1914 Obituaries

Grover Cleveland SAYRE

Grover Cleveland SAYRE (7 July 1887 - 20 Dec 1913) died at 2:45 p.m. last Saturday afternoon at his home on Cow Run of tuberculosis following an illness of two or three years. He was 26 years of age and is survived by his widow, who is very low with the same disease, one daughter, G. O. SAYRE, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David WEST and Mary D. (BARNETT) SAYRE and seven brothers and sisters. The funeral services were held at 2 o'clock p.m. Sunday, Rev. E. D. W. KING officiating. Interment in the SAYRE Chapel Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 2 Jan 1914)


Mat COOK, who resides on the WASKEY farm near the Sandy bridge, died early Thursday morning of pneumonia and was buried at the Baptist Cemetery on Crooked Fork today. Mr. COOK was only 38 years of age and was a hard working man whose demise is a great loss to his widow and little daughter. There are said to be several other cases of pneumonia in that section. (Mountaineer, 2 Jan 1914)


On the evening of September 14, 1913, at the hour when the sable curtain of darkness was being drawn over the earth, there appeared to a family devoted to each other, a messenger clothed in such attire and with hands outstretched that all could recognize it as the hand of death. He laid that hand upon a devoted mother and wife, and N. S. WOLFE and children realized that death had taken the wife of an affectionate husband, and mother and counselor of her children.

"There fell upon that house a sudden gloom, a shadow on those features fair and thin, And softly from that hushed and darkened room, Two angels issued where but one went in."

This death not only bereaved three sisters, Mrs. Rejanna BROTHERTON, Mrs. Helen FREY, and Mrs. Augusta BARNETT, and three brothers, A. L. SMITH, E. B. SMITH, and Byron SMITH, but four sons, Fred D., E. L., L. V., amd A. M. WOLFE, and two daughters, Mrs. Helen PARSONS and Mrs. Mollie MOORE. Clinton A. WOLFE having gone February 12, 1901, but took from her many friends a kind neighbor and friend. Mrs. WOLFE was born June 20, 1842 in Ohio. She became a member of the U. B. Church in 1890, since which time she lived the life of a devoted Christian.

All her acquaintances recognized the fact that a dear companion, an affectionate and forgiving mother, an excellent lady, an exemplary Christian and devoted worker for the Master's cause is called home and that by living the life she lived they will meet her on the golden sands of Heaven's bright shore. She was loved and revered by all who knew her, not only for her greatness but for her goodness. She was an exemplary wife and mother and her influence will live and be felt in many years to come. She lived a Christian life and died respected and loved by all. "She is gone but not forgotten."

Of her maternal ancestors, she decended fourth generation removed from General Andrew LEWIS, of whom General WASHINGTON often spoke and said, "he was a great soldier and brave man and kind to those under him". She was a descendant of that patriotic woman Lady Lynn LEWIS, who after sending her four sons, whose ages were seventeen, fifteen, and thirteen years, and with the firmness of a Roman matron, bade them fly to the defense of their native land. "Go my children, I spare not my youngest, my fair-haired boy and comfort of my declining years. I devote you all to my country. Keep back the foot of the invader from the soil of Augusta and see my face no more." She said this in face of the fact that William LEWIS, her father, was confined to his room by sickness. She was a granddaughter of Col. Andrew L. LEWIS.

Of her paternal ancestors, she descended from William SMITH, who about the year 1830, with his wife and three sons, Joab, George and Robert, came from Botetourt County, Virginia, to West Virginia, and were taken by cold weather near Sissonville, where they went into winter quarters on what is now known as the Greenbury FISHER farm at the mouth of Allen's Fork of Poca, at which place both the parents died and are buried on a point overlooking Poca, near their winter's abode. After which George and Robert found permanent homes on Poca and Eighteen Mile Creek, and Joab SMITH, the father of Mrs. WOLFE, came to Ripley and later went to Ohio, having taught school in West Virginia and Ohio until the Civil War broke out when he left Ohio and came back to West Virginia, where he taught several private schools, one for the Honorable George CROW.

About the year 1833 he was united in marriage to Miss Sallie LEWIS, daughter of Col. Andrew L. LEWIS, the mother of the subject this sketch. He left Ripley with General WISE's Army and walked to Lewisburg, West Virginia, of which trip he kept a complete diary, said to be in existence yet. He died at White Sulphur Springs. The subject of this sketch was teaching school near Angerona when her father joined the Army. She was an extensive reader of history, both ancient and modern, and also was a great reader of fiction which rendered her an interesting conversationalist, from which the listener could gain a great amount of information. She read a part of Dickens over every year and was also an extensive reader of European history, Shakespearean and of the modern writers she was a lover of Harold Belle WRIGHT, Thomas DIXON, Jr., and TOLSTOY.

During the last year of her life while scarcely able to sit up she had her son, Fred, read Homer's Iliad to her. She seemed to get a great deal out of nature. To her the valleys, hills, brooks, trees and vegetation seemed to reveal many truths of God's love, power and goodness. [Written by T. I. C. PARSONS] (Mountaineer 9 Jan 1914)

Allen Alexander "Uncle Al" SKIDMORE

Allen Alexander "Uncle Al" SKIDMORE, as he was popularly known, passed peacefully away at the home of his daughter, Mr. G. W. JACKSON, at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning, aged 77 years, 10 months and 7 days. His death was due to organic heart trouble, a family disease which had also claimed four sisters.

