BLEVINS, Mrs. William
Mrs. William Blevins, 70 years old was found dead in bed at her home near Willard, Carter County, Tuesday morning a report says. Two sons of Mrs. Blevins, Tivis and "Dude" Blevins, both of Ashland and Mrs. Charles Pennington, a daughter survive. In addition to the 2 sons and daughter who reside in Ashland she is survived by her husband, William Blevins and one son of Carter County and several grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
Absalom Bromfield, 84 years old, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in South Ashland, Jan 7, of pneumonia. He was well known in Lawrence and Wayne counties. He volunteered in the 45th Kentucky Regiment in 1861, was wounded in 1863. Funeral services were held at his home on 29th Street, South Ashland. He was a member of the M. E. Church, and was a kind Christian man, loved by all who knew him. He was also a member of the G.A. R. He was laid to rest in the family burying ground at Gragston, WV. Surviving are his wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. Richard Hale and Mrs. Oliver Cyrus, of Oklahoma, one brother, G. S. Bromfield, of Buchanan, a sister, Mrs. William Newson, of Minnesota. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
Prestonsburg--Death again visits our town and takes away Melvin Burchett. On Dec 31, 1926, Melvin Burchett, son of William and Julia Burchett, died of typhoid fever. He was 21 years of age and had been very sick for some weeks and under the care of a special nurse at the home of his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Larce Burchett. He was industrious and a fine young man and his death is a loss to the community. He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters. His funeral was conducted by Rev. Isaac Stratton of Banner assisted by Revs. George Rose and Malcolm Hubbard. He was buried at Sugar Loaf, Sunday. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
BURCHETT, Sarah Ann (Adams)
Death has claimed as its victim "Aunt" Sarah Ann Adams Burchett, widow of Calvin Burchett, who departed this life several years ago. "Aunt" Sarah was born Nov 16, 845 and departed this life Dec 28, 1926. She was converted 5 years ago and has lived a true Christian life ever since. She leaves 5 children and many friends to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1927
The death angel visited the home of Milt Burchett and took from him his darling mother, Sarah Ann Burchett, born Nov 16, 1844, died Dec 28, 1926, aged 81 years 1 month and 14 days. She was the mother of 8 children, 5 living, 3 dead. The ones living are Milt Burchett, Mrs. U. G. Roberts, George Burchett, of Busseyville, Mrs. Marion Carter, of Adams, and Mrs. George Large of Omaha, VA. She was a kind and loving mother and was loved by all who knew her. She was converted at the age of 27, and has lived a faithful Christian ever since. She broke up housekeeping some years ago and came to live with her son, Milt Burchett, and has made this her home ever since. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
Wren Burnette, age 54, who was one of Pike County's most prominent farmers, died from pneumonia at his home on Johns Creek late Monday night. His illness had been only of a short duration and his family did not realize that he was in a serious condition until it was too late for medical aid to reach him. The funeral was held at Stonecoal with the Rev. Hayes Maynard officiating and the interment was made in the family cemetery at that place on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Burnette is survived by his wife who was Miss Tuck Williamson, a daughter of Mrs. Tilda Williamson, and sister of Mrs. Barbara Marrs and T. J. Williamson of Pikeville, by 5 children and by 3 sisters and 3 brothers: Mrs. Nora Gilliam of Coal Run, Mrs. G ?? McGlothen of Virginia, Mrs. Rebecca Gross of Mossy Bottom, Sam Burnette of Morgan County, Mont Burnette of Greenup and A. C. Burnette of Coal Run. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
Pikeville--The long and righteous life of Albert Cecil came to an end Tuesday morning after a prolonged period of ill health. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, South, Thursday after noon followed by the Masonic ceremonial and the burial was held in the Pikeville Cemetery. Mr. Cecil was born on Johns Creek in 1848, the son of Samuel and Mary Jane Lytton Cecil. His family moved to what is now Mingo County, WV when he was about 5 years old and he was brought up in that state moving back to Pike County when he was grown. He engaged in farming here, and later moved to the West, where he was a surveyor, deputy sheriff, and jailer in the state of Washington. He lived in the West for 22 years, returning to Kentucky 6 years ago. Since that time he has made his home with his sister and brother in Pikeville. He was a very faithful member of the M. E. Church, South, never missing a service as long as his health permitted him to attend. He was very active in the Masonic Order, being Tyler of this lodge, and also a Knight Templar. He is survived by his sister and brother, Miss Rebecca Cecil and Mr. S. Marion Cecil. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
Pikeville--Plenny Coleman, aged 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Coleman of Greasy Creek, died Saturday morning at his own hands. He and his brother, Lon, left the house after breakfast to go to a coal bank below his home and the brother stopped on the way to feed the stock. While he was ??? he heard 2 shots and hurried to the coal bank to find Plenny dying. He was shot twice through the body, one bullet coming out at the back of the neck. Plenny's 38 special lay beside his body. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
Silas Coleman, 32, was brought to Pikeville on the 11 o'clock train Tuesday injured by a fall of slate in the mine where he was employed and he died that afternoon. The body was prepared for burial by G. D. ???? and taken to the Coleman Cemetery on Lower Pompey. Coleman was the son of Abraham Coleman and was married. Big Sandy News, Jan 14,1927
FERGUSON, Joseph Martin
Captain Joseph Martin Ferguson, 92 years old, Civil War veteran and one of the oldest and most prominent business men of Ashland, died Friday night. Capt. Ferguson was a native of Wayne County, WV where he was well-known, and also in Cabell County. He was a brother of the late J. Milton Ferguson, one of Louisa's most prominent attorneys years ago and former circuit judge. He was known here by many of the older citizens. He was an officer in the Eighth Virginia Cavalry in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and was wounded in the knee at Gettysburg. Before the Civil War he was married to a Miss Cannon, a native of this state, and in 1873 moved to a residence on a farm outside Ashland, where the Gartin addition of that city is now located. His wife died in 1894 and he was later married to Eugenia Dickenson, who survives. Capt. Ferguson was one of the organization of the Second National Bank of Ashland and was its first depositor. At the time of his death he had large interests in Ashland business and property. Besides his widow, he is survived by 3 children by the first marriage, Mrs. H. N. Pollock and Sidney Ferguson of Ashland, and Mrs. Hattie Smith of Oakland, CA. Funeral services were conducted from the home Monday afternoon, the Rev. A. L. Spencer, pastor of the Oakview M. E. Church, officiating, with Dr. S. S. Daughtry, of the First Presbyterian Church assisting. Burial was made in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
Mrs. Elizabeth Flanery, 82 years old, formerly of Elliott County and mother of C. C. and J. B. Flanery, of Webbville, this county, died Friday in Wheelersburg, OH at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Parsons. Death came as the result of bronchial pneumonia. Mrs. Flanery was a native of Carter County and lived after her marriage in Elliott, from which county she moved to Ohio. She had been a member of Rock Spring Baptist Church, Elliott County, during the greater part of her life. Her husband died about 5 years ago. Surviving her are the following children: Mrs. J. T. Parson, of Ashland, Mrs. J. D. Rose of Trench, Mrs. J. B. Jenkins, Mrs. C. E. Parsons, Mrs. Ethel Triplett and Miss Maggie Flanery of Wheelersburg, OH, Mrs. J. W. Rose of Trench, Ison Flanery, Poplar Plains, C. C. Flanery and J. B. Flanery of Webbville. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon from the home of Mrs. J.T. Parsons in Ashland, by the Rev. J. L. Robinson, of the First Baptist Church, Ashland. Burial was made in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
FOLEY,, J. R.
Wayne, WV--Funeral services for J. R. Foley, 58 years old, who died at his home here Saturday, were conducted Monday afternoon by the Rev. J. F. Moore, pastor of the Christian Church. Interment was made in the Ferguson Cemetery. Mr. Foley was a member of the Christian Church. He is survived by his widow and 2 sons. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1927
FOSTER, Gertrude (Harmon)
Mrs. Gertrude Foster died at her home at Cadmus, this county Monday morning, following a protracted illness. She was about 60 years old. Mrs. Foster was a woman highly respected by all who knew her. She was especially loved for her deeds of kindness to those in need. Adam Harmon, of Cadmus is a brother of the deceased. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Cadmus. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
HANDLEY, George W.
George W. Handley, one of the most prominent of Lawrence county farmers, died Sunday night at his home on East Fork, this county, after a long illness from Bright's disease. Mrs. Handley was the owner of a large farm on East Fork, and formerly was actively engaged in raising livestock. He was an excellent citizen, taking part in many important affairs of his community. He was about 60 years old. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Fanny Lockwood Handley, 4 daughters and 2 sons: Mrs. W. W. Caines, of Louisa, Mrs. Tanner Compton, Louisa, Mrs. J. F. Banfield, Martha, Mrs. Jay McGlothlin, rush, Boyd County, and George W. Handley, Jr. and Hager Handley of East Fork. Burial was made Wednesday in the family cemetery at East Fork. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Haney of Perry Ridge, was completely destroyed by fire recently, and their 4 year old son was burned to death according to news reaching this paper this week. Mrs. Haney was also seriously burned herself and daughter, Shirley Haney, was burned about the hands and face. All of the household goods were destroyed. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1927
HAYS, Ella (Johns)
Mrs. Ella Hays, one of Louisa's best loved women, died Wednesday night after a brief illness with pneumonia. She was afflicted with asthma at intervals, for several years, and had suffered 2 or 3 attacks of pneumonia. Her last illness was less than a week in duration. It was known Wednesday that the crisis in her illness was near, but her death was unexpected by many of her friends. Mrs. Hays was 68 years old and was born and reared here. For many years she had been a member of the M. E. Church, South, and was one of its most active and devout members. In point of membership she was the oldest member of the Sunday School of her church. The deceased was well-known over a wide region and was loved and respected by a great number of friends. It was said of her recently that she found her greatest pleasure in doing for others. she taught in the Lawrence County schools for a time. She was a daughter of Martin H. and Mrs. Mary Goble Johns. Her husband, B. D. Hays, died several years ago. One son, Charley Hays, born to this union, is also dead. She is survived by one grandchild, Miss Vivian Hays, of this place. Two sisters and one brother also survive: Mrs. Fred Ahlers, of Florida, Miss Dora Johns and M. L. Johns of Louisa. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon from the home. The Rev. I. N. Fannin, of the M. E. Church, South, officiating. Burial will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1927
A telegram was received here Wednesday announcing the death at Portsmouth, OH of John Howell, 65 years old, formerly of Louisa. ___________ of William M. Fulkerson, of this place. Howell, of Glenwood, and an uncle of William Fulkerson, of this place. The deceased was twice married. His first wife was Miss Mary Hammond and to this union 6 children were born all of whom survive. His second marriage was to Miss Rebecca Christian, who survives. Burial will be made at Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1927
HUFF, Mahala (Wells)
At the NEWS goes to press word reaches Louisa, telling of the death Thursday morning of Mrs. Mahala Wells Huff, the oldest resident of Lawrence County, the widow of a veteran of the War of 1812 and said to be the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier. Mrs. Huff was born Dec 25, 1818, at what is now Wellsville, WV and was 108 years and 19 days old when she died at the home of her son, Henderson Wells, 3 miles southeast of Louisa. Death was due to the infirmities attendant upon advanced age. She was the daughter of James Huff, a native of Virginia. Older than Lawrence county, the deceased was a remarkable woman. She was known to newspaper readers throughout the country as the result of publicity given her unique career. A more detailed account of Mrs. Huff's life will appear in The Big Sandy News next week. Big Sandy news, Jan 14, 1927
One of the last survivors of an era in American history that is now but a dim remembered story passed last week in the death of Mrs. Mahala Huff, who was 108 years old. Born in a pioneer cabin in what is now Wayne County, WV, in the year 1818, Mrs. Huff died within a few miles of the place of her birth in a 3 room home which was suggestive of the pioneer cabin in which she first saw the light of day. To Lawrence County Mrs. Huff brought the honor of having as a citizen the oldest widow on the pension roll of the United States government. She was the widow of James Huff, to whom she was married when she was 50 years old. James Huff served during the War of 1812 in the Fourth regiment of General Taylor's brigade. Mrs. Huff was an honorary member of Poage Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, by virtue of being, it is claimed, the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier. Little is known, however of Moses Wells, father of this remarkable woman.
Mrs. Huff was the youngest of 4 children and survived an age when "the survival of the fittest" was far more a reality than it is today. A region sparsely inhabited, with virgin forests scarcely marked by trails surrounding her home, no mode of travel except by foot, on horseback or by canoe, the necessities of the household provided by members of the family--such were the conditions under which she spent her girlhood. After the death of her father, her mother moved with her family to Catlettsburg. Shortly after her mother's death she was married to James Huff. Several years after Mr. Huff's death she moved to the home in which she died on Louisa route 2. In another respect Mrs. Huff was a remarkable woman. She gave as the secret of her longevity the fact that she kept worry in the background. She never entertained for herself any of the self-pity which the aged often feel for themselves. Life was good, she held and she lived it as she doubtless preferred to live it.
Some of her soundest philosophy--philosophy which would grace the learned--is seen in the following thoughts which she expressed when the years ahead were few: "I've heard young people say that they wanted to die before they get old, and couldn't get about like they died when young. But there don't seem to be nay reason for feeling that way about it when you reach old age. Of course I don't care so much about dancing as I once did, and I'd a heap rather sit in a spring wagon on a ride than on a mule's back. Still I like to do my work around the house here, and then sit down and rest after it's done, feelin' like I'd done somethin' and saved somebody else the trouble. Most people don't know how much real fun there is in resting until they grow old. Then they're afraid to do enough work to get tired, so they never appreciate what they miss." Mrs. Huff lived a life crammed with stern, stark realities of hardship and danger. Lived in the age of American romance. Her life filled with lights and shadows stretched over the long period of 108 years, must have been indeed, one glorious experience. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
JUSTICE, Rebecca Margaret (Moore)
Mrs. Rebecca Margaret Justice, 68 years old, former Lawrence County woman died Jan 11 in Ashland at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Clere, of heart trouble. Burial was made in Fairview Cemetery. Mrs. Justice was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. Moore, and was born in this county. She was married in 1872 to Merida M. Justice, who survives. Mrs. Moore was united with Baptist Church early in life. Besides her husband, the deceased is survived by the following children: Mrs. Minnie Clere, and Mrs. Edgar Berry of Ashland, Mrs. Rose King, of Williamson, WV, J. M. and Samuel T. Justice of Portsmouth, OH, and Freeland H. Justice, of Ceredo, WV. Two sisters, Mrs. Emaline Berry of Irad, this county and Mrs. Rilla Caraway of Ashland and a brother, Eli Moore, also of Lawrence County survive. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
KIRKPATRICK, Mary (Bates)
Mrs. Mary Kirkpatrick, 59 years old, died Sunday night, Jan 9, in Huntington, WV, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Everett Parsons. Mrs. Kirkpatrick is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Bates, of Rush, Boyd County, her daughter, Mrs. Parsons, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Susan Alexander, Mrs. Lulane Riffe, Edward and John Bates, all of Rush, Paul G. Bates, Ethel, WV, Samuel Bates, of Indiana, Mason Bates, Republic, WV, and Elijah Bates, Sol Bates and George Bates, who live in Kentucky. Mrs. W. H. Kirkpatrick, of Fort Gay, is a niece of the deceased. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Backus Church, the Rev. E. J. Heller officiating and burial was made at Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
Sunday morning, Jan 2, 1927 Mrs. Marth Marshall of Auxier, widow of Hugh Marshall an ex-confederate veteran died. She was about 80 years of age and is survived by several children. Hiram Marshall, with whom she lived, Albert of Van Lear, Mrs. Joe Branham, Mrs. E.L. Hopson of this city. She was buried at Bays Branch Monday with Rev. I. O. Adkins in charge of the funeral. E.P. Arnold & Co. undertakers. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
Mrs. Sarah McClure, 79 years old, widow of Harry McClure, died suddenly Monday night at the home here of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Cheek, with whom she resided. Her death is believed to have been the result of heart failure. Mrs. McClure had suffered from attacks of smothering at various times prior to her death. She was ill only a short time Monday night before she succumbed, death coming unexpectedly. She came here a few months ago, from Gallup, this county, where she spent almost all her life. She was a member of the M. E. Church and was a devout Christian. Besides Mrs. Cheek, Mrs. McClure is survived by the following children: Mrs. W. M. Childers, of Gallup, Mrs. Victoria Ranier, Akron, OH, F. C. McClure, Gallup, T. R. and E. E. McClure of Louisa and John J. McClure of Louisa, route 1. her husband died several years ago. The body was taken by boat to the old McClure home, near Gallup, Thursday morning. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Polley, Mrs. McClure's pastor for years and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy news, Jan 14, 1927
Will McCoy, 30, was found dead early Saturday morning near mine No. 4 at McAndrews, KY, evidently overcome by the fumes from burning mine debris. He and Simon Varney, it is reported, came late at night to the "bone pile" as the miners call the waste which is dumped out of the mine and lay down there to sleep until morning. The particular bone pile has been on fire for quite a while. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
George McKenzie, 61 years old, of Catlettsburg, died early Wednesday morning. Mr. McKenzie had been in failing health for some time but his condition was not considered serious. Mr. McKenzie was born in Johnson County on Mar 7, 1865. He had been a resident of Catlettsburg for many years and was well and favorably known. He is survived by his wife, 3 daughters, Mollie Pope, of Herndon, WV, Minnie Scordas of Detroit, MI and Carrie Heakett, also a resident of Detroit. One grandson, Charles McKenzie, who has been raided from childhood by his grandfather, also survives and makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie at Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
Burns sustained Friday, Jan 7, by the 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Meade of Glenhayes, WV, resulted in the child's death 2 days later, it was learned here this week. A locked door to the room in which the child was playing, probably cost the child its life. Two or 3 children were playing in the room while Mrs. Meade was working in the kitchen. Clothing on the little boy's body caught from an open grate while he was warming. The mother, hearing the child's screams, could not effect an entrance by the front door, which was locked, and was obliged to run around the house to another door. Practically all of the child's clothing was burned from its body. A brother of the victim and Mrs. Meade were slightly burned. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
David Moore, 82 years old, died at Fallsburg Monday morning after a prolonged illness from diabetes. Mr. Moore, a native of Virginia, was a veteran of the Confederate army. He was one of the oldest men in Lawrence County. The deceased was a son of William and Mary Moore, and was born Apr 3, 1844 in Tazewell County, VA. After his discharge from the Confederate army, he moved to Lawrence County, where he has since resided. Mr. Moore was twice married. His first wife, who was before marriage Miss Millie Lane, died 7 years ago. He was later married to Mrs. Nancy Thompson, who survives. He was a devout member of the M. E. Church, South for 40 years. The deceased was a well known citizen and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was the father of James L. Moore, Louisa merchant, who with 2 other children, Mrs. J. A. Collinsworth and Mrs. Richard Renager, of Fallsburg, survives. He is also survived by 2 brothers, George and Calvin Moore, both of Wayne County, WV, 5 grandchildren, Jay B., Charlene and Lorraine Moore, Garland Webb and Mrs. Marie Webb Miller. Funeral services were conducted Friday at the M. E. Church, South, Fallsburg by the Rev. Lonnie Roberts. Burial was made in the family cemetery at that place. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
Albert Newman, 70 years old, succumbed Wednesday night to acute indigestion at the home of his sister, Mrs. W. D. Smith, of Prichard, WV. Mr. Newman became ill in Catlettsburg, where he worked in a shoe shop, and later went to his sister's home where he died. He was an uncle of Joe Cyrus and Jess Cyrus, of this place. Burial will be made at Prichard Saturday. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
Auxier, KY was the scene of another death in a train accident, when Stephen Osborne, age about 80, was struck by passenger train No. 37, last Wednesday morning. the fatal accident occurred on the main line of the C & O at that place. The aged man was rushed to the Paintsville Hospital but succumbed to his injuries a short time after his arrival. Big Sandy news, Jan 21, 1927
Rolla Parker, officer for the Elkhorn Coal Corporation, was shot and instantly killed Sunday afternoon at Lackey, Floyd County, in a fight with Dave and Martin Wicker, brothers whom he was attempting to arrest, a report to The Big Sandy News says. Two versions of the affair, in which the officer's name is given, first as Rolla Parker and again as "Bad" John Parker, were received here. One account of the shooting says that the officer had arrested one of the Wicker brothers on the day preceding the shooting, and had knocked him down with a revolver butt, lodging him in jail. Next day, the report continues, when the imprisoned youth was released he and his brother armed themselves with a shotgun and a revolver.
The officer and his wife drove past the two in an automobile and Parker, it is said, stopped the car, and started back to arrest them. A single charge from the shotgun tore away the side of the officer's head.
Another report says the shooting occurred near the railway station at Lackey when Parker was in the act of executing upon Stub Adams and the Wicker brothers a warrant which he held for their arrest. When the Wickers began firing the officer is said to have returned with one shot, which took effect in Dave Wicker's head before being instantly killed. The men fled into the hills, where Adams was captured. A posse of 25 men was organized, but search for the Wicker brothers had been in vain when the report reached Louisa. This is said to be the third deputy sheriff killed in that vicinity within a few months. Citizens of Lackey and surrounding territory are deeply incensed as a result of the killing. Parker was a fearless officer and was waging a relentless fight upon the whisky traffic in the section where he was an officer. He formerly lived at Hazard. Big Sandy news, Jan 21, 1927
PERRY, Polly Jane
Prestonsburg--Sunday morning, Jan 2, Mrs. Poly Jane Perry, wife of Sol Perry of this city died of typhoid fever. She had been sick for about a month. She was 25 years of age and professed a saving faith in the Lord Jesus on her death bed. She is survived by her husband, 2 small boys, mother, 6 brothers and one sister. Her funeral took place Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. W. H. Horn and burial in the Gearhart Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
PINSON, Frank Willard
Frank Willard Pinson, 42 years old, a native of Wayne, WV, was killed Jan 7 in the N & W railway yards at East Portsmouth, OH in a train crash. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Pinson and 7 children, Earlena, Frank, Jr., Helen, Marcella, Hanna Lee, Betty, and Janice, all at home. One son, by a former marriage Jennings Pinson is a corporal in the Seventeenth Infantry, Dee Molnes, Iowa. He also leaves 3 brothers, Sam and William of Ceredo, WV, and Roy of Sciotoville, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Florence Trent and Mrs. Rose Barnett of Greenup, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
Funeral services for Okey Plymale, 30 years old, who died Thursday night following an appendicitis operation in a Kenova hospital were held yesterday afternoon, at his home near Iverton, in Wayne County. Interment followed in the family cemetery. Mr. Plymale was a member of the Mohawk tribe of Red Men and of the Junior Order of Mechanics. Hi is survived by his wife and 7 children, his mother, Mrs. A. W. Plymale, of Wayne County, 5 sisters, Mrs. Gaynel Martin of Huntington, Mrs. James Staley of Kenova, Mrs. W. M. Mayo of Ceredo, Mrs. Edward Barker of Ceredo, and Mrs. Emma Watt of Wayne County, 5 brothers, H. V. Plymale, of Fowler, KS, F. B. Plymale of Huntington, G. W. and J. C. Plymale of Wayne County. Rev. H. J. Francis, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kenova conducted the funeral services. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Aubrey Porter, the principal of the Tomahawk school. He has taught here for 2 terms and at the time of his death was teaching high school. He leaves a wife and 3 children, together with a number of other relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
PRESTON, Warren L. Jr.
Warren L. Preston, Jr., known to his classmates and friends as Junior, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Preston, Sr., died at the Paintsville Hospital last Wednesday afternoon following an operation for appendicitis. Young Preston was 18 years of age, exceptionally bright and of the best of habits, and his death has caused much sorrow, not alone to his immediate family but to the people of Paintsville in general. He was taken to the hospital on Sunday for an operation which disclosed the fact that the appendix had ruptured, causing gangrene to set up which caused his death the following Wednesday. Young Preston would have graduated from high school in May had he lived. This is the second death to occur in the membership of the Senior class, Ivel Picklesimer having died from pneumonia during the last school year. He is survived by his father and mother, 3 brothers, and 6 sisters, Miss Miriam Preston, Mrs. Virgil Picklesimer, Mrs. Harry Zeigler, of New York City, Mrs. James Mitchell, Mrs. J. E. Russmissell of Welch, WV and a small sister. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the M. E. church in charge of the Rev. Arthur Green, of the United Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. W. B. Foley of the Methodist Church and Rev. A. H. Webb of the Missionary Baptist Church. Interment tookplace at the old Branch. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
PRICHARD, Caroline (Compton)
Mrs. Caroline Compton Prichard died last week at her home in Falls City, Neb., according to a telegram received Wednesday Jan 19, by her niece, Mrs. J. A. Prichard, of Buchanan, this county. Mrs. Compton was 88 years old at the time of her death. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Compton, of Blaine, this county. After her marriage to Joseph Prichard, of Kanavaugh, Boyd County, while young she and her husband moved to Nebraska. A few years ago Mrs. Prichard sustained a broken hip in a fall and is said never to have recovered from the effects of the injury. Her husband died a few years ago. Six children survive, Mrs. G. H. rice of Paintsville, is a granddaughter of the deceased. burial was made in the Falls City Thursday, Jan 20. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
QUISENBURY, W. C.
W. C. Quisenbury, 82 year old citizen of Jattie, this county, succumbed to the infirmities of age Sunday, Jan 2, at his home. Mr. Quisenbury was one of the oldest men in this county, and was well-known in both Lawrence and Carter Counties. He came to this section of Kentucky many years ago from Carroll County and was engaged during the greater part of his life in farming. He was a member of the M. E. Church and had been a Mason for half a century. Surviving him are a daughter, Mrs. Luther Giles, of Grayson, his son, Colby Quisenbury, with whom the deceased lived in the old Quisenbury home at Jattie, a brother, Tandy Quisenbury of Louisville, and 3 sisters. His wife died several years ago. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the M. E. church at Webbville, the Rev. Berry officiating. Members of the Willard Masonic order were in charge of the burial services in the cemetery at Webbville. Big Sandy news, Jan 7, 1927
ROBERTS, Robert LeRoy
Robert LeRoy, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Roberts, died at Burdine Thursday, Dec 20, of pneumonia. Burial was made Friday in the Vanover Cemetery at Burdine, the Rev. Bush officiating at the funeral. The child's parents, a sister, Helen, and 3 brothers, Lawrence, James survive. Al Roberts, the child's father, is a brother of Mrs. Charles Shannon and H. H. Roberts of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1927
Wesley Rose died at the home of George Fraley, at Tuscola, Saturday morning of tuberculosis. He was about 65 years old and had been living in the Tuscola community about 4 months prior to his death. Mrs. W. M. Burchett, a sister of the deceased, lives on Morgan's Creek, where the body was taken for burial Sunday. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
RUCKER, James L.
James L. Rucker, 82 years old, well known Boyd County farmer, died Saturday morning at his home on Chadwick's Creek after an illness lasting about 2 weeks. Mr. Rucker was born in Boyd County on Dec 7, 1844. Early in life he acquired a large tract of farm land on the Mayo Trail about 4 miles from Catlettsburg, and it was on this property that he spent his life. He is survived by his wife, who was before marriage, Miss Emma Garrett. two sons, David Rucker of Catlettsburg and Judge J. G. Rucker, Florida, survive. Five daughters, Mrs. John Hogan of East Fork, this county, Mrs. Levi Arthur and Mrs. Marie Karnapp of Ashland, Mrs. Middie Carlin and Mrs. Beulah Krip, of Portsmouth, also survive their father. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
SEE, Auxier B.
Auxier B. See, son of the late Rev. Alonzo and Mrs. Lucinda Maynard See, of this county, died Tuesday morning in a government hospital near Los Angeles, CA a telegram received here announced. Death was due to tuberculosis contracted while a soldier overseas in the World War. Mr. See was known in Louisa, Lawrence County and Wayne County, WV, by many persons. He had been in ill health since being discharged from the service. Surviving him are his mother and 4 sisters: Mrs. J. N. Fugate of Saldee, KY, Mrs. A. W. Goode, Chattaroy, WV, Mrs. Ralph Kessler, Stone, KY, and Mrs. Dan Moran, New York City, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Maynard of Glenhayes, WV are grandparents of the deceased. Place of burial has not been announced. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
Glo--Miss Nina Slone, 17 years old, died here at the home of her sister, Sunday evening, of heart trouble. the body was taken for burial to Miss Slone's old home about 6 miles from here. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
SPEARS, A. J.
A.J. Spears, 78 years old, died at his home in Fort Gay Monday as the result of Bright's disease. Mr. Spears had been ill for about 6 weeks. He was formerly a resident of Floyd County, from which place he moved to West Virginia. The following children who live in Fort Gay survive him: Mrs. Rhoda Dean, Opal Spears, Virginia Spears, Henry Spears and George Spears. His widow also survives. A stepson, John Dawson, resides at Van Lear. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday by the Rev. L. D. Bryan of the M. E. Church and burial was made at Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
SPRIEGEL,, Mrs. C. L.
Death came to Mrs. C. L. Spriegel of Red Jacket, last week caused by a tumor on the brain. Mrs. Spriegel had been in a serious condition for more than 2 years and undergone four operations in a Baltimore hospital. Before her illness, Mrs. Spriegel took a very prominent part in the activities in her community being an active member of the Presbyterian Church. Besides her husband, Mrs. Spriegel leaves 3 daughters and 2 sons. The daughters are Mrs. B. J. Read, wife of Dr. Read of Red Jacket, Mrs. Hughes Garner and Mrs. W. J. Hager both of Williamson. the sons are Clifford Spriegel of Washington and Read Spriegel, who lives at his father home in Red Jacket. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1927
Dennis--Jattie, 6 year old daughter of Noah Sprouse, of Chattaroy, WV, succumbed to whooping cough and pneumonia, Sunday. She was buried in Crabtree Cemetery at Polly's Chapel. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1927
Paintsville--Garfield Stambaugh, age 65 years, and the father of 22 children, 16 of whom are still living, died last Friday morning at his home on Toms Creek, after a lingering illness of Bright's disease. For the past few years, Mr. Stambaugh had been a sufferer from this disease and had been treated in a number of hospitals and by leading physicians of this section. He was one of the country's best known and highly respected citizens. He was twice married. Twelve children were born to the first marriage. His second wife is still living, as also 16 of his children. Funeral services were held last Saturday at the home on Toms Creek and conducted by Rev. Guy Preston. Burial was made in the family cemetery near the home. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
Prestonsburg--Hatler Tackett was killed in the Blue Beaver Elkhorn Fuel Coal Company's mine at Ligon Wednesday evening Jan 19, 1927. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
VAUGHAN, Fred A.
Fred A. Vaughan, 52 years old, former secretary of state during Governor Edwin P. Morrow's administration and ex-county judge of Johnson County, died suddenly Friday morning, Jan 21, of apoplexy at his home in Paintsville. Judge Vaughan's death was unexpected. Complaining of illness late Thursday, he left his office in Paintsville and went to his home, saying the he believed he was taking tonsillitis. He died at 10 o'clock the following morning. He attended circuit court here last week. Mr. Vaughan was a widely known attorney, and was well known here. He had a short time before his death announced his candidacy for circuit judge in his district. Judge Vaughan was a student at the University of Kentucky and studied law at Washington and Lee University. He later was a member of the faculty of the Sandy Valley Seminary at Paintsville.
A man of exceptional talent, Judge Vaughan won prominence as an attorney. Entering the field of politics, he was elected county judge of Johnson County, served as a member of the Kentucky Legislature from Johnson and Martin Counties from 1918 to 1919. His last public office was as secretary of state. He also was a member of the board of regents of the Eastern Kentucky State Normal and Teachers College, Richmond for 2 years. Judge Vaughan was a member of the M. E. Church and the Masonic order. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Halstead Vaughan, formerly of Bardstown; his mother, Mrs. Mary Vaughan, of Paintsville, 3 brothers, Roscoe and George B. Vaughan, of Paintsville and Sandy Vaughan, of Minnesota; 3 sisters, Mrs. H. B. Munsey, Germantown, KY, Mrs. Marian Williams and Miss Maud Vaughan of Johnson County. Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church, Paintsville Sunday afternoon, by the Rev. W. B. Foley, assisted by Dr. H. G. Sowards and the Rev. A. H. Webb. Burial was made in Paintsville Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
The 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Ward, of this place, was fatally burned Wednesday afternoon, dying about 5 hours later. Mrs. Ward had dressed the child, preparatory to going to Kenova Wednesday evening to join her husband who is stationed there with the Norfolk & Western railway. Leaving her home for a few minutes to see a neighbor, she found, upon her return, the child enveloped in flames. It is believed that the tragedy resulted from the child's playing with a piece of paper about the fire. A charred bit of paper on the floor denotes that the little girl attempted to extinguish the blazing paper when her dress caught. Practically all of the small victim's clothes were burned from the body before the mother could stop the flames. The body was taken to Roanoke, VA the former home of the parents, where burial will probably be made Saturday. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
WELLMAN, Howard Anderson
The body of Howard Anderson Wellman, 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Wellman, who died in a Welch, WV hospital Saturday as the result of burns sustained on the night of Jan 18, was brought her Monday for burial. The lad was burned near his home at Twin Branch, WV while he and 3 other boys were throwing blasting powder which they had found into a bonfire. Both of his front pockets were full of powder as he stood about the fire, when powder of the glove of his brother ignited. As his brother rid himself of his glove, a spark landed several feet away in the powder in Howard's pocket. Enveloped in flame, the youth ran down a bank and plunged into the river. His clothing was practically burned from his body before the flames were extinguished. The lad was able to walk home with the aid of his companions and was taken to Welch, where he died. The victim is survived by his parents, 2 brothers and a sister: Dave Wellman, Jr., Pat Wellman and Rebecca Wellman. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church here Wednesday morning, the Rev. Jack Thompson officiating. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Dave Wellman, father of the victim, is a son of Alpert Wellman, and is well known here. He was a policeman here years ago, and moved to Twin Branch in 1910. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
WELLS, Mrs. R. M.
Glo--Mrs. R. M. Wells, 37 years old died Sunday night near here. She was brought home from Paintsville hospital Thursday, Jan 13, and was unconscious for several days. Funeral rites were conducted Monday by the Rev. James Fraley, with burial being made at Estill. Mrs. Wells is survived by her husband and 7 children. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
Mrs. Mary Wilburn, 35 years old, widow of Hitchins, was shot and killed Sunday morning by Mrs. Willie James at the Hitchins depot. Jealousy is believed to have given rise to the shooting. Mrs. James is said to have been separated several months from her husband, who is believed to be employed at Van Lear. She is said to have become jealous because of attentions alleged to have been paid her husband by Mrs. Wilburn. A Hitchins report says that when Mrs. Wilburn passed the James home Sunday en route to the railway station, Mrs. James said "There goes Mary. She is going to Ashland to see Willie." Followed by her son, Donald, she then proceeded to the depot, where seeing Mrs. Wilburn, she pulled a revolver, it is charged, and fired several shots. One shot struck her son in the arm as he attempted to intervene, and another bullet pierced Mrs. Wilburn's heart. Mrs. Wilburn died about 30 minutes after being shot. Her alleged slayer was immediately arrested, guarded in Hitchins overnight and taken Monday to Grayson, where she was released under $2,000 bond. The victim's husband died about 5 years ago. She is survived by one son, Cuge Chafin, of Wilkinson, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1927
John Ward, of Crum, WV, died Jan 14 of heart trouble, and was buried at Kermit Sunday, Jan 18. Mr. Wood formerly lived at Morehead, where he was prominent in lodge and church work. He was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Masonic Lodge. His widow and several children survive. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1927
BAILEY, Mrs. George
Mrs. George Bailey, of Richmond, a daughter of Mrs. Harve Lester, of Blaine, this county, died Sunday, Feb 6, at the home of her son, Dr. N. A. Bailey, in Richmond, a report received here last week says. Mrs. Bailey is also survived by a number of brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
BURGESS, Mrs. S. M.
Mrs. S. M. Burgess, aunt of Mrs. Gilbert J. Johnson, of this place, and sister of Mrs. A. J. McCullough, of Ashland, died at her home in Cambridge, OH, Thursday morning Feb 16 of pneumonia. Mrs. Johnson returned this week after attending the funeral there. Mrs. Burgess was a well known woman, being identified with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Woman's Club and other organizations. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the home in Cambridge with burial being made at that place. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
BURTON, M. F.
M. F. Burton, 67 years old, died unexpectedly Friday morning, Jan 28, as the result of an attack of acute indigestion at his home at Ulysses, this county. Mr. Burton had assisted in the work on his farm on the day previous to his death, and arose Friday morning apparently in good health. After building the fires in his home and carrying in a bucket of water, he complained of a severe pain in his stomach. He died within 15 minutes after being stricken. The deceased had spent the greater part of his life in the Ulysses community, where he was a prominent citizen. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for many years. Mr. Burton is survived by his widow and 6 children. Funeral services were conducted Sunday by the Rev. John Conley, of Paintsville, Rev. D. A. Hays of Charley and Rev. G. H. Young of Ulysses. Burial was made in the Anderson Borders Cemetery near the Burton home. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
Milton Burton died at his home at Ulysses Jan 28, age 65 years. He was ill about one hour. He leaves a wife, 4 sons, 3 daughters, Charley, Erna, Henderson and Billie, all of Ulysses, Mrs. Martel Young of London, OH, Mrs. Forest Borders of Ulysses, Mrs. George Lowe of Lowmansville. All the children were at the funeral except Mrs. Young of London, OH, and Mrs. Forest Borders was hindered by sickness. The funeral was preached by the Revs. J. E. Conley of Paintsville, and D.A. Hays and Y.H. Young. The deceased was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at Walnut Grove. He was also a member of the Church of Christ. The deceased dreamed on Sunday night that he saw a picture of the blue vault of heaven. In that picture was an arm and hand--looked like a woman's hand--holding a letter in the hand. The letter dropped close to him and he picked it up and gave it to his son, Billie. He could not read it. He lived 4 days after he received the message. The deceased believed in the unseen and eternal God. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
Jeremiah Carter, 74 years old, died at his home on Millers Fork, Jan 31. The deceased is survived by the following children: Daisy of Wayne, Bascom, of Springfield, OH, Dorsey of Charleston, Mrs. Gene Thomas, Mrs. Morris Christian, and Mrs. Bertha Lemaster all of Logan, Jerry and George of Millers Fork. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. James Ferguson and interment was made in the Fraley Cemetery.--Wayne County News--Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
CARTER, Mrs. Lon
Mrs. Lon Carter, of Little Blaine, died Jan 29, and was buried Monday near the Carter home on Little Blaine, cause of her death was not given. Mrs. Carter was about 65 years old. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Thompson. Her sister, Mrs. George Picklesimer, died here a short time ago. In her death her community loses one of its best women. She is survived by 2 children, Mrs. Blaine Meade, of Smokey Valley, Dock Carter of Little Blaine, Mrs. Myrtle Ferrell, Miss Emma Carter and Miss Laura B. Carter. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Mrs. John H. Picklesimer of Coal Grove, OH, Mrs. Johnson Thompson, of Ashland, Richard, Sam and Lyss Thompson of this county. Big Sandy news, Feb 4, 1927
Mrs. L. J. Carter died at her home on Little Blaine, Jan 30, as the result of Bright's disease. She had been confined to her room about 3 months. Mrs. Carter was 70 years old. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Thompson, of Little Blaine, was married to L. J. Carter in 1879. To this union were born 6 children, of whom the following survive: Mrs. Blaine Meade, Dock Carter, Mrs. John Ferrel, Emma Carter and Laura B. Carter. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Ulysses Thompson, of Ohio, Richard Thompson of Little Blaine, Mrs. Sarah Thompson of Ashland, Mrs. J. H. Picklesimer of Coal Grove, OH, and Mrs. Reuben Berry of Beaver, OH. Mrs. Carter had been a member of the M. E. Church for 56 years being converted at the age of 14 years. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. W. M. Copley and Rev. Sylvester Ball. Interment took place in the Carter burial ground near the home. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1927
CARTER, Thomas H.
Thomas H. Carter, of Peach Creek, and a brother of Mrs. w. D. Kise, of this county, died in a Huntington hospital Thursday, Jan 27, of pneumonia. He was ill about 10 days. Mr. Carter had been an employee of the Chesapeake & Ohio railway for the past 9 years. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon from the Steele Funeral Home, Huntington, with interment in Woodmere Cemetery. Services were in charge of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen. Mr. Carter is survived by his widow and one daughter, Miss Goldie Carter of Peach Creek; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Carter of Alderson, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. W. D. Kise, this county, and Mrs. J. P. Shriver, Sun, WV, and 4 brothers, Ed Carter of Peach Creek, Charles Carter, Sun, WV, J. Carter, Alderson, WV, and J. E. Carter of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
Burial of Capt. Jacob Cline was made on Middle Fork. Big Sandy news, Feb 4, 1927
Allen Copley, 77 years old, prominent Martin County attorney, died Friday at his home in Inez, 3 hours after a heart attack, it was learned here Tuesday. Mr. Copley was well known to members of the Lawrence County bar, before which he had practiced law. He was known throughout Martin and Johnson Counties, and was a citizen of the highest caliber. Mr. Copley was stricken while milking Friday morning. He had not previously been in ill health, it is said. In Inez he was one of the most prominent men of that place. He had been a member of the M. E. Church, South for years, and served as a trustee of that church for an extended period. Burial was made in Inez Cemetery Monday afternoon. Owing to the inclemency of the weather, no funeral services were held. Surviving Mr. Copley are his widow, Mrs. Mary Newbury Copley, a daughter, Mrs. Nora Kirk of Charleston, WV and 2 sons, Samuel Copley of the mercantile firm of Copley, Preston & Ward at Paintsville and Bascom Copley of Inez. Mrs. Kirk is the wife of Walter Kirk, formerly of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1927
Wayne Damron, 42 years old, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Damron, of this place, died Wednesday morning in King's Daughters' hospital, Ashland, after being seized by a violent illness at a dinner party at Westmoreland Tuesday evening. Cause of his death is not definitely known. An autopsy was performed by Coroner J. L. Richardson of Ashland, Wednesday, but no statement as to the cause of Mr. Damron's death was given out, pending further investigation. The deceased was born on Rockcastle Creek, Wayne county, WV, a few miles from here, and lived here for many years. He was married to Miss Grace Lockwood, daughter of Col. and Mrs. "Pick" Lockwood of Lockwood, Boyd County, where he resided. Mr. Damron was a conductor on the Baltimore and Ohio Railway for many years, and was widely known in this section. The body was taken to Kilgore's funeral home in Catlettsburg where it was said Wednesday, that burial would be made in Louisa Saturday. The theory was held by acquaintances that death was caused by acute indigestion, while others entertained the belief that some sort of poisoning was responsible. Surviving Mr. Damron are his widow, his mother and a sister, Mrs. Tom Moore of Mill Creek, WV. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1927
Ben Davis, of this county, died Friday, Feb 4, at Jenkins, after a short illness with typhoid and was buried Sunday at Zelda. Mr. Davis was well known in the Zelda community, where he was active in Sunday School and educational work. The body was taken Saturday to the home of the victim's sister, Mrs. John Hart of Zelda, where funeral services were conducted Sunday by the Rev. Harvey, his pastor, and burial was made in the Zelda Cemetery. Surviving him are 4 sisters, Mrs. Wade Collins, and Miss Myrtle Davis of Dunham, Mrs. John Hart, Miss Josie Davis, and a brother, Warren Davis of Zelda. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1927
EDWARDS, Joe E.
Joe E. Edwards, 45 years old, died Tuesday in a Bluefield, WV hospital after an illness of 10 days with typhoid. The body was brought here Wednesday for burial. Mr. Edwards was a son of John Edwards and Mrs. Susie Edwards and formerly lived in this county. Prior to his illness, he was mine foreman at Freeburn. Surviving him are his widow and 8 children, Oscar Edwards, Louisa High School athlete, is a son of the deceased. Names of the other members of the family are not available. Funeral services were conducted here from the M. E. Church, South, Thursday morning by the Rev. L.N. Fannin, Burial was made in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
Mrs. Sarah Enochs, 73 years old, died Feb 9, at her home at Ranger. Mrs. Enochs was a member of the United Baptist Church. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Leancat, Sam Enochs, and Mrs. Lewis Queen, all of Ranger, Mrs. Hattie Lucas, of Detroit, MI and Dick Enochs of Verdunville, one brother David Dean, of Branchland, and one sister, Mrs. Lucy McClellan, of Huntington. Sixteen grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. C. McCoy and S. H. McClellan and interment made in the Enochs Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1927
Henry Giudiere, 38 years old, a brother in law of Mrs. C. E. Radcliffe, of this place, was killed in Elizabeth, WV, Jan 15 by a man named Kidwell. The slayer is said to have entered Mr. Giudiere's room between 11 o'clock and midnight and to have committed the murder. He was captured by officers and place in jail at Elizabeth, shortly after the slaying. Kidwell had been in a feeble-minded institute but had never become violent, it is said. He told his captors that he had no enmity toward his victim, only wanted to kill him. this he did by a blow of the fist, he claimed, It is held, however, that the skull could not have been crushed as it was by such a blow. Mr. Giudiere was assistant superintendent of the Federal Oil & Gas Company at Elizabeth at the time of his death. His wife died 4 years ago. Both are buried at Spencer, WV. three children survive. Big Sandy news, Feb 4, 1927
HANDLEY, George W.
