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Ohio Valley Electric

CABELL 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. 346

THE OHIO VALLEY ELECTRIC RAILWAY COMPANY operates
the city street car lines in Huntington and interurban con-
nections with the surrounding territory. The total mileage
operated by the company is forty-six miles.

Very excellent street car service is provided on the lines,
which extend from the heart of the city over the principal
thoroughfares to all out-lying points, and the cars operated
are of a commodious, modern type, being all steel in con-
struction. Much of the system is double tracked. A
schedule of frequent headway of ears is maintained so as to
convenience the needs of the traveling public on the various
lines.

This company also operates an interurban system which
extends west along the Ohio River through the cities of
Ceredo and Kenova, West Virginia, and Catlettsburg and
Ashland, Kentucky, a distance of sixteen miles. Through
this populous territory is maintained a service which has a
headway of fifteen minutes between cars.

The Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company operates also
an electric line from Coal Grove, Ohio, through Ironton to
Hanging Rock, Ohio, and connection is made with this Ohio
line by ferry at Ashland, Kentucky.

Electric current is purchased by the Ohio Valley Electric
Railway Company from the Consolidated Light, Heat and
Power Company, which furnishes electric light and power
in Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia. The Con-
solidated Light, Heat and Power Company also sells at
wholesale electric current to the Boyd County Electric Com-
pany, which serves Catlettsburg and Ashland, Kentucky,
and the Ironton Electric Company, which serves Ironton,
Ohio. The central power station of the Consolidated Light,
Heat and Power Company is in Kenova, West Virginia.

In the very rapid industrial growth in all of this terri-
tory these lighting companies have been a most potent fac-
tor, as the rates for current are very equitable to every class
of service. Practically all industrial plants in this terri-
tory use electric current for power, and the availability of
ample electric current at reasonable rates has been instru-
mental in the low cost production of manufacturing plants
in this territory as compared with other sections.

Paul A. Boothe

CABELL COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: BOOTHE, Paul A. (published 1923)
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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. 223
Cabell County

PAUL A. BOOTHE. His professional work as a mining
and consulting engineer has brought Mr. Boothe an exten-
sive experience in a number of states, both East and West.
He recently established at Huntington the Paul A. Boothe
& Company, consulting engineers and architects, and the
firm serves a large and important clientele in the industrial
regions of this state.

Mr. Boothe was born at Fort Scott, Kansas, March 11,
1888. He is a descendant from the old English family of
Boothes. His ancestor, William De Boothe, obtained spe-
cial recognition from the Crown, and one of his sons, George
Boothe, was knighted, William De Boothe was a landed
proprietor in Lancashire, England. The grandfather of
Paul A. Boothe was William K. Boothe, who was born in
1840, and spent most of his life in the vicinity of Terre
Haute and Staunton, Indiana, where he was a farmer and
merchant. He finally disappeared, being last heard from at
Staunton in 1904.

Charles P. Boothe, father of Paul A., was born at Des
Moines, Iowa, in 1866, but grew up near Terre Haute, In-
diana, was a merchant at Rich Hill, Missouri, where he mar-
ried, lived for a very brief time in Fort Scott, Kansas, and
since 1895 his home has been at Kansas City, Missouri,
where he is in the lumber and coal business. He is inde-
pendent in polities, is a lay minister of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church, and is one of the highest Odd Fellows in
Missouri, being a past grand of the Grand Lodge of the
state. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of
America. Charles P. Boothe married Harriet Barber, who
was born at Streator, Illinois, in 1867. Paul A. is the old-
est of their children. Martha Charline is the wife of W.
Benjamin Wilson, their home being at Kansas City, while
his duties are with the Standard Oil Company’s plant at
Sugar Creek, Missouri. Robert, the third child, died in
infancy, and Gordon K., the youngest, is a heating engi-
neer in Kansas City, Missouri.

