CLARKSBURG (WV) TELEGRAM
Notes from January 20 through
April 28, 1893 Issues
Transcribed from microfilm
by Nanci Headley Kotowski
January 20, 1893
Rev. L. L. Stewart Dead [notes]
Born 1845 in Allegheny Co.,
PA. Died on Sunday at 11 a.m. following an illness of several weeks.
Buried in Moundsville.
At age 14 relocated to Wood County [(W)V] where his parents farmed.
Was presiding elder of the
Parkersburg District of the M. E. Church.
V. P. Chapin Dead [notes]
Judge Virginius P. Chapin,
whose father was from New England, never married.
Died Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
Funeral was held yesterday.
Was made helpless many months
by paralysis of limbs but was able to sit in chair and to eat.
Served as American consul to
Navigator’s Islands (Samoan) under President Buchanan.
Judge Chapin was a Royal Arch
At Rest [Mrs. Mary N. Hart notes]
Mrs. Mary N. Hart was in her
66th year when she died. Died suddenly on Friday night “about 12
o’clock” at home. Was
widow of Ira Hart who died in1879 as a result of injuries sustained when
he was thrown from a carriage on Main Street. Children included sons
Charles M. and John B. Hart, daughters
Lillie Hart, Mrs. Charles J.
Goff, and Mrs. Wilson in Pueblo, Colorado.
In Chancery [selected entries]
The granting of the following
divorces was noted.
James Gain vs. Margaret E.
Edward T. Gifford vs. Catherine
Emory S. Cunningham, 23 to
Grace L. Robinson, 17
Wrightman T. Webb, 25, to Ingaby
R. Corpening, 25
January 27, 1893
Mayberry Harrison [notes]
Mayberry Harrison was the brother
of Judge Thomas W. Harrison of this city. Mayberry died Tuesday at
the Pike Street home of his sister, Mrs. Thomas Patton. He was buried
in the Baltimore area. He resided in Clarksburg part time.
His wife had been from Baltimore
and had predeceased her husband to whom she left an annuity.
Although Mayberry Harrison
was described as having been blind for some years, his interest was described
William A. Hardman, 23, to
Annie Gay Miller, 19
Obituary of Mrs. Mary Newlon
Died Friday, January 13, 1893
“from the effects of heart trouble.” She was the daughter of Mathew
[sic] Neeley of Morgan’s Run, Middle Island Creek. In October 1849
she married Ira Hart of Clarksburg. They lived in the West End.
Ira Hart was a skilled artisan
who died in 1879 when he was thrown from a buggy. The two sons are
not mentioned by name in this article. The daughters include Mrs.
Charles J. Goff, Clarksburg; Mrs. Henry Wilson, Pueblo, Colorado; and Miss
Lillie Hart, at home with her brothers.
February 3, 1893
Murder Near Kingwood [notes]
[Article is bylined January 25th.]
Last night at 2 o’clock” at
the home of Leroy Gutherie, six miles south of Brandonville, Strauser struck
Albert Fickey on the head with a club crushing the skull and causing death
within three hours. Both were intoxicated . . . The two were always
friends until a day or two ago, and are not twenty years old.
Benjamin Moore, 22, to Julia
M. Howe, 24
William L. Hart, 22, to Lucinda
Henry C. Hyson, 26, to Icie
Edward T. Gifford, 40, to Mary
V. McIntire, 22
George Eckle, 30, to Caria
M. Whiting, 28
February 10, 1893
Very Sad [notes re: son of Enoch
On Sunday morning the 15-year-old
son of Enoch Childers of Harrison County near the Doddridge County line,
accidentally ran “the small blade of a pen-knife into the fleshy part of
his thigh . . . He died from loss of blood in a few hours.”
Local News [selected entries]
A small child of E. E. Eisenbarth,
manager of the West Virginia Knapp Dramatic Company, died at Lost Creek
Tuesday morning of Diptheria [sic]. It had been sick only four days.
John R. Ebert Dead [notes]
Died today at 8:45 a.m. at
his residence on Sand Road a short distance above the city [Parkersburg?
Cause of death: appolexy [sic]
Age at death: between 55 and 60 years old Born and raised in Clarksburg,
the son of Walter Ebert. Described as “one of the most prominent
citizens of this community.” Acquired considerable property.
During the 1860s was a member
of the firm of Gifillan, Ebert & Co., a wholesale grocer. After
the dissolution of Gifillan, Ebert & Co., became a mail agent at B&O
to Grafton for a number of years. Upon retiring from B&O, entered
real estate and other enterprises. Was a director of Traders Building
Associating. Survived by unnamed wife and a son, Charles.
