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W. R. Pierson

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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 268-269
Braxton County

HON. W. R. PIERSON, JR. In studying the influences
which have combined for the advancement of our men of
business, professional and public importance, it is in-
variably to be discovered that these individuals have risen
to their present positions largely through the force of their
own industry and ability. The traits of character upon
which we may depend for the greatest rewards are perse-
verance, integrity and self-reliance, and to these may be
attributed the success that has crowned the efforts of
Hon. W. E. Pierson, Jr., a member of the Lower House
of the State Legislature from Braxton County, and a
resident of Sutton. He has been the architect of his own
fortunes and has occupied an honorable place in the con-
fidence of the people because of the straightforward policy
ever governing his actions.

Mr. Pierson was born on a farm in Birch District,
Braxton County, November 17, 1890, a son of H. H. and
Allie (Pierson) Pierson, natives of the same county. His
grandfather, W. R. Pierson, Sr., was born December 2,
1842, and still resides on his Braxton County farm, being
one of the prominent and influential men of his com-
munity. He is a veteran of the war between the states, in
which he served as a soldier of the Confederacy. H. H.
Pierson was born January 5, 1859, and after receiving a
common school education became a school teacher in Brax-
ton County, a vocation which he followed for fifteen years.
After his marriage to Allie Pierson, who was born June
15, 1867, he settled down to farming on a property near
where both had been reared, and is still identified with the
pursuits of the soil. He is a leading republican and presi-
dent of the school board of Birch District, and as a
fraternalist holds membership in the local lodge of the
Knights of Pythias. He and his worthy wife are faithful
church members and the parents of the following children:
H. V., credit man for the Thomas Shoe Company of
Charleston, West Virginia; W. R. Jr., of this review;
Eva, the wife of J. N. Reip; G. H., a bookkeeper for
Hardy, Dana & Company of Charleston; B. H., who holds
a like position with the same concern; Ovy O. Pierson,
who graduated in the spring of 1922 from the Button High
School; and Earl H. and Ruth B., who are attending the
country school in the vicinity of their father’s farm.

The country public and subscription schools furnished
W. R. Pierson, Jr., with his educational training while he
was being reared on the farm, and in 1910 he went to
Charleston, where he became a traveling salesman for the
Thomas Shoe Company. He was thus employed when
America entered the World war, and June 27, 1917, he
enlisted in the American army, with which he served until
the armistice was signed. He then returned to his position
with the Thomas Shoe Company, and continued therewith
until January 1, 1921, when he resigned to give his entire
attention to his duties as a member of the Lower House of
the West Virginia Legislature, to which he had been elected
on the republican ticket. Mr. Pierson has made an excellent
official, working faithfully in behalf of his district, his
constituents and his state. He has studied deeply the im-
portant public questions of the day, and, as a well informed
man, of sound and discriminating judgment, has utilized an
observant eye and has turned to account the knowledge that
he has gained in a somewhat varied career. He has long
been a recognized leader in the ranks of the republican
party in Braxton County. Fraternally he is affiliated with
the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the
Knights of Pythias, and also belongs to the United Com-
mercial Travelers.

Representative Pierson married Miss Jessie McComb, of
Pocahontas County. They have no children.

Omer P. Frame

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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 284
Braxton County

OMER P. FRAME, cashier of the Farmers and Mechanics
Bank of Gassaway, is one of the astute financiers and solid
citizens of Braxton County, who has won an enviable repu-
tation for integrity and efficiency. He was born at
Frametown, West Virginia, August 27, 1886, a son of
Elliott and Rebecca (James) Frame. Elliott Frame was
also born at Frametown, a son of Thomas Frame, an early
settler of Frametown, for whom the town was named.
Upon locating there he built a grist-mill, operated by water
power, and this he conducted the greater part of his life,
and his son, Elliott Frame, also operated this old mill.
Elliott Frame was educated in the common schools of
Frametown, and in early life was a teacher in Braxton
County, but is now a carpenter in the employ of the Balti-
more & Ohio Railroad Company. For many years a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, he is active
in Sunday School, and has a class. In his political con-
victions he is a democrat. There were two children born
to him and his wife, namely: Etta, who was graduated
from the common schools, is now the wife of J. L. Barker;
and Omer P., whose name heads this review.

