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ADAMS
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Adams of Busseyville, died last Saturday afternoon. Besides its parents it is survived by a brother, Robert, 7, and a sister Cathaleen, 4. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home with interment in Bradley Cemetery near Busseyville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

ARROWOOD, A. J.
The Rev. A. J. Arrowood, 55 years old, died at his home at Boonscamp, 8 miles from Paintsville, Monday morning, according to word received here. Mr. Arrowood had been ill 2 weeks from an attack of pneumonia. A native of Johnson County, Mr. Arrowood had for many years been a minister of the United Baptist Church, preaching in Johnson and Martin Counties. He was a member of the Johnson County Board of Education. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Jane Arrowood, and 5 sons and one daughter. Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

ASCH, Ulysses
Mrs. Nellie Asch Holt of Louisa has received a letter from Vice Counsul of the American Consular service, Bluefields, Nicaragua, in which he reports the death of her brother, Ulysses Asch, who died on Nov 19th. Ulysses Asch is remembered here as a young school teacher who left this country about 40 years ago and went to Central America to teach. Ten years later an older brother, William D. Asch, left here and went to him. the latter died in August from a snake bite. The Asch brothers were members of the well known and highly respected Frederick Asch family of near Louisa. Mrs. Holt and Mrs. Lydia Asch Wilson, who lives in California are the only survivors. Attached to the letter to Mrs. Holt is full details concerning the business conditions, which are being looked after by the Consulate and signed by the American Vice Consul. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

BERRY, “Sink”
The body of “Sink” Berry, who died in Ashland, was brought to Louisa Christmas day and interred in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. Berry, who was 78 years old, had at one time been a resident of Louisa. He was a brother of the late R. T. Berry of Blaine and an uncle of T. S. Thompson of Louisa. His daughters, Lillie and Bertha, both of Columbus, OH were here for the burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

BOGGS, Delbert
Delbert Boggs about 30 years of age, died at this home at Webbville, Saturday, of influenza. He was a  salesman for the Ben Williamson Company of Ashland and was well known here. He is survived by  a wife and 4 children. Funeral services were held at Webbville Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

In memory of Delbert Boggs, who departed this life Jan 3, 1931. He was 27 years old. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

Delbert Boggs died of typhoid fever Jan 3 near Webbville. He was 26 years old and was married to Gladys Thompson, daughter of John Thompson of Webbville, in 1927. Surviving him are his widow, 3 children, Leo, Jewel and Delbert Velden, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Boggs, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. He was a traveling salesman for Ben Williamson Hardware Co. of Ashland and was well known throughout Lawrence and adjoining counties. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and told his wife before he died he was leaving her and the children a home in the Masonic Home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 30, 1931

BOSTICK, William
William Nevill Bostick was born in Bedford County, IN, Sep 1, 1847, died Dec 20, 1930, aged 83 years. He served 2 years in the Civil War in the Fourteenth Kentucky Federal Infantry, having come to Kentucky in early manhood. In Dec 1868 he married Emma Lenora Kouns, of Boyd County, KY, and to this union was born 3 children. Mrs. Bostick and 2 children preceded him in death. In 1881 he married Mary Etta Elswick, also of Boyd County. To this union were born 10 children, five of whom are living. Mr. Bostick was a faithful Christian and was a member of the M. E. Church, South, until he moved to  Wurtland, where he became a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He was well known in Lawrence County. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and 6 children, Mrs. Robert Faulkner of  Ashland, J W. Bostick, of  Danville, IL, T. B. Bostick of Fullerton, KY, Mrs. Bert Fannis, Huntington, WV, G. M. Bostick, Fullerton, KY, Vint Bostick, Wurtland, KY and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held in the Nazarene Church at Wurtland Monday afternoon, the Rev. Taylor officiating. Interment was made in the Haeberlin Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

BOYD, John
John Boyd, 82 year old merchant of Hampton City, died Saturday morning at his home after an illness of several weeks. The deceased was well known in this section. He had lived in Catlettsburg the greater part of his life. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. Mr. Boyd is survived by 3 brothers, Lee, Boyd of Omar, WV. Sheridan and Sherman Boyd of Catlettsburg, one sister, Mrs. Katherine Austin of Georges Creek, this county and his widow. The body was prepared for burial and removed to the home of C L. Perkins on Big Sandy Road where it remained until Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted from the Missionary Baptist Church in Hampton City. The services being in charge of Rev. A. C. Anderson, pastor of the church. Rev. Allen Vaughan assisted in the service. Burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Members of the local Odd Fellows Lodge attended the services in a body and held their services at the grave. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

BUTLER, Sam
In memory of our dear father, Sam Butler, who departed this life Jan 11, age 53 years. He is survived by his widow, 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Two daughters, Mrs. Charles Sanders of Plain City, OH, Hazel, at home, 3 sons, Robert, Vernon, and Elwood at home. He is also survived by 5 brothers, Colfax Butler of Paintsville, Garfield of Mattie, Raleigh of Blaine, Barnes of Houcksville, and Robert of Los Angeles, CA, one sister, Mrs. Rose Woods of Jean. Mr. Butler was a Spanish-American War veteran having served 18 months in the Philippine Islands. Four years ago he had a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. He had been a devoted member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Paintsville for 26 years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

 

CARROLL, Phil (From the Floyd County News)—Phil Carroll was shot and killed at Martin, this county, Thursday night, by Chief of Police Frank Hatfield of Martin. According to the version of the affair given by Hatfield, and recounted here, Carroll opened fire upo Hatfield when the officer attempted to arrest or subdue Carroll, who is said to  have been intoxicated. The report says that Hatfield was grazed along the hip by a bullet and that Carroll fired 3 shots. Hatfield fried 4 shots, every bullet taking effect in Carroll’s body, it is said. Examining trial of Hatfield was scheduled to be held Friday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9,1931

CASTLE, Millard F.
Millard F. Castle, 74 years old, well known and prominent farmer, died at his home at Zelda Friday night, Jan 9, after an illness of 3 months He is a son of the late William and Cynthia Castle. Mr. Castle had lived at Zelda the past 5 years, moving there from Peach Orchard where he resided many years. Surviving Mr. Castle are his widow, Mrs. Charlotte Castle, 2 daughters, Mrs. W. E. Layne of Zelda, Mrs. C. H. Hinkle, one son, Fred Castle, Manco, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. J. B. Crutcher, Louisa, Mrs. Josephine Spencer, Riverside, CA; one brother, D. C. Castle, Richardson. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Buchanan Chapel with Rev. Copley officiating. Interment was made in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

CHRISTIAN, Tom
In memory of  our dear father, Tom Christian, who departed this life Nov 8, 1930 age 69 years. He was kind and loving. He was sick only a few weeks and bore his suffering patiently. He told us that he was ready to go and called us around his bed side. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

COMPTON, Wilbur
Wilbur Compton, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Compton, of 407 Court Street, died Wednesday morning Dec 24. Funeral services were held Dec 24, with interment in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

CRABTREE, Isaac
Isaac Crabtree, 80 years old, died at his home in Fort Gay, Saturday morning. Seven weeks ago he suffered a broken hip when he fell in his yard, and this caused his death. He had been a minister in the Baptist Church for over 50 years, and was one of the best known and loved men throughout this section He united with the Baptist Church 55 years ago and has lived a straightforward Christian life. During his lifetime, Rev. Crabtree has married hundreds of people and preached many funerals. His funeral was attended by a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives. He had been a member of the Fort Gay Masonic Lodge for 40 years, and the order had charge of the services at the grave. His wife, Mrs. Nancy Jane Crabtree, died 20 years ago. He is survived by 6 daughters, Mrs. Will Smith, Chattaroy, Mrs. John Wilson Cinderella, Mrs. James B. Akers, Fort Gay, Mrs. Walter Jackson, Genoa, Mrs. Dora Harrison, Logan, Mrs. Virgie Cassady, Genoa, 6 sons, Moody and Alvis of Canton, OH, Dock Crabtree, Radnor, Thornton Crabtree, Louisa, Carl Crabtree, Chattaroy, Brooks Crabtree, Huntington, 2 sisters, Mrs. Jane Akers of Fort Gay and Mrs. Thomas Muncey, Kenova. Funeral services were held Monday morning from the Spruce Lick Baptist Church with Rev. C. Crabtree officiating. Interment was made in Crabtree Cemetery near his home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

CRABTREE, John Robert
Polly’s Chapel, KY—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Crabtree Saturday night and took from them their beloved son, John Robert. He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, 2 children, 2 sisters, 4 brothers, father and mother. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

CRAGER, Anna B.
Anna B. Crager, 36, wife of James Crager, died at her home in Wayland, after a lingering illness of several months. She had been in the hospital at Paintsville for treatment and was thought to be somewhat improved, but soon after her return home she developed new troubles. Death came Dec 17th. She was one of our most noble and best women, was a member of the Methodist church, having joined in early life. She leaves a husband and 4 children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Burial was made at Emma, her childhood home, Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

CRAGER, Charles Edward
The four months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oakley Crager died suddenly one night last week. The infant had shown signs of illness but the physician found nothing alarming, so the parents retired as usual, but the early morning hours brought the revelation that the baby was dead. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

CREMEANS, Mary
Death at 6 p.m. Saturday on her 73rd birthday anniversary claimed Mrs. Mary Cremeans, wife of A. J. Cremeans, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. H. Refitt, Portsmouth, OH. Mrs. Cremeans, who was born in Greenup County, KY, had been ill for several months, but was much improved and able to  go around when a heart attack took her away suddenly. She is survived by 8 children, Mrs. D. H. Refitt, Mrs. Charles Hagerman and Maurice Cremeans of Portsmouth, Mrs. B. F. Winters of Ashland, Mrs. Ollie Doersh of Idaho, Vernon Cremeans of Wayland, KY, Jack Cremeans of Glo, KY, and Morten Cremeans of Columbus, OH. Big  Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

DAVIDSON, Otis
Pikeville, KY—Jan 19—Otis Davidson of Yeager, KY, 18, died in the Methodist Hospital here this morning of injuries received near his home at Collins, KY, late yesterday when he jumped from a coal train on which he and his brother were bumming a ride from Shelby Junction. His father is dead, but his mother, Mrs. N. H. Davidson, and other members of the family came to Yeager a few months ago, where three of the boys including Otis, were employed by the Valley Coal Company. The body was shipped to Altoona, Alabama, former home of the Davidson family, Tuesday, for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

DIAMOND, Nancy
Mrs. Nancy Diamond, 48 years old, died at her home on Two Mile, just below  Louisa, Sunday, Jan 11 after an illness of 2 years. She was a devoted member of the M. E. Church. She is survived by her husband, Lonza Diamond, one daughter, Mrs. Virgil Jeahn, Columbus, OH, 2 sons, Junior and Alonza at home, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Adkins, 5 sisters, Mrs. D.J. Jordan, Kenova, Mrs. Charles Bennard, Fallsburg, Mrs. Harve Jobe, Trim, WV, Mrs. G. R. Diamond, Potter, Mrs. J. M. Spellman, Louisa, one brother, G. J. Adkins, Potter. Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday afternoon with  Rev. Sylvester Ball officiating. Interment was made in the Diamond Cemetery on Greenbriar. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

ENDICOTT, James, Sr.
James Endicott, Sr., age about 55, living near Milo, Martin County, died last Saturday morning from the effects of a bullet wound in the head. It is charged that Willis Barnett, of Louisa, age 30, fired the shot, following a controversy, at noon, Friday, the previous day. Barnett was a foreman on a pipe line being laid by the Rockcastle Gas Company from one of its wells to the United Fuel main line. Quite a large number of men had been employed in this work, but the job was within 2 or 3 days of completion, and some of the men were laid off on Thursday of last week. Among them were Jim Endicott and some of his relatives. On Friday at noon Jim and a brother and 2 nephews, it is said, went to Barnett’s headquarters and met him just outside of the building. Jim is reported to have demanded that they be put back to work and that Barnett said he could not do so, because they were not needed. One report says Endicott drew a pistol and fired at Barnett, who had moved away about 15 feet, and Barnett returned the fire, the ball striking Endicott near the top of the head. From the same source the report is that Ed Endicott then opened fire on Barnett, who ran and escaped unhurt. Six or 7 shots in all were fired, it is said. The other side claims that Barnett fired the first shot, which was the fatal one. Barnett has not yet been apprehended. He claims self-defense, it is said. He has a wife and 3 small children living in Louisa. Endicott was a widower. According to reports, the Endicotts have objected to men being taken into that vicinity to do work in the development of the gas properties, which are located in Martin and Lawrence Counties near the line, some of the territory being on both sides of the county line. A time-keeper and a foreman from Louisa were employed on the pipe line job. Another foreman was a Martin County man. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 30, 1931

EVANS, A. J.
A.J. Evans, (Jasper), age 75, died at his home in Ashland last Saturday after an illness of several months. Mr. Evans resided there for the last 7 years and was in retirement. He came from Blaine, Lawrence County, where he was engaged for many years in farming and stock raising. He was a Mason being a member of the Jake Rice Lodge No. 696 at Blaine. Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary C. Evans, who was before her marriage, 53 years ago to Mr. Evans, Miss Mary C. Gambill, of Blaine. Besides the widow he is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters, Albert L.  Evans at home, Mrs. H. H. Holbrook of Ashland, A. B. Evans of Inglewood, CA, and A. L. Evans of Baltimore, MD. The body was placed in a mausoleum at Ashland with the intentions, it is said, of making permanent interment at the old home near Blaine, later on. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

GULLETT, Kenis
Kenis Gullett, age about 42, was killed on the Mayo Trail, near the mouth of Georges Creek week before last when he fell head first from a truck, breaking his neck. The body was taken to his home on Pricy, in Magoffin County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

HALE, Arthur
Arthur Hale, 26, coal mine machine runner and former Wayne County man, was crushed to death in Stirrat Nine No. 18 in Logan County last Thursday night. His head was caught between the machine he was operating and the roof of the mine. He was dead or dying when his body was extricated from he wedge-like position by Fred Saunders, a fellow workman. Besides his widow, he leaves one child, Betty Jean, aged 10 months. He was born and reared on Lick Creek, Wayne County and was the son of David and Victoria Dyer Hale. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

HARMON, Prof. D. O.
Prof. D. O. Harmon, principal of the Prestonsburg graded school and veteran Floyd County educator, succumbed Thursday morning at the Methodist hospital, Pikeville, a victim of double pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, Mr. Harmon had been sick for several days before he permitted his illness to confine him to his bed. His condition grew gradually worse, and on Monday he was taken to the Pikeville hospital for treatment. He is a son of the late Rev. Aquilla Harmon and Mrs. Louise Keith Harmon. Besides  his widow, Mrs. Kate Branham Harmon, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Earl Stumbo, of Prestonsburg, and 3 half brothers and a half sister. Funeral services were held Saturday from the M E. Church, South, with the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s taking part. Burial was made in the Porter cemetery here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

HENSLEY, William Floyd
William Floyd Hensley, 70 years old, prominent farmer and citizen of Fort Gay, died at a local hospital Sunday morning after an illness of 9 days. Mr. Hensley was born in Owen County, KY, Oct 10, 1860. With his parents, he later moved to Catlettsburg where he resided for some time before coming to Fort Gay. He has been a member of the Christian Church for 52 years. He was married to Lydia Sturgill, sister of S. F. Sturgill of Louisa. She died 36 years ago. To this union was born one daughter, Miss Atha Hensley, Bluefield, WV and 2 sons, A. L. Hensley, Williamson, and A. B. Hensley, Bluefield, all of whom survive him. He was married to Mrs. Mary Dawson in 1923. Besides his widow and children he is survived by 4 step daughters, Mrs. R. C. Peters, Mrs. Wayne Wellman, Mrs. Brady Riggs, all of Fort Gay and Mrs. G. E. Kyland of Pittsburgh; 3 stepsons, Wayne Dawson, Taylor Dawson and Jay Dawson, Fort Gay; 4 brothers, Samuel and David Hensley, Holbrook, KY, G. W. Hensley, Oblong, IL, Richardson Hensley of Middletown, OH; 2 sisters, Mrs. Amos Nickle, Limestone, KY and Mrs. James Hursey of Florida. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the home of his stepson Wayne Dawson at Fort Gay with interment in the Dawson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 30,1931

HITCHCOCK, Ollie Lincoln
HITCHCOCK, Jackie
Salyersville, KY—Two infant children of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Hitchcock, of Oil Springs, were burned to death late Wednesday night when the home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Rice, 3 miles from Oil Springs, was destroyed by fire. The children consumed in the flames were Ollie Lincoln Hitchcock, 2 years old, and Jackie Hitchcock, 6 months old. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is said to have started in the room in which the 2 babies were sleeping. The fire was discovered when other members of the family were aroused by the roar of the flames and they barely had time to save themselves. So near was the house consumed by the fire that it was impossible to reach the children. The house, a small frame structure, was reduced to ashes in less that half an hour and on Thursday morning the parents of the children, other relatives and neighbors, gathered around the ruins to recover the charred bodies of the little ones. Members of the families said they heard no cries from the children and it is believed that they burned to death in their sleep. Oil Springs is located on the Garrett Highway, about midway between this city and Paintsville and the Rice home was situated 3 miles out in the country from the village of Oil Springs, which is in Johnson County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

HOWELL, Roberta
Roberta Howell, month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Howell, of Glenwood died Wednesday morning Dec 24, after an illness of 2 days. Funeral services were held the following day from the home with interment in the Howell Cemetery. Besides its parents, the little baby is survived by one brother, Junior and one sister, Kathleen. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

JONES, Lucinda
Mrs. Lucinda Jones, 90 years old, died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Barney Davis, of Ceredo. She was a native of  Wayne County. Funeral services were held at the Ceredo residence Saturday morning. Burial was at East Lynn. She leaves 3 daughters, Mrs. Louisa Kendrick, Huntington, Mrs. Dora Williams, Baltimore, MD, and Mrs. Davis; 2 sons, Dan Jones, Wayne and Jamison Jones, Patrick, KY, and 3 stepsons, Levi Jones, Huntington, Cal Jones, Seattle and R. T. Jones, Detroit, MI; 2 sisters, Mrs. Anna Perdue of Bobs Branch, and Mrs. Margaret Cyrus of Minnesota. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

JORDAN, W. D.
In loving memory of my dear husband, W. D. Jordan, who left me on Jan 3, 1930. Tho things will change with the passing years, and friends from us turn away, but the memory of the one I loved will, forever with me stay. We loved him, oh, we loved him and shall forever more and I know that I will meet him on that bright eternal shore. Mrs. Dora Jordan. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

LAYNE, Sarah Frances
Mrs. Sarah Frances Layne, 85, of Buchanan, who has been ill for several weeks, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl Chapman, in Ashland Sunday morning. Mrs. Layne had lived a consistent Christian life, being a member of the Methodist Church and active in its service. She was born Mar 24, 1845 at Prichard, WV and was united in marriage with the late Lindsey Layne on Dec 3, 1863. His death occurred Feb 16, 1920. to this  union were born 10 children, 6 survive: V. C. Layne, T. B. Layne, Mrs. Earl Chapman, all of Ashland, Mrs. Bell Prichard, Buchanan, Mrs. Faber Stedman, Massilon, OH, and Mrs. J. B. Buckley, Elkins, WV. Others surviving are 13 grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Brumfield, Buchanan. A short service was held at the home of Mrs. Earl Chapman, Monday night. The funeral service was conducted at Buchanan Chapel Tuesday morning and burial followed in the family cemetery at Zelda. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

LYNCH, Nancy
Mrs. Nancy Lynch, 66 years old, died at her home in Fort Gay Saturday morning after an illness of 2 weeks. She was born near Fort Gay, Mar 24, 1864, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Copley, and lived in the vicinity all her life. She is survived by her husband, Burl Lynch; 2 daughters, Mrs. Thornton Crabtree, Louisa, and Mrs. Charles Crabtree, fort Gay, 4 sons, Edgar, Charley, Wayne and Luther Lynch all of Fort Gay; one sister, Mrs. Farrell Watts, Genoa, WV, 3 brothers, Thomas Copley, Fort Gay, George Copley, East Lynn, WV and Al Copley, Genoa, WV. Funeral services were held Sunday  morning from Bartram Chapel on Mill Creek with Rev. Scraggs officiating. Interment was in the Frasher Cemetery. Mrs. Lynch had been a devoted member of the M. E. Church for 51 years and her death is deeply mourned by all who knew her. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 30, 1931

MACKUBIN, Charles
The body of Charles MacKubin, 71, vice president and manager of the Glen Hayes Company, who died at his home at Glen Hayes, WV last Thursday at noon, was taken to Annapolis, MD, Saturday night for burial Sunday afternoon in St. Anne’s Cemetery. Mrs. MacKubin accompanied the body to Annapolis. Mr. MacKubin had been a resident of West Virginia for more than 20 years. He and Mrs. MacKubin, shortly after their marriage in 1910, went to Glen Hayes where he was interested in large coal and gas property. He was one of the organizers of the Glen Hayes Company which developed part of the territory. Mr. MacKubin was born at St. Paul, Minn., the son of Charles Nicholas and Ellen Fay MacKubin, in 1859. His parents were early settlers of St. Paul and a street there is named for the family and another, Fay Street, named for the mother.

The elder MacKubin die din 1863, and the youth was sent abroad for  his education, studying under tutors in foreign countries, principally Germany and Italy. In 1910, he was marrie din the Church of the Transfiguration (the Little Church Around the Corner), in New York City to Miss Lydia Johnson of New York, but a native of Reading, PA. Both were members of the historic New York Church, Mr. MacKubin holding a pew and membership there at the time of his death. Together, they came to West Virginia and took up their residence at Glen Hayes. There were no children. Mr. MacKubin had been in poor health for 18 months, his condition having become serious 2 months ago. The only surviving near relatives in addition to the widow, is a sister, Miss Kat MacKubin, of Baltimore. The St. Anne’s cemetery of Annapolis, formerly known as Strawberry Hill, once was owned by Charles Nicholas MacKubin. It now is part of the Naval Academy grounds. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

MCCLURE, Mrs. Joe P.
Mrs. Joe P. McClure, of  Gallup, KY, died at the home of her son, Eugene McClure in North Carolina last Monday. She was 78 years of age and had been in poor health for a number of years. Her remains were shipped to Gallup Wednesday and the funeral and burial took place there Thursday. She leaves a husband, age 78, and one daughter, Mrs. Don Preston of North Carolina. Mrs. McClure was a  daughter of Samuel Muncey, who lived 4 miles from Louisa. She was a sister of H. B. Muncey and Jack Muncey of Louisa and Miss Willie Muncey and Prof. V.  E. Muncey. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

Mrs. Geneva Muncy McClure was the daughter of Samuel Kenley Muncy and Dereca Carter Muncy. She was born Sep 26, 1865 and died Jan 12, 1931. She is survived by her husband, J. P. McClure and one daughter, Mrs. D. B. Preston of Gallup, KY, 2 sons, Dr. U. G. McClure of Charleston, WV and E. T. McClure of Columbia, SC at whose home she died while visiting there; one adopted daughter, Mrs. L. C. Borders, of Chapman, KY; 4 brothers, A. J. and H. B. Muncy of Louisa, V. E. Muncy of Ohio, J.C. D. Muncy of Inez, 2 sisters, Mrs. A. H. Moore of Ashland and Miss Willie Muncy of Ohio. Mrs. McClure was a good wife and a devoted mother and a life long member of the M.E. Church. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 30, 1931

MOORE, Augustus
Augustus Moore, 63, of  Ashland, who had been ill for several weeks, died at the home of his son, Ted Moore at Ashland, Saturday night. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary G. Moore, Louisa, 3 sons, Ted Moore and Walter Moore, Ashland, and Willie Moore, Chicago, by 2 daughters, Mrs. W. A. Hayes, Louisa, and Mrs. D. Neal of Chicago, and 4 brothers, Judge R. C. Moore, Louisa, Dr. L. C. Moore, Cannonsburg, Dr. J. M. Moore, Mt. Lookout, WV and D. S. Moore of Louisa and one sister, Mrs. J. D. Ball of Mattie. The body was brought to Louisa Tuesday morning and taken to Charley where funeral services and burial was made Tuesday morning. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

MOORE, Kazee
Kazee Moore departed this life on Dec 18, 1930 after an illness of 4 months. Mr. Moore lived at Columbus, OH the greater part of his life, but when he saw life was growing weaker and weaker he came back to his mother, Mrs. Nannie Ball, so he could be cared for. He leaves to mourn his loss his mother, Mrs. Nannie Ball of Mattie, KY and one sister, Mrs. Milton Ball of Columbus, OH and one brother, Johnny Moore of Columbus, OH. He was laid to rest in the family burial ground Saturday Dec 20. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

PRATER, Wiley
Mr. Wiley Prater, about 85 yeas old, died at his home on Smokey Valley, Wednesday. His wife, Mrs. Carrie Meeks  Prater, preceded him in death about a year. Funeral services were held Thursday with burial in the Meeks Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

PRIEST, Cecil Edward
Cecil Edward Priest, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Priest, of Durbin, Boyd County, died Friday morning as the result of burns he received when his clothing became ignited while he was playing in front of an open grate at his home. Within 20 minutes after the child died, Mrs. Priest gave birth to  a baby, the 15th child in the family. All except, Cecil Edward are living. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

PRINCE, Lonnie Huston
Harlan, KY—Further complications in the case of Lonnie Huston Prince, 26, found dead near here on Monday, when his wife appeared Friday and claimed the $25,000 insurance left by Prince, saying he assigned the policies to her a month before his death. Prince’s body was found Monday lying in a ditch. An autopsy failed to reveal the cause of his death. He was employed in the store of Fred Lester at Verda, a mining camp, and carried the $25,000 insurance with Lester as beneficiary. Prince’s wife produced papers showing they were married in South Carolina in 1922 and never gotten a divorce, and have one child. She said they moved to Virginia, where she has been staying with her family and said Prince came to see her, often and sent her money and was planning to bring her and the child to Verda, where he worked. A month before his death, she said he signed the insurance policies over to her. She filed notice with the insurance companies that she expect payment. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

RATLIFF, Clinton
Hueysville, KY—Clinton Ratliff, 19, of the Salyers Branch of Salt Lick, near here, died at his home Monday morning with four bullet holes in his body, while Dan Prater, 24, his opponent in a fight which occurred on Christmas night when Prater is said to have essayed the role of peacemaker between the deceased and his brother, Sanford Ratliff, is suffering intensely from 2 deep knife wounds in the side. Conflicting accounts of the fight are given by Prater and Sanford Ratliff. Prater claims that when he had pulled Clinton off his brother to keep him from killing him with a knife which he held poised, the boy then attacked him, pushing him into a wire fence, and stabbing him with the knife. He had drawn his pistol and fired the fourth time, before Ratliff stopped cutting him, he says. On the other hand, Sanford Ratliff says that his brother fell to the ground at the first shot and that Prater continued shooting him after he had fallen. Prater, who will recover, was wearing a sheepskin coat at the time of the fight. It was cut into strings but it saved his life, he says.  Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

RIFFE, Florence
Mrs. Florence Riffe, 53 years old, died at her home on East Fork near Glenwood, Wednesday night Jan 14 from a paralytic stroke suffered the same day. She was well known throughout Lawrence and Boyd Counties and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She is a daughter of Mrs. Ellen Davis and the late Robert Davis. Mrs. Riffe was a devoted member of the M. E. Church, South, and had been a member of the East Fork Church for 33 years. Besides her mother, Mrs. Ellen Davis, of Ashland, she is survived by her husband, J. S. Riffe, a daughter, Mrs. Paul Copley, Portsmouth, OH, one sister, Mrs. J. T. Rice, Ashland, one brother, C. F. Davis, Ashland, one brother, Dempsey Davis, died 23 years ago. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon, Jan 17 from the East Fork M. E. Church, South, with Rev. Campbell and Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Interment will be made in the family cemetery on East Fork. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

RIFFE, John B.
John B. Riffe, 72, well known citizen of Lawrence County, died at his home at Cadmus, Wednesday morning after a 2 months’ illness. He was a retired manager of the Southern Bell Telephone Company, having been with this company for 20 years. He is a son of the late Jerry and Martha Riffe. Mr. Riffe was respected by all who knew him. He was a member of the Christian Church for the past 56 years, and was also affiliated with the Odd Fellows Lodge at Fallsburg. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Luduma Wilson Riffe, a daughter, Mrs. Jess Hall, St. Petersburg, FL, 4 sons, Waite Riffe, Louisa, D. Riffe, Yatesville, H. Riffe, Cadmus, Austin Riffe, Van Lear, 3 brothers, Lee Riffe, Yatesville, Jeff Riffe, Ratcliff, Jerry Riffe, Texas, and one sister, Mrs. Neal Holbrook, Yatesville. Funeral services will be held Friday of this week at the Christian Church in Louisa with Rev. Dials of Huntington, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fulkerson Cemetery. The Louisa Odd Fellows fraternity will have charge of the services at the grave. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

RIGGS, Moses Dearing
Moses Dearing Riggs, 72, died on Wednesday at his home at Fort Gay after an illness of 3 days of appendicitis. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Greenbrier Baptist Church with  Rev. C. Crabtree conducting the services. The Masonic order of Fort Gay, of which he was a member for 40 years, held their rites at the grave. Interment was made in the Crabtree Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, 5 daughters and one son, Mrs. Curtis Ferguson, Mrs. Wayne Ferguson, and Mrs. J. A. Dawson all of Fort Gay, Mrs. Wilton Field, of Williamson, Miss Marie Riggs, at home, and Hewlette Riggs of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

ROBERTS, Sam
Sam Roberts, 58, prominent Martin man, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon, victim of a heart seizure. Mr. Roberts had been in apparent good health until stricken. Mr. Roberts was widely known in Floyd County as a good citizen and held in respect by all who knew him. Surviving him are his widow, a daughter of the late J. P. Mayo, and the following sons and daughters, Dr. Phil F. Roberts, Benham, KY, John Roberts, Martin, Findlay Roberts, Weeksbury, Bill and Naaman Roberts, Miles Roberts, Norabelle, Jenny, Martha, Mary and Lucille Roberts, all at home. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by Revs. Isaac Stratton and A. L. Allen, burial following in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

SCARBERRY, Charles Glenn
Charles Glenn Scarberry, month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Scarberry, died at it home at Charley Monday night after a 4 week’s illness of whooping cough and pneumonia. Besides the parents the little child is survived by a sister, Jane Lee and 2 brothers, James and Robert. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the home with Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating. Interment was in the Hinkle Cemetery near Charley. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

SCENTER, Wilbur Jerome
Wilbur Jerome Scenter, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Scenter, of Chattaroy, WV, died Monday, Dec 29, after an illness of 3 days of pneumonia. The body was brought to the home of its uncle, W.C. Lovely, at Fort Gay Tuesday night. Funeral services were held from the Fort Gay Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Craggs officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery. Besides the parents the little child is survived by one brother, 2 sisters and many other relatives. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

SHIVEL, Richard T.
Richard T. Shivel who died at the home of his niece, Mrs. W. T. Burnett in Huntington, Wednesday, was buried in the Grayson, KY cemetery following funeral services Friday morning at the Christian Church in Grayson. Surviving are 4 brothers, S. E. Shivel of  Grayson, G. W. Shivel of Gallup, KY, John E. Shivel of Louisville and C. P. Shivel of  New Castle, KY also by several nieces and nephews. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

SLONE, Hillard
Hillard Slone, 25, of Glo, died at the Wayland hospital Monday night of bullet wounds inflicted by Ranse Marcum, deputy sheriff at Glo. The shooting occurred at the Glo church house last Sunday night where it is said, Marcum was engaged in a tussle with another man named Slone when Hillard Slone suddenly appeared on the scene and opened fire on the officers. Only a few feet apart the men exchanged shots. Firing 6 shots, 2 of Marcum’s bullets entered separate chambers of the cylinder of Slone’s revolver, it is reported. Unable to fire his weapon, Slone is said to have called to the officer, saying that this revolver would not fire and asking Marcum not to fire again. Marcum then ceased firing and running forward, caught Slone as he was sinking to the ground. Slone is said to have fired 3 shots, the first of which shattered the deputy’s flashlight. Slone was shot 4 times, thrice in the chest. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 30, 1931

SPENCER, Huram
Lexington, KY—Huram Spencer, 25, Hindman, KY, died at a hospital here Thursday, the fourth death as the result of an automobile accident on the Winchester pike the night of Oct 31. A car bringing five former University of Kentucky students to Lexington for the Kentucky-Alabama game struck a truck, and turned over and burst into flames. Three of the men died instantly, Wendell Smith, Hagan Smith and Crit Wallen. The only survivor of the wreck now is William Randolph Smith, who lost his left eye. All five of the youths lived in Hindman and 3 of them were cousins. Stamper, although confined in a plaster cast, seemed to be recovering from his injuries, until he developed appendicitis a week ago. The combination of his already weakened condition and an operation which he underwent proved too much for him. The body will be taken to Hindman for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

STAFFORD, Fred
Fred Stafford, 40 years old, timer merchant and well known citizen of Catlettsburg, died Monday evening after an illness of only a few minutes. Death was ascribed to acute indigestion. Enroute to his home from the business district Mr. Stafford stopped at a restaurant and asked for a dose of soda. Drinking this he went to a garage where he stopped and said he was sick. A physician was called and Mr. Stafford asked that he come to the rooming house a few doors away. Entering the rooming house before the physician arrived, he spoke of  his illness and fell lifeless upon the floor. A son of Frank Stafford, he had lived in Catlettsburg since boyhood. He was a member of the Catlettsburg Lodge No. 942 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and active in civic and social affairs. Besides his father he leaves 2 sisters, Miss Maude Stafford, Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Talley Brown of Hinton. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 30, 1931

STOMER, Belva (Cooper)
Mrs. Stomer, daughter of our fellow townsman, J. W. Cooper. This lady had been a sufferer for a long time and had gone to Asheville, NC in search of health, locating on the Board estate. Some time she seemed on the way to recovery but complications arose over which the attending physicians had no control. Her father was notified and at once left for  her bedside. Soon after his arrival she passed into the great beyond. Her remains were brought to this place and was taken to Estill last week for  interment. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

STRACHAN, Sam
Louisa  friends of Sam Strachan were greatly shocked by the news of his death at Baltimore, which occurred last Saturday afternoon. He was stricken on the golf course. The body was shipped to Huntington for interment, which took place on Tuesday. Mr. Strachan held the high position of assistant to the general freight traffic manager of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, with headquarters at Baltimore. The greater part of his youth was spent in Louisa. The first work he had was in the Big Sandy News plant, where he served a partial apprenticeship at the printer’s trade. In this, as in everything else he undertook, he was an apt pupil. He was possessed of an unusually keen intellect. After his schooling ended he decided to enter the railroad business and started work in the office at Louisa under G. B. Gray, who was then the C & O agent here. In due time he was appointed agent at Peach Orchard, which was then a live coal mining town. Advancements came to him and after a few years he accepted a good offer from the Baltimore & Ohio. He was stationed in New Orleans for a few years, and from there he went to Baltimore as the second highest man in the general freight train department of the entire system. Mr. Strachan was a bachelor, 60 years of age. He had 4 sisters, and a brother, living in Huntington. They are Mrs. J. O. Johnston, Mr. W. W. Brust, Mrs. John B. Lallancce, Mrs. Harry M. Mogge and Benjamin F. Strachan. He was a son of George Strachan a master stone mason, who came to Louisa to have charge of the stone work on the lock in the Big Sandy River at this place. After that was completed he supervised the stone work during the construction of the state penitentiary at Eddyville, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

STRATTON, French C.
French C. Stratton, 43, a former resident of Kenova, died at his home in Seaman, OH, Saturday evening, following an attack of pneumonia. He is survived by his widow, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Pratt of Kenova, 6 children, Charles, Edward, Elsie May, Mary Anna, Howard Floyd and Donald Homer, 3 sisters, Mrs. Jennie Meeks and Mrs. Mamie Braggs both of Paintsville and Mrs. Virginia Patricks of Salyersville; one brother, Harry Stratton of Pittsburgh, PA. funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church in Seaman, OH Monday afternoon. The body was taken to Buffalo, KY for burial Tuesday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

THOMPSON, Claudia
Mrs. Claudia Thompson, 30, wife of Henderson Thompson, died at her home at Jattie Friday night after 2 years illness of cancer. Besides her husband, this good woman leaves 2 small children, Susaline and Frances. She is also survived by her father, Morton Hammond, one brother, Vinson Hammond, a sister, Mrs. Loraine McGuire and other near relatives. Funeral services were held from the Jattie Methodist Church Sunday morning with Rev. Harve Kelly and Rev. Roland Hutchison officiating. Her body was laid to rest in the Hammond Cemetery near the old home where she spent her young life. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

VAUGHAN, William D.
William D. Vaughan, generally known as “Uncle Bill” Vaughan, 77 years old, died at his home on Twelve Pole Creek, one mile below East Lynn Monday, Jan 5, after several months illness with cancer of the stomach. He was one of the pioneer citizens of Wayne County, WV and is a brother of John Vaughan of Louisa. In 1876 he was made post master at East Lynn, holding this position for 12 years. The post office was then known as “Adkins Mills”. Only two mails a week were delivered, one pair of mailbags sufficing what little matter was sent. “Uncle Bill” had the post office in the residence where he died. When the railroad was built to East Lynn, Mr. Vaughan became the first station agent, serving in this capacity for 15 years. He was later secretary of the board of education of Stonewall district for many years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Vaughan, daughter of Robert Napier, one brother, John Vaughan, Louisa, one sister, Mrs. Martha Osburn, Kenova, and the following children: Robert Vaughan of East Lynn, John Vaughan, Spencer, Lucian Vaughan, Leslie, Mrs. Jessie Tomblin, Stiltner, Mrs. Polly Adkins, Armilda, Mrs. Minerva Smkith, East Lynn, Mrs. Laban Kinstler, Kenova, Mrs. Silas Webb, Kenova, Mrs. Cyntha Goens, Superior, WV, and Mrs. Lygia Staley, East Lynn. Burial was made in the Robert Vaughan cemetery Tuesday. Mr. Vaughan was a member of the United Baptist Church. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 9, 1931

WELLMAN, Ezra
Ezra Wellman, well known Catlettsburg barber, who recently moved to Huntington, WV, died suddenly Sunday night at a hospital in Huntington a few minutes after he fell unconscious on the streets. Death was caused by a heart attack. Mr. Wellman was a native of Wayne County, WV. He is survived by Mrs. Sudie Wellman, his wife, 2 sons, Curtis Wellman of Catlettsburg, and Millard Wellman of Huntington. Two sisters, Mrs. Grace Workman of Charleston, and Inez Wellman of Huntington, a half sister, Mrs. Nada Wellman of Huntington, a brother, Milton J. Wellman of Lexington, KY and a stepson, Herschel Allen of Huntington. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 2, 1931

WELLMAN, Sally May
Miss Sally May Wellman, 15, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mont Wellman at Fort Gay Monday  morning after an illness of one year and 3 months. She had attended school at Fort Gay and Logan where she was considered a brilliant student. She was well thought of by a large circle of friends. Besides her parents she is survived by  4 sisters, Mrs. L. G. Ferguson, Louisa, Mrs. Elbie  Diamond, Kenova, Mrs. Brooke Whitman, Kenova, and Miss Alillan Wellman at home, by 4 brothers, Rufus, Paul, Charles and Woodrow all of Man, WV. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Fort Gay Baptist church with Rev. Scraggs and Rev. Mullins officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Jan 23, 1931

WHITE, Henry Solomon
Henry Solomon White, 91, died on Wednesday at his home in Matewan, Mingo County, WV after a few days illness of influenza. He is survived by a wife and 8 children. During all his mature life he was prominent in Republican circles and held offices of various kinds during most of his life. He was a member of the house of delegates, the state senate, the constitutional convention in 1872, a commissioner to the Paris Exposition and Unites States marshall for West Virginia. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

WILLIAMS, W. W.
W. W. Williams, 53, former circuit judge of Floyd County, died at a hospital in Pikeville Wednesday after a two weeks illness of pneumonia. Judge Williams served as circuit judge of the31st judicial district, which is composed of Floyd and Knott Counties, from 1922 to 1928. He is survived by his widow, one brother, F. F. Williams, of Garrett, Floyd County and his mother, Mrs. Rebecca Sutten of Buchanan, Lawrence County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jan 16, 1931

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ADAMS, S. D. C.
S.D.C. Adams, 49 years old, of Betsy Layne, died at a Paintsville hospital a few days ago, following an illness of 9 days with double pneumonia. Besides his wife, Mrs. Marq Scalf Adams, he is survived by one son, Bernard Adams. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

 BARTLETTE, Blanch Aurella
Georges Creek, KY—Died Feb 6, Blanch Aurelia Bartlette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Bartlett. Little Blanch, as she was called by her many friends, had been an invalid for 3 years. She was unusually bright for one so young. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery beside her 2 little sisters and her grandfather, the late Simon P.  Bartlette. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

BOND, Oscar K.
Catlettsburg residents were shocked early Monday to hear of the sudden death of Dr. Oscar K. bond, prominent Catlettsburg physician, which occurred Monday morning at his home in Catlettsburg. Dr. Bond had been slightly ill for the past few days, but his condition was not considered serious. Dr. Oscar K. Bond was born Dec 13, 1881, at Flat Gap, KY, the son of the late Stephen Perry and Esther Ann Bond. He went to Catlettsburg in 1915 from Meta, KY, and began the practice of his profession there. He received his early education in Kentucky elementary schools and later attended the University of Tennessee. He received his M. D. degree at the University of Louisville. In 1900 he was married to Minnie Leslie at Meta, KY. The deceased was a member of the Christian Church and also of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Ashland. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, Charles Verne, 20, Lucille Leslie, 17, and Clotille Merille, 13, two brothers, Dr. Charles f. Bond of Ashland and Dr. A. C. Bond of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

BRODE, A. B.
A.B. Brode, 69 years old, who until his retirement 2 years ago, was prominently engaged in the oil and gas business died Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Raymond W. Lee, at Detroit, MI following a long illness. Mr. Brode was a member of the Masonic, Knight of Pythias and Odd Fellows Llodges and the Trinity Episcopal Church. He leaves in addition to the daughter, the widow, Mrs. Lulu Lallance Brode, a son, Landon I. Brode, his sister in law, Mrs. Carrie H. Irvin, Huntington, with whom he made his home before moving to Detroit, and a niece, Mrs. Doris Deering, society editor of the Herald Dispatch. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

BURCHETT, Carl
Carl Burchett, 38 years old, died at his home in Louisa Tuesday afternoon after an illness of 4 months. The son of Thomas and Derecie Burchett, Carl has lived in Lawrence County all his life. For the past 6 years, he has been in the employ of the local light and power company. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minerva N. Burchett, his father, Thomas Burchett, of Louisa. His mother died  when he was 3 months old. The following brothers and sisters survive: Mrs. J. L. Marks, Mrs. G.P. Johnston, Clarksburg, WV, Mrs. Harvey Preece, Louisa, Mrs. E O. Bailey, Estep, KY, Miss Mina Burchett, Nevada, Mrs. Gladys Hall, Fairmount, WV, Arthur Burchett, Barboursville, WV, George Burchett, Fairmont,  WV, Oliver Burchett, Robert Burchett and Fulton Burchett all of Louisa. Funeral services will be held this Friday morning at the M. E. Church with the following ministers officiating: Rev. W. M. Sparks, of Webb, WV, Rev. W. W. Shepherd, Rev. H.W. Hewlett and Rev. Sylvester Ball. Interment will be in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

BURKE, Ray
Ray Burke, 15 year old son of Dave Burke, of Bolts Fork, died in the Stephenson hospital in Ashland Monday night with a pistol bullet in his brain. He was accidentally shot by Otis Jarvis Monday night at the home of Frank Lucas on Upper Garner Creek where a large group of people had gathered for a “belling”. Young Burke was immediately rushed to the hospital after the accident, arriving there at 9:30 that night. Efforts were made to save  his life but the bullet in his brain caused his death 2 hours after he reached the hospital. He has 2 sisters living in Ashland, Miss Mary Burke, who is connected with the Jordan-Crowell Life Insurance Firm and is well known there, and Mrs. Haskel Stewart. Three other sisters, Amanda, Thelma and Florence and one brother, Paul, reside a the home on Bolts Fork with his father. His mother is dead. An inquest was held Tuesday at the Clark Funeral Home and the jury which heard the evidence recommended that Jarvis, who is 27 years old. Be held for investigation. Testimony of witnesses showed that a crowd had gathered a the Lucas home to “bell” a couple who had just married, and that Jarvis had fired a gun twice, one of the shots passing through the roof of the Lucas home and the second one hitting young Burke between the eyes. Witnesses said there had been on argument between any of the young men in the crowd and so far as known at this time the shooting was accidental. Deputy Sheriff Fannin said that shooting took place just over the line in Carter County, and that he was taking Jarvis to Catlettsburg and later would decide whether he is to be held there or turned over to Carter County officers for further investigation. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

COBURN, Laura Frances
Mrs. Laura Frances Coburn, 29 years old, died at the home of her father, John D. Queen, at Glenwood, Friday Feb 6 after an illness of 6 months duration. She is a daughter of John D. and Stella Queen, and was born Sep 6, 1901. She was united with the Glenwood Baptist Church 13 years ago and has been a devoted member ever since. In 1917 she was married to Arthur Coburn and to this union were born 5 children, Gracie,  Charley, Mabel, Millard and Junior, who survive. Besides her parents and immediate family she is survived by 5 sisters Mrs. John Queen, Glenwood, Mrs. J. W. Webb, Ashland, Mrs. Chester Hensley, Campbell, WV, Mrs. Ed Church, Glenwood, Miss Hazel Jane Queen, at home; and by 3 brothers, Bill Queen, Charley Queen and Fred Queen all of Glenwood. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Glenwood Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Clay officiating. Interment was in the Taylor Cemetery at Glenwood. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

DANIELS, Charles
Griffith Creek—Died, Saturday, Feb 21, Charles Daniels, age 69 years. He was a member of the United Baptist Church, a good citizen and neighbor. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow and 4 children, all grown. He was buried at the Gallup Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27,1931

DIALS, Ezra
Mystery surrounds the death of Ezra Dials, 22, whose mangled body was found on the C & O railroad tracks here early Friday morning. Dial’s body was found by the crew of a manifest train about 2 o’clock Friday morning. A manifest train which passed through Louisa going east at 12:04 is thought to have passed over his body. Reports of a fight in the vicinity of Pocahontas Street following the finding of his body caused officers to investigate. This phase of the affair has led many to believe that Dials was first slain and then his body placed on the tracks to hide the crime. Finding of blood stains on Pocahontas Street give credence to this belief. Many persons have been questioned by County Judge R. C. Moore and County Attorney K. C. Elswick, but so far nothing definite to substantiate the murder theory has been learned. Dials was last seen about 11 o’clock when he left the home of his sweetheart, a Miss Hale. Officers are working on another theory concerning the possible murder, but have not made it public, desiring to keep it quiet until more evidence can be secured.