William Plant, 20, to Margaret
A. Shaw, 18
February 17, 1893
In Memoriam [notes]
Winnie Steel died Saturday
night. Ill for nearly four weeks. Funeral was at Goff Chapel
on Monday at 10 a.m.
Described as “an accomplished
and entertaining conversationalist.”
H. A. Payne [notes]
Born 1862 at Pruntytown where
he was raised. Died Sunday morning, February 12, 1893. He was
sick 24 days.
About 6 years ago went to Grafton
as a clerk for J. N. Tregellas. In September 1890 became a store
clerk at Boughner & Sons, Clarksburg. In 1885 became a Christian.
Salem [selected entries]
Mrs. Orean Flowers died Sunday
afternoon. . .
February 24, 1893
Shinnston [selected entries]
Mrs. Julia Gould wife of Geo.
Gould, of Enterprise, was buried at the Masonic cemetery on the 19th.
James C. Ward, 28, to Cora
A. Sly, 24
Charles Scott, 28, to Katie
Walter Bumgardner, 20, to Minnie
Nathaniel F. Williams, 21,
to Charlotte R. Lang, 17
James Lloyd Tichenal, 20, to
Effie Clark, 26
Ai Judson Rogers, 23, to Elina
A. Swiger, 22
W. A. Rose a telegraph operator
at Sutton died on Monday of typhoid fever. He was from Salem.
There was a sad death in Weston
last week. Mrs. Thos. Daugherty, daughter Mr. R. P. Flesher, was
married about two weeks ago and while visiting her father before returning
to Clarksburg to make her future home, was taken sick with pneumonia and
died . . .
March 3, 1893
Recent Marion County Marriages
Elzy Matthews, 21, and Clara
Frank A. Gramp, 25, and Mollie
B. Martin, 20
John Veach, 55, and Margaret
H. Miller, 49
Will Hess, 20, and Edna Daniel,
Wm. R. Jenkins, 22, and Lizzy
D. Ramage, 25
Andrew H. Springer, 24, to
Ella Danley, 19
William Lewis, 22, to Osa[?]
Doughtery [sic], 21
August Youst, 29, to Icie May
March 10, 1893
Robert Bruce Swiger, 25, to
Harriat [sic] Lezzie Newlon, 18
Charles S. Dillon, 26, to Lucy
B. Burnside, 27
James E. Stutler, 22, to Alvertis
March 17, 1893
No newspaper found in
the collection for this date.
March 24, 1893
A Fatal Accident Another
Victim Loses His Life at the Depot Crossing The Third in Six Months
Again the railroad crossing
and some one’s carelessness are responsible for a human life–the third
within six months. Old Dr. Champ whose familiar form has been seen
on our streets for many years is time the victim.
While crossing the railroad
at the depot on Monday he was watching the yard engine backing toward him,
and was trying to keep out of its way. Being thus occupied he failed
to see or hear a freight approaching in the opposite direction and on another
Suddenly he was struck from
behind by the pilot of the freight and thrown almost directly under the
The shock was so sudden that
the “Doctor” who was about 78 years old and somewhat infirm could not save
The wheels catching his right
hand followed up and cut his shoulder clear off with the exception of a
little shred of skin, and gazed past the side of his face. He was
immediatly [sic] carried to the Nutter Hotel and a physician summoned,
but from the very first it was evident that the terrible wounds were more
than his strength could withstand, and the only care taken was to alleviate
his terrible suffering for the short time he had to live.
For two or three hours he [not
decipherable] the time suffering indescribable agony.
Soon after noon he was placed
under the influence of an opiate and remained so almost all the time until
he died at about eleven o’clock the same night.
March 31, 1893
Cherry Camp [selected entries]
We are sorry to report the
death of Mr. F. M. Davisson’s little daughter, who died last Saturday night
after a brief illness . . .
Adamston [selected entries]
On Monday, march [sic] 20,
little Lizzie, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. L. W. Baxter, died very suddenly.
Lumberport [selected entries]
Our village was saddened by
the death of Frances Sprout, daughter of Henry and Jane Sprout, who died
on the 18th, after a brief illness.
Married by Rev. Taylor Richmond,
Will Riblett to Miss Jennie Wright, March 26th.
Frederick V. Orr, 21, to Nirna
George H. Robey, 25, to Nancy
May Norman, 17
Ernest R. Coffman, 19, to Stella
Maude Swiger, 17
Blackburn Cunningham, 28, to
Chessie L. Murry, 20
William H. Riblett, 23, to
Jennie L. Wright, 21
Joshua C. Swiger, 21, to Arzanna
Alva C. Fortney, 26, to Emza
H. Brent, 23
Llod [sic] Fultz, 25, to Ella
George Adams, aged 76, at his
home near the depot, on the 29th. He was an old lumberman by trade.
