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ADAMS, Aliphair
Mrs. Aliphair Adams wife of Joel Adams of Long Run, OH formerly of this county, died Dec 24 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Blume at Long Run. She had been ill several months. Mrs. Adams is survived by her husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters. She was a sister of Marion Evans, of Blaine and A. J. Evans of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

AKERS, Albert
Albert Akers, prominent Dewey citizen, was fatally crushed at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon when struck by a log sliding down the mountainside where he was logging on the Burchett branch, near his home. He died at his home about 2 hours later. The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Octavia Burchett Akers, a sister of Mrs. John Branham of Prestonsburg and by 8 children: Norman, Ella belle, Louisa, Ethel, Marvin, Denver, Gracie and “Bird” Akers. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon. Auxier Masonic lodge of which Mr. Akers was a member conducted the burial with impressive rites. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

AUXIER, Mary Joe
Mary Joe, the 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hereford Auxier, died at the home of her grandparents here Dec 20 from diphtheria. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

AUXIER, Mrs. N. D.
Word was received this week that Mrs. N.D. Auxier died Friday at Verdon, NE. Her mother was Caroline Compton of Blaine, who married Joseph Prichard. Mrs. Auxier was reared at Blaine and moved with her parents to Falls City, NE in early womanhood. She visited relatives in this section about 5 years ago. She is a niece of the late John Compton of Blaine and J. R. Compton of Buchanan. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

BELL, Roy
Roy Bell, only son of Rev. J. B. Bell, formerly of Louisa, was asphyxiated in Cincinnati last Friday night or Saturday. The body was found Sunday evening, when the odor of gas was noticed by some one in the boarding house and traced to his room. The door was forced open. The following account of the tragedy is from the Cincinnati Enquirer: Roy O. Bell, 28 years old, railroad inspector, Russell, KY, was found dead in a room at 2173 Central Avenue yesterday morning by Miss Coldia Gestner, another tenant. Miss Gestner traced the odor of gas fumes to Bell’s room and summoned police. Firemen were summoned but Bell was dead. Coroner Fred C. Swing said that Bell apparently had been dead for 12 hours. Several magazines on the bed indicated that Bell had been reading when lying in bed. Dr. Swing said he believed that the fumes overcame Bell before he was aware of them. Bell was a masonry inspector for the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad.

Word from Russell says the information there is that “the connections on a gas stove in the room occupied by Mr. Bell, had become loosened, allowing the deadly fumes to flood the room. Mr. Bell had retired and it was believed that he had been overcome by the gas on Friday night and had been dead 36 hours or longer. The body is to be returned to the home at West Russell. The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the Centenary Methodist Church of Ashland. Interment in the new cemetery on 13th street. He is survived by his wife and 2 children, Bobby and Jimmy Bell. Rev. Ivy Yoak, Rev. C.A. Slaughter and Rev. Clay will officiate. Rev. Bell is now pastor of the M. E. Church South at Paintsville. He and Mrs. Bell passed through Louisa Sunday evening enroute to Russell. Mrs. Roy Bell is a daughter of Mrs. Martha Roberts of Cadmus, this county. Mrs. H. L. Ellis and Mrs. W. A. Carey of Louisa are her sisters. They were married soon after the close of Rev. Bell’s pastorate in Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

BERRY, Greenville Thompson
Greenville Thompson Berry was born Dec 15, 1853, died Nov 12, 1929, age 75 years 10 months and 3 days. He was a son of Isaac Berry and Jennie Lambert Berry. He was converted and joined the M.E. Church, South and was faithful to his church and his God. Even before his conversion he was a well fisher of Christianity and did all he could for the cause. He dearly loved to sing God’s glorious hymns. He was married to Louvena Hackney and to this union were born one daughter, Hattie, now Mrs. Hattie Burton. Uncle Thompoe was a kind an affectionate husband and father, a good neighbor and a true friend. He leaves his devoted wife and daughter, 3 grandchildren, many relatives and a host of friends. His father and mother and all his brothers and sisters have gone on before and when God called him home the family circle of Uncle Isaac was made complete in that fair and where sickness and sorrow, pair and death never enter, and where the Sabbath hath no end. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

BRANCH
Two negor children, 1 and 3 yrs old, daughters of Mrs. Helen Branch, formerly of Fort Gay, were suffocated Thursday afternoon when they were trapped in their home at 1716 Eight Avenue, Huntington, which was destroyed by fire. The mother of the tots, who was ill in her bed in an adjoining room with a 2 weeks old baby, narrowly escaped the fate of her two children, when she, clutching the infant to her breast, was forced to climb through a window to a narrow rood to escape the licking flames. The bodies of the children, Natalie, 1, and Norma May, 3, were found halfway under their bed, where they had sought to escape the flames and terrific heat. In the opinion of the coroner, the children died from suffocation and inhaling the flames, burns on the face and hands not being serious enough to cause death. Surviving are the parents, and 3 other brothers and sisters, Phredessa, 9, Eloise, 7, Levisay, Jr., 5, besides the new born baby. The funeral was held at Fort Gay Friday and the bodies of the two children were buried in a double grave. The mother is in a serious condition from shock at the home of relatives in Huntington and was unable to attend the funeral. Grant Levisay and Foster Levisay brother of Helen Branch, and Eloise Matney, niece, live at Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

BURGESS, Onolda (Garred)
Mrs. Onolda Garred Burgess, 79, widow of the late T. J. Burgess, passed away at the old Burgess home near Gallup Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Burgess had been in ill health for the past few months and suffered a stroke of paralysis only 2 days before her death. She had spent the past 2 years with a daughter, Mrs. Henry, in Alabama, returning to Gallup during the serious illness of her grandson, Jeff Burgess, who died in September. Mrs. Burgess is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons, Mrs. Willie J. Burgess of Louisa, Mrs. S. M. Henry of Greensboro, AL; Mrs. C. A. Thompson, Pikeville, KY, Malcolm B. Burgess of Louisa, and Jeff Burgess, who lived at the home place. Dr. Bernard Garred, of Charleston, WV, Owen Garred of Huntington, W. M. Garred of Miami, OK, Lys Garred of New York City and L. A. Garred of Louisa are brothers. Funeral services were conducted at the home Thursday morning by Rev. Bill Burgess and Rev. H. B. Hewlett with burial in the Burgess Cemetery near Gallup. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

CARTER, Manley
Manley Carter, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Carter, of Ivel, was struck and instantly killed by a freight train while on the railway tracks in front of the home of his grandfather, Louis Stratton of Ivel, this county, where its parents were visiting. The child wandered onto the tracks while the parents were inside the house conversing with Mrs. Carter’s parents. The baby’s neck was broken. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

CASEBOLT, H. G.
Pikeville, KY, Jan 1—H. G. Casebolt, a merchant and farmer of Robinson Creek, KY, died suddenly at his home at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning. He was one of Pike County’s well known citizens, having led an active business life. This morning he measured some lumber, then returned to the house to prepare for a corn husking he had planned for the day and as he entered the door he fell dead. He was 60 years old and had been twice married. His son, Dr. S. E. Casebolt, who was in the medical service overseas in the World War is now a prominent physician of Pikeville. He is survived by his widow and 8 children. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Frank A. Hopkins at Robinson Creek, Thursday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

CASTLE, Goldia (Thompson)
Mrs. Goldia Castle of Borders Chapel who has been ill for some time, passed quietly away at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Thompson. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

CASTLE, Joe
In a pistol battle fought at Paintsville, Dec 21, Patrolman Jess Dills, of Paintsville was killed and Joe Castle, former constable of Johnson County, was fatally wounded. The streets of this eastern Kentucky mountain town were crowded with shoppers when Castle accosted Dills, who had arrested John Marshall, Johnson County jailer, and was taking him to the police station to be booked on a charge of drunkenness. Castle, bystanders said, told Marshall: “You don’t have to go to jail unless you want to.” Thereupon Dills produced a revolver and his back to a post, the two men started firing. Each empties his gun.

Castle meanwhile had made his way to an alley opening between a warehouse and the store of the Paintsville Grocery company. Both men fell wounded, Dills dying as he was being taken to a hospital. Castle was taken to a hospital where his death has since occurred. Dills was a veteran of the World War. Castle was constable until about a month ago. Marshall was arrested about 9 o’clock at his home at the jail, and was held on the drunkenness charge and also the charge that he fired 2 shots during the melee. The two shots he is alleged to have fired struck a building, other officers said. Castle is about 50 years old and has a wife and several children. Dills, 36 years old, is survived by his widow and one daughter. Bystanders later told officers that when Castle accosted Dills, the latter had just put Marshall under arrest and was disarming him. Officers were told that castle precipitated the shooting by kicking Dills who then fired. Marshall ran around the corner of a nearby building. Castle was known as a fearless officer and fighter. He had been in the hospital more than once with wounds and only 2 weeks ago was discharged from jail after serving a sentence on charges that led to his dismissal as constable. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

CASTLE, Mrs. Marian
Mrs. Marian Castle, 85, died at Lowmansville, recently. She was widely known and leaves many relatives to mourn her death. Her husband preceded her to the grave 18 months ago. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 49 years. Mrs. Castle is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Ballard Price of Whitehouse and Mrs. Bill Stapleton of Williamson, WV; 5 sons, Henderson Castle of Lowmansville, Marion Castle of Van Lear, John Castle of Lobato, WV, Erwin Castle of Borderland, WV, and Jeff Castle of South Charleston, OH; 48 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, one brother, Lom Price, of Huntington, WV, 4 sisters, Mrs. F. K. Brown of Whitehouse, Mrs. Fealie Burgess of Paintsville, Mrs. Jane Stacy of Patrick, Mrs. Dicie Francis of Charley. Rev. Caldwell and Rev. Daniels officiated at the funeral. Burial was in the Castle Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 10, 1930

CHAMBERS, Robert Lee
Robert Lee Chambers, 57 years old, of Matewan, WV, died Monday afternoon in a Huntington hospital of Bright’s disease. Mr. Chambers was a native of Tazewell County, VA, but had resided in Matewan for a number of years. He is survived by his widow, one son and 4 daughters. Funeral and burial took place at Matewan Wednesday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

CHRISTIAN, Alice
Mrs. Alice Christian died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edgar Lester at Kenova on Wednesday of last week, following an illness of several years. The deceased was born on Big Hurricane, Wayne County, WV Mar 19, 1866. She is survived by her husband, Mr. J. F. Christian, 4 daughters, Mrs. Edgar Lester and Mrs. Curtis Shrewsbury of Kenova, Mrs. Herbert Thompson of Portsmouth, OH, and Mrs. Harry Lester of Fort Gay and by 3 sons, Curtis and Alvis Christian of Fort Gay and Fletcher Christian of Kenova. Funeral services were conducted from the Greenbrier Baptist Church Friday afternoon and interment was later made in the Osborne Cemetery. Rev. Bascom R. Lakin and Rev. Campbell were in charge of services. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

CLAYPOOL, Dr. H. G.
Prestonsburg, KY—Dr. H. G. Claypool, company physician for the Elkhorn Coal Corporation, committed suicide at his home at Wheelwright by firing a bullet through his brain. No motive for the rash act is known. His wife was at home at the time. An only daughter attends Pikeville College. Dr. Claypool come to this section 6 years ago from Maysville and located at Herald, where he formed a partnership with Dr. Prichard. Later he went to Wheelwright. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

CRABTREE, Sarah
Miss Sarah Crabtree, age 22 years, daughter of Mrs. Jack Crabtree, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Lawrence County, was struck by a milk truck and instantly killed near her home in Columbus on Dec 26. She is survived by her mother, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Mrs. Bird Stewart of Ashland is a sister of the deceased. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

CROW, Edward C.
Edward C. Crow died in Huntington last Friday after an illness of 3 or 4 weeks. He was 68 years old, a native of Catlettsburg, where he was in the hotel business. About 20 years ago he moved to Huntington and bought an interest in a hotel. His wife and one son survive. Mrs. Crow is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Garred, formerly of Louisa but now of Huntington. Mr. Crow was a man of fine character. He had many friends in the Big Sandy Valley and elsewhere. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

DAVIS, Jediah Foster
The end came to Mr. Davis at 7:40 Tuesday night. Mr. Davis  or “Jed” as he was called by all who knew him, was 88 years old. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Union Army with 14th Infantry and was later transferred to the 39th Cavalry division where he served with distinction. Following the war he engaged in business in Louisa as a merchant, but retired some time ago. He had been ill about 6 weeks prior to his death. He is survived by  his widow, Mrs. Mahalia Ellen Davis, 2 nephews, Harry Davis, Georges Creek and R.C. Burton, Louisa. Funeral services were held Thursday morning with Rev. W. W. Shepherd and Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

DEBORD, William Howard
William Howard DeBord, 20, son of Dr. and Mrs. William DeBord, died at the King’s Daughters’ hospital at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon. He had been a patient at the hospital for about 6 days, having undergone an operation for appendicitis. He was a student at the University of Kentucky and was home for the Christmas holidays when he was stricken. The funeral services where held from the Eighteenth Street Methodist Church Sunday afternoon with burial in the Ashland Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. William DeBord, one brother, Dr. Theodore DeBord, and 2 sisters, Mrs. W. H. Warnick and Mrs. N. C. Johnson. The young man also has a number of relatives in Lawrence County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 10, 1930

DILLS, Jess
In a pistol battle fought at Paintsville, Dec 21, Patrolman Jess Dills, of Paintsville was killed and Joe Castle, former constable of Johnson County, was fatally wounded. The streets of this eastern Kentucky mountain town were crowded with shoppers when Castle accosted Dills, who had arrested John Marshall, Johnson County jailer, and was taking him to the police station to be booked on a charge of drunkenness. Castle, bystanders said, told Marshall: “You don’t have to go to jail unless you want to.” Thereupon Dills produced a revolver and his back to a post, the two men started firing. Each empties his gun.

Castle meanwhile had made his way to an alley opening between a warehouse and the store of the Paintsville Grocery company. Both men fell wounded, Dills dying as he was being taken to a hospital. Castle was taken to a hospital where his death has since occurred. Dills was a veteran of the World War. Castle was constable until about a month ago. Marshall was arrested about 9 o’clock at his home at the jail, and was held on the drunkenness charge and also the charge that he fired 2 shots during the melee. The two shots he is alleged to have fired struck a building, other officers said. Castle is about 50 years old and has a wife and several children. Dills, 36 years old, is survived by his widow and one daughter. Bystanders later told officers that when Castle accosted Dills, the latter had just put Marshall under arrest and was disarming him. Officers were told that castle precipitated the shooting by kicking Dills who then fired. Marshall ran around the corner of a nearby building. Castle was known as a fearless officer and fighter. He had been in the hospital more than once with wounds and only 2 weeks ago was discharged from jail after serving a sentence on charges that led to his dismissal as constable. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

DYER, William
William Dyer was born on Big Blaine Creek in Lawrence County, KY, Oct 11, 1861, and died Nov 23, 1929, aged 68 years 1 month 12 days. He was 6 months and 6 days younger than the writher of this obituary and we were raised within one mile of each other and were childhood playmates. Bill was a good citizen and had a good family, wife and 2 sons. He was prepared to leave this life he told Mrs. Maston Henson a few days before he died that he was just waiting the Lord’s will to take him to Heaven. We are in a world of sin. He is in a world of glory. We meet in this life sinful people. He meets redeemed loved ones. God bless the bereaved, you have our sympathy. Uncle Adam Harmon. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

EVANS, Jim Harve
Jim Harve Evans, 71, died suddenly at his home on Third Street, near Mayo College, Thursday afternoon. Mr. Evans had been confined to his home for a week suffering from influenza. He had resided in Paintsville for a number of years coming to this city from Jennies Creek section of the county. Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, 3 daughters and a number of grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

FERGUSON, Ed
Ed Ferguson, 85, died Tuesday night following a stroke of paralysis suffered on Monday morning. “Ed” as he was called, was born in Wayne County, WV and served in the Confederate Army. Following the war he moved to Louisa where he worked as a carpenter and painter for over half a century. His wife, Mary Alice Davis, died 7 years ago.No children were bourn to this union. Mrs. T.B. Billups of Louisa is an adopted daughter. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ed Allen, who kept house for him and a brother, W.R. Ferguson of Oklahoma City, who was at his bedside when the end came. Mr. Ferguson had attended all the Confederate reunions for the past several years and was planning his next trip even after he took sick. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Baptist Church with burial in Pine Hill Cemetery. Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiated. Pallbearers were Tom Ferguson, Cullie Bromley, Dick Moore, George Vinson, J.D. Marcum and Fred Cain. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

GORE, W. E.
W. E. Gore, 52, blacksmith at Wayland, died at his home Tuesday of last week from the effect of high blood pressure and complications. He came from Ohio to Wayland and was among the first to assist in the building of Wayland and had been continually in the service of the Elkhorn Coal Company ever since. He was a good citizen, a member of three fraternal orders—the K. of P’s, I.O.O.F, and Juniors. Funeral services and burial were under the auspices of the 3 orders had was more largely attended than any funeral ever conducted in this section of the country. Rev. Harman preached the funeral service. He leaves a wife, 7 children, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He was buried at Estill Wednesday. The Elkhorn Coal Corporation out of respect for him did not operate their Wayland mine on that day. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

HALE
The 4 months old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hale of Lower Lick Creek, died early Sunday morning from an unknown cause. About 4:30 the mother awoke to find her child dead. It had apparently been in perfect health as far as the parents knew. The infant child apparently had been dead several hours before its parents were aware of the fact. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Vess Ball Monday. It leaves besides its parents, 2 brothers and a sister. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

HALE, Rebecca
Mrs. Rebecca Hale, 74 years of age, died at her home at Adeline, KY, Jan 19. She was the mother of 12 children, 7 of whom survive. Interment was made in the Hicks Cemetery at Buchanan. Funeral and burial ceremonies were in charge of Rev. H. L. Shumway of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

HALL, Robert
Robert Hall, last surviving brother of Judge Malone Hall of Allen and father of I. N. Hall, Republican candidate for county judge of this county at the November election, passed away in his 82nd year at Banner Saturday, Jan 18, a victim of dropsy from which he had suffered for several months. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

HAVENS, Emily
Mrs. Emily Havens, widow of Jack Havens, who resided at Buchanan for many years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sam McSorley, at Maysville. The remains were brought here and interred at Burnaugh. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

HENSLEY, J. W.
The body of J. W. Hensley, 81, Civil War veteran, who died Friday at the home of his son, Paul Hensley, of Waterloo, RI, was brought to Prichard, WV Monday and buried in the cemetery there. He is survived by 5 daughters and 2 sons. His wife preceded him in death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

HENSLEY, John W.
John W.. Hensley, 80, a native of Webbville, Lawrence County, died Sunday, Jan 26 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Jane Kitchen of Huntington, WV. Death was due to heart trouble and old age. His wife, Louisa Boggs, died 8 years ago. He is survived by 2 a wife, Mrs. Sarah Kidd, 5 sons, J. N. Hensley, Wheelersburg, OH, J. R. Hensley, Huntington, WV, M. V. Hensley, Fort Dodge, Iowa, A. W. Hensley, Waverly, OH, L. R. Hensley, Ashland, KY; 4 daughters, Mrs. Jane Kitchen, Huntington, Mrs. Oscar Hicks, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Grover Shockey, Jeff, KY, Mrs. J. H. Kidd, Huntington, WV; one sister, Mrs. Zelphia Wheeler, Portsmouth, OH and 33 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren. Funeral was held t the home of his daughter, Jane Kitchen. His remains were taken back to back to Webbville and laid to rest in the Hensley Cemetery. All of the family were present except one daughter, Mrs. Fannie Shockey of Jeff, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

HICKS, Tom and wife
At Garrett last Saturday, as the eastbound passenger was leaving Garrett near the mouth of Stonecoal, so we are informed, Tom Hicks and his wife both quite aged, were picking up coal from the tracks unaware of the approaching train in the nearby curve. Their presence on the track could not be seen by the engineer until too late to avoid the tragedy. Both were caught by the engine and instantly killed. Deplorable as it may seem, it was unavoidable. The funeral services were conducted and burial rites performed Sunday with interment in the family graveyard near Garrett. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

HUFF, William
“Uncle” William Huff, pioneer citizen of this section, passed away at his home at Hueysville, this county, Monday in his 80th year after a long illness. The deceased was a native of Knott County.  For almost half a century he had resided at or near Hueysville. Possessed of a clear memory until a short time before his death Mr. Huff’s knowledge of mountain lore was extensive and interesting. Surviving him are his aged widow and the following sons and daughters: J. W. and Robert Huff, Sr., Mrs. Susan Patton, Mrs. Charlotte Martin, Mrs. Ellen Gearheart, all of Hueysville and vicinity; Mrs. Eliza Reed, Mrs. Martha Sexton and Mrs. Mary Reed, of Garrett. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday by Rev. d. M. Allen of the Christian church and burial was made in the Huff cemetery at Hueysville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

JONES, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Jones, age 79, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.  Joseph Goldcamp, at Powellsville, OH, Jan 14. The deceased was a daughter of the late Ed Meeks, of this county and was born and reared on Lick Creek. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs.Goldcamp, 4 sons, and a brother, Jesse Meeks, of  Ironton, OH. Funeral services were held at the Elizabeth Johns Church on Lick Creek by Rev. F. Hardin and burial was made in the Meek graveyard on Friday of last week. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

JORDAN, W. D.
W. D. Jordan, 69, died Friday, Jan 3 at his home at Fallsburg. He had been sick for over a  year with high blood pressure and the end came suddenly about 1 o’clock in the afternoon. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dora Savage Jordan; 3 daughters, Mrs. Lafe Cooksey, Louisa, Mrs. Goldie Short, Ashland, Mrs. Richard Townsend, Ironton; 2 sons, J. J. Jordan, Wayland and Jess Jordan, Fallsburg. Funeral services were held at the Odd Fellows hall at Fallsburg with burial in the Savage graveyard. Rev. Roland Hutchinson and Rev. Moore officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 10, 1930

KIGER, Mrs. S. T.
Mrs. S. T. Kiger, of Ratcliff did Jan 16, 1930 after a long illness. She was a member of the Baptist Church for many years. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband and other relatives and many friends. A short service was conducted at the home by Rev. Rolen Hutchinson. Burial was in the Sturgill Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

LOAR, Louise
Mrs. Louise Loar, 74, wife of Henry Loard, died at her home at Meredith, WV Jan 16, following a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters John, Robert, Mrs. Grovie Sturgill and Florence Loar, all of Meredith. Funeral services were conducted at the home Jan 17 by the Rev. John McComas. Interment was made in the Loar Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

LYON, Dr. John L.
Dr. John L. Lyon, 45, died at Ashland, a few days ago, following a stroke of apoplexy. He was a son of L.L. Lyon of Elliott County. He was located at Van Lear until last March when he moved to Ashland. The widow and 5 children survive. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 10, 1930

MAY, Elizabeth
Miss Elizabeth (Beth) May, 23 years old, of Allen, and a member of one of this county’s most prominent families, succumbed Wednesday afternoon, a victim of heart disease, at the Methodist hospital, Pikeville. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Alice Clark May, widow of the late Dr. E. K. May. Burial was at Maytown Thursday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

MCCLANAHAN, Green
Green McClanahan of the Paw Paw Creek section died almost instantly with a bullet completely through his head and another through the chest and Malin Caugherty was shot twice, once in the head and again in the neck in a pistol battle in the latter’s car about midnight last Thursday near the Paw Paw post office after Daugherty had given McClanahan a ride. Daugherty surrendered himself to Deputy Sheriff E. M. Thornbury and was brought here Friday where he was an examining trial when taken before County Judge Hi Pauley. He was released on bond of $5,000 to await the action of the grand jury. According to information gained by Thornbury the killing took place after McClanahan had attempted to kill Daugherty as they drove along the road. Thornbury stated that McClanahan had a bad reputation and was said to have been drinking the night of the shooting. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

MEEK, Mrs. Davis
Mrs. Davis Meek, of Whitehouse, daughter of the late G. V. Sagraves, died Christmas day in the Golden Rule hospital at Paintsville, after an illness of some 2 years and was buried at Whitehouse Friday, Dec 27. Rev. I. N. Fannin, pastor of Oak View M. E. Church South, of Ashland, preached the funeral. Besides her husband she is survived by 5 sons and 3 daughters, Mrs. Harry E. Gambill, Paintsville, Earl M. Meek, Paintsville, Leslie G. Meek, Western Union manager, Clarksville, TN; 2 sets twins, Herman and Thurman age 19, Hazel and Roma age 16, and Delores age 11. Two brothers, Rev. John M. Sagraves of Florida, A.M. Sagraves, Hilliards, OH, 2 sisters, Mrs. Buck Stevens, Hilliards, OH and Mrs. W. R. Ramey, Worthington, OH, and Mrs. Almeda Daniel, Martin County, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

MOORE, Albert Harrison
Albert Harrison Moore, the son of Wesley and Ledocia Moore, both now deceased was born at what is now called Ledocio, KY on Little Blaine Creek, Lawrence County. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Cordle, daughter of Mr. J.B. and Mrs. Serena Cordle, Apr 19, 1900. To this union 11 children were born, 10 still living. On Dec 7, 1929, while Albert was at work for the city of Columbus, OH, at its disposal plant there was an explosion at 1 o’clock in the room where he was working burning him in such a way that death resulted Wednesday night Dec ? at 11 o’clock. Albert accepted Jesus Christ as his savior in February 1928 and since has lived a true Christian, doing all in his power to the glory to God and the advancement of his kingdom. From the time of the accident until death he desired his brother, Dr. J. O. Moore, to come to him and repeatedly ask is Dr. coming. He knew from the first that he had to go. A few hours before death he told his loved ones to not worry for him for he had a home not made by hands but eternal in the heavens. By his bedside when the end came was his loving wife, 3 daughters, his brother, Rev. C.W. Moore, His pastor, Rev. Johnson, one sister in law and a kind hearted nurse. Brother Moore never complained, bore all patiently and fell asleep in the arms of Jesus Christ.

He leaves to mourn his absence his wife, 7 daughters and 3 sons, 3 sisters and 4 brothers, many other relatives and a host of friends. His funeral was the largest attendance of nay ever witnessed by the writer which shows in what respect he was esteemed in the city where he has lived for the past 5 years. His Brother, C. W. Moore. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

PACK. George W.
George W. Pack, age 84, died suddenly at his home in Hampton City, suburb of Catlettsburg, this week. He was born in Lawrence County in 1845. Five daughters and 4 sons survive. He had many relatives in Lawrence County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

PERKINS, Mrs. S. A.
Mrs. S. A. Perkins, who with her husband and family lived on Shop Fork in Wayland, became seriously ill about 3 p.m. on last Wednesday and died within about 3 hours before relief could be obtained. Medical aid could get no response hence death was inevitable. These people came here a few years ago from near Webbville, Lawrence County. Her husband being a son of the late Spencer Perkins. She was a good woman and all who knew her loved her. Interment was made Thursday in the Martin Cemetery. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev. Davis. She leaves a husband, several children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

PINSON, Sallie
Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie C. Pinson, 72 years old, widow of the late G. Wash Pinson, former circuit court clerk here, who died at a Lexington hospital early Tuesday morning will be held here this afternoon at the M.E. Church South, of which she is a member. Burial will be in the Pikeville Cemetery. Mrs. Pinson was born in Johnson County and was the daughter of Major Auxier, an officer of the Union army of the Civil War. In 1898 she was married to G. Wash Pinson and came to Pikeville where they resided until Mr. Pinson’s death 13 years ago. Mrs. Pinson then returned to Johnson County. While here she served an worthy matron of the Eastern Star Chapter. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

PRATT, M. M.
M. M. Pratt, prominent lumberman of this county, succumbed Monday in the Marting hospital, Ironton, OH, to liver trouble with which he had been afflicting for some time. He was about 62 years old. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Pratt was born on Wilson’s Creek near Langley. For years he has been a prominent sawmill operator and had many friends throughout this section. Mr. Pratt was first married to Miss  Allifair Wallen, after whose death he was married to Miss Ella Huff, who survives. He is also survived by several sons and daughters and by  the following brothers and sisters: E. S. and James Pratt, Mrs. B. L. C. May, and Mrs. Tom Marshall. The body was returned to Langley Tuesday. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday. Burial was made on Wilson’s Creek where Mr. Pratt’s mother was buried. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

RATLIFF
A game of “hog-killing” was turned into tragedy last week at Tram when the 5 year old son of Warren Ratliff was killed by his brother, 2 years his elder. The father was working the mines, the boys were alone at home while their mother had gone to a nearby store. “You’re a hog—I’m going to kill you,” the elder brother told the other, picking up his father’s rifle. Innocent, childlike of the danger lying in the gun he held, the lad pulled the trigger. His brother fell dead, the bullet striking him in the right eye and passing through the brain. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

ROBINETTE, Mary Ann (Tipton)
Mary Ann Tipton Robinette, aged resident of Whites Creek, KY died Dec 31 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Blankenship. She was born in North Carolina Nov 17, 1839. Five sons and 2 daughters survive—Nelson, John, Rufus, Will, Garfield, Minnie and Sarah. Funeral services were held at Whites Creek M. P. Church, Rev. H. L. Shumway of Catlettsburg officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 10, 1930

RUTHERFORD, Henry
Henry Rutherford, nearly 73 years of age, died at his home at Sidney, Jan 19. He had been a member of the Twelve Pole Valley Baptist Church for several years. He was married to Rebecca Smith, Dec 3, 1882. His wife died Oct 3, 1923. Mr. Rutherford is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mary Newmand and Mrs. Clara Hazelett of Ardel, Mrs. Susan Jackson, Corbett Rutherford and Flossie Rutherford of Sidney; Mrs. Maggie Medley and Boyd Rutherford of Fort Gay; Mrs. Martha Ferguson of Springfield, OH. Two sisters, Mrs. Martha Christian of Sidney and a brother, Jack Rutherford, of Sidney; 37 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. W. Damron of Wayne and Rev. Carmi Crabtree. Burial was made in the family cemetery on Monday of last week. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

SMITH, Harmon
Pikeville, KY, Dec 31—Harmon Smith, farmer, 57, of Meta, this county, died at the Methodist hospital here this afternoon of a pistol shot wound said to have been inflicted by his son, George, 18. The two had quarreled, officers were told. Youth Smith was brought here by Deputy Sheriff Marvin Williamson and lodged in jail. The victim has been a tenant on the farm of Representative elect Robert Williams, 14 miles from here, for the last 5 years. He is survived by his widow, who was Miss Oma Maynard, and 3 sons, Robert, Pearl and George; and 2 daughters, Mrs. Charles Deskins of Pinson Fork and Miss Tennessee Smith. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

STEWART, Mrs. Harve
Relatives at Buchanan received word of the death of Mrs. Harve Stewart on East Fork, Dec 22. She was about 70 years of age and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Kinner, pioneer residents of that section. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

THOMPSON, David B.
David B. Thompson, 56, prominent Lawrence County farmer, died at his home at Ellen. Death came at 3:30 Wednesday from cancer of the face. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was widely known and liked by everyone. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bess Ball Thompson, 2 sons, Jay of Ashland and Ora, of Ellen, 3 daughters, Mrs. Milt McKinster of Adams, Mrs. Henry Carter and Mrs. Hilton, both of Ellen, 3 brothers, T. S. Thompson of Louisa, Lindsey Thompson of Ellen and Milt Thompson of Ellen, 2 sisters, Mrs. William Shannon and Mrs. Liss Prince, both of Irad. Funeral services were held at the home this morning with Rev. W. M. Copley officiating. Burial was in the David Thompson Cemetery at Ellen. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

WELLMAN, Clabe
Clabe Wellman, 77, well known retired farmer of Wayne County, died at 10:30 Sunday night of neuralgia of the heart at his home at Fort Gay. He had not been feeling well for 10 or 12 days preceding his death. Mr. Wellman was born on Mill Creek in 1852, the son of James and Nancy Wilson Wellman. Surviving are one son, Lace Wellman, Fort Gay, employee of the First National Bank here; 2 daughters, Mrs. Stella Chapman and Mrs. Belle Peters of Fort Gay. Funeral was held a the Fort Gay Baptist Church at 2 Tuesday afternoon with burial at Fort Gay. Rev. D. S. Akers officiated. Pallbearers were M.J. Robinette, Alex Robinette, R. F. Frazier, Luther Frazier, B. P. Toney and J. J. Raines. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 17, 1930

WHEELER, Harry
Paintsville, KY--Harry Wheeler, 45, a resident of Southside addition, died suddenly at his home Tuesday morning. Death came almost without warning, from heart trouble. Mr. Wheeler is a native of Magoffin County and came here about 3 years ago where he accepted a post with the Sandy Valley Grocery company where he was employed at the time of his death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 31, 1930

WOOD, Margaret
Mrs. Phoebe Wallace received a telegram last Sunday bearing the sad news of the death of her sister, Miss Margaret Wood, which occurred at Hartford, NY after a few days illness. She was 75 years old. Many of the older people of Louisa remember her visits to Mrs. Wallace years ago. She possessed a gracious and lovable personality. Mrs. Wallace was not able to go to New York to the funeral because of recent illness. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 3, 1930

WORKMAN, Lurindia ellen
Lurindia Ellen Workman, (known as “Aunt India”) 78 years old, died Jan 6 at her home on Fort Gay, following a lingering illness. “Aunt India” was loved by all who knew her. She had been a member of the Greenbrier Baptist Church for many years. The deceased is survived by her husband, John Workman, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and several grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Carmi Crabtree at the Greenbrier Baptist Church and interment was made in the Christian Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 24, 1930

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ADAMS, Bill
Word has been received of the death of Uncle Bill Adams of Overda sometime last week. He leaves a widow and several  children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

BANFIELD, Melissa
Sixty-nine years old, died at her home in Louisa, Feb 25, after an illness of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Baptist Church with Rev. Hardin officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Her husband, Lee Banfield, preceded her in death 24 years ago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. L. H. Pigg, of Edgarton, wV, one son, H. A. Banfield, of Nolan, WV, 3 brothers, Ali Ward, of Benner, KY, H. W. Ward, Borderland, WV and A. J. Ward, Columbus, OH. Pallbearers were Adin T. See, Ed Land, O.C. Atkins, L. D. Harrison, Andy See, Ted Porter and John Porter. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

BARRETT, Thomas Littlefield
Thomas Littlefield Barrett was born in Cincinnati, Aug 27, 1848. His parents moved to Lawrence County, KY, when he was a small boy. He spent most of his life in the and adjoining counties. He departed this life Feb 22, 1930, at his home in Louisa., being at the time of his death 81 years of age. He was converted and joined the Trinity M. E. Church South, about 50 years ago, under the ministry of Rev. John Martin. After moving to Louisa a few years ago, he transferred his church membership to the Louisa M. E. Church, South. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Margaret Savage. Their children are Mrs. J. H. woods of Louisa, James Virgil, deceased; Mrs. J. F. Pope and W. R. Barrett, of Florence, SC, Harry L. Barrett of Hamlet, NC, and Elmer A. Barrett of Richmond, VA. He is also survived by his wife. Rev. H.B. Hewlett preached the funeral from the home Tuesday afternoon. He was assisted by other ministers of the town. Interment was at Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News,-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

BLACKBURN, America
Miss America Blackburn, 21 years old, died Friday night in the Methodist hospital, Pikeville, a victim of appendicitis. The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Blackburn of Ivel. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 21, 1930

BLOSS, Mrs. James R.
Mrs. James R. Bloss died Tuesday afternoon, in a Huntington hospital, after a few days illness. She was formerly Miss Garnett Coleman of Cheshire, OH. Dr. Bloss is related to the McClures of this county.. His mother was a sister of Prof. T.B. McClure, a native of Lawrence County, but is now living in Huntington, the last of a family of 17 brothers and sisters. Dr. Bloss is a prominent physician. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

BURCHETT, Eliza A.
Mrs. Eliza A. Burchett, 84 years old, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. J. L. Marks in Huntington, Wednesday night, of pneumonia. She had been in ill health for more than a year prior to being stricken with pneumonia 4 days ago. The body will be brought to Louisa Saturday and will be taken to the home of her son, T. H. Burchett, near Yatesville, where the funeral services will be held. Surviving in addition to the son and granddaughter are 6 grandsons, Arthur Burchett, Barboursville, WV, Carl Burchett, Louisa, George Burchett, Fairmount, WV, Oliver Burchett, Honolulu, Hawaii, Robert and Fulton Burchett, Louisa, 6 granddaughters, Mrs. J. B. Johnson, Clarksburg, WV, Mrs. E. O. Bailey, Estep, KY, Mrs. Harvey Priest, Louisa, Mrs. Minnie Burchett, Honolulu, Mrs. L. E. Bradley, Yatesville, and Mrs. Gladys Hall of Fairmont and several great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 7,1930

BURCHETT, Mrs. Milt
Mrs. Milt Burchett, 57 years old, died on Monday of last week at her home at Busseyville. Funeral services were held on the following Wednesday, Rev. Sylvester Ball, and Rev. R. M. Curnutte officiating. Surviving in addition to her husband are 4 daughters, Mrs. James Carter of Columbus, Misses Ivory, Opal and Myrl Burchett of Busseyville; 2 sisters, Mrs. Laura Webb of  Louisa and Mrs. James McCown of Johnstown, PA, 3 brothers, G. G. Roberts, of Louisa, S. F. Roberts and U. G. Roberts of Busseyville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

BURNETTE, Goldie
Miss Goldie Burnette, 14 years old, died at the home of her parents in Fort Gay, Sunday. She is survived by her parents, one sister, Louvernia and 2 brothers, Frank and Virgil. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. D. Pearson, of Wayne, assisted by Rev. Enos Scragg of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

CHAFIN Ester B.
Mrs. Ester Brewer Chafin, age 70, died at the home of her daughter in Huntington last week. The deceased was the mother of Don Chafin, widely known Logan County man, and was a sister of Mrs. Belle Parsley and W. M. Anthony, Mitch and Jim Brewer, all of Kermit. Mrs. J. B. McClure of Omar is a daughter. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 7, 1930

CORDLE, Mrs. J. B.
Sixty-six years old, formerly of Lawrence County, died at her home in Columbus Sunday night, after being stricken with paralysis the Thursday before. She is survived by her husband, one son and 10 daughters. Also three sisters, Mrs. T. T. Thompson, Columbus, Mrs. W. M. Hayes, Charley, Dora Moore of Columbus, 3 brothers, H. K. Moore of Louisa, W. H. C. Moore of Mattie and J. D. Moore of Louisa. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home by the Rev. Johnson, of the Sunshine Mission Church with  interment in the Columbus Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

CRAFT, Robert
Robert Craft, well known Prestonsburg citizen, died Monday morning at his home here, a victim of heart disease and complications from which he had suffered for the past year. The deceased was about 50 years old. He is survived by his widow and 8 children. Two brothers, John and will, of this place, also survive. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday from the Holiness Church here by Rev. G. W. Rose, assisted by Rev. H. K. Underwood. Burial was made in the Gearheart cemetery under the direction of E. P. Arnold. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 21, 1930

FANNIN, Emma
Mrs. Emma Fannin, 25 years old, wife of Otto Fannin, of this place  (Prestonsburg), succumbed Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, to peritonitis. The deceased was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Patton. Besides her husband, she is survived by a brother, Harvey Patton, of this place, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mollie Thompson of Prestonsburg and Mrs. Lizzie Horn, West Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 21, 1930

GOLLIHUE, John
Seventy-six and his wife, 71, were buried in the same grave Friday, Feb 21, in the cemetery near Willard, KY. Mr. Gollihue dropped death Tuesday morning at his home and his wife died Thursday morning. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28,1 930

GRIMM, Elsie
Elsie Grimm, 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Faris Grimm, of Nippa, KY, died at the Golden Rule Hospital in Paintsville Saturday afternoon from burns sustained when her clothing ignited from an open fire in the home. The mother had gone to the well a short distance from the home for water and before she could return the little daughter’s clothing was burned from her body. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

HATTEN, Joe
Joe Hatten, 72 years old, died at his home at Sweet Run Monday. Funeral services were conducted from the Dock’s Creek Church Tuesday with Rev. Jerry Harmon officiating. Burial was made at Dock’s Creek. Mr. Hatten had been a lifelong resident of Wayne County. Surviving are 7 children, 2 brothers, one sister and a number of grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

JOHNSON, Oakey
Oakey Johnson, 48, died Tuesday at his home at Prichard, WV. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Prichard Church with Rev. C. Crabtree officiating. Interment followed in the Prichard Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Susie Johnson, 3 daughters, Mrs. Will Stamper, Portsmouth, OH, Misses Myrtle and Belle at home, 4 sons, Robert of Huntington, T. Walter, and Homer of Prichard; 6 brothers and 2 sisters. He was a member of the Baptist Church and Eagle lodge. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

KAZEE, Ben Franklin
Ben Franlin Kazee, 40, of Ashland, formerly of this county, died Saturday morning following an illness of 3 months. He was a farmer, but in recent years had been employed by the American Rolling Mill Company. He is survived by 6 children, Russell, Graham, Paul, Ida, Ora and Lewis Kazee, all at home, and by the following brothers and sisters: Charles Kazee of Ashland, Lewis Kazee of Blaine, KY, Mrs. George Griffen of Ashland, Ida Kazee of Ashland, Mickie Kazee of Ashland. A short prayer service was held from the residence Saturday. The regular funeral service was held from the First Christian Church at Blaine, Monday afternoon with interment following in the Sparks Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

KELLY, Okey
Twenty-one years old, of Houckville, died in the Stephenson Hospital Saturday. The body remained at the home of his sister, Mrs. Dorothy Boggs, of 2700 Montgomery Avenue, Ashland, until Sunday, when it was accompanied to Houckville for funeral services and burial. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. L. F. Kelly, of Portsmouth, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

MARTIN, Bee
Bee Martin, deputy sheriff of Floyd County, was shot and killed by Mart Wickers at Garrett Friday afternoon. Cause for the shooting could not be learned. Martin was in Garrett collecting taxes formerly uncollected by T. Y. Martin, former sheriff. He had called at the home of J. W. Smith, who is a sister to Wickers. Soon after his arrival there Wickers came in and the shooting occurred. Martin’s body was found sitting in a chair having been shot 6 times. His gun was in its holster and a partly eaten sandwich was in his right hand. In his pocket was a check for $25 although he was supposed to have considerable money on his person. Wickers was apprehended and lodged in jail at Prestonsburg. Martin was a well known and influential citizen of Floyd County. His remains were taken to the home of his father, Dan Martin, at Cannonsburg, Boyd County, for burial. Both men are married and have families. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 7, 1930

MCCOY, James
James McCoy, 19, miner of Lackey, Floyd County, was shot and killed about 1 o’clock Sunday morning as he was standing on the platform of the railroad station at Lackey. Lee Wickers, 28, is being held without bond in the jail at Prestonsburg. McCoy was talking to Ernest Terry on the platform of the station when a shot was fired from across the railroad near the Vic Collins hotel. The bullet struck McCoy in the heart and he ran to the end of the platform before falling dead. For awhile no reason could be found for the killing. Officers arrested Frank Reister and lee Wicker and took them to jail where Reister swore before the county attorney Tuesday that Wickers did the shooting.