George W. Handley, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Christopher Handley, born at Waterloo, Lawrence County, KY, died Jan 17, 1927, after 2 years of ill health which he suffered without a murmur. He was 65 years and 22 days old. He was united in marriage to Frances Kathryn Lockwood on Jan 5, 1888. To this union were born 7 children: Mrs. J.F. Banfield, Martha, KY, Mrs. J. N. McGlothin, Rush, Mrs. W. W. Caines, Louisa, KY, Mrs. W. T. Compton, Louisa, KY, and George and Hager at home; and Mr. William Taylor, who preceded him in death. Three grandchildren are living and one great grandchild, also one brother and 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He joined the M. E. Church, South, in 1886, near his old home. He later moved to Lawrence county, and helped to build the Trinity Church, where he was an active member until death, and made a faithful steward and trustee. He was also known as being one of the most loyal and prosperous citizens of the county. Funeral services were conducted at his home church by the writer and Rev. Roland Hutchinson. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery overlooking his much-prided estate. Rev. S. J. Campbell. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
HORNER, John Wesley
John Wesley Horner, aged 57, died here Sunday from cancer of the liver. His body was taken to his home at Maytown, on Beaver Creek, for burial. Mr. Horner was a widower and is survived by several children. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
HOPKINS, Rev. N. T.
The Rev. N. T. Hopkins, 75 years old, former Congressman from the Tenth District, died Friday, Feb 11, at Yeager, Pike County. funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Yeager Baptist Church. The Rev. Mr. Hopkins had been a minister, farmer and legislator. born in Ash County, NC, in 1852, he entered the religious life in the mountains. He established 12 churches, baptized 2,000 persons and officiated at many weddings and funerals. Elected in 1893, he served as a Republican member of the Kentucky General Assembly. the following year he was elected to congress, defeating Joe M. Kendall by 48 votes. He was a fusion candidate for County Judge of Pike County in 1909, but was defeated. He again went to the Kentucky Legislature in 1922. Surviving the Rev. Mr. Hoskins are his wife, 4 sons, George, Jay, Benjamin and Thomas Hopkins, all of Yeager; 3 daughters, Mrs. Richard Yates and Mrs. George Blackburn, also of Yeager, and Mrs. Nancy Jane Reynolds, Pulaski County; a sister, Mrs. Jerry Cook of Floyd County and a brother the Rev. John Hopkins of near Wise, VA. Big Sandy News, Feb 18,1927
The solution of the long discussed mystery surrounding the disappearance from Magoffin County of Alva Howar, 15 years ago, was probably solved recently when the skeleton of a man was found. While feeding his stock on the morning of Feb 5, Boyd Howard found hogs rooting around a human skeleton. In a cliff enclosed in the hog lot missing portions of the skeleton were found. Mrs. Howard had previously said that she had found human teeth in the lot, but her husband had dismissed the idea, saying that her discoveries were a hog's teeth. How the man came to his death yet remains a mystery, but it is believed that Alva Howard's puzzling absence over a period of 15 years is at last explained by the gruesome discovery. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
Ratcliff--Alex Johnson, 61 years old, died at his home here Feb 13. the deceased is survived by the following children: Wayne, Damer and Mrs. Virgie Dingers, Mrs. Lizzie Keyser, Dock, Tom, John, Andy, Martha and Austin, at home. He is also survived by 2 brothers and one sister, John, Dow and Mrs. Bell Gilliam of West Virginia. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. John Thomas, with services at the cemetery by Rev. M. V. Berry. Interment was made in the Lunsford Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1927
Noris--the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Jordan died early this week. The body was taken to Rich Creek for burial Tuesday. Big Sandy news, Feb 4, 1927
Wesley Judd, 67 years old, died Friday, Jan 21, at his home on Meads Branch after a long period of invalidism. He had suffered with asthma for a number of years. Mr. Judd was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and was a prominent citizen of his community. Surviving him are the following children: Misses Zora and Claudia Judd, James H., Lee r., J. N. Robert and Luster Judd. He is also survived by a brother and 3 sisters, Tolliver Judd of Charley, Mrs. Pop Duty, Van Lear, Mrs. Lora Miller, Catlettsburg, Miss Victoria Judd of Busseyville. Funeral rites were conducted from the home by Rev. A. H. Miller and Rev. G. V. Pack. Interment was made in the family burial ground on Meads Branch. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
KITCHEN, Watt A.
Word received here this week tells of the death at his home near Webbville, this county, of Watt A. Kitchen, 69 years old, prominent Lawrence County man, Sunday, Jan 30, as the result of cancer of the stomach. Mr. Kitchen was an outstanding figure in the reported mineral deal in this county, and death came when it was believed by many that his labors of years were about to be rewarded with success. His death, however, will not affect any deal that may have been made, it is said, since he had arranged for the completion of the transactions, in the event of his demise. Mr. Kitchen was born at Willard, Carter County, where he lived until 1915. From there he moved with his family to Iowa, residing there until last year, when he returned to this county to undertake the deal in mineral lands in this county on which he had an option. The deceased was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 35 years. Of a quiet, unassuming nature, he was loved by all who knew him. His widow, Mrs. Malinda Abbott, and 3 sons, Clyde, French and Bert Kitchen, survive. French and Bert Kitchen live in Iowa. Clyde, the oldest son, has lived with his father and mother. three brothers and 2 sisters also survive: John W., Flem and James Kitchen, of Willard and Mrs. Giles Green and Mrs. Watt Prichard. Funeral services were conducted at the old Kitchen home Tuesday by the Rev. Harve Kelly and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
Homer Laferty, 26, of Edgar, KY, died last Thursday, Feb 3,1927 of apoplexy. He is survived by his widow and 8 children, the oldest is 10 years old. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
Ruby Lambert, 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lambert, of Laurel Creek, about 4 miles from East Lynn, died Friday, Feb 11, of injuries received when she was burned 2 weeks before. Burial was made Saturday in the Skeens Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Hop Dyer and Rafe Pack. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1927
LONG, James E.
James E. Long, 45 years old, trainman, of Huntington committed suicide Feb 3, by shooting himself through the temple, 24 hours after he had become reconciled with his wife, from whom he had been estranged. Mrs. Long discovered the body of her husband shortly after returning home from a search for housekeeping rooms, she told police. She said that when she returned home she saw her husband's coat lying on a table and his hat on a bed. "I called for him," she said "but received no response. then I went out into the backyard. Still I found no trace." She then told of going to the bath room and trying to open the door. She said she got the door open enough to get her head through and see her husband slumped to the floor of the bathroom. Immediately after discovery of the body police were called and the coroner, Dr. B. L. Hume, pronounced Long's death due to "intended suicide." Long had been employed by the C & O for many years, part of the time as a locomotive engineer. Recently he had been employed as an engine inspector at Russell where he is well known. The deceased is survived by his widow, his mother and 4 children. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon and burial was made in the Hill cemetery at Harveytown. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1927
John Marion, 54 years old, a former resident of Louisa, died suddenly Wednesday, Feb 9, at his home in Canton, OH it was learned here this week. Mr. Marion had not shown evidence of being ill previous to his death. He died while sitting before the fireside at his home. Heart failure is believed to have resulted in his death. The deceased lived here when a young man, formerly attending school in Louisa. He later resided in Catlettsburg, moving to Ohio several years ago. Surviving him are his widow and 5 sons, a brother, Woods Marion of Grayson, and one sister, Mrs. Sadie Whitt of Columbus, OH also survive. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
MEADE, Dye Denna (Mullins)
Pikeville--Mrs. Dye Denna Meade, died here Jan 20 after a long illness. She underwent an operation on Jan 18, but in her condition, weakened by prolonged suffering, she took a sudden sinking spell which she was not able to survive. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at Mossy Bottom. Mrs. Meade was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Mullins and the wife of Mr. B. F. Meade. Noah Mullins is Vice President of the Pikeville National Bank and Creed Mullins, a brother of Mrs. Meade, is employed in the same institution. Mrs. Meade is survived by her husband, 6 children, her parents, 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
MERRIMAN, Fred G.
Fred G. Merriman, 69 years old, for 53 years an engineer on the Big Sandy division of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, died Saturday morning at the home of his son, Harry M. Merriman, in Louisville. Besides his son, Mr. Merriman is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Sarah Northup of Ashland and Mrs. Lizzie Miller of Bluefield, WV. The body was taken to Ashland Sunday night for burial there Monday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
MOORE, John T.
The Rev. John T. Moore, 65 years old, a native of this county, dropped death while preaching from the pulpit of the Orlando, FL M. E. Church, South, Sunday morning, it was learned here Sunday. Death is believed to have been caused by heart failure. Rev. Moore had been in Florida about 4 years, going there from Kenova, WV, where he was pastor of a church. He was pastor of the M. E. Church, South, at Wayland, Floyd County for several years. Mr. Moore was born in the Blaine section of this county, where previous to entering the ministry, he was engaged in farming. He has many relatives in Lawrence County and was well known throughout this section of the state. His widow, a son, H. H. Moore, county attorney of Clark County and 3 daughters, Mrs. Mabel Dean, of Blaine, and Mrs. A. L. Spencer and Mrs. C. V. Berry of Ashland, survive. The body was taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Spencer, in Ashland and funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon from the Oakview M. E. Church, South, by the Rev. O. F. Williams. Burial will be made in Ashland, it was learned here by friends of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
James O'Bryan, 59 years old, died Saturday at his home on Greenbrier Creek, Wayne County, WV as the result of heart trouble. Mr. O'Bryan was well known in Wayne and Lawrence Counties. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Feltner O'Bryan and was born at Paintsville. His parents moved to Lick Creek when he was a boy and he spent a part of his life near this place. He lived in Ashland for a time, later moving to the home in which he died. The deceased was a member of the M. E. Church 26 years. He was a nephew of Mrs. L. H. York of this place and had other relatives here. Surviving Mr. 'Bryan are his widow, Mrs. Virginia Artrip O'Bryan, and the following children: Charles O'Bryan, Paddle Creek, WV, Samuel O'Bryan, and infant son, Leon B. at home, and John O'Bryan, McVeigh, Misses Jessie and Mary O'Bryan at home. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Lewis Peters and burial was made in the Artrip Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
Mrs. Amanda Osborn, one of the oldest women of Wayne County, WV, died at her home in Wayne Wednesday evening, Feb 16. She was 97 years old at the time of her death. For many years Mrs. Osborn was the owner and operator of The Osborn House, a widely known hostelry at Wayne. Her first husband was Joseph Mansfield, a captain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Children of her first marriage were W. L. Mansfield, J. J. Mansfield, who went to Texas and enjoyed a distinguished career as a jurist, Mrs. Columbia Damron, formerly of Huntington but now residing at Wayne, and Mrs. America Meyers, who lives at Glenville, WV. Following the death of Captain Mansfield, she married Charles E. Walker. Children of that marriage were Dr. Everett Walker, and Charles E. Walker, for many years circuit clerk of Wayne county. No children were born to her marriage to Mr. Osborn following the death of her second husband. Funeral services were conducted from the Wayne Baptist Church Saturday morning, the Rev. L. D. Icard officiating. Burial was made in the Ferguson Cemetery at Elmwood, WV. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1927
PICKRELL, Jessie (Goble)
Mrs. Jessie Goble Pickrell, 77 years old, widow of the late Tom Pickrell, succumbed here Sunday night to paralysis in the home in which her aunt, Mrs. Ella Hays, died a few weeks ago. Mrs. Pickrell suffered a paralytic stroke, Jan 16, a week before her death. She had been in Louisa only a short time before being stricken, having come here, following Mrs. Hays's death, with her daughter, Miss Mary Pickrell. The deceased was a daughter of the late Green Goble and Mrs. Rebecca Goble and was born about 4 miles from Louisa. She resided at the old Pickrell home, about one mile from this place, on the Blaine-Busseyville road, until coming here. Mrs. Pickrell was a devout Christian having been a member of the M. E. Church, South, from childhood. Educated in Steubensville, OH, she was a teacher in the local schools years ago. She is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters: Milt and Bert Pickrell of Louisa, Mont Pickrell, Jermyn, TX, Miss May Pickrell, this place, and Mrs. S. W. Dodson of Ashland. One sister, Mrs. Carrie Prater, who lives at the Pickrell home, also survives. Funeral services were conducted from the old home by the Rev. I. N. Fannin, of the M. E. Church, South and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
Fred Ratliff, 20, of Risner, KY, died Sunday Feb 6, 1927 of typhoid. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobert Ratliff and was considered an exemplary young man. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1927
Lon Rice, 44 years old, of Van Lear, was killed Thursday, Feb 3, in a mine at Weeksbury, Floyd County, 4 days after beginning work. How he came to his death is not told in the report received here. Mr. Rice was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rice, of Hager Hill, Johnson County, who survive. He is also survived by his widow and 9 children. Burial was made in Johnson County. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1927
RICHMOND, J. L.
Word received here Wednesday tells of the death in Roanoke, VA at the home of his daughter, Mrs. O. L. Cogburn, of the father of J. L. Richmond, formerly of this place. Mr. Richmond was about 75 years old. Exact cause of his death is not known here. He is survived by 7 sons and one daughter: J. L. Richmond, of Huntington, WV, Ernest Richmond, of Rural Retreat, VA, Clyde of Chicago, Leland of Philadelphia, Charles of Tulsa, OK, Richard of Ohio and Mrs. Cogburn of Roanoke, VA. Burial will be made at Rural Retreat, Mr. Richmond's old home. Big Sandy News, Feb 25,
SEE, J. Bert
J. Bert See, 27 years old, son of Mrs. Tenny Shannon See, of Louisa, was killed at the West Virginia Coal Company's mines, Rossmore, WV, Friday morning, when struck by a mine motor attached to a string of cars. While talking with another man near the entrance to the mine, he noticed a motor approaching on the track on which he was standing, and stepped onto another track. A few moments later another motor emerging from the mine struck him. The body was brought here Saturday. At the time of his death, he was acting as mine foreman for the West Virginia Coal Company, of which his brother, F. O. See, is superintendent, with whom he had been associated in construction and coal business the last 9 years. He spent the 8 preceding years at Lynch, where his unfailing industry and integrity had placed him in various positions of responsibility with the United States Coal & Coke Company, being assistant mine inspector during the last years of his connection with that company. In Sep 1926, he resigned to accept a position with his brother, with whom he was living at the time of his death. His unfailing kindness and courtesy and genial disposition Made him a general favorite in every community in which he resided. The victim is survived by his mother and 5 sisters: Mrs. Frank Wilson, Mrs. Jack Wilson, and Mrs. Claude Hays, of Ashland; Mrs. Wellman Roberts, Cincinnati, Miss Madge See of Red Jacket, WV, and 6 brothers, Andy and Shannon See, of Louisa, Ira See of Weeksbury, Scott See, Columbus, OH, Mike See, Hardy, and F. O. See, Rossmore, WV. Funeral services were conducted from the First Baptist Church here by the pastor, the Rev. J. S. Thompson, assisted by Rev. W. M. Burgess. Interment took place in the Shannon burial ground at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Mary E. Shannon on Lick Creek. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
Dennis--The 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Sprouse succumbed to whooping cough Saturday. The body was buried in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
Ellen--Miss Lucille Sturgill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Sturgill, of Ontario, CA, died recently . Burial was made there. She was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. V. Burton of Irad. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1927
Albert Trimble who resided at Staffordsville, died last Friday of pneumonia, after an illness of one week. The funeral and burial was held Saturday afternoon at the home, and the remains were laid to rest on the home burying grounds. Rev. Arthur Green had charge of the funeral. Mr. Trimble was a devout Christian and a member of the United Baptist Church. He leaves a wife and 10 children, 7 boys and 3 girls, all of whom are living. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
VINSON, Florence (Damron)
Mrs. Florence Vinson, 66 years old, widow of Winfield Vinson, died at her home here Sunday afternoon, as the result of cancer. The deceased was a native of Wayne County, WV and lived on Donithon Creek, this county, until less than 2 years ago, when she and her husband moved here. Mr. Vinson died Jan 12, 1926, of cancer. Mrs. Vinson was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Damron, of Fort Gay, WV. In 1876 she was married and to Mr. and Mrs. Vinson 8 children were born, of whom survive the following: Jamieson Vinson and Sherman Vinson of Louisa, Mrs. Thursa Maynard, Louisa, Route 1, Luther Vinson, Carpenter, OH, Mrs. Maud Parsley, Kenova, WV and Mrs. Mirtie McClung, Ironton, OH. Mrs. Vinson had a great number of relatives in Lawrence County and in Wayne County, WV where she was well known. She was a devout member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted here Monday morning from the Baptist Church by the Rev. J. D. Marcum. The body was taken to the former home of the deceased on Donithon, Tuesday morning, by boat, and burial was made in the Vinson burial ground there. Big Sandy news, Feb 4, 1927
Inez--"Uncle" Jonathan Ward, of Tomahawk, fell into the fire at his home and succumbed 2 days later to burns. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
Mrs. Pauline Watterson, wife of James Watterson, Jr., of this place died in Louisville. The body was taken to the home of Mrs. Watterson's father at Marion for burial. Her husband and an 8 months old daughter survive. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
Mrs. Hampton West died Friday of tuberculosis at the home of her brother in Williamson, WV, where she had been for several weeks. She is survived by her husband and 4 children, who reside in Pikeville, and 2 brothers, who live in West Virginia. The interment took place Saturday at Williamson, WV. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
WRIGHT, G. W.
G. W. Wright, veteran of the 14th Kentucky regiment of the Union Army, succumbed at his home here to kidney trouble and complications Monday at the age of 86 years. Mr. Wright was a native of Floyd County, but moved to Lawrence County before the Civil War, and came to Louisa about 4 years ago. He was a devout member of the Missionary Baptist Church. His widow, Mrs. Mary Jobe Wright, and 5 children survive. The children are: W. J. Wright, of South Charleston, WV, E. J. Wright of Grayson, Mrs. C. C. Kitchen, Louisa, Mrs. W. P. Clay, Hitchins, C. W. Wright, Blacksburg, VA. All of his children were at the funeral, except Mrs. Clay, who was confined to her room with small pos, and C. W. Wright, who could not be located. Funeral services were conducted from the home here by the Rev. V. E. Fryman, of the M. E. Church and the Rev. J. R. Campbell of the Christian Church. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1927
YORK, Mrs. Andrew E. (Belle Norris)
Mrs. Andrew E. York, 80 years old, died in Franklin, TN, Tuesday, Feb 16, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jessie Lilly and was buried Thursday afternoon of last week in Catlettsburg Cemetery. The deceased was Miss Belle Norris previous to her marriage. A brother, Frank Norris, lives at Fallsburg, this county. She resided in Catlettsburg the greater part of her life. Funeral services were conducted from the home of Mrs. C. N. York in Catlettsburg by the Rev. A. S. Godbey, pastor of the M. E. church, of which the deceased was a member. Surviving Mrs. York are 2 sons and a daughter, J. M. York, of Catlettsburg and Dr. Charles York, Dayton, KY, and Mrs. Jessie Lilly, Franklin, TN. Mrs. Ella Crank of Huntington, a sister and Mr. Norris of Fallsburg, brother of the deceased, also survive. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1927
Pikeville--John Adkins, about 40 years of age, died at his home here Sunday after a prolonged illness. He had spent most of the winter in Florida for the benefit of his health, returning home shortly before his death. Mr. Adkins was a carpenter by trade. The burial was held Tuesday on Burning Fork, Mrs. Adkins and a number of children survive him. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
ARNETT, Mrs. Floyd
Mrs. Floyd Arnett, of West Liberty, wife of Floyd Arnett, president of the West Liberty Commercial Bank, died at the Good Samaritan hospital, at Lexington, Sunday night following a complication of diseases. Mrs. Arnett was a sister in law of State Senator Charles D. Arnett of Kentucky. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, J. C., a student in the University of Kentucky; her father, Robert Rose, of Lee City, Wolf County, one daughter, Mrs. W. H. Sebastan, of West Liberty, and 2 brothers J. K. and R. L. rose. The remains were accompanied by the husband, son and daughter to West Liberty Monday morning. Funeral services took place in the West Liberty Christian Church, followed by burial in the cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
BARKER, J. N.
J. N. Barker, 40 years old, Portsmouth, OH, grocer, and a native of Elliott County, died Sunday morning at his home in Portsmouth following a heart attack. Seized with acute indigestion and a heart attack, Saturday, he died on the following day. Mr. Barker had lived in Portsmouth about 6 years. He was a relative of a number of Lawrence County citizens. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hardin Barker, who live in Elliott County. Besides his widow, 2 children, Clarence, 13, and Edna, 7, survive. Two brothers and 3 sisters, also survive: Thomas Barker, Portsmouth, Virgil Barker, of Elliott County, Miss Mary Barker, Mrs. Margaret Barker and Mrs. Elizabeth Collier, all of Lawrence County. funeral services were conducted Wednesday in Portsmouth and burial was made in Greenlawn Cemetery at that place. Big Sandy news, Mar 18, 1927
Frank Beam, 50 years old, of Portsmouth, OH, died early Tuesday morning in a Portsmouth hospital after a short illness according to a message received here by Mrs. H. H. Queen, stepdaughter, of the deceased. Death was due to inflammation of the intestinal tract, it was said. He became ill last week, and was taken to the hospital Saturday. Mr. Beam was reared in Boyd County and had been foreman in the Norfolk and Western railroad shops at Portsmouth for the past 15 years. He was a member of the Christian Church and was a high type of citizen. His widow, who before their marriage, was Mrs. Ella White, survives. No children were born to this union. Funeral services were conducted Thursday in Portsmouth and burial was made three. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1927
BROWN, W. B.
In loving remembrance of our dear son, W. B. Brown, who departed this life Feb 19,m1927. Darling son, he has left me. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
BURK, Alex --see under Will Damron.
Alonzo Casebolt, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Casebolt, of Coal Grove, OH died Saturday after a brief illness. He is survived by his parents, and 2 brothers, Crawford Casebolt of Garrett, Floyd County and Lon Casebolt of Wolfe. An uncle, George Casebolt, lives at Big Shoal, Pike County. Burial was made at Coal Grove. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
William Cooksey, 58 years old, brother of L, E. Cooksey, Louisa merchant, and a native of Fallsburg, this county, died suddenly Thursday night, Mar 10, at his home in Guyandotte, WV, as the result, it is believed, of heart failure. Mr. Cooksey had felt indisposed on Monday of last week, and Thursday evening had lain down on the bed about 10 o'clock. As his wife was assisting him in rising from the bed to sit in a chair, he dropped dead. The deceased was a men of unquestioned integrity and a prominent Guyandotte merchant. He was a member of the Christian Science Church. Mr. Cooksey had been in the mercantile business for many years. At Fallsburg he was in partnership in a store with his brother, I. B. Cooksey, now of Grayson, where he was a merchant for a number of years, going from there to Kenova, then to Ashland and finally to Guyandotte, where he had been about 8 years. Surviving him are his widow Mrs. Lutie Cooksey, a daughter, Miss Elizabeth Cooksey of Huntington, 3 sons, J. L., A. J., and W. B. Cooksey, all of Huntington; 3 sisters, Mrs. J. Haeberlin and Miss Quinn Cooksey of Prichard, WV and Mrs. Hattie Compton of Ohio, and 3 brothers, L. E. Cooksey, Louisa, B. H. Cooksey, Prichard, WV and I. B. Cooksey of Grayson. Funeral services were conducted from the home with W. Archibald Wallace, Christian Science reader, officiating. Burial was made in Spring Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
Pikeville, KY Mar 10-- Two Pike Countians who lived but a few miles apart met death in accidents last night. Will Damron, 45 years old, Hellier, KY, was instantly killed in a slate fall in the Alleghany coal mines near Hellier at 10 o'clock. the body was removed today to Fords Branch, KY where funeral services will be held tomorrow. He is survived by his widow and 9 children. One daughter, Clara, is married and lives at Alleghany. His brother, Alex Damron, familiarly known as "Dear", lives on Island Creek near Pikeville. Two brothers in law, John G. Anderson and Tom Wolford are Pikeville merchants.
Alex Burk, son of Joe Burk of the "Flatwoods" was killed by a freight train on the Elkhorn-Shelby Creek division of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad at Dorton, KY late last night. Two theories of the cause of his death were suggested here today, one that he had fallen asleep on the track, the other that he met with foul play and was placed on the track. A. E. Sowards, a young businessman, said today that Engineer Hopkins sounded the whistle, but was unable to stop until the engine had passed over the body. Burk was single and probably 25 years old. He was an employee of the W. O. B. Wright Lumber Company at Pikeville until a few weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
Joe Edwards, mine foreman of the Portsmouth By-Product Coke and Coal Co., had lived at Freeburn for the past 12 years. His boyhood days were spent in Lawrence County, centering around Georges Creek. He was born in Wayne County, WV, on Apr 26, 1885. He married Miss Lizzie Ward at the age of 16 and lived in many different mining towns, the last of which was Freeburn. He died Feb 15,1927 and leaves to mourn his death a widow and 8 children. Roy being the oldest at 24, also his father and mother, John and Susie Edwards; one brother, Perlie Edwards, and 4 sisters, Nora, Bertha, Mary, and Effie, the latter arriving from Illinois too late to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
Everett Estep, a native of Johnson County, died Wednesday, Feb 23, of injuries sustained while working in the American Rolling Mills plant at Ashland. He is survived by his widow and a 11 months old child. the body was taken to Flat Gap, Johnson County, for burial. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
Clyde Fannin, formerly of Paintsville and for several years deputy County Court Clerk, died at the U. S. Veteran's Hospital at Dayton, OH, last Saturday morning of tuberculosis, after an illness of about 2 years. He was a World War Veteran and enlisted for overseas service and it is thought that during this time he contracted the dreaded malady which caused his death. Young Fannin was a son of the late Bryant Fannin of Paintsville and Oil Springs. He is survived by one brother, Henry Fannin, of Paintsville. Funeral took place at Dayton Monday afternoon, with interment in the U. S. Cemetery at that place. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1927
HAGER, Capt. M. (Dick)
One of the last of Morgan's men passed recently in the death of a native of Floyd County, Capt. M. (Dick) Hager, at Clintwood, VA. This man who had been a scout for General John Hunt Morgan and his intrepid band of riders was born Jan 18,1843 in Floyd county, and was a member of the Hager family of Eastern Kentucky. At the outbreak of the War Between the States, Capt. Hager proffered his services to the Confederate Army. He was assigned to scout and spy duty under General Morgan. While Hager was on a scouting adventure General Morgan was killed in Tennessee. Turning from the perilous pursuit of war under a man who rode with his followers through death in a a myriad forms, Capt. Hager at the close of the Civil War returned to the Cumberlands and settled down to the comparatively peaceful life of farming and lumbering in the Virginia mountains for a number of years. Finally he became the blacksmith for the countryside, and followed this trade until his advanced age forced him to retirement. Capt. Hager had been in failing health about 3 years prior to his death. He was 83 years old when he died at the home of his grandson, Ira Short, at Clintwood. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
Zeb Heston, 83 year old veteran of the Union army and former resident of Louisa, died Tuesday afternoon in Portsmouth, OH at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ada Wellman, after an illness of only 2 days with pneumonia. Mr. Heston was born in Haverhill, OH, but lived in Louisa the greater part of his life. In 1913, when his wife died, he went to Portsmouth where he had since remained except for occasional visits here. He was a man of good character and was well known in this county. Surviving him are 4 daughters and 4 sons: Mrs. Tessie Page and Bert Pickrell of Louisa, Mrs. James Culver of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Ada Wellman, Portsmouth, John Heston, Columbus, OH, Tom Heston, Barboursville, WV, Ben Heston, Newburgh, IN, and Sam Heston, Mohawk, WV, a brother, Tom Heston, lived here. Mr. Heston is also survived by 36 grandchildren, 9 of whom live here, and by 9 great grandchildren. the body was brought here Wednesday for burial. Funeral services will be conducted here Friday afternoon from the M. E. church, the Rev. V. E. Fryman officiating. Burial will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
Alex Johnson, born May 2, 1863, died at the age of 61 years 9 months and 12 days. He united with the church in 1884 and was married to Sarah Berry, Dec 25, 1890. To this union were born 11 children--4 girls and 7 boys, all living but one girl. He was the son of John A. Johnson and was the grandson of the Rev. Alex Lunsford. He was born in Wayne county, WV. His parents moved to Lawrence County in 1878. He was strictly moral and law abiding all his life. He called his children around him and gave them good advice and told them he wanted them all to meet him in heaven. He leaves this world with a full triumph of a living faith. The Rev. M. V. Berry was called to officiate in the funeral with Rev. J. H. Thomas. Big. Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
JORDAN, Mrs. Alvin
One of the most tragic accidents ever to take place in this county occurred Monday afternoon when Mrs. Alvin Jordan, the mother of four, was shot through the heart and instantly killed by an "unloaded" pistol in the hands of her husband, at the Jordan home near Irad. The weapon with which Mrs. Jordan was killed was a 25 caliber automatic pistol. The pistol was in the drawer of a dresser, and Mr. Jordan asked his small daughter to hand it to him so that he might oil it. Mrs. Jordan got the oil for him while the child procured the pistol. Mr. Jordan removed the cartridge clip from the pistol, oiled the weapon, and, according to reports received here, snapped it, thinking all cartridges had been removed. A cartridge which had been left in the barrel was fired. Mrs. Jordan, who was standing beside her husband, fell, a bullet through her heart. The husband is nigh-distracted with grief, neighbors say. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jordan have the reputation of being highly respected citizens. The victim was a member of the M. E. church and was a woman of fine character. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Carter. Her husband is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Cove Jordan. Both were born in this county, and had lived near Irad the greater part of their married life. Besides her husband and her parents, the victim is survived by the following children: Tenny, 9 years, Merril, 6, Billy, 5, and a two year old infant. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday by the rev. Vess Ball of the M. E. Church and burial was made in the Moore Cemetery on Dry Ridge. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
LEADINGHAM, H. R.
H. R. Leadingham, 56 years old, prominent citizen of Webbville, this county, died Friday, Feb 26 in King's Daughters' hospital, Ashland, as the result of an operation for appendicitis to which he submitted Feb 21. Surviving him are his widow, 4 daughters, and 5 sons: Mrs. Grace Stewart, Mrs. Ora Slone, Mrs. Mabel Booth, and Mrs. Orville Boggs, Emmett and Estill Leadingham, of Ashland, George, Carl and Robert Leadingham of Webbville. The body was taken last week to Webbville for burial. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
The death angel has again spread its wings over our land and claimed for its victim Hezekiah Leadingham, who departed this life, Feb 25. He became seriously ill and Dr. Thompson was called. It was seen that an operation was necessary. He was taken to Ashland for an operation but Dr. Thompson and the others could not stay the had of death. He was 56 years old He joined the United Baptist Church over 60 years ago, and was ready to go. He leaves a widow and 8 children, 3 brothers and a sister. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
Pikeville--Decatur Maynard, one of the county's oldest and most married citizens, having been wed 5 times, and a soldier on the Union side in the Civil War, died at his home at Zebulon, Friday night. He was sick 21 days after having contracted his fatal illness on his 83rd birthday. He is survived by his brother, Ranse Maynard, his wife and a number of children. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
MCCLURE, Sarah Ann (Dobbins)
Mrs. Sarah Ann McClure, widow of A. H. McClure, and daughter of the late John and Catherine Dobbins, was born May 24, 1847, at Gallup, KY. On Apr 30, 1867, she was united in marriage to A. H. McClure. to this union were born 7 children--3 daughters and 4 sons. She was converted and united with the Gallup Methodist Episcopal Church very early in life. She lived a devoted Christian life until death. On the first day of her married life the family altar was established and continued to the last day of her life when, a few hours before her death, she led the family devotional. On the evening of Jan 10, 1927, the earthly light of this lovely character went out and her spirit soared away to the mansions which Jesus has gone to prepare for those who love him. Her age was 79 years 8 months and 14 days. She leaves to mourn their loss her 7 children, whose names are as follows: Mrs. Laura Childress, Mrs. Daisy Cheek, F. C., J. J., T. R., and E. E. McClure, all of Lawrence County, and Victoria Ranler of Akron, OH, one sister, Mrs. Tom Kise, of Kise, and a brother, Hugh Dobbins of Gallup, KY. Nineteen grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, as well as a host of other relatives and friends miss her. Numbers of her relatives and friends accompanied the remains from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Daisy Cheek, in Louisa, where she died, to the old homestead on then banks of the Big Sandy River, near Gallup, where she and her husband went to housekeeping and where she had lived the greater portion of her life. Funeral services were conducted by one of her former pastors, the Rev. Odis J. Polley, of Mt. Olivet, KY, Rev. Ashley, the present pastor, also assisted in the services. The remains were laid to rest in the family cemetery on a knoll near the home to await the resurrection. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
Miss Ruby Mounts, 15 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mounts, formerly of Summit, this county, did at her parents home in Vulcan, WV, Sunday. The body was brought to Louisa Tuesday and then taken to Lick Creek for burial in the Albert Caperton Cemetery. The deceased was a niece of Mrs. Robert Laney, of this county.. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
Alfred Nichols, 50 years old, superintendent of the Ayres-Long Coal Company, at Offutt, Johnson County, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon. Charles VanHoose, a miner is sought by officers, charged with murder. The two men met Sunday afternoon near the power house at Offutt, a report says. Words were passed, according to Sheriff H. C. Adams, and VanHoose fired twice. Mr. Nichols died on the spot. Mr. Nichols moved to Johnson County from Ohio about 6 years ago. He formerly served as superintendent for the Northeast Coal Company at Paintsville transferring a short time ago to the Ayres-Long firm, owned by Philadelphia capital. Mr. Nichols is survived by his widow and several children. It is said that an old grudge let to Nichols' slaying. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
Pikeville--Robert Osborne, 21, was killed Monday by a slate fall at Greasy Creek where he had been working for a short time. His body was taken to his home at Norton, VA for burial. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Osborne and a brother survive him. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
Russell Parker, 18 years of age, of Van Lear, died at the Paintsville Hospital Saturday afternoon from an illness caused from a wisdom tooth, which it is said did not have the proper care and treatment. Young Parker was a miner for the Consolidated Coal Company and was living with his brother, Dave Parker, at Van Lear, KY. The funeral and burial took place at Offutt, KY. He is survived by several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
PETERS, Lawrence C.
In memory of Lawrence C. Peters who departed this life Jan 20, 1926. He leaves a widow, his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
PHIPPS, Albert--see under A. D. Tackett.
Mrs. Gertrude Porter was born Jan 27, 1865, and departed this life Jan 18, 1927, aged 61 years 6nmonths and 22 days. We brought her to our home at Cadmus in the month of Nov 1926 and we tenderly nursed her until her death. Dearest sister, you have left us. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
William Quisenberry was born Nov 7, 1844 and departed this life Jan 1, 1927, age 83 years one month and 24 days. He was a man well known loved and respected by all. He was a great pillow to the Church and had been a Free Mason for 55 years. He was a devout man for many years and just before his death he told his son that there was not a spot in his way. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
RATCLIFF, Nancy Ann (Frazier)
Mrs. Nancy Ann Ratcliff, 87 years old, a native of Fort Gay, died in Huntington, WV Saturday evening after a day's illness from double pneumonia. She had suffered an attack of bronchitis and pleurisy a month before. At the time of Mrs. Ratcliff's birth on Sep 15, 1839, her parents William and Nellie Webb Frazier, lived at Cassville then in Virginia, but now in Wayne County, WV. In Feb 1861, she married George Farley Ratliff, a Union soldier. The marriage took place in Catlettsburg, where they afterwards resided. Later they lived in Kenova and finally, in Huntington, where Mr. Ratliff served as justice of the peace. Their residence there began in 1890. Mr. Ratcliff died Mar 13, 1909. Only 2 children were born to the Ratcliff union, a son who died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. C. W. Campbell, who died in August 1919. Mrs. Ratcliff leaves 5 grandchildren to mourn her loss. They are: Mrs. C. A. Stratts, Mrs. A. M. Hewitt, Rolla D. Campbell, Mrs. Walker Long and Charles Campbell, Jr. Nine grandchildren also survive: Jean Campbell, Jr., Nancy Frazier Hewitt, Marion Hewitt, Ruth Hewitt, Merrill Hewitt, Eloise Campbell Long and Suzanne Long. There are no brothers and sisters. Mrs. Ratliff having been the youngest member and the last of a family of 9 children. Private funeral services were held at the Campbell residence Monday afternoon. Dr. M. L. Wood, pastor of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, of which Mrs. Ratliff was a member officiated.. Burial was at Woodmere. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927 (Note: the obituary is typed as printed in the newspaper--part of the time the name was Ratliff and also Ratcliff)
Vince Ratliff, one of Pike County's oldest men and an honorable respected citizen, passed away at Coal Run, Saturday night after lying at the point of death for many days. the cause of death was cancer from which he had suffered for a year. He was born in this county in 1842 and spent his life here, joining the Union forces when he was 18 and serving throughout the war. He took part in a number of battles and was wounded in the battle of the Saltworks in Virginia. His wife, Mrs. Lavina Steele Ratliff, whom he married in 1866, survives him and he leaves one brother, John Ratliff of Mossy Bottom and one sister. His living children are: Joseph of Firebrick, KY, John, of Foster, KY, Mrs. Minta Peters of Mossy Rock, WA, Mrs. Cory Ratliff of this city, Vines D., Jr., of Coal Run and Millard of Coal Run. Mrs. Josie Burgess, deceased, one of his daughters was the mother of Mrs. J. B. Morris, of Pikeville. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at Coal Run, the Rev. M. C. Reynolds officiating and the body was laid to rest in the old Steele Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1927
Green Rister, 54 years old, formerly of this county dropped death Tuesday morning, Mar 1, at Burton, Floyd County, while on his way to work at the By-Products Coal Company mine. Death, it is said, was caused by apoplexy. The body was brought to Louisa Friday morning and was later taken to Dennis for burial Saturday. Mr. Rister left this county about 15 years ago. He was the son of John Rister and Mrs. Francis Rister, formerly of this county. He is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Bellomy, of Hamon, KY, Mrs. Mary Fairchild, Van Lear, and Frank and Andrew Rister, of Weeksbury, Floyd County. A sister, Mrs. Rebecca Steadman, and a niece, Miss Helen Lowry, both of Detroit, MI were here Friday to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
ROSE, Mrs. J. M. (Alice Neall-Warnick)
Mrs. J. M. Rose, formerly of Richardson, this county, died in Sedalia, MO, Feb 24 and burial was made in Ashland Monday. Mrs. Rose was before her marriage Miss Alice Neall, of this county. She was first married to Hite Warnick, of Richardson. Following his death she was married to J. M. Rose, who formerly lived here. Mr. and Mrs. Rose moved to Missouri about years ago from Ashland. Her husband, her mother, Mrs. Julia Neall, of Quenemo, KS and the following children survive: Mrs. J. Bales of Sedalia, MO, Charles Warnick, Covington, Sam Warnick, Russell and John Warnick, and Walter Warnick of Ashland. Three sisters and a brother also survive. Funeral rites were conducted Monday by the Rev. Robinson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Ashland, assisted by the Rev. Arthur Preston of Patrick, this county. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
SKAGGS, Mr. and Mrs. William F.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Skaggs, formerly of Red Bush, Johnson County and relatives of a number of Lawrence County persons, were fatally burned Sunday morning when their home on Dogwood Ridge, near Portsmouth, OH was partially destroyed by fire, it was learned here this week. The husband and wife were burned when a five gallon can of kerosene exploded as Mr. Skaggs was attempting to kindle a fire with the oil. Both were showered with the flaming fluid. Mrs. Skaggs died in Portsmouth General hospital about 7 hours after being burned, and her husband died 3 hours later. Mrs. James Weaver, a daughter of the victims, her husband and baby were in the Skaggs home when the tragedy occurred. All five were drenched with oil, it is said. Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs were but human torches as their clothes caught fire, their clothing being burned from their bodies. Mr. Weaver was burned about the hands and arms in a vain effort to extinguish the flames. He used several rugs in an attempt to smother the flames, and Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs rolled on the ground, but the oil soaked garments made all efforts futile,
At the hospital Mr. Skaggs gave no heed, to his own burns but directed his attention to his wife. It was apparent from the first that they had but a short time to live. Mr. Weaver, son in law of the victims, is said to have told Mr. Skaggs as the latter stood over the stove, oil can in hand, that he would be burned to death some day, trying to start a fire with oil. "Oh, I have been doing it for years and never had any accident," Mr. Skaggs replied. A neighbor, John Denton was burned about the hands in assisting Mr. Weaver in an attempt to rescue the burning couple. Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs moved from Red Bush about 3 years ago, to New Boston, OH, according to H. Peery, of Louisa, a cousin of Mr. Skaggs. the moved not long ago to their new home on Dogwood Ridge in which they met death. Both Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs were highly respected citizens. the former was a son of Randolph and Eliza Skaggs and was born in Johnson County abut 9 miles from Blaine, this county. He was a member of the Red Bush Masonic lodge. His wife was a daughter of the late J. H. and Martha Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs were 62 and 58 years old, respectively. They are survived by the following children: Mrs. Stella Salyers, Mrs. Pearl Wilkerson, Mrs. Bessie Weaver, and Mrs. Pluma Whitaker, all of New Boston, OH, Arnold Skaggs of Fed, KY, and Charles Skaggs of Portsmouth, OH. Two sisters and 4 brothers also survive Mr. Skaggs: Mrs. Kate Lewis of Firebrick, KY and Mrs. Frances Lyon, Lucasville, OH, and Daniel, Will Sylvanna and Henderson Skaggs of Red Bush. Surviving Mrs. Skaggs are 2 brothers and 2 sisters: L. T. Hamilton of Flat Gap, Johnson County, the Rev. J. B. Hamilton of Portsmouth, H, Mrs. Virgie Lyons, Siloam, KY, and Mrs. Julian Sherman, Wheelersburg, OH. The bodies were taken to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Stella Salyers, in New Boston and funeral services for the tow were conducted Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1927
STRATTON, Melinda (Syck)
Many of Pike County's people are saddened with the death of Mrs. Melinda Syck Stratton who passed away at the age of 81 years, Sunday, Mar 15 at her home on Burning Fork. Mrs. Stratton was a member of a prominent family and connected with most of the foremost families of the section, including the Ratliffs and Thompsons. She was born on Chloe Creek Jan 2, 1864 and 3 years after her marriage, moved to Burning Fork where she has lived in the same home for 58 years. She was a daughter of Jacob Syck, and a sister of George W., John, Richard, D. W., and Jacob Syck, Sarah Thompson and Pernelia Fife, all of whom occupied prominent places in their communities and all of whom have preceded her in death. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
TACKETT, A. D.
A. D. Tackett, Floyd County deputy sheriff, and Albert Phipps, an alleged bootlegger, died in the Stumbo hospital Monday as the result of a shooting affray at Weeksbury Friday night, Mar 14. Deputy Sheriff Tackett, according to reports received here, accosted Phipps with the apparent intention of arresting him on a charge of possession of whisky. As he did so, Phipps drew a gun and shot the officer down. Town Marshall S. A. Collins in turn shot Phipps. The wounded officer was rushed by special train to Martin to the hospital where an operation was performed in a vain effort to save his life. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1927
Pikeville--Dot Thacker, 22 was run over by a mine car at Sutton Saturday in the mines where he was working. He was brought to the Methodist Hospital but his internal injuries were beyond the aid of medicine and he died Sunday morning. The young man was buried at Sutton. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927
Mrs. Bertha Thompson, 42 years old, died at her home in Huntington WV Friday, Mar 18. Funeral services were conducted from the home Monday afternoon and burial was made in Hyland Cemetery, Huntington. Surviving are her husband, L. E. Thompson, 9 children, Myrtle, Letha, Ona, Beulah, Eva, Pauline, Raymond, Jay and L. E. Jr.. A brother, James Thompson, lives in Fort Gay, as also do 2 sisters, Mrs. Wayne Riggs and Mrs. Jing Crabtree. Three other sisters also survive. They are Mrs. George Bartram of Chattaroy, WV, Mrs. Owen Webb and Mrs. Noah Griffin, of Kenova, WV. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1927
Irene, the oldest of Lindsey and Dona Thompson, was born Jun 29, 1915, and died Mar 20, 1926, aged 10 years, 8 months and 4 days. She leaves a sorrowing father and mother, 4 sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her sad death. While the life of Irene was brief on this earth, she will be missed from her home. Within the last months this dear one suffered, we know not how greatly until God in his wisdom relieved her from her sufferings and took her to dwell with Him in peace. So today there is one less flower on earth, one more gem in Heaven. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson wish to thank their friends and neighbors for their help and kindness during the sickness and death of Irene and to thank those who gave the floral offerings. Big Sandy news, Mar 18, 1927
VINSON, Millard Maxwell
Millard Maxwell Vinson, 17 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Vinson, of this place, died here at the home of his parents Saturday morning as the result of an illness which had its inception Sep 14, 1926. The victim was a former student in Louisa High School and was one of the brightest boys in its student body. He was of an inventive turn of mind, his hand turning toward fashioning of mechanical contrivances. A few weeks ago it was planned to take him to North Carolina, where it was hoped that he would regain his health, but his condition was such that this was held impracticable. He had been confined to his bed only about 2 weeks. The deceased was of a singularly sober temperament and was a young man of fine character. He became converted about 2 months ago, he told relatives, while along reading the Bible. Besides his parents he is survived by 3 sisters and 4 brothers: Mrs. Jean Thacker of Louisa, Mrs. Hermia McGlothlin, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Cara Kearns, Charleston, WV, Wayne Vinson, Louisa route 2, Alex Vinson, Louisa, and Elka and Jarrel Vinson at home. The body was taken to Glenhayes, WV Sunday morning for burial in the Vinson Cemetery. Services were conducted at the grave by the Rev. Dial, of Huntington and Rev. J. D. Marcum of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
WARD, Henry B.