Mrs. Rebecca Wagner, at her
home, 2 ½ miles from Clarksburg, on the 22.
Mrs. Wm. Kidd, at her home
on the Point, April [sic] 27.
Tony Connors, aged 70, at his
home near the tunnel, on the 28 inst [sic].
George W. Morris, at his home
near Green Valley church, on Saturday.
Mrs. Geo. Lemon, in Monongalia
county on 25th. She formerly lived in Clarksburg.
April 7, 1893
HELD FOR MURDER
Sheriff J. Alexander received
a telegram from Prosecuting Attorney W. B. Cornwell, of Romney, to immediately
arrest J. W. Monroe, of Adamston, our suburban village, stating that a
warrant charging him with murder had just been issued in that town.
Sheriff Alexander at once went to Adamston and found Monroe working in
Mr. Kidd’s garden, at which place he was a boarder. He was somewhat
surprised at being arresting on the charge of murder, but admitted that
he had come from Romney only a few days ago. Monroe is a single man,
and has been pedling [sic] over the country for some time. He is
now in jail where he awaits developments.
Just as we go to press the
warrant arrives here by mail, in which Monroe is charged with the murder
of Mr. McDonald, by kicking, beating and bruising him in a shocking manner.
Deputy Sheriff R. R. Dawson,
of Charleston, arrived here this morning having in his charge Russel [sic]
Sarver who is wanted in Braxton county for figuring in a shooting scrape.
Sarver was marched through town wearing hand cuffs [sic] and with his feet
in shackles. He is charged with shooting a man named Mollihan about
a year ago. Mollihan, however, was not killed.
Weston [selected entries]
Married, Wednesday March, [sic]
22, at 8 p. m. Mr. Walter Lawson to Miss Eva A. Goodwin at the home of
the bride near Jane Lew. Rev. J. Vincent officiated.
His teacher, Miss Nellie Barnes,
for a long time, took great pains to instruct him, and was instrumental
in having a fund of $125 raised for him, which amount is now deposited
in the Traders Bank as the “Shelton fund.” Now that he is to be sent
away it is not known what disposition will be made of this fund.
A Boy From This City And One
from Taylor County Are secured for a MUSEUM AT THE WORLD’S FAIR
Clark Shelton, One of Them
Clark Shelton will no longer
be one of Clarksburg’s curiosities. He is soon to be placed on exhibition
in a Chicago museum.
Almost every person that visits
Clarksburg has seen the deformed child as his playmates pulled his little
wagon along the streets taking him to and from school. Clark is 13
years old and was born with his unfortunate deformity.
He has no use of his lower
limbs and propels himself along the street by swinging his little body
between his arms. Many persons have been moved to sympathy for the
poor little waif and have turned aside from the hustling throng to drop
a few pennies in his hand. He will be missed by our people to whom
he is a familiar figure.
The boy lives with his step-father
[sic], John Davis, near the B. & O. depot, and will remain there until
his clothing and tights arrive, which were ordered this week by the Chicago
man who came to get him.
The man who came for Shelton[,]
Mr. F. L. Porter, is a native of Cincinnati, and says he will secure a
very valuable museum freak in Taylor county. It is a badly deformed
man, who has no forehead, has webbed fingers and is almost covered with
hair, in fact the unfortunate creature hardly resembles a human being.
When placed in the museum at the World’s Fair it will be labeled “what
is it?” This creature born[?] of human parents is now in the Taylor
county alms’ house and is about 20 years old.
The man who is looking after
these specimens is reported to have said that West Virginia has more human
“freaks” than any other State he has visited.
He[?] is very proud of his
luck in securing[?] these two boys and reports? them as very valuable for
Interesting Items of News Gathered
From the Many Sections [selected entries]
Married at the residence of
Rev. James Allender, on Wednesday, March 29th, Mr. Amasiah Devers and Miss
Myrtle Michles [sic], both of Newburg, Preston county—Sentinel.
Ira Robinson, a former member
of the bar, and who left here last fall for the west with his bride, nee
Miss Sinsel, with a view to taking up his residence in Kansas, after visiting
several points has returned to Grafton, and we understand has concluded
to make his home in our “Mountain State.” Mr. Robinson, during his
absence, visited several States, but found no location that suited him.
Old West Virginia is good enough for him yet. The friends of Mr.