Allen Alexander SKIDMORE was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia on March 30, 1836. With his parents moved to this state when a small boy, settling on Parchment. Mr. SKIDMORE learned the shoe makers trade and helped on the farm, his parents dying when he was young. Later he moved to Skidmore postoffice, which was named for him, living there until 1894 when he moved to Ripley and became proprietor of the Star Furniture Company. He joined the United Brethren Church in early life and remained a faithful follower of Christ, was always active in church work. He was a member of the Fairplain IOOF No. 192, served several terms as road surveyor of Washington District and was Deputy Sheriff under Col. HASSLER. His entire life was one of usefulness and honor.

Mr. SKIDMORE was the last surviving member of his family and is survived by two sons and four daughters: J. A. SKIDMORE, Mrs. G. W. JACKSON, Mrs. J. A. SHINN, Mrs. V. L. CASTO, Mrs. W. C. SNYDER of Clarksburg, and C. L. SKIDMORE. His wife died five years ago. Following a brief service at the home Thursday morning conducted by Rev. E. W. WEBSTER, the remains were taken to the old home on Tug Fork for interment, Rev. J. W. MARTIN and Rev. T. H. RYMER and the Fairplain Lodge participating. (Mountaineer, 9 Jan 1914)

Dennis Dorsey THOMAS

Dennis Dorsey THOMAS, 52, of Gay, died at 8 o'clock p.m. last Saturday after a brief illness. His death was caused by an obstruction of the bowels. He is survived by his widow, Susan Virginia (TOLLEY) THOMAS and three children. Dennis and Susan were married November 22, 1888. Interment was made in the HALBERT Cemetery Monday. (Mountaineer, 9 January 1914)


Mr. Ephriam DOOLITTLE, of Wilding, died very suddenly Tuesday morning and will be buried by undertaker TWIGGS this morning. He got up as usual Tuesday morning and not feeling well lay down and when his daughter went to see about his breakfast he was dead. He was one of the oldest men in the county, being 92 years of age. He was twice married and is survived by a large number of grown children. [Ravenswood News] (Mountaineer, 16 Jan 1914)


On Wednesday of last week at his home near Cuba occurred the death of Henry JOSEPH after a brief illness of pneumonia. He was 64 years old and is survived by his widow and two grown daughters. (Mountaineer, 16 Jan 1914)

Mr. John YOST

Mr. John YOST, 82, father of Mrs. T. H. RYMER, who resided at Sidneyville, died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning of paralysis from which he had been practically helpless during the past two or three years. He was an estimable man and was highly respected by his neighbors. He is survived by his widow, two sons and four daughters. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. George HARRISON Saturday morning at Pleasant Hill. (Widow was Eliza Jane (HILL) YOST and they were married October 25, 1857. John was the son of Henry and Sarah YOST) (Mountaineer, 16 Jan 1914)


Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BASS lost their little three year old daughter, Mary BASS, on the 12th. Her death was caused by eating poisoned candy. The remains were interred in the BROTHERTON Cemetery on Tuesday. (Mountaineer, 23 Jan 1914)

Flossie Evelyn BARNES

Flossie Evelyn BARNES, daughter of Charles and Margaret BARNES, was born at Leroy, November 27, 1891, and bid adieu to this vale of sorrow, January ..., 1914, aged 22 years, 1 month and 18 days. Her death was preceded by two weeks of illness with typhoid fever. She leaves amid the trials and temptations and hardships of this life a father, mother, three brothers and four sisters, a host of other relatives and friends. One sister awaited her, having gone on May 1, 1913. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery, Rev. MCCOY, assisted by Rev. NUZUM, conducted the funeral services. (Mountaineer, 23 Jan 1914)

Mrs. Aaron ARCHER

Lockhart, WV - Aaron ARCHER's wife died on the 24th of the month and was laid to rest on the 25th in the Dunkard graveyard. Her death was caused by tuberculosis. (Mountaineer, 30 Jan 1914)

Mr. Jacob H. ROGERS

Mr. Jacob H. ROGERS, who resided with son on Given Route 1, died Saturday morning of complications of diseases, aged 78 years. Mr. ROGERS was born in North Carolina in 1835, moving from there to Putnam County, later across the line into Jackson County. He was a prosperous farmer and took a prominent part in the affairs of the community in which he resided, previous to his failure of health six or seven years ago.

