1941 OBITUARIES
The Shinnston [WV] News

Retrieved and copied by Nanci Headley Kotowski.



JANUARY 2, 1941 ISSUE

BOONE. George William Boone, 74, died Monday afternoon at his home in North Shinnston, following a short illness of pneumonia.

Mr. Boone had been blind for the last forty years. He was born April 15, 1866 at Spencer, a son [of] Dr. William and Nancy Parsons Boone. On September 17, 1917, he married Miss Liza Stotts, of Parkersburg, who survives with four children, Charles E., Wilma Louise, Ruth Adelle and Gloria Idella, all at home; three stephchildren, Mrs. Nell Currence, Joetown; Mrs. Lelia Burdine, Fairmont and Mrs. Opal Gandy, Shinnston. A half brother, John J. George of North Shinnston, also survives.

FREEMAN. Muta U. Swiger and Mrs. Charles L. Harmer recently received word of the death of a cousin, Mrs. Howard Freeman, of Marshland, Nebraska, who was killed in an automobile wreck in Seattle, Washington, where she and her husband were on a trip. The funeral was held at Marshland.

Mrs. Freeman was a daughter of John Q. Roads of Hillsboro, Ohio.

PARRILL. Mrs. Lydia Parrill, a former highly respected resident of Shinnston, passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon in the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. D. Wolfe, in Dormont, near Pittsburgh. A heart ailment was the cause of death.

She had been residing with the Wolfe family in recent years and a year or more ago moved with them from Fairmont to Dormont.

The funeral will be held at Fairmont at the Jones funeral home at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Mrs. Parrill was born in Paw Paw district, Marion county, in September, 1858, a daughter of the late Grafton S. and Mary Boor Conaway. She was married twice. Her first husband was Col. William Hood, of Big Elm, Shinnston, and her second husband was Joseph Parrill, of Clarksburg.

Mrs. Mary Wolfe was her only child. There are two grandsons, George and Donald Wolfe.

Mrs. Parrill was a woman of many fine qualities and a kind and gracious manner which endeared her to all who knew her.

TETRICK. In a recent issue of a Gaston, Texas, newspaper, there appeared an account of the death of Warren Frederick Tetrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel A. Tetrick of Selman City, Texas, former residents of Sturm's Mill.

His death resulted from a rare blood ailment, diagnosed as lymphatic leukaemia [sic], a condition which creates an abnormal number of white corpuscles in the blood stream The paper speaks highly of the boy and of his standing as a high school student.

Young Tetrick was a band leader in the school, business manager of the school year book and senior librarian for the band. The school closed during the hour of the funeral, held from the school auditorium, with the Rev. A. Matlock, pastor of Mount Hope Cumberland church, in charge.
 
 

JANUARY 9, 1941 ISSUE

MORGAN. Recovering from a recent operation for appendicitis, Miss Christine Morgan, 22, was burned to death in her bed when the family home was destroyed Saturday night on Big Run, four miles from Wyatt.

BULLETIN:

Geneva Muriel Morgan, 26, sister of Christine Morgan, died at 1:15 p. m. yesterday.

Muriel Morgan, 23 [sic], a sister of Christine, is a patient at a Fairmont hospital, suffering from third degree burns. She was given a blood transfusion Tuesday when four healthy youths from the West Virginia Industrial school at Pruntytown were brought to the hospital and willingly donated the blood.

Edward Morgan, 30, a brother, is also a patient at the Fairmont hospital suffering severe burns and less seriously burned were Earl Morgan, 20, and Gladys Esther Webb, 20-months old daughter of Mrs. Edith Webb.

The victims, except the child, are children of William W. Morgan, who also suffered second degree burns. Earl Morgan carried two small children of Mrs. Webb to safety.

The home, a six room frame building known as the James T. Criss dwelling was reduced to ashes. The fire is believed to have started in the room of Miss Christine Morgan, where a gas stove was left burning because of the illness of the young woman.

The fire was discovered about 4:30 o'clock Sunday morning by a neighbor. It had gained considerable headway. About 2 o'clock a neighbor had got up to fix the fires in his home. He looked out the widow and saw nothing unusual. About 4:30 o'clock the same Sunday morning another neighbor was up in his home and glancing out the window saw a reflection of fire in the sky. Quickly dressing he aroused the first neighbor and the two rushed to the Morgan home. When they arrived, they found the four surviving members of the family in their night clothes and grouped outside the burning building suffering from burns.

Quickly automobiles were obtained and the four burned members were brought to Shinnston to a physician's office. Members of the Shinnston fire department left for the scene but found the house in ruins when they arrived.

As soon as possible the firemen recovered the body of the unfortunate young woman and it was removed to the Wm. J. S. Harmer funeral home here.

After the four survivors were given first aid by Dr. L. S. Wornal they were removed to the hospital at Fairmont.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Lumberport cemetery for Miss Christine Morgan. The home was the property of Dr. H. L. Criss of Fairmont. The Morgan family had recently moved to it from Jones Run.

STIRE. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Bessie Stire, 60, of Wallace, R. 3, at the Lumberport Baptist church. Interment was at the cemetery at Lumberport. Mrs. Stire died Saturday night from injuries suffered Saturday afternoon when she was struck by a bus near Hepzibah.

YOUNG. Services will be held at 2 p. m. today at the home of his father-in-law, L. L. Davis, 932 Clark St., for Jack Edwin Young, 21, who died Tuesday at a Clarksburg hospital of leukemia, following a ten days' illness. The pallbearers will be uncles of the deceased, namely, Fred Flint of Weston; Stanley Flint of Clarksburg; Ogden Flint, of West Union; Thomas Woodyard of Buckhannon; Powell Woodyard of Shinnston and Guy Woodyard of Clarksburg. Interment will be at Masonic cemetery.

The young man was born Feb. 22, 1919, at Glenville, a son of William and Martha Young. He spent most of his life in Shinnston and attended school here. He married Miss Geraldine Davis, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lou Davis, August 24 last.

Surviving besides his wife and mother are three brothers, Jesse and Carl Young, Shinnston, and Julian Young of Elkins. The young man is the first victim of the rare blood disease in Shinnston.
 
 

JANUARY 16-23, 1941 ISSUE

BOONE. Services for Mrs. Alice Clifton Boone, 84, wife of William Frederick Boone, retired Consolidation Coal Company employe[e], who died Sunday at her home at Monongah, were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Rogers, of Monongah. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery Fairmont.

A daughter of Barlow and Sarah Wilkinson Ogden, she was born November 11, 1856, near Shinnston. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Claude and Jesse, both of Monongah; and three daughters, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Juanita Toothman and Mrs. Harry Hall, all of Monongah.

FLEMING. Services were held Friday at the Odd Fellows cemetery at Enterprise for Neale Fleming, infant son of Riley and Geirgia [sic] McDougal Fleming, of Gypsy, who died Thursday, the day he was born, at the family home.

McFEE. Earl McFee, 33, of Hughes, was instantly killed and his companion, Kenneth Crayton, also of Hughes was injured in a three-way auto mobile [sic] collision Saturday afternoon in front of the Clarence Johnson residence on U. S. 19 about one thousand feet south of the Shinnston city limits. Funeral services for McFee were held at 10 a. m. Tuesday at the home of Floyd Snider of Haywood Junction and burial was made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

McFee was born June 8, 1909, in Elizabeth, Wirt county. He was an employe[e] of the Stoetzer Coal Co. at the Roberts mine.

Surviving are his widow, the former Mary Waggoner, and two children, Georgia Ann, 3, and Earl Edward, 9 months.

SANDY. Rites for Mrs. Sarah Evaline Martin Sandy, 78, who died at 10:20 a. m. Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Finley Oakes, of Worthington, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday, at the St. James church at Enterprise, with burial in the Enterprise Odd Fellows cemetery.

A daughter of Houston and Elizabeth Thornhill Hughes, she was born May 2, 1862, at Jane Lew. Her first husband, Scott Martin, died in 1905; her second, Moses Sandy, a few years ago. She resided at Shinnston and Clarksburg, where her daughter, Miss Grace Martin, was a court stenographer until her death in 1936. Surviving are Mrs. Oakes; one son, Claude B. Martin, of Urbana, Ohio; 12 grand-children and 10 great grandchildren.

WEEKLEY. The body of Emory Jackson Weekley, 84, former merchant at Lumberport,

who died Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Conant in Wichita, Kansas was returned to Lumberport for burial. The funeral was held in the Baptist church with the Rev. Carl Talley officiating.

Mr. Weekley was born on January 25, 1857, in a log cabin on Robinson's Run. He was twice married, first to Elizabeth Coffman and the second time to Amanda Anne Garrett, both of whom are dead. He taught school in Harrison county and later operated a store.

Surviving are the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Mabel Michel [sic], of Huntington; Miss Maude Weekley, of Clarksburg; Dorsey Weekley, of Wheeling; Mrs. Anne Diehl of Bay City, Mich., Mrs. Conant, at whose home he died, and Harry and Sherman Weekley, of Lumberport.

Mr. and Mrs. Conant, who were former residents of Shinnston and Lumberport a number of years ago are here for a few days. Joe Lee Madill, of West Side, Shinnston, is a grandson of the late Mr. Weekley.

WEEKLY. Funeral services for John M. Weekly, 69, native of Harrison county, who died Thursday at his home at McMechen, were held at 2 p. m. Monday at his home. Mr. Weekly was born on January 21, 1871, a son of W. J. and Martha White Weekly. He was a railroad worker for many years and later became a watch repair man, largely for railroaders. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Phena Grimes Weekly, two sisters, Mrs. Rose Coffman of Prospect Valley and Mrs. Lillie Ogden, of Cunningham's Run, and one half brother, D. S. White, of Maud.
 
 

JANUARY 30, 1941 ISSUE

JARRETT. Funeral services for Abner Lemuel Jarrett, 85, who died at 8:30 o'clock Monday evening at his home on Rebecca street, following a two weeks illness of influenza and complications, will be held at 10:30 o'clock this morning at the family residence with interment in the Masonic cemetery. The Rev. C. D. Tharp, pastor of Christ church, Methodist, will be in charge of the services.

Honorary pallbearers will be from the Old Keystone Lodge of which Mr. Jarrett was a member, namely: Harvey W. Harmer, C. L. Smith, Henry Reeder, Dr. T. M. Hood, all of Clarksburg; Frank Gould, Enterprise; Charles F. Lucas, Charles Harmer, Q. M. Carder, C. L. Watkins, all of Shinnston, and Harry G. Fletcher, Fairmont.

Active pallbearers will be Arthur E. Vassar, Samuel B. Davis, Howard T. Harmer, George Riffee, Harry Nay and John L. Finlayson.

He was born in Shinnston July 31, 1855, a son of Justus and Naomi Shinn Jarrett.

Fifty years ago, when employed as a carpenter in building the residence of the late William Fleming on Route 19 near the state police headquarters, a piece of steel from a hatchet which he was using struck him in the eye, causing blindness in that eye. He gradually lost the sight of the other eye also.

In spite of this fact he was happy and cheerful and successfully conducted a grocery and china store on Pike street for many years. He could make change perfectly without a mistake. He accepted paper money from his friends, who would tell him the denomination of the bill. The store room was sold in 1920 and he retired from active life to the home on Rebecca street in which he and his wife continued to live with their daughter, Miss Beatrice Jarrett, a bookkeeper in the Bank of Shinnston. Mrs. Jarrett's death occurrred there about five years ago. Before her marriage, she was Sarah Elizabeth Bryan.

Mr. Jarrett was the last living member of his father's family. He was the first secretary of the old "Independent" Sunday school, organized in the old Methodist Protestant church in 1879. He was a charter member of the old Keystone Lodge, organized in Shinnston on January 1, 1880.

Mr. Jarrett is survived by two daughters, Miss Beatrice Jarrett, of Shinnston; Mrs. Theresa Bartlett, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one son, Lyle Jarrett, of Charleston.

KERNS. Rites for Harvey Benjamin Kerns, 48, of Peora, who died Saturday night in a Clarksburg hospital, were held at 1 p. m. Tuesday at the Peora Pentecostal church with interment in the Wyatt Odd Fellows cemetery.

His wife, Mrs. Susan George Kerns, survives him with three sons and three daughters, Ryo [sic], Harry, Lawrence, Thelma and Mildred Kerns, all at home; Mrs. Margaret Iser, Little Bingamon; five brothers, Jesse Kerns, Parkersburg; Sherman Kerns, a resident of a soldier's home, address unknown; Joseph Kerns, Mannington[,] Route 1; Blaine and William Kerns, both of East Liverpool, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Ellen Marshall, Morgantown; Mrs. Rose Nelson, Petroleum and Mrs. Alice Ayers, Haywood.

KUHN. Harry Liston Kuhn, 61, former resident of Shinnston, died at nine o'clock Tuesday night at his home in Farmington after several months illness of stomach trouble.

He was born at Fairview on August 11, 1879, a son of John and Samantha Ellen Neely Kuhn. He was married September 22, 1912 to Nellie Swiger, of Shinnston. Surviving are the mother, of Farmington; the widow, two sons, John of Haywood Junction and Harry, Jr., at home; two daughters, Mrs. Olive Tichener, of Enterprise and Miss Patricia Ellen, at home; four brothers, Charles of Fairmont, Walter of Burnsville, Joseph, of Weweka, Okla., and Everson, of Farmington; and one-half [sic] sister, Mrs. Elzina Williams, of Mannington.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Farmington Methodist church with the Rev. F. M. Malcolm in charge. Burial will be in the local Masonic cemetery.

MADDEN. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Madden, aged 82 years, passed away at Camden-Clark [sic] Hospital, at Parkersburg, W. Va., on Saturday, December 14, 1940, at 12:20 p. m. from a gradual decline in health. Mrs. Madden was one of a family of twelve brothers and sisters and was a daughter of Benjamin F. and Sabra Harvey Cunningham. She was born on the Cunningham farm west of Barlow, in Washington county, October 5, 1858. She spent her childhood days and grew to womanwood in Barlow Township. In the year 1898, on December 22, she became the wife of Jesse H. Madden, a Civil War veteran of Lumberport, and she and her husband lived on a farm near Lumberport. Mr. Madden died on May 12, 1912. In the year 1914, Mrs. Madden came to Barlow, where she purchased a home and lived until her death.

Mrs. Madden is survived by two brothers, I. C. Cunningham, of Belpre, and R. F. Cunningham, of Corunna, Michigan, several sisters and nephews, great nieces [sic] and great-nephews[,] other relatives and many friends. Six brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

MARTIN. Miss Drusilla Martin, of Wyatt, has received word of the death of Miss Catherine Martin, youngest daughter of Frank and Icie Robinson Martin of Tulsa, Okla. Her death resulted from a heart ailment. The Martin family is well known in Harrison county where they lived in the Wallace community[,] going to Tulsa twenty years ago. Martin was an oil well worker at Wallace during the days of the Harrison county oil boom and is superintendent for an oil company in Tulsa at the present time.

SHREEVE. Rites for Mrs. Virginia Alice Shreeve[,] 69, widow of Adolphus J. Shreeve, who died at 12:40 a. m. Sunday at her home at Prospect Valley, were held at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday at the residence with burial in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

Survivors are two sons, Marian, at home, and Okey, of Bell; one step-son [sic], Remmie Shreeve of Enterprise; one step-daughter [,] Mrs. Nathan Harbert of Shinnston; one brother, John Miller of Mount Washington, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Malvina Ashcraft of Prospect Valley.

STREET. Burns suffered when her clothing caught fire from an open coal fire caused the death of Mrs. Martha Hefflin Street, 82 [sic], at 1:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of a niece, Mrs. James Harvey, in Lumberport.

The accident occurred at 10:10 Tuesday morning at the Harvey residence. Mrs. Street had been standing in front of the grate, warming herself, and apparently staggered into a chair when her clothes caught fire.

Relatives, who were in the next room, said she did not cry out. When they saw her garments were a mass of flames. Mrs. Harvey rushed into the room and smothered out the fire with a rug.

A physician was summoned but Mrs. Street died without regaining consciousness. The body was removed to the Harmer Funeral home here, where funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock this Thursday afternoon, with burial in Shinnston cemetery.

Active pallbeare[r]s will include Henry Haught, of this city; James Harvey, Frank Reynolds, Earl Coffield and George H. Robey, all of Lumberport, and Lawrence Ashcraft of Clarksburg.

Mrs. Street was born May 3, 1858 [sic], in Lumberport, a daughter of Adam and Mary E. Winemiller. She was twice married, the first time at the age of 14. Her first husband, William B. Hefflin, died in 1915. In 1928 she married John Street, of Monongah, who died in 1938. Since then Mrs. Street has made her home with the Harveys.

