ashland, succumbed Sunday night in the Baptist General hospital at Ashland, of injuries he received 3 hours earlier when an automobile he was driving was crowded from the road at Raceland and turned over. He was employed by the Ashland Artificial Ice Company and is survived by a widow and one child. Miss Esther Grizzle, 18 years old, of Ashland, who was riding with McDaniel in his automobile at the time suffered a severe fracture of the skull. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
MCKENZIE, Clyde F.
Russell, KY, Jul 6—Clyde F. McKenzie, 26 years old, of Portsmouth, OH, was drowned in Little Sandy River, 2 miles back of Greenup, KY, shortly after noon Monday. His body was found an hour later and all attempts to resuscitate him failed. McKenzie, with his wife and son, were in bathing at Little Sandy Falls. His wife ventured into deep water and was unable to swim. He went to her rescue and 2 men fishing nearby pulled her out with the aid of fishing poles. Before they could reach McKenzie he had sunk from sight. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1926
Robert O’Daniels, a native of this county, was burned to death Sunday in an explosion at the Tri-State Oil Refining plant in Kenova where he was employed. He was terribly burned from head to foot when caught under a rain of blazing crude oil. The fire resulted when a gasket blew out of a crude oil line leading into a still. As a result of the blowout, a stream of oil, instantly ignited, shot nearly 70 feet into the air, spraying everything within reach. Workmen were caught under the shower of flaming liquid almost before they realized what had happened. O’Daniels haplessly stood in the direct path of the falling stream and was hurled to the ground with fatal burns in a moment’s time. O’Daniels and another employee, George Blanton, of Catlettsburg, who was also burned, were rushed to the Rife-Ferguson hospital. O’Daniels lived only a few hours, Blanton lived until Tuesday morning.
O’Daniels resided at Potters before moving to Catlettsburg more than a year ago. He was a school teacher and taught a number of schools in this county. He was 32 years old, and is survived by the wife, who was formerly Miss Julia Bell Bernard, of the Potter section, and 2 sons, Robert, aged 10 and Bernard, aged 5. His remains were brought to Potter and interred in the Bernard Cemetery back of Potter Wednesday afternoon with the Odd Fellows officiating. He was a cousin of the late Jay O’Daniel, one time superintendent of this county. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
PATRICK, Shafter—see under Dona Allen.
PENDLETON, Ed W.
Wednesday morning a telephone message from Frankfort brought the sad tidings of the death of Attorney E. W. Pendleton which had just occurred in that city. The message simply stated that he had been found dead in his bed at his hotel. Mr. Pendleton left here last Friday for Frankfort on a business mission and to meet with the Board of Regents of the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School at Morehead of which he was a member. His remains were forwarded from Frankfort to Prestonsburg and will reach here Thursday morning where the funeral will be held in the Methodist Church of which he was a member and the body will be reshipped to Salyersville for burial. Mr. Pendleton, a native of Lawrence County, studied in the local schools and later graduated in law from Yale. He was 38 years of age and was married in 1915 to Miss Nell Patrick of Salyersville where he was then practicing law. To this union was born one daughter, Alice Lorraine. Mr. Pendleton was popular, considered a bright young lawyer, a rather fluent speaker, a member of the Kiwanis Club and of the Methodist Church. He has been in charge of the Elk Horn Coal Corporation’s offices in this city for some 10 years and was a very valuable man to his company. His death brought a shock to the entire community. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nell Patrick Pendleton, his daughter, his father, R. F. Pendleton of Burnwell, WV and 2 sisters Mrs. Flora Mann and Mrs. Jack Holmes, all of whom have the sincere sympathy of the community. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
PHILLIPS, Hazel (Wiley)
Mrs. Hazel Wiley Phillips, age 16 years died at her home in Huntington last Sunday and the remains were shipped to Paintsville Tuesday and taken to Flat Gap for burial. She was a daughter of a former Johnson County resident who before her marriage was Miss Hester Conley of Flat Gap. Big Sandy news, Jul 2, 1926
PICKLESIMER, Lou Tisha
Mrs. Lou Tisha Picklesimer, 44, wife of John M. Picklesimer, of Catlettsburg, died at an Ashland hospital last Friday afternoon after an illness of a week. Mrs. Picklesimer moved to Catlettsburg a few years ago from Johnson County. The body was taken to Mudlick Creek, Johnson County, where funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. H. Prater Sunday afternoon. Interment was made in the Pelfrey cemetery. Besides her husband, Mrs. Picklesimer is survived by the following children, Dorothy, Lawson and Kirk all at home. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
RATLIFF, John E.
Pikeville, Jun 30, John E. Ratliff, Pike County financier and former official, who died here Saturday, was laid to rest yesterday at the Mouth of Marrowbone Creek, Regina, KY, his former home. The funeral was held at the beautiful home opposite Pikeville and was attended by several hundred people. Burial was under the direction of Thomas C. Cecil Lodge F & AM, Pikeville, of which Mr. Ratliff had been a member for 30 years. The death of Mr. Ratliff removed one of Pike County’s wealthiest citizens. He leaves an estate estimated at $100,000. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
RATLIFF, William A.
The close of a venerable life came Thursday night when William A. Ratliff passed away at the home of his son, Dr. A. T. Ratliff. In 1852 Mr. Ratliff was born in Virginia and he spent a busy and useful life as a farmer in that state. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Mason. Two years ago he came here to make his home with his son, who is one of our leading citizens. Mr. Ratliff has been in failing health for some time and the end was expected. His body was taken to the home of R. H. Ratliff of Shelby. The funeral was held Sunday, presided over by his brother Masons, and the burial took place in the Shelby Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
Mrs. Eloise Rice, widow of the late W. J. Rice of Johnson county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wilda Louisa Flynn at Laredo, TX, Jul 7th . Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
RICKEY, Bitha (Thompson)
Mrs. Bitha Rickey, wife of Clyde Rickey, of Portsmouth, died in a Portsmouth hospital Sunday after undergoing an operation early last week. Deceased was a daughter of Taylor and Effie Thompson of Fort Gay, WV. She was born Apr 30, 1886 and had been living in New Boston about 20 years. About 15 years ago she was united in marriage to Clyde Rickey of New Boston and to this union were born 6 children. Surviving, besides her husband, are 3 sons and 3 daughters, Nina, Jessie, Herbert D., James, Agnes and Ernest Paul, 2 months old. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Thompson of Fort Gay and 7 brothers and sisters, Mrs. Sarah Workman, Louisa, KY, Mrs. Effie Ray, Mrs. Elizabeth Copley, Pike County, KY, Taylor and Isom of Fort Gay, Mrs. Mahala Copley, Sciotoville and Andy Thompson of New Boston, also survive. Mrs. Rickey was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, New Boston and was affiliated with the various organizations of the church. Funeral services were held at the Immanuel Baptist Church following brief services at the home with Rev. James Macphall and Rev. U. S. Pinson of the Twin Valley Baptist Church in charge. Burial was made in the Bennett Cemetery near Minford, OH. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
Mrs. Edna Riffe died at her home near Tuscola last Thursday. She was a great and good woman and a noble personage of the community. Her funeral was preached Friday by Rev. Rolen Hutchinson and her remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground near the home. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
RIGGS, Thomas Jefferson
Rev. Thomas Jefferson Riggs, aged 77, well known throughout the Big Sandy Valley, died at his home in Ashland Tuesday after a 5 weeks illness. T. J. Riggs was born in Wayne County, WV, Nov 17, 1849. At the age of 15 years he was converted and baptized into the fellowship of Beulah Baptist Church near Proctorville, OH. He began preaching in 1873. His ministry was confined principally to Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. Of late years Rev. Riggs has been the pastor of the Westwood Baptist Church. To mourn his passing he leaves a wife, Mrs. Mary Riggs, and one daughter, Mrs. S. C. Anderson, of Moorefield, WV, 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery under the direction of the Masons. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
SEE, Jay Lee
Jay Lee See, formerly of Louisa but for the last few years of Drift, KY, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Jack Cupp, Ashland, of heart trouble last Monday afternoon. Mr. See had been suffering for several months, but only 3 weeks ago did he feel it necessary to go to a hospital for treatment. He was taken to the Ashland Baptist General Hospital and was given every attention possible, but realizing that hope was in vain, he begged to be taken to the home of his sister, where the end came. Jay Lee See, the youngest son of the late John See and wife, was born near Louisa, Oct 18, 1894. On Jun 27,m1915, he married Emma Fraley and to this union 5 sons were born: Grover, Joe, James, Fred and John. Mr. See is also survived by his mother, Mrs. John See, and the following brothers and sisters: D. G. See, Mrs. George Tier, and Mrs. Jack Cupp, all of Ashland: Mrs. John Cartmell and Grove See, of Drift, and Major Mart See, A. & M. College, Miss., in addition to a host of friends and relatives here and elsewhere. The funeral was preached in the front yard of the old home place, now the residence of Charles Wilson, Lick Creek. Rev. Bill Burgess, and Rev. E. L. Edens, Ashland, conducted the services, after which burial took place in the family burial grounds near the old home place. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1926
The 2 year old daughter of W. H. Smith and wife of Norfolk, VA passed away last Sunday night at the home of Mrs. Smith’s father, Al Hatten, at Prichard, WV. The child had been sick only a few days. They had been visiting at Chattaroy, WV a short time before going to Prichard. Besides the parents, 2 brothers survive. Burial took place in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
STAFFORD, Mrs. T. R.
Mrs. T. R. Stafford died suddenly at her home at Oil Springs Jul 4 of heart disease. She had been in declining health for some time but her death was very unexpected. She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters, Mrs. M. O. Wheeler, Miss Maggie and Miss Mary Louise Stafford of Oil Springs; 5 sons, Ray and Grady Stafford of Paintsville, Earl, Charlie and Harve Stafford of Oil Springs. The funeral was held from the home, conducted by Rev. H.G. Sowards, the burial being in charge of the Order of the Eastern Star of Oil Springs and Salyersville. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
Mrs. Jane Smith born Oct 12, 1835, died Jun 22, 1926, aged 90 years 8 months and 10 days. Those surviving her are one son, Jink Stith of Arizona and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Frasher of Fallsburg. She resided with her daughter for several years. She had several grandchildren and great grandchildren, among them J. H. Frasher of Dennis, Purl Frasher of Hulette. Grandma Stith was a devoted Christian. She was always administering to the sick and distressed in her early life, and now has received her great reward—a home in Heaven. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
TAYLOR, George M.
Portsmouth, OH, Jul5—George M. Taylor, publisher of the Portsmouth Morning Sun, sacrificed his life Sunday in a futile attempt to save his 11 year old daughter, Betty, from drowning. The little girl was rescued by another swimmer, after Taylor’s efforts failed and he had succumbed to a strong current in the Scioto River, near Rushtown. The tragedy occurred on the shores of the summer resort which is a few miles from here. Taylor’s body was recovered 2 hours after the drowning. Taylor is survived, in addition to his widow and daughter, by his brother, Harry E. also of Portsmouth and by a half- brother, Dan Shelby of Akron. He was 50 years old. Harry E. Taylor is publisher of the Portsmouth Times and Ironton Tribune. Big Sandy news, Jul 9, 1926
THOMPSON, Mrs. Sheridan (Alberta Jordan)
The death of Mrs. Sheridan Thompson occurred in an Ashland hospital Tuesday morning. She was a daughter of H. A. Jordan, of near Tuscola, and had recently passed her 19th milestone. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson came to Louisa a few months ago to reside and occupied rooms at the home of Mrs. Frank Vinson. Mr. Thompson is a mechanic in Jim Ferguson’s garage. She became ill Monday morning and was taken to the hospital Monday night and died Tuesday morning of eclampsia. Her remains were taken to Tuscola and interred in the family burying ground. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Jordan. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1926
THOMPSON, T. T.
T. Thompson, who was about 64 years old, died at Shadeville, a suburb of Columbus, OH, last Saturday and was buried near Columbus. He was a son of the Rev. Jack Thompson and was a native of Cherokee, this county. He moved to Columbus a few years ago. Rev. Jack Thompson, Jr., of Van Lear is his son. He leaves his wife, who is a sister of H. K. Moore of Louisa and several children. He taught school in this county 38 years. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1926
Paintsville, KY, Jul 5—Glen Vanhoose,, 9 year old son of Mrs. Grace Vanhoose, was instantly killed Sunday afternoon on Tom Creek about 4 miles from here on the Mayo Trail when the car on which he was riding went over an embankment. The child was said to have been riding on the running board of the machine which was owned and driven by Brown Vanhoose, his cousin, when the accident occurred. According to information received here the driver of the car turned his head to see if the boy was on the car and the machine suddenly plunged over the embankment and turned over pinning the child underneath it. There were 6 persons in the car, but none of the others were hurt except the boy’s mother, she was slightly bruised. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1926
Pikeville, KY, Jul 5—Poisoned whiskey was responsible for the death of Patton Weddington, 22 years old son of Ballard Weddington wealthy merchant of Coalrun, it was said by Dr. O. W. Thompson, Weddington’s brother in law, this morning. Weddington died at the home of United States Commissioner Sidney Trivette last night. His death was first said to have been the result of poisoning, but Dr. Thompson said this morning the odor of carbolic acid in the motor, which led to the poisoning theory, was due to the fact Weddington had just disinfected his motor with the acid, obtained at a local drug store. The contents of Weddington’s stomach, sent to Lexington after a post mortem examination, will be examined there and a report sent back here. Weddington is survived by his parents, and 3 sisters, Miss Fay Weddington, at school in Richmond, Mrs. O. W. Thompson and Mrs. Ben Cassidy, Coalrun. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1926
Lindsey Wellman, 72 years old, died at his home at Kenova, WV last Friday after a long illness. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. W. M. Pack, of Huntington, Mrs. C. C. New of Fort Gay, and Mrs. D. R. McCurry of Asheville, NC. His remains were brought to Fort Gay Saturday morning. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. D. Bryan. Burial was made in the Bartram Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1926
WILLIAMS, Mrs. Ashby
The death angle visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Phillips Jul 4, and took from them their beloved daughter, Mrs. Ashby Williams. Death was caused by tuberculosis. She was about 22 years of age and was married 2 years ago to Ashby Williams of Hannah, KY, who survives her. She was converted several weeks before her death, but now God has called her to a home on high. She leaves to mourn her loss, father, mother, husband, 7 brothers and one sister and a host of friends. She was laid to rest in the Williams graveyard near Hannah beside her little daughter, Helen Marie, who passed away 2 weeks ago
Martha Yarhaus, 36, of Portsmouth, OH, was shot and killed near Olive Hill, KY, by Constable W. D. Haywood while riding with her fiancé David Thomas, also of Portsmouth. Thomas and Miss Yarhaus were on their way to Morehead, KY to visit relatives at the time of the shooting. Haywood declared that while riding in his car, the couple’s machine passed him at a high rate of speed and failed to halt at his command. He says he fired at random, one bullet striking the young woman behind the ear and killing her. Haywood is held without bail. Miss Yarhaus’s body was sent to Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1926
A young girl was killed Tuesday noon at Greasy Creek by a slate fall, a very unusual accident to happen to a woman. This girl, who was the 15 year old daughter of Peter Adkins, had left her home at the lower end of the camp and gone to get a bucket of coal with which to prepare dinner. Near the mouth of the mine a great slab of slate, weighing 500 pounds fell upon her, crushing her to death instantly. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
BLACK, Mrs. Morton
Mrs. Morton Black, aged 63 years, died at her home at Durbin Wednesday morning of last week. Death followed an illness of several weeks duration. Mrs. Black is survived by her husband and 7 children. Services were conducted Thursday from the Durbin Church and were attended by almost everyone in that community. The services were in charge of the Rev. Smith, formerly pastor of the church but now of Allen. Mr. Smith delivered a very impressive funeral sermon and dwell at great length on the splendid qualities of the deceased. Burial followed in the family graveyard at Durbin. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Blankenship of Yatesville, Aug 4, 1926 and took from them their darling little son, Robert, aged 1 year 2 months age 15 days. He was sick 16 days and all was done for him that loving hands could do. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
There came this week from Charleston, WV a telegram to Rev. Hack Young, of Ulysses, apprising him of the death of Charles Borders, a native of this county. He is a brother of H. H. Borders of Catlettsburg. Further particulars could not be learned. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
Two funerals were conducted at Ulysses Thursday. The deceased were Rev. Charles Borders, who died at Charleston, WV and the wife of Wallace Borders, who died at Ulysses Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
Ulysses—Rev. Charles Border, son of Wallace Borders of Ulysses died in a Charleston, WV hospital Jul 26. The body was brought here and interment was made in the Borders Cemetery near his home and beside his mother who died 8 years ago. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
Pikeville, KY, Aug 9—Monroe Branham, 28, of Penn, KY, died at the Methodist Hospital here early today of a pistol shot through the chest, said to have been inflicted by Grover Luster, approximately 40. Branham was shot in front of his own home at 5 p.m. yesterday. Earlier in the day Branham had taken Luster who was thought to be drunk into his, Branham’s home, and given him a bed, Sam Branham, father of the victim said this morning. Just before the trouble he continued, Mrs. Branham, the victim’s wife, objected to Luster’s conduct toward her 5 year old daughter. This brought about the difficulty which ended in Luster shooting Branham, who was in the yard. He then fired another shot at Mrs. Branham and shot a neighbor’s child through the clothing, it is said. Luster mounted a horse and fled but was overtaken and captured by the father of the victim who surrendered after Branham had shot 5 times at him. Luster was brought to jail here and the wounded man was taken to the hospital this morning where he died half an hour later. Luster, it is said, declared this morning he remembered shooting but did not remember what the trouble was over. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
Cherryville—The death of Charley Burke occurred on Laurel last week of dropsy. He was about 50 years of age, and leaves a wife and several children. Interment was made in the Wallace Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
Milt Caperton, 37, was run over and fatally injured by C & O passenger train No. 39 at Richardson last Thursday night. He died at the home of his brother in law, Dr. Ira Wellman, a few hours after the accident, having been brought here on the same train that struck him. He left Louisa Thursday morning for Prestonsburg in search of employment. He learned, while at Paintsville, that the position he sought at Prestonsburg was already filled, and started to return to Louisa. It was on his return trip, while at Richardson seated on the end of a tie on the passing track, that he was run over by the evening passenger train down. The left side of his face was gruesomely mangled and his left temple crushed in. His right arm was cut off and many bruises sustained. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Dr. Ira Wellman Friday afternoon by Revs. Lakin and Sanders. Burial was in Pine Hill. His wife died 4 months ago. He leaves a son, 7 months old, his mother, Mrs. Almantie Coperton, 3 brothers, Fred, Grover and Ed and one sister, Mrs. Ira Wellman, all of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
Prestonsburg, KY, Aug 11—After Kelly Chaffins, 25 years old, of Garrett had made a truce with Gold Howard, 23 of Mid, Magoffin County, and had laid aside his revolver to take a drink with his enemy of a few moments before, Howard drew his pistol and shot and killed Chaffins late Sunday afternoon on Salt Lick Creek, two miles west of Hueysville, this county, a report received here today advises. The alleged slayer fled into the hills. He had not been apprehended yesterday. Chaffins and Howard engaged in an argument several days ago, and when Howard saw Chaffins Sunday he called him a vile name, the report says, Chaffins then drew his revolver, threatening to kill Howard. Beaten on the draw, Howard is said to have begged for his life. The other relented. They shook hands. Chaffins placed his revolver on the ground beside him as he turned to take a drink. As Chaffins turned, his adversary drew his weapon and fired 3 times each bullet taking effect in the victim’s head the report says. Chaffines died instantly. Within a radius of 100 yards of the place on which today’s shooting took place 4 others have occurred in the past year. The victim was unmarried. He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters. The body was buried near Garrett. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
CHILDERS, Mrs. Frank
Mrs. Frank Childers, aged ?35, of Richardson, died on Thursday of last week at the home of her brother, Ulysses Castle at England Hill, near Catlettsburg. Her death came as the result of a long siege of tuberculosis. Mrs. Childers had been the guest of her brother for the past few weeks. While there her illness became serious and doctors would not allow her removal to her home. Mrs. Childers’ mother, Mrs. Missouri Castle, is seriously ill at the Castle home, she having fallen a victim to the flux epidemic which has swept the Hampton city section the past few weeks. Mrs. Childers body was shipped to Richardson where funeral services took place Friday. Burial followed in the Richardson Cemetery. Mrs. Childers is survived by her husband, 3 children and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
CRABTREE, Marvin Clyde
Kingston, OH—Aug the 8th the death angel visited the home of Oscar Crabtree and took from them their darling son, Marvin Clyde Crabtree, born Aug 19, 1921, aged 4 years 11 months and 20 days. Also on the 12th took from Charles Williams their baby born Apr 26, 1923, age 3 years, 3 months and 17 days. Flux was the cause of their deaths. All was done that loving hands could do. It is sad to think that out of 8 children only 2 are living. The deceased are survived by their father and mother, one sister and one brother. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
Irene, the 6 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Damron, died of hydrophobia at their home near Dunlow, Jul 21. The child had been bitten by a mad dog 28 days before her death. She had been in a state of unconsciousness for 24 hours before death came. She is survived by her father and mother, 8 sisters and one brother. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
A double suicide to escape the remorse evolving from iniquitous love was committed by Alex Mitchell, 38, owner of the Classic confectionary, of Ashland and Miss Viola Dye, 18, of Pikeville, a waitress employed in the Classic. The suicides were committed Saturday in a room in a hotel at Charleston, WV to where the couple had driven to carry out the suicide pact which they entered into more than a year ago. Both took a drug. Mitchell was found dead when the moaning and crying of the girl caused officials to enter the room. Miss Dye died a few hours later. Miss Dye regained consciousness before death and said that 2 years ago she had gone to work for Mitchell in Ashland and they had fallen in love. Mrs. Mitchell became suspicious, she said, and on many occasions insisted that the girl should leave the place of business As a result of the quarrels over the attentions paid her, Mrs. Mitchell left her home and husband 3 weeks ago, according to the story told by the girl. This lead to the suicides. Before she died the girl expressed regret and expressed a desire to live and “do good.” Ashland friends of the couple had known for some time that Mitchell’s attentions to the young girl had caused trouble between him and his wife, who once had left him for a short time. It is said the girl brooded over her relations with her employer, particularly because Mrs. Mitchell always was kind to her, many persons who saw them together, believing them to be mother and daughter. Mitchell was buried at Ashland Monday. The body of Miss Dye was taken to the home of her father, Isaac Dye, near Pikeville and interred there. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
Uncle Jonny Fannin, an aged citizen of Wayne County, WV succumbed to cancer after a long period of invalidism at his home at Hubbardstown on Wednesday of last week. He was in his 88th year. Burial was made at Garrets Chapel, this county, near the scenes of his youth. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
The people of Estep and surrounding country met at Garret’s Chapel last Friday to pay respects to the form of one who had the respect and homage of all who knew him. John Fannin, Sr. was born April 1839 died Jul 28, 1926, aged 87 years. He had been a patient sufferer of cancer in a very malignant form for several years, but in all his suffering he never lost sight of the God whom he had learned to known and serve in the days of his youth. His faith had never wavered but he held on to God and now he has entered that haven of rest where moth doth not corrupt and thieves do not break through and steal. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
John W. Fannin born in Lawrence county, KY, Apr 12, 1838, departed this life Jul 29, 1926, age 88 years 3 months and 17 days. He was married when very young to a White, a sister of Lindsey White and to this union were born 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls: viz., George H., John, Sam and Emmett Fannin, Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, Mrs. Allie Shepherd, Mrs. Margaret Shortridge, Mrs. Annie Shortridge. He was converted when he was 20 year old and lived a Christian for 68 years and during his last days and nights on earth he was encircled by his children, companions and friends, a minister and church members. His funeral was preached and his body consigned to the bosom of old mother earth there to sleep until the dawn of the resurrection morning. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
FRASURE, E. S.