Robinson and his excellent young wife gladly welcome them home again.—Grafton
It was noted that Buckhannon
High School graduates of 1893 included Emma Bailey, Myrtle Lowe, and Clara
Mathers. Reportedly graduation had been held at the Opera House the
previous Monday at 8 p. m.
Fairmont Whispers [selected
Sheriff Morgan took Charles
Horton, the horse thief, to Sutton Tuesday, for trail. On Monday
he took Stief Molnar to the penitentiary at Moundsville.
Rev. G. U. Shott [sic], of Madisonville,
Ohio, will enter upon his duties as pastor of the Baptist church in this
The town officers last Saturday
evening made a raid on a speak easy, located in the old house near the
pump station, and conducted by colored gentlemen, Hugh Swann, of the Connellsville
region, Sampson Warden, of Weston, and Henry Hervey, of Clarksburg, were
gathered in.—Free Press.
Died—Flora Davisson, daughter
of F. M. and Ida L. Davisson, --?-- their home near Salem, W. Va.,
March 23d, 1893, age 1 year and 6 months.
Jesse Chorpening, of near Bridgeport,
had his large barn together with all his farming utensils, harness, etc.,
entirely destroyed by fire on Wednesday night.
The new dwelling house belonging
to Mr. S. R. Harrison, of the Merchant’s National Bank, was essentially
destroyed by fire on Sunday evening. The fire originated on the second
story while Mr. Harrison and his family were at home and occupying the
lower rooms. The household goods were mostly rescued from the first
floor . . .
[recently married couples in
Alva Yeater to Margaret R.
Thos. J. Pearcy to Susan M.
Maud Dotson to Eva B. McGeorge
Wm. G. Cattrill to Emily J.
G. W. Husk to Sarah Reed
David A. Dotson to Belle Costilow
Jesse P. Cox to Anna Brown.
West Union WAIFS [selected entries]
While everybody was at the
school entertainment last Thursday night, Mr. Seymore Snider and Miss Cora
Davisson went slyly to the M. E. Parsonage where they were met by the Rev.
Hammond who very soon pronounced the happy words which made them man and
wife. . .
James—[sic] Wiseman, April
2d, at 8 p. m. at the residence of the bride’s parents in Bridgeport, W.
Va., by Rev. Wm. Davis, Mr. Marshall James and Jennie Wiseman. . . The
young people have a cozy little home in Bridgeport. . .
Frank Douglass, 22, to Myrtle
Frank C. Boyer, 21, to Carrie
E. Williams, 19
Marshal Janes, 28, to Jennie
Joseph Exelin, 69, to Isabelle
Cherry Camp [selected entries]
At an early hour Saturday morning
the dwelling of C. G. Nutter, who lives on Turkey run, was burned.
Good Hope [selected entries]
Mr. Lee McGaham’s valuable
residence and nearly all its contents, were destroyed by fire on the 3d
inst. Loss over fifteen hundred dollars; the amount of insurance
is unknown to the writer.
It is reported that Miss Maud
Cheuvront, formerly of this place, died recently near Alexander, from the
effects of fever.
Salem [selected entries]
Harry Gordon has moved his
family to Center Point, where he is at work for the Oil company.
Mrs. Gordon’s brother, Amos
Pollard, of Vermont, is with them.
Frank Boyer and Miss Wilkinson
were married Sunday afternoon by Rev. Gardiner. . .
Adamsville [selected entries]
Mr. Frank Douglass, of Doddridge
county, and Miss Myrtle Cornel, of this place, were married at the latter’s
house last Thursday night. . .
Rev. Hartley, of this place,
and Miss Allie Bush, of Lewis Co., were married about two weeks ago.
They are living with the groom’s father at the present.
A Suit was entered in the Circuit
Court at Morgantown, the revelations of which involve some prominent person
of the county in a scandal of a surprising and shocking kind.
The complainant is Mrs. Frank
Brewer, who sues Miss Dr. Mattie E. Lough for $10,000 damages for alienating
her husband’s affections, in her bill filed, charging that the defendant
has exercised her powers of fascination to such an extent as to cause Brewer
to ignore his wife, and to not treat his family with the consideration
due from a husband and father.
Mrs. Brewer has also applied
to Judge Hagans for an injunction to restrain her husband from disposing
of any of his real or personal property until alimony to such amount as
shall be deemed sufficient for the support and education of the family
shall be provided for from the property.