Like his father, Omer P. Frame was reared at Frame-
town and attended its common schools, remaining at home
until he reached his majority. He has been cashier of his
present bank since its organization, and associated with
this institution in an official position are Dr. J. W. Smith,
president; V. G. Bender, vice president, who with Mr.
Frame and J. C. Kinton, S. W. REosenberger, Leslie Frame.
Dr. L. A. Jarrett, P. C. Belknap, Norman Sirk and A. C.
James form the Board of Directors. The Farmers and
Mechanics National Bank of Gassaway is one of the most
solid institutions of Braxton County, and a very large
banking business is carried on.

Mr. Frame was united in marriage with Elizabeth Sin-
clair Longwell, the ceremony being performed November
27, 1912. Mrs. Frame graduated from the common and
high schools of Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Frame have two
children, namely: Eugene M., who was born May 27,
1915; and Evaline E., who was born August 27, 1919.
They belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South,
and he is a member of the local Official Board. Well known
in Masonry, he belongs to Gassaway Lodge No. 133, A. F.
and A. M.) of which he has been past master five times;
Sutton Chapter No. 29, R. A. M.; Sutton Commandery
No. 16, K. T., and Beni-Kedem Shrine of Charleston, West
Virginia. He is also a member of Gassaway Lodge No.
196, K. of P., of which he is a past chancellor.

Pearson B. Adams

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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 287
Braxton County

PEARSON B. ADAMS. The present county clerk of Brax-
ton County, Pearson B. Adams, has an excellent public
record for efficient discharge of the duties of his position.
During his career, which has been an active and honorable
one, he has had experience in several lines of endeavor, and
on various occasions has been identified with educational
work, financial matters and business affairs. In all these
avenues of activity he has so governed his actions as to gain
him the esteem and confidence of those with whom he has
come into contact.

Mr. Adams was born on a farm near Sutton, West Vir-
ginia, his present home, March 2, 1886, and is a son of
John and Nancy (Cogar) Adams. His father, also born in
the same locality, was reared to agricultural pursuits, to
which he applied his energies throughout life and made
a success of his efforts. Educated only in the public schools,
he was withal a well read man and wielded some influence
in his community, where he was active in politics and was
twice elected sheriff of the county on the republican ticket.
Fraternally he was affiliated with the Masons, in which
order he completed the York Rite and was a Noble of the
Mystic Shrine. Mrs. Adams, who was also born near Sut-
ton, was, like her husband, a product of an agricultural
family and a graduate of the common schools.

Pearson B. Adams attended the common schools of his
native locality, where he acquired his primary education,
following which he pursued a course at Marshall College,
Huntington, West Virginia, and the Mountain State Busi-
ness College, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Following his
graduation from the latter institution he taught school for
four years in Braxton County, and then started to work as
assistant cashier of the Home National Bank, with which
he was identified for about three years. He next became
interested in the Sutton Grocery and Milling Company,
of which he is now vice president and a member of the
board of directors, and is likewise a stockholder in the Bank
of Sutton. A stanch republican in his political sympathies,
in 1915 he was elected clerk of Braxton County, a position
which he has since filled with the utmost ability. As a
fraternalist he is a York Bite Mason and a Noble of the
Mystic Shrine.

Mr. Adams married Miss Bessie Mealy, who was born in
Braxton County, where she received her education in the
public schools. She is a leading and faithful member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church at Sutton. To Mr. and Mrs.
Adams there have come three children: Ruth, who was
born in 1912; William N., who was born in 1918; and
Nancy V., born in 1920.