The body of the young man was removed to the Curtright Funeral Home where an inquest was held by a coroners jury composed of John Riffe, Rance Adams, Mart Johns, Zeb Heston, Lee Skaggs and James Hale. The body was badly torn up, both legs being cut off, the right one above the knee and the left one below the knee; right arm was practically severed, skull and body was crushed. The body was prepared for burial by Mr. Curtright and Mr. Young. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon with Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. W. W. Shepherd officiating. Interment was made in the Rice Cemetery below Louisa. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Addie Dials, he is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Robert C. Dials, Huntington, Fred M. Dials, Battle Creek, MI, Tom Dick Dials and John M. Dials, at home, Mrs. H. A. Morgan, Zanesville, OH, Mrs. Walter Stull, California, KY, Miss Nannie Lee Dials, Wellston, OH, Mrs. W. M. S. Thompson, Pittsburgh, PA, Mrs. Chester Ekers, Cadmus, Miss Nancy Jane Dials and Miss Jean Dials at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

DYER, Will Press
Paintsville, KY—According to reports reaching here from Magoffin County, Will Press Dyer was shot to death by his next door neighbor, John Dykes, near Hendricks post office on Middle Fork of Licking. Dyer was shot 3 times by Dykes, between the eyes, once in the jaw while a third shot entered the heart and he died instantly. Dyer, is is said, was a renter on Dykes’ farm. Not much is known as to how the trouble which led to the killing started. Both men, it is said, have been known as fearless, dangerous men. Dykes has not been apprehended. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

FISCHER, Charles Kenneth
Charles Kenneth Fischer, age 2 years died from an operation for appendicitis. He was the son of Kenneth Fischer. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

FRALEY, Alice (Wellman-Borders)
The death angel visited the home of Uncle Tom Fraley at Ulysses and took from him his wife, Aunt Alice Fraley on Feb 22. She had been an invalid for more than a year, but took seriously ill Feb 15 and grew steadily worse until the end came last Sunday. Besides her husband she is survived by  the following children from a former marriage: Forrest, Monore, Henry, Hobert, Roscoe and Charlie Borders, Mrs. Zone Cassell and Mrs. Walter Cassell all of Ulysses; one sister, Mrs. Louisa Vanhoose of Johnson County and several grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. A. Hayes and were attended by relatives and friends from Louisa and Paintsville. She was buried beside her first husband, Mike Borders. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

FRENCH, George W.
George W. French, a life long resident and prominent farmer of Lawrence County, KY, died at his home near Estep, KY, Friday  following an illness of a few days. He had been suffering from pneumonia. Mr. French was 81 years old when death came. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Mary Alice French, one daughter, Mrs. J.C. Hall of Ashland, 3 grandsons, Hubert, George and Charles Hall, one granddaughter, Virginia Hall, and one brother. Prof. W. M. Byington, Danville, KY. The grandchildren are the children of Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Hall of Ashland. Mr. French was a member of the Southern Methodist Church at Grassland, a member of the Greenhill lodge No. 521 F and A M, Bolts Fork and of the Bolts Ford Lodge I.O.O. F. Funeral services were held Sunday from the Garrett Chapel, Estep with the Rev. S. J. Campbell of Kenova, in charge. Interment was made in the Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

HALL, Mrs. Ray
Mrs. Ray Hall died at her home at Edsel during the pas week. She had been ill for a year. She was converted and baptized a week before the end came. She is survived by her husband, one son, Edford Hall, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bug Frazier, 2 sisters, Mrs. Martha Boggs of Hannah and Malvia Frazier at home, 2 brothers, William and Ollie Frazier. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

HAMPTON, Elizabeth
Death claimed Mrs. Elizabeth Hampton, 99 years old, one of the oldest residents of Catlettsburg Wednesday. The end came for Mrs. Hampton at her home in the South Side after an illness extending over a period of several days. For many years Mrs. Hampton had been active in the social life of the Gate City, but in recent years she had been in more or less retirement because of her advanced age. She is survived by one daughter, Miss Mayme Mason and one son, George Mason, both of Catlettsburg. She was the widow of Rev. Hampton. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

JOHNSON, Polly
Mrs. Polly Johnson, 68, native of Johnson County, died near Catlettsburg, where she had lived for a few years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27,1 931

JONES, Mrs. Custer
Mrs. Custer Jones, 31 years old, wife of Custer Jones, president of Morgan County National Bank, at Cannel City, died Wednesday afternoon Jan 28, at the Kentucky Baptist hospital in Louisville. Mrs. Jones is a sister of Dr. J. E. Carter of Louisa. She had been ill about 5 months, having been taken to Louisville a few days previous to her death for an operation. Dr. Carter made 3 trips to Louisville to see his sister and was at her bedside when the end came. Mrs. Jones was a great leader in her community and her passing was mourned by every resident of Cannel City. She was a member of the M. E. Church where she taught a Sunday school class, besides taking a leading part in other activities of her town. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Ruth Evelyn, 7, and by the following brothers and sisters, Dr. J. E. Carter, Louisa, Lavone Carter, Louisville, Sam Sarter, Cannel City, Mrs. N. W. Fowler, Salt Lick, Mrs. S. A. Leslie, Burkville, A. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Carter of Cannel City, also survive. Funeral services, which were held Friday at Cannel City, were in charge of H. H. Curtright and Byron Young, funeral directors of Louisa, Besides services at Cannel City anther service was held at Grassy Lick Church where interment took place. Rev. Trainer and Rev. Richardson officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

JUSTICE, James C.
Pikeville, KY—James C. Justice, 37, Pike County magistrate, former deputy  sheriff and foreman of the Campbell-Johnson state highway construction project on Levisa Fork, was carried to his death 180 feet down the mountainside between Hunt’s Branch and Grapevine Creek, in a premature explosion of dynamite that was being used in road excavation. The accident occurred Friday. After loading the holes Justice sent his men away and was connecting the battery when the dynamite exploded. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6 1931

JESTICE,  Lounannna
Mrs. Lounanna Jestice, 73 years old, died at the home of her son, Levi Jestice of Clifford, OH, Feb 2, 1931. Death as due to complications and old age. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac O’Bryan, deceased. She was born and spent most of her life in Lawrence County, KY, moving to Ohio in 1912 where she made her home until her death. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Jestice is survived by  her husband, Felix Jestice, 6 children, Mrs. Grover Smith and Mrs. Isaac Moore of Ashland, Mrs. Harry Steele, Mrs. Stanley McCain of Lucasville, OH, Claud and Levi Jestice of Clifford, OH, also 38 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

LEEDY, Mrs. Walter  and 2 children
Mrs. Walter Leedy and 2 children died at Richardson a few days ago. One of the children was one of a pair of twins born a few days before and the other death was that of an older child. Mr. Leedy has been an employee of the C & O railroad for many years and has many friends whose sympathy goes out to him in this triple bereavement. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

MARCUM, Fred D.
Funeral services F. D. Marcum, 55 years old, of Ceredo, who died Friday were held Sunday at the residence. Rev. C. C. Adams and Rev. B. F. Akers officiated. Burial was made in Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington. Dr. Marcum, having practiced at Ceredo for 18 years, was prominently known in Wayne County. He went to Ceredo from Louisa, where he also practiced medicine for a number of years. He was the son of the late Judge William Marcum of Wayne County, and a brother of Delegate J. O. Marcum, Ceredo, who is a member of the joint legislature committee which began an inspection of the state penitentiary last week. He leaves the widow, Mrs. Ada Holt Marcum, 2 daughters, Mrs. Glen Wright and Mrs. Eunice Hicks, Ceredo, one son, William Marcum, Portsmouth, OH; 4 sisters, Mrs. W. D. O’Neal, Mrs. C. C. Hill, and Miss Edith Marcum, Catlettsburg and Mrs. L. G. Bryner, Huntington; 4 brothers, J. O. Marcum and Frank Marcum, Ceredo, Charles Marcum, Huntington and Homer Marcum, St. Louisa and 4 grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20,1931

MAY, Pearlie
According to a report received here Pearlie May, 25, son of Harry May, of Louisa, was killed in the mines at Nolan, WV Monday. Particulars of the accident could not be learned. His body will be brought here for burial.  Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

MAYNARD, Allen
Allen Maynard, 83 years old citizen of Lawrence County, passed away at his home at Clifford Sunday after a short illness. He was widely known throughout this section,  being one of the oldest residents. Uncle Allen was the son of Mark Maynard, a native of Pike County and Lucy Babers of  Clark County. He was born in Clark County near Winchester. He would often say in a jovial way that he was no “scrub” having been born in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. His mother’s people owned many slaves and as a child Uncle Allen played with a little colored boy named Dick. One day while they were at play he was a strange coach drawn by several horses in their camp. He soon heard crying and presently his little companion, Dick, and several more slaves were sold. His father soon after moved to Wayne County, WV in an unbroken forest. They had to pound their corn or use a mill turned by hand to make their bread. The war coming, they left in the night, driving their cows back to Lawrence County, KY. Here Allen grew to manhood and married Rinda Hammond. She died several years ago and he married Mrs. Ida Thompson, who is still living.  Besides his widow he leaves the following children: John Maynard, a member of the Lawrence County board of education; J. C. Maynard, Louisa, Lindsey Maynard, Louisa, Jesse Maynard, of Louisa, Mrs. Emma Marcum and Mrs. Jennie Kirk; 2 sisters, Mrs. Bill Harvey, Donithan and Mrs. Linda Hooper of Wayne County; 2 brothers, Sam Maynard and John H. Maynard, of Wayne County, also several half brothers. Funeral services were held Monday at Clifford with Nelson Hughes officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery near the home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

MCCLURE, Laban T.
Laban T. McClure, 76 years old, United States commissioner for this district with headquarters at Paintsville, died Wednesday morning at the home of his son, Earl C. McClure, Fort Gay, after a brief illness of pneumonia. Mr. McClure was in Louisa Saturday and was suffering with a cold at that time. Sunday he journeyed to Huntington, with his son, returning late that afternoon. Sunday night he was stricken with pneumonia which caused his death 3 days later. Born at Gallup, Lawrence county, Mr. McClure had long been a prominent man in this section, serving many years as deputy United States  marshal and later a deputy collector of internal revenue in the Eastern District of Kentucky. He was appointed a commissioner by Judge A. M. J. Cochran 2 years ago. Surviving are 3 sons, A. C. McClure of Norton, VA, Dr. George W. McClure of Cincinnati and Earl C. McClure of Fort Gay, all of whom were at his beside when the end came; 3 brothers, J. P. McClure of Chapman, T. R. McClure of Ashland, and J. H. McClure of Gallup; 3 sisters, Mrs. W. T. Atkinson of Paintsville, Mrs. O. D. Garred of Huntington, WV and Mrs. Gordon Burgess of Kise. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at the First M. E. Church here with Rev. W. W. Shepherd officiating. The body will be in state at the church from 9:30 to 10:30. It will then be taken to Ashland for burial by the side of his wife who preceded him in death several years ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

MCNURLIN, Pearl Buckley
Ashland, KY—The death angel visited the home of Rev. and Mrs. James McNurlin on Friday night and took from them their darling baby, Pearl Buckley, age one year. She leaves to mourn her loss 8 brothers and 3 sisters: James W., Fort Sill, OK, Mrs. Lena Baker, Ashland, Mrs. Bessie Brown, Martha, KY, and Francis Marion, John Q, Harry, Melton, Roy c., Walter, Laura Marie, George Bona and Paul Edward, all at home. The funeral was held from the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Ashland with the Rev. William Duncan and Rev. Martha Keeton in charge. Burial was in the Dixon Cemetery.  Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

MOORE, Bertha Louise
Bertha Louise S. Moore, wife of Dr. William Laben Moore, was buried in Olney, IL. She died Jan 3 in St. Louis, MO. Bertha was a  woman of broad and generous personality, loving all and beloved by all who knew her. She had been a member of the M. E. Church, South for 30 years. Her pastor conducted the funeral services in St. Louis, Monday evening, Jan 5. Her remains were taken to Olney, IL to rest by her loved ones Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Edward Schmiter, Jolette, IL, Henry Schmiter, WS, Minnie Schimiter, St. Louis, MO, Mary J. Moore, Huntington, WV, Mrs. W. A. Cole, of East Fork, KY and Mrs. Willie Belle Heston, Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

MOSS, Charles S.
Charles S. Moss, 49, was killed at Inez, Jan 25 from carbon monoxide poisoning when he attempted to get his car out of the garage. He was found by his wife, the motor of his car running. He was a native of Virginia and for 15 years was employed by the Consolidation Coal Company, reaching the position of general manager of stores of the company. He married Miss Evelyn Dempsey of Inez, while working for this company. Due to ill health he was forced to resign his position some time ago. Mr. Moss was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, Commandry and Shrine. Besides his widow he is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Lola M. Hatch and Mrs. Imogene Smith of Renick, MO. One brother, A. R. Moss, Bells Cross Roads, VA. Funeral services were held at Inez with burial in the Dempsey cemetery at Warfied. The Masonic order had charge of the rites. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

MUSIC, George B. McClellan
George B. McClellan Music, well known resident of Floyd County, died at his home on Lick Fork Saturday Jan 31. Mr. Music suffered a stroke of paralysis on Friday. He was 79 years old. He is survived by his widow, 4 sons, and 3 daughters, James, Foxs, OK, Johnie, of East Point, KY, Lonnie of Portsmouth, Eddie at home, Dora Spradlin, Hillsboro, OH, Shirley Williams of Louisa and Emma Hanshaw of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

NEWMAN
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Moore received a telegram Friday morning announcing the sudden death of the former’s brother in law, Charles Newman, of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Newman married Miss Blanche Moore, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Moore of Boyd County. His death was caused from pneumonia which followed a case of “flu”. His sister in law, Miss Kate Moore, of Cincinnati was at his bedside when he passed away. He was buried in Atlanta. There are no near relatives, his  wife having died a few years ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

PARSLEY, Moses D.
Moses D. Parsley, aged citizen of Jennies Creek, near Crum, WV, recently died suddenly at the hone of his son, G. C. Parsley. He is survived by his step mother, “Aunt Sally” Parsley who is 91 years old, and the following brothers and sisters: Riley Parsley of Webb; Polly and Chloe Varney of Crum, and the following children: Lucinda Meade, Polly Gilman, Taylor Parsley, Jay Parsley and G. C. Parsley all of Crum. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

PRICE, Mrs. N. J.
Mrs. N. J. Price, 56, of Paintsville, dropped dead from a heart attack at her home Friday  morning a few minutes after she had finished preparing breakfast. Mrs. Price, who was well known, and apparently been in good health, and the news of her sudden passing comes as a shock to her relatives and friends. Mrs. Price is survived by her husband, one son by a former marriage, Ray Bayes, one daughter, Mrs. Floyd Gamboe, one brother, Dr. John Fairchild, of Inez, 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Bayes of Paintsville and Mrs. W. L. Fairchild of Floria, IL. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

SHANNON, Mary Elizabeth (Branham)
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Branham Shannon, 86 years old, died at the old Shannon home on Lick Creek, Jan 31, after an illness of 2 weeks. Mrs. Shannon was a daughter of David and Betty Branham and had lived in Lawrence County all of her life. She was born Aug 3, 1844. she was married to Andy Shannon, who was at one time sheriff of Lawrence County. He died 35 years ago. She is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Branham, Mrs. Albert Shannon, Mrs. Corrilda Bussey, Mrs. Tennie See, all of  Louisa, 3 sons, Tom, of Louisa, Bert of Matewan, WV, and Charley of Rossmore, WV and several grandchildren. T. J. Branham of Louisa, is the only surviving brother. Funeral services were held from the home Monday afternoon with Rev. William Burgess of Gallup officiating. Interment was in the Shannon cemetery on Lick Creek. She had been a member of the M. E. Church over 40 years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

SHUMWAY, Josephine
Mrs. Josephine Shumway, age 79, of Dawes, WV, died Feb 3 at her home after a prolonged illness. Born in Worcester, Mass., she spent over 50 years in that place and about 25 years at Dawes. Becoming affiliated with the M. E. Church in 1881, she became active in church work shortly afterwards and served as a leader in different capacities. She is survived by her husband, E. H. Shumway, and 2 sons, A. C. Shumway, of Catlettsburg, and Rev. H. L. Shumway, also of Catlettsburg, pastor of the Sulphur Springs circuit in the Boyd-Lawrence County district. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

SIZEMORE, Mourning
Mrs. Mourning Sizemore, probably the oldest woman in Floyd County died Tuesday night at her home here in her 96th year, following an illness of 8 days from influenza and pneumonia. Born Sep 12, 1835, at Brandy Keg near here, Mrs. Sizemore was the daughter of the late John and Polly Clark, pioneer residents of this county. Practically all of a long and useful life had been spent in Prestonsburg, where she and her husband the late Farles Sizemore reared their family. Surviving are on son and one daughter, Dr. John Sizemore and Mrs. Minnie Blevins, both of Prestonsburg. Burial was made at Paintsville Wednesday following the funeral at Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

Smith, Belle
Mrs. Belle Smith, 60 years old, of Harveytown, died in a Huntington hospital, Feb 12, following a long illness. Surviving are the husband, Vinson Smith, a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Perry of Prichard, WV, her father Clinton Wilson, of McVeigh, KY; 4 brothers, Sam Wilson of Huntington, Henry and Albert Wilson of McVeigh, KY, John Wilson of Williamson; 3 sisters, Mrs. Cuzzie Crabtree of Beckley, Mrs. Vivian Lemaster of Chattaroy, and Mrs. Hannah Jewel of Portsmouth. Burial was made at the family cemetery near Echo. Big Sandy Nenws-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

SMITH, John
Mrs. Tiny Smith, 34, shot and instantly killed her husband, John Smith, 35, late Sunday night at their home on Abner Fork, Floyd County, when she alleged he attempted to hang her. According to Mrs. Smith’s story, as related here by persons acquainted with the killing, her husband was drunk and attempted to  hang her by looped his belt around her neck. Throwing him upon the bed, she seized a .30 calibre Luger pistol and shot him through the heart. The couple was along in the home, it is said. Mrs. Smith was arrested following the shooting. Mr. and Mrs. Smith had been married about 5 years, it is said, and are reported as never having had previous trouble. The wife is a daughter of Daniel R. Johnson. The victim’s antecedents are not known her. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

SPILLMAN, Elba
In loving remembrance of our dear brother and cousin, Elba Spillman, who departed this life Dec 19,1930, age 23 years. He leaves to mourn his loss a mother, Mrs. Victoria Spillman, 3 sisters, Mrs. Claude Sawyers, Holden, WV, Mrs. Jay Wellman, Irad, KY and Stella at home; one brother, Willie, also at home and a host of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

THOMPSON, Claudia
Death visited the home of Mr. Henderson Thompson, Jan 16, 1931 and took from them the loving wife and mother, Claudia. She has suffered with cancer in her breast for more than 2 years. She was converted a few days before her death. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, Henderson Thompson and 2 daughters, Susaline and Francis. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

THOMPSON, Dorothy Ilean
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Thompson and took from them their darling baby, Dorothy Ilean, age 2. She was the joy and pride of the home. She leaves to mourn her loss her father and mother, one sister, and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

WALLACE, John
In remembrance of our dear father, John Wallace, of Charley, KY. He died Jan 24, 1931, age 70 years. He is survived by his wife, Julia Wallace, 2 daughters, Mrs. Lillie Estep of Columbus, OH, and Mrs. John Carter of Noris, KY and 2 sons, Jarnie Wallace of Estep, KY and Arbie Wallace of Noris, KY. We want to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness throughout the illness and death of our dear father and for the consoling words of Bro. G V. Pack. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

WELLMAN, Mrs. W. M.
Mrs. W. M. Wellman, 73 years old, died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. W. Ward, in Huntington. Mrs. Wellman, who was originally Miss Nancy Roberts, was a resident of Fort Gay, where she was born, until recently. Besides Mrs. Ward she leaves 2 other daughters, Mrs. O. S. Burnett of Kenova and Mrs. J.F. Burke of West Van Lear and 2 sons, L. M. Wellman, of West Van Lear, and Morgan Wellman of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 13, 1931

WHITT, Martin V.
Martin V. Whitt, 46, World War veteran, died Friday morning Jan 30, at the veterans hospital at Dayton of cancer of the stomach. He is a son of the late Jack and Lydia Whitt of Dry Ridge. He is survived by his widow and one child, 2 years old; 2 sisters, Maud and Blanch, and one brother, Bascom, all of Ohio. The body was brought to Louisa  Friday morning on the train and taken to his home on Dry Ridge. Funeral services were held Sunday with Rev. Sylvester Ball officiating. Interment was in the Whitt graveyard. Mr. Whitt went to Iowa 15 or 20 years ago. He later joined the army, serving during the war. He spent 8 years as a guard at Panama Canal. Upon the ending of his army enlistment he returned to Lawrence County where he bought the old home farm at Dry Ridge 2 years ago. He worked diligently on the place repairing it and fixing it up, and at the time of his death it was in excellent condition. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

WILSON, Mrs. Herby Bell
Mrs. Herby Bell Wilson, well known and respected resident of Fort Gay, died at a local hospital Sunday morning after an illness of 10 days of yellow jaundice. She is the wife of Rev. P. H. Wilson, retired minister of Fort Gay. Mrs. Wilson, a daughter of the late Samuel and Martha Roberts, of Mill Creek section, was born in Wayne County, WV in 1861 and had lived there all her life. Besides her husband she is survived by 2 children of a former marriage, J. C. McComas, Jeffersonville, IN and Mrs. Tom Ball, Mattie, KY. One sister, Mrs. W. H. Harris, Buchanan and 5 brothers, John Roberts, Fort Gay, D. N. Roberts, Louisa, A. T. Roberts, Willie Roberts, and M. B . Roberts, Lexington, OK, survive. Mrs. Wilson was a devoted member of the Fort Gay Baptist Church for over 40 years and a worker in the church. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Fort Gay Baptist Church with Rev. B. H. Akers and Rev. Albert Damron officiating. Interment was made in the Wilson Cemetery on Mill Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 27, 1931

WORKMAN, Amos
Amos Workman, 36 years old, of Huntington, C & O railway brakeman, was fatally injured Sunday afternoon while working at the Peach Creek railway yards, 2 miles west of  Logan, WV. Mr. Workman, an employee of the C & O for the past 15 years, died an hour after he had fallen from the first of a string of 38 railway cars. The body was returned to Huntington for funeral services. He leaves the widow, Mrs. Edna Dillon Workman, 2 children, Mildred Ruth and Amos Workman, Jr., both at home, his mother, Mrs. Mary E. Workman, Wayne; 7 brothers, Labon and John Workman, Huntington, Chilton Workman, St. Louis, Hardin, Paris and Otis Workman, Wayne and Thomas Workman of Portsmouth, OH; 3 sisters, Mrs. Odsie Laymore and Mrs. Arsula Dillon both of Greenup, LY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 20, 1931

YATES, John
John Yates, aged resident of Yatesville, died Monday Jan 26 at his home after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held on Wednesday by Revs. Hutchinson and Anderson. Interment was made in the family burial ground near Yatesville. Several Louisa people attended the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

John Wesley Yates was born Mar 24, 1852, died Jan 26, 1931, aged 78 years. His illness, prior to his death, lasted 2 weeks even tho he had been in declining health for a number of years. He was buried, at his own request, on his farm on the hill overlooking his homestead. His life was well spent. He was a loyal friend, always kind and gentle with everyone with whom he came in contact. He had lived a faithful Christian life practically all his days. His friends, both young and old, have lost a true friend whose place can never be filled. His neighbors will sadly miss the one who never turned away in time of distress or need. He was always ready and willing to extend a helping hand. His kind and affectionate wife who so untiringly waited on him until the last minute has lost a husband dearly loved. His sisters a kind and loving brother, but we feel we can truthfully say that wife, sisters and friends will someday meet him on that shore where no sickness, sadness or parting will ever come. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter 27 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Martha Adkins Yates, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Maggie Lovejoy, who has made her home with him for a number of years and Mrs. Emma Marcum, of Albany, OH, who was unable to be here for the funeral. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Anderson and Rev. Hutchinson. Big Sandy News-recorder, Feb 13, 1931

YOUNG
On Jan 23 the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Jesse Young and took from his his loving mother. She was 78 years old and had lived a Christian life. She leaves to mourn her loss 6 children. She was taken suddenly ill on Tuesday. A doctor was called and pronounced it was appendicitis from which she suffered until Friday. The end came peacefully and without a struggle. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery. Burial services were conducted by Bro. Parker and Bro. Bishop.  A large crown attended. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Feb 6, 1931

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ADAMS, Mrs. George
In loving memory of our dear sister,  Mrs. George Adams who departed this life Feb 21, 1931 at the age of 48 years. She was a loving sister and a good neighbor, therefore she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Feb 22 by Rev. Bobby Cassady in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

Carrie Ramey Adams was born in 1882, died Feb 21, 1931. She was married Dec 14, 1910 to George Adams who survive her. To this union 7 children were born, Haskel E. Shortridge, Wheelwright, KY; Lucille, Pauline, Jimmie, Maggie and Virginia, at home, and Woodrow, dead; 2 stepdaughters, Iona Clay, Louisa and Nora Reynolds, Milton, WV. She is also survived by 2 brothers, E. M. and R. C. Ramey; 3 sisters, Maggie Hutchinson, Mary Fannin and Maud Ramey. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bros. Cassady and Hutchinson and burial took place in the home cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

BILLUPS, Elliott T.
Rev. Elliott T. Billups, 74 years old, founder of the First Baptist Church, Kenova, and a minister during the last half century, died Saturday at a Kenova hospital as the result of a lingering illness. In addition to founding the church at Kenova, Mr. Billups organized the First Baptist Church at Ceredo and during his pastorate at Ronceverte, WV built the present church at that place. During his 50 years in the ministry, Rev. Billups had been pastor of several churches in Ohio and West Virginia. He was considered one of the strongest doctrinal ministers in the state. Rev. Billups, the son of Rev. and Mrs. Alvin Billups, was born in Barboursville, Mar 16, 1857. Funeral services were conducted from the First Baptist church at Kenova Tuesday afternoon. Rev. H. J. Francis, of Williamson, officiated. Burial was made in Brown’s cemetery, Ceredo. He leaves the widow, Mrs. Beatrice Billups, 5 sons, Earl of Williamson, Clyde and Charles, Ceredo, R. A. Billups, Lake Charles, LA, and J. E. Billups of New Philadelphia, OH; 3 brothers, James O. Billups of Fort Gay, Frank Billups of Nezperce, ID, and John Billups, Chilco, CA; 2 sisters, Mrs. Adrian Plymale and Mrs. Nannie McKinster of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

BURGESS, Gordon C.
Gordon C. Burgess, a life long resident of Lawrence County passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. D. Daniels, Monday night in Ashland. Mr. Burgess was 78 years of age and was a member of the M. E.  church at Gallup, KY. For the past few months he had been making his home in Ashland with his daughter. Death was the result of heart trouble and other complications. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Emma A. Burgess, 2 sons, John H. of Ashland and U. M. of Paint Lick and one daughter, Mrs. M. D. Daniels, also one sister, Mrs. Mary Conley of Louisa. He was born at Kise, Lawrence County, Jun 10, 1863. Funeral services were held from the M. E. Church Wednesday afternoon. Rev. S. K. Hunt and Rev. E. P. Hall of the North M. E. Church were in charge. The remains were laid to rest in the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Burgess was a highly respected citizen. Both he and his wife came of two of the oldest and best families in Lawrence County and they have many relatives in this part of the country. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6 1931

CLARK, Helen (Hutchinson)
Mrs. Helen Hutchinson Clark died at her home in Ashland Sunday night after an illness of several weeks. She was born at Buchanan, KY Jul 9, 1866, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henderson H. Hutchinson. She was married to John W. Clark, Dec 27, 1886. they moved to Ashland 32 years ago. Her husband preceded her in death 7 years ago. She is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons, 3 brothers and one sister. She was a life member of the M. E. Church. The funeral were held from the Oakview M. E. church on Tuesday with the Rev. Dawson in charge. The remains were laid to rest beside her husband in the Ashland cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

COLLINS, Mary (Marcum)
Mary Marcum Collins, who died Feb 19, 1931, at Pomeroy, OH, was laid to rest near her brother, William and her father, Pharoah Marcum, at Albany, OH. Mary had suffered for 3 years. During her illness she trusted the Lord and told relatives she was ready to die. She left her husband, Robert Collins, 6 children, one sister and 2 brothers and her aged mother, Mrs. Emma Marcum who is in a serious condition from a broken hip at the home of her son. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

COLLINSWORTH, Maltia
Mrs. Maltia Collinsworth, age 32 years, died Feb 25, 1931. She leaves a loving husband and 6 children. She was the wife of Lloyd Collinsworth of Johnson County, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shug Williams of Louisa. She belonged to the United Baptist Church for 22 years. We feel we will see her again in Heaven where we never have to part. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

CURNUTTE, Mollie
Mrs. Mollie Curnutte, 30, wife of Martin Curnutte, died Tuesday morning at Ashland. She had been ill but a week when death occurred. She was born n Lawrence County, KY. The funeral services were held on Wednesday night from the Gospel Mission Church, interment following Thursday in Mattie Cemetery, Lawrence County, near her old home. Rev. R. G. Crowell was in charge of last rites. She is survived by  her husband, one son, James Martin, 14 months, her mother, Mrs. Mattie Moore, Ashland, one brother, Hansel McKinster, Ashland and 3 sisters, Mrs. Robert Meade, Crucible, PA, Mrs. Asbery Holton, Blaine, KY and Mrs. Rubin Moore, Mattie, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

DAMRON, Mrs. John D.
Mrs. John D. Damron, 57, of Irad died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. B. Curnutte, at Louisa. She suffered a paralytic stroke about a month ago at her home and was removed to her daughter’s home where she continued very ill. Wednesday night she suffered a second stroke which caused her death. Mrs. Damron was an excellent woman, of good family and her passing will be greatly mourned by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, 8 daughters and 3 sons: Mrs. John Burton, Louisa, Mrs. Mart Johns, Mrs. W. B. Curnutte, Mrs. Ethel Thompson, Mrs. Jarrett Peters, Louisa, Mrs. Conrad Carter, Dehue, WV, Mrs. B. T. Oliver, Berea, Mrs. H. H. Mayse, Lexington, Forrest Damron, Fallsburg, John B. Damron, Louisa, and Lucian Damron at home. Funeral services will be held Saturday from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Curnutte, with Rev. F. Hardin officiating. Interment will be made in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

IN Memory—The story of the death of Mrs. J. D. Damron in the News-Recorder of last week makes me sad and impels me to offer the following tribute to her memory: I was a neighbor for 10 years to John D. Damron and his excellent family and had ample opportunity to study the life of Mrs. Damron and discover in her the rare qualities of soul that made her an extraordinary wife, mother and neighbor. Claudia Menifee Frazier Damron was the daughter and only child of John Calhoun and Easter Frazier. Mrs. Damron was an unusual woman in many respects. Her ideals were inherited from a sturdy, virile ancestry who conquered the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia. Mrs. Damron was the mother of 12 children, 11 of whom are still living. She was impatient with shams and despised deception; she was gentle and patient with her family and neighbors; she was generous with the needy and tolerant with the weak; she filled an important mission in life; she blessed her neighborhood, honored wifehood and glorified motherhood. A Friend. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 27, 1931

EARL, Daniel W.
Daniel W. Earl, 81 years old, died Mar 2 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Clay at Whites Creek, KY. He was married to Louvisa Dietz in 1875. She preceded him in death 34 years ago. He is survived by 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Following are his children, John Earl, Huntington, Calvin Earl, Whites Creek, KY, Albert Earl, Kenova, Lewis, Frank and Lucian Earl, Portsmouth, Fred Earl, Chillicothe, and Mary Clay, Whites Creek, KY. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. L. Shumway. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

GAULT, Paul W.
Paul W. Gault, well known businessman of Hazard, died Saturday morning at Santa Rosa hospital, San Antonio, TX. Mr. Gault had not bee in good health for several months and had gone to San Antonio to spend the winder. He and his family were there about 2 months before he died. Mr.  Gault is survived by his wife, Mrs. Irma Remmele Gault, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Remmele, of Louisa and one son, Charles; 2 brothers, J. G. Gault, Whitesburg, and David T. Gault, Oklahoma City, OK; 5 sisters, Mrs. J. J. Barnes, Owingsville, Mrs. Artie Spencer, Covington, Mrs. J. K. Jackson, Mrs. Lanty Corley and Mrs. Dora Cook, all of Hazard. Mr. Gault was 48 years of age. His death was caused by heart trouble from which he had been a sufferer for 2 or 3 years. He spent Christmas in Louisa with Mr. and Mrs. Remmele, and went to Texas in the hope of benefiting his health. Mr. Gault came to Louisa many years ago from Owingsville and engaged in the merchandising business. In 1916 he located in Hazard where he prospered in a financial way and accumulated quite a comfortable fortune. His twin brother, Gano, was associated with him in business in Louisa. Mr. Gault was a native of Bath County and burial and funeral services will be conducted at Owingsville Friday afternoon. Rev. W. Norman Cook, pastor of the Hazard Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Gault had his membership and was a trustee, will assist with the funeral services. On Tuesday Mrs. Remmele, Mrs. Mary Kinstler, Norman and Reid Remmele went to Owingsville and other members of the family will go later to attend the funeral.  Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

GILLAM, Sarah Rose
Four months ago the death angel visited our home and took from us  our loving mother, Sarah Rose Gillam. She was sick only 2 weeks when the end came. She was a kind mother and was loved by all who knew her. She was a Christian from her childhood. It was sad to part with mother but God knew best. She bore her suffering without murmur. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

HANES, Billy Lloyd
Funeral services for Billy Lloyd, the 18 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hanes, who died Saturday of meningitis, was held Monday afternoon at the home with Rev. F. Hardin officiating. Special music was furnished by the Branham sisters and a trio by Mr. Hanes’ sisters, her husband and daughter. Interment was made in the Vaughan Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Haynes Sunday morning and took from them their darling baby, Billy Lloyd. He was the joy and pride of the home. The time little Billy spent in this world was short, for when he had gladdened the lives of his loved ones for only 14 months, God saw fit to take him home. He is survived by only his parents. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon with interment in the Vaughan Cemetery. Rev. Frank Hardin, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated. Active pallbearers were Messrs. Fred Braid, Maynard Harmon, Leslie Wellman and Bruce Page. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

JUSTICE, Edgar
Pikeville, KY—Edgar Justice, 19, son of Stewart Justice, of Fishtrap, KY, shot himself while at the home of Green Justice, Thursday afternoon and died on the way to the hospital here. The shot cut an artery in he left shoulder. Whiskey was blamed. The victim had quarreled with his wife of 3 weeks, formerly Miss Kelsie Bishop, it was reported. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

KAZEE, Minnie Ethel
Minnie Ethel Kazee, 40, wife of Roscoe Kazee, of Ashland, died at her home Thursday. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, Earl and Clarence, one daughter, Etta; 5 brothers, John Howerton, Bethel, OH, C. A. Howerton, Wisconsin, Roy L. Howerton, Ashland, Ray W. Howerton, Ashland, and Jack Howerton, Ashland, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Ada Adkins, Fort Gay, Mrs. Lula Caudill, Ashland, and Mrs. Bruce Stapleton, Ashland. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Nazarene Church with Rev. R. J. Keifer in charge. Burial followed in the Ashland cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

LEMASTER, William
William Lemaster, 74, of Blaine, died early Thursday morning at a local hospital after a short illness. He was a witness in the case of several boys being tried for robbing him about a year ago. He was staying at the home of Lee Skaggs and became sick Tuesday night. Wednesday morning he was removed to the hospital suffering from uremic poisoning. He became unconscious Tuesday and never regained his senses. Mr. Lemaster is survived by 7 or 8 children. His wife died about 10 years ago. Burial will probably be made at Smokey Valley Friday. Final arrangements are pending awaiting the arrival of  his children from Blaine. The body was prepared for burial at Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

LOONEY, Gibb
Pikeville, KY—one man was killed and three others were wounded in a fight following a dance at Hellier, about 2 o’clock, Sunday morning. Gibb Looney, 35 years old, proprietor of the dance hall and adjoining restaurant, was shot twice and was killed instantly. Willie Francisco was shot in the head and Mallie McCown and Alfred Crank were shot in the legs. Bill Randolph, 29, of Harlan, KY, charged with the shooting, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Orville Coleman and lodged in jail here. The shooting occurred after the dance in front of Ratcliff’s Cash Store and was all done by Randolph, according to Francisco, who said he did not know just how the trouble started. It was reported that Randolph was drunk and that he and others had interrupted the dance. Randolph had a steel vest when brought here, according to  Deputy Sheriff J. H. Childress, who said he was told by Harlan County authorities that Randolph was wanted by Federal authorities there on a charge of hi-jacking. When seen at the jail Randolph showed signs about the face of having been in a fight. He said he has a wife and 5 children at Harlan. He has been employed at a coal tipple at Hellier 4 weeks. Randolph would not make any statement concerning the shooting. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

MAYNARD, Allen
Allen Maynard died Feb 8, 1931, at his home at Clifford and was laid to rest in the family cemetery near his home. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ida Maynard and several children, besides a number of step children. He was 83 years old. He was loved by all who knew him and is greatly missed by his many friends. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

PENNINGTON, Lottie
Just 4 months ago dearest Lottie Pennington passed away and went from this old and sinful place. We miss her wherever we go and around our firesides evening glow; but who would call her from he rest and from the loving Savior’s breast. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

PRICE, Taylor
Pikeville, KY—Taylor Price, 23, barber of Garrett, Floyd County, died at the Methodist hospital here Tuesday, of a gunshot wound alleged inflicted by his father in law, Elmore Wallen, at the latter’s home at Garrett, Monday. Wallen surrendered to Deputy Sheriff Ben Layne and was lodged in jail at Prestonsburg. The shooting is said to have been the result of a family brawl. Price is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Maude Wallen, and 2 children, Junior, 3, and Joy, 2 months. The Funeral was held at Prestonsburg, Thursday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 27, 1931

ROWE, Frankie
Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Frankie Rowe, of Glen Falls, NY. The burial took place on Monday of this week. Mrs. Rowe is well remembered in Louisa, having often spent the winters here with her sister, the late Mrs. Phoebe Wallace. She was nearly 90 years old and was the last surviving sister of Mrs. Wallace. Her niece, Miss Hermia Northup, had spent the last 6 months with her and came to  Ashland only last week for a short visit with her aunt, Mrs. Charles Russell. The sad news of Mrs. Rowe’s passing reached her there. Mrs. Rowe, was like her sister, Mrs. Wallace, a most lovable character. She formed warm friendships in Louisa during her pleasant visits here and her passing brings sadness to all of them. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

RUGGLES, Robert
Robert Ruggles, 70 years old, a life long resident of Bear Creek, died Mar 8 at his home at Adeline after a lingering illness. Beside his widow he is survived by the following children: John Ruggles, Huntington, Bascom Ruggles, Commodore Ruggles, Adeline, Richard Ruggles, Ironton, Mrs. Julia Munley, Rush, KY, Edgar Ruggles and Hence Ruggles, Adeline. He was laid to rest in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery with Rev. H. L. Shumway officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

In loving memory of our dear husband and father, who departed this life Mar 8, 1931 a the age of 70 years. He was superintendent of the Sunday school and a faithful worker who will be missed by all who knew him. He was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church for 25 years. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and 7 children, John of Huntington, Bascom and Commodore of Adeline, Richard of Ironton, OH, Mrs. Frank Nunley of Rush, Hence and Edgar of  Adeline, a daughter, Mrs. Susie Lambert preceded him in death 13 years ago. Services were conducted at the home by Rev. H. L. Shumway. He was laid to  rest in the family cemetery at Mt. Nebo. Mrs. Belle Ruggles and children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 27, 1931

SCARBERRY, Erma
On Wednesday evening, Mar 4, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Scarberry and claimed for its victim their daughter, Erma, 17 years old. She had been sick for quite a while. All was done that loving hands could do but God knows best, His will, not ours, will be done. She was laid to rest by the side of her brother, in Preston Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20, 1931

SHORT, Laura (Diamond)
Mrs. Laura Short, 35, died Friday night in Ashland. She was  born in Lawrence County, KY and married James Short in 1915. they have made their home in Ashland since. She is survived by 5 children, Thelma, Pauline, Helen, James, Jr., and Oneida and 4 brothers, Kay Diamond, Lawrence County, KY, George Diamond, Red Jacket, WV, Chris Diamond, Lawrence County, KY and Charles Diamond, Washington state. Funeral services were held Monday with the Rev. R.G. Crowell in charge. Burial was made in Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

SMITH, Joseph
A short while after making application for a government loan to raise a crop this year, Joseph Smith, 37, committed suicide at his farm on Deephole Branch Saturday. His lifeless body was found by his wife about 2  o’clock. His death was caused by drinking poison. In a note left to his wife with instructions for  burial arrangements—The note read: “Dear Darling: Tell the children good-bye. Tell maw and Paw good-bye. I want to be buried in a blue suit in the Williams Cemetery. Good-bye. Joe”. Mr. Smith came to this county 3 weeks ago after having traded some property in Ashland for the farm to J. P. Gartin. He is a native of Boyd County and formerly worked at the Armco plant there. Worry over financial matters is said to have caused him to take his life, as he had no money to raise a crop on his new farm. At the county agent’s office where he had made application for a loan, he seemed in good spirits, asking as he went out when they thought the loan would be received. Besides his widow, Mrs. Martha Osborn Smith, he is survived by 4 children, Mary Ethel, 14, Evelyn Irene, 11, Hazel, 8, and Lena, 4, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Smith, Ashland, 2 sisters, Mrs. J.W. Floyd, Ashland, Mrs. L. M. Baldridge, Prestonsburg, 2 brothers, Will Smith, Prestonsburg and Martin V. Smith, Jr., Ashland. Another brother is said to have committed suicide 5 years ago at Ashland. The body was taken to his father’s home at Ashland Sunday morning. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon with Rev. Dawson officiating. Interment was made in the family lot in Williams Cemetery at Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

SWETNAM, Tabitha (Sparks)
Mrs. Tabitha Sparks Swetnam died at the home of her brother, Lum Moore, at Blaine, Tuesday morning after an illness of several months. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Blaine. She is survived by 3 children, Mrs. Mary McGranaham of Paducah, KY, Oscar Sparks of Blaine and Will Ed Sparks of Grayson. Mrs. George Kouns of  Louisa is a sister. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 27, 1931

THURNBURY, Frances B.
Mrs. Frances B. Thurnbury, prominent in business, club and church activities in Huntington, died at her home Tuesday night, after a prolonged illness. Death was expected and the family was at the bedside. Funeral services were held at the Johnson Memorial Church, Thursday afternoon. Dr. J. W. Pearson, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery. Miss Thornbury was an aunt of Mrs. J. B. Vaughan, of Louisa, who left immediately for Huntington after receiving the sad news. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 20,1 931

TOMPERT, Louisa
Struck by a hit-skip motorist, Miss Louisa Tompert, 72 years old, Ashland, was killed instantly Sunday night, as she attempted to cross the street while enroute to church. The accident victim suffered a broken neck and fractures of both legs. Miss Tompert made her home with her niece, Mrs. Otto C. McDonald, daughter in law of C. W. McDonald of Louisa. Clyde Rose, 17, later appeared at the office of the county attorney in Catlettsburg and surrendered, being the driver of the Chevrolet sedan which killed Miss Tompert. He said he was too excited to stop. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

VARNEY, Bud
Pikeville, KY—Bud Varney, 24, was fatally shot at Ransome, on Blackberry Creek, 37 miles east of Pikeville, Saturday night and died on the way to a hospital here. He is alleged to have been shot by Deputy Sheriffs James Bowling, Curtis Coleman and Cash Hatfield, the latter appointed a deputy sheriff, who were sent to arrest Varney and Jonah Hatfield, 24, for alleged violation of the prohibition laws. The officers had search warrants for Varney and Hatfield and met them riding down Blackberry Creek on horseback about 10 o’clock Saturday night. The said Hatfield fired at them when ordered to halt. Varney was shot through the right side in the exchange of shots. Leaving one of their number with Varney, the other 2 officers pursued Hatfield in an automobile. After following him about a mile their motor bumped his horse and crippled it. Hatfield was thrown but not hurt. Taking Hatfield into custody, they went back for Varney, who died on the way to Pikeville. Varney, a son of John Varney, is survived by his wife and 2 children. Hatfield, who denied shooting at the officers, is alleged to have said that he had 6 gallons of whiskey and Varney had 5 when they met the officers. Hatfield is a member of one of Pike County’s pioneer families. He has a wife and one child. The officers allege they took a pistol from him. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

WALKER, Mary Jane
Mrs. Mary Jane Walker, 79, died of flu and pneumonia at the home of her daughter, Mrs. May Napier, of Ceredo, Mar 20 after an illness of only 5 days. Mrs. Walker was the oldest daughter of the late W. T. Ball who died several yeas ago and was the widow of Frank Walker. She had spent most of her life in Wayne County. At the age of 18 she joined the Twelve Pole Valley Baptist Church, when her father was pastor of that church. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Rosella Trogden of Logan, Mrs. Laura Pack of Kansas City, Mrs. May Napier and Mrs. Maude Milum of Ceredo, Mrs. Malissa Clay of Huntington and Freelin Walker of North Carolina; one sister, Malissa Ball of Kenova. Funeral services were conducted last Sunday at the Twelve Pole Baptist Church by Rev. R. B. Milum and interment was made in the Ball Cemetery near Genoa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 27, 1931

WALLACE, Alta Ellen
Funeral services for Mrs. Alta Ellen Wallace, 59 years old, of Kenova, who died Friday morning at the Riffe-Ferguson hospital following an illness of several months, were conducted Saturday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Kenova, and burial was made at Glen Hayes, WV Sunday morning. The services were conducted by Rev. J. S. Thornburg of Kanawha City and Rev. H. J. Francis of  Williamson. She is survived by her husband, W. T. Wallace, 4 daughters, Mrs. Riva Maynard of Glen Hayes; Mrs. Ethel Martin of Cincinnati; Mrs. Veva Copley of Fort Gay and Miss Blanche Wallace of Cincinnati; one son, Rufus B. Wallace of Kenova; 4 brothers, G. W. Chapman of Huntington, Thomas B. Chapman of Williamson, Luther and Trimble Chapman of Portsmouth, OH, 3 sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Herrod of Lima, OH, Mrs. G. K. Compton of Madison and Mrs. Thomas Curry of Huntington. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 27, 1931

WEBB, Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson Webb, aged 60 years, passed away at Leavenworth, WA, Friday , Feb 20, after a few weeks illness. Mr. Webb first came to  this valley in 1889 from Webbville, KY, making the trip through the valley and over the mountains to the coast several years before the completion of the railroad. He was one of the real old pioneers of North Central Washington, However, the next year he returned to Kentucky where he lived until 1909, when he again felt the lure of the Pacific Northwest and came to Wenatchee valley to make his home. For the past 15 years he has been employed by the state hatcheries at Leavenworth. He was a member of long standing in the Masonic order, Willard Lodge No , 626, of Willard, KY. Surviving relatives are 2 sisters, Mrs. Ella McKee of  Riverton, KY, Mrs. Nora Belott of Ashland, KY, and 2 brothers, L. J. Webb of Webbville, KY and E. H. D. Webb of East Wenatchee. Services were held Monday morning, Feb 23. Interment took place in the Memorial Park cemetery. Webbville was named for Mr. Webb’s father—Wentchee (Wash.) Daily World. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

WIREMAN, George
While intoxicated and sleeping near a fire which he and his companion had built in the woods near his home at Waldo on Licking River last Monday, George Wireman, 29, suffered burns which resulted in his death at Martin last Wednesday. Wireman rolled into the fire during his sleep and his companion was too drunk to lend him any help. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 6, 1931

YORK, Cassie
Mrs. Cassie York, 80 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John S. Wilson at Glenhayes Wednesday night. She was the widow of J. A. York who died 3 years ago. She had been a member of the Church of Christ for 55 years. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Wilson, 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon from the home with interment in the York Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 5, 1931

YOUNG, Jettie
Mrs. Jettie Young, 42, of Kingston, OH, died Tuesday night at her home after an illness of 3 weeks of flu and pleurisy. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Adams, deceased of Lawrence County. She is survived by her husband, S. J. Young, 4 children, Omar, Eula, Vivian and Ivan; 3 sisters, Mrs. Harrison Roberts and Miss Leona Adams of Louisa and Mrs. M. L. Hitchcock of West Virginia. Mr. Roberts left Wednesday morning to attend the funeral which was held at Kingston. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Mar 13, 1931

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ADAMS, Fred
Fred Adams, 24 years old, son of M.L. C. Adams, was burned to death last Thursday night when fire, originating in the kitchen, destroyed Mr.  Adams home on Daniels Creek near Irad. Fred had been out during the night and the family had retired before he came in. It is thought that he returned to the house between 9 and 10 o’clock. His bed was in the same room with his father and a younger brother on the lower floor. Upstairs another brother and 2 sisters slept. Mr. Adams was awakened by the younger son who discovered the fire. He jumped up and opened the door into the kitchen and the fire which had been raging in that room swept into his face inflicting painful wounds. Blinded by fire and smoke he rushed out of the house not knowing his son was present. His other children upstairs had also awakened and fled from the house. One of the sisters stated later that she had heard Fred come in, but that in the excitement she forgot it. The others, however, thought he was still out.