Paul A. Boothe acquired a public school education at
Kansas City, graduating from high school in 1906, and in
the course of his subsequent education attended the Uni-
versity of Missouri at Columbia, the Armour Institute of
Technology in Chicago, and the Montana School of Mines
at Butte. He graduated from the Montana school with
the degree of Metallurgist and Mining Engineer in 1916.
In the meantime he had performed a widely varied service
in engineering and construction work in Missouri, Illinois,
Minnesota and Montana. For two years he was assistant
chief engineer for the Standard Oil Company of Indiana,
and after his graduation from the school of mines he
returned to Chicago, and was in business in that city as a
consulting engineer until May, 1917. He then went to
Butte, Montana, to take charge of the designing of a con-
crete shaft to be placed in Granite Mountain for the North
Butte Mining Company. He remained there until October,
1917, acting as consulting engineer. In October, 1917, he
established himself in practice at Denver, Colorado, and
in the spring of 1919 became associated with the Lloyd-
Thomas Company of Chicago, Illinois, industrial engineers
and appraisers.

Mr. Boothe came to Huntington and on January 1, 1921,
established the Paul A. Boothe Company, consulting engi-
neers and architects. He is president of the company,
whose offices are in the Wilson Building on Tenth Street.

Mr. Boothe’s church preferences are the Episcopal, but
his affiliations are with the Methodist Church. He is a mem-
ber of the West Side Country Club and West Side Com-
mercial Club of Huntington. On April 30, 1914, at St.
Paul, Minnesota, he married Miss Elsa Helen White, daugh-
ter of Benjamin Stuart and Caroline (Beiswenger) White.
Her father, who died at Madisonville, Ohio, was a successful
attorney. Her mother died at Chicago, June 2, 1914. Mrs.
Boothe is a graduate of the Hinshaw Conservatory of Mu-
sic at Chicago, and attended the American Conservatory in
the same city. She is a soprano and has appeared with
success on the concert, lyceum and opera stage. Mr. and
Mrs. Boothe have two children: Helen Adair, born May
24, 1917, and Barbara Ann, born November 16, 1919.

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Richard Williams

CABELL 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. 341
Cabell

RICHARD WILLIAMS. The coal industry of West Vir-
ginia has furnished an opportunity for the achievement of
success and position by many men of the younger genera-
tion, who have assumed responsibilities formerly assumed
or gained only by men many years their senior. It is
doubtful, however, if there are many who have accomplished
in the same length of time what has been achieved by
Richard Williams, who has already become a well-known
figure in the industry mentioned and who occupies the
position of president of the Glogora Coal Company of Hunt-
ington.

Mr. Williams was born at Shamokin, Pennsylvania, Febru-
ary 6, 1891, a son of Morris and Jennie (Stager) Williams.
His father, now a resident of Overbrook, Pennsylvania, was
born in 1855, in Monmouthshire, Wales, and was one year
of age when brought to the United States by his parents,
the family settling near Hazelton, Pennsylvania, where he
was reared. Morris Williams received the equivalent of a
college education, studying under a private tutor, and was
married at Hazelton, following which. event he was the
superintendent of a Wyoming gold mine for a time. Re-
turning to the East, he became president of the Susque-
hanna Coal Company, residing at Overbrook, a suburb of
Philadelphia, whence he directed the policy of this concern
as the head of the Pennsylvania Railroad coal interests. Mr.
Williams retired in 1918. He is a Presbyterian in religion
and for many years has been an elder and member of the
board of trustees in the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.
In politics he is a republican, and his fraternal affiliation is
with the Masonic order. Mr. Williams married Miss Jennie
Stager, who was born in 1863, at Audenreid, Pennsylvania,
and they became the parents of three children: Margaret
Morris, who is the wife of George B. Garrett, a broker of
Germantown, Pennsylvania; Richard, of this notice; and
Jean Stager, who is unmarried and makes her home with her
parents at Overbrook.

Richard Williams attended a private institution of learn-
ing, the Lawrenceville School, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey,
following which he enrolled as a student at Princeton Uni-
versity and attended that college until through the junior
year. By this time he was anxious to enter upon his busi-
ness career, and accordingly secured employment as a mem-
ber of the engineer corps of the Susquehanna Coal Com-
pany, which position he retained for one year. For the
following six months he was in the mechanical engineering
department and for one year in the electrical engineering
department, and then, formed a new connection, going to the
Southeast Coal Company as mine superintendent at Seco,
Kentucky. He spent one and one-half years with this firm
and then went with a selling company, the Middle-West Coal
Company, of which he became Western sales manager, with
headquarters at Detroit, Michigan. Both of these com-
panies were ones in which Mr. Williams’ father was im-
portantly interested.