In his statement Reister said that a radio party was being held at his house Saturday night and that one Hancock came in and said someone threw a rock at him. Wicker is said to have stated that “this rock throwing  and hell raising must stop.” Wicker then went out and Reister followed. Reister said that Wicker then fired at the two men standing on the platform. Wicker was the first to reach the body. He advised the deputy sheriff to look for Little Dave Wicker and Troy Taylor. Investigation showed that neither of these men had been in Lackey all day. A pistol was found on Wicker but the chambers were not fired. However, the bullet which killed McCoy is of the same calibre. Wicker, who is married, is said to have been drinking. McCoy lived with his father just across the creek from Lackey. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

MCGUIRE, Norma Jewell
The 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.S. McGuire of Ashland, died Saturday afternoon following a brief illness of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Stockdale, OH, with burial in the Salem churchyard. Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Lyons of Lowmansville, KY are grandparents of the child. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

MCKINSTER, John
John McKinster, of Ledocio, died Friday, Feb 21. Besides his widow he is survived by a daughter, Ruby and 4 sons, Earl, Clyde, Claud and Bernard. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

MESSER, Amanda
Mrs. Amanda Messer, 62 years old, was found dead in bed Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Opal Blackburn. Death is believed to have resulted during the preceding night from heart failure. The victim had been a sufferer from diabetes for some time. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

MINNOTTI, A. A.
A.A. Minotti, 41 years old, formerly of Fort Gay and Ceredo, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Nannie B. Smith, of Newark, OH last week. He was a World War veteran and served overseas. While in service he was gassed from which he suffered tuberculosis for the past few years. He is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Nelle Taylor of Ceredo, his mother, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held last Thursday at the Baptist Church in Ceredo by Rev. B. S. Akers and Rev. E. T. Billups. Interment was made in the Crescent Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

MULLENS, Harise
Harise Mullens of Dobbins died Feb 12 of pneumonia fever. Burial by the Masons. He is survived by his wife and 2 children, Mrs. Hattie Pennington of Beaver, OH and Rufus Mullens of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 21, 1930

PECK, Claude, Jr.
Fifteen month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Peck of Logan, WV, died Feb 22 after an illness of one week. Funeral services were held Monday from the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Peck at Fort Gay by Rev. Wilson. Burial was in the Wellman Cemetery at Fort Gay. Surviving are the parents and one sister, Margaret. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

PRINCE, Jessie Leroy
Death at 3:30 a.m. Friday, claimed Jessie Leroy Prince, 3 weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Prince of Front Street, Sciotoville. The body was forwarded to Webbville, KY and interment took place in the Hensley Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 21, 1930

RAINES, W. M.
W. M. Raines, age 58 years of Fort Gay, WV, died last Saturday night. Funeral services were held Monday morning at Fort Gay. Mr. Raines leaves the widow and 5 daughters and 3 sons; Mr.s H. B. Wilson, of Huntingotn, Mrs. Emma Dawson of Fort Gay, Mrs. M. L. Spears of Owensboro, KY, Mrs. Jessie Wilson of Ashland, KY, Mrs. Mildred Vickers of Dayton, OH, Frank Raines of Owensboro, KY, J. J. Raines and George Raines of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 7, 1930

RUNYON, Andrew
Andrew Runyon, about 16 years old, was shot out of a tree recently at the edge of day by Bill Smith who says that he thought Runyon was a wildcat. Runyon and Smith live on Sand lick of Laurel near Seth, Boone County, WV, and are neighbors. Their homes are a little over a quarter of a mile apart. The killing took place about 200 years from Smith’s home and between Smith’s home and Runyon’s home—probably 400 yards away says the Coal Valley News. According to investigation later, Andrew who lived with his parents, hearing his dogs barking up a tree, not far away went alone to them. He climbed the tree. Here we picked up the tale as Smith is said to have explained it. He heard the barking of the dogs and also went to investigate, taking his gun along. Something was up in the tree—it was too dark to see just what but it was making a noise like a wildcat and the dogs were barking at it. Smith said he thought it was a wildcat and fired from 40 feet away. Instead of a wildcat it was Andrew Runyon who fell out of the tree. Smith went to a point near the Runyon home and called to Runyon, telling him what he had done. Then he entered the woods, keeping away from the Runyons. Shortly afterwards he set out for Madison and about 11 a.m. surrendered to S. G. Lewis, chief deputy sheriff, who lodged him in jail.

In the afternoon Deputies S. G. Lewis and Dennis Stollings took Smith back to the scene of the killing to get his explanation and to investigate all the circumstances. Andrew had fallen from the tree into the public road some 15 feet below. The shot had entered the chest and face putting out one eye, entering lungs and one shot going thought skull bone in forehead into the brain. The boy died just after his father reached him. His only words to his father were “Oh, lordy, daddy”. Justice P. H. Coon of Whitesville had already held an inquest over the boy’s body when Lewis and Stollings arrived. The killing is to be investigated further. Smith is held to answer to the circuit court convening in February. He is not expected to give bond. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

RUSSELL, Charles
Mr. Charles Russell, prominent Boyd County man, died at an Ashland hospital Tuesday morning of this week. On Thursday of last week he underwent a major operation, which disclosed a condition that rendered his case hopeless. He had been in ill health for several years and was forced to retire from business on that account. He was 61 years of age. His wife, who survived him, was Miss Phebe Northup, daughter of Col. Jay H. Northup of Louisa. They have 3 daughters and one son, Mrs. Edward Seaton and Mrs. Lansing Brislan of Ashland and Mrs. Mary E. Tripp of Los Angeles, CA and Charles Russell, Ashland. Mr. Russell also has one brother, John Russell, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Warner and Miss Helen Russell of  Covington, KY. Charles Russell was one of Boyd County’s most prominent and useful citizens. His business life was largely spent in banking in Catlettsburg and Ashland. He had numerous other interests also, and ranked high as a businessman and a public spirited citizen. His friends were devoted to him, and he had many of them. The funeral was held at the residence Thursday and the burial took place in Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28,1930

SKAGGS, Harrison
And aged citizen of Skaggs died Sunday night,  Feb 16. He is survived by his wife and several children. He was laid to rest on P.P. Holbrook’s farm. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

TROGDON, Fisher
Wayne, WV—Fisher Trogdon age about 25 years, former Wayne County boy was instantly killed in a coal mine accident at Stanaford, Raleigh County at 9 o’clock Monday morning of this week. Trogdon was born and reared in the town of Wayne community in this county and was the son of Sam Trogdon who died here several years ago. Death came when a piece of slate fell from the roof and crushed him against the floor of the mine car on which he was riding. William Lewis, motorman on the same car, was with him when the slate fall occurred. The two men were supplying an empty car to the workman in the mines when the slate fell unexpectedly. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

VARNEY, Wayne
Red Jacket, WV—Death came last Thursday to Wayne, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Varney of Red Jacket, from a self inflicted wound. The tot, with a brother 2 years older, were playing with a revolver in a room at the Varney home. It is believed Wayne placed the muzzle against his head and pulled the trigger. Mrs. Varney was in an adjoining room while the father was at the Red Jacket store where he is employed as a clerk. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 14, 1930

VINSON, Lafayette K., Jr.
Thirteen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Vinson, died Monday night after a six weeks illness of complications following the whooping cough and measles. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Vinson by Rev. Hewlette, with interment in the Vinson Cemetery near Glenhayes, WV. Surviving are the father and mother, one sister, Jauneta and the grandparents. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

WALLACE, Mrs. Charles
Forty-five years old, died at her home in Russell, KY, Feb 17. Mrs. Wallace was born in Lawrence County in 1884. Funeral services were conducted last Wednesday in the Flatwoods Church by Rev. V. B. Fryman and interment took place in the Flatwoods Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters and 2 sons, Louise and Mary and George Wallace, at home and Fitch Wallace of Indianapolis, IN, 5 brothers, William and Henry S. Young of Louisa, A. B. Young, of Toledo, OH, Harrison Young of Ashland and j. S. Young of Laurel, one sister, Mrs. Cora McKenzie, of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

WEBB, Delbert B.
Seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Webb of Fort Gay, died Feb 22 after an illness of 14 days. Funeral services were held Sunday at the M. E. Church in Fort Gay, by the Rev. Craggs. He is survived by the parents, 2 sisters, Susie Marie and Imogene, one brother, Edgar. Burial took place in the Frazier Cemetery at Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

WELLMAN, George
In loving remembrance of George Wellman, who departed this life Jan 30, 1930, age 49 years, 6 months and 4 days. He had for some time been living on Daniels Creek. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wellman of Hunneywell, but had lived all his life in this county and was liked by everyone who knew him. In 1905 he was married to Miss Minnie Woods, and to this union was born 7 children, 3 of whom died when small. He leaves a wife, 3 sons, Fayette, Proctor and Braddy; one daughter, Esta; a father, stepmother, one brother, Jay of Irad, and one half brother,  Earl of Hunneywell. Burial services were conducted by M. V. Berry and Bro. E. S. Parker in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 28, 1930

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ADAMS, Hazel
In loving memory of our dear friend, Hazel Adams, who departed this life Wednesday evening, Mar 5. Her mother departed from this world 2 weeks before. Hazel leaves to mourn her loss her father, 3 sisters and 6 brothers. Both died of pneumonia. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

ADAMS, Samuel
A group of small boys playing along the banks of the Big Sandy River at Auxier last Friday discovered buried in the sand the body of Samuel Adams, who disappeared from the Mary Luck mine, near Auxier, Dec 20. the boys first noticed the toes of a human being protruding from the sand and notified Lee Hall, on whose farm the shallow grave had been dug. Adams’ skull had been crushed, apparently with a blow from a blunt instrument. One of his shoes was missing, a sleeve of his shirt had been torn off and a coat sleeve was gone. The body was removed to Prestonsburg after an inquest. Shifting sand caused by high water of the Big Sandy had partially uncovered the shallow grave. Adams who was 45 years old, was sent from Bipro, KY in Floyd County to the Mary Luck mining camp on Dec 20 to guard foreign mine workers after trouble with American laborers. He disappeared from the camp on the night he arrived and the fining of the body helps clear up the mystery. A number of men, mostly foreign born miners, were taken into custody Friday in an investigation by the sheriff’s office and will be held for the grand jury, Sheriff B. L. Sturgill stated. None of the men are definitely accused of the murder, he said, but each will be forced to give whatever information he might have. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

ADAMS, W. M.
W. M. Adams, of Overda, KY, departed this cold work of care Feb 19,1 930. He was born Jul 18, 1848 at Irad, KY. He leaves to mourn his loss a widow and 3 sons and 2 daughters, James, Marian, and Lindsey at home, Frank of Columbus, OH, Ella and Missouri, Overda, and several grandchildren. He left this world for a better one on high where he will wear a bright crown. He was loved by everyone who knew him. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

BISHOP, Dallas Lee
Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen R. Bishop, died at their home on Whites Creek, KY Mar 5. Burial was made in the Bowling Cemetery on Whites Creek Mar 7, with Rev. H. L. Shumway of Catlettsburg officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 14, 1930

BLACKBURN, Inice Irene
In loving remembrance of our darling, Inice Irene Blackburn, age 3 years, 3 months and 25 days, who departed this life Mar 19, 1930, after being in the Children’s hospital for about 6 weeks. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Canada Blackburn of Columbus, OH. Besides her father and mother, she leaves to mourn her loss one brother, Rola, and one sister, Lucille and a host of friends and relatives. The remains were bought here to Little Blaine and laid to rest in the Blackburn Cemetery Saturday, Mar 22. funeral services were held by Rev. David Al Hayes. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

BLOSS, Mollie (Berry)
Mrs. H. W. Bloss, 1053 Tenth avenue, a widely known Huntington woman, died in a Huntington hospital Thursday night after an illness there of 10 days. Mrs. Bloss underwent an operation last week. She was a native of Lawrence County, KY, having been before her marriage, Miss Mollie Berry, daughter of the late John M. Berry, of Louisa. She had lived in Huntington since the day of her marriage. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. V. G. Bryan and 2 sons, Dr. James R. Bloss and Croydon W. Bloss, all of Huntington. She entered the hospital the day following the funeral of her daughter, Mrs. James R. Bloss. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 7, 1930

BOYD, James
James Boyd, 35, died within a few minutes after having been shot by Marvin Dixon Wednesday afternoon at Auxier. Dixon fled. Witnesses to the shooting, however, stated that it was accidental. Dixon’s father of Daniels Creek, stated that his son would surrender. Boyd was married and the father of 3 children. Burial was made at Auxier. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Mar 14, 1930

BURCHETT, Elizabeth
Deaths of 2 persons, Mrs. Elizabeth Burchett and a Daniels child in the vicinity of Sugar Loaf, 2 miles above Prestonsburg, resulted this week in approximately 15 persons, relatives of the victims, being quarantined by the Floyd County health department. A week after bathing the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniels, who died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Larce Burchett at Sugar Loaf, a victim of spinal meningitis, Mrs. Elizabeth Burchett, 47 years old, wife of Albert Burchett, was stricken with the disease to which she succumbed Saturday at midnight. Mrs. Burchett was rushed Friday night to the Kessler-Hatfield hospital, Huntington, in the ambulance of E. P. Arnold, and there received the most effective treatment known to modern medical science, but all attempts to save her life were ineffectual. Death of Mrs. Burchett, who was 47 years old, was unusual, since, ordinarily, only adolescents and young adults are victims of spinal meningitis. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 7, 1930

BURK, Herman
Herman Burk, 23, young Lawrence County farmer, took his own life at his home on Bolt’s Fork late Sunday afternoon by shooting himself with a shot gun. The load struck him in the right side, killing him instantly. Cause of his act is not known. Burk was born in the Bolt’s Fork neighborhood and had a host of friends here. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Louise, 3 years old, by his mother, Mrs. John Burk, Lawrence County, 2 brothers, Herbert and Hillman Burk, of Denton, KY and 5 sisters, Mrs. William Reeves and Mrs. Samantha McWhorter, of Denton, Mrs. Mont Cooksey and Mrs. Calvin Holbrook of Glenwood, KY, and Mrs. Charles Horton of Ratliff, KY. Funeral service was held from the home Tuesday morning with Rev. Harve Kelly in charge. Interment followed in the Holbrook Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 14, 1930

BURNS, James, Jr.
James (Rip) Burns, Jr., son of James Burns, postmaster of Catlettsburg, died at his home Friday afternoon after an illness of short duration. Burns was known throughout the tri-state for his prowess on the gridiron and was a member of the famous championship high school team of 1922. The dead youth is related to M. S. Burns of Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

CHAFFIN, William Staten
William Staten Chaffin was born Oct 24, 1857 in Lawrence Co., KY, departed this life Mar 9, 1930, at his home at Kingston, OH. He was married to Genoa Large in 1877. To this union were born 14 children. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, 7 boys and 3 girls, Noah and Arlie of Kenova, WV, Jay of Ashland, KY, Willie of Springfield, Charley of Kingston, Kay of Ashville and John of Waverly; Stella of Columbus, Tessie of Kingston, OH and Celia at home. Funeral was held from the U. B. Church and burial made in the Hallsville Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

CHILDRESS, J. M.
J.M. Childress, 78 years old, a resident of Bolts Fork, died last Thursday at the home of his son, J. W. Childress, on Bolts Fork. He is survived by his widow and 10 children, Charles of Nelsonville, OH, Mrs. Lillie Fannin of Cheap, KY, J. W. Childress of Bolts Fork, Mrs. Russell Stopher, of Cincinnati, OH, Mrs. R. D. Callihan of Ashland, Mrs. Everett Vaughan, of Hardy, KY, Mrs. Frank Shepherd of Ashland, Mrs. William Lavender of Dugger, IN. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the residence at Bolts Fork with Rev. Peters and Rev. Oney in charge. Burial followed in the Coalton Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

CLARK, Eva
Prestonsburg, KY (From Floyd County Times) Mrs. Eva Clark, 41 years old, and the mother of 6 children, was shot and fatally wounded at her home on Jones Fork, ½ miles from Lackey, Floyd County, Sunday morning, and Frank Daniels, 23, miner, faces charges of murder. Daniels had previously bought a pint of liquor from Mrs.  Clark and went back a second time when the shooting took place. Mrs. Clark accused Daniels of the deed in a dying statement. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 14, 1930

COMPTON, Elizabeth
Mrs. Elizabeth Compton, 63 years old, wife of the late Brit Compton, passed away at Shelbiana, KY, Feb 28. She was born in Lawrence County in 1867. Her remains were brought to Louisa and taken to Georges Creek Sunday Mar 2 for burial. She is survived by 2 daughters, 5 sons, 4 brothers and one sister. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 14, 1930

CORDLE,
Cordell, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Elva Cordle of Ashland. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

DAMRON Rebecca
Funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca Damron, 88 years old, who died at the home of her son, Adam Damron, at Yeager last Wednesday Mar 5, were held Friday at the son’s home. Burial was in the cemetery there. Mrs. Damron was well known thru-out this section, having lived here many years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

FANNIN, Zettie
Funeral services for Mrs. Zettie Fannin, 19, wife of Ted Fannin, who died at her home on Hoods Creek, were held Wednesday afternoon from the home with burial following in the Steele Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kaskey of Wrigley, KY, 7 sisters, Mrs. Sherman Taylor, of Frankfort, Mrs. Masco Wills, Lawrence County, KY, Mrs. Jim Kaskey,  Burnett, PA, and Golda, Olive, Novel and Hazel Kaskey, all of Wrigley and 3 brothers, Bud, Lester and Wade Kaskey of Wrigley. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

HALL, Richard
Richard Hall, 4 year old son of James and Jessie Gambill Hall of Portsmouth, died in Portsmouth General Hospital Wednesday. He was operated upon for appendicitis Sunday. His condition had been serious since he underwent the ordeal. In addition to the parents, he is survived by 3 brothers, Edward, Charles and Joseph and 2 sisters, Wanda and Lydia. Funeral services were held Friday. Burial followed in Greenlawn. Richard was a nephew of Mrs. H. H. Sparks, who left Wednesday afternoon to be with her sister. She remained until after the funeral returning here Friday evening. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 7, 1930

HANDLEY, Frances Catherine (Lockwood)
Frances Catherine Handley, 59, widow of G. W. Handley, died at her home Glenwood, on East Fork, Lawrence County, shortly after midnight Thursday. She had been in ill health for several months and her death was due to complications. She is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. J. F. Banfield, Owensboro, KY, Mrs. J. N. McGlothlin of Ashland, Mrs. W. W. Cain and Mrs. W. T. Compton of Louisa and 2 sons, George Handley and Hager Handley, both at home and by 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and by 4 brothers, John, Dave, William and Theodore Lockwood. She was a daughter of the late William Lockwood and was married to Mr. Handley in 1888. He preceded her in death 3 years ago. Mrs. Handley had been a member of Trinity Church for a number of years and was a great church worker. She and her husband were instrumental in the construction of this church. Funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at the Trinity M. E. Church with Rev. S. J. Campbell and Rev. H. Hutchinson officiating. Burial followed in the Handley cemetery near the home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 7, 1930

HATCHER, James G.
James G. Hatcher, 63 years old, of Cliff, a member of one of Floyd County’s oldest and most prominent families, passed away at his home Saturday morning after an illness of 7 months. Mr. Hatcher was a son of the late James and Mary L. Hatcher, and had hundreds of relatives and friends in this section. He was never married, residing at Cliff and living the quiet life of a farmer. He was a devout member of the M. E. Church, South. Surviving him are the following brothers and sisters: John H. Hatcher of Ashland, former Floyd County court clerk, Greeley Hatcher of Virginia, Mrs. Kate Clemmons, address unavailable, Mrs. Newton Lykins, Glasgow, KY, Mrs. Fanny Mitchell, Waynesville, KY, Mrs. Ben Howard, Olive Hill, KY and Miss Anna Hatcher of Cliff. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

HENSLEY, Dewey
A slate fall in the mine of the Sharon Coal & Coke Company at Sharondale claimed the life of Dewey Hensley, 32 year sold, who died in the Memorial Hospital at Williamson Friday. Hensley was caught beneath a slate fall in the mine this previous Tuesday. Hensley was married and the father of 10 children. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Nancy Lester of Matewan, one sister, Tilda Hensley of Sharondale, one half brother, John L. Lester, of Matewan and 2 half sisters, Mrs. Daisy Collins and Mrs. Lucinda Bailey, both of Matewan. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

HOPSON, Nancy D. (Ward)
Mrs. Nancy D. Hopson, 77 years old, wife of Attorney J. W. Hopson, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. U. G. Miller at Kermit, WV, Mar 22. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Auxier, KY. Those attending the funeral from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. W. N. McCracken of Winchester, OH, Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Miller of Kermit, WV, Rev. and Mrs. L. P. Kirk of Rosby’s Rock, WV, Mrs. J. G. Angel and Miss Gladys Kirk of Charleston, WV, Dave Ward and S. N. Copley of Paintsville, KY, Henry Ward, Grover Ward, George Ward and Delbert Clay of Inez, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

HUGHES, James Anthony
Hon. James Anthony Hughes, of Huntington, WV, 69 years old, member of congress from the fourth district of West Virginia, and dean of the state delegation in the lower house, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon in an Ohio sanitarium where he had been resting and receiving treatment for a number of weeks. Death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Hughes, who had recently shown a marked improvement in health, had been walking in the afternoon on the sanitarium grounds. Returning to his room he said he was tired and lay down upon his bed. With a sigh he turned on his side as if ready to sleep. The, as a tide of crimson swept into his face, life fled. No member of his family was with him. On last Thursday his wife, Mrs. Belle Vinson Hughes and their 2 daughters, Mrs. Eloise Hughes Wright of Charleston and Mrs. Tudelle Hughes Van Sant of Huntington, spent the day with him in celebration of the anniversary of his birth on Feb 27, 1861. They were struck then by the evident gains he had made in physical strength and they talked with him of an early return to Huntington.

Owing to the large number of persons expected to attend the funeral, services were held in the city auditorium at Huntington Wednesday afternoon. Rev. W. H. Sheffer, pastor of the Central Christian Church, Rev. H.C. Satterfield, pastor of Vinson Memorial Church, and Rev. S. R. Tyler, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, officiated. Funeral services in Central Christian Church at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. The death of the Huntington solon ended a long career of usefulness and distinction. The story of James A. Hughes was that of an emigrant lad who, supported only by the most meager schoolings, made his way upward to serve in the legislatures of 2 states and for 17 years in the Congress of the United States.

He was born in Corunna, Canada, the son of James W. and Ellen McNulty Hughes. He was 10 years old when his parents moved to the United States and located in Ashland, KY, where he immediately found his first job as messenger for an Ashland bank. As a young man he entered mercantile life, traveling on the road as a salesman and later entering business for himself at Louisa, KY. Here he heard the call of public life and in 1887 he was elected as a representative in the Kentucky legislature for Lawrence and Boyd Counties, the first Republican to receive this honor. During his life in Louisa he met Miss Belle Vinson, to whom he was married in the old Piedmont Road Church on Dec 28, 1885, the Rev. Elisha L. Mitchell, officiating. After serving 2 years in the Kentucky house he left Louisa and moved to Ceredo, entering the timber business with his father in law, Col. S. S. Vinson.

In 1894 he made his debut in West Virginia politics, winning the Republican nomination for the state senate, and being returned to the office by the voters in the general election for a 4 year term. Senator Hughes was appointed postmaster of Huntington in 1897. He served in this capacity until 1900 when he was nominated and elected to the house of representatives from the fifth district of West Virginia, in which Cabell was then included. He was elected from this district for 7 successive terms, serving in the 57th, 58th, 59th, 60th, 61st, 62nd, and 63rd congresses and until ill health forced his temporary retirement. In 1926 and 1928 he was elected to congress. Mr. Hughes was a member of a large family, of whose members but one, a brother, John G. Hughes, of Ashland, survives him. Beside Mrs. Hughes, left a widow after 44 years of life with him and their 2 daughters, Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Van Sant, he leaves 4 grandchildren, Lucien P. Smith, Vinson and Jean Van Sant, and Harold Van Sant, Jr.. He was a brother of Arthur M. Hughes of Louisa who died in 1927 in a Huntington hospital. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 7, 1930

HUMPHREY, Mrs. Joe Hannahs
On the 25th day of Jan 1930, death came and took from us, our dear loving friend, Mrs. Joe Hannahs Humphrey. She had been in ill health about 5 years. She was a kind and loving woman, and was liked by all who knew her She was 60 years of age and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for several years. Her husband preceded her to the glory land 2 years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss 6 children, Mrs. Joe Bellomy, Adeline, Mrs. Lute Vanhorn, Adeline, Edward and Allen Humphrey, Ashland, Fred Humphrey, Kenova, WV and Charles Humphrey, of Adeline. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

KELLY, Okie Dennis
In sad but loving remembrance of one of our most beloved young men, Okie Dennis Kelly, 21 years old, of Houckville. Okie was taken to the Stevenson hospital where he was operated on for appendicitis. He died Feb 21. He was laid to rest in the Kelly cemetery Sunday, Feb 23. He leaves to mourn his loss a mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly, 2 brothers, Emory and Jess, of Houckville, 4 sisters, Mrs. Golda Sanders, London, OH, Mrs. Gretchen Wooten, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Dorothy Boggs, Ashland and Mrs.  Ada Kelly, Wheelwright. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

LOWE, Cora
Mrs. Cora Lowe, 43, wife of Forest Lowe, a resident of Fullerton, KY, died very suddenly last Tuesday night from a heart attack. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. H. W. Stewart of Friendship, KY, Mrs. Asbury Lowe, of Portsmouth, OH, and Bradie, Elijah, Edgar, Erma, Louela and Stella at home. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Louis Pack of Blaine, KY and 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

MAYNARD, Bascom
Bascom Maynard, 79 years old, well known farmer of the Burning Fork of Coon Creek, died at his home Sunday morning after a lingering illness. Mr. Maynard was born in Pike County and spent his entire life in this community. Besides his widow, Malinda Maynard, he leaves the following sons and daughters: Young Maynard, Sam Maynard, Wayne Maynard, Mrs. Marguerite Edmonds, Blaine Maynard, Grundy Maynard, Herbert Maynard, Mrs. Sophie Davidson, Mrs. Pauline Hackney, Mrs. Goldie Sesco and Miss Minnie Maynard. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

MILLER, W. L.
W. L. Miller, 41 years old, of Huntington was instantly killed Thursday when caught beneath a rock fall at Woodman where he was employed as powder foreman for the Devon-Grundy railroad extension line. Miller was engaged in the loading of a hole in a pit in which he was going to make a blast when the rock fell from a slope over him, crushing him beneath. The victim leaves a wife and one child. Funeral services were held at Huntington where he was buried. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

PRESTON, Stella Ella
Mrs. Stella Ella Preston, wife of Henry Preston, passed away last Wednesday evening, Feb 26 at her home in Bridgford addition, Paintsville, KY. Mrs. Preston was born in Johnson County in 1881 and lived in the state of  Kentucky since birth. She leaves son, Homer R. residing in Toledo, OH, J. Reginald, Chicago, IL, Forest B., Ashland, KY, and a daughter, Lena Elizabeth Mellon, Prestonsburg, KY, while sons, Clarence, Cecil, a daughter Irene Lillian and her husband, Henry, reside in Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mare 14, 1930

PRICHARD, Victoria (Vinson)
After years of ill health, Mrs. Victoria Vinson Prichard, age 69, passed away Tuesday morning, Mar 18, at 9 o’clock. The funeral service was held at the M. E. Church South on Thursday, with Rev. H.  W. Ware and Rev. H.B. Hewlett officiating. The Eastern Star and Rebekahs took part in the services. Immediately following the services the body was taken to Pine Hill Cemetery where interment was made alongside the graves of her husband, R.J. Prichard and only daughter, Mrs. Edgar B. Hager. Mrs. Prichard was the eldest daughter of Judge R. F. Vinson, one of the most prominent citizens of Louisa. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Dora Greever, 2 brothers, George R. Vinson, cashier of the First National Bank, and Jay Vinson of Wayland; a granddaughter, Mrs. Henry Webb of Louisa, and one grandson, E. B. Hager, Jr., of Ashland. Mrs. Prichard was made an honorary member of the Woman’s Missionary Society of the M. E. Church South at the anniversary meeting of the Louisa society on Jan 7. She took part in the program on that occasion which was the last time she was able to be out of her home. She was an excellent woman. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

THOMPSON
The little 10 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Thompson of Beaver, OH, died with leakage of the heart. Four years ago they lost a daughter with the same disease and almost the same age of this child. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson formerly lived at Little Blaine. Among those from Lawrence County who attended the funeral were its grandfather, H. B. Thompson, and Lace and Billy Thompson. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

WAYSON, Susan Frances
Mrs. Susan Frances Wayson, 56 years old, wife of J.B. Wayson, died at her home at Augusta, KY Mar 6. Mrs. Wayson was born in Lawrence County and spent her girlhood here. When a young lady her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Morris, moved to Greenup, KY. She is survived by her husband, an adopted son, Hobart Wayson, her father, 2 sisters, and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted at Church of the Nazarene of Augusta Mar 9 and burial followed in the Payne Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

WEBB, Eugene C.
Eugene C. Webb, 40 years old, died at his home in Huntington Tuesday morning after an illness of 2 years. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Webb. In 1911 he was married to Miss Cora Abbott Meek, daughter of G. V. Meek, formerly of Louisa, but who now lives in Huntington. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon a the home of his father in law with members of Huntington Lodge No. 53, A. F. & A. M., of which he was a member, in charge. Interment followed in Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, Emogene, Betty Lou, and Eugene Clair, Jr., 2 brothers, and one sister. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

WHITE, N.W. Sr.
N. W. White, Sr. aged 68, superintendent of the Colonial Coal Company at Prestonsburg and formerly treasurer of the Northeast Kentucky Coal Association, died there Saturday. He was well known throughout eastern Kentucky as a coal operator and also because of the interest he took in civic affairs. He was a past president of the Prestonsburg Rotary Club and was foremost in public affairs. Funeral services were held Sunday and the body was taken to Mt. Sterling for burial. He leaves his wife, one son, N. M. White, Jr., and one daughter, Ella Noel White. He was also a member of the Knight Templer order at Jackson, OH. Burial was made at Mt. Sterling Monday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 21, 1930

WILLIAMSON, Clay
Clay Williamson, 83 years old, one of the best and most prominent citizens of Martin County, place of his birth, passed away Saturday morning at the home here of his son, E. L. Williamson, as the result of senility. Mr. Williamson resided at Stidham, Martin County, until several months ago, since which time he has made his home here with his son. For years he was county surveyor of Martin County, in the civic activities of which he played a prominent part, and where he had hundreds of friends. Besides his son who resides here, he is survived by 2 sons and 3 daughters, J. B. Williamson of Drift, Carl Williamson of Kermit, WV, Mrs. M. H. Parsley, Kenova, WV, Mrs. Maude Porter, Tomahawk, KY, and Mrs. Lida Cassidy, Stidham, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 28, 1930

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ALDRIDGE, Polly
“Aunt Polly” Aldridge of Marrowbone Creek, died at her home last week. She was one of the oldest women of her community. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

BELCHER, Samantha H.
Mrs. Samantha H. Belcher, 58 years old, who died at her home in Ashland, Mar 22, was buried at Glenwood, KY, Mar 24, following funeral services at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church in Ashland. Surviving are the husband, Isaac H. Belcher and her children, Mrs. Lillie Estep, Mrs. Ruby Pennington, Mrs. Surley Pennington, Mrs. Lawrence Lambert, of Ashland, Mrs. Merrill McMillan, of Toledo, OH, Leslie Belcher, Cline Belcher, Mary Belcher and Alta Belcher. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

BIGFORD, George
Henrietta, KY—Sorry to hear of the death of Mr. George Bigford of White House, who died Mar 30. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

BLACKBURN, Constance
Constance, 7 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.  Joe Blackburn of Russell, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Apr 4 a victim of pneumonia which followed measles. Body of the little victim was brought here Friday in the ambulance of E. P. Arnold, and burial was made Saturday in West Prestonsburg cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C. D. Lear, pastor of the M. E. Church, South. The bereaved parents and one small brother survive. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

BOGGS, Jason
Blevins—We are very sorry to hear of the death of Jason Boggs of this place. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and 5 boys. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

BOGGS, Jim Ran
Blevins, KY—We were sorry to hear of the death of Jim Ran Boggs who died Thursday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 25, 1930

BRADLEY, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah Bradley,, of Zelda, passed away at her home Saturday night after an illness of one year  and 15 days. Burial was made Tuesday afternoon. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 sons, Dock Bradley, of East Fultanham, OH, Lyss and Edgar Bradley of Zelda; 2 grandsons, Milt Johnson of Indianapolis, IN and Forest Johnson of Maysville, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

CLAY, James Vernon
James Vernon Clay, small son of Floyd and Laura Clay, died on Mar 26, at the residence on Lockwood Creek. Burial was made in the Cyrus  Cemetery at Durbin. Rev. H.L. Shumway was in charge of the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

COFFEY, Ethel Mae
Ethel Mae Coffey, the 5 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Coffey, of Glenwood passed away at her home Monday after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the home with Rev. H. B. Hewlette officiating. Interment was made in the Shortridge Cemetery near the home. She is survived by her parents, one sister, Mrs. Henry Crutcher of Cincinnati, OH, and 2 brothers, Willis and Arthur, Jr.,. Mr. and Mrs. Coffey just recently moved from Louisa where they had lived for the past 4 years. Mr. Coffey being jailer during his stay here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

COMPTON, W. P.
W. P. Compton, an aged citizen of upper Lick Creek, died recently and was brought here Monday to his former home and buried in the family burying ground. He is survived by his widow, who also is seriously ill and by several grown children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

CONLEY, Mrs. Oscar J.
Impressive funeral service was held last Thursday afternoon at West Van Lear for Mrs. Margaret Ellen Conley, wife of Oscar J. Conley. Her death occurred in a Paintsville hospital after an illness of several days. Mrs. Conley had been postmaster at West Van Lear the past 8 years and has many friends to whom her death brings deep sorrow. Besides her husband and daughter, Sarah Agnes, 15, she is survived by her mother and 2 sisters of Manchester, KY, and one sister Mrs. Parsons of Hazard, all of whom except the mother attended the funeral. The service was held at the Baptist Church of which she was a faithful member, the Rev. Burns Conley of Paintsville, officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

DANIEL, Lewis
Lewis Daniel, age 66, of Catlettsburg, KY, died at the King’s Daughters’ hospital at Ashland, Mar 21, a victim of pneumonia. Mr. Daniel was born and raised in Johnson County and for a number of years resided in Paintsville before going to Catlettsburg. He is survived by 5 brothers, Isom Daniel of Catlettsburg, KY, Farmer Daniel of Lucasville, OH, John and Major Daniel of White House, this county, and R. B. Daniel of Catlettsburg. Also four children, J. R. Daniel, Mrs. James Vaughan and Mrs. Will Litteral, all of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Eddie  May of Paintsville, Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

DAWSON, Charley
Charley Dawson, about 27 years old, passed away at his home at Rittman, OH Saturday, according to a message received by his relatives at Fort Gay. Cause of his death was not given. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Billie Dawson of Rittman, OH, who formerly lived at Fort Gay. He is survived by his wife, who was formerly Miss Julia Shuff of Fort Gay and 3 small children. Rev. Bascom Lakin left Sunday to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

FRAZURE, Goldie May
Burns received 3 weeks ago when her clothing became ignited from fire from an open grate at her home, claimed the life of Goldie May Frazure, 3 year old daughter of John Frazure of Amba, who died at the Methodist hospital here Tuesday noon. The child was brought to the local hospital shortly after receiving the burns but little hope was entertained for her recovery. Her body was badly scarred from the head down. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

HALL, Lon
Paintsville, KY--Lon Hall, a citizen of the east side of the river, died at his home there last Saturday morning, Mar 29. Mr. Hall had been a sufferer for more than a year and his death had been expected for some time. He was 60 years of age and a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He is survived by his wife and 3 children, all at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

HAMPTON
The 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Hampton of Fort Gay recently died of spinal meningitis. Wayne News. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

HOOD, George
George Hood, 65, who a week ago was arrested in Paintsville with 71 bottles of  Jamaica ginger, and who was alleged to have been suffering from the malady commonly known over the country as “Jake Leg”, caused by drinking the essence of ginger, is reported dead at the home of a relative in Magoffin County. So far as is known this is the first victim of the malady. The condition of others in Paintsville afflicted with “Jake” paralysis is reported to have taken a turn for the worse and what the outcome will be remains to be seen. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

HUTCHINSON, Anna
Mrs. Anna Hutchinson, 62 years old, widow of the late Ardale Hutchinson, died early Saturday morning at the home of her son, Pearle C. Hutchinson, in Huntington. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Vernon Church at Ardle Monday afternoon with Rev. Mullins, pastor, officiating. Burial was made in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Surviving in addition to the son are 6 daughters, one of whom is Mrs. Geneva Bancroft, of Fort Gay and 4 sons. W. Boyd Hutchinson of Paintsville is a son. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

JAYNE, William Legrande
Dr. William Legrande Jayne, prominent eastern Kentucky educator and for the past 2 years, director of extension and professor of rural education at Morehead State Teachers’ College, died very suddenly Monday morning. He was 56 years of age. The professor had opened his morning’s mail and was sorting it in preparation for his walk to his office at the college when he slumped from his chair and died without a word. His wife was in the room when he expired. He had been prominent in educational work in eastern Kentucky or nearly 40 years. Born at Louisa and reared at Flat Gap, Dr. Jayne was educated at Georgetown College, graduating in 1897, and taught in the rural schools of Johnson and Mason Counties. He was a  son of William Jayne, principal of Louisa public schools for a few years and afterward owner of Enterprise Academy at Flat Gap. He went to Boyd County in his young manhood and was principal of the old Pollard school and later for some time superintendent of Boyd County schools. He went to Eastern State Teachers’ College at Richmond as director and later to Morehead normal.