The smoking embers of the house and the bone of Fred were found, together with the buttons of his overalls he had worn. Some think that the fires was incendiary origin, but Mr. Adams stated Tuesday that so far as he knew he nor Fred had an enemy in the world. Fred was a candidate for school trustee in the district in which he lived. The only things saved were a feather bed, a quilt and a rocking chair which member of the family seized as they fled the burning house. The young man was single and besides his father is survived by 3 brothers, Virgil, Columbus, OH, Ernest and Woodrow Adams, at home; 4 sisters, Mrs. Roscoe Sanders of West Jefferson, OH, Mrs. Laudie Carter of Ellen and Ollie and Alma Adams at home. His mother died several years ago. Funeral services were held Sunday with burial in the family cemetery near the home. Officiating were Brothers Berry, Parker and Bishop. The Junior order of Webbville of which he was a member officiated a the grave. A large number of friends and relatives were present at the services to pay their last respects to the remains of the Youngman who was well liked by all who knew him. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 24, 1931

BARKER, John
Isonville and Mazie—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lonzo Barker Monday and took from them their father John Barker. Uncle John was a good, kind Christian and loved by everybody who knew him. He is survived by 2 sons and 3 daughters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

BAYS, Senia
Aunt Senia Bays, 75 years old, died at her home at May’s Branch, Friday morning. Burial was made Saturday in the family cemetery. The deceased was widely known and was a loveable character. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Tom Patton of Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 24, 1931

BISHOP, Bascom
Bascom Bishop, 31, World War veteran, who died of pneumonia in the Veterans hospital at Dawson Springs, KY, was buried in Rose Hill Burial grounds in Ashland Monday. He is survived by his wife and 3 children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bishop of Ashland, 5 brothers and 5 sisters. A brother and sister, Henry Bishop and Mrs. Isaac Lester live at Blaine, this county. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

BLANKENSHIP, John
The death angel visited the home of John Blankenship and took him from his loving children. He was 65 years old, was resident of the county for many years. He moved to Fullerton about 3 years ago. He is survived by 4 children, Gayle Blankenship, 24, Susie, 16, Burt and Curt Blankenship, 20, all at home. A precious one from us is gone. A voice we loved is still. A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

BROWN, Mary
Mary Brown, 11 year old daughter of Jess Brown, railway employee of Neal near Kenova, in Wayne County, was killed instantly Friday afternoon when she stepped from behind a freight into the part of a N & W passenger train at Columbia siding. The child was going home from school when the accident occurred. After being struck by the train, her body was thrown clear of the train’s wheels, reports stated. Funeral and burial took place Saturday afternoon, near Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 24, 1931

CHAFFIN, Wilbur
Wilbur Chaffin, aged 73, passed away at Hardy, KY, Mar 28, after a long illness. He was born at Prosperity, KY in 1853, and spent most of his life in Lawrence County. For the last 4 years he made his home with his son, Levi Chaffin. He is survived by 3 brothers, M. F. Chaffin of London, OH, R. S. Chaffin of Louisa, and Thomas Chaffin of California; 6 children, 2 daughters and 4 sons: Mrs. Joe Blevins, Mrs. Hugie Boggs, Levi Chaffin, M. Chaffin, Henry Chaffin, and Wilburn Chaffin. The remains were taken to Greenup for burial in the Camel Cemetery beside his wife who preceded him in death about 5 years ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

COLEMAN, Cauley
Cauley Coleman, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vince Coleman of Boldman, died Sunday morning at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Coleman. Death was caused from wounds received about 3 o’clock Sunday morning when struck by a freight train near Broad Bottom. The young man was born at Wolfpit, Aug 25, 1913. He is a nephew of Spurl Coleman of this city. Besides his parents he is survived by 5 sisters and one brother, Ilene, Jettie Marie, Ruby Lee, Ethel and Orbin Coleman and Naomi Coleman. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 24, 1931

CORDELL, Green
Green Cordell, 71, a native of Lawrence County and for many years a resident of Ashland, died at the home of his son, Henry Cordell, Cleveland, OH, Monday morning. He was stricken with apoplexy Saturday and lingered until Monday. Two of his 6 sons, Henry and Mont Cordell, were at his beside when the end came. Mr. Cordell, until a few months ago, was employed in Ashland by the Kentucky and West Virginia Power Company with a line crew, and prior to his connection with the power company he was employed by the telephone company at Ashland. He is survived by 6 sons and one daughter. They are: Henry Cordell, Cleveland, Mont, Ranzie, William, Ralph and Leslie Cordell and Mrs. Lon Fairchilds, of Ashland. Funeral services were held from the home of Mont Cordell in Ashland Thursday afternoon with burial in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

DIAMOND, C. L.
Rev. C. L. Diamond, of Portsmouth, Oh, died Mar 28. He was buried at the Green Lawn Cemetery in that city. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church for about 29 years and was the pastor of the Little Blaine Freewill Baptist Church for 3 or 4 years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 24, 1931

FRAZIER, Sarah C.
Mrs. Sarah C. Frazier, 82 years old died Mar 28 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Rigg of  Huntington. Surviving besides Mrs. Rigg, are 2 sons, C.W. Frazier of Wayne, B. W. Frazier of Bent Harbor, MI, another daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Skeens of Bent Harbor. Funeral services were conducted at the residence of Mrs. Rigg Monday and burial took place at Centerville. Mrs. Frazier was the widow of Uncle George Frazier, former circuit clerk in Wayne County and a highly respected woman. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

GEORGE, Octavia
Mrs. Octavia George, 72 years old, died Tuesday morning at her home at Ulysses, after an illness of 16 days of flu and pneumonia. She was the wife of Nathan George, who is in very bad health and a daughter of the late Calvin and Elizabeth Stephens. She is survived by one son, Nathan George, Jr., at home, 3 step children, Mrs. Mary Childers, Mrs. Fanny Childers and Miss Eliza George; one sister, Mrs. Marinda Morrison of Ulysses. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the home with Rev. Young officiating. Interment was made in the Borders Cemetery at Ulysses. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 3, 1931

GILMORE, Charles H.
Charles H. Gilmore, colored, of Catlettsburg, better known as “Charlie Red”., was killed almost instantly Tuesday afternoon when he was shot 8 times in a gun battle which occurred at the home of Mattie and Jim Wade, colored, at Catlettsburg. Richard Allison, colored, was arrested following the shooting and is being held in the county jail charged with the shooting. Allison was shot once, the bullet inflicting a flesh wound in his back. The injury is not serious. At the coroner’s inquest Mattie Wade stated that Gilmore came to her home and told her he intended to kill Allison. She said that Gilmore, over her protests, went to the telephone and called Black’s Drugstore and asked them to call Allison to the phone. She testified that Gilmore told Allison over the phone that he had something for him and for him to come to the Wade home right away. The witness testified that Allison came to the house and immediately after he entered the door Gilmore started shooting at him. She said Allison returned the shots and that so many shots were fired that it filled the room with such heavy smoke that she was unable to see just what happened. When the smoke cleared away Gilmore was lying dead on the floor and the witness stated that Allison requested her to call the police and an ambulance. The witness stated that Gilmore fired the first three shots before Allison could pull his gun. According to the story told by witnesses the two men were not more than 5 or 6 feet away from each other during the gun battle. Examination of the revolvers showed that the Colt .32 had been emptied of six shells and the Colt. 38 had been fired once. Allison, the defendant, did not testify. Allison operates a shoeshine stand in May’s barbershop on Division Street. Gilmore had recently completed a term in the penitentiary, it is said, and was known as a bad man. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 3, 1931

HENSLEY, Arthur W.
Arthur W. Hensley passed away Apr 3 age 38 years.. He leaves his wife and 4 children, Mabel, Melvil, Margaret and Arthur, Jr., 4 brothers, J. N. Hensley, Wheelersburg, OH, O. J. Hensley, Fort Gay, M. V. Hensley, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and L. R. Hensley, Grayson, KY, 4 sisters, Mrs. Jane Kitchen, Huntington, Mrs. Nora Hicks, Columbus, OH, Fannie Shockey of Jeff, KY and Lahoma Kidd, Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17,1 931

HOWARD, Calloway
Calloway Howard, one of the most prominent attorneys in Magoffin County, died at his home at Salyersville Tuesday after a long illness. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

HUNT, Ben
Ben Hunt, 27 years old, miner employed by the Prestonsburg Coal Co., died on Thursday of last week at his home on Bull Creek, after an illness of 2 weeks with intestinal influenza. Mr. Hunt was an industrious man and had many friends in this vicinity. Surviving him are his widow and one child. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday by the Rev. Isaac Stratton of Banner, with burial following in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-recorder, Apr 10, 1931

JACKSON, Lorenzie Dow
Funeral services for the late Lorenzie Dow Jackson, 83, who passed away suddenly Wednesday at Catlettsburg, were held from the home Friday morning and were conducted by his lifelong friend, Rev. B. S. Akers, assisted by Dr. E. P. Hall, pastor of the First M. E. Church of Ashland. Mr. Jackson was a Confederate veteran and had lived at Catlettsburg for the past 40 years. He went to Catlettsburg from Fort Gay. Many relatives and friends from out of the city attended the funeral and burial. The widow, Mrs. Belle Dingess Jackson and 3 sons, Warren, Everett and Dynum survive. Everett Jackson, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction of South Carolina, who resided at Sanford, Fl was unable to reach the city for the service. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

JOHNSON, Bert
Bert Johnson, 37, died Sunday, Apr 12, at his home in Columbus, OH after an illness of 5 years of tuberculosis. He was a son of Greenwich and Emma Johnson, both deceased, but had lived in Lawrence County. The body was brought to Fort Gay Monday and removed to the home of his brother in law, B. Z. Hayes at Wilbur. Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday afternoon with interment in the Hayes Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rhoda Johnson, 6 children, and one brother, Thomas Johnson of Columbus. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

KEARNS, Socratus Lafayette
Socratus Lafayette Kearns, 18 day old son of O. W. and Carrie Kearns, died Monday morning, Apr 6 a the home of its grandfather, L. K. Kearns in Louisa. The body was taken to Glen Hayes, WV where funeral was held that same afternoon. Interment was made in Vinson Cemetery. Besides the parents the little child is survived by 4 sisters, Allie Jane, Mary, Peggy Vinson and Pattie Kearns. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

KIRK, Albert
Albert Kirk, former postmaster at Kermit, died in Ashland, Kansas, recently. The deceased was born in Wayne County in 1879 and he has many friends and relatives still living here. His health failed in July, 1929, when he resigned as postmaster at Kermit and he has since traveled in hopes of regaining his health. Three children survive, among them being Mrs. Roy Stamper, of Kenova. The funeral was held at Kermit. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

LAKIN, Permelia
Mrs. Permelia Lakin, 79, died Sunday afternoon at her home near Lock No. 2 in the Big Sandy River at Kavanaugh after an illness of several months. Mrs. Lakin is survived by 3 sons, Harry of Zelda, George, Hanging Rock, OH, and Herman of Kavanaugh and one daughter, Mrs. Mollie Pancake of Raceland. Her husband preceded her in death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 24, 1931

MARTIN, Alex
Alex Martin, 72 years old, prominent citizen of Estill, died at his home there Friday, Mar 13. Mr. Martin was a highly respected member of one of Floyd County’s oldest and best known families. Names of all his survivors are unavailable to The Times. Two of his son are J. E. Martin of Garrett, and Chester Martin of Wayland. Tandy Martin of Ashland, is a brother. Funeral services were conducted at Estill and burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

MARTIN, Perden
Perden Martin, 30 years old was instantly killed Monday afternoon near Ellen when an automatic shotgun he had handed to his nephew, Tom Frazier, 18, accidentally discharged. The charge from the gun struck him in the shoulder and neck. According to information received here, Martin and Frazier had been down to Blaine Creek looking for ducks, and had returned to the home of Evan Frazier, where both men lived. Martin handed the gun to Frazier to take in the house. He passed the gun over his shoulder while sitting on the porch and as Frazier grasped the gun something opened the safety lock and the gun exploded. Martin died instantly. A coroner’s jury called by Squire J. L. Hewlette gave a verdict of accidental shooting. No one was present at the house when Martin and Frazier returned, the women of the house  being out milking. The deceased man is a son of Nancy Martin and the late Rowland Martin. His father had been dead 13 years. He is unmarried and his only survivor is his mother. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the home of Evan Frazier, with H. H. Curtright, funeral director, in charge. Burial was in Frazier Cemetery near the home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

MAY, Thomas
One man was killed and another is believed to have been fatally injured on the right and left forks of Beaver Creek Wednesday night by coal trains, it was learned Thursday. Thomas C. May, 21 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. C. May, prominent residents of Alphoretta, Floyd County, was found dead on the railway tracks at a tunnel near the May home Thursday morning, his body badly mangles. The second train victim was Robert Salisbury, of Hunter, who was struck by a train Wednesday night. He is in the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, with a broken back and fractured leg and is given small chance for recovery. The tragedy which took place near Dinwood station or Right Beaver, claiming the life of Mr. May, is believed to have occurred near midnight Wednesday. Body of the victim was not found until after daybreak.

Mr. May was a member of one of Floyd County’s best known families and had many friends and relatives in this section. He was employed by the Warfield Natural Gas Company near Maytown. Surviving him are his parents, and the following brothers and sisters: John E. May, Meridian, Miss., Bill, Jack, Miles, Ollie and Henry May of Alphoretts, Mrs. Dock Patton, Mrs. Ray Flanery and Miss Alice May all of Alphoretta.

The accident which may cost Salisbury his life took place a short distance below Hunter station. Mr. Salisbury is the son of the late Bud Salisbury, well known Left Beaver Creek citizen, and is about 40 years old. He has a wife and several children. Floyd County Times. Big Sandy New-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

MOUNTS, Vernon
Pikeville, KY (From The News) Vernon Mounts was shot and killed Friday afternoon of last week about 3 o’clock, 2 miles from Freeburn, on what is known as the Barnshea Creek. Pearl Edwards who is alleged to have shot Mounts after Mounts had shot him, is in the Memorial Hospital at Williamson, where it is thought he will recover. It is reported that the Portsmouth By-Product Coal Company store had been robbed a few nights before, as well as some garages on the West Virginia side. A searching party led by E. M. Thornbury, deputy sheriff for the coal company, and Fred Litteral, a West Virginia officer, went to the home of Nathan Beavers on Barnshea Creek, where they expected to find the stolen goods. They engaged Pearl Edwards, a taxi driver, to take them in his car. The searching party found some of the stolen property and arrested a young man named Daniels. Edwards was deputized to keep the prisoner while further search was made. Vernon Mounts came up the road and demanded that Edwards turn Daniels lose. He refused and then Mounts shot him in the side. Edwards returned the fire fatally wounding Mounts. The officers brought the wounded men and the 2 prisoners, Daniels and a woman, to Dr. Dotson’s office at Freeburn. Mounts died and Edwards was taken to the hospital in Williamson in a serious condition. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 24, 1931

PENNINGTON, Abel
Abel Pennington, died Thursday, Apr 9, at the home of his son, Jim Pennington. He had been in failing health all winter due to his old age. He is survived by 6 children, W. L. Pennington, and Miss Nancy Pennington, of Versailles, KY, Mrs. John Kegley of Montana, Mrs. Lum Terry of Grayson and Jim and John Pennington of Fielden, KY, 26 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 17, 1931

PRESTON, Arthur
In the passing of Rev. Arthur Preston, Lawrence County loses one of her prominent citizens, known and beloved throughout the county. His death occurred Thursday morning of this week at his home at Patrick, 18 miles south of Louisa. The funeral and interment will take place there on Saturday morning. Mr. Preston had been in poor health for more than a year and had spent much time in Louisa at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George R. Lewis. He was a high type of citizen. Throughout most of his life he had been a successful merchant. Also he was a Baptist minister. His age was 77 years. He is survived by his wife, one son, Arthur and 2 daughters, Mrs. G. R. Lewis, of Louisa and Mrs. Clyde Burgess of Patrick. Also a sister, Mrs. Milt Meade. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 3, 1931

QUEEN, Herbert H.
This community was shocked Thursday morning by the news that Herbert H. Queen had died Wednesday night at Parkersburg, WV, after an illness of about one hour with acute indigestion. Soon after becoming ill he was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital, but all efforts to save his life failed. He was accompanied on the trip by his partner Henry Sammons. They were looking at some road work near Parkersburg on which they expected to bid. At 2 a.m. H. H. Curtright, undertaker, left here with his ambulance to bring the body home. The oldest son, Foster, a medical student at Harvard University, will arrive Friday evening from Cambridge, Mass.. The funeral arrangements have not been announced at the time this is written.

Mr. Queen was 44 years old. He moved from Van Lear to Louisa in 1921, and has been active in business and civic circles ever since. Recently had had given most of his time to the Queen & Sammons Co., engaged in building roads. He was president of the Eastern Kentucky Lumber and Supply Co., Big Sandy Building and Loan Associations and a member of the Louisa Board of Education. He was a member of Apperson Lodge, F. & AM and of the M. E. Church, South. Mr. Queen was born in Boyd County, near the Lawrence County line, a son of Greenville and Barbara Queen. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth White Queen, 5 sons and 4 daughters as follows: Foster, Ruby, Opal, Catherine, Eleanor, Herbert, Jack, Howard, and Tom all at home except Foster. Other near relatives surviving are a brother, W. E. Queen, and a sister, Mrs. B. D. Lambert of Louisa and a half sister, Mrs. W. A. Nichols of Washington, D.C.  Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 3, 1931

RIGGSBY, Rebecca
Isonville and Mazie—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Skaggs and took their mother, Mrs. Rebecca Riggsby. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and was a good Christian woman loved by all. She is survived by 3 sons and 7 daughters. She was 83 years old. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

SALISBURY, Robert—See under Thomas May

SNYDER, Stacey
Stacey Snyder, 17, son of Chester Snyder of Springfield, OH, died Thursday morning. The body was brought to the home of his grandfather, Ben Snyder, at Rappsburg, near Ironton, Saturday evening. Funeral services were held Sunday morning with burial in Loc??t Cemetery. Young Snyder was a relative of T. J. Snyder and A. Snyder of Louisa. Mr. and Mrs. A. Snyder and Gus Snyder attended the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 3, 1931

STAMBAUGH, Lawrence
Lawrence Stambaugh, 68 years old, died Sunday afternoon at his home in Ashland, of pneumonia. He had been ill 2 weeks. The body was removed to Sitka, KY for funeral services, Tuesday. Burial was made there. He leaves the widow, 5 sons, Edward, Dallas, Arnold and Williams, all of Ashland, and Roy of Flat Gap, KY; 2 daughters, Mrs. Fannen Salyer, Hoods Fork, KY and Mrs. Hattie Tolliver, Ashland, 2 brothers, Sam and James M. Stambaugh, Johnson County and a sister, Mrs. Missouri Webb, Johnson County. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

TOMBLIN, Charles
Charles Tomblin, 21 years old, of Wayne County, was almost instantly killed near Logan, WV Sunday afternoon when the automobile in which he was riding with Charles W. Burke, 63, of Wayne, skidded off the road and turned over. Tomblin suffered a skull fracture. Burke, the reported driver of the automobile, was detained by police at Logan until an investigation is made of the accident. Burke was unhurt. The auto after skidding from the highway went over an embankment. Tomblin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Tomblin, had been employed at Hart’s Creek for several weeks. He and Burke were returning from a motor trip to Hamlin when the crash occurred. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

WARD, Harvey
Harvey Ward, a native Wayne County man and a brother of Green Ward of near Wayne, was run over and fatally injured by 2 loaded mine cars last week while working as a coal loader for the West Virginia Coal and Coke Corporation in Logan County. Ward died within 3 hours after he was injured, shortly after he was removed to the hospital at Logan. Ward’s chest was crushed and his face and head badly bruised, the exact reason for the accident is not known. Another man was working with Ward but he was unable to explain the cause of the mishap. Ward had lived at Omar, Logan County, about 18 months, it is said, and he had gone there from Holden where he had worked for a much longer period. He went to Logan County from the Shoals community in Wayne County, where he was born and reared. The body was brought back to his old home in Wayne county and burial was made in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, near Ardel. Harvey Ward was 50 years old, and is survived by his wife and 8 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

WEBB, Oscar
Pikeville, KY—The body of Oscar Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Webb of  this city, was found cut to pieces on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad track just below the mouth of the Poorhouse Branch here, by John Patrick of Big Shoal, KY at daybreak Monday morning. Young Webb had been on Island Creek about 2 miles from where he was found with a number of other boys Sunday who left him in the gap between Island Creek and Cedar. Apparently he had been killed about 2 or 3 o’clock Monday morning, just what train is not known, also it is not known whether he was on the train at the time or was caught on the track. Big Sandy New-Recorder, Apr 24, 1931

WELCH, Peter S.
Peter S. Welch, Civil War veteran and one of the oldest citizens of the county, died Tuesday Mar 31, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Isabelle Blankenship in Louisa. He was 88 years old. Mr. Welch was born Jun 30, 1842 in Washington County, VA. He served in the Civil War as a private in Company A 39th Regiment of Kentucky. He was well known throughout the tri-state region to old settlers as a sawyer. He had been in retirement for about 21 years. In 1868 he was united in marriage to Vina Lane and to this union were born 9 children, 7 of which survive: Isabelle Blankenship, Louisa, Mrs. Isaac Meek, Offutt, Mrs. Lizzie Diamond, Chandler, OK, Pete Welch, Detroit, MI, Mrs. L. R. Dingus, Russell, A. J. Welch, Proctorville, OH, Mrs. C. E. McGowan, Wurtland. One brother, John Welch, of Huntington, also survives. His wife preceded him in death 34 years ago. Mrs. W. M. Adkins, the oldest daughter, of Fort Gay, died Nov 10, 1926 and Frank Welch, oldest son, died Apr 17, 1927. As expressed by words from his own lips, he died in triumph of Christian faith. Funeral services were held from the residence of his daughter Wednesday with the Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Burial was made in the Rice Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 3, 1931

WRIGHT, Rome
Rome Wright, well known Prestonsburg man and former employee of the Piney Oil & Gas Co., died on Thursday afternoon, a victim of pernicious anemia from which he had suffered for the past few months. Mr. Wright was about 35 years old. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Apr 10, 1931

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ADKINS, Mrs. Owen
Elkfork—We were very sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Owen Adkins of near here. Mrs. Adkins’s death was caused by heart failure. She was 75 years old. Her death occurred last Thursday night. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22, 1931

AKERS, Burl S.
Rev. Burl S. Akers, 83, pioneer minister of Ceredo, WV, and a former minister of the Second Baptist Church of Catlettsburg, died at his home in Ceredo, Thursday following an illness of a few days. Rev. Akers suffered a paralytic stroke several days ago and little hope had been held for his recovery. News of his passing of this splendid character cast deep sorrow over the Big Sandy Valley. Rev. Akers was pastor of a church in Catlettsburg for over 25 years and was known and loved by all with whom he came in contact. He is survived by his devoted wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. Jack Moran of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Minnie Akers Floyd of Dayton, OH and a son, John Akers of  Huntington. Funeral services were held from the Akers residence in Ceredo, Sunday afternoon with Rev. J. D. Frances of Williamson, officiating. Burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

ALLEN, Wan
Body of Wan Allen, 42 years old, former resident of Floyd County, who died May 4 from injuries sustained 6 days earlier in Wisconsin, was returned to West Prestonsburg, Friday of last week, for burial in West Prestonsburg Cemetery. Mr. Allen was injured by a truck at Rapids, Wisconsin, while it is said, he and his brother, Farlee, were extricating a machine from a ditch. He resided in Akron, OH to which city he moved several years ago from this county. He was the son of F. P. and Mrs. Mary Allen, of Hueysville, this county, and had many relatives in this section. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22, 1931

BALL, Ted
Ted Ball, aged 21, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ball, was instantly killed last Friday afternoon when he fell under an ice truck at Martin. Ball is said to have been riding on the running board of the ice truck owned by J. F. Ford. It was stated that he lost his balance and fell off the truck. He rolled under the truck and the machine loaded with ice, passed over his body before it could be stopped. Bystanders rushed to his side, but death had been instantaneous. Ball formerly lived at Prestonsburg. He is survived by his father and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

BLEVINS, Harry
Harry Blevins of Valley Street, Catlettsburg, shot and killed his wife and then committed suicide Wednesday afternoon at the Blevins home. Two bullet wounds in the left side , one of which penetrated the heart, caused Mrs. Blevins’s death. Examination of Blevins’ body showed 2 wounds in practically the same parts of the body. The double tragedy was discovered by a 6 year old daughter of the couple who ran to a neighbor’s home and told them that her “Daddy” was lying on the floor with a pistol by his side. Police were notified and went to the home. All doors in the house were locked and it was necessary to break down the front door to gain entrance. No cause for Blevins’ actions could be advanced by relatives or neighbors. There are 2 surviving children aged 10 and 6. Mrs. Blevins was a daughter of John Parsley of Kenova. Blevins was a veteran of the World War and came to Catlettsburg from Bluefield, WV. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

BORDERS, Henderson H.
Henderson H. Borders, 60 year old, died at his home in Kenova, WV, Saturday, following a brief illness. Mr. Borders was born on Georges Creek in Lawrence County, KY. He went to Catlettsburg early in life and entered the retail business field. After about 30 years spent as a merchant during which time he became one of Catlettsburg’s most influential citizens, He disposed of his business interests and moved with his family to Florida. He remained there but a short time and came back to make his home in Kenova, WV. Mr. Borders was an active member of the Hampton Lodge of Mason of that city. The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ada Layne Borders and 2 daughters, Gaynell and Mildred. One sister, Mrs. John Davis, of Catlettsburg, and a niece Mrs. Charles Craig, of Cleveland, OH also survive. Burial was in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

CARROLL, Edgill
His legs severed by the wheels of a manifest as he alighted form the train at Allen, Saturday afternoon, Edigll Carroll, of Martin, died Sunday morning in the Beaver Valley hospital. The youth is said to have been seeking work at Harold and to have been returning to his home at Martin when injured. Burial was made Monday at Martin. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

CARTER, Millard A.
Greenup, KY—Millard A. Carter, 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Landon Carter of Wurtland, Greenup County, KY, died Wednesday, Apr 29th, of pulmonary tuberculosis. He is survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Ella, Ora, Charles, Harvey, Ida  and Evelyn. Funeral services were held at the home Friday, by Rev. Taylor and Rev. Stafford of the Wurtland Nazarene Church, with interment in the Long Branch cemetery. These people are natives of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

CHAPMAN, Lydia F. (Peck)
Miss Lydia F. Peck, daughter of Geo. C. and Mrs. Emily Peck, was born Apr 13, 1850. She was converted in 1866 at the age of 16 years in a series of meetings held by Rev. Chrislip, at the old Peck’s Chapel. She was baptized, joined the Methodist Church and has lived a devoted and consistent Christian life for 65 years. She was married to William S. Chapman May 16, 1867 and to this union was born 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls. Aunt Lydia, as she was affectionately known, departed this life, Apr 9, 1931. She is survived by 10 children, 60 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren and a host of loving friends and relatives to mourn her loss. Although she had been afflicted from childhood, she bore her trials and sufferings in silence. Not a murmur of complaint passed her lips. Her life has been a true example of patience and love and faith. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

CHARLES, J. Lundy
J. Lundy Charles, 45, of  Huntington, president of the Warfield Mining Co., with operations in Mingo County, was found dead in his room over the Kermit State Bank at Kermit, shortly after noon Tuesday, a pistol beside him and a bullet thru his head. A jury impaneled by Coroner, C. C. Preece, of Mingo County, returned a verdict of suicide. Officials advanced the theory that ill health had prompted the deed. The body was discovered by Mrs. Charles Ward, hotel operator. Mrs. Ward said that she had talked with Mr. Charles about 11 o’clock and that he told her he expected to be at the hotel for lunch. When he failed to appear she returned to his room to find him dead. The body was taken to a funeral home in Huntington. Mr. Charles, a member of a well known family and a highly successful business man, had lived in Huntington 4 years. He was the son of Green Charles formerly of Buchanan County, VA and now a resident of Pikeville, KY. He was married and leaves, besides his widow, 2 children. The Warfield Mining Company, headed by Mr. Charles, has operations at Steptown, near Kermit, and at other points in the Williamson coal field. He was also associated with his brother, George Charles of Catlettsburg, in other mining operations in Mingo County. He was a brother in law of Zack Justice, member of the Kentucky state road commission. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

COLEMAN, John
John Coleman, aged 77, prominent lifelong resident of Pike County, died at his home at Wolfpit last Sunday night. Mr. Coleman had been sick for the past 4 months, but was conscious up till the hour of his death. Mr. Coleman was born and reared at Wolfpit. He was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Besides his widow, he is survived by 4 daughters. The body was buried in the family cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

COLEMAN, Mary
Mary Coleman, age 42, died at Paw Paw last week from paralysis after an illness of about 10 days. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Besides her father, Reuben Coleman, she is survived by 2  brothers, Wallace and McKinley Coleman and one sister, Mrs. Polly McClanaham. Burial took place in the Coleman cemetery last Friday morning with the Rev. Andy Blackburn officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

COLLINS, M. D.
M. D. Collins, age 40, died last Sunday morning in Williamson, after a brief illness with heart trouble. He had been in excellent health until Saturday night. Collins was employed as an automobile mechanic at Stone but formerly worked in Williamson where he was well known. He was a native of Paintsville, KY. Surviving are his widow, 2 sons, Rutherford and Marshall, his father, Bud Collins, of Martin, KY, 2 brothers, Robert and Crate, Pomeroy, OH, 7 sisters, Mrs. W. Adams, Paintsville, Mrs. Frank Stafford, Paintsville, KY, Mrs. Peggie Coleman, Lackey, KY, Mrs. Rosie Webb, West Virginia, Mrs. Charley Ratliff, Stone, KY, Mrs. O.P. Holland, Stone, KY and Mrs. Wilbus Carter, Harlan, KY. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the First Baptist Church and burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Williamson. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

CONLEY, Franklin Pierce
Franklin Pierce Conley, prominent Floyd County man, died at his home near Blue River, Thursday night of last week in his 74th year as the result of asthma and complications. Mr. Conley had been ill for the past year, but had been confined to his bed for only a week. The deceased was a native of this county in which he resided throughout his life. For 14 years Mr. Conley was a teacher in the Floyd County school and has many fine qualities of character won for him the friendship and respect of hundreds of Floyd Countians. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

CORDLE, Lawrence
Archie Cordle, 50, is being held in county jail here in the death of his son, Lawrence Cordle, 25, whose body was found Friday morning with a bullet wound in the chest at his home on Three Mile Creek 5 miles south of Louisa. Two other men, John Childers, 18, and Cecil Sammons, 20, are being sought for their part in the killing. The shooting is said to have occurred Thursday night about 9 o’clock following a drinking brawl at the home of the elder Cordle. Conflicting stories are told of the shooting. Members of the Cordle family stated at the inquest that a quarrel started between the men over the liquor, the elder Cordle saying that Lawrence was drinking too much. Young Cordle is said to have replied that he would leave some for the rest. Lawrence is then reported to have gone to the home of a neighbor and tried to borrow a gun, saying that he feared he would be killed. He did not get the gun. While he was away, the other 3 are said to have armed themselves with clubs.  The mother of the slain man left the house before he returned, fearing trouble During the night several shots were heard by neighbors. The body was found the next morning when the mother sent one of her children out to the well to get some water. A bullet had passed clean through the chest. Mr. Cordle was arrested, but no trace could be found of Sammons or Childers. Funeral services for Cordle were held Saturday with burial at Summit near the home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

CYRUS, Squire H. H.
Squire H. H. Cyrus of Kenova, WV, died Tuesday at a Huntington hospital. Mr. Cyrus was a former sheriff of Wayne County. He is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons all of Kenova. Mrs. John Moore of Lockwood, KY is a sister. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

EDWARDS, Walter
Mr. Walter Edwards died at his home in Harrodsburg, on Monday of this week of paralysis. He was the father of Mrs. W. D. Grote, of Louisa. She was called to Harrodsburg about 2 weeks ago when he was stricken and remained there until after the funeral on Wednesday of this week. Her husband attended the funeral and brought Mrs. Grote and little son home arriving Thursday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

ELLIOTTS, Bessie
Elkfork—The death angel visited the home of Bill Elliotts last Thursday night and took from the family their loving daughter, Bessie, age 14. She had been sick for almost a year. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22, 1931

EVANS, Jane
“Aunt” Jane Evans, age 71, born an reared on Marrowbone Creek in Mingo County, near the Wayne County line, died last week at her home at Grey Eagle, below Kermit, following a 3 weeks illness. She is well known in this community. She is survived by one son, Floyd Evans, former Mingo County assessor, who is not desperately ill at Grey Eagle. Her husband, John Green Evans, died 15 years ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

FANNIN, Isaac
Isaac Fannin, 65, one of Boyd County’s best known and prosperous farmers died Friday evening in an Ashland hospital following a weeks illness. Mr. Fannin underwent an operation for appendicitis at the hospital and complications set in that resulted in his death. His wife and children remained close at the bedside and were with him when death ended his pain and suffering which he had borne with courage and patience. He was born at Buchanan, Lawrence County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fannin. In addition to the operation of an extensive farm, Mr. Fannin raised registered cattle which he bought and sold. In addition to his wife, he is survived by the following children: Mrs. J. E. Lockwood, and Mrs. A. B. Rice, Jr., both of Body County; 4 brothers, Lindsey, Fred, Carter, and Allen, 2 sisters, Mrs. Kate Davis and Mrs. Nellie Riddle. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home on Bear Creek with Rev. Campbell officiating. The Green Hill Lodge F & AM of Bolts Fork, of which he was a member, had charge of the burial rites. Interment was made in the Fannin Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

FORD, James
Prestonsburg, KY (From the Times)—James Ford, prominent Floyd County citizen was found dead Monday morning in his bed at his home near Auxier, this county, by members of his family. He is believed to have been a victim of heart disease. Mr. Ford was about 42 years old. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

FREESE, Frank F.
Mr. Frank F.  Freese passed away on Tuesday, May 26th, at his home in Louisa. He was 82 years old and had been in feeble health for more than a year, although not confined to his bed. His passing came unexpectedly and without a struggle. A brief funeral service will be held at the residence on Saturday morning followed by interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, Rev. H. W. Wray will officiate. Mr. Freese was the only son of Capt. Milton Freese, a prominent citizen of Louisa. Throughout most of his mature life, like his father, he was a steamboatman, and the greater part of his life was spent in this work. He was a licensed pilot and expert pilot. In the days of stamboating he and his father operated boats on the Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers. For many years Mr. Freese has been a faithful member of the M. E. Church, South. He was popular with everybody and enjoyed a wide acquaintance.

 The survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Burns Freese, a daughter, Miss Katherine and a son, Samuel Milton Freese of  Wheeling, WV. Also there are 5 sisters, surviving Mr. Freese. They are Mrs. Mary Wroten, now with her daughter in New York City, Mrs. W. T. Headley of Philadelphia, Mrs. J. C. Thomas and Mrs. Robert Magee of Los Angeles, CA and Mrs. Charlotte Van Arsdale of New York City. Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Freese arrived in Louisa Thursday morning and Mr. and Mrs. Headley will reach here Friday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Freese had been married almost 60 years, practically all of which period was spent in Louisa. Mr. Freese was born at Prestonsburg, but the family moved to Louisa during his youth. His mother’s maiden name was Miss Minerva Vaughan. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

HAGER, William
The body of William Hager, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hager of the Big Sandy Road, Catlettsburg, who drowned in the Big Sandy River at Hall’s Beach on Sunday, May 10, was found Sunday morning about 6:30 by Henry Combs. The body was floating near the Kentucky side close to the Chesapeake and Ohio railway bridge. The body, which was in a bad state of decomposition, was removed to the morgue at Kilgore and Colliers. It was taken from there to the Richmond-Cottrell clinic where an x-ray was made. Drs. Holbrook and Ferguson later performed a post mortem operation. Neither the x-ray or post mortem showed any signs of injury. Squire B. W. Black, acting county  coroner viewed the body and gave the cause of death in filling out the death certificate as accidental drowning. The body was sealed in a casket Monday. Hundreds of curious people visited the morgue and viewed the remains. It is probable that a formal inquest, at which time the evidence of the physicians taking the x-ray and performing the post mortem, were held Tuesday. Mr. Combs will receive a reward of approximately one hundred dollars which had been offered by a group of local people for recovery of the body. Hager is survived by his grief-stricken parents, one sister, Maude Hager and one brother, Charles Hager, all of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were held at the grave in the Catlettsburg Cemetery, Monday afternoon and was in charge of Rev. Bernard Bass, pastor of the First Christian church. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22, 1931

HATFIELD, Lewis
Pikeville, KY (From The News)—Lewis Hatfield, 84, died from heart dropsy Thursday of last week at the home of his son, after an illness of about 3 months. He was born at Ransom, Jun 17, 1846, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferrell Hatfield long since deceased. Mr. Hatfield was a lifelong resident of Blackberry Creek and the last of the pioneers. He was a member of the Baptist  Church. Mr. Hatfield is survived by one son, Alvin Hatfield, of Ransom, and 18 grandchildren. Funeral service was held at the home of his son Friday evening by Revs. Ferrell Hatfield, Jackson Prater, Howard May and Candell Hatfield. Burial took place in the Hatfield Cemetery just above the home place. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

HENSLEY, Mayo
Prestonsburg, KY—A duel between Mayo Hensley and Lew Martin in front of the office of the Jacks Creek Coal Co. at Bevinsville, Floyd County Sunday, proved fatal to both participants, it was learned her Monday morning. Both were shot more than once and died within a few minutes. A personal grievance between the two brought about the shooting as the two met on the street of the mining town. It is reported Hensley, a miner with a wife and 2 children had been at Jack Creek but a few weeks. He was bout 32 year old. Martin was reared at Jacks Creek and was approximately 18 years old. Hensley was buried at Melvin on Monday. Martin, who was single, was buried on Jacks Creek where several of his brothers live. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

HUNTER, John Cecil
Frankfort, KY—John Cecil Hunter, 68 years old, employee of the automobile department here, died Saturday morning following a brief illness. His body was taken to Sandy Hook, Elliott County, his legal residence, for burial. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ella Hunter, 2 children, Robert Hunter and Miss Mary Hannah Hunter, 3 sisters, Mrs. Florence Sparks, Louisville, Miss Nora Hunter and Mrs. J. K. Williams, Sandy Hook, and a brother, Dr. C. R. Hunter, Ashland, Coroner of Boyd County. Mr. Hunter was a son of the late Dr. Sylvester G. Hunter,  of Sandy Hook, former member of the Legislature, and member of the Mounted Infantry in the Union Army during the War between the States. Mr. Hunter was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Sandy Hook. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

JOHNSON, Beatrice Byrd
Mrs. Beatrice Byrd Johnson, 17 years old, wife of Harry T. Johnson, of Betsy Layne, died in Pikeville, Sunday a victim of typhoid. She had been ill a month. Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Archibald Byrd of Concord, TN. She came to this county only a few weeks before being stricken with her final illness. She was a devout member of the Baptist church. Surviving are her mother, her husband, 3 brothers and one sister. The body was taken to Concord, TN for burial in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

KING, Thomas H.
Thomas H. King, 40 years old, of  Columbus, OH, lost his life Wednesday night in an automobile accident in this county. Three other occupants of the car, his  wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Francis are in Louisa General hospital suffering from wounds received in the accident. The accident occurred at 10 o’clock Wednesday night about one mile from the Mayo Trail, 12 miles south of Louisa on the road leading up Georges Creek to Charley. The car stuck in a mud hole and some of the natives living near assisted in getting it out. This was very near the edge of the road from which there is a steep drop of about 75 feet to the creek. The wheels were cut in the direction of the precipice and when Mr. King started the car it plunged over and landed at the edge of the creek on a flat place. All of the four occupants were thrown out violently. Mr. King was thrown into the creek and drowned before he could be rescued. When found his face was buried in the sand. A severe injury on his head evidently had rendered him unconscious and caused him to drown. Heavy rains of the day had put about 5 feet of water into the creek. Mrs. Francis, who is a sister of Mr. King’s was thrown into  the creek and the swift current carried her down the stream 400 to 500 feet, from which point she was rescued. She is cut and bruised and is said to have a broken rib. Mr. Francis and Mrs. King also were painfully injured. The injured people spent the nigh at the home of Mr. Scarberry and Mr. Young, near the scene of the accident, and were brought to the hospital here Thursday morning. H. H. Curtright, funeral director, was called soon after the accident and brought the body of Mr. King to Louisa. It will be taken on to Columbus today for burial. These people were on their way to the upper Blaine section to visit relatives.  Mr. Francis being a native of that region. He is about 55 years old. The car, a Buick sedan, was completely wrecked. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

KITCHEN, Eva
Mrs. Eva Kitchen was born Mar 12, 1909, age 22 years and departed this life Apr 23, 1931. She is survived by her husband, George Kitchen, and one daughter, Vivian and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howard, 5 sisters and 6 brothers and a host of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

LOCKWOOD, Lucy
Mrs. Lucy Lockwood, 88, born n Mar 18, 1843, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Powell in Ashland, Wednesday morning. Mrs. Lockwood was the widow of the late John Lockwood, owner of the famous farm at Lockwood. He died in 1898. The Lockwood farm, which is one of the old land marks in Boyd County, was sold by Mrs. Lockwood 11 years ago to E. E. Shannon, of Louisa and since that time she made her home with relatives in Ashland, Catlettsburg and Kenova. Her only son, Frank Lockwood, died in Feb 1916. Mrs. Lockwood is survived by one sister, Mrs. Maria Wheeler of Paintsville and several nieces and nephews, among them W. B. Powell, George and Wid Vanhorn, Dan Wheeler, Miss Lula Vanhorn, and Mrs. Charles Williams, all of Ashland, Funeral services  were held from the home of Mrs. Charles Williams, Friday afternoon, with Rev. J. H. Dawson of Ashland in charge. Burial was made in the family burial ground at Lockwood. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

LOWE, Martha
Mrs. Martha Lowe, 38 years old, wife of Jesse Lowe, of Wilbur, died at the home Monday after an illness of 3 months. She is a daughter of Oliver and Manda Wheeler of Wilbur. Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday morning with Rev. Alfred Chandler, of Ashland, officiating. She is survived by the husband, 2 sisters, Mrs. Alfred Chandler of Ashland, and Miss Lucina Wheeler of Wilbur, 5 brothers, Josh, Jim, M. F. and Garfield of Wilbur and John Wheeler of Springfield, OH. She was a member of the Baptist Church and had spent practically all her life at Wilbur. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

LYON, Esta
Miss Esta Lyon, 23, daughter of Manford Lyon of Little Laurel section of Lawrence County was instantly killed Monday afternoon about 1 o’clock when accidentally shot by her brother Tommy Lyon, 14 years old. According to Squire J. L. Hewlette who held an inquest, Tommy had been out hunting and just returned. He started to put the shot gun up when it went off. The charge from the gun struck his sister in the neck, almost severing her head. The shooting was termed accidental by a coroner’s jury called by Squire Hewlette. Besides her parents the young lady is survived by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon with burial in the family graveyard on Little Laurel near the Johnson County line. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

MARCUM, Freddie
Freddie Marcum, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Marcum, died Friday afternoon He had been in ill health for  the last 2 yeas. To mourn his passing he leaves his parents, 4 sisters, Mrs. Bill Clevenger, Louisa, Miss Lucy Marcum, Imogene and Lottie, all at home and 5 brothers, O. E. Marcum, Wilbur Marcum, Dewey Marcum, Jim Marcum and Milt Marcum, all of Louisa. Funeral services was held Sunday morning from the home with Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. Holbrook in charge. Burial was made in the Short Cemetery, near here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

MARTIN, Lew
Prestonsburg, KY—A duel between Mayo Hensley and Lew Martin in front of the office of the Jacks Creek Coal Co. at Bevinsville, Floyd County Sunday, proved fatal to both participants, it was learned her Monday morning. Both were shot more than once and died within a few minutes. A personal grievance between the two brought about the shooting as the two met on the street of the mining town. It is reported Hensley, a miner with a wife and 2 children had been at Jack Creek but a few weeks. He was bout 32 year old. Martin was reared at Jacks Creek and was approximately 18 years old. Hensley was buried at Melvin on Monday. Martin, who was single, was buried on Jacks Creek where several of his brothers live. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

MCCOWAN, Mrs. Floyd
Mrs. Floyd McCowan died at her home on the Mayo Trail Sunday evening last following a short illness. She was buried in the family burial ground near the home Tuesday, following funeral services at the home conducted by Rev. William Burgess. Mrs. McCowan will be remembered as the daughter of Judge and Mrs. Hezekiah Webb of Busseyville. The deceased is survived by her husband and 5 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

MCGUIRE, Beverly
Beverly, 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McGuire, died at the McGuire home in West Prestonsburg Friday of last week of hydrophobia, according to diagnoses made by attending physicians. The child succumbed after an illness of 3 days. Bitten by a dog about 45 days before becoming ill, the child suffered no immediate ill effects and was not given anti-rabies treatment. The dog disappeared after biting the child and it was never determined that the animal had hydrophobia until the tot became ill. Becoming ill early last week, the little victim’s condition showed all symptoms of hydrophobia and physicians were powerless to combat the disease. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