There are no children and Mrs. Street was the last of her family. Surviving besides the niece at Lumberport, is another niece, Mrs. Henry Haught, of Shinnston, and a nephew, Hugh Winemiller, of Topaz, California.

WILMOTH. Mrs. Rebecca Jane Wilmoth, who was 90 on Jan. 28, said to be a granddaughter of Gen. Joe Hooker, of Civil war fame, died at 8:10 o'clock Sunday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ada Haddix, at Haleville. She had been ill about one year of a heart ailment.

The body was taken Tuesday to the home of a son, Burton Wilmoth at Century. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Wednesday at the Century United Brethren church[.] Burial was made in the church cemetery.

She was born in Bath county, Virginia, on January 28, 1851, a daughter of James and Nancy Hooker, both natives of that county. She was married in 1866 at Philippi to G. W. Wilmoth, who has been dead for several years.

She moved to Haleville nine years ago from Buckhannon and had made her home with her daughter since that time. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Haddix, with whom she lived, Mrs. Katherine Heatherly, of Buckhannon; Miss Laura Wilmoth, of Alton; Albert Wilmoth, of Shinnston; George Wilmoth, of Weston, Stingly Wilmoth, of Brownton, and Burton Wilmoth, of Century.

There are four generations descended from Mrs. Wilmoth, all of whom live in this community. Namely, her son, Albert, of Pleasant Hill; her grandson, Laco Wilmoth, of Lumberport; her great granddaughter, Mrs. Ruby Simms, of Walnut street and her great,great-grandson [sic], Junior Simms.
 
 

FEBRUARY 6, 1941 ISSUE

GIFFORD. Services for Mrs. Allie F. Gifford, 63, who died at 7 a. m. Monday at her home at Margaret on Upper Big Bingamon creek, were held at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday at the Margaret United Brethren church with burial in the Hawker cemetery at Margaret.

She was the wife of T. A. Gifford, farmer. She was born June 8, 1878, on Bingamon, a daughter of Riley and Malinda Baker. Survivors are her mother, of Margaret; her husband; three sons, Robert, Bernard and Everette Clifford, two brothers, Luther and Aubrey Baker, both of Margaret; three sisters, Mrs. Cora Grooms of Margaret; Mrs. Elpha Morris of Clarksburg and Mrs. Bertha Griffin of Oakdale.

JOHNSON. Mrs. Dora Johnson, 73, wife of J. T. Johnson, retired Shinnston merchant, died at 5:30 o'clock Monday morning at her home at 910 Clark street after an extended illness of gall bladder [sic] trouble. She had been ill for the last eighteen months, and seriously ill for two weeks.

Mrs. Johnson was born on April 19, 1869, in Winfield district of Marion county, the only daughter of Ezra and Permelia Faust Morgan. She was married on November 10, 1889, to Mr. Johnson and they moved to Shinnston from Smithfield in 1910. He operated a store here for many years before his retirement. She had been a member of the Methodist church since she was 14 years old and was active in the church her until her last illness.

Surviving are the husband, one daughter, Mrs. Matt (Grace) Kidd, of Shinnston; four sons, J. Dael [sic] Johnson, principal of the Linden graded school at Clarksburg; Clyde Johnson, of Everettsville; Earl Johnson, of Morgantown, and Worth [sic] Johnson, of Shinnston; four half-brothers, Stephen Morgan of Spring-field, Ill.; the Rev. Brooks Morgan of Follansbee, and Bailey and Clyde Morgan, both of Fairmont.

Short funeral services were held at 1 p. m. Wednesday at the residence, with further rites at 2:30 at the Mt. Zion Methodist church in Winfield district of Marion county. Interment was made in the Mt. Zion cemetery.

ROWAND. Rites for Sanford A. Rowand, 58, who died at 7 a. m. Sunday at his home in Worthington, were held at 10 a. m. Wednesday at the home with burial in the Enterprise Odd Fellows cemetery. He was a former employe[e] of the Consolidation Coal Company at Carolina and was born April 4, 1882, in Fairmont, a son of Silas and Helen Hayhurst Rowand.

Suriving are three sons, Si[l]as E., of Fairmont; Archie P., of Worthington and Ernest G., of Glendale; one daughter, Mrs. Goldie Mariner, of Charleston; also surviving are two brothers and five sisters.
 
 

FEBRUARY 13, 1941 ISSUE

BELCASTRO. Tony Belcastro, 25, of Meadowbrook, died Sunday night at his home there, following an illness of asthma.

He was born at Meadowbrook April 6, 1915, a son of Patsy and Gladys Mazzei Belcastro.

He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Bart, of this city; Mrs. Jospeh Marino, of Morgantown; four brothers, Joseph Belcastro, of here; John, Sam and Frank Belcastro, all of Meadowbrook.

Funeral services were held at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning at St. Anne's Catholic church in Shinnston, in charge of the Rev. Father James Egan, pastor of the church. Burial was made in the Masonic cemetery at Shinnston.

CURREY. Rufus Currey, 73, a lifelong resident of Lost Run, Booths Creek district, died Saturday at the farm home less than 24 hours after he was stricken with paralysis. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the Harmony Grove church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lavina Golden Currey; three sons, Early Currey at home; Cleo Currey, Boothsville, and Dorsey Currey, Fairmont; one daughter, Mrs. Emma Currey, at home; one brother, Delbert Currey, Shinnston, and one sister, Mrs. S. C. Norris, Lost Run.

JANES. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon for James A. Janes, 61, who died at his home on High street yesterday afternoon. Mr. Janes had been ill for several weeks of complications.

Mr. Janes was born here, April 5, 1879, the son of James E. and Harriet Shore Janes. He had been a lifelong resident of this city and served as street commissioner for the past eighteen years. He is survived by his widow, the former Eva M. Martin, one daughter[,] Mrs. Archie Ruble; one adopted son, Gene Martin Janes; one grandson[,] James Robert Ruble, and one sister, Mrs. Robert Dalby of Charleston, S. C., who arrived here shortly following his death.

Rev. C. D. Tharp, pastor of Christ Church Methodist, assisted by Rev. Charles D. Snyder, pastor of the Methodist church will conduct the funeral services which will be held at the Christ Church Methodist. Burial will be made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

ROLLEN. The funeral of Frank Rollen was held at Morgantown, Sunday. He was the husband of the former Miss Kate Meredith, sister of W. A. Meredith, of this city. Mr. Rollen died suddenly Thursday morning. He was a native of Rhode Island and was a former manual arts instructor at the University High School. M. B. Meredith, who is spending the winter in Florida, came from St. Petersburg to attend the funeral.

SWIGER. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Methodist church at Boothsville for Mrs. Mary V. Swiger, 81, better known as "Aunt Mollie" Swiger, who died at 10:30 Saturday morning at her home there, after several years of failing health. Interment was made in the Dean family cemetery near Boothsville. Mrs. Swiger was born September 24, 1859, at Boothsville, a daughter of William Harrison and Nancy Hall Dean and is the last surviving member of her family. She was married to George Swiger, of Boothsville, who died in 1890. Her entire life had been lived in the Boothsville community where she was a member of the Methodist church. Her husband and her father both were in the Union army during the Civil war. Politically speaking, she was a Republican. Following the death of her father and husband, she lived with her brother, Thomas Dean, a well known blacksmith of the Boothsville community.

Her only surviving relatives are three nieces, Miss Minnie Reed, of Boothsville; Mrs. Harper (Metta Dean) Shinn of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Wirt (Alma Dean) Knapp of Clarksburg; four nephews, William A. Smell, of Fairmont; J. Burton Smell, of Shreve, Ohio, who arrived Sunday to attend the funeral Charles and Frank Reed, both of Boothsville.
 
 

FEBRUARY 20, 1941 ISSUE

JANES. Funeral services for James A. Janes, veteran street commissioner of Shinnston, were held Friday afternoon at Christ Church Methodist on Main street. Rites were conducted by the Rev. C. D. Tharpe, church pastor, and the Rev. Charles D. Snyder, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Honorary pallbearers were Mayor Warren S. Hursey, and members of the city council including Samuel B. Davis, George F. Dorsey, H. Purcell Bock, Minor B. Currey, J. E. Royal, M. Leslie Wyatt, Okey Hamrick and Paul Oliver.

Active pallbearers were P. E. Hill, Ernest L. Pigott, John F. Martin, George Riffee, George L. Frederick and Quillen M. Carder.

McINTIRE. Services for Dorthea Louise McIntire, one year old daughter of Howard and Margaret Belch McIntire, of Haywood, who died Monday afternoon in a Clarks-burg hospital, were held at 2:00 p. m. Wednesday at the Haywood Methodist church with burial in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

Born Jan. 18, 1940, the child is survived by her parents, two sisters and three brothers, Patricia, Rose, Charles, Ronald and Roger, all at home.
 
 

FEBRUARY 27, 1941 ISSUE

WADSWORTH. Funeral services for Dr. W. W. Wadsworth, 77, a native of Shinnston, and a former resident of Clarksburg, were held at 3 p. m. Wednesday in Muncie, Ind., where he had lived since 1900.

He was the son of Cornelius and Emily Madden Wadsworth and was born March 14, 1863, in Shinnston[.] He taught school for several years and then studied medicine. He married Miss Minnie Searcy, of Muncie. Dr. Wadsworth was a direct descendant of Robert Wadsworth, a soldier of the Revolutionary war and bodyguard of George Washington.

He is survived by his widow; one son, Robert, of Muncie; one daughter, Mrs. George Fulton, Jr., of Hartford City, and four brother[s], A. E. Wadsworth, of Shinnston; A. L. Wadsworth, of Chrleston; B. E. Wadsworth, of Clarksburg, and S. D. Wadsworth of Weston.

Dr. Wadsworth was a regular summer visitor in Shinnston for many years. His health prevented such visits in recent years, however.
 
 

MARCH 6, 1941 ISSUE

ASHCRAFT. John V. Ashcraft, 75, died at his home on Hardesty's run, near Wyatt Tuesday, after a lingering illness of dropsy and complications.

He was born at Wyatt September 26, 1865, a son of Ezekial and Ruth Evans Ashcraft. He was a well known farmer and a member of the Wyatt United Brethren church. Surviving are his wife, the former Minnie Watson; two sons, Archie B. and Roy, both of Shinnston; four daughters, Mrs. Bertie Swiger, of Peora; Mrs. Olive Hiteshew [sic], of Harrisville; Mrs. Goldie Beane, of Rochester, Vt., and Miss Gordie Ashcraft, at home; one brother, Benjamin Ashcraft, of Brown; and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Stiles, of Long Run.

Services will be held at 2 p. m. today at the Wyatt U. B. church with the Rev. L. N. Wilfong, pastor, officiating and burial will be in the Wyatt Odd Fellows cemetery.

BURNETT. Ruby Juanita Burnett, the infant daughter of Carl and Ruby Metz Burnett, of Fairmont, died Saturday evening in a Fairmont hospital, and was buried Sunday afternoon at the Shinnston Masonic cemetery. The infant was a grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burnett of Walnut street, Shinnston.

CURREY. Funeral services for Miss Martha Currey, 65, who died Monday morning in a Weston hospital, where she had been a patient for the last seven years, were held at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Harmony Grove Baptist church[.] Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Miss Currey was born November 30, 1875, at Harmony Grove, in Taylor county, the daughter of William G. and Emmaline Williamson Currey. She is survived by two brothers, Jonah Currey, of Booth's Creek; Daniel Currey, of La Farice, Texas, and one sister, Miss Julietta Currey, of Huntington.

FORTNEY. Jesse P. Fortney, 44, of Enterprise, died at 3 p. m. in the veteran's hospital at Chillicothe, Ohio, where he was a patient the last three years.

He was born at Enterprise, the son of Charles and Belle Manear Fortney. He is survived by his mother, two brothers, Hugh and Roy Fortney, both of Enterprise; four sisters, Mrs. Maude Morris and Mrs. Clarence Tetrick, of Enterprise; Mrs. Lena Kirby and Miss Sue Fortney, of Grafton.

The body will be received at the Harmer Funeral home Thursday morning. Funeral plans are incomplete, but interment will be in the Enterprise Odd Fellows cemetery.

GRIFFIN. Mrs. Cora Belle Griffin, 67, died Thursday night at her home at Grangeville on Bingamon creek, following an illness of intestinal influenza. She was the wife of William O. Griffin, a farmer.

She was born near Joetown, Marion county, August 27, 1873, a daughter of Caleb and Martha Grimm (Crimm) Hall and was a member of the Grangeville Baptist church.

Mrs. Griffin is survived by her husband, one son, Clifford H. Griffin, of Grangeville; three brothers, and two sisters, Sanford Hall and Charles Hall, both of Fairmont; Blackford Hall, of Oakdale; Mrs. Minnie Garrison and Miss Lydia Hall, both of Fairmont.

Funeral services were held at the Grangeville Baptist church at [illegible number] o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial was made in the Mason cemetery at Joetown.
 
 

MARCH 13, 1941 ISSUE

JOHNSON. One of the most brutal murders to take place in this section was solved yesterday afternoon when Raymond Eckard, 25, of this city confessed to planting explosives in the car of Clarence Johnson, 42, also of this city Tuesday night. Johnson, an employee of the Bethlehem mine, was fatally injured by the explosion which occurred as he attempted to start his car after leaving work, and died a short time later in a Clarksburg hospital. Eckard, who was held shortly after the crime by State Police of the Shinnston Detachment along with Mrs. Hazel Johnson, widow of the victim, made a statement at Clarksburg in the presence of state and county officers and last night was taken to the scene of the crime at Bethlehem where he reenacted the setting of his death trap. Mrs. Johnson is still being held at the county jail for questioning.

Funeral services for Johnson will be held at two o'clock tomorrow at the Harmer Funeral Home.

At a coroner's inquest held at the Harmer Funeral Home Wednesday morning, Dr. Lawrence Mills, County Coroner, announced that the jury arrived at the following verdict:

Clarence Johnson met death by an act of violence perpetrated by a person or persons unknown.

Those serving on the jury were C. F. Franz, Allen L. Gerrard, F. H. Long, F. W. Sturm, Harlan T. Janes, and J. Albert Bolman.

Asking a nurse to pray for him and conscious to the last, Clarence Johnson, 42, an employe[e] of the Bethlehem Fairmont Coal Company, died at St. Mary's hospital Tuesday night at 11:15 o'clock, a victim of one of the most diabolical crimes in the history of Shinnston.

Johnson was terribly mangled when a dynamite explosion wrecked his car after he had started to drive away from the mine about 10:15 o'clock--two hours before he died. County Coroner Dr. Lawrence Mills, after examining the body, said the entire pernium [sic], the lower part of the spinal column, had been blown away in the terrific explosion. The charge had been placed directly under the seat of the car and wired to the battery. Johnson had driven about fifty feet before the explosion occurred. The car was practically destroyed.

Lawrence Swiger, also employed at the mine, had a miraculous escape from death by the explosion. He got in the car with Johnson to ride to his home in East Shinnston and was sitting by him in the front seat. He was blown fifty feet from the car and was rendered unconscious but was otherwise unhurt. When he recovered consciousness he heard Johnson moaning and upon reaching his side heard him say, "I have been expecting this." Mrs. Joseph Brennan, residing nearby, heard the explosion and aroused her husband who immediately investigated and summoned Dr. J. S. Maloy and the Harmer ambulance and the dying man was rushed to the hospital.

Troopers R. W. Rule and W. B. Green, along with city night patrolman, Leslie Burchinal and other county and state officers began an immediate investigation of the crime. Johnson was well and favorably known in the community and was a relabile and sober employe[e] of the coal company for a number [of] years, according to Supt. E. P. Brennan. The family home is located near town on the Clarksburg road.

He was born January 12, 1899 at Walker Station, in Wood county, the son of the late Albert and Jennie West Johnson. Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Hazel Richards; his mother, who resides with another son, William Johnson, of Gore Stop; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Trimble and Mrs. Nellie McDougal, both of Grafton; five brothers, William, Charles Johnson, of Lumberport, Clyde and Roy, both of this city, and George of Grafton and an adopted son, Jack.

WEIGHTMAN. Funeral services for Mrs. Bonnie Montgomery Weightman, 53, were held at the home of Guy A. Hardesty, on East Avenue, Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Mr. C. A. Snider, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and Rev. Mr. Rowland Aspinall, pastor of the Diamond Street Methodist Church in Fairmont. Miss Evelyn Alfred accompanied Misses Charlene Gerrard, Christine Feaster and Helen Jean Jackson in the musical numbers. The floral tribute was unusually large and beautiful and attested to the high esteem in which the deceased was held. Interment took place at Masonic cemetery[.] The pallbearers were George and Benny Sharp, Frank D. Sturm, Charles, David and Joseph Hardesty.

