Notes from January 20 through May 5, 1893 Issues
Transcribed from microfilm by Nanci Headley Kotowski.
January 20, 1893
Rev. L. L. Stewart Dead [notes]
Born 1845 in Allegheny Co., PA.
Died on Sunday at 11 a.m. following an illness of severalweeks.
Buried in Moundsville.
At age 14 relocated to Wood County [(W)V] where his parentsfarmed.
Was presiding elder of the Parkersburg District of the M. E.Church.
V. P. Chapin Dead [notes]
Judge Virginius P. Chapin, whose father was from NewEngland, never married.
Died Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
Funeral was held yesterday.
Was made helpless many months by paralysis of limbs but wasable to sit in chair and to eat.
Served as American consul to Navigator’s Islands (Samoan)under President Buchanan.
Judge Chapin was a Royal Arch Mason.
At Rest [Mrs. Mary N. Hart notes]
Mrs. Mary N. Hart was in her 66th year when shedied.
Died suddenly on Friday night “about 12 o’clock” at home.
Was widow of Ira Hart who died in1879 as a result ofinjuries sustained when he was thrown from a carriage on
Children included sons Charles M. and John B. Hart,daughters Lillie Hart, Mrs. Charles J. Goff, and Mrs. Wilson in
In Chancery [selected entries]
The granting of the following divorces was noted.
James Gain vs. Margaret E. Gain
Edward T. Gifford vs. Catherine V. Gifford
Emory S. Cunningham, 23 to Grace L. Robinson, 17
Wrightman T. Webb, 25, to Ingaby R. Corpening, 25
January 27, 1893
Mayberry Harrison [notes]
Mayberry Harrison was the brother of Judge Thomas W.Harrison of this city.
Mayberry died Tuesday at the Pike Street home of his sister,Mrs. Thomas Patton.
Hewas buried in the Baltimore area.
He resided in Clarksburg part time.
His wife had been from Baltimore and had predeceased herhusband to whom she left an annuity.
Although Mayberry Harrison was described as having beenblind for some years, his interest was described as
William A. Hardman, 23, to Annie Gay Miller, 19
Obituary of Mrs. Mary Newlon Hart [notes]
Died Friday, January 13, 1893 “from the effects of hearttrouble.”
She was the daughter of Mathew [sic] Neeley of Morgan’s Run,Middle Island Creek.
In October 1849 she married Ira Hart of Clarksburg. They lived in the West End.
Ira Hart was a skilled artisan who died in 1879 when he wasthrown from a buggy.
The two sons are not mentioned by name in this article.
The daughters include Mrs. Charles J. Goff, Clarksburg; Mrs.Henry Wilson, Pueblo,
Colorado;and Miss Lillie Hart, at home with her brothers.
February 3, 1893
Murder Near Kingwood [notes]
[Articleis bylined January 25th.] Last night at 2 o’clock” at the home of Leroy Gutherie, six miles southof Brandonville, Strauser struck Albert Fickey on the head with a club crushingthe skull and causing death within three hours. Both were intoxicated . . . The two were always friends until aday or two ago, and are not twenty years old.
Benjamin Moore, 22, to Julia M. Howe, 24
William L. Hart, 22, to Lucinda Morrison, 17
Henry C. Hyson, 26, to Icie Kirby, 21
Edward T. Gifford, 40, to Mary V. McIntire, 22
George Eckle, 30, to Caria M. Whiting, 28
February 10, 1893
Very Sad [notes re: son of Enoch Childers]
OnSunday morning the 15-year-old son of Enoch Childers of Harrison County near the Doddridge County line, accidentallyran “the small blade of a pen-knife into the fleshy part of his thigh . . . Hedied from loss of blood in a few hours.”
Local News [selected entries]
A smallchild of E. E. Eisenbarth, manager of the West Virginia Knapp Dramatic Company,died at Lost Creek Tuesday morning of Diptheria [sic]. It had been sick only four days.
John R. Ebert Dead [notes]
Died today at 8:45 a.m. at his residence on Sand Road ashort distance above the city [Parkersburg? Clarksburg?]
Cause of death: appolexy [sic]
Age at death: between 55 and 60 years old
Born and raised in Clarksburg, the son of Walter Ebert.
Described as “one of the most prominent citizens of thiscommunity.”
Acquired considerable property.
During the 1860s was a member of the firm of Gifillan, Ebert& Co., a wholesale grocer.
After the dissolution of Gifillan, Ebert & Co., became amail agent at B&O to Grafton for a number of years.
Upon retiring from B&O, entered real estate and otherenterprises.
Was a director of Traders Building Associating.
Survived by unnamed wife and a son, Charles.
William Plant, 20, to Margaret A. Shaw, 18
February 17, 1893
Winnie Steel died Saturday night.
Ill for nearly four weeks.
Funeral was at Goff Chapel on Monday at 10 a.m.
Described as “an accomplished and entertainingconversationalist.”
H. A. Payne[notes]
Born 1862 at Pruntytown where he was raised.
Died Sunday morning, February 12, 1893. He was sick 24 days.
About 6 years ago went to Grafton as a clerk for J. N.Tregellas.
In September 1890 became a store clerk at Boughner &Sons, Clarksburg.
In 1885 became a Christian.
Salem [selected entries]
Mrs.Orean Flowers died Sunday afternoon. . .
February 24, 1893
Mrs. Julia Gould wife of Geo.Gould, of Enterprise, was buried at the Masonic cemetery on the 19th.