These people reside at Laurel
Point, four miles from Morgantown and are highly connected. Miss
Lough’s father, John Lough, is a man of wealth, and has represented Monongalia
in the Legislature. The evidence, it is said, will be racy and loudly
April 14, 1893
An Aged West Virginian
Possibly the oldest Person
now living in the State, if not in the United States, is in the person
of Aunt Eunice Conrad, of Cederville[?], Gilmer county, W. Va., her maiden
name being Mace. She was born in that part of the old State, now
Pendleton county, this State, August 4, 1776, making her age 116 years
7 months and 23 days. Her parents, of German descent, were born in
the old country. She with her parents moved to Bulltown near[?] Braxton,
C. B. [?] when she was about six years old, being the first family to settle
on the Little Kanawha river. The nearest whites were at Buckhannon,
about thirty miles away. The Indians were driven from Bulltown the
day before here parents moved in, leaving great quantities of bear meat
and venison. At the age of twenty-eight she was married to Jacob
Conrad, and settled on Dust Camp Creek, Gilmer county, being the first
to settle on that creek. She is the mother of 14 children, 9 boys and 5
girls, all of whom save her youngest, Henry, with whom she lives on Bull
Run, have preceeded [sic] her to the grave. She draws a pension of
$12 per month in consequence of her husband serving in the war of 1812.
Your informant paid her a visit recently and found her well and hearty.
Although her hearing and sight are somewhat impaired, she has the right
use of her mind, and seems to take great delight in talking of her younger
days. She makes her own bed, and is able to be about the house considerably.
She says the last winter was the hardest she ever saw but one.
Through the State [selected
Samuel Given, ex-Sheriff of
Webster county, died at his home in that county last Saturday morning at
Fairmont Whispers [selected
Mr. M. D. Post, of Wheeling,
spent last Sunday night in this place with Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Hutchinson.
Mr. Post was recently appointed a regent of the Normal Schools. He
is a brother of Mrs. Hutchinson.
Cards are out announcing the
marriage of our young legal friend, W. W. Scott, Esq., and Miss Claudia
Rice, both of Palatine.
Our Horoscope [selected entries]
Mr. Fred Nay, of Shinnston,
one of the defenders of the Union, was in town on business Tuesday.
[Marriage Licenses Issued by
Wm. A. Ammons and Viola Matthews
D. Lonnie Pool and Jennie Ross
Gleon [sic] Brand and Lydia
Chas. R. Lilly and Emma J.
Nathan F. Conaway and Flora
Andrew T. Sticelbe--?-- and
Addie Kenneda [sic]
Franklin P. Graves and Annie
Henry L. Devault and Carrie
Lumberport [selected entries]
“Old father” Lee is still very
low, and it was s [sic] touching scene when he bid farewell to his wife
who had been a faithful watcher at his bedside during the first of his
sickness. She died on the 4th, after a brief illness, and was interred
near Bridgeport on the 6th.
Bertice Ogden, of Prospect,
one of Harrison county’s most prominent young men, died on the 7th.
His remains were followed to the Shinnston cemetery by a large procession
of sorrowing friends.
There was born to Thomas Mathews
[sic] and wife a son; also to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sprout, March 29, a son.
The Telegram desires to inform
the many friends of Mrs. Dr. Ramsey that this lady is not dead as was announced
in the News last week. The Telegram heard[?] the same report but
took the --?-- to investigate it and found that it was a “fake.”
A letter from Robbie Ramsey who is with his mother, states that she is
getting along very well.
A suit for $10,000 damages
has just been brought in the Circuit Court of Wirt county by R. A. Byrd
against ex-State Senator M. R. Lowther. The latter owns a drug store
at Elizabeth, and a daughter of Mr. Byrd’s was killed from poison put up
for medicine by a clerk in the drug store.
April 21, 1893
Doddridge Dots. [selected entries]
F. Robinson Coffman was recently
married to a young lady near Fairmont.
John Ritter and Miss Jennie,
the daughter of Squire J. N. Dorson, were united in marriage at the home
of the bride on Thursday. J. A. Davis to Miss Maggie Davis, and John
Detterman to Lena Kreynbuhl completes the list of recent marriages in Doddridge.—Record.
Buckhannon Briefs [selected
Miss Lelah Phillips, the accomplished
daughter of ex-Sheriff Walter Phillips, and Dr. G. O. Brown, were married
at French Creek, at noon on Thursday.—Delta.
Fairmont Whispers [selected
Last Saturday the home of John
Linn, a resident of Grant District, was totally destroyed by fire.
All his household furniture and papers of value were destroyed.
Rev. Shott, who has recently
been installed as pastor of the First Baptist church of this place as its
regular minister, says that he expects to shoot up the new church this
W. Burtice Ogden is no more;
he died April 7, 1893.
Little did we think the last
time we met and shook the hand of our cordial and highly esteemed schoolmate
and friend that it would be our sad and solemn task to review his short
but successful career with muffled pen and in mourning.