Dr. Jayne was president of the Eastern Kentucky Teachers’ Association in 1926 and 1927. In 1923 he was Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, but was defeated by Prof. McHenry Rhoads, Democrat. Last year he was a candidate for president of the Kentucky Education association. He was formerly a director of this association. As and educator and as a man, Dr. Jayne had a large number of friends in all parts of the state and especially in eastern Kentucky where his life’s best effort was devoted to the improvement of education facilities for the young men and women. He is survived by his wife and 8 children—LeGrande and John Jayne, Ashland, Miss Blanche Jayne, a teacher in the Southern Junior High School, Louisville, Wertz Jayne, a teacher at Greenup, and Ernest, Mason, Luther and Nola Jayne, who are at home. The body of Dr. Jayne lay in state Wednesday morning in the auditorium at Morehead normal. Burial at Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

JONES, Mrs. Jimerson
The death angel entered the home of Jimerson Jones and family of Patrick Thursday of last week and took away the beloved wife and mother. She had been ill only a few days, but no alarm was felt until a few hours before her death. Blood poison was the cause of her death. Mrs. Jones was 58 years of age. She belonged to the Christian Church since early girlhood. The remains were buried at the Hinkle Cemetery Saturday. Rev. Ide Preston of Georges Creek performing the funeral rites. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, 5 sons and 2 daughters, Paul, Johnie, and Pat Jones of Pond Creek, KY, Lonnie Jones of Warren, OH, and Robert in the U. S. Navy, Mrs. John Warnick of Ironton, OH and Anna at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

MARCUM, Anne
Mrs. Anne Marcum, wife of John L. Marcum, of  Stonecoal, died of flu at her home Mar 29. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

MARCUM, Millard
Millard Marcum of Stonecoal died last week as a result of smallpox which he had several weeks ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

MAY, Trimble
Pikeville, KY—Trimble May, 27 years old, son of Adrian May, died today in a hospital at Williamson, WV of a stab wound in the side, inflicted Sunday at the home of John B. Farley, 45, of Pinson Junction, 28 miles north of here in Pike County. Alleging that Farley inflicted the fatal wound with a 7 inch dagger, Constable Harve Barney lodged him in the Pike County jail. He also arrested Miss Ada Booth, holding her as a material witness. Constable Barney alleged that those participating in a row were drinking. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

MCCORMICK, F. R.
F. R. McCormick, well known in this section as a traveling salesman for the West Virginia-Kentucky Hardware & Supply Company, was found dead early Monday morning in his room at the Hotel Elizabeth, Prestonsburg. Heart failure is believed to have been responsible for his death. The victim was about 45 years old. He had traveled for several years in this section, where he had hundreds of friends. He is survived by 2 children. The body was taken to the undertaking establishment of E. P. Arnold and was taken Monday afternoon to Huntington, where burial was made. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

MCKENZIE, Floyd
Floyd McKenzie, the 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam McKenzie, of Fort Gay, died in a hospital at Ashland Wednesday immediately following an operation. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the home with Rev. Henry Sturgell officiating. Interment was made in the Dickson Cemetery. He is survived by the parents, 3 sisters, Maggie, Dorsey and Bertha and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Carroll of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

MEADE, John
Paintsville, KY—From the Paintsville Herald—A “hit and run” driver and his 2 companions were arrested Sunday afternoon at Paintsville after running down and killing John Meade, 71 years old at Tom’s Creek, 5 miles below Paintsville. Driver of the death car, Burns Vanhoose, was later released under $5,000 bond. He will, in all probability, face trial on a charge of murder. His companions, Roy and Nathan Vanhoose were released under bond of $2,500 each. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

MOORE
Charley, KY—We were sorry to hear of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Ruban Moore’s baby. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

MULLINS, Henderson
Pikeville, KY—Apr 15—In a pistol duel on Elkhorn Creek a short distance below Shelby Gap, KY, just at dark last night, Henderson Mullins, single, was killed by Robert Vanover who also shot Ira Porter though the heel and shot and killed Porter’s horse from under him, according to a report brought here today. Vanover, 18, was arrested by Albert Porter and J. H. Childress, deputy sheriffs, and brought to jail. Mullins and Porter were seeking to recover from Vanover a small quantity of whiskey when the trouble arose, it is said. Mullins “swore off” drinking 2 weeks ago according to A. W. Childress. He was the son of Sam Mullins. At the sheriff’s office it was reported that Vanover killed a negro on Shelby Creek last year a few miles from the scene of last night’s killing. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18,1930

PACK, Hulda
Mrs. Hulda Pack, 82 years old, died at her home near Cove Gap, Mar 27, after several months illness. She is survived by her husband, W. M. Pack, 2 step children and one sister. Burial was made near her home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

PRINCE, Jennie
Jennie Prince, 46, wife of Bert Prince of Ashland, died Saturday following an illness of only 4 days. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, Donnie and Roy Prince, 3 brothers, Thomas Dooley, Ashland, William Dooley, Dakota, WV, Martin Dooley, of Adams, KY, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Louise Thompson of Saltpeter, WV and Mrs. Margaret Thompson of Adams, KY. Funeral service was held Monday morning from the residence with interment following in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

RATCLIFF, Ed
Ed Ratcliff died Monday at the home of his brother, Dan Ratcliff, of Clifford, this county. Brights disease caused his death. He was 60 years old and unmarried. He was an honest and respected citizen. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

SALYERS, Levi Francis
Levi Francis Salyers, a former citizen of Johnson County, died at his home in Boyd County, Apr 5. He was born in this county Aug 26, 1843 and was 86 years old. He had lived in Boyd County for the past 43 years. He is survived by his wife, 15 children, 73 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. There were 19 children in the family, 4 having preceded him in death. He is also survived by 4 sisters, one of whom is Mrs. William Daniel of Paintsville, and a large number of relative in Johnson County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

SHORT, Martha (Fannin)
Mrs. Martha Fannin Short, 89 years old, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Ferguson, in Portsmouth, Apr 10. She is survived by her daughter, 2 sons, 3 sisters, and one brother, Henry Fannin, of this county. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

SPROUSE
Gladys and Overda, KY—The little son of Charley Sprouse who died at Kingston, OH was brought here and buried in the Crabtree Cemetery Tuesday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

STURGELL, John D.
Last rites for Dr. John D. Sturgell, 58, who died at his home in Ashland Tuesday morning following an illness of 6 weeks were held from the residence Thursday morning with Rev. C. A. Slaughter, pastor of the Southern Methodist Church in charge. Burial followed in the Ashland Cemetery. Dr. Sturgell had practiced his profession in Ashland for many years and was well known and had a host of friends. He moved to Ashland several years ago from Lawrence County where he and his wife were reared. They have many relatives in this county and in Louisa. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Cannonsburg. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lillie Burton Sturgell, 3 daughters, Mrs. C. R. Towler, of Ashland, Ella J. and Ethel Lynn Sturgell, both at home, by his mother, Mrs. Permelia Sturgell of Ashland and by one brother, Dr. G. M. Sturgell of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

TAYLOR, Wiley
After a thorough examination into the cause of death of Wiley Taylor, 35, last Friday in a mine at Estill, it was found that Taylor died as a result of something which he had eaten. There was no trace of any poisonous gases in the mine, which at first was thought to have been the cause. Two other miners, who fell unconscious on the day of Taylor’s death, are recovering. In a telephone conversation with State Mine Inspector Daniels at Lexington, He stated that the cause of Taylor’s death was not the result of poisonous gases as first thought. The other stricken miners are Bird Castle and John Morgan. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 25, 1930

WELLMAN, Jefferson D.
Jefferson D. Wellman, 69 years old, died at his home in Kenova, Apr 10, following a long illness of heart trouble. Mr. Wellman was born on Big Hurricane, near Fort Gay, being a son of the late Allen and Margaret Wellman. He spent most of his life in that section of Wayne County and moved to Kenova 11 years ago. He was married to Miss Erminda Lycan, Mar 5, 1884. His widow survives, together with the following children: Mrs. O. J. Riffe, Mrs. George M. Vaughan, and Mrs. Shirley Tucker, all of Kenova, 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive. The funeral services were held at the Kenova Baptist Church and interment was made in the Docks Creek cemetery last Friday. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Erastus, Virgil and Beemer of Fort Gay James of Huntington, Mrs. S. S. Booth of Wilson Creek, Mrs. Charley Osburn of Wayne, and Mrs. Mille Walker of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18, 1930

WELLMAN, William Fonzo
William Fonzo Wellman, age 54, Wayne County man, died last Friday afternoon as the result of  drinking poison. The reason for his death has not been determined but some of his friends believe that despondency because he was at present out of work was one of the contributory causes. He died at the depot in Kenova. The deceased was a son of the late Oliver Wellman and he resided on Kraut’s Creek, near Kellogg, in Westmoreland district. He had been an employee of the B & O shops in Kenova for many years. His wife preceded him in death about 6 years ago. He leaves to mourn his passing 4 sons, Roy, James and Charles, at home, Robert, who is in Michigan; 6 daughters, Mrs. Charles Saunders and Mrs. O. N. Preston of Huntington, Ruth, Nannie, Freda and Georgia, at home. Six grandchildren also survive and one brother, Oliver Wellman of Westmoreland, one half brother, E. H. Wellman of Gragston, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Lee Ward of Harveytown, Mrs. Malissa Romans and Mrs. Erastus Wellman of Fort Gay and 4 half sisters, Mrs. L. F. Frasher, Mrs. C. E. Romans, and Josephine Wellman of Fort Gay and Mrs. Toney McCoy of Gragston. Funeral services were conducted at the home last Sunday  afternoon by Rev. Jerry Harmon and burial was made in the Perdue Cemetery on Twelve Pole and Spring Valley Road. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 18,1 1930

WHITE, John Curtis
John Curtis White, 48, son of Frank and Tilda White died in Ashland Mar 28. His body was removed to his home on Bear Creek near Adeline, KY and funeral services were held at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Interment was made in the Mount Zion Cemetery. He is survived by  his widow, Nora Ross and 7 daughters and 2 sons, Sophia, Carl, Edith, Hazel, Irene, Tillie Pauline, Anna Belle, Louisa, Mary Mildred, Thomas Painter and Herbert. He also leaves one brother and 3 sisters, Joe of Adeline, Mrs. Addie Presley of Adeline, Mrs. Mary Fannin of Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Carrie Vanhorn of Illinois. Funeral service as in charge of Rev. H. L. Shumway of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 4, 1930

WILLIAMS Ben
Judge Ben Williams died of double pneumonia at Frankfort Monday. He had been circuit judge for many years and had passed upon a great many cases of statewide interest. He was born in Morgan County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 25, 1930

WILLIAMSON, Melvin
Melvin Williamson, 72 years old died at his home near Wilsondale, Mar 24. Mr. Williamson was born in Pike Co., KY and moved to West Virginia in 1872. He had lived at his present home for 43 years. He is survived by the widow and the following children: Mrs. John Moore of Wayne County, Aley and John Williamson of Lincoln County, Frank Williamson of Arkansas, Elijah and James Williamson, Mrs. Rachel Maynard, Mrs. Mary Damron and Mrs. Lillie McCann of near Wilsondale. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 11, 1930

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ADAMS, Madlaine
The death angel visited our home and took away the loving mother, Mrs. Madlaine Adams of Overda, KY. She was born Sep 27, 1852 at Irad, KY, and departed this life Apr 20, 1930, age 77 years 6 months and 25 days old. She is the widow of W. M. Adams who died Feb 19, 1930. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 sons and 2 daughters, James Martin and Lindsey at home, Frank of Columbus, OH, Ella and Missouri at home and 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters, Crook and Labe Adams both if Irad, KY and Mrs. Mary Cornwell of Riverside, CA and Mrs. Semitha Curnutte in West Virginia. A grandson. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

ADKINS, Alonzo
Pikeville, KY, May 27—The funeral of Alonzo Adkins, 35, who died in the hospital at Logan, WV after he was injured in the mines at Omar a week ago was held on Toler Creek, near here yesterday. He is survived by his widow and one child. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 30, 1930

ARNETT, Anna Mae
Paintsville, KY, May 12—Anna Mae Arnett, 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Arnett living at Barnetts Creek, Johnson County, was killed Sunday afternoon while walking along the Garrett Highway in the vicinity of her home by a passing automobile. Roy Rice, the driver of the car, was arraigned Monday morning but waived examination and was held under $5,000 bond for the grand jury. No details of the accident were given out, except that the girl was waling along the side of the road when the passing car struck her and caused her death. Funeral services were held at the home on Barnetts Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 16, 1930

ARTHUR, William Wayne
William Wayne Arthur was born Feb 2, 1930, departed this life Apr 17, 1930, age 2 months and 15 days. He leaves to mourn his loss father, mother, one brother and a host of relatives. God needed one more flower to decorate His throne so he called our darling baby. There is a vacant place in our home that can never be filled. His Aunt. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9,1930

BALL, Carmen
Miss Carmen Ball, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ball, of Adams, died Sunday night after a long illness of tuberculosis. Miss Ball formerly attended Louisa High School where she was a sophomore. Due to sickness she was compelled to leaves her studies during the first 6 weeks of the fall term. At high school Miss Ball made an excellent record as a student and was well liked by her classmates, a number of whom attended her funeral. They were Gertrude McGranahan, Roy Adams, Lucien Ball and Leona Childress. Besides her parents, she is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Jim Adams, Louisa, Mrs. Frank Reffett, Adams, 3 brothers, Oscar Ball, Ellen, McKinley Ball, Columbus, OH, and Homer Ball, Louisa. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Walnut Gap Church of which she was a member. Rev. William Copley and Rev. Sylvester Ball officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

In Memory of Miss Carmen Ercel Ball was born Mar 1, 1912 and died May 18, 1930. She leaves to mourn her loss a mother, 2 sisters, Edith Reffett at home, Mrs. James Adams of Lick Creek, 3 brothers, Oscar of Ellen, McKinley of Columbus, OH and Homer of Lick Creek and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral was held at M. E. Church at Walnut Gap. Interment followed in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1930

BERRY, Lewis
Lewis Berry, 82 years old of Buchanan, this county passed away at his home last Thursday afternoon. Mr. Berry had resided at Buchanan for a number of years and was well and favorably known in Lawrence County. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the M.E. Church, South, with Rev. Flowers officiating. Members of the Masonic Lodge, of Louisa, of which the deceased was a member participated in the services. Burial was made in the Buchanan cemetery. He is survived by his aged widow. Mr. Berry was an uncle of the late M. G. Berry of Louisa and a brother of Thomps Berry and Isaac Berry, of Rich Creek, both of whom preceded him in death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

BISHOP. Clayborn W.
Clayborn W. Bishop, 78, of Catlettsburg, died at the Stephenson hospital and clinic Friday afternoon following an illness of several days. Bishop is survived by 5 sons, Granville E. Bishop, in the west, George D. Bishop of Raceland, KY, Allen B. Bishop of Marlington, WV, J. C. Bishop of Catlettsburg, Moody Bishop of Fort Gay. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon with burial following in the Caroline Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

BURCHETT, Edna Grace
Miss Edna Grace Burchett, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larce Burchett of Prestonsburg, was killed Friday afternoon in an automobile wreck near Cliff. She was riding on the front seat with her cousin, Miss Sallie May Burchett, of Sugar Loaf. They were taking Mr. Harless to Van Lear. As they left the bridge on the gravel road she lost control of the car in attempting to clear a parked car on the roadside and went over a steep bank near the residence of William Greenwade. Miss Edna Grace was found unconscious with severe injuries on the back of the head and a broken arm. An ambulance was summoned and she was started to a Paintsville hospital but succumbed within a few minutes. Miss Sallie May and Mr. Harless were only slightly injured. The car was badly damaged. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 30,1930

BURKETT, Cecil
Cecil Burkett, age about 21, was killed instantly in the Consolidated Coal Company mines at their No. 4 plant Friday. Mr. Burkett, a motor man was sitting at the mouth of the room on the entry watching the trip rider when a piece of slate fell from the rood and hit him on the head. Mr. Burkett is survived by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Burkett. Funeral services were held at Van Lear. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

COMBS, Elijah
Elijah Combs, 37 year old miner, was crushed to death by a slatefall in a Garrett mine last week, a report received here says. The victim was trapped beneath a heavy fall of slate while at work. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930
Garrett, KY—Elijah Combs, 37, was instantly killed in the mine at Garrett last week by heavy slate fall. The mine inspector investigated the accident and reported the mine in good order and that the fall of slate was due to conditions over which those in charge had no control. Combs was a native of Knott County and leaves a large family. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

COMPTON, Mrs. Roscoe
Mrs. Roscoe Compton, and 7 year old daughter of Banner were instantly killed Sunday by a westbound manifest train. According to word received here the child was playing opposite the tracks from her mother, Noting the approach of the train and fearing for the safety of her child, Mrs. Compton called to her and started across the tracks. The little girl ran to her mother. They met on the tracks just as the train struck them. They were killed instantly while a few friends gazed with horror at the tragedy, unable to render any assistance. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 30, 1930

CRANK, Ella A.
Ella A. Crank, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Crank of Buchanan, was drowned in Big Sandy River one mile below Zelda Station Tuesday afternoon about 3 o’clock, despite the efforts of her mother to save her. Mrs. Crank, Ella and another daughter and a neighbors child were wading in the river, according to coroner Skaggs. Ella got out too far from shore and not being able to swim she went under. Her sister, 12 years old, attempted to rescue her but was dragged under. The girls’ mother then tried to rescue both and she too was soon in danger of drowning. A young son, 10 years old, who was close by paddled to them in a boat and Mrs. Crank was able to save one of her children but Ella sank. According to Coroner Skaggs the younger girl sank twice before being rescued. The body of Ella was retrieved soon by means of a rope and hook Mr. Crank, who is a farmer, was in Catlettsburg at the time of the tragedy. Judge R. C. Moore and Coroner Skaggs visited the scene and an inquest was held. Death was pronounced as due to accidental drowning. Funeral services were held Wednesday with burial in Buchanan Chapel. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 16, 1930

On May 13 at 3 p.m. Ella Crank, daughter of John and Bertha Crank of Zelda, was drowned while swimming in Big Sandy River near her home, accompanied by her mother and Gladys Stewart. She waded into deep water and was drowned before her mother and Miss Stewart could reach her. They too were in deep water and were sinking. However, though the heroic efforts of a young brother, Fred, age 11, who reached them with a boat and pulled them ashore together with a younger brother who had jumped into the water, they would all have drowned. The river was dragged and Ella’s body was recovered about 30 minutes later. All efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. Ella was 14 years, 6 months and 13 days old and is survived by her parents, 4 brothers, Sullivan, 16, Fred, 13, Albert Laben, 11, Hubert, 8 and 2 sisters, Nina Mae, 4 and Kathleen, 3, all at home. She was a devout Christian and a member of the M. E. Church, South and was very active in church work. Her death is a great loss to her church and community. Ella was the type of gril that is loved and respected by everyone and her passing is sincerely regretted by all who knew her. The body was laid to rest in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery near the church she loved so well, the funeral being conducted by her favorite minister, Rev. Flaughers. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 30, 1930

CROCKETT, Roby
Roby Crockett, age 23, died while driving his automobile near Kenova, WV last Friday. He was accompanied by Miss Margaret Adkins, formerly of Wayne, but now of Ceredo. She steered the car out of the road when Crockett was stricken. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for some time and had been warned that he could not live long. He was a son of Charles Crockett, of Wilson’s Creek near Wayne. The burial took place Sunday in the Wilson Creek burial grounds. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

FIFE, James Lunford
Attempting to catch a ride to Pikeville cost the life of James Lunford Fife, 62, of Coal Run, miner, who died in the Methodist hospital here late Saturday night from injuries received 2 hours earlier when he was struck by an automobile occupied by Ernest Duvall and Henry Caldwell, near Coal Run. Duvall is said to have been the driver of the car. Fife was attempting to hail a passing car but dust obscured the driver’s view. Mr. Fife was born at Coal Run and spent his entire life in that community. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Susan Fife, 4 daughters, Mrs. Mary Hobson, Orkney, KY, Mrs. Jeff Sowards, Shelby, Mrs. Florence Norris, Pikeville, and Mrs. Nola Gilliam of Big Shoal, and 3 sons, Fred Fife, Chattaroy, WV, John Fife of Betsy Layne and George Fife of Coal Run. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

FITCH, Mrs. Wall
Patrick, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Borders and took from them their loving mother, Mrs.  Wall Fitch. She was the mother of 4 living children, all of whom attended the funeral except Ellie Collins of West Virginia. She was 87 years of age. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

FRAZIER, Frank
Frank Frazier, 27, former telegraph operator, died Tuesday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Frazier at Cracker, this county, after an illness of several months following an attack of malaria. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

GILLIAM, Ollie
Mrs. Ollie Gilliam, 34 years old, passed away suddenly at her home here Friday morning after a week’s illness. She was a daughter of the late James Ferguson and Mrs. Mary Ferguson. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Keaton Baptist Church, of which she was a member, with Rev. H. Moreland, and Rev. Ferguson, officiating. Interment was made in the Gilliam Cemetery near Keaton. She is survived by her husband, George W. Gilliam, and 2 sons, Houston and Herman, at home, her mother, Mrs. Mary Ferguson, 2 sisters, Mrs. Sanford Bailey and Mrs. F. Dexterman of Keaton; 3 brothers, George Ferguson, Washington, D.C., J. Ferguson of Arizona, Norman Ferguson of Kenova. Big Sandy news-Recorder, May 2, 1930

GREEN, Mrs. O. L.
Mrs. O. L. Green, of Ashland, died at her home Saturday morning following an illness of several days. She was born in Johnson County, Sep 15, 1869 and spent her life in Johnson, Lawrence and Boyd Counties, having resided in Ashland for the last 22 years. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, O. L. Green, 5 sons, Rev. Arthur Green, of Paintsville, Edgar Elva, Norman, and Milton Green all of Ashland, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Lafe Castle and Mrs. Bud Brown of Lowmansville, KY, one brother, Martin Green, of Chandlersville, KY. Funeral service was conducted at Clyffeside Monday afternoon with Rev. Alonzo Wright in charge. Interment followed in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

HAMMAS, Mrs. Peter
The widow of Peter Hammas, age 60, died Friday a the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. L. Alley in Washington, D. C.. The Hammas family lived in Louisa many years ago, moving from here to Wayne, WV. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 233, 1930

HENSLEY, Margaret
Mrs. Margaret Hensley, 50, of 418 Lock Avenue, died Sunday morning after a brief illness. She was well known here and had a host of friends. She is survived by her husband, C. E. Hensley, and the following step children: Mrs. Fay See, of Louisa, Roy Hensley of Pennsylvania, and Miss Alice Garland, an adopted daughter and one brother, John Garland, of McVeigh, KY, Mrs. Hensley had been a member of the Baptist Church for more than 30 years and was loved by all who knew her. The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon from the Baptist Church with Rev. Akers, Rev. Hewlett and Rev. Hardin in charge. Burial followed in the Fulkerson Cemetery. The Louisa Order of Eastern Star participated in the funeral services and the Rebekahs attended in a body. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

HOLBROOK, Joseph
Stricken at Sunday noon with paralysis at his home on Middle Creek, Joseph Holbrook, 33 year old ex-soldier and member of a prominent Floyd County family, passed away Sunday night at the Paintsville Hospital. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Holbrook, he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Derossett Holbrook and one child; a sister, Mrs. G. R. Spradlin of Prestonsburg, and 5 brothers, Henry, Walter, Jonathan, Grover and Adam Holbrook, all of Middle Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 16, 1930

HUFF, Virginia
Mrs. Virginia Huff, 65, Fort Gay, died May 21 at the home of her son, Clyde. She is the widow of the late J. W. Huff, who died 2 years ago. Mrs. Huff was widely known and liked. She is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Ben Hutchison, Echo, Mrs. Ida Hall, Wayne, Mrs. Walter Hazelett, Ceredo, Mrs. E. Hurt, Ceredo and Mrs. Walter Rice, Rittman, OH; one son, Clyde E. Huff, Fort Gay; 2 sisters, Mrs. Emma Dean, Fort Gay, Mrs. Martha Hutchison, Wayne, 2 brothers, Bud Riggs, Fort Gay and Jake Riggs, Buffalo Creek, WV. Funeral services were held Friday from Greenbriar Baptist Church of which she was a member for 48 years. Rev. V. C. Crabtree officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 30, 1930

HUFFMAN, T. N.
Pikeville, KY, Apr 28—T. N. Huffman, 65, owner of valuable real estate properties here, died at his home here yesterday. Mr. Huffman owned coal lands in Pike County and was the chief owner of a local ice cream factory. He is survived by 3 sons, 3 daughters, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. A twin brother, W. T. Huffman, is a building contractor here and another brother, R. T. Huffman, is a former Pikeville postmaster. His wife, who died about 14 years ago, was Miss Hester Roffe, of Louisa. Many of her relatives lived in Louisa and vicinity. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

HUNT, Elizabeth
Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt, 76 years old, mother of Dr. S. K. Hunt, superintendent of the local Methodist hospital, died at the hospital here Saturday after an illness of 4 months. Death was attributed to a stroke of paralysis suffered Dec 31. Besides Dr. Hunt, Mrs. Hunt is survived by another son, W.C. Hunt, of Washington, D. C., and 4 daughters, Mrs. L. M. Anderson of Wilmore, KY, Mrs. Carmi Preston of Chillicothe, OH, Mrs. Alonzo Poole of El Centro, CA and Mrs. Maude Duncan of Whittier, CA. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Wilmore with Rev. E. R. Overly of the Methodist Church, of which she was a member, officiating. Burial was at Wilmore. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 16, 1930

KAZEE, Opal
Opal, 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan F. Kazee, of Bull Creek, succumbed Wednesday, Apr 9, a victim of pneumonia following measles. The youthful victim was a girl of charming disposition and had many  friends. She is survived by her parents and by several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

LAFERTY, William
Prestonsburg, KY—from Floyd County  Times—William Laferty, 69 years old, well known Floyd County farmer, succumbed suddenly Saturday morning, May 3 to a heart attach with which he was seized shortly after arising from bed. Mr. Laferty had worked in his garden on the preceding day and was preparing to resume his duties about the farm when stricken. He died before aid could reach him. He was a devout member of the Baptist Church and was a highly respected citizen. He is survived by his widow and the following sons and daughters, John Laferty of Edgar, Morgan Laferty of Thomas, Mrs. Maggie Fraley of Inez, Jesse Laferty of Edgar, Mrs. Mary Branham of Martin County and Floyd Laferty of Edgar. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 16, 1930

LEDMON, John
The death angel visited the Ledmon household and claimed for its victim the loving father, John Ledmon. He leaves to mourn his loss the following children: Mrs. Mary Crabtree, Columbus, OH, George Herman, Hermia, Ruth, Edna, Nellie and Bill. Also a host of friends and relatives. Burial was made at the Crabtree Cemetery Tuesday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

LINK, Jesse
West Liberty, KY—Riddled with bullets, the body of Jesse Link, 40 years old, a farmer, was found recently at Blaze, Morgan County 12 miles from here. Sheriff Henry Perry went to the scene to conduct an investigation. No information had been obtained on circumstances of the killing. One report was that the body was found in the yard of a store and another that it was at the Falls of Yocum, 300 yards from the store. The slain man served a 6 months term in the Morgan County jail here last year for prohibition law violation, having been convicted in the federal court at Catlettsburg. He leaves a widow and 4 children. Big Sandy news-Recorder, May 23, 1930

LYONS, William
William Lyons, 69, died at Ashland Sunday morning after a short illness. Mr. Lyons is survived by 3 sons, Arnold Lyons, of Sitka, Mason Lyons of Ashland and Ethel Lyons of Jersey City, NJ and by 6 daughters, Eva Lyons, of Ashland, Mrs. Pearl Lemasters of Sitka, Mrs. Tom Cordill, Ashland, Mrs. R. F. Lewis, Norway, OH, Miss Zora Lyons of Detroit, MI and Mrs. M. D. Jones of Pinson Fork. Funeral services was held at Sitka, Johnson County, Tuesday with burial following in the Cordle Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 16, 1930

MOORE, Nola
Mrs. Nola Moore, wife of Jim Moore, of Mead’s Branch, died Saturday. She had been sick for several months. Besides her husband, she leaves 3 children, mother, several brothers and sisters. She was buried Sunday in the Hickman burial ground. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. W. T. Fraley. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 30, 1930

MOORE, Paul
Paul Moore, Jr., 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Moore of Mattie, died Sunday at the home of the parents, after an illness of 7 hours of pneumonia. This is the second death to occur in this home within the last 2 months. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 30, 1930

NAPIER, George W.
George W. Napier, age 21, was nearly instantly killed, and Ralph Moore, 19, was seriously injured when the Chevrolet coach Napier was driving crashed head-on into a B & O freight train which was standing on the First Street crossing in Huntington Monday midnight of this week. Napier was reared at East Lynn, Wayne County, and was the youngest son of the late P. H. (Pat) Napier and was the grandson of James H. Ferguson of Wayne. A trainman waved a red lantern and attempted to stop the automobile, but the driver evidently did not see the warning for he hit the train with such force that the automobile knocked a railroad box car off the tracks. The front end of the Chevrolet was telescoped and jammed back into the seat. The driver’s face was horribly crushed and his eyes were popping our of his head from the impact when he was taken out of the wreckage.  Young Moore, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Moore of Kenova and who is a student of C-K High School received severe leg cuts. Bruises and possible internal injuries. It is believed that he will recover. Napier is survived by his mother, Mrs. Belle Napier, by his wife and 5 months old baby, one sister and 3 brothers. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

O’NEIL, Mrs. J. O.
Mrs. J. O. O’Neil dropped dead Monday at her home near Rush, Boyd County. She was the wife of Rev. McNeil, a Methodist preacher, who survives. Her maiden name was Brown. They came to Lawrence County from Virginia about 30 years ago and lived for 20 years at Cherokee. From there they moved to Boyd County 10 years ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

PATTON, Bogey
Prestonsburg, KY—From Floyd County Times—Pete Jarrell, 27 years old, son of the chief engineer of the Warfield Natural Gas company’s compressor station at Warco, this county, is at liberty under bond of $10,000 after being indicted here Saturday by the Floyd County grand jury for the fatal shooting Friday evening at Maytown of Bogey Patton, about 24 years old, employee of the United Carbon Company. The shooting is said to have resulted in an argument over disappearance of a pistol owned by Jarrell. Patton is survived by his mother. He was married, but was estranged, it is said, from Mrs. Patton at the time of his death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

PORTER, Martin
Martin Porter, 48 years old, well known resident of Dewey, this county, died on Monday of last week, and was buried on the following day in the family burial ground there. Tuberculosis is given as the cause of death.  Mr. Porter was a son of the late John Porter. He was a farmer and was highly respected as a citizen. He was never married. Surviving him are 7 brothers and a sister, George, Beverly, Noah, Gordon, Theodore, Howard and John Porter and Mrs. Dave Collins. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

PRESLEY, Joshua
On May 8, 1930, death visited our community and took from us our friend and brother, Joshua Presley, aged 57 years 11 months and 28 days. He was united in marriage to Addie White, daughter of the late Frank and Matilda White. Unto this union were born 7 boys and 2 girls. He also leaves an aged mother, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. His death was due to tuberculosis from which he suffered 17 months. He would often talk of “going home to die no more.” In his last dying hours he requested his friends to sing, “I’m Going Home” and sang himself, then fell asleep in Jesus. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Curnutte. His body was laid to  rest near his home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

PRESTON
Patrick, KY—The death angel visited the home of Saint Preston Friday night and took from them their loving mother who was 96 years of age. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

RATLIFF, Sarah
Blevins, KY—We were very sorry to hear of the death of Sarah Ratliff who got killed at a saw mill Monday. She was laid to rest in the Fields cemetery. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. W. Brickey. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

ROSE, Susie
Susie, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rose, of Katy Friend, succumbed at the Paintsville hospital Wednesday morning following an operation for appendicitis. The youthful victim was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon in the ambulance of E. P. Arnold but not before the appendix had ruptured and peritonitis had developed. The body was returned Tuesday to the home on Middle Creek from which funeral services were conducted Thursday. E. P. Arnold was funeral director in charge. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

RUNYON, Lenora
Playing with a miner’s carbide lamp cost the life of Lenora Runyon, 5 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Runyon, who died at the family home on Road Fork Tuesday, last week, from burns received earlier in the day when her clothing became ignited. The mother was severely burned about the hands and wrists when she attempted to extinguish the flames. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

SCARBERRY, Martha
Mrs. Martha Scarberry, of Ashland, formerly of Lawrence County, died recently of typhoid fever. She leaves a husband and 8 small children, mother, 7 brothers and 2 sisters. Her oldest daughter is also at the point of death with typhoid fever. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 30, 1930

SHORT, Laura B. (Jordan)
Laura B. Short was born Jan 23, 1862 and departed this life May 1, 1930, age 68 years, 3 months and 8 days. She was a daughter of Judge John Jay Jordan. She married J.  C. Short and to this union were born one daughter and one son, Jay Short and Mrs. G. E. Carter. She was a kind and affectionate mother, a good neighbor and a true friend. Besides her daughter and son she leaves 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

SKAGGS, D.W.
D.W. Skaggs, 82, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Phillips, of near Louisa, Saturday afternoon of complications. He had been in poor health for some time. Mr. Skaggs had been a farmer of Lawrence County for many years and was well known. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Harry Phillips, of Louisa, Mrs. C.B. Rice of Blaine, Ford Skaggs of Martha, KY, 6 grandchildren and one brother, D.V. Skaggs of Martha. The body was taken to the home of Mr. Skaggs’ son Ford, Sunday morning. The funeral service was held from there Monday morning with burial following in the Skaggs Cemetery at Union Camp, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

SMITH, Katherine
The death of little Katherine Smith is reported to us by Undertaker, H. H. Curtright. She died on Thursday morning and will be buried on Friday in the Turman and Riffe Cemetery, near the home at Vessie, this county. The age of the child was 13 months. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Smith and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

STAMPER, J. D.
J. D. Stamper, a freshman at Prichard High School, near Grayson, KY who was hurt in a truck wreck Sunday, May 4, near Cannonsburg and has since been in the Grayson hospital, died Monday, May 12. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ike Stamper of near Gregoryville. Young Stamper had been on a hay ride and picnic on the Mayo trail and the party was returning home when the accident occurred. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

STEWART, Raymond
Pikeville, KY—Raymond Stewart, 23, was stabbed and instantly killed on Island Creek, 6 miles from Pikeville, by George Francis late Sunday, it was reported at the sheriff’s office here Monday morning. Sheriff B. T. Keel and Deputy J. H. Childers went to Island Creek Sunday night but failed to find Francis. It is thought he will come in, Childers said. Gambling and whiskey have been mentioned as probable cause of the trouble. Stewart is survived by his widow and one child, Ruby Stewart, 18 months old. Besides his father, Stewart is survived by his mother, 2 brothers, Mark Stewart Minneapolis, Mrs. Dama Florist Neinister, St. Louis, Mrs. Kate Slone, Pikeville and Mrs. Mary Farmer, Shelbiana. The victim’s father, Ed Stewart, is 80 years old and is a survivor of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

TRIMBLE, Ida Florence
Mrs. Ida Florence Trimble, age 52, died at her home on Barnetts Creek last Friday morning after a year’s illness from cancer of the stomach. Her husband, Joe H. Trimble, died 2 years ago. Nine children surviving are: Conroy Trimble, Paintsville, McCoy Trimble, Gallipolis, OH, Mrs. Lelah Arrowood, Hitchens, KY, Wallace Trimble, Clemmons Trimble, Lola Trimble, Swanlaee Trimble, Lillian Trimble at home Barnetts Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

WALDECK, Jane Prichard
Miss Jane Prichard Waldeck died last Saturday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. T. S. Thompson, in Louisa. She had been in poor health for quite a while, but was confined to her bed only 3 days previous to her death. She was 52 years of age and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Waldeck, who died many years ago. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. T.S. Thompson, of Louisa and a brother, Dr. G.N. Waldeck of Huntington. The funeral service was held at the residence of Judge T. S. Thompson Sunday afternoon. Rev. H.W. Ward, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, officiated. Interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, followed, under the direction of H. H. Curtright, funeral director. The pall bearers were G. R. Burgess, A. H. Snyder, James Hughes, A. O. Carter, W. T. Cain, Jr., J. Q. Lackey and M.P.T. Vanhoose. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 16, 1930

WELLS, Beatrice
Mrs. Beatrice Wells, 17, died at her home on Johns Creek Friday afternoon. Mrs. Wells is survived by her husband, Truman Wells, Funeral services were held at Dewey, KY on Sunday. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, May 16, 1930

Mrs. Beatrice Wells, 17 years old, wife of Truman Wells, of Dewey, this county, died Friday evening, May 9 at the Golden Rule hospital, Paintsville, a victim of peritonitis. Mrs. Wells was a daughter of Nol Bradley, of Dewey, and had many friends in this section of the county. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by one brother and a sister. Funeral service were conducted Sunday at Dewey, exactly a week after the burial of Mrs. Wells one day old babe. Rev. W. H. Horn and Rev. Castle conducted the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

WELLS, Lafe
Lafe Wells, 69, died suddenly on Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bailey Collins, of Daniels Creek, Johnson County. He is survived by his wife and 8 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

Lafe Wells, age 69 died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bailey Collins, of Daniels Creek, Monday morning. He had been ill for a number of years of heart trouble and succumbed to an attack Monday morning which proved fatal. Mr. Wells was a member of one of Johnson County’s old and prominent families.  Besides his widow he is survived by 8 children: Mrs. Bailey Collins, Mrs. Lacy Collins, Jim Wells, Chester Wells, Mrs. Jennie Blankenship, Mrs. Bill Johnson, Mrs. Lucy Collins and Mrs. Tombleson. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Brownlow Wells, Alex Wells and Walker Wells, and a large number of relatives. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

WILBUR, Magdelna
Mrs. Magdelna Wilbur, 82, one of the county’s best known and loved ladies, died Monday night at the home of her son, Walter Wilbur, at Richardson. Her husband, A. T. Wilbur died 8 years ago. Mrs. Wilbur is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. J. H. Wilson, Louisa, Mrs. D. C. Castle of Richardson, Mrs. L.A. Preston, Richardson, 4 sons, Walter Wilbur, Richardson, Leo H. Wilbur and Henry Wilbur, Estill and Charley Wilbur, Verdunville, WV and also a number of grandchildren. Mrs. Wilbur was a faithful member of the M. E. Church. Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. H. B. Hewlett, officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery near Richardson. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

WILLIAMS, Harrison H.
Harrison H. Williams, 64 years old, died last Friday at his home in Wayne County. Funeral services were held at the home of his son in law, D. W. Vinson, at Saltpetre, WV and burial followed in the Vinson Cemetery near his home. He is survived by 6 children, Mrs. At. T. McKee, Fort Gay, Mrs. D. W. Vinson, Saltpetre, Mrs. Don S. Palmer and Mrs. L. H. Marshall of Anderson, MO, Henry Williams of Oklahoma and Walter Williams of California. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

WILLIAMS, Minerva
Mrs. Minerva Williams, 90, died last Sunday at Red Bush, Johnson County, a the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. W. Wallin. She was the widow of Isaac Williams. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 2, 1930

Paintsville, KY (From Paintsville Herald) Minerva Williams, one of the best known and generally loved old ladies of Johnson county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.W. Wallin, at Red Bush, last Sunday, at the advanced age of 90 years.  Mrs. Williams has spent a long and useful life in Johnson County.  Her death was due to the infirmities incident to her advanced age.  Mrs. Williams was the widow of the late Isaac Williams who preceded her in death about five years ago.  Mrs. Williams was a great conversationalist and possessed of an active mind even unto her death, and was loved and esteemed by a large circle of friends.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. R.W. Wallin, and one son, both of Red Bush.  Three of her granddaughters, Mrs. D.H. Dorton, Mrs. Fred Hefner and Mrs. A.J. Kirk, Jr., reside in Paintsville and were present at the funeral and burial.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at Red Bush in charge of ministers of the United Baptist Church of which she had been a member during most of her long life. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

YORK, James M.
Pikeville, KY—Judge James M. York, 82, died at his home here Tuesday. Judge York served in the latter part of the War Between the States and later became one of the leading attorneys of this section. About a quarter of a century ago he served a term as judge of Pike County. He is survived by one son, C. C. York, by 4 daughters, Mrs. Kate Campbell Smith, Mrs. J. R. Johnson, Miss Bess York and Mrs. T. L. Creekmore, all of Pikeville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 9, 1930

YOUNG, Elias
Elias Young, 63 years old, prominent Betsy Layne farmer, fell dead Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Virgie McCoy, of Betsy Layne, a victim of heart disease, it was learned here Wednesday. Mr. Young was one of Betsy Layne’s best citizens and had many friends in this section. He is survived by his daughter. Burial was made Wednesday on Johns Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 23, 1930

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JUNE

BALDRIDGE, Charley
Charley Baldridge of Whitehouse died Saturday, May 28. Funeral services were held at his home, conducted by Rev. Lon Childers. He was laid to rest in the Osborn Cemetery Sunday. He left a wife, 4 children, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 6, 1930

BELCHER, Thomas
Thomas Belcher, 66, prominent farmer of Hubbardstown, WV was instantly  killed Monday morning when he was struck by a Norfolk and Western manifest train. Mr. Belcher, who lived on one side of the track was driving several cows to pasture on the other side. One of the cows stopped on the rails and he attempted to get her off but was struck by the train. The cow was slightly injured. There were no eye-witnesses to the tragedy other than the train crew, who stopped the train and carried the dead man to his home. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rose Lambert Belcher, one son, George, at home, 6 sisters, Mrs. Josephine Thompson, Mrs. Mary Bradley, Mrs. Susie Hatton, Mrs. Lizzie Dean, Mrs.  Cora Hutchinson and Mrs. Nannie Fetter all of West Virginia. He was the only son of the late Jeff and Sally Belcher. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the M. E. Church, South, at Zelda, of which Mr. Belcher was a member. Interment was in the Buchanan Cemetery with Rev. Bascom Lakin and Rev. G. F. Flowers officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13 1930

CHRISTIAN, Mary Jane
Mrs. Mary Jane Christian, 80 years old, passed away at her home on Queen’s creek, Wayne County, last Saturday. Her death was due to infirmities of age. She is survived by the following children, Freelin and Dwight Christian, of Fort Gay, Mrs. Grace Hanley and Mrs. Erie Lakin. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 27, 1930

DAVIS, Mike
Mike Davis, an aged citizen of Ulysses passed away at his home Jun 6 after an illness of several weeks. He is survived by  his wife, 5 sons, 2 daughters, 4 sisters, one brother and several grandchildren. The funeral service was held Thursday afternoon by the Rev. G. H. Young with interment in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

FANNIN, Warren
Warren Fannin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Fannin, of Mavity, Boyd County, a student pilot at Wichita Falls, TX, died early Friday of injuries he received when a biplane in which he was riding crashed the day before. The pilot of the plane, Crates Douthitt, 25, of Henrietta, TX was instantly killed. Young Fannin is well known in Boyd County. He left about 4 months ago to take a course in flying. He was formerly employed at the Ashland Refining plant. The body was brought to Mavity Monday for burial and was buried Tuesday. Rev. Campbell of Kenova officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

GARRETT, Mary H.
Mrs. Mary H. Garrett 83, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. T. Poe of Portsmouth, Wednesday morning. Mrs. Garrett was a native of Wayne County, WV. She had  been in perfect health up until April 1 this year when she received serious injuries as the result of a fall. Mrs. Garrett is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. W. T. Poe, Portsmouth, Mrs. Jeff Spurlock, Wayne, 2 sons, Dr. B. D. Garrett of Kenova and J.O. Garrett, Portsmouth. Her husband the late Rev. Dolliver Garrett preceded her in death 17 years ago. Funeral services will be held Friday morning from the old home place near Wayne, WV. Rev. J. N. Herald and Rev. Henry Mullens will be in charge of the services. Burial will be made in the family graveyard at Wayne. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 20, 1930

GRAY, Francis Elizabeth
Francis Elizabeth Gray, a daughter of Arver and Alice  Miller of Charley, was born Dec 6, 1887 and departed this life May 23, 1930, age 42 years, 5 months and 17 days. She leaves to mourn her death besides her aged father and mother, 4 brothers, Hez, At, Levi and Robert all of Charley. She died in a hospital in Charleston, WV of kidney trouble. She was converted in early life and baptized. She was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church and continued in the faith. Her remains were brought home to her father’s and buried in the Judd and Miller Graveyard, the Rev. A. H. Miller and Rev. W. H. Williams officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 6, 1930

