1940 OBITUARIES

SHINNSTON [WV] NEWS

Retrieved and copied by Nanci Headley Kotowski.

 

 

JANUARY 4, 1940 ISSUE

 

FRENCH.  Charles Lewis French, 78, former Shinnston merchant, died of paralysis Monday at the home of Mrs. Florence Riddle in Northview, where he roomed.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Alice French of Akron, Ohio; two sons, Alonzo, of Morgantown and Frank, address unknown; three daughters, Mrs. Kate Holliday of Fairmont; Mrs. John G. Reese, Richmond, Va., and Mrs. Edna Yost of Akron.

 

HAUN.  Charles Milton Haun, 72, a veteran office employe[e] of the Consolidation Coal company, died at 7:55 o'clock Tuesday in a Clarksburg hospital, following an illness of four months.

   The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the First Baptist Church, Shinnston, with Rev. Henry R. High, pastor of the Market Street Methodist Church, Fairmont, officiating.  He will be assisted in the service by Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the Shinnston First Baptist Church and Rev. John McHenry, pastor of the Enterprise Methodist Church.  Interment will be made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. Haun was employed as office clerk at mine No. 38, Barnstown, prior to his death. He had served in the same capacity at various locations for the company over a period of 42 years.

   He was born March 12, 1867, at Catawba, Marion county, a son of Dallas C. and Lavina Swisher Haun.  He was married October 12, 1933 to Miss Eva Radabaugh of this city, who survives.

   He joined the Catawba Methodist church early in life and later was teacher of the Adult Bible Class of the Methodist Church at the I. O. O. F. lodge at Fairmont.

   Surviving in addition to his widow are his stepmother, Mrs. Geo. Haun of Catawba, and the following brothers and sisters:  George C. Haun, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Marcus P. Haun, Kansas City, Mo.; Warren M. Haun, Everson; Thomas, Worth and Clarence Haun, Catawba; Mrs. Charles W. Osborne and Mrs. James W. Rockwell, Warrenburg, Mo.; Mrs. William Billingham, Fairmont; Mrs. John Kyser, Jordan and Mrs. Ernest Pyles, Catawba.

 

HENDERSON.  Mrs. Virginia Henderson, 77, died December 26, 1939, at her home in East Shinnston of paralysis.  The funeral was held last Thursday at Harmony Grove Baptist church, followed by interment in the cemetery there.

   She was the widow of J. B. Henderson and they were former residents of the Harmony Grove community.  She was a daughter of Nelson and Mary Watkins Rector and was born March 21, 1862 in Harrison county.

   Surviving are two brothers, Elmore Rector of near Meadowbrook and George Rector of East Shinnston.

 

HENDERSON.  Mrs. Virginia Rector Henderson who died December 26, 1939, at her home in East Shinnston, was born March 21, 1862 in Harrison county a daughter of Nelson and Mary A. Watkins Rector.  She was the paternal granddaughter of John and Rebecca Slocum Rector who were pioneer settlers on Sugar Run, a branch of Booth's Creek.

   Mrs. Henderson spent all of her early womanhood at the home of her parents during their lifetime.  They lived near the home where the grand parent [sic] had located a number of years ago.  "Jennie," as she was familiarly known by her friends and associates in early life, was cheerful, sympathetic and willing to administer to those stricken with illness or age.

   After marrying Bert Henderson they lived at Harmony Grove community, Taylor county. Soon after Mr. Henderson's death she came to East Shinnston where she lived her last days. Services were held at the Baptist church at Harmony Grove with interment in the church cemetery.

   Surviving are two brothers, Elmore Rector of Meadowbrook and George Rector of East Shinnston.

                                                                             A Friend.

ROBEY.  Sandra Marlene Robey, 10 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Robey, died Friday morning at an Elkins hospital, of asthma and bronchitis.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home in Pleasant Hill addition, conducted by Rev. P. Z. Musgrave, pastor of the First Methodist church.  Besides the parents, the child is survived by a twin sister and two brothers.

 

SPADAFORE.  Funeral services for Anthony Spadafore, 21, who  died  at 4 o'clock  Sunday

morning at an Elkins hospital, were held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Ann's Church, followed by burial at the Masonic cemetery.

   He was a son of John and Rose Nuoto [sic] Spadafore of Willard, and was born January 17, 1918 at Wyatt.  He had been employed the last four years as check-weighman for the coal company at Willard.

   Surviving besides the parents are the following brothers and sisters:  Joseph, Lawrence, Jimmie, Frank, John, Jr., Mary, Daisy Virginia, Flora, Norma Spadafore and Mrs. James Monderine and Mrs. Zerl Price, all of Willard community.

 

WILSON.  Amos Clifford Wilson, 41, died December 28, 1939, at the home of a brother in law, Paul Cheuvront, on Cunningham's Run.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of a brother, Rolly Wilson at Norwood, Clarksburg, and interment took place at Cherry Camp Run.

   He was born Feb. 22, 1898 at Bristol and was a son of Mrs. Inne [sic] Harter Wilson and the late General Wilson.  Surviving besides his mother and his wife, are five children, William Walter, Kenneth Clifford, Joan Carol, Phyllis and Earl Wilson, and one sister, Mrs. Grace Wetzel, of Norwood.

 

 

JANUARY 11, 1940 ISSUE

 

LOWE.  Albert Wesley Lowe, a resident of the Oakdale community for a number of years, died January 4, 1940, in the home of a son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Jackson, near Fairview.  He was 79.  Funeral services were held in the Jackson home at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and final rites were held in the Oakdale U. B. church, of which he was a member, at 2:30 o'clock.  Interment took place at Oakdale.

   Mr. Lowe was born September 3, 1860.  He was twice married, his first wife having been Arzona [sic] Norris, and to them were born seven children, two of whom survive, Mrs. G. W. Jackson and Mrs. Lee Hayhurst of Oakdale.  Marian Higgins was his second wife, and one of their three children survives, Mrs. Roy Ayers of Jane Lew.  A number of grandchildren and great grandchildren survive.  Mrs. George Winemiller of Lumberport and Mrs. J. W. Talkington of Clarksburg are sisters.

 

OGDEN.  Services for Mrs. Emma Ogden who died Thursda[y] night at her home in Akron, Ohio, were held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Romine funeral home in Clarksburg, followed by interment at Shinnston Masonic cemetery.  She was the wife of W. E. Ogden of Clarksburg.  Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Carroll W. and Walter Ogden, both of Akron; two daughters, Mrs. Edith Hawkins of Gary, Indiana, and Mildred Ogden at home; and four grandchildren.

 

TETRICK.  Sylvanus M. Tetrick died January 7, 1940, in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Maude Jones of Big Run.  Funeral services were held at the Jones residence at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. L. N. Wilfong, and interment was made at the Tetrick cemetery.

   The deceased was born August 19, 1858 on Big Run.  He was a retired farmer of that vicinity where he spent his entire life, and was the last member of a family of 13 children.

   Mr. Tetrick was twice married, his first wife being Elizabeth Martin, whom he married in 1890, and to them were born three children, Ray Tetrick of Enterprise; Mrs. C. L. Richardson of Shinnston, and Mrs. Maude Jones of Big Run.  Nine grandchildren are living. In September, 1920, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Price Hall, who survives.

 

 

JANUARY 18, 1940 ISSUE

 

BARTLETT.  John Bartlett, 70, died at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tuesday, according to word received by Miss Beatrice Jarrett, a sister-in-law.  No details were given, and it is supposed he died suddenly.  The funeral and burial took place there Wednesday.

   Mr. Bartlett, a brother of C. M. Bartlett and a former wel[l] known citizen of this community, had been a resident of Tulsa for 30 years, going there with his bride, the former Theressa [sic] Jarrett, a daughter of Lemuel Jarrett and the late Mrs. Jarrett. For some years after going west he was employed in the oil fields but later was employed by the Hugh Stone company.

   Besides his widow he leaves three children, namely, Dana, who works for an oil company;

Eugene, employed in the furniture department of a department store, and Maxine, wife of

William Boyles.  Mr. and Mrs. Boyles have one child.

   He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mont. Bartlett.

 

JOHNSON.  James Allen Johnson, 68, died January 16, 1940, at his home on Cunningham's Run, following a long illness of asthma.  The funeral took place at the home of a son Guy Johnson of Lambert's Run, and burial took place at Clarksburg.

   He was a son of Sidney and Mamie Carder Johnson and was a former employe[e] of the Hazel-Atlas Glass company at Clarksburg.  Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Sarah Windon Johnson, are three sons, Ira, of Cunningham's Run; Guy, of Lambert's Run, and Stanley, address unknown; two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Ingram, Clarksburg, Mrs. Artha [sic] Bell, Jane Lew; and two brothers, John Johnson, Wilsonburg, and Hamilton Johnson of Texas.

 

KNOX.  John M. Knox, 70, one of the county's best known citizens, died of a gall bladder [sic] infection at 11 o'clock January 11, 1940, at a Clarksburg hospital.  Services were conducted Saturday at 2 o'clock p. m. at the home of a son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Ash, 155 West Pike street, Clarksburg, with the Rev. E. W. Bloomquist, pastor of the Clarksburg Baptist church officiating.  Interment took place in Masonic cemetery, Shinnston.

   Mr. Knox was born at Shinnston October 26, 1869.  Since the death of his wife, the former Ella Martin, whom he married May 3, 1893, he has resided much of the time with Mr. and Mrs. Ash.  He served two terms as deputy sheriff under John M. Flanigan and the late Jack Fleming from 1901 to 1909 and one term as city treasurer of Clarksburg starting in 1911.  In 1920 he engaged in the oil business in Texas and return[ed] to Clarksburg after his wife's death.

  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ash of Clarksburg and Mrs. W. K. Hyer, of Eastland, Texas; one son, Frank Knox of Boston, Mass[.];  two  brothers, Charles  and  James N. Knox,  of Santa Monica, California, and 11 grandchildren.  A son, John Knox, Jr., died about a year ago following an accident in Texas.

 

MARTIN.  Mrs. Sarah Ann Martin, 95, died January 14, 1940, at her home near Monongah. She was born December 5, 1845, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Riley of Taylor county.  She is survived by two sons, George Martin, Monongah and Harrison Martin, Fairmont; a daughter, Mrs. Cora Jackson of Annabelle; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Robbins of Annabelle; Mrs. Sue Cochran of Minnesota, and Mrs. Margaret Newbrough of Harmony Grove.

 

 

JANUARY 25, 1940 ISSUE

 

CURREY.  Robert Lee, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Seyward Currey, died at 5:30 p. m. Tuesday. The child was born Monday morning at 9:15.  The funeral and burial took place Wednesday.

 

MORRISON.  Charles Craig Morrison, 51, died at 5:25 p. m. Tuesday at his home, 1207 Nineteenth street, Northview, of complications after a year's illness.  The funeral will be held tomorrow at Barnes Memorial Church, Northview, and interment will be made in Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. Morrison served 13 years as a yard foreman for the Hartland planing mill at Clarksburg.  He was born December 24, 1888 on Skin Creek and was a son of Gideon Hall Morrison and Elizabeth Florence Simmons Morrison.

   Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Lizzie Del Rae Poynter; a son, John Hall Morrison, chief operator at the Shinnston state police radio station; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Jones, 2219 Hamil avenue, Clarksburg, and Miss Loretta Rae Morrison, at home; four brothers, Jacob, of Crawford; George and Stewart, Detroit, Mich., and Manley, of Parkersburg; and five sisters, Mrs. Ella Waggner, Jane Lew; Mrs. Lucy Hall, Mrs. Susan Simmons, Jane Lew; Mrs. Lillie Riffle, Cleveland, W. Va., and Mrs. Edna Kessler, Weston.

 

RILEY.  Dr. Fred W. Burnett received word a few days ago of the death of Walter G. Riley, 71, at Gary, Indiana, who passed away Jan. 5.  Mr. Riley, a native of Barbour county and a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Riley, opened the first jewelry store in Gary in 1907 just after the town had been laid out.  Dr. Burnett accompanied him to the new town and says as they walked up the unpaved streets, sand was over shoe-top deep.

   The deceased leaves a younger brother, Roscoe Riley, who has been a jeweler at Wellington, Kansas for about 25 years.  The two brothers were in the jewelry business at Philippi before going west.

 

SHINN.  Funeral services for Mrs. May Shinn, 74, widow of Ernest Shinn were held Sunday

afternoon at Weston, followed by interment at Macpelah cemetery there.  Mrs. Shinn died January 18, 1940, at Cleveland, Ohio.

   She was born in Weston April 14, 1865, a daughter of Leonidas and Olive Swisher Smith. She was married at the First Methodist Protestant church in Pittsburgh on December 31, 1906, to Ernest Shinn of Shinnston.  Following their marriage they lived in Weston for a time and then moved to Texas where Mr. Shinn was engaged in the insurance, oil, gas and real estate business.  Later they moved to Washington, D. C., but after a few years there [sic] returned to Texas.  Mr. Shinn died at Borger, Texas, last year, and since that time his widow had made her home with her only brother, R. Thomas Smith of Cleveland, Ohio.

 

 

FEBRUARY 1, 1940 ISSUE

 

HIGINBOTHAM.  Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen V. Higinbotham, 88, who died January 26, 1940, at the home of a son, C. H. Higinbotham on Rebecca street, will be held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday in the the chapel at Woodlawn cemetery, Fairmont.  Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the Shinnston Baptist Church, will officiate.  Interment will be made at Woodlawn cemetery.

   Mrs. Higinbotham was the widow of Charles H. Higinbotham of Fairmont, who died 30 years ago.  He was an employe[e] of the Consolidation Coal company and had served as mayor of Palatine.

   She was born at Harpers Ferry May 28, 1852, a daughter of Patrick and Katherine Welch Roach.  Following the death of her husband she made her home for 21 years with a son, Robert Higinbotham, of Jacksonville, Florida, then a resident of Pittsburgh.  For the past ten years she had lived here with her son C. Harry Higinbotham, superintendent of the Owings mine of the Consolidation Coal company.  In addition to the two sons mentioned she leaves another son, Joseph Higinbotham of Fairmont, also four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

   Mrs. Higinbotham was a member of the Methodist church and was a woman of amiable christian character.

 

ROBINSON.  Funeral services for James Richard Robinson, 55, division superintendent of buildings and rents for the Consolidation Coal company, were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at his home, 57 JoHarry street, Fairmont. Services were conducted by the pastor of the First Presbyterian  church of that city, and St. Johns Lodge No. 24, A. F. and A. M. of Shinnston had charge of the rites at the grave.  Interment was at Masonic cemetery here.  The pallbearers were  C. L. Hawkins, H. H. Hawkins, E. W. Berlin, J. M. Weekley, C. E. Hennen and C. E. Johnson of Fairmont, Chester W. Jones, Paul S. Harmer and S. B. Davis of Shinnston.

   Mr. Robinson died at 12:15 p. m. January 25, 1940 at his home after a short illness. He had not been in the best of health some time but his illness did not become serious until Sunday before he died, when he suffered a heart attack.

   He was born in 1885 in Shinnston, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Allison Robinson.  After graduating from high school and completing a business course at the Mt. State Business college in Parkersburg, he entered the employe [sic] of the U. S. Express company and was stationed first at Wheeling and later at New Martinsville.  However, he soon resigned from this position and entered the contracting and building business in Shinnston, in which work he was very successful for several years.  He then entered the employe [sic] of the Consolidation Coal company in a responsible capacity, remaining with that concern until his death.

   The deceased is survived by his widow, the former Miss Edna Frei [sic] of New Martinsville, and two children, Edward Robinson of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Mary Louise Robinson Hadsell, wife of William Hadsell of Wheeling.  He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Martha Knox, wife of James N. Knox of Santa Monica, California.

   During his 13 years residence in Fairmont, Mr. Robinson had been active in affairs of that community.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church and last year served as president of the congregation.   He had served as a member of the board of trustees.

   He was a member of St. Johns Lodge, No. 24, A. F. and A. M. and of the Scottish Rite bodies including the 32nd degree.

 

THOMPSON.  Funeral  services  were held Tuesday at 2 o'clock p. m. in the home for Mrs.

Mandora Harbert Thompson, 76, wife of George W. Thompson of Enterprise, who died Saturday evening at 7:10 o'clock at her home.  The Rev. John A. McHenry, pastor of the Enterprise

church,officiated, assisted  by  the Rev.  George  Stratton of the Bridgeport Methodist

church.  Interment was made in the K. of P. cemetery at Enterprise.

   Mrs. Thompson was a member of the United Brethren church.  She was born April 26, 1863, a daughter of Benjamin W. and Margaret Moore Harbert of Robinson's Run.

   She is survived by her husband, and two children, Homer S., of Homestead, Pa. and Mrs. Arna Robinson, wife of Rev. L. G. Robinson of Wyatt; also three brothers and two sisters, Jeremiah and Nathan Harbert of Shinnston; Jacob Harbert of Shinn's Run; Mrs. Mary Ice, Shinnston, and Mrs. Ella Ogden, Enterprise.