On May 18, 1917, Mr. Williams enlisted at Philadelphia
in the United States Navy, and went to Cape May, where he
spent two months, being then transferred to the United
States Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was com-
missioned an ensign November 17, 1917. He was then
assigned to the cruiser Des Moines, on convoy duty for the
remainder of the war, and received his honorable discharge
in December, 1918. Like others engaged in the same duty,
he had numerous thrilling experiences during his naval
duties, but came through all his adventures safely and with
a creditable record. Upon his return to civilian life he
came to Huntington and established the Glogora Coal Com-
pany, which is incorporated under the state laws of West
Virginia, and which operates a mine on Beaver Creek, Floyd
County, Kentucky, and another on Coal River, Raleigh
County, West Virginia, these mines having an approximate
capacity of 400,000 tons a year. Mr. Williams, who oc-
cupies offices at 704-5-6 First National Bank Building,
Huntington, is president and treasurer of this concern, and
is likewise vice president of the Northeast Coal Company.
He is a young business man of the energetic and result-
attaining type, and has the fullest confidence and regard
of his associates. In polities he is a republican, but political
matters have played only a minor part in his career, and his
religious identification is with the Presbyterian Church.
He holds membership in the Guyan Country Club of Hunt-
ington and the Union League of Philadelphia.

In June, 1919, Mr. Williams was united in marriage at
Philadelphia with Miss Louise Brown, daughter of George
and Lucy (Buckner) Brown, the latter of whom is a resi-
dent of Philadelphia, where Mr. Brown, who was vice presi-
dent of the Philadelphia & Reading Coal and Iron Com-
pany, died. Mrs. Williams is a woman of numerous graces
and accomplishments and a graduate of Dana Hall,
Wellesley. To Mr. and Mrs. Williams there has come one
daughter, Janet, who was born at Philadelphia, July 2,
1920.

John Hugh Robinett

CABELL 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. 467-468
Cabell

JOHN HUGH ROBINETT, D. O., of Huntington, West
Virginia, is one of the leading practitioners of osteopathy
in the state. He was born at Mechanicsburg, Bland County,
Virginia, August 29, 1886, and is a descendant of one of
the early families of the Old Dominion. His father, James
Ward Robinett, was born at Kimberling, Bland County, in
1861, where he was reared and educated. At Point Pleas-
ant, Virginia, he married Sue Jane Hoge, of Wise County,
and began a prosperous career as a farmer and as proprietor
and owner of a saw and flouring mill at that place. On
September 1, 1904, he moved to Athens, West Virginia,
where his wife died May 18, 1921, on the fifty-eighth
anniversary of her birth. Since establishing his residence at
Athens Mr. Robinett has been engaged in the general con-
tracting business. The children of this union in order of
birth are: Lillie Hoge, John H. (of this sketch), Lakie
Estelle, Annie Jane, Sarah Lee, Hazel Ward and Cleo Idell.

Doctor Robinett acquired his early education in the rural
schools of his native county, and after the removal of the
family to Athens, West Virginia, he graduated from the
Concord State Normal School in both the academic and
normal departments in 1908. After his graduation he was
employed as principal of schools at Chattaroy, Mingo
County, and in the year of 1910 he attended the University
of West Virginia at Morgantown. He then entered the
American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, the
original school of its kind. From this school he graduated
as a member of the class of 1914, with the degree of Doctor
of Osteopathy, under Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who founded
the science in. 1874. Prior to his graduation Doctor Robi-
nett had been associated in practice with Dr. B. M. Thomas
at Fort Scott, Kansas. In 1914 he came to Huntington,
where he has built up a large and representative practice
and gained high standing in his profession. He has also
extended his professional education with other schools.
Since establishing his office in Huntington he has graduated
from the School of Orificial Surgery, Des Moines, Iowa,
and during the summer of 1922 he attended a special post-
graduate course in the Electronic Reactions of Abrama,
given by Dr. Albert Abrams, A. M., M. D., LL. D., F. R.
M. S., of San Francisco.

