ASTROTH, Pearl (Davis)
Washington, Jan 28—A trip from Kentucky begun by Mrs. Frank Astroth of Thelma, Johnson County, in the hope that it might result in a rehabilitation with her husband, ended on a white cot in the emergency hospital last night. She had failed and took poison. Physicians fighting to have her live believe she took 6 tablets of bichloride of mercury. Her condition is critical. She became unconscious pleading wither sister, Miss Lucille Davis, not to tell their mother. The fact that she had taken poison was discovered by her husband. He became suspicious when she sat down quietly at a table and began to write. He looked over her shoulder and found she was writing a farewell note. Astroth told police he married the woman, then Miss Pearl Davis, in Thelma on Oct 7, 1916. At that time he said she gave her age as 20 although she was only 18. They came to Washington and lived at 738 Morton Street northwest. Astroth was buying the home. Then in February of last year, he said, he discovered his wife had been married before to a man named Adams, of Cleveland. He believed they had not been divorced. He did not tell the police the source of his information and his wife was too ill last night to discuss the case. He immediately began action for divorce. His wife returned to Thelma. He did not know she was in town, he said, until he went home last night and found her and her sister waiting for him. They had been here 2 days, he said, and were living at 924 New York Avenue. Mrs. Astroth pleaded with him to drop the divorce action, he said, and when he refused, threatened to kill. He thought she meant to kill him, but was not sure. Then she left the room. She returned and began to write. It was then he looked over her shoulder. He found the empty bichloride bottle in her pocket. Aided by her sister, he carried her to a drug store, where an ambulance was summoned. Louisville Post. Big Sandy News, Jan 30,1925
BENTLEY, Mrs. Clara
Mrs. Clara Bentley, wife of Thomas Bentley, died at her home near Yatesville on Tuesday. She was the daughter of John M. Bentley. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
With the closing days of the year, 1924, Clara Belle Bentley closed her eyes to all earthly things and has gone to her reward, she died Dec 28, 1924 at Verdonville, Logan Co., WV aged ?? years and ? months. Her remains were removed back to the old home at Yatesville, KY for burial. This good woman was born and reared in Lawrence County, near where the writer of this sketch first saw light, and (there is a lot more but very difficult to read), Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
BLAIR, Flora M.
Mrs. Flora M. Blair of Paintsville, died at an Ashland hospital following an illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Blair had been ill for some time at her home and was removed to the hospital when her condition grew worse last Friday. She remained the same, however, and death came at 2:30 o’clock Sunday. The body was shipped to the Blair home at Paintsville where funeral services were held with interment in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1925
Wayland—The second murder of a white man by a Negro here within 2 months that of Hirschel Blankenship, 28, by 2 unidentified Negroes Sunday night threw this place into a furor of excitement. Fearing a lynching, as in the case of “Kid” Shannon, Negro murderer, here several weeks ago, officers rushed 2 Negro suspects of the killing to Garrett, a nearby mining town; thence, when a mob threatened, to Martin, 12 miles farther from the scene of the crime, and finally on to Prestonsburg where the men were lodged in jail. The mob was cheated of its intended victims, it is said, by a report given out by officials that the fugitives had been hanged at a coal tipple, a half mile below Garrett. The slain man, a miner and a native of Floyd County, is survived by his widow and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1925
Ercell Blankenship who was robbed and murdered at Wayland on the night of Jan 4, was the son of Tom Blankenship, formerly of Louisa, and a grandson of Capt. William Blankenship of this place. He leaves a wife and 3 children, the youngest only 5 days old at the time of his death. The Negro who is supposed to have murdered him is still at large. However, 2 other Negroes have been arrested and placed in Prestonsburg jail on suspicion. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
Pikeville, Jan 3—Dr. J. H. Hughes of Emma is in jail here today following his arrest by Policeman E. M. Thornbury this morning after the body of a recently born 7 ½ pound babe was found at a hotel here at 8 a.m. Hughes and a woman he claimed to be his wife are said to have registered at the hotel Wednesday night and were assigned to room 37 which he kept private against encroachment of the chambermaids until today. Yesterday the supposed Mrs. Hughes left Pikeville on train 39 and Mr. Hughes remained at the hotel. The gruesome find of the nude body of a boy was made this morning by two of the hotel chambermaids when they opened a box in the hall in front of the doctor’s room. The matter was reported to Policeman Thornbury and an autopsy of the infant made by Doctors Z. A. Thompson and J. C. Preston, who gave as their opinion that the child had died after birth either from smothering or neglect. This also was the verdict of the coroner’s inquest. While on the way to jail Hughes retracted his former statement that the woman implicated was his wife and said that she was of a prominent family in Beaver Creek—Ashland Independent.
Later—Pikeville, KY, Jan 7, Susan Bradley, 20, and single, of Martin, KY, who was implicated by Dr. J. H. Hughes as the woman registered with him as his wife at the hotel here last week where the dead babe was found Saturday was arrested at her home on Beaver Creek yesterday by deputy sheriff J. S. Childress and brought to Pikeville and placed in jail last night. Miss Bradley walked 3 or 4 miles following her arrest expressing a preference to do so. She was accompanied to Pikeville by her father and mother. Her mother remained with her at jail last night. She assured sheriff Childress that she would tell the truth on trial. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1925
Twin babies, a boy and a girl, 6 months old, lost their lives when the home burned on J??? Branch, near Sidney post office in Wayne County, WV. They were children of Emery Cassidy, an N & W brakeman. The mother left the house for a short time, leaving the babied in bed, and in some unknown way it caught fire and was burned down. When the mother returned the house was almost down. She is a daughter of J. W. Crabtree, president of the Wayne County Court. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
Paintsville—Jan 20—Judge Henry Conley, age 68, died at his home on Third Street Sunday. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ben F. Spradlin, Mrs. Fred Sherman, and Mrs. Virgin Steel, John Conley and Heber Conley. Burial was in Wells Bucking cemetery Monday. Judge Conley acted as police judge for a number of years and was widely known. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1925
John Damron, a merchant of Chattaroy, WV was killed by a train at that place early last Friday morning . He was until the last 2 or 3 years a resident of Clifford this county, 10 miles southeast of Louisa. His family lives near Glenhayes. John had been rooming in his store building at Chattaroy and taking his meals at a restaurant near by. On Friday morning he was out early and after eating breakfast he went out near the railroad track about the time N & W passenger train No. 5 passed A light train came along immediately afterward and Mr. Damron stepped on the track in from of it. The body appeared to have been caught and dragged across a cattle guard. It was baldy mangled. One arm was torn off. Mr. Damron was about 55 years old. He is survived by the wife and 5 children, 4 sons and one daughter, the youngest about 12 years of age. His wife is a daughter of Ulysses Fitzpatrick of Clifford. Mr. Damron was a successful merchant, a good citizen and one who enjoyed a reputation for integrity and industry. His death in such a shocking manner brings sorrow to a large circle of friends. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
DEERING, John M.
Mr. John M. Deering died on Jan 15 at the home of his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Eldridge at ???, KY. He was born Apr 2, 1849 at Hopewell, Greenup Co., He was the father of Mrs. J. N. Marcum of Louisa. Mr. and Mrs. Marcum were both sick at the time of his death neither being able to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1925
Hueysville—Before would be rescuers could reach him, Cled Dial, ??, miner was drowned here last Sunday evening in an attempt to swim a mule across Beaver Creek, which was in the flood stage from recent rains. His body has not as yet been recovered. Dial was intoxicated, it is said, and insisted that he could ford the stream. When his friend attempted to save him by force from his madness, he is reported to have flourished a knife, thus causing the other to release him, and to have then spurred his mount into the flood. A short distance from the shore he plunged into the water, sank, rose and as a spectator prepared to go to his assistance sank again, and was seen no more. The victim of this tragedy is survived by his widow and a number of children. He has relatives in Johnson County, according to friends. Big Sandy news, Jan 16, 1925
A daughter of Milt Diamond of Two Mile, died Wednesday night at his home. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
DIAMOND, Mrs. Chris
The widow of Chris Diamond, age 77, died here Wednesday night at the home of B. F. Diamond. Pneumonia caused her death, after only a few days illness. She was afflicted with asthma previously. Mrs. Diamond’s maiden name was Jobe. The burial will take place near her former home. Big Sandy News, Jan 9,1925
FITCH, Nora (Davis)
Ulysses—At 11 o’clock Christmas night the death angel entered the home of James Fitch of Lower Ulysses and claimed for its victim his loving wife, Mrs. Nora Davis Fitch. She died of pneumonia and is survived by 3 children and several step children, her husband, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
Frankfort, KY, Jan 5—Sol Fleming, convict, was killed by a deputy sheriff in Pike County today. Fleming was serving a life term for murder and a little more than a year ago violated the confidence of Warden H. V. Bastin, who permitted him to go home to visit his ill mother. He escaped from the guard in Pike County and although heard of now and then could not be captured. A phone message tonight from Pikeville gave the bare announcement of the killing. Prior to Fleming’s conviction at Prestonsburg for murder he had been convicted at Whitesburg 30 years ago for participating in killing Jemima Hall, an aged woman on Boone Creek, in Letcher County. On 2 trials for this crime, it was said here tonight, the verdict resulted in the death penalty, but a third trial reduced it to life imprisonment. He was at liberty on parole when he killed Tackett. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1925
Ed Ford was born Mar 15, 1847? At Prestonsburg, KY and died Jan ?, 1925, being ?? years 9 months and 19 days old. He spend most of his life in Prestonsburg near the place where he was born. He was the son of Thomas Ford and Lucy Merriman Ford, who was among the early pioneers from Virginia and North Carolina. He was postmaster of Prestonsburg for years and proprietor of the Ford Hotel for 25? Years and being wholehearted and ??? all his friends and relatives were welcome around his ??? and he was known far and near by the name of ????? Ford. He married Lavitia? Martin ??? , 1876? And to this union were born 6 children, the eldest Mrs. Maggie May deceased and the youngest Carl Ford, who also passed away a few years ago. He is survived by his wife and children, Curtis Ford, Catlettsburg, Irvin Ford, of this city, Mrs. O. P. Powers, Ashland, Dr. Milton Ford, Warfield, 2 sisters Mrs. Ma??? Marra and Ms. Lucy Auxier, Auxier and one brother Tom Ford of ??? County and a host of relatives and friends to mourn for him. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
A child of George Franklin, of Two Mile, died a few days ago of spinal trouble. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
Salyersville, KY, Jan 20—Vance Fugate was shot and killed Saturday night, at the home of Bolin Dwyer on Middle Ford in Magoffin County. According to the information received here, Fugate was an overnight guest at Dwyer’s home. He was standing on the porch, it is said, and a light from an open door made him a target. Several shots rang out from the darkness and Fugate fell dead. A bullet had penetrated his forehead and he had been killed almost instantly. The sheriffs are looking for Jack and Sam Risner. Fugate, several weeks ago, wounded Jack Risner, it is reported. Dwyer opened fire on the slayers of his guest, but failed to hit his mark. Fugate is survived by 2 small children. His wife died recently. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1925
The body of Adrian Hatfield ? ? years old, a prominent real estate man of Ashland and a member of a West Virginia family, who died suddenly Sunday, was taken to Borderland, WV for burial, following funeral services, at his residence at Normal. Mr. Hatfield left his home Sunday morning about 10:30, telling his wife that he would go to his office and work there until time to return home at noon. It was his intention to take a street car and a friend, Marion Collins, offered him a ride in his automobile and he accepted. During the ride up town he complained that he was not feeling well and on reaching the city showed signs of acute illness. Mr. Collins rushed with him to the hospital but death ensued before attendants could take him from the car and into the institution. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. J. R. Church of South Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
On Jan 21st the death angel visited and claimed for its victim Hargis Holbrook, who was born Feb 21, 1832. His age was 92 years and 11 months. He died at his home near Skaggs. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, 2 daughters, and 2 sons, Mrs. Mary Franklin of Red Bush, KY, Mrs. Sarah S. Skaggs of Terryville, Cam and James Holbrook of Skaggs, also several grandchildren and a host of sorrowing relatives and friends who will miss him. He had been married twice, but his first wife and 2 daughters and 2 sons preceded him to the Gloryland several years ago. On Jan 22nd the body was conveyed to the Holbrook cemetery encased in a beautiful casket and was consigned by loving hands to the bosom of Mother Earth, awaiting the trumpet of God to sound when the dead in Christ shall rise. Services were conducted by Rev. Phillip Skaggs. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
JUSTICE, David M.
Mr. David M. Justice, aged 58 years, died at the family home on Lick Creek last Saturday afternoon about 3 o’clock, following a brief illness of pneumonia. A few years ago Mr. Justice and family moved to Lick Creek from a point in the county. He was a good citizen and his death came as a shock to family and friends. His wife and 3 daughters survive. They are Mrs. Mont Wheeler of Blaine, Mrs. W. I. Johnson of Maysville and Mrs. Clyde Carter of Lick Creek. The funeral service was conducted at the home of Rev. M. A. Hay of Louisa and burial took place in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
M. Justice was born Dec ??, ???? died Jan 10, 1925, aged ?? years, and 16 days He was united in marriage to Emma Moore, Aug 22, ????. to this union was born ? children, Mrs. Mont Wheeler of Blaine, Mrs. W. F. Johnson, of Maysville, and Mrs. Clyde Carter of Louisa. They were all present at the tie of his death. He only lingered from Tuesday till Saturday of the ??? week, pneumonia causing his death. The funeral services were held at Elizabeth Jarrel Church on Lick Creek and were conducted by Bro. M. A. Hay Sunday afternoon. D. M. Justice was a good neighbor and a good citizen, always on the right side of all public matters and a Christian gentleman in every respect. He was converted and united with the Methodist Church 22 years ago. He moved from Mattie, this county to his present farm on Lick Creek 3 years ago where he died. He was laid to rest in the Burton graveyard overlooking his home He was a prosperous farmer, making a ???? of truck farming. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
Grayson—George Hatcher is now on trial for the murder of Carl Litteral which was committed on last June 1 at Prestonsburg, KY. Young Litteral is the son of M. C. Litteral of Music, this county and a brother in law of Henry Evans of Grayson. Young Litteral was working as an operator for the C & O railroad, Wayland, Floyd County, and boarding with Hatcher. He went to the river to take a bath and never returned. His clothes were found on the bank of the river and he was found 3 days after some miles below in the river with his neck and ??? broken and skull crushed. After an examination by the undertaker it was found he had no water in his lungs and their opinion he was dead before he was thrown in the water. An indictment was returned at the last September term of court against Hatcher and the case is now called for trial. Hatcher denies his guilt and claims the boy was drowned. Grayson Journal. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
LITTERAL, Mary Jane
Mrs. Mary Jane Litteral died at the home of her son, H. G. Litteral in Ashland Friday after a period of illness extending over 8 months. During that time she was almost a total invalid. She was born and raised at Oils Springs, near Paintsville, but came to Ashland about 16 months and had been making her home with her son, H. G. Litteral, more than a year. Her husband, Minyard Litteral, preceded her in death about one year. She leaves her son and 4 daughters, Mrs. Linda Litteral of Oil Springs, Mrs. Minnie Prunty, Mrs. Teela Blanton and Mrs. Rachel Litteral all of Ashland. The funeral was held Saturday at the home and burial was made in the Ashland cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
MCGLOSSON, Sarah (Williamson)
Mrs. Sarah McGlosson, wife of G. B. McGlosson, departed this life on Sunday, Jan 11, 1925, at her home at Vanceburg, KY. She was born in Martin County, KY, March 1852 and was the daughter of L?? Williamson. She was married when very young and was the mother of 4 children, 2 boys and girls. They moved to Cadmus about 5 years ago where Mr. McGlosson went into the goods business and at Cadmus she had many friends. She had been an invalid for some time and bore her suffering with much patience. Her husband sold out at Cadmus and moved with his family to Vanceburg last spring. She often prayed for her good friends at Cadmus and elsewhere during her last hours and just before the end came she called her children, husband, father, mother, sister and friends that were present around her and asked them to meet her in heaven. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
MILLER, Mrs. Charley
On last Sunday Dec 21, 1924, Mrs. Charley Miller of Ashland died at her home. Her health and been ??? for some time, but her death came as a great shock. She was a woman of great personality and to know her was to love her. She was the wife of Charles Miller, Sr. and daughter of Isaac ?Ogle? and wife. Her former home was at Adeline ???. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, 8 children, 4 sons, ???, ????, C???, and Charles of Ashland, 4 daughters, Mrs. ??? Vanhorn, of Adeline, Mrs. Martin Wheeler of Wilbur, Mrs. W. M. Cooksey of Ashland and Mrs. George Queen of Catlettsburg, 2 sisters, Mrs. Joe ???? of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Perry Hatten of ????, and a number of grandchildren, relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the home T??? and was conducted by Rev. ???? of Ashland who (several lines here I could not read)… the remains to Ashland Cemetery where they were laid to rest to await the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
MILLER, J. R.
The death of J. R. Miller of Meade Branch occurred on Sunday, Jan 4, 1925. He was the oldest son of the Rev. A. H. Miller of Lick Creek and had been suffering for some time with leakage of the heart. He was a merchant and farmer and was 48 years of age. Mr. Miller was a good citizen and the community deeply feels his loss. He is survived by his wife and children. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1925
Pikeville, Dec 27—Seizing an ax after he had been dared to come outside the house Christmas day, Tom Hurley, 18 years old, is alleged to have crushed the head of Mat Murphy with the weapon, killing him almost instantly at Virgie, KY. Hurley alleged Murphy challenged him after he had driven George Murphy, the slain man’s son from the house for suing offensive language. Hurley alleged both father and son were drunk. He said the elder murphy also had 2 rocks which he intended using as missiles. Hurley was brought to the jail here from Virgie, 30 miles away. Murphy was under a $1,000 appearance bond in the Pike County court on a charge of moonshining. Hurley is a nephew of Jailer G. C. Rowe of Pike County. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
While riding a horse on the railroad track near Naugatuck last Sunday night Mose Parsley, aged 35, was struck and killed by No. 29 west born N & W passenger train. He was taken to the office of Dr. R. M. Akers at Kermit and died there 5 hours later. He was a son of the late Harry Parsley of lower Burning Creek and is survived by several brothers and sisters—Williamson, WV News. Big Sandy news, Jan 23, 1925
Salyersville, KY, Jan 27—Ben or Den Patrick, a farmer of Cow Creek, this county, in a fit of temporary insanity last Friday attacked his wife with an axe, severely injuring her about the head. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she is reported to have died Saturday. After the assault on his wife, Patrick sprang on 3 men who were at his home, cutting one severely and causing them to seek safety in flight. Until a late hour Sunday he had not been apprehended. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
The body of Arnold Preston, ?18?, who died at his home in Ashland, last Thursday night was taken to Buffalo, Johnson County for burial. He is the son of Guy Preston and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Preston. He had been sick for some time, and was employed in Detroit until a short time ago. Death was unexpected as he seemed to be somewhat improved until a few hours before his death. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
PRESTON, Mrs. R. W.
Mrs. R. W. Preston of Salyersville, Magoffin County, died Friday in Ashland General Hospital and the body was taken to the family home for burial. She was 19 years old and had been accompanied to the hospital by her husband at the time of her illness, about 2 months ago. She was the daughter of Jack Arlington, one of the pioneer oil operators of the Johnson-Magoffin field. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
George Price, a prominent merchant of Oil Springs, dropped dead last Sunday morning from heart failure. Mr. Price was in his usual good health and had eaten breakfast at his house and was smoking in front of the fire when he died. The funeral was held last Monday. He was a member of one of the larges families of the county and at his death was ?63? years of age. He leaves a wife but no children. For many years he has been a merchant at Oil Springs and was one of the best men in the county. He was a brother of Mrs. W. M. (Bug) Preston. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1925
Mrs. Clara Ratliff of Dunleary,KY died on Big Sandy train No. 29, Sunday, while on the road to an Ashland hospital. She was suffering with typhoid fever and was in a serious condition when placed on the train at Dunleary. She was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Mullins, her father and mother and John Coleman, a brother in law. The body was taken to an undertaking establishment upon arrival in Ashland and was shipped to the home on Monday morning’s train. Dunleary is near Elkhorn City, a small mining town on Big Sandy. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
Paintsville, KY—Payne Rice, age 73, one of the oldest retired businessmen of this city, died Saturday of pneumonia. The deceased had been in ill health for some time. The funeral was held from the Missionary Baptist Church Sunday. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. S. E. Edgerson of Jeffersonville, IN, Mrs. Tobe Wiley and Mrs. George Clark of this city. Big Sandy News, Jan 9, 1925
ROBERTS, Gertrude Virginia
Funeral services for Gertrude Virginia Roberts, 3 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Roberts of Portsmouth, who died Monday in a hospital there, were conducted Wednesday from the home of an aunt, Mrs. Beatrice Harris in Portsmouth. In addition to the parents, one sister, Marie Elizabeth, survives. Mr. Roberts is a son of W. J. Roberts of this place and has many relatives and friends here to whom news of the death of his child brings sorrow. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
SALMONS, Youngie ?
Youngie ? Salmoms, 38 years old, prominent educational and political leader of Wayne County, died in the Kessler-Hatfield Hospital, Huntington, Saturday morning, of an illness caused by a tumor on the brain. Overwork is said to have brought on the trouble. Until he became ill, Mr. Salmons was teaching school at Missouri Branch, his home. He was a native of Wayne County and had spent the greater part of his life here. He was nominee for the House of Delegates last November. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity at Crum Lodge, F & AM and was also an active member of the Baptist church. He was also a member of the Odd Fellow’s lodge. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, Gorman and Bernard Salmons, his mother, Mrs. Bennett Salmons, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, His wife was before marriage Miss Brookie Perry, daughter of the late L. F. Perry. Wayne County News. Big Sandy News, Jan 23, 1925
Pikeville, kY—Henry Sammons, 23, who was injured late Sunday when swept from a passenger train by the arm of a bridge on Marrowbone Creek, died at the hospital here today. He underwent an amputation of the right arm Monday and was found to have a fractured skull. The remains were taken to his home at Cracker, Floyd County, for burial. G. D. Ryan, of this city, accompanying as undertaker. His brother, Jerry Sammons, who lost a leg in the same accident, is reported improving. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
David See, oldest son of J. Crit See, and wife of this place, died suddenly of heart trouble on Saturday morning of last week while at work at Uniontown, KY. A companion working at his side caught him as he was falling. The body was shipped to Louisa and the burial took place, Tuesday afternoon, following funeral services at the Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Bascom Lakin. H was ?38 years old. His wife, a daughter of King Dawson of Fort Gay has been confined in an insane asylum since, a short time after their marriage. He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters. Six months ago his brother Sam was killed by a live electric wire in Indiana. Dave, was an industrious honest man. He was working regardless of the fact that serious heart disease had troubled him, for a number of years. He was rejected for Army service because of a leaky heart. His last employment was on ??? No. 19 being built in the Ohio River by the government below Henderson, KY. A brother and James Rice and Fred Frazier were near by when death came to him. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925 (Note: there is an obituary on page 5 of the same issue but was very difficult to read.)
SIMPSON, L. T.
T. Simpson, formerly of this county, died at his home at Poplar Flats, Lewis County, a few days ago. Burial took place there last Sunday. He is survived by his wife and several children. Giles Simpson, a nephew of this place attended the funeral, returned home Monday. Big Sandy News, Jan 30, 1925
Wilbur Snyder, age 42, died on Christmas night after an illness of cancer. He was an attorney in Kansas City, MO and would have become a partner in the leading law firm the first of this year. He was unmarried. Mr. Snyder returned to Ironton, OH, only a few weeks ago to the home of his mother, Mrs. Cal Snyder, expecting to go later to the springs for his health. It was not known until shortly before his death that he had cancer. The seat of the trouble was in one hip and the disease did not show on the surface of the body. Three or 4 months ago he began to suffer and returned to Ironton expecting to visit his mother for a short time before going somewhere else for treatment. He went to bed soon after his arrival and was never out again. He was a nephew of T.J. and A. Snyder of this place. Miss Julia Snyder and A. H. Snyder of this place attended the funeral and burial on Monday. in this family the father, a daughter, and this son have died within a few years, all near the Christmas season. Mrs. Snyder's mother died just before last Thanksgiving day. Dr. Homer Snyder, of California, is the only surviving member of the family except his mother. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
TABOR, Cora L.
Miss Cora L. Tabor, 25, died Friday in Portsmouth of pneumonia. She was the daughter of Frank and Mary Tabor of Olive Hill and had been employed there by the Selby Shoe Co. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Mary Tabor at Olive Hill and Mrs. P. S. Wamsley of Friendship, OH and 4 brothers, Temple, James and Normal all of Olive Hill and Roy of San Jose, CA. the body was taken to Olive Hill for burial. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
VINSON, Winfield S.
The death of Winfield S. Vinson occurred at this home in Louisa last Sunday night. He had been confined to his home for several weeks. Cancer is said to have been the cause of his death. A few months ago Mr. Vinson and family moved to this place from Vinson Branch, 6 miles from Louisa where they had lived for some years and have been occupying their residence on lower Jefferson street. His condition became very critical about a week before his death and the sons and daughters were called to his bedside, remaining to the end. He was a son of Lazarus Vinson and had spent most of his life in the vicinity of Louisa. He was a good citizen and will be much missed. His age was ? ? years.
Mr. Vinson is survived by his wife who was Miss Florence Damron, daughter of Samuel Damron of Fort Gay and by 3 sons and 3 daughters, Jamison and Luther of Ohio, Sherman, at home, Mrs. Sherman Parsley, Kermit, WV, Mrs. Charles Maynard, Maynard Branch, near Louisa, and Mrs. M. L. McClung, who moved to Louisa recently from Grafton, VA. Two sons, Charley and Millard, died when small. He was a brother of James Vinson of this place. The funeral service was held on Wednesday morning at the Baptist church in Louisa and was conducted by the Rev. Bascom Lakin. The body was taken to the old home for interment in the family burial ground. Many friends and relatives attended the funeral among them being Dr. Hardwick, Mrs. Dan Hardwick, Mrs. Mary Vinson Clarke, Billy Vinson, Oscar Vinson, of Huntington, WV, and Mrs. Myrtle Crum of Westmoreland, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
While driving to Huntington to attend the funeral of his cousin, John Winn, which was held Thursday, Amos Winn, ?? years old, of Bellevue, KY, was fatally injured in an automobile accident at Lucasville, OH. He died in a Portsmouth hospital early Thursday morning. Mr. Winn had left his home Wednesday morning expecting to reach Huntington Wednesday night. As the car neared Lucasville, Everett Winn, of Bellevue, his nephew, who was driving the car, swerved it suddenly from the road to avoid striking a barrier which blocked the highway at the beginning of the Lucasville detour. The barrier, witnesses said, was not lighted and could not be seen in the dusk. The car turned turtle and Mr. Winn was thrown to the paving. Besides several fractured bones, he suffered a punctured lung and internal injuries, caused by the breaking of his ribs. He was rushed to Portsmouth where he died. Big Sandy News, Jan 16, 1925
WOODY, Mary Jane (Pate)
Mrs. Mary Jane Pate Woody, 28, bride of one month, died Monday at her home, near Louisville of typhoid fever. Mrs. Woody, who was employed as a teller at the Citizens Union Fourth Street Bank, Louisville, was planning to announce her marriage to Dr. W. M. Woody who is in charge of a mining zone hospital at Hazard, KY at a New Year's eve celebration. The marriage was performed in Louisville, Nov 1, and was to be kept a secret until the advent of the new year. Mrs. Woody holding her position at the bank in the ????. The young bride contracted typhoid fever Dec 1. She was recovering and her husband had returned to this duties at Hazard when she suffered a ??? Sunday. Her husband was speeding back to her beside at the time of her death. Big Sandy News, Jan 2, 1925
AKERS, James O.
James O. Akers, 44 years old, of Huntington, died Thursday morning following 2 weeks illness with pneumonia. Mr. Akers was a native of Wayne County and was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge. He had been employed by the Gwinn Brothers Milling Co. He is survived by his father, Nathan Akers, 5 brothers, N. R. Akers, John C. Akers, Robert O. Akers, and Ernest b. Akers, all of Huntington, and S. D. Akers of Chesapeake, OH, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Vertie Smith and Mrs. Vernie Gallaher also of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
Ledocio—We were sorry to hear of the death of Tom Back of near Kise. He leaves a wife and 3 small children to whom we extend our sympathy. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1925
The death angel visited the home of Elza Ball on the 17th of December, 1924, and removed the loving father and husband from his loving family circle. He was born Mar 20, 1845, and departed this life the 17th day of December 1924, age 79 years, 8 months and 27 days. He was converted when quite young and joined the M. E. Church and lived a strict ??? life. He was united in marriage to Florence Berry the 20th day of March 1865. There were born 5 boys and 9 girls from this union. They lived happily together until the 8th day of July 1907. He was later united in marriage to Ella Roberts. There were no children born to this union. He is survived by his wife, 13 children and a host of friends and relatives. He born his suffering with patience, never complaining. Everything was done for him that loving hands could do to relieve him of his suffering, but God in his living goodness saw fit to take him out of this world of ???? to be with him forever. Mr. Ball erected a family altar 25 or 30 years ago and he never was too busy with the affairs of this life, that he failed to call the family together at the beginning of the day and asked the guidance of God to keep him and never was so tired after the day of labor but what he would get down on his knees at night and commend his soul to God. Rev. Copley and his nephew, Sylvester Ball, attended to the funeral service. He was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1925
The many friends of W. M. Belcher, a native of Lawrence County, will be shocked to hear that the little son, aged 4, was killed by an automobile in Huntington Tuesday. The Herald-Dispatch gives the following particulars:
Frank Johnson, 71 years old, 323 Seventeenth Street, ??? driver, of the automobile which struck and fatally injured Wayne Belcher, 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Belcher, 1224 Monroe Avenue, Tuesday morning, was held to the grand jury on a murder charge, brought by the police yesterday morning. He promptly furnished bond, fixed in the amount of $10,000. The accident occurred at Monroe avenue and Thirteenth Street, west, when Johnson, with his son, Dave Johnson, as a second occupant of his car, was en route west on the avenue. As they neared the intersection, they said, the little Belcher boy darted from behind a truck directly into the path of their car and stumbled to the pavement beneath the wheels of the machine. They carried the boy to the office of Dr. J. R. K????, Fourteenth street and Adams avenue, but he died before medical attention could be given. The child’s skull was crushed when the wheels of the automobile passed over his head , it was found. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
BRYANT, Mary Bell
Pineville—Lying 12 days in her mountain home, her back and legs charred from burns sustained when her clothing caught fire from an open grate, and not receiving proper medical attention, Miss Mary Bell Bryant, pretty 19 year old mountain girl, has within the past fortnight suffered agony which may well be compared with that of Floyd Collins, imprisoned within the Stygian gloom of Sand Cave. A physician was finally brought to Miss Bryant’s aid, but he despaired of saving her life. He gave her a hypodermic to alleviate her sufferings, and left her to the incompetent care of her blind father and aged mother. The story of the girl’s plight reached the Associated Charities, here, and Miss Fair Settle, public health nurse, the Rev. H. M. Frakes and a group of Miss Bryant’s neighbors brought her here for treatment. Local charities are supplying her family, which is destitute, with food and clothing. The journey over the hills to Pineville was made over dangerous mountain passes and in some places only 2 men could assist in carrying the stretcher. Yet the girl kept in good spirits and smiled bravely at those endeavoring to relieve her sufferings. Miss Bryant’s body, from the hips down and on a part of her back was burned to the bone. Doctors here say there is only a slight chance for her recovery, yet she refuses to despair of getting well and tells her friends she’ll soon be up. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
James Castle, miner was crushed to death Saturday, Feb 7, in a slate fall of several tons at the Houston Coal Company mine No. ?? Thacker, WV. The body was taken via Louisa to Paintsville, of which place Mr. Castle was a native, and where burial took place Monday. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1925
Verdiline, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Chaffin, died last week at the age of 15 months. Mrs. Chaffin was a daughter of J. E. Maynard, the postmaster of Inez. The body of the child was brought to this place for the funeral services, and then was laid to rest at the family burying ground on Cold Water, about 6 miles south of Inez, near the home of Uncle Jack Cassady, who is the great grandfather of the deceased. Big Sandy news, Feb 20, 1925
The powers of Nature and Death won out—in one of the most desperate struggles ever waged between those two and the ingenuity and courage of man. The life of Floyd Collins was the stake and Man lost. Sixty feet underground, still pinioned beneath the stone and debris of Sand Cave, Collins lies—dead. After 17 days of unceasing and heroic efforts to save the life ebbing out in the Cimmerian darkness of the cavern, rescuers at length broke through upon the man in his death trap Monday afternoon.
Ed Brenner, of Cincinnati, whose small stature, great strength, and iron nerve have enabled him to perform heroic feats in the rescue work, was lowered, head first, to where Collins lay. There he closely examined the face and position of the man, and passed up word to H. T. Carmichael, 5 feet above, that Collins was cold and apparently dead. Friends of the cave explorer later made the perilous descent into the shaft, and peered through the window like apertures in the roof upon the face of the man whom they recognized as Floyd Collins. Dr. William Hazlett, Chicago surgeon, made a final and official examination and declared the man had been dead from 2 to 5 days.
Preparations were then made to remove the body from the cave. A threatened cave-in of the walls of the shaft caused those in charge to forego the attempt, however. Leo Collins, aged father of Floyd, agreed to have the body of his son left in the cavern, rather than have other live sacrificed in an attempt to bring the body to the surface for burial. Tuesday afternoon, Feb 17, the funeral rites were conducted on the hill above Sand Cave, sans corpse or grave, and ere this the shaft is filled to the top with stones, timbers and cement. The mouth to the natural opening to the cave will be barred by heavy timber so that no other may meet the fate of the man interred here. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
COPLEY, William D.
William D. Copley, aged ?84?, died at his home near Webb, Wayne County, last week. He was one of the oldest and best respected citizens of Wayne County, having resided at the same place all his life. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for over ?? years and a ??? ??? for over ?? years. He is survived by 13 children, two of whom, W. H. Copley and J??? A. Copley, reside in Mingo County. Mr. Copley, during his lifetime accumulated a large amount of real estate, most of which has been divided and deeded to his children within the last few years. He had been an invalid for almost 4 years. He was a brother of the late Henry Copley, father of R. L. and J. W. Copley of this city. Williamson Republican. Big Sandy news, Feb 20, 1925
ELLIS, Marian Lucile
The death of little Marian Lucile Ellis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ellis of Richmond, KY, came as quite a shock to relatives and friends here as she was ill only a few hours. She died Sunday morning of pneumonia and was brought to Cadmus, near here, for burial Monday. The funeral was conducted by Rev. F. E. Jenkins, Pastor of the M. E. Church, South, at the home of Mrs. W. A. Carey of Lock Avenue. Mrs. Ellis was formerly Miss Elizabeth Roberts and well known in this section. She is a sister of Mrs. W. A. Carey and daughter of Mrs. Martha Roberts of Cadmus. The parents accompanied the body. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1925
FRY, Henry W.