S. Frasure, 72, one of Floyd County’s well known citizens, passed away Jul 28, 1926, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. V. Hall, Flemingsburg, KY, following a long illness of paralysis. Mr. Frasure is survived by his widow and 11 children, 6 sons and 5 daughters. Mr. Frasure was born in Floyd County and spent the most of his life in the county, leaving here in 1921 for Fleming County, KY and later moving to near Wilming, OH. He was postmaster and merchant at McDowell, KY for several years. He leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. Burial took place at Elizabeth Cemetery, Fleming County, with services at the grave. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
FUGATE, John D.
John D. Fugate, the third son of John E. and Mintie Fugate, was born in Floyd County, KY Jul 15, 1898 departed this life Jul 7, 1926 aged 28 years 11 months and 23 days. He moved from Floyd County to Cadmus, Lawrence county with his parents in the year 1908, where he was 10 years old, and when the World War was declared he enlisted as a soldier and saw service in France. He was a kind hearted young man and the writer is informed that some time prior to his death he had changed in disposition and was humble and very kind and carried with him a little soldiers’ Testament. He was killed by falling across a live electric wire while working on the line. Weep not mother, brothers, sisters, John, we hope is at rest and may his memory ever by a guiding star to heaven. Adam Harmon. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
GALLAGHER, J. D.
A telegram was received here Thursday morning apprising relatives of the sudden death of J. D. Gallagher of Catlettsburg. Mr. Gallagher married a sister of Atty. M. S. Burns, of Louisa. He had resided in Ashland and Catlettsburg nearly all of his life. Mr. Gallagher was a kindly man, never injuring intentionally the feelings of another, and had a host of friends. He had accumulated a great deal of wealth. He leaves the wife, one brother, John, of Covington, KY, and 2 sisters who reside at Huntington. Funeral arrangements had not been completed at the time the NEWS is going to press. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
Three brothers, Hughey Gilliam, 23, Walter Gilliam, 18, and Albert Gilliam, 20, of Dunlow, Wayne County, WV are dead as a result of an automobile accident on the state road near their home Monday night. Their car dropped from the road to the railroad tracks 100 feet below. The three brothers were driving west in a Nash Roadster speeding, it is said at 40 or more miles an hour when it cut toward the bank at the right to pass a Cadillac driven by Mrs. John Wiles of Grey Eagle, going approximately 20 miles an hour. As the 2 cars passed each other the Nash caught on the bumper and fender of the Cadillac, was whirled around and plunged across the road and over the precipitous embankment. Rolling over and over and down the declivity it crashed on the railroad tracks, a mass of tangled wreckage. Hughey, an employee of the Howard Collieries company at Chattaroy, had his head and chest crushed in and was killed instantly. Walter died from internal injuries a few hours afterward. Albert died Tuesday morning in a Williamson hospital. All 3 brothers were buried Wednesday in one grave in the Garrell Cemetery on the head of Mill Creek. The brothers were sons of Isom Gilliam. All were single. They leave a father, mother, one sister, 2 older brothers and 2 younger brothers. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
Paintsville, KY, Aug 17—Hubert Green, 26 years old, accidentally shot and killed himself Monday afternoon at his home on Tom’s Creek, in Johnson County, a few miles from Paintsville. Young Green, who had married Friday, was visiting his parents and had gone out on his father’s farm to hunt. Hearing a shot fired, the father called to his son. When he did not get a reply the father, with a farm hand, started out to look for him. They found him shot through the side. It is thought that Green slipped and fell on his gun. The shot killed him, instantly. He was employed by the Northeast Coal Company at Thealka, KY. He is survived by his father, mother and wife. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
The following is from Tuesday’s Ashland Daily Independent: The body of James Hatcher, who died in the John Hopkins Hospital at Baltimore Saturday, was brought to Miller Funeral Parlors last night. This morning it was sent to Banner, KY, where funeral service will be conducted today and interment made. Mr. Hatcher was one of the best known men in the Sandy Valley and the news of his death will be a source of deep regret to his host of friends. He had been a patient at the hospital at Baltimore for more than a month and up until last Friday he was thought to be recovering. His death, it was said, was rather sudden and unexpected. The body was accompanied here by the widow and 9 children. Besides his wife, Mr. Hatcher leaves 6 sons and 3 daughters. Two of the boys live at Pt. Pleasant, OH. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1926
Robert Hatfield was born Jul 24, 1871, departed this life Aug 12, 1926, aged 55 years 19 days. He was married to Alice Johnson Hatfield Dec 23?, 1888. To this union were born 11 children of which 3 preceded him in death. Four boys and 4 girls survive: namely, Jay Hatfield and Mrs. Gladys Settles of Circleville, OH, Clyde of Mt. Vernon, OH, Mrs. Lyda Debord, Mrs. Lyss Hannah, Vern, William and Cora all of this place. Eleven grandchildren, his mother and 3 sisters and 2 brothers, also survive. He was a member of the church of God and had lived a Christian life since 1907. He was a loyal citizen, neighbor and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
Ed Henderson, 25, of Olive Hill, Carter County, was killed a short distance west of Grayson Sunday night when he was blinded by the headlights of another car and ran his car into an abutment of a concrete bridge. Autoists should dim their lights when meeting another car, especially at dangerous places. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
Fred Hutton who was killed in a slate fall at Wolfpit last week was brought to Paintsville and was buried in Highland Cemetery overlooking Paintsville Sunday afternoon. Rev. Guy W. Preston of the United Baptist Church was in charge of the funeral services. Mr. Hutton is survived by his wife, who is a daughter of Rev. J. H. Rowe, of Paintsville and 5 small children. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
Polly’s Chapel—Mr. Joe Kitchen one of our aged citizens, passed away, Wednesday morning and was buried in the Kitchen Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
Noah Lambert, aged 94, passed away Tuesday at the home of his son Harrison Lambert, on Donithon. Burial was made Thursday on Mill Creek, WV his former home. Mr. Lambert was a native of Wayne County, WV and a soldier in the Southern Army during the Civil War. He came to this county 26 years ago, making his home with his son on Donithon. He is survived by 2 sons and a daughter, Harrison Lambert and Burwell Lambert of this county and Mrs. Jane Robinson of Wayne County, WV. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
Prestonsburg, KY— A quarrel over the primary election caused a gun battle here Sunday in which 2 men were killed, a third wounded, probably fatally, and the widow of one of those killed was shot through the arm. Beverly Mellon and his brother, Jim Mellon, 35, died in the fight and Ben Layne, 40, was probably fatally wounded. Mrs. Doll Mellon, widow of Jim Mellon, was shot through the arm. The argument, which is believed responsible for the affair, started at the Republican primary election Saturday, when a man came to the polls with Beverly Mellon. In an argument over placing the ballots in the box Mellon is said to have cursed Arthur Sturgill, officer at the polls. Mellon was ordered to leave. When Sturgill left the polls later he was met and disarmed by Mellon Sunday Sturgill and a police officer named Banks were walking together when they met Mellon and Banks arrested him. Ben Mellon, son of Beverly and Jim and Henry Mellon saw Beverly in custody. They attached the police officer and threw him to the ground. Jim drew a pistol and in an attempt to shoot Banks killed Beverly. The other drew revolvers and in the shooting that followed Jim was fatally wounded. Henry and Ben Mellon were arrested later. Mrs. Mellon was a by stander.
Another version accounts for the killing as follows:
On Sunday morning Red Sturgill invited Henry Mellon and Beverly Mellon, Jr. to his house to drink home brew. When they arrived at Sturgill’s, Burley Banks and Ben Layne were there. After being there some time Ben Layne and Banks got into a quarrel. In a short time one shot was fired by Banks, and Henry Mellon fell to the floor. Then Bev Mellon, Jr. thinking that his uncle Henry had been shot, drew his gun and began shooting at Banks and Banks at him. They shot their pistols empty at one another and Bev Mellon, Jr., ran from the place to Henry Mellon’s home and got another gun. When returning and arriving as far as the campus of the school, he met Burley Banks and Ben Layne and Henry Mellon. About this time Bev Mellon, Sr., Jim Mellon, Jim Sizemore and Bill Buck Dingus got on the ground. Banks at that time was trying tos shoot Henry Mellon. Bev Mellon, Sr.m grabbed hold of banks struck him to the ground and fell on top of him. Banks struck him around the neck with his pistol and he then rolled off of Banks. Banks raised and shot him through the head, killing him instantly. Ben Layne then began shooting at Jim Mellon and shot Jim Mellon’s wife through the arm. Jim Mellon seeing this, and his brother killed, snatched a pistol from Jim Sizemore, policeman, and began shooting at Ben Layne. Layne still shooting at him. They shot out their pistols at one another. Layne being hit one time and Jim Mellon 4 times from which wounds Jim Mellon died and Layne is in the hospital at Paintsville. Banks is now in jail and Layne executed bond before being taken to the hospital. Bev. Mellon, Sr., 52 years old had been at one time U. S. Marshall, also Deputy Sheriff of Floyd County for several years. Jim Mellon, 50 years old is a carpenter by trade. The wife of Jim Mellon is not expected to live. The business houses of Prestonsburg closed in respect of the Mellon family until after the funeral. Beverly Mellon and Jim Mellon, the slain men, were brothers to Mrs. G. W. Hale of Louisa. Mrs. Hale and husband and sons, Mont and W. H. and her daughter, Mrs. John Hinkle left Monday for Prestonsburg and attended the funerals. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
Mrs. Nattie Miller, 56 years old, 1510 Beech Street, Kenova died last Friday afternoon in a Huntington hospital after an illness which followed an operation. Mrs. Miller resided at Kenova the last 8 years. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jessie McCoy, of Wichita, KS, 4 sisters and 3 brothers, B. E. and J. D. Chapman of Wayne, Earl Chapman of Ashland, Mrs. J. D. Preanell of Louisville, KY Mrs. Jim Sisson of Portsmouth, Mrs. W. F. Burtis and Mrs. M. Newman of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
MITCHELL, Alex see under Viola Dye
Sidney Pelfrey, 36 years old, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pelfrey was electrocuted and burned to death last Saturday when he came in contact with a 44,000 volt high tension wire at Stone Branch, where he was an employee of Stone Branch Coal Company. Mr. Pelfrey is survived by his wife and 5 children. Burial was made Monday of this week at Coleman, this county.—Wayne County News. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
PINKERMAN, Josie (Vanhorn)
Mrs. Josie Pinkerman, wife of J. W. Pinkerman of Huntington, WV, died Saturday morning of a complications of diseases. She had been an invalid for 13 years. Mrs. Pinkerman was a native of Lawrence County. She married Mr. Pinkerman Dec 18, 1879 and moved to Huntington 38 years ago. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since girlhood. Surviving are her husband and 6 children: Mrs. Maud Cox, Mrs. Ida Morrow, Mrs. Albert Heinrich, Miss Fannie Pinkerman, Fernando Pinkerman and Ben Pinkerman, all of Huntington 3 sisters and 4 brothers, Mrs. Ben White of Price, WV, Mrs. Perry Clay and Mrs. Ira Pinkerman of Huntington, Ben Vanhorn, Saul Vanhorn, Dee Vanhorn and Frank Vanhorn all of Buchanan. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Harveytown United Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Morrow Cemetery at Harveytown, WV. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
The black-robed messenger, Death, has visited our neighborhood again and taken from our midst a good neighbor and friend, William Rice, age 61 years. Mr. Rice who was in perfect health left his home last Thursday night with a truck load of calves and falling accidently under the wheels of the moving truck, was instantly crushed to death. He was employed at the time of his death by Woods & Woods and he gave his services faithfully and willingly to the end. He leaves a wife and 10 children to mourn his loss, and will be greatly missed in our community. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
Edna E. Riffe was born Mar 8, 1897 departed this life Jul 8, 1926 aged 29 years and 4 months. She was a true Christian woman and lived a devoted life. Her sickness was of long duration and her suffering great but she bore it without a murmur and told her friends that she was ready to go when the Lord called her. She was a kind hearted woman and a good neighbor and loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1926
SHORTRIDGE, Virginia Asche
The death of Mrs. Charles Shortridge, formerly Miss Virginia Asche of near Louisa, occurred in an Ashland hospital last Friday night a few hours after an operation for the removal of a tumor. She became ill 2 weeks before submitting to the operation from which she never rallied. Mrs. Shortridge was reared about 2 miles from Louisa, she being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Asche, deceased. She was married last September to Mr. Charles Shortridge of Catlettsburg and had resided there since. She was 22 years of age. Her remains were brought to Louisa Sunday and interred beside her father and mother in the family burial ground 3 miles from here. Rev. Ray from Huntington conducted the ceremonies. Besides her husband she is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Clarence Hale, of Catlettsburg and Miss Ve Ashce and by 2 brothers, Millard Asche of Thacker, WV and John Asche of New Boston, OH. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
After being dead probably 5 days, the body of Brook Sloan was found crumpled on the kitchen floor of his home on the ridge between Fallsburg and the river Wednesday afternoon by a neighbor. Mr. Sloan, who was about 65 years of age, lived alone at the old Eli Sloan farm situated on tip of the dividing ridge between Fallsburg and the Big Sandy River. He was last seen by Dave Mullins Friday evening of last week. On Wednesday of this week a neighbor passing by the Brooks home noticed that the cows had not been milked, their sacks being swelled incredibly large and a calf very hungry. He went into the house and found Mr. Sloan on the kitchen floor, lifeless. His body was in a state of decay, emitting a putrid odor. Squire Add Skeens held an inquest pronouncing death due to heart failure. It is believed that he died sometime Saturday while kindling a fire in the kitchen stove, one of the stove caps being off and some kindling on the floor. He was buried Thursday morning in the family cemetery. He has a wife, 3 sons and a daughter, who are in Oklahoma. A Mrs. Kane, who resided on the ridge road is a sister. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
Prestonsburg KY Aug 14—William Stanley, 23 years old, who was killed near Wingar, Wis. Thursday night in a battle with a posse after he was said to have killed a constable who raided a moonshine still, was a fugitive from Floyd County on a murder charge. In the Wisconsin battle Constable George Rutherford was killed and 2 of Stanley’s companions, George Brandenberg and Charles Boring were wounded and captured. Because of threats of violence the wounded prisoners were transferred from the jail at Wingar to Eagle River, Wis. Stanley was wanted in Floyd County for the killing last February at Garrett, a small town of Beaver Creek, Floyd County, of Deputy Constable Robey Scott, 25. He shot the officer after the latter had served a warrant charging him with drunkenness. Escaping, Stanley went to Wisconsin, County officials learned of his whereabouts and 2 months ago Constable Rutherford arrested him. He escaped by leaping out of a second story window of a house the constable allowed him to enter to change his clothing before being taken to jail. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
STEWART, Francis Marion
Francis Marion Stewart, aged 76, of the Buchanan sections, died at his home last Thursday night after an illness of a few months. Burial was made in the family burying ground near the home after services conducted by Rev. Allen. Besides his wife, Mr. Stewart is survived by the following children, Mrs. Joe Kiser, Ashland, Bessie Stewart at home, Alvin of Naples and Seba of Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1926
TAYLOR, Mrs. J. W.
Mrs. J. W. Taylor of South Ashland, 69 years old, died at her home in Ashland Monday afternoon following an illness of 4 months. Her condition was not considered serious until a few days ago. Mrs. Taylor was one of the city’s best known women. She was a kind mother and devoted wife and was possessed of a personality that made friends of all those she came in contact with. Early in life Mrs. Taylor joined the Baptist Church and she has remained a devoted member of that faith ever since. She was always interested in the affairs of her church and was always willing and ready to lend a hand in its progress. Besides her husband, Mrs. Taylor is survived by 6 sons, Henry, William, Claude, Redwood, Chris, and Oscar all of Texas and Oklahoma and 3 daughters, Mrs. Ed McKee of Prichard, WV, Mrs. B. Travis of Webb City, OK, and Mrs. T. R. Elswick of South Ashland and also by 6 sisters, Mrs. S. G. Curnutte of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Joe Stewart of Ashland, Mrs. Cora Compton of Hulette, KY, Mrs. Jewell Leonard of Buchanan, KY, Mrs. Sarah Howe of Denton, KY, and Mrs. Ella Billups of South Point, OH and by 2 brothers, Tobe French of Vessie, KY and Jim French of Greenup, KY.—Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
Jattie—Dan Triplett, of near here, died after an illness of several weeks. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1926
William Vinson, aged 62, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Blanche Flutey, at Fort Gay, Saturday. He had been in poor health for 6 or 7 years. Mr. Vinson was a son of Lazarus Vinson and resided until recent years on his farm 6 miles up Tug River on the Point. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons, Oscar and Sam Vinson of Huntington and Ben Vinson of Kayford, WV and by one daughter, Mrs. Flutey of Fort Gay. The deceased is also survived by 5 brothers as follows: L. K. Vinson and James Vinson, both of Louisa, John Vinson, of Huntington and Taylor Vinson and Peter Vinson, of Glenhayes, WV. Burial was made Monday in the Vinson Cemetery 2 and a half miles west of Glenhayes. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1926
WATSON, Sarah (Woods)
The death of Mrs. Sarah Woods Watson, aged 86, occurred Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. F. Thompson, in Ashland, after an illness of less than 2 weeks. Mrs. Watson, a native of near Vessie, this county, went to Ashland to visit her daughter 3 weeks ago and became ill. Her death was due to infirmities of old age. She was born on Catt, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Woods, died a few years ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church and a good, kind Christian woman. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. J. F. Thompson, Ashland, Mrs. James Prichard, South Point, OH, Mrs. C. F. Smith, Tuscola, V. L. Watson, Amberstdale, WV, Milton Watson, Jattie, Amos Watson, Tyro, Miss. She is also survived by 39 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the old home place on Catt by Rev. H. B. Hewlett Tuesday. The esteem in which she was held was attested by the presence at the funeral of a crowd of sorrowing friends, estimated at 700. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1926
Asbury Adams, of Daniel’s Creek, this county, died Tuesday at his home. He had been in ill health for some time. The deceased was a son of John Adams, and was unmarried. He was about 45 years of age. Burial took place in the family cemetery on Daniel’s Creek. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
Robert Atkinson, son of Dr. W. T. Atkinson of Paintsville died in Atlanta, GA, last Sunday where he was being treated by a noted specialist. A telegram from Tom Atkinson who was with him at the time of his death was a shock to the father and other relatives in Paintsville. Mr. Atkinson formerly lived in Paintsville and was engaged in the drug business. He married Miss Bessie Bowe, daughter of Son Bowe. From here he moved to the Kentucky River section and for many years was engaged in the drug business. A few months ago he went South and his health continued to fail but not until a short time ago was he thought to be in a serious condition. The telegram did not give the particulars of his death but stated that his remains were being taken Monday to Auburn, Alabama for burial. Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
Maysville—The death angel visited the home of Forest Bevins and took from him his loving wife, Nell.. She was a good Christian woman and was loved by all who knew her. She was laid to rest in the Tollsburg Cemetery. Funeral services conducted by Mr. Griffith. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, father, mother, 2 sisters and one brother and a host of friends. Those who attended the funeral from Orangeburg were Miss Mollie and Earlie Rose, Annie Lee Preston, Nora Marie and Shay Howe, Ada Long and Cecil Bailey. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
Mose Burgess, colored, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Ewing. He was about 80 years old and had been in ill health for some time. The funeral was conducted Sunday with burial near here. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
BURKE, Mildred Louise
Funeral service for Mildred Louise, 8 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burke, was held at their home on Lock Avenue last Friday afternoon. Rev. W. H. Sanders conducted the service. The body was taken to the Horseford Cemetery for burial near the home of Mr. Burke’s mother. The child’s death was caused by whooping cough and brain trouble. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
BURK, Zoe (Bellomy)
After a long period of invalidism from a complication of diseases, Mrs. Zoe Burk, wife of Valentine Burk, of Fullers, died last Thursday. She was in her 50th year. Funeral services were conducted at the home Saturday by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Burial was made near Hubbardstown, WV, the scene of her girlhood. She was a daughter of the late Columbus Bellomy. Surviving are her husband and 3 sons and a daughter, Rufus, Forest, Claud and Ruby, all at home. A consecrated and devout Christian she took great interest in Sunday school and church work and was one of the most highly respected women of that neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1926
The pale horse and his rider entered the home of Valentine Burk and claimed from his side his beloved companion and from the children their loving mother, Zoe. She had been a patient sufferer for a good while but bore her suffering for God to relived her from her long suffering. She was a true Christian, having served God for 19 years. During that period of years she never was tired of doing His work She served her neighbors with wonderful love leaving behind her a host of beloved friends and relatives. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and 4 children, one child having preceded her on to the Glory World. Her children and husband were at her bedside at the time of her suffering and death. Shew as 49 years 2 month and 21 days old and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Bellomy who preceded her some years ago. She asked her husband and children, brothers and sisters and friends to meet her in Heaven. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
After a long period of invalidism, Dave Castle, of near Mattie, died Sunday of tuberculosis. He was 58 years of age and leaves the wife and 7 children. Burial was made in the Moore Cemetery after funeral services conducted by Rev. Scott Thompson, Albert Miller and Trigg Fraley. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
On Sunday morning Aug 29, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Virgie Castle and claimed for its victim Dave Castle. He was born Dec 17, 1876, departed this life Aug 29, 1926, age being 58 years 8 months and 12 days. He was married in his early years to Miss Maggie Moore and to that union were born 7 children. His first wife and 2 children have preceded him to that better land. Then in 1909 he was married to Miss Virgie Moore. To that union were born 2 girls, Davie and Roberta. He was converted 18 years ago and since had lived a good Christian life, always found on Sunday or when he had time doing his best for the Lord and reading the Bible. And we today know just where to find him. He had been in bad health for several years but became worse about 8 months before he died. Death was caused by tuberculosis. Before he died, he clasped his wife in his arms and said “God bless your heart. You have gone all for me you can and glory, glory, I’ll soon be at rest.” He leaves to mourn his loss 7 children, a wife, father and one sister and 3 brothers, besides a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Scott Thompson, Albert Miller and Trigg Fraley. He was laid to rest in the burial ground of Joe Moore’s . Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
COMPTON, Martha (Kinner)
As it must to all people, Death came to Mrs. Martha Kinner Compton, aged resident of Buchanan, this county. She suffered a stroke of paralysis Sunday, Aug 22, while visiting at the home of her son, Jake Compton, at Eastwood, OH and gradually grew weaker, death coming the following Sunday night, Aug 29. Her daughter, Mrs. J. A. Prichard of Buchanan, reached her bedside the day following the stroke and was with her until death. She was past 81 years of age. Mrs. Compton was born at Buchanan Jan 23, 1845, a daughter of David and Mary Kinner, pioneer citizens of the valley. In 1870 she was united in marriage to Jacob R. Compton. To this union were born 8 sons and a daughter. Two sons died in infancy. The six surviving sons are Lafe of Portsmouth, Steve of Columbus, Jake of Eastwood, OH, Joe and John of Ashland and Liss of Catlettsburg. The daughter is Mrs. Dr. Allen Prichard of Buchanan, with whom she had made her home after the death of her husband. Mrs. Compton was converted in girlhood and joined the M. E. Church South, at old Cummins Chapel, which name was later changed to Buchanan Chapel. The funeral was held at Buchanan Chapel Tuesday conducted by Rev. A. L. Spencer of Ashland, assisted by Rev. Harvey. Six grandsons bore the body from the home of Mrs. Prichard to the funeral car and the 6 sons carried the remains to the last resting place in the cemetery at Buchanan Chapel beside her husband who preceded her in death 2 years ago. Four years ago the couple had celebrated their golden wedding, surrounded by their family. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
CRABTREE, Nellie (Chaffin)
The death angel came to the home of Oscar Crabtree, and took 2 of his children within 4 days of each other. Their ages were 3 and 4. Then just about 3 weeks later his wife was taken. Nellie Chaffin Crabtree, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Chaffin, of Kingston, OH, passed away leaving her husband 2 children, her father and mother, 7 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was a true Christian and passed out with the faith that she would soon be with her children. The funeral was held at the Kingston Methodist Church and burial was made in the Kingston Cemetery beside her 2 children. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
DAVIS, William Peter
William Peter Davis, formerly a resident of this county (Johnson County), where he served a number of years ago as County Court Clerk, died at Dayton, OH, last Monday after a lingering illness. For the past few years he had been in poor health and for some time he had been in Dayton where he was being treated. He served in the Spanish-American War and lived in this county all his life until a few years ago when he located in Ohio. His son Carson Davis is a teller in the Third National Bank at Ashland and has gone to Dayton. Johnson County never produced a more popular man than William Peter Davis. For many years he was a teacher in the schools of the county. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
Archibald (Dad) DeHaven who has been critically sick for some weeks, died Sep 12, in Judge E.P. Arnold’s back office, where he has lived for some time. He was about 65 years of age and for many years was the leading plasterer here. He has been in feeble health for some years and was cared for by the Kiwanis Club. Rev. C. H. Nicholls, Baptist pastor, conducted short services over him Monday. He is reported to have a living wife and family somewhere, but their whereabouts could not be ascertained. No survivors are known. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
FISHER, Homer H.
