BARNEY L. KIDD is one of the prominent young busi- ness men of Logan County, and at the age of thirty has attained business responsibilities that would do credit to a man much older. His experience has been almost altogether in the lumbering industry, and he is superintendent of two large plants in this typical coal field of Southern West Vir- ginia. He was born at St. Albans, Kanawha County, West Vir- ginia, April 6, 1891, son of T. J. and Mary A. (Thomas) Kidd. His grandfather was a native of old Virginia and of French ancestry, while his mother’s people were English. Both parents were born in West Virginia, and his father has been active in the lumber business in Fayette County, and in the various localities where he has lived has always taken a great interest in public affairs. He has served as a school trustee, is a member of the Masonic Order, and is a leader in the Baptist Church, acting for years as superintendent of the Sunday school. Barney L. Kidd attended common schools in Kanawha County and in several other counties, and graduated in 1909 at the Mountain State Business College at Parkers- burg. After a few months employment in a law office he began his active experience in the lumber business with the Boone Timber Company at Clothier, West Virginia. He was chief inspector for that firm for two and one-half years, was then inspector for two years, with headquarters at Huntington, for the Peytona Lumber Company, was in- spector at Accoville about two and one-half years, and then came to his present location at Omar in Logan County, where he is superintendent of the company’s operations, comprising two complete sawmills, planing mill, dry kilns and flooring plant. One complete sawmill is located at Christian in Logan County. The mills have a capacity of about 65,000 feet of finished product daily. This product is shipped from the plants to various points throughout the United States. Mr. Kidd married in 1913, at Pomeroy, Ohio, Miss Ruth Martin, daughter of James A. and Mary Martin. Her par- ents were both born in West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Kidd have two children, Geraldine Martin and Dona Gene. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
Submitted by Valerie Crook
March 21, 2000