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JANUARY - 1934
BRYAN, Garnet Maria
1934
Garnet Maria Bryan, 2 ½ year old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Chester Bryan of Richardson died in a local hospital from burns sustained when she pulled a wash boiler of boiling water off the stove on herself.  The accident occurred at the Bryan home at Richardson, Tuesday afternoon.  She was brought here for the treatment.  More that half of her body was badly burned.  The body was taken to the home at Richardson.  On Thursday morning it was taken to the Buchanon Chapel near Zelda, where funeral service was held, the Rev. Ira Copley officiating.  Interment was made in the family cemetery, under the direction of H. H. Curtright, mortician. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jan 18, 1934

   
CLINE, C. C.
1854-1934
C. C. Cline was born December 3, 1854, at the mouth of Peter Creek in Pike County. The family moved to Martin County at the close of the Civil War.  He married Sarah Jane Crum and to this union was born ten children, five sons and five daughters.  He also adopted a child, James H. Crum, making 11 children, all of whom are living. He died January 11, 1934, age 79 years, one month and eight days.  He leaves to mourn his loss the widow and all the children, Walter Cline, Nathan Cline, Marvin Cline, W. O. Cline of Inez, and H. B. Cline of Chattaroy, W. Va.; Mrs. Buddy Cassady, Mrs. Jasper Cassady, Mrs. Esterrah Cassady of Inez; Mrs. Nathan Judge and Mrs. Lacy A. Harless of Akron, Ohio, and James H. Crum, of Inez. Early in life he obeyed the gospel and became a Christian and shortly after becoming a Christian he entered the ministry, and was at the time of his death one of the leading ministers of the Church of Christ in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. He was a farmer and reared his large family on a farm, and by persistant efforts, hard labor and honest dealings and by the help of God he accumulated a good living and reared his family of boys and girls to manhood and womanhood in credit.  And they are classed among the better citizens of Martin County.  Many of them help positions of trust in public offices, and some of them teachers in the public schools of Martin county and elsewhere.  He was a man who was devoted to God, and his home, and to his country.  He taught his family the right way of living by precept and example, not only his own family, but the entire community in which he lived.  Amid the struggles of life to support and maintain his family, he always found time to go to and fro proclaiming the gospel to a dying world not only preaching it from the rostrum, but in the highways and byways.  He did more for the morals and the Church of Christ in Martin county than any other one man.  He, together with the late Adam Crum, are responsible for the two churches on Middle Fork, one located at the mouth of Mud Lick and the other at the mouth of Beech Fork. He also sponsered and financed the first meeting at Warfield which resulted in an organized church.  The only meeting that was ever held in Inez by a minister of the Church of Christ was sponsered and financed by C. C. Cline, hence his life was a life of service to humanity.  He was a man of conviction, and anything he devoted his time to, or spent his money was for the welfare of others. He was a loving husband, a kind father and a consecrated Christian, and was true and loyal to God and his family, and to the church that he loved.  Surely at the end he could look back over a long and useful life and say as Paul of old:  "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord of the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day." He did strive and work so hard to lead his children and family in the paths of righteousness, he loved them and gave himself for them.  And the writer hopes and prays that in eternity the family circle will be unbroken. "Oh, then what raptured greetings On Caanan's happy shore! What knitting severed friendships up, Where partings are no more! Then eyes with joy shall sparkle That brimmed with tears of late: Orphans no longer fatherless, Nor widows desolate." Funeral services were conducted at the home in charge of J. L. Harrington of Paintsville, and Rev. J. R. Fairchild of Inez, in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends.  Interment in the familly cemetery near the home.  "Father is dead, no not dead, But sleeps the sleep of all; He shall arise and leave his bed When sounds the Savior's call Our Savior slept the same deep sleep; He slept till the angel's call; He raised his head and left his bed-- The cold damp bed of all." The widow had lost a devoted husband, the children a kind and loving father, the community a real friend, the church one of its loyal and leading Christians, and the country a good citizen, out he has gone the same path that we all shall travel at God's will. "Oh, call it not death---'tis a glorious rest; Yes, saith the spirit, for all such are blest, They rest from their labors, their work is done, The goal is attained, the weary race run, The battle is fought, the struggle is o'er, The crown will replace the cross they bore, The pilrgrimage path shall no more be trod-- A rest remains to the people of God." PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 25, 1934

   
DAVIS, Bily Gilbert
1934
 On the 31st , Billy Gilbert, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Davis, died of croup at the residence of Rev. Adron Davis, his grandfather.  The bereaved parents have our sympathy.  Paintsville Herald, February 8, 1934.

   
FISHER, Frank Jr.
1934
Little Frank Fisher, Jr., age 9 months and 29 days, son of Mrs. Dolly Fisher, died January 11, 1934 at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Gullett. Very impressive funeral services were conducted by Rev. Arlando Brooks and Rev. H. M. Reed. Our very deep sympthay expressed for the bereaved family. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18 1934

   
GAMBILL, J.J.
1934
DR. J.J. GAMBILL CALLED BY DEATH
Dr. J. J. Gambill 59 years old, passed away Wednesday in the Memorial  hospital in Huntington, the result of a paralytic stroke suffered three and  a half hours earlier. A son of the late Leander C. and Lorraine Boggs Gambill he was born and  reared in Lawrence County.  At the age of  21 he graduated from the Emery  Medical school in Atlanta, Ga.  Since graduation he had practiced in this  county.  He was married to Mary M. Swetnam daughter of Milton Swetnam,  thirty-five years ago.  She survives.  He was a member of the Jake Rice  Masonic Lodge No. 604 of Blaine and the Louisa Chapter, No. 95 R. A. M. Funeral rites were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Christian  Church at Blaine of which he had been a member for ten years.  The Rev. John  H. Stambaugh of Charleston, W. Va. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 18, 1934

  
GEORGE, Lucy (Davis)
1934 Mrs. Lucy George died January 31st 1934.  Her funeral was conducted at the  United Baptist church at this place by ministers of that faith.  She is the  daughter of Rev. Leck Davis who died last fall.  A sister also died a few  weeks ago.  We pray God's blessings of the sorrowing relatives. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8, 1934

  
GILBERT, Billy
1934
On the 31st, Billy Gilbert, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Davis, died of croup at the residence of Rev. Adron Davis, his grandfather.  The bereaved parents have our sympathy. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB. 8, 1934

    
HANKS, Mrs S.C. (Boyd)
1934
MRS. S. C. HANKS DIED FRIDAY Well Known Paintsville Woman Pneumonia Victim Mrs. S. C. Hanks passed away at her home Friday afternoon at one thirty oclock after a short illness.  Her death came as a surprise to her many friends.  It was attributed to pneumonia. Mrs. Hanks was born and reared in Paintsville having spent the greater part of her life here.  She was a graduate of the Bowling Green Business school and was at one time stenographer for the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear. She was married to S. C. Hanks of Ashland, Ky., in October 19??.  Mr. Hanks is an enployee of the C & O Railroad Company.  They spent most of their married life in Ironton, Ohio. She is survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Boyd; her husband, S. C. Hanks; one sister, Mrs. J. K. Butcher; three brothers, G. V. Boyd, W. J. Bryan Boyd, and R. C. Boyd.  Two brothers preceded her in death, Russel and Hobe Boyd. At the time of her death Mrs. Hanks was forty-two years of age. The funeral was conducted by Reverend W. I. Canter, Rev. H. B. Conley and Rev. r. Lee James at the home of her parents on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock.  Interment was made in the Preston Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 18, 1934

      
JARVIS, Odie
1934
 FOUR BURNED, ONE FATALLY AS GASOLINE POURED IN FIRE One of four children of Tom Jarvis, Buffalo Creek farmer is dead another is expected to die and two others were burned early Monday evening at the Jarvis home when they attempted to kindle a fire with gasoline which they thought was kerosene. Odie, Mr. Jarvis’ 13-year-old daughter, died in the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, where the four were taken Tuesday night at 8 o’clock.  The flames seared her body. Columbus Jarvis, 21, is expected to die, deep burns extending over his face, arms, and back. Hazel, 17, is expected to recover suffering from burns on her arms and legs. Henry, 11, is recovering not seriously burned. While their father was at the home of a neighbor, the four gathered in one room as the fire was being kindled.  When the gasoline was dashed onto the blaze, flames shot over the room, enveloping Odie and Columbus Jarvis.  The four tried to escape from the building, which burned to the ground with all its contents. The mother of the four is dead and the father, a farmer in poor financial circumstances had only recently built an addition to the home, which was burned. Body of Odie Jarvis was taken Wednesday to Buffalo for burial in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HEARLD WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1, 1934

   
OBRYAN, Mrs Clark
1934
Well Known Woman Died After Long Illness. Mrs.Clark O'Bryan age about 70,died at her home in Paintsville last Saturday afternoon following an illness of several months. Mrs.O'Bryan was one of the city's best known and most highly respected women and her passing has much regret among the citizens of Paintsville. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon afternoon in charge of Judge H.B.Conley. Burial followed in the family cemetery in the old Paintsville cemetery. Besides her husband Mrs.O'Bryan is survived by two daughters,Mrs.Wm.Burgress and Mrs.Millard Fraley,and two sons,Ed O'Bryan and Fred O'Bryan. Paintsville Heardld Wednesday  Febuary 1,1934


RATLIFF, Virgie (COLLINS)
1934
Mrs. Chas. Ratliff died at her home at Belfry, Ky., after an illness of heart dropsy, Monday, January 29.  She is survived by her husband, three daughters and seven sons.  Mrs. Leona Hurtliss, of Detroit, Mich.; Virginia, of Stearns, Ky.; Birchel, Sharpless W. Va.; Jona, Ellas, Donald, Pete, Ival and Joe Ann at home.  By her father Bud Collins, Estill, Ky.; brothers Robert Collins of Albany, Ohio; Crate Collins of Estill, Ky.; Mrs. Rosa Workman and Mrs. G. C. Carter of Sharples, W. Va.; Mrs. Otis Johnson of Lebanon, Va.; Mrs. Frank Stafford of Paintsville; Mrs. Will Adams of Martin, Ky.; and Mrs. J. J. Coleman of Garrett, Ky.  She was formerly of Johnson county going to Pond creek 18 years ago to reside.  Paintsville Herald Thursday February 8,1934


   
VAUGHAN, Creed N.
1934
 Russell, Ky.- Creed N. Vaughan, 88, retired Methodist minister died at his home here Sunday afternoon shortly after 3 o'clock.  His death followed a brief illness, extending over a period of one week. Rev. Vaughan suffered a stroke of paralysis on the eve of his departure for Florida to spend the winter.  All the children were with their aged father when the end came with the exception of one son.  The news of his death cast a pall of sadness over the entire city. Mr. Vaughan was born in Russell county, Va., June 13, 1845.  He spent the earlier part of his boyhood on his father's farm.  In 1870 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Melvin of Johnson county, and to this union were born eight children, two of whom have preceded him in death.  His wife died in March of last year.  In 1893, Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan came to Russell where they continued to reside on a farm just outside the city limits, where they lived until their deaths.  Prior to their removal to this city, they had lived at Paintsville. He is survived by the following children:  Charles Vaughan, Laomi, Ill., Albert T. Vaughan, Orlando, Fla.; Dr. Edward W. Vaughan, Dr. Ben H. Vaughan, Oscar Vaughan, Mrs. Marie Schwink all of Port Arthur, Texas, and Mrs. W. A. Wilhoit of this city. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 11, 1934

   
WELLS, Lewis
1934
Lewis Wells Killed in Automobile Wreck One man was killed and five others were injured, one probable fatally, Monday afternoon when the automobile in which they were riding plunged over the hill near the junction of the Auxier road and the Mayo Trail at East Point.  Lewis Wells, well-known Auxier farmer, died within five minutes after having been pulled beneath the auto at the foot of the declivity over which the car dropped.  The injured: Orville Honeycutt, a possible fracture at the base of the skull, Mrs. Jim Freeman, a dislocated collar bone and cuts and bruises, Malta Freeman, daughter of Mrs. Freeman, cut and bruised, suffered from shock, Fred Underwood, driver of the car, cuts and bruises, Mary Litz, slight injuries.  The tragedy took place after the party en route from Auxier to Paintsville had driven onto the Mayo Trail where, since the brakes to the car were not working, the driver found it necessary to turn on the mountainside in order to drive downriver.  Backing toward the lower side of the road he lost control of the machine.  All occupants of the car were thrown clear, except Mr. Wells who was pinned beneath the wreckage. The car rolled approximately 60 feet to the edge of Little Paint Creek.  Mrs. Freeman was plunged into water four feet deep it is said.  Though dazed and almost helpless from her injuries she contrived to scramble ashore.  Lewis Wells was well- known in Floyd and Johnson counties and had many friends.  He is survived by several children.  The body was taken to Paintsville for burial preparations, then was returned to Auxier for interment Wednesday.  Paintsville Herald Thursday January 18, 1934





FEBRUARY - 1934
BAYES, Mrs. J.B. (Rice)   [Amanda (Rice) Bayes]
1934
WELL KNOWN BARNETTS CREEK WOMAN SUCCUMBS, AGE 74 Mrs. J. B. (Pete) Bayes, age 74 years of Barnetts Creek, passed away at her home on February 25.  Mrs. Bayes had been in ill health for several years, but seven weeks before her death was confined to her bed.  The family was called together when her illness became serious and remained with her until the end. Mrs. Bayes was a member of the Rice family and was one of the best women of the county, loved and respected by all who knew her.  She was a member of the United Baptist church and will be remembered for the many kind things she did for friends and strangers alike when they came to her home.  Her hospitality is almost a legend with the good people of Johnson and surrounding counties who have visited at the Bayes home. Mrs. Bayes was a devoted wife and mother.  The heartfelt sympathy of their many friends go out to the family and especially go to the aged husband. Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Willie Powers of Rush Fork and Mrs. Harry Tackett of Barnetts Creek., two sons, J. M. Bayes of Van Lear, Ky., and Dr. Lee Bayes of West Liberty, Ky.  Three members of the family have passed away in recent years.  Mrs. Addie Rice, Paintsville, Frank Bayes of Barnetts Creek, and Captain Sherman Bayes, of Massachusetts. Besides the immediate family Mrs. Bayes leaves a sister, Mrs. Clark Dixon, Buchanan, Ky., and six brothers, Martin Rice, Manford Rice, Alec Rice, all of Barnetts Creek; Wilse Rice of Manila, Ky., Dr. Grant Rice, Salyersville, and George Rice of Oh Springs. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 08, 1934

   
BLAIR, Mrs. Pat                           nee: BLAIR, Martha Jane (Conley)
1934
Well  Known  Hager Hill Woman Cancer Victim Mrs. Pat Blair, age 48 years, died at her home at Hager Hill February 2, following a short illness of cancer of the liver. Mrs. Blair was one of the county's very best women and her passing brings sorrow to a large number of relatives and friends. Rev. H. B. Conley and Bert Watkins conducted services at the home while Rev. Dorman Picklesimer had charge of the services at the grave. It was the request of Mrs. Blair that Rev. Conley and Bert Watkins conduct the services at the home. Besides her husband she is survived by nine children, three girls and six boys as follows: Mrs. Harman Rice, and Misses Emma and Hazel Blair at home; six sons, Reevie, Russell, Ramsy, Rula, Deward and Douglas Blair. Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 8, 1934

NOTE: Mrs. Pat Blair's full name was "Martha Jane Conley Blair", She was the wife of "Patrick Blair"  Both Martha & Patrick are interned in the "MUSIC-HAYDEN CEMETERY" in Hager Hill, Johnson Co Ky. This info comes from a Great Grandson named  Gordon G. Blair  gmblair@windstream.net