HAYES, Julina (Spencer)
Mrs. Julina Spencer Hayes, age 63, wife of L. C. Hayes of Charley, passed away at her home at Charley Tuesday morning after an illness of several months. Mrs. Hayes was a daughter of the late John B. and Fannie Spencer of Lawrence County. She had spent practically all her life in Lawrence County and was widely known. She was a member of the United Baptist Church of Stambaugh, KY. She was married 46 years ago. Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John B. Moore, Louisa, a son, Roscoe Hayes, Charley, one sister, Mrs. L. W. Thompson, Cannonsburg, 3 brothers, L. W. Spencer and David Spencer, Charley, and R.  C. Spencer, Meads Branch. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning with the Rev. G. V. Pack officiating. Interment followed in the Hayes Cemetery. Among those from Louisa who attended the funeral were Mrs. L. C. Wooten, Mrs. Stella Moore, Mrs. L. L. Kinser, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Kouns, Lonzo Arrington, Bill Wells, J. R. Jordan and family, J. M. Moore and family , Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Burton, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Spencer and Mrs. L. S. Hayes. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 27, 1930

LAMBERT, Franklin
Franklin Lambert, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Lambert of Kenova, WV was drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming in the Big Sandy River 2 miles above Neal, WV. Young Lambert had gone with a party of friends to swim in the Big Sandy River and was trying to swim across the river with a girl friend. When about in the milled of the stream he suddenly disappeared and efforts of other members of the party to dive and recover the body proved futile. The girl became frightened and was almost drowned before she was rescued. Two small boats were sent to the scene to drag for the body. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 27, 1930

LEMASTER, Thomas
Thomas Lemaster, formerly of Johnson County, died at an Ironton hospital last Thursday, May 22, following an operation for appendicitis. The remains were brought to Paintsville last Saturday morning for burial and he was laid to rest beside his father and mother in the family burying ground at Staffordsville. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Darling and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Darling of Ironton, cousins of the deceased, accompanied the remains to this county and attended the funeral and burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 6, 1930

MEEK, Vina
Mrs. Vina Meek, wife of Elbert Meek, age 25 years, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Cecil Daniels at River, Wednesday, a tuberculosis victim. Funeral was held Thursday conducted by Rev. Guy W. Preston in charge. She is survived by 2 girls, ages 4 and 13 months. She was a daughter in law of Rev. Winfrey Meek, circuit court clerk. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

Mrs. Vina Elizabeth Meek was born in Lawrence County, KY, May 29, 1905, departed this life Jun 4, 1930, a victim of tuberculosis, age 25 years, and 6 days, She was  the daughter of James M. and Ida Bell Loar. Her mother died in Feb 1920. Vina leaves to mourn her loss a  husband, Elbert Meek, 2 daughters, Pauline, 4 years old and Billie Marie 13 months old. One son preceded her in death Elbert, Jr. She is alos survived by one brother, Willie Loar, of Columbus, OH, 3 sisters, Mrs. Cecil Daniels of River, at whose home she passed away, Mrs. Lyda Cossin of Columbus, OHY, Mrs. Jesse Cordle of Austin, OH, her father and stepmother, James Loar and Ethel Loar; 2 half brothers, Ernest Loar and Robert Loar; 2 half sisters, Irma May Loar and Virgie Irene Loar, all of Beaver, OH. Her funeral was held Thursday conducted by  Rev. Guy W. Preston and Rev. Moses Dutton. Burial in the family cemetery at River, KY. Mrs. Dovie Cordle, Austin, OH. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 27, 1930

MOORE, Nolia (Hickman)
Nolia Moore, wife of James Moore was born Feb 13, 1885 and departed this life May 24, 1930, age 44 years 3 months and 11 days. She was a daughter of the late J. W. and Julia Hickman. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, 2 boys and a girl. The boys are Raymond and Augustus and the girl, Julia May. Also, her aged mother, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. The boys are George, Dentis, Charley, Gorden and Augustus. The girls are Tosey and Larey. She was converted about 6 years before her death and baptized and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at Bells Chapel. The day before she died she san a few verses of that song, “There Will be Shouting on the Hills of Glory”. Rev. A.H. Miller and Rev. Dave Al Hayes preached her funeral and her remains were taken up on the point and laid to rest in the Hickman graveyard. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 6, 1930

OWENS, S. E.
S. E. Owens, carpenter and well known citizen of Dewey, this county, died Friday night at his home, a victim of paralysis. Mr. Owens was about 52 years old. He had suffered a previous paralytic stroke and had been a patient at the Beaver Valley hospital, Martin, where his condition was improved. Returning home, he sustained a second stroke. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church, and was a highly respected citizen. Besides his widow, he is survived by a son and 2 daughters, Henry Owens, Mrs. Tom James and Mrs. Paris Brown. Burial was made in the Goble Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

PICKLESIMER, I. J. (Bud)
I.J. (Bud) Picklesimer, age 70, died suddenly at his home at Staffordsville of acute indigestion. Mr. Picklesimer had been in his usual good health and died in one hour following a hearty meal. Mr. Picklesimer was one of the county’s best citizens and a member of the United Baptist Church. Besides his widow he is survived by the following children: Albert Picklesimer, and Sam Picklesimer, of Win, KY, Sherman Picklesimer and Manford Picklesimer, of Van Lear, Jim Picklesimer, Win, Farmer Picklesimer, Staffordsville, Elbert Picklesimer, Van Lear, and Mrs. Tera Williams of Morgan County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 6, 1930

RATLIFF, Sam
Sam Ratliff, 22 year old son of Mrs. Dixie Ratliff, was shot and fatally wounded early Friday as the climax to an altercation with Charles Thornbury, captain of the National Guards, brought on, Thornbury claims, by his refusal to grant Ratliff and a party of friends admission to the Shrine dance, an exclusive function of the Shrine ceremonies held here Thursday. He died at the Methodist hospital early Saturday morning. Thornbury is now at liberty on bond of $10,000 to await the action of the grand jury. The shooting occurred in front of Thornbury’s home on Myra Barnes Avenue a few moments after he left Ratliff and his companions at the armory and after he said, he fired 2 shots into the street at the armory to frighten the boys away and avoid trouble. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

ROBERTSON, George
George Robertson, 32 years old, of Chattaroy, died at the Memorial hospital at Williamson Tuesday night of pistol wounds in the body inflicted Sunday night when he is said to have refused to accompany Deputy Sheriff T.B. Slater, who was seeking his arrest on the Fall Branch bridge which links Kentucky and West Virginia. Slater stated that the shooting took place when he went onto the bridge to investigate after he heard a man yell as he drove under it. He said he found Robertson and another man. Robertson, he said, moved toward the West Virginia side of the span and continued yelling. Robertson later came onto the Kentucky side, he said, and he sought to arrest him for being intoxicated. As he took hold of Robertson, Slater stated, the prisoner struck him on the jaw knocking him down and he fired twice as he lay on the floor of the bridge. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

SEE, Grover C.
Grover C. See, 54, a mine foreman of Byrpo, KY, died at an Ironton hospital at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon after an illness extended over a period of 3 months. Mr. See was born and raised on Lick Creek, Lawrence County, and has a large number of relatives. He was a member of the Catlettsburg lodge of Elks and had many friends in that section. The body was taken to the Miller Funeral  home in Ashland, where it remained until Wednesday when it was taken to the home of Mr. See’s sister, Mrs. George Tier, 440 29th Street, Ashland. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Della See and the following children: Helen, Margaret, Georgine, Mary Louise, Jack, Raymond, Billy and Betty Jean, all at home, and 2 brothers, Martin see of Mississippi, and David See of Beaver, OH, 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Ellen Cartmel, Wheelwright, KY, Mrs. L. J.  Cupp, Ironton, VA, and Mrs. George Tier of Ashland. Funeral services are to be held Friday afternoon from the old home of John B. See on Lick Creek and interment is to follow in the See family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 20, 1930

STEWART, Forrest L.
Louisa citizens heard with great sorrow of the unexpected passing of Mr. Forrest L. Stewart which occurred on Monday morning at his home here. He was unexpectedly stricken with apoplexy about 10 o’clock and died half an hour later. While he had not been in the best of health for some time he was able to be about and was ready to leave that morning for Ashland to look after business interests when death came suddenly. He had been a lifelong resident of Louisa, where he is held in the highest esteem for his splendid personal qualities and character. Of a retiring disposition he read much. For a number of years was a practicing attorney at this place, before entering the business of coal operator in which he had been engaged with J. C. Hatcher, of Ashland in recent years with offices at that place. Surviving members of the family are his wife, Mrs. Nannie Watson Stewart, a daughter, Miss Martha Mayo Stewart; step daughter, Miss Vivian Hayes, also a brother, J. W. M. Stewart of Lexington, and a sister, Mrs. A. M. Campbell of Huntington, WV. Mr. Stewart was the son of Judge James E. and Mrs. Cynthia Mayo Stewart, prominent pioneer citizens and resided in the old Stewart home known for years for its hospitality. He was about 59 years of age and from early childhood had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Impressive funeral services, attended by a large number of friends and relatives were held at the residence Thursday morning, the Rev. H. W. Ware officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

STRICKLIN, John
Paintsville, KY, Jun 17—Two hours after he had left his home here for Prestonsburg in company with Elva Jarvis, John Stricklin, 38, World War veteran, was found dead at 11 o’clock this morning with 3 bullet holes in his body on Middle Paint Creek, just over the Floyd County line. Jarvis, it is said, went to Prestonsburg where he surrendered to Sheriff Bev Sturgill and was place in the county jail. In a brief statement to the sheriff, Jarvis said that he and Stricklin had been on a drunk and that this morning they got into an argument and he shot Stricklin when he thought that Stricklin was going to choke him to death. A report received here shortly after Stricklin’s lifeless body was found lying beside the road, was to the effect that persons living near the scene saw some unknown person throw the body from an old Ford car and drive away in the direction of Prestonsburg. No one recognized Jarvis, however, as the man. Stricklin had resided in Paintsville practically all of his life and was well known here. He is survived by his widow and one child, his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 20,1930

SYCK, Sarah Ann
Mrs. Sarah Ann Syck, 93 year old, the last of her family, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Orfie Ratliff at Shelbiana Monday noon after an illness of several months. Surviving are the daughters, Mrs. Orfie Ratliff of Shelbiana, and Mrs. Polly Williams of Pikeville and 3 sons, William and Oscar Syck of Pikeville and Richard Syck of Powell’s Creek. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Polly Williams, on Chloe Creek, near Pikeville. Burial was in the Chloe  Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 6, 1930

TACKETT, Kermit
Prestonsburg, KY—From Floyd County Times—Kermit Tackett, 18 year old motor brakeman, was ground to pieces beneath the wheels of a mine motor in the Jack’s Creek Coal Company mines Saturday, it was learned here Wednesday. The tragedy occurred when Tackett attempted to leap from the motor and run ahead to see if a trap door was open. As he jumped, a nail caught in his clothing, it is claimed, and he fell on the tracks, the motor and one loaded car passing over his body before the motor was derailed, stopping the remainder of the string of cars. The victim was a native of Pike County, where his body was taken for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 6, 1930

TEICHE, Bruce
Bruce Teiche, 24 years old, manager of the Beaver Valley Hardware Company of Martin, succumbed Sunday morning in the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, a victim of peritonitis. Mr. Teiche had been ill for several days, but his condition had not been considered serious until an hour before being taken to the hospital, where it was found that peritonitis had already developed. The son of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. V. Teiche, the deceased was born at Coeburn, VA. After being graduated from the Coeburn, VA high school, Mr. Teiche went into business. He was married to  Miss Lenora Wohlford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Wohlford, of Martin. Besides his widow he is survived by his small son, Tommy and by his parents. The body was taken by ambulance to Coeburn for burial Monday. The funeral was attended by hundreds of friends and relatives of the deceased. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

WESTLAKE, George W.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Ironton, OH for George W. Westlake, former brick contractor of Ironton, who died at Hanford, CA on Oct 26, 1929. The remains were laid to rest in Woodland cemetery. Rev. Caudill conducted the services. Mr. Westlake’s wife, Ann, preceded him in death. Mr. Westlake was an uncle of E. T. Westlake and often visited Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 13, 1930

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JULY

ADAMS, Sarah Jane
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Adams and chose for its victim their little 2 year old daughter, Sarah Jane. She was born May 9, 1928 and died Jun 9, 1930. She will be sadly missed by her parents, 2 brothers and her many friends and relatives. Death was due to infection of the bone of the left leg which later went to the lungs, heart and brain. She was sick only 3 days. Her remains were laid to rest in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

ALLEN, John
Pikeville, KY—Jul 21—John Allen, a deputy sheriff of Pike County, died in a Williamson hospital today of pistol wounds, alleged to have been inflicted by Sam May at Pinson Fork, KY, last night. May and H. Blackburn were brought here by deputy sheriffs, J. H. Childress and T. M. Stratton and placed in jail, pending investigation of the shooting. Allen had been called to Pinson Fork on account of some disturbance. Childress, said, and on leaving, met an automobile in which the 2 accused men were riding. Here accounts of the shooting vary. One is that he stepped on the running board of the car and began shooting. The other that the first shots came from the car. He was shot 3 or 4 times, but neither occupant of the car was hit. Allen leaves a family. May also  is married. May and Blackburn have nothing to say, Jailer Young reported. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

BARTLEY, Everett
Pikeville, KY—Everett Bartley, 19, son of Andy and Dolly Bartley of Esco, died at the family home Thursday afternoon from the effects of a pistol wound through the neck received 2 weeks before. The shooting occurred at the home of Robert Lee Roberts and the youth admitted to County Attorney Sidney Trivette at the hospital here where he was brought for treatment that he had been drinking before the shooting. He said he did not know whether he had shot himself or  had been shot by someone else, but said he thought the wound was inflicted by his own pistol. Roberts was questioned by officials and stated that the youth, who was drunk, was wounded when he sought to stop him from firing the pistol in a room in which his children were in bed. Young Bartley was partially under the bed and firing when the fatal shooting occurred, Trivette and Roberts stated. Bartley is survived by his parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 11, 1930

BAYS, Tom
DAVIS, Ernest
Two young men were decapitated and 3 other injured, one seriously, when the Buick roadster in which they were riding left  the road as it rounded a curve on the Mayo Trail 5 miles below Louisa at 1 o’clock Sunday morning and turned over an embankment. The dead are Ernest Davis, 25m teller in the Paintsville National Bank, and Tom Bays of Webbville. The men were taken to Curtright Funeral Home to be prepared for burial. The injured were Ervin Norris of Grayson, owner of the car, Edgar Walters of  Paintsville and Clifford Sexton of Grayson. The car was driven by Walters and Sexton and Norris were riding in the front with him. Davis and Bays were in the rumble seat and when the car went over the embankment and turned over the rumble seat closed upon them and cut their head off just above their ears. The remaining part of their heads was badly disfigured

Bays was the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Bays of Webbville with whom he made his home. Besides his parents he is survived by 7 sisters, Mrs. K. Fleming, Willard, Mrs. Everett Duncan, Willard, Mrs. Bernard Bowling, van Lear, Mrs. Milt Adams, Van Lear, Misses Montie, Dorothy and Nellie Bays at home; also 6 brothers William R. Bays, Lexington, James, Arbie, Johnnie, Paul and Leonard, Jr. at home. Fuenral services were held from the home Tuesday morning with Rev. Leonard Bowling officiating. Burial was in Grave Cut Cemetery near Willard. 

Ernest Davis was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie G. Davis of Paintsville and was a bookkeeper in the Paintsville National Bank. Hearing the four other boys in a restaurant at Ashland say they were going to Paintsville he asked to accompany them. His brother was killed a year ago at Paintsville when a train hit his car. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Paintsville with burial in the Huff cemetery nearby. Four of the boys  worked at Grayson and were going to Paintsville to spend the weekend at Walters’ home. The injured youths were taken to the Louisa General Hospital where their cuts and bruises were dressed. Norris, whose hip was broken, is in the hospital for treatment. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 11, 1930

BLAIR, Clifford
The Big Sandy River has claimed its first bathing victim of the season. Clifford Blair, age about 21 was drowned last Sunday afternoon when he went in bathing near Van Lear at the mouth of Millers Creek opposite Limestone Cliff. Few particulars could be learned of the tragedy as only 2 small boys were witnesses to the drowning but it seems that young Blair was unable to swim and getting beyond his depth sank beneath the surface and failed to rise again. Efforts to resuscitate the man proved unavailing. Blair was a son of Harry Blair of Denver. Besides his parents, he is survived by a young wife and a 2 weeks old babe. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

BURCHETT, Lottie
Mrs. Lottie Burchett, 60 years old, wife of Flem Burchett, well known Floyd County man, died Monday, Jun 23, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, after an illness of 4 months with appendicitis and complications. Mrs. Burchett was one of Floyd County’s best women, having united with the Methodist Church 35 years ago and living the life of a devout Christian. She was married Jan 21, 1887 to Flem Burchett, and to this union 2 daughters were born. Her husband and daughters, Anna Burchett of Woods, and Ollie Burchett of Emma, survive. She also leaves 2 brothers and a sister, J. T. Herald, Alvin, Willie Herald, Greenup, KY and Mrs. Lora Sherman of Emma. The body was shipped to Woods and burial was made Tuesday in a cemetery of Mrs. Burchett’s own selection near the home. E. P. Arnold of Prestonsburg was in charge. The Rev. Isaac Stratton of Banner conducted the funeral service. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

CASEBOLT, Abel
Abel Casebolt, 38, former resident of Pike County, died at his home at Detroit, mI Friday after a short illness. Mr. Casebolt was born Jan 18, 1892 in Pike County and was the son of the late Harve Casebolt, prominent Pike County merchant. He resided here until a few years ago. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Casebolt, one daughter, Mrs. John Sword and 3 sons, Clyde, Kermit, and Kenneth, all of Detroit, 2 sisters, Mrs. Lula Compton of Ecorse, MI and Mrs. Ella Compton of Pikeville, and 2 brothers, Dr. S. B. Casebolt of Pikeville and Allard Casebolt of Robinson Creek. Funeral and burial were on Robinson Creek Sunday. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Jul 11, 1930

CASTLE, Everett
Estill, KY—Everett Castle, 2, machine helper in the mines at Estill, was fatally injured last Wednesday when struck on the head by a “machine jack” while working in the mine. He was taken to the hospital where he died the following day of a fractured skull. He never regained consciousness. Castle is survived by his widow and 2 small children. His widow is a daughter of John Fraley of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 11, 1930

COTTON, Raymond
Raymond Cotton, 22, died Jul 2, at the county farm after prolonged illness of tuberculosis. Funeral services were held Thursday with interment in the county cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

DAVIS, Ernest—See under Tom Bays

DELONG, Ethan A.
Ethan A. DeLong, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry DeLong, of Akron, OH, was drowned late Sunday afternoon in Blaine Creek at the Deephole bridge. He was stricken with a heart attack. Ethan had eaten sandwiches for supper and then went to the creek for a swim. His father went with him and was standing on the bridge. He swam across the creek a distance of about 50 feet 3 or 4 times. Suddenly he doubled up and went down. He did not come up. Neighbors located the body after about 45 minutes, but he was dead when found. Dr. W. A. Hayes of Louisa pronounced death due to heart failure. Mr. and Mrs. DeLong were visiting his father, W. P. DeLong at Deephole branch when the tragedy occurred. The body was shipped to Akron Tuesday morning and funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the residence at 422 Margaret Street. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery. Besides his parents, Ethan is survived by one brother, Claude, and a sister, Evelyn Lucille, at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

DYER, John
John Dyer, 35, was killed by Tony Slone, 21, at West Garrett late Saturday afternoon. Shot thought the chest, form the side, Dyer died almost instantly. The shooting took place at the home of Doty Hall, a few rods distant from the home of Slone. It is admitted that there had been some drinking in the vicinity and that certain members of a group of 8 men there had staged an altercation. Friends of Dyer claim that he was shot without provocation. Slone, interviewed in county jail here Tuesday stated that the shot Dyer only after the latter had snapped his revolver at him at a distance of only a few feet. Ted Dyer of Hueysville was shot and D. Mullins of Jack’s Creek was slashed with a knife at the same time. Dyer received a flesh wound, but Mullins is said to be in a serious condition. The slayer and his brother, Craynor Slone, were brought to jail here Saturday night by Garrett officers, and are yet in jail pending trial. The victim of the affair is survived by his widow and 3 small children. He is a son of Elliott Dyer, of Hindman. Burial was made Monday in the Allen Cemetery near Hueysville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18, 1930

GRIFFITH, J. C. Jr.
Webbville--The death angel visited the home of Obie Griffith on Jul 1 and took from them their loving brother, J. Griffith, Jr. who was born May 20, 1913. He had suffered 4 months with that dreadful disease, tuberculosis. He leaves to mourn his loss a father, J.C. Griffith of this place, 3 brothers, Obie Griffith of Webbville, Celcie Griffith of Huntington, WV, and Ted Griffith of Phoenix, AZ; also 2 sisters, Hilmia Boggs and Edna Estep of Grayson. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 11, 1930

HAMMOND, Charles T.
Funeral rites for Charles T. Hammond, 55, who died suddenly at noon Friday, from a stroke of apoplexy at his home, 2013 29th street, Ashland, were held from the 18th Street Methodist Church Sunday afternoon with Rev. E.P. Hall and Rev. E. R. Overly in charge. Burial was in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Mr. Hammond was a native of Salyersville, Magoffin County, but had resided in Ashland for a number of years. At the time of his death he was engaged in the insurance business. Prior to his connection with insurance companies he had been employed as railway mall clerk and in recent years had worked during the Christmas holidays in the Ashland post office. Mr. Hammond is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ida Hammond, 3 daughters, Mrs. Will Kitchen, Mrs. J.L. Welch, and Mrs. Ishmael Stafford, all of Ashland, and one son, Maurice Hammonds, at home and one sister, Mrs. F. W. Lamm of Seattle, WA, 2 brothers, Petha Hammonds of Ewington, OH and George Hammonds of Hamilton, OH and 10 grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

HATCHER, George
George Hatcher, prominent citizen of Harold, Floyd County, died suddenly at his home Wednesday morning of a victim of heart disease. The deceased was about 45 years old. Mr. Hatcher had arisen early, apparently in good health, and had told his family that he felt fine. The heart seizure came without warning, and he was dead within a few minutes. He was the son of the late Kenis and Nannie Hatcher, and was a member of one of this county’s oldest and most prominent families. Mr. Hatcher was well known for his hospitality. He is survived by his widow, the former, Miss Minnie Layne, and by 2 sons and 2 daughters, Andrew Hatcher of Logan, WV, Carl Hatcher, Harold, Mrs. Darwin Purdue of New York, and Miss Belle Hatcher of Harold. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18,1 930

HESTON, Tom
Tom Heston, 83, “The Village Blacksmith”, in Louisa for more than 40 years, died at his home on Clay Street at 11 o’clock Friday night. Funeral rites were held Sunday afternoon from the M. E. Church with Rev. W. W. Shepherd and Rev. H. B. Hewlett in charge. Burial was made in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Mr. Heston is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hattie Heston, 3 daughters, Mrs. Effie Murphy of Louisa, Mrs. Hannah Chaffin, Louisa and Mrs. Dave Olive of Huntington, WV, and 5 sons, Ed, Zeb, Creed, Jim and Carl Heston, all of Louisa, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

HOWARD, Joe
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald—At the Forks of Paint Creek at Ophir post office, where 3 counties Johnson, Morgan and Magoffin come together, “Stiff-lip” Joe Howard was shot and almost instantly killed by Ad Gillum Tuesday just before noon. According to information reaching Paintsville the division of a quantity of moonshine whiskey resulted in the killing. The two men had just made a run of moonshine whiskey from a still said to have been owned by Gillum and Howard and while diving the liquor became involved in a row. Gillum grabbed a shot gun and emptied a load of shot into Howard’s abdomen, almost disemboweling him. Sheriff W. M. Preston was notified of the murder and made a search of the neighborhood but failed to find the murderer. The section is a wild and rugged territory of high cliffs and precipices surrounded by laurel and rhododendron and to find a man in such a place is like hunting a needle in a haystack. During the search Sheriff Preston and deputies found the still on which the 2 men had been making moonshine near where Howard lived and destroyed it. The killing took place just across the line in Johnson County. Howard is a native of Magoffin County but had been living in the cliffs of Paint section for some time. Gillum is a native of Morgan County. Both men are known as desperate characters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

JOHNSON, Johnny
Johnny Johnson, 26 years old, a Weeksbury miner, was found dead Saturday night at 10:30 at the base of a 50-foot precipice near Roystore, Pike County, by members of a fishing party from Weeksbury whom he had accompanied there earlier in the night. The entire party, with the exception of Johnson, went to the river upon arrival at “The Crossing” near Raystore. Johnson remained behind with the truck in which they had driven to the spot. When the others returned, some time later, Johnson was not at the truck, and his body was later found at the base of that declivity. Johnson was a son of William Johnson. He is survived by  his widow. The body was taken to Melvin, this county (Floyd), for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

JOHNSON, Mahala H.
Mrs. Mahala H. Johnson, 82, a resident of Paintsville, died at the home of her son, Dr. Glen Johnson, Wayne, WV Wednesday morning. Heart trouble and complications were the cause of her death. She had been in poor health for some time. Mrs. Johnson’s husband, James D. Johnson, died 13 years ago. She had been a very devoted member of the United Baptist Church for the past 67 years. The deceased was born in Johnson County and her home was in Paintsville until about 2 months ago when she was removed to the home of her son, Dr. Johnson, at Wayne. She is survived by 5 sons, S. J. Johnson, Auxier, J. D. Johnson, Paintsville, Charlie Johnson, Thelma, Leonard Johnson, Lyra, OH, Dr. Glenn Johnson, Wayne, WV and 2 daughters, Mrs. Joe L. Fraley, Thelma and Mrs. Henry Preston of Louisa. Funeral service was held from the home of her son, Charlie Johnson, at Paintsville Thursday morning with burial following in the Thelma Cemetery, Johnson County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

JOHNSON, Montgomery
Prestonsburg, KY—From The Times—Standing within a few feet of the exact spot on which his brother was either murdered and then burned or was burned to death 6 years ago at Weeksbury, this county, Montgomery Johnson, 35 years old, member of a well known Floyd County family, was shot and fatally wounded Saturday night between 10 and 10:30 o’clock at the home of Eddie Hall. George Hall, 45 years old, is in the county jail here charged with the crime. He was arrested near Weeksbury and brought here Sunday. Johnson died within 2 hours after being shot through the right side of the chest, the bullet penetrating his liver. He made no statement other than to say that George Hall shot him. The only eyewitnesses to the slaying are the slayer himself and his brother Eddie, it is said. It was claimed by the slayer that he shot Johnson in self-defense The victim was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Johnson, prominent residents of the Left Beaver Creek section. He was a talented young man, being especially interested in writing. Besides his parents Mr. Johnson is survived by the following brothers: Hatler Johnson, Paintsville, M. C. Johnson, Jenkins, F. D. Johnson, Wheelwright, W. C. Johnson, Wheelwright, and O.  C. Johnson, who resides with his parents. Big Sandy News-recorder, Jul 4, 1930

LEEDY, Landon
Pikeville, KY—E.C. Chapman, a merchant of Kemper, Pike County, is in the hospital here in critical condition with a shot through the liver and the result of a pistol duel at his home on the Meat House Fork of Johns Creek, 17 miles from Pikeville, shortly afternoon Monday, when he shot and killed Landon Leedy, after Leedy had fired 6 shots at him and felled him to the ground with one of them. Chapman had turned up Leedy for whiskey, it is alleged and Leedy was arrested. He had threatened Chapman according to reports. Chapman claims Leedy fired at him 6 times before he shot and that he fired after he had fallen to the ground. During the fight, Lewis Gannon, a bystander, was struck by a bullet that inflicted a flesh wound in the hip. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

LEMING, Okie
Okie Leming is in jail here for the killing of his kinsman, Okie Leming with a rock during a fight on Abb Creek late last Thursday. At the examining trial held Wednesday his bond was placed at $5,000. He is held to the grand jury under charge of willful murder. Charles Wells is under $1,000 bond charged with aiding in the crime. The trouble is said to have started after Okie Leming was accused of stealing some beer from someone’ house. Harry Leming, together with Charlie Wells and Curt Boggs are said to have been drinking and that Harry said he was going to give Okie a whipping. He went to the home of Wash Leming where Okie lived and called Okie out. They started up the road accompanied by Wells and when a short distance from the house Okie and Harry engaged in a fight. Harry seized a rock and hurled it a short distance, striking Okie on the side of the head. Okie then went home to get his gun, it is said, but became ill and laid down in the yard. He soon became unconscious and remained so until his death about 1 o’clock Friday morning. The deceased youth who about 17 years old leaves his mother, Mrs. Norma Evans of Ashland and a number of relatives. Burial was in the family cemetery at the head of Abb Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

MCKENZIE, Carl O.
Carl O. McKenzie, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. McKenzie of Louisa, was struck and killed by a passenger train at Kellogg, below Huntington, Monday. He was returning from berry picking with a younger brother, and was leaving the right of way when struck. Carl’s chest was crushed, skull fractured, and one leg broken in three places. His brother escaped with slight injuries and was released from Kessler-Hatfield Hospital after being taken there following the accident. The body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here Monday night and prepared for burial. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the home with Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Interment was in Fulkerson Cemetery. Besides his parents he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mose Lett, Huntington, with who he was visiting at the time of his death; 5 brothers, John and Willie in the U. S. Army, Ray, Forrest and Jammitha at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18, 1930

MILLER, Mrs. Fred (Arvilla Taylor)
Mrs. Fred Miller, 51 years old, wife of one of Louisa’s prominent merchants, died Sunday night at her home on Franklin Street Death was due to asthma and heart trouble. Mrs. Miller had been in ill health for some time, but her death was a great shock to all who knew her, She became critically ill Friday night and gradually grew worse until taken by death. She was born and reared on East Fork and was united in marriage to Mr. Miller 33 years ago, residing at Adeline, KY, until 7 years ago when they moved to Louisa. Mrs. Miller was a most esteemed woman, a devoted wife and mother and of splendid Christian character, having been a member of the M. E. Church for 30 years and the Louisa M. E. Church for the past 5 years. Her death took place in her newly completed home on Franklin street, into which the family had just moved a few weeks ago, and her entire family was at her bedside when the end came. In addition to her husband, she is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. John Elswick, Mrs. Garland Webb, of Ashland, Mrs. Orson Ratliff of Louisa and Miss Elizabeth of Pikeville, and 3 sons, Fred, Jr., Carl and Harold Douglas, all at home, one sister, Mrs. Fannie tiller, Colorado Springs, CO, 3 brothers, James Taylor, Glenwood, Ed Taylor, Coalton, and William Taylor, Louisa. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the residence with Revs. W. W. Shepherd and H.B. Hewlett officiating. Burial followed immediately afterward in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18, 1930

MOORE, Morton
Morton Moore, 19, was shot and instantly killed by Rube Griffith, Jr., a young boy of 11 years, on Lower Laurel, last Thursday. The shooting occurred on the farm of Moore’s sister, Mrs. Arthona Sagraves, where he made his home. A warrant was sworn out by Squire J. L. Hewlette of Blaine charging Griffith with willful murder. According to word from the scene there are 2 versions of the killing. One was that it was an accident—the other that the killing was intentional. It seems that both youths were hoeing corn and that Moore carried a shotgun fearing trouble from some source. They had hoed two rows and were sitting in the shade resting. Moore is said to have asked the Griffith boy to go to the house and get some shells for his gun, which the boy did. Two girls by the name of Green were sitting with them.

According to reports Moore, who has one arm, placed his hand on one of the girls. Young Griffith is said to have jumped up telling Moore not to do that and grabbing the gun. He leveled it on Moore it is said and Moore exclaimed, “Don’t do that, it might be loaded and kill all of us.” Griffith is then said to have loaded the gun and in putting it down it exploded, the full charge striking Moore in the neck, almost severing the head. Moore fell over in one of the girl’s laps, dying instantly. The young people then fled. Lonzo Sagraves found the body. Other reports are that young Griffith shot Moore intentionally after loading the gun. Squire J. L. Hewlett of Blaine held an inquest and brought young Griffith to Louisa Tuesday where he was placed under a recognizance bond of $5,000 and given over to his parents for keeping. His mother accompanied him to Louisa. Examining is set for Saturday. Moore was buried Friday in the home cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

ONEY, Lydia Margaret
Lydia Margaret Oney was born Aug 26, 1882 in Carter County, KY. She died Jul 21 of peritonitis at the age of 47 years 10 months and 25 days. She was the wife of Richard J. Oney well known general merchant of Wurtland, KY where she was well known and highly respected by her wide acquaintance. She is survived by both parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Sturgill, her husband, Richard J. Oney and the following children, Mrs. Amanda Litteral fo Wurtland, Dolly, Nancy, Dixie, Elba, and Otis Oney, all at home, also the following brothers and sisters, Marion Sturgill, Willard, KY, Harvey Sturgill, Willard, KY, Ms. Nancy Hall of Webbville, KY and Mrs. America H. Maggard of Ashland, KY. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Wurtland with interment in the Alcorn Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

RIGG, John M.
Huntington, WV, John M. Rigg, 49 years old, 303 Sixth Avenue, prominent Huntington attorney, died Tuesday night from a complications of diseased following an illness of nearly a year. Mr. Rigg came to Huntington in 1920 from Kenova and became associated with C.C. Douthitt in the firm of Rigg & Douthitt. Six years ago he entered the law firm of Vinson, Thompson, Meek and Scherr. He was admitted to the bar at Wayne and later at Kenova. In ill health several months, Mr. Rigg became seriously ill and was taken to the hospital. His condition believed improved, he was returned to his home Jun 18. Two days later, he was again removed to the hospital where he had been confined until his death Tuesday night. He was a member of Huntington lodge No. 313, B.P.O. Elks, the Odd Fellows and Knights of the Golden Eagle. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Bertie Rigg; 2 daughters, Mrs.  Sarah Porter, Kenova and Miss Mamie Rigg at home; one son, Homer, at home, 6 brothers, George Rigg, Willard Rigg, William Rigg, Levi Rigg, James Rigg and Charley Rigg, all of Wayne County, 2 sisters, Mrs. Oley Workman, Westmoreland, and Miss Kelly Rigg, Ceredo, and one grandchild, Frank Porter, J., Kenova. Mr. Rigg was the third well known member of the Cabell bar to die within the last few months. The first was Herbert King of the firm of Fitzpatrick, Brown, and Davis. Mr. King died in April. Three weeks ago Cary N. Davis of the same firm died suddenly at his home here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 11, 1930

ROBERTS, Gladys Faye
On Jun 18, 1930, the death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Roberts and took for its victim their darling daughter, Gladys Faye. She was sick 5 months and bore her suffering patiently. A few days before her death she told her parents she knew she must die and that she was ready to meet her master. She was a loveable girl and always had a smile and a kind word of welcome for everyone. She leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother, 2 sisters and a brother and a host of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18, 1930

ROBERTS, William J.
William J. Roberts, 31, died Monday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ira W. See. He had been in ill health for about 3 years, but took suddenly worse several days ago while on a visit to his mother, Mrs. Mary Roberts and sister. He had formerly been engaged in the insurance business in Cincinnati, until about a year ago, when illness forced him to give up his position and go to the Veterans’ hospital at Dayton, OH where he has been treated since that time for diabetes. He came home little more than a week ago to spend his 2 weeks vacation with his mother and sister. Sunday evening about 7 o’clock he took seriously ill. About 10 o’clock he lapsed into unconsciousness which lasted up to death. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Roberts of Louisa. His father, E. H. Roberts, was a contractor and preceded him in death about 15 years ago. He  is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie See Roberts his mother, Mrs. Mary Roberts, one sister, Mrs. Ira W. See; 2 brothers, George B. Roberts of Memphis, TN and Jess r. Roberts of Portsmouth. Mr. Roberts was a member of the M. E. Church of this place and was a member of the American Legion. Funeral services were held from the home of his sister, Mrs. See, Wednesday afternoon with Rev. H.W. Ware in charge. Burial was in the Fulkerson Cemetery. William was well liked by all who knew him and will be sadly missed by his family, his devoted wife and many friends. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 11, 1930

RUNYON, John C.
John C. Runyon, 51 year old Belfry farmer, was found fatally shot early Friday morning in a small ravine a short distance from his home, a portion of his head torn away by a gunshot charge. Shortly after the fining of the body by Theodore Webb a report was made to officials here that Runyon had been murdered and Sheriff Keel went to investigate. An inquest was conducted at Belfry by Magistrate Mitch Blackburn and the jury found that Runyon came to his death accidentally. The body was found at the foot of a small hill and circumstances indicated that Runyon’s gun discharged when he slipped in going down the bank, the charge striking him in the back of the head. Runyon left home Thursday to make some repairs of fences, it was said, and took his gun with him. He was found near a mulberry tree Mr. Blackburn said. When he failed to return home Thursday night a search which resulted in the fining of his body was started. Other shells were found in his pockets. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

SAGRAVES, Sena
Mrs. Sena Sagraves, wife of A. M. Sagraves, died at her home in Hilliards, OH, Jun 16. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Clarence Sagraves, Ashland, Lonna H. Sagraves, Huntington, WV, Paris Sagraves, Woodstock, OH, Everet Sagraves, Hilliards, OH, Virgin Sagraves, Camp Chase, OH, Mrs. Pluma Moore, Ayersville, KY and Mrs. Lula Swiney, Lucasville, OH. She was a member of the Regular Primitive Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Sagraves were former Lawrence County citizens and have many relatives and friends in the county. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

SAVAGE, Martha (Jordan)
Martha Jordan Savage was born Jan 10, 1871, departed this life Jun 22, 1930, age 59 years 5 months and 12 days. She was married to Lewis J. Savage, Jan 1894. to this union were born 8 children, 5 boys and 3 girls, 6 of whom are living. She was for 6 years helpless from a paralytic stroke and dropsy which resulted in her death. She was perfectly willing and ready to meet her God. On last Friday she sang “I Am Going Home to Die No More”. On Sunday about 2 o’clock she called the family, bade them goodbye and her spirit took its flight to dwell with God. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

SEE, Garnette
Louisa was greatly shocked to learn of the death of Miss Garnette See, one of the city’s most prominent and liked young ladies. Miss See took sick just a week before at Ashland and was taken to the Louisville hospital  where she died. The doctors were unable to  learn the cause of her death. It is thought that overwork and nervous breakdown were responsible for her untimely end. Miss See, who was 29, had made her home at Ashland for a number of years. She made her home with  her sister, Mrs. C. T. Roberts, and for the past 2 years had been head of the French department and physical director of the high school at Man, WV.  She was a graduate of  Louisa high school at the age of 15 and later was graduated from Georgetown College with honors. Beside her school training she had done much home work in preparation for her life’s work. She was a daughter of C. F. See, Sr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Goff See. Her mother preceded her in death 18 years. Miss See had been a most faithful member of the Missionary Baptist Church and was considered a capable church worker wherever she went. Those who survive her are her father, C. F. See, Sr., of Louisa, 5 brothers, S. J. See of Seattle, WA, C. F. See, Jr., Ira W. See, and Adin T. See of Louisa and Jack See of Lexington; one sister, Mrs. C. T.  Roberts of Ashland. Funeral services will not be held till this Friday, awaiting the arrival of her brother from the West. The services will be conducted at the Baptist Church here . Three former pastors will have charge, Rev. Alus Hamilton, Rev. W. C. Pierce and Rev. E. L. Edens. Active pallbearers are E. J. See, Willis A. See, Alvis See, Henry See, Ira T. See, and Andy See, honorary pallbearers, Mrs. Gus Snyder, Mrs. W. H. Goodman, Mrs. Fred Dixon, Mrs. E. K. Spencer, Mrs. Clayton Smoot and Miss Delores Waller, cousins of the deceased. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 11, 1930

SEE, Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland See died on Monday, Jun 16, 1930 at the Martin Hospital, Ironton, OH. Grover was born in Lawrence County in 1885. For several years he has been engaged in the mining business as foreman and superintendent in the Big Sandy Valley. He is survived by his wife, 5 daughters and 3 sons, who reside at Burton, KY and 2 brothers and 3 sisters. His funeral was held Friday Jun 20 at the old home place on Lick Creek, conducted by Rev. William Burgess and the Elk Fraternity. Burial was in the family cemetery at the old home place. The Elk fraternity officiated at the services at the grave.B Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

SHERMAN, Belle
Mrs. Belle Sherman, beloved wife of our townsman, Steven Sherman, died in the Martin hospital last Friday where she had been removed for special treatment only a few days before. Her illness had covered a period of several months, gradually growing worse until the end came Friday at noon. She was buried in the family burying ground on Johns Creek near Auxier on Sunday. A large concourse of people from here attended the funeral, making the journey by motor cars. She was 55 years old, joined the church and was converted to the Christian religion when 12 years of age and never wavered in her faith of a living triumphant after death. She was one of our noblest women, loved by all who knew her, had lived here for the past 10 years, coming here with her family when the plant was first started. She leaves a husband and 2 daughters, Mrs. Bill Day and Mrs. Reb Martin. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

SHORT, Frank
Yatesville, KY—Word announcing the death of Frank Short, of near Oldtown, KY, was received here last Thursday. Mrs. Damer Riffe is a sister of Mr. Short. She left on the first bus to attend her brother’s funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18, 1930

The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Hester Short and took her loving husband, Frank Short. He departed this life Jul 6, 1930. He was sick 5 months. All was done that loving hands could do. He was 54 years of age, born Oct 1, 1876 and married to  Hester Dearfield 28 years ago. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and children and 5 brothers. He was laid to rest in the Bishop Cemetery, Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

SKIRVIN, Robert Leslie
Robert Leslie Skirvin, 55, one of the oldest conductors on the C & O lines was killed Tuesday morning when he fell from a vestibule of train No. 24 running from Louisville to Ashland. The accident occurred near No. 8 mine, 4 miles out of  Ashland. A thorough examination by coroner, E. R. Hunter, Ashland, was made and death was held to be accidental. The train which is due in Ashland at 1:30 came into the station before Mr. Skirvin’s absence was discovered. When he failed to show up to open the doors for the passengers a search of the train was instituted and no trace of him could be found. One of the searchers noticed that t vestibule door of one of the coaches was open and the opinion was expressed that he must have fallen from the train.

