Cecil H. Perry

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 24, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 264
Logan County

CECIL H. PERRY was born in Logan County at a time
when this famous coal district was hardly known to the
world. He received a training that equipped him with the
liighest degree of technical skill for service in the coal in-
dustry, and as a civil and mining engineer returned to his
native county a year or so ago and is now general superin-
tendent for the Main Island Creek Coal Company at Stirrat
on the Omar Branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio.

Mr. Perry was born in Logan, May 22, 1886, son of N. F.
and Ida (Gore) Perry. The Gores are an old West Virginia
family. The Perry family were early settlers in the famous
Pike County District of Missouri. N. F. Perry was born,
however, in West Virginia, and served in the Confederate
army, being a member of the regiment known as the Wild
Cats. He was once wounded in the forearm, and subse-
quently was captured and was held at Fort Donelson until
1866. He was a farmer by occupation.

Cecil H. Perry attended common schools at Logan, and
acquired his professional education in Columbia University
of New York City, where he graduated civil engineer in
1907. As a civil engineer engaged in work of a mine en-
gineer he spent two years in New Mexico with the Kooky
Mountain and Pacific Coal Company. He then returned
East and was at Washington from 1909 to 1912 as resident
engineer for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Returning
to West Virginia, he became an engineer with. the Consoli-
dated Coal Company at Fairmont, and served with this
corporation successively as mining engineer, superintendent
and finally as general superintendent until January, 1920,
when he resigned and took up his present duties at Stirrat
with the Main Island Creek Coal Company. He is general
superintendent of mines Nos. 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
and 22 for this company. Mr. Perry was discouraged from
army service during the war, since he was more useful to
the Government in securing a maximum of coal production.

On May 22, 1912, at Jackson, Kentucky, Mr. Perry mar-
ried Miss Nancy E. Woodman, daughter of Jesse and
Elizabeth (Combs) Woodman, both natives of Kentucky.
Her father is a merchant at Hazard, that state. The two
children born to their marriage are Mary Elizabeth and
Paul. Mr. and Mrs. Perry are Baptists, and he is a Master
Mason and is also affiliated with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.