    
CONLEY, David
1934
Well Known Citizen Passes Away After Long Illness David Conley, age 74, died at his home near Oil Springs, just over the line in Magoffin County, last Sunday night at 10 o'clock, following an illness of several months duration.  Mr. Conley was a man of sterling worth and had always been known as one of our best citizens, and had many friends in Johnson and Magoffin counties who will be grieved to learn of his passing. Mr. Conley had extensive holdings in the Johnson-Magoffin oil field and amassed considerable wealth during the oil boom days. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pet (Howes) Conley, also two brothers, George Conley of Paintsville, and William Conley of Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the home.  Rev. John Dixon Conley and Rev. Jenkins of Magoffin County, conducting the services. Burial in the family cemetery near the home. The funeral and burial were directed by the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-08-1934 David M. Conley David M. Conley, age 74, passed away at his home near Oil Springs, Ky., Sunday Feb. 4, 1934 at 10 o'clock p.m. following an illness of several months duration. "Uncle Dave" as he was known by all, came from a family of twelve children, seven boys and five girls, of that number only two boys are left, Will Conley of Wheelersburg, Ky., and George B. Conley, Paintsville, Ky. "Uncle Dave" in addition to being a well to do farmer, had accumulated quite a bit of material wealth through holdings in the oil and gas fields of Magoffin county.  He had lived his whole life of 74 years in the neighborhood where he died and had made many friends who will be grieved to learn of his passing. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Sarah E. Conley, formerly Sarah (Howes), one daughter Mrs. James Hall, Barnetts Creek, Ky., the two brothers already mentioned and quite a number of nephews and nieces living in various sections of the county. The funeral was largely attended.  Friends and relatives coming from all parts of the tri-state region.  The out of town relatives of the deceased attending were:  Mr. and Mrs. Boone Conley of Ashland, Ky. and those of Mrs. Conley attending the funeral were: Mrs. Julia Adkins, Fairmont, W. Va., Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Howes, Covington, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. Jim Howes and Elmer Ramey of Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. John E. Buckingham, Mrs. Effie McGuire of Ashland, Ky.; Mrs. Jno W. Langely and daughter of Pikeville, Ky.; and Mr. and Mrs. Eastem of Salyersville, Ky. The funeral was held from the home Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.  W. H. Spring of Portsmouth, Ohio, delivered a very comforting message to a large crowd forcefully bringing their attention to the blessed promises Jehovah has given us in His word concerning the deliverance of the human family from the land of the oppressor.  It was so consoling, really binding up the broken hearts and comforting those that mourn. The body was laid in the tomb in the family cemetery following a short burial service at the grave by Rev. John Dixon Conley. The Paintsville Furniture Company was the undertaker in charge of the funeral. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-15-1934

    
DAVIS, Mrs. Bob
1934
Mrs. Bob Davis Fatally Burned As Home Is Destroyed
 EXPLOSION WAS CAUSE OF FIRE
 Mrs. Bob Davis, age about 45, was fatally burned last Sunday at noon when the Davis home in West Paintsville was destroyed by fire. According to neighbors Mrs. Davis was cooking meat on a coal cook stove, and had gone into the kitchen and placed the kettle of meat on the floor and placed a stick of wood in the stove.  A dull explosion was heard and Mrs. Davis was seen running into the street enveloped in flames.  Neighbors went to the rescue and tore the flaming clothing from her body, but she had already been frightfully burned.  She was taken to the hospital for treatment but died Monday morning from her burns. Just what caused the explosion which set the house on fire is not known.  The flames spread quickly and the interior of the building was already ablaze with long tonues of flames licking through the kitchen door which forced him to retreet. The house was piped for gas but was not being used by the family.  A gas pipe, it is said, protruded through the floor near the stove but had been plugged off.  It is believed that the gas pipe had sprung a leak, filling the room with gas which ignited when the firebox of the stove was opened.  No oil was used by Mrs. Davis, her husband said. Mrs. Davis had about $50 in currency on her person, but the money was saved.  More money belonging to the family was destroyed in the house, it was reported. The fire department went to the scene but was unable to prevent the building from being ruined.  The fire truck did good work, however, in keeping the blaze in check and preventing other buildings close by from being destroyed. The house in which Mr. and Mrs. Davis lived belonged to Jesse Stafford, Sr., and is a total wreck. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-23-1934

    
FAIRCHILD, Alonzo
1934
Pneumonia Victim at Age of 53 Alonzo Fairchild, age 53 years, died at his home at Winifred, Ky. on February 8.  He had been ill for several months, but was recently stricken with pneumonia and was not able to withstand the attack. “Lon” as he was familiarly known, was the son of the late Rev. Miller and Sarah Daniel Fairchild.  He was a devout member of the United Baptist Church and taught school in Johnson County and later took up farming as an occupation.  He was married to Emma Cordial, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Green Cordial of Ashland, Ky. To this union were born nine children, G.V., R.C., Edward, Lena and Julia, at home, and Mrs. Willie Melvin and Mrs. Carl Stafford of Paintsville, and Mrs. Edward Salyer of Kerz, Ky. The Rev. H.G. Sowards said at the funeral of one of Johnson County’s illustrious citizens, “No greater tribute can be paid any man than to say he was a good man.” Lon Fairchild was a good man. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY February 15, 1934

      
HAMILTON, Zula
1934
Prominent Magoffin Woman Died February 22nd. Lacey, Ky.—February 19 marked the passing of one of the prominent citizens of Magoffin County.  Death claimed Mrs. Zula Hamilton.  She was stricken with bronchial pneumonia February 11 and died the 19th. Mrs. Hamilton had been assistant postmaster at Lacy for several years and was widely known.  She joined the Baptist Church when a girl and was an active member all her life. She is survived by her husband, H.B. (Holly) Hamilton and two brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Estep of Williamsport, O., and Mrs. Anna Robinson of Paintsville; T.A. Bailey of Lacy and John Bailey of Circleville, Ohio; also two adopted daughters, Mrs. Flora Hamilton of Mossy Bottom, and Miss Edna Hamilton of Lacy. Funeral was held at her home in charge of Elders W.W. Smith, Frank Kennard, John Dulan and Lewis Rigsby.  The funeral was attended by a very large number of friends and relatives. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday 3-1-1934

   
HONEYCUTT, Lorena
1934
Girl, 14, Victim of Typhoid Fever Lorena Honeyccutt, [sic] the 14-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Honeycutt, of Garrett, died at the Methodist Hospital Monday morning, following a two weeks’ illness. Her mother, sister, Magdalene and a brother, Cornelius are in the hospital now suffering The Paintsville Herald Thursday March 1, 1934

   
MCKINSTER, Ephraim G.
1934
A Lawrence county farmer was killed in an odd manner last week.  Ephraim G. McKinster, 72, one of Lawrence county’s prominent farmers was crushed to death under a ton and a half of dirt while working on his farm.  He was cutting apart a wind- blown tree to remove it from a field.  The tree rolled and the dirt which clung to the roots covered him completely up.  It required two hours for neighbors to remove the dirt and rock from Mr. McKinster’s body.  His neck had been broken and he was crushed internally.  A doctor was called who said the aged farmer had evidently died instantly from a broken neck.  Mr. McKinster and his son Stanley McKinster, were engaged in removing the uprooted tree from a hillside when the tragedy occurred. When the stump was severed from the tree, the stump rolled over on Mr. McKinster, pinning him under a ton and more of dirt and rocks that clung to the roots. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 1, 1934

   
MILLER, Mary (McKinster)
1934
Mrs. Mary McKinster Miller, 67, wife of James Miller of Adams, died Wednesday morning at her home the result of a paralytic stroke suffered Tuesday afternoon. The shock of her cousin’s death, E.G. McKinster, late Tuesday evening is believed to have caused the stroke which resulted in her death several hours later. Mrs. Miller was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John McKinster.  She had been blind for several years. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the home and burial at the Judd Cemetery at Noris. Surviving are her husband and five daughters. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY March 1, 1934

   
PERKINS, Mrs. Wib
1934
Mrs. Wib Perkins age about 45, died at a local hospital here last Thursday afternoon following a short illness from a complication of diseases. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins moved to this county from Magoffin County about ten years ago and since that time have been residents of Paintsville where they were known as good people.  The family has many friends here and in Magoffin County who will regret to learn of her untimely passing. Besides her husband she is survived by eight daughters, Mrs. Frank Davella, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Raymond Castle, Ironton, Ohio; Mrs. Deacie Preston, Paintsville; Mrs. Thressa Perkins, Miami, Florida; Catherine, Ogie and Emogene at home, and Miss Ethel Perkins of Hawaiian Islands.  All the daughters were here to attend the funeral and burial except Miss Ethel Perkins. The body was taken to the old Perkins farm in Magoffin County for burial.  Funeral services were conducted there. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY March 1, 1934

   
SALYER, Hardy
1934
Flat Gap, KY Uncle Hardy Salyer who has been ill for sometime passed to life beyond Saturday, Feburary 10.  He would have been 96 years of age.  He leaves a host of friends and relatives throughout the county.  Paintsville Herald, February 15, 1934.

   
SALYERS, Elvira
1934
Age Lackey Woman, succumbs Saturday Mrs. Elvira Salyers, 87 years old died at midnight Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jonas Collins, at Lackey, after an extended illness.  Mrs. Salyers was the widow of Riley Salyers.  At his death, one of the largest land owners in the upper right Beaver Section.  She was a woman of splendid character and was loyal to all who knew her. Besides her daughter at Lackey, Mrs. Salyers is survivied by one son, W. M. Salyers of Hueysville; the body was taken to Salyers Branch of Salt Lick for burial in the family cemetery.  Paintsville Herald, February 22, 1934.


SPEARS, Hamilton S.
1934
Hamilton S. Spears, age about 70 years, died at his home in Happy Hollow Tuesday evening at 4 o’clock, following a short illness from what was diagnosed as a blood clot on the brain. Mr. Spears was one of Johnson County’s best known and respected citizens, and his death brings grief to a large circle of relatives and friends. Mr. Spears was a member of the United Baptist Church and attended the funeral services held there Sunday morning for W. Sanford Wheeler.  Mr. Spears, it is understood, was stricken shortly after attending the funeral. Besides his widow, Mrs. Lucy (Akers) Spears, he is survived by one son, John L. Spears, of Paintsville and one daughter, Mrs. Roscoe Quinn, of Vernon, Texas. Because of bad weather which has gripped all parts of the nation, Mrs. Quinn will be unable to attend the funeral and burial. Funeral services will be held at 9 o’clock Thursday morning from the home. The body will then be taken to the old family cemetery for burial Thursday afternoon. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY March 1, 1934


SWANN, Jane E. (Wheeler)
1934
Bronchitis Fatal To Mrs. J. E. Swann Mrs. Jane E. Swann died at her home in High Bottom, near Louisa, Wednesday morning, Feb. 14 following an illness of three weeks of bronchitis.  She had been in poor health for several years past. She was the wife of the late Lewis Rolfe Swann, veteran of the Civil War, and a member of one of Lawrence county's oldest and best families and very active in educational work.  His relatives now located in Huntington, W. Va., are among the most prominent and successful citizens of that city. Mrs. Swann, a descendant of the original Wheeler family, one of Lawrence and Johnson Counties' noted families for their active interest in business and educational improvements. Impressive funeral service was held at the home of Mrs. M.C. Webb, her old home place at Cordell, conducted by the Rev. John Morris of Cordell and Rev. Arla Blackburn.  Interment in the family cemetery overlooking the home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-8-1934

   
WHEELER, William
1934
Prominent Paintsville Business Man Passes After Year Illness William Sanford Wheeler, age 59 years, died at his home in west Paintsville last Thursday, February 22, after an illness of more than a year.  Mr. Wheeler had a break-down more than a year ago from which he never fully recovered. Mr. Wheeler was born in Johnson County, July 17, 1874, and when quite young moved with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wheeler, to Magoffin County. While in Magoffin County, Mr. Wheeler was engaged in farming and the mercantile business.  About 15 years ago, he bought an interest in the Wheeler Grocery Company of this city and since that thime has been connected with the company and a dealer in real estate.  He has been very successful since coming to Painstville and at the time of his death, was a heavy real estate owner. He had been one of the directors of the Second National Bank of Paintsville for a number of years, resigning a few months ago because of ill health. One of Mr. Wheelers business associates said recently: "Sanford Wheeler's success as a business man did not come to him by reason of being born wealthy or of any extraordinary opportunities.  In youth he learned through toil, to love and respect the rights of his fellow man.  His early education was secured mostly from the school of adversity.  His hands were made callous by honorable labor, while at the same time his keen intellect placed him at the table with the leading business men of our town. In all of the business dealings of Sanford Wheeler, his purity of purpose, his lofty integrity, were never questioned.  He was absolutely honest in all his dealings with his fellow man." His keen intellect, sound thinking and square dealings, won for him among the people the reputation of being one of the most successful business men in Paintsville. On June 5, 1891, Mr. Wheeler was married to Mollie Jayne.  To this union were born nine children, the  following still living: Bradley Wheeler, Portsmouth O.; Monroe Wheeler, Paintsville; Earnie Wheeler, Paintsville and Mrs. Raymond Sublett, Paintsville.  Mrs. John S. Williams, another daughter, died in Paintsville about three years ago.  Four other children died in infancy. Mr. Wheeler had been an active member of the United Baptist Church for the past 17 years and was a regular attendant at the local church. Besides the children named above Mr. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mollie Wheeler, and one brother, G.M. Wheeler, who is the only surviving member of the Wheeler family, his other brother, the late C. W. Wheeler, having died in December 1931. Short services were conducted at 10:30 o'clock Sunday morning, by Rev. Tip Preston.  Despite the inclemency of weather, the house was packed to capacity.  Floral offerings were many and beautiful. After services at church, the body was taken to the Mayo Cemetery where interment was made in the Wheeler family lot. At the conclusion of the services at the church announcement was made that funeral services would be conducted at the Baptist Church at a date to be announced later. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 1, 1934




MARCH - 1934
BALDRIDGE, A. J.
1844-1934
CIVIL WAR VET DIED MARCH 2
Aged Fleming County Man Buried At East Point A.J. Baldridge, age 90 died March 2, at the home of his son L. Baldridge, in Fleming County.  Death was due primarily to advanced age.  Uncle Andy as he was familiarly known, was born in Claybourne County, Tenn., in 1844, moved to Kentucky when quite young.  He married Ruth Gilley, of Wise County, Va., who preceded him in death in 1912.  To this union were born two sons, Leiburn and Frank Baldridge.  Frank preceded him in death in 1908. Uncle Andy is survived by one son, Leiburn Baldridge of Fleming County, three sisters, Mrs. Jonathan Fitzpatrick and Mr. Robt. Campbell, of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Mrs. Geo. Perkley of Foso, Oklahoma; also one brother, John Baldridge of Sedro Wooley, Wash. Uncle Andy was one of the few remaining soldiers of the Civil War.  He fought in many of the principle battles of that war.  He enlisted at the beginning of the conflict and served to the end. The body was brought to East Point for burial.  Funeral services were conducted by J.L. Harrington on Sunday, March 4 at 1:30 at the home of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Frank Baldridge.  Burial in the family cemetery. He is survived by 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY March 29, 1934

   
BROOKS, Mrs. A.L. (Castle)
1934
Well Known Thealka Woman Died After Long Illness
Funeral services for Mrs. A. L. Brooks, of Thealka, who died at 3 p.m., last Thursday at the Paintsville Hospital, was held Friday at 2 p.m. from the home of her brother, Gar Castle, in Greentown.  Judge H.B. Conley, F.S. VanHoose and Millard VanHoose officiated. Mrs. Brooks had been in bad health for several years. She was a daughter of Thomas J. Castle and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and was a good Christian mother. Besides her husband she is survived by seven children, two sisters and seven brothers, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Her mother and sister preceded her in death several years ago. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Undertaker Jones of this city. Burial took place in the family cemetery at Thealka. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY April 5, 1934

   
CAUDILL, William
1934
Pneumonia Fatal To Kirk Caudill's Child William Russell Caudill, age 4 years, of Route 1, Louisa, died Wednesday morning, March 14 at 8:45 after a nine day illness.  Pneumonia was the cause of his death. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Caudill of Three Mile, and besides his parents, is survived by a one-year-old brother Kirk. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-23-1934

    
COLVIN, Samuel Jr.
1934
On Friday, March 2, in the Turner-Elkhorn Coal Company mine at Drift, Ky., Samuel Colvin, Jr., age 23 was killed by a motor.  He was a brakeman and the cars were being run under of low top.  He failed to adjust himself properly and his head was crushed against the top killing instantly.  The motorman stopped the motor suddenly when he learned there was something wrong.  Mr. Colvin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Colvin, Sr. of East Point.  The funeral was conducted in the Baptist church at East Point Sunday by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt of Auxier.  Burial was made in the Stafford cemetery here with G. D. Ryan, undertaker of Martin in charge.  He is survived by his father and mother, three brothers and two sisters and a host of relatives and friends. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 8, 1934      Sammy Colvin Jr. Sammy Colvin, age 23, of Auxier, Ky., died last Friday morning a few minutes after an accident in the mines of the Turner-Elkhorn Coal Company at Drift, Ky., where he had been an employee for a number of years.  Mr. Colvin was unmarried and was one of Auxier’s finest yound men, and his untimely death has brought sorrow to a large number of relatives and friends.  The body was brought to East Point where funeral services were conducted Sunday morning by Rev. S. F. Honeycutt at 11 o’clock.  After the funeral the body was interred in the cemetery at Hager Hill.  Funeral and burial was in charge of G. D. Ryan, undertaker of Martin, Ky.  Young Colvin is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Colvin Sr. of East Point.  Paintsville Herald Thursday March 15, 1934

     
FITZPATRICK, Ella (Harris)
1934
MRS. FITZPATRICK CALLED BY DEATH Mrs. Ella Fitzpatrick died Wednesday morning at her home in West Prestonsburg at the age of 80 years old. Her death came unexpectedly to her many friends throughout this section.  The fatal attack being of only two hours duration.  The wife of W. H. Fitzpatrick and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James P. Harris, pioneer residents of this county, the deceased was widely related in this section.  She was a devout Christian and held the deep affection of all that knew her.  Besides her husband, Mrs. Fitzpatrick is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Sally Stephens.  She leaves one brother J. N. Harris, the last remaining member of the James P. Harris family. Funeral rites were conducted at 10 o’clock this morning (Friday).  Burial followed in the family cemetery on Middle Creek under the direction of E. A. Arnold. Paintsville Herald, March 22, 1934.