Ralph T. Armstrong

BRAXTON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 289
Braxton

RALPH T. ARMSTRONG, D. D. S. Dependable, highly
trained and enthusiastic with reference to his profession,
Dr. Ralph T. Armstrong is one of the leading dental sur-
geons of Braxton County, and is enjoying a large practice
from the people of Gassaway and its vicinity. He was born
at Sutton, West Virginia, July 25, 1886,. a son of Cornelius
and Elizabeth J. (Traxell) Armstrong, both natives of
Braxton County. He died in May, 1911, but she survives
and is still residing at Sutton, maintaining her membership
with the Baptist Church of that city, to which her husband
also belonged. In politics he was a democrat. They had
four sons and two daughters, namely: W. L., who is an
attorney practicing at the bar of Sutton; G. B., who is a
graduated attorney, is now engaged in merchandising; Mary
L., who is a business college graduate, is living at home;
Jessie M., who is also a business college graduate, is the
wife of P. H. Murphy, an attorney of Charleston; Doctor
Armstrong, whose name heads this review; and A. P., who
is a physician of Sutton and Morgantown.

Doctor Armstrong attended the West Virginia State Uni-
versity, and is a graduate of the Cincinnati Ohio, College
of Dental Surgery. For some four years he traveled about,
working at his profession, but in 1915 settled permanently
at Gassaway, where he has built up very desirable connec-
tions and won proper appreciation from his patients.

In 1912 Doctor Armstrong married Ida E. Cool, of
Webster County, West Virginia, and they have two daugh-
ters, Lucile and Louise. Mrs. Armstrong is a member of
the Baptist Church, and active in church work. Doctor
Armstrong belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose. While
he has never eared to enter politics, he has always given a
conscientious attention to civic matters, and voted the
democratic ticket. He is a man of broad outlook on life,
and not only is a skilled dental surgeon, but a highly edu-
cated gentleman and public-spirited citizen and one who is
anxious to give his community the benefit of his knowledge
and experience. Both he and his wife are popular, and are
the center of a congenial social circle.

Stanton Trimble

BRAXTON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 314-315

STANTON TRIMBLE, M. D. The physician and surgeon of
today not only is a highly trained individual whose every
faculty has been brought to the highest perfection, but also
one whose broad experience with people and affairs enables
him to act with the efficiency of a really high-grade man,
and to energize those with whom he comes into contact. The
practical physician does not work for spectacular results,
but for sane, sound, progress, not only in his profession but
in other directions. One of the men of Braxton County
who stands high among the physicians and surgeons of this
class is Dr. Stanton Trible, who has been engaged in prac-
tice at Burnsville since 1914.

Doctor Trimble was born in Barbour County, West Vir-
ginia, August 24, 1882, a son of John A. and Euphiasia E.
(Young) Trimble. John A. Trimble was born in 1848 in
Barbour County, where he received his education and was
reared as a farmer’s son, and as a young man went to
Harrison County, where he met Miss Young, a native of that
county, born in 1849, who, like her husband, had enjoyed
a rural school education. Following their marriage they
went to Barbour County, where they settled down to agricul-
tural pursuits, and through industry and good management
became prosperous in this world’s goods, being the owners
of 300 acres of well-cultivated and highly improved farm-
ing land. After a long and honorable career John A.
Trimble died on his farm, where his widow still makes her
home in advanced age. She is a member of the Presby-
terian Church and is highly esteemed for her many admir-
able qualities of mind and heart. Mr. Trimble was a stanch
republican in politics, and for some years served in the
capacity of postmaster at Pepper, West Virginia. They
were the parents of six children, of whom five are living in
1922: Camden, an agriculturist of Barbour County; Huff-
man, who is also carrying on agricultural operations in that
county; Daisy, the widow of Dr. Erlo Kennedy; Dr. Stan-
ton, of this notice; and Voie E., the wife of Clarence House.
Ida May died January 9, 1918.