Funeral services for Henry W. Fry, 43 years old, prominent resident of Kenova, who died at his home Sunday night following an illness of pneumonia, were conducted a the Baptist church of Kenova, Rev. H. J. Frances, pastor of the church officiating. Interment was made in Brown’s Cemetery at Ceredo. The funeral services were conducted under the direction of members of Kenova Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of which Mr. Fry was a prominent member. He was a past master of the lodge and had held all offices in the lodge. He was also a member of the Kenova Baptist Church having been deacon of the church and assistant superintendent of Sunday school. Mr. Fry had been employed by the Basic Products of Kenova. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Fry, his aged mother, Mrs. Nancy Fry and 3 sisters. Big Sandy news, Feb 6, 1925
News of the death of Mr. Ray Gardway of Parkersburg, WV came as a shock to Louisa relatives and friends. His death occurred Monday afternoon in his father’s store of which he had charge. Without any warning he dropped dead and it is supposed acute indigestion or heart trouble caused his death. He was 27 years of age and the son of Dan G. Gardway, and nephew of Mrs. G. C. Carter of Louisa, his mother having been a sister of Mrs. Carter. They were from Zelda, this county. Mr. Gardway was a fine young man. He had frequently visited here and was well liked. His mother died a few years ago. His father lived in Parkersburg. Dan G. Carter and Rev. B. R. Lakin attended the funeral which was held on Wednesday. Big Sandy news, Feb 20, 1925
Half of the column in this article is unreadable. The headlines has TWO KILLED, NINE WOUNDED IN BATTLE AT MARTIN, SUNDAY—Talt Hall and Lewis White Die in Fray—Women Among Wounded. Hall Holds Up Train. (You can make out a few words here and there but enough to make it understandable ). Big Sandy News, Feb 27, 1925
Dennis—Wednesday morning a gloom of sadness was cast over our neighborhood when the news reached here that A?? Hughes, had passed away at Kenova, WV. He was a son in law of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Pennington and was postmaster of Kenova at the time of his death. He was an industrious young man, 22 years old and leaves a wife, father and mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn the loss of a kind husband and son. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
John Jeems, liveryman and one of Louisa’s oldest citizens, died here Friday afternoon, Feb 6, at the home of Mrs. Lillian M. Reynolds from a complication of illnesses. When he was a very young man, Mr. Jeems came from Tazewell County, VA to this county, where he resided at the home of Ulysses Garred, a few miles above Louisa, for about 8 years. After 2 or 3 years work with ??? Garred in grading a road, he went west, returned to Louisa a year later, and with A. J. Garred purchased ?? M. V. Grahm the old Chattaroi hotel where the present Hotel Brunswick stands. About the same time he and Garred acquired the livery stable, which Mr. Jeems conducted for over 40 years and which he owned at the time of his death. Mr. Jeems soon became a prosperous business man and was known as a splendid citizen. He never married and resided for 32 years with the McHenry family of which Mrs. Reynolds is the youngest daughter. The age of the deceased is not known though Mr. Garred his former partner in business, believes him over 80 years old at his death. The funeral was conducted from the Reynolds home by the Rev. John Cheap of the Methodist Episcopal Church, assisted by the Rev. F. E. Jenkins of the M. E. Church South. Pall bearers were George R. Vinson, T. B. Billups, Henry Evans, Charles Hammond, Rice McClure and ??? Garred. Burial took place in Pine Hill Cemetery Sunday morning. Big Sandy news, Feb 13,1925
KINGINS, M. J.
Hazard, KY—An attempt to bring a sick infant from All???, a mining town near here to the Hazard Hospital resulted in the death Saturday of Dr. M. J. Kingins at the hands of Elsha Slone, the baby’s father. Having been informed by the Christian Church of this place that the baby was starving and that the congregation of that church would defray hospital expenses for treating the child, Dr. KIngins went to Allais? To bring the infant here. About a mile from the Sloane home he met the father, who declared that the baby never would be taken from home. After an argument, Sloane fired twice, and the physician fell from his horse, mortally wounded. Slone fled, but later surrendered to J. W. Kendrick, a miner, by whom he was brought to jail here. The prisoner is said to have admitted the shooting, which had only a single witness, a Mrs. Messer. Dr. Kingins, a graduate from the medical school at Vanderbilt University with the class of 24, came to Hazard a month ago and was working with Dr. J. R. Botkins, camp doctor for the Columbus Mining Company. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1925
After weeks of hopeless illness, Mrs. Lida Rice Lackey died Sunday morning at the home of her only daughter, Mrs. Harry Corns of Huntington. The body was brought home on Monday and the burial took place Tuesday morning in Pine Hill Cemetery. She was in her 71st year. For more than a year it had been evident to friends that her health was declining rather rapidly, causing them much concern. About September lst she went to her daughter’s expecting to remain about 6 weeks to take radium treatment. Her condition grew steadily worse, however, and the battle ??? the deadly disease of cancer continued through the months that have intervened. She did not lose consciousness until the afternoon of her passing. Mrs. Lackey was the widow of James Q. Lackey, who died 4 years ago. She was the eldest daughter of 3 daughters of Judge John M. Rice, one of the ab?? And most prominent men our county has produced. The other daughters are Mrs. James McConnell and Mrs. Ada R. Thomas of Catlettsburg. One brother John M. Rice, survives. He had been very ill in Catlettsburg for a few weeks. Besides Mrs. Corns there are 2 sons surviving Mrs. Lackey, John Lackey of East Liverpool, OH, and James Q. Lackey, Jr. of Louisa. John was unable to attend the funeral because of a severe attack of influenza. A son, Alex, and a little daughter, died many years ago. Junior was with his mother throughout her last days.
Mrs. Lackey was much beloved by a wide circle of friends. She had inherited from her parents a bright and genial nature and she radiated a helpful and kindly interest in others at all times. She was first to go to the bedside of the sick in the community, no matter of what station in life; and when death entered a home she came promptly to conform and also to help in a practical way. This kind of unselfish service had endeared her to everybody and she will be greatly missed. She was very fond of young people and counted scores of them amongst her best friends.
Alexander Lackey and James Q. Lackey were brothers, and it is somewhat a coincidence that their widows died within 3 days of each other. Mrs. Lida Lackey was born Jun 30, 1858?, Was married Dec 4, 1872, to James Q. Lackey, scion of one of the leading families of the Big Sandy Valley. On Dec 1, 1873, she joined the M. E. Church South at Louisa, and was one of the oldest members on the rolls of this church. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church, South on Tuesday. Rev. W.H. Hampton, of Ironton, preached the funeral having been requested by Mrs. Lackey two years ago to do so. The Pastor, Rev. Frank E. Jenkins lead in prayer. The services were under the auspices of the Eastern Star order of which Mrs. Lackey was Chaplain. The body was taken to Pine Hill Cemetery and laid by the side of the husband. Big Sandy News, Feb 27, 1925
LACKEY, Hannah (Moore)
Mrs. Hannah Moore Lackey died Thursday morning Feb 12th at her home in Louisa, thus ending several years of ill health. She was ?89 years old on Jan 29th. The funeral was held Saturday morning at the residence, followed by interment in Pine Hill Cemetery by the side of her husband. Mrs. Lackey was the widow of Holt Alexander Lackey, one of Lawrence County’s most prominent attorneys. He died in 1901?. Three daughters survive Misses Margaret and Kathleen and Mrs. L. B. Codding of Detroit. Sisters of Mrs. Lackey are Mrs. C. L. Newman of Atlanta and Miss Katherine Moore of Detroit. Brothers are Fred Moore of Cincinnati, John of Bernaugh, and Richard of Louisa. The latter had made his home with Mrs. Lackey since the death of her husband. Her parents were William Moore and Margaret O’Brien Moore, and her grandfather was Frederick Moore, pioneer citizen of this vicinity. Mrs. Lackey was a woman of education and culture. As a young woman she did excellent work as a teacher in schools at Louisa and Ashland. Her interest in education and uplift, work stood out in her life as one of many admirable characteristics and she will be greatly missed by the community. Ill health during the past several years, had incapacitated her for very active participation, but her influence was always exerted on the right side to whatever extent she found possible. It was her type that has given to Louisa the high standard of culture and character for which the town became noted many years ago. Mrs. Lackey was a devout member of the Episcopal church and the class at this place has suffered irreparable loss in her death. With Mrs. Lackey during the last illness were her 3 brothers and her sister Miss Katherine. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
LYONS, Mrs. Fred
Ashland—Mrs. Fred Lyons and her 3 months old baby daughter were fatally burned Friday morning in an explosion of kerosene, which the mother was using in kindling a fire in a stove. The Lyons home is across the river from here at South Point, OH. When the accident occurred Mrs. Lyons ran from the house, the baby clasped tightly in her arms and both enveloped in flames. Her cries for help were heard and rescuers soon extinguished the flaming clothing. Hope was held for the recovery of both mother and child, but they died in an Ironton hospital 8 hours later. The bodies were brought her for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1925
The body of Miss Alice McKinster, 38, a nurse at the Norton Memorial Hospital at Louisville and a native of Lawrence County, arrived here Wednesday morning from Louisville, where she was burned to death in a fire which trapped her in her third floor apartment. Miss McKinster had just reached her room when the fire started from a gas heater which exploded as she lit the gas. With no means of exit save to fight her way through the flames to the door, the nurse’s clothing became ignited and she fell before she could reach safety. Believing the girl suffocated, a ??? squad strove to resuscitate her but to no avail. The Rev. and Mrs. W. H. C. McKinster, of Mattie, were the parents of the victim, and she lived in Louisa for a while, after which Mr. and Mrs. John E. Buckingham of Ashland, relatives of the orphan, look her into their home. After completing high school, Miss McKinster studied to be a nurse. She later went to the Norton Memorial Infirmary in Louisville to complete her training and was made a nurse there at the time of her tragic death. She was a very fine young woman and her untimely death has brought much sadness to those who knew her. Miss McKinster is survived by a brother, Joseph McKinster, of Ashville, NC and by a sister, Mrs. tom Ball of Mattie, this county. She has other relatives in Lawrence County, and a cousin, Mrs. W. B. Massey, in Louisville. Her father died 5 or 6 years ago. The body was taken from Louisa to the home of Mrs. Tom Ball, at Mattie, where burial took place Thursday. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1925
Ledocio—The entire neighborhood were shocked Feb 2, by the message announcing the untimely death of Miss Alka McKinster, formerly of Mattie. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1925
Mrs. George Chapman, formerly of Huntington, but now a resident of this city, received a message Sunday morning stating the death of her niece Miss Vena McWhorter of Memphis, TN, which occurred early Sunday morning as a result of several months suffering from tuberculosis. Vena was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McWhorter whose former home was in Huntington, WV and it was while in this city that Vena was born. They continued to live there for several years and it was but recently that they moved to Memphis with the hope of regaining their daughter’s health. Everything they could possibly be done to restore her health was accomplished but it was to no avail, but it was not God’s great Divine plan. He called and Vena on the morning of Feb 8, 1925 answered the great summons that we all sooner or later must answer. Vena was 18 years of age but she at that early age was prepared to meet God in peace as she had given her young life to Him when she was only 12 years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother, one sister and a host of relatives. Among the relatives who attended the funeral and interment in Memphis were the following, Mrs. George Chapman and daughter, Mary, of this city, Miss Jan Adkins and Mr. ??? Dalton of Huntington and Mr. and Mrs. Tom V??? of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
NUNLEY, John Frederick
Hulette—Last Saturday morning, Jan 1st, death cast its dark shadow over the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nunley and took from them their darling baby, John Frederick, age 3 months. He was sick only 3 hours. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1925
Salyersville, Jan 30—A story which reads almost like a plot from the pen of Edgar Allen Poe was disclosed near Bloomington, this county, last Tuesday, when the body of Rob Perkins was found lying in the snow here he had fallen and, it is believed, frozen to death from exposure and cold. The finding of the dead body of Perkins, writes the final chapter to a tale that started 3 years ago, almost to a day, when a man was shot and left lying within a few yards of where Perkins’ body was discovered. The man believed to be his assailant was never seen again and for 3 years it is thought he wandered among strangers, believing himself a murderer. The finding of the body in the snow and the piecing together of the scattered threads of the incident, are the last few details needed to write the denouement of this strange adventure.
Starting with an altercation 3 years ago, Rob Perkins disappeared from the country after his brother in law, Elijah Blair, had been shot and left for dead. The body of the wounded man had been dragged to a pile of old logs and hidden away there, left to die. A wound that was probably thought to be fatal had been inflicted in his body by a shot gun charge. Evidence showed that Rob Perkins, had gone to his home nearby, following the shooting and had hastily gathered his belongings together and fled the country, taking his family with him. Regaining consciousness after a time, Elijah Blair was able to crawl from the pile of logs and summon help. Later he recovered completely from the wounds and with the story half written, the incident was closed.
Tuesday, a farm named Smith Brown, living in the vicinity of the place where the shooting had occurred 3 years ago, heard his dogs barking down near the place where the old log pile had been and went down to see what they had stirred up. When he came up, he saw the hounds circling around a dark object lying in the snow and this he saw to be the body of a man. He went close and looked, it was the body of Rob Perkins, lying where it had fallen when the man had been overcome by exposure. The farmer investigated near the body. He could find no marks in the snow other than those made by the dead man’s shoes. There was nothing to justify foul play. Those who remember the shooting have concluded that Bob Perkins had come back after 3 years, probably hearing through some channel that the bullet had missed the mark and that Elijah Blair was still alive. Tramping through the snow he arrived at the scene of the shooting. There, almost on the same spot where his brother in law had fallen, he was overcome by the cold and fell, so runs the reconstructed theme of the strange incident. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1925
PRESTON, Mrs. John H. (Lora Childers)
Mrs. J. H. Preston passed away at her home in Kenova, WV last Tuesday, (next few words unreadable) She had been in poor health (unreadable)… by one son and one daughter. The remains were brought to Lawrence County for burial in the old Preston graveyard at Richardson. Mrs. Preston was before marriage Miss Lora Childers and lived in Louisa some ??? at the home of ?? Vaughan. Mr. Preston was a merchant at Richardson before going to Kenova. Big Sandy news, Feb 20, 1925
Meta, KY—after eating pokeroot which they mistook for parsnips, Opal Smith, ??, died at her home here Saturday morning, and her younger sisters, Mabel and Barbara Allen, are seriously ill. While playing in the garden Friday morning, they discovered some pokeroot, which they ate for parsnips and then told their mother, Mrs. Tom Smith, what they had done. Alarmed, the mother summoned Mr. Smith from the field. A physician reached the home at midnight but was too late to save the life of the oldest girl, Mable and Barbara will recover, the doctor believes. Big Sandy News, Feb 13, 1925
Leander Stewart, a resident of Lawrence County, dropped dead at his home at Estep Tuesday night. He was 75 years of age and left several children. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1925
Mrs. Jemima Webb, 77 years of age, died in the Stumbo hospital, Martin, Jan 31, after an operation. She was the widow of Jonah Webb, of Lem, KY who died in 1919. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. s. Martin and one grandson, Creed Martin, and son in law, Ballard Martin with whom she made her home. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
Vincent Weddington, son of Mrs. Julia O’Brien died at their home at Whitehouse Jan 22, after a long illness. He was born at Prestonsburg Sep 21, 1900 and at the time of his death was 24 years 4 months and 1 day old. Vincent was a devoted Christian and was loved by all who knew him. Rev. W. D. See, pastor of the Baptist Church of Kenova, WV had charge of the funeral services, assisted by Mr. Jim ??? of Whitehouse. Mrs. O’Brien has a host of friends in Louise who sympathize with her in this bereavement. She will make her future home with her only sister, Mrs. Curtis W. Ford at Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1925
Mr. Malachi Wheeler departed this life on ??? Jan 22, 1925 at his home at Blaine, KY. Mr. Wheeler???.......Wheeler, who preceded him to the glory land several years ago, was a member of the United Baptist Church and lived a good life until death. He ??? prayed for his ????. Born in ??? Mr. Wheeler died at the age of ?? years, 11 months and ?? days. He leaves to mourn his death his devoted wife, 12 children, 7 boys and 5 girls, a sister, Mrs. ??? Chandler, of Beaver, OH, and ?? brothers, Lafe Wheeler, Hilliard, OH, Winfield Wheeler, Lucasville, OH, Dock Wheeler, Minford, ??? Wheeler, Waverly, OH, and Columbus Wheeler of ??? and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him. On Jan ?? the body was laid to rest in the family cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by John ?? Big Sandy News, Feb 6, 1925
Prestonsburg—Mrs. Kenton Chaffins was place under bond of ??? this week in connection with the murder of her husband on Salt Lick Creek, 3 miles from Hueysville, this county, Mar 10. Two 19 year old youths, N?? M??? and Andrew Coburn, are each under a bond of the same amount. The killing concluded a drinking ?? at the Chaffins home. Chaffins had told trouble with his wife recently and not ??? was ??? to the ??? Coburn, Mrs. Chaffins’ half-brother, while attempting to force his ??? into the Coburn home. The ??? will be given examining ??? before Judge Hill Friday. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1925
CURNUTTE, J. H.
H. ”Uncle Jim” Curnutte died at Zelda, this county, Friday morning, Mar 8, after an illness of only 11 hours. His death came as a distinct shock to his many friends and relatives of Lawrence and surrounding counties. Born Jan 17, 1847, Mr. Curnutte was at the time of his death 78 years one month and 19 days of age. He is survived by 5 children, Mrs. Brunk Vanhorn of Buchanan, Miss Cora Curnutte, of Zelda, Will Curnutte of Portsmouth, OH, Harve Curnutte of Huntington, WV and Oliver Curnutte of Zelda; and by 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. His wife died 2 years ago. Burial took place in the Buchanan Cemetery, where his wife and a son are buried. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. O. P. Smith of Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1925
HALL, William M.
A pistol duel on the steps of the Cyrus Chapel on Bear Creek a short distance below the Lawrence-Boyd County line, resulted in the death Sunday night of Edmund Cyrus, ??, of ???, and William Hall, ??, of Burgess Station. The trouble had its inception in ???, which grew up between the two men after Hall married Cyrus’s sister about a year ago and became estranged from her according to persons acquainted with the two families. Hall returned to the home of his father, ?Lige Hall, at Burgess Station and his bride to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Cyrus. Sunday night when church services were over, one of the brothers in law came down the chapel steps, and met the other coming up, instantly ??? revolvers were out and each ??? his weapon at the other. Both fell mortally wounded when every bullet in their pistols had been ???.
An ambulance was called from Catlettsburg, but because of bad roads, it could come no farther than Savage Branch, to which place the men were carried. Hall suffering from a wound in the abdomen, was operated upon at the General Hospital at Ashland, but died about 4 o’clock Monday morning. The ambulance ??? for Cyrus, who was shot in the neck and shoulder. He succumbed shortly after Hall’s death. Both men were well known in the adjoining sections of Lawrence and Boyd Counties. Edmund Cyrus was a son of Jesse Cyrus, a prominent ??? county farmer and stock ??? who was gored to death by an angry bull about 2 years ago. He was never married and since the father’s death had devoted his time to ??? their large farm. He was a member of Green Hill Masonic Lodge of Bolts Fork, and was also a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge.
William Hall moved to Burgess Station with his father a few years ago from Beaver Creek Floyd County. The funeral and burial of Cyrus took place at the Cyrus farm Wednesday. And was conducted by the Rev. C. P. Smith and the Masons. The body of William Hall was taken to his home at Burgess Station where burial was made. Big Sandy News, Mar 13, 1925
Burial services took place March ?? for William R. Hall at the home of his father, J. F. Hall, more commonly known as “Tige”. The parents and family moved to Boyd County in 1907 or 1917 from Melvin, Floyd County, which was their former home and the birthplace of William. William R. Hall, commonly called “Bill” by his friends, was born Dec 24?, 1901. He was 20 years 4 months and 1? Days of age at the date of his death which was due to an altercation at Durbin, KY. Rev. Joseph James of Durbin gave a talk and read comforting and appropriate passages of scripture after which Mr. Collier, undertaken, took charge and the body was removed to the family cemetery near the home for burial. Funeral services are to be held in the future. The deceased was married to Miss ?? A??? Cyrus several months ago. After a few months of married life, came a separation. Then a girl baby, Wilma Anne Hall, was born to them. He was survived by 7 sisters and 4 brothers all of whom were at the burial. The married members of the family are: Mrs. w. M. King, Bovinsville, KY, Mrs. Allen Burris, Prichard, WV, Mrs. Albert Van Horn, Wheelersburg, OH, Mr. ?? Hall, Buchanan, KY. The other members, being young, are at home. Mr. J. F. Hall well known in several counties, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Henderson Hall Hall, Knott Co., KY and Mrs. Hall is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hall of Jack’s Creek, Floyd County. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1925
Owen Hale, 18 years old, was murdered in a lonely spot near the Floyd-Magoffin line on the Open Fork of Middle Creek Sunday night, according to a report received here from Floyd ???. the body was found Monday morning. Particulars concerning the crime are scanty. Whisky and a woman were causes of the killing it is believed. Cleveland Sheppard, 29, and Goble Stephens, 21, both of Mid, Magoffin County, are charged with the murder. Information as to their capture was not given. Big Sandy news, Mar 13, 1925
HESTON, Mrs. Ben
On the front page of this issue is an article MRS. BEN HESTON CALLED BY DEATH, but too faint to read. Big Sandy News, Mar 6, 192
Nancy, widow of Jesse Jordan, died at Fallsburg Tuesday at more than ?80 years of age. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached the funeral on Thursday. Big Sandy News, Mar 13, 1925
Mr. Andy Kitchen’s death occurred Sunday afternoon, Mar ? at the Chillicothe hospital after a 3 weeks illness. Andy was the son of William and Martha Cooksey Kitchen and was born (looks like Feb 7 ???) aged ?? years ?? days. On ?Jul 15, 1902?, he was united in marriage to Martha large. To this union were born 6 children, ???, L???, ????, E???, Howard and ????, who with their mother survive him. He also leaves 3 brothers and 4 sisters to mourn his loss. Andy was a beautiful ???. this was not only apparent to his friends when he was in the enjoyment of health but during his fatal illness……. Big Sandy News, Feb 20, 1925
KITCHEN, George W.
George W. Kitchen, 69, of Ashland, died at the home of Everett Kitchen, at Webbville, this county, Sunday morning. He had been ill a few days previous to his death, which is believed to have been caused by heart trouble. Mr. Kitchen was widely known in Ashland, where he lived all his life, and was a citizen of fine character. He had been visiting in Webbville for some time.. Fred Kitchen, his son, of 730 East Greenup Avenue, and Alex Kitchen, a brother, also of Ashland, survive him. The body was taken to the home of Fred Kitchen, where funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. E. R. Overly, pastor of the First M. E. Church. Burial took place in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 27,1925
Isaac Potter, aged citizen of Zelda, this county died at his home there Saturday morning Mar 21, after a lingering illness of 6 months duration. Mr. Potter was born in Letcher county, Dec ?4?, 1844 and was first married to Polly ?Isom? and after her death to Elizabeth Anderson, Jan 16?, 18?? He became a member of the Methodist Protestant Church 35 years ago and has always been known as an exemplary type of citizen. He moved to Zelda from Letcher County, 21 years ago. The sale of a large area of coal lands belonging to him on ??? Fork, Pike County made him very wealthy. Surviving him are his widow, who is only one day younger than he and 11 children, Mrs. Cassie Vanover, W. M. Potter, Isaac Potter, Jr., Mrs. Mary Ne???, John M. Potter, Kit C. Potter, Mrs. ??? E. rice, George Potter, Mrs. Lettie E. Burke and Martin Potter. Three children died in infancy. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Monday by the Rev. Albert Miller and burial took place in the Potter Cemetery at Mayo Chapel, Catalpa. Big Sandy News, Mar 27,1925
PRESTON, Johanna (Booth-Chapman)
Mrs. Johanna Chapman Preston died last Friday morning Mar 13, after a brief illness. Influenza, followed by pneumonia, caused her death. She was almost 87 years old. For 18 years she had made her home with her son, W. M. Chapman, at Charley, this county and it was there she died. The burial took place on Sunday at the old Chapman burial ground on Lick Creek, 4 miles south of Louisa. Her first husband, Rev. John R. Chapman, lies buried there. He died almost 20 years ago. The funeral was conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller. A large number of relatives and friends were present. Mrs. Chapman was a Booth previous to her marriage. She was a faithful member of the M. E. Church since her early youth and is most highly spoken of by everybody who knew her. Her second husband, was James Preston, a former sheriff. Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Chapman, as follows: T. J., W. M., Sheridan, Bert, Albritton, Edgar, Alice, Maggie, Mrs. Cora Booth, Mrs. Mary Lou Graham, Ida, Mrs. Nolda Moore and Prof. G. W. Chapman. Those from a distance attending the funeral were Prof. G. W. Chapman and daughter, Miss Blanch, Tupelo, Miss, Judge J. R. Graham and wife, W. R. Booth and wife, Paul Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Castle, Morris McClure, wife and 2 children, of Huntington, T. J. Chapman of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1925
SEBASTIAN, James H.
Lexington—Judge James H. Sebastian, 55, of West Liberty, Morgan County and former County Judge of Morgan, died Thursday afternoon, Mar 12, at St. Joseph’s hospital here of poisoning which arose from an infected carbuncle. Three operations had been performed by surgeons since he was brought her Feb 20, but all failed to give relief. Judge Sebastian was a native of Magoffin County, but he moved to West Liberty while very young. He had served as County Clerk of Morgan County 12 years before becoming county judge, and was one of the most popular men of his county. He is survived by his wife, one son, W. H. Sebastian, his mother, Mrs. Louisa Risner, John H. Sebastian, a brother and one sister, Mrs. Tella Lacy of New Boston, OH. Big Sandy News, Mar 20, 1925
WELLMAN, Mrs. E. L.
MRS. E. L. WELLMAN CALLED FROM LIFE—the article was too faint to read. Big Sandy News, Mar 13, 1925
WRIGHT, Dr. Sanford
Dr. Sanford Wright Dies In Ashland—the rest is too faint too read. Big Sandy News, Mar 13, 1925
BALDRIDGE, Lon C.
Lon C. Baldridge of Whitehouse died at the Riverview hospital here Thursday, Apr 2, from injuries sustained at Crum, WV in the log woods there the day before. The body was shipped back to White house Thursday morning for burial. Baldridge was working with a crew of men felling timber when he was injured. A?? tree was felled, the workmen stepped back in what was considered safe ground. The falling tree tore the top from another tree, however, it is said, and a heavy branch struck Baldridge, crushing his skull. The injured man was brought her for an operation Wednesday evening, but physicians declined to operate he never regained consciousness. Baldridge was about 35 years old. He is survived by his wife and 5 children. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1925
Pikeville—Oliver Belcher, ??, died at the Methodist Hospital here on Wednesday of last week after being crushed in a logging accident a few hours before in the Cedar Creek Woods 2 miles from here. Belcher, who was an experienced teamster and logger had trailed a number of logs to a stump at the edge of a bench, and unhitched his team from the logs and was stride one of the logs, drawing the grabs when the accident occurred. The log which he was astride began rolling and he kept astride it for some distance down the hill but as the pace grew too fast for him he was drawn beneath the log and fatally crushed about the hips. The victim is survived by a large family. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1925
BELLOMY, Rev. Thomas B.
The Rev. Thomas B. Bellomy ??? ???? minister of the Methodist Protestant Church was the son of the late John and Nancy Bellomy. He was born May 25, 1854 near Hubbardstown, WV and died Mar 25, 1925 aged 70 years and 10 months. He was married to Clarinda White? Dec 27, 1877. She preceded him to the Glory Land one year. To this union was born 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters. The sons were Oliver A. John F. and Benjamin ????, the daughter were Florence, Julia A. Nancy, Minnie F. and A??? A???. He was a very ??? in the church to which he belonged for a number of years and though he is dead we are sure that his works will follow him. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
Elliott Blankenship, 21, was shot at the home of Dewey Blankenship at Majestic, Pike County, Saturday night and died 2 hours later. Cleve Estep, his cousin, who is said to have been wildly intoxicated at the time and shooting up the place, is being held. Blankenship had just finished playing a banjo and was laying it aside, when a bullet ploughed through the wall and into his skull. The house at which this tragedy occurred apparently is an ill-fated one. Dewey Blankenship, its present tenant, killed Corbett Phillips in the same building Oct 15, and was given a 2 year sentence for the crime 2 weeks ago and Perry Dotson, a brother in law, of Elliott Blankenship, was killed there 4 years ago by Jakie Blankenship. Big Sandy news, Apr 3, 1925
Christmas—It was a great sorrow to the many friends of Mrs. Alma Chaffin to learn of her death which occurred at her home at Yatesville Tuesday evening. Alma was a good Christian woman, liked and respected by everyone that knew her. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband and 9 children, 3 sons having preceded her in death, 2 dying in infancy and Ernest dying in France during the World War. She was brought to this place and was laid to rest in the family graveyard. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Roland Hutchinson to a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
Mrs. Sarah Clark died at her home at Wonder, KY Apr 4, 1925 aged 73 years ? months and 15 days. She leaves 2 brothers , 2 sons, and 3 daughters, several grandchildren and great grandchildren and friends to mourn her loss. Sister Clark was converted and united with the M. E. Church, South at the age of 20 years. She lived a devout Christian life and was a faithful member of that church until death. A large crowd attended her funeral, which was preached by her pastor, Rev. C. B. Peters of Allen, KY. Immediately after the funeral her body was laid to rest in the Clark Cemetery at Wonder. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1925
Whitesburg—William J. Smith and his sister, Mrs. John Cook, are being held in the murder of Mrs. Cook’s husband, Friday night Apr 3, when Cook’s body was riddled by a dozen bullets at this home in the Gorman F??? Coal Company’s camp 2 miles from here. It is alleged that Smith did the shooting after his brother in law had sent him money to come to Whitesburg. Arriving here he is said to have gone straight to the Cook home, where the shooting occurred upon Cook’s return from the day’s work. The first shot was fatal, but 11 other bullets were fired into the victim’s body. An old grudge is believed to have caused the crime. Mrs. Cook is held ???? ???? investigation of the affair. She was permitted to attend her husband’s funeral under the ??? of her brother in law. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1925
Mrs. Mary Damron, ?? years old, died at the home of her son, M. E. Damron, at Whitehouse, following an attack from heart trouble. ???? the above mentioned, Mrs. Damron is survived by one son, ?? Castle of Huntington an by 2 daughters, Miss May castle of Huntington and Mrs. H. J. Boyd of Westmoreland. Funeral services were conducted at Whitehouse the day following her death with Rev. R. W. Preston, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Whitehouse officiating. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
Ralph Dotson, prominent merchant of Freeburn, Pike County, was shot and instantly killed Sunday, Mar 29, in front of his store at Freeburn after he had shot his wife. Roy Edwards, a miner is charged with the killing. Edwards had been Dotson’s guest at dinner and shortly afterwards he and his host started out to collect from a debtor of the merchant. Both are said to have been drinking heavily and when a customer asked that Dotson go into the store and get some cigarettes for him, the merchant drew his revolver and began firing at random. Mrs. Dotson ran out and attempting to quiet him, was shot through the arm according to Edwards, who says the bullet was intended for him. Dotson then struck Edwards with his revolver, it is said, and the latter fired, Dotson fell dead. Advices from Freeburn state that the bullet apparently entered his back. The slain man is survived by his wife, the formerly Miss Sallie Vicars, of Pikeville, to whom he was married one year ago and by his father, George W. Dotson. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
On Wednesday Mar 25, the pale horse and his rider again visited the family of Clarence Estep and claimed for its victim their darling baby, Clarence Junior, aged 19 months. This is the most pathetic scene that ever happened under our observation as only 2 weeks previous they lost their other little son and both their sickness were of short duration. Little Junior became sick shortly after Randolph was buried and everything was done that medical skill could do to save the little fellow, but to no avail He had bronchial pneumonia and throat trouble and his suffering was very intense. He yielded to the will of his Creator and joined the association of little brother who so shortly preceded him to the land of???. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. V. Pack and D. A. Hays a the home of Mrs. Estep’s mother, Lucy J. Ball, where they had been residing since the little fellow took sick. His little form was laid by the side of his brother upon whose mound the flowers scarcely had wilted. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
GREEN, H. L.
L. Green Is Killed When Body Strikes Live Wire. (the rest is too faint to read.). Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
HAMILTON, Mrs. ?Ben?
Mrs. ?Ben? Hamilton and her ?? year old daughter, Mary Lou, were burned to death ??? ???? March 21?, in a …….near Isonville, Elliott County. The rest is very faint and unreadable. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
The month old babe of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Jones, of the “Point”, was found dead in bed about Apr 3. The child was strong and healthy and the cause of its death is not exactly known though it is believed it became suffocated in a mass of bed clothes. This is the second child born to Mrs. Jones who is not yet 15 years old. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1925
Last Friday morning Mrs. Minnie McClure, widow of J. M. McClure died at her home at Bluefield, WV, following a serious operation for ??? of the stomach at May??? Hospital, Rochester, MN. Mrs. McClure was ?43? years of age, spent her childhood and young womanhood at Louisa, at which place she was married to J. M. McClure and subsequently moved to Bluefield. To this union 2 sons were born, Ernest McClure, now 26? Years of age and James McClure now 19? Years of age, both single. After the death of their father they took care of their mother a beautiful and commendable way and continued to live at Bluefield, where their father died about 7 years ago. These splendid boys of this Christian woman were both members of the Fire Department at Bluefield and a number of their associates ???? accompanied the remains of Mrs. McClure as far as Ft. Gay, WV where they were met by undertaker A. Snider. The remains were taken direct to the Methodist church here of which she was a faithful member during her girlhood. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. John Cheap and were attended by a large audience of sorrowing friends and relatives. After the funeral services her remains were taken direct to Pine Hill Cemetery for interment by the side of her husband. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1925
MEADE, Mrs. Willie E.
Mrs. Willie E. Meade, Jan 19, 1861—Feb 16, 1925 was buried Feb 18 at Buchanan Chapel cemetery, beside her honored husband. All of her children, 9 in number, and some of their families were gathered at the ??? to bid a last and fond good-bye. A sainted mother passes to her reward, and thusly ends a great life, devoted to every noble and lofty ideal. Born during the crucial days of the great Civil War, cradled in the spirit of a reborn nation, and in the bloom of young womanhood wedded to a battle scarred veteran of that struggle, her entire life has been a full measure of devotion to her loved ones and her Savior. Because of the physical infirmities of her husband, induced by exposure in the service of his county, her duties as a wife and mother, neighbor and friend, have been arduous and manifold, but the strength of a lovable character enabled her to perform them as joyous labors of love. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
PRESTON, Paul C.
Paul C. Preston, aged 21?, died Saturday Apr 18 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Preston, of Patrick, this county, after an illness of a year. Paul was a young man of fine character and his passing brings much sorrow to his friends and relatives. His parents are well known and highly respected. Death was due to tuberculosis. Surviving are his parents, 2 sisters, Mrs. G. R. Lewis of this place and Mrs. C. E. Burgess and one brother, Arthur Preston. Funeral services were conducted at Patrick, where burial was made by the Rev. E. L. Howerton, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Pikeville, assisted by the Rev. J. C. Hager of Paintsville. The funeral was attended by a large body of people from various parts of the Big Sandy Valley, among those who came from a distance were: Mrs. James Matney and her daughter, Miss Alma, and Frank Matney of Pikeville, W. H. Matney and Frank Matney of Wayland, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Preston, Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins Preston, Mrs. Sam Lockwood, Mr. and Mrs. James Preston, Mrs. Everett Brown, Mrs. Sidney Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Moon, Mrs. Frank Hager, Mrs. Mildred L???, Miss Mary Keaton, all of Paintsville, Mrs. Virgie Harold of Prestonsburg, Mrs. Elizabeth Stambaugh, Mrs. Sam Williamson, Mrs. J. P. Walters of Betsy Layne, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Meade, and Miss Hildegarde Meade of Williamson, WV, Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Borders, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Lewis and son, Douglas, of Louisa, Mr. and Mrs. Don Preston, Mr. and Mrs. Joe McClure of Gallup, Mr. and Mrs. German Walters, Mr.a nd Mrs. James Preston, Gordon Burgess, of Georges Creek, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Hinkle, Junior Hinkle, of Richardson, Jess Walters, Haskell Walters, Miss Lena May Borders and Mrs. C. J. Kirk of Ashland. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1925
PRICE, Samuel B.