    
HAGER, Daniel M.
1934
D. MILT HAGER DIED FRIDAY
FORMER BUSINESS MAN PASSES AT AGE OF 79 YEARS
Daniel Milton Hager, age 79 years, died at noon last Friday, March 2, following an illness of several years duration. Mr. Hager was born in Floyd County, Ky but moved to Salyersville, when quite young and later engaged in business and soon became one of the leading business men of this section.  While in Magoffin County, he was engaged in the milling, mercantile and timber business, and was known as a leader in business and politics for many years. Mr. Hager moved to Paintsville in 1899, and engaged in the hotel business, which he followed for several years. He served one term in the Kentucky General Assembly as Senator from the Ninth Kentucky district.  He also served on term as Superintendent of School of Magoffin County, beginning in 1887. At the outbreak of the Spanish American War, he offered his services to his country and served honorable throughout the war as Lieutenant of Company B., Kentucky Cavalry. Col. Hager was a remarkable many in many ways, and was known throughout Eastern Kentucky.  He possessed a remarkable memory for faces and dates and was considered one of the best mathematicians in Kentucky. He was a member of the large Hager family, pioneers of this section, which has been prominent in the business, social and political affairs of Eastern Kentucky for one hundred years. Besides his widow, Mrs. Ida L. Hager, three sons, Paul C. Hager, and Clarence Hager of Paintsville, and D. Milton Hager, of Mansfield, Ohio, survive him.  Also three daughters, Mrs.  Alex Cameron of Paintsville; Mrs.Tobe Baughan of Jenkins, and Mrs. W. W. Reynolds of Pikeville. Funeral services were held at the Mayo Memorial Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 and were conducted by the pastor, Dr. W. I. Canter, assisted by Rev. Odis J. Polley, pastor of the First M. E. Church Burial in the Mayo Cemetery.  The following acted as pallbearers. Douglas Turner, Garland, H. Rice, Dan Wheeler, John G. Newman, Marvin Atkinson, Frank Copley, and Elmon Clay. Services at the grave were conducted under military honors, in charge of Johnson County Post No. 117, American Legion, and the Spanish American War Veteran. Col. Hager had many friends throughout eastern Kentucky who will regret to learn of his passing. PAINTVILLE HEARLD WEDNESDAY MARCH 8, 1934

   
JOHNSON, Tony
1934
Former County Resident Died in Roanoke, Va. Tony Johnson, age 46 , died last week in a hospital in Roanoke, Va.  Mr. Johnson was a resident of Ashland where he had resided for the past twelve years.  He was returning to his home in Ashland when stricken.  Mr. Johnson was born in Johnson County and for many years had been associated with Ben Johnson in the conduct of the Johnson Land & Auction Company and had conducted many auction sales in the  Big Sandy Valley where he was well known. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife and several brothers.  Burial was made in a private cemetery at Louisa, Ky.    Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-8-1934

   
KELLEY, Louisa
1934
Mrs. Kelly, Age 77, Died At Ashland Ashland, Kentucky-- Mrs. Louisa Kelley, 77, died here at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Tackett last week, where she had been visiting for a week.  She had been a resident of Enterprise, Ky., for the past 30 years.  Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her husband, the late Thomas Kelley, two years ago.  She is survived by five children, J.N. Kelley of Paintsville; W.r. of Soldier; Nah and Charles Kelley of Enterprise and Mr. Tacket of Ashland; one sister, Mrs. Martha Binion of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and several grandchildren.  Mrs. Kelley was a member of the United Baptist Church. Burial was made in the Patton Cemetery at Soldier, Ky., Monday.   Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-15-1934

   
LEIGH, Mrs Carlo (Stambaugh)
1934
Mrs. Carlos Leigh, age 23, died at the Woodford Memorial Hospital at Versailles, Ky., last Sunday morning, March 11, after a short illness from pneumonia. Mrs. Leigh was born and raised in Johnson County and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stambaugh of Paintsville. The body was brought to the home of her parents here Sunday evening by the Mountain Furniture Company where it remained until Tuesday morning when it was taken to the Stambaugh cemetery at Stambaugh for burial. Short services were conducted by Rev. Guy W. Preston, the regular funeral to be held at some future date to be announted later. Mr. Leigh, the husband, Ben Carroll and Charley Graves, brothers-in-law, accompanied the the body to Paintsville and attended the burial. Other relatives of the Leigh family were prevented from attending the funeral because of illness in the family. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, 11 months old, her father and mother, and two brothers G. C. and Ted Stambaugh of  Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 15 1934

    
MCCOURT, John B.
1934
Aged, Retired Van Lear Miner Passes After Short Illness John B. McCourt, age 69, of Van Lear, Ky., died at the Paintsville Hospital last Friday, March 9, after a short illness.  Mr. McCourt came to Van Lear in 1910, where he worked as a miner until a few years ago, when he retired because of age.  Mr. McCourt was well known in Van Lear where he was highly respected. He is survived by five sons and two daughters:  John and Pete McCourt of Garrett, Ky.; Tom, Arthur and Pat McCourt of Van Lear; Mrs. H. C. Smith of Beckley, W. Va., and Mrs. Roy VanHoose of Ironton, Ohio. He is also survived by two sisters and two brothers of Columbus, Ohio. Mr. McCourt was a member of the Catholic Church of Van Lear. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery at Van Lear, Sunday afternoon. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 15, 1934

   
MCFADDIN, Bill
1934
Good Citizen Passes After Illness of 8 Years
Bill McFaddin, age 63 years, died at his home on McFaddin Branch, two miles from Paintsville, Wednesday evening, March 7.  Mr. McFaddin has been a sufferer from leakage of the heart for the past eight years, and his death was not unexpected, although it was a severe blow to his family and friends. Mr. McFaddin was a son of the late John H. McFaddin, who for many years served the county as Magistrate from District No. 1. Mr. McFaddin was twice married.  His first wife was Miss Jennie Conley, daughter of Rev. John E. Conley, and to this union was born one son, Tommy McFaddin, of Thealka. Later he was married to Miss Lou Conley, daughter of Hiram Conley.  To this union were born nine children, seven of whom are living, as follows:  Ella, Martha, Dottie, Maltie and May at home, Mrs. Russell Fairchild and Homer McFaddin. He is also survived by six brothers and three sisters, as follows:  Isaac McFaddin, Sr., Ed, George, Barnes, and Ross McFaddin of Paintsville, and Claude McFaddin of Martin County; sisters, Mrs. Haden Adams of Van Lear, Mrs. Henry Stricklin and Mrs. Manford McCloud of Paintsville. He had been a devout Christian for many years and lived his religion.  The best thing that can be said of a man after his earthly career is that he was a good man, and Bill McFaddin was a good man. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church on Friday morning at 10 o’clock in charge of Judge H. B. Conley, a lifelong friend of the family, and Rev. F. S. VanHoose. Burial followed in the family burying ground in the Meade Cemetery on Jennies Creek. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 15, 1934

   
PACK, Thomas
1934
Thomas Pack died March 1 Last Roll Call for Old Union Soldier, Age 90 Thomas Pack, age 90 years, died at the home of his son, James Pack of King Addition, Thursday, March 1, after an illness of about two months.  Death was due primarily to advanced age and complications incident thereto. "Uncle Tom", as he was familiarly known, was born in Martin County, where he resided all his life, until a few years ago when he came to live with his son.  He was always known as a good citizen and was considered one of the best men Martin county ever produced, and his passing will be regretted by a large number of people of both Johnson and Martin counties. "Uncle Tom"  was a member of the Christian Church and respected by all who knew him. Short services were held at the home after which the body was taken to Martin county and laid to rest in the old family cemetery.  Due to inclement weather and bad roads funeral services will be preached on a date which will be announced later. He is survived by one son, James Pack, of Paintsville and Mrs. Mahala Maynard of Martin County. He was one of the few remaining Union soldiers who fought through the War Between the States as a member of the 14th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and participated in some of the major battles of the war. Following is a short sketch of Mr. Pack as a soldier, taken from one of the histories of the Civil War. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 8, 1934

   
PELPHREY, Ben
1934
Died Tuesday News was received her this week that Ben Pelphrey, 65 years of age, and one of the best citizens of the county had died at his home at Barnetts Creek Tuesday after a week’s illness from double pneumonia.  Mr. Pelphrey was a farmer and a good man. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday, and burial followed near the home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Mar.08 1934

   
REFFETT, Margaret
1934
Mrs. Margaret Reffett, age 70 years, died at her home in West Paintsville last Thursday after a long illness from heart disease.  Mrs. Reffett has been a resident of Paintsville for about 20 years, having moved here from Magoffin county.  She was a hardworking Christian woman and well respected here.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  After short services at the home the body was taken to Magoffin County for burial.  She is survived by one son, Rev. Fred Gullett, and one daughter, Mrs. Code Lemaster both of Oil Springs.  Paintsville Herald Thursday March 8, 1934

   
ROBINSON, Mrs Wesley
1934
FORMER PAINTSVILLE CITIZEN DIED AT WAYNESBURG, KY.
Mrs. Wesley Robinson died suddenly at her home in Waynesburg, Ky., last week.  The body was taken to the home of her daughter Mrs. Anna Moore of Ashland.  The body was brought to Paintsville Friday where funeral services were held at the Mayo Memorial Church. Mrs. Robinson is well known in Paintsville.  She was the widow of the late W. W. Brown and resident here until his death. Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Anna Moore of Ashland and Mrs. Evalena Ramey of Paintsville. She is also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grand child. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APRIL 5, 1934

   
VANCE, Lawrence
1934
News was received in Paintsville this week that Lawrence T. Vance, of Newport, Ky., died at his home there last Friday, following a few months of illness. Mrs. Vance who has been ill for some time is now in a critical condition and little hope is held for her recovery. Mr. and Mrs. Vance are well known in Paintsville where they have been accustomed to spending a week’s vacation here each summer.  Mrs. Vance is a native of Paintsville where she was born and raised.  She was formerly Miss Fannie Fern Spradlin, daughter of the late Frank Spradlin, and for a number of years a teacher in the Paintsville schools.  She has a brother, Ben J. Spradlin, and a sister, Mrs. Martha J. Sataten, who reside in Paintsville. Miss Olga Cooper, a niece of Mrs. Vance, is in Newport at the bedside of Mrs. Vance.  Mrs. Staten will leave for Newport this week. Funeral services for Mr. Vance was held at Grace Church in Newport Tuesday. Paintsville Herald Thursday Mar.15 1934


       
VANHOOSE, Brooks L.
1934
Former County Resident Killed by Kidnapers The following dispatch from Carthage, Mo., appeared in the daily press of March 5: Believed by authorities to have been slain by resisting kidnapers, Brooks L. VanHoose, 64 years old, wealthy retired mining operator, was found shot to death at his country home near here today. Sheriff Oll Rogers said VanHoose apparently had been slain Saturday night. L. B. Harmon, operator of a tourist camp, was arrested for investigation.  Sheriff Rogers  was seeking members of a gang of five highwaymen reported to have been in the vicinity of  the VanHoose home Saturday night.  The Sheriff had been "tipped" the gang might attempt a kidnaping and made a search Saturday  night but found no trace of the men or their car.   VanHoose, who had been living alone, was found by a business associate just inside the  front door.  He had been shot twice.  One bullet had been fired from VanHoose's pistol.   It struck his car standing in the driveway.  Officials said he had been warned of a plot to  kidnap him and had carried the weapon for protection. Mrs. VanHoose and a daughter, Mildred have been in Washington, D.C., where the girl  attends an art school. Brooks L. VanHoose was born and raised in Johnson county and is a member of the VanHoose family of this county.  He left here about 40 years ago and made a fortune in the mining business.  At the time of his death he was reputed to have been a millionaire.  He had retired from active life. Mrs. Chas. Roberts of Paintsville is a sister of the slain man.  He also has two brothers, Lint and Zeal VanHoose of this county.  He is also an uncle of F. Daniel of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday  March 8, 1934

   
WALKER, Theodore
1934
Death Claims Theo. Walker Well Known Citizen Died Thursday of Meningitis Theodore Walker, age about 52, died at this home in Paintsville last Thursday after several weeks illness from spinal meningitis.  Mr. Walker was stricken with the disease about two months ago and continued to grow worse until the end last Thursday.  Mr. Walker was a well known and respected citizen of Paintsville where he had lived all his life.  He was a member of one of Johnson county’s most prominent families.  He was a son of the late Judge J. W. Walker who died in …  Mr. Walker had always been known as a good citizen and his passing has brought sorrow to a large number of relatives and friends in this county.  He is survived by his wife and one brother, W. F. Walker, of Mahan, W. Va., three sisters, Mrs. Dan W. Ward, Mrs. M. G. Preston, and Mrs. John W. Preston, all of Paintsville.  Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Sunday afternoon where Mr. Walker had long been a member.  Services were conducted at 2 o’clock in charge of Rev Odis J. Polley, the pastor.  Burial took place in the family lot in Mayo Cemetery and the services at the grave were in charge of the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Paintsville of which the deceased was a member. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 5, 1934

   
WELLMAN, Homer
1934
TRAGIC DEATH OF HOMER WELLMAN
Mr. and Mrs. John S. Wellman received the sad news on Tuesday night of this week of the death of their son, Homer (Red) Wellman.  He was killed when struck by an automobile in Washington, D.C., that night. He had been employed away from here for several years and had lived in Washington the past two years. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wellman and was reared in Louisa.  His age was 37 years. No definite funeral arrangement has been made.  It is not know just when the body will reach here, but it is thought it will be Friday or Saturday. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MARCH 22, 1934

   
WELLS, P. D.
1934
Friends in Paintsville and the Big Sandy Valley will regret to learn that P. D. Wells, age 60, prominent citizen of Ashland, died at the King's Daughters' Hospital in that city early Tuesday morning, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident near Morehead, Ky., last Saturday afternoon. Mr. Wells was on his way to Flemingsburg accompanied by his wife and their daughter, Mrs. Virgil Watson, when the machine which Mrs.Wells was driving skidded and plunged over an embankment, turning over several times. The two women escaped with slight injuries. Mr. Wells was in the Internal Revenue Service and had often visited in Paintsville and the Big Sandy Valley where he had many friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Ashland with burial at Flemingsburg. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MARCH 15 1934

    
WILCOX, J. C.
1934
Dr. J. C. Wilcox died Monday Painstville Eye Specialist Succumbs at Ashland Dr. James C. Wilcox, 60 years old, of Paintsville, died at an Ashland hospital Monday morning.  Dr. Wilcox had been ill for only a short time and was admitted to the Ashland hospital about one week previous to his death. Dr. Wilcox moved to Paintsville about a year ago from Whitesburg, Ky., where he practiced his profession as an optometrist.  Since coming ot Paintsville, he and Mrs. Wilcox made many friends who will be saddened by the news of Dr. Wilcox' death. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Wilcox and six children as follows: Dr. R. B. Wilcox of Whitesburg; Dr. T. P. Wilcox of Denver, Col.; Mrs. Edgar Selwin, wife of a well known producer in Hollywood, Cal.; Fred Wilcox also of Hollywood; Mrs. Nicholas Schenk, Schenectady, NY.; and Mrs. Max Furman, Morgantown, W. Va. The body was taken to Morgantown, W. Va., for funeral and burial. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 8, 1934




