Harry E. Webb

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
April 13, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 407

HARRY E. WEBB, of Huntington, is one of the efficient
and popular executives of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad,
his official position being that of superintendent of the
Huntington and the Logan divisions.

Mr. Webb was born in Kanawha County, this state, not
far distant from the City of Charleston, and the date of his
nativity was November 17, 1881. His father, Benjamin H.
Webb, was born in the Virginia County that is now Gilmer
County, West Virginia, in the year 1847, and died in the
City of Charleston, October 27, 1921. Benjamin H. Webb
was reared in Gilmer County, and there continued his resi-
dence until the early ’70s, when he removed to a farm near
Charleston and became one of the leading members of
the bar of that city. As an able lawyer he built up a
large and important practice, he was a loyal advocate and
supporter of the cause of the democratic party, served sev-
eral terms as justice of the peace, was a soldier in the
Confederate service during the last year of the Civil war,
was affiliated with the United Confederate Veterans and the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and was an earnest
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as is
also his widow, who still resides at Charleston. Mrs. Webb,
whose maiden name was Almira V. Barbour, was born in
Franklin County, Virginia, in 1857, a daughter of Capt.
William C. Barbour, a member of the Thirty-fourth Volun-
teer Infantry, Company C, Wise’s Brigade, Lee’s army. He
was killed in action a few days before Lee’s surrender.
Of their children the eldest was Della, who became the wife
of John H. Thompson and who died near Charleston at the
age of twenty-five years, Mr. Thompson beng [sic] now a resident
of the City of Chicago; Arian is the wife of Charles W.
Brown, train dispatcher for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
in the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Harry E., of this
sketch, was next in order of birth; Naomi is the widow of
Mark O. Jarrett, who died in Kansas, in 1918, and she now
resides with her widowed mother in Charleston; Kathryn
is the wife of Allen T. Peyton, a contractor and builder
at Charleston; Mary is the wife of Cabell Pearse, mine
superintendent for the Carbon Fuel Company, with resi-
dence at Jochin, West Virginia; Louise is the wife of E. C.
Hanna, auditor and treasurer for the Carbon Fuel Company
at Carbon, Kanawha County.

The rural schools of Kanawha County afforded Harry E.
Webb his early education, and in 1900 he graduated from
the Capital City Commercial College at Charleston. For
two years thereafter he held a clerical position with the
Kanawha & Michigan Railroad, and he next was engaged
in clerical work, for eight months, for the Cardiff Coal
Company at Oakley, Kanawha County. On the 10th of
June, 1904, he initiated his clerical service in the Hunting-
ton offices of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, and on the
1st of November, 1914, he was advanced to the position of
train master of the Clifton Forge division, with head-
quarters at Clifton Forge, Virginia, where he remained until
November 1, 1916, when he was transferred to Logan, West
Virginia, as train master for the Logan coal district. May
1, 1917, marked his promotion to the position of superin-
tendent of the Logan division, and since March 1, 1919, he
has been superintendent of the Huntington and Logan
divisions, with headquarters in the City of Huntington. He
is a stockholder in the Junior Oil & Gas Company, the
Huntington Development & Gas Company and also the
Scrantoneed Container Corporation of Huntington. He is a
member of the American Association of Railway Superin-
tendents and is a democrat in politics. In addition to his
modern home property at 805 Lincoln Place, Mr. Webb is
the owner of other realty in Huntington, and also at Logan.

At Griffithsville, West Virginia, August 25, 1915, occurred
the marriage of Mr. Webb and Miss Harriet W. McClung,
daughter of James and Mary (Rosson) McClung, the father
having been a retired employe of the Adams Express Com-
pany at the time of his death, in the City of Huntington,
where his widow still resides. Mrs. Webb graduated from
the Huntington High School and thereafter attended the
University of West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Webb have
three children: Harry E., Jr., born December 9, 1916;
Mollie Rosson, born September 26, 1918; and Barbour
Hays, born October 2, 1920.