Henry B. Ward, 38 years old, dropped death Saturday morning near Shelby, while on duty as a brakeman on the Chesapeake and Ohio passenger train. The victim left his home in Catlettsburg Saturday morning in apparent good health. Death was caused by heart failure, it is said. Mr. Ward had been in the employ of the C & O for the past 10 years. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Bessie McCarty Ward, his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Ward of Catlettsburg, 2 sisters and 3 brothers, Miss Lica Compton and Mrs. Harry Ziegler, of Catlettsburg, Paris Ward of Offutt, Johnson County, Joe Ward, Catlettsburg and Carl Ward, of Huntington, WV. The body was taken to Catlettsburg Saturday morning to the home of the victim's sister, Mrs. Ziegler. Later, it was taken to Offutt for burial Monday. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
Mrs. Angeline Wellman, 72 years old, formerly of Fort Gay, died at Holden, WV, Monday, Feb 21 of the infirmities of age and of lung trouble. Mrs. Wellman is survived by the following sons and daughters, with whom she had been residing since leaving Fort Gay about a year ago: Mrs. Rosella Ellis, Mrs. Nancy Christian, Mrs. Della Roberts, Miss Celesta Wellman and George, Elwood, Charles and Paris Wellman. Funeral services were conducted at Holden by the Rev. S. Y. Hayton, who delivered the sermon from the test selected by Mrs. Wellman: Job 3:17. Burial was made in the Whitman Cemetery, Logan Co., WV. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1927, Mrs. Harry Howes, of Lexington, and Miss Gertrude Patrick, Paintsville, Henry Preston, of Louisa is a cousin of the deceased. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the home by the Rev. W.B. Foley, pastor of the M. E. Church at Paintsville, assisted by the Rev. Dr. H. G. Sowards, president of John C. C. Mayo College. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
Reuben Wellman, farmer, of Walbridge, about 3 miles east of Louisa, was struck and instantly killed Friday morning, Mar 11, by an eastbound freight train, one mile above Walbridge station. The victim was about 56 years old. Mr. Wellman had left his home, a short distance above the station Friday morning, en route to where some neighbors were working at making ties. At the spot where he was killed he came upon the C & O section crew, the members of which had lined up at the side of the train track upon the approach of the train. Speaking to the men, the victim stepped from the sidetrack upon which he was walking to the main line to join the others, evidently unaware of the train's approach. As he did so he was struck and knocked approximately 15 feet, his head and chest being crushed. The victim was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lot Wellman, of this county, and had spent his entire life at Walbridge. He was engaged in truck farming, and was a worthy type of citizen. His widow, Mary Caperton Wellman, and the following sons and daughters survive: Mrs. Gertie Estep, of West Hamlin, WV, Henry Wellman, Wilbur, WV, James Wellman and Misses Emma, Belva, Virgie, Clara and Mildred Wellman, at home. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning by the Rev. A. H. Miller, of the Methodist Protestant Church and burial was made in the Wellman Cemetery near Walbridge. Big Sandy news, Mar 18, 1927
Reuben H. Wellman, of Walbridge, this county was born Apr 15, 1867, and departed this life Mar 11, 1927. His age was 59 years 10 months and 26 days. He was married to Miss Mary Caperton, Feb 20, 1894, and to this union were born 9 children, 8 of whom are living: Henry, married; James at home; Mrs. Gertrude Estep and Emma, Belva and Virgie, Clary and Mildred; and 2 brothers, Van Wellman of near Louisa and John of Price, WV. He was converted about 12 years before his death and was a faithful Christian. We believe he was ready for the summons of death when he was called. His many relatives were called at once, and were all present for the funeral which was preached at his home on Sunday by the Rev. A. H. Miller. His remains were laid to rest in the old Wellman graveyard. There was one of the largest crowds at his funeral that this place has seen for a long time. Big Sandy News, Mar 18,1927
Roosevelt Wells, formerly of Cherokee, was killed recently in a Lundale, WV coal mine, according to a report received here Wednesday. Details of the accident are unavailable here. Wells was about 25 years old and had been employed at Lundale for the past 7 or 8 years. The body was taken to Cherokee for burial this week, the report says. The victim was a son of Jasper Wells, who survives. Mrs. Ed Ball and Miss Pearl Wells, of this county, are sisters of the deceased, and Sol Wells, a brother, lives at Orr. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1927
WHEELER, Mrs. Dan
Mrs. Dan Wheeler, of Paintsville, one of the best known women in this section of the state, died Friday morning as the result of pneumonia and pleurisy. She had been ill about a week. Mrs. Wheeler was prominently associated with church and club work in Paintsville. She was a member of the M. E. Church and of Paintsville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Patrick, prominent residents of Paintsville. Her husband is a member of the Paintsville Wholesale Grocery Company. Besides her husband and her parents, Mrs. Wheeler is survived by 2 daughters, Alice Janet, 14, and Betty, 2, and 2 sisters
WIREMAN, Mrs. Adam
Mrs. Adam Wireman, 22 years old, died in the Paintsville Hospital Friday, Mar 4, as the result, it is said, of a gunshot wound in the neck, which was received during a family quarrel a few weeks ago on Trace Fork of Licking River, Magoffin County. Following the shooting, Mrs. Joe Wireman, sister in law of the victim, was arrested, reports received here say, on a charge of shooting and wounding. Mrs. Wireman was taken to Pikeville, where she hovered between life and death for 3 weeks, her spinal cord almost severed by a bullet. A warrant was issued Saturday for the arrest of Mrs. Joe Wireman on a charge of murder. The victim's body was taken to Trace Fork for burial. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1927
Fort Gay, WV--Alfred Workman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Usher Workman, died in a Charleston, WV hospital Mar 16. The body was brought here Friday, with burial being made Saturday. The Rev. L. D. Bryan conducted the funeral rites from the M. E. Church, South. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1927
Pleasant Ridge--The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Eskell Adams died last week. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at Oak Hill. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
Mrs. Sarah Adams, 45 years old, formerly of this county, passed away at her home near Circleville, OH Monday night, Apr 18. She had been ill 5 or 6 months. She leaves 8 children: Joe Adams, of Chattaroy, WV, Mrs. Daniel Crabtree and Mrs. Landon Adams of Circleville, OH and Homer, Basil, Vicie, Glenn and Odrey, at home. Her husband died about 10 years ago. Tuberculosis was the cause of her death. The body was taken to Mrs. Adams' old home on Irish Creek, this county for burial. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
Benjamin Allen, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Allen of Oldtown, died Tuesday of diabetes. Funeral services were held Wednesday by Rev. W. M. A. Oakes, of the Greenup Christian Church. The body was taken to Floyd County Friday for burial in the Allen Cemetery near Northern. The youth is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy news, Apr 8, 1927
BAILEY, H. G.
Mr. H. G. Bailey passed away at his home at Handshoe, KY, Mar 8th of pneumonia. He was 77 years of age. He was the father of W. M. Bailey of Hanshoe and George Bailey of Hueysville. He leaves a large family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who will miss his kindly presence. He will be missed by his aged wife, Aunt Susan Bailey, who has been his companion for nearly 60 years and who is now an invalid. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
Glen Blevins, age 28, is in the Johnson County jail charged with the murder of "Shug" Bayes, age 19. The killing occurred last Sunday afternoon near West Van Lear in the presence of 20 people. It is said the killing was the result of a drunken fight in which members of the 2 families participated. Reports say that earlier in the afternoon, Arnold Blevins, son of John Elliott Blevins, and a son of Leander Bayes engaged in a fight. Later their fathers, Leander Bayes and John Elliott Blevins met and renewed the fight. Bayes receiving a number of cuts in the head with a pistol in the hands of Blevins. "Shug" Bayes, the boy killed, and Glen Blevins charged with the killing, arrived while the fight was in progress by their fathers and reports say Blevins opened fire on young Bayes. The first 2 shots hit Dewey Kelley, a companion of Bayes, and the third shot killed Bayes. Big Sandy news, Apr 22, 1927
Made desperate over a love affair, Rodolph Belcher, 21, shot himself through the heart and died in the presence of the girl he loved Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Dorton. At the coroner's inquest held that night the story of the affair was told by the girl, a daughter of Bill Osborne of Whitehouse, and Belcher's death was pronounced suicide. The girl said that Belcher had come to the house of her sister, Mrs. Charles Reed of Dorton and that he told her that if she did not stop going with another man and go with him he would kill himself and her too, clicking his gun before her. The girl told him that she could not love him and said that his declaration that he would kill them both was foolish she stated. He immediately fired one shot through his own breast and fell dead. Belcher had been married and was divorced. He was a son of Bowles Belcher and is survived by his parents, a younger brother and several sisters. He was buried Sunday on the Blaze Branch of Shelby. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
Oscar Hunley, 41 years old, formerly of Orr, this county was brought here Sunday from Pond Creek , where he is alleged to have shot and killed George Blanton, 50, Saturday morning. Deputy Sheriff Varney of Pike County, was in charge of the prisoner, bringing him here via Fort Gay en route to Pikeville. According to Hunley, there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting He said that Blanton owed him about $16 and that when he attempted to collect this amount the trouble arose. "If you're looking for trouble, you can get it, " Blanton told him. Hunley stated here and motioned as if to draw a gun from his hop pocket. The two men were about 70 feet apart. Hunley fired one time, his bullet taking effect in the other's head over the left eye. Blanton died en route to a hospital. Hunley voluntarily surrendered to Deputy Sheriff Varney, following the shooting. He claimed that he fired in self-defense, and it is said that a revolver was found in Blanton's pocket following the shooting. Hunley was visibly affected over the affair while here. those who know him in this county, say that he had been a quiet worthy type of citizen. He has been employed for years as a miner. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
One man was shot through the heart and instantly killed and another was wounded in a gun battle with West Virginia state police and prohibition officers Saturday near Webb, WV, 15 miles from Louisa, according to a description of the affair given The Big Sandy News Thursday morning by state police at Kermit, WV. Leonard Bowen, 21years old, was shot and killed. Monzolia Vinson, 35, son of the late Bill Vinson, was shot through the right foot and left thigh. None of the officers were wounded. Vinson’s wounds are not serious, it is said, and he is now in the Wayne County jail. According to the account given by state police, the officers came upon Bowen, Vinson and 2 others at a moonshine still about 2 miles below Webb Saturday afternoon. Upon the officers’ demand for their surrender, it was said, the men opened fire. In the fusillade which ensued Bowen was killed and Vinson wounded. Their companions escaped. Officers in the raiding party were State Policeman Pringle, and Prohibition officers Phipps and Dempsey. A report conflicting with the state police version of the shooting was received here Wednesday. According to this story Bowen and Vinson were shot while running. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
BROOKS, Paul Curbine
Paul Curbine Brooks, aged 19, was fatally injured in the mines at Hellier when he went back to see why a shot which he had planted had failed to go off. The shot backfired, the moment that he approached it. He was brought here to the hospital, his young wife accompanying him. His death occurred on Friday, Mar 25th. The body was taken to his family's home at Elkhorn City for burial. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
BRYANT, Vernon--see under Henry Kelly
Lawrence Burnette, 19 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Burnette, died Monday as the result of injuries sustained Sunday, Mar 27, at a railway crossing, a short distance from his home below Fort Gay. The youth was hurt when a pole which he had in his hands caught beneath the protruding flange on the top of a coal car of a passing train. As the pole stuck, the end which young Burnette was holding struck him in the abdomen, pinning him to the wooden crossing-way. Though the stick did not penetrate the young man's abdomen, internal injuries were such that medical attention proved in vain. He is survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Frank, Virgil, Jr., Louvernie and Goldia. Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church, South, in Fort Gay by the Rev. L. D. Bryan, with burial being made there. Big Sandy news, Apr 8, 1927
In the death here Saturday of Mrs. Polly Carter, 91 years old, at the home of Henry Marcum, one of the oldest women in Lawrence County passed away. Death resulted from the infirmities of her advanced age. Mrs. Carter was a native of this county, and had lived in or near Louisa almost all her life. She was the widow of Dave Carter. Surviving her are several children. Funeral services were conducted Sunday by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett of the M. E. Church, South and burial was made at Three Forks. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
The little mining town of Offutt, 4 miles below Paintsville, was the scene of another death by violence within the past 3 weeks, when John Castle, age about 40, is reported to have sent a revolver bullet crashing though his heart and dying within 20 minutes. The tragedy occurred late Monday afternoon and relatives of the dead man are at a loss to assign a motive for the man's rash act in taking his own life. Notwithstanding a coroner's jury rendered a verdict that Castle came to his death by self-inflicted wounds, his death is somewhat shrouded in mystery. A revolver with which Castle was alleged to have fired the fatal shot was found in the house fully loaded, no cartridge having been exploded. Dr. Wells, who was called immediately after the shooting said Castle lived about 20 minutes and that the revolver he found in the house had no empty chambers. Castle's 13 year old son told the doctor that he reloaded the revolver after the shooting. Castle is the son of Marion Castle who moved to the state of Washington some time ago. He is survived by his widow, one son and one daughter. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
Flanary Charles, 18, was fatally injured while cutting timber for the W. O. R. Wright Lumber Company on Waynes' Branch Friday. A limb from a falling tree struck him, fractured his skull and left him unconscious. He was brought here to the Methodist Hospital where Dr. Paul Gronnerud operated on him at noon Saturday, relieving the pressure on the brain caused by the fracture. The burial took place Tuesday at the home of his father, Butler Charles, of Zebulon. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
Lloyd Clark, crane follower in the American Rolling Mills plant at Ashland, was instantly killed Sunday afternoon when he was crushed beneath a pile of sheet iron. The victim was married a few months ago to Miss Eva Elkins, of Ashland, a niece of Mrs. B. J. Chaffin of Louisa. Coroner Richardson, of Boyd County, held that the death was accidental. Mr. Clark was attempting to fasten the hooks of a crane to a pile of steel when another pile toppled. The crane operator, seeing his peril, sounded the bell, and three other workmen dashed to safety. Clark was caught before he could escape. Mr. Clark went to Ashland from Olive Hill, where he was part owner in a drug store. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Clark, of Olive Hill, who with the victim’s widow and a sister, Mrs. R. P. Payne of Peru, IN, survive. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927\
Miss Hermia Compton, 16 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Compton, of Ashland, died Wednesday evening, Apr 13, in King's Daughters' Hospital as the result of an operation to which she submitted for appendicitis on the preceding Saturday. The deceased had visited in Louisa on various occasions and had a number of relatives in this county. Her mother is a sister of Monroe Webb of Dennis. Miss Compton was a girl of exceptional graces of character. She was a member of the Christian Church and was quite active in church and school club work. She would have graduated from Ashland High School in May. Surviving are her parents, 2 sisters, Bertha Helen and Kathleen, and a brother, Ronald Compton, all at home. Burial was made Saturday in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
Grover Davis, 41 years old, nephew of J. D. Davis of Louisa, died Thursday, Mar 24 at his home in Prestonsburg, after an illness of several days. Mr. Davis was a prominent business man in Prestonsburg, where he was founder of the Prestonsburg Water & Ice Company and was connected in other business enterprises. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge, and was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his widow, a son, and his parents. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist Church at Prestonsburg, the Rev. C. H. Nichols officiating. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
DICKEY, O. H.
O. H. Dickey, 70 years old, who was reared in Greenup County, and was well known in the Tri-state region where he had been a commercial traveler, died Thursday evening, Mar 24. Mr. Dickey was the first agent for the C & O railroad at Greenup, where he was married to Miss Jenny Hoop, daughter of the former superintendent of the Pennsylvania furnace, owned by the Eastern Kentucky railway. He also was a member for many years of Greenup Masonic Lodge. One son, Fairfax Dickey, of Columbus, OH survives. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
EPPERSON, Mrs. Roy (Blanche Pope)
Mrs. Roy Epperson, of 4400 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, was found shot through the heart at her home early Tuesday morning and her husband is being held by authorities. Following an inquest held by Coroner J. L. Richmond, of Boyd County, a verdict reading as follows was given: “We the jury, agree and fond from evidence produced that Mrs. Blanche Epperson came to her death by a pistol shot wound, fired by someone other than herself.” Formal charge of murder was made against Epperson Wednesday. Roy Epperson, a C & O brakeman, told police that he and his wife had had a quarrel and that she has shot herself.
Cooley Orpin, desk sergeant of the Ashland police department, testified at the coroner’s inquest that he met Epperson while he was en route to the latter’s home in answer to a call He said that he asked Epperson what the trouble was and that Epperson informed him that his wife had shot herself. Orpin went on and described the condition of the room. He said that Mrs. Epperson was lying almost on her right side with her head on a pillow and the gun was lying on a small table in a corner of the room. It had one empty shell in it and 2 or 3 had been taken out and were lying on the floor and the case had been pulled off and feathers were scattered over the floor. The officer testified that the latch on a small door leading in to the bedroom had been broken off and in the room adjoining the bedroom he found an umbrella which had been bent in a half moon shape.
Orpin said that clothing hanging on a chair near the bed on which the dead woman lay was spattered with blood. He also stated that upon investigation of the wound, he found no powder burns upon Mrs. Epperson’s night gown or belly. Funeral rites for Mrs. Epperson were conducted Wednesday afternoon and burial was made in Ashland cemetery. At the request of Epperson the husband was permitted to attend the funeral under guard. Mrs. Epperson was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Pope of Ashland. Besides her parents, Mrs. Epperson is survived by her husband, 3 small children, one brother, Hiram Pope, Jr., and 3 sisters, Mrs. Shanklin, Ashland, Mrs. J. E. Baker, Huntington, and Mrs. Walter Weller, Pittsburgh, PA. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
FANNIN, B. B.
B. B. Fannin, of Ashland died in an Ashland hospital after an illness of 2 weeks Wednesday morning, Apr 6. The body was taken to Paintsville for burial beside the grave of his first wife, who died several years ago. Mr. Fannin was born near Sandy Hook, Jan 6, 1865, and was united in marriage to Miss Josie Parsons Dec 29, 1887. To this union 10 children were born, 2 of whom preceded their parents in death. Surviving children are: Mrs. R. H. Caines, of Ashland, Mrs. B. F. Preston, of Olive Hill, Mrs. John Chandler, of Paintsville, Vencill Fannin of Johnson County, Fred Fannin of Akron, OH, Newton Fannin, Ashland, George Fannin in the United States Navy and Miss Bobbie Fannin, who is a student at Sayre College, Lexington. Mr. Fannin was a well known business man of Eastern Kentucky. He was engaged in the timber business from early manhood until failing health forced him to retire from active business. About 4 years ago Mr. Fannin was married to Mrs. Mary Greene, of Ashland, who survives. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
Ervin Finley, age about 21 years, was killed in an accident in the mines of the Logan coal field Tuesday afternoon of this week. The body was shipped to Huntington Tuesday evening and taken to Ferguson, this county, Wednesday morning. The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Finley, of Ferguson. The boy's father was one of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for member of the county court in the last primary and is well known in Wayne County. Ervin had been working in Logan County only about 2 months and had written his home folks that he was preparing to quit his job and return home Saturday of this week. The details of the accident which caused his death were not explained in the telegram received Tuesday by his parents. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
FITZPATRICK, John Otis
John Otis Fitzpatrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Fitzpatrick, of this city, died Saturday afternoon in a Tucson, AZ sanitarium where he had been for a year or so in search of health. His condition had become so much worse his mother had been summoned and was with him when the end came. His remains, accompanied by his mother, will reach here about Thursday night and interment will be in the family cemetery on Middle Creek. He was about 24 years of age and is survived by his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers, one sister, Mrs. Mary Bayles having been with him in Tucson for some time.--Post. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
J.W. Frail died at his home in Charleston, WV last Thursday after an illness of several months with a complication of diseases. His remains were buried last Sunday afternoon. He was the father of J. H. Frail and W. M. Frail of Paintsville, who attended the funeral and burial at Charleston last Sunday. He was 68 yeas of age. He is survived by 3 sons, J. H. and W. M. of Paintsville and W. E. Frail, of Grayson, KY, also 3 daughters, Mrs. Della Settle of Charleston, Mrs. E. J. Cartwright of Welch, WV and Mrs. Grover Seaffer of Charleston, WV. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
Mr. Fred Greathouse, of Clendennin, WV, fell from the bridge, now under construction, at Cliff and was rushed to the hospital on the down train, but died before reaching Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
Howard Griffith, 18 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Griffith, of Estill, Floyd County, was fatally injured Friday at the Wells Elkhorn Coal Company tipple at Estill while attempting to apply the brakes on a coal gondola. The victim was a relative of George Griffith of Cherokee, this county, and a number of other Lawrence County persons. As young Griffith was attempting to check the car with the brake, his feet slipped from the small platform near the top of the car. Falling in front of the car, he was frightfully crushed as the wheels passed over his body. He lived only a short time following the accident. Burial was made Sunday afternoon in the Martin Cemetery near Estill. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
Lee Hall, 24 years old, died Thursday, Mar 24, in the King's Daughters' Hospital, Ashland, and was buried in the family cemetery Saturday near Buchanan, this county. The Rev. S. D. Harvey, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, at Buchanan, conducted funeral services. An illness lasting one week resulted in his death. Mr. Hall was married in 1922 to Miss Ruby Estep, who survives. He is also survived by 2 children, Lenora, 3, and C. D., 1, and by 3 brothers and 7 sisters. He was a son of James and Minda Hall. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
Henry Hamilton of Long Fork, was shot and instantly killed Sunday afternoon on Mud Creek. A group of men, of which Joe Hall was a member had been drinking together and were idling in front of Hall's house, it is said, when Hamilton came riding by on his horse. Hall, it is reported, did not know Hamilton and the men had exchanged no words, when Hall said that he was going to kill Hamilton and fired at him several times. One shot entered the left side of his chest and lodged under the shoulder blade. Another pierced the stomach. Hamilton fell off his horse dead and lay in the creek until a neighbor woman came up and drew him to the bank. Hall surrendered to the Floyd County officials and was taken to the jail at Prestonsburg. Hamilton who was a son of the late Jeff Hamilton and son in law of Duvall Tackett is survived by several children. Big Sandy news, Apr 8, 1927
HENRITZE, Ernestine (Stump)
News of the death of Mrs. Ernestine Stump Henritze, who passed away on Wednesday morning, brought sorrow to relatives and many friends in Louisa where the family resided a number of years. She was the daughter of John F. and Elizabeth Blankenship Stump, of Huntington, and it was in their home her death occurred. For about 2 years her health had been failing and soon after returning from a visit in California she went to Asheville, NC hoping the climate there might restore her health. Her parents and husband, Thomas L. Henritze, moved to that place, and remained until a short time ago, when it became evident that she could not long survive. Mrs. Stump was about 30 years old and was a niece of Mrs. William Justice and R. Blankenship of Louisa. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Stump, and will be conducted by Rev. A.W. Martin and Rev. A. J. Wallin. Burial will be made in Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
HINKLE, L. A.
L. A. Hinkle, 60 years old, of Walbridge, died suddenly Saturday night at Kayford, WV it was learned here this week. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Albert Miller, pastor of the Methodist Church at Walbridge, of which the deceased was a member for 18 years. Mr. Hinkle is survived by his widow 5 children, Edith, Betty, Dewey, Charlie and Buford, all of Huntington, 3 sisters, Mrs. Ella Gilley, of Grayson, Mary Hinkle, of Lucasville, OH and Mrs. Nora Connolly, of Hopewell, KY and one brother, Sol Hinkle, of Maytown. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
On Monday, Mar 14, death entered the home of Alvin Jordan and took away his loving wife, Virgie. She was a kind and loving wife and mother. Virgie was a woman loved and respected by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed in her home and neighborhood. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, 4 children, her father and mother and one brother. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
KEITH, Julia (Clay)
Mrs. Julia Clay Keith, 68 years old, died suddenly Thursday, Apr 14, at the home of her son in law, F. Tom Hatcher, in Pikeville, of heart asthma. Mrs. Keith was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Clay, and was born in Pikeville, where she resided almost all her life. She was married 3 times--first to William Craig, after whose death she became the wife of the late Jack Leslie, and last to C. B. Keith, who died in 1921. She was a life long member of the M. E. Church, South and was prominent in church work. She is survived by 3 sons, A. S. Leslie, Logan, WV, Mrs. Ernestine Rangely and Grover C. Leslie. Two brothers and a sister also survive, T.J. Clay of Pikeville, W. F. Clay of Washington, and Mrs. Mary Hamilton, Pikeville. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon Apr 17, at the M. E. Church, South, Pikeville and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
Henry Kelly, 41 years old, brother of Mrs. Margaret Barker, of this county, was killed in a gun fight, Friday night in Hatcher Hollow, near Coal Grove, OH, in which Constable Vernon Bryant, 22, and Monroe Sparks also met death. The fight was the result, it is said, of a raid made by Constable Bryant and Jesse Suiter, whom he had deputized, upon a moonshine still. Kelly and Sparks, it is reported, were at the still when seen by the officers. Closing in upon the two, Suiter searched Kelly and failed to find a gun. Bryant threw him a pair of handcuffs, ordering the deputy to manacle Kelly. As he did so Sparks is alleged to have drawn a gun and fired, his bullet striking Bryant's badge. The two then began a revolver duel at close range. Bryant dropped, mortally wounded. Then he rose to his knees and killed Sparks with a single shot. As Kelly rushed upon him, the officer fired, his bullet piercing Kelley's brain. The wounded officer was taken to the Marting hospital in Ironton, where he died early Saturday morning. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bryant, of Forest Dale, OH. Sparks and Kelly went to Ohio from Elliott and Carter Counties, where many of their relatives live. Besides his sister who lives in this county, Kelly is survived by 3 brothers, Jackson Kelly of Grayson, John Kelly of Newcomb, KY and Melvin Kelly of Forest Dale, OH. Sparks is survived by his widow, a small son and by his father, Elbert Sparks. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
LEWIS, Maude Alice
The only automobile fatality occurring in this section over Easter was that of Mrs. Maude Alice Lewis, of Ashland, who was killed at Princess, Boyd County, Sunday afternoon, when 3 autos featured in the tragedy. McKinley Lewis, husband of the victim, was driving the family car toward Ashland, it is said, and in attempting to pass another auto driven by A. L. Porter collided with the other machine. Mrs. Lewis and her smallest child, Mary, 3 years old, were thrown clear of the auto and were for the moment free of danger. Mr. Lewis and their other daughter, Myrtle, aged 5, remained in the car and were uninjured. A moment later the Lewis automobile was struck by a Nash auto driven by Albert Green of Clyffeside, and was thrown over on Mrs. Lewis and her daughter. The child was not seriously hurt. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
Pikeville--Babe Little, of Penny died here Friday from an internal hemorrhage caused by striking his abdomen against a rail, The accident occurred at Penny, Wednesday night. According to the account received here, Little was just getting over smallpox and was in a weakened condition, when he jumped our of a window at the picture show at Penny, striking a railing below. Little was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Little and is survived by parents and his wife. He was 27 years old and a barber. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
MARTIN, Green W.
Prestonsburg--Green W. Martin, of Siloam, KY, died here in the station Sunday morning as he was waiting for C & O train number 38 to return to his home. Mr. Martin a native of Floyd County, came up last week to visit his daughter Miss Anna Martin and his sister, Mrs. Caroline Harris of this city and other relatives in the county. His visit was over and after eating an early breakfast saying he was feeling unusually well, and wanted to get off early in order to attend church in the afternoon and also wanted to go down on the train with some acquaintances from this city who were leaving on the morning train for Frankfort. He was sitting in the restaurant at the station when he was noticed to fall from a stool and before a doctor could be gotten he was dead. Apoplexy is supposed to have been the cause. Mr. Martin was 69 years of age and is survived by 2 daughters and 2 sons and a sister. His funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the Baptist Church. Rev. C. H. Nicholls in charge assisted by Rev. J. D. Ball, Methodist pastor. Burial in the Gearhart Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
Bilton McDonald, 69 years old, West Virginia capitalist and philanthropist, died at his home in Logan, WV, Saturday, Mar 26, as the result of a heart attack following a brief attack of influenza. Mr. McDonald and his brother, Bruce McDonald, also of Logan, were prime factors in the drive last year for the Morris-Harvey College building program. Having long been interested in Barboursville school, which is an institution under the supervision of the Western Virginia conference of the M. E. Church, South, the McDonald brothers agreed to contribute $100,000 to the college if a similar sum could be solicited in Wayne and Cabell Counties. The deceased was born at the mouth of Huff's Creek in Logan County and was educated at Concord Normal School, at Athens, WV. He became a teacher, later serving as superintendent of the Logan County schools. Having amassed a fortune in the coal and timber business he and his brother had been retired from business for several years. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, from Nighbert Memorial Church at Logan. Dr. R. T. Webb, presiding elder of the Huntington district of the Western Virginia conference, M. E. church, South, conducted funeral rites. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
Kenneth McReynolds, 9 year old son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Larkin McReynolds, died Apr 11 at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John McReynolds, of Clifford. Throat trouble, with complications, caused the boy's death. The lad had been in ill health all his life, and had submitted to 2 or 3 operations. He is survived by one sister, 6 years old. Burial was made Wednesday in the family cemetery at Clifford, the Rev. J. W. Hall conducting the funeral. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
Ollie Montgomery, 22 years old, of Paintsville and Dave Reed, 35, of East Point, section workers on the Big Sandy division of the C & O were struck and killed Thursday morning, Apr 14, by No. 37 passenger train at Van Lear. While standing on the tracks, conversing, they saw a freight train approaching, and stepped onto another into the path of the passenger. Both were badly mangled. The victims were both married and are survived by their widows, and several children. Montgomery was buried Saturday on Davis Branch, Johnson County, and the body of Reed was taken to East Point for interment. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
PACK, Elizabeth (Riggsby)
Mrs. Elizabeth Pack, 62 years old, died suddenly at her home in Louisa Wednesday morning. Cause of her death is believed to have been paralysis. Mrs. Pack and her husband, bill Pack, moved here from the Blaine section of this county about a year ago. She had been stricken with paralysis some time ago, and a second stroke is believed to have been responsible for her death. The deceased was Miss Elizabeth Riggsby before her marriage. She was a native of Lawrence County. Surviving her are her husband and 2 sons, John T. Pack, of the A & P Store here, and Ova Pack, who resides with his father here. She is also survived by several brothers and sisters. The body was taken Thursday to the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Pack on Laurel, this county, where burial was made Friday. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
Mrs. Rebecca Patrick, age 75, wife of Alex Patrick, died Feb 27 at her home on Crains nest about one o'clock, with an unknown disease. There was a little misunderstanding about the place the remains should be laid. A grave was dug on Puncheon, with the understanding that she would be buried there. Her husband changed his mind later and she was finally buried at the Wisecup Cemetery on Haunted Lick. Foraker correspondent. Salyersville Independent. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
PENNINGTON, Ella (Webb)
Mrs. Ella Webb Pennington, formerly of Ashland, and relative of a number of Lawrence County people died at her home in Seattle, WA, Friday, Apr 1, a report received by relatives says. Mrs. Pennington was a devout member of the Christian Church and had many friends in this section. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Webb. Surviving are her father, 2 sisters, Mrs. S. Keefer and Mrs. W. M. Carey, and a brother, John Webb, all of Ashland, It was planned to take the body to Willard, Carter County, for burial. Big Sandy news, Apr 8, 1927
Word received in Louisa this week tells of the death in Columbus, OH, Feb 13, of Everest Peterman, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Peterman, formerly of Louisa, as the result of injuries sustained Jan 13 when struck by a hit and run motorist. The youthful victim was born in Louisa, where his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Peterman, live. The accident in which he was fatally injured occurred at Nellston and Naghten Streets, Columbus and the lad was dragged to Fourth Street by the auto. The driver has not been apprehended. Besides his grandparents who live here, the victim is survived by his parents and by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. w. Havens, of Guyandotte, WV. The body was buried in Union Cemetery at Columbus. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
RAMEY, Laura B. (Thompson)
The death angel has again visited our community and claimed for its victim, Mrs. Laura B Ramey, departed this life Mar 8, 1927. She was a good mother, good companion and daughter and was loved by all who knew her. Her home was at Kermit, WV when she became ill she was brought to the hospital at Louisa, where she underwent an operation and was taken from there to Adams at the home of her father, Jessie Thompson, and remained there till her death. She was laid to rest in the old family cemetery on Little Blaine. She was converted when 12 years of age and lived a devoted Christian till her death, being about 35 years of age. She leaves 6 small children, the eldest being 11, the youngest 5 months of age. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
On the night of Mar 15 the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Fred Ramey and took from them their darling wife and mother, Laura B. She was born Sep 2, 1885, was married to Fred Ramey in 1915. to this union were born 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls: Hillard, 10, Audrey, 7, Talmadge, 5, Jessie, 3, Albert, 2, Faye Marie, 5 months old, Besides her family she leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters and a host of other relatives. She was converted while young and joined the Holiness Church. She told her father and mother she was ready to die. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard to await the resurrection morn. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
REED, Dave--see under Ollie Montgomery
ROBERTS, Mrs. G. R. (Lou Stafford-Turner-Chapman)
Mrs. G. R. Roberts, 77 years old, died at her home here Tuesday morning after a lingering illness from dropsy. Mrs. Roberts has been seriously ill only a short time. The deceased was a member of the Baptist Church for years, and was a devout Christian. Before her first marriage to Thomas Turner, she was Miss Lou Stafford. Until Mr. Turner's death she lived in Ashland. After her marriage to the late George Chapman, she came to Louisa. After Mr. Chapman's death she was united in marriage to G. R. Roberts, who survives. Mrs. Roberts leaves no children, but is survived by 2 brothers, whose whereabouts are not known. In compliance with Mrs. Roberts' last request her body was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pigg. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon from the Baptist Church, the Rev. Hamilton of Mt. Sterling, former pastor here, officiating. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
SAMMONS, H. C.
H. C. Sammons, 71 years old, one of Louisa's oldest and best citizens, died at his home here Thursday evening after a long illness of Bright's disease. Mr. Sammons was a man of the highest type, and his sterling worth had been made evident through years of service here in church and civic work. He had been a member of the Baptist Church almost 40 years and had been a leader in that church for many years. He came to Louisa when a mere boy with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Sammons, who moved here from West Virginia, where he was born. Years before the present Louisa-Fort Gay bridge was built, he was ferryman across the Big Sandy river between the two towns. He also served as town marshal here for some time, establishing a noteworthy regard as an efficient officer. Mr. Sammons is survived by his widow and by 3 daughters and 6 sons, whose names follows: Miss May Sammons of Louisa, who is teaching at Panther, WV, Mrs. J. A. Collinsworth, Huntington, WV, Mrs. W. F. Henreichs, Eccles, WV, Milt and Russell Sammons, of Louisa, Harry C. Sammons, Sedalia, MO, Herbert W. Sammons, Parkersburg, WV, F. S. and Ed Raymond Sammons, of Huntington, WV. A brother, William Sammons, of Louisa and Mrs. John Chapman, a sister, of Taft, Fl, also survive. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning from the Baptist Church by the Rev. B. S. Akers, assisted by Rev. J. S. Thompson and Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
Alamander Shepherd, whose serious illness was reported in our last issue, died Friday at his home of pneumonia. He had recently suffered a severe attack of the flu but had recovered sufficiently to be on the street. He was caught in a shower while out and suffered a relapse. Mr. Shepherd was about 68 years of age and was regarded as one of our best as well as one of our most industrious citizens. He was always engaged in hard manual labor. His funeral took place from the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon. Revs. Isaac Stratton and George Rose were in charge. He was buried in the Richmond Cemetery. He is survived by his widow and 8 children, besides other relatives. Big Sandy news, Apr 1, 1927
Ark Castle, crazed by drink, entered the home of his stepmother, Mrs. Katie Castle, on Middle Creek, Floyd County, Thursday, Apr 21, shot and probably fatally wounded Mrs. Castle and killed his brother in law, Dan Shepherd, 18 years old, according to a report received here this week. Mrs. Castle was shot through the arm and lung, and lies in a critical condition in Stumbo Hospital at Martin. The slayer's father, Elbert Castle, died several months ago, and when Ark Castle entered the home Thursday he ordered his stepmother to move a bed in the room, because, he said, "that's the bed my father died in". After he assisted the woman in moving the bed, he told her that he understood that she was going to move out of his father's house. Mrs. Castle replied that she thought she was to be permitted to remain there until the land was divided. Mrs. Castle stepped onto the porch, picked up her baby and started to step off the porch As she did son, her stepson fired twice, both bullets taking effect. As Mrs. Castle fell, Shepherd stepped onto the porch. Castle also fired 2 shots into him. Following the shooting, Castle fled into the woods, and had not been captured when the report of the affair was received here. Shepherd is survived by his widow and 2 small children. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
SPARKS, Monroe--see under Henry Kelly
SPENCER, Dr. George
Dr. George Spencer, of Carlisle, KY, died last Saturday morning after a lingering illness of several months with Brights disease. He was the father of Dudley Spencer, Assistant Cashier of the Paintsville National Bank of this city. Mr. Spencer was called to the bedside of his father a few days ago but he was improving. Last Friday a message received said this father was seriously ill and Mr. Spencer left at once. Saturday morning Mrs. Spencer left for Carlisle. The funeral was held Monday. Dr. Spencer was located in Pike County for a few years ago as a physician for the Ford Coal Corporation. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
Pikeville--Despair over a love affair is said to have been the cause of 15 year old Shelby girl fatally shooting herself Monday night. The girl, Ella Tackett, daughter of Mid Tackett who was killed in a gun battle 2 years ago, was found after she had shot herself through the body, and she was brought here to the hospital. It is said that she had written a note to the man she loved giving the motive for her act and telling of her feeling for him, saying, "When by eyes are closed in death, kiss my lips." The girl died here Wednesday morning and her body was sent to Penny for burial which was held Thursday. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
TISLOW, Hovey H.
Hovey H. Tislow, who resided years ago in Louisa, died Sunday, Apr 3, in Walker's sanitarium in Evansville,IN, it was learned here late last week. Mr. Tislow was employed here for 2 or 3 years, starting as a watchmaker in Conley's store in 1892. He was a native of Pike County, IN, and resided in Petersburg, IN, where he was a prominent citizen. He was one of the founders of the Peoples' Loan & Trust Company in Petersburg, and was vice president of that organization at his death. For 20 years or more he had been manager of the political campaigns in his county of Senator Watson and the late Senator Hemingway. Surviving Mr. Tislow are his widow, one daughter, his father, and 2 sisters. The Masonic and Odd Fellows orders conducted rituals at his funeral and burial. Interment was made at Petersburg. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
VANETTER, Alice (Sperry)
Mrs. Alice Sperry Vanetter, 38 years old, died Monday, Mar 21, at her home a few miles below Buchanan. Mrs. Vanetter was the wife of Cassendar Vanetter, to whom she was married in 1910. She was the mother of 8 children, the following of whom survive: Delos, John, Bert, Katherine, Richard and Ruby Vanetter. She was converted Feb 3, this year and became a member of the M. E. Church, South. Her service to the community in which she lived was a highly valued one. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
VANHOOSE, Mrs. Alonzo
Mrs. Alonzo F. VanHoose, died at her home in Frankfort last Thursday after a lingering illness of long duration. The VanHoose family is well known in Johnson County where they formerly resided, moving to the State capital 20 years ago. Funeral services for Mrs. VanHoose were held at Frankfort Sunday afternoon and burial there. Mrs. VanHoose is survived by her 7 children and her husband. Mr. VanHoose is the son of the late Harry VanHoose of Mingo, this county, and has been connected with the State and Federal government for the past 20 yeas. At present he is deputy internal revenue collector with headquarters at Pikeville. Mrs. VanHoose was a daughter of the late John B. VanHoose, one time jailer of Johnson County. She was also a sister of Walter VanHoose, present County Court Clerk. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1927
Mrs. Suna VanHoose of Sublett, age 55 yeas, died at the Golden Rule Hospital last Sunday of Bright's disease. She had been a suffer from this malady for the past few yeas and recently developed a carbuncle on the back of her neck and her condition became serious. Last Friday she was brought to the local hospital where she passed away Sunday. Funeral and burial was held Tuesday afternoon at the old home on Toms Creek and were in charge of Rev. Arthur Green, Rev. Guy Preston and Rev. Millard VanHoose. The following relatives from this city attended the funeral and burial: F. S. VanHoose, Don C. VanHoose, Millard VanHoose, J. Melvin Hall, J. V. Stambaugh, Hervie Stambaugh and Jont Stambaugh. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1927
A woman cost the life of Ed Vinson in Pike County, Saturday, it is reported. Vinson, alleged to have become involved in an argument with his brother, Ale Vinson, Saturday night at McAndrews, dropped dead with a bullet between the eyes when Ale Vinson alleges he shot to save his own life. According to Ale Vinson, who was taken to Pikeville Sunday and placed in jail on a charge of murder, his brother, married and the father of 4 children, was going with another woman. His brother accused him of "starting talk", Ale Vinson said and threatened him. The shooting followed, Ale said. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
WEBB, “Uncle Chunk”
Whitesburg, KY—Apr 11—the death Saturday at the Kentucky River headwaters in Letcher County of “Uncle Chunk” Webb, who was nearing his 95th birthday anniversary, broke up one of the most remarkable families in the mountain counties of Kentucky. Direct descendants of Daniel Boone, the Webbs have for many years been noted figures in Letcher and neighboring counties. The hardihood of their forefathers was maintained by the Webbs to a marked degree. All had large families. Until a few years ago, when outsiders came into the county with the development of the coal fields, it was said that virtually everyone in Letcher could trace relationship to the Webbs. “Uncle Chunk” most prominent survivors are 3 brothers, all of whom have passed the four score mark, Sam Webb, Confederate pensioner, who lives at Thorton Creek, Letcher County, and is 93 years old, is the oldest. He is active and spends much of his time walking through the county. Although trains run on a regular schedule into Whitesburg, “Uncle” Sam nearly always walks to town from Thorton Creek when business calls him to the county seat.
Next to “Uncle Sam” is “Dutch” Webb, who is 86. Until a short time ago, “Uncle Dutch” was employed as a section hand by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company for many years. He, too, is active and alert and appears 20 years younger than he is. The other brother is “Little Joe” Webb, the ”baby” of the family, who is 82. He lives at Bottomfork, near Mayking, this county. Strangers appear doubtful then told the age of the pioneer, who physical faculties seem to have been dimmed but slightly by the years. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
WEBB, Lena May (Copley)
Mrs. Lena May Copley Webb, 36 years old, died at her home in Fort Gay Thursday as the result of tuberculosis. In 1910 she was married to Willie Webb and to this union 5 children were born. Her husband and the following children survive: William Arthur, 14, Lucian Grant, 11, James Gordon, 9, and Lawrence Jackson, 6. She also leaves 5 sisters and 3 brothers. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the M. E. Church by the Rev. L. D. Bryan. Burial was made at Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1927
Frank Welch, 52 years old, passed away Sunday afternoon peacefully, at the home here of his sister, Mrs. C. E. McGowan. Death was caused by tuberculosis of the lungs. He had been in bed but 3 weeks. Mr. Welch had been suffering but a short while, and his sudden death came as a surprise to relatives and friends. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev. Hewlett and were attended by only a few relatives and friends. Mr. Welch was a widower, his wife preceding him in death several years ago. The deceased is survived by 2 sons, Elwood Welch, of Los Angeles, CA, and Herbert Welch, Catlettsburg, his father, Pete Welch Louisa, 5 sisters, 2 brothers, and 2 grandchildren. Burial took place at the Rice Cemetery at the mouth of Two Mile. Big Sandy News Apr 22, 1927
Mrs. Amanda Williams, wife of George Williams, of Myrtle, died Sunday afternoon of dropsy. She was about 59 years of age, a member of the Baptist Church and has been in poor health for several years. She is survived by her husband. She was buried Tuesday at her late home. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
WOODS, James H.
James H. Woods, 54 years old, one of the most prominent citizens of this county, died at his home here Monday morning following a month's illness of typhoid. Mr. Woods had been in failing health for the past 5 or 6 years as the result of kidney trouble. His condition became critical Saturday, but he rallied slightly on Saturday, sinking rapidly to the end on the following morning. At the time of his death Mr. Woods was a member of the Lawrence fiscal court, serving as magistrate from the eighth district, to which office he was appointed by Gov. W. J. Fields. He was prominent in Democratic politics, in this county, and was Democratic chairman in Lawrence County when Congressman Fred M. Vinson was a candidate. The deceased man was a son of the late Judge W. H. Woods, of Webbville. He was married to Miss Dora Barrett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Barrett of Boyd County, and they resided for a time at Vessie, this county. During his residence at Vessie, Mr. Woods was a successful cattle dealer. After moving to Louisa, he founded the Woods Motor Company and was prominent in business.
Mr. Woods was known throughout this section, where his kindly nature had won for him hundreds of friends. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South, and was prominently affiliated with the Masonic Order. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. O. J. Toler of Coalton, KY, W. T. Woods, of Vessie, Mrs. W. H. Vaughan, Lawrence Woods, and James Woods of Louisa. The following brothers and sisters also survive, J. W. Woods, Mrs. A. S. Doty and Mrs. W. W. Hankes, of Ashland, Harlan Woods, Webbville, Ezra Woods, Pollard, and Walter Woods, of Ashland. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning from the home by the Rev. I. N. Fannin, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, here, assisted by the Rev. J. D. Bell, of Prestonsburg. Members of Apperson Lodge of Masons, of which Mr. Woods was a member, conducted impressive rituals at the home and at the grave at Pine Hill cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1927
James Young, 47 years old, a native of this county, died in Schirrman Hospital, Portsmouth, OH, Thursday, Apr 14, after having submitted to an operation for cancer several days before. Mr. Young moved to Ohio about 18 years ago and was employed in the Portsmouth works of the Wheeling Steel Corporation. The deceased is survived by his widow and 4 children, Estill, Henry, Harry and Myrtle, all at home. His mother, Mrs. Sina Young, Portsmouth, a sister, Mrs. Mollie Riggs, New Boston, and 4 brothers, Dr. J. E. Young, Rufus Young, and Ulysses Young, all of Kentucky and Farris Young, of New Boston, also survive. Funeral services were conducted at Greenup Saturday afternoon, with burial near there. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1927
ADKINS, John D.