Stanton Trimble passed his boyhood on the home farm in
much the same manner as other farmers’ sons of his day
and locality, receiving his early education at the rural
schoolhouse. He had no inclination, however, to pass his
life in agricultural pursuits, early deciding upon a profes-
sional career, and accordingly was sent to the State Normal
School at Fairmont for his preparatory work. Completing
the course there satisfactorily, he then entered upon his
professional studies at the Baltimore Medical College, Balti-
more, Maryland, from which he was duly graduated as a
member of the class of 1908, receiving the. degree of Doctor
of Medicine. Doctor Trimble’s first field of professional
work was at Kremling, Colorado, but after eight months in
that community he returned to West Virginia and opened an
office at Oriando, where he remained from 1909 until 1914.
In the latter year he settled at Burnsville, where be has
since succeeded in building up a large, lucrative and repre-
sentative practice. He possesses ability and sympathy, and
has gained the confidence and good will of the people of
his community and the respect and esteem of his professional
associates. Doctor Trimble belongs to the various organiza-
tions of his profession, including the American Medical
Association, and has maintained throughout his entire career
a high standard of ethics and honorable practice. In poli-
tics he supports the principles and candidates of the repub-
lican party. His fraternal affiliation is with Orlando Lodge
of the Odd Fellows order.

In 1910 Doctor Trimble was united in marriage with Miss
Callie Stout, who was born at Bridgeport, Harrison County,
West Virginia, and educated in the public schools, and they
are the parents of two children: Stanton C., who was born
June 26, 1913; and Mary E., born July 13, 1919.

Thomas I. Feeney

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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 312-313
Braxton

THOMAS I. FEENEY. One of Burnsville’s well-known and
reliable business establishments, which has a record for
straightforward dealing and honorable action, is the fur-
niture and undertaking enterprise of the Feeney Furniture
and Supply Company, Inc. The president of this business,
whose name it bears, was born in Burnsville and has spent
his entire life here with the exception of a short time during
the World war and one year when he was absent in Fair-
mont, and is well known to the citizens of this community,
not only as a business man but as one who has contributed
in the way of splendid public service to the growth, develop-
ment and advancement of the town.

Mr. Feeney was born December 15, 1888, at Burnsville,
on the same street on which his business is now located, and
is a son of John F. and Nora (Dolan) Feeney. His father
was born January 5, 1856, on a farm in Lewis County, West
Virginia, where he was reared and educated, and there mar-
ried Miss Dolan, who had been born in 1862 in Gilmer
County, but had been brought as a child to Lewis County,
where she attended the public schools. Shortly after their
marriage John F. Feeney, who was a cabinet maker by
trade, embarked in business at Burnsville, first working at
his trade and later opening a general store in which he
sold all manner of goods. In him the business instinct was
present in a marked degree, and he was successful in all his
undertakings. He founded the furniture and undertaking
business of which his son is now the head, and in his de-
clining years disposed of his holdings. Mrs. Feeney died
in 1893, firm in the faith of the Catholic Church. A demo-
crat in his political views, Mr. Feeney was one of the in-
fluential men of his party, and was called upon to serve in
several official capacities, among them on the Board of
Education and as a member of the town council. He and
his worthy wife were the parents of four children: Thomas
I., of this record; John W., who graduated from the San
Bernardino High School in California, and who married
Adaline Morissy, of Chicago; Madeline, a graduate of the
Parkersburg High School; and Rose E., who died January
20, 1919.

Thomas I. Feeney was reared at Burnsville, where he com-
pleted the prescribed course of the graded schools and spent
two years in high school, and entered upon his industrial
career in the capacity of a school teacher. After two years
thus spent he decided that the educator’s life was not his
forte, and he accordingly went to Fairmont, where he
secured a position as bookkeeper. This likewise failed to
satisfy him, and after one year’s experience he returned to
Burnsville, where he became store manager for his father, a
capacity in which he remained two years, at the end of
which time he bought the elder man out. He then con-
ducted the business until the World war, when he was com-
pelled to close his business and enter the United States serv-
ice as a member of the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Depot
Brigade, on detached service at Camp Meade. After six
months he received his honorable discharge and returned to
Burnsville, where he incorporated his business, the officers
being: President, Thomas I. Feeney; secretary, R. H.
Kidd; treasurer, Russell T. Reed; and the foregoing, with
the following, as the board of directors: F. W. Shrieves,
H. C. Murphy, A. N. Stockart and H. C. Crutchfield. The
company carries a full line of furniture of all kinds. Its
undertaking department is likewise fully equipped, and Mr.
Feeney and his representatives are prepared to advise with
clients regarding a final resting spot, the details of funeral
services, legal requirements, transportation, and all other
necessary details in the reverent care of the dead. Mr.
Feeney is also largely interested in the real estate business
at Burnsville and the near vicinity, and has other matters
of a business nature which require his attention.

