GEORGE W. McCUNE

_________________________________________________________ The History of West Virginia, Old and New Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 518 Clay

GEORGE W. McCUNE is clerk of the Circuit Court for Clay County, and in his home village of Clay, the judicial center of the county, he is secretary of the board of directors of the Elk Valley Bank, in which he is a stockholder and a director, and he is also secretary of the Board of Education of the Henry District, in which Clay is included. He is the owner of a tract of fourteen acres of land just outside the corporate village limits, and on this place is his attractive residence. Mr. McCune is a stanch republican, and has been active in the local councils of the party. He served as deputy circuit clerk of Clay County for six years, and was then elected circuit clerk, of which office he has been the incumbent since January 1, 1920. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America, and he and his wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

George W. McCune was born in Roane County, West Virginia, March 9, 1876, and is a son of William H. and Mary J. (Reed) McCune, both natives of Kanawha County, where the former was born in 1844 and the latter in 1848. William H. McCune was a soldier of the Union in the Civil war, held the office of orderly sergeant, took part in many engagements and was twice wounded. After the war he continued his activities as a farmer in Roane County until 1877, when he removed with his family to Clay County, where he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives, he having been one of the substantial farmers and highly honored citizens of this county. He was a republican in politics, and he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Of their nine children eight are mentioned: Harrison is a prosperous farmer in Clay County; Jane is the wife of Henry Holcomb; Grant is numbered among the progressive farmers of Clay County; George W., of this sketch, was next in order of birth; Nancy is the wife of Henry Keller; Lucy died at the age of eighteen years; Patrick C. is a merchant at Clay; and Benjamin, who now holds a clerical position in the postoffice in the City of Charleston was in service with the American Expeditionary Forces in Prance in the World war, and took part in much of the terrific conflict that finally won victory for the allies .

George W. McCune was reared on the home farm in Clay County, and that he profited by the advantages afforded in the public schools is attested by the statement that for twenty years he was a successful and popular teacher in the schools of this part of the state, within which period he served as district superintendent of the schools of the Henry District.

Mr. McCune wedded Miss Martha E. Dodd, and to this union have been born nine children: Ada is the wife of Curtis Davis; Howard is employed in the general store of the Elk River Lumber Company; Edith is the wife of John Davis; Alice is the wife of Ervin Moore; and Vernie, Earl C., William, Kathleen and Blanche are the younger members of the parental home circle.