Eugene Carl Frame

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie Crook
July 16, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 508

EUGENE CARL FRAME, a prominent member of the Marion
County bar and a loyal and popular citizen of Fairmont,
the county seat, was born at Coolville, Athens County, Ohio,
September 2, 1872, and is a son of Augustus J. and Har-
riet (Smith) Frame. Augustus J. Frame was born at
Coolville in 1835, and his death occurred in 1908. His
father, John Frame, was a young man when he came from
his native Ireland and settled in Athens County, Ohio, where
he passed the remainder of his life. Augustus J. Frame
became a successful merchant and influential citizen of
Athens County, where he held public office-county treas-
urer and county auditor-for a total period of twenty-six
years. His wife was born at Letart, Meigs County, Ohio,
in 1841, and died in 1884.

Eugene C. Frame attended the public schools at Cool-
ville and Athens, Ohio, and in addition to taking a course
in the law department of the University of West Virginia
he furthered his technical knowledge by the study of law in
the office of Berkshire & Sturgiss, a leading law firm at
Morgantown. He was admitted to the bar in 1895, and he
gave twenty years of effective service as official court re-
porter in Monongalia, Marion and Harrison counties. Dur-
ing Judge Sturgiss’ administration as United States dis-
trict attorney Mr. Frame was his official secretary and law
clerk. Since 1897 he has been engaged in active practice at
Fairmont, and within this period he has been a prominent
figure in much of the important litigation in the courts
of this part of the state. In 1911 he became junior mem-
ber of the law firm of Showalter & Frame, and this effective
alliance continued until January 1, 1921, when the senior
member of the firm, Judge Emmet M. Showalter assumed
his seat on the bench of the Criminal Court of Marion
County. Since that time Mr. Frame has continued his prac-
tice in an individual way.

Mr. Frame is a past master of Fairmont Lodge No. 9,
A. F. and A. M.; is a past high priest of Oriental Chapter
No. 6, R. A. M.; past eminent commander of Crusade
Commandery, Knights Templars; and in Sovereign Con-
sistory No. 1 of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
of the Masonic fraternity at Wheeling he has received the
thirty-second degree. In November, 1921, he was made
deputy grand master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of West

In 1895 Mr. Frame wedded Miss Nellie Lee Haymond,
daughter of Lindsey B. and Alice (Comerford) Haymond,
of Fairmont. Mr. Haymond was one of the leading mem-
bers of the Marion County bar and was serving as prose-
cuting attorney of the county at the time of his death.

He was a son of the late Judge Alpheus F. Haymond,
who served twelve years on the bench of the Supreme
Court of West Virginia and who is more specifically men-
tioned on other pages of this work, especially in the per-
sonal sketch of Judge William S. Haymond of Fairmont.
Mr. and Mrs. Frame have two children: Lindsey A., who
was born October 31, 1896, graduated from the Fair-
mont High School and the State Normal School in this
city, and thereafter continued his studies in the University
of Ohio. When the nation became involved in the World
war he enlisted in the United States Navy, in which he
served as gunner’s mate. He is now engaged in the
fruit-orchard and poultry business at Hancock, Maryland.
He married Miss Mary Emmet, of Columbus, Ohio. James
C., the younger son, was born September 9, 1899, and is
a graduate of the Fairmont. High School and the State
Normal School, as well as of the University of Ohio, and
he is now associated with his brother in business at Han-
cock, Maryland.