MCKENZIE, Carl
Carl McKenzie, 67, Boyd County, died at his home Monday morning. He is survived by 6 children, Mrs. Laura Skeens, Potter, Mrs. Lula Mullins, Ashland, Mrs. O. Young, Hicksville, Dewey D. McKenzie, Ashland, Leonard McKenzie, Ashland and M. McKenzie, Ashland. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Clark Funeral Home in Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

NEWSOME, David C.
Pikeville, KY—One man is dead and another wounded as the result of fights in the Pike County election of school trustees, Saturday. David C. Newsome, 28 years old, was shot fatally at the school house at Stewart, KY, 18 miles south of Pikeville. Tolby Damron, 31, a neighbor of Newsome’s is charged with the shooting. The two men were election officers. The shooting occurred, it is said, in a fight that started between Newsome and Damron’s brother, Alvin Damron, when the right of Sam Little to vote in the school election was challenged. Newsome’s wife was an applicant for the school and he was said to be supporting Bill Roberts for trustee. A man named Slone was wounded on the head by a club in a fight at Jonakin School. The shot pierced the brain and rendered Newsome unconscious. He was carried from the school house to his home, where he died shortly afterwards. After the shooting the two Damrons, accompanied by their mother, went to Tolby Damron’s home where upon the approach of Deputy Sheriff Sam Branham, Tolby Damron escaped into the woods and has not been appended. Alvin Damron, who is charged as an accomplice, was arrested and taken to jail. At the jail he told his stepmother, the shooting came up over him and that he was sorry it happened. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

NEWSOME, Delilah
Aunt Delilah Newsome departed  this life May 5, 1931, age 86 years. She was a woman of noble character, ever ready to lend a helping hand. She leaves 8 children and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  Mrs. John Kitchen. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

PACK, Mont
Mont Pack, 57, of Martin County, died a few days ago in a Paintsville hospital from the effects of a slight scratch on his finger. While working on his farm on Tuesday the accident occurred and he paid little attention to it until the had began to swell and cause great pain. Blood poison developed rapidly and he was taken to the hospital where he died on Friday, having lived only 3 days. The burial took place at his home on Sunday, near the Lawrence-Martin County line. Mr. Pack had been assessor of Martin County and was known throughout the county as a good citizen. A wife and 6 children survive. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22, 1931

PACK, Oma (Spurlock)
Cherryville—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Spurlock of Big Laurel, Friday, and took their daughter, Mrs. Oma Spurlock Pack, wife of Emmett Pack. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and little son, father and mother, several brothers and sisters. Rev. Ball of Louisa conducted the funeral services. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

PATIERNO, Edward Sylvester
Edward Sylvester, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Patierno, burned to death with the destruction by fire of the Patierno home in the Garfield Addition here, Tuesday of last week. Though the Paternios eldest daughter, a young woman, was in the building with the little tot and 2 others of the Paternio children, and though men were working in a lot adjoining the building, the flames spread with such startling rapidity that they were unable to rescue the child. The blaze is believed to have started in the kitchen from a gas cooking stove. As the flames burst into view, 2 of the children ran to Lucy Paterino, their eldest sister, who was staying with them while her mother was visiting a short distance away, Miss Paternio ran outside with the twins, then turned to carry the youngest child to safety. At the door, however, she was met by a sheet of flames. In her desperate efforts to enter the building, her face was burned and her hair singed. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

PICKLESIMER, Maude (Meade)
The body of Mrs. Maude Picklesimer, 45, who died suddenly Friday afternoon at her home in Bluefield, WV was brought by train to Louisa, Friday, for funeral services and burial. Mrs. Picklesimer was employed by the New System Bakery at Bluefield. She was at her accustomed duties Friday, and friends were shocked by her sudden passing. She fell dead in the bathroom of her home a victim of a sudden heart attack. Mrs. Picklesimer was a native of Lawrence County, daughter of the late Hiram Meade, of Louisa. After the death of her husband, Milt Picklesimer, she moved to Bluefield. One sister, Miss Ethel Meade, of Bluefield and 2 brothers who live in Louisa survive. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the M. E. Church with Rev. W. W. Shepherd officiating. Interment followed in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

POWELL, M.C.
M. C. Powell, 50 years old, of Salt Lick, KY, died suddenly last Thursday. He was eating dinner when he collapsed and died before a doctor could b reached. He was a native of that section of Kentucky near Salt Lick but spent some time in Louisa a few years ago. His second wife was Mrs. Hermia Blevins, daughter of  Mrs. W. W.  Wray of Louisa. He is survived by his wife and 6 children, Shilrey Lucille, Bruce, Minor, Junior, Edward and a son and daughter, Miss Mayme Powell of Ashland and Bill Powell of Salt Lick, are children are his first marriage. Funeral services was held Saturday morning and interment was made in the Salt Lick Cemetery under the auspices of  the Junior Order. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

PREECE, C. W.
C. W. Preece, 62 years old, died last Friday at Kermit, WV, after many years of suffering. He is survived by his wife, Emma Preece, 5 sons and 4 daughters as follows: Russell Tom, Ballard, and James, all of Kermit and Ezra of  Inez, Mrs. Bertha Moore of  Chattaroy, Misses Maud, Sluter, Cora, and Mary of Kermit. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: D. B. and U. S. Preece of Inez, Z. Z. and Ben Preece of Preece, KY, C. C. Preece of Kermit, H. G. Preece of Louisa, Mary Muncy, McClure, KY, Madeline Ward of White Post, KY, Emma Preece of Preece, KY, and Caroline Gravely of Inez. Mr. Preece was a member of the United Baptist Church and was very respected and liked. Funeral services were held last Friday and interment followed in the Warfield Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

QUEEN, John E.
Funeral services for John E. Queen, 75 years old, prominent Lawrence County man, were held at Garret Chapel near Estep, Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Queen died Monday morning at the home of his son, Dewey Queen in Ashland, after an illness of 3 weeks. He had been in ill health for almost 2 years. Rev. H.B. Hewlett officiated at the chapel. The Greenhill Masonic Lodge at Bolts Fork, of which Mr. Queen was a member, was in charge of service at the grave. Burial was in the home cemetery on East Fork. Mr. Queen was born on East Fork near the mouth of Bolts Fork, Apr 10, 1853, and he spent his entire life in that vicinity. He had many friends throughout the county. He is survived by the following children: Eugene Queen, of Fallsburg, KY, Bascom Queen, Estep, KY, W. D. Queen, Bellepoint, WV, Mrs. Luther Powers, Detroit, MI, Mrs. French Harmon, Louisa, KY, Mrs. D. W. Ballington, Ashland, KY, Mrs. Fred Jackson, Logan, WV and Dewey C. Queen, Ashland. His wife preceded him in death 13 years ago. He also has 2 sons deceased, U. B. and John E. Queen. Mr. Queen was a  retired farmer and was widely known throughout the county. He served 8 years as commissioner of roads and bridges several years ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22, 1931

RICE, Charley
Funeral services for Charley Rice, 58 years old, who was killed by C & O passenger train No. 36 Tuesday morning, were held today, Thursday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Jay Frazier, with Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Burial followed in the Rice Cemetery on Two Mile. Mr. Rice was working for the Hunt Forbes Construction Company unloading gravel from a car about half mile below town when killed. He had just dumped a load of gravel into a pit and stepped back onto the edge of the east bound track when the passenger train struck him. Noise caused by a freight going west and a steam shovel running nearby is believed to have drowned sounds of the approaching train. He was struck by the train and his body hurled a distance of 87 feet. Death was instantaneous.

The body was taken to Curtright Funeral Home immediately where it was prepared for burial. Examination disclosed the fact the hardly a bone remained unbroken. His skull was fractured, back, both legs and both arms broken, and his hips and chest badly crushed. Mr. Rice was formerly lockmaster of the dam at Chapman, assistant lockmaster at Louisa and at another dam on the  Ohio River. For the past several years he has been engaged in construction work. He is a son of the late Jake Rice, prominent attorney and only grandmaster of the Masonic lodge from eastern Kentucky and also a nephew of the late John M. Rice, former congressman from this district. Surviving are his daughter, Miss Carrie Belle Rice, Prestonsburg, secretary to Congressman A. J. May; one brother, Jim Rice, Louisa; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jay Frazier and Mrs. James Rice, both of Louisa. Since the death of his wife last September, Mr. Rice had been making his home with his sister, Mrs. Jay Frazier. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

RICE, Malissa (Cordle)
Mrs. Malissa Cordle Rice was born Mar 18, 1884 and died Apr 24, 1931, age 47 years. She was married to  William A. Rice of Louisa and to this union were born 8 children: Mrs. A. J. Woods, and Mrs. G. H. Shortridge, Cadmus, KY, Mrs. Hobert Carter, Yatesville, KY, Mrs. Denver Wellman, Louisa, Mrs. Richard Wellman, Fort Gay, Chester, Charles and Nannie at home. Husband and children will miss wife and mother, but she said she was going to a better place. So prepare to meet her inside the eastern gate. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

ROBERTS, C. J.
C. J. Roberts, age 44, died May 24 at his home at Blaine after an illness of 12 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the home with Rev. Charles W. Moore officiating. Interment followed in the Roberts private cemetery. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Laura Roberts of  Blaine and one brother, B. F. Roberts of Blaine. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

SANDERS, Donald Lee
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Sanders of London, OH, Apr 26 and took their darling baby, Donald Lee, age 3 months. He is survived by his parents and one brother. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

SCHMAUCH, George E.
George E. Schmauch, 61years old, Huntington building contractor, who died Monday morning at this home in Huntington, following an illness of 13 weeks, was buried in Woodmere Cemetery following funeral services Wednesday afternoon. Rev. J. C. Crenshaw, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, officiated. Mr. Schmauch was born in Ashland, KY. He moved to Huntington 32 years ago and had been identified with the building industry during that time. He was a member of the Congregational Church and the order of the Maccabees. He leaves the widow, Mrs. Alice Blankenship Schmauch, formerly of Lawrence County, KY; 4 sons, Paul R., John R. Homer G., and Carl B. Schmauch; 4 daughters, Miss Nellie Louise Schmauch, all of Huntington, Mrs. Horace R. Ross, Pittsburgh, Mrs. Fred B. Patton, Bluefield, and Mrs. J. Calvin Fouts, Hazard, KY; 4 brothers, Arthur Schmauch, Huntington, Lincoln Schmauch, Chicago, Charles and Albert Schmauch, Ashland, 3 sisters, Mrs. Shelby Wheeler, Mrs. Fred Horseman and Miss Anna Schmauch, all of  Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

SNYDER, Effie
Mrs. Effie Snyder, 66, of Rappsburg, OH, wife of B. F. Snyder, died Apr 22, after a lingering illness of several months. The funeral was held at the Locust Grove Church Friday. Interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery. She was the daughter of W. S. and Rachel Dillon, both deceased. She was united in marriage to B. F. Snyder in 1882. to this union 4 children were born, all of whom survive. They are Festus, William, and Mrs.Verda Heidorn all of Springfield, OH, and Mrs. Belva Haskins of Crown City, OH. Mrs. Snyder was a sister in law of t. J. and A. Snyder of Louisa, who together with Mr. and Mrs. Gus Snyder, attended the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

STONE, Mrs. William
Mrs. William Stone of the Flat Gap section, died at the Golden Rule hospital last week after a week’s illness form peritonitis. Mrs. Stone was brought to the hospital for an operation for appendicitis. After the operation it was found that the appendix had ruptured which so poisoned her system that death was inevitable. She is survived by her husband and a large family of children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22,1 931

THOMPSON, Christopher S.
Christopher S. Thompson, 68, died Thursday morning at his home near Busseyville, after 2 years of ill health, although he was confined to his bed only about 2 months. Funeral services will be held from Evergreen Church, Friday with Rev. H. B. Hewlett conducting the services. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South. Mr. Thompson was a prominent merchant until ill health caused him to retired. He was a son of the late Rev. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mary Gypsie, age 13, 3 brothers and 6 sisters, Wayne Kenneth of Waterloo, OH, Louis of Cannonsburg, KY, and Jay B. at Busseyville; Mrs. Hester Carter, of Louisa, Mrs. Arizona Williams of Maben, WV, Mrs. Matilda Burton, Seco, WV, Mrs. Minnie McCowan, Ashland and Mrs. Cora Plummer of Waterloo, OH. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

TURNER, Cynthia
Mrs. Cynthia Turner, 82 years old, widow of the late Joe Turner, and one of Floyd county’s oldest and best women, died at the old Turner home, near Northern, this county, Saturday after an illness of several days. Mrs. Turner was the daughter of the late Jackson and Mrs. Susan Gearheart Allen, pioneer residents of this section. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

VANHOOSE, Mont
Mont Van Hoose, 65, passed away Friday night at his farm home, route 1, Catlettsburg. He has been ill several months. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the home with Rev. Burns Conley of Paintsville, in charge. Burial was made in the Van Hoose private cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Josephine Van Hoose, one son, Lofty Van Hoose, Rush, 3 daughters, Mrs. Florida Borders, Princess, Mrs. C.C. Crace, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Pete Arrowood, Rush, 5 brothers, Bascom, Paintsville, Farris, Charley, Rev. Willard, Paintsville, Keen B., Paintsville, and Burns, Sitka, KY, one sister, Mrs. L. Preston and 14 grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

VANHORN, Ben
Ben Vanhorn, 79, one of Lawrence County’s most prosperous farmers, died at his home on Rove Creek, 10 miles north of Louisa Thursday, following a paralytic stroke. The funeral services  were conducted at the home on Rove Creek, Saturday morning. Surviving are 6 sons, and 4 daughters. They are Sherman Vanhorn of Indiana, Hence Vanhorn of Adeline, KY, Ira Vanhor, Adeline, KY, Frank Vanhorn, Buchanan, KY, Wade Vanhorn, Adeline, KY, Mrs. R. C. Moore, Louisa, Mrs. Ed Stewart, Buchanan, KY, Mrs. David Rice, Buchanan, KY, and Miss Serie Vanhorn at home. Three brothers and 3 sisters, Brunk Vanhorn, Zelda, KY, Dee Vanhorn, Zelda, Solomon Vanhorn, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Ira Pinkerton, Huntington, WV, Mrs. Ben White, Prince, WV, and Mrs. Perry Clay of Huntington, also survive. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 1, 1931

David Benjamin Vanhorn fell a victim to the reaper Apr 23, 1931. He was born May 16, 1853 at Catlettsburg. The greater part of his life was spent on Rove Creek. He married Permelia Blankenship and to this union were born 12 children: Kazer, having died in infancy and Lee at the age of 27; Mrs. R. C. Moore, Mrs. Ed Stewart, Mrs. D. M. Rice, Miss Sarah Vanhorn, Hence, Ira, Sherman, Wade, Thomas and Bill survive. He also leaves 3 sisters, Mrs. Fannie Clay, Mrs. Ira Pinkerman and Mrs. Ben White, and 3 brothers, Dee, Brunk and Sol. His death was the result of a paralytic stroke. The funeral services were conducted at the home. Rev. Shumway in touching words, gave a brief account of his life. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

VANOVER, Mollie
Mollie Vanover, aged 5, died at her home on Kentucky Avenue, last Friday night from inflammation of the brain. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Vanover and was born at Wooten, Oct 15, 1926. Funeral services were conducted at Wooten, where burial took place Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

VANOVER, Samantha
Pikeville, KY—Samantha Vanover, 49, daughter of the late Johnson Vanover, Shelby Gap, KY fell dead in the County Judge’s office in the Court House here Wednesday of last week, where she had gone to answer a charge of breach of peace. The court had continued the case until Saturday and Deputy Sheriff Code Ramsey informed her of the action when she was stricken. She died before medical aid could reach her. She was the late member of her immediate family and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Curtis Huffman of Pikeville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

WEBB, S. B.
S. B. Webb, prominent Knott County business man and member of one of Floyd County’s oldest families, died at his home on Jones Fork, near Lackey, Wednesday, a victim of pneumonia. Mr. Webb’s illness dated from Saturday of last week. A few days prior to the inception of his last illness he was in Prestonsburg, meeting old friends and transacting business. His condition was alarming from the outset of his illness, and relatives from a wide section were summoned to his bedside. The deceased was born near Eastern, this county, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jonah Webb, prominent residents of this county, and was engaged in business in various parts of the county for many years. At the time of his death he was associated with his sons, T. J. and O. J. Webb in the mercantile business near Lackey. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

WELLS, McKinley
McKinley Wells, 26 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brownlow Wells of Auxier, died Saturday at the Golden Rule Hospital, Paintsville, whither he had been rushed on the preceding Tuesday for an emergency operation for appendicitis. Surviving the victim are his parents and several brothers and sisters. The body was taken to the home of a brother, Joe Wells, on Daniels Creek, where funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, burial following in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22, 1931

WELLS, Rosa
Mrs. Rosa Wells, 33 years old, of Auxier, wife of Evan Wells, died on Wednesday of last week after several years of ill health. She leaves her husband and 2 small sons. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 15, 1931

WILLIAMSON, Wray W.
Wray W. Williamson, age 28, died at Morgantown, WV Apr 30th and the body was brought here for burial. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Williamson who live near Louisa. His  death followed an operation for ulcers of the stomach. For some days after the operation he appeared to be recovering, but there came a sudden turn which brought death. He was born at Peach Orchard, Mar 5, 1902. For  quite a while he had held a responsible position with Rosedale Coal Company at Rosedale, WV. He is survived by his parents, wife and 7 brothers and sisters.  The latter are Mrs. M.M. Coleman of Fleming, Olgie Skeens of  Harlan, Jock Williamson of Morgantown, Easter of  Ironton, Dick, Ted and Katherine of Louisa. Those who accompanied the body from Morgantown were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Johnson, Fred Johnson, Aaron Chipps, Dr. W. H. Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Allots Browning, Miss Grace Stump, Mrs. Anne Lattin, and his wife and brothers. He was an honorable and industrious young man and his early death has brought deep sorrow to family and friends. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 8, 1931

YOUNG, Joseph H.
Joseph H. Young, 61 years old, died May 13 at his home on Georges Creek. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Charley H. Young, Garret, KY, Arthur Young, Garret, KY, Mrs. Fannie Young Burton, Ulysses, KY, Mrs. Virgie Young Skaggs, Lowmansville, KY, Arlie Young, Liss, KY, Mrs. Allie Young Griffith, Estill, KY, Mrs. E. Young Miller, Glo, KY, Mary Young at home, Mrs. Magdalene Gibson, Mousie, KY, Sam Young, Lowmansville, KY, Elbert Young, Lowmansville, KY, 2 brothers, Sam Young, Waverly, OH, George Young, Van Lear, KY; 4 sisters, Mrs. Janie Chandler, Lucasville, OH, Mrs. Julia E. Mead, Louisa, KY, Mrs. Nancy Murray, Lowmansville, KY, and Mrs. Ida Scarberry, Georges Creek, KY. Four children preceded him in death several years ago. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon with interment in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 22, 1931

ZERKLES, Ima Gean
Mrs. Ima Gean Zerkles, age 32 years, died May 20, at her home at Evergreen, this county, after one weeks illness. Funeral services was held Saturday afternoon at the Evergreen M. E. Church, South, with Rev. Sylvester Ball and Rev. Trig Fraley officiating. Interment was made in the Busseyville Cemetery. She was a daughter of the late Mendel Thompson. She is survived by her husband, E. E. Zerkles, her mother and 5 children, Ruth, 11, Virginia, 10, Helen, 5, Mary Lou, 4, and Billie, 4 days old. Three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Cora Cordle, Mrs. Maggie Moore, Mrs. Sue Thompson, and E. Thompson of Busseyville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, May 29, 1931

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ADAMS, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah Adams departed this life Jun 12, 1931, age 52 years. She was a woman of noble character, ever ready to lend a helping hand. She leaves her husband and 9 children and a host of relatives to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19, 1931

ADKINS, Jonah
The body of Jonah Adkins, 68, prominent Lawrence County farmer and merchant, was found at his home on Twin Branch about 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon by his brother, John. He had been shot to death. Adkins was a witness in a trial of Luther Chaffin, whom he charged beat him up several months ago. The trial was scheduled for Wednesday, and when he failed to appear, his brother, John, left immediately for his home where he found his brother stretched out on the floor dead. He was fully dressed and close to the body was a box in which he had been casing eggs, presumably at the time he was shot.

The coroner and officers were called immediately and inquest was held. Examination revealed that he had been shot in the head with a shot gun, the charge entering the left eye, and ranging downward. From position of the wound it is evident that he was shot as he knelt down. His shot gun was found loaded, and it may have been the weapon the slayer used, reloading it afterwards. Adkins was known to have had some money about the home which was kept in two boxes. The slayer had emptied the contents of the boxes upon a bed and had taken the money. His wallet was also gone. It is not known how much money Adkins had at the time. He had cashed about $70 in checks in Louisa Monday and put the money into a well filled wallet.

It could not be determined when he had been slain, but it probably was late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. Upon arriving at the house his brother noticed that the cows had not been turned out. A bloodhound procured from Huntington, was unable to take up the scent, and at present time the identity of the murderer remains a mystery. Adkins was not married and lived alone. He kept a small store. He is survived by 3 brothers, John Adkins of Potter, and Jesse and Ziegler Adkins of Louisa. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Adkins Cemetery near the home, with Rev. W. O. Spillman officiating. The body will remain at Curtright Funeral Home until Friday morning. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 12, 1931

BAYES, Ray
BAYES, Edith
STROTHER, Mrs. Ben
Ray Bayes, 36, a railway employee, killed his wife, Edith, 32, and her mother, Mrs. Ben Strother, 60, and then ended his own life with a 12 gauge automatic shot gun at 10:45 Wednesday night at Mrs. Strother’s home in Catlettsburg. Two children were unharmed by the enraged father who went to their room and kissed them before returning to the porch of the Strother home and discharging the shotgun against his head. Bayes, after fining his wife and children away from their home in Ashland, when he returned from work, armed himself with the shot gun and a supply of cartridges, got into his car and drove to Mrs. Strother’s residence. Police believed that Bayes awakened the family by knocking at the door. The wife was apparently shot first as she opened the door. Mrs. Strother’s body was found lying in an adjoining room a short distance from her daughter’s body. Mrs. Bayes and Mrs. Strother were shot though the body. The died instantly. Bayes shot himself thru the head. Domestic troubles were held as the cause for the tragedy. Police had not learned what had caused Mrs. Bayes to leave home sometime Wednesday and go to her mother’s home in Catlettsburg. Bayes was an extra brakeman for the C & O Railway and occasionally served on Big Sandy passenger trains when a regular man was off duty. Mrs. Bayes was employed on the Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

BORDERS, John W.
John W. Borders, 60 years old, prominent Flemingsburg citizen and civic leader, died at his home in that city Thursday morning of last week. He had been in declining health for over a year but his condition became serious only recently. Mr. Borders was president and general manager of the Flemingsburg Ice and Cold Storage Company, and until a few months ago was a trustee of the Flemingsburg school. He was former president of the Flemingsburg Light and Power Company holding this office until the company was purchased by the Kentucky Power and Light Company several years ago. He took an active part in the community life and was interested in all progressive movements for the benefit of Fleming County. He was a member of long standing and an officer in the Flemingsburg Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by 4 children, Mrs. J. W. M. Stewart of St. Petersburg, FL, Mrs. Arlyn Davenport, of Flemingsburg, Mr. Cray Borders of Anchorage, KY and John W. Borders, Jr. of Flemingsburg; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lulu Vaughn, of Huntington, WV and Mrs. M. C. Saunders of near Tilton; and 3 brothers, James Borders of Portsmouth, OH, Henry Borders of Paintsville and Si Borders. Of Peck’s Ridge, Fleming County. His wife died about 6 months ago. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at the Flemingsburg Presbyterian Church, the Rev. S.P. Pryor being in charge. Burial was in the Elizaville Cemetery. Big Sandy news-Recorder, Jun 12, 1931

COOKSEY, Mont
Lost Creek—Uncle Mont Cooksey, an aged citizen formerly of this place, passed away at his home at Denton, May 23rd. He was nearing his 84 year. He served in the Civil War. He had been in ailing health for some time. Mr. Cooksey leaves a wife, one daughter in law, and 3 grandchildren to mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Clay at the Denton Church, after which interment was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 12, 1931

COPLEY, W. S.
W. S. Copley, widely known former Wayne County man and better known to his many friends as “Scott” Copley, died on Jun 7 at Bertha, Nebraska, where he was visiting one of his children. Mr. Copley was sick only a short time. His home was in Lemoyne, NE, where he has lived several years. Mr. Copley was 77 years of age was formerly clerk of the circuit court in Wayne County, serving in that capacity at Wayne from 1896 to 1901. He visited friends and relatives in Wayne County last November. He was born near Dunlow in Wayne County, and spent most of his life as a farmer and merchant at Wayne. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 26, 1931

CYRUS, Sam
Sam Cyrus, age 25, who was accidentally shot by Donald Cornwell, 22, on Wilson Creek, near Wayne, WV, Sunday of last week, died last Saturday afternoon in the Kessler-Hatfield hospital in Huntington. Cyrus and Cornwell were in a barn near their home when Cornwell fired a shot at a mark with a .38 calibre revolver. In turning around toward Cyrus after the first shot he accidentally fired a second shot which struck Cyrus in the back and went through the trunk of his body. An operation was performed to remove the bullet, which was found near the surface of his abdomen. Both Cornwell and Cyrus said that the shooting was an accident. And a few hours before Cyrus died Saturday, Cornwell was taken to the bedside of Cyrus in the hospital in Huntington, and here both boys told Sheriff Ketchum and Prestonsburg Attorney Hammock that they had always been good friends and that the shooting was an accident. Cyrus was conscious  up until a few minutes before his death. Cornwell cried continuously while at the hospital and expressed his sorrow for the accident. At Cyrus’ bedside Cornwell asked him how he was feeling. “I am feeling mighty tough, “ Cyrus replied and Cornwell choked up and said nothing else to him. Cornwell was returned to the county jail at Wayne. He waived a preliminary hearing and will be held for appearance before the next grand jury which convenes in July. Cornwell is a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Cornwell, while Cyrus is a son of Charley Cyrus, well known Wilson’s Creek man. The deceased boy’s mother is dead, and he is survived by his father, one sister at Wayne and a number of half brothers and half sisters. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. Henry Mullens and burial was made near the Cyrus home on Wilson’s Creek Monday afternoon of this week. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19, 1931

DAMRON, Oakley
Oakley Damron, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hibbard Damron, was killed Saturday afternoon at Douglas, near his Esco home by a C & O coal train. The lad lived only about 5 minutes after the train passed over him. His left arm was severed, his head mashed in and the body badly mangles. The boy was catching a train to ride to Pikeville, it was stated. He rode down to the station at Douglas and got off and attempted to catch the train again. In some manner his foot slipped and he fell and was dragged down between the train and the station platform. Damron was a sophomore in high school. He had worked on the farm that morning and his intention was to spend the afternoon in Pikeville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19, 1931

DUNN, Ethel
Salyersville, kY—The body of Miss Ethel Dunn, 22 years old, daughter of John M. Dunn, of Seitz, 6 miles west of here in Magoffin County, was found Saturday in a well at the home of a neighbor, Roy Higgins. She disappeared from her parent’s home at midnight after walking there in the afternoon from Salyersville where she stayed with a sister and taught in the Christian Church Bible School. Miss Dunn, while a student at the Transylvania College, Lexington, last Halloween, received severe burns on her back, shoulders and hands when a Pierrette costume she was wearing caught fire as she was standing before a gas fire a the home of Mr. and Mrs. Spence Carrick, where she resided while in Lexington. She was to attend a Halloween party for the students and faculty at the college gymnasium. After she was dismissed from the hospital she was unable to return to her classes and returned to Magoffin County. The accident, it is believed, had preyed on her mind. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 12, 1931

FERGUSON, Dock
Dock Ferguson, 25, of Louisa was fatally injured Monday at Gallipolis, OH when he was caught between 2 trucks of the Spaun Family Show. The outfit was being taken down the river back to the Ohio River ferry when a coupling broke, pinning Ferguson between them. He was rushed to a hospital in Gallipolis where he died about an hour and half later. Ferguson, who is the father of 2 small children,  got a job with the Spaun show when it showed in Louisa last week and left with them for Pt. Pleasant, WV via Huntington and Gallipolis. He was tending the loading of the truck on the ferry at the time of the accident. The body was brought to Curtright Funeral Home Tuesday and was accompanied by an official of the show. Funeral services were held from the funeral home  Wednesday morning and the body was taken to Keaton for interment in the Lyon Cemetery. Rev. Jess Holbrook officiated. The young man is survived by his widow, Esther Ferguson, 2 small sons, Jimmie, 3, and Ralph, 2, 3 sisters, Mrs. Sanford Lyon, Louisa, Mrs. Att Estep, Ross Co., OH, and Mrs. R. C. Clark, Ohio and 4 brothers, Felix, Fred, Joe and Steve all of Ohio. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 26, 1931

 

HONDLE, Marion
Marion Hondle, 30 years old, well known as a driller in this county, died at his home in East Paintsville, Sunday afternoon, following a few days illness of double pneumonia. Mr. Hondle contracted the disease while working as a driller in the Floyd County gas field and died in a few days after returning to Paintsville. Mr. Hondle came to this section at the beginning of the oil boom in Johnson County in 1920 and was well known as a good citizen. Besides his widow he is survived by one child, 2 sisters and 2 brothers, Floyd Hondle of Charleston, WV, and Willis Hondle of this county. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Freewill Baptist Church, Paintsville, in charge of Rev. H. B. Conley and Rev. Millard Vanhoose. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery, Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

GIBSON, William
Funeral services for William Gibson, 91 year old Civil War veteran were held Tuesday afternoon from the M. E. Church, South in Ashland, with Rev. C. A. Slaughter in charge. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Gibson passed away early Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Tierney, following an illness of 3 weeks. Besides Mrs. Tierney he left 3 sons, B. L. of Van Lear, H. C. of Pittsburg, KS, and R. L. of O’Vosso, MI, 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Mr. Gibson fought as a volunteer Confederate soldier from Lee County, VA during the war. He had lived 50 years in Boyd County and 20 in Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 12, 1931

HUDGINS, Nellie Moore
Mrs. Nellie Moore Hudgins, 68, a resident of Ashland for the last 15 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. L. Garvin, Friday, following an illness of 4 months. Mrs. Hudgins was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Moore, prominent pioneers of Louisa. Her husband, Dr. C. L. Hudgins, who died 15 years ago, was a practicing physician at Olive Hill for 25 years. The deceased was well known in Carter and Lawrence Counties, having been raised at Webbville, this county, and had a host of relatives and friends in these counties. Mrs. Hudgins had been a life member of the Christian Church. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Garvin, at whose home she died, Mrs. A. C. Burrows, Kansas City, MO and Mrs. C. M. Stevenson of St. Louis, MO; one son, T. F. Hudgins, Tulsa, OK, 2 sisters, Mrs. W. F. Farley of Holden, WV, and Mrs. W. A. Cole, of Rush, KY; and one brother, Dr. W. L. Moore of Kansas City, and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Garvin residence, Sunday afternoon with Rev. J. W. Hagin in charge. The body was taken to Cincinnati, Monday. Mrs. Hudgins was an aunt of Mrs. W. T. Cain, Jr., of Louisa. Mr. and Mrs. Cain and daughter, Miss Francis Webb, attended the funeral Sunday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

JOHNSON, Lydia M. (Fairchild)
Mrs. Lydia M. Johnson, age 73, died at the home of her son, Alford H. Johnson at the old Johnson homestead on the Mayo Trail, 3 miles northwest of Paintsville, last Thursday evening, Jun 4, after a few days illness of flu, which later developed into pneumonia. Mrs. Johnson was the widow of the late George M. Johnson, one of the prominent teacher and former superintendent of Schools of Johnson County. Mrs. Johnson is survived by 5 children, 3 daughters and 2 sons, as follows: Mrs. Dr. W. R. Castle, Paintsville, Mrs. Leona Saucier of El Paso, TX, Mrs. Laura Young, Akron, OH, Wilford A. Johnson, St. Louis, MO and Alford H. Johnson of Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19,1931

JUSTICE, John M.
Pikeville, KY—John M. Justice, 65, prominent citizen and merchant of Fishtrap, died Tuesday night from cancer of th glands. Death occurred about 9 o’clock. Although Mr. Justice has been suffering from cancer for quite a while, his death was a great shock to the community, friends and relatives. Mr. Justice is survived by his wife and one son. Burial took place on Wednesday afternoon in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19, 1931

KENNARD, Nora Mae
Mrs. Nora Mae Kennard, aged 21, died at her home at Burton on Beaver Creek last Friday morning, after an illness of about 11 days. Poisoning is said to have caused her death. Mrs. Kennard is the wife of Clifford Kennard. She was born Apr 8, 1910, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Pittman of Burton. Mrs. Kennard drank a solution of bichloride of mercury on May 25. Where she obtained the poison was not made known. Burial took place at the Burton Cemetery last Sunday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19, 1931

KIRK, M. C.
Paintsville, KY—Attorney M. C. Kirk, age 63, died a the Chesapeake & Ohio hospital, Huntington, WV, last Friday morning, after an illness of only 5 days from septicemia. On Sunday, May 23, Mr. Kirk became suddenly ill with an infection caused by the opening of a small boil in his nose. He grew steadily worse until his family and friends became alarmed over his condition and rushed him to the hospital where an examination showed he was suffering from septicemia, a virulent from of blood poisoning. Leading physicians of the country together with his family were constantly at his bedside. The best talents of medical science were brought to bear upon his case in an effort to save his life, but to no avail; death relieved him of his suffering Friday morning.

Mr. Kirk’s life was characterized by hard work. He had fought his way from an orphan boy to the top of the legal profession, and was a tireless fighter. Never was the fighting spirit of a man brought more forcefully to the fore than the game fight he put up against death at  C & O hospital. Many a man with a weaker spirit would have succumbed to the disease days before Mr. Kirk passed away. The body was brought to Paintsville Friday afternoon where it lay in state at the home on east Second Street, where relatives and friends from all sections of the valley called to view the remains and to pay their last respects to his memory and friendship. Sunday afternoon the remains were removed to the Mayo Memorial Church where funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. D. Bell, assisted by Rev. Bert Hewlett, of Louisa, a life long friend of the family. People from all section of the Big Sandy Valley attended the funeral. The crowd at the funeral and burial was one of the largest ever seen in Paintsville.

Mr. Kirk was a member and official of the Mayo Memorial Church, a Mason of high standing, and Odd Fellow and a member of the Paintsville Rotary Club. The legal profession was well represented at the funeral and burial. The Johnson County Bar Association attended in a body while attorneys from all sections of Eastern Kentucky were present. Members of the Rotary Club acted as pallbearers. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bessie Cassady Kirk, 2 sons, H. R. Kirk of Sebastian, FL and W. H. Kirk of Paintsville and 3 grandchildren, all of whom were present during his illness and death and at the funeral and burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

LEMASTER, William L.
William L. Lemaster, age 76, of Barnetts Creek, died Monday morning Jun 8, following an illness of 3 weeks of Brights disease. He was a member of the United Baptist Church, holding membership in the Barnetts Creek Church near his home. Funeral services were held at the church Wednesday afternoon conducted by ministers of the United Baptist faith. Burial followed in the family burying ground near the home. Besides his widow, he is survived by 5 children, 4 girls and one boy as follows: Mrs. Burns Fitzpatrick, Knoxville, TN, Mrs. Sarah Stapleton, Flat Gap, KY, Mrs. Rosa Trimble, West Van Lear, KY, Mrs. Mattie Davis, Kenwood, KY, and Alfred Lemaster, of Barnetts Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19, 1931

LOCKHART, Bascom
Bascom Lockhart, 51 years old, of Wilson’s Creek, died in Huntington Jun 11, following an operation for gall stones. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Roy Lockhart of Elmwood, Mrs. Jim Reeder and Miss Mary Lockhart of Detroit, Paul Royle, Wallace and Gladys Lockhart at home. Brothers and sisters surviving are: Charley Lockhart and Mrs. Smith Cyrus of Wilson Creek, Floyd, Oscar and Edgar Lockhart of Huntington and Mrs. Frank Adkins of Booton. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 26, 1931

MOORE, Efe, Jr.
Efe Moore, Jr., 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Efe Moore of Zelda was killed by a C & O freight train near his home 8 miles north of here several days ago. No one is known to have been with him at the time of his death, and it is believed that he went to sleep on the tracks. His body, badly mutilated, was found early Sunday morning by a train crew. Funeral and services were held Monday of last week. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 12, 1931

MORRIS, Jacob
Jacob P. Morris, aged 75, died last week at his home on Hellier Street, after an illness of about 4 months. Mr. Morris was born on Big Creek, Aug 5, 1855. He was a well known and respected citizen of Pikeville having been jailer of Pike County for one term. Mr. Morris is survived by 4 sons, N. B. Morris of  Raccoon, A. L. Morris, J. B. Morris and L. B. Morris, all of Pikeville, one daughter, Mrs. L. N. Pinson, of Pikeville; one step son, E. L. Thompson, of Pikeville, one step daughter, Mrs. A.J. Poole of Ashland, 2 brothers, J. B. Morris of Big Creek and W. M. Morris of Pikeville; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Thomas Bevins of Meta and Mrs. Lizzie Adkins of Dunlow, WV. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church Friday afternoon, the Rev. Lee Ford, pastor of the church officiated. Burial took place in the family lot of the Pikeville Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

MULLINS, Charlie Britton
Charlie Britton Mullins, colored, aged 58, died instantly last Friday morning when run over by a truck on the Mayo Trail about 7 miles below Pikeville. The accident occurred at the mouth of what is known as Harmon’s Branch. Mullins was an employee of Carey-Reed Construction Company, contractors who are surfacing that section of the trail. As was the custom, Mullins flagged the gravel truck Friday morning to get on and ride down to the other end of the road where he was working. According to Manford Blackburn, who was on the truck at the time of the accident, the truck slowed up but did not stop. Mullins caught to the bed of the truck, his intention seemingly to be to hop on the running board. About that time, Blackburn stated someone on the truck shouted, “all ready” to the driver and he threw the truck into gear. As the truck pulled out, Mullins feet missed the running board and he fell under the rear wheels. The truck passed over his body and stopped. Workmen jumped from the truck and ran to Mullins, but he lived only a few minutes. Besides his widow, Mullins is survived by 9 children. He lived just across the river from Pikeville. Funeral services were held Sunday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

NAPIER, Susanna
Mrs. Susanna Napier, 63 years old, well known and respected lady of Fort Gay, WV died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Una Basdin, after an illness of 5 days. She is the widow of Shade Napier who died 13 years ago. Mrs. Napier had been a devoted member of the Baptist Church for the past 33 years. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Frazier, of Ferguson, WV, 4 daughters, Mrs. Una Basdin, Fort Gay, Mrs. W. G. Kedd, Glenhayes, Mrs. J. J. Kedd, Ferguson, Mrs. Ona Fry, Holden and 2 sons, D. F. Napier, Huntington, and Howard Napier of Fort Gay. Funeral services and burial will be held Friday afternoon at the Glenhayes Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 26, 1931

NEWSOM, Milburn
Milburn Newsom, 24, son of Pete Newsom of Pikeville, died in the local hospital Thursday morning as a result of a gunshot wound inflicted accidentally the night before. Newsom, barber of Virgie, was in an automobile on his way home at the time of the accident, it was stated. He has showed a .45 automatic revolver to some friends in the car and was placing the gun back under his belt, when it went off. The bullet passed through the left thigh, cutting the femoral artery. Attended by Dr. Gettlefinger, he was rushed to the hospital here, where it was found that he has lost a great deal of blood. George Smith, whose wife was Newsom’s cousin, submitted for a blood transfusion. Newsom died, however, in spite of all efforts of the doctors. Besides his parents, Newsom is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Minnie Kinnery, and one son, Bobby, aged 2. One sister, Lexie Newsom and one brother, D. R. Newsom, both of this city, also survive. Newsom was born at Penny, Jan 8, 1907. Burial took place Saturday in the family cemetery at Caney. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 26, 1931

PANCAKE, Samuel
Samuel Pancake, well known Raceland resident, was claimed by death suddenly shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Heart failure caused his death, he was 55 years old. Pancake, who was a well known contractor, retired at his usual hour Wednesday, and did not complain of being ill. Shortly after midnight he was stricken, and died before medical aid could be summoned. Final rites were held Saturday afternoon at the chapel at Zelda, KY. Burial was made in the cemetery at that place. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

PINKS, Brack
Salyersville, KY—Brack Pinks, special deputy sheriff of Magoffin County, was shot and instantly killed about noon Sunday by Robert Johnson, a fugitive from justice. Johnson was seriously wounded by another of the posse and was taken to the hospital at Martin, in Floyd County. The shooting took place on the head of  Licking River, in Magoffin County, when a posse led by Pinks cornered Frank and Robert Johnson, both wanted on murder charges., in the woods. Frank Johnson is said to have murdered Henry Hale, of Magoffin County, some 2 years ago. Both Frank and Robert Johnson are said to have murdered a man named Shepherd in Floyd County shortly after the Hale killing. Hale who was an old man, was held by an accomplice while Johnson twisted his head with his hands, breaking his neck., according to evidence given on the witness stand during the trial of the accomplice. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

PRESTON, Cyrus M.
Cyrus M. Preston died at his home in Ashland, Tuesday night, after 3 hours of illness. He had returned at 6 o’clock from Winchester where he has a large farm and was as well as usual. Two hours later he became ill. Mr. Preston was born at Paintsville, Nov 14, 1857. He lived there for some years after reaching maturity. His first move was to Catlettsburg and then to Ashland. He was postmaster at Ashland for 8 years. About 6 years ago Mr. Preston went to Clark County, KY where he bought a large Bluegrass farm. He resided there until about a year ago when he returned to Ashland. Mr. Preston was a son of Frank and Emily Elizabeth Hager. He was married twice, and is survived by his second wife and 3 daughter and 2 sons: Miss Ora Preston, Mrs. Frank Malin, Mrs. Carl Runge, Roger Preston and Clarence Preston. After a brief service at the M. E. Church, South, the body will be taken to Paintsville Friday morning for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

REED, Van Clifton
Van Clifton Reed, 3 year old son of John Reed, Jr., colored, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of his grandfather, John Reed, Sr., after an illness of several months. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon from the Colored Baptist Church with interment in the Wallace Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

ROBERTS, Celcus
Blaine—The death angel visited our community Sunday night and took one of our nicest young men, Celcus Roberts. He was the son of Dr. Allen Roberts and wife. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

ROBINSON, Proctor
Proctor Robinson, of Thealka, KY, died last week at the Paintsville Hospital following a few days illness. Mr. Robinson contracted a severer case of flu from which he never fully recovered. A few days before his death he had his teeth extracted and became unconscious and never regained consciousness. He is survived by a wife and several children. The remains were taken to Rush Fork of Toms Creek and buried with Odd Fellows honors Friday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5,1 931

ROBINSON, Dr. T. W.
Dr. T. W. Robinson, native of Floyd County and prominent Ashland dentist, died in a Louisville hospital Thursday morning, Jun 4, after an illness of about 2 years. Relatives in this county were notified. A son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Robinson of Ashland, Dr. Robinson, was born near Bonanza, where his parents resided  until a few years ago. He was a man of excellent character and was very successful in the practice of his profession. Dr. Robinson located in Ashland shortly after having been graduated from a dental college. Besides his parents, Dr. Robinson is survived by one brother, Homer Robinson, Ashland and a sister, Mrs. Ernest Combs, West Van Lear. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19, 1931

RODAMOR, Frank
A telegram from Brooklyn, NY last Saturday to relatives in Louisa brought the sad news of the death of Mr. Frank Rodamor. He was a son in law of dr. G. W. Wroten, having married his daughter, Katherine. Brights disease caused his death, after an illness of more than a year. His age was bout 55 years. He was a native of Ironton, OH, but had been a resident of Brooklyn for many years where he was engaged in the lumber business. The body was returned to Ironton for interment Wednesday of this week. Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Headley, who came to Louisa last week on account of the death of Capt. F. F. Freese, went to Ironton to be present at the burial of Mr. Rodamor. He is survived by the widow and one brother. Mrs. Wroten, mother of Mrs. Rodamor, has been at the home in Brooklyn for a few weeks and will remain there indefinitely. Mrs. Rodamor  is expected to visit Mrs. Mary Freese in Louisa before returning to Brooklyn. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

SCOTT, Posey
STEPHENS, Don
Prestonsburg, KY—A Floyd County grand jury impaneled last Monday by Judge B. B. Wheeler was instructed to investigate the killing of Deputy Constable Posey Scott, 45 and the fatal wounding of Don Stephens, 20 years old, in a fight Saturday night at Wheelwright Junction, 35 miles south of Prestonsburg. Freddie Newsome, 46, and his 2 sons, George and John Newsome are under arrest. They surrendered to Deputy Sheriff Childress of Pike County and were brought here. Scott, shot 9 times, died at the scene of the battle in which Sheriff B. L. Sturgill said 60 bullets were fired. Stephens, wounded in the chest, died Sunday noon. Investigators were told that the Newsomes opened fire when Deputy Constables Scott, Monroe Hall and Ed Gearheart attempted to arrest them on drunkenness charges. Stephens was with the Newsomes. Funeral services for  Scott were conducted Monday He is survived by  his wife and several children. Sheriff Sturgill said Freddie  Newsome had been convicted of felony charges 4 times. One of the cases, he said, was for the killing of Charles Akers. Convicted under the habitual criminal act for the shooting of Thomas Cole, the elder Newsome was given a life penitentiary term, but was pardoned later by former Governor W. J. Fields, the Sheriff said. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 5, 1931

SHUFF, Cassie
Mrs. Cassie Shuff, widow of the late John Shuff, died at Ashland on Monday, following an illness which had lasted over a period of several months. She was born Jan 20, 1867, and was 64 years of age when death claimed her. Though her death had been expected, her wide circle of friends and relatives were grieved at her passing. She is survived by the following children: Roy Jordan, Ashland, Mrs. Floyd Damron, Ashland, Howard Shuff, Ashland, Elva Shuff at home, Mrs. Owen Moore, Ashland, and Mrs. Watt Hall, Ashland, a grandson, Billie Girard, at home and 12 other grandchildren; 3 brother, James Ratliff, Louisa, W. O. B. Ratliff, Rush, KY, Dorsey Ratliff, Robinette, WV, and 3 sisters, Mrs. L. C. Coburn, Glenwood, KY, Mrs. L. W. Fosson, Willard, KY, and Mrs. Matt Savage, Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 26, 1931

SMITH, Arnold
Arnold Smith, 19, son of Jerry Smith of Whites Creek, WV was instantly killed Saturday afternoon when struck by a bolt of lightning. The tragedy occurred as Smith was playing ball with some other boys on a ridge near Centerville. Another youth by the name of Sammons was shocked at the time and was over an hour coming to. Young Smith was playing second base, and his brother was running between second and third when a bolt descended without warning from a threatening sky. Smith was killed instantly.  The dead youth shoes were burned off. He had a watch and chain on at the time. The watch was damaged, but the chain disappeared entirely, leaving only its imprint burned into the young man’s body. This makes the fifth death in the Smith family within the past 4 or 5 years. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon form the Baptist Church in Centerville with burial in the Ferguson graveyard on Gragston. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 26, 1931