John D. Adkins passed away on Thursday of last week at his home at Osie, this county, after a lingering illness of Bright’s disease. He was a good citizen and was about 65 years of age. His wife, 3 sons, Jay Adkins, of Wolfpit, Roy Adkins, of Logan, George Adkins of Ashland and a daughter who lives at Wolfpit are the surviving members of the family. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
ADKINS, Nancy A.
Mrs. Nancy A. Adkins, 78, a well-known and highly respected lady of Rush, died at her home after an illness of several days. She had resided at Rush for many years. The funeral service was conducted from the home Saturday afternoon by Rev. James Stanley and burial following in the Hall Cemetery. Mrs. Adkins is survived by 2 sons, Charles Adkins, of Rush and Wiser Adkins of West Virginia. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
BALL, Mrs. T. W. (Ida McKinster-Borders)
The pale horse and his rider visited the home of T. W. Ball, on last Saturday afternoon and claimed for its victim, Mrs. Ida M. Ball, his dear wife, and mother of 6boys and one girl. She was born Oct 24, 1881. She was first married to W. S. Borders, Sr. in 1900, to them one son was born, W. S. Borders, Jr. On Dec 10, 1904 she was united in marriage to T. W. Ball of Mattie and to them were born 6 boys and one girl, one boy dying in infancy. She leaves 6 boys and one girl to mourn her loss of a loving mother, who will be greatly missed by the family and by the Sunday School and Church. She was a faithful member in Sunday School as long as she was able to attend and was a great help to the church. She was converted when she was 11 years old and was a member of the M. E. Church, South, to which calling she was faithful to the end. She bore her illness and endured the suffering without a murmur. She was the daughter of Rev. W. H. C. McKinster, of Mattie, a local minister. Surviving her are 4 sisters and one brother, Mrs. A. L. Moore, Kenova, WV, who was at her bedside during her illness and at the time of her death; Mrs. A. B. Thompson of Mattie, who was with her constantly during her illness and death, Mrs. B. Z. Jordan, of Burdine, KY, and Mrs. D. B. Johnson, of Jenkins, KY who was not able to attend the funeral; J. B. McKinster, who has been in the sanitarium in Pueblo, CO almost 3 years for his health, and who was unable to attend. Her sons W. S. Borders, Thomas Ball, Edgil K. Ball and Oscar T. Ball all of whom are attending school at Louisa, were at the bedside of their mother when the end came and Wilson Ball, Nile ball and Maxie Ball all at home. Before she died she called the children all around her many times during her illness and cautioned them to be good boys and give their hearts to God and live for him and told them she was ready and anxious to go and she prayed God’s blessings on them many times during her illness. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Roland Hutchison, Rev. Roberts and Rev. Charley Moore all of whom were well known to her and visited during her illness. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery.Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
Death came suddenly and unexpectedly to James Blankenship on Thursday afternoon of last week about four o’clock. He suffered a heart attack after going up town and was being taken to the hospital by his brother for medical aid when he passed away just inside the hospital grounds. He had been suffering from leakage of the heart for some time, but was able to be around town most of the time. Mr. Blankenship’s age was 47 years and 12 days. He was never married and made his home with his aged father, William Blankenship, who is 96 years old. He was well liked by all who knew him and his death brought deep sorrow to family and friends. He is survived by a number of brothers, among whom are Mose Blankenship, of Catlettsburg, Tom, of Wayland, Peter L. of Louisa and 2 sisters who live in Oklahoma. Funeral services were conducted from the home on Friday afternoon by Rev. J. W. Greenwood, pastor of the Christian Church of Catlettsburg and was attended by a large number of friends and relatives. Burial took place in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
John Blanton, one of our Big Sandy boys, who is well known in Elliott, Lawrence and Johnson Counties was killed at Chapmansville, WV, Monday night by an accident in the mines. He has many friends in the Big Sandy country. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
BOOTH, Mrs. Jefferson
Mrs. Jefferson Booth, 71 years old, died at her home in Huntington Monday night. The funeral services were held at Whites Creek, WV Wednesday morning, with burial in the cemetery there. Mrs. Boothe is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Henry Lewis and Mrs. Dave Walker of Kenova, a son, Enslow Booth of Kenova and the following sister, Mrs. Freelin Booth of Wayne, Mrs. Joe Malsolm, Mrs. George Plymale, and Mrs. Custer Christian of Buffalo Creek, Mrs. Herskin Booth of Westmoreland, and Mrs. Mary Garrett of Wayne. She was an aunt of Dr. B. D. Booth of Kenova. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1927
Glo, KY--The many friends and relatives in Johnson and Lawrence Counties will be grieved to learn of the death of Sun Bowe, 6, which occurred at Wheelwright Friday of last week, after an illness of 2 or 3 months. No alarm had been felt over his illness until within about a week of his death, which was due to complication of troubles. He was one of our most splendid men, and a true Christian, had been a member of the M. E. Church, South about 40 years, active and useful in all his church relationship and died in full faith of a "living triumph after death". The usual funeral rites were held at both his home and the grave. Big Sandy news, May 6, 1927
Forrest, the 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Bradley, passed away at their home at Yatesville last Friday. His death followed a week’s illness of typhoid fever. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett and burial took place in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
Yatesville—It is with the greatest regret that we have to announce the death of little Forrest Bradley, the 6 and a half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Landon E. Bradley. He died early Friday morning of typhoid fever and his sickness had been of rather short duration. He was buried in the family burial grounds which is a most beautiful plot for a graveyard and which as such is being well taken are of. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. Roberts, our circuit rider. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
The death of John Burgess, 85, occurred at his home at Clinton, IN on Friday of last week. The body was brought to this place, reaching here Sunday morning, and was taken to the Wilson burial ground on Lick Creek for interment. Services were conducted at the grave by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Mr. Burgess was a native of this county, but moved to Indiana several years ago. He was a good citizen and for many years had been a devout Christian. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He is survived by 2 sons, Rev. William Burgess of Chapman, Fred Burgess of Clinton, IN, and a daughter, Mrs. G. Wells of Offutt, Johnson County. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burgess accompanied the body to this place, and a number of relatives from Paintsville and other points were present at the burial. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1927
Donithan—On Thursday, May 12th, our community was greatly shocked by the sudden death of Uncle Henry Carr which occurred at the home of his son. Death came a short time after he stumbled and fell a flight of stairs which probably brought about his death. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
Portsmouth, OH—Henry Castle, 59, who formerly conducted a grocery store here recently passed away at his home. His death was due to complications. Mr. Castle was a member of the Purity Castle No 10, Knight of the Golden Eagle. The funeral services were largely attended with Rev. H. S. Tillis, pastor of the First Baptist Church in charge of the service. Mr. Castle is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Alice Castle, 4 children, Eula, Ernest, Myrtle and Evelyn at home. Interment was made in Memorial burial park, east of Wheelersburg….Mr. Castle made his confession that the was ready to die and that the good Lord had pardoned his sins and he submitted himself wholly unto God. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
Estill Cox, 28 years old, of Wayne died in a Kenova hospital following an accident incurred when attempting to hop a freight train. Burial took place in a Wayne cemetery following funeral services conducted at the Holiness Church there Wednesday. Mr. Cox is survived by his mother, Mrs. Virginia Cox of Wayne, the wife, Mrs. Augusta Cox, 2 children, Betty, 5 years old, and Paul, 2 years old, and one brother, at Nolan. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
DOTSON, Mrs. Lester E.
The funeral of Mrs. L. E. Dotson took place at the Emmanuel Church in Huntington, WV last Sunday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. A. J. Walton. Interment was made in Spring Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Dotson's death occurred in a hospital in Huntington and followed an illness of several months. She was 23 years of age, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Marsh, of Huntington, granddaughter of Mrs. Helen Gearhart of Louisa and Lackey, and a niece of Mrs. R. A. Stone of this place. She was a sister of Mrs. J. N. King, formerly Miss Gail Marsh, who attended school here. Besides her husband, she is survived by her parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers, all of Huntington. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1927
On Monday evening of this week Charles Fitzgerald was drowned in the Big Sandy River at this place. The accident occurred just above the lock and dam. Soon a crowd had gathered and every effort was made to locate the body, but to no avail. Since that time the river has been dragged and the search continued, but up to the time of going to press, the body had not been found. The boy, 11 years of age, with others, was playing on a sandbar. Those who could swim ventured into deep water. This boy was unable to swim more than a few strokes, it is said, and when swept beyond his depth in the river could not get back. It seems that one of the others reached him, but the effort to rescue him proved futile. He is the son of Johnnie Fitzgerald and made his home with his grandmother Fitzgerald in Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
The death of George Fraley, a prominent citizen of the county, occurred on Wednesday night at his home at Tuscola. He was one of the largest and most prosperous stock dealers of the county. For about 4 years he had been an invalid. He was past 70 years of age and is survived by his wife. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
The body of George Fraley, prominent citizen who died at his home at Tuscola, was brought to Louisa Saturday and interment took place in Pine Hill Cemetery. The funeral services had been held at the home by Rev. Roland Hutchison who also conducted the burial service. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
George Fraley, of Tuscola, departed this life May 11, 1927, aged 75 years. He was a prominent citizen of this county and prosperous stock dealer. He was known to be kind and well liked. His illness extended over a period of about 4 years which he bore with patience, and 4 days prior to his death he was converted, and was in a trance, and when he came to himself he told his wife to live right, that he was going to heaven; he had had a wonderful vision….his funeral was preached by the writer on Friday May 13th and he was taken to Louisa on Saturday and his remains were deposited in the Pine Hill Cemetery, the burial services conducted by the writer. Roland Hutchison. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
FRANCIS, Mary Ellen
Mrs. Mary Ellen Francis, 65, wife of George H. Francis, died at her home in Ashland Sunday, after an illness of several days. Funeral service was held from the home and the body was taken to Magoffin County, where burial was made in the Francis Cemetery. Besides her husband, Mrs. Francis is survived by 5 daughters and 5 sons. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Cora Perkins at Ironton, OH and took her loving mother, Mrs. Lucy Hayes, Apr 8th, 1927. All was done that loving hands could do. We hated to give her up, but the Lord saw fit to take her home. She was 83 yeas old. She told her daughter not to worry over her for she was going home. We feel if we will be faithful to the end we will see her again where there will be no sad hours. She leaves 4 daughters, 2 sons, several grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her loss. The daughters are Mrs. Cora Perkins, of Ironton, OH, with whom she made her home, Mrs. J. H. Whiting of Huntington, WV, Mrs. J. T. Hillman, Marengo, OH and Mrs. John Holbrook of Vessie, KY. Sons, Tom Hayes, Holden, WV and John Hayes of Hicksville, KY. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1927
Lucretia, Hazlett, 64, daughter of the late John Hazlett of East Fork, died at the home of her brother in law, E. E. Chaffins, on East Fork last Sunday. Miss Hazlett was an invalid having been paralyzed for about 8 years She died rather suddenly, as her condition had not seemed much worse than usual. She is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. E. E. Chaffins, Mrs. J. C. McGlothlin and Mrs. D. C. Lambert, and by one brother, C. E. Hazlett, all of East Fork. The funeral services were conducted from the Chaffins home Wednesday morning by Rev. S. J. Campbell and burial followed in the Hazlett Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
HENRITZE, Ernestine (Stump)
The following is from The Logan Banner, of Logan, WV. With the blessed assurance that all was well with her soul and that she was leaving this world for a better home beyond the skies, Mrs. Ernestine Stump Henritze, with prayers on her lips and shouting praises to His glory, closed her eyes Apr 27, Wednesday morning and fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. Mrs. Henritze was born 29 years ago in the village of Louisa, KY, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Stump. Early in life her parents moved to Logan where they remained until after their daughter reached young womanhood. On Dec 26, 1920, she was united in marriage to T. L. Henritze, of Marion, VA but to this union no children were born. Some few years ago Mr. and Mrs. Stump moved to Huntington and Mrs. Henritze went with them to comfort them in their declining years. Two years ago, Mrs. Henritz was touched by the dread disease of tuberculosis and then began a valiant fight for health. She spent some time in California and later went to a health resort in Asheville, NC but the malady could not be checked. Realizing that the death angel was winging its way to earth to carry her soul to its maker. Mrs. Henritze resigned to the inevitable and made preparations to enter His presence with the wedding garments on. She accepted the Savior, was baptized and joined the Christian Church. That she was completely and fully saved was attested by the calm and patient manner in which she awaited the hour of His coming. She prayed that all her relatives might meet her in Heaven. Sorrowing relatives and friends stood by her bedside and saw the breath of life kissed away. Previous to her death Mrs. Henritze asked that Logan friends be notified and requested they attend burial. Accordingly those from this city who were present at the last rites were: Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Pulliam, and daughter, Edna, Mrs. Robert Blanken-beckler, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Kirk, Mrs. Joe Perry and Mr. Bud Everman. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the home of her parents with Rev. A. W. Martin, Rev. A. J. Walton and Rev. A. J. Coffey officiating. Interment was made in the family plot in Woodmere Cemetery. Those left to mourn her passing are her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Stump, of Huntington, husband, T. L. Henritze, of Lynchburg, VA, 3 sisters, Mrs. Ida Kirk, of Logan, Mrs. Cavin of Huntington and Mrs. Esom of Kenova, and one brother, James Stump of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
HYLTON, Phillip D.
Two Pike County men were killed last Sunday on the railroad track at Millard, near Pikeville, when struck by the evening passenger train that runs from Pikeville to Hellier. Phillip D. Hylton, engineer, of Pikeville, was instantly killed and his brother in law, Fred Reece, section hand, sustained a fractured skull and other injuries from which he died in a hospital in Pikeville that night. It is said the men were sitting on the track on a sharp curve when the accident occurred. They were brothers in law, having married daughters of J. M. Venters, of Millard. Hylton, with his wife and 2 sons aged 6 and 2 years had arrived there for a visit to relatives only a few hours before. Reece is survived by his wife and a child a few weeks old. Hylton was with the American forces overseas and was twice wounded, and had been with the railroad for several years. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hylton of Pikeville. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1927
Bert Jarrell and his 5 year old daughter were instantly killed on Monday afternoon of this week in Floyd County, about 2 miles above Harold, by a dynamite explosion at their home. His wife was also seriously injured. Mr. Jarrell was a miner, and returning home from Betsy Layne, where he was employed, brought 3 sticks of dynamite and a battery. His wife asked to see how the battery worked and in connecting it, by some means, the dynamite was discharged, instantly killing both Mr. Jarrell and his little girl. The child’s head was blown off and it is said the tongue was found 150 feet from the scene of the tragedy. Mr. Jarrell’s legs were both torn from the body and his body was badly mangled. Fragments of the child’s skull bone struck the mother in the face and it is feared she will lose the sight of one eye from injury received. A baby in bed was unharmed. County Agent Fred Lawson, rendered first aid, and hurrying to the scene from quite a distance away. Burial of Mr. Jarrell and the child took place Tuesday afternoon in the family burial ground at Banner in that county. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
Prestonsburg—Mrs. Sarah Laferty of Water Gap, widow of Rev. James Laferty died Monday May 2, of infirmities due to senility. She was past 80 years of age and had spent her long and useful life in this county where she had a host of relatives and friends. She had been an active and devoted member of the Methodist Church for 84 years. She is survived by 11 children, 5 sons and 6 daughters. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
A message was received by relatives in Louisa Tuesday conveying the sad news of the death of Haskell Lee which occurred at Akron, OH where he had been living the past few years. He died on Monday night. The body was brought to this place arriving here Thursday morning and was taken to the home of his grandfather, Mr. Atwell Wellman on Water Street. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Christian Church of which he was a member. Interment followed in Pine Hill cemetery. Haskell Lee was 33 years of age. He was born in Louisa, where the family lived until after the death of his father. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee, and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Stella Kenduel, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, Lawrence, Robert, and Atwell Lee, Mrs. Shirley Adams and Mrs. Lizzie Shivel, all of Cincinnati. Also, his wife and a daughter, 6 years of age. His wife was Miss Althea Silvers, adopted daughter of Mrs. G. W. Atkinson. Since their marriage they have lived at Akron where he was employed. He was a nephew of C. B. Wellman, and Dr. Wellman of Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
Pikeville—Funeral services were held Monday for Mrs. Columbia May, age 50, accidentally killed Saturday by her 13 year old granddaughter on John’s Creek, this county, 10 miles from Williamson. Mrs. May was another victim of a “didn’t know it was loaded” accident. Her son, Amos May, had been cleaning his revolver. When he finished the task, he handed the weapon to his niece, Mrs. May’s granddaughter, Alberta May, 13. Both the son and the granddaughter thought the revolver was empty, in a facetious spirit, the little girl pointed the gun at her grandmother and pulled the trigger. The gun went off, and Mrs. May dropped dead instantly with a bullet wound just under the heart. One cartridge had been left in the revolver. Interment was made near the home which is located close to Meta. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
MILLER, Emma America
Little Emma America Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Miller, of Douglas, KY, Pike County, passed away Monday morning of last week at her home of pneumonia. Mrs. Saylor Runyon of Stone and Mrs. Hiram Layne are sisters of Mrs. Miller. Mr. and Mrs. Saylor Runyon and Mrs. H. I. Layne left on the early morning train, Monday for Douglas, but the child passed away before their arrival. Emma America entwined herself around the hearts of all she came in contact with. We feel a great loss in her passing, but we know that she has gone to join the pure and the good and to live with Jesus forevermore. The body was taken to Ashland, Tuesday morning for burial. Big Sandy news, May 20, 1927
Just before going to press we received the following item: While the funeral of Mrs. Rebecca Wright was in progress at Hicksville, this county, on Wednesday, her sister, Mrs. Vina Miller of Ashland, while viewing the corpse remarked that she would meet her in the Great Beyond, and sank down and expired. She was more than 75 years old and a good woman. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
The body of a man who has been identified as Preston Oldfield, 25, was found on the railroad tracks near Olive Hill, Thursday, shortly after midnight, badly mutilated by a train. An investigation instituted by rail officials showed that the victim had been riding on a freight shortly before midnight. Further details are being investigated. He resided at Olive Hill. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
PRICHARD, Armintie (Reeves)
Mrs. Armintie Prichard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Reeves, was born on Straight Creek in August 1846. Died, Apr 18, 1927, after a few weeks of illness of heart dropsy with which she suffered without a murmur. She was 80 years old. She was united in marriage to Noah Prichard and to this union were born 7 children. Her husband, one son and daughter preceded her in death several years ago. There are several grandchildren. Mrs. Prichard will be greatly missed by the citizens of her community and by her loved ones which was shown by the large throngs of old and young that crowded by to pay the last tribute of love to her. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Roland Hutchison, she was laid to rest in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
Pikeville, KY—May 9—E. L. Osborn, a teacher of Osborn, Floyd County, KY, was in Pikeville today making funeral arrangements for James Roberts who was shot and killed by J. B. Bush, it is alleged, in Saturday’s school election at Osborn The funeral was to be held at the Sturgell Cemetery Monday. Roberts was drinking and a few minutes before he was shot had taken hold of Bush’s wife while she was standing in the crowd on the election ground with Mrs. Fannie Sturgell at her side. Osborn said he was informed. Mrs. Bush complained to her husband. Bush came upon Roberts at the end of the church house a few steps away and after asking him concerning his conduct toward Mrs. Bush, a difference followed in which he opened fire with a .35 special. What is believed to have been the first shot entered the center of the chest, another entered the left arm and three in the back it is reported. Roberts made a few steps and fell. His death followed instantly. He had no pistol about his body according to report.
A comparison of the polls showed that W. M. Sturgell, the candidate for trustee sponsored by Roberts had defeated Mrs. Osie Spears candidate for Bush, by a vote of 26 to 24. Two years ago the Roberts faction defeated the Bush faction. Roberts was a farmer 50 years old. He formerly operated a saw mill. He is survived by his widow and by one son, W. W. Roberts, C &O brakeman of Martin, KY and by 2 daughters, Mrs. Rachel Gearhart of Ligon and Miss Olga Roberts, a student of the Morehead school. Bush was probably 33 years old. He has taught school several years in Floyd and Pike Counties. Following the shooting he went to Prestonsburg, KY and surrendered. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
The 2 year old son of Mrs. Bessie See who lives in the Callihan addition of Louisa died Wednesday afternoon. The child had been sick a few days with chickenpox and complications. Mrs. See moved to Louisa after the death of her husband, Jay Lee See in Ashland last year. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
Mrs. Louisa Skeens died at Fallsburg Sunday night after an illness of some time. She was about 70 yeas of age and had long been a Christian and a member of church. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Grace Dilly and Miss Fannie Skeens of Fallsburg and Mrs. Nancy Crum of Ashland. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning by the Rev. L. Roberts and interment followed in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1927
SMITH, Charles G.
Charles G. Smith, 58 years old, of Dickson, in Wayne County, died Friday night after several months of illness. Interment was made in a family cemetery following funeral services conducted at the old Smith home near Dickson by Rev. Henry Mullens Sunday afternoon. Mr. Smith is survived by the widow, Mrs. Berta McGinnis Smith, 2 daughters, and 6 sons. He was prominent in Wayne County politics and a member of the Methodist Church. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1927
Pikeville—Charlie Smith, 17 year old orphaned youth, was found dead in the Ferry Hurley wareroom at McVeigh where he had gone on an errand a short while before. Physicians and those present at the inquest supported the opinion that death was caused from heart failure. The remains were returned to his home on Blackberry where interment was made in the Shade Smith Cemetery on Shade’s Fork. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Stella Runyon of McVeigh and 3 brothers, McKinley, Richard, and Shade Smith, the latter of Ransom and the former two of Pond Creek. Rev. Caudill and Ferrell Hatfield officiated at funeral services. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
Pikeville—Uncle Hent Smith, pioneer, succumbed after a long struggle with consumption and was buried quietly in the Shade Smith Cemetery recently. The aged widow, Mandy Smith, 3 daughters, Mrs. Vici Whitt of Blue Spring, Mrs. Ella Harris and Mrs. Oma Harris, and 2 sons, Amos, Johnson and Anderson Smith all of Blackberry survive the deceased. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
Fitch--The small child of Mr. and Mrs. George Stephens died Saturday and was laid to ret Sunday. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1927
The body of Ray Thompson was brought to this place and was taken to Little Blaine, this county, for burial. His death which occurred last Friday was caused by an accident by machinery where he was employed in West Virginia. He was 27 years of age and the son of Green Thompson, of Little Blaine, and grandson of John Holly, Sr., Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
Judge Roscoe Vanover returned to Pikeville from Hylton, KY, where he attended the funeral of his brother, Lee Vanover, 80 years old, who died suddenly last Sunday. Judge Vanover and his sister, Mrs. Matilda Marshal of Copper Ridge, VA, are the only survivors of a family of ten children. Lee is survived by 2 sons, John H. Vanover, and W. R. Vanover, who are twins and 2 daughters, Miss Lottie Vanover and Mrs. Elizabeth Mullins, all of Hylton, KY. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
Pikeville--Wounded at the hands of his wife and with the same gun that once before had taken toll of a human life in the hands of a woman, Fulton Williams died at 1:30 Sunday, May 1, on the way to the hospital. Fulton Williams was the 23 year old son of Jim Williams, a cripple; his 18 year old wife if the girl who caused a man’s sentence of 2 years in the penitentiary for a statutory offense some time ago; and her mother is Armina Hall, who in the last term of circuit court was freed on her plea of self-defense from conviction for the murder of Mrs. Sarah Luster, a year ago in a quarrel over a well bucket. The gun with which Mrs. Hall killed the Luster woman is the weapon that her daughter used. The shooting of Williams occurred about 12:25 at the home of his wife’s stepfather, George Riley, in “Stringtown” across the river from West Pikeville. Although Williams’ wife confesses to killing her husband, conflicting accounts of the affair are given and it is felt that the bottom of the matter has not been reached. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
The death of Harry Yates, of Fallsburg, which occurred Saturday was unexpected. He had not been feeling very well for some time, but his last illness was of only a few hours duration. He was 49 years of age and is survived by 2 children. Funeral and burial took place Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1927
Mr. Jacob Yates, son of John Yates was born Apr 30th, 1861, and died at his home on Big Hurricane Sunday night, May 9, 1927 aged 66 years and one week. He had been married 3 times. His first wife was before marriage Samantha Lemaster. To this union 5 sons and one daughter were born. His second wife was Mrs. Margaret Hubbard. To them were born 8 children—6 sons and 2 daughters. His third wife was before marriage Mrs. Jennie Crabtree. He had been a member of the Southern Methodist Church for 14 years and had lived a true devoted life to the cause of Christ. He leaves to mourn the loss his widow, Mrs. Jennie Yates and 8 sons, the eldest W. G. Yates, of Doty, WA, D. M. Yates of Seattle, WA, J. H. Yates of Portland, OR, B. J. Yates of Hillsboro, OR, T. T. Yates and R. M. Yates of Chattaroy, WV, E. F. Yates of Huntington, WV and Reynolds Yates of Fort Gay, Rout 1, We have all reasons to believe that Mr. Yates has gained that home that is prepared for those who love and serve the Lord. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1927
ADKINS, John D.
John D. Adkins was born at Morgan’s Creek, Lawrence County, KY Oct 16, 1859 and left the walks of this life at Osie, KY May 19, 1927, age 66 years 6 months and 3 days. He was a good man, loved and respected by all who knew him. His death was caused by heart trouble. All was done for him that a noble physician, friends, neighbors and loved ones could do, but they could not stop the pale horse and his rider. When Angels called him home he smiled farewell to earth. Heaven retaineth now our treasure, earth the lonely casket keeps, and the sunbeams land to linger where our sainted grandfather sleeps. A Step-granddaughter. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
ADKINS, Racie Esteline
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Adkins last Saturday and claimed for his victim their dear darling little baby, Racie Esteline. She was born Jun 21, 1926 and departed this life Jun 18, 1927, age 11 months and 27 days. She leaves to mourn her loss, father, mother, 4 brothers and one sister. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1927
BAILEY, Maud (Ward)
BAILEY, Willard B.
Several persons are reported killed, houses swept away and inestimable damage was done to property by a cloudburst and storm that swept the Big Sandy valley and Eastern Kentucky Sunday night and early Monday morning. Three members of Dr. T. B. Bailey’s family were victims. The lived on Tom’s Creek about 5 miles from Paintsville on the Mayo Trail. When they awoke Sunday night water had entered their home and thinking the house would be swept away went out into the storm to seek shelter elsewhere. They were Mrs.. Agnes Bailey, his mother, aged 80 years, whose death is said to have been caused by shock and heart failure; Dr. Bailey’s wife, Mrs. Maude Ward Bailey, 40, and their son, Willard B. Bailey, 11, were drowned. Dr. Bailey caught on a wire fence and escaped, but was unable to rescue members of the family. Their bodies were found about 300 yards from the home and 50 years apart. Mrs. Agnes Bailey was the mother of Mrs. Alice Sparks, of Louisa and grandmother of Dr. Proctor Sparks of Ashland. Mrs. Sparks who now lives in Fleming County was at the home of Dr. Sparks and they went to the Bailey home on Monday remaining for the funeral which was held on Tuesday. Dr. Bailey’s wife was a sister of Mrs. Levi Peters.
On the head of Blaine, this county, it is said that buildings were washed away. Union Camps under water and at Blaine town water stood in all the houses except a few on high ground. It was in the post office, store bank building and many homes. A vacant house of Irvin Williams washed away and lodged against a tree. We are informed that Henry Pack’s store and home were swept away. Wires have been down and it is impossible to get a full report. Webbville’s damage was considerable, the flood the worst there since 1913. Its highest mark was reached at 8 o’clock when water stood 3 feet in G. W. Webb’s store. Webb and T. B. Boggs and son were the heaviest losers.
Magoffin County—Mrs. Kate Gullet and her daughter who resided on Johnson’s Fork, 5 miles from Salyersville, were reported to have been drowned when their home was flooded. A number of oil wells located several miles from Salyersville in the lowlands were damaged. At Salyersville the water rose so suddenly that many were trapped in their homes and were forced to wade out and flee to higher ground. It did not recede until late Monday evening. Much damage was reported on State Fork, near Salyersville, Gun Creek washed out, carrying stock, chickens and small buildings with the flood; at Royalton 5 houses were reported to be washed away; Barnetts Creek near Paintsville, suffered from the washout and property was carried away. Six members of the family of Ashley Adams, a farmer, 6 miles from Paintsville, on Tom’s Creek, ran to the barn after it had been struck by lightning. Another bolt dazed them and they discovered the house, which they had just vacated, had been struck and set fire. The dwelling was destroyed. The Burton jail, on the left fork of Beaver Creek was washed away, and its 2 prisoners are reported drowned. Many of the other towns along Beaver Creek are cut off from outside communications and the extent of damage cannot be learned.
Letcher County—Two additional deaths in Fleming county were confirmed with the recovery of the bodies of Patton Jones, 58 years old, and his grandson, Arthur Jones, 17, on Big Town Creek, 20 miles below Fleming. Mr. Jones had carried his wife and 2 children to safety and had returned for his grandson when their home collapsed. A report from Fleming, KY said 2 persons were drowned at Camp Branch, 18 miles above there. If confirmed, the dead in Letcher County would be increased to 10, 6 having lost their lives at Roxana. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
Mrs. Miza Ball’s soul took its flight back to the God who gave it, Saturday May 14, 1927. Mrs. Ball had been a sufferer from cancer for some time. While her suffering was great, she was never heard to murmur, but always was ready to submit to the Master’s will. Miza accepted her Savior in her youth and lived a useful life, always ready to do her part in church and Sunday school. She leaves her husband, T. W. Ball, 6 sons and a small daughter to mourn the loss of a kind wife and mother. Four sisters and one brother besides a host of friends and relatives also survive. Funeral services were held at the Mattie Church Sunday afternoon, being conducted by Revs. Rolen Hutchison and C. W. Moore and Bro. Roberts. Then the body was taken to W. H.C. McKinster graveyard and laid to rest. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1927
BLANKENSHIP, J. B. (Jakie)
Pikeville—In an argument over $2 said to have been owed him for 2 pop bottles of whiskey, J. B. (Jakie) Blankenship, a one handed former teacher and deputy sheriff, was shot to death in his poolroom at Pinsonfork, 30 miles from here, at midnight Saturday. Dan Hall was brought to jail here early this morning by Constable Dow Reed and Deputy Sheriff Lell Blackburn. The constable said his only account of the shooting was the prisoner’s according to which Blankenship asked for the money and was told he would get it soon. “You’ll pay it now, “ Blankenship said, as he started to draw a revolver, according to Hall, who said he then put 5 bullets into his antagonist. While Blankenship was deputy sheriff under Sheriff R. H. Sowards, he killed a man at Phelps, KY. He was 40 years old and several years ago lost his right hand in an accident. Hall is 25 and has a wife and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
BOOTH, Alice (Lett)
Mrs. Alice Booth, 68 years old, died at the home of her son, C. E. Booth, of Kenova, with whom she resided, Friday afternoon following a brief illness. Mrs. Booth was buried Monday at Staley Cemetery at White’s Creek. Mrs. Booth is survived by 3 other sons, Fisher Booth, of Huntington, Arthur Booth of Des Moines, Iowa, and Maxie Booth of Akron, OH; 2 daughters, Mrs. George Pyles of Huntington and a daughter, who was formerly Miss Mamie Booth, who resided at Leroy, WV; 3 sisters, Mrs. J. K. McClure, of Kenova, Mrs. Lucy Ratcliff, of Kansas City, MO, and Mrs. L. L. Brumfield, of Lavalette, WV and 2 half-brothers, Ezra Lett of Huntington and Elva and William Lett of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
Ulysses—News reached here of the drowning, a few days ago, of the 2 small sons of the late Rev. Charles Borders. Where or how the drowning occurred could not be learned. Big Sandy news, Jun 10, 1927
Ulysses—An infant child, 2 years old, son of Dewey Boyd and wife of Thacker had been ill of flux for a few days and died Saturday morning and was brought here Sunday and interred in the family burying ground at the former home of its parents. Several relatives who came to attend the funeral returned to their homes Sunday but Mr. and Mrs. Boyd remained for a few days visit to Mrs. Boyd’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Brown. Rev. John VanHoose conducted the funeral rites. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1927
BURGESS, A. B.
A.B. Burgess, 80 years old, of Catlettsburg, died in a Huntington hospital last Thursday of injuries sustained 3 weeks ago when he fell in his bathroom. Mr. Burgess was the first toll collector on the C & O Bridge over Big Sandy and remained at that post until his retirement from service in 1923, with a 50 year record. Surviving are his wife, a son, E. N. Burgess of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
Charles Caldwell, 21, son of Andy Caldwell of Boldman, was drowned in the Levisa River at Boldman, 10 miles below Pikeville Sunday of last week and was found the following Saturday by his father, a short distance below where he drowned. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
Houckville—Elbert Caldwell, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Creed Caldwell, died May 28. He was about 35 years old. He said that he was ready to meet judgment and was ready to die. He leaves a father, mother, one sister and 2 brothers to mourn their loss. He was laid to rest on Blaine Trace, Tuesday morning at the Tripolet graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
Logan, WV, May 28—Lawrence Carey, 57 years old, former Chief of Police of Logan, shot and killed himself today during a recess in his trial on a charge of murder. Carey and Hibbard Hatfield, night watchmen, were on trial charged with killing Lawrence Avis while arresting Avis after a fight in a restaurant. During the noon recess Carey, accompanied by a Deputy Sheriff, went to his own home for lunch, and while there left the deputy for a moment, went to another room and shot himself through the head, according to the deputy’s report. He is survived by Mrs. Carey and 7 children. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
Yatesville—We have learned of the death of Miss Thelma Chadwick, the 19 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Chadwick, of the Green Valley neighborhood. Her death occurred just Saturday and the funeral and burial was conducted by the Rev. Rowland Hutchison on Sunday. The burial was at the Chadwick Cemetery near the home where she was raised. She leaves a large circle of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
Paintsville—The death of Samuel Clark of Nero, this county, which occurred last Saturday, came as a shock to his numerous friends and relatives. For a number of weeks he has been very sick and his family have been constantly at his bedside. He was one of the early settlers of the Greasy Creek section and was well known to the people of that part of the county. His death removed a noted character from the east side of the river. His home was the gathering place of the people for many years and he was known as “Uncle Sam”. He is survived by his widow and 3 sons, Blaine, Logan and Peter of Kansas. Last week Peter and his family were notified of the serious illness of his father and made the trip by auto to his father’s bedside. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
COCHRAN, Mary (Pinson)
Mary Pinson Cochran was born Dec 18, 1852. Her spirit entered the city, whose builder and maker is God, on May 25, 1927. She attained the ripe age of 75 years 5 months and 7 days. She was united in marriage Jul 22, 1875 to F. C. Cochran of Fallsburg, KY, where this good husband and wife lived for more than a half a century. To this union 8 children are born—John, Ben and Hose, of Fallsburg, Willie of Kermit, WV, and Mrs. F. M. Hyden of Beaver Creek, WV, W. J., Charley Mason and Sarah Alice together with her husband preceded her to the Great Beyond. She was converted nearly 20 years ago and joined the Missionary Baptist Church and lived a faithful Christian until God called her to her reward. Funeral services were conducted in Fallsburg May 27 in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends by Rev. N. L. Roberts assisted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and interment was made in the family cemetery near the old home. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
Pharoah Ferguson, 33, fell, head foremost in a well at Radnor, Wayne County, WV, last Friday and was drowned, according to word reaching here. He had gone to the well at the residence of Jack Jervis to get a drink of water, and it is believed that he fell in as a result of an epileptic attack. Ferguson was not married. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Ferguson, of Genoa, one sister, Thelma, of Charleston and 3 brothers, John and Jay Ferguson of Genoa. Burial was at Watts Cemetery, near Genoa and the services were in charge of Rev. Bascom Thompson. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
The body of Charles Fitzgerald, who was drowned in the Big Sandy River at this place on Monday evening of last week was recovered early Monday morning of this week. The body was floating near the bank and was discovered by Dick McGuire at the mouth of Two Mile. It was brought to Louisa and prepared for burial which took place Monday afternoon on Pine Hill. The boy was 11 years old and the son of Johnnie Fitzgerald. He was drowned while in swimming above the locks. Service was conducted at the grave by Rev. J. S. Thompson and Rev. J. D. Marcum. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
FRASHER, Ollie (Young)
The body of Mrs. Ollie Young Frasher, 24, wife of Alex Frasher, of Catlettsburg, was brought to Louisa Sunday for burial following her death Sunday morning in the King’s Daughters’ hospital at Ashland. Mrs. Frasher became critically ill Thursday and was removed to the hospital where an operation was performed in an attempt to save her life. Death came Sunday morning. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Young, of Louisa. Surviving are her husband and parents and 2 children, James and Mamie Marie and the following brothers and sisters: Lonnie Young, Henry Young, of Middle Creek, Mrs. Fred Burk, Mrs. Delphia Young, Mrs. Ira Carter, Mrs. Nola Carter, Mrs. Roberta Young, Miss Nolda Young, Everett Young, of Huntington and Sherman Young. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church. Burial was in the Frasher Cemetery near here. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
FRAZIER, George W.
George W. Frazier of Wheelwright Junction died Friday, May 20. He was 85 years of age and had suffered from cancer of the face for several years. The cancer apparently having resulted from shaving a wart off his jaw. He was a soldier of the Confederate army and was a member of the Baptist Church and leaves a widow, Miss Liza Hatfield Frazier and 3 daughters and one son. His remains were brought to West Prestonsburg for burial last Sunday morning. Mr. Frazier was a member of a family of 12 all of whom war now gone with the exception of A. J. Frazier of this city, who is 83 years of age. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
FULLERTON, F. M.
F. M. Fullerton, died at his home at South Point, OH early Monday morning. Mr. Fullerton was born Feb 1, 1844 in Wayne County, WV, where he spent the greater part of his life. He volunteered in the first West Virginia Volunteer Infantry and served for four and one-half years in the Civil War. He has resided at South Point, OH for a great many years. He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth Keyser Fullerton and the following children: Edwin S., Thomas N., James B., Elizabeth, John S., Margaret, Frances, Ida Hinerman and Benjamin H. funeral services Wednesday with burial in White Cottage Cemetery at South Point. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
GULLET, Kate—see under Bailey
Yatesville—We have learned of the death of Mr. Thomas Haytan, one of our good neighbors who lived in the Deep Hole section and of whose death we have not seem an account of yet. Mr. Haytan leaves a wife and several children. He was one of our best citizens. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
Thomas Hayton, son of Moses and Sarah Fuller Hayton was born Oct 8, 1865, departed this life Jun 3 1927, aged 61 years 7 months and 26 days. His death was caused by organic heart trouble and a third stroke of paralysis. He had been an invalid since Dec 18, 1926. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Estella Clere Hayton, daughter of R. B. and Susan Clere, deceased. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Permelia E. Stambaugh and by 3 sons and 3 daughters. A daughter, Mrs. Virgie Benard preceded him in death Jul 16, 1925. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. S. Alley of Two Mile, prayer by Rev. E. B. Wiley. Burial was made in the Carter Graveyard near his old home. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1927
West Virginia—Isaac Hensley, 60 years of age, of Beech Street, Kenova, was instantly killed at Westmoreland, Thursday morning, Jun 9, when he stepped in the path of a Chesapeake & Ohio train. He is survived by his wife, Stella Hensley and the following children: Mrs. Nannie Wood, of Westmoreland, Mrs. Hattie Dishman, Mrs. Ollie Masterson, Mrs. Tokie Wilson, of Kenova, and 5 sons, Clyde, Clifford, Isaac, Jr., of Kenova, Jess and Gallie, of Westmoreland; 3 sisters, Mrs. Cordella Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth Balangee and Mrs. Janie Staley, all of Centerville, WV. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
Mr. Elliott Howard, of Magoffin County, who has been sick for some time died last Monday afternoon, May 30, 1927. Mr. Howard was past 70 years of age, was a good citizen and will be greatly missed. He is survived by 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters, 2 of whom Messrs. Nelson and Bas Howard, live in our city (Prestonsburg). Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
Pikeville—Many friends were deeply grieved by the death of Sidney Huffman, aged 48 years, from paralysis on Thursday, Jun 9. He was the son of the late Tom Anse Huffman and the grandson of Lankford Moore who was one of the outstanding figures of this section in days past. Mr. Huffman was married to Sarah, daughter of Sam McCoy, of Hatfield-McCoy feud fame. For 20 years Mr. Huffman had been with the T. N. Huffman Coal Company. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1927
JOHNSON, Brady Edward
Brady Edward Johnson, 4 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Johnson, died in Huntington Tuesday following a short period of illness. The body was taken to Hitchens, KY Thursday morning for funeral services and burial there. The boy is survived by the parents and 2 brothers and 2 half-sisters and one half-brother. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
Ulysses—On last Saturday night the messenger of death entered the home of Lawrence Kazee and wife and claimed for its victim an infant child about 2 months old. All was done for it that loving friends and medical skill could do but all to no avail. It was interred Sunday evening in the family burying ground. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
Miss Joannah Lambert died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Kexie Fuller, in Westmoreland. Miss Lambert, who had been an invalid from early childhood, was born in Wayne County, and was a daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth Wilson Lambert, both of whom were members of the first families to settle in Wayne County. Despite the handicap of physical fraility Miss Lambert took a lively interest in human affairs. She was a member of the Baptist Church and constant reader of the Bible. She is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Fuller, with whom she resided at the time of her death and Mrs. Sarah Mullens, of Manchester, OH, and by Harvey Lambert, a brother, of Portsmouth. Among other surviving relatives are Mrs. Edna Watts of Kenova, a niece, Attorney J. T. Lambert, of Wayne, a nephew, Mrs. Rebecca Osborn of Huntington, a niece, Boyd Jarrell of Huntington, a nephew. The funeral was held at Ceredo Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at Ceredo. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
LYONS, Lan family
Late news from Morgan County tells of the drowning of 7 members of Lan Lyons’ family in the flood waters of Elk Fork May 29. When their home began to move from its foundation the family of 11 rushed out into the darkness and were carried away by the rushing torrents. The wife and 6 of her children were drowned. The father was carried about 100 yards below the house and caught to the top of a large boiler. One of the boys also caught to the top of a willow tree and was also saved. Another one of the family, a boy of about 14 years also escaped, with a younger brother of about 5 years of age. The boy was a good swimmer and aided by a flash of light struck out down the stream and with his little brother clinging to his back. By the aid of his light he made a landing near the shore by catching hold of the roots of a large tree and pulled himself and little brother to safety. The rest of the family perished and their bodies were later recovered at various distances from the home after the waters had receded. Big Sandy news, Jun 10, 1927
MCCOY, John B.
West Virginia—John B. McCoy, of Cassie, died at his home May 29th. His death was due to heart failure. He is survived by his son, England and Ireland McCoy, of wife and the following children: Lou Cassie, James McCoy of Inez, KY, Mrs. Hattie Puckett of Columbus, Mrs. Rosa Jackson of Williamson, Miss Lilly McCoy of Cassie. Interment was made in the Copley Cemetery. Jun 17, 1927 (Note: typed as appeared in the paper—but think the typesetter made some errors)
Funeral services for Mrs. Melvina Miller, 88 years old, who died Wednesday at her home near Webbville, was held Saturday afternoon. Interment at a Webbville Cemetery followed the services. Mrs. Miller is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Nola Helton of Huntington and 3 sons, Rosco Miller, John Miller and Erie Miller of Ashland and 14 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
MOORE, Herbert J.
