Herschel Layman Satterfield

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
January 28, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New Published 1923,
The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 126

Herschel Layman Satterfield, D.D.S., a popular and representative member
of the dental profession in Marion County, is established in successful
practice in the City of Fairmont, where he was born at Palatine, now in the
First Ward of the city, on the 8th of September 1882. He is a son of Samuel
Layman and Virginia Catherine (Wilson) Satterfield. Samuel L. Satterfield was
born on Pharo’s Run, this county, August 5, 1846, a son of Francis M. and
Susan (Layman) Satterfield, the family genealogy tracing back to English
origin, and the first representatives of the Satterfield family in what is
now West Virginia having come from Pennsylvania in 1790 and made settlement
at the present site of Colfax, on the Tygarts Valley River. Francis M.
Satterfield was a pioneer settler on Pharo’s Run, Marion County. He served
three years as a soldier of the Union, and his son Samuel L. ran away from
home in 1862 and enlisted in Company C, Tenth West Virginia Volunteer
Infantry, in which he gave three years of gallant service as a loyal young
soldier of the Union. Francis M. Satterfield became one of the prosperous
farmers of Marion County, but was a resident of Holt, this state, at the time
of his death.
Samuel L. Satterfield was reared on the home farm and later learned the
carpenter’s trade at Holt. After his marriage he removed to Palatine, now a
part of Fairmont, and his death occurred July 31, 1903. His wife was born at
Fairmont, December 12, 1849, a daughter of Arza D. and Catherine (Shrirer)
Wilson, the father having been for many years a cabinet maker at Fairmont.
Mrs. Satterfield still resides at Fairmont, as one of its venerable and
revered native daughters.
After having attended the public schools and the State Normal School at
Fairmont, Doctor Satterfield entered the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery,
in which Maryland institution he was graduated in 1912, with the degree of
Doctor of Dental Surgery. He has since been actively and successfully engaged
in practice at Fairmont, and in the meanwhile he has taken effective
post-graduate work in the City of Pittsburgh. In the World War period he
served as dental examiner to the Draft Board of Marion County, under
appointment by the governor of the state, and he was active in the
furtherance of the various patriotic services in his home county. he is a
member of the West Virginia State Dental Association and the national Dental
Association. In the Masonic fraternity his basic affiliation is with Fairmont
Lodge No. 9, Ancient Free and Accepted masons, and he has thus far received
the fourteenth degree in the Scottish Rite and all of the degrees of the York
Rite. He is a member of the local lodge of Elks and the Rotary Club, and he
and his wife hold membership in the First Methodist Episcopal Church.
Doctor Satterfield wedded Miss Helen McClure, who was born at Wheeling,
this state, a daughter of James H. and Belle McClure. Doctor and Mrs.
Satterfield have three children: Martha Jane, born September 8, 1915; James
McClure, born May 2, 1917; and Betty Ann, born March 31, 1921.