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JANUARY - 1929

Contractor Slain at Shelby Gap Monday Bill Blair, well known Letcher county contractor, is dead as the result of an argument Monday afternoon with Tilden Wright, and the latter's son is reported to be a prisoner in the Letcher County Jail, charged with murder after it is alleged he intercepted on behalf of his father. According to meager information had here, the elder Wright and Blair had been engaged in the contracting business in Shelby Gap, where they were constructing a portion of the Mayo Trail.  Recently, however, Blair is said to have disposed of his interests to Wright, with the understanding, it is said, that the equipment was free of all incumbency. When certain notes or accounts said to have been held on the steam shovel, a portion of the equipment transferred in the deal, were presented for payment, Blair for an explanation. An argument followed, it is said, during which the younger Wright is reported to have killed Blair. It could not be learned here how many bullets were fired, but the report was current that Blair died instantly and that young Wright had been arrested and placed in Jail at Whitesburg. Both Wright and Blair are prominently known in the upper end of Pike county where they reside. The shooting occurred on the contracting job, it is said, which is across the line in Letcher County, bringing the jurisdiction of the Letcher county authorities. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 10 1929

BROWN, Peggy
Volga, KY On January 10th, 1929, the death Angel visited the home of Uncle Henry Brown and took from him his loving wife, Aunt Peggy Brown who had suffered only a few days with the flu and passes away to rest. She was a loving wife and mother. She leaves to mourn her loss her grieved husband, Uncle Henry Brown and five daughters and two sons. They are Mrs. Alexander Ramey of Volga, Mrs. Billy Salyer of Volga, Mrs. Sandy Stapleton of Volga, Mrs. Lonza Kimbler of Sitka, Mrs. Roy Scarberry of Rush and Mr. Andrew Brown of Volga, Mr. Frank Brown of Maple Lake, Minn. Aunt Peggy was 76 years of age. Funeral services were held at her home place on Mud Lick conducted by Rev. Smith. After services she was taken to Toms Creek burial and laid to rest in the cemetery with several children who departed this life several years ago. Aunt Peggy was a loving mother and was loved by all who knew her. She will be missed although God knew best. He took her away to the better world, where she will never suffer any more. She had been a Christian for several years, but is resting now to live with Jesus who called her away. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 24th, 1929

Called by Death Edgar Carpenter, 54, prominent Catlettsburg merchant, died in an Ashland Hospital on Wednesday night of last week following an abdominal operation.  A son of the late David H. Carpenter, founder of the D.H. Carpenter Department Store, one of the largest retail merchandising stores in Catlettsburg. Mr. Carpenter was born in Louisa Nov. 23, 1874, but had resided in Catlettsburg since a child. Following the death of the father, the business was taken over by Mr. Carpenter in partnership with two other brothers, Charles and Frank H. Carpenter, of Huntington.  Following the funeral service held at Catlettsburg, his remains were brought to Louisa and interment in Pine Hill Cemetery beside his parents. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 17 1929

"DIES RESULT OF STROKE" J. H. Carter, 60 years old, passed away early Monday evening December 31, at the Log Cabin Inn of which he was the proprietor, two miles below here, three weeks after being stricken with a paralysis. The deceased was a native of Halifax, Va., and came to this county 10 years ago, since that time being steadily engaged in business here.  Besides being proprietor of the Log Cabin Inn, he was a dealer here for the Buick car.  Mr. Carter was a member of the M.E. Church. South, and during his residence in Prestonsburg had formed a wide circle of friends. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 10 1929

Influenza Fatal to Johnson County Man Who Passed Away at Ashland Saturday John N. Caudill, 78 years of age, one of the best citizens of Johnson county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lilly Elly at Stonington near Ashland, last Saturday afternoon.  The aged man had been ill a week from influenza. Mr. Caudill was born and raised in Johnson county and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Caudill.  He spent his days in Johnson county, but he had planned to dispose of his farm in this county and make his home with his daughter in Boyd county. Mr. Caudill in his younger days followed the profession of stonecutter and was known and respected by a large number of Johnson county people who will be sadden to learn of the death of this good old man. In addition to his wife, Mr. Caudill is survived by the following children: Millard Caudill, Prestonburg; Foster Caudill, Arville, W. Va.; Ross Caudill, Stonington; Mrs. Lilly Ely Stonington, and Mrs. Edna Williams of Fugett, this county. The funeral services were conducted from the home of his daughter Mrs. Ely, at Stonington, Monday afternoon, with Rev. L. F. Smith of Wurtland, officiating. Interment was made in the Melvin Cemetery nearby. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 17, 1929

"Jordan Childers Dies at Home at Hellier" Jordon Childers, a prominent citizen of Hellier, passed away at his home at Hellier, early Thursday morning of last week.  He had influenza which later developed into pneumonia.  For the past fiften years he has been an employee of the Edgewater Coal company and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.  He was about 56 years of age and leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. He was a first cousin to our fellow townsman, J.E. Childers and A.F. Childers. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 17, 1929

CLICK, "FLU" RELAPSE VICTIM NEAR LANGLEY Will Click, 60 years old, Langley farmer and blacksmith, died Sunday morning, shortly after midnight, at his home at the mouth of Wilson Creek, two hours after suffering a relapse from influenza. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-24-1929

COBURN, Mary (Prater)
MRS. MARY COBURN DIES AT AGE OF 74 Mrs. Mary Coburn, a well known woman of the upper Beaver section, died on her 74th birthday Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. M. Moore, of Garrett, of influenza which was rendered more malignant by the in- firmities caused by her advanced age. The deceased had been a member of the Baptist Church for 40 years, and was revered by all who knew her. She is survived by the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Moore of Garrett; Mrs. Kate Sexton, Midas; Mrs. Delilah Hays, Hazard; Mrs. Joan Pettry, Garrett; John Coburn, Langley; Malcom Sexton, Wayland; Bud Sexton, Ashland, Two brothers and a sister also survive; Harmon and Seymour Prater of Hueysville, and Mrs. Betty Mitchell, of Ashland. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-24-1929

COLE, William T.
William T. Cole former county judge and common wealth's attorney and present county atty. and one of the most distinguished lawyers of Greenup, shortly after eight o'clock Wednesday night of last week when he succumbed of a heart attack. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-10-1929

CONLEY, Mary Alice (Collins)
Mrs. Mary Alice Conley, wife of David M. Conley, of Oil Springs, Ky., died of a complication of diseases at the Paintsville Hospital, January 19, 1929, age 68 years, 1 month and 29 days. She was born November 30, 1860, and was the daughter of the late Allen and Phoebe Collins. She is survived by her husband three brothers and seven sisters, John Collins, Will Collins, Mrs. George Helton, Mrs. J. W. Lemaster, Mrs. Menifee Caudill and Mrs. W.H. Williams of Oil Springs, Ky.:  Mrs. J. H. Ritchie, Idaho, Ohio: Manford Collins, Paintsville, Ky., and Mrs. George W. Mahan, rush, Ky.  Mrs.  Conley was one of the best known and distinguished women in her neighborhood, being known to almost every man, woman and child in her community. Her funeral was held at the family residence at Camp Ground in Magoffin county, being conducted by the Rev. Thos. B. Ashley of the M.E. Church of Paintsville, and the Rev. J.J. Prater of the Baptist church of Mash Fork, Ky., who paid fitting tributes to the Christian character of this grand and good woman.  She was a splendid woman courteous and affable at all times; a most delightful companion, had a pleasing personality, winning for her countless numbers of friends, making her beloved and respected wherever known.  In 1884 she became a member of the M.E. Church at Oil Springs, where she retained her membership until death.  Her life was a Christian example for the community in which she lived.  The profusion of beautiful floral emblems and the large concourse of friends gathered to pay their last respects, testified to the love and esteem they had for this noble woman.  She was laid to rest in the family cemetery, Monday, January 21, 1929. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7 1929

DANIEL, Catherine
Aunt Catherine Daniel succumbed to a heart attack at her home last Thursday, January 3, following the news of the death of her son, King Daniels, at Catlettsburg, whose body was brought here for burial. Both mother and son were laid to rest Saturday in the family cemetery at Mingo. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 10, 1929

DANIEL, Sarah J.
The death angel visited the home of G. W. Daniel, 96 years old, and took from him his loving wife Sarah J. Daniel, 85 years old.  She leaves to mourn her death her husband, G. W. Daniel, and three daughters.  Mrs. Daniel had been a member of the United Baptist Church from early womanhood and was highly esteemed by all who knew her as a good Christian woman. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 24, 1929

"U.S. Prisoner Died At Catlettsburg" King Daniels of Offutt, Ky., died at three o'clock this morning in the sick ward at the Boyd County jail after an illness of several days.  Daniels was a Federal prisoner and was serving a six months sentence given at the December term of Federal Court for this district. He was attended by Dr. Debord, local physician for the Government.  Boyd county jailer Tilman Buckley attempted to get in touch with Daniel's people this morning but failed.  It is understood that he is survived by his wife and several children.  A brother lives at Paintsville, Ky.  The body was removed to Kilgore and Collier's and prepared for burial.  It will be held here pending word from some of the deceased relatives. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-10-1929

John P. DeLong, 86, of Debord, Martin County, Ky., died last week at his home after a brief illness.  Mr. DeLong was an old Union soldier and one of Martin County’s most prominent and respected.  He had prominent family connections in both Martin and Johnson counties, and his passing will be regretted by a large number of relatives and friends.  He was the father-in-law of Commonwealth’s Attorney J. B. Clark of Inez, Ky.  Mr. DeLong was preceded in death two years ago by his wife who was a daughter of the late M. L. K. Wells and a sister of Mrs. Pauline Robinson and Dr. John P. Wells of Paintsville.  He is survived by a number of children and many grandchildren besides numerous other relatives in each county. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 10, 1929

DIXON, Charles
Death visited the home of Mrs. And Mr. Haska Dixon and took from them their loving baby, Chas, age 9 months.  It had influenza and was followed with an attack of acute indigestion which came with such a shock to their many friends and relatives.  He was the picture of health and was the idol of the home. He was so tender natured and possessed such a winning disposition that he made friends with everyone he met.  Everything that Doctors could do was done but God knew best. “When God’s finger touched him he slept.” His death occurred near Kermit, W. Va., but he was laid to rest in the Dixon cemetery near Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 17, 1929

FIELDS, Felix G.
Felix G. Fields Dies in Jenkins Hospital Whitesburg, Ky., Jan. 3, Felix G Fields, 47, postmaster at Whitesburg, leading mountain attorney and counsel for the Consolidation Coal Company with offices at Pikeville, died in the Jenkins Hospital at Jenkins this morning following a brief illness. He was the son of Ira Fields, for year’s commonwealth’s attorney of the district. He is survived by his widow and three sons. Brothers and sisters surviving are Wilson Fields, of Whitesburg; Matthew Fields, also of Whitesburg; Howard Fields, Mrs. Rachel Adams and Allie Shea Lewis, Whitesburg and Polly Eastham of Florida. Fields was also former county attorney and prohibition enforcement officer under Sam Collins. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-10-1929

FIFE, Bessie (Price)
MRS. TOM FIFE DIED TUESDAY PROMINENT WOMAN DIED AT LOCAL HOSPITAL; BURIAL WHITE HOUSE, KY. THURSDAY. Mrs. Bessie Fife, wife of Tom Fife a prominent merchant of Paintsville died last Tuesday evening at the Golden Rule Hospital after a short illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Fife had been in poor health for a number of years and when she contracted pneumonia a few days ago she was removed to the hospital. Her death removes one of the city’s best-known and most popular women. She had been a resident of Paintsville for the past several years and had many friends. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, Tom Fife and one son, Keri; two daughters, Mary Margaret and Laurel Davenport. Three brothers survive her; A.C. Price, Rine Creek, W. Va.; A.E. Price, Hellier, KY. Two sisters also survive: Mrs. Minnie Kendall of Charleston, W. VA. And Mrs. Grace Bickford, White House, in charge of services will be Rev. Ashley. Funeral and burial will be held at White House Thursday afternoon. The bereaved families have the sympathy of the entire community in their loss of a devoted wife and loving mother. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-24-1929

GOSE, Rebecca
Death Claims Mrs. Gose of Boons Camp Mrs. Rebecca Gose, age 94, known to her friends as Aunt Rebecca, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ed Wells January 10 from complications arising following a severe attack of influenza. Mrs. Gose was one of the best known and best loved old lady of this section and her demise will be mourned by a large number of relatives and friends.  She came from a prominent Floyd County family, before marriage being a Miss Wireman. Mrs. Gose was married to Henry Gose of Morgan County, who has been dead seventeen years.  To this union were born the following children:  Mrs. Mack Horn, deceased; Mrs. Buddy Crider, deceased, Mrs. Bart Burchett, deceased, Willis Gose, deceased, Melvin Gose. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 31, 1929

GOSSETT, Myra (Pigg)
"Mrs. Gossett Dies at Catlettsburg" Mrs. Myra Pigg Gossett, 25, wife of Lawrence Gossett, of Catlettsburg, and a former Louisian, died Wednesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Pigg, Sr., of Catlettsburg, of pneumonia.  Mrs. Gossett was born in Louisa and resided here during her childhood, moving to Catlettsburg with her parents a number of years ago. Burial will be made in the Catlettsburg cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 17, 1929