STAMBAUGH, Mrs. Troy
Paintsville, KY (From Herald)—Mrs. Troy Stambaugh, age 70, of Stambaugh, this county, died here Monday morning, Jun 8, after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Stambaugh was one of the Christian women of Johnson County and mother of 10 living children, all of whom were present at the funeral and burial of their mother. She was a member of one of the old and well known families of Johnson County, being a daughter of the late G. H. Witten. Besides her husband, she is survived by 10 children, 3 daughters and 7 sons as follows: G. H. Stambaugh, East Point, KY, Morgan Stambaugh, Paintsville, F. M. Stambaugh, Newport, KY, Mrs. Powell Williams, Stambaugh, Mrs. George Burchett, Stambaugh, Mrs. F. B. Akers, Stambaugh, Dr. H. G. Stambaugh, Ashland, Mrs. Herman Burchett, Paintsville, C. H. Stambaugh, Paintsville and J. C. Stambaugh, Jenkins, KY. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at Christian Church at Stambaugh, KY by Rev. J. H. Stambaugh of  Charleston, WV and Rev. J. L. Harrington of Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 19, 1931

WIREMAN, Dave
Salyersville, KY—Dave Wireman, of Ordway, Magoffin County, was shot from ambush and killed late Tuesday afternoon, according to a report received a the office of Sheriff Adam Carpenter here. Wireman was ambushed as he was sowing cane on his farm. Blood hounds from Lexington took up the trail of the killer and followed it into Floyd County where officers are still searching. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jun 12, 1931

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BAYS, Robert
Greenup, KY—Robert Bays, 26 years old, is dead and Fred Vanhorn, 40, is in a hospital in a serious condition at Grayson, Carter County, following a fight at a church on the Greenup-Carter County line last Sunday night. Arthur Crisp, who Sheriff George Crisp, of Greenup County, was told, shot the two men, is being sought. His parents had promised to turn him over to the Sheriff  Monday but failed to keep their promise. According to versions of the shooting given to Sheriff Crisp, Arthur Crisp, shot the two men after they had attached his younger brother and had broken the boy’s jaw. The Sheriff was told Bays and Vanhorn had been drinking. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 31, 1931

BURGESS, Teleh
Mrs. Teleh Burgess, age 66, died at the home of her son, William Burgess, Paintsville, Jul 12, following an illness of more than 2 months. She was the widow of the late Henry Burgess who preceded her in death 25 years ago.  They were natives of Lawrence County. Mrs. Burgess is survived by 3 children, 2 boys and a girl as follows: William Burgess of Paintsville, Mrs. Carl Hudson of Charleston, WV and Walter Burgess of Newport, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 17, 1931

COOKSEY, Annie (Roberts)
Mrs. Annie Cooksey, 73 years old, one of Lawrence County’s most respected ladies, died at her home at Fallsburg, last Thursday morning after a week’s illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Cooksey was born in Boyd County, Nov 22, 1857, the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Roberts. When 13 years of age she moved with her parents to Lawrence County where she resided the rest of her life. Her husband, John Cooksey, died 33 years ago. Surviving her are 6 daughters, Mrs. Tenia Skeens, Potter, Mrs. Thomas Worley, Ohio, Mrs. John Jordan, Wayland, Mrs. S. Z. Kinstler, Kenova, Mrs. William Skeens, Fallsburg, and Mrs. Howard Riffe, Van Lear; 5 sons, L. M. Cooksey, James Cooksey, J. H. Cooksey, C. V. Cooksey, all of Fallsburg and F. P. Cooksey, Yatesville, also surviving are 30 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. one daughter, Mollie, died at the age of 11. Mrs. Cooksey had been a member of the church for over 60 years, and at the time of her death was a member of the M. E. Church of Fallsburg. She was a member of the Eastern Star of Louisa and the Rebeccahs of Fallsburg. Funeral services were held from the home Saturday morning with Rev. Roland Hutchison of Dennis officiating. The services were conducted by the Eastern Star with interment in the Fallsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 31, 1931

DANIEL, Walter
Walter Daniel, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Daniel, of Paintsville, received injuries in the mines at Red Jacket, WV from which he died 2 hours later last Friday. Young Daniel was removing timbers from under slate when he was crushed by a slate fall. The body was brought to this county for burial. Funeral services took place last Sunday afternoon at Stambaugh in the presence of a large number of people. He is survived by a bride of a few months, his parents, 4 brothers and one sister. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

DANIELS, Terry
Burial of Terry Daniels, 28 years old, who was killed Thursday, Jul 2, by a slate fall in the Boldman mine of the Utilities Elkhorn Coal Company, was made Sunday afternoon in West Prestonsburg. Daniels met death when operating a coal cutting machine in the mine, he was caught beneath a fall of slate. Mr. Daniels was the son of W. A. Daniels, who for a number of years was employed by the Purity Elkhorn Coal Company on Abbot Creek, and was well known in this section. He is survived by his parents, his widow, Mrs. Olga Dorothy Daniels, of West Prestonsburg, and adopted son, 4 brothers and 5 sisters. The body was taken to the home of Mrs. Mille Clay, West Prestonsburg, mother in law of the victim, Sunday. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Pentecostal Church, West Prestonsburg, by Rev. Hopkins and Jackson. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 17, 1931

FITZPATRICK, Nancy
Mrs. Nancy Fitzpatrick, 38, died at her home at Glenhayes, WV on Jul 1 after a long illness. She was the mother of 14 children, 11 of whom are living. Besides her husband, Lindsey Fitzpatrick, she is survived by the following children: Willie Strother, 21, Ray, 19, John, 18, Wavel, 16, Junior, 14, Luvonia, 12, Jack, 9, Ted, 6, Imogene, 4, Ruby Mae, 3, and Dorsey, 3 months. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Frazier of Clifford and several brothers and sisters also survive. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Hall. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

FITZPATRICK, Rufus
Rufus Fitzpatrick, formerly of Kenova, died Tuesday of injuries received in an automobile wreck Sunday night in Covington, KY, where he had resided with his parents. H was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Andy New, Jr., of Kenova and has many relatives in he upper part of Wayne County. Funeral services and burial were held at Glenhayes, Tuesday afternoon. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers, Earl and J. D. and one sister, Sally, all living in Covington. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 24, 1931

FREESE, Katharine Camelia
Miss Katharine Camelia Freese, 51, died at a Huntington hospital last Sunday afternoon after an illness of 8 weeks. She was a daughter of Mrs. Mary Burns  Freese, of Louisa. Her father, Capt. Frank F. Freese, preceded her in death by just one month. The news of her passing saddened Louisa to a degree that is seldom witnessed. While the fact was generally accepted that her condition was critical, hope stood in the way of a full realization of the situation and friends were not prepared to hear the worst. After major operations were performed on Jun 12 there were times when the case was encouraging, but not much more than this could be said. The body was brought home on Sunday evening by Funeral Director H. H. Curtright. Arrangements were made for the funeral on Wednesday morning at the M. E. Church, South. Rev. H. W. Ward conducted the service, assisted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Interment in Pine Hill Cemetery followed the conclusion of the service. Miss Freese is survived by her mother, and one brother, Samuel M. Freese, of Wheeling, WV with his wife and 2 sons and 2 daughters. One sister, Mrs. Nannie Freese Watson, passed away many years ago.

Miss Freese was recognized as one of the finest characters with which this community has been blessed. She played an important part in the life of Louisa, using her talents always in the most helpful way. Possessed of an unusual voice she gave it freely in church and community service. In her work of teaching music she tried to do more than simply to teach them the rudiments of music. She sought to create an ambition for the better things in music and in character. Refinement and modesty and good taste were taught by precept and example—which, in this jazz age are sadly needed.  The influence of her pure  Christian life will be reflected throughout the coming years in the lives of hundreds of her pupils here and elsewhere. Miss Freese had taught music in colleges in West Virginia and Ohio and for the last 2 years was in charge of the music department of the Louisa High School and grades. Her education was acquired in Cincinnati and New York. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 3, 1931

FUGITT, Anna Luman
Mrs. Anna Luman Fugitt was born in Fleming County, KY, Dec 1, 1868, her death occurred at her residence at St. Petersburg, FL, on Jun 14, 1931, aged 62 years. She was the youngest of the five children born to Joel T. and Harriette N. Luman of Mt. Carmel, KY. She was married to Dr. Walter W. Fugitt of Lawrence Co., KY, on Jan 3, 1900, he survives her. About 20 years ago  her health became so impaired that she was advised by consulting specialists to seek a more equable climate. She spent every winter in St. Petersburg except one from 1900 to 1910, since then an all year resident. The mild climate and healthful sunshine doubtless prolonged her life for many years. She gave herself to the Lord when quite young and lived an exemplary life, but owing to her feeble health she was unable to attend church regularly or her Eastern Star Chapter of which was a member. She was laid to rest in beautiful Royal Palm Cemetery, in the western part of the city, placed in a gray metallic casket, enclosed in a copper vault. Rev. Dr. J. Boyd Jones of Kentucky administered the last sad rites. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 3, 1931

GOBLE, Robert
Pikeville, KY—From the News—Robert Goble, one year old son of Mrs. Audrey Goble, was shot through the head last Friday afternoon by one of 3 larger children who were in the room with the baby at the time of its death. The mother was out in the garden working, it was stated, when she heard the report of a pistol. The baby’s head had been blown apart, while its body was badly bruised. An inquest was held Saturday morning and a coroner’s jury pronounced the death accidental. Three children were in the room with the baby when the fatal shot was fired. Denver and Edward Fannin, grandsons of Bailey Crider, ages 11 and 9, had been playing with a gun they stated. The boys said they replaced the gun and were out of the room at the time of the accident. On reaching the house, however, the mother found all three of the children there and the gun had been put back in its usual keeping place. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

HALL, John
Prestonsburg, KY—“Bad” John Hall, known throughout the Sandy Valley for his exploits and chief of police of Wheelwright, KY, died at the Beaver Valley hospital at Martin last Wednesday from a stomach ailment. “Bad” John, as he was known to his friends, had been in failing health for the past several months, but had been a patient at the hospital only about 3 days, it is said. He was a member of one of the oldest and largest families in Floyd County, being widely connected. During his career as officer and assistant he is reputed to have killed from 6 to 9 men. “Bad” John was said to have been the leader of the Hall clan which engaged in a gun battle at the depot in Martin a few years ago during which more than 100 shots were fired, and Lewis White and Halt Hall were killed and 5 others wounded. He is survived by his widow, several children and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 3, 1931

HARRIS, Mary (Ford)
Mrs. Mary Harris, 79, died Sunday at her home at Ford’s Branch from hemorrhage of the lungs after an illness of one week. She was the daughter of Captain and Mrs. Will Ford. She was born in Pike County in 1852, and was a member of the Christian Church. She was preceded in death several years ago by her husband, John Harris. Mrs. Harris is survived by 5 sons, Tom Harris, of Emma, Crit Harris of Buchanan, I. S. Harris, Rad and Henry Harris all of Ford’s Branch; 2 daughters, Mrs. Dollie A. Laurhan of Ford’s Branch and Mrs. Cora Amburgy of Dwale. Two brothers, tom Ford, and W. M. Ford, of Ford’s Branch, and one sister, Mrs. Kate Deskins of Stone, also survive. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Church of Christ by the Rev. Alvis Ford. Burial took place in the Ford Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 31, 1931

JENNINGS, Nancy
Mrs. Nancy Jennings, 67, of  Fort Gay, who died in a Huntington hospital Sunday night, was buried at Fort Gay, Wednesday, following funeral services. The body remained at the Farrell Funeral Home in Huntington until shortly before the funeral hour. She leaves her husband, William Jennings, 2 daughters, Mrs. Lilly Massey of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Florence Heiness of Fort Madison, Iowa, and a son, Golden Jennings at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 31, 1931

JOHNSON, B. F.
Pikeville, KY—B. F. Johnson, 77, of Etty, KY, one of Pike County’s most prominent citizens died at a hospital here Monday without rallying from an operation performed on Sunday night for locked bowels with which he suffered an acute attack late Sunday. Mr. Johnson was one of Pike County’s pioneer merchants having entered the mercantile business more than 50 years ago. Besides his mercantile interests, he leaves an estate estimated at 250,000 dollars consisting of an extensive boundary of mineral and timber lands and valuable bank and commercial stocks. He was first married to Elizabeth Wright of Beefhide, KY, who died several years ago, his second wife, formerly Miss Anna Little of  Floyd County survives him. He is survived by one son and 8 daughters. His son, George F. Johnson, is a merchant at Virgie, KY. He is also survived by one brother, Dr. W. H. C. Johnson, Jonancy, and one sister, Miss Dicie Johnson, also of Jonancy. He is survived by a large number of grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 31, 1931

JOHNSON, Charles
Prestonsburg, KY—From Times—Charles Johnson, civil engineer, and native of Floyd County, was fatally injured and 2 others, G. W. Stephens, well known Prestonsburg man and Frank Johnson, of Dock, brother of the victim, miraculously escaped serious injury or death in an auto wreck at Pikeville Tuesday morning. Enroute to Pikeville, Mr. Johnson took a sharp curve at the end of the bridge at a rapid pace, it is said, and found it impossible to make the turn. After crashing into the girder the auto stopped 25 or 30 feet on the bridge, without turning over but after it had turned completely around. The injured man was taken to the Methodist hospital where it was found impossible to save his life. The body was brought to the home of Mr. Stephens Tuesday evening and was taken Wednesday morning to Dock for burial. The victim was the son of the late John Johnson and of Mrs. Anna Johnson of Dock. Educated in Berea and Tusculum College, he had been a civil engineer for the past 5 years, the last year of which period he had been employed by the federal government on the Mississippi River project in Illinois. He had been in this county on vacation, visiting relatives for only a few days, and had planned to return to work within the next week. He was about 35 years old and was unmarried. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Caney, Friday, under the direction of E. P. Arnold. Mr. Johnson is survived by his mother and several brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 24, 1931

JORDAN, Jack
Returning from church on Bolts Fork Saturday night a car driven by Miss Sunshine Jordan, and containing 6 other young people all of Tuscola, turned over, killing one instantly and injuring the rest,. The dead: Jack Jordan, 15, son of Mrs. H. A. Jordan. Injured: Pete Jordan, Ruth Jordan, Henry Jordan, Sunshine Jordan, John Paul Bush and Bill Bush. The accident happened on the Mayo Trail near the mouth of the Catt Creek road which leads to their homes. A pile of gravel at the side of the road caused Miss Sunshine Jordan, driver, to lose control of the car which turned over pinning the occupants beneath. Young Jack Jordan suffered a broken neck and was killed instantly. Henry and Sunshine Jordan were able to free themselves and raise the car from their pinned companions. Pete Jordan and Miss Ruth Jordan were more seriously hurt and were removed to the Louisa General hospital where examination showed that Miss Jordan had a badly crushed collar bone. Pete suffered injury to his back. They remained in the hospital until Tuesday. The other in the car sustained only minor cuts and bruises. The death youth is survived by  his mother, Mrs. H. A. Jordan of Tuscola, 4 sisters, Mrs. Warren Dixon, Misses Blanche Jordan and Ruth Jordan of Catlettsburg and Miss Mildred Jordan of Tuscola; 5 brothers, Herman Jordan of Catlettsburg, James Richard, Leon, Glen and Kenneth of Tuscola. The father died last November. One of the largest congregations seen in the section attended the funeral services for Young Jordan a the residence at Tuscola Tuesday morning. Rev. Roland Hutchison officiated. Interment was made in family cemetery near the home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 3, 1931

LAMB, Arthur
Pikeville, KY—Jul 7—Arrested in a mourners group a short time after her husband died from poisoning, Mrs. Arthur Lamb today faced a charge of murder in connection with his death. Lamb died this morning shortly after drinking poison in the county jail while awaiting transfer to the Frankfort reformatory to serve 2 five year sentences on charges of breaking into  a store and a dwelling. After police were told that Mrs. Lamb bought poison in a drug store here last month apparently to kill rats, County Judge H. Pauley issued a warrant for her arrest. Lamb’s father said he saw his son drink the poison at the prison window. Authorities said the poison bought by Mrs. Lamb was the same kind as that which killed her husband. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

LITMAN, Abraham
Abraham Litman, 73 years old, Catlettsburg dairyman, died at his home Tuesday, after having been in ill health  since Jul 1929, when he was seriously injured when a train struck his milk truck on a Catlettsburg grade crossing. He came to America in 1883. After living in New York for some time he came to Paintsville, where he married Mary Emily Stafford, daughter of a prominent family of that section. He is survived by his widow and 5 daughters, Mrs. W. J. Neider of Portland, OR, Mrs. C. G. Hockensmith, Frankfort, KY, and  Ethelbert, Florence and Katherine of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at the home, with the Rev. Arden P. Keyser, pastor of the First M. E. Church, South, officiating. Burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 31, 1931

MOORE, George
A youth about 25 years old, identified as George Moore, and said to be a resident of Beatty, Martin County, KY, died Friday afternoon at the Richmond-Cottrell Clinic in Ashland, as the result of injuries he received about 3:30 when he was struck by a freight train and knocked from the Chesapeake & Ohio bridge, which spans the Big Sandy River at Catlettsburg. He was rushed to the clinic in the police car and an examination revealed a badly fractured skull in addition to other injuries. The skull injury caused his death. The body was removed to Kilgore and Colliers, where it was prepared for burial. Relatives arrived in Catlettsburg Saturday evening and claimed the body. They accompanied the body to Kermit, WV. Funeral services and burial took place in Martin County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

MORGAN, Arthur
Arthur Morgan, 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Morgan of Belfry, died on the way to the hospital in Williamson last Saturday afternoon shortly before 4 o’clock when he was struck by a passing automobile. N. A. Ammar, of Williamson, driver of the car that struck the boy, stated the accident was unavoidable. It was said that the boy stepped from behind a parked car into the path of the passing car. Mr. Amma stopped the car immediately and started for the hospital in Williamson with the lad, but the boy died  before reaching Williamson. Mr. Ammar was arrested by Constable Harvey Varney and released under a $5,000 bond for his appearance in Pikeville. He was released after a court hearing in the county court. Besides the boy’s parents, 5 sisters and brothers, also survive. The body was taken to Wallins Creek for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 3, 1931

NAPIER, Susanna
Susanna Napier, 63, of Fort Gay, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Una Baisden, Jun 24, following a few days illness. She was the daughter of Rev. D. K. Frazier and the widow of Rev. Shade Napier. She was an active member of the United  Baptist Church. Interment was made in the Frazier Cemetery near Glenhayes with Rev. Frazier and Rev. W. Hall in charge. Surviving are 6 children, Mrs. J. Kidd of Ferguson, Mrs. Una Baisden of Fort Gay, Mrs. Mary Frye of Holden, Mrs. Della Kidd of Glenhayes, David Napier of Huntington, Howard Napier of Fort Gay, also 23 grandchildren and her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Frazier of Glenhayes. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 3, 1931

PENNINGTON, Arnold
Arnold Pennington, 28 of Dobbins, KY, Elliott County, died in Ashland last Wednesday night in a hospital from injuries received Tuesday afternoon when he fell beneath an east bound Chesapeake & Ohio freight train in Ashland. Pennington is said to have lost his footing in some manner and fell from his perch between 2 cars beneath the moving freight. Quick action by an eye witness of the accident in cutting off the air on the car stopped the train almost instantly, but left a wheel resting on one leg. Pennington had to sit in this position for nearly an hour before he could be moved. His death came from the shock and loss of blood. His position was such that either way the train moved he would be in danger of being run over again. As soon as he could be freed from beneath the train he was rushed to a hospital where death followed. Mr. Pennington is survived by his mother, Mrs. Fanny Pennington of Lowmansville, this county and a brother, Clarence of Webbville, also of this county. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 17, 1931

PRINCE, Thomas
Thomas Prince, 81 years old, died at his home at Crum, WV last Saturday night. Mr. Prince was a retired merchant, and ran a store at Walnut Grove, WV, practically all of his life. Born and reared in Wayne County, Mr. Prince was widely known. He was a son of the late Hiram and Ellen Prince. His only survivors are the following nieces: Miss Polly Marcum, Miss Ruth Varney, Miss Nancy Marcum, Mrs. Tabby Stimson, Mrs. Ellen Vance, and one nephew, L. D. Prince, all of Crum. Mr. Prince had been a member of the M. E. Church 10 years. Funeral services were held from the home Monday morning with interment in the Prince Cemetery on Jennies Creek. Rev. W. M. Pack of Crum officiated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 24, 1931

RICE, Rilda
Mrs. Rilda Rice, widow of the late Dr. W. A. Rice, died last Thursday at her home at Amlin, OH after a short illness. The body was brought to Fallsburg Saturday morning for burial beside her husband and daughter. Mrs. Rice is a daughter of the late Ran Boggs of Caines Creek. She was 67 years old. Her husband who was a prominent Lawrence County physician died 9 years ago. Mrs. Rice is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John Boggs, Amlin, OH, one brother, Pleas Boggs, of Caines Creek and one sister, Mrs. Fannie Rigsby of West Virginia. She has been a devoted member of the M. E. Church for many years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

RITTENBERRY, Benjamin F.
Benjamin F. Rittenberry, 25, died at an Ashland hospital Saturday afternoon from injuries received when he fell beneath a freight train near his home at Chapman, 6 miles south of Louisa, early the previous day. At the hospital it was found necessary to amputate his left leg. His right leg was also badly cut. The injuries together with shock caused his death. The fatal accident occurred when the young man was preparing to fix some fencing at his mother’s home. He had some wire and tools with him and had started to work. The train blocked his path, it is said, and in attempting to climb through he fell beneath the wheel. He was picked up by the crew in caboose and brought to Louisa where an ambulance was waiting to rush him to the hospital. Mr. Curtright, driver of the ambulance, made the trip to Ashland in 45 minutes. Shortly after his death he was brought to Louisa in Curtright’s ambulance to be prepared for the funeral which was held Sunday afternoon at the Rittenberry family cemetery with  Rev. Kahlo of the Methodist Church officiating. On account of the serious illness of William, brother of the deceased man, funeral was not held at the home. Mr. Rittenberry was born in Lawrence County where he has spent his entire life. He was the son of Andrew and Priscilla Rittenberry. His father preceded him in death 13 years ago, also coming to his death through an accident. He was lock tender and was accidentally knocked into the river, the blow crushing his skull. He is survived by his widowed mother, 2 sisters, Mrs. M. A. Damron of Chapman and Miss Amanda, at home; 3 brothers, J. H. Rittenberry of Chapman and William and Wayne at home. His wife, who was Miss Stella Skaggs, also survives. Mr. Rittenberry taught school for 2 years in Lawrence County, one at Richardson and the other at Patrick. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 17,1931

ROBERTS, Garner Reed
Garner Reed Roberts quietly passed away late Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John J. Branham, 4 miles west of Louisa. Mr. Roberts had not been in good health for some time. Mr. Roberts was born Sep 16, 1842, and spent his early years on Big Blaine, near Ellen, later he moved to the farm known as the Reid Roberts home place on Green Briar and Deep Hole Creeks, a few miles west of  Louisa, where his only son, Burnam Roberts, now resides. For the past 26 years he has lived with his daughters. In 1863 he married Mary Jane Smith, of Wayne County, WV. Of this union there survived 2 children, Burnam Roberts and Martha B. Branham, the wife having passed away in 1900, and an older daughter immediately followed her mother in death, being Mary Lou Roberts Holt. Mr. Roberts spent most of his life here in his native county. His second wife, Mrs. Louisa Chapman Roberts, had preceded him in death some 4 years. Those who survived are a daughter and a son, Mrs. John J. Branham and Burnam Roberts of near Louisa and the following grandchildren: G. S. Roberts of Washington, D.C., Mary Jaynes Roberts, a student at Morehead Teachers College, Zona and Thelma  Roberts of Deephole and Mary L. Branham of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted at the Branham home by a long time friend of the decease, Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Interment took place in Pine Hill Cemetery, Saturday afternoon. Mr. Roberts has been a member of the M. E. Church since 1878 and in those earlier days when strength would permit, was an able church worker. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

ROSS, Mary Isabelle (Belcher)
Mrs. Mary Isabelle Ross, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Belcher, were prominent pioneer farmers in Eastern KY, passed away last Thursday evening at the old farm home on Bolts Fork. She was 71 years old. Mrs. Ross was born in Lawrence County and was a member of the M. E. Church at Ross Chapel. She was married to J. H. Ross Mar 28, 1881. For many years they lived on the farm on Bolts Fork moving to Ashland in 1902 where they resided until 2 years ago when they returned to the farm where death occurred. She is survived by her husband, J. H. Ross, 3 children, Mrs. Florence Leich at home, and George J. Ross at home; one grandchild, George J. Ross, Jr., 5 brothers, Lon Belcher of Huntington, Eugene of Clarksburg, WV, George, Rush, KY, John D., Prestonsburg, and William, Deering, OH; and one sister, Mrs. Josephine Neal, Deering, OH. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from the Ross Chapel. Rev. Campbell was in charge. Burial was made in the Lon Ross Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 17, 1931

SHERMAN, Cap
Paintsville, KY—Cap Sherman, 75, died at a Paintsville hospital Tuesday evening of injuries received Tuesday morning near the railroad crossing at Thealka when struck by a C & O freight train. He received a fractured skull, a broken arm and other internal injuries when the body of the aged man was hurled against the side of a cliff along the railroad lines. Mr. Sherman was walking along the right of way. A freight train was approaching, and it is believed that he was hit by another train which was approaching from the rear. He was not directly on the tracks, but was walking along the end of the ties. He was struck a glancing blow and thrown against a rocky cliff. Although mortally injured the aged man was conscious when picked up. He said that he had started to Greasy Creek to transact business and was using the railway line. Mr. Sherman was well known in this section and had many friends. He was one of the old time river men when steamboating and pushboating on the Big Sandy River was at its height. He was a fine artisan and was noted for his ability in the construction of steamboats and pushboats. At one time he was employed by the government in the supervision and construction of flatboats on the docks of New York. Mr. Sherman was a member of a large family of boys, all of whom have passed away with the exception of one brother, Lewis (Bacon) Sherman of Paintsville. Mr. Sherman was never married, but made his home for the past few years with his brother in Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 31, 1931

SPARKS, Willie
A fight which took place on the head of Puncheon Creek, near Kerz post office, Johnson County, about 4 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, resulted in the death of one man and the arrest of 4 others, who it is claimed, has knowledge of the killing, although one person, a youth of 17, is charged with the actual deed. Willie Sparks, age 23, was the victim and LeRoy Kimbler, age 17, is charged with beating him to death with a club. The killing took place at the home of Blaine Kimbler on the head of Puncheon Creek. According to information obtainable, Mitchell Kimbler, son of Blaine Kimbler, and his cousin, LeRoy Kimbler, had been sent to the barn to feed a pair of mules. While throwing hay from the barn loft Willie Sparks and Milt Harris said to  have been drinking, rode up to the barn and Sparks and LeRoy Kimbler became involved in a row which led to blows. Sparks is said to have seized a sled standard and advanced on Kimbler. The two men then came together, it is said, and when the fight ended Sparks was found to be dead.

LeRoy and Mitchell Kimbler were held to the action of the grand jury at the examining trial held before County Judge J. Melvin Hall Tuesday for the killing of Willie Sparks at the home of Blaine Kimbler on the head of Puncheon Creek, last Sunday afternoon. Neither of the boys took the witness stand in their defense. The evidence showed that LeRoy Kimbler did the killing and it seems the weapon used was a sled standard, one woman testifying that she saw Kimbler wield the club. After hearing the evidence both boys were allowed bond. LeRoy Kimbler’s bond was place at $5,000 and Mitchell Kimbler’s at $2,000. Blaine Kimbler, father of Mitchell Kimbler, and Milt Harris, who were arrested in connection with the case were discharged, as there were no evidence against them. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 31, 1931

THOMPSON, Thaddeus
Thaddeus Thompson, 91 years old a native of Wayne  County, WV, who with his father, Pat Thompson, joined the Confederate Army at Barboursville at the outset of the war between the states, died on Monday morning at the home of his son, E. Thompson, of Huntington. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Puckett, of Catlettsburg, Wednesday. Mr. Thompson was born on a farm near what is now the town of Wayne on Oct 14, 1841. Most of his life was spent as a Wayne County farmer. His first departure from the haunts of his childhood was in 1861 when he enlisted at Barboursville in Co., E. Eighth Virginia Cavalry, in which he served under Col. J. M. Corn. He was discharged at New Orleans at the close of the war and quickly as possible made his way homeward. There he remained until he was far advanced in his eighties, thereafter spending part of his time with his children. His wife, the former Elsie Wilkinson, died in 1900. He leaves his daughter, Mrs. Puckett and 3 sons, Ewell Thompson, of Huntington, Braxton of Bell, WV and William of Williamson. There are numerous grandchildren and several great grandchildren. big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 17, 1931

TRIMBLE, John G.
John G. Trimble, 86 years old, better known to a large number of people as Uncle John, died at his home at Manila post office on Colvin Branch last Friday, following an illness of 3 months or more from infirmities due to advanced age. Uncle John was one of the few remaining old Union Soldiers of Johnson County having fought on the side of the Union during the war between the states. At the close of the war he settled on Barnetts’ Creek and the greater part of his remaining days were devoted to the peaceful pursuit of farming and dealing in livestock. Funeral services were held at the Barnetts Creek Church Sunday afternoon. Interment was in the old Trimble Cemetery on Pickle Fork. Paintsville Lodge No. 181 F & AM officiated at the grave. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

VINSON
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Vinson of Fort Gay, died Jun 17. Interment was made in the family cemetery on Fort Gay, route 2. Mrs. Vinson before marriage was Miss Mary Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Smith of Ellen, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 3, 1931

VINSON, Paul
Paul Vinson, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Jay Vinson of Logan, died in a Logan hospital Jul 6, following an operation for locked bowels. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters, Ruth and Mary Lee and a brother, Samuel. Funeral services were conducted at the Wayne M. E. Church by Rev. Henry Mullens Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in the Elmwood Cemetery near Wayne. Mr. and Mrs. Vinson formerly lived at Wayne. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Jul 10, 1931

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BAILEY, Dr. O. E.
Funeral rites for Dr. O. E. Bailey of Estep, KY who died in an Ashland hospital from the effects of a shotgun wound in his left side, early Sunday morning were held at Blaine Monday morning. Dr. Bailey was shot, it is alleged, by his 12 year old son, Billie, during a family racket. The boy shot his father, according to Mrs. Bailey, because he thought the father had killed a younger son, and was about to injure her. The shooting occurred about 10 o’clock Saturday morning at the Bailey home at Estep. Mrs. Bailey said that the boy shot because he thought he was saving her, and because he believed that his father had already badly injured their 7 year old son. Coroner James L. Richardson of Boyd County, in questioning witnesses at Catlettsburg Monday said that the shooting by the 12 year old boy was justifiable homicide. On the strength of other information, a warrant was sworn out in Lawrence County against Mrs. Bailey Wednesday charging her with murder. She was brought before Judge R. C. Moore the same day and placed under $1,000 bond. Examining trial will be held within the next few days. Either county has jurisdiction over the killing as Dr. Bailey’s home is in Lawrence County which was the scene of the shooting. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 7, 1931

BRADLEY, William
William Bradley, 91 years old, died at his home at Missouri Branch in Wayne County, WV, Jul 28. “Uncle Bill” as his many friends knew him was liked by all who knew him. He was a Civil War veteran and served in the Confederate army 3 years. He came to Wayne County from Virginia and was first married to Sallie Crum in 1867. To this union was born 8 children, 4 of whom survive. His first wife died in 1884. He was then married to Mrs. Anna Hammonds. Two children were born to this union. The second wife died in 1890. He was then married to Charity Muncy and 5 children were born to this union. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 14, 1931

BROWN
Borders Chapel—Sorry to hear of the death of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Brown of Van Lear. Burial took place here Saturday in the Borders Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 7, 1931

BRUMFIELD, Bostic, Sr.
On the morning of his 83rd birthday and one week after his marriage to his fourth wife, Bostic Brumfield, Sr., died Thursday at his home in Wayne. Mr. Brumfield, who was widely known as “Uncle Bos” married Mrs. Garent Ward, 63, of Huntington, on Thursday, Aug 6. He was a native of Wayne county where he spent his life. He was first married at Catlettsburg in 1871 to Miss Parlee Davis of Bowen. Widowed, he again married in 1887, the second wife, being Mrs. Margaret Stanley Rigg, of Huntington, the ceremony taking place at her home there. His third wife was Miss Martha Johnson of Cyrus to whom he was married at Catlettsburg in 1890. Besides the widow he leaves 6 children, Mrs. Anna Newman, Mrs. Carl Spurlock, Woodrow Jennings, and Bostic Brumfield, Jr., of Wayne, Walter Brumfield of Bluefield, VA and Arthur Brumfield, of Kenova. Funeral services for Mr. Brumfield were held Friday afternoon at Newcomb Baptists Church, Rev. A. W. Damron and Rev. Henry Mullens officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 21, 1931

CHAFFIN, Alma
Mrs. Alma Chaffin, 28, wife of Okie V. Chaffin of Twin Branch, died last Thursday afternoon at a local hospital following the birth of twins at the home. Hoping that her life might be saved she was rushed to the hospital. The body was removed to the home by H. H. Curtright. Funeral services were held Saturday from the home with Rev. Roland Hutchison and Rev. Spillman officiating.  Burial was in the Chaffin Cemetery on Twin Branch. Besides her husband she leaves 2 sons, Vaughan, Jr. and Don and one daughter, Dongene; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Kitchen, Gladys, and 6 sisters, Mrs. Henry Hillman, Detroit, Mrs. George Cornish, Detroit, Mrs. Howard Burton, Elwood City, PA, Mrs. Charles Chaffin, Twin Branch, Mrs. Violet Kitchen and Miss Beulah Mae Kitchen, at home; 3 brothers, Nolan Kitchen, Overda, Nigel Kitchen, Yatesville, J. W. Kitchen, Twin Branch. The twins, a boy and girl, which were born Wednesday night, are doing nicely. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 21, 1931

CLARKE, Lathanie
Mrs. Lathanie Smiley Clarke, the widow of the late Isaac Lee Clarke, died Wednesday morning, Jul 22, at her home on Prater Creek, Floyd County, at the age of 85 years. Old age is held as the cause of her passing. Mrs. Clarke was born in Washington Co., VA, and came to Mud Creek, Floyd County, with her parents shortly after the close of the Civil War, making much of the trip afoot. She was married to Isaac Lee Clarks on Apr 29, 1870. Mr. Clarke dying Oct 4 last year. For more than 30 years she had been a member of the Regular Baptist  Church and was known as a fine Christian character. Surviving her are 3 sons and 3 daughters, James, John D. and Jesse Clarke, Mrs. Lucinda Carroll, Mrs. Martha Wallen and Mrs. Mel Akers. One brother and 5 sisters also survive: A. L. Smiley, Dana, Mrs. Clarinda Boyd and Mrs. Mary Ann Boyd, Dana, Mrs. Elizabeth Porter, Russell, Mrs. Martha Vinson, Portsmouth, OH, and Mrs. Sally Green of Louisiana. Funeral services were conducted at the home with burial in the family cemetery on Prater Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 7, 1931

DEAN, Earl
Earl Dean, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dean, of Kelley’s Bridge, near Ironton, OH, met a tragic death Tuesday morning when he was thrown headlong against one of the steel beams on the Vesuvius Street bridge over Storms Creek. Dean, an employee of the Strawser Construction Co., who are building the new road on Route 75 beyond Heela, OH, was riding with fellow employees on the rear of a company truck, steadying a heavy concrete mixer, which was being transported from the Black Fork Road to another job. As the truck went on the bridge the mixer failed to clear the support beams of the bridge, tilted, and was jerked from the truck at the eastern approach. The men in the rear were thrown from the truck, and all fell clear of the falling mixer, with the exception of Dean. Dean struck one of the sidebeams in his fall, the left side of his head being crushed and his skull being fractured at the base. He died at the Deaconess hospital Tuesday without ever regaining consciousness. The victim is a brother of William Dean, 12, who was killed last November when a heavy tree stump was dynamited through the roof of the Kelly school house where he sat at his desk, by employees of the Strawser company, who were engaged in clearing the Black Fork road for improvement. The younger brother also died at the hospital with regaining consciousness. Mr. Dean is survived by his parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Mr. Dean was born and reared in Lawrence County, KY, moving away about 10 years ago with his parents to near Ironton. Besides his immediate family the young man is survived by many relatives throughout this county. Big Sandy News, Aug 7, 1931

EVANS, J. L.
J. L. (Loss) Evans, 54 years old died Monday morning after an illness of several months of rheumatism. He had been bed fast for 8 weeks before his death. Mr. Evans was widely known and respected throughout the Big Sandy Valley. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Evans, deceased, of Blaine, and had lived in Louisa and Lawrence County practically all of his life. For years he had been a traveling salesman for Jeff Newberry Company of Huntington. Mr. Evans was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Maggie Ferguson Evans, one daughter, Miss Charline, 3 brothers, and one sister, John Evans, Blaine, Walter Evans, and Meridy Evans of California and Mrs. Nancy Nicewander of Blaine. Funeral services were held form the home Tuesday morning with Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. The remains were taken to Blaine where interment was made in the family cemetery there. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 7, 1931

FRANCIS, J. D.
Pikeville, KY—J. D. Francis, 18 year old son of Mrs. Lewis Francis, Zebulon, KY, was killed Saturday by an explosion of dynamite caps in his pocket. He had been working with a construction crew of the Warfield Natural Gas Company, laying a large pipe line from Boldman, KY, through Pike County to the West Virginia line and it is believed obtained the caps while so engaged. He was in the smokehouse at home when the explosion occurred. He was hurt fatally in the abdominal region. Earl Pinson on whose estate the family are tenants soon arrived at the scene of the accident. Francis told him he did not known how it happened. It is possible the explosion was caused by Francis accidentally striking the caps. Dr. S. B. Casebolt arrived at the home just as the boy was dying. Besides his mother he is survived by several brothers and sisters. His father died at the hospital here last spring. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 28, 1931

FRY, Jesse
Rev. Jesse Fry, 69 years old, pastor of the United Baptist Church at Radnor, Wayne County, died Wednesday at the Rife-Ferguson hospital in Kenova, after having been in ill health for several months. He leaves his wife, Grace Fry, 5 daughters, Miss Georgia Fry, Mrs. Elizabeth Mullins, and Mrs. Mandy Porter of Logan, Mrs. Dollie Robertson of Glen Hayes, and Miss Alice Fry of Radnor; 4 sons, J. E. Fry of Huntington, Oney and Kelley Fry of Logan, and Goble Fry of Radnor; a sister, Mrs. Peggy Kirk and 3 brothers, Rev. H. Fry, Goble Fry and Jack Fry, of Harmon. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 14, 1931

GILLIAM, Leonard
Leonard Gilliam, miner at Wheelwright for the Inland Steel Company, died Saturday afternoon, the victim of a bullet fired through his brain by his own hand, it was held at the inquest held over the body a short time following the tragedy. Police Judge Ira Cantrill of Wheelwright presided at the inquest. Gilliam and his 16 year old wife were alone at the Gilliam home at the time of the husband’s death. Mrs. Gilliam testified at the inquest that her husband had told her to get supper as soon as possible, that he wanted to go to work. When she went to the back of the house in the preparation of the meal, she said, she heard a shot. Running into the room, she said she found her husband lying on the bed, his feet in a chair, as he had been when she left him. The body was taken to Virginia for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 21, 1931

HARRIS, J. D.
Greenup, KY—J. D. Harris, 35 years old, farmer and father of 4 children, was killed by lightning last Friday while picking berries. Andy Patton found him dead in a field, his head burned above the right ear, the eyelets and top of his right shoe and part of the instep torn out. The crystal of his watch, which had stopped at 5:03 o’clock was shattered. After County Judge W. B. Wheatley and Sheriff George Crist visited the scene they decided it was unnecessary to hold an inquest. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 14, 1931

KAZEE, Celina Jane (Wright)
Mrs. Celina Jane Wright Kazee was buried Friday at Webbville, KY with Rev. J. W. Meeks in charge of the services. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Kazee Thursday evening at 7:30 at the home of Mrs. J. W. Montgomery of Ashland. Mrs. Kazee has been ill for one month. She was born in Carter County and lived there practically all of her life. She is survived by her husband, George Kazee of Webbville, a son, Giles Wright, Ashland and daughters, Mrs. Sarah Pennington, Vero Beach, FL, Mrs. Oscar Triplett, Willard, Mrs. J. W. Montgomery, Ashland, a son, W. C. Kazee of Washington, and by 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 14, 1931

MARCUM, William
William Marcum, 78, well known farmer of near Crum, Wayne County, was instantly killed last Saturday when he was kicked in the head by a mule, according to information received here this week. Mr. Marcum was turning his mule into the pasture when the animal wheeled and kicked him. It was learned, the blow sustained by Mr. Marcum fractured his skull and caused his immediate death. Funeral services were conducted Sunday and the body interred in the Marcum Cemetery at Crum. A large crowd attended the rites. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 21, 1931

MONTGOMERY, Arthur
Pike County—Arthur Montgomery, 27, negro, died in the Memorial hospital at Williamson Friday from shot gun wound in the back sustained earlier in the week. The shooting occurred, it is reported, during a quarrel among several negroes at Majestic. An investigation was conducted by Squire B. H. Blankenship of Majestic, and Charlie Clark, a resident of that camp, was arrested and held for a preliminary hearing upon a charge of murder. Montgomery is reported to have struck Clark with a rock during a fight between some negroes. Clark ran into the house for a gun and while gone, someone fired a pistol. Clark is then alleged to have opened fire with the shotgun, fatally wounding Montgomery. Montgomery came to Majestic from his home in McDowell County, WV, it was stated. He was taken there for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 28, 1931

PORTER, Hattie (Watts)
Mrs. Hattie Watts Porter, 40, wife of Douglas Porter of Fort Gay, died Tuesday morning of peritonitis at a local hospital following an operation for ruptured appendix about 2 weeks ago. The body was prepared for burial at Curtright Funeral Home and removed to the home. Funeral services were held Thursday at Genoa, WV, with Revs. A. W. Damron, P.  H. Wilson and Carmie Crabtree officiating. Burial was in the cemetery at Genoa. Besides her husband, she is survived by 5 children, Juanita, Elizabeth, Joseph and Walter, at home, and Howard Porter, of Wayne; 4 brothers, Wayne Watts, Portsmouth, OH, Colbert Watts and Taylor Watts, Kenova, William Watts, Fort Gay; 7 sisters, Mrs. Ethel Stamper, Troutsdale, VA, Mrs. Grace Keyes, Portsmouth, Mrs. Margaret Hall, Echo, Mrs. Martha Chaney, Swink, OK, Mrs. Frankie Webb, Sidney, WV, Mrs. Josephine Endicott, Genoa and Mrs. Missouri Robinson, Sidney, WV. Mrs. Porter had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 23 years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 28, 1931

QUEEN, Joan Carroll
Joan Carroll Queen, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Queen, died at an Ashland hospital last Wednesday afternoon. The body was brought to Louisa in Curtright ambulance. Funeral services were held at Fulkerson Cemetery Thursday afternoon with Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 7, 1931

RATLIFF, John
John Ratliff, 17 year old youth employed by the Supply Grocery Company, Pikeville, KY, as delivery boy, lost both legs under a train at Elkhorn City, early Monday morning. He was removed to the Methodist hospital here where he underwent amputation of the legs and died a short time later. Young Ratliff, formerly of Virginia, is prominently related at Pikeville, being a brother of Mrs. H. M. Kash, and a half brother of Dr. A. T. Ratliff. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 21, 1931

RICHMOND, James A.
James A. Richmond, 64 years old, one of Lawrence County’s prominent and widely known farmers, died suddenly at his home at Ellen Tuesday night. Mr. Richmond had been suffering with a stomach ailment for some time but was able to be about. He retired Tuesday about 8:30. About 9 o’clock he called to his wife, saying that he had a hurting in his chest. Before help could be summoned he was dead. Acute indigestion is believed to have been the cause of his sudden death. Mr. Richmond was born in Johnson County, Feb 13, 1867, a son of Charley and Angeline Richmond. He has made his home in Lawrence County for the past 18 or 20 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Julia Sturgill Richmond; 2 daughters, Miss Gladys and Miss Annie Belle Richmond, at home; 5 sons, Brooks Richmond Columbus, OH, John C., Jack, Oscar and Lige B. Richmond, at home; 4 brothers, W. R. Richmond, Paintsville, J. D. Richmond, Oklahoma City, E. D. Richmond and H. B. Richmond, Van Lear, and 3 sisters, Mrs. John Hager, Washington, D.C., Mrs. Willie Sherman, Toms, KY, and Mrs. W. S. Preston, Ashland. Funeral services were held Thursday of this week form the home with Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. Sylvester Ball officiating. Interment was in the Haws Cemetery near the home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 14, 1931

SHORTRIDGE, Haskel Emerson
Haskel Emerson, 1 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Shortridge, of Wheelwright, died last Friday at a local hospital after 6 weeks illness of stomach trouble. The child was brought to the hospital the day preceding its death in hopes of saving its life. The body was taken to  Green Valley Friday by H. H. Curtright. Funeral services were held from the school house there Saturday afternoon with Charley Moore, Rev. Grizzle and Roland Hutchison officiating. Burial was in the Shortridge Cemetery near the home. Besides the parents the little child is survived by its grandparents and other relatives. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 21, 1931

SIMS, Mattie
An automobile party of five Huntington people landed in a creek near Louisa Wednesday night. Mrs. Mattie Sims, 66, is dead. Her daughter, Ruth, 18, has a broken arm, an injured knee and several cuts. Charles F. Watts, 66, has a bruised head and cuts on each arm, Charley Spradlin, 35, sustained a fractured knee cap, and badly cut nose, Tom Bias was cut on the head and forearm. The body of Mrs. Sims was moved to Curtright Funeral Home. Bias has returned to Huntington. The other 3 are in the Louisa General hospital. The accident occurred late in the night 2 miles north of Louisa on the Mayo Trail, at the small bridge crossing Two Mile Creek. The road makes a short curve near this bridge. The driver claims he was blinded by the glaring light of a motorcycle and that it prevented him from making the turn. The car crashed into the concrete railing head on and swung around and fell into the creek. The motorcycle did not stop and 15 or 20 minutes elapsed before help arrived to extricate the victims. Mrs. Sims was under water and the car had her pinned down. She was almost drowned, but first aid methods restored her. However, internal injuries caused her death 2 or 3 hours later. The car, a Reo, is badly wrecked. These people drove from Huntington to Louisa via Fort Gay and were on their way back by way of the Mayo Trail. Mrs. Sims is survived by several children. She is a widow. Funeral arrangements had not been made Thursday pending word from relatives at Huntington. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 7, 1931

