JULY 13. 1944 ISSUE

BAILEY. Capt. Dorsey C. Bailey of the State Police, died at 3:11 o'clock this (Wednesday)
morning at a hospital in Steubenville, Ohio. The death message was received at company
headquarters here. Capt. Bailey entered the hospital last Thursday, suffering from a kidney
ailment and little hope was held for his recovery from the start. The death of the popular
officer is the third to occur in Co. A within the past year. The first to die was Mrs. Betty
Rule, and the second was Sgt. Paul McClung. Capt. Bailey resided at 326 Milford street,
Clarksburg. No information as to funeral arrangements was available at press time.

KINTER. The body of Kirk Lee Kinter, 16, was recovered from the Valley River at Grafton Sunday,
two and a half days after he drowned while bathing.

LOTT. Mary Elizabeth Lott, 74, died at I p.m., July 5 at her home in North Shinnston. She had
been in usual health and had worked in her garden during the morning, then had eaten her lunch
and while resting expired. She was born June 10, 1870, near Elizabeth, a daughter of Blackburn
and Susan Hopkins Martin. She was a member of the First Baptist church of Shinnston. Surviving
are her husband, Charles E. Lott and three sons, and three daughters: Everett, of Shinnston,
Andrew of Strickland; Emory, of Long Beach, Calif,; Mrs. Susan Ross, of Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs.
Ethel Bell of Akron Ohio and Miss Bessie Lott of 314 Fordyce building, Clarksburg. Also
surviving are nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Two half brothers, Camden and
Harrison Richards both of Elizabeth survive.

OLIVERIO. Anna Oliverio, 13, died at 3:20 p.m. July 5th at a Clarksburg hospital after lingering
for twelve days following injuries received in the tornado. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tony
Oliverio and a sister, Rose, 22, all died when the storm destroyed their home on Pleasant Hill.
Another sister, Antoinette, age about 11, is still a patient at the hospital, but is reported to
be recovering. Two brothers also survive, William, 18, in the Army, and Frank at Shinnston.
Funeral services for Anna were held Friday afternoon at St. Ann's Church, with burial at Masonic
cemetery.

STARK. Gideon Monroe Stark, 75, died Saturday night at his home on Stewart street. He had been
in ill health the last two years and critically ill of complications the last six weeks. He was
born Jan. 23, 1869, on Jones run, a son of Silas and Marsella Boggess Stark. He had been a
farmer on Jones run all his life until moving to Shinnston seven years ago. He was a member of
the First Methodist church here. Surviving are his wife, Rosa Alice Copenhaver Stark; one son,
Paul Stark, of Biltmore, N.C. and daughter, Mrs. Argyle Lyon of Shinnston; one brother, C.
Russell Stark, of Jones run; two sisters, Mrs. James Cunningham of Margaret and Mrs. John C.
Karbert of Jones run.

STILES. The body of Lewis Stiles, who was drowned in the Valley River May 28, was found Sunday.
He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stiles of Fairmont.

WILLIAMS. Harry F. Williams, 73, well known farmer of near Mannington, is dead by hanging. His body
was found in his barn Sunday.
 
 

  JULY 20. 1944 ISSUE

AMMONS. Mrs. Lucy Dicy Ammons, 82, died at Mannington July 13. She was the widow of Coleman
Ammons and is survived by nine children. The family formerly resided at Joetown. The children
are: Charles, of Oklahoma; John, of Washington; French, of Pittsburgh; Russell, Burt and Noah,
of Mannington; Mrs. Nettie Hall, Clarksburg; Mrs. Nell Moore, Mannington,; Mrs. Gail Griffith of
Toledo.

BAILEY. Funeral services for Capt. Dorsey C. Bailey, 42, who died July 12th at a Steubenville
Hospital, were held Saturday afternoon at a Clarksburg funeral home, followed by burial at
Shinnston Masonic cemetery. The services were largely attended at Clarksburg and an equally
large crowd assembled at the cemetery for the final rites. Among many floral pieces was a
magnificent tribute from the citizens of Shinnston. Capt. Bailey, one of the popular law
enforcement officials this community has known, became a member of the West Virginia State Police
May 1, 1924. He was appointed a captain April 5, 1939. He was born April 4, 1902 at Graf ton,
W.Va. , a son of G. Jerome Bailey and Mary Ann Cole Bailey. He was graduated from Graf ton high
school and attended Shepherd and West Virginia Wesleyan colleges. He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Mable Buck Bailey, and a son, Joe Thomas, both of 326 Milford street, Clarksburg; a sister,
Mrs. A.L. Reynolds of Grafton, and a brother, Thomas Bailey, also of Grafton.

HESS. Arcannus Jefferson Hess, died at Mannington July 13. He was a son of Joshua and Amanda
Hess of Bingamon and was born July 30, 1862. Burial was at Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

MATTHEWS. Marshall Semans Matthews, 40, of Mannington, died July 13 at a Fairmont hospital
following an attack of heart disease three weeks previously. Last winter he suffered a broken
leg and never fully recovered from the injury. Mr. Matthews was associated with his father in
the operation of a drug store. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Matthews, he was born at
Mannington January 23, 1904. He was a graduate of the Mannington high school and attended the
University of Kentucky for two years and West Virginia University for one year. He was a member
of the Phi Sigma Kappa. Surviving are the parents, widow, formerly Miss Ruth Walls, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Walls of Shinnston, whom he married on August 29, 1931, and two sons, Marshall
S. Matthews, Jr. and Harry H. Matthews. A sister also survives, Mrs. Arthur Rush of Los Angeles,
Calif.

ROTUNDO. Frank Rotundo, aged nine months, died at a Fairmont hospital last Thursday from
injuries received in the tornado three weeks before. The child's father, Frank Rotundo, and
Santo Rotundo, 9r died in the tornado when their home in Pleasant Hill was demolished, and Mrs.
Frances Allowatt Rotundo, wife of Frank, Sr., is still a patient at a Fairmont hos[pital.] Mary
Rose, a daughter [sie]. The funeral and burial took place Saturday here.
 
 

  JULY 27. 1944 ISSUE

ALLOWATT. Mrs. Mary Smith Allowatt, 26, wife of Joseph Allowatt, died at 9 a.m. Friday at her
home in Clarksburg. Mrs. Allowatt was a resident of Shinnston until her home was destroyed by
the tornado which struck this community on June 23. She was a patient in a Clarksburg hospital
at the time. She was born October 29, 1917, in Clarksburg, a daughter of M. J. and Esther Smith.
Surviving are her parents; her husband, an employe[e] of the Owings mine; one son, Frankie; one
brother. Jasper R. Smith, in the Army in California, and two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Vanseutter of
Farkersburg and Mrs. Gladys Dixson of Clarksburg.

McKNIGHT. Philip [sic] Robert Haught, 25, of Lumberport, is free on bond of $1,000 following his
arrest Sunday afternoon when an altercation with Glen McKnight, proprietor of Michael's barbecue,
resulted in the death of McKnight. Dr. Lawrence Mills, county coroner, attributed death to
concussion, the result of a violet fist blow. Haught was taken to the county jail and charged
with involuntary manslaughter. Corp. J.B. Jack of the Shinnston state police detachment who
investigated with Troopers Claude Heflin and G.R. Arbogast said Haught became involve in an
altercation with another customer at the roadhouse and struck McKnight who was trying to eject him
from the premises. The fight occurred about 5 p.m. inside the building, he added, with many
witnesses to the act. Haught has been out of the army about one and one-half years, having been
given a medical discharge. Mr. McKnight was born March 23, 1897, in Worthington, a son of Joseph,
now a resident of Gypsy, and Eva Suitor McKnight. He is survived by a son and a daughter by a former
marriage, Russell, in the navy st[ationed at] Banana River, Fla., and Mrs. Ethel Page, of Shiranston;
his widow, Mrs. Irene Rich McKnight. to whom he was married in 1943; his father, of Gypsy; two
brothers, Arley of Gypsy, and Joseph, Jr., of Farmington, and one sister, Mrs. Mabel Friend, of
Parkersburg. There are four grandchildren.

STEWART. Mrs. Addie Fhelps Stewart, 70, widow of John D. Stewart, died at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at the
home of a daughter, Mrs. Virgil Jackson in Fairmont. She had been ill for several months. She was
born October 21, 1873 the daughter of Jefferson and Emma Crosely Haught of Shinnston and was the last
surviving member of her family. Mrs. Stewart is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Jackson, in whose
home she died; Mrs. Delbert Jenkins of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Mrs. Ella Thornburg of Akron, Ohio.
There are six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
 
 

  August 3, 1944 ISSUE


CONCANON. Mrs. Rose Ann Kelly Concanon, 80, died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at her home in Enterprise
after an illness of six weeks of paralysis. She was the widow of Jihn [sic] A. Concanon, whom
she wed January 28, 1905. He died in 1907. The daughter of Andrew and John Kinney, she was born
in Clarksburg, March 7, 1864. One of 13 children she leaves only a brother, Thomas Kelly, of
Clarksburg. She had lived at Enterprise for 35 years. She was a member of the Church of the
Immaculate Conception.