Mrs. Weightman died March 5 at 11:30 p. m. at her home on Maloy Court of influenza and complications after having been ill since last October. She was born November 1, 1887, in Indiana, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Taylor Montgomery. While in her teens she came to Shinnston frequently to visit her sister, the late Mrs. George A. Ferguson, and here she met James B. Weightman of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, who was a store manager for a local Coal Company and they were married September 3, 1911. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride's parents in Terra Haute, Indiana.

Mr. and Mrs. Weightman returned to Shinnston to make their home and the husband died on March 1, 1914. Miss Mary Ellen Weightman, English teacher in Shinnston High School, is the only child. Three sisters survive, namely: Mrs. Edwin Lutz, of West Frankfort, Illinois; Mrs. Albert Mullikin, of Terra Haute, Indiana, and Miss Rita Montgomery, of Chicago. The late Mrs. Ona Sharp was also a sister.

Mrs. Weightman was a woman of many excellent qualities. While quiet and reserved she was always friendly, possessing an admirable sense of humor which made her popular not only with friends of her age, but with the younger people as well. She was of a self-sacrificing disposition and inclined to go beyond her strength in doing for others. In addition to her amiable character and her accomplishments as a devoted wife, mother and housekeeper, she successfully served in different capacities in the community and always with that efficiency and charm of one especially fitted for the task. Prior to her marriage she conducted a millinery store here for a few years.

Aside from her home work she was librarian at the local high school for several years, later bookkeeper at the Bank of Shinnston and then librarian for the Shinnston Woman's Club library, which position she held at the time of her illness. She was active in the church and the different church organizations as well as the Woman's Club.
 
 

MARCH 20, 1941 ISSUE

BRUNETTI. Services for Louis Brunetti, 49, of Parkview, who died Friday in a hospital, were held Sunday at 2:30 p. m. at St. John's church with the Rev. Father Robert Goshen, pastor, in charge and interment in Holy Cross cemetery.

An employe[e] of the Rolland Glass company, Mr. Brunetti had been in the hospital since Feb. 14. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jennie Brunetti; one son, William, and one daughter, Mrs. John Oliverio, both of Clarksburg; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brunetti, of Shinnston.

JANES. Mrs. Martha Janes, 94, widow of George W. Janes, pioneer residents of this community, died at 1:45 Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hallie Jamason at Millersburg, Ohio.

Mrs. Janes lived at the head of Mudlick Run for many years before the town of Owings was settled. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Brown. Surviving are one son, Henry Janes of Mercer, Pa., two daughters, Mrs. Dell Snider, of Palm Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Jamason; and one stepson, John M. Janes of Shinnston.

The body arrived in Shinnston Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the Harmer Funeral home at 2 p. m. Wednesday and burial was made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

PICKENS. Mrs. Addie Pickens, 75, of Greenwood, was found dead at noon Tuesday in her home where she lived alone. It was believed she had been dead since Monday evening. A heart attack was given as the cause of her death.

Mrs. Nelson Rector, of 409 Center street, this city, is a daughter.

SHINN. Ill several months of a heart ailment, Henry Hubert Shinn, 66, retired business man [sic] and former sheriff and editor of Doddridge county, died Friday morning at his home in Charleston. He was a son of Wilson K. and Virginia Gaines Shinn and was born in 1875 on Arnold's creek, Doddridge county. Surviving are his wife, the former Sina Smith; one son, Leo, of Charleston; one sister, Lura Gollum, of West Union; two half-brothers, Ernest Shinn, of Salem, and Ralph Shinn, of West Union, and one half-sister, Mrs. Ingram Myers, of Central Station. Mr. Shinn is a descendant of Aaron and Mary (Pigott) Shinn, who built the stone house in Shinnston about 1811-12.

THOMPSON. Funeral services for E. Walker Thompson, 79, were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the home. The Rev. John Loy, a former pastor of the Adamsville Baptist church, conducted the services, assisted by the Rev. Robert McCoy, present pastor. Burial was made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

Mr. Thompson died Friday evening of cancer. He had been ill several weeks. He was born March 10, 1862, on Coon's run, a son of John and Sally Radabaugh Thompson. He was a life-long citizen of this county and had always been active in the affairs of the community. He belonged to the Adamsville Baptist church for more than fifty years and was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge here for many years.

Surviving are his widow, Betty Marks Thompson, two sons, Alpha Thompson of Morgantown and Morley Thompson, of Bridgeport; and four daughters, Miss Zella Thompson, at home; Mrs. Hallie Linn, of Sugar Run; Mrs. Smith Nuzum and Mrs. Willie Monroe, both of Coon's run.
 
 

MARCH 27, 1941 ISSUE

BLAKE. Hundreds of Shinnston people will learn with regret of the death of C.G. Blake, former local football coach, whose body was taken from the Elk River in downtown Charleston Tuesday. He had been missing since February 1st, according to word from the Capital City. In recent years Mr. Blake had been employed in the Charleston postoffice [sic] and in the State Department of Mines. He relinquished his job at the state house January 1. A coroner's jury termed the death a suicide, the report says.

Mr. Blake was coach at Shinnston high school for several years, coming here about 1928, when he succeeded Hen Rohrbough. While in charge of the local basketball squad he took his team to the finals in the state tournament at Buckhannon where they were defeated by Wheeling. The team played in the state tournament each year he was the coach here. Blake went from here to Quinwood and was later at Richwood, holding similar positions. He was succeeded at Shinnston by the late Ted Leader. Blake graduated from Greenbrier Military Academy in 1914, and took post graduate work there in 1915. He also attended West Virginia Wesleyan, University of Illinois, Fairmont Normal, Davis and Elkins Coaching School, and was C. M. T. C. instructor in 1924 to 1926 inclusive. He taught at Mannington before coming to Shinnston and married a Mannington girl.

He is survived by his widow and one daughter, who reside in Chicago.

CRIMM. Services for John Dudley Crimm, 72, who died Monday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Crimm Robinson, of Wyatt, will be held at 1:30 p. m. Thursday at the Union church at Wyatt, with burial in the Cunningham cemetery on Cunningham's run.

He was born March 14, 1869, on Cunningham's run, Harrison County, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Crimm. He was a member of the United Brethren church of Wyatt, and Maccabee lodge of Shinnston. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Robinson, of Wyatt, and Mrs. Vearl McCutcheon of Mabscott, W. Va., and one brother, Basil Crimm, of Cunningham's run.
 
 

APRIL 3, 1941 ISSUE

BRAMMER. Funeral services for Benjamin F. Brammer, age 71, who died at his home at Arvilla last Saturday, were held Monday afternoon at St. Mary's W. Va., with the Rev. C. B. Johnson, of Parkersburg, in charge. Burial was made at the Nine Mile Cemetery, which is located near St. Mary's.

Brammer was born Nov. 2nd, 1869, at Symma Creek, Lawrence county, Ohio. He was a life long member of the Methodist Protestant church, having served as class leader and as Sunday School Superintendent.

Surviving besides his widow, Mrs. Lyda Locke Brammer, are eight children as follows: Okey E. Brammer, local manager of the Bowser Store; W. E. and Roy Brammer, of Weirton; Mrs. Chas. Slenderman, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; Mrs. Howard Mago, of Bridgeport; Mrs. Jack Robey of Parkersburg, and Clyde and Earl Brammer, of Arvilla. Also surviving are twenty-seven grand children [sic] and two great grand children [sic].

McGHEE. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Mount Zion church at Pennsboro for Thomas J. McGhee, 70, a farmer, who died Saturday at Parkersburg. He was the father of E. J. McGhee of this city. Mr. McGhee and family attended the funeral.

OGDEN. Mrs. Lillie Ogden, 67, widow of Ellsworth Ogden, died at her home on Cunningham's Run at 10 o'clock Sunday morning following a long illness.

She was born November 3, 1874, a daughter of William and Mary White Weekley. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Zalie Mason, of Cunningham's Run; four sons, Paul, and Ferrille Ogden, of Lumberport; Mason Ogden of Wyatt, and Ira Ogden, of Cunningham's Run; one sister, Mrs. Rosa Coffman, of Robinson's Run, and one half-brother, Davy White of Wetzel county.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Prospect Valley Methodist church. The Rev. L. L. Wilfong, pastor of the United Brethren church of Peora, conducted the services and burial was made in the Masonic cemetery at Shinnston.

RILEY. Short funeral services were held Saturday morning for the infant son of Charles E. and Beverley [sic] White Riley, of 217 Vermont avenue, Clarksburg, who died at 11:10 p. m. Thursday shortly after birth in a Clarksburg hospital. Burial was make in Elkview cemetery there.

Charles Riley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Riley of Clarksburg, former Shinnston residents.

VanMETER. Frank VanMeter, of Enterprise, injured in an automobile accident which occurred early Sunday morning at the Dakota crossing, died at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning in Fairmont General hospital, where he was taken following the accident.

His three companions, all of Fairmont, also injured in the accident, remain in the hospital. All three are believed to be on the way to recovery. John Hallam, driver of the car, was reported as much improved, as was Joseph Fleming. George Trew, while in serious condition is expected to recover.

The four men, all employed at the Rivesvile power plant by the Monongahela System, were on their way home from work when their automobile collided with a street car which left Fairmont at 7:30 a. m. Sunday, bound for Rivesville.

VanMeter is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters, including Archie W. VanMeter and Darrell F. VanMeter, both at home; Mrs. Ruth Christwell, of Fleming avenue, Fairmont, and Miss Vera VanMeter, at home.

Five brothers and four sisters also survive. They are W. F. and John VanMeter, of Enterprise; James of Worthington, David, of Fairmont, and George of Hawaiian Islands; and the sisters are Mrs. M. E. Donnellan, of Farmington, Mrs. Andy Hensley, of Worthington, Mrs. Ada Compton of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Martha Wisman [sic] of Wilmington, Del.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with interment in the Masonic cemetery.
 
 

APRIL 10, 1941 ISSUE

DALBY. Mrs. James Janes has received word of the death of Mrs. Ella Dalby, who died at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Robert Dalby, of Charleston, S. C. Friends will remember her as she had visited the Dalbys when they lived here. She died March 24 and was buried March 27 at Oxford, N. C.

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Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Rhodes Devin Dalby, of 123 Smith street, widow of Dr. A. J. Dalby, will be conducted at the Connelley memorial chapel tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock with the Rev. J. F. Bailey officiating.

Interment under arrangements by Connelley's is to be held at Oxford, N. C.

Mrs. Dalby was 89 years old. She was a native of Oxford, the daughter of the Rev. Robert I. Devin and Cynthia N. Herndon Devin, both of North Carolina. Her death occurred yesterday afternoon.

Surviving are a brother, Judge W. A. Devin, associate justice of the North Carolina supreme court; a sister, Mrs. S. A. Cannady, of Oxford; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.--(March 25.)

DAVIS. Funeral services for Mrs. Guy Davis, who died in her home at Fairview, Sunday, after an hour's illness, were held Wednesday afternoon in the Methodist church at Fairview. Burial was made in the Mannington Memorial cemetery.

Mrs. Davis was the proprietor of a restaurant at Fairview. She is survived by her husband and a daughter and son.

GALLIHER. At the age of 81 years, Mrs. Mary Alice Galliher, widow of George C. Galliher of Watson, died shortly before noon Monday morning in a Fairmont hospital.

Her husband, a widely known farmer, died last December. The deceased was before her marriage Mary Alice Gwynn. She was born in 1860 in Monongalia county. The deceased leaves three brothers, J. E. Gwynn, of Enterprise; James A. Gwynn and Russell Gwynn, of Fairmont, and a grandson, William Galliher, who with his wife and his mother, Mrs. Ida Galliher, resided with her. A son, the only child of the Gallihers, is deceased. Mrs. Galliher was a member of the Church of Christ, of Benton's Ferry.

Funeral services were held in the residence at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon and burial was made in the James cemetery.

HAWKINS. Clifford Gay [sic] Hawkins, the five year old son of Lonnie and Arlie Adams Hawkins, died at 12:30 Tuesday at the family home on Long Run following a short illness of pneumonia. He is survived only by his parents and one brother Preston, at home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at press time.

LYON. Sylvester Lyon, 78, a prominent farmer of Jones Run, died in a Clarksburg hospital at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon after a two days illness of pneumonia. He was born January 11, 1862, in Doddridge county, a son of Eli and Julia Hall Lyon. He had lived in the Jones Run community most of his life and had always been active in civic affairs.

He is survived by his widow, Effie Rogers Lyon, two brothers, Tilman Lyon, of Jones Run, and Floyd Lyon, of Big Rock; two sisters, Mrs. A. E. Barnes of Jones

Run, and Mrs. Lusetta Backus, of Brown. He had no children. Nine nephews and nine nieces also survive.

Funeral services were held at the Jones Run Baptist church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with burial in the Masonic cemetery at Shinnston.

SMITH. Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Susan Riffee Smith, 63, who died at her home Saturday following an illness of several months, were held at the residence on Main street Monday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by the Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the First Baptist church and the Rev. C. D. Tharp, pastor of Christ Church, Methodist[.] Interment took place at Masonic cemetery. The pallbearers were Ernest L. Pigott, John R. Lucas, B. F. Riley, Arthur Vassar, H. T. Harmer and W. Frank Bock.

Mrs. Smith had been active in civic affairs for many years and was one of the best known women of the city. She had been a clerk in the Shinnston post office since 1923 and prior to that time she had served as president of the Clay District board of education and secretary to the board. She was the widow of James Blaine Smith, who died March 4, 1931.

She was born February 11, 1878, in Shinnston, a daughter of the late James Luther and Alice Short Riffee. She attended local schools and Fairmont Normal school, and later, a Parkersburg business college. She taught school eight years here and one term in Enterprise. She was married November 28, 1906.

She is survived by one brother, George A. Riffee, superintendent of the Shinnston water plant; two nieces, Mrs. Agnes Osborn, of 777 1/2 West Pike street, Clarksburg, and Miss Ruth Ann Riffee, of Shinnston, and a nephew, James Riffee, of Shinnston. Fred L. Shinn of Clarksburg, is a first cousin.

Mrs. Smith was a charter member of the Shinnston Woman's Club and for several years was treasurer of the club.
 
 

APRIL 17, 1941 ISSUE

BENN. Curtis Wayne Benn, 70, died at his home near Lumberport at 11:15 o'clock Saturday night of pneumonia.

He was born August 27, 1840, at Freemansburg, Pa., a son of Samuel and Rebecca Baker Benn. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American war, having served as corporal in Company D, Fifteenth regiment of the infantry in Pennsylvania. He is survived by his widow, Lillie Benn, and one daughter, Mrs. Willie Edward Swiger, of Lumberport.

Funeral services were held in the home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Lumberport.

KENDALL. William Henry Kendall, 78, of Grafton, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Beulah Smith, Fairmont, after a year's illness.

Mr. Kendall was a native of Boothsville, where he was born February 28, 1863, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kendall. His wife, Mary Glenn Kendall, died five years ago.

Survivors are one son, Charles, of Fairmont; one daughter, at whose home he died; and one sister, Mrs. Lena Hall of Monongah. He was a retired Baltimore and Ohio railroad employe[e].

Services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at the West Main Street Methodist church in Grafton with the Rev. E. L. Lowery officiating, with burial in Bluemont cemetery.

Mrs. [sic] Kendall was a nephew of Mrs. John Burnett of this city.

MARTIN. Ill for several weeks, Earl A. Martin, 55, of Wallace, died Monday morning at 9:15 o'clock in a Clarksburg hospital where he had been a patient for a week Mr. Martin was a farmer.

He was the son of J. L. and Ollie Watkins Martin, and made his home with his step-mother [sic], Mrs. Ida S. Martin, on the home farm. Surviviors include a brother[,] Stanley Martin of Clarksburg, and a half-sister [sic], Mrs. Clyde Murray, of Graham, Texas, who arrived here by automobile to attend the funeral.

Services were held at 2 p. m. on Wednesday in the Brown Baptist church with the Rev. Robert McCoy, pastor, assisted by the Rev. John Loy, in charge. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

MEREDITH. Mrs. Pearl Meredith, 58, of Shinnston, daughter of Henry and Marie Burdine Barnhart of Deep Valley, Pa., died Thursday at 12:45 a. m. at her home on Hood Ave., West Shinnston, following a five weeks illness of heart trouble.

Mrs. Meredith who was born May 7, 1882, married Thomas Carl Meredith of Monongah, December 31, 1902. To this union one son and three daughters were born, all of whom survive: Paul Meredith, of Great Neck, Long Island, N. Y., a teacher in Great Neck High School; Mrs. H. J. Beall of Fairmont, Mrs. Fred W. Burnett of Shinnston, and Miss Lucille Meredith, a student at Fairmont State Teacher's College, at home. Two brothers and two sisters and one grandchild also survive: Luther and Lewis Barnhart of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. W. A. Metz. of Morgantown; Mrs. Virginia Caseman, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Harley Jefferson Beall, Jr., of Fairmont.