HALL, Talbert
Talbert Hall of Water Gap Dies Talbert Hall, 77 years old, died Friday at the home of his son, William Hall, of Water Gap, of complications following an attack of influenza. The deceased is survived by several children.  The body was laid to rest in the Jack Wright burial ground. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 24, 1929

HATCHER, Mary L. (Hereford)
Prominent Woman Dies in 85th Year Mrs. Mary L. Hatcher, 85 years old, one of the oldest and best-known women of this county, passed away at her home at Cliff near here, Thursday night January 17, after an illness of several days following influenza. The deceased was not only one of the most prominent women of this county, but was very learned.  A member of the M. E. church, South for perhaps 70 years, Mrs. Hatcher’s life was an outstanding record of faith.  She was the daughter of Dr. Hereford, pioneer resident of this county, and was the widow of the late James Hatcher. Surviving her are the following sons and daughters:  J. H. Hatcher of Ashland, ex- county court clerk of Floyd Co.; H. G. Hatcher, Banner, Va.; J. G. Hatcher, Cliff; Mrs. Newton Lykins, Glasglow, Ky.; Mrs. Fannie Mitchell (address unavailable); Mrs. Druise Lancaster, Versailles, Ky.; Mrs. Katie Plemmons, Batavia, Oh; Mrs. Ben Howard, Olive Hill, Ky.; Miss Anna Hatcher of Cliff. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 31, 1929

HELTON, Bascom
"Man 68, victim of Influenza" "Bascom Helton, Prominent Citizen of Staffordsville, died Tuesday Morning." Bascom Helton, 68 years of age, one of the most prominent citizens of the county died Tuesday morning at his home in Staffordsville.  Mr. Helton contracted influenza about a month ago and because of his age could not withstand the attack of the disease and passed away Tuesday morning. Mr. Helton married a daughter of the late Green Rule and had resided on the old Green Rule farm practically all of his life, and was known and respected by a large number of people. His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago, and since that time had been making his home with his children. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Spradlin of Stone, Ky., and Dr. Addison S. Helton of Washington D. C.  Also the following children; Mrs. Cecil Burchett of Akron, O.; Mrs. Jesse B. Dills of Paintsville; Mrs. J. C. Williams of Staffordsville; Paul Helton, and Kelse Helton, of Staffordsville and Greenville Helton of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at Staffordsville Wednesday afternoon with interment by the side of his wife in the old Rule Cemetery near the home. Paintsville herald Thursday 1-17-1929

"MAN BELIEVED OLDEST MAN IN COUNTY, DEAD" Elisha Johnson, said to have been 101 years old and in all probability the oldest person residing in this county, succumbed at his home on Hen Pen Branch of Left Beaver Creek, near Melvin, Saturday morning after a short illness from influenza. Mr. Johnson was a real “mountain patriarch” and was a quaint character, his memory remaining unusually clear at his advanced age.  He recounted often to friends vivid reminiscences of pioneer days and of the Civil War in which he took part as a Confederate soldier.  Last week he is said to have walked from the home of his son, Cool Johnson, with whom he resided, into Melvin, three miles away. Mr. Johnson was a member of Capt. Anderson Hay’s command and saw action at Cynthiana, Ky.; Jonesville, Va., and with General John Morgan, it is said.  He was never wounded.  A quiet, law-abiding citizen, it was almost his only boast that he was never indicted or used as a witness against another. Surviving him are two sons, Cool Johnson of near Melvin, Harve Johnson of Lewis County, and Mrs. S. W. Johnson of Melvin.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday by Elder Hiram Hall of the Baptist Church, and burial was made in the cemetery near the home of Cool Johnson. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 10, 1929

Jas M. Lemaster of this place died January 28, he had been in bad health for a few years. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and children, Hollie, George, Beckam, Hastin and Emery Lemaster. Mrs. Steve Howard of Win, Mrs. Lonza Reed, Manila, Mrs. Norman Stapleton, Misses May and Myrtle at home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-21-1929

LEWIS, Isaac
Shock of Wife's Death Fatal Shock caused by the death of his wife, Mrs. Mollie Lewis, 84, who died one week ago, was the cause of the death Monday of Isaac Lewis, 84, at his home in Oldham, Greenup County. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-17-1929

LEWIS, John C.
Husband Dies Week after Wife's Death John C. Lewis, age 80, died at his home in Van Lear Wednesday morning following a brief illness from the flu.  Mr. Lewis death came one week after the death of his wife who also died from the flu. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 10 1929

Uncle Harry Litteral, 89, one of the best known and well loved citizens of the Big Sandy Valley, died at the home of his son, Willie Litteral, in Williamsons, W. Va., Tuesday, January 1, after a brief illness.  "Uncle Harry" was born in Johnson County where he spent a long and useful life.  His imposing figure and his hearty laugh and jovial disposition distinguished him in and made him popular in any gathering, and was extensively known to the older generation of people throughout the Big Sandy Valley.  For many years he conducted a general merchandise store at the mouth of Miller's Creek now owned by the Consolidation Coal Company and known as Van Lear, and conducted a prosperous business.  Later he spent a few years in Catlettsburg engaged in the shoe business.  He is survived by Henry Litteral and Willie Litteral of Williamson, W. Va., with whom he had made his home in latter years, and many other close relatives and numerous friends in this section.  Funeral services were held last Thursday at the mouth of Buffalo and burial followed in the old Bill Darby Preston Cemetery at that place. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-10-1929

Good Woman Passes Away "Aunt Virgie" Litteral of Oil Springs, Ky., Died Saturday a Victim of Influenza Virgie Litteral, age 78 years, of Oil Springs, Ky., known throughout this section of the state as "Aunt Virgie," died at her home at that place last Saturday, January 5, after a brief illness of influenza.  Probably no other woman in Johnson County was better known or held in higher esteem than "Aunt Virgie."  She was the wife of the late Marion Litteral and during his life the two conducted the Litteral House at Oil Springs, which was a mecca for weary travelers of many Eastern Kentucky counties, and was widely known because of it's hospitality and the loving care bestowed upon the guests by Mr. Litteral and his good wife.  Mr. Litteral preceded his wife in death nearly 10 years ago, having died November 21, 1919.  Mrs. Litteral was born February 4, 1850, and was married to F. Marion Litteral, January 1, 1872.  She was known far and wide as a good Christian woman and had been a member of the Methodist Church at Oil Springs for more than fifty years and was a regular attendant until a few years ago when she was prevented from attending regularly because of the infirmities of advanced age.  Two weeks ago she was stricken with influenza and because of her advanced age could not withstand the ravages of the dreadful malady and passed on to join the innumerable hosts who have passed on.  "Aunt Virgie" is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Curnutte of Dallas, Texas, and Letitia Manning of Morehead, Ky., and a vast circle of acquaintances who will be genuinely grieved on learning of the death of this good woman.  Mrs. Manning, the youngest member of a family of ten children was present at the funeral and burial of Mrs. Litteral, which took place at Oil Springs Monday in the presence of a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-10-1929

MAHAN, Mrs Henry
AGED AND RESPECTED LADY OF PAINTSVILLE SUCCUMBS AFTER "FLU" ATTACK Mrs. Henry Mahan, age 79, known to her hundreds of friends as "Aunt Hun," died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Ward on Brown Street last Saturday afternoon, from complications arising following a severe attack of influenza.  Mrs. Mahan was one of the best known and best loved women of this section and her demise will be mourned by a large number of relatives and friends.  She came from a prominent Johnson County family, before marriage being a Miss Turner.  Mrs. Mahan was twice married, her first marriage being to the late George Stafford and the last marriage to Henry Mahan who died in Paintsville about four years ago.  She is survived by the following children from her first marriage: Carl Stafford, Sud Stafford, Proctor Stafford, and Mrs. John Melvin all of Paintsville.  By her second marriage she is survived by two children, Mrs. Harry Pelphrey and Mrs. Anna Ward, both of Paintsville.  Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church on Third Street Monday morning, in charge of Rev. Burns Conley and Rev. Millard VanHoose.  Interment followed in the Turner Cemetery two miles west of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-24-1929

MARCUM, Fletcher
Former Louisianan Dies at Home in Ohio Fletcher Marcum, 61, a former resident of Louisa, died Monday at his home at South Point, Ohio.  He was a son of the late Capt. Thos. D. and Mollie Bromley Marcum. Surviving are his wife, two sisters Mrs. Alonzo Mims and Mrs. Maude Malton of Catlettsburg and daughter Mrs. Maude Maddox of Ironton. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 10, 1929

MAY, Goldie (Slusher)
"Mrs. Curt May Dies at Licksburg Sunday" Mrs. Goldie May, wife of Curt May of Lickburg, died at her home on Lick Creek Sunday after an attack of the flu from which she had been suffering for the past several days. Interment was made in the cemetery at the Mouth of Buffalo Tuesday Morning. The deceased leaves one brother, William Slusher and a sister in Texas and her husband and two children. The Paintsville Herald Thursday January 10, 1929

"World War Vet Dies at Ulysses" Perry McClintock, 35, World war veteran and native of Boyd County died at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Puckett near Ulyssess, this county, Monday succumbing to the effects of being "gassed" during the war. His remains were taken to Catlettsburg, where the burial was made Wednesday. The Paintsville Herald Thursday January 17, 1929

MCKENZIE, Ida May (Sparks)
Mrs. Ida May McKenzie, 25, wife of Robert McKenzie, employed in the C & O Ticket Office, died at her home, 836 Montgomery Avenue at 7:15 o'clock Thursday evening. She had been ill for the last two weeks. The McKenzies have resided in Ashland the past six years and during this time made many friends who will regret of Mrs. McKenzie's death. Besides her husband, Mrs. McKenzie is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Sparks, of Offutt, KY., several brothers and sisters and four children, Willard, 7; William Robert, 5; Betty Margaret, 3; and James Russell, four months old. PAINTSVILLE HERALD 1/17/1929

"HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT KILLED IN AUTO PLUNGE" Donald Merricks, 16-year-old son of Frank Merricks of Cinderella Mongo county, W. Va., and formerly of Prichard, Wayne county, W.Va., was instantly killed on Sunday of last week when his Ford roadster left the road and somersaulted over the side of a concrete bridge into the rocky bed of Sycamore Creek, near Cinderella.  The young man and only child of his family was a student of Williamson High School and drove from him home to Williamson High School daily.  Faulty steering gear and the accidental disconnection of the radius rod were blamed for the car taking it fatal plunge. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-24-1929

MUSIC, James
"ONE OF THE BOYS HELD TO GRAND JURY WHILE THE OTHER WAS EXONERATED OF CRIME" James Music, age 44, a miner was shot and instantly killed at Van Lear last week, and two youths, Everett Brickley, 16, and Langley Ratliff, 14 were arrested charged with the killing. Young Brickley is a son of Ed Brickley, while the Ratliff boy is a son of Rev. Earnie Ratliff. According to testimony adduced at the examining trial held before Magistrate L. L. Auxier, Judge pro tem, Saturday, the boys were out shooting with a .22 rifle near the Music home. They were shooting at sycamore balls on a tree near the home of the miner and fearing that a stray bullet might be deflected and hit some member of his family, Music went out and asked the boys not to shoot near his home as they might accidentally injure some one, and boys, it is said, became incensed and declared they would shoot him, and suited the actions to thier words.  Brickley, it is said, then took deliberate aim at Mr. Music's head and fired, the bullet striking him in the right temple, raging upward shattering the skull and entering the brain. The principal witnesses against the defendants were the ten year old son of Mr. Music and a Dale boy who gave a pathetic though straightforward account of the unfortunate affair. Music's son said the family had all been stricken with the flu, the elder Music being weak from the disease had sat down on a rock and while in this position the boy fired the fatal shot. The man pitched forward on his face.  The son placed his hat under his head and went for help. He was taken to his house where he died one hour later. The music boy's account of the killing was corroborated by the Dale boy who was an eye witness to the tragedy. Mr. Music was a hard-working, inoffensive man, and the father of a big family who are left in hard circumstances by reason of the father's death. Young Brickley was held to the action of the grand jury under $2,500 bond. The Ratliff boy, who is 14 years old, was tried before Mr. Auxier Tuesday and was exonerated of the charge as the proof showed he was only with the Brickley boy and took no actual part in the killing of the miner. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 10, 1929

NEWSOM, Hannah Marrissa
"MRS. W. M. NEWSOM DIES TUESDAY NOON" At noon New Year's day, Mrs. Hanah Marrissa Newsom, wife of W. H. Newsom, died at her home on Kentucky avenue, after a week's illness.  At first she had influenza which developed into pneumonia.  The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Tackett.  Until the last few years, she resided at Virgie.  She was sixty- nine years old Christmas Day. She is survived by her husband, W.M. Newsom, and two children; Mrs. J.P. Hopkins of Wise, Va., and John D. Newsom, Pikeville. The body was interred Wednesday in the Dills cemetery across the Big Sandy River opposite Pikeville. Paintsvile Herald Thursday January 10, 1929

