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Kenna J. Heatherman

Kenna J. Heatherman, M.D., is engaged in the successful practice of his profession at Omar, Logan County, where he is official physician and surgeon for the Main Island Creek Coal Company and the Middle Fork Coal Company, besides which he is secretary, treasurer and manager of the Chafin-Jones-Heatherman Coal Company, a new operating corporation which made its first shipment of coal from its mine at Peach Creek, Logan County in March, 1922.

Doctor Heatherman was born at Bramwell, Mercer County, West Virginia, on the 8th of December, 1889, and is a son of William T. and Harriet Ann (Gilmore) Heatherman, the former of whom was born in West Virginia and the latter in Ireland, the father being now superintendent of mines at Powhatan, near Bramwell, in which former place he and his wife maintain their home. The Heatherman family ancestry is of Scotch-Irish origin.

Doctor Heatherman acquired in the schools at Powhatan, McDowell County, his early education, and in 1908 he graduated in a preparatory school in the City of Baltimore, Maryland. He then entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and in this institution he was graduated in 1912, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He engaged in practice at Glenalum, Mingo County, West Virginia, and mine physician for the War Eagle Coal Company, and there he remained until January, 1918, when he removed to Omar to assume mine practice of the various mines controlled by the Main Island Creek Coal Company. He has proved personally and professionally equal to the responsibilities placed upon him in connection with a large and important mine practice, which includes many surgical cases, and he utilizes the hospital facilities at Huntington, Hatfield and other points. The Doctor was anxious to enter the Medical Corps of the United States Army in connection with the world war, but field-production was a matter of major importance during the climacteric period and he was held to his executive professional duties at the mines, where the government considered his services of equal value. He is a member of the Logan County medical Society, the West Virginia State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. The Doctor is affiliated with the Pi Mu medical college fraternity.

At Lousville, Kentucky, in 1912, Doctor Heatherman married Miss Pearl May Arbuckle, daughter of J.M. and Jane Arbuckle, the Arbuckle family having been one of prominence in Indiana. Mrs. Heatherman’s death occurred at Omar, and she is survived by two children, Kenna J., Jr., and Harriet Jane.

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume 111
Pg. 368

Submitted by Tina Hursh August 15, 2000

Watson Riley Hager

Biography of Watson Riley Hager

Watson Riley Hager was born April 12,1897 on Pea Ridge Lincoln County West Virginia to Claibourne Hager and Arabess Price Hager he was on of nine children .
His siblings are Willard,Allafair,Anthela,Henry,Rebecca,James and Victoria Geneva.
His maternal grandparents are Andrew Price and Clarinda Cooper.
Paternal Grandparents are Phillip H. Hager and Rebecca Lovejoy.
A veteran of World War 1 and World War 11.
He was in the Blair Mountain Battle to organize the United Mine Workers and was a member for 47 years .
He married Sylvia Belle Davidson on August 5,1922 in Lincoln County West Virginia.
To this marriage were born 4 children:
Mary (Betty) Hager Baxter, David Watson Hager Myrtle Lilly Hager Acord and Blevins Hager Sr.
Lived in Logan and Wyoming County West Virginia most of his adult life
He was a diabetic and was confined to a wheelchair for years the doctor would tell us he had outlived his body and he had a strong will.
Died April 17,1979 in Beckley Raleigh County West Virginia and is buried Palm Memorial Gardens at Matheny Wyoming County West Virginia.

Wyoming Logan and Lincoln Counties West Virginia

Submitted by granddaughter Sylvia Ann Acord Bragg

Jenkin J. Gilmore

Jenkin J. Gilmore, after completing a very liberal education, returned to West Virginia and entered the coal industry, and is one of the well known mine superintendents in Logan County. His headquarters are at Barnabas on the Omar branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio, about twelve miles from Logan.

Mr. Gilmore was born January 1, 1888, at Bramwell in Mercer County, West Virginia. He is of Scotch and Irish ancestry, and a son of Milton and Alice (Becker) Gilmore. His parents were both born in Virginia. His father , who died in 1907, was a member of a Virginia regiment in the Civil war, and for many years was associated with the mining interests of the firm of Freeman & Jones at Bramwell.