He is survivied by his wife, five sons and two daughters: Charles ROGERS of Ripley, J. E. ROGERS and R. L. ROGERS of Charleston, Jacob H. ROGERS, Jr. of Huntington, J. T. ROGERS of Ohio, Mrs. T. M. HILMES of Liverpool, and Mrs. J. P. BUSH. The funeral which was held Sunday at Mt. Zion, Putnam County, was one of the largest ever held in that section and attests the high respect for the deceased. The services were conducted by Rev. Brooks KESSEL. (Mountaineer, 30 Jan 1914)

Mrs. Susan KING

Mrs. Susan KING, of Route 1, took sick Sunday night with something like the croup and died in a few minutes. She will be buried today (Wednesday) in the home graveyard. (Mountaineer, 6 Feb 1914)


Mr. Hiram PARSONS, 88, GAR veteran, died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday at the home of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Addie PARSONS, on Parchment. He was born in 1826. His death was due to infirmities incident to old age. He is survived by three sons and one daughter, Joseph PARSONS and Spicer PARSONS of Illinois, James PARSONS of Huntington, Mrs. John FREY of Foster Chapel, and one brother, who resides in Columbus, Ohio. The funeral will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. E. B. WEBSTER of the United Brethren Church officiating. Interment in Mt. Moriah. (Mountaineer, 6 Feb 1914)


Ira PICKENS, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. .......... PICKENS, of Crow Summit, died Monday of pneumonia and was interred in the Sand Creek Baptist Cemetery Wednesday. (Mountaineer, 6 Feb 1914)


George ANDERSON, aged 70, died on last Friday of paralysis at his home near Crow Summit. He is survived by a son and daughter. Interment at Sand Creek Baptist Church Sunday. (Mountaineer, 6 Feb 1914)


Isaiah T. PARSONS, brother of the late J. W. PARSONS, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. E. HERTZE on Route 1, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 1914, aged 74 years, of paralysis. He was born in this county, but moved West several years ago, residing there until his health failed two years ago when he returned to West Virginia. Mr. PARSONS was well educated, a brilliant orator, took an active part in politics and stumped the county in behalf of the temperance cause in the last campaign. He was a member of the Christian Church. Deceased is survived by one son, his sister, and a host of friends. The remains were laid to rest in the Sand Creek Baptist Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 6 Feb 1914)

Elizabeth J. (VAN CAMP) TUTTLE

Elizabeth J. (VAN CAMP) TUTTLE, widow of Joel TUTTLE, was born in Virginia in what is now Tyler County, West Virginia, June 1840, where she resided until 1900, when the family moved to Cottageville, Jackson County, where she was residing at the time of her death. Her maiden name was VAN CAMP. She was united in marriage to Joel TUTTLE in 1857. To this union were born three children, two of whom preceded her to the Great Beyond. Her husband departed this life April 19, 1910. He served his country in the Union Army during the Civil War in Company E, 10th Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. She was a member of the Church of Christ from her youth and remained faithful until her Master called her January 13, 1914.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William Osborn (Rebecca) MEREDITH, three grandchildren, Mrs. Henry Henderson (Blanche) MCINTYRE, Iva MEREDITH, and Charles MEREDITH, three great-grandchildren, two brothers and a host of friends and relatives. She was laid to rest at Christian Chapel January 15th to wait resurrection. The funeral services were conducted by Joseph PERRY of Apple Grove, Ohio. (Mountaineer, 6 Feb 1914)


Hiram PARSONS, born December 8, 1825, died February 5, 1914, aged 88 years, 1 month and 27 days. He was united in marriage to Letitia MORRISON about 1843, there were born to this union five sons and four daughters. Three sons and one daughter survive: J. M. PARSONS of Huntington, J. A. and F. S. PARSONS of Noble, Illinois, and Mrs. Minnie FREY of Jackson County. Mr. PARSONS was converted 35 years ago in a meeting held by Rev. J. W. MARTIN and joined the United Brethren Church and remained a consistent member until his death. (Mountaineer, 13 Feb 1914)

Mrs. Rachel Clark WILLIAMS

Mrs. Rachel Clark WILLIAMS, an estimable woman residing near Foster Chapel, died at the home of her son, R. E. WILLIAMS, at 2 o'clock Monday morning of asthma, aged 76 years. Mrs. WILLIAMS was a native of Ohio, was married November 26, 1854, to James A. WILLIAMS, who preceded her to the grave November 1895. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a devoted mother and a noble woman. She is survived by seven children: R. E., C. H., Bertha and Blanche WILLIAMS, Mrs. Alice ROBINSON, of Foster Chapel, Mrs. Linnie SMALLEY of Braxton County, and Mrs. Eilizabeth HAYS, of Putnam County. The funeral services were held in the presence of a large course of people at Foster Chapel Tuesday. Rev. E. D. W. KING assisted by Rev. CUMMINGS, conducted the services. (Mountaineer, 13 Feb 1914)

George EULER

Little Mill Creek - George EULER died February 9th, 1914, and will be buried at Mt. Hebron tomorrow. (Mountaineer, 13 Feb 1914)

Mrs. Homer RADER

Little Mill Creek - Mrs. Homer RADER died Thursday evening and was buried yesterday in Pine Hill Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 13 Feb 1914)

Paul Randolph BURKE

Little Mill Creek - Paul Randolph BURKE, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. BURKE died at Portsmouth, Ohio and was brought here, to the home of the grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. RAMBO. (Mountaineer, 13 Feb 1914)