Samuel B. Price, aged ?64? years and 8 months died at his home here early Wednesday morning. He had been an invalid for the past 4 or 5 years and ???...... Mr. Price was a son of James Price who moved to Louisa from North Carolina and Mrs. Emmarita Blevins Price. Mr. Price was born here. He married a daughter of Hayden Childers of Richardson and to them were born 2 children, a son who died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Robert Hinkle, who has been here with her father for the last 3 or 4 months of his life. While a young man, he served ?? years in ??? ????? department of the U. S. Army. When he became a civilian again, he was a ?? foreman ??? of various points in the Big Sandy Valley and in West Virginia until he became unable to work. Mr. Price was a Mason having become a member of that ??? in Oklahoma before it became a state. The body was taken to Richardson for burial there Friday. Big Sandy News, Apr 3,1925
QUEEN, William Herrick
William Herrick Queen of Glenwood, this county died at his home there Monday following an illness of about 3 yars. Death was due to high blood pressure, we are informed. Mr. Queen was about ?69? years of age. He is survived by his wife, his mother, ?10? sons and 1 daughter. He was the ??? of W ?. and H. H. Queen, and Mrs. ??? Lambert of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday evening by the Rev. H. W???. Interment was made in the cemetery near the Queen home. Big Sandy News, Apr 3, 1925
The murder of Margaret Sloan, 16, and Jack Sloan, 18 by their mother, Mrs. Emma Sloan, of Ashland, last Friday morning is probably the most atrocious crime ever submitted in this section. Mrs. Sloan hacked her son and daughter to death with a hatchet while they were sleeping, attempted to take her own life, with the same weapon and later locked herself in a bathroom with all the gas jets turned on. The son was a deaf mute, partially deranged mentally and his condition is believed to have caused his mother to go insane. Margaret Sloan was an exceptionally intelligent girl a Junior in high school and was a girl of great charm. ???? limitations preclude a detailed story of the gruesome affair. The mother is being held in jail pending prosecution. Big Sandy News, Apr 24, 1925
?Joel? Thompson, one of the oldest citizens in Wayne County, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Lee Morris of Twelve Pole, WV Tuesday night, Apr 14, at the venerable age of 84 years. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. Mr. Thompson was noted for his strength of character and for his stalwart Christianity. One of Nature’s noblemen is the tribute paid him by a life-long acquaintance. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South for about half a century. He was born in Wayne County, near where he died and was married to Miss Martha Wilson who died 4 years ago. To them were born 2 daughters, Mrs. Lee Morris and Mrs. “Bud” Riggs. Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this place who was Mr. Thompson’s pastor, 41 years ago conducted the funeral services Thursday and burial took place the same day in the Thompson cemetery at Twelve Pole. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1925
VAUGHAN, W. H.
H. Vaughan, 69?, prominent lawyer and citizen of Paintsville died at his home there Thursday, Apr 9, from an attack of apoplexy. Mr. Vaughan had been in good health up to the time of his death, which came suddenly. He was at work in the yard at his home, setting out flowers, when stricken. A passerby discovered him lying prone on the ground and went to his assistance. Death came before medical attention could be given. Mr. Vaughan was of the highest type of citizen. He was a member of the M. E. Church and was an active church worker. He is the father of Carl Vaughan, who married Irene, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Cater, of this place. Others surviving him, besides his son, are his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Clifford Pace, 2 sons, Ben F. Vaughan of Paintsville and Dr. Hobart Vaughan of Ashland and 2 sisters, Mrs. A. J. Davidson of Bowling Green, FL, and Mrs. Ed Ford of Prestonsburg. The funeral took place from the M. E. Church and interment was made Saturday. Big Sandy News, Apr 17, 1925
WORKMAN, Harmon H.
A coroner’s inquest was held at Salt Petre, WV Saturday, Apr 4, over the body of Harmon H. Workman, ?61?, who died there on the preceding day. He had left his home on Pigeon Creek on Thursday to visit relatives at Salt Petre, but had fallen ill en route and spent Thursday night at a house on the way. Next day he came to Salt Petre and died within a few hours of his arrival. Mr. Workman had been ill only about 24 hours and a probe of his death was ordered. A thorough investigation was made by officials and it developed that he had been afflicted with stomach trouble for 15 years. The verdict of the jury was that death was due to acute indigestion. Big Sandy News, Apr 10, 1925
ADAMS, Mrs. L. C.
Mrs. L. C. Adams, ??, died at her home at Ellen, Monday, Apr ?23?, after a long illness from tuberculosis. Mrs. Adams, before marriage was Miss Rose Belle Bayne, a daughter rof Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Payne. She was born Jan 17, 1877, and was married in 1907. She was the mother of 6 children, five of whom survive her. Besides her husband and children, she leaves an aged mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fraley, Apr 29 and burial was made in the family burial ground at Ellen. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1925
ARNETT, Mrs. Elliott (Elizabeth McGuire)
Mrs. Elliott Arnett died Tuesday at the home of Henry Carter in Louisa, after a long illness. She was 87 years old last February. The burial took place on Wednesday in the Arnett family burial ground 2 miles north of Louisa, where 2 children of Mr. and Mrs. Arnett lie buried. She was a devout member of the Catholic Church and the funeral was conducted by a priest from Van Lear, KY. Mrs. Arnett is survived by her husband, Mr. Elliott Arnett and by a daughter, Mrs. Eliza Milem, of Dallas, TX and a granddaughter, Mrs. Fred O. See of Lynch, KY. One son, Nicholas, died in Philadelphia 5 years ago. Mrs. Mary Peters, a daughter, died many years ago, leaving one son. There is another granddaughter in Texas, a daughter of Mrs. Milem. Mrs. Elizabeth McGuire Arnett was a daughter of Dr. Nicholas McGuire, who was one of the early settlers of this vicinity. He lived on a farm now owned by his grandchildren 2 miles north of Louisa, where he died at the age of 96. Mrs. Arnett was educated in a school near Cincinnati, as were also her sisters, Mrs. Milton Freese and Mrs. Mary Mathers. She was a cultured, Christian woman, hospitable and charitable. For several years she had been very feeble and was in a helpless condition, during the last 2 or 3 years. She is the last of the family of her parents, which consisted ofthree daughters and four sons. A little more than 52 years ago she was married to E. A. Arnett, of Magoffin County. For more than 40 years they lived on a farm 2 miles from Louisa. Then the moved to West Virginia, near Crum, where they lived until a few months ago, when they returned to the vicinity of Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 29,1925
Mrs. Lizzie Boggs died at her home on East Fork, near Greenup, Wednesday morning, May 6. Her death came as a shock to her relatives, for she had been in good health up until the time of her death, which was thought to have been caused by a paralytic stroke. She leaves to mourn her passing 4 boys and 2 girls, Jim Boggs, of New Boston, OH, Elijah Boggs, of Ashland, Millard Boggs of Fire Brick, Garfield Boggs, who resided with his mother, Mrs. Florence Atkins and Mrs. Floria Carter. Besides these, she is survived by a host of relatives and friends. Mrs. Boggs was a good Christian woman and had been thus for many years. She often spoke of death and of the great Aftermath, and those who knew her part with this kindly spirit only with the profoundest sorrow. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
BOOTH, Charles Golden
Charles Golden Booth, ??, of Wayne died in a Huntington hospital Friday Apr 21 of peritonitis resulting from an operation several days ago. He became ill Tuesday The funeral services were conducted at the Spurlock Memorial Church near Wayne Sunday. Interment was made in the Spurlock Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, 4 children, his parents, Rev. and Mrs. S. S. booth, of Wilson’s Creek, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
On the 2?th day of April, the death angel visited the home of Johnson Bryan and took from him his loving wife, Elizabeth Bryan, aged 76? Years and 11 days. To this union were born 7 children: Thomas Bryan of Ashland, James Bryan of Portsmouth, OH, ?Crit Bryan of Buchanan, KY, Mrs. Lando White of Catlettsburg, KY, Jeff Bryan of Adeline, KY and 2 step children, J??? Bryan of Ashland and Mrs. Martha Chaffins, of Portsmouth, OH and 2 of her children preceded her to the glory land several years ago. She had been a sufferer for 13 years with asthma, but she took dropsy about 2 months before her death. The morning she died, she seemed to do better, but God called for her and she had to go home. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
Alonzo Castle, Ashland policeman, was killed in that city in an exchange of shots with a burglar at 2:30 o’clock Saturday morning, May ?. Castle was struck squarely between the eyes by a bullet and died within 45 minutes. He and other policemen had been summoned to the Vansant Kitchen lumber yard at Keys Creek, where a burglar whom “Oze” Delaney and Not??? Had found in his home was hiding. When the man was routed from his hiding place and refused to stop at repeated commands by the officers, the policeman began firing at him. Castle and Jackson, his fellow officer were standing within a few yards of each other as the robber made his dash to safety. Both men fired and the fugitive fired twice, at Jackson and then wheeling, he fired at Castle, the bullet taking effect. No clue is held as to the identity of the murderer. Officers known only that he was a white man. A thorough search of the vicinity of Ashland failed to result in a ??. Bloodhounds were taken to the spot, bur recent rains, made tracking impossible. A reward of $200 has been offered by Mayor Nicholson of Ashland for the slayer’s capture. Lon Castle was a former resident of Johnson County. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1925
Paintsville—Malinda Castle, better known as “Aunt Linda” who is reputed to be over 100 years of age, died at her home in Greentown, between Paintsville and Thealka, last Sunday night. This good old woman was known to almost everyone in the county where she ha made her home during a long and ??? life. “Aunt Linda” probably leaves more descendants than any other woman in the state. She is survived by several children, and her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren are almost too numerous to enumerate. Her remains were taken to Toms Creek and laid to rest in the old Castle Cemetery beside those of her husband who had preceded her to the Great Beyond many years ago. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1925
CURNUTTE, J. H.
With sweep of years that is ever passing by, God is casting in the death sickle which always takes away someone who is dear to some body’s heart. So, on Mar 6, 1925, the Death Angel visited our home and took from us our loving father, J. H. Curnutte, who was so precious to us all. He was 78 years one month and 17 days of age. He is survived by 5 children, Mrs. Brunk Vanhorn, of Buchanan, Miss Cora Curnutte, at home, Will Curnutte, of Portsmouth, OH, Harve Curnutte of Huntington, WV, and Oliver Curnutte of Zelda by 5 brothers, H. H. Curnutte of Portsmouth, OH, S. G. Curnutte, of Ashland, V. B. Curnutte of Huntington, WV, E. B. Curnutte and O. S. Curnutte, of Zelda, by 2 sisters, Mrs. Roll Fannin of Huntington, WV, and Mrs. Robert Billups of Hulette, KY and by 22 grandchildren. His loving wife died 2 years ago. Father was sick just 11 hours. The body was conveyed to the cemetery at Buchanan Chapel and was consigned by loving hands to the bosom of mother earth. Big Sandy news, May 22, 1925
DANIEL, Mrs. Isom
Mrs. Isom Daniel, of Sip, Johnson County, died at her home there May 17. She was formerly of Lowmansville, Lawrence County, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Murray of that place. Mrs. Daniel, a member of the Baptist Church, was a woman of sterling character, and her death is mourned by a host of friends. The funeral and burial took place at Sip on Tuesday afternoon of this week. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
Edward Davis, 78, died at his home on East Fork, Boyd County, Tuesday after an illness of a week. Mr. Davis was a native of Boyd County. He was married to Miss Emma Rucker Dec 31, 18?? And was a veteran of the Civil War. He was one of the oldest Masons in the county and had been a member of the M. E. Church, South for many years. Surviving him are 4 children: William Davis, and Paynter Davis of East Fork, G. W. Davis of Portsmouth, and Mrs. Hattie McGlonin; 3 brothers, F. L. and Ben Davis of Boyd County and V. O. Davis of Elliott County, 28 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett of this place. Interment will take place in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1925
ELSWICK, Thomas Marion
Thomas Marion Elswick, ??, a farmer of Bolts Fork, died at his home there Saturday evening, Apr 25, after a 2 years illness from paralysis. Mr. Elswick was born in Tazewell County, VA, but his family moved to Lawrence County when he was young. He was married to Miss Lillian Bolt, and to them were born 7 children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. He was a well known farmer and was an uncle of County Attorney K. C. Elswick of this place. Surviving him, besides his widow and children, are 2 brothers, John Elswick of Rush and Davis Elswick of Estep and 4 sisters, Mrs. Mary Bostwick, Mrs. Ollie Heaberlin and Mrs. Lou Fannin, all of Chinnville and Mrs. Rebecca Enyard of Estep. The burial, which took place at Buckley Chapel, was attended by the following persons from Louisa, Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Lambert, Mrs. C. M. Edwards, Mrs. J. F. Banfield and daughter, Mrs. Billy Riffe and K. C. Elswick. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
Wheeler Evans, formerly of Lawrence County and a brother of W. T. Evans, of Louisa, died at Sims Township, OH, Saturday Apr 19, after a lingering illness of several months. Mr. Evans was born in Virginia 73 years ago and was the son of Edwin and Mary A. Evans. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Rice, a daughter of Jake Rice of Two Mile. About ?? years ago he moved to Ohio, where he engaged in farming. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Burial took place at Sims Township, Tuesday Apr 21. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
FARMERS, Ruby Ruth
Mrs. Ruby Ruth Farmers died at Grantsville, WV Friday after suffering several days with an abscess on the brain. Her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Charles A. Powers of Centenary Church, Ashland, had been at her bedside during her illness Funeral services was held at the home on Sunday and burial at Barboursville, WV Monday. Big Sandy news, May 15, 1925
FLAUGHER, ?? W.
?. W. Flaugher, life long citizen of Willard, Carter County, died at his home on Wednesday, Apr ??, after an illness of 4 weeks, 3 of which were spent at the Ashland general hospital. All that physician, nurses and relatives could do could not stay the hand of death. He was a tender and loving father, a devoted husband and a fine type of citizen and was well beloved by a host of friends. It is estimated that some 500 or more attended the funeral service at the Christian Church May ?. He leaves a wife, 9 children, 13 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and one brother to mourn his loss. His brother, G. P. Flaugher and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Adams, both living at Willard and one sister, Mrs. Sidney Swetnam, from Plain City, OH, were with him to minister and console though his ordeal of suffering which was intense, he having been afflicted with gangrene. Rev. Arthur Jarvis, clerk of Carter County, conducted the funeral. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1925
John Perry, 18?, was instantly killed and Bert Frazier, 22?, was fatally hurt Saturday when they were crushed beneath a mammoth slate fall in the ??? Beaver Coal Company mine near Prestonsburg. Frazier was placed on the train to be taken to a hospital, but died near Offutt before reaching aid. ?Burns Johnson, former Louisa man is superintendent of the Blue Beaver mine, and himself escaped death only by a matter of a few minutes, as a short time before the accident occurred he sat directly beneath the mass of slate which crushed Frazier and Perry. Had the slate fallen an hour earlier, probably a ??? of men would have been killed or hurt, as the tunnels went to that spot lunch and the slate fell over a wide area. Both of the victims were unmarried. Frazier was the son of A??? Frazier of Floyd County. His body was brought to Louisa where it was prepared for burial by undertaker, A. Snyder and shipped to Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
HATCHER, Mrs. F. T. (Della Leslie)
Mrs. F. T. Hatcher, of Pikeville, died at the Jewish Hospital, Louisville, early Monday morning, Apr 27, after an illness of 2 or 3 months. Suffering from heart trouble, Mrs. Hatcher was taken to Louisville for treatment Mar 26 and her condition was subsequently reported as improved. At the time of her death Mr. Hatcher was with her and her son and daughter, Jack and Virginia, in response to a hurried summons, arrived at the hospital just before the end. Mrs. Hatcher was formerly Miss Della L. Leslie, a daughter of Jack Leslie of Pikeville. She was about 46 years old and was a leader in church and social work. Mr. Hatcher was a member of the Board of Prison Commissioners of Kentucky under Gov. Stanley and has been prominent in the political affairs of his section. He was the democratic nominee for Congress 3 years ago, opposing John W. Langley, present Congressman. Besides her husband and 2 children, Mrs. Hatcher is survived by her mother, Mrs. C. R. Keith and by 3 brothers, Sidney Leslie, of Huntington and G. C. and Mitch Leslie of Pikeville. The body was taken to Pikeville Tuesday for burial. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
HATCHER, William W.
William W. Hatcher was born Dec 7, 18?? , in Pike County, kY the son of John Lee and Elizabeth P. Hatcher. Died Apr 13?, 1925 aged ?? years 4 months and ?? days. Willie as he was familiarly known, spent most of his life at the old homestead where he was born. His father, mother, and brothers, C. C. Hatcher, and James Hatcher and sisters, Ella and Minnie, preceded him to the other world. The following relatives survive, Mrs. L.N. Porter and Mary C. Hatcher, sisters, and j. Floyd Hatcher, of Boldman, a brother. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1925
Three persons were swept to their deaths last week end by Floyd County streams at flood from heavy rains. On Johns Creek, a few miles from Prestonsburg, 16 year old Lucy Hatfield and her brother, Moody Hatfield, 22, were drowned Friday, May 15. While walking along the edge of the creek, the girl suddenly slid into the water. Hearing his sister’s cries for help, and observing her predicament the young man plunged into the water and soon reached her. In her terror, however, the drowning girl clung to her brother so that he could save neither her nor himself.
At Garrett on Beaver Creek, 20 miles southwest of Prestonsburg, Romain Howard was drowned May 17, while trying to ford Beaver Creek on a mule. Earlier in the day he had crossed the stream which afterwards overflowed its banks. Before attempting to recross to the other side, he was warned that the creek was not fordable. Plunging in, he kept his seat on the mule until the water had swept both about 200 yards downstream. Then he slid into the water. The body was found a day later about 100 yards from where he submerged. He is survived by his widow. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
HUTCHISON, Louisa (Kinner)
On the 22nd of April Heaven’s portals opened to the soul of Louisa Hutchison. She was almost 79 years of age, born and reared at Buchanan, this county, being a daughter of David and Mary Kinner, pioneers and prominent citizens of the Sandy Valley. At an early age she was married to Henderson Hutchison of Fallsburg, to which union 8 children were born Bereft, of her husband when the youngest of these was only 2 years of age, she devoted her life to the rearing of her children, all of whom were an honor to her community. She removed from Buchanan, some 30 years ago that her children might have better opportunities in the towns, but had always remained loyal to her old home and each year came back for a visit. She has one sister, Mrs. Martha Compton, who lived at Buchanan and was the only surviving member of this old family.
Her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Hale, at Parkersburg, WV with whom she had made her home for several years, This devoted daughter gave her all the attention that could possibly have been given during her illness of almost a year’s duration, during which time she was practically ??? from paralysis. Her mine was clear all though her long illness and she was patient and cheerful often singing parts of the old time hymns when left alone for a few minutes. She was a sweet Christian character, a devout member of the M. E. Church, South, and as long as her health permitted was a constant attendant at the services. The funeral was preached at Parkersburg Thursday morning and the remains, accompanied by relatives and Rev. Scoot, were brought to Catlettsburg, then in charge of Kilgore & Collier, on to Buchanan Chapel where on Friday morning in the church where she found her Saviour in her girlhood, the pastor, Rev. O. P. Smith, gave a beautiful talk and Rev. Scott read a poem, after which she was tenderly laid to rest among her loved ones in the country cemetery. She is survived by the following children, Mrs. Helen Clark, Ashland, Mrs. Ed Hale and Will Hutchison of Parkersburg, K. D. of Chicago and Henderson of Long Beach, CA, all of whom were present at the last sad rites except Henderson. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
A toll of two dad and 3 wounded was taken in a gun battle at Kermit, WV, Tuesday afternoon May 19. The dead: Sherman Parsley, 50, merchant of Kermit, instantly killed by a bullet through the heart. Buck Kirk, 33, president of the district school board, of Kermit, shot through the heard, dying where he fell. The wounded are: Ken Chapman, 27, special police officer of Kermit, shot through left side of chest and in the right leg; may die. Ken Kirk, 27, brother of Buck Kirk, and Matewan deputy sheriff, shot in right side and suffering a scalp wound. John Chaffin, Kermit deputy sheriff, shot through finger.
The trouble is said to have been caused by a school election which had been in progress throughout the day with 2 opposing factions waging a bitter contest. The election was held in order to decide if Kermit should become an independent school district, as had been provided for by the West Virginia State Legislature. Reports of the battle and its cause are at variance with each other. One group of witnesses state that the fight began when Dr. E. T. Stepp, an election clerk, was knocked down by Lee curry, after a dispute over the right of three negroes to vote. When Stepp fell, it is said, that Ken Chapman, special officer for the day, stepped forward, drawing his revolver. Buck Kirk did likewise. Sensing trouble Sherman parsley stepped forward, asking the two men to put up their guns.
Kirk is reported to have complied with Mr. Parsley’s request, whereupon Chapman is said to have opened fire upon him. Kirk sand to the ground, and the fight became general over his body. Parsley became a shield for another man, who was firing a revolver, according to our information, and soon fell, his heart pierced by a bullet. Other versions of the fight’s inception are: The trouble was not caused by Stepp-Curry dispute, but by factionists in taking from Bill Brewer his revolver earlier in the day. Chief of Police Ira Maynard precipitated the battle by firing a shot into the ground. “A signal shot”, some characterized it. Start as it did, more than 100 shots are said to have been fired, and when the smoke of battle cleared away, 4 men lay on the ground. The wounded men were taken to Huntington for treatment. Chief of Police Maynard, Jim Muncy, a constable, Lee V. S. Curry, Bill Dellon, Ira Webb and a man named Waller are said to have been arrested and jailed in connection with the shooting. Sherman Parsley, who was killed was known as a good citizen and a prosperous business man. He was not engaged in the fight, and met his death playing the role of peacemaker. He is survived by his wife and 10 children, the youngest of whom is about 3 weeks old. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
Lee Jessie, of Harold, Floyd County was instantly killed last week near his home, when the motor car on which he and other members of the section crew of which he was a worker were riding, smashed into a through freight All other members of the force escaped unhurt. The victim is survived by his wife and 2 children. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
Darwin Lafferty, of Chinnville, was instantly killed by a freight train near Marrowbone Sunday, Apr 26, when he either fell from a car or attempted to alight. His body was badly mangles and identification was difficult. Young Lafferty was unmarried and had only recently been released from the asylum for the insane at Lexington. His father, “??” Lafferty, formerly lived at Prestonsburg, from which place he moved not long ago to Chinnville. The youth left home about Thursday of last week to visit an uncle at Prestonsburg and it is supposed that the allowed the train tot carry him up beyond this point because it did not slow down. The father took charge of the remains, Monday and burial will probably take place in Floyd County, where the victim was reared. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
East Point—The death angel visited our community and claimed for its victim Mr. Mac Leek, aged ?64?, who died at his home near here Apr 14 after a lingering illness. Mr. Leek had been in ill heath for some time, but was seriously ill about 2 weeks before his death. He was a man well loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a member of the Saint’s Church at Little Paint. He was a man ever ready to say a word for the Christ he worshipped. At the conclusion of the funeral service, a man in the audience rose voluntarily and told of the things he had said to him to lead him to the Lord. His widow, 3 daughters and 5 sons, and a host of other relatives and friends are left to mourn his loss. The funeral services were in charge of Rev. J. W. Music, who paid a fitting tribute to the beautiful Christian character. Burial took place in the family cemetery near his old home. Where a large crowd of sorrowing friends gathered to pay their respects. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
Bill Massey, aged citizen of Wayne county, died at his home on Little Hurricane, about 6 miles from here, Saturday night from an attack of acute indigestion. Mr. Massey was 64 years of age, and was never married. He was residing with his brother, John Massey, at the time of his death. One other brother, Fred Massey, survives him. Burial took place on Little Hurricane. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1925
While playing with matches at his home at Donithon, this county, Friday morning, May 8, Paul, the 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Maynard, was burned so severely that death resulted. Mrs. Maynard attracted by her son’s screams, rushed to his aid, to find him enveloped in flames. The child succumbed to its burns Saturday night. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1925
MCCONNNELL, James H.
James Henderson McConnell, judge of the Catlettsburg police court for years, died at this home there Tuesday morning May ?. His death was preceded by a ??? period of ill health which was not considered dangerous and by a week of serious illness from a general breakdown. Judge McConnell was born in Greenup County, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McConnell. He was married to Miss Ida Rice, a daughter of John M. Rice, of this place, and sister to Mrs. Lyda ?Lackey?, Mrs. Ada Thomas, and John M. Rice, Jr. Mrs. McConnell and 2 children, Mrs. Albert Crowell of Ashland and John McConnell of Louisville survive him. Judge McConnell became widely known through years of serving on the Catlettsburg police court bench and was a worthy citizen. He was a member of the Elks and Masons. The funeral service, in which those orders will collaborate, taken place, this evening at the M. E. Church, South with the Rev. H. Slaughter, of Clendenin, WV in charge. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1925
On Sunday morning, May 24, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McCown and took from them their darling daughter, Olive. She was 13 years 2 months and 2 days old. All was done for her that loving hands and willing hearths could do, but God who does all things well, took her spirit back to him who gave it. She was converted Friday morning at the hospital. She told them all that she was ready to go. Olive was just sick one week. She was taken sick May 16 and died May 24. She leaves to mourn her loss her father and mother, 4 sisters and one brother and a host of friends and relatives. Olive had been promoted from the Junior class into the Young Ladies Bible class in our Sunday School. She will be greatly missed. Big Sandy News, May 29,1925
Jerry Moore, 73, died at his home at Noris, Wednesday night, following a long illness from leakage of the heart. Mr. Moore is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ardela Moore (nee Thompson), and by several children. Burial took place near Noris. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
MOORE, Julia (Swetnam)
Mrs. Julia Swetnam Moore, one of the oldest women in Lawrence County, died at her home near Blaine Saturday, May 23. Born Jun 5, 1843, Mrs. Moore died at the age of 81 years 11 months and 15 days from the infirmities attendant upon the weight of years. Mrs. Moore’s parents were Mr. and Mrs. Elza Swetnam. She was united in marriage to Martin L. Moore March 12, 1868. To them were born 7 children, 6 of whom are living. In 1888 Mrs. Moore became a member of the Christian Church. She was a very devout woman and her life was consecrated to good works. Six children survive her: Mrs. Laura Fraley, Mrs. Tabitha Sparks, Sam Moore, and Ernest Moore, all of Blaine, Mrs. G. W. Kouns of Louisa and C. L. Moore of Plain City, OH. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of this place, and burial made Sunday in the Moore burial ground near Blaine. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1925
Whitesburg, KY—Malvery Napier, aged about ??, wife of a mine contractor of Mayking, 5 miles from here in Letcher County, committed suicide at her home by taking a can of concentrated lye. The woman had been in failing health for several months and at the time of the rash act, the husband had gone to a physician for medicine. Mrs. Napier lived but a short time after taking the lye. The remains were taken to Torrent, Wolf County for burial in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
NICKELL, Mrs. Stanton P. (Nancy Ellen Green)
Mrs. Stanton P. Nickell, aged 60, of Greenup, KY and formerly of Johnson County died at the home of her son, Hammie Nickell in Portsmouth, OH, May 13, from a complication of illnesses. Previous to her marriage to Stanton P. Nickell, in 1881, she was Miss Nancy Ellen Green, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Green of Sip, Johnson County. Mrs. Nickell had been a member of the M. E. Church since 1885, with membership in the Beechy, KY church. She had been in poor health since Sep 1924, when she suffered a severe fall. She is survived by her husband, 6 children, a sister, Mrs. Jane Johnson of Sip and 3 brothers, Scott Green of Big Plains, OH, John Green of Paintsville and George M. Green of Portsmouth, OH. Interment took place at Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
Louisa friends were saddened Sunday morning by a telegram informing the death of Jay O’Daniel which occurred at 5 o’clock that morning at the home of his brother, Albert O’Daniel in Huntington. He had been there during the last few months, hopelessly ill with heart trouble. Our readers will recall that he was stricken while on a train going to Richmond, VA, last fall, and was in a hospital there for some weeks. As soon as he was able to travel he went to Huntington. His condition there never gave much promise of recovery. He was made as comfortable as possible and was ??? to the end. The body was taken to the home of his father, D. A. O’Daniel at Hulette, this county and laid to rest in the family burial ground. This took place on Tuesday May ? ???????. The funeral was preached by Rev. H. W. Hewlett of the M. E. Church, south, with which church he ??? himself in his early manhood. There were many friends present from various places in Kentucky and West Virginia. Mr. O’Daniel would have been ?? years old if he had lived until Jul 29th. He was never married. For ?? years he was one of the public school teacher of Lawrence County. Then he was elected County superintendent of schools, ??? years. AT the close of his term he became associated with the R. F. Jackson Publishing Company, school book publisher at Richmond, VA. He soon proved his worth as their representative in Kentucky, and other states and his advancement with the firm was steady. He became a stockholder and one of the company’s most highly ??? advisors. During his illness he received the closest attention, from the president and other officers of the firm. Jay O’Daniel was a man of more than average ability. He was honorable in all things. …… Big Sandy News, May 8, 1925
George Parks died Wednesday at the home of Fred Phipps at Hubbardstown, WV. He was 74 years old, a bachelor and had lived alone for many years on his farm near that of Mr. Phipps. Recently he became severely ill and Mr. Phipps’ took him to his home and cared from him until death relieved his suffering. At one time another neighbor, Ed Bellomy, went to his home and found ????, had been desperately sick for 9 days and without any attention. He owned a farm and had about ??? in money. Big Sandy News. May 22, 1925
PARSLEY, Sherman—see under Buck Kirk
Burt Preston, of Thelma, Johnson County, was fatally wounded in a gunfight with officers Thursday night, May 14, at the home of Lige Wallen, at Chestnut, where the officers were said to have come to arrest Preston. The fight is said to have occurred when Garfield Spradlin, a Martin County officer, Garfield Meek, Walter Osborne, and Jackie Boothe appeared at the Wallen home with a warrant for Preston, and ordered him to surrender. Preston had retired for the night, but rose at the posse’s summons. The shooting followed. Preston’s sworn deathbed statement was to the effect that he offered no resistance, and when near the door was told to stop; that the first shot was fired by meek, and that he did not return the fire until he was hit by a bullet. He also stated that no warrant was served on him after the fight was over. According to one of the officers, Preston opened fire when told to halt, and that he and the other three officers returned it. Preston was taken to Paintsville hospital, where he died Sunday. The officers waived examining trial, and were released on bonds of $3,000 cash. Big Sandy news, May 22, 1925
PRESTON, John D.
Captain John D. Preston, 81, Civil War veteran of Paintsville, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ethel Howes, in Huntington, Wednesday night, May 13, from the infirmities of age and injuries suffered in a fall last April. “Uncle John Dunk” as he was known to his friends, was of a prominent family and except for the past 2 years which he spent in Huntington with his children, he resided in Paintsville all his life. During the War between the States, he was a member of the 39th Kentucky Mounted Infantry, and before the surrender he became a captain. He was a member of the G. A. R. and was a Mason.
Captain Preston was a member of the M. E. Church South and his life was one of kindness and helpfulness toward his associates. His home was to him a sacred thing, and its doors were always open to his friends. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Lee A. D. Tate and Mrs. Ethel Howes, 4 sons, Frank H. Preston, T. C. Preston and J. E. Preston, all of Huntington and W. M. Preston of Paintsville and by a half-sister, Mrs. Arthur Preston of Graves Shoals. The body was taken to Paintsville Thursday. Funeral services were conducted there in the Mayo Memorial Church on the following day by the Rev. H. G. Sowards and interment was made in the Preston Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
PRESTON, Louise Elizabeth
The death of Mrs. Louise Elizabeth Preston, occurred last Sunday at her home in Paintsville, ??? an illness of sometime due to infirmities of age. She was 84 years old. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday from the M. E. Church of which she had long been a faithful member. She was the widow of Judge Henry Preston, who passed away many years ago. She is survived by one brother, Dr. W. T. Atkinson. Her nephew, Paul C. Hager, had made his home with her since he was a child. They lived in Louisa a short time some years ago. Dr. and Mrs. Atkinson who had spent the winter in Florida, returned home for the funeral. ?D. T. McClure, of this place and Mrs. Gordon Burgess of Kise, also attended. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1925
PRESTON, O. H.
Smalley, KY—O.H. Preston, 26, prominent business man of this place, was shot and instantly killed here Monday, Apr 27, by Andy Cox, merchant, also of this place. Levi Peters, a bystander, was dangerously wounded by the same shot which killed Preston. Reports of the shooting are conflicting. Eye-witnesses to the affair are few. It is said the trouble came as a climax to a dispute between Preston and Cox over a school election, which will take place Saturday, May 2. It is alleged that Preston was drinking and that he had a pistol in his hand at the time of his death, thought this is denied. Only one shot was fired from a shotgun as Preston started into Cox’s hardware store, the charge striking him in the mouth and almost completely tearing away his nose.
As Cox moved to fire, Preston sprang behind Peters for protection, and Peters received part of the charge in the shoulder. The killing occurred within 25 yards of the Martin station, where the Hall White gun battle was staged some time ago and in which Talt Hall and Lewis White were slain. Both Preston and Cox were prosperous and highly respected business men, the former being proprietor of the Preston Drug Store and the new Martin theatre. He is survived by his widow. Cox immediately surrendered to authorities, and was placed under $7000 bond. The victim was buried here Wednesday with the Mason in charge. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
RAMEY, William C.
William C. Ramey, of Carter, and formerly of this county, died at his home in Carter City Thursday, Apr 1? At the age of ?89?. Mr. Ramey was married to Sarah A. Pack 67 years ago. He is survived by his aged widow, 13 children, 62 grandchildren, and 95 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. Interment took place Monday morning in the Carter Cemetery with the Rev. Noah K??/ in charge of the funeral. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
Samuel Short was born Apr 7, 1842 And departed this life Apr 20, 1925, aged 83 years and 10 days. His funeral was preached by his nephew Rev David N Hewlett of Greenup, KY. He was married about the year 186?, to Jane Frazier and to this union 10? Children were born, one dead and 8 living ????. Uncle Sam was a member of the M. E. Church, South and was converted at Yatesville in ??? under the ministry of Rev. H. F. Rice. He lived a very consecrated life for ??? years. He was a hard-working man and strictly honest, loved and respected by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1925
Skaggs—We were very sorry to learn of the death of our friend and neighbor, Menifee Sparks, who died at his home early in the morning, May 4, 1925, of cancer of the stomach. He was born in Lawrence County, in the upper Blaine country, 64 years ago and was a son of the late Lin?? Sparks. Mr. Sparks was formerly a prosperous farmer and stock raiser of this place. He married Melissa C. Brickey of Elliott County. To this union 2 sons were born, Parish Sparks of Winchester, KY and Noah Sparks, deceased of this place. He and his wife were member of the Regular Baptist Church and were active in religious, political and business capacities. He bought the John W. Prince farm and in 1916 leased it to the Union Gas and Oil Co. His farm proved to be rich in oil, so he and his family moved to Louisa in 1924 to enjoy a hard earned rest, but the One who knows best saw fit to call our friend and neighbor to a better rest, a house not made with hands, eternally, in Heaven. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1925
SPARKS, R. M.
M. Sparks, age ?64, died here at his home on Lock Avenue, early Monday morning after an protracted illness. Death was due to caner of the stomach. Mr. Sparks moved to Louisa 8 months ago from Terryville, where he had accumulated during the ??? a comfortable fortune. He bought property here in town and erected a handsome residence. He was a member of the Baptist church which he became united with about 10 years ago and was a good citizen. His wife who before marriage was Miss Ma??? Brickey, of Elliott County, and a son, Paris, of Winchester, survive him. Funeral services were conducted here Tuesday by the Rev. M. A. Hay and interment was made the same day in the Hay Cemetery at Smokey Valley. Big Sandy News, May 8 1925
E. Stanley, former county judge of Floyd County died at Ashland, Monday, Apr 27, after a month’s illness from (?vendo cardetes?). Judge Stanley was a prosperous farmer and stock dealer and was prominent in Floyd County politics. He was highly respected there. He was about 60 years of age and had been married twice. Surviving are his widow, 4 sons and 5 daughters. The body was shipped to Betsy Layne, from where it will be taken to the Stanly home at Tram for burial. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1925
Mrs. America Ward, an aged and highly respected lady of this county, died at the home of her son, Dr. Ben Ward, who lived in Chicago. The deceased was brought back to Inez, and was laid to rest in the Ward cemetery about one mile south of Inez. Mrs. Ward was about 75 years of age. Her husband, Arter Ward preceded her in death about 10 years ago. Mrs. Ward was the mother of George Ward, former editor of The Big Sandy Advertiser, Hamilton Ward, a farmer living 2 miles southwest of Inez, Thurman Ward, and Dr. Ben Ward. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. U. R. Fairchild, Wednesday, May 3 and interment took place immediately after. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
Levi Webb, 84, died at the home of his son, Willie Webb, of Webbville, this week. Death is believed to have been the result of over-exertion. Mr. Webb is survived by his widow and a number of children. He was buried near his old home on Caney Fork, near Webbville, with the Rev. Dock Woods in charge of the funeral rites. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1925
Enoch Wellman, aged 63, was instantly killed by a train at Fort Gay at 11:30 o’clock Sunday morning, when apparently confused by the approach of 2 trains from opposite directions, he stepped from one track to another in the path of a speeding freight. The body was not badly mangles. Death resulted from a wound in the head and another in the side, a short distance below the heart. Either injury would have probably proven fatal. This fatality was preceded by the injury on Apr 24 of Mrs. V. See, who was hurt in the same manner as Mr. Wellman’s death was brought about. She, fortunately, was knocked clear of the tracks and suffered only a broken arm and other minor injuries. Mr. Wellman was a lifelong resident of Fort Gay, and previous to the present mayor’s term was mayor of that place. He is survived by 3 sons and a daughter, Gulf, King, and Cully Wellman and Mrs. Mabel Fielder. His wife died about 15 years ago. Another daughter was murdered in Pittsburgh about a year ago while riding in an automobile. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Bascom Lakin, of the First Baptist Church here, and burial was made Monday afternoon in Fairview Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1925
West Liberty, KY—Seven members of the Cantrill family are accused of the assassination recently of Harve Young, a youth of 19 years, on Sand Lick Creek, near Ophir, Morgan County. Information given County Attorney Lynn B. Wells, immediately led to the issuance of warrants for the arrest of J. B. Cantrill, Stone Cantrill, James Cantrill, Bill Cantrill, Jim Cantrill, Mollie Cantrill, and Ethel Cantrill the Cantrills, witnesses say, were concealed in an old house beside the road and when Young came along shot him with a high powered rifle. After the fatal shot was fired, they are then said to have emerged from their ambuscade and would not let any one approach the corpse, saying they had “got one of them and would get the rest before they quit.” The murder is said to be the result of an old enmity between the Cantrills and Youngs. Sheriff D. H. Perry and a posse are scouring the Sand Lick section of the county and arrest are momentarily expected. When Circuit Court opens here in June, the facts of the killing will be given to the grand jury. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1925
ARTHUR, Sarah Alice (Small)
Mrs. Sarah Alice Arthur, aged 75, died at her home in Ashland Friday night, following an illness of 3 months. Mrs. Arthur, who was born here Mar 21, 1850, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Small She moved from Louisa while young and resided in Ashland more than 60 years. She was a well-known woman and so long as her health permitted, was active in many undertakings for the betterment of others. She was a member of the First M. E. Church of Ashland and was noted for her piety and sweetness of character. Mrs. Arthur was married when only 14 to the late G. D. Arthur, in 1864. Her husband died Nov 19, 1919. Surviving their parents are one son and 4 daughters. Interment took place in the Ashland Cemetery, preceded by funeral services at the M. E. Church, with Rev. Overly in charge. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1925
BALL, George see under William F. Porter
BANFIELD, A. J.