APRIL - 1934
   
DANIEL, Jenny
1934
Miss Jenny Daniel, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Milroy Daniel, died Sunday morning, April 15.  She was 38 years of age and one of Johnson County’s leading teachers. Miss Daniels had been in poor health for several years but had been able to go about until Friday before her death when she was stricken with appendicitis.  She was rushed to the Daniel Hospital in Paintsville were an emergency operation was preformed Saturday afternoon but without avail and Miss Daniels died on Sunday. Funeral services were held at the old home place and burial took place beside her brother in the Van Lear Cemetery.  Besides her father and mother, she is survived by three sisters, Miss Josephine Daniels at home; Mrs. Dan Short, Thelma and Mrs. Francis Phelps of Van Lear; four brothers, Callis and Rowland Daniels at home; Ray Daniel, Thealka; George W. Daniels, Sitka; besides a host of friends and relatives thoughtout the county.  One little brother preceded her in death a little more than two years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Wm. Flannery.   Paintsville Herald, Thursday April 26, 1934

    
WELCH, John C.
1934
DEATH CLAIMS JOHN C. WELCH
Former Big Sandy Riverman Passes in Huntington
Captain John C. Welch, age 75, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. R. Pack, in Huntington, W.Va., last Saturday morning.  Captain Welch, retired steamboat pilot, had been in ill health for several months past. Captain Welch was one of the few old rivermen who plied their trade on the Big Sandy River when steamboats were the only mode of travel up and down the valley.  In addition to piloting steamboats up and down the treacherous Big Sandy when it was a navigable stream, Captain Welch also gained fame as a pilot on the Ohio River.  He was well-known along the riverfronts of Catlettsburg, Ashland and Ironton in the heyday of steamboating. Captain Welch was a former resident of Johnson County, where he had many friends and relatives who still grieve at his passing. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic Lodges of Paintsville. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Offutt, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and burial was in the Offutt Cemetery. Rev. L. F. Orley of Huntington was in charge of the services. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APR. 26, 1934
   
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MAY - 1934
BLAIR, Nan (Morton)
1934
Aunt Nan Blair Passes at the Age of 89 Years
Nan Blair, age 89 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Haden Conley, at Hager Hill this county, last Sunday, May 27, from infirmities due to advanced age. "Aunt" Nan, as she was affectionately known to a large number of people, was the widow of the late Ned Blair, who preceded her to the Great Beyond several years ago. She was the daughter of William Morton, one of the old pioneers who helped in wresting this section from the wilderness. She was the last surviving member of the Morton family, all of whom lived to a ripe old age. "Aunt" Nan was one of the few remaining old-fashioned mothers, always honest and industrious, and extremely devoted to her God and her family.  The passing of these old-fashioned mothers brings a tinge of sadness to the heart. Funeral services were held Monday at Hager Hill, and was attended by a large number of neighbors an relatives.  The body was laid to rest in the Blair Cemetery at Hager Hill. She is survived by four children as follows:  Two sons, Frank and Charlie Blair of Hager Hill; two daughters, Mrs. Ida Conley and Mrs. Rosa Blair of Denver. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 31, 1934

     
BURCHETT, Otis
1894-1934
Otis Burchett, member of a prominent Johnson county family, died May 14th in a Veterans Hospital in Chicago.  Mr. Burchett was born Nov. 1894.  His father was Wesley Burchett and his mother Mary Wells, daughter of G. W. Wells of Odds, Johnson County.  Mr. Burchett was a farmer and business man of Woods, Floyd County, Ky., at the time of his death.  His mother died when he was an infant and Otis with his 3 brothers and one sister were reared to manhood and womanhood by their maternal grandfather on Daniels Creek.  He received a common school education, moved to Floyd County where he married, 5 years age Miss Gertrude Kendrick member of a prominent Floyd County family.  Only 1 child was born to this union, a daughter, Mary Lou, 4 years old.  Otis was a veteran of the World War and an honored member of the American Legion, a company of which cared for min during his last illness and accompanied his body to his last resting place at Woods, Floyd County and conferred on him all the ceremonial rites of the order.  He was a kind indulgent father, a good husband and a man who stood four square for all that was right among his neighbors and friends.  Tis said of him by those who knew him best, that he would give away his last dollar to help a friend in need, and that truly, ‘He lived in a house by the side of the road to be a friend to man.’  He is survived by 2 brothers and a host of relatives on both his paternal and maternal side, all of who have our deepest sympathy.  Yet death is only a port where all must sooner or later find refuge and the end of labor.  Death levels all things in his march and naught can resist his strength; but it is not so much to him who greets it with an upright heart.  Tis only a haven where our troubled ship finds a safe harbor where the rough storms are past.  Death opens the gates of fame and shuts the door of envy after him, where lurks no slander, nor grudges, no envy but ‘is only a peaceful sleep. This only bravely giving over the game, which must at best be lost.  What more is it than a ceasing to be what we were before, nature that begets us expels us and a better and a safer place is provided for us.  Otis was brave and gentle, and truly nature that created him might stand up and say ‘Here was a man.’  To us we who are living and mourning our loss there can be nothing better that to – So live that when the summons comes to join.  The innumerable caravan which moves.  To that mysterious realm where each shall take.  His chamber in the silent halls of death.  Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night.  Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed.  By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave.  Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch.  About him and lies down to pleasant dreams.   Paintsville Herald Thursday June 7, 1934

    
FAIRCHILD, Joe
1934
News was received here Tuesday that Joe (Red) Fairchild was killed Monday by a slate fall in the mines of the Fordson Coal Company on Pond Creek, in Pike County.  Full particulars as to his death are lacking. Mr. Fairchild was well known and very popular in Johnson County where he was well known.  He was born and raised near Paintsville and was the youngest son of Will Fairchild of this city.  He was formerly a railroad man working out of Paintsville and was very popular as a ball player. Through his father and mother, who was a member of the Castle family, he is related to a large number of people in this county who will be grieved to learn of his untimely death. The body was brought to Paintsville Wednesday and taken to Toms Creek Wednesday afternoon for burial in the family cemetery. Besides his father, Will Fairchild, he is survived by his widow and four children, two brothers, Jesse Fairchild and Lindsay Fairchild, both of West Van Lear, and four sisters, Mrs. Bryan Boyd, of Paintsville; Mrs. George Price, of Nippa; Mrs. Burns VanHose, of Mingo, and Mrs. Myrtle McFarland, who resides in the Odd Fellows Homes at Lexington. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY May 10, 1934

    
JOHNSON, Sampson J.
1842-1934 
S.J.JOHNSON DIED ON MAY 23
Confederate Veteran Answers Final Call Samp J. Johnson, one of Johnson County's oldest and most prosperous farmers, died at his home at Hager Hill last Wednesday, May 23, in his 91st year.  "Uncle" Samp as he was familiarly known to the people of Johnson County, had always been known as a good citizen.  He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for many years.  Mr. Johnson had lived an active life and through industry and thrift had amassed a small fortune and at the time of his death was worth considerable money in lands, notes, and bonds.  He was a son of Martin Johnson and the family was originally from Wise County, Virginia.  He was the last surviving member of a large family of 11 children.  He was a veteran of th e Civil War and served in the Confederate army throughout the conflict.  "Uncle" Samp was one of the grand old men of Johnson County and universally liked by all, as he was always in a jovial mood.  Funeral services were conducted at the Johnson home on Thursday, in charge of Rev. B.F. Craft of Weeter, Ky.  Burial followed in the family cemetery near the home.  Besides his aged widow, Mrs. Martha Johnson, he is survived by five living children, Stonewall and David Johnson of East Point; Bob Johnson, Mrs. Stella Mullens, and Mrs. Ella Johnson, all of Hager Hill.  Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-31-1934

 HAGER HILL, KY. On Wednesday May 23, 1934 at 11 o'clock a.m., Uncle Sampson J. Johnson Sr., died in the triumph of a living faith.  He was 91 years, 10 months and 19 days.  Born July 4,1842.  The funeral was conducted at his home on the 24th at 2 p.m. The services were introduced by S.J.Johnson Jr. of Auxier, who after his remarks, led in prayer.  Rev. Don P. DeHart, Victor Conley, Bill Kelle y and Mrs. R.L. Mays conducted the singing. "How Firm a Foundation" and "Face to Face With Christ My Savior" were two of the songs.  The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. B. F. Craft of Weeter, Ky. Undertaker, J.A. Johns of Paintsville had charge of the burial which took place in the family burial plot on the point near Burns Conley's.  The large congregation and the many beautiful flowers attested to the high esteem in which Uncle Samp was held.  He leaves to mourn their loss, three sons, two daughters, his widow, a number of grandchildren.  Too much cannot be said in praise of this grand old man but as another will write his obituary, I will close by extending sympathy to the bereaving family.     Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-7-1934

      
MOLLETTE, Gladys
1934
Member of Prominent Boons Camp Family Died May 16
Miss Gladys Mollette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Mollette, of Boons Camp, Ky., died at her home there Wednesday, May 16. She was a member of a prominent family of Johnson County.  Many will feel a sad loss in the passing of Miss Mollette.  Although taken in her youth she was living a consecrated, Christian life, obeying the teachings of the Master, not alone did she administer to those of her home, but whenever or wherever she found people in need of sympathy or service. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John W. Butcher.  Burial took place in the family burial ground at Boons Camp. She is survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Mollette, four sisters, Miss Grace Mollette, Boons Camp, Ky., Mrs. T.E. Fletcher, Inez, Ky., Mrs. J. Kash Holbrook, Paintsville, and Mrs. Ray Colvin, Theaka, Ky.  Also three brothers, John B. Mollette, Van Lear, Ky., Fred Mollette, Boons Camp, and Burns O. Mollette, Priest River, Idaho. PAINTSVILLE HERALD  WEDNESDAY May 24, 1934

    
TRIMBLE, Solon
1934
Death Claims Solon Trimble Well Known Man Is Taken By Pneumonia
Solon Trimble, age 25, a resident of Paintsville, died at the Paintsville Hospital Friday May 11 after a short illness from double pneumonia.  Mr. Trimble had been an employee of the Sandy Valley Grocery Co. for the past 9 years and was a valued employe of the company.  At the time of his death he was office salesman of the company for the Ashland branch. He was a young business man of sterling character and his friends were numbered by the hundreds.  His untimely passing will be keenly felt by a large circle of friends throughout eastern Kentucky where he had been associated with a large number of people through business connections. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 13, at the old Williams cemetery and home on Colvin Branch in charge of Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Dennis Willaims. Active pallbearers were Byrd Cox, Crit Willaims, Bob Johnson, Rhodes Meade, Worth McFaddin and Milton Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers were H. H. Wheeler, Sherman Wheeler, Lewis Blevins, Ernie Thompson, H. M. Wheeler, J. N. Kennard, Geo. W. Conley, Dona Wheeler, Rol Butler, W. J. Patrick and Roy Nichols. He is survived by his widow, His father and mother and three brothers, Bruce, Wannie and Conn Trimble, all of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 17 1934

    
VANHOOSE, Andrew
1934
A. J. VanHoose, age 71, of White House, this county, died Monday, May 14 after several years illness from asthma.  "Uncle" Andrew as he was known to a large number of citizens, had been a lifelong citizen of Johnson county, and one of it's best citizens.  Like most of the older people of this county he was a member of the old United Baptist Church, and for the past 52 years had been a devoted member of that church, and had lived a strict Christian life for more than a half century.  Men like "Uncle" Andrew, so devoted to God, church and home are becoming scarcer with the passing years, and their passing from the scenes of this life is a sad occurrence. Mr. VanHoose is survived by two children, L. C. VanHoose, of White House, with whom the aged man made his home, and Mrs. Flora LeMaster of Jackson, O.  His wife preceded him in death several years ago. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday, May 15, in charge of Rev. Guy W. Preston of Paintsville. Burial followed in the Osborne Cemetery at White House. Paintsville Herald May 24, 1934 Thursday

    
WARD, Shade
1934
Well Known Citizen Passes
Shade Ward, Sr., 70, Died Thursday, May 24 Shade Ward, 70 years old, died at his home on Greasy Creek, this county, Thursday, May 24, after being in ill health for several years past.  Mr. Ward was a well known citizen and a member of one of Johnson county's largest and most prominent families.  Mr. Ward had spent his life on his farm and was prominent for a long time as a stock dealer.  He had also dealt extensively in real estate, and was possesed of considerable lands at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Ward home Friday afternoon and was attended by a large number of friends and relatives.  Burial in the old Ward cemetery on the farm of J. C. Ward. Besides his widow, Mr. Ward is survived by five sons and five daughters.  They are: Ben Shelby and Shade Jr. of Van Lear; Henry  of Boons Camp, and Joe D. and Henry Ward at home.  The daughters are Mrs. Laura Dennison and Mrs. Laura Webb of Boons Camp; Mrs. Sarah Roberts of Hellier, Mrs. Rosell Davis and Elaine Ward of Meally. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. John B. Wells, Sr. of Paintsville, and Mrs. E. L. Preston of Maysville, Ky.; three brothers, Attorney W. J. Ward of Paintsville, Joe D. Ward and J. C. Ward of Offutt. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 31, 1934

       
WHEELER, William Garfield
1934
William Garfield Wheeler, age 52, of Marion, Ohio died at an Ashland Hospital last Sunday morning, after an illness of three months. He had been in Ashland for two weeks for treatment. Mr. Wheeler was deaf and the first deaf linotype operator in Kentucky. He was born in Morgan county. He is survived by two daughters and one son; one sister and one brother. He was a brother of the late Henry Wheeler who died in Paintsville a number of years ago and was an uncle of Sherman Wheeler and Miss Nancy Vivian. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 31 1934

    
WITTEN, Arminta ( Butler)
1934
MRS. WITTEN PASSES IN MICH.
Well-Known Woman Died at Home of Her Son The many friends of Mrs. Arminta Witten, wife of the late Frank Witten, will be grieved to hear of her death on May 18.  For the past few years, she had made her home with her son, Junior Witten of Flint, Michigan, and died from complications following an attack of pneumonia.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Witten, by about five years.  At the time of his death, they had lived a happy wedded life for fifty years. Surviving her are two sons, Frank Jr., and White; three daughters, Mrs. Garfield Dalton and Miss Lida Witten of Flint, Mich., and Mrs. James Oliver of Mesa, Arizona. To mourn her passing she leaves the following sisters and brothers:  Mrs. Ella Butler, Mrs. Julia Hickman, Mrs. W. M. McKenzie, Mrs. C. M. Lemaster, Mrs. Fred Meade, James P. Butler and Augusta Butler. Mrs. Witten will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  Although seventy- three yeas of age, she had never ceased to keep in touch with all that was going on and for many years had been a constant reader of daily newspapers and kept herself well informed on all current events. Funeral services were held from the home of her brother, James P. Butler, and were conducted by the Rev. Burns Conley, assisted by Rev. T. S. Williams and Rev. O. F. Huffman.  Burial followed in the family cemetery at Little Mud Lick. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 31, 1934 (Note:  Unsure of the name “Burns” Conley.)