At Huntsville, Missouri, on the 2d of August, 1916,
Doctor Robinett married Miss Margaret Mae Thomas, who
had been a successful teacher in the public schools of Mis-
souri. She is a graduate of the Huntsville High School,
and received her professional training in the State Teachers
College at Kirksville. Mrs. Robinett is a daughter of
William and Elizabeth (Jones) Thomas. Her father, who
is now deceased, was a coal operator at Huntsville, Missouri,
where his widow now resides. Doctor and Mrs. Robinett
have two children: Mary Elizabeth, born October 14,
1917; and Paul Ward, born July 30, 1921.

Doctor Robinett is an influential member of the West
Virginia Osteopathic Society, of which he served two years
as president, and as chairman of the legislative committee
of the same society since 1916. He is a member of the
American Osteopathie Association, and has represented his
state society in the House of Delegates of this association
for two years. He is also a member of the American
Osteopathie Society of Ophthalmology and Oto-Laryn-
gology;; the National League for the Prevention of Spinal
Curvature; the International Society for Lymphatic Re-
search, and the American Association of Orificial Surgeons.

The doctor is a liberal and progressive citizen. He is a
member of the local Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary
Club and Business Men’s Association. He and his wife
are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, where he has served as a member of the board of
stewards, and as president of the Epworth League. In the
Masonic fraternity his affiliations are with Huntington
Lodge No. 53, A. F. and A. M.; Huntington Chapter No. 6,
R. A. M.; Huntington Lodge of Perfection No. 4; Hunting-
ton Chapter, Knights of the Rose Croix No. 4; and West
Virginia Consistory No. 1, A. A. S. R., at Wheeling. He
is also a member of Beni-Kedem Temple of the Mystic
Shrine at Charleston.

J. P. Snyder

LEWIS 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. 464
Lewis

J. P. SNYDER. Lewis County honors J. P. Snyder for
length of years, industry and faithful performance of duty,
his military record as a soldier of the Confederacy, and
good citizenship at all times.

Mr. Snyder is still living in the house where he was
born, January 7, 1839, son of Peter and May 0. (Stone)
Snyder. His father was a native of Highland County and
his mother of Pendleton County, old Virginia, and after
their marriage they settled in Lewis County, in what is
now West Virginia, in 1837. Peter Snyder acquired 400
acres of land when he came to Lewis County, and out of
the prosperity he gained he subsequently owned 640 acres
and was a man of substance and high standing. He was
a democrat in politics and a member of the Methodist
Church. His first wife died, and he then married a Miss
Flesher, and by that union had one child, Peter Snyder,
Jr. By his first wife, Miss Stone, there were six children:
Saloma, who became the wife of Daniel Hoover; Jeremiah;
Hezekiah and Uriah, both deceased; Josiah P.; and Mary
C., deceased.

Josiah P. Snyder grew up on the home farm, acquired
a good education in the nearby schools, and his duties and
interests were largely centered at the old homestead until
the outbreak of the Civil war. He then joined the Con-
federate Army, was in the commissary department under
General Jackson, and was in the struggle until the close.
He was in several battles, but was never wounded. After
the war he resumed his place on the home farm, and has
steadily carried on his industry as a general farmer and
stockman. He has 600 acres in Lewis County, his home
being two miles from Weston, on the Parkersbnrg and
Weston Pike. Mr. Snyder is a democrat.