A.J. Banfield, 46, was found dead Saturday night in an upstairs room of his home in Ashland and since that time his death has developed into a case with a touch of mystery about it. Who killed Banfield? His wife declared shortly after he was found that he committed suicide. A thorough investigation of the body, however, disclosed that he had been shot 3 times in the leg, in the back and through the breast near the heart and that his neck was broken. Following these discoveries, a coroner’s jury handed down the opinion that he did not commit suicide, but was murdered. Mrs. Banfield’s story is to the effect that she was goin to the home of her son, with whose wife she intended staying while her son was away and that her husband later started for the same place, but turned back. A few moments after he re-entered the home, she said, the shots were fired. Two young men then rushed upstairs, according to Mrs. Banfield, and found her husband lying across the bed, dead, his revolver on the floor.
But, authorities wonder, if there was no one in the room with Banfield when he met his death how did he break his neck, shoot himself through the heart, through the back and in the leg? It has since developed that the family relations in the Banfield home were slightly strained, according to reports. Margaret, his stepdaughter, testified that he drank a great deal and abused her mother. Evidence to the contrary was presented, showing that Banfield was a good man and did what he could to support his family. So there is an enigma, with the probability existing that its solutions will be surprising. Banfield was a carpenter and was a native of Rowan County. The body was taken to Salt Lick, KY for burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1925
BARTRAM, Norma (Frasher)
Fort Gay—Mrs. Norma Bartram, born near Fort Gay Oct 4, 1875, died Jun 4, 1925, aged 49 years and 8 months She was united in marriage to Wayne Bartram May 4, 1895?. To this union were born 3 children, Frank Dewey, Clyde and Thursa. She was converted and joined the M. E. Church in 1912 and was a great church worker. Her Christian life was unspotted. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She taught public school for 12 years but her great delight was to work in the Sunday School and church. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1925
The death angel visited our community and claimed for its victim our dear wife and mother, Mrs. Ellen Boggs. She was born Jul 17, 1864, deceased May 11, 1925. Had she lived until Jul 17 she would have been 6? Years old. She was married to William Boggs, Jan 31, 1881? She joined the United Baptist Church with her husband when she was about 21 years old and she lived a devoted Christian life until the end. About 10 years ago she became afflicted with a complication of diseases and all these years she bore her sufferings with patience and did so until the end. So ill she could not attend church, her husband would have church appointed at her home for her benefit. To her were born 11 children, Albert Boggs of Laurelsville, OH, Mrs. Susan Skaggs of Circleville, OH, Mrs. Alice Perdue, of Ashland, Mrs. Laura Riggsby of Skaggs, Mr. Thurman Boggs, of Skaggs, Mrs. Esta Hutchinson of Skaggs, Will?? Boggs of Albert, KY, Mary Lizzie Boggs, yet single, at home, Mrs. ??? Fyffe of Illinois, Mrs. ??? Hay (or Ray) of New York and one baby, Anne Margot, 19 days old, out???? Mother and went on before her to that glory world. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
Willard, the 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Burke, was burned to death Saturday, May 30, at the Burke home on Coal Creek. The child’s parents were absent from the house at the time and when the boy’s clothing caught fire help came too late. The funeral was conducted Sunday by the Rev. William Lester, of Skaggs, and burial was made in the J. J. Skaggs Cemetery, with a large attendance of sympathetic friends present. Besides the bereaved parents, one son, Ivan Burke, 4 years old, survives. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
Paintsville—Thursday, May 28, 1925, the Grim Reaper, Death, entered the home of Henry Butcher and took there from his beloved wife, Agnes. Mrs. Butcher had been in ill health for several months and had been at the point of death numerous times, nevertheless her demise came as a sad and sudden shock to her many friends. She had been a resident of this section for many years and was held in the highest esteem by the entire populace. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1925
Olive Hill—Mistaken for a burglar, Miss Sarah Carson, 15, was shot and killed Sunday night by her brother in law, Albert Mowerly, as she was climbing through a window of Moberly’s home near Grahn, upon her return from church. Miss Carson was visiting her sister at the time of her death, and had gone that night to church at Pleasant Valley, not far away, telling the Moberly’s that she would not return until the next morning. After services closed, however, she decided to go back and entered the window so that she might not arouse the family. Hearing a noise, Moberly called, “Who’s there?” Receiving no reply, he fired. The bullet pierced the girl’s brain, death resulting almost instantly. Her brother in law is grief stricken. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1925
Anderson Christian died at his home near Echo, WV May 28, at the age of 84. He had been a member of the Greenbrier Church for 55 years and had during that time lived a true Christian life. Mr. Christian had been in poor health for some time. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Henry Mullens, and Rev. Henry Lambert after which the Masonic Lodge took the body in charge, interment was made Saturday in the family cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mary Christian, and 3 sons, Lafe, Scott and Calahan, all of near Echo and a number of grandchildren and many friends. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
Hiram Cisco, 84 year old father of Judge A. N. Cisco, of Ashland, dies in Ardmore, OK, Tuesday morning of last week. Mr. Cisco had been seriously ill for only about 2 weeks through his health had been impaired for some time. He died at the home of his son, Noah Cisco, with whom he had been residing for several months in the hope of that western climate would restore his vitality. Judge Cisco was called to Ardmore early last week by his father’s illness, only to find his parent dead upon his arrival. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
MORRIS, W. E.
A toll of two lives has been taken by trains at Glenhayes, WV a few miles from here, within the past 6 days. W. E. Morris, locomotive engineer, was almost instantly killed there on Monday of this week, when he was struck by an engine. He had descended from his own cab to the ground for some purpose. As one train approached, he stepped from its track into the path of another train coming from an opposite direction. The body was hurled clear of the track, and was not mangled. Death occurred within a few moments of the mishap. Mr. Morris was 36 years of age. He was married and had several children The body was shipped to Kenova, where it was prepared for burial, and was then sent on to his home in Portsmouth, OH.
On the Saturday preceding Morris’ death, Bob Dillon, a native of Glenhayes, was cut to pieces by a train within a few feet of where Monday’s tragedy took place. He is said to have been struck from behind. The victim was about 40 years old, married and was employed with the road contractors. Burial was made in Glenhayes. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
DRAKE, Leo Frank
The body of Leo Frank Drake, one of Louisa’s native sons, was brought here fro Logan, WV, Monday for burial in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. Drake fell ill Tuesday, Jun 2, and died at Logan on the following Saturday, following an operation there. His wife and daughter rushed to his bedside from Charleston, WV upon receiving news of his illness. He was born here 45 years ago, and spent the years of his adolescence here. Following the death of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Drake, he came under the care and guidance of Congressman J. A. Hughes, of Huntington, WV. Mr. Drake was a member of the Baptist Church and was held high in the esteem of his acquaintances. He was in the employ of the Logan Mercantile Company at the beginning of his fatal illness. His wife and a daughter, Miss Aline Drake, survive him. A number of prominent people attended the burial from a distance. Among them were Congressman and Mrs. J. A. Hughes, J. L. Stewart and Josh Carter, all of Huntington, and Rob Peck, Mrs. Buskirk, Miss Aline Drake, and Naaman Jackson of Logan. Mr. Jackson is State Banking Commissioner of West Virginia and a brother in law to Mr. Drake. Funeral services were conducted at Logan by the Rev. Dr. Caverly, of the Baptist Church there, and the Rev. F. E. Jenkins, of the M. E. Church South, was in charge of the last rites here. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1925
Pikeville—Jesse Ferrell, deputy sheriff of Pike County, and Boone England, alleged desperado and bootlegger, shot each other to death late last Saturday night at Majestic, near the Majestic Collieries Company of this county. Shot three times—through the heart, in the forehead, and in the mouth—the officer fired once as he sank to the ground and England, also collapsed dying soon after. Ferrell had an old warrant for England, and when he saw the man, who, it is alleged, had that night brought 20 gallons of moonshine into Majestic for sale, started for him, accompanied by a few assistants. At the order to throw up his hands, England snatched his revolver from his pocket and fired. It is said that not all the bullets found in Ferrell’s body are from the same gun. John England, Ernest Sullivan, Malone Daugherty and Emory Allen were arrested and lodged in jail here in connection with the killing. About a month ago Ferrell organized a posse and gave chase to England, who was said to have been selling whisky at the time in Majestic. The officer shot England’s horse from under him, and according to members of the posse, shot England, a bullet proof vest worn by the fugitive saving his life. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
Bill Hall, a youth of 20 years was killed, his cousin, Joe Hall, was shot in the forehead, and Buddy Hall, father of Bill Hall, was slightly wounded Saturday, Jun 13, when the 2 cousins engaged in a deadly gun duel on Jack’s Creek, Floyd County. The fight took place near the home of John Mullins, not far from the home of “Bad” John Hall, leader of the Hall faction in the Martin gun battle. Both youths are said to have been intoxicated, finally falling into a dispute. Drawing their revolvers, they began shooting, a bullet from Bill Hall’s gun striking Joe Hall in the middle of the forehead, ranging upward and finally emerging near the top of his head. Thereupon the wounded boy shot his cousin twice in the body, according to an eyewitness. In an effort to prevent the fight, Buddy Hall was shot across the nose by his son. Joe Hall will probably recover. The combatants were relatives of “Bad” John Hall. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1925
Grant Hall, 35, section foreman on the Long Fork railway, Floyd County, was shot from ambush Sunday afternoon at the first tunnel on that road, not far from Martin at 4:15 and died a few moments later. Hall was walking track when the fatal shot was fired. The bullet pierced his neck, severing an artery. He is said to have walked about a 100 feet before succumbing to his wound. Reports received here do not state the probable motive for the crime. The identity of the slayer is not known, though M. Dugan is being held in the Prestonsburg jail in connection with the killing. The victim is a son of Bill Hall and a native of Abbott’s Creek, Floyd County. He had lived at Ashland prior to his going to Beaver Creek and his body was sent there for burial Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1925
Lacey Hall, a 15 year old youth of Pikeville, KY was struck by passenger train No 36 a few hundred yards out of Louisa Sunday morning, and died from his injuries half an hour later at Riverview Hospital where he was taken a few minutes after the accident occurred. Hall left his home at Pikeville on Thursday of last week, boarded a freight train, and arrived here Friday. His uncle, J. T. T. Justice, head of the Justice Lumber Company here, searched for him on 2 occasions and asked him to go home with him, but to no avail. It is said that previous to his death, young Hall said he had had no sleep for 3 days. His loss of sleep led to his death. Ten minutes before No, 36 ran he was seen by Adin T. See walking along the railroad tracks, presumably waiting for a freight or coal train to come along A few minutes later he is said to have been seen sitting on the tracks, asleep.
The spot where the accident occurred is at a sharp curve and it was impossible for the engineer of the train to see Hall and stop the train before it was too late. A Carey boy was killed at almost the same spot by a train some time ago. Hall was knocked clear of the tracks by the engine and consequently, his body was not mangles. His left side was crushed and a hand and the left side of his face were bruised and cut. The position of the injuries denote that he was sitting with his left hand supporting his head when he was struck. He was taken aboard the train, which brought him back here, and was rushed to the hospital. He never regained consciousness.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hall, of Pikeville, were summoned here following his death. They were accompanied by their sons, Russell, Bennie and Sammy Hall and by his uncles, Roscoe Justice of Woodman, KY, M. C. and Andy Justice of Prestonsburg, and Charley Justice of Hurricane, WV. The youth’s father is a lumber inspector and has but recently moved from Kenova, WV to Pikeville. Funeral services were held Tuesday by the Rev. Bascom Lakin of the First Baptist Church, at the home of J. T. T. Justice and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1925
Pikeville—Dick Herald, 41, was shot and killed Sunday, May 31, on Cope’s Branch, Breathitt County by Mitch Bryant, 23, when he essayed the role of peacemaker between Bryant’s brother and his own brother. Herald and his slayer were not involved in the quarrel between their brothers, but when he approached the belligerents and tried to pacify them, Bryant, standing nearby, drew a pistol and shot him according to spectators. Herald’s brother then fired several shots at Bryant, who escaped into the hills. The slain man is survived by his widow and 4 children. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
Jackson, KY—Patrick Howard, 30 years old, was shot from ambush late Sunday night on the County Road, near the head of Cane Creek. Breathitt County, by assassins, who set fire to the woods in which they were hiding in order to destroy their trail. Howard’s home is in the neighborhood, and when his horse returned without him about daybreak today, members of his family went to look for him. They found him lying in the road where he had been shot from his horse and where he had remained in a dying condition all night. His assailants had used a shotgun and there were more than 100 shot in his head and right side He died 10 minutes after his plight had been discovered. Officers suspect 2 men and will take them in custody at once. The fact that the woods had been burned made it futile to attempt to use bloodhounds. Howard, the son of Sam Howard, leaves a widow and 2 children the scene of the killing is about 10 miles from Jackson. Big Sandy news, Jun 19, 1925
LEADMON, Cora Lea
On Apr 28, 1925, the monster which is death called at the home of Dr. J. H. Leadmon and children and took from them their loving mother and wife, Cora Lea Leadmon. She leaves to mourn her death a loving companion, 8 children, her mother, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters and a host of friends and relatives. Shew was 40 years and 18 days old. She was taken very suddenly and death came soon afterward. All of her family were present a the funeral service except, Mr. willie Holbrook, who returned to his home at P???, KY on account of illness of his wife. All was done that loving hands could do. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1925
MCCLUNG, Mrs. F. H.
Mrs. F. H McClung, ?? years old, formerly of Ashland, KY, died Monday at her home at Hamlin. In addition to her husband, who is a coal operator, she is survived by 2 daughters and one son, Mrs. T. J. Tomkins of Frankfort, KY, Mrs. H. H. Moore of Winchester, KY and Dr. W. H. McClung of Hamlin. One sister, Mrs. Julia Holly, of Amstead, VA, also survives. H. H. Moore, of Winchester, husband of one of Mrs. McClung’s daughters was formerly of this county. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
MOORE, Mrs. Alvin
Mrs. Alvin Moore, of Irad, this county, was found dead in bed at her home Thursday morning, Jun 11 by her husband and son. Mrs. Moore had been suffering from toothache on the night preceding her death, and her husband and son, not wishing to disturb her, did not call her next morning, but finished the farm chores themselves. The work done, Mr. Moore went to her bed to arouse her. He found her dead, life having apparently been extinct for several hours. Coroner W. W. Young and Dr. Ira Wellman went to Irad, and held an inquest over the body Thursday. Her death, it was decided after evidence showed that she had been troubled for some time with pains about the heart was due to heart failure. Mrs. Moore was formerly the wife of John Bartlett, who committed suicide in the same home in which she died. She was born in Johnson County about 45 years ago and is survived by her husband and several children. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1925
John Moore, shot and killed his 22 year old son, Yillie Moore, it is alleged and wounded Mrs. Leftie Kirk Saturday night, May 30, while his son, Mrs. Kirk, the slain boy’s mother, Miss Nellie Hamilton and Charley Blythe were sitting in an automobile parked in front of the Moore home on Chadwick’s Creek about 5 miles south of Catlettsburg. Jealousy is believed to have furnished a motive for the crime. Mrs. Moore was seated at the time of the tragedy beside Blythe, the owner of the auto, according to information at hand, and Boyd County authorities believe that the three shots which Moore fired from a shotgun into the rear of the car were aimed at the man whom he believed to be bent upon wrecking his home. His son received the full charge of the first shot in the head, while a part of the loads from the following shots produced painful but not serious wounds in Mrs. Kirk’s head. The young man died while being taken to an Ashland hospital. The rear of the car was riddled with shot, and how the other inside the car escaped injury or death is almost incomprehensible. The father was arrested later in the night by Patrolman Charles Keaton, who said he found him standing in a rear room of his home, a shotgun in his hands. He also was intoxicated, Keaton said. Moore was place in jail pending an examination. A coroner’s jury charged him with the murder of his son, despite Mrs. Moore’s testimony that her husband did not fire the fatal shot. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
MORRIS, W. E. see under Bob Dillon.
MOSELY, Mrs. Green
Drift—Mrs. Green Mosely passed away at her home near here recently. She is survived by her husband, one children and a wide coterie of friends. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1925
SMITH, James S.
The most serious accident that has ever occurred on the Wayne-Huntington road happened shortly after 9 Monday morning of this week when the Williamson local train struck a Ford struck at the grade crossing at the end of the hard road near Lavalette, killing 2 men instantly and injuring 2 others. The men killed were James S. Smith, age 42, and Charles Nelson, age 38, both of Salt Rock. The injured are Stanley Smith, age 64, brother of the dead man, of Branchland, and S. R. Meade, age 42, of Branchland. The fifth man in the truck was driver, Jay Woods, age 43, of Salt Rock, who escaped unhurt by jumping from the tr5uck just before it was struck by the train. Following the accident the bodies of the 2 dead men and the 3 injured men were rushed back to Kenova on the same train which had struck them. The injured men were given treatment at the Rife-Ferguson hospital in Kenova and were able to return to their homes. It is not thought that the injuries of either will prove fatal. The bodies of the 2 men killed were prepared for burial by the Kilgore and Collier undertaking establishment upon reaching Kenova. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1925
PORTER, William F.
Two officers are dead and another lies seriously wounded as the result of a gun battle on Camp Creek, WV, 5 miles out of Huntington, early Saturday morning between 2 forces of officers. The dead are William F. Porter, Federal Prohibition Chief for the Huntington district, and George Ball, State officer W. E. Workman, State officer, was shot twice, once in the head and again in the shoulder, and is in a critical condition. Survivors of the fight maintain that it was all the outcome of a tragic mistake, that they mistook each other for moonshiners. Federal Prohibition Chief Porter and State Agent Workman had been lying in wait for moonshiners for several hours, when State Agents Poe and Ball came upon them. Both sides opened fire immediately, Poe and Porter grappled with each other, it is reported, and Porter threw his adversary to the ground He is believed then to have recognized Poe, since he released him. Poe then shot him. Porter died en route to the hospital in Huntington, Workman is said to have shot Ball, who also shot Workman. Ball died several hours later in the Kessler-Hatfield Hospital from a bullet wound in the stomach.
Wild rumors have been bruited about that the fight was not a mistake at all, that there was a deadly hatred between the Federal Prohibition Agents and the State officers. Federal Agent Homer Joy, who was lying on the hilltop overlooking the scene of the fight, and who reached the spot before the battle was over, asserts such rumors are baseless, and that the two groups of men became mistaken in each other’s identity. An investigation of the affair has been undertaken. Members of the 2 groups of officers maintain that they were always friendly, and that the victims had no reason of enmity. Federal Agent Joy swore out a warrant for Poe, testifying that he saw Poe shoot Porter. Joy and Workman are charged jointly with the slaying of Ball and Porter. Poe and Joy escaped without a scratch. The remains of Porter were taken to Myra, WV, for burial. He is survived by his widow and 6 children, the youngest child being scarcely 2 months old, Ball leaves a wife and 5 children. He was buried in Barboursville cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1925
Muriel Prose, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Prose, of Ashland, met death by drowning in the Ohio river Thursday afternoon while in swimming with several companions. The boys were swimming in the river at a point opposite the Sheet Mill at Twenty-Seventh and Front when the tragedy occurred. Young Prose had been in the water only a few minutes when, wading about, he suddenly dropped off into a hole estimated at from 15 to 20 feet in depth. After Muriel had sunken and risen 3 times, his companions became alarmed and summoned help from the sheet mill. Workman from the mill recovered the body after it had been submerged more than half an hour. Frantic efforts to resuscitate the lad proved fruitless. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1925
ROBERTS, Mrs. Bert (Zona Lemaster)
Death claimed for a victim here Wednesday, Jun 17, Mrs. Bert Roberts, who succumbed to typhoid fever at her home on Berry Street after an illness of only 12 days. Mrs. Roberts moved here with her husband from Paintsville about a month ago, and was in ill health soon after coming here. She was about 20 years of age. Mrs. Roberts was before marriage Miss Zona Lemaster. Her mother now lives in Paintsville. She is survived by her mother, her husband, and one child. The body was taken to Wheelersburg, KY Wednesday for burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1925
Gallup—Bernard Shannon died at Columbus, OH last week from an attack of spinal meningitis, His wife was the daughter of W. M. Belcher, of this place. She was visiting relatives here when word reached her of her husband’s illness. She arrived at his bedside only a few hours previous to his death. Mr. Shannon was a street car conductor in Columbus. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1925
The charred body of 16 year old Louise Shortridge pinned beneath the smoking wreckage of an automobile was the tragic picture presented near Cadmus, this county, Thursday afternoon, Jun 4. Miss Shortridge had started on the day of the accident from her home at Cadmus to Dennis, a short distance away, in the car which her father, Bascom Shortridge, had but recently purchased. She was not very adept in steering it, it is said, and when she had driven to a curve in the road on Big Catt, near Dennis, and not far from the home of Dennis Cooksey, she lost control of the machine. The car plunged over a declivity to a brush heap over 50 feet below, landed top down, and with the brush adding fuel to the flames, burned to a twisted and ruined mass of steel. Lonnie C. Boggs, a neighbor of the Shortridges, passed, and saw the burning car, but, thinking it an old castaway, and failing to connect it with a possible tragedy, went on. Pausing at Nelse Rice’s home, he asked who had gone by in a car and told that no one save the Shortridge girl had been seen, took alarm and returned with Rice to the spot.
When they arrived upon the scene the girl’s body was burned almost to a cinder. From the position of her body, it is believed that the hurtling of the car over the precipice did not cause her death, but that she burned to death. Miss Shortridge was a girl of exceptional intelligence and great charm. She was a student here in Louisa High School during the recent term, and was a favorite with a wide circle of friends. The Shortridges are one of the best known families of Lawrence County. Their standing in their community is very high and the passing of Louise has incurred for them the sympathy of hundreds in this and neighboring counties. Surviving members of Miss Shortridge’s family are her father and mother, 3 brothers, Adam, Paul and James Vinson Shortridge. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, by Rev. Roland Hutchinson, and Rev. Cassidy, with a large assemblage present. Burial was made the same day in the Shortridge Cemetery at Cadmus. Big Sandy News, Jun 12, 1925
Louise Shortridge, the only daughter of Bascom and Viola Shortridge, was born at Cadmus, in Lawrence County, KY, Jan 9, 1909 and was killed in a car wreck near Dennis, KY, Jun 4, 1925, at the age of 16 years, 4 months and 24 days. She was converted at Green Valley in Feb 19??, under the ministry of Roland Hutchinson and lived a Christian until her death. She was a sweet child, loved by all that knew her, and we stand appalled at the cruel blow that took from us our sweet little Louise. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1925
Blaine—Merida Skaggs aged resident of this place, died ?? Ashland, Saturday night. The body was brought to the Skaggs burial ground for interment. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1925
Willis Skaggs, of Lowmansville died at the home of Gerard Debord on Hood’s Fork Tuesday afternoon, after being taken there following an operation a week ago at the Marting Hospital at Ironton, OH. Mr. Skaggs was a farmer, about ?? years of age. His body was shipped to his home at Lowmansville Wednesday morning. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
SMITH, James S. see under Charles Nelson
STANLEY, James Lee
James Lee Stanley, 43, became a patricide victim last Thursday night, when he was shot by his son, Cecil, at the Stanley home near Indian Run, Greenup County, as the result of an altercation between the two. The father died early Sunday morning, and his son is being held in jail. Mrs. Stanley was slightly wounded. It is said that Stanly was drinking when he arrived home Thursday night, and that he began abusing his wife. His son, their only child, interposed and a quarrel arose, the story of the affair goes. The argument ended in the elder Stanley being shot twice in the stomach and his wife being shot through the left arm as he stepped between the 2 men. The wounded man was taken to King’s Daughters Hospital, Ashland, where an operation was performed. He is survived by his widow and son and by several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held at Indian Run, and burial was made in Ashland Cemetery Monday. Big Sandy News, Jun 5, 1925
VANHOOSE, Frances Lee
Paintsville—Frances Lee Vanhoose, the one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Vanhoose, died at the home of her parents, on East Carter Avenue Saturday morning following a few days illness. Besides the parents, the child is survived by 4 brothers and 5 sisters. Big Sandy News, Jun 24,1925
Miss Martha Whittaker, 17, who was taken to an Ashland hospital 2 weeks ago suffering from a bullet wound in her thigh, died Wednesday morning. The wound at first was not, thought to be serious but it, became infected and Miss Whittaker steadily lost ground. According to word from Ivyton, Magoffin County, the home of the dead woman, where the shooting occurred, she shot herself accidentally while handling a revolver The body passed through Louisa Thursday morning to Ivyton, where the remains will be buried in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1925
WOLFORD, N. E.
On the east side of Crabtree Hill, in Wayne County, WV, N. E. Wolford, 33, of Merrimac, near Williamson, WV, was instantly killed Saturday afternoon when his automobile was wrecked. Wolford had purchased a new automobile a few weeks ago and having motored into Fort Gay from Catlettsburg had started back to Huntington. He is said to have been speeding when the accident occurred. As he approached 2 other motorist, Clyde Christian and a man named Sipple, he threw on the brakes. He then lost control of the car, which struck a stone wall and went rolling over a culvert. When Christian and Sipple reached him he was lying behind the auto, dead. Death came almost instantly, his head being crushed and his neck broken. Wolford is said to have been a truck driver in Catlettsburg. His father, mother, and brother live at Merrimac. His wife died about 6 weeks ago. Squire Dean held an inquest over the body, which was shipped Sunday to Merrimac for burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 19, 1925
A belated report of the death of Henry Akers, formerly of this place at Wister, OK, Jun 1, has been received. Mr. Akers was driving his car towards Wister from his home near Lone Star, the report says, when he was seen suddenly to turn the car aside, stop it, and fall backwards, in the seat. He was dead when those who were observing him reached his side immediately afterwards. Heart trouble was said to be the cause of his death. Henry Akers was 28 years of age, single, and lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Akers. He was a teacher by profession. He belonged to a good family and was popular wherever known. He served in the navy during the World War. Funeral services were conducted by W. B. Thomas, pastor of the Wister Primitive Baptist Church, at the home near Lone Star. The remains were buried in Poteau Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
Hueysville—Jacob Allen, one of the most prominent farmers of Floyd County, passed away at his home one mile north of here Friday, Jul 10, from Bright’s disease. He is survived by his widow, one daughter and four sons. The funeral took place from the home, and interment was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
Jacob Allen died at his home near Hueysville, KY Sunday morning Jul 13, 1925. He has suffered several months and fought death bravely to the end. He was born Sep 12?, 1867 and was the son of Joseph A. Allen of Greenup County, KY. His entire life was spent in Floyd County. He was widely known and regarded as one of our best citizens. He was given the best of attention and was taken to various hospitals and placed in the care of the best skilled physicians available. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Juda Allen, aged ?4 years, and 5 children, Messrs Wayne Allen, Ward Allen, Morton Allen, James Richard Allen, and one daughter Miss Madge Allen all of Hueysville, Funeral services were held Monday morning at the cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
On Jun 1, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Sarah Bates and took her dear husband, David Bates. He was 85 years old and leaves, besides his wife, 9 children to mourn the loss of a father. He was a member of the Christian Church and tried to live a Christian. His children were all by his beside when the end came, excepting one daughter, Mrs. Eliza Maynard. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Morton Berry and Parker and Bishop. He was laid to rest in the grove overlooking his old home, with 2 of his little grandsons. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
BAYLISS—see under Bill Hays
BERNARD, Virgie (Hayton)
Mrs. Virgie Hayton Bernard, aged 29, of Potters, this county, died at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Ashland, Thursday, Jul 16, a few hours after being taken to the hospital. Mrs. Bernard had been ill for a few weeks, but her death was unexpected. The body was taken to the 5 children, Alta May, Edgar, Stanly, of Catlettsburg, and was later shipped to Potters for burial. The deceased is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hayton, her husband, Grover Bernard, and 5 children, Alta, May???, Edgar, Cleva Frances, Luther and Paul. Three brothers and the same number of sisters also survive her. Interment took place at Potters Sunday, the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this place, officiating at the funeral services. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
BOGGS, Miranda (Edwards)
Mrs. Miranda Boggs, of Sacred Wind, this county, died at her home on Cane’s Creek Tuesday afternoon. Her death was probably due to heart failure. Mrs. Boggs death came within 20 minutes after falling ill. She had been visiting a neighbor and returning home, was stricken a short distance from the house. She was carried into her home and died a short time later. Her previous health is reported as good. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Edwards, and was about 62 years of age. She is an aunt of C. M. Edwards, County Court Clerk and M?? Nola Edwards, of Louisa. Surviving are her husband, G. W. Boggs, a large family and 3 brothers, W. S. Edwards, and Labe Edwards, of Blaine, and Isaac Edwards of Orange County, CA. Burial was made Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
Harmon Boyd, father of Bascom Boyd, principal of Louisa Public School, died suddenly at his home at Ulysses, Tuesday morning. His death followed several years of bad health, due to stomach trouble. Meagre reports of the death say that he arose from bed on the morning of his death and dressed himself. Left alone, sitting on the side of his bed, he was dead when members of the family returned to his room a few minutes later. Mr. Boyd was about 70 years old, a good citizen, well liked and respected. He was buried near his home. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1925
Trouble which had been brewing since the night before was brought to a dramatic climax Sunday morning, when Elva Spillman fired 4 shots into the body of Willie Burchett at the Baptist Church on Lower Twin Branch, 12 miles from here, fatally wounding him. Two of the shots took effect in Burchett’s back, one in the arm and another grazed his side. His father, Kidd Burchett, placed him in an automobile and rushed him to the Riverview Hospital here, but the wounded youth expired in front of the hospital before aid could be given him. The killing is said to have been caused by an altercation between the two boys on Saturday night. Both are also said to have been drinking. When Burchett and Spillman and met Sunday near the church, where a “foot washing” was in progress, the former is reported to have referred in insulting terms to some unnamed person who hit him with a rock the preceding evening. Spillman, it is said, demanded an apology from Burchett and being refused this began firing.
Deputy Sheriff John Hughes was standing within 30 feet of the two boys when the shooting began. He promptly arrested Spillman and rushed him to jail here. In order to avoid members of Burchett’s family who one reports says, gave chase to the officer and his prisoner. Burchett was about 21 years of age and his slayer 18. Spillman is a son of Wiley Spillman, deceased. The families of both youths are well known in Lawrence County. Burchett’s body was returned to his home on Lower Twins, and burial was made in the Fannin Cemetery near there. He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters. Spillman waived examining trial, without asking to be released on bond. He will be given trial at the next term of Circuit Court. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
White Post—The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Burgett, of this place, died Sunday. Burial was made Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
Pikeville, KY—George Canady was fatally hurt Monday by a runaway horse near his home on the Meat House Fork, of John’s Creek, 20 miles from Pikeville. Those seeing the accident say that Canady lost control of the spirited horse he was riding and that the horse ran away and was thrown by a slick rock bottom. Canady, thrown against a rock suffered a fractured skull. He died just outside Pikeville while being brought to the hospital here at midnight. Canady is survived by his widow and one child. Big Sandy News, Jul 31,1925
Charley Castle, 28, a native of Lick Creek, died at Pikeville Hospital Tuesday night, following an illness of several days. The body was brought here Thursday and later taken to Lick Creek for burial. Mr. Castle is survived by his widow and 4 children. He was a nephew of Mrs. Lon Abshire, of this place. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
CASTLE, Charles Homer
On Jul 15, the Death Angel spread his sable wings over our home and took from us our dear brother Charles Homer Castle. He was born Dec 26?, 1897 and at the time of his death was aged 28 years 6 months and 15 days. He was married Mar 22, 1914 and to this union were born 4 children 3 girls and one boy. At the time of his death he was at the Methodist Hospital at Pikeville. He was sick only 2 weeks and 2 days. He bore his suffering with great fortitude. The he fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. He was brought to the home of his mother, Mrs. Andy Webb, of Lick Creek. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Burgess at the old home graveyard. Those present at the time of his death were his wife, his mother and sister, 3 uncles and a brother in law. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
Farris Castle, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Castle, of Thealka, Johnson County, lost his life in the Big Sandy River below Paintsville, Friday afternoon when he fell from a log which he was riding into deep water and was unable to regain the shore. The tragedy took place at the Mouth of Paint Creek where young Farris with a group of boy companions, was in bathing. When the other lads beheld his plight, they became frightened and were unable to save him. A searching party hurried to the scene in response to summons from the boy companions, but the body was not recovered for more than 2 hours after sinking. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Christian, 49 years old, of Cyrus, WV, who was fatally injured when she was struck by a freight train at Cyrus a few days ago, were conducted at Cyrus, Saturday afternoon. Details of the accident reaching here this week were meager, but it was understood that she was struck while crossing the tracks near the passenger station at Cyrus, succumbing to her injuries 2 hours later. Mrs. Christian is survived by one son, Everett, 10 years old, 4 brothers, William, Charles, Benjamin and John Christian of Cyrus and 2 sisters, Miss Sarah and Miss Martha Christian. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
CLARK, C. W. S.
W. S. Clark, 71, of Grayson, died at that place, Jul 23 of heart trouble. Mr. Clark was a prominent citizen of his community. He was a Mason and that order officiated at the burial. He is survived by his widow and 5 children, J. H., W. H., Howard, Harry and Clyde Clark. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1925
Aaron Clifton, of Ball Alley, died Saturday morning, Jul 4, 1925. He was 74 years of age and has lived here all his life. He has been a member of the United Baptist Church for about 30 years. He is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Ann Patton?, 7 boys and a number of grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. His funeral services took place from his late home and at the John Wills May?? Cemetery, Monday. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
CORDLE, Jesse H.