JUNE - 1934

COCHRAN, A. M. J.
1934
News has been received in Paintsville that Federal Judge A. M. J. Cochran, had died at his home at Maysville late Tuesday evening of complications following an illness. Judge Cochran was born in Maysville and was 82 years of age at the time of his death.  He had been on the Federal bench for the eastern and northern district of Kentucky for the past 33 years. The noted jurist was appointed district judge July 1, 1901, by President William McKinley, when the State of Kentucky was divided into two districts, eastern and western. Judge Cochran was well known to the people of the Big Sandy Valley and his passing will be mourned by a large number of people.  He was a grand old man, always kindly to everyone, even those whom he had to sentence for various crimes against society. He was to have held court at Lexington last week, but was postponed, thus making known the serious illness of the noted jurist.  This was the first time in 33 years that Judge Cochran was forced to postpone court on account of illness. He was ill only two weeks. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 14, 1934

    
DUNCAN, John M.
1934
Captain John M. Duncan, 74, prominent citizen of Johnson County died at 11 o’clock last Friday morning at his home from a heart attack.  He had been in poor health for several months, but his death came unexpectedly.  Mr. Duncan was one of the pioneer citizens of the Big Sandy Valley.  For many years before the railroad penetrated the Big Sandy Valley, Mr. Duncan was a steamboat pilot on the Bill Sandy and Ohio rivers and became known as one of the foremost pilots of his day.  Capt. Duncan had many interesting stories to tell of incidents during his life on the river.  When the late John C. C. Mayo of Paintsville began the development of the resources of the Big Sandy Valley, Capt. Duncan aligned himself with the capitalist and rendered valuable services in developing the region.  He remained with Mr. Mayo until the later’s death.  Capt. Duncan acquired considerable wealth during the development of the Big Sandy Valley.  He probable knew more men and could call them by name than probable any other man in Eastern Kentucky.  He was the last of the old rivermen who plied their trade when steamboating was at its height and when that was the only mode of travel.  Capt. Duncan has many friends in the Big Sandy Valley who will regret to learn of his passing.  Paintsville Herald Thursday June 21, 1934

    
MAY, S.  D.  (Samuel David)
1934
S.D.May Is Dead A few minutes before press time news was received of the death of S.D.May which took place at his home on Court street about noon hour Wednesday.He had been ill only a few days suffering from a stroke of apoplexy. Mr.May was 59 years of age and one of our most prominent citizens.He was a native of Magoffin County and before coming to paintsville was one of the leading educators and business men of that county. The death of Mr.May brings sorrow to a large number of friends in Johnson and Magoffin Counties. Funeral services have not been arraned.A full account of death,funeral and burial will be published next week. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY June 14 1934

May S.D.,74 Well Known Asa Man Died Suddenly Last Wednesday S.D.May,age 74 years,died suddenly at his home at Asa,this county,last Wednesday,June 20, Mr.May had not been in the best of health for a year or more but had been in his usual health.He was stricken while sitting in chair on the front pourch of the home and passed away suddenly. Mr.May as one of Johnson county's best citizens and had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for years and had lived a consistent Christian life. Besides his widow he is survived by six children as follows;Mrs.A.J.Ramey, Riceville;Willie May,Denver;Claude May,Asa;Mrs.Johnnie Music,East Point, and Mrs.Otto Pratt and Eddie May both of Paintsville. Funeral service were held at the May home at Asa Thursday afternoon with Rev.H.B.Conley,a life long friend of the family in charge.Burial followed in the family burial ground on the home farm. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY June 21 1934

    
OSBORN, David
1934
DR. OSBORN DIED JUNE 24
Well Known Physician Succumbs at Indiana Hospital. Dr. David Osborn, age about 70 years, died on Sunday morning, June 24, at a Shelbyville, Indiana hospital, where the aged physician had gone for treatment several days previous to his death.  News of his death comes as a shock to the many friends of the family in the Big Sandy Valley. Dr. Osborn was formerly a resident of White House, Ky., where he practiced medicine for a quarter of a century.  A few years ago he retired from the medical profession and bought a fine farm at Stockdale, Ohio, where he lived quietly until his death. After death the body was taken to his home at Stockdale where it remained until Tuesday, then taken to White House where it was interred beside the Osborn mausoleum which had previously been erected in the Osborn burying ground.  A number of Paintsville friends attended the funeral and burial. Dr. Osborn is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth (Turner) Osborn; one son Hobert Osborn of Denver, Colorado, and a granddaughter, Miss Elizabeth Osborn, of Stockdale, Ohio.  He also has numerous other relatives throughout Eastern Kentucky. Dr. Osborn was one of the most prominent physicians of the Big Sandy Valley for more than 50 years. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jul.05 1934


PELPHREY, Eliza (Lester)
1934
Former Resident of This County Died  At Ashland
Mrs. Eliza Pelphrey, wife of Paris Pelphrey, well-known Ashland grocer, died suddenly in that city Saturday. Mrs. Pelphrey passed away early Saturday morning following a stroke of apoplexy. Her sudden death came as a great shock to her many relatives and friends. Those surviving are her devoted husband, two sons, Walter Pelphrey of 22nd St., and Paris Allison Pelphrey at home, two daughters, Beulah and Mary Maxie Pelphrey at home; one brother C. L.  Lester, of Denver, Ky., and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Skaggs, of Russell, Ky., Mrs. Mary Gambill, of Jenkins, Ky., and Mrs. T. L. Tilson, of Hillards, Ohio. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the residence, with Rev. Edens in charge.  Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. The Pelphrey family are former residents of Johnson County where they have many friends and relatives, who will regret to learn of Mrs. Pelphrey’s passing. Mr. Pelphrey conducted a store and mine at Denver for many years before going to Ashland. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jun.24 1934

     
VANCE, Fannie (Spradlin)
June 14, 1934
Well Known Woman Died at Newport Saturday
Mrs. Lawrence T. Vance of Newport, Ky., died last Saturday morning in a hospital in that city after an illness of several months.  Her husband died a short time ago and Mrs. Vance had been kept in ignorance of her husband’s passing.  Mr. and Mrs. Vance were said to be strongly attached to each other and when apprised of the husband’s death she seemed to give up all hope and gradually grew weaker until the end. Mrs. Vance was formerly Miss Fannie Fern Spradlin and was a former citizen of Paintsville.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Spradlin and was born and raised to young womanhood on what is now the Mayo Farm near this city.  She was educated in the common schools of Johnson County and became on of the leading teachers.  She taught in the Paintsville Schools for many years.  After her marriage she moved to Newport where the family resided until death. Mrs. Vance has probably taught more men and women of Paintsville who are now nearing the age of 50 years than probably any other teacher who ever taught in the local schools, and these former students of this good woman hold a warm spot in their hearts for their former teacher, and mourn at her passing. Funeral services were held at Newport Tuesday morning.  Burial at Newport. She is survived by one sister and two brothers all of Johnson County.  They are Mrs. E. B. Staten and Ben J. Spradlin of Paintsville, and John Spradlin of Mud Lick. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jun.14 1934



JULY - 1934
AUXIER, Milt
1934
Milt Auxier Died Wednesday
Milt Auxier, age 65, died in the Paintsville Hospital Wednesday, after a few days illness from poisoning caused by eating fish and sweet milk.  This combination is said to be deadly to some persons.  Funeral and burial will be held from his home at East Point, Friday, funeral services in charge of the Paintsville Furniture Undertakers Co. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY July 5, 1934

    
BLANTON, Harry
1934
Death visited our community July 12, 1934 and took from our midst one of Johnson county's best citizens, Harry Blanton. He was 54 years of age and the son of Squire and Mrs. S. L. Blanton of Volga. He leaves a heart broken wife, eleven children: Mrs. Rosa Long of Wheelersburg; Rouie, Johnnie, Effie, Virginia, Jewell, Wayne, Neva, Anna Lou, Dora and Marie besides his father and mother. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters; Albert Blanton of Ironton O.; George, George; Willie and Kendrick of Volga, Olive Blanton of Paintsville, Mrs. Mary Salyer of Volga, Mrs. Oak Williams of Red Bush, Mrs. Virgil Butler of Paintsville, Mrs. Rex Trimble of Volga and Mrs. Edgar Lemaster of Ironton, Ohio. Funeral was conducted by Rev. John Prater, John Picklesimer, F. F. Rigsby and Lonza Reed. He was a faithful member of the Fish Trap church, also a deacon of the church. We feel his passing away is heavens gain. The family has our deepest sympathy. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JULY 26 1934

    
BURNS, Cora (Henry)
1934
Mrs. Cora Burns Died At Louisa
Louisa, Ky.—Mrs. Cora Henry Burns, 73, member of a prominent local family, died at 8 o’clock Tuesday night at her home after being ill since Friday. In addition to her husband, Milton S. Burns, a widely known attorney and president of the First National Bank of Louisa, Mrs. Burns is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H.G. Wellman and Mrs. Kizzie Clay Lindsay, Louisa, and one sister, Mrs. Lillian Reynolds, Louisa. Funeral services conducted at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon by Rev. H.G. Sowards, pastor of the M.E. Church, South.  Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY July 26, 1934

   
COOPER, John Franklin
1934
Dies after long illness
John Franklin Cooper, 80, died at his home on church street at 12:30 Monday afternoon, July 9, after an illness of more than fifteen years, the last ten of which he had been an invalid. Funeral services were held at the local Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. C. H. Rayl of Ashland, former pastor of that church, officiating and interment was in the Blue Grass Cemetery, by the side of his wife, who preceded him in death in 1930. Patrick and Prater, local funeral directors were in charge of the arrangements. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 19, 1934

   
COPLIN, Edgar
1934
Edgar Coplin, 33, dies from poison
Edgar Coplin, 33, an oil well driller, employed by Luther McIntosh in Floyd County, who is a contractor for the Inland Gas Corporation, died at the Paintsville Hospital last Thursday night.  His death was due to taking poison through mistake, it is reported here. Mr. Coplin was found in his hotel room at Prestonsburg in an unconscious condition, and after receiving emergency treatment, given by Prestonsburg physicians, he was brought to the local hospital, where he died at 7 o'clock Thursday night. Mr. Coplin was a resident of Ashland and the body was taken there for burial. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jeanette Coplin, two sons, Guy Richard and Fred Jennings Coplin, and one daughter, Virginia Louise Coplin, all at home, and by his parents, four brothers and four sisters. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 26, 1934

   
FREEMAN, Malinda (Rice)
1934
HAGER HILL, KY.
Died on the 21st at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Blair, Mrs. Malinda Freeman aged 79 years, 2 months and 27 days.  She was the daughter of the late  John R. and Jennie Adams Rice.  She had three brothers:  Green, Samuel, and John R.  and one sister  all of whom preceded her in death.  She had one son  Proctor Rice who died several years ago.  She had been married twice.  Her first marriage was to Malcolm Price and her second the late William Freeman.  Since his death four or five years ago she had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Blair.  Rev. Burns Conley preached the funeral at the Blair home Sunday evening at 2:30 p.m. to a large audience of friends and relatives.  Undertaker Jones of Paintsville had charge of the burial arrangements.  After the funeral the remains were taken to the W. E.  (Dick) Rice cemetery on Middle Fork of Jennies Creek for burial.  For many  years she was active in church work and for a time Superintendent of a  Sunday School at the Japan school house. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JULY 26, 1934

   
GULLETT, J. I. “BUD”
1934
Bud Gullett Died Sunday
Well Known Citizen Victim of Double Pneumonia
J.I. Gullett, age 75 years, died at the home of his son, Tom Gullett, of Bridgeford Addition of Paintsville, about the noon hour, Sunday, July 1, following a few days illness from double pneumonia.  Mr. Gullett resided on his farm at Oil Springs, but was removed to Paintsville after being stricken with the disease where he could receive better medical attention, but due to his advanced age he could not survive the attack of the disease and passed peacefully into the great beyond last Sunday. He was born in Magoffin County and spent the greater part of his life near the place of his birth near Oil Springs.  Since 1917 when the first oil strike was made in the Johnson-Magoffin Oil Field, Mr. Gullett has spent his winters in Paintsville where he owned considerable property and the summers on the old home farm at Oil Springs. “Uncle Bud,” as he was known in two counties was one of the best and most upright citizens that either Johnson or Magoffin County ever produced.  His life was spent peacefully and quietly in the service of his family and his God and his passing will bring a tinge of sadness to the hearts of hundreds of friends who knew him for his good qualities as a man and a citizen.  He was strictly religious and had long been a member of the old United Baptist Church. He had long been a Mason and was a member of Oil Springs Lodge F&M. Funeral services were held Tuesday evening in charge of the Masonic Lodges of Paintsville and Oil Springs, and a large number of people were in attendance to pay their last respects to the memory of a good man.  The impressive Masonic burial ceremony was used at the grave. The body was interred in the old William Gullett Cemetery on the head of Little Paint. Besides his aged widow he is survived by two sons, Tom Gullett of Paintsville, and Floyd Gullett of Wenatchee, Washington, one daughter, Mrs. Charlie Helton of Paintsville.  All the children were present at the funeral and burial except Floyd Gullett, who was unable to get here because of illness. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday July 5, 1934

   
MOLLETTE, Alice
1934
Aged Woman.  Mrs. Alice Mollette, 70, Died Here Monday Night Mrs. Alice Mollette, age 70, of Boons Camp, this county, died at the Daniel Hospital last Monday night.  She had been ill for several weeks and when her condition did not improve, she was admitted to the hospital here last week.  Mrs. Mollette is the widow of the late John R. Mollette, who was one of the most popular citizens of Johnson County. Mrs. Mollette is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frank Conley, of Paintsville; two sons, Joe Mollette of Paintsville, and Ben Mollette of Arizona. She was connected with a large number of people in Johnson County and leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn her death.  She was one of the leading women of her home locality and was popular and loved by all who knew her. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY July 26, 1934

    
MURRAY, Albert
1934
ARMY VETERAN DIES OF OLD AGE
Following an invalidism of more than seven years, Mr. Albert Murray, 82, died at his home on Clay street Sunday morning at 1 o'clock.  About a year ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis which rendered him bedfast. Mr. Murray a son of the late Dr. G. W. Murray and Mrs. Margaret Ward Murray, moved to Louisa with his family from Richardson twenty-five years ago.  He was a veteran of the regular army and served until retired on pension. Funeral rites were held from the home Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. H. G. Sowards, pastor of the M. E. Church.  Sou?? officiating.  Interment under the direction of the Curtwright Funeral Home was made in the Pine Hill cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 5, 1934

     
SHERMAN, Edna Mae
1934
EDNA MAE SHERMAN, Hager Hill, Kentucky Died on July 13th, Miss Edna Mae Sherman, age 18 years, 2 months and 10 days old, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Herdon Sherman of Weeksbury, KY.  The Shermans were former residents of West Van Lear.  The body in care of undertaker Jones of Paintsville, was brought to West Van Lear where Rev. Sporgeon Honeycutt preached the funeral in the Christian church to a large congregation of sorrowing friends and relatives.  After the service, the body was taken to the family burying ground in West Van Lear Cemetery, and deposited to await the Resurrection Day.  She had been operated on for appendicitis and double pneumonia developed which resulted in her death.  She was a member of the Christian Church and had lived a consistent life since conversion.  Paintsville Herald, July 19, 1934.

   
TACKETT, Mrs J. H. (Bayes)
1934
Died July 21
Death Claims Well  Known Barnetts  Creek Woman. Barnetts Creek Ky.
– The death angel visited our community July 21, 1934 and took from our community one of our best citizens, Mrs. J. H. Tackett.  She was 43 years of age and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Bayes. She leaves a heart broken husband and five children to morn their loss.  Mrs. Richard Lemaster of Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Jim Frazier of Staffordsville, Glenn, Alice and Bobbie Jean all at home.  Two sons Frank and J. B. had preceded her in death. She is survived by her father, Mr. J. B. Bayes, two brothers Mantford Bayes of Van Lear and Lee Bayes of West Liberty, one sister, Mrs. Willie Powers of Mash Fork, Ky. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Guy Preston, John Picklesimer and Lonza Reed. She had been a faithful member of the Barnetts Creek church since 1914. She and her husband were also deacons of that church.  We feel her passing away is heaven’s gain.  The family have our sympathy. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Aug.09 1934




AUGUST - 1934
BOYD, Dovie
1934
Mrs. Dovie Boyd Called By Death
Miss Dovie Boyd, 24 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Boyd of Georges Creek, passed away Friday morning at 4:30 in a local hospital following an illness of eight weeks. Funeral service was held from the home Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. John VanHoose officiating.  Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of H.H. Curtwright, mortifician. Miss Boyd had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for nine years. Surviving are the parents, two sisters, Mrs. Noah Scarberry, of Georges Creek and Miss Clifton Mae Boyd at home, and three brothers, Cecil, Mitchell and Ernest Boyd at home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY August 9, 1934

   
COLLINS, Franklin Pierce
1934
Franklin Pierce Collins, 56 years old, of Stafford addition died at his home there Sunday afternoon after an illness of several months.  He had been suffering from cancer and his condition had been serious for the past two months.  His death was not unexpected.  Mr. Collins had been living in Paintsville for more than twenty- five years.  He had a wide circle of friends.  He was a veteran of the Spanish- American War and a member of the organization of those veterans.  Surviving him are his wife, Cerilda Collins, one daughter, Mrs. J.W. Belcher, and one son Bascom B. Collins, all of Paintsville, and one brother, Sherman Collins of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, in charge of the Spanish-American Veterans.  Burial was in the Paintsville Cemetery.  Rev. W.I. Canter officiated.   Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-9-34