Funeral services were held for Mr. Homer H. Fisher, who was killed by a train at Kenova, WV, Friday, Aug 27 at the Smith Memorial Church at Prichard, WV. Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa conducted the services and interment was made in the Davis Cemetery. Mr. Fisher was a member of the church of the Brethren at Wirtz, VA at the time of his death he was a member of the Builders Bible class of the Smith Memorial Church. He will be sadly missed by all the members and through there are aching hearts among those who loved him, he is safe where ??? sorrows, sin and death can never reach him. Mr. Fisher was born at Wirtz, VA May 5,1899 and departed this life Aug 25, 1926. He was united in marriage on May 15, 1926 to Miss Lucille Heaberlin. Besides his wife the following survive, his mother and father, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Spradlin and Miss Laura Fisher all of Wirtz, 5 brothers, Wilsie and Frank of Wirtz, Warren and Jessie of Covington, OH, and Leon of Akron, OH and a host of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
FLANERY, Mrs. C. C.
Webbville—The funeral services of Mrs. C. C. Flanery were held at the cemetery near Bruin. Rev. Leonard Bowling officiating. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1926
Mutilated almost beyond recognition, the body of Homer Hammons, 29, a brother to J. P. Hammons, of Van Lear, was found early Sunday morning on the C & O railroad tracks near Princess tunnel, Boyd County, where he was a night watchman. The body had been dragged about 250 feet from the entrance to the tunnel, it was ascertained by bits of flesh strewed along the track. The skull was almost flattened, a gaping hole was torn in the side and one leg torn from the hip. Both of Hammonds’ lanterns were found overturned on the track, neither damaged in any way giving rise to the theory that he had met with foul play. Coroner J. L. Richardson made an investigation and was told that the victim had no known enemies. It is reported that several shots were heard late Saturday night, but this has not been confirmed. Harmmons is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Hammons, of Coalton, with whom he made his home, by a sister, Mrs. J. W. Whitt, of Huntington, WV, and by 3 brothers, J. P. Hammons, Van Lear, and James and George Hammons of Hardy. Burial was made at Coalton. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
HATCHER, J. Sam
The body of J. Sam Hatcher, who died in the Johns Hopkins hospital at Baltimore Saturday, was brought to Banner Tuesday morning and interred in the Davidson cemetery at that place. Mr. Hatcher was one of the best known men in the Sandy Valley and the news of his death is a source of deep regret to his host of friends and relatives. He had been a patient at the hospital at Baltimore for more than a month and up until last Friday he was thought to be recovering. His death, it is said, was rather sudden and unexpected. Mr. Hatcher was 57 years of age and is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mollie Hatcher, 7 sons and 2 daughters as follows: Dr. N. L. Hatcher and Dr. Henry Hatcher of Cincinnati, Mike, Mims, Joe, Taylor, Sammie, Misses Victoria and Lettie at home, and his aged father G. M. Hatcher of Riceville. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Smith assisted by Rev. Isaac Stratton at Banner Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
HAYES, Dorothy Pearl
Adams—Dorothy Pearl Hayes, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hayes, of this place, died Thursday, Sep 16. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
HEYSER R. H.
Pikeville—R. H. Heyser, general manager of the Majestic Colleries at Majestic, was found dead in his office Monday morning. A bullet hole was in his temple and he held a revolver in his hand. His face, slumping down on the top of the table at which he sat, was but by the glass tabletop which had been broken by the butt of the pistol when his hand fell after firing the shot. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
HITCHCOCK, Mrs. Ben
Mrs. Ben Hitchcock died at her home at Denver last Wednesday after a few weeks illness with heart trouble. She was 59 years of age and leaves her husband and 2 children. The funeral and burial was held on Thursday, the services being in charge of Rev. Millard O’Bryan, James Henry Howe and Hargus Conley. Mrs. Hitchcock was one of the best known women of that section of our county and her loss will be keenly felt by all the people. Big Sandy News,, Sep 10, 1926
HURLEY, Mrs. Emanuel
Mrs. Emanuel Hurley, 56 years old, died at the home of her son John Hurley on Long Branch, Aug 25, with flux. She is survived by her husband and following children: Mrs. Thornton Wellman, Mrs. Ralph Pack, Mrs. Floyd Wellman, John, William and Oliver Hurley. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joe McCoy and interment was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
JOHNSON, Dennis O.
Dennis O. Johnson, the 17 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. David Johnson, died at the home at Princess after a few days illness. The body was taken to Henrietta on the early morning train and funeral services conducted and interment was made in the Preston Cemetery. Besides its parents the child is survived by one brother, David, Jr. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
JOHNSON, Col. W. O.
A telegram received Tuesday by the NEWS from Henry G. Snyder, of Oklahoma City, states that Colonel William O. Johnson died there Monday night of heart failure after a brief illness. The news of his death came as a distinct shock to people here as it was not known that he was in failing health. Col. Johnson was one of the brightest men intellectually ever sent out from Lawrence County. He was the oldest son of George F. and Zara Vinson Johnson, the former of whom for 16 years was county court clerk of Lawrence county. Of exceptional ability, he was given an appointment to the U. S Military Academy at West Point by Major Burchett who had the naming of a cadet from this congressional district about 1887. After his graduation he was a member of the faculty at West Point for 2 terms as professor of modern languages, and is the author of a Spanish text book. He was a Brigadier General in the late war. After the Armistice he was in Panama a few years in command of United States affairs, and was the stationed at Oklahoma City. His body will be taken to Washington D. D and interment will be made in Arlington Cemetery Friday following a military funeral. Col. Johnson was about 60 years of age. Surviving are 3 brothers, J. J. Johnson of Jenkins, Prof. J. Richard Johnson of the University of Kentucky and Frank A. Johnson, assistant superintendent of the Kentucky House of Reform of Greendale, KY. A sister, Mrs. Georgia J. Beavers passed away some years ago. He also leaves a wife and a married daughter. The latter lives in Arizona The 3 brothers will attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1926
Dennis and Tuscola—On Monday night the news was flashed over the wire from South Solon, OH that the little child of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jones had succumbed to some fatal illness and its spirit had returned to God who gave it. The last enemy steals into our home and the spirit takes its flight and sorrow and sadness envelop our lives only to be dispelled by the thoughts “We shall live again. Burial will take place Wednesday at South Solon but sickness prevented the grandparents here from attending. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1926
KENDRICK, Mrs. C. H.
Mrs. C. H. Kendrick, 69 years old, died at her home on Walkers Branch last Saturday morning, after an illness of a year of complications. Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick moved from Camp Creek near East Lynn in Walkers Branch 15 years ago. Mrs. Kendrick was a devoted member of the church. She is survived by her husband, C. H. Kendrick and the following children: Lucian Kendrick, Battery Service of Huntington, Oscar Kendrick toll taker on the Huntington-Ohio bridge, Mrs. Frankie Rowe of Kenova and Mrs. Rhoda Perdue of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
Arthur Leslie, 22, son of Mrs. Myrtle Leslie, was found dead on the Mayo Trail near the forks of Jennies Creek a few miles south of Paintsville Saturday night. Harvey Maynard and “Shug” Bayes, both 19 years old, are held in the Johnson County jail charged with willful murder in connection with the killing. According to officials Maynard denies that he killed Leslie. He claims that Leslie was killed by Mercerean Smith, 22, a son of Will Smith, a grocer of West Van Lear. It is said that the dispute between Leslie and Smith arose over a gun that Leslie purchased from Smith. Smith claimed that Leslie still owed him a balance on it. Leslie, in company with Myrtle Bailey, 18, and a boy by the name of Arms, had gone out for a ride when engine trouble developed, according to best available information, and Leslie had gotten out of the machine to see what was wrong when another machine drew up. Smith, Sid Conley, “Shug” Bayes and Harvey Maynard were said to have been in the other car. An argument, it was said, arose when Smith is alleged to have tried to collect the balance on the gun from Leslie. According to Maynard, Smith struck Leslie one time with his fist behind the car, and he fell, Arms and the girl fled from the scene. Officers summoned to the scene found Leslie lying face downward dead. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1926
George Leslie, 59, merchant of Bolts Fork, died at his home Saturday night terminating an illness of 11 weeks. Mr. Leslie was well known and highly respected in that community. Funeral services were conducted from the East Fork Chapel Sunday afternoon by Rev. Campbell and burial followed in the Hogan Cemetery. Besides his wife, Kate, he is survived by the following children, Mrs. Jake Leibee, Ashland, Mrs. Nat Edmon, Ashland, Mrs. Curt Estep, Ashland, Mrs. Easter Rice, Lawrence County, John P. Leslie of Huntington and Elias Leslie of Sciotoville, OH. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
Fort Gay—John Loar, colored died Friday and was buried Saturday . Funeral was held at the Baptist Church, of which he was a member. John Loar was baptized by Rev. Beryl Ackers, of Tables, Creek, WV. Mr. Loar married Miss Harriet Harris. After a prolonged illness with Bright’s disease, Mr. Loar was called home at the age of 69 years and 6 months on Sep 16. He leaves to mourn his loss 3 daughters, 2 sons, 13 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
John Lowman, 23, a driller for the Wheeler Watkins Oil Company, was killed instantly Wednesday near Mazie, this county, by a flying fragment from a burst brake wheel. The accident occurred while Lowman was assisting with the “swabbing” of a well on the Willie Ross farm on Prince Branch near Mazie. While letting the tools into the well the checking mechanism failed to hold. The tools shot down at a tremendous velocity, causing the brake wheel to rotate so fast that it tore to pieces. A piece of it struck Lowman’s head, crushing it terribly, and causing instant death. He was brought to Louisa Wednesday evening in a truck and taken on to Ashland thence to his home in Ohio. He is a nephew of Ed Lowman, a onetime well-known driller of the Blaine section. He was unmarried. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
Tug River takes her toll! Hardly had her flowing waters relinquished a 5 day victim than another is taken in recompense. This time the victim was Kelly Marcum of Bull Creek, WV. He was drowned Saturday at the mouth of Drag Creek, midway between Glenhayes and Webb—14 miles from Louisa. Marcum, aged about 27, had been placed under arrest by State police for liquor violations and other charges. He was handcuffed and in the custody of the police. While waiting to board a train he dashed over the river bank and in attempting to escape, plunged into the river. He swam about 20 feet, handcuffed, then sank beneath the surface, drowned. The river at that place was dragged. And again was such a search fruitless. Not until it raised Monday was his body recovered. The victim was a son of Bill Marcum. He leaves a wife and 2 children. Burial was made on Bull Creek. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
MOHLER, Karl I.
Arrival of a prize collie here Tuesday from Los Lamentos, Mexico, remitted in the first announcement in a local newspaper of the death of its owner. Karl I, Mohler, husband of the former Ora Mae Isaac of Lick Creek. Mr. Mohler died in Jun 1926, in Los Lamentos, Mexico following a 3 days illness of pneumonia. He was 37 year old at the time of his death and held an important position in Los Lamentos as superintendent of the Abumada Lead Company’s mines. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, class of 1911. He served with the Twenty-seventh Engineers during the World War. At the time of his death he was superintendent and general manager of the Abumada Lead Company, the Erupcion Mining Compnay, and the Cia del Ferrocatril de Chihauhuay Oriente S. A. of Mexico. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Margaret Mohler of Bellevue; his widow, Mrs. Mae Isaac Mohler of Los Lamentos, Mexico; 2 daughters, a sister and 2 brothers. Mrs. Mohler’s affection for her late husband’s dog prompted her to ship it here to her father, Henry Isaac, asking him to keep it until her arrival here next spring. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1936
NELKIRK, James P.
James P. Nelkirk, 80 years old Civil War veteran, died at his home on Second Street Saturday, surrounded by his only living children, William Nelkirk of Portsmouth, OH and Joe Nelkirk of Roanoke, VA. His wife died years ago. Mr. Nelkirk was a native of Tazewell County, VA. At the age of 16 he volunteered in the Confederate army, and served 3 and ½ years, when he was captured at Winchester, VA. Then he had the distinction of serving the union, for while being held a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD, a call for volunteers to fight Indians in the west was issued by President Lincoln. In speaking of the incident recently, Nelkirk said due to starving, he was the first to bound through the door of the prison as it swung open. This call kept him in the west through the remainder of the war. He came to Pikeville, KY in 1888 where he became noted as a building contractor and cabinet maker. Nearly 30 years ago he became chief of police of Pikeville and proved an efficient officer. His death resulted from an illness extending over a few years, but only recently becoming acute. The funeral will be held Monday. Funeral Director, Ryan announced today. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
His clothing burned from his body when he came into contact Sep 9 with a high tension line over which 40,000 volts arched, Theodore R. Owens, 20 years old, of Estill, Floyd County, died in the Wayland hospital Tuesday of this week as the result of burns. Owens was employed by the Elkhorn Coal Corporation at Estill and was working on a substation at the time of the accident. The victim was unmarried and was the nephew of S. C. Damron, of this place, and Josh Damron, Ashland. The body was brought here Wednesday morning for interment Thursday in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at the M. E. Church. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
On Friday evening, Sep 3, the death angel visited the home of Charlie Preston and claimed for its victim his loving mother, Mrs. Emily Preston. She was born May 5, 1844, aged 82 years 4 months and 8 days. She was married in her early years (1859) to Bate Preston. To this union were born 8 children, 4 of whom have preceded her to the Glory World. She was converted 60 years ago and joined the United Baptist Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. Her children were all at her bedside when the end came. Among them were Mrs. H. C. Staton of Sprigg, WV, Charlie and Milt Preston of Georges Creek and Lawrence Preston of Merrimac, WV. She suffered a stroke of paralysis and lived only 3 days. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground to sleep, to await the coming of Christ. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
PRINCE, James P.
James P. Prince, veteran Sunday School worker in this county, died Tuesday night at his home at Irad after a year’s illness from Bright’s disease. Mr. Prince was in his 79th year when the end came. Mr. Prince was one of the pioneers in the Sunday School field in Lawrence County. He became a member of the Methodist Church Feb 13, 1887 at the age of 38 and immediately became active in Sunday School work. He served as secretary of the Lawrence County Sunday School Association for a number of years and later as president of his district in the Association. In this field of endeavor he has been known to act as superintendent of 2 Sunday Schools, appearing at one service in the morning and walking miles to the next place of meeting for Sunday School in the afternoon of the same day. Throughout his last illness he has been nursed by his daughter, Mrs. Dock Jordan, who has been assisted by her mother and other members of the family. Some time ago, he was brought to Mrs. Jordan’s home so that she might care for him and also attend to household duties. He was taken back to his old home at Irad before his death, however. Mr. Prince is survived by his widow, 2 daughters, Mrs. Dock Jordan and Mrs. Lock Moore and one son, Lys Prince of Irad. A third daughter, Mrs. Cora Curnutte, died last year. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at the home and interment was made in the family burying ground at Irad. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
REATHERFORD, J. A.
