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Doddridge County West Virginia
Obituaries and Death Notices

John Baker
Desperate Deed
New Martinsville, W. Va., Oct 17- At Oxford, Doddridge county, three men saw John Baker, a war veteran, commit suicide in their presence. Baker used a penknife, but the blade failed to penetrate deep enough and he tore the wound apart and slowly bled to death. [The Newark Advocate, Newark Ohio - Oct. 17, 1904 - Submitted by Shauna Williams]

James G. Dodson
The death of James G. Dodson, who was injured last Saturday by being knocked down by a calf in the barnyard, resulting in the fracture of two ribs and internal injuries, occurred Saturday. Mr. Dodson was born in Doddridge county West Virginia, 79 years ago, in August. After the Civil war, in which he served in the Sixth West Virginia Infantry, he moved to the middle west and in 1887 came to Grants Pass, residing here ever since. He is survived by his wife and one son, Dorence E. Dodson, of Tacoma, Wash., who arrived here yesterday. The funeral will be held at Hall's chapel this afternoon, at 2:30, Rev. E. Badger, or Williams, an old friend, preaching the sermon. The interment will be at the Granite Hill cemetery. [Rogue River courier.(Grants Pass, Or.), October 22, 1916, pg. 5]

A distressing accident in which a young woman lost her life, occurred at Duckworth Summitt, Doddridge county, Wednesday morning. As the easternbound accommodation train was turning the curve at the east end of the cut near the watchman's house, it struck a young lady by the name of Hanley, killing her instantly. It appears that she was endeavoring to cross the track, as the engineer said she was trying to get on the track when he saw her, but was so close he could not stop his train. The young lady was a sister of the watchman and was about 30 or 32 years of age.  [January 19, 1891, "The Wheeling Daily Register" - DW - Sub by FoFG]

Samuel H. Longacre
Samuel Houston Longacre, who was born at Smithton, Doddridge County, West Virginia, August 18,1868, departed this life November 27,1925, at Catawissa, Mo. being 57 years, 3 months and 9 days of age. He was the son of Edward Franklin Longacre and Lydia Emelia Longacre (nee Shannon), families that are prominently known both here and in West Virginia, having moved to this community in 1868. he leaves to mourn his death, one son, William Franklin Longacre, of Catawissa, and two sisters, Miss Mattie Longacre of Catawissa, and Mrs E. R. Beasley, of Moselle, Mo.: three half sisters, Mrs. Selma Lynch of Centralia, Illinois, Mrs. Ella M. Jones of Robertsville, Mrs. Jennie Clark of Independence, Kansas and numerous nieces, nephew, cousins and friends in this and other places where hi is well known. We feel that this world has lost a faithful father and brother and a sincere friend to all who knew him, and we who knew him find comfort in the thought of his kind and forgiving nature which we know comes from the influence of our Saviour. Let us feel that he is resting in peace for we do believe in our merciful Father and know that one so dear is now walking with Jesus, as he expressed himself shortly before his death. May the peace and blessing of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit rest upon him now and forever more is the prayer we ask in Jesus name, Amen. -From A Friend Source: Republican Tribune (Union, Missouri) Friday, December 4,1925  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Josiah Reed
Josiah Reed, of Doddridge county, was found dead, Thursday morning, lying under the bridge that crosses Middle island Creek, at West Union. Reed was a well to do citizen of Doddridge, who was in the habit of frequently coming to West Union and getting on long sprees. He was on one of his sprees at the time of his death.- Clarksburg News. ["Wheeling Register", October 9, 1877 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Doris J. "Dotty" Schnurrenberger
Doris J. "Dotty" (nee Kile) Passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012. Resident of Sayler Park and former resident of Milford. Dotty was a teacher at Sycamore High School, founded their retired teacher's association, and received the 2011 Spirit of Sycamore Award from the Sycamore Athletics Hall of Fame. She was a Girl Scout Leader and continued a relationship with many of the Scouts throughout her life. Dotty was active at Eden Chapel UMC, with the Sayler Park Historical Society and Village Council, and Doddridge County, WV Historical Society. Beloved wife of the late Don L. Schnurrenberger. Loving daughter of the late Wayne Sr. & Mary Kile. Dear sister of the late Wayne Kile Jr. and sister-in-law of Willanna Kile of Glenview, IL. Dear Aunt of Bruce Kile, Kathy (Jeff) Johnson, and Ray "Buddy" (Ilene) Kile and dear great aunt of Jamie, Megan, Nicole, Ryan Kile, Kyle Johnson and the late Scott Kile. Visitation will be Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 4 to 6 PM in the Seifert-Hardig & Brater Funeral Home, 138 Monitor Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45233 Funeral Service will be held 10 AM on Monday, May 7, 2012 at Eden Chapel UMC, 150 Dahlia Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45233 [Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from May 5 to May 6, 2012 -- Submitted by family member Carole Lannom]

John True
Monday night John True, indicted for murder, and William Pitts, a noted criminal made their escape from the Doddridge county, West Virginia, jail. Tuesday morning True was found in a snow drift frozen to death. Source: Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois) Thursday, January 31,1889  Transcribed by: D. Oberst


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