OLIVIO. Mrs. Lucreta Olivio, 78, of Enterprise, died at 6:45 a.m. July 28th at her home
following a short illness. She was the wife of Frank Olivio. Born in Italy in 1866, the
daughter of Sam and Theresa Lucenta Martino, Mrs. Olivio had been a resident of Enterprise for
forty-four years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a foster daughter, Mrs. John
Scarcella of Enterprise.

PAYNE. Mrs. Maude Simonton Payne, 74, widow of Theodore Payne, died at Wyatt July 26 at 2:05
p.m. Her husband died July 24, 1942. They had resided at Wyatt 28 years. She was born at
Belleview, Pa., March 23, 1870, a daughter of Daniel and Jenny Hart Simonton. Surviving are nine
children: Homer Payne, Wyatt; Dennis Payne, Bridgeport; John A. Payne, Deland, Florida; Mrs.
Ethel McQuain, Wyatt; Mrs. Opal McCartney, Bridgeport; Mrs. Mildred Fisher and Mrs. Regina
Phillips, of Ridgeley; Mrs. Jenny Cottrill and Mrs. Violet Snyder, of Idamay.

WILLIAMS. Jimmie Lee Williams, four years old, son of Herbert and Erma Crislip Williams of
Francis Mine, died Wednesday in a Clarksburg hospital after an emergency appendicitis operation.
The child was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening. In addition to the parents, five brothers
and two sisters survive, Richard Williams, in the navy in the Pacific, Robert, Arlie, Arthur and
Jack, ail at home; Mrs. Grace Barnes of Shinnston and Delia Mae and Jerry Sue, both at home.
Funeral services were held at the Adamsville Baptist church Thursday afternoon. .Burial was made
in the Masonic cemetery.
 

  AUGUST 10. 1944 ISSUE

MARTIN. Pvt. George L. Martin, 18, son of Mr, and Mrs. Earl Martin of Prospect Valley, near
Shinnston, was killed in action July 19 in France, his parents were informed Friday by the war
department. Pvt. Martin, in the infantry, entered the service last Dec. 15 and received his
training at Camp Croft, S.C. He had been overseas since June 28. He was a member of the 1944
graduating class of Shinnston high school, receiving his diploma after he entered the service.
He was born Sept. 3, 1925, in Shinnston. His father is a prominent farmer and dairyman.
Surviving are his parents and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth May of Lumberport and Mrs. Margaret King of
Detroit, Mich.

MUSTER. Charles F. Muster, 68, died Aug. \ at Wallace. He was born at Powhatan, Ohio, March 24,
1876, a son of Frederick and Elizabeth Kerr Muster. Surviving, the widow, Ella Fluharty Muster;
and nine children, Mrs. Kora Brock and Mrs. Wm. Brock, of Morgantown; Mrs. Audra Allen, of
Cambridge, Ohio; Mrs. Pauline Weaver of Enterprise; Mrs. Rilla Lee Price and Mrs. Eleanor Montgomery,
of Hartford, Conn.; Mrs. Geraldine Hayhurst, of Morgantown; Arnold and Kenneth Muster, of Wallace;
two sisters, Mrs. Bode McMasters and Mrs. Katherine Robb, of Beliaire, O. Burial at Lumberport.

STARCHER. Charles Lynn Starcher, 16, who with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Starcher, resided in
the John Payne house at the time of the tornado, died Tuesday at a Weston hospital of what was
suspected to be typhoid fever. Following the tornado the family moved to Jane Lew, their former
home. Charles had worked at Hawker's hardware store for a month before the disaster, and returned
here last Saturday and spent the day working at the store. The lad complained of feeling ill at the
time.

STILES. David Eugene Stiles, aged 2 months and 22 days, died Friday at the home of his parents,
William and Elsie Marie Fortney Stiles on Nutter Run. The infant was the second of twins to die.
His twin brother Darrei Edward died May 26. Besides the parents, two brothers and five sisters
survive, Edgar Marshall, in the Army; Raymond, Martha, Clarice, Jean, Gladys Ruth, Helen Marie and
Geraldine Arwilla.

NOTE: The August 3, 1944 issue of the Shinnston News announced that the victims of Katherine Mine
No. 4 had been retrieved. The mine had erupted into flames close to midnight on March 24, 1944,
according to the March 30th issue of the Shinnston News. In the August 10, 1944 issue, information
was given about the victims.

ASHCRAFT. Glenn Ashcraft, 30, of Lumberport. He was born in Doddridge county, January 26,
1914 and was a son of Walter J. and Bessie Wallace Ashcraft. Surviving besides his parents
is his widow, Mrs. Jewel Ashcraft, two daughters, Charlotte and Barbara Joan; one sister,
Mrs. Lorna Jorday of Clarksburg, and a half brother, Gordon Ashcraft of Wallace. Burial at
Lumberport.

BARNETTE. Roy F. Barnette, 32, of Gypsy, born Feb. 9, 1912, at Cedarville. He leaves his
widow, Mrs. Minnie Parsons Barnette and a stepdaughter, Lois Parsons, 9. Also his father,
B.F. Barnette and stepmother, of Gilmer; and two brothers and a sister. Burial in Gllmer
county.

COMER. John Henry Comer, 62 of Shinnston. He was born August 10, 1881 at Coalton, Ohio, a
son of Joseph K. and Elizabeth Shumate Comer. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Daisy Comer;
six children, Henry L. Comer of Shinnston; Raymond Comer, in the Marines; Mrs. Leola
Woodyard, Mrs. Kathleen Minor, Mrs. Leia Gemondo and Mrs. Erma Heldreth, all of Shinnston,
and 1 sister, Mrs. Martha Rich of Bingareon. Burial at Enterprise.

CUTLIP. Hartzel Donald Cutlip, 32, was born in Braxton county, March 23, 1912, son of the
late W.L. and Virgie Golden Cutlip. Survivors are his widow, the former Linnie Lindsey, five
children, a brother, Pfc. Giles W. Cutlip of Camp Brockaraton [sic], Fla., and a sister, Mrs.
Violet Heavener of Roanoke, Va. Burial at Lumberport.

DRUMMOND. Daniel Kenneth Drummond, 27, of Lumberport. He was born January 17, 1917, at
Lumberport, a son of Harmon and Florence Ash Drummond. Surviving, his wife, Mrs. Kathleen
McGinnis Drummond, a son, Daniel Thomas; his parents; five sisters, Mrs. Geraldine Kellar,
Mrs. Robert Bacorn, Misses Catherine and Florence Ann Drumraond, all of Lumberport and Mrs.
June Glover of Shinnston; two brothers, Worden and Ralph Drummond of Shinnston. Burial at
Lumberport.

FELIX. Oscar Harry Felix, 37, was the son of John Albert Felix of Akron, Ohio, and the late
Mrs. Belie Krebs Felix. He was born August 28, 1906 at Kitzmiller, Md. He is survived by
his widow, Mrs. Clara M. Nazelrod Felix of Shinnston and a son, John Samuel, 3. Five
brothers, Gerald H. Felix, Gassaway; Albert B. and Howard J. Felix, of Akron, Ohio; George
L. Felix of Morgantown; Elbert B. Felix, of the Navy, in North Africa; and two sisters, Mrs.
Viola Gochringer of Accident, Md., and Mrs. Delma Bowman of Hagerstown, Maryland. Burial at
Simpson.

HELMS. Noel F. Helms, 47, of Fairmont, was born in Preston county June 3, 1896.. son of
William and Belle Lemons Helms. The survivors include a brother Fay Helms, of Enterprise.
Burial at Mt. Nebo, near Fairmont.

McCORMICK. Harold Russell McCormick, 29, was born August 8, 1914, at Brown, a son of Jaraes
F. and Minnie Kirkpatrlck McCormick. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Christine Karbert
McCormick and two small sons. Burial at Shinnston.

MILLER. Charles Ison Miller, 54, Lumberport. He 'was born Sep. 3, 1889 in Preston county,
a son of John B. and Mary Miller. Survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie Richards Miller; three
sons, Robert of Churchland, Va.; John D., of Kaywood; Denver Howard, with the Army in
California; Betty, at home; a brother. Earl B., of Wyatt, and four sisters: Mrs. Mary Ann
Cornell of Fairmont; Mrs. Elizabeth Morris and Mrs. Flora Snodgrass, and Mrs. Eva McCray of
Enterprise. Burial at Shinnston.

PAYNE. John W. Payne, 30, of Brown, was born Sept. 1, 1913, a son of William F. and Susan
Swiger Payne. Survivors include his mother, his widow, Mrs. Madeline Goldsmith Payne and
four children. Burial at Brown.