The deceased came from a pioneer family of the Waynesburg, Pa. section and was a woman of excellent christian [sic] character. Mrs. Meredith was conscious and in a jovial mood until a few minutes before she died. She was a member of the First Baptist church of Shinnston, and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

The pallbearers were: J. H. McGee, W. H. Myers, Howard Shingleton, W. A. Metz, H. M. Meredith and L. E. Tucker. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Aubrey Ferguson of Clarksburg at three o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church and interment was made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

SATTERFIELD. Mrs. Elizabeth Coburn Satterfield, 67, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon at her home in Enterprise, having been in good health up to the time of her death. She was a widow of the late George Burgess Satterfield, who was a mine superintendent in the Enterprise section many years ago.

The funeral will be held Thursday at the residence of the deceased, and burial will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery in Enterprise. She was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving are the following relatives: One son, Raymond Satterfield, of Enterprise; three daughters, Mrs. Sue Harter, at home; Mrs. John Harter, of Whitesburg, and Mrs. Russell Teagarden, of Hundred; one brother, Milton Coburn, of Rivesville, and four sisters, Mrs. John Anderson of Clarksburg; Mrs. Will Davis, of Clarksburg; Mrs. Effie Davis, of Powers and Mrs. Pearl Patton, of Evergreen. Eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren [sic] survive.

THORN. Mrs. Mary Marie Thorn, 81, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Jones, at the corner of Station and Pike streets here at 8 o'clock Sunday night

following an extended illness. She was the widow of Marcus Thorn.

She was born August 3, 1850, in Monongalia county, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Trickett.

She is survived by three sons and three daughters, Barton E. Thorn, of Baxter; Charles M. Thorn and Clemmie E. Thorn, of Lamberts Run; Mrs. Lester Malone, of Hughes; Mrs. John W. Dunn, of Gypsy, and Mrs. William Jones of this city. Twenty-six grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Jones residence. Burial was made in the Thorn cemetery in Marion county, near Baxter.
 
 

APRIL 24, 1941 ISSUE

GALAYDA. Andrew Galayda, Sr., 80, of Pleasant Hill addition, Shinnston[,] died at his home at 7:30 o'clock Sunday evening following a short illness of asthma and complications.

Mr. Galayda was employed for many years by the Consolidation Coal company at its Solon mine and later at the Owings mine.

He was born on October 10[,] 1860, in Austria-Hungary. He is survived only by one son, Andrew, at home and an adopted son, Andy, of the United States Army at Fort Knox, Ky.

Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the arrival of the son at Fort Knox.

ROBINSON. Riley Carvil Robinson, 32, of Isaac's Creek, died suddenly at six o'clock Sunday evening. He suffered a heart attack while driving with friends on route 72, near Fairmont. He was rushed to a Fairmont hospital but was dead upon arrival there. He had been employed for the last several years as equipment superintendent for the Byron Construction Company of Clarksburg.

He was born July 25, 1908, on Isaac's Creek, a son of James and Elizabeth Boggess Robinson. He is survived by his father and one sister, Miss Carol Robinson, at home.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home and burial was made in the Masonic cemetery here.
 
 

MAY 1, 1941 ISSUE

HIGGINS. Mary Ellen Higgins, 73, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Martin, on the West Side, at 2:05 Monday morning of pneumonia. She was the widow of Mark Higgins.

She was born June 21, 1867, at Wyatt, a daughter of Perry and Sarah Heflin Martin.

By a former marriage to Augustus Martin, she had three sons and three daughters, all of whom survive: Arlie, of Shinnston; Dewey Martin, of Wyatt, and Arch Martin of Glade Fork; Mrs. Herschel Heldreth of Shinnston and Mrs. Martin. One brother, Charles Martin of Enterprise and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Robey of Enterprise. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon with interment at Wyatt.

MARTIN. George B. Martin, 77, died at the home of his son, William Martin, of Robinson Run at eight o'clock Sunday morning.

He was born March 26, 1864, in Wood county, a son of William and Rebecca Carder Martin. He is survived by three sons and three daughters: William H., Howard C., and George F. Martin, all of Robinson Run; Mrs. Thomas Bowers and Mrs. Walter Pigott, both of Enterprise; two brothers, Al Martin of Holliday's Cove and L. Z. Martin of Williamstown.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. H. U. Thompson conducted the service and burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Enterprise.
 
 

MAY 8, 1941 ISSUE

HARMER. Funeral services for Howard T. Harmer, 59, well known Shinnston business man [sic], who died Thursday at a Clarksburg hospital, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence on Walnut street. Rev. C. A. Snider, pastor of the First Methodist Church and Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, conducted the services. Miss Lee Eleanor Alfred sang "Shadows," accompanied by her sister, Miss Evelyn Alfred, and Mrs. A. F. Rodeheaver sang "Be Still, My Soul," accompanied by Mrs. Chester W. Jones.

A large outpouring of friends came for the funeral, and many hundreds had called at the home to pay their respects during the week end. The deceased, a life-long resident, was one of the city's best known citizens who had many friends. Interment followed at Masonic cemetery. The pallbearers were W. C. Wyatt, George Riffee, T. M. Simon, James Vassar, Lester Vincent and Lloyd Riley.

Mr. Harmer died at 12:30 o'clock last Thursday afternoon, following an illness of about two weeks. His closest friends did not realize his life was in danger until a day or two before his death. He was removed to the hospital on Wednesday night following a heart attack and was immediately placed under an oxygen tent but he showed only slight improvement at first and sank rapidly until the end.

With his brother, Paul S. Harmer, he established the Shinnston Plumbing company in 1903 and the business has continued successfully since that time. He learned the business from the ground up and as manager and electrical and sanitary engineer he was recognized as a capable and efficient operative.

He was born June 17, 1881 in Shinnston, a son of B. Tyson Harmer and Florence Nay Harmer. On August 16, 1918 he married Miss Edna Smell, daughter of Mrs. Jennie Smell and the late Thomas Smell of Shinnston. They have one daughter, Miss Harriett Harmer, student at Fairmont State college.

Surviving besides the widow and daughter is his aged mother and his brother, Paul S. Harmer.

Out of town friends and relatives attending the funeral included:

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Agnew, Mrs. Maude R. Agnew, Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Reeder, Mrs. Frank Ferguson, all of Clarksburg; V. C. Robinson, Wallace; Dr. and Mrs. S. O. Bond, Salem; Miss Geraldine Rinehart, Miss Helen Howell[,] Miss Irma Runner, Miss Martha Flogercy [sic], Mr. and Mrs. John B. Wyatt, all of Clarksburg.

Miss Dorcas Pritchard, Miss Blanche Price, Mrs. E. L. Lively, Miss Edna I. Miller, Miss Lidwyn Myers, Miss Betty Amandrud, Miss Jean Shingleton, Miss Ruth Graham, Miss Gladys McAdoo, Miss Martha Alice Gregory, Mrs. J. Richard Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. George O. Tarleton, all of Fairmont; Mrs. Wm. M. Hadsell, of Wheeling; Paul E. Meredith, Long Neck, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Blair Davis, Columbus, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey W. Harmer, Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Lynch, Mrs. S.

T. Rittenhouse, J. Philip Rittenhouse, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Lamb, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fultz, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Alexander, Miss Mildred Alexander, Mrs. W. P. Hamrick, all of Clarksburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil M. Smell and son Richard, Washington, D. C.; Mr. and Mrs. Don G. Harmer, Washington, D. C.; Mr. and Mrs. Weldy [sic] Rice, Weirton, W. Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nay, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Grester, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kelley, all of Rivesville; J. Burton Smell, Shreve, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. William W. Finlayson, Cameron; Misses Farrel, Ruth and Annette Smell, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Smell, Miss Betty Trussler, all of Fairmont; Mrs. Chas. T. Smith, Baltimore, Md.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Haller, A. P. Morrison, W. B. Grimm, Mr. and Mrs. W. Ray Long, Mrs. Porter A. Chartrand, all of Clarksburg.

Jay Franz, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ill.; Paul Riley, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Mrs. Farley Bell, Huntington; Fred Thompson, W. C. King, Dr. and Mrs. L. A. Stark, Mrs. Geo. L. Howell, Miss Sallie Robinson, all of Clarksburg; Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Whiteman, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Randall, Isaac B. Davis, Harry Fletcher, Howard Long, Mrs. Emory Elder, A. J. Rice, all of Fairmont.

Mrs. L. F. Chalfant, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Nicholas, R. S. Monroe, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Gerraro, all of Clarksburg; Walter Hinkle, Fairmont; R. P. Hunter, Pat Hunter, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. I. Simon, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald C. Nutter, all of Clarksburg; Mrs. Pearl Bryan, Urichsville, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bier, Marlinton; Mr. and Mrs. J. Carney Boggess, Philippi; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Limpert, Maple Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Hertzog, Worthington; Mr. and Mrs. Arley Fletcher, Clarksburg.

RILEY. Funeral services for Mrs. Charles E. Riley, 22, were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Clarksburg Baptist church. Mrs. Riley died Saturday at a Clarksburg hospital following an illness of several weeks. She was a daughter of P. H. and Ruth Smith White and was married to Charles E. Riley, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Marion Riley, former Shinnston residents, Dec. 28, 1938. The pallbearers included Herbert Burnett, active, and Mrs. Herbert Burnett and Miss Eleanor Eckburg, honarary, of Shinnston.

STEWART. Mrs. Brooksie Stewart, 40, of Huntington, died in a Huntington hospital Friday evening following an illness and operation.

She was born in Marion county June 25, 1900, a daughter of Net and Sallie Brown Robinson of Enterprise. Surviving are her husband, William P. Stewart; three sons, Billy, 15; Bobby, 10, and Dickie, 5.

Services were held at 2 p. m. Monday at the home of her parents with burial in the Wyatt Odd Fellows cemetery.

STYDAHAR. Services for Mrs. Lucille MAtilda Stydahar, 57, wife of Peter Stydahar and mother of Joe Stydahar, All-American professional football star, who died Sunday afternoon at 2:18 at a Clarksburg hospital of double pneumonia, were held Wednesday morning at ten o'clock at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Rev. Father James Egan officiated. Burial was at Masonic cemetery.

She was born on February 17, 1884, in Austria, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Naglich. She and her husband came to America many years ago and lived in Shinnston for twenty-one years, moving here from Kaylor, Pa.

She is survived by her husband; six sons and five daughters; Joseph, now of Weirton; John, of Harrisburg, Pa.; George, of Steubenville, Ohio; Andrew, of New York City; Peter and David, both at home; Mrs. Anna Hornsney, of Spelter, Mary, Kathryn, Helen and Mildred, all at home; one brother, Martin Naglich, of Austria,

and one sister, Mrs. Jacob Sudar, of Long View, Wash.

Upwards of sixty flower pieces were received.

Among those from out of town who called at the home were, Edward Maloy, Ed Smith, Cyril J. Ricker, Charles Lawson, Wade Pepper, James Callahan, Mrs. Jas. J. Connell, Eleanor Connell, Genevieve Barron, Robert Connell, Jas. Connell, Margaret Vargo, Mrs. Louis Vargo, Mary Vargo, Mr. and Mrs. John Vargo, Anna Vargo, Emmett Randolph, Stanley Jeranko, L. Jarvis Currence, John Crawford, Mrs. Maxine Crawford, L. L. Crawford, Jr., and Homer Cropp, all of Clarksburg.

Meade McLister, T. H. Ovington, W. Kerr, L. J. Costello, Claude Conway, Joseph Kerr, Deney Cain, A. J. Morgan, Jack Torrance, Francis Davis and H. A. Bangert, all of Weirton.

Mike Spelich, Mrs. Helen Spelich, Mrs. Joe Spelich, Mrs. Frank Spelich, Joseph Spelich, Jr., Mrs. Anna Spelich, all of Warren, Ohio.

Ernest Fortney, Washington, D. C.; Carl Burnett, Eugene Burnett and Mr. and Mrs. John Belota, all of Fairmont; Miss Dorothy Condra and Byron Randolph, of Charleston.
 
 

MAY 15, 1941 ISSUE

GROSS. William Henry Gross, 71, died in his home in Gypsy Saturday afternoon following a stroke of paralysis.

He was born January 1, 1870, in Preston county, a son of the late Noah and Mary Squires Gross. His wife, the former Miss Elizabeth Riggleman survives with three sons and three daughters.

George and Delton Gross, of Gypsy; Glenn Gross, of Prospect Valley; Mrs. Hazel Rakson, of Gypsy; Mrs. Nile Thomas, of Hughes and Mrs. Nina Williams, of Clakrsburg.

There are two brothers and six sisters: Adam Gross of Fairmont; Walter Gross, of Milwaukee, Wis., Mrs. Hattie Sterling, of Morgantown; Mrs. Cora Hartman, of Kingwood; Mrs. Lillie Davis and Mrs. Maude Bolyard, of Fairmont; Mrs. Goldie Cumberledge, of Shinnston and Mrs. Jessie Johnson of McClellandstown, Pa.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon in the United Brethren church in Gypsy. Burial in the Masonic cemetery.

MORRISON. Clarksburg -- What started out as a friendly dispute over the fistic ability of Joe Louis ended as a murder when Averal Morrison, 55, of suburban Pinnickinnick [sic] road died Saturday in a Clarksburg hospital of shotgun wounds.

George P. Riblett, 67, of Short street, confessed to the shooting after surrendering to officers. He is held at the county jail.

Riblett said he shot Morrison after he and Morrison had fought with their fists and a file. The fight took place in Riblett's two-room apartment.

SAYRES. Services for Helen Louise Sayres, aged 10 months, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Sayres of Monongah, were held Monday at the home of the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Grimm, of Shinnston. She is survived by her parents and one sister, Dolores Ann. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery at Shinnston.
 
 

MAY 22, 1941 ISSUE

ALLEN. Funeral services for E. A. (Bert) Allen, 61, who died at a Clarksburg hospital Friday at 11:20 a. m., were held at the First Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. H. U. Thompson officiated and paid a deserved tribute to the life and character of the deceased, who had been a leading member of the church for many years. Burial was at Masonic cemetery. The pallbearers were C. A. Short, C. L. Richardson, Leonard Riley, Lloyd Riley, Albert Wadsworth and Wilton Smith.

Mr. Allen had been connected with leading concerns of the city for the past thirty years. He was principal of the Shinnston grade school in 1908, following which position he became bookkeeper for the Chalfant-Glaspell Construction company, remaining with this firm a number of years. Later he held a position in the First National Bank, and in more recent years was connected with the firms of C. A. Short and the Riley & Riley company. His latest work was with C. L. Richardson, construction contractor, as bookkeeper.

Mr. Allen was born in Doddridge county in 1880, a son of John B. and Annie Marie Allen, and was the last surviving member of the family. In 1912 he married Miss Vera Radabaugh, daughter of Henry H. and Rose Riley Radabaugh of Shinnston. One son was born to the union, John Edward Allen, a foreman for the American Steel Mills at Donora, Pa. Mrs. Allen died August 8, 1932.

He married Miss Florence G. Smith, April 20, 1936, who survives, together with the son above mentioned.

The body remained at the home of a sister-in-law, Mrs. Exa [sic] Haun, on Station street from Saturday afternoon until the hour of the funeral, where many friends called to pay their respects.

MAY 29, 1941 ISSUE

TETRICK. Mrs. Savilla Elizabeth Tetrick, 71, of Wyatt, died at 8:40 Tuesday night at her home of complications.

Mrs. Tetrick was the wife of Joseph P. Tetrick. She was born in Doddridge county, a daughter of James and Mary Linville Brown[.] She was twice married, first to John H. Martin, who is deceased. By this marriage two daughters, Miss Arcie Mayne Martin, at home, and Mrs. Zetta Ashcraft, of Wyatt, survive. By her last marriage, two sons survive, James Leon and Phalen Arvel Tetrick, both at home.

She is survived also by the following brothers and sisters: Geo. K. Brown, of Lumberport; John H. Brown, of Enterprise; Charles Ross Brown, of Long Run; Tillman Brown and Mastapha [sic] Brown, both of Little Bingamon; Mrs. Zona Heldreth, of Louisville, O[.], and Mrs. Homer Haggerty of Canton, Ohio.
 
 

JUNE 5, 1941 ISSUE

LUCAS. Mrs. Mary C. Lucas, 92, a life-long resident of Harrison county and one of the area's oldest residents, died at 3:10 o'clock Saturday morning at her home in Clarksburg. Death was attributed to a heart condition complicated by her age.