 

WEAVER.  Edmond, Okla., Jan. 20, 1940.

   Editor News:  Here is a clipping out of the Edmond Sun of W. M. Weaver's death.  He has relatives and friends who read your paper and do not know of his death.

   Ten years ago last August I went to West Virginia to be with him.  Last fall Mr. and Mrs. Weaver went back and spent about one month with his brothers and sisters.  I have heard Mrs. Weaver say since his death how thankful she was they went last fall.

   The clipping says he will be missed by the city and church.  He certainly will by the church, as he and his wife both have spent much time and money accordingly the past years I have known them for the building up of the church work.  They were our best friends and we will surely miss their evening visits.  Just a few Sundays ago we had them out for dinner and we enjoyed their visit so much that day we could hardly let them go home, but Mr. Weaver said  "[w]e must go.  It will soon be church time."  They never missed a service if able to go.  He died of lobar pneumonia and only lived about five days after taking it.

     Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hawker

     Obituary of W. M. Weaver

   W. M. Weaver, son of James and Margaret Weaver, was born near Morgantown, West Virginia, September 23, 1864; after a short illness he departed this life at the Wesley hospital in Oklahoma City, Thursday, January 11, 1940, aged 75 years, 3 months and 18 days.

   After growing to manhood the deceased came West and located at Whiting, Kansas in the year 1888.  Here he met and married Mary R. Bender, in the year 1898.   And here they continued to reside on a farm for three years and then removed to a farm eight miles Northeast of Edmond, in the Bethel neighborhood, where they remained for 15 years.  In 1916 the deceased and his wife moved to the City of Edmond, where he entered into the grocery business for several years.  Mr. Weaver took an active interest in all civic matters, and served as a member of the City Council for six years.

   Mr. Weaver was a devoted member of the Methodist church having been converted and united with that church about the year 1890, and at the time of his death was a consistent and active member of the Methodist church of Edmond, and gave much of his time to advance the interests of the church.

   Mr. Weaver was a jovial and kind man, well liked by all who knew him.  He left surviving him his wife, Mary R. Weaver, two brothers, B. J. and Charles Weaver, of Walkersville, West Virginia, one sister, Mrs. W. J. Cunningham of Roanoke, West Virginia, and a host of friends, all of whom mourn his passing.

 

                     

FEBRUARY 8, 1940 ISSUE

 

EDWARDS.  Mrs. Juanita Edwards, 26, wife of Lloyd Edwards of Enterprise, died February 6, 1940 in a Clarksburg hospital.  Services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the Enterprise Methodist church, conducted by the Rev. E. C. Jones of Fairmont and interment will be at the Odd Fellows cemetery in Enterprise.

   She was the daughter of Benjamin and Iva Murphy Brown of Enterprise, who survive, besides the husband and three children, Lloyd, Jr., Edgar Dale and Alice Louise.  Also seven brothers, Thomas, Jack, Robert, Calvin, James, Junior and Raymond Brown all of Enterprise.

 

KNOX.  Miss Beatrice Jarrett Wednesday morning received a telegram from Santa Monica, California, announcing the death of Mrs. Myrtle Knox, wife of Charles Knox at 6 o'clock a. m. February 7, 1940.  Later in the day Miss Willia [sic] M. Lowe received a message stating the funeral would be held there Friday.

   Mrs. Knox had been near death for several days, having been stricken with paralysis several weeks ago.  She was born and reared in Shinnston, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Montimer [sic] Curtis Jarrett.  Her mother was before her marriage Miss Alzina Martin.  The two families, with Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Knox and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Randall moved to Santa Monica, Calif., about 30 years ago.

   Deceased is survived by her husband and two children, Glenn Knox of Santa Monica and Stanley Knox of Venice, Calif.;  a sister, Mrs. Eugene Randall, Ocean Park, Calif., and

a brother, Ralph Jarrett, of Riverside, Calif.

   Plans were made by Mr. and Mrs. Knox a few months ago to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, but shortly before the date of the celebration she was stricken and had continued to decline until her death.  With her husband and Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Knox she visited Shinnston about three years ago.

 

PAINTER.  Matthew Painter, father of Mrs. E. C. Wisser, died at 11 o'clock last night at his home in Coulter, Pennsylvania, according to a message received here.  Mrs. Wisser yesterday evening received word of her father's serious condition and with Mr. and Mrs. Allen Gerard left immediately for Coulter.  The death mes[s]age was received by Mr. Wisser a half hour later.

 

TETRICK.  Worth S. Tetrick, 53, well known nurseryman, died at 11:45 o'clock a. m. February 3, 1940 at his home at Midway, between Shinnston and Enterprise.  A sudden heart attack was the cause of death.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Monday at St. James Methodist Church, Enterprise, conducted by the Rev. John A. McHenry, the pastor[,] and interment took place at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.

   Mr. Tetrick had conducted a nursery at Midway the last 12 years.  He was a landscape architect of unusual ability and some of the most beautiful gardens of the community are the result of his skill and taste in designing.  One of his more recent accomplishments in this line was the arrangement and planting of shrubbery on the grounds of the state police headquarters here.

   He was born January 28, 1887, at Enterprise, a son of Luther B. and Sarah Jane Hardesty Tetrick.  He married Miss Nannie Beryl McIntyre, a daughter of James F. and Ida M. Coon McIntyre, also of Enterprise, on November 21, 1908.  His father was the first postmaster at Enterprise and was a merchant there.

   Mr. Tetrick opened a greenhouse in Enterprise in 1914 and several years later sold out and moved to Morgantown where he resided for about a year.  Returning to this community, he purchased land and opened the nursery at Midway.

   Surviving besides his wife is a son, James L. Tetrick, who recently became a member of the firm of W. S. Tetrick & Son, a daughter, Mrs. Helene Irene Rice and a grand daughter [sic], Joan Lee Tetrick.

 

 

FEBRUARY 15, 1940 ISSUE

 

HARBERT.  A piece of bone from a pork chop lodging in her throat while she was eating dinner Saturday evening caused the death Tuesday afternoon at a Clarksburg hospital of Mrs. Blanche Harbert, of Lumberport.  An operation was performed for removal of the bone.

   She was the wife of Chester Harbert, an employe[e] of the Hope Natural Gas company, and was a daughter of Marshall and Safrona Shreve Pigott of Bingamon.  Surviving besides the husband is a brother, Tallie Pigott of Oakpoint, Bingamon.

 

PAINTER.  Matthew Painter, 83, father of Mrs. E. C. (Ted) Wisser of this city, died at his home in Coulter, Pa., February 7, 1940.  The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the family home and burial took place there.

   Mr. Painter, whose wife died about three years ago, had resided with two sons, Alfred and John Painter in Coulter.  Besides these two sons and the daughter, Mrs. Wisser, he leaves another son,

Charles Painter of McKeesport, Pa.

   Mrs. Wisser and daughter, Mrs. Allen Gerrard and Mr. Gerrard were on their way to Coulter when Mr. Painter died.  Mr. Wisser and their other daughter, Miss Betty went there Friday for the funeral.

 

SITNEK and NEUBERGER.  James Sitnek, 23, who had been studying mining at mines of the Katherine Coal Mining Company at Lumberport the past year, was killed Sunday afternoon in an airplane crash at Raleigh, N. C.  He and Joseph Neuberger, 33, of Freeland, Pa., were on their way from Philadelphia to Florida and were attempting to land their plane at the Raleigh airport when it crashed.  Both were killed.

   Young Sitnek was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sitnek of Philadelphia.  His father is president of the Katherine Coal Mining Co.

   Sitnek was a frequent visitor in Shinnston.  He was a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

FEBRUARY 22, 1940 ISSUE

 

CATHER.  Russell Cather, 25, Gypsy coal miner, was killed Saturday night when he was struck in a hit-run accident near Meadowbrook.  Arden Silcott, 30, of Zeising, was held pending investigation.

   The body of Cather was not found until 11 o'clock Sunday.  He was a step son of Frank Fratto and was employed at the Laura Lee mines and is survived by his widow and one step child.

 

CRISS.  John Frank Criss, 81, died at 10 o'clock February 18, 1940, at his home on Laurel Run.  He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Criss, and is survived by his widow, Mrs. Julia Criss, three sons and one daughter, Ira and Carl Criss of near Shinnston; Harry E. Criss of Fairmont and Mrs. Wheeler Martin.  Also two brothers, Charles and James Criss.

   Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock Tuesday at the Baptist church in Lumberport, with interment at Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

 

STURM.  James B. Sturm, 83, of Sturm's Mill, died February 17, 1940, at Cook hospital, Fairmont.  Funeral services were held Monday at 1  p. m. at the residence, followed by interment at the Odd Fellows cemetery at Enterprise.

   Mr. Sturm was a son of Jacob B. and Isabelle Fowler Sturm.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mattie Sturm; one son, Howard Sturm of Little Bingamon; three brothers and one sister, Harry Sturm of Sturm's Mill, George W. Sturm of West Milford, Jesse B. Sturm of Enterprise and Mrs. W. C. Basnett of Worthington.

 

 

FEBRUARY 29, 1940 ISSUE

 

BARTLETT.  The News has just learned that a serious injury to Gene Bartlett, son of John A. Bartlett, caused the sudden heart attack which caused the death of the latter at Tulsa, Oklahoma a few weeks ago.  Bartlett was a native of Shinnston, going to Oklahoma 33 years ago.

   Clippings from Tulsa papers, received by Miss Beatrice Jarrett, sister of Mrs. John Bartlett, tell of the accident to the young man and also of the death of the father.  Under the heading, "Accident Victim Lies Near Death," a newspaper article says:

   "Gene H. Bartlett, 24 years old, 217 North Elwood, lay near death in Mercy Hospital Sunday night from pelvic and internal injuries suffered in a crash at 4126 Sapulpa road early Saturday night which also injured his companion seriously.

   "Bartlett's condition, not considered critical when he first was examined at the hospital, became worse Sunday and an operation was necessary.

   "His companion, Everett Ray Isbell, 24 years old, 1210 South Cheyenne, driver of the automobile, was still in serious condition Sunday night from fractures of the jaws, broken collar bones and several facial lacerations.

   "The accident occurred on the curve leading from Red Fork to Crystal City park, when the car driven by Isbell swerved off the left side of the highway and skidded sidewise into the front of an automobile containing Mrs. Myrla Robinson, 5428 South 33rd West avenue.  Mrs. Robinson was treated for minor injuries and released from Morningside hospital.

   "Investigating Officers R. D. Staley and Paul Livingston said charges of reckless driving would be filed against Isbell as a result of the accident."

   Another clipping from the same paper of a later date said:

   "John A. Bartlett, 69 years old, died in a Tulsa hospital Tuesday morning of a heart ailment aggravated by news of the serious injury in an automobile accident December 29 of his son, Gene Bartlett.

   "The son, in Mercy hospital, was not informed of his father's death.  Bartlett's companion in the automobile crash, Everett Ray Isbell, died January 2.

   "Bartlett was a native of Shinnston, W. Va., coming to Tulsa 33 years ago.  He was employed by the Standard Paving company.

   "Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Winterringer Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. W. H. Murphy, Jr., pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, officiating.  Interment will be in Memorial Park.

   "Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Theresa Bartlett, another son, Dana J. Bartlett, both at home, 217 North Elwood, and a daughter, Mrs. Maxine Virginia Boyer, 212 East Haskell."

  Miss Jarrett says a letter from her sister states that Gene is back home now and is getting better.

After the operation he developed pneumonia and his life was despaired of for a time.

   Gene Bartlett visited here with his mother about seven years ago and many local people

met him at the time.  Mrs. Bartlett is in a state of near collapse, due to the shock of her husband's death and the serious condition of her son.

 

DAVIS.  Ellen Margaret Davis, 10, died at a Fairmont hospital Wednesday morning from burns received Saturday.  The child was standing near an open fireplace at her home in Monongah when her clothing ignited.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Davis.

   The body was removed from the Harmer funeral home this morning to the home of Lawrence Shreve at Hepzibah where funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, followed by interment at Marshville.

 

LOMBARDY.  Mrs. Filimana Lombardy, 76, died February 26, 1940, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Romeo.  Funeral services were held at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday at St. Anne's church, with burial at Masonic cemetery.

   She is survived by three sons, Jack, of Wheeling; James, of New York City, and Frank, also of New York; two daughters, Mrs. Romeo and Mrs. Rosina Rossone, both of Shinnston.

 

 

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BOSTIC.  Josiah L. Bostic, son of Mrs. Mary Parrish Bostic of this place, died Sunday night at his home, 163 Grant street, Clarksburg.  The funeral was held Tuesday at the Bartlett funeral home in Bridgeport, with interment at Masonic cemetery there.  He was born Apr. 4, 1884  in  Jackson county.  His  wife, Hallie Marie Stout, died in  1922.    Surviving besides his mother are two sons, Robert L. Bostic of Clarksburg and Bland Bostic of Akron, Ohio; three brothers, Eldridge Bostic of Clarksburg; Basil and Carl Bostic of Enterprise; seven sisters, Mrs. Belle Woodson, of Barberton, Ohio; Mrs. Nick Vernon, of Hutchinson; Mrs. Laura Tennant, of White Rock; Mrs. Faye Scott, Gypsy; Mrs. John Craig and Mrs. Ethel Parsons, of Enterprise; Mrs. John Campbell of Worthington; five grandchildren and five step grandchildren.

 

COBURN.  Funeral services for George Burgess Coburn, 89, retired Consolidation Coal company mine foreman, who died at 2:15 o'clock Mar. 2, 1940, were held at 2 o'clock Sunday at the residence in Everson, with Rev. Clyde J. Wright officiating.  Interment took place at the Odd Fellows cemetery in Enterprise.

   Mr. Coburn was born March 8, 1851 at Stevenstone, Aryshire, Scotland, a son of Lawrence and Jessie Burns Coburn.  His mother was a relative of the Scotch poet, Robert Burns. He came to this county in 1864 and settled at Newburg, where he married Miss Ludia [sic] Grimes.  He moved to Hoult and later to Everson, where he was employed by the Clark Brothers Coal company as foreman in 1892.

   After the death of his first wife, he married Catherine Virginia Dell who survives and moved to Kentucky where he worked 47 years as a mine foreman, after which he returned to Everson.

   He is survived by the following children:  Mrs. John Anderson, of Clarksburg; Mrs. Elizabeth Satterfield, Enterprise; Mrs. Peal Patton, Everson; Mrs. Effie Lee, Fairmont; Mrs. Mattie Davis, Worthington; and Milton Coburn, Rivesville.  There are 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren

 

STEWART.  Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock today at the home in Enterprise for James Tetrick Stewart, 32, game warden of Harrison county who died at a Clarksburg hospital at 5:15 o'clock March 5, 1940.  Rev. John A. McHenry, pastor of the Enterprise Methodist church, will officiate.  Interment will be at the Enterprise Odd Fellows cemetery.

   Pallbearers as announced are:  Chief Deputy Game Warden, Prentice Farley of Morgantown; Deputy Game Wardens Scotty Harris, Everett Price, Clay Messenger, Richard Prickett, Grover Mills and Joseph Powell.

   Mr. Stewart had been in failing health the last three years, although his condition became serious only recently, and he was admitted to the hospital Feb. 25.

   He was a former athlete and student at Fairmont State college and West Virginia university.  He resided with his mother, Mrs. Mabel Tetrick Stewart in Enterprise.  His father, Charles E. Stewart, a well known business man of Enterprise, died in 1928.

   Mr. Stewart was born July 17, 1907.  He was a graduate of Shinnston high school.  He was appointed game warden in 1932.

 

WEBB.  Mrs. Louisa Webb, 82, wife of George W. Webb of Quaker Fork, died Sunday.  Funeral and burial took place at Wallace Tuesday.

   She  is  survived  by her husband and four children, Goff, of Buckhannon; Arthur, of

Grangeville; Mrs. Mary Swiger of Dola and Mrs. Lela Bennett of Big Elk.

   There will be a good many hap- [No conclusion of this obituary located in newspaper edition.]

 

 

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MULLALLY.  Word was received in Shinnston Wednesday evening of the death of Miss Nan Mullally in New York City.  She died Tuesday after a brief illness of pneumonia.  The funeral will take place there Friday.

   Miss Mullally, a teacher in St. Joseph's Scho[o]l for the Deaf, was for many years a resident of Shinnston, having made her home with her brother, the Rev. Father P. A. Mullally, former pastor of St. Ann's church.  She had booked passage for Ireland to visit her father and was preparing to sail when stricken ill.  Her mother died recently in Ireland.

   A sister, Mrs. Clark Lundell, resides in New York.

 

NUZUM.  Funeral services for Meshack Nuzum, 87, Shinnston's oldest citizen, will be held at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the First Baptist church, conducted by the Rev. D. L. Whitener, pastor of the Lumberport Baptist church and assisted by Rev. H. U. Thompson, local pastor and Rev. Robert McCoy, of the Hepzibah church.  Burial will take place in Masonic cemetery.  Pallbearers announced are George D. Brent, Dennis Jaynes, Edward Coplin, Arthur Heldreth, Frank Burnett and Delbert Currey.

