Corley Raymond Ingram

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 6, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 453

CORLEY RAYMOND INGRAM while a young man for his
responsibilities as county superintendent of schools of
Tyler County, is exceptionally well qualified for leadership
in educational affairs. He is himself a man of thorough
education, high ideals, a splendid character, and has given
a most energetic administration of school matters and in
a way to set new standards of efficiency in the county.

Mr. Ingram was born at Alvy, Tyler County, May 3,
1896. His father, Jarrett Trainor Ingram, a son of Nathan
Ingram, was born in Tyler County in 1851, and has spent
all his life in the county. He now lives at Pursley. For
a number of years his interests were those of a farmer,
but he early became identified with the development of the
oil resources in the Sistersville field, has been a contractor,
and is still one of the heavy producers in that section. He
is a republican and a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. Jarrett T. Ingram married Hannah Jane Mc-
Intyre, who was born at Alvy, Tyler County, in 1874. Her
father, James McIntyre, was also born at Alvy, in 1841,
has been a merchant and an extensive farmer, and still
owns the large farm on Pursley Creek where he resides.
He is a democrat in politics. James McIntyre married
Agnes Underwood, who was born in Tyler County in 1844.
They had a family of six children: Ikey M., connected
with the Goodrich Eubber Company at Akron, Ohio; Pearlie,
wife of Emanuel Elder, a farmer at Marysville, Ohio;
Laura, who died at the age of nineteen; Hannah Jane,
Mrs. Ingram; Anna, wife of David L. Core, a school teacher
at Pursley; and Benjamin Cleveland, an oil operator and
producer at Sistersville.

The children of Jarrett T. Ingram and wife were: Laura
Frances, wife of Louis Averele Gorrell, owner of a public
garage at Middlebourne; Miss Zelda May, at home; Corley
R.; Frederick Gay, a graduate of the County High School
and assisting his father in the oil business and on the
farm; Paul McClairn, who attended the County High School
two years and now works for his father; Norwood Trainor,
a student in the County High School; and Ruth Underwood,
attending the Middlebourne Grade School.

Corley Raymond Ingram first came in contact with the
rural schools of Tyler County as a pupil. For two years
he attended grade school at Sistersville, graduated in the
regular course and the teachers training course from the
Tyler County High School in 1917, and took two years of
training in the West Liberty State Normal School in Ohio
County. Mr. Ingram taught his first school at the age of
twenty years, looking after the rural school of Coal Valley.
In November, 1918, he was elected county superintendent,
and began his term of four years July 1, 1919. Under
his administrative supervision as county superintendent are
161 schools, with a corps of 161 teachers and a scholar-
ship enrollment of 4,500. Mr. Ingram is also president
of the Board of Directors of the Tyler County High School
and is a member of the State Educational Association and
the National Education Association. While in normal
school at West Liberty he was a member of the Webster
Literary Society and the Bryants Literary Society, and
also secretary of the Y. M. C. A. Poor eyesight caused
his rejection when he applied for service in the World war,
but he did all he could as a speaker and participant in
the various local drives. He is a republican, a member of
the Church of Christ, and is owner of an attractive resi-
dence in Middlebourne.

December 25, 1919, at Wheeling, Mr. Ingram married
Miss Ada Lallathin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lalla-
thin, who live in Monroe County, Ohio, where her father
owns a large farm. Mr. and Mrs. Ingram have one daugh-
ter, Mary Katheryn, born July 15, 1921.