Mr. Ogden was born in the year
1867, of one of the most highly respected and christian families in our
community. He prepared himself for the work of teaching school.
Obtained means and attended the West Virginia Normal and Classical Academy,
at Buckhannon. He afterwards attended the W. Va. Business College
at Clarksburg, and graduated with highest honors. He has taught the
home school at Prospect Valley for some years, but the death angel claimed
him for its victim, but not before he was prepared. He was converted
last winter and lived a happy christian life until God called him home.
Today he is happy with his friends in heaven. He is dead but still
he lives in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. He was young,
“but never was there a nobler, manlier man.” C. Ellis Chalfant, Prospect
List of Jurors
The following names have been
drawn as grand and petit jurors for the May term of the Circuit Court:
Homer Waters, Brent Maxwell,
T. M. Jackson, Alpheus Swiger, Thomas Swiger, Kelso [sic] Thompson, Alloytus
Reynolds, S. N. Floyd, C. N. Swiger, J. L. Davis, John A. Fleming, W. B.
Vanhorn, George Gaston, O. T. Stuart, Charles Peck, Edward Conley[,] Harrison
Fletcher, Solomon Day, Thomas Flowers, C. A. Boggess, Napoleon Richardson,
Irvin Nutter, John Dunkin, Taylor Griffin, J. W. Morris, Joshua Boggess,
Jr., N. B. Holden, William Davisson, F. W. Martin, M. M. Goodwin, Russel
Stark, Henry H. Radabaugh, Joseph Barnett, Charles A. Short, Charles Smith,
W. B. Wilkinson.
Jesse Martin, James Drummond,
John D. Martin, F. M. Gifford, D. W. Boggess, Luther W. Elliott, John M.
Holmes, J. W. Boggess, Geo. A. Custer, Wesey [sic] M. Bird, Benjamin S.
Reynolds, Sanford Nuzum, Herman Ladwig, Lafayette Allen, John Lowe, Lloyd
Recent marriages in Marion
William H. Billingsley and
Florence C. Snoderly
James D. Bowman and Nina May
William H. Jamison and Sarah
James W. Straight and Ollie
Frank Vincent and Bertha Reese
Dr. E. N. Flowers will return
from Baltimore next week a full fledged M. D. . . .
Mr. G. B. Chorpening is now
the possessor of a most elegant ‘Victor’ bicycle, purchased through Mr.
G. L. Duncan. Mr. Chorpening is one of the best trained cyclers in
Dr. D. B. Smith has purchased
the elegantly located merchant’s National Bank property and will erect
a handsome residence and office in the near future.
It is our sad duty to chronicle
the death of Miss Amanda Jenkins, which occurred on Tuesday evening, April
11, after a lingering illness of some months. The remains will be
interred in the Enterprise cemetery Thursday.—Shinnston Times.
Mrs. Charley Cox died at her
home in North Buckhannon Thursday morning, [sic] Mrs. Cox has been sick
for quite a while . . .
Samuel Swiger, 25, to Cora
G. Gerrard, 21
John R. Linvoll, 24, to Content
V. Rogers, 19
George W. Fenton, 44, to Rose
V. Watkins, 26
George J. Stanton, 32, to Honora
Frank J. Welch, 24, to Catherine
George Nutter, 25, to Medora
A. Schoonover, 19
Fielding B. Riley, 25, to Mary
R. Armour, 18
Lon H. Carter, 23, to Ross
[sic] Stewart, 24
Lucius R. Sturm, 18, to Martha
The noted suits brought by
Mrs. Sarrah J. Brewer, through Cox & Baker, her attorneys, (one against
Dr. Mattie E. Lough for $10,000 damages, for alienating her husband’s affections,
and the other against Frank Brewer, her husband, an injunction retaining
him from disposing of any of his real or personal estate until alimony
was allowed out of the property, for the support and maintenance of herself
and four infant children,) were on last Monday dismissed by mutual consent,
and the whole matter compromised. By articles of agreement between
Frank Brewer, and Mrs. Brewer, she was given for her sole use and benefit
good title to 23 ¾ acres of land and the house in which she now
lives, in Grant District, this county, and all his personal property, and
his note, secured by deed of trust on his other estate, for $350, payable
one year after date. Mrs. Brewer agrees to take the care and custody
of their minor unmarried children; to release the action at law and the
suit in chancery, and to release her interest in his estate. They
are to live seperate [sic] and apart and neither is to sue, molest or trouble
the other for living separate and apart.
It is reported that Frank Brewer
and Dr. Mattie E. Lough will soon depart for India as Missionaries.
