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The children of New Martinsville used to collect bones, and when the bone boats would come down the Ohio from Wheeling, the children would take the bones down to the river where they would be weighed.In return for the bones, the children would receive chits,which could be used to buy items on board the boat.As a child, Anna Harman did this, and with her chits, bought two lead crystal cut glass bowls for her mother.These bowls were eventually given to Mary Martha Allen Hornbrook by Anna Harman Allen.We always referred to them as the "bone bowls."I have one of them now.(Mariana Zuelsdorf)
Letter- (not dated, but written in 1961)
Wetzel County Court
Pearl Frei, Clerk
New Martinsville, W.VA
Dear Mr. Allen:
Enclosed you will find a copy of Mrs. Allen's will.You do not owe anything for it.I wouldn't think of charging you for anything that I don't have to.
First, I want you to tell Martha I am going to write her a long letter just as soon as I can.I have started two of them and didn't get them finished.My intentions are good but I am just not much of a letter writer.
We have had some beautiful spring days and the grass is getting so green but yesterday and today is terrible.This morning it was 19* out home, a good bit of snow and a lot of cold wind.I am hoping we are about through with winter.This has sure been a hard one.A man was in the office and said it was the worst winter he could remember and he was eight-four years old, so I decided it was a pretty bad one.It is still snowing out but the sun tries to shine once in a while.
How is the new baby?I expect Martha is really busy taking care of the children.One nice things is that _________ is old enough to be a big help to her.She sure is a pretty girl.After seeing her last summer I decided that Martha and Gene must look alike since she looked like both of them.I am sure they are all happy as I know that Martha always wanted a large family.
Take care of yourself, Mr. Allen, and don't work too hard.Given (sic) my love to Martha and all,
Certified copy of the handwritten Will of Anna M. Allen.Admitted to probate Feb. 14, 1961 by Thomas G. Allen.Witnesses: Lyle E. Winer and Mable E. McGinnis.
I, Anna M. Allen of New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., W.Va. a housewife, being of sound mind-make this my last will.I give, devise, bequeath my estate and property, real and personal to my husband Thomas G. Allen of New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., W.Va.
I appoint Thomas G. Allen of New Martinsville, Wetzel co. W.Va.. executor of this my will without bond or security.In witness whereof, I have signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as my will at New Martinsville Wetzel county, West virginia this the 30th day of September, 1955.
(signed) Anna M. Allen
Handwritten Letter from Wells Funeral Home, 515 Maple Ave. New Martinsville, WVDated 2/8/61
First of all let me express our deepest sympathy to you and yours in your Mother's passing.Since it was impossible for you to come our thoughts are with you always.
Mother looked lovely indeed.I went to Pittsburgh for her and returned here at 2.30 A.M. Sunday.Her many friends and yours filled the house all day.Everyone was shocked at her passing for she looked so well during her visit this fall.
The Service yesterday at 2 was well attended and indeed was very nice.Rev. Sawyers, down at First Methodist officiated and his message was most touching.
Your Dad held up very well considering the shock and the long trip back here.He enjoyed the many beautiful flowers your Mother so well deserved.I wish you could of seen them.
Mother will be remembered and missed by all for a long long time and we can rest assured God has a real special place for her.
Again I am very sorry and since you couldn't get here, this little note might help.If you have any question, write and I'll do my best to answer.
Congratulations on the new one and the best to you and yours always.
(Joseph M. Wells, Director)
Obituary from Newspaper
Mrs. T. G. Allen
Mrs. Anna Harman Allen, wife of T.G. Allen and member of a pioneer family of this area, died suddenly Wednesday, February 1st at 9:45 pm, in Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif, the city where Mr. and Mrs. Allen had resided for two years.
Born in New Martinsville, February 27th, 1889, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Bouder Harman, and the last of her family.
With the exception of two years, Mrs. Allen had spent her entire life in the town of her birth, having moved to California two years ago. Surviving are her husband, a son, Dr. Joseph Allen of New Martinsville; and a daughter, Mrs. Gene Hornbrook, of La Mesa, Calif; and seven grandchildren.
She was a member of the First Methodist Church in this city; a charter member and Past Matron of New Martinsville Chapter No. 50 Order of Easter (sic) Star, and would have celebrated her fiftieth year as a member in April, 1961.
The body was returned to New Martinsville, and taken to the Wells Funeral Home on Maple Acenue, where friends were received.Ritualistic services were conducted by officers and members of Chapter No. 50, O.E.S., on Sunday evening at seven o'clock
Services were held at the Funeral Home on Monday afteroon at two o'clock, with the Rev. Sumner D. Sawyersofficiating.Interment was in Greenlawn Memorial park.
Obituary for Anna Allen
Anna Harman Allen, former New Martinsville resident, died suddenly at 9:45 p.m. Feb 1 1961 in Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif.She was born in New Martinsville, Feb. 27, 1889, and lived here most of her life, moving to California two years ago.She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Bouder (sic) Harman.Bereaved are her husband, Thomas; one daughter, Mrs. Gene Hornbrook, of La Mesa; one son, Dr. Joseph Allen, of New Martinville; and seven grandchildren.She was a member of the First Methodist church and a charter member of Eastern Star No. 60.A past matron of the OES, she would have celebrated her fiftieith year with the organization in April of this year.The Order of Eastern Star held services Sunday night at 7 o'clock.Funeral service were held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. S. D. Sawyers of the First Methodist Church in charge.Interment was in Greenlawn Memorial Park.