A searching party headed by Trainmaster Cabell obtained a motor car equipped with powerful search lights and started a search along the railway tracks. Some of the passengers and embers of the train crew remembered seeing Mr. Skirvin on the train near Grahn. The party came upon his body near No. Eight Mine lying over a 60 foot fill. The body was pretty badly bruised and cut and he was dead when found. It is believed that he was killed instantly. It was feared fro a time that Mr. Skirvin had met with foul play and a number of persons were questioned but it was finally decided by coroner Hunt that his death was accidental. Mr. Skirvin is said to have been talking to a passenger when he remarked that he heard soothing dragging on the coach. He is said to have gone to investigate and was heard to remark that he almost fell out of the door. Again he is said to have stated that he heard the dragging and went to investigate. This time he failed to come back. The passengers, however, didn’t think anything about it because they thought he had gone on to some other part of the train.

Mr. Skirvin had been in the employ of the C & O for many years and was one of the best known of the passenger conductors. He was held in highest esteem by company officials and his fellow employees. He alternated between the Louisville run and the Big Sandy trip. His last duty up  Big Sandy was about a month ago, where he was well known and universally liked. He had many friends here. He had resided in Ashland for a great many years and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sadie Skirvin, one daughter, Mrs. L. E. Webb of Hitchins, KY, 2 sons, James B. Skirvin of Ashland and Robert Skirvin, Jr. of Morehead, 2 grandsons, Lloyd Webb, Jr. and Robert Franklin Webb, and his mother in law, Mrs. J. D. Burch of Ashland and 5 brothers, F. M. Skirvin of Holdenville, OK Orville Skirvin of Cherryville, OK, Emmett Skirvin, of San Francisco, CA, A. S. Skirvin, Colorado, and C. C. Skirvin of Bellvue, KY.  He was a member of Poage Lodge F & A. M. of Ashland, of the Ashland Lodge of Elks, No. 350, and also a member of the Order of Railway Conductors. The funeral services is to be held from the First Methodist Church at 18th Street and Carter Ave., Ashland, Friday afternoon with Rev. E. R. Overly and Rev. J. H.  Burden in charge. Interment will be made in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

STROHMEYER, G. W.
G. W. Strohmeyer, 53, of Catlettsburg, electrician for the Ashland Refining Company, was fatally burned Friday afternoon when his body came in contact with a high tension wire on the company’s premises at Leach, KY near Catlettsburg. Strohmeyer was working on top of a pole when he accidentally touched the wire. The body remained in contact with the wire, held to the pole by a safety belt, until fellow workers released it several minutes later. Artificial respiration treatment was applied vainly for 2 hours and 37 minutes. Fire Chief Burris Hensley of Ashland and several Ashland physicians were summoned to aid in resuscitation efforts, Signs of life in the unconscious body were shown after respiration treatment had been given for about an hour, and with renewed effort relays of workman labored over the body for an hour and a half longer. Strohmeyer is survived by the widow, Mrs. Loua McClure Strohmeyer and an adopted son, Roy Strohmehyer, 18, a student in electricity on the U. S. Naval training ship Raleigh, now cruising on the east coast of the United States. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the M. E. Church at Kenova with burial in the family cemetery near here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18, 1930

VANHORN, Earl
Earl Vanhorn, 35, a resident of Catlettsburg, who died Tuesday at the Stevenson hospital in Ashland, was buried Thursday afternoon in the Buchanan Cemetery. The body was removed to the home of his parents at Zelda Wednesday. Funeral services were held from the Buchanan Chapel Thursday afternoon by the Rev. Shumway. Mr. Vanhorn is survived by his widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs.  Frank Vanhorn, of Zelda; 3 brothers, Pearl of Hewlett, Delbert of Catlettsburg, and Urcle of Buchanan, 5 sisters, Mrs. Eve Sweat of West Virginia, Mrs. Sadie Blankenship of Virginia, Mrs. Sadie Blankenship of Burdine, Mrs. Queenie Jordan of Portsmouth, OH and Miss Cora Vanhorn and Miss Gussie Vanhorn of Buchanan. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 25, 1930

VANHORN, Hence Jr.
Hence Jr. Vanhorn, age 14, died at the home of his parents at Adeline, Jun 27th. Funeral was conducted at the residence Jun 29th, and burial was made in the cemetery at Adeline. Rev. H. L. Shumway of Catlettsburg, officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930
Junior was born Dec 15, 1915 and departed this life Jun 27, 1930.

WARD, John D.
Paintsville, KY—John D. Ward, 42, of Martin, KY, formerly of this city, dropped dead in a restaurant at Elkhorn City, Friday, while waiting for his breakfast, according to word received here. Mr. Ward was a fireman on the Big Sandy passenger train, running on 37 and 38. He was to have been on 37 coming towards Ashland today. Apparently he had been in excellent health and no one heard him complain. The body was taken to Pikeville where it was prepared for burial. He is survived by his wife and 3 children, his father, W. A. Ward of Catlettsburg, one sister, Mrs. Tom Powell of Grayson, and one brother, Smith Ward of Paintsville, Apoplexy is believed to have caused his death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18, 1930

WARNICK, Viola
Mrs. Viola Warnick, wife of M. C. Warnick, died Sunday morning at her home in Ashland. She was 54 years old. Mrs. Warnick’s death was brought on by her third paralytic stroke, the first occurred in 1925, the second a few days later, and the third Thursday at noon. She was born at Starr Furnace, Carter County in 1875. She was married Mar 4, 1903 to McClelland Warnick at Richardson and has lived in Ashland for the past 27 years. Mrs. Warnick is survived by her husband, 3 children, Mrs. Herman F. Watson, Miss Janice Warnick and Frank Warnick, all of Ashland; her mother, Mrs. Charlotte Hinkle, Richardson, 3 sisters, Mrs. Gordon C. burgess, Richardson, Mrs. Charles Boller, Scottsville and Mrs. Carl Castle, Ashland and 4 brothers, James W. Hinkle, Randolph Hinkle, Jr., Oscar F. Hinkle, all of Richardson, and John S. Hinkle of Louisa. Mrs. Warnick was removed to the old home at Richardson in Lawrence County Monday evening on the Big Sandy train. The funeral was held Tuesday with burial in the family cemetery. Rev. H. B. Hewlette officiated. She was a member of the Methodist Church, South since a young girl, was a devoted wife and loving mother and was well liked by all her friends. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

WATSON, Greenbury
Greenbury Watson, 45 years old succumbed at 3 o’clock Monday morning to a gunshot wound said to have been inflicted by his son, Sidney Watson, 20, at the Watson home on Prater Creek, near Banner, this county. The full charge of the shotgun, fired at point blank, pierced the elder Watson’s groin. According to the report of the affair told officers at Banner Monday, Greenbury Watson was intoxicated a the time of the shooting, and had been engaged in a fight with his wife in the yard of the Watson home. After the son had succeeded in separating them, he and all members of the family except the father seated themselves to supper. A few moments later, the father was heard procuring the shotgun and loading it. As he came into the dining room, the younger Watson jumped to his feet, the report continues, and grappled with his father for possession of the weapon. It was in the wrestle for possession of the gun that the shot was fired. The victim was a son of Elijah Watson. He is survived by  his widow and several children. Burial was made Tuesday on Prater Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

WELLMAN, Dave
Dave Wellman, 69, died a the County infirmary, Jul 1. funeral services were held Wednesday with interment in county cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 4, 1930

WHITE, John
John White, 20, former Catlettsburg High School athlete and son of Mr. and Mrs. William White, of 28th Street, Catlettsburg, died suddenly of a heart attack while in bathing at the Dreamland swimming pool in Kenova, Saturday evening about 7 o’clock. Evidently no warning of the fatal attack was given. White had been in excellent health. Those who were with him at the pool stated that he had just swum across the pool and had pulled himself up on the float. He sat there for a minute and fell over dead. Dr. Riffe of Kenova who was at the pool at the time made a hurried examination and announced the cause of death as a heart attack. White was one of Catlettsburg’s most popular youths. He graduated from the Catlettsburg High School in the class of 1929. He was a splendid athlete and one of the best football men ever turned out at the local school. At the time of his death he was employed at the Hale Creamery. White is survived by his parents, 4 brothers, Fred Charlie Robert and Harvey and one sister, Mrs. Wilma Greening all of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the late residence on 28th Street. Rev. Arden P. Keyser, assisted by Rev. Pierce had charge of the service. Burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. White has relatives in Lawrence County and all are grieved to learn of his untimely death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 18, 1930

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ALLEY, J. W.
Prestonsburg, KY (From the Times)—J. W. Alley, Sr., 68 years old, prominent coal mining official and one of the pioneers in the coal industry in this vicinity, passed away at his home at the Prestonsburg Coal Company camp, Water Gap, Thursday evening. A complication of illnesses was responsible for Mr. Alley’s death. He had been in ill health for several years, but not until a few months ago was his will to be about and at work overcome by his weakened body. Mr. Allen came to  Prestonsburg about 25 years ago when the Prestonsburg Coal Company was first organized and opened the Town Branch mining operations as the second mine to be opened in this vicinity with the laying of the railroad from Whitehouse into this county. He was superintendent of this company until his death. He was a past master of Zebulon Lodge, Free and accepted Masons, and took active part throughout his residence here  and at Water Gap in the work of the order. The body was taken to Tazewell, VA, old home of Mr. Alley, for burial. Surviving Mr. Alley are his widow, 4 sons, Charles, James, Thomas, and George Alley; 4 daughters, Mrs. Z. S. Dickerson, Mrs. George Rorer, Mrs. F. G. McGuire and Mrs. Charles Moore all of this place. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

BATES, Martin
Martin Bates, son of Deputy Sheriff T. A. Bates, of Bypro was electrocuted Wednesday when a jack inside the mines at Bypro slipped, throwing him against a trolley wire. Death was instantaneous. The victim was about 23 years old and was a young man of good character. He formerly was a student at Berea, and his father had planned for him to work outside the mines, fearing some such accident as took his life. The body was taken to Thornton near Whitesburg, Letcher County for burial Thursday in the family cemetery.  Young Bates is survived by his father, a brother and several sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 1, 1930

BATES, Walter
Walter Bates, age 50, of East Fork, KY, died Aug 19, of paralysis. He was born in Lawrence County, KY. He is survived by his wife, Mary Young Bates and several children and 5 brothers, Frank of Greenup, John, Riverton, Isadore, Rice, KY, William, Louisa, George, Irish Creek, KY, 3 sisters, Mrs. Anna Maynard, of Wayne County, WV, Mrs. Susan Wileman, Jean, and Mrs. Peggy Young, Overda. Funeral services were held Aug 21st at the home with interment in the Happy Ridge cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 29,1930

BOYD, Allen
Marcus Price, 20, and brother, Sam Bob Price, were bound to the grand jury at $1500 each at examining trial here Thursday for killing of Allen Boyd, 22, late Saturday outside Arthur Preston’s store at Patrick, this county, late Saturday. The boys were bound to the grand jury when evidence showed that the shooting might have been prevented. The boys gave bond. Boyd was shot 4 times, twice in the chest and twice in the back and died within a few minutes. Marcus Price, who is charged with the shooting of Boyd, was also wounded in the mouth by a bullet from Boyd’s pistol. It is said that Price and his brother charged Boyd with taking horses from the pasture of their father, Tom Price, and riding them after night. At the examining trial, the Price boys stated that they did not accuse Boyd of talking their horses. According to testimony, Boyd rode up to the store armed with 2 pistols and said, “Whoever said I was a horse thief is a liar.” An argument then ensued between Boyd and the Price boys. Boyd was disarmed, but later his pistols were given back to him. It is said that Boyd during the argument shot Marcus Price in the face. Marcus then shot Boyd 4 times as the started to run. Boyd grabbed the reins of his horse and went about 25 feet before falling dead. Price was taken to a hospital in Paintsville where his wound was dressed and then taken into custody by the sheriff who brought him to Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

BOYD, Mrs. Sherman
Mrs. Sherman Boyd, 63 years old, resident of Cannonsburg Road, just outside of Catlettsburg, died at her home Tuesday about 9 o’clock. Mrs. Boyd had been an invalid for several years and her death was not unexpected. Mrs. Boyd was a native of Lawrence County, KY. She had resided in Catlettsburg for the past 14 years. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Catlettsburg and led a beautiful Christian life. She is survived by  her husband, 3 sons, Burns, Burt and Arthur, all of Catlettsburg, 2 sisters, Mrs. Thersy Muncy of Columbus, OH, and Mrs. Jet Webb of near Louisa, and 3 brothers, Jeff Davis of Catlettsburg, Dave Davis of Lawrence County and P.C. Davis of Ashland. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the home of A. J. Austin on Georges Creek, Lawrence County and burial followed in the Davis graveyard. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

BURK, Jennie
Pikeville, KY—Mrs. Jennie Burk, 89 years old, member of one of the pioneer families of Pike County, is dead at her home at Etty, KY, 25 miles from Pikeville. Her husband, Nathan Burk, died nearly a half century ago. She is survived by 2 sons, William and Harvey and by 3 daughters, Jane, Matilda, and Nancy. Her son, William and 3 daughters are single. She is also survived by 2 brothers, W. H.C. Johnson and B. F. Johnson, merchant and wealthy real estate owner of Shelby Creek, and by 2 sisters, Miss Dicy Johnson, Myra, KY and Mrs. Mary Fleming. The Burk home has long been noted as an example of good housekeeping in the mountains. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

CHANEY, Clarence
Pikeville, KY—Clarence Chaney, 23 years old, of Winright, near here, was instantly killed near his home Saturday  morning when he was struck by a C& O freight train. The body was badly mangled. Funeral services were conducted Sunday. He was the son of Rev. J.C. Chaney. Surviving are his parents, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 8, 1930

DAMRON, Malinda C.
Mrs. Malinda C. Damron, 82 years old, lifelong resident of Pike County, died at her home on Spring Branch of Hurricane Creek Saturday morning after an illness lasting more than a year. Mrs. Damron was born on Island Creek and resided there until after her marriage. Her husband John Damron, died 18 years ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are 8 sons, L. P. Damron of Carter County, Squirrel Damron of Detroit, MI, Lee and Robert Damron of Lawrence County, Daniel Damron of Robinson Creek and Logan, King and Auxier Damron of Hurricane Creek and 4 daughters, Mrs. Phoebe Marrs of Robinson Creek, Mrs. Sarah Tackett of Island Creek, Mrs. Elsie Whitten of Hurricane Creek, and Mrs. Tilda Hunt of West Virginia. Funeral services were held Sunday at the home and burial was in the Damron Cemetery on Spring Branch of Hurricane Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

DAVIS, Robert T. S.
Robert T. S. Davis, 63, of Fort Gay died Monday morning at a local hospital from complications after an illness of 3 weeks. He was a farmer and a good man. His wife, Minnie Davis, died 3 years ago. He is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Emily Alice Hatfield, Rose Siding, KY, and Mrs.Izabell Hatfield, Matewan, KY. The body was shipped to Matewan, WV Tuesday. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Matewan with burial in the Matewan Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 8, 1930

FRAZIER, Mrs. J. M.
Mrs. J.M. Frazier, 52, died at her home at Bonanza, Floyd County, Tuesday after a long illness. The deceased was a woman of good character and had been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for years. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons and 4 daughters. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Conley. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug8, 1930

GOBLE, Pole
Prestonsburg, KY (From Floyd County Times)—Pole Goble, 72, succumbed Monday night at his home on the Mayo Trail, 4 miles above here, to injuries received when he was struck by an automobile near the Winchester Coal Company’s tipple. Weakened condition of Mr. Goble, coupled with severity of injuries about the head, rendered hopes of his recovery vain. It was said here, following an investigation into the accident that the mishap was unavoidable. Otis Warfield of Ashland and Doyle Parsons of Grayson were occupants to the car which struck the aged man. Mr. Goble was well known and respected in this vicinity. He is survived by his widow and 2 brothers, Ike Goble of Woods and Anderson Goble of Flat Gap. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning by Revs. Wright and Childers and burial was made on Calf Creek under the direction of E.P. Arnold of this place. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Aug 8, 1930

HATFIELD, William Anderson
William Anderson “Cap” Hatfield, known as the last of the Hatfield-McCoy feudist of West Virginia and Kentucky, died last week at a hospital in Baltimore at the age of 67. He was taken to Baltimore a few days ago from his Logan, WV home, suffering a brain ailment that had no connection with a wound sustained in the long feud war of a half century ago, which took scores of lives. With Hatfield when he died were his wife, a son and daughter.

During the days the feud raged, when he lived for weeks along the mountain ridges between the Tug and Guyandotte Rivers, “Cap” Hatfield would carry a book or two along with him to occupy his hours. So eager was he for knowledge, that he pursued a correspondence course in law after reaching middle age and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. \

His children were Coleman A. Hatfield, member of the Logan County Bar, who came with him to the hospital; L. W. Chatfield, Logan County justice of the peace; Robert Hatfield, civil engineer and deputy sheriff, Mrs. Charles A. Carter, Miami, FL and Flossie and Muriel Hatfield, teachers at Logan. “Cap” Hatfield had been ill at his home about 2 months before being taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital at Baltimore. His daughter, Flossie, also accompanied him there.

“Cap” Hatfield was a son of “Devil Anse” Hatfield, leader of the Hatfield family in the mountain warfare near the West Virginia-Kentucky border. He was born on Feb 1864 on Mate Creek, Logan County, but now Mingo County. He had personal knowledge of many of the incidents that occurred before peace finally settled upon the valley. “Devil Anse” died 9 years ago. Although credited with a remarkable memory, Hatfield steadfastly refused in later years to outline an authentic account of the events that provided a colorful page in the history of the mountain country. He showed resentment, however, to many of the sensational stories that were published from time to time with him as central figure. A large, powerfully built man, “Cap” Hatfield claimed a charmed life. He “guessed” he was shot at about 300 times and was wounded but once. One account accredited the feud with having started with a quarrel over the ownership of some hogs. The families lived on the opposite sides of the Tug River, the Hatfields on the West Virginia side and the McCoys on the Kentucky. In 1880 Bill Stayton of the Hatfield clan met Paris and Sam McCoy and fought the first battle of the feud. Stayton was killed. Several years later one of the Hatfields was slain The feud gradually died down after West Virginia and Kentucky officials took a hand in restoring order.

Hatfield married Mrs. Nancy Smith Glenn when she was 19 years old. She taught him to read and write. He pursued a correspondence course in law on reaching middle age and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. He encouraged and helped his children to obtain an education. He was a deputy sheriff in Logan County for a number of years. He was a cousin of United States Senator Henry D. Hatfield of West Virginia. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Agu 29, 1930

JACKSON, Elizabeth F.
Miss Elizabeth F. Jackson died at her home on Lock Avenue Tuesday morning after a short illness of acute indigestion. She was a daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Jackson and was never married. She is survived by  one sister, Mrs. Mary E. Davis, with whom she shared her home, one brother, R. C. Jackson of Greenup, and 21 nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Baptist Church for the past 62 years. Funeral services were held Thursday from the Baptist Church with Rev. F. Hardin and Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Interment was in the Davis Cemetery near Louisa. Active pallbearers were Fred See, Fred Miller, Sr., William Fulkerson, Giles Simpson, C. Bromley and L. L. Kinstler. Honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Bill Norton, Mrs. B. J. Calloway, Mrs. J. B. Crutcher, Mrs. Frank Vinson, Mrs. H.B. Hewlett and Mrs. George Hawes. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

LAYNE, Mrs. W. H.
Mrs. W. H. Layne, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday afternoon after being admitted to the Paintsville hospital. She became suddenly ill and was removed to the hospital where she died 10 minutes later. Mrs. Layne was stricken about 5 o’clock in the afternoon and after a short consultation, it was decided to rush her to the hospital for emergency treatment. Her sudden death caused a general depression in her community, as she had a wide acquaintance and numbered her friends by the scores. She was a member of one of the old families of the Big Sandy Valley born and raised in Prestonsburg and intimately connected with social and civic affairs. She was the daughter of Mrs. Alice Hopkins and leaves her husband, 2 daughters, Mrs. D. R. Burke and Miss Angeline, one son, Frank H. Layne, her mother, one sister, Mrs. T. E. Dimmick of Huntingotn and one brother, John C. Layne. Mrs. Layne was about 45. Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday morning with burial in Porter Cemetery at Prestonsburg. Those who attended the funeral from Louisa were M. S. Burns, Mr. and Mrs. John Burns and Mrs. Jennie Adams. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 1, 1930

LITTERAL, Gordon, Jr.
LITTERAL, Charles Stewart
Paintsville, KY (From the Herald)—Gordon Litteral, Jr., 5 and his brother, Charles Stewart Litteral, 2, children of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Litteral, died at Oil Springs following a short illness of flux. Gordon, Jr. the eldest son, passed away Sunday night, while Charles Stewart died on the following morning. The third and youngest child of the family was also stricken and for a time was seriously ill, but will recover, Dr. F. M. Witten, the attending physician, reports. Mr. and Mrs. Litteral reside near Columbus, OH and had driven through for a visit with relatives and friends at Oil Springs, their former home. The severe hot weather encountered on the trip from Columbus and the change of water is thought to have been responsible for brining about the disease. Dr. Witten reports that a severe epidemic of flux swept Johnson County in 1886 during which time a number of our best citizens were taken. During this epidemic Dr. Witten says he attended as high as 200 patients a day. Mr. and Mrs. Litteral are natives of Johnson County. Mr. Litteral being a son of Harry Litteral. The little one were buried in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

MCCORMICK, Mary (Curnutte)
Mrs. Mary Curnutte McCormick, a former resident of Lawrence County, died at her home at Stirrat, WV, Jul 15, 1930. She was born Feb 23, 1850. The news of her death will bring sorrow to a large circle of relatives and friends. Interment was made in Stirrat Cemetery, near her home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 8, 1930

MEADE, Albert\
Albert Meade, 30, prominent young merchant and real estate owner of Ligon, Floyd County, KY was instantly killed Monday night, Aug 18th, when the car which he was driving turned over on Mayo Trail, about 7 miles south of Pikeville. Moses Mitchell, also of Ligon, the other occupant of the car, escaped with slight bruises. According to Mitchell, Meade drove the car at a rate of about 35 miles per hour and suddenly lost control over the car as it skidded on the gravel. The car rolled over several times and when Mitchell crawled out of the wreckage he found Meade lying on the ground dead. Mitchell was taken to the Methodist hospital where his bruises were treated and returned to his home. Meade’s body was removed to an undertaking establishment in Pikeville. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Meade, prominent residents of Ligon, and is survived by  his widow, Hattie Martin Meade, and a son, Gordon, age 6 years and a daughter, Jean age 3. Surviving are also his parents and several brothers. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

MEEK, Greenville
Greenville Meek, 29, of Auxier, died in Dr. G. M. Sturgell’s office in Ashland a few days ago. The circumstances looked so suspicious that Strugell and 2 men and a woman present at the time were placed under arrest. Sturgell was place in jail, but is now out on $5000 bond, charged with manslaughter. The other parties were released. An autopsy was held and the stomach was sent to the State Board of Health for examination. Several punctures in the arms are thought to have been made with a hypodermic needle. Meek was a son of Warren M. Meek. He leaves a wife and a child. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

PATRICK, Hazel
Miss Hazel Patrick, 21, died last Monday morning a the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Sam Stapleton, Sr., in Paintsville from hemorrhage of the lungs, following an illness of 3 years duration of tuberculosis. For the past 2 years she had been an inmate of Hazlewood sanitarium, Louisville, where she had been sent by her family with the hope of restoring her health, but she returned to Paintsville, Jun 15, where she remained until the end. Miss Patrick was a student of the Paintsville High School where she completed the 8th grade and had taken 3 years of high school when the condition of her health forced her to forsake her studies and enter the sanitarium. Miss Patrick is a daughter of Claude Patrick of Salyersville, her mother having preceded her in death several years ago. She is survived by one brother, Earl Patrick of Paintsville. She was the granddaughter of the late Sam Stapleton of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church Tuesday in charge of Rev. John Prater of Salyersville, assisted by  Rev. Thomas B. Ashley and Rev. F. S. Vanhoose of Paintsville with interment in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery in Bridgford addition. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 1, 1930

PATTON, Minnie
Mrs. Minnie Dill Patton, 29, of Louisa, died at the C & O hospital in Huntington, WV at noon last Thursday after an illness of several days. She was the wife of Lon Patton, section foreman for the C & O railroad, and was well known and liked in Louisa. She is survived by her husband, 4 children, Cecil, 13, Mamie, 9, John Thomas, 4, and Harry Gilbert, 2, and by her mother, Mrs. Nettie Dill, of Paintsville; 3 sisters, Mrs. Conley, Mrs. Oscar Lovely, and Miss June Dill and by 3 brothers, John, Bill, and Charles Dill, all of Paintsville. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon with Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. Burch Conley of Paintsville officiating. Burial followed in the Turner Cemetery near Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

RADCLIFF, John J.
John J. Radcliff, 57, well known farmer of Fort Gay, died last Thursday, Jul 31 after an illness of 2 weeks. Mr. Radcliff was a good man and highly respected by those who knew him. He had been a member of the Christian Church for the past 35 years, was a charter member in the Fort Gay K. of P. Lodge and also a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of  Louisa. Mr. Radcliff is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rachel Copley Radcliff, a daughter, Mrs. Goodwin Lycan, Fort Gay, 2 sons, W. Glenn Radcliff, Huntington and John Victor Radcliff at home; one brother, Thompson Radcliff, Fort Gay, one sister, Mrs. W. H. Peters, Fort Gay and one grandson, Charles Radcliff, Huntington. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Bartram Chapel on Mill Creek, WV, with the K. of P. Lodge in charge. Mr. and Mrs. Radcliff had been married 31 years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 8, 1930

RATLIFF, Silas
Silas Ratliff, of Elkhorn Creek, Pike County, was shot and fatally wounded at the home of Lon Warrix near Wise, VA, Saturday night. No motive for the shooting of Ratliff is known. Warrix is reported to have had some trouble with another man but he and Ratliff were not known to have had any difficulties. Following the shooting Warrix dashed into the hills and has not been apprehended, according tot the latest report. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

ROSS, Ernest Jack
Ernest Jack Ross, aged 15 years, died at a hospital in Ashland Sunday afternoon after an illness of  10 days. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Ross of Bear Creek. He is survived by his grandfather, G.W. Ross, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Ross, Jr., and one brother and one sister. Jack, as he was called at home and by his friends, was a member of the 4-H club and very efficient in his work in school. Funeral was held from the Ross home Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Campbell in charge and burial took place in the Ross cemetery  on Garner. Boys who are members of the 4-H Club were selected as active pall bearers and school girls were selected for flower girls. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

SEE, Mrs. David
Mrs. David See, 43, died Sunday morning in an Athens, OH hospital, after an illness resulting from a nervous breakdown. She had resided in Portsmouth, OHH since her husband’s death about 6 years ago. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. W.F. Hensley of Fort Gay; four brothers, Jay Dawson and Wayne Dawson both of Fort Gay; Taylor Dawson of Branchville, PA, Billie Dawson, Richmond, OH; 4 sisters, Mrs. Robert Peters, Fort Gay, Mrs. George Rowland, Baroma, PA, Mrs. Wayne Wellman, Fort Gay and Mrs. Gradie Riggs, Fort Gay; 2 half sisters, Mrs. John Bellomy of Wayne, WV and Mrs. John Hayton of Prichard, WV. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Fort Gay Baptist Church with Rev. U S. Pinson of Wheelersburg, OH officiating. Interment was in the Furkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 8, 1930

SIZEMORE, Mrs. Barrma
The body of Mrs.  Barram Sizemore, resident of Louisa Road, Catlettsburg, was discovered by neighbors Thursday evening about 4 o’clock. Death occurred a short time, before and was attributed to apoplexy. Mrs. Sizemore was 58 years old. She resided alone. One sister, Mrs. Sarah Saulsbury, of Louisa and 2 brothers, Jack Patton both of Pike County, KY survive. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

SMITH, LeRoy
LeRoy Smith, 16 year old son of Roland Smith of near Sidney, died at the Methodist hospital here at 6 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, of last week from injuries received the previous day while working in timber near his home. The exact manner in which the youth was injured is not known. He had been working in the timber with his father who found him lying unconscious on the ground. It is believed he was struck on the head by a falling pole. Following the accident, the youth was brought to the hospital here where an examination disclosed an injury to his skull. He never regained consciousness. The body was taken to his home Thursday where burial took place. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

STAFFORD, T. R.
T. R. Stafford, 68, a retired merchant, died at his home at Oil Springs Tuesday morning. He was in his usual good health until Monday afternoon when he suddenly was stricken with a severe pain in the head from which he died a few hours later. His sudden death was a shock to his family and friends. He was a member of one of the county’s oldest and best known families and his sisters and brothers living are Mrs. Tallie Roberts, Paintsville, Mrs. Mary Picklesimer, Greenup, Charles Stafford, Mt. Sterling, Harry B. Stafford, Tampa, FL, F. M. Stafford, Los Angeles, CA, and Frank Stafford, Catlettsburg. The following children survive, Mrs. M. O. Wheeler, Miss Madge, Miss Marie Louise Stafford, Ray Stafford, Earl Stafford, Harvey Stafford, Grady Stafford and Charlie Stafford. His wife died 4 years ago. Funeral services were held at the Stafford home at Oil Springs Wednesday afternoon and were in charge of Rev. Thomas B. Ashley of the M. E. Church of Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 1, 1930

STANSBERRY, L. S.
Pikeville—L. S. Stansberry, former police judge at Hellier, KY, died at his home there Wednesday morning following a long illness of paralysis. His death was indirectly due to a wound received nearly 2 years ago when he was shot by Dave Cox. Cox was not tried at the time in connection with the shooting and following the expirations of one year and a day, the time under which he could have been charged with murder in the event of Stansberry’s death, he pleaded guilty to malicious shooting and was sentenced to 5 years. Funeral services for Judge Stansberry were held Thursday morning at his home. He is survived by the widow, 2 brothers and 3 sisters, Dan Stansberry of Louisa is a half brother. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

STEVENS, Jack
Jack, the year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stevens of Louisa died suddenly Thursday morning of this week from pneumonia. The little fellow took suddenly ill only 2 hours before his death. Besides his parents, he is survived by 5 other brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held from the home on Rice Street Friday afternoon with Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 29, 1930

STRATTON, Alvin
Alvin Stratton 28, truck driver for the Kentucky and West Virginia Gas Company here, died at West Prestonsburg Saturday morning. Typhoid was held responsible for his death. Suffering, it is said, from “walking typhoid” Mr. Stratton had continued work. He became seriously ill only the day before his death, and his passing was unexpected. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stratton, of Banner, he is survived by his widow, his one year old son, 6 brothers and a sister. The body was taken Saturday to the home of Wade Maynard of Allen, uncle of Mr. Stratton. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Jones Cemetery, between Banner and Allen, where burial was made. Rev. G. W. Rose, of  this place, officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 29,1 930

SWETNAM, Milton Franklin
Milton Franklin Swetnam, 92 years old, one of the oldest residents of Lawrence County, died Sunday morning at his home on Perry Street. He had been in failing health for several months, but did not become seriously ill until about a week ago. Mr. Swetnam was a veteran of the Civil War and was highly respected by the whole county, being widely known. He was a son of Clayman and Treecy Swetnam who died a number of years ago. Mr. Swetnam is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lydia Swetnam; 7 daughters, Mrs. Charley Carey, Louisa, Mrs. W. H. C. Thompson, Wilbur, Mrs. Green Burton, Blaine, Mrs. H. H. Gambill, Blaine, Mrs. J. J. Gambill, Blaine, Mrs. Amanda Wellman, South Dakota Mrs. Morgan Stambaugh, Paintsville, and by 2 sons, George Swetnam and Oliver Swetnam of Wilbur. Two sisters, Mrs. Sarah J. Carter, Blaine and Mrs. Mary E. Gambill of Woodville, TX, also survive. One sister, Emily Wellman, is deceased. Mr. Swetnam was a member of the Christian Church for 64 years, and was the builder of the church at Wilbur several years ago. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Blaine for the past 47 years. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Christian Church, with Rev. J. H. Stambaugh of Charleston, officiating. The body was taken to the old home place at Wilbur for burial. The Masonic Lodge of Blaine had charge of the services at the grave. Pallbearers were Aug Snyder, T. J. Snyder, J. A. Waldeck, Charlie Osborn, Harry Roberts, and Charles Skaggs. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

VANHORN, Mrs. Glenn
Blinded, it is said, by a cloud of dust created by a passing automobile, Mrs. Glenn Vanhorn, of Martin, driving the auto in which she and her husband were returning home from Allen, lost sight of the road at the “Narrows’ above Allen, near midnight Sunday and plunged with the machine to her death at the foot of the declivity. Mr. Vanhorn escaped serious injury. Mrs. Vanhorn succumbed to  her injuries at 8 o’clock the following morning at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin. Her skull was crushed and she sustained a number of broken bones, as well as numerous bruises. A passing motorist was hailed by the husb and, and help was summoned from Allen. The auto, badly wrecked, was lifted from Mrs. Vanhorn’s body and she was rushed to the hospital. The victim of this tragic accident was before marriage Miss Ina Wright, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wright, former residents of Martin, but now of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Vanhorn had been married only since last December. Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Vanhorn is survived by 2 brothers, Burr and Ernest and 2 sisters, Alice and Bee. Funeral service was conducted Thursday and burial was made at Martin. Big Sandy New-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

WALLACE, Phoebe (Wood)
Mrs. Phoebe Wood Wallace, widow of Hon. F. T. D. Wallace, peacefully passed to her eternal reward at her home in Louisa on Tuesday evening Aug 5. She had been in feeble health for 2 or 3 years, but was not confined to her bed until recently. Having reached the ripe age of 78 years, she was not able to withstand a severe attack of  illness. However, the end came unexpectedly to those who watched at her bedside. Mr. Wallace died Mar 8, 1928. They had no children. Mrs. Wallace has one sister living in Glen Falls, NY. Mrs. Frances Rowe, who has visited here a number of times. Other near relatives surviving are 3 nieces, daughters of Colonel and Mrs. Northup. They are Miss Hermia Northup of Louisa, Mrs. Phoebe Russell of Ashland and Mrs. J. M. Turner of Winchester. Mrs. Turner was with  Mrs. Wallace when death came. Miss Hermia was at Hartfield, NY on a brief visit and is now on her way to Louisa due to arrive Friday evening. With her are nieces, Misses Emily Cornelia and Phoebe Louise Turner. The funeral will take place Saturday morning a the residence. Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Wallace was a  native of  Hartford, NY. During her youth she visited her older sister, who was the wife of Col. Jay H. Northup. They had located in Louisa soon after the close of the Civil War. Mr. F.T. D. Wallace, then a young lawyer, won her heart and they were married. She at once entered into the life of the town and was ever afterward a leader and a wise counselor. Her death is a serious loss to the community. Louisa has been honored with an unusual number of fine characters among her womanhood, but in this long list no name stands above that of Mrs. Phoebe Wallace. She was one of the most gracious and loveable women who has lived to bless a community. Intensely interested in every movement for the uplift of mankind, she was a vital force and a most wholesome influence. Her chief delight was in Sunday school and church activities. She was a member of the M. E. Church, South. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 8, 1930

WARD, William A.
William A. Ward, a prominent citizen of Paintsville, died at Catlettsburg last Saturday night. He was superintendent of the Mayo Bridge which spans the Big Sandy River at Catlettsburg. He was postmaster at Paintsville during the Wilson administration and also had held a responsible position at Frankfort a few years ago. The body was taken to Paintsville for  burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 15, 1930

WRIGHT, Harriet
Mrs. Harriet Wright, 76 years old, died at her home on John Moore’s branch near Elkhorn City Saturday morning following an illness of 8 months with bright’s disease. Mrs. Wright was well known in the vicinity in which she lived, having resided there a number of years. She was a member of the Holiness Church. Besides her husband, George Wright, she is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Florence Puckett of Elkhorn City, Mrs. Elizabeth Blankenship of Jenkins, Mrs. Dester Gross of Jenkins, Mrs. Sol Looney of Jenkins and Mrs. Barbara Cook of Whitesburg and 5 sons, Benton, Andy, Frank, Daniel and Booker Wright all of Elkhorn City, and 2 brothers, Robert and Folmore Addington of Wise, VA. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon with burial in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 22, 1930

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SEPTEMBER

ADAMS, Charlie
Charlie Adams, 36 year old miner, was fatally crushed in a slate fall in a Betsy Layne mine Thursday, Aug 28, and succumbed to his injuries at the Beaver Valley hospital, Martin on the following day. The body was returned to Betsy Layne for funeral and burial Saturday. The Rev. Tomlin of the Christian Church officiated at the funeral. Mr. Adams was well known in the upper section of this county, where he had many friends. Surviving him are his widow, 2 sons and a daughter, his father, Seymour Adams, a brother, Fed Adams and 2 sisters, Mrs. Nancy Case and Mrs. Gracie Meade. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

BASS, W. P.
Paintsville, KY (From the Herald)
W. P. Bass, C & O railway agent at Van Lear, died at the Paintsville hospital Monday after under going an operation for gallstones. He was stricken Friday and was removed to the local hospital. Mr. Bass was a prominent citizen with  many friends and had resided at Van Lear for  several years. He was well known throughout this section and his passing will be regretted by a large circle of friends. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Martha, and one son, Palmer. Funeral services were held in the Missionary Baptist Church of Paintsville Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. R. Lee Jones. The remains were taken to Huntington, WV for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 5, 1930

BENTLEY, William H.
William H. Bentley, 52, prominent farmer of Yatesville, died early Friday night after an illness of over 2 years. Besides his widow he leaves 13 children. Mr. Bentley was converted Friday morning and baptized into the Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Martha Bentley, 5 sons, Ernest of Rossmore, WV, Oral, Willie, Jr., Fred and Breed, at home; 8 daughters, Mrs. Gladys Polley, Yatesville, Mrs. W. A. Williams, Catlettsburg, Mrs. James Cumbo, South Portsmouth, KY, Anna Bentley, Ashland, Helen, Ruby, Edna and Mary Bertha, at home; mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bentley, 2 brothers, John Bentley, Dehue, WV, Ben Bentley, Twin Branch, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. Rose Hayes, Yatesville and Mrs. E. W. Wellman, Greenup. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home with Rev. Rolan Hutchison officiating. Burial was made in the Riffe cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

BRANHAM, John Wesley
Pikeville, KY—Injuries received when attacked by a bull caused the death of John Wesley Branham, 65 years old, at the Methodist hospital here on Thursday evening. The accident is said to have occurred several days previous to Branham’s death when he was attached by a bull a the home of his nephew, Louis Branham, near Myra. He was not taken to the hospital, however, until a few hours before he died. Branham was born in Pike County  and spent his entire life in this section. He is survived by one relative, it was reported, his nephew with whom he made his home. He was well known throughout Pike County. Big Sandy News-Recorder,  Sep 19,1930

BRANHAM, Melvin—See under Sam Wright

BROWN, E. M.
From the Herald—Paintsville, KY-- E.M. (Cap) Brown, age 40 died at his home in Paintsville last Saturday night after a long illness from tuberculosis.  For the past several months, his condition had been serious and during the few weeks preceding, his death had been confined to his room. Mr. Brown was a member of one of the most prominent families in Johnson County.  His father was the late Frank A. Brown, one of the leading businessmen of Paintsville forty years ago.  The death of E.M. Brown removes all of a larges family of children with the exception of one, Mrs. Josie Preston of Georges Creek.  For many years, the deceased was engaged in the real estate and oil business and at one time had amazed considerable wealth.  He was instrumental in the opening and development of Bridgford Addition, one of Paintsville’s most important sub-division and installed a water system in that section before the present city system was installed.  Funeral and burial took place Monday.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. D. Belt of the Mayo Memorial Church of which he was a member.  Burial in the old Brown Cemetery on the hill back of Paintsville.  He is survived by a wife and one daughter.  “Cap” Brown as he was familiarly known to the people of this section had many friends and his death had caused much grief. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

COLLIER, Ray
Ray Collier, 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Collier of Martha, died Thursday morning at 2:30 of this week after a week’s illness of typhoid fever. Funeral services were held the same day at 2 p.m. with Rev. Phillip Skaggs officiating. Burial was in the Skaggs Cemetery at Martha. Besides his parents he is survived by 3 sisters, Braidie, Edna, Sadie, and one brother, Braber, Ray attended school at Union Camps. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 5, 1930

COOPER, Frances Jane
Mrs. Frances Jane Cooper, wife of John F. Cooper, died Thursday Aug 14 at the home of her daughter Mrs. L. W. Graham, of Cherokee. She was a daughter of the late Oliver and Rebecca Jessie Chaffin of Russell County, VA. She was the mother of 12 children, five of whom preceded her in death. Besides her husband she is survived by 4 sons, C. W. Cooper, Cherokee, C. T. Cooper, Blevins, N. T. Cooper, and C. V. Cooper, of Chelan Falls, WA, 3 daughters, Mrs. J.C. Stone, Mell Rose, NM, Mrs. L. W. Graham, Cherokee, and Mrs. T. H. Burchett, Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

CRABTREE, Thornton
Funeral services for Thornton Crabtree, 72, of near Fort Gay, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. M. Bartram, in Kenova, last week were held Sunday morning at Thompson Cemetery, Wayne County. Mr. Crabtree was taken to Kenova earlier in the week for  medical treatment. The body remained at the home of Mrs. Bartram until Sunday morning, when the funeral procession left for the cemetery. Besides the widow he is survived by 7 sons and daughters, Mrs. John Handley, Winchester, OH, Mrs. Bartram, of Kenova, Mrs. W. C. Harvey, of Man, WV, Mrs. Evangeline Thompson, Nolan, WV, Kenneth Crabtree, Carpenter, OH, and Edgar and Bernice Crabtree of Fort Gay. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hulette, with interment following in the Thompson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

