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Biography of Calvary Morris

Calvary Morris, was born near Charleston, West Virginia, in 1798, and spent his youth in the Kanawha valley, laboring on a farm, and battling with the hardships of pioneer life. In 1818 he married the eldest daughter of Dr. Leonard Jewett, of Athens, and in the spring of 1819, located permanently in that town. “Finding myself,” says Mr. Morris, “a stranger in a strange land, and obliged to make provision for the support of my family, my first step was to rent five acres of ground, upon which to raise a crop of corn. While cultivating that ground, during the summer of 1819, the Rev. Jacob Lindley (then acting president of the Ohio university) came to me and said that a school teacher was much needed in our town, and proposed that I undertake it. I informed him that I was not at all qualified-that reading, writing, spelling, and a limited knowledge of arithmetic was the extent of my education. He said that the wants of the community required that arithmetic, geography, and English grammar be taught in the school, and, ‘now,’ said he, ‘I will tell you what to do. I have the books and you have brains; take my books, go to studying, and recite to me every day for three weeks, and by that time I will have a school made up for ‘you; you will then find no difficulty in keeping ahead of your scholars so as to give satisfaction in teaching, and no one will ever suspect your present lack of qualifications.’ I consented, went to work, and at the end of three weeks...

Biography of John Monroe Farnsworth

John Monroe Farnsworth, of Humboldt, is one of the prominent oil well contractors and oil producers in this section of Kansas and had operated on a very extensive scale both for others and for himself. He grew up in the atmosphere of the oil industry in the East, and had been a resident of Kansas for the past fifteen years. He is of English ancestry and the family came out of England and were Colonial settlers in New York. His grandfather, John Farnsworth, was born in New York State, was a carpenter by trade, and early settled in what is now West Virginia. He died at Parkersburg in that state before John M. Famsworth was born. John M. Farnsworth was born in Wood County, West Virginia, near Parkersburg, January 4, 1876. His father, Daniel Farnsworth, was born in the same locality in 1844, grew up and married there, and had spent practically all his life in some phase of the oil industry. He is an oil well driller, and for many years had operated in the volcano fields of West Virginia. His home is now at Eaton Station, West Virginia, Daniel Farnsworth saw some active service during the Civil war, enlisting in 1863 in the West Virginia Cavalry and serving until the close of the struggle. He is a Democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. The maiden name of his wife was Sarah Cochran. She was born in Marion County, near Mannington, West Virginia, in 1849, and died at Eaton Springs in that state in 1896. They became the parents of a large family of children. Mollie...

Biography of Elisha Wesley McComas, Hon.

While the years of his greatest activity and achievement, the period which made him a national figure, were spent in other localities, a special interest attaches to the career of Elisha W. McComas in Kansas, not only because he lived in that state for many years, but members of his family still reside there. He was born in Cabell County in Old Virginia, the second in a family of six sons. His father was a prominent man in Old Virginia, served several terms in Congress, filled a position on the local bench, and other places of honor. The early life of Governor McComas was spent in that portion of Virginia which subsequently became the war-born State of West Virginia. He was educated chiefly in Ohio and was admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1841. At the outbreak of the war with Mexico he was commissioned a captain in the Eleventh Virginia Infantry and served throughout the war. He was at one time wounded and taken prisoner and received his honorable discharge July 20, 1848. After the Mexican war he took up the practice of law, and as a brilliant young Southerner naturally drifted into politics. He was elected to the Virginia Legislature, and in 1855 had the distinction of being chosen lieutenant governor of Virginia on the ticket with Governor Henry A. Wise. He resigned his place as lieutenant governor in 1857. The admitted reason for his resignation was ill health and a desire to seek a new climate, but his intimate friends said that his resignation was largely prompted on account of a difference...