Herbert J. Moore, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Addison Moore of West Jefferson, OH, formerly of this county, was killed Jun 9 when a motorcycle on which he was riding collided with an automobile in Columbus, OH, according to word sent The News this week. The young man’s neck was broken and he died in a hospital a short time after the accident. He was born in Lawrence County, but at the age of 2 years moved with his parents to Ohio. He was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Moore, deceased, of Mattie, and Mr. and Mrs. Marion France, of Noris. Burial was made at West Jefferson. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1927
On Dec 2, 1909, the home of Addison and Leota (France) Moore was brightened with the birth of a son whom they called Herbert Jason. And for a little over 17 and a half years they had the joy of caring for him, watching him grow into young manhood and receiving his affections in return. But on Jun 9, 1927, the tragic message came that there would now be a vacant place in the family circle. Herbert spent all of his life, with the exception of the first 2 years, in and around West Jefferson, attending the schools until recently when he accepted a position in Columbus. His disposition in the home was lovable, showering upon parents the esteem of a kind and dutiful heart. His nature was such that he made many friends of his own age and his home was a gathering place for his chums. In his immediate family he leaves besides his parents, 4 sisters, Mrs. Maxie Runyan and Gertrude and Dix Elizabeth at home, 2 brothers, Heber and Seth as well as grandparents and other relatives. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon by the Rev. E. E. Moon and T. H. Large of Columbus. Burial was made in Pleasant Hill Cemetery by undertakers Lukens and Rader. Big Sandy news, Jun 24, 1927
Lewis Napier brother of Alvin and Alonzo Napier of Garrett, died at Stumbo Hospital, May 19th. He was loved and esteemed by all and was a member of the I.O.O. F. who officiated at his funeral with a beautiful ceremony. Services were held by the Rev. Billy Moore. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
Dove Perry was born Oct 19, 1892, died Jun 1, 1927, aged 34 years 7 months and 12 days. Surviving him are his wife and 2 children, his mother, one brother and 4 sisters. Funeral services were conducted at his home Jun 2, by Rev. L. D. Bryan. Interment was made in the Lakin cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
Pikeville—A 15 year old girl, wading too far out into Shelby Creek Saturday at Yeager, KY was drowned in a hole 15 feet deep and 2 other girls barely escaped. The victim was ta daughter of Reuben Ray. Her body was found in an hour and was worked over for a long time without effect. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
RECE, Elizabeth (Curnutte)
Mrs. Elizabeth Curnutte Rece, wife of Grover Rece, of Russell, died Sunday, May 29, at the Marting Hospital, Ironton, OH, after a few days illness. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Curnutte of Catalpa, this county. Interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery at Zelda following funeral services conducted by Rev. Harvey, pastor of the church. Mrs. Rece was 26 years and 9 months of age. She is survived by her husband, who is a conductor on the C & O, a small son, her parents, and 4 sisters, Mrs. Bass Kelly, Mrs. Robert Poe, and Mrs. Virgil Skeens, all of Catalpa, and Miss Janie Curnutte, of Louisa and a brother, Stephen Curnutte of Russell. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
The body of Ras Rowe, of Fort Gay, WV was found on the bank at the mouth of Jones Branch in South Louisa Monday afternoon by some children who reported it at once. An inquest was held by Judge L. D. Fyffe. It is not known how he came to his death, but he had been dead several days when his body was found. Mr. Rowe lived in Fort Gay and had been away from home about 2 weeks. The family thought he was visiting relatives elsewhere. The body was prepared for burial and was taken to Fort Gay where interment took place. He was about 70 years of age. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
Blood poisoning resulting from a cut pimple caused the death of Rev. Lindsey Sammons, aged about 68, at Clifford, last Friday, according to news received here. Inflammation, which later turned into blood poisoning, developed as the result of cutting a pimple out on his face while shaving. Funeral services were conducted at Clifford and interment made in the family cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1927
Ulysses See, aged about 60, died at his home near Torchlight Wednesday morning, the result of a cerebral hemorrhage suffered the previous day. Mr. See was stricken Tuesday while half-soling a sled near his barn. Relatives found him shortly afterwards in the entry of the barn, unconscious. He remained unconscious until death. He is survived by his wife, who is a daughter of Strother Fitzpatrick and by several children. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1927
Last Sunday afternoon at Offutt, a mining town a few miles below Paintsville, Orville Stephens, 23, was shot and instantly killed by John R. Mollett. At the same time Ben Mollett shot Kelly E. Patrick through the arm, the bullet shattering the bone and lodging in his breast over the heart. According to a story told the Paintsville Herald by Patrick, who is in a Paintsville hospital, the trouble started last Friday when Stephens, who was a store clerk, had an argument with Brown Mollett, a younger brother of John A. and Ben Mollett, but thought the trouble had been settled.
On Sunday afternoon the 3 Mollett brothers arrived in front of the store and office of the company and asked for Stephens and Patrick who were in the office adjoining the store room with Dr. F. M. Picklesimer, the company doctor. When Stephens, Patrick and Picklesimer emerged from the office door, Stephens was shot by John R. Mollett and died instantly. Patrick said he saw Mollett was going to shoot him and he threw up his arm and received the bullet in the arm, which in all probability saved his life. There was not a word spoken before the shooting, Patrick said, and they had no warning that the Mollett brothers were going to kill them. Stephens came to this section from Ohio and for some time worked in company stores in Floyd and Pike Counties. He married Miss Goldie Wells, daughter of Moses Wells of Johns Creek. His relatives arrived Monday and the body was buried on Johns Creek Tuesday. Brown Mollett, the youngest of the Mollett brothers had a pistol, Patrick said, and kept it pointed at him while his brothers die the shooting. He went to Paintsville Tuesday and was lodged in jail. Ben and John R. Mollett made their escape and have not been apprehended. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
STUMP, John F.
John F. Stump, 77, of Huntington, WV, a former resident of Louisa, died at his home in Huntington Tuesday night as a result of a stoke of paralysis suffered several months ago. Mr. Stump was a native of this county, having been reared near Buchanan. He later came to Louisa where he lived until 16 years ago when he moved to Logan, WV, later going to Huntington. He is survived by his wife, who was formerly Miss Elizabeth Blankenship, of this county, and by a number of sons and daughters by his first wife. Funeral services were conducted at the home in Huntington Thursday afternoon by Rev. A. M. Martin and Rev. A. J. Walton. Deceased was a brother in law of Mrs. William Justice and R. Blankenship of Louisa and Arthur Blankenship of Yatesville. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
Ray Thompson died May 20, 1927, aged 26 years 10 months 2 days. He leaves to mourn his loss his mother, Mrs. Lou Thompson, of Logan, WV, four sisters, Mrs. E. E. Zirkles of Logan, WV, Mrs. Neal Moore of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Jesse Cordell, of Lucasville, OH, Miss Sue F. Thompson of Logan, WV and one brother, Mr. Eskham Thompson of Logan, WV. Funeral was conducted by Rev. Charley Moore, Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
James Vinson, 71, father of Congressman Fred M. Vinson, died at his home here Monday morning following a cerebral hemorrhage suffered 2 weeks ago. Mr. Vinson was stricken Thursday Jun 9, while at the post office. He gradually grew worse, and on the following Tuesday lapsed into partial unconsciousness, later becoming unconscious and remaining so until death Monday morning. A member of one of the distinguished families of the Big Sandy Valley, Mr. Vinson was a good and honorable man, progenitor of a leader in the State and a substantial citizen.
Born in this county 5 miles from Louisa on the Tug River in 1856, he was elected jailer in 1885 and the same year removed to Louisa where he has since resided, having been at different times, city marshal, jailor and merchant. In 1876 he was married to Miss Virginia Ferguson, who survives him. Mr. and Mrs. Vinson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last August. Mr. Vinson was baptized and became a member of the Christian Church early in his married life, and was one who trusted in God. The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon impressively conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. I. N. Fannin. Burial followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Surviving Mr. Vinson are the wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters, Congressman Fred M. Vinson, Robert W. Vinson, and Miss Lou Vinson of Louisa and Mrs. J. G. Merchant of Ferguson, WV. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1927
The body of Theodore Workman, 25, son of Usher Workman of Fort Gay, was brought to Fort Gay Monday for burial following his death in a Logan hospital Sunday from injuries sustained the previous day in an accident at Man, WV. The accident occurred Saturday evening while Workman was engaged in excavating near a concrete wall which encased a pond used by a lumber company to wash logs. The wall collapsed, crushing Workman’s leg. He was rushed to a Logan hospital where he died Sunday from blood poisoning, which is believed to have been caused by the acidiferous water which swept over his leg from the wash pond when the wall collapsed. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday by Rev. L. D. Bryan. Interment was made in Fairview Cemetery of Fort Gay. Workman is survived by his parents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1927
Harry Yates was born Jan 24, 1878. His spirit took its flight to the God who gave it on Saturday evening May 21. He was 49 years 4 months and 27 days old at death, which occurred at A. Collinsworth’s, Fallsburg, KY as a result of lead poisoning, etc. He is survived by 2 children, Roberts, age 11, and George William age 8, 2 sisters, Mrs. Clifford Campbell, Mrs. Proctor Diamond and 2 brothers, Jay who lives near Louisa and John who is out west and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Yates was a man who possessed a very repentant disposition and was stirred to the very depths relative to salvation of his soul. His greatest prayer was, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and O God have mercy on me.” He was a member of the Fallsburg Lodge No. 285 Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. N. L. Roberts and the I.O.O. F. Lodge No. 258 and interment was made in Wood’s cemetery late Sunday evening, May 22. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1927
Mrs. Amanda Adams, who died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Coldiron at Catlettsburg was made at Salyersville Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
Prestonsburg—Bud Adkins, 46, was shot and fatally wounded Tuesday at a moonshine still near his home on the Tackett Branch of Big Mud Creek by a group of officers. He died about an hour after being shot. Adkins was shot in the face and shoulder with a load from a shotgun and in the chest 4 times with revolver bullets. The version of the affair given by the officers, as reported here, says that upon their approach the others produced guns as if to shoot: whereupon the officers fired. It is said here that Irvin Clark and George Spears did the shooting. The slain man is survived by his widow and 11 children. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
ADKINS, Charles Lloyd
Charles Lloyd Adkins, aged one year and 9 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Adkins of Louisa, died last Friday and was buried Saturday. The funeral was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett at the home of the child’s grandmother, Mrs. Mary Diamond. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
ADKINS, John D.
John D. Adkins was born Oct 15, 1869 and died May 19, 1927 at his home on Twin Branch in Lawrence County, KY. He had been a resident of Lawrence County all his life. He was a good neighbor, a quiet law abiding citizen. He was always on the side of law and order, and a devoted father to his children. He joined the church over 40 years ago and lived his religion. The neighbors will miss him, his children will miss his cheerful welcome home. On the 4th day January 1923 his first wife died. She was a good Christian woman. He married the second time, his last wife being, Delia Adams, also a good woman. He had four children by his first wife who survive him. He had 22 grandchildren and it is the fervent wish of the writher of this obituary that his surviving relatives will so live that when death shall call them that will meet him in that land where sorrow nor death shall ever come. Cora. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
ATKINS, John D.
John D. Atkins died May 18, 1927. John D. was raised on the creek of Morgan and was always a kind and helpful neighbor. Always doing what he could to relieve the burdens and sorrows of his fellow man. He was a devoted Christian and was a member of the Methodist Church for many years. Brother Atkins’s first wife, who was Mary Ann Foster, preceded him in death several years ago. His last wife, Delia Adams is still living. He has 3 sons and one daughter, Jay, Ray, and G??? Atkins and Mrs. Charley Pope. Besides 3 sisters and one brother, Andrew Atkins, Mrs. John W. Yates, Mrs. Laura Bradley, and Mrs. Mabel Littlefield. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
Prestonsburg--Thomas Amburgy, one the oldest citizens of this county, and one of the few veterans of the Civil War in Floyd County, died Wednesday at his home on Johns Creek in his 85th year after a long period of ill health. Surviving him are 3 daughters and 2 sons, Mrs. Alice Herald, Mrs. Belle Thompson, T. M. Amburgy, all of Prestonsburg, John Amburgy, at home and Mrs. Mollie Kendrick of Pike County. His widow, who is now 87 years old, also survives. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
Amos Bailey, young man of Lower Camp Creek, who was shot by prohibition officers in a liquor raid a week ago Monday night, died at Kessler-Hatfield Hospital Monday night of this week as a result of the wounds received. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Taylor’s Knob. Burial was in Earl’s Cemetery, the services being conducted by Rev. Holly, of Harveytown. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
BARTRAM, Dr. J. B.
Dr. J. B. Bartram, 67, prominent physician and surgeon of Ashland, died at his home in that city Saturday. Mr. Bartram was born at Fort Gay and after graduating from the public schools here, he went to Ashland and a short time later entered the Louisville Medical College from which he was graduated in 1892. For a number of years he conducted the Bartram Sanitarium at Ashland. His remains were brought to Fort Gay Monday and burial was made on Paddle Creek following funeral services conducted by Rev. L. D. Bryan, of Fort Gay, and Rev. B. S. Akers, of Ceredo, at the church. A number of physicians and others from Ashland accompanied the body and attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
BEVINS, Mrs. George
Pikeville—Mrs. George Bevins, 66, of Big Creek, died Friday night, Jul 8, at the home of a son who lived in Williamson, with whom she was visiting. A tumor was the cause of her death. Two sisters of Mrs. Bevins, Mrs. J. S. Shaver and Mrs. T. J. Williamson, live in Pikeville. She is also survived by another sister and 2 brothers, Mrs. Nannie Brown of Los Angeles, CA, Lane Weddington of Adrian, MO and Freel Weddington of Archa, MO, Her husband and 2 daughters and 6 sons survive her. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
BLEVINS, A. J.
Pikeville—A. J. Blevins, 50, died here Tuesday Jul 19, from peritonitis. His body was taken to Hellier, his home, for the funeral which was held Jul 22. Blevins was a coal miner, married and had a family. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
Prestonsburg—Three men killed in this county as the result of shooting Sunday. Bill Blizzard was shot and instantly killed near the water tank at West Garrett, this county, early Sunday morning and his brother, Aught Blizzard was mortally wounded in the same fray by John Dyer, of Hueysville, 2 miles below Garrett. On Turkey Creek, a few miles from Maytown, Lackey Salisbury was shot and fatally wounded by his brother, Tobe Salisbury, while the two were wrestling for possession of a revolver. He died early Tuesday morning in the Beaver Valley Hospital, where he had been taken for an operation in an attempt to save his life. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
BOYD, James Monroe
Prestonsburg—James Monroe Boyd, 73, well-known citizen of Prater Creek, this county, died shortly after midnight Monday as the result of a lingering illness from heart dropsy. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Boyd and was born in the community in which he died. In August 1874, he was married to Mary Ann Smiley, and to this union 12 children were born, 9 of whom survive. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
BOYD, Sarah C.
Mrs. Sarah C. Boyd, 82, died at her home at Inez last Thursday night after a brief illness of heart trouble. Mrs. Boyd was one of the oldest and best known women of Martin County, being 82 years of age. Her family was among the first settlers of the county and she reared a large family among them being Atty. M. C., Kirk of Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
BROMFIELD, G. S.
G. S. Bromfield, 86, Civil War veteran, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Williamson, at Buchanan on Thursday night of last week, the result of a stroke of paralysis suffered a few years ago. He had been confined to his bed for many months. Mr. Bromfield was born near Buchanan and spent most of his life there, except a few years in Minnesota. He was married to Elizabeth Hatten at Prichard, WV, Dec 3, 1864. To this union was born 4 daughters, one of whom Mrs. I. N. Smith, Jr., preceded him in death 11 years ago. The surviving daughters are Mrs. C. V. Layne, of Ashland, Mrs. George Williamson of Buchanan and Mrs. Harve Mikels of Prichard, WV. Also the aged widow, who had been his faithful companion for 63 years and who has ministered to him through all his illness, assisted by the daughters. Funeral services were held at the Buchanan Chapel conducted by Rev. J. C. Buckley of Huntington. Burial was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
Pikeville, KY—Ethel Maynard, 17, Rachel Burton, were drowned in the Russell Fork of the Levisa River at Elkhorn City, while bathing Jun 29. Others with them at the time were Miss Carrine Ward, daughter of W. B. Ward, principal of the Elkhorn City School, Ruth Roberts, daughter of Rice Roberts and Carrie Hay. Efforts to save the girls were in vain. Their bodies were recovered more than half an hour later and Dr. J. T. Deskins and others were summoned and tried to resuscitate them. Miss Maynard’s father, Casby Maynard, was formerly police judge of Elkhorn City. Miss Burton was a step daughter of G. T. Hawkins, an attorney and former teacher of Pike County. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
CANADA, Frank Booton
West Virginia—Frank Booton Canada died of pneumonia at his home in Park Rapids, MN, Jun 15. Mr. Canada was born in Wayne County, WV and was 57 years of age. He was the only son of the late D. C. Canada and brother to Mrs. Charles E. Walker of Wayne. One other sister, Mrs. Jacob Webb of St. McCloud, MN, survives. Besides these he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances Canada and 2 daughters, Mrs. Charlotte McCallum of Saint Paul, MN and Miss Hazel Canada of Park Rapids. The two daughters recently visited their aunt, Mrs. Charles E. Walker, at Wayne, leaving here Jun 1. Mr. Canada went to Minnesota 40 years ago and engaged in the lumber business. At the time of his death he was the owner of a large lumber yard and mills at Park Rapids and Akely, MN. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
Ottie Cantrell, 16 year old son of Frank Cantrell of Upper Blaine, died last Sunday, Jul 10, of tuberculosis. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
Mrs. Jane Caperton, aged 80, widow of the late Will Caperton, died at her home here Tuesday morning from infirmities of age. Deceased lived with an adopted daughter, Miss Cereptia Hull. An adopted son, James Caperton, also survives her. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. J. D. Marcum Wednesday and burial made in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
CAREY, Mrs. Lyss (Lutie Wilson)
Mrs. Lyss Carey, aged 49, of Louisa, passed away Sunday afternoon in the Ashland Baptist General Hospital following a surgical operation. Mrs. Carey had been in failing health since the death of her son, Tom Carey, who was killed in an automobile accident 3 years ago. Mrs. Carey before marriage was Miss Lutie Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wilson. She was a member of the Jarrell Baptist Church, a quiet, home-loving woman, and well loved by her friends. Surviving are her husband, Ulysses M. Carey, one son, W. A. Carey and a daughter, Mrs. Homer Chapman, all of Louisa. Another son, Tom Carey, died 3 years ago. Other survivors are her mother, Mrs. Mary Estep and 3 brothers, Rowland, Frank and Jack and 2 sisters, Mrs. Roy Felty and Mrs. C. T. Simpson, all of Ashland and a half-sister, Mrs. G. E. Jones who lived in Texas. The funeral which was held at the Louisa Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. S. Thompson, was largely attended. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
CASTLE, Matilda (Borders)
In memory of our dear mother in law who departed this life Jul 8, 1927. Who had been in our home for the past 22 months. She is greatly missed in our home for she was a loving mother and kind to everybody. She joined the United Baptist Church about 45 years of age and had been a faithful member. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Wm. W. Castle of Wilbur and 7 children, 6 girls and one boy; Arnold Castle, of Hanging Rock, OH, Mrs. Tommy Castle of Mechanicsburg, OH, Mrs. Ethel Wheeler, Wilbur, Mrs. Lizzie Chandler, Chandlersville, KY Mrs. Gemima Castle, Nippa, KY, Mrs. rosa McKinzie, Thealka, KY, Mrs. Manda Lemaster, Offutt, KY. We thank our friends and neighbors for the help and kindness shown us during her illness and death. J. S. Wheeler. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Chadwick, of Green Valley on Saturday morning, Jun 11, 1927, and claimed for its victim their 19 year old daughter, Thelma. Her death was the result of diphtheria and pneumonia. She was sick about 2 months. Thelma bore her suffering patiently. She told her parents that she was ready to go, that she could see the Angels and see her little brother, Estill, who had gone on before and for them not to worry. She leaves to mourn her loss father, mother, one sister, one brother and a large circle of friends and relatives. She was laid to rest in the Chadwick cemetery overlooking the home on Sunday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hutchison. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
CHAFFIN, Mrs. J. F.
Mrs. J. F. Chaffin, 33 years old, widely known and well-loved Prestonsburg woman, died Friday night of last week at the Paintsville Hospital after an illness of about 3 weeks. Death was caused by kidney trouble, physicians said. Mrs. Chaffin, who was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hale, of this place, had been married only a month previous to her death. She was taken to the hospital in Paintsville Friday morning by her husband, her brother, Sam Hale and Mrs. Hale and died that night. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
West Virginia—Mrs. Maggie Childers, 68 years of age, died suddenly at her home at Winslow, Jun 16. Mrs. Childers is survived by her husband, Jink Childers and 2 grandchildren, Asa and Clara Smith, one sister, Mrs. Shem Adkins of Merrits Creek. Mrs. Childers united with the Missionary Baptist Church 30 years ago and lived a devoted Christian life. Interment was made in the Baliss Cemetery on Merrits Creek. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
CLAY, Nannie (Greer)
Mrs. Nannie Clay, 69, formerly of Richardson, died at her home here Saturday afternoon after a brief illness of complication of diseases. She had resided in Louisa the past 3 years. Mrs. Clay, daughter of William and Elvira Greer, was born at Dorton, Pike County. Since the death of her husband some years ago, she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Hinkle at Richardson. She came to Louisa 3 years ago to be with her grandchildren who are attending school here. Miss Hope Hinkle is a granddaughter. Mrs. Clay was a good woman, well-liked by all who knew her. Funeral services were held from the home of John Hinkle on Boon Street Monday afternoon by Rev. V. E. Fryman. Burial was mad at John Akers Cemetery on Lick Creek. Surviving are 3 daughters: Mrs. H. E. Compton, Betsy Layne, Mrs. Less Webb, Wolfpit, Mrs. J. W. Hinkle of Richardson. Four brothers, 2 in Arkansas, one at Barboursville and one at East Point also survive. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
Mrs. Nannie Clay entered eternal life Saturday Jul 9, 1927, at her home in Louisa. Her age was 69 years 9 months and 1 day. She was born in Caldwell County, NC. Her childhood days were spent in Floyd and Pike Counties. At the age of 21 she was united in marriage to J. C. Gunnell. Six children were born to this union, 3 passing away in infancy. The 3 surviving are Mrs. Lucy Webb, of Wolfpit, Mrs. J. W. Hinkle, of Richardson, and Mrs. Lettie Compton of Betsy Lane. Mr. Gunnell died in Arkansas 13 years after their marriage. Two years later she was united in marriage to Matt Clay of Floyd County who died 5 years later. She was a member of the M. E. Church and had lived a faithful Christian life for 20 years. Surviving are 4 brothers and one sister, Calvin Greer of Black Oak, Arkansas, Webster Greer of East Point, KY, Jesse Greer of Barboursville, WV, Frank Greer of Oklahoma and Mrs. John Akers of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
CORDLE, Ralph H.
Ralph H. Cordle, aged about 70, of Cordell, was found dead Friday morning in a corn field near his home where he had gone to work, according to word received here. Heart trouble is believed to have caused his death. Mr. Cordle was widely known over the county. He taught school a number of years and later served as deputy sheriff under J. H. Cordle. He is survived by his wife and 3 children, F. Cordle of Utah, Mrs. Lora Arrington, of Cordell, and Jennings Cordell, at home. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
DAMRON, Woodrow Wilson
The lamentable death of Woodrow Wilson Damron, accidentally killed Monday afternoon by his brother, Dee, at Jackson, OH, and a sad blow to many friends of the Damron family in Pike County. Jerome Damron, the father of the 2 boys, was working near them when the accident occurred. The boys had taken a gun with them to the garden when they went to work with which to kill a ground hog which had been molesting their crops. When it came into view, Dee caught up the gun raised it, and fired. Just before the shot went off, the younger boy, Woodrow, jumped up and ran directly into the line of Dee’s aim receiving the load in his heart and dying instantly. The Damrons arrived here Tuesday night on the way to their old home on Shelby Creek with the body of Woodrow. He was buried Wednesday afternoon in the D. M. Damron Cemetery, the Rev. Alvis Ford officiating. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
Jack Daniels, 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Daniels, of Auxier, KY, a mining town near Paintsville, was instantly killed Friday when a foul ball hit him over the heart at a baseball game. The father of the child is a mine foreman at Auxier. He formerly resided at Strasburg, Maryland. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
DEAN, Argie A.
The death of Miss Argie Afton Dean occurred on Jun 30 at Houston, MO, after an illness of 6 weeks with sleeping sickness. She was a member of the graduating class and has been prominent in senior activities, was in the class play, but before commencement day was stricken by illness. She was the daughter of Stant F. Dean, formerly of this county, but who has lived in Simmons, MO several years. Miss Dean visited Dr. L. S. Hays and family and relatives in the county last summer and her sister, Miss Ugie, taught in the Lawrence County schools. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
Miss Argie Afton Dean, 24, native of Lawrence County, died in Missouri, Jun 30, of sleeping sickness according to word received here. Miss Dean was born near Louisa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stant Dean. When she was 5 years of age she moved with her parents to Missouri. She was a granddaughter of the late J. R. Dean and her mother is a niece of G. T. Berry and M. G. Berry. She visited here a year ago. She became ill immediately after graduating from high school in May. A long article in a Missouri paper about her death says that she was very popular at school and one of the best loved young people of the city. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
ELLIOTT, Mrs. T. W.
With the death of Mrs. T. W. Elliott Wednesday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Will Prewitt, near Cliff, perhaps the oldest woman in Floyd County passed away. Death resulted from a paralytic stroke sustained about 2 weeks ago while Mrs. Elliott was on a visit to her granddaughter’s home. The daughter of the late John Greer Hatcher and Mrs. Thursa Stratton Hatcher, Mrs. Elliott was a member of one of the most prominent families of this county. She was born and reared near Mare Creek, this county, on what is known as the old Powell farm. Mrs. Elliott was a member of the Methodist Church for half a century, and her life of Christian devotion made her venerated by a host of friends. The deceased was a sister to the late Mrs. Joseph M. Davidson, of Prestonsburg, and Mrs. Roland T. Burns of Louisa, Mrs. Alice G. Hopkins, Mrs. Josie D. Harkins and Mrs. Sallie D. Fitzpatrick of Prestonsburg are nieces of Mrs. Elliott. Mrs. Elliott was first united in marriage to Thomas Worsham and to this union 5 children, 2 of whom survive, were born. Those surviving are Mrs. Lou Johnson of Abbott Creek and Mrs. G. A. Worsham of Helen, WV. After the death of Mrs. Worsham she was married to T. W. Elliott, who survives. Funeral services were conducted Friday and burial was made near Cliff—Floyd County Times. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
EWEN, Mrs. John J.
Mrs. John J. Ewen, aged 56, mother of Mrs. I. W. Taylor, who formerly lived at Wayne, was buried in Woodmere Cemetery at Huntington, Monday afternoon of this week. Dr. and Mrs. I. W. Taylor now lived in Huntington. Mrs. Taylor’s mother died at her home in Richmond, VA, Saturday night. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
ESTEP, Victoria (Hayes)
Mrs. Victoria Hayes Estep, 54, wife of Albert Estep, died at her home in Louisa Sunday after a lingering illness of several years. She suffered a paralytic stroke 2 weeks ago and was confined to her bed from then until death. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons, Bea Estep, Wilbur, KY, Claude Estep, Louisa, and Kay Estep, Columbus, OH, and one brother, B. F. Hayes of Columbus, OH. Funeral services were held at the home Monday, conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. G. V. Pack. Interment was made in the Hayes Cemetery at Mattie. Big Sandy news, Jul 29, 1927
Robert Farris, of Glenhayes, WV, died Jul 8, after a lingering illness. He is survived by his widow, one son and 3 daughters and the following brothers and sisters: Oliver Farris and William Farris, Mrs. Curtis Casey, Mrs. Mabela Porter, Mrs. Lon Thompson of Ceredo, and Mrs. Rachel Rife of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted at his home and interment made in the Glenhayes Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
Pikeville—Vernon Ferguson, one of the wealthiest youths in the county, died here Monday night of an illness of 3 weeks. He was only 19 years old. His young wife, who was before her marriage, Miss Bradley Newsome survives him. He has 3 half-brothers, Ernest, Clyde and Eugene McCoy, son of his mother by her second marriage. Young Ferguson inherited from his grandfather a considerable fortune, said to amount to $50,000 ow which he has never had control as he is still a minor. He was owner of the land on Ferguson’s Creek purchased by the Federal government for a veteran’s hospital. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
FORD, Tandy Lewis
Tandy Ford, aged and respected citizen of Catlettsburg, died at his home in Catlettsburg Tuesday of last week. He was 80 years of age. He was born at Prestonsburg but moved to Boyd County many years ago and spent the greater part of his life in Catlettsburg. He is one of Boyd County’s most prosperous and well known citizens, having filled offices of trust in both the county and city governments. He served as Deputy sheriff under Sheriff J. C. Richardson, was elected Chief of Police of Catlettsburg for one term and also served 4 years as a member of the City Council. He likewise served 4 years as Commissioner of Boyd County, during which time the foundation for Boyd County’s splendid road system was laid. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
FORTNER, Mrs. Tamsey
Mrs. Tamsey Fortner, wife of David Fortner, died at her home in East Lynn, Sunday, Jul 17, of heart failure. She was 59 years old and had been afflicted for about 5 weeks with heart trouble. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
FRAZIER, Mrs. Evans
Mrs. Evans Frazier, 42, of Irad, died at the Riverview Hospital here Wednesday morning. Mrs. Frazier had been a patient at the hospital about 3 weeks. Her remains were taken to Irad Wednesday for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
GAMBILL, Edison “Uncle Shine”
Edison Gambill, commonly known as “Uncle Shine” Gambill, aged 94, died at his home at Blaine last Friday of infirmities of age. Mr. Gambill was well known at Louisa and throughout the county. Many years ago he served as jailer of Lawrence County. For years he had owned and operated the grist mill and carding mill at Blaine, where he has lived all his life, excepting a few years residence in Louisa while jailer. He is survived by 5 children: Hugh and Elijah at home, Mrs. James Boggs of Caines Creek, Mrs. Lobe Edwards of Blaine and Mrs. Bell _____ of Texas. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
West Virginia—Mrs. Eugenia Gibson died at her home in Ceredo, Jun 20, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Gibson is survived by one son, Ernest W. Gibson, teacher in the Ceredo-Kenova high school, one sister, Mrs. S. D. Hagin of Simpsonville, KY and a brother, Rev. E. J. Willis of Athens, Ala. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Sheffer at the home Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
Prestonsburg--Two more lives have been with the past week added to the long list of bullet victims in this county. The dead are Hargis Nelson, 28 years old, of Martin, Tucker Hall, of McDowell. Nelson was killed Monday by Caspar Osborn while acting the role of peacemaker. It seemed that an altercation had arisen between Osborn and Walter Tackett and when the quarrel reached a serious stage, Nelson stepped between the men and attempted to become a peacemaker. Osborn then ordered Nelson out of the room at the point of a gun, it is said, and as Nelson was leaving shot him through the body. The body of the victim was brought here Tuesday morning and taken to Bull Creek for burial, Wednesday. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nelson, of Town Branch, near here, and had been in Martin about a month, employed in a garage. Besides his parents, the victim is survived by his widow, and 4 children, the following brothers and sisters: Sam, Hylan, Jimmy and Miss Aggie Nelson of Town Branch, Mrs. Rosie Mullett, of Detroit, MI, and George Nelson of Emma.
The slaying of Tucker Hall took place Saturday at McDowell, on Left Beaver, when, according to the report given here, he attempted to enter the home of Craig Hamilton, who fired on him. Hall was intoxicated, it was said here when Hamilton was granted bail in the sum of $1,000 by Judge Hill. Other particulars of the affair are lacking. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
HATCHER, Frank A.
Pikeville, KY—While sitting in the lobby of the Anthony Hotel here last Tuesday, Frank A. Hatcher, whose home is at the edge of Pikeville, suffered an attack of paralysis from which he died in the Methodist Hospital last night. Hatcher was 53 years old and belonged to one of Big Sandy’s best known families. His father, the late Fred Hatcher, was formerly County Clerk here.. He is survived by 4 brothers, F. Tom Hatcher, widely known in political circles, J. Lee Hatcher, Pikeville, Will Hatcher, Lackey, and D. H. Hatcher, Osborn, 2 sisters, Mrs. R. T. Huffman and Mrs. F. T. Compton, Pikeville; his widow and 2 children, Roland Hatcher and Mrs. Corbett Maynard. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
Many friends were distressed to hear of the death of Frank Hatcher Tuesday night from cerebral hemorrhage. The fatal stroke came upon Mr. Hatcher Tuesday morning when he was standing in front of the Anthony Hotel. He was carried into the hotel lobby and a few moments later taken to the hospital. From the time that he became affected by the stroke he was believed dying. The fatal attack of cerebral hemorrhage was the second attack of serious nature that he had suffered. The funeral was held at Mr. Hatcher’s church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Thursday afternoon and Rev. F. E. Jenkins had charge of the funeral services. The interment was made in the Hatcher Cemetery here. Mr. Hatcher was about 53 years of age. He belonged to a well-known family and was a successful coal dealer. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Georgia Kendrick Hatcher, a daughter and son, Mrs. Corbett Maynard of Ferguson Creek and Roland Hatcher of this city, 2 grandchildren, the child of Mrs. Maynard and the son of his deceased daughter, Mrs. Ken Charles. Also surviving are his sister and 4 brothers, Mrs. Felix Compton of this city, David of Toler, William of Lackey and F. Tom and Lee of Pikeville. Pike County News. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
West Virginia—William Hatten, aged 77 years, died at home on Docks Creek early last Friday morning, from Bright’s disease. Mr. Hatten was well known throughout the county. Surviving are his widow and one son, Fred and been a member of the Baptist Church for 40 years. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
HOLT, William A.
William A. Holt, 85 years old, a pioneer resident of Wayne County and former resident of Louisa, died early Tuesday morning following a stroke of paralysis at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. B. Marcum at Ceredo. Mr. Holt was born on Mill Creek, Wayne County. When a young man he came to Louisa where in 1862 he was married to Eunice Wellman, who survives him. Ten years ago he moved to Ceredo to be near his daughter, Mrs. Fred Marcum. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. Lydia Atkins of Louisa, also an uncle of Mrs. John Cheap, Mrs. John Hayws and Miss Pearl Holt, of this place. Other survivors are a son and daughter, Rev. D. P. Holt of Antwerp, OH and Mrs. Fred Marcum of Ceredo. One daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Hale, died several years ago. He had been a member of the Methodist Church many years. His body was brought to Louisa Thursday morning and the funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon in the M. E. Church. Burial was made in Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
Tom Jordan, aged 50, died at his home here Friday night following a several weeks illness of complications of diseases. He is survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He was single and resided with his sister here. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Burial was made in the Pigg Cemetery near Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
Fred Lakin, aged about 50 died on the head of Big Hurricane, Wayne County, WV last Friday of tuberculosis. Deceased was an uncle of Rev. Bascom R. Lakin. Rev. Lakin and Rev. Sam Rayburn conducted the funeral services at the old Lakin home on Big Hurricane Saturday. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
LAMBERT, Sidney L.
Sidney L. Lambert, age 34, former Wayne County man, died Jul 9, at Rittman, OH, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Hatten. The deceased had lived in Detroit, MI, where he had work for 7 years, returning to the Hatten home only a few months before he died. The body was returned to Wayne County for burial and laid to rest at the family cemetery on Patrick Creek, near Wayne. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
Green Marcum, formerly of Crum, WV was killed by a train in Williamson last week. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Cecil, Everette, Keither and Archie. Big Sandy news, Jul 15, 1927
John Marcum, 26 years of age, of Dunlow, Wayne County, was killed Friday, Jul 6, accidentally while working on the Pigeon Creek Road in Mingo County near Williamson, Marcum was a native of Dunlow, but had been working at Flint, MI, for several years. He had returned from Michigan only a few weeks before the fatal accident occurred. His wife was in Michigan at the time of the accident. Funeral services were held for the deceased last Sunday and interment made in the family cemetery near Dunlow. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
MAY, D. C.
D. C. May, one of the most prominent and best known citizens of this county, died at the home of Mrs. Susan May at Langley, Wednesday afternoon. Mr. May was about 60 years old. He was the son of the late John and Mrs. Dorcas May, pioneer residents of Floyd County. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
MAYNARD, Ethel—see under Rachel Burton
MCKEE, R. A.
R. A. McKee, 79, died at the home of his son, Alex McKee, in Fort Gay last Friday of hardening of the arteries and old age. Mr. McKee, a veteran of the Confederate army, was born in Georgia and later moved to Mississippi, and in 1892 came to Louisa with his family and settled here. He lived in Louisa for a number of years, later moving to Fort Gay. He spent a few years in South America, going there at the close of the Civil War to escape the carpetbaggers. During the reconstruction period he and his brothers lost a valuable plantation in Mississippi which had been left them by their father. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon by Rev. I. N. Fannin of Louisa and Rev. L. D. Bryan of Fort Gay. Burial was made in the Frasher Cemetery at Fort Gay. Surviving are Robert McKee, Pittsburg, PA, Alex McKee, Fort Gay, Mrs. S. J. See, Seattle, WA, Mrs. F??? Frasher, Fort Gay, and W. B. McKee of Cincinnati. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
MERRITT, Mrs. Lee
Prestonsburg—Mrs. Lee Merritt, 27 years old, died Thursday morning at her home at Emma following an illness of about 2 months. Mrs. Merritt was the sister of Miss Wilma Burchett, Mrs. P. H. Allen and Mrs. Harvey Howard of Prestonsburg. She was the daughter of the late Wesley Burchett and Mrs. Lydia Burchett, who survives. Mrs. Merritt was born and reared near Emma. Besides her mother and sisters, she is survived by 2 brothers, John Wesley Burchett and Jeff Burchett, both of Emma and one half-sister and 3 half-brothers. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
The death of John Moore, aged 41 years, occurred Wednesday morning. He lived near Busseyville and had been ill only a few days, having suffered a stroke of paralysis last Friday while at work. He was employed on the Blaine road. He was the son of Fletcher Moore and is survived by his wife and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
John Muncey, age 58, of near Kermit, died Tuesday afternoon at Chattaroy from injuries sustained in a mine. He was found lying unconscious by a foreman, apparently a victim of a blowout shot. He was taken outside and given medical attention, but died 2 hours later from a fractured skull. The body was sent to Kermit for burial. Muncey is survived by a daughter. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
John Muncey, age 58, of near Kermit, and known to several people in this county, died last Thursday at Chattaroy, as the result of injuries received in the Buffalo-Thacker mines. Interment was at Muncey’s home at the mouth of Wolfe Creek in Pike County, KY, just across Tug River from Kermit. The deceased leaves a daughter. Big Sandy news, Jul 15, 1927
NELSON, Hargis—see under Tucker Hall
Isom Noble, 82, died last Thursday at his home on Trace Creek in Wayne County, 6 miles from Fort Gay, of old age. Funeral services were held Friday, Rev. Carmi Crabtree and Rev. Carmi Webb officiating. Mr. Noble is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters, Fletcher, Charles and Lee of Fort Gay and Mrs. R. L. Bayes of Fort Gay and Mrs. Pharoh Trogden of Wayne. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
Pikeville, KY, Jul 25—Corbett Nunnery, 26 years old, was instantly killed near Mossy Bottom this afternoon when struck by the full load from a shotgun, alleged to have been in the hands of his brother in law, Wallace White, 40. Nunnery and White lived about 100 yards apart on Cowpen Creek, 10 miles from Pikeville and Nunnery was a the home of his brother in law when he was shot with a 12 gauge shotgun. His sister, Mrs. Maude Nunnery and her husband were the only persons in the house, it is reported. A woman who was passing the house at the time, fainted. White, it is said, claims the shot was an accidental one, declaring Nunnery had borrowed the shotgun and accidentally shot himself. Bert Nunnery, a half-brother of the victim, said the two had quarreled yesterday and that White threatened to kill Nunnery. After Nunnery was shot, White asked him, he said, to say nothing about the threat. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, Edward Nunnery, 2, Hazel Nunnery, 4, and Mabel Nunnery, 6; his father, James Nunnery, Inez, KY, and his mother, who now lives at Betsy Lane, KY. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
West Virginia—Mrs. Oma Osburn, wife of Uncle Robert Osburn died at her home on Camp Creek, 3 miles from East Lynn, Jun 22, of tuberculosis. She was 72 years old and had been afflicted form more than 25 years and was confined to her bed for the past 3 years. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Sarah Taylor of Monitor, WV, Mrs. Charles R. Morrison, Mrs. Evermont Ross, Maxwell, Charles and Barney Osburn, all of near East Lynn. Big Sandy news, Jul 8, 1927
OSBURN, Thomas, Sr.
Thomas Osburn, Sr., aged 86, died at his home on Camp Creek, 2 miles from East Lynn, Thursday, Jul 14, of old age. He was buried Friday in the Osburn Cemetery where his wife was buried about 7 weeks ago. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. N. Tabor. He is the son of that John Osburn who in 1815 came from Lee County, VA and settled on Trace Fork of the right fork of Twelve Pole. This John Osburn patented thousands of acres of land in this county, and raised a family of 17 children, only one of whom, Robert, now survives. The descendants of John Osburn number about 1,000 and have played a prominent part in the development of this section for the past 100 years, numbering among their ranks legislators, doctors, preachers, teachers and county officials. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
PACK, J. H.
J. H. Pack, 62 years old, died at his him in Kenova, Thursday afternoon after 2 weeks illness of typhoid fever. Mr. Pack was well known in Wayne County. At the time of his death he was running a grocery store on Eleventh Street. He was also owner and manager of a hotel on Pine Street, formerly known as the Wilson House. Funeral services were held Friday at the Baptist Church. Interment at Dunlow. Surviving are several grandchildren and the following children: Mrs. Jane Maynard, Coalwood, Lewis Pack, of Henlawson, Monroe Pack, of Whitman’s Creek, Jay Pack of Mud Fork, Kay Pack, of Kenova, Mrs. Florence Adkins, of Henlawson, Mrs. Stella Lewis of Portsmouth, Mrs. Marie Keyser, of Kenova, and Willie Pack of Kansas. Ceredo-Kenova Press. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
PERDUE, Mrs. W. H.
Mrs. W.H. Perdue, 73 years old, died at the home of her son, Z. C. Perdue of Wayne, Jul 18, following a few days illness of a complication of diseased. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
Kenova, WV—Robert Phillips, electrician, 26 years old of 410 Twentieth Street, died at the Rife-Ferguson hospital Thursday morning following fatal burns received about the chest and arms, while employed at the Kenova power plant, Wednesday morning. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
PRICE, Mary J.
Mrs. Mary J. Price, age 88, who for the past few years had been making her home with her daughter in Paintsville, died last Thursday morning. Last December Mrs. Price fell and dislocated her hip and since that time had been confined to her bed. Her remains were shipped to Blue Creek, WV, her old home, for burial Saturday. The following children survive: Mrs. George Bickford, White House, Mrs. Tom Fife, Paintsville, Mrs. Fred Kendall, Charleston, WV, Bert Price, Hellier, KY, A. C. Price, Huntington, WV and A. E. Price, Blue Creek, WV. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
PRIDEMOR, Uncle Mack
Griffith Creek—Death relieved the suffering of Uncle Mack Pridemore Thursday Jun 23 and was buried at Chapman Saturday. The funeral being conducted by Rev. William Burgess, at the Methodist Church, after which the body was laid to rest to wait the call of the Master which he loved and served. If Uncle Mack ever had an enemy, it was not known to the writer. Always looking on the funny side of life, the Spirit of which didn’t desert him even in the trying hours of the end. His memory will long linger with all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
RICE, Garred Homer
Buchanan—Garred Homer, the 11 year old son of M. H. Rice, died at the Riverview Hospital at Louisa Tuesday. The funeral was conducted by Rev. S. D. Harvey Wednesday at the Harmon Cemetery at Newcomb. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
SALISBURY, Lackey—see under Blizzard
James Salmons died at his home at Webb last week. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mattie Marcum and the following brothers and sisters: Dorothy, George, Dan, Scott and Vinnie. Interment was made near Webb. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
Wesley Sellard, 25, and James Sellards, 17 brothers, were killed at the former’s home on Three Forks, near Logan, WV, Jun 29, when a keg of powder, which they were attempting to open with a pick, exploded. Burial were made in Wayne County. It is said that their father lives in Kenova. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
Rev. F. F. Shannon, and wife had a very sad experience last week at York, PA. They had driven through from Logan, WV, after attending the funeral of Mrs. Nighbert. York is the home of Mrs. Shannon’s family. Driving up to the old home they were shocked to see a wreath on the door indicating that death had invaded the residence. The victim proved to be a brother of Mrs. Shannon. Pneumonia had carried him off, after a brief illness. The family had tried to reach Dr. Shannon for 2 days but as his trip was being made by automobile, he could not be located. The son, Frederick, was at Louisa. His father notified him by telephone and he left at once for York, to be present at the funeral. The sympathy of Louisa friends goes out to Dr. Shannon and family. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
Mrs. Leeta Springer, 54, wife of James M. Springer, of near Louisa, died at the home of her son, Fred Springer here last Thursday. The Springers came to Lawrence County 2 years ago from Portsmouth, OH, locating about a mile above Louisa on the Mayo Trail. She is survived by her husband, one son and 3 sisters: Mrs. Leetha Lewis of Rose City, OH, Mrs. Ella Burtom, of Buckners, OH, and Mrs. Lula Reed of Vanceburg, KY. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the Curtright Funeral Home by Rev. Fannin. Burial was made in the new Louisa Burial Park on the John Burns farm near Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
THACKER, Will Harvey
Pikeville, KY—Will Harvey Thacker, 40 years old, a farmer living on Raccoon Creek, was shot and killed on the mountain between Raccoon and Pompey, 15 miles from Pikeville, sometime Sunday. The body, with 2 gaping bullet wounds in it was found Monday by 3 small boys. An examination of a nearby hill disclosed, it is reported, that someone had lain in wait for Thacker at two points, one about 75 yards away and the other much closer. Tracks were trialed from the point for some distance through the woods and then through a cornfield. Mr. Thacker leaves a large family. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
TREVILLIAN, Hugh Bromley
Hugh Bromley Trevillian, aged 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Trevillian, of Louisa and Clarksburg, WV, died in a hospital at Clarksburg Wednesday night, the result of a fractured skull sustained the previous day when he fell from a two story window, according to a message received by relatives here early Thursday morning. Burial will be made at Charleston, WV Saturday afternoon. The little boy was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bromley of this place and was born and raised here. He had been in Clarksburg with his parents only a few weeks. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
Prestonsburg—Alfonso Vaughan, 24 years old, died here Wednesday a the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Vaughan, after a brief illness. He is survived by his parents and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Mary Clifton, Mrs. Alice Ball, Jonathan, Harry and Paul Vaughan, all of Prestonsburg, Frank Vaughan, of Cincinnati, and William Vaughan, of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
Harry Weddington, 69 years old, postmaster at Emma and one of the best citizens of this county, died suddenly Saturday night at his home shortly after retiring. Heart failure is held the cause of his death. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minerva Johnson Weddington and 4 children: Harry Weddington, Jr., and Jake Weddington, of Drift, and Mrs. Kitty Martin of Wayland and Miss Bertha Weddington at home. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1927
Mrs. Tilda Weddington, aged about 43, wife of Sam Weddington, formerly of Fort Gay, died at Man, WV, Wednesday morning following an illness extending over a period of more than a year. The Weddingtons have their home at Fort Gay but have been at Man for 2 years where Mr. Weddington is in charge of a lumber job for the Yellow Poplar Lumber Company. Mrs. Weddington is survived by her husband and a son and daughter. Her daughter is Maddeline who teaches in the Fort Gay school. Funeral services were held at Fort Gay Thursday afternoon conducted by the Rev. L. D. Bryan. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1927
M. L. K. Wells, 78, died at his home in Paintsville Wednesday morning after a brief illness of pneumonia. Deceased was a Union veteran and head of one of the largest and most influential families in Johnson County. Funeral services are to be conducted Thursday afternoon at Paintsville by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Dr. Sowards. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
WILLIAMS, Mrs. David L. (Eliza Ward)
Mrs. David L. Williams, a native of Carter County, but formerly of Louisa, died at Atlanta, GA Jun 27, word received here says. Mrs. Williams, who was Eliza Ward, was the sister of Mrs. George Ward, and aunt of Judge William J. Hampton of Ashland. She was married to Mr. David L. Williams in Catlettsburg. The earlier part of their married life was spent in Catlettsburg and Louisa, moving from the latter place to Atlanta, GA many years ago, where Mr. Williams was engaged in a lucrative business at the time of his death. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1927
Mrs. Sarah Williams, wife of Erwin Williams, of Blaine, died Tuesday morning of cancer of the stomach. She was about 57 years old and has been confined to her bed for the past 3 or 4 months. She is survived by her husband, one son, and 2 daughters, Kendrick Williams of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Jerry Cordle, Portsmouth, OH, and Mrs. Isaac McGuire of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
Pitt Witten, prominent citizen of Oil Springs, Johnson County, died at his home last Sunday after a brief illness of leakage of the heart. He was buried in the Turner Cemetery at Paintsville Monday. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1927
YATES, J. William
J. William Yates, aged 90, died at the home of his son Frank Yates, at Ashland last Friday morning following a 2 weeks illness caused by age. His remains were brought back to Louisa where he had lived for 55 years, an honorable and highly respected citizen and burial was made Sunday on Pine Hill. Until a few month ago when he begun to grow gradually weaker, Mr. Yates was unusually active and remarkably well preserved for one 90 years of age. Mr. Yates was a native of West Virginia, having been born and reared to early manhood at Ona, WV, near Barboursville. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate army and served in many thrilling engagements. He had a great fund of war incidents. At the close of the war he came to Louisa and settled, and lived here until 7 years ago when he went to Ashland to live with his son Frank. This was a few years after the death of his wife, who before marriage was Mrs. Julia Franklin Morrison. To Mr. and Mrs. Yates were born 6 daughter, and a son; Mrs. Lena Meyers, deceased, Mrs. Billie Riffe, Louisa, Mrs. W. W. Mason, McClure, VA, Mrs. Elizabeth Eldridge, Warren, OH, Mrs. C.T. Reynolds, of Richmond, VA, and Mrs. T. L. Muncaster of Ashland and Frank H. Yates of Ashland.
