Clarence L. Perkins

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 276
Nicholas County

CLARENCE L. PERKINS. From the beginning of the
postal service the representative men of each community
have been chosen to fill the important office of postmaster.
As so much responsibility reposes in them it is necessary
for them to be men of strict honesty, reliability and solidity,
as well as to be possessed of a capacity for careful work.
At Gassaway, West Virginia, the post office is in charge
of Clarence L. Perkins, who possesses all the qualifications
noted above, and who is discharging the duties of the office
in a capable and expeditious manner.

Mr. Perkins was born April 9, 1882, in Nicholas County,
West Virginia, a son of H. C. and Mary (Nutter) Perking,
the former a native of Greenbrier County, Virginia, and
the latter of Nicholas County, West Virginia. H. C. Per-
kins received a common school education, and as a youth
located in Nicholas County, where he became a teacher
in the free schools. When the war between the states came
on he enlisted in the Confederate service and established a
brave and honorable record during the course of the
struggle, at the close of which he returned to Nicholas
County, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He
became one of the prosperous community farmers and
was highly respected by all with whom he came in con-
tact. A man of high principles, he was a faithful member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, to which also
belonged his worthy wife. He was a democrat in politics
and on several occasions was called to public office, serving
as county assessor and deputy sheriff of Nicholas County.
By his second wife he became the father of four children:
S. B., who is engaged in farming in Nicholas County; Rev.
C. C., presiding elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, for the Parkersburg District; C. G., who is en-
gaged in merchandising at Gassaway; and Clarence L.,
of this review.

Clarence L. Perkins was reared on the home farm in
Nicholas County, in which community he received his early
education in the rural schools. Later he enjoyed the ad-
vantages of attendance at the Summersville Normal School,
and after his graduation therefrom became a teacher in
the free schools of his native county, a vocation which he
followed for several years. Not caring for the educator’s
profession, Mr. Perkins then turned his attention to busi-
ness, his experience in this connection being gained as a
clerk in the general store conducted by the Curtin Lumber
Company at Curtin, West Virginia. In 1905 he came to
Gassaway, where he embarked in the general merchandise
business, in which he has continued to the present time,
with constantly increasing success. He is now the head
of a prosperous business, which has been developed along
legitimate lines and which has the confidence of the commu-
nity, being noted for its honest representation and straight-
forward dealing. In 1916 Mr. Perkins was appointed post-
master of Gassaway, a position which he has continued to
fill with capability, courtesy and commendable expediency.
His public record also includes one term as mayor of Gassa-
way and three terms as recorder, in both of which offices
he sustained his record for superior ability and conscien-
tious performance of duty.

On September 12, 1906, Mr. Perkins was united in mar-
riage with Miss Bessie Criss, who was born in Braxton
County, West Virginia, .and received a public school edu-
cation. They have no children. Mrs. Perkins is a member
of the Christian Church, and Mr. Perkins, of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South. As a fraternalist he is affiliated
with Gassaway Lodge No. 133, A. F. and A. M., Sutton
Chapter, R. A. M.; Sutton Commandery, K. T.; and Beni-
Kedem Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., at Charleston. He like-
wise holds membership in the Independent Order of Odd
Follows, in which he is a past noble grand.