   Mr. Nuzum died at his home in East Shinnston Tuesday night, March 12, 1940, after an illness of several weeks.  He had been a resident of Shinnston for 21 years, moving here with his family from a farm near Adamsville, where he had spent the greater part of his life.

   Born August 31, 1852, he was a son of Perry and Sarah Jane Webb Nuzum.  He was married March 29, 1877 to Sarah Jane Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Smith of Coon's Run. His wife preceded him in death just one year [sic].

   The following children survive:  Smith Nuzum, Adamsville; Perry Nuzum, at home; Mrs. Lawrence Swiger, Shinnston; Mrs. Lelia Sapp, Charleston; Mrs. G. Fleet Parsons and Mrs. Leslie Vincent, Shinnston.

 

TALKINGTON.  Funeral services for S. Austin Talkington, 59, who died Saturday morning as a result of an accident at the du Pont plant at Spelter, were held Monday at 2 o'clock p. m. at the residence on Pike street.  The Rev. Fred Miller, pastor of the Christian church at Mt. Ranier, Md., a former pastor of the local Christian church, officiated. Burial took place at Masonic cemetery.

   The pallbearers were George Frederick, Harold Jarrett and James Vassar, Shinnston; Samuel Lorea, C. A. Weckler and C. R. Swick, Zeising.

   Mr. Talkington, a widely known and highly respected citizen of Shinnston, received an accidental injury to his head at the du Pont plant Friday and his death occurred early the following morning at a Clarksburg hospital.  He had resided in Shinnston the last 40 years and had worked at the plant for 25 years.

   Born at Stringtown March 23, 1881, he was a son of Levi and Sarah Elizabeth White Talkington.  In 1907 he became a member of the Shinnston Christian church during the pastorate of the Rev. W. M. Long.

   The deceased is survived by his widow, the former Miss Rose Shingleton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Shingleton, and one daughter, Miss Sara Talkington, a teacher in Washington Irving high school at Clarksburg.  Also six brothers and one sister, namely: Martin Talkington, Washington, D. C.;  J. A. Talkington, D. C. Talkington, Ira Talkington, Everett Talkington, all of Alva; Timothy Talkington, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Mrs. O. V. Lemasters, of Jacksonburg.

 

 

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ASHCRAFT.  Mrs. Priscilla Jackson Ashcraft, 54, former well known woman of Wyatt, died at 5:30 o'clock Sunday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ralph Palmer, in East Grafton road, Fairmont.  She had been ill the past five months, and went to the home of her daughter to reside last December.

   Funeral services were held at the Wyatt Methodist church at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. L. G. Robinson, and interment took place at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.  The

Pallbearers were William P. Williams, B. F. O'Dell, Homer A. Palmer, Earl C. Moore and B. Martin.

   Mrs. Ashcraft was born April 14, 1886, at Smithfield, a daughter of John J. and Lydia Ann Jackson.  On June 11, 1906, she married A. C. Ashcraft in New Martinsville, who died in August, 1932.

   She was active in church and club affairs at Wyatt for many years.  Surviving besides the daughter are a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Brewer of Smithfield, and three [sic] brothers, E. T. Jackson, Smithfield; Lindsay Jackson, R. 3, Wallace, Walter and Noah Jackson, of California.

 

BOCK.  Funeral services for John A. Bock, 91, venerable Marion county resident, who died at 8:50 o'clock Tuesday night at his home in Farmington, will be held at 2 p. m. Friday in the Farmington

Methodist church.  Burial will be in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. Bock was born near Worthington February 17, 1849, and was a son of Harrison and Elizabeth Floyd Bock.  He married Miss Wilda Short of Shinnston, who died several years ago.  Two children were born to the union, John Lynde [sic] Bock of Farmington and Mrs. Hazel Lee, wife of Scott Lee of Jamaica, N. Y.

 

DEEM.  James Sheridan, 15 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Deem[,] died Monday morning at Lucas Mills.  The funeral and burial will take place today with interment at Masonic cemetery.

 

DeLUCA.  Services for Joseph DeLuca, 60, a retired miner, who died at 11:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home in Northview, will be held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday at the home, 1936 Gould avenue.  Interment will be at Holy Cross cemetery, Clarksburg.

   He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary DeLuca, who was the widow of Pete Aragone of Shinnston and six children by his first wife.  Anthony and John DeLuca, sons, are both former star athletes at Victory high school.

 

EVERSON.  The funeral of Miss Lulu Gay Everson, 17, daughter of Cleveland and Minnie Miller Everson of Robinson's Run, who died at 4:3 [sic] Wednesday morning, will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at the home, with interment at Masonic cemetery.  She was born August 7, 1922 at Clarksburg.  The parents, two brothers and one sister survive.

 

HENDERSON.  Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the home of a grandson, Oscar Frum of Shinnston for Samuel W. Henderson, 72, who died Sunday morning at his home in Enterprise.

   He was a former employe[e] of the Consolidation Coal company, and was born June 13, 1867 in Pennsylvania.  His widow, Mrs. Sallie Gordon Henderson is the only survivor.

 

 

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MARTIN.  Funeral services for Fred A. Martin, late postmaster at Enterprise, will be held at 2:30 Friday afternoon at the home.  Interment will be at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.

   In the death of Fred Alva Martin, 69, who passed away at six o'clock March 27, 1940, Enterprise loses one of its best known and most highly respected citizens.  Mr. Martin's condition had been serious ever since he was stricken ["with a heart ailment while at work in his store, where he kept the post office, on March 5th"] several weeks ago, when members of his family were called to his bedside.

   By reason of his position as postmaster and storekeeper he was known to most everyone in the community.  He had been a man of unusually good health and was regularly found at his post of duty where his kindness and accommodating manner will long be remembered by his neighbors.

   Mr. Martin was also active in church and lodge work, having been a regular attendant at the Methodist church and a charter member of Enterprise Lodge No. 209, I. O. O. F. in

which he was an official for the greater part of his membership.

   He was born in Hancock county, Illinois, September 21, 1870, a son of George W. and Mahalia Martin, natives of Marion county, W. Va.  His parents returned to West Virginia when he was a small boy and located at Pine Bluff.

   He was married to Miss Hattie Harrison, daughter of the late W. R. and Louisa Lucas Harrison of Enterprise on October 3, 1897.  She is a [sister] of Arch D. Harrison of Enterprise and Dr. Charles R. Harrison of Clarksburg.

   Mr. Martin was a  member of the Christian church but there  being  no church of that

denomination in his community, he attended the Methodist church.

   He is survived by his widow and the following children:  Miss Helen Martin, teacher in the schools in Weirton; Mrs. Betty Fisher, wife of Hunter L. Fisher, 201 Euclid avenue, Clarksburg; Mrs. Harriett Lorentz, wife of Barlett Lorentz, Enterprise; Mrs. Mary Gene Crawford, wife of Thomas Crawford of Baltimore, Md., and Miss Fredrica Martin, at home. One brother survives, Tod [sic] E. Martin, of Loveland, Ohio.

 

STURM.  Services for Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Sturm, 69, wife of L. R. Sturm, who died at 4 o'clock Tuesday at her home near Enterprise will be held at the residence at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon.  The Rev. O. F. Nease, pastor of the Freemansburg Methodist church, and a former pastor at Enterprise, will officiate.  Burial will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Enterprise.   

   Mrs. Sturm was born May 14, 1870, on Teverbaugh, a daughter of Thornton and Dora Shore Nutter.  She was married 47 years ago to L. R. Sturm, a leading farmer and citizen of the Enterprise community, who survives.  Twelve children were born to the union, eight of whom are living, namely:

   Gail Sturm, Point Pleasant; Paul Sturm, Phoenix, Arizona; Wilbur Sturm, Point Pleasant; Philip Sturm, at home; Mrs. Thurman (Loraine) Lane, Enterprise; Mrs. Earl (Mary) Nutter, East Shinnston; Mrs. Richard (Louise) Clise, Enterprise; and Miss Doris Sturm, teacher in the Enterprise school.  There are twelve grandchildren.  Dr. R. B. Nutter of Enterprise is an only brother.

 

 

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ANDERSON.  Funeral services for Ira B. Anderson, 64, well known citizen of Cunningham's Run, who died early Tuesday morning, will be held at 2:3[0] o'clock this afternoon at the Union church in Wyatt, and burial will be at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.

   Mr. Anderson was a son of the late Marcene J. Anderson and Sarah Crowl Anderson and was born in Marion county August 22, 1875.  He resided for many years at Wyatt, later moving to his farm on Cunningham's Run.  His father was a merchant at Wyatt many years ago, and also owned a large farm which was sold to the Consolidation Coal company prior to the opening of the mines there more than twenty years ago.

   He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mattie J. Anderson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Looman of Oakdale; two children, Vance Anderson and Mrs. Otis Boggess, both of Cunningham's Run, and one brother, George L. Anderson, a former deputy county clerk, now a resident of La Grange, Oregon.  There are five grandchildren.

 

BROWN.  Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Righter left last night for Massachusetts to attend the funeral of Mrs. Righter's mother, Mrs. Brown, which will be held there today.

   Her death occurred Monday in Florida, following an operation for goitre [sic].  The News was unable to learn further details last night.

 

HARBERT.  Mrs. Martha Sprout Harbert, 86, died March 28, 1940, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bice of Gypsy, where she had resided 30 years.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the residence, in charge of Rev. L. G. Robinson.  Burial was at Masonic cemetery.

   Her husband, John Clement Harbert, died in 1910.  George Sprout of Haywood is a brother.

 

HAUGHT.  Mrs. Catherine Williams Haught, 78, mother of Mrs. Raymond Barrick of this city, died at her home in Fairview at about 1:30 o'clock p. m. Saturday.  She was a life long resident of that community and a member of the Church of Christ for many years.  The funeral and burial took place Tuesday.

   Mrs. Haught is survived by her husband, B. Frank Haught and by eight children, namely, Miss Louise Haught and Mrs. Frank J. Yost of Fairview; Mrs. Barrick, Shinnston; J. A. Haught, Boothsville; Thomas, Azra, Milford and Wilford Haught, all of Fairview.

   Three brothers and a sister also survive, namely, Timothy Williams, Los Angeles, Calif.; Michael Williams and James Williams, both of Daybrook and Mrs. Eunice May Tuttle of Beulah.  She leaves 34 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

 

HAWKER.  Funeral services for Mrs. Amanda Hawker, 90, who passed away at 1 o'clock a.m., March 31, 1940, at the home of her son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Ogden, 303 Third street, Fairmont, were held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the First Methodist Church, Shinnston, with the Rev. Denver C. Pickens, pastor of the First Methodist Church,

Fairmont[,] officiating, assisted by  Rev. Musgrave, pastor of the Shinnston church.  A

short service was held at the home at 1:30 o'clock before the funeral party left for this city.

   Interment took place at Masonic cemetery.  There were many beautiful flowers.  The pallbearers were Wayne Hawker, Marlin Hawker, Leland Ogden, Guy Hawker, Argyl Hess and Wayman Robinson.

   The Fairmont Times of Monday gives the following sketch of her life:

   Mrs. Hawker, who was the widow of Thomas Hawker of Shinnston, had been residing in the Ogden home the last nine years and was a beloved member of the household.  Her husband, who was a prominent business man of his community and president of the Farmers Bank of Shinnston, died about ten years ago.

   Mrs. Hawker won the title of the "ideal mother" a year or more ago in connection with a Mother's day feature when several state papers carried her picture with a story which told of her outstanding motherly qualities.  Her picture denotes a noble face and countenance with true motherly instincts.

   The deceased was the mother of five children, two of whom are living, Mrs. Stella Nutter, of Carleton street, and Mrs. Lelia Ogden, with whom she resided.  Three sons are deceased, Homer, Leslie and Dallie Hawker.  Leslie Hawker, who was a hardware merchant in Shinnston many years, was killed in an automobile accident several years ago.  Homer Hawker also was a business man of Shinnston, and Dallas Hawker resided in Colorado several years before he passed away.

   The grandchildren are Leland Ogden, Julia and Ardis Nutter, of Fairmont; Mrs. Avis Bittinger, of Oakland, Md.; Josephine, Wayne and Marlin Hawker of Shinnston; Max Hawker, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Enid Shumaker, Mrs. Virginia Brown, Jane and Thomas Hawker, of Colorado Springs, Colo.  There are several great grandchildren.

   Mrs. Hawker was a daughter of Robert Mason and Rebecca Robinson Mason.  She was born in Harrison county, then Virginia, December 20, 1849.  Her marriage to Mr. Hawker took place September 27, 1874.  They lived for many years in Shinnston and were quite active in church, civic and community affairs.

   Mrs. Hawker had a keen mind and good eyesight up until the end, and she read the daily newspapers and periodicals regularly, keeping in touch with all topics of the day.  She delighted in conversing with her family and friends, and although she had been confined to her room the great part of the last year or more because of physical ailment, her interest  never  waned in her home surroundings or in local, state or national affairs.

   On her 90th birthday anniversary last December a delightful party was held in the Ogden home in her honor, and about 30 or more of the families of her early associates and companions from the Bingamon community spent the evening with her.  Several members of a choir of which she was a former member came to the party and sang several favorite numbers.  Mrs. Hawker derived great enjoyment from this party.

   The deceased had many lovable traits of character, and she was the object of much attention and

devotion in her declining years by her children and their families, as well as many friends and relatives.  She was a devout member of the Methodist church in Shinnston.

   The deceased leaves a sister, Mrs. E. M. Hess, of Peora, Harrison county.

 

 

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BAYLY.  The funeral of Mrs. Arrena Bayly, 83, who died April 6, 1940 at the home of Mr. and Mrs.  W. C. Wyatt in West Shinnston, was held at 2:30 p. m. Monday at the Hepzibah, Taylor county, Baptist church, conducted by Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the First Baptist church of Shinnston.  Burial was at the church cemetery.

   Mrs. Bayly was the widow of William Pierce Bayly, of Meadland, who died in 1916.  She was born May 21, 1856, a daughter of Silah H. and Mary McElfresh Stark of Taylor county. She was a member of the Bridgeport Baptist church, having transferred her membership in 1916 from the Hepzibah church.

   Surviving are the following children:  Mrs. W. C. Wyatt and Mrs. Allie Southern, of Shinnston; Mrs. John Duckworth, Fairmont; Mrs. Carl Myer, Rockford, Ill.; and Grover H. Bayly of Weston.  Two brothers and one sister also survive, namely:  Neuman Stark of Gowanda, N. Y.; Cleon Stark of Collins, N. Y., and Mrs. Ida Cropp , of Menomenie, Wis. There are three grandchildren.

 

BRANNON.  The five months old son of Wilson and Theda Spring Brannon died Sunday at the family home in South Shinnston.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the home, conducted by the Rev. P. Z. Musgrave and interment was at Masonic cemetery.

 

DALBY.  Robert W. Dalby, 65, retired paymaster in the U. S. Navy Yard at Charleston, South Carolina, died at a hospital in that city April 8, 1940, following a long illness of complications.  He was for many years a resident of Shinnston and an office clerk for the Consolidated Coal company at the old Solon mine before going to the southern city.

   Regular funeral services having been held at Charleston, the service here was brief. [T]he pallbearers were C. H. Higinbotham, A. E. Vassar, S. B. Davis, Q. M. Carder, H. T. Harmer and George Riffee.

   Mr. Dalby was born at Oxford, N. C., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Judson Dalby.  Before coming to Shinnston more than forty years ago, he was a clerk in the bureau of the census in Washington.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Baptist church at Charleston.

   He married Miss Claribell Janes, a daughter of Henry F. Janes and Harriet Shore Janes. She is a sister of James A. Janes, Shinnston street commissioner.  Surviving is his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Hartwell Johnson, Washington, D. C., wife of the secretary to Sumner Welles; Miss Mary Dalby, a junior high school teacher in Charleston; his mother, Mrs. Ella Dalby, who has made her home with the family, and a grandson.

   The funeral was held at 3 p. m. Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Edna R. Smith on Main St., conducted by the Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the First Baptist church, and interment was at Masonic cemetery.

 

MacPHERSON.  Misses Cleva and Jessie Lee Smith, Emma Lee Rose, Lucille Madill and Willis Core attended the funeral Saturday in Johnstown, Pa., of Mrs. Zearle MacPherson, 29, whose death occurred at a hospital there on April 3.  Mrs. MacPherson was the former Betty Jean Williams, who graduated from Shinnston high school in 1927.  She was the mother of a daughter, Diana, born at the hospital March 23.  She was planning to leave the hospital when a sudden heart attack claimed her.  Surviving besides the infant child is her husband who holds a position in the census bureau at Washington,  D. C., her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Williams, two sisters and a brother, all of Johnstown, and her grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Madill of Shinnston.

 

 

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ADAMS.  Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Adams, 61, who died April 22, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Rose at Owings, were held at 10 o'clock this morning at the residence.  Rev. P. Z. Musgrave, pastor of  the  First  Methodist church was in  charge. Interment at Masonic cemetery.