Mrs. Lucas had been a resident of Clarksburg since 1903. She was born December 27, 1848 on Shinn's Run, near Saltwell, a daughter of Benjamin S. and Nancy S. Martin Rector. She married Charles S. Lowe October 19, 1869, and moved to Adamsville where they made their home until Mr. Lowe's death in October of 1880.

Four children were born to them, two of whom survive, Walter L. Lowe, of Clarksburg and Mrs. Lillie M. Carrithers [sic], who made her home with her mother. A second daughter, died in childhood, and the third, Miss Nannie Lowe, a well known teacher for many years associated with Salem college, died a few years ago.

In December of 1880 Mrs. Lucas married William H. Lucas, of this city and lived here until his death in 1903 when she went to Clarksburg.

There are three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Lucas had vivid memories of Civil War days in the Monongahela valley and often recalled the exciting days of raids which occurred in this section during that time.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Monday in the Davis Funeral chapel, Clarksburg, with the Rev. Dr. E. W. Bloomquist, pastor of the Clarksburg Baptist church, in charge, and assisted by the Rev. F. F. Brininstool, Baptist pastor of Mannington. Burial was made in the Masonic cemetery Shinnston.

SHRADER. Al Judson Shrader, 85, farmer of Jones Run, died at 10:10 o'clock Thursday night after a month's illness of complications.

Mr. Shrader was born Nov. 7th 1854, a son of William L. and Martha Heldreth Shrader, of Jones Run. He had spent his entire lifetime in the Jones Run community except for about a year when he was in the West. His wife, Mrs. Mary E. Shrader, died about a year ago.

Surviving are two sons, Jammes R. Shrader, of Sequille, Oregon, and William R. Shrader, of Mill Creek; three daughters, Mrs. Etta M. Shreves, of Folsom; Mrs. Martha A. Merritt, of Cumberland, Md.; Mrs. Sena S. Amos of Myrtle Point, Ore.;

and six sisters, Mrs. Jane Lowe, of Copenhaver Run; Mrs. Rose L. Fenton, of Lumberport; Mrs. Mandora Grubb, of Mannington; Mrs. Frances Moore, of Dola; Mrs. Cora Benton, of Brown, and Mrs. Mary E. Shrader of Mannington.

The funeral was held at the home at 2 p. m. Sunday and burial made in the Shrader cemetery on Jones Run.

SHAW. James Nelson Shaw, 81, a farmer and fruit grower near Grangeville, died May 30 in his home of a long illness which followed a stroke of paralysis. He was born October 8, 1860, in Preston county, a son of Jess and Mary Cunningham Shaw.

Surviving are his widow, the former Susan L. McIntyre, of Wallace; two sons, Edward and George Shaw, both of Wallace; six daughters, Mrs. Ruby Webb, Mrs. Carrie Matheny and Mrs. Celesta Frost all of Mannington; Mrs. Hazel Garrison, of Fairmont; Mrs. Jessie Stephens, of Cameron, and Mrs. Minnie Smith, of Wheeling. One daughter preceded him in death. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Cena Mason, of Mannington; Mrs. Anna Coffman of Shinnston, R. D. 1; and Mrs. Laura McIntyre, of Onan, W. Va.; twenty-five grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

[H]e was a member of the Grangeville Baptist church since childhood. Funeral services were held at 3:30 Sunday afternoon at the Grangeville Baptist church, with the Rev. Frank Edge in charge. Burial in the Hawker cemetery near Grangeville.
 
 

JUNE 12, 1941 ISSUE

SHINGLETON. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon for Samuel J. Shingleton, 67, who died suddenly Tuesday morning while working in his garden at Saltwell[.] Burial will be at Masonic cemetery.

Mr. Shingleton was a former employe[e] of the South Penn Oil company and in recent years had worked at the mines and as a farmer.

He was born March 14, 1874, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shingleton. He is survived by his widow, Martha Shingleton; a son, Earl, of Charleston; a sister, Mrs. Ora Day of Clarksburg and a brother, Homer, of Texas.
 
 

JUNE 19, 1941 ISSUE

CARPENTER. Mrs. Rose Ella Carpenter, 61, of Wyatt, died at ten o'clock last Thursday morning in a Fairmont hospital. She was a wife of Jesse Carpenter, a farmer, of the Wyatt community.

She was born in Marion county, near Wyatt, November 6, 1879, the daughter of Alpheus and Louisa Matthews Heldreth.

Surviving are two sons, Ray Carpenter, of Wyatt and George Ira Carpenter, of Orlando, Florida; five daughters, Mrs. Nellie Payne, Mrs. Goldie Cunningham and Mrs. Ruth Baker, all of Wyatt; Mrs. Meryl Parks, of Idamay, and Mrs. Ellen Blair, of Worthington; four brothers, James L. Heldreth, of Cunningham's run; Thomas Heldreth, of Wyatt; Frank and Sherman Heldreth, both of Washington state; one half-sister, Mrs. Mary Heldreth, of Ohio.

The funeral and services took place Sunday afternoon at Wyatt.

JAMES. Bryan James, 42, a veteran of the World War, died at 3:15 Wednesday morning at a veterans' [sic] hospital at Aspinall, Pa., according to word received by his wife here. The body will arrive in Shinnston sometime [sic] Thursday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mr. James had been employed in the mines of the Bethlehem Coal company until he became ill of tuberculosis. He had been a patient at the hospital five months.

Deceased [sic] was a son of the late John and Agnes Mays James of Point Pleasant. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel James, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Wharton of Enterprise, and three children, namely, Miss Billy, Warren and John. A brother, Raymond of Ohio, also survives.

RIBLETT. Funeral services for James Addison Riblett, 69, were held Saturday afternoon at the Harmer funeral home, conducted by the Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was at Masonic cemetery. The pallbearers were, Frank Long, Carl Barker, Q. M. Carder, Arthur Vassar, John Hartley and George Riffee.

Mr. Riblett, one of the city's highly respected citizens, died Thursday afternoon at a Clarksburg junk yard where he had taken a load of material for Salem Joseph. A heart attack was the cause of death.

He had been employed in the street department of Shinnston for a number of years and in addition to his work in the streets he had been helping Mr. Joseph in recent years.

Mr. Riblett was born May 15, 1872, in Shinnston, the son of George J. and Rebecca Crim Riblett. He was married September 17, 1913, to Mrs. Susie Burge Ellis. She died December 12, 1924.

Surviving relatives are, one brother, John Riblett, a niece, Miss Cerella Riblett, and a nephew, Junior Riblett, both of this city; Victor Riblett, of Worthington, Eddie Bock, of Hopemont, and George Bock, of Pennsylvnia, nephews.

VINCENT. Charles L. Vincent, 73, died at his home at Ocean Mines, Friday of heart failure. He was the father of Mrs. Ben McFoy of Shinnston, and Mrs. Frank Donelly of Homestead, Pa. Funeral and burial took place Sunday at Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

WEBB. Mrs. Mary Levina Webb, 73, wife of James Webb, of Pine Bluff, died at her home June 11.

Mrs. Webb was born February 27, 1868, at Brown the daughter of James and Catherine Davis Powell.

Her first husband was William Heflin of Wyatt, who died several years ago. Children surviving from the first marriage are, two sons, C. C. Heflin, of Pine Bluff, and A. W. Heflin, of Parkersburg, and one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Cunningham, of West Union.

Survivors of the second marriage include the husband; three sons, Gordon Webb, of Clarksburg; David Webb, of Shinnston; and Edward Webb, at home, and two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Iser and Mrs. Gladys Gregory, both of Parkersburg.

Funeral services were conducted Friday by the Rev. Herbert U. Thompson, pastor of the Shinnston First Baptist church. Interment was at Masonic cemetery.
 
 

JUNE 26, 1941 ISSUE

KANN. Joseph Kann, 62, died Monday at his home in Monongah. He was the father of Mrs. A. R. Wright, the brother of Robert Kann, of this city, and Mrs. Harvey Fortney of Worthington.

NUTTER. Largely attended funeral services for Dr. Raymond B. Nutter, 62, who died at midnight Thursday at his home in Enterprise, were held at St. James church there Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services were in charge of Rev. W. H. Ware of Fairmont, whose father was a former pastor of the church, and Rev. Fay Zinn, the present pastor.

Rev. Mr. Ware made frequent reference to the deceased whose professional life typified the higher ideals of the medical profession and who, as a churchman, was one of the most devoted members of St. James church since his early manhood. Clyde Beckett of Clarksburg sang "There is [sic] No Night" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus."

Interment took place at Masonic cemetery. The pallbearers were: Dr. A. J. Kemper, Dr. B. S. Brake, Dr. R. B. Linger, Dr. B. W. Wilkinson, Dr. J. S. Maloy, and Dr. L. O. Spencer. Honorary pallbearers were: R. S. Johnson, John Traxler, C. L. Watkins, C. W. Gerrard, S. B. Davis, Harry Higinbotham, Walter Hursey, Dr. O. W. Ladwig, Dr. C. L. Lawson and W. Guy Tetrick.

Dr. Nutter had been ill about six weeks. He was a patient at a Clarksburg hospital from May 21 until June first, and underwent an operation there. He was returned to his home where he declined steadily until the end.

He was a native of the Enterprise community, and was born September 12, 1878, a son of the late Charles Thornton Nutter and Dora May Shores Nutter. He had been engaged in the practice of his profession at Enterprise since his graduation from the Louisville Medical college in 1905. In addition to a large private practice he was company doctor for the Consolidation Coal company.

Dr. Nutter married Miss Lu Wallace Kirk of Louisville, Kentucky, who survives with the following children: Miss Virginia Lee Nutter, a teacher in Washington Irving High School; Mrs. Ward T. Sturm, of Fairmont; Dr. Raymond B. Nutter of Lumberport, and Dr. Robert A. Nutter of Norwalk, Conn. There are three grand sons [sic].

He was a past master of St Johns Lodge No. 24, A. F. and A. M. A large body of Masons attended the services and the rites of the order were read at the grave.

NUTTER. A good citizen, widely known in this section, who has been taken by death, was Dr. R. B. Nutter. Dr. Nutter was a splendid Christian gentleman and a very pleasing human being. He was a skilled physician and surgeon, a warm friend and good business man [sic]. It seems difficult to believe that a personality such as his, so endowed with the love of living should be stilled forever, but death is one of the certainties, not one of the possibilities.

For years he practiced his profession in the Shinnston community, where he was well liked and will be long remembered. To his family, a community deepest and sincere sympathies.

SWIGER. Funeral services for J. Nelson Swiger, 93, who died at 4 p. m. Monday at his home on Laurel Run, near Dola, were held at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church at Lumberport. Burial was in the Lumberport Odd Fellows cemetery.

Mr. Swiger was born on June 5, 1848, within one mile of the home where he died, a son of John T. and Rachel Allen Swiger.

He was a prosperous farmer and a lifelong resident of that community.

His wife, Mrs. Harriet J. Swiger, died in February, 1926. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Wesley Brooks, of Fairmont; Mrs. Savilla Harbert Bowers, of Lumberport[,] Mrs. Emma Harbert, of Jones Run and Mrs. Alice M. Criss of Clarksburg.
 
 

JULY 3, 1941 ISSUE

BURNETT. Funeral services for Mrs. Harriet Burnett, 85, widow of John Burnett, who died at 7:10 Tuesday evening at her home on Walnut street, will be held at the residence Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The Rev. C. A. Snider, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will take place at Masonic cemetery.

Mrs. Burnett received a broken hip when she fell at her home June 14 and had been failing since that time. She was treated at a Clarksburg hospital for a week following the accident.

Mrs. Burnett was born March 8, 1856 at Evansville and was a daughter of Eugene and Mary Warthen Orr. She married John A. Burnett October 4, 1887 and they resided at Boothsville before coming to Shinnston many years ago.

She was a member of the Shinnston Methodist church, and was the first president of the Ladies Aid of that church.

Children surviving include one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence L. Crawford of Clarksburg, and four sons, Frank, Walter, Paul and Robert, all of Shinnston.

Also surviving are one brother, Frank Orr of Grafton, two half-brothers, Edward and Charles Bennett, and one half-sister, Mrs. F. C. Caldwell, all of Roanoke, Va.; 27 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

GRAY. Charles E. Gray, 68, a retired plasterer, who has been running a tourist home on Main street, Bridgeport, since his health failed some time ago, died of complications at his home Tuesday evening.

Mr. Gray was the son of the late Andrew C. Grey [sic] and Minerva Gray, who lived at Saltwell. He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Blanche Griffin; two sisters, Mrs. Luther Nuzum and Mrs. Marthe [sic] Shingleton, both of Saltwell; a brother, Eli Gray, of Grafton; 26 nieces and nephews and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Mr. Gray was born at Flag on Meadow [sic] run near Mannington January 15, 1873, and married May 4, 1899. Mr. Gray belonged to the Saltwell Methodist church and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Final rites will be held at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the residence, in charge of the Rev. Paul C. Holden of the Methodist Temple, Fairmont, assisted by the Rev. B. M. Mitchell of Bridgeport. Burial will be in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

JOHNSON. Worried and shocked by the dynamite slaying of her son, Clarence Johnson, of Shinnston, last March Mrs. Rebecca Jane Johnson, 74, died Friday as the accused murderer of her son went on the witness stand in criminal court, in Clarksburg to defend himself.

Members of her family said she had been in declining health since early Spring and that she had not been able to recover from the shock of her son's death.

She died at the home of her son J. W. Johnson, Clarksburg.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester A. West and was born May 11, 1867, in Ohio. She married Albert Johnson in 1886. He died twenty years ago.

Survivors include fives sons, J. W. Johnson, in whose home she died; Charles, of Lumberport; Roy and Clyde, both of Shinnston; and George, of Grafton; two daughters, Mrs. Nellie McDougal of Grafton and Mrs. Bessie Trimball, of Grafton. There is one brother, Elijah West, of South Dakota, and two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Gearhart, of Eaton, W. Va., and Mrs. Maraih [sic] Schofield, of Parkersburg.

The funeral was held at two p. m. Sunday at the United Brethren church at Northview with the Rev. T. E. Gainer in charge, assisted by the Rev. B. L. Barton. Interment in Greenlawn.
 
 

JULY 10, 1941 ISSUE

CROW. Gordon E. Crow, 78, retired merchant, died at his home in Hundred, Monday. He was the father of Gene Crow, who is an employe[e] of Wm. J. S. Harmer & Son, Shinnston undertakers. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home and interment took place at Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

The widow survives and one other son, Duncan Crow of Tucson, Arizona.

GALLAHER. Mrs. Mary Evaline Gallaher, 60[,] of Parkersburg, died Sunday morning at the home of her son, Archie Gallaher, of Lumberport, where she had been a guest for the last week. She had suffered for some time of a heart ailment but her death was the result of a sudden attack.

She was born September 25, near Shinnston, a daughter of Harris and Mary J. Matson Drain. She was the wife of Asa B. Gallaher, who survives with four sons and three daughters as follows: Archie Gallaher, of Lumberport; Darrel and Ivan Gallaher both of Parkersburg; Beno Gallaher, of Webster Springs; Mrs. Beulah Tichenor, of Shinnston; Mrs. Thelma Cawker and Mrs. Madeline Clutter, both of Webster Springs; three brothers, Hugh, Lawrence and Harris Drain, all of Shinnston; three sisters, Mrs. Lester Minor, Mrs. George Bunnel, both of Shinnston; Mrs. Richard B. Oosting, of New York city [sic].

Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Lester Minor, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. C. A. Snider, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which she was a memeber. Burial in the Masonic cemetery.

WELLS. James Henry Wells, 88, who came here from Moundsville to visit relatives over the 4th of July, was killed at 6:30 o'clock Friday evening when struck by a trolley car near the Big Elm. He was standing on the end of a cross tie laining [sic] against a pole, it is said, when the accident occurred. T. R. Fitzpatrick, the motorman, said he was unable to see the man on account of the pole.

Wells and a son, Dora Wells and family were visiting at the home of E. A. Shreve who lives in the vicinity of the Big Elm. The body was taken to the Fairview Methodist church in Tyler county where funeral and burial took place Monday.

He is survived by seven sons and two daughters: George Wells, of Weston; Burnie and Dora Wells, both of Moundsville; William Wells, of Clairton, Ohio, Sampson Wells, of Central Station; Harry and John Wells, both of Middlebourne; Mrs. Della Fletcher of Greenwood, and Mrs. Amanda Sprouse, of Mole Hill.
 
 

JULY 17, 1941 ISSUE

HAGGERTY. Arthur A. (Boother) Haggerty, 86, died Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of his son, Chester L. Haggerty on Pike street. Mr. Haggerty made his home with his sons in Elkins and had come here about three weeks ago, when he became ill.

He was born in Harrison county June 10, 1855, and lived most of his life on CUnningham's run near Shinnston. His wife, the former Miss Louise Ashcraft, died December 14, 1929.