SCHOOLCRAFT. Grayson Schoolcraft, 39, of Dola, was born Oct. 20, 1904, in Calhoun county,
a son of Charles and Dollie Cottrill Schoolcraft who survive. Other survivors are his widow,
Mrs. Iza Shrader Schoolcraft, one son, Donald, two daughters, Wanda and Evastine, at home;
five brothers, Arthur, of Buckhannon; Kester and Orville, of Wallace; Ollie, of Gassaway;
Warden, of Kolliday's Cove; three sisters, Mrs. Clarence Mclntire, of Akron, O., Mrs. Orpha
Cunningham of Wilsonburg, and Mrs. Albin McCullough of Dola. Burial at Lumberport.

SENCHINA. John Senchina, 25, of Shinnston. Ke was born in this city November 6, 1918, a son
of Joseph and Anna Vet Senchina. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Seaman Senchina;
a daughter, Barbara Ann; his parents, and the following brothers: Frank, of South
Carolina; Mike, in the Pacific with the Army; Walter, of Ocean Side, Calif.; Stanley, of
Oregon and Alex, of Shinnston. A brother, George, died in an Army hospital in Long Island,
N.Y., May 29, 1943. Burial at Shinnston.

SHAWHAN. George Shawhan, 38 of Lumberport. He was born February 1, 1906, at Bradley, Ohio,
a son of W.W. and Mary Fortney Shawhan. Ke is survived by his widow, Mrs. Thelma Shawhan;
three children, Betty, Loretta and George, Jr. , at home; six brothers, Hugh, Robert, William
Howard, John and Edward Shawhan, all of Kentucky; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Ernest of Little
Rock Camp and Mrs. Gladys Shopman of Pennsylvania. Burial at Shinnston.

SPIKER. John Spiker, 51, of Lumberport. Survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Harkins Spiker,
and one daughter, Genevieve Spiker. Burial at Holy Cross cemetery., Clarksburg.

STOUT. Junior Victor Stout, 29, of Lumberport. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Juanita
Bennet Stout, one son, Luther and a daughter, Louise; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Stout;
four brothers, D.K. Stout, with Marines on Saipan; Wm. Stout, with Marines in the Marshall
Islands; R.L. Stout in the Kavy, New York; Donald Stout, of Mt. Clare. His sisters, Mrs.
Chlofe Bragg, Mt. Clare; Mrs. Ruth Knight, Clarksburg; Mrs. Juanita Comb, Mt. Clare; Mrs.
Hazel Copensaver [sic], Lumberport and Maxine and Geraldine Stout of Lumberport. Burial at
Lumberport.

WAGONER. Charles Melvin Wagoner, 46, of Enterprise. He was born May 25, 1893 in Lewisburg,
N.C. , a son of John and Magdelena Fiddler Wagoner. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Elsie
Hopps Wagoner; a daughter, Mrs. Louise Herod of Enterprise, and a sister, Mrs. Lillian Dull
of Lewisville, N.C. A granddaughter Carolyn Herod also survives. Burial at Shinnston.
 
 

  AUGUST 17, 1944 ISSUE

SCRANAGE. Funeral services for Harvey B. Scranage, 78, who died at Fairmont General hospital
August 9th of a ruptured appendix, were held Friday at the Harmony Grove church, with interment
at the cemetery there. Services were conducted by Rev. G.G. Wadsworth of Boothsville and Rev.
Deward Brown of Wheeling. The deceased was a native of Taylor county and resided in the Harmony
Grove section. He was born February 24, 1866, a son of the late Eugene and Mary Lanham Scranage.
His wife, the former Sarah Bx-odie, died in 1937. Mr. Scranage was a resident of Shinnston about
50 years ago. Ke is survived by a son, Eugene B. Scranage at home; two daughters, Mrs. S.N.
Postlethwait [sic], of Portsmouth, N.H., and Mrs. John R. Adams, of Raleigh, N.C., and a
grandson.
 
 

  AUGUST 24. 1944 ISSUE

BROWN. David Brown, Sr.,. 67, of Enterprise, died Sunday in a Fairmont hospital where he had been
a patient for four days for treatment of paralysis. He had been in ill health for several years.
Mr. Brown was born April 5, 1877, in Newburn, a son of David and Jane Miller Brown. He fought in
the Spanish-American war and was a member of the United Spanish-American War Veterans of Fairmont.
He is survived by his widow, Rose Wright Brown, one son, David, Jr. , of Cleveland, Ohio; three
daughters, Mrs. Hazel Millan and Mrs. Agnes Posey, both of Cleveland, and Mrs. Martha Blackshire of
Baltimore, Md. ; two step-sons, Wayman West of Hoult and Lawrence West of Gore; three step-daughters,
Mrs. Gertrude Hern of Hutchinson; Mrs. Alma Fortney, of Cleveland, and Mrs. Lena Mitchell of Weston,
and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Colley of Baltimore.

COURTNEY. E. Bland Courtney, 71, former mine superintendent in this section, died at his home in
Clarksburg Tuesday night.

DeFRANCE. Mrs. Angeline DeFrance, 58, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died Friday morning at the home
of a daughter, Mrs. Sam Pontana in Williamstown, K.Y.   Mrs. DeFrance was born Aug. 18, 1886 in
Italy, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Lelosa. The following children survive. Albert DeFrance,
of Shinnston; John DeFrance of Williamstown, N.J.; Augustine DeFrance, of the Navy in the South
Pacific; Victor DeFrance, of the Marines at Oceanside, Calif.; Mrs. Sam Pontana, Mrs. Earl Weaver,
Mrs. Charles Raynor, Miss Delores DeFrance, Miss Virginia DeFrance and Mrs. Thomas Kettle, all of
Camden, M.J., and Mrs. Earl Moore of Ontario, Canada. A brother, Joseph Felosa, and a sister, Mrs.
Louis Seamon, both of Shinnston, also survive. The funeral was held Monday at St. Ann's Catholic
church, and interment took place at Masonic cemetery.

HALL. Bertha Renora Hall, four months old daughter of Guy R. and Lillian Hall of Peora, died
Saturday from injuries received in the tornado June 23. The child had [been] at a Clarksburg
hospital until the evening before her death. Surviving besides the parents is a brother George and
a sister, Shirley. Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Blair at Pine Bluff
Monday morning with internment at Wyatt cemetery.

McINTIRE. Joseph E. Mclntire, 85, who died at the home of a son Charles D. Mclntire at Alliance,
Ohio, last Wednesday, was buried at Masonic cemetery here Friday.

MOORE. Mrs. Cora S. Moore, 73, wife of Andrew Moore, the former turnkey at the county jail, died
Monday in a Clarksburg hospital. She had a paralytic stroke Sunday at her home, 169 West Main
Street, Clarksburg. Born May 3, 1871, at Brown, she was the daughter of George W. and Eliza Stout
Swiger. She leaves a son, Carroll A. Moore, at home, and two grandchildren, Sgt. Andrew Moore of
the U.S. Army and Miss Frances Moore of Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. She was a member of Bethany
Baptist church near Wallace. Funeral services were held Wednesday with burial in the Laurel Run
cemetery at Brown.

MORGAN. Pat Morgan, 67, a farmer of Ellamore, died Sunday in a Clarksburg hospital following a long
illness. Mr. Morgan was a son of the late David C. Morgan, a direct descendant of Col. Morgan
Morgan, the first white man to reach West Virginia, and Eliza Jane Phillips Morgan, a member of an
early French Creek family. He is survived by his widow, Patty Been [sic] Morgan of Ellamore; a son
and two daughters. Mrs. W.H. Boyles of this city is a niece.

ROTA. Paul Edward Rota, aged 45 days, son of Samuel and Katie Wine Rota of Robinson's Run, died
Saturday morning at a Fairmont hospital. The father is in the Marine corps and is stationed at Camp
Pendleton, Calif.
 
 

  AUGUST 31. 1944 ISSUE

BOGGESS. Mrs. Sarah A. Boggess, 85, widow of Samuel Boggess, died at 10:50 o'clock Monday night
at her home in Owings. She had been ill for two years. Mrs. Boggess was born November 9, 1858
at Burton, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Glover. She was a member of the Pilgrims Holiness
church of Clarksburg. Surviving is a son, W.A. Boggess, payroll clerk at Owings; a daughter, Mrs.
George Rutter of Owings; a half brother, W.J. Troy of Burton; a half sister, Mrs. Nancy Maple of
Fairmont; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
 
 

  SEPTEMBER 7. 1944 ISSUE

COFFINDAFFER. A.B. Coffindaffer, 82, a life long resident of the Kincheloe community, died
Saturday morning at the home of his son, Dr. R.S. Coffindaffer here. The funeral was held Monday
at a Clarksburg funeral home and burial was at Good Hope. Mr. Coffindaffer was a son of J.B. and
Emalie Bowen Coffindaffer. He was married to Sarah Josephine Carter, who died in 1925. He is
survived by his second wife, Mrs. Bertha Curry Coffindaffer; six sons, W.H. , assistant superintendent
of Harrison county schools, Clarksburg; E.W., of Shinnston; Dr. C.C. Coffindaffer of Kincheloe; C.Z.,
Kincheloe; Dr. R.S. of Shinnston; Robert Lynn, of Kincheloe; and three daughters, Mrs. H.T. Curry
of Kincheloe; Mrs. L.T. Williams, of Bristol; Mrs. James L. Rogers of Eaton Rapids, Mich., one
brother, C.A. Coffindaffer, of Kincheloe; twenty-five grand children and twenty great grand children.
Seven of the grandsons are in the armed forces.