DANIEL, Ralph (From the Herald)
Paintsville, KY-- Ralph Daniel, age about 30, of Sycamore this county, received burns early last Friday morning from which he died Friday evening at the Paintsville Hospital, after several hours of intense suffering. Mr. Daniel was a miner employed by the North-East Coal Company and had gone to the barn where he kept his car before daylight.  He had transferred a bucket of gasoline from another car preparatory for his trip to the mines.  He had made the transfer without accident, but as he began to pour the gasoline into the tank of his car, it ignited from a carbide lamp carried by a small boy who came too close to the fuel. The gasoline was not burning fiercely in the open bucket, and Daniels started for the outside of the barn to throw the flaming bucket away.  As Daniels and the boy went into the barn, the barn door swung closed and, not knowing the door was closed, the man dashed headlong into the barn door which knocked him to the barn floor and, as he fell, the entire contents of the bucket were thrown upon his clothing.  As the gasoline became spread out, it burned more fiercely, and the man became a living torch.  His clothing was burned from his body.  The barn and its contents, including Mr. Daniel’s car, were consumed by the flames. The burned man was brought to the Paintsville Hospital for treatment, but his burns were so frightful that he died a few hours later.  The body was taken to the undertaking parlors of the Paintsville Furniture Company and prepared for burial which took place in the family burying ground Sunday. Besides his wife, Mr. Daniel is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jep Daniel of Sycamore, with whom he made his home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

FISH, B.
B. Fish, 60, for the last 20 years a resident of Ashland, died in the Kings Daughters Hospital Saturday afternoon of injuries he received when he was struck by a bus on the Mayo Trail 14 miles east of Louisa, last Tuesday. Mr. Fish was taken to the Ashland hospital after receiving emergency treatment in the Louisa General Hospital. His condition was regarded as serious from the first, but physicians  held out some hope for his recovery. However, he received internal injuries and this coupled with his advanced age, was more than he could withstand, and the end came peacefully Saturday afternoon, Mr. Fish resided with his family in Ashland, at 2524 Winchester Avenue, and had been engaged in buying produce in eastern Kentucky for several years. It was while engaged in this business that he received the injuries which proved fatal. He was struck by a Cannonball Bus running between Ashland and Pikeville near Georges Creek. His truck is alos reported to have been badly damaged. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Fanny Fish, and the following children: Mrs. Sarah Hassell, Mrs. J. Friedman, Mrs. J. S. Mansbach, Mrs. R. Bernstein, Mrs. Meyer Hyman, Jake Fish and Joe Fish. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the residence with Rabbi Dave Sherman of Huntington in charge. Burial followed in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

FRASHER, Elizabeth
Mrs. Elizabeth Frasher, age 94 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. C. Workman of Sycamore Street, Kenova, of complications due to her advanced age, on Saturday afternoon at 3:30. Mrs. Frasher was the widow of the late Lewis Frasher and had been a resident of Wayne County all her life, having lived in Ceredo and Kenova for more than 40 years. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. T. C. Workman and Mrs. Mec Workman of Crewe, VA and one son, Jink Frasher of Fort Gay and one sister, Mrs. Mec Waldron of Cincinnati, OH. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church South of Fort Gay by Rev. J. S. Campbell and Rev. B S. Akers, Monday afternoon. Interment was made in the Frasher cemetery at Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

FRAZIER, Jimmy
Jimmy Frazier, 22, of Martin, Floyd County, died at 6:30 Sunday morning, 4 hours after drinking carbolic acid at the home of his sister, Mrs. Henry  Crisp at Cracker near Martin. It is thought possible that the victim may have become confused and drank poison by mistake. He left no note and is said to have made no statement, throwing light upon the case. When relatives found him in intense agony, the empty bottle of poison nearby, they hurriedly summoned Dr. H. H. Mayo, whose arrival was too late to save the victim. Jimmy Frazier was a very popular young man in the vicinity of his home. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ananias Frazier and his devotion to his mother, who died 2 years ago, is believed to  have caused him to be somewhat despondent. Surviving the deceased is his sister. Funeral services were conducted Monday by the Rev. A. L. Allen at Martin and burial was made in the Martin Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

HAGER, John J.
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald-- John J. Hager II, age 76 years, died at his home in Bristol, Tenn., August 19, after a brief illness.  Mr. Hager was a very prominent personage in his community with a large circle of friends and admirers. He was a member of the Hager family of the Big Sandy valley and was a son of the late Col. John Jackson Hager, of Hager Hill, this county.  John J. Hager II was a descendant of Brigadier General Daniel Hager and related to the descendants of this famous general who reside in this county.  Mr. Hager is survived by D. Mart Hager, formerly of Hager Hill, but now of Washington, Mrs. Julia Jayne and Mrs. Lou Walker of this county.  John J. Hager II was a gentleman of the old school- a kindly courteous, Southern gentleman, His God, his country, and his family were the three things in life dearest to him. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 19, 1930

HUTCHINSON
In loving remembrance of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hutchinson who departed this life in 1929 and 1930 ages, 85 and 78. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

JOHNSON
Pikeville, KY
A double funeral service was held last Wednesday at Myra, near here, for Mrs. W. H. C. Johnson, 67 years old, well known Pike County woman and her daughter in law, Mrs. Bennie Johnson. Mrs. Johnson died at her home Friday and her daughter in law succumbed to complications in a hospital here, Wednesday. Loyalty of the older woman to her home was attested by members of the family when they recalled that she was born, reared, married and died in the same home, where she also reared her family. She was the wife of W. H. C. Johnson, one of Pike County’s wealthiest citizens. She is survived by her husband, who is 84 years old, 2 sons, W. A. e. Johnson and Bennie Johnson, and 3 daughters, Mrs. Willie Greer, Mrs. Scott Fleming, and Mrs. Robert Cool. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 5, 1930

JONES, Frank
Prestonsburg, KY From the Times—Frank Jones, 50, foreman for the Doug Hays Lumber Company and one of the best known and most respectable citizens on the Left Beaver Creek, was shot to death at noon Monday in his home at Gearheart by his daughter, Miss Mattie Jones, 25. Shot through the heart and through the leg, his skull fractured and his legs lacerated, he died almost with the crack of the revolver held in his daughter’s hands. Tuesday, as Mr. Jones was buried at his home on Riley’s Branch of Left Beaver, his widow, his 2 daughters, Mattie and Loretta, Herbert Combs, Mattie’s sweetheart, and Jim Patton were in the Floyd County jail here, facing the possibility of a murder charge. Behind at home, are left only Fayette and Levi, 2 grown sons, Ernest, aged 6 and 2 small daughters of the slain man. The trouble started, it is said, over the objection of the girl’s father to their going out with boys for auto rides. The argument, according to reports began at the dinner table when Jones forbade his daughters making a trip. During the argument, it was said, Jones was struck over the head by some blunt instrument but made his way to another room of the house where he was confronted by the girl who pointed a pistol at him and threatened whim if he advanced. Jones is said to have grabbed for the pistol and was shot. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

KITCHEN, Arthur
On Sep 21, as the sun was coming up in the eastern horizon to fructify the earth, the gentle spirit of Arthur Kitchen slipped from its tenement of clay and returned to God who gave it. He had passed on life’s highway more than four score and five years when the summons came for him to leave his earthly abode and to come to that realm where pain and death are strangers and where the old grow young again. Ad David went forth to fight Goliath when a stripling of youth, so he when the call came in 1863, offered himself as volunteer in defense of this county. Though a mere youth, his gallantry won him recognition and at the close of the war his discharge speaks of his promotions.

Trice was he married and to these unions 26 children were born, 22 of whom survive. His whole life was spent in eastern Kentucky where his bereaved widow  and a number of his children still live. He was  a leader in the building of roads, in the promotion of schools and education, in the community in which he lived. He was the last of a large and prosperous family all of whom lived to a ripe old age. On Monday, Sep 22, his body was laid to rest in the family cemetery, surrounded by 18 of his children, his loving wife, who cared for him so patiently and tenderly during his long illness, a large number of grandchildren and a host of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Martin Berry, an aged patriarch in the service of God and Rev. William Crabtree, who spoke of the consecrated life of the deceased and urged all to  live a life dedicated to the service of go. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

LYON, Susan
Susan Lyon, 70, one of the oldest and most highly respected Christian women of Paintsville, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sla Barnet of East Paintsville Sunday from the infirmities due to advanced age. Mrs. Lyon had been in ill health for the past few years and had made her home with her daughter since the death of her husband a number of  years ago. She was a devoted Christian woman and a member of the Freewill Baptist  Church. Mrs. Lyon was the widow of the late George Lyon, one of the best men who ever lived and died in Paintsville, the influences of whose good deeds still live in the community in which he lived. Mrs. Lyon is survived by 3 sons, Clyde Lyon, Harry Lyon and Charley Lyon and one daughter, Mrs. Sla Barnett. All live in Paintsville. Another son, Ben Lyon, has not been heard of for 15 years or more, the family not knowing whether or not he is still living. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Freewill Baptist Church conducted by Rev.  F. S. VanHoose of the Freewill Baptist Church and Rev. Thomas B. Ashley of the M. E. Church. Burial was made in the old Huff Cemetery  near the C & O Depot. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

MATNEY, Robert
Pikeville, KY, Sep 21—Robert Matney, 25, was fatally injured and Kenneth Adkins, also 25 years of age, received serious injuries when the latter’s automobile in which they were driving , was wrecked near the mouth of Beaver Creek, Floyd County, Saturday night. They were removed to the hospital at Martin, KY where Matney died at midnight. Matney was the son of the late Nelse Matney of Pike County. He was engaged as brakeman on the Beaver Creek extension of the C & O Railway and made his home with his brother, Dock Matney. Adkins is fireman on the same line and is the son of Dr. Moses Adkins of Pike County. Matney was single as is Adkins. Both have numerous relatives in this section Matney’s uncle, Jim Matney of Pikeville, is a former jailer and chief of police here, and Adkins’s uncle, John Adkins, is a prominent dentist of this city. Matney’s body was taken to Lick Creek by motor escort Monday where following funeral services in the afternoon, it was place beside that of his father. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

MULLINS, John R.
John R. Mullins, 43 years old, of Fort Gay, passed away at his home Sep 13. Mr. Mullins was born and reared in Lawrence County, KY being a son of David and Alifar Mullins of Fallsburg. In 1900, he was married to Miss Sadie Thompson and since that time has lived  in Wayne County, WV. He is survived by his widow, and 4 children, Virgil, 18, Gertrude, 12, Maxine, 9 and Eugene, 5, his father and mother, 3 brothers, and one sister, Ranson Mullins, Potter, Cecil, Ashland and David, Jr. of Fallsburg, and Mrs. Margaret Hamilton, Portsmouth, OH. Funeral services were held at the Tabor’s creek church near his home with Rev. W. M. Carol and Rev. Henry Sturgell officiating. Interment followed in the Fish Cemetery at the mouth of Tabor’s Creek. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 19, 1930

PATRICK, Andrew
PATRICK, Reecie
Two members of one family are dead and 5 others are seriously ill with dysentery on Lick Creek, this county. The dead are Andrew Patrick, 21, and his sister, Reecie, age 4, who succumbed Saturday afternoon within a few hours of each other. Others, all members of the family are Frank Patrick, who are ill are: the mother, 2 girls, Willie Belle, 15, and Noldie, 7, 3 boys, Arlie, 23, Guy, 17, and Lawrence, 9. Arlie is in Louisa General Hospital and is recovering, according to hospital officials. The family became ill with the disease about 2 weeks ago, Guy being the first to take it. Andrew was next to become ill, followed by Reecie. Soon all but the father were down. According to the attending physician Andrew was on the road to recovery and wanted to get up. Their doctor ordered the young man to remain in bed. He had gone only about a quarter of a mile till he was summoned to return as Andrew had tried to get up and fainted. When the doctor returned Andrew had expired. Reece, age 4, who was the most seriously ill died about 4 hours later. Neighbors are doing all they can to wait on the stricken family, but experience difficulty, it is said, in keeping them in bed which the doctor has ordered. The family, if properly cared for is expected to recover. A double funeral was held for Andrew and Reecie Sunday afternoon at the Flat Gap Church with Rev. Bill Burgess conducting the services. Burial followed in the Blackburn cemetery. These are the first deaths from dysentery or “flux” in the county this summer so far as can be learned, although there have been several cases. The disease which is said to be more severe than typhoid, requires the closest attention and care. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 5, 1930

PAULEY, Fred
Fred Pauley, 40 years old, of East Greenup, KY, was fatally injured at 1 o’clock Sunday morning when the automobile he was driving plunged 100 feet down an embankment at a horseshoe curve 2 miles west of Greenup. James Michael of Prichard, WV, a friend who was following in a second car, was of the opinion that Pauley went to sleep at the wheel. Employed by the Chesapeake & Ohio railway at Columbus, as a concrete construction foreman, it had been Pauley’s practice to spend weekends with his family at East Greenup. It was on such a visit that he started late Saturday driving in another car enroute to Prichard. When the care went over the embankment Michael, after ascertaining that assistance would be needed, continued into Greenup where Billy Bishop and others returned with him to the scene and extricated the body from the demolished automobile. Pauley is survived by his widow, a daughter, Ella, a son, Charles Frederick. He had relatives in Wayne County, WV where he was born. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

PICKLESIMER, Smith
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald—Smith Picklesimer, 40, who resided on Pickle Fork, Barnetts Creek, died last Saturday morning at 2 o’clock, following an illness of about 2 weeks a victim of typhoid fever. Mr. Picklesimer was one of the leading citizens of Johnson County. He was a candidate for jailer in the last Republican primary, losing by other a small majority. He was a son of Rev. John H. Picklesimer. Besides his father, he is survived by widow and 6 children, Mrs. Roy Salyer, Victoria, Martin, LeRoy and Mary Maxine. Brothers and sisters surviving are Rafe Picklesimer and Jim Picklesimer, South Vienna, OH, Mrs. David Williams, South Charleston, OH, Frank Picklesimer, Staffordsville, KY, and Mrs. Troy Salyer, Cable, OH. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home of his father in law, John Reed, of Pickle Fork, with Rev. J. J. Prater and Rev. Guy W. Preston and Rev. Arthur Green officiating. Burial was in Reed Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

POTTER, George
Tom Skeens, 24 is under bond of $5000 for his appearance at examining trial here Saturday for the fatal shooting of George Potter, 42, of Zelda late Friday afternoon. Potter was brought to the Louisa general hospital about 8 o’clock Friday night where an emergency operation was performed at once. His lower intestines and bladder were perforated 8 times by the bullet. He died Saturday afternoon about 6 o’clock. A warrant was issued for Skeens about midnight Friday but he could not be found. Monday he came to Louisa and gave up to the officers and filled bond. Particulars of the shooting could not be learned. It seems that a fight ensued between Potter and Skeens in the road near Zelda, and that both men were knocked down. Skeens is said to have drawn a pistol and fired once. Different stories are told of how the difficulty arose. According to relatives of the dead man the difficulty was caused over the use of Potter’s truck by Skeens. Skeens is said to have damaged it and when Potter asked him about it the fight took place.

The shooting was witnessed by Paul Bellomy and Bob Rickman, Jr. who were with Skeens and by Martin Potter, brother of the dead man. Potter is the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Potter, deceased, who came to Lawrence County from Breathitt several years ago. Besides his widow he is survived by 5 children, Isaac, 15, Charlene, 11, Irene, 9, George, Jr., 7, and Martin Clifford, 2; 5 brothers, W. M. Potter, Akron, OH, Isaac Potter, Lowe, KY, John Potter, Greenup, K. C. Potter, Zelda, Martin Potter, Zelda; 4 sisters, Mrs. H. Newsome, Portsmouth, Mrs. William Rice, Sciotoville, Mrs. B. Burk, Louisa, and Mrs. Kizzie Vanover, Zelda. Funeral services were held Monday morning at Mayo Chapel with Rev. H. L. Shumway of Whites Creek officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery near the church. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

POTTER, Marion
Marion Potter, age 20, son of K. C. and Carrie Potter, died Aug 15 at the home of his parents at Catalpa, after a lingering illness. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Catalpa Aug 16, the service being in charge of Rev. A. H. Miller of Meads Branch and Rev. H. L. Shumway of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

PRATER, John
Prestonsburg, KY—form the Times—John Prater, of Glo, this county, was fatally injured at Offutt, Johnson County, Sunday by a train while he and his wife were visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Sparks. The injured man was rushed to the Paintsville hospital where his legs, both of which were badly mangled by the locomotive, were amputated. He died a short time after being removed from the operating room. Particulars of the accident are not definitely known. Prater had gone to the home of a neighbor. He was later found on the railroad tracks where he had been struck. It is not known where he had attempted to board the train or was run down. The body was returned from Paintsville to Offutt for burial. Besides his wife, the victim is survived by 3 small children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 12, 1930

PRATER, Otis
Prestonsburg, KY—An “unloaded” gun cost the life of a 14 year old Floyd County boy Sunday. Otis Prater, son of Hi Prater, of Dock, was shot and instantly killed in a deserted house near Dock by his brother, Will Tom Prater, 12, when the latter picked up a shotgun which was believed to be empty, and snapped it at his brother. The full charge of the weapon took effect in the lad’s head, killing him instantly. The Prater boys and Manis Bailey, 16, had been hunting and had stopped at the building before returning home, according to information received here. After they have been snapping their empty guns at each other, the Prater brothers stepped outside. In their absence, it is said, the other boy unwittingly reloaded one of the guns. When the others returned the younger brother innocently resumed the game, with fatal results. The Bailey youth was lodged in jail here pending an investigation of the tragedy by the grand jury now in session here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

RICE, Elizabeth
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald-- Johnson County lost another grand old woman last Saturday when Mrs. Elizabeth Rice passed to the great beyond. Mrs. Rice was 87 years of age, being the widow of the late Wall Rice. For the past 5 years Mrs. Rice had been very sick and practically an invalid. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Eugene Preston and was given every care by Mr. and Mrs. Preston. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter Mrs. Preston in Greentown and the burial took place at the old family cemetery at Little Mud Lick the same afternoon. Rev. Millard VanHoose and F. S. VanHoose officiating. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Eugene Preston of Paintsville and three sons; Schulyer Rice of Volga and Charlie Rice of Sitka and Will Rice of Greentown. Her death was a great loss to the community. She was a member of one of the oldest and best families who were the pioneer families of this county. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

ROBINSON, Thomas M.
Pikeville, KY—Thomas M. Robinson, 33, was found dead on the C & O railroad tracks near Millard shortly before midnight Monday. Circumstances surrounding his death have not been cleared up. Following the finding of body it was reported that he was killed by night passenger train but an inquest held by Coroner John W. Call here and on investigation by C & O officials at Ashland, revealed that possibilities of foul play. Sam Warnock, fireman on the passenger train, stated that he saw Robinson’s body on the tracks as the train rounded a curve a short distance this side of Millard. The train was whistling for the station and was sowing up to make the stop, he said. According to his story, Robinson’ body was between the tracks and his legs were on one of the rails. An effort was made by Engineer F. Shump to stop the train but the engine and all five cars passed over the body. The train, however, was stopped a few feet from the body and when the engineer, fireman and Conductor S. S. Sweet reached the man, they said, the body was cool. The body was badly mangled and both legs were severed at the hips. Robinson was a son of Henry Robinson of West Virginia. Besides his father, he leaves 5 brothers, Ed, Wean, Ernest, Homer and Wayne Robinson, all of Johnson County. Burial was made at Auxier where he formerly lived. For the past few weeks he had been working on the fill for the new railroad bridge at Millard. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

SPEARS, James
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald—James Spears, 74, of River, this county, was found dead at the mouth of Two Mile on Greasy Creek at 9:30 Sunday morning. Mr. Spears had started out horseback riding to visit the old Spears home place on Buffalo Creek, having expressed a desire to visit the scenes of his childhood. Death decreed that he should not reach his destinations, as his lifeless body was found in the dry creek bed about half way between his home and his old birth place on Buffalo.  His faithful horse was standing by with drooping reins. Mr. Spears had been a sufferer from high blood pressure and it is thought that a severe attack ended the aged man’s life. Besides his widow he is survived by 2 children, Sam Spears of River and Mrs. Julius Spears. He is also  survived by 2  brothers, H. S. Spears, of Paintsville and P. D. Spears of River. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon with Rev. Winfrey Meek and Rev. Guy Preston officiating. Burial was in the old Spears Cemetery at River. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

STAPLETON, Alf
Paintsville, KY—Uncle Alf Stapleton, 83, one of the best known and highly respected citizens of Johnson County, died suddenly at the home of his son in Bridgford addition from a heart attack. He was a retired farmer and merchant, and at the time of his death was making his home with his son, Proctor, who is proprietor of the Depot restaurant. Mr. Stapleton is survived by 3 children, North Stapleton, and Mrs. Laura Roberts of Mt. Sterling, KY and Proctor Stapleton of Paintsville. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the old Stapleton homestead on Bakers Branch of Toms Creek Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Revs. H. B. Conley, Arthur Green, Millard VanHoose, and F. S. VanHoose. Burial was in the old family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

TACKETT, Wilson
Pikeville, KY—Wilson Tackett, 46 years old farmer, died at the Methodist hospital here last Thursday when he fell into a well near Hartley, on Long Fork of Shelby creek, 30 miles southwest of here. Coroner John W. Call said Tackett was engaged in digging the well. His helpers pulled him up by a rope. As he neared the top the rope broke, letting him fall 38 feet. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 5, 1930

WILLIAMS, C. A.
Pikeville, KY—C. A. Williams, 30, of Big Shoal was instantly  killed in the Hatcher mines at Big Shoal when caught beneath a slate fall Tuesday morning. The accident occurred about 10 o’clock and the man was dead when he was reached by fellow workers. The slate crushed Williamson against his car. The victim was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Williams of Big Shoal and had been working in the mine but 4 days. He was not married. The death of Williams is but the third fatality in the Hatcher mine in 13 years, according to a. R Trimble, general superintendent. Caution has always been exercised by miners and operators, Mr. Trimble said, in reporting, the low accident record. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 26, 1930

WRIGHT, Sam
BRANHAM, Melvin
Sam Wright, 46 years old, son of “Bad John Wright” one of the characters in “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine” and Melvin Branham, 36, were shot to death in a gun battle at Dorton, near Pikeville, Saturday afternoon. Both men were shot through the head in the gun fire which was witnessed by several women, one of whom was Mrs. Charles Ray, sister of Branham. Deputy Sheriff Albert Potter, of Pike County, placed Charles Ray, brother in law of Branham, under arrest after the shooting and brought him to Pikeville and lodged him in the county jail pending a complete investigation of the shooting. Ray, described as an expert pistol shot by authorities, was an eye witness to the shooting. In his cell in the county  jail, Ray said that Wright and Branham were in a quarrel when he went to the Wright home that afternoon. Sam Wright was standing in the yard of his home with a shotgun in his hand—Branham was standing outside, Ray said. At his approach Ray said that Wright warned him not to come in. We are friends, I reckon, I told him just before I heard 2 shots and saw them both fall.

Ray said he had no gun at the time. Authorities said Saturday night that Wright was married to an aunt of Branham, one of the dead men. All three men were drinking at the time of the trouble. Wright, who was also known as “Bentley” is survived by his wife and 6 children. His father, “Bad John”, who also survived, is one of eastern Kentucky’s famous mountaineer characters. It is reported that “Bad John” Wright is seriously ill at his home and may die. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 5, 1930

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ALLEN, Anna
Mrs. Anna Allen, sister of the late Uncle Ed Ferguson, passed away recently at the home of her brother, Walter Ferguson, in Oklahoma City, OK. Mrs. Allen had made her home with her brother in Louisa for a couple of years previous to his death. She then went to Oklahoma City where she lived with her only surviving brother until she passed away. Her death was due to paralysis, having had a severe stroke before leaving Louisa. The remains were shipped to Williamson where they were buried by the side of her husband. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

ALLEN, Frank
Frank B Allen prominent merchant of Big Sandy Road, Catlettsburg, committed suicide at his home last Sunday morning by shooting himself through the head. Mr. Allen was 54 years old and had been in ill health for some time, and members of the family assign this as the cause of his suicide.  Mr. Allen had made his home in Catlettsburg for the past six years and was in the grocery business. Previous to this time, he had lived in the west for 14 years.  He was a native of Lawrence County. Mr. Allen is survived by 2 children, Miss Willie Fay Allen, 21, and Everett Allen. Three brothers, Joe, Charley and Milton Allen, all of Catlettsburg and 2 sisters, Mrs. Allena Chandler of Ashland and Mrs. Julia Brown of Paintsville, KY also survive. Mr. Allen’s wife preceded him in death but his parents Mr. and Mrs. James P. Allen of Lowmansville, KY survive. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the late residence after which the body was taken to Lowmansville for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

ASCH, Will
Mrs. Laud Holt of Holt Station, about 3 miles above Louisa, received word recently of the death of her brother, Will Asch, of Guadalupe, Rio Rama, Nicaragua in Central America, which occurred Aug 28, the result of being bitten by a venomous snake 5 days previous. Mr. Asch, together with his brother, Ulysses Asch, have been in Central America for the past 9 years. Mr. Asch’s wife died a few years ago. He is survived by his son. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

BAILEY, James G.
Salyersville, KY—James G. Bailey, noted as a diplomat and painter who died aboard a train in Colorado, Tuesday of last week was a native of Salyersville, KY. At the time of his death Judge Bailey was enroute to his home in Pasadena, CA. He had spent many years in diplomatic service and until a few weeks ago was counselor at the American Embassy in Paris. Born her in 1868, Judge Bailey served as a member of the Kentucky legislature from 1895 to 1897. His first diplomatic appointment was as secretary to the legation to Guatemala and Honduras in 1901. In the years which followed, he saw diplomatic service in many cities of the world. In May of this year Judge Bailey had a painting accepted by the Spring Salon in Paris. “For 40 years I’ve been painting, “ he explained. “When other men have been hunting or swinging golf clubs I took my paintbox and sketching book.” His work, was considered by critics to reflect a profound love and appreciation of the beauties of nature, while his pictures were extraordinarily colorful and at the same time extremely delicate in conception and execution. Trees, sky and water seemed most attractive to him and were most frequently his subjects. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

BLAIR, Bertha
Bertha Blair, 30, a well known resident of Hampton City, died at midnight Saturday following an illness of several months. She leaves to mourn her death 2 brothers, Joe and George Nolan. A short funeral service was held from the residence in Hampton city Monday morning and the body was taken to  Louisa for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 10, 1930

BOYD, Maxie
In memory of my dear sister, Maxie Boyd, who departed this life Aug 20, 1930, at the age of 33 years. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs.  G. W. Boyd and 4 brothers, Mastin, Jesse, Herschell and Vernon, all of White House, KY. She was born Apr 4th, 1897. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age, uniting with the Bethlehem Church of the United Baptist by being baptized on Apr 9, 1910. Farewell dear sister, we will not meet any more in this life, but thank God, we can meet around God’s eternal throne, where there is no parting. Mastin Boyd. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

BRANHAM, Joe Wheeler
Joe Wheeler Branham, 29 years old, well known Prestonsburg resident, died at the Paintsville hospital Tuesday after a 10 day illness with typhoid. Mr. Branham was taken to the hospital on Monday, and died the following day. Mr. Branham was employed by the Middle Creek Coal Company, and was a very industrious young man and had many friends in this section. He was the son of the late Sol Branham and Mrs. Sallie Branham, who survives Besides his mother, Mr. Branham is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eulah Crum Branham, and the following brothers and sisters, John, Ballard, Dae, Lewis and Goble Branham and Mrs. Ora Hopson and Mrs. Fletcher Mayo, all of this place. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon from the home in the Garfield addition here, and burial was made in the May Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

BURCHETT, Emily
Mrs. Emily Burchett, 69, widow of John B. Burchett, passed away at her home on Blaine Creek near Christmas, Wednesday morning about 9 o’clock, after an illness of several months with consumption. She is survived by the following children: J. W. Burchett, New River, WV, B. F. Burchett, Twin Branch, William, Dave, Ethel, Mary Burchett and Mrs. Thelma Combs, all at home. Mrs. Burchett was laid to rest in the Chaffin Cemetery  on Twin Branch Thursday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. B. Berry of Irish Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

BURTON, Claude
Claude Burton, 27 year old farmer of Stinson Creek, near Grayson, KY, was fatally injured Monday afternoon when he was struck by an automobile said to have driven by Rolland Armstrong, 25, Ashland salesman, 3miles from Grayson on the Midland Trail, according to information received by Ashland police. According to reports, Burton was struck by the machine when he alighted from a bus and walked around the rear end of it into the path of Armstrong’s car. With a fractured skull, he died later in the Stovall hospital at Grayson without regaining consciousness. In reporting the accident to Ashland police, Armstrong said he ran his machine into a ditch in attempting to avoid striking Burton. Witnesses are said to have told Carter County authorities that the accident was unavoidable. Armstrong, who is the son in law of Attorney C. L. Miller, of Ashland, formerly of Louisa, is employed by the Ben Williamson Hardware Co. of Ashland, was released on his own recognizance. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 10, 1930

CHARLES, William
William Charles, 54 years old, of Georges Creek, died Friday, Oct 24. His wife, Nancy Charles, preceded him in death 6 years. He is survived by 4 daughters and 5 sons. Funeral services where held Sunday afternoon with burial in the Charles cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 31, 1930

CLARK, Ballard
Prestonsburg, KY—Ballard Clark, 20 years old, brother of E. E. Clark, well known Prestonsburg man, was instantly killed Tuesday night at Dinwood, this county, when his body was crushed beneath the wheels of a coal train. The tragedy took place directly in front of the railway station at Dinwood. Young Clark is believed to have been asleep on the tracks when struck. His body was cut in two. Only witnesses of the tragedy were members of the train crew. Mr. Clark was formerly employed by the Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company here, and later was employed in the Beaver Creek gas field. He was well known both in Prestonsburg and in the Beaver section, where he had many friends. Besides his mother, here, the victim is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Clark,  one sister, Mrs. Gay Nell May, Dinwood, and 2 other brothers, J.V. and Lawton Clark of Dinwood. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by the Revs. Isaac Stratton of Banner and A. L. Allen of Allen. Burial was made on the B. L. C. May farm near Dinwood. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

CLAY, John
CLAY, Willie
STEPP, Floyd
Three men, 2 of them brothers, are dead as the result of a pistol battle between 2 families at Edgar, located on a tributary of Johns Creek in Floyd County, early Sunday night. Floyd Stepp, 21 years old, died in a hospital at Pikeville Monday afternoon of wounds received in the gun fight, the third victim to succumb. Willie Clay, 22, single, and John Clay, 30, brothers, died during the fight. According to the story told from his hospital bed by Floyd Stepp, before he died, he had gone to see Lafferty’s daughter, Miss Barbara Lafferty, when  Willie Clay, came to the Lafferty home, firing several shots from his revolver, before he entered the house and began using abusive language to the girl.

Stepp said he objected to the remarks and Clay directed his revolver at him. Stepp said he returned the fire, fatally wounding Clay. While sitting on the bed in the Lafferty home by his brother, Willie, shortly before he died, John Clay was shot and killed by Ingram Stepp, father of Floyd Stepp, who is reported to have gone to the Lafferty home to arrest Willie Clay. According to information available John Clay attempted to draw his revolver, when Stepp said he intended to arrest those responsible for the shooting, but the elder Stepp beat him to the draw. The two shootings were witnesses by Miss Lafferty and her cousin, Mabel Lafferty, said to   have been Willie Clay’s sweetheart. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 31, 1930

CRAFT, William
Prestonsburg, KY—From The Times—William Craft, 80 years old, was found dead in bed at the home of his son, Ed Craft in West Prestonsburg on Thursday morning of last week. Mr. Craft had been in ill health for some time, suffering from senility. Surviving him are his widow and 3 sons, John Craft, Will Craft, and Ed Craft. Funeral services was conducted from the Freewill Baptist Church Friday afternoon by Rev. I. Stratton of Banner, and burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 31, 1930

CREECH, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah Creech, 72, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Gallion,  Webbville, KY, Wednesday morning, shortly after midnight. Mrs. Creech had been ill 10 days. Funeral services were held at Webbville Thursday afternoon and burial followed in the family cemetery. She is survived by 7 children, Norman of Westwood, Sam of Portsmouth, John, of Elliott County, Mrs. Kennedy of Portsmouth, Martha Flannery of Olive Hill, Sella Burchett of Elliott County, and Mrs. Lewis Gallion of Webbville; 3 brothers, A. H. Pennington, Henry Pennington, and J. N. Pennington, all of Ashland and 2 grandchildren, Arlie and Lonie Gallion of Clendenin, WV. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

DOTSON, Thomas
Pikeville, KY—From The News—While Williamson, WV police and Mingo County officials continue their sift in the investigations of the death of Thomas (Shorty) Dotson, formerly of Blackberry Creek, charges against all suspects with the exception of Lloyd Bentley have been dropped. Bentley, arrested several days ago, was indicted Tuesday on a murder charge. Dotson died in the Williamson Memorial Hospital, Sunday, Sep 21, from injuries received in an unknown manner a week earlier. He was found in an unconscious condition along the Norfolk & Western railroad tracks in Williamson early the morning of Sep 15. At that time it was thought he had been struck by a train but a blackjack found near the place where he was lying disproved this theory. He died without regaining consciousness. Bentley was bound over to the action of the Mingo grand jury when given an examining trial in court of Squire C. P. Reynolds at Williamson, Saturday. Bentley, officials stated, declared he was not in Williamson the night previous to the finding of Dotson but several of the State’s witnesses testified at the examining trial that they saw Bentley and Dotson together a few hours before the latter was found in an unconscious condition The defense did not put any witnesses on the stand. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

FERGUSON, Ruby May
Pikeville, KY—A ruptured appendix cost the life of Ruby May Ferguson, 15 year old McVeigh student, who died at the Methodist Hospital here at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. The girl entered the hospital and underwent an operation Sep 28 but complications had already developed, it is said. Born May 29, 1915, at Matewan, WV, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Ferguson. The family has resided in Pike County for several years, her father being employed in the mines on Pond Creek. The body was returned to the home a few hours after death and funeral services were held Thursday at McAndrews. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Oct 17,1930

FITCH, Mack
WHEELER, Wick
Paintsville, KY—Two men lost their lives in automobile accidents here late Saturday afternoon and night and another man was seriously injured. The dead: Mack Fitch, 30, married and the father of 4 small children. Wick Wheeler, 30. the injured: R. C. Boyd, Paintsville, suffering from severe bruises and cuts and probable internal injuries. Fitch and Boyd were traveling I the direction of Salyersville on the Garrett Highway in their automobile when the accident occurred. The car is reported to have left the road 4 miles from here, going over a culvert pinning Fitch beneath it and crushing him to death. Boyd was thrown clear of the car. The body of Fitch was extricated from the wreckage by passing motorists and along with  Boyd brought here. Boyd was taken to the Paintsville hospital where he is reported to be seriously hurt. He had been unable to give details of the accident.

The second man was killed early Saturday on the Garrett Highway, 6 miles from here. He is reported to have attempted to light a cigarette and lost control of the car The machine plunged over a 200 foot embankment and was demolished. The other occupants of the machine, whose names were not learned escaped with only minor injuries. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 10, 1930

FLANARY, William E.
Pikeville, KY—William E. Flanary, United States commissioner and a former Pike County judge, died at his home here Wednesday. He was 65 years old and had been ill for 12 days. Pneumonia which caused his death followed an operation for an intestinal obstruction. He was also former county school superintendent of Pike County. Judge Flanary was born in Pike County, and received his college training in Virginia and Tennessee and taught in the Pike County schools for 20 years. He was appointed U. S. Commissioner in 1929. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

FORD, Grover C.
Grover C. Ford, 46 years old, well known Prestonsburg citizen and business man, died at his home here Sunday evening after an illness of several months from tuberculosis. Mr. Ford was a native of Pike County, but moved several years ago to Prestonsburg, of which place he was a good and useful citizen. He was owner of the Ford Transfer Co., here, in which enterprise he was successful. Besides his widow, the former, Miss May Harris, daughter of the late John Bud Harris, Mr. Ford is survived by 2 daughters and 2 sons, Mrs. Roby Marcum, Winston, J. B. and Elizabeth May Ford. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the M. E. Church,  South, here, by the Rev. G. W. Rose, of the Holiness Church, assisted by Rev. James Roark, of the M. E. Church, South, Rev. C. H. Nichols, pastor of Irene Cole Memorial Baptist Church and Rev. J. W. Helm, pastor of the M. E. Church, South. Interment was made in the Porter Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

FRAIME, C. D.
Prestonsburg, KY—Playing with a .45 caliber Colt revolver, which he found while making a childish inspection of things in a hardware store, 4 year old Cloris Dee Fraime shot and killed his father, C. D. Fraime, 32 years old, at Martin, near here, Friday night at 7 o’clock, according to information received by Sheriff B. L. Sturgell of Floyd County. The child had accompanied his father to the store to make a purchase when he slipped away from his parent while Gardus Dinguss, manager of the store, was waiting on him across the counter. Unseen by the father or the store manager, young Cloris Dee when behind the county where he found the heavy revolver. Dinguss said that neither he nor the child’s father was aware of his presence behind the counter. “ The first I knew that the boy had the revolver was when I heard the explosion and turned around to see Fraime topple to the floor across the counter from me.” Dinguss told Marshall Ike Stephens of Martin later.