In politics he is a democrat and has been prominent in
public affairs, having served in various public offices, includ-
ing those of mayor, councilman, recorder and member of the
Board of Education, and in all has rendered excellent serv-
ice. He is a member of the Catholic Church, attending
services at Orlando. Mr. Feeney is unmarried.

Fred L. Fox

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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 270-271
Braxton County

HON. FRED L. FOX. For many years Hon. Fred L. Fox
has been one of the foremost citizens of Sutton, foremost
in legal circles, in financial affairs, in politics, in public
enterprises, in beneficences, and in the place he has won in
the confidence of his fellow-citizens. Such varied achieve-
ment is a proud distinction, the fruition of a symmetrical
manhood. It is possible only to the favored few upon whom
have been bestowed the fundamental elements of energy,
constructive ability and business intuition. All these essen-
tial qualities Mr. Fox possesses, united with an unbending
integrity of character that commands the trust and con-
fidence of the public and have made him a power in the
development of the community.

Mr. Fox was born on a farm near the mouth of the Big
Birch River, October 24, 1876, a son of Camden and Caro-
line (McMorrow) Fox, and a grandson of Samuel Fox.
Samuel Fox was born in Nelson County, Virginia, and be-
came one of the leading citizens of Braxton County. At
various times in his active and successful career he followed
the vocations of agriculture, milling, lumbering and mer-
chandising, and at the time of his death was a member of
the County Court. He was a leading member of the demo-
cratic party. Samuel Fox married a Miss Boggs, who was
born in Braxton County.

Camden Fox was born in Braxton County, December 14,
1854, and was reared to agricultural pursuits while gaining
his educational training in the public schools. On attaining
manhood he adopted farming as his life work, and continued
to be engaged therein until his retirement in 1919, at which
time he moved to his present home at Sutton, where he and
his worthy wife are held in the highest esteem. He is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, and his political affilia-
tion is with the democratic party. He and his wife are
faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Seven
children have been born to them: Fred L., of this review;
Jennie, the wife of O. W. Hall; Augusta H., the wife of
Daniel Curry, of Bridgeport, Harrison County, this state;
Earl F., an attorney temporarily of Shreveport, Louisiana;
Anna, the wife of H. O. Fast, of Charleston, West Virginia;
John B., deputy county clerk of Braxton County; and
Herman V., a medical student at the University of West
Virginia.

Fred L. Fox was reared on the home farm and acquired
his early education in the common schools. Later he pur-
sued a course in the University of West Virginia, from
which he was graduated with the class of 1899, receiving
the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and, being admitted to
the bar during the same year, came at once to Sutton,
where he has since been engaged in the practice of his pro-
fession with constantly increasing success. He is now a
member of the law firm of Haymond & Fox, in existence
since 1904, conceded to be one of the strongest combina-
tions in Central West Virginia, practicing in the State and
Federal Courts.

Mr. Fox has long been prominent and active in local and
state politics, and has been chairman of the County Execu-
tive Committee of the democratic party for the past ten
years. In 1912 he was elected a member of the State Sen-
ate and was retained therein by re-election in 1916, hav-
ing served in all eight years as a member of that body.
During six years of this time he was democratic leader
of the Senate. Senator Fox was one of the organizers of
the Bank of Sutton, of which he has been president since
its organization in 1918. His fellow officials in the bank
are: W. C. Marple, vice president; Hugh Swisher, cash-
ier; and Benton B. Boggs, S. H. Cutlip, A. W. Engel, J.
H. Hutchinson, I. Lawrence Freeman, C. W. Marble, H.
A. Long and W. A. Tucker, directors. Mr. Fox is also a
director of the institution, a strong and solid banking
house capitalized at $35,000. He has large real estate
interests, embracing oil and coal lands, as well as much
city property, including one of the finest residences in
the county and the large block in which his business
offices are situated. As a fraternalist he belongs to the
local Lodge and Chapter of the Masonic Order, and is a
past high priest and past eminent commander. With his
family he belongs to the Presbyterian Church.