Jenkin J. Gilmore acquired a common and high school education at Bramwell, finishing his high school course in 1903. For three years he pursued advanced training in Mount St. Joseph School at Baltimore, Maryland, and in 1908 graduated in a bookkeeping and general business course at Eastman’s Business College of Poughkeepsie, New York. On returning to West Virginia he was given work that constituted a general training in the mining industry under Colonel Tierney in the Pocahontas coal field. At the end of three years he had been advanced to mine boss and foreman for the Pocahontas Consolidated at Cherokee, where he remained two years. In 1915 he came to the Logan Field for the Main Island Creek Coal Company, where his first work was building a supply house. He was then made mine boss or foreman, and since 1919 has been mine superintendent for the Main Island Creek Coal Company at Barnabas. During the was he made every effort to get into service, but was ruled out, since his work in the coal fields was more essential to the winning of the war.

In 1917, at Catlettsburg, Kentucky, he married Miss Edna Easley, daughter of Frederick and Lou (Hatcher) Easley, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore have one son, Frederick. Mr. Gilmore is a Catholic, while his wife is a Presbyterian. He is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus.

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume 111
Pg. 370

Submitted by Tina Hursh Sept 23 2000

Edgar B. Gibson

EDGAR B. GIBSON is a superintendent of the Logan Chilton Coal Company on the Guyandotte Eiver near Henlawson in Logan County. Well versed in all the details of mine de- velopment and operation, he first became a factor in the mine industry as an electrician and electrical engineer. Practically all his working experience has been with the Leckie interests in West Virginia.

Mr. Gibson was born at Cooper in Mercer County, West Virginia, August 25, 1889, son of William B. and Lou E. (Butterworth) Gibson, the former a native of Washington County, Tennessee, and the latter of Campbell County, Vir- ginia. The mother is still living on the old homestead farm at Watauga, Tennessee. William B. Gibson, who died February 5, 1922, at the age of sixty-four, spent a number of years in the coal mines of the Tug River District of West Virginia, chiefly at Elkhorn, where he was in the service of the Pocahontas Consolidated Fuel Company in all the varied positions from track layer to superintendent. He finally left the mines to return to his farm in Washington County, Tennessee. He was a republican, a Baptist and an Odd Fellow. All of his five sons at some time were con- nected with the coal mining industry: A. J., now a farmer at Princeton in Mercer County, spent twenty years with the Pocahontas Fuel Company and other mines; C. C. was killed by accident while with the Tidewater Coal and Coke Com- pany as hoisting engineer; C. S., a farmer at Princeton, was formerly associated with the Tidewater Coal Company, Bottom Creek Coal Company and other mines; and M. P., a resident of Princeton.

Edgar B. Gibson attended a seminary near his old home in Washington County, Tennessee. His training in electrical engineering was gained by a practical course of apprentice- ship and instruction at the Jeffrey Manufacturing Com- pany’s plant in Columbus, Ohio. He has been an electrical engineer for twelve years. His first work was in the mines at Leckie on Tug River in McDowell County as a hoisting engineer. He spent six years at Leckie, and was chief electrician when he left there. His next location was at Aflex in Pike County, Kentucky, on the Tug River, where for two years he was electrician and assistant superinten- dent. For three years he was chief electrician at Fireco in Raleigh County, at the same place during the succeeding year was superintendent of Leckie Mine No. 3. Then, in May, 1921, he came to Logan County for the purpose of opening the Logan Chilton Mine, and all its equipment was installed under his supervision. He also opened mines at Aflex and Leckie No. 3.

In 1915 Mr. Gibson married Viola V. Phipps, daughter of Herbert Phipps, of Sullivan County, Tennessee. Their two children are Helen and Alma. Mrs. Gibson is a Presby- terian. He is a democrat, and is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and Elks.

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 343-344

Submitted by Valerie Crook March 18, 2000 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Floyd D. Stollings

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
“John “Bill” Wheeler”
December 6, 1999