A. Reatherford, jeweler of this city, and one of Prestonsburg’s most upright citizens died last Thursday morning at a Martin hospital where he had gone for an operation for appendicitis. We understand he had about recovered from the operation when pneumonia developed and the end came quickly. The news of his death was a severe shock to the town as Mr. Reatherford lived a blameless life and was highly esteemed by all. His funeral took place from the Methodist Church Saturday afternoon and was preached by Dr. John Barbour of the Presbyterian Church. The following obituary was read. Burial took place in the Richmond Cemetery. J. A. Reatherford was born in Buffalo, Putnam County, WV Mar 18, 1874, died Sep 2, 1926, aged 52 years 5 months and 20 days. He was converted over 30 years ago, and united with the Methodist Church. Through all the years he kept the faith, and in his last hour said he was prepared to go. He was a noble, outstanding character among his fellowmen and more noble as a husband and father, He leaves a wife, 2 children, 2 brothers and one sister to mourn his loss. Big Sandy news, Sep 17, 1926
ROBINETT, Floyd Harrison
Floyd Harrison Robinett, 37m died at his home on Bolts Fork on Wednesday of last week and was buried in the Fannin cemetery. Robinett is survived by one brother, M. L. Robinett of Summit and one sister Mrs. M. F. Prichard of Bolt’s Fork and the following half-brothers and sisters: H. P. Bolt, Normal, Cline Bolt, Garrett Hill, Mrs. Robert Lakin of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Paul Ross of Garner, Mont Bolt, at home and his mother, Mrs. Manda J. Bolt. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1926
Fred Robinson, aged 22, died Thursday night after a prolonged illness. He was a son of John Grover Robinson and a brother of Mrs. Clabe Meade of this city. For the past 3 or 4 years he has been living in Detroit and only returned to Pikeville a few months ago. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
SAMMONS, U. S. (Lys)
The death of U. S. (Lys) Sammons of the Griffith Creek section occurred Sunday evening in an Ironton hospital to where he had gone to receive treatment for cancer. He had been afflicted with the malady for some time and had been at Ironton several weeks receiving radium treatment. His wife and daughter were at his bedside, having gone to Ironton several days ago. Mr. Sammons was a member of the United Baptist Church and a constant Christian. He was in his 45th years. He leaves his wife and 7 children, father, one brother and one sister. He was married twice, his first wife being Miss Stella Frazier. To them were born 7 children, 2 of them dying in infancy. Mrs. Sammons died in 1915. Two years later he married Miss Elva Miller. To them were born 4 children the youngest being only 6 weeks old. The remains were brought back and interred in the Sammons Cemetery after services conducted at the home. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
Blessed are the death that die in the Lord. This, we believe, can be said about our dear brother, Lys Sammons, who soul took its flight to God on Sunday Sep 5, 1926. Lys had been in failing health for more than 2 years and for some time was thought to be improving, but began growing weaker about 8 months ago. In July he was taken to Ironton, OH, for treatment of cancer of the throat. At first we all had hope of our dear brother being cured. He also seemed to be hopeful, but in a few weeks our hopes were crushed and we all realized that he must go. Lys was twice married, his first wife being Miss Stella Frazier. To them were born 6 children, 2 dying in infancy. Four children, Mrs. Wayne Sammons, Miss Gussie, Roy and Fred are living. His next wife was Miss Elva Miller of Leodico, to them were born 4 children. Besides his wife and 7 children he also leaves an aged father, one brother and one sister and a host of friends. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Hughes and Rucker, Our dear brother was laid to rest in the Sammons burial ground. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1926
Jim Sizemore, age 52 years, chief of police of Prestonsburg, was shot and instantly killed in that city last Saturday night while standing in the doorway of the Floyd County court house. “Little Bev” Mellon, it is alleged fired the fatal shot which ended the career of Prestonsburg’s veteran police officer. Mellon is 22 years of age and a son of “Old Bev” Mellon who was killed in an election fight in that city about 5 weeks ago. Young Mellon disappeared immediately after the shot which crashed through Sizemore’s left side. A number of reports of the killing have reached us: but as no one witnessed the tragedy accurate and comprehensive details necessarily are lacking. We quote from the Paintsville Herald: The murder of Sizemore is a sequence of a double tragedy which occurred in Prestonsburg at noon on Sunday following the primary Congressional race, it is said, in which “Old Bev” Mellon father of the young man who is charged with Sizemore’s death and “Old Bev’s” brother were both killed, and in which, it is claimed Sizemore was a participant. Sizemore’s friends claim that he had nothing to do with the killing of the Mellon brothers, only doing his duty as a police officer. The fight in which the Mellon brothers were killed was caused by a dispute over the election. Officer Sizemore was married and leaves a wife and 6 children. Young Mellon who is charged with the crime is also married and the father of one child. Young Mellon gave himself up to the Sheriff of Floyd County early Sunday morning and claims, it is said, that he did not fire the shot that ended Chief Sizemore’s life. Jim Sizemore had been a police officer of Prestonsburg for many years and was regarded as an efficient and fearless officer. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1926
Oney Sloan a youth 17 years of age was drowned in Tug River at Glenhayes Sunday, and his body cannot be found. Sloan with 4 other boys—2 sons of Harry York, one son of Wayne Meade, and one son of John Branham all of that section—were in bathing at the “Rocks” below the mouth of Lost Creek. Four of the boys started for the Kentucky side, Sloan was late in getting undressed and did not get into the water until the others were half across. As the four neared the shore Sloan, at mid stream, called for help and sunk beneath the surface. He was seen to come up 40 or 50 feet down stream, then submerge and again, at a distance farther down stream, to rise and submerge again. Neighbors searched until nightfall Sunday. Also blasted the hole hoping to raise the body, but to no avail. The search was renewed Monday morning and continued until Thursday. Searchers having dragged the river bed from Lost Creek to L. K. Vinson’s believe the recovery of the body hopeless. The boy’s father is dead and his mother lives in Ohio. The boy made his home with his grandfather, Mosey Maynard at Glenhayes.
Rumor of foul play from his 4 companions has been given wide comment, and an investigation was conducted by James Clark, magistrate of Dunlow, Wednesday. Each of the 4 boys, unheard by the others, told the same story, which is as given above. At the examining trial a lady testified that the boys were at her home the day before and had some trouble. She also testified that she got the boys to tell the truth of the drowning on condition that she would not reveal the fight Saturday. She said one of the boys told her that Sloan’s body was hidden. However, it was the opinion of those who conducted the examination that the boy simply drowned by accident.
Later—Just as the NEWS goes to press, reports, reach us that the body has been found at the mouth of Vinson branch on the West Virginia side, and that Squire Dean of Fort Gay, is preparing to hold an autopsy. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
The body of Oney Sloan, who was drowned near Glenhayes on Sunday of last week, was found last Thursday floating near the West Virginia bank just below L.K. Vinson’s farm. After four days of fruitless searching the recovery of his body was generally conceded as hopeless. However it rose to the surface, and was discovered by Frank James, Robey Crum and Ed Hardwick from an auto they were driving on the new road overlooking the river. The body was in a state of decomposition, emitted a putrid odor and was not examined closely by the inquestors. It was prepared for burial and interred in the Fitzpatrick burial ground opposite Glenhayes. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
Pikeville, Sep 6—Wallace Smith, 60 years old, a farmer living at Meta, KY 14 miles from Pikeville, was instantly killed Monday afternoon in an automobile wreck on the Pikeville Williamson highway. On Coeburn mountain near Pond Creek when the car stopped to let another pass, the brakes gave way and the automobile backed over the hill. Smith sustained a crushed skull and broken neck. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
Charley Staley, 15 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Staley of near Wayne, died at his home Aug 31. He had been an invalid most of his life. He is survived by his parents and 5 brothers and sisters. Interment was made Wednesday in the Staley Cemetery on Peter Cave. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
STANLEY, Susan Genoa
Mrs. Susan Genoa Stanley, 76, died at her home in Normal last Thursday. Besides her husband, John N. Stanley, she is survived by the following children: Mrs. John Childers, Van Lear, KY, Mrs. Dova Riffe of Ashland, Mrs. Henry Barber of Holden, WV, Mrs. Walter Reeves, Holden, WV, Millard Stanley of Ashland, Allen Stanley of Danville, KY, Oscar Stanley of Ashland and Phil of Glenwood, KY and 18 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1926
Beckley, WV, Sep 8
Editor, Big Sandy News
The body of Arthur Wallace, of Blaine town, was found here early this morning in an advanced stage of decomposition. He had evidently been dead several days. Can you send us a hundred word story of his parents night press rate, collect?—Beckley Post-Herald.
Immediately after receiving the telegram the NEWS phoned to Blaine and to Union Camps to inform the victim’s parents. However, no one by that name lived in that section of the county. Assuming that his home was elsewhere in the county, the inquiry was continued and we were informed that Millard Wallace on the head of Donithon had a son named Arthur Wallace and that he worked in West Virginia. Jake Workman, of Saltpeter was called, and he conveyed the news to Millard Wallace late Wednesday night. At 11 o’clock that night Mr. Wallace left for Beckley by auto, assured that the victim was his son who is a traveling salesman having his headquarters at Beckley. A telegram conversation Thursday morning with an undertaker at Beckley verified the story. Mr. Wallace was found dead in his room at Beckley Tuesday night. He had evidently been dead 3 days and his body was rapidly decomposing. His father, Millard Wallace, arrived there Thursday morning and will have the body returned to Donithon for burial. The deceased was 23 years of age. He had been in ill health for some time and had recently taken treatment from Dr. York for dropsy. The Wallace home is on the head of Donithon on the Point midway between Tug and Louisa. It is not known why the telegram gave his address as Blaine. Big Sandy news, Sep 10, 1926
WEBB, James B.
James B. Webb, 69 years old, prominent farmer of Glenwood, this county, died at his home Monday evening, Sep 20, after an illness of several months duration. Tuberculosis is said to have caused his death. Mr. Webb was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and was well known in this county for his integrity and devout Christian character. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Louella Webb, 2 daughters, Mrs. E. C. Coburn, of Rush and Mrs. Eden Fannin, Ashland and one son, Luther Webb at home. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the Glenwood Baptist Church, the Rev. D. Wood, of Ashland, officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1926
WHEELER, Mrs. John W.
Mrs. John W. Wheeler, wife of Commonwealth Attorney John W. Wheeler, died her Saturday morning. Mrs. Wheeler had been in ill health for about a year, but her condition was not considered serious until a few days ago. Mrs. Wheeler is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Eugene Adams of Portsmouth, OH. Mrs. Adams was at the bedside of her mother when the end came. She is also survived by one brother, Fred Walker of Wenatachee, WA and 2 sisters, Miss Estie Walker and Mrs. John Dickson. The Wheelers are prominent throughout the Tri-State and Sandy Valley and have a large host of friends who were grieved when they learned of Mrs. Wheeler’s death. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1926
WILKINSON, Belle (Pyles)
Mrs. Belle Wilkinson died at her home in Wayne, Wednesday morning of this week. She had been ill for some time with paralysis and heart trouble. Mrs. Wilkinson was before marriage Miss Belle Pyles, She was a member of the Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Wellman Wilkinson, 2 sisters, Mrs. Clemen Saunders of near Wayne, Mrs. Wash Odell of Centerville, one brother, Boyd Pyles of McDowell County. Interment will be made in the family cemetery at Centerville. Wayne County News. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1926
Conscious, though near death from the ravages of typhoid, Frances Wright, 17, of Martin, Floyd County, sends flowers to her brother and sister who died several weeks ago. But Frances does not know. To her Price and Virginia, her brother and sisters are yet alive. Relatives of the girl and physicians fear that news of the others deaths may snuff out her life which has been hanging in the balance for more than 3 weeks. Price and Virginia were taken a short distance from the Wright home to the Stumbo hospital after becoming ill, while Frances was nursed at home. It has never occurred to her that they may have died. Sympathizing friends send the girl flowers, and she forgetful of self, asks that they be sent to the hospital as a token of love from her to her brother and sister. Her mother, Mrs. C. C. Wright, worn from many days of caring for her and the 2 others, died 2 weeks ago of typhoid. She does not known that her mother has ever become ill. This is said to be one of the most tragic cases in Floyd County since the smallpox year, in 1880, when whole families were wiped out. Tom Wright, a brother to Frances is employed in Louisa. Big Sandy news, Sep 24, 1926
Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Barbour, 65 years old, who died of apoplexy Sunday at her home near Lavalette, took place at the residence Tuesday. She was buried in the family graveyard. She leaves her husband, L. S. Barbour; 6 sons, S. L. Barbour, S. E. Barbour, F. P. Barbour and A. E. Barbour, of New Hampshire and Carl and Cline Barbour at home; 2 daughters, Mrs. T. E. Dunkle of Huntington and Miss Irene Barbour, at home and one sister, Mrs. Allen P. Malcolm, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1926
Andy Bellomy, 80 years old, one of the pioneer citizen of Wayne, WV died early Saturday morning, at Hubbardstown, WV Oct 9, after a long illness. Mr. Bellomy was a member of the Methodist Church and was a prominent man in the vicinity in which he lived. He was twice married, both of his wives preceding him in death. Six children survive him. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev. Mr. Cleveland, with burial in the Strother Cemetery at Hubbardstown. Big Sandy news, Oct 15, 1926
Andrew Bellomy, of Hubbardstown, WV, was born Jul 1, 1846 and departed this life Oct 8, 1926, aged 80 years, 3 months and 8 days. He was converted and joined the Methodist Church in 1913 and lived at true Christian until death. He was the son of Matthew and Nancy Bellomy. He had been twice married,. Both wives are dead. To the 2 unions were born 9 children, 8 boys and one girl, 3 of whom died some years ago and 6 are left to mourn their loss. His funeral was preached by the writher on the ninth of October to a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives. Rev. J. H. Cleveland. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
On Sunday morning, Oct 3, the spirit of Sherman Black took its flight to the God who gave it. He was a son of Benjamin and Sarah Black, deceased and was born and reared on Durbin, near the home where he died. Sherman Black was a good citizen, a man who had led a life above reproach and the community has suffered a distinct loss in his passing away. He was always kind to his family and neighbors and no one in need was ever turned from his door. He is survived by his wife and 11 children, his death being the first visit of the Death Angel in the house. His every wish was granted by his devoted family, who were with him constantly during his illness and they are heart-broken, but God who never makes mistakes called him from his suffering on earth to his reward in Heaven. He was past 61 years of age. One sister, Mrs. Belle McKnight and one brother, Rev. J. O. Black, survive him. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South, and the funeral was preached by Rev. O. P. Smith, of Allen, KY who paid a beautiful tribute to his exemplary life. He was buried in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
Johnson Bryan, 81 years old, prominent citizen of the Adeline neighborhood, died Wednesday night as the result of a paralytic stroke suffered a short time before. The deceased had been in ill health for some time. Born in this county in 1845, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bryan, he spent almost his whole life at the home at which he died. He was a veteran of the Fifth Virginia regiment, Union army. He engaged in farming. A devout Christian, Mr. Bryan was highly respected by all who knew him. Mr. Bryan’s wife died Apr 29, 1925. None of his brothers and sisters survive. He leaves 7 children, whose names follow: Crit Bryan, of Buchanan, Jeff Bryan, who lived at the home with his father, Mrs. Martha Chaffin, Portsmouth, OH, James Bryan, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Maude White, Bear Creek, Boyd County, and Jerry and Thomas Bryan of Ashland. The funeral is being held this Friday morning, the Rev. J. F. Cleveland officiating. Burial was made today in the Bryan burial ground near Adeline. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
BURCHETT, Millie (Preston)
Mrs. Millie Preston Burchett, 50 years old, wife of J. D. Burchett, of Georges Creek, this county, died Thursday, Oct 21, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, KY as the result of cancer. Mrs. Burchett was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Preston, of the Georges Creek neighborhood. She became a member of the M. E. Church, South, in early life, and her gentle influence was felt throughout the community in which she lived. Her aged father and mother and the following children survive: Mrs. Jay Preston, Mrs. R. P. Bartlett and Robert B., John, Willie and Conrad Burchett, all of whom live in the vicinity of Georges Creek. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Gerard Preston of Georges creek and Eugene Preston of Paintsville. She was a cousin of the late Mrs. P. H. Vaughan, of Louisa. The body was brought to the home near Georges Creek where the Rev. A. H. Miller conducted funeral services. Burial was made in the Preston burial ground. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
Mrs. Zoa Burke departed this life on Sep 9th, 1926. She had been in ill health for the past few years. She leaves a husband, Mr. Vol Burke and 4 children, namely, Messrs. Rufus, Forest and Claude and Miss Ruby Burke of Potter, KY. Mrs. Burke was essentially a good woman. She loved her neighbors and had a Christian regard for their welfare. In her personal contact she radiated a wholesome influence. She had no vices and her virtues were many. She lived according to the highest code of honor and she earned the love and respect of many. She will be mourned as the gentle are mourned. The community loses a good and loyal citizen. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1926
Bronson, Canada, 18 year old Armilda, WV youth, was instantly killed by a slate fall in the Katona Coal Company mines at East Lynn Monday and his father, Silas Canada, received what is believed fatal injuries at the same time. The fall of slate from the roof of the mine pinned the younger Canada against a mine car. His father suffered injures that may yet prove fatal, as both of his legs and his back was broken. He was given treatment by Dr. Glen Johnson, of Wayne and then rushed to the C & O Hospital, Huntington. This was the first serious accident that has happened in the East Lynn coal field for some time. The Canada family lived near Armilda, on the Wayne-East Lynn road, at the former home place of the County Clerk Hezekiah Adkins. Bronson is survived by his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1926
CARPENTER, David H.
The body of David H. Carpenter, who died at his home in Catlettsburg Sunday morning after an illness which began last fall, was brought here Wednesday morning for burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, where his first wife, Mrs. Mary Yates Carpenter, is buried. Mr. Carpenter was 77 years old at the time of his death. He was one of Catlettsburg’s best-known merchants and citizens and was located here in the mercantile business years ago before going to Ashland and Catlettsburg. The deceased was born in Bridgeport, WV in 1849. Before entering the mercantile business, he was connected with his father in rebuilding bridges for the Baltimore and Ohio railway. Mr. Carpenter was twice married. He was first married to Miss Mary Yates, a daughter of Dr. S. J. Yates, of this place. To this union 4 sons were born, 3 of whom Edgar A., C. P. and Frank H. Carpenter, all of Catlettsburg, survive. His fires wife died in Aug 1904. He was married in 1906 to Bessie M. Stockel of Newark, NJ who died a few years ago. One son, David H. Carpenter, Jr., who is a student at Dallas, PA high school, was born to this union. Mr. carpenter had been an active merchant 54 years when he suffered a general breakdown in health last year. He had been under medical treatment since that time and was believed to be on the road to recovery when he suffered a relapse Sep 30. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Catlettsburg Presbyterian Church, the Rev. John R. Clark officiating. Pallbearers, who were friends and business associates of the deceased were:. L. J. Frazier, W. C. Harper, W. B. Evans, C. E. Silcott, D. S. Martin and C. E. Rous. Among those from Catlettsburg and Ashland who attend the burial here were Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Carpenter and David Carpenter, Jr., and G. P. Gunnell. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1926
CASTLE, Mrs. Allen
Meads Branch—Mrs. Allen Castle, formerly of this vicinity, died at Williamson, WV Oct 14, after a protracted illness. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, and 2 daughters. Burial was made in the Castle cemetery here. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
The Rev. Isaiah Cline, 60 years old, former pastor of the Paintsville M. E. Church and well-known throughout the Big Sandy Valley, was struck and instantly killed Monday by a C & O freight train within a few rods of his house at Fullerton. Rev. Mr. Cline had been a member of this conference 22 years. Other charges served by him then the Paintsville pastorate were at Ashland, Advance, Greenup, Middlesboro and Fullerton. He had intended to retired from the ministry for a year and was not appointed to a charge at the Maysville conference which he attended that week. Mr. Cline was married to a Miss Bartram of Valley, KY, who survived. He leaves 3 children, Thomas Cline, Bellevue, Mrs. Harry Diller, Ashland and Bert Cline. Burial was made at Augusta, KY. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1926
Pikeville, KY—Two foster sons of Bird Compton, 12 and 14 years old respectively, of Fords Branch, Pike County, when they returned Saturday, Oct 16, from the corn field to which Compton had sent them an hour or two before, found he had hanged himself. He sent the boys into the field for some corn, asking them to awaken him at 3 o’clock when they returned. On returning from the field they found Compton hanging in the smokehouse. Thinking he was still alive, they immediately cut the halter with which he had hanged himself and placed the body on a nearby bed. The Rev. Alvis Ford, a neighbor and others were summoned to the scene. Mrs. Compton was away from home at the time. Brooding over ill health led to the tragedy, John W. Call said. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1926
CONDIT, William C.
Death ended 60 years of labor by the spiritual shepherd of thousands Thursday, Oct 7, when the Rev. Dr. William C. Condit, pastor emeritus of the Ashland Presbyterian Church succumbed to a heart attack at his home in Ashland. Dr. Condit, the sturdy warrior in the battle for right, was 85 years old when the end came. His career had been scarcely ever equaled. He was the first missionary, it is said, ever to come into the Big Sandy Valley. His was an unwavering faith, which, given a rugged constitution, he carried into the Hills, braving many hardships, living when he was a young minister for days as his untutored charges lived. When he had completed a century as pastor of the Ashland Church, he was made pastor emeritus. Only occasionally thereafter did he appear in the pulpit. Rev. Condit’s wife died about 5 years ago. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Lucien Waggoner, of Danville, Mrs. Oscar Henthorne, Ashland, and Miss Mary Ford Condit, at home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the Presbyterian Church by Rev. S. S. Daughtry, assisted by Rev. Erwin, of Dayton, KY and Rev. Dr. Record, of Pikeville. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
COOKSEY, Mrs. Grant
Mrs. Grant Cooksey died at her home near Dennis, this county, Monday, after a lingering illness from Bright’s disease. Mrs. Cooksey was about 56 years old at the time of her death. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Combs of Catt’s Fork. She was known in the vicinity in which she lived as a woman of strong Christian character. The deceased was the mother of 13 children, 2 of whom are dead. Her husband and the following children survive: Mrs. Virgie Pennington, of Dennis, Bert Cooksey of Tuscola, Willard Cooksey, Dennis, Mrs. Gracie Harliss, Tuscola, Mrs. Nolda Vanhorn, Cadmus, Mrs. Herbert Rice, Dennis, Kay Cooksey, Wayne, WV, John Cooksey, Kistler, WV and Jay, Heston, and Bud Cooksey at home. Burial was made Tuesday in the family cemetery at Dennis. Big Sandy News, Oct 15,1926
COOPER, Frank S
Frank S. Cooper, age 40, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Cooper of Paintsville, was found dead in his room at the home of his parents Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Cooper who was employed by the C & O Railway at the local depot worked on Monday but Tuesday he was very sick and a physician made 4 trips to see him during the day. For years he had been a sufferer of asthma and for the past 2 years his health had been failing gradually. Mr. Cooper was a graduate of law and for many years practiced his profession with the late Henry S. Howes. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1926
Harvey Crabtree, of Overda, succumbed to flux Monday night and was buried Tuesday in the Crabtree graveyard. He was a good honest man and had the confidence of a wide circle of friends. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
Prestonsburg—William Elliott, of Water Gap, died Saturday night, Oct 16, of typhoid. He was 24 years of age and leaves a wife and 2 children. He was buried Monday at the Wright Cemetery and the funeral was conducted by Elder B. W. Craft. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
EVES, James Franklin
James Franklin Eves, 86 years old, Union veteran of the Civil War, died Sunday night at his home in Huntington after a short illness. Mr. Eves was a native of Trout, Wayne County, WV. He enlisted in the Fifth West Virginia Infantry at the outbreak of the war and was wounded in Hunter’s raid in 186?. He was for a time in a Confederate hospital at Lynchburg and later in prison at Danville, VA. While on a recruiting expedition during the war, he returned to Ceredo and married Miss Sarah Agnes Arthur. She died in Huntington about 5 years ago. Ten children survive. They are Mrs. Emma V. Irby, Lavalette, WV, Mrs. Jeff Drown, Buffalo Creek, Wayne County, Mrs. Henry Sharp, Kenova, Mrs. W. H. Hutchinson, Westmoreland, WV, Mrs. Charles Keyser and Sanders A. Eves, Portsmouth, OH, George W. Eves, address unknown, and Thomas, John F. and James E. Eves, of Huntington. A sister, Mrs. Martha Owens, of Lavalette, and one brother, Morman Eves, Wayne, also survive. Burial was at Dock’s Creek cemetery, Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
FRAZIER, “Uncle” Bob
“Uncle” Bob Frazier, 94 years old, colored, died at his home here Wednesday of Bright’s disease and the infirmities of age. His death marks the passing of one of his race who was reared in the days of slavery. Burial was made Wednesday on the Wallace farm near this place. Big Sandy news, Oct 8, 1926
GALLUP, G. F.