On June 22, 1900, Mr. Fox was united in marriage with
Miss Anna Lee Frume, a graduate of the public school
of Sutton, and to this union there have been born six
children: Gordon B., John H., George M., Agnes, Re-
becca and Anna Jean.

Van B. Hall

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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 319-320
Braxton

VAN B. HALL. The profession of the law offers unex-
ampled opportunities for advancement, not only along pro-
fessional lines, but in politics as well, and it is a notable
fact that many of the distinguished men of this country
today, as they were in the past, are recruited from the ranks
of this learned calling. One of the leading men of Brax-
ton County, who has won laurels both as an attorney and in
the office of prosecuting attorney, is Van B. Hall, engaged
in practicing at the Sutton bar.

Van B. Hall was born in Meigs County, Ohio, March 30,
1870, a son of R. M. and Sarah A. (Duvaull) Hall, the
former born in Marion County in 1828 and the latter born
in Harrison County in 1830. R. M. Hall was a minister of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. They moved to Braxton
County when their son Van B. Hall was six years old. Mr.
Hall was a Mason and a most exemplary man in every re-
spect. The democratic ticket received his hearty support.
Four of his eight children survive, namely: Homer C., who
is a railroad engineer residing at San Francisco, California;
Burke P., who is an attorney of Sutton; S. L., who is a
resident of Frametown, West Virginia, and Van B., whose
name heads this review.

>From childhood, determined upon a professional career,
Van B. Hall worked steadily with that end in view, and
after attending the public schools of Braxton County, where
he was reared, he took a course at the Glenville State Nor-
mal School, and then engaged in teaching in the free schools
of Braxton County. While thus engaged he read law, and
was admitted to practice in the courts of West Virginia
in 1896. A few years thereafter he formed a partnership
with his brother, Burke P. Hall, in the practice of law, under
the firm name of Hall Brothers, at Sutton. In November,
1920, he was elected prosecuting attorney of Braxton County,
being the only candidate on the democratic county ticket,
having opposition to win in that election. His success came
to him because of his personal popularity, and the realiza-
tion of the people of his special fitness for this important
office.

On September 24, 1901, Mr. Hall married Sarah Anne
Boggs, who was educated in the public schools. Mr. and
Mrs. Hall became the parents of four sons, namely: Byron
W., who graduated from the Sutton High School, and is
now attending the West Virginia State University; Robert
M., attending the Sutton High School; Boggs C. and Harold
Lee, both of whom are attending the grade schools. Mr.
Hall belongs to the Baptist Church, and is an active worker
in the Sunday School, which he is now serving as superin-
tendent, and is president of the Braxton County Sunday
School Association and one of the trustees of Broaddus
College at Philippi, West Virginia. A Mason, he belongs to
Sutton Lodge No. 21, A. F. and A. M., of which he is a past
master; Sutton Chapter No. 29, R. A. M., of which he is a
past high priest; and Sutton Commandery, 16, K. T., of
which he is generalissimo. He is a member of Sutton Lodge
No. 73, K. of P., of which he is past chancellor, and he also
belongs to the Beni-Kedem Temple at Charleston, A. A. O.
N. M. S. Some years ago he served as moderator of the
Elk Valley Baptist Association, and is one of the leading
Baptists in this part of the state. It is needless to say that
he has faithfully and capably discharged every responsibility
reposed in him, and that he holds in high degree the confi-
dence and full respect of his fellow citizens.

Henry B. Marshall

BRAXTON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 315

HENRY B. MARSHALL. In annotating the qualities which
have brought Henry B. Marshall to a position of importance
among the bankers of Braxton County, those of persistence
and singleness of purpose should not be overlooked. While
he possesses other qualities which add to his equipment for
successful participation in financial affairs, almost from the
start of his career he has devoted himself whole-heartedly
to one line of effort and has persevered in one avenue of
activity. The result is that he is a thorough master of every
detail of his special line of work, and as cashier of the
Burnsville Exchange Bank occupies a place high in the
esteem of his associates and firm in the confidence of the
people of the community.