COFFMAN. James Taylor Coffman, 83, one of the leading farmers of the Robinson's Run community, died
at his home August 29th after a short illness. He had, however, been in declining health for a few
years past. The funeral was held at the residence Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. K.U. Thompson,
and interment too1* place at Masonic cemetery. Mr. Coffman was a son of John and Achsah Boggess
Coffman and was the last surviving member of a family of 14. He was born May 27, 1861. He wa.s a
member of the U.B. church. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Mary Shaw Coffman; three daughters, Stella and
Bertha Coffman, both at home, and Mrs. Beryl Harbert, of Shinnston; one son, Aubrey Coffman; four
grand children and six great grandchildren.

HARBERT. Harriett Annie Harbert, 84, of Brown, died at 8:13 p.m. Saturday in a Weston hospital.
She was the widow of Marcus Lafayette Harbert. Mrs. Harbert was born January 2, 1860, near Sardis,
a daughter of Joseph R. and Margaret Swiger Thompson. She is survived by two sons, Hallie L., of
Brown, and Ray R. , of Charleston; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Smith, of Brown and two brothers, Floyd
Thompson, of Detroit, Mich, and Claude Thompson, of Clarksburg. There are sixteen grandchildren and
eight great grandchildren.

JONES. Corp. Boyd Haynes Jones, 24, an aviation gunner, who was expecting to go overseas for duty,
was killed in Muroc, Calif., in combat training, according to announcement received Friday by his
parents, James and Stella Nutter Jones, of West Union. Funeral services will be held at West Union,
Sunday. He was a relative of Mrs. Fred Galmish of this city.

McINTIRE. Everal Mclntire, 80, a life long resident of Worthington, died at 6:20 p.m. Monday evening
at his home following a several months illness. He was hospitalized in a Clarksburg hospital a part
of the time. He was born in Worthington May 20, 1864, a son of Louis and Mary Ann Hardesty Mclntire.
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. May Nixon Mclntire, and two daughters, Miss Amelia Ann and Miss Mary
Virginia, both of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Thornton "Stone" Mclntire, of Fairmont, and a
sister, Mrs. G.L. Howell, of Clarksburg. He was a member and deacon of the Worthington Baptist
church.

PRITT. Janet Blane Pritt, 27, died at her home on Walkerville, R. 1, August 29th, following an
extended illness. She was the daughter of Perry and Llllie Garrett Fleming and was born Oct. 17,
1916. Ott July 26, 1940, she was married to Dencil Pritt, who is serving with the army in Georgia.
Mr. and Mrs. Pritt resided in the Sara Burnett apartment on the West Side until last August when Mr.
Pritt was Inducted into the army. Mrs. Pritt then roomed with Mrs. John R. Lucas and continued her
work at a local drug store until this spring when illness forced her to give up her work and go the
the home of her parents. Besides her husband and parents she is survived by two brothers, Hubert
Fleming, serving with the army in France, and Harley Fleming, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Jessie
Kickman of Heaters; Mrs. Madeline Brown of Orlando, and Miss Margie Fleming at home.

WEBB. Mrs. Luisa Carson Webb, 81, wife of Grant Webb, died at 8 p.m. Sunday at her home on Little
Rock Camp after a two weeks Illness of paralysis. She was born June 11, 1863, in Fairmont, a
daughter of Robert and Mary Henline Carson. She is survived by her husband, one son, Howard, of
Brown, and five daughters, Mrs. Allie Bennet of Big Elk; Mrs. Ernie Edgeli, of Wheeling; Mrs. Dora
Stire, of Little Rock Camp and Miss Ollie and Miss Dicie, both at home. There are sixteen grand
children and three great grandchildren.

WHARTON. William Oliver Wharton, 67, of Enterprise, died at 6:45 p.m. Monday in a Phillppl hospital
where he had undergone an operation on August 11. Mr. Wharton was born March 3, 1877 at Proctor,
a son of William and Sarah Smith Wharton. He was an employe[e] of the Shinnston Coal company.
Surviving besides the widow, Alsiora Young Wharton, are the following children: Russell M. Wharton,
Fairmont; Mrs. Robert Z. Smith, Hepaibah; Mrs. Bryan James, Shinnston; Mrs. Edward Buckett, McKees
Rocks, Pa. ; Mrs. Jennings Burton, Clarksburg, and Mrs. James L. Tetrick, Midway. Four brothers,
Charles, of Belpre, Ohio; John Webster and Junius, of Moundsville, and one sister, Mrs. Alma Smalley,
also of Moundsville.
 
 

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COMER. Mrs. Lydia Pearl Conner, 51, died Friday at her home at Ida May. She was born in Earnshaw,
Wetzel county, Jan. 16th, 1893, the daughter of John H. and Elizabeth Carpenter Metz. Her husband,
Charles Conner, survives. They were married August 16, 1916. She also leaves the following
children: Miss Elizabeth Conner, Mrs. Geraldine Mclnturff and Mrs. Vivian Mclnturff, all of Ida May;
Fvt. Kenneth Conner of the Army in France, and Charles, Jr., Mary Louise, David Lee and Juanita
Conner, all at home. Also surviving are four brothers and three sisters, Roy and William Metz, both
of Wetzel county, Sam of Shinnston, Edgar of Gypsy; Mrs. Vera Fortney of Gypsy, Mrs. Cecil Conner
of Pittsburgh, and Miss Wanda Metz of Shinnston.' There are four grandchildren. Funeral services
were held Monday with burial in the Enterprise cemetery.

JACKSON. Curtis G. Jackson, formerly of Grafton, well known business man of Morgantown and a member
of the Jackson-Grow Machine Co. , in Morgantown, died suddenly of a heart attack at his residence Aug.
16. He was 62 years old. Mr. Jackson, who was the son of the late Thomas and Ida Jackson of Graf ton
and Shinnston, had been a resident of Morgantown for the past thirty five years. He was a member
of the Masonic Fraternity and Past Master of Morgantown Union Lodge Ko. 4, also a member of Knights
Templar and was a charter member of the Morgantown 13 club. He was affiliated with the Methodist
church and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Morgantown. Surviving are the
widow, Mrs. Helle Garlow Jackson, four daughters, Mrs. Charles Pierce, Mrs. Charles Simmins, Mrs.
Charles Whiston and Mrs. Orville Pride, all of Morgantown; two sons, C. Granville Jackson, Jr., and
David T. Jackson with the Kavy at Norfolk, Va. ; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Creel, Washington, D.C. ,
Mrs. Arthur Collier, Grafton, and Mrs. Harry PapaJohn of this city.

LONG. Mrs. Minnie Belle Long, 74, wife of Henry A. Long, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at her home on
Mudlick run. She was born in the house March 18, 1870, the daughter of William and Judith Barnes
McDaniel. Mrs. Long suffered a stroke in March and a second one on September 6. Her condition had
been critical for several days. She is survived by her husband, a daughter. Miss Grace Long, and
an aunt. Miss Nettie Barnes, all of the Mudiick residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday at
the residence, conducted by the Rev. E.C. Zinn. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery.

WILLIAMS. The death of Miss Mary E. Williams, 80, occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. T.B.
Stewart, in Greenwood, S.C., August 27,. 1944, according to word received here. Miss Williams was
a sister of the late Ernest M. Williams of Shinnston. As a missionary of the Methodist church, Miss
Williams worked for 35 years among the Japanese. The present war with Japan caused her much
distress. She was at home on fourlough [sic] when her father, George R. Williams died in Monroe
county and remained there until the death of her mother three years later. Then she returned to
Japan where she remained until forced home because of ill health. Surviving besides the sister are
two brothers, Dr. E.L. Williams, of Fort Meade, Florida, and H.L. Williams of Ronceverte [sic].
Burial was in Mew Lebanon cemetery in Monroe county.
 