F. Gallup, prominent Catlettsburg jeweler and native of Louisa, died Monday morning at Mayo Brothers’ Hospital, Rochester, Minn., where he had submitted to an operation a few days before. Mr. Gallup was a son of Col. G. W. and Mrs. Rebecca Moore Gallup, and was about 70 years old. His parents moved to Catlettsburg when he was a small boy. At Catlettsburg he succeeded his father as postmaster and won a great number of friends there by his unfailing courtesy and conscientious discharge of his duties. In Louisa he was known to many friends and relatives. When Mr. Gallup was taken to Mayo Brothers, his condition was pronounced very grave. Mrs. Gallup and son and daughter, George and Lucille, were at his bedside when the end came. The deceased was a cousin to Mrs. Kate Shannon, F. T. D. Wallace, Mrs. Vessie Castle, Mrs. R. C. McClure, and R. G. Moore, all of this place, W. N. Sullivan of Mansfield, OH, and was a second cousin of Dr. Fredrick F. Shannon of Chicago. The body was returned to the Gallup home in Catlettsburg Tuesday night. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Thursday afternoon, by the Rev. A. P. Keyser, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, of which he was a member with the assistance of Rev. W. C. Pierce, pastor of the Baptist Church. Burial was made in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1926
Harmon Hall, former Johnson County man, died in the Ashland police courtroom Friday morning after being jailed on a charge of drunkenness. Alcoholism was the cause of his death, physicians stated. His widow is said to have informed Ashland police that he had been eating vernal tablets, and officers say that he had been drinking hair tonic. Informed by a prisoner in the jail that Hall was dying, police carried him into the courtroom and summoned a physician. Hall died shortly afterward. His widow and 5 children survive him. The body was taken to Johnson County for burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
HALL, John P.
John P. Hall, 40 years old, was found dead early Saturday morning in front of the jail at Wayland, Floyd County, where he was an officer, with a bullet through his brain, according to a report reaching here. Hall met death at the hands of an unknown assassin, who fled on horseback through the darkness after firing the fatal shot late Friday night, the report says. Tracks of a horse on the ground where the body was found and froth on Hall’s coat believed to have come from the horse’s mouth gave rise to the theory that the slayer was mounted. Two shots were heard late Friday night, in the vicinity of the lock-up. One bullet pierced Hall’s skull above the eye. All efforts to unearth a clue leading to the identity of the assassin have been in vain. The victim was unmarried. His body was taken to Ashland Tuesday to the home of George Hall, a brother of the dead man. Funeral services were conducted there and burial was made at Hecla, OH. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
HENRY, John Sam
John Sam Henry, 50 years old, was shot and killed at Weeksbury, Floyd County, Sep 20, by a man said to have been his father in law, Jack Caudill. One version of the affair is that the shooting took place after Henry hit his father in law over the head with a cue stick. Full particulars of the affair are not available. The body of the victim was taken to Licking River for interment. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
HOLBROOK, Leslie Scott
On May 1, 1925, a bright little flower came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Holbrook and shed its fragrance to brighten the home, but, like the star, it soon passed below the horizon. It brightened the home till Sep 21, 1926, and then passed to the Great Beyond. Whether it is better to pass from the stage at an early age as did Leslie Scott or to play a part in the great drama of life till we come at last to staff or crutch, we know not. God alone can assuage the anguish of bereaved ones and lead them to the Star that never passes below the horizon. That there is a higher life no one doubts. Prayers for the living and peace for the dead. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1926
HOUSTON, Mrs. W. E.
Mrs. W. E. Houston, 67 years old, a former resident of Louisa, died Wednesday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Charles Clayton, of Ashland, following an illness of 3 weeks caused by a nervous breakdown. Mrs. Houston and her husband lived here about 20 years ago and moved from this place to Oklahoma. She was a member of the Christian Church and was loved by a wide circle of friends. She went to Ashland from her home in Charleston before becoming ill. She leaves a husband, 2 sisters, Miss Clell McGlosson, of Yatesville this county and Mrs. Charles Clayton, Ashland and by 3 brothers, George McGlosson, Yatesville, Ben McGlosson, Ashland, and William McGlosson, of Lexington. Funeral rites were conducted from the Clayton home in Ashland this morning. Interment was in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy news, Oct 1, 1926
HOWARD, Newton P.
Newton P. Howard, 52 years of age, attorney and oil man, formerly of Salyersville, but who has been living for the past 2 years in Lexington, died at the Paintsville hospital here last Saturday night. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1926
Lewis Huff, 34 years old, miner, of Knott County, was instantly killed Friday, Oct 22, when he was crushed beneath a fall of slate in the Standard Elkhorn Coal Company, Garrett, Floyd County. He was pulling pillars in the mine at the time of his death. Huff is survived by his widow and 6 children. The body was taken to Knott County for burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
John Hughes, 68 years old, died Friday night, Oct 2, at his home near Irad, after an illness of several months duration following a general breakdown in health last summer. Mr. Hughes was prominent in Lawrence County politics, serving many years as magistrate in his district. He also was a deputy sheriff for a time, and was the Democratic nominee for jailer last year. He was a most genial and accommodating man, and was known throughout the county. The deceased was twice married. His second wife and the following children survive: Mrs. pearl Curnutte of Mattie, Mrs. Goldia Curnutte, of Columbus, OH, a third married daughter named Virgie; Henry Hughes of Osie, Dr. J. H. Hughes, and Beckham, Thurman, Ernest and Robert Hughes. Funeral services were conducted Sunday by the Rev. M. V. Berry, of the United Baptist Church. The body was taken to Twin Branch for burial in the Jobe Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
LANG, Paul Griffin
Paul Griffin Lang, 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lang, who formerly lived near Webbville, this county, died at the home of his parents near Relly, OH, Oct 18, of diphtheria, relatives in this county have been notified. Illness of the child had not been diagnosed as diphtheria until it was too late for medical aid to halt the disease. Paul was a student at Relly centralized school. The parents, 4 sisters and 6 brothers, Mrs. Thomas Gillespie, Catherine, Frances, Bertha, Ben, Omar, Jacob, William and Leonard Lang survive. Interment was made in Relly Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
A dog belonging to James Miller, native Lawrence Countian, led to the discovery Tuesday, Sep 28, of his master’s body almost 12 hours after it had been crushed beneath a falling tree a short distance from the Miller home, near Hellier, Pike County, a report reaching here says. Observing the strange behavior of the canine pet, Mrs. Miller grew apprehensive and followed the dog to the spot where her husband had been chopping timber. Miller had probably died instantly. The victim was a son of Hosea Miller, who moved to Hellier from Mattie, this county, several years ago. His widow was before marriage Miss Jessie Poe, of Prosperity. Besides his widow, Miller is survived by his father, 5 children and 4 sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Milt Wellman, lives at Ledocio. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1926
MILLER, Mrs. M. B.
Pikeville—The news was received here late Thursday evening of the death of Mrs. M. B. Miller of Columbus, IN. Mrs. Miller was the wife of the recent pastor of the First Christian Church of Pikeville and though here only a few months, she made a great number of friends. Rev. and Mrs. Miller left here only about a month ago for Columbus and 2 days after arriving there Mrs. Miller became acutely ill with typhoid and influenza. Her recovery had been despaired of most of the time that she had been sick. The funeral will be held at Grayson, Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1926
MUSICK, Ulysses Simpson
Two years or more of suffering came to an end Sunday, Oct 3, with the death of our townsman, Ulysses Simpson Musick. His illness had been treated in various parts of the country but to no avail, and only a few weeks ago he came home from New York state where he had been in a sanitarium, with the end plainly in view, but still keeping up his courage and cheer. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
O’DANIEL, D. A.
A. O’Daniel, 75 years old, succumbed Monday at his home at Hulette, this county, to an illness extending over a period of 4 years. Mr. O’Daniel had been afflicted with heart trouble and Bright’s disease for some time, but physicians attributed the direct cause of his death to a clot on the brain. Mr. O’Daniel was born Apr 28, 1851. He was engaged in farming and in the mercantile business at Hulette for many years. For 35 years he had been a devout member of the M.E. Church, South, and was highly respected over a wide area for his sterling qualities of character. He was the father of the late J. O. O’Daniel, former superintendent of Lawrence County schools. Surviving him are 6 children, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. He was twice married, first to Miss Susan Hewlett, who died about 20 years ago. His last wife was a Miss Sperry. To each union 4 children were born. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the M. E. Church, South, by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Burial was in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
Darie O’Daniel was born Jul 14, 1888, died Sep 9, 1926. He was married to Miss Rosa Moore, May 25, 1913. To this union were born 3 children, 2 daughters and a son, Edna, 11, Mildred, 9, and Dan, 6. He was an honest man and was loved by all who met him. Mr. Daniels was a brother to Robert O’Daniel, who burned to death at Kenova 2 months ago. He was a man who always looked at the bright side of every trial in life and lived by the Golden Rule. But when that dreadful disease, typhoid, set up and the death angel, spread his wings, the Lord said, “thy work is done, thy race is run.” He paid the debt we all must pay and is with the multiplied number with robes made white in the blood of Christ and is set free from all trials and toll and pain. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
Ayersville—Walter Osborn, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Proctor Osborn of this place, died Saturday night of diphtheria. Burial was mad in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
PATTON, G. Darwin
Prestonsburg--G. Darwin Patton, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Patton, died in Trenton, MI, Oct 16, of spinal meningitis. He was boarding with his sister, Mrs. Frank Rich, who with her husband and baby, accompanied the remains home, arriving here Tuesday evening. Darwin Patton was born Jun 23, 1906 and died Oct 16, 1926. He attended the Prestonsburg Baptist Institute and the city schools. His burial took place in the May Cemetery Thursday afternoon. The funeral was preached by Rev. A. C. Harlowe, one of his teachers, Rev. C. N. Nicholls, Baptist pastor, assisting. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
Jacob Peterman, of Buchanan, died Wednesday, Oct 13 at the age of 74 years. Mr. Peterman was a son of the late Nathan and Frances Peterman, and was born Feb 28, 1852. He became a member of the M. E. Church, South, 35 years ago and held the respect of all who knew him. He was married to Miss Catherine Sperry, to which union 6 children were born. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons, James H. and John Peterman, of Catlettsburg and W. M. Peterman of Buchanan, and by a daughter, Miss Georgia Peterman of Buchanan. Funeral services were conducted at Kavanaugh Church Thursday by the Rev. S. D. Harvey of the M. E. Church, South, Interment was made at Kavanaugh Chapel. Big Sandy news, Oct 22, 1926
PROSE, Sydney (Whitt)
Mrs. Ben Prose, of Irad, this county, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. R. Dials, of Portsmouth, OH, as the result of asthma and a cold contracted several days ago. She had been ill for some time, but her condition had not grown serious until about 10 days ago. The deceased was about 68 years old. Before her marriage, she was Miss Sydney Whitt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Whitt, of Dry Ridge. She became a member of the M. E. Church many years ago, and her life was a singularly devout one. Mrs. Prose’s husband died about 6 months ago, and a daughter, Mrs. Rhoda George, died in Pike County a year ago. Five children survive. They are Virgil Prose, of Ashland, Mrs. Daisy Bishop, Louisville, Mrs. R. R. Dials, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Mary Davis, Ashland, and Miss Bertha Prose, who lived with her mother at the old home on Dry Ridge. The body was brought here from Portsmouth Thursday morning, and was later taken to Dry Ridge, where burial was made in the family burial ground Thursday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1926
ROBERTS, Amanda (Carter)
Seized last Sunday morning with apoplexy at her home near Busseyville, Mrs. Amanda Roberts, one of the oldest women in this county, died a few hours later. She had been afflicted with heart trouble for some time, but was believed to be improved when the fatal seizure came. Mrs. Roberts was more than 80 years old. She was the widow of Lieut. George H. Roberts, Civil War veteran who died in 1902. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Carter and was the last of her family. The deceased was a member of the M. E. Church and was a woman of the highest type. She came here and lived a year at the home of her eldest daughter, Mrs. Laura Webb, after her old home was burned a few years ago. She returned to the old place after another home was built for her, and Mrs. Webb stayed with her until her death. Surviving her are 3 daughters and 3 sons: Mrs. Laura Webb, Busseyville, Mrs. James McCown, of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Milt Burchett, Busseyville, and Garfield, Strother and U. G. Roberts, all of the Busseyville neighborhood. Mrs. Charlie Shannon and H. H. Roberts, of Louisa are grandchildren of the deceased, as are also Misses Mary, Kathleen and Nora Roberts, formerly of this place. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday by the Rev. Vess Ball and burial was made in the family burial ground near the Roberts home. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
SALTERS, Mrs. H. B.
Mrs. H. B. Salters, of Yatesville, died Tuesday at the age of 72, following an illness of several months. Mrs. Salters was formerly Miss Ada Short. She was a woman of noble character and was held in high esteem by a host of friends. She is survived by her husband and 4 children. Funeral services were conducted from the Salters residence Thursday, the Rev, H.B. Hewlett, of this place, officiating. Interment was made in the Short Cemetery at Yatesville. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
Foul play is suspected in the death of Mason Salyer, 40 years old, a native of Johnson county, as the result of discovery of a fracture of the skull and a cut on his face after his legs had been cut off by a train at Melvin, on Left Beaver Creek, Floyd County, Monday morning. Salyer was seen lying across the railroad tracks before the train struck him, but not in time for the engineer to stop. It is believed that the train struck only his legs and the theory is held that he was hurt and placed on the tracks. The victim was taken to the Stumbo hospital at Martin, where he died within half an hour after arriving there. He had been employed as a carpenter in Floyd. The body was buried on Jennies Creek Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
Lowmansville—The little daughter of J. S. Skaggs, of Van Lear, died with pneumonia and was brought to this place Wednesday, Oct 6 for burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
Ayersville—Joe Skaggs, died Sunday morning, on Big Laurel at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. F. Lyon. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
Burial of the body of Miss Nellie Stephens, 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stephens, of Martha, this county, who died Friday, Oct 8, was made at Stanton, KY, the former home of the Stephens family. The body was brought here Saturday morning by truck and shipped to Stanton. Death was caused by leakage of the heart. The girl’s father is an employee of Garrison and Townsend, drillers and is located in the Keaton oil field. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
STEPHENSON, J. M.
M. Stephenson, 67 years old, of Normal, Boyd County, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. James Morrison, of Ulysses, this county, Saturday night, Oct 2, after a few days’ illness of flux. Mr. Stephenson fell ill at Catlettsburg and was later taken to the home of his sister at Ulysses. He was united in marriage in 1885 to Miss Elizabeth Savage, who died about 7 years ago. Two sisters, Mrs. James Morrison and Mrs. N. A. George, Sr., of Ulysses, survive. Funeral rites were conducted Monday by the Rev. G. H. Young, burial being made in the family burial ground at Ulysses. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1926
On the morning of the 6th of Sep death entered the home of Arthur Spillman and claimed his daughter, Bertha, aged 19 years. She had been on the bed of affliction for 6 years. She was a kind-hearted girl and had a smile and a cheerful word for all who visited her. She is greatly missed in the home and by her relatives and friends. While we miss Bertha here, we believe her soul is basking in the radiant sunlight of peace and happiness, in the paradise of God. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1926
THARP, L. T.
T. Tharp, 63 years old, of Huntington, WV, was found dead in bed Thursday morning, Sep 30, at Van Lear, where he was an employee of the Consolidated Coal Company. Heart failure is believed to have caused his death. Mr. Tharp was a man of high character. He was a member of the Red Men’s lodge at Huntington and was interested in civic and church work. He was formerly in the employ of H. H. Queen, of this place, while Mr. queen was superintendent at the Consolidated Coal Company mines, Van Lear. The deceased is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. A. J. Baker, and one son. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Jefferson Avenue Church, Huntington, with the Order of Red Men in charge. Burial was in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1926
Mrs. Samantha Thompson, widow of Amos Thompson, died Wednesday at her home at Noris, this county, in her 68th year as a result of heart trouble. The deceased was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Her husband died about 4 years ago. Mrs. Thompson is survived by 6 children: Monroe Thompson, of Lincoln County, Ama Thompson of Noris; Mrs. Pricie Miller, Beaver, OH, Mrs. Elva Hays of Mechanicsburg, OH, Mrs. Lizzie Spencer, Borderland, WV, and Mrs. Cora McGranahan, Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Friday, with burial in the family burial ground at Noris. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
WALKER, Judge J. W.
Judge J. W. Walker, 86 years old, Union veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in Paintsville Wednesday morning. The end came after a long illness, which was rendered more critical a few months ago by the death of Judge Walker’s wife. Judge Walker held the distinction of having held every county office in Johnson County. He was a devout member of the M. E. Church and was widely known as a Christian of the highest type. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Bell Preston, Mrs. Dan Ward and Mrs. J. W. Preston, and by 2 sons, Theodore Preston, Paintsville and Will Preston of West Virginia. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church Paintsville and burial was made there today. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1926
WARD, John E.
John E. Ward, well known Wayne County man, died at his home in Chillicothe, OH, Oct 11. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ward, of Lavalette, and was 46 years of age. He had been employed by the B. & O Railway Company in Chillicothe for 25 or 30 years and had also been a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Ward, and one son, Edgar, his mother of Lavalette, and the following brothers and sisters: Green Ward, of Wayne, Hayse Ward of Lavalette, Harvey and George Ward of Huntington, Orah Ward of Holden, Billy and Robert Ward of Prichard, Mrs. Anna Cook of Chillicothe, Mrs. Lena Porter of Huntington and Mrs. Mary Hunter of Lavalette. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1926
ZINK, Victoria (Bond)
Mrs. Charles Zink, 58 years old, formerly of Georges Creek, this county, died Thursday at her home in Catlettsburg after a long illness. The deceased was before her marriage, Miss Victoria Bond. She is survived by her husband and 4 sons, Gordon and Charles Burgess of Richardson, Autie Burgess, Louisa, Clyde Burgess, Graves Shoals, by 4 stepsons, Oscar, Lawrence and Howard Zink of Lena, IL, and Levi Zink, of Catlettsburg and by 3 brothers and one sister, Dr. O. K. Bond, Ashland, Dr. Charles R. Bond, and Dr. A. C. Bond, Catlettsburg and Mrs. M. B. Pendleton of Portsmouth, OH. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church, South, Catlettsburg, Sunday afternoon, the Rev. V. C. Ray, pastor of the church officiating. Burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1926
ADAMS, Col. T. M.
Struck by an ambulance when crossing Montgomery Avenue, Ashland, at noon Saturday, Col. T. M. Adams, pioneer iron manufacturer and president of the Norton Iron Works, was fatally injured. He died 2 hours after the accident from a fracture of the skull near the base of the brain. Mr. Adams was walking to his home, back of Ashland for lunch when hurt. The skull fracture was caused by his head striking the pavement. He was taken to the Baptist General Hospital in the ambulance which struck him. The victim was born at Buena Vista Furnace, KY Feb 16, 1814(Note: this is what the paper had but is probably an error). He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Adams. Taking charge of the Norton Iron Works in 1899 as president and general manager, he developed the plant into one of Ashland’s best-known iron foundries. He was one of Ashland’s wealthiest men and was connected with the Ashland Steel Plant, which he had planned to open during December. Mrs. Adams died in 1897. Two daughters, Mrs. Norwood Calvert of San Diego, Ca and Mrs. Harold Dugan, who is in Paris, France, survive. The body remained in the J. W. Mock Company funeral parlors until Thursday morning, when it lay in state at the First Presbyterian Church. Funeral services by the Rev. S. S. Daughtry, pastor of the church, and interment was made in the Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
ADKINS, Mrs. Will
Fort Gay, WV—Mrs. Will Adkins died in Fort Gay, Nov 17. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist Church here Friday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
AUSTIN, H. C.
C. Austin, 93 year old veteran of the Union Army, and well-known Lawrence County man, died Friday morning at his home in Fallsburg as the result of the ravages of age and a severe cold. Mr. Austin, one of the oldest men in this county, was a man of unusual virility for one of his years, and 3 weeks before his death he had assisted a neighbor at work. He was conscious until he died. He was a native of Grayson County, VA, from which place he moved to Ohio when he was about 28 years old, later going to West Virginia and finally coming to Kentucky, spending the last 50 years of his life at or near Fallsburg. When he was 16 he was converted, and at the age of 18 years was a preacher in the Methodist Church. He continued to occupy the pulpit at times throughout his life. Mr. Austin was a man of the highest character, was active in church and Sunday school work, and was an ardent prohibitionist.