SPAULDING, Daney
Five year old Daney Spaulding, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Spaulding, former residents of the Wilsondale section of Wayne County, WV is dead from acute alcoholism as the result of being given moonshine whiskey. The Spaulding boy is the youngest alcohol victim that has even been reported from this section. Bun Marcum, 45, of the Puritan Mines section of Mingo County, was arrested in connection with the child’s death. He is at liberty under $3,000 bond on a charge of man slaughter. The boy was taken to the office of Dr. R. F. Fraley, Delbarton, Sunday night, suffering from convulsions and temporary paralysis. The doctor said he at first thought the child was suffering from a childish ailment, but the strong odor of whiskey disclosed the real cause of his condition. Dr. Farley said that when he asked how the child got the liquor, he was informed that the ex-section foreman, with whom young Daney had been riding in an automobile, gave him several drinks. The man who is alleged to have given the whiskey to the child was said to have been in an intoxicating condition at the time. The boy was taken for a ride from the Puritan Mines. Enroute toward Delbarton a stop was made where liquor was obtained, it was reported. The driver of the machine is alleged to have been so intoxicated he found it necessary to get a woman occupant of the machine to drive it for him. The woman drove to Dr. Farley’s office. The boy’s father was away from home at work in Wayne County at the time. Big Sandy News, Aug 14, 1931

TACKETT, Harlan
Pikeville, KY—Harlan Tackett, 42 years old, was shot and wounded at the home of his mother, Mrs. Bethane Tackett, at Greasy Creek, 10 miles south of Pikeville, early Sunday evening, and died at the Methodist hospital here Monday morning. Ep Adkins, 67, a neighbor, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff t. M. Stratton and Constable Bob Hopkins, and  brought to jail here, charged with the shooting. On the way to the hospital Tackett made a statement implicating Adkins with the shooting, according to his brother. Some one threw a rock on the porch, he said, and when he went to the door Adkins shot him with a shotgun. The shot took effect in the right side of the abdomen. William Tackett, a brother of Harlan said that Harlan turned over a sack of corn to Arlin Hopkins, Sunday, which he claimed Adkins’s son in law had gathered in Hopkins’ field and had run off and left it when he became frightened. This, the brother believes, led to the tragedy. When seen at the ajil, Adkins denied any knowledge of the killing and said the first he knew of it was when the officers came to his home, aroused him from the bed and arrested him. He and Tackett  had trouble over a still a few years ago, Adkins said. Tackett had been married three times. His second wife, only from whom he was divorced, is living. He is survived by a daughter, Miss Amy Tackett and by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 28, 1931

VANHOOSE, Willie
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald--Willie "Brownie" VanHoose, age about 38, dropped dead last Monday night at about 11 o'clock in Greentown, a suburb of Paintsville and vicinity, was apparently in the best of health even to the minute of his death which came without warning. Mr. VanHoose was a Constable in Magisterial District No. 1 and was soliciting votes in that section. He was at the home of his friend when he suddenly dropped dead in his tracks and was dead when assistance reached him. He was a son of Davy VanHoose of this city. He is survived by his father, a number of brothers. A wife and children who are said to have been left in bad circumstances. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 7, 1931

WILKINSON, Jennings
O. Jennings Wilkinson, 63 years old, former assistant attorney general of West Virginia, and attorney for the Columbia Gas & Electric Corporation, died at his home in Columbus, OH, Jul 6, following an illness of 2 years. Mr. Wilkinson was a native of Wayne County, WV, going to Huntington when a young man. He later moved to Charleston, moving from there to Columbus 5 years ago. Mr. Wilkinson, who is reputed to have never lost a case in his 42 years of law practice, was admitted to the bar in West Virginia at the age of 21. He is survived by his widow, Cassie Wilkinson, a son, O. Jennings Wilkinson, Jr., who was graduated from law school at Washington and Lee University in June, a sister, Mrs. I. J. Smith of Huntington, 3 brothers, Dr. A. G. Wilkinson and E. V. Wilkinson of Wayne and C. M. Wilkinson of san Antonio, TX. Burial was made in the Spring Hill Cemetery at Huntington. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Aug 14, 1931

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ADKINS, Kizzie
Kizzie Adkins, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Adkins of Wayne, Wayne Co., WV, died Aug 22. the child was choked to death by a piece of bread. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

BLEVINS, Elias
Paintsville, KY (From Herald)—Elias Blevins, a miner of White House, who has been employed in the mines of the Royal Collieries Co., at Offutt, KY, went to work one day last week and was attacked by bad air a short time after entering the mines. He was carried to the outside by fellow workman but never recovered from the effects of the poisoned air. He died 3 days later. He is survived by a wife and 5 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

BORDERS, Milton
Milton Borders, son of John and Mary  Borders, born Oct 26, 1881, at Lowmansville, and departed this life Sep 11, 1931, age 49. In 1899 he was married to Tanie Blevins and to them was born 8 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters living, Proctor, Russell, Earl, Ethel Lowe, all of Beaver, OH and Zelda Campbell of Columbus; mother, Mary Thompson and 3 sisters, Minda Lowe, Westwood, KY, Rinda Athington, Lowmansville, and Rose Thompson, Georges Creek and a half sister, Zelda Castle, Van Lear. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 25, 1931

BRADLEY, William O.
In memory of my dear grandfather, William O. Bradley, who departed this life Apr 3, 1931. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

BROMLEY, Samuel
Samuel Bromley, 71, retired merchant, died at his home in Louisa Thursday morning. He had been in ill health for 3 years and about a week ago suffered his second stroke of paralysis which caused his death. Mr. Bromley was well known and respected by all. He was a member of the Baptist Church and the Masonic order of Fort Gay. Mr. Bromley was born Jul 8, 1860 at Fort Gay. He was married to Miss Bell Walker, and would have celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary on the day of his death. Besides his widow, Mrs. Bell Walker Bromley, he is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. George B. Skeens, Mrs. G. W. McAlpin, Miss Sue Bromley, Pt. Pleasant, WV, Mrs. W. H. Boatright, Benham, KY, Mrs. W. B. Trevillian, Owensboro, KY, 2 sons, Culley B. Bromley, Louisa and James M. Bromley, Huntington; 2 brothers, Dr. A. W. Bromley, Louisa, William Bromley, Huntington, and one sister, Mrs. Rebecca Frasher, Fort Gay. Funeral services will be Saturday afternoon with Rev. Olus Hamilton and Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Interment will be in Fulkerson Cemetery. The Masonic lodges of Louisa and Fort Gay will be in charge of the services. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

BURTON, Victoria (Chaffin)
Mrs. Victoria Chaffin Burton, 65, wife of Isaac Burton, of Blaine, was fatally injured Sunday afternoon when a car in which she and her husband were riding, together with their son in law, Charlie Moore, overturned on the Blaine Hill. The accident happened about 2:30 in the afternoon, when Mr. Moore, a deputy sheriff was taking Mr. and Mrs. Burton home, after having spent the day in Blaine with their daughter. In some manner the steering gear locked on the car and it plunged over an embankment and turned over 3 times. Mrs. Burton was rushed to the Louisa General hospital in Curtright ambulance, where she lived until 2:30 Monday morning. Mr. Burton was badly bruised about the abdomen, while Mr. Moore suffered an injury to his back, and cuts and bruises about the face. Although no serious injuries could be found on Mrs. Burton, it is thought that the shock caused her death. Mr. Burton and Mr. Moore are receiving treatment at Mr. Moore’s home in Blaine. Besides her husband, Mrs.  Burton is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charlie Moore, Blaine, 3 sisters, Mrs. Genoa Jordan, Mrs. Mattie Moore, Blaine, Mrs. Milt Jordan of Louisa and one brother, James A. Chaffin, Ashland, and 3 grandchildren. She is a daughter of Harvey and Julia Chaffin, deceased, and has been a member of the M. E. Church, South since early childhood. Mrs. Burton was highly respected and her death was a great shock to her relatives and friends throughout the county. The body was removed from the hospital to Curtright Funeral Home where it was prepared for burial. Funeral services were held Monday morning from the home at Blaine, with Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. Sylvester Ball officiating. Interment was in the Burton Cemetery at Ellen. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

CASTLE, Charlotte (Boyd)
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Charlotte Castle, 74, who died a the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elgin Layne at Zelda early Sunday morning. The body was prepared for burial at Curtright Funeral Home. Funeral services were held from the Buchanan Chapel with Rev. Bias officiating with burial in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Her husband, Millard Castle, died on Jan 9 of this year. She had made her home with her daughter for the past 5 years, formerly living at Richardson. Mrs. Castle was well known and highly esteemed by all who knew her. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 49 years. She was a daughter of the late William and Lou Boyd. Mrs. Castle is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Elgin Layne, Zelda, and Mrs. Lou Fannin, Huntington; 5 sisters, Mrs. J. E. Daniels, Mrs. W. E. Daniels, Catalpa, Mrs. Anderson Preston, Sprigg, WV, Mrs. John Murray, Whitehouse, Mrs. Jerry Mills, Tomahawk, one brother, G. W. Boyd, Hunnewell. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

CAUDILL, Clyde Miller
On Sunday evening, Aug 30, the death angel crept into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elza Caudill and took from them their darling baby, Clyde Miller Caudill. He was only one year old. All was done for little Clyde that kind hands and loving hearts could do but God saw fit to take him to that home where his suffering is over. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elza Caudill, a sister and a brother, Sara Elizabeth and Harry W. Caudill and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fannin and great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fannin. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

CHAPMAN, Thelma Jean
Thelma Jean Chapman, 9 months old granddaughter of Mrs. Bell Chapman, died Friday afternoon at the Savoy hotel after an illness of 4 days. The body was prepared for burial at Curtright Funeral Home and taken to Chapman Sunday where funeral services were held from M. E. Church there. Interment was in Chapman Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

CONN, Jerry
Portsmouth, OH—Jerry Conn, 35, died here Thursday of last week of three bullet wounds, inflicted late Wednesday night. Henry Carter, of Bath County, KY, was arrested on a charge of first degree murder in connection with the shooting. Police said Carter came here looking for Oscar Conn and thought Jerry Conn an uncle, was hiding the youth. They said Conn jumped a bail of $1.000 posted by Carter’s daughter in a recent court case. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 25, 1931

COOKSEY, Nancy
Mrs. Nancy Cooksey of Glenwood died early last Thursday morning at her home following a short illness of cancer. She was 79 years old. The deceased is survived by the following children: J. M. Cooksey, Grayson, M. T. Cooksey, Glenwood, W. A. and Dennis Cooksey, Ashland, Mrs. Joel Cunningham, Mrs. Cecil Mullins, Mrs. F. P. Salyer, and Mrs. E. J. Wright, Ashland, Mrs. W. L. Webb, Glenwood, and Mrs. W. N. Shortridge, Catlettsburg, 3 brothers, Wesley, John and Flem Webb, 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Cooksey of Denton and Mrs. W. S. Queen of Glenwood. Funeral services were conducted from the home Saturday by Rev. Dan Brainard with burial following in the family cemetery. Mrs. Cooksey had been a member of the Missionary  Baptist Church for several years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

COPLEY, Frank Pierce
Mystery shrouds the sudden death of Frank Pierce Copley, well known native Wayne Countian, who died on Monday of last week in Colorado Springs, CO. Copley was the son of the late Henry Copley, Dunlow merchant, and was born and reared in the Dunlow community in Wayne County. Frank was 38 years old at the time of his death. He attended Professor T. B. McClure’s school, Oakview Academy at Wayne, for a number of years and was well and favorably known here. Fragments of glass and also a portion of poison were found in the stomach of Copley in a chemical examination after death. Just how these came to be there remains a mystery.

J. Walter Copley, Mingo county prosecuting attorney, left immediately for Colorado on hearing of his brother’s death and he is directing a further investigation of the cause of Frank’s death. According to news dispatches from Colorado Springs, Frank Copley’s housekeeper, Mrs. Rebecca Fogerty, mother of Copley’s divorced wife, and his sister, Mrs. Ida Bergerman could offer no explanation of how the glass came to be in the dead man’s stomach. Mrs. Andrew Patterson, Copley’s former wife, was questioned by the Colorado Springs authorities on her arrival from Berkley, CA. Mrs. Patterson, according to news dispatches, visited the Copley home in Colorado Springs lat week. Altho divorced she and her former husband remained good friends, Mrs. Fogerty stated. Mr. Copley was the youngest member of the Copley family. He enlisted as a soldier in the World War at Grundy, VA in 1917, along with a number of other volunteers, in the fourth company, Virginia Volunteers. He was stationed at Fort Monroe, VA, 4 months. Later he was transferred to Fisherman’s Island and to the signal corps as a radio telegrapher. Subsequently he was made a sergeant.

The deceased had been in Colorado Springs upwards of 8 years for his health. He contracted lung trouble while in the service of the signal corps as a radio telegrapher, was honorably discharged because of this disease and was sent by the Red Cross to Colorado for treatment. He was married to Mary Spears at Williamson and had one child. Mary Louise, who is now 8 years old. He was born in Wayne County, went to Williamson, Jan 1, 1914, where he and his brothers, Walter and Leonard, engaged in the general merchandise business as partners under the firm name of Copley Brothers. Burial services were held at Colorado Springs Sep 5. Mr. Copley last visited in Wayne County in 1928. He is survived by his divorced wife, his little daughter, 2 brothers, Walter and Leonard of Williamson, 2 sisters, Mrs. J. B. Crum, Sr., of Crum and Mrs. Ida Bergerman of Colorado Springs. Big Sandy News-recorder, Sep 11, 1931

CRETZER, Louis
Louis Cretzer, 32 years old, miner, succumbed Sunday night at the hospital at Wheelwright, as the result of a skull fracture sustained Friday in the mines of the Inland Steel Company at Wheelwright, when struck by falling slate. The body was prepared for burial by G. D. Ryan of Martin, and was shipped to Hitchins Monday for burial. The victim is survived by his widow and 5 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

DANIELS, Roscoe
The death angel visited the home of Charley Daniels and claimed for its victim the little son, Roscoe, age 8 years. He was ill four weeks. He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, 2 sisters and 3 brothers and a host of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 25, 1931

DAVIDSON, Samuel Patton
ROBERTS, Mrs. E. D.
Prestonsburg, KY—With the death at his home here Wednesday night, of Samuel P. Davidson, the long and useful life of one of Floyd County’s oldest and most prominent citizens was ended. Mr. Davidson was born Sep 6, 1854 at Ivel, this county, the son of the late Samuel Patton Davidson and Mrs. Judith Lackey Davidson, pioneer residents of this county. He was a devout member of the M. E. Church, South, for  many years, and his affability and courtesy to all won for him the friendship of the thousands with whom he came in contact during his long and successful business career. For 25 years he was associated with his brother, A. J. Davidson, in the mercantile business here, succeeding in business his uncle the late Morgan Lackey. About 15 years ago he retired, spending his declining years here in the quiet of his home and among friends. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Laura May Davidson, 6 daughters and 3 sons, Mrs. J. E. Garnett, Hazard, Mrs. Maggie D. Hatcher, Mrs. Roy Perry, Mrs. George Roberts, Mrs. L. H. Shivel, Mrs. E. D. Roberts and Miss Josephine Davidson, of Prestonsburg; A. L. Davidson, Prestonsburg, James D. Davidson, Pikeville and W. b. Davidson, Lexington, KY. Two brothers, John Davidson of Ivel and A. J. Davidson of Prestonsburg and Bowling Green, FL also survive. Included in the large family of kinsfolk of the deceased are three nephews, former Congressman from this district: Joe M. Kendall, the late F. A. Hopkins, and Wick Kendall. Ex-Senator George B. Martin of Catlettsburg is a cousin to Mr. Davidson.

The death of Mrs. E. D. Roberts, his daughter, Friday, Sep 18, caused the postponement of Mr. Davidson’s funeral till Saturday afternoon when the funeral of father and daughter was held jointly at the M. E. Church, South with Rev. J. M. Helm the pastor, officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery on Mayo Trail near Ivel. Mrs. Roberts death was not unexpected as she had been in ill health for several years and at the point of death for several months. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 25, 1931

DEERING, Mrs. John M.
Mrs. John M. Deering, mother of Mrs. J. N. Marcum, passed away Friday, Sep 11 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George W. Eldridge, at Haldeman, KY. She had been in failing health since the death of her husband several years ago, but had been confined to her bed only a few days before her death. Born Jul 17, 1849, Mrs. Deering was 82 years old. Surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters, E. L. Deering, Aberdeen, WA, J. L. Deering, Newhall, CA, Col. V. J. Deering, Kayford, WV, Mrs. J. N. Marcum, Louisa, Mrs. George W. Eldridge, Haldeman and 23 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Mrs. Deering formerly lived at Hitchins, but since the death of her husband has been making her home with her daughter at Haldeman She was a member of the M. E. Church, South.  Funeral services were held Sunday from the home of her daughter at Haldeman, with Rev. Jeff Fletcher officiating. Interment was made at Soldier, KY. Attending the funeral from Louisa were Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Marcum, Mrs. R.R. Sisson and John D. Marcum. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 25, 1931

EVANS, Annie
Grayson, KY—Following the discovery of the almost decapitated body of Mrs. Annie Evans, 33 years old, in a cornfield, about one mile from her home near here. James Evans, the woman’s husband, was placed in jail here Tuesday for questioning. He denied any knowledge of the crime. Coroner C. W. Henderson ordered Evans’ arrest after bloodhounds had followed a trail from the scene of the slaying to the Evans home. The Coroner said a shotgun, recently discharged, was found in the Evans home. At first Coroner Henderson said he believed the slayer had cut off Mrs. Evans head with a hatchet or ax, but later examination revealed several small shots in her head and the Coroner said she had been shot with a shotgun. He said there was evidence of a brief struggle at the scene of the slaying. Near the body, which was found Monday night, were footprints of a man, the Coroner said. Mrs. Evans, mother of 5 children left her home Monday morning to go to Wilson Creek to telephone to her brother in Huntington, WV. She was seen returning but no one was found who had seen her arrive home. When Evans arrived home Monday night, he said, he was alarmed at his wife’s absence and with Caudill Dickerson and Mose Shaeffer started a search. He said he found the body in the cornfield. Sheriff George W. Castle was notified and brought bloodhounds to the scene. Evans told authorities  he had been in Grayson all day. The Evans home is in Carter County near here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

GIBBS, Grace
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald--Miss Grace Gibbs, one of Johnson county's best women, passed away at Lexington September 5, following an illness of five years. Since 1929 her condition had been serious. She was a daughter of the late Abram Gibbs and one of the county's sweetest young women and her passing will bring sorrow to many friends and relatives. Miss Gibbs was a good Christian woman and a member of the old Toms Creek Church and had attended church there since early childhood. She graduated from the Paintsville Normal School in her younger days and at the age of 18 she would have begin teaching school had her health permitted.  Miss Gibbs always read good books, especially the Bible.  Few people can be found today who read the Bible as she did. The remains were brought to Paintsville Sunday, September 6, and placed in the home of her sister Mrs. Arthur Green and kept there until Monday when the body was taken to Toms Creek and laid to rest in the family cemetery. Funeral services were held at the Toms Creek Church, Rev. Winfrey Meek and Rev. Cap Castle in charge of the services. She is survived by four brothers and four sisters as follows: Geo. W. Gibbs, of Johnson county; Sheridan Gibbs, of Magoffin County; John Gibbs, Joplin, Mo.; C. P. Gibbs, Warsaw, Ind.; Mrs. Martha Davis, Mrs. Ad Preston, Mrs. Arthur Green and Mrs. Walter Pack, all of Paintsville. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

GIBSON, Tony
Prestonsburg, KY--Tony Gibson, employee of the Wells-Elkhorn Coal Company at Estill, this county, was instantly killed Monday morning when his skull was crushed between a coal car and the tipple boom, it was learned here Tuesday. The victim was about 30 years old. The tragedy occurred as Gibson was riding the car to a position under the tipple and as the boom, which  had been lowered and not lifted, it is claimed, back to its original place, caught his head. The victim was a son of Jeff Gibson, and had been employed on the company’s tipple at Estill for some time. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, his parents and several brothers and sisters. The body was taken Tuesday to West Garrett, where burial was made in the Tom Martin burial ground. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

GOBLE, Pearl (Collins)
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald--Mrs. Johnnie Goble, age 38, died Monday September 7 at the Paintsville Hospital. She had been in poor health for some time. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Auxier, Ky., by Rev. Williamson of West Virginia.  Interment was made in the Wells Cemetery at Auxier. Mrs. Goble was formerly Miss Pearl Collins and is a member on one of the best families of the Big Sandy Valley.  Her life has been one of service to her home and community. She possessed the one indispensable prerequisite – a character that did and dared as well as endeared a character that was active in the performance of virtue no less than firm in the refusal o do aught that was vicious or degraded. She has been a Bible student for a number of years. Besides her husband, Mrs. Goble is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, and a mother and host of other relatives and friends. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

HATCHER, F. Tom
F. Tom Hatcher, 51, of Pikeville, died at the Kentucky Baptist Hospital, Louisville, where he recently underwent an operation for tumor of the brain, having failed to recover following a similar operation there four years ago. He belonged to one of the prominent families of Eastern Kentucky. His father, F. C. Hatcher died 20 years ago. His mother formerly, Miss Jennie Mayo, of Beaver, KY, is still living at 82. As a youth, he was active in clerical work, his father having served a number of years as county clerk of Pike County. He was a member of the Kentucky Board of Prison Commissioners under Governor Stanley, and was a delegate to the Democratic national convention at Baltimore that nominated Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and to the two following national conventions. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South, and an active Mason. For several years he had been connected with the Coca-Cola Bottling Co., of Pikeville. His wife, Delia Leslie Hatcher, died 7 years ago. He is survived by one son and one daughter, H. L. Hatcher and Julia Virginia Hatcher and by 3 brothers, J. L. Hatcher, Pikeville, former deputy fire marshal of Eastern Kentucky, David Hatcher, Osborn, KY and Will T. Hatcher, Lackey, KY and by 2 sisters, Mrs. R. T. Huffman and Mrs. F. T. Compton, both of Pikeville. The burial took place at Pikeville on last Friday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 25, 1931

HATTEN, Pharoah
Pharoah Hatten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles  Hatten, died Saturday at the home of his parents, on Black Fork of Gragston Creek, Wayne County. Hatten was ill with blood poisoning only a few days, which resulted in a slight scratch on his upper lip. Burial was made at the family cemetery on Gragston Creek, Sunday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

HAYES, Mrs. Benjamin F.
QUICKEL, Martha J.
Two persons were fatally hurt and another is in serious condition at the Louisa General hospital as the result of an auto accident near Charley, this county, Wednesday afternoon. The dead are Mrs. Benjamin F. Hayes, 57, and her daughter, Mrs. Martha J. Quickel, 32, her daughter, of Columbus, OH. Mr. Hayes, driver of the car will probably recover. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes and their daughter were on their way to visit Mrs. Hayes’s brother, Alonzo Estep, near Charley. Mr. Hayes, who has been used to  driving a model T. Ford, purchased a new Chevrolet sedan only 3 days before, and his unfamiliarity with a gear shift car is thought to have been the cause of the accident. In going up a steep hill the car failed to make a turn, plunging almost 300 feet down the side of the hill, rolling over 8 or 10 times. The accident happened at the home of Lige Hayes. None of the occupants were able to get out of the car, turning over with it. Curtright ambulance was called to the scene. Mrs. Quickel was thought to be least hurt of the three and she urged that her mother and father be taken to the hospital first, which was done. Both survived the trip to the hospital. Another trip was made to bring the daughter in, but she died when only about a miles from the scene of the accident. Mrs. Hayes lived until Thursday morning.

Mrs. Quickel suffered a fractured skull, broken arm, and internal injuries. Mrs. Hayes had a compound fracture of the right leg and internal injuries, while Mr. Hayes suffered an injury to his back. The accident occurred about 20 miles from Louisa, the route taken being up the Trail to Georges Creek, up that creek to Charley and then over a new road recently constructed by the county. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes moved to Columbus 28 years ago from Lawrence County with their then small daughter, and have made their home there since. Mr. Hayes is employed as a clerk for the New York Central railroad. Mr. Quickel, husband of one of the women is also an employee of the same company. He arrived here early Thursday morning to make arrangements for the double funeral. Besides her husband and son in law, Mrs. Hayes is survived by 2 brothers, Alonzo Estep, this county and Albert Estep, Pleasantville, OH. Mrs. Quickel is survived by her husband, and father. She had been married to Mr. Quickel about 3 years. They did not have any children. Mr. Hayes is a brother of Elijah Hayes of this county and a son of Isaac Hayes. The bodies of the two women were removed to Curtright funeral home where they were prepared for burial early Thursday morning. The bodies will be taken to Columbus Friday. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from the South M. E. Church there with Rev. A. K. Wilson officiating. Interment will be made in Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

HAYES, James Henry
James Henry Hayes was born Jul 21, 1858 died Oct 18, 1930. He had spent most of his life in this county and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and 7 children, all being grown. He was laid to rest in the Taylor Cemetery near his home. All was done for him that kind hands and loving hearts could do but all in vain. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4,1931

HINKLE, Catherine (Hayes)
Mrs. Catherine Hayes Hinkle, 56, wife of Dollie Hinkle, passed away early last Friday morning at her home at Fort Gay after an illness of only 3 days. Mrs. Hinkle had been a member of the United Baptist church for 20 years. She was well known throughout this county, being a daughter of the late Al Hayes, former jailer of Lawrence County. Besides  her husband she is survived by 2 sons, Dewey Hinkle and Cecil Hinkle of Fort Gay; 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 4 brothers, Mrs. George Cordle, Lowmansville, Mrs. Joe Cyrus, Louisa, Zeal and William Hayes, Georges Creek, Tom Hayes, Louisa and Lindsey Hayes of Ashland. Funeral services were held from Mary’s Chapel at Charley Sunday morning with Rev. G. V. Pack, Rev. Billie Hall and Rev. Green Caudill officiating. Burial was in the cemetery  nearby. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931\

HINKLE, Laura Bell
Mrs. Laura Bell Hinkle, 44, wife of Fred F. Hinkle of McVeigh, KY died Sep 1 in a Williamson, WV hospital. She had been ill only 3 weeks. She was a daughter of John and Nellie Dials of Pike County. The deceased formerly resided with her husband at Fort Gay where they owned a farm, later moving to McVeigh. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Miss Irene Hinkle, at home, Mrs. George Ball, Mrs. Herbert McCloud, McAndrews, Miss Allene, Miss Willanna, Miss Florence and Miss Eula Hinkle, at home; D. D. Hinkle, Stone and F. L. Hinkle, at home. Three sisters, Mrs. Don Runyan, McVeigh, Mrs. Charles Garloud, Mrs. J. H. Taylor, Huntington and one brother, John Dials, Delbarton, WV also survive. Funeral services were held from the Fort Gay Baptist Church last Thursday afternoon with Rev. J. C. Cantrill, Huddy, KY and Rev. Jerry Harmon, Huntington, officiating. Burial was in the Hinkle Cemetery near Fort Gay. Mrs. Hinkle had been a member of the Baptist Church over 15 years. She was also a member of the Rebeccahs and Phythian Sisters, the latter officiating at the grave. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

HITCHCOCK, Billie
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald—Billie Hitchcock, age 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Hitchcock of near Paintsville, was killed Monday afternoon when struck by a car driven by R. L. Brown of Middleton, OH. The accident took place on the Mayo Trail, one mile out of Paintsville. In an attempt to miss the boy Mr. Brown swerved his car from the highway and over a high embankment. The car contained 6 members of the Brown family. The car turned over several times, however, the family escaped with minor injuries. Just how they escaped from being killed or seriously injured is a mystery to those familiar with the accident. Funeral and burial of the lad took place Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

JOHNSON
The 6 weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson died at the home of Mrs. Johnson’s brother, John Dawson, here early Thursday morning. Burial was made in the same evening in the Beaire Cemetery at Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

JUDE, Lucinda
Mrs. Lucinda Jude, 68 years old, died at the home of her son, P. F. Jude of Logan, Aug 12, after an illness of 10 days of influenza. Mrs. Jude was born in Wayne County in 1863 and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Endicott. She was married Apr 12, 1887 to James Jude at Webb. They lived at Missouri Branch for several years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

LAYNE, Thomas B.
Funeral services for Thomas B. Layne, 65, who died early Friday morning at the C & O Hospital in Huntington, following a brief illness, were held at Richardson Sunday afternoon with Rev. H. B. Hewlett in charge. Mr. Layne, who was born at Buchanan, KY, had been a resident of Ashland for nearly half a century and had made many friends there who are greatly grieved at his death. He was baggage master for the C & O between Ashland and Elkhorn City and also had many friends in the Big Sandy Valley. He was taken ill last Monday at Elkhorn City while at work and had to be taken home, later being removed to the hospital where his illness became more critical. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Queen Warnick Layne, 2 sons, William Lenzie and Paul Cecil Layne, of Ashland, one brother, B. C. Layne of Buchanan, and 4 sisters,  Mrs. Earl Chapman of Ashland, Mrs. J. C. Buckley, Elkins, WV, Mrs. Faber Stedman, Massillon, OH, ad Mrs. Robert Prichard, Buchanan. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

LYNCH, Delbert
Delbert Lynch, 7 year old son of Edgar and Lelia Lynch, died at the home of his parents at Fort Gay last Friday morning after an illness of one month of typhoid fever. Mr. Lynch is employed on the section force of the N & W railway. Besides his parents the deceased child is survived by his grandparents, Burl Lynch and Mr. and Mrs. William Spears, of Fort Gay. Funeral services were held Sunday morning from Bartram Chapel with Rev. Scraggs, pastor of the Fort Gay M. E. Church, officiating. Interment was in the Frazier Cemetery. The lad was the only child. He attended Sunday school at the M. E. Church and also the Fort Gay public schools. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

MAIZE, Mrs. William
Mrs. William Maize, 38, formerly of Huntington, was killed instantly, her daughter, Helen, 15, and Brownie James, a railroad conductor, injured in an automobile accident Thursday night near Martin, KY, the place of their residence. Information of the accident stated that Mrs. Maize suffered a broken neck. The injured persons, suffering from severe bruises , were taken to a Pikeville hospital. Funeral services for Mrs. Maize foster daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Kahler, Guyandotte, were held Sunday afternoon at the residence in Martin. The Rev. Mr. Smith, of Maytown, KY, officiated. The body was taken to Huntington for burial. The accident occurred when the automobile in which they were riding swerved off the highway and over a culvert and then plunged down a 40 foot embankment into Harman Creek. She leaves, in addition to her foster parents and daughter, the husband, who was unhurt in the accident; another daughter, Marjorie Maize, a sophomore at Marshall College, a sister, Mrs. C. E. Hall, of Cleveland, OH and her mother, Mrs. W. H. Beach of Huntington. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11,1 931

MARTIN, C. E.
We have just learned of the death of C. E. Martin, a young man from Adams, this county, which occurred on Aug 6th, at Dover, NJ. He was injured in an automobile accident on the 4th and never regained consciousness. Interment was made in the U S. Military burial grounds at Columbus, OH. He had served 6 years with the Marines, being a 1st private at the time of his death. In the car with him were 2 other Marines and a young woman to whom he was engaged to be married it is said. She was slightly injured when the car left the road and turned over 2 or 3 times. The 2 young men accompanying the couple were not hurt. The accident was caused by a wheel coming off the car. Martin was 24 years old and was a son of Mrs. Effie Martin of Adams. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

MAYNARD, Sallie (Adkins)
Death removed one of this section’s oldest and most revered ladies when Mrs. Sallie Adkins Maynard passed away at her home at Glenhayes, WV Tuesday afternoon. She was 81 years old. Her passing breaks what is considered a remarkable record. In the family are 5 generations, and up until Mrs. Maynard’s death all the parents were living. Mrs. Maynard had been ill for the past 3 years. A daughter of Owen and Nary Adkins, she had lived in Lawrence County all her life with the exception of the last 3 years. Surviving are her husband, Jesse Maynard, 5 daughters, Mrs. Lucy M. See, Mrs. J.C. Newberry and Mrs. Nannie Heltsley of Glenhayes, Mrs. Jack Parsley of Naugatuck, WV and Mrs. J. W. Hall of Louisa; one sister, and one brother, Mrs. Nannie Queen of Ona, WV and Samuel Adkins of Charleston. She leaves besides those named, 20 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon of this week at the Ratcliff Cemetery near Glenhayes with Rev. Ballard Branham, Rev. J. W. Hall officiating. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for over 60 years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

MCKENZIE, Charles
Charles McKenzie, aged about 30, was fatally injured early Friday when a delayed dynamite charge struck him as he was examining it. The accident occurred on the Wayne-Fort Gay road between the Crabtree hill and Greenbriar. McKenzie was foreman of a gang working for Wayne County. The men were shooting a ditch line and three dynamite charges were set 2 of which exploded. McKenzie approaching the third one to investigate and kneeled down over it when it let go, the blast striking him in the face. His face was blown in, the right eye destroyed, and the right arm was blown away below the elbow. The injured man was rushed to the Louisa General hospital, but lived only about 30 minutes after his arrival. M. T. Crabtree, who was standing near, and who warned McKenzie of the danger, was also slightly injured when gravel and sand were blown in his eyes. He was also treated at the hospital. Other working on the road nearby were not injured. They were Bramwell Ferguson, Charles Hampton, Martin Ferguson and Albert Wellman. The body of McKenzie was removed to Curtright Funeral Home where it was prepared for burial. so badly was the body mangled that a photograph was secured to aid in preparing the body for burial. McKenzie is a son of Joe and Sarah McKenzie, and lived on Hurricane Creek in Wayne County. He was married and had 5 children, one boy and 4 girls. Besides his parents and family he is survived by 2 brothers, and 5 sisters, Mrs. Cecil Foster, West Moreland, Mrs. C. Thompson, Williamson, Mrs. Albert Newsome, Peach Orchard, Miss Mary McKenzie and Miss Eunice McKenzie at home, Sam McKenzie, Hubbardstown, and Arnold McKenzie at home. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Spruce Lick Baptist Church on Big Hurricane Church with interment in Thompson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

MEADE, Julia Elizabeth (Young-Soard)
Mrs. Julia Elizabeth Meade, 66, died at her home here Tuesday night after an illness of only 3 days. She had been in good health up until her illness, and her death was unexpected. Besides her husband, Samuel Meade, she is survived by 3 sons and 3 daughters by a former marriage to Andrew Jackson Soard, who died 20 years ago. They are Mrs. Martin Potter, Mrs. K. C. Potter, Zelda, and Mrs. Lawrence Hinkle, Williamson, Marion Soard, Huntington, Leslie Soard, Wheelwright, and Bishop Soard, Matewan; and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Jane Chandler, Lucasville, OH, Mrs. Nancy Murray, Lowmansville, Mrs. Ida Scarberry, Georges Creek, Sam Young, Lucasville, OH, and George Young, Van Lear Junction. Mrs. Meade was a daughter of the late Harrison and Mary Young. She had been a member of the Christian Church for 25 years. Ten years ago she changed her membership to the Baptist Church at Auxier. The body was prepared for burial at Curtright Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Mayo Chapel at Catalpa with Rev. Shumway of Catlettsburg officiating. Burial was in the Potter Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

MURRAY, George W.
Body of Young Man Thought to be George Murray, is Found
The body of a young man, believed to be George Murray, age about 25, was found floating in the waters of Big Sandy River at the Milt Vinson branch, Louisa about 2 o'clock today (Thursday). Murray had been away from home since Monday, when he went fishing. The day he was last seen he had on a pair of striped pants, blue shirt, Army Shoes with slits cut in the sides. On his finger was a signet ring. The body found corresponds to the description of Murray. Identification was difficult because of the condition of the body. Murray had light hair, and this also tallies with that of the drowned man. The body was removed to the Curtright Funeral Home where an inquest will be held, and further identification will take place. Murray, a son of Albert Murray, of Louisa, was not married. Besides his parents, he has two sisters. The body was found by Paul Wellman, Loren Rob?? of Fort Gay, and Willis Roberts of Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 25, 1931

PACK, Paul David
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dora Pack, Sunday night and claimed their little baby, Paul David. He was one year old. He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, and 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

PUCKETT, Caroline
Mrs. Caroline Puckett, 81 year old resident of Paddle Creek, Boyd County, died Wednesday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Miller in Catlettsburg. An illness, due mostly to infirmities of old age, and lasting for several weeks, preceded her death. Mrs. Puckett is survived by 2 sons, John of Georges Creek, Lawrence County, and William of Catlettsburg. A sister, Mrs. Georgia Stanley and a brother, David Fields and 12 grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon from the Second Baptist Church in Hampton City. Rev. Cyrus of Ironton, OH in charge. Burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

SALYER, Jacob
Paintsville, KY (From Herald)—Jacob Salyer, age 70, of Red Bush, was found dead in a corn field on his farm last week. The aged man had gone to the field to do some work. His continued absence caused his family to make a search and his dead body was found in the filed where he had been working. He had evidently been dead for several hours. Magistrate A. J. Daniel was called to hold an inquest and a jury empaneled by Squire Daniel returned a verdict that Mr. Salyer had died from a heart attack brought about by becoming too hot after a few hours of strenuous work. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

SKAGGS, Laura Bell (Estep)
Mrs. Laura Bell Skaggs, 47, wife of John H. Skaggs, of Mazie, died Monday night at a local hospital after a week’s illness. She is a daughter of Jasper H. and Lottie Estep. Mrs. Skaggs has been a member of Sugar Grove Baptist Church for 25 years. Mrs. Skaggs is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. C. Ferguson, Flat Gap, Miss Edna Margaret and Miss Magdalene Skaggs at home; 2 sons, James Okie Skaggs, Mazie and Luther Skaggs, at home; she also leaves 2 sisters and 5 brothers. The body was removed to Curtright funeral home where it was prepared for burial. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the home at Mazie with interment in the Skaggs Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

SKAGGS, Oscar
Funeral services were held Saturday at Martha for Oscar Skaggs, 46 years old, who was killed Thursday by an explosion at a compressor plant of the Swiss Oil Company near Union Camps. Over 300 friends and relatives of the dead man attended the rites which were held from the home. Rev. Phillip Skaggs and Rev. Fannin officiated with burial in the family cemetery near Union Camps. The explosion which cost Mr. Skaggs his life also injured Luke Lyon, 45, a machinist. He is in an Ashland hospital recovering from a broken arm and leg. Both men were on the job at the compressor plant which is run by a 400 horse power gas engine. They were not in the building at the time. Lyon is said to have discovered something wrong with the action of the engine, and had just started to warn Skaggs when an explosion in the exhaust blew out the concrete flooring at their feet. Skaggs was killed almost instantly, the force of the explosion crushing his skull. Lyon was knocked unconscious. The two men were the only ones on duty at the time of the accident. Employees who hurried to the scene were unable to account for the explosion. The equipment of the Swiss Oil Company is said to be the latest machinery out. Built about 2 years ago, it has four 400 horse power gas engines which compress gas and air into the sands increasing the flow of oil from the wells located in the vicinity. Mr. Skaggs is a son of Dan Skaggs and is survived by his father, by his widow, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Louisa Green of Bowling Green and Miss Beatrice Skaggs at home; one brother, Dr. Ran Skaggs of Royalton, and a sister, Mrs. Hiram Lester of Martha. Lyon, who is a son of Clabe Lyon, lives at Blaine. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4,1931

SMITH, John Richardson
John Richardson Smith, 6 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Smith, of Glenwood died Monday afternoon after an illness of 3 weeks. The body was prepared for burial by H. H. Curtright and funeral services were held from the home Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Roland Hutchison officiating. Interment was in Riffe Cemetery. Besides the parents, the little child is survived by 2 sisters, Ottie Mae, 6, and Bessie, 4, and a twin brother, Jim C. Smith. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

SMITH, Wilson G.
Wilson G. Smith, 68, of Kenova was fatally injured early Saturday night when a car in which he was riding with four others collided with a car driven by Gay Bradley of Yatesville. The accident occurred about 3 miles below Louisa on the Mayo Trail. Smith was rushed to the Louisa General Hospital where he died the same night. Another occupant of the car, O. J. Riffe, of Kenova, was considerably bruised and suffered in back injury. After receiving treatment at the hospital, he was removed to the home of L. K. Vinson, a relative, where he remained until Sunday morning before returning home. Other in the car were Thomas H. Scott Bluefield, S. M. Johnson and Vernon Galloway, Kenova. All were members of the Grand Lodge on their way to attend a meeting of Fort Gay Lodge. Scott is grand chancellor and Riffe is grand keeper of records and seals for West Virginia. Scott, Johnson and Galloway suffered only minor bruises and continued to Fort Gay for the meeting. Bradley, driver of the other car, was not injured. Cause of the accident is unknown. The cars sideswiped, and the Kenova car overturned, its direction completely reversed and came to  a stop across a fence at the roadside. Investigation of the accident is being held up pending the arrival of witnesses. Funeral services for Smith were held Tuesday night with interment at his former home at Lillydale, Monroe Co., WV. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 25, 1931

SPRIGGS, James
Paintsville, KY (From the Herald)-- James Spriggs, 86 years old, died at 9 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fanny Austin, of Boons Camp, this county. He had been in failing health for several months and had been confined to his bed for the past few weeks. Mr. Spriggs was one of the oldest inhabitants of Greasy Creek having been born and raised there. His father Hiram Spriggs came to Johnson County from North Carolina. For many years, "Uncle Jim" as he was called by his acquaintances, had jokingly maintained that, "if I live through March i will get through the year because I've always noticed that to be true. Always a person to joke, he often always said he was becoming more active as he grew older. "When I was younger," he would say, "I might get a stumble and I'd go twenty feet before falling down and maybe not fall at all. But now I can stumble and fall down instantly." He was a member of the Christian Church. Besides his daughter Mr. Spriggs is survived by a son Henry Spriggs of Van Lear, a brother John T. Spriggs of Martin County and a sister, Nancy Jane Brown of Kosmos, Washington. Funeral services were conducted at the residence of his daughter by the Rev Perry Collins. Burial was in the Dennie Pigg Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

STUMBO, Louisa
Mrs. Louisa Stumbo, mother of Dr. Walker Stumbo and the late Dr. Edward Stumbo, and one daughter, Cora Stumbo, died Friday morning a the Beaver Valley Hospital at Martin, KY after an illness of 3 or 4 days with acute indigestion. Mrs. Stumbo had been sickly for 2 or 3 years with some kind of rheumatism. Mrs. Stumbo had been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for a number of years, and had always lived a Christian life. The whole county mourns the loss of a great woman and the family is suffering the loss of a great and good mother. She is survived by one son, Dr. Walker Stumbo and one daughter, Cora Stumbo. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. Sandy Valley News. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

Mrs. Louise Catherine Stumbo one of Floyd County’s best known and most widely related women, succumbed Friday morning of last week at the home of her son Dr. W. LO. Stumbo, at Martin, to a brief illness from acute indigestion. Mrs. Stumbo was 76 years old. A native of the Left Beaver Creek section of this county Mrs. Stumbo leaves many relatives residing in various parts of Floyd County. She was the widow of the late A. L.  Stumbo and before her marriage was Miss Louise Catherine Salisbury. Besides her son and daughter, Mrs. Stumbo is survived by 2 brothers and 3 sisters: Kirb Salisbury of Hunter, Palmer Salisbury, Hueysville, Mrs. Jemima Hays Lagley, Mrs. Minto Allen, Hueysville, and Mrs. Artie Stumbo, of Salisbury. From Martin the body was taken to the old Stumbo home at Hunter, near which burial was made in the family cemetery. Several hundred friends and relatives of the deceased attended the last rites which were conducted Saturday afternoon at the grave by Revs. A. L. Allen, E. Howard and O. P. Smith. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

WALKER, Berkeley
Prestonsburg, KY (From Times)—Berkeley Walker, 19 years old, Prestonsburg High School sophomore and football player, succumbed on Wednesday night at the Methodist hospital, Pikeville, to injuries sustained on Aug 25 in an auto accident near Betsy Layne, this county. Injured about the base of the skull and in the back, he was taken to the hospital at Pikeville, where, it is said, it was first believed that the would recover. The youth was enroute to Boldman to work on the Warfield Natural Gas Company pipe line project when hurt. He was riding in the rear seat of a model T Ford which was struck by a car said to have been driven by Bill Bryan Salisbury of Jump, as the Ford was passing a wagon. The car in which Walker was a passenger was driven by Jesse Smith. When the cars collided, the Ford was knocked over the embankment Mr. Walker being thrown from the machine and his body crashing onto the pavement of the Mayo Trail. Surviving him are 2 brothers, Denman and Conley Walker, and a sister, Miss Oneita Walker, all of whom reside a the Walker home about 4 miles above Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

WELLMAN, Audrey
Audrey Wellman, 20 year old son of Boyd and Fannie Copley Wellman, formerly of Fort Gay was killed by a train at Rittman, OH, Aug 30. Funeral services were held Thursday morning from the M. E. Church at Fort Gay. Interment was in Beaire Cemetery. The young man is survived by his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers, Mrs. R. H. Dawson, Rittman, Mrs. David Shirley, Toledo, Bill Wellman, Flint, MI, Norman Wellman, Rittman and John Wellman, Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

WELLMAN, Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson Wellman, farmer near Aberdeen, South Dakota, who was run over when he was thrown beneath the binder he was operating during an attempt to stop his run away horses, passed away at a hospital there Sunday a week ago from injuries received in the accident. The accident occurred about 9:30 the previous Friday morning. Mr. Wellman was born at Louisa, KY, Jan 18, 1884 and was47 years of age at the time of his passing. At the age of 6 years he moved with his parents to Clinton, IN. Sixteen years lager he went to Aberdeen, SD, where he has since made his home. In 1916 he was married to Mable M. Wolfe at Clinton, IN, the young couple going to Aberdeen to make their home on the present Wellman farm. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Surviving are his widow, a son, Albert, 10, 3 daughters, Marianna, 13, Elizabeth Jane, 10, Esther Marie, 5, 2 brothers, Oliver D. Wellman, Detroit, and Theodore Wellman of Aberdeen and 2 sisters in law, Mrs. Amanda Wellman of Aberdeen and Mrs. Cora Wellman of Carrollton, MO. Funeral services were held on Wednesday from the M. E. Church with interment in the Riverside Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 11, 1931

WHEELER, John
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald--John Wheeler, age 63, of Lindbergh, this county, died suddenly at his home there at 1:30 of a heart attack.  Mr. Wheeler had seemingly been in good health, weighing over 200 pounds although he had been a suffered from high blood pressure for some time before his death, and this is thought to have brought about a heart attack. Mr. Wheeler had been a lifelong resident of Johnson County and was well known as a good citizen.  He had been postmaster at Lindbergh since the creation of the office at that place about two years ago and was a merchant. Mr. Wheeler awakened shortly after midnight and told his wife he felt ill and asked for a drink of water.  Before she could give him the water he fell back on the bed dead. Mr. Wheeler has many friends and relatives of the county who will be grieved to learn of his sudden passing. Besides his widow, he is survived by two brothers, Tobe Wheeler of Lindbergh and Ed Wheeler of Sitka.  Also, two sisters, Mrs. James P. Butler and Miss Lizzie Wheeler, both of Lindbergh. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Burns Conley of Paintsville, with burial in the home cemetery on the Wheeler farm. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 2, 1931

