Clay County WV
John T. Gainer
John T. Gainer, cashier of the Clay County Bank and one of the most prominent financiers and esteemed citizens of Clay Court House, West Virginia, was born May 31, 1871. in Auburn. Ritchie County, West Virginia. He is a son of Albert and Susan A. (Loudon) Gainer, the former of whom was born in January, 1848. and the latter on January 2, 1849. Our subject's mother was a daughter of Thomas Loudon, who removed from Virginia and settled in Upshur County, West Virginia. She was born in Gilman County and there was married to Albert Gainer. The father of the subject of this sketch is a son of John Gainer and a grandson of Bryan Gain er, of Irish ancestry, who removed from Barbour County to what is now Lewis County, West Virginia. Since 1879 Albert Gainer has been a traveling salesman.
John T. Gainer was educated in the common schools and was reared on his father's farm. From the age of 17 to 19 years he was engaged in clerical work in a general store, and then entered the Calhoun County Bank at Grantsville as assistant cashier, where he continued until August 20, 1902, when he accepted his present position. The Clay County Bank was organized June 4, 1002, with C. S. Pearcy as its first cashier, our subject succeeding him. Since taking charge, the capital stock has been increased to $50,000, and the institution ranks high with others of its kind with respect to its stability and to the safety and value of its investments.
Mr. Gainer was married July 28, 1805, to Minnie A. Jeffries. His second marriage was to Belle Ball, on August 18, 1901. One daughter, Madeline, has been born to this union.
Mr. Gainer is one of the leading Republicans of his county, in fact has been conspicuous in party affairs ever since he reached his majority. In Calhoun County he served on the Republican Executive Committee and has been elected from that county a delegate to many conventions. His interest is, however, only that of an intelligent and public spirited citizen. His business is banking, and few are more thoroughly conversant with its requirements than he, and he has never been willing to accept public office. His fraternal relations are with Eureka Lodge No. 40. A. F. & A. M., of Grantsville, Calhoun County; Jerusalem Chapter, No. 3, R. A. M., of Parkersburg; and Calvary Commandery, No. 3, K. T., also of Parkersburg.
In addition to the saddlery and harness business proper, he carries a large line of shoe findings and shoemaker's supplies. The public in general knows that he sells his goods at the right prices. The splendid success of nearly 20 years has fully demonstrated this. Mr. Popp enjoys a large mail-order business, and all orders intrusted in his care are highly appreciated and always attended to with great promptness and to the satisfaction of the customer. [Source: "Men of West Virginia" by Biographical Publishing Company - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]
Address: Hallburg, West Va. Delegate from Clay county. Born at Hardman Bend, Calhoun county, February 22, 1886; received his elementary education in the common schools and later attended Marshall College, at Huntington; is a farmer, lumberman and livestock man; never held public office until he was elected to represent Clay county in the present Legislature; his committee assignments during sessions of 1917 were as follows: Immigration and Agriculture, Executive Offices and Library, Printing and Contingent Expenses, Military Affairs, Arts, Science and General Improvements . [Source: "West Virginia Blue Book", 1917 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]
Charles Lewis, the first member of this family of whom we have any definite information, was born in Old Virginia, and died in Clay county, West Virginia, aged ninety-three years. He was a miller by trade, and in 1849 settled in Clay county, where he established a mill which he conducted until his death. He married, in Old Virginia, a Miss Stone, and had issue, six children.
(II) Hiram, son of Charles and (Stone) Lewis, was born in Giles county, Virginia, in 1835, and is now living in Sutton, West Virginia. He removed with his parents from Virginia to Clay county, West Virginia, when fourteen years of age, and received his early education in the public schools, and then worked in his father's mill, and on the outbreak of the civil war enlisted in the Federal army as a member of the Seventh West Virginia Cavalry, and served throughout the war, being early promoted to the rank of lieutenant and taking part in the Lynchburg raid and many other battles and minor engagements. After the war he returned to his home and resumed his occupation as a miller, in which he continued for many years, and has now retired from active business. He married Rebecca Ann, daughter of Norval and Susan (Summers) Shannon, born in Clay county, West Virginia in 1845, now living in Sutton. Children: Benjamin Darlington, referred to below; Clement Elisha, born 1869, now living in West Charleston, West Virginia.
