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JANUARY - 1930

BOYD, Turner
1930
"Turner Boyd Takes Own Life at Home" Turner Boyd, traveling salesman, of near Mouth Card fired a shot through his head and ended his own life late last week it was reported here.  Information received here of the suicide was very limited but it was reported that he went home and laid down on the floor and fired the charge through the right side of his head just above the ear, dying within a few minutes. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-23-1930

    
CLEVENGER, Butler
1930
Conduct Services At Van Lear For Accident Victim Funeral services for Butler Clevenger, twenty-six years old, of Hardy who was fatally injured last week while at work for the Fordson Coal Company at Hardy, were held Sunday at Van Lear. Clevinger was injured Tuesday and died the following day in the Memorial Hospital at Williamson, W. V., his right leg was badly mangled. Besides his wife and three children, the dead man is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Clevinger of Van Lear, one sister, Mrs. R. L. McCoy of Glo, and one brother, Arthur Clevinger, of Wayland. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-30-1930

   
LYON, John LaFayette
1884-1930
DR. J. L. LYON PASSES AWAY Former Johnson County Man Succumbs to  Stroke of Apoplexy At Ashland Dr. John La Fayette Lyon, 45, who suffered a stroke of apoploxy a few days ago, died at the (can't read) Hospital and Clinic at (can't read) Thursday.  Dr. Lyon spent a number of years as company doctor for the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear and was a member of the Paintsville Van Lear Rotary Club.  He was born at Fieldon, Elliot county, Ky., February 5. 1884, and was graduated from the Kentucky School of Medicine in 1907.  Dr. Lyon was a member of the Christian church having his membership at Willard, Ky. for the last fifteen years.  He lived a devout Christian life and was always a man of good morals and character. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Ashland Commandery.  He is survived by his widow and five children, Silva,  Claradee (hard to read), Emory, and Ernest, all of Ashland, and one daughter, Mrs. A. B. Cole of Boone N. C.  He is also survived by his father, L. L. Lyon, of Filedon, Ky., one sister Mrs. W. H. White of Johns Run Ky. Funeral services will be held from the First Christian church Saturday afternoon at two o'clock with the Rev. J. W. Hagin in charge and interment will follow in the Rose Hill Burial Park. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 9 1930

  
SADDLER, James W.T.
1930
James W.T. Saddler, 85, a highly respected citizen of Johnson County died at the home of his son Thomas Saddler, at Nippa from infirmities incident to advanced age on Monday January 13, following an illness of some time. Mr. Saddler had spent a long and useful life in Johnson County where he had always been known as a good citizen and had the respect of a large number of people. Mr. Saddler was a veteran of the Civil War having cast his lot with the Southern Confederacy and fought with the 15th Virginia Cavalry. Funeral Services were conducted at the home of Thomas Saddler by Rev. H.B. Conley and Rev. Millard VanHoose of Paintsville and burial followed near the Saddler home. Mr. Saddler was united in marriage to Miss Serena Patrick on September 30, 1869. Mrs. Saddler preceded her husband in death on November 2, 1921. To this union were born the following children who survive: Mrs. Lindsey McKenzie, Thealka, Ky.; Mrs. Jake Castle, Nippa, Ky., Mrs. Cleve Castle, Thealka, John Saddler Lowmansville, Ky., Millard Saddler, Nippa, Thomas Saddler, Nippa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Jan. 23 1930

  
WHEELER, Benjamin Harrison
1888-1930
Benjamin Harrison Wheeler was born December 4, 1888 and departed this life January 21, 1930, being 42 years of age.  He was united in marriage to Miss Stella Rigsby in 1909 and to this union were born five children of whom four survive, one of whom preceded him to the Great Beyond 7 years ago.  Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn their loss, father and mother, Delaney Wheeler and Cynthia Wheeler, four brothers and three sisters, Buel, Bradley, Dewey, Oakley, Mrs. John Kiser of Elton, Wis.; Mrs. Sammie Picklesimer, Win, Ky.; Mrs. George Sparks, Portsmouth, Ohio, and a host of relatives and friends. A loving friend from us has flown, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our home That never can be filled. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 24, 1930

 
WHEELER, Harry
1930
"Harry Wheeler Succumbs to Heart Attack Tuesday Morning at 3:00 AM" Harry Wheeler age about 45, a resident of Southside Addition, died suddenly at his home at 3:00 am Tuesday morning.  Death came almost without warning, only the members of the family being present when the end came.  Mrs. Wheeler said that her husband awakened her by struggling in the bed as if he was trying to arise.  She took him out of the bed and bathed his face but he died in her arms before help could be summoned. Mr. Wheeler is a native of Magoffin County and came here about three years ago where he accepted a position with the Sandy Valley Grocery Company where he was employed at the time of his death. Mr. Wheeler had been troubled with his heart for some time but his condition had not bee thought serious.  He had worked at his regular occupation as shipping clerk the day before his death. Funeral services were conducted Thursday and burial followed in the cemetery on the hill overlooking Southside.
He is survived by his wife and four children. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 23, 1930




FEBRUARY - 1930

BLAIR, Abbie
1930
Mrs. Abbie Blair, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, died recently at the home of her daughter, Mrs Virgie Picklesimer, of Barnetts Creek, KY., and was taken to Wheelersburg Ohio for burial.  She was 68 years of age and a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sandy Phillips and Rev. Alonzo Wright at the home of her son Noah Blair with interment in Wheelersburg (O.) Cemetery. She is survived by the following children: Alex Blair, Clay Blair, Noah Blair, and Mrs. Pra? (could not read) Colvin of Ohio, and Mrs. Virgie Picklesimer, of Barnetts Creek, KY. Her husband preceded her in death two years ago. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27 1930

  
CASTLE, Hattie Jane (Castle)
1930
MRS. HAYES CASTLE PASSES AWAY Mrs. Hayes Castle, of Nippa, this county, passed away Thursday of last week, following a long illness of tuberculosis. Mrs. Castle was a good Christian mother and her demise is mourned by a large circle of friends and relatives. She is survived by her husband and a number of children. Funeral services were conducted on Friday by Rev. Millard VanHoose of Paintsville, with interment in the Sycamore Cemetery.  A large concourse of people were present at the funeral and burial. NOTE: This cemetery is also known as the Clark Castle Cemeter
y. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 6, 1930  

Hatti Jane (Castle) Castle Died on Feb.27, 1930 She was the first wife of Hayes Castle

   
FANNIN, Albert B.
1930
"Johnson Native Commits Suicide" Albert B. Fannin, 45 years old, and a native of Johnson County committed suicide last Sunday afternoon at his home in Ashland by severing the juglar vein with a pocket knife. Ill health has been given as the cause. Members of the family told the coroner that Mr. Fannin had been in poor health for several months and had been despondent. His believed to have taken his life about 5 o’clock although it was not discovered until 7:30 o’clock in the basement of his home. It was discovered by members of the family and an Ashland policeman. Coroner Hunter said that he was informed that MR. Fannin earlier Sunday afternoon had taken his little daughter to a picture show and after leaving the show he was not seen any more. It was when a search was started for him that he was found in the basement. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-27-1930
 
FANNIN, Albert
1930
Mr Fannin After leaving the show he was not seen any more. It was when a search was started for him that his body was discovered in the basement. Mr. Fannin was a native of Johnson County. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Kizzie Fannin, one son Marple Fannin, and one daughter, Margery both at home and by three brothers Spencer Fannin of Flint, Mich., George and Thomas Fannin of West Liberty, Ky. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-27-1930

  
GRIMM, Elsie
1930
Elsie Grimm, four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Faris Grimm of Nippa, Ky., died at the Golden Rule Hospital in this city Saturday afternoon from burns sustained when her clothing ignited from an open fire in the home. The mother had gone to the well a short distance from the home for water and before she could return the little daughter’s clothing was burned from her body. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday by Rev. Millard Van-Hoose and Rev. Guy Preston of Paintsville with burial in the Sycamore Cemetery.  One of the largest crowds ever assembled at a funeral in that section was present to pay their last respects to the little girl who was a favorite of the home and the neighboring community. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Feb. 20 1930

   
PRESTON, Stella Etta
1930
"WELL-KNOWN PAINTSVILLE WOMAN SUCCUMBS AFTER 2 YEARS ILLNESS FROM CANCER OF STOMACH" Mrs. Stella Etta Preston, wife of Henry Preston, passed away last Wednesday evening Feb. 26, at her home in Bridgeford Addition, Paintsville, Ky. She had been in ill health for the last two years and had spent the last few weeks of her life in the Paintsville Hospital.  Her illness was not thought to be very serious until the last few weeks of her life on this earth. At the last moment when she became worse, the doctors pronounced her case as cancer of the stomach, which in itself is a certain dragon of death. Mrs. Preston was born in Johnson County in 1881 and lived in the state of Kentucky since birth. Twenty-nine years ago she committed herself in the Christian way of living and has striven throughout her 48 years of living to uphold her Christian ideals.  She served her God through the medium of the Baptist Church and was a woman of high standards of living. She was a real companion to her husband, sharing both happiness and misfortune together throughout their 31 years of married life.  She manifested a great love for her children, as only a mother of children can do.  Her children, in return, showed as great a love for her and must feel that they have lost their dearest friend. Her friends have always spoken highly of her as a mother, a Christian and as a friend.  A self-sacrificed woman for the betterment of her home and community. In her passing, she leaves a host of friends and relatives.  She is the mother of a family of five boys and three girls, who grieve her passing.  But kn???  ?????? to that beautiful ?????? heaven. She leaves sons, Hom???? in Toledo, O., J. Re??? Chicago, Ill.; Forest B., Ashland, Ky.; and a daughter, Lena Elizabeth Mellon, Prestonsburg, Ky., while sons Clarence, Cecil, a daughter Irene Lillian and her husband Henry reside in Paintsville, Ky. The Rev. Winifred Meeks conducted the funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Baptist Church in Paintsville, Ky.  After the funeral services, she was laid to rest in the Mayo Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 6, 1930

   
RICE, Addie (Bayes)
1930
Mrs. Addie Bayes Rice, mother of Dr. Robert Rice, died last Sunday afternoon in the Paintsville Hospital. She was taken to the hospital Sunday morning in serious condition suffering from poison caused by kidney trouble. Her condition was then thought serious, but her death came sooner than expected. She was in the store of her son on Saturday and the Saturday preceding her death. For many years she had been in poor health. Mrs Rice was a member of the Mayo memorial church of Paintsville and was a devoted Christian woman with many friends. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Bayes and a member of one of the county's most prominent and influential families. One son, Dr. Robert Rice, owner and proprietor of Rice's Drug Store survives her. In her death this city and county lose a valuable and noble character and her passing is keenly felt by our people. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of her parents on Barnetts Creek. Services were conducted by Dr. H. G. Sowards former pastor of the church which Mrs. Rice was a member. Dr. Rice and other relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in the death of this good Christian woman. The Paintsville Herald Thursday February 13, 1930





MARCH - 1930
ATKINSON, Fannie (Hager)
1930
"MRS. FANNIE ATKINSON, 74, DIED AT VAN LEAR LAST THURSDAY AFTER A LONG ILLNESS" Mrs. Fannie Atkinson, 74 years old, died at her home at Van Lear last Thursday evening, March 13, following a prolonged illness.  Mrs. Atkinson was well known in this section and was highly esteemed for her lovable disposition.  She was born in Paintsville and was A daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. W. Hager of Salyersville, and resided at that place for many years.  Mrs. Atkinson was a member of one of the most prominent families in Eastern Kentucky. She was a member of the M. E. Church of Salyersville and had lived a consistent Christian life. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church at Salyersville Sunday afternoon in charge of the pastor, assisted by the Rev. A. C. Harlowe, of Prestonsburg.  Burial followed in the cemetery overlooking Salyersville. She is survived by two sons, Bruce Atkinson of Van Lear, Ky., and Dr. Ernest Atkinson of Cincinnati, three daughter, Mrs. Louie Metzger of Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Walter Gardner, of Berea, Ky., and another daughter of Cincinnati; two brothers, Ed Hager of Salyerville, Ky., and Warren Hager of Kansas City, Mo. Members of the family who attended the funeral were Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Atkinson of Huntington; Bruce Atkinson of Van Lear; Mr. And Mrs. Louie Metzger and son of Huntington; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gardner, of Berea, Ky; Mrs. Bessie Hagaer and son Lawrence Hager of Owensboro, Ky., and Ed Hauger of Salyersville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-20-1930

   
CONLEY, Margaret E.
1930
Mrs. Margaret E. Conley was born May 4, 1881, at Manchester, Ky., and died in the Paintsville Hospital, March 25, 1930, aged 48 years.  She was married April 1, 1904 to O.J. Conley.  To this union was born one child, Sara Agnes.  She joined the Manchester Baptist Church at the age of  ?fteen (can't read) and was active in the work of the church, especially in her home town and at Hyden, Leslie county Ky., where she lived for a number of years.  Her line of work was principally child training and always took a great interest in young children and was beloved by many of them in the different communities where she served as teacher before her marriage.  She was in disposition very charitable and had hosts of friends among the humbler class.  She was passionately fond of sacred songs, old-fashioned garden flowers, and choice literature but, her consuming passion was for home and her own child, and the testimony of her sisters bears out the fact that she was no kinder in her own home than she was while a member of their.  She had been in failing health for years.  She realized the seriousness of her condition and met death bravely. She left a bright testimony which is consoling to family and friends.  She was laid to rest on the hill overlooking West Van Lear, where she resided at the time of her death.  Appropriate services were held at the Baptist Church in her honor.  Her untimely death came as a shock to the entire community. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APRIL 3 1930