Milton LAUGHLIN, who has been sick for some time with cirrhosis of the liver, died at his home Saturday morning, Feburary 14th, and was buried at LATHEM Ridge Monday, services being conducted at the home by Rev. J. E. HUTCHINSON. Mr. LAUGHLIN had lived in Jackson County about thirty-three years. He lost his wife many years ago, but leaves four children, Daniel living in Roane County, Mrs. Lon LATHEM and Miss Ella and Miss Edna. He was born April 20, 1847 in Roane County, and was almost sixty-seven years old. He was a faithful member of the Sand Creek Baptist Church. (Mountaineer, 20 Feb 1914)


Mt. Alto - Oscar GERLACH, eldest son of George GERLACH and wife, a brakeman on the B and O Railroad, was killed last Thursday morning on a trestle near Sherman. The body was brought home to Mt. Hebron last Monday, Rev. Syndicate WILSON officiating. (Mountaineer, 6 March 1914)


Mr. John GREENE, pioneer citizen, well-to-do farmer, and prominent church worker, was found dead in his bed Monday morning. Mr. GREENE, who was 84 years of age, had not been well for some days prior to his death but was able to sit in a chair Sunday. About 2 o'clock Monday morning he asked for a drink of water, which was given him. When Mrs. GREENE went to his bed the next morning life was extinct. His death was probably due to heart trouble as there were no indications of a struggle in passing away.

Deceased was a resident of this county all his life, except a few years spent in Indiana, where he was first married. He was a son of Edward GREENE, whose father was killed in Old Virginia by a rock under which a fire was built by a party of hunters. Edward GREENE was then eleven years old. He owed his escape to a pile of wood which enabled him to crawl out and give the alarm. Mr. GREENE was a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church since early in youth.

He leaves an estate valued at $10,000 to $12,000, which will go to his heirs. He is survived by his wife and five children, Mrs. G. W. TINCHNER, Mrs. A. F. PRINGLE, Mrs. Theodore CASTO, Mrs. D. N. SIMMONS, and S. F. GREENE. The remains were interred beside those of his first wife in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Tuesday, following funeral services conducted by Rev. T. O. POWERS. (Mountaineer, 6 March 1914)

Mrs. Mollie FRENCH

Mrs. Mollie FRENCH, wife of W. O. FRENCH, died at her home near Lone Oak on Tuesday, March 3rd, her sixteenth birthday, of a complication of diseases. Mrs. FRENCH was an estimable woman and a member of the Christian Church, She is survived by her husband. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. A. F. PRINGLE at 11 o'clock thursday. The remains were interred in the FRENCH Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 6 March 1914)

Mrs. Wyatt JONES

Mrs. Wyatt JONES, of Meadowdale, died at 5 o'clock this morning of tuberculosis, aged 38. Her husband and five children survive. Interment in Meadowdale Baptist Cemetery Saturday. (Mountaineer, 13 March 1914)


Calvin L. HATCHER, one of the most prominent citizens of Washington District, died at his home near Fletcher at 1 o'clock p.m. Sunday, March 8th. His death was due to pneumonia and followed an illness of short duration. Mr. HATCHER resided in this county for forty-five years and during that time made many friends who will learn of his death with regret and feeling that a good man has gone to his reward. He was an active member of the United Brethren Church and always manifested great interest in the public affairs of his community. He served as Justice of the Peace and held other positions of honor and trust. Deceased was 73 years of age.

Besides his widow, he is survived by eight children: Julius, John C., P. M., R. N. M., and Squire L. M. HATCHER; Mrs. B. F. GOOD, Mrs. J. B. HARRIS and Mrs. B. T. PARSONS. The funeral services were held at the home at 2 o'clock p.m. Monday, Rev. J. H. SKEEN officiating. The remains were interred in the family cemetery. (Mountaineer, 13 March 1914)

Thomas Jefferson "Dick" FLOWERS

Thomas Jefferson "Dick" FLOWERS, age 66, died at 5 o'clock Saturday morning at his home near Angerona, following a second stroke of paralysis an hour earlier. Mr. FLOWERS had not enjoyed good health for two years. He had just returned to his bed after sitting by the fire for about an hour, when the summons came. He died while his wife was gone to a neighbor's home to call for assistance, the couple lived alone.

Deceased is survived by nine children, all of whom attended the funeral, except one who resides in the West. Besides the children, he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Mary CASTO, Mrs. J. A. HOSCHAR, and Mrs. Joseph WHEELER. The remains were interred in the family cemetery at 11 o'clock Monday. (Mountaineer, 13 March 1914)


Word was phoned in this morning of the death of Mrs. Nancy BURDETTE, 86, which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hoyt SEAMAN, of Sandyville, on Saturday morning. She is survived by six children. The remains were interred at Belleville, Thursday. (Mountaineer, 13 March 1914)

Mrs. Lora FORD

Mrs. Lora FORD, living on Route 2, died at her home yesterday of heart failure, and will be buried Thursday. Mrs. FORD was seventy-seven years old. She had been married twice and leaves three children by her first marriage, Charles MARTIN, John MARTIN, and Mrs. Fannie LINSCOTT, also twins by her second husband, L. M. and C. N. FORD. She has lived near Ravenswood for many years and is well known throughout the county and town. Mrs. FORD was a woman of sterling qualities, who will be sadly missed in her home and community. Her husband has the sympathy of their many friends. (Mountaineer, 13 March 1914)


