Vance Leslie Hornor

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 278
Harrison County

VANCE LESLIE HORNOR. For upwards of thirty years
Mr. Hornor has devoted his time and energies to the busi-
ness field, but with a diversity of objects that have re-
lieved monotony and no doubt contributed to his aggregate
success. His life has been spent in Harrison County, where
he has been a manufacturer, banker, and in later years
one of the leaders in gas production.

He is a son of James D. and Elizabeth Florence (Hood)
Hornor. A brief sketch of his father precedes this.
Vance Leslie Hornor was born September 29, 1875, at
Lumberport, and had a good common school education
as preparation for the serious duties of life. For several
years he was in the flouring mill business, first at Shinn-
ston and then at Lumberport. When the Lumberport Bank
was organized in 1903 he became its first cashier, and he
continued the duties of that position for twelve years while
the bank was improving its resources and its service as
the only bank in that part of Harrison County.

In the meantime, in 1910, he became interested in the
real estate and gas business. During the next five years
his interests increased to such an extent that he resigned
as cashier of the bank to give his entire time to his interests
in the gas district. He is widely known over the state
for his holdings and his operations as a gas producer. He
is a member of several other business corporations, and is
still a director and vice president of the Lumberport Bank.

Mr. Hornor in 1903 married Georgia Pauline Richardson,
of Shinnston. Their three children are Mary Katherine,
Eleanor Elizabeth and James Richardson Hornor. Mr.
Hornor is a democrat, a Methodist, and is a thirty-second
degree Scottish Kite Mason, a member of the Royal Arch
Chapter and the Mystic Shrine and is also affiliated with
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Elks.