Alva L. Hartley

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Chris & Kerry
December 12, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II

ALVA L. HARTLEY has had an extensive business experience for a man of his years,
and since removing to Morgantown has been a member of the firm Marchand &
Hartley, real estate and insurance, one of the leading firms of the kind in
this section of the state.

Mr. Hartley’s grandfather was a native of West Virginia, but he himself was born
in Greene County, Pennsylvania, on a farm, April 24, 1890. He is a son of
Cornelius S. and Emma L. (Lemley) Hartley. His grandfather, Elijah W. Hartley,
and his grandmother, Lemley are still living. Elijah W. Hartley was born in
Marion County, West Virginia, in the Indian Creek neighborhood, but from there
removed to Greene County, Pennsylvania. The Hartleys are of Irish and English
ancestry. Elijah W. Hartley married Sarah Headley. Cornelius S. Hartley was born
in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was educated in the public schools, in the
Valparaiso, Indiana, Normal School, and the Waynesburg College of Pennsylvania.
He taught altogether about twelve terms of school in Pennsylvania, Ohio and
Indiana, and later was a farmer for several years and finally engaged in
merchandising at Kirby, Pennsylvania, where he is still living. He served as
postmaster of Kirby for about thirteen years. He is a Methodist. His wife, Emma
L. Lemley, was born in Greene County, daughter of Morris and Martha J. (Phillip)
Lemley. Cornelius Hartley and wife were the parents of three children: Alva L.;
Omar G., who is pursuing his studies in higher accounting at Philadelphia
preparing for the profession of certified public accountant; and Martha, who
died in 1905.

Alva L. Hartley grew up on a farm until he was ten years of age, and then lived
at Newton or Kirby Post Office in Pennsylvania. He had a public-school education,
took work in summer normal schools, and in the fall of 1909 entered the Ohio
Normal University at Ada, where he was graduated in 1911 with the degree
B. C. S. For a year after leaving college Mr. Hartley was in life insurance work
in Greene County, Pennsylvania, after which he became bookkeeper in the Farmers
and Merchants National Bank of Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, and in 1915 was
elected assistant cashier of that institution. He continued with this bank
until February 1, 1920, when he resigned to come to Morgantown, and has since
been associated with D. K. Marchand in the life and fire insurance business, in
handling real estate and coal properties.

Mr. Hartley is affiliated with Dunkard Lodge No. 569, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, in Pennsylvania, and Athens Lodge No. 36, Knights of Pythias. He is a
member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church and the Chamber of Commerce.
September 18, 1912, he married Lillian Marie Baer, who was born in Kirby,
Pennsylvania, daughter of Benjamin F. and Flora B. (Connor) Baer. They have one
son, Kenneth Cornelius, born March 5, 1915.