Surviving are the following sons and daughters: Lloyd Haggerty, of Cunningham's Run; Chester Haggerty, Shinnston; Leslie and Joseph Haggerty, both of Elkins, Amos Haggerty, of Fairmont; T. S. Haggerty, address unknown; Mrs. Cromer Collins, California, and Mrs. Elpha White Cotton, Youngstown, Ohio.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at Harmer's funeral home with the Rev. Charles A. Snider, pastor of the First Methodist church, in charge. Burial was in the Cunningham cemetery on Cunningham's Run, near Peora.

The pallbearers were Jacob Harbert, J. M. Harbert, George Lough, Glenn Sturm, A. E. Vassar and Fay Murray.

TETRICK. Mrs. Lola Anderson Tetrick, 64, died at her home at Big Elm, near Shinnston, at five o'clock Thursday evening following a year's illness of complications. She was the wife of Lloyd W. Tetrick.

Mrs. Tetrick held her membership with the Fleming Memorial Presbyterian church at Fairmont, but for nearly forty years had been identified with activities at the First Methodist church in Shinnston. She was a teacher of the Women's Sunday

school class for nearly twenty years; and for eleven years was president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and president of the Foreign Missionary Society at the time of the unification of Methodist churches. She was serving as missionary education secretary of the Woman's Society of Christian Service when she became ill.

She was a charter member of the Shinnston Woman's Club and a member of the Big Elm Community club.

She was honorary president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

Mrs. Tetrick was born April 10[,] 1876, in in Fairmont, the daughter of Newton B. and Catherine Rebecca Kerr Anderson. She was married thirty-nine years ago. She taught school in Marion county several years before her marriage.

Surviving are the husband, one son, Edwin A. Tetrick, an employe[e] of the Hazel-Atlas Glass company, Clarksburg; one brother, Harry B. Anderson, of East Shinnston, and one sister, Mrs. C. E. Snider, of Fairmont. Mrs. Snider underwent a major operation Wednesday afternoon in a Baltimore hospital.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday at the home, with the Rev. Charles A. Snider, of the Fost [sic] Methodist church in charge. Interment in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

Pallbearers were, Joseph Snider[,] Robert Crawford and Jack Snider, all of Fairmont, and Harry, Fred and Robert Anderson, of Shinnston.
 
 

JULY 24, 1941 ISSUE

KENDALL. Mrs. Nora B. Kendall, 33, died Tuesday morning at her home in South Shinnston of tuberculosis. She was the wife of Laward "Monk" Kendall, an employe[e] of the Bethlehem-Fairmont Coal Co.

She was born in Shinnston on April 7, 1908, a daughter of Edward and Katherine Beverley St. Clair. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Kenneth Ridgway, 13, David Arnold, 9; two daughters, Nancy Jean, 7; Dorothy Ann, 5; four brothers and five sisters, Edgar St. Clair of Teverbaugh, John at home; Archie and Dale, both of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. William Kendall and Mrs. Harold Ashcraft, both of Shinnston; Mrs. Richard Snodgrass, of Lumberport; Mrs. Michael Valen and Mrs. Chester Currey, both of Cleveland.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Thursday, at the home of her parents, with burial in the Masonic cemetery.
 
 

JULY 31, 1941 ISSUE

HARMER. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Howard T. Harmer on Walnut street Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock for Mrs. Florence Etta Harmer, 84, widow of B. Tyson Harmer, who died at her home on Walnut street Sunday afternoon at 12:15 o'clock[.] The Rev. C. A. Snider, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiated. Interment took place at Masonic cemetery.

The vocal numbers were by Miss Carolyn Sturm, Miss Lee Eleanor Alfred, Dr. Fred W. Burnett and Edgar J. Harmer. Mrs. Chester W. Jones was at the piano.

Pallbearers were H. H. Haught, Clarence Anderson, S. B. Davis, T. M. Simon, A. E. Vassar and George Riffee. There were many beautiful floral pieces.

Mrs. Harmer had been in declining health the past two years but had been bedfast only a few days. Following the death of her son Howard T. Harmer on May 1, she failed rapidly.

She had been a member of the First Methodist church for sixty-eight years. She was born June 6, 1857, in a house still standing on Walnut street, not more than 500 feet from the house in which she died. She was a daughter of Oliver W. and Minerva Jane Fortney Nay. Her father was a veterinary [sic] attached to Company E. [sic] Third West Virginia Infantry during the Civil War and was taken a prisoner by the Confederate army at the battle of Gettysburg. He was removed to a government hospital at Annapolis, Md., where his death occurred December 19, 1864. He was the second soldier from Shinnston to die in that strife and is buried in Shinnston's first cemetery.

Mrs. Harmer remembered vividly the Jones Raid of April 29, 1863. She often related to her granddaughter, Harriet Harmer, how a group of Confederate soldiers knocked at the door of her mother's kiechen [sic] and asked for food.

Mrs. Harmer's mother died soon after the close of the war leaving four orphan children. Mrs. Harmer went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Reeder, relatives of her mother, who kept a hotel in the building on Pike street, known as the "Blue Boar" Tavern, spoken of in Granville Davisson Hall's book, "The Daughter of the Elm." Mrs. Harmer and her late husband were married there on August 16, 1877, by the Rev. Aaron Vincent. Mr. Harmer's death occurred February 27, 1938.

She was the mother of three children, Abbie Harmer Carder and Howard T. Harmer, both deceased, and Paul S. Harmer, of Shinnston, who survives her, with her granddaughter, Miss Harriet Harmer; one sister, Mrs. Amy Hamrick, of Adams avenue, Clarksburg, and one brother, Thomas Nay, of Rivesville.

McINTYRE. Mrs. Laura Catherine McIntyre, 64, died Wednesday morning at her home in Haywood following an extended illness of glandular infection. She was born in Monongalia county, March 1, 1877, a daughter of Clark and Jane Phillips Bock.

She is survived by her husband, Russell McIntyre, five sons and one daughter: Buhl McIntyre of Robey; Kenneth and Howard McIntyre, both of Haywood; Charles and Victor McIntyre and Miss Deloris McIntyre, all at home; four brothers and one sister, namely, John Bock, of Oakdale; David E., Arba M., and W. Frank Bock, with Mrs. Gertrude Nay, all of Shinnston.

Funeral services were held at 4 o'clock last Thursday afternoon at the home with burial in the Masonic cemetery.
 
 

AUGUST 7, 1941 ISSUE

BRYANT. Jesse Bryant, 55, of Haywood, died Saturday morning at his home following an eighteen months illness of Hodgkins disease. He was born on August 4, 1886, in Wythe county, Virginia, the son of Robert L. and Nora Sink Bryant. He ws married to Miss Euna Pearl Plumley of Abraham, W. Va., on August 4, 1908.

Surviving are his widow, his step-mother, Mrs. Robert Bryant; five daughters, Mrs. Pearl Byrd, Mrs. Garnet Saffle and Miss Bessie Bacorn, all of Haywood; Mrs. Iva Moore, of Shinnston, and Mrs. Ruby Fenton, of Lumberport; four brothers, Estelle Bryant, of Beckley; Lon Bryant, of Mabscott; Charles Bryant, of Lilybrook; Sam Bryant, of Eckles; two half-brothers, Mike Bryant and Louis Bryant, both of Ghent; three sisters, Mrs. Ada Lily of Bever; Mrs. Vicla [sic] Fink, of Bell Point, and Mrs. Rachel Hughes. of Toledo, Ohio; four half-sisters, Miss Evelyn, Mary and Lena Bryant, all of Ghent, and Mrs. David Fink, of Mehegan.

Mr. Bryant was a member of the United Brethren church at Gypsy. Funeral services were held at the United Brethren church at Haywood at 2:30 o'clock Sunday, conducted by the Rev. S. E. Bauman, of Wilsonburg. Burial in Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

GIBSON. Mrs. Edna Ruth Gibson[,] wife of Hugh Gibson, merchant of Buckhannon, died Friday night in a Buckhannon hospital following a long illness. Mrs. Gibson had been bedfast for the last eight months and was admitted to the hospital on June 4.

A daughter of the late George and Lilly Bock Pyles, she was born November 9, 1906 at Newburg Preston county. She made her home in Shinnston for several years before going to Buckhannon.

Surviving in addition to the husband are two children, Shirley Ann and Carol Sue, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Belle Hess, of this city, and Mrs. Boyd Wiseman, of Boothsville, and two brothers, Rex Pyles, athletic director at Alderson-Broaddus colllege at Philippi, and Ellis Pyles, of this city.

Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the residence in Buckhannon. The Rev. W. H. Barlow, pator of the First Baptist church of that city, was in charge. Burial was in the Shinnston cemetery.
 
 

AUGUST 14, 1941 ISSUE

BABER. Frances Caroline Baber, six year old daughter of Reed and Frankie Stiles Baber, of Oak Point, died at 11:30 o'clock Tuesday morning in the office of a physician here following a tonsillectomy.

She is survived by her parents, and several half brothers and sisters.

The body has been taken to the home of an aunt, Mrs. Worth Jackson, on Clark street here, where it will remain until two o'clock Thursday afternoon when services will be held at the Long Run United Brethren church. Burial will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Enterprise.

ERWIN. William E. Erwin, 55, who had been located in Shinnston the past eight months, met death Monday afternoon when his car left the highway near Sutton and plunged into the river. Erwin was employed by the Fairmont Machine company, and recently had been rooming at the home of Mrs. Sallie Hess on Main street.

He left Shinnston Monday morning for his home in Johnson City, Tennessee. The body was taken there. A son, Charles I. Erwin, was employed here with his father for a time, but is now stationed at Fort Sill. Another son, Walter E. Erwin, resides at Charleston, S. C., and the wife and parents of the deceased also survive.

McNEELEY. Mose "Mack" McNeeley, 58, died Thursday morning in a Clarksburg hospital following a surgical operation and peritonites [sic]. He was born May 4, 1883, in Logan county, a son of Lafayette and Sarah Ann Farmer McNeeley. He had been a resident of this city for the last twelve years and was an employe[e] of the Bethlehem-Fairmont Coal Company at Bethlehem. Thirty-odd years ago he joined the Odd Fellows Lodge No[.] 274 in Logan and was a member of the Shinnston Rebekah Lodge No. 47. He never was married.

Survivors include six brothers and one sister: Barrett and Albert McNeeley, both of Logan; Ballard and Baker McNeeley, both of Holden; Bilton McNeeley, of Ferrelsburg; Floyd McNeeley, of Peach Creek; Mrs. Anna Farthling of Taylorsville, Ill.

Services were held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Exline on Rebecca street. Burial in the Masonic cemetery at Shinnston.
 
 

AUGUST 21, 1941 ISSUE

STURM. Largely attended funeral services for Frank Douglas Sturm, 33, were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy A. Hardesty on East avenue. The services were conducted by Dr. Roy McCuskey, late president of West Virginia Wesleyan college and a former local pastor, and Rev. C. A. Snider, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Miss Evelyn Alfred played three piano selections, "The Rosary," "When Day Is Done" and "Ave Maria," favorite pieces of the deceased. There were no vocal numbers. A splendid floral tribute bore witness to the wide popularity of the deceased. Interment took place at Masonic cemetery. The pallbearers were: Dr. B. A. Starcher, Dr. Lloyd Wolf, Joseph Bailey, and H. P. Bock, all of Shinnston; John H. Robinson, of Clarksburg, and Robert Martin, of Washington, D. C.

Honorary pallbearers were: Allen Gerrard and Sanford Randolph, both of Clarksburg; Joseph Viggiano, George Swan, Wilton Smith and Joseph Kimmins, all of Shinnston; Nick Wisser, of Pittsburgh; Dr. J. R. Johnson of Lewistown, Pa.; William Meredith and Paul Piefer, both of Fairmont, and Benton Davis, of Portsmouth, O.

Frank D. Sturm, one of Shinnston's outstanding young men, died Friday morning at 1:10 o'clock at his home on East avenue. His death followed a five-month illness of inflammation of the lining of the heart.

Mr. Sturm was a son of John J. and Lelia Tetrick Sturm and was born in Shinnston January 10, 1908. He was graduated from Shinnston high school in 1926 and attended Fairmont State college and West Virginia university. On May 29, 1937 he married Miss Elizabeth Hardesty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy A. Hardesty.

He had been an employe[e] of the Shinnston postoffice [sic] for fourteen years, first as auxiliary clerk and substitute city carrier and later as regular carrier, which position he held the last four years. He was a leading member of the younger set and was well liked by all who knew him.

He is survived by his widow, parents and the following brothers: Harold T. Sturm, of Columbus, Ohio; Richard Sturm, of Monterey, California, and Robert Sturm of Morgantown.
 
 

AUGUST 28, 1941 ISSUE

ASHCRAFT. Mrs. Mary Martha Ashcraft, 58, wife of Charles Ashcraft, of Peora, died Monday evening at her home in Peora, after an extended illness. She had been seriously ill for the past month.

She was born on Christmas Day, 1882, on Davisson's run, Harrison county, a daughter of Isaac and Margaret Ellen Garrett Carpenter. She was a member of the United Brethren church at Peora.

Survivors include her husband, four daughters, Mrs. Val Barvais, Clarksburg; Genevieve, Bertha and Sarah Ellen Ashcraft, all at home; one son, Arthur Lee Ashcraft, of Peora; two brothers, Carl Carpenter, of Peora, and Jesse Carpenter, of Wyatt.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the residence in charge of the Rev. Charles V. Tate, pastor of the United Brethren chruch at Adamston and Shinnston. Burial in I. O. O. F. cemetery at Wyatt.

WISSER. Services for George H. Wisser, 61, well known retired coal operator, who died at St. Mary's hospital Sunday night at 11:37 o'clock, were held at the residence on Mahlon street Tuesday evening, at 7:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. P. Z. Musgrave of Charleston, a former pastor of the First Methodist Church and Rev. C. D. Tharp, pastor of Christ Church, Methodist.

Commenting on the scripture, "Let not your heart be troubled, You believe in God, believe also in me," Rev. Mr. Musgrave in impressive manner developed the thought that troubles are present every day among us and that no one may expect others to bear his burdens. He said we should not let our bereavements cause us to give up our normal activities. The world needs christian talent today more than ever before. The services were largely attended, despite a steady downpour of rain, and many beautiful floral pieces banked the rooms.

The funeral party left Wednesday morning for McKeesport, Pa., where interment took place at Versailles cemetery, with the Masonic lodge of Aliquippa conducting the rites at the grave.

Mr. Wisser had been a patient at the hospital the past six weeks, where he underwent an operation soon after being admitted. Although little hope was entertained for his recovery from the first, the numerous friends who called to see him during the intervening weeks always found him most cheerful and glad to see them. He realized his condition but expressed no complaint or fear of the outcome.

Mr. Wisser had been a resident of Shinnston the last thirty years, having built a fine home on Mahlon street soon after locating here in 1910. He was president and manager of the Haywood Coal Mining company which loaded its last car of coal in January of 1932. The coal having been mined out, the plant was dismantled.

Although released from active business connections, save for private investments, Mr. Wisser never really retired from work. He was of such an energetic nature that he was never contented unless having something to do. He had a well equipped work shop in the basement of his home and also in his garage where he found the greatest pleasure in creating and making useful things for his home and for his friends as well as toys and little things for children. He was never without something to do.

At the beginning of his illness he was working on a toy for a child of one of his friends, which remains half finished in his workshop, a symbol of his love for children.

Although of a retiring, modest nature, he was a most friendly man who would go to any length to favor his friends. Being handy and efficient in working with his hands and always thoughtful of his neighbors and interested in their welfare, he found numerous occasions to assist them in the little things that make for happiness and contentment. He could repair almost any electrical appliance, or motor or car engine, as well as any article of wood and when he learned some of his friends were having any difficulty in this way he was quick to come to their assistance. Always giving his help for the pleasure of doing something and with never a thought of pay.

He has been known to spend days helping friends make changes and repairs to their machinery or equipment or their houses, and when asked to accept pay would reply with a smile, "not a cent."

Many of his friends were of the younger set, whom he delighted in entertaining in his home and at his summer camp on the river near West Milford. He was many years younger in his manner of living than his years would indicate, and he found real pleasure in life.

George H. Wisser was a son of the late Chris H. and Wilhelmina Wisser, of McKeesport, Pa., and was born July 24, 1880. He was married to Miss Marie C. Lommel June 26, 1907 and three years later they came to Shinnston to reside.

He was a member of the German Lutheran Church at McKeesport, the Masonic lodge at Aliquippa and Osiris Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Wheeling. The only son, Nicholas Lommel Wisser, has been connected with the Air Reduction Sales Corporation at Pittsburgh the past several years and has just been transferred to Minneapolis, Minn., as sales manager for the concern. With his wife and little daughter Christine he expects to go to his new location in the near future.