   
DANIEL, Lewis
1930
Lewis Daniel, age 66, of Catlettsburg, Ky., died at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital at Ashland, March 23, a victim of pneumonia. Mr. Daniel was born and raised in Johnson County and, for a number of years, resided in Paintsville before going to Catlettsburg and was known as a good citizen.  Mr. Daniel is a member of the large Daniel family of Johnson County and leaves many relatives and friends here who will mourn his passing. He is survived by five brothers, Isom Daniel of Catlettsburg, Ky., Farmer Daniel of Lucasville, O., John and Major Daniel of White House, this county, and R. B. Daniel of Catlettsburg; also four children, J. R. Daniel, Mrs. James Vaughan and Mrs. Will Litteral, all of Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Eddie May of Paintsville. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, with burial in Catlettsburg cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 27, 1930

  
HALL, Lon
1930
LON HALL SPANISH WAR VET DIED LAST SATURDAY Lon Hall, a citizen of the East side of the river, died at his home there last Saturday morning, March 29. Mr. Hall had been a sufferer for more than a year and his death had been expected for some time.  He was 60 years of age and a veteran of the Spanish-American War.  Mr. Hall was a good citizen and respected in the neighborhood in which he lived.  He is survived by his wife and three children all at home. Funeral services were conducted Sunday by Rev. J. L. Harrington and Rev. Hershel Short, after which the remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APRIL 3 1930

  
MEADE, John
1930
"AGED JOHNSON COUNTY MAN KILLED INSTANTLY WHEN STRUCK BY CAR AT HIGH SPEED" John Meade, age 71, was struck and instantly killed near his home at Nippa, this county, last Sunday afternoon, on the Mayo Trail five miles from Paintsville at the mouth of the rush. Mr. Meade was walking along the right side of the road, according to an eye witness to the tragedy, when he was struck by the car which was being driven at a high rate of speed. When hit by the car the body of the aged man was thrown through the windshield and the upper portion of his head was decapitated. The driver of the car was Burns VanHoose, and with him in the car were Hoy and Nathan VanHoose. An eyewitness to the tragedy says that after the car had struck Mr. Meade the men did not stop but increased the speed headed for Paintsville. A West Virginian Motorcycle State Policeman in the vicinity at the time, gave chase and overtook the car at the outskirts of Paintsville and placed them under arrest. The men waived examination and we bound over under bonds. Burns VanHoose, the driver of the car was released under a $5,00 bond while the other two furnished bonds of $2,500 each. A charge of involuntary manslaughter will be placed against the trio who will be tried at the next term of the Johnson Circuit Court. The aged man was never married and made his home with a brother-in law. The Paintsville Herald Thursday March 27, 1930





APRIL - 1930

COTTLE, Sarah
1930
Thealka Woman Dies in Huntington W.Va Mrs Sarah  Cottle. Of Thealka died in the city hospital in Huntington W. Va. Tuesday April 8 after and illness of a few weeks. She is survived by her father, Nelson Sparks and five children. Funeral and burial took place at Thealka, Thursday. The Home Furniture Company’s ambulance went to Huntington Wednesday and transported the remains to the home at Thealka. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-17-1930

   
DANIEL, William M.
1930
W. M DANIEL PASSES AFTER LONG ILLNESS WELL-KNOWN PAINTSVILLE MAN SUCCUMBS TO STOMACH TROUBLE SATURDAY MORNING William Daniel, age 63, well-known citizen of Paintsville, died at his home on Stafford Street early last Saturday morning after a long illness from cancer of the stomach.  Mr. Daniel had been in declining health for the past two years and had been confined to his home for the past year, and his demise, although expected, nevertheless was a shock to his family and numerous relatives throughout Johnson County, where he was born and had spent his life. He was a son of the late W. W. Daniel who was a lifelong member and preacher of the United Baptist Church. Mr. Daniel was a member of the large Daniel family of Johnson County and was known as a good citizen, and died as he had lived – without enemies. Mr. Daniel was the father of a large family of boys and girls, all of whom were at his bedside when the end came, except Mitchell who is in the Navy and stationed off the coast of California, who could not secure a leave of absence in time to reach his dying father. Besides his widow, Mr. Danel is survived by four daughters and five sons as follows: Mrs. W. W. Wireman, Auxier, Ky.; Mrs. Herbert Southers, and Mrs. L. C. DeHart of Ashland; and Miss Evelyn Daniel at home; Jay Daniel, Homer Daniel and Harold Daniel of Paintsville; Oakley Daniel of Calumet City, Ill., and Mitchell Daniel of the U.S. Navy, San Pedro, Cal. Besides his immediate family, he is also survived by two brothers and three sisters: Dr. D. H. Daniel, Paintsville; John A. Daniel, Nippa; Mrs. Campbell Howard, Paintsville; Mrs. George W. Boyd and Mrs. Rebecca Mollette of White House, Ky. Funeral services were conducted from the home by Rev. Winfrey Meek and Rev. Guy W. Preston of the United Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, with burial in the Turner Cemetery on the Mayo Trail two miles west of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APR. 10, 1930

   
JAYNE, William Legrande
1930
NATIVE OF JOHNSON COUNTY AND PROMINENT EDUCATOR SUCCUMBS TO HEART TROUBLE Dr. William Legrande Jayne, prominent Eastern Kentucky educator and former Johnson County citizen, for the past two years director of extension and professor of rural education at Morehead State Teachers’ College, died very suddenly at 7:30 Monday morning at his home in Morehead.  He was 56 years of age. He was preparing to leave for his office when he pitched forward on the floor and never regained consciousness.  His death was due to heart failure. Dr. Jayne was a native of this county, having been born at Flat Gap.  He was educated at Georgetown College and graduated from that institution in 1897.  After his graduation, he taught in this county for a number of years and was recognized as one of the county’s leading school men. After leaving Johnson County, he went to Ashland where he continued his school work and was elected superintendent of the Boyd County schools.  He went to Eastern State Teachers’ College at Richmond as director of rural education and later to Morehead Normal. Dr. Jayne was president of the Eastern Kentucky Teachers’ Association in 1926 and 1927.  In 1923, he was the Republican candidate for State Superintendent of public Instruction, but was defeated by Professor McHenry Rhoades, Democrat.  Last year he was a candidate for president of the Kentucky Educational Association. As an educator and as a man, Dr. Jayne had a large number of friends in all parts of the state and especially in Eastern Kentucky where his life’s best efforts were devoted to the improvement of educational facilities for the young men and women. He is survived by his wife and seven children.  They are:  W. L. Jr., Morehead; John, Ashland; Wurts, Greenup; Ernest, Mason and Nola, Morehead; and Miss Blanche Jayne, Louisville. The body of the beloved educator will lie in state Wednesday morning, from eight until ten, in the auditorium of Morehead Normal.  The funeral followed beginning at ten o’clock. DR. W. L. JAYNE Morehead, Ky., April 15 – Arrangements were made today to take the body of Dr. William L. Jayne, 56-year-old head of the extension department of the Morehead State Normal and Teachers’ College to Johnson County for burial. Dr. Jayne, an outstanding education in Kentucky, died suddenly at his home Monday morning, after having remarked at the breakfast table that he felt unusually well. The professor opened his morning’s mail and was sorting it in preparation fro his walk to his office at the college when he slumped from his chair and died without a word.  His wife was in the room when he expired. A mountain boy from Johnson County, Dr. Jayne, through his own efforts, had educated himself and at last had won a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown College. Immediately taking up the teaching profession, he was connected with rural educational work in Johnson and Mason Counties and eventually becoming Boyd County superintendent.  His work next took him to Quicksand, Breathitt County, and from that mountain community he went to Richmond to assume charge of rural training courses at the Eastern State, Normal School.  In 1923, he was Republican candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, but was defeated. Following his service at Richmond, Dr. Jayne took charge of the extension department at Morehead.  Last year he was the center of turmoil at the annual convention of the Kentucky Educational Association at Louisville, where he was put forward as candidate for president, allegedly as Gov. Sampson’s sponsor for his programme of tax-bought textbooks. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APR. 17, 1930

   
SALYERS, Levi Francis
1930
"Former Citizen Died in Boyd County" Levi Francis Salyers, a former citizen of Johnson county, died at his home in Boyd county April 5.  He was born in this county August 26, 1843, and was 86 years old. He had lived in Boyd county for the past 43 years. He is survived by his wife, fifteen children, seventy-three grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.  There were nineteen children in the family, four having preceded him in death.  He is also survived by four sisters, one of whom is Mrs. Wm. Daniel, of Paintsville, and a large number of relatives in Johnson county. Funeral services were held in Ashland with burial in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APR. 10, 1930

   
TRIMBLE, Florence Ida
1930
"MRS. IDA FLORENCE TRIMBLE DIED FRIDAY" "Well Known Woman of County and Mother of 9 Succumbs to Stomach Trouble" Mrs. Florence Ida Trimble, age 52, died at her home on Barnetts Creek last Friday morning after a year's illness from cancer of the stomach.  Mrs. Trimble was the widow of the late Joe H. Trimble who died about two years ago.  She was a good Christian woman and the mother of nine children, all of whom are still living.  Mrs. Trimble had been in poor health for more than a year, but became seriously ill about two weeks ago.  She was the mother of Conroy Trimble of Paintsville.  A number of relatives from Paintsville attended the funeral.  Funeral services were held Sunday at the home on Barnetts Creek in charge of Rev. Hargas Conley, Rev. J.J. Prater and Rev. Millard O'Bryan of the United Baptist Church.  burial followed in the family burying ground on the home farm in the presence of a large crowd of people.  Mrs. Trimble is survived by nine children, as follows:  Conroy Trimble, Gallipolis, Ohio; Mrs. Lelah Arrowood, Hitchens, Ky.; Wallace Trimble, Clemmons Trimble, Lola Trimble, Swanalee Trimble, Lillian Trimble at home. Barnetts Creek. Mrs. Trimble has a large number of other relatives throughout the county who will be grieved to learn of her demise. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 1 1930
   
Mrs. Florence Ida Trimble Florence Ida (Caudill) Trimble was born October 26,1877,and died April 26,1930,age 52 years and 6 months. She was united in marriage to Joseph H. Trimble, October 27, 1894, her husband having preceded her in death on November 3, 1928. To this union were born nine children, all of whom are still living. She embraced the Christian religion about thirty-five years ago and joined the United Baptist Church and lived a consistent religious life. Mrs. Trimble was a noble Christian mother, honored by her children and loved and esteemed by all with whom she came in contact. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 08,1930

   
WELLS, Lafe
1930
"Members of Old and Well Known Johnson Co. Family Succumbs to Heart Attack" Lafe Wells, age 69, died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bailey Collins, of Daniels Creek, at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. He had been ill for a number of years of heart trouble and succumbed to an attack Monday morning which proved fatal Mr. Wells was a memebr of one of Johnson County's old and prominent families and had been known during his life as a good citizen. Besides his widow he is survived by eight children; Mrs. Bailey Collins, Mrs. Lacy Collins, Jim Wells, Chester Wells, Mrs. Jennie Blankenship, Mrs. Bill Johnson, Mrs. Lacy Collins and Mrs. Tombleson. He is also survived by three brothers; Brownlow Wells, Alex Wells and Walker Wells, and a large number of relatives. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday and burial followed in the Old Wells buring ground on Daniels Creek. Paintsville Herald Thursdy 5-1-1930

   
WILLIAMS, Minerva
1930
MRS. MINERVA WILLIAMS, OF RED BUSH, PASSES AWAY AT ADVANCED AGE OF 90 YEARS Mrs. Minerva Williams, one of the best known and generally loved old ladies of Johnson county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.W. Wallin, at Red Bush, last Sunday,at the advanced age of 90 years.  Mrs. Williams has spent a long and useful life in Johnson County.  Her death was due to the infirmities incident to her advanced age.  Mrs. Williams was the widow of the late Isaac Williams who preceded her in death about five years ago.  Mrs. Williams was a great conversationalist and possessed of an active mind even unto her death, and was loved and esteemed by a large circle of friends.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. R.W. Wallin, and one son, both of Red Bush.  Three of her granddaughters, Mrs. D.H. Dorton, Mrs. Fred Hefner and Mrs. A.J. Kirk, Jr., reside in Paintsville and were present at the funeral and burial.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at Red Bush in charge of ministers of the United Baptist Church of which she had been a member during most of her long life.  Burial in the family burying ground Wednesday afternoon attended by a large number of people. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-01-1930

   
WILLIAMS, Mrs Homer
1930
"MRS. HOMER WILLIAMS PASSED AWAY APRIL 16" Mrs. Homer Williams, of Volga, this county, died at her home there April 16 following a long illness.  She is survived by her husband, a small child, two sisters and a number of other relatives.  She wsa a good woman and will be greatly missed by the community. Burial in the family burying ground on the head of Drake Fork. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-17-1930





MAY - 1930

ADAMS, Harry
1930
Harry Adams, 75, Dies at Home of Daughter Thurs. Harry B. Adams, age 75 years, 9 months and 10 days died at the home of daughter, Mrs. Sherman Hackworth, of the Burning Fork Road, on last Thursday evening.  He had undergone an operation at the Paintsville Hospital some five weeks ago from which he never recovered. He leaves four children:  Mrs. J. Frank Moore of Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Boyd Bailey, and Lloyd Adams, of Conley, and Mrs. Sherman Hackworth of Salyersville. Another daughter, Mrs. Sam Hackworth died in November, 1920. Brief funeral services were held at the Hackworth home and at the grave.  Rev. C.H. Rayl of the Methodist church officiating, and interment was made in the family cemetery at the Mouth of Rockhouse Friday. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY May 22, 1930