During most of his life Mr. Yates was engaged in some branch of the merchandising business. For a good many years he was traveling salesman for D. H. Carpenter of Catlettsburg. At one time he served as sheriff of Lawrence County. He joined the Louisa M. E. Church, South, a number of years ago and when he went to Ashland had his membership transferred to the church there. Funeral services were conducted at Ashland Saturday evening by Rev. C. N. Clark. The body was brought to Louisa Sunday morning and placed in state at the M. E. Church, South, where another funeral service was conducted. Rev. H. B. Hewlett read a chapter from the scriptures and Rev. I. N. Fannin read the obituary. Dr. Clark from Ashland delivered the funeral sermon. Burial followed in the Fulkerson Cemetery on Pine Hill. The active pall bearers at the funeral here were Augustus Snyder, Dr. A. W. Bromley, Dr. T. D. Burgess, M. F. Conley, J. B. Crutcher, F. L. Stewart, O. A. Carter, G. R. Burgess, Robert Dixon, R. L. Vinson, M. S. Burns and Henry Preston. Honorary pallbearers were F. F. Freese, Dr. L. H. Lork, F. T. T. Wallace, D. C. Spencer, W. M. Justice, H. E. Ferguson, J. F. Davis, John T. Jones, W. M. Stone, W. M. Blankenship, T. J. Snyder, J. Isralsky, W. T. Evans and Richard Moore. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1927
ALLISON, Uncle Hi
Uncle Hi Allison, aged Negro, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah Jones, here last Friday. The funeral was held at the Jones home Sunday with many white people attending. Uncle Hi was 91 years of age and one of the best respected colored persons in Louisa. At one time he was a slave owned by John H. Allison, father of Mrs. L. H. York. The mother of Uncle Hi was brought here from Virginia and Uncle Hi was born near Louisa and has lived here all his life. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
Fort Gay—Will Bartram formerly of Fort Gay, died at the home of his brother, D. E. Bartram at Omega, OH, Friday, the 19th and was taken to Ashland for burial. Big sandy News, Aug 26, 1927
BERRY R. T.
Word was received here Wednesday of the death of R. T. Berry, aged citizen of Blaine. Death came suddenly at noon Wednesday while he was washing for dinner. Mr. Berry was about 80 years of age and made his home with a tenant, Isaac McGuire and family. His wife, who before marriage, was Miss Elizabeth Edwards, died 8 or 9 years ago. Mr. Berry was president of the Bank of Blaine and was one of the bank’s organizers. He was a prosperous farmer and had accumulated a great deal of real estate. Surviving are 3 children, E. C. Berry of Chicago, who was at Blaine at the time of his father’s death, C. V. Berry of Ashland and Mrs. W. M. Fulkerson of Louisa. Funeral services will be held Friday and burial will be made at Blaine. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
Miss Wilma Bias, aged about 13, of Prichard, WV, died Sunday from injuries she suffered a few hours before a fall from a truck while on a Sunday School picnic. At first it was believed that she was uninjured but a few minutes after taking a drink of water she became ill and died in a few hours. She is believed to have suffered internal injuries. Her father is a telegraph operator at Prichard and was formerly N & W agent at Glen Hayes. Big Sandy news, Aug 26, 1927
BOYD, Alice (Davis)
Mrs. Alice Davis Boyd, 42, wife of Leo Boyd, died last week at her home at Catlettsburg, of tuberculosis and was taken to Georges Creek, her former home for burial. She is survived by her husband and 5 children, 2 sisters, and 5 brothers. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John Vanhoose and Rev. J. F. D. Borders. Burial was made in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1927
Dennis—William Brumfield, an aged citizen, passed away Sunday and was buried at McDaniel. He was a veteran of the Confederate army and a good Christian man. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
CRIDER, Samuel N.
Samuel N. Crider, 44 years old, of Catlettsburg, a native of Johns Creek, this county, died Monday in the Marting hospital, Ironton, OH, relatives in this county were informed this week. Mr. Crider was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Crider, of the Copper Run Fork of Johns Creek, and was born and reared in this county. He moved to Catlettsburg about 14 years ago. Big Sandy news, Aug 26, 1927
CURNUTTE, John T.
John T. Curnutte, 30, who was killed in a railroad accident at Jersey City, NJ, Jul 15, was a son of the late G. W. Curnutte, formerly of Fallsburg, this county, and a nephew of Mrs. Maston Henson of Fallsburg. Deceased was brought back to Ashland for burial. He is survived by his mother and 4 sisters: Mrs. M. Madlom, Williamson, WV, Mrs. Rose Caines, of Ashland, Mrs. Thelma Watson, Ashland and Mrs. J. G. Adams of Franklin, OH, and one brother, C. V. Curnutte, of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
West Virginia—News is received of the death of Mrs. Sadie Curry, wife of Charles Curry, of Harts Creek, near Queens Ridge, following a long illness. Her husband and 9 children survive. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
Pikeville—James Davis passed away at the home of his sister in Bluefield ten o’clock Thursday night and his widow at 2 o’clock that morning his widow became the mother of a son. Mr. Davis was buried in Bluefield, his old home. For a long time Mr. Davis had been in bad health and for several months the dividing line between life and death had been very slight. Before his health made it necessary to give up his work, Mr. Davis was proprietor of the Runwell Auto Shop at the mouth of Ratliff’s Creek. James Davis was born in Tazewell County, VA, 27 years ago and is related to some of the leading families of that section; his father, who died before his birth, having been James Davis, and his mother, who having been before her marriage a Miss Brown, a descendant of the late Patton Brown and a cousin of Mrs. Ballard Weddington. He lived in Bluefield until the beginning of the late war when he enlisted and served overseas for 27 months. His enfeebled health was due to effects of service for his country. After the war was over he came to Pikeville and her he married Miss Virginia Hatcher daughter of J. Lee Hatcher . Mrs. Davis survived him as do the newborn infant and 3 other children, James, Jr. 6, Olivia Sue, 4, and Jack, 3, and a brother and sister, Robert Davis and Mrs. James Graham of Bluefield. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1927
Mrs. Lydia Ferguson, age 32, wife of Emmett Ferguson, of Wayne, WV died last Friday at the C & O Hospital in Huntington, following an illness of 10 days with typhoid fever. The deceased became ill at her home in Wayne Jul 18, and was removed to the hospital at Huntington on Wednesday of last week and succumbed 2 days later. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
FULLER, Ora D.
Ora D. Fuller, 58 years old, a farmer of Buffalo Creek, Wayne County, was shot and killed early Monday afternoon while he was at work in a field near his home. The slayer is reported to have surrendered to Wayne County authorities. A 16 gauge shotgun was used in the killing. Fuller’s right side was riddled with shot. Jealousy is said to have been the cause of the killing. Recently, it was reported, the wife of a neighbor and her children, came to live with Mr. and Mrs. Fuller. The husband became jealous, it was said, and went to the field where Fuller was at work Monday afternoon. While some of his own children looked on, it was reported, the man emptied his heavily charged shotgun directly at Fuller. Surviving Mr. Fuller are the widow, one son, John Fuller, of Logan, 6 daughters, Mrs. Emma Overstreet, Mrs. Inez Moore, Mrs. Sarah Goodrich, all of Huntington, and Callespa, Lillian and Helen Fuller, at home; 2 brothers, Arnold and G. H. Fuller of Huntington and 4 sisters, Mrs. Alice Roberts and Mrs. Martha Luther of Huntington and Mrs. Mae Mayo and Mrs. Isabelle Ward, Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
HALL, Mrs. Frankie (Caudill)
Prestonsburg—Mrs. Frankie Hall, widow of Henry Hall, died Monday at the home of her son on Bull Creek about a mile above here, as the result of neuralgia of the heart. Death came suddenly, though after a protracted illness. Mrs. Hall was about 80 years old, and was a member of a pioneer family of this section. She was born and reared on Beaver Creek, and before her marriage to Henry Hall who died 24 years ago, she was Miss Frankie Caudill. She had lived with her son on Bull Creek for several years. Big Sandy news, Aug 26, 1927
SWARTZ, Mattie May
Ernest Hammonds, 23, son of the late Mack Hammonds of Glenwood, this county, is dead and Miss Mary Brumfield, daughter of Milt Brumfield of Tuscola, is in a Huntington hospital suffering from a fractured skull, the result of an automobile wreck Friday night near Camden Park in Wayne County, WV. Two other girls, Mattie May Swartz and Stella Highly were also killed in the wreck. The party of five were on their way from Ashland to Camden Park for an outing and it was while attempting to pass another automobile that the accident occurred. The car left the road and rolled onto the C & O tracks, pinning all five occupants beneath it. Hammond, who was driving, and the Highly girl were killed outright, and the Swartz girl died a few hours later in the Huntington hospital. Miss Brumfield sustained a fractured skull and C. M. Hutchison, another occupant, was severely bruised.
The body of Hanmonds was taken to his home at Glenwood and interred in the family burial ground Sunday. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Hobart Skeens of Russell and his grandfather, William Howell of Glenwood. He had been at Ashland for several months as an employee of the Sexton Welding Co. Miss Brumfield is still in the Huntington hospital in a serious condition. She underwent an operation Saturday night. The body of Miss Highly was taken to her home at Olympia, KY for burial and the body of Miss Swarts to Pratt, WV. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1927
Floyd Hampton, of near Dunlow, WV, was killed by lightning last Saturday. He was about 21 years of age and had been married only 2 weeks. Mr. Hampton, who was working a mule when a storm came up, went in a cave for shelter leaving the mule outside. A small boy was also with Mr. Hampton in the cave. Lightning killed the man and mule and stunned the boy so badly that he has been unable to talk since. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
HOLT, W. G.
Prestonsburg—Whisky is blamed for the deaths of bosom friends, between 11 and 12 o’clock Friday night, when Earl Mayo, 37 years old, and W. G. “Red” Holt, 40, shot each other to death in a revolver duel at close range. Mayo, night watchman at the camp, had left Holt, the superintendent, to guard the camp while he attended a birthday party at a neighbor’s home. Upon his return, he was told by the timekeeper that Holt had said that Mayo was paid only $3.50 a day for his services. Mayo maintaining that the wages agreed upon between Holt and himself were $4 a day, interviewed by Holt. The superintendent was intoxicated, it is said, and called Mayo a liar when the latter claimed $4 as his wages. Holt is said to have snatched at Mayo’s revolver, and the latter, eluding him, threw his weapon upon the other, telling him to put up his hands. The command was partially complied with and Mayo repeated the order. Suddenly Holt snatched his own revolver from his pocket. Mayo fired. The two men stood within a few paces of each other, and each fired 3 shots. Mayo was struck by 3 bullets and Holt by one. Mayo fell, dying almost instantly. The other died about 20 minutes later while being brought here. The two had had no previous trouble and were fast friends, it is said. Mr. Mayo was the son of W. J. Mayo a well-known citizen of this county. Floyd County Times. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
HUNT, T. M,
Pikeville, KY, Jul 29—John Mutter, 50 years old and T. M. Hunt, 55, were dead and Landon Mutter, son of John Mutter, was in a dying condition today as the result of a gun fight Thursday on Island Creek, 27 miles from here. The shooting occurred following an argument between the Mutters and Hunt over the construction of a line fence on Hunt’s property. Landon Mutter and Hunt both drew guns and Hunt wounded Landon in the arm. When the elder Mutter took up his son’s pistol, Hunt was alleged to have shot him through the heart. Ernest Mutter, another son of John, authorities said, then shot Hunt. Two shots struck Hunt in the head and four in the region of the heart. J. W. Hunt, a relative of the dead man, rushed Landon Mutter to a hospital here, making most of the journey by boat. Hunt was under a one year sentence for burning a schoolhouse near his home 2 years ago. The sentence was suspended pending appeal. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
JARRELL, Mrs. Columbus
West Virginia—Mrs. Columbus Jarrell, who lived on 12 Pole Creek, near Ceredo, died at her home recently. The deceased had been almost blind for several years. Her husband, Columbus Jarrell, and one son, Kade Browning, survive. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
Gladys—Kenneth Jones, 24, son of Edd Jones, was killed in the mines at Holden, WV, last Friday and was brought here for burial in the Hays Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
Meads Branch—Lee Judge dies here last week. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1927
JUSTICE, Ethel M.
Ethel M. Justice, 18, died at her home here Monday of tuberculosis. Her mother had been dead a number of years and she resided with her father here. Funeral services were conducted from the home Tuesday by Rev. J. S. Thompson, and burial was made in the Bartram Cemetery on the Point. Surviving are her father, Charles Justice and 2 sisters and a brother. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
Webbville—James Kidd, aged about 81, died at the home of his son Harmon Kidd of Huntington and was brought here for burial in the Hensley Cemetery. Mr. Kidd was a devoted member of the United Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
Jimmie Kimbleton of Staffordsville, Johnson County, died Monday in the Paintsville hospital the result of an auto accident the previous day. The accident took place at the mouth of Teass branch, one mile west of Paintsville. The occupants of the car which belonged to Kimbleton were Walter Jackson, Mr. Kimbleton, Ollie Conley and Marion Hondle. Hondle was driving the car coming down a slight incline just beyond the mouth of Teass Branch, when the steering road failed and in place of going over the fill across the branch the car missed the fill entirely and plunged over a 20 foot embankment to the branch bed below. None of the other occupants were seriously injured, but Mr. Kimbleton sustained serious internal injuries. He died Monday. He was an insurance man and carried a double indemnity policy. His wife will received $20,000 as a result of the accident. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
LAWSON, Mrs. James
Blaine—Mrs. James Lawson, aged about 45, died at Knobs Branch near here last week. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
William Lovely, aged 83, died at his home about a mile below Fort Gay, last Friday. Mr. Lovely was born in 1844 and in 1861 was married to Miss Delilah Higgins. To this union were born 10 children, 7 of whom are living: Irvin Lovely, William Lovely, John Lovely, Dan Lovely, Ross Peyton, Floyd Lovely and Leonard Lovely. Funeral services were held Sunday conducted by Rev. L. D. Bryan. Burial was made in the Damron Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
Pikeville—While cutting timber Thursday on a logging job on Lykin’s Branch, Floyd Lowe was caught under a falling tree and suffered internal injuries from which he died the following morning. He was buried Friday on Brushy Creek. Lowe was 28 years old, a farmer and the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lowe, He was unmarried. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1927
MAY, Samuel L.
Mr. Samuel L. May was fatally injured in an automobile accident at Princeton, WV, Tuesday and died that night. Funeral will take place at Evansville, IN on Friday. This is sad news for many persons in Louisa and Huntington, and at various points in the Ohio valley, where Mr. May was known. He spent more than a year in Louisa while building the lock and dam in Tug River 4 miles from Louisa. AT that time he was a member of the contracting firm of Hollerback & May. Later he organized the National Contract Company to do contract work in the Ohio River. Associated with him were J. C. Thomas, H. A. Scholze, Edwin May and perhaps a few other stockholders. This company built several dams in the Ohio River, retiring 2 years ago with a large amount of profits. Mr. May became president of one of the largest banks in Evansville and had devoted nearly all of his time to that business since the contract work was completed. He was largely interested in the Union Sand & Gravel Company and the Union Concrete Pipe Company of Huntington with J. L. Richmond, H. A. Scholze, Edwin May and George Sullivan. Mr. May was an excellent businessman. He succeeded in every undertaking. In his dealing he was honorable and liberal and he made friends everywhere. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1927
MAYO, Earl—see under W. G. Holt
Prichard, WV—The funeral of a 6 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. McCall of Kenova, who died at Kenova Monday was conducted here Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1927
Harkins Montgomery, age 31, was shot last Sunday on Coon Creek in Magoffin County by his stepson, Jesse Russell, and was brought to the Paintsville Hospital Monday. His condition was serious when he arrived at the hospital and he died Tuesday night. In a sworn statement just before his death, he said he went to the home of Floyd Russell to see about some money he had missed, and that his wife was there and told him not to come in the house as they would kill him. He states that he started to leave and was shot by Jesse Russell, his wife’s son, from an upstairs window with a shot gun. He further stated that his wife had previously said that she would have her son kill him. The remains were sent to Magoffin County for burial. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
Lacy Puckett, 30 years old, was killed late last Thursday afternoon at Thealka, near Paintsville, when his neck was broken by a falling piece of slate in the Northeast mine. Two other men whose names were not learned, were working with Mr. Puckett, but managed to escape without injury. The piece of slate which fell from the roof of the mine was 5 feet long by 4 feet wide and 18 inches thick. The unfortunate victim died a few minutes after being struck. Puckett’s home was at Thealka. He is survived by a wife and 2 children. He was the ball player who was injured at Louisa in the baseball game July 4th. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
Homer Robertson, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Robertson, of Fort Gay, died at his home Tuesday of typhoid fever. Funeral services were held Thursday from the Bartram Chapel on Mill Creek, conducted by Rev. L. D. Byran. Burial was made in the Copley Cemetery. Young Robertson was graduated from the Fort Gay junior high school in June and was a promising young man. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1927
ROGERS, George W.
Cherokee—George W. Rogers, 68, died at his home near here Saturday and was buried in the family cemetery. He was born and reared in Carter County near Willard, but moved here a number of years ago. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1927
Lewis Salyers, 75, a well-known resident of Keys Creek, Boyd County, died at his home Saturday ending a prolonged illness of 2 years. To mourn his death he leaves 6 sons, Jasper, Jerry, John, albert, Hubert and Herbert Salyers, and 5 daughters, Mrs. Ellen Sparks, Toledo, OH, Mrs. Thornt, Galliher, Mrs. Flem Stanley, Wolfpit, KY, Mrs. George Wallace and Mrs. Carl Delaney of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
SPARKS, Mrs. Minnie (Crace)
Prestonsburg—Mrs. Minnie Sparks, 55, a sister of Mrs. Robert Craft, of this place, died Friday, Aug 5, of a tumor. Weight of the tumor which caused her death was estimated at 108 pounds. Mrs. Sparks was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Crace, of Salyersville. She is survived by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. The body was taken to Salyersville for burial. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist Church, Salyersville. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
STAFFORD, T. E.
Green V. Meek, a former Louisian now residing in Huntington, WV, shot and killed T. E. Stafford, 55, a neighbor in Huntington, Sunday following a quarrel over a stand of bees kept by Meek in his back yard. Stafford blamed the bees for his inability to rest a house adjoining Meek’s and a dispute over the house was the direct cause of the shooting, news dispatches say. Meek told police that Stafford had asked him to pay rent on the house, claiming that the bees were responsible for its standing idle. When the question was reopened later Meek said that he refused to pay and Stafford moved his hand toward his hip pocket. It was then that Meek fired. Shortly before dying Stafford made a statement denying that he made a motion with his hand as if to draw a weapon. He said he cried to Meek, “My God, don’t kill me, “ after Meek had shot him in the arm. Meek then shot him in the chest, causing the wound which killed him, Stafford is credited with saying. The bee question had been a source of antagonism between the 2 men for more than 6 months and had been before the city commission for settlement, causing at that time considerable merriment at the city hall, it is said. Meek has been released on $20,000 bond with his brother, M. F. Meek, and E. C. Webb as surety. Stafford was buried Wednesday in the Earls Cemetery in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1927
Edmund Thompson, aged and highly respected citizen of Wayne County, WV, died at the home of his son, John Thompson, on Joel’s Branch near Echo, last Friday. Death was due to heart trouble. He was found dead in bed. Mr. Thompson was past 80 years of age and one of the best citizens of the county. At the age of 30 he joined the M. E. Church, South and for more than 50 years had lived a conscientious Christian life. For a number of years he had been an official in the M. E. Church, South. An immense throng attended the funeral, which was held from the Thompson home Sunday, conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett, of Louisa. Burial was made in the Thompson Cemetery. Surviving are a brother, 3 sisters, and the following sons: F. W. Thompson, Rev. H. B. Thompson, John Thompson and Finley Thompson. Big Sandy News, Aug 19,1927
Raymond Trimble, 19, of Barnetts Creek of Johnson County, was fatally injured in a railroad accident at Paintsville last Friday. Attempting to catch a freight train to return home from work, his foot missed the stirrup and he was thrown beneath the wheels where one leg was almost severed and the knee of the other leg badly crushed. He was dragged for some distance and his side badly bruised by striking the ties, causing internal injuries. The accident occurred a short distance above the Paintsville depot. He was rushed to the Paintsville Hospital where the injured member was amputated Friday, but the shock of the operation and his internal injuries were too much and the unfortunate young man died Saturday afternoon. Trimble was a former student of John C. C. Mayo College. He was taken to the Trimble home on Barnetts Creek where funeral and burial were held Sunday. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1927
Paintsville—Miss Madge Williams, daughter of Patton Williams of Volga, died at her home last Wednesday afternoon after an illness of a few months. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1927
Mrs. Amanda Wilson, 84 years of age was instantly killed by an N & W train near her home at Glenhayes, WV, last Saturday morning as she was walking along the railroad, returning from the post office, according to word received here. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jesse Fry and W. M. Hall and burial was made in the Ratcliffe Cemetery near Glenhayes. Mrs. Wilson had been a member of the Baptist Church for several years. She is survived by the following children: Bob Farra, Mrs. Mary Meade, Mrs. Maude York, of Glenhayes, Mrs. Lou Salmons of Williamson, Frelin Wilson of Portsmouth, Lona Wilson and Charles Wilson. The following brothers and sisters, G. T. Farra and Mrs. Florence Schrader of Wayne, James Farra of Glenhayes, W. W. Farra, of Trace and Mrs. Mary Lovins of Dunlow. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1927
Wetzel Adkins, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Adkins, of Russell, KY, bled to death Tuesday morning when he fell from a chair and severed a blood vessel in his tongue. The child suffered several internal hemorrhages and died before medical assistance could be summoned. The body was to be taken to Lava-kitchen where his mother was working and had climbed on a chair. The chair overturned and he fell to the floor, biting his tongue. He bled profusely from the wound, and died within several minutes. The body is to be taken to Lavalette, WV where services will be held. The interment is to be made in the cemetery of that place. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927 (Note: typed as appeared in the newspaper—there was obviously a line of type missing.)
BALL, F. M.
Pikeville, Sep 19—When their automobiles met on Blackberry Creek at Ransom, this county, 35 miles from Pikeville yesterday, F. M. Ball was shot and killed by Blaine Bowling, it is alleged after he had shot Bowling, through the left arm. Bowling is a policeman at Phelps, KY. About a month ago he searched Ball for whiskey, it is reported, and this is said to have brought about yesterday’s affair. Ball stopped his automobile and began shooting at Bowling as Bowling’s car came alongside, it is said, firing in all ???? times. One shot only took effect. Bowling emptied his pistol at Ball, the fatal shot penetrating the side and passed thru the body. Bowling was accompanied here by Officer Blackburn of Pond Creek and placed in jail. Ball was a former teacher in Pike County. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
Mrs. Elizabeth Belcher, aged 70, wife of Richard Belcher of Gallup, died Monday at her home at Gallup of a complication of diseases. Mrs. Belcher was a kind and good lady and will be greatly missed in her community, and by her aged husband to whom she was greatly devoted. Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller. Surviving are the husband, 4 sons, W. T., James, John C. and George, and 3 daughters, Mrs. W. T. Childers, Mrs. Maggie Chapman and Mrs. Corilda Childers. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
On the morning of Sep 19, 1927 the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. David Berry and took away their darling little baby, Audry, aged 13 mo. She had been sick some time and was the only child. She was such a sweet child, loved by all that knew her. We say to the father and mother put your trust in Jesus who is able to help you bear your sorrows. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
Blaine, KY—A thirteen year old son of John W. Brickey of near Culver, Elliott County, was killed Sunday while squirrel hunting, according to word reaching here. Young Brickey was shot in the head by a companion while measuring their guns, it is said. Further information is lacking. Young Brickey was a nephew of county Judge Fyffe. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
BUCKLEY, J. K.
Pike County had suffered the loss of one of her best known and most highly respected citizens in the death of J. K. Buckley, which occurred at his home 2 miles north of Pikeville on Friday, Sep 3. His death followed an illness of only a few hours and the serious nature of his illness was known to only a few of his immediate neighbors. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
Bee Burchett, who was shot about 4 months ago by Carl Atkins at a pie supper given at Spencer Chapel, at Woods, died Friday in Baptist General Hospital, Ashland, from the effects of the wound, it is said. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
BURTON, Dr. C. C.
The following article is from the West Liberty Courier. Dr. Burton is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Burton of Brushy, this county. The whole town and surrounding communities were suddenly turned to mourners Sunday morning about 10 a.m. when Dr. C. C. Burton became speechless and helpless by a stroke of paralysis, affecting his right side. The doctor’s son Sam was taking him out in the country to see a patient. Before reaching their destination the son, seeing something was wrong, turned back home. He and his mother helped the doctor into the house and summoned assistance. Dr. Sparks and Dr. Carter were called. Miss Gilliam Henry was brought from Index and a few hours later Dr. Gevedon, of Glassy, and Dr. Whitaker of Cannel City, also Dr. Frank McClure, of Bourbon County, were summoned. Dr. Burton’s son Graham had left about an hour before to take his brother Jay to Richmond to enter school. A message was sent ahead of them to return. The oldest son, Russell, who had been away some time at work at Inez, KY, was sent for and Dr. Burton’s parents, brothers and sisters were all notified. In the meantime doctors, nurse, and kind neighbors were doing all that could be done. Dr. Burton’s sons made haste to return home. His parents, Judge and Mrs. S. H. Burton and his brother, Luther, of Blaine, arrived Sunday evening. His sisters, Mrs. J. D. Sturgell and Mrs. Green Wellman of Ashland, also arrived Sunday. All but the father returned home Tuesday, another brother, Frank, of Skaggs came in Sunday. The doctor’s condition is still serious. Consciousness is only momentary and fleeting. He cannot speak or move the injured limbs but takes a little nourishment, and his circulation is better. The doctors are encouraging the family to be hopeful. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1927
CONLEY, John Harmon
John Harmon Conley, 69, died Sunday at his home in South Ashland after an illness of only 4 days. His body was taken to Paintsville where burial was made Tuesday in the Ferguson Cemetery near that city. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
John Cook, aged 93, one of the oldest citizens of the county, was found dead in bed at his home on the head of Laurel Fork of Rockcastle Monday morning, according to word reaching here. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Nelson Hughes. Further information could not be obtained as the News goes to press. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
On Saturday night Sep 3, the grim reaper of death visited the Baptist General Hospital in Ashland, KY and claimed as its victim the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cooksey of Fallsburg. Virginia Parlee Cooksey was born Sep 30, 1918, age 8 years 11 months and 3 days. Virginia was a little girl of unusual personality and was loved and endeared by all who knew her. She never mistrusted nor abused the proper confidence which she had in her father and mother and in her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Maston Henson and Mrs. Anne Cooksey and the members of the immediate families. She was a refreshment for the weary hours of her relatives and friends. She had a firm faith in God and was very active in attendance at the Sunday school, in Fallsburg. She realized during her illness of blood poison that she was going home to dwell with Christ and to minister to her Savior in Heaven. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. N. L. Roberts in the I.O.O.F. Hall at Fallsburg on Sep 5 in the presence of a large audience of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
John Crum, 23, formerly star football player on the Ashland High School team, who was badly injured in a game 2 years ago between Paintsville and Ashland High School died as a result of these injuries at his home at Inez last Thursday according to word received here this week. After being confined to an Ashland hospital, Crum was taken to Louisville where he received treatment for about 4 months. Funeral services were held Saturday and burial followed in the Crum Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1927
CRUM, S. V.
S. V. Crum, 62 years of age, of West Van Lear, KY, died at his home on Tuesday night, Sep 20, a victim of cancer. He had been confined to his room for about 6 months. He was a native of Wayne County, WV and went from there to Jenkins, KY later moving to West Van Lear where he was engaged in the grocery business. He leaves a wife, 2 sons, Paul Crum of Van Lear and Walter Douglas Crum, at home and a niece, Miss Garnet ??? a teacher in the Van Lear schools. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Burrel Akers, assisted by Rev. S. D. Grumbles, a former pastor, now connected with the Baptist Hospital at Ashland. Following the service, interment took place on the Club House Hill at Van Lear, members of the Masonic Lodge, having charge. Big Sandy news, Sep 30, 1927
U??? Davidson, 85 years old, who is remembered by many of the older citizens of this county as a clerk on steamboats which plied the Big Sandy years ago, died Friday, Sep 2, at his home in South Point, OH, as the result of a paralytic stroke suffered several years before. Mr. Davidson was one of the most prominent citizens of South Point. He was well known in Catlettsburg and other Big Sandy River towns which he had frequently visited in other years. He was formerly a clerk at Whitehouse when the railroad had its terminus there. Many Floyd County people remember him also as a traveling salesman through this territory. Floyd County Times. Big Sandy news, Sep 16, 1927
DAVIS, Mrs. Enoch
Paintsville—After a lingering illness, Mrs. Enoch Davis died at her home in Southside Addition last Monday afternoon. She was 52 years of age and the mother of 4 children. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
DAVIS, J. H.
J. H. Davis, about 70 years old, Lackey merchant, committed suicide Tuesday night by sending a revolver bullet through his brain, it was learned here this week. Though no definite cause for the act is known, it is believed that despondency over ill health led to the suicide. The shot was fired at 2 o’clock Tuesday morning in Mr. Davis’ room above A. L. Prater’s store at Lackey. His daughter and her children were sleeping in the apartment at the time. Mr. Davis formerly lived in the neighborhood of East Point. After moving to Lackey, he established a grocery store there. He was a widow. Burial was made at Lackey. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
DEAN, John L.
John L. Dean, aged 96, formerly a resident of the Catt section, this county, died last Saturday at the home of his son, Kinner Dean, at Ironton, OH. Mr. Dean, a son of Jobe and Margaret Dean, was born in Pike County, KY in 1831. He was married to Miss Mary Jane Large in 1862. He was a veteran of the Union Army, having served in the company B. 14th Kentucky Infantry. He spent his entire life in Kentucky until a few years ago when he went to live with his son at Ironton, OH. Funeral services were conducted at Ironton Monday by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa, and burial was made in Woodland Cemetery there. Surviving are the following children, H. S. Dean, Huntington; William Dean, Ironton, Thomas Dean, Parkersburg, Ethel Mussetter, Ashland, Maud Quillen, Ashland, and Kinner Dean, Ironton. Mr. Dean was a member of the Methodist Church, having joined in 1877. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1927
Ulysses, KY—Todd Edwards, of this place, died Saturday after a long illness of heart dropsy. His funeral was preached Monday by Revs. D. A. Hays and G. H. Young, D.J. Chandler, Sunday school instructor of Lowmansville. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Surviving are a wife, one son and 4 daughters. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
ESTEP, Tora (Hayes)
On Jul 24 1927, the pale horse and its rider visited my dear brother’s home and took from him his darling wife, Mrs. Tora Estep. She was about 54 years of age. She was a victim of the dreadful disease, paralysis. Her remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground at Cando at C. C. Hays’ home. The deceased was formerly Miss Tora Hayes, who was united in marriage some 32 years ago to Albert Estep at Charley, KY. To this union were born 6 children, three of whom preceded her to the glory land some years ago. Three are left to mourn her loss, ?Rex? Estep of Wilbur, KY, Claude Estep, Louisa, KY and Kay Estep of Columbus, OH. She also leaves one brother, B. T. Hays of Columbus, OH and a number of friends to mourn her loss. She had been in failing health for several years, but bore her suffering almost without complaining until she feel asleep in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. V. Pack and also Bro. Hulette, of Louisa. Lonzo Estep. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1927
FITZPATRICK, Judge John Dishman
Judge John Dishman Fitzpatrick, 55 years old, a leading figure in Eastern Kentucky politics and prominent banker, died last week at his home in Whitesburg after a brief illness. Judge Fitzpatrick was a son of James Fitzpatrick, who was a brother of the late T. Y. Fitzpatrick, former Congressman from this district. He was well known in this county, and was a student here years ago under Prof. W. M. Byington. The deceased was a leader of the Democratic party in Letcher County, and had been county judge of that county for two terms. He was reported to be in line for the appointment as highway commissioner of this district in the event of J. C. W. Beckham’s election for governor. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1927
Edward Frazier, 36 years old, of Kenova, died Aug 26, as the result of a fractured skull received in an automobile accident near Milton. Frazier and a brother in law, Mike Adkins of Ceredo, who was driving the car, were pinned under the machine when it toppled over an embankment after Adkins lost control of the car. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
SMITH, Mrs. Minnie (Fields)
Ashland, KY—Four little children were left motherless when their jealous father, Kelley Smith, 29 years old, a mill worker here, shot, and killed his estranged wife, Mrs. Minnie Fields Smith, 24, and her escort, Okey Gamble, 32, also a mill worker, shortly after 7 o’clock Sunday night at Rockdale, 5 miles south of Ashland, on the Midland Trail. The Smiths had been separated for 2 months. Gamble had been a boarder in the Smith home. The tragedy is the result of the eternal triangle. Smith tried to persuade his wife to return to him Sunday afternoon and when she refused he threatened to kill her. He followed her when she left with Gamble in a motor car over Midland Trail. When Gamble stopped to allow Mrs. Smith to go in a store at Rockdale, Smith also stopped got out of his car, shot and killed Gamble. He then went into the store, took his wife by the arm, dragged her out in the road and killed her. He went around the car and fired a shot in Gamble’s body. Smith returned to Catlettsburg and gave himself up to Boyd County police and was lodged in jail there. The four children of the Smiths ranged in age from 8 months to 6 years old. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1927
Woodrow Goble, 16 years old, of Emma, was shot and killed Monday afternoon in the Nelson Hollow, one mile above his home, by Hi Goble, 20, a hunting companion, who claims that the tragedy occurred when he thought the other was a groundhog and fired a load from the shotgun into the other’s face and chest. The victim died within a few minutes after being shot. Contents of the shot gun fired from a range of 20 yards, pierced the head and chest. Young Goble was taken to the home of his uncle, Anse Goble. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
GRIFFITH, R. L. (Letch)
R. L. (Letch) Griffith, aged about 60, well known citizen of Cains Creek, died at his home at Martha Monday after a long illness of leakage of the heart. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
Prestonsburg—Sanford Hackwith died of dropsy at his home near Bonanza Wednesday, it was learned as the Times went to press. Particulars were unavailable. Big Sandy news, Sep 2, 1927
HAGER, Betty Brandebury
Ashland, KY, Aug 26—Betty Brandebury Hager, 5 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hager, Jr. was killed tonight when she was run down while crossing Thirteenth Street near her home in Grayson Roads, a suburb of Ashland. The child, a granddaughter of John F. Hager, prominent Kentucky lawyer, had gone to play with friends across the street. She was hit by a car driven by an Ashland citizen. Death was due to a fractured skull. Big Sandy news, Sep 2, 1927
James Hale, aged 73, died suddenly at his home at Louisa last Saturday shortly after having eaten a hearty breakfast. Mr. Hale had been in failing health since the first of July. Saturday he arose early and helped his wife prepare breakfast and shortly after partaking heartily of the meal complained of feeling ill. A doctor was called, but he expired a few minutes after his arrival. Mr. Hale was a paper hanger and interior decorator and a highly respected citizen. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for years, and played a coronet in the church choir. Mr. and Mrs. Hale were soon to have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife who before her marriage was Miss Genoa Wilson of Louisa, also by 3 brothers, M. F. Hale, and G. W. Hale of Louisa and Bascom Hale of Bluefield, WV. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. S. Akers of Ceredo, assisted by Rev. J. S. Thompson. Burial was made on Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
Richard Hall, 25 years old, was shot through the heart and instantly killed about 9 o’clock Monday night at Jim Bates’ store on the head of Jack’s Creek, this county, by his youngest brother, Joc Hall. According to the version of the fratricide given here, Richard Hall was intoxicated and enraged because his still had been destroyed Sunday by raiders, started a disturbance in Bates’ store, firing his revolver one or two times. When his brother attempted to prevent trouble, Richard Hall is said to have knocked him from the high porch of the store into Jack’s Creek with a blow of his fist. “I wouldn’t take that from my daddy—beat up and shot”, Joc Hall is alleged to have said as he scrambled to his feet as the other stood on the porch above, revolver in hand. A reply from Richard Hall led to the shooting. The younger brother, quicker than the other, fired one shot. Both are said to have been intoxicated. Constable Bryant finding whiskey in the saddlebags of each. Constable Bryant was called, and arresting the slayer within 50 yards of the scene of the killing, returned him to where his brother lay. A pathetic scene was enacted when the slayer reached his brother’s body, kissing the dead man several times and giving evidence of extreme grief. The brothers were sons of “Dog” Hall, a wealthy farmer of Holly Bush Fork of Caney Creek, Knott County. No previous trouble between the 2 men is known. The slain man is survived by his widow and one child, his parents and several brothers. Joc Hall is married and has 5 children. He was unable to furnish bond Tuesday morning. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
Paintsville, KY—Will Hall, an employee of the Consolidated Coal Company at Van Lear, was killed under a fall of slate which came down upon him while he was in one of the company mines there. Hall is an employee in the power house of the plant but had gone into the mine on special business connected with the electric wiring. While in one of the entries a shower of slate came down and pinned him under its weight. Hall was caught but only injured by the slate. As he lay a captive he called to fellow workmen, begging them come to his rescue. The party standing by saw that another part of the roof was about to come down and hesitated to go beneath to rescue the imprisoned man. After a few minutes another fall occurred and further pinned Hall down, but still he lived and cried for help. Within a short time the remainder of the slate fell and caused his death. He was married and had 2 children. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
HEALTH, Hester (Jordan)
Blaine—Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Hester Health, 33, wife of Harry Health in a hospital at Portsmouth, OH. Mrs. Health was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Jordan and was born in this county. Surviving members of the family include her husband, Harry Health, 3 daughters, Lea, Virginia, Mary Jo and one son, Harry H. . Mrs. J. A. Atkins of Millers Run, OH and Mrs. William Baker of Colorado Springs, CO, and Miss Gladys Jordan, at home, are sisters. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1927
Oliver Horn, 16 years old, a brother of Guy Horn, of West Prestonsburg was instantly killed between 3 and 4 o’clock Tuesday morning in the Blue Beaver Mining Company mine at Ligon when the motor which he was running passed over him, crushing his head and face. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
HUFF, Judie Anne
Mrs. Judie Ann Huff, 69 years old, wife of Henderson Huff died Aug 29, 1927. Mrs. Huff was converted and joined the Greenbrier Church at the age of 11 years. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Laura Blankenship, Wayne, Cassie Workman, Ella Huff, Alvis and Alva Huff of Rittman, Freelin Huff, Fairbanks, AZ; Minnie Huff, Pittsburgh, PA, Jennie Huff, Creston, OH. Funeral services were conducted by Rev, A, W. Damron of Wayne, Rev. Carmi Crabtree and Rev Henry Lambert of the Greenbrier Church. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
Mrs. Exona Layne, aged 61, widow of the late James Layne of Hulette, this county died at the Ashland Baptist General hospital Monday, following an operation for appendicitis. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert Cassidy Wednesday and burial was made in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Purl Vanhorn of Hulette. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
LAYNE, Lindsey L.
Lindsey L. Layne, 73 years old, died at his home on Cool Water Creek, near Harold, this county, Sunday after a long illness. Death resulted from complications. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
LEADINGHAM, Alice Lucille
LEADINGHAM, Jewel Maxine
LEADINGHAM, Estill, Jr.
The charred bodies of 3 children, all under 4 years of age, was the tragic scene presented citizens of the Orr section last week after fire had destroyed the home of Rev. Estill Leadingham and burned to death his 3 youngest children, Alice Lucille, 3, Jewell Maxine, 2 and Estill, Jr. 9 months. The tragedy occurred on Tuesday of last week while the parents were away from the house a few minutes. According to reports reaching here, Mrs. Leadingham had gone to the well for water, leaving the 3 children alone, and when she returned, in about 10 minutes, found the house in flames. Being unable to get to the room in which she had left the children, she called to them and received no answere, hastened off to a neighbor’s home, thinking perhaps they had gone there. Finding they had not been to the neighbors home, she hastened back and heard the scream of the children, but the fire had cut off their escape and none could get to them. After the fire their remains were taken from the ashes and put in a box. Only one body could be distinguished. Burials were made the following day in the family cemetery. Three older children were away at school at the time. The Leadingham home, which was a small frame structure, was in the Orr section about 3 miles from Webbville, this county. It is believed that the fire caught from the cook stove in the kitchen. The house with all of its contents was consumed. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1927
LEMASTER, Wayne Hershel
Donithan—Our community was saddened when news came of the death of little Wayne Hershel, only son of Daniel Lemaster in a Paintsville hospital, Sep 22. Death came following the amputation of a leg which he had broken. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1927
LLOYD, Elizabeth (Ferguson)
West Virginia—Mrs. Elizabeth Lloyd, wife of J. W. Lloyd died at her home in East Lynn Friday, Aug 26, of heart trouble. She had been in declining health for some time and was confined to her bed for about 6 weeks. She was 76 years old and been married 56 years. She was the daughter of Lewis S. Ferguson and on her mother’s side the granddaughter of John Osburn one of the first settlers in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
LOCKHART, William T.