(III) Benjamin Darlington, a son of Hiram and Rebecca Ann (Shannon) Lewis, was born on his father's farm in Clay county, West Virginia, October 26, 1867, and is now living in Sutton, West Virginia. He removed to Elk River, Clay county, with his parents, when he was three years of age, and received his early education there in the public schools, and later graduated from the State Normal School at Glenville, West Virginia. He then learned the trade of a printer, which he followed for five years, a portion of that time in Kansas, and, returning to Clay county in 1888, engaged in the milling business at Yankee Dam, where he remained until 1897, and then removed to Frameton, Clay county, where he engaged in the same business, and finally, in 1901, settled in Sutton and built a mill which he operated until 1910, when he erected opposite to it the present mill of the Riverview Milling Company, of which he is still the general manager, while retaining stock and an interest in the former enterprise. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Bank & Trust Company, and also in the Sutton Wholesale Grocery Company. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons. He married, at Wilsonburg, Harrison county, West Virginia, Minnie E., daughter of Rev. Bennett D. Mahone, born in Lincoln county, West Virginia, now living in Sutton. Children: Frederick Mahone, born May 13, 1888, now living in Parkersburg, West Virginia; Flora M., born 1893; Stella Mabel. ["West Virginia and its People", Volume 3, By Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, 1913 – Transcribed by Therman Kellar]
Henry C. Lockney
Henry C. Lockney is a Virginian by birth, a Republican in politics, and a Fusionist (of all parties opposed to Democracy) by systematic practice. He was born in Burnersville, Barbour County, Va., April 26, 1855. He worked on his father's farm during boyhood until fifteen years of age, at which time he began to drive a team of horses, and followed that occupation five years — two years in Barbour county and then three years in Jackson county; but attended public school every winter from the organization of the free-school system until twenty years of age. In 1875 he began teaching school, and taught, in all, up to March, 1888, twenty-six terms, twentytwo of which were taught in Calhoun county, and the others in Gilmer and Jackson counties, West Virginia. He was also a surveyor of lands for several years, and in 1882 surveyed the line between Calhoun and Gilmer counties.
Mr. Lockney read law for three years, while teaching school, and, in 1880, passed a successful examination, was admitted to the bar and has since practiced in Calhoun and Clay counties. In 1885 he embarked in the mercantile business and sold goods at Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, for the short period of six months, having branch stores at two other points.
For about three years he has devoted considerable time to the study of medicine, in all its branches; but has never pursued the practice of the medical profession.
In 1880 he was appointed Notary Public of Calhoun county, and was appointed a member of the Teachers' Examining Board in the same county in 1882, and was re-appointed to the same office in 1883. In January, 1887, he was appointed Prosecuting Attorney of Clay county, by Judge Robert F. Fleming, and soon afterward moved to Clay C. H., when he was appointed Commissioner of Accounts, Notary Public and Commissioner in Chancery for said county. At the general election held in 1888, he was elected to the office of Prosecuting Attorney of Clay county for a term of four years, commencing on the 1st day of January, 1889, to which office the Republicans nominated him by acclamation. Twice he has been appointed a delegate to the Republican State Convention.
In addition to his other avocations, Mr. Lockney owns and manages a fine farm at Bruin, Barbour county, where he enjoys a delightful home; also, handles live stock, and does occasional dealing in lumber, etc. His first vote was cast in 1876 for Gen. Nathan Goff for Governor of West Virginia, and he has since taken active interest in every election, co-operating especially with the Greenback element, but always a Republican, looking to any honorable fusion to defeat the Democratic party. He was appointed Postmaster at Bruin, October 11, 1883, and resigned April 1, 1888, under Cleveland's administration. His postoffice address is Arnoldsburg, Calhoun county, W. Va.
A marked characteristic of Mr. Lockney — all his life — is, that whatever he does, he does with all his might. "Keep on the go" has been his motto. Having the courage of his convictions, he has been always one of the most active, zealous opponents the Democratic party of his section and State has had, but always honorable in his opposing efforts. His official record gives the same evidence of zeal. His fine farm is the picture of systematic industry. ["Prominent Men of West Virginia: Biographical Sketches, The Growth And Advancement of The State, A Compendium of Returns of Every Election, A Record of Every State Officer" by George Wesley Atkinson, 1890 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]
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