   
ARNETT, Amanda
1930
"LITTLE MISS AMANDA ARNETT RUN DOWN AND KILLED SATURDAY" "DRIVER ARRESTED" One of the most deplorable automobile accidents to occur on the highways in Johnson county since the advent of surfaced roads took place near the mouth of Barnetts Creek at about 7 o'clock last Saturday evening, when Amanda Arnett, the little 8- year-old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Ward Arnett was run down and killed by a car driven by Roy Rice of Magoffin county. The accident took place on the Garrett Highway between the little girl's home and that of her grandfather who operates a store at the end of Barnetts Creek bridge. The little girl was making a trip between her home and her grandfather's store. It is said that Rice climbed out of the car when the child was hit and made an examination, brushed the dust from her face and then started to run, but was detained near the scene of the tragedy until officers were called.  She was picked up and rushed to Painstsville in the hope of saving her life but she breathed her last just as she reached the hospital. A warrant was issued immediately and Sheriff W. M. Preston left for the scene of the tragedy and placed Rice under arrest. He was brought to Paintsville and placed in jail.  His bond was placed at $5,000 which was executed and Rice was released from jail. His father, Green Rice, qualified as surety on the bond.  He waived examination and will await the action of the grand jury which convenes in June. An examination of the death car disclosed that a pint bottle, partially filled with moonshine whisky has been secreted in the pocket of the car door.  The bottle and contents were takin in charge by Sheriff Preston and will be held as evidence against Rice. It is reported that the car was making a high rate of speed when the accident took place, which deprived the little girl of her live. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-15-1930

   
BUTCHER, Bruce
1930
The Death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beecher Butcher May 30th and took from them their little son Bruce age 6 years. The little boy had been in perfect health until about 12 hours before his death. He leaves to mourn for him his Father and Mother, three sisters and four brothers. The bereaved family have the sympathy of this community. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 12 1930

   
COX, William H.
1845-1930
WILLIAM H. COX PASSES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS AGED AND HIGHLY RESPECTED PAINTSVILLE MAN SUCCUMBS TO INJURY RECEIVED TO INJURY RECEIEVED 2 WEEKS AGO William H.   Cox, age 84, one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Johnson County, passed peacefully into the great beyond at 11:30 a.m., last Monday morning at the Golden Rule Hospital. The aged man succumbed to injuries he received when he fell on the pavement in Paintsville two weeks ago, which badly shattered his hip. Mr Cox formerly lived at Flat Gap, this county, where for many years he was a prosperous farmer. After the death of his wife he made his home with his youngest son, B.H. Cox of Paintsville. The family moved to Paintsville a number of years ago where Mr. B. H. Cox engaged in the garage business and the elder Cox made his home with his son since. During his stay in Paintsville :Uncle Billy” as he was familiarly known upon the streets of the city , made many frieds and was highly respected, and his passing is mourned by a large number of people. Mr Cox was born at Rye Cove Va., Novemebr 26, 1845. Being a Virginian he espoused the cause of the Southern Confederacy and fought throughput the war Between the States for the Southland under the flag of the stars and bars. After the close of the Civil War Mr. Cox was united in marriage to Miss Hannah A Davidson, also of Virginia, and the happy couple crossed the Cumberlands in quest of a new home and to up life anew. They settled at Flat Gap where they raised a large family of happy boys and girls. During the war Mr. Cox was a member of Company G, Second Regiment, Virginia Calvary. Mr. Cox is survived by five living children, two girls and three boys, as follows: J.N. Cox Wenatchee, Wash.; Enoch Cox, Lancaster California. B.H. Cox Paintsville, Mrs. J. D. Bond, Red Bush, Ky. And Mr Jesse Mckenzie, of Arlington, Washington. Two sons, Hilo J. Cox and R. N. Cox preceded their father in death several years ago. The death of Mr. Cox removes from the county one of its best citizens, whose entire life was of honesty and goodwill toward his fellowman. He had been a devoted member of the Regular Baptist Church for many years. Funeral services were held in the Frewill Baptist Church at 9 o’clock Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. H. B. Conley and others. Burial followed Thursday afternoon in the family burying ground at the old homestead near Flat Gap. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-22-1930

   
FAIRCHILD, Julia A.
1862-1930
FORMER JOHNSON CO. WOMAN DIES IN OHIO Miss Julia A. Fairchild died at her home in Springfield, Ohio, after a lingering illness.  She was well known here, having visited frequently at the home of her cousin Henry Hackworth and other relatives in this locality.  She was born in Johnson County, Ky., August 2, 1862, being the daughter of Eben and Elizabeth Fairchild.  She moved to Ohio with her parents when a child.  Miss Fairchild taught school in Clark County, Ohio, for over 35 years, retiring about seven years ago on account of ill health.  Her funeral was held at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mattie V. Vester, with whom she lived for a number of years, burial being made in the Fernhill Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 8, 1930

   
JOHNSON, Jane
1930
AGED JOHNSON COUNTY WOMAN DIED MAY 2ND “Aunt” Jane Johnson, 71 years old, died May 2, at the home of her son, Sanford Johnson, Sip, Ky., with whom she had been making her home for the past several years. Mrs. Johnson was a highly respected citizen and had many friends throughout the county.  She was a consecrated Christian and had been devoted member of the United Baptist Church for many years. Surviving her are two sons, Roe, Sanford, and Willie Johnson; also two brothers, George and Scott Green of Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 8, 1930

   
KANE, Mollie Virginia
1930
Mollie Virginia Kane, 12 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Kane, died at her home in Ashland last week following a brief illness of appendicitis.  Her death came as a distinct shock to her parents and friends as hs had been in perfect health being one of the "blue ribbon" children at a recent health parade.  She was a member of Unity Baptist Church of Ashland and a pupil of Oakview school.  She is survived by her parents, one sister, Garnett, 10 years old, grandparents, Mrs. Anna Kane and Mr. and Mrs. Midledton Vaughn, of Ashland.  Funeral services were held from the residence with Rev. E. L. Edens in charge.  The body was brought to Paintsville for burial. The Kane family were former residents of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 3 1930

   
LEMASTER, Thomas
1930
"Thomas Lemaster Former Citizen Died in Ironton" Thomas Lemaster, formerly of this county, died at an Ironton hospital last Thursday, May 23, following an operation for appendicitis. The remains were brought to Paintsville last Saturday morning for burial and he was laid to rest beside his father and mother in the family burying ground at Staffordsville. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Darling, and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Darling, of Ironton, cousins of the deceased, accompanied the remains to this county and attended the funeral and burial. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 29, 1930

   
LYONS, William
1930
"JOHNSON COUNTY MAN DIES IN ASHLAND" William Lyons, 68, died at Ashland recently after a short illness.  Mr. Lyons is survived by three sons, Arnold Lyons, of Sitka;  Mason Lyons, of Ashland, and Ethel Lyons of Jersey City, N. J., and by six daughters, Eva Lyons, of Ashland, Mrs. Pearl Lemaster, Of Sitka, Mrs. Tom Cordle, Ashland, Mrs. R. F. Lewis, Norway, Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 22 1930

   
PICKLESIMER, I. J. (Bud)
1930
"Aged Man Victim of Acute Indigestion" J. (Bud) Picklesimer, age 70, died suddenly at his home at Staffordsville of acute indigestion.  Mr. Picklesimer had been in his usual good health and died in one hour following a hearty meal. Mr. Picklesimer was one of the county’s best citizens and a member of the United Baptist Church.  Besides his widow he is survived by the following children:  Albert Picklesimer, of Win Ky.; Sherman Picklesimer and Manford Picklesimer, of Van Lear; Jim Picklesimer, Win; Farmer Picklesimer, Staffordsville;  Elbert Picklesimer, Van Lear, and Mrs. Tera Williams of Morgan county. Funeral services were in charge of ministers of the United Baptist Church with burial in the family burying ground. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 29, 1930

   
RICE, Sarah T. (Rice)
1930
Mrs. Sarah T. Rice Died at Ashland Mrs. Sarah T. Rice, age 70, died at the Kings Daughters Hospital at Ashland, last Saturday, after a long illness. Mrs. Rice was a former resident of this section having been born and reared in Johnson County, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Martin Rice, pioneer citizen of this county.  She was the widow of Samuel J. Rice, also a former resident of Johnson County who died at Catlettsburg in 1911. Mrs. Rice was a noble Christian woman and a member of the Baptist church of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon and burial in the Ashland cemetery. She is survived by the following children:  Miss Hazel Rice, Curtis, John, William and Ellis, all at home.  One sister, Mrs. Ellen Conley, of Paintsville and two brothers, Chas. L. Rice of Hager Hill, and Samuel W. Rice, of Paintsville, also survive. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 8, 1930

   
SLONE, Dewey S.
1930
On May 19, 1930, Chandlerville Lodge No. 58, I.O.O.F., suffered the loss of one of its charter members, Bro. Dewey S. Slone, who answered the solemn call of death. Bro. Slone was a well respected young man of Johnson County. He was a school teacher which enabled him to make many friends while at his daily work.  Dewey was always willing to lend a helping hand to any one in distress and was loved by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. D.G. Harris and Jiles Wheeler (D.G. Harris being a member of Chandlerville Lodge.)  Interment was made in the family cemetery by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.  Paintsville Lodge No. 288 aided in the burial. Whereas, the all-wise and merciful master of the universe has called our beloved and respected brother home, and he, having been a true and faithful member of our beloved order.  Therefore, Be it Resolved that We hereby express to the family our deepest sympathy and sorrow in this time of their great bereavement and that Chandlerville Lodge No. 58 I,O,O,F. in testimony of her loss, drape its charter in mouring for a period of thirty days, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family, a copy sent to the Paintsville Herald for publication, and that same be spread on the records of the lodge. W.F WHEELER, Noble Grand, L.M. GREENE, Vice-Grand, R.E. Daniels, Secretary. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday Jun.19 1930

  
WELLS, Beatrice (Bradley)
1930
"17 Year -Old Mother Succumbs on May 9th" Mrs. Beatrice Wells, 17 years old wife of Thurman Wells of Dewey this county, died at 11 o'clock Friday evening , May 9, at the Golden Rule Hospital, Paintsville, a victim of peritonitis. Mrs. Wells was a daughter of Nol Bradley, of Dewey and had many friends in this section of this county. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by one brother and a sister. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Dewey, exactly a week after the burial of Mrs. Wells on e day old babe. Rev. W.H. Horn and Rev. Castle conducted the funeral. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-22-1930




JUNE - 1930
BLAIR, Clifford
1930
"CLIFFORD BLAIR OF DENVER DROWNED IN  BIG SANDY RIVER LAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON" The Big Sandy River has claimed its first bathing victim of the season.  Clifford Blair, age about 21, was drowned last Sunday afternoon when he went in bathing near Van Lear at the mouth of Millers Creek opposite Limestone Cliff.  Few particulars could be learned of the tragedy as only two small boys were eye witnesses to the drowning, but it seems that young Blair was unable to swim, and getting beyond his depth sank beneath the surface and failed to rise again.  Efforts to resuscitate the man proved unavailing. Blair was a son of Harry Blair, of Denver.  Besides his parents he is survived by a young wife and a two weeks old babe.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday in charge of Hargus Conley and others with burial in the family cemetery near Riceville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 26 1930

   
MEEK, Vina (Loar)
1905-1930
Mrs. Vina Meek, wife of Elbert Meek, age 25 years, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Cecil Daniels at River, Wednesday, a tuberculosis victim. Funeral will be held Thursday conducted by Rev. Guy W. Preston in charge. She is survived by two girls, ages 4 and 13 months respectively.  She was a daughter-in-law of Rev. Winfrey Meek, Circuit Court Clerk. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 3, 1930 Mrs. Vina (Loar) Meek Mrs. Vina (Loar) Meek was born May 25, 1905, and departed this life June 4, 1930, age 25 years and 9 days. She was the wife of Elbert Meek, son of Circuit Court Clerk and Mrs. Winfrey Meek of Paintsville, and besides her husband is survived by two little daughters, Pauline Meek, age 4 months, and Billie Marie Meek, age 13 months.  She also leaves to mourn their loss a father, James Loar, her mother having preceded her in death eleven years ago, a brother, Willie Loar, and three sisters, Bertha Loar Daniels, Dana Loar Caudill and Lydia Loar. Before her death Mrs. Meek accepted Christ as her personal savior and professed a hope of a home beyond the skies.  She told her friends that she expected to go to a better world not made by human hands eternal in the skies. She leaves a large number of other friends and relatives who grieve with the saddened young husband and sympathize with him in the untimely passing of his life’s companion, and one so near and dear to his heart. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Guy Preston and Rev. Moses Dutton in the presence of a large concourse of people with burial in the Daniels graveyard on Wiley Branch. A friend from us has gone, A heart we loved is stilled – A chair is vacant in our home That never can be filled. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 12, 1930

   
RATLIFF, Ballard
1930
Johnson County Man to be Electrocuted Friday the 13th is a day of doom for Ballard Ratliff. On Friday, June 13, he will die in the electric chair at Eddyville for the “claw-hammer murder of a Mr. Muse while he was putting flowers on his wife’s grave in a Louisville Cemetery in May, 1928. Ratliff was reared in Johnson County. He was a son of Andy Ratliff, deceased, and nephew of Eli Ratliff who now lived on Barnetts Creek. His body will be brought to Paintsville and taken on to Barnetts Creek for burial next Saturday. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-12-1930
  