James C. Ward, 28, to Cora A. Sly, 24
Charles Scott, 28, to Katie Jones, 26
Walter Bumgardner, 20, to Minnie Boyles, 17
Nathaniel F. Williams, 21, to Charlotte R. Lang, 17
James Lloyd Tichenal, 20, to Effie Clark, 26
Ai Judson Rogers, 23, to Elina A. Swiger, 22
W. A. Rose a telegraph operator atSutton died on Monday of typhoid fever. He was from Salem.
There was a sad death in Westonlast week. Mrs. Thos. Daugherty,daughter Mr. R. P. Flesher, was married about two weeks ago and while visitingher father before returning to Clarksburg to make her future home, was takensick with pneumonia and died . . .
March 3, 1893
Recent Marion County Marriages
Elzy Matthews, 21, and Clara Crim, 21
Frank A. Gramp, 25, and Mollie B. Martin, 20
John Veach, 55, and Margaret H. Miller, 49
Will Hess, 20, and Edna Daniel, 19
Wm. R. Jenkins, 22, and Lizzy D. Ramage, 25
Andrew H. Springer, 24, to Ella Danley, 19
William Lewis, 22, to Osa[?] Doughtery [sic], 21
August Youst, 29, to Icie May Ramsay, 21
March 10, 1893
Robert Bruce Swiger, 25, to Harriat [sic] Lezzie Newlon, 18
Charles S. Dillon, 26, to Lucy B. Burnside, 27
James E. Stutler, 22, to Alvertis Queen, 20
No newspaper foundin the collection for this date.
March 24, 1893
Another Victim Loses His
Lifeat the Depot Crossing
The Third in Six Months
Again the railroad crossing andsome one’s carelessness are responsible for a human life–the third within sixmonths. Old Dr. Champ whose familiarform has been seen on our streets for many years is time the victim.
While crossing the railroad at thedepot on Monday he was watching the yard engine backing toward him, and wastrying to keep out of its way. Beingthus occupied he failed to see or hear a freight approaching in the oppositedirection and on another track.
Suddenly he was struck from behindby the pilot of the freight and thrown almost directly under the yard engine.
The shock was so sudden that the“Doctor” who was about 78 years old and somewhat infirm could not save himself.
The wheels catching his right handfollowed up and cut his shoulder clear off with the exception of a little shredof skin, and gazed past the side of his face. He was immediatly [sic] carried to the Nutter Hotel and a physiciansummoned, but from the very first it was evident that the terrible wounds weremore than his strength could withstand, and the only care taken was toalleviate his terrible suffering for the short time he had to live.
For two or three hours he [notdecipherable] the time suffering indescribable agony.
Soon after noon he was placed underthe influence of an opiate and remained so almost all the time until he died atabout eleven o’clock the same night.
March 31, 1893
Cherry Camp [selected entries]
We aresorry to report the death of Mr. F. M. Davisson’s little daughter, who diedlast Saturday night after a brief illness . . .
OnMonday, march [sic] 20, little Lizzie, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. L. W. Baxter,died very suddenly.
Lumberport [selected entries]
Ourvillage was saddened by the death of Frances Sprout, daughter of Henry and JaneSprout, who died on the 18th, after a brief illness.
Marriedby Rev. Taylor Richmond, Will Riblett to Miss Jennie Wright, March 26th.
FrederickV. Orr, 21, to Nirna Wyer, 21
George H. Robey, 25, to Nancy May Norman, 17
Ernest R. Coffman, 19, to Stella Maude Swiger, 17
Blackburn Cunningham, 28, to Chessie L. Murry, 20
William H. Riblett, 23, to Jennie L. Wright, 21
Joshua C. Swiger, 21, to Arzanna Norris, 28
Alva C. Fortney, 26, to Emza H. Brent, 23
Llod [sic] Fultz, 25, to Ella Williams, 23
George Adams, aged 76, at his home near the depot, on the 29th. He was an old lumberman by trade.
Mrs. Rebecca Wagner, at her home, 2 ½ miles from Clarksburg,on the 22.
Mrs. Wm. Kidd, at her home on the Point, April [sic] 27.
Tony Connors, aged 70, at his home near the tunnel, on the28 inst [sic].
George W. Morris, at his home near Green Valley church, onSaturday.
Mrs. Geo. Lemon, in Monongalia county on 25th. She formerly lived in Clarksburg.
April 7, 1893
HELD FOR MURDER
SheriffJ. Alexander received a telegram from Prosecuting Attorney W. B. Cornwell, ofRomney, to immediately arrest J. W. Monroe, of Adamston, our suburban village,stating that a warrant charging him with murder had just been issued in thattown. Sheriff Alexander at once went toAdamston and found Monroe working in Mr. Kidd’s garden, at which place he was aboarder. He was somewhat surprised atbeing arresting on the charge of murder, but admitted that he had come fromRomney only a few days ago. Monroe is asingle man, and has been pedling [sic] over the country for some time. He is now in jail where he awaitsdevelopments.
Just aswe go to press the warrant arrives here by mail, in which Monroe is chargedwith the murder of Mr. McDonald, by kicking, beating and bruising him in ashocking manner.
DeputySheriff R. R. Dawson, of Charleston, arrived here this morning having in hischarge Russel [sic] Sarver who is wanted in Braxton county for figuring in ashooting scrape. Sarver was marchedthrough town wearing hand cuffs [sic] and with his feet in shackles. He is charged with shooting a man namedMollihan about a year ago. Mollihan,however, was not killed.
