June 1942 Obituaries

Dr. Benjamin Early HARRISON

       Funeral services for Dr. Benjamin Early HARRISON, 87 year old Cottageville physician, were held Sunday afternoon with a large crowd present and burial followed in the Cottageville cemetery. Dr. HARRISON died late Friday evening and death had been expected for several days. He had been in very poor health for some time and early last week his condition became critical and he lapsed into a coma from which he never rallied. At the time of his death he was the oldest graduate of Ohio State University and was the dean of Jackson County physicians.

       Dr. HARRISON was born on Grass Lick creek of Jackson County, West Virginia, near Ripley, on 24 November 1855, in the home which later, November 3, 1897, was to be the scene of the murders of the PFOST-GREENE people by John MORGAN, and strange to say, it was Dr. HARRISON who was called upon, on the day that John MORGAN was hanged, to pronounce the hanged man "dead" after the drop through the gallows trap.

       This veteran physician was the only issue of the marriage of the Reverend William H. HARRISON and Elizabeth RADER. Dr. HARRISON's father was a pioneer minister in the Mason-Jackson section of the Parkersburg conference of the United Brethren Church. The physician's mother was the daughter of Michael RADER, one of the first justices of Mason County and himself a minister of the Methodist church.

       The boyhood of this physician was spent in Jackson and Mason counties. In Jackson County as a small boy he stood by the roadside on September 13, 1862, and witnessed the historial Civil War retreat of General Lightburn. He was living in Jackson County when West Virginia became a state. Young Benjamin's father was a true believer in education and the old minister influenced his son and made it possible for him to attend school. Among the schools he attended was a subscription school at West Columbia, a free school at the Joseph McCoy farm northwest of Ripley; Mt. Olive, Mt. Moriah; Salt Hill and Ripley.

       During the war, in 1865, Benjamin's mother died and was buried on the point of a hill overlooking Benjamin's birthplace. In 1871 and 1872 Benjamin HARRISON studied at the old Point Pleasant Academy, walking to school on the old Jericho Road carrying his books and a tin dinner pail. Letters and notes of his classmates reveal that he was not only one of the brightest pupils, but Benjamin did not miss one day of school in a period of two years despite his long journey each day on foot.

       At the age of 17 years Benjamin HARRISON taught his first term of school at Jericho, Mason County. After that he taught at Eight Mile, Otterbein, and Lick Run. Between terms of teaching he completed the prescribed course of study at the National Normal school at Lebanon, Ohio. Dr. HOYT of Jackson County inspired young Benjamin to study medicine and so young HARRISON studied first under the tutelage of Dr. Jacon LALLANCE. He then, after completing his apprenticeship under the old physician, journeyed to Columbus, Ohio, by steamboat and train and there at Starling Medical college, now Ohio State University, he continued his study of medicine.

       Benjamin Early HARRISON was a graduate with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in the 31st Annual Commencement of Starling on February 25, 1878. At the graduation ceremonies the young Dr. HARRISON was given honors for having the best reports of the clinics, for having presented the prize-winning thesis on post partum hemorrhage, and was given special mention by the faculty of the college for his proficiency in the field of medicine. The young physician, dressed in his jeans clothing, then returned to his native county.

       He arrived at Cottageville, Jackson County, after a few days of travel. Upon arriving at Cottageville his material possessions, aside from his clothing, consisted of one dollar in cash. His character soon won him staunch friends and with the help of his friends he obtained money and credit to purchase his necessary supply of medicines, a riding horse and other necessary items and launched his active practice on March 13, 1878.

       In the autumn of 1878 he was appointed secretary to the Board of Education in Union district because of his education, professional standing and the confidence of his friends that he would be a valuable addition to any board of education. He held this office for 12 consecutive years, followed by eight years as president of the board of education.

       In 1881, Dr. Benjamin HARRISON opened a drug store and after a few years he sold the pharmacy as it interfered with his professional duties. When the State Board of Health was created by act of March 11, 1881, Dr. HARRISON was immediately recognized as a qualified physician. On December 22, 1881, Dr. HARRISON and Miss Lou RHODES were united in marriage. Dr. HARRISON's beloved wife was the daughter of Daniel Deming RHODES and Mary LEONARD RHODES. This physician and his good wife had been constant teachers for good by their devoted domestic life, then good deeds and their companionship of right living. Their home was always a haven of happiness, a benediction to the soul weary. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 3 July 1942)


Annie Mariah (WANDLING) HILL

       Annie Mariah (WANDLING) HILL (22 Dec 1863-24 June 1942) was born in Meigs County, Ohio, December 22, 1863, the daughter of Adam and S. J. WANDLING, departed this life June 24, 1942, aged 70 years, 6 months and 2 days. She was united in marriage to Oscar P. HILL on July 10, 1886. (Oscar P. HILL, 9 Feb 1867-4 Aug 1949).