Ballard T. Ratliff Johnson County Man Goes To Death Without Fear With Prayer On Lips The body of Ballard T. Ratliff, age 40, a former citizen of Johnson county, was shipped to Paintsville Friday night and was taken charge of by the Paintsville Furniture Company where it lay state in the undertaking parlors of the establishment all day Saturday and up until 9 o’clock Sunday morning. Ratliff was electrocuted at the Eddyville Penitentiary in the early morning hours of Friday, June 13. The body was received in a plain pine box and was clothed in the cheap clothing of prison garb. Relatives of the man caused the body to be placed in a fine casket and clothed in appropriate burial shroud and taken to Barnetts Creek, the scenes of his boyhood days, and the old home of the family for burial Sunday evening. While the body lay in state at the undertaking establishment hundreds of people filed past the bier and viewed the last mortal remains of the man who had paid his life for the murder of a fellow being. Ratliff was a son of the late Andy Ratliff and was born on Barnetts Creek in the county. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of William A. Muse, a carpenter of Louisville, while the latter was placing a wreath of flowers on the grave of his departed wife in St. Louis Cemetery in that city in 1928. Ratliff and Muse were boarders at the same house in Louisville, and Ratliff, proof at the trial showed, knew that Muse carried $1,004 in currency on his person at the time. As the old man was placing the wreath Ratliff alleged to have struck Muse a blow with a claw-hammer from behind which did not bring death at the time, and as his pockets were being rifled and his money taken Muse had a good look at his assailant. Ratliff, the proof at the trial further showed, was recognized by a small boy and arrested and it is said the $1,004 was found on is person which pointed strongly to his guilt. In the meantime Muse was taken to the hospital where he later died, but before his death Ratliff was taken before him and positively identified as the man who had struck the fatal blow and who robbed him of his life’s savings. Ratliff’s features presented a horrible sight as it lay in state at the undertaking establishment. The forehead and temples where the electrodes had rested scorched and seared and the eyes had been burned from their sockets by the powerful charges of electricity that wracked his body as they went crashing through his frame on three different occasions before physicians in charge pronounced life extinct. Ratliff was one of five men who were to have paid the extreme penalty for murder. The other four were negroes, but three of the negroes received stays of execution at the last moment. Ratliff and Richard Edmonds, one of the negroes, paid the supreme penalty shortly after the midnight hour. Ratliff died almost as his victim died- in prayer. Six hours before he started on the death march to the chair, he dropped the mask of insanity he wore for three days, admitting he had tried to appear insane in the hope of escaping the extreme penalty. Although he did not directly admit to guilt, he evaded answering direct questions put to him many times during the last few hours and with the following statement” “I will never say whether I am guilty or innocent. I don’t think it necessary for me to admit my sins, whatever they may be, before I die.” Ratliff walked into the death chamber alert and confident and seated himself unanimated into the electric chair. “I want you all to meet me in glory,” he said. “I want you people to know my troubles are about done.” He watched the proceedings of buckling the straps about his chest, arms and legs with interest. After the electrodes were fixed about one leg and his head, and as the black mask was prepared, he ran his hand through his hair, and looked all about the room and showed a flicker of amusement. He said then, “You fellows look more worried than I do.” The chief engineer, C.E. Collier, then squeezed a solution from a sponge on the electrodes to prevent them from burning the flesh. Then he slipped quietly from the room as the prison chaplain the Rev. L.J. Knoth, stood in front of the chair and prayed. The prayer was drowned in the rumble of the two dynamos which stand in a little room adjoining the death chamber. The din increased and the chaplain stepped aside. On a six-foot instrument board in the dynamo room, Mr. Collier turned three wheel switches and peered at the man in the chair. The needle at the voltmeter on the board settled at 2,200 volts and Mr. Collier removed a peg from under a big switch. An awful stillness pervaded the death chamber. There was a motion from Warden L.R. Gumm and the switch was closed. The scorching bolt hit the man at 12:17 o’clock and racked the body for 20 seconds. As the bolt struck home Ratliff pitched forward as if trying to leap from the chair, straining on the straps. The switch was opened and Ratliff sank back into the chair relieving the tension on the straps. But the man was not dead. In ten seconds the current was sent through his body for another twenty seconds. After this Dr. L.J. Travis, prison physician stepped forward and when attendants loosened the straps he applied the stethoscope. Ratliff still lived. Mr. Collier stepped into the room and after whispering with the doctors had the straps tightened once more. For the third time the electricity went through Ratliff’s body and again, in a short interval. Dr. Travis listened for a heart beat once more-and Ratliff was dead. Ratliff died at exactly 12:23 after being in the chair 5 minutes and 45 seconds. Only one application of the electric current was sufficient to silence Edmonds. The pine box coffin containing the bodies on the negro and the white man were loaded on a truck and taken to the railroad station and continued to their separate destinations. A station agent with brush and paste came forward and stuck a label on each box. That on Ratliff’s read, “Mrs. Carrie Chapman, Paintsville, KY-Ratliff’s aged mother. That on Edmonds box read, “Mrs. Laura Edmonds, 1500 West Chestnut _____, ________ - Edmonds widow. Thus the ….(the rest is unlegiable) Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-19-1930

   
STRICKLIN, John
1930
"WORLD WAR VETERAN SHOT TO DEATH BY ELBY JARVIS TUESDAY MORNING" As a result of a fight which took place somewhere along the Mayo Trail between Paintsville and Abbott Mountain, John Stricklin, 35, is dead and Elby Jarvis, 30, languishes in the Floyd county jail at Prestonsburg, charged with murder.  Stricklin was shot four or five times with a .32 caliber revolver and died almost instantly. The tragedy was enacted Tuesday morning.  Particulars of the trouble is somewhat vague.  The two men had been drinking together and left Paintsville.  It is reported, in an intoxicated condition about 9 o'clock in Jarvis car.  At 10:30 the news reached Paintsville that Stricklin was dead, his body having been found at an abandoned road house one mile south of East Point, just over the line in Floyd county.  The men had evidently engaged in a fight in the car and probably got out of the car to settle the difficulty at or near the road house as evidence of a struggle was evident near the building where an empy pistol holster was found.  Jarvis went to Prestonsburg and surrendered to Floyd county authorities and admitted the slaying of Stricklin,  It is said.  Jarvis told officers that Stricklin was trying to choke him to death and fearing for his life fired the bullets into Stricklins body. However the true story of the killing will not be fully known until the examining trial. Stricklin is a World War veteran and a son of honorable and respected parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dock Stricklin, who are almost prostrated over the affair.  He is married and the father of one child.  He is survived by his father and mother, his wife and child, three brothers and two sisters. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 19 1930

   
TRIMBLE, Grant
1930
"GRANT TRIMBLE COMMITS SUICIDE" "Brooding Over Domestic Troubles Thought to Have Promted Man to Take Poison" Grant Trimble, age about 40, committed suicide about 9 o'clock last Monday morning by drinking an ounce of carbolic acid.  His death was almost instantaneous.  His lips and mouth were badly burned by taking the fiery acid.  Trimble was at the home of his step-father, John Meade, at Staffordsville, on the Garett Highway about two miles and a half west of Paintsville.  Mr. trimble had been to visit daughter and had returned to the Meade home, and in a casual conversation with Mr. Meade asked him that in the event anything unusual happened to him (Trimble), that he take care of his little son who is making his home with Mr. Meade.  This Mr. Meade promised, but not suspecting that Trimble contemplated taking his own life.  According to Mr. Meade, Trimble was at his usual self on Monday morning.  A little before 9 o'clock he picked up a book and went out on the front porch apparently to read.  Members of the family lost track of him until he was found on a bed in an upstairs room in the last throes of death.  It is thought that Trimble took the deadly draught while sitting on the porch and then went upstairs to die, the book being used as a blind to cover up his actions.  As the lifeless body of the despondent man was being carried down stairs a two-ounce bottle of carbolic acid dropped from his pocket with more than an ounce having been consumed.  Dr. J.A. Wells was called but after arriving at the Meade home found that Trimble was already dead.  Trimble was estranged from his wife and lately, it is said they had been having trouble, and brooding over this state of affairs is said to have prompted his rash act.  Besides his widow he is survived by his mother, Mrs. John Meade, and two chilldren, a boy and a girl.  Grant Trimble is a son of Albert Trimble who died at Staffordsville, two years ago. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 19 1930





JULY - 1930
BLANTON, Flossie
1930
Funeral services were held at her parents’ home near Paintsville,  by Rev. Burns Conley. Flossie is survived by her husband, Granville Blanton, a father, mother, one sister and six brothers, all of whom feel the loss of a loving wife, daughter and sister. Gone but not forgotten Gone to the Great Beyond Gone to the land of gladness Where the Saints rejoice with song, Gone to Him that made her. Gone to them that have gone on before. Where no pain or sorrow will be any more. So let us all be prepared To meet our loving friend, And ever around that heavenly throne With angels we will sing. A FRIEND Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-17-1930

   
CONNELLY, William Elzie
1930
Former Johnson Citizen Dies in Topeka Kansas William Elzie Connelly, a former citizen of Johnson County, died July 15, at his home in Topeka, Kansas. He was about 75 years of age and had lived a useful life having gained prominence throughout the country as an author and writer.  At the time of his death he was secretary of the Kansas Historical Society in which position he had served for many years.  Mr. Connelly was a member of the Conley family of Johnson. He was of Irish desent and spelled his name the Irish and correct way, "Connelly."  He was a son of Constantine Conley and was born on Lick Fork in this county.  He was the father of Dr. W. C. Connelly of Salyersville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JULY 31 1930     

   
DAVIS, Ernest
1930
ERNEST DAVIS OF PAINTSVILLE AND THOMAS BAYES OF WEBBVILLE KILLED; OTHERS INJURED Another tragedy of the highway was enacted last Sunday morning at 2:30 o'clock on the Mayo Trail two miles below Louisa when a car belonging to a Mr. Norris ran out of the road and plunged over an embankment and turning over several times instantly killing two of the occupants and more or less seriously injuring three more of the five passengers of the car. News of the tragedy was a distinct shock to Paintsville citizens as one of the dead was Ernest Davis. Ill luck seems to stalk the path of the Davis family.  Only two years ago, Charles Davis, a younger brother of Ernest met a horrible death in a railway accident at Thealka, a mile below Paintsville. Ernest Davis was a ???? young man of excellent ???? many friends and his death mourned by a large number of people. He is a son ???? of Paintsville, ???? Paintsville High School ???? some time he had been a ???? employee of the Paintsville National Bank. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the Missionary Baptist Church with burial Tuesday afternoon by the side of his brother in the Huff Cemetery at the end of the county bridge in East Paintsville. The body of Bayes was shipped to his home at Webbville. Paintsville Herald Thursday, July 10, 1930

   
DELONG, Ethen A.
1930
Ethan A. DeLong, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry DeLong of Akron, Ohio was drowned late Sunday afternoon in Blaine Creek at the Deephole bridge.  He was stricken with a heart attack. Ethan had eaten sandwiches for supper and then went to the creek for a swim.  His father went with him and was standing on the bridge.  He swam across the creek a distance of about 50 feet three or four times. Suddenly he doubled up and went down. He did not come up.  Neighbors located the body after about 45 minutes, but he was dead when found. Dr. W. A. Hayes of Louisa pronounced death due to heart failure. Mr. and Mrs. DeLong were visiting his father, W. P. DeLong at Deephole branch, where the tragedy occurred. The body was shipped to Akron Tuesday morning and funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the residence at 422 Margaret Street. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery. Besides his parents, Ethan is survived by one brother, Claude, and a sister Evelyn Lucille at home. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 10, 1930

   
GOBLE, Pole
1930
Pole Goble, 72, succumbed Monday night at his home on the Mayo Trail, four miles above here, to injuries sustained July 16 when he was struck by an automobile near the Winchester Coal Company’s tipple. Weakened condition of Mr. Goble coupled with severity of injuries about the head, rendered hopes of his recovery vain.  It was said, following an investigation into the accident, that the mishap was unavoidable.  Otis Warfield, of Ashland and Doyle Parsons, of Grayson, were occupants of the car which struck the aged man. Mr. Goble was well known and respected in this vicinity.  He is survived by his widow and two brothers, Ike Goble, of Woods, and Anderson Goble, of Flat Gap. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning by Revs. Wright and Childers, and burial was made on Calf Creek under the direction of E. P. Arnold of this place. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 31, 1930

   
JOHNSON, Mahala H.
1930
Mrs. Mahala H. Johnson, 82, a former resident of Paintsville, died at the home of her son, Dr. Glenn Johnson, Wayne, W. Va., last week.  She had been in poor health for some time. Mrs. Johnson’s husband, James D. Johnson, died 13 years ago.  She had been a very devoted member of the United Baptist church for the last 65 years. She is survived by five sons, S. J. Johnson, Paintsville; Charlie Johnson, Thelma, Ky.; Leonard Johnson of Wayne, W. Va.; and two daughters, Mrs. Joe L. Fralie, Thelma, Ky., and Mrs. Henry Preston of Louisa. Funeral service was held from her son Charlie Johnson, Paintsville, with burial following in the Thelma Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JULY 31, 1930

   
LAYNE, W.H.
1930
Mrs. W. H. Layne, one of the leading women of Prestonsburg died at the Paintsville Hospital here ten minutes after being received at the institution. Mrs. Layne was stricken about 5 o’clock in the afternoon and a after a short consultation it was decided to rush her to the local hospital for emergency treatment. Her sudden death caused a general depression of the community, as she had a wide acquaintance and numbered her friends by the score. She was a member of one of the families of the Big Sandy, born and raised in this town, and intimately connected with social and civic affairs. She was the daughter of Mrs. Alice Hopkins and leaves her husband and two daughters, Mrs. D.R. Berke and Miss Angeline, one son Frank H. Layne, Her mother, one sister, Mrs. T. E. Dimmick of Huntington and one brother John C. Layne. Mrs. Layne was about forty-five. Paintsville Herald 7-31-1930

    
LEMASTER, Beckman
1930
Did not see my grand father s obituary in the list he died July  1 1930, Beckham Lemaster the son of James Monroe and Laura Belle (Blanton)  Lemaster.. Submitted: May 2011     Mary Fyffe,    maryandjack81@live.com


       
MIDDAUGH, Cora (Barker)
1911-1930
On July 18, 1930, death claimed, Mrs. Cora Middaugh, wife of Ambrose Middaugh. Mrs. Middaugh before her marriage was Miss Cora Barker, daughter of Willie Barker.  She was born March 7, 1911, in this county, and was married to Ambrose Middaugh June 26, 1929.  Mrs. Middaugh was a member of the United Baptist Church and her membership was with the Fish Trap Church. She was baptised January 29, 1927.  She was a devoted Christian and died in the faith.  Funeral services were held at her old home on Gullett Branch of Big Paint Creek by Rev. Theodore Williams and Rev. Alonzo Reed, and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends.  Mrs. Middaugh leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Ambrose Middaugh, her father and mother, four sisters and three brothers and a host of friends. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-31-1930