Jesse H. Cordle died at his home at Cordell Monday morning after an illness lasting only about 3 hours. He complained of pain in his head a short time before he was stricken, and it is believed his death resulted from apoplexy. Mr. Cordle was Sheriff of Lawrence County, several years ago and was well known throughout the county. He was a genial, big-hearted man, and there are people all over the county to whom the news of his death will bring sadness. He was about 65 years old, and is survived by a wife and sons and daughters. The burial took place on Tuesday. He was a Mason and that order took part in the funeral ceremonies. Mr. Cordle was a farmer of late years he was quite active in church work and was a valuable citizen to his community. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1925
Jesse H Cordle, Sr., died at his home at Cordell, Monday morning Jun 29, 1925. He suffered only 3 hours. Mr. Cordle was born Mar 12, 1868?. He was the son of Amos Cordle. His entire life was spent in Lawrence County of which he was sheriff. Mr. Cordle is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mollie Cyrus Cordle, brothers, sisters and a host of friends. Several years ago he confessed ??, and joined the Freewill Baptist Church ow which he was an earnest worker and leader. Mr. Cordle’s home was a place where many orphan children were cared for and treated as if they were his own. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Cordell Church, the Re. Burns Copley officiating. The Masonic Lodge of Louisa of which he was a member presided at the services. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
In Memory—The dear Lord has seen fit to call from our community Bro. Tom Elswick of Boltsfork, who departed this life Apr 25, leaving a devoted wife, 7 children and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He had been a sufferer for 2 years and 5 months. Everything was done for him that loving hands could do. He bore his suffering with so much patience, and as we stood around his bed in his last hours, he looked upon his loving wife and said, “Don’t worry—the Lord will take care of all, “ and as he committed his family to Jesus care, he fell peacefully asleep in Jesus and now dwells where there will be no more sorrow, pain nor death. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1925
Joshua Evans, aged 37, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Evans, was instantly killed late Sunday afternoon near his home at Webb, when an east bound freight train struck him and knocked him from the track. He is survived by his wife, who before marriage was Miss Minerva Brumfield of Clifford, KY, 3 small children, his father and mother and 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Interment was made in the Copley Cemetery near his home at Webb. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
FANNIN, Anderson Earl
Anderson Earl Fannin, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Logan Fannin, of Hood’s Creek, Boyd County, was drowned Monday in a pond back of the Bellefonte Country Club, Ashland, Monday afternoon, while in swimming with 2 small boy companions. The lad drowned in about 15 feet of water. His companions summoned rescuers, but young Fannin had been in the water about 45 minutes when taken from the water. Frantic efforts to resuscitate the victim proved in vain. Mr. and Mrs. Fannin, parents of the youthful victim, 6 sisters and 3 brothers survive. Funeral services were conducted on Hood’s Creek Wednesday morning and interment of the body was made in the Steele Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
FIELD, Mattie J.
Mrs. Mattie J. Field, wife of Delbert Field, died at her home at Normal after a week’s illness. She was 34 years of age. Interment was made in the Fannin Cemetery after funeral service at Grassland Church. The husband and 5 children survive. Big Sandy news, Jul 3, 1925
Nathan Frasher, 83, died at the home of his son, Dock Frasher, in Fort Gay, Jul 5, following an illness of about 3 months. Mr. Frasher was one of the oldest citizens of Wayne County. He moved to Fort Gay from Big Hurricane about 5 years ago. He had been a farmer previous to his removal to Fort Gay. The deceased was a member of the M. E. Church, South, and was a man of sterling character. His passing is the cause for much sorrow with a host of friends. Surviving Mr. Frasher are his four children, Lonnie, S. Z. tom Frasher and Mrs. Anna Mary Christian—one brother, Billy and a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Ferguson of Huntington. Funeral services were in charge of Revs. H. B. Hewlett, B. S. Akers, and the Rev. Brown. Burial was made Jul 6 in the Bartram Cemetery at Paddle Creek, WV. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
Mrs. Martha Goble, wife of Sam Goble of E???, KY, died last Sunday afternoon Jul 5, 1925 at a Paintsville hospital where she had been taken the day before for treatment. She was about 35 years of age and is survived by her late husband and 7 children. She was buried at Emma Tuesday. She had been a member of the Sugar Loaf United Baptist Church for about 8 years and was a might good woman. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
Oscar Gose, of Shannon Branch, succumbed to blood poisoning Friday morning, Jul 24, at his home, following a week’s struggle for life. Mr. Gose’s fatal illness is said to have been caused by an insect bite which became inflamed. The victim was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Gose, and was held in high esteem by many friends. He was a Mason, and the funeral was under the auspices of this order. Mr. Gose was about 25 or 50 years old and he was the father of 3 children. Besides his parents, his widow and children, he is also survived by 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1925
The Lord has seen fit to call from our community Mrs. Alice Gunnels, of Thomas, KY, who departed this life Jul 8, 1925, leaving a devoted husband, 2 sweet little girls, 4 brother and an aged mother to mourn her loss. She had been a sufferer for 8 months and bore her suffering with much patience. As the family stood around her bed to her last hours she looked up and said “Jake, stay with me. I love you better than anything on earth.” As she committed herself to Jesus’ care she fell asleep, and now dwells where there will be no more sorrow nor pain nor death. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
Drift—Dewey Harris, miner, of this place, was crushed to death Saturday by falling slate. Burial was made Sunday. Harris is survived by his widow and children. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
Drunk and in a frenzy of anger, Sherman Early, a cook, shot and killed 2 men and wounded a third Monday afternoon at Buckingham, on the Left Fork of Beaver Creek, Floyd County. The dead are Bill Hayes and a man named Bayliss, oil drillers. Grover Spencer of Drift, KY was slightly wounded. Early had been recently hired by the Ohio Fuel Oil and Gas Company as a cook at the company’s camp near Buckingham, where drilling is being done. On the day of the shooting he became intoxicated and engaged in an argument with the 2 drillers, who left him and sat down on the porch of the house which they were occupying as a camp. Early followed, and though it is reported the drillers said nothing further to him, turned into the kitchen and upon his reappearance began shooting.
Bayliss was shot first, being instantly killed. Hays was then shot and died within a few hours. Early then turned upon Spencer. His bullet struck Spencer’s watch, inflicting a wound which is not considered dangerous. Early fled the scene of the murder soon after the shooting. A persistent search has been made for him, but his capture had not been effected when last reports were received here from Buckingham. Hays and Bayliss had worked in the oil fields of this county and were well known in this section. Both were married. Hays is survived by his widow and 2 children. Bayliss by his wife and one child. C. E. Radcliffe, of the Ohio Fuel and Gas Company office of this place, went to Buckingham Tuesday and accompanied the bodies to their homes. Bayliss was buried at Prestonsburg, where he had moved his family a short time ago. Hays’ body was taken to Charleston, WV for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 31,1925
James Hite, 15 and Leonard Gill, 16, cousins, of Huntington, were drowned Sunday afternoon in Twelve Pole Creek, near Lavalette, WV a few miles from here, while with a party which had met near Lavlaette for a picnic and family reunion. The lads had gone bathing with their fathers and other men of the party and soon after their elders had left the water went beyond their depth. It is supposed that one ventured too far, and the other went to his rescue. Desperate but vain efforts were made by D. E. Hite and H. F. Gill, fathers of the youths, to rescue them. When they found themselves unable to save their sons, a telephone message was sent to Huntington for a pulmotor, which was used in a fruitless attempt to resuscitate the victims. The two bodies were recovered about 15 minutes after the tragedy. They were buried in a double grave in Spring Hill Cemetery. A double funeral also was conducted Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Jul 31,1925
HOLBROOK, Squire Campbell C.
Squire Campbell C. Holbrook, born Jun 4, 18??, died at his home here Jul 1?, 1925. The deceased was the son of the late Hargis and Fannie Holbrook who had always been resident of this neighborhood. His early life was spent in educational work, as he was a teacher in the rural schools of Lawrence County for a number of years. He was married Nov 24, 188?, to Miss Ellen Grimsley, daughter of the late Rev. Drury and Elizabeth Grimsley, of this place. To this union was born 2 children, Mrs. Nora Sparks, wife of Dr. J?? Cecil Sparks of Ashland and Emory L. Holbrook of this place. Mr. Holbrook was Justice of the Peace for 16 years. He was a faithful member of the United Baptist Church for 40 years and was the clerk of this organization. He lived a clean life and was a God fearing man. He was a helper and a true friend to all he met. To say that he is misses and will continue so is useless, because his loss will be and is felt everywhere he knows. Squire C. C. Holbrook was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Funeral services were held at the home, the Rev. Phillip Skaggs, officiating. It was the request of the deceased that the Rev. Skaggs should preach his funeral. He was laid to rest in the graveyard on the point overlooking his home. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
JARRELL, M. D.
D. Jarrell, prominent Wayne County citizen, died at his home on Mill Creek Jul 2, at the age of 91 years. Mr. Jarrell was a member of one of the pioneer families in Wayne County. Mr. Jarrell was born Nov 30, 1823. For a half century the deceased was a leader in Wayne County affairs and filled various public offices. He was for 4 years the director of the State Reform school for boys at Pruntytown. He was an active member of the Pleasant Baptist Church and an officer in that congregation for many years. In his passing Wayne County loses one of its most upright and respected citizens. Big Sandy news, Jul 10, 1925
Pikeville—Late last Wednesday Morgan Killin was slain at his own home on Elkhorn Creek, a short distance below Shelby Gap. It is reported that his son, Alex Killin, committed the crime. The second marriage of the elder Killin is said to have displeased Alex and another son, who on the day of the crime went to the home of their father and abused Mrs. Killin. When their father remonstrated the trouble occurred in which Alex is reported to have shot his father to death. Alex, who was reported drunk, later escaped into the hills and at last reports had not been arrested He is about 40 years old, his father was more than 70. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
MARTIN, Joel C.
Prestonsburg—Tuesday morning, Jul 7, 1925, at 1’clock, uncle Joel Martin passed away at the home of his son Grover C. Martin near Cliff. A few weeks ago he had come from Louisville where he has resided for several years, to visit his people here and was visiting the son when the end came. He had suffered a slight stroke of paralysis a few years ago affecting his speech and limbs also. Last week he suffered the second stroke, leaving him in a serious condition, conscious but unable to speak and his going was hastened by a third stroke of paralysis. Uncle Joel had almost reached his four score years, having been born Dec 22, 1848, he was therefore 76 years 6 months and 16 days of age. He spent the whole of his life in Floyd County and Prestonsburg with the exception of about 5 years spent in Louisville. On Nov 13, 1879, he married Miss Minnie Harris, to this union were born 4 daughters and one son. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
MAYNARD, Nannie (Cooksey-Webb)
Mrs. Nannie Maynard, of Missouri Branch, Wayne County, wife of Hi Maynard, died Jul 3, following a 16 months illness with cancer. The deceased was born at Fallsburg, this county, Feb 22, 1874 and was the daughter of Lafe and Mary Cooksey. She was first married to J. C. Webb in 1895 and was the mother of 7 children, of whom 4 survives her. She united with the church while young. Following the death of her husband about 10 years ago she was married to Elder Hi Maynard, who survives her with the following four children: Mrs. Grace Damron of Twin Branch, Mrs. Albert Sayers, of Stone, KY and Lawrence and J. C. Jr., of Webb. She is also survived by 4 brothers and 3 sisters: Willie Cooksey of Huntington, Bert Cooksey of Grayson, L. E. Cooksey of Louisa, B. H. Cooksey, Quin Cooksey and Matilda Heaberlin of Prichard and Mrs. Hattie Compton of Eastwood, OH. Funeral services were conducted by Elders B. E. Perry, A. Brown and W. H. Jude at the home, after which the body was buried in the family cemetery at Missouri Branch. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
MILLS, Mrs. Columbus
Inez—Mrs. Columbus Mills, of Davisport, Martin County, died at the home of her son, Henry Mills, on Hock House Fork of Rockcastle Creek Saturday, Jul 11. Mrs. Mills, known to her acquaintances as “Grandma Mills” was more than 90 years old at the time of her death. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and was a very devout woman. Before her marriage she was Miss Mary Scalf and was reared on Johns’ Creek. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by 5 children, Henry and C. C. Mills, of Martin County, Mrs. Callie Delong, Mrs. Nancy Porter and Mont Mills who live in the west. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
MOORE, John C.
Noris—Johns C. Moore died recently at a hospital in New Martinsville, IN. He had been in ill health for some time, but shortly before his death was believed to be improving. Mr. Moore’s early life was spent in this county, and he has many relatives and friends here. He leaves a wife and several children. The body was taken to Quincy, KY his old home for burial. Big Sandy news, Jul 24, 1925
The body of Miss Ruth Moore, aged 21, who died at Columbus, OH, Sunday afternoon, was shipped to this Moore home near Mattie, and was given burial at Cordell Wednesday in the same cemetery as that in which her relative, Jesse Cordle, was interred on the preceding day. Miss Moore was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Moore. Her father died several months ago, and since that time many of the cares of the family have devolved upon her. She moved to Columbus some time ago with her mother and the other members of the family and was employed there in a factory. Miss Moore was a fine girl, industrious and possessed of a wonderful sense of responsibility for the care of her mother. She became a member of the Baptist Church when only 14 years of age. Surviving are her mother and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1925
The death angel is abroad in the land. On the 28th of June he spread his sable wing over the home of Mrs. Nannie Moore and children and took from them their daughter and sister, Ruth. Ruth was stricken on Friday afternoon, Jun 26th, and died on the following Sunday afternoon. Ruth was one of the most pleasant girls I ever met and always had a pleasant smile and a kind word for everyone. Ruth joined the United Baptist Church when she was 14 years old. Her life was one of the purest and sweetest it has ever been my lot to meet. Her father died the 2?th of last August. In November Ruth went to Columbus, OH and secured employment there, in order to assist her mother and younger sisters. Last spring, Mrs. Moore moved to Ohio, so that she could be near her children. Ruth was 21 years and 7 months old lacking one day. She was buried in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
Draffin—The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mullins died here recently. Interment was made in the Spears Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
MYERS, Charles William
Charles William Myers, veteran train conductor, known to all Big Sandy as “Uncle Billy” or Captain Myers, died Thursday morning, Jul 2, at his home in Ashland, following an illness of several months. His condition did not grow serious until about a week before his death. When the end came he lacked one day of reaching his 73rd milestone of his life. “Uncle Billy” was an employee of the Chesapeake & Ohio for more than 50 years, spending the greater part of his railroad career on the Big Sandy division. His record as a conductor was a very enviable one, and has been the subject for much favorable comment throughout the Big Sandy. He is said to have been the first man ever to have run a train into Pikeville. His profession was one he loved, and the result was a success.
Capt. Myers was born in Kenova, WV in 1852, but moved with his parents to Greenup County while only a child. He was educated in the Greenup public schools and in 1881 moved to Ashland. He lived in Louisa for a time. W. L. Ferguson of Louisa and Huntington, is a stepson of Mr. Myers. Besides Mr. Ferguson the veteran conductor is survived by his widow and 4 sons, Will Myers, of Ironton, Frank of Logan, WV, Buford of Greenup and Walter of Seattle, WA and 2 stepdaughters, Mrs. A. P. Gibson of Huntington and Mrs. W. B. Cockill of Pikeville. Funeral services were conducted from the Myers home in Ashland, the Rev. Charles N. Clark, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, officiating. The Masons took charge of the body after the funeral. Interment took place in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
NALCOMB, Mrs. James
Fleming, KY—A sheriff’s posse was scouring the hills Saturday for James Nalcomb, 3? Years old, miner, who is suspected of murdering his wife with an ax at their home in McRoberts County, Friday morning. The woman was found by Dr. Skaggs of this city at noon Friday lying upon the floor of her home, with an ax buried in her skull. According to reports of neighbors, the Nalcomb couple had quarreled Friday morning and fought. The man was said to have accused his wife of unfaithfulness. Neighbors summoned police to interfere, but the murder was committed before their arrival. The husband was missing and authorities think he could not have gone far in the mountain in so short a time The Nalcombs came to Letcher county from Knoxville, TN. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
PAINE, William E.
William E. Paine, 62, of Dickson, WV, believed to be dean of postmasters in the United States, in point of service, passed away Wednesday night, Jul 22, at the home of his daughter in Ironton, OH, after an illness of several months. Mr. Paine had served as postmaster at Dickson for almost half a century. He was appointed assistant postmaster at that post office in 1875 by President Grant, and had he served until Oct 15, would have had a service record of 50 years. Not only was Mr. Paine the oldest postmaster in years of service, he is said to have been the lowest-salaried postmaster in the United States, his monthly income sometimes barely exceeding $5. For the month of April he received $5.30, an amount much below his salary 50 years ago, when his list of patrons had not been whittled down by other post offices. The venerable postmaster is said to have lost his health in the service of the government, carrying mail to and from trains. He resigned about 3 weeks ago. He was a Mason and a member of the M. E. Church at Dickson. Surviving him are 5 sons and 4 daughters. Funeral services were conducted from the Paine home at Dickson Saturday and interment took place near there. Big Sandy news, Jul 31, 1925
Donald Peters, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Nile Peters, of Huntington, died at his home Monday following a brief illness. The funeral services were conducted at the residence and the burial was made at Fort Gay. The child is survived by its parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nile Peters. Big Sandy news, Jul 10, 1925
PIGG, Betty (Meek)
A death which has cast a pall of gloom over the hearts of many residents of this section occurred at Busseyville Wednesday morning, when Mrs. Betty Pigg passed away at the age of ?62 years, after a struggle of several months with disease, at the home of F. R. and H. W. Bussey. Mrs. Pigg became ill in February while she was yet living in Louisa, where she has spent much of the past 5 years of her life. She later went to Busseyville, at whose place here condition became alarming about 6 weeks ago. Hers was a life consecrated to good works. A member of the M. E. Church, South with which she became united while quite young, she was an untiring laborer in the field of church work. Mrs. Pigg was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Meek. She was united in marriage to Luther Pigg, and to them were born 2 children, of whom one daughter, Mrs. Thad Ranson, of Two Mile, survives. Mr. Pigg, her mother and one brother, Felix Meek, of Luddick, TX, also survive her, Her brother arrived Saturday before her death, but the advanced age of her mother would not permit her attendance at the funeral. The funeral was conducted at the Busseyville Church Thursday morning by the Rev. F. E. Jenkins, of the M. E. Church, South, Louisa. Interment was later make in the Bussey burial ground at Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1925
Mrs. Elizabeth Potter, widow of Isaac Potter, who died Mar 21, 1925, passed away in her 81st year at the home of her son, Martin Potter, of Zelda, this county. Mrs. Potter’s was a very noble character. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for more than 35 years, and she and her husband were noted for their friendliness to all. Surviving her are 6 sons and 3 daughters, Marion of Akron, OH, Isaac of Greenup, John of Sciotoville, OH, K. C., George, and Martin of Zelda, Mrs. Mary Newsome and Mrs. Annie Rice of Sciotoville and Mrs. Lettie Burke of Zelda. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Mayo Chapel, the Rev. A. H. Miller officiating, and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1925
Funeral services for Corbett Prichard, 32, of Westmoreland, WV, who was fatally injured in a mine accident at Holden on Thursday of last week was conducted at the Vinson Memorial Christian Church Tuesday morning, with the Rev. A. M. Dial officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Buchanan, this county. Mr. Prichard had been employed by the Island Creek Coal Company. He was injured when his legs became caught in the machinery of a coal cutting machine. He died in a Logan hospital Friday. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1925
QUEEN, V. B. (Valarian Byron)
B. Queen, 31, died of burns he sustained in a gasoline explosion at Portsmouth Monday, according to Ashland advices. Queen is a native of Lawrence County, about a year ago moving to Catlettsburg. On Jun 1, 1912 he was married to Miss Ethel Rice of East Fork. He worked for the Ashland Refining Company for about 7 months before going to Portsmouth. Besides his wife, Queen is survived by his father, John Queen, of Lawrence County, 3 children, Gaynelle, David B. and Katherine, and 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held from Garrett Chapel on East Fork with the Rev. H. B. Hewlett of this place officiating. Interment was made in the Buckley Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
Valarian Byron Queen, aged 31 years and 5 months, died Wednesday morning, Jul 1 from burns sustained in a gasoline explosion Monday the 29th at Portsmouth, OH. He was working on a boat that carried gasoline from the Ashland refinery company at L??? to Portsmouth. He and 2 other fellows were the only crew on the boat. They had filled one station and started to fill another one when the explosion occurred throwing gasoline and fire all over their clothing. The other 2 men jumped in the river and Bee started to run and got tangled in some ropes and fell twice but finally getting into the water. They swam ashore and Bee remarked while walking up the bank, “Boys, we had a narrow escape.” They were taken to the general hospital at Portsmouth and their burns weren’t thought to be serious. His wife and father rushed to the hospital and he seemed to be in such good spirits, told them all about the accident and told his wife to pray for him. However, the burns proved fatal to all. The remains were kept at his home in Catlettsburg Thursday night. The Rev. Pierce gave an impressive and soothing talk Friday. There followed by a host of friends and relatives, they brought him to his boyhood home, where sorrowing ones awaited him, kept his remains there until Saturday morning they to Garrett Chapel, where Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa, a lifelong friend of the family preached the funeral.
On Jun 1, 1912 he was married to Ethel Rice. To this union 5 children were born, 3 living and 2 died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and 3 children, Gaynell, 9, David Byron, 6 and Catherine, 4, his father, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
Draffin—“Uncle” Jack Ratcliff, of this place, died her Wednesday evening, Jul 8, and was buried in the Wilson Cemetery. He is survived by 3 sons and one daughter. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
ROSS, Belle (Riffe)
The death of Mrs. Belle V. Ross occurred at her home at Bolts Fork on last Friday. Mrs. Ross suffered a stroke of paralysis about 3 weeks previous to her death. She was 68 years of age and a daughter of William Riffe who is now in his 100th year. She is survived by 3 sons and 3 daughters, George Ross of Russell, Sam and Miller of Bolts Fork, Mrs. Charles Johnson and Mrs. Edgar Johnson of East Liverpool, OH and Miss Edith Ross at home. Miss Maude Hewlett of Louisa is a niece of Mrs. Ross. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday at the residence, burial following in the family cemetery. Big Sandy news, Jul 24, 1925
SHANNON, Leander Benard
Leander Benard Shannon, who was born Jun 12, 1900 and was called home Jun 10, 1925. Had he lived 2 days more his age would have been 25 years. He suffered from cerebrospinal meningitis. Benard was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Shannon of Louisa, was married to Elizabeth Belcher of Gallup, Nov 1923, and to this union was born one little daughter, Eris. He also leaves 4 sisters and 2 brothers to feel the loss. Benard’s home was in Columbus, OH, where he had been employed by the Light and Power Co of that place for nearly 3 years. At the time of his death he was at the home of his sister, Mrs. Noah Miller, of Columbus, having shortly returned after a visit of 3 weeks to his parents at Louisa. His wife was also called to his bedside, where after 3 weeks of the best medical aid and loving care, God saw fit to call him home “to rest” as he expressed in the last hours. One brother and a cousin also watched and cared for hi till the end. The body was brought to his father’s home near Louisa, accompanied by his wife, also Riley and Herbert Shannon. He was laid to rest in the little graveyard near which he had spent many a happy childhood hour. A. Sister. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1925
The remains of Garfield Smith, of Willard, were returned there from Lexington, Sunday, for funeral and burial after the deceased had been in his grave for 24 hours. Authorities at the asylum tried to get a message through to the kins folk announcing the death of Mr. Smith, but failed to reach them until he had been buried. Upon request of the relatives, the body was removed to Willard where the funeral was preached Sunday afternoon by Bro. R. D. Scott of Grayson. The deceased was formerly a Methodist preacher, but suffered a severe paralytic stroke Jul 8, 1924, which affected his mind so he had to be place in the asylum. He leaves a wife, one child and 4 brothers. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
SNAVELY, William Floyd
There passed away at Cliff, KY, Jul 12, 1925, another one of Floyd county’s long and well known residents William Floyd Snavely. He was stricken with paralysis about 2 weeks ago and remained until his death in a speechless and semi-conscious condition. He was born in Virginia Oct 31, 1861, but has lived in this county for more than 50 years where he has reared a large family and has been a useful and upright citizen. His wife had preceded him some 13 years ago. He died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Powell Coburn. He was a member of the Methodist Church and his funeral last Monday was in charge of Rev. John L. Walker, of Paintsville. He was buried at Elliott Point cemetery, a large crowd being in attendance. He is survived by 3 daughters and 4 sons. Big sandy news, Jul 24, 1925
The body of Everette Tabor was taken to Ashland Saturday for burial. Mr. Tabor died of tuberculosis. He was a former resident of Olive Hill, but has been living for some time at Martin, KY. His wife is a sister of John Gilbert, of Ashland. The body was taken to Smith’s Run for burial Funeral services were in charge of the local Masonic order. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
VANOVER, Billy Joe
Billy Joe, the 7 months old son of Mrs. Kentucky Vanover, of this place, died at the Savoy Hotel Tuesday night after an illness of several days. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
VINSON, Mrs. Harry
Mrs. Harry Vinson, 67 died at her home at Pigeon Creek, WV, Jul 14. Mrs. Vinson had been in poor health for the past year. She is survived by her husband, J. ? . Vinson and S. A. Salmon of Fort Gay, Rhoda Cook of Louisa Lafe Salmon of Bedford, VA, and Harrison Salmon of Ragland, WV. Interment was made in the Ferguson Cemetery Thursday near Fort Gay. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bryan. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
Clint Wallace, C & O Agent at Peach Orchard and prominent merchant of Richardson, died at his home at Richardson on Monday night, Jun 29, in his 52nd year, closing a period of ill health which began with him more than 3 years ago. Death which came more quickly than expected, was due to Bright’s disease. Mr. Wallace had eaten heartily at breakfast and luncheon and had worked some in his garden on the day of his death. He seemed in high spirits, and no premonition of death was held. Falling violently ill about 10 o’clock that night, however, he died in less than 2 hours. Mr. Wallace was well-known and highly respected in this and neighboring counties. While a young man, he studied and learned telegraphy, a profession he never practiced to any extent. He later became agent at Peach Orchard station, holding this position for a number of years previous to his death.
Mr. Wallace was one of 13 children of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Wallace. He married Miss Betty Preston, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Macdonald Preston, of Richardson. To them were born 2 children—J. W. Wallace, C & O agent at Richardson and Mrs. Orville Stinson, of Red Bush, both of whom survive. Besides his widow and children, Mr. Wallace leaves 4 brothers and one sister, William, Harry, Ray, Frank, Lafe, Edward and Fred Wallace and Mrs. Hattie Boldman. Mr. Wallace was a Mason, a member of the Richardson lodge of that order and also belonged to the Odd Fellows. The Mason were in charge of the burial which took place Wednesday near the Wallace home, the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of Louisa, conducting the funeral.
Following are the names and addresses of Masons from other lodges attending the funeral of Clint Wallace: J.K. Jones, B. F. Fannin, Lodge No, 763, Arnold G. Childers, L. E. Cooksey, J. W. Elkins, C. C. Skaggs, L, D, Fyffe, H. B. Hewlett, John S. Chapman, W, W. Wray, all of Apperson Lodge No, 195, Louisa; Kit C. Elswick, Greenhill No, 521, Rush; John Hays, Green Hays and C, E. Griffith, Chandlersville No. 858, R. A. Patrick, Ray Turner, Fred Atkinson, Oscar Oppenheimer, Sherman Wheeler and Elmer Dawson, all of Paintsville, No 387; George W. Williams, Van Lear 885; J. M. Short and W. M. Hall of Jake Rice Lodge No. 606, Blaine. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1925
The death of Mrs. Bessie Ward occurred on Wednesday morning at her home on lower Jefferson Street. She was the widow of Jack Ward who was killed in a mine accident a few months ago. She is survived by 5 small children, the youngest only a few hours old. She was the daughter of Mrs. Fanny Adkins of this place. Funeral services were held on Thursday at the home, burial following on Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
Sam Watkins, 48, Van Lear Deputy Marshall, was shot and instantly killed Wednesday evening, Jul 15, on Wolf Pen, near Van Lear, by Elza Ward, aged 21, while the officer was searching Ward. Watkins, who has been an officer at Van Lear for the Consolidated Coal Company for several years, had gone in company with Chief of Police Spears and Green Conley to lie in wait for persons reported to be coming into Van Lear with moonshine whisky. Spears made an arrest and returned to Van Lear with his prisoner. Farther up the creek, Watkins and Conley met Ward and a companion Abe hurt. After arresting the two, Watkins began a search of Ward. A scuffle ensued, during which Ward managed to extricate his own or the officer’s gun from its holster, shooting Watkins in the back of the head. He then snapped the revolver in Conley’s face, it is said, but a piece of leather from the holster slipped between the hammer of the weapon and the firing pin, saving Conley’s life. The surviving officer and Ward then clashed, though Conley did not attempt to shoot until his opponent turned to run. He fired several shots, one of which took effect in the youth, failing, however, to stop him. A posse was hurriedly formed and a search lasting until the following day was made, ending with the capture of the slayer on John’s Creek. Reece Watkins, a son of the slain man, was a member of the posse, and was prevented from shooting Ward, only with the greatest difficulty. Hurt, who fled when the shooting began, surrendered to authorities, and both he and Ward were place in Paintsville jail. Watkins’ body was taken to Jenny’s Creek, near Leander, for burial. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons. Big Sandy News, Jul 24, 1925
Willie Webb, 21, of Garrett, KY, died Friday in an Ashland hospital as the result of injuries sustained in a fall from an oil derrick Tuesday. Death was due to internal injuries about the chest. Mr. Webb was a member of one of the Floyd County’s best families and was well known. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Webb, 3 brother and 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted from the home at Garrett Sunday and burial was made at that place. Big Sandy News, Jul 17, 1925
WELLMAN, Arthur Ross
Arthur Ross, the 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earsel Wellman, natives of Lawrence County, was instantly killed at Prestonsburg Friday afternoon, when he was struck by a truck driven by Elder Ball, butcher, of Prestonsburg. According to a report from Prestonsburg, the accident occurred in front of the postoffice, where, avoiding a bad spot in the sidewalk, Mrs. Wellman with her 2 children, walked along the curbing. The small victim of the accident was walking just inside the curb, holding to his mother’s dress, when the truck, beyond control, came careening down the street and knocked him from his mother’s reach, a spring striking him in the back of the head, cleaving his skull. This tragedy has been declared unavoidable by all who were acquainted with the circumstances under which it occurred. The driver of the death car is a prominent young business man of Prestonsburg and had driven but little Another man was in the car with him, when he lost control, is ??? is grief stricken. The parents of the child are good citizens, and the sympathy of their many friends goes out to them in their bereavement. Mrs. Wellman is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bentley of Yatesville. Her husband’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Wellman. The body of the child was brought to Louisa and then taken to Yatesville where burial was made Monday morning. Big Sandy News, Jul 3, 1925
WELLMAN, John D.
John D. Wellman passed away at his home in Huntington Wednesday morning as the result of a stroke of paralysis suffered on Monday. He was in his 94th year and had been in very good health until the paralytic stroke. Mr. Wellman was born at Salt Petre, WV, Dec 30, 1931. He is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Victoria Blanchard, Mrs. John S. Marcum, Mrs. C. F. Wilcox and Mrs. D. A. Mossman, all of Huntington. He moved to Huntington in 1882. Big Sandy News, Jul 31, 1925
Martin County—Mary Williamson, wife of Bill Williamson, who lives about ½ miles above Inez on Middle Fork, died last Friday, Jul 3, and was laid to rest in the Ward Cemetery about 1 mile n. w. of Inez. Mrs. Williamson had been in bad health for some time, and her death was due to heart dropsy. She had been previously married to a Mr. Stevens and is the mother of John and William Stevens, 2 prominent citizens of this county. The deceased was about 60 years of age. Big Sandy News, Jul 10, 1925
ATKINS, G. J. “Dick”
J. “Dick” Atkins, 38, formerly of this place, was shot and killed Sunday near Penny, Pike County, as the result of an altercation between Atkins, William Moore and Elisha Branham over a pistol. Moore is charged with the murder and Branham is held as an accessory. Atkins is said to have been in possession of a pistol belonging to Branham, which Moore demanded. In the fight which followed Atkins was shot 3 times, dying instantly. Moore and Branham are in jail at Pikeville. The victim of the shooting lived here with his parents for a time a few years ago. While here, he was married to Miss May Hale, from whom he was divorced. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
Just before the break of day on Aug the 12th, 1925, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Virgie Berry and claimed for its victim the husband and father, Scott Berry. He had been sick several months, with that dreadful disease tuberculosis. He was converted and baptized about one month before his death. All was done for him that willing hands could do, but could not stay the hand of death. He was a good man and liked by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, 3 children, 2 sisters, and one brother. Funeral service was conducted by Revs. M. V. Berry and Miller after which he was laid to rest in the Burchett Cemetery there to await the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
Moss? Billups, a young man of Fort Gay, WV came to his death last Friday in a very peculiar manner. While working on a section of the N & W railway, the implement he was using, a jack, in trying to removed tie or rail, pulled loose and was jerked up, the end hitting him on the chin with such force that his neck was broken. He then fell backwards, his head striking on the rail and fracturing his skull. Death was instantaneous. Mr. Billups was only 24 years old. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Billups, who live at the forks of Hurricane. He is survived by his wife and 2 children. Also, 2 brothers, one of whom is employed in a bank at Ceredo, WV and the other in a bank at Logan. He was a son in law of W?? Bellomy. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
The 9 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Blackburn died here Sunday from an attack of pneumonia. Burial was made on Lick Creek. The parents of the child, a brother and sister, survive. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
BORDERS, Mrs. Lewis (Ratcliff) and child
Mrs. Lewis Borders and 3 year old child were killed last Saturday evening in an automobile accident on the Mayo Trail, 6 miles south of Louisa. Her husband, another child, and her mother were injured at the same time. The mother and child both had their necks broken when thrown from the car as it turned upside down. The former also had a deep wound in the head. Mr. Borders was severely cut about the face. His older child had one arm painfully cut and torn. Mrs. Sam Ratcliff, his mother in law, has some broken ribs. Three of her children were in the car, but escaped being dangerously injured. One had an arm broken. The unfortunate persons were brought to Riverview hospital by a bus that came along just after the accident. Mrs. Borders died just as the hospital was reached. Mr. Borders is a lockman at the Chapman lock and dam 8 miles south of Louisa. He drove to Louisa Saturday afternoon in his Ford car, accompanied by his wife, mother in law and the 5 children mentioned above. After a few hours spent here they started home about 5 o’clock, by way of the Mayo Trail. Going down the south side of Patrick Gap Hill there was a wagon ahead, driving near the left side of the road. Mr. Borders sounded his horn for the wagon to move over to the right, but the driver was slow in responding, so he attempted to pass on the right side. When almost to the passing point the team was suddenly turned across to the right and the car struck it and was thrown from the road. The car was coasting down the hill and is said to have been going at quite a rapid speed. The point, where the accident happened was near where the car would have turned off of the trail to go to their home at the Chapman lock. The wagon that was hit was driven by “Shug” Lyon. Mrs. Borders was only about 20 years of age. She was married at the age of 14, and had 2 children, ages 3 and 5. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ratcliff, of Henrietta, Johnson County. The latter, with 3 children had been visiting at Chapman for a few days. Mr. Borders is 31 years old, a son of Joe Borders of Henrietta. The bodies were taken to the old home at Henrietta on Monday for burial. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
BRODE, Sarah R.
