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,
JOHN W. BRODIX
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
W. S. DOUGLAS
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]
WILBUR F. DYER
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]
JOHN C. HARNESS
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
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]
GEORGE HARMON RINEHART
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
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