Heart trouble took William T. Lockhart, a minister of the Christian Church, a Union soldier and one of the oldest and most venerated citizens of his community from his family and friends Tuesday. He had suffered for a long period and had been seriously ill for a month before his death which occurred the morning of Sep 6. He was 82 years of age and his home was at Ford’s Branch. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
Miss Nan Miles, aged about 75, died in the Riverview hospital here Saturday night from injuries received earlier in the day when an automobile driven by Miss Erie Thompson of near Busseyville struck her as she was returning to the poor farm where she stayed as a county charge. She had been in Louisa during the day and had started early in the afternoon to walk to the poor farm. Shortly before meeting the Thompson car she crossed the road and into the path of the car, it is said. Miss Thompson then swerved her car to the left to miss her, and at the same time Miss Miles attempted to get out of the way and stepped again into the path of the auto and was run over. Miss Miles was brought to the hospital here where she died from internal injuries. The accident was purely unavoidable, it is said. Ben Miles of Louisa is a brother of the deceased. Other brothers live in Ashland, Miss Miles was formerly known here where she worked in the homes of many families. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1927
Columbus Pack, aged 65, of Louisa, died at the home of his son, Fred Pack, here Monday of tuberculosis. Surviving are his wife, one sister, Mrs. Little Ball, of Louisa, and 2 sons, Fred of Louisa and Ed of Greasy Creek. Burial was made in the Crabtree Cemetery Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
PINE, Mrs. Joe
Prestonsburg—Mrs. Joe Pine, 54 years old, died at her home at Allen Sunday after a brief illness. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1927
Miss Gladys Porter, 19 years old, of Salt Rock died at the Kessler-Hatfield, Aug 25, following an operation for appendicitis several months ago. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Porter. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
PRICE, Albert (Mr. and Mrs. and son)
Ashland, KY—A triple automobile tragedy was revealed on the Ashland-Russell highway Friday afternoon when the feeble crying of a 2 year old baby girl, lying in mud and weeds, attracted passersby to an overturned automobile and the dead bodies of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Price of Ashland and her baby brother. The accident occurred almost 15 hours before while the Prices were en route to their home from Russell, where they had been visiting relatives. The child had lain beside the bodies of her parents and brother throughout the night and following morning within a few feet of the heavily traveled road, and aside from the effect of exposure was uninjured. The rest of the family had apparently been instantly killed. What happened the night before is a matter of conjecture. The Prices had started home about 9 o’clock Thursday night. As their Ford roaster neared Ashland it went over a high embankment and turned over in high weeds, obscured from the view of passing motorists or pedestrians. The mother and father and brother were trapped in the car but the little girl, who was probably riding on her mother’s lap, was thrown clear of the wreckage into the soft mud at the foot of the bank. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1927
Austin Smith, 27 years old, motorman at the Howard Colliery Mine near Chattaroy was instantly killed last week when he was caught between the motor and roof of the mine. He is survived by his wife and 2 small sons. Big Sandy news, Sep 9, 1927
SMITH, Minnie (Fields) See under Okey Gamble
Mrs. Tampa Stapleton, wife of Bud Stapleton of East Lynn, died at her home Aug 22. Mrs. Stapleton was 76 years old and had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 38 years. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
STONE, Minnie Grace (Robinson)
Mrs. Minnie Grace Stone, 34 years old, formerly a resident of this place and a native of Floyd County, died Saturday night at her home in Ashland after several years of invalidism. Mrs. Stone was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Robinson, and was born and reared on Abbott Creek. She was married Nov 10, 1910 to M. B. Stone, to which union 3 children were born. Mr. and Mrs. Stone moved to Ashland about 3 years ago. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1927
THOMPSON, Elizabeth (Webb)
Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, aged 80, of Webbville, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. E. Sparks at Webbville last Thursday morning as illness extending over a period of 10 months. Mrs. Thompson, a daughter of Levi and Agnes Webb, was born in the Webbville section and spent most of her life there. She was the widow of the late Martin Thompson of Webbville who died about 10 years ago. Early in life Mrs. Thompson joined the Baptist Church and had lived a consecrated Christian life unto death. Funeral services were held at the home of her son, Dr. D. J. Thompson, Saturday conducted by Rev. Robinson of Ashland, assisted by Rev. Clay of Denton. Interment was made in the Webbville Cemetery. To mourn her passing, Mrs. Thompson leaves the following children: Mrs. M. E. Sparks, Webbville, Mrs. C. F. Wurts, Ashland, Levi, John and Dr. D. J. Thompson, of Webbville and Dr. C. L. Thompson of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
Thursday evening, Sep 1, 1927, this beloved woman departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. E. Sparks near the home she had lived for 62 years. Her husband, Marvin V. Thompson preceded her in death by 10 years. She was a daughter of Levi and Agnes Webb. Her father died when she was 10 years old leaving her and another sister who married Luke Watson, dying near Webbville several years ago. The mother later married Pennington. To this union was born one son and 6 daughters of which 4 daughters are still living. Mrs. Thompson was 80 years old and had been confined to her room for 10 months. She bore her suffering with marked patience. She had lived a consecrated Christian life for 42 years was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She was much loved by all who knew her. She leaves 4 sons, Levi, John, Dr. D. J. of Webbville, Dr. C. L. of Ashland, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, 4 half-sisters and numerous friends to mourn her loss. The funeral was preached in the home of Dr. D. J. Thompson by Dr. Robinson of Ashland, assisted by Rev. Clay of Denton. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1927
Mrs. Eunice Vance, 28 years old, wife of Burns Vance, died at her home at Wayland Thursday, Sep 8, after an illness of about 2 weeks of typhoid. Floyd County Times. Big Sandy news, Sep 23, 1927
VANOVER, Judge Roscoe
Judge Roscoe Vanover, 66, died at his home in Pikeville Saturday morning following an illness of several days. Judge Vanover was born at the foot of the Cumberlands on Elkhorn Creek in Pike County and while a young man entered the teaching profession. During this connection with the rural schools of Pike County he acquired that fundamental education in men and books that served him so admirably in his later professions. About 35 years ago he began to practice law. Then he was often seen riding into the country 30 or 40 miles to try his legal skill before some magistrate. Although Vanover would find a specific statute on the point at law, would often decide, “There is another section that reads ‘ter way.” Yet he met with success in these out of the way courts and what he later achieved in the county court, the Kentucky court of appeals and in the United States courts. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
Judge Vanover was born at Hylton, KY, Sep 12, 1863. His father was John Vanover and his mother was Mrs. Kizzie Landreth Vanover; both of them natives of North Carolina. Judge Vanover married Miss Martha Potter, also of Hylton. They moved to Pikeville and Mr. Vanover became one of the leading attorneys of this section and served 2 years as judge of the Pike-Letcher Circuit to fill out the term of Judge Butler after Mr. Butler’s death. He was defeated at the next election by Judge J. E. Childers, and continued successfully his practice of law. As a mark of respect to Judge Vanover court was adjourned, the various offices in the courthouse were closed and the pupils were dismissed from the public schools Tuesday afternoon, during the final rites. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1927
Pikeville, KY, Sep 10—Roy Venters, 38, died at his home at Millard, KY, of heart failure early yesterday. Venters was an accountant and had recently done some short story work. He spent much time with his brother, Ray Venters, insurance agent, lives. He is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Helen Belcher and by 7 children. Miss Ruth Venters in a student at Pikeville College. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
WALLACE, F. T. D. Jr.
This community was severely shocked on Tuesday morning when the news went out that F. T. D. Wallace, Jr. had died during the night at his home in Ashland. The end came like a flash while in conversation with his family including his sister, Mrs. Jolliffe. She and Mrs. Wallace had been visiting in Louisa for a day or two and drove to Ashland late in the evening. Mr. Wallace appeared to be as well as usual when the sudden summons came. The body was brought to Louisa Wednesday. Arriving at noon, it was taken to the M. E. Church, South, where many friends availed themselves of the opportunity to view for the last time the face of this kindly man. The funeral hour was 2 o’clock, at which time the entire building was filled with sorrowing friends and relatives. Dr. Clark, pastor of First M. E. Church, South, Ashland, opened the service with a brief tribute and Dr. Frederick F. Shannon followed with a beautiful sermon. Having grown up with Frank Wallace he was able to weave a very intimate and personal estimate and tribute into the sermon. Interment followed immediately after the church services, in Pine Hill Cemetery, where the bodies of parents and other relatives rest.
Frank Wallace was a genial, optimistic, generous sole. These qualities always gain and hold friendships, and in his case there was a full harvest. He had no enemies. For years he had bravely fought against the ravages of disease sacrificing on the one hand and doing all things that seemed advisable on the other, in order to live for and with his family. Very recently the writer had a long and cheerful conversation with him. Little did either of us at that time think that within 2 weeks one of us would suddenly pass into eternity. He felt that his health was considerably improved and doubtless was looking forward to many years of reasonably active life. Louisa was his birthplace and also was his home until a few years ago, when he moved to Ashland. His wife was Miss Margaret Hatten, daughter of Dr. J. F. Hatten, of Buchanan. She survives him, with a son and daughter, Eugene and Mary both grown. He was a nephew of Hon. F. T. D. Wallace, of Louisa, attorney for the C & O Railway company and was a son of Eugene Wallace, who died many years ago. Other surviving members of his family are 2 sisters and one brother Mrs. Richard G. Moore and Laban E. Wallace of Louisa, and Mrs. J. U. Jolliffe of Weston, WV and 2 aunts, Mrs. Vessie Castle and Mrs. R. C. McClure of this place. Frank was 53 years of age. He was a loyal member of the M. E. Church, South and was on the official board for many years while in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
WALLACE, Jane (Branham)
Mrs. Jane Wallace, 85, of Dunlow, WV widow of Solomon Wallace and a sister of T. H. Branham of Louisa and Mrs. Mary Shannon of Lick Creek, died last Thursday at her home at Dunlow, following an illness of several weeks duration. Funeral was Friday evening conducted by Rev. Mr. Branham. Burial was made at Dunlow Saturday. Surviving are 3 sons, W. T. D. D. and Jno. J. of Kenova and 5 daughters, Mrs. Joe Ratliff of Huntington, Mrs. Wayne Lykins, Ferguson, Mrs. George Kelley, Dunlow, and Mrs. Mary Chapman and Mrs. Lilly Montovan of Portsmouth. Of a family of 13 only Mr. Branham of Louisa and Mrs. Shannon of Lick Creek now survive. Big Sandy news, Sep 9, 1927
WALLIN, Mary Belle
Mrs. Mary Belle Wallin, 51 years old, died Thursday Sep 1 at her home on Big Branch of Bull Creek, of tuberculosis. Mrs. Wallin was the wife of Joseph Wallin, who survives. She was the daughter of the late Hiram Calhoun, pioneer minister of the United Baptist Church in this section. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
WARD, Rev. J. M.
Rev. J. M. Ward, aged 57, of the head of Griffith Creek, was killed instantly Tuesday afternoon when a wagon load of lumber passed over his body, breaking his neck. The accident occurred while Rev. Ward was hauling lumber down Griffith Creek. No one was with him at the time and it is the supposition that the break lever broke as he was applying it while going down a hill, letting him fall under the wheels of the wagon. His body was found by Dave Sammons. Rev. Ward was a minister of the United Baptist Church and was widely known in the county. Burial was made Wednesday afternoon near the home. Surviving are his wife and 10 children: Mrs. Laura Arrowood, McKinley Ward, Mrs. Lou Artie, John P. Ward, Ali Ward, Hansford Ward, George Ward, J. M. Ward, Jr., Alex Ward, and Martin Ward. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1927
WELCH, Willie (Bud)
Willie (Bud) Welch, 23, of Louisa, died in the Riverview hospital here Sunday night from injuries sustained a few hours earlier at the Louisa depot when both legs were severed from his body by a freight train which he attempted to hop. It is said that Welch was intoxicated and the he was unable to pull himself up after his foot had missed the stirrup. Hanging to the car with one hand, he was dragged from the crossing at Madison Street to the lower end of the platform of the depot before his hold was broken. As he let loose his legs went under the car and were mangled by the wheels. He was taken to the Riverview hospital where a few hours later Dr. Burgess amputated the mangled pieces. He died Sunday night. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Belle Blankenship, with whom he made his home, and by a wife and baby. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hewlett and Rev. Marcum Tuesday and burial was made in the Crabtree Cemetery on Two Mile. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1927
Fess Whitaker, politician and “jailed jailer” of Letcher County is dead—the result of an automobile wreck Sunday. His car was forced off the road and over an embankment by a car driven by Cicero Seco for whom a warrant charging him with murder has been issued. Whitaker’s neck was broken in the fall. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
WILLIAMS, Robert L.
With an empty bottle, believed to have contained poison, lying nearby the lifeless body of Robert L. Williams, of Flat Gap, Johnson County, C & O fireman on the Big Sandy division, was found in his room at the Ashland Y.M.C.A. last Friday afternoon. No note was found and his friends are at a loss to account for the act. His body was taken to the home of his father, George P. Williams at Flat Gap and burial was made Sunday. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1927
Jilson P. Adams, age 72, for many years a barber at Salyersville, died Friday night after a long illness. Mr. Adams had a large acquaintance throughout the county, and was well liked by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the local United Baptist Church in charge of Rev. Early and Rev. J. J. Prater. Interment was made in the Blue Grass Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1927
ARRINGTON, Mrs. Jake
Yatesville—The body of Mrs. Jake Arrington, who died near Fort Gay was taken through here on last Friday for burial at the old home burial ground on the head of Bells Trace. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
Averill Bayes 52 years old, traveling salesman, for 5 years a resident of Catlettsburg, was killed instantly when a Ford touring car in which he was driving was struck by a west bound freight train at the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad crossing a short distance east of Catlettsburg passenger depot Friday morning. Ernest Hanshaw, a mechanic, who was a passenger in the car, managed to leap to safety before the crash, which completely demolished the car after dragging it several feet down the track. Big Sandy news, Oct 21, 1927
BROWN, Alfred F.
Alfred F. Brown, 55, who moved to this county a few years ago from Ohio was shot and killed near West Union, OH Saturday night according to a telegram sent to officers here requesting that they apprize his family who live on the Mayo Trail near Five Forks. According to the dispatch to the Portsmouth Sun, Brown, on his way to see his daughter at Wilmington, OH had stopped at the home of a former wife, Mrs. Will Francis. A number of people were at the Francis home. Late Saturday night Brown and one Jonas Cooper, age 20, became engaged in a quarrel, the shooting occurring in the kitchen, Brown died a few hours later from a shot through his head. Mrs. Francis, the first wife of Brown and several children are said to have been eye-witnesses of the killing. Brown was buried at West Union, OH Tuesday. His slayer is in jail. Brown came to Lawrence County 4 or 5 years ago and has lived at various places in the county. At the present time, he has a wife and 4 children living near Five Forks on the Mayo Trail. During his residence here he had gained the name “Bootlegger” Brown, and was considered a dangerous man. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
CALLIHAN, Gertrude Huntington Nelson
Mrs. W. R. Callihan, 44 years old, one of Prestonsburg’s most prominent and best loved women, died in Baptist General Hospital, Ashland, Saturday morning as the result of peritonitis following an operation for appendicitis. Born Sep 4, 1883 in Virginia, Miss Gertrude Huntington Nelson was married Dec 5, 1908 to Dr. W. R. Callihan, a young physician at that time from Prestonsburg. To this union were born 3 children, Misses Mary and Gertrude Callihan and Bill Callihan who with her husband survive. Attesting to the respect in which Mrs. Callihan was universally held here, all Prestonsburg schools were dismissed for the afternoon. At 10:45 Monday morning exercises were conducted at Prestonsburg High School in veneration of the deceased. Prof. T. J. Currey, spoke and Dr. John Barbour recited “Crossing the Bar” in tribute to her. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1927
Willie Carter, 36 years old, a native of Ellen, this county, died Oct 3 at Columbus, OH of tuberculosis and was brought back and interred in the family cemetery near the home of his deceased father at Ellen. He had been a sufferer of tuberculosis a number of years and had made trips to New Mexico and Arizona with the hope of being cured. He had visited his old home in this county 3 weeks before his death. He is survived by a wife, one daughter, mother and 4 sisters. He was a son of the late Jno. H. Carter. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
Willie Carter, son of John H. and Jennie Carter, was born Mar 1, 1891. Departed this life Oct 3, 1927, age 36 years 7 months and 3 days. For 2 years he had been suffering from that dread disease, tuberculosis. He made a trip to New Mexico and one to Arizona with the hope of regaining his health but neither seemed to do much good. At the time of his death he was a resident of Columbus, OH, where he had spent the greater part of the last 10 years. About 3 weeks before his death he came home for a few days. His relatives saw he was getting weaker all the time and tried to persuade him to stay with them and not make the trip back to Columbus. He leaves a wife, one daughter, mother and 4 sisters. He was laid to rest by the side of his father who preceded him to the Glory World 13 years ago the 8th of October. Overlooking the home of his childhood there to await the resurrection, when the dead in Christ shall rise. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
West Virginia—Samuel Cassidy, age 82, died at his home near Kenova Oct 5 from Bright’s disease. He had been in declining health for some time. The deceased was a Union soldier in the Civil War. Funeral services were held at Inez, KY, where he formerly lived. He had been married 2 times and leaves a wife and 7 children, 6 by his first marriage and one age 10 years by his last wife. Big Sandy news, Oct 21, 1927
Mr. Sam Cassady, uncle of Mrs. M. C. Kirk and a resident of Kenova, WV, died at his home last Wednesday morning, Oct 5 after a lingering illness of several months duration. Mr. Cassady formerly lived in Martin County where he was born and reared but moved to Kenova a few years ago, where he resided till he died. He was taken back to his old home in Martin County, where his remains were interred Friday morning. He leaves a widow Mrs. Lotta Cassady and the following children to mourn their loss. (Note: None listed) Big Sandy news, Oct 21, 1927
Mrs. Ermina Chadwick, of Huntington, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl McClure, at Fort Gay, Wednesday of last week. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. McClure of Fort Gay and Flo and Marie Chadwick of Huntington and 2 sons, Bernard Chadwick of San Francisco, CA and Lemma Chadwick of Holden. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Pilgrim Holiness Church, with Rev. J. C. Brillhart in charge and interment was made in the family cemetery near Kenova. Big Sandy news, Oct 28, 1927
West Virginia—Uncle John Clark, age 84 years, died Oct 3 at the home of his son, Henry Clark, at Oppossum Shoals on the left fork of Twelve Pole between Stilner and Kiahsville. The deceased was one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil War, having served for 4 years in the Confederate Army during that conflict. Mr. Clark probably saw more service in the Civil War than any other soldier from Wayne County. He served 4 years, most of which time was under the command of General Blodewall Jackson. Mr. Clark saw service in some of the most important engagements of the war between the North and the South. At one time in the short space of 15 days, and he participated in 21 battles during that time did not have his shoes off. The bodies of his dead comrades became as common as the clods of earth around him, was the way the deceased used to describe that 15 days of fighting. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1927
CORDELL, Billie Barnett
Billie Barnett Cordell, 3 year old son of Liss Cordell, formerly of this county, is dead, and Willie Moore, also of this county, is perhaps fatally injured, as the result of a gas explosion in the Cordell home at Columbus, OH on Thursday of last week. The child was brought here and buried Tuesday near Ledicio on Little Blaine. The explosion, so terrific that it jarred window panes out of adjoining houses, occurred when Willie Moore, a brother of Mrs. Cordell, attempted to light a gas stove in an upstairs room. The Cordells had just moved into the new home, and evidently the outgoing tenants had left a gas valve open; for the instant Moore lighted the match the room burst into flames. He managed to get out of the room, but the 3 year old child, who was standing at the head of the stairway, was knocked down stairs and badly burned. It died Saturday in St. Mary’s Hospital, Columbus. Moore is in the same hospital with slight chances of recovering. He was burned severely. Mr. and Mrs. Liss Cordell and another of Mrs. Cordell’s brothers, Con Moore, were more or less burned but not seriously. Their home and an adjoining building were considerably damaged before the fire department could extinguish the flames. Mr. and Mrs. Liss Cordell are native of Ledocio, this county. The moved to Columbus less than a year ago. Willie and Con Moore are brothers of Mrs. Cordell and went to Columbus a short time ago to work. They were rooming at the Cordell home. The body of the Cordell child was brought here by its parents and taken to Ledocio where funeral services were held Tuesday from the home of William Hale. Latest reports from the bedside of Willie Moore say he has slight chances of recovery. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1927
CORDIAL, Augusta May (Harris)
Mrs. Augusta May Cordial, 35, wife of John Cordial, died at her home on Adams Street here last Friday after a brief illness. The Cordials had been residents of Louisa only 2 weeks, having moved here from Ashland, where Mr. Cordial is a street car motorman. Her remains were taken to Normal in the Curtright hearse and funeral services were conducted Sunday in the Normal Holiness Church of which she was a member. Surviving are the husband, 6 children and her father, David Harris, of Johnson County. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1927
DANIELS, Oscar see under Buford Gullett
Prestonsburg—Rev. W. W. Daniel, father of W. M. Daniel, of this place, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ben Vanhoose, at Thealka, Johnson County, last Thursday afternoon after a lingering illness with heart trouble. He was 81 years of age and for the past 60 years had been a minister in United Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
DAVIS, Dow see under Buford Gullett
Funeral service for Edward Frazier, 39 years old of Kenova, who died Friday, Sep 26, as the result of a fractured skull near Milton, was held at the head of Mill Creek near Dunlow, WV Monday morning by Rev. Hall. Mr. Frazier had been off at work as pole inspector for Stout Co. Was on his way home in a car driven by his brother in law, Mike Adkins when he lost control of the car. It turned over and both were pinned under the car. Adkins was slightly injured. Mr. Frazier is survived by his widow,, Mrs. Maryetta Davis Frazier of Peach Orchard and 4 half brothers, Mose Damron, and Dan Damron of Charleston, Sam and Lewis Damron of Wheelersburg, OH, 3 sisters, Mrs. Gussie Pratt, Dunlow, WV, Bettie Crossin, Wheelersburg, OH. He was a good husband and a fine neighbor. He made friends everywhere. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1927
Four Floyd County men lost their lives this week in an orgy of murder. Two of 4 slayers have, as a result, been arrested, while 2 others are at large. The first of the series of the tragedy occurred at Wayland, Sunday when Elmer Privett, 22 years old, shot and killed Buford Gullett near the tipple of mine 329, at Wayland. Dow Davis, sewing machine agent, was the second of the four men shot. Figuring in an affair of the “eternal triangle” he was shot and mortally wounded Sunday afternoon at Drift by Taylor Hall. Drift was the scene of the second battle to the death Tuesday night, when Robert Newsom and Oscar Daniels engaged in a gun fight, resulting in the fatal wounding of Daniels. Newsom escaped into the hills. Both men emptied their revolvers at each other. Daniels was shot through the abdomen and leg, dying in the Beaver Valley hospital Wednesday morning.
The fourth killing is reported from the vicinity of Toler, but the new of the victim is unavailable at this time. Elmer Privet is in jail here, told the Times Tuesday that he fired upon Gullett in self-defense, after Gullett had knocked him down and chased him for a short distance, threatening to kill him. Privett clais that he had never seen Gullett before and that Gullett had attacked him without provocation while Privett and another miner were waiting to get the coal that they had mined weighed. Gullet was shot one time in the abdomen, but according to Privett, threw his adversary to the ground and was beating him when the second bullet struck him in the face.
Two versions are given as to the effect that Hall was jealous of Davis, who, it is alleged, had paid his wife attentions, Monday afternoon. Hall came upon Davis and Mrs. Hall at a neighbor’s home. Davis is said to have drawn a knife. Hall punched him with his revolver, then fired, the bullet striking Davis in the back, piercing the spinal column and a lung. The wounded man was rushed to the Beaver Valley hospital at Martin, where he died Tuesday morning. Hall was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Marion Martin and brought here Monday night. He admitted to bail in the sum of $5,000. A second version of the killing says that Hall’s wife and Davis were in a dispute, and that her husband and Davis became engaged in an altercation when Hall attempted to play the part of peacemaker. Davis was married, and is survived by his widow and several children. His body was shipped to his home at Pikeville for burial. Big Sandy news, Oct 7, 1927
John Hale, 25 years old, son of James Hale, well-known resident of West Prestonsburg, was instantly killed Sunday night by falling slate in the mine of the By-Products Coal Company at By-Pro this county. Mr. Hale was operating a coal cutting machine at the time of his death. As he was lowering a jack, a mass of slate dropped, crushing his skull and face. Big Sandy news, Oct 28, 1927
HALL, George, Jr.
George Hall, Jr., little 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hall, residents of Chattaroy, died Tuesday afternoon, following an illness of several weeks. Death is claimed to have been the result of something like intestinal troubles. The body was taken to Louisa, KY for interment last week. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
Complete mystery surrounds the death of Lewis Hannahs, 15 year old son of Ike Hannahs of Jennies Creek, Mingo County, near the Wayne and Mingo County lines, whose body was found Sunday morning one mile from his home in a badly decomposed state. The boy’s parents said he left home about 2 months ago, and no word or trace had been had until the body was discovered at the mouth of Little Honey Branch, a tributary of Jennies Creek, by a party of men who detected it by the odor of decomposition. Because of the fact that Hannahs’ father is said to have been connected in “liquor making” in the section, that it was reported that his son was engaged with him in the manufacture of illicit liquor some believed that a moonshine war in that section is responsible for the death of young Hannahs. The fact that he had been dead some time made identification practically impossible, although clothing worn by the youth, indicated that he was the missing boy. When found there was a shotgun nearby but it could not be learned here if it had been discharged. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
HATFIELD, Mary Ann
Pikeville, KY—Mary Ann Hatfield, 48, wife of Basil Hatfield, who lived on Chloe Creek, near here, died suddenly Wednesday night. She had visited a neighbor earlier in the evening and seemed in good health. The husband was awakened by her struggling and she died a few minutes later. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1927
Jasper Hinkle, 79 years old, died in the Holden Hospital Friday of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on the road between Madison and Logan Sep 30. The aged man was badly shaken up and suffered general body lacerations, his head being particularly cut up. Hinkle was returning from Charleston when the accident occurred, and he was rushed to a Madison ambulance to the Holden Hospital, where he survived his injuries a week. The deceased was the father of J. H. Hinkle of Holden, with whom he had made his home of late. Another son resides at Mallory. The families left with the body Saturday for Patrick, KY where interment will be made. Logan Democrat. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
MEADOWS, B. H.
Three persons met violet deaths in Johnson County last weekend according to news dispatches from Paintsville. The dead are: Lon Stapleton, 37 years old, Ad Hitchcock of Hager Hill and B. H. Meadows, 36, of Toms Creek. Stapleton was killed early Saturday morning at Buffalo Tunnel when he was struck by a freight train as he attempted to cross the track. His skull was crushed and both legs broken. Stapleton was a brakeman employed by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company and sometimes acted as conductor. He is survived by his wife and 4 children. Ad Hitchcock died a short time after he had been struck 3 times on the head with a pistol, said to have been wielded by Harry Conley, of Hager Hill. According to reports, the men had some trouble in the evening and when they met at a carnival later Conley was alleged to have struck Hitchcock 3 times with the pistol, crushing his skull. Conley escaped. They had a controversy over some whiskey, it was said. Meadows, a miner, was killed when he was caught in a slate fall in the mine of the Northeast Coal Company at Thealka, one mile from here, late Friday. He resided on Tom’s Creek. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1927
HOLT, Eunice (Wellman)
Mrs. Eunice Wellman Holt, aged 82, widow of William A. Holt, who passed away a few weeks ago, died Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. D. Marcum at Ceredo. She was born and reared in Louisa and resided here until about 15 years ago when the family moved to Ceredo. Funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist Church in Louisa Friday afternoon. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Marcum and a son, Rev. D. P. Holt of Styker, OH, O. C. Atkins and Webb Holt are nephews of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1927
Mrs. Lizzie Kise, aged about 80, died Saturday night at the home of her son Lyss Kise on Meads Branch following an injury when she fell from a chair a few weeks ago. She had been in failing health for several months. She was a widow of the late tom Kise, a Civil War veteran. Surviving are 2 sons, Jess Kise and Lyss Kise. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
LEE, Parker Donald
Parker Donald Lee, 23, member of a prominent family of Catlettsburg, was instantly killed and Jack Moran, Jr. 24, was probably fatally injured when the automobile in which they were riding collided with a car driven by Steele Dudley at Ashland, Saturday. Lee and Moran were en route from their homes in Catlettsburg to attend the Washington and Lee-Kentucky football game at Lexington. According to Dudley, who was unhurt, the cars collided at an intersection of 2 streets, overturning the roadster driven by Lee, breaking his neck and crushing Moran’s chest. Later—Moran died Monday. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
Keither Marcum, 17 year old son of Green W. Marcum, who died about 2 ½ months ago, was killed last week while working around a steam shovel at Williamson. He is survived by his step mother, Mrs. Mattie Marcum and the following brothers: Everette, Cecil and Archie Marcum. Funeral services were conducted at the Crum Baptist Church and burial made in the Crum Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
Martha, KY—A Mr. McNabb, 46 years old, brother of George McNabb, was killed instantly Sunday when he fell from a chestnut tree while shaking chestnuts near his home at Red Bush. Mr. McNabb came here some years ago and has been employed in the oil fields. He fell from a height of approximately 50 feet, striking a limb in the descent and expired in a few moments, from injuries to the head, according to Dr. C. B. Rice who made an examination. He is survived by his wife and 5 children. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
MEADOWS, B. H. see under Ad Hitchcock
MELOY, Harriet (Bowman)
Mrs. Harriet Bowman Meloy, 60, wife of J. Meloy, formerly a resident and poultry dealer of Louisa,, died Monday at her home in Ashland. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Preston King and 2 sons, J. M. Meloy and C. E. Meloy of Roanoke, VA. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
John Miller, 96 years old, and a Freewill Baptist minister of the old order, died at Cyrus, WV Saturday and was taken back to his former home at Torchlight for burial Monday. Elias Miller of Louisa is a son of the deceased minister. Big Sandy news, Oct 28, 1927
MILLER, Rev. J. S.
Rev. J. S. Miller, age 95 years, departed this life Oct 22, 1927 at his home on Whites Creek in West Virginia. He was an ordained minister of the United Baptist for many years. He leaves to mourn his loss one son, Elias Miller of Louisa, KY and Mary Miller his daughter with whom he made his home since his companion left this life, about 17 years ago. He also leaves a number of children and a host of friends. He was buried beside his wife near Torchlight, pastor J. S. Thompson, of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
Fletcher Moore, 66 years old, dropped death in his home near Adams on the right fork of Little Blaine, Sunday morning. He had been suffering from heart trouble a number of years. Surviving are his wife and mother and 7 children, John, Anna, Jim, William, Sam, Lillian, Ruby, and Lou. Burial was made Monday near Adams. He was a member of M. E. Church, South. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
OSBORN, W. L.
OSBORN, Joe Ed
Four men were killed and two reported dying as the result of 2 gun fights in the southern part of Floyd County late Sunday night, according to associated press dispatches from Prestonsburg early this week. W. L. Osborn, chief of police of Martin, his son, Joe Ed Osborn, 17, and 2 Mullins brothers of Jacks Creek are dead. Felix Flanery, 35, farmer of Bruch Branch, who killed the Osborns was in a hospital paralyzed by a shot through the chest and spine. West Hall, said to have shot the Mullins, was not expected to survive a wound in the chest and body, according to reports.
The older Osborn, 50m is survived by his widow and 12 children. Flanery was angered because Chief Osborn had shot and wounded his uncle, Hi Bradley, when attempting to arrest him a week ago. He came to Martin and opened fire on the Osborns on sight, killing the father outright and fatally wounding Joe Ed. The youth raised up on his elbows and shot Flanery. He then collapsed and died in 20 minutes. Sheriff C. Y Martin began an investigation of the report that West Hall staggered into the home of a relative and said he had killed Jim Roe Mullins and his brother. Hall said, “I guess I am done for, too”. He gave no explanation for the shooting. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
Charles Parsley, 17, died at his home on Donothan early this week. He had recently returned from an Ironton hospital where he had a long siege of typhoid fever. He was a son of Sherman Parsley who was killed in the school election battle at Kermit 3 years ago. Funeral services were conducted at Webb, WV by Rev. J. D. Marcum of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
West Virginia—Albert Perry, 55, widely known Wayne County man, died Friday at his home at Effie, on Mill Creek Mr. Perry died from pneumonia fever and was sick only 3 days before his death. For many years Mr. Perry conducted a store at Radnor, later moving to Fort Gay and about a year ago, he moved to Effie, where he farmed and was in goods business He was at one time deputy sheriff of Wayne County and was known to people in all sections of the country. Funeral services were held Sunday and interment made in the Wilson Cemetery near Effie. Rev. P. H. Wilson was in charge of the services. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
The 13 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Pope died last Thursday night a the home in West Williamson, following an illness of about 6 weeks of intestinal trouble. The body was taken to Lawrence County, KY where will be made. Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1927
POWERS, Nancy Jane
Salyersville—The funeral of Aunt Nancy Jane Powers, who died last Friday at the home of her son, Dudley, was held at the Sublett Cemetery last Sunday, Rev. J. J. Prater officiating. Aunt Nancy Jane was 88 years 8 months and 7 days old, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her husband was Uncle Jimmie Powers, a veteran of the Civil War. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1927
RICE, Aileen Jewell
Mrs. Sallie Rice, 62, widow of Sam Rice of East Point, and her 5 year old granddaughter, Aileen Jewell Rice, were instantly killed near Auxier, 5 miles above Paintsville, Wednesday morning when they were struck by extra 958 a shifter train going west. It is reported that they stepped from the eastbound track on to the westbound track directly in the path of the shifter and due to the heavy fog which hung over the section at that time the engineer says he did not see them. Reports reaching here say that Mrs. Rice and the little girl moved from the east track to allow a train to pass and did not see or hear the approach of the shifter on the other track. After the train had reached Paintsville the engineer said that he found Mrs. Rice’s glassed on the pilot of his engine. Mrs. Rice’s husband is said to have been found shot to death about 15 years ago, the victim of foul play or suicide. A shot gun was found beside him. Mrs. Rice is survived by one daughter, Mrs. James Morell of Prestonsburg and 2 sons, Frank Rice and Roy Rice. The little girl was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rice. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
Flat Gap, KY—Mrs. Leta Skaggs, wife of Rev. W. B. Skaggs, and mother of 11 children, committed suicide Oct 19 by jumping into a well. The cause which led Mrs. Skaggs to the act was illness from nervous trouble which had unbalanced her mind. On Wednesday morning before ending her life she had completed her work and had gone out of the house. Her family became uneasy over her absence and instituted a search. After hunting for her about ½ hour her body was discovered in the well by her youngest son, Blucher Skaggs. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
Pikeville, KY Oct 16—Jeff Sloane, 20 years old, was killed yesterday afternoon, when thrown by the horse he was riding in Virgie, KY, 18 miles from Pikeville. Sloane’s home was at Ligon, Floyd County. He had gone to Virgie to attend the funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. Rachel Hall. He was running his horse, it is said, and on coming to a bad place in the road the house somersaulted and threw him among some stones crushing his skull. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1927
STAFFORD, Mrs. H. M.
The death of Mrs. H. M. Stafford which occurred at the home of her son, Dr. Don G. Stafford in Cincinnati last Tuesday afternoon was a great shock to the people of Paintsville, and the news was received with much regret. She had been very ill weeks ago she was taken to a Cincinnati hospital for treatment but was later removed to the home of her son. Mrs. Stafford died from complication of diseased which defied the best medical skill of the country. The remains were received in Paintsville Wednesday and the funeral services were held Friday. She is survived by her husband, one son, Dr. Don G. Stafford of Cincinnati, one sister, Mrs. Tom Brown, and 2 brothers, Dan E. and M. G. Preston of this city. Mrs. Stafford was one of the best known and highly respected women of Paintsville. Big Sandy news, Oct 7, 1927
STAPLETON, Lon see under Ad Hitchcock
STONE, Ida Bell
The body of Miss Ida Bell Stone, 57, who died at the home of her brother, E. C. Stone, at Albia, Iowa, Oct 4, was brought back to her old home at Fallsburg and interred in the Stone Cemetery Oct 7. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett from the home of Mrs. J. C. Kane, a sister. Miss Stone, a daughter of Eli and Lizzie Stone, was reared near Fallsburg, but for the past 4 years had been making her home with her brother in Iowa. She was a devout Christian and took great interest in Sunday school and church work. Surviving are 3 brothers, E. C. of Iowa, Milton C. of Washington, D. C., and Charles of British Columbia, and one sister, Mrs. Josephine Kane of Fallsburg. Big Sandy news, Oct 14, 1927
Prestonsburg—R. Stringer, 52 years old, husband of Mrs. Edith Stringer, of this place, died in a hospital at Harlan, KY Saturday, Oct 15, of cancer. Mr. Stringer was a prominent man and resided here about 2 years, during which time he was a superintendent at the Eureka Mining Company above here. Big Sandy news, Oct 28, 1927
Rev. Jesse Thompson, 75, dropped dead Thursday night in the county road below Peyton Blackburn’s store on Lick Creek as he was returning from church. He was a resident of Adams and a minister of the Freewill Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1927
Charley, KY—Mont Thompson, 60 years old, died at his home at Noris Saturday from the effects of a paralytic stroke which he suffered 5 years ago. He had been bedfast most of the time since the stroke. Mr. Thompson at one time served as constable and later as deputy sheriff. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are a wife and 9 children. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1927
The pale horse and his rider visited the home of Mrs. Mont Thompson on last Saturday afternoon, and claimed for its victim, Mr. Mont Thompson, her dear companion and father of 9 children. He was born Feb 12 1858. He was married in 1880. To them was born 9 children. He leaves 8 daughters, one son, 31 grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Jane Hickman, and his dear wife to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father. He was a faithful member of the United Baptist Church, of which he became a member 15 years ago, and sometime before that he became a Christian, who always loved his family, friends and fellowman. He was stricken by paralysis, Jun 4, 1923 being ill for 4 years and 11 days. He bore his illness and endured the suffering without a murmur. He was the son of Mr. Billie Thompson of Noris,, one sister, Mrs. Jane Hickman of Georges Creek, Mrs. M. F. Snavely, of Columbus, OH, Mrs. John Ball of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Garfield France of Marion, OH, and one son, Robert Thompson of Noris. All were able to attend the burial of their dear father except Mrs. Dillon Moore of Mattie, KY who was ill. Grandfather served as constable and later as deputy sheriff of Lawrence County. He was laid to rest Monday on the hill overlooking the place where he had spent most all of his life. Rev. Green Pack and Rev. Elijah O’Brien attending to the burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
Paintsville—Mrs. Malyssia Vanhoose died last Saturday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Harry Lyons in Bridgeford Addition. Mrs. Vanhoose was a sister to Henry, Noah and Davy Vanhoose of this city and her death has caused much sorrow. She leaves 3 daughters, Mrs. Harry Lyons, Mrs. Neva Stapleton and Mrs. Hulda Hall. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1927
West Virginia—Mrs. Della Ward, age 53 years, was buried Wednesday of last week at the Whites Creek Cemetery in Wayne County, following funeral services conducted a the United Baptist Church in Kenova, where she resided. Mrs. Ward is survived by her mother, Mrs. W. G. Sparks, her stepfather, 2 brothers, Allie and Joe, a sister, Mrs. Elmer Stump, and a son, Grover Lester of Hellier, KY. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1927
WORKMAN, William Taylor
Following a heart attack believed to have been brought on by the exertion of cutting a shock of corn, William Taylor Workman, 75 years old, grand master of West Virginia Masons, died at his home at Echo, Wayne County, Monday morning. A man of powerful physique Mr. Workman’s life was marked by almost unbroken good health Last spring, however, he had influenza left him in a weakened condition. Those around him sought to induce him not to engage in active farming this season, but he put in his crops as usual, dividing as he had always done his time between the farm and Masonry. He seemed as well as usual Monday morning when he went to work, but after cutting one shock of corn he went to the house, and told Mrs. Workman that he would lie down. A few minutes later Mrs. Workman heard him gasp. She hurried to him, but he was beyond assistance, dying in a few minutes. Funeral services were held at the Kenova Baptist Church Thursday. Big Sandy news, Oct 21, 1927
Ernestine Adkins, 9 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ova Adkins of Busseyville, died Monday. Funeral was held from the home, conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller. Burial in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1927
Sam Bartram age 34 years former Wayne County, WV man and son of Sheridan Bartram, deceased, who formerly lived at Fort Gay, was shot and killed in a liquor brawl in Ban Hollow near Logan, last week. Fred Hicks, age 20, is alleged to have fired the shots that killed Bartram. Bartram was married and the father of 4 or 5 children. Bartram was shot 3 times, Mrs. Basil Crank, at whose home the shooting occurred, was hit by a stray bullet and so badly wounded that she was taken to the Logan hospital for treatment. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1927
Herman Bowman, aged 21 years, met with a fatal accident in the Basic Products plant at Kenova Wednesday last week. He was caught foul in a piece of machinery, grinding off an arm and puncturing his lungs. He died a few hours after the accident at Rife-Ferguson hospital in Kenova. He was conscious until the last. The deceased lived near South Point, OH and was a son in law of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Mills, who formerly lived at East Lynn, Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1927
Prestonsburg, KY, Nov 21—Willie Burchett, 18, son of Tom P. Burchett of Prestonsburg, was struck and instantly killed sometime between 8 and 9 o’clock Tuesday evening of last week, by a manifest freight a few hundred yards above the Colonial Coal and Coke Company tipple, a short distance above here. Particulars of the tragedy are unsupplied, since the victim was unaccompanied at the time of his death. Big Sandy news, Nov 25, 1927
“Uncle” John Burns, 65 year old Betsy Layne man, leaped approximately 80 feet to his death Saturday afternoon from the railroad bridge between Betsy Layne and Justell. Death was instant, it is said, the aged man diving head-first into a pit formed by a stack of bridge ties and striking ties beneath. His skull was horribly crushed. Motive for the suicide has not been definitely place, though it is held that the victim was subject to fits of insanity induced by worry over a track of land which he is said to have lost thru litigation of some sort. The victim is reported as having been at one time a lawyer. He moved to Betsy Layne from Magoffin County. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1927
Prestonsburg—Mrs. Helen Carver, 25 years old, died Saturday evening at Martin, and the body was shipped by G. D. Ryan, undertaker, to her old home at Johnson City TN for burial. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
Benjamin Castle, 85 year old Civil War veteran, died at his home at Charley Monday of cancer. He had been blind for a number of years. During the Civil War he served in the Union Army. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, and 4 children, Major, Borders Chapel, Mrs. Trinnie Boyd, Richardson, and Edgar Castle, at home. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1927
On the 14th day of November the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Mrs. Ben Castle and took from them a loving husband and father, Uncle Ben. He had been ill from cancer for a year or longer and had been blind for several years. Now he is gone but not forgotten. Uncle Ben was loved by all who knew him, he was a veteran of the Civil War. He leaves a wife, and 4 children, Major, Green , Frannie, and Edgar. His funeral was preached in the church house at Charley. At his old home place, Brother, D. Hayes preached his funeral. He was laid to rest in the Spencer Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
CHAFFIN, G. W.
G. W. Chaffin, 88 years old, father of B. J. Chaffin of Louisa, died at the Chaffin home at Yatesville Wednesday night. He had been an invalid for some time. Funeral services will be conducted Friday from the home at Yatesville by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa. A biography of the deceased could not be obtained at the time the News went to press. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1927
Yatesville—Two of Morgan County’s oldest and most respected citizens died within a few hour of each other here last Thursday. They were Uncle Washey Chaffin, 88, and Uncle George Newsom, 90. Mr. Chaffin died at 2 a.m. and Mr. Newsom at 9 a.m. Rev. H.B. Hewlett conducted the funeral of Mr. Chaffin and Rev. Martin Berry the funeral of Mr. Newsom. Big Sandy news, Nov 25, 1927
Lindsay Clarke, 30 years old, of Johns Creek, was shot and instantly killed Tuesday morning at the bridge across Johns Creek by Melvin Wells. Wells bullet pierced his victim’s heart, it is said. The shooting was the result, it is reported here, of Wells’ attempt to separate Clarke and Henry Harris, who were in a dispute. When Wells shoed the disputants after Clarke is said to have slapped Harris in the face, he himself was slapped by Clarke. Then Wells drew and fired one shot. Another report says that Clarke struck Wells with his fist, knocking him down. Clarke was the son of the late Thomas Clarke, and was reared by Ransom Snavely, well-known citizen of this section of Floyd County. He was a cousin to Bascom Clarke, Prestonsburg attorney. Wells, is a well-known citizen of this section, and has a number of relatives in Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1927
COOPER, C. M.
C. M. Cooper, 75, of Paintsville, died Monday. Mr. Cooper was one of Paintsville’s leading citizens, and before his long sickness, was engaged in the lumber and cross tie business. Many years ago he was in the drug business and operated the first drug store in Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1927
CORDELL, Billie Bernette
A beautiful little son, Billie Bernette Cordell came to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Liss Cordell on Oct 19, 1924 and departed his life Saturday Oct 22, 1927 from severe burns of a gas explosion Thursday morning Oct 21, 1927 at his home on Innis Ave., Columbus, OH. He was taken to the St. Francis Hospital just after the explosion happened. All was one that could be done, but of no good for God saw fit to take little Billie out of this world and place him in a world that has no end. He leaves father, mother, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. Billie was brought from Columbus, OH for burial at Mattie, KY. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1927
ENDICOTT, John W.
John W. Endicott, postmaster of Endicott, on Buffalo Creek, about 12 miles from Prestonsburg, was fatally injured Monday afternoon when a joist of a store building upon which he was working fell, crushing his skull. He died 6 hours later. A Mr. Crider, who was working with Mr. Endicott was struck by the timber at the same moment, and it is believed that his back may be broken. The victim was a wealthy farmer and merchant, and was one of Floyd County’s best citizens. Big Sandy news, Nov 4, 1927
FERGUSON, Chester E.