PACK, Tren (Wheeler)
Mrs. Tren Wheeler Pack, aged about 63, wife of Henry Pack widely known Blaine merchant, died at her home at Blaine last Saturday of double pneumonia with influenza.  Burial was made in the Wheeler cemetery, Monday.  Mr. Pack is also ill with influenza and was unable to attend the funeral of his wife. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 24, 1929

Clark Pelphrey, age about 70, died at this home at Dawkins  Station, one mile south of Paintsville after a short illness from typhois fever. mr Peplhrey was one of the county's good xitizens and his demise will be regretted by a large number of friends and relatives throughout the county. Besides his widow, Mr. Pelphrey is survived by five children, two boys and three girls, Willie Pelphrey and Doc Pelphrey, Miss Bertie Pelphrey and two married daughters, Bertie and Sallie. Funeral services were conducted at home with burial at Barnetts Creek Wednesday . Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-31-1929

PIGG, Luther
Luther Pigg, 72, prominent citizen of Busseyville and widely known for his interest in religions work, died early Tuesday morning of pneumonia and other complications which developed after an illness with influenza. Mrs. Pigg built the tabernacle near Busseyville and was instrumental in promoting religious services there, many times bringing preachers here from distant points to hold the services.  A brother Lindsey Pigg, died a few weeks ago. He is survived by his second wife, and one daughter, Mrs. Thad Ranson of near Louisa.  Another daughter, Mrs. Henry W. Bussey, died a few years ago. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 31, 1929

ROSS, Angeline (Williams)
FORMER JOHNSON CO. WOMAN DEAD Word was received in Paintsville this week of the death of Mrs. Steve Ross, 80 years, who died at her home in Peek, Idaho, Jan. 28th.  Mrs. Ross had been ill for the past few months but died at her home suddenly.  She was formerly Miss Angeline Williams, daughter of the late Jno. F. Williams.  She was a half sister of Mrs. Wm. McKenzie, and a sister of the late Powell Williams of this county.  Burial took place at her home in Idaho, January 31st. P-H-THUR-2-7-1929

ROWE, Alice Geneva
Alice Geneva, little six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Rowe, died at the home of her parents in Dixie early Monday morning after a brief illness. The cause of death was said by physicians to have been scarlet fever. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. Booker officiating and interment in the Gardner cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Jan. 10 1929

Child, aged 2, dies The two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Salyers succumbed at the Salyers home here Sunday to influenza.  Funeral services were conducted from the home and burial was made in the Weddington cemetery, E. P. Arnold in charge. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 24, 1929

SPENCER, Mrs Lee (Martin)
Mrs. Lee Spencer Pneumonia Victim Mrs. Lee Spencer died at Drift Saturday evening last week, after an illness of a few days from pneumonia following influenza, it was learned here last week. The deceased was about 45 years old and was the daughter of David (Boone) Martin, of Greenup, Ky. She has many relatives in the county and was a highly respected woman. Besides her husband and father she is survived by two daughters Mrs. Tom Salisbury and Miss Armina Spencer, and by two brothers, Maryland Martin of Drift, and Minnes Martin of Greenup. Burial was made Monday in the family cemetery at Drift. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday Jan 24, 1929

LAWRENCE COUNTIAN DIES AT BORDERLAND Ray Steward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ral Stewart, of Meades Branch died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Harlan Stepp at Borderland, W. Va., on Friday of last week, of pneumonia which developed after influenza.  Burial was made in the Judd cemetery, Sunday. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 24 1929

WATKINS, Margaret (Webb)
West Van Lear, Jan. 15 – Died at the Paintsville Hospital January 5, 1929, Mrs. Margaret Webb Watkins, wife of Worth Watkins, West Van Lear, Kentucky.  Age 17 years and 9 months.  Besides her husband she leaves father and mother, 4 sisters and 1 brother.  Also a host of friends who will miss her smiles and sunny disposition, as she always had a smile for every one, and so willing to lend her aid and the helping hand, to relieve the sick and suffering. She left this old world triumphant in the faith of her savior and His saving power, in whom she had surrendered her all two years.  Funeral was preached at the West Van Lear church by her former pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, assisted by her present pastor, J. M. Bell of Inez, Kentucky. How fitting it was for Brother Hager, who buried her in Baptism at the new birth, to say the last works was Margaret as we laid her to rest in the West Van Lear cemetery, there to wait the coming of her Lord. When this body, sown incorruption, will be raised in incorruption, sown a natural body raised a Spiritual body, sown in dishonor raised in Glory. The families of both Margaret and Worth, wish to express their feelings and appreciations to the good people of West Van Lear, who so tenderly and faithfully done all that loving hands could do, in the trying hour when all seemed so dark. God bless these good people of West Van Lear, is the wish of the Watkins and Webb Families.  J.M. Bell Paintsville Herald Thursday January 17, 1929

Dow Williams,19 son of Dord Williams of near Oil Springs, was injured last Saturday night when he fell off a freight train between Louisa and Catlettsburg.Young Williams was riding the freight train when he fell off and his left leg was cut off and his body injured internally.Three hours after the accident a passing freight train discovered him and brought him to the Paintsville Hospital. He died Sunday morning at 10 o'clock.The body was taken to the home of his father where the burial took place. Paintsville Herald  Thursday January 17,1929 YOUNG MAN DIES OF TRAIN INJURIES Mystery shrouds the manner in which Dow Williams, 18-year-old youth of Oil Springs, sustained injuries at Kananaugh, Boyd County, Saturday night, which resulted in his death in a Paintsville hospital the following day.  Young Williams was found on the railroad tracks about two miles below Kananaugh shortly after midnight Saturday, his skull fractured and one leg severed near the body. He was brought to Louisa and taken in the Curtwright ambulance to a Paintsville hospital where he died Sunday. Young Williams, an employee of Jack Turman of Buchanan, in company with two other men, left Buchanan on Saturday night traveling the railroad in the direction of Kananaugh, which was the last seen of him until found by the train crew several hours later. He was a son of Dord Williams of Oil Springs, Johnson County.  Interment was made at Oil Springs, Tuesday. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 24, 1929


"Bayes from Johnson Co." Bob Bayes died Monday morning, a few minutes after reaching the Beaver Valley Hospital at Martin, from the effects of a fractured skull resulting when struck Sunday on the head with a pipe wrench said to have been wielded by Delaney Johnson. Details of the killing are lacking, but it is reported that the two men became involved in an altercation while repairing a coal tipple at or near Weeksbury. Johnson was brought here Wednesday morning by Town Marshall Murphy, of Weeksbury, and lodged in jail. The victim was a son of Wm and Mrs. Sidney Lewis Bayes, of Riceville, Johnson county. Besides his parents, he survived by his widow and two children.  The body was prepared for burial by C. H. Castle, Martin undertaker, and shipped to Riceville for interment. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7 1929

"Pneumonia Fatal to J. M. Boling, Age 66" J.M. Boling, 66 formerly of this county died on Thursday of last week at his home at Red Jacket of pneumonia. Mr. Boling was a son of the late William Boling, of Peach Orchard, and moved to Red Jacket more than 30 years ago. At the time of his death he was manager of a store at Red Jacket. His body was brought to Louisa Saturday and taken to Kise where funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Burgess and Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Burgess Boling and two sisters, Mrs., J. L. Hibbard , of Peach Orchard and Mrs. John Duncan of Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-21-1929

"In Memory of My Cousin" Christ said, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for such is the King of Heaven.” Wafford Galee Burchett was born January 21, 1924, departed this life February 15, 1929, age 4 years, 25 days. In the death of Wafford Gale the home has last the sunshine, but God needed one more angel so he beckoned him to come up higher to that home not made by hands. I would say to father and mother of Wafford Gale to cheer up and not weep but prepare to meet him where parting comes no more. Father and Mother and loved ones of Wafford Gale, just cast your burdens on Christ, the great burden bearer of the world, and all will be well. Besides father and mother he leaves to mourn his loss one brother, Leonidas and a host of loved ones. He was laid to rest on the 17th of February. Sleep on dear Wafford and take rest, We’re lonesome without you but God knew best. He called you home to him on high, But soon we’ll meet you dear Wafford, In the sweet by and by.- Eulah Lee Burchett Paintsville Herald Thursday March 7, 1929

Earl Butler, age about 32, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Butler of Paintsville died at the Golden Rule Hospital Tuesday afternoon following an operation for appendicitis. He had been ill with the disease for several days and was in a very serious condition when he entered the local hospital. After an examination it was found that the appendix had ruptured and an operation performed at once in order to save his life, but the operation had been delayed too long and peritonitis had set up. Mr. Butler was one of the best known and prominent young men of the county and his sudden passing will be mourned by a large number of friends and relatives throughout Johnson County. He was a man of strong, robust build and had enjoyed excellent health during his entire life. He was married only two months ago and besides his young wife he is survived by his father and mother and seven brothers and sisters, Tom Butler, Lon Butler, Miss Elizabeth Butler, Mrs. Julia Preston, Miss Malta Butler, Miss Fannie Butler, all of Paintsville, and Mrs. Mabel Hayes of Ashland, all of whom were in Paintsville when the end came. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday with burial in the old Butler cemetery on Little Mud Lick, near the old homestead of the Butler family. Much sympathy is held for the young wife and members of the Butler family. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Feb. 28 1929

Dies Sunday Bill Calhoun, assistant mine foreman for the May Coal Company operations near Alphoretta, this county succumbed Saturday morning at 4:30 o'clock at the Beaver Valley hospital to peritonitis following an operation for appendicitis.  He was about 34 years old.  The son of Sam Calhoun, of Water Gap, and an efficient man, Mr. Calhoun was held in high esteem both by his company and by those working under him. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Garrett, daughter of Seymour Garrett, who with one child survives.  He had been in the employ of the May Coal Company for two years. The body was taken to Bull Creek where burial was made Sunday. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 1929

CASTLE, Woodrow
"Youth Dies Following Surgical Operation" Woodrow Castle, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Zona Castle, of Ulysess, died in the Stephenson hospital at Ashland Wednesday morning following an operation for appendicitis submitted to on Sunday three days after suffering an acute attack of the disease.  Burial was made at Ulysses. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY  FEBRUARY 14 1929

DALE, Della
Mrs. Della Dale, age 54 years, of Thealka, Ky., died at her home at Thealka, Ky., February, 1929. She was a daughter of the late Dan Dale and is survived by serveral brothers and sisters, including John Dale, mine forman for the North-East Coal Company of Thealka. She is also survived by a number of sons and daughters, and was one of the good, religious women of the community. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-28-1929

DOVE, Della
Well Known Citizen Dies  Mrs. Della Dove died at her home here Wednesday, February 20. Mrs. Dove had been ill heath for some time but had only been confined to her room for two weeks . She was a Christian woman, having joined the Freewill Baptist Church some years ago .She was preceded in death by her husband, George Dove, five years ago . She leaves to mourn their loss two daughters and three sons, namely , Mrs. Abe Bradley, of Michigan; Mrs. Sam Castle; Jimmie Ernest and John. The funeral services were held at his home Friday, February 22, conducted by Rev. J.E. Conley P.H. Thur. 3-7-1929 Mrs. Della Dove of Thealka departed this life Feb. 20th, 1929. She was a widow woman, her husband having been dead several years. She had been in poor health for some time, but nothing serious and her death came as a great shock to her many friends . She was 54 years of age. She was a good Christian woman. Every one that knew he commented on her good nature and loving ways. She leaves to mourn her loss three sons, Johnnie , Jimmy and Ernest and two daughters, Mrs. Sam Castle of this place and Mrs. Abe Bradley who lives in Michigan .She also leaves three brothers and one sister all of whom are married. Her children and relatives all known where they can meet Mrs. Dove again, for she is safe in the arms of Jesus. Her remains were laid to rest in the graveyard at Thealka where her husband and father (Dan Dale) were buried P.H. Thur 3-7-1929

HAGER, Angie (Brown)
Mrs. Angie Hager, wife of the late Sam P. Hager, died at her home in Ashland last week, after an illness of four weeks, at the age of 85 years. Her death came about two years after that of her husband. Mrs. Hager is survived by two sons, both of whom are residents of Ashland. They are John S. Hager who is engaged in the insurance business and Edgar B. Hager, who is a prominent attorney. Mrs. Hager was the daughter of Judge Thomas Brown, and was born in Paintsville April 4, 1844 and has many relatives in this section of the state. In speaking of the death of this grand old lady the Ashland Independent had the following: “At Paintsville, Ky., November 21, 1860, Angeline Brown, the beautiful young daughter of Judge Thomas S. Brown, became the wedded wife of Samuel P. Hager. This union of hearts continued in mutual happiness for more than 66 years, being severed by the death of the husband December 12, 1926. “Ensuing the grief thereby occasioned, she made a brave battle to live without the husband gone before, strengthened by desire to continue loving service to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in nature and degree characteristic of her life-long spirit of unselfishness. The battle, thus courageously fought, was as notable in kind as was ever contested on ensanguined field of human strife, and was pitifully lost when near the hour of one o’clock Sunday morning, February 10, she surrendered her pure soul to the Captain of her Salvation that One in Whom she placed her faith and allegiance in early girlhood and until dying breath, in faith and practice, she dignified and honored the life of a Christian believer. Until April 1881, Mr. and Mrs. Hager resided at Paintsville where six sons were born, two dying in early childhood, William C. and Harry H. preceded father and mother in death. Edgar B. and John S. surviving both parents. “She and her husband traveled extensively, including two visits to the Holy Land and European countries. Together they enjoyed vacations in mountain, lake and seashore resorts, their devoted companionship in advanced age giving cause for remarks by others that the love of this aged couple proved that in old age husband and wife could be dearer to each other than bride and groom of youthful days. “Born April 4, 1884, dying near 85 years of age, the greater part of her life spent in Ashland, she had the well-deserved esteem and respect of all who knew her at any period of her life. She was devotedly loved by children, grand-children and great- grandchildren in measure proportioned to her loving service to them. This goodly woman, in leaving mortal state, bore in stainless hands the golden key that shall open for her the palace of an eternity to be enjoyed in reunited bonds of communion with her husband and dear ones gone before, in ties forever unseverable by death. In leaving, she might have said with Paul, “I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” “In the broad catholicity of her spirit, she would not claim the joys of Heaven as her exclusive reward, but that they are to be shared by “All of them also that will love His appearing.” “To sorrowing children, grand and great-grandchildren, the comforting farewell message of her departing spirit is, “All things that are on earth shall pass away, except the love of God, which shall live and last foraye’” PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Feb. 14 1929

