Orman Delmont Schafer

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Chris & Kerry
December 13, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 153

ORMAN DELMONT SCHAFER has for fifteen years been one of the skilled men in the
service of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company at Morgantown. He is a native
or West Virginia, and directly and collaterally connected with several of the
old families of the Monongalia District.

He was born at Laurel Point in the Grant District of Monongalia County, December
28, 1882, son of John C. and Miranda Estelle (Hildebrand) Schafer. His parents
are still living and his father was born in Grant District, August 3, 1853, son
of Peter and Anna (Gray) Schafer, while the mother was born at White Day in
Grant District, April 6, 1854. They are the parents of two children. The older,
Zenas, is the widow of the late Jesse H. Henry, of a prominent family of
Monongalia County whose record is given on other pages. Mrs. Henry is the
mother of E. Wayne Henry, of Morgantown.

Orman Delmont Schafer spent his early life on the old farm at Laurel Point. He
attended district school, graduated from public school with a diploma in 1899,
and following that for several years did farm work and also was employed on
lock and dam construction on the Upper Monongalia River. In 1904 he became
weighmaster at the Round Bottom Coal Mine, but in April, 1906, removed to
Morgantown and entered the service of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company. He
was first an electrical crane man, then electrical engineer, electrical
inspector of the Plant, then tracer and shipping clerk, and for several years
Past has had the responsible duties of foreman of shearmcn and opening

Mr. Schafer is a justly popular citizen in Morgantown, active in civic and
social affairs, is affiliated with Morgantown Union Lodge No. 4, A. F. and A. M.,
with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Methodist Church.

November 19, 1904, he married Miss Effie Edna De Vault, who was born in Clinton
District of Monongalia County, daughter of James A. and Mary (Stansbury) De
Vault. Mr. and Mrs. Schafer are the parents of five children: Benton Delmont,
who was born November 30, 1905, and is in the class of 1922 at the Morgantown
High School; Mildred Carlotta, born December 20, 1907; Mary Zoe, born March 22,
1910; John Vernon, born January 29, 1912; and James Clement, born December 4,

While his time has been fully taken up with the practical side of business and
industry, Mr. Schafer has also contrived to develop his artistic talents, and
his favorite hobby is pastel work, much of which has been accorded recognition
by competent critics. He has a fine collection of paintings. The son, Benton,
has shown marked ability as a cartoon artist, and is improving his talents with
a view to making a profession of cartoon work. A more detailed information of
the paternal family may be found in the sketch of E. Wayne Henry and of the
maternal family in that of Clement C. Hildebrand elsewhere in this work.