     
MAHAN, Mrs.Harry (Trimble)
1934
Death Claims Mrs. H. Mahan Barnetts Creek
Woman Succumbs to Cancer
Mrs. Harry Mahan, age 40 years, died at her home at Barnetts Creek Tuesday, August 21, following an illness of more than a year from cancer of the breast. Mrs. Mahan was one of the best women of the county and had long been a member of the United Baptist Church at Barnetts Creek.  She was a member of the Trimble family of Johnson county and was a daughter of Nat Trimble of Barnetts Creek, and leaves a large number of friends and relatives who mourn her passing. Funeral services were held at the home of her father and were in charge of Rev. J. H. Pickle, Rev. Millard O'Bryan and Rev. Frank Arms of the United Baptist Church. Burial took place in the family cemetery on the Trimble farm.  A large number of friends and relatives attend the funeral and burial. Besides her husband, Mrs. Mahan is survived by her father, Nat Trimble of Barnetts Creek and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Zelda Picklesimer of Barnetts Creek; Mrs. Stella Trimble at home; C. D. Trimble, Betsy Layne, Ky.; S. D. Trimble, Cincinnati, Ohio and T. C. Trimble of Painstville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG. 30, 1934

   
PFENING, Henry Sr.
1934
Death Claims H. Pfening, Sr.
Prominent Paintsville Man Died Thursday Night
Henry Pfening, Sr., 73 years of age, died at his home on lower Main Street in Paintsville last Thursday night, following a prolonged illness of two years duration. Mr. Pfening came to Paintsville about twenty years ago with the North-East Coal Company and became one of the city’s leading and best citizens.  He became mine foreman for the company and remained in that capacity up until two and a half years ago when he was forced to resign because of failing health.  The family moved here from Wellston, Ohio, and soon became active in social and church circles. Mr. Pfening was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and was a regular attendant at all times when not prevented by illness.  He was held in the highest esteem and loved and respected by all with whom he came in contact, and his passing will be mourned, not only by his own immediate family but the entire citizenship of Paintsville. Besides his widow, he is survived by three sons, Paul Pfening, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Henry Pfening, Jr., and Fred Pfening, both of Columbus, Ohio. Short services were held from the home Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. R. Lee James, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church after which the body was taken to Wellston, Ohio, where funeral services and burial took place Monday afternoon. A number of Paintsville citizens attended the funeral and burial at Wellston. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY August 9, 1934

   
SMITH, W.L.
1934
W.L. Smith, 70, Died in Ohio
Retired Business Man Passes After Long Business Career
W.L. Smith, age about 70 years, died Wednesday of last week at his home in Ohio.  He had been in declining health for the past two or three years, but had been ill only a short time before his death. Mr. Smith was a former citizen of Johnson County, and for years was known as one of the county’s leading businessmen.  He had been engaged in various lines of business. For years he conducted the Van Lear Wholesale Company at West Van Lear with branch houses at Riceville and Ivyton.  He disposed of his business at West Van Lear and purchased a good farm in Ohio and retired to farm life and was making a success of farming activities. The body was brought to East Point, his former home, where funeral services and burial took place last Friday afternoon.  A number of friends and relatives from Ohio attended the funeral and burial. Besides his widow he is survived by four children.  Seldon Smith, of West Van Lear, is a son of Mr. Smith. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY August 30, 1934

   
STAMBAUGH, Ruby Gay
1934
Ruby Gay Stambaugh, the two and a half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Stambaugh of Toms Creek, died Sunday, August 5 at the Paintsville Hospital as result of burns which she received ten days before. The little girl was playing about the house when she lost her balance and fell into a tube of boiling water. Her mother rushed to her rescue, but she was burned so severely that it was necessary to rush her to the hospital. While every effort was made to save her life, physicians held little hope from the first because of the seriousness of her burns. She lived ten days after the accident. Funeral services were held at the home of her parents and burial was in the family cemetery on Toms Creek. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9 1934

   
WALTERS, Elizabeth (Preston)
1934
Mrs. Elizabeth Preston Walters, 93 years old, of near Thealka, died at her home there on Tuesday, August 28, after an illness of some time.  Her death came as a result of the infirmities of age.  Funeral services were held at the home of her son U.S. Walters, of Thelma.  Burial was in the family cemetery, at Flat Gap. Mrs. Walters was for 53 years a member of the United Baptist at Concord.  Her life was one of usefulness and helpfulness to her many friends and her family, and was characterized by a youthful spirit and kind and loving attitude toward all with whom she came in contact. She was preceded in death a number of years ago by her husband, W. H. Walters.  She is survived by six sons and daughters.  They are: Mrs. Susie Preston, of Paintsville; Mrs. Exer Preston, of Washington; Dr. J. W. Walters of Pikeville; Dr. E. P. Walters, of Pikeville; U. S. Walters, of Thelma and S. W. Walters, of Portsmouth, Ohio.  A large number of grandchildren and great- grandchildren survive her. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-6-1934

   
YOUNG, Rupert
1934
Well Known Miner
Miner Died in Motor Accident
Rupert Young, 30 year-old miner for the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear, was killed instantly as a result of a mine motor accident last Wednesday afternoon, August 15.  He is survived by his wife, his mother, and father, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Young of Van Lear. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church of which he was an active and devout member.  The Rev. Guy W. Preston and the Rev. Roscoe LeMaster, pastors of the church at West Van Lear, conducted the services.  Burial was in the family cemetery on Hoods Fork, where he was born and reared. Mr. Young was a young man of sterling qualities and one of the most popular of the employees of the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear and had a wide circle of friends who joined with his family in mourning his passing. He was married last March to Miss Neva Bayes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leander Bayes. He became a member of the Cedar Grove Church last winter and took an active part in church work during the remainder of his life. PAINTVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23, 1934



SEPTEMBER - 1934
ARCHER, Ernest E.
1888-1934
Dr. Ernest E. Archer, former mayor of Paintsville, World War veteran, founder and head of the medical staff of the Paintsville Hospital died in that hospital Thursday night, September 20.  His death was caused by a heart attack.  Up until a few minutes before his death he appeared to be in the best of health and spirits.  His death came as a great shock to his family and wide circle of friends.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Mayo Memorial Church, with the Rev. H. G. Sowards and Rev. W. I Center officiating.  Burial was in the Mayo cemetery in Paintsville.  After leaving the church the Johnson County Post of the American Legion took charge of his body and a military ceremony was held at the grave.  Dr. Archer was born in Prestonsburg, September 22, 1888, the son of George P. and Emma J. Archer, both of whom survive him.  Besides his parents he is survived by his wife Fannie Auxier Archer, and five children James W. Archer, Mrs. Henry Holbrook, George P. Archer, Martha Ann Archer, and Emily Elizabeth Archer, all of whom live in Paintsville.  Besides these six brother and sisters survive.  They are:  Mrs. Elizabeth F. Wells, Arthur J. Archer, Mrs. Henry B. Patrick, and Dr. John G. Archer all of Prestonsburg, Mrs. Oliver Van Patton of Charleston, W. Va., and George B. Archer, of Adrian, Mo.  Dr. Archer received his medical education at the University of Louisville, later taking post-graduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans and at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.  Soon after the opening of the World War he enlisted as a surgeon during the duration of hostilities.  He was discharged after the Armistice with a rank of Major, which reserve rank he held a the time of his death.  After the war he returned to Eastern Kentucky and began the practice of his profession in Paintsville.  In 1920 with Dr. J. H. Holbrook he established and built the Paintsville Hospital.  He was chief of staff of that institution until his death.  Recently a twelve room addition had been started at the hospital and plans for even further improvements were in the mind of Dr. Archer.  Despite the heavy duties exacted by his profession he found time to take an active part in civic and social affairs of Paintsville.  In 1925 he was elected Mayor of the city and re- elected again in 1929.  He served his city faithfully for eight years.  He was an active member of the Rotary Club of which organization he was president last year. He also took an active and enthusiastic part in the Johnson County Post of the American Legion and the Mayo Memorial Church of which he had been a member for years.  Giving His Services To Rich And Poor Alike Ernest Archer was a sincere and loyal friend.  His jovial disposition had endeared him to hundreds of patients and friends and his loss will be felt more keenly as time goes on.  His popularity was evidenced by the large throng of people who crowded the Mayo Memorial Church to pay him their last respects.  The Church was crowed to capacity and hundreds filled the halls and over flowed into the street.  Hundreds of Eastern Kentucky people from every section of the Big Sandy Valley came to Paintsville Sunday to attend the funeral.  Legion Ceremony At Cemetery.  The Johnson County Post No. 117, of the American Legion took a prominent part in the burial of their late comrade.  Dr. Archer volunteered during the early part of the World War and was commissioned a captain in the Medical Corps and arrived in France in May 1918.  He served in the battle of Somme, St. Mihiel and Meuse Argonne.  At the close of  the war he was cited twice for his heroic part in the conflict.  Upon his return from the war, Dr. Archer took a leading part in organizing the local post of the American Legion and was a charter member of this organization and served as Post Commander for the years 1925, 1926, and 1928.  The American Legion conducted the burial and the following legion aires participated in the services:  Color Bearers were Arch Fitch and Hobert Hayes.  Color Guards were R.M. Wilhite and Clarence Wheeler.  Chaplin Charles Williams.  Bugler, Bruce Wiley.  Commander of Post Sammie Stapleton.  Heber Ward Commander in Charge.  Active Pall Bearers, O.W. Cain, Boone Howard, C.R. Cooper, Abe Barber, Z. Wells, Hatler Johnson, Nelson Howard, and C.R. Brown.  Firing Squad, John H. Chandler, Tommie Trimble, Vernie Blair, Leathern Siler, Frank Clay, Carl V. Martin, Heber Conley and Clarence Witten.  The service at the cemetery was largely attended and after the firing of the volley the Bugler sounded “Taps” from the top of the hill and the American Flag was then presented to Mrs. Archer.  The entire service was very impressive and very fitting in the burial of their comrade. Paintsville Herald Thursday Sept 27, 1934

    
BOYD, Albritton
1934
Van Lear Youth Killed Last Week Albritton Boyd, a youth of Van Lear, was killed at Offutt last Wednesday night, when crushed beneath the wheels of a coal train.  He left home Wednesday morning to work, but boarded a coal train going west.  He is said to have been standing on the end of the car rolling a cigarette.  He lost his balance and fell beneath the wheels of the train.  One leg and one arm were severed, in addition to head and internal wounds. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Boyd, and several brothers and sisters. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY October 5, 1934

    
CHAMBERS, Sarah (Ratliff)
1861-1934
Hager Hill Woman Dies Mrs. Sarah Chambers Succumbs At Age of 73 Hager Hill, Ky.- Mrs. Sarah Chambers, born January 13th, 1861, died September 15th, 1934, at age 73 years, 8 months, and 2 days.  She is a daughter of the late W.A. Ratliff and the widow of the late J.N. Chambers.  For the past 17 years she had made her home with her son, W.A. Chambers of Charleston, W. Va.  On the 11th while making arrangements to visit relatives at this place, she fell and broke her hip.  She was taken to the Mountain State hospital of Charleston and everything was done for her that medical science and skill could do, but all to no avail. She is survived by the following children: G.C. Chambers, Hager Hill; E.W. Chambers, Denver, Colorado; and W.A. Chambers, Charleston, W. Va.  Also 24 grandchildren.  The body was prepared for burial at Charleston, W. Va., and shipped to Baptist, Wolfe County, Ky., her old home. The funeral was conducted on the 18th by Rev. W.H. Chambers, of Baptist, Ky. and Rev. Harlan McClure of West Liberty, Ky.  The remains were deposited in the old home cemetery along the side of loved ones who had gone on before.  There to await the second coming of Christ at the Resurrection.  For 25 years or more she had been a consistent member of the Regular Baptist Church.  She lived her religion in her daily life and was loved and respected by all who knew her. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-20-1934

    
KIRK, Charles Andrew
1934
Editor of Paintsville Herald Died In Lexington Sept. 22
Charles Andrew Kirk, age 51, Editor and publisher of The Paintsville Herald, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lexington, Ky., at 11:10, last Friday morning, September 23, where he had been taken a week before for treatment in a vain effort to save his life.  Mr. Kirk had contracted pneumonia six weeks before his death and from which he had never fully recovered.  Death was due primarily to complications following the attack which had poisoned the blood stream. The body was brought to Paintsville, Friday night and prepared for burial at the undertaking establishment of the Painstville Furniture Co.  Saturday morning the body was removed to the Kirk home on Third Street where it lay in state until the funeral at 2:30 Sunday afternoon.  During this time hundreds of friends called at the home to view the last mortal remains of the man whom they had so favorably known so long. Mr. Kirk was one of the most prominent men in Eastern Kentucky, and had long been active in business affairs of Paintsville and Johnson County.  He was one of the greatest boosters for his home town and section who ever lived and died in this city, and much of the town's progress and the success of its institutions is due to his untiring efforts.  His death is a distinct loss to Paintsville and the section he has served so well for more than a quarter of a century. Funeral services were conducted at the Mayo Memorial Church, where he had been a member and a regular attendant.  The services were short but very impressive, and were in charge of Rev. H. G. Sowards, former pastor of the Church and a friend of the family, assisted by Rev. W. I. Canter, the pastor.  At the conclusion of the services the hundreds of people were allowed to file past the casket to pay their last tribute of respect to their friend and benefactor. Mr. Kirk was a member of the Paintsville Rotary Club and was a Mason of high standing, having attained the Thirty-Second Degree.  He was also prominent in the newspaper fraternity of his home state and had held many positions in the Kentucky Press Association.  At the time of his death he was a member of the Executive Committee of that organization. Following the funeral services the body was taken in charge by members of the Masonic Lodges of Paintsville and Inez and transported to the Preston Cemetery in East Paintsville where the impressive Masonic burial ritual was carried out by members of the two lodges. The floral offerings were many and very beautiful, showing the high esteem in which the deceased was held by his friends and neighbors.  One of the most beautiful baskets of flowers seen at the funeral was one presented by his loyal employees. Active pallbearers consisted of eight of Mr. Kirk's cousins, and Mr. Frank Persil, a friend of the family.  They were Elmer Kirk, Roscoe Kirk, Chester Kirk, Conrad Kirk, A. J. Kirk, Jr., Arthur Phillis, Holmes Kirk, Louie Kirk and Mr. Persil. Honary pallbearers consisted of members of the Paintsville Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Mabel C. Kirk; one daughter, Mrs. Whitney Kemper, of Lexington; one son, Raymond L. Kirk of Paintsville; two grandchildren, Charles Kirk Kemper and Lynn Kirk.  Also two brothers, Matt Kirk and James Kirk, and one sister, Mrs. Hessie Hampton, all of Kermit, W. Va. Hundreds of his kinsmen and family connections from all over Eastern Kentucky came to pay a last tribut to their relative. Charles A. Kirk was born in Wayne County, W.Va., October 12, 1882, a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Kirk. While a mere lad Mr. Kirk moved to Martin County with his parents and soon the Kirk family became leaders in politics and business in that county.  While still a youth he moved to Paintsville and became associated with his uncle, the late T. B. Kirk, then a leading attorney and political leader in Eastern Kentucky.  After taking a course at the University of Kentucky, he returned to his uncle who was then editor and publisher of the old Paintsville Commercial.  Here Mr. Kirk began his newspaper career which he followed throughout life.  After publishing the Commercial for two years he acquired the plant and conducted it successfully for a time, later moving the plant to Louisa where he published the Louisa Commercial. From Louisa Mr. Kirk went to Ashland where he organized and became editor and publisher of the Ashland Daily Commercial.  Tiring of the hard grind incidental to the publication of a daily newspaper he disposed of his Ashland plant and returned to Paintsville where he became the owner of the Paintsville Herald, and it was here that his greatest efforts during his long career as an editor and publisher were put forth.  How well he succeeded our thousands of readers well know. He put new life into The Herald and through his great energy and ability as a newspaper man he made the paper one of the outstanding weekly newspapers of the country.  From an obscure country weekly he made The Herald the largest exclusive paper of its class in the state.  On two different occasions, The Herald was awarded the prize offered by the Kentucky Press Association as the best weekly paper in Kentucky.  This is an honor seldom equaled in the newspaper field and one in which Mr. Kirk took just pride. Mr. Kirk loved The Herald and until his death put his whole heart and soul into his paper. Paintsville Herald Wedsnesday 9-30-1934

    
LEMASTERS, Martha (Blanton)
1934
Mrs. Martha (Blanton) Lemasters, age 49, died at the home of her son, Shade Lemasters, in Westwood suburb of Ashland, at 6 o'clock Monday morning, after an illness of two years. Mrs. Lemasters was a former resident of this county. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the family cemetery at Oil Springs, in charge of Rev. Hargus Conley. Surviving her are five sons, William and Everett Lemasters of Ashland; Carl Lemaster of Floyd county, and Wayne and Payne Lemasters of Riceville; also two brothers, John Blanton of Wheelersburg, Ky., and Albert Blanton of Greenup county. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20 1934