Mrs. Sarah R. Brode, 89, died on Monday of last week in Los Angeles, CA, after a brief illness. Lyndon Brode, who married Miss Victoria Garred, of this place, is a grandson of the deceased. Mrs. Brode is survived by 4 sons, A. B. Brode, of Huntington, WV, Francis Brode, Arthur Brode, Luther Brode and Dr. H. F. Brode, all of California and by one daughter, Miss Arletta Brode of Los Angeles. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
Henry Cochran, 74, died at his home on Louisa, Route 1, Sunday, Aug 2. Mr. Cochran was a very high type of citizen. He was a zealous Christian for 32 years and a Royal Arch Mason, being Chaplain of Apperson Lodge, No. 195, of this place. The body was buried near the home. Mr. Cochran is survived by 4 daughters and 5 sons, Mrs. Robert Peterman, Mrs. B. See, Mrs. Nannie Snyder, Mrs. Lizzie York, Marion Cochran, Jim Cochran, Troy Cochran, Tom Cochran, and Delbert Cochran. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1925
Salyersville—Sam Collins, pioneer merchant of Falcon, died last week at his home. The body was taken to Ohio for burial. Not so long ago, Sam Collins’ store was the gathering place for the countryside,. Sam would buy anything from a moleskin to a horse hide or from one egg to a hundred hens and consequently enjoyed one of the biggest, if not the biggest trades in the county. The coming of the good road hurt his trade, however, and Sam retired because of his ill health. Old residents of the county and many not so old, will recall the time when a trip from Salyersville to Sam Collins and back in a half day was about all you wished to do. Not the cars make it both ways in less than a half hour. The store still flourishes but now carried a much more varied line than in the past. Everyone will be sorry to note the passing of Mr. Collins. Salyersville Independent. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
Paintsville, KY, Aug 7—Boyd Conley, a worker in the Johnson-Magoffin oil field, was fatally injured Wednesday when he was caught in the moving chain of a tractor and drawn into the machinery. The accident occurred in the morning and he was taken to the hospital here. His death occurred an hour later due to loss of blood and shock. Conley was working at Falcon, Magoffin County, with a number of oil men who were pulling a well. His right foot became entangled in the chain which ran from the tractor to the sucker rods of the well, and in attempting to get the one foot free, the other foot caught and he was pulled into the machinery. Arteries in the leg were torn and excessive bleeding took place. Conley was 38 years old, of fine appearance and exemplary habits. He was well liked in the county. He leaves his wife, father and mother, 3 brothers and a sister. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon at the home at Falcon. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
CORDLE, Anna Ruth
Anna Ruth Cordle, 4 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Cordle, died at their home in Ashland after a brief illness. The body was brought to their old home in this county for burial. Big Sandy news, Aug 14, 1925
Elmer Bur???, the 2 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Crabtree died Saturday night, Aug 1st after an illness of 2 or 3 weeks. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon by rev. H. B. Hewlett and interment was made in the Crabtree family burying ground. The services were attended by a large number of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
Henry Daniels, aged resident of Prichard, WV, died there recently at the home of his son, Bernie Daniels, as the result of a complication of diseases attendant upon old age. Mr. Daniels was about 80 years of age, and was known throughout Wayne County and to many person in this county. The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mahala Daniels and by 8 sons and daughters, Mrs. Elza Newman, of Westmoreland, Mrs. Ida Cornwell of Huntington, Mrs. Nora Hicks and Mrs. Ona Wheeler of Gimlet, Bernie Daniels of Prichard, Henry Daniels, Jr., Wade Daniels and Cophas Daniels of Gimlet. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
Pikeville—Ada Dye, the 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dye, of Island Creek, died at a local hospital this city Sunday where she was brought for treatment earlier the same day. Her condition had become so serious that no operation was resorted to. The funeral was held Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
FARRA, Samuel Rufus
On Thursday morning the death angel spread his sable wings over the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Farra, of Glenhayes and took from them their darling baby Samuel Rufus. .Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
Pikeville, Aug 10—Henry Flax, an employee of the Fordson Coal Company, at Pinson Fork, KY, was instantly killed and his wife seriously injured when an automobile in which they were riding crashed against a solid hill of rock on the Pikeville-Williamson road, three quarters of a mile below Stone last night. The two had been across the river to Williamson and other West Virginia points, it is reported, in an automobile driven by Henry Kitchen, also of Pinson Fork. On the return last night the car, a Cleveland, left a straight road and butted directly into the hill close by. A projecting elbow of rock added to the destruction. The car was demolished, different parts being badly warped. A projecting bolt from the top penetrated the skull of the victim. The driver escaped with slight injuries. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
HALL, J. Roy
Roy Hall, aged 23 years, of Martha, this county, dropped dead at the home of Joe Merchant at Ferguson, WV on Thursday evening of last week. Mr. Hall had been assisting in lifting an automobile or in some way helping to get a party out of an auto wreck. Soon afterward walking into the house of Mr. Merchant, his death occurred without warning. He was an oil well driller and contractor and had been in the Blaine fields for some time. He lived at Martha and is survived by 2 small children and his wife, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Burchett of Yatesville. Also his mother, Mrs. Catherine Hall and a brother. Heart trouble is supposed to have been the cause of his death. He was from Mannington, WV and the body was taken there for interment. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
HANEY, John F.
John F. Haney, 55, former sheriff of Boyd County, and one of the best known citizens in that county, committed suicide Friday morning, Aug 14, by shooting himself through the heart with a .32 calibre revolver. Mr. Haney left no note, stating his reason for his act, and the exact cause of his suicide is not known. Anyone of three things may have afforded a motive for the deed—ill health which he has suffered for some time, despondency because of the long illness of his daughter, who has been in a Huntington sanitarium and his father’s death and his recent defeat in the primary for the Republican nomination for County Judge. Which, if any, of these conditions is responsible for his untimely end is not definitely known. Mr. Haney’s family was away from home at the time of his death and when he was found he evidently had been dead for about 2 hours. The body was taken to Ironton, OH for burial. Pallbearers from the Masonic Lodge, of which Mr. Haney was a member, took charge of the body. Funeral services were conducted from the home near Normal. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
HATCHER, Mrs. James (Vaughan)
Mrs. James Hatcher, ?4, passed away here Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Giles Simpson, after an illness extending over a space of 6 years. Mrs. Hatcher was a member of the M. E. Church, South and was a woman of noble Christian character. She was a daughter of the late P. H. Vaughan and Mrs. Pricey Vaughan and came to Louisa from Richardson, after her marriage many years ago. During the last few months of her illness she was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Giles Simpson. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters and a son, Mrs. W. R. Bartram, Mrs. Giles Simpson and James H. Hatcher; also by a brother and 4 sisters, J. B. Vaughan, Miss Belle Vaughan, and Mrs. C. B. Bromley of Louisa, Mrs. George Conley of Williamson, WV and Mrs. C. E. Picklesimer of Ashland. Funeral services will be conducted Friday by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. Peters and interment will follow in the Vaughan burial ground. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
HATTEN, Emaline (Newman)
Mrs. Emaline Hatten, of Prichard, WV, whose death we mentioned last week, was born Jun 2?, 1837, and died Aug 4, 1925, aged 89 years 1 months and 11 days. Her maiden name was Newman. She had been a member of the Centerville Baptist church since she was 14 years of age. Her marriage to Milo Hatten took place Mar 4, 1853. Of their 8 sons and 3 daughters, the following survive: Angeline, of Fort Gay, WV. Leander of Gragston, WV, Amos of Webb City, MO, Perry of Miami, OK, Columbus, of Big Hurricane, WV, Lilburn of Rittman, OH, Arthur and Charley, of Gragston, WV and Miss Mary Hatten, at home. All were present except Lilburn, who could not be there on account of sickness. Mrs. Hatten had lived a Christian life form more than 75 years and a devoted mother and kind neighbor. She will be much missed in the community where she had lived for many years. Big Sandy news, Aug 14, 1925
HATTEN, Joseph F.
Joseph F. Hatten died at his home at Buchanan, this county, Tuesday, Aug 18, at the age of 87 years. His death was preceded by several years of poor health and for the past 2 years he had been a confirmed invalid. In the death of Mr. Hatten this county sustains the loss of one of its finest citizens. He was a true Christian character, with years of faithful service in church work to his credit. For more than 70 years he had been a member of the M. E. Church, South, with membership at Kavanaugh Chapel, and for a period exceeding 65 years was superintendent of the Sunday School at that church and at Buchanan. Mr. Hatten was married twice. He was first married to Miss Mary Fannin, of Culbertson, KY and to them were born 7 children, 3 of whom survive—Mrs. W. O. Porter and Joseph Bascom Hatten, of Independence, MO and Mrs. J. M. Burgner, of Los Angeles, CA. His first wife died shortly after the close of the Civil War. In 1874 he was married to Miss Mary J. Wheeler, of Paintsville, who yet survives. To this union 2 daughters—Miss Elizabeth Hatten, at home, and Mrs. F. T. D. Wallace, Jr., of Ashland, were born. Mrs. Hatten and daughter, Miss Elizabeth, nursed him with wonderful patience and care throughout his illness. The funeral will be conducted Friday at Kavanaugh Chapel, the pastor, Rev. O. P. Smith, officiating. Burial will be made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
Mrs. Anna Hazlett, 85, died at her home on Garner, Boyd County, last Thursday. Mrs. Hazlett had been in ill health for 2 years but her condition was not regarded as serious until a few weeks ago. The deceased was the wife of the late John Hazlett, who died several years ago. She had lived on Garner, where she was well known and highly respected for more than 50 years. Mrs. Hazlett was a lifelong member of the M. E. Church, South, and she gave much of her time to church work. She is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Edward Chaffin, Mrs. Chat McGlothlin, Mrs. D. C. Lambert, Mrs. G. W. Ross, Jr., and Lucretia and one son, Clarence, all of Boyd County and by 20 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the residence on Garner Saturday afternoon with the Rev. O. P. Smith conducting the service and burial following in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Colby Ward and took from them their loving grandson, Edwin Hayes. He served in the army in the world war and after the war enlisted in the U. S. Navy and for 3 years and 9 months was located in San Diego, CA. He was a son of James H. Hayes and was loved by all who knew him. He leaves one brother, Hobart and a sister, Virginia Mae, to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
HAYES, Mandy Sue
The body of 2 year old Mandy Sue Hayes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Hayes, was buried at Smokey Valley Thursday, Aug 14. The child died at New Boston, OH, where the Hayes family lives. Death was due to whooping cough, which was contracted while the child was weak from a previous illness. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Lindsey Cyrus. The parents of the child, 3 brothers and 3 sisters, survive. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
Early Wednesday morning Aug 12, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Hayes and took from them their darling baby, Manda Sue, aged 2 years, 4 months and 21 days. Little Manda had not been well for several months and a few weeks ago she contracted whooping cough and the frail little body was too week to overcome the disease, so the spirit made it ascension to the God who gave it. The body was taken to Smoky Valley near Louisa, KY on Thursday were funeral services were held by Bro. Lindsey Cyrus and interment was made in the Hay Cemetery, the body there to sleep until the last trumpet shall sound, when the dead shall be raised in corruptible. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
HUNNICUTT, Mabel (Pennington)
Webbville—On Jul 23, the death Angel visited the home of Mr. Sherman Hunnicutt and took from him his loving wife, Mabel nee Pennington, daughter of N. G. Pennington. She was buried in the cemetery near Antioch in Elliott County. Several people from here attended the burial. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She was born Oct 3, 1891. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1925
JACKSON, Jack Coleman
Nick Alexiou, former restaurant owner here, now residing in Ashland, was a principal figure in an auto tragedy Friday afternoon, Jul 31, when the rear wheel of his automobile struck Jack Coleman Jackson, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Jackson, of Ashland, causing the child’s death. The accident occurred just above the corner of Twenty-fifth and Winchester where eyewitnesses to the accident say, Mrs. Jackson had parked the baby’s go-cart alongside the curb and had gone into a house. Alexiou’s car was parked a few feet away and as he pulled out the accident occurred. It is not known whether the baby took hold of the car as it started and was jerked from its conveyance or fell out when turning about. A rear wheel, of Alexiou’s car passed over the infant’s head, fracturing the skull. He and 2 other men rushed the baby to a hospital, where it died a few minutes after arrival there. Alexiou, who married Miss Mona Wilson, a daughter of W. F. Wilson,, of this place, is grief-stricken because of the accident. He did not know that the baby was struck until he heard the mother scream. Following the tragedy, he became so nervous that he was unable to drive his machine home. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1951
In memory—Tommy Jobe, son of Smith and Cannie Jobe, was born at O??, KY Nov 15, 1905 and was killed at Newark, OH, Aug 12, 1924, age 18 years 9 months, ?? days. Tommy was a good boy and loved by all and we stand appalled at the cruel blow that took from us the one we loved best. Our home circle is broken, a dear face is missed day by day, but cleaned and saved and perfected by Grace, he is at rest in Heaven. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
Amos Leslie, 21, was instantly killed in the mines at Betsy Layne, Floyd County, early Friday morning, when he came in contact with a live wire. Leslie lived on Harmon’s Branch, a few miles from Betsy Layne, and is survived by his widow and one child. Funeral and burial took place on John’s Creek Saturday. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
MARCUM, Mary Elizabeth (Burgess)
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Marcum, widow of W. M. Marcum, passed away Wednesday at her home in Huntington, WV after an illness of some time. She was a native of this county, being a daughter of Gordon C. Burgess, Sr. and lived near Richardson,. After her marriage to Mr. Marcum, she resided in Louisa several years and from here moved to Huntington. We have not been informed as to the funeral and burial arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Marcum, 74 years old, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. G. Bryner, 2239 Adams Avenue, Huntington, Aug 12th, following a short serious illness, were conducted at the late residence. Dr. T. S. Hamilton, pastor of the Johnson Memorial Church, of which Mrs. Marcum was a member, officiated, and burial took place in Spring Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Marcum was the wife of the late Judge W. W. Marcum, well known lawyer of Wayne County. She was formerly Miss Mary Elizabeth Burgess, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Burgess, well known Lawrence County residents. She was born in Lawrence county and was married to Judge Marcum at Louisa, on Dec 12, 1886. Some time afterward Mr. and Mrs. Marcum went to live at Ceredo. At the time of his death in 1912, Judge Marcum represented Wayne County in the state legislature. Mrs. Marcum is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Bryner, 2 sons, Homer B. Marcum of Chicago, IL and C. W. Marcum of Huntington, one brother, Ed Burgess of Georges Creek and 2 sisters, Mrs. John Swetnam of Elliotsville, KY and Mrs. Julia Neill of Kansas. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
Enoch Merritt, 28, formerly of East Lynn, Wayne County, was killed in Logan County, Aug 22, when he was struck by a coal car. Merritt was a son of Martin Merritt of Wayne County and was a merchant at East Lynn for some time. He is survived by his widow, 2 children, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. The body was taken to Blue Lick for interment on the day following the accident. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
John Moore, venerable citizen of Tarklin, this county, died at his home there Sunday, Aug 23, after a long illness from valvular heart trouble. His death had been expected for some time. Mr. Moore was over 80 years of age, and was held high in the esteem of those who knew him. He had been a member of the Christian Church for years previous to his death. He also was a Mason. Surviving Mr. Moore’s death, are his 8 children, Mrs. Nancy Hackney, Mrs. Myrtle Nickholls, Mrs. Buck Stevens, and Booker, Aaron, Monroe, Harry and Paris Moore. Mr. Moore’s wife, died about a year ago. She was buried in the cemetery near the home, where Mr. Moore also was buried Monday. The Masonic order was in charge of the body, and the Rev. Alfred Chandler, assisted by Rev. John Morris, conducted the funeral. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
Louisans, early Thursday morning were apprised of a tragic automobile accident when Leo Norton, in a critical condition was brought to the Riverview hospital here. His car, a Jewett roadster, had skidded over a muddy hill on the Mayo Trail 12 miles below town at day break that morning and turned over on him, fracturing his skull. Bill Hickman, colored, who was in the car with Norton, was also injured, but not very severely. The accident, occurred on a small hill near John Savage’s. Soon afterwards, Jeff Collinsworth and John Savage, residents of that section removed them from the wreckage and rushed them to the hospital in a truck owned by Tobe French. Norton has a large fracture over his right temple, is paralyzed, remains unconscious and is not thought that he can survive long. He is the son of Mrs. James Norton and is ?21 years of age. For the past 3 years he has been employed at Carter City, KY. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
Leo Norton, who was brought to the Riverview Hospital here last Thursday morning, his skull fractured in an auto wreck early that morning on the Mayo Trail near the home of John Savage, about 12 miles below here, died Friday evening without ever regaining consciousness. No operation was made, as examination at the hospital showed that it would be in vain. The victim of this tragedy was 33 years of age at the time of his death, and was a son of Mrs. Emma Wilson Norton, who lived here, and the late James Norton. He was employed near Carter City as a steam shovel operator for the Ashland Limestone Company. He was a World War veteran, having seen service in France with the Sixth Division, along with other Louisa boys. Besides his mother, the deceased is survived by 4 sisters and 3 brothers—Miss Ella Norton of Van Lear, Mrs. Ruth Endicott, of Flint, MI< Mrs. Emma Withers, Mrs. Velma Reed, Mrs. Scott Prince of Portsmouth, OH and Will, Jack and James Norton. All members of the family were present at the burial, except Mrs. Ruth Endicott, who was prevented from attending by the illness of a child. The funeral took place from the home Sunday morning, the Rev. Bascom Lakin officiating. Interment was made in the Vaughan Cemetery on Lick Creek. Pallbearers were comrades in arms of the deceased during the World War. They were J. Q. Lackey, Jr., Ira See, Adin T. See, Russell Cain, W. t. Cain, Jr., and John Burton. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Owens, of Dewey on Sunday morning Jul 19, 1925 and took from them their daughter, Miss Ros? Owens. She has been an invalid for some time and had undergone several operations. She passed away very peacefully at four o’clock on Sunday Jul 19. She was well and favorably known in the community where she lived and was loved by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1925
Martin County—The 2 months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. John Pack, who lived on Buffalo Horn was found death in bed last Friday morning, Aug 14. The child had been ill, but its death was not expected so soon. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
RIFE, W. M.
The death of W. M. Riffe, who passed away on Thursday of last week at his old home on East Fork, this county, in his 100th year, brought to a close the career of one of the oldest men in Lawrence County, and one of its very best citizens. Mr. Riffe was one of the pioneer citizens of this county, where he resided the greater part of his life. He was born Jan 22?, 1826 in Tazewell County, VA, from which place his parents moved to this county while he was quite small. Mr. Riffe was married in 1850 to Miss Elizabeth Short, who died in 1921. To this union 13 children were born. The declining years of the aged couple were spent with their son, John, at the old home. Surviving the aged patriarch are 6 children, Mrs. Emma Neal, Mrs. Georgia Byington, Mrs. Ida Lockwood, Mrs. Bertha Twinam, John Riffe, and Theodore Riffe, also 52 grandchildren, 75 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. The number of his descendants, living and dead total 162. Funeral services were conducted Friday from the home by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett of this place, and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1925
Jack, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Robinett, died several days ago at the home of his parents on Long Branch, a short distance from Fort Gay. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Carmi, Crabtree, and burial followed in the Wellman burial ground of Tabors Creek. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
SHELTON, Lawrence C.
Lawrence Co. Shelton, aged 28?, died in a hospital in Louisville on Tuesday night of last week. He was taken there from Stone, Pike County, about a month before suffering from injuries received while at work for the Fordson Coal Company. The injury was to his spine. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Gladys Shelton and a brother of George Shelton, who lived at Hardy. The body was returned home for burial. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
SPRADLIN, James H.
Paintsville—A long and useful career was closed Thursday Aug 6, when death summoned James H. Spradlin, for many years one of the best known citizens of Johnson County, and a man who had many friends in this community and in Paintsville, who will be deeply grieved to learn of his passing. James H. Spradlin was born and reared in Johnson County, KY and was a son of Ivan Spradlin. He was married first to Laura Brown, daughter of George Brown, and after her death, second to Lorenda Davis, daughter of the late James m. and Naomi Davis. In addition to his wife he is survived by the following children: Mrs. G. A. Malo?, of Betsy Layne, Mrs. t. t. Webb of Weeksbury and Mrs. Henry Barber of West Van Lear. He also is survived by the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Joseph Auxier, East Point, Mrs. Tom Auxier, Russell, Mrs. Henry Connelly of Oklahoma, Mrs. Wash Leek?, East Point, Mrs. Henry Burke, East Point, Len Spradlin, of East Point, Tom Spradlin of Oklahoma, and Sherd Spradlin of Seco, KY. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
STROTHER, Julia (Cyrus)
Mrs. Julia Strother, aged 92, formerly of Durbin, and known to many Lawrence countians, died Monday evening at the home of her son, Robert Strother, at Vanceburg, KY. Mrs. Strother had been making her home with her son for the past few years. Besides her son, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Kate Clark, of Paris, KY, and by one brother, Sam Cyrus of Durbin. The body was shipped to Durbin for burial in the family burial ground. Funeral services were conducted from the old Strother home by the Rev. Mr. Black of Durbin. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
Julia Ann Strother was born Jan 3rd, 1831. She was the daughter of Jesse Cyrus and Sallie White Cyrus and was born in Boyd County, KY, near Catlettsburg and lived there until 9 years ago, when she came to Vanceburg to make her home with her son, Robert Strother. She married John P. Strother on Dec 23rd, 1858. Her husband preceded her into the Great Beyond some 17 years ago. She is survived by one son, Robert Strother, a druggist in Vanceburg, a daughter, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, also one brother, Samuel Cyrus, of Catlettsburg, KY, a large number of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She lived to the very mature age of 91 years 7 months and 21 days. In her childhood she united with the Methodist Church and at the close of her life expressed frim faith in her salvation. She was buried in the Strother Cemetery near Catlettsburg, KY. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1925
Crushed beneath the wheels of a locomotive, Mrs. Ora Sturgill, 23, of Auxier, was instantly killed at that place, Saturday afternoon as a group of men stood a short distance away powerless to save her life. Eyewitnesses to the tragedy say that Mrs. Sturgill stepped from the tracks traversed by east bound trains to the west bound tracks, directly in the path of an approaching train. Workman on a nearby coal tipple endeavored to warn her of her peril and also to attract the attention of the engineer to her danger, but without success. The body was horribly mangled, the head and an arm being ground off beneath the wheels of the train. The victim’s family lives on the Kentucky River. Her husband’s home is on John’s Creek, near Paintsville. She is survived by her husband and 2 small children. Her husband has been employed at Ashland with the American Rolling Mill Company. Big Sandy News, Aug 28, 1925
The death of Mrs. Mary Thacker occurred a few days ago at her home near Cyrus, WV and resulted from injured received in a fall some time ago. She was 75 years of age and a member of the Baptist Church at Whites Creek. A daughter and son survive, Mrs. Myrtle Hale, of Huntington, and Mr. Reuben Thacker, of Cyrus. There are also 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
James Tucker died on Jul 20?, at his home on Big Hurricane, WV. He had been ill only a few days. His wife, Mrs. Eva Tucker and 12 children survive. They are Mrs. Noah Artrip, of Westmoreland, WV, Mrs. Earl Staley, of Gragston, Ed, Tucker and Mrs. Nola Crabtree of Nolan, WV, Garnet, Ruth, Dexter, Gretchel, Heber, Leon, Ethel and Harless at home. Interment took place near the home. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
Clyde Viers, 18, of Prichard, WV, died in Kessler-Hatfield Hospital, Huntington, Monday night of this week as the result of injuries sustained Sunday afternoon, when a Fordson tractor which he was driving plunged over an embankment near the Viers home on Gragston Creek, Wayne County, pinning him beneath it. Cloyce Smith, 16, a cousin to Viers, who also was in the truck, suffered a broken leg and minor skull fractures. Young Viers was the son of Oliver Viers, of Prichard, who is stationed here in Louisa in the employ of the C & O. Smith is a son of Mr. Ed Smith, of Huntington. The boys were taking the tractor to tow into Prichard a stalled automobile when the mishap occurred. Viers lost control of the machine, probably due to inexperience in driving. The victim is a brother of Mrs. Stanton Dorsey, who, with her 2 children, drowned in Gragston Creek a year ago while pinned beneath the machine which her husband was driving. Big Sandy News, Aug 21, 1925
Paintsville—Robert Witten, proprietor of the Witten Meat Market, died at his home Tuesday of typhoid fever. He is survived by his wife, father and mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. He was buried Thursday in the Butler graveyard on Little Mud Lick. He had been suffering for about 18 days with typhoid. He was only 28 years old and has been a business man in Paintsville for the past 2 years. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
Mrs. Celia Workman, ??, one of the oldest residents of this vicinity, died Friday, Jul 31. Mrs. Workman was the widow of Steve Workman, and lived about 5 miles from Louisa on tug River. Particulars of her death are unavailable. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1925
Russell Workman, age 41, dropped dead in his barber shop, at Columbus, OH, last Friday. He was a native of Louisa, son of John Workman, a merchant. About 12 years ago he located in Columbus and soon went into business for himself. He had been married about 6 years. The wife survives, but they have no children. Russell had been complaining of pains in the region of the heart for some time and on the day of his death he had engaged a barber to work in his place, in the afternoon he felt better and went to the shop. His death occurred very soon after reaching there. The burial took place on Monday of this week at Columbus. John Workman and a son went to Columbus as soon as the news of the death reached them. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
Mr. George Yates, an aged citizen of the county, died on Tuesday evening of this week at the home of his son, Jay Yates, on Deephole Branch, near Yatesville. His death occurred about 6 o’clock. A Mr. Berry who lived on the same farm passed away the same day at 4 o’clock that morning. Mr. Yates was about 75 years of age and had been an invalid the past 25 years. His funeral was conducted at Fallsburg on Thursday by Rev. H. B. Hewlett, burial following in the family burial grounds. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1925
Complications following an operation for appendicitis in Ashland General Hospital Aug 20 resulted in the death in that hospital Aug 24 of Everett Anderson, 17, of Catalpa, this county. Young Anderson fell ill while at the home of George Potter, where he had resided for some time. His condition was not considered serious for several days, and when he was taken to Ashland it became apparent that an operation had been deferred too long. The deceased was a son of Jonah Anderson of Catalpa. His mother died a few years ago. Besides his father, he is survived by a married sister, Gracie, and a brother, Denver Anderson, both of Wales, Pike County. Rev. Joseph A. Anderson, of Ashland and an uncle of the youth, conducted funeral services Aug 26 with interment following in the Potter Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1925
Thomas Asche, who resided about 3 miles from town on Lick Creek, succumbed to a stroke of paralysis Sunday. He was in his 57th year. Burial was made Monday afternoon on Lick Creek, the Rev. B. R. Lakin conducting funeral services, assisted by Rev. John Chief. Mr. Asche was one of the county’s best citizens and will be much missed in the community in which he had passed most of his life. He was a son of Fred and Calista Asche, deceased and is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Laud Molt, of Walbridge, and Mrs. Lydia Wilson of California and 2 brothers, Lys and William who lived in Central America. Also a half-brother, John H. Wilson. His wife died about 2 years ago. The surviving sons and daughters are John, Mrs. Clarence Hale, Millard, Mrs. Charley Shortridge and Miss Ve Asche. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1925
AUXIER, Mrs. Willis
Mrs. Willis Auxier was accidentally killed near her home at Mash Fork, Magoffin County, Saturday at about 10 o’clock. Mrs. Auxier left home that morning and was on her way to spend the day with a friend, Mrs. Will May. She made the trip on a wagon, and the team had stopped, Mrs. Auxier was alighting, and the Salyersville-Paintsville Bus was en route to Salyersville. In getting off the wagon, she stepped backwards right in front of the bus, which knocked her several feet, breaking both arms and injuring her internally. Mr. Luther Conley, driver of the bus picked her up to take her to the Paintsville Hospital, but she died on the way to the hospital. Mrs. Auxier was about 55 years of age, and was a woman of fine character and was well respected and liked, in the neighborhood in which she lived. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
Memorial services for the late “Uncle “ Bob Bates, were held last Sunday at the old Bates home in Letcher County. A number of ministers were present. “Uncle” Bob was a brother to Capt. Martin Van Buren Bates, “the Kentucky Giant”, who was well known years ago throughout the Big Sandy Valley. He lived to a very venerable age, and was quite wealthy at his death. His descendants were probably more numerous than those of any other man in Eastern Kentucky. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
BLOSS, Sarah (McClure)
Mrs. Sarah McClure Bloss, ?? years old, wife of the late Isaac Bloss, Civil War veteran who died several years ago, and early resident of southwestern West Virginia, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. R. Enslow, Huntington, last Friday night of an illness caused by her advanced age. Mrs. Bloss, who was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McClure, early settlers in eastern Kentucky, was born in Lawrence County, near Louisa, on Jul 16, 183? And had been a resident of Wayne and Cabell Counties since a few years before the Civil War. Her parents migrated to eastern Kentucky from Virginia early in the nineteenth century. During the Civil War, in which her husband served as a Union solider, Mrs. Bloss lived at Ceredo, WV. Mr. Bloss died in 1898, and shortly thereafter, Mrs. Bloss moved to Huntington and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Enslow.
She was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Huntington and had been a member of the Methodist Church the greater part of her life, having joined in her early girlhood. She was married to Mr. Bloss in Lawrence County in 1855. Soon after their marriage they went to Ceredo to make their home. Mrs. Bloss is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Enslow, who is the wife of Dr. C. R. Enslow, one son, H. W. Bloss, Huntington, and one brother, T. B. McClure, of Wayne. Six grandchildren also survive: they are W. C. Enslow, Mrs. G. R. Heffley, Mrs. Virgil Bryan, C. W. Bloss and James r. Bloss of Huntington and Mrs. Buford Trimmfer of Chicago. Eight great grandchildren also survive. Augustus Snyder and G. R. Burgess of Louisa, attended the funeral services which were held on Sunday, Mr. Burgess being a nephew of Mrs. Bloss. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
Lowmansville—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Canada Brown, Sep 15 and took his father, who has had a long illness from dropsy. He bore his sufferings with patience. He was ?86 years old and leaves to mourn his loss a wife and 7 children, and a host of grandchildren, friends and relatives. He was a good Christian man and we feel that our loss is heaven’s gain. Big Sandy News. Sep 25, 1925
Ike Caldwell, age about 45 of Magoffin County, was the victim of a disastrous spill which occurred near the Lee Prater place near Salyersville on the Garrett Highway which cost him his life. Caldwell had been out in the country and was returning to Salyersville, when for some reason or other the Ford car he was driving went over the high embankment near the Prater place, completely demolishing the Ford, and mangling and bruising the body of the driver almost beyond recognition. The injured man was taken to the office of Dr. C??? at Salyersville where he received first aid. Later he was brought to the Paintsville Hospital. He died a few hours later and was taken to Magoffin County for burial. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
CAREY, Mrs. William (Emily Burgess)
The death of Mrs. William Carey occurred on Saturday morning, Sep 19th, at her home in Louisa, following an illness that had kept her confined to her home the past several years. She was in her 83rd year. Mrs. Carey was before her marriage, Miss Emily Burgess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Burgess, who lived near Gallup, this county. She resided in that community after her marriage to William Carey for several years or until they moved to Louisa about 30 years ago with their family. She is the last member of the G. R. Burgess family to pass away.
Mrs. Carey was reared in a Methodist home and united with the church in early life remaining a faithful member of the Methodist Church, South, throughout her life. She is survived by her husband, 6 sons and 5 daughters, as follows: G. B. Carey, M. F. Carey, J. L. Carey, of Lexington, U. M. Carey and Charles Carey of Louisa, and C. J. Carey of Lynch, KY, Mrs. Charles Johnston of Nitro, WV, Mrs. J. J. Johnson of Jenkins, Mrs. D. J. Burchett, Jr., and Mrs. C. W. McDonald of Louisa and Mrs. G. R. Roberts of Corinth, Miss.
A very unusual fact in connection with this family is that this is the first death. All the 11 sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Carey are living, as is also Mr. Carey, who is in his 83rd year. A grandson and a great grandson are the only ones of the succeeding generations who have died. All of the sons and daughters were present at the funeral, accompanied by husbands, wives and nearly all the children and grandchildren. Mrs. Carey was a good woman, with a kind and helpful spirit, and she had a great many friends, all of whom mourn her loss. Impressive funeral services were held at the residence on Monday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. F. E. Jenkins. Music by a choir composed of members of different churches with Mrs. G. R. Vinson, organist and Mrs. Josephine Rice, soloist. Following the funeral the body was conveyed to Fulkerson Cemetery on Pine Hill where interment took place and the body sleeps beneath a wealth of floral pieces. The pall bearers were, at her request, her six sons. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1925
Columbus, OH—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eck Carter last week and took from them their loving son, Jay. He was loved by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
Grace Chapman, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Chapman, Westmoreland, died at her home Saturday afternoon following a brief illness. The funeral services were held Sunday at the residence and interment was made in Wilson Cemetery, Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1925
CHURCH, Anna (Byington)
The death of Mrs. Anna Church, 78 occurred Thursday, Aug 27 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mart Moore near Fallsburg. Mrs. Church, before her marriage to her husband, W. W. Church, who died about 3 years ago, was Miss Anna Byington. She was a devout member of the M. E. Church, South, for many years and was loved and respected by a host of friends. The funeral was conducted Friday by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of this place, burial following on the same day near the old Church homestead on Bear Creek. Mrs. Church was survived by 4 children, the names of 3 of whom follow: Mrs. Ida Austin, another married daughter, Ida, and a son, George Church. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1925
Glo, KY—Death came to the home of Irvin Collins, one of our nearby citizens, last week and called away Marcus, his 19 year old son, one of our most splendid young men. Death seemed inevitable from the first. Working with his father in a job of timber, he accidentally cut his leg just below his knee. Blood poisoning resulted, but was well-nigh under control when a complication of troubles, including pneumonia, arose and the worst soon came. Marcus was a favorite of the entire family, quite popular in the neighborhood, was a member of the church, an exemplary young man, and died in the full faith of a living triumph after death. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
Leck Conley, miner for the May Coal Company near Dinwood, Floyd County, was fatally stabbed Saturday afternoon on Stevens’ Branch near Dinwood, in an altercation with four Bradley brothers, while his wife looked on, according to a report received here this week. Conley was cut by Green Bradley while being held by the other Bradley brothers, Irvin, Harris and Lewis Bradley, the report says. The Bradleys are said to have had trouble previous to the killing with Jeff Conley, a brother to the slain man. When they met with Leck Conley Saturday they are believed to have been intoxicated, a quarrel resulting over the part Conley was supposed to have taken in their trouble with his brother. The stabbing followed.