   
PATRICK, Hazel
1930
"Popular and Lovable Young High School Girl Passed Away After Illness of Two Years" Miss Hazel Patrick, age 21, died last Monday morning at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Sam Stapleton, Sr., in Paintsville, from hemorrhage of the lungs, following an illness of three years duration of tuberculosis. Miss Patrick was a very popular young lady with a lovable disposition and made friends of all with whom she came in contact and her death brings sadness to the hearts of many relatives and true friends throughout Johnson and Magoffin counties. For the past two years she had been an inmate of Hazelwood Sanatorium.  Louisville where she had been sent by her family with the hope of restoring her health, but returned to Paintsville June 15, where she remained and was tenderly cared for by her family until the end. Miss Patrick was a student of the Paintsville High School where she completed the Eighth Grade and had taken three years of high school when the condition of her health forced her to forsake her studies and enter the sanatorium. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church, Tuesday at 2:30 o’clock in charge of Rev. John Prater of Salyersville, assisted by Rev. Thos. B. Ashley and Rev. F. S. VanHoose of Paintsville, with burial in the Wells-Buckingham cemetery in Bridgeford addition. Miss Patrick was a daughter of Claude Patrick of Salyersville, her mother having preceded her in death several years ago.   She is survived by one brother, Hari Patrick of Paintsville. She was a granddaughter of the late Sam Stapleton of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 24, 1930

   
PRICE, Martin Luther
1930
"M.L. Price, 67, Believed to have been victim of Heart Trouble; Been in ill health" Martin Luther Price, age 67, an old and respected citizen of Paintsville was found dead in bed at his home Sunday morning at 6:00 am. It is not known how long life had been extinct but its believed that he passed away a little past the midnight hour. Members of the family had come in from the show at 10:30 or 11:00 o’clock when Mr. Price was known to be alive and breathing normally. Another member of the family came in after midnight, but did not notice Mr. Price snoring or making any other noise but thinking nothing of it retired for the night. From this it is safe to assume that death came in the early hours of Sunday morning. Members of the family called to him to come to breakfast at 6:00 Sunday morning but received no response and becoming alarmed made and investigation and found him cold in death. Although Mr. Price has been in ill health for a year, he was in his usual health Saturday evening when he retired and it is thought that he suffered a heart attack during the night and that death came peaceable and without a struggle. Mr. Price has been a life-long residence of Paintsville and during most of the time has been engaged in the barber business. He is a member of a very prominent family of Johnson County and is an uncle of Mrs. Alice Mayo of Ashland. He has one living brother, Mr. N.J. Price of Paintsville. Mr. Price is the father of sixteen children all of whom are living by two marriages. In addition to his wife, Mrs. Mandy Price, he is survived by the following children. By his first marriage, Mrs. Harry Lyons, Mrs. Lon Stapleton and Mrs. Press Hall of Paintsville and a Mrs. Johnson of West Va. By his second marriage, Otto Price, Ashland, Mrs. Music and John Price of Auxier; Russell Orice, Jack Price, Ted Price, Miss Mildred Price, Miss Josephine Price and Harry Price all of Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Freewill Baptist Church. Burial services followed in the Mayo Cemetery charge of the Odd Fellows of which he was an honored member. Mr. Price was awarded a gold badge recently in honor of his long membership and service to Odd Fellowship. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 10, 1930

   
STAFFORD, T. R.
1930
T. R. Stafford  passes after brief illness.   Retired merchant and well known citizen died, Monday at Oil Springs. T.R. Stafford, 68, died at his home last Tuesday morning at 2:00 a.m. He was in his usual good health until Monday afternoon when he was suddenly stricken with a severe pain in the head, from which he died a few hours later. His sudden death was a shock to his family and friends. Four years ago his wife died at the old home place at Oil Springs and since her death, Mr. Stafford had been making his home with his children. He was a member of one of the county's oldest and best known families. and of His sister's and brothers living are as follows: Mrs. Tallie Roberts, Paintsville; Mary Picklesimer, Greenup, Ky. Harry B. Stafford, Tampa, Florida; F.M. Stafford, Los Angeles, California; Frank Stafford, Catlettsburg. The following children survived                                                    ; Mrs. M.O. Wheeler, Miss Badge Stafford, Miss Louise Stafford, Ray Stafford, Earl Stafford, Harvey Stafford, Grady Stafford, Charlie Stafford. Funeral Services were held at the Stafford home at Oil Springs, Wednesday at 2:30 p.m Officiating was Rev. Thomas B. Ashley of the Methodist church in Paintsville, Ky. In the death of Mr. Stafford the county has lost a valuable citizen. For years he was a progressive business man and conducted one of the largest general stores in the county. He reared a large family of children and educated them. He had lived an honorable upright life and his influence for good was felt in his community. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-24-1930

   
WARD, John D.
1930
"C. & O. Fireman Drops Dead" John D. Ward Former Paintsville man dies suddenly while eating at Elkhorn City John D. Ward, C.& O. fireman died suddenly at Elkhorn City last Friday morning presumably from heart trouble. Mr. Ward had arisen early and together with the engineer had gone to a restaurant for breakfast preparatory to making his regular run on No. 37 passenger train. He had ordered his breakfast and as he picked up a cup of coffee pitched forward out of his chair dead. Mr.Ward is a former Paintsville man and is a son of former Post Master of Paintsville Wm. A. Ward and is a brother of Smith Ward of this city. He was a man of excellent health and powerful physique and his death came without warning. Funeral services were conducted in Paintsville Sunday by Rev. J.D. Bell, pastor of the Mayo Memorial Church, with burial in the Mayo Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-17-1930





AUGUST - 1930
BROWN, E. M.
1930
"Passes Away: Burial Mon. Member of Prominent Family Died After Long Illness" E.M. (Cap) Brown, age 40 died at his home in Paintsville last Saturday night after a long illness from tuberculosis.  For the past several months, his condition had been serious and during the few weeks preceding, his death had been confined to his room. Mr. Brown was a member of one of the most prominent families in Johnson County.  His father was the late Frank A. Brown, one of the leading businessmen of Paintsville forty years ago.  The death of E.M. Brown removes all of a larges family of children with the exception of one, Mrs. Josie Preston of Georges Creek.  For many years, the deceased was engaged in the real estate and oil business and at one time had amazed considerable wealth.  He was instrumental in the opening and development of Bridgford Addition, one of Paintsville’s most important sub-division and installed a water system in that section before the present city system was installed.  Funeral and burial took place Monday.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. D. Belt of the Mayo Memorial Church of which he was a member.  Burial in the old Brown Cemetery on the hill back of Paintsville.  He is survived by a wife and one daughter.  “Cap” Brown as he was familiarly known to the people of this section had many friends and his death had caused much grief. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-4-1930

   
COLVIN, Mrs. John
1930
Mrs. John Colvin Mrs. Colvin Passes After Long Illness Mrs. John Colvin of East Paintsville died at her home August 5th. Mrs. Colvin had been in ill health for the past two years. She leaves to mourn their loss two daughters, Mrs. C. P. Lacey of Bradford, Pa., Mrs. Mary Jackson of Paintsville and two sons, Herschel and Oscar Colvin, both of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday, conducted by Rev. Will Rice. Burial followed in the Huff Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG. 21, 1930

  
DANIEL, Ralph
1930
Ralph Daniel Becomes Human Torch When Gasoline Ignite Burial Sunday Ralph Daniel, age about 30, of Sycamore this county, received burns early last Friday morning from which he died Friday evening at the Paintsville Hospital, after several hours of intense suffering. Mr. Daniel was a miner employed by the North-East Coal Company and had gone to the barn where he kept his car before daylight.  He had transferred a bucket of gasoline from another car preparatory for his trip to the mines.  He had made the transfer without accident, but as he began to pour the gasoline into the tank of his car, it ignited from a carbide lamp carried by a small boy who came too close to the fuel. The gasoline was not burning fiercely in the open bucket, and Daniels started for the outside of the barn to throw the flaming bucket away.  As Daniels and the boy went into the barn, the barn door swung closed and, not knowing the door was closed, the man dashed headlong into the barn door which knocked him to the barn floor and, as he fell, the entire contents of the bucket were thrown upon his clothing.  As the gasoline became spread out, it burned more fiercely, and the man became a living torch.  His clothing was burned from his body.  The barn and its contents, including Mr. Daniel’s car, were consumed by the flames. The burned man was brought to the Paintsville Hospital for treatment, but his burns were so frightful that he died a few hours later.  The body was taken to the undertaking parlors of the Paintsville Furniture Company and prepared for burial which took place in the family burying ground Sunday. Besides his wife, Mr. Daniel is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jep Daniel of Sycamore, with whom he made his home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPT. 4, 1930

   
FRANKLIN, Mrs. Charles (Dills)
1930
Former Citizen Dies At Catlettsburg Mrs. Charles Franklin, 30 years old, a former resident of Paintsville, but who has made her home at Hampton City, Catlettsburg, died last week at the King's Dau- ghters' Hospital at Ashland following a two weeks illness of typhoid fever. Mrs. Franklin was the daughter of the late Tom Dills and is survived by her mother, Mrs. W. I. McCloud of West Paintsville, her husband and five children.  She was formerly the wife of R. V. Daniel who was killed on the C. & O. railroad a few years ago. She was later married to Mr. Franklin. The body was shipped to the home of her mother, in Paintsville last Thursday night and bur- ial took place Thursday afternoon in the Turner Cemetery three miles west of the city. Paintsville Herald, Thursday, 8-14-1930

   
HAGER, John J.
1930
John J. Hager II, age 76 years, died at his home in Bristol, Tenn., August 19, after a brief illness.  Mr. Hager was a very prominent personage in his community with a large circle of friends and admirers. He was a member of the Hager family of the Big Sandy valley and was a son of the late Col. John Jackson Hager, of Hager Hill, this county.  John J. Hager II was a descendant of Brigadier General Daniel Hager and related to the descendants of this famous general who reside in this county.  Mr. Hager is survived by D. Mart Hager, formerly of Hager Hill, but now of Wshington, Mrs. Julia Jayne and Mrs. Lou Walker of this county.  John J. Hager II was a gentleman of the old school- a kindly courteous, Southern gentleman, His God, his country, and his family were the three things in life dearest to him. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11 1930

   
LITTERAL, Charles S.
1930
"Sons of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Litteral Stricken While On Visit 3rd Will Recover" Gordon Litteral, Jr., age 5, and his brother, Charles Stewart Litteral, age 2, children of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Litteral, died at Oil Springs, following a short illness from flux.  Gordon Jr., the eldest son, passed away Sunday night, while Charles Stewart died on the following morning.  The third and youngest child of the family was also stricken and for a time was seriously ill, but will recover, Dr. F.M. Witten, the attending physician reports.  Mr. and Mrs. Litteral reside near Columbus, Ohio and had drove through for a visit with relative and friends at Oil Springs, their former home.  The severe hot weather encountered on the trip from Columbus, and the change of water, is thought to have been responsible for bringing about the disease.  Dr. Witten of Paintsville, a retired physician and an old friend of the family was called to attend the children, but all attempts to save the lives of the children were futile.  Dr. Witten reports that a severe epidemic of flux swept Johnson County in 1886 during which time a number of our best citizens were taken.  During this epidemic Dr. Witten says he attended as high as 200 patients a day.  Mr. and Mrs. Litteral are natives of Johnson County, Mr. Litteral being a son of Harry Litteral. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Litteral in their overwhelming loss.  The little ones were buried in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-7-1930

   
LITTERAL, Gordon Jr.
1930
"Sons of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Litteral Stricken While On Visit 3rd Will Recover" Gordon Litteral, Jr., age 5, and his brother, Charles Stewart Litteral, age 2, children of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Litteral, died at Oil Springs, following a short illness from flux.  Gordon Jr., the eldest son, passed away Sunday night, while Charles Stewart died on the following morning.  The third and youngest child of the family was also stricken and for a time was seriously ill, but will recover, Dr. F.M. Witten, the attending physician reports.  Mr. and Mrs. Litteral reside near Columbus, Ohio and had drove through for a visit with relative and friends at Oil Springs, their former home.  The severe hot weather encountered on the trip from Columbus, and the change of water, is thought to have been responsible for bringing about the disease.  Dr. Witten of Paintsville, a retired physician and an old friend of the family was called to attend the children, but all attempts to save the lives of the children were futile.  Dr. Witten reports that a severe epidemic of flux swept Johnson County in 1886 during which time a number of our best citizens were taken.  During this epidemic Dr. Witten says he attended as high as 200 patients a day.  Mr. and Mrs. Litteral are natives of Johnson County, Mr. Litteral being a son of Harry Litteral. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Litteral in their overwhelming loss.  The little ones were buried in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-7-1930

   
LYON, Susan
1930
"Susan Lyon, Aged Woman Died Sunday Widow Of The Late George Lyons Passes After Long Life Funeral Tuesday" Susan Lyon, age about 70, one of the oldest and most highly respected Christian women of Paintsville died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sis Barnet of East Paintsville Sunday from infirmities due to advanced age.  Mrs. Lyon had been in ill health for the past few years and had made her home with her daughter since the death of her husband a number of years ago.  She was a devoted Christian woman and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  Mrs. Lyon was the widow of the late George Lyon, one of the best men ever lived and died in Paintsville, the influences of whose good deeds still live in the community in which he lived.  Mrs. Lyon is survived by three boys, Clyde Lyon, Harry Lyon and Charley Lyon and one daughter live in Paintsville.  Another son, Ben Lyon, has not been heard of for 15 years or more, the family not knowing whether or not he is still living.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Freewill Baptist Church conducted by Rev. H. B. Conley, Rev. F. S. VanHoose of the Freewill Baptist Church and Rev. Thoa B. Ashley of the M. E. Church.  Burial in the old Huff Cemetery near the C & O depot. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-4-1930