Chester E. Ferguson, son of the late W. T. Ferguson and Mrs. Vera Ferguson, natives of Louisa was killed Saturday at South Portsmouth when a truck in which he was riding was struck by a train. The Fergusons moved from here to Catlettsburg a number of years ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1927
John Fernat, aged citizen of near Webb, WV died recently at his home. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally Fernat.—Wayne County News, Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
Charles Frasher, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Frasher of Fort Gay, died Saturday after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. He took sick shortly after being graduated from the Fort Gay Junior High School last May. Funeral services were conducted in the Fort Gay M. E. Church Sunday by Rev. L. D. Bryan. Members of the Junior high school class acted as pall bearers. Big Sandy news, Nov 18, 1927
Charlie Frasher, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Frasher, died at Fort Gay Saturday morning, Nov 12, after a lingering illness of several months. Charlie was a kind, obedient and industrious boy, and was liked by all who knew him. He graduated in May of this year from the Fort Gay Junior High School, but took sick in a few days thereafter and was confined to his bed. He leaves to mourn his loss, father, mother, one sister and 2 brothers. Also grandmother, Mrs. W. J. VanHoose and a grandfather, William Frasher. He was converted a few days before his death and asked all members of his family to meet him in heaven. The funeral was conducted at the M. E. Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. L. D. Bryan. The members of the Junior High School Class acted as pall bearers. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1927
GARRED, Jennie (Vinson)
Mrs. Jennie Vinson Garred was found dead in her room in Louisa Wednesday morning about 10 o’clock. Mrs. G. R. Vinson and Miss Betty Skeens went to the room at that hour and found the lifeless form. It was evident that death had come painlessly and that the spark of life had gone out only a short while before. She had made the request the night before that she be not disturbed the next morning and for this reason no one visited the room earlier. Heart trouble was, no doubt, the cause of her death, as she had been a sufferer from this trouble for several years. About 2 weeks ago Mrs. Garred returned to Louisa from Detroit, where she had spent several months with her daughter. Her state of health had been precarious for a long time. She had suffered the loss of her husband and her only son within the last 2 years. She was the widow of Mr. A. J. Garred, a well-known attorney and former county official, who died suddenly in his home. Mrs. Garred is survived by one daughter, Mrs. L. Brode, of Detroit, and 3 grandchildren. Her son, Richard V. Garred of Lexington died about 2 years ago. Mrs. Garred was the daughter of Judge Richard F. Vinson and Mrs. Georgia Randall Vinson and was a life-long resident of Louisa. She was a sister of Mrs. Victoria Prichard and G. R. Vinson, of Louisa, J. A. Vinson, of Garrett, and Mrs. Dora Greever, of Nuttallburg WV. Mrs. Garred was a cultured woman, of strong intellect, a constant reader of good literature. She was devoted to her home and family. Her passing brings sorrow to all who knew her. She and her husband had a large number of relatives in this county. Funeral services will be held at the resident of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Vinson on Friday afternoon. Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, where the body will rest by the side of her husband and son. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1927
Prestonsburg--Mrs. Matilda Griffith died here Friday, Nov 11 at the home of Mr. Lee May in her 75th year after a brief illness. Big Sandy News, Nov 25,1927
HALL, George Jr.
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Hall and took from them their darling little son, George Hall, Jr. He was sick only 4 days. George Jr. Hall was born Aug 7, 1925 and died Oct 18, 1927, age 2 years 2 months 11 days. He was a sweet and loving baby and was loved by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn a father and mother which before her marriage was Mabel Copley, 2 sisters, Catherine and Luceal Hall and a host of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1927
HAYS, Lola (Travis)
Mrs. Lola Travis Hays, wife of Zeal Hays of Wilbur, died in the Ashland Hospital Tuesday night following an operation, and was interred at Wilbur Thursday. Surviving are the husband and 2 small children, also 5 step children. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1927
JOHNSON, Gust E.
Malcolm Terry, 21 years old, Knott County man, and Gust E. Johnson, 27, Swede, of Mankato, Minn. met death Monday night in the Spring Hollow mine of the Standard Elkhorn Coal Company at Garrett, when pinned beneath a heavy slatefall. The two men were working together, loading coal, when a pillar gave way. One of two men who witnessed the tragedy states that Johnson was caught and pinned against a steel rail, his life being crushed out almost instantly. Terry’s leg was caught and it is held probable that his rescue could have been effected had not a second fall come, covering both men. Almost 2 hours were required for rescue workers to remove the bodies from beneath the slate. Johnson’s back was broken and his head crushed, while Terry was badly mangled. Big Sandy news, Nov 4, 1927
LAWSON, Mont Edmond
Mattie—Mont Edmond Lawson, 2 year old son of Luther Lawson died here Sunday of a poisoned stomach. He was buried Monday. Big Sandy news, Nov 25, 1927
Mrs. Minerva McDowell, age 56, a relative of a number of Wayne County people died at her home at 2803 Orchard Avenue, Huntington, Friday morning, after a lingering illness. She is survived by 3 sons, Fred, Robert and Frank McDowell, of Huntington, one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Haney of Huntington, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Richard Webb of Genoa, WV and Mrs. S. Pollay of Fort Gay, WV. Funeral services were conducted at the Huntington Holiness Church Sunday afternoon with Rev. Jerry Harmon, officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Hatler Mitchell’s baby, aged about 5 months, passed away a few days ago at their home on Beaver after an illness of whooping cough and pneumonia. Two of their other children are very ill with the same disease. Mrs. Mitchell was Miss Lizzie Vinson of this place. Her mother, Mrs. Frank Vinson, who was at Williamson and Ray Vinson of Louisa, were called to the Mitchell home, but reached there after the death and burial of the child. Mrs. Vinson remained to assist in caring for the sick. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
MOORE, Orson Long
Orson Long Moore was born at Ellen, KY, Feb 28, 1852, departed this life Oct 17, 1927, aged 75 years, 8 months, 19 days. Was married to Louvina Curnutte Nov 19, 1885. To this union was born 9 children, 4 sons and 5 daughters, namely: James N., Columbus, Laban, deceased, John Milton, Columbus, Millard Allen, Columbus, Mrs. John McKinster, Ledocio, KY, Mrs. Joe Moore, of Ledocio KY, Mrs. J. T. Moore, Columbus and Julia Hattie, Columbus. All present, Bro. Moore gave his heart to God when a young man and had lived a consistent Christian life. But few men have ever had such a child-like faith. He trusted for everything material and spiritual. He lived peaceful with all men. All who knew him loved him. Besides his wife and family he leaves 3 brothers, Millard of Kansas City, MO, Laban of Belton, MO, Isaac of Ashland, KY, 5 sisters, Mrs. Cordle of Cordell, KY Mrs. Phoebe Ramey, Davisville, KY, Mrs. Esther Short, Cordell, KY, Mrs. Laura Ramey, Columbus, OH. On coming to Columbus he united with Reeb Ave. Church of Christ in Christian Union. It can be truthfully said that a man of great faith has gone to his reward the Lord keep us to emulate his good life and cherish the memory of his great faith. Funeral preached by Rev. Meek, pastor, Reeb Ave. Church. Burial at Obetz Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1927
Edward Muncy, 17, son of Tom Muncy of Wolf Creek, Martin County lies in the Riverview Hospital here at the point of death, as the result of a hunting accident Wednesday afternoon. While rabbit hunting on Wolf Creek he dropped his shot gun and it discharged, shooting him in the upper abdomen. He was brought here Thursday morning. An operation was performed by Dr. York and Dr. Bromley, and a part of the youth’s liver, which was found to be injured, was removed. The body is expected to survived but a few hours. LATER—Muncy died at 3:30 Thursday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1927
Mrs. Fannie Newcomb, aged 50, of Noris, died Tuesday of cancer. She leaves 2 sons by a former marriage, Jay Judd of Missouri and James Judd of Ashland. She had been sick for some time. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
Yatesville—Two of Morgan County’s oldest and most respected citizens died within a few hour of each other here last Thursday. They were Uncle Washey Chaffin, 88, and Uncle George Newsom, 90. Mr. Chaffin died at 2 a.m. and Mr. Newsom at 9 a.m. Rev. H.B. Hewlett conducted the funeral of Mr. Chaffin and Rev. Martin Berry the funeral of Mr. Newsom. Big Sandy news, Nov 25, 1927
O’BRYAN, Mrs. Albert
Mrs. Albert O’Bryan, 30 years old, resident of Neal, WV, died at her home Tuesday. She is survived by her husband and 6 children and a brother, Tom Alley of Catlettsburg. Funeral services Wednesday from the home of O. O. Alley on Chadwick’s Creek followed by burial in the Alley graveyard. Big Sandy news, Nov 11, 1927
Willie Osborne, 27, of Toms Creek, was instantly killed while hunting at Charley Monday, when a shot gun in the arms of Willie Daniels, a companion, accidentally discharged and tore a gaping wound through his head. The tragedy occurred on the farm of Green Hays as the party of three Osborne, Daniels and Ernie Davis, were returning for dinner. Daniels had just picked up a rabbit which he had killed, and had placed his shot gun, an automatic, in the hollow of his arm. In some unknown way it fired, the load taking effect in the head of Osborne who was walking beside Daniels. The load entered the head between the eye and temple and tore its way through the brain. Death was instantaneous. Daniels immediately became prostrated with grief and had to be taken home in a car by P. M. Dixon. It is said he was unable to walk and that he is yet in a dangerous condition. An ambulance from Paintsville conveyed the body of Osborne to his home in Johnson County. The three hunters were all residents of Toms Creek, Johnson County and had come down to Charley for a visit to Mr. Daniels’ sister, Mrs. John Wallace and to hunt. Mr. Osborne leaves a wife and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
Prestonsburg—Phyllis Rice, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. G. Rice of Garrett, died Saturday evening 20 minutes after swallowing 3 strychnine tablets while Mrs. Rice was absent from the room. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
Mr. Byron Richards, a former resident of Salyersville, but who for the past several years has resided in Washington, D. C. where he was an employee of the Treasury Department, died at his home in Washington recently. He was apparently in good health and retired to his room one night. Next morning he was found dead. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
Salyersville—Richard Salyer, 28 years of age died at the Paintsville hospital last Sunday morning. Richard suffered concussion of the brain some time ago when he fell down the stairs at the home of his brother in law, Mr. Payne Patrick. He was taken to the hospital, where he lingered only a few days, and never regained consciousness. Big Sandy news, Nov 11, 1927
SALYERS, Bertha (Jones)
Mrs. Bertha Jones Salyers, 41, wife of Rawleigh Salyers, died at her home in Louisa Sunday of dropsy and heart disease. Her remains were taken to her girlhood home at Red Bush, Johnson County and interred in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1927
Yatesville—Died on the third inst. David Short, aged 69 years. He had lived an upright Christian life for many years past. His remains laid to rest in the William Short cemetery where lies a goodly number of his relatives. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1927
STONE, W. Marion
W. Marion Stone, pioneer citizen of Louisa, died of infirmities of age at the home of his son, R. A. Stone, near Louisa on Friday night of last week. He was 85 years of age and had been in failing health for the past 2 years. Mr. Stone was probably known to more people in this county than any other citizen. He had served as sheriff of the county and had been elected to other offices of public trust. He was also a Confederate veteran of the Civil War.. Until about 2 years ago he was in fairly vigorous health, and daily made his way to the court house where he liked to sit and chat with court attaches, and meet old friends from the county. His wife, who was Miss Martha Shannon, preceded him in death some years ago. Since the marriage of his daughter 5 years ago he had made his home with his son, R. A. Stone. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Surviving are a son and daughter, R. A. Stone of Louisa and Mrs. T. J. Beavers of Vienna,, VA. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1927
Oscar Thompson, age 17 years, son of Fred Thompson, of Bartram Fork of Big Lynn Creek, near East Lynn, Wayne County, WV, was instantly killed and his brother, Walter Thompson age 14 and Robert Lambert, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lambert of Sidney, were slightly injured when the truck in which they were riding went over an embankment last Thursday on Star route No. 8 between Coleman and Genoa, a few miles from Fort Gay. Big Sandy news, Nov 11, 1927
Glo—The death of Henry Tracy, 24, at Garrett last week was a great shock to this as well as the Garrett community, his suffering had been intense for several weeks, and all was done that loving hands and human skill could do but to no avail. He was a dutiful son, a neighborhood favorite, loved by all who knew him. His father, James Tracy, moved to this county from Lawrence County a number of years ago and has been an upright citizen all these years and has the sympathy of all in this great hour of grief. Big Sandy news, Nov 11, 1927
WATSON, Mrs. J. S.
Salyersville—A tragedy that struck close to the hearts of the people of this county, as well as those of their adopted county of Boyd occurred last Thursday at Catlettsburg when the Grim Reaper claimed Mrs. J. S. Watson and baby of Louisa Street of that city. Mrs. Watson died at 1 o’clock in the morning, following her one day old baby in death by only a few hours. She is survived by her devoted husband, formerly County Judge of Magoffin County and 5 children, Herbert, Hager, Harry B., Herman and Mildred M. Watson. One son, Herman Watson is seriously ill with pneumonia. Big Sandy news, Nov 11, 1927
WATSON, Mantford Lee
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Watson on the day of Nov 3, 1927 and claimed for its victim their darling son Mantford Lee, aged 4 years. Diphtheria was the cause of his death but he bore his suffering with patience. He leaves to mourn his loss 4 brothers, 2 older and 2 younger and father and mother besides a host of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News. Nov 25, 1927
Overda—Sorry to hear of the death of little Junior Waugh, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Waugh of Columbus, OH. Mrs. Waugh was Miss Eva Carter before marriage. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
WEBB, Ben R.
Ben R. Webb, 80 year old citizen of Cam Creek, Letcher County, died last week from injuries sustained when he was run down by a runaway horse. Death resulted from a fractured skull. The victim was the father of Hannah Webb, of Knott County. After being struck, the aged man fell over a high cliff. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1927
Mrs. Elizabeth Black, 80 years old, died Friday morning, following a heart attack at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. R. Walker, 522 Jefferson Avenue. Mrs. Black, who has resided here for 10 years, is well known in Huntington. She was formerly of Louisa, KY. In addition to Mrs. Walker, she is survived by 4 other daughters, Dr. Mary A. Bosch and Mrs. Victoria McKee, of Huntington, Mrs. R. C. Frederick, of Peoria, IL, and Mrs. Lillian Maggard, of Ashland, KY and 3 sons, Russell, John and Malcolm Black, of Portsmouth, OH. Funeral services were conducted from the home of Mrs. Walker Sunday afternoon. Dr. Matthew L. Wood, pastor of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was made at Ridgelawn Cemetery. Huntington Herald Dispatch. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1927
Joe Fannin, 21, of Mavity and Miss Norma Blackburn, 16, of Catletts Creek, were killed instantly and Harry Fannin 18, brother of Joe, and Miss Janie Kirk, 17, of Catlettsburg were seriously injured Christmas Day when a C & O passenger train demolished the car in which they were riding. The accident occurred at a street crossing in Catlettsburg and shortly after the Fannin brothers and the girls met to make several Christmas calls. Riding in a Chevrolet coupe, it was the opinion that other passengers in the car observed Joe Fannin’s view of the train. It was learned, too, that the car was stopped at the crossing when Train No. 3, headed west, roaring over the crossing. Not realizing that Train No. 6 was approaching from the west, the driver started to negotiate the crossing after the first train had passed. Joe Fannin and Miss Blackburn were killed outright. Harry Fannin sustained a fractured skull, a broken leg and internal injuries. Miss Kirk sustained a broken arm and severe bruises. The Fannin boys are sons of Fred Fannin of Mavity. The funeral of Joe Fannin was conducted from the Graceland Church on Bear Creek and burial was made at Mavity Wednesday. Miss Blackburn was buried in the Alley Cemetery on the Laurel road a few miles out of Catlettsburg. Harry Fannin and Miss Kirk are in an Ashland hospital. It is said that Fannin may not recover. Big Sandy news, Dec 30, 1927
Ben Blankenship, 37, died in the King’s Daughters’ Hospital at Ashland on Tuesday evening of last week of tonsillitis which followed injuries sustained in motorcycle wreck 2 months ago. Deceased was a son of Mose Blankenship of Catlettsburg and a grandson of Capt. William Blankenship of Louisa. His remains were brought to Potter Wednesday of last week and interred in the Evans Cemetery following funeral services by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of Louisa He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1927
BROAS, Mrs. Richard (sister of A. W. Bromley)
The following is from the Ashland Independent. The deceased was a sister of Dr. A. W. Bromley and Mr. Sam Bromley of Louisa. Mrs. Richard Broas, 77, a well-known and beloved lady of this city, passed away at a hospital here Monday night after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Broas, who had resided here for many year had endeared herself to a wide circle of friends who were grief-stricken by the news of her death. Mrs. Broas was born and reared at Fort Gay, WV but moved to Ashland many years ago. She was a kind and considerate wife and mother and possessed traits of character which won her many and lasting friends. Mrs. Broas was prominent in church and social circles but for some time, because of illness, she has remained close to her home to which she was most happily devoted.
Mrs. Broas is survived by her husband, Richard Broas, one son, J. Fred Frank, one daughter, Mrs. Inez Frank Poirson of Pennerette, LA, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Sidney L. Hebert of New Orleans, LA. Funeral services will be conducted from the home Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Akers in charge and burial will follow in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. The pall bearers will be: John Kobbs, Will Stapf, J. R. Malarkey, John S. Hager, C. A. Steele, and Joe Brown. Big Sandy news, Dec 23, 1927
CANADA, Mrs. Earl (Goma Deskins) and child
Pikeville, KY, Dec 21—Earl Canada, of Belfry, Pike County, shot and killed his wife and their 3 months old baby in his home early last night, according to a report received here today. Jealousy is given as the probable cause of the tragedy by officials, although the third party to the triangle was not present at the time. After the shooting Canada left for the home of a deputy constable, Floyd Blackburn, but on the way he was shot through the right arm, through the side and beaten on the head and also sustained a broken leg. How he received these injuries he refused to say. At the hospital, where he was taken, he refused to talk at length about the trouble. Canada is an alleged bootlegger and recently served 30 days in jail here and paid a fine of $100 Sheriff J. M. Moore said, after a raid on his place. His wife was formerly Miss Goma Deskins, daughter of Bill Deskins, of Kimper, KY. Some time ago he had all of his property transferred to his wife. Canada operated a taxi on the Pikeville-Williamson highway. Big Sandy news, Dec 23, 1927
Vess Chapman, aged about 54, died at his home at Meades Branch Monday morning of leakage of the heart. Mr. Chapman leaves a wife and 3 children, Cora, Gordon and Prince, all at home. John Chapman of Louisa is a brother of the deceased. Burial was made on Meades Branch Tuesday. Big Sandy news, Dec 30, 1927
CHILDERS, Mrs. Harmon
Mrs. Harmon Childers, aged 19, of Richardson, died at the home of her brother at Gallup Thursday morning of tuberculosis. Surviving are her husband, a child, 2 and a half years old, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wooten. Burial will be made in the Childers Cemetery at Richardson Saturday. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1927
Mrs. Mattie Church, 41, died at her home at Glenwood on Sunday of last week of dropsy. Funeral was conducted Monday from the home by Rev. Harvey Kelly. Burial was made in the Glenwood Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Ed Church, 2 brothers, Mont and Harve Day. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1927
Fred Conley of Salyersville died last Wednesday at the Methodist Hospital, passing away on the operating table. Physicians had given up hope of saving his life some months ago, and he had submitted to prolonging his life. Although told several months ago there was not much chance he never gave up hope. He was taken back home for burial. Big Sandy news, Dec 30, 1927
Prestonsburg—As the result of the third accidental shooting in this county within the past week. Dr. Everett Dingus, of Hite, this county, lied in the Martin hospital, with little chance of recovery, it is said. Dr. Dingus was shot through the stomach Tuesday night when he was attempting to empty an automatic pistol, prior to giving it to his brother. The bullet is said to have pierced a kidney. The accident occurred at the home of Dr. Dingus’s father, P. M. Dingus, at Hite, one mile above Martin. The wounded man was rushed to the Beaver Valley hospital at Martin, where an operation was performed. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1927
FANNIN, Joe—see under Norma Blackburn
It is through the columns of the dear Old News that I wish to contribute a few lines in memory of my boyhood chum and friend, Samuel Fox, who departed this life Nov 22, 1927, death relieving him from suffering of only a short duration from cancer. He was only 37 years 11 months and 18 days old. Sam was a quiet, good boy and grew up to be a useful and upright man who always respected the aged and Christian people, although Sam never made a profession of faith in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ until only a few days before his death. He was the father of 9 children, all whom are living together with their heart broken mother. Also he left behind an aged father and mother and brother. Two sisters preceded him to the Great Beyond. His last request to his loved ones was “Don’t dry and grieve for me for I am going home.” I talked with him only a few days before death, I will always cherish his last words to me, “the way is looking brighter”. His wife has lost a faithful husband and children a devoted father, who strive up until only about 2 weeks before his death to make things as comfortable as possible for those he loved. He was laid to rest in the graveyard overlooking the home of his parents. E. W. Lambert. Big Sandy news, Dec 2, 1927
Death is in the world and its spoils are among the works of the Almighty. All that is born must die. Sam Fox was born Dec 12, 1889 and died Nov 22, 1927 of that dread disease cancer, leaving to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father, his wife and 9 children, namely, Daisy, Fred, Erba, Malcolm, Ora, Lillian, Sam Jr., George and Paul. His death has removed one of our best citizens. If he ever had an enemy it was unknown to the writher. Sam always met everyone with a smile, never looking on the dark side of life and led an honest moral life. Christ spoke peace to his soul Nov 14,1927 and he died in all the triumphs of a life beyond the grave. He was married at the age of 20 years to Miss Nisa Fitzpatrick of Glenhayes, WV and since their marriage have lived an exemplitory life among us. It is neighbors like he who make life worth living and his memory shall long linger with those who knew and loved him He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Fox of Summit and to them as well as his other loved ones we can but say, God knows best and He Who sees the sparrow fall will not forsake those who put their trust in Him. May God bless and car for his loved ones.—A friend. Big Sandy news, Dec 30,1927
FRALEY, Mrs. James
Glo, KY—Mrs. James Fraley of Lackey but formerly of Lawrence County, died suddenly last Saturday night while on her way from Lackey to Glo to attend church. A series of meetings are being conducted here and she in company with her husband and several friends, while walking on the railroad near Black Diamond Tipple she fell but being helped up by her husband who asked her to return home, she said, “No, I want to go to Glo to church” passing on for a few paces, sank easily to the ground without murmur or complaint, and was gone instantly apparently without pain. She was the mother of 14 children so we are told all of whom survive her. She was one of the most splendid women of this entire country, having moved here from Torchlight several years ago where she was well and favorably known. Her husband, Rev. James Fraley, together with the children and friends have the sympathy of all in their trying hour of grief. She was buried Monday in the Martin graveyard where the last sad rites were performed over all that was mortal of one in whose religion the entire country had implicit faith, was performed. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1927
GILLIAM, William Parish
William Parish Gilliam, aged about 50, was shot and killed by Sylvester Peters, a neighbor, at Isonville, Elliott County, on Wednesday, of last week, according to word received here. During the fight Peters was shot twice and may die, reports say. All efforts may by the News to secure particulars were fruitless there being no telephone connection to that section. Citizens of Blaine confirmed news of the killing, but said they had not learned the cause of the affray. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1927
Hiram Holland, of Garth, 68 year old father of 9 children was shot in the back and killed Sunday afternoon by Sam Skeens, about 21 years old, of Buck’s Branch, Floyd County. The aged man died within a few minutes after being shot. An eyewitness to the killing says, that as he was walking down the railroad tracks toward the 2 men, he observed them, evidently in a dispute, Holland with his hand in or near his hip pocket of his trousers. Suddenly Holland stumbled and fell beside the tracks. As he did so, Skeens is said to have jerked a revolver and to have fired one shot at the other. Holland scrambled to his feet and at the younger man’s command raised his hands, walking onto the tracks toward Skeens. “Go on,” Skeens is quoted here as ordering the other, Holland complied, his hands still lifted, walking away from the other. Then, according to the story told here, Skeens fired the fatal shot. Search of Holland’s clothing revealed no weapons of defense save an unopened knife. The slayer boarded the passenger train which left Dinwood a few minutes after the shooting and alighting near the tunnel a few hundred yards below Dinwood, fled into the hills. Search for him prove unavailing. Floyd County Times. Big Sandy news, Dec 30, 1927
Mrs. Mary Howard, aged about 70, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Fortner at Hubbardstown, WV Sunday night. She was the widow of the late Billie Howard of Meredith. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1927
Ollie Howard, aged about 45, died at the home of his brother, Dee Howard, near Prichard, WV, Saturday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller, Monday, and burial made near Prichard. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1927
Raymond Howard, 24, N & W fireman of East Portsmouth, OH and a brother in law of Mrs. M. C. Sammons of Louisa, was so badly injured when a car he was driving Sunday of last week crashed into a concrete safety block in Portsmouth that he died 3 hours later in a hospital of a crushed skull. Two other occupants of the car were injured slightly. Howard is survived by his wife who is a daughter of M. F. Sammons of near Glenhayes, WV and a sister of Mrs. M. C. Sammons of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1927
Jane Jarrell, pioneer Floyd County woman, passed peacefully away Tuesday Dec 14 in her 93rd year at the home of her son, Sam Jarrell, at Dana. Death is believed due to paralysis, since she had laid speechless for the last 11 days of her life. Big Sandy news, Dec 30, 1927
Miss Ruby Lemaster daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Lemaster of Lowmansville, died on Dec 10th and the funeral and burial were held last Sunday afternoon. She was a graduate of Mayo College and one of the most popular young girls of the county. Paintsville Herald. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1927
Arthur George, 16 years old, son of Thomas and Mrs. Edith George, of Little Paint Creek, died at 10 o’clock Saturday evening. A crippled condition existing since he was 8 years of age from infantile paralysis resulted in the boy’s death. Big Sandy news, Dec 2, 1927
John Gilliam, said to be the oldest man in Boyd County, died last week at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. J. T. Rose at Ashland. Had Mr. Gilliam lived 4 more days he would have been 100 years of age. Big Sandy news, Dec 23, 1927
HALL, Mary J.
Mrs. Mary J. Hall, wife of the Rev. Will Hall, died Tuesday at her home on Big Branch of Abbott, Floyd County, after a short illness of pneumonia. Big Sandy news, Dec 2, 1927
Tilden, Hall, 21, banker, on Monday of last week was slightly ill. Tuesday his condition became alarming. Physicians summoned. The malady seemed rather baffling. On Thursday he was taken to the hospital at Paintsville at which time appendicitis had developed, an operation was performed but too late On Sunday morning he died. His remains were taken to Left Beaver where the last sad rites were performed and interment took place. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1927
HAYS, Marvin Douglas
Marvin Douglas Hays, 13 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hays of Wilbur died Dec 2 and was buried in the C. C. Hays cemetery near Mattie. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1927
HICKMAN, Moses Jr.
The body of Moses Hickman, Jr., ??, who was shot and killed by Bill Ratcliffe at Stone, KY, Monday night was brought here early Wednesday morning and taken to his home on Meades Branch for burial. Hickman was killed in a restaurant owned by one Garfield Watson at Stone late Monday night by a man named Bill Ratcliff. After surrendering to Pike county officials, Ratcliff is credited with saying that they had been drinking and that he had no reason for shooting Hickman. The two roomed together and were thought to be good friends, it is said. Another version says that Ratcliff claimed Hickman had threatened to kill him, and that the shooting occurred while the restaurant proprietor, fearing trouble, had gone to get a gun. It is said that officials who came to the scene immediately after the killing, found no weapon on Hickman. Hickman was shot twice, one of the bullets entering his head. The slayer is in jail at Pikeville. Hickman, single and a son of Mose and Millie Hickman of Meades Branch, was buried at the John Hickman Cemetery Thursday. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters and a brother. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1927
HOGSTEN, Mary Evelyn
Ashland, KY, Dec 7—Mary Evelyn Hogsten, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard C. Hogsten, of this city, died yesterday afternoon of burns she received at her home when her clothing caught fire from a gas stove. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1927
Pikeville—Jeff Ison, aged 74, was drowned just below Blackley, Nov 27th. The body was in shallow water when found and it is not known just how he met death. He was a well-known merchant and the father of Mrs. Manta Whitaker, Letcher County jailer. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1927
JARRELL, J.C. W. Beckham
Prestonsburg—The first hunting tragedy of the year in Floyd County, was recorded Monday afternoon, when J. C. W. Beckham Jarrell, 20 years old, was instantly killed when a charge from the shotgun which he was carrying passed through his body as it was accidentally discharged. Mr. Jarrell’s wife, a bride of about 6 months, witnessed her husband’s death. The gun was discharged, it is said, when Mr. Jarrell fell, the load of shot passing through the chest, just below the shoulder and directly above the heart. The victim was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Jarrell, who reside near Emma. He was engaged in farming and was well known in this part of the county. His widow is a sister of I. A. Smiley, of this place. Big Sandy news, Dec 2, 1927
JOHNSON, Herman Lee
Herman Lee Johnson, 4 year old son of Mrs. Lucy Johnson, died at daybreak Tuesday from burns received Monday when he fell in a barrel of boiling water used for scalding hogs at a hog killing on the farm of his grandfather, Tom Frasher, at the Forks of Big Hurricane 7 miles out of Fort Gay. The tragedy occurred while the men were scraping a hog which had just been scalded. The little boy fell in the hot water head foremost up to his hips. A man standing nearby jerked him out in an instant. It is said that the boy’s head apparently was not badly injured but that his body was burned to blisters by the hot water and steam retained by his clothes. The boy lived until Tuesday morning. Burial was made near Hubbardstown. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1927
LARGE, T. H.
Columbus, OH—the death angel visited the home of Rev. T. H. Large on Dec 7, 1927 and took their loving son, T. H. Large, Jr. Mr. Large was born at Overda, in Lawrence County, KY, on Apr 23, 1899. Age 28 years 7 months and 14 days. When T. H. Large, Jr. was 7 years old his father, Rev. Large took his family and left for their present home in Columbus, OH where he spent most of his life. In 1923 Mr. Large went to Florida where he remained until 1926. He was married to Miss Edna Malone of Alice OH. Mr. Large leaves a loving wife and one son age 7 years old and a father who now is 73 years of age, 5 bothers and one sister and a step mother and a host of friends. The funeral conducted by Rev. Cross Sunday afternoon at the M. E. church South at Marville Avenue and 6th Street. Burial in Obetz Junction Cemetery. Mr. Large was only sick 6 days. Pneumonia caused his death. He died in the faith of a crucified Savior. The wright and Mr. Large were little boys together. Lewis Wright. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1927
Calvin Madre, aged 89, former sheriff of Wayne County, WV, died Dec 10 at his home on Whites Creek. He was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War and took part in the battles of Princeton, Suffolk, Black Water, Marion and numerous other engagements. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1927
MAYNARD, Mrs. Allen J.
Pikeville, KY, Dec 21—Mrs. Allen J. Maynard, wed 6 times and reputed to be the wealthiest woman in Eastern Kentucky, died here yesterday. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Maynard’s sole surviving relative is the Rev. Mr. Maynard to whom she was married last January. Her fortune, amounting to more than $250,000 includes real estate, bank stocks and government bonds. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1927
Luther Maynard, aged about 26, son of Garred Maynard of Clifford, this county, was found unconscious lying near the N & W tracks in the vicinity of Kermit Tuesday morning. He was taken to a Huntington hospital where he died without regaining consciousness. Death was caused by a crushed skull. The cause of the injury remains a mystery. Some suspect he was knocked in the head and placed by the tracks to eliminate suspicion. Others believe he was hit by a train. The young man was employed by F. C. Sammons as steam shovel fireman on the road building job between Echo and Williamson. He was taken to Donithan for burial. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1927
Ed Meredith was born Sep 7th, 1857 and departed this life Dec 24th, 1927, age 70 years 8 months and 7 days. He leaves to mourn his death 7 children: 5 daughters and 2 sons: Pearl Meredith, Mrs. Nannie Bellomy and Mrs. Bell Skeens, Mrs. Ethel Newman, Mrs. Dixie Buskirk, and Butler Meredith and Miss Alice Meredith and 26 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, and a brother John Meredith of near Catlettsburg, KY. the cause of his death was a general breakdown. He was a this son’s in law, Ben Bellomy in Huntington, WV at the time of his death. On Sunday morning his body was brought to Hubbardstown, WV at his old home place and as it was cold, his remains were taken in the school house where there was a very large congregation of people assembled and the Rev. A. H. Miller preached his funeral and after the funeral the independent order of I.O.O.F. of Buchanan of which he was a member for many years took charge and took his remains to the family cemetery and he was laid beside his wife that had preceded him to the Better World several years ago and to await the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds of Heaven Whose voice will be as a mighty trumpet and they that are in their graves shall come forth and go up to meet the Lord.—A.H.M. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1927
PRESTON, Mrs. McClelland
Paintsville—Mrs. McClelland Preston, age 55, died at Hellier, KY last Thursday afternoon from cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Preston was taken suddenly ill Thursday morning and died in the afternoon. The remains were brought to Paintsville Saturday and the burial held Sunday afternoon at Offutt. Her husband, one son, Deekle, 2 daughters, Mrs. Madison Smith of Wheelersburg, OH and Mrs. Major Cornett of Dawson Springs, KY survive. She was a sister of Mrs. John B. Wells of Paintsville and Mrs. E. L. Preston of Maysville, KY, Shade, John, Jeff and Joe Ward of this county are her brothers. Big Sandy news, Dec 23, 1927
Roscoe Ratcliffe, aged 56, died at his home at Clifford on Wednesday of last week of peritonitis following an attack of appendicitis. Mr. Ratcliffe became ill Nov 18, and did not call a physician until too late for an operation. Peritonitis developed rapidly, causing death 6 days after the patient became ill. Mr. Ratcliffe, a son of William D. and Sula Ratcliffe, deceased, was one of the county’s substantial farmers and a good citizen. Funeral services were conducted Saturday by Rev. W. M. Sparks and Rev. J. M. Hall, and burial was made in the family cemetery. Surviving are a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Minerva Peters of Clifford. Big Sandy news, Dec 2, 1927
George Sloan, of Willard, is dead and Walter Johnson, of Bruin, has a bullet wound through his breast as the results of suicide attempts by the two men last week at their homes near the junction of Lawrence, Elliott and Carter Counties in the Webbville section it was learned this week. According to information gathered by the News, Sloan said to have been under the influence of liquor, went to see his wife at the home of her father, William Oney, Thursday. During the stay, he fired his pistol 6 times in the house. People at the house stopped the shooting by telling him that he had killed his little 3 months old child, and force him out of the house, it is said. Nothing more was seen of him until Sunday when he was found in the woods three quarters of a mile away, dead with a bullet through his heart and the pistol clutched in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Neighbors were led to Sloan’s dead body by his airdale dog which had guarded the body faithfully for 3 days. Saturday evening the dog came to the house for food, then left again immediately. Sunday the neighbors found the body and the dog keeping watch. Domestic discord is said to have been instrumental in provoking the suicide. The child was not struck by the shot fired in the home. It is said that he fired the shots at his wife. None took effect, however. Sloan was about 21 years old and a son of John Sloan and a nephew of the Sloan who ran for jailer in Boyd County.
Johnson, also said to have been under the influence of liquor, attempted suicide Sunday at his home at Bruin, Elliott County, by shooting himself through the breast near the heart. At first it was thought that he was dead but reports coming from there Thursday said he is yet alive and may recover. It is said that he had threatened to kill himself before. He is a son of Franklin Johnson. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1927
Pikeville, KY, Dec 27—Wolfpit, the scene of considerable excitement Sunday and yesterday following the murder of Malcolm Sloan, a white man, by 2 negroes Thursday, was reported to be quiet today and the troop of National Guard sent from here to maintain order, had returned to its barracks. Homer Mitchell, Negro, the alleged slayer of Sloan, was captured yesterday in a mine shaft and when he attempted to escape from his captors he was shot through the hip. His life was probably saved when Mrs. George Carroll interceded. The Negro tried to take refuge in the Carrol it is reported, and the posse was in the act of firing upon him, when Mrs. Carroll asked them to take him alive.
As soon as he was recaptured, Mitchell was placed aboard a train at Hillier and it is reported that at least 150 shots were fired into the air by a large and excited crowd which had gathered at the railroad station According to Sheriff Moore, the shooting occurred Saturday night, following an argument between Sloan and Mitchell an hour before. Mitchell and Davis were in the store when Sloan walked in, it was said. As he passed through the door, Mitchell grabbed Sloan by the shoulder with his left hand, pulled his gun and fired 5 times at Sloan’s head, Sheriff Moore reported. Four bullets struck Sloan in the face and another passed through the neck. Sheriff Moore, who returned here last night from Wolfpit, says that the general attitude of the people seem to be that they will be satisfied if the Negro is tried and given a death sentence, but that they will accept nothing less. Immediately after the killing became known, feeling of the white residents against the negroes was reported to be very bitter and when the negroes learned of this they fled to the hills from their homes. Today, however, they began to return. Big Sandy news, Dec 30, 1927
SMITH, Dorothy May
Dorothy May Smith, 18 years old, who died Tuesday of last week at Terra Alta, WV, was buried at her former home at White’s Creek, Wayne County, following funeral services there Thursday afternoon. Miss Smith had been ill a the sanitarium at Terra Alta for a little more than a year, having gone there in August, 1926. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of White’s Creek, and one sister. Big Sandy news, Dec 2, 1927
The body of Floyd Swim, 56, a resident of Catlettsburg, who died in the Eastern State Hospital at Lexington was brought back to this county and interred in the Joe Edwards cemetery near Charley Monday. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1927
Pikeville, KY, Dec 4—Tobe Tackett, 10 year old son of William Tackett, Virgie, KY died at the hospital at Jenkins, this morning of injuries he received while playing on the mine track of the Rogers Bros. Coal Company near his home Friday afternoon. His legs were mangled by the car when it was shoved up-grade by the other cars. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1927
Letcher Thacker, of Shelbiana, age 19 years, accidentally shot himself in the foot about 2 weeks ago. As a result he had lock jaw and died last Saturday at the Methodist Hospital. He was the son of Thomas Thacker. He was prepared for burial at the J. W. Call funeral parlors, and body taken to the family cemetery at Red Creek for burial. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1927
THOMPSON, Mrs. B. M.
Prestonsburg, KY, Dec 2 (From Floyd County Times)—B. M. Thompson is in the Floyd County jail here, charged with the murder Sunday of his wife by breaking her neck at their home at Wheelwright Junction, this county. The case has aroused much interest in this county, and feeling ran rife in the vicinity of the alleged killing, kinsmen of the victim threatening vengeance after the husband was arrested and lodged in the Wheelwright jail. Thompson is said to have denied guilt of the crime, saying that he did not strike his wife. The accused man is quoted as saying that, while he and Mrs. Thompson were wrangling over some domestic matter, she pitched over on the bed. He went for a physician, it is reported, and upon his return found her dead and her relatives in arms gathered about the home.
Gus Little, father of the dead woman, told a pitiful story here this week. With tears streaming down his face, he related the circumstances which he claimed had surrounded the couple. A second woman, according to Mr. Little, figured in the trouble and Thompson had threatened his wife’s life, he alleges. “I thought I had had trouble before, but nothing has ever happened like this to me,” he said. A small daughter of the accused probably saved his life when she pleaded with her grandfather not to kill her father. Bruce Little, accused of murder in this county and a brother of Mrs. Thompson, is also said to have acted as a peacemaker following his sister’s death. Thompson said this week, in response to an inquiry into the case from The Times, that he had nothing to say until the examining trial, which will be held Friday before Judge Ed Hill.
It is said that no one witnessed what took place in the Thompson before Mrs. Thompson’s death, and details, therefore, are lacking. It was first reported here that she was killed by a blow dealt with a revolver. It was later charged that Thompson struck her with his fist. The body was taken to Wheelwright, where an x-ray photograph of her neck was made showing, it is said, that her neck was broken. A jury was summoned at the Thompson home to investigate into the tragedy; but the father of the woman is said to have driven would be investigators away. The victim was about 24 years old, and was the mother of 3 children. Thompson is about 30 years old. He is a brother of W.L. Thompson of this place. Burial was made Monday in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1927
THOMPSON, Mrs. Poney
A mother of 3 small children was killed at Wheelwright Junction on Beaver Creek last Sunday at noon by her husband and father of her 3 children. Poney Thompson, the man who did the killing was arrested and is now in the Floyd County jail at Prestonsburg. Trouble started between the wife and husband when Thompson was said to be paying too much attention to another woman and Sunday when the argument was renewed Thompson is said to have struck his wife with a large pistol around the side of the head, breaking her neck. She died instantly. Her remains were buried last Monday afternoon. She was a daughter of Gus Little of that section age 23 years and leaves 3 small children. Paintsville Herald, Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1927
Mrs. Sarah Vanhoose, aged 60, died at the home of her son, Roy Vanhoose on Shannon Branch Saturday after a 2 weeks illness of pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted at the Spencer Chapel by Rev. A. H. Miller and burial was made in the Noris Cemetery. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Lyss Hickman of Louisa and Mrs. John Austin of Peacock, WV and 4 sons, Millard Vanhoose of Louisa, Hansel Vanhoose of Ashland, John Vanhoose of McCamishburg, OH and Roy Vanhoose of Shannons Branch. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1927
The Death Angel visited the home of Roy Vanhoose, Saturday, Dec 17, and left many saddened hearts, when it claimed as it victim, the beloved mother, Sarah E. Vanhoose. Besides a host of friends and relatives she leaves to mourn her deeply felt loss 9 children, 4 of whom are stepchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at the Spencer Church by Rev. A. H. Miller and others. Burial was made in the Lige Judd Cemetery. Stricken with pneumonia fever, she suffered intensely. Although delirious at times, she was able to recognize all her children who were at her bedside, before she died. All was done for her that loving hands could do, but He, who watches over the universe with an all-seeing eye saw fit to call her home. Her trials and sorrows are over, and work on earth is done; no more must she suffer. She served Him faithfully and now has her reward, a place at the right hand of God. The church as lost a faithful member; the home a devoted mother, but God has gained another Angel for his kingdom. She is shouting His praises today, together with her dear husband, who preceded her to the Glory land, just a little more than 2 years ago. A member of the M. E. Church she lived a devout Christian for 28 years. She was a well loved neighbor and all who knew her felt happy to call her friend. Big Sandy News. Dec 30, 1927
Little Arthur Waugh, Jr., was born Nov 1, 1924 and died Nov 15, 1927. Age 3 years and 15 days. All was done for him that loving hands could do, but God in his wisdom called him home to be with his angels. Father and mother, weep not for little Junior, for he is at rest where there will be no more suffering for him. He is gone, but not forgotten. Never will his memory fade, sweetest thoughts will ever linger. Around the grave where he is laying, His cousin. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1927
Leon Williams, Wayne County man who has been employed in Logan County, a sa miner and automobile driver, was shot and killed last week at Noah Maynard’s home at Shegon in Logan County. The body was returned to Queens Ridge, this county, for burial. Williams was 20 years old and the son of James L. Williams. All of the men held in connection with the shooting are said to be former Wayne Countians. Williams was killed at Noah Maynard’s house about 1 o’clock Sunday morning where he tussled with Ed Porter on a bed in the Maynard home when the latter is alleged to have jumped on him as he lay in a drunken sleep. Several shots were fired during the row. Williams died instantly from a wound in the forehead and another near the center of the back and Porter suffered the one shoulder wound. Porter and Williams are said to have had differences over the fact that Williams had a fight with Porter’s brother. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1927
WOOD, Jay Northup
Sorrow shrouded the homes of many Louisians when news came of the death of Jay Northup Wood, aged 33, which occurred at the Soldiers Home in Dayton, OH Sunday evening. Although born and reared at Buffalo, NY, Mr. Wood had made his home in Louisa with his aunt, Miss Hermia Northup, since an accident 6 years ago which deprived him of the use of his legs. During his youth he was here frequently to visit his grandfather, Col. Jay H. Northup. Mr. Wood was a son of Dr. Harry A. and Mrs. Gipsy Northup Wood of Buffalo, NY. He served with the American army in France during the World War. Six years ago, while an employee of the Big Four Ry. Co., as an engineer, he fell from the cab of his engine, sustaining injuries to his back which rendered him an invalid. After receiving treatment at various hospitals in Ohio he returned to the home of Col. Northup here, where he has been tenderly cared for by his aunt, Miss Hermia Northup. Several weeks ago he was taken to Guthrie Hospital in Huntington and 3 weeks ago he was removed to the Soldiers Home at Dayton, where death occurred Sunday as a result of the accident 6 years before. His remains were brought here and interred in Pine Hill Wednesday following funeral services held from the Curtright Funeral Home, Rev. Lever, Episcopal minister from Pikeville officiating. Surviving are his father, Dr. Harry A. Wood, Buffalo, NY, a brother, John P. wood, Wausau, Wis., and 2 sisters, Mrs. Robert Willet and Mrs. Charles F. Gould, both of Buffalo, Mrs. J. M. Turner, Mrs. F. T. D. Wallace and Miss Hermia Northup of Louisa and Mrs. Charles ??? of Ashland are aunts of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Dec 23,m 1927
Jenkins KY, Nov 30—Soaring flames mounting from the top of Cumberland mountain signaled the death of Leonard Woods, negro, who was lynched by a mob of more than 200 armed men today. Woods, arrested for the slaying of Harshell Deaton, 35, mine foreman for the Elkton Coal Corporation at Fleming, KY, was shot to death as he faced a half circle of rifles. Then his body was placed on a platform recently erected for the dedication ceremonies at the opening of the Kentucky-Virginia highway. Gasoline was poured over it and a match touched off the structure. The negro had been arrested near Fleming shortly after Deaton’s body was found Sunday. Growing excitement caused officers to take their prisoner to Whitesburg yesterday for safekeeping. Late last night a motorcade of more than 150 cars arrived in Whitesburg. An unmasked throng of men approached the jail, sawed through iron bars, placed a chain around the negro’s neck and led him away. Mrs. Fess Whittaker, the jailer, said the mob made no demonstration at the jail. She was powerless to resist the intruders, she said. Two negro women, who were arrested with Woods in connection with the slaying, were unmolested. Deaton was shot to death when he refused to allow Woods and the two women to ride in his automobile Sunday night, authorities charged. Big Sandy news, Dec 2, 1927
Mrs. Carrie Wylie, aged 37, was killed instantly on Wednesday night of last week when struck by a west bound freight at the Madison Street crossing near the depot here. It is presumed she attempted to beat the train and had miscalculated its rate of speed. She was hurled several feet and then dragged to about midway of the platform. Practically every bone in her body was broken, her skull fractured and a hand and foot cut off. Mr. Curtright and others took her body from under the train, and Mr. Curtright prepared it for burial. The unfortunate woman was said to be a mental deficient and until 2 months ago she and her small child were inmates of the county infirmary. She was a daughter of Harve Church of near Lowmansville. Burial was made Friday. She is survived by 3 children one of whom is married. Big Sandy news, Dec 2, 1927