HAYS, Emma (McCommas)
Mrs. Emma Hays Dies at Adams Wednesday Mrs. Emma McCommas Hays, 51, widow of the late Sterling Hays, died Wednesday night at her home at Adams.  She was a sister of Mrs. Carl Burchett, of Louisa.  Funeral services will be conducted from the home Friday morning at 10 o’clock Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-14-1929

MAY, Amanda (Conley)
"Former Johnson County Women Dies at Grayson" Grayson Ky., Feb 12. -- Mrs. Amanda Conley may, widow of the late Thomas Green  May, of Johnson County, well known throughout eastern Kentucky, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Hollis, of Portland, Oregon, according to word received here this week by her daughter Mrs. Austin Fields. Mrs. May was born in Johnson County, August 29, 1849 and was married to Thomas May who had preceded her in death. She had been ill for more than a year. Surviving are four sons, Newsome and Jack of Ohio; and Robert E. and Millard M. May of Washington, and two daughters, Mrs. Laura S. Hollis at whose home she died and Mrs Austin Fields of Grayson. Three stepsons, Dr. J. F. May and Reuben May of Logan, W. Va., and Dee May of California and one sister, Mrs. L. F. Caudill of Salyersville, Ky The Paintsville Herald Thursday February 14, 1929

MEEK, Jo Maitland
Death Claims Jo Maitland Meek of Auxier Jo Maitland Meek, 14 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Greenville Meek, DeLong Place, Auxier, Ky., passed away Thursday morning, February 28, following an illness of one week of bronchial pneumonia.  Physicians and nurses were almost constantly at his bedside and seemingly the little sufferer did all in his power to aid them in their efforts to stay the hand of death.  Jo Maitland was possessed of a sunny disposition.  Never fretful, always playful and jolly he was the idol of those who knew him.  Funeral services conducted at the home Sunday afternoon,  Rev. P. O. Adkins  officiating, was attended by a large crowd of his friends from Auxier and nearby points.  Burial was in DeLong cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 7, 1929

"R.C. Preston Dies In Ariz." "Former Big Sandy Citizen Passes Away Suddenly In The Far West" R.C. Preston, formerly of Catlettsburg, died in Phoenix, Ariz., Saturday afternoon, according to word received here by relatives Sunday.  Mr. Preston was well known in Ashland as well as in Catlettsburg and eight years ago was a candidate for county attorney of this county.  Mr. Preston was a brother-in-law to Arthur T. Bryson and E.G. Gaines, both of Ashland.  He is survived by his widow and three sons. The body left Phoenix Monday night and burial is to be made at Richardson Friday morning. Mr. Preston's host of friends in Ashland and Catlettsburg will regret to learn of his death. The above was taken from the Ashland Independent.  Mr. Preston was a brother of Mrs. M.H. Robinson, Miss Mabel Porter, Paul Porter of Paintsville, and a brother Frank Porter of Morgantown, W. Va. also survives.  He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Ben Porter of this city.  His mother and brother Paul and Miss Mabel Porter spent a few months in Phoenix, visiting Mr. and Mrs. Preston.  Mrs. Preston and son returned to Paintsville in December, and Miss Mabel Porter remained in Phoenix for a longer visit with Mr. and Mrs. Preston.  The death of Mr. Preston came very suddenly and was a shock to his family and friends.  Mr. Preston resided at Catlettsburg for a number of years and was very prominent.  The body is being accompanied by Mrs. Preston and sons and Miss Mabel Porter to Kentucky where funeral and burial will take place at Richardson, Friday. Paintsville Herald Thurdsday 2-21-1929
PRESTON, R. C. 1929 "R. C. Preston Buried Richardson Friday" Roscoe C. Preston, who died suddenly at his home in Phoenix, Arizona, was buried at Richardson, Ky., last Friday.  Mr. Preston was a prominent young attorney of the Catlettsburg bar before going West to reside.  He graduated from the State University of Lexington in 1912 with an A.B. degree and in 1913 graduated from the University with an LLB degree.  He was noted as a star athlete in baseball in Kentucky.  He was married in 1914 to Miss Jane E. Gaines of Frankfort, Ky., and to this union three sons were born, who survive him.  He served as City Attorney of Catlettsburg.  Before going West, he was a member of the firm of Damron & Preston at Williamson, W.Va.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. C. Pierce of Catlettsburg.  Mrs. Preston and three sons will visit relatives in Ashland for several months.  The following attended the funeral Friday:  Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Thomas, Walter Spradlin, Mrs. Pauline Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Robinson and children, C. W. Preston, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Porter and son Paul and daughter Miss Mabel Porter of Paintsville, Mr. Tom Layne, Mr. and Mrs. May Gaines, Mrs. H. C. Bryson, Mrs. S. McHood, Earl Gaines of Ashland, Dr. and Mrs. Ferrell of Williamson, W. Va.; Mr. Wilson of Lexington. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB. 28, 1929

RATLIFF, Drennon
Pond Creek Youth Killed By Train Drennon Ratliff, 19 year-old youth of Kimper, and an employee of the Sudduth Fuel Company, was instantly killed while catching a ride on the N. & W. shifter near the Sudduth Fuel Company’s tipple, at Huddy, Thursday night of last week at 10:30. The boys at Huddy have a habit of catching the shifter and taking a ride every night as she comes up the hollow with a load of empties for the coal companies of Pond Creek, and it is believed that Ratliff was on the train and fell, or was thrown between the cars, resulting in his death. The body was caught and dragged for a distance of 35 feet. He received a fractured skull, broken neck, broken ribs, and the bones of his face were smashed and crushed into a horrible mass, although none of the wheels of the cars had passed over him. There was no eye witness as to just how the accident happened, and no one knew of the terrible death until his brother found the lifeless body a short time after the train had passed. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-7-1929

RICE, Sarah Elizabeth (Blair)
Many hearts were saddened February 27, 1929, when the death angel visited the home of George M. Rice, of Niles, Johnson County, Ky., and took from him his loveing wife, Sarah Elizabeth Rice, formerly Sarah Elizabeth Blair.  She was born April 5, 1865, and departed this life at the age of 63 years, 10 months, and 22 days.  She bacame a member of the United Baptist Church at the age of 31 and lived a consistent Christian life until called by death.  February 1, 1884, she was married to George M. Rice and to this union were born ten children of whom five have preceded her in death and five living, all of whom were present when death came except one, Mrs. Dora A. Alley, who was unable to be there on account of illness.  She leaves to mourn a devoted husband, George M. Rice, three daughters, Mrs. Dora A. Alley, of Ashland, Ky., Mrs. Flora Salyers, of Oil Springs, Ky., and Mrs. Elva Conley, staffordsville, Ky., and two sons, Smith Rice of Oil Springs, Ky., and Ellis Rice, of Niles, Ky., 19 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren besides a host of relatives and friends.  Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. John Prater of Mash Fork, Ky., minister of the United Baptist Church of which she was a member. Scripture readings from the last six verses of the fourth chapter of Thessalonians. Her last request was for Rev. Prater to conduct the funeral services and for two special songs to be sung.  Hymn No. 12 of the Sweet Songster, "And Am I Born to Die," and Hymn No. 262, "Why Do We Mourn Departing Friends."  The last to be sung by Furman Blair, a nephew of the deceased.  Our hearts are filled with suffering over the loss of such a loved one for mother's place can never be filled.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and never once was too tired to lend a helping hand in time of need or to do something to gladden someones heart.  Death relieved her after a lingering illness of ten months of sugar diabetes.  Our loss is great, but in the meantime it is heaven's gain and we are greatly comforted to know that she is at rest under the altar of Jesus awaiting the resurrection.  Those attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Robert McFarland and two children, Carl and Melvin Clay, and Mr. John E. Alley and son George, all of Ashland, Ky. Thou art gone,but not forgotten.  By a son-in-law. P-H THUR-3-14-1929

John Smith, 18-year-old youth of Offutt, died in the Paintsville Hospital last week from injuries received when he was struck by a freight train while trying to board it while in motion.  It is said that young Smith was trying to hop the train when he missed his footing it is said and fell beneath the wheels.  One of his feet was amputated and one leg severed just below the knee.  He was brought to the hospital a short while after the accident.  In addition to the loss of his foot and leg he suffered serious internal injuries. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith of Offutt. Paintsville Herald Thursday February 21, 1929

"Member of Prominent Family Dies At Home Of Sister In Paintsville Last Week" S.B. (Ben) Stafford, age 55, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Talahassa Roberts in Paintsville last week, after an illness of about two weeks. Mr. Stafford was a resident of Catlettsburg where he had been employed by the C&O Railway, but was a native of Johnson County where he was born and raised. He was the son of James Stafford who was born and raised in Staffordsville, Ky. He was 55 years of age and had spent his life in Johnson and Boyd Counties where he had a wide circle of friends. The funeral services were held at the home of his sister in this city and the burial followed in the old Stafford Burial ground in Staffordsville. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Ward of Ashland and Miss Thelma Stafford of this city. He is also survived by four brothers and two sisters, two of whom are Mrs. Talahassa Roberts of Paintsville and T. R. Stafford of Oil Springs. The Paintsville Herald Thursday February 14, 1929

WHEATLEY, John Brown
"Frozen Lifeless Body of Paintsville Man Found on Sublett Farm Near City" The frozen lifeless body of John Brown Wheatley age 30 years was found on the farm of A.T. Sublett on Mill Branch , one mile west of Paintsville, Wednesday morning by Brooke Sublett, who had started to a coal mine to mine coal. The body was lying face down with the arms oustretched, and had evidently been for about 10 hours as it is thought that life had been extinct since the early part of the night before. His left slipper was off his foot and lying some distance from the body, as also was a flashlight which he is supposed to have carried. The body of Mr. Wheatley contained no bruises, although the face showed two deep cuts over each eye and a laceration of the cheek. The cause of his untimely death is not exactly known, although a coroner's jury, empaneled a short while after the ebody was found rendered a verdict and other causes unknown to the jury. Young Wheatley was a son of Mrs. Miranda Wheatley of Paintsville. his father was the late Prof. J.B. Wheatley, one of the leading educators of Eastern Kentucky during his day. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-14-1929

"DR. WILLIAMS DIED TUESDAY FORMER PAINTSVILLE PHYSICIAN DIED OF PARALYTIC STROKE IN LEXINGTON, VA." Dr. F.M. Williams, who for a number of years was a resident of Paintsville, where he has many warm friends, died at his home in Lexington, Va., Tuesday night following a stroke of paralysis.  Dr. and Mrs. Williams formerly lived in Ashland but moved to the Virginia town about one year ago in order that their son, Walter Fleming Williams, might attend military college in that city.  Dr. Williams was one of the best loved men in Eastern Kentukcy, and his death will be mourned not only by his immediate family and close relatives, but by a large number of friends throughout this section of the state.  Besides his widow, Dr. Williams is survived by one son, Walter Fleming, and one daughter, Mrs. Dr. Edw. Conley of Ashland.  Dr. J.C. Gambill, brother-in-law of Dr. Williams, and his brother, Dr. Pleasant Williams, left Wednesday morning for Lexington, Va., to convey the body to Ashland where the funeral and burial will take place. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-14-1929

MARCH - 1929

ARMS, Milford
"PAINTSVILLE ATTORNEY PASSES FOLLOWING A YEAR’S ILLNESS FROM HEART TROUBLE" Milford Arms, age 52 years a resident of West Paintsville, died at his home last Friday night of heart failure.  Mr. Arms was an attorney at the local bar and was well known throughout the county.  He made the race for County Attorney a few years ago and had many friends throughout the county who will be grieved to learn of his passing.  He was the son of the late Bee Arms, of this county an old Union solider, who passed away a few years ago.  Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church in Paintsville, Saturday afternoon, in charge of Rev. H.B. Conley and others and burial followed at Hager Hill where his only son, which preceded him in death a year ago, is buried.  He is survived by his widow and a number of brothers of this county in addition to a large number of relatives and friends throughout Johnson County. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-7-1929