Dianna (WAUGH) STAATS, wife of G. W. STAATS, passed from among the living at her home near Evans on March 8, 1914, in the 69th year of her age, surrounded by members of her family. Her death followed a few days illness of pneumonia. She was born at Ripley, Virginia, on May 4, 1845. She was the second daughter of Andrew and Julia WAUGH. Her father died in Ripley in 1858 of smallpox. The chief care of the family consisting of the mother and seven children, then fell to the oldest son, Beverly Randolph WAUGH. In the same year the oldest daughter, Sarah, married James A. GREER, leaving Dianna largely in charge of the home, the mother having poor health. From that time she proved herself equal to every responsibility cast upon her, cheerfully bearing all her burdens.

In 1860 the family moved to Cottageville, then a promising village, where Beverly taught subscription school and later became a clerk in the store conducted by George Leonard. In the spring of 1862 Beverly became Clerk of the Circuit Court of the county and the family moved back to Ripley. In the summer of the same year the mother died, and in the autumn the son followed her, thus breaking up the family. Two years after the death of the mother, Dianna was united in marriage to G. W. STAATS and for a short time thereafter resided in Ripley. They moved to the farm near Evans, where with the exception of brief intervals at Ravenswood and Spencer, they made their home until her death.

She was converted in the year 1866, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. Wesley Chapel was built a short distance from the home and her house became the principal lodging place of Methodist ministers and presiding elders while attending the affairs of the church in the neighborhood. She was always liberal in the support of the church and anxious to lead others to embrace christianity. She was very generous to those in need. Mrs. STAATS was modest and quiet in demeanor, but had a brave heart and met every difficulty with courage, patience and hopefulness. She lived a cheerful life among many difficulties without complaint.

Of her family, her husband, G. W. STAATS, three sons: Drs. C. C.and H. H. STAATS of Spencer, Attorney E. R. STAATS of Parkersburg; four daughters, Mrs. Anna FERGUSON, Mrs. Cora FISHER, Mrs. Georgia HODGES, Miss Lorena STAATS, and her sister, Miss Etta WAUGH, survive. The funeral was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. E. WELLS of Spencer, assisted by Rev. Homer CUMMINGS of Ripley, at the Evans M. E. Church, after which the remains were laid to rest in the STAATS Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 13 March 1914)


Seated before the open fire, happy and content in the company of her daughter with whom she was laughing and talking, and apparently in perfect health, Mrs. Addie E. (CASTO) PARSONS, Post Mistress at Parchment Valley for more than twenty years, suddenly exclaimed "my head feels so light and is swimming," fell back in her chair, stricken with apoplexy, and expired within the hour, without moving a muscle or gaining consciousness, at 9 o'clock Wednesday evening, age 56. Neighbors were called in, and Dr. PARSONS, who had been summoned by telephone, just started to the home when she ceased breathing.

Mrs. PARSONS was the second daughter of Jacob and Celia CASTO, of Fairplain. Thirty-four years ago she was united in marriage to George W. PARSONS, seven years deceased. She was a pure hearted, noble woman, a devoted Christian lady, whose sudden death is a great shock to the members of her family and a legion of friends. She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty years.

She is survived by six daughters, four brothers and three sisters: Mrs. D. J. PARSONS of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Holly KAY of Danstown, Mrs. J. N. PARSONS of Foster Chapel, Misses Freddie, Georgia and Dollie PARSONS at home; H. J. CASTO of Ripley, H. L. and I. C. CASTO of Fairplain, Rev. Homer CASTO of Pensacola, North Carolina, Mrs. P. S. FISHER of Mt. Tell, Mrs. Harriet RANSON of Buffalo, and Miss Sarah CASTO of Fairplain. The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Saturday at Mt. Moriah. The remains will be interred beside those of her husband. (Mountaineer, 13 March 1914)

Mrs. Ruth Charlotte BOLAS KELLER

This morning (Wednesday) at 3 o'clock, Mrs. Anthony (Ruth Charlotte BOLAS) KELLER died at her home on Gallatin Street, aged about sixty-nine years. Mrs. KELLER had been in failing health for about two months but at no time had she seemed to suffer much. She passed away quietly and peacefully as she had lived, having fulfilled for nearly half a century the duties of wife and mother.

Ruth Charlotte BOLAS, daughter of Charles BOLAS and wife, was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, about 1845. She was married to Anthony KELLER in 1867 and they moved to Jackson County, and have lived in and near Ravenswood ever since. They had one child, J. R. KELLER, who lives here and is one of the active businessmen of the town. Her husband also survives her, besides four brothers and four sisters.