 

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GEMONDS- Lelia Belle Gemonds, 3 months old, died of cholera infantum at a hospital in Fairmont
Wednesday. She was the daughter of Jamss and Leleia Comer Gemonds of Riverdale addition,
Shinnston. She was born June 24, 1944, at Shinnston. Besides the parents there are three
sisters at home Judith Elaine, Toni Alberta and Sandra Lee.

BARTER. Funeral services for John L, Harter, 50, who died Thursday evening in the Plnecrest
sanitorium, Beckley, were held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Sue Harter of Enterprise. He
was born Feb. 23, 1894,, the son of Lloyd and Sarah Karter of Lumberport and was serving as store
manager for the Cameo Coal Mining company at Cameo, Boone county at the time of his death. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah Helen Satterfieid Barter, and one son, Jack Harter[,] Ashville,
N.C. ; one brother and five sisters, George Harter, LuHiberport, Mrs. C.C. Dillie, Clarksburg; Mrs.
John Burke, Lumberport, Mrs. John Fethtei, Lumberport; Mrs. Raymond Satterfieid, Enterprise, and
Mrs. Margaret Vargo, New York City. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at
Enterprise.

QUAIT. Shinnston friends have learned of the death of Mrs. Goldie Quait, 40, wife of Earl Quait
of Detroit, Mich., which occurred there on Wednesday, Sept. 6, of cancel'. Mrs. Quait was the
former Goldie White, daughter of the late Homer White of Shinnston and Mrs. Mary Madden of
Detroit. She lived here several years and graduated from Shinnston high school. Mrs. Eva
Eleyette and Mrs. Harold Pitzer both of Shinnston and Miss Esther Cottriil, of Clarksburg were
among those from here attended [sic] the funeral.

SIMPSON. Pvt. H.T. Simpson, a brother-in-law of Mrs. H.R. Robey of Enterprise, who was reported
missing in action July 29th, now has been declared killed in action on that date. He was a son
of Joseph Simpson, Sr., of Philadelphia, where he and his family resided until his induction in the
army. Besides his wife, the former Shirley Campbell of Bridgeport, 0., he is survived by his father
and the following brothers and sisters: Pvt. Joseph, Jr., in England; Pvt. Bernard, overseas; Pvt.
Gene, in the Marines; Bill, Doris and Bertie at home and Sis in Sen [sic] Diego, Calif. A military
mass is being held at St. Anthony's Catholic church in Bridgeport, Ohio, where his family resides.
Mrs. Simpson is a sister of K.R. Robey of Enterprise.

STARKEY. Roger Lee Starkey, 22 day old infant son of Robert and Hannah Moody Starkey, died Saturday
at the family home on Robinson's run. The child was born August 24. Survivors include the parents,
three brothers, Ervin, Raymond and Charles, and four sisters, Lula Gay, Goidie, Martha and Betty Lou,
all at home.
 
 

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BURNER. George Washington Burner, 77, Phiiippi painter and decorator, died Sunday at his home
after a heart attack. Ke was ill only a few minutes. Mr. Burner was born May 20, 1867, a son of
Morgan H. and Sarah A. Baker Burner. His first marriage was to Anna J. Glascock, who died April
22, 1919. Surviving of this marriage are two daughters, Mrs. Ada Dott Zinn of Shinnston, and
Mrs. Eula Caryl Wentz, of Clarksburg. Mr. Burner later married Minnie E. Hoffman, who survives
with two daughters. A sister. Mrs. Martha Jane Lanham, of Phiiippi, also survives. Funeral
services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon with burial in the Phiiippi Masonic cemetery.

McELFRESH. Abram McElfresh, 81, a retired farmer of Meadland died at noon Tuesday of last week
in a Clarksburg hospital following an illness of three weeks of complications due to his advanced
age. He was born in Taylor county, the youngest and last surviving member of a family of 13. He
was twice married. His first wife was Ollie Kail, and two children were born to this union. One
survives, Odbert C. MeElfresh of Meadland. The second wife was Moilie Withers. Three children
were born to this wedlock and two survive. They are Mrs. Charles Bunner, Flemington, Rt. 1, and
Mrs. Earl Cooper of Shinnston.
 
 

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ASHCRAFT. Many friends and relatives gathered in the family residence at Oakdale Saturday
morning to attend the funeral of Mrs. Nora Belle Ashcraft, wife of D.D. Ashcraft. The Rev. Homer
Surge officiated. The Grangeviile quartet composed of Misses Tribly and Grace Watson, Robert
Moore and Lyda Shaffer sang. Burial was made in the family plot in the Oakdale cemetery. The
pallbearers, ail sons and sons in law, where Ray Ashcraft, Roy Ashcraft, Paul Hawking[,] Everett
Swiger, Ross Wadsworth and Lester Martin. The deceased is survived by her husband, two
daughters, Mrs Everett Swiger and Mrs. Gladys Hawkins, and three sons, Curtis Rou [sic], (J.S.H.,
in California; Arlie Roy, of Wheeling and Lester Gayie, U.S.A., at Camp Jeune [sicj, K.C.

HOOD. Dr. Thomas Milton Hood, Sr, oldest living alumnus of West Virginia university and
Jefferson Medical college, died at his home 528 West Main street, Clarksburg Wednesday night at
6:20 o'clock. He was born April 20, 1853, near Lowesvilie, Monongalia County the son of John 3.
and Mary M. Smyth Hood. A member of a large family, he is survived by only one brother. Smith
Kood, of Clarksburg. Upon graduating from medical school he started the practice of general
medicine at Lumber-port and Shinnston. In 1882 he moved to Cassville, and married Dora W.
Foreman, daughter of Edgar and Mary Fleming Foreman, of Shinnston and granddaughter of Solomon
Fleming, who was active in the formation of the State of West Virginia. In 1887, after special
work at the Polyeliaie hospital in New York, Doctor Hood was appointed assistant superintendent
of the Hospital for the Insane at Weston where he remained until he resigned in 1895. He was the
oldest member of Shinnston Lodge I.O.O.F. Besides his brother, he is survived by his widow and
three children, Edgar F. Hood and Agnes Hood Gronemeyer, of Clarksburg and Dr. Robert C. Hood of
Arlington, Va. There are seven grandchildren, Captain Thomas M. Hood, U.S. Engineers,
Tallahassee, Fla.; James P. Kood, Lenzabeth [sic] G. Ast [sic], of Staunton, Va. , ning, [sic]
Kev. [Here it appears that a line has been omitted from the original text.}; Virginia Davis and
David Lincoln of Clarksburg; Elizabeth G. Ast [sic], of Staunton; Jean Gronemeyer,,
Akron, Ohio and John Gronemeyer of Clarksburg. One great grandchild, Philip Ast, IV, of Staunton
survives.

STEALEY. Rev. James L. Stealey, 28, son in law of Mr. and Mrs, Ralph Bee of Shinnston, was drowned
Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock near Albany, Georgia while swimming. It is believe a heart, attack
while in the water caused his death. The body is being brought to Clarksburg for interment. 
Mr. Stealey was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Stealey of Clarksburg. He was the pastor of a Seventh
Day Adventist church at Albany where he had been serving only since September first. This was his
first charge. The young man was born October 5, 1915, in Clarksburg. He graduated from Washington
Irving high school in 1934. Following a period of employment by the state road commission, he enter
the Washington Missionary college, Washington, B.C., and was graduated in June of this year. He is
survived by his widow, Verna Bee Stealey of Albany, his parents and five sisters, Harriett, Ruth,
Mary and Janet, all at home, and Mrs. Lloyd K. Randolps [sic], of 1713 Williams avenue, Clarksburg.

WEBB. Mrs. Alex Stire of Prospect Valley has received word from the War Dept. of the death of her
son, Ray Junior Webb, Seaman Second Class on Sept. 24th- Seaman Webb lost his life while on duty
on board ship in the Navy. Death was due to drowning. No available details have been received.
Seman Webb enter in the Navy on March 20th of this year and had been overseas four months.

TETRICK. James W. Tetrick, 78, retired merchant of Enterprise, died Monday night at Fairmont General
hospital. Funeral services will be held at the residence Thursday afternoon. Mr. Tetrick was born
March 29, 1866, a son of the late Commodore B. and Ann Rebecca Thomas Tetrick. He was in business
at Burnsville from 1902 to 1908. He also served as mayor of Burnsviile. Later he engaged in the
meat business at Shinnston in 1909, leaving in 1912 to establish a feed business with his brother
in Enterprise. He retired in 1938. He was a member of the Shinnston Baptist church and the local
Masonic lodge. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Martha Long of East Shinnston; Mrs. Nettie B. Sturm
and Mrs. Mabel Stewart; two brothers, Clarence L. and Henry N. Tetrick, both of Enterprise.
 