When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the Fifth Virginia regiment Company ?, of the Union Army, at ???boursville, WV and fought throughout the war. He saw service in some of the most sanguinary conflicts of that war, being in the battle of Gettysburg and in the campaign before Richmond. He was slightly wounded in battle. Mr. Austin was married 3 times. His third wife, formerly Miss Cassie Cooksey, survives. Of his children 7 survive. They are: Mrs. Martha Layne, of Zelda, Mrs. Emma Meltestia, of Mt. Vernon, NY, Mrs. Tobe French, of Catt, Floyd Austin of Yatesville, James Austin of Yatesville, W. F. Austin, Potter, and John Austin of Fallsburg. Numbered among his descendants are 29 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday in Odd Fellows hall, Fallsburg, Revs. Robert Cassidy and Rolen Hutchinson officiating. Burial was made in the family burial ground at the back of the Austin farm near Fullers. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
On Apr 25, a bright little flower came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Ball and shed its fragrance to brighten the home; but like the star, it soon passed below the horizon. It brightened the home till Nov. 1, 1926, and then passed to the Great Beyond. Whether it is better to pass from the stage at an early age, as did little Bobbie, or to play a part in the great drama of life till we come at last to staff or crutch, we know not. All was bone for little Bobbie that loving hands could do. He leaves, besides his father and mother, to mourn his loss, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
Intense feeling is said to run rife at Garrett, Floyd County, between whites and blacks, following the murder there, Saturday night of Tom Blackburn, Garrett town marshal, by a Negro. Blackburn, in the employ of the Elkhorn Coal Corporation, was shot while attempting to arrest a Negro at a drinking and gambling party. He died almost instantly. The Negro alleged to have fired the fatal shot was wounded by Deputy Sheriff Berly Banks, who accompanied Mr. Blackburn, and was taken to Prestonsburg to jail. He probably will not live, it was said. His name had not been learned when the report was received here. Early Sunday morning the Sheriff of Floyd County went to the scene of the shooting and arrested 11 other Negroes and took them all to the Floyd County jail. They refused to give their names. The Negro sought by Blackburn was alleged to have shot another Negro through the foot earlier in the night and Mr. Blackburn was called to arrest him. As he approached the house in which the party was in progress a shot was fired. About 20 shots were exchanged in the battle that followed between Deputy Sheriff Banks and the Negroes. Banks was not wounded and succeeded in felling the hunted Negro. Funeral services for Mr. Blackburn, who is survived by his widow and several children, were held Monday. Blackburn was a fearless officer, and was highly respected at Garrett. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1926
Pikeville—Last week a mother and 4 children were brought to the Methodist hospital suffering with advanced cases of typhoid fever. The mother was Mrs. Mellie Branham of Lookout, KY, and the children included 3 little girls and one little boy. On Wednesday morning of this week Mrs. Branham passed away and each of the children is in a serious condition and not expected to live. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
Johnson Bryant, the son of Johnie and Ellen Bryant, was born in Lawrence County, KY, Jan 22, 1845 and died Oct 27, 1926. He enlisted in the Civil War, at about the age of 18 years, in Company G, of the 5th Virginia Regiment, and served with honor for more than 3 years. He was twice married and to these 2 unions, were born 8 children, 3 girls and 5 boys. One girl and one boy departed this life some years ago. He was converted about 18 years ago and was baptized and joined the Methodist Protestant Church, of which he was still a member at his death. The writer of this obituary came to see him a few days before his death and had prayer with him and asked him how it was with his soul and his reply was that he was ready and fully trusting in God. Rev. J. H. Cleveland. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1926
BURCHETT, India Mae
In memory of India Mae, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Burchett. She was born Dec 2, 1925 and died of double pneumonia Oct 28, 1926, leaving to mourn her death father, mother, 2 sisters and a host of other relatives. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
BUSH, Mary (Ferguson)
Mrs. Mary Ferguson Bush, 93 years old, died of infirmities of old age at her home at Osborn, KY Monday. She was a member of the Christian Church for many years and an active worker. She is survived by one brother, “Uncle” John Ferguson of Ferguson Creek near Pikeville, who is now the only living member of the old time family of Fergusons of Pike County and by 3 children, M. T. Bush, Minnie and Verdie Osborne, all of Osborn. The burial was made in the old family cemetery at Osborn, Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
News reaching here from Floyd County tells of the slaying on the head of Licking river, Magoffin County, Monday of Bill Conley, of Hueysville, by John Jones, who is said to have killed Conly with a club. Trouble arose between the 2 men, the report says, over whisky. Further details of the affair are not available. The slain man is survived by is widow and 5 children. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
The lives of 2 children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Conley, of College Heights near Salyersville, Magoffin County, were snuffed out Wednesday afternoon by a fire which spread from the kitchen and consumed the home. Mrs. Conley was at the barn, some distance from the house, milking when the flames broke out. She turned to see the roof falling in. Her husband was not at home at the time. A large crowd of neighbors arrived upon the scene, but fire had become a holocaust, driving back would be rescuers of the doomed children, whose cries could be heard inside. The bodies of the children, the boy, 3 years old, and the 9 months old baby girl—were found in the debris of the ruined home. With them was their pet dog, a report received here says. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
CONN, Mrs. Emmett
Martin—Mrs. Emmett Conn died last week at her home here. Burial was made in the Roberts Cemetery here, with the Rev. T. F. Mead, of the Christian church, officiating a the funeral. Mrs. Conn is survived by her husband and 2 children, Mrs. Henry Crisp of Arkansas, KY, and James Frazier, of this place; her mother, Mrs. Nan Crisp, one sister, and a brother, Miss ollie Crisp and Bascom Crisp. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
Robert Easley, formerly of Fort Gay, was fatally crushed beneath a fall of slate in the Sycamore mines, at Cinderella, WV, Monday, a telegram received by his wife in Fort Gay Monday night stated. He died a short time after being hurt. Particulars of his death are lacking and it is not known here where the body will be taken for burial. He came to Fort Gay from Virginia, it is said, and the body may be taken there. Mr. Easley was about 50 years old. He was a general handyman about the mines, and had been sent into the mine to do some work when the slate fall came. The message did not state whether or not others were hurt at the time. The victim of the accident was formerly employed here by the Labaco Company and was well-known in both Louisa and Fort Gay. He and his family moved to Cinderella, near Williamson, several months ago, where his daughter is teaching. Surviving him are his widow and 3 daughters, Misses Verneta Fay, Julia and Thelma Easley. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
Truman Ferguson, 21 years old, of Skaggs, this county, was shot and instantly killed Saturday night at a pie social at the Wheeler schoolhouse, near Skaggs, by William Coffey. Coffey, who has been in the Skaggs neighborhood about 5 weeks, was drinking when he came to the gathering, it is said. One version of the affair says that the trouble arose when Ferguson asked Coffey to be quiet. When Ferguson spoke to Coffee the latter called Ferguson a vile name, it is said, whereupon Ferguson knocked him down with a blow of his fist. The crowd scattered as Coffey rose, firing. One bullet passed through Ferguson’s brain and 2 more took effect in his body. He fell dead. Another report says that Ferguson merely asked his slayer to cease using foul language, telling him that they were having a good time and wanted no disturbance, when Coffey drew his revolver and began firing. Young Ferguson was a son of William Ferguson, of Arizona, and Mrs. Hannah Ferguson of Skaggs. He was reared by Jim Holbrook, of that community. The victim was a young man of good character and was supporting his mother and an unmarried sister. Surviving him are his mother and 2 sisters, Miss Sadie Ferguson of Skaggs and Mrs. Elbert Skaggs of Fleming, KY, but formerly of Louisa. Burial of the victim was made Monday at the Holbrook burial ground, near Skaggs.
William A. Coffey, self-confessed slayer of Truman Ferguson, was captured shortly after dark Wednesday evening at the home of Alonzo Ferguson, on Blaine, by Magistrate M. L. Stambaugh and Deputy Sheriff John Osborn. Coffey offered no resistance Officers say he was unarmed, having borrowed the revolver with which he killed Ferguson. He was taken to Paintsville Wednesday night, brought here by train Thursday morning and lodged in jail. Confessing to the slaying to officers, he said that he and others were conducting a beauty contest at the pie social and had the names of 2 girls written on the blackboard, when Ferguson accosted him. “This has gone far enough,” Ferguson said, according to Coffey’s version of the affair. The names were then erased and Ferguson again said something to Coffey, who says he apologized. Ferguson then knocked Coffey down, the slayer says in his confession of the crime, and jumped on him. While lying on the floor, he drew the revolver which he says he had borrowed, and shot Ferguson through the temple and twice in the body. He shot himself once through the hand, which is in a bad condition because of lack of treatment. Coffey is 24 years old and came to this county from Morehead. He lay in the brush for some time following the shooting and then took refuge in the Ferguson home, while the family was absent. He told officers that he would have voluntarily surrendered, had he not feared harm. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
HALL, Ella Vansant
Mrs. Ella Vansant Hall, 71 years old, of Huntington, WV, died Monday morning. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home. Interment was made in Woodmere Burial Park. Surviving are her husband, James T. Hall, one daughter, Bertie, 2 brothers, J. F. Vansant of Sandy Hook, KY and a sister in law, Mrs. R. H. Vansant of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
Donithon—Burial of the 4 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Hamby, who died at Red Jacket, WV, was made in the cemetery at the mouth of Vinson Branch, Nov 6. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Nelson Hughes. The child’s mother is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Moore, of this place. Big Sandy news, Nov 19, 1926
John Hammonds, 65 years old, and his 18 months old granddaughter, died Thursday, Oct 28, Mr. Hammonds at Clifford, this county and the child at Red Jacket, WV. Both were buried in the Niles Bartram cemetery at Clifford the aged man on Sunday and his granddaughter on the following day. Mr. Hammonds succumbed to a 3 year illness and his death was directly due, his physician said, to asthma and bronchitis. The child was a victim of croup. The aged man was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Hammonds. He was engaged in farming and the timber business at Clifford much of his life. He was a member of the Baptist Church. His wife died about 25 years ago. Surviving him are 4 children: George Hammonds, of Clifford, John Hammonds, Jr., Red Jacket, WV, Mrs. Helen Derifield, Clifford, and Elizabeth McReynolds, Clifford and 2 sisters, Mrs. John A. Frazier of Louisa and Mrs. James Copley of Dunlow, WV. His granddaughter, who died Thursday is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hammonds, Jr., a brother, John Hampton Hammonds, and a sister, Elizabeth. The Rev. Nelson Hughes and Rev. Rush Frazier officiated at the funeral of Mr. Hammonds. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1926
HATCHER, George M.
George M. Hatcher, 83 years old, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rice Saturday, Oct 6, at Riceville, Magoffin County, and was buried near Prestonsburg, Zebullon Masonic Lodge in charge of the funeral. With his death the last of the original Hatcher family in Big Sandy Valley, passed. He was born at the mouth of Mud Creek, Floyd County and lived at Allen, that county. He was twice married, first to Miss Victoria Davidson, and after her death to Miss Mary Fairchild, of Magoffin County. To this first union 2 sons, the late J. S. Hatcher and J. W. Hatcher, of Allen, were born; Mrs. Cecil Lovely, of Harlan County, Otto B. Hatcher, of the Elkhorn Coal Corp and George Glenn Hatcher, who is connected with the Ashland Rolling Mills Company, are the surviving children of his second marriage. Mr. Hatcher was well-known in the Big Sandy Valley and was highly respected. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
HATCHER, William Lee
Dr. William Lee Hatcher, a native of Cliff, Floyd County, and a son of Mrs. Mary L. Hatcher, of that place, died Monday night at his home in Catlettsburg as the result of pneumonia. The deceased was one of Catlettsburg’s most prominent citizens. He moved there about 9 years ago from Johnson County, and for the last 4 years had been county physician in Boyd County. Before going to Catlettsburg, he practiced his profession in Floyd and Johnson Counties. Dr. Hatcher was a graduate of Centre College and of the Physicians and Surgeon’s College, St. Louis, MO. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South, He was married to a daughter of W. L. Auxier, of Auxier, KY. He is survived by his widow, his mother and 5 daughters, Mrs. S. Williams, of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Wayter Setser, Van Lear, Mrs. Sherman Wells, Auxier, Dr. Meta Thompson, Berea, and Dr. Topsy Whitaker, East Prairie, MO and by 6 sisters and 3 brothers. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Hatcher home, Catlettsburg, by the Rev. Mr. Keyser, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, who was assisted by the Rev. Williams and Dr. C. N. Clark, pastor of the First M. E. Church, South, Ashland. The body was taken to Auxier Wednesday for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 19,1926
News reaching Louisa Thursday morning of the death at Welch, WV, Wednesday, of John Highbarger, 9 year old son of Mrs. H. B. Highbarger, a former resident of this county, after being struck by a train there. The boy was on his way to school at the time of the accident and was struck, it is believed, when he stepped on a track upon which he saw no train. The accident occurred Wednesday morning, and the child died at noon of the same day. This is the third death in the Highbarger family within less than 2 years. The boy’s father was killed last year, when he threw a steel tape line across a live wire. His sister, Susie, died at Welch last spring. The body was taken to Mattie, this county, Thursday for burial beside the victim’s father and sister. Howard Highbarber, a brother to the child killed Wednesday, formerly attended school here. Big Sandy News, Nov 12,m 1926
Shot while working in a field near his home in the vicinity of Stephens, Elliott County, a short distance from the Lawrence-Elliott line, Tuesday, Nov 16, the body of Cecil Hunnicutt, 50 years old, was found by neighbors who were attracted to the scene by the sound of a volley of shots. Five bullets had pierced his body, reports say. Bloodhounds taken to the scene of the killing from Huntington took up the 24 hour old trail of the assassins, and halted at a farmhouse about 4 miles from the scene. The tenant, who is said to have been engaged in the whisky business, was not at home. Officers took into custody a 17 year old boy, who admitted that his cousin, a man whose name was given as Keaton, had left home rather hurriedly late Wednesday. The murdered man was recently a witness against Elliott County men charged with moonshining and it is believed that he was shot from ambush. He had been summoned to appear at a coming term of circuit court against 5 others. Hunnicutt is survived by his widow and 3 children. A report received as the NEWS goes to press from Webbville says that Cecil Hunnicutt was a citizen of that place, which is in Lawrence county. Big Sandy News, Nov 26,1926
Boyd Hurley was shot 5 times by George Blankenship at Freeburn Saturday morning. Blankenship’s jealousy over Hurley’s attentions to his wife is said to have been the cause of the killing. Hurley was approaching the Blankenship home Saturday morning when Blankenship came out and ordered him off. Hurley refused to go and according to Blankenship, reached for his gun. Blankenship then shot him down from his own front porch. Hurley fell dead in the street. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
Blevins—The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Davey Johnson died recently. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
KEGGS, George W.
George W. Keggs, veteran of the Union Army in the War between states, died Tuesday morning in his 83rd year at the home here of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Hartman, as the result of heart disease. He was one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil War in this county. Mr. Keggs had been ill for some time. Several months ago, he became critically ill, but rallied, remaining in an enfeebled condition, however, until his death. He came here from Ohio and was employed as a mechanic by the late Col. Jay H. Northup. He became united with the M. E. Church several years ago, and was held in high esteem by those who knew him. Mr. Keggs’ wife died here a few years ago. He is survived by 2 children, Mrs. Mary Hartman, of this place and Robert Keggs of Ashland and by 2 grandchildren, Mrs. Eula Cain of Louisa and Mrs. Charlie Shannon of Lick Creek. Funeral services were conducted Thursday by the Rev. V. E. Fryman at the Louisa M. E. Church and burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News. Nov 12, 1926
A news letter received Wednesday from our Dennis and Tuscola correspondent tells of receipt there of a telegram, announcing the death Monday in the Island Creek, WV coal mines of Frank Kibbey, formerly of Glenwood, this county. Mr. Kibbey was crushed to death the report says, by a slate fall. The body was taken to Glenwood for burial Wednesday. Mr. Kibbey is survived by his widow, Mrs. Gertie Kibbey, who is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Cunningham, of Denton. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
Heber Kirk, son of W. R. Kirk, of Adds, Johnson County, died at the State Reformatory at Frankfort last Friday. Pneumonia was the cause of death. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
Dobbins—Mrs. Deliah Lewis, died recently near Burke, at the age of 98 years. She was one of the oldest women in this section of Kentucky. Mrs. Lewis was the mother of 14 children. Her descendants number 100 grandchildren, 240 great grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
Bruce Arms Shot and killed Warren Litteral on Green Rock Fork of Jennies Creek, Johnson County, last Sunday. Mrs. Litteral and Arms mother, it is said, were in a difficulty and the men were drinking reports say, and a shooting resulted. Many shots were fired. Arms made his escape and has not yet been arrested. Big sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
LONG, J. L.
L. Long, 39 years old of Hilltop, WV died in an Oak Hill Hospital and was buried last Wednesday in the Hilltop Cemetery. He was employed by the New River Company at Scarboro as an electrician. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Meda Long, 3 daughters, Pauline, Virginia and Margaret; a son, John, Jr., his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Cain, of Hilltop and a brother, G. C. Long of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
Lucille Mansfield, 15, died at the Methodist Hospital here Wednesday of peritonitis. She was brought to the hospital about 4 days ago and her condition then was hopeful, but late Wednesday it was seen that there was no chance for recovery. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Mansfield of Wolfpit, KY and the body will be taken there today for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
MCCOMAS, Mrs. Lonnie
Mrs. Lonnie McComas, 52 years old, of Huntington, was found dead in her bed Friday morning by members of the household. Death was pronounced due to heart disease. She had been in poor health the last year. Mrs. McComas had been a resident of Huntington for 12 years, formerly living at Branchland. She is survived by her husband and 4 sons, Lawrence and Carl McComas, at home, Lloyd Matthews, of East St. Louis, MO, and Joseph Matthews of Detroit; one daughter, Miss Lottie McComas, at home, one sister, Mrs. J. F. Newman, of Dayton, OH; 2 brothers, Howard Jerrel, of Illinois and Joseph Evans of Williamsport, Iowa; and her father, R. Jerrel, of East Louis. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
MCLEAK or MCPEAK, Mrs. W. M. (Note: this article had the name as McPeak and McLeak throughout the article—I copied it as printed in the newspaper)
Pikeville—W. M. McLeak, of Big Creek, 20 miles from here is in jail here charged with the murder of his wife early Friday night. Jealousy is thought to have brought about the tragedy. The body of Mrs. McLeak was taken to the home of a neighbor, Henry Mullins, pending the holding of an inquest, according to Mrs. Henry Smith, a neighbor of McPeak. Mrs. Smith’s son Winfrey Smith said he was attracted by a pistol shot while returning home from work and saw Mr. McPeak beating his wife with a club. Mrs. McPeak had worked at the Mullins home, Thursday, Mrs. Smith said. Mr. Mullins was at Williamson, WV and his family had left home when the trouble occurred. Another son of Mrs. Smith, Willie, went to notify officers, she said, after Mullins, who had returned from Williamson had come to her home and reported that McPeak was killing his wife. Mullins was bloody, she said, and claimed he lifted Mrs. McPeak up beside his mule. Deputy sheriffs Floyd Reed and Willie Blackburn arrived at the scene near midnight. They met, McPeak near Mullins’ and arrested him after he had told them his wife was dead. McPeak had taken his wife into the house and placed her on a bed it was said, where the officers found the body. McPeak is 64 years old and his wife about 35. Three children, Marie, 4, Junior, 7 and Louis, 13, survive. Mrs. McPeak had been at home since last August when unhappy relations are said to have ended in a reunion with her husband. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
MINIX, Mrs. Clyde
Mrs. Clyde Minix, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sid Mayo, of West Prestonsburg, died Monday, Nov ??, of tuberculosis. She had been sick a long time and had been treated by several physicians but without relief. She was only 20 years of age and is survived by her husband, parents and 2 brothers. She was buried Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
Donithon—On Saturday morning, death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Moore and took from them their beloved son, Robert. He was 16 years of age. His suffering was great and continued for many days, until at last he fell asleep in the arms of our Savior. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
NIPP, Rose Emma (Everman)
Rose Emma Nipp died Oct 29, at her home in Ashland, after suffering for several weeks with dropsy. She was 46 years of age and was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Everman. She was married to J. R. Nipp, Dec 31, 1900, and to this union was born 3 children, 2 sons, and one daughter. She leaves her husband, 3 children, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters to mourn her loss. Mrs. Nipp united with the Methodist Church while yet a girl and lived a devoted Christian life until death. A large crowd attended her funeral, which was preached Oct 31, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Kate Rupert, by Rev. C. H. Peters, of Pactoles, KY. Her body was laid to rest in the Everman Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
PETERS, N. J.
J. Peters, 84 year old veteran of the Civil War, and a brother to Charles Peters, of near Fort Gay, died Wednesday morning in Manchester, OH at the home of his son, H. C. Peters. Mr. Peters was born near Fort Gay in 1842, and was well known in this section. He served with Company K, Eighth Infantry of the Confederate army during the War Between the States. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Wayne for more than 50 years. Surviving him are his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Watts of Huntington, WV, 3 sons, W. D. Peters, Huntington, H. C. Peters, Manchester, OH, and G. B. Peters, of Bellingham, WA, a sister, Mrs. Charles Smith, of Oklahoma, and 3 brothers, Charles Peters, of near Fort Gay, Brack Peters, Ashland, and Mike Peters of Kansas. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Mrs. C. M. Watts, in Huntington. Burial was made there. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
PREECE, John Henry
Georges Creek—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Uriah Preece and claimed for its victim their little son, John Henry. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
ROBERTS, Amanda (Carter)
On Oct 24, the death angel claimed for his victim Mrs. Amanda Roberts of near Busseyville. Born in 1842, Mrs. Roberts’ age was 84 years 6 months and 3 days. She was the mother of 10 children, 6 living and 4 dead. The ones living are: Mrs. Laura Webb, of Louisa, Mrs. Milt Burchett of Busseyville, Mrs. James McCown, of Pennsylvania, G. G. Roberts of Busseyville, U. G. Roberts of Busseyville, and S. F. Roberts, of Busseyville. She had 32 grandchildren living and 8 dead, 48 great grandchildren living and 7 dead, 11 great-great grandchildren living and one dead. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carter. She was united in marriage to G. H. Roberts, in Nov 1859. Her husband, G. H. Roberts was a faithful soldier and bravely fought in the Civil War. He died in 1902. Aunt Amanda, as I shall call her, became a Christian 50 years ago and was a true Christian woman. She was ready to help at any time. She was dearly loved and highly respected by all who knew her. Her daughter, Mrs. Laura Webb, had come from her home in Louisa and had stayed with her for a long time. When Aunt Amanda’s home burned and all she had, the 22nd of June 1925, she was at once taken to Mrs. Webb’s home. There she was cared for until her home was built back again. Her daughter, Laura, then came to the country, with her mother and there she remained with her until her mother died. Everything was done for the deceased that could be done, but God knows best. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
SCOTT, Rosa Lee
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Scott of Anglin, KY, Oct 21, and took for its victim their darling little daughter, Rosa Lee. She was 4 years of age. She was a sweet, little child, loved by all who knew her, and always had a bright smile for every one who met her. Her illness was of very short duration. All was done for her that kind hearts and tender hands could do but they were unable to stay the cruel hand of death. Her funeral was preached in the home, Oct 23, by Rev. C. H. Peters, of Pactolus, KY. Immediately after the funeral her body was laid away to rest in the Anglin Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1926
See succumbed to Bright’s disease Monday at his home in Fort Gay, following a long illness. The deceased was about 40 years old, and formerly was a merchant in Fort Gay. His widow survives. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. I. N. Fannin, assisted by the Rev. L. D. Bryan. Burial was made in the Frazier Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
SHORT, George C.