       To this union were born eight children. Two died in infancy and the following named children and the husband survive: C. O. HILL, of Paradise, Ohio; O. R. HILL, of Buffalo, WV.; W. O. HILL, of Lancaster, Ohio; Mrs. M. C. TUCKER, of Lodi, Ohio; Mrs. C. E. YOHO, of Detroit, Mich.; and Mrs. H. E. CLENDENIN, of Liberty; 24 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Matilda FREDERICK, of Pomeroy, Ohio, and six brothers, H. S. WANDLING, of Red House, WV.; W. S. WANDLING, of Red House; Ed WANDLING, of Dunbar, WV.; D. F. WANDLING, of Buffalo; Homer WANDLING, of Given; and M. S. WANDLING, of Red House. (buried Emma Chapel cemetery, Rt. 34, near Kenna, WV.) (Jackson Herald, 3 July 1942)


David Reed KESTER

       David Reed KESTER died at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 5 days at his home near Belleville, June 18. (1942) He had been a citizen of Jackson County over 60 years and served as County Commissioner six years. He united in marriage in 1873 to Jabitha WILLIAMSON, of this union were born six children - two sons and four daughters. His wife and eldest daughter, Grace, preceded him in death.

       Surviving are five children: G. W. KESTER, Parkersburg, WV.; D. P. KESTER, Belleville, WV.; Mrs. Bertha LEMLEY, Belleville, WV.; Mrs. Loy ALLEN, Belleville, WV.; and Mrs. Nora FRAMPTON, of Washington, D. C.; Two half-brothers, H. K. KESTER, of Gallipolis, Ohio, and R. L. KESTER, of Murraysville, WV. Also 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Mr. KESTER had not been in good health for some time but was only sick a short time before he died. For the past 19 years he had lived with his daughter, Mrs. Loy ALLEN, and died there. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 3 July 1942)


Francis M. WRIGHT

       Francis M. WRIGHT, aged 50, died Friday morning at 8:20 o'clock in Veteran's Hospital at Huntington, WV., following an illness of two months. Mr. WRIGHT was a veteran of World War I, was born at Murraysville, Jackson County, son of Hiram and Dora WRIGHT of that community, who survive.

       He had been employed by the American Viscose Corporation for the past nine years and had resided in Parkersburg six years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Claudia WRIGHT; four daughters, Mrs. Twila June BLAKE, of Yukon, Florida; and Claudia Marie, Wilma Maxine and Frances Angela, all at home. Also surviving are his parents, at Murraysville; three sisters, Mrs. William FINNEY, of Standsville, Ohio; Mrs. Tony MAURER, of Warren, Ohio; and Mrs. Ira MILLS, of Belleville, WV.; four brothers, William WRIGHT, of Newton Falls, Ohio; Jesse and Daniel WRIGHT, of Murraysville, and Charles WRIGHT of Parkersburg, WV., and two grandchildren.

       Brief services were held at the home Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by additional rites at 3 p.m. in Mt. Zion church near Belleville. The Rev. J. F. CUNNINGHAM officiated and burial was made in the church cemetery. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, assisted by the American Legion, were in charge. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 3 July 1942)


William Clark WARFIELD

       William Clark WARFIELD, prominent respected resident, died in a Ripley hospital, June 23rd (1942) after an illness of many years. He was 73 years old and spent practically his entire life in Jackson County with the exception of a few years in his early life spent in Noble County, Ohio where he was born, he being the oldest child of Nelson D. and Nancy J. WARFIELD, who preceded him in death several years ago.

       He is survived by one brother and two sisters, James L. WARFIELD, of Duncan, WV.; Mrs. Mary A. PRATT, of New London, Conn.; and Malissa J. WARFIELD, of Zanesville, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the Meadowdale Baptist church. Interment was in the church cemetery there. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 July 1942)


Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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