W. B. Clayton, 59, Police Judge of Lousia, died at his home here early Saturday morning, succumbing to ulcers of the stomach which had confined him to his home for three weeks. For a number of years Judge Clayton was confined to his home by a prolonged invalidism. About seven years ago, however, his health materially improved in 1925 he made the race for Police Judge and was elected, largely through a house to house canvass conducted by his wife. He served diligently until he because ill again. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-7-1929

CLAYTON, Stanton
Stanton F. Clayton, 70, a native Louisian died at his home in Ashland on Wednesday of last week, four days after the death of his brother, who passed away at his home here the previous Saturday.  Death of Stanton Clayton followed an illness of three months. Born in this county March 19, 1858, a son of the late Judge John Clayton and wife, Stanton Clayton spent his early life here, moving to Ashland about 30 years ago.  He was a devout christian and regularly attended the Ashland Church of God, of which he was a member. Funeral services were conducted at the Ashland church Saturday.  Rev. E. L. Voight officiating. Surviving are his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Cecil Bolner, also one brother, Judge J. B. Clayton, of Louisa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 7, 1929

HELTON, Addison S.
"Former Johnson County Man, Widely Known in Washington Passes at Age of 73" Dr. Addison S. Helton, formerly of Paintsville and widely known Washington physician, died about one week ago at the home of his son, Roy Addison Helton, at Upper Darby, Pa., with whom the father had been making his home since his retirement as Assistant medical referee of the Bureau o Pensions, Washington, D. C. Dr. Helton’s death came shortly after that of his brother, Bascom Helton, of Staffordsville, this county. Addison S. Helton was born near Salyersville, Ky., in 1856, and was a son of Lucinda and Jacob Helton, who served one term as Sheriff of Johnson County.  He spent his boyhood during the Civil War in Paintsville, afterwards teaching school in the county, and after living for awhile in Morehead and other places on the Little Sandy, sent to Washington, D. C. on the Government service with John W. Langley. There he studied medicine and graduated third in his class ion Georgetown University and practiced as a physician for many years.  He later became Assistant Medical Referee in the Pension Bureau. Dr. Helton is survived by his only son, Roy Helton, and two grandsons.  He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Alphonso Spradlin of Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Rose Blanton and Mrs. Alice Reed of Johnson County.  His wife preceded him in death about five years ago. Dr. Helton and his son visited Paintsville about three years ago where Dr. Helton renewed old acquaintances and viewed old familiar scene.  He has many friends of old days in this county who will be genuinely grieved to learn of his passing. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-4-1929

MEEK, Howard
Howard Meek, 22 years of age, son of Clint Meek of White House, died at the Golden Rule Hospital Saturday night from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.  The youth, it is said, accidentally discharged his own pistol, the ball passing entirely through his body. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 7, 1929

PERRY, Mildred
"INFANT BROUGHT TO PAINTSVILLE FOR BURIAL" The little infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Perry, of Pineville, Ky., which died at that place last week was brought to Paintsville for burial and laid to rest in the Wells Buchingham Cemetery on the Depot Road last Friday. Mr. Perry is engaged in the coal businessand is superintendent of a large coal operation in Bell County.Relatives and friends of the family in Paintsville extend sympathy to the bereaved parents. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-21-1929

PRESTON, John Hershel
Third Son Of Family To Die Violent Death Within The Past Three Years James Preston, age 16, a son of Mr. and Mrs. George (Bearhunter) Preston, was struck by a C & O freight just before noon Tuesday near the entrance to Buffalo tunnel and sustained injuries from which he died about one hour later.  Just exactly how the youth came to his death is not certain.  Some claim he was walking the track while others say the youth was trying to board the train.  Young Preston was on his way to take dinner to two of his brothers who were at work on the railroad track a short distance away.  Passersby picked up the mangled form of the youth, summoned an ambulance and rushed him to the Golden Rule Hospital, but he died in 20 minutes after reaching the institution.  An examination by attaches of the hospital disclosed the fact the youth was beyond medical aid and no operation was performed. The wheels of the freight train had passed over the unfortunate young mans body just above the hips grinding the hips to a pulp and disemboweling him.  He was in a dying condition when he reached the hospital.  Much sympathy is expressed for Mr. and Mrs. Preston.  Diaster seems to stalk the life of this family as this is the third son they  have lost within the past three years by violent deaths.  The first to die was Bert Preston who was shot to death in a gun fight at Chestnut three years ago.  The next to die was Bruce Preston who was crushed to death in a slate fall in the mines at Thelka about one year ago and now before the wounds over the loss of their first two sons had healed they are forced to gaze upon the dead form of their younger son for the last time.  The remains of the youth were laid to rest in the family burying grounds at Thelma, Wednesday afternoon attended by a vast number of sympathetic friends. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3 14-1929

ROWE, Theron
Theron Rowe, 35, well known farmer and livestock dealer near the mouth of Georges Creek died Saturday, succumbing to pneumonia and complications. Funeral services were conducted Monday, with Rev. Ide Preston officiating. He is survived by his wife and five children and by the following brothers and sisters: Oscar, Georges Creek; Henry, Georges Creek; Frank, Catlettsburg; and Edgill, Georges Creek and Mrs. Minnie Hicks of Catlettsburg. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY April 04 1929

WARD, Guff
"Paintsville Man Dies Aboard Train While En Route to Paintsville Hospital" Guff Ward, 40, died suddenly Monday afternoon aboard C & O passenger train while en route to the Paintsville Hospital from Betsy Layne, Ky., where he had gone to visit his wife and children who were visiting relatives at that place. Mr. Ward had been in poor health for the past few years a sufferer from tuberculos. He took suddenly ill while at Betsy Layne and died before he could reach Paintsville. Mr. Ward was a son of Wm. A. Ward, formerly of Paintsville, but who now resides at Catlettsburg. For the past few years Mr. Ward had conducted a restaurant at the C & O depot until a month ago when the condition of his health forced him to retire from business. Funeral services were confucted Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. H. G. Sowards of the Mayo Memorial Church . Burial followed in Mayo Cemetery. Besides his widow Mr. Ward is survived by his father, two children, two brothers, John D. Ward, of Auxier and Smith ward and one sister, Mrs. T.J. Powell, of Grahn, Ky. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-21-1929

APRIL - 1929

CAIN, Sarah (Copley)
Mrs. Sarah Copley Cain, 73, wife of W.T. Cain, Sr., prominent Louisa attorney, passed away at her home here Thursday night of last week at 10:37 o’clock, succumbing to heart trouble and a complication of diseases which had rendered her an invalid for more than a month. An illness which developed some years ago rendered her a semi-invalid shortly after submitting to an operation in 1922. The illness which culminated in her death Thursday night assumed serious proportions about a month which she bore with great fortitude. Mrs. Cain was born in Wayne county, W.Va., June 15, 1856, a daughter of James and Virginia Copley, pioneer residents of this section. In 1881 she was married to W.T. Cain, and shortly thereafter moved to Inez, where they resided until coming to Louisa in 1906. A quiet, home loving lady, kindly and unassuming and a devoted mother, Mrs. Cain possessed many beautiful characteristics which endeared her to all who knew her. She joined the M.E. church more than 40 years ago and had lived a devout Christian life. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY March 07 1929

(Last Name In Question) "FUGET, KY." The death angel came and knocked at the door of Mr. and Mrs. Mace Cantrell and took from Mr. Cantrell his mother, Aunt Frankie Ellon.  She was a well known citizen of Johnson County and was loved by all who knew her.  But Christ knew best to call her home where pain and sorrow is no more.  We know we shall meet Aunt Frankie in the Sweet by and by when Christ and the Angels appear.  Her husband died a few years ago.  We know while it is our loss here on earth it is only Heaven's gain.  She leaves to mourn her loss two sons, four daughters and a host of friends and relatives. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-11-1929

CANTRELL, Frankie Ellen
Fuget,  Ky The death angel came and knocked at the door of Mr. and Mrs. Mace Cantrell and took from Mr. Cantrell his mother, Aunt Frankie Ellen. She was a well known citizen of Johnson County and loved by all who knew her. But Christ knew best to call her home where pain and sorrow is no more. We know we shall meet Aunt Frankie in the Sweet By and by when Christ and the Angels appear. Her husband died a few years ago. We know while it is our loss here on earth it is only Heaven’s gain. She leaves to mourn her loss two sons, four daughters and an host of friends and relatives. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-11-1929

MRS. Mrs. Lindsey Conley Died Last Monday Mrs. Lindsey Conley of near the Mouth of Rockhouse three miles west of Paintsville died at her home last Monday morning after a lingering illness of more than two years. Mrs. Conley was one of the good women and mothers of the county and her presence in the home will be sadly missed by the family. Funeral services were held at the home farm. Besides her husband she is survived by a number of children and a large number of relatives. PAINTSVILLE HERALD  THURSDAY 4-25-1929
CONLEY, LINDSEY MRS. The beloved wife of Lindsey Conley was taken by death Monday morning. Mrs. Conley the daughter of Wm. McFarland and Lindsey Conley, son of Hayden Conley, were married 35 years ago last Dec. 31st. Their happiness was blessed by two sons and four dutiful daughters. The daughters all married prominent men of the vicinity, and are namely; Mrs. Alfred Frazier, Mrs. Buell Conley, Mrs. Frank Picklesimer and Mrs. Oscar Castle.The sons were Curtis and Wayne Conley. Mrs. Conley was a gold star mother. Her eldest son, Curtis met his death while fighting bravely at Chateau Thiery just before the Armistice was signed. Mrs. Conley was a devoted christian being a member of the Free Will Baptist church. Through her illness which lasted eight years, Mrs. Conley bore up with christian fortitude. She was taken to various hospitals and in fact, everything that medical skill could do for her was done. She suffered a complication of internal troubles which gradually wore her strength away. She passed away peacefully Monday morning, April 22, 1929 to a land where pain is not. Mrs. Conley was buried at her old home place at the mouth of Rockhouse. The funeral was attended by all her near relatives and her many friends. The Rev, John Picklesimer and Rev. Arthur Green conducted the services. The funeral was conducted by Frank J. Conley of the Paintsville Furniture Co., brother of the bereaved and devoted husband. Mrs. Conley is also survived by four sisters Mrs. Charles Conley, Paintsville, Mrs. John Brown, Salyersville, Mrs. Wm. Blanton, Catlettsburg, Ky., and Mrs. Milt Pelphrey of Van Lear. Three brothers, Sam McFarland, Luther McCloud and Bob McFarland, deceased. Her mother and father are still living. PAINTSVILLE HERALD  THURSDAY 4-25-1929

"A.M. Fitzpatrick Died Last Friday" A. M.Fitzpatrick, a well known farmer and good citizen of the Middle Fork of Jennie's Creek section of the county, died at his home last Friday after an illness of two years duration.  Mr. Fitzpatrick was one of the County's best citizens and his  passing will be regretted by a large number of people. Besides his widow he is survived by two children, Mrs. Tandy Sublett of Wayland, Ky. and Carl Fitzgerald of Jenkins. Funeral services and burial took place at the Fitzpatrick home on Middle Fork Sunday afternoon. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 25, 1929

"Wife of “Devil Anse” Hatfield Is Dead at 86" Logan, W. Va., March 15—Levisa Hatfield, widow of William Anderson Hatfield of Hatfield-McCoy feud fame, died at the Hatfield homestead on head Island Creek today. Mrs. Hatfield celebrated her eighty-sixth birthday December 20.  She was stricken a few days later with pneumonia and her condition continued to grow worse. Mrs. Hatfield’s husband was known as “Devil Anse” one of the leaders of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, accounts of which are colorfully written into West Virginia history. Mrs. Hatfield was an aunt of Senator H. D. Hatfield and also a cousin of Don Chafin, one of the outstanding political leaders of the state. Funeral services will be held Sunday. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-14-1929

MOLLETTE, Mrs. Joseph
The people of this place are very much grieved by the death of Mrs. Joseph Mollette who departed this life at her home here Thursday April 25, 1929, after an illness of several weeks. Her relatives and friends did all that loving ones could do to restore her health, but God saw fit to call her away. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, Mr. Jospeh Mollette, eight children, Mrs. Shady Meek of Weeksburg, Mrs. Clarence Murphy of Van Lear, Clara, Willie, Joseph, Callie Elizabeth, Lucy Alice and Martha Mollette of Boons Camp. Also her mother, Mrs. Jack Delong, four sisters, two brothers, four grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was about 40 years of age and has been a member of the United baptist Church a number of years. We are sure that her soul is at rest with God because she has lived such a good Christian life. Her remains were taken to Davisport, Ky., in Martin County for burial. The bereaved family have the deepest sympathy of the entire community. The Paintsville Herald Thursday May 2, 1929

PRESTON, Madison
Madison Preston, 56, a native of the Georges Creek section, but lately a resident of Jobe, Martin county, died at the Riverview Hospital here Friday afternoon, four hours after being broght here for treatment of abdominal troubles.  Deceased was a son of the late Jed Preston who for many years resided on Georges Creek, near Charley.  Deceased was twice married, first to Miss Belle Preston and about two years ago to Elizabeth Gobel.  Surviving are his second wife and eight children and his aged mother who resides with her daughter, Mrs. Cora Salyers of Catlettsburg. Interment was made at Jobe, Martin County, Sunday. P-H THUR-5-2-1929