George C. Short prominent citizen of Yatesville, this county, died Monday morning after several months illness with heart trouble, in the home where he was born and reared. He was about 74 years old. Mr. Short, who had engaged in farming all his life, was one of Lawrence County’s best citizens. He had been a member of the M. E. Church, South, for 50 years, and he had devoted much of his time to active church and Sunday school work. He was superintendent of the Sunday school at Yatesville for many years. He was the son of the late William and Emily See Short. His widow was before marriage Miss Wealthy Ann Jordan, a daughter of the late Judge J. J. Jordan, of this county. She and the following children survive: Miss Mary Belle Short, who is a nurse in Riverview hospital here; Mrs. Martha Muncy, of Deephole, Mrs. Ida Diamond, of Columbus, OH, Ira Short, Yatesville, and Alvin Short, Ashland. One brother, Dave Short, the last surviving member of his family, lives at Logan, WV. He was an uncle of B. J. Chaffin, of this place. Burial was made Wednesday in the Short Cemetery at Yatesville. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
Pikeville—A distressing tragedy occurred Sunday night near Boldman, when Lovell Warrix, 19, of Henry Clay, stepped in front of a westbound night passenger train and was instantly killed. The train was No. 38 and the engineer, seeing a man walking near to make a visit to the county poor train plunged along. Suddenly without warning, Warrix stepped in front of the train with the result that his body was terribly mangled. Warrix was married and the father of one child, 3 months old, but was parted from his wife. He has been making his home at Henry Clay, and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Warrix, 2 sisters, Mrs. Cleve Thacker and Mrs. Trimble Reynolds, of Mossy Bottom, and one brother, John Warrix, of Henry Clay. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1926
Henry Watkins, age 59, of West Van Lear, died last Friday at his home there and was buried at Denver last Sunday. He formerly lived at Denver. A few weeks ago Mr. Watkins suffered a stroke of paralysis but was able to be up until the day of his death. He leaves his wife, and the following children: Mrs. Rafe Spradlin of Ohio, Mrs. Moses Rice of Paintsville, Mrs. Kash Arnett, Royalton, Mrs. Wilson Salyer, West Van Lear, Bert Watkins, Worth Watkins and Marvin Watkins. The funeral services were in charge of Rev. Meade of Van Lear, Rev. Rickman of Royalton and Rev. Thompson of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
Calvin Wells, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Wells, of Huntington, died Monday afternoon after an illness. The body was taken this morning to Roscoe, KY, where funeral and burial services were held Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
Mrs. Alifair West, 74 years old, of Pikeville, died Monday morning of heart trouble, at the home of her son, Mr. Hampton West. She had been ill for several months and the end was somewhat expected. Only one child survives her, Mr. Hampton West of this city, with whom she made her home for a long while. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1926
YORK, Claude Norris
Claude Norris York, 45 years old, succumbed Tuesday morning at his home in Catlettsburg to liver trouble. Mr. York was well-known in Catlettsburg and the Tri-State region. His mother before her marriage to Andrew York, Miss Belle Norris, of this county. He was a highly respected member of the Masons, Odd Fellows, and Elks. He is survived by is widow, a daughter, Miss Nellie Belle York, and his mother; 2 brothers, J. M. York of Catlettsburg and Charles N. York of Dayton, KY, and by a sister, Mrs. Lillie Pryor, of Franklin, TN. Funeral services were conducted from the home Thursday, with the Masons in charge. Burial was made at Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1926
Winn Adams, 49 years old, a native of Salyersville, died Sunday in an Ashland hospital after a long illness. The deceased was a son of Newt and Mrs. Amanda Prater Adams, and moved to Catlettsburg while a young man, later going to Ashland. As manager of the Hampton Grocery Company at Catlettsburg, he became one of the best known business men in this section. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dove Williamson Adams, his mother, who is seriously ill, and his niece, Miss Betty Graham, who made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Adams. Funeral services were conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. D. M. Howerton, of Portsmouth, OH and burial was made in Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
John Adkins, age 45, of Kruats Creek, Westmoreland district, Wayne County, died a horrible death Saturday afternoon, Dec 11, when he fell into the blazing garbage pits of the Huntington city incinerator, located on the banks of the Guyan River, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
Pikeville—Johnny Akers, 28, was killed instantly last Friday afternoon by a slate fall while working in the mines of the Ford Elkhorn Coal Company at Robinson Creek, KY. The burial took place Saturday afternoon at Robinson Creek. He is survived by one child, a son of 6 years. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
BAUMGARDER, Lucinda (Ratcliff)
Mrs. Lucinda Baumgardner, 85 years old, widow of the late James Baumgardner, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Kyle, in Huntington. Mrs. Baumgardner was born in Pike County, a daughter of Thomas and De??? Ratcliff, among the first settlers in the Big Sandy Valley and a member of a family which has long been prominent in the affairs of both Kentucky and West Virginia. ON Aug 24, 1864, near the close of the Civil War, she married James Baumgardner, a veteran of that conflict, with whom she lived until his death, about 12 years ago. The couple spent the greater part of their long married life within the present limits of Huntington. She and her husband built the first brick residence in Huntington. Mrs. Baumgardner had been in failing health for 2 years and for the past 2 months her death was expected almost hourly. She is survived by 3 children, Mrs. Robert Kyle and Mrs. G. Herbert Tompkins, both of Huntington and Harry Baumgardner of Washington, D. C. Funeral rites were solemnized at the home Sunday afternoon. Burial was at Spring Hill cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
Willie Brewer, fatally wounded by his uncle, Moses Block in a Williamson, WV boarding house about 2 weeks ago, succumbed to the injuries, Dec 1. Moses Block, who was released on bond after the shooting, was arrested again and is being held in the Mingo County jail, charged with murder. Big Sandy News Dec 17, 1926
A report reaching here this week tells of the death of Big Hurricane, Wayne County, WV last week, of Luther Brooks, 17 years old, as the result of an accidental shooting. Details are not available. The report says that the youth was shot while at Barney Frazier’s home. Holding Frazier’s small son up to reach a revolver hanging on a nail in the wall, young Brooks was shot as the child procured the weapon and was passing it to him. The bullet entered near the base of the neck, ranging downward. The boy ran to the door and fell dead. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
Charles Brumfield and Ward Brumfield of Harts Creek are dead and Eustace Ferguson, age 46, of Wayne County and brother of Deputy Sheriff Hartley Ferguson, of Wayne, is in Logan hospital with 6 bullet holes in his body, as the result of a pistol battle which took place at the home of George Adams, on Harts Creek, last Sunday evening. Ferguson was shot 4 times in the legs and twice through the chest. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
BURCHETT, Sarah Ann
Mrs. Sarah Ann Burchett, widow of the late Calvin Burchett, died early Wednesday morning at her home near Madge, at the age of 82 years. Mrs. Burchett was one of the oldest women in the county and was known as a fine Christian character. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. U. G. Roberts, Milton Burchett and George Burchett. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1926
CAMPBELL, Mrs. Richard P.
Pikeville, KY—Funeral services for Mrs. Richard P. Campbell, 76 years old, who died at Russell Friday, were held at the home of her son, William P. Campbell, on Chloe Creek, near here, the Rev. A. D. Cline officiating. Burial was in the Campbell Cemetery on Upper Chloe Creek, a short distance from the old home, where Mrs. Campbell had spent the greater part of her life and where her husband and her son, the late M. F. Campbell, former superintendent of Pike Schools, are buried. Mrs. Campbell is survived by 2 sons, John D. Campbell at whose home she died. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1926
CASTLE, James Lynda
James Lynda castle, age 65 years, died at his home in Greentown last Friday after a 2 weeks illness with pneumonia. On Thanksgiving he was taken sick and for several days was in a serious condition, but a few days before his death he had greatly improved and was thought to be on the road to recovery. The funeral and burial took place Saturday o Toms Creek and was conducted by Rev. H. B. Conley and Rev. Millard Vanhoose. He leaves a widow and 6 sons as follows: Lonnie, Milda, Robert, Willie, Frank and James. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
CASTLE, Julia Ann
Following the killing of Mrs. Julia Ann Castle and the wounding of her 12 year old daughter, Bonnie Castle, Monday evening, Dec 13, on the Rockhouse Fork of Hood, Johnson County, Vincie Pack, Lawrence County man and son in law of the slain woman and Deb Justice are being sought by officers, with a reward of $100 offered for their capture. The men had not been captured Thursday, a report received here said. The sheriff’s office here had learned little of the affair, and it is not known here whether or not the hunt for the fugitives had been carried to Lawrence County. It is said that Pack and his wife had been having trouble and that she had returned to the home of her parents near the Johnson-Lawrence line. Pack is said to have called at the Castle home Monday evening under the influence of liquor and to have demanded that his wife and baby accompany him home. When Mrs. Castle told him that it was too late for them to make the trip, suggesting that Pack come in and spend the night with them, Pack is reported as having seized the baby and to have begun firing, killing Mrs. Castle and shooting her daughter through the arm. Justice is being sought as an accomplice in the shooting, having accompanied Pack, it is alleged, to the scene of the shooting. The two men escaped shortly after the shooting, and the husband of the slain woman went to Paintsville, where he secured a warrant and started the search for the fugitive. The wounded girl was taken to Golden Rule hospital, Paintsville where the bullet was removed from her arm. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
Witten Coleman, aged 26, a miner of Millard, KY, was killed by a slate fall while working in a mine near Sutton, KY Saturday afternoon. The burial took place in the family cemetery near Millard Monday. Mr. Coleman is survived by his wife and 2 little children. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
Ocie Conley, age 15, son of Clifford Conley, was injured at the main store of the Consolidated Coal Company last Friday by the elevator and died from the injuries at the Paintsville Hospital Monday night. The boy was operating the elevator, it is said, and was caught between the elevator and the first floor while his feet were hanging over. His leg was broken and his arm broken in 2 different places. Physicians say he was internally injured and these injuries caused his death. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
William Cordial, a native of this county, died Saturday morning at his home at Clyffeside, Boyd County, after years of semi-invalidism as the result of rheumatism. The deceased was a son of “Boon” Cordial, of this county, and moved to Catlettsburg in 1924. A number of his relatives live in Lawrence, Johnson and Boyd Counties. Surviving him are his widow, 3 daughters, Mrs. Nannie Ward, of Van Lear, Mrs. Mollie Young of Offutt, and Mrs. Rosie Ward, of Drift, and 6 sons, J.S. Cordial, J. H. Cordial, L. M. and R. A. Cordial, all of Ashland, D. L. Cordial, of Drift, Floyd County, and C. W. Cordial of Huntington, WV. Burial was made in the Williams Cemetery, Boyd County, Monday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
Thomas Damron, 29 years old, a nephew of Mrs. Fanny Haywood, of this place, died in Cincinnati Friday, Dec 17, as the result of a bullet wound, and was buried in Catlettsburg Saturday. Mr. Damron was shot about 4 months ago while on duty as a patrolman by a Negro, Gus Sanders, who was in turn shot and killed by Patrolman Rudolph Herze. His mother, Mrs. Verna Damron and a brother survive. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
The death of Charlie Davis, 57 years old, which was briefly reported in last week’s issue of The Big Sandy News, was the result of a complication of disease and took place at his home at Zelda, Friday, Dec 3. Mr. Davis was a farmer of the Zelda neighborhood and was a highly respected citizen. He was a devout member of the M. E. church, South. Surviving him are 5 children, whose names follow: Mrs. John Hart, Zelda, Mrs. Wade Collins, Dunham, KY, and Ben, Josie, Myrtle and Warren Davis, at home. His wife died about 8 years ago. A brief funeral service was conducted Sunday afternoon Dec 5, by the Rev. Ira Copley of the M. E. Church, South, and burial was made at Zelda. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
DAVIS, Charley, Jr.
Charley Davis, Jr., 21 years old, was found dead on the Chesapeake and Ohio railway tracks at Thealka, Johnson County, early Christmas morning. According to a story told by 2 youths of that vicinity, he was struck and killed by a train. The boys claimed to be eye-witnesses to his death. Davis was said to have eaten at a Paintsville restaurant late Friday night. He was not seen after leaving the restaurant until the boys reported his death the following morning. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1926
DAVIS, W. C.
C. Davis who recently died in Ohio was born Apr 7,1864 died Dec 19, 1926, was buried at Davisville, Johnson County, Dec 21. The cause of his death was blood poisoning. For the last 11 years preceding his death he had lived at Beaver, OH, but prior to this time he had made his home on Hood’s Fork in Johnson county. He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for many years and a loyal member of the Chandlerville Masonic Lodge of Chandlerville, KY. Mr. Davis had been engaged in farming during his entire life. The remains were laid to rest in the Nickell cemetery, at Davisville, KY. He leaves 3 brothers, J. W. Davis of Beaver, OH, Charles G. Davis, Thealka, KY, and Tony Johnson, a half-brother, also of Thealka. He is survived by his widow and 2 sons. Big Sandy news, Dec 31,1926
ELLIS, Mrs. Carl
Funeral services for Mrs. Carl Ellis, 29 years old, who died Thursday at her home in Proctorville, OH, after a lingering illness, were held Saturday afternoon at the Low Gap Church at Bradrick, OH, Burial was made in the Bradrick Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Steele of Leon, KY, 5 brothers, Mont, Simpson, Theodore, Earl and Arnold Steele; 3 sisters, Mrs. G. Seagraves of Grayson, Mrs. William Shepherd of Henlawson and Miss Pearl Steele of Leon. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
Belvard Friend, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Friends, formerly of Prestonsburg, died in a government hospital at Chillicothe, OH, Nov 20. He was ?? years of age. During the World War he was enlisted in the United States Army in June 1922, he married Miss Gilvia Collins, of Prestonsburg, daughter of Mrs. Fannie Collins and the late Tilden Collins, superintendent of Floyd County schools. To this union were born 2 children, a son, and a daughter, Belvard and Gilvia. He has been in poor health for several years. His funeral took place from the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon. Dr. John Barbour of the Presbyterian Church in charge, assisted by Rev. Jas. D. Bell, Methodist pastor. Prof. A. C. Harlowe, a former teacher of Belvard’s also spoke. The burial took place in the Weddington Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
FYFFE, Harry Thomas
Harry Thomas Fyffe, 41 years old, former Lawrence County man, died in Mason County, KY, Dec 2, as the result of disease contracted while in service during the World War. His body was brought to this county for burial. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
GALLAHGER, Mrs. J. D.
Mrs. J. D. Gallagher, 57 years old, died in Catlettsburg Tuesday morning and was buried Thursday in Catlettsburg Cemetery. Mrs. Gallagher was before marriage Miss Minnie Burns, and was a sister of M. S. Burns, of this place. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Mott of Kenova, WV and Mrs. John Crooks, of Eldorado Springs, MO. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning in Holy Family Church, Ashland, Father C. J. Bocklage officiating. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
HAGER, Samuel Patton
Samuel Patton Hager, 92 years old, one of the most prominent citizens of Boyd County and well-known throughout the Big Sandy Valley, died Sunday afternoon as the result of pneumonia which developed 2 days before his death from a cold contracted early last week. “Uncle Sam” as he was familiarly known is remembered along Big Sandy by oldest inhabitants as a steamboat man during the Civil War. He is also known as the oldest Mason in Eastern Kentucky, and was one of the oldest in point of affiliation in this section, having been a member of that order for more than half a century. He was initiated as an Apprentice Mason at Paintsville in 1867, and the chapter degrees were conferred upon him by Apperson Lodge, Nov. 195 F. & AM at this place in the same year. He was a Shriner and a past presiding officer of the Blue Lodge, the Chapter and the Commandery.
Mr. Hager was born at the mouth of John’s Creek, Floyd County in 1834. His business carried him over a wide territory and through varied experiences. After being engaged in the mercantile business at Paintsville he moved to Missouri, later returning to Paintsville, taking to the river as a steamboatman during the War Between the States, and after continuing as a merchant in Paintsville until 1881, moved to Ashland, where he was in the same business. In Ashland he was a prominent figure in church social and business life. He was an active member of the Ashland M. E. Church, South, and made 2 trips to the Holy Land. He formerly was president of the Merchant’s Banking & Trust Company, of Ashland, was an official of the Norton Iron Works, and was prominently associated at times with various business enterprises.
He was married in 1865 to Miss Angelina Brown, a daughter of Judge Thomas S. Brown, of Johnson County, who survives him. Two sons, Edgar B. Hager and John S. Hager, Jr., also survive. Mrs. Henry Webb of this place is a granddaughter. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. Dr. C. B. Clark, pastor of the First M. E. Church, South, Ashland, and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
HARBOUR, Rev. t. M.
Rev. T. M. Harbour, 82 years old, of Hurricane, was found dead in bed Friday morning, Dec 10, by members of his family. Death was due to heart disease. Surviving are his widow, 5 sons, Will, Harbour, Mac Clyde and T. H. Harbour, all of Huntington, and Garland Harbour of Hurricane, 3 daughters, Mrs. Clifton Keeser, of Charleston, Mrs. H. L. Burton of Huntington, and Mrs. John S. Burdette of Hurricane. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Forest Memorial Church, Hurricane, with interment being made in Hurricane Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
HAYWOOD, M. E. (Mont)
A telegram announcing the death in Colorado of his father, M. E. (Mont) Haywood, 65 years old, was received by “Darb” Haywood, of Floyd County, Saturday, and the report was received here Sunday by relatives of Mr. Haywood. The report, meagre in details, says that Mr. Haywood met death in an auto accident and died in an hospital at Delta, Co. His son, who apprised Mr. Haywood’s widow here of the tragedy, left Sunday for that place to return his father’s body here for burial. It is expected that the body will arrive here Friday. Mr. Haywood came to Louisa a number of years ago from Floyd County and was connected with Snyder Brothers Hardware Company for some time as a traveling salesman and later in the same capacity with the Watson Hardware Company, of Ashland. He was well-known in both Lawrence and Floyd County. Mr. Haywood is survived by his widow, 4 daughters and a son. Two brothers also survive. Big Sandy News, Dec 24 1926
The body of M. E. Haywood, who was killed in an automobile accident at Delta, Co more than 2 weeks ago, was brought here for burial Monday. Funeral services were conducted from the home Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. I. N. Fannin, of the M. E. Church, South, officiating. Burial was made in the Pine Hill Cemetery. A more detailed report of Mr. Haywood’s death says that he was struck by an automobile and dragged approximately 50 feet. The driver of the death car picked him up and took him to a hospital, where he is said to have died without regaining consciousness. Big Sandy news, Dec 31, 1926
HODGES, May F.
Mrs. May F. Hodges, 52 years old, of Big Hurricane Creek, died in a Huntington Hospital Thursday night following an operation for appendicitis. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home on Big Hurricane Creek, a few miles from Louisa, and burial was made in the Hodges private burial plot. Surviving are 2 daughters, Miss Alma and Miss Reva Hodges; one son, Lyle; 5 sisters, Mrs. Ora Grant, Mrs. Lillie Gillispie, Mrs. Edith Erwin and Mrs. Sally Grant all of Big Hurricane Creek, and Mrs. Ocie Bowen of Ohio, and 3 brothers. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
Reuben Howard, of East Point, son of Tilden Howard, died Friday, Dec 17, of tuberculosis. He was buried Saturday. Mr. Howard is survived by his parents and 3 sisters, Mrs. H. T. Hill of this city, Mrs. Gladys Salyers and Miss Willa Arthur Howard. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1926
Mrs. Nancy Hyden of Prestonsburg, died Sunday Dec 13, at the ripe age of 92. She was buried Tuesday on Johns Creek. She was a member of the Baptist Church and is survived by the following sons: James Ball, of this city, George and Joe Dye. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
Miss Julia Kelly, who had lived in the home of Mrs. J.F. Hatten at Buchanan, several years, died Sunday afternoon after a 2 months illness of nephritis. She was almost 69 years of age and was born in Wayne County, WV. She was the last surviving member of the Kelly family in this section. Miss Kelly is survived by several nieces, some of whom live in Cincinnati. One of her nieces, Miss Julia Kelly of Cincinnati, was with her and ministered to her during the last 2 weeks of her illness. “Aunt Julia” as she was familiarly known was a good Christian woman. The funeral was preached at Buchanan Chapel by Rev. Harvey, pastor of this charge, Tuesday morning, after which she was interred in the cemetery at the church. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
A report reached here this week tells of the death at his home at Webbville, Dec 8, of Lafayette Kitchen, 61 years old, as the result of complications from which he had suffered for some time. He is survived by his widow and 4 children, Curtis, Nellie and William Kitchen, at home, and Clarence Kitchen of Sciotoville, OH, and by 3 sisters and one brother, Mrs. James Kidd, of Orr, Mrs. Rachel Clark and Mrs. Martha Tannian, of Dobbins and James Kitchen of Webbville. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, Dec 11, with interment following in Webbville Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
LANEY, A. M.
A.M. Laney of Deadwood was killed and L. D. Reid was seriously injured Tuesday night at May Coal Company’s operation by falling slate. Laney was killed instantly and Reid is in a Martin hospital in a serious condition. Both men were married. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
A 10 months old boy, so of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Maynard, of Delbarton, was burned to death, Dec 1 when the Maynard home was reduced to ashes. The unfortunate child was alone in a log section of the home when the fire started from a defective flue. When the cries of the child were heard the mother rushed to his rescue but was cut off by the leaping flames. The father was serving on the jury in Williamson when he was informed of the tragedy. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
MCCLUNG, F. H.