The wounded man was rushed to Stumbo Hospital at Martin, where he died Sunday morning. He was about 35 years old. His widow, parents and several brothers survive. A posse was organized in Prestonsburg Sunday morning and a search for the Bradley’s instituted. Irvin Bradley and Harris Bradley were captured. The former is in jail at Prestonsburg, his brother was released on bail. Green Bradley and Lewis Bradley are yet uncaptured. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
CURNUTTE, Mrs. W. B. (Prince)
Mrs. W. B. Curnutte, 41, succumbed Thursday, Aug 27, to the ravages of cancer at the home of her sister, Mrs. Dock Jordan, a short distance above Louisa on the Mayo Trail. Mrs. Curnutte had been ill for a long while, and her life had been despaired of by those nearest her. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Prince. After her marriage several years ago to Rev. W. B. Curnutte she moved with her husband to Greenup County, but later moved to Lick Creek. She became a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, about 16 years ago, and was a faithful Christian. Two sisters, Mrs. Dock Jordan of Louisa, and Mrs. Lock Moore of Ashland, and a brother, U. G. Prince and her father and mother, all of Irad, survive. She leaves no children. The funeral was held Friday from the Baptist Church here, the Rev. Bascom Lakin officiating and interment was made in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1925
Since last week’s issue of the NEWS came from the press, giving an account of the death and burial of Mrs. W. B. Curnutte, we have been informed that Mrs. Curnutte died at her home on Lick Creek, instead of the home of Dock Jordan, as was reported, and that Rev. W. C. Pierce, of Catlettsburg and Rev. D. Wood, of Ashland, officiated at the funeral. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
Ulysses—Friday, Sep 11, the messenger of death entered the home of Mike Davis and claimed for its victim his 19 year old son, Couger, who had been seriously ill of flux for a fortnight. All was done for him that medical skill and loving friends could do but without availing anything. His parents and all of his brothers and sisters were at his bedside when the end came. He was laid to rest Saturday in the family burying ground beside Ernest, his nephew, who preceded him to the great beyond 2 weeks ago. Revs. D. A. Hayes and John Vanhoose conducted funeral rites. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
Ulysses--On Sunday night, Aug 29, the death angel entered the home of Bracken Davis and wife of this place and claimed for its victim their 12 year old son, Ernest. He had been sick for a few days with a virulent form of dysentery. All was done for him that loving friends and medical treatment could do but all in vain. He was laid to rest in the family burying ground Monday, Revs. D. A. Hayes and John Vanhoose conducting the burial services. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
Mrs. Polly Davis, 48, a native of Zelda, this county, died in the Deaconess Hospital, Ironton, OH, Saturday of typhoid fever. She is survived by 2 children, Mrs. Louise Pollen and James Hugg, of Ironton and by relatives who live in this county. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Holiness Pentecostal Church and had moved to Ironton about 5 months ago. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1925
DERIFIELD, Hazel Marie
On Saturday night, Aug 15, 1925, the white-winged messenger entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie E. Derifield at Denton, KY and claimed for its victim their darling baby, Hazel Marie, aged 1 year 2 months and 16 days. She was only sick a week before the end came but all was done that loving hands could do to restore her to health. Hazel Marie’s funeral was preached at the Denton Church and then the body was laid to rest in the Denton graveyard. She was the only child of the parents, and we realize it is hard to break the tender cords that bound our heart’s together, but then we have left it all with Jesus, who can all our sorrows heal. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her father and mother, her grandparents, 8 uncles and 7 aunts and a host of other close relatives. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
Joshua Ferguson was born at Laynesville, KY, on the 22nd day of Nov 1869, departed this life Sep the 9th, 1925 at his home at Laynesville, KY age 55 years, 9months and 18 days. He was married to Rosa Skeens on May the 20th, 1903. To this union were born 10 children, 7 sons and 3 daughters, of whom 4 sons and 2 daughters have preceded him into the great beyond. Three sons, one daughter and his wife and 2 sisters survive, Mrs. Jessie Dugley of Lexington, Mrs. Kate Blair of Houisonville, MO, are the sisters. His funeral was preached Sep 10th in the M.E. Church, South at Laynesville, by Rev. C. H. Peters, of Allen, the pastor of Sand Church and Rev. Alex Hamilton of Harold, a minister of the Church of Christ, ow which Bro. Ferguson was a member. He was buries at Laynesville Cemetery. The end did not come unexpected to Bro. Ferguson, as he had been an invalid for several months and looking for the end. He always bore his suffering with the greatest of humility and patience. He was a loving husband, and a kind father. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
FOX, Minnie (Carr)
Paris, KY—Mrs. Minnie Carr Fox, widow of John Fox, Sr., and mother of the late John Fox, Jr., one of Kentucky’s most noted novelists, died after a short illness at Big Stone Gap, KY Monday night, according to news reaching here. Her body will be brought to Paris where it will be buried beside the graves of her late husband and son. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
FRASHER, Kay (Alice Cooksey-Dean)
Mrs. Kay Frasher, of Zelda, this county, died Thursday, Sep 10, following a 3 months illness of tuberculosis. She was in her 49th year. Burial was made Sunday morning in the Buchanan Cemetery, the Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducting funeral services. Mrs. Frasher, having joined the M. E. Church, South, in her early womanhood, lived a devout and faithful Christian life. She was before marriage, Miss Alice Cooksey, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Green Cooksey. Her mother, a daughter of Col. Bill Smith, of Civil War fame, died early in life and she resided at the home of Mrs. Henrietta Kane, now of Huntington, WV until her first marriage, to Mr. Sam Dean. She was married a few years ago—several years after the death of her first husband—to Kay Frasher of Zelda. She is survived by her husband, Kay Frasher, 3 children and 2 brothers. The children are Prichard Dean and Mrs. Marvin Curnutte of Zelda—children of her first marriage—and by a baby daughter, Opal, age 5. Her brothers are John Cooksey of Welch, WV and George Cooksey of Beavertown, OH. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
On last Wednesday, Aug 19, 1925, the death angel visited the home of Jack Hall and took away his son Bozie, after an illness of 20 months. He was greatly beloved by everyone. He leaves a father, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters, Lee, L. Hall of McDowell, Hillard Hall, J. D. Hall, of Ironton, OH, Rosa Hall, Portsmouth, OH, Lula Newsom of Fairbanks, PA, Dina Mitchell of Beaver, KY, Velva Keel of Virgie, KY, Maude Hamilton of D??, KY, to mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
Glenhayes, WV—the burial of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hammond, of Donithon, Lawrence County, took place near here last week in the Fitzpatrick Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
JORDAN, Mrs. Cove (Etta Moore-Ball)
After 9 years of invalidism, Mrs. Cove Jordan succumbed to heart dropsy in her 62nd year Saturday, Sep 5, at her home near Ellen, this county. Burial was made Saturday afternoon in the Moore Cemetery on Dry Ridge, the Rev. Henry Kemper conducting funeral services. Mrs. Jordan was one of this county’s best women. Her life was a very devout one, and she was a faithful church woman. Before marriage she was Miss Etta Moore, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Moore. She is survived by her husband, Cove Jordan, a brother to Dock Jordan, Superintendent of Lawrence County schools, 10 children, a sister and 2 brothers. The children are Mrs. Lyss Chapman of Akron, OH, Andrew Ball of Overda and Noah Ball of Gallup—children of her first marriage—and by Mrs. George Roberts of Madge, Mrs. Claude Woods, Dock Jordan and Willie Jordan, all of Ashland, Alvin Jordan of Iran, Gus Jordan of Christmas, and Robert Jordan at home. Her sister and brothers are Mrs. Lydia Carter of Adams, Lindsay Moore of Griffith Creek, and Alvin Moore of Irad. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
Mrs. Matilda Little, 26, of Wheelwright, died at an Ashland hospital this week. She had been taken there for an operation some time ago, but every effort to save her life proved futile. She is survived by her husband, Willard Little, a deputy policeman of Wheelwright and 6 small children. The body was taken back to her home for the funeral and interment. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1925
Young Maynard, a farmer, 44 years old, died at home on Johns’ Creek 7 miles from Pikeville Sunday morning, Sep 16, his death resulting from injuries sustained in an auto wreck in Jul 1924 and for which he was treated for a time at Louisville. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1925
MEADE, John J.
John J. Meade, 40? Years old of Kermit, Mingo County, died in the Rife-Ferguson hospital at Kenova, Wednesday of last week of injuries received several days before when his automobile was wrecked near his home. Mr. Meade is the brother, of Mrs. U. G. Parsley and Mrs. D. D. Wallace of Kenova. Immediately after the accident he was taken to the Kenova hospital and little hope had been held out for his recovery by hospital attaches. The body was taken to Stone Coal, near Kermit, and funeral services conducted there on Saturday. Burial is in the Stanley burial ground. Big Sandy News, Sep 25, 1925
NEAL, Robert Burns
Robert Burns Neal, noted mountain evangelist, religious organizer, philanthropist and friend of humble boys and girls struggling for an education, succumbed to an attack of heart trouble on the streets of Huntington, WV, Monday in his 79th year. He had gone from his home at Grayson to Westmoreland for a visit to his friend Mrs. Donald ????, and filled the pulpit on Sunday evening at Vinson Memorial Church at Westmoreland and on Monday attended a meeting of the stockholders of the Minter Holmes Corporation and had stepped through the door to exit the automobile of Mrs. G. W. Atkinson, who was waiting for him, when he slumped down dead. The remains were taken to Grayson Tuesday morning, where funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church Wednesday afternoon.
Bro. Neal was born at Georgetown, KY, Feb 19, 1847, where he resided until he reached manhood. He received his education in Georgetown College and Transylvania University. He united with the Church of Christ at Georgetown when 19 years of age and since has devoted his life to the work of the ministry and religious education. He was married in Dec 1877, to Miss Lucy Snyder of Louisville, and soon afterwards moved to Eastern Kentucky. The remaining years of his life were spent in Grayson, with the exception of about 4 years he and his wife lived in Pikeville. He was highly educated and strove early and late that others might also attain their ambition of securing an education. He was one of the trustees of the Christian Normal Institute of Grayson. Rev. Neal frequently filled the pulpit of the Christian Church in Louisa, and was well known throughout this section. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
Ashland, KY—Harve Pennington, 37, was fatally injured and Lonnie Wells and Mrs. Annie Collier were seriously hurt in an automobile accident Sunday afternoon at the Midland Trail, a few miles from this city. The injured were rushed to a hospital here where Pennington died a few hours later. Mrs. Collier is not as badly injured as Wells, hospital attendants say. The accident occurred according to eye witnesses, when the car in which the victims were riding rounded a curve on the Midland Trail at a high rate of speed, the car leaving the road and crashing over a high embankment. Pennington’s body was shipped to Morehead Monday afternoon, thence to Sandy Hook, Elliott County for burial. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
Allen Riggs, 65, father of Bayless Riggs, of Fort Gay, succumbed Sunday at his home near Kenova, WV to injuries sustained in a fall from a ladder 3 weeks ago while repairing his home. He was hurt about the head. Funeral rites were conducted Monday from the Wayne Avenue Baptist Church, Huntington, by Revs. H. J. Francis and Wirt Stephens. Surviving Mr. Riggs death are his wife and 8 children—3 daughters, Rebecca, Nancy and Emma, all of Kenova and five sons, Pearly, Spargeon, Freelin, and Bruce Riggs of Kenova and Bayliss Riggs of Fort Gay. He also leaves 3 sisters, Mrs. Frances Fannin and Mrs. Martha Hutchinson of Huntington and Mrs. Cynthia Watkins, of Denver, KY and 4 brothers, James and Wayne Riggs of Fort Gay, Harvey Riggs, Kenova and T. J. Riggs, Fairview, KY. Big Sandy News, Sep 4, 1925
SAMMONS, Opal Ruth
In Memory—of our darling Opal Ruth, who departed this life Sep 10, 1923 aged 17 months and 11 days. On the morning of the departure of our little one we caught glimpse of heaven and although the 2 years have been sad, still we are looking beyond this vale of tears with hopes and trusting in our Creator that we will meet her again. Mr. and Mrs. Liss Sammons. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
In an altercation occurring Saturday, in this county about a mile from the junction of Johnson, Lawrence and Morgan counties, Millard Skaggs shot and instantly killed his half-brother, Charles Skaggs. They were also were brothers-in-law. Both are sons of P. H. (Pleas) Skaggs. The killing which occurred on the head of the left fork of Blaine in the yard of Andy J. Skaggs, cousin to both belligerents, is said to be an outgrowth of secret animosities existing between the brothers over domestic troubles. In a drunken state of mind, Charles Skaggs, fearing that his wife would be informed by Millard of matters which would probably occasion unrest in his home, fired at him from the yard of Andy J. Skaggs, as he was passing down the creek from a visit to an uncle, according to reports. Where upon Millard produced his gun and fired 3 bullets at Charles, all of which took effect, killing him instantly. Several relatives of the half-brothers witnessed the killing. The slayer accompanied by his personal friend, Buck Williams, came to Louisa Sunday and surrendered himself to authorities and was placed in jail awaiting a preliminary trial. Funeral services of Charles Skaggs were held Sunday. Burial was made in the Skaggs Cemetery near Terryville. Preliminary examinations, were conducted Wednesday afternoon. Attorney R. C. McClure representing the defense. Skaggs was bound to the grand jury and released on $1000 bond. He left hat evening for his home, accompanied by his father, 2 brothers and a few friends. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Skaggs and took from him his loving mother, Mrs. Nancy Skaggs. She was 78 years old, and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 57 years. She leaves to mourn her loss 5 children, M. P. Skaggs, Ison Skaggs, William Henry Skaggs, Ruthie Lemasters and Mary Margot Skaggs. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
STURGILL, Sarah Belle
Mrs. Sarah Belle Sturgill, aged 37 years, died Friday in Ashland. She was the wife of Marion Sturgell and was reared at Willard. Her body was taken to that place for burial. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
McKenzie Wells, 44, was shot and killed Sunday, Sep 6, by his cousin, Sam Wells, at the home of the latter on Daniels Creek, Johnson County. The killing is said to be the result of a general lawlessness on Daniels Creek. McKenzie Wells, in company with another man, went to Sam Wells’ home at Sunday noon, slightly intoxicated, according to reports from Paintsville. The shooting soon followed. Sam Wells surrendered to authorities and was place in the Johnson County jail. He is a cripple, and will probably plead self-defense, as the killing occurred inside his own yard. Big Sandy News, Sep 11, 1925
Pikeville, KY—A shooting affray occurred at Shelby Gap Saturday which resulted fatally for one of the participants when Gabe Wright, 21, killed his half-brother, Lee Wright, 30, at the store of Ervin Anderson. The slain man expired clutching his pistol. The two came to the store together on horseback and the shooting occurred a few minutes afterward while they were talking privately in the store. Four shots took effect in the body of Lee Wright. Lee, it is said, brought to the store 3 gallons of moonshine whisky which was destroyed by the father, Ben Wright, shortly after the tragedy. The motive in the killing has not been learned. Lee Wright had returned home a short time ago from the army. He was in the service during the World War. Gabe was arrested and brought to Pikeville and put in jail. Big Sandy News, Sep 18, 1925
AUXIER, Charles R.
Charles R. Auxier, age 45 years, was killed last Sunday morning when his automobile went over a high embankment opposite Prestonsburg. The road at this point is very narrow and his car went over the high bank and rolled down for several hundred feet. He was in the car alone. An examination showed him to be in a dying condition. A short time after the accident is supposed to have happened, people passing, noted the car and the injured man, and he was removed to Prestonsburg. He died Monday without regaining consciousness. His wife died a few years ago of flu. He leaves 3 children. He was the youngest brother of James W. Auxier of Paintsville and was a brother of Mrs. Tom May, Mrs. Alex Spradlin and Mrs. B. C. May of Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, Oct 30, 1925
AUXIER, Louisa Ford
Mrs. Louisa Ford Auxier passed away last Saturday at her home at Auxier. She was about 75 years of age and was the widow of W. L. Auxier for many years a prominent merchant at that place. She is survived by 2 daughters. Funeral services were held at the residence on Monday, conducted by Rev. Perkins, pastor of the Paintsville Mayo Memorial Church. She was a member of the M. E. Church, South. Her son, Rev. Willie Auxier, a member of the Western Virginia Conference died several years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 2, 1925
Eloise Bailey, 18, daughter of Mrs. M. L. Bailey of Huntington, died Tuesday afternoon at the Kessler-Hatfield hospital of a complication following an operation. She is survived by her mother, one sister, Mrs. Esther Wiley of Huntington, and 3 brothers, Noah Conley and Millard Conley of Flat Gap, KY and Fred Conley of near Louisa. Miss Bailey made her home with her sister, Mrs. Wiley and Miss Hazel Wiley. The body was taken to Johnson County, the former home of the family, for burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 16, 1925
BISHOP, Mrs. J. L.
Mrs. J. L. Bishop, sister of Dr. H. H. Sparks, of Louisa, died suddenly at her home at Dayton, OH, last Saturday. She is survived by her husband and 4 children, a boy and 3 girls. Mr. Sparks accompanied by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Sparks and brother, Nels Sparks, of Martha, this county, went to Dayton Sunday and attended the funeral. Mrs. Bishop was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Sparks. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
BOWLES, C. C. “Bigger”
C. Bowles, 55 years of age, prominent banker and business man of Eastern Kentucky, died suddenly on last Friday evening at his home in Pikeville. Mr. Bowles had been in apparently good health and his unexpected death came as a shock to his family, friends and associates throughout the tristate region. He had been president of the Pikeville Grocery Company a number of years and was a director of the First National Bank of Pikeville and of the Ashland National Bank. Because of his wide business interests he was one of the most prominent business men of the Big Sandy Valley and had much to do with the development of this section.
He was a native of Pike County and lived in Pikeville during his entire life. He was the son of O. C. Bowles. Mr. Bowles is survived by his wife, who was Miss Noan Connolly, daughter of W. M. Connolly, deceased, of Pikeville. Also by 3 children, one son and 2 daughters, Harrison Bowles and Mrs. N. A. Chrisman, of Pikeville and Mrs. Holmes Kirk of Florida. Their oldest son, Charles Bowles, passed away a few years ago. Three brothers, Malcolm, R. C. and O. C. Bowles, all of Pikeville survive. Funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon, following the arrival of his daughter, Mrs. Josephine Kirk, from Florida. Interment was made in the Pikeville Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
CALFEE (not sure this is right spelling of name)
News is received of the death of the mother of Mack Calfee? At her home, a few miles from Wayne on the Fort Gay road on Monday of this week. The aged woman lived with her son, Mack Calfee?. On returning to his home from working on his farm, Mr. Calfee? Found his mother burned to death. The rugs and carpets were scorched some, but the house had not caught on fire. No one was with the aged woman at the house and details of how the accident happened are not known. Wayne News. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
In the second fatality resulting from traffic accidents in Ashland during the past week, Emory Conley, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loney Conley, was struck Saturday at noon near the foot of the Westwood road at Fairview, by a car driven by Henry Clagg, and died at the hospital at 7 o’clock Sunday night, where he was taken shortly after the accident. The little boy was unconscious from a fractured skull when picked up by Mr. Clagg and remained so until his death. The child when struck by the car was returning home from a nearby grocery store where his mother had sent him, to purchase some groceries. Mr. Clagg said that the accident was unavoidable. This is the second fatality resulting from traffic accidents in the last week. Lou Jones having been killed last Friday week ago. Another near fatal accident occurred at Seventeenth and Winchester a few nights ago when Mrs. F. M. Brainard, of East Winchester was struck and seriously injured by an automobile driven by W. G. Johnson. The Conley child is survived by one sister, Euna, and 2 brothers, Orn and Everett, besides his father and mother. The body was shipped Tuesday morning on the Big Sandy train to Paintsville, from where the body was taken to Magoffin County, former home of the Conleys, where it was buried Wednesday morning in Brushy Fork Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
Funeral services for Mrs. Shirley Cordell, wife of William Cordell, who died at her home in Ashland Monday night, were held from the home on Thursday morning with Bob Cordell conducted the services. Mrs. Cordell’s death came following an illness of 3 weeks with typhoid fever. Following the services at the home interment will be made in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy news, Oct 16, 1925
The total number of fatalities resulting from traffic accidents in Ashland was brought up to three Friday morning with the death of Jeff Felty, 64, who was struck the night before by an automobile just beyond the end of the street car line in South Ashland. The car that struck Mr. Felty was driven by Dr. C. B. Walters, formerly of Louisa, according to reports. There was only one eyewitness to the accident. According to the Coroner, Dr. J. L. Richardson, the accident occurred as Mr. Felty, who was pushing a push cart, which he uses to deliver milk in, attempted to go around 2 cars that were parked on the side of the street just about the same time as Mr. Walters, who was proceeding north on the street, started to pass the cars. The front part of the car stuck the front end of the push cart ramming the handle of the cart with such force against the stomach of Mr. Felty that it caused a rupture of his intestines. Dr. Walters stopped his car with in a few feet following the collision and picked the injured man up and with others who came to the scene, took him to his home. He later was removed to the Ashland General hospital where he died early next morning. Coroner Richardson said that from the information he had been able to collect from those who reached the scene of the accident in time to assist Walters in removing him to his home, that it was an unavoidable accident. The other 2 fatalities were Lon Jones, killed in an auto near his home at Cliffeside and the other a 5 year old child, Emory Conley, struck by a car near his home at Fairview, later dying at a hospital. Big Sandy News, Oct 30, 1925
Aunt Eliza Ferman, well known Wayne, WV, woman, was killed by a section motor car near the N & W coaling tipple at Wayne last week. Mrs. Ferman was injured on last Tuesday and died on the following day. The accident occurred when Mrs. Ferman was walking along the railroad tracks and seeing the approach of the motor car which takes the section hands to and from work, she be came frightened and stepped directly in the path of the car. One significant fact about her death was the fact that Mrs. Ferman was ?? years of age on the day that she died. The deceased was born in the state of Virginia. She is survived by 2 sons John Ferman and Blair Ferman of Wayne and four brothers, Hezekiah, William and John Marshall of Wayne and Reese Marshall, whose residence is unknown. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1925
FORTNER, A. P.
A.P. Fortner, aged about 45 years, employed as tippleman by the Aracoma Coal Company, dropped dead from apoplexy last Friday. Some difficulty was experienced by the company in locating relatives of the unfortunate man, as he was a comparative stranger in that section, having only been employed at Aracome for a few months. However, a sister, Miss Grace Fortner, was eventually found at Elkhorn City and the body was shipped to that place for funeral and interment. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
Rev. Abram Gibbs, aged ?83 years, who for the past few years has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Martha L. Davis, in Southside Addition, died Wednesday, Oct 14, after an illness of several months. The cause of his death was due to the infirmities of age. Mr. Gibbs had been a life-long resident of Johnson County and one of its very best citizens. He was a member of the old United Baptist Church and for more than 30 years had been a minister of that denomination and was well known all over the county. Rev. Gibbs was an old Union soldier and served during the Civil War in the cavalry branch of the service under the dashing Union General Philip H. Sheridan and at the close of the war was honorably discharged from the service and settled down to civil life and up to the last lived a life of usefulness to his country and his fellow man. Big Sandy News, Oct 30, 1925
Ervin (Ev) Griffith, aged about 64, of Cordell, this county, was killed in a coal mine on his farm at that place, Monday. Mr. Griffith had gone into the mine early Monday morning to dig coal for home use and not coming for dinner at the usual hour, his wife went in search and found him pinned beneath a large rock near the entrance. He was still alive, however, and she summoned Hubert Arrington and 3 other men who, with great difficulty, lifted the rock off. He expired shortly afterwards. The rock fell on him early in the morning, it is believed. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday and interment was made near the home. According to information obtained here, he is survived by his wife, 2 sons, Frank and Henry Griffith, of Lowmansville and 2 daughters. Big Sandy News, Oct 2, 1925
Ivan Griffith was born at Blaine, KY, on Jul 27th, 1858, departed this life, Sep 28, 1925, at his home at Cordell, KY, age 67 years, 2 months and one day. He was married to Eva Steele Jul 27, 1899. To this union 2 children, one son and one daughter, were born. The son preceded him to the beyond some 19 years ago, his wife and daughter survive. Miss Mollie Griffith of Cordell, KY, is the daughter. Services were held on the 28th by Rev. Cordle and Morris. The remains were laid to rest in the Steele Cemetery beneath the pine which shelters the grave of the son who has crossed the river some time ago. The demise was a great shock to the family and friends. Ivan was a man who knew nobody’s business, just his own, a man who made a point in his life to attend church because he felt that on this institution depends the welfare of the people. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1925
A message was received in Louisa last Friday announcing the death of Mrs. Mat Goble Hall which occurred at her home in Sadler, TX. She was 83 years of age and was the mother of Mrs. Betty Pigg who died recently. Mrs. Hall was in aunt of Mrs. Ella Hays, of this place, being a sister of Mrs. Hays’ mother. Burial took place at Sadler where she had lived the past several years, since moving there from near Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
HINCHMAN, Mildred Alberta
Mildred Alberta Hinchman, 16, of Huntington, daughter of Wesley Hinchman died at her home Wednesday following a 2 weeks illness of typhoid fever. Born Jul 17, 1909, at Inez, Miss Hinchman had resided in Huntington the last 2 years. She is survived by her father, 3 sisters and 7 brothers. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the First United Brethren Church of which Miss Hinchman was a member. Burial will be in the Hatfield Cemetery near Inez. Big Sandy News, Oct 16, 1925
HOARD, S. Floyd
Floyd Hoard died at Ceredo a few days ago, age 83. He was a bachelor and quite wealthy. Architecture was his profession. About 40 years ago he furnished the plans and supervised the construction of the court house in Louisa, the M. E. Church, South, and other buildings. He and Pitt Hoard were sons of Charles Hoard, who owned the site of Ceredo after the civil war. Pitt died 4 years ago at the age of 83. Big Sandy News, Oct 30, 1925
Pikeville, KY, Sep 25—John Johnson, son of Dick Johnson of Greenup County, was shot and killed on Buck Lick, a tributary of the Long Fork of Shelby, 25 miles from Pikeville early this week, according to a report received here today. Willie Fleming is accused by officials. Johnson, it is said, had bro a short time made his home with Fleming’s cousin and neighbor, Elijah Fleming. He had been across the hill in Letcher County and was on his return home when shot. He carried a revolver and shotgun at the time but those who reached him first report that the revolver was still in its holster and the shotgun on safety. Two shots took effect a short distance below the heart, causing instant death, it is reported, that Fleming admits firing the shot and claims he did so in self-defense. He has not yet been arrested. Johnson is survived by several small children, who are at the home of their grandparents in Greenup County. Fleming is a brother of Sol Fleming, escaped convict, who was killed at Beefhide several months ago. It has been only a short time since his uncle, Bill Fleming, was said to have shot and killed his nephew, Emery Fleming. About a year ago, he himself was shot by one of his own brothers. Big Sandy News, Oct 2, 1925
LITTLETON, James Allen
James Allen Littleton, 80 years old died Saturday night at his home in Ashland as the result of a hemorrhage from the lungs. Death followed within 15 minutes after the onset of bleeding. Mr. Littleton had been a resident of Ashland 5 years. Previously he had resided in Morehead, KY where he was engaged in the produce business. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons, J. W. Lyttleton, passenger agent for the Chesapeake and Ohio at Ashland, O. S. Lyttleton, in the drug business in Ashland, and W. K. Lyttleton, of Marshall, TX and J. B. Lyttleton of Seattle, WA. Big Sandy News, Oct 2, 1925
LOWE, Mrs. William
On Oct 23rd the death angle entered the home of William Lowe, of Nelson’s Branch, and claimed for its victim his invalid wife. She had been in poor health for quite a long while. All was done for her that loving friends and medical attention could do but the Lord saw best to call her from her earthly home in a brighter home beyond the shores of time. She was a devoted Christian, a loving wife and mother and a good neighbor. Mrs. Lowe will be much missed in the locality where she has spent many years of her life. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons, and one daughter, all grown. She was laid to rest Saturday in the family burying ground. Revs. Hayes and Vanhoose conducted burial rites Big Sandy News, Oct 30, 1925
Milton Mayo, 52 years old, brother of the late John C. C. Mayo, millionaire capitalist, was found drowned in the waters of the Big Sandy at Paintsville Sunday morning. Mr. Mayo had been partially paralyzed for several years and spent his time about Paintsville. He is thought to have gone to the river for water about 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon and to have suffered a stroke, falling into the water about 6 inches deep. His body was found Sunday morning. Magistrate Harry Conley held an inquest at which a verdict of accidental drowning was returned. The victim is survived by a sister, Mrs. Fred Atkinson, and a brother, Robert Mayo, both of Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Oct 16, 1925
Ashland, KY, Oct 27—Lyton Moore, 28 years old, of Olive Hill, died at the hospital here as the result of a fall out of a tree at his home last Saturday night, suffering a broken neck and back. The accident occurred late Saturday, while Moore was attempting to catch some young chickens, which were roosting in the tree. Losing his balance in the dark, he grabbed a dead limb which broke under his weight and let him crash head forward to the ground. Relatives said the distance was not more than 10 feet but he was instantly paralyzed from about the middle of his body, and suffered terribly. He is survived by the wife and 7 children, ranging from 2 to 10 years of age. The deceased was an employee of the General Refractories Company. Big Sandy News, Oct 30, 1925
NOLEN, Blanche (Hay)
After lingering illness, Mrs. Blanche Hay Nolen passed away last Friday night. Her death occurred at the home of her parents, Rev. and Mrs. M. A. Hay, in Louisa, where she had been the past few months. On account of the condition of her health she came here from her home at Portsmouth With her husband and 2 small children she had been living at Portsmouth for some time. Tuberculosis was the cause of her death. The husband, Vint Nolen, and a boy aged 4 and a girl 16 months old survive. Also, her parents and a number of sisters. Mrs. Nolen was 23 years of age and a young woman of fine Christian character. She had been a faithful member of the church several years. On Sunday morning the body was taken to the church at Smokey Valley, which was built by her father a few years ago, and funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa. Many friends and family from this place accompanied the family and attended the funeral and burial services. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
Nancy Blanche Nolen, wife of Vint Nolen, and daughter of Rev. M. A. Hay and wife, was born Mar 27, 1902, departed this life Oct 16, 1925, age 23 years, 6 months and 20 days. When but 15 years old she was converted and baptized and joined the Baptist Church. She was a consecrated, devoted, Christian and carried out in her life all of the commandments of the Lord Jesus. She had been a great sufferer for 8 months, but she bore her sufferings and affliction with Christian fortitude and submission and submissively kissed the rod that deals the blow. She celebrated the praise of the Lord Jesus with her last breath and requested her family and friends to meet her in Heaven. She was married to Vint Nolen about 6 years ago, to this union was born 3 children, Paul, 4 years, Carol, one year survive. Big Sandy News, Oct 23,1925
Jesse Renfrey died last week at a sanitarium at Lexington. He had recently been discharged as cured but had to return and now is dead. His uncle Sam Renfrey left Wednesday to look after his remains. Big Sandy News, Oct 2, 1925
RICE, John McConnell
John McConnell Rice died in Louisa last Friday morning, Oct 23rd. It had been known for days that the summons was likely to come at any moment. For weeks and months his case had been regarded as hopeless by those who knew best. His illness extended over a period of 10 months, most of which was spent in Catlettsburg. Finally he and his wife came back to the old home town and took rooms at the Louisa Inn which is owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Justice, their lifelong friends. Here Mr. Rice was made as comfortable as possible during the remaining days of his life. He realized his condition and was ready and anxious to be relieved of the intense suffering which he had endured for nearly a year. Without a struggle the end came, in the presence of his wife and his niece, Mrs. ??? Corns. Mr. Rice was 61 years old. He was the youngest of 2 sons and 3 daughters of Judge John M. Rice, one of this county’s most notable citizens, who died about 20 years ago. The only surviving members of Judge Rice’s family are Mrs. Ida McConnell and Mrs. Ada Thomas. Mrs. Lida Lackey died early in this year and Will Rice passed away many years ago. The surviving sisters and Mrs. Corns had been in Louisa for 2 weeks and were at his bedside most all of that time. Junior Lackey, nephew, also was in close attendance. John had held various positions of trust and had done his duty in all of them. From 1912 to 1916 he was connected with State Auditor’s office in Frankfort in a prominent capacity. During the past 2 years he was associated with the Auditor’s office as a fire inspector. He had a wide acquaintance throughout the state and was very popular. His genial disposition won and held friends wherever he went. He leaves a wife whose devotion was very marked and fully reciprocated. Their married life was a beautiful example of the marital relation.
Some time ago he expressed the hope that he would be able to attend his mother’s church and renew his vows. His physical condition, however, did not permit the visits he longed for, but through the frequent calls of the pastor, Rev. F. E. Jenkins, he enjoyed the spiritual satisfaction for which his soul was yearning. He was ready when the summons came. The funeral was held Sunday in the M. E. Church, South. The building was filled to capacity by sorrowing friends. Rev. Bascom Lakin led in prayer, and Rev. Jenkins delivered a touching sermon. A trio consisting of Mrs. K. C. Elswick, Miss Opal Spencer and Mr. Will Cain, sang appropriate hymns, accompanied by Mrs. G. R. Vinson and Miss Vivian Hayes. At the conclusion of the pastors’ talk the service was turned over to the Elks lodge of Catlettsburg, of which Mr. Rice was a member. The ceremony was concluded at the cemetery. The body was laid to rest on Pine Hill, in our city of the dead, by the side of his parents. The pall bearers were W. M. Justice, M. S. Burns, G. R. Vinson, M. F. Conley, Ira W. See and R. A. Stone. Big Sandy News, Oct 30, 1925
ROBERTS, Julia (Thompson)
The death of Mrs. Julia Thompson Roberts occurred last Friday nigh following an illness of typhoid fever. She was the widow of Frank Roberts and was about 66 years of age. Eight children survive, among them being Mrs. William Sammons of Louisa, Bert Roberts, Akron, OH, Mrs. A. H. Matthews of Washington. PA, Arthur, of California, Oscar Roberts, of Ohio, and Everett, at home. She was a sister of Mrs. R. B. Spencer of Louisa. The funeral was held from the home on Sunday afternoon, interment following in the family burial ground near the home at Madge. Mrs. Sammons and son and daughter, Henry and Miss Jessie Sammons and Mrs. Spencer attended the funeral. While Mrs. Roberts had not been in good health for quite a while, she was confined to her bed only about a week during her last illness. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1925
SALYERS, Allen Jackson
The remains of their 3 children, charred to ashes, was the horrible spectacle seen by Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Salyers in the smoking ruins of their home at Cannonsburg in Boyd County, which burned to the ground late Monday afternoon by a fire of unknown origin. The three children, Edith, aged 3, James aged 18 months, and Allen Jackson aged 4 months, only one of whom was old enough to walk, were trapped in the building and perished without a chance for escape, although their mother made a desperate effort at the risk of her own life to rescue them from the blazing building. Mrs. Salyer and her children had been away from home all day and had returned shortly after 5 o’clock. She made a fire in the kitchen stove and left the children in a bed room while she went to the barn to milk the cows. About 5:30 she discovered that the house, a five room frame structure was in flames. She rushed from the barn to the house and into the kitchen, making a valiant effort to fight her way through the smoke to the bedroom where the pitiful cries of her helpless babies told her of their fate.
Several time she was forced to give way before the rush of flames and the intense heat but she did not give up her efforts to save the lives of the children until neighbors who had hurried to the scene pulled her from the burning house. Mr. Salyers was away from home at the time and did not return until the house had been reduced to ashes. The bodies of the children were not recovered until the building had been burned to the ground. All of them were burned to a crisp and dismembered by the intense heat. Mrs. Salyer was burned over her face, body and legs, while her hands were horribly burned them attempting to beat back the flames as she fought her way toward her children. The Salyer family are natives of Johnson County, having moved from there to Cannonsburg some time ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
SMITH, W. D.
Bluefield, WV, Oct 4—the bodies of 2 miners, W. D. Smith and Dexter Saunders, killed in an explosion Saturday night in the No. 2 mine of the Lake Superior Coal Company, were recovered today when rescue parties, reached the section of the pit where the blast occurred. Eight other workman in the mine at the time escaped uninjured. Only slight damage was done to the working by the explosion, which mine inspectors believe was caused by the ignition of a pocket of gas. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1925
Walter Smith was fatally injured last Friday night by a Chesapeake & Ohio freight train at West Hamlin, WV and died Saturday morning. Smith who was a coal miner and unmarried, was en route to Huntington to see his sister. He crawled under the side of a coal car for shelter from the heavy rain which was falling and the train, moving unexpectedly, cut off one of his feet and one of his hands and otherwise mangles and bruised him, so injuring him that death resulted. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Sarah Saunders, of Huntington, his father, Robert Smith, of Ten Mile, Wayne County, a sister, Mrs. Minnie Roy of Branchland and 2 half-sisters, Mrs. Martha Taylor and Mrs. Laura Hinds, of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
Herbert Stapleton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Proctor Stapleton, died at the Paintsville Hospital Monday noon from a knife wound inflicted Thursday night in a fight near the C & O depot. He was taken to the hospital a short time after he was cut and it was thought then that his chance for recovery was slight. The wound was in the right side and the knife penetrated the kidney on that side. ??? Stapleton was cut by Clyde Stapleton in a fight that started in an argument over money, it is said. Clyde Stapleton left the city that night and has not as yet been arrested. Big Sandy news, Oct 30, 1925
At the solemn hour of midnight Sunday Oct 11, the Death Angel spread his sable wings over the home of Mrs. Sarah Vanhoose and claimed for his victim the dear husband and father, Buddiel Vanhoose. He was born Jan 20, 1854 and at the time of his death was aged 71 years 8 months and 21 days. He was twice wedded. His first wife Permelia Jordan and to this union was born 4 children, 3 girls and one boy, John Vanhoose of Urbana, O, Mrs. Elizabeth Dalton, of Omar, WV, Mrs. John Austin of Logan, WV and Mrs. Add Skeens of Hulette, this county. His first wife preceded him in death in 1889. His second wife was Sarah Adams and to this union was born 6 children, 2 girls and 4 boys, all of whom are living except Kay Vanhoose who died in infancy. The surviving ones are Mrs. Liss Hickman of Louisa, Mrs. Robert Carter of Lick Creek, Millard Vanhoose of Louisa, Roy and Hansel. He was converted and baptized in 1905, joined the Freewill Baptist Church and has lived a devoted Christian since. He was ill only a few days with paralysis, and will was done that tender and loving hands could do, but God who doeth all things well, took his spirit back to Him who gave it. He was laid to rest in the Lige Judd Cemetery and funeral services were conducted by Bros. D. A. Hayes, A. H. Miller and Johnnie Vanhoose. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
Grayson Vanhoose, 17 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eliphas Vanhoose, of Fords Branch, KY, was picked up on the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad a short distance east of his home at 4 o’clock Sunday morning and was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Pikeville in a dying condition. He had been mangled by a train sustaining a crushed shoulder and mangled limbs as well as a severe injury to the skull. He died soon after reaching the hospital. Young Vanhoose was formerly assistant caller and yard clerk at Shelby Junction, a mile east of his home. Just how he was hurt has not been learned. His brother, Dan J. Vanhoose, a deputy sheriff and new speed patrol man of Pikeville, lost a leg in a train accident at Elkhorn City 3 years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1925
Troy Adkins and Chester Ford, two young men of Ford’s branch, Pike County, were arrested and put in jail at Pikeville Tuesday on charges of being suspected of foul play in connection with the death of Grayson Vanhoose, also of Ford’s Branch, last Sunday. Vanhoose, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eliphas Vanhoose, was picked up on the C & O railroad a short distance east of his home at 4 o’clock last Sunday morning and was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Pikeville in a dying condition. He had been mangled by a train sustaining a crushed shoulder and mangled limbs as well as a severe injury to the skull. He died soon after reaching the hospital. Big Sandy News, Oct 16, 1925
VICARS, P. E.