Mrs. Rhoda Preston, 86, Died April 23rd. Mrs. Rhoda Preston, age 86, an old and respected citizen of the county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lafe VanHoose, in Bridgford Addition on April 23, from the infirmities due to advanced age.  Mrs. Preston was the widow of the late Nathan Preston who preceded his wife in death a number of years ago.  She is survived by three children, Mrs. Lafe VanHoose of Paintsville; Mrs. Martha Ivell of Williamson, W. Va.; and James Preston of Russell, Ky. Paintsville Herald Thurs-5-9-1929

Mr. W.T. Rowe, 65 years old, died at his home at Walbridge Wednesday evening at 6:45. Funeral services held at the home by Rev. Albert Miller. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ella Rowe, three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Ed Tillman of Louisa, Miss Ethel Rowe at home and Mrs. James Bowen of Walbridge, James Bowen of Walbridge, James B. of W.Va., and John of Mill Creek and one sister. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY April 4 1929

SALYER, Charles Haston
"Death Claims Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Salyer" The death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Salyer and took from them their little son Charles Haston.  He was born March 24th 1925 and died April 10th, 1929, age 4 years and 17 days. He leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother, three brothers, grandfather, and a host of friends.  We feel it is our loss but Heavens gain.  We know he is at rest with Jesus. Sleep on Charles and take thy rest for Jesus called thee home and he knows best. Our soul waiteth for the Lord he is our help and our shield.  Psalms 33-20. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 2, 1929

AGED AND RESPECTED CITIZEN OF COUNTY SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES RECEIVED SUNDAY AFTERNOON A.J. Tackett, age about 70 years was struck by a automobile on the Garrett Highway, near the mouth of Barnetts Creek last Sunday afternoon and received injuries from which he died at the Golden Rule Hospital Monday morning.  The driver of the car which struck Mr. Tackett was Jesse Hare, Jr., who was driving a heavy Cadillac car. There are a number of versions as to how Mr. Tackett met death.  One report is to the effect that the car which struck him was goint at a rate of 80 miles an hour. Another says that young Hare applied the brakes and came to a dead stop and when he again started the car the aged man stepped directly in the path of the automobile. Another car had just passed Mr. Tackett and the more likely story of the affair is that Mr. Tackett who is aged and tottery became confused by the passing of the two cars and stepped in front of the which hit him.  It is reported that Mr. Tackett's hearing is bad and that for the past several weeks he had been acting queerly as if mentally deranged.  His wife said that it was his habit to go to a spring each day to bath his face and hands and it is thought that he had been to the spring for this purpose when he was struck by the car.  The fender of the car hit Mr. Tackett throwing him to the hard roadbed with such force as to fracture the skull.  His leg was also broken.  Mr. Hare picked the injured man up, placed him in his car and rushed him to the Golden Rule Hospital where an examination revealed that his skull was crushed.  An operation was performed in an effort to save the life but his head was crushed in such a manner that he was beyond medical aid and he passed away at 3 a.m. Monday.  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday and burial followed at the old Tackett homestead on Hargus.  Besides his widow he is survived by several sons and daughters, and numerous relatives throughout the county. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-25-1929

MAY - 1929

"AGED PAINTSVILLE PHYSICIAN DROPPED DEAD SATURDAY DURING VIOLENT THUNDER STORM" Dr. W. T. Atkinson, 81, prominent physician of Paintsville died suddenly at 12:45 last Saturday afternnon at his home at the corner of Court and Second streets. Dr. Atkinson's death came as he was standing at a window during a violent thunder storm.  As a vivid flash of lightning streaked across the heavens and a loud clap of thunder pealed forth the aged physician dropped to the floor unconscious. Death was almost instantaneous.  Some of his friends associate his death with the clap of thunder, although physician who arrived at the home immediately after he fallen unconscious ascribe ris death to a stroke of apoplexy. Dr. Atkinson was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, and came to Kentucky when a young man.  He was twice married.  His first marriage was to Miss Sarah A. Prater of Salyersville, Ky., who died many years ago.  His second marriage was to Mrs. Julia Frances Kise of Lawrence county with whom he has lived happily in Paintsville for the past several years He is survived by three sons and a step-son.  Two of his sons, Guy W. Atkinson of Tampa, Fla., and Thomas P., of Auburn, Ga., arrived Monday for the funeral.  John Earl, another son, of Seattle, Washington, was unable to attend the funeral.  A step-son, Chas. W. Kise, and Mrs. Kise, of Omaha, Neb., arrived Wednesday. Dr. Atkinson has been prominent in social and business circles in Eastern Kentucky for the past half a century.  He was a surgeon in the Spanish-American  War with the rank of a major. Dr. Atkinson was a devout Christian and a member of the M. E. Church. Funeral services conducted at the M. E. Church Wednesday af- ternoon at 1:30 in charge of the pastor, Rev. Thos. B. Ashley. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in the Atkinson burial plot. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-30-1929

BARTON, Carrie (Preston)
Carrie Preston Barton The many friends of Carrie Preston Barton will regret to learn of her death which occurred last Wednesday in Oakland, California. Mrs. Barton was a former resident of Paintsville being the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Preston. She went to California several years ago with Mrs. C. A. Kirk of Paintsville and the climate agreed with her health and she remained there. Two years ago she visited relatives in Paintsville and her death coming so sudden was a shock to her friends and relatives in Paintsville, her former home. She was an aunt of Mrs. Chas. A. Kirk and Mrs. S. A. Webb of this city. Her death leaves only one other member of this pioneer family, Cy M. Preston of Winchester. Funeral Services were conducted from the home of Atty and Mrs. Frank P. Mallin of Ashland Tuesday afternoon and burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. The Paintsville Herald Thursday June 6, 1929

MOORE, William
CENTENARIAN DIES IN FLOYD "Snakey Bill" Moore of Left Beaver passes at reported age of 102 years. Prestonburg, Ky., May 29 --(Floyd County Times)-- Born, according to the report, 102 years ago on Spewing Camp Branch, a tributary of Left Beaver Creek, this county, Rev. William "Snakey Bill" Moore died last week, three miles from his birthplace, at Gearheart, at the home of his son, Rev. Lindsay Moore. The Rev. Moore had been a minister of the Regular Baptist Church for more than half a century, and was known throughout this county.  He was a veteran of the civil war, having fought with the confederate Army. Aside from his wartime adventures Mr. Moore spent his long life quietly on his farm and as a mountain minister. He was married three times being survived by his widow. He reared about 18 children. The body was taken to the old house where burial was made in the family cemetery. The Paintsville Herald Thursday May 30, 1929

E. H. Prater, son of Menifee and Rachael Prater, was born December 18, 1860, and departed this life May 12, 1929.  He was first married to Cynthia Litteral and to this union was born four children, Warren and Walter Prater of Salyersville, Mrs. Alfred Spears and Mrs. Fleet Roman of Paintsville.  His second marriage was to Mary Pace and to this union was born three children, Wardith and Warrick Prater, of Volga, and Cecil Prater of Paintsville.  In 1913 he was married to Laura Dixon McKenzie.  His origional home is near Salyersville in Magoffin county where he resided until 1913 when he moved to Volga, this county.  He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for many years and a minister of the gospel. For several years he has been pastor of the church at Fish Trap.  He lived a devoted Christian life and when the end came he spoke many words of encouragement and of his hopes to his wife and children.  He will be greatly missed, not only by the immediate family but the entire community.  He was loved and respected by all who knew him.  His many friends wish to express their heartfelt sympathy to the heartbroken wife and children. P-H-Thurs-5-30-1929

"FORMER RESIDENT OF JOHNSON COUNTY AND PIONEER COAL MAN DIED IN ARKANSAS AGE 84" J.S. Rittenhouse, formerly of Johnson County, but who has been residing in Ohio for the past several years, died at Mineral Springs, Ark., last Wednesday night and his remains were shipped to Frankfort, Ohio, for burial last Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Rittenhouse started the coal operations at White House and Greasy Creek thirty years ago and was prominently indentified with the development of the Big Sandy Valley. The many friends of this grand old man will sincerely regret to learn of his death. His first wife was a sister of Mrs. Willie Walters, of Offutt.  Mrs. Walters and her daughter, Mrs. Lucian Burke, of Ashland, attended the funeral and burial in Ohio this week. Paintsville Herald Thur-5-23-1929

TACKETT, Andrew J.
Andrew J. Tackett was born July 30, 1854, and was married to Miss Malinda Jane Lemaster Feb. 14, 1875.  To this union was born ten children, seven boys and three girls.  The boys are William Henry, Hiram Vinson, Samuel J., Simon, Thomas Edward, Marion Frances and Moses. The girls are Mrs. Dona Ritchie, Mrs. Rosetta Blanton and Bessie Ann Blanton all of whom with their mother survive their father.  Brother Tackett was converted and united with the United Baptist Church at Barnetts Creek about fifty-eight years ago. He lived a consistant Christian life and was a kind and affectionate husband and father, and will be greatly missed not only by his family but by the entire community in which he lived.  He met his untimely death on the Garrett Highway by being run over by a car.  Andrew J. Tackett was widely and favorably known as a high class christian business man.  He started as a very poor boy but rose steadily until he became one of the best and most progressive men in his community.  He was very liberal and helped many in his community when in need.  He comes of a large and prominent family and the passing of such a man is to be lamented and can only be reconciled in the plan of the great Creator. Paintsville Herald Thurs-5-16-1929

CARL MAHAN SHOOTS CECIL VANHOOSE, HIS PLAY-MATE AFTER THEY HAD FOUGHT BOY ADMITS GUILT One of the most deplorable and withal the saddest tragedies to take place in Kentucky, because of the youthfulness of the participants involved, occurred in Paintsville last Saturday morning at about 10 o'clock, when Carl Mahan, age 7, shot and almost instantly killed his playmate, Cecil VanHoose, age 8. The tragedy occurred near the home of the Mahan boy. News of the killing sent a shock of horror through the entire city when the fact became known. The Mahan boy is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mahan, while the VanHoose boy was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert VanHoose. The parents of the children were neighbors and friends. The tragedy was the result of a fight the boys had engaged in over the possession of some scrap iron which they had gathered to sell as junk which would have brought a few cents from a junk dealer. According to persons who witnessed the fight between two youngsters, they had battled for some time when Mahan started for his home saying he would kill his adversary, and he made good on his threat. He entered the home of his parents, climbed up on the back of a chair and secured his father's shot gun which was hanging over the door next to the ceiling. He returned to the door and discharged the gun at his adversary, the full charge of a 16-gauge gun entering the breast, stomach and abdomen. The VanHoose boy, mortally wounded, started on a run for his home, crying piteously, Mamma, mamma." He ran about fifty yards before he fell. Neighbors who ran to his assistance and picked him up found that he was dying, but willing hands placed the little fellow in a car and rushed him in the hospital but breathed his last just as he reached the hospital. None of the Mahan family were at home when the tragedy occurred, it is said. The Mahan boy, when questioned by the officers, admitted that he did the killing. He went into the home and showed the officers how he had secured the gun. He had dragged a chair up to the door and had climbed up far enough to reach the gun which was presumably loaded, returned to the front door and discharged the gun at his playmate. The bot does not seem to realize the enormity of his crime and has no remorse of conscience. He is reported to have told officers that he intended to kill the VanHoose boy and would do the same thing again. The youthful murderer was arraigned before Judge Butcher but the case postponed until after the funeral of the VanHoose boy, which was conducted Monday, but will be recalled during the week. County officials and attorneys are in a quandary as to what disposition to make of the case as this is one of the most unusual to come before a court in Kentucky, the boy charged with the crime has not reached the age of seven according to his parents. The parents of the two boys were almost prostrated over the sad occurrence. The two families were close friends and neighbors. The parents of the boy who did the killing are sorely grieved over the tragedy. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 5-16-1929