Weston [selected entries]
Married,Wednesday March, [sic] 22, at 8 p. m. Mr. Walter Lawson to Miss Eva A. Goodwinat the home of the bride near Jane Lew. Rev. J. Vincent officiated.
A Boy From This City And
One from Taylor County
Are secured for a
MUSEUM AT THE WORLD’S
ClarkShelton, One of Them
ClarkShelton will no longer be one of Clarksburg’s curiosities. He is soon to be placed on exhibition in aChicago museum.
Almostevery person that visits Clarksburg has seen the deformed child as hisplaymates pulled his little wagon along the streets taking him to and fromschool. Clark is 13 years old and wasborn with his unfortunate deformity.
Hehas no use of his lower limbs and propels himself along the street by swinginghis little body between his arms. Manypersons have been moved to sympathy for the poor little waif and have turnedaside from the hustling throng to drop a few pennies in his hand. He will be missed by our people to whom heis a familiar figure.
Histeacher, Miss Nellie Barnes, for a long time, took great pains to instruct him,and was instrumental in having a fund of $125 raised for him, which amount isnow deposited in the Traders Bank as the “Shelton fund.” Now that he is to be sent away it is notknown what disposition will be made of this fund. The boy lives with his step-father [sic], John Davis, near the B.& O. depot, and will remain there until his clothing and tights arrive,which were ordered this week by the Chicago man who came to get him.
Theman who came for Shelton[,] Mr. F. L. Porter, is a native of Cincinnati, andsays he will secure a very valuable museum freak in Taylor county. It is a badly deformed man, who has noforehead, has webbed fingers and is almost covered with hair, in fact theunfortunate creature hardly resembles a human being. When placed in the museum at the World’s Fair it will be labeled“what is it?” This creature born[?] ofhuman parents is now in the Taylor county alms’ house and is about 20 yearsold.
Theman who is looking after these specimens is reported to have said that WestVirginia has more human “freaks” than any other State he has visited.
He[?]is very proud of his luck in securing[?] these two boys and reports? them asvery valuable for his purpose…
Interesting Items of News Gathered From the Many Sections[selected entries]
Marriedat the residence of Rev. James Allender, on Wednesday, March 29th,Mr. Amasiah Devers and Miss Myrtle Michles [sic], both of Newburg, Prestoncounty—Sentinel.
Ira Robinson, a former member ofthe bar, and who left here last fall for the west with his bride, neeMiss Sinsel, with a view to taking up his residence in Kansas, after visitingseveral points has returned to Grafton, and we understand has concluded to makehis home in our “Mountain State.” Mr.Robinson, during his absence, visited several States, but found no locationthat suited him. Old West Virginia isgood enough for him yet. The friends ofMr. Robinson and his excellent young wife gladly welcome them homeagain.—Grafton Sentinel.
It wasnoted that Buckhannon High School graduates of 1893 included Emma Bailey,Myrtle Lowe, and Clara Mathers. Reportedly graduation had been held at the Opera House the previousMonday at 8 p. m.
Fairmont Whispers [selected entries]
Sheriff Morgantook Charles Horton, the horse thief, to Sutton Tuesday, for trail. On Monday he took Stief Molnar to thepenitentiary at Moundsville.
Rev. G.U. Shott [sic], of Madisonville, Ohio, will enter upon his duties as pastor ofthe Baptist church in this place.
Thetown officers last Saturday evening made a raid on a speak easy, located in theold house near the pump station, and conducted by colored gentlemen, HughSwann, of the Connellsville region, Sampson Warden, of Weston, and HenryHervey, of Clarksburg, were gathered in.—Free Press.
Died—FloraDavisson, daughter of F. M. and Ida L. Davisson, --?-- their home near Salem, W. Va., March 23d, 1893, age 1 yearand 6 months.
JesseChorpening, of near Bridgeport, had his large barn together with all hisfarming utensils, harness, etc., entirely destroyed by fire on Wednesday night.
The newdwelling house belonging to Mr. S. R. Harrison, of the Merchant’s NationalBank, was essentially destroyed by fire on Sunday evening. The fire originated on the second storywhile Mr. Harrison and
his family were at home and occupying the lower rooms. The household goods were mostly rescued fromthe first
floor . . .
[recently married couples in Randolph County]
Alva Yeater to Margaret R. Pitts
Thos. J. Pearcy to Susan M. Orrahood
Maud Dotson to Eva B. McGeorge
Wm. G. Cattrill to Emily J. Bughes [sic]
G. W. Husk to Sarah Reed
David A. Dotson to Belle Costilow
Jesse P. Cox to Anna Brown.
West Union WAIFS [selected entries]
Whileeverybody was at the school entertainment last Thursday night, Mr. SeymoreSnider and Miss Cora Davisson went slyly to the M. E. Parsonage where they weremet by the Rev. Hammond who very soon pronounced the happy words which madethem man and wife. . .
James—[sic]Wiseman, April 2d, at 8 p. m. at the residence of the bride’s parents inBridgeport, W. Va., by Rev. Wm. Davis, Mr. Marshall James and Jennie Wiseman. .. The young people have a cozy little home in Bridgeport. . .
Frank Douglass, 22, to Myrtle Cornell, 17
Frank C. Boyer, 21, to Carrie E. Williams, 19
Marshal Janes, 28, to Jennie Wiseman
Joseph Exelin, 69, to Isabelle Robinson, 45
Cherry Camp [selected entries]
At an earlyhour Saturday morning the dwelling of C. G. Nutter, who lives on Turkey run,was burned.
