Iverson W. Crites

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. 279-280
Upshur County

IVERSON W. CRITES, who served with the engineers in
France, is a young business man of Weston, and for a
number of years his experience has been chiefly in the
lumber industry. He is one of the proprietors and officers
of the Hope Lumber Company in Weston.

Mr. Crites was born in Upshur County, West Virginia,
January 19, 1887, son of Gilbert N. and Martha A. (Kerr)
Crites. His parents were born, reared, educated and mar-
ried in Upshur County, and his father is still numbered
among the successful farmers of that section. They are
Methodists, and the father is a republican. Of their nine
children five are living: Flora, wife of John Prince, a
farmer in Braxton County; Albert A., a minister of the
United Brethren Church; Iverson W.; Alvin M., a farmer
in Upshur County; and Lester W., in a business college
in the State of Washington.

Iverson W. Crites spent the days of his youth on a
farm, attended the common schools, and began working
for himself and earning his own living when he was fifteen.
He had made every possible use of his advantages while
in school, qualified as a teacher and for six years taught
winter terms of school. The summers he spent working
in lumber camps and around the saw mills, and when In-
gave up the teaching profession he turned his complete
energies to the lumber industry. Mr. Crites in 1917 ac-
quired stock in the Hope Lumber Company. This is an
incorporated company with A. O. Harper as president and
manager, S. F. White, vice president, J. A. Genderson,
treasurer, and I. W. Crites, secretary. Mr. Crites is also
a stockholder in the Arch Run Lumber Company.

During the World war he enlisted and was trained at
Richmond, Virginia, later at Camp Forrest in Georgia, and
went overseas with the Four Hundred and Sixty-seventh
Engineers. He was on duty in Prance five months and was
a sergeant. He is a member of Weston Post of the Amer-
ican Legion. Mr. Crites is unmarried, is affiliated with
the Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and in politics votes as a republican.

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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 280
Lewis County

CLAUDE W. RINEHART is a successful business man of
Weston, where for many years he has devoted his best
energies to the lumber business. He is one of the pro-
prietors and executive officers of the Central Lumber

Mr. Rinehart was born in Lewis County, West Virginia,
August 24, 1885, son of William and Sarah (White) Bine-
hart. His parents were also born and reared in Lewis
County, grew up on farms, attended the common schools.
and after their marriage settled on the farm where the
father spent the rest of his life. He was progressive
and industrious and accumulated a body of 200 acres of
first-class farming land. The mother is still living. They
were active members of the Methodist Protestant Church,
and William Einehart was a democrat. Of their large
family of eleven children ten are still living: Statira, wife
of Charles E. Lamb, of Coolville. Ohio; John A., con-
nected with the Parkersburg Mattress Company; Lloyd of
Weston; Theo, a farmer in Lewis County; Jesse M., a
contractor and builder at Weston; Elza A., cashier of the
Farmers Bank of Clarksburg, West Virginia; Dr. L. G.,
a dentist in Oklahoma; Claude W.; Laura, wife of W. A.
Moneypenny. of Lewis County; and Lona, wife of Oscar
Bailey, of Gilmer County.

Claude W. Rinehart grew up on a farm, attended the
common schools with his brothers and sisters and later
graduated from the Mountain State Business College at
Parkersburg. As a boy on the farm he determined to
enter a commercial career. After his college course lie
spent two years as clerk with the E. J. Kane Hardware
Company. He then transferred his abilities to the lumber
business and for fifteen years was secretary and treasurer
of the Sun Lumber Company. In 1919 he took an active
part in the organization of the Central Lumber Company,
and is the executive head of this corporation.

Mr. Rinehart married Miss Effie A. Atkins, of Weston,
October 16, 1912. She was reared and educated in Harri-
son County, West Virginia. They have a daughter, Mary
Louise, born October 6, 1917. Mr. and Mrs. Binehart
are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is
a democrat and is prominent in Masonry, being affiliated
with Weston Lodge, No. 10, A. F. & A. M., Bigelow
Chapter, No. 4, R. A. M., St. John Commandery, No. 8,
K. T., West Virginia Consistory, No. 1, at Wheeling, and
Nemesis Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Parkersburg.
In the local branches of the order he is a past master,
past high priest and past eminent commander.