   Mrs. Adams was born in Hungary and was the widow of John Adams who died four years ago. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Rose, Mrs. Alex Dauch of Shinnston and Mrs. Willie Potter of Harrisville.

 

ATHA.  Martin Grant Atha, a former mail carrier and retired poultryman of  Mannington, Route  2, died last week at a Clarksburg hospital of pneumonia.  The funeral was held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Margaret church and interment was at the Hawker cemetery.

   Mr. Atha was born near Mannington May 26, 1869, a son of Elisha and Luverna Jane Fetty Atha.  He was married in 1896 to Matilda Jane Morris, who survives, with their five children:  Virginia Atha, Goldman Atha, Esta, wife of Clayton Pigott, all of Mannington; Flo, wife of Francis Metz, Clarksburg, and Stanley D. Atha, of Managus, Nicaragua, Central America.

   Also surviving are Mrs. Flo Brooks, Elk Grove, Calif., a sister, and four brothers, Homer Atha of Bridgeport; Wesley Atha of Grafton; A. A. Atha of Fairmont, and Glenn Atha of Farmington.

 

RUTTER.  John William Rutter, 69, died April 21, 1940, at the home of a son, John Rutter of Lucas Mill.  Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the home, conducted by Rev. P. Z. Musgrave of First Methodist church and interment followed at Masonic cemetery.

   He was a native of Ohio, born October 29, 1870, and is survived by his widow, one son, John, and one daughter, Mrs. Flossie Shreve of Sistersville.  Four  brothers  and  three

sisters also survive, George Rutter, Owings; Burton Rutter, of Gypsy; Clinton Rutter, of Duffy, O.;  Forrest Rutter, Middlebourne; Mrs. Stella Sellers, Paden City;  Mrs. Martha

Crawford, Duffy, Ohio, and Mrs. Belle Birch, Warren, Ohio.

 

SHINN.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock today at the home on Shinn's Run for Mrs.

Savilla Shinn, 84, who died April 23, 1940 at her home.  The Rev. P. Z. Musgrave, pastor of the First Methodist church, will be in charge, and burial will follow at Masonic cemetery.

   Mrs. Shinn, one of the most widely known and respected women of the community, had been in declining health since January, when she fell against a fire place in her home and was seriously burned.  Recently she received a broken hip in a fall, which is believed to have hastened her death.

   She was the widow of Albert A. Shinn, a leading farmer, who has been dead a number of years.  She was very active prior to her last illness and it was nothing uncommon for her to walk to town from her home three miles or more from Shinnston.  Deceased was born in Shinnston February 26, 1856, a daughter of Eli and Susan Bossler Koon.

   The house in which Mrs. Shinn was born, on upper Walnut street, now occupied by A. Kerzock, was still owned by her at the time of her death.  As a small child she experienced the excitement caused in the community by the Jones raid during the Civil War and often told how she hid herself in fear of the marchers.  She was an unusually intelligent and well informed woman, and one of the most active members of the community for one of her age.

   She was a frequent caller at the News office, where her visits were always welcome because of her cheerfulness and her interest in affairs generally.  She could recall all the important events in the history of Shinnston from the time it was a very small village.

   Five children survive, namely:  Mrs. Tessie Martin, Mrs. Jack Wilkinson, Harry Shinn and Miss Mary Shinn, all of Shinn's Run and Seymour Shinn of Clarksburg.

 

 

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RIBLETT.  Mrs. Mary Frances Riblett, 79, died at 4:45 April 26, 1940 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Riblett on Charles street.  She had been ill the past two years.  Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday afternoon at the First Methodist church, conducted by Rev. P. Z. Musgrave, and interment was at Masonic cemetery.

   The deceased was born October 4, 1860, at Lexington, Mo., the daughter of Bennett B. and Martha Grimes Johnson.  The family moved to Morgantown, W. Va., when she was a small girl and in 1880 they moved to Shinnston, where Mrs. Riblett's father carried the mail between Shinnston and Fairmont.  He died in 1901 and her mother passed away 13 years later.

   On August 31, 1884, she married George J. Riblett, Jr., who died June 3, 1914.  The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. Aaron Vincent, a Methodist minister.  Mrs. Riblett had resided with her brother in law and sister in law since two years after the death of her husband.  She was a member of the Methodist church at Morgantown since 1878.  James Riblett is also a brother of her late husband.

 

STURM.  Funeral services for Arthur Melvin Sturm, 75, retired dairyman and farmer of Enterprise, whose death occurred at 2:30 p. m. April 26, 1940, at his home, were held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the residence.  The Rev. John A. McKendry, pastor of the Methodist church there, officiated, and burial was at the Odd Fellows cemetery.

   Mr. Sturm, one of the leading citizens of his community, was born December 6, 1865, a son of John Fletcher Sturm and Harriet Harrison Sturm.  He married Miss Ida Hardesty, daughter of John H. and Mariah Hardesty, in 1889.  She died October 25, 1930.

   He was elected justice of the peace of Clay district in 1912 and in 1918 and 1924 was elected as member of the board of education.  He was a member of the Shinnston Christian church.

   Surviving are three children, Mrs. J. H. Colebank, wife of the coach at Fairmont State college; Glenn B. Sturm, both of Enterprise, and Joseph A. Sturm of Morgantown.  Three brothers and two sisters also survive, John J. and Lucius R. Sturm, both of Enterprise; Charles D. Sturm, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Dora Richardson of Shinnston, and Mrs. Homer Ice, of Enterprise.  The late  P. C. Sturm of Clarksburg was a brother.

 

 

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DAVIS.  Fred Alfred Davis, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Davis of Long Run, died May 2, 1940, at a Fairmont hospital, from injuries received while at play at the Long Run school. The funeral was held Saturday.

 

STILES.  I. Alburn Stiles, 67, a farmer of Long Run, died May 1, 1940, at a Clarksburg

hospital after a long illness of Bright's disease.  The funeral  was  held  at  2  p. m. Saturday in the U. B. church at Long Run and interment took place at Enterprise I.O.O.F. cemetery.

   Mr. Stiles was born October 1, 1873 in Marion county, a son of Wesley and Elvira Thomas Stiles.  He married Sarah Ashcraft of Wyatt 47 years ago.   She survives with seven daughters, as follows: 

Mrs. M. E. Fortney and Mrs. Harry Mathena [sic] of Enterprise; Mrs. Worth Johnson and Mrs. Aubrey Iser of Shinnston; Mrs. Fred Bice, of Bice Run; Mrs. Charles Ogden of Long Run; and Mrs. Reed Baber of Oak Point.  One brother, John Stiles of Long Run; a half brother, Will Davis of Fairmont; two half sisters, Mrs. Wm. Shultz of Detroit and Mrs. Mary Ellen Ice of Fairmont, and 27 grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.

 

WEEKLEY.  Funeral services for Mrs. Delphia Stutler Weekley, wife of Earl R. Weekley, were held at the First Baptist church here Monday afternoon at 2:30, followed by interment at Masonic cemetery.

   Mrs. Weekley died at her home in Mannington at 10:30 o'clock Friday night.  She had been in good health and in company with a friend had returned from the theater where she had witnessed the first performance of the evening Friday.  Upon entering her home she went to an upstairs room and died within fifteen minutes from a heart attack.  Physicians expressed the belief the haste in which she ascended the stairs brought on the fatal attack.

   The Weekleys formerly resided in Shinnston where Mr. Weekley managed the local A. & P. store.  They moved to Mannington about two years ago after he had transferred to the management of one of the company's stores there.

   Mrs. Weekley was born in West Union July 9, 1898, a daughter of Mrs. Delia Stutler and the late Henry Stutler.  She was united in marriage to E. R. Weekley August 20, 1920. A son, Robert Earl, survives, with the husband.

   Three sisters and two brothers also survive, Mrs. L. R. Matz [sic], Mrs. E. B. Hestin [sic], of Clarksburg, and Miss Edith Weekley [sic], who resided with her late sister and family; Dallas Stutler and Cecil Stutler, both of West Union.

   The deceased was a member of the Mannington Baptist church, having transferred her membership from the Shinnston Baptist church; the Order of the Eastern Star and the Woman's Auxiliary of the American Legion, both of Shinnston.

 

 

MAY 16, 1940 ISSUE

 

HESS.  E. M. Hess, 81, died at his home on Cunningham's Run early this morning.  He was stricken with paralysis last Saturday and had been unconscious much of the time since.

   Funeral services will be held at the Peora United Brethren church Saturday afternoon, and burial will be at the Hardesty cemetery.

   Mr. Hess was one of the most widely known and highly respected citizens of his community.  He had been a leader in church and community affairs since early manhood and had served as Sunday school superintendent, district road supervisor and overseer of the poor.  He had always manifested a great interest in politics, having been a staunch Democrat.

   Enoch Marshall Hess was born February 7, 1859 and was a son of Enoch Hess and Harriett Hawker Hess.  He married Miss Effie Mason, a daughter of Robert Mason, Jr. and Rebecca Robinson Mason March 26, 1885.  They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago.

   Surviving besides the widow are two children, Mrs. Bessie Hess Reger and Argyle Hess; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two brothers, Isaac M. Hess of Oakdale and S. Jack Hess of Wellington, Kansas, and one sister, Mrs. Jennie Cunningham, wife of Waitman Cunningham of Joetown.

 

WHITE.  Emmett O. White, 66, coal miner, died May 11 at his home at Francis Mine of a heart attack.  He was born at Weston, a son of Charles and Elizabeth Crouse White of Johnstown.

   He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Laverna Whitehair White, four sons, Charles and Ray, both of Francis Mine; Dorsey, of Bingamon Junction, and Orval, of Hutchinson; one brother, Albert White of Flemington, and three sisters, Mrs. Jessie Moyers, of Flemington; Mrs. Mary Vandergrift of Victor Mines and Mrs. America Roney of Vadis.

 

 

        MAY 23, 1940 ISSUE

 

AUSTIN and BALL.  Roy Austin, 22[,] and Vernon A. Ball, 24, Grafton youths, were killed Monday at Red House when their airplane crashed.  They had been selling rides to passengers  there  Sunday and delayed their return  trip  to  the  Clarksburg  airport until  Monday  because  of  a  severe electrical storm.

   Austin, who had a limited commercial pilot's license, was flying the plane.  Spectators said the engine began sputtering shortly after the machine left the ground.  Bell and Austin circled back but the plane struck a barbed wire fence at the edge of the field and was demolished.

   M. R. Bingham, manager of the Harrison county airport, said Austin began taking lessons there a year ago and last month won his limited commercial license.

 

HARRISON.  Services for Jesse J. Harrison, 54, who died Wednesday at 9 a. m. at Aspinwall Veterans' Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., will be held at the home in Enterprise Saturday at 10:30 a. m. and interment will be at the family cemetery.

   Mr. Harrison, a World War veteran and a painter by trade, was admitted to the hospital May 8th.  He had been in declining health for some time past.

   A member of the 180th Division (known as the Rainbow Division) Mr. Harrison was in the service a year in France, and took part in the battles of the Meuse Argonne.  He was active in the organizations of ex-servicemen in this community.

   Born at Enterprise September 19, 1886, he was a son of Wm. H. and Louisa Lucas Harrison.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Pearl Thompson Harrison, whom he married in 1935; one sister, Mrs. Fred Martin of Enterprise; and two brothers, Dr. Charles R. Harrison of Clarksburg and Arch D. Harrison of Enterprise.

 

SQUIRES.  Funeral services for Ira R. Squires, 73, who died early Wednesday morning at a Clarksburg hospital, will be held at the Enterprise Methodist church Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Burial will follow at the K. of P. cemetery.

   Mr. Squires, a retired miner and resident of Enterprise the last 36 years, was born at Independence, Preston county, Sept. 29, 1867, a son of James and Marian Wilkins Squires.

   Surviving is the widow, Mrs. Hannah Wright Squires, and six children, namely, James W. and John E. Squires, of Enterprise; Mrs. Dennis Saunders, Enterprise; Mrs. Gordon Bradley, Shinnston; Mrs. Virgil Koon, Monongah, and Mrs. Herschel Stansberry, Hartford, Conn.  There are also five brothers and three sisters surviving:  Ray, Ernest and Walter, of Independence; S. W., of Newburg, and Louis, of Kingmont; Mrs. Louis Sharp, Newburg; Mrs. Sanford McBee, of Uffington [sic], and Mrs. L. G. LaRue of East Orange, N. J.

 

WATKINS.  Paul David Watkins, infant son of Robert and Dollie Zeck Watkins, died Tuesday morning in a Clarksburg hospital.  The child was born Dec. 20, 1939 at Pittsburgh.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Melville Watkins on Hornor's Run, paternal grandparents, and burial took place in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Bridgeport.  The parents reside in Pittsburgh.

 

 

MAY 30, 1940 ISSUE

 

FINK.  The funeral of Louis Fink, 34, who died from injuries received while at work in the mines at Owings Thursday, were held at his late home in Enterprise Sunday at 2 o'clock p. m., conducted by Rev. P. Z. Musgrave of Shinnston.  Burial was at the Odd Fellows cemetery at Enterprise.

   Louis Roscoe Fink was born in Wirt county, December 13, 1906, a son of John and Laura Butcher Fink.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nettie Gould Fink, four children, Louis, 10, Namoi [sic] Jean, S. Bertha Lee, 6, and Wanda Lou, 2, all at home; two brothers, Benjamin and Robert Lee, both of Fairmont; five sisters, Mrs. Willis Starkey, of Francis Mine; Mrs. G. A. Brooks, of Dakota Mines; Mrs. Ralph Jareuz [sic], of Lynch, Ky.; Mrs. Everett Ruble, of New Martinsville, and Mrs. Ralph Booth, of Fairmont; and his mother, Mrs. Laura Fink of Burning Springs.

 

 

JUNE 6, 1940 ISSUE

 

BATES.  Phyllis Bates, 13-months old daughter of Mrs. Opal Bates, died last Thursday at 2:30 p. m. at the home in the Bank of Shinnston apartments.  She was born April 28, 1939.

   Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, with the Rev. C. D. Tharp in charge, and burial was at Masonic cemetery.

 

CROWL.  William A. Crowl, 79, Marion county teacher, died at his home in Fairmont last week.  He was born March 9, 1861 at Bingamon and married Bertie Virginia Hamilton of Mannington.  Surviving besides the widow are seven children and twelve grandchildren.

 

HARRISON.  Benjamin Franklin Harrison, 47, died May 29, 1940, at a Fairmont hospital. His home was at Jordon [sic].  The funeral was held Friday at Gypsy and burial was at Masonic cemetery here.

   His mother and nine children survive, Arie, of Fairmont, and Harriet, Benny, Anne, Sylvia, Robert, Patty Ann, Shirley and Lela Blanche, all at home; four brothers, Clinton B. of Lumberport; A. T., Hubert H. and Joseph, all of Shinnston, and a sister, Miss Sylvia Harrison of Gypsy.

 

JARVIS.  Mrs. Fannie Holt Jarvis, 81, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Loys [sic] Watkins in Boothsville.  The funeral was held Sunday at 2 o'clock at Boothsville Baptist church and burial was at the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

   She was a daughter of the late Frank J. Holt and Minerva Reed Holt.  Surviving besides the daughter are two brothers, Wilbur Holt of Boothsville and Martin Holt of Fairmont, and a sister, Mrs. Charles Goodwin of Shinnston.

 

HOFFMAN.  Friends here have received word of the death of Charles E. Hoffman at his home in Scotland county, Missouri.  Mr. Hoffman was a native of Harrison county, W. Va.  He was the son of James and Sarah Ann Rector Hoffman who lived in the Booth's Creek neighborhood before going to Missouri a number of years ago.

   Mr. Hoffman had visited his native state at different times, having relatives living in Shinnston and vicinity, who always kept in touch with him by exchanging greetings during the Christmas season.  Among relatives are George Rector of East Shinnston, G. D. Brent, of Booth's Creek and Mrs. A. C. Fortney of West Side.

   Writes Own Obituary

   Charles E. Hoffman, a native of this community, who died at Rutledge, Missouri, May 10, 1940, wrote his own obituary shortly before his death, which, is as follows:

   Beloved Friends:

   This is my last message to you, which must come by proxy as I have passed off the stage of action and gone out on the great adventure.

   I was born in Harrison county, West Va., on April 24, 1867.  My father's name was James Hoffman, he marrying my mother, Sarah Ann Rector, of West Virginia.  To this union was born seven children, five girls and two boys.

   My father died when I was nine years of age leaving my mother with five girls and myself.  With much hardship, and unfailing love, mother managed to keep us all together and we all grew to maturity in the humble home.

   When near 18 years of age, I united with the old Harmony Grove church.  Afterwards removing my membership to Colony and in later years to Rutledge Baptist church.

   I am writing this brief message for I did not want a long funeral sermon preached, because I have gone out into the great beyond.  I feel that in spite of all the disbelief, I shall live again, and to you who feel sad at my going, I would comfort you with the assurance that I am free from pain, and that the great creative God, who fashioned my soul by his immutable laws, is able to take care of it throughout the endless ages that are to be.