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

Floyd D. Stollings, who has been a prominent and influential figure in
connection with the timber business in West Virginia and also in the handling
of coal lands, has the distinction of maintaining his home in a town that was
named in his honor, the attractive village of Stollings, Logan County. He was
born near Chapmanville, this county in January. 1853 and is a son of Nelson and
Lurania(Workman) Stollings, the former of whom likewise was born near
Chapmanville and the later of whom was in Boone County, where her death occurred
in 1890 and where her husband died in 1900, at the venerable age of eighty-four
years. Josiah Stollings, grandfather of the subject of this review, owned large
tracts of land near Chapmanville, and was one of the representative pioneers of
Logan County. The Stollings came from North Carolina and were numbered among the
first settlers in the Guyan valley in what is now West Virginia. Abraham
Workman, maternal grandfather of Mr. Stollings likewise came to this section in
an early day, his former home having been in North Carolina, near the Virginia
Nelson Stolling finally established his home on a farm in Boone County,
about midway between Chapmanville and Madison, and he met with heavy property
and financial losses at the time of the Civil War. He became a mail contractor
and transported the mail from Logan to Charleston and also between Logan and
Wayne, besides which he established a postoffice at Tracefork, a village now
known as Manila, in Boone County.After the close of the war Nelson Stollings as
prosperous in his activities as a farmer, trader and mail contractor. He was
born in the year 1816 and his wife in 1821, both having been earnest members of
the Missionary Baptist Church and his political allegiance having been given to
the democratic party. Of their seven children Floyd D., of this sketch, is the
only one now living. The oldest son, Thomas B. though under the age at the time,
enlisted for services as a confederate soldier in the Civil War.
Floyd D. Stollings gains his early education in the schools of Logan and
Boone Counties, and his initial work of independent order was the service which
he gave as postmaster at Tracefork. From 1874 to 1876 inclusive, he was in the
panhandle district of Texas, and upon his return to West Virginia he engaged in
the mercantile business in Boone County. He next turned his attention to the
timber industry and instituted operation of Twelve Pole Creek and Guyandot
River. He first bought popular and walnut timber, which he would raft down to
the Ohio River, down which stream the fleet of logs were towed by boats to
market points. In his operation, which became of large scope, he maintained his
headquarters at Catlettsburg, Kentucky, which was the headquarters for all of
the old timber men operating on the Twelve Pole and Guyandot rivers. Mr.
Stollings has bought and sold many thousand acres of timber and coal lands, has
cut the timber from much land that he later sold to coal operators, and among
his purchases was 500 acres where the village of Stollings is now situated,
this town having been founded in 1900, which was named in his honor and to the
development of which he has contributed in general measure, he having
established his home after many years’ residence in Boone County. He is a
democrat in political allegiance and his wife is a member of the Christian
The year 1873 recorded the marriage of Mr. Stollings and Miss Luella Stone,
daughter of the late William N. Stone of Boone County. Of this union were born
five sons and five daughters, two of the sons being deceased.

Chester Cush Chambers

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II.
pg. 356.


Chester Cush Chambers, the efficient and popular city attorney
of Logan judicial center of Logan County, was born at Pecks
Mills, this county, Decmeber 11, 1890, and is the son of Leroy
and Martha (Chambers) Chambers, both natives of this state,
where they still reside on their excellent homestead farm near
Pecks Mill. The father of Leroy Chambers was born in Virginia,
where the family, of English lineage, was founded in the
days, and he became one of the distinguished and eloquent
clergymen of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as a minister of
which he labored long and earnestly and gained high reputation
for his consecrated zeal and devotion.

After receiving the discipline of the public schools Chester C.
Chambers was for three years a student in Marshall College at
Huntington, this state. In 1915 he graduated in the law
department of historic old Washington and Lee University,
Virginia, and after thus receiving his degree of Bachelor of
Laws he engaged in the practice of his profession at Logan,
where his success marks him as one of the representative younger
meembers of the bar of Logan County. He served one term as
county recorder, and the year 1922 finds him giving an
effective administration in the office of city attorney of

On the 6th of March, 1918, Mr. Chambers entered the nation’s
military service in connection with the World war. He passed
one year at Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, and for ten months
thereafter he was stationed at Fort Bayard, New Mexico. He
won commission as second lieutenant, was assigned to the
sanitary corps, and at Fort Bayard he was made adjutant of the
United States General Hospital, commanding officer of the
hospital force of 600 men, custodian of the hospital funds and
fire marshal of the Post. The preferments denote the high
estimate placed upon him and also the effieciency of his
service. He received his honorable discharge in August, 1919,
and then resumed the practice of his profession at Logan. He
is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks.

In March, 1918, Mr. Chambers was united in marriage with Miss
Ida Robinette, of Logan County, she being a daughter of
Preston and Ella (Gore) Robinette, the former a native of
Kentucky and the latter of the present Logan County, West
Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers are popular figures in the
representative social activities of their home community.

Submitted by Vivian Brinker April 27, 2000

Cecil H. Perry

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 24, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 264
Logan County

CECIL H. PERRY was born in Logan County at a time
when this famous coal district was hardly known to the
world. He received a training that equipped him with the
liighest degree of technical skill for service in the coal in-
dustry, and as a civil and mining engineer returned to his
native county a year or so ago and is now general superin-
tendent for the Main Island Creek Coal Company at Stirrat
on the Omar Branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio.