Good Hope [selected entries]
Mr. LeeMcGaham’s valuable residence and nearly all its contents, were destroyed byfire on the 3d inst. Loss over fifteenhundred dollars; the amount of insurance is unknown to the writer.
It is reported that Miss MaudCheuvront, formerly of this place, died recently near Alexander, from theeffects of fever.
Salem [selected entries]
HarryGordon has moved his family to Center Point, where he is at work for the Oilcompany.
Mrs. Gordon’s brother, Amos Pollard, of Vermont, is withthem.
FrankBoyer and Miss Wilkinson were married Sunday afternoon by Rev. Gardiner. . .
Adamsville [selected entries]
Mr.Frank Douglass, of Doddridge county, and Miss Myrtle Cornel, of this place,were married at the latter’s house last Thursday night. . .
Rev.Hartley, of this place, and Miss Allie Bush, of Lewis Co., were married abouttwo weeks ago. They are living with thegroom’s father at the present.
A Suitwas entered in the Circuit Court at Morgantown, the revelations of whichinvolve some prominent person of the county in a scandal of a surprising andshocking kind.
Thecomplainant is Mrs. Frank Brewer, who sues Miss Dr. Mattie E. Lough for $10,000damages for alienating her husband’s affections, in her bill filed, chargingthat the defendant has exercised her powers of fascination to such an extent asto cause Brewer to ignore his wife, and to not treat his family with theconsideration due from a husband and father.
Mrs.Brewer has also applied to Judge Hagans for an injunction to restrain herhusband from disposing of any of his real or personal property until alimony tosuch amount as shall be deemed sufficient for the support and education of thefamily shall be provided for from the property.
Thesepeople reside at Laurel Point, four miles from Morgantown and are highlyconnected. Miss Lough’s father, JohnLough, is a man of wealth, and has represented Monongalia in theLegislature. The evidence, it is said,will be racy and loudly sensational.
April 14, 1893
An Aged West Virginian
Possiblythe oldest Person now living in the State, if not in the United States, is inthe person of Aunt Eunice Conrad, of Cederville[?], Gilmer county, W. Va., hermaiden name being Mace. She was born inthat part of the old State, now Pendleton county, this State, August 4, 1776,making her age 116 years 7 months and 23 days. Her parents, of German descent, were born in the old country. She with her parents moved to Bulltownnear[?] Braxton, C. B. [?] when she was about six years old, being the firstfamily to settle on the Little Kanawha river. The nearest whites were at Buckhannon, about thirty miles away. The Indians were driven from Bulltown theday before here parents moved in, leaving great quantities of bear meat andvenison. At the age of twenty-eight shewas married to Jacob Conrad, and settled on Dust Camp Creek, Gilmer county, beingthe first to settle on that creek. She is the mother of 14 children, 9 boys and5 girls, all of whom save her youngest, Henry, with whom she lives on Bull Run,have preceeded [sic] her to the grave. She draws a pension of $12 per month in consequence of her husbandserving in the war of 1812. Yourinformant paid her a visit recently and found her well and hearty. Although her hearing and sight are somewhatimpaired, she has the right use of her mind, and seems to take great delight intalking of her younger days. She makesher own bed, and is able to be about the house considerably. She says the last winter was the hardest sheever saw but one.
Through the State [selected entries]
SamuelGiven, ex-Sheriff of Webster county, died at his home in that county last Saturdaymorning at 10 o’clock.
Fairmont Whispers [selected items]
Mr.M. D. Post, of Wheeling, spent last Sunday night in this place with Mr. andMrs. M. L. Hutchinson. Mr. Post wasrecently appointed a regent of the Normal Schools. He is a brother of Mrs. Hutchinson.
Cardsare out announcing the marriage of our young legal friend, W. W. Scott, Esq.,and Miss Claudia Rice, both of Palatine.
Our Horoscope [selected entries]
Mr.Fred Nay, of Shinnston, one of the defenders of the Union, was in town on businessTuesday.
[Marriage Licenses Issued by Marion County]
Wm. A. Ammons and Viola Matthews
D. Lonnie Pool and Jennie Ross
Gleon [sic] Brand and Lydia D. Conaway
Chas. R. Lilly and Emma J. Hare
Nathan F. Conaway and Flora E. Marrifield
Andrew T. Sticelbe--?-- and Addie Kenneda [sic]
Franklin P. Graves and Annie R. Stone
Henry L. Devault and Carrie V. Wilson
Lumberport [selected entries]
“Oldfather” Lee is still very low, and it was s [sic] touching scene when he bidfarewell to his wife who had been a faithful watcher at his bedside during thefirst of his sickness. She died on the4th, after a brief illness, and was interred near Bridgeport on the6th.
BerticeOgden, of Prospect, one of Harrison county’s most prominent young men, died onthe 7th. His remains werefollowed to the Shinnston cemetery by a large procession of sorrowing friends.
Therewas born to Thomas Mathews [sic] and wife a son; also to Mr. and Mrs. Geo.Sprout, March 29, a son.
The Telegram desires toinform the many friends of Mrs. Dr. Ramsey that this lady is not dead as wasannounced in the News last week. The Telegramheard[?] the same report but took the --?-- to investigate it and found that itwas a “fake.” A letter from Robbie Ramseywho is with his mother, states that she is getting along very well.