   I shall no more feel ill or hate those who did not love me here.  My peace with them, no harsh feelings go beyond the grave.  I forgive as I have been forgiven.  O, the grave it buries every error, covers every defect, and extinguishes every resentment.  From its peaceful bosom spring none but tended recollections.  How beautiful it is for a man to dies [sic] on the walls or Zion.  To be called like a weary sentinel, to put his armor off and rest under the shade of the trees.  We travel all our days toward death and in the last step we reach it.  It is man's dearest friend, the truest and the best.  It is the key that unlocks the door to the mansion not made with hands eternal in the heavens.

   The struggle has extended over many years and much weariness has been my portion.

   Most of my dearest friends have preceded me and left me lonely.  But I shall be with them now, and I know from my abiding place I shall be able to look down upon many yet on earth, and maybe with angel companion point to some particular friend I wish special protection.

   I trust that my life has not been lived entirely in vain.  I have tried to lighten others' burdens.  To wipe away tears, tried to speak words of comfort and cheer to the

disconsolate and broken hearted.  I have desired to make the small circle in which I lived a little better by unselfish acts and pure motives.  I have fallen short, have sinned and been forgiven.

   I ask you to throw the veil of charity over me, forget my faults and strive to excell [sic] my poor efforts, and God will take care of the results.  Lay this mortal clay by the side of my two sisters, who toiled by my side, in keeping a home together, who cheered me to carry on when burdens were heaviest.

   As you go to your homes to take up the burdens of life I will be mingling with friends, I have known and loved on earth, how delightful that will be.

   The Rutledge paper which printed the foregoing obituary, stated that Mr. Hoffman was ill three months of heart trouble.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Edmunson of Quincy, Ill.

   George Rector, furnished the News clipping.

 

MARTIN.  Harry Bruce Martin, 56, prominent business man of Elkins, died suddenly of a heart attack in New York City Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.  Mr. Martin with his family would have sailed today for Havana, Cuba, to attend the convention of Rotary International.

   Mr. Martin was born at Wyatt, this county, September 8, 1883, a son of D. R. and Martha Jones Martin.  He was married to Mamie Woodling of Pennsylvania, who survives, along with a son, Bruce Martin of Elkins and two daughters, Mrs. Frank Shaw, of McKeesport, Pa., and Miss Martha Martin, at home.

   Mr. Martin served in the State Senate from the Thirteenth district in 1929.  He was identified with a number of business concerns at Elkins.  He was a cousin of Chester W. Jones, cashier of the Bank of Shinnston.

 

SHINN.  Seymour Richard Shinn, 58, died May 31, 1940, at his home 1025 North 19th street, Northview.  He had been ill since October.  The funeral was held at the residence Sunday afternoon and burial took place at Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. Shinn had been a street car operator the past 27 years, until his illness.  He was born September 20, 1881 on Shinn's Run and was a son of the late Albert A. Shinn and Savilla Coon Shinn.  His mother died recently.

   Surviving besides his widow, Mrs. Ida Glaspell Shinn, are six children:  Richard Albert, Charles Edward and Robert Lee Shinn, all of Clarksburg; Mrs. Gladys Newbrough and Mrs. Edna Tichenal, both of Clarksburg, and Miss Mary Virginia Shinn at home.  One brother, Harry Shinn of Shinn's Run, and three sisters, Miss Mary Shinn, Mrs. Jack Wilkinson and Mrs. Tessie Martin, all of Shinn's Run.

 

 

JUNE 13, 1940 ISSUE

 

SIMON.  Mrs. Joseph Simon, 55, of Uniontown, Pa., died Sunday morning at a hospital there following a paralytic stroke suffered a week previous, according to word received by relatives here.

   She is survived by her husband[,] four sons and three daughters, namely, George Simon of Akron; Mitchell, Harry and William Simon, at home; Mrs. Ann George, of Clarksburg; and Julia and Katherine Simon both of Uniontown.  Louis Simon of Shinnston is a brother in law, also Sam Simon of Uniontown and Nicholas and Habeb Simon both of Beyruit [sic], Syria.

 

THOMAS.  Frank Thomas, aged about 50, a former merchant of Shinnston, died Saturday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James David, in Detroit, Mich., where he was visiting.  Funeral and burial took place there Monday.

   The Thomas family resided in Shinnston for a number of years, and in 1927 he built the building at the corner of Walnut and Pike streets, now owned by B. L. Morgan.  They moved to Webster Springs and a few years later to Athens, Ohio.

   Deceased is survived by his widow, Elizabeth Joseph Thomas, and five children:  Mrs. Mary David of Detroit; Julia[,] Thomas, George and Daniel, all of Athens.

 

 

JUNE 20, 1940 ISSUE

 

HARDESTY.  Miss Mary Elizabeth Hardesty, 22, daughter of Mrs. Bess Hardesty and the late R. R. Hardesty of Kingwood, died Friday at a Clarksburg hospital during an operation. Miss Hardesty was a recent graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan college, Buckhannon.  The

funeral took place Monday afternoon, with interment at Camp Chapel cemetery near Tunnelton.

 

 

JULY 11, 1940 ISSUE

 

HOWELL.  Mrs. C. L. Richardson has received word of the death of Mrs. Evelyn Tetrick Howell, which occurred Monday at her home in Wichita, Kansas.  Mrs. Tetrick had recently been in California for the benefit of her health.  Meningitis was the cause of her death.

   She was the wife of William Howell, who is engaged in the oil producing business in Kansas.  Her parents were the late Marshall and Sarah Carrothers [sic] Tetrick of this community.  Mrs. Howell was a talented writer and had published many articles.  Her children are Sarah Margaret Howell of Hollywood, Calif., and Max Howell, of Wichita.  A sister, Cecelia Tetrick was with her when she died.  Another sister, is Mrs. Tella Clark of Marietta, Ohio, and a brother is Claude Tetrick of Kansas.  She was a cousin of Mrs. Ross Moore and Ira Hawker of Oakdale.

 

NULL.  James Oliver Null, 50, died suddenly of a heart attack July 9, 1940, at his home on the Haywood road.  Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday at 2:30 o'clock and burial will be at Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. Null, who was an employe[e] of the Consolidation Coal company, was born January 9, 1890, at McFarland, a son of Oliver and Josephine Mackey Null.  He is survived by his wife, Georgia Hawkins Null, one step son, Victor Null, and the following brothers and sisters:  Rev. Perry Null, Weston; John Null, Henry Null, Mrs. John Lambert, all of this community; Mrs. Earl Brown, Salem, and Mrs. Roy Walley, Enterprise.

 

TETRICK.  Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Gertrude Tetrick, 53, wife of Earl Tetrick, were held Sunday at 2 o'clock p. m. at the family residence in West Shinnston.  Services were conducted by Rev. P. Z. Musgrave and interment took place at Masonic cemetery.

   Mrs. Tetrick died July 5, 1940 following a two days illness.  She was born March 17, 1887, a daughter of the late Jefferson and Emma Crosley Haught.  She was a member of the First Methodist church.

   Surviving besides the husband are two children, Lester Tetrick and Mrs. Dorothy Bilotta; also a sister, Mrs. Addie Stewart of Fairmont.

 

 

JULY 18, 1940 ISSUE

 

PAQUET.  Arthur J. Paquet, 50, former vice president of the Paquet Glass Co., of Shinnston, died at his home in Los Angeles, Calif., last week.  He left Shinnston in 1926 to make his home in California.

   He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Leona Lundell Paquet, three children, Vincent, Paul and Mary Jane Paquet, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Pauline Dumont Paquet of Shinnston and two sisters, Mrs. Augusta Barrick of Shinnston and Charleston, and Mrs. Julia Pauline Bush of Clarksburg.

   Mr. Paquet came to Harrison county from Indiana more than 35 years ago.  He was a son of the late Pierre Joseph Paquet.

 

 

JULY 25, 1940 ISSUE

 

BROWN.  John C. Brown, 70, died July 18 at the home of Mrs. W. H. Hawkins in West Shinnston.  The funeral and burial took place Friday, with interment at Masonic cemetery. He was a former cook at the county jail.  His widow, of near Charleston, survives.

 

GRIFFIN.  Charles Griffin, 64, well known Lumberport barber, died at his home there July 19, 1940, of complications.  Services were conducted at 10 o'clock Sunday forenoon by Rev. D. L. Whitener and burial took place at Masonic cemetery, Shinnston.

   Mr. Griffin was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Griffin of Wiseman's Run.  His wife,  Mrs. Lydia Baker Griffin,  died July 17, 1939.  He is survived by six brothers: Scott, William, Carson and James, all of the Grangeville community; Leslie, of Utah and Ira, address not known.

 

NUTTER.  Mrs. Julia Nutter, well known and highly respected resident of the county, died

July 18, 1940, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Homer Fogg in Lost Creek.  Services were conducted Sunday at 2:30 p. m. at the Lost Creek M. P. church, followed by interment at the Wyatt Odd Fellows cemetery.

 

STURN [sic].  Mr. and Mrs. John Sturn [sic] left this morning for Tyler county to attend the funeral of his brother, Joseph Sturn [sic].  They went in Leland S. Brannon's car, with Brannon driving.  The deceased leaves several children, all married.

 

 

AUGUST 1, 1940 ISSUE

 

COX.  Wade Cox, 60, colored, died July 28 at Lakin state hospital, Point Pleasant. He was a son of Henry and Louisa Cox of Shinnston who died many years ago.  He resided at Clarksburg and is survived by his widow and several children.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Harmer funeral home and interment took place at Masonic cemetery.

 

CUNNINGHAM.  Services for Levi Franklin Cunningham, 48, who died July 26 at his home near Pine Bluff, were held Sunday afternoon at the residence and interment took place at the Fortney cemetery on Long Run.  Rev. Luther Lindsey, pastor of the Haywood Pentecostal church of Haywood, conducted the rites.

   Mr. Cunningham was born May 10, 1892, a son of Josiah and Barbara Champ Cunningham of Clarksburg.  He was formerly employed by the Hazel Atlas company at Clarksburg.

   Surviving is the widow, and one daughter, Mrs. Darrel Jones of Pine Bluff; two brothers, Jacob of Pine Bluff, and John, of Clarksburg; five sisters, Mrs. George Drain, Lambert's Run; Mrs. Geo. Murray, Clarksburg; Mrs. David Goff, Lost Creek, and Mrs. Geo. Layfield and Mrs. Clarence White, of Clarksburg.

 

GROGG.  Abbey Wilton Grogg, 64, of Lumberport, died July 26 at a Weston hospital, where he had been a patient the last five weeks.  He was a former employe[e] of the Katherine Coal company.  Services were held Saturday afternoon at the residence in Lumberport and interment was at Masonic cemetery.

   He was born Dec. 22, 1875 in Virginia, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Grogg.  Surviving besides the widow are three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Carpenter, Charleston; Pauline and Tressa Grogg, of Meadowbrook; three step sons, Clifford and Willard Price of Portsmouth, Va., and Denzil Price of Mathias; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Dorothy Coltrane, Shinnston; two brothers, John Grogg of Boyer and Rufus Grogg of Columbus, Ohio; and two sisters, Mrs. Clemma Ellettee of Boyer and Mrs. Maude See of Florida.

 

HARBERT.  Mrs. Sylvia Dawn Harbert, 44, wife of Hallie Harbert of Brown, died July 25, at a Clarksburg hospital.  She was a daughter of Parker and Matilda Hannah Marsh of Brown and was born Nov. 7, 1895.  Children surviving are Mrs. Harold McCormick, Brown; Robert, Annette, Agnes Ann, Huey and Harold Harbert; one brother, Guy Marsh of Wichita, Kan.

 

MARTIN.  Mrs. Rose Martin, 79,  widow  of  E. N. Martin, died July 27, 1940  at  her  home in North Shinnston.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the residence and burial was in Masonic cemetery.

   Mrs. Martin was born in 1861 in Monongalia county, a daughter of Oliver Clark Bock and Jane Phillips Bock.  She was married 57 years ago.  Her husband has been dead a number of years.

   Surviving are seven children, namely:  Paul and Clark Martin; Mrs. James Janes, Mrs. Howard Shingleton, Mrs. Laura Leeson, Mrs. Frank McDaniel, and Mrs. Agnes Gallagher, all of Shinnston; four brothers, John Bock, of near Wyatt; Arba Bock, David E. Bock, and W. Frank Bock, all of Shinnston; and two sisters, Mrs. Russell McIntyre of Haywood and Mrs. Gertrude Nay of Shinnston.  There are a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Mrs. Martin was a member of the First Methodist church.

 

WILLIAMS.  Mrs. Jemima Williams, 81, died July 28 at her home near Dola. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John F. Martin of Wallace.  The following relatives survive:  four sons, Homer W. and Joseph D. Williams, Clarksburg; Ernest Williams, Wilmington, Del.; John Williams, at home; two brothers, Lloyd Martin, Lumberport; Gallileo Martin, Clarksburg; one half brother, P. W. Martin, Clarksburg; one sister, Mrs. P. W. Coffman, near Dola, and one half sister, Mrs. Tillman Gifford of Wilsonburg.

 

 

AUGUST 8, 1940 ISSUE

 

DAVIS.  Services for Dayton Davis, Jr[.,] 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Davis of North Shinnston, who died at a Clarksburg hospital Tuesday night, will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock today.  Rev. H. U. Thompson will officiate.  Interment at Masonic cemetery.

 

FITZWATER.  Mrs. Mary C. Fitzwater, 81, of Columbus, Ohio, widow of the late Rev. James H. Fitzwater, of Beverly, died July 31 and was buried in Oak Lawn cemetery in Delaware, Ohio.

   Mrs. Fitzwater was a daughter of the late Leonard and Mary Clark of Harrison county. At the outbreak of the Civil War her father enlisted in the Union Army and served until his death in the battle of Moorefield, Aug. 7, 1864.  He is buried in the little cemetery on High school hill.

   Last rites for Mrs. Fitzwater were conducted at her residence on Wyandotte avenue, Columbus, by her two sons-in-law, the Rev. Eugene Williams, pastor of the Methodist church at North Haverhill, N. H., and by the Rev. Edward H. Lorentz, pastor of the Wilson Memorial Presbyterian church of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a grandson-in-law, the Rev. Clinton Swengel, pastor of the Methodist church at Perryburg [sic], Ohio.

   Mrs. Fitzwater's survivors include five daughters, Miss Margaret Clark, who makes her home with Mrs. W. Brent Maxlell [sic], Clarksburg; six grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.  All of her six daughters were graduated from Ohio Wesleyan college, Delaware.

 

MARTIN.  Mrs. Frances Ann Martin, widow of Homer D. Martin, formerly of the Gypsy community, died Sunday at the home of a son, George W. Martin of Hartley, Delaware.

   She was born near Gypsy Aug. 12, 1847, a daughter of John E. and Elizabeth Seese Martin.  Her husband, whom she married Aug. 20, 1876, was a Civil war veteran.

   Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Lora Robinson of Haywood and the following children:  Guy R. Martin, Bridgeport; A. Ray Martin, Gypsy; John M. Martin, Flemington, Ky.; George W. Martin, Hartley, Del.; Mrs. Belle Stalnaker, Nutter Fort, and Mrs. Oma Harrison, Bridgeport.

 

VINCENT.  George Vincent, 19, son of Charles and Bessie Sharp Vincent of Haywood, died August 5 at Hopemont sanitarium.  Services were held Wednesday at the home and interment was at Masonic cemetery.  Surviving besides the parents are the following brothers and sisters:  James, Howard, Arthur, Kenneth, Johnny, June, Hannah and Goldie, all at home.

 

 

AUGUST 15, 1940 ISSUE

 

DRUMMOND.  Arthur Flowers Drummond, 70, of Shinnston R. D. 1, died August 8, at a Weston hospital.  Services were held Friday afternoon at the Harmer funeral home and burial took place at Masonic cemetery.

   He was born June 19, 1870, a son of Wilford and Jane Martin Drummond of Robinsons Run. Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Margaret Sprout Drummond, are two daughters, Mrs. Walter Glenn, Jr. and Miss Ruby Drummond, of Fairmont, and two sisters, Mrs. Belle Lucas and Mrs. Amanda Fortney of Bingamon.

 

FRANKLIN.  The funeral of Mrs. Della Tetrick Franklin, wife of H. L. Franklin, whose death occurred Saturday morning at her home in [sic] Hawthorne street, Fairmont, was held at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning at the old family home of the deceased on Little Bingamon. Interment took place in Masonic cemetery, Shinnston.

   Mrs. Franklin was a daughter of the late Rev. Henderson and Eliza Sturm Tetrick.  She was aged 59 years.  Her husband, former secretary for the Marion County Industrial Union Council, and a daughter, Elizabeth Franklin, survive.

   There are four brothers and four sisters:  Herschel Tetrick of Overton, Texas; Darl [sic] Tetrick of Van, Texas; Arlie and Eugene Tetrick, Mrs. Lucy Stackpole, Mrs. Carrie Keller, Mrs. Anna Garten and Miss Sallie Tetrick, all of Little Bingamon.