Biography of Jacob Ramer Blackshere

Jacob Ramer Blackshere was one of the men who laid the foundation of Kansas’ great agricultural prosperity. He was a pioneer both in point of time and in point of achievement. The history of Kansas ought to give recognition and honor to such men, and that is the purpose of this brief article. One of the greatest sources of Kansas wealth is alfalfa. It is not strange, therefore, that many should have been mentioned for the premier honor of having introduced that crop into the Sunflower State. No doubt the controversy had been settled for all time in favor of the late J. R. Blackshere. All the facts necessary to substantiate this claim are in the possession of the Blackshere family and some account of his pioneer work in this direction will be found in the columns of the Topeka Daily State Journal, the issue of January 12, 1907. A paragraph from the article that appears in the Journal reads as follows: “According to P. C. Jeffrey, who had written to the State Journal, the first alfalfa seed to be brought to Kansas was in 1875 by J. R. Blackshere, who owned and lived on the Clover Cliff Ranch southwest of Elmdale, Chase County. Claims that were made for the late Harrison Parkman, former owner of Sunny Slope Farm near Emporia, will have to give precedence in favor of Mr. Blackshere, who purchased and introduced the first alfalfa seed seven years prior to the shipment brought to Sunny Slope by Mr. Parkman. Mr. Blackshere secured his seed in San Francisco through the firm of J. M. Griffith and brother...

West Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List – B Surnames

BAILEY, Dot Henderson, Seaman 1c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Celia B. Bailey, Box 198, Man. BAILEY, Harry Brooks, Seaman 2c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Ernie Olive Bailey, Bancroft. BAILEY, Kenneth D., Major, USMC. Wife, Mrs. Kenneth D. Bailey, 1423-B Washington St., E. Charleston. BAKER, Mark Mason, Gunner’s Mate 1c, USN. Wife, Mrs. Helen Cynthia Baker, 3101 McCollach St., Wheeling. BALDWIN, Virgil Kenneth, Machinist’s Mate 2c, USN. Father, Mr. Harvey C. Baldwin, Spanishburg. BALL, Emmet Edwin, Seaman 2c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Nancy Loretta Ball, Rt. 1, Elizabeth. BALLAURI, Laurence, Pfc., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Ralph Conti, 1006 Caldwell St., McMechen. BANKS, George Winston, Seaman 2c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Elnors Banks, Box 327, Vivian. BARBER, John J., Pfc., USMCR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barber, Cassville. BARE, George V., Jr., Sgt., USMC. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. George V. Bare, Sr., Box 106, Panther. BARNES, Kenneth Leroy, Seaman 2c, USNR. Father, Mr. Emmitt Sydmon Barnes, Thomas. BARNETT, Herman Denzil, Seaman 1c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Barnett, Richwood. BARNETT, Charles Perry, Seaman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. guy Barnett, Richwood. BARNETTE, Charles Perry, Seaman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Alvi, Leon. BARR, Wodrow W., Pfc., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Cora Dell Barr, 125 W. Piedmont St., Keyser. BARTLETT, George Allen, Electrician’s Mate 1c, USN. Mother, Mrs. Georgia L. BArtlett, 201 Oak St., Clarksburg. BARTLETT, Richard Lavere, Machinist’s Mate 3c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melville Clay Bartlett, Rt. 4, Box 41, Philippi. BASSETT, Robert Alexander, Machinist’s Mate 2c, USN. Mother, Mrs. Stella Milson Bassett, 127 21st St., Whelling. BATES, Frank Wall, Aviation Radioman 2c, USN. Father, Mr. Leonard Edward Bates, Rainelle. BAYS,...

West Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List – A Surnames

ACORD, Robert Lee, Seaman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Acord, Ravencliff. ADAMS, Gaylerd Dave, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Adams, 1350 Marshall St., Benwood. ADAMS, Glenn G., Pfc., USMCR. Father, Mr. Willie D. Adams, Quinwood. ADAMS, Joseph, Jr., Seaman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Adams, Sr., Chattaroy. ADKINS, Elbie, Pfc., USMCR. Parents, Mr. And Mrs. Robert Adkins, Harts. ADKINS, Golden, Apprentice Seaman, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Rosa Adkins Midkiff, Branchland. ADKINS, Howard Lucas, Fireman 1c, USN. Father, Mr. Thomas Morris Adkins, Goodwill. ALDERMAN, Raymond Alfred, Fireman 3c, USNR. Father, Mr. Charles Henry Alderman, Jonben. ALTIZER, Emmett C., Assistant Cook, USMC. Mother, Mrs. Clarice M. Altizer, Box 145, War. AMAN, Henry W., Pvt., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Grace Aman, 314 Charleston Ave., Clarksburg. AMBURN, Richard Lyle, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3c, USN. Father, Mr. Charles W. Amburn, 910 1/2 Hutchinston St., Parkersburg. MICK, Zenis, Electrician’s Mate 3c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Amick, Leivasy. AMMAR, Phillip Thomas, Pvt., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Gladys Butcher, 13 Nickolas St., Widen. AMORY, Sidney Griffith, Fireman 1c, USN. Mother, Mrs. Juanita Latham Swindler, 1050 W. Washington St., Charleston. ANDERSON, Odis Herman, Boatswain, USN. Wife, Mrs. Lillian Margaret Anderson, Box 256, Smithfield. ANDREWS, Rex William, Gunner’s Mate 3c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Vera Blaine Andrews, 1462 7th St., Parkersburg. ANGLE, Earnest Hersea, Fireman 2c, USN. Father, Mr. Vessie E. Angle, Quinwood. APPLEBY, David Lewis, Chief Machinist’s Mate, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Goldie Marie Appleby, 408 18th St., Huntington. ARGO, William H., Pfc., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Esther Argo, 128 Vine St., New Martinsville. ARNDT, Augustus Litle, Captain, USMC. Wife, Mrs. Arlene E....

West Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List – L Surnames

LADERACH, Robert Paul, Fire Controlman 2c, USN. Father, Mr. Ernest Laderach, Beverly. LALLATHIN, Frank Junior, Seaman 1c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marion Lallathin, 1610 1/2 Grand Central Ave., Vienna. LAMBERT, Clarence Floyd, Seaman 2c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Eval Blevens Deskins, Gen. Del., Roderfield. LAMBERT, Van Rolo, Baker 3c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. James G. Lamber, Box 250, Rt. 1, Princeton. LAMBERT, Joseph Eldridge, Cpl., USMC. Wife, Mrs. Mildred M. Lambert, Box 275, Freeman. LANDERS, Rexford Quentin, Seaman 1c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Clayton Landers, Poca. LANDES, Marple W., Cpl., USMC. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Landes, Rt. 1, Box 128, French Creek. LANE, Arnold Joe, Pfc., USMCR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra T. Lane, Monclo. LANE, Hobert, Jr., Seaman 1c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Helen Lane, Peach Creek. LANEY, Donald Franklin, Seaman 2c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Charlotta Fairy Elizabeth Laney, 120 Columbia Ave., Elm Grove. LARKIN, Joseph Bertrum, Aviation Ordnanceman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. And Mrs. Ray Kirk Larkin, Paw Paw. LARUE, Alfred Willard, Seaman 1c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Larue, Rt. 2, Princeton. LASKEY, Robert Frnk, Pfc., USMCR. Mother, mrs. Millie Laskey, Switzer. LATTANZI, Querino Louis, Seaman 1c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Lattanzi, Powell ave., Rt. 5, Box 497, Morgantown. LATZ, Raymond W., Pvt., USMCR. Parents, mr. and Mrs. August Latz, 3317 Jacob St., Wheeling. LAVELIE, Lawrence Edward, Cpl., USMC. Parnets, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Lavelle, Gen. Del., Uniontown. LAVINDER, James Murdith, Seaman 2c, USN. Guardian, Mr. Dennie B. Lavinder, Garten. LAW, John D., Pfc., USMC. Father, Mr. Tallie W. Law, Rt. 1, Box 208, Fayetteville. LAWRENCE, Robert...

West Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List – V Surnames

VALUSKA, John, Jr., Pfc., USMCR. Father, Mr. John Valuska, Sr., Box 45, Virginville. VANCE, Ervin, Seaman 1c, USNR. Sister, Mrs. Nolia Allen, Emmett. VAN SANT, Harold Henderson, Jr., Cpl., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Tuddelle Hughes Van Sant, 1140 5th Ave., Huntington. VELTRI, Frank Samuel, Machinist’s Mate 1c, USN. Father, Mr. Samuel Veltri, Worthington. VERNARSKY, Joseph, Fireman 2c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Virginia M. M. Vernarsky, 1014 Highland St., Follansbee. VESELOSKY, Mike, Seaman 1c, USN. Mother, Mrs. Anna Veselosky, Newhall. VINCENT, Harry Arden, Seaman 2c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. emory Arden Vincent, Box 183, Mount Clare. VIOLETTE, Jack, Cpl., USMCR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harve Violette, Box 241, Gary. VOGEL, Frank Daniel. Pvt., USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Helen L. Vogel, 2631 Dudley Ave.,...

West Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List – T Surnames

TABOR, Charles Mack, Jr., Sgt., USMC. Wife, Mrs. Jane F. Tabor, 103 Cottage Ave., Weston. TALLMAN, Dewey O’Brien, Aviation Radioman 3c, USNR. Father, Mr. James Calvin Tallman, Rt. 1, Pennsboro. TAYLOR, Charles Berkeley, Ensign, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Camille V. Baker Taylor, 409 High St., Morgantown. TAYLOR, Marrion L., Pvt. USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Marrion L. Taylor, Gunnoe’s Store, Rt. 6, Charleston. TAYLOR, Paul Edward, Ship’s Serviceman 2c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Burnette Estelle Taylor, Glendale. TAYLOR, Warren Sylvan, Boatswain’s Mate 2c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert M. Taylor, 139 Thorn St., Bluefield. TAYLOR, William Richard, Lieutenant, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs Edgar Brown Taylor, 620 Trenton Pl., Huntington. TENNEY, Vet Eugene, Aviation Ordnanceman 2c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Lulu Minerva Tenney, 114 E. Main St., Buckhannon. TERRY, Ernest Odell, Seaman 2c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Ruby Mae Terry, Hurricane. TERRY, James Adrain, Pvt., USMC. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Terry, 1751 5th Ave., Huntington. THAYER, Alfred, Jr., Aviation Radioman 3c, USN. Father, Mr. Alfred Thayer, Sr., Sutton. THOMAS, Herbert J., Sgt., USMCR. Father, Mr. Herbert Thomas, 114 7th St., South Charleston. THOMAS, Randall James, Seaman 1c, USN. Mother, Mrs. Ella Thomas, Box 52, Cowen. THOMAS, William J., Pfc., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Beatrice M. Thomas, 925 Main St., Follansbee. THOMPSON, James William, Seaman 2c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Martha Thompson, 1950 1/2 8th Ave., Huntington. THOMPSON, Lawrence Wade, Lieutenant (jg) USNR. Parents, mr. and Mrs. Everett E. Thompson, Chattaroy. THOMPSON, Robert William, Seaman 1c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles David Thompson, 116 Norman St., Hinton. THOMPSON, Woodrow R., Sgt., USMC. Father, Mr. Robert L. Thompson, Bellepoint. TILIER, Jennings Rufus, Seaman 2c, USCGR. Father,...

West Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List – K Surnames

KAFER, August George, Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kafer, Box 399, Jane Lew. KAITES, Louis Nicholas, Fire Controlman 2c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Kaites, 342 Jarvis St., Clarksburg. KEENER, Howard Harold, Seaman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Carl Keener, Box 154, Shinnston. KEESEE, Eustace Napier, Lieutenant, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Helen Jacob Keesee, 2100 Main St., Wellsburg. KEGLEY, Ellis, Pfc., USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Ellis Kegley, Widemouth. KELLER, George Simms, 2nd Lieutenant, USMCR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Keller, 1221 Kanawha Terrace, Huntington. KELLEY, Walter A., Pvt., USMCR. Wife, mrs. Walter a. Kelley, Rt. 1, Box 21-A, Scarbro. KENNEDY, Chester Herman, Gunner’s Mate 2c, USN. Mother, Mrs. Dora Elizabeth Kennedy, Box 147, Hundred. KERENS, Owen David, Lieutenant, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Kerens, Montrose. KERNS, Lester Lurensel, Aviation Metalsmith, 1c, USN. Father, Mr. John Kerns, Rowlesburg. KESSINGER, Mark Frederick, Seaman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geroge Caperton Kessinger, Sweet Springs. KESSINGER, Robert F., Pvt., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Chloe A. Kessinger, 308 Kessinger St., Beckley. KIGER, Paul Alvan, Fireman 1c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Avah Leota Kiger, Rt. 3, Grafton. KIGHT, Audy Carl, Seaman 1c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Kight, Nobe. KINCAID, Claude O., Pvt., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Lula Kincaid, Nettie. KINCAID, Joseph Ercel, Fire Controlman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Lloyd Kincaid, Rock Cave. KINDER, Murhl Franklin, Ship’s cook 3c, USN. Father, Mr. William L. Kinder, Teays. KINES, Emmett L. Pvt., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Jocia M. Kines, 15 Luther St., Grafton. KING, Alfred Owen, Seaman 1c, USN. Father, Mr. Clyde Jackson King, Governor Cabell Hotel, Huntington. KING,...
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