Brewer took the train from Morgantown Monday and Miss Lough on Tuesday.—Morgantown
The burning of T. Pickenpaugh’s
barn was the most distressing fire that ever occurred in the county that
we have any knowledge of. About thirty head of valuable cows, bulls
and horses perished in the flames . . .
Mudlick [selected entries]
Miss Atha Riley is teaching
a subscription school at the Mudlick school house.
April 28, 1893
John W. Thorn
Like a flash of darkness in
the clear sky of noon-day, came the announcement on Wednesday that one
of Clarksburg’s bright, active and most useful business men had been summoned
by death’s swift messenger. On Saturday he was seen on the street
in the full enjoyment of health and seemingly in the acme of his usefulness.
He had just that day returned from New York City. On Monday he was
unconscious and so remained until his death which occurred about noon on
Wednesday. The trouble was a serious disorder of the bowels.
His frank, good-natured countenance, his cheerful words and his cordial
greetings will be missed by a large number of his warm friends in this
city. He was sole proprietor of the wholesale produce establishment
of J. W. Thorn & Co., and was working up a very large trade, his being
one of the largest produce concerns in the State. Mr. Thorn was about
42 years old and leaves a wife and two daughters—Alice and Florence.
Alice, the oldest, is scarcely fourteen years of age and her sister much
younger. They are exceedingly bright and pretty girls and are universal
favorites. Mrs. Thorn nee Miss Columbia Gittings, is a sister of
Prof. John G. Gittings, and in her great bereavement has the sympathy of
Mr. Thorn left his family comfortably
provided for, having life insurance to the amount of over $10,000 in addition
to his property. He made friends easily, was a moral, upright man,
kind to his friends and devoted to his family. Although not a member
of church, he seemed to enjoy attending its services and contributed liberally
to the its [sic] financial calls. He was just the kind of man we
could ill afford to lose. “He has crossed the boundaries of time”
and let us hope that in the great beyond he shares freely the unbounded
mercies of Almighty God.
Married on Horseback
At about 8 o’clock p. m. April
17, 1893, the officiating minister and wife, and Miss Sadie Martin, visiting
relative, were suddenly arroused [sic] by the voice of the bride groom,
and in order to comply with an ancient costume [sic] we all arose, and
with oil in our vessels, and lighted lamp went forth to meet him; when
lo and behold we met the parties on horseback, and there with old earth
for our carpeting, the starry heavens for covering, and shades of night
for curtains, Mr. Lucius R. Sturm and Miss Martha Nutter entered the blissful
fields of matrimony. Mr. Sturm is a son of Commissioner Sturm, of
Harrison county. E. E. Sapp, Shinnston, W. Va.
WESTON, W. Va., April 19—Train
No. 41 on the Gauley division of the West Virginia & Pittsburgh railroad
was derailed today. It was caused by a broken switch in the yards
at Centralia and made a bad wreck, tearing up about one hundred feet of
track. A large section force was immediately put to work to clear
the main track. The tank of the engine was turned up side down in
such a manner that it was necessary to use jacks to raise it to a certain
height in order to shove it off the main track. Just as the section
men were in the act of doing this the tank slipped off the jacks, catching
five of the men, killing J. V. Dennison, of Centralia, breaking one arm
of John Lloyd, both legs of Henry Skinner, one leg of William Roane and
crushing both legs and injuring the back of George Shorts. The president
of the road, Senator Camden, and Vice-President Kunat were on a special
train en route to Gauley and arrived at Centralia a few hours after the
accident. They gave their personal attention to the injured, arranging
a special train from Sutton to bring doctors, who say all have probably
received fatal injuries, but they have hopes of saving two out of the five.
More Local [selected entries]
Charles Morris and Henry Brinker,
of Ritchie county, had an altercation over who should escort a girl home
from a box supper. Brinker cut Morris so seriously in the face and
abdomen that his life is despaired of. A warrant has been issued
for his arrest.
Marriage Doomed. The Great
Institution Going out of Fashion.
“Our American homes are
doomed,” says one. “Where are we drifting?” cries another.
The Telegram must confess that it is almost impossible to read the statistics
presented by Professor Wilcox in the Political Science Quarterly without
coming to the conclusion that marriage is going out of fashion in this
With the exception of Japan,
the United States has more divorces than any country on the globe.
Early marriages are growing less frequent, and men and women are postponing
marriage until they reach a ripe old age. In 1871 people married
at the average age of twenty-six years and two months; now, it is twenty-seven
years and two months. At this rate people will soon be middle-aged
when they marry.
In the cities, especially,
marriage is on the decrease. The divorce rate is rapidly increasing.