A suitfor $10,000 damages has just been brought in the Circuit Court of Wirt countyby R. A. Byrd against ex-State Senator M. R. Lowther. The latter owns a drug store at Elizabeth, and a daughter of Mr.Byrd’s was killed from poison put up for medicine by a clerk in the drug store.
April 21, 1893
Doddridge Dots. [selected entries]
F.Robinson Coffman was recently married to a young lady near Fairmont.
JohnRitter and Miss Jennie, the daughter of Squire J. N. Dorson, were united inmarriage at the home of the bride on Thursday. J. A. Davis to Miss Maggie Davis, and John Detterman to Lena Kreynbuhlcompletes the list of recent marriages in Doddridge.—Record.
Buckhannon Briefs [selected entries]
MissLelah Phillips, the accomplished daughter of ex-Sheriff Walter Phillips, andDr. G. O. Brown, were married at French Creek, at noon on Thursday.—Delta.
FairmontWhispers [selected entries]
LastSaturday the home of John Linn, a resident of Grant District, was totallydestroyed by fire. All his householdfurniture and papers of value were destroyed.
Rev.Shott, who has recently been installed as pastor of the First Baptist church ofthis place as its regular minister, says that he expects to shoot up the newchurch this year.
W.Burtice Ogden is no more; he died April 7, 1893.
Littledid we think the last time we met and shook the hand of our cordial and highlyesteemed schoolmate and friend that it would be our sad and solemn task toreview his short but successful career with muffled pen and in mourning.
Mr.Ogden was born in the year 1867, of one of the most highly respected andchristian families in our community. Heprepared himself for the work of teaching school. Obtained means and attended the West Virginia Normal andClassical Academy, at Buckhannon. Heafterwards attended the W. Va. Business College at Clarksburg, and graduatedwith highest honors. He has taught thehome school at Prospect Valley for some years, but the death angel claimed himfor its victim, but not before he was prepared. He was converted last winter and lived a happy christian lifeuntil God called him home. Today he ishappy with his friends in heaven. He isdead but still he lives in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. He was young, “but never was there a nobler,manlier man.” C. Ellis Chalfant,Prospect Valley
The following names have been drawnas grand and petit jurors for the May term of the Circuit Court:
Homer Waters, Brent Maxwell, T. M. Jackson, Alpheus Swiger,Thomas Swiger, Kelso [sic] Thompson, Alloytus Reynolds, S. N. Floyd, C. N.Swiger, J. L. Davis, John A. Fleming, W. B. Vanhorn, George Gaston, O. T.Stuart, Charles Peck, Edward Conley[,] Harrison Fletcher, Solomon Day, ThomasFlowers, C. A. Boggess, Napoleon Richardson, Irvin Nutter, John Dunkin, TaylorGriffin, J. W. Morris, Joshua Boggess, Jr., N. B. Holden, William Davisson, F. W.Martin, M. M. Goodwin, Russel Stark, Henry H. Radabaugh, Joseph Barnett,Charles A. Short, Charles Smith, W. B. Wilkinson.
Jesse Martin, James Drummond, John D. Martin, F. M. Gifford,D. W. Boggess, Luther W. Elliott, John M. Holmes, J. W. Boggess, Geo. A.Custer, Wesey [sic] M. Bird, Benjamin S. Reynolds, Sanford Nuzum, HermanLadwig, Lafayette Allen, John Lowe, Lloyd Smith.
Recent marriages in Marion county:
William H. Billingsley and Florence C. Snoderly
James D. Bowman and Nina May McElfresh
William H. Jamison and Sarah C. Morris
James W. Straight and Ollie B. Baker
Frank Vincent and Bertha Reese
Dr. E. N. Flowers will return fromBaltimore next week a full fledged M. D. . . .
Mr. G.B. Chorpening is now the possessor of a most elegant ‘Victor’ bicycle,purchased through Mr. G. L. Duncan. Mr.Chorpening is one of the best trained cyclers in the country.
Dr. D.B. Smith has purchased the elegantly located merchant’s National Bank propertyand will erect a handsome residence and office in the near future.
It isour sad duty to chronicle the death of Miss Amanda Jenkins, which occurred onTuesday evening, April 11, after a lingering illness of some months. The remains will be interred in the Enterprisecemetery Thursday.—Shinnston Times.
Mrs.Charley Cox died at her home in North Buckhannon Thursday morning, [sic] Mrs.Cox has been sick for quite a while . . .
Samuel Swiger, 25, to Cora G. Gerrard, 21
John R. Linvoll, 24, to Content V. Rogers, 19
George W. Fenton, 44, to Rose V. Watkins, 26
George J. Stanton, 32, to Honora Joyce, 30
Frank J. Welch, 24, to Catherine Kearns, 24
George Nutter, 25, to Medora A. Schoonover, 19
Fielding B. Riley, 25, to Mary R. Armour, 18
Lon H. Carter, 23, to Ross [sic] Stewart, 24
Lucius R. Sturm, 18, to Martha Nutter, 22
Thenoted suits brought by Mrs. Sarrah J. Brewer, through Cox & Baker, herattorneys, (one against Dr. Mattie E. Lough for $10,000 damages, for alienatingher husband’s affections, and the other against Frank Brewer, her husband, aninjunction retaining him from disposing of any of his real or personal estateuntil alimony was allowed out of the property, for the support and maintenanceof herself and four infant children,) were on last Monday dismissed by mutualconsent, and the whole matter compromised. By articles of agreement between Frank Brewer, and Mrs. Brewer, she wasgiven for her sole use and benefit good title to 23 ¾ acres of land and thehouse in which she now lives, in Grant District, this county, and all hispersonal property, and his note, secured by deed of trust on his other estate,for $350, payable one year after date. Mrs. Brewer agrees to take the care and custody of their minor unmarriedchildren; to release the action at law and the suit in chancery, and to releaseher interest in his estate. They are tolive seperate [sic] and apart and neither is to sue, molest or trouble theother for living separate and apart.