Mrs. Alton Wallen died at the Golden Rule Hospital Tuesday, May 7, after a lingering illness of seven weeks. Her passing was as a peaceful sleep, after a pleasant little visit with close relatives who had just arrived to bid her adieu.  Mrs. Wallin was formerly Miss Ann Mary Millholland of Cumberland, Md. and was a graduate of Jno. C. C. Mayo College of the class of "27".  She was born Oct. 16, 1911, age 19.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. K. Millholland, who had been located at Shelbiana, Ky., for the past several years.  She is survived by her husband, aseven week old daughter, Corine Estelle, her father and mother, one sister, Mrs. C. H. Osborn of Russell, Ky., two brothers, J. E. Millholland, Jr., of Cincinnati, O., and William D. Millholland of Russell, Ky.  An impressive funeral service was conducted from the Methodist Episcopal church, at church and main street, on Thursday afternoon, by the Rev. C. M. Lever of the Episcopal Church of Beattyville, Ky., and Thos. H. Ashley of this city.  Mrs. Wallin was a member of the women's Missionary society of the M.E. Church and was superintendent of the Junior Branch, the Light Bearers, and the Standard Bearers, the Intermediate branch of the society, served as flower girls. That Mr. and Mrs. Wallin were held in highest esteem by all who knew them was beautifully demonstrated by one of the most gogeous floral tributes ever witnessed in this city, by a line of procession extending for more than two city blocks, by the host of friends who had preceeded the body to the church which completely overtaxed even all available standard room, with many left standing in the streets as well as by the many beautiful tributes of respect in the words of the officiating ministers.  A favorite song, "In The Garden" was sung by Mrs. Leo Marshall and Miss Victoria Trimble with Miss Lucille Rice on the piano.  Mrs. Wallin was a beautiful young mother.  Her soul was overflowing as she breathed an atmosphere of Christian confidence for the future of her precious new babe.  The active pallbearers were: Messrs, D.H. Dorton, Frank Chandler, J. G. Newman, E.T. Drinkard, Sam Stapleton Jr., Duglas Turner, Dudley Spnecer (Spencer?) and John Chandler.  The following from out of town were in attendance upon the funeral service.  Mr. Annie DeVries (grandmother) and William DeVries of Cumberland, Md., Rev. C.M. Lever, Beattyville, and Mr. and Mrs. Geo Lett and son;  Mrs. Jno. Millis, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Fischer and baby; Mrs. J. G. Price; Mrs. Geo. Lemaster; Mrs. Claude Shephard; Miss Bertha Osborne; Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Millholland, of Russell, Ky., Mrs. Hagar; Mrs. Woolcutt; and Mrs, Harry Wright of Huntington, W. Va., John Millholland, Miss Spray Stephen of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rev. and Mrs. R. H. Wallin of Fuget, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. Geo. C. McNabb of Red Bush, Mr. and Mrs.. Harry Stedman, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Johnson, Miss Margaret Viall, Pikeville, Ky., Mrs. J. B. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Jenkins, Mrs. Harry Stone, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Strother, Mrs. Kate England, Mrs. King Ford, John Ford, Mrs. Bradley Justice, and daughters, Mrs. Thomas Hopkins, Mrs. Lee France. Miss Lucile Mahan, Miss Bekie Johnson, Clarence Lask, Mrs. Guy Johnson, Miss Nell England, of Shelbianna, Ky. Surely, "Her sun is gone down while it is yet day. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 23 1929

JUNE - 1929
AKERS, George
 "George Akers Dies at Forsyth, Mon." Forsyth, Montana—The Terry community received the sad news of the death of George Akers by a paralytic stroke at the hospital in Forsyth, Montana, Saturday, June 8, at 11:00 o’clock p.m. Deceased had been in ill health for two years, being afflicted with heart and liver trouble.  He had been a resident of Terry for 18 years and was esteemed by many people.  He was born November 27, 1865 at Wurtland, Ky., passed his boyhood in that state, and was married to Jane Wells in Whitehouse, Ky., in 1890.  He removed from Johnson County to Montana in 1911, and has resided at Terry ever since. During his earlier years he followed the occupation of a miner, but since coming to Montana has been identified with farming. Mr. Akers was a descendent of an old Virginia family, his great grandfather being killed in the Revolutionary War.  He was a member of the M.E. Church and affiliated with the Odd Fellows lodge.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jane Akers, of Terry, a sister, Mrs. Cassie Moss of Ponca City, Okla., a brother, William Akers, of Matewan, W. Va., and five children, Jesse, of Harlowton, Montana; Mrs. Dolly Sherman of Forsyth, Mont.; Richard of Aberdeen, S.D., and Olive and Cassie E. of Terry. Funeral services were held at the Community Church in Terry and were conducted by Rev. Reed, pastor of the M.E. Church of Forsyth, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. Frank Gigliotti. Mr. and Mrs. Akers and family spent the summer and winter of 1927 and 1928 visiting in Paintsville and Johnson County and have many friends and relatives in that community. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY June 27, 1929

 W. H. Wheeler, son of the late Daniel and Mary Wheeler, was born April 7, 1864, died June 19, 1929.  Age 65 years, 2 months and 12 days. He was united in marriage to Eliza Jane Phillips, December 12, 1884.  To this union was born nine children.  Two of whom preceded him in death.  Those living are Mr. B. C. Wheeler of Lucasville, Ohio; Mrs. B. J. Hall and Mrs. A. T. Pack of Paintsville; Mrs. Arnold Williams, Ashland, and W. T., Velma and Thelma Wheeler at home. Mr. Wheeler became a member of the United Baptist Church about thirty eight years ago in which he lived a devoted Christian life and has served as clerk of his church for the past several years.  His life is one to be admired for its Christianity and leadership by example. He was a good citizen and farmer of Winifred, Ky., and was ever ready to aid in any way for the progress of his community.  He was very generous and no stranger was ever turned from his door.  He enjoyed company to the utmost and his friends are numbered by his acquaintances.  To know him was to love him. He has always been a strong energetic man and his sudden death caused much grief throughout the entire community. He became ill while at church on Sunday.  His condition was not serious until Tuesday when he entered the Golden Rule Hospital.  Upon examination it was found necessary to perform an operation for a ruptured appendix in an effort to save his life.  But in spite of all medical aid and loving hands could do could not withstand the power of God. Besides his wife and immediate family he leaves to mourn their loss four brothers and dive sisters:  G. P. Wheeler and L. H. Wheeler of Ohio; B. R. Wheeler and S. S. Wheeler, Flat Gap, Ky.; Mrs. Delina Wheeler, Iowa; Mrs. W. L. Murray, Colorado; Mrs. Sanford Bayes, Washington; Mrs. L. P. Williams, Winifred, and Mrs. F. Bishop, Blaine, Ky. Funeral services were conducted from his home by rev. Guy Preston and rev. Lonza Wright, of Paintsville. God in his infinite wisdom saw fit to call him from our midst and as he was passing into eternity his hopes were bright for his heavenly home.  He died praising God. A dear one from us has gone A voice we loved is stilled; A place is vacant in our home Which never can be filled. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 11, 1929

JULY - 1929

"MISS DIXIE CANTRELL DIES IN EL PASO, TEX." The many friends of the family in Johnson County will be grieved to learn of the death of Miss Dixie Cantrell, which occurred in a sanitarium in El Paso, Texas, last Thursday night. Miss Cantrell had been in ill health for the past two years and had spent that time in Texas in an effort to regain her health. She was a daughter of Joe C. Cantrell and a granddaughter of the late Judge W. E. Litteral of Oil Springs.  She and her father and two brothers had visited in this county a number of times since moving to Florida a number of years ago. Funeral services and burial at the Cantrell home in Deland, Florida. Paintsville Herald Thursday, July 25, 1929

Dr. B. F. Dixon who was brought to Paintsville hospital for treatment last week died Friday morning.  The funeral services were held at the home of his daughter Mrs. W. B. Bailey Saturday and the remains taken to Salyersville for burial.  The death of Dr. Dixon removes one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Magoffin County. He formerly lived here and his people reside in this county. The following account of his life has been handed us: Dr. B. F. Dixon son of Henry Dixon of Johnson County, was born October 20, 1855, and died July 19, 1929, at 7:30 a.m. age 73 years, 8 months and 29 days. He leaves a wife, five children, Mrs. W. B. Bailey, of Paintsville, Ky., Mrs. A. H. Adams and Mrs. Curt Caudill, of Salyersville, KY., Warren and Tobe, of Portsmouth, Ohio, two brothers, George and John Dixon, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Mayo Taylor and Mrs. Mirza Borders and a number of other relatives to mourn his loss. On December 23rd, 1880, he married Nancy E. Prater, daughter of John and Jemima Prater. He has been a practicing physician since 1879. The night was never too dark, or the weather too inclement for Mr. Dixon to answer all calls when his services were needed for his profession.  He will be greatly missed, especially by the poor OF Magoffin County as much of his practice was among the many he went to their assistance whether they were able to compensate him for his service or not.   He has served his community long and well giving freely and cheerfully of his time and talent and often receiving only the gratitude of those unable to pay him. Many felt that only Dr. Dixon could cure their ills and in his last illness, when unable to leave his room, he was sought by the sick and in trouble and did all he could to relieve them. He was sick but eleven days and his death came as a severe loss to the entire community. No children ever had a kind and more affectionate father. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 25, 1929

HENSLEY, Mrs. Millard
Mrs. Millard Hensley died at the Golden Rule Hospital last Wednesday night, after a few days illness of blood poisoning.  She is survived by her husband, and two sons. Funeral and burial took place in South Side, Thursday. Paintsville herald Thursday 7-25-1929

Mrs. Simpson Dies in Her 73rd Year Mrs. Amanda Simpson, 72 years old, widow of the late Richard Simpson, died July 13 at Eureka near here. Mrs. Simpson was highly respected by all who knew her for her Christian character. She was a member of the United Baptist Church for 30 years.  She was the mother of six children and moved here from Richardson, Ky. Funeral services were conducted Monday by Rev. Malcolm Hubbard and Rev. George Patrick.  Burial was made in the Mayo cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUL. 25, 1929

AUGUST - 1929

On August 28, 1929 the death angel visited the home of Hallie Blevins and took there from her beloved husband, Andy Blevins. In the death of Uncle Andy the wife has lost a good husband, the children a good father and the community a good neighbor. He was kind and good and loved by all who knew him. He was always ready to assist anybody in any way that he could and no ever came to his home and left hungry, for Uncle Andy always would have them to eat. He will be greatly missed. Uncle Andy was a member of the United Baptist Church and always lived a good Christian life, and was a true believer in the Lord, and was a good and honest man and did his duty. He was a kind husband and father and while he is resting there is a vacant plave in the his home that can never be filled. Andy Blevins was born in 1864 and died August 28, 1929, age 65 years. He was married to Hallie Clark on May 23, 1891. To this union were born seven children; five are living and two are dead. Those living are Myrtle Williams of Leander, Ky;  Mrs. Charlie Tackett and Mrs. Tollie King of Lindberg; Willie and Proctor at home. A loved one from us is gone, A voice we loved is stilled; There is a vacancy in our home Than can never be filled. MARY BLEVINS Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-26-1929

 "Man Dies from Wounds Inflicted by Woman" Jesse Meadows died on Stave Branch, a short distance from Paintsville last Thursday afternoon from gun shot wounds said to have been inflicted by Mrs. Mintie Fraley about a month ago at the home of  Mrs. Fraley. Meadows, it is said, was enamored of Mrs. Fraley to whom he had been paying attention.  It is said that he had the mind of an eight year old child and was a ward of the state and had been spending his allowance with Mrs. Fraley.  However, his allowance was cut off but he continued his visits to the woman, who, it is said, tired of his attentions. On the day of the shooting, it is said, a number of other young men were at the home of the woman when Meadows made his call.  It is said that she ordered him from the premises but he refused to go. One of the young men, it is alleged, handed Mrs. Fraley a revolver and directed her to shoot Meadows, which she did inflicting a dangerous wound. Mrs. Fraley was arrested and placed in jail charged with shooting and wounding with intent to kill, but was released on bond pending the outcome of Meadows’ wounds. Mrs. Fraley was again arrested and placed in jail.  She is the mother of a number of small children, and at her request, the little ones were also placed behind the bars with their mother.  It was indeed a touching scene to see the little ones, apparently bright and of good heath, gazing longingly through the steel bars to the sunshine and flowers of the outside world. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 8, 1929


Sam J. DeBoard, a prominent citizen of Ashland, was found dead Wednesday morning at Catlettsburg, Paintsville relatives were informed Wednesday.  His lifeless body was found in the yard of Dr. Bond and the cause of death was not given.  Mr. DeBoard served a term as Jailer of Boyd County and a term as Sheriff.  He formerly resided in Johnson County. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-5-1929

"W. H. Dorton, 78, Died Saturday in Greenup Co." "Former Resident of Johnson County Passed Way Saturday""Father of 14" W. H. Dorton, 78, of Taylor in Greenup County died last Saturday evening after a lingering illness, caused by the infirmities of old age.  For several weeks his death was daily expected but the end was a shock to his family and friends nevertheless. He was a magistrate in Greenup County having been elected on the Democratic ticket for two years ago in a large Republican magisterial district. In 1921 he moved from Red Bush in this county to Greenup County.  He served twelve years as magistrate from the Red Bush and Flat Gap section of Johnson County and was one of the best officials the county ever had. His family was possiby the largest in this section. Fourteen children survive him. His good wife 61 years of age has also been in poor healh. In addition to his wife the following children all of whom were present at the funeral survive; Mrs. S.T. Smith, Marion O.; Jas R. Dorton, Red Bush, Ky., Leonard T. Dorton, Kansas City, Mo., Harry C. Dorton, Richburg, O., A.G.T. Dorton, Chicago, Ill.; Dr.Jno H. Dorton, Paintsville, Ky; Mrs. Ida Lester, Skaggs, Ky; Harry T. Dorton, Taylor, Ky; Mrs. J. G. Coldiron, Monroe, Mich; Mrs. Marvin Taylor, Martha, Ky; Okey Dorton, Taylor Ky; Orba Dorton, Taylor, Ky: and Mrs. Lon Jones, Portsmouth, O. He was a member of the Masonic order and Methodist Church South. The funeral was in charge of the Fullerton Lodge of Masons and mason from this section as well as the surrounding sections of Greenup attended the funeral and burial. The death of this grand old man removes one of the old time citizens of the county who carried on when primitive methods were used in tilling the soil and strict economy used in rearing large families of children. His death will be mourned by his many friends who will remember his noble character and his life well spent Paintsville Herald Thursday September 11, 1930

