Mingo County West Virginia

Biographies



Bronson Jr., Wade H.
An elder in the Presbyterian Church, member of Elks Moose, Mingo County, West Virginia, and American Bar Associations, West Virginia State Bar. First bid for major office. Now city attorney of Williamson. Married Lois Mathewson. Born September 6,1911, at Williamson, son of Wade H. and Edith  Embleton Bronson. Attended Williamson schools. New River State and West Virginia University, where he received his law degree. Now an attorney. Source: Beckley Post-Herald The Raleigh Register, (Beckley, West Virginia) Sunday, May 8,1960  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Damron Family
The Damron family has contributed a very distinguished citizen to West Virginia in the person of the Hon. James Damron, present popular and efficient incumbent of the offices of county clerk in Mingo county and judge of the circuit in the twenty-second judicial district.

(I) Samuel Damron, grandfather of Judge damron, was born and raised in West Virginia and his entire active career was devoted to farming and stock-raising.

(II) George W., son of Samuel Damron, was born in Wayne county, West Virginia, in 1837. He was reared a farmer and has followed that occupation all his life, his finely improved estate being located in the vicinity of Dingess, Mingo county, West Virginia. He was a gallant and faithful soldier in the Union army during the civil war, being a member of the Forty-fifth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. His service covered the entire period of the war and during one of the last battles fought he was wounded and he received his discharge while in the hospital. He married Esther Chafin, who died in 1910, and who was a daughter of William Chafin. Mr. Damron survives his honored wife and is now seventy-six years of age.

(III) Judge James Damron, son of George W. and Esther (Chafin) Damron, was born in Logan county, West Virginia, April 28, 1876. He grew up under the invigorating influences of the old homestead farm, and was educated in the common schools of Logan county. At the age of eighteen years he began his business life as a clerk in a dry goods store at Dingess. Being a son of poor parents he was obliged to earn his own livelihood from early youth and it was not long before he decided upon the law as a profession. He continued to clerk until 1897 and in that year accepted a position as deputy clerk of Mingo county, under County Clerk James M. Chafin, who was the first incumbent of that office to be elected in Mingo county. Mr. Damron served as deputy until the death of Mr. Chafin, in 1899, and then accepted a position as bookkeeper for the Kirk Christy Lumber Company, of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1900 he was honored by his fellow-citizens with election to the office of county clerk of Mingo county to fill the unexpired term of Clerk Chafin. In 1902 he was re-elected to this office for a full term of six years and he was again elected in 1908. He has shown himself unusually capable and responsible as county clerk and is serving as such with the utmost satisfaction to his constituents. He was graduated in the law department of the University of West Virginia, at Morgantown, as a member of the class of 1909. with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He entered upon the active practice of his profession at Williamson, the county seat of Mingo county, in 1910, and immediately became associated in legal work with Messrs. Sheppard, Goodykoontz & Scherr. This mutually agreeable partnership alliance continued until January 1, 1912, when Mr. Damron severed the above connection and initiated an individual practice.

He has proved himself a skilled attorney and well fortified counselor and controls a large and lucrative clientage extending throughout the state. On November 5, 1912, he was elected judge of the circuit court in the twenty-second judicial district, receiving a majority vote of twelve hundred. As Judge Damron is a Republican this majority was quite surprising inasmuch as Wilson carried the state of West Virginia by about forty thousand votes. There is no doubt but that Judge Damron will achieve as much success in this new office as he has always met with in his previous undertakings. As strictly a self-made and self-educated man, it would verily seem as though Judge Damron possessed an "open sesame" to unlock the doors to success, so fortunate has he been in all his undertakings.

Judge Damron is the owner of a great deal of valuable real estate in and around Williamson, which place has represented his home since 1897. As already indicated he is an uncompromising supporter of the principles and policies for which the Republican party stands sponsor in his political convictions and he is an active worker in behalf of the good of that party. He is a stockholder in the National Bank of Commerce at Williamson and has money invested in various other business enterprises of a local nature. His fraternal connections are with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. In the time-honored Masonic order he is a Knight Templar and has reached the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite branch. He is loyal and public spirited in his civic attitude and gives freely of his time and means to all matters projected for the public good.