WILSON, E. W.
E. W. Wilson 61, died in a Huntington hospital Tuesday morning, 9 hours after he suffered a fractured skull when his head struck a curb stone at the corner of Fifth and Ninth Street in Huntington. He was struck by Bradford Parrent, 42,. Parrent told police he struck Wilson, a stranger to Parrent, after Wilson had attacked Parrent with a knife. Wilson fell, his head striking the curbing. He did not regain consciousness.  Parrent was held in jail Monday night and until his trial Tuesday. His version of the affair, police say, was corroborated by eye witnesses. He waived examination Tuesday afternoon and was held to the October grand jury on a manslaughter charge, posting a bond of $3,000 and was released. Wilson was a resident of Charleston, but was stopping at a hotel in Huntington, in front of which he was injured. He lived with a brother, Ralph Wilson. Wilson was reared in Louisa, and was known as Zeke, leaving here several years ago. Until recent years he was engaged in construction of dams and locks on government projects on Ohio River and tributaries. He served on such contracts as assistant superintendent and superintendent. He is survived by a son, Ramey of Columbus, OH, a daughter, residence not known; 2 brothers and 3 sisters, C. T. Wilson, Gary, IN, Ralph Wilson, Charleston, Mrs. Emma Endicott Meade Louisa, Mrs. Ella Hornick, Eccles, WV and Mrs. Genoa McKee, Philadelphia. The body was brought to Louisa Thursday where a brief service was held at the grave by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Interment was made in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 18, 1931

WRIGHT Finnie I.
The death angel has been in our midst and claimed Finnie I. Wright. He was born at Glenwood, Lawrence County, KY, May 7, 1888, departed this life Aug 13, 1931, age 43 years 3 months and 8 days. He was married Dec 24, 1916? to Miss Malissa Meadows. He leaves his wife and 4 children, Ruford, Ruby, Opal and Garnett, also an aged father and mother at Glenwood, 3 brothers, Calvin Wright, Ashland, Marion, Oak Hill, WV, and Wid, Hamlin, WV, 4 sisters, Mrs. J. Browning, Ashland, Mrs. Mary Castle, Mrs. Anna Sparks, Kingston, WV and Nellie Wright, Glenwood. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. G. C. Gilfillen of the M. E. Church on Aug 15. Mr. Wright moved to Columbus, OH in the year of 1916, and was employed by the N & W Railway Co., as a car inspector. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of friends and relatives, and fellow workman and their families. The ones that attended from a distance were Calvin Wright, Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. J. Browning, Ashland, Mrs. Charlie Rice, Cable, OH, Nellie Wright, Glenwood, KY, Mr. and Mrs. Meadows and son, Lucasville, OH; 3 cousins of Columbus, OH, Charles and Emmett Holbrook and L. Wright. Mr. Wright was laid to rest in the Mifflin Cemetery, East Columbus. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Sep 4, 1931

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ADKINS, Frank
Frank Adkins, 81 years old, died Sep 21, at the home of his son, Dude Adkins, in Boyd County, where he had made his home for the past 5 years. Mr. Adkins had been in declining health for several years. Funeral service was held at the home of his brother at Glenwood, Tuesday, with interment in the Taylor Cemetery at Glenwood. He is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons, Mrs. Frank Hazelett and Mrs. F. B. Harmon of Louisa, Mrs. Dennie Waller of Potter, Dude Adkins of Boyd County and Drue Adkins of Hart, WV. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 2, 1931

BAYES, Richard
Richard Bayes, 38, died Thursday Oct 8th, at Hackensack, NJ, after an illness of a few days. He was born in Lawrence County, KY. He leaves his father, N. R. Bayes, Webbville, KY and 4 sisters, Mrs. Lawson, Jattie, Mrs. Joseph Fannin, Ashland, Mrs. John Fields, Rush and Mrs. R. D. Hall, Spencer, WV. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 16, 1931

BELK, George
In memory of our dear cousin, George Belk, who departed this life Oct 16. He is gone but not forgotten. He is survived by his mother and 5 brothers and one sister. He was laid to rest beside his father in the Meeks graveyard. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

BERNARD, Jesse
Jesse Bernard, 71, of Potter, died early Sunday morning. Mr. Bernard had been ill for several weeks and his death was not unexpected. He is survived by his wife and 8 children. The surviving children are: Mrs. Fred Stanley Mrs. Julia Bell O’Daniel Ethel Bernard and Bertha Bernard, all of Catlettsburg, Marion Bernard of  Chillicothe OH, Grover of Potter, Mrs. Lizzie Yates of Potter and Ester Bernard of Potter. Funeral services were conducted from the residence Wednesday afternoon and were in charge of Rev. Hutchison and Rev. Vanhorn of Fallsburg. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

BLACK, Rev. John Oliver
Rev. John Oliver Black, 70, a pioneer resident of Lawrence County and widely known throughout eastern Kentucky and adjacent parts of West Virginia where he  has conducted numerous revival meetings, passed away Oct 10th, following a lingering illness of several weeks. He leaves 2 daughters, Mrs. Nettie Blankenship of Yatesville, KY and Mrs. Esther Calhoun, Ashland, one son, Fred N. Black, Ashland, several grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends who are greatly grieved and shocked at his passing. The last sad rites for Rev. Black were held Monday afternoon from he Kavanaugh Chapel at Buchanan. Two of his closest friends in the ministry, Rev. William Duncan and Rev. Brian Edmonds officiated at the funeral. His remains were laid to rest in the Kavanaugh Cemetery beside his departed wife. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 16, 1931

BLAIR Garland
Garland Blair, better known as “Jerry” received injuries in an auto wreck in Rockland County, NY last week from which he died a few minutes after the mishap without gaining consciousness. Mr. Blair was a former citizen of Johnson County, having been born and reared to young manhood in the Hager Hill section. Mr. Blair had been in the state police service since July 1930, and was on duty when the accident happened. He has many relatives in Johnson county and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Blair of West Van Lear, Johnson County. Besides his parents he is survived by  his widow, Mrs. Harriett Blair, 2 daughters, aged 5 and 7, 3 brothers, Tom Blair, C & O locomotive engineer, Gordon Blair and Francis Blair, and 3 sisters, Miss May Blair, Mrs. Walbridge Hall, all of West Van Lear and Mrs. Marcus Adams of Van Lear. The body was taken to Montague Township, NJ home of his wife’s people for burial. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

BRANHAM, Andrew
Andrew Branham, 71 years old, died last Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sam Maynard, at Clifford. Mr. Branham spent practically all his life near the falls of Tug, owning a farm there, and was well known throughout the county. Surviving are 4 sons and 3 daughters, W. H. Branham, Louisa, Arthur Branham, Whitehouse, Drew Branham, Clifford, Elmer Branham, Inez, Mrs. Sam Maynard, Clifford, Mrs. Frank York, Glenhayes, and Mrs. Mart Frazier, Clifford, one brother, Ballard Branham, Webb, WV, Mr. Branham’s wife died several years ago. Funeral services were held at Clifford Sunday morning with  interment in the family cemetery on Rockcastle. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

BRICKEY, Robert E.
In loving memory of our dearly beloved father, Robert E. Brickey, who passed away Sep 27,1 931. He was 71 years of age. He leaves to mourn his loss 5 daughters and 4 sons, also 3 brothers and 2 sisters. His pleasant ways and smiling face are pleasure to recall; he had a kindly word for each and died beloved by all. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

BRUCE, William
William Bruce, 56, of Pinson Junction on Pond Creek, died in the hospital at Williamson, Friday from the result of a bullet wound accidentally inflicted one week earlier by Mrs. Matt Jones, 21. Mr. Bruce had been in a paralyzed condition since the time the bullet entered his back. Bruce was working at the time of the shooting as a pumper in a pump house a few years from the home of Mrs. Matt Jones on Pinson Fork. Mrs. Jones is reported to have had a dispute with her husband over the custody of their 4 year old daughter, resulting in her obtaining a gun and shooting him from an upstairs windows. About 4 shots were fired, the third striking Bruce accidentally. Jones was not injured, it was stated. Mrs. Jones was brought to Pikeville where she gave bond and returned to the hospital in Williamson to talk with Bruce. Bruce is reported to have told Mrs. Jones that he was not feeling so good and died while she was in the room. Mr. Bruce is survived by a widow and 6 children. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Dunlow where burial later took place. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

BRUMFIELD, Jay
Jay Brumfield, 24 years old, Tuscola, dropped dead Thursday morning at the Service Chevrolet garage where he had gone to buy parts for his car. Death was due to heart failure. Brumfield was talking to Miss Leta Pickrell, employee of the company, and Tanner Compton, when suddenly he was observed to slump over and fall to the floor. Dr. Carter was called and pronounced him dead. Dr. Carter had advised him to go to bed Monday after he had collapsed in his father’s cornfield that morning. Young Brumfield had driven his mother, Mrs. Milt Brumfield and brother to Louisa early Thursday morning to attend court. The body was removed to Curtright Funeral Home where it was prepared for burial. At press time no arrangements had been made for the funeral. The young man is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milt Brumfield, of Tuscola, 2  brothers, Clem of Kenova and Tracey, at home 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Ison, Ashland, Fannie and Eunice at home. He was not married. His death came as a shock to many people as he was well known and liked throughout the county. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

Jay Brumfield, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Brumfield, was born in Lawrence County, KY, Jun 2, 1907, departed this life, Oct 8, 1931, at the age of 24 years. He was a noble young man, moral, intelligent, and kind hearted, and loved by all that knew him. When his health began to fail, he became very much interested about his soul, and would attend church and give his hand for prayer. His funeral was preached at McDaniel Hill, where he attended school in his happy boyhood days, by Rev. Rolen Hutchison in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing friends and relatives after which his mortal remains was consigned to mother earth in the McDaniels Cemetery. He leaves to mourn his loss his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

CHRISTIAN, Mrs. Forest
Mrs. Forest Christian was born Feb 25, 1904 and died Oct 7, 1931 at the home of her brother Charley Rutherford, of Sidney. Mrs. Christian had been ill of heart dropsy for the past several months. She was before marriage, Miss Ruth Rutherford and was married in 1924. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rutherford of Sidney who have been dead several years. At an early age she united with the 12 Pole Valley Baptist Church and was baptized by Rev. A.W. Damron of Wayne. She later moved her membership to the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Huntington. Thelma, a daughter, died 3 years ago. She is survived by her husband, Forest Christian, of Kenova, one sister, 4 brothers, and her step mother, Mrs. Cynthia Rutherford of Sidney. Kilgore & Collier, undertakers, removed the body to Kenova last Friday. Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church of Kenova by Rev. D. A. Reece, of Parkersburg and a short service was conducted at the Twelve Pole Valley Church. Interment was made in the Staley Cemetery on Whites Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

CLARK, Gene
Gene Clark, 21, son of Mrs. Ida Clark of Harold, was fatally injured Saturday in a collision between a motorcycle he was riding and an automobile at the Alley Field airport. He was rushed to the Williamson hospital where  he lived only a short while. His skull was fractured. The boy is survived by his mother, 2 brothers, Robert (Bob) Clark of Pikeville, Geoffrey Clark of Huntington and a sister, Mrs. Magdalene Burris of South Williamson. Funeral services were conducted at Harold Tuesday afternoon with burial in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

CONLEY, B. A.
Prestonsburg, KY (From Times)—One of the saddest and most grievous accidents that has recently occurred, was the death of B. A. Conley of Bonanza, KY. Falling from a barn loft on Sep 22, he sustained a crushed hip  and fractured skull which resulted in death. He was rushed to the Golden Rule hospital at Paintsvile where he was given special attention. Uncle Ben, as most people called him was born Oct 1, 1856, was aged 74 years 11 months and 25 days at his death. He was well known throughout this section and was loved by all who knew him, He was married Oct 13, 1881 to Mary Hackworth, daughter of Jerry Mirah and Agnes Hackworth uniting 2 well known families of this section. To this union were born 11 children, 8 daughters and 3 sons, all living except one son, who died in infancy. He has had 61 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. His wife, Mary L. Conley, departed this life Apr 26, 1914, leaving him to mourn the loss of a faithful companion. His second marriage, Oct 8, 1914 to Mrs. Jane Conley, widow of H. M. Conley, deceased, has enabled him to continue to live a happy marriage life to the end. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Sep 27, at the home by Revs. John Prater and Hargus Conley. He was laid to rest in the Conley Cemetery near his home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

COPELAND, Belva
Word was received here this week by Mrs. Garred Wellman of the death of her cousin, Mrs. Belva Copeland, of Denton, TX, Oct 9. Mrs. Copeland was the daughter of Mrs. Fannie tiller of Youder, CO. She was born at Glenwood on East Fork this county moving to the west with her parents 35 years ago. She was 43 years old. Besides her mother, she is survived by one brother, Butler Tiller of Youder, CO and 3 uncles, William Taylor, Louisa James Taylor, Glenwood and Ed Taylor, Colton, KY. Funeral services and burial took place in Denton, TX on Oct 10. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

DAVIS, Caroline
Pikeville, KY—Caroline Davis, the 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Y. Davis of  Yeager, died at home Sunday after an illness of 15 days. Diphtheria was given as the cause of her death. Besides her parents, she is survived by 2 brothers, Jeff and Julius Davis and by 3 sisters, Dona, Causby Davis and Mrs. Roland Smith, all of Yeager. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, after which burial took place in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

GEORGE, Green
Green George, age 71, died at Portsmouth OH, Monday. He formerly lived at Paintsville, moving to Portsmouth 22 years ago. He is survived by his wife, 5 sons and 2 daughters. Mrs. George is in feeble health. She is the youngest sister of Robert Dixon, of Louisa. Mr. Dixon attended the funeral. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

GEORGE, Octava Elizabeth (Stevenson)
Octava Elizabeth Stevenson George was born Nov 1, 1857, was united in marriage to N. A. George, Nov 1, 188, was converted in Aug 1882 and joined the United Baptist Church the fourth Sunday, Jul 1884, was baptized by Elder R. H. Murray, the fourth Saturday in Aug 1884. Having been a firm believer in holy living as taught by the scriptures, and as being essential to Christian perfection and Christian character, I with all my heart sought the highway of holiness and on the morning of Aug 12, 1908, I consecrated myself and all that I had to the Lord and while humbly pleading with the Lord to give me a pure and clean heart, I received the blessing of sanctification and now his word is my guide. Bless the Lord O my soul. My way is clear and my prospects bright as I hasten up the shining way that leads to mansions beyond the skies. The above was written by Mrs. George and found by her family after her death which occurred on the 30th day of March 1931. She leaves her husband and one son, N. A. George, Jr., also 3 stepchildren. She was a  good wife, mother and neighbor. For more than 30 years she has been local correspondent for the Big Sandy News. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 16, 1931

HAGER, D. Mart
Rev. D. Mart Hager, 84 years old, one of this county’s oldest and most prominent men, succumbed Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Martha Music, near East Point, a victim of pneumonia. Mr. Hager’s last illness was of short duration, his condition becoming serious only last Saturday. The deceased was widely known throughout the Big Sandy Valley not only as a churchman but also as a citizen of the finest type. The son of the late John and Mrs. Rhoda Hager, he was born in Scott County, VA Oct 20, 1946, and  moved to Johnson County with his mother in 1864, his father having been killed while fighting with the Confederates in the Civil War, in which he himself for a time was a scout. For years Mr. Hager resided with his daughter, Mrs. William Greenwade, at Cliff, near here. He was widely related in this section and was revered by all who knew him. Surviving him are 2 sisters, Mrs. Julia Jayne, Flat Gap, KY and Mrs. Lou Walker, Paintsville, 4 daughters and one son, Mrs. W. F. Patrick, Portland, OR, Mrs. Scott Smith, Omak, WA, Mrs. William Greenwade, Cliff, and Mrs. Martin Music, East Point, and John L. Hager,, Omak, WA. His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth May Hager died 23 years ago. The body was taken Thursday morning from the home of Mrs. Music to the Greenwade home at Cliff and brought Friday to the M. E. Church, South, here, where funeral services were conducted, the Rev. J. M. Helm, pastor of the church officiating. Burial was in the Hager Hill Cemetery, Johnson County. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

HAMMOND, Marion
In loving memory of our grandfather, Marion Hammond, who departed this life Oct 14, 1930, one year ago today. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

HEREFORD, Robert
Robert Hereford, Greenup County farmer, age 77, died at his home at Oldtown, KY, Oct 15, of apoplexy. He is survived by one sister and 3 brothers, Mrs. Mary Morris, Williamson, WV, Barney Hereford, Ashland, John Hereford, Kenova, James Hereford, Van Lear, and N. B. Hereford, of Oldtown; and 4 nephews, Edward and Ralph Hereford of Akron, OH and Frank and Willie Hereford of Oldtown. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Ot 23, 1931

HUNT, Adas
Pikeville, KY—Adas Hunt, 21, single, son of Lacey Hunt, Floyd County, was instantly killed in an automobile wreck on the Mayo Trail near Ivel, Floyd County, Monday night, and Arthur Goble and Curwood Goble, both young men and Miss Emma Colly and Norma Mullins of Betsy Layne, KY were so seriously injured that they were removed to a hospital at Martin, KY. The 3 young men all of whom were from Lancer, near Prestonsburg, were employed by the Columbia Gas and Construction Co., in laying a pipe line from this field to eastern cities and were out on a joy ride with the 2 young ladies when their automobile struck an embankment and went over a hill. Hunt was a member of a prominent Floyd County family. He made his home with his brother, Floyd Hunt, at Lancer. The funeral was held Thursday and he was laid to rest in the Mayo Cemetery near Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

JOHNSON, Nathan Thomas
Pikeville, KY Oct 23—From the News—N. Tom Johnson, aged 47, well known resident of Pike County, died at his home at Hartley, Tuesday morning, after a long illness. He has been an invalid at this home of the past 7 years. During his life Mr. Johnson attained the highest position in the Civil Service of the United States. He was for 2 years chairman of the Board of Tax Appeals at Washington, D. C. After resigning from this office, Mr. Johnson went into a law partnership with A. T. Smith and specialized in income tax cases. A man by name of Virgie Y. Moore was later added to this law partnership. After several years of successful practice he was forced to give up his business because of ill health. Mr. Johnson returned to his old home at Hartley where he has been in ill health for the past number of years. Nathan Thomas Johnson was born at Hartley on the Long Fork of Shelby  Creek on Jan 8, 1884. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexandria Johnson. Mr. Johnson was never married. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

JUSTICE, John C.
The body of John C. Justice, 25 years old, miner for the Inland Steel Corporation, Wheelwright, KY, was found Monday morning beneath his auto at the bottom of Indian Creek mountain. Justice is believed to have died instantly, and it is held that the wreck which caused his death occurred near 9 o’clock on the night preceding discovery of his body. According to a report received here the victim and his wife had been visiting his brother, Sam P. Justice, on Indian Creek, Sunday night, and started home with  Mrs. Justice, but parted with  here at the top of the mountain and turned his car back toward his brother’s home. It is not known here in which direction he was going, however, when the fatal accident occurred. The body was removed to Pikeville where it was prepared for burial then returned to Left Beaver Creek for burial Thursday in the Meade Cemetery at Clear Creek. Surviving the victim are his mother, Mrs. Dolly Justice, his widow and one brother. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

JUSTICE, Margaret
Mrs. Margaret Justice, 60, died at the home of her daughter at Belfry last week after an illness of about 8 months. A cancer was the cause of her death. Mrs. Justice is survived by 5 sons and 5 daughters. She was born in Pike County and has spent most of her life here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

LEMASTER, Mrs. W. L.
Paintsville, KY—From the Herald—Mrs. W. L. Lemaster an old and respected lady of Barnett’s Creek, who had passed the allotted span of life—two score and ten years—died at her home on Tuesday evening after a brief illness. Mrs. Lemaster was well known in that section of the county as a noble Christian character and her passing is mourned by a large number of relatives and friends. She was the widow of Uncle Will Lemaster who preceded her in death only last June. Funeral services and burial took place at Barnett’s Creek Baptist Church last Thursday. She had been a member of the United Baptist church for many years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

MAGGARD, Azel
Coming into contact with an electric wire fence, Azel, 5 year old son of Mrs. Ellen Maggard of Martin, was instantly killed on Thursday of last week. The tot had climbed onto the fence which was a the rear of the Martin Theater, and fell onto a charged wire, it is said. The current came from a ground wire leading from the theater apparatus. The child’s neck was broken by the shock and the body was pulled from the wire only by persistent efforts of a man, Alex Boyd. The tragedy came as a shock to residents of Martin where the Maggard family is well known and highly esteemed. Besides his mother, the little victim is survived by 2 brothers and one sister. The body was prepared for burial by G. D. Ryan, Martin undertaker and burial was made Saturday afternoon at Cracker, in the cemetery where the victim’s father, Maryland Maggard, was buried. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

MCGINNIS, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah McGinnis, 78 years old, passed away early Monday morning at the home of her brother, Joe Cyrus at Smokey Valley, after an illness of a month. Mrs. McGinnis had been in failing health for several months. She is survived by 3 brothers, Joe Cyrus, Smokey Valley, Lee Cyrus, Portsmouth, Jess Cyrus, Louisa, Mrs. William Salyers, Columbus and Mrs. Mollie Cordle of Cordell, KY. Funeral services were held from the Cyrus home at Smokey Valley Tuesday morning with Rev. Lindsey Cyrus officiating. Interment was made in the Cyrus family cemetery at Smokey valley. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 16, 1931

MCKENZIE, Leonard
Leonard McKenzie 30, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl McKenzie, victim of a gunshot wound, inflicted early Sunday afternoon at Paintsville, died in an Ashland hospital, Monday. The body was removed to Steen and Alexander Funeral Home from which place the funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon He is survived by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. They are Dewey McKenzie, Norton McKenzie, and Mrs. Lola Mullins of Ashland and Mrs. Laura Skeens of Potter, KY and Mrs. Harrison Young of Alberta, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 2, 1931

MILLER, Emma
Mrs. Emma Miller, 75 years old, died at her home on Georges Creek at midnight Saturday following an illness of several weeks. She was the wife of Allen H. Miller. Besides her husband, Mrs. Miller is survived by 5 sons, Allen, Jr., of  Big Creek, WV, Charles of Accoville, WV, Bascom, Maynard and Staunton, all of Charley, one sister, Mrs. Jane Sowards, Provo, UT, and a brother, D. J. Thompson of Georges Creek. Funeral services were held from the home Monday afternoon with Rev. Albert Miller of Meads Branch officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery on Georges Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 23,1931

MURRAY, George
No Clue is Found in Death of George Murray Last Week
Funeral Services Are Held Friday for Murdered Youth
BODY IS IDENTIFIED
Funeral services were held at 1;30 o'clock last Friday afternoon for George W. Murray, 25, whose body was found floating in the Big Sandy River Thursday. The body was conveyed to Fulkerson cemetery where services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and Rev. H. W. Ware.

Pallbearers were Bill Kouns, Earl Wooten, Russell Wooten, Charley Wooten, George Justice, and Dick Hanes. Murray is survived by his parents Albert and Nannie Murray and two sisters, Miss Elizabeth Murray at home and Mrs. Floyd Younkin of Paintsville.
The body of George Murray was found about 1:30 o'clock last Thursday afternoon floating in the river near the east end of Pike Street. A coroner's jury was summoned after the body had been transferred to Curtright funeral home and examination showed that Murray had met death by being struck in side of the head before being thrown into the water. Identification was completed Thursday night when Mabel Peck of Fort Gay, identified the ring George wore as the one her sister had given him.

Two meetings of the coroner's jury and a court on inquiry have failed to throw any light on the ones guilty of the slaying. Different leads were traced down and proved to be groundless and investigation is at a standstill. Murray was last seen about 11 o'clock last Monday night. He stated at the time that he was going home and was seen going in that direction. He never reached home, the last his parents having seen of him was on Monday morning. The killing of George Murray is the third unsolved murder in Lawrence County within the past year. Other mysterious killings were those of Ezra Dials, a young man whose mangled body was found on the railroad tracks here and Jonah Adkins, recluse, who was found murdered in his country store. Officials have not given up hope of solving he deaths and have appealed to the citizens to report any little information which may prove to have bearing on the cases. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 2, 1931

O’BRYAN, Felty
Paintsville, KY –From Herald—Rev. Felty O’Bryan, 53 years of age, a resident of Van Lear for many years, died at his home at that place Sunday morning, following an illness of nine days of pneumonia. Rev. O’Bryan was an employee of the Consolidation Coal Co. where he worked as tipple foreman during the week days and attended church, ministered to the sick and preached on Sundays. He was a minister of the old United  Baptist Church, holding membership in the Cedar Grove Church of West Van Lear. Short funeral services were held at the home on Monday morning in charge of Rev. Guy W. Preston and Rev.. Roscoe Lemaster, after which the body was transported to the O’Bryan Cemetery at the mouth of Pickle Fork on Barnetts Creek for its last resting place. Besides his widow he is survived by 9 children and numerous relatives and friends throughout the county. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Oct 2, 1931

PATTON, Molly (Richmond)
Word was received in Paintsville of the death of Mrs. Molly Patton of Oklahoma. Mrs. Patton was before marriage Miss Molly Richmond of Inez, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Richmond, a sister of Lon Richmond of Kermit and Willie Richmond of Inez. She visited relatives in Inez and Paintsville about 3 months ago. Two months ago she fell and broke her hip but had almost recovered from that when pneumonia set in and caused her death. Members of her family from Inez attended the funeral and burial in Oklahoma. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

PRICE, Dr. M. M.
Salyersville, KY—Dr. M. M. Price, 46, of this city took his own life here Friday afternoon by shooting himself through the head in the basement of his home. He had resided here for many years and was well known. Funeral services were held Sunday from the Methodist Church with Rev. H. H. Raul, officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

QUILLAN, Abe
The funeral of Abe Quillan, 41, who died very suddenly Wednesday afternoon from the residence in Ashland with Rev. Theodore Will in charge. Interment in the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Quillan who was a World War veteran, leaves his mother, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 16, 1931

QUISENBERRY, J. D.
J. D. Quisenberry, former resident of Prestonsburg and prominent Richmond, VA man, succumbed Oct 12 at his home in Richmond after a years illness from stomach trouble. He was 51 years old. Mr. Quisenberry came to Prestonsburg from Virginia as an accountant for a contracting firm in the construction of the C & O railway up the Big Sandy Valley. During his stay here he was married to Miss Belva Lockwood Goble, daughter of Judge and Mrs. James Goble and for a time was connected with the First National Bank here. He went from here to Richmond where he was connected with one of the largest coal companies in the state until his death. Mr. Quisenberry was a man of much ability, highly educated and his character was of the finest type. Surviving are his widow, 3 sons, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were conducted on Oct 14 from the home with burial following in the family plot in Longview Cemetery, Richmond. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

RICE, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Rice, age 71, died in west Catlettsburg Tuesday and was buried in the Frazier burial grounds on Two Mile, Thursday. She was a daughter of the late Mr. “Cuff” Riffe of this county, and oldest sister of Judge Billie Riffe, of Louisa. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Barbee. Big Sandy News, Oct 9, 1931

RIGSBY, Amanda
Mrs. Amanda Rigsby, 69, died Friday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry V. Williams of Ashland. She was a native of Lawrence County and resided there until the death of her husband, Andrew Rigsby 11 year ago, at which time she made her home with her daughter. She was a life member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving age 10 children: Mrs. John E. Ferguson, Circleville, OH, Mrs. Millard Ferguson, Lawrence County L. F. Rigsby, Keaton KY, Doc Rigsby, Perryville, KY, Mrs. Oscar Smith, Jeptha, KY, Mrs. Escal Holbrook, Ashland, Asa Rigsby, Lick Branch, KY, Mrs. William Penix, Ashland, Mrs. Lonnie Burke, Hanging Rock, OH and Mrs. Henry Williams, Ashland and 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy news-Recorder, Oct 23, 1931

RITTENBERRY, Priscilla
Mrs. Priscilla Rittenberry, 54 years old, died at her home at Gallup Friday morning. She was the widow of Andrew Jasper Rittenberry, who was killed 12 years ago at the government locks at Chapman. A son, Ben Rittenberry, met a tragic death early this summer when he fell beneath the wheels of a train. Mrs. Rittenberry had been a member of the M. E. Church for 20 years, and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She is survived by 2 daughters. Mrs. M. A. Damron, Walden, KY and Miss Amanda Rittenberry at home; 3 sons, J. H. Rittenberry, Gallup, and Bill and Wayne Rittenberry at home. Funeral services were held last Friday at the Rittenberry cemetery at Gallup with Rev. H. H. Kahlo and Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 2, 1931

SCARBERRY, Litha
Mrs. Litha Scarberry, 56 years old, died last Wednesday at the home of her son, Jay Scarberry, at Charley. She was the widow of William Scarberry and had been a semi-invalid for several years. Besides her son at Charley, she is survived by another son, William Scarberry of Charleston, WV. Funeral services were held from the Baptist Church at Charley last Thursday morning with Rev. D. A. Hayes and Rev. J. Preston officiating. Interment was in the Chandler Cemetery on Georges Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

SHORT, Homer
Homer Short 22, son of Frank Short of Catlettsburg, died Monday at Beaver Valley hospital after a brief illness. Cause of death was given as intestinal trouble. Mr. Short became ill while at the home of his uncle, Jeff Short of Abbott Creek, and was taken to the hospital on the day preceding his death. He had many friends and relatives in this section. Surviving him are his parents, former residents of this county and 2 sisters, Misses May and Mattie  Lou Short. The body was taken to Cliff Monday afternoon and burial was made there in the Short family cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

SKAGGS, Martha Ann
Martha Ann Skaggs died at the home of S. G. DeBord on Hoods Creek, Boyd County, Tuesday evening of last week. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Skaggs was born Sep 13, 1839 in North Carolina. Her father and mother moved to Kentucky when she was a small girl. She was married to Peter J. Skaggs at the age of 21. To this union were born 12 children. Her husband preceded her in death 21 years ago. Seven of her children also preceded her in death. Surviving children are: Mrs. S.G. DeBord, Ashland, Mrs. Ira Oliver, Greenup, Mrs. Emma Griffith, Lucasville, OH, Mrs. Forest Keaton of Ohio, London Skaggs, Ashland, Alvin Skaggs, Greenup, and Mansford Skaggs of Georges Creek, KY. She is also survived by 72 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the residence on Hoods Creek on Wednesday afternoon and were in charge of Rev. Nichols of Ashland. Burial was made in the Fairview Cemetery. The deceased was a member of the Baptist Church for over 75 years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 2, 1931

SPARKS, Dr. James L.
Dr. James L. Sparks, 50 years old, of Huntington, for 15 years a practicing dentist, there succumbed to an attack of pneumonia in a Huntington hospital Saturday afternoon. He had not been ill long, being taken to the hospital recently from his home on Twelfth Avenue. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mollie Sparks, 2 sons, James A. and Bobbie Sparks; 3 brothers, L. T. Sparks of Martha, KY, Dr. W. E. Sparks of Trench, KY and Dr. M. L. Sparks of Bloomington, NE and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Bishop of Corn, OK. Funeral services were held Monday from the residence. Interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Dr. Sparks was an uncle of Dr. H. H.  Sparks of Louisa. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

SWETNAM, John W.
Dr. John W. Swetnam, age 80 years, died at his home at Soldier, Carter Co., KY Oct 5. His remains were brought to Georges Creek for burial Tuesday, Oct 6, in the family cemetery. Rev. A. H. Miller officiated at the funeral which was held at the home of B. G. Burgess of Georges Creek. Dr. Swetnam was a son of Dr. and Mrs. Mary Swetnam, of Louisa. He was at one time a leading doctor of Lawrence County, having resided for several years at Richardson, later moving to Whitehouse in Johnson County, where he practiced for a number of years. He later gave up his practice and bought a farm near Soldier, where he has made his home. He is survived by his aged widow, who was Miss Alice Burgess, of this county, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Roten, and one son, Edford Swetnam, one nephew, James Evans and a niece, Mrs. Mary Bussey of Louisa, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 16, 1931

WATTS, Virgil
Virgil Watts, age about 35 years, prominent, young business man of Genoa, Wayne County, died Tuesday morning of this week, following an illness of several months of stomach trouble. Watts was formerly office deputy assessor at Wayne and he was president of the Lincoln district board of education at the time of his death. He was prominently identified with the affairs of the Democratic party for several years. He became ill last spring and had gradually grown worse. He was widely known and well liked in the county, and was a member of the Masonic lodge at Wayne. The deceased is survived by his widow and 2 daughters, Clara, 13, and Irene, 11. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Watts of Genoa, also survived and 3 sisters and 2 brothers, as follows: Misses Marie, Audrey and Juanita Watts of Genoa and Otis Watts and Dee Watts both employees of the First Huntington National Bank. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 30, 1931

WILLIAMS, Clarence
Clarence Williams, 55 years old, of Buchanan, died in the government hospital at Dayton, OH Saturday where he had gone for treatment. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lizzie Smith Williams. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Buchanan Chapel with Rev. Lopar officiating. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Oct 9, 1931

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ADAMS, George
Prestonsburg, KY (From Times)—George Adams, 30 years old, brother of the late Sam Adams, whose alleged murder at Auxier, this county, created Floyd county’s most baffling mystery, died at 5 o’clock Monday morning at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, a few hours after having been shot through the head by Gilbert Mullins 19, at the home of Bob Taylor on Jack’s Creek, this county. It was the third death by violence to take place on Jack’s Creek within a month. A revolver bullet, fired at close range, struck Adams near the left eye and ranged on into the head. Mullins was  brought to jail by Sheriff T. A. Bates and D. C. Mullins, father of the alleged slayer. Wednesday morning the grand jury had not returned an indictment against Mullins, and he was still being held in jail.

According to information, Mullins fired when grappling with George and Jodie Adams, brothers for possession of a revolver. This version of the affair says that the Adamses went to the Taylor home where Mullins was boarding, about 8 o’clock Sunday night, and intoxicated, assaulted Mullins. When, this report says, Mullins was thrown against a mantle piece of the fireplace in the room he drew his revolver. The three closed, and George Adams was shot, Mrs. Taylor is said then to have come into the room where it lay on the floor while Mullins and Jodie Adams were still in a struggle for its possession, and to have hidden it. Adams is survived by his widow, Mrs. Stella Adams, his father, Rev. David Adams, and other brothers and sisters. Mullins and the Adamses had been employed by the Jack Creek Coal Company. Burial of the victim was made near the Adams home at Melvin, Tuesday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 27, 1931

BOGGS, Mrs. Jason (Mariah)
Funeral services for Mrs. Mariah Boggs, widow of Jason Boggs of Caines Creek, who died Oct 31 at the home of her son, John Boggs, at Hilliards, OH, were held last Monday from her home at Blevins. Burial was made in the family cemetery there with Rev. J. W. Brickey and Rev. P. H. Skaggs officiating. Mrs. Boggs became ill at her sons home where she had gone to visit and quickly passed away. She had been in ill health for several years. She was 61 years old. She is survived by 5 sons, John and Hennie Boggs, Hilliards, OH , Alonzo, Ora and Tom Boggs of Blevins, a sister, Mrs. Mollie Tilson and brother, E.F. Johnson of Blevins. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

CALDWELL, Charles Homer
Huntington, WV—Charles Homer Caldwell, 64 years old, committed suicide at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lou Phelphs, one mile from Hurricane, Saturday morning, by tying a sack around his body, from waist up, saturating it with kerosene and setting it afire. Efforts of Mrs. Phelphs to extinguish the blaze before it had burned her brother to death were not successful. A justice of the peace, who held an inquest, pronounced it a case of death by suicide. Caldwell, who had been in ill health for some time, attempted to end his life by jumping into a well Tuesday of last week, but was rescued before drowning. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

CALDWELL, Lonnie
Paintsville, KY—Nov 17—Lonnie Caldwell, 11, was killed in a very peculiar accident 4 miles from here on the Garrett Highway Monday afternoon, it was learned here this morning. The boy, who had made his home with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Crislip, since the death of his parents a few years ago, was driving a cow along the highway to a watering place when the accident occurred. The boy had a rope hooked in a halter on the cow and he tied the other around his waist. The animal became frightened and started to run. This jerked the boy down and the cow was running too fast for him to regain his feet and as a result he was killed instantly and his body was badly broken up. Passing motorists saw the tragedy and they had some difficulty in getting close enough to the excited animal to cut the rope to free the boy’s lifeless body. It was estimated that the boy was dragged more than a quarter of a mile and was jerked and pounded against the highway with great force. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

CALHOUN, Mrs. Byrd
Mrs. Byrd Calhoun, 34 years old, widow of the late Thomas Calhoun died Wednesday morning at the home of her father, Sam Calhoun, of Weeter, after an illness of 3 weeks from typhoid. Mrs. Calhoun had been in Methodist hospital, Pikeville, until the day preceding her death, when, her life despaired, of, she was returned to her father’s home. She was a woman of good character and had many relatives and friends. Surviving her are 3 sons, her parents and several brothers and sisters. Funeral service were conducted Thursday morning, The Revs. B. W. Craft, and Isaac Stratton officiating. Burial was made in the Jack  Wright Cemetery on Bull Creek under the direction of E. P. Arnold. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 6, 1931

CASTLE, McDowel
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Castle Nov 1 and took their darling 2 year old son, McDowel. His remains were laid to rest in the Castle Cemetery near Lick Creek. He leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother and one brother. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

CRANE, Nina Jane
Nina Jane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Crane, died at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Lambert, of Wilson Creek, Wayne County, Nov 3, after an illness of several weeks Funeral services were conducted at the home and interment made in the family cemetery on Wilson Creek. Big Sandy news-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

DANIELS, Cynthia (Ward-Caudill)
Mrs. Cynthia Daniels, of Greenup, formerly of Johnson County, passed away at an Ashland hospital, Nov 17. She was 50. Mrs. Daniels is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Nettie Ward, Argillite, Mathew, Marions, and Henry Caudill of Van Lear, Ms. Phoebe Preston, Lackey and Mrs. Goldie Holbrook, Thelma, KY. The body was taken to Paintsville Thursday where funeral services were held. Burial was in the Paintsville cemetery. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Nov 27, 1931

DAVIS, Johnny
Prestonsburg, KY—From Times—Johnny Davis, 20 year old miner, is dead as the result of bullet wounds inflicted late Saturday  night by Luke Holbrook, and thus is recorded the second murder to be committed on Jack’s Creek, this county, within a week. Shot thought the abdomen and in the back, Davis died at the Beaver Valley hospital, Martin, Sunday evening. His slayer, fleeing to the hills after the shooting, which took place at 11:30 Saturday night, has not bee apprehended. According to a report received here the report being quoted as the statement made by the wounded man as he lay at the hospital at Martin, Holbrook was intoxicated when he came to the Davis home on Jack’s Creek late Saturday night. At Holbrook’s knock at the door Davis arose from bed, admitted the visitor and invited him to go to bed and spend the night with him. When Holbrook, so the story goes, declined, Davis told him to go home, that he wanted to get some sleep and go to work the next morning. Then, as Davis followed Holbrook to the door, the report says, the latter whirled and fired 2 shots into the other’s body. The two men came to this county from Knott County and had been neighbors throughout life and had never had any trouble, it is said. Davis was a miner, working in the mines of the Inland Steel Company, Wheelwright, and is said here to have been a young men of fine character. He is survived by his widow, one child, a brother and 2 sisters. The body was taken to Right Beaver Creek, Knott County, where burial wa made in the Jeff Hall Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

DIALS, Andrew J.
Andrew J. Dials 63, passed away at his home in Ashland, Monday morning following an illness of 10 weeks He was born in Pike County and for the past 29 years had been employed as baggage master for the C & O railroad. For a number of years he lived a few miles below Louisa and has many friends and relatives in this county. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Bell Dials, 2 brothers, R. C. Dials of near Catlettsburg, and John Dials of Paintsville. Three children preceded him in death. Funeral service was held Thursday afternoon at the Nazarene Church in Ashland, with Rev. Walker pastor of the church, and Revs. Earl Delaney and W. W. Hankes, assisting. Pall bearers were fellow employees of the C & O. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

FANNIN, Mary (Ramey)
Mrs. Mary Ramey Fannin, 51 years old, passed away at her home at Ves- Friday after a short illness of heart trouble. She was the wife of Sam Fannin and a daughter of the late Jeff and Lucinda Ramey. Mrs. Fannin was born and reared on Catt and was well and favorably known. She was a devoted member of the M. E. Church, South. Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Ben Fannin, of Ashland, 2 sisters, Mrs. Maggie Hutchison, Dennis and Miss Maude Ramey of Fallsburg; 2 brothers, E. M. Ramey of Radnor, WV and R. C. Ramey of Portland, OR. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon with Rev. Robert Cassidy officiating. Burial was in the Ramey cemetery on Catt. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 27, 1931

FERGUSON, Richard
Elkfork—We are sorry to announce the death of Richard Ferguson of Paint Creek, who died the 13th of this month. He leaves a mother and brother and a host of relatives to mourn his loss. His father preceded him in death 6 months ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 27, 1931

GILLESPIE, Dr. R. J.
Paintsville, KY—From Herald—Dr. R. J. Gillespie, 48 years old director of the Magoffin County Health Department, died Monday morning at the Paintsville hospital following a 6 days illness from pneumonia. He was stricken with the malady Wednesday of last week and died Monday. Dr. Gillespie was a native of Alabama and has been stationed at Salyersville as director of the health unit for only a few months.. Although he came to Magoffin County a short time ago, he had endeared himself to the people of that county and loved by rich and poor alike. The body was shipped to Alabama for burial. Dr. Gillespie is survived by his heart broken widow and 3 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

HACKNEY, Tilda
Pikeville, KY—One person was killed and 3 injured in an automobile accident Friday night on Johns Creek 15 miles east of here. Tilda Hackney died from a broken neck. Her mother, Mrs. Mary Hackney and Mrs. J. H. Smith and Charles Milam were injured. Milam, driver of the car, said his automobile was forced from the road by another vehicle. A passing motorist brought the victims to the hospital here where the injured are being treated. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

HACKWORTH, Mahala
Mrs. Mahala Hackworth, wife of Thomas Hackworth, Ivyton, Magoffin County, and a member of a prominent Floyd County family, succumbed Monday afternoon at the Golden Rule Hospital, Paintsville, following an operation for gallstones Mrs. Hackworth had submitted to the operation on Wednesday of last week. The deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Conley of Bonanza. Her father died in a Paintsville hospital only a few weeks ago from the effects of a gall. She was about 45 years old. A member of the United Baptist Church, Mrs. Hackworth was loved by all who knew her for her fine traits of character. Besides her husband she is survived by 3 daughters and one son, 7 sisters and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning by Rev. Hargis Conley, burial was made in the family cemetery near Ivyton. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

HELTZEL, Elva (Perry)
Mrs. L. C. Heltzel, nee Miss Elva Perry, died in Dallas, TX, last week. Mrs. Heltzel was stricken about  one month ago with that rare malady known as “sleeping sickness”, at her home in Cisco, TX. Mrs. Heltzel was 28 years of age and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Perry of Paintsville. Before her marriage she was a teacher in the Paintsville Public Schools, and one of the most popular young ladies that Paintsville has ever produced. When her condition was reported serious, Dr. J. A. Wells, an uncle of Mrs. Heltzel, was summoned to Dallas and remained there until her death and accompanied the body to Paintsville. After her marriage to Mr. Heltzel they located in Texas where Mr. Heltzel engaged in the oil and gas business. Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Heltzel is survived by 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the Mayo Memorial Church of which she was a member, in charge of Rev. H. G. Sowards of Huntington, WV, a former pastor and Rev. W. I. Canter, present pastor of the church. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

HURD, Myrtle (Chapman)
Word was received here last week of the death of Mrs. Myrtle Chapman Hurd, of Lima, OH, which occurred at her home Oct 26, after a few days illness of pneumonia. Her husband, died Oct 16. Mrs. Hurd was well known to many Lawrence County people having lived at Gallup for a number of years. She was a daughter of the late George Ed Chapman of Donithan. She is survived by 2 brothers, G. W. Chapman, of Huntington, and Tom Chapman of Williamson. A grandson and several half brothers and sisters also survive. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 6, 1931

JONES, Myrtle
Hueysville, KY—Pitching headfirst into a tub of hot water, Myrtle, 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Jones, Glo, near here was son severely scalded that she died a short time later. The child’s mother was washing and had removed the tub from the stove to  the floor when her attention was attracted elsewhere. A moment later the child stumbled and fell into the water. The accident occurred Monday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

KITCHEN, Kennith Ray
In memory of our dear little son, Kennith Ray Kitchen, who departed from us Oct 29, 1931. We wish to thank every one for their kindness during the sickness and death of our son. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

MCCOY, H. W.
Pikeville, KY—Martin County officers Friday sought Hubert Darland, 5 years old, alleged slayer of H. W. McCoy, 55 years old, post master and merchant of Thomas, on Johns Creek, Floyd County, 20 miles west of here. Wounded by a load from a shotgun that nearly tore off his right arm and penetrated the lung, McCoy died as he was carried over a mountain pass on an improvised stretcher on the way to the Methodist Hospital here. His son in law, J. A. Runyan, Pikeville attorney, said McCoy went to the home of Darland’s father on Wolf Creek, Martin County, where the older Darland was a tenant on one of his farms, and asked him to vacate. Hubert Darland then shot him, Runyan said. The slain man, a member of a prominent family, is survived by his wife, his father, T. T. McCoy, 88, 2 sons, Joe of Williamson, WV, and Henry, a pupil at the Pikeville High School; 3 daughters, Mrs. Roy Shuler, Mrs. Clyde Scalf, and Mrs. Runyan, the latter two of Pikeville; 4 brothers, George of Jenkins, W. R. attorney of Inez, Wallace, superintendent of the Big Sandy & Cumberland Railroad at Grundy, VA and Hayes attorney at Bartlettsville, OK, and a sister, Mrs. Lennie Fraley, Blaine, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

MCGUIRE, Frankie
Mrs. Frankie McGuire passed away Nov 10 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Fraley at Lyra, OH following a stroke of paralysis She was 84 years old, the widow of J. McGuire who died 8 years ago. Mrs. McGuire is survived by 4 sons, and 3 daughters, Mrs. Martha Craig of Olive Hill, Mrs. Alice Toler and Mrs. Minnie Fraley of Lyra, OH, George McGuire of Portsmouth, OH, John McGuire of Hemersville, OH, Dave McGuire of Georgetown, OH, and W.E. McGuire of Glenwood, KY. The remains were brought to the old home place and funeral service was held by Rev. Harve Kelley. She was laid to rest in the McGuire Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 27, 1931

MELVIN, Mrs. Ick
Paintsville, KY (From Herald)--Mrs. Ick Melvin, age 58 years, died late Saturday afternoon at the Golden Rule Hospital following an operation for appendicitis.  Mrs. Melvin had been troubled with chronic appendicitis for two years.  She was stricken suddenly last week and when brought to the hospital it was found that the appendix had ruptured which made it impossible to save her life through surgical skill.  Mr. Melvin resides in the King Addition on the east side of the river.  Mrs. Melvin was a good Christian woman and highly respected by all who knew her and her untimely death is mourned by a large number of friends and relatives.  Funeral services were conducted Monday morning by Rev. Guy W. Preston at Staffordsville and burial in the old Melvin burying ground at that place.  Besides her husband she is survived by three children, Cora, Add and Estill Melvin. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 27,1931

