Herbert Skeen

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 9, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 468

HERBERT SKEEN is in his second term of efficient service
as Circuit Court clerk of Jackson County. He is one of the
younger men of the county, represents an old family of this
section, and his prominence in public affairs is due to his
exceptional qualifications and also to his personal popularity
and character.

Mr. Skeen was born at Kentuck, in Jackson County,
August 3, 1887. His grandfather, Joseph Skeen, was born
in West Virginia and wag an early day hunter and farmer
at Kentuck, where he lived out his life. The grandmother
was his third wife, Matilda Casto, a native and life-long
resident of Jackson County. David L. Skeen, father of the
Circuit Court clerk, was born at Kentuck in 1864, and has
spent all his life there. He owns a large farm, is a cattle
raiser, a timber man, and for two years was road surveyor
of Washington District. His political affiliation is with
the republican party. David L. Skeen married Cordelia
Winter, who was born in Jackson County in 1863. Their
children were Romeo, who was a merchant and died on the
home farm at Kentuck; Clifton, who died when nineteen
years old; Herbert; Georgia Adeline, who died in infancy;
Otho H., a farmer at Kentuck; Minnie A., who died at the
age of twelve years; Elva, at home; Oria, who has passed
away, the wife of Delmar, Good; and Ada, wife of James
Poling, principal of schools at Carpenter in Kanawha

Herbert Skeen spent the first twenty-three years of his
life on the home farm, and partook of its responsibilities
and labors at the same time that he was getting his educa-
tion in the rural schools. He had special inclination for
mathematics, learned the art of surveying, did consider-
able work as a land surveyor, and in 1912 was elected
surveyor of lands for Jackson County. He resigned
from this office in 1914 to make his first race for clerk
of the Circuit Court, being elected in November and
beginning his first term of six years in January, 1915.
He was re-elected in November, 1920, and is now in the
second year of his second official term.

Mr. Skeen is an influential republican. Outside of
his official work he is manager of the Ripley Real Estate
Company, and is an individual property owner, having
a modern home at South Ripley. During the World war
he was active both as an individual and as an official,
serving on the Advisory Board of the county, making
many speeches in behalf of the various war organizations
and spending much time in filing out questionnaires for
recruited men. He is affiliated with Ripley Lodge No. 16,
F. and A. M., the Eastern Star, Ripley Lodge No. 30,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is a past
grand; is also district deputy grand master of the Fourth
District of the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows, and is a
member of the Rebekahs. Other affiliations are with
Walker Wright Lodge No. 198, Knights of Pythias, and
Parkersburg Lodge No. 198, Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks.

In 1909, at Advent in Jackson County, he married
Miss Lily Hamon, daughter of Joseph P. and Arena
(Siders) Hamon, who still live on their farm at Advent.
Mr. and Mrs. Skeen have three children: Dorothy Faye,
born in 1911; Ralph Leon, born in 1913; and Inez, born
in 1914.