Mr. Marshall was born in Ritchie County, West Virginia,
January 4, 1876, and is a son of Benjamin P. and Virginia
(Jackson) Marshall. Benjamin P. Marshall was born in
Albemarle County, Virginia, and as a youth was brought by
his parents to Ritchie County, West Virginia, where he re-
ceived a common school education, grew to manhood and
married Virginia Jackson, a native of Ritchie County, and
also a product of the public schools. Following their mar-
riage they settled on a farm near the Village of Petroleum,
in that county, and there spent the remainder of their well-
governed lives. They became prosperous in a material way
and in the respect in which they were held by their neigh-
bors, and were active and faithful members of the Meth-
odist Protestant Church. Mr. Marshall was a republican
in his political views, and served one term as a member of
the County Court. At the outbreak of the war between the
states he enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment, West Virginia
Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for five years, or
until the close of the war. He and his worthy wife were the
parents of twelve children, of whom five died in infancy,
the others being: One who died after reaching maturity;
Fannie, the wife of R. M. Foutty, living in Wood County,
West Virginia; Jennie, the wife of A. M. Douglass, of Cairo,
this state; Viola, whose home is at Akron, Ohio; R. C., a
hardware merchant at Cairo; C. A., who is carrying on
operations on the old home farm in Ritchie County; and
Henry B., of this review.

Henry B. Marshall was reared on the home farm in
Ritchie County, where he obtained his primary education in
the rural schools, and in the summer months assisted his
father and brothers in the cultivation of the home fields.
Subsequently he took a business course in a commercial
college situated at Cairo, then returned to the farm, whence
he removed to Cairo to accept a position as bookkeeper with
the Bank of Cairo. During the time that he was identified
with that institution he rose to the post of assistant cashier,
and it was in a like capacity that he first joined the Burns-
ville Exchange Bank in 1903. In 1907 Mr. Marshall became
cashier of this institution, a position which he has since
retained. His fellow officials are: Hon. John I. Bender,
president; W. C. Hefner, vice president; and Frank Amos,
assistant cashier, the board of directors consisting of the
following: John I. Bender, G. D. Marple, C. A. Wade, H.
B. Marshall, E. A. Stockert, W. C. Hefner, P. G. Hoover,
Frank Amos, John M. Marple, R. D. Dennison and W. G.
Wilson. This is one of Braxton County’s sound and reliable
institutions, and Mr. Marshall has contributed to its success
in no small degree.

In 1902 Mr. Marshall was united in marriage with Miss
Matilda Gilbertson, who was born at Blair, Nebraska, where
she was educated in the public schools, and who first met
her future husband while on a visit to relatives at Cairo,
West Virginia. Three children have come to this union:
Helen B., born September 23, 1903, a graduate of the
Burnsville High School; Virginia May, born August 9,
1915; and a son that died in infancy in 1907. Mr. and Mrs.
Marshall are members of the Methodist Protestant Church,
Mr. Marshall being a member of the official board and a
contributor to all religious movements. As a fraternalist
he holds membership in Burnsville Lodge No. 87, A. F. and
A. M., is a past noble grand of Burnsville Lodge No. 252,
I. O. O. F., and belongs to the Grand Lodge of that order.
In politics he is a republican.

William Claude Hefner

BRAXTON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 315-316

WILLIAM CLAUDE HEFNER. Braxton County has always
held its own among its sister counties of West Virginia
for high rank in her banking system, and in this field of
activity the business is represented at Burnsville by many
men of high standing and of more than local prominence.
Among the men, alert and enterprising, who during recent
years have utilized the opportunities offered for business
preferment and attained thereby success, one whose career is
typical of modern advancement is William Claude Hefner,
vice president of the Burnsville Exchange Bank. Mr.
Hefner ‘s career has in the main been devoted to the pursuits
of agriculture, but his business judgment and foresight are
greatly appreciated by his associates in the banking field.