    
MILLER, E.
1934
Death Claims Civil War Vet
E. Miller Passes at Meally at the Age of 89. E. Miller, age 89 years, died Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock at his home at Meally, on Buffalo Creek, after an illness of only ten days. “Uncle Zeb,” as he was known to a large number of people of Johnson County, was held in the highest esteem by his friends and neighbors and had always been regarded as one of the county’s very best and useful citizens. He was one of the few remaining soldiers of the Civil War and fought throughout the duration of that bloody conflict on the side of the Union.  He enlisted in the army at the age of 16, and was severely wounded at the battle of Gauleys Bridge, Va. After the close of the war, he settled down on Buffalo Creek and engaged in farming later engaging in the mercantile business on Buffalo which he followed until forced to retire on account of failing eyesight. Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock and in charge of Rev. Winfrey Meek, Rev. Leonard Walters and Rev. Elzie Banks.  Burial took place in the family burying ground near the home. The funeral and burial arrangements were directed by the undertaking department of the Mountain Furniture and Hardware Company. Besides his widow he is survived by three sons, Crit Miller of Crate Lynn, W. Va.; Winifred Miller of Logan, W. Va., Oliver Miller, of Catlettsburg, Ky.  Also one daughter, Mrs. Alice Berry, of Ulysses, Ky. A large number of friends and relatives and friends attended the funeral and burial. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY September 13, 1934

    
PERKINS, Wib
1934
Death Calls Wib Perkins Removal of Finger Results in Lockjaw Causes Death Wib Perkins, well-known citizen, of Paintsville and Johnson County, died at a Paintsville Hospital, Monday afternoon, as a result of lockjaw.  He had suffered an injury to his hand necessitating the removal of one of his fingers.  His hand became infected and his death resulted.  At the time of the accident he was employed as a laborer on the Mayo Trail Bridge over Paint Creek and suffered the injury while at work. Mr. Perkins was about 50 years old, and came to Johnson County several years ago from Magoffin County.  He was widely known and served for a term as a deputy constable out of the office of Magistrate Irvin Rice. At the time of the accident his finger was crushed so badly that it was necessary to amputate the member.  Infection resulted and his death was brought about by lockjaw. He is survived by eight children.  Burial Thursday at old home place on Mash Fork, in Magoffin County and in charge of Rev. J.J. Prater. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY September 13, 1934

    
PRESTON, Joe B.
1934
Joe B. Preston 67 years old, resident of Patrick, in Lawrence county, and well known throughout the Big Sandy Valley, died last Sunday afternoon at four o’clock in the Beaver Valley hospital at Martin, of toxic uremia and was buried Tuesday, Sept, 18, in the Preston family cemetery at Borders Chapel in Lawrence county.  Mr. Preston was ill for five weeks before his death.  Five days before he was moved from the home of his son, Frank Preston, of Allen, near Martin, where he was being cared for, to the hospital.  Undertakers who prepared the body for burial were Conley and Jones of Paintsville.  The officiating minister was the Rev. O. J. Polley, of this city. Preceded in death by his wife in January, 1933, Mr. Preston is survived by one sister, Mrs. W. D. Borders, Fort Gay, W. Va., and two sons, Frank Preston, partner in the Webb-Preston Motor Sales Co., of Allen and James Preston, manager of the Beaver Valley Wholesale Co., in Martin.  He was the son of James M. Preston, a pioneer in this section.  His wife was formerly Miss Josie Brown, daughter of the late Frank A. Brown and Mrs. Brown of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 4, 1934

    
RICE, Mary Louisa (Hurt)
1934
Well Known Paintsville a Victim of Pneumonia Mrs. Mary Louisa Rice, age 77 years, died at her home on Fifth Street in Paintsville Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m.  Mrs. Rice was stricken Monday evening with pneumonia and died the following evening. Mrs. Rice was one of the best known women in Paintsville and had been a consecrated Christian since early girlhood and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for more than a half a century.  In addition to being a consecrated Christian woman she was highly educated.  She graduated as Master of English Literature from Millersburg Female College in 1878. Mrs. Rice was a member of a prominent family of Eastern Kentucky.  She was the daughter of Dr. Robert Hurt and Elizabeth (Lester) Hurt, and was born at Prestonsburg February 4, 1875. Mrs. Rice was the widow of Judge H.B. Rice who died in Paintsville eleven years ago. Mrs. Rice retained an active mind until the end.  It is said that she had prepared her obituary and had left directions for her funeral with the pastor of her church before her death. Funeral services will be conducted at the First M.E. Church today (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. in charge of the pastor, Rev. O.J. Polley. She is survived by one daughter and six sons as follows:  Miss Lucile Rice of Paintsville; Dr. J. Verne Rice, Wellsville, Ohio; Heber H. Rice, Washington, D.C.; Edgar P. Rice, Huntington, W. Va.; Garland H. Rice, Paintsville; Capt. Martin R. Rice, Mt. Sterling, Ky. and Francis L. Rice of Pikeville, Ky.  Also three sisters and one brother.  The sisters are Mrs. Lewis G. Auxier, Cincinnati, O.; Mrs. C.M. Preston, Ashland, Ky.; and Mrs. Calvin Long, McMinville, Oregon, S.M.R. Hurt, Hyden, Ky., and hundreds of other relatives and friends throughout this section of Kentucky. A more lengthy account of the funeral and burial, and the obituary will be printed next week. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY September 13, 1934

   
ROBERTS, Jessie
1934
DEATH CLAIMS 5-YEAR OLD ROBERTS CHILD
Jessie, the little five-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carman Roberts, died at the home of its grandmother, Mrs. Carrie Roberts, in West Paintsville, after two weeks illness from dysentery.  The little daughter was a favorite of its parents who have the sympathy of a large number of friends and relatives Funeral services were held at the home in charge of Dr. W. I Canter and burial in the Roberts lot in the Paintsville Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HEARLD WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 1934

   
SHORT, Mrs. Warnie (Walters)
1934
Mrs. Warnie Short Died September 24 Mrs. Warnie Short, age 20, of Van Lear, Ky., died at the Paintsville Hospital September 24, following a short illness. Following her death the body was taken to the home of her father at Meally where funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sam Preston, Rev. Liss Walters and Rev. Winfrey Meek of the United Baptist Church.  Burial followed in the family cemetery on Buffalo. Mrs. Short was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Walters.  Besides her parents she is survived by her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Cecil Short of Van Lear and Julia at home, also one son, Eugene, 2 years old. Paintsville Herald Monday October 5, 1934

   
SLONE, James
1934
JAMES SLONE DIED FRIDAY
Well-Known Citizen Passes After Long, Useful Life James Slone, age 80 years old, died at his home near Davisville, this county, last Friday, September 29.  His death was due to the infirmities incident to advanced age. “Uncle Jim,” as he was affectionately known to his neighbors and friends, was one of the best men of the county.  His life has been well-spent and useful.  The passing of such men as “Uncle Jim” Slone is a blow to the county, as such men are becoming fewer with each succeeding year. He was a citizen of the old type, honest, industrious and upright. He was a member of the United Baptist Church and had been a constant attendant for more than forty years. He was born in Wise County, Virginia, but came to Kentucky with his parents when 10 years of age.  He married in this county and raised a large family of children, most of whom are living.  His wife preceded him in death about 10 years ago. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Vina Hall, Mrs. Collista Harris, Mrs. Q. Witten, Mrs. Shank Wheeler, Mrs. Ramey, Mrs. Milt Harris, Charley Slone, Ira Slone, Perry Slone and Jasper Slone, in addition to a large number of grandchildren and near relatives throughout the county. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday in charge of Rev. Charles Wheeler, Rev. Roscoe Lemaster and Rev. Jiles Wheeler. Burial was in the family cemetery near the home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCT. 5, 1934

    
STAFFORD, Charles
1934
Charles Stafford, age 75, and one of the best known business men of Johnson county, died at his home at Dawkins Station, two miles south of Paintsville, last Friday from the effects of a heart attack, from which he had been a sufferer for several years past.  For more than fifty years he had been prominent in business circles in this county and the Big Sandy Valley.  Throughout his business career he conducted his affairs at the same location.  He engaged in business before the C. & O. penetrated the Big Sandy Valley and at a time when freight destined for points along the Big Sandy river was carried by steamboats during the winter months and by push boats during the summer months.  He began the mercantile business and buying of produce at his present home which was known as Hellsgate Landing.  During this time he amassed a small fortune and was also owner of considerable real estate at the time of his death.  Because of failing health he retired from active business about ten years ago and has since been living in retirement.  Mr. Stafford spent the winter months in the warmer climes of Florida and the summer months at his country home at Dawkins.  He was a member of one of the oldest and most prominent families of the Big Sandy Valley.  His ancestors were pioneers in this section, and his passing is mourned by a large number of relatives and friends.  He is survived by his wife and one adopted daughter, Mrs. Stewart Baals.  Also one sister, Mrs. Jas. W. Auxier, two brothers, John Frew and Henry W. Stafford, all of Paintsville. Another brother, Robert Stafford, died last June.  Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday at 10:00 a.m., in charge of Rev. O. J. Polley, pastor of the Paintsville M. E. Church, of which the family were members.  Interment was made in the Stafford Cemetery near Hager Hill Gap, at the intersection of the Van Lear road and Mayo Trail.  A large number of people attended the funeral and burial, many of them from Paintsville.  The floral offerings were beautiful and in the greatest number ever before seen in that section.  Paintsville Herald Thursday September 21, 1934

   
STAFFORD, Jesse Howard
1934
Death Calls Popular Boy Jesse Howard Stafford, 20, Succumbs to Pneumonia. Jesse Howard Stafford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stafford, of Staffordsville, died at the Paintsville Hospital late last Saturday evening from the effects of pneumonia which he had contracted three weeks ago.  Young Stafford had withstood the attack of pneumonia and had passed the nine-day crisis peculiar to the disease, but the high fever during his illness had affected his heart which resulted in his death.  No death in recent years has caused more genuine grief, not only in his immediate family, but among the people as a whole.  He was one of the best young men Johnson county ever produced.  He was a clean young man and very energetic not only in the school room, but in daily life. He graduated with honors from the Paintsville High in the class of ’31, which is quite a record when his youthfulness is considered.  He would have been 20 years old on Monday, October 2, the anniversary of his birth.  Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Misses Roberta Grace and Geraldine Stafford.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Missionary Baptist Church in Paintsville, the services were in charge of Rev. R. Lee James, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Burns Conley and Rev. Coon.  Following the funeral services the body was taken to the Stafford home and laid to rest in the family burying lot at that place. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 5, 1934

    
WHEELER, B. C.
1934
B. C. Wheeler, former Johnson county citizen, died Sunday morning at the Portsmouth General Hospital after an illness of three weeks. For twenty years he had been a resident of Lucasville, Ohio and held a responsible position with the Norfolk and West Virginia Railway Company. He had been a devout and active member of the Baptist church for a number of years. Funeral services were conducted from his home by Rev. Phillips of Lucasville and Revs. L. T. Preston and Guy W. Preston, of this city. Enterment made in the Bushtown cemetery. Mr. Wheeler is a brother of Mrs. A. T. Pack, Mrs. B. J. Hall and Mrs. S. K. preston of this city. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6 1934

   
WHITT, Cassius M.
1934
Cassius M. Whitt, a well known attorney and citizen of Williamson, W. Va., died Monday, September 24, in a Huntington hospital after an illness of several months following a paralytic stroke. Mr. Whitt was born and reared in Magoffin County, but came to Paintsville when quite a yound man, and resided in Painstville for several years.  He served as Marshal of Paintsville for a number of years and later engaged in the practice of law.  He practiced law here and at Pikeville but later went to Williams and formed a law partnership known as Whitt and Shannon. Mr. Whitt had held a number of important positions in West Virginia and was a prominent Mason, having attained the Thirty-second Degree. He went to Florida during the real estate boom in that state adn amassed quite a lot of money but because of declining health, he returned to Williamson and retired to his farm on Road Fork near the city. Besides being a prominent Mason he was active in church affairs and was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Whitt leaves his widow and one adopted daughter.  He is also survived by seven brothers and four sisters, besides a large number of relatives in Johnson and Magoffin counties. Mr. Whitt was a nephew of John H. Cooper and Mrs. D. J. Wheeler of Paintsville. Burial on the Whitt farm near Williamson in charge of the Masonic Lodge. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCT. 4, 1934

    
WITTEN, William Wilkinson
1934
Well-Known County Man Passes in Illinois Wilk Witten died at the home of his son W. E. Witten, Harrodsburg, Ill., on the 16th day of Sept.  He had gone there during the last days of August and expected to visit with his son for some time before returning home.  He was apparently in good health up until one week preceding his death.  His sudden death was a shock to his many friends and relatives residing here.  Prior to his journey to Illinois, he had been residing with his son R. H. Witten at Auxier, Ky. His funeral was conducted at his home church on Toms Creek, and burial was made in the old family burying ground.  He leaves many friends and relatives who mourn their loss.  He was one of the best men ever to reside in this country and was especially loved by all those who knew him, and his presence among his children and friends will be greatly missed. His son Earl Witten accompanied the remains from Harrisburg and returned on Tuesday following the burial. Rev. S. C. Honeycutt of Auxier, Ky., conducted the funeral services and read an impressive obituary printed elsewhere in this issue of the Herald.
   
 OBITUARY William Wilkinson Witten was born August 10, 1850, a son of George H. Witten and Martha Butler Witten.  He was married three times.  His first marriage was to Alice Rule who lived only a short time.  His second marriage was to Rachel E. Stambaugh who died in April 1922.  To this union were born five children.  One died in infancy, and four, Oma, Anna, Ham and Earl, are still living.  His third marriage was to Laura Porter Neeley, who deceased this life on July 26th of this year. It can truthfully be said of him that he was a very busy life.  He never wasted his time in idleness, but was constantly doing something that, in his humble judgment, would make some other’s burdens lighter.  This practice he kept up all through his long life until just about one week preceding his death.  Toiling, rejoicing, sorrowing, onward through life he went.  Each morning saw some task begun, and evening saw its close.  Something attempted, something done, he had earned his night’s repose.  I think it can be said of him that he never intentionally harmed anyone, but rather tried as best he could to benefit the world by living in it. He united with the Church of Christ very early in life and remained a true Christian until the end.  Al those who knew him can testify to the fact that he put his Christ first in all things.  He was, during his long life, a close student of God’s word, and during the last few months of his life, he spent many evenings recounting to his friends the many precious promises contained in that great book.  His mind was clear to the end, and he never failed to glorify God in the highest.  In his old age, he was blessed in many ways.  He died on the 16th day of Sept., 1933, at the age of 83 years, one month and six days.  Grandly sets the sun on such a life.  Surely this was a fitting and beautiful close to the toils and trials of one of the noblest lives men have yet seen. With his character grown ripe, his work on earth done, and his name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, nothing seemed wanting to fill his cup.  He died a friend to God and man.  He could say like Paul of old, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me in that day.” We feel that whoever may miss Heaven he is there, and those who labor to reach that heavenly city may share his wonderful crown handed him from the hand of Almighty God the Father. Till then farewell, thou kingly friend of God, No nobler spirit, ere this earth has trod, In thee our father and our friend we see, Our touch of love and faith links us all to thee.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPT. 28, 1934

    
WOODS, Will
1934
WILL WOODS, 61, DIED FRIDAY
Well-Known Citizen Passes After Long Illness Will (Shorty) Woods, age 61, died at his home in West Paintsville last Friday morning, following an illness of more than a year from kidney trouble. Mr. Woods had been a lifelong citizen of Paintsville and had always been known as an upright, law-abiding man, and had many friends who regret his passing. Mr. Woods was a son of Aunt Lucinda Woods who died about five years ago. He is survived by two brothers, Ben F. Woods and Jasper Woods, both of Paintsville. His wife preceded him in death many years ago. Funeral services were held from the home Friday afternoon.  Burial followed in the family lot in the old Paintsville City Cemetery beside his wife and baby. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPT. 21, 1934



OCTOBER - 1934

BOOTH, Marion
1934
The Rev. Marion Booth, of Van Lear, died at his home there last Sunday morning, October 14.  He was 78 years old and had been a minister in the United Baptist Church for many years.  He had been ill for some time and even though his death was not unexpected his passing was a shock to a host of friends.  He was making his home with his daughter at Van Lear when he died.  Funeral services were conducted at Van Lear by Rev. Frank Arms and Rev. Millard O’Bryan.  Burial was in the Davis Branch cemetery.  He is survived by two daughters and on brother.  For years he was active in the affairs of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church and his presence will be missed by the hundred of relatives and friends who knew and loved him.  Uncle Marion, as he was affectionately know, will be greatly missed as time goes on.  Paintsville Herald Thursday Oct 18, 1934