   
MEEK, Greenville
1901-1930
Greenville Meek, 29 years of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Meek of Auxier, Ky., was found dead in the office of Dr. G. M. Sturgell on Thirteenth Street in Ashland last week under somewhat peculiar circumstances which so far has baffled solution by Ashland police. A number of persons were arrested or held for investigation following Meek’s death, which finally culminated in a warrant being issued for Dr. Sturgell on a manslaughter charge. A number of needle punctures were found on Meek’s arms, indicating that a hypodermic needle had been used to inject some kind of narcotic. The contents of Meek’s stomach was sent to the State Board of Health for analysis to determine whether or not the stomach contained poison of any kind. It is said that Meek had been suffering from heart trouble for a couple of weeks and according to Dr. Sturgill, had come to his office and asked for an injection to stimulate heart action. Meek is a member of a prominent family of the Big Sandy Valley and was born in Paintsville where his father Warren M. Meek was editor and publisher of The Paintsville Herald for a number of years. The body was taken to Auxier and buried in the family burying grounds on the Meek farm at that place Sunday.  He was a nephew of Mrs. Alice Mayo of Ashland. Besides the father and mother he is survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. Thelma Harmon. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 21, 1930
    
Greenville Maitland Meek was born November 11, 1901 at Paintsville, Kentucky and died August 14, 1930 at Ashland, Kentucky at the age of 28 years, 9 months and 3 days.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Meek of Auxier, Kentucky and the grandson of Greenville M. Meek, deceased, one of the pioneers of the Big Sandy Valley.  He was united in marriage April 16, 1926 to Ruth Music, a teacher in the Public schools of the county, and to this union was born one son, Jonah Maitland Meek who preceded his father in death at a tender age. Greenville was a lovable young man of many sterling qualities and his sudden demise comes as a distinct shock to his relatives and friends in the Big Sandy Valley, for it may be said of him that his friends were legion and his enemies few and for all he had a cheerful greeting and a kind word. His passing has cast a pall of gloom over the entire community and has left an aching void in the hearts of his relatives which can only be soothed by the hand of time into a hallowed memory. The funeral was held at his home at DeLong Place near Auxier, Kentucky and was largely attended by sorrowing friends and relatives who paid a final tribute to his memory after which he was placed by the side of his infant son in the family cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ruth Music Meek, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Meek, one sister, Mrs. Frank E. Harmon, of Wayland, and numerous relatives throughout the Big Sandy Valley. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 4, 1930

   
BOYD, Allen
1930
"Youth Killed At Graves Shoals" Marcus Price, age 20, is in the toils of the law, following a shooting, which took place last Saturday at Graves Shoals.  Allen Boyd, age 22, is reported to have been killed in the encounter.  It is said that the two youth had engaged in a quarrel some time before the shooting, but had apparently settled their differences but Saturday they met again and again became engaged in a quarrel with the result that Boyd was shot and killed and Price wounded by a shot in the hip.  Price was brought to the Paintsville Hospital where his wounds were dressed and later taken into custody by officers. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-14-1930

   
STRATTON, Granville R.
1856-1930
"A Pioneer Passed Away July 22" Mr. Granville R. Stratton had been visiting his daughter, Mrs. Wm Lockhart, of Ashland, Ky., for a few days.  While preparing to leave for the C.&O. depot he asked for a drink of water, remarking to his daughter. " I feel as if i am going to faint."  Taking a few swallows of water and while handing the cup back he fell dead. The body was taken to a funeral home and prepared for burial, being shipped Tuesday morning to his home at Auxier.  The deceased man was a native of Johns Creek and was born in 1856, being 75 years of age.  He was well known in Floyd County, as a member of the M. E. Church, South, and for a number of years he was a member of the " Stranger but once" Bible Class at Auxier and will be missed by the entire class. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Eady Brown Stratton, a sister of J.F. Brown of Prestonsburg; three daughters and one son, Mrs. Rosa Mayo, Auxier; Mrs. Mary Lockhart, Ashland, Mrs. Anna Webb, Auxier, Willie Stratton, Betsy Layne, one sister Mrs. Agie Morris, widow of the late Billie Morris, veteran railway conductor. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY  AUGUST 7 1930

   
WARD, William A.
1930
Wm. A. Ward Passes After Long Illness Former Paintsville Man Died at Catlettsburg Saturday Night Was Postmaster William A. Ward, age 65, died at his home at Catlettsburg at 11:25 o’clock last Saturday night after an illness of more than two years.  At the time of his death he was superintendent of the Atlantic Bridge Corporation which spans the Big Sandy River at Catlettsburg in which position he had served since moving to Catlettsburg from Paintsville. Mr. Ward was a native of Johnson County having been born and spent most of his life in Paintsville where he had many friends and relatives.  During his life he had held many positions of honor and trust.  He served one term as Postmaster at Paintsville under the administration of President Wilson and later was chief of police.  He resigned his position as Police Chief to become superintendent of the bridge company at Catlettsburg.  He was a member of the M. E. Church, south and was prominent in lodge circles being a member of Paintsville Lodge No. 288, I.O.O.F. Besides his widow, he is survived by two children, Mrs. T. J. Powell of Graham, Ky, and Smith Ward of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the Mayo Memorial Church Paintsville at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.  Interment followed in the Mayo cemetery overlooking Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday, August 14, 1930
   
William A. Ward, the subject of this sketch, was born in Johnson County, Ky., October 1, 1863.  He was married to Minta Ellen Borders, December 23, 1880.  To this union was born five children, only two, Hester and Smith survive him.  Carrie, John and Guff having preceded him in death. He married Effie Cassady Aug. 8. 1912.  While no children blessed this union, yet it was a happy one.  The devotion exemplified by them in their married life was ideal. Mr. Ward, early in life manifested a strong inclination for steamboating, and for twenty years served as Captain and Pilot of Big Sandy steamboats, being identified with a line of boats owned by Captain Meek, during most of these years. Later he was employed by C. C. Mayo, whom he served faithfully until his death in 1914.  Following Mr. Mayo’s death, Mr. Ward was appointed a guard at the Frankfort penitentiary.  He resigned this position to accept the Postmastership at Paintsville, which was given him during the first administration of President Wilson.  He was postmaster at Paintsville for a period of nine years and resigned this position and moved to the country. Later he was elected Chief of Police of Paintsville by the City Council.  After holding that position for a year and a half, resigned to accept a position as Superintendent of Midland & Atlantic Abridge Corporation toll bridge that spans the Big Sandy at Catlettsburg, Ky., where he lived at the time of his death August 9, 1930. He filled all of these positions honorably and was loved and respected by every one. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a good citizen and a true friend.  He will be missed. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, being converted at a meeting in Paintsville conducted under the ministry of Rev. C. A. Slaughter while he was pastor of the Mayo Memorial Church in Paintsville.
Paintsville Herald Thursday August 21, 1930



SEPTEMBER - 1930
PRATER, John
1930
"JOHN PRATER KILLED ON R.R. TRACKS" Glo, Ky. Man Accidentally Killed While on Visit To Offutt. BADLY MANGLED John Prater, age about 30, received injuries at Offutt, Ky., from which he died later, when his body was ground beneath a passing locomotive.  Just how the accident happened is not definitely known.  Mr. and Mrs. Prater had been visiting Deo Sparts, Prater's father-in-law.  On the evening of the fatal accident Prater had gone to the home of a neighbor to transact some trivial business.  During the interval a freight train passed and Prater's mangled body was picked up from the railroad tracks by neighbors who discovered his plight.  It is not known whether he attempted to board the moving train and was thrown under the wheels or wether he was run down.  He was rushed to the Painstville Hospital for examination and treatment.  Both legs were badly mangled besides bodily bruises and cuts.  Both legs were amputated in an effort to save his life, but loss of blood and the shock from the operation were too much and he died shortly after leaving the operating table.  The remains were taken to the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co., and prepared for burial which took place at Offutt Monday afternoon.  Besides his parents, Prater is survived by his wife and three small children. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-4-1930

   
RICE, Elizabeth
1930
"Mrs. Elizabeth Rice Age 87 Years Died Last Sunday" Elizabeth Rice Johnson County lost another grand old woman last Saturday when Mrs. Elizabeth Rice passed to the great beyond. Mrs. Rice was 87 years of age, being the widow of the late Wall Rice. For the past 5 years Mrs. Rice had been very sick and practically an invalid. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Eugene Preston and was given every care by Mr. and Mrs. Preston. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter Mrs. Preston in Greentown and the burial took place at the old family cemetery at Little Mud Lick the same afternoon. Rev. Millard VanHoose and F. S. VanHoose officiating. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Eugene Preston of Paintsville and three sons; Sayler Rice of Volga and Charlie Rice of Sitka and Will Rice of Greentown. Her death was a great loss to the community. She was a member of one of the oldest and best families who were the pioneer families of this county. The Paintsville Herald Thursday September 18, 1930

   
STAPLETON, Alf
1930
"Aged Citizen A Victim Of Heart Attack" "Alf Stapleton Dies Suddenly  at Home of Son in Paintsville""Burial Tuesday"  Uncle Alf Stapleton, age 83, one of the best known and highly respected citizens of Johnson county, died suddenly last Monday morning at the home of his son in Bridgford Addition from a heart attack.  Mr. Stapleton has been in his usual good health and had been doing some light work about the place just a few minutes before his death, and the end came without warning.  He had complained of becoming blind and started to go into the house and died before a doctor could be summoned. Mr. Stapleton was a retired farmer and merchant and at the time of is death was making his home with his son Proctor who is proprietor of the Depot Restaurant. He was born in February, 1847, and was a member of the United Baptist Church.  For many years he had lived a devoted Christian life.  He had many relatives and friends in Johnson county who mourn his passing. Mr. Stapleton is survived by three children, North Stapleton and Mrs. Laura Borders, of Mt. Sterling, Ky., and Proctor Stapleton of Paintsville. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the old Stapleton homestead n Bakers Branch of Toms Creek Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. H. B. Conley, Rev. Arthur Green, Rev. Millard VanHoose.  Burial followed in the old family burying ground. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 18, 1930




OCTOBER - 1930
ALLEN, Frank B.
1930
"Former Big Sandy Citizen Commits Suicide At Catlettsburg" Ill Health Cause Frank B Allen prominent merchant of Big Sandy Road, Catlettsburg, committed suicide at his home last Sunday morning by shooting himself through the head.  Death was instant as the bullet pierced his brain.  Mr. Allen was 54 years old and had been in ill health for some time, and members of the family assign this as the cause of his suicide.  Mr. Allen had made his home in Catlettsburg for the past six years and was in the grocery business. Previous to this time, he had lived in the west for 14 years.  Mr. Allen was well known in this town being a son of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Allen of Lowmansville.  He had a sister, Mrs. Julia Brown, who resides in Paintsville.  Besides his sister, Mrs. Brown and his parents he is also survived by two children, three brothers, Charles, Milton and Joe Allen of Catlettsburg, and a sister, Mrs. Allena Chandler of Catlettsburg.  Funeral services and burial took place at Lowmansville. Paintsville Heard Thursday 10-16-1930

   
BORDERS, Mrs Harrison (Boyd)
1930
FORMER JOHNSON COUNTY WOMAN DIED ON BEAVER CREEK OCTOBER 25 Mrs. Harrison Borders, a former citizen of Johnson County, died at the Martin Hospital on Saturday October 25, after an illness of some time. Mrs. Borders was a good wife and mother and her presence will be missed by her husband and children. Mrs. Borders was a daughter of Albert Boyd. Of Thelma, this county, and has many relatives here who will be grieved to learn of her passing. She has a brother, Mr. Everett Body, and a sister, Mrs., Mack Ward, who resides in Paintsville. She is survived by her father several brothers and sisters, her husband and five small children, Ruth Raymond, Cecil, Willie Jean and Clarence. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church at Maytown, Sunday morning with burial in the Maytown Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-30-1930

   
BRANHAM, Joe Wheeler
1930
Joe Wheeler Branham, 29 years old, well-known Prestonsburg resident, died at the Paintsville hospital Tuesday after a 10 day illness with typhoid.  Mr. Branham was taken to the hospital on Monday and died the following day.  Mr. Branham was employed by the Middle Creek Coal Company and was very industrious young man and had many friends in this section.  He was the son of the late Sol Branham and Mrs. Sallie Branham who survive.  Besides his mother, Mr. Branham is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eulah Crum Branham, and the following brothers and sisters:  John, Ballard, Dave, Lewis and Cobie Branham and Mrs. Ora Hopson and Mrs. Fletcher Mayo, all of this place.  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon from the home in the Garfield Addition here and burial was made in the May cemetery.  Funeral and burial were under the direction of E. P. Arnold. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-22-1930


   
FITCH, Mack
1930
One of the saddest occurrences that has ever taken pace was the death of Mack Fitch who was killed almost instantly in an automobile wreck near Barnetts creek bridge about 7:45 p.m. last Saturday evening.  This was one of the saddest occasion that has ever occurred here. He had been employed by the North-East Coal Company for 17 years.  He had a wonderful record for always being on the job and always had a smile on his face trying to cheer everyone up.  He was 29 years of cage and was reared in Johnson County.  He had been in the employ of the North-East since he was old enough to work.  He was beloved of all who knew him. Among those who mourn the loss are his wife and four small children, the oldest of whom is 8 years of age, his mother, Mrs. Zettie Fitch, two brothers Arch Fitch and Sherman Fitch of Thealka, two sisters, Mrs. Wm. McKenzie and Mrs. Wm., J. Ward. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-9-1930
   