It isreported that Frank Brewer and Dr. Mattie E. Lough will soon depart for Indiaas Missionaries. Brewer took the trainfrom Morgantown Monday and Miss Lough on Tuesday.—Morgantown Post.
Theburning of T. Pickenpaugh’s barn was the most distressing fire that ever occurredin the county that we have any knowledge of. About thirty head of valuable cows, bulls and horses perished in theflames . . .
MissAtha Riley is teaching a subscription school at the Mudlick school house.
April 28, 1893
Like aflash of darkness in the clear sky of noon-day, came the announcement onWednesday that one of Clarksburg’s bright, active and most useful business menhad been summoned by death’s swift messenger.
On Saturdayhe was seen on the street in the full enjoyment of health and seemingly in theacme of his usefulness. He had justthat day returned from New York City. On Monday he was unconscious and so remained until his death whichoccurred about noon on Wednesday. Thetrouble was a serious disorder of the bowels. His frank, good-natured countenance, his cheerful words and his cordialgreetings will be missed by a large number of his warm friends in thiscity. He was sole proprietor of thewholesale produce establishment of J. W. Thorn & Co., and was working up avery large trade, his being one of the largest produce concerns in theState. Mr. Thorn was about 42 years oldand leaves a wife and two daughters—Alice and Florence. Alice, the oldest, is scarcely fourteenyears of age and her sister much younger. They are exceedingly bright and pretty girls and are universalfavorites. Mrs. Thorn nee MissColumbia Gittings, is a sister of Prof. John G. Gittings, and in her greatbereavement has the sympathy of many friends.
Mrs.Thorn left his family comfortably provided for, having life insurance to theamount of over $10,000 in addition to his property. He made friends easily, was a moral, upright man, kind to hisfriends and devoted to his family. Although not a member of church, he seemed to enjoy attending itsservices and contributed liberally to the its [sic] financial calls. He was just the kind of man we could illafford to lose. “He has crossed theboundaries of time” and let us hope that in the great beyond he shares freelythe unbounded mercies of Almighty God.
Atabout 8 o’clock p. m. April 17, 1893, the officiating minister and wife, andMiss Sadie Martin, visiting relative, were suddenly arroused [sic] by the voiceof the bride groom, and in order to comply with an ancient costume [sic] we allarose, and with oil in our vessels, and lighted lamp went forth to meet him;when lo and behold we met the parties on horseback, and there with old earthfor our carpeting, the starry heavens for covering, and shades of night forcurtains, Mr. Lucius R. Sturm and Miss Martha Nutter entered the blissfulfields of matrimony. Mr. Sturm is a sonof Commissioner Sturm, of Harrison county. E. E. Sapp, Shinnston, W. Va.
WESTON,W. Va., April 19—Train No. 41 on the Gauley division of the West Virginia &Pittsburgh railroad was derailed today. It was caused by a broken switch in the yards at Centralia and made abad wreck, tearing up about one hundred feet of track. A large section force was immediately put towork to clear the main track. The tankof the engine was turned up side down in such a manner that it was necessary touse jacks to raise it to a certain height in order to shove it off the maintrack. Just as the section men were inthe act of doing this the tank slipped off the jacks, catching five of the men,killing J. V. Dennison, of Centralia, breaking one arm of John Lloyd, both legsof Henry Skinner, one leg of William Roane and crushing both legs and injuringthe back of George Shorts. Thepresident of the road, Senator Camden, and Vice-President Kunat were on aspecial train en route to Gauley and arrived at Centralia a few hours after theaccident. They gave their personalattention to the injured, arranging a special train from Sutton to bringdoctors, who say all have probably received fatal injuries, but they have hopesof saving two out of the five.
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CharlesMorris and Henry Brinker, of Ritchie county, had an altercation over who shouldescort a girl home from a box supper. Brinker cut Morris so seriously in the face and abdomen that his life isdespaired of. A warrant has been issuedfor his arrest.
Marriage Doomed. The Great Institution Going out of Fashion.
“OurAmerican homes are doomed,” says one. “Where are we drifting?” cries another. The Telegram must confess that it is almost impossible to readthe statistics presented by Professor Wilcox in the Political ScienceQuarterly without coming to the conclusion that marriage is going out offashion in this country.
Withthe exception of Japan, the United States has more divorces than any country onthe globe. Early marriages are growingless frequent, and men and women are postponing marriage until they reach aripe old age. In 1871 people married atthe average age of twenty-six years and two months; now, it is twenty-sevenyears and two months. At this ratepeople will soon be middle-aged when they marry.
In thecities, especially, marriage is on the decrease. The divorce rate is rapidly increasing. While only three divorces result out of 2,000 marriages inEngland the United States furnishes the disgraceful number of eighty-eight, anincrease of twenty-eight since 1886.
If thistendency continues to increase, what will become of the American home and theAmerican family?