The heavy weapon leaped from the child’s small hand with the explosion of the cartridge, frightening him into screams, Dinguss said. “I feel sure that he din not know what he had done” the store manager declared. After the shot was fired, a physician was summoned to attend Fraime but he had died instantly. The bullet struck him over the mouth and passed through the head, coming out of the right ear. Dinguss told Marshall Stephens that he had kept the revolver in the store for his protection Sheriff Sturgell said that he had information that the tragedy was clearly an accidental and that he intended to make no official investigation. The shooting occurred in the Beaver Hardware company’s store. Fraime was a machinist employed by the C & O railway at Martin and a brother of C. H. Fraime, cashier of the Beaver Valley State Bank at Weeksbury. He moved to Martin 2 years ago from Rock Port, KY. He is survived by the widow and 2 small sons,  Cloris Dee and a 6 year old brother. Big Sandy New-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

FRASHER, Tillie
Mrs. Tillie Frasher, age 78, died Monday at her home in Fort Gay, after a long period of feeble health. The funeral was preached by Rev. John L. Vinson, of St. Albans, WV, a relative of Mrs. Frasher. The services were held at the M. E. Church, South of which church she had been a member since early life. Interment was made in the cemetery where her late husband and other relatives lie. Deceased was the widow of Dr. Reynolds Frasher, a life-long resident of Fort Gay. She was a highly respected woman who will be missed from the circles of her town. She is survived by 2 daughters, Miss Lillie Frasher, of Fort Gay, Mrs. Effie Beavers, of Welch, WV, Carl Frasher of Fort Gay, and Dr. Cecil Romans a son of her first marriage. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Jane Allen, of Ironton, OH and one brother, George W. Steel of Los Angeles, CA and several grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 31, 1930

GIBSON, Mrs. Mont
Prestonsburg, KY--Mrs. Mont Gibson, died Friday at her home here in her 29th year, a victim of dropsy from which she had suffered for several years. Mrs. Gibson was a woman who was well known and respected. She is survived by her husband, 2 small children, and 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services were conducted from the home Saturday afternoon by the Rev. Isaac Stratton, of the Baptist Church and the Rev. Curtis Posey of the Holiness Church. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

HALL, Jim
One man was killed and 2 others critically injured in automobile accidents near Paintsville Sunday. Jim Hall, 62, lost his life on the Garrett Highway, 3 miles east of Salyersville when the truck in which he was riding with his son, Boyd, 42, went over a 100 foot embankment. The younger Hall is in the Paintsville Hospital not expected to live. The truck in which the Hall’s were riding is said to have went over the bank when the driver swerved to the side of the highway in an effort to avoid colliding with another machine which was occupied by 3 young men. The Halls were former residents of Floyd County, but had been living in Ohio for several years. They were moving back to Floyd County when the accident occurred. The truck was loaded with household goods. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 31, 1930

HAMMOND, Marion
Marion Hammond, 80, one of the oldest and best known citizens of this county, died Tuesday night at the home of his son, Boston Hammond, at Hicksville. Mr. Hammond had been ill one month with pneumonia. He was a farmer, a good citizen and was respected by all who knew him. Surviving him are 2 daughters, Mrs. Green Thompson, Hicksville, Mrs. Frank Thompson, Jattie, 5 sons, Willie Hammond and Boston Hammond, Hicksville, Morton Hammond, Jattie, Oscar Hammond, Ashland, Theodore Hammond, Hicksville; one sister, Mrs. Jim Gollagal, Crum, WV, 3 brothers, Albert Hammond, Tuscola, Neal Hammond, Raccoon, WV, and Smith Hammond, Huntington, WV. Funeral services were held Thursday Oct 16 from the home of his son, Boston, with Rev. Harve Kelley, Rev. G. Bentley and Rev. Martin Berry, officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery near the home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

HAYS, Allen
Another grand old man of Lawrence County passed to the great beyond when Allen Hays, better known as “Uncle Al” died Monday morning, Sep 22, a the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dewey Hinkles, Fort Gay. Uncle Al has had an interesting career, serving 2 terms as jailer of Lawrence County and was probably one of the widest known men of the county. Uncle Al was elected on the Democratic ticket as jailer in 1906 and was reelected in 1910, serving until 1914, when he was defeated for the nominations. Mr. Hays had been visiting relatives and friends on Georges Creek and came back Sunday complaining of his stomach and head hurting him. He went to bed at 7:30 and at 9 Mrs. Hinkles asked him how he was feeling and he said better. The family then retired and at 6:30 Monday morning called him for breakfast, but when he failed to respond he was found to be dead. He lived at Martha practically all of his life, but in recent years had been staying with  his children. His wife died 35 years ago. Uncle Al is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. George Caudill, Lowmansville, Mrs. Dollie Hinkles, Fort Gay and Mrs. Joe  Cyrus, Louisa; 4 sons, Zeal Hays, Georges Creek, W. M. Hays, Georges Creek, Tom Hays, Louisa and Lindsey Hays, Ashland. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Lindsey Wellman, Louisa and 6 brothers, Milt Hays, Wilbur, Arch Hays, Muddy Branch, Walter  Hays, Charley, Mat Hays, Ledocio, Lige Hays, Charley and Hardin Hays of Ohio. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning Sep 24 from the old home on Little Blaine, with Rev. Green Caudill and Rev. Green Pack officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

HAYES, Milton
Milton Hayes, 61, a carpenter employed on one of the boats being used in the construction of the new bridge across the Ohio River at the foot of Twelfth Street, dropped  dead from a sudden heart attack at 3:10 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Mr. Hayes had been employed on the new bridge for about a week and a half and prior to this he was working on the new theater and at the American Rolling Mill. Mr. Hayes was born at Cordell, Lawrence County, KY and came here from that place six years ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Florence Hayes, one daughter, Ina, at home, and two sons, John H. Hayes of Lawrence County, and Williams Hayes of Columbus, OH. the body will lie in state at the Steen and Alexander Funeral Home, Twentieth and Carter until Thursday morning at ten o’clock when it will be taken to Cordell, KY where the funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with burial following there. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

HENSLEY, Curtis Eugene
Curtis Eugene Hensley, small son of Sam Jr. and Myrtle Hensley, died at his home at Fallsburg, Oct 15. His body was taken to Cannonsburg for interment in the Fields Cemetery, where funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. L. Shumway, of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

HOLBROOK, Bryan
Paintsville, KY—From Herald—Bryan Holbrook, a former citizen of Johnson County, died in Phoenix, AZ, last week, following an illness from tuberculosis. The body was shipped to this county for burial and arrived in Paintsville Friday where short funeral services were conducted at the Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Arnold Webb of Louisville, a former pastor of the church. Mr. Holbrook was educated in John C. C. Mayo College at Paintsville and became a prominent teacher. He attended Kentucky State University for 2 years in the medical department. His health failed and he went to Arizona. His condition improved and he became a professor in one of the colleges in that state. The old trouble again developed which ended his life. The body was taken to his old home at Red Bush for burial. Mrs. Holbrook accompanied the remains of her husband to this county. Before her marriage she was Miss Martha Wright, also of Johnson County. Besides his widow he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Holbrook of Red Bush, KY, and the following brothers and sisters: Lon Holbrook, Ashland, Mrs. Howard Shuff, Ashland, Nellie Holbrook, Ashland, P. T. Holbrook, Paintsville, C. S. Holbrook, Centerville, Mrs. Hatler Johnson, Paintsville, Mrs. E. M. Auxier, Verdon, NE, Haden Holbrook and Marie Holbrook of Flat Gap. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 10, 1930

HOOSIER, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah Hoosier, 80, of Fort Gay, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Huff, at Rittman, OH, Sep 19, after a short illness of cardiac asthma. She had made her home with  Mrs. Huff for the past year. Her husband, William Hoosier, died 7 years ago. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Joe Huff, Rittman, OH, and Mrs. r. Hoosier, Burbank, OH; 6 sons, Jessie Hoosier, Burbank, OH, H. W. Hoosier, Bert Hoosier, Alvis Hoosier, all of Fort Gay, Phillip Hoosier, Portsmouth and Herman Hoosier, Kenova; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Maynard, Prichard, Ms. Bert Thacker, Ohio; 6 brothers, William Bellomy, Loudensville, OH, Oliver Bellomy, Allen, WV, Roscoe Bellomy, Fort Gay, Harve Bellomy, Wellston, OH, John and Joe Bellomy whose address is unknown. The body was shipped to Fort Gay last Saturday morning and taken to the home of H. W. Hoosier with whom she made her home when in West Virginia. Funeral services were held Sunday, Sep 21 at the Baptist Church at the forks of Hurricane with Rev. C. Crabtree officiating. Interment was in Lycan Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

HOWELL, W. M.
W. M. Howell, of Glenwood, who had passed his 74th year, passed away at this home on Oct 16, of heart trouble. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. W. C. Pierce, after which interment was made in the family cemetery. He leaves a wife, 10 children, 32 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

HUGHES, H. H.
H. H. Hughes, 35 years old, prominent Garrett merchant, died at his home in Garrett, Sunday afternoon after an illness of almost 3 weeks with typhoid. Mr. Hughes was an able business man and a good citizen. He was the son of the late Riley Hughes and of Mrs. Susan Hughes, who survives. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Polly Huff Hughes, 4 children and the following brothers and sisters: R.E. , F. L., and Roby Hughes, Mrs. Milford Turner, Mrs. George Patton and Mrs. W. K. Smith. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon from the Hughes residence, Garrett, the Revs. A. L. Allen, E. H. Howard, Green Allen and Ed Howard officiating. At the grave the Rebekahs and Odd Fellows orders conducted their impressive burial rites. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 31, 1930

MARTIN, Polly
“Aunt” Polly Martin, one of the oldest women in Floyd County, and known by hundreds of Floyd County citizens, died Tuesday, Sep 26, at the home of her son, Tom Martin, near Garrett, this county, in her 93rd year, Mrs. Martin was a member of a pioneer Floyd family, herself seeing this county develop from a backwoods section into a county teeming with industry and changing rapidly under the progress of modern times. Before her marriage to John Martin who died several years ago, she was Miss Polly Johnson. At one time she was the owner of a vast tract of land lying on Right Beaver Creek. This land covered the present site of 2 towns, Garrett and Bosco, and the entire Beaver Creek Valley between and including these towns. She is remembered especially by the older generations for her ministrations to the sic. She had been a devout member of the Regular Baptist Church for more than 60 years. Surviving are 2 sons and one daughter; Tom Martin, Garrett, B. Martin, Greenup County, and Mrs. Sallie Duncan, Hueysvile. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday of last week by the Rev. A. L. Allen and others. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

MCCALL, Harriett Elizabeth
Harriett Elizabeth McCall, colored, the 8 year old child of Rollan and Susie Hickman McCall, died Sunday morning from burns she received Saturday night when her clothing caught fire before an open grate. She is survived by her parents and several brother and sisters. She was a great granddaughter of Uncle Hi Allison, one of our well known and respected colored citizens, who died about 3 years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church with Rev. Griffin officiating, Monday afternoon, with interment in the Wallace Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

MCSORLEY, Sabrina
Mrs. Sabrina Marcella McSorley, 73, died at her home at Buchanan Sunday afternoon. She had been in poor health for the last 2 years, but had been confined to her home for the last 6 weeks. Mrs. McSorley is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Martin Frazier, Huntington, WV, Mrs. Charles Chadwick of Ashland, and Mrs. L. H. Meade, of Ashland, 2 sons, Samuel McSorley of Maysville, Wilford McSorley of Detroit, MI, and 2 brothers, Sam Turman of Buchanan and James Turman of Los Angeles, CA. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Kavanaugh Church with Rev. Bias in charge. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

MEADE, Mary Elizabeth
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Meade, age 80, daughter of the late Tom and Virginia Austin, died at her home on Meads Branch, near Charley, Wednesday night about 8 o’clock, after an illness of one month of brights disease. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon from the home with the Rev. A. H. Miller and Rev. G. B. Pack officiating. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for over 40 years. She was the mother of 10 children, 2 daughters and 2 sons having preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Charley Meade, 3 daughters, Mrs. Lon Hinkle of  Georges Creek, Mrs. Sherman Bryant of Matewan, WV and Mrs. Ed Morrows of  Delaware, OH; 3 sons, Charley of Meads Branch, Andy of Delaware, OH, and Blaine of Louisa; 2 sisters, Mrs. Chilt Griffith of Charley, Mrs. Charles Martin of Peach Creek, WV, 3 brothers, Ed Austin of Charley, Bill Austin of Logan, WV and John Austin of West Virginia. Big Sandy New-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

PACK, Mrs. Walter
Mrs. Walter Pack of Charley died early Wednesday morning Oct 22 at the home of her parents there after a lingering illness. She was the daughter of William Daniel of Charley and was 20 years old. Although her critical condition was sensed by the family, her death came as a distinct shock to all who knew her. She is survived by her parents, her husband, and 3 brothers and 2 sisters, all of whom were at home at the time of her death, except her husband, who was working in Paintsville, and her sister, Gypsy, who was away from home teaching school. Her burial, on Froghonery, in Johnson County, was attended by many of her relatives and friends, all of whom were grief stricken over her passing. Mrs. Pack was loved and held in high esteem by all who knew her. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 31, 1930

POLLEY, Ned
In loving memory of our dear husband and father, Ned Polley, who left us one year ago today, Sep 20, 1929. Mrs. Mary Polley and family. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

PRESTON, Mrs. Frank
Mrs. Frank Preston died in a Pikeville hospital a few days ago of typhoid. About 2 weeks previous, a child of hers had died of the same disease, and another child is in the hospital, but is recovering. They have been living at Allen, Floyd County, for some time, but are natives of  Floyd  County. Mr. Preston is a son of Joe B. Preston and Mrs. Preston is a daughter of Nathan Borders. The bodies of the mother  and child were brought to  the family burial grounds in this county for interment. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

PRESTON, Roberta
Roberta Preston, age 13, died of typhoid fever a few days ago. She was a daughter of J. Frank Preston, son of Joe B. Preston of Patrick, this county. The mother of Roberta is in a hospital at Pikeville, and also another member of the family with typhoid. They have been living at Allen, Floyd County for quite a while. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

RATLIFF, S. P.
The oft-expressed wish of Mr. S. P. “Uncle Bogue” Ratliff that when death came to him it would find him in attendance upon the sick, was gratified here Tuesday. “Uncle Bogue” died here suddenly Tuesday morning as he sat in an automobile beside a Reffitt child at whose bedside he had sat through the 2 nights  preceding his death and whom he was taking to the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin. As the driver of the auto stopped at Friend’s filling station here to get a supply of gasoline, Mr. Ratliff became sick. Mr. Friend called for help but before the stricken man could be taken inside the filling station he was dead. “Uncle Bogue” Ratliff was 76 years old and was one of the best known men in Floyd County. Though he never saw inside a medical college, he had an extensive knowledge of diseases and their treatment and was in wide demand as a nurse. For years he has visited and attended the sick in this county. He had been a member of Regular Baptist Church for 48 years, and was respected by all who knew him. Mr. Ratliff is survived by his widow and the following children: George, John, Jack, Bill, James, Dock and Sam Ratliff, Mrs. Bascom Stephens, Mrs. Lucinda Reffitt, Mrs. Susan Adkins and Mrs. Joe Click, all of whom reside in the vicinity of Wilson Creek and Maytown. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. A. L. Allen and others from the home. The rites were attended by a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

SHEPHERD, Lee
Lee Shepherd, 27 years old, of Arthurmable, Magoffin Co., KY, died Saturday at the home of his brother in law, Dick Whittaker, in West Prestonsburg after an illness of 3 weeks from typhoid. The deceased was a son of the late Jeff Shepherd and had come to West Prestonsburg from Ohio. He was a farmer. The body was prepared for burial by E. P. Arnold and was taken to Arthurmabel for burial Sunday afternoon in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 10, 1930

SHORT, Lydia Catherine
On Wednesday, Aug 27, 1930, the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Short and claimed for its victim their darling babe, Lydia Catherine, a victim of whooping cough. She came to bless their home only for 3 years. Why death snatches its victims the innocent babes and leaves the parents, heart torn to shreds, is a mystery, but it is God’s will. Lydia Catherine is now sailing on angel wings and her hand is beckoning for all to follow. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

SHORT, Morton
As the late afternoon sun was painting the autumn leaves in all their beautiful but sad colors, the body of Morton Short was lowered to its final resting place Sunday. With bared heads his comrades, members of the Junior Order, read the last rites over their dead brother. In the valleys the shadows were lengthening  as the sorrowing family and friends of the young man wended their way homeward. The sun lingering over the hill soon faded and was gone. Morton, oldest son of Sheriff and Mrs. Jay Short had been ill only a short 10 days before he was taken Friday night. He became ill with flu which turned to pneumonia causing his death. He was only 20 years old. Funeral services were held at Myrtle Chapel with Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating. Friends of the young man, numbering close to a thousand crowded into the little church house to pay their last respects to one they had known and liked so well. Besides his parents, Morton is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Burke Short, and 3 brothers, Junior, Albert and Wayne, all at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 31, 1930

SKAGGS, Noah Ray
William Skaggs, a native of Lawrence county, who recently moved to Ohio, had the misfortune to lose his youngest child and the home in which he lived. He is a son of Jerry Skaggs, of Skaggs, KY. The following account is taken from a Portsmouth paper:
“Let alone, playing in a small wagon in the sitting room of his home, Noah Ray Skaggs, 4 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Skaggs of Day Road, 3 miles northeast of Lucasville, burned to death when fire destroyed the house. His 6 year old brother, who was the only other person in the house, ran outside and escaped in the flames. The mother was in the woods back of their home gathering firewood when the tragedy occurred. Attracted by the screams of her 6 year old son, the mother arrived on the scene to find the home in flames. She was unable to rescue the child in spite of valiant efforts to enter the flaming dwelling. The father, William Skaggs, was working on the county road system at the time. The victim was left by a stove in the living room, and his brother had been pulling him around the house in a little wagon. How the fire started could not be learned.” Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

SMITH, William, Jr.
Hazard, KY—William Smith, Jr., 6, was accidentally killed by his father, according to information received by the sheriff’s office here Monday. Mr. Smith had gone out to kill some crows and took his son with him. After killing several of the birds, he laid his shotgun down to pick up the crows. Coming back to the gun, he found some dirt had lodged behind the trigger and began cleaning the weapon. He told authorities that while he was working with the trigger, his son apparently put his mouth over the barrel of the gun and when Mr. Smith pulled the trigger accidentally the boy’s head was shot off. Funeral services for the Smith child were held at a family burying ground near the Smith home on Lost Creek, which is a remote part of Perry County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 10, 1930

SONGER, Thomas Cary
The body of Thomas Cary Songer, 71, retired railroad engineer, was brought here from Ashland, Sunday, for burial in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. Songer died at his home in Ashland, Friday afternoon. He is a native of Lawrence County, OH. Funeral rites were held from the Centenary M. E. Church, in Ashland, Sunday afternoon. The service was conducted by Rev. Thornburg, Rev. Williams and members of Poage Lodge, F & A M of which organization the deceased was a member. Mr. Songer, who had been prominently connected with the civic life of Ashland and in the early development of the Big Sandy division of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway company, had been in failing health for the past 2 years. His poor health forced him to retired from active participation in the affairs of the B of L. E. Railway union organization of which he had been general chairman for the C & O system for several years.  The deceased was born in Lawrence County, OH Feb 15, 1859. He was one of a family of 2 boys and 8 girls. At the age of 16 he left school and in order to help his father care for the large family, he obtained employment as a stoker on the old wood burning locomotives on the railroad which is now known as the D. T. & I.

After a short while with the Ohio railroad he came to Ashland and secured employment with the old Chattaroy and Big Sandy Railroad as engineman. The late Col. J. H. Northup of Louisa was in charge of this railroad at the time. It was while employed  by the Chattaroy and Big Sandy railroad that he met Miss Mary Abigal Sullivan, a granddaughter of Frederick R. Moore, pioneer settler of the Big Sandy valley. The romance culminated in their marriage, Jan 31, 1883 and shortly thereafter they moved to Macon, GA, where Mr. Songer became associated with the Georgia and Pacific railroad. Because of a desire to return closer to his relatives, Mr. Songer and his  bride returned to Ashland in 1884 and resumed his work with the Chattaroy and from that time on he made his home in Ashland.

At the time of his death he was the oldest engineer on the Big Sandy division in point of service and he was one of the pioneers in the development of this division of the C & O. In 1910 Mr. Songer was selected as general chairman of the B. of L. E. Railroad brotherhood and he served in this capacity until 2 years ago when he was forced to retired because of poor health. During his service with the brotherhood he served on the hospital board and various other important committees. During his busy life he found time to devote to fraternal organizations. He was affiliated with the Masonic Order from early manhood and he served as past master of the lodge in the early nineties. He was a member of the Royal Arch Commandery and the Shrine.

In politics, Mr. Songer was affiliated with the Democratic party, but only sought office once when he was the democratic nominee for mayor of the city of Ashland. However, he was defeated by the Republican nominee, Dr. A. H. Moore. The first Mrs. Songer died in 1919 and on Sep 22, 1922, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Sophia Anderson, of Huntington, WV, who survives him. The tender care and attention which she gave to  Mr. Songer during his last illness showed the strong bonds of their devotion. Besides his widow, Mr. Songer is survived by the following children: Clifford M. Songer of Charleston, SC, William F. Songer, of Ashland and Mrs. L. E. Payne of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

STANAFORD, Sarah E.
Sarah E. Stanaford, 64, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. F. Cluggish, here Friday night from complications. Mrs. Stanaford came here in April with her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Cluggish who were connected with the construction of the road below town. The body was taken to Williamsburg Saturday in the Curtright Funeral coach to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eli Foley. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Briar Creek Baptist Church with interment in Briar Creek Cemetery, Whitley County, Mrs. Stanaford’s old home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg and was loved by all who knew her. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. H. F. Cluggish of Louisa and Mrs. Eli Foley, Williamsburg; one son, Steve Brown of Grays, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

STEPP, Floyd—See under John Clay

STEWART, Isaac Foster
Isaac Foster Stewart, 90 years old, who died at the home of his son, James Stewart, near Barboursville, Saturday night, was buried Monday in Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington, following the funeral services at the home of his niece, Mrs. H. H. Darnall, and Mr. Darnell, in Huntington, Rev. Isaac S. Tyler of Milton and Dr. J. Blanton Belk, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiated. Mr. Stewart was born near Louisa, KY, in 1840, being the son of James and Sarah Lakin Stewart, but went to the present site of Huntington when he was 7 year old and spent most of his life there. He was a member of the first council of the city, and also served as deputy sheriff and in other official positions. Big Sandy News-Recorder-Oct 10, 1930

TERRY, Samuel Benjamin
Samuel Benjamin Terry, a highly respected citizen and business man of Bridgeport, OK, was born in Louisa, Lawrence County, KY on Nov 20, 1849, after a lingering illness with heart disease, passed from this life at his home in Bridgeport, Sep 9, 1930, being at the time of his death 80 years and 9 months old. He was married to Miss Eady Brown of Morgan County, KY, Jan 1, 1874, and they continued to lived in Kentucky until Apr 1910, when they moved to Bridgeport in which place they have since made their home practically all the time. To this happy union were born 12 children, of whom 8 are still living, 3 dying in infancy and Roscoe on Nov 17, 1918. He leaves his aged widow, 8 children, namely: Mrs. Risa Skaggs, Morehead, KY, Mrs. Della Fraley, Ashland, KY, Mrs. Amanda Logan, Bridgeport, OK, Mrs. May Fyffe, Skaggs, KY, John Terry, Hinton, OK, Mrs. Mary Coffey, Ashland, KY, William Terry, Goodland, KS, and Samuel Terry, Bridgeport, OK; also about 40 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sullens and George Friday afternoon and interment took place in Bridgeport Cemetery. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Oct 10, 1930

THOMPSON, Kernetta
In memory of Kernetta Thompson whose spirit went back from whence it came Aug 31, 1930. Jun 18, 1912, God gave to this world a fine baby who was to become a beautiful model of womanhood but Sunday, Aug 31, during the still hours of the morn He called her to her home. During the winter of 1927 Kernetta’s name was placed on the Great Lamb’s Book of Life and since that time until her death she lived a true Christian life. Kernetta leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson, of Noris, KY, 4 sisters, Erie, Goldie, Carrie May and Hope Joy; 3 brothers, Robert, Grover and Haward, all at hoe and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 3, 1930

VINSON, Lace A.
The entire community was sorrowed late Monday afternoon by the tragic death of Lace A. Vinson, 54, chief of police of Louisa, who was killed when he fell from the running board of a truck driver by Russell Horn, 24, of Prestonsburg, whom he was trying to arrest for drunkenness. Funeral services for the dead chief were held at the Christian Church Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Dials of Huntington, and Rev. F. Hardin, officiating. The church was filled with sorrowing friends and relatives and the large floral offering was a mute testimony of the respect with which Mr. Vinson was held. Interment was made in the Bearie Cemetery near Fort Gay, with the Jr. Order of which Mr. Vinson was a member, in charge of the services at the grave. Active pallbearers were the city councilmen: John Vaughan, Wayne McCoy, John Hayes,  Syd Hayes, Arbie Weaver, and Kay Jordan. Honorary pallbearers were M. L. Varney, Keenus Short, Hoover Hall, Dick Cyrus, J. W. Young, and Frank Bradley.

Mr. Vinson is survived by his widow and 7 children, Herbert, Jake, Emogene, and Lillian Vinson, at home and Mrs. William C. Rhordocker,  of Indianapolis, IN, Dan Vinson of Kenova, and Dol Vinson of Louisa. The 3 latter children are by a former marriage. Also surviving are his aged mother, Mrs. Jennie Vinson, of Louisa, 3 sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Crum of Huntington, Mrs. Ben D. Pinson of Kenova, and Mrs. Lutie Graham of Maysville, and one brother, Ed Vinson of Louisa.

Mr. Vinson and Mel Varney had received word about 5 o’clock Monday afternoon that 2 men and a girl were intoxicated and driving a Ford truck around town, The officers, seeing the truck approach, stopped it  near the corner of Main on Main Cross Street. After having arrested Elder Wright, 24, Prestonsburg, Julia May Baldridge, 17, of Bonanza, Floyd County, who were in the car, Horn put  his truck in gear and started off. Chief Vinson jumped on the running board and ordered Horn to stop. Hundreds of persons viewed the truck as it sped up the street with Vinson standing on the running board. Rounding the corner at the Brunswick hotel the truck continued its mad dash. After crossing the railroad tracks, Chief Vinson was seen to fall from the truck. He rolled under the wheels and was almost instantly killed, He was rushed to the Louisa General Hospital, but it was found that he had succumbed on the way. At an inquest held soon after the tragedy, it was disclosed that Mr. Vinson’s neck, back and both legs were broken. There was also a deep cut under the lower lip and one tooth had been broken out.  Deputy Sheriff J. W. Young and Gus Snyder drafted a nearby car into service and sped after the fleeing truck. They stopped to retrieve Vinson’s gun and gave chase. About 2 miles from town on the road to Paintsville, Horn was found in the wreckage of his truck. Horn was taken to the Boyd County  jail for safekeeping Monday night, and was returned here to set a date for his trial after the grand jury had returned an indictment for willful murder Wednesday. The date for the trial  was set for Tuesday, Oct 21. Horn gave bond of $10,000 for his appearance. Wright and the Baldridge girl were fined in police court for drunkenness and freed Tuesday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

WHEELER, Wick—See under Mack Fitch

WILLIAMS, Milt
Pikeville, KY—Crushed about the chest when he jumped from a wagon and ran in front of a lumber truck, Milt Williams, 8, of Ferguson Creek, died on arrival at the Methodist Hospital here a short time after the accident Saturday afternoon. According to information given the hospital attaches by the father of the lad, the boy had been in Pikeville and was returning home on a wagon. Near the home the boy jumped from the wagon, Mr. Williams said, and ran in front of the truck. Williams assisted Mr. Williamson in bringing the boy to the hospital but he died on the hospital elevator while being taken to a room. The body was taken to the old home cemetery on Johns Creek where funeral services were held Monday afternoon with Rev. W. E. Donaldson of Pikeville, officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 24, 1930

WILLIAMSON, Matilda
Pikeville, KY—Matilda Williamson, 94 years old, died at the Methodist hospital here Saturday morning of a stroke of paralysis which she suffered Sep 25 and which rendered her speechless. Her family was a prominent one in the history of eastern Kentucky. Her husband, Freeman Williamson, died 12 years ago. His parents came to Kentucky in the days of Boone and took part in the conquest and early settlement of the Big Sandy. Up to the time of the stroke the noble woman enjoyed excellent health. On the morning she was stricken she was unusually active and had just called on one of her neighbors and presented her with an apron. Her last words were “It looks fine on you, “ spoken as her neighbor donned the apron and just before she fell with her ride side paralyzed. She was a daughter of the late John Scott, one of the pioneer settlers of the Johns Creek section of Pike County and only one member of the Scott family survives, Mrs. Margaret Marrs, of this city, who is near 80 years old. She is survived by the following sons and daughters. T. J. Williamson, R. L. Williamson, and Mrs. Barbara Marrs, Pikeville, N. B. Williamson, and Mrs. Kentucky Burnette, Meta, KY, Mrs. A. R. Lowe, Mayfield, KY, James Cain and and Mrs. Sam Davis Varney, Hominy, OK. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the old home on Johns Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 10, 1930

WRIGHT, James H.
Prestonsburg, KY—From Times—James H. Wright, veteran of the Confederate army and one of Floyd County’s oldest men, died on Thursday morning of this week at his home at Dock, this county, in the eleventh day of illness from pneumonia. Mr. Wright was 90 years old. A native of Letcher County, Mr. Wright came to Floyd County when a small boy. With the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the Southern cause, and took part in several battles during the war. Returned to peaceful pursuits, Mr. Wright had made his home in this county, living quietly as a farmer and peaceable citizen. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ceatty Wright, 87, and the following sons and daughters: Rev. M. C. Wright, Langley, Bill Wright, Indiana, Mrs. Mary Collins, Portsmouth, OH, Susan Frazier, Indian Run, Greenup County, Mrs. Thirza Wallen, Bull Creek, Mrs. Nancy Ousley and James Wright, Martin, Mrs. Melvina Ham, Alger, OH and George Wright, Dock. Funeral services were conducted Friday from the home at Dock and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 17, 1930

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BENTLEY, George
Pikeville, KY—Oct 30—Foul play is suspected in the death of George Bentley, an aged Ferguson Creek recluse, whose charred body was found in the burning ruins of his home today. Several neighbors told Fire Chief Jude Williamson, of Pikeville, who investigated the fire that Bentley was in the habit of carrying large sums of money on his person instead of banking it. He worked regularly as peddler in Pike and Floyd Counties. Bentley returned home last night from Beaver Creek, Floyd County, Williamson said no fire had been in the fire place and the stove had not been set up. The theory advanced was that some one killed or slugged and robbed the aged man and fired the house. The body was found where he had been sleeping. The fire was discovered by a passing motorist. Coroner J. W. Call ordered an inquest. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Garrett Bunch, Mossy Bottom, KY, who made her home with Tom Williamson, Coal Run, KY, after she was 6 years old, and later became Williamson’s sister in law, and by a son, George Bentley, Jr. whose present address has not been learned and by another daughter. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 7, 1930

BRANHAM, Robert
Pikeville, KY—Robert Branham, 17, died at the Methodist Hospital here Sunday night of injuries sustained when he was struck on hour earlier by the Cannonball Transit Co., of this city, on the Mayo Trail, 5 miles below Pikeville. Young Branham and his parents were at church. He had just assisted in giving another automobile a push and started to cross the trail when he was hit by the bus, it is reported. His father, Rev. Isaac Branham, and his mother were among the first to reach his side after the accident. He was a member of a family of 8 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

BROWN, John M.
John M. Brown, 76, farmer, died at his home on Georges Creek Friday afternoon, Nov 21 after an illness of 10 days. Mr. Brown has been blind for the past 11 years, He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Alice Brown and many other relatives. Funeral services were held Sunday morning with burial in the Borders Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 28, 1930

BROWNING
The 15 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Browning of Ashland, died Wednesday morning of typhoid fever. The funeral was held Friday morning from Crum’s Chapel, burial in Williams Cemetery. Rev. Tolliver in charge. Surviving are father and mother, 5 brothers, all at home, Tivis, Woodrow, Herman, Russell and Clifford, 2 sisters, Myrtle at home and Mrs. Stella Caudill of Ashland and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Wright of Lawrence County, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

BURCHETT, Emily
In loving memory of Mrs. Emily Burchett who was born Oct 19, 1861, and departed this life Oct 22, 1930. Sad is our heart since dear mother’s departure to that blessed  home above where pain and sorrow can never enter that land of peace and love. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 14, 1930

BURCHETT, Mary
Prestonsburg, KY—Floyd County authorities held that Miss Mary Burchett ended her life Saturday night after a party in her honor on the eve of her 16th birthday because of disappointment in love. The party was at the home of Marvin Harmon at Auxier, Floyd County. One witness testified at an inquest conducted by Magistrate R. L. Spradlin that after the guests left Miss Burchett took an automatic pistol and fired a bullet into her forehead. The only motive suggested was that a former suitor was married several months ago. She was a daughter of Daniel Burchett. Her parents, a brother and sister survive. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 14, 1930

Prestonsburg, KY—Ashland Collins, suitor of Miss Mary Burchett, 16 years old, and 4 other persons were under arrest Friday on indictments in connection with the shooting to death of Miss Burchett at a party at Auxier, Saturday night, given in honor of the girl’s birthday anniversary. Besides Collins those named by the grand jury were Mrs. Bert Wells, Miss Oney Ford, Darwin Wells,15, and Mrs. Bessie Harmon, a cousin of Miss Burchett. Miss Burchett at first was reported to have shot herself, but later versions of guests at the party had it that she was shot accidentally while examining Collin’s revolver. A coroner’s jury was unable to agree on a verdict. Physicians who examined the body said a bullet entered the back of the skull. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

BURCHETT, Tom
Tom Burchett, filling station operator and former electrician for the Colonial Coal & Coke Company, died Thursday afternoon at the Methodist hospital, Pikeville, from injures sustained when, it is believed, he was struck by a hit and run driver on the Mayo Trail, 3 miles above Prestonsburg. Mr. Burchett was found lying by the roadside near his father’s home shortly before 9 o’clock Wednesday night by the driver and passengers of a Sparks Brothers bus. He was unconscious at the time. Later, he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Passengers of the bus told of seeing an auto driving slowly a few years ahead of the bus, with lights out. As the car passed where the injured man lay it increased its speed. A few miles farther on the bus again overtook the mysterious machine, which this time was parked in a curve of the Trail across  the river near Dwale. Four men were standing in front of the auto, it is said, and took to their heels as the bus approached. It is believed that if occupant of this auto can be located, identity of those responsible for Mr. Burchett’s death will be known. Surviving Mr. Burchett are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Burchett, his widow, 3 children and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. A. C. Daniels, Mrs. Jasper Wallen, Mrs. Wald Blackburn, Mrs. Frank Blackburn, Misses Cooch and Maxie Burchett and Larce, Willard, and Banner Burchett. The body was returned to the home Thursday night for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 14, 1930

BURCHETT, W.W.
W. W. Burchett, formerly of Paintsville, died at his home at Akron, OH last Thursday after several weeks illness. Funeral services were held at Akron Saturday. Mr. Burchett was a brother of Mrs. S. S. See of Walbridge. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

CASTLE, Cynthia
Mrs. Cynthia Castle, aged mother of Ballard Castle, of Ulysses died at the home of her son Friday from the infirmities of age and a paralytic stroke of long standing. Funeral services were held Sunday and interment followed in the Hannah Chapel cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

CHRISTIAN, Tom
Tom Christian, 69 years old, died at his home at Yatesville Saturday, Nov 8, after an illness of 2 months. He is the son of the late Billie and Elizabeth Christian. Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Irvin Castle, Borderland, WV, Mrs. Florence Hall, Ripley, WV, Mrs. Dallas Clark, Mrs. George Burchett, Mrs. Carl Burchett, all of Yatesville, and one son, Jim Christian, of Yatesville. Funeral services were held Monday morning, Nov 10 from the home, with Rev. Rollen Hutchison and Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery near the home. Mr. Christian was a good man and a respected citizen of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

CONLEY, Harrison Clark
Harrison Clark Conley, of Oklahoma City, OK, died in a hospital in Joplin, MO recently. Cancer caused his death. He was the oldest son of Marman Conley and Kate Wheeler Conley and was born at Paintsville, KY, Oct 30, 1858. He is survived by his wife and one son. He had been assistant general freight agent of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway Company with headquarters at Oklahoma City since 1912. He was in the service of the “Frisco” lines for 47 years and was retired on pension Jan 1, 1929. B. F. Conley, of West Van Lea, KY is the only surviving uncle of the deceased. Mrs. C.O. McDougle and M. F. Conley of Louisa are his cousins Harman Conley moved from Paintsville to Joplin, Mo soon after the civil war. Two sons and a daughter are the surviving members of his family. Big  Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

CRUMPLER, J. Clinton
The first death from Rabbit Fever in this section is reported from Logan County, WV where J. Clinton Crumpler, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Crumpler of Logan, died last week following 2 weeks illness with this strange malady, which in the terms of medical science is known as “tularemia”. It is believed that the deceased contracted the disease while dressing a rabbit. He was employed as a meat cutter in a store in Charleston. His condition was serious for several days before his death. Rabbit Fever is one of the strangest of modern ailments, and because of it many hunters have refrained from hunting rabbits this season.

Dr. Lloyd Arnold, of the University of Illinois, has made a recent exhaustive study of the malady and he says that every rabbit is a potential carried of “rabbit fever” and anyone handling a dead rabbit is  a potential recipient of this dreaded disease. “It isn’t necessary for a person to have a scratch on his hand to acquire the disease, for it may be acquired by touching a dead rabbit which as been afflicted with tularemia, “ the doctor said. Because each year more and more cases appear in the United States and with hunting season just opening, Doctor Arnold passed on a bit of advice to the hunters. “Don’t shoot a rabbit that sits and waits for you, “ he warned. “It’s the sick rabbit that is easy to kill—leave it alone.” He also advised persons saving rabbit pelts to leave alone the dead rabbits found. “For a few cents a person contracts a disease that lingers on for a  year. “However, the disease is seldom fatal. Here is a hypothetical case. Two to five days after dressing a wild rabbit the person suddenly had headache, chills, body pains, fever, and sometimes vomiting spells. There is usually a painful swollen area on a finger of thumb. There is one way to avoid the disease—avoid contact with the infected carcass of rabbit, infected wood ticks and the contaminated horse fly.” Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 28, 1930

CUMMINGS, Ida (Billups)
Funeral services for  Mrs. Ida Billups Cummings, 56 years old, who died Monday morning, were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Cummings had been in ill health for several months. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. V. E. Fryman, a former pastor, now of Russell. After the impressive funeral services the remains were taken to Pine Hill Cemetery and laid to rest beside her mother, Mrs. Nancy  Billups, who preceded her in death about 10 years ago. Mrs. Cummings was the wife of John Cummings, Louisa merchant, and leaves to mourn her passing her husband, one daughter, Mrs. J. M. Johnson of Greensburg, NC, one son, John Williams, a student at the Louisville College of Dentistry and the following brothers, George Billups, Columbus, R. S. Billups, Washington, D. C. , Jim Billups, Chillicothe, OH, and Taylor Billups, Louisa. She had a wide relationship in Lawrence County and in West Virginia.
Mrs. Cummings was for many years a teacher in the public schools of this county, teaching in Louisa, her home town, for a number of years, she was the only woman ever elected a member of the board of education of the Louisa High School. She had been a member of the Methodist Church since early youth, and for more than 20 years taught a class of girls in the Sunday school. Members of the present class of young ladies were honorary pall bearers at the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 7, 1930

DEAN, James
Near Ironton, OH, a young son of William Dean was killed on Thursday of last week in a most unusual manner, as told in the following article. William Dean is a son of the late John F. Dean. He moved to Lawrence County, OH several years ago. James Dean, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dean, and one of the pupils at the school, died at the Marting hospital Thursday afternoon from injuries sustained when he was struck by a falling stump. The little boy sustained a fracture at the base of skull, fracture of the left temple, his chest was crushed, jaw broken and his left shoulder broken. He did not regain consciousness. Students who are patients at the Marting hospital suffering with injuries sustained when the huge stump spun through the roof of the school are: Rodney Elam, 13, severe cuts on head and face; Pear Crawford, 13, cuts and bruises on neck and head, Emma Pancake, 13, cuts and bruises about the body and head, Clara Tipton, 9, badly gashed wrist, Louis Ridgeway, 10, cuts and bruises, Clyde Avery, 12, injuries to head and body, James Nance, teacher, bruises and cuts about the body and face.

There were 23 pupils in the one room school at the time of the disaster. The morning session had convened at 8:30 and had settled down to the routine duties of the day. At five minutes after nine the peace and quiet of the little school was disturbed by a vociferous blast which rocked the small frame building on its foundations. Little Emma Pancake, sitting near a widow saw a huge stump spinning in the air like an airplane out of control. She thought at first it was a huge rock, but a moment later the heavy stump crashed through the roof of the little school, brushing the desk of Mr. Nance and landing in the aisle. The portion of the stump was about 6 feet in length and 8 inches thick. James Dean, a bright eyed boy of 12, was engaged in working out a solution in arithmetic at the blackboard when one end of the stump struck him on the left side of the head and body, knocking him from his seat. Panic broke loose in the school room. The children, screaming and crying, rushed through the open door some bleeding from frightful wounds while others were shouting pitifully for help.