While only three divorces result out of 2,000 marriages in England the
United States furnishes the disgraceful number of eighty-eight, an increase
of twenty-eight since 1886.
If this tendency continues
to increase, what will become of the American home and the American family?
Statistics show that the country
districts make a better showing in the matter of marriage than the cities.
The country people are old-fashioned. They are satisfied with a simple
mode of life, and they do not wait until they get rich before they go to
housekeeping. Modern extravagance and the demands of society are
responsible for the growing unwillingness of our young people to marry,
and the same causes are the leading factors of divorce. Even here,
in the conservative south, there are fewer marriages and more divorces
than there were twenty years ago.
Is there any remedy for this
state of affairs? There is only one—when our young people think less
of wealth and show, and more of a happy home life on a modest scale—when
they yield more to their hearts than to their heads—then we may expect
a reform, but not before. This is a serious problem and should be
seriously considered by the molders of morals and sentiment.
Origin of Odd Fellowship
The birthday of Odd Fellowship
was celebrated throughout the world on last Wednesday, the 26th of April.
Rev. B. B. Evans delivered
the annual address in this city at Goff Chapel, a good sized audience being
Seventy-five years have passed
since the birthday of this brilliant order, and the growth of the fraternity,
not only in this country, but throughout the world, has been characterized
by a vigor unknown to any other brotherhood.
Odd Fellowship is an American
institution, and was founded in the city of Baltimore on the 26th of April,
1819. Those who inaugurated the order were prompted by benevolent
motives and there were only five in number. These five men, however,
were earnest in their undertaking, and, as it were, specially “set apart”
for this particular work.
They gave it freely of their
time and energy, and set about with the determination to brook no disappointment
in the prosecution of their designs. The essential object of the
brotherhood was to protect and aid one another in times of sickness and
travel, and also for the purpose of benevolence and charity.
Such was the genius of Odd
Fellowship. It was modest to be sure, but there was an indication,
even at that early day, which pointed to a fruitful harvest in the near
future, it not prophetic of that world wide popularity --?-- which
the order in the brief space of seventy-four years has grown.
Lodges have been established
in every part of the world, and these are scattered in thick clusters all
over the United States.
Salem [selected entries]
Miss Mattie Davis is teaching
a select school with a good attendance. Miss Davis is a favorite
teacher here and has held a position in the public school for three winters
Prospect Valley [selected entries]
The home of John Shrieve was
entered by thieves last Sunday while the family were at church.
Mr. Jacob Davis, of Marion county,
has carried away one of our girls, the daughter of I. Drain.
DIED.—Frances Hughes, wife
Rev. Robt. Steel, of Clarksburg, W. Va., departed this life, April 25th,
1893, at 5:55 a. m. Since October of 1892 she had suffered from an
incurable malady, to which she had at last succumbed, although the best
medical aid and care were provided. She was born in Rockbridge county,
Va., 1832, and hence at
her demise was in the sixty
first years of her age. She leaves a husband and two children to
mourn her loss. Through all her sickness she exhibited Christian
fortitude and died in the full triumph of faith. Her loss will be
deeply felt by all her friends.
Mrs. Edward Doyle, died last
Thursday of consumption.
Local News Gathered from Different
and Various Places [selected entries]
The unexpected death of our
bright, energetic townsman, J. W. Thorn, on last Wednesday, will rank as
one of the saddest events of the year.
Old Aunt “Cassy” Bond, of Quiet
Dell, died Thursday night.
Miss Annie L. Robinson’s many
friends were surprised to hear of her marriage yesterday evening to Mr.
Burton Heavner, of Detroit, Mich. Miss Robinson is a sister of Paul
M. Robinson, Esq., late of Buckhannon.
Miss Cora Thompson, one of Bridgeport’s
prettiest and most entertaining young ladies was married in this city on
Wednesday evening to Mr. C. H. Warner of Lucas, Ohio.
The following marriages have
taken place recently in Marrion [sic] county: Joseph R. Diggs, to
Mollie V. Lowe; W. W. Cott, to Claudia Rice; Jas. E. Kennedy, to Jennette
Steele; Joseph W. Marville, to Cora A. Floyd; and A. Ross Lewis, to Maggie
Jacob G. Davis, 28, to Eliza
William C. Frum, [33 or 38
- unclear print], to Nora E. Morris, 20
George W. Barns, 23, to Druzilla
Walter H. Johnson, 27, to Maude
Evan Lowe, 20, to Nettie M.
William T. Smith, 25, to Grace
Teter B. Toothman, 40, and
Eliza Bartlett, 37
Lewis W. Bloom, 35, to Rebecca
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