She joined the Christian Church in 1876, and the funeral will be held from the church on Friday. The services will be conducted by Rev. O. L. COOK. Mrs. KELLER was one of the women who are not known widely on account of her retiring disposition. But as a mother, neighbor, a friend, she has left a record that many might enjoy. She has lived a faithful Christian life and has gone to claim the crown of life, which is promised to those who follow in his footsteps. [Ravenswood News] (Mountaineer, 13 March 1914)


Mr. Lewis (JACOB) BENNETT died at his home on Dr. HARRISON's farm at Cottageville RFD on Tuesday evening of pneumonia, age 63. Mr. BENNETT was a faithful tiller of the soil and a good citizen. He is survived by eight grown children, six daughters and two sons. The funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the United Brethren Church. Interment in Cottageville Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 20 March 1914)

Andrew Lee Scott VARNER

Andrew Lee Scott VARNER, a prominent citizen and former merchant of Ravenswood, died of pneumonia at his home at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 18th, after an illness of one week, aged 73 years, 1 month and 8 days. Mr. VARNER was born at Glenville, Gilmer County, February 10, 1841, of a family widely and favorably known in that section of the state. During the Civil War he served as a State soldier of home guard, and afterwards served in the several capacities of postmaster at Glenville and Circuit Clerk of Gilmer County.

In 1873 he came to Wilding in Jackson County, where on September 25th, at Muses Bottom, he married Miss Tennie BEATTY and soon thereafter located on his Straight Fork farm, which he later sold. He then bought and settled on the BLAKE or BEATTY farm, near Silverton, where he resided for some years. Mr. VARNER with a leaning to words, politics, became Deputy Sheriff under Jas. M. POLING and afterward served in the same capacity under Sheriff I. M. ADAMS. About fifteen years ago he moved to Ravenswood where he became a member of the Town Council and was engaged in the mercantile business until but little more than a year prior to his death.

The deceased at the age of thenty-three was converted to an active Christian life and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in which he maintained a consistent membership to the end. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Knights of Pythias, having served for several successive terms as Keeper of the Records and Seal in the latter fraternity.

Mr. VARNER leaves a wife and four children to mourn the loss of a faithful husband and gentle father, all of whom, Mrs. A. L. S. VARNER, Harry, Robert L., Blanche (Mrs. E. W. RECTOR of Parkersburg), and Miss Edith, were present at the hour of death. There are also living two brothers, one at Bridgeport, Illinois and one at Troy, West Virginia, and a sister, Miss Mary, at Ravenswood. Owing to the high esteem in which deceased was held by a large circle of friends and admiring acquaintances, his death will be widely mourned as a distinct loss to the membership of our community.

He was a quiet unassuming, dignified and scrupulously careful in his commercial transactions, generous, and magnanimous to a fault of others. If he ever offended anybody, it is almost safe to say he was forgiven even without the asking. Such was the dignified but simple life that has now passed through the portals of death, we trust to brighter chimes in the realms of eternity. The last sad rites will be conducted at Ravenswood Friday, the 20th, at 2 o'clock p.m. and the interment will be in the local cemetery. Religious services will be conducted by the Rev. Mr. SHEPPARD of the M. E. Church and lodge ceremonies by Othello Lodge No. 51, Knight of Pythias. [written by G. H. C.] (Mountaineer, 20 March 1914)


Mrs. Grover Cleveland (Bertha COSSIN 1888-1914) SAYRE, 26, widow of only a few months, died at her home on Cow Run on last Saturday of tuberculosis and was buried at Creston Monday. Bertha COSSIN SAYRE was the daughter of Elisha and Cornelia (RIDER) COSSIN. She is survived by one child, G. O. SAYRE born 11 April 1911. (Mountaineer, 27 March 1914)


Peter S. ANDERSON, a resident of Ravenswood, died of tuberculosis Sunday night, age 59 years. He was the son of Peter G. and Mary ANDERSON and is survived by his wife, three children and six brothers. He was a member of the K and P Lodge and the Presbyterian church. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning, Rev. A. C. JAMISON officiating. (Mountaineer, 27 March 1914)

Theodore DEWITT

Theodore DEWITT, of Ravenswood, born in Jackson County and with the exception of one year, resided within it's borders all his life. He was strongly attached to his home and family. Mr. DEWITT was held in high esteem by his acquaintances. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South, and of the IOOF Lodge. His death which occurred Monday, was due to catarrh of the stomach and liver. He is survived by his wife and five children. Funeral services were conducted by the Lodge Wednesday. (Mountaineer, 27 March 1914)


Mrs. J. V. (Lizzie DERENBERGER) HALL, of Ravenswood, after long suffering with tuberculosis passed away Monday morning, aged 66 years. Her maiden name was Lizzie DERENBERGER. She was a highly respected woman. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. C. PERKINS Tuesday afternoon. (Mountaineer, 27 March 1914)

Rev. Albert JAMISON

Rev. Albert JAMISON, for six years pastor of the Ravenswood Presbyterian Church, died at 7:30 o'clock last Saturday morning. He was taken sick on Friday of the previous week. Double pneumonia with complications of typhoid quickly developed. When it was seen that the efforts of skilled physicians and a trained nurse were in vain, Rev. JAMISON calmly conferred in arranging details of his funeral and with heroic courage awaited the end.

He was born in Baltimore in January 1872, educated in the city schools, graduated from the Baltimore City College, studied in Johns Hopkins, spent some time abroad and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he took lectures from President WILSON. He entered the ministry in 1896 and soon afterward was married to Miss Chlora LUM. As a preacher, he attained a high rank and was a man of undaunted courage. His death was a sad shock to his town.