Surviving besides the widow and son and granddaughter are three brothers and one sister, namely William Wisser, Pittsburgh; E. C. Wisser, Shinnston, who was connected with his brother in the mining business; Florence R. Wisser, McKeesport, and Mary Wisser, Coulter, Pa.
 
 

SEPTEMBER 4, 1941 ISSUE

PHILLIPS. Mrs. L. J. Phillips, 29, wife of an Elizabeth, Wirt county, physician, was killed Labor Day by lightning while she and three companions were taking shelter on a Parkersburg golf course during a thunder storm.

Her husband suffered temporary paralysis and Milford Ford of Parkersburg, and Sharon, Pa., suffered severe burns of the left eye[,] side and back.

Dr. and Mrs. Phillips came to Elizabeth six years ago from Bloomington, Ill.
 
 

SEPTEMBER 11, 1941 ISSUE

ASHCRAFT. Funeral services for Benjamin F. Ashcraft, 69, of Wyatt, who died at a Clarksburg hospital Tuesday afternoon following an operation for goitre [sic], will be held at the Union church in Wyatt Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will take place at the Odd Fellows cemetery.

Mr. Ashcraft was born January 6, 1872, a son of Daniel and Elizabeth Glover Ashcraft. Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Lula Wickline Ashcraft, are two children, Roscoe F. Ashcraft of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Virgie Gabay of Plainfield, N. J. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Julia Criss of Clarksburg and Mrs. Viola Brown of Wyatt.

BURTON. Chester Earl Burton, 32, of Enterprise, an employe[e] of the Consolidation Coal company, was electrocuted Thursday evening when he was investigating a power shut off at the Owings mine. His body was found at the Hornor's Run substation. He is said to have come in contact with a high tension power line.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the First Methodist church in Enterprise, followed by burial at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.

He was born in Clarksburg November 1, 1908, a son of Melvin and Vivian Mitchell Burton who now reside at Weirton. He had been employed by the coal company the past nine years.

Besides the widow, the former Nona Harris, and the parents, the following children survive: Paul Earl, 10, Lois, 8 and Sally, 6. Three brothers and five sisters also survive, namely, Jennings of Clarksburg; Clyde and James of Weirton; Mrs. Carl O. Barker, of Shinnston; Mrs. Arlene McKeen, Mrs. Virginia Watkins and Mrs. Vivian McVaney, all of Clarksburg and Miss Marion Burton, at home.

CROMER. Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Frances Cromer, beloved resident of Haywood for many years, who died at her home there Monday following a long illness, were held at the Methodist church at Haywood Wednesday at 10:30 o'clock a. m. The services were in charge of Rev. R. C. Phillips of the Lumberport Methodist church, assisted by Rev. C. U. Barker of Haywood. Interment took place at Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

Mrs. Cromer was the wife of Samuel D. Cromer and was born July 29, 1867, a daughter of Phlegar and Mary Ellen Long Harless of Long's Shop, Virginia. The family came to this community about thirty years ago. W. Jennings Cromer, a son, was for many years connected with the News before taking a position with the Monongahela System at Parkersburg.

Besides the husband she is survived by three others sons, A. Basil Cromer of Fairmont, Virus W. Cromer, high school teacher at Lumberport and Samuel Elliottt Cromer of Spencer; one daughter, Mrs. Edward Coleman of Haywood; two sisters, Mrs. Etta Grubb of Roanoke, Va., Mrs. Lillie Drayer of Auburn, Neb.; one half sister, Mrs. L. T. Lewis of Roswell, N. M.; two half brothers, Fred and John Snyder, both of Auburn, Neb.

Relatives and friends from a distance here for the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Grubb, Salem, Virginia; Mrs. Etta Grubb, Roanoke, Virginia; Mrs. B. W. Craddock, Mrs. Mack C. Danley and Miss Catherine Withers of Glenville; Mrs. E. C. Coyner of Buckhannon; H. C. Lemley, Frank R. Price, Herman C. DeVaughn and Karl Danley, of Parkersburg, Mr. and Mrs. O. W. O'Dell, Clarksburg; Harless O'Dell, of Hastings, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Akers and family, Owings; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Harless, Rivesville and E. C. Withers and F. E. Brown of Fairmont.

DAVISSON. Funeral services for Isaac L. Davisson, 75, former sheriff, were held Tuesday forenoon at the residence at 144 Thompson street, Clarksburg, conducted by Rev. Dr. E. W. Bloomquist, and interment took place at the Odd Fellows cemetery at Brown.

Mr. Davisson died Saturday night following a short illness. His wife, Mrs. Maggie Maxwell Davisson, died about two years ago.

He is survived by two sons, Zadok Davisson, of Quiet Dell and Clifford Davisson, at Camp Lee, Va.; three daughters, Mrs. Opal Garrett, of Hastings; Mrs. Gussie Hustead of Wallace, and Mrs. Margaret Courtney, at home. Also a half sister, Mrs. Carl Dennison, of Salem.

Mr. Davisson was a member and president of the county court prior to his election as sheriff in 1923.

HARDESTY. Funeral services for Erien B. Hardesty, well known citizen of Robinson's Run, who died Monday at his home, were held Wednesday afternoon at the Prospect Valley church. Burial took place at Lumberport Odd Fellows cemetery.

Mr. Hardesty was a son of Albert and Mary Michael Hardesty[.] He was never married. A sister, Mrs. Elsie Flanagan, wife of the Rev. Harry Flanagan, Hundred Methodist pastor, and one brother, E. W. Hardesty, of Charlettsville [sic], Va., survive.

RIFE. Mrs. Lulu May Rife, widow of Edward Rife, died at her home on Lucas Road at [time omitted] o'clock Wednesday morning. She had been in Shinnston Tuesday evening and became ill after returning home.

She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Phillips of Athens county, Ohio, and was born Sept. 21, 1873.

Surviving are the following children: Paul Rife, Farmington; Henry Junior, of Marlington; Glenn and Oscar, at home; Mrs. Melvina Hawkinberry, Morgantown; Mrs. Phyllis Zickefoose, Jordon; Mrs. Genevie Elyett, Farmington; Mrs. Alma Skidmore and Mrs. Ruth Watson, both of Shinnston.

Brothers and sisters surviving are Harry Phillips, Buchtel, Ohio; John Phillips, Pleasant City, Ohio; Mrs. Tom West, Shinnston.

The funeral will be held at the U. B. church at Gypsy Saturday, at 1:30 o'clock p. m., followed by burial at Masonic cemetery.

SPRINGER. Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Springer, 97, widow of William Springer, of Indian Run, near Oakdale, died at the Harrison county infirmary Wednesday evening. She had made her home there for three years, being one of the oldest residents.

She was born July 7, 1844, on Cunningham's Run, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Heldreth. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Allie McGinnis, of Hannibal, Ohio, and Mrs[.] Ward Rogers of Indian Run.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Tetrick Funeral home here with burial at the county infirmary.
 
 

SEPTEMBER 18, 1941

GILLIS. Mrs. Stella May Gillis, 64, wife of Thomas J. Gillis, of this city, died at three o'clock Saturday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Walter Hardy on lower Walnut street, following a several years illness of paralysis.

She was born at Enterprise, September 3, 1877, a daughter of Felix and Isabelle Griffin Robey. She is survived by her husband, one adopted son, Raymond Gillis, of Galloway; five brothers and five sisters: William Robey, of Bruceton Mills; Walter Robey, of Philippi; Ace Robey, of Clarksburg; Charles Robey, of Chino, Cal.; Thomas Robey, of Shinnston; Mrs. Magie [sic] Tunning, of Uniontown, Pa.; Mrs. Bessie Gross, of New Castle, Pa.; Mrs. Nela Long, Mrs. Mary Anderson and Mrs. Lona Hardy, all of this city.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning at the home of Mrs. Hardy on Walnut street with burial in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Enterprise.

GREGORY. Mickey Max Gregory, 10, son of Henry and Vercha Starkey Greg[ory] of Roberts mine, died at 5:40 o'clock Sunday morning in a Clarksburg hospital following a two weeks illness of spinal meningitis.

The child is survived by his parents, two brothers and five sisters: Jackson, Paul, Frances, Miriam, Moretta, Barbara and Elva Gregory, all at home.

Private funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the graveside in the Masonic cemetery.

THOMAS. W. D. Thomas, 71, died Friday at his home at Otsego [sic], Ohio, of a heart ailment. He was a brother-in-law of Clark Anderson of Wyatt.

His wife is the former Minnie Anderson of Wyatt, who survives him with a son, Albert Thomas, and three children by a former marriage, Clifford Thomas of Carolina, Marion county; Ethel Thomas of Fairmont; Daniel Thomas, of Columbus, Ohio.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Youngstown, Ohio with burial in a cemetery there.
 
 

SEPTEMBER 25, 1941 ISSUE

WYATT. Largely attended funeral services for William Clyde Wyatt, 53, known to his many friends as "Jake," who met a tragic death Monday at the du Pont [sic] ammonia plant at Morgantown, were held at the First Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The services were in charge of the Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor, who spoke feelingly of the life of the deceased and his worth to the community.

St. Johns Lodge, No. 24, A. F. and A. Masons had charge of the rites at the grave in the Masonic cemetery. The pallbearers, all members of the lodge, were: Paul S. Harmer, L. F. Chalfant, George F. Shumaker, H. H. Haught, Dr. R. S. Johnson and W. A. Meredith.

The floral tribute was unusually nice and came from scores of individuals.

During the afternoon and evening of Tuesday many hundreds of friends called at the residence in West Shinnston where the body rested surrounded by scores of floral pieces.

Shinnston has never been more deeply shocked and grieved than on Monday when at the noon hour word was received of the death of the former Mayor and well known citizen. He had spent the previous week end at his home here doctoring a slight cold and it seems had taken advantage of his short leave of absence from his duties to meet and talk with scores of his friends, judging from the fact that many have been heard to remark that they talked with him and that he seemed to be in unusally good spirits. This in itself seems significant, since "Jake" was always in good humor and spreading good cheer by the cordial cheerfulness of his nature.

It can be said in truth that Jake Wyatt gave his life in his country's service. He was engaged in construction work vital to the defense of his country. The manner of his death proves beyond question that he did not shrink from dangers few people would care to assume. His sense of duty to his employer and his courage in the face of danger cannot be questioned and his sacrifice is such as to endear his memory to future generations.

Mr. Wyatt met instant death when he plunged 35 feet from an aerated tower on which he with a fellow workman, Forest Hutson of Morgantown, was working. Hutson, 28, died a short time later at a Morgantown hospital. According to report one of the men lost his balance and grasped his companion. Both fell to a concrete floor[.]

William Clyde Wyatt was born March 31, 1888 at Wallace and was a son of the late Dr. Z. W. and Florence Fortney Wyatt. The family moved to Shinnston when he was four years of age and he had resided here ever since. After attending grade and high schools here he entered Fairmont Business college where he completed a business course.

He became interested in politics at an early age and became widely known throughout the county as a leader in the Republican party which twice honored him with the nomination for county commissioner. In his home town he was five times elected mauor and his administrations were outstanding for straightforward efficiency and honesty and for service to the people. Much civic improvement was accomplished under his direction, including the concreting of the full length of Pike street for four lanes of traffic, the construction of the municipal reservoir, two miles from the city, and the improving of numerous streets and alleys.

He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Iva Bailey, and three brothers, namely, Dr. Z. W. Wyatt, Weirton; Attorney John B. Wyatt, Clarksburg, and M. Leslie Wyatt, Shinnston. One half sister also suvives, Mrs. R. S. Monroe of Clarksburg.
 
 

OCTOBER 2, 1941 ISSUE

CRISLIP. Funeral services for Lloyd Crislip, 25, miner who died Monday night in a local hospital as the result of a broken back suffered in March were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home at Owings. Rites were in charge of Rev. Otis Linger, a Methodist minister of Buckhannon, with burial in Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

He was born at Berryburg, in Barbour county, April 22, 1914, a son of Asbury and Willa Shaw Crislip. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Thelma Heater Crislip, three daughters and two sons, Ramona Lee, 6; Shirley Lou, 5; Barbara Sue[,] 3; Lloyd Leon, seventeen months old; Lonnie Ray, six weeks old; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Asbury Crislip of Wallace, four brothers and three sisters.

LAMBERT. Funeral services for John Max (Mut) Lambert, 34, popular instructor in Shinnston high school, who died of a heart attack at his home in West Shinnston

Friday morning, were held at Christ Church, Methodist, Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Henry R. High of Fairmont and Rev. C. D. Tharp, local pastor, had charge of the services and both ministers gave high praise of the life of the deceased. A large floral tribute was in evidence. Burial took place at Masonic cemetery. The pallbearers were Loy Griffin, H. P. Bock, Burl Willis, Joseph Bailey, R. E. Winter and James Morris, all members of the high school faculty.

Mr. Lambert, who conducted a farm near town in addition to his teaching duties, was on the streets until late Thursday night delivering some of his farm products and arranging to attend the Shinnston-Parkersburg football game at Parkersburg Friday. Soon after his return home, however, he complained of feeling ill and later a physician was called who found his condition serious. The end came about 5 o'clock Friday morning.

Mr. Lambert was president of the Harrison County Science instructors' association and was scout-master of the high school Boy Scout Troup [sic]. He was devoted to his school work and was unusually popular with the student body. He purchased a motion picture machine and donated it to the school.

He had been a member of the church since he was ten years of age, and had served as superintendent of the Sunday School several terms. Under his direction the school had grown steadily. He had recently been re-elected superintendent for the year beginning October 1st.

He was born February 27, 1907, in Shinnston, a son of John F. and Alice Josephine Null Lambert.

He was graduated in 1926 from Shinnston high school, as vice president of his class, and four years later won his diploma at Fairmont State Teachers college, where he worked his way through the courses by employment at night at the Owings mine of the Consolidation Coal Company.

Following his graduation from college, he taught science for three years at Monongah high school, before coming to Shinnston high.

During recent weeks he had harvested 500 bushels of apples and had an estimated 300 bushels remaining on the trees.

Mr. Lambert and his father owned a large farm near Shinnston which occupied much of their time. The young teacher expected to complete construction of a modern nine-room home on the farm before Thanksgiving time. During recent weeks he had harvested 500 bushels of apples and had an estimated 300 bushels remaining on the trees.

He never married. Surviving are the parents and one brother, Omer Lambert, of Shinnston.

STEALEY. Mrs. Ray Price has received word of the death of her second cousin, Elmer Stealey, who died at Briston [sic], New Jersey, Tuesday morning. The body was brought to Fairmont Wednesday where funeral services will be held at the Carpenter & Ford funeral home Thursday at 2 o'clock p. m.

Mrs. Stealey, who was about 34 years of age, was known to several local residents. He was employed at the Owens-Illinois Glass company at Briston. He is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Will Stealey who were residents of Shinnston many years ago. He is survived by his wife and two children; also a brother, Harold and a sister, Ora, all of Briston.
 
 

OCTOBER 9, 1941 ISSUE

SHINN. Funeral services for Mrs. Clara E. Shinn, 82, widow of Edgar E. Shinn, who died at Fairmont Monday night after a five months illness, were held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Harry P. Chambers in Sixth street, Fairmont, and the Rev. Marcus Hitchcock, rector of Christ Episcopal church officiating. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

W. W. Haymond of this city, was a brother.

WRIGHT. Robert James Wright, 40, died Wednesday morning at his home in Toronto, Ohio, after an illness of nephritis.

He was born on July 29, 1901, in Shinnston, a son of James Solomon and Epha Hawkins Wright. He had been en employe[e] of the Ohio Edison Power Company at Toronto for seventeen years.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Eula Ashcraft Wright; one son, Robert Lee, 10; his mother, who lives at Rinehart; two brothers, Richard Wright, of Clarksburg, and Harold Wright, of Charleston; three sisters, Mrs. O. B. Hoover, of Mansfield, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Watson of Wallace and Mrs. Hattie Stickley, of Parkersburg.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Vam-Muys [sic] Funeral home at Toronto after which the body was brought to the Harmer Funeral home here for further services at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Burial in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.
 
 

OCTOBER 16, 1941 ISSUE

CONWAY. Lieut. Roy H. Conway, 24, who was killed in an airplane crash near Flagstaff, Arizona, last week, was known by a number of Shinnston people, having visited here a few years ago. His sister, Mrs. Edward Summers of West Union, was employed in a Shinnston beauty parlor before her marriage and is remembered here as Miss May Conway. She worked at the Eugent [sic] Beauty Salon and had rooms at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Pigott. The brother visited her during the time she was employed here.

Lieut. Conway was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Alton B. Conway of Pennsboro, where funeral and burial took place.

