George E. Straley

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. 425

GEORGE E. STRALEY, cashier of the First National Bank
of Ripley, has been actively identified with that institution
for ten years, and is one of the prominent young business
leaders of Jackson County.

He was born on a farm near Ripley, December 2, 1884.
His great-grandfather, Christian Straley, was a native of
Germany and founded the family in West Virginia, in
Lewis County, where he was a farmer and where he lived
out his life. Stephen Straley, his son, was born in Lewis
County in 1801, and as a young man moved to Jackson
County and founded the Straley homestead a mile and a
half north of Ripley, where he continued to live until his
death in 1885. He married Mary Alkire, who was born
in Lewis County in 1813 and died in 1875. Of their family
of three daughters and four sons the only survivor is Charles
P. Straley, who still lives at the old homestead north of
Ripley, where he was born October 9, 1856. He has been
a farmer in that community all his life, and is a democrat
and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He
married Lucy Ramey, who was born in Jackson County in
September, 1856. George E. Straley is the oldest of their
children. Paul is unmarried and helps operate the home
farm. Mary is a teacher in Marion County and has done
advanced work in summer sessions of the State University.
Charles V. is a student in the University of Pennsylvania at

George E. Straley was educated in rural schools, in the
West Liberty State Normal School, attended the University
of West Virginia at Morgantown in the summer of 1910,
and at the age of twenty began teaching. For one year he
did work in the rural schools of Jackson County, for two
years was a teacher in the public schools at Ripley, and
another two years in Pocahontas County. Mr. Straley in
1911 entered the Valley Bank of Ripley as assistant cashier,
and has continued with that institution, which since August
4, 1915, has been the First National Bank. He became
cashier in 1916. Mr. Straley is also a stockholder in the
O. J. Morrison Store Company of Charleston, in the People’s
Department Store at Ripley, and takes a public spirited part
in all the general improvement projects in his community.
He is now serving in his fourth year as a member of the
City Council of Ripley, and for the past three years has
been secretary of the Board of Education. He is a demo-
crat, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South,
is affiliated with Ripley Lodge No. 16, A. F. and A. M., and
is a past chancellor of Walker Wright Lodge No. 95,
Knights of Pythias. He did much work of a patriotic
nature during the war, helping fill out questionnaires, and
was also a member of the several committees for the Liberty
Loan drives.

In 1910, at Ripley, Mr. Straley married Miss Madaline
Taylor, daughter of William and Alice (Riley) Taylor, the
latter a resident of Akron, Ohio. Her father died on his
farm near Ripley. Mr. and Mrs. Straley have two children,
Marguerite, born July 1, 1912, and Robert, born September
1, 1916.