Deceased is survived by his widow, two daughters and one son, his aged mother, a sister and two brothers, also survive. Following a very impressive funeral service in charge of Rev. G. I. WILSON of Sistersville, assisted by E. A. CULLY of Parkersburg, S. E. FOOTE of Williamstown, and local pastors, the remains were laid to rest in the Ravenswood Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon in the presence of a large audience, gathered to pay tribute to a much loved man. (Mountaineer, 10 April 1914)

Samuel Edwin STALNAKER

Samuel Edwin STALNAKER, one of the most prominent citizens of this county, died at 4 o'clock Tuesday morning, following a stroke of paralysis five weeks ago. Mr. STALNAKER was born in Lewis County, moving to Jackson County soon after the Civil War and settled on Parchment. He was united in marriage to Sarah Elizabeth MADDOX in 1863. He was a Mason and a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. He would have been 79 years old Saturday. Two sons and two daughters, W. B. and Kinsie STALNAKER, Mrs. Mansfield CASTO, and Mrs. D. F. HILL, survive. The remains were interred in the Parchment Valley Baptist Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, following services by Rev. T. O. POWERS. (Mountaineer, 10 April 1914)


Edgar W. METCALF, one of the most widely known citizens of Ravenswood, passed to his reward on Thursday morning, April 2, after several years of suffering, aged 54 years. He was a Christian gentleman of the highest type and was worthy of the highest reward in which he was held by his fellowman. He is survived by his wife and seven children. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. SHEPPARD Saturday afternoon. (Mountaineer, 10 Arpil 1914)

Minnie SAYRE

Minnie SAYRE, daughter of D. W. SAYRE, died at Parkersburg Sunday morning. The remains were brought home Sunday evening accompanied by the deceased's sister, Miss Bird SAYRE. Burial was the Sayre Chapel Monday. She is survived by her parents, three sisters, three brothers, and numerous relatives and friends. She was about 23 years of age. (Mountaineer, 10 April 1914)

THOMAS infant

An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John THOMAS, who reside on William STAATS' farm on Tug Fork, died Monday. (Mountaineer, 24 April 1914)

Mrs. Clara (DAVIS) CASTO

Mrs. Clara (DAVIS) CASTO, wife of Rev. Martin CASTO, of Staats Mills, died at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. Her death was due to internal cancer. Mrs. CASTO was 38 years of age. Her maiden name was Clara DAVIS. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. N. L. CASTO at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Interment in the family cemetery. (Mountaineer, 24 April 1914)

Mr. James H. HARPOLD

A telephone message was received Thursday evening announcing the death of Mr. James H. HARPOLD, of Cottageville, which occurred at a Charleston hospital at 2:15 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Mr. HARPOLD was a victim of cerebrospinal meningitis, which is causing grave concern in Charleston. His wife, and daughter, Mrs. John CONNELLY, and his brother, J. M. HARPOLD, were at his bedside when the end came.

Mr. HARPOLD was a prominent citizen of the county. He had served as Appraiser, Clerk of the Legislative Committees and at the time of his death held a responsible position in the Auditor's office. Mr. HARPOLD was 67 years of age. His wife, four daughters, two brothers and two sisters survive. Arrangements for the funeral will not be announced until after the arrival of the remains and the children tonight. (Mountaineer, 24 April 1914)

Miss Alberta WINTERS

Intelligence of the sudden death of Miss Alberta WINTERS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. G. WINTERS, which occurred at three o'clock Thursday afternoon, following the third operation for obstruction of the bowels, at the Second Miners Hospital in Welch, McDowell County, cast a gloom of sorrow over the entire community and is a terrible shock to her family and friends. Miss WINTERS was teaching at Yukon and was taken to the hospital on Thursday of last week. Mrs. WINTERS went down Friday. The first operation was performed Saturday morning, and it was then thought she would recover. Two more operations followed, the results proving fatal.

Her parents, two brothers, Grover and Corbin WINTERS, and one sister, Miss Beulah WINTERS, survive. She was born July 13, 1893, and died 23 April 1914. The remains accompanied by Mrs. WINTERS and the young lady's brother, Corbin WINTERS, who went to Huntington this morning, will be brought to Ripley tonight and taken to the home near Fairplain for burial. The funeral will be held from the Fairview Church at 11 o'clock Sunday morning, Rev. J. L. WEST officiating. (Mountaineer, 24 April 1914)


The five year old son, Ray RHODES, of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. RHODES, of Staats Mills, died suddenly Monday of heart failure. (Mountaineer, 1 May 1914)

William A. HAYES

William A. HAYES succumbed to tuberculosis at Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday, April 28, 1914, aged 48 years. The remains, accompanied by C. F. CASTO, Mrs. Josephine HAYES and other friends, were taken to the home of his niece, Mrs. Loyd POWERS, near Fairplain, the funeral occuring there on Sunday afternoon, Rev. T. O. POWERS, officiating. Interment in the CASTO Cemetery.