PRESTON, G. Lafayette
"G. L. PRESTON PASSES AWAY WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED CITIZEN DIED AT WILLIAMSPORT, MONDAY, SEPT. 2." G. L. Preston, age 74, one of the best known and highly respected citizens of Johnson county, died at his home at Williamsport on Labor Day, Monday, September 2. Death was due to infirmities of advanced age. Mr. Preston was known as one of the county’s best citizens and his death ends a long and useful life.  He embraced the Christian religion many years ago and like most of the old citizens of this section became a member of the United Baptist Church and had lived a devout Christian life.  He had been a resident of Williamsport during his entire life, and his passing will be mourned by a large number of relatives and friends. Burial took place at Williamsport Tuesday, September 3.  The funeral services were in charge of Rev. Basil Daniel, Rev. Troy Daniel, Rev. Eddie Plummer and Rev. J. H. Howe. Besides a host of relatives and friends Mr. Preston is survived by the following living children: Mrs. A. L. Lewis, Praise, Ky.; Mrs. J. W. Daniel, Boons Camp, Ky.; L. T. Preston, Thealka, Ky., N. M. Preston, Williamsport, Ky., L. D. Preston, Williamsport, Ky.; R. A. Preston, Van Lear, Ky.; Mrs. Frank Daniel, Williamsport, Ky., and Chas. E. Preston, of the Mountain Furniture Co, Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 12, 1929
This is General Lafayette Preston, husband of Juliana Pack & son of Samuel S. Preston & Mahala Ward. Submitted By: Libby Preston

Edward (Buddy) Stapleton, who had been seriously ill at the Golden Rule Hospital of this city for two weeks died last Friday of typhoid fever.  Mr. Stapleton was well known throughout the county.  He was a brother of Proctor Stapleton of Paintsville and North Stapleton of Mt. Sterling. Funeral and burial took place last Sunday at the old home place on Bakers Branch of Toms Creek.  Funeral services were in charge of Rev. Davis and Rev. Frew VanHoose. The funeral was largely attended. Paintsville Herald  Thursday  September 19, 1929

"Rev. Lafe Walters Well Known Baptist Minister Dies at Beaver, Ohio" Rev. Lafe Walters, well-known in Paintsville and the Big Sandy Valley, died at his home near Beaver, Ohio, Thursday, September 12, after a two weeks illness from typhoid fever. Rev. Walters was born at what is known as Offutt, Johnson County, April 3, 1872.  He was the son of Winifrey and Elizabeth Walters, and on July 5, 1892, he married Miss Nannie Daniels.  Of their seven children, six are living, as follows:  Dr. C. B. Walters, Ralph Walters, Dean Walters, Mrs. Thelma Walters Wallen, all of Ashland, Duffie Walters of Columbus, and Lawson Walters of Beaver, Ohio.  Carl Walters preceded his father in death. The mother and five brothers are living.  The brothers are, Dr. Jeff Walters, Dr. E. P. Walters of Pikeville, Lis Walters of Paintsville,  John and Shade of Prestonsburg.  Sisters living are Mrs. Susie Preston of Paintsville, and Mrs. Hansford Preston of Washington State.  In addition to the children and brothers and sisters, five grandchildren are living. At the age of fourteen, Mr. Walters joined the Baptist church and was ordained a minister at thirty.  He devoted himself to church work with great zeal and was known as a man of action.  He became one of the foremost workers in the United Baptist field in the Big Sandy and Southern Ohio and in his clerical work organized many churches in that field. During the World War he was a farmer in Ohio, and after the war he moved to Ashland where he was in the grocery business for five year.  At the end of that time he turned the business over to one of his sons and went to Pikeville as manager of the Big Sandy Furniture Co.   He was in this business until a year ago, when he went to a farm near Beaver, Ohio, and remained there until his death. Funeral services were conducted at the home of a niece, Mrs. Cort Daniels, at Whitehouse, Ky, Saturday Sept. 17, and burial was made in the family cemetery near the old home.  Rev. Sandy Phillips of Lucasville, Ohio, was in charge of the service, and was assisted by Rev. Guy Preston of Paintsville.   The extent of his friendship throughout the region was attested by the number who attended the services and the wealth of floral offerings.  Rev. Phillips paid a worthy tribute to his life and work and the remains were carried to the grave by nephews, serving as pallbearers. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 19, 1929

"FRANK WITTEN DIES THURSDAY AT FLINT, MICH." "Well-Known Johnson County Man Passes Away After Year’s Illness" Frank Witten, age 67, died at his home in Flint, Michigan, last Thursday, and his body was brought back to this county for burial. Mr. Witten was a member of a well-known family of Johnson County where he had spent the greater part of his life.  He had been in ill health for more than a year.  He formerly operated the Witten Meat Market on the Hager property at the lower end of Main Street and was doing a lucrative business until his health failed, and he and his family decided to go to Michigan where they had formerly lived, hoping the change might aid his health, but his condition became steadily worse until the end last Thursday. Funeral services were held at the home of Attorney Fred Meade at Staffordsville last Sunday, and burial followed on Mud Lick.  Mr. Witten was a member of the Odd Fellows and Junior Order American Mechanics, and both these fraternal orders aided in the funeral and burial.  A large crowd was present at the funeral, which attests to the popularity of the deceased. Besides his widow, Mr. Witten is survived by five children, Whitey, May, Frank Jr., Lula and Lida. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPT. 19, 1929

OCTOBER - 1929
BURCHETT, Drury James
"Major Drury James Burchett Commander Succumbs to Pneumonia" Major Drury James Burchett, 87 years old, father of Mrs. John F. Ratcliff, of Huntington, died at his home in Mt. Sterling, Ky. last week. He succumbed to pneumonia. Having settled in Floyd County in his youth, he was one of the oldest residents of eastern Kentucky. He attained the title of major in the service of the Union Army during the civil war and was the youngest soldier of the Union Army to command a regiment. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. George R. Vinson of Louisa; Mrs. Adelaide Biggs, of Mt. Sterling; and Mrs. John F. Ratcliff of Huntington; two sons, John C. Burchett, of St Albans and Drury J. Burchett, of Lexington, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Mrs. Thomas Hodge, of Louisa; Wayne Carney Burchett, of Lexington; D.J. Burchett III, Adelaide Burchett, of Palm Beach, Fla., Mrs. Raymond McGhee, of Clifton Forge, Va.; Mrs. Luther T. Long of Huntington and John D. Ratcliff of New York. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 31st, 1929

EALEY, William
"Well Known and respected Citizen of Barnetts Creek Succumbs after long illness." William Ealey, age 83, of Barnetts Creek this county, died at his home Monday afternoon after an illness of more than a year . Mr. Ealey was stricken with influenza more than a year ago from which he never fully recovered. Mr. Ealey was well known thru out Johnson County where he had lived an upright life and had always been regarded as one of the county's best citizens. Mr. Ealey has spent his long and useful life on Barnetts Creek where he had raised a large family . He was a member of the United Baptist faith and the funeral services were conducted at the home, Wednesday morning by ministers of that organization and interment followed in the Ealey cemetery on the old home farm in the presence of a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives of the deceased who had gathered to pay their last respects of this grand old man who by his exemplary life, had endeared himself to them. Mr. Ealsy had prepared his sepulchre several years ago and had erected his own tombstone. Besides his widow he is survived by seven children, four boys and three girls; W.S. Ealey, of Pittsburgh, Don Ealey of Ohio, George Ealey, and Frank Ealey, both of Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Leck Rice and Mrs. Greene Trimble, both of Barnetts Creek, and another daughter whose name was unobtainable, also Mrs. Mollie Blair, first wife of Burns Blair, who died a number of years ago. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-31-1929

HOWES, Charles J.
"Chas. J. Howes is Victim of Heart Attack" "Former Paintsville Man widely Known Throughout Kentucky, Died at Frankfort" Charles J. Howes, 51 years of age, Clerk of the State House of Representatives and authority on parliamentary procedure, dropped dead at the Chesapeake & Ohio station at Frankfort last Saturday. The heart attack was the cause of his death.  He fell as he started to enter a taxicab after leaving the train in which he had just returned from Louisville. He had just returned from a trip to Louisville.  He had been in declining health for two years. Mr. Howes was a son of the late E. F. Howes and was born in Paintsville in 1878.  He received his early training in the Paintsville schools and was widely known throughout Kentucky. He engaged in the insurance business for many years and held many public offices. At various times he was assistant state inspector and examiner and secretary of the Workman’s Compensation Board. He was elected Chief Clerk of the House in January, 1922, and  was re-elected for the next three sessions.  He was a candidate for the post at the 1910 general assembly. Howes was prominent in Democratic state circles.  He was a member of the Elks lodge of Frankfort.  Mr. Howes came into contact with nearly every public official, attorney and business man in Kentucky while holding various offices, and was perhaps one of the most widely known men in the state. Besides his widow, Mrs. Blanch Kavanaugh Howes, Mr. Howes is survived by four brothers and one sister, Attorneys Fred Howes and John Howes of Paintsville; Will F. Howes, of Betsy Layne, Ky.; Edgar Howes of Betsy Layne, Ky.; Ramey of Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services and burial took place at Frankfort Monday. John F. Howes, Fred Howes, Claude Buckingham, Mrs. Julia Wells, Mrs. V. D. Splane, J. E. Walker of Paintsville, Will Howes of Betsy Layne, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Buckingham of Ashland, and other relatives of this section attended the funeral. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-17-1929


MEADE, Paris P.
DR. P. P. MEADE DIED FRIDAY IN PAINTSVILLE WELL KNOWN PHYSICIAN PASSES AWAY AFTER AN ILLNESS OF SEVERAL MONTHS Dr. Paris P. Meade, age 56, formerly of Flat Gap, Ky., but who recently moved to this city where he intended to spend is declining years, died at his home on Euclid avenue last Friday morning after an illness of several months. Dr. Meade was widely and favorably known as a physician and surgeon, having spent the most of his life in the Flat Gap section of Johnson county.  He was a man of sterling worth, was progressive in all that he undertook to do and was a leader in the affairs of the community in which he lived. Dr. Meade comes from one of the county’s most prominent families.  He was a son of one of the Johnson county’s pioneer citizens, and like his father, has contributed much to the interests of the mountain people.  He was educated in the common schools and later graduated from the University from the school of medicine.  He pursued his profession to the end of his days. Dr. Meade was united in marriage to Miss Tera Webb years ago, and to this union were born two children Dr., Walter Meade, of near Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mrs. Proctor Evans, of Lynch, Ky. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:00 p. m., in the Methodist Church of this city, and was conducted by Rev. J. J. Prater of Magoffin county, Rev. H. W. Hewlett of Louisa, and Rev. w. H. McKenzie of this city.  The packed house and the gorgeous floral offerings were (Incomplete) Paintsville Herald Thursday November 28, 1929


Sol Bingham, 44 years old, Cliff farmer died in the Paintsville hospital Friday, Dec. 20 as the result of complications.  Mr. Bingham death followed an illness of only about 24 hours. The deceased was a highly respected citizen and had many friends in this section.  He was a devout member of the M.E. Church, South for several years.  He was a son of  (can't read) Bingham.  Surviving him are his wife, one son and three daughters.  The following brothers and sisters also survive; Mrs. Dick Willis, of Bull Creek, Sam Bingham, Ceredo, W. VA. Clabe, T. J. Green and Bill of Cliff and Alex Bingham, of Logan.  Funeral services were conducted on December 22, by Rev. C. D, Lear, assisted by Revs. John Laferty and W.H. Horn, Prestonsburg Lodge, Independent Order Odd Fellows, of which the deceased was a member, officiating in its impressive burial services.  E. F. Arnold directed the funeral and the burial. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 9 1930

HICKS, Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hicks, aged residents of Garrett, this county, were struck and killed by the Beaver Creek passenger train, Dec. 21, at the Wells-Elkhorn Coal Company tipple, West Garrett. Mr. Hicks died instantly and his wife survived only a few minutes after being crushed beneath the wheels of the locomotive. Noise of coal shakers at the tipple which rendered the aged couple deaf to the approach of the train, and a curve only a few yards from the tipple shutting of the engineer’s view of the track ahead, conspired to cause the tragedy. Both victims were more than 60 years old.  The train was stopped before it had passed completely over the two bodies. A double funeral was conducted on the following Sunday for the victims and burial was made in the Rock Fork Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-09-1930

Mrs. Helen Leslie, eight-four years old, wealthy Mossy Bottom resident, died at her home late last Thursday afternoon after an illness lasting for several months. Fever is said to have caused her death.  Mrs. Leslie was born in this section in 1845 and spent her entire life here.  She was married to Sparrol Leslie, who preceded her in death several years ago. She was a member of the Methodist Church and is said to have left an estate valued at $200,000.  Surviving are her two sons, J. H. Leslie and Trimble Leslie, and two daughters, Mrs. Annie Maynard and Mrs. Pelley  S (can't read the rest of the name).  Funeral services were held at the home Saturday, Burial ???? the home cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 2 1930