FREEMAN. Glenn Freeman, 55, a pumper for the Triad Oil company, is dead and three members of his family seriously ill, as the result of drinking what is believed to have been poisoned liquor.

Freeman died in his home at Boothsville about seven o'clock Tuesday night, despite the efforts of Dr. C. S. Lawson and Dr. Carl Carter to save his life. His wife, Mrs. May Freeman, his son William, 21, and his daughter[,] 13, are believed to be recovering from the poison.

County Coroner D. E. Kidd, County Detective Felix Yanero and Chief Deputy Sheriff J. J. McLinden, all of Marion county, who are conducting an investigation, reported that on last Saturday, Freeman, while covering his route found a bottle of what was said to be orange gin.

The discovery was made near the Tom Pitman farm on Coon's run. The bottle, which apparently had never been opened, was taken home.

Tuesday evening about 6 o'clock Freeman opened the bottle[.] Using the top, which is fashioned like a drinking cup, he poured out a drink for his wife and two children. He, himself, drank two cups of the beverage.

In a few minutes all four members of the family were in convulsions.

Physicians were called and Dr. Lawson reached the home about 6:30 or 6:45 p.m. Within ten minutes Freeman was dead.

The two physicians worked rapidly with the other three members of the family and late Tuesday night they appeared to be out of danger.

The body of Freeman was removed to the Harmer Funeral home in Shinnston to be prepared for burial.

KELLER. Many Shinnston people were grieved to learn of the death of Gerald Keller, Fairmont East High school boy, who lost his life as a result of injuries received in a football scrimmage there last week. Following the accident the young man was taken to a Morgantown hospital and placed in an iron lung[.] He died last Thursday morning.

The family lived in Shinnston several years ago, when Vada and Gladys Keller, sisters of the deceased, attended high school here. The mother is Mrs. Victoria Keller.

Services were held at a Fairmont funeral home and interment took place in Fairmont.
 
 

OCTOBER 23, 1941 ISSUE

WOLFE. Burton C. Wolfe, 31, a well known young coal miner of the city, died Thursday morning under a fall of slate at the Carolina mine of the Consolidation Coal company. With three other miners he was removing a recent fall of slate when more slate broke loose and fell on his head and the upper part of his body, causing instant death.

Wolfe was working over time when the accident occurred, according to report, and had intended to go squirrel hunting later in the day. A brother, Frank Wolfe, was also at work in the mine but in another heading.

He was born October 29, 1909 in Clarksburg and was a son of Mrs. Annie Yost of this city and the late James Wolfe. He is survived by his widow, the former Helen Katherine Fisher of Spelter; his mother; a brother, Frank, of Wallace; a half sister, Mrs. Dorothy Sczodozzy [sic] of Fairmont, and a half brother, Raymond Yost, of Wallace.

Funeral services were held at the Harmer funeral home Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. C. D. Tharp, pastor of Christ Church, Methodist, and burial took place at Masonic cemetery.
 
 

OCTOBER 30, 1941 ISSUE

CARDEN. Miss Mary Carden, 20, daughter of Perry and Maggie Robinson Carden, of Adamsville, died at nine o'clock Sunday evening in a Clarksburg hospital. She was born at Richwood.

She is survived by her parents, three brothers and one sister as follows: John Carden, of Richwood; Chaster [sic] Carden, of the United States Army; William Carden, at home, and Mrs. Cordelia Carr, of Clarksburg.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday[.] Burial in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Enterprise.

HENDERSHOT. Francis William Hendershot, two-day-old son of Charles and Wanneta Leeson Hendershot, of Purdy's run, died at 8:30 o'clock Sunday morning at the family home. Funeral services were held Monday. Burial was made in the Hartley cemetery on Purdy's Run.

POST. Mrs. Lee Post, 36, died at Joetown Tuesday. The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday at the home, and burial will be at Enterprise Odd Fellows cemetery.

VANCE. Columbus W. Vance, 79, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Madeline Sturm, of 208 Marion street, Fairmont, at 1:30 Sunday afternoon of complications. He was a former Consolidation Coal Co. employe[e].

He was born at Ronceverte Jan. 30, 1862. Surviving are two sons and four daughters, Homer, of Odells Knob and Arnett of Gypsy; Mrs. Mildred Heflin of Fairmont; Mrs. Sturm of Fairmont, Mrs. Madge Lucas and Mrs. Catherine Carder, both of Fairmont; one brother and two sisters.

Ser[v]ices were held at St. James church, Enterprise, Wednesday afternoon. Burial at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.

WATKINS. Odus Burl Watkins, 59 of Haywood, died Tuesday at a Clarksburg hospital. The funeral will be held Thursday at 10:30 in the Lumberport Methodist church, followed by interment at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.
 
 

NOVEMBER 6, 1941 ISSUE

BOGGESS. Largely attended funeral services for Mrs. Grace Boggess, widow of Lee Boggess, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the residence on Lucas Road, with Aubrey Ferguson of Marlinton and Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Both ministers spoke in the highest terms of the life of the deceased and her fine qualities of mind and heart.

The large attendance and the beautiful floral tribute gave evidence of the great respect held for one whose friendly nature and kindly interest had reached and touched so many of the people of the community. One of her favorite selections, "Looking This Way," was pleasingly rendered by Mrs. Plumer E. Hill and Mrs. Aubrey Ferguson, and another favorite was a quartet number by Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Ferguson, Edgar J. Harmer and George Harter. Both were by request of the late Mrs. Boggess.

Following the impressive services the body was conveyed to Masonic cemetery and interred at the side of her late husband. The pallbearers were Dr. R. S. Coffindaffer and L. Frank Goudy of Shinnnston; Dr. J. C. Repass of Lumberport; Clyde Boggess of Clarksburg; Earl Weekley of Buckhannon and J. H. Nuzum of Hepzibah.

Mrs. Boggess was stricken with paralysis Sunday morning, October 26 and passed away Monday, November 3 at 9:15 a. m. without having regained consciousness.

Mrs. Boggess had been a resident of Shinnston since 1912 when the family moved here from Lumberport. She was one of the most active women of the community, taking part in many of the religious, civic and social affairs of the community. She had been a member of the Baptist church since the age of 14, and in her young womanhood was a vocal soloist and church organist. In 1916 the family built a fine home adjacent to the city where the late Mr. Boggess engaged in farming until his death in 1932. He had previously been in the mercantile business at Lumberport for many years.

In addition to her church membership, she was a member of the local Missionary Society and a charter member of the Shinnston Woman's club and the Garden club.

She was born May 23, 1865, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Barnes of Boothsville. In 1893 she married Lee Boggess and they took up their residence in Lumberport. The following children survive: Mrs. Beulah Coffindaffer, wife of Dr. R. S. Coffindaffer; J. Carney Boggess of Philippi, and Dr. Sidney Boggess of Charleston. There are three grandchildren, Miss Ina Germaine Coffindaffer, Grace Lee and Alice Carol Boggess.

CUNNINGHAM. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Grangeville Baptist church for Mrs. Orlena M. Cunningham, 68, wife of James W. Cunningham, who died at her home in Joetown following an illness of complications.

The deceased was a daughter of Henry M. and Anera Dent Ice.

HARRIS. Funeral services for Carene Anne Harris, nine months old, who died Sunday morning following a two-day illness of pneumonia, was held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Harris of Peora, Tuesday morning[.] Burial in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Wyatt. She was born Jan. 23, 1941. Survived by seven brothers and two sisters, all at home.

MARASCO. A patient in Hopemont sanitarium since early summer, Frank Marasco, 59, of Spelter, died last Friday. He was an employe[e] of the du Pont company at Spelter.

Mr. Marasco is survived by two sons, Sam and George both at home, and four daughters, Mrs. Pete Bonasso and Mrs. Lewis Bonasso, both of Wyatt; Mrs. Frank Marasco of Clarksburg, and Miss Daisy at home. His wife died some time ago.

The funeral was held at 2 p. m. Sunday in the Holy Family Catholic church at Spelter with the Rev. Father James Egan, pastor, in charge. Burial in Holy Cross cemetery.

RUBLE. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Carl Barker of Dola, for Daniel Ruble, 71, of Dola who died Sunday evening in a Clarksburg hospital following a 5 weeks illness. Burial in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Brown.

He was born April 8[,] 1870, in Ohio, a son of Theodore and Sena Giffen [sic] Ruble. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Wallace and had lived in Dola for many years.

He was twice married, and both wives are dead. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Carl Barker, of Dola, and Mrs. Pearl Speir, of Clarksburg; one son, Melvin Ruble, of Pittsburgh, Pa., one step-son, Austin Heflin, of Eastland, Texas; and one step-daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Wright, of Youngstown, Ohio; one brother, John Ruble of Shinnston, and four sisters, Mrs. Robert Guthrie, of New Martins-ville; Mrs. R. H. Speir, of Clarksburg; Mrs. Robert Carter, of Coalton, and Mrs. Boyd Flowers, of Lumberport.
 
 

NOVEMBER 13, 1941 ISSUE

FOLIO. Funeral services for Frank Folio, 73, who died at a Weston hospital last Thursday, were held at 2 o'clock Sunday at St. Anne's church with the Rev. Father James Egan in charge. Burial in Masonic cemetery.

Mr. Folio was born in 1868 in Italy, a son of Tony and Mary Rosa Folio. Surviving are the wife, Isabelle Morasco Folio; one son, Tony Folio, of Norwood; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Rose Loretta of Owings and Mrs. Nell [sic] Allowatt of this city; two brothers, Joe Folio of New York City and John B. Folio of Owings, and eleven grandchildren.

Mr. Folio was retired five years ago as an employe[e] of the Owings mine. He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic church.

MARTINEZ. Funeral services for Sefro Martinez, 46, who died last Tuesday evening in the Jefferson hospital in Philadelphia, were held Saturday morning in St. Anne's Catholic church, with the Rev. Father James Egan in charge. Burial was made in the Masonic cemetery.

Mr. Martinez had gone to Philadelphia five weeks ago for treatment of an abscess on the lung. His wife was at his bedisde when he died. He had been ill for the last 14 months.

He was born March 11, 1895, in Spain, a son of Isadore and Mary Pillar Martinez. He came to America in 1913 and worked for the Grassell Chemical Company at Spelter for fifteen years. At the time he became ill, he had been employed for four years by the Moundsville Smelter and Zinc Co. The Martinez family had resided in Shinnston for the last fifteen years.

His survivors include his widow Mrs. Elva Garcia Martinez, three sons and one daughter, Raymond, Salvadore and Margaret Martinez, all at home; Sefro Martinez, Jr., of Charleston; one brother, Angel Martinez, and one sister, Mrs. Sophia Rodriguez, both of Donora, Pa., one brother, two sisters and his mother, who live in Spain.
 
 

NOVEMBER 20, 1941 ISSUE

CUBBON. Funeral services for Edward Herman Cubbon, 63, whose death occurred Saturday at an Elkins hospital, following a stroke of paralysis on Tuesday previous at his home here, were held at the residence on Clement street Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. P. Z. Musgrave of Charleston, former local Methodist minister, and Rev. C. A. Snider, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiated. Interment took place at Masonic cemetery with the six sons of the deceased acting as pallbearers. The Odd Fellows lodge had charge of the rites at the grave.

Mr. Cubbon had been a citizen of Shinnston since 1926 when he moved his family here from Lumberport. Prior to moving to Lumberport in 1919 he owned and operated a general store at Jacksonburg. At Lumberport he was employed in the mines and also in the dairying business. In his younger days, Mr. Cubbon was a school teacher. He was a man of good education, which, with a genial personality, made him a leader in the community.

Since coming to Shinnston he was engaged in various occupations from gardening and timbering to work in the coal mines. He served a term as justice of the peace in Clay district, and had been a candidate for mayor on one or more occasions.

Mr. Cubbon was born December 30, 1877 in Pennsylvania, a son of John and Christian Cubbon. In 1902 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Stella Hastings of Washington, Pa., who passed away in 1935. [I]n 1936 he was married to Mrs. Florence Patterson of Jackson county, who survives, together with six sons by his first marriage, namely:

Kenneth E. Cubbon, principal at Norwood junior high school; Claude H. Cubbon, recreation director for the Carbon Carbide company at South Charleston, Edward H. Cubbon, physical education director at California State Teachers college, California, Pa.; Harry L. Cubbon, department manager for Sears Roebuck, Clarksburg; George C. Cubbon, assistant athletic director at du Pont high school,

Charleston, and Max C. Cubbon, senior at West Virginia university.

Also one step daughter, Mrs. Florence Snedeker of Moundsville and step-children, Mrs. Cora Gray of New Metamoras, Ohio; Charles Tatterson, of Buckhannon, Lawrence Tatterson, of Glasgow, and John P. Tatterson, at home. Two brothers, A. G. Cubbon of Toronto, Ohio, and W. E. Cubbon of Plumer, Pa., and one sister, Miss Myrtle Cubbon, of Tulsa, Okla.

Mr. Cubbon had been an Odd Fellow since 1907, taking the initiatory degree at Jacksonburg. In 1937 he joined St. Johns lodge No. 24 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Shinnston. He was also a member of the First Methodist church here and a member of the Owings mine local where he was employed until his recent illness.
 
 

NOVEMBER 27, 1941 ISSUE

ROBINSON. Funeral services for Miss Lear Robinson, 97, who died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her nieces in Liberty addition, Clarksburg, were held at 2:30 Friday afternoon at the residence. Burial in Greenlawn cemetery.

She is survived by the following nieces and nephews: Miss Mandy Linville, Miss Fidella Linville, and Miss Zora Drummond, with whom she made her home in Liberty addition. Mrs. Jennie Kelly of Station street, this city; Mrs. Arnie Underwood of West Union and Richard Robinson of Wallace.
 
 

DECEMBER 4, 1941 ISSUE

SMITH. Mrs. Mary Smith, 66, of Owings, died Saturday morning at her home of a sudden heart attack. She was in her usual health the night before when she retired.

She was born October 17, 1875 in Poland. She came to America fifty years ago and was married in 1912 to John Smith. They lived at Owings for the last twenty-nine years. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Volet [sic] Warzabluk, of Owings; one brother, Roman Novoski, of Enterprise, and four sisters and one brother in Poland.

Funeral services were held at the Warzabluk home Monday at 2 p. m. with the Rev. Father James Eagon, rector of St. Anne's Catholic church in charge. Interment in Masonic cemetery.
 
 

DECEMBER 11, 1941 ISSUE

FINCH. Mary Belle Finch, thirteen year old daughter of Peter and Margaret Tittle Finch of Enterprise, died at 11:45 Monday in a Fairmont hospital where she had been a patient for the past five days of Bright's disease and complications.

She was born May 3, 1928 at Enterprise. Survivors include the parents, one brother, Paul Edgar, and three sisters, Pauline, Violet and Shirley Ann, all at home.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 Wednesday at the First Methodist church at Enterprise. Burial in the Knights of Pythias cemetery.

DECEMBER 18, 1941 ISSUE

MARTIN. U. E. Martin, 71, native of the Shinnston community, and widely known merchant at Monongah for more than twenty years, died at his home there Saturday night. He had been in failing health for some time past but had been confined to his bed only a few weeks.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Baptist church at Monongah, with Rev. John Fleck [Repetition omitted.], officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn mausoleum in Fairmont. Members of St. John's Lodge No. 24, A. F. and A. M., of Shinnston were pallbearers.

Mr. Martin was a son of the late William H. and Mary Hulderman Martin. He is survived by his widow, the former Mary Swisher, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Burdett Swisher of Lost Creek, and one brother, L. W. Martin of Shinnston, R. D. 1.

Mr. Martin was engaged in the store business at Pine Bluff for many years until he located at Monongah about twenty years ago, where he had since conducted a feed store. He was a director in the First National Bank of that town and was active in the business affairs of the community. He was a leading member of the Baptist church.

He was a member of St. Johns Lodge of Masons and the Scottish Rite bodies including the 32nd degree. He was a man of friendly and charitable nature who had many friends.
 
 

DECEMBER 25, 1941 ISSUE

AMES. Mrs. Clara J. Ames, 71, a sister of the late John McGonigal of Shinnston, died at West Union Dec. 17.

METZ. John H. Metz, 76, died Dec. 17 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Frank Wallace of near Gypsy. The funeral and burial took place at Enterprise. Surviving are four sons and five daughters as follows:

Sam Metz, Shinnston; William Metz, Hundred; Roy Metz, Coburn; Edgar Metz, Carolina; Mrs. May Wallace, and Mrs. Vera Fortney, both of Gypsy; Mrs. Pearl Conners, Hutchinson; Mrs. Juanita Lindsey of Bethlehem and Mrs. Cecile Connell of Canonsburg, Pa.