Judge Damron married, February 22, 1809, Anna B. Shumate, whose birth occurred in Cabell county, West Virginia, October 15,  1882, died August 5, 1912. Mrs. Damron was a daughter of H. K. Shumate, who was one of the most prominent lawyers of West Virginia during his lifetime. He served as prosecuting attorney of Wyoming county, this state, and likewise filled that office in Wayne county, West Virginia. He was known throughout this commonwealth as an unusually talented and well equipped lawyer and was called upon to try and argue many cases in different counties throughout the state. His demise occurred in 1911. Judge and Mrs. Damron became the parents of the following children: Mamie M., born December 22, 1899; James Russell, April 7, 1903: Bertie Lee, August 21, 1904: Marguerite Estelle, May 16, 1908; Robert Kelley, January 22, 1910; Katherine Louise, July 14, 1911. [WV and its people;Volume 3; By Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell; Publ. 1913; Pg. 840; Transcribed and submitted to genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack]

Hurst, William Alexander
Son of Jesse T. and Keturah (Smith) Hurst, was born on the old homestead farm in Carroll county, Virginia, the date of his nativity being March 1, 1869. He was educated in the free schools of Virginia, and as a youth taught school during the winter terms and worked on the farm during the summer seasons. In 1894 he engaged in the mercantile business at Gray, West Virginia, and during the long intervening years to the present time, in 1912, has engaged in that business in a general way. He was guard at the penitentiary at Richmond. Virginia, from 1890 until 1893, and was elected sheriff of Mingo county, West Virginia, in 1908, his term in the latter office expiring in January, 1913. Mr. Hurst has figured prominently in business and financial affairs in West Virginia in recent years. He organized the Hurst Hardware Company at Williamson in 1903. the same being incorporated with a capital stock of fifty thousand dollars. He has been president of this concern since the time of its organization and it controls an annual business of one hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars. Mr. Hurst is a heavy stockholder in the War Eagle Coal Company, in the Williamson Light& Ice Company and in the Mingo Oil & Gas Company. Inasmuch as his success in life is entirely the outcome of his own well directed endeavors it is the more gratifying to contemplate. In politics he is an unswerving Democrat, and in religious matters he gives his support to the Presbyterian church, of which he is a zealous member. Fraternally he is a Scottish Rite Mason and an Elk. Mr. Hurst is deeply and sincerely interested in all that affects the good of the general welfare of Williamson and West Virginia at large and is ever on the qui vive to do all in his power to forward progress and improvement. As a man he is kindly and affable and his generosity knows only the bounds of his opportunities.
On January 20, 1896, Mr. Hurst married Freelove Thomas, a native of Burke's Garden, Virginia, where her birth occurred October 3, 1869. She is a daughter of J. L. Thomas, a farmer in Washington county, Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Hurst have one son, William Reynold, who was born at Dingess, West Virginia, October 2, 1897; he is attending the Wrights Oral School at New York City. [Source: "West Virginia and its People" - Volume II; Thomas Condit Miller & Hue Maxwell; Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913; p.739. - Transcribed by Therman Kellar.]

Steele, John
Family
This family is of Scotch-Irish ancestry and long resident STEELE in the state of West Virginia. John Steele a descendant of the immigrant settler in Virginia, and grandfather of Lonzo E. Steele, of Logan, West Virginia, was a native of the former state. At an early date he settled in Mingo County, West Virginia, where he engaged in farming until 1861, when he enlisted in a Virginia regiment. Confederate States army. He is supposed to have been killed during the war, as no word was received from him after the close of the great conflict.

(II) Harry, son of John Steele, was born in Mingo County, West Virginia, died there in 1889. He was educated in the common schools of his native county, and at an early age began the life of a farmer. He met with marked success in his agricultural labors and was known as one of the most progressive farmers of the county. In politics he was a Democrat, but  never aspired to office. He married Nancy Hatfield, a native of Mingo County.
 
(III) Lonzo E., son of Harry and Nancy (Hatfield) Steele, was born in Logan, now Mingo County, West Virginia, June 2, 1880. He prepared for college in the public schools of his native county, and in 1900 entered the medical department of the University of Nashville, Tennessee, graduating in 1904. He was for one year (1904-05) an interne at the hospital connected with the university. He began the practice of his profession in Holden, West Virginia, in 1905, and in a short time located in Logan, where he has continued his professional labors to date. He with Dr. Hiram N. Farley and Dr. Lawson (q. v.) formed the Logan Hospital Association in the city of Logan. He is a stockholder in the Guyan Valley Bank of Logan. Dr. Steele is a self-made man. He paid his way through school and college by teaching school and by working in various other avocations. He is meeting with marked success in his professional labors, and is considered one of the ablest young physicians in the county. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge of Logan, and the Logan County Medical Society. In politics he is a Republican. [WV and its people;Volume 3; By Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell; Publ. 1913; Pg. 840; Transcribed and submitted to genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack]

White, Guy
Son of William Thomas and Harriet (Kent) White, was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania. August 12, 1871. As a boy he attended the common schools of Greene county and this discipline was supplemented with one year's attendance in the State Normal School, at Edinborough, Erie county, Pennsylvania. He came to West Virginia in 1893 and located in what was then Logan county, now Mingo county, and assumed the management of a store and planing mill at Whites Camp, of which place he was postmaster for a time.