MOORE, Ruth (Ball)
Mrs. Ruth Ball Moore, 23 years old, wife of Tom Moore of Prestonsburg succumbed Monday afternoon at the Paintsville hospital to an illness of 6 weeks. Mrs. Moore was the daughter of James and the late Mrs. Kate Ball. Since girlhood she had been a devout member of the Presbyterian Church of Prestonsburg. She was one of Prestonsburg’s finest young women, and held the friendship of young and old alike. Surviving her are her husband and James Ball of Thurman, OH, one sister, Mrs. Maggie Kelley, Cincinnati, OH and 3 brothers, R. D. and Ollie Ball and Elder Ball, all of Prestonsburg. The body was taken to the Moore home Monday evening where it lay until Wednesday afternoon when the funeral rites were conducted from the Presbyterian Church by the Pastor, the Rev. Arnold T. Maimberg. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery above town. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

MORGAN, Ted
Ted Morgan,, 22 years old, of  Bonanza, died Thursday in the Beaver Valley hospital, Martin, after falling on a pitchfork Saturday afternoon at the Morgan home. As Mr. Morgan, riding atop a wagon loaded with hay, turned the wagon to drive into the barn, the wagon toppled over throwing him onto the pitchfork, a tine of which penetrated a lung. He was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance a short time after the accident occurred. The dead man is a son of Perdue Morgan of Bonanza was married and the father of 2 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

PATTON, William Allison
William Allison Patton, 83 years old, third son of William M. Patton and Sarah Boal Patton, passed away at his home in Catlettsburg Monday night, Nov 2. He was born at Pennsylvania Furnace, Greenup County (now Boyd), and moved to Catlettsburg with his parents while he was a mere lad. The funeral service was held at this late residence Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. Alvin Price, pastor of the Catlettsburg Presbyterian Church of which the deceased had been a life member. Mr. Patton is survived by his wife, Emma Andrew Patton, 2 daughters, Mrs. Dr. Black, of Dallas, TX, and Mrs. Arthur G. Fisher of Fort Worth, TX and one son, Stanhope Patton of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 6, 1931

PECK, George Benjamin McClellan
George Benjamin McClellan Peck, former resident of the Big Sandy Valley, died at his home in Meigs County, OH, Nov 1, after an illness of 8 months. He was the son of the late George and Emma Peck and was born Nov 7, 1861. Mr. Peck had been an active member of the Methodist Church since 1875. He was licensed to preach in 1894, and his deepest regret in his declining years was that he could no longer continue his master’s work. Mr. Peck spent the first 30 years of his life in Lawrence County, afterwards moving to Wayne County, WV where he lived 16 years. The remainder of  his life was pent in Meigs County, OH. Surviving are his widow, who was formerly Margaret See; 8 children, Mrs. L. B. Vinson, Luhrig; Mrs. Edgar Crabtree, Albany; Mrs. Kennie Crabtree and Mrs. Dave  Jackson, Carpenter; Mrs. Emzie Davis, Griffithsville, WV, Paul L. William C. and Charles O. Peck, at home and also 8 grandchildren. A son, Kelsie, died in infancy. Funeral services were conducted by Rev.  Dean, pastor of the Carpenter, OH M.E. Church. Burial was made in the Temple Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

PENNINGTON, Lottie
In remembrance of Lottie Pennington, who died Nov 1, 1931. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 6, 1931

PETERS, Belle
Mrs. Belle Peters,, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Christy, who formerly lived at Wayne, died Nov 1, at Randall, WA. Mrs. Peters is survived by a brother, C. B. Christy of Huntington, 2 sisters, Mrs. George Martin of Logan and Mrs. Teddie Martin of Charlotte, NC, her mother, Mrs. Mattie Christy, and 6 children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

PICKLESIMER, George
George Picklesimer, 75 years old, met a tragic death as the result of injuries received at this grist mill at the mouth of Lick Creek Monday. He was rushed to the Louisa General Hospital but died Tuesday night without regaining consciousness. The fatal accident occurred when Mr. Picklesimer attempted to throw a belt with a crowbar. The bar was caught in the wheel and struck Mr. Picklesimer with such force that his skull was fractured at the left temple. An emergency operation Monday afternoon failed to save his life. He lingered in an unconscious state until Tuesday night when the end came. Mr. Picklesimer was born at Louisa in 1856, a son of John and Catherine Bays Picklesimer and lived in this vicinity all of his life where he was well known and respected. He was an upright citizen and his sad passing will be felt by all who knew him. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anna Orkles Picklesimer; one son by a former marriage, Sam J. Picklesimer of Louisa; one sister, Mrs. Lucy Damron, Louisa, 3 brothers, J. B. Picklesimer Louisa, Fred Picklesimer, Jackson, OH, and John Picklesimer, Coal Grove, OH. Funeral services were held from the First M. E. church of Louisa Thursday morning with Rev. W. w. Shepherd and Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Mr. Picklesimer was a member of this church for the past 55 years. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

QUEEN, Sarah Jane (Lambert)
Mrs. Sarah Jane Queen,, one of Lawrence County’s oldest and most revered ladies, passed away last Friday morning at the home of her son, Walter Queen, at Glenwood, following a stroke of paralysis suffered 4 days before. She was 94 years old and is the widow of John Queen who died 17 years ago. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Lambert, being born in Ohio in 1847. Mrs. Queen had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for the past 60 years. Mrs. Queen is survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters: Walter and John D. Queen, Glenwood, Henry Queen, Tom Queen and Alonzo Queen, all of Ashlad, Mrs. John Webb and Mrs. Glen Webb of Ashland and 65 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Glenwood Baptist Church Sunday morning with interment in the cemetery at Glenwood. Pallbearers were 6 grandsons: Joe Queen, Caret Queen, Cornelius Queen, Fenton Queen, Curtis Queen and Arthur Queen. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

ROSS, George W.
One of the largest gatherings ever to attend a funeral service in Boyd County, was present Sunday afternoon at the old Ross home on Ellington Bear Creek, when final tributes were paid to George W. Ross, 94 year old pioneer, who died Friday morning. Impressive services at the home were in charge of Rev. C. A. Slaughter, Huntington, WV, former pastor of the Grassland Church of Boyd County. Rev. Slaughter was assisted in officiating by Rev. Roe of Grassland. Following the service at the home the body was taken to the family cemetery on Bolts Fork, where burial was made. Mr. Ross is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. William Burton and Mrs. Charles Fannin, 6 sons, Lon, Will, J. M., Frank, Green and G. W. Jr.. Two brothers, Dave Ross of Gartrell Hill and Joe Ross of Bolts Fork also survive. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 20, 1931

SARGENT, Emmanuel M.
After an illness of several weeks Emmanuel M.  Sargent passed away Nov 6th in a hospital in Ironton, OH. He became ill in Lexington in September, but continued to work until October 6th when his parents went to Lexington and brought him home. A week afterward he was taken to Ironton. His condition grew steadily worse and the fact became apparent a few days before the end that he could not recover. The body was brought to his home in Louisa by funeral director, H.H. Curtright and the interment took place in the cemetery on Pine Hill on Monday afternoon, the 9th. The funeral was held at the M. E. church, South conducted by Rev. H. W. Ware, the pastor, and Rev. J. H. Francis of the Williamson, WV Baptist Church. He had been a church member since the age of 8 years and was always faithful in attendance and participation in church services. Wherever he went he was consistent in this particular, making himself useful by answering the calls to service in various ways. He was talented as a speaker and therefore was always in demand in the young people’s organizations. Rev. Francis was his pastor at Spencer, WV before the family moved to Louisa. He stated in his sermon that he soon discovered in this boy the unusual qualities and talents he possessed. The church building was completely filled by friends at the funeral. Interment in the Pine Hill Cemetery followed immediately after the funeral. Lambdi Chi fraternity brothers of the deceased served as active pall bearers.

Emmanuel was a graduate of the Louisa High School and was one of the star debaters being chosen on the teams to represent the Louisa High School in debates with teams of other cities. In the Kentucky University at Lexington, he made a good record, showing so much ability in the journalistic course that he was employed by the Lexington Leader, with which newspaper he remained until his fatal illness forced him to give up. He was only 24 years old, having been born at Mt. Vernon, OH, Sep 19, 1907, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Sargent, who moved to Louisa from  Winchester KY about 12 year ago. Besides his parents he is survived by a sister, Miss Anna, and a brother, Leonard. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

SHEPHERD, A. J.
Prestonsburg, KY—A. J. Shepherd, merchant and a wealthy landowner, died Sunday evening at this home on Salt Lick Creek, this county, after a protracted illness, it was learned here Tuesday. Mr. Shepherd was about 70 years old. Surviving the victim are several sons and daughters, all of whom reside in the vicinity of the Shepherd home on Salt Lick. Funeral services were conducted Monday and burial was made in the family cemetery. A large crowd of friends and relatives of the deceased attended the rites. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 6, 1931

SKAGGS, Peter F.
Peter F. Skaggs, known over the county as “Uncle Dick” died at this home in Louisa early Tuesday morning after an illness of 2 months. He was 73 years old. Mr. Skaggs suffered a paralytic stroke 2 months ago at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Minnix, on Georges Creek, and was later brought to Louisa for treatment, but gradually grew worse, the end coming Tuesday morning. Mr. Skaggs for many years was a farmer on Keaton, being born and reared in the Blaine section. He was a member of the Red Bush Masonic Lodge. He was married3 times, his first wife dying in 1897. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters, Clint Skaggs, Lee Skaggs and W. W. Skaggs, Louisa and Martin Skaggs, Barn Rock, KY, survived 2 sons and 2 daughters preceded him in death. Following the death of his first wife he married Miss Julia Bailey. One daughter was born to this union with Miss Elizabeth Fyffe, Mrs. George Minnix, of Georges Creek, both of whom survive. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the H. L. Skaggs cemetery on the head of Blaine with Rev. Dudley Williams, Rev. E. H. Skaggs and Rev. Holbrook officiating. Pallbearers were 6 of his grandsons, Ray Skaggs, John Skaggs, Clyde Skaggs B. Hay, Martin Hay and Edward Skaggs. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

SPURLOCK, Milton B. Jr.
Milton B. Spurlock, Jr., 25 years old, died at the home of his parents on route 2, Nov 2, after an illness of 14 days of double pneumonia. Funeral services was held at the home Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Billie Ball officiating. Interment was made in the Spurlock Cemetery near the home. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 6 years. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Spurlock, 3 brothers, Fred, Albert and Sherman, all at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 6, 1931

SWETNAM, Lydia (Botner)
Mrs. Lydia Botner Swetnam, 83 years old, died early Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Carey, in Louisa after an illness of a month. Her husband,  Milton F. Swetnam, formerly prominent country merchant who died a year ago at the age of 92. Had he lived they would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. She had made her home with her daughter in Louisa for the past 3 years. Mrs. Swetnam is survived by 9 sons and daughters: Mrs. Charles Carey, Louisa, Mrs. Morgan Stambaugh, Paintsville, Mrs. Amanda Wellman, South Dakota, Mrs. J. J. Gambill, Blaine, Mrs. H. H. Gambill, Blaine, Mrs. G. V. Burton, Blaine, Mrs. W. H. C. Thompson, Sinking Springs, OH, and George and Oliver Swetnam, Wilbur. Mrs. Swetnam had been a member of the Christian Church for the past 63 years and was well known and respected throughout the county. Funeral services were held from the Christian Church in Louisa Monday morning with Rev. H. W. Ware, pastor of the M. E. church, South, and Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Interment was in the Swetnam Cemetery at Wilbur. Pallbearers were George Lewis, C. F. Osborn, J. W. Young, C. E. Skaggs George W. Kouns, and K. T. Cyrus. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

SWIM, John
John Swim, 29, died early Saturday morning at the home of his sister Mrs. Mary Castle of  Hampton City, after an illness of but a few days. The deceased was a native of Lawrence County, KY but had resided in Catlettsburg for a number of years and was well known. For the past few years he had been employed as a barber at Huntington, WV. He is survived by his widow, and his mother, Mrs. Martha Castle of Charlie, KY and 3 sisters, Mrs. Eliza Thompson of Huntington and Mrs. Ella Scarberry of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were held from the home of his mother at Charlie on Tuesday in charge of Rev. D. A. Hayes of that town. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13,1 931

TACKETT, Sherman
Prestonsburg, KY—From Times—Floyd County officers led a vain quest this week for William Green Tackett of Jack’s Creek, this county, who is wanted for the alleged murder Sunday night of his brother, Sherman Tackett, on Jack’s Creek. The hunted man, it is said, literally chopped his brother’s head to pieces with a hoe. According to the report received here of the affair the brothers quarreled over a murder trial in which the two were alleged against each other. The slayer, this report says, married a Mullins, whose brother was killed in Knott County, by a Hall, a relative of Sherman Tackett’s wife. It is claimed by some persons living in the vicinity  of the crime scene that Sherman Tackett was cutting at William G. Tackett with a knife when the latter retaliated with blows from a hoe. According to the information gathered at the courthouse here, this is the third of the Tackett brothers to be murder victims. Sherman Tackett is survived by his widow. Burial was made on Jack’s Creek. He was a son of Bud Tackett. The search for the alleged slayer carried into Pike County, where, on Indian Creek, Deputy  Sheriff T. A. Bates barely missed capturing the fugitive Tuesday morning. Tackett dashing out the front door of a house there into the neighboring bushes as the officer entered from the rear. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 6, 1931

VICARS, Howard G.
Howard G. Vicars, 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Vicars of Fort Gay died at a Huntington hospital Thursday morning of pneumonia and Bright’s disease. The young lad was in the first grade at the Fort Gay public school and attended Sunday school at the Baptist Church. He was an unusually bright child and was loved by all who knew him. Besides his parents he is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Arnold Bellomy, Mrs. Davis Borders, and Mrs. W. H. Smith all of Fort Gay; 3  brothers, Douglas, Joe and James Vicars of Fort Gay and one grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Trent, Rittman, OH. Funeral services were held from the Baptist church of Fort Gay Saturday afternoon with Rev. Bryan officiating. Interment was in Billups Gap Cemetery near Fort Gay. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 6, 1931

WRIGHT, Kenneth
Kenneth Wright, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Wright, of Elkhorn City, died Tuesday following a 4 months illness. Cause of the death was given as acute dilation of the heart, known as myocarditis. It was brought about according to his physician, Dr. Newsom, by strenuous exertion while playing basketball. The boy was born at Unicol, TN on Feb 27, 1918 and came to Elkhorn City with his parents in 1921. He was a member of the Christian Church and a student in the Elkhorn  City school. Besides his parent she is survived by 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 27, 1931

YOUNG, Essie May
On Nov 5th the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Young of Hilliards, OH and took their little daughter, Essie May, 5 years old. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Nov 13, 1931

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DECEMBER

AKERS, Charlie
Charlie Akers, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Akers of Wheelwright, died in the Methodist Hospital here Saturday morning from injuries received in a car wreck a few days before.. Charlie was born in Floyd County, Feb 20, 1921 and was a student in the Wheelwright school. Burial took place in the Wheelwright cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

ALLEN, James Richard
Greenup, KY—James Richard Allen 26 years old, son of Jailer W. A.. Allen died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Ironton, OH, across the river, of a wound alleged inflicted with his own gun by a cousin Jack Allen, 21, son of Reece Allen, Oldtown, 12 miles south of here. The motive for the shooting was not determined. Jailer Allen, after hunting all day with G. H. Curry, a Greenup hardware merchant, chanced to pass the Reec Allen home at Oldtown and found his son lying in the yard at the point of death. They hurried the youth to the hospital. Jack Allen went across the line into Carter County and surrendered to authorities at Grayson. He will be brought back for examining trial. J. R. Allen is survived by his parents, his wife, 3 sons, a sister, and several brothers. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

ARROWOOD, Christine
Glo, KY--Mr. and Mrs. Lon Arrowood mourn the loss of their 5 year old daughter, Christine, who died in the hospital at Paintsville Thursday of last week after a few weeks illness. Our local physicians labored in vain to improve her condition and on their advice the little sufferer was removed to the hospital at Paintsville where her treatment was to no avail. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Mingo, Johnson County on Friday. The grief-stricken parents returned here Saturday. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 18, 1931

BALL, Jerry
Upon request of the father, a coroner’s jury held an inquest over the body of Jerry Ball, 13 years old, who died at his home near Fallsburg on Dec 3. The report of the jury composed of W. H. Moore, H. H. Curtright, Dick Wilson, T.B. Lemaster, B. A.Wells, and Dr. J. E. Carter stated: “We find that Jerry Ball came to his death by natural cause of disease, no one person or persons were responsible.” An autopsy disclosed that the lad suffered with enlarged liver, gall bladder inflammation, diseased appendix and enlarged spleen. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 18, 1931

BAMER, Willer
Willie Bamer, 15 year old son of  William Bamer, of Louisa, died early Wednesday morning after a long illness. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the M. E. church at Fort Gay with interment in the Billups graveyard. Besides his father the youth is survived by one brother, Stanley, 19, at home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

BOGGS, James Nelson
James Nelson Boggs, 42, was shot and instantly killed at the home of his brother in law, Lee Hall, at Bevins, Floyd County Sunday night by Johnny Newsom, 20,, it was learned her Monday. Mr. Boggs is a native of Caines Creek, Lawrence County. He is a brother of W. S. Boggs, circuit court clerk of Lawrence County. Nelson, as he was best known went to Floyd County about 5 years ago and located. He married a sister of Lee Hall, and has been living just across the railroad track from Hall on Left Beaver near Buckingham. On last Sunday night about 8 o’clock Mr. Boggs heard loud talking and went out at the front of his home taking his shotgun, and found the disturbance to be at Hall’s home. He called to Mrs. Hall inquiring about the disturbance. She answered that Mack and Lee Newsom were “taking the place”. Nelse said if they did not stop he would call the law. The Newsoms, who were said to be drunk, make a threatening reply and fired 2 shots at Boggs. He had a shot gun with one shell in it, and returned the fire, hitting Mack in the leg. The Newsoms fired 2 more shots, one of which passed through Mr. Boggs chest and he fell dead. John Newsom was arrested and placed in jail, charged with murder. Mack was allowed to go free until his sister, Mrs. Hall made an affidavit upon which he was arrested for being an accessory. Mr. Boggs leaves a wife, and 2 small children. The body was buried near the home. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

BOGGS, Oscar
A deplorable accident occurred on Friday afternoon of last week on Caines Creek in this county when Oscar Boggs,, 26, lost his life by the discharge of a pistol in the hand of his brother in law, Clem Derifield. The two men and a mutual friend were sitting on a log in the woods when Derifield took a pistol from his pocket and began to work with it. In some way the weapon accidentally discharged. Boggs said, “Clem, you have shot me.” Derefield jumped up and exclaimed, “No, surely not.” Boggs sand down and was dead in a short time. Boggs was unmarried, Derfield’s wife is a sister of Boggs. Both of these men have been known as good citizens and were the best of friends. It is a very sad accident. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

BUFFINGTON, Drusilla (Moore)
Mrs. Drusilla Moore Buffington passed away Tuesday at Tucson, AZ where she had gone in search of health. She was a native of Catlettsburg daughter of Col. Laban T. Moore and wife of Mr. Eugene J. Buffington of Chicago. Mr. Buffington was a native of Lawrence County, OH, just across the river from Huntington. He went to Chicago while yet a young man and engaged in the steel business, from which he built a fortune and attained much prominence. His wife was a charming woman, capable and accomplished. For many years Mrs. Buffington had resided in Evanston where her hospitable, Christian home was always open to her Kentucky friends and her gracious presence in that home will always be a happy memory to those who visited her there. Mr. and Mrs. Buffington had spent the last 3 months in Tucson, AZ in an effort to regain her health and the news of her death brings much sorrow to her many friends here. Besides her husband, Mrs. Buffington is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Russell Walcott and Mrs. George Buffington, and 2 grandchildren, all of who reside near Chicago; 2 sisters,, Miss Mary Moore and Mrs. James Patton and daughters, Mrs. John Sommerville and Misses Rebecca and Felicia Patton. Mrs. Buffington was a favorite relative of Dr. F. F. Shannon of Chicago. Also of Mrs. Kate Shannon, Mrs. R. C. McClure, Mrs. Vessie Castle, E.E. Shannon, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Moore and many other of the Moore generation. A letter just received from Dr. Shannon says the interment will take place at Erlanger, KY , but the exact time is not stated. He will conduct the funeral service. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

CASSAWAY, Bertha (Johnson)
Mrs. Bertha Cassaway, 31 years old, daughter of Mrs. Charles Oppenheimer, of this place, died at her home in Denver, CO, Thursday night of last week after an illness of several years from tuberculosis. Mrs. Cassaway had resided in Denver for the past 9 years, having gone there from Louisville, hoping that the climate there would restore her health. She was married in 1919 to Harvey Cassaway. The body arrived here Monday night, and was taken to the Oppenheimer home, where it lay until Tuesday afternoon, when it was removed to the M. E. Church, South. Impressive funeral services were conducted at the church, the Rev. J.M. Helm, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial took place in the Porter Cemetery, E. P. Arnold, Prestonsburg funeral director in charge. Mrs. Cassaway is survived by her mother, her husband, and by 3 sisters and one brother: Mrs. Dorothy Marshall, Chicago, Mrs. Ceatty Rubin, Needles, CA, Mrs. N. B. Martin, Prestonsburg, and Howard Johnson, Olive Hill, KY. Her father, Samuel Johnson, died several years ago. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

COMPTON, Crit
Pikeville—The charred remains of the body of Crit Compton, son of Mrs. Nan McCown of Yeager, was found early Thursday morning of last week near Douglas station on Shelby Creek. The body was discovered by Al Roberts, John Branham, Basil Damron Adam Damron, Harry Gibson and tom Gibson, who were on their way to Pikeville. The body was lying about 50 years from a fire where old cross ties were being burned by C & O workmen. Compton was about 25 years old. He was born and raised on Island Creek but moved to  Shelby Creek a few years ago with his mother and his stepfather, Dave McCown. The young man had been subject to convulsions for the past few years as a result of a gunshot wound through the head inflicted some time ago. It is supposed that his clothes caught fire during one of these convulsions near the pile of burning cross ties. Burial took place on Island Creek at the Peggie Sword Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder Dec 18, 1931

CORDLE, James
The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Julia Hickman,, Sunday, Dec 13, and left many saddened hearts when it claimed as its victim James Cordle, 26 years old. He had suffered about 2 months with leakage of heart. He leaves to mourn his loss 2 sisters, and 3 brothers and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Arlie Blackburn at the Cando church and the remains were laid to rest in the Moore Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

CURRY, Charles
Charles Curry 49 years old, reputed wealthy Owensboro oil man and widely known in the tri state region through former employment as a salesman for Watts-Ritter Co., of Huntington, ended his life Dec 18th by jumping from a tenth story window of a hotel in Louisville. A verdict of suicide was returned by Coroner Roy L. Carter. Although not included in his official verdict the coroner was of the opinion that the act was prompted by his failing health. Coroner Carter stated that Curry died as the result of a crushed skull and chest and fractures of both legs. Death was believed to have occurred nearly 3 hours before the pajama clad body was discovered at 7 o’clock Friday morning by a hotel employee lying in the plaza at the rear of the hotel. His brother. G. H. Curry went to Louisville to accompany the body  to Greenup, birthplace of the suicide victim and home of his mother, Mrs. Emma Curry.

Mr. Curry was last seen alive at 1 o’clock last Friday morning by the night clerk with whom he conversed. He seemed in good spirits at the time, the clerk stated. An examination of his room revealed that he had retired, and a magazine on the bed led the investigators to believe that he had been reading before deciding to end his life. Leaving the employ of Watts-Ritter Co., several years ago, Mr. Curry invested in oil lands and was said to have become wealthy. In addition to his wife, who was Miss Maude Coyle, who made her home in Louisa with the Gault family before her marriage, he leaves 3 sons, Charles, Kelly and Robert Curry, one daughter, Dorothy Curry, and several sisters, including Mrs. Anna Irwin of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

DARBY, Daniel W.
Pikeville—Daniel W. Darby, age 74, former well known mine foreman of the Big Sandy  field, died lat week from typhoid fever following an illness of several days at the Methodist here. He was born in Uniontown, PA Jun 2, 1857 and was taken back to his home town for burial. He was the husband of Mary E. Roberts and resided at Boldman during the last few years. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 11, 1931

DAVIS, Sheldon E.
Prestonsburg, KY  (From Times)—Prof. Sheldon E. Davis, 28 years old principal of the Auxier consolidated school, died at his home at Auxier Tuesday night, a victim of pneumonia. Inness of Prof. Davis was of only a short duration, and for a time his condition apparently was improved, a relapse proving, fatal, however. Mr. Davis was one of Floyd County’ ablest of most popular teacher. He came here form Windsor, IL, where his parents reside, and became principal of Auxier school at the beginning of the school term in 1930. Mr. Davis  was a graduate of the Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, and had also done work at the University of Chicago and Milliken University. Surviving Mr. Davis are his widow and young son. The body was shipped Wednesday to Windsor, Il where burial was made. Big Sandy News-Recorder, dec 11, 1931

FANNIN, Sam
Sam Fannin, of Vessie, this county, died lat Friday of influenza and was buried Sunday. He is survived by one son, Ben who is employed by the C & O railway company at Russell, KY. He was about 62 years old. His wife died on Friday, 2 weeks previous to her husband’s death. Heart disease caused her death. Her age was about 55. Mrs. Fannin’s sister, Mrs. George Adams, died less than a year ago on a Friday. Three deaths in the same family, all within a year, and all on Fridays is unusual. Mrs. Fannin was a sister of Ed Ramey, Miss Maude Ramey and Mrs. Roland Hutchison. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 11, 1931

FERGUSON, Andy
Andy Ferguson, 30, son of Kelly Ferguson, well known Lincoln district man, shot and killed himself at his father’s home on the hill back of Missouri Branch near Dunlow, Wayne County, last Sunday. Andy lived only a short distance from his father’s home. It is reported that he arose Thursday morning and requested his wife to shoot him with a shot gun which they had in the house. He is said to have acted queer when he left for the home of his father. In the home of his father he reached up and took down a pistol which hung on the wall. His father is reported to have told him not to take the gun out with him, whereupon Andy pointed the pistol toward his own temple and pulled the trigger. He fell to the floor fatally wounded, and lived only about 3 hours. No reason is known to account for his suicide. The deceased is survived by his parents; 4 brothers, John, Alvis, and Noah Ferguson, of Missouri Branch and Walter  Ferguson of Logan County; one sister also survives, besides his widow and 4 small children. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 11, 1931

GOBLE, John
John Goble, 75 years old, familiarly known in this section as “Doc” Goble, died at his home at the mouth of Brandy Keg, a few miles above here Sunday night. Blood poisoning is given as the cause of death . Mr. Goble, though not a graduate physician, practiced medicine for 40 years, it is said, following the profession of his father, Dr. Isaac Goble, who taught him the rudiments of medicine. He was a good citizen and had hundreds of friends in this part of Floyd County. Surviving the deceased are his widow and several sons and daughters. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

HAWS, Henry B.
The following telegram was received by George B. Haws Tuesday afternoon from his brother, Jim Haws of Anaheim, CA. “Henry B. Haws killed this afternoon, automobile accident. Funeral here and interment beside his wife, probably Friday. Please notify others. I am wiring Charley myself. Will write sometime later.”  Mr. Haws with his brother Jim operated a garage and filling station in Anaheim. Mr. Haws is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Haws of Lawrence County. He and his brother, Jim, have lived in California for a number of years. His wife was a native of California. He is survived by 6 brothers, Will and George of Louisa, Charlie of Ashland Logan of Rosehill, WV, Milt of Portsmouth, OH and Jim of Anaheim, CA. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 11, 1931

The following clipping was taken from the Anaheim, CA News, and will be of interest to many readers of this paper, as he has many relatives in this county. Slippery pavements due to the rain sent the car driven by “Hi” Henry B. Haws, 43, into a skid at Lincoln and Grand Avenue, west of Anaheim 6 miles, a few days ago, resulting in a crash which  later caused the death of Haws. Haws was driving alone to Long Beach. As he approached the intersection of Grand and Lincoln, he is presumed to have applied his brakes suddenly, throwing the machine into a skid. The car struck a power line pole, cutting the pole in two.

Passers-by took the Anaheim man to Buena Park where he died a  short time later while under a doctor’s care. Extent of injury was not determined, but Angus McAuley of Fullerton, who removed the body to the Backs, Terry and Campbell parlors of this city, expressed an opinion that a badly fractured skull was the immediate cause of death. An inquest is expected to be held. Haws, with his brother, James A., has operated a service station at the corner of Broadway and Los Angeles Streets. The two men lived together at 148 West Center. Haws was born in Louisa, KY, the youngest of a family of 8 boys and girls. He came here with his wife, since deceased, from Nebraska 10 years ago. He is not believed to have any relatives in the west other than the brother who survives him here. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

HOWARD, Maude
Paintsville, KY—Thirty minutes after he is alleged to have shot his sweetheart, Miss Maude Howard, 35, in a hotel here early Sunday morning during a quarrel, A. C. Crace, 32, deputy circuit clerk of Magoffin County, walked into police headquarters and surrendered. Crace and Miss Howard, it is said, registered at the hotel about 9 o’clock last Saturday night and retired to their room. Early Sunday morning a butcher across the street from the hotel reported that he heard a woman scream and a few moments later heard a shot The woman he said, continued to scream and then a second shot was fired and there was silence. Apparently no one in the hotel heard the shooting. The butcher reported to the hotel clerk what he had heard. The clerk went to Crace’s room and rapped on the door. There was no answer. He returned to the desk and a short time later Crace came down, spoke pleasantly and walked out.

Later, it is reported, Crace hired a taxicab, engaged Manuel Fitzpatrick to drive him to Salyersville. After proceeding about 2 miles along the Garrett Highway in the direction of Salyersville, Fitzpatrick said that his passenger suddenly announced that he had killed a woman and did not know what to do. “Who have you killed.” The taxi driver said he asked Crace. “Maude.” Was the reply. “Maude, who?” he asked. “Maude Howard at the Herald Hotel.” Fitzpatrick said that he suggested Crace return here and surrender and he agreed. Crace walked into police headquarters and surrendered to Chief of Police Julius Daniels and turned over to him a .38 special revolver.

The first shot from the gun went through Maude Howard’s body; the second pierced her right temple and lodged in the back of her neck. The first shot passed completely through her stomach and lodged in the baseboard of the room. The woman was not found until after Crace had returned to Paintsville and surrendered. She was not dead when found, but was lying in a pool of blood, running from her wounds. She died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. A pistol was found in her hand with 2 cartridges missing, but they were later located unfired in a waste basket.

Her father and mother are both dead. She has four sisters, one of whom is Mrs. D. Bradley of Royalton, KY, with whom she had been living. She left the Bradley home with Crace Saturday morning and was seen no more until the body was taken back there Monday night. She also has 2 brothers. She was about 35 years old. Crace is a married man and has a wife and 4 children. He and his wife separated about a year ago allegedly over the Howard woman. He remarried his wife 4 months ago, but they are reported to have separated again over the Howard woman. Maude Howard is alleged to have been married several years ago, but had separated from her husband and taken back her maiden name. Crace is deputy court clerk of Magoffin County. His father, Babe Crace, died a year ago, being county court clerk at the time of his death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 18, 1931

HUNT, William
James Hunt, 18 during what he termed “rough” game, killed his 16 year old brother, William at 4:30 Saturday afternoon by plunging a knife into his heart at the near Ashland farm home of their father, Harper Hunt. The Hunt youth told Dr. J. L. Richardson, Boyd County coroner, who investigated the slaying, that he accidentally inflicted the fatal wound while playing with  his younger brother, who he said, was armed with a hammer while they engaged in a “rough” game. No charge had been placed against the youth so far by county authorities. Funeral services for the boy were held Sunday afternoon at the Hunt family cemetery near the scene of the fatal stabbing. Rev. Fred Dixon officiated. Surviving are, in addition to the father, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

HUTCHINSON, Martha
Mrs. Martha Hutchinson, 82 years old, widow of  the late Rev. A. C. Hutchinson, who died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hamlet Smith of Buffalo Creek, Wayne Co., WV, was buried at Riggs Cemetery following funeral services at Buffalo Valley church Thursday, the Rev. McKinney and Mullins officiating. She is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. A. T. Booth of Huntington, Mrs. Sam Smith of Ceredo, Mrs. Hamlet Smith of Buffalo Creek and Mrs. J. F. Booth of Wayne; 2 sons, James and Walter Hutchinson of Huntington; one sister, Mrs. William Dean of Fort  Gay; one brother, J. P. Riggs of Buffalo Creek; 49 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

ISAACS, Jeff
Jeff  Isaacs, 20 years old, dropped dead about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon at the home of his parents on Lick Creek 4 miles from Louisa. Isaacs, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Mart Isaacs, had been hunting all that day in company with his brother, Elmer and 2 Ashland youths. They returned to the house about 3 o’clock, ate a late dinner and went into the yard to skin their game. Jeff was seen to slump over and fall lifeless to the ground. A doctor summoned from Louisa pronounced his death as due to heart failure. Young Isaacs was apparently in good health, never having suffered with his heart. Besides his parents the young man is survived by 4 brothers, and 3 sisters: Elmer, Mart, Jr. Gallia and Thomas Isaacs, at home; Mrs. Ollie Roberts, Busseyville, Minnie and Lutie Isaacs at home. He is a nephew of Mrs. J. C. Bussey, Sr. of Louisa. Funeral services were held from the home Thursday morning and interment in the Isaacs graveyard on Lick Creek. Big Sandy  News-Recorder, Dec 11, 1931

JAYNE, Julia
Mrs. Julia Jaynes, 86, widow of Henry Jayne, died in a Paintsville hospital last week. She was a daughter of Rhoda and Godsey Hager of Hager Hill, Johnson County. Married Henry Jayne in 1875, and lived at Flat Gap, where she spent most of her life. She is survived by 2 sons, Irvin and Ernest and a daughter. Mrs. Thomas Williams. Big Sandy news-Recorder, Dec 18, 1931

JOBE, Otto
An explosion at a saw mill Thanksgiving day was fatal to Otto Jobe, 34, of Gladys. John F. Hayes, 50, owner of the mill, suffered severe burns, but is recovering at the Louisa General hospital. The fatal accident occurred about 3:30 in the afternoon. The mill is located on the farm of George Carter on Catt and is about 15 miles from Louisa. The explosion occurred on Cooksey Fork of Catt, when the safety valve became clogged, it is thought, causing the boiler to explode. Jobe was struck by fragments of iron and also baldy scalded. He was removed to the home of his father nearby where he lived about an hour and a half.

Hayes was rushed to the hospital in Curtright ambulance where it was found that he had suffered severe burns on his back, hip and legs. He will recover it was said at the hospital.  John Hayes and Lando Hayes, son of the injured man were standing near the fire box when suddenly the boiler let go at both ends. The elder Hayes and Jobe were blown about 25 feet Lando Hayes was not directly in the path of the flying iron and was not injured. It was first reported that pumping cold water into the over heated boiler was the cause of the explosion, but Tuesday in a conversation with Mrs. Hayes, wife of the injured man, she stated that this was not the case. Too much pressure and sticking of the safety valve was the cause she said.

The victim is a son of John L. Jobe of Gladys with whom he made his home. Besides his father he is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Oscar Diamond, Mrs. Noll Savage and Mrs. Jess Jordan, all of Fallsburg, Mrs. O. H. Berry, of Williamson, and 3 brothers, Tom and Lonzo Jobe of Hemphill, WV and Dewey Jobe of Louisa. Funeral services were held Sunday morning from the home at Gladys with Rev. Martin Berry of Overda, Rev. R.M. Curnutte of Fallsburg and Rev. Pauls Damron of Ashland officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery near the home. Pallbearers were Arthur Kitchen, Luther Webb, Norman Webb, Edgar Compton, Ernest Webb and Eskel Carter. Big Sandy News, Dec 4, 1931

LYKINS, Noah
Noah Lykins, 35 years old, died in a Paintsville hospital this week from wounds received during a drunken brawl in Morgan County, Sunday evening. Lykins received the fatal shot at a dance 12 miles south of  West Liberty, Charley Triplett at whose home the dance was held, is being sought in connection with Lykins’ death. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

MEADE, David
Pikeville--David Meade, 73, died at his home at Vi last week from dropsy following a 3 months illness. He was born at Millard, Jan 4, 1858, and moved to Vi about 50 years ago, where he took up farming for an occupation. Besides his widow, Polly Meade, he is survived by 5 sons and one sister. Funeral services were conducted at the home after which burial took place in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 11 1931

MITCHELL, J. W.
J. W. Mitchell, 67 years old, post master at Wayne, WV passed away at his home early Sunday morning. He had been in ill health for the past 6 months. Mr. Mitchell held the post master’s job at Wayne for the past 9 years. He is survived by 2 daughters and 4 sons, Mrs. D. G. Frazier of Kenova, Mrs. Ada Spurlock, of Huntington, W. W. Mitchell, Wayne, W.H. Mitchell, Huntington, F. F. Mitchell And Lawrence Mitchell, of Kenova; 3 sister, Mrs. Albert Collins of Wayne, Mrs. Clayborn Newman and Mrs. Pearl Booth both of Wayne. Funeral services were held a the Methodist Church at Wayne, Monday afternoon. Burial was made in the Woodmere Cemetery in Huntington. Mr. Mitchell was a native of Virginia, coming to Wayne several years ago where he was widely known. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 11, 1931

MOORE, Andrew Jackson
The funeral of Andrew Jackson Moore, 79, who died at the home of his son, Isaac Moore in Ashland Saturday afternoon, following a year’s illness, was held Monday afternoon from the Moore residence. Rev. Grant Dennis was in charge and burial followed in the McKnight Cemetery. He leaves 5 sons, B. J. , John, Joe, and Isaac Moore of Ashland and W. D. Moore of Chicago, IL, one daughter, Mrs. George Hood of Michigan; one brother, William Moore, New Thacker, WV and 2 stepsons, Jim and Bill Whitt, the former of Louisa and the latter of Cedamur, KY. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

RATCLIFF, James H.
James H. Ratcliff, prominent citizen and farmer of Lawrence County, died suddenly Monday night at his home on Little Catt near Tuscola. Mr. Ratcliff, who is 74 years old, had just returned from milking and had lifted a heavy can of milk. At the house he complained to his wife of feeling bad and told her to rub him. While she was engaged in caring for him he expired without warning. Mr. Ratcliff was a man of some means, and was widely known throughout the county as an upright citizen. He was born in Pike County, going to Willard, Carter County, when a young man. He then moved to Tuscola, this county, 27 years ago where he has made his home since. He had been a member of the Christian church for years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ellen Ratcliff; 2 daughters, Mrs. D. A. Smith, Ashland, Mrs. J. W. Fleak, Columbus, 2 sons, W. B. Ratcliff, Jeriel, KY, H. A. Ratcliff, Cincinnati; 3 sisters, Mrs. Leander Coburn, Glenwood, Mrs.. Lewis W. Fasson, Willard, Mrs. Matt Savage, Ashland, 2 brothers,, Billie Ratcliff, Rush, KY, and Dorsie, Virginia; besides 25 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Besides their children, Mr. and Mrs. Ratcliff also raised a grandson, W. D. Kelley of Fallsburg. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the home with Rev. H. B. Hewlett officiating. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Ashland. Pallbearers were 5 of his grandsons, Claude Ratcliff, Luther Ratcliff, Lloyd Ratcliff, A. D. Carter and W. D. Kelley and Webb Roberts, a neighbor. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 18,1 931

SEE, Roberta
Roberta See, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry See, who died Monday night, were held Thursday morning from the Fort Gay Baptist Church. Rev. Scraggs officiated. Burial was in the See Cemetery on the “Point”. The little girl had been in ill health for the past 3 years. She is survived by her parents and 3 brothers, Wallace, 12 Howard 7, and Junior, 3. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 11, 1931

SHY John
Pikeville—John Shy, age about 40, former mine employee, died at his home in McVeigh last week from an overdose of strychnine, said to have been accidentally taken. Mr. Shy has been in ill health for several years and was accustomed to taking medicine for some time. He was not in the habit, however, of preparing the doses himself, but relied upon his sister for that service. When he attempted to prepare a dose for himself on Wednesday afternoon, he obtained too much of the strychnine and death followed a short time later. He is survived by his widow, several children and sisters. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

SLONE, Kendall
Prestonsburg, KY (From Times)—Kendall Slone, 30 years old, of Caney Creek, was shot and instantly killed Sunday night near his home, 9 miles up Caney by his nephew, Lemmy Slone, according to a report received here. The killing, it is said, was the result of a drunken row. When, this report says, a brother of Kendall Slone and another member of the party engaged in a fight and one of the two drew a revolver, Kendall Slone stepped forward, disarmed him and called for a fair fight. As the two continued wrestling Lemmy Slone is alleged to have left, saying he would return presently. When he did return, Lemmy Slone was armed with a high-powered rifle the version of the affair received here continued, and suddenly began shooting, sending four bullets through his uncle’s body and then beating the slain man over the head with the rifle butt, it is reported. It is not known here if the slayer was captured. The victim was a son of Bill Slone, and leaves his widow and 3 children. He was buried on Caney Creek. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

SMITH, Dude
Pikeville, KY—Willie Akers, 17 son of Henry Akers, was brought to jail here Wednesday of last week charged with killing Dude Smith, 28, at Ransom, KY. Akers said he had been invited to Smith’s home Saturday night, and left with Smith who  had a half gallon whiskey. At a distance from the house Smith and Ed Hackney and Clarence Whitt attacked hi, he said and dragged him up and down the creek and Hackney threw to rocks at him. He fled and started home, but they followed him, saying they would “get” him, until he threw a rock and struck Smith. Smith died on Monday night and Akers arrest by Deputy Sheriffs C. Hatfield and Curtis Foleman followed. Akers said he has not been drinking. Smith is survived by his widow and one child. Big Sandy News-Recorder Dec 18,  1931

SPRADLIN, Kelvin
Prestonsburg, KY—Crushed beneath a “kettle bottom” weighing a ton, and his neck  broken, Kelvin Spradlin 51 years old, was instantly killed Friday morning in a private coal bank just outside Bonanza. James Harmon and James Minix, who were assisting Mr. Spradlin in digging coal for family fireside consumption, narrowly escaped death. Mr. Harmon receiving several cuts and bruises and Mr. Minix’ foot being caught beneath a boulder but receiving only a slight injury. The victim was one of Floyd County’s best citizens. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Spradlin and had resided at Bonanza almost all of his life. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Lily Mann Spradlin, 3 daughters and one son; Miss Beatrice Spradlin of Prestonsburg, Marie, James and Mary Spradlin all of Bonanza. Three brothers, also survive: T. A. Spradlin of Bonanza, Rome Spradlin of Ohio and James Spradlin, Lincoln County, KY. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon from the Bonanza high school building, Rev. James Roark and Rev. J. M. Helm, both of the M. E. Church, South, Prestonsburg officiating. E. P. Arnold was undertaker in charge. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

THOMAS, Joseph
Joseph Thomas, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Thomas of Boldman, died at his home yesterday morning following an illness of 4 years. Paralysis was given as the cause of his death. He is survived by 2 brothers, and 3 sisters, Cecil and Everett Smith and Catherine Thomas of Boldman, Mrs. Ames Fitzpatrick of Estill and Mrs. Bill Tuff of Garrett. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Owensboro with burial in Olympia Cemetery. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 18, 1931

THOMAS, June
June Thomas, 22 years old, Ashland, was instantly killed Saturday night when the automobile in which he was riding skidded off the road at New Cut, at the west Ashland city limits, and went over a 12 foot embankment. He suffered a broken neck. Charles Ashcraft, also of Ashland, an occupant of the car, escaped with only slight injuries. He was treated at the Stephenson hospital. Police had not learned definitely whether the automobile was crowded off the road or had skidded on the wet pavement in an attempt to go around a curve in the road. Information stated that the accident victim was not married, and that he was an employee of the C & O Railway Company. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 18,1931

THOMPSON, Belle
Prestonsburg, KY—Mrs. Bertha Burchett, 38 years old, wife of Larce Burchett, a farmer, living 5 miles south of here in Floyd County, surrendered Tuesday to Sheriff B. L. Sturgill saying she shot her mother, Mrs. Belle Thompson, 60, a widow, to death at their home. A few hours later Deputy Sheriff Ep Lafferty arrested Burchett on a murder charge and brought him to jail. The arrest was on a warrant issued by Police Judge E. P. Arnold, but the basis for the charge was not revealed. Displaying scratched on her face and cuts in her dress, Mrs. Burchett declared that her mother quarreled with her over a letter she received from a brother, Beverly Thompson, who is serving a term in the Frankfort reformatory for the killing of his wife. She did not explain the contents of the letter.

Mrs. Burchett said her mother was slashing at her with a knife when she snatched a pistol from a mantel and fired one shot. She was lodged in jail and investigation of the case was started. Mr. and Mrs. Burchett and Mrs. Thompson, who occupied a second floor apartment a the Burchett home, were the only persons present when the shooting occurred, officers were told. An acquaintance reported there had been disputes in the family over division of the estate of Mrs. Thompson’s husband. Mrs. Thompson was deaf and nearly blind. When Deputy Sheriff Arnold went to the scene the body of Mrs. Thompson, shot through the right chest, was still on the kitchen floor where she had fallen. Neighbors living across the Big Sandy River from the Burchett home told of seeing Mrs. Burchett and Mrs. Thompson scuffling in the yard and go into the house, where a shot was fired. The victim is survived by 3 sons. The tragedy is the third in the family. The slain woman’s husband, Greeley Thompson, was killed several years ago by Dick Hall, whose 21 year term in the penitentiary was commuted by Former Governor Sampson the day before he left office. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 18, 1931

WHEELER, Charles W.
Paintsville—Charles W. Wheeler, 56, one of the best known business men in the Big Sandy valley, died at his home in Paintsville early Tuesday morning after a brief illness. He was stricken while attending church Sunday and grew steadily worse. An operation was made in an attempt to save his life. He suffered from gall stones. Mr. Wheeler was president of the Sandy Valley Grocery Co., which operates a number of wholesale houses in the valley. He was a native of Magoffin County, having entered business in Paintsville in early manhood. Funeral services were conducted from the Paintsville United Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon Besides his widow, Mr. Wheeler is survived by 3 daughters and 6 sons, Mrs. J. N. Kennard, Ashland, Mrs. P. W. Ramsey and Miss Myrtle Wheeler, Paintsville, H. H. Wheeler, Dona Wheeler, Sherman Wheeler, and John Wheeler, Paintsville and Melvin and Dola Wheeler of Ashland. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 4, 1931

WHEELER, Lexie May
Lexie May Wheeler, 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Wheeler of Ashland, died early Saturday morning. She was buried Sunday afternoon in the Wheeler Cemetery near Blaine. In addition to her parents those bereaved are Otis Herman, Armie, Thurman and Minard Wheeler, brothers, Ula Fern Wheeler, a sister and the grandparents, Mrs. Rachel Wheeler of  Blaine and John R. Cordial of Blaine. Big Sandy News-Recorder, Dec 25, 1931

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