Robert R. Steele

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WEST VIRGINIA In History, Life, Literature and Industry
The Lewis Publishing Company, 1928 – Volume 4, page 55-56 with photo

ROBERT R. STEELE, well known West Virginia funeral director, is
proprietor of the Steele Funeral Home, Incorporated, at Huntington, located
at 1126 Third Avenue.
Mr. Steele was born at McArthur, in Vinton County, Ohio, May 6,
1877, son of Jasper N. and Mary (Ervin) Steele. His grandfather, Robert M.
Steele, was a native of Pennsylvania, a cabinetmaker by trade, moved from
his native state to Ohio, and during the Civil war was a soldier in Company
H of the Fifty-third Ohio Infantry. The maternal grandfather, Nelson Ervin,
was born in Ohio and spent his life as a farmer, dying at the age of
forty-nine. Jasper N. Steele was born at Clearfield, Pennsylvania, in 1846,
was reared and educated in Ohio, taught school in early life, and in 1877
was admitted to the bar. Shortly after being admitted he was engaged in
handling a murder case for a college friend, whom he succeeded in clearing.
He became so dissatisfied with the law as a profession that he never took
another case. He removed to Huntington in 1913, and was retired until his
death on November 26, 1922. His wife was born in Jackson County, Ohio,
September 9, 1855, and died in 1925. They were members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church and Republican in politics. In their family were four
children: Mrs. Rhoda Braley, wife of a farmer in Gallia County, Ohio; Ervin
B., who is associated in undertaking business with his brother Robert;
Robert R.; and John D., a farmer at Tonkawa, Oklahoma.
Robert R. Steele grew up on an Ohio farm, attended schools in that
state, and as a youth clerked in a grocery store three months, and for five
years was with a shoe and leather business. He learned undertaking at
Rutland, Ohio, beginning in 1895, and at the end of a year the business was
turned over to his management and he continued it five years longer and was
offered the business if he would remain. Seeking a larger field for his
operations, he removed to Charleston, West Virginia, in 1899, and in 1900
became a member of Simpson & Steele, undertakers. He was with that firm
until 1905. He also was a traveling salesman, covering twenty-two states,
but in 1911 left the road and located at Huntington, where he was connected
with an undertaking firm until May, 1915. On August 13, 1915, he started a
business of his own on Eleventh Street. At that time his total cash capital
amounted to $19.20. He was a man of experience and thorough qualifications
for his work, and his business has grown and prospered. Since 1918 it has
been located at 1128 Third Avenue, and in 1926 he incorporated the Steele
Funeral Home. At that time each of the employes was given a share of stock
apportionate to his years of service with the company. The business has all
the facilities and equipment for expert service, including eleven motor cars.
Mr. Steele married, in 1899, Miss Ethel Hooper, who was born in
Meigs County, Ohio, daughter of Ira W. Hooper, an Ohio farmer. Mr. and Mrs.
Steele have a daughter, Alice Pauline, who is the wife of Rev. L.
Riggleman, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at Milton,
West Virginia. Both Rev. and Mrs. Riggleman are graduates of the Southern
Methodist University of Dallas, Texas. They have a daughter, Alice Roberta
Riggleman. Mr. and Mrs. Steele also have a daughter, Anna Byrne, now twelve
years of age. The family are members of the Johnson Memorial Methodist
Episcopal Church. Mr. Steele is a York and Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner,
member of the Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Guyan
and Spring Valley Country Clubs, Guyandotte Club and is former president of
the Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the County Anti-Tuberculosis League,
the State Board of Embalmers, West Virginia Funeral Directors Association,
and is now president of Capitol No. 2 District Funeral Directors
Association and a member of the National Selected Morticians. He is a
Republican. His hobby is golf. Mr Steele is on the Board of Stewards of the
Johnson Memorial Church. He and his family reside in a beautiful home
located a mile from the corporation limits of Huntington.

WEST VIRGINIA In History, Life, Literature and Industry
The Lewis Publishing Company, 1928 – Volume 4, page 62-63