Statisticsshow that the country districts make a better showing in the matter of marriagethan the cities. The country people areold-fashioned. They are satisfied witha simple mode of life, and they do not wait until they get rich before they goto housekeeping. Modern extravaganceand the demands of society are responsible for the growing unwillingness of ouryoung people to marry, and the same causes are the leading factors ofdivorce. Even here, in the conservativesouth, there are fewer marriages and more divorces than there were twenty yearsago.
Isthere any remedy for this state of affairs? There is only one—when our young people think less of wealth and show,and more of a happy home life on a modest scale—when they yield more to theirhearts than to their heads—then we may expect a reform, but not before. This is a serious problem and should beseriously considered by the molders of morals and sentiment.
Originof Odd Fellowship
The birthdayof Odd Fellowship was celebrated throughout the world on last Wednesday, the 26thof April.
Rev. B.B. Evans delivered the annual address in this city at Goff Chapel, a good sizedaudience being present.
Seventy-fiveyears have passed since the birthday of this brilliant order, and the growth ofthe fraternity, not only in this country, but throughout the world, has beencharacterized by a vigor unknown to any other brotherhood.
OddFellowship is an American institution, and was founded in the city of Baltimoreon the 26th of April, 1819. Those who inaugurated the order were prompted by benevolent motives andthere were only five in number. Thesefive men, however, were earnest in their undertaking, and, as it were,specially “set apart” for this particular work.
Theygave it freely of their time and energy, and set about with the determinationto brook no disappointment in the prosecution of their designs. The essential object of the brotherhood wasto protect and aid one another in times of sickness and travel, and also forthe purpose of benevolence and charity.
Suchwas the genius of Odd Fellowship. Itwas modest to be sure, but there was an indication, even at that early day,which pointed to a fruitful harvest in the near future, it not prophetic ofthat world wide popularity --?--
which the order in the brief space of seventy-four years hasgrown.
Lodgeshave been established in every part of the world, and these are scattered inthick clusters all over the United States.
MissMattie Davis is teaching a select school with a good attendance. Miss Davis is a favorite teacher here andhas held a position in the public school for three winters in succession.
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Thehome of John Shrieve was entered by thieves last Sunday while the family wereat church.
Mr.Jacob Davis, of Marion county, has carried away one of our girls, the daughterof I. Drain.
DIED.—FrancesHughes, wife Rev. Robt. Steel, of Clarksburg, W. Va., departed this life, April25th, 1893, at 5:55 a. m. Since October of 1892 she had suffered from an incurable malady, towhich she had at last succumbed, although the best medical aid and care wereprovided. She was born in Rockbridgecounty, Va., 1832, and hence at her demise was in the sixty first years of herage. She leaves a husband and twochildren to mourn her loss. Through allher sickness she exhibited Christian fortitude and died in the full triumph offaith. Her loss will be deeply felt byall her friends.
Mrs.Edward Doyle, died last Thursday of consumption.
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Theunexpected death of our bright, energetic townsman, J. W. Thorn, on lastWednesday, will rank as one of the saddest events of the year.
Old Aunt“Cassy” Bond, of Quiet Dell, died Thursday night.
MissAnnie L. Robinson’s many friends were surprised to hear of her marriageyesterday evening to Mr. Burton G. Heavner, of Detroit, Mich. Miss Robinson is a sister of Paul M.Robinson, Esq., late of Buckhannon.
MissCora Thompson, one of Bridgeport’s prettiest and most entertaining young ladieswas married in this city on Wednesday evening to Mr. C. H. Warner of Lucas,Ohio.
Thefollowing marriages have taken place recently in Marrion [sic] county: Joseph R. Diggs, to Mollie V. Lowe; W. W.Cott, to Claudia Rice; Jas. E. Kennedy, to Jennette Steele; Joseph W. Marville,to Cora A. Floyd; and A. Ross Lewis, to Maggie Ensminger.
Jacob G. Davis, 28, to Eliza Drain, 21
William C. Frum, [33 or 38 - unclear print], to Nora E.Morris, 20
George W. Barns, 23, to Druzilla Faris, 27
Walter H. Johnson, 27, to Maude Sehon[?], 27
Evan Lowe, 20, to Nettie M. Webb, 21
William T. Smith, 25, to Grace Pritchard, 21
Teter B. Toothman, 40, and Eliza Bartlett, 37
Lewis W. Bloom, 35, to Rebecca Combs, 32
May 5, 1893
In Benwood SaturdayNight
The Murderer andHis Victim
Both Well Known inClarksburg. - -
Formerly Residents of Adamston,
W. Va., whence Tibbs Moved several
Years ago and McCloud only About
a Month ago. The murdered man
buried at Clarksburg.
Monday’s Intelligencer’s.] [sic]
Strongdrink was the cause of a murder at Benwood late Saturday night, that caused asensation in that town.
In thelower portion of the town is located a row of brick residences, which has longbeen known as the “market house.” [sic] or brick row. Some ten or fifteen families usually reside there.
In theapartments second below the upper corner. [sic] Mrs. Tibbs, her son, GeorgeTibbs, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam McCloud reside. Mrs. McCloud is the daughter of Mrs. Tibbs. The whole family lived in two rooms. [sic] one at the rear on thefirst floor and a sleeping apartment on the upper floor. Both Charles Tibbs, who is a young man ofabout twenty or twenty-one years, and McCloud, who is some older, work at theWheeling steel works in lower Benwood. For some time there has been bad blood between McCloud and hisbrother-in law [sic], caused as some people declare by McCloud’s ill treatmentof his wife, and Tibbs has said that if he ever hit his sister he would killhim.