Mr. Hefner was born on the farm which he now owns at
Burnsville, May 28, 1864, and is a son of William S. and
Rachel McNiel (Wallace) Hefner. His father was born in
Greenbrier County, West Virginia, November 20, 1817, and
his mother, in Pocahontas County, this state, August 12,
1820. William S. Hefner was reared on a farm in Green-
brier County and received only a limited education, the most
of which was self gained. As a youth he left home and
went to Pocahontas County, where he learned the black-
smith trade and for four years conducted a shop. He made
a success of this venture, was married in Pocahontas County,
and then came to Braxton County and purchased the nucleus
for a farm, a part of which is now included in the property
of his son William C. From a small beginning William S.
Hefner became the owner of a tract of 560 acres of splendid
farming land, and at one time was the largest taxpayer in
the northern end of Braxton County. He was one of the
pillars of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, the move-
ments of which he supported with a willing hand and an
open purse,’ and throughout his life he was at all times
ready to go to the assistance of the poor or the bedsides
of the sick. Fraternally he was affiliated with Sutton
Lodge No. 21, A. F. and A. M., and at the time of his death
was the first member of Weston Lodge. His political belief
made him a democrat. The fact that his own education had
been neglected always made him a stanch friend of the
public schools, and for a number of years he served as a
member of the local Board of Education. He and his
worthy wife were the parents of eleven children, of whom
seven survive in 1922: B. L., who is engaged in blacksmith-
ing at Bnrnsville, where his father conducted a shop for
many years in connection with his farming operations;
Samuel, who is a resident of Missouri; M. W., of Burns-
ville; William Claude, of this record; Edna, the wife of
A. J. Knight; J. B., of Clarksburg, West Virginia; and
Rachel, the widow of Hugh Amos.

William C. Hefner was reared on the home farm, on a
part of which he still makes his home, and acquired his
education through attendance at the rural schools. His
schooling completed, he began fanning in association with
his father, and remained in this connection until he was
twenty-three years of age, when he decided he would like to
have a view of the western country. Accordingly, the next
year was passed in the West, after which he returned to
the home place and spent one year in agricultural pursuits.
Following this he ventured into mercantile pursuits at
Burnsville, and during the next years was a successful mer-
chant, but the call of the country proved too strong, and at
the end of that time he disposed of his holdings and re-
turned to the farm. Since that time he has been engaged in
agricultural operations with much success, and at the pres-
ent time has 195 acres of valuable land, all in a high state
of cultivation and with the latest modern buildings and sub-
stantial improvements. Mr. Hefner is also interested in the
oil and gas business in this region, where he has some
valuable holdings, represented by producing and paying
properties. He is a vice president and a member of the
board of directors of the Burnsville Exchange Bank, in
which he is likewise a heavy stockholder, and through his
wise counsel and business acumen has contributed materially
to its success.

On January 24, 1899, Mr. Hefner was united in marriage
with Miss Mary Hamilton, who was born and reared in
Highland County, Virginia, where she was educated in the
public schools, and was still a young woman when brought
to West Virginia by her parents. Of their children nine are
still living in 1922, as follows: Elizabeth, a graduate of the
Burnsville High School, who took a short normal course at
Sutton and is now a primary teacher in the Burnsville public
schools; Wallace Hamilton, attending Marshall College at
Huntington; Leah, a graduate of the Burnsville High
School; Mary, who is attending high school; and Lorena,
Charlotte, Marjorie, Rachel and Lillian. The family be-
longs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, Mr. Hefner being
a member of the official board, on which he succeeded his
father. As a fraternalist he holds membership in Burnsville
Lodge No. 87, A. F. and A. M.; and Burnsville Lodge No.
92, K. P., in which he is a past chancellor and a member of
the Grand Lodge. In politics he is a democrat. Like his
father, he has taken a genuine and helpful interest in school
matters, having been a member of the Board of education
for the past seventeen years, and was the original promoter
of the movement which resulted in the building of the high
school at Burnsville.