James Nance, the teacher, suffering with cuts about the body and face, was the hero of the hour. He rushed to the assistance of James Dean and Rodney Elam, the two little boys who were trapped by the falling stump. The stump which was blown out was located about 125 yards from the school. Frank Riedel, of Ironton, who put the blast off, stated that 22 sticks of dynamite was used. Repairs were being made on the road and contractors in charge ordered the stump removed. The road work was in charge of the Wasser Construction Company of Columbus, OH. Citizens of Ironton and school officials were bitter in their criticism of the construction company. It was estimated that the portion of the stump that crashed through the little school building weighed 400 pounds. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

DELONG, William P.
William P. Delong, 74 years old, prominent Lawrence County farmer, died at his home on Deephole Branch Friday Nov 14 after an illness of 4 weeks of heart trouble. His wife, Mendlian Delong preceded him in death 7 years ago. Funeral services were held from the home Saturday afternoon with Rev. J. L. Herrington of Paintsville officiating. Mr. Delong was a native of Martin County, and his body was taken to DeBorde, KY near Inez for burial with short services at the grave. He was laid to rest beside his wife. Mr. Delong is survived by 2 daughters, Miss Emma Delong and Miss Margaret Delong, at home; 4 sons, Jerry Delong, E. H. Delong, of Akron, OH, Joe and Oliver Delong of Louisa; 3 brothers, David Delong, West Virginia, Harvey Delong, DeBorde, KY, Rosan Delong, Floyd County, 2 half brothers, Sheridan Deborde, and one half sister, Miss Matilda Delong of DeBorde. Mr. Delong was one of Lawrence County respected citizens, and was a member of the Christian Church for the past 50 years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

HAILEY, Ethel Colgrove
Mrs. Ethel Colgrove Hailey, 37, wife of Curtis Hailey, of Betsy Layne, KY, died Wednesday of tuberculosis. She is survived by her husband and 3 children as follows, Arthur, Irwin and Eleanor, all at home. Funeral services were held Friday at the home of Lloyd Sizemore in Greenup. Interment was made in the Riverview Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov  21, 1930

HODGE, Eddie Joyce
Eddie Joyce Hodge, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Hodge of Fort Gay, died Monday, Nov 3, after a short illness. The little baby was one month and 9 days old. She is survived by her parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Wellman of Fort Gay and Mrs. Nannie Hodge of Hubbardstown. Funeral services were held Tuesday from the home with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Rev. Basil Hodge, uncle of the little child, officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 7, 1930

HOLBROOK, James H.
James H. Holbrook, 70, passed away at his home at Skaggs Thursday night, Oct 30, after a long illness. He was born near where he died Dec 25, 1859. His entire life has been a great example to his neighborhood, was ever ready and willing to do the best things for his community at all times. He was married to Florence Harris of Flat Gap, Jan 5, 1883, and became a member of the M. E. Church in 1896, living a faithful Christian life. He is survived by his wife and 2 sisters, Mrs. L. F. Skaggs, Terryville and Mrs. James Franklin, of Paintsville, also his step mother, Mrs. Nelson Sparks of Louisa. Rev. Asa Hayes and Rev. Lewis Ferguson preached his funeral from the home Saturday. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery near his home. He was a member of the Eagle lodge. Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Mrs. J. C. Sparks, Miss Maud Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Lonzo Holbrook, Miss Jo Harris, Mrs. Bernice Parker and Mrs. George McBrayer of Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. E. Poe Harris, of Catlettsburg, Proctor Lyons and family, Jesse Rose and family, Mrs. Ferd Conley, Mrs. Charlie Collier and Mrs. J. A. Skaggs of Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 7, 1930

JACOBS, James W.
Greenup, KY—Despondency over ill health was held as the cause for the suicide of James W. Jacobs, 59, widely known Greenup County truck gardener, who Sunday morning waded a few feet into the Ohio River and drowned in about 4 feet of water. Arriving at the river too late to prevent her husband from drowning himself, Mrs. Maude Jacobs waded out and brought the body ashore. The drowning scene near the home of Mr. Jacobs, was marked by his hat and coat lying at the river’s edge. Mr. Jacobs made a similar attempt to reach the river Saturday, but  was discovered before completing his plans. An inquest was held by Acting Coroner Thomas Scaggs. He returned a verdict of suicide by drowning. Mr.  Jacobs leaves the widow, 4 children, all at home, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Sylcania Davidson, who resided at the Jacob’s home and Mrs. Celina Jones. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 28, 1930

JORDAN, Hiram
Hiram Jordan, 55 years old, died suddenly Thursday night at his home at Tuscola as a result of heart disease. He was well known farmer of Lawrence County. Funeral services were held Saturday morning with interment in the family cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dolly Adkins Jordan, 4 daughters, Mrs. Warren Dixon, Catlettsburg, Ruth, Blanche, and Mildred Jordan, at home, 6 sons, Herman, Peter, Jack, glen, Len and Kenneth at home. Miss Ruth Jordan is a teacher in the Lawrence County  schools and was at the home of her sister in Catlettsburg, preparing to attend E. K. E.A. when the news of her father’s death reached her. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

LESLIE, Martha
Mrs. Martha Leslie, widow of the late Anderson Nobelt Leslie and one of Floyd County’s finest women, died Saturday afternoon at her home at Emma, Floyd County, in her 84th year. Illness attendant upon old age caused Mrs. Leslie’s passing. A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Mayo, Mrs. Leslie was a native of Beaver Creek and a member of the Floyd County’s oldest and most prominent families. Mrs. Leslie was a noble character which found expression in the lives and splendid attainments of her children. She had been a devout member of the M. E. Church, South for many years and held in high regard of all who knew her. Her husband died more than 20 years ago. The following sons and daughters survive: W. P. Leslie, Eastland, TX, judge of the Texas court of appeals; D. B. Leslie and L. C. Leslie, Emma, Mrs. Minnie Martin, Allen, Mrs. R. W. Harris, West Prestonsburg, Mrs. Malone Hall, Allen, Mrs. Victoria Burchett, Woods, and Mrs. Lula Bevins, Emma. She leaves 3 brothers and one sister, Prof. M. J. Mayo, St. Louis, MO, Seymour Mayo, and Joe Add Mayo, of Allen, Mrs. Lou Ellen Fairchild of Allen. Funeral rites of Mrs. Leslie were conducted Monday and were attended by hundreds of friends and relatives of the deceased. Revs. Isaac Stratton, A. L. Allen and t. C. Worland were the officiating ministers and each paid high tribute to the life of Mrs. Leslie. Burial was made in the Leslie Cemetery at Emma. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

MEADE, Mary
Mrs. Mary Meade, 57, died Sunday afternoon in Lexington following an illness which had extended over a period of a year and a half. She had been in the hospital for the past 9 months where she went for treatment. Mrs. Meade is a daughter of Mrs. J. L. Fannin and was born on Bear Creek, Lawrence County. She married G. H. Meade. The deceased resided in Ashland 18 years, moving to the country a short time before she entered the hospital. She was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church. Surviving are her husband, G. H. Meade, a son, Delbert, 2 sisters, and 5 brothers. Her brothers are Isaac Fannin, of Buchanan, L. Fannin of Catlettsburg, J. C. Fannin and Fred Fannin of Buchanan and R. A. Fannin also of Buchanan, while her sisters are: Mrs. W. M. Davis of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Samuel Riddle of Buchanan. She also has 3 grandchildren, Lucille, Mary Olive and Betty Lou Meade. The remains were brought to Ashland, Sunday, and later removed to the home of Mrs. Lon Hazlett, a niece. The funeral was held from the Pilgrim Holiness Church at Ashland Heights Wednesday afternoon with Rev. R. W. Wolfe assisted by Rev. W. W. Hankes and Rev. R. G. Crowell in charge. She was buried in the Ashland cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 7, 1930

MILES, Ben
Ben Miles, 85, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. P. Moore, on Lick Creek, Monday night after an illness of 3 weeks of complications. Mr. Miles was well known throughout the county and had a wide circle of friends. Mr. Miles is survived by 4 sons, Levi Miles, Blaine, Fred Miles, Whitehouse, L. T. Miles,  West Virginia, and Jerome Miles, Louisa. Three daughters, Mrs. Wilbur Hall, Louisa, Mrs. Jay Jordan, Mattie, and Mrs. T. P. Moore, Louisa. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. P. Moore , with burial in the Sanders Cemetery near Blaine. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 28, 1930

MOORE, David Martin
David Martin Moore, 5 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Moore of Louisa, died Monday afternoon. A short funeral service was held at the home the infant’s grandfather, H. K. Moore at Louisa, and was laid to rest in the Hayes Cemetery on Little Blaine. Besides its parents he is survived by one brother, Arnold, 3 years old. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 28, 1930

PENNINGTON, Lottie
On Nov 1, the death angle came into the home of Oscar Pennington and wife and claimed for its victim their daughter, Lottie, aged 16 years, after an illness of  typhoid fever. Words cannot describe our heartaches and loss of this dear girl. As we miss her smiles here se fell assured she is basking around the throne of God. Cheer up father and mother, brothers and sisters, and prepare to meet Lottie in the country where we’ll never grow old. Funeral services were held by Bro. Berry at the home Saturday after which she was laid to rest in the Pennington Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 7, 1930

PETERS, Earl Stockwell
Earl Stockwell Peters, 43, son of the late James Peters and Mrs. Jennie Bell Peters, of Huntington, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. M.J. Murphy of Ironton, OH, Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Peters spent practically all his life in Louisa, moving with his parents to Huntington 8 or 10 years ago. Funeral services were held in Ironton and the body was brought to Louisa and interred in the Peters Cemetery near Salt Peter, Thursday afternoon. He is survived by his mother, 4 sisters, Mrs. M. J. Murphy, Ironton, Mrs. Jack Kutz, Huntington, Mrs. Taylor Johns, Wellsburg, WV, Miss Dollie Peters, Washington, D. C. and 3 brothers, Carl Peters, George Peters, and Kay Peters, all of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1930

PICKLESIMER, Woodrow
VANHOOSE, Gilbert
VANHOOSE, Robert Cecil
SALYER, Woodrow

Funeral services for 4 youths who were killed in an auto wreck of the Mayo Trail Saturday night were held Tuesday afternoon at Paintsville from the Mayo Memorial Church. The dead youths are Woodrow Picklesimer, 18, son of M. M. Picklesimer, C & O employee, Gilbert Vanhoose, 17, son of Walter VanHoose, county court clerk of Johnson County, Robert Cecil VanHoose, 15, son of Don C. Vanhoose, postmaster of Paintsville, and Woodrow Salyer, 17, son of Manuel Salyer, former tax commissioner of Johnson County.

Six youths were in the car, returning from the Huntington-Ashland football game. When coming down the hill at Patrick Gap, Robert Strother, 17, who was driving , lost control of the machine and it went over a 75 foot embankment, with fatal results to four of the youths. Archie Williams, 18, was the other occupant of the car, and escaped with slight injuries.

Robert Cecil VanHoose, Gilbert VanHoose and Salyer were killed outright, while Picklesimer died just as he reached the Paintsville hospital. Strother and Williams will recover. Williams was brought to the Louisa General hospital, while Strother was taken to Paintsville where it was feared for a time that the would die. Both will recover, it is said. The joint funeral was attended by thousands of people. The Paintsville schools were dismissed Monday and Tuesday out of respect for the dead youths. The 2 balconies of the church were reserved for the members of the Paintsville High School football squad, of which Salyer and Picklesimer were members.

Rev. H. B. Conley, of the Paintsville Freewill Baptist Church, and Rev. H. G. Sowards, former pastor of the Mayo Memorial Church, but now of Huntington, were in charge of the services. Robert Cecil VanHoose and Woodrow Salyer had been companions since childhood and because of their life long companionship and love for each other, the families of the two boys thought it appropriate that they remain together, even in death, and were laid to rest in adjoining graves in the Mayo Cemetery, overlooking the city of Paintsville where they had spent their childhood days together. Gilbert VanHoose and Woodrow Picklesimer  were buried in the respective family burying grounds in the country near Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 14, 1930

PINK, Bill Al
In memory of Bill Al :Pink,  born Jul 22, 1930, died Nov 4, 1930. The little son was call Bill Al for  its grandfathers. Therefore his name alone won for him the love of the Rice and Pink families. The time he spent in this life was short for when Bill Al had gladdened the lives of his loved ones a little more than 3 months God saw fit to take him home. Those of the immediate family who will miss his sweet presence hourly are his father, mother, 3 sisters, Mrs. C. D. Bradley, of Yatesville, Naomi-leah and Emogene at home and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Rice. He was greeted in Heaven by a sweet sister, Lahome, who when there to live some 8 years ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 28, 1930

RIGGS, Tennie Celia (Bartram)
Relatives and friends Sunday morning, Oct 26, 1930, bowed in sorrow paying a final tribute of reverence to Mrs. Tennie Celia Bartram Riggs of Fort Gay, WV, one of the community’s best loved citizens whose funeral was held in the Spruce Lick Baptist Church. Rev. Burl Akers of Kenova, WV, had charge of the funeral services . She was converted early in life and united with the Missionary Baptist Church, in which church she remained a faithful member and consistent Christian to the end, Oct 24, 1930. She was 64 years of age, the daughter of Mrs. Mary Artrip of Wayne County, WV. She was united in marriage to Lewis Bartram and to this union 8 children were born, 5 girls and 3 boys. One daughter, Minnie, died in Aug 1924. Those surviving are Mrs. Mary Hoosier and Mrs. Martha Tucker of Fort Gay, Mrs. Josephine Hayton, of Williamson, WV, Mrs. Eliza Rederford, of Whites Creek, WV, Willie and Robert of  Fort Gay, and John of Michigan. Two sisters, Mrs. Virginia Yates of Florida and Miss Josephine Artrip of Fort  Gay, also 2 step children, Mrs. Emily Workman of Fort Gay and Alonzo Bartram of Fort Gay; one stepson, Albert, having died in 1900. After Mr. Bartram’s death she married twice, to Moses Tucker, deceased and to James Riggs, who survives. Seventeen grandchildren and 9 step grandchildren survive. She was buried in the family burial lot near her home. For many years she and her home were noted for their hospitality. Her daughter’s prepared dinner which they served to as many as would stay after the burial, thus the last respect paid to their mother. She lived her entire life in this community. She helped to make it a good place to live. Now she has gone to live with Jesus and the saints above. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

ROMANS, Malissa Alice
Mrs. Malissa Alice Romans, 64 years old, died at her home at Fort Gay Nov 8 after an illness of 13 days. Mrs. Romans was a devout member of the Baptist Church and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She is a daughter of the late Oliver and Martha Wellman. Her husband, Eugene Romans, died 2 years ago. Mrs. Romans is survived by 6 sisters, Mrs. E. Wellman, Mrs. L. F. Frasher, Mrs. C. E. Romans, Miss Josephine Wellman, all of Fort Gay, Mrs. Lee Ward, Huntington, and Mrs. Tony McCoy of Prichard and 2 brothers, Oliver Wellman, Huntington and E. H. Wellman of Fort Gay. Funeral services were held Sunday Nov 9 from the Fort Gay Baptist Church with Rev. B. S. Ekers, of Ceredo, officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

RUNYON, Andrew M.
Andrew M. Runyon, age 78, former resident of Wayne, WV died Nov 17 at Waitman, WV. His body was removed to the home of one of his sons at Kenova and on Nov 29th the funeral was held at Wayne. He was laid to rest in the Ferguson Cemetery. Six sons and 3 daughters survive him. Revs.  Bud Smith of Wayne and H. L. Shumway of Catlettsburg, officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov  28, 1930

SALTERS, Harvey
Harvey Salters died at his home near Yatesville last Saturday and was buried Sunday. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached the funeral. Mr. Salters was sheriff of Lawrence County f few years ago and was well known throughout the county. He was about 67 years old. His many friends will mourn his passing. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 14, 1930

SALYER, Woodrow—see under Woodrow Picklesimer

SPARKS, Henry W.
Henry W. Sparks, 33, died at his home at Martha, Monday, Nov 17, following a stroke of paralysis a week previous. Death came at 7:10 Monday night. Mr. Sparks did not regain consciousness after being stricken. Members of his family were at his bedside when the end came. Mr. Sparks was married and is the father of one son, Edgel, 4 years old. He was a farmer by occupation. Besides his widow and son, he is survived by his father, L. T. Sparks, stepmother, Mrs. Trinvilla Sparks, 2 sisters, Mrs. Oscar Kazee, Blaine and Mrs. Emory Fannin, Martha and 7 brothers, C. F. Sparks, Portsmouth, OH, N.T. Sparks, Martha, Claude and Paul Sparks, in the navy, Herman Sparks, Martha, Everett Sparks, Martha and Dr. H. H. Sparks, Louisa. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the Church of God, Martha, with Rev. L. Dean of Huntington officiating. Interment was in the home cemetery near Martha. Mr. Sparks was a devoted member of the Church of God and was well known and respected. His esteem was attested by the large number of persons who attended the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

STEWART, John Wesley Mayo
Hon. John Wesley Mayo Stewart died unexpectedly at St. Petersburg, FL, on Friday night, Nov 7. He had gone there only 3 weeks before, accompanied by his wife and 2 relatives, Mrs. Jennie Roffe and Mrs. Louisa Vaughan. On the night of his death he retired in a cheerful mood and there was nothing to indicate that the end of his life was near. A stroke of paralysis was the cause of his death, which came peacefully and apparently without suffering. He had experienced four or five strokes within the last 3 years, but each time before this he soon recovered sufficiently to go about.

The body was returned to Ashland where funeral services were held on Wednesday of this week. Rev. C. A. Slaughter, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, and Rev. C. N. Clark, former pastor of the Ashland Church, conducted the services. From there the body was brought to Louisa and laid to rest alongside his father, mother and 2 brothers in Pine Hill Cemetery. Quite a number of friends and relatives accompanied the body from Ashland to Louisa. Mr. Stewart was one of Louisa’s most distinguished sons. He ranked high in the profession of law and was a successful business man. As a citizen he stood for the best and was interested in the welfare of churches and schools, He assisted worthy movements and community service.

Mr. Stewart was the second son of Judge James E. Stewart and Cynthia Mayo Stewart, who located in Louisa a few years after their marriage and spent the remainder of their lives here. Warren, one of the sons, died in early youth. James, the first son, died soon after completing a college education, which included a degree in law. Forrest L. Stewart, the youngest son, died last June at his home in Louisa. One daughter, Mrs. Albert Campbell of Huntington, is the only survivor of Judge Stewart’s immediate family. She and her husband are touring Europe at this time. One nephew and one niece survive Mr. Stewart. They are Charles Campbell, and Miss Martha Mayo Stewart, daughter of Mrs. F. L. Stewart. John A. Fox is a stepson of Mr. Stewart.

Mr. Stewarts’s higher education was taken at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. His law course was received at Ann Arbor, MI. He practiced law at Louisa with his father for about 10 years, after which he formed a partnership with John F. Hager at Ashland. During their 30 years of practice the firm of Hager and Stewart was known as one of the best in Kentucky. When Mr. Stewart’s health failed about 3 years ago he retired from the practice and bought a fine country home 5 miles from Lexington, where his declining days were spent with his wife, Mrs. Lucille Fox Stewart, who survives him.

Hager and Stewart were chief counsel for John C. C. Mayo during all the years of his large activities in the development of the Big Sandy Valley. The clearing of titles clouded by old Virginia land grants was their greatest piece of work It involved the drafting and passage of laws through the Kentucky legislature and fighting for their approval in the state courts and the United States Supreme Court, in all of which steps they were successful. Mr. Stewart was a member of the M. E. Church, South, of which he was a liberal supporter. He was loyal to his home town of Louisa to the day of his death, and assisted in many enterprises here when called upon. He was especially interested in recent years in improving and maintaining Pine Hill Cemetery and in endeavoring to have a surface on the road that would make it passable for automobiles at all times from the streets of Louisa to the cemetery gate. He leaves a very considerable estate, the result of his tireless energy, thrifty instincts, and fortunate investments. He will be greatly missed in many circles of life. He owned a winter home in St. Petersburg, and was looking forward to an enjoyable season this year. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 14, 1930

TACKETT
Pikeville, KY—The three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wick Tackett was burned to death and a young child seriously burned late Sunday when fire destroyed the home of the Tacketts at Wales, KY, 20 miles south of here. The fire occurred while the mother was shopping and the father was away at work it was learned. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 7, 1930

TAYLOR, Mrs. Harvey W.
Mrs. Harvey W. Taylor, 57 years old, died at her home at Ona, WV, on the Huntington-Charleston road, Thursday. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home of her brother in law, A. B. Taylor, of Huntington, with interment in the Woodmere Cemetery at Huntington. Pallbearers were Charles Franklin, of Dayton, KY, Romeo Bennett of Jenkins, KY, Claude E. Taylor of Bluefield, WV, and Britt Thomas of Milton, WV, Otto Lawson and Maurice Cottle of Huntington, all nephews of the deceased. She is survived by her husband, a brother, John Preston of Paintsville and a sister, Mrs. Will Franklin of Dayton, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

TRIVETTE, Linton
Pikeville, KY—Linton Trivette, 47, vice president of the Pikeville National Bank, died at the Methodist hospital of complications that developed following an operation for appendicitis nearly 3 weeks ago. Mr. Trivette was Pikeville’s oldest banker, having entered the banking business here 28 years ago as an employee of the First National Bank where he later became cashier. In 1917 he resigned as cashier to accept the vice presidency of the Pikeville National Bank. He was recognized as one of Pikeville’s most progressive business men and was active in promoting measures for the relief and advancement of the farmers and miners of this section. He was a member of the Board of Trustees and treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church of Pikeville and was secretary of the Board of Trustees of Pikeville College in institution sponsored by Presbyterian Church.

His father, the late W. H. Trivette, a union soldier, died here several years ago. His mother lives at Asheville, NC, where a sister, Mrs. M. B. Elliott and a brother, Charles F. Trivette, former United States Commissioner, is county attorney of Pike County. A sister, Mrs. Cora Pinson, lives in Los Angeles. A half brother, E. e. Trivette, ex-Judge of Pike County, is a Pikeville merchant. His marriage 21 years ago to Miss Hester Francis, connected him with another of this section’s leading families, member of which living besides the widow are her mother, Mrs. D. L. Francis, a brother, J. D. Francis, coal official, Huntington and 2 sisters, Mrs. Evan Thomas, whose husband is a coal operator at Cinderella, WV, and Mrs. J. S. Muller, prominent in the insurance field here. Active in the work of charity, Mr. Trivette was affiliated with the Masons and Shriners. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Dr. J. F. Record, of Pikeville College delivered the sermon. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 14, 1930

TURNER, Mrs. Ernest C.
Paintsville, KY-- "Mrs. E. C. Turner Died at her home Friday afternoon "Burial Monday" Mrs. Ernest C. Turner, 53 years of age died at her home on the Mayo Trail, three miles west of Paintsville, last Friday evening following an illness of a year.  Mrs. Turner had been in failing health for several years. She submitted to an operation about a year ago for inward goiter at a Columbus (Ohio) hospital, and never fully recovered from the effects of the operation.  Mrs. Turner was one among the best women of Johnson County.  She was a devout member of the Baptist Church and was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends.  She was a devoted wife and mother and always took great pride in her family and home, and her death although expected for some time was a severe blow to her husband and children, all of whom were present when the end came.  Mrs. Turner was formerly Miss Mollie Rice, daughter of Samuel Rice, before her marriage to Mr. Turner.  Besides her aged father she is survived by her husband, Mr. E.C. Turner, who is a prominent architect and builder of Paintsville, and three daughters, Mrs. W. H. Schluneger, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs. Clyde Hatfield, Catlettsburg, Ky. and Miss Dixie Ray Turner at home.  Funeral services were conducted at the home Monday afternoon and was in charge of Rev. H. B. Conley of the Freewill Baptist Church of Paintsville.  Burial took place in the Turner Cemetery near the home.  The funeral and burial services were attended by a large number of people which shows the high esteem in which this good wife and mother was held by her neighbors and friends. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 14, 1930

VANHOOSE, Gilbert-- see under Woodrow Picklesimer

VANHOOSE, Robert Cecil-- see under Woodrow Picklesimer

WELLS, Mrs. R. L.
The death angel visited the home of R. L.  Wells, Nov 7, and took the loving wife and mother, age 56 years. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 daughters, 7 sons, and a husband and 4 brothers, one sister and a host of friends and relatives. She had been in ill health for 15 months. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. E. Sparks and Rev. Melvin Wells, Interment was made in the family lot in the McDowell Cemetery. She was the daughter of James and Sarah Porter. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 21, 1930

WOODS, Melvin
Melvin Woods, prominent Betsy Layne citizen, died at the Methodist hospital, Pikeville, Friday a few hours after being taken there for treatment for typhoid. Mr. woods was about 46 years old. The deceased was a son of John Woods. He was one of this county’s best citizens and was well known. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Minnie Cecil Woods, several children and 2 sisters, Mrs. Melvin Hall of Little Rock, Ark., and Mrs. Press Rice of Betsy Layne, one daughter, Miss Katherine Woods, 17, is ill with typhoid. The body was buried in the Loar Cemetery at Betsy Layne. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 7, 1930

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DECEMBER

ARTRIP, Harrison
Harrison Artrip, of Ashland, died Friday after an illness of 14 months. Until he became ill he had worked at the Ashland Firebrick Co for 11 years, the time he has lived in Ashland. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are Mrs. Minta Artrip, his wife; 6 children, Mrs. Lillian Sturgill of Ashland, and Dewey, Emma, Nellie, Lindsey, and Darlie Mae Artrip; 2 brothers, Harry Artrip of Kellogg, WV and Kenny Artrip  of Drift, KY and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Mullins of Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 5, 1930

CARTMELL, H. P.
H. P. Cartmell, one of West Liberty’s well known citizens, was killed in an automobile wreck near there Sunday night. His car went over a 100 foot embankment on the Fugate hill, one mile from West Liberty. Mr. Cartmell was widely known and respected throughout this section. He was a brother of Mrs. W. R. Foreman and Mrs. W. H. Govedon of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 26, 1930

CASE, Lindsey
Prestonsburg, KY—Lindsey Case, 65 years old, was injured fatally and Charles Martin, 20, suffered a broken leg last Wednesday when they were cutting timber for the Fell Stave Co., on Doty Branch of Left Beaver Creek. Mr. Case, his legs broken, his hips crushed and injured internally died as he was being taken from the Left Beaver train at Martin to the Beaver Valley hospital there. The accident occurred when the top of a tree which they had felled caught on another tree and swung up hill on the workmen as they sawed a block from the butt of the tree. Martin is in the Beaver Valley hospital and is expected to recover. Case is survived by his wife, 3 sons and 5 daughters. His body was taken to Drift, Floyd County for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

CLERE, Ray D.
Ray D. Clere, 43, brother of Mrs. Clyde Carter of Louisa, died at the Stephenson hospital in Ashland Tuesday night from injuries received when he was struck by Big Sandy passenger train 39 at Ashland Saturday night. The accident occurred at 9 o’clock. His automobile stalled on the crossing at 32nd Street. D.D. Banks was to push the car off the track, but failed. As the train drew near Mr. Clere started to run out of the way of the train. His foot caught in some manner on the track and he fell just in front of the rapidly approaching locomotive. The right leg was severed just below the knee and the left life proved futile. He was rushed ot the hospital, where it was thought that he would recover, but he grew worse Tuesday and efforts of physicians to save his life proved futile. Mr. Clere was a well known and popular man. For several years he was interested in the coal business in the upper Big Sandy Valley. He had many friends, all of whom will be shocked to learn of his death. The sister, Mrs. Clyde Carter, was in church here Sunday morning when notified of her brother’s misfortune, and she immediately left for Ashland. Mr. Clere is survived by his widow, Mrs. Genoa Banks Clere, one son, Raymond Clere, Jr., at home, by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David R. Clere, Catlettsburg, and the following brothers and sisters: Frank and Russell Clere, Catlettsburg, Gaylor Clere, Ashland, Homer Clere, Lackey, KY, Hager Clere, Catlettsburg, Mrs. John Abbott, Jenkins, Mrs. Clyde Carter, Louisa and Mrs. Horace Owens, McRoberts. Funeral arrangements had not been made Wednesday night. Another brother, Northup J. Clere was found drowned at Highland, NY several months ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 12, 1930

COLLINS, Marvin
The man who was killed in the railroad yards at Ashland early Sunday morning when he was run over by 2 box cars which had been shunted into a switch by a yard engine, was identified as Marvin Collins, 34, a World War veteran the identification was made by Dr. H. G. Collins, a brother of the victim. The body of Mr. Collins was taken to Lackey, KY on Big Sandy train for burial. He served in the U. S. Army during the World War being in France for almost 2 years. He is survived by his mother, of Lackey, KY, by Dr. H. G. Collins, of Ashland, a half brother and several other relatives. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 26, 1930

DAVID, Allan
Mr. Allan Davis, 29,of Fort Gay, died Wednesday morning after an illness of 2 months. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Irene Rowe David; one son, Robert, who is 3 months old, 3 brothers, Robert W., Harry L, and John W. David all of Pennsylvania; one aunt, Mrs. John Vancourt of Philadelphia. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the M. E. Church at Fort Gay with interment in the Fairview Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 12, 1930

DAVIS, Imogene
Imogene Davis, 7 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis of Van Lear, a mining community 2 miles east of Paintsville, was killed Thursday morning when hit by a Chesapeake & Ohio railroad freight train in front of the Van Lear Station. Two companions narrowly escaped death by jumping from the tracks. The girls had been to a store across from the station and were returning home. They were walking along the eastbound tracks when they saw the train approaching in from of them. They failed to notice a train coming from the other direction. Two of the girls heard it in time to jump, but the Davis child, walking ahead of them, saw it too late. Her legs were severed and her body mangled. Besides her parents, she is survived by 2 sisters, Marie and Lorraine and a brother, Lloyd. The father is a brakeman for the C & O. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 26, 1930

GRAY, Betty Jane
Betty Jane, the 6 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Gray, of Allen, passed away at their home Tuesday evening after several weeks illness. Mr. Gray is a special officer for the C & O Railway. Funeral arrangements had not been learned Thursday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

HACKNEY, Harrison
Pikeville, KY (from the News)—Harrison Hackney, 40, of Blackberry Creek, was fatally injured Monday night near Delorme, WV, when the automobile in which he was riding with Tolbert Smith, also of Blackberry Creek, plunged 40 feet over an embankment when, it is thought, Smith attempted to make a turn with the car, Smith escaped uninjured. State Policeman Elmer Cubine, who investigated the accident, placed Smith, the driver of the machine, under arrest He was sent to jail for 60 days. The accident occurred near the Grapevine coal tipple, according to information received here when, it is said, Smith started to turn around the tipple. In the accident Hackney received a crushed chest and a broken leg. He was removed to Freeburn where he was given treatment, but died while arrangements were being made to take him to a hospital for further attention. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 26, 1930

HARRINGTON, William
Pikeville, KY—His clothes gory, with blood of the slain men, a lad Saturday told officers here how his stepfather was shot to death at Esco, a mining town, 15 miles south of here. The dead man is William Harrington, 38 years old, miner of near Esco. Two youths, Stoney Newsome, 21 years old, and “Jin” Branham, a younger man, were being sought by officers in connection with the fatal shooting. Harrington died in the arms of his stepson, Granville Bunch, 17 years old, who came here and told the story of the killing. Harrington and Bunch were drawing steel from an abandoned mine at Esco, the lad said, Friday, the two with Granville’s younger brother, Aras Bunch, started to the store of John Roberts in Esco. His brother rode their mule, Granville said, and he carried a shotgun. The elder boy stopped with the gun some distance from the store and his stepfather and brother went on, he told officers. At the store, the lad related, Newsome and Branham, who were unknown to Harrington and the Bunch boys, poked fun at Harrington and the mile and ordered Harrington to run. Bunch said he met his stepfather as he ran toward him and that Harrington took the shot gun. About 20 shots were fired at them Bunch said, and Harrington fired a few time in return after ordering the two to stop. One shot fired from a distance of 50 to 75 feet took effect and Harrington fell into Bunch’s arms, dead, the youth said. Leaving their stepfather lying in the road, he and his brother ran through a tunnel and escaped, he concluded. Harrington is survived by his widow, 4 children and 3 step children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

HEWLETTE, Birch Edward
Edward Birch, the 3 weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Horton Hewlette, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday morning after an illness of bronchial pneumonia. Besides the parents one sister and one brother survive, also, his grandparents, Judge and Mrs. Hill of Prestonsburg and Rev. and Mrs. H. B. Hewlette of Louisa. Mrs. Hewlette and sons, Linus and Richard, left Wednesday morning for Prestonsburg to remain until after the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 12, 1930

HOPSON, Theodore H.
Prestonsburg, KY—Theodore H. Hopson was killed instantly last Wednesday in a slate fall in the mine of the Inland Steel Corp. at Wheelwright, where he was assistant mine foreman. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church here Friday. Burial was in a cemetery here. Mr. Hopson was prominently identified here in school and church work. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hopson, Cliff, KY, his wife, Mrs. Ova Hopson, Prestonsburg, a son, Raymond Hopson, and 5 daughters, Ms. Ernest Hopkins, Misses Mary and Douglas Hopson of Prestonsburg, Mrs. H. D. Mimms of Osceola, PA, and Mrs. Samuel Griffith, Charleston, WV. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

HUNTER, Eli
Eli Hunter, 36 years old, Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company conductor died Nov 26 at the Methodist hospital, Pikeville, after an illness of 2 months. Mr. Hunter was an excellent man, and was well known in this section. He was a member of the M. E. Church. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. J. C. Hunter, his widow, Mrs. Maxie Hunter, one son, Foster H. Hunter, 4 brothers and a sister, M. M. Hunter and Lon Hunter, Pikeville, James Hunter, Johnson City, TN, Rans Hunter, Henry Clay, KY, Mrs. Della Bartlett, Henry Clay, KY. The body was taken to Elkhorn City for interment. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Polley, of Pikeville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 12, 1930

LIVISAY, Henry Sherman
Henry Sherman Livisay, 60, colored, of Williamson, WV, died at the home of his brother, Grank, in Fort Gay, Monday morning after an illness of one month. He was a barber in Williamson and had been in ill health for almost a year. He came to the home of his brother for a visit and a rest, took suddenly ill Sunday night and passed away early Monday morning. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home of his brother, Grank, with interment in the Livisay cemetery. Rev. H. B. Hewlette and Rev. Sampson officiated. He was a member of the Masonic order. He is survived by 2 sisters, Ella Burton and Linta Lee, both of Huntington, 4 brothers, George of Huntington, Ambrose of Ironton, Grant and foster of Fort Gay. He is an uncle of Harry Matney, employee of the Federal Public Service Corporation of Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

LONG, William
Last week we mentioned the fact that a son of Mrs. Joe K. Long, of Greenville, KY, had been killed in an automobile accident Nov 23. Mrs. Long was a former Louisan, being the former Miss Bessie Davis, whose stepfather, Rev. Cox, was pastor of the M. E. Church of Louisa, several years ago. The following was taken from the Greenville Leader: William Long, 23 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Long, of this city, died at midnight, Sunday, at Cadiz, from injuries received in an automobile accident, one mile from Cadiz Sunday afternoon. Miss Jennie Parrish, another occupant of the car, was injured seriously. Miss Parrish was brought to her home here Sunday night and was taken to the Kentucky Baptist Hospital at Louisville early Monday morning.

Long, Marvin Dempsey and Misses Clyde and Jennie Parrish, all of this place, were riding in Long’s car. Coming suddenly upon a horse and buggy at a sharp curve in the road, Long swerved to prevent striking the buggy, his car went into a ditch and overturned. His shoulder and several ribs were broken and one lung was punctured, it was stated. Dempsey was injured only slightly and Miss Clyde Parrish was unhurt. The Misses Parrish, daughter of the Rev. A. M. Parrish, pastor of the First Baptist Church here, are in school at Bethel Women’s College at Hopkinsville and had gone for the week end to the home of State Senator John Thurman, near Cadiz. Long and Dempsey were taking them back to their school when the accident occurred. Long’s body was brought here Sunday night, and taken to the home of the parents with whom he resided. A funeral service was held from the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Roy H. Short and burial was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Besides his parents he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Cyrus Wallace of Gallatin, TN and one brother, J. K. Long, Jr., of this city. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 12, 1930

MOORE, Betty Jean
Betty Jean Moore, 10 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Oma Moore, of Ashland, died Sunday morning after an illness of one week, at the home of its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Moore, of Blaine. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the home of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Moore, with interment in the Moore Cemetery. Rev. Fraley officiated. She is survived by her parents and both grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Moore and Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Moore. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 26, 1930

SPILLMAN, Elba
Elba Spillman, 23 years old, of Twin Branch, died at a hospital in Louisa Friday night after an illness of 3 weeks. Funeral services were held Sunday morning from the home of his mother with Rev. Will Bond, of Busseyville, officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery near the home. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Victoria Spillman, 3 sisters, Mrs. Jay Wellman, of Irad, Mrs. Claude Sawyer, of Holden, WV, Miss Stella Spillman, at home, one brother, Willie Spillman, of Midland, PA. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 26, 1930

STROTHER, Richard
Paintsville, KY—The automobile accident on the Mayo Trail near Louisa on Nov 8, in which 4 boys were killed, claimed the fifth victim late last Wednesday when Richard Strother, 18, died in the Paintsville Hospital. Strother suffered a badly crushed leg and other injuries. Wednesday morning the leg was amputated in the hope of saving his life, but in vain. Others killed in the wreck were Cecil Vanhoose, Woodrow Picklesimer, Woodrow Salyer, and Gilbert Vanhoose. Archie Williams, an occupant of the car, escaped with minor injuries. Strother, who was the driver of the ill fated machine, never knew that his companions were killed. Strother is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rush Strother and 2 brothers, John Strother of Ashland, and Ray Strother of Chicago. Funeral service was held from the Mayo Memorial Church, South, and the body was taken tot Jeffersonville, IN the old of the boy’s father for interment. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 12,1 930

THORNSBERRY, Sophia
Mrs. Sophia Thornsberry, wife of Levi Thornsberry, died Sunday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Riffe of Ashland, following an illness of several months. The funeral was held Wednesday from the Trinity Chapel at Glenwood, KY. Last rites started at one o’clock with Rev. H.B. Hewlett in charge. Interment followed in the Riffe Cemetery. On account of the ill health of her mother, Mrs. J. T. Riffe, a short prayer service was held at the home of her parents on Wednesday by Rev. Hamilton of the Pilgrim Holiness Church. She is survived by her husband, father and mother and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 5, 1930

WEBB, Anna
Pikeville, KY—West Virginia and Kentucky officers, assisted by a posse of  20 men searched the hills last week for 2 men sought in the slaying of Mrs. Anna Webb, 25 years old, whose body was found with a bullet wound through her head in a deserted dwelling at Buskirk, KY near here last Wednesday. One of the men being sought is Jim Sansom, known to  have  been friendly with the woman. He is being charged with the murder. Squire D. H. Blankenship said he was told that they were seen together quarreling a short time before the body was found. The other man being sought is John Pettit, a material witness. Three others, Harry Kleiber, Howard Kleiber, his son, and Howard Sansom, brother of Jim Sansom, are held without bond as accomplices at Pikeville. Mrs. Webb was the widow of Blucher Webb, who was shot and killed on Pigeon Creek, in West Virginia, by a woman several months ago. She had 4 children from 2 to 8 years old and lived with her brother in law, Jack Rollin, on Blackberry Creek, 3 miles from the scene of the crime. She left home Thursday afternoon. According to officers, threats were made against her life by a man whose name was withheld. Jealousy is said to have provoked the threats and jealousy and whiskey are believed to have led to the crime. At the inquest held by Magistrate D. H. Blankenship, Klieber’s young son, Raymond, testified he was asleep at the time she was killed. Mrs. Webb had been choked, struck on the head with an iron and short in the temple according to officers. Mrs. Webb was a daughter of W. M. Roberer of Blackberry Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

WEBB, Carl
Carl Webb, 48, died at his home in Louisa Sunday afternoon after an illness of 5 months of dropsy. He was a blacksmith by trade. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Genoa, WV with interment in the Robinson cemetery near Genoa. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Norma Webb, and 7 children. Two sisters, also survived, Mrs. A. B. Clark, Quaker, WV, Mrs. Willie Holland, Genoa, and 3 brothers, Mont Webb, Jay Webb and Wilbur Webb, all of Genoa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

WELLMAN, Bertha Sue
Mrs. Bertha Sue Wellman, 49 years old, died at her home at 110 Lackey Street, Louisa Friday afternoon after an illness of 6 weeks. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Miller Chapel on Lick Creek with interment in the Blackburn Cemetery, Rev. Sylvester Ball officiated. She is survived by her husband, John Wellman, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Payton Blackburn; 3 sisters, Mrs. E. G. Wood, of Zelda, Mrs. Rogainea Dean, of Louisa, Miss Hazel Wellman, at home; 2 sons, Willard Rickman, of Huntington and Ira Wellman at home; 3 sisters, Mrs. David Martin, Louisa, Mrs. Joe E. Lakin of Columbus, and Mrs. Joe McAdams of Columbus. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 26, 1930

WELLMAN, Lawrence  Ray
Lawrence Ray Wellman, 18, died Saturday night at the home of his cousin, Mrs. Ray Justice, in Louisa, after an illness of 4 months of bright’s disease. He was a son of Amos Wellman of Fort Gay, who preceded him in death 12 years ago and Mrs. Mae Bartram Wellman, who now lives at Rittman, OH. He had made his home with his aunt, Bertha Bartram, in Fort Gay since the death of his father. He was a student in the Fort Gay schools and would have entered high school this year but sickness prevented. He was popular at school and well liked by all whom he came in contact with. Besides his mother, he is survived by 2 sisters, Helen and Jeane, 3 brothers, Arnold, Clifford and George of  Rittman, OH; his grandmother, Mrs. G. W. Bartram, Fort Gay, 7 aunts, Mrs. Mae Crutcher, Mrs. Bertha Bartram, Louisa, Mrs. W. M.  Weddington, Mrs. Minnie Spencer, Mrs. Della Roberts, Fort Gay, Mrs. Celesta Thompson, Newell, WV, and Mrs. Nancy Christian, Huntington, and the following uncles, Roy Bartram, Kenova, George Wellman, Chicago, Berlin Wellman, New Boston, OH, Paris Wellman, Logan, Charley Wellman, Fort Gay  and Elwood Wellman, Washington, D. C. His body was taken Saturday night to the Curtright Funeral Home where it remained until Sunday afternoon then being taken to the home of his aunt and grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Bartram and Mrs. G. W. Bartram, at Fort Gay. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the M. E. Church in Fort Gay with Rev. W. W. Shepherd of Louisa officiating. Interment was made beside  his father in the Bartram Cemetery. Pallbearers were his schoolmates, Claude Wellman, Russell Vanhoose, Dick Maynard, Eugene Edwards, George Rowe, Harlan Crabtree, Maynard Wellman and Pearlie Wray. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 5, 1930

WELLMAN, Victoria
Mrs. Victoria Wellman, 63, of Fort Gay, died Sunday after an illness of 11 days of pneumonia fever. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Spruce Lick Baptist Church with Rev. J.C. Simpson officiating. Interment was made in the Wellman Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, E. Wellman, 3 daughters, Mrs. Boyd Frashier, of Huntington, Mrs. Bellomy of Fort Gay and Mrs. Ballard Boise at home, and one son, Oliver Wellman, of Fort Gay. Two daughters, Ruth and Ella, preceded their mother in death a few years ago. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Lee Ward, Huntington, 4 half sisters, Mrs. L. F. Frazier, Fort Gay, Mrs. C. E. Romans, Fort Gay, Mrs. Tony McCoy, Prichard, WV, Mrs. Josephine Wellman, Fort Gay, 2 brothers, Oliver Wellman, Huntington, E.H. Wellman, Prichard, Another sister, Mrs. Malissa Romans of Fort Gay dies a  few weeks ago of illness similar to Mrs. Wellman’s. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

WILKINSON, Ada (McClure)
Mrs. Ada McClure Wilkinson, 47 years old, wife of Dr. A. G. Wilkinson, died at her home in Wayne, Dec 3, a victim of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Friday in the Wayne Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Burial was made in the Wilkinson family graveyard at Dickson. Mrs. Wilkinson, a native of Wayne County, was the daughter of Steven McClure. She leaves her husband and the following step children: Miss Elsie Wilkinson at home, W. A. Wilkinson, Mrs. Irene McGinnis, and C. E. Wilkinson, of Dixon and Mrs. Fay Burton, of Huntington. Brothers and sisters surviving are John Lewis Strohheyer, of Kenova and Mrs. Bertha Pyles of Huntington. Her father, Steven McClure, was a native of Lawrence County, reared near Chapman station. They have many relatives in this vicinity. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 12, 1930

WILLIAMS, Alex
Alex Williams died Dec 15th at his home near Oil Springs, KY, after a brief illness. He leaves a wife, 4 sons and 2 daughters as follows: Arnold Williams of Ashland, Clyde, Martin and Robert Williams, Mrs. Guy B. Preston, and Mollie Williams all of Oil Springs. Also his aged father, S. P. Williams, Manilla. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19,1930

WILLIAMSON, Alma Rena
Mrs. Alma Rena Williamson, 77, of Patrick, died Tuesday in Louisa. The body was shipped to Patrick on Tuesday to the home of her son, G. W. Williamson. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the home of her son, with interment in the Boyd cemetery near the home. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. S. D. Wolfe, Stone, KY, Mrs. Robert Stafford, St. Petersburg, FL, 3 sons, G. W. Williamson, Patrick, Julius Williamson, Belfry and S. R. Williamson, Van Lear, 6 sisters, Mrs. Sarah Ward, White Plains, WV, Mrs. Charlotte Castle, Zelda, Mrs. Lizzie Daniels, Catalpa, Mrs. Mary Mills, Stidham, WV, Mrs. Julia Preston, Sprigg, WV, Mrs. Cressia Daniels, Catalpa, and one brother, Washington Boyd, Hunnewell, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 19, 1930

WRIGHT, Burr P.
Burr P. Wright of Kavanaugh, one of Boyd County’s most prominent farmers died at his home Sunday night following a weeks illness with pneumonia. Mr. Wright had spent the entire 70 years of his eventful life at Kavanaugh. Mr. Wright is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rose Wright,  2 sisters, Mrs. Charles Warren, Buchanan and Mrs. Emma Stanforth, of Cincinnati, OH; 3 nieces, Mrs. S. S. Smith, of Buchanan, Mrs. Kenneth McLeod and Mrs. Charles Rist of Catlettsburg, also an adopted daughter, Miss Bessie Wright. One nephew, William Wright of Catlettsburg, also survives. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Kavanaugh Chapel and burial in the Kavanaugh Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 12, 1930

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