Mack Fitch and Wick Wheeler Victims in auto Mishaps Two Women Hurt A number of automobile accidents occurred in this section, two of them with fatal consequences, over the week end. The dead are Mack Fitch, 30, of Thealka, Ky., and Wick Wheeler, 35, of Wheelersburg, Ky. The first accident occurred on the Garrett Highway at Preston Hill, about one mile out of Inez, when the car craven by Mr. Wheeler left the road and plunged down a one hundred foot embankment.  Mr. Wheeler left Inez after night fall with two passengers in his car, a boy of about 17 and a girl about 15 years old.  The boy said that Wheeler lighted a cigarette and momentarily relaxed his vigilance and allowed the machine to leave the road. The machine then skidded along the edge of the road for a distance of one hundred feet before it took the fatal plunge down the precipice of the rocks below.  The car turned over several times and when it finally came to rest at the bottom.  Mr. Wheeler and the boy were both pinned beneath the machine.  The boy, however was caught by the feet and by slipping off his slippers extricated himself, but  Mr. Wheeler was caught in such a manner that he could not be gotten out.  The boy went back to the highway and flagged a passing automobile and the machine was lifted from Wheeler’s body.  Mr. Wheeler was frightfully crushed.  His right shoulder was mashed to a pulp, his neck was dislocated and the back of the head crushed.  The boy and girl escaped with minor injuries.  The injured were taken to Inez for first aid treatment, but Mr. Wheeler died a few minutes after reaching the doctor’s office.  Despite his injuries he remained conscious and directed that the doctor attend to the injuries of the boy first. Wheeler’s home was at Wheelersburg, Ky., although he and his brother had been working in West Virginia for the past two years operating a drilling rig in Mingo County.  His brother, L. M. Wheeler was just ahead of his brother when the fatal accident occurred.  He came on to Paintsville and drove to his home at Oil Springs and did not know of his brother’s death until Saturday morning. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Wheelersburg in charge of the Masonic Order.  Services were conducted by the Rev. J. J. Prater and Rev. Lon Conley, burial in the Old Wheeler cemetery at Wheelersburg. Besides his widow, Mr. Wheeler is survived by four children, his parents Rev. and Mrs. Charles Wheeler, of Wheelersburg, Ky.; four sisters, Mrs. L. F. Lemaster, Chandlerville, Kt, Mrs. Lonza Brown, Wheelersburg and Misses Berta and Wanna Wheeler at home; one brother, L. M. Wheeler of Oil Springs. The second accident to exact its toll of human life occurred on the Garrett Highway Saturday afternoon when the car driven by R. C. Boyd with Mack Fitch and another party as passengers left the road near the mouth of Barnetts and turned over several times. Boyd and Fitch were traveling towards Salyersville when the car is reported to have plunged over a culvert.  Mr. Boyd was thrown clear of the car but Fitch was caught under the wreckage and crushed to death.  He died instantly.  The bodies of the two men were picked up by passing motorists and brought to Paintsville where the body of Fitch was taken to the undertaking establishment of the Paintsville Furniture Company and prepared for burial.  Mr. Boyd was taken to the Paintsville Hospital where he received medical attention and is recovering. Fitch is survived by his widow and four small children.  Funeral services were conducted at Thealka Sunday.  Burial followed at the cemetery at Thealka. Fitch was a miner employed by the North East Coal Company where he had worked for a number of years. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-9-1930

   
HALL, James
1930
AUTO ACCIDENT FATAL TO ONE JAMES HALL DIES FROM INJURIES; SON SERIOUSLY HURT An automobile accident of fatal consequences occurred three miles out of Salyersville on the Royalton Road at 2 o'clock a.m. Sunday.  The victims of the mishap were James Hall, 72, and his son, Boyd Hall, who were en route to Prestons from Ohio.  Hall and his son were moving to Floyd county and were driving by night in order to avoid traffic over the detour through Royalton and Ivyton when the accident occurred.  The truck in which the Halls were riding is said to have went over the embankment when the driver swerved to the side of the highway in an effort to avoid colliding with with another car occupied by 3 men, Gardner Oney and Bill Joe Oney, both of West Liberty, Ky., and Clarence Arnett of Salyersville. The elder Hall and his son were badly crushed.  They were picked up from the wreckage and rushed to the Paintsville Hospital where the older man died a few hours after reaching the hospital.  Shock and internal injuries caused his death attaches of the hospital report.  Boyd Hall was badly injured but will recover.  Besides several cuts and bruises, he suffered a fracture of the right pelvis. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCTOBER 30 1930

   
PACK, Sarah (Daniel)
1930
Mrs. Pack Died Wednesday Young Paintsville Matron Succumbs After Lingering Illness Early Wednesday morning, October 22, Mrs. Walter Pack, 20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Daniel of Charley, Ky., died at her father’s home.  She had been suffering from a lingering illness and although it was felt that her condition was critical, her death came as a distinct shock to her multitude of friends and relatives. About midnight on the night of her death her father and mother carried her downstairs where a fire had been built so that she might be relieved of her suffering after she had suddenly come worse than usual.  She passed away shortly after the family had made their last loving effort to alleviate her pains. Before her marriage to Walter Pack, who is employed in Paintsville by the Sandy Valley Grocery Company, Mrs. Pack will be remembered as Sarah Daniel. The large number of people who gathered at the residence of Mrs. Sarah E. Caudill on Froghonery, where the funeral was held, showed the esteem in which Sarah was held by all who knew her.  During her long illness, her dear mother and father and brothers and sisters cared for her as a baby and they loved her with a devotion that was beautiful to behold. All the family were at home when the end came except her sister Gypsy, who was away teaching school, and her husband, who was in Paintsville. Besides a large number of relatives and friends she is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Thomas, Gertrude, Taylor, and John Elmo at home, and Gyspsy who teachers school at Chandlerville. Among those present at the burial from out of the county were:  Samuel E. Caudill of Ashland; Elza Caudill and family of Kellog, W. Va., Johnny Caudill of Betsy Layne; Clarence Baldridge and family of Martin; Robert Baldridge and family of Georges Creek, and Roy Baldridge and family of Hinton, W. Va. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 30, 1930

   
PACK, Vinson
1930
Vinson Pack died at Chandlerville Oct. 27 Vinson Pack died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Pack of Chandlerville after a lingering illness and was 24 years old. Although his critical condition was sensed by the family, his death came as a distinct shock to all who knew him. He is survived by his parents, three sisters and four brothers, all of whom were at home at the time of his death except one sister who lives in Springfield, Ohio. Burial took place in the family cemetery on the head of Rockhouse.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows at Chandlerville who had charge of the funeral. The large number of people who gathered at the home of his parents showed the esteem in which Vinson was held by all who knew him.  During his long illness his father and mother and brothers and sisters cared for him like a baby, and they loved him with a devotion that was beautiful. An exceptionally large crowd attended the funeral and burial. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 6, 1930

   
PRESTON, John
1930
"Jas. Preston Passes After Long Illness" Well Known Paintsville Man Died Saturday October 25.  Funeral Monday James L. Preston, 45, a well known and highly respected citizen of Paintsville, died at his home on Frank street in East Paintsville, Saturday, October 25, after an illness of more than two years.  Mr. Preston was one of the county's best citizens and had led an upright, Christian life, and his passing is mourned by a large number of relatives and friends.  He was a member of one of Johnson County's old and respected families, being a son of the late Ballard and Angie Preston.  Mr. Preston was formerly an employee of the Paintsville Grocery Company as shipping clerk.  Two years ago he suffered a nervous breakdown from which he never recovered.  Mr. Preston is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susie Preston (nee Walters), and three children, James Walters, Ruby and George.  He is also survived by two brothers, Warren H. Preston and Hopkins Preston both of Paintsville.  Funeral services were held at the Mayo Memorial Church Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. John Prater and Rev. J. H. Picklesimer of the United Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. J. D. Bell, pastor of the Mayo Memorial Church.  Burial took place in the old Preston Cemetery in East Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-30-1930

   
PRESTON, Roberta
1930
Roberta Preston, age 13, died of typhoid fever a few days ago. She was a daughter of J. Frank Preston son of Joe B. Preston of Patrick, this county.  The mother of Roberta is in a Pikeville hospital, and also another member of the family with typhoid.  They have been living in Allen, Floyd County for quite a while. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-22-1930

  
RICE, William E.
1930
"Old Union Soldier Answers Last" "Call Wm. E. Rice Passes After a Long and Useful Life" On October 14, 1930, there passed to his reward one of Johnson County’s oldest and most substantial citizens, William E. Rice.  He was born July 3, 1845, in Floyd County (now Magoffin County), Ky.  Mr. Rice spent his entire life in the neighborhood in which he was born, and a useful and upright life it was.  He was always found on the moral side of all questions, and his influence was always toward higher and better things in the material, moral, and spiritual lines.  He was a man whose word was as good as his bond, and every one who came in contact with him, and knew him, trusted him implicitly.  He had the courage of his convictions, and if necessary would fight for what he believed to be right. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Union Army, and fought to the close of the great war between the states, and his family now is in possession of his honorable discharge, signed at Louisville September 15, 1865, by the late Captain John Milt Atkinson.  He was a member of the Company B, Battalion 14, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and was a model soldier and a true patriot.  He loved his country and his country’s flag, and was willing to give his life if needed for the high ideals of American Liberty. Mr. Rice was practically all of his active life a consistent member of the United Baptist Church and was a true Christian in every sense of the word.  In the years to come, long after his earthly remains shall have molded into dust, the influence of his Christian character will be felt in the neighborhood in which he lived and worked. On April 4, 1866, Mr. Rice was married to Amanda J. Patrick, and to this union was born two sons, James F. and Eddie Rice. Eddie Rice died March 1, 1903.  James F. Rice is still living and is one of the most honored and respected citizens of the county.  Besides his son, James F. Rice, Mr. Rice leaves surviving him, his widow, Amanda J. Rice, his daughter-in-law Emily Rice, one grandson, Eschel Rice, one daughter-in-law Hazel Rice, and one great grandson William E. Rice. The funeral services were conducted at the Rice home on Wednesday, October 15, by Hargus Conley and Millard O’Brian.  In addition to the relatives, hundreds of friends who respected the memory of this noble character attended the funeral. In the passing of Mr. Rice one is caused to pause and reflect that the strong characters, who have borne the heat and battle of others fast passing away.  They came upon the scene of action when the country was young.  It was theirs to brave the danger and bear the burdens of the pioneers, and they did their work nobly, in order that we who follow after might have a nobler and wider heritage, and as we revere and honor their memory, let us invoke power from on high that we may acquit ourselves in our day as nobly as they did in theirs. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 30, 1930

   
TURNER, Mollie
1930
"Mrs. E. C. Turner Died at her home Friday afternoon""Burial Monday" Mrs. Ernest C. Turner, 53 years of age died at her home on the Mayo Trail, three miles west of Paintsville, last Friday evening following an illness of a year.  Mrs. Turner had been in failing health for several years. She submitted to an operation about a year ago for inward goitre at a Columbus (Ohio) hospital, and never fully recovered from the effects of the operation.  Mrs. Turner was one among the best women of Johnson County.  She was a devout member of the Baptist Church and was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends.  She was a devoted wife and mother and always took great pride in her family and home, and her death although expected for some time was a severe blow to her husband and children, all of whom were present when the end came.  Mrs. Turner was formerly Miss Mollie Rice, daughter of Samuel Rice, before her marriage to Mr. Turner.  Besides her aged father she is survived by her husband, Mr. E.C. Turner, who is a prominent architect and builder of Paintsville, and three daughters, Mrs. W. H. Schluneger, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs. Clyde Hatfield, Catlettsburg, Ky. and Miss Dixie Ray Turner at home.  Funeral services were conducted at the home Monday afternoon and was in charge of Rev. H. B. Conley of the Freewill Baptist Church of Paintsville.  Burial took place in the Turner Cemetery near the home.  The funeral and burial services were attended by a large number of people which shows the high esteem in which this good wife and mother was held by her neighbors and friends. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 1930




NOVEMBER - 1930
BOYD, Russell
1930
"Pneumonia Fatal To Well Know Paintsville Young Man" Russell Boyd, 31 years of age, one of the best-known and most popular young men of Paintsville, died at his home in Bridgford Addition, Tuesday morning at 7:00 o’clock, November 25, following an illness of nine days of pneumonia.  Mrs. Boyd first contracted influenza, which late developed into pneumonia.  Mr. Boyd had many friends in the Big Sandy Valley and especially among railroad men.  Before the loss of an arm in a railroad accident Mr. Boyd was a locomotive engineer on the Big Sandy division and was said to be the youngest engineer in the C & O service.  Besides his widow he is survived by two small children one daughter Herma Lou and one son, Russell Jr., also his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Boyd of Paintsville; two sisters, Mrs. S.C. Hanks and Mrs. Jno. K. Butcher; three brothers, Greenville, W.J.B., and R.C. Boyd all of Paintsville.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. R. Lee James, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. J. D. Bell of the Mayo Memorial Church, and Rev. H.B. Conley of the Freewill Baptist Church.  Interment in the Mayo Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thurs 11-27-1930

   
HAMPTON, Wade
1932
Killed by Slate Fall at Kermit Wade Hampton, age 48, died Monday at Williamson, W. Va. From injuries received at Kermit, W. Va. On last Friday when he was caught in a slate fall in the coal mines there.  He was considered one of the best citizens in that section of West Virginia and his death has caused much grief in and around Kermit.  Editor Chas. A. Kirk of the Herald is attending the funeral today at Kermit.  He was a brother-in-law of Mr. Kirk’s. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 13, 1930

   
JOHNSON, Mrs E.J.
1930
MRS. E. J. JOHNSON DIES AT PAINTSVILLE HOSPITAL Mrs. E. J. Johnson, Elk Creek, died in the Paintsville Hospital last Saturday morning, November 1st, after an operation.  The body was laid to rest in the Gar May Cemetery on Elk Grove Sunday afternoon. We join with the many friends of the deceased in extending our sympathy to the bereaved family. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOV. 13, 1930