 

HENDERSON.  Mrs. Sally Henderson, 62, widow of Samuel Henderson, met death at 11:30 Monday night under the wheels of a freight train near Viropa.  According to Sergt. Paul McClung, Sheriff Moore M. Reynolds, Trooper M. H. Altare and Burr James, railroad officer, who investigated, the woman apparently stepped on the track in front of the train with suicidal intent.

   Mrs. Henderson resided at Viropa with a son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Frum. Members of the family, one of the officials said, reported that the unfortunate woman had attended a camp meeting the same night and after returning home engaged in a quarrel.  She then left the house after threatening to commit suicide.

   Prior to her husband's death last Easter, Mrs. Henderson resided at Enterprise.  She had been married three times, her first husband being Andrew Kertner and her second mate Andrew Fansler. They are deceased.

 

LOWE.  Lloyd C. Lowe, 73, a native of this county, died August 8, 1940, at his home in Huntington.  Funeral services and interment took place there Saturday.

   He was a son of the late John and Hattie Higinbotham Lowe and was born on Simpson Creek.  He engaged in business with his father here for several years before going to Huntington about 50 years ago.  His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor Lowe, died five years ago.

   Surviving are two children, David Lowe and Mrs. Raymond Kerns, both of Huntington; two grandchildren; a brother, Frank Lowe of Willoughby, Ohio, and a sister, Mrs. Walter S. Hursey of Shinnston.

 

ROACH.  William W. Roach, 70, died August 8 at his home near Big Elm following a paralytic stroke.  Services and burial took place Sunday at Flemington.

   Short services were held at the home in charge of Rev. C. V. Tate before the funeral party left for Flemington.  The deceased was a miner in the employe [sic] of the Consolidation Coal company for many years until 1928.  He was born July 8, 1870, a son of Alpheus and Blanche Peters Roach of Flemington.  He was a veteran of the Spanish-American war.

   Surviving besides the widow Mrs. Allie Wells Roach are three children, William L. Roach, at home; Thomas Roach of Hughes and Mrs. E. A. Woods of Athens, Ohio.

 

 

AUGUST 22, 1940 ISSUE

 

JOHNSON.  Mrs. Nora Shriver Johnson, 58, died Tuesday at her home at Grangeville.  The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock today, with interment at the Hawker cemetery.

   She is survived by her husband, B. F. Johnson, one brother, Frank, of Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Cunningham, Mrs. Ida Beatty and Mrs. Maude Wells.

 

TETRICK.  Arthur Calvin Tetrick, 75, died at 11:20 a. m. Wednesday, at the home of his brother, Virgil J. Tetrick near Big Elm.  His death was the result of a stroke of paralysis two weeks ago.

   Mr. Tetrick was born February 14, 1865 near Shinnston, a son of Henry Marshall and Rosalie Shinn Tetrick.  His wife, the former Lillie J. McIntire, of Enterprise, died August 8, 1916.  They were married June 3, 1885 and resided at Enterprise until her death.

   Surviving are the following children:  Earl L. Tetrick, an employe[e] of the South Penn Oil Co., Shinnston; Van B. Tetrick, Oildale, California; Harlan M. Tetrick, mail carrier on Route 2, Shinnston; Curtis R. Tetrick, employe[e] of the Wheeling Steel Corporation at Wheeling; Mrs. Paul Martin, Pine Bluff, and Mrs. Clyde Satterfield, Cincinnati, Ohio.

   The funeral will be held Friday at 3 p. m. at the First Methodist church, with Rev. P. Z. Musgrave officiating.  Interment at Masonic cemetery.

 

 

AUGUST 29, 1940 ISSUE

 

AKINS.  The funeral of Mrs. Mary Akins, 86, whose death occurred Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Arnold at Barrackville, was held at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday afternoon at the residence.  Burial was in the Mannington cemetery.

   Mrs. Akins resided in Shinnston for many years with her daughter, the former Mrs. Katie Burnett.

   Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Arnold, Barracksville [sic]; Mrs. J. A. Soles of near Wheeling and Mrs. Harold Manley of Princeton.  A sister, Mrs. Christiana Shinn, resides at Grafton and a brother, Edward Davis is also living.

   The deceased was a daughter of Jonathan and Sarah Davis of Barracksville [sic].  Her husband, Frank S. Akins, died in 1901, when the family resided in Wheeling.

 

ALLEN.  Wallace, Aug. 27--Funeral services for Mrs. Bird Meredith Allen, widow of the late Virgil I. Allen of Center Point, who  died  at  her  home  there  Sunday,  were held this afternoon at the residence with interment in the church cemetery.

   Mrs. Allen had been an invalid for some years.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Meredith and was born in Marion county.   Two sons, Ross Allen and Mark Allen reside

at Center Point, and in addition five brothers, survive, namely:  Wayne L., James L. W. H., William W., and G. Marcus Meredith, all of Fairmont.  P. E. Allen and Mrs. Osa C. Fleming of this place are brother and sister in law.

 

STUTLER.  James Harrison Stutler, 54, died at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Weston State Hospital, where he had been a patient for 15 years.  The body is at Tetrick funeral home.

   Surviving is the widow, Mrs. Lucille Stutler of Rebecca street; two sons, Denzil F. Stutler of Enterprise and James H. Stutler, at home; five daughters, Mrs. Marcellus Gwinn of Beckley; Mrs. Geo. Zvornic and Mrs. Mike Zvornic, of this community; Miss Emogene Stutler and Miss Lorene Stutler, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Thos. J. Wright, Bethlehem and Mrs. Aldridge Bostic, Clarksburg.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 5, 1940 ISSUE

 

ANDERSON.  Mrs. Elizabeth Holland Anderson, 50, wife of Boyd Anderson, of Clarksburg, died Friday after a long illness.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the residence, followed by interment at Masonic cemetery, Shinnston.

   She was born December 6, 1889 at Uniontown, Pa., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Holland.  The survivors include her husband; two daughters, Rachel and Thelma Anderson of New York City; a brother, J. T. Holland, Uniontown and a sister, Mrs. Grace Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio.

 

SPRINGER.  Funeral services for Thomas E. Springer, 37, utility company executive, who died suddenly at his home in Elkins Tuesday, will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Fairmont.  He was a brother of Don Springer, well known in this city.

   The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Louise Showalter Springer, daughter of Judge and Mrs. E. M. Showalter; a son age 8; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brady T. Springer, Fairmont; one brother and three sisters.

 

VARCA.  Pasquale Varca, 72, died Sunday at his home in Lumberport. The funeral was held Tuesday with interment at Lumberport.  Several children survive, including Mrs. Elizabeth Storage of Shinnston.

 

WOODS.  Margaret Florena Wood, aged 3 months, died Sunday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Woods of Pine Bluff.  Funeral services were held at the home with interment at the Wyatt Odd Fellows cemetery.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 1940 ISSUE

 

BICE.  Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy N. Bice, 80, who died Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock, will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the First Methodist church in Enterprise, and burial will be at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.  The pallbearers will be Evan, Bernard, Donald, George, Robert and Lee Bice, all grandsons.

   Mrs. Bice resided in her own home at Enterprise and was cared for in her declining years by a grand daughter [sic], Florence Bice.  She was a lifelong member of the Christian church.  She was born January 16, 1860 at Worthington, a daughter of James H. and Matilda Nay Hite.  Her husband, Elias Elmore Bice, died 35 years ago.

   Surviving are three sons, W. O., Earl W. and Harry H. Bice, all of Enterprise, and one sister, Mrs. Jane Anderson of Shinnston. There are also 13 grand children [sic] and four great grandchildren.

 

MURPHY.  Ira Wilfred Murphy, 46, of Rebecca street, Shinnston, died at 2:30 o'clock Sunday

afternoon at Union Protestant hospital, Clarksburg, of pneumonia.  He had been ill since Tuesday previous, and was admitted to the hospital Saturday morning.

   Mr. Murphy had been employed at the DuPont plant at Spelter for a number of years. He was a World War veteran and was born in Taylor county November 27, 1893[.]  Surviving is the widow, the former Miss Lillie B. Mitchell; his mother, Mrs. John W. Current of Fairmont; three sisters, Mrs. Erma Fisher, Enterprise; Mrs. Emma Tetrick, Clarksburg, and Mrs. Lola Swiger, Fairmont; one half-brother, John E. Current of Worthington.  His father was the late Flam Murphy.

   Short funeral services were held at the Harmer funeral home here at 12:30 o'clock Monday and the funeral party continued to Clemtown, Barbour county, where services were held at 2:30 p.m., followed by burial at the cemetery there.

 

SPROUT.  Mrs. Vena Lindsay Sprout, 56, wife of Homer A. Sprout of 800 Gaston Avenue, Fairmont, died at 9 o'clock Saturday morning at a Clarksburg hospital[.]  Mrs. Sprout conducted a restaurant at Lumberport for many years and served as matron of the Harrison county infirmary from 1935 to 1939.  A few months ago she and her husband moved to Fairmont.

   She was born at Lumberport March 19, 1884, a daughter of Thomas and Almeda Stier Lindsey.

   Surviving is the husband, one daughter, Miss Pearl Sprout; one son, William Sprout; a granddaughter, Miss Margaret Sprout, all at home; two brothers and five sisters, namely: Rev. Luther Lindsey, Lumberport; Amos Lindsey, Flemington; Mrs. Etta Ogden, Northview; Mrs. Myrtle Matthews, Grafton; Mrs. Flora Johnson, Charleston; Mrs. Mabel Gaull, Wheeling, and Mrs. Hattie Ada Maine of Charleston.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 19, 1940 ISSUE

 

DAWSON.  Funeral services for Edward R. Dawson, 60, who died at his home in West Shinnston Wednesday at 11:30 a. m., will be held at the residence Friday at 2:30 p. m., with the Rev. C. V. Tate, pastor of the United Brethren church, officiating.  Burial will take place at Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. Dawson had conducted a grocery store in West Shinnston for several years.  He was a former councilman from the fourth ward and was a member of the Modern Woodman.

  He was born in Marion county Sept. 11, 1880, a son of the late Jacob and Louisa Davis Dawson. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ada M. Richardson Dawson, two daughters, Mrs. Burton Tetrick and Mrs. R. E. Winter, both of this city and one brother, James F. Dawson of Graham, Texas.

 

McINTOSH.  Funeral services for Wesley McIntosh, 38, were held at 2 o'clock p. m. Tuesday at the residence, 704 Stewart street.  The Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor of the First Baptist church was in charge and burial took place at Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. McIntosh died at 3 o'clock a. m. Sunday at Blaine, while on a visit to the home of a brother, Leo C. McIntosh.  He was an employe[e] of the Consolidation Coal company at Owings and a member of the local volunteer fire department.

   Mr. McIntosh has recently been appointed a night police officer for extra duty.  He was a son of Geo. W. and  the  late  Mary  Lyons  McIntosh and was born October 2, 1901. Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Juanita Burnett McIntosh; two children, Robert Nelson and Carol Lou, both at home; his father, who resides at Oakland, and the following brothers and sisters:  Charles E., of Walkersville; John L., of Crawley; Leo C., of Blaine; Nettie F. McIntosh, of Cincinnati and Mrs. Jessie M. Belcher of Quinwood.  One half brother and two half sisters reside in Maryland.

 

MOORE.  Joseph Harold Moore, 7, son of Argyle and Iva Lane Moore of Wyatt, died at 4 a.m. Thursday last after sustaining a head injury while at play.  Services were held Saturday afternoon with interment at Wyatt I. O. O. F. cemetery.

 

ROBINSON.  John Robinson, aged about 82, died Tuesday at his home in Goodfield, Illinois, following a stroke of paralysis on Sunday.  The funeral will be held there Friday.

   Mr. Robinson's wife, who was Ella Nixon of Boothsville, died last December.  He leaves one daughter, Miss Grace Robinson, a school teacher in Goodfield.  His only surviving sister, Miss Columbia Robinson, resides with Mrs. Isabelle Robinson of Clement St., Shinnston.  A daughter of Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Pearl Cook, died a few years ago.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 26, 1940 ISSUE

 

DRAIN.  Cecil Guy Drain, 62, former Shinnston resident, died Tuesday at a Parkersburg hospital, following an illness of six weeks duration.

   The body arrived here Wednesday evening and was taken to the home of his father, William H. Drain of North Shinnston, where funeral services will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Rev. William Bainbridge, pastor of the North Shinnston Baptist church, will conduct the services and interment will be at Masonic cemetery.

   The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Drain of Parkersburg, two daughters, Mrs. Opal Leeson and Mrs. Zona Leeson,  of Parkersburg,  his father,  and the following brothers and sisters:  Lawrence, Hugh and Harris R. Drain, all of North Shinnston; Mrs. Mary Gallagher, Parkersburg; Mrs. Bessie Bunnell, North Shinnston; Mrs. Richard Oosting, New York City, and Mrs. Stella Minor, North Shinnston.  There are also six grandchildren.

 

FIGLER.  Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Figler, 67, who died at 4:40 a. m. Tuesday, will be held at 9:30 a. m. today at St. Ann's Catholic church, Shinnston.  Interment will take place at the Odd Fellows cemetery here.  Mrs. Figler was born March 8, 1873 in Austria-Hungary.  She had lived here for many years and is survived by her husband, George Figler, and five children, namely, John Figler of Robey; George, of Francis Mine; Mrs. Elizabeth Fortney of Francis Mine; Mrs. Anna Carvella of Nutter Fort and Mrs. Mary Kimko of Robey. There are 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

HARDESTY.  Robert R. Hardesty, 76, one of Shinnston's best known citizens, died at his home, 1212 East  avenue,  at  6:30  o'clock  this  morning.  Although he had been in failing health for several years past, he was not confined to his bed until about three weeks ago.  Since that time he had declined rapidly until the end.

   The funeral arrangements will not be completed until the arrival of a sister, Mrs. Jennie Pierce of Philadelphia.

   Mr. Hardesty had been active in the business, church and civic affairs of the community for many years until age and the condition of his health made it necessary for him to pursue a more leisurely course.  He was a progressive minded and public spirited citizen who did his part in promoting the interests of Shinnston and the community.

   As one of the organizers of the Home Petroleum & Natural Gas Company, he served as president of that concern until it was sold to the Lumberport-Shinnston Gas company some years ago.  He also had a leading part in the organization of the Shinnston Water company which gave Shinnston its first water system.

   He engaged extensively in real estate development and built a number of houses in the city and suburbs.  He also operated farms near the city.  He was a leading member of the Methodist Protestant church.

   Robert R. Hardesty was born May 21, 1864 on Robinson's Run, a son of the late Joseph and Louisa Robinson Hardesty.  On April 2, 1884, he married Miss Samantha Short, a daughter of John Short and Mary Ellen Tetrick Short of this community.

   He is survived by his widow,  two children,  Mrs. David J. Carter and Guy A. Hardesty, both of Shinnston; one brother, James L. Hardesty of Wyatt and two sisters, Mrs. G. A. Pierce of Philadelphia and Mrs. Ernest L. Pigott of Main street, Shinnston.  A brother, Thad Hardesty of Mannington, died a number of years ago.

 

JENKINS.  Mrs. Evaline Jenkins, 78, died Saturday at the home of a daughter in Wheeling. She was a former resident of Shinnston.

   Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Albert Gray, Wheeling and Mrs. Francis Shuttlesworth, Clarksburg; and two sons, Roscoe, of Clarksburg and Albert Jenkins of Mill Creek.

   The funeral was held at Wheeling Wednesday evening and burial took place in Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

 

MADDEN.  Mrs. Josephine Williams, county director of public assistance, returned Sunday from Charleston where she attended the funeral of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Richard Madden. Mrs. Madden had been ill the past three years of a heart ailment, and had been bedfast for six months and under the care of a trained nurse.

   She was a graduate nurse and served overseas during the World War.  She was given a military funeral.

   Mrs. Madden was a daughter of the  late  Dr. Frank  McGee  and  Mary Buster McGee. Surviving besides her husband and mother are three sisters and one brother.  Her sisters are all graduate nurses and her brother is a medical doctor.

 

ROBINSON.  Goodfield, Illinois, Sept. 25--John H. Robinson, son of Joshua and Emaline Robinson, was born at Shinnston, West Virginia, on November 2, 1858 and died at his home in Goodfield, September 17, 1940 in his eighty second year.

   Mr. Robinson was married to Ella C. Nixon August 21, 1879, in Boothsville, West Virginia.  To this union were born two daughters, Pearl R. Cook and Grace.  Mrs. Cook preceded her parents in death.  Mr. and Mrs. Robinson lived near Shinnston for three or four years, then moved to St. Paris, Ohio, where they lived some time.  They came to Goodfield, Illinois, about fifty years ago and made their home here and at Deer Creek for the rest of their lives with the exception of eleven years while they were at Booneville, Iowa.

   Mr. Robinson had always been intensely interested in farming, its opportunities and its challenges.  Even after he retired, he maintained that interest, helping, advising, and encouraging others.

