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 Mason.

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. Gain
Edward T. Gifford vs. Catherine V. Gifford

Marriages [notes]
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 
as reading.

Marriages [notes]
William A. Hardman, 23, to Annie Gay Miller, 19

Obituary of Mrs. Mary Newlon Hart [notes]
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.

Marriages [notes]
Benjamin Moore, 22, to Julia M. Howe, 24
William L. Hart, 22, to Lucinda Morrison, 17
Henry C. Hyson, 26, to Icie Kirby, 21
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 Childers]
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? Clarksburg?]
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.

Marriages [notes]
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.

Marriages [notes]
James C. Ward, 28, to Cora A. Sly, 24
Charles Scott, 28, to Katie Jones, 26
Walter Bumgardner, 20, to Minnie Boyles, 17
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 Crim, 21
Frank A. Gramp, 25, and Mollie B. Martin, 20
John Veach, 55, and Margaret H. Miller, 49
Will Hess, 20, and Edna Daniel, 19
Wm. R. Jenkins, 22, and Lizzy D. Ramage, 25

Marriages [notes]
Andrew H. Springer, 24, to Ella Danley, 19
William Lewis, 22, to Osa[?] Doughtery [sic], 21
August Youst, 29, to Icie May Ramsay, 21

March 10, 1893

Marriages [notes]
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 Queen, 20

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 track.
Suddenly he was struck from behind by the pilot of the freight and thrown almost directly under the yard engine.
The shock was so sudden that the “Doctor” who was about 78 years old and somewhat infirm could not save himself.
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.

Marriages [notes]
Frederick V. Orr, 21, to Nirna Wyer, 21
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 Norris, 28
Alva C. Fortney, 26, to Emza H. Brent, 23
Llod [sic] Fultz, 25, to Ella Williams, 23

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

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]
Weston Democrat
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.

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.

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.  
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 his purpose…

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 Sentinel.

[Untitled]  [notes]
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 entries]
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 place.

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 Randolph County]
Alva Yeater to Margaret R. Pitts
Thos. J. Pearcy to Susan M. Orrahood
Maud Dotson to Eva B. McGeorge
Wm. G. Cattrill to Emily J. Bughes [sic]
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. . .

Marriages [notes]
Frank Douglass, 22, to Myrtle Cornell, 17
Frank C. Boyer, 21, to Carrie E. Williams, 19
Marshal Janes, 28, to Jennie Wiseman
Joseph Exelin, 69, to Isabelle Robinson, 45

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 Sensation
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 sensational.

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 entries]
Samuel Given, ex-Sheriff of Webster county, died at his home in that county last Saturday morning at 10 o’clock.

Fairmont Whispers  [selected items]
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 Marion County]
Wm. A. Ammons and Viola Matthews
D. Lonnie Pool and Jennie Ross
Gleon [sic] Brand and Lydia D. Conaway
Chas. R. Lilly and Emma J. Hare
Nathan F. Conaway and Flora E. Marrifield
Andrew T. Sticelbe--?-- and Addie Kenneda [sic]
Franklin P. Graves and Annie R. Stone
Henry L. Devault and Carrie V. Wilson

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 entries]
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 entries]
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 year.

In Memoriam
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 Valley

List of Jurors
The following names have been drawn as grand and petit jurors for the May term of the Circuit Court:
Petit Jurors.
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.
Grand Jurors.
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 Smith.

Recent marriages in Marion county:
William H. Billingsley and Florence C. Snoderly
James D. Bowman and Nina May McElfresh
William H. Jamison and Sarah C. Morris
James W. Straight and Ollie B. Baker
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 the country.

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 . . .

Marriages [notes]
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 Joyce, 30
Frank J. Welch, 24, to Catherine Kearns, 24
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 Nutter, 22

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 Post.

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 many friends.
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.

Terrible Accident
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 country.
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 present.
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 in succession.

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.

Our Horoscope
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 Ensminger.

Marriages [notes]
Jacob G. Davis, 28, to Eliza Drain, 21
William C. Frum, [33 or 38 - unclear print], to Nora E. Morris, 20
George W. Barns, 23, to Druzilla Faris, 27
Walter H. Johnson, 27, to Maude Sehon[?], 27
Evan Lowe, 20, to Nettie M. Webb, 21
William T. Smith, 25, to Grace Pritchard, 21
Teter B. Toothman, 40, and Eliza Bartlett, 37
Lewis W. Bloom, 35, to Rebecca Combs, 32

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