     
BRANHAM, Joe
1934
“Uncle Joe” Confederate soldiers in Johnson County have been almost depleted. One of the best-liked citizens of this section of the State, “Uncle Joe” as he was known near and far, was a member of the United Baptist Church and up until a few years ago was a regular attendant at services of the church. He was in several minor engagements during the Civil War, but was not seriously wounded.  However, he was shot at on various occasions and once several bullets passed through his clothing but left him unharmed. Uncle Joe was born in Wise County, Virginia, and came to Johnson County at the close of the war.  He married Exer Ward of the section near the mouth of Greasy Creek now known as Offutt. In his boyhood days Uncle Joe lived in the Cumberland Mountains at the head of the Big Sandy River, and in later life was his great delight to relate hunting stories of his childhood. Children and grown-ups never tired of his tales of the mountains and his war recollections. Having learned to play a fife before entering the Confederate Army, Mr. Branham was delegated to play marches during army maneuvers.  After settling on Greasy Creek, it was for many years the outstanding part of any gathering to have “Uncle Joe,” attend and play the old time marches. Jovial and kind hearted at all times, children of the neighborhood took up with and loved “Uncle Joe.”  For many years he had worn a long beard which had been gray for more than a quarter of a century. His wife died more than a year ago.  Uncle Joe had lived with his son, Tandy Branham, who waited on him as he had waited on both of them before Mrs. Branham died. Tandy had for years stayed at home and was the cook and housekeeper for his mother and father. Mr. Branham was buried in the cemetery on the point at Offutt, where most of the family who had preceded him in death were laid to rest. Besides Tandy, Mr. Branham is survived by sons Will Branham, Mingo; Steve Branham, Offutt; John Branham, Weeksbury and Joe Branham, of Odds; daughters Mrs. Mary Wells, Odds; Mrs. Melvina Arrowood, Waverly, O.; and Mrs. Martha Ward, Boons Camp. Also nearly 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive.  These are almost equally divided, there being nearly fifty grandchildren and as many great- grandchildren. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY October 4, 1934

    
COLDITON, R.M.
1934
Judge R. M. Coldiron died last week at the King's Daughter's Hospital in Ashland. He had been in ill health for several weeks. Judge Coldiron was born in Magoffin County but for a number of years reside at Paintsville.  He moved to Catlettsburg 35 years ago and had made his home there continuously since that time.  He was 75 years of age at the time of his death.  He had bee a carpenter by trade.  From January 1926 to January 1930, he served as police judge of the city of Catlettsburg.  Mr. Coldiron had long been a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this city. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel Coldiron, four daughters: Mrs. E. K. Eskridge, of Maysville, Mrs. Robert Strother of Wheelersburg, O, Mrs. Phil Carter of Catlettsburg and Miss Grace Coldiron of New York City and one son, John F Coldiron, of Greenup. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 1, 1934

    
CONLEY, Mintie (Rice)
1934
Well Known Woman Passes After Short Illness Mrs. Mintie Conley, age about 65, died Monday afternoon at the Wells Hospital after a short illness from dysentery.  Mrs. Conley was a well known and highly respected woman and her death brings grief to a large number of relatives and friends.  She was a member of a large and well known family of Johnson County, being a daughter of the late William Rice.  She was the wife of the late George W. Conley who preceded her in death several years ago. She is survived by one brother, Dick Rice of Collista, and five children as follows: Morris Conley in the U.S. Army, Bernice and Elmer Conley, and Mrs. Troy Fairchild all of Paintsville, and Mrs. Tom Daniel of Oil Springs, and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. Burns Conley and others of the Freewill Baptist Church. Burial in the family burying ground on the Rice farm on Jennies Creek. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-12-1934

   
DANIEL, Troy
1934
Well-Known Young Man Succumbs to Injuries Troy R. Daniel, 34 years old, manager of the Master Auto Service Garage, died at 11:15 Tuesday night at the Paintsville Hospital as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident October 7 in Bridgeford. Troy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Daniel of Fourth Street and had lived in Paintsville all his life with the exception of nearly two years he was in the state of Washington.  He had literally grown up in the automobile and garage business and was one of the best all-around automobile men in this section. Before leaving for Washington, he had been head of the Troy Motor Company and before that was in charge of the service department of his father’s garage.  While in the west, Troy was manager of the service department of the Chevrolet and Pontiac automobile company’s Seattle branch.  He resigned to return to Paintsville nearly two years ago. Since his return here, he had been in the garage business, first in Bridgeford and later in the garage building owned by J. N. Meek on the Paintsville side of the county bridge on the Depot Road. At the time of his injury, Troy was enjoying a fine business, having more repair work than his shop could turn out on time. Troy was educated in the public schools here and studied the violin. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCT. 19, 1934

     
HANNAH, Eskel L.
1934
ESKEL L. HANNAH PASSES ON SUNDAY Eskel L. Hannah, 33, passed away at his home at Lowmansville Oct. 21, following an illness of one week.   He was a son of the late Stant and Mrs. Belle Davis Hannah. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the home with Rev. Henry Griffith officiating. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mabel Alberts Hannah, one daughter, Millard Louise, five sisters, Mrs. C. Carroll, Ashland; Mrs. M. E. Towler, Lowmansville, three brothers, Lon and Lys Hannah of Peach Creek, W. Va. and Seward Hannah of Newport, R. I. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 1, 1934

     
PARKS, Nola
1934
Infant Daughter of Newsman Succumbs Nola Eloise Parks, three-weeks-old daughter of Selby and Nola Utley Parks, died at the home on Second Street at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning following an illness of four days.  Besides the parents she is survived by one brother. Brief funeral services were held at the home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with Rev. K. P. Simmons of Pikeville College in charge.  He was assisted by Rev. C. Oral Lowe, pastor of the Christian Church. Burial was in the Pikeville cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCT. 25, 1934

    
PORTER, H.L. (BUTCH)
1934
H.L. (Butch) Porter, age 26, died in the Methodist Hospital at Pikeville last Monday evening, following a few weeks illness from typhoid.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Porter, and one sister of Betsy Layne. Funeral services held Thursday afternoon with burial in the family burying ground in Floyd County. Mr. Porter had a number of relatives in Paintsville.  Several from here attended funeral and burial. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY October 5, 1934

    
RAMEY, Charles G.
1934
Charles G. Ramey, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Honaker, at 1:10 o’clock a.m., October 16, 1934 age 87 years 4 months and 24 days.  He had bee sick only a few days and slept the last three days of his sickness.  He had often expressed the wish that when it came time for him to die he might go to sleep and pass away while in that state.  His wish was granted and he departed this life apparently without pain.  He married Rebecca Jane Salyers who preceded him in death about 16 years.  He is survived by the following children:  Henry Ramey, of Offutt; Asa Ramey, of Riceville; and N. L. Ramey of Leander; Mrs. Ernest Honaker, of West Van Lear; Mrs. Lou Emma Blanton, of Portsmouth, O.; two living brothers, T.J. Ramey and Alex Ramey, of Volga; two sisters, Mrs. Francis Estep, of Fuget; and Miss Lou C. Ramey, of Volga.  He is survived by 50 grandchildren, 68 great grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.  He was the son of the late Tom Ramey, of Volga, Ky.  He was a member of the M.E. Church and lived a consistent Christian life.  He was loved and respected by all who knew him.  Rev. Rosco LeMaster and others held religious services at the home this morning, October 17, after which the body was taken to Riceville where Rev. Hargis Conley and others conducted the funeral.  The remains were then laid to rest in the cemetery near Rev. Hargis Conley’s.  Paintsville Herald Thursday October 18, 1934

    
SPEARS, Enoch
1934
Well Known Riceville Man Passes in 86th Year. Enoch Spears, age 86 years, one of the oldest and best citizens of Johnson County, died Monday morning at the home of his son, George W. Spears after an illness of several months.  “Uncle Enoch,” as he was known to a large number of people, had lived a useful life.  He was industrious and law-biding and died as he had lived—without an enemy.  The passing of such men always brings a tinge of sadness in the breasts of those who love the old order of things. Mr. Spears’ wife had preceded him in death several years ago and he had made his home since with his son. He is survived by three sons, George W. Spears, Lewis Spears, and Sam Spears, besides a large number of other relatives and friends throughout the county. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in charge of Judge H.B. Conley, a lifelong friend of the family.  Burial on the George W. Spears farm at Riceville. A large number of people attended the funeral and burial. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY October 11, 1934

    
SPEARS, John W.
1934
John W. Spears, 86, of Riceville, died at the home of his son, George W. Spears, Monday, October 8, after an illness of some time.  His death resulted from the infirmities of age.  He had made his home with his son, George W. Spears, former Sheriff of Johnson County, for the past 12 years.  Funeral services were held in Riceville and burial was in the family cemetery there. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Burns Conley of Paintsville, Rev. Hargus Conley and Rev. Jim Yates of Riceville.  A large number of people from Floyd and Martin Counties came to join the many from Johnson who attended the services of this aged and popular citizen.  He spent a long and useful life and was the father of seven children, six of whom survive him.  They are:  Mary Adams of Hesley, W. Va.; Emma Spencer, of Paintsville; Margaret Robinson of Thealka; Sam Spears of Hager Hill; George W. Spears of Riceville, and Winfield Spears of Inez.  The oldest child, Lewis has been dead for several years. Mr. Spears was a widely known citizen of Johnson County and was loved by a large number of friends who join with his family in mourning his passing. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY October 18, 1934

    
STEWART, Claretta
1934
Claretta Stewart, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Graden Stewart, died at her home in Paintsville, Wednesday night of last week, following a few days illiness from diptheria. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. O. J. Polley, pastor of the First M. E. Church, with burial in the Paintsville Cemetery. Besides her parents she is survived by two sisters and three brothers. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 1934



NOVEMBER - 1934
BLESSING, William
1934
William Blessing, 35 years old, of Thelma, an employee of the C. & O. Railway for the past 20 years, died at his home Wednesday, November 21.  His death came as a result of an attack of typhoid.  Funeral services were held Friday, November 23, and burial was in the family cemetery near Thelma.  He is survived by his wife and two small children.  Mr. Blessing was a member of the United Baptist Church and one of the leading citizens of his community.  His long service with the railway company and his activity in the church and the affairs of his neighborhood made for him a host of friends who will miss him greatly.  Paintsville Herald Thursday Nov. 29, 1934

   
CAUDILL, Lorena (Gambill)
1934
Death Calls Mrs. Lorena Caudill Mrs. Lorena Caudill, wife of Sam E. Caudill, of Stambaugh, Ky., died at the Golden Rule hospital Monday morning, after an illness of several weeks.  Mrs. Caudill was the daughter of Jno C. Gambill, of River, and a popular young woman in her community.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home and burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-29-1934

    
HOWARD, George Henry
1934
PNEUMONIA FATAL TO 22-MONTHS OLD BOY
George Henry Howard, the 22-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Howard, died at the home of his parents last Monday afternoon after a few days illness from bronchial pneumonia.  The funeral services were held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, in charge of Rev. Millard VanHoose of the Freewill Baptist Church.  The little son had only spent a short while here to brighten the lives of his fond parents and relatives.  He is survived by his father, mother, and one sister besides a large number of other relatives. Burial was made in Preston Cemetery in East Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29, 1934

     
STAPLETON, Proctor
1934
Proctor Stapleton, 52 year old resident of Bridgford died at the Paintsville hospital early Sunday morning as a result of injuries and exposure. He was found at an early hour Sunday morning on the Mayo Trail near his home unconscious and with several injuries about his face and head. Apparently he had been struck several times by some person. It is thought that he was a victim of foul play. A coroners inquest into his death resulted in the decision that he came to his death as a result of exposure and injuries inflected by person or persons unknown. Mr. Stapleton was found early in the morning and rushed to the Paintsville hospital where his wounds were dressed. He apparently was not injured except about his face and head. He contracted pneumonia and died at about 9 o'clock Sunday morning. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at his home in Bridgford. The Rev. Burns Conley and Rev. Odis J. Polley officiated. Burial was in the Wells-Ruckingham Cemetery. He is survived b y his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Walters of Thelma and Mrs. Joe Dale of Pikesville; three sons, Mitchell, William and Proctor, Jr.; one brother North Stapleton. Mr. Stapleton was a widely known citizen of Johnson County. He was in the restaurant business for a number of years both in Paintsville and Bridgford. He had a wide circle of friends who were shocked to hear of his unexpected death. PAINTVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8 1934

    
TAGUE, C.A.
1934
Former Mayo College Teacher Called by Death The Rev. C. A. Tague, retired Methodist minister, former missionary and at one time member of the faculty of the John C. C. Mayo College in Paintsville, died last Friday night in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.  He had made his home in Paris, Ky. for a number of years and served as presiding elder of the Maysville district of the Southern Methodist church. Rev. Tague is survived by one daughter Mrs. B. W. Hardin of Boston, Mass., two sons, Leeut. Robert Tague, U. S. Navy and Mitchell A. Tague of Atlanta, Ga..  Funeral services and burial were held in Paris with Bishop U. V. W. Darlington officiating. Dr. Tague will be remembered by a host of Paintsville citizens.  He was one of the most popular members of the May College faculty while he was here and he and his wife made a wide circle of friends during the time of their work here. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov.06 1934



DECEMBER - 1934

CASTLE, Ivan
1934
Wounds Fatal To Ivan Castle Youth Succumbs After Being Shot Sunday Ivan Castle, 23, son of Ballard Castle and formerly a resident of Johnson County died at the Paintsville Hospital Monday, December 3, as a result of gunshot wounds alleged to have been received at Garrett early Sunday morning.  He was rushed to the Hospital after the shooting where he was given every medical attention. (Unreadable) Williams, who is alleged to have participated in shooting affray which occurred early Sunday morning, Monday surrendered to Sheriff M. T. Stumbo of Prestonsburg and executed bond of $5,000 on a charge of shooting and wounding. Three others were arrested in connection with the shooting and were placed in the Floyd County jail. It is thought that the charge will be changed since young Castle died after the charge was fixed in Floyd County. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Church in Paintsville with the Rev. Burns Conley officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Thealka.  He is survived by his mother and father and three sisters and one brother. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-06-1934

    
HOLBROOK, Henry H.
1934
H. H. HOLBROOK DIED DEC. 12
Father of Local Man Passes in Breathitt County After an extended illness, Henry H. Holbrook, father of J. Kash and H. S. Holbrook, of Paintsville died at 8:30 Wednesday evening, December 12, at his home, Bays, Ky., Breathitt County.  Mr. Holbrook had been ill for more than a year with paralysis. Although his death was not unexpected his passing was a shock to the family. Mr. Holbrook was well known throughout Breathitt County and had always been known as a good citizen highly respected by his neighbors and friends.  He was a devout Christian and had long been a member of the Baptist church. He is survived by his wife, 72 years of age who lives at Bays, Ky., and eight children.  J. Kash Holbrook, Paintsville, Ky.; H. S. Holbrook, Paintsville, Ky.; Mrs. Visa H. Risner, Guerrant, Ky.; Carnelious Holbrook, Henrdicks [sic] Ky.; Harlan Holbrook, Bays, Ky.; Mrs. Bill Allen, Campton, Ky.; Noah Holbrook, Bays, Ky.; and Mrs. S. E. Martin, Keck, Ky. Funeral services were held from the home at Bays, Ky.,  Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., in charge of Rev. Joe Walters.  Burial followed in the family cemetery near the home. The Holbrook family is widely known throughout Breathitt and adjoining counties and have many friends and relatives who will be grieved to learn of the passing of such a good citizen. The Paintsville Herald December 20, 1934 Thursday

   
WILLIAMS, Watson
1934
WATSON WILLIAMS DIES AS RESULT OF ACCIDENT IN COUNTY
Watson Williams, son of Millard Williams, of near Win, was almost instantly killed late Wednesday afternoon when a car in which he was riding with four other young people overturned on the Garrett Highway on Barnetts Creek.  Buel Williams, son of Jailer Charles Williams, who also was riding in the car at the time of the accident, was painfully injured. According to meager reports received as The Herald was going to press the automobile, a small roadster, went out of control either from a blowout or because of the slippery condition of the road and overturned. The accident occurred on the Barnetts Creek section of the Garrett Highway.  The occupants are said to be students at the Oil Springs High School, and were returning home from school. As The Herald goes to press, funeral arrangements had not been made for young Williams. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20, 1934


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