 

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BROWN. Enroute to Bluefieid where he planned to attend the Odd Fellow's grand lodge John Wesley
Brown, 69, a farmer of Wyatt, suffered a heart attack Monday at the Terminal building, Clarksburg
and died in a few minutes. Mr. Brown was to have attended the meeting as a delegate from the
Wyatt lodge and had just purchased a bus ticket to Bluefieid when he was stricken. He was born
February 24, 1875, in Clay, a son of the Rev. Anthony and Elizabeth Jarrett Brown. He had
resided in Wyatt for twenty-two years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Biddy Brown, two sons,
Lonnie B. , of Washington, D.C. and Cecil, of Parkersburg; four daughters, Mrs. Larnie Ashcraft
and Mrs. Ollie Davis, both of Wyatt[p] Mrs Mabel Harris, of Glade Fork and Mrs. Madeline Evers of
Clarksburg; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Osborn, Mrs. Cordelia Neale and Mrs. Isabella Neal, all of
Bickmore, Clay county; a half brother, William Brown of Elkridge, Fayette county, and two half
sisters, Mrs. Homer Payne of Wyatt and Mrs. Naomi Boggs of Clay. There are eighteen
grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Wyatt
Union church with burial in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Wyatt.

MARTIN. James Russell Martin, about 70, was found dead last Thursday afternoon on Robinson's run
about two and a half miles from Shinnston on the Mannington road. The body was found by Thomas
Mayfield lying in a ravine 60 feet below the highway. Martin was last seen Monday and he is
thought to have been dead since that time, Dr. Lawrence Mills, county coroner and state police
made an investigation. He was born on Prospect Valley and is a son of the late Richard and Jane
Ashcraft Martin. He was three times married. Surviving are eight daughters, three brothers,
Charles and William Martin of Prospect Valley, John, of Haywood, and two sisters, Mrs. Christine
Dawson, of Oklahoma, and Miss Delia Martin of Prospect Valley.
 
 

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ALESSIO. The war department notified Mr. and Mrs. John Alessio of Owings that their son, Staff
Sergt. Frank Alessio, 23, has been killed in action Sept. 12, in France. Two week s ago they were
told that Sergt. Alessio was missing. He had been in the Army for about two years. He was a
graduate of Shinnston high school and attended Fairmont State college where he was a football star.
He is survived by his parents, five brothers, Louis, in the Navy at San Diego, Calif. ; Patsy, Owings ;
Joseph, in the Navy, the Pacific; Sam, of New London, Conn. ; Tony, at home, and five [sic] sisters,
Rose, Elizabeth, Sarah, Katherine, Mary and Patricia.
 
ANDERSON . Miss Fannie E. Anderson, 75, died last Wednesday afternoon at the home of her niece,
W.J. McDonnell of Charles street following a day's illness. She came here six months ago from Terra
Alta. She was born August 23, 1869, the daughter of Edward H. and Jennie Pickett Anderson. Funeral
services and burial was made at Rowlesburg.

DILLAMAN. Stricken with a heart attack Tuesday afternoon just after he had completed his day's work
and entered the company bus for the trip home, Alfred Philip Dillaman, 60, a timberman at the Owings
mine of the Consolidate Coal Co. , died a few minutes later. A physician summoned from Shinnston
found Mr. Dillaman dead when he arrived. He was born at Butler, Pa., July 9, 1884, a son of
George and Phoebe Byers Dillaman. Ke is survived by his widow, Mrs. Alice Dillaman and the following
children: Pvt. Earl Dillaman, in the Army in France; Miss Ruth Dillaman, at home; Pvt. James
Dillaman, in the Southwest Pacific[;] Lt. Charles tfillaman, in the Air Force, Libertl [sic], Kansas;
Pvt. Cline Dillaman, in the Air Force at Lubbock, Texas, and Walter Dillaman, at home. Four brothers
and three sisters also survive: W.K. Dillaman of Smithfield; Frank Dillaman of Cameron; Oscar
Dillaman of Seagertown, Pa.; George Dillaman of Meadville, Pa.; Mrs. Ray Scott, of Smithfield; Mrs.
Arthur Chambers of Slippery Rock, Pa., and Mrs. Mary Allen of Conneautville, Pa. [See also:
Dillaman, A.P. in October 26, 1944 issue for additional data.]

OSBORNE. Seventeen months old Terry Carl Osborne tumbled into a spring of water and drowned at noon
on last Friday, just 24 hours after his soldier father ended a brief furlough and left for Camp
Robinson, Ark. The son of Carl and Dorothy Stillwell Osborne of Little Bingamon, he was born May
21, 1943. A brother Dennis Lee and a sister Nina Patricia, survive.

SHIVELY. Funeral services for John Sanford Shively, 75, of Homer's run, who died Sunday night in
St. Mary's hospital, Clarksburg, where he had been a patient for a week, were held at 1:30 o'clock
Wednesday afternoon in the Charles E. Jenkins funeral home in Morgantown with the Rev. Mr. Zinn,
Shinnston minister, officiating assisted by Dr. W.S. Boyd of Morgantown. Burial in East Oak Grove
cemetery. He was a son of the late Michael and Sarah Lemley Shively. He was born near Cassville.
He had worked in the oil fields the greater part of his life, but in the past few years lived on a
farm near Boothsville. He leaves his widow, Nettie Weaver Shively, a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Ashcraft
of Shinnston, three sons, Jesse Shively of Morgantown; Harold and Wayne Shively in the service, now
here; two grand children; a brother, Melville Shively, Madison Lakes, Mont.; three sisters, Mrs.
Ezekial Morris, of Lennox, Iowa; Mrs. Frances Sanders of Lennox, O., Mrs. Mary Kincaid of Fairmont,
and a half brother, Floyd, in Carolina.

SIMS. Clarence Jennings Sims, two months old son of Louis and Genevieve Creak Sims, died Thursday
at the family home at Willard of colitis. A brother and sister, Jouis [sic] Jr., and Mable, survive
along with the parents. Funeral services were held Friday and interment was made in the Odd Fellows
cemetery at Enterprise.
 
 

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DILLAMAN. Funeral services for A. P. Dillaman, whose death occurred Tuesday of last week
following a heart attack, were held Saturday afternoon at the home in East Shinnston, conducted
by Rev. H.U. Thompson of the First Baptist Church. Interment took place at Masonic cemetery. In
giving names of surviving children last week, the News omitted by mistake the name of a daughter,
Mrs. Pam Kunkle of East Shinnston.

MOORE. George William Moore, 22, died at a Clarksburg hospital Saturday at 4:55 a.m., from
injuries suffered on the previous evening at Owings mine. Ke was working on the tipple when he
fell and a mine car passed over his legs. One leg was severed below the knee and the other one
was amputated at the hospital. The young man was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Moore of Station
street, and was born September 8, 1922 at Belington. He leaves besides the parents a sister,
Mrs. Marie Row of Washington, D.C. The Mo[o]re home on Pleasant Hill was completely destroyed in
the tornado last June and both Mr. and Mrs. Moore were badly injured. Mrs. Moore had been in a
hospital since the tornado until a few days before her son's death. Funeral services were held
at the First Baptist church Monday afternoon with burial in the Masonic cemetery.

NEPTUNE. Mrs. Hannah Cordelia Ice Neptune, 90, mother of A.N. Neptune of Shinnston, died at her
home at 328 Home street, Bellview, October 14. She was the widow of Alpha A. Neptune who died
several years ago and a daughter of Fielding and Louisa Dragoo Ice. The family formerly resided
in the Shinnston community but moved to Marlon county many years ago. Surviving are the
following children: Mrs. J.E. Moore, Mannington; Arlie J. Keptune, Cleveland, Ohio; A.K.
Keptune, Shinnston, who is employed in Cleveland; Mrs. Stella Reese, Mrs. L.T. Keiger, Mrs, T.E.
Trickett and Mrs. Georgia Addis, ail of Fairmont. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and eight
great grandchildren. The funeral and burial took place in Bellevue, Fairmont.

TYBORKSY. Julius Tyborsky, 54, died suddenly of a heart attack Oct. 18 at his home at Gypsy. He
was born August 5, 1890 in Germany and came to the United States in 1923. In 1927 he moved to
Shinnston from Akron, Ohio, but for the last 12 years had resided at Gypsy. He was a machines
operator at Owings mine, and a member of the U.B. church at Gypsy. Surviving is his widow, Mrs.
Elizabeth Bludau Tyborsky and a son, Petty Officer Robert H. Tyborksy, USN, at Whitbey [sic] Island,
Wash[.]; also his mother and five sisters and three brothers in Germany. A sister resides in Canada.
 
 

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ARNOLD. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at three o'clock at the First Methodist
church for Mrs. Katherine Burnett Arnold, who died Wednesday morning in a Clarksburg hospital of
a paralytic stroke suffered Tuesday. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery. Born December
13, 1393, in Mannington, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Davis Akins. She married Home
Burnett, who died in 1935. She later married Ernest Arnold, who survives. In addition to her
husband, she is survived by two sons. Homer Dean Burnett, with the coast guards at Manhattan
Beach, K.Y., and Charles Burnett, with the army in New Guinea; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth
McDonald of 206 Bond street, Clarksburg; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Soles of Wheeling, and Mrs.
Edith Manley of Princeton; a half sister, Mrs. Russell Clarks of Jamestown, N.Y.; a half brother,
Lynn Akins, of New York city and two grandchildren.

