Clarence Currey (1871-1950)


Source: Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley West Virginia
By James Morton Callahan, Professor of History, West Virginia University
New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912
Volume III, Pages 1120-1121

CURREY. For a number of generations this family has been known among the worthy, industrious inhabitants of Virginia and later in West Virginia. Members of this line have taken active part in the development of the state, performing well the part they undertook In transforming a wilderness into a suitable place in which to live and enjoy life.

(I) James Currey was born in what is now West Virginia, where he married and reared a family including Fenton L., of whom further. James Currey followed farming for a livelihood.

(II) Fenton L., son of James Currey, was born in Bridgeport, Harrison county, West Virginia. He received the schooling common in his day and locality, and when a young man chose farming as his occupation, and still pursues it with success and pleasure, though advanced in years. His farm is situated in Taylor county. He is a Democrat in politics. He married Palmira, daughter of John Riley. Children: Clarence, of whom further, and Carroll.

(III) Clarence, son of Fenton L. and Palmira (Riley) Currey, was born near Pruntytown, Taylor county, West Virginia, August 25, 1871. He obtained his education in the public schools, and then went to Monongah to accept a position with the old Monongah Coal & Coke Company, with which concern he remained for eight years. He commenced at the bottom of the industrial ladder, but by faithfulness and diligence he became master of each place assigned to him. At the end of the first eight years service so well had he filled his place in the employ of the company that he was recognized as an authority as a mining expert on all outside development of coal mines. In February, 1898, he was made policeman of Monongah, which position he held for four years with much credit to himself and the city over which he stood guard. During his service for the city he with his brother Carroll dealt extensively in real estate. In 1901 they erected the Currey Hotel, a commodious brick structure, furnished and equipped with all modem appliances; it is considered among the best appointed hotels in the county. In 1904 Clarence and Carroll Currey organized the First National Bank of Monongah, which has come to be one of the solid financial institutions in the state of West Virginia, and in 1907 the Currey Brothers built a large brick building which the bank now occupies. In 1910 they organized the Monongah Fuel Company and opened up the Gallihue Mine, located near Kilarm, Harrison county, the products of which equal any in the Monongah coal district. Mr. Currey has won success through personal effort and good business ability. He is the president of the Monongah Fuel Company and a director in the First National Bank. He belongs to Lodge No. 9, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Fairmont Lodge, No. 294, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and Black Diamond Lodge, No. 72, Knights of Pythias, of Monongah. Politically Mr. Currey votes the Democratic ticket. His church choice is that of the Baptist denomination.

Additional Information

Death Certificate, Marion County WV, #13237
NAME: Clarence Currey
DATE-OF-DEATH: October 2, 1950
PLACE-OF-DEATH: Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont, WV
DATE-OF-BIRTH: August 25, 1871
PLACE-OF-BIRTH: Taylor County, WV
FATHER: Fenton L. Currey
MOTHER: Palmyra Riley
CAUSE-OF-DEATH: Arterio Schlerosis
BURIAL: Harmony Grove, near Grafton, WV


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