H. McClung, father of Mrs. H. H. Moore, whose husband is a native of this county, died Wednesday, Dec 22, at the home of his son, Dr. W. H. McClung in Hamlin, WV, after a short illness. Mr. McClung spent the greater part of his life in Ashland, where he was a prominent merchant. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ashland, and was associated with many civic enterprises there. After leaving Ashland, he entered the coal business in West Virginia, where he had large holdings in coal lands at the time of his death. Mrs. Moore, his only surviving daughter, lives in Winchester, KY. A second daughter, Mrs. T. A. Tonkin of Frankfort met death a few weeks ago in an automobile accident. Funeral services were conducted from the residence of Dr. W. H. McClung at Hamlin, the Rev. J. R. Robinson of Ashland, officiating. Burial was made in Ashland Friday, with rites conducted at the grave by members of Poage Masonic Lodge at the request of the lodge at Hamlin. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1926
MOORE, Robert J.
Robert J. Moore, 16 years old, succumbed to typhoid, Nov 27, at the home of his parents, on Louisa Route 2, it was learned here this week. Surviving him his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Moore, 2 brothers, Charles and Dock Carlos Moore and 6 sisters, Mrs. James Sammons, of Webb, WV, Mrs. Charles Derifield, Clifford, Mrs. Hobart Graham, Louisa, Mrs. Mary Maynard, Clifford and Misses Dova and Virginia Moore, Louisa, route 2. H. W. Lambert was in charge of the funeral Monday, Nov 29, at the Kent Vinson Cemetery, assisted by E. W. Lambert. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
MUSIC, Mrs. A. L.
Mrs. A. L. Music, of Gray’s Hill, Catlettsburg, died at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Ashland, Thursday from the result of burns, which she sustained early that morning from the explosion of a can of coal oil. Her husband was badly burned while trying to extinguish his wife’s clothing, but it is thought his injuries are not fatal. Mrs. Music is survived by her husband and 4 children. The funeral took place Saturday morning from the residence of Mrs. Charles Clark, Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
David O’Daniel was born Jul 14, 1888 and died Sep 9, 1926, of typhoid at his home near Fallsburg. He was married to Rosa Moore in 1913, to which union were born 3 children, Edna, 11, Mildred, 9,and Dan, 7. He was a noble man, loved by all who knew him. It is sad to part with him, but we realize that by giving up father our loss is Heaven’s gain. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1926
Peyton Osborn, 78 years old, died Saturday morning, Dec 11, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hattie Wellman at Westmoreland, WV. A sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Christian, lives in Fort Gay. Other survivors are 5 children, Emory Osborn, Kenova, WV, Birney Osborn, Wadsworth, OH, Chauncey Osborn and Mrs. Hattie Wellman, Westmoreland, Mrs. Chloe Young, Smiths Ferry, PA, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Workman of Huntington. Funeral services were conducted near Echo and burial was made there. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
PARSLEY, Mrs. J. D.
Mrs. J. D. Parsley, wife of a prominent Logan County merchant, was drowned in Island Creek, at Chauncey, near Logan, Tuesday afternoon, when the swollen stream undermined a small shed at the rear of her home. Mrs. Parsley was in the shed at the time and was trapped in it when it toppled over the bank and into the steam. Before her marriage, she was a resident of Wayne County and was well known there. She had married Mr. Parsley only a few months ago. Her husband was a resident of Williamson before moving to Logan County. Mrs. Parsley’s body had not been found yesterday, having been swept away in the flood after the shed broke up in the swirling waters of the creek. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1926
PAYNE, Mrs. Jonas
A bite inflicted on her arm by a mad dog early in October resulted in the death last week at her home near Ellen, this county, of Mrs. Jonas, Payne, Jr., 30 years old, who is believed to have been the second person ever to die of hydrophobia in this county. A short illness of 3 or 4 days, which was marked by all symptoms of rabies, with intense pain in the spine and head, frothing at the mouth and convulsions, preceded Mrs. Payne’s death. She was conscious a short time before her death and is said never to have become violent. Mrs. Payne was bitten, according to records in The Big Sandy News office, on or about Oct 8, when 6 or 7 other persons were bitten, among them being an aged woman, a Mrs. Elswick, whose wound was declared most serious of the lot. The dog was killed and its head shipped to the State Board of Health for examination for rabies.
Mrs. Payne came here to a physician and was advised to take treatment under Dr. J. J. Gambill at Blaine, a point, nearer her home than is Louisa. Nine days after being bitten, she took the Pasteur treatment. From the time she was attacked by the dog, Mrs. Payne is said to have feared development of hydrophobia and worried a great deal over the consequences of the bite. When she began feeling ill, within 4 or 5 days of her death, she forbade her small daughter to sleep with her, as had been her wont. When first becoming ill, the victim complained of pains in the arm on which she had been bitten. Later, her head was affected. Racked with agony, she went into convulsions at times, though medical treatment rendered her tended to make her quieter than those affected with hydrophobia usually are. Dr. J. J. Gambill of Blaine, who treated the case, says that one other Lawrence Countian, in this experience died of hydrophobia about 20 years ago. The victim was a son of James Limings, he said, and had not been given anti-rabies serum. Development of rabies in persons who have taken the Pasteur treatment after being bitten is extremely rare, physicians say and it is believed that Mrs. Payne’s death was the result of failing to take treatment in time. The victim is survived by her husband and one child. Burial was made near Ellen. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
PELFREY, Mrs. H. M. (Flora Compton)
On Aug 17, 1926, the spirit of Mrs. H. M. Pelfrey took its flight from this world and went back to God who gave it. Mrs. Pelfrey was born Sep 6, 1870 and died at the age of 55 years 11 months and 11 days. She was a woman of noble character and was highly esteemed among her wide circle of friends. She was a mother to the motherless having raised 2 of her brother’s children from infancy to womanhood. Therefore she will be missed by them as a mother. She was brought back to her grandfather Cooksey’s old farm on Catt and was buried in the old home cemetery. Before her marriage she was Flora Compton. It is sad to part with our loved ones here, but we realize by giving up Mrs. Pelfrey that our loss is heaven’s gain. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
Pollard—Mrs. Sarah Pennington, former Lawrence County woman, died last week at the home of her daughter in Ashland, and was taken to Webbville for burial. Big sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
Pikeville—Frank Phillips is dead, Roland Branham is near death, J. H. Ricker is wounded and Sylvan Branham is in jail here awaiting trial as the result of a shooting affair at Greasy Creek Monday. The 2 Branhams are citizens of Floyd County and it is said one of them arrived in Greasy Creek a week before the death of Phillips and the other one the night before. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
John Powers, of Ashland, was struck and instantly killed Thursday morning, Dec 23, near his home by a C & O freight train, when he is said to have stepped from between 2 gondolas directly into the path of the engine. Coleman Powers, brother of the victim, died suddenly in Paintsville, a short time ago. Powers’ body was dragged about 50 feet after being struck by the engine, and the body was badly mangled. Railroad employees said that he was seen on the tracks too late for the engineer to save his life by stopping the engine. Mr. Powers was a member of one of Ashland’s oldest families. He was never married. Surviving him are the following brothers and sisters: Hiram and Elwood Powers, Miss Sallie Powers and Miss Laura Powers of Ashland, Mrs. C. E. Williams, Indianapolis, IN, and Mrs. r. C. Cartlow, Petersburg, VA. Big Sandy news, Dec 31, 1926
Cam Rice died Thanksgiving Day at his home on Catt, this county, after a long illness, and was buried in the family cemetery near his home. He was almost 76 years old, and was a men highly respected by those who knew him. He was a son of W. M. Rice and a brother to Dr. N. T. Rice, of Blaine. He is survived by 2 sons, Bill Rice of Louisa and Nelson Rice, at home. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
ROBERTS, Reuben C.
Reuben C. Roberts, 82 years old, died Sunday night at his home on Deephole Branch, this county, as the result of bronchitis, from which he had suffered several years, and ofill health attendant upon old age. Mr. Roberts had been confined to his bed since Jun 1924 and his condition became grave about 2 weeks ago. His death marks the passing of one of the oldest Masons in Eastern Kentucky. At the time of his death he and Major D. J. Burchett, of Mt. Sterling, were said to be the oldest members of Apperson Lodge, No. 195 F & A M of this place. The deceased was a son of John and Esther Abbott Roberts and was born near the home in which he died. He had lived at the place of his death for the past 48 years, being engaged in farming. For the past 47 years he had been a member of the M. E. Church, and was known widely as one of Lawrence County’s best citizens. Mr. Roberts was twice married. His first marriage, to which 3 children were born, was to Miss Emarilla Diamond. After her death he was united in marriage to Miss Belle Bradley, to which union 4 children were born. Surviving him are the following children: W. J. Roberts of Louisa, Mrs. Lon Diamond, London, OH, Mrs. J. S. Judd, Sciotoville, OH, Mrs. S. J. Picklesimer, Louisa, Mrs. Eugene Crank, Fallsburg, J. B. Roberts, who lived with his father, and Mrs. George Hays of Louisa. One brother, John Roberts, resides in London, OH. A call meeting of Apperson Lodge, of the Masonic order, was held at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning for the purpose of arranging for the lodge to conduct the funeral and burial. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Tuesday morning, the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of the M. E. Church, South, and the Rev. V. E. Fryman, pastor of the Louisa M. E. church, officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
ROBINSON, Mayme Arada
Mrs. Mayme Arada Robinson aged 22, died here Tuesday and was taken to her old home in Ashland to be buried. Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry S. Bryand, and her sister were wither during her illness. She is survived by her husband, H. H. Robinson, of this city (Pikeville). Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
SMALLWOOD, H. D.
D. Smallwood died from cancer Wednesday, Dec 1 at the home of his son in law, Hobert Blevins, of Scott Avenue. John Call took charge of the body and the funeral was held Friday at Dorton, KY, Rev. M. C. Reynolds and Rev. Allen Cline conducting the service. Mr. Smallwood was a retired lumberman. He was born Oct 13th, 1872 in Waynesburg, KY where his father 83 years of age is still living. Mr. Smallwood is survived also by his wife and 11 children, 2 sisters and 5 brothers. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
Burial of Hobart Smith, 26 years old, World War veteran who died in the Soldiers’ Home, Washington, D. C. Thanksgiving Day was made Sunday in Ashland Cemetery, Clarence Field Post, American Legion, taking part in the burial service. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Smith, Ashland; 2 sisters, Misses Fannie and Lily Smith, Ashland, and 3 brothers, Will Smith, Prestonsburg, and Joe and Martin Smith of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
STEWART, John L.
John L. Stewart, 54 years old, Westmoreland, WV, contractor, who was well-known here, shot and killed himself Tuesday morning at his home according to the verdict returned by a jury sitting at an autopsy held over the body immediately after the fatal shot was fired. Temporary mental derangement resulting from financial difficulty is believed to have led to the tragedy, though relatives of the victim are said to have held that his death was accidental, probably taking place when he tripped over a gas pipe in the garage where his body was found, and fell discharging the gun. The charge of a 16 gauge shotgun entered at the left side of his throat and ranged upward. Death was instantaneous, it is believed. He is believed to have placed the muzzle of the gun under his chin and to have fired it by pressing a notched stick against the trigger. Mr. Stewart had borrowed the weapon from a neighbor, it is said, ostensibly for the purpose of killing some pigeons near his home. After killing a half dozen of the birds, he entered the garage, where he the shot was fired a short time later.
The victim was a native of Wayne County and came to Louisa with the Boxley Construction Company when the Norfolk & Western railway was being laid across the river in West Virginia. He was married to a daughter of John Billups, of Fort Gay. Until 2 years ago he was a member of the contracting firm of Stewart & Davis. He was well-known throughout Wayne County and was known to many persons in this county. He was an active member of the Christian Church and was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. His death came on the day following the celebration of his 54th birthday anniversary, and was a distinct shock to his friends scattered over a wide area. Surviving him are his widow and 2 sons, Robert L. Stewart, who is a student in a Winchester, KY military academy, and John L. Stewart, a student in Westmoreland Junior High School. Five sisters and 4 brothers also survive: Mrs. J. P. Riggs, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. B. F. Ward, Barboursville, WV, Mrs. William Dunkle, Martha, WV, Mrs. Tom Carver, Ceredo, WV, Mrs. T. E. Ellis, Westmoreland, WV, and William and H. D. Stewart of Westmoreland, Albert Stewart of Youngstown, OH and J. H. Stewart of Huntington. Burial was made in Huntington, following funeral services at Vinson Memorial Church Thursday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
Prestonsburg—Wednesday the gas station at Spradlin Ford on Middle Creek suddenly caught on fire burning Frank Stephens who was on duty. It is said all his clothes with the exception of his shoes and socks were burned off. The origin of the fire is not known, but was very likely a gas explosion from a leak. Frank Stephens, who was so badly burned in the gas station fire died at 10 o’clock Wednesday evening of his burns. He was rushed to the Paintsville Hospital but could not be saved. He is survived by his widow and several children. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
TAYLOR, Mrs. W. M.
Mrs. W. M. Taylor, age 23, of Spencer, WV, died in a Parkersburg hospital last week, following an operation, Mrs. Taylor was slightly injured in an automobile wreck near Genoa, Wayne County, while driving through here from Williamson to Spencer last September. Her injury in the wreck was in no way responsible for her death. It will be recalled that Mrs. Taylor and her 2 year old son and a Miss Dyer of Williamson were in the car when it turned over. Mrs. Taylor is the wife of the editor of the Roane County Democrat, of Spencer, and before marriage, she was Willa Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Cox of Williamson. Wayne County News, Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
Zachary Thacker, 34 years old, of South Point, OH, but formerly of Beaver Creek, Floyd County, was drowned near the Kentucky side of the Ohio River at Catlettsburg Wednesday night Dec 8, when the small boat in which he and a companion, James Stepp, were enroute from South Point to Catlettsburg capsized. Stepp narrowly escaped drowning. Owing to darkness, a search for Thacker’s body instituted that night was futile, and subsequent dragging of the river and search of the Ohio have been in vain. Both Stepp and the victim are said to have been intoxicated. It was charged that the former was drunk when rescued. He was arrested by Catlettsburg authorities and placed under $300 bond until the drowning is investigated. The survivor of the tragedy is unable to give any account of the accident. The boat evidently was turned turtle by a strong undercurrent, he said. Relatives of Thacker have made a persistent search for his body, and points along the river below Catlettsburg have been notified to watch for the body. Surviving the victim are his widow and 4 children, his father, Runyan Thacker of Pine Grove, OH, 5 sisters and 4 brothers, Mrs. Sallie Howard, Greenup, Miss Minnie Thacker of Floyd County, Mrs. Oma Reffit, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Addie Sheets, Wheelersburg, OH, Miss Laura Thacker, Pine Grove, OH, and Irvin Thacker, Wheelersburg, OH and Dave, John and James Thacker of Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, Dec 17,1926
TONKIN, Anna (McClung)
WALKER, W. O.
Mrs. Anna McClung Tonkin, 37 years old, wife of T. A. Tonkin, of Frankfort and W. O. Walker, vice president of the Central Kentucky Natural Gas Company, were killed Friday evening at Independence, KY, when the automobile which Mr. Walker was driving overturned and crashed into a tree. Mr. Tonkin was also seriously injured. Mrs. Tonkin was a daughter of F. H. McClung, of Ashland and a sister to the wife of Herbert Moore, a native of this county, who is now a resident of Winchester and county attorney of Clark County. Mr. Walker is known here, through his connection with the Central Kentucky Natural Gas Company, which uses gas produced by the Carroll Oil & Gas Company wells in Lawrence County. Mr. Walker died instantly and Mrs. Tonkin’s death came a few minutes after the accident occurred, a report reaching here says. Surviving Mrs. Tonkin are her husband, and a son, Billie, F. H. McClung, her father, a sister, Mrs. Herbert Moore, and one brother, Dr. Walter McClung of Hamlin, WV. Funeral services for Mrs. Tonkin were conducted at Frankfort and burial was made Monday in Ashland cemetery. The body of Mr. Walker was taken to Oil City, PA for interment. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926
Harry VanHoose, aged 79, died at his home at Mingo last Sunday after an illness of several weeks. The funeral was held Tuesday morning and a large crowd of neighbors, relatives and friends attended. Rev. Arthur Green, Rev. Guy Preston and Rev. Warren L. Preston conducted the funeral. “Uncle Harry” VanHoose, as he was known to the people of this section was one of the best citizens of this county. For years he had been a devoted member of the church and was honored and respected by all the people. Having been married 3 times, he leaves a large family of children. His first wife died in 1892, and his second wife died a number of years ago. His third wife and the following children survive him. By his first marriage: Fred C. of Mingo, KY, Alonzo, F. (Butcher) of Frankfort, KY, Clyde, of Los Angeles, CA, Frew of Paintsville and Byron of Mingo, KY. By his second marriage, Bert of Mingo and by his third marriage, Gladys also of Mingo—Paintsville Herald. Mr. VanHoose was related to several Fort Gay citizens. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1926
VINSON, Vicie Ann (Wiley)
Mrs. Vicie Ann Vinson, 74 years old, a former resident of this county, and well-known woman here, died at her home at Glenhayes, WV Wednesday night, Nov 24, after a long period of invalidism. Mrs. Vinson suffered an attack of pneumonia in September and never fully recovered from its effects. She was the widow of Lazarus Vinson, who was widely known in this section. He died about 30 years ago. She was the mother of 11 children, 7 of whom survive. Mrs. Vinson was a woman of remarkable memory, and this faculty she retained up till the morning of the day on which she died. Her generosity was proverbial, it having been said of her that no person in need was ever turned empty-handed from her door. She was a member of the Christian Church for many years. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Ireland James of Williamson, WV, Mrs. U. S. Branham, Clifford, this county, Miss Carrie Vinson, at home, and 4 sons, L. K. Vinson, of this place, J. J. Vinson, Huntington, Z. T. and S. P. Vinson, at home, and a stepson, James Vinson of Louisa. Two brothers, S. P. Wiley, of Covington and John Wiley of Huntington, also survive. Numbered among her descendants are 32 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday by the Rev. John Vinson of the M. E. Church, South, Huntington, a nephew of the deceased and burial was made in the family burial ground at Glenhayes. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1926
WHITT, William B.
Ill health, with his suffering intensified by the pressure of public and private business affairs, is believed to have led W. B. Whitt, 59 years old, mayor of Ashland, to commit suicide Sunday afternoon at this home in Ashland. Kissing members of his family, Mr. Whitt went upstairs to his room about 2 o’clock. Not long after, while his children, gathered at home for the Christmas holidays, joined in merrymaking, he planned the fatal act. The report of the shotgun, the charge of which tore a gaping hole in his breast, was not heard downstairs. G. A. Kirkeek, the victim’s son in law, discovered the body after coming to the Whitt home in answer to a telephone call from the mayor, who told him that he had written him a letter and asked him to come to him at once, as he wanted to see him on important business.
Mr. Whitt lay on the bed in his room, a small shotgun beside him. Coroner’s Richardson and Ashland police were notified. The coroner said that suicide was self-evident. Contents of the letter to Mr. Kirkeek were not made public. Mayor Whitt, who was one of Ashland’s best-known business men and most prominent citizens, had been in ill health since 1924, and had submitted to operations in an Ashland hospital and at Mayo Brothers Hospital, Rochester, Minn. He never fully recovered from this illness, and this is believed to have led to his death. He was elected mayor in November 1925, on the Democratic ticket by whit is said to have been the largest majority ever given a municipal candidate in Ashland. His duties as mayor were rendered more arduous by his business responsibilities as vice president and general manager of the Kitchen-Whitt Wholesale Grocery Company and president of the Watson Hardware Company. Mr. Whitt was born at Whitt, KY, near what is now Cory. He was twice married and was the father of 10 children. He was a Mason and a Knight Templar and a Shriner and was affiliated with other fraternal organizations. Sunday morning, a few hours before his death, he attended Sunday school at the M. E. Church, South, of which he was a member.
Surviving him are his widow, the former, Miss Bess Sexton, of Rowan County, 5 children by his first marriage, Mrs. R.A. Kirkeek, Mrs. Claude James, Mrs. V. C. Underwood and Winfield Whitt, of Ashland and R. Russell Whitt of Huntington and 4 children of his second marriage, W. b. Jr., Jack Seitz, Alice Jean and Arthur Francis. His 80 year old mother, Mrs. Missouri Whitt, lives at Corey, Carter county. His first wife, who before marriage was Miss Bertola Jarvis of Olive Hill, died in 1906.The body lay in state at the home Monday afternoon and until 9 Monday night. Funeral services were conducted from the home Monday evening by his pastor, The Rev. Dr. C. N. Clark, who was assisted by the Rev. E. R. Overly. Burial services at the grave were conducted Tuesday in the family cemetery at Corey by the Master Masons lodge of Olive Hill. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1926
Dennis York, 19 years old, died here Monday morning in Riverview Hospital as the result of a bullet wound inflicted by Lige Reynolds, Glenhayes, WV, merchant, in the latter’s store at Glenhayes Saturday evening. After accompanying his victim here, Reynolds, disappeared, and a search instituted by officers here and by West Virginia state police across the river failed to locate him, until Monday afternoon, when he was found near Glenhayes, by the state police and taken to Wayne, where he was lodged in jail. Reynolds claimed the shooting was an accident. In a death bed statement young York gave another version of the affair. Reynolds was intoxicated when York entered his store, the statement alleges, and revolver in hand, ordered York to dance. “I mean it, “ he is alleged to have said, and the youth did so. When the turned around, the statement continues, the shot was fired. The bullet passed through York’s arm, struck the hip and pierced the abdomen. Four physicians, after a consultation here, decided that an operation would be in vain. The victim was a son of Harry York of Glenhayes, and was a relative of Dr. L. H. York, of this place, to whose hospital he was brought. He was a nephew of Mrs. R. L. Webb, of Louisa. His grandfather, the Rev. J.R. Campbell, lives here. He had been in Harlan for the last 2 years, where his mother, Mrs. James C. Staten, lives, and had gone to Glenhayes to visit his father, about 2 weeks ago. Surviving him are his parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers, Howard, Curtis and Frances York, of Glenhayes, and Anna Staten of Harlan. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning by the Rev. Greenwood of Catlettsburg, at the Glenhayes Christian Church and burial was made there in the York Cemetery. As a result of this affair, West Virginia state police raided Glenhayes this week, cleaning out a “nest” of bootleggers there. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1926