SMITH. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Karmer Funeral home for Mrs. Luegenia
Smith, 67, colored, wife of Paul Smith, who died Wednesday in the Lakin state hospital at Point
pleasant, after an illness of three months. Burial was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at
Enterprise. She had resided in Shinnston for 25 years and was familiarly known among a wide
circle as "Aunt Lou." She was a member of St. Luke's Baptist church, Meadowbrook. She was born
in Havana, Ala., Jan. 5, 1887, the daughter of Henry and Charity Clay. She is survived by a son
by a former marriage, Andrew J. Quails of Windham, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Angeline White of Four
States, as well as her husband and six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
 
 

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BRUNETTE. Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Brunette, 64, wife of Joseph, who died Sunday at her
home on Pike street, following a several years illness of paralysis, were held Tuesday morning at
St. Ann's Church. Burial was made in the Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Brunette was born Kov. 2, 1880
in Italy, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Caputo. She is survived by her husband and seven
grandchildren. Frank Martino, a grandson, has made his home with his grandparents since
childhood. A brother, Louie Martino[,] a soldier wounded in European fight, is home on a
furlough.

FLETCHER. Clarence W. Fletcher, 69, died Sunday in a hospital at Weston, where he had been a
patient for 13 years. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Mary Musgrave Fletcher, and four children, Fred
Fletcher, in service; Harold of Shinnston, Mrs. Mary Carpenter of Millersville and Miss Lucy
Fletcher of Fairmont.

GOFF. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Hattie Delcenia Goff, 69, wife of
Claude P. Goff, who died Friday evening in an Elkins hospital. Burial was made in the Keldreth
cemetery on Bingamon. She was born January 31, 1875, on Long Run, a daughter of Hiram J. and
Sarah Metz Fortney. She married Mr. Goff June 14, 1911, at Enterprise. Surviving in addition to
her husband are three children, Charles and Forrest, both of Shinnston and Mrs. Evelyn Harbert of
Robinson's Run and two brothers, Lloyd Fortney of Bingamon and Fred Fortney of Shinnston. Mrs.
Goff was a member of the Long Run United Brethren Church.

JONES. Funeral services for Guy K. Jones, 55, of Fairmont, who died Saturday afternoon frowi
injuries Saturday afternoon from injuries suffered in an accident at Mine No. 41, Barrackville,
were held Tuesday afternoon in the Methodist Church at Wyatt. Burial was made in the
Butcherville cemetery. Mr. Jones was the son of Moses and Sarah V. Jones and was born in Ritchie
county April 15, 1889. He is survived by his widow, Claudia Williams Jones and by one daughter,
Mrs. Oscar Heldreth of Wyatt; one grandchild, Joan Heldreth, also survives, and as do four
sisters and two brothers.
 
 

  NOVEMBER 16. 1944 ISSUE

CARSON. Mrs. Anna [Carson], 48, wife of John Carson, retired employee of the Hope Natural Gas
Co., died Tuesday of last week at Rinehart. Her body was found hanging from a rafter in the barn.
She had been in poor health for some months past. She was a daughter of Thomas and Martha Starkey
Freeland of Wetzel county. Besides the husband she is survived by a son and daughter by a previous
marriage. Three brothers and two sisters also survive, namely, Andre and Clem Freeland, of
Clarksburg; William Freeland, of Joetown; Mollie Freeland of Archie's Creek and Mrs. Dora Anderson
of Hastings.

HELDRETH. Fillmore D. Heldreth, 83, died from burns at his home Wednesday morning of last week,
he was found by his wife after he had fallen into a fire. A retired farmer, he had lived for many
years on Jack Run, near Lumfaerport. He was born on Robinson's Run, August 3, 1361, a son of Joseph
and Julia Fortney Heldreth. Surviving besides the widow are five sons, Curtis, of Newport News, Va. ;
Lynn, of Detroit; Golden, of Lumberport, Destle, of Lumberport, and Eslie [sic], of Lake Home, 0.

HUGHES. When a Shinnston Wholesale Company truck went out of control and crashed into a pickup truck
Saturday afternoon on route 19 north of Morgantown, Ellis Bradford Hughes, 23, of Peora, and two
Morgantown men lost their lives. The other two victims were Lawrence Barlow. 61, driver of the
pickup and a fellow worker, Garner Hunnell, 60. Another Peora boy, Donley Zirkle, 13, was removed
to a hospital with concussion and perhaps a fractured skull. Ray Ashcraft, also of Peora, who was
in the Shinnston truck, was slightly injured. Hughes was a son of the late Lantz Hughes. Samuel
P. Keener of Peora is his step father. He has a brother, Roy Hughes of Baden, Pa., and a sister,
Mrs. Edith Skidmore of Elkins. He was formerly in the Navy and was in action at Pearl Harbor at the
time the Japs attacked, when he lost a leg. The accident occurred at the foot of a hill when the
loaded beer truck swung sideways in the highway, turned over directly into the front of the pickup
truck. The officials investigating stated it took over two hours to get the heavy truck loosened
from the lighter one so the bodies of the victims could be extricated. It was stated by officials
to be one of the worst highway accidents in this area in several years and jumped the Monongalia
traffic fatality county from four to seven for the year, in one accident.

KOGELSCHATZ. Adolph Fayman Kogelschatz, 60, of 1203 West King street, Martinsburg, a member of the
firm Kogelschatz and Coffman, funeral directors of that city, died suddenly, October 25, of a heart
attack at the establishment on West Martin street there. Survivors include his widow, formerly Miss
Minnie Blanche Shinn, daughter of the late Ernest H. Shinn of Shinnston; one son. Captain Louis
William Kogelschatz, who was on his way overseas but was given a 24 hour leave to attend the funeral
of his father; one daughter, Miss Helen Frances Kogelschatz, a student at Cincinnati Conservatory
of Muslc[,] Cincinnati, Ohio, and one grandchild. Mrs. Louis Wm. Kogelschatz and three year old
child are residing with the elder Mrs. Kogelschatz while Capt. Kogelschatz is overseas.
 

  NOVEMBER 23, 1944 ISSUE

NAY. Jackson E. Nay, 88, died Saturday at the home of a son, Ray J. Nay of Sycamore. He was
born January 1, 1856 at Shinnston, a son of William Harrison and Louise Everson Nay.

WILKINSON. Funeral services for Mrs. Susan M. Wilkinson, 67, wife of Jesse R. Wilkinson, who
died Sunday at the family home on Shinn's Run, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Saltwell
Methodist church. Rev. J.H. Thompson of the Shinnston Baptist church officiated. Burial was
made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Wilkinson was born on Shinn's Run, April 10, 1877,
a daughter of Albert A. and Savilla Coon Shinn. She is survived by her husband, one son, Dennis,
of Bridgeport Route 1; one brother, Harry E. Shinn, and one sister, Mrs. Tessie Martin, both of
Shinn's Run. She was a member of the Saltwell Methodist church.
 
 

  NOVEMBER 30. 1944 ISSUE

DAVIS. Pvt. Robert G. Davis, son of Mrs. Lillian Davis, 304 Diamond street, and husband of Mrs. Mary
Mittendorf Davis, 311 Leona Court was killed in action on October 16 while serving in Italy with an
Intelligence unit of the Infantry.

HAGGERTY. Mrs. Manervia [sic] Haggerty was found dead at her home at Peora Thursday of last week
by a daughter, Mrs. Glenn Sturm of Waynesburg, Pa. who had come to spend Thanksgiving with her
mother. Mrs. Haggerty apparently had died Wednesday evening, as she was found seated in a chair.
The funeral was held Saturday with interment at the Wyatt Odd Fellows cemetery. She was the widow
of James D. Haggerty who died in 1939. She was born on Bingamon April 7, 1865. Surviving are two
sons, Homer, of Massilin [sic], Ohio, and Harlan, of Wyatt; and five daughters, Mrs. Charles Swain,
of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. E.N. Heldreth, Shinnston; Mrs. Sturm, of Waynesburg, Pa. ; Mrs. Eva Fore, of
Wyatt, and Miss Florida Haggerty, of Shinnston.

OPIE. Mrs. C.L. Cook, 824 Fourth street has received word that her nephew, Capt. Thomas R. Opie,
was one of the officers killed on Friday night when a four-engined bomber crashed and burned about
25 miles southeast of the Clovis Army Air Field, Clovis, N.M. The bomber was on a combat training
mission at the time of the crash.