Deceased was for many years a resident of Ripley, during which time he engaged in the harness and saddle business. He will be remembered as a quiet, unassuming man of highest character whose ultimate death is a source of much regret to his family and friends. Mr. HAYES is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Josephine REX, and three sisters, Mrs. W. A. HARRISON of this city, Mrs. A. B. CASTO of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. G. M. FLASHER of Lock Seven. (Mountaineer, 8 May 1914)

Charles E. ANDREWS

Charles E. ANDREWS died Tuesday of tuberculosis at his home on Sandy. Besides the widow, his mother, Mrs. Sarah ANDERSON, two brothers, John and George ANDREWS, and two sisters, Misses Lucy and Nettie ANDERSON. The funeral services were held Wednesday, Rev. I. M. SMITH officiating. Interment in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Mr. ANDREWS was about 26 years of age. (Mountaineer, 22 May 1914)

Clarence "Clessie" STAATS

The remains of Clarence "Clessie" STAATS, 23, son of Clay STAATS, of near Belgrove, WV., who died of pneumonia at Akron, Ohio, arrived here Tuesday night and were taken to his home Wednesday for burial. He is survived by his parents, three brothers and four sisters. (Mountaineer, 29 May 1914)


Ernest COLLINS, 13 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. George COLLINS, who reside on the ridge between Kenna and Kentuck, died at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon of injuries received Saturday evening. The boy climbed a tree in the yard and suspended a trace chain from one of the boughs, he then decided to slide down the chain to the ground. His hand slipped and he fell. The hook on the chain caught in the lower bowels, making a horrible wound. His death was due to internal injuries. The remains were interred in the PAXTON Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 29 May 1914)


Mrs. Myrtle (MADDOX) BARNETT, 17, wife of Charles BARNETT, died at her home on Eighteen (Mile Creek) Sunday evening. She had been married only a few months. Her death was due to complications of diseases. The remains were interred in the Levi MOORE Cemetery on Thirteen (Mile Creek). (Mountaineer, 29 May 1914)

Miss Amanda SHEPARD

Miss Amanda SHEPARD, a woman of some notoriety, committed suicide shortly before 10 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of Mrs. Mary VOSBURG on the head of Mud Run, by taking strychnine. She lived only a few minutes. The woman made her home with Mrs. VOSBURG during the past winter, but had been absent for several days, returning Wednesday. Yesterday morning she collected her belongings together and carried them out of the home, destroying most of them. She then lay down on a bed and drank the deadly poison, dying within a few minutes without regaining consciousness.

Mrs. VOSBURG was attracted by her screams but was unable to relieve the poor woman's suffering. She was about 49 years of age. How or where she obtained the drug is unknown. The dead woman left the following note which explains her rash act: "This is to tell the public at large that having no home and no place to go, that I will take strychnine and end it all". Signed, Amanda SHEPARD (Mountaineer, 29 May 1914)

Miss Mary Etta WAUGH

Miss Mary Etta WAUGH died at the STAATS home near Evans, WV., at 8:40 o'clock this morning of cancer. The daughter of Andrew and Julia WAUGH, born August 21, 1849, departed this life June 5, 1914, aged 64 years, 10 months and 14 days. Her father and mother died and left her an orphan in her early girlhood, but she found a welcome home with her married sisters.

Miss WAUGH was the last surviving member of the family of Andrew WAUGH, and was a highly respected lady. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a devoted Christian woman. Dr. C. O. STAATS, her nephew, had been in constant attendance since last Saturday. The funeral services will be held at the house at 4 o'clock p.m. Saturday, Rev. E. D. W. KING officiating. (Mountaineer, 5 June 1914)

Mrs. Elizabeth Jane HARMON

Mrs. Elizabeth Jane HARMON, wife of H. F. HARMON of Frozen Camp, died Sunday morning of complications of diseases after three months of patient suffering. Deceased was 31 years of age and was a mother of three small children who with her husband and four brothers, survive. She was a member of the U. B. Church and an excellent woman. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Olive at 11 o'clock Monday morning, Rev. W. H. DAILEY officiating. (Mountaineer, 12 June 1914)

Mrs. Nellie SALLAZ

The remains of Mrs. Nellie SALLAZ, 23, wife of Benjamin SALLAZ of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, who died Sunday while on a visit to her mother in Roane County, were brought to Ripley Monday evening and taken to the home of Mrs. F. R. SALLAZ on Crooked Fork, where funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. H. RYMER Tuesday morning. The deceased is survived by her husband and little daughter. Interment was made in the BOICE Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 12 June 1914)

Miss Johanna PERRY

Miss Johanna PERRY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip PERRY, died at the home of the parents at Mentor on Monday, of tuberculosis of the stomach and bowels, age 22 years. Deceased is survived by her parents and eight brothers and sisters. (Mountaineer, 26 June 1914)

Miss Rosa Belle COLE

Miss Rosa Belle COLE, died at Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday of last week. She was a most excellent woman, devoted to the care and comfort of her aged mother and invalid sister. She is survived by three brothers and three sisters: one of the latter is Mrs. Edgar MCRA of Ripley. The remains were interred at Ravenswood, WV. (Mountaineer, 26 June 1914)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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