Mr. Perry was born in Logan, May 22, 1886, son of N. F.
and Ida (Gore) Perry. The Gores are an old West Virginia
family. The Perry family were early settlers in the famous
Pike County District of Missouri. N. F. Perry was born,
however, in West Virginia, and served in the Confederate
army, being a member of the regiment known as the Wild
Cats. He was once wounded in the forearm, and subse-
quently was captured and was held at Fort Donelson until
1866. He was a farmer by occupation.

Cecil H. Perry attended common schools at Logan, and
acquired his professional education in Columbia University
of New York City, where he graduated civil engineer in
1907. As a civil engineer engaged in work of a mine en-
gineer he spent two years in New Mexico with the Kooky
Mountain and Pacific Coal Company. He then returned
East and was at Washington from 1909 to 1912 as resident
engineer for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Returning
to West Virginia, he became an engineer with. the Consoli-
dated Coal Company at Fairmont, and served with this
corporation successively as mining engineer, superintendent
and finally as general superintendent until January, 1920,
when he resigned and took up his present duties at Stirrat
with the Main Island Creek Coal Company. He is general
superintendent of mines Nos. 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
and 22 for this company. Mr. Perry was discouraged from
army service during the war, since he was more useful to
the Government in securing a maximum of coal production.

On May 22, 1912, at Jackson, Kentucky, Mr. Perry mar-
ried Miss Nancy E. Woodman, daughter of Jesse and
Elizabeth (Combs) Woodman, both natives of Kentucky.
Her father is a merchant at Hazard, that state. The two
children born to their marriage are Mary Elizabeth and
Paul. Mr. and Mrs. Perry are Baptists, and he is a Master
Mason and is also affiliated with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.

Lloyd Edward Bragg

Biography of Lloyd Edward Bragg

Lloyd Edward Bragg was born May 19,1914 in Logan County West Virginia although they lived in Lincoln County, so he grew up in Lincoln County West Virginia .
He was the son of Albert Bragg and Lottie Spears Bragg.
His siblings were 3 sisters they were by a previous marriage of his mother
Their names are Bernice,Bessie and Allie Sowards
His paternal Grandparents are James Calloway Bragg and Sarah Adkins Bragg
Maternal Grandparents are Hamilton Spears and Jerusha Spurlock Spears.
He married Rita Irene Elkins d/o Dennie Wirt Elkins and Corba Louvina Stewart February 15,1933 In Oceana Wyoming County,West Virginia.
He was a resident of Oceana Wyoming County for over 47 years as they made their home there.
They had 10 children 6 sons and 4 daughters and adopted 1 granddaughter
Their children are as follows James Edward Bragg ,Patsy Bragg Sexton,Danford Earl Bragg,Carol Bragg Slattton, Hubert Acy Bragg,Dennis Everett Bragg,Frederick Keith Bragg,Judith Bragg Milam Lowe Barbara Bragg Spears Crouse,Jimmie Randall Bragg and the adopted granddaughter is Kimberly Bragg Lafferty
Dad and Mom met when he came to Oceana to work on the railroad building the railroad to Eastern Gas and Fuel at Kopperston and when this was finished he went to work at Eastern Gas and Fuel in the mines at Kopperston ,Wyoming County,West Virginia where he worked over 40 years .
He was a disabled coal miner and suffered from Black Lung.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows in Matheny West Virginia
He was a member of The United Mine Workers for 47 years.
He was among the founders of Turkey Ridge Independent Baptist
Served as a Deacon of the church for years ,he worked with the youth fellowship I can still see him when Church youth group would go roller skating he would skate right along with us and could skate as well as anyone and better than most.
He died September 15,1980 in Beckley Raleigh County West Virginia
Buried in Palm Memorial Gardens at Matheny Wyoming County West Virginia.

Submitted by son Danford Earl Bragg Sr

Archibald Roger Montgomery

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770


pg. 727

(Democrat.) Address: Clothier, West Va. Born in Rad-
nor township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania; educated in
public schools and University of Pennsylvania, from which
latter institution he received the degree of Bachelor of
Science in Civil Engineering; besides following his profession
he is also engaged in the coal business; was elected to the
Senate from Eighth District in 1916; a hold-over Senator;
committee assignments in the sessions of 1917: Privileges
and Elections, Finance, Banks and Corporations, Railroads,
Mines and Mining, Claims and Grievances, Public Library,
Passed and Enrolled Bills..

