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Grant County West Virginia

Obituaries and Death Notices

James Bean inestimable citizen of Grant county, died very suddenly last week while sitting in a chair. He was 65 years old. Last winter he was severely injured internally by the overturning of a sled loaded with fodder. His death is thought to the result of the injuries received then. [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, W. Va.) May 04, 1886]

On the 3d instant, in Petersburg, Hardy, at the residence of Dr. J.R. Chambers, "Little Mollie," daughter of Rev. James Beatty, aged 2 years, 1 month and 19 days. [Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, September 24, 1857]

Gormania, W. Va., Dec. 23-Struck by a speeding automobile which failed to stop. John W. Brodix, 52, was killed on a mountain road near here tonight while returning from California with his close friend, Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., the publisher.
The speeding car struck Brodix as he stopped his own automobile and walked toward Vanderbilt's car which halted on Backbone mountain to wait for Brodix. Brodix body was dragged more than 300 feet, his clothing was torn away and his body mangled. The driver fled. Vanderbilt, reached at a hotel later in Oakland, Maryland, was grief stricken. He said he would stay in Oakland to aid authorities investigating the accident and attend the inquest. The body of Brodie, who acted as Vanderbilt's secretary was brought to Gormania. Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Bluefield, West Virginia) Sunday, December 24,1933  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

A former resident of this city died at Petersburg, West Virginia, December 21 of pneumonia. he is survived by the following brothers and sister; David, of the West; Thomas of Buffalo; James, Timothy, Frank, Patrick and Mrs. Hugh Campbell, all of this city. Interment was made at West Virginia today. Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, the Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Tuesday, December 28, 1915  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst

Word was received here yesterday that W. S. Douglas, a prisoner in the Moundsville penitentiary sent up for life for killing a mail carrier in Grant County, had died in prison.  His case was a famous one serveral years ago, and he narrowly escaped hanging twice, mainly on account of his youth. [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, W. Va.), September 28, 1892, Page 5]

A Former Member of the West Virginia Legislature Dies in Oklahoma
Yesterday a telegram was received here announcing that Wilbur F. Dyer, formerly of Petersburg, Grant county, this state,  had died suddenly in Guthrie, Oklahoma territory. No particulars of the cause or circumstances of his death were given. Mr. Dyer was a brother-in-law of Mr. Thomas McLain of this city, both having married daughters of James H. McMechen. He was for years a prominent citizen of West Virginia and represented Grant county in the house of delegates in 1885.  He was a genial man, an able lawyer and a fine speaker, and made many friends when here as a member of the legislature. His death will cause sincere and wide-spread sorrow.  [The Wheeling daily intelligencer.(Wheeling, W. Va.), April 16, 1894, Page 2]

An old and respected citizen of Grant county, died suddenly on Thursday last. [The Weekly Register. (Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.]), 21 Aug. 1873] Sub by K. Torp

Was born March 14, 1821, on a farm four miles north of Petersburg, West Virginia. his father was a carpenter. He was converted when a young man of 19 years of age but did not unite with the church until afterwards. When he was 35 years of age he united with the M. E. Church, South. He moved from West Virginia with his wife and seven children to Illinois in 1858, settling at Woodsborough in Montgomery county. the controversy over slavery was raging and his letter  from the M. E. Church, South was not regarded with much favor, so he did not fetch it from his old home. He afterwards moved to Iowa, then to Missouri and then to Kansas, reaching Anderson county, Kansas, in 1892. He married in West Virginia, Elizabeth Bowler and he has seven children, four sons and three daughters, on son in Garrett, one Lincolnville, Kansas, and one in Junction City. He has one daughter in Marion, Kansas. Largely through the influence of Bro. George T. Brown he was led to unite with the M. E. Church in Junction City in August, 1897, under the pastorate of Rev. J. K. Miller. Bro. Lewis was a truly Christian man who enjoyed the respect of all who knew him. He possessed a sturdy manhood which he never surrendered to circumstances. Al through feeble for several years on account of his great age he took an undaunted view of life. He had a remarkable mind and enjoyed all his faculties to the end. He died February 5, 1917, aged 95 years, 10 months and 22 days. Source: The Junction City Weekly Union (Junction City, Kansas) Thursday, February 8, 1917  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst

Sarah Frances (Aronhalt) Trenton Parrish
Febuary 15,1923 - April 9,2016
93, of Boonsboro, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016, at her home. Born Feb. 15, 1923, in Grant County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jackson and Nellie Victoria (Biggs) Aronhalt. She was the wife of the late Howard Lees Trenton Sr. and the late Nicholas Parrish. Sarah was a lifetime member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Hagerstown.She enjoyed gardening and sewing. Sarah retired after working at L'Aiglon Dress Factory, E.J. Fennel and The Herald-Mail. She will be remembered as a loving, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be forever missed.
She is survived by a daughter, Sarah Diane Himes and husband, John, of Sharpsburg; a son, Howard Lees Trenton Jr. and wife, Patricia, of Boonsboro; a sister, Lillian Esther (Taylor); four grandchildren, Christina Trenton, Jason Trenton, Daniel Shoemaker and Robert Shoemaker; four great-grandchildren, Sean McElroy, Hailee Mooneyhan, Braydon Trenton and Michael Shoemaker; two sisters-in-law, Irene Peters of Woodbine, Md., and Ethel Aronhalt of Baltimore; Ervin and Mary Kitzmiller of Blairsville, Pa.; and all her friends at St. Andrew's U.M.C.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Michael Henning officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Washington Co., MD Friends and family will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the amazing, caring hospice team of Washington County. Their help and support were outstanding.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests your donations be made to Hospice of Washington County or St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Source: Hagerstown Herald Mail Newspaper, Hagerstown, MD April 10, 2016  Submitted by: Charles Harvey

The following was copied from the Red Wood Falls (Minn) Reveille, and handed to us [Winfield Enterprise] by Mrs. W. M. LEWIS requesting its publication
The body of LOUIE RAHN, who was killed while superintending the construction of a railroad bridge near West Petersburg, West Virginia, arrived here Monday afternoon over the Northwestern railroad.  It was met at the depot by the hearse and pall bearers and taken to the residence of C. RAHN, father of the deceased, where the Lutheran services were conducted by Rev. H. Kosh at the conclusion of the ceremony the body was taken to the Red Wood Falls cemetery and interred.
The young man who has just arrived at the age of 30 met his death by falling from a trestle, which was being built under his supervision. It appeared that Mr. Rahn who was known to be an energetic worker became impatient at the delay of a workman in removing a timber, and going to his assistance lent his strength to the pole used to pry up beams too heavy to lift by hand, then putting such force on the instrument that it broke, precipitating to the ground below, a distance of 19 feet.  Both the men unfortunately fell on their heads on a plank which lay beneath the structure.  Each of the victims sustained severe skull injuries.
As soon as the railroad company were informed of the accident that had befallen Mr. Rahn they hurriedly dispatched a special train to the scene of the accident, and took both the injured men to Petersburg, where they were placed in a hospital. Mr. Rahn expired the fourth day. While going to press we learn that the other man is dead.
Louis Rahn was an exceedingly popular young man and claimed many as his friends in this city where he was widely known for the past six years.  He had been much away from home and for the last three and one-half years he had devoted his time entirely to bridge construction in which he had become very proficient – rising rapidly in his chosen work often having under his supervision a hundred men. At the time of this death he was engaged with the Chas. McConnell Bridge Co., Petersburg, by whom he was held in high esteem.  Mrs. McConnell furnished floral decorations for the casket and a wreath of roses was placed by her on the coffin box.  [Source: Winfield Enterprise, Marion County AL, December 22, 1899 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney]

65, died at his home near Mummasburg, Sunday morning at 7 o'clock from a complication of diseases. He had been in failing health for the past year and his condition became critical about a week ago. The deceased was born in Grant County, West Virginia, the oldest son of the late John D. and Sarah (Parks) Rinehart. He came to Adams county in 1932, where he has since resided.
Mr. Rinehart is survived by his widow, whose maiden name was Miss Eliza E. Roby; four daughters Mrs. E. G. Feaster, of Petersburg, West Virginia; Mrs. Omer Taber and Mrs. Frank Moreno, both of Logan, West Virginia, and Miss Rosalie Rinehart, at home; five sons, Emmett W. Rinehart, Ossining, New York; Dwight S. Rinehart, of Mummasburg; Boyd H., E. Paul, and Evers P. Rinehart, all at home; one brother, Evers Rinehart of Arthur, West Virginia; two sisters, Mrs. Harry Reid, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Mrs. S. V. Gayley, of Alcoa, Tennessee. Twelve grandchildren also survive.
The deceased was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Funeral services from his late home Monday evening at 7 o'clock conducted by the Rev. Ernest W. Bilndle, pastor of the Arendtsville Reformed Church, and on Tuesday morning the remains will be taken to Mt. Carmel Church, Grant County, West Virginia, where further serves will be held. Interment will take place in the church cemetery. Source: The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Monday, January 14,1935  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst


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