Saturdayevening the entire party spent several hours at Allbright’s, a neighbor’shouse, indulging in drink and revelry. When the party left for home all were under the influence ofliquor. Charles Tibbs had leftAllbright place intending to go to Bellaire and purchase a suit; but when uptown he had encountered some boon companions and went to a saloon where hedrank beer for some time and then started for the brick row in a drunkencondition. In the meantime, Mrs. Tibbs,Mrs. McCloud and Sam McCloud had reached their domicile, all under theinfluence of drink. [sic] and in a quarrelsome mood. It was not long before McCloud and the two women became involvedin a quarrel, whereupon Mrs. McCloud left the house and went to aneighbor’s. McCloud went out, secured abig coupling pin and returned with the intention of hurting some one. At this juncture Charles Tibbs returned fromup town. McCloud and Tibbs becameinvolved in a quarrel, and the former struck Tibbs with the coupling pin on theforehead. Tibbs clinched with hisassailant and secured the pin and it was evident that it was then that themurder was committed. [sic] the coupling pin being the instrument and Tibbs themurderer. It is also probable from theevidence that Mrs. Tibbs took a hand in the matter and helped her son killMcCloud.
Tibbsdid not seem to realize the enormity of the crime he had committed, as he wentup town to get Marshal Cocke [sic] to arrest McCloud. In the meantime neighbors who had been aroused came in and foundMcCloud lying at the foot of the stairs in the hallway, with two wounds on thetop of his head and one on the nose. Atthis time. [sic] nearly midnight, he was still breathing, but life soon becameextinct.
Tibbswhile on his way up town met Gocke [sic], and told him McCloud had beenfighting and he wanted him to be arrested. At the same time he told him McCloud had assaulted him with a couplingpin, but he had taken it from him and “smashed him.” Accompanied by Constable Sprout, the party proceeded to the brickrow. [sic] where it was found several were in the Tibbs-McCloud apartments.[sic] and McCloud lying on the floor, dead. The marshall [sic] at once placed Tibbs under arrest, and soon afterwardreturned and two officers took Mrs. Tibbs and Mrs. McCloud to jail.
DIED.—Atthe residence of her father, near Romine’s Mills, April 26th, MissKate Bumgardner, after a long and painful illness.
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Thefuneral of Mr. J. W. Thorn was attended by a great many people. The K. of P.s attended by body.
Thefuneral of Mrs. Ramsay will take place at the M. E. church at 3 o’clock p. m.to-day [sic] (Friday). Interment at theOdd Fellows Cemetery.
The Murder ofMcCloud is Followed
By the Sensational death of Rebecca
Tibbs while in jail.
Theremains of Sam McCloud, the man who was murdered at Benwood Saturday night,were brought to Clarksburg, his former home, and buried on Wednesday. His wife, who is a sister of the murderer,Tibbs, accompanying the body.
CharlesTibbs was one of the three boys who were sere sent to the penitentiary from Clarksburgabout 1885 for trying to wreck an express train. It is this man Tibbs and his mother, Rebecca Tibbs, who wereplaced in jail charged with the murder of McCloud. Mrs. Tibbs is the mother-in law [sic] of McCloud and was lockedup as an accomplice in the terrible crime which is described on another page ofthe TELEGRAM. Yesterday morning amessage came to the relatives of Mrs. Tibbs that she had succeeded in puttingan end to her life while in jail. Thebody arrived here on the morning train yesterday and was taken to the home ofNathan Banks, who lives on the Point, and whose wife is a sister of RebeccaTibbs. Just how Mrs. Tibbs killedherself could not be learned, but the supposition is that she took poison. The remains will be interred in a cemeterynear town.
It hasbeen ascertained that Mrs. Tibbs made a rope out of her apron, which she toreinto pieces, tied it to a hook, and slowly strangled herself to death. She was about 60 years of age and wasconfined in the Moundsville jail at the time of her death.
Peter B. Toothman, 40, to Eliza Bartlett, 37
Lewis Bloam [sic], 35, to Rebeca [sic] Combs, 32
Floyd E. Thompson, 25, to Ora E. Rider, 22
John Marshall Knox, 23, to Ella M. Martin, 23
Inour account of the wreck on the Weston road last week, we were unable to giveparticulars,
Alltold there were forty passengers on the train, eighteen of whom were in theladies car, and the injured are as follows:
E. W. Martin,traveling salesman, bad cut on left leg.
J. E.Smith, traveling salesman, face cut, four teeth knocked out and bruisedconsiderably.
A. C. Gunter, traveling salesman,side hurt, and cut on head.
C. Rockland, traveling salesman,bruised about the head.
H. J. Mayers, traveling salesman,hands cut, arm and leg hurt.
Hanson Zane, traveling salesman,hurt on arm and side.
C. H. Trainer, traveling salesman,hip and leg hurt.
Mrs. Vade Williams, of this city,face cut and bruised, three teeth knocked out and arm hurt.
The remainder of the passengers inthe car escaped with slight scratches. Passengers in the second car were
Mr.Jno. M. Knox and Miss Ella Martin, of our village, were married yesterday inFairmont.
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Thefuneral of Mrs. Francis Steel took place from Water St. M. E. Church ThursdayApril 27, Rev. Reid preaching . . .
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Mrs.Callahan, the aged mother of Street Commissioner Hugh Callahan, died on Tuesdaynight.