Subsequently he was in the employ of his uncle, H. S. White, then United States marshal of West Virginia. In December, 1896, he removed to the town of Thacker, this state, and there engaged in the general merchandise and lumber business on his own account. For nine years he served as justice of the peace of Magnolia district, and for four years was the popular and efficient incumbent of the office of postmaster at Thacker. In November, 1908, he was honored by his fellow citizens with election to the office of clerk of the circuit court of Mingo county, and December 11, 1908, he established his home in Williamson, the judicial center of Mingo county, where he assumed the active responsibilities of the office of clerk, January 1, 1909. He has continued as clerk of the circuit court to the present time and his long service is ample indication of his fitness for this important position.

Mr. White is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and with Bluefield Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He has passed through the circle of the York Rite branch of Masonry, being a member of Ivanhoe Commandery, No. 10. Knights Templar, at Bramwell, West Virginia, and of Wayne Chapter, No. 18, Wayne, West Virginia. He is likewise connected with Beni-Kedem Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Charleston, West Virginia. His political allegiance is given without stint to the Republican party, and in religious matters his faith is in harmony with the tenets of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. October 10, 1901, Mr. White married Minnie Johnston, born at Peach Orchard. Kentucky, October 16, 1880. daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Emma (Keyser) Johnston, the former of whom died in 1910, and the latter in 1903. Mr. Johnst on was engaged in the hotel and lumber business in Kentucky during his active career. Mr. and Mrs. White have two children: Harriet Emma, born at Thacker, West Virginia, August 5, 1902; Lyle Frazier, born at Thacker, June 5, 1904. [Source: "West Virginia and its People" - Volume II; Thomas Condit Miller & Hue Maxwell; Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913; p.739. - Transcribed by K.T.]

White, M. Z.
Son of Stephen and Lucinda (Booher) White, was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, September 6, 1872. He is a self-made man in the most significant sense of the term for no one has helped him in a financial way and he is self-educated. His mother died when he was but six years of age and his father passed away three years later. He never attended public or private school in his life. He located at Beach Creek, then Logan, now Mingo county, West Virginia. For four years he was employed as clerk in a commissary store in the above place, and in 1896 he was elected justice of the peace at Thacker, serving in that capacity for a period of four years, at the expiration of which time he was appointed jailer of Mingo county. He held the latter post for four years, and for three consecutive terms was mayor of Williamson. His administration of the municipal affairs of this city was fraught with much good in the way of internal improvements. For six years Hon. Mr. White filled the office of president of the county court of Mingo county, and in 1910 resigned that incumbency in order to take up his duties as state senator to represent the sixth senatorial district of West Virginia. He has figured very prominently in Republican politics and is now filling his second term, of four years, as chairman of the Republican county central committee. Mr. White assisted in organizing the Mingo County Bank at Williamson, in 1905, serving as cashier of that substantial and financial institution until February, 1911. He is the owner of much valuable property in Williamson and is one of the most prominent citizens of this city. As a Mason he is a member of Thacker Lodge, No. 119, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; and of Bramwell Chapter, No. 15, Royal Arch Masons. His other fraternal connections are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He and his wife hold to the Northern Methodist Episcopal church, in the various departments of whose work they are most loyal and zealous factors.

Mr. White married, October 16, 1897, Emma J. Spielman, born at Dayton, Ohio, May 16, 1866. Mr. and Mrs. White have no children. They are popular in connection with the best social affairs of Williamson, where their exemplary lives and upright Christian characters command to them the unalloyed confidence and esteem of all with whom they come in contact. [West Virginia and Its People Volume III by Thomas Condit Miller & Hue Maxwell, 1913 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

York, Dr. James Frank  
Son of John Y. and Fannie (Keyser) York, was born September 24, 1866, on his father's farm, in Wayne county, West Virginia. He received his education in the public schools of Credo, in the same county. After leaving school he assisted his father in the mercantile and lumber business at Yorkville, and at the age of twenty-three entered the Eclectic Medical College, Cincinnati, graduating in 1895 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine,. He at once began practice at Dingess, Mingo county, West Virginia, and after a short time moved to Kenova, remaining until 1908, when he came to Huntington, where he has become possessed of a large and lucrative practice.

Dr. York is a stockholder in the American Bank and Trust Company and president of the Venora Oil & Gas Company, the Big Sandy Lumber& Manufacturing Company, of Kenova, and the York Realty Company, of Kenova and Huntington. Politically Dr. York is a Republican, and during his residence at Kenova served ten consecutive years as mayor of that city. He affiliates with the Masonic order up to and including the Knights Templar degrees, also Beni Keden Temple, emigrated from Ireland at an early age and settled in Virginia. He was a farmer. His wife's name is unknown. Among his children is Alexander, referred to below. [West Virginia and Its People Volume III by Thomas Condit Miller & Hue Maxwell, 1913 - Transcribed by AFOFG]





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