   He became a member of the Adamsville Baptist Church, W. Va., in his young manhood and had been a member of the Deer Creek Baptist Church for about fifty years, much of that time serving as deacon.  He was always interested in the church and its work and attended services just as long as he was able.

   After Mrs. Robinson's death in December, he was in poor health.  He failed rapidly the last two months until the end came last Tuesday afternoon.  Though he loved and enjoyed life, he wanted to go to his loved ones.

   One who had known him intimately for more than sixty years said he was a man of the most even and well-balanced disposition and character he had ever known.  Wherever he lived, he made many friends to whom he was devoted.  He was always interested in young people and liked to exchange ideas with them.  He expressed often the thought that "A man's word is God in Man."

   Mr. Robinson is survived by his daughter, Grace, and five grandchildren:  John, of Los Angeles, California; Robert, of Des Moines; Virginia of Urbana; Mary and Helen, his son-in-law, Charles C. Cook, of Booneville, Iowa; one sister, Miss Columbia Robinson, of Shinnston, W. Va., and nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were conducted at the Goodfield Baptist Church, September 20, by the pastor, Rev. John L. Logan, assisted by Rev. H. C. Smith, a former pastor, now at the Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria, Illinois.  A quartet rendered beautiful music.  Burial was at Eureka, Illinois.

 

SAGE.  Russell Stanley Sage, 47, died Sunday night at his home in Fullerton, California, of a heart attack, according to a message received by Mrs. Isabelle Robinson of Clement street, mother in law of the deceased.  The message stated that funeral plans were incomplete.

   Mr. Sage was an official of the Union Oil company of Berea, Calif.  Following his graduation from high school he entered the employe [sic] of the company as a telegraph operator and was promoted to a responsible position with the firm.

   He married Miss Flora Robinson, daughter of Mrs. Isabelle Robinson of this city, Aug. 12, 1922, after she had gone to California to accept a teaching position.  She graduated from Shinnston high school and from Ohio University at Athens and took post graduate work at Columbia University in New York City and at Battle Creek, Michigan.  Before going to California she taught home economics in the Shinnston high school for a few years.  Mrs. Sage is a sister of Mrs. George Shumaker and Miss Alice Robinson of this city.

   The deceased is survived by his widow, two children, Stanley, 17 and Alice Catherine, 15; his parents and a sister.

 

STURM.  Frederick Lincoln Sturm, who died Tuesday evening at the home of his son, Clarence Sturm in Worthington, will be buried this afternoon in the Parrish cemetery.  The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock at the Worthington Christian church.

 

TURNER.  Impressive funeral services for Ben Turner, 81, colored, were held at the Harmer funeral home Sunday afternoon.  The services were conducted by Rev. Wilson of Clarksburg and interment took place at Masonic cemetery.

   The pallbearers were Q. M. Carder, John R. Lucas, Harvey Bice, Fax [sic] Fortney, Garfield Kellison and Mr. Scarcercay [sic], the latter of Fairmont.

   Among those here for the funeral were Mont Harris, Philippi; Earl Cox, Clarksburg; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Turner, Fairmont; John Robinson, Clarksburg; Mr. and Mrs. Garfield Kellison, Meadowbrook; Cash Ogden, Gypsy and Mrs. Bessie Bagshow of Virginia.

   Mr. Turner died September 19, 1940, at Fairmont State hospital  following an illness. He was employed for 22 years as a janitor for the C. & P. Telephone company there and had served as a butler in many well known Fairmont families, in which capacity he was well liked.  In younger days he often accompanied local Civil War veterans to encampments as an aid.  In all his endeavors he was a trusted and faithful servant.

   The deceased never married.  He was born on Lambert's Run in 1859, his parents being slaves belonging to the family of the late A. I. Reynolds.  His father served in the Union Army.  At the age of 21 Ben Turner began making his home with Silas Ogden at Gypsy and remained there for about 20 years, when he located in Fairmont.

   Mr. Turner visited the News office once a year and renewed his subscription to the paper.  This community was very close to his heart.   His brother, Leman Turner, died a number of years ago following an accident while teaming for the late O. L. Lowe.

 

 

OCTOBER  3, 1940 ISSUE

 

DAVISSON.  Funeral services for Mrs. Maggie Maxwell Davisson, 71, wife of Isaac L. Davisson, who died Tuesday morning at her home, 144 Thompson street, Clarksburg, will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the residence, in charge of the Rev. E. W. Bloomquist, pastor of the Clarksburg Baptist church.  Burial will be made at the Odd Fellows cemetery at Brown.

   Mrs. Davisson was born March 30, 1869 near Marshville, a daughter of Amos and Ruhama Morris Maxwell.  She married Mr. Davisson November 1, 1888.

   They were the parents of seven children, five of whom survive, namely, Mrs. H. A. Hustead, Wallace; Mrs. Ethel Garrett, Hastings; Z. A. Davisson, Quiet Dell; Clifford and Miss Margaret Davisson, at home.  One sister also survives, Mrs. Alice Lynch of Bristol.

   She was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist church.

 

HARDESTY.  Funeral services for Robert R. Hardesty, who died at his home at 1212 Pike street last Thursday morning, were held at the residence Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  The Rev. C. D. Tharp, pastor of Christ church, Methodist, officiated.  Rev. Mr. Tharp paid eloquent tribute to the memory of the deceased, who, throughout his life, was a citizen of the highest standing in the community.

   The pallbearers were George R., Charles, David and Joseph Hardesty, grand sons [sic]; Frank D. Sturm and Awam Schaffer.  Burial took place at Masonic cemetery.

 

HESS.  Carlson L. Hess, 70, died Tuesday at his home in Clarksburg, following a long illness.

   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Friday at the Harmer funeral home and burial will be in Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. Hess was born on Bingamon January 1, 1870, a son of Juber and Mattie Martin Hess. He resided for many years at Lumberport.

   Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Stella McIntyre Hess, are three children, Dr. Paul Hess, of Clarksburg; Mrs. Harry Maroney, of Mt. Hope and Mrs. Robert Elliott, of Ten Mile.

 

MARTIN.  Services for Mrs. Henrietta Martin, 69, widow of the late Hugh M. Martin, who died at her home on Bridge street, Friday evening at 7:45 o'clock, were held at the First Methodist church Monday at 10:30 o'clock a. m.  Dr. Roy McCuskey, president of West Virginia Wesleyan college and a former pastor of the local church, conducted the services. Interment was at Masonic cemetery.  The pallbearers were Charles L. Watkins, Ernest L. Pigott, S. T. Edwards, Dr. Arch Tetrick, W. A. Meredith and Walter Burnett.

   Mrs. Martin was born February 23, 1871, on Duck Creek, Harrison county, a daughter of Thomas and Ann Ramage Hornor.  She attended the public schools of her community after which she entered West Virginia Wesleyan college at Buckhannon and was a member of the first graduating class of that institution.  Recently she attended the exercises marking the fiftieth anniversary of the college and was an honor [sic] guest at the homecoming of the alumni held in connection with the ceremonies.  Dr. McCuskey, in his remarks, referred to the pleasure she derived from her visit to the college on that occasion.

   Following her graduation she taught school for ten years in Chicago, Illinois, Thayer, Missouri, Shelbyville, Kentucky and in Grant district, this county.

   She married Hugh M. Martin, former Shinnston lawyer, August 26, 1902 and had resided here since that time.  Mr. Martin died in 1930.

   Mrs. Martin was a woman of scholarly attainments and of brilliant mind.  She was a sociable, neighborly woman, who was known for her fine qualities and her pleasant disposition.  She will be greatly missed in the community.

   Surviving is a son, Robert F. Martin, who is connected with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington; one grandson, Edward Patton Martin; one sister, Mrs. James Graham of Johnstown, Pa., and two brothers, William F. Hornor of Lost Creek and Hugh Hornor of Weston.

 

 

OCTOBER 10, 1940 ISSUE

 

FITZSIMMONS.  Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Ann Fitzsimmons, 65, wife of John Fitzsimmons, who died at a Clarksburg hospital Saturday, where she had been taken the day previous for observation, were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Davis on Main street Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The Rev. C. D. Tharp, pastor of Christ Church, Methodist,

conducted the services.  Interment took place at Masonic cemetery.  The pallbearers were C. S. Randall, Q. M. Carder, R. C. Lynch, H. T. Harmer, Paul S. Harmer and H. H. Carder.

   Mrs. Fitzsimmons had been in declining health for several months but had been bedfast

only about two weeks.  The immediate cause of death is believed to have been bloodpoisoning, resulting from a scratch on her finger received by coming in contact with a sharp edge of her kitchen cabinet.

   Affectionately known as "Aunt Sally," she was one of the most widely beloved residents of the city because of her kindly nature and her interest in the welfare of her many friends.  She was always pleasant and cheerful and especially anxious concerning those who were sick or in distress.

   Born October 22, 1875 near Worthington, she was a daughter of John and Rhoda Jane Hite Anderson.  On April 20, 1923, at the home of her sister, Mrs. S. B. Davis, she was married to John Fitzsimmons by Dr. L. M. Robinson, then pastor of the local Christian church.

   When a child she came to Shinnston with her parents 57 years ago.  Mrs. Fitzsimmons is said to have known the birthday dates of many of her friends and as their birthday anniversaries recurred she would remind them of the event by sending cheery messages.

   She is survived by her husband, her aged mother, Mrs. Jane "Ma" Anderson, 87; two sisters, Mrs. S. B. Davis and Mrs. Cora Jones; two brothers, Clarence Anderson of Shinnston and Russell Anderson of Pine Bluff.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Relatives and friends from a distance attending the funeral were:  Mrs. J. R. Robinson, Mrs. Gladys Cox, Mrs. George O. Tarleton, Mrs. Ward Miller, Mrs. J. W. Stainbrook, Isaac B. Davis and daughter Pauline, Mrs. H. E. Boice and Mrs. E. E. Elder, all of Fairmont; Robert F. Davis, Pittsburgh; Mrs. and Mrs. W. O. Bice, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bice, Florence Bice, Clyde Ogden, Mrs. Etta Mayne, Mrs. James McIntire and daughters, Nellie, Eva and Gertrude, all of Enterprise.

   Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Riley, Charles, Lorana, Margaret Anne and Martha Mae Riley, Mrs. Lorana Robey, Mrs. T. M. Hood, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Gronemeyer, O. F. Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Dawson, Mrs. Wm. I. Lynch, Mrs. Mollie Holbert, Mr. and Mrs. Smith Holbert, R. S. Monroe, Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Limpert, all of Clarksburg; Mr. and Mrs. S. Benton Davis, Zanesville, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Snodgrass, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Reeder, Smithfield.

 

GEMONDO.  Florence, two year old daughter of Frank and Evelyn Moran Gemondo of West Shinnston, died Monday of pneumonia.  She was born Dec. 12, 1938.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon and burial was at Masonic cemetery.

 

HARDESTY.  Funeral services for Mrs. Amanda C. Hardesty, 78, wife of James L. Hardesty of Wyatt, who died at 10:45 a. m. Sunday at a Clarksburg hospital as a result of burns received September 11 when  her  clothing  ignited  from  a  stove, were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the residence in Wyatt.  Interment took place at Masonic cemetery.

   The pallbearers were a son,  J. Seyward  Hardesty;  two  sons  in  law,  Gilmer  W. Cunningham of Clarksburg and L. S. McGee of Shinnston; two grandsons, Dr. Dennis H. Robinson of Morgantown and Basil H. Lucas, Jr., of Pittsburgh and Ralph Martin of Pittsburgh.

   Mrs. Hardesty was born February 20, 1862, at Adamsville, a daughter of James E. and Edith Hartley Janes.  On July 14th last she and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

   She was a member of the Wyatt United Brethren church.  The surviving relatives include the husband, James L. Hardesty; one son, J. Seyward Hardesty of Prospect Valley; four daughters, Mrs. Elsie M. Robinson, Morgantown; Mrs. Mayme Lucas, Pittsburgh; Mrs. G. W. Cunningham, Clarksburg, and Mrs. L. S. McGee, Shinnston; one brother, A. O. Janes of Shinnston and one half brother, S. E. Janes of Fairmont.

 

HURSEY.  Charles Lattimer Hursey, 66, well known citizen of the community, died suddenly Monday evening of a heart attack.  Death came about 7 o'clock when Mr. Hursey was at his barn caring for a pony which he prized very highly.  After Mr. Hursey failed to return from the barn in the usual time, Mrs. Hursey and a daughter, Susan Jane, went to investigate.  He was found lying near the animal, which he had just placed in its stall for the night.  Dr. R. B. Nutter of Enterprise was hastily called, who attributed death to a heart attack.

   Mr. Hursey was born September 7, 1874, a son of Lloyd R. and Mary Frances Nixon Hursey. He spent his entire life in this community and as a young man was engaged in the mercantile business.  For several years he was proprietor of a confectionery here and was a leading stockholder in the First National Bank, the Shinnston Furniture & Undertaking company and other business concerns.

   About eighteen months ago he purchased Viropa Park, remodeled the building into a dwelling and moved his family there.  Since that time he had devoted the greater part of his time to fixing up the property and landscaping the grounds.

   He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Augustine McDermott Hursey; two daughters, Susan Jane and Alma Virginia Hursey; and a half-brother Walter S. Hursey.  Miss Alma M. Nixon, 86,

an aunt, has resided with the family for some time past.

   Mr. Hursey was known to scores of children of the community, who found him always a true friend, interested in their happiness and welfare.  The children called him "Uncle Charley" and held him in affectionate regard.  As indicative of his interest in children, he joined with Muta U. Swiger a few years ago in fixing up a playground on Mr. Swiger's spacious yard on Rebecca street.  Many devices were built and placed on the ground for use of the little folks in their play.  This was the first play spot improved at private expense in the community, and it was free to all children.

   His place at Viropa was fast becoming a popular recreation center for children and young people, as he had been devoting his time and energies to improving the grounds, grading tennis and ball courts, building swings, and other things for the enjoyment of the youngsters.  Perhaps no one in the community will be missed by the children more than Mr. Hursey.

   The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the First Baptist church. Services were conducted by Rev. H. U. Thompson, pastor, assisted by Rev. H. E. High of Fairmont, former pastor of the Shinnston Methodist Protestant church.  Interment followed at Masonic cemetery.

   St. Johns Lodge No. 24, A. F. and A. Masons, of which he was a member, had charge of the rites at the grave.  The pallbearers were Albert E. Wadsworth, C. P. Hood, Robert C. Cowan, Russell Martin, Leslie Vincent and L. F. Goudy.  Honorary pallbearers were Muta U. Swiger, John H. Harley, W. B. Grimm, A. B. Harvey, J. M. Riley, Martin Goodwin, Charles Goodwin and Clarence Sturm.

 

 

OCTOBER 17, 1940 ISSUE

 

LONG.  Guy Long, Jr., of Trolley Terrace, Clarksburg, a grandson of Mrs. William Bainbridge of Shinnston, died at a Clarksburg hospital Monday following a ten weeks illness cause from an infection after stepping on a nail.

   The lad was born October 5, 1926, a son of Guy and Mabel Douglas Long of Clarksburg.

 

 

OCTOBER 24, 1940 ISSUE

 

MORRIS.  Mrs. Addie Alice Freeman Morris, 50, wife of Rev. W. W. Morris, Baptist minister of Jane Lew, died Saturday evening, six hours after a gas stove exploded in their home. Two sons, James Morris, 19 and Gerald Morris, 17 died Sunday from the effects of the explosion.  All were fatally burned.

 

SOLARCEK, HANSEL, and HARTER.  A runaway truck laden with potatoes, carried a farmer and two helpers to death Monday on Summit Mountain road, near Uniontown, Pa.  The dead are E. M. Hansel, 60, farmer of Farmington, Pa., Ansell C. Harter, 42, employe[e] of the Hansel farm and father of five children, and Frank Solarcek, 45, a farm hand and former resident of Clarksburg.

   The truck, racing out of control, crashed into the rear of another truck loaded with lumber, crushing two of the victims in the cab and hurling the other to the highway.

 

THOMPSON.  George Washington Thompson, 81, died suddenly Tuesday evening in Homestead, Pa., at the home of Henry B. Thompson, a son.  He suffered from a heart attack.

   Mr. Thompson had been living with the Rev. L. Glenn Robinson and Mrs. Arna Thompson Robinson, son-in-law and daughter, at Wyatt but three weeks ago he went to Homestead for a visit.  Members of the family found him dead in the yard.  Prior to this, he had appeared to be in his usual health.

   He was born November 22, 1858, on Little Bingamon, near Shinnston, a son of Euriah and Pheobe [sic] McIntire Thompson.  He married Mandora Harbert, of Robinson's Run.  He was a member of the Enterprise Methodist Episcopal Church for more than fifty years.

   He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robinson; one son, Henry B. Thompson, of Homestead; one sister, Mrs. Emma Stackpole, of Little Bingamon; and four grandchildren.