   
LEMASTER, Mrs. W.J.
1930
MRS. W.J. LEMASTER OF KENWOOD PASSES AWAY Win, Ky---The death angel visited the home of W.J. Lemaster and took there from his wife. She had been ill only 12 days. Mrs. Lemaster was loved by all who knew her. She was always ready to meet you with a smile at home or away. She will be missed by the church as she was always ready to attend church. She had been a member of the church since 17 years of age. She was 50 years of age. She was 59 years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and six, children two boys, Russell and Flem Lemaster, Mrs. Kendrick Blanton, of Win, Ky, Mrs Walter Reed of Barnett’s Creek, Mrs. Hallie Mckenzie of Volga, and Miss Mae Lemaster at home. Her friends were numbered by the hundreds. She was laid to rest in the home grave yard beside her daughter Nola who died about four years ago. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-6-1930

    
PENLEY, Mary
1930
"RESIDENT OF STAFFORD ADDITION PASSES AWAY" Mrs. Mary Penley, a resident of Stafford Addition, died at her home there Monday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wise Reed at the home with with burial Tuesday afternoon in the the Vanhoose Cemetery . Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-13-1930

   
SAGRAVES, Tom
1930
"Tom Sagraves Dies in Tucson, Arizona" Tom Sagraves, formerly of Paintsville, died in Tucson, Arizona last week. Mr. Sagraves was a resident of Ashland, the family having moved there from Paintsville several years ago.  Mr. Sagraves was a well-known painter and had been in failing health for several months before going to Arizona where he hoped to received benefit from the dry air of that region. Mr. Sagraves was a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Sagraves.  Besides his widow he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. H. M. Pelphrey of Madison, W. Va., and Mrs. Wm. Hobstetter of Iron, Ohio. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 20, 1930

    
SPRADLIN, Louisa (Yonts)
1930
Louisa "Lou" Yonts Spradlin Aunt Lou Spradlin, age 80, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Hannah at Denver, Ky last week. Funeral services were conducted by Rev Miliard O'Bryan and interment took place in the family burying grounds near the home. Before her marriage to Will Evans she was Miss Louisa Yonts of Letcher County. She had been a member of the United baptist for 60 years and had lived a consistent christain life. Her second marriage was to John Spradlin of Denver, Ky. She is survived by the following children, Albert Evans, Load, Ky. Mrs. A. J. Hannah Denver, Ky., and Ed Evans and Mrs. R. P. Johnson of Collista, Ky. The Paintsville Herald Thursday November 20, 1930

   
TRIMBLE, Ethel (Rice)
1930
"WELL KNOWN COUNTY WOMAN SUCCUMBS FOLLOWING OPERATION" Ethel Mae Trimble,wife of Newton Trimble, of Oil Springs Ky,died at the home of her parents,Dr and Mrs.Grant Rice at Salyersville Ky,November 28,1930. She had not fully recovered from an operation for appendicitis which she has undergone a few weeks ago.Since leaving the hospital she had been with her parents,waiting to regain sufficient health so that she might join her husband at their home at Blaine Ky,where they had been temporarily located for the past few months.On November 26th she became ill with Bronchial pneumonia and gradually grew worse until the end which came Friday,November 28th at 3:30 p.m. The funeral services were conducted by Rev.Rayl,pastor of the M.E. Chirch and Rev.J.J. Prater,Pastor of the United Baptist church of Salyersville,Ky,and was held in the M.E. Church at Oil Springs,Ky,Sunday,November 30,1930 at 10:30 a.m. Mrs.Trimble was laid to rest in the Preston Cemetery at Barnetta Creek,Ky. Although the weather was disagreeable and the roads slippery,through the cold drizzling rain,came one of the largest crowds of people that ever attended a funeral at Oil Springs to pay their last tribute to the deceased. Mrs.Trimble was a member of the United Baptist Church,having united with the church in 1927 and she has lived a consistent Christian until her death.She was a member of one of the oldest and best known families of Johnson County and was a splendid woman,courteous and affable at all times.Has a pleasing personality and made friends wherever she went. She had a lovable disposition which was in keeping with the modesty that naturally was hers.She lived a beautiful life,having obeyed the commands of the wiseman who said,"Remember now Thy Creator in the days thy Youth."  Ethel was only twenty-six.She was here only for a short time and we wonder why she was taken but we know that "He knoweth best who doeth all things well" and sometimes in the future when the veil shall have been lifted,we shall see Ethel among that innumerable host who having their robes washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb. Mrs.Trimble is survived by her husband,Newton Trimble and 3 small children, Leon nine years; Nevin Rice, four years and Donald age ten months; also her mother and father, Dr and Mrs. Grant Rice, three brothers Wayne and Wade of  Oil Springs Ky, Carl of Salyersville Ky,and one sister Mrs.Ethel Rice of  Ballet Ky. Paintsville Herald Thursday December,4 1930

    
VANHOOSE, Robert Cecil
1930
Robert Cecil VanHoose was born June 29, 1914. He died November 8th 1930. His age was sixteen years, 3 months, and 5 days. Robert Cecil was the son of Don C. VanHoose and Josie VanHoose. He was the youngest of three children. His father and mother, sister Marcia and brother Henry Fleming survive him, and are left to mourn their loss. His home was ideal. He was kind and generous and everthing he did is strong evidence that his young life was controlled by and his young life in his Creator and in Divine Providence. Many times he has been known to pray earnestly and sincerely for his invalid brother. His heart was so moved that he wrote in the family Bible the following: "Henry VanHoose believe in the Lord. He is trying his best to get well. He is going back to the hospital. He said he was going back Wednesday, January 5, 1927. Written by Robert Cecil VanHoose on January 4th, 1927." During the illness of his grandmother Robert Cecil would pray for her recovery. There youthful prayers uttered privately were expressions of his faith in a God that doeth all things well, and that careth for those who trust him and call upon him in faith. Robert Cecil was not only  loving and kind at home but his little heart yearned for the success of for the success of his friends and playmates. He was industrious and had well shaped ideals of his future life. His own writings of an ideal home show that his hopes were not based on the pleasures of life. He longed for a business and his writings left show that his greatest ideal was charitable services in his companions. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 11-13-1930




DECEMBER - 1930
BLAIR, Frank
1930
BATTLE ON LITTLE PAINT "BIG FRANK" BLAIR Guns flared again on the head of Little Paint in Johnson County near the Magoffin county line and as a result "Big Frank" Blair is dead and Hobart Saylor is at his home with several wounds in his body, and Arthur Saylor, brother of Hobart Saylor is in the Johnson county Jail at Paintsville in connection with the shooting. The shooting took place at the home of Blair Sunday night. In the absence of evidence before the examining trial not much could be learned of the affair, nor what caused the trouble.  However, it is claimed that the Saylor brothers went to the home of Blair and the shooting began.  When the firing ceased Blair lay dead on his own front porch with a charge from a shot gun in his breast just over the heart while Hobart Saylor lay in the yard desperately wounded.  The charge from the shot gun was evidently fired at close range as the hole could be covered with a silver dollar. Saylor had been shot with a shot gun and a heavy claibre revolver. Sheriff  W. M. Preston was notified of the killing 7 o'clock Sunday evening and left immediately for the scene of the trouble with seven deputies and went to the home of Arthur Saylor where four of the brothers had assembled and arrested Arthur Saylor.  As the sheriff knocked on the door the door was thrown open from the inside and Arthur Saylor pointed an automatic shot gun at the officers.  However, he was covered by the officers before he had a chance to shoot.  A search of the inside of the house disclosed three more shot guns in addition to the one held by Arthur Saylor.  The guns were taken charge of by the officers and brought to the Sheriffs office. The outcome of the shooting is said to be an old family grudge, as the parties to the affair are closely related.  Frank Blair being an uncle of the Saylor brothers. Blair was a witness against Dennie Saylor, brother of Hobart and Arthur Saylor, who is now in the penitentiary charged with the murder of Lee Gibson, Cassie Gipson, Bernie Gipson and Wallace Hannah on Silver Heel Branch in April 1929.  Blairs testimony at the trial of Dennie Saylor is believed to have led to the trouble. Sunday night's shooting occurred near the scene of the slaughter on Silver Heel Branch in 1929. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DECEMBER 25 1930

   
DAVIS, Imogene
1930
VAN LEAR CHILD KILLED BY TRAIN Imogene Davis, age 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis of Van Lear, was killed by a Chesapeake and Ohio train in front of the Van Lear Station last Thursday morning. She is reported to have stepped from the path of an East bound train into the path of a West bound train the approach of which she apparently was not aware. The little girl had gone to a grocery store with two playmates and they were returning home when the accident occured. The two other children escaped unhurt. The little Davis girl lost one leg and her head was badly crushed. Her father is an extra brakeman on the C & O. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 25, 1930

   
PACE, J. J.
1930
"Prominent Magoffin Man Passes Away in Paintsville" J. J. Pace, age 60, one of the most prominent citizens of Magoffin County, died at the home of his son, C. F. Pace, in Paintsville last Thursday night. Mr. Pace has been in ill health for more than a year.  A few days before his death his condition became worse and he came to Paintsville to receive treatment at a local hospital.  He died suddenly at the home of his son from acute heart disease brought about by poisoning of his system from Bright’s disease from which he was a sufferer. Mr. Pace is survived by his widow and a number of children, including C. F. Pace of Paintsville.  Mrs. Pace is a sister of Judge J. F. Bailey of Paintsville. The body was taken to Magoffin county for burial in the home burial grounds. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 25, 1930

   
STROTHERS, Richard
1930
The fifth member of the death car which plunged over an 75 foot hill on the Mayo Trail at Patrick Hill on the night of November (unreadable date) died at the Paintsville Hospital, Wednesday evening at 5 o'clock December 3. Richard Strothers 18 years old, succumbed following the amputation of his leg on Wednesday morning, which was very mangled and crushed in the fatal mishap. The amputation was resorted to as the last hope, but all in vain. Young Strothers was to much weakened by his inhuries to withstand the shock. Strothers who is a son of Mr.and Mrs. Rush Strothers of Paintsville, was the driver of the ill-fated car, he never knew that four others members of the party had met instant death in the crash. Robert Cecil VanHoose, Woodrow Picklesimer, Woodrow Salyer, and Gilbert VanHoose, were instantly killed in the wreck, while Archie Williams, the only member of the party who escaped death, came through with only minor injuries. ???????????? Is survived by parents Mr. and Mrs. Rush Strothers, and two brothers, John Strothers, of Ashland, and Ray Strothers of Chicago. Funeral services were conducted at the Mayo Memorial Church in Paintsville Thursday afternoon, in cahrge of the Rev. J.D. Bell, pastor of the Church, and Rev. R. Lee James, pastor of the Missonary Baptist Church. The Funeral was laregly attended by the citizens of Paintsville, while the Paintsville Public Schools were dismissed for the day out of respect for the deceased, who was a member of the Paintsville High School. Sorrowing friends and relatives filled the church with a profusion of flowers, while the students of the Paintsville Schools sent a large number of flowers to Jeffersonville Indiana where interment took place in the family cemetery at that place. Jeffersonville is Mr. Strothers old home and it was the father's desire that his son be taken there for burial. Richard Strother was an excellent lovable young man and his untimely death is mourned by a large number of Paintsville people who sympathize deeply with his heart broken family. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-4-1930

   
TACKETT, Cornelius
1930
CORNELIUS TACKETT, 66, DIES SUDDENLY OF HEART FAILURE Cornelius Tackett, 66 years of age died at the home of his son, Lee Tackett of Southside Addition at 5 o'clock last Thursday evening, a victim of a heart attack. "Uncle Nelius," as he was familiarly known had always enjoyed the best health and despite his age was a very active man and a hard worker.  He was in his usual good health until a few minutes before his death which came without warning.  He had been out in the yard chopping fire wood and had returned to the house and pitched over on a bed dead.  Although he had never complained of heart trouble, it is thought that a heart attack was responsible for his death.  He is survived by three sons, Lee Tackett, Chat Tackett, and Wayman Tackett, also one daughter, Mrs. Bettie Phipps. Mr. Tackett came to Paintsville a few years ago from Magoffin county and since the death of his wife five years ago, had made his home with his son Lee Tackett.  The body was taken to Magoffin county Friday where burial took place in the family burying ground on Saturday. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-25-1930

   
WEBB, Jane
1930
"DEATH ENDS 15-YEAR ILLNESS OF AGED PAINTSVILLE WOMAN" Mrs. Jane Webb,age 79 years,died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Cox in Paintsville at 1:40 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, following an illness of 15 years. Mrs.Webb was the widow of the late Crate Webb of Flat Gap, and was one of the best Christian women of Johnson County. Mrs.Webb has been confined to her bed for the past twelve years but despite her afflictions had borne her suffering with Christian fortitude and always was in a pleasant mood. Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church in Paintsville Sunday afternoon.The body was taken to her old home at Flat Gap and interred in the family cemetery. Among out-of-town relatives attending the funeral and burial were Dr. and Mrs.Walter Meade,of Richwood Ohio; Dr. and Mrs.P.J. Evans of Lynch Ky; Mr. Ben Reed, Mrs.John Trimble and Mrs. Katherine Ward. Mrs Ward and Mrs.Trimble were sisters of Mrs.Webb. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful, her casket being banked with flowers contributed by relatives and admiring friends of this noble character. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 25,1930

   
WILLIAMS, Alex
1930
"PASSES AWAY DECEMBER 15" The death that came as a shock to the people of this county was that of Alex Williams which came after a short illness at his home near Oil Springs, Dec. 15. This is a great loss to the community, as Alex was always first to help those in sickness or distress.  But we must be submissive to the will of the Lord, for the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord. He was a faithful member of the United Baptist Church since early manhood and lived his religion every day. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, Lizzie Williams; four sons, Arnold Williams of Ashland, Clyde, Martin and Robert Williams; two daughters, Mrs. Guy S. Preston and Mollie Williams, all of Oil Springs.  Also, his aged father, S. P. Williams of Manila; four sisters, Mrs. G. W. Reed, Oil Springs; Mrs. H. L. Williams, Kenwood; Mrs. Chas. Trimble and Mrs. W. D. Huffman of Paintsville; four brothers, Fred of Oil Springs, Winnie of Manila, Herbert and Winifred Williams of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and a host of friends and relatives. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DEC. 18, 1930


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