SEIFERT. Pfc. Eugene Seifert, 31, stepson of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Seifert of Gypsy, was killed in
action in Germany September 19, according to word received from the War Department by the parents.
He entered the service in March, 1942. Pfc. Seifert had made his home for several years prior to
entering the service with his aunt, Mrs. Minnie Technell of Owings. He is survived by his sister,
Mrs. Pearl Blair, of Ohio, a brother, Charles, of Pennsylvania, a brother. Junior, in the Marines
overseas, and another brother, Lawrence, in the U SJavy. He attended Shinnston grade school.

SWIGER. Andrew Jackson Swiger, 77, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Orie Wallace of
Middleport, Ohio, last Thursday. The body was returned to Shinnston Saturday where services were
held and interment took place at Masonic cemetery.

TUCKER. Mrs. Mary Virginia Tucker, 88, one of Shinnston's oldest citizens, died Sunday morning at
her home on Walnut street. She had been ill some several weeks of complications incident to her age.
Funeral services were held at the Christ Church Methodist Tuesday afternoon. Burial was made in the
Masonic cemetery. Born in Shinnston, February 5, 1856, she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth
Fortney Nay. She spent practically her entire life in this community, and was known as "Aunt Mamie"
Tucker by her many friends, all of whom held her in high esteem. She was the widow of Flem Tucker,
dead many years. A son, and a daughter also are deceased. A sister, Mrs. Ida Rowand of Bridge
street, is her only immediate survivor. Mrs. Tucker was the oldest communicant of Christ Church,
Methodist here.

WILSON. Pvt. Forrest E. Wilson, 29, of Fairmont, W.Va., was instantly killed Wednesday afternoon
on the battle condition course at the Tank Destroyer Replacement Training center when a charge of
TUT which he was emplacing [sic] exploded. A preliminary report by a board of officers named to
investigate the accident, said no one was close to the soldier when the explosion took place.
 

 
  DECEMBER 7. 1944 ISSUE

BURGE. First Lt. Harold Burge who previously was reported missing in action on July 11 in
Europe, has been declared dead, a telegram received Sunday by his wife Mrs. Christine Shreves
Burge of Washington, D.C. informed her. The 23 year old officer was the son of Rev. Homer and
Lucy Ellen Burkhammer Burge of Shinnston, route 1. He entered the service in January, 1943, and
had been overseas since last March.

COX and LOVE. Two men were killed and another injured on Davisson's Run when a charge of
dynamite went off prematurely. The dead are Ben Love of Murrayville and Wade Cox of Harrisville.

LYONS. Okey L. Lyons, 45, died Saturday at his home on Jones run. He had been ill since May and
only recently returned home from a Philadelphia, Pa., hospital where he underwent an operation.
Funeral services were held from the late residence Tuesday afternoon. Burial was made in the
Lumberport cemetery. He was born in 1899 in the house in which he died, a son of Uriah and Iva
Rogers Lyons. Survivors include his widow, Mable Rogers Lyons; one son, Heal R., a Merchant
Marine stationed in Mew York City; one daughter, Helen Geraldine, at home, and one sister, Mrs.
Cora Cambridge of Lumberport.

THOMPSON. Clifford P. Thompson, 42, was electrocuted shortly after noon when the beam of the
shovel he was operating came in contact with a high tension power line near Enterprise. He died
shortly after he was removed to a Clarksburg hospital. Thomspon was a resident of District
Heights, Md. , and had been employed by the Capital Coal Co. for the past 12 years but had been
at the Enterprise location only two days. Company officials said that he is survived by a
wife and five children in District Heights. The body will be shipped to Washington[, ] D.C.
for burial.

WADSWORTH. Boyd E. Wadsworth, 68, suffered a stroke and died on a Washington, D.C. street
Saturday before he could receive medical attention. He had only recently gone there from
Clarksburg to reside with his daughter Edith. He was a brother of Albert Wadsworth of this city,
and following the tornado this summer he assisted his brother in repairing some of the houses on
Pleasant Hill. Funeral services were held at a funeral home in Clarksburg Wednesday afternoon
and burial was made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery. He is survived by his daughter, Edith, and
three brothers, Arthur, of Charleston; Seymour, of Weston and Albert of this city.

 

DECEMBER 14. 1944 ISSUE

MARTINCIC. Mato Martincic, 61, an employe[e] of the Dawson Coal company for 14 years, died at 5
a.m. Sunday at his home at Peora[. j He had been ill for a year. He is survived by his widow,
Anna; a son, Lt. Stephen Martincic, in the navy at Corpus Christie, Texas, and two brothers, George
of Peora and Bolto of New Geneva, Pa.

MEARNS. Mrs. Essie Hazel Mearns, 53, died at 2:30 a.m. December 8 at her home at Alexander, Upshur
county. She had been ill of paralysis. The funeral and burial took place Sunday with interment at
Brooks Hill Church cemetery. Mrs. Mearns, a former resident of Peora community, was born November
2, 1892, a daughter of Elias and Nancy Ellen Been ZicKafoose [sic] of Upshur county. She is survived
by two sons, Sgt. Harold Mearns of Del Rio, Texas, and Corp. Dale Mearns, of Camp Wheeler, Ga. ; three
daughters, Mrs. Nancy Arlene Frazier, of Clarksburg, Mrs. Ardath Lockhart, of San Diego, Calif., and
Mrs. Phyllis Nixon, of Lima, Ohio; one brother, Charles, of Akron, Ohio, and three sisters, mrs.
Eulace Boyles, of Shinnston, Mrs. Creta Channel, of Galloway, and Mrs. Carola Regester, of Alexander.
There are two grandchildren.

MECKLING. John Meckling died Thursday morning as he was being taken from his home in Enterprise to
a Fairmont hospital. He was an employe[e] of the Christopher Coal company at Four States. Mr.
Meckling, a native of Greensburg, Pa. , is survived by his widow , Mrs. Connie Meckling; three sons,
Cpl. John, Al and James, of Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter, Hattie Arline Meckling, also of Pittsburgh,
and three stepchildren, Thomas, Charles and Robert Moran, of Enterprise. There is a brother, J.J.
Meckling of Beaver Falls, Pa., and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Ray, of Scottsdale, Pa.

OLIVIO. Frank Olivio, 79, died Wednesday of last week at his home in Enterprise. Funeral services
were held Saturday morning at St. Ann's Catholic church, conducted by the Rev. Father Egan and burial
was in the Enterprise Odd Fellows cemetery.

PALATTA. Mrs. Antionetta Palatta, 53, died at 5 a.m. Sunday at her home on Charles street. She
was the wife of Benny Palatta. Mrs. Palatta was born in Italy in 1891, a daughter of Samuel and
Teresa Tiano Olivio, and a brother, Joseph Olivio of Detroit.

PULICE. High mass of requiem was solemnized at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann's Catholic church for
Seaman First Class Anthony Joseph Pulice, whose death in the Pacific theater of war was reported to
the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Salerno "Sam" Pulice of Rebecct [sic] street on Thanksgiving Day. Mass
was directed by Father Arthur Brodeur and Father Nonal both of St. Joseph's Catholic church in
Fairmont and Father James B. Egan of St. Ann's church.

WADSWORTH. Howard T. Wadsworth, well known Fairmont lawyer for over 20 years, died suddenly in his
home on Fleming avenue Sunday evening at 11 o'clock. He was born in 1896, the son of the late
Waitman and Malissa Wadsworth. Mr. Wadsworth graduated from West Virginia university. While engaged
in the practice of law, he specialized in matters of real estate. He is survived by his wife Mrs.
Reland Parker Wadsworth and their two sons, Waldon and Eldon.

WITT. The funeral of James G. Witt, whose death occurred Wednesday night of last week, was held at
1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Pruntytown. He had been employed at the State farm at Pruntytown
the past 12 years and had maintained a home there. For the past year he had been working for the
Katherine Coal company near Shinnston and resided on the West Side with his family. Interment took
place at Masonic cemetery.
 
 

  DECEMBER 21. 1944 ISSUE

RADFORD. John R. Radford, brother of Mrs. Ellen Sturm and Charles Radford of Shinnston, died at his
home in Akron, Ohio, Sunday. The funeral took place there Tuesday. The funeral took place there
Tuesday. The deceased was a former resident of Fairmont. Other sisters and brothers are Mrs. Anna
Sturm, Fairmont; mrs. Bella Riggs, Grant Town; Mrs. Viola Corbin.. of Watson, and Orval Radford,
Fairmont.

STONEBREAKER. Mrs. Alice Stonebr[e]aker of Lumberport has received word from the Navy Department
in Washington, dated December 6, that her son, Robert Charles Stonebreaker, S3/c, went down on a ship
in the English Channel on the 6th of June and that his body was recovered by a French Cruiser on the
8th of June, and that he was buried at sea at 6 P. M. June 8th.
 
 

 
 

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