Mr. P. E. Vicars, born in 1868 and departed this life in El Paso, TX Oct 18, 125, aged 56 years 9 months and 18 days. He taught school 23 years beginning at the age of 17. He was a native of Virginia coming to West Virginia in 1896 and was married to Lutie Graves, daughter of the late Anderson Graves. Born to this union, 10 children, all living but one son, who was killed. Funeral was held in the Baptist Church Saturday conducted by L. D. Bryan, assisted by Jessie Holbrook. Big Sandy News, Oct 30, 1925
Elmer Wallace, 23 years old, whose home is in the vicinity of P??? Point, a short distance above Elkhorn City, was killed by a passenger train on the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railroad near his home at 11 o’clock last Sunday night. The accident took place on a curve, where he was sitting on the track. When he was seen, the engineer applied the brakes, but the engine ???? over him, cutting his body in two before the train could be stopped. He is survived by his widow and 2 small children. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1925
Woodrow Wilson, who was stationed in and near Louisa the past summer while employed as steam shovel operator on the Mayo Trail, met death Monday of this week on Little Coal River in Boone County, WV. Wilson, who was operating a steam shovel for Cain & Turman road contractors, of whom J. M. Cain of this city is a member, dug up a high pressure gas main while grading road near Peytona, WV. As the shovel brought the gas main to the surface the cap was torn off and the natural gas enveloped the countryside in a twinkling. It became ignited from the fire under the boiler of the shovel, burning Wilson to the extent that he died in a few hours. With his clothes burning, Wilson brought the shovel down upon the earth. He then jumped from the shovel, rolled in the dirt to extinguish his burning clothing and then walked 6 miles to Madison. He was put into an ambulance and taken to Charleston where he died 5 hours later. Another man was also fatally burned and 4 others may die from burns they received. Wilson’s body was shipped here Wednesday and taken to the Miller Cemetery near Torchlight where burial was made. Only a few weeks ago he was married to Miss Virgie Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Miller, who reside on Lick Creek about 4 miles from town. Wilson operated a steam shovel in constructing the Mayo Trail between Louisa and the Johnson County line during the past summer and boarded at Lee Garred’s . He was in the wreck that demolished the Studebaker touring car of C. S. Patton, who resided on the Shannon farm near town. Big Sandy News, Oct 23, 1925
John Barber, 40 years old, an employee of the Ashland Coffee Company of Ashland, was struck by C& O passenger train No 1 west bound on Monday morning and fatally injured. He died 4 hours later in an Ashland hospital. The accident occurred when Barber drove his automobile onto the tracks directly in front of the train at the Thirty-first Street crossing. The victim leaves a wife and 3 children . Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
BLOSS, Fay Elizabeth
Fay Elizabeth Bloss, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Bloss of Kenova, died at her home there late Monday night from burns received several hours earlier. The little girl’s dress became ignited while she was playing in front of an open fire in a room where her mother was lying in bed ill. Before the flames could be extinguished she had been terribly burned. Big Sandy News, Nov 13, 1925
After a short illness death Monday evening claimed ??? Burchett at his home in Portsmouth. His death was attributed to complications. He was born in Carter County, KY where he resided until 13 years ago when he went to Portsmouth to make his home. He is survived by his wife and 2 sons, Dewey and William A. Interment in Bethel, KY, cemetery Thursday. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
Pikeville, KY, Nov. 6—Vernon Clevenger, 11 years old, son of a restaurant proprietor at Hellier, 20 miles from here, died at the Pikeville General hospital his morning of a gunshot wound in the neck accidentally inflicted by his 9 year old brother late Thursday afternoon at their home. The two boys had been to school and upon returning home found their father’s revolver under a pillow. While playing with the weapon the younger lad discharged it. The bullet cut the older boy’s windpipe and main artery and then passed through his right shoulder. He was rushed to the hospital here for treatment. The body was to be prepared for burial here and returned to Hellier for funeral services and interment Sunday. Big Sandy News, Nov 13, 1925
Three Pike countians were killed almost instantly and 3 others seriously hurt when an automobile in which they were en route to a funeral swerved to avoid another car parked on the roadside, and went over a 75 foot bluff, turned over several times and landed in Raccoon Creek, 5 miles below Pikeville early Monday morning. The dead are: Will Collins, 30? Years old, McVeigh, KY, Marion Collins, 28, McVeigh and Thompson Hackney, 25, taxi driver, McAndrews, KY. William Skeens, 54, Mrs. Sarah Spears, 25, and Mrs. Alice Wilson, daughter of Mrs. Spears were seriously injured. Assistance was sent from Pikeville and the injured removed to the Methodist Hospital. Physicians said all three would recover. The bodies of the dead were sent to their homes. The passengers, in the car driven by Hackney, were on their way to attend the funeral services for Mrs. Spears mother at Prestonsburg. The car was traveling at a rapid rate when suddenly ahead the driver saw a machine stopped on the road. Swerving his car, Hackney lost control and the machine went over the bluff. When passengers in the machine which had parked to repair a tire reached the bottom of the bluff they found the 3 dead and others in the car unable to get out. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
Mrs. Courtney, a widow aged about 70, of Zelda, this county was found dead in bed Tuesday morning. She lived alone and was found by her daughter in law, who resides nearby. The daughter in law became alarmed when her mother failed to arise as usual and went to investigate. She found the door fastened and summoned neighbors who forced the door and found her in bed lifeless. She had been an invalid for some time, suffering from infirmities of age and heart trouble, but had been able most of the time to be around the house and do her work. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1925
Dorothy, the 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Davis, passed away at their home at Hatfield, WV on Friday of last week, after an illness of some days with typhoid fever. The body was brought to this place and was taken to the home of Mrs. Davis’ father, W. T. Bradley, near Louisa, Friday night. On Sunday morning the funeral and burial services were held, interment being made in the Bradley burying ground. She was a bright and lovable child and her death has brought sorrow to a large circle of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1925
The body of Mrs. Dorothy Dials, of Portsmouth, OH, who died in the Portsmouth General hospital Sunday morning, was taken to Keaton, this county, for burial Tuesday. Mrs. Dials had been a patient in the hospital since Nov 11. She submitted to an operation more than 10 days ago and her condition has been critical for several days. Mrs. Dials was 21 years of age. She had been a resident of Portsmouth about 5 years or since her marriage to Mr. Dials. Surviving besides the husband is a daughter, Gladys, about 4 years old. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1925
Wiley Fitch, a former resident of Louisa, who had been away 25 years, died in Kansas City, MO on Oct ?19 and his remains were brought to Louisa Tuesday for burial. Funeral services were conducted Tuedsay morning from the home of O.C. Atkins with the pastor of the Baptist Church of Kenova, WV, officiating. Interment was in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. Fitch was in his ?5th year and unmarried. The deceased was born and raised in Louisa and ?? half-brother of Mrs. O. C. Atkins and a son of the late E. B. Fitch, of Louisa. He went west in ???? and located in Kansas City, MO. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. S??? B??? of ???, KY and by 2 sisters, Mrs. C. T. Vaughan of Kenova, WV and Mrs. Charles ???? of Rush, KY and by 2 half-sisters, Mrs. D. Q. Meade of Ashland and Mrs. O. C. Atkins of this place, and by a half-brother, Ed Fitch, Jr. of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
James Harris, ??, died Monday night at the home of his son in Ashland following an illness of about 4 days. Mr. Harris had been in ill health for some time but his condition was not considered critical until a few days ago. The deceased is survived by his widow and several children. The body was taken to the old home at Coalton and interment made in the Coalton Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
HATCHER, Mr. and Mrs. G. T.
Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Hatcher, well known aged couple of Louisa, died within 37 hours of each other, of unknown cause, here this week. Pat Brown, neighbor and relative of the deceased, alarmed at the failure of the aged couple to arise at the usual hour Tuesday morning, forced his way through the back door into their home in the Italy addition of Louisa at 9:30 o’clock and found Mrs. Hatcher in bed with her head propped up on pillows, lifeless. He called Mrs. Nannie Wilson and Mrs. Carlson, next door neighbors, and the reentered the house and found Mr. Hatcher in another room, also stricken but still breathing. He never regained consciousness and succumbed at 10:30 Wednesday night, having lived 37 hours after being found. Coroner W. W. Young with a jury composed of H. K. Sparks, Clara McCoy, Jack Deskins, H. L. Webb, Jay Justice and Gabe Hughes, held an inquest over the body of Mrs. Hatcher Tuesday and pronounced death due to heart failure.
Theories of death by asphyxiation, foul play and robbery were rumored over town following the mysterious happenings. These are mere suppositions, arising perhaps from the facts that a gas fire was found burning in his room, that the couple had recently sold their home, and that and the front door was partly open when neighbors arrived. These theories are flatly denied by those making the examinations, by the attending physician, and by neighbors who first entered the house. Mr. Hatcher was 67 years of age and his wife 63. Both were suffering with the infirmities of age. An examination made by Dr. Bromley showed that Mr. Hatcher was suffering with kidney trouble and Mrs. Hatcher has been a sufferer of heart trouble for some time. Mr. Hatcher was addicted to a drug habit and the most plausible explanation is that Mrs. Hatcher succumbed to an attack of heart trouble during the night and Mr. Hatcher, after finding his wife dead, took an overdose of drugs. When found he was unconscious, breathing irregularly and frothing at the mouth. Physicians state that these are the symptoms of apoplexy, uremic poisoning and an overdose of drugs. His death may have been caused by eight of these three. However, the coroner’s jury after an inquest Thursday morning returned a verdict of death caused by an overdose of drugs.
Mr. and Mrs. Hatcher have resided in Louisa practically all their lives, he being a son of John and Elizabeth Hatcher, deceased, and she a daughter of Capt. And Mrs. Friend, also deceased. Mr. Hatcher was formerly employed by the Louisa Water and Improvement Company but has not worked for over a year. Mrs. Hatcher was a devout member of the Baptist Church having joined a number of years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Hatcher were childless but had reared to manhood and womanhood 5 orphans—Mrs. Everett Chapman, of Florida, Mrs. Pat Brown of Louisa, and 3 other children who are now grown. At the time of their deaths they were living alone on Rice Avenue in the Italy addition of Louisa. Mrs. Hatcher is survived by one sister, Mrs. Susan Pryle, of Columbus, OH, who was unable to attend the funeral due to sickness in the family. Mr. Hatcher is survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters, J. R. Hatcher of Louisa, John C. Hatcher, of Ashland, Mrs. A. H. McClure of Yuma, AZ and Miss Maggie Hatcher of this city. Double funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon with Rev. B. S. Akers of Catlettsburg officiating. Burial was made in Pine Hill in the Evans-Justice cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
Earl Justice, one of Louisa’s highly respected young men, died Friday afternoon of last week in the Deaconess Hospital in Ironton, OH, where he had been taken the previous day to undergo an operation in hope of saving his life. He was too weak, however, to undergo the operation that was necessary to prevent his untimely demise and succumbed Friday afternoon with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Justice and brother, Clifford at his bedside. He had been a semi-invalid, suffering from intestinal trouble since the age of 2, and it was the culmination of this ailment that caused his death . In 1915 he submitted to an operation in a Cincinnati hospital and his large intestine was removed in hope of restoring his health. This was only partly successful and he underwent another operation this past summer in a Huntington hospital, the results of which were thought to be successful. But after a brief enjoyment of returning health he grew gradually weaker and 2 weeks ago became confined to his room with his final illness.
Earl Justice was a personage of model Christian character and high educational attainments. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South, having joined a number of years ago. He was secretary of the Men’s Bible Class and when his health permitted, always took an active part in church and Sunday school work. He was graduated from the high school department of the K. N. C. under the tutelage of the late Prof. Kennison in the productive class of 1916, and had read widely and studied extensively since his graduation. His mind was well informed along the lines of education and Christianity and during his hours of invalidism he read many of the Old Masters in their original Greek, with which language he was extremely familiar and which he had learned from his close friend, Prof. Kennison.
He was the oldest of three sons of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Justice and was in this 32nd year, having been born Jun 19, 1891. Impressive funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church, South, Sunday afternoon. Rev. Sanders, led in prayer, followed by the consoling words of the officiating minister Rev. F. E. Jenkins. His remains were reverently interred in Pine Hill Cemetery amidst a profusion of floral offerings. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
Uncle George Kitchen, an aged resident of Lawrence County, succumbed to a stroke of paralysis last Thursday at the home of Charles Derifield at Ironton, OH, where he had gone for a visit. He is survived by 2 brothers, Joe and Arthur Kitchen and 2 sisters, Mrs. Lear Rister of Gladys and Mrs. S??? Combs of Christmas. His wife and one daughter died a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
Akin??? Lakin was born on Queens Creek, Wayne Co., WV, Oct 11, 1863?, in which community he resided until Nov 2, 1925, at which time he departed this life at the age of ?? years and 22 days. He was married to Mettie ?Delaney? in the year of 1889. To this union were born 5 children, one son, Edgar of Prichard, also 4 girls, Mrs. Gus Hanley and Mrs. Everet Billups also of Prichard. Two of the children passed to the beyond in early life, Susie, at the age of 4 years and the youngest dying in infancy. In the (rest is too faint too read). Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
Orr—Mrs. Lizzy Limings departed this life Oct 15, 1925 age ?? years. The greater part of her life was spent at Dry Fork. She was united in marriage to Isah Liming, who departed this life Mar 12, 1918. Five children were born to this union, Lonnie, Cecil, Sarah, Mary and Jessie. She leaves to mourn her loss 5 children, and she also leaves many relatives and friends who will miss her. About 12 years ago Lizzie as she was called by all who knew her heard the word of God preached in all its simplicity which took root in her heart and brought forth ???—(too faint to read). Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
Ashland, KY, Nov 10—Noah McKenzie, 66, well known resident, dropped dead while at work near the Ashland Cemetery. He was working there in charge of the toll house for McKenzie & Runyon and suddenly fell. He was dead before fellow workmen reached him. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
Ted Musick, about 20 years old, son of U. S. Musick, prominent Pikeville citizen, was seriously shot while on Ferguson Creek about one mile from Pikeville Monday night. After he was shot he drove to the Methodist Hospital in his automobile and sank exhausted. An operation located the bullet, a steel ball, at the spine. It had entered the right side, destroyed the right kidney and passed through the colon near the liver. His condition Thursday morning was reported critical. After Musick was identified at the hospital, Deputy Sheriff T. M. Stratton, was informed that the shot was fired by Grundy Maynard. He secured a warrant and went to Maynard’s home where he was later convinced that Maynard did not do the shooting. On his way back to Pikeville he was informed at the home of Robert Maynard that Robert had fired the shot. He also learned that jealousy had probably led to the shooting. Young Musick died early Friday morning. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
Will Neal, aged about 40?, of Hubbardstown, WV, 7 miles below Fort Gay, was run over by N & W passenger train No. 8 at the Hubbardstown station Tuesday morning and instantly killed. Mr. Neal attempted to cross the tracks from Ed Bellomy’s general merchandise store to the station before the train blocked his path. He became excited and failed to get clear of the track. Both of his legs were cut off and he died almost instantly. Mr. Neal being unmarried, resided at the home of Ed Bellomy and was employed by him as a clerk in his general merchandise store. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
Pikeville, KY—Mrs. Lucy Nunnery, whose home is at Cowpen, 8 miles from here, was killed Friday when she attempted to wrest a gun from the hands of her ?7? year old son. The trigger was pulled accidentally and a bullet lodged in her head it was learned. The child had obtained the gun, which belonged to his father, Sam Nunnery, and was playing with it, when the mother discovered it. Mrs. Nunnery was a daughter of Ben Ratliff, former teacher and magistrate of Pike County. She is survived by her husband and 6 children. Funeral services were held at the home. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1925
PLYMALE, John M.
John M. Plymale, aged ?? of Dunleith, WV was instantly killed Saturday afternoon when his car plunged over an embankment near Buffalo Creek, Wayne County. Mr. Plymale is well known in Wayne County, having served 39 consecutive years as postmaster at Dunleith taking an active part in political and community affairs. Funeral services were held at the Plymale home at Dunleith Tuesday with Rev. B. S. Akers of Kenova officiating. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1925
Glenhayes—Willie Rucker, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rucker, died here last week. Burial was made Saturday. This is the second death in the Rucker family in the last 5 weeks. A 19 year old daughter died a few weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
Amos Salyers, 30 years old, of Cyrus, Wayne County, was killed and George O. Francis, 37, also of Cyrus, is a patient in an Ashland hospital, as the result of a knife and pistol fight at Salyers’ home on Whites Creek, near Cyrus, early Sunday morning. Francis, a section hand on the N & W railroad, is charged with the murder of Salyers. Both men were friends. According to the section hand’s story, he stayed at Salyers’ home until late Saturday night. Their conversation had been general. Francis admitted having had some liquor with Salyers, until Salyers became suddenly infuriated and leaped at Francis with a knife, cutting him deeply across the shoulder and back. Thus assailed, Francis managed to draw his revolver and shot Salyers who died about 6 a.m. Sunday. Big Sandy News, Nov 20, 1925
SALYERS, William ???
Following a brief illness of pneumonia, William ???? Salyers, 8 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Salyers, of Huntington, died at the home of his parents. The child is survived by his parents and one brother, James Edward. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the body was taken to the Williams Cemetery in Boyd County for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1925
SMITH, Julia A.
Mrs. Julia A. Smith, 89 years old of Lavalette, Wayne county, died Monday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. C. A. Davis in Kenova after a short illness. Mrs. Smith was born in Cabell County, Mar 29, 1835. She was the wife of Robert Smith, who died several years ago. She is survived by one son, Sanford Smith, 5 grandchildren, Mrs. C. A. Davis of Kenova, Mrs. E. B. Ferguson, Ansel Smith of Huntington, and Mrs. Callie Blankenship of Lexington and Mrs. Vick Crock of Lavalette and 18 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Lavalette Methodist Church with Rev. D. F. Newman, of the Walnut Hills Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery between Lavalette and Dickson. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
Donithon—on Sunday morning, Oct 25, Mrs. Nettie Wallace passed beyond the blue after about 3 weeks of intense suffering with typhoid fever. Her death occurred at her home at this place. Mrs. Wallace was married to Millard Wallace about 5 years ago. Her first marriage was to Garred Maynard, deceased. All her children were with her at the time of her death except one son, Lewis, who is somewhere beyond New Orleans. Besides her husband, she leaves 7 children and quite a number of relatives. Interment will be made Tuesday of this week at the Branham Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Wallace was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was a good kind Christian woman, and will be greatly missed in our community. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
Uncle Beecher Ward, about 75 years of age, died at his home one mile southwest of Inez Sunday morning, Nov 22. His death was due to the infirmities of age and a weak heart. He had been in failing health for some time and his death was expected. He was a highly respected citizen and leaves behind many relatives and friends. He leaves 2 brothers who live at Inez, ?Lace? and William Ward, and 3 sons, Albert, Jim and Willie Ward. Two of his daughters preceded him in death some ??? years ago. The deceased was laid to rest in the family cemetery near the mouth of Slat Well Creek. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1925
Ira Webb, age 33, contractor, livestock dealer and real estate operator of Kermit, was fatally injured when his new automobile struck another car on the Tug River Highway, between Kermit and Williamson, last Sunday morning. He died a few hours later from a fractured skull. Mr. Webb formerly lived in Williamson, but has lived in Kermit for about 5 years. The deceased was known to many people in Wayne County who will regret to learn of his tragic death. Wayne News. Big Sandy News, Nov 6, 1925
Norman Wellman, age 19, of Blaine, died in a Cincinnati hospital Tuesday following operations for an abscess on the brain. His remains were brought to Louisa Wednesday morning and taken to Blaine for burial. The youth was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Green Wellman, of Blaine and a nephew of Mayor L, F. Wellman, of Louisa. He had been ill about 2 months and was taken to a Huntington hospital a few weeks ago where he underwent an operation. On Sunday of this week he was removed to a Cincinnati hospital and 2 more operations were performed. He succumbed early Tuesday morning without rallying from the operations. Burial was made Thursday morning in the family cemetery on the old Wellman farm near Blaine. Besides his parents, he is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Frank B. Parker, of New York state and Miss Phebe Wellman, at home. Mayor L. F. Wellman, of Louisa attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Nov 13, 1925
Buchanan—Word was received here Monday of the death of Mrs. Jane Workman of Kenova, WV. She was the widow of Harmon Workman and spent most of her life on Bear Creek. She was more than ?? years old. Funeral and burial took place Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Nov 27, 1925
Mrs. Nancy Adams, a highly respected aged lady of the Blaine section, died last week of infirmities of age. She was about 86 years of age and is survived by several children. Her husband, William Adams died a number of years ago. She resided at the old Adams home place near the mouth of Rich Creek on Blaine and burial was made near the home. She is a grandmother of Mayor L. F. Wellman of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 18, 1925
ADAMS, Richard M.
The death of Richard M. Adams occurred last Friday morning at his home in Huntington, WV after an illness of some time with throat trouble. He was a native of Salyersville, KY and lived in Paintsville a while. He was a traveling salesman a number of years and made his home in Catlettsburg where he was married to Miss Nell Davidson. Her death occurred about 2 years ago. Since then Mr. Adams has lived in Huntington, with his aged mother, Mrs. Amanda Adams, and his 10 year old daughter, Nancy Adams. Another daughter, Mrs. Arthur Ferguson resided at South Point, OH. Mr. Adams was the son of Newton Adams, deceased and brother of Win Adams of Catlettsburg. He was connected with the Charles Bold Glass Company in Huntington. The funeral was conducted on Sunday afternoon at the home of his father in law, Clint Davidson at South Point by the Rev. G. M. Howerton, of Portsmouth, OH. The South Point Masonic Lodge taking part. The body was taken to Catlettsburg and interment made beside the grave of his wife. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
ADKINS, Mrs. Caleb
Mrs. Caleb Adkins of Sias (or Slas), Lincoln Co., WV, met a horrible death on Wednesday of last week. With her husband, daughter and son, Mrs. Adkins was engaged in stripping tobacco in a barn on their farm at Sias (or Slas) when the building caught fire from a gas stove. The flames spread rapidly through the log barn in which hundreds of pounds of tobacco, hay and fodder were stored and all exit was cut off for Mrs. Adkins, although her husband and 2 children, who were closer to an exit at the time managed to reach the outside in safety. She was able to find temporary safety in an adjoining log barn, but the flames quickly spread to that building and she was burned to death while her husband and 2 children stood helplessly by in the outside. Her body was burned to ashes it was revealed after the fire died out. Big Sandy News, Dec 11, 1925
AKERS, Frances E.
Mrs. Frances E. Akers died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John S??? last Sunday morning. Interment Monday afternoon in Paintsville Cemetery. Mrs. Akers was a member of the missionary Baptist Church for many years and was a splendid Christian lady. Quite a number of our citizens went to Paintsville with the family. She was ?? years and ?? months old. Big Sandy News, Dec 18, 1925
Mrs. Sophia Banfield, 70, died at the home of her son, Burns Banfield at Rush, Saturday morning following an illness of pneumonia of 2 weeks. Mrs. Banfield, however, had been in ill health for more than 2 years. Mrs. Banfield was one of the best known residents of the Rush neighborhood and had a large circle of friends, who were grieved to learn of her death. The deceased was a native of Carter County but since her marriage to William Banfield who preceded her to the grave about 12 years ago, has lived in Boyd County and since the death of her husband, she has made her home with her son. Mrs. Banfield was a lifelong member of the M. E. Church, South. She is survived by 3 children, 2 sons and one daughter and 13 grandchildren. The sons are Burns and Frank Banfield. The daughter is Mrs. Florence Hogan, Frank resides at Louisa. Funeral services were conducted from the home Sunday afternoon with Rev. Mr. Campbell in charge and interment made in the Ross Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 18, 1925
Joseph Berry, aged about ?7, and a former resident of Cordell, this county, was gruesomely murdered in his home at Columbus, OH, on Thursday night, Dec 10th, and his wife smashed in the face with the flat side of the ax that cleft her husband’s skull. The murderer, whom Mrs. Berry described as a negro and her little daughter as a white man, entered the Berry home near the midnight hour and cleaved Mr. Berry’s head with an ax while he was asleep. He then ordered Mrs. Berry to obey him. She screamed and he struck her on the face with the flat side of the ax. He left the house and escaped. Pearl Berry, a brother of the victim, swore out a warrant charging George Robinson, a former neighbor, with the murder. Discoveries, police say, have revealed that Robinson is alleged to have threatened to kill Joe Berry and take his wife. The murdered man is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Berry of Mattie. Big Sandy News, Dec 25, 1925
Ray Hollingsworth, age 22, of Yatesville, was injured by falling slate in a mine at Thealka last Monday and died in the Paintsville Hospital that night. His remains were brought to Louisa Tuesday and taken to the home of his parents at the head of Morgans Creek for burial. Interment was made Wednesday. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hollingsworth and was unmarried. Besides his parents he is survived by one brother and 2 sisters, all at home. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
KLINE, Nicholas W.
Nicholas W. Kline, 60 years old, for 16 years ticket agent for the C & O Railroad at Greenup, KY was found dead in the Greenup station Thursday noon by Weldon Doran, assistant ticket agent. Death was pronounced due to heart disease. Mr. Kline went to Greenup from Concord, KY. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Florence Kline, one daughter, Mrs. George Fisher, of Welch, WV and 2 sons, Edward Kline of Lynch, KY and Nicholas Kline, Jr. of Greenup, KY, who is a student at Washington & Lee University. Funeral and burial services are to be conducted at Greenup. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
LAYNE, James C.
James C. Layne, 90 years old, widely known Huntington resident died Wednesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. Guy Peck, 1014 Ninth Avenue. He suffered a broken hip in a fall a week ago, his death coming as the result of the injury. Born Jun 14, 1835 at Laynesville, Pike County, KY, Mr. Layne was married to Mary Rebecca Shannon, of Louisa, Feb 5, 1863. They resided in Guyandotte in the latter years, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in 1913 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Witt Brown there. Mrs. Brown was their youngest daughter. Since the death of his wife occurring in 1921, Mr. Layne made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Peck at the Ninth Avenue address, where he died. For many years he was engaged in the general merchandise business in the Big Sandy Valley and was widely known throughout eastern Kentucky. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Mrs. Peck of Huntington and Mrs. Ella L. Brown, of Lima, OH, one son, James C. Layne of Erlanger, KY and 3 brothers, Broadus Layne, Sanford Layne and Lacey Layne, all residents of Harold, KY. Funeral services were conducted at the late home in Huntington, Dr. C. E. Goodwin, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. The body will be brought to Louisa for interment in Pine Hill cemetery Friday morning. Big Sandy News, Dec 18, 1925
Pikeville, KY—Calvin Little, 22 years old, with thoughts of providing winter fuel for his family, was driving a team with a wagon load of coal out of Marshall’s Branch on Elkhorn Creek to his home at Adams Station Thanksgiving noon when he was shot from ambush and killed. Constable Cleve Packett of Pike County organized a posse and surrounded the home of John Adams, 52, storekeeper of Shelby Gap, uncle and alleged slayer of Little. After breaking down a door of the dwelling the posse found Adams was not there, but in a cellar room they found 2 stills, one of which was warm, 2 barrels of mash and a quantity of whiskey. Adams was arrested later by police at Burdine. It was said that after shooting he had gone up the Elkhorn. According to Alex McPeak, 50, who claimed to have witnessed the tragedy Adams had concealed himself behind a sycamore tree on the Pike County side of the line and shot Little as he drove his wagon along the Letcher County side. Four men, building a house nearby were said to have witnessed Adams act. Six buckshot of a load from a shotgun entered the victim’s back and he died within a few minutes. Adams is a brother of Little’s mother. Adams was separated from his family. It was said there had been family difficulties in the past. Surviving Little are his widow and 2 children. Henry Adams, a brother of the alleged slayer, was killed on Elkhorn Creek several years ago. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
Morgan Martin, age ??, died at Circleville, OH Sunday. The body was shipped via N & W to Fort Gay and transferred from there to Louisa. From here it was taken to the old home place at Beaver Creek, in Floyd County for burial. A brother, Alex Martin, met the family there. Mr. Martin moved to Ohio only 2 years ago. He died of pneumonia after a brief illness. Big Sandy News, Dec 25, 1925
Mrs. Lucine Moore died at her home at Cordell Monday. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters. The deceased was the widow of the late Garfield Moore, who served as representative from Boyd and Lawrence Counties in the Kentucky General Assembly some years ago. The News is unable to serve further particular of her death. Big Sandy News, Dec 25, 1925
Jack Poole, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Poole, formerly of Williamson, WV, died Friday night Dec 4, at Atlanta, GA where Mr. and Mrs. Poole have been living for several years. About 10 days before his death the lad was stricken with meningitis. The funeral services were held on Saturday and interment took place at Atlanta. Mrs. Poole’s mother of the boy was Miss Mabel Butler and a native of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 18, 1925
Pikeville, KY—Irvin Preston, ??? foreman for the Edgewater Coal Company, Hellier, KY, was fatally injured on Friday of last week while leaving the mine on a motor. Following the accident he was brought to the Methodist Hospital at Pikeville, where he died Saturday morning. The body was sent to Hiellier by Undertaker Call and from there it will be sent to Offut, Johnson County, Preston’s former home, for burial. Preston was ?? years old and is survived by his widow and 4 children. Big Sandy News, Dec 18, 1925
Yatesville—A three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Scott died at their home at Hardy, KY and was brought here for burial. Burial was made at old Casey cemetery on Monday of last week. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
SCOTT, A. J.
Yatesville--A.J. Scott, an aged and much respected citizen died at the home of his son, Edgar Scott on Two Mile near Five Forks and was taken to ??? Fork for burial on Saturday of last week. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
SKAGGS, Tilden Fonzo
Tilden Fonzo Skaggs, 49, of Portsmouth, OH, died at the National Military hospital at Dayton, OH Sunday afternoon following a short illness caused by nephritis. He was removed from his home to the hospital only a few days ago when relatives became alarmed over his condition. His body was returned to Portsmouth late Monday night. Tilden Fonzo Skaggs was born in Johnson County, KY Oct 12, 1876.He served during the Spanish American War in the Second U. S. Infantry and at its close received an excellent discharge. He has resided in Portsmouth for more than 25 years where he worked as a painter and decorator. He was married in 19?? To Maude B. Pack. He was a member of the Spanish American War Veterans and Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers Union of America. Surviving are his wife, Maud B. Skaggs, 4 children, Fannie and Katherine Skaggs, at home, Max of Norfolk, and William, student in the College of Medicine at Ohio State University. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Skaggs. Two sisters, Mrs. Carl Cox and Mrs. Paul Johnson survive. The family lived in Louisa several years. Funeral services were held from the ??? Funeral home on Ninth Street in Portsmouth, Wednesday afternoon. The body was at the home, 2003 Robinson Avenue, until Wednesday noon. Burial in Greenlawn. Mr. Skaggs had been in failing health for a long time. He returned to the hospital about a week after being home for several months. He was a patient at the hospital for many weeks prior to his last stay at home. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
THOMPSON, Celina Jane (Wright)
The death angel called at the home of Green Thompson near Webbville Nov 17th and took for its victim the beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Celina Jane Thompson, aged 75 years, 8 months and 17 days. She was the second daughter of Calvin and Rebecca Wright and was born Mar 28?, 1850, and was married to Green Thompson, Sep 1?th, 18??. To this union were born 8 children, one daughter Tennessee, who died in infancy, 4 sons, Millard, Frank, Green and Grover, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Josephine Holbrook, and Mrs. Jane Hammond all of this county and Mrs. W?? Marburger of Columbus, OH. All were present when the end came, except Mrs. Marburger, who arrived in time for the funeral. Mrs. Thompson leaves 3 brothers, Marion and Ervin of this county and Giles of Ashland, KY. Two sisters had already gone where sorrows and heart aches are unknown, Mrs. Mellisa Casey of Ironton, OH, who was the mother of 4 children, John of Huntington, Harry, Mary and Dr. C. A. Casey all of Ironton. Mrs. Casey died Sep 21, 19??. Mrs. Lillian Thompson who died Dec 3, 1923 and was survived by 5 children, Landon of Cincinnati, Mrs. Erie Jordan of Louisa, Mrs. Sophia Webb, Fred and Mart of Dennis. To the aged and heart-broken husband and children, we cannot call mother back, but prepare to meet her over on the other shore where there will be no more partings, no more bitter tears. Mrs. Thompson had been a sufferer from asthma since early childhood. The final illness lasted only 4 days. She had ridden horseback with her daughter in law, Mrs. Frank Thompson to visit her daughter, Mrs. Josephine Holbrook and was suddenly stricken there, but was removed to her home where the spirit took its flight to the Glory world. She was laid to rest on the hilltop overlooking her home. Big Sandy News, Dec 11, 1925
On Tuesday, Nov 24, an unidentified man was killed by a train at Columbus, OH. Railroad officials, failing to identify the victim, buried his body in a Columbus Cemetery. On Tuesday of this week the victim was identified as Rosco Vinson, 21, of Glen Hayes, who had left for Columbsu on Friday, Nov 20 to seek employment. News that the victim was supposed to have been a Vinson from Fort Gay reached Fort Gay Sunday after an unusual and round about journey. Neal Vinson, Taylor Vinson and Earl Kinstler, of Fort Gay, relatives of the man who had gone to seek employment, went immediately to Columbus to learn if the train victim was Rosco Vinson. They identified him as their relative without disinterring the body and returned Tuesday night.
Rosco Vinson was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Vison, of Glenhayes, WV and was unmarried. He was a brother of Neal Vinson and Mrs. Earl Kinstler, of Fort Gay. Besides them he is survived by 4 sisters. His body was interred in a beautiful and well-kept cemetery at Columbus and will not be returned here for interment. After leaving Glenhayes for Columbus, Vinson went to Shelbiana in Pike County and left his small case and other articles in care of J. G. Johnson of that place. Mr. Johnson gave him his card of address so that Vinson could wright for the articles, when needed. A few days later Mr. Johnson, while in Lexington, read an account of his own death, he having been killed, according to a newspaper report, by a train at Columbus and identified by a card bearing his name, J.. G. Johnson of Shelbiana, KY. Mr. Johnson remembered giving his card to a Vinson from Fort Gay, WV and telegraphed this information to Fort Gay. From this clue the victim was identified by relatives, though not until 3 days after his burial. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
WILKINSON, Dr. C. E
Rev. A. W. Damron conducted funeral services Thursday at the Elmwood Cemetery near Wayne for Dr. C. E. Wilkinson who dies at his home in Bruceton Mills, WV a few days ago. Interment was made in Elmwood Cemetery. Dr. Wilkenson was a son of Mrs. A. W. Preston of Dixon, WV. His death resulted after several attacks of paralysis which gradually became ?????. His mother was at his bedside at the time of his death. Dr. Wilkinson is survived by his wife and one son, his father, S. W???? of Wayne, one brother, Roy Wilkinson, 2 half-brothers, George and ??? Wilkinson, one half-sister, ??? Wilkinson. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1925
Mrs. Malissa Williams, a former resident of Blaine, this county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. A. Elam in Ashland on Wednesday, Dec 2. She had been very sick for several months and her death had been expected for some time. She was 74 years of age. She leaves 2 daughters, Ms. W. H. Salyer of Paintsville and Mrs. R. A. Elam of Ashland. Both daughters were constantly at her bedside during her illness. In addition to the 2 daughters she leaves 3 sons, Dr. F. M. Williams, formerly of Paintsville, but now of Mesa, AZ, Dr. P. H. Williams of Ashland and L. N. Williams of Phoenix, AZ. She was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church. She resided in the Blaine section for a number of years and later removed to Willard in Carter County. Funeral services were held at the Elam home in South Ashland and burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 18,1925