Submitted by Susie Koehrsen.

 

 

RECORD BOOK OF J. H. (JOHN) ROBERTS

B&O RAILROAD - BENWOOD/MCMECHEN, WV - 1907-1912

 

WILLIAMS, Harry - General Foreman

FITZPATRICK, W.A. - Time Keeper

COEN, E. - Time Keeper

GREGG, Wm. - SS Engineer

HANEY, John - Cranesman

WICKENDEN, E. - Fireman       

PAIREN, Edward - N. Watch

BOWERS, F. - N. Watch

PAIREN, Edward - Fireman

BOWERS, F. - Pitt Laborer

O'DONNELL, Miles - Pitt Laborer

FISHER, Tom - Pitt Laborer

LANE, John - Foreman

FORSYTH, Jas. - Foreman

BENDER, C. I. - Foreman

JACOBS, G. P. - Foreman

MC OUAT, A. R. - Car Repairer

SHAFFER, J. S. - Helper

EDWARDS, Geo. - Water Boy

KIPP, Samuel - Team

RANG, Edward - Team

THOMPSON, J. E. - Team

FAUCHLER, Albert

FAUCHLER, A. L.   

JACOBS, E. C.

FORDS, Chas.

MC NUTT, J. F.

COLE, A. B.

HERDMAN, Robert

WALLACE, Ed

RYDHOLM, August

BENDER, Sam

BURDGE, E. C.

FULLMER, Chas.

FREEZE, Lewis

GURFORLE, Thomas

CAMPBELL, C. H.

ROGER, O. D.

EDWARDS, T.

MYERS, John

ROBINSON, J. E.

GARRY, M. P.

DAVET, Nicholas

DAVET, Dan

GENTILE, Joe

DAVET, Angelo

FARO, Joe

COUZZA, Alix

VEITALE, Joe

PRINCIPO, Domonic

VIETALE, Joysie

COOK, Peter

COOK, Theadore

MACRO, Dan

MACRO, Domonic

DRAKE, Lewis

GENTILE, Angelo

DADERIO, Frank

FIORE, Mike

FIORE, Angelo

GENTILE, Dan

ROSSO, Macros

SCISSIO, Jim

DADERIO, Charles

SPALLINO, Joe

BOCCIA, Kunzio

DI SALVO, Frank

TATTI, Mick

VATENTE, Bruno

GONOW, Nick

COLASANDI, Larie

RIZZO, Domonic

TASSINO, Frank

MARCHESE, Veto

ROMANDO, Tonie

ROMANDO, Broon

TEASSO, Joe

MARGUES, Jim

FALUTES, Frank

FAUST, Geo.

 

 

Photo of John Roberts

ABOUT JOHN ROBERTS

 

John Roberts, 20, born in Wetzel County, married Cora Hagar, 19, on 28 Dec 1898 in Marshall County.

 

John Roberts' life ended very tragically. His only child, Floyd, was killed one afternoon while bringing his Dad his lunch; he was run over by the train (1913). Neither John nor his wife Cora ever completely got over the loss. Cora, who later married Charles Leonard Winland, still went to the school to meet Floyd every day for months after the accident. The teachers would have to quietly tell her he wasn't there.

John later developed cancer, and one morning as Cora was preparing his breakfast, he shot himself. She had to walk quite a distance to get help, but they were unable to save him.

John is said to have owned a Singer sewing machine shop - I believe in McMechen.

 

 

MCMECHEN MINER ENDS LIFE WITH BULLET IN HIS BRAIN

John Roberts, 51, dies almost instantly at 5 o'clock this morning.

 

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Shoots self while wife prepares breakfast in kitchen of their home.
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   John Roberts, 51, well known resident of Cemetery Run Road, McMechen, and an employee of the Hitchman Coal and Coke Company at Benwood, died by his own hand today.
   Mr. Roberts shot himself with a small . 22 caliber rifle. He died almost instantly when a bullet from the little gun penetrated his skull near the right ear and lodged in his brain.
   The tragedy occurred about 5 o'clock this morning. Mrs. Cora Hager Roberts, wife of the deceased, had arisen and gone to the kitchen to prepare breakfast while her husband remained in the bedroom to prepare for work at the Hitchman mine.
   Mrs. Roberts heard a shot. She fled to the bedroom. Her husband had fallen across the bed. He never spoke and left no message.
   Mr. Roberts had been in his usual state of health.
   Dr. Harold B. Ashworth, Marshall County coroner, was conducting an investigation.
   Surviving in addition to his wife, are two brothers, Joe and Friend Roberts, both of this city, and a half-brother, Dave Spicer, all of Moundsville, and two sisters, Mrs. Lois Grosman and Mrs.Cleora Pullman, both of Detroit.
   The remians were brought to the Lutes funeral home. Arrangements for rites are incomplete.

Wheeling News Register, April 5, 1937.

 

 

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KILLED

Floyd E. Roberts, 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts of Garfield Avenue, McMechen, was run down and instantly killed by a cinder train in the yards at the Wheeling Steel and Iron Plant, Benwood, about 10:30 o'clock Sunday morning. (May 25, 1913)

John Roberts is track-foreman in the WS & I yards. The boy had taken his father's dinner to the yards and was waiting for him to eat when the accident occurred. The boy's head and left leg were severed.

The boy's body was gathered up and taken to the Rogers undertaking establishment where they were viewed this morning by Coroner J. T. McCombs.

The funeral will be held from the Roberts home in McMechen Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Then the body will be brought at (sic) Mt. Rose cemetery for burial.

 

 

MEMORIAL


Moundsville Echo - May 30, 1913

 

In Loving Remembrance of Floyd E. Roberts, died May 25, 1913, age 11 years, 3 months, and five days.

   We had a little treasure once.
       He was our joy and pride,
   We loved him, ah! perhaps too well,
       For soon he slept and died.
   All is dark within our dwelling,
       Lonely are our hearts today,
   For the one we loved so dearly,
       Has forever passed away.

Son of John and Cora Hager Roberts, killed when run over by a train.

 

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The book also contains a letter (?) written in the back, among the hours recorded.

 

Mooseheart, September 15, 1917

 

Dear Sir and Brother

 

as the actualities of the arab law for the war have come home to you have doubtless wondered what is to become of the widows and children of those affected you have no doupt asked if moosHeart would be able to care for them and you have hoped that something might be done the Moose to ease the suffering of brother himself if he is forced to lie wounded and dying up on the battlefield it is very likely that you have asked yourself the question why can't i myself who am not affected do somthing to ease the pain of my Brothers why can not a part of his burden pass to me

 

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From the Moundsville Echo 1938:

   Charles Kearns of Virginia, recently visited his sister, Melinda Winland on Highland Avenue.
   The brother, 73, youngest of fourteen children, and his sister, who is 90 years old, had not seen each other for 63 years.
   Mrs. Winland resides with her daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Luverna Winland) Crane.