 

 

OCTOBER 31, 1940 ISSUE

 

DELLIGATTI.  Mrs. Nicolina Delligatti, 66, wife of Antonio Delligatti of 211 Bennett street, Fairmont, died at Fairmont General hospital Monday morning.  She was a native of Italy and had resided at Fairmont about forty years.  Funeral services were held Wednesday morning in St. Joseph's church.

   Besides her husband, there are seven children surviving, namely Mike Delligatti, manager of Melody  Manor; Mrs. Felix Yanero, Mrs. Patsy Frankman, James Delligatti, Frank Delligatti, Lee Delligatti, all of Fairmont, and Mrs. Rose Abruzzino, wife of James Abruzzino of Shinnston.

 

HILTON.  Patty Jo, 11-day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hilton, died Monday night at a Clarksburg hospital of pneumonia.  The child was placed under an oxygen tent at the hospital, but all efforts to save its life failed.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. H. U. Thompson of the Baptist church and interment was at Masonic cemetery.

 

 

NOVEMBER 7, 1940 ISSUE

 

JANES.  Mrs. Rohanna Janes, 82, widow of James E. Janes, died November 4 at the home of her stepson, A. O. Janes at Adamsville.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. at the residence with Rev. Robert McCoy, pastor of the Adamsville Baptist church, officiating.  Burial was at Masonic cemetery.

   Mrs. James was born March 10, 1858 in Marion county, a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Cooper. She is survived by a son, Samuel, Fairmont merchant and a stepson, A. O. Janes, local grocer.

 

JOHNSON.  Mrs. Tensie L. Johnson, wife of Herschel Johnson, died November 4 at her home on Booths Creek.  She was born July 20, 1867, a daughter of Ezekiel and Nancy Janes Smith. Surviving besides the husband are two children, Mrs. M. M. Clelland of Hornor's Run, and George Flanklin [sic] of Morgantown.  One sister, Mrs. H. H. Hartley of Terra Alta and five grandchildren also survive.

   The funeral was held Wednesday forenoon at the Methodist church at Boothsville and interment was at Poling cemetery.

 

 

NOVEMBER 14, 1940 ISSUE

 

BARTON.  The following obituary of Lloyd C. Barton, who married a sister of the late Mrs. C. A. Radford, is taken from a Kansas paper:

   Lloyd C. Barton was born September 16, 1859 in Harrison county, West Virginia.  He departed this life at the home of his eldest daughter, Mrs. E. C. Sanborn, Wauneta, at 9:30 a. m. October 10, 1940, at the age of 81 years and 24 days.

   He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Barton of Shinnston, West Virginia.  Mr. Barton was married to Kate Seese of Shinnston, May 13, 1883.  [These two sentences edited and corrected.]  She preceded him in death July 10, 1902.

   He leaves to mourn his departure, two daughters, Mrs. E. C. Sanborn and Mrs. James A. Smith of Wauneta; three sons, Roy D. Barton of San Bernadino, Calif., Gordon C. Barton of Chautauqua, and Ross A. Barton of Poway, California; sixteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors.

   He moved to Kansas with his family in 1901 and resided at or near Lowe, for the last 39 years of his life.

   He was a loving and devoted father and a friend to all, being christened a Methodist and living a true and upright life in this community where he was honored and respected by all who knew him.

   Funeral was Monday afternoon at Round Mound church, in charge of Rev. M. M. Thorne. Appropriate music was provided by a duet composed of Mrs. Edwin Harrop [sic] and Mrs. Eugene Keeny, with Mrs. E. J. Fisher at the piano.  Interment was in the Round Mound cemetery.

 

COMZELUS.  Charles Comzelus, 85, died Friday  at  his  home  on  Clark street.  He was a  native  of  Poland  and had no surviving relatives.  The funeral was held Saturday, with interment at Masonic cemetery.

 

MARTIN.  Mrs. Belle Martin, 81, widow of the late Andrew Martin, died at her home at Joetown at 5:20 o'clock Tuesday morning of pneumonia.  Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock today.

   She was a daughter of the late William B. and Millie Snodgrass and was born near Rymer

June 20, 1859.  Mr. Martin's death occurred a number of years ago.  Surviving are a half

brother, Marshall Jones of Brown and a half sister, Mrs. Caroline Davis.  One daughter, Lorene Martin died at the age of 16.

   Mrs. Martin was a well known former dressmaker and many of [the] wedding gowns worn by women of that community were made by her.

 

 

NOVEMBER 21, 1940 ISSUE

 

ASHCRAFT.  Funeral services for Miss Goldie Elizabeth Ashcraft, 20, who died Saturday night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arlis R. Ashcraft in Lumberport, were held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with interment at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.

 

HESS.  James Claude Hess, 54, barber, died Sunday morning of a heart attack at his home in Clarksburg.

   He was a son of John A. and Laura Reed Hess and was born in Marion county. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laura Lambert Hess, a son, James C. Hess, Jr., one sister, Mrs. Lee Cross of near Mannington, three brothers, Lloyd Hess, Shinnston; Albert Hess, Worthington, and Clyde Hess of Parkersburg.

 

 

NOVEMBER 28, 1940 ISSUE

 

FURBEE.  Charles P. Furbee, 50, county clerk of Harrison county, died at a Clarksburg hospital Wednesday noon from shock, following a broken hip received when he fell on a stairway in the Waldo hotel Monday.  Mr. Furbee was serving his second term as clerk.

 

GRIFFIN.  E. Boyd Griffin, 79, died at his home on Jones Run at 4 o'clock Monday morning following an illness of three weeks of complications.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home.  Interment took place at Masonic cemetery, Shinnston.

   He was born on Jones Run February 10, 1862, a son of James Allison and Lydia Boggess Griffin.  He is survived by a sister, Mrs. R. B. Boggess of Jones Run and several nieces.

 

MURPHY.  Delmar Ray Murphy, 48, died Saturday morning at the home of his sister Mrs. Constance Moran at Enterprise.  Heart trouble and asthma was [sic] given as the cause of his death.  The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the home of his father, Alonzo Murphy in Enterprise and interment was at the Odd Fellows cemetery there.

   The deceased, a former employe[e] of the Consolidation Coal company, was born April 25, 1892 in Thomas, a son of Joseph Alonzo Murphy and the late Ella Steele Murphy[.]  He was married in October, 1911 to Miss Alice Deloe.  Surviving besides the widow and his father, is a son, Delmar W. Murphy, of Shinnston; also four sisters and two grandchildren. The sisters are Mrs. Moran; Miss Wilma Murphy and Mrs. Fay Gill, both of Fairmont, and Frances Hibbs of Pittsburgh.

 

SHUMAKER.  Funeral services for Edward L. Shumaker, 79, who died Nov. 25, at the home of George F. Shumaker on Clement street, will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the residence.  Burial will be at Masonic cemetery.

   Mr. Shumaker, a retired farmer, was born in Nov. 1861 in Somerset county, Pa., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Baily [sic] Shumaker.  He resided on his farm near Cumberland, Md., for many years, and with his wife moved to Shinnston 13 years ago.  Mrs. Shumaker died on Thanksgiving Day, 1930.

   Four sons survive, namely, C. E. Shumaker, Myersdale, Pa., J. B. and Robert L. Shumaker of Fairmont and George F. Shumaker, of Shinnston.  A sister, Mrs. Mary Lepley of Cumberland, also survives.

 

SHREVE.  Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Friday at the Methodist church on Lambert's Run for Miss Florence Virginia Shreve, 81, who died Nov. 26, at the home of a brother, Ellis Shreve of Lambert's Run.  Interment will be at the Odd Fellows cemetery, Lumberport.

   Miss Shreve was born Dec. 1, 1860, on Cunningham's Run, a daughter of Marion and Mary Martin Shreve.  The following brothers and sister survive:  Charles G. and Ellis, of Lambert's Run; Frank of Clarksburg; Mrs. Amanda Miller, Peora; Mrs. Mamie McIntire, Fairchance, Pa.; Mrs. Mary Nay, Casey, Ill.; Mrs. Lee Drummond of Lumberport, and Mrs. Stella Drummond of Hepzibah.

 

 

DECEMBER 5, 1940 ISSUE

 

ANDERSON.  Funeral services for Boyd Anderson, 62, former resident of Shinnston, who died at Clarksburg Friday, were held Sunday afternoon at the Davis funeral home in that city. Interment was at Masonic cemetery, Shinnston. Rev. John Nelson, pastor of the Christian church, officiated.

   Mr. Anderson, who was engaged in the restaurant business the greater part of his life, was born April 21, 1873 in Shinnston, a son of B. F. Anderson and Rockey Zane Jackson Anderson.  He married Elizabeth Holland of Uniontown, May 12, 1911.  She died last August. Two daughters, Misses Thelma and Rachel Anderson, both of New York City, survive and the following brothers and sisters:

   Banj. [sic] F. Anderson, Shinnston; Arthur Anderson, Waverly; Frank Anderson, Huntington; Mrs. Mollie Holbert, Clarksburg; Mrs. Laura Skinner and Mrs. Rachel Halfast, both of Amelia, Ohio.

 

FREEMAN.  Mrs. Sarah Ann Freeman, 92, died Sunday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Cheney on Boothscreek [sic].  She was the widow of Richard Freeman.  Mrs. Irene Lantz of Colfax and three great grandchildren are the only surviving relatives.  Her maiden name was Sarah Ann Riffee.

 

JOHNSON.  Mrs. Martha Moore Johnson, 67, wife of William N. Johnson, died Sunday at her home near Farmington.  Besides the husband, the following children survive:  Mrs. Sally Simpson, Hollidays Cove; Virgil Johnson, R. 1, Farmington; Archie Johnson, Kingston, N.Y.; and Mrs. Ossa Moore, Worthington.  Mrs. Jane Harbert, Shinnston and Mrs. Celia Jones, Worthington, sisters, also survive.

 

 

DECEMBER 12, 1940 ISSUE

 

CLISE.  Funeral services for Raymond Clise, 23, of Enterprise, who was found dead of monoxide poisoning in his car at McIntyre Sunday morning, were held at the home of Roy Lytel [sic] at Enterprise Tuesday afternoon at 3:30.  Burial took place at the cemetery there.

  Young Clise and Ray Bailey, 25, of Meadowbrook, went to sleep in the car about 4 a. m. Sunday, according to report, and at 10 o'clock in the forenoon when Everett Moore, of McIntyre, went to the car, Clise was dead and his companion was unconscious from the fumes.  Moore called a physician, who pronounced Clise dead.

   Sheriff Moore M. Reynolds and Deputy Earl Sidebottom, who reached the scene later, expressed the opinion that the men had started the engine of the car at intervals to keep warm.  The engine was not running at the time the discovery of the death was made.

   Clise was on the front seat of the car and Bailey on the back seat.

   It is said that Clise had intended to start for Charleston at daylight to see about getting a job in the capital and that Bailey and Everett and Robert Moore were to accompany him.

   The deceased was formerly employed as a clerk in the store of A. O. Janes and Sons and was well known locally.  He was married about three years ago to Miss Ruby Lytle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lytle, and they had been making their home with her parents recently.

   He was born September 7, 1917, at Westernport, Md., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clise of this city.

   He is survived by his parents, his widow and the following brothers and sisters:  James Clise, of Westernport; Richard Clise, of Enterprise; Mrs. Warren (Mildred) Janes, Mrs. Harlan (Jessie) Janes and Miss Hilda Mae Clise, all of Shinnston.

 

HARBERT.  Word was received Saturday by relatives of the death of Mrs. Mary Righter Harbert, 87, who passed away Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. W. E. Beckner at Fort Thomas, Kentucky.  The funeral was held Tuesday at Fort Thomas and interment took place at a Cincinnati cemetery.

   Mrs. Harbert was the widow of Richard Harbert, who died in California twenty years ago. She was a daughter of John B. and Emily Righter of Shinn's Run.  She lived in California for many years but moved to Cincinnati following the death of her husband.  About eight years ago Mrs. Harbert fell and broke her hip and had been unable to walk since that time.

   She was a sister of E. E. Righter, of Shinn's Run, member of the House of Delegates, and L. A. Righter, also of Shinn's Run.  Three sisters also survive,  Mrs. M. D. Atkins

of Clarksburg; Mrs. William Snyder of Illinois, and Mrs. A. S. Mayes of Bath county, Va.

 

MARTIN.  Services for Mrs. Delia C. Martin, 80, who died Sunday afternoon at her home on

Charles street, were held at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at the residence.  The Rev. C. V. Tate, pastor of the United Brethren church, was in charge.  Interment was at the Odd Fellows cemetery at Wyatt.

   Mrs. Martin was the widow of William E. Martin of Wyatt, who died in 1909.  She was born May 27, 1860, a daughter of Wilson and Cassie Jones Moore.  Surviving are four children, Russell Martin, with whom she resided; Mrs. Jack Dewitt of Irvona, Pa.; Mrs. Lester Mason of Farmington, and Mrs. Nelle Geney of Brooklyn, N. Y.  There are also five grandchildren.

 

WILLIAMS.  Services for James Williams, 24, son of Rev. and Mrs. V. F. Williams of Salem, and a senior at Salem college, were held Monday afternoon at the Salem U.B. church.  Young Williams died Friday morning of a fractured skull after having been struck by a B. & O. passenger train engine at Salem at 1:20 a. m. the same morning.

   The Williams family formerly resided at Peora, when Rev. Mr. Williams was pastor of the Peora  U. B. circuit.

 

WINEMILLER.  George J. Winemiller, 70, died Sunday evening at his home in Lumberport. He had been in declining health for two years.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. and burial was at Lumberport cemetery.

   Mr. Winemiller was born May 14, 1869, a son of Adam and Mary Coffman Winemiller of Jones Run.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Virginia Shrader Winemiller, a son, Owen V. Winemiller of Lumberport, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary B. Coffield, of Mannington, R. 4; a sister, Martha Heflin Street of Lumberport and five grandchildren and one grandchild [sic].  He was a brother of Ephriam Winemiller, deceased, who was the father of Mrs. Henry H. Haught of Shinnston.

 

 

DECEMBER 19, 1940 ISSUE

 

AYERS.  Isaiah Ayers, 64, who died at Deanville, Lewis county, Monday, was a brother of Alvin and John D. Ayers of Shinnston and Ira Ayers of Lumberport.  He was also a brother of Mrs. Margaret E. Blair of Shinnston and Mrs. Amy Powell of Mannington.

   Two other brothers survive, Robert of Loudonville, Ohio and Dewitt of Cairo.  He was born in Ritchie county, a son of John F. and Margaret Deem Ayers.  His widow, Mrs. Emma Bonnett Ayers and two children, Opal, at home, and James, of Uniontown, survive.

 

BURNETT.  Services for Mrs. Ruth Burnett, 82, widow of Silas E. Burnett, who died Friday morning at her home in Farmington, were held at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the residence.  The Rev. H. W. Banks, Christian minister of Fairmont, conducted the services. Burial was at the Odd Fellows cemetery at Farmington.

   Mrs. Burnett was born October 8, 1858, a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Finlay Oaks.  She is survived by five children, as follows:  Dr. Fred W. Burnett, Shinnston; Dr. Howard W. Burnett, Fairmont; Ernest Burnett, Steubenville, Ohio, Paul Burnett, Farmington, and Mrs. Adda Davis, Farmington.  Also one brother and two sisters, Finley Oaks, Worthington; Mrs. Sallie Plaster, Worthington, and Mrs. T. C. Minear of Waverly.

 

MARZANO.  Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the home for Metileti Marzano, month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Marzano of Meadowbrook, who died at 8 o'clock Saturday evening.  Burial was at the Masonic cemetery, Shinnston.

 

McINTIRE.  Word was received Friday by relatives of the death of Mrs. Emma McIntire, 93, at her home in New Martinsville.  The funeral was held Sunday at the place.

   Mrs. McIntire was the widow of the late Dr. G. L. McIntire, who was a practicing physician in the Grangeville community for many years until the family moved to the Wetzel county city about forty years ago.  She is survived by the following children:

   Mrs. James N. Shaw and Silas McIntire of Grangeville; Dr. Hupp McIntire of Connelsville, Pa.; Mrs. Zona Faulkner of Albright, W. Va.  Two children are deceased, Frank McIntire and Mrs. Sis Butler.

   Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Crim and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Barbe of Grangeville attended the funeral Sunday.

 

RICHARDS.  Funeral services for Mrs. Telitha Shinn Richards, 95, who died Friday night at her home 309 Hickman street, Clarksburg, following a brief illness, were conducted at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning in the Davis Funeral Home chapel in Clarksburg, with the Rev. Robert McCoy of the Hepzibah Baptist church in charge.  Interment took place at Shinnston Masonic cemetery.

   Mrs. Richards was the daughter of Austin and Matilda Bartlett Shinn and was born in September 1845 in Harrison county.

   Survivors include two sons, N. E. Richards, Bridgeport, and W. H. Richards, Asheville, N. C.; and three daughters, Mrs. Joseph G. Lucas, Shinnston; Miss Claudine and Miss Mary Richards, both at home.

   The body remained at the home until 9 o'clock Monday morning, when it was taken to the Davis chapel to lie in state until the hour of the funeral.