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Aaron Edson Altizer

AARON EDSON ALTIZER, M. D. Altizer is one of the old- est family names in the Buffalo Valley District of Logan County. During the past seventy years the business inter- ests of the family have been chiefly engaged in farming and the timber and logging industry there. Doctor Altizer had some rugged experience as a boy in the timber, and since qualified for his profession has done an extensive practice, chiefly around the mines that have developed within his lifetime along this valley. His home is at Acco- ville.

Doctor Altizer was born on a farm that included ground on which the later town and now thriving little City of Man is located, near the mouth of Buffalo Creek. He was born there November 19, 1882, son of Joseph and Nancy (White) Altizer, and grandson of Aaron and Sarah Altizer. His grandfather came from Virginia to Logan County in 1858. Aaron Altizer is now ninety-eight years of age. He has been a witness of and a contributing factor in the de- velopment of this valley for seventy years. Soon after coming here he bought a large tract of land at the mouth of the Buffalo. This land was covered with heavy timber, and his labors cleared up a farm there. His active years were devoted to the timber business and farming. Aaron Altizer has been an influence for good in this locality. He has been a man of temperate habits, which no doubt ac- counts for his long life, and he has also been satisfied with the simple life, producing most of the food that sup- plied his table, including milk, butter and honey, and has kept up with the march of events by constant reading, so that he is well informed not only on local history, but on the history of the world and topics of the day. He was a Confederate soldier and a prisoner of war. His service was with a Virginia regiment. In politics he has a rather in- dependent choice in casting his vote. The large tract of land he formerly owned he finally sold for $15,000, but it is now worth many times that figure. The town of Man was built on this land, and he was the first postmaster of the village and served as justice of the peace and at differ- ent times was a member of the local school board. His great age is not exceptional in his family, since he had an older brother in Virginia to reach the age of ninety-eight years. After the death of his first wife Aaron Altizer married Mary Aliff, of Roanoke County, Virginia, and she died in 1907. He now lives with his son Charles at Kistler, a mining village also built on part of the Altizer farm.

Joseph Altizer, father of Doctor Altizer, was one of a family of nine sons and two daughters. He was born in 1848 in Montgomery County, Virginia, and was ten years of age when the family came to Logan County. He de- voted his life to the lumber business and farming, and died on March 10, 1911. He was a Baptist and a democrat. His wife, Nancy White, was a daughter of Green White, and she is now sixty-five years of age. They had a family of seven sons and two daughters: George W., a merchant and justice of the peace at Accoville; D. K., a lumberman and dealer in railroad ties and timber, living at Hunting- ton; Aaron E. and Bruce, twins, Bruce being yard master for the Chesapeake & Ohio at Logan; Walter, in the mines at Kistler; Ellen, wife of Thomas Perry, of Kistler; Julius, who lives with his mother at Kistler; Lena, wife of Beverly Burke, of Kistler; and Cecil, at home.

Aaron Edson Altizer had a happy boyhood on the old farm long before any railroad was in the vicinity or any of the mines opened along the valley. He worked in the timber, and helped pilot many log rafts down the Guyan- dotte River. He attended school at Man, and during 1905-07 was a student in Marshall College at Huntington. At the age of twenty he began teaching, his first school being at Oilville on Island Creek in Logan County. He taught a number of terms, aggregating fifty-two months altogether. As a teacher he made the money that put him through medical college at the University of Louisville, entering that school in 1907 and graduating in 1910. While there he specialized in children’s diseases. He had work in the Louisville City Hospital in 1911, 1920 and 1922, and then returned to Man and began practice. Almost from the beginning much of his practice has been in the mining towns. In 1916 he moved to Accoville, where he has charge of the medical practice for the mines owned by the Litz- Smith, the Deegan Eagle, the Arthur D. Cronin companies. He is president of the Triadelphia District School Board and many of the modern school buildings have been erected under his supervision. He is associated in membership with various medical societies.

In 1911 Doctor Altizer married Elsie Burgess, daughter of C. A. Burgess, of Man. Their four children are Boyd Delmont, Aaron Edson, Jr., Vera Vane, and Joseph Corne- lius. Doctor Altizer is a trustee of the Methodist Church. He is affiliated with the Lodge and Chapter of Masonry at Logan, the Knight Templar Commandery at Charleston, the Shrine at Charleston, and the Scottish Rite degrees in Wheeling.

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 211

Submitted by Valerie Crook March 18, 2000