CHARLES W. WATTS, president of the Watts-Ritter Dry Goods Company
of Huntington, is a successful business man who started his career with
neither capital nor influence, merely with such abilities and talents as he
possessed, which of themselves were of no ordinary merit. He has had a
career at Huntington for thirty years, and has risen from bookkeeper to
president of one of the leading wholesale houses of that city.
Mr. Watts was born at Webster, Ohio, in 1867, son of James M. and
Nancy (Collis) Watts, his father a native of Virginia and his mother of
Maryland. His father spent most of his active life in the iron industry at
Jackson, Ohio. He was a Democrat and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Charles W. Watts was the second in a family of three children. His
schooling was consigned to the advantages of his home locality, and in 1887
he was keeping books for a firm at Point Pleasant, West Virginia. In 1888
he came to Huntington, and was for two years bookkeeper for the
Barlow-Henderson Company was succeeded by Biggs, Watts & Company, and in
1906 it became the Watts-Ritter Company, wholesale dry goods, with Mr.
Watts as president. The company has thirty traveling men covering territory
in Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky, and does an immense volume
of business in dry goods, notions and holiday goods. While this is the
business to which Mr. Watts gives most of his time and energies, he has
become connected with a number of other important business organizations.
He is a director of the First National Bank of Huntington and member of the
executive committee; is president of the Blue Jay Manufacturing Company,
overall manufacturers, selling their goods all over the United States; is
vice president of the Empire Furniture Company and a director of several
other companies in Huntington.
Mr. Watts married, in 1895, Miss Elizabeth Biggs, who was born in
Kentucky and died in 1904. In 1916 he married Ouida Caldwell, daughter of
the prominent Huntington banker and capitalist, the late James L. Caldwell.
Mrs. Watts finished her education in the Mary Baldwin Seminary at Staunton,
Virginia. She is a member of the Episcopal Church, while he is a
Presbyterian. Mr. Watts is a member of the Guyandotte Club and Guyan
Country Club.

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Walter Louis Ferguson

CABELL COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: FERGUSON, Walter Louis
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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. 249-250
Cabell County

WALTER LOUIS FERGUSON has practiced law at Huntington
for ten years, and in that time has widened his reputation
throughout his district, both as an accomplished lawyer
and as an earnest citizen with the abilities that count for
leadership everywhere.

Mr. Ferguson was born at Huntington September 18,
1879. The Ferguson family came out of Scotland and
settled in Virginia in Colonial times. Mr. Ferguson’s great-
great-grandfather, Lewis S. Arthur, was a Revolutionary
soldier. His grandfather, John Ferguson, was an early
settler in West Virginia. He was born in Fluvanna County,
old Virginia, in 1818, was reared in America, and subse-
quently established his home in what is now Putnam County,
on the Kanawha River in West Virginia. His wife, Lucy
Arthur, came to what is now West Virginia in the early
’60s. In addition to operating his farm he owned and con-
ducted a blacksmith, wagon making and repair shop. A
notable incident of his life is that he shoed the horses of
the famous James Brothers just prior to the robbery of the
Huntington Commercial Bank, now known as the Hunting-
ton National Bank. John Ferguson died at Huntington in
1896.

His son, John Henry Ferguson, was born at Red House,
Putnam County, in 1850, but since 1862 has lived at Hunt-
ington. For many years he has been a leading general
contractor of that city. He is a stanch republican and a
member of the Masonic fraternity. John Henry Ferguson,
married Lucy Frances Roberts, a daughter of Absalom
Roberts, an early family of Virginia. She was born in
Cabell County in 1850. A brief record of their children is
as follows: John A., a painting contractor at Huntington;
Sallie Belle, wife of Charles W. McClure, Jr., who for the
past thirty years has been a machinist in the Huntington
Shops of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad; Cola, wife of
Charles Neutzling, connected with the Nicholson-Kendle
Furniture Company of Huntington; Charles Henry, a
general contractor of Huntington; Walter Louis; Emmett
Blaine, a furniture dealer at Huntington; and Clarence
McKinley, a general contractor.

Walter Louis Ferguson as a youth attended the grammar
and high schools of Huntington, and for five years he studied
law in the office of Judge Lewis D. Isbell. Mr. Ferguson
was admitted to the bar in 1911, and at once began his
work as a general practitioner. In his practice he has
handled many important cases in the local, state and federal
courts, and has appeared a number of times in what is
known as the Tri-State District. His offices are in the
Prindle Building on Fourth Avenue.

Mr. Ferguson is a republican, holds a commission as a
notary public, is affiliated with the First Methodist Episco-
pal Church, is a member of the Huntington Council, Junior
Order United American Mechanics, and the Cabell County
Bar Association. He was one of the county leaders in the
various organizations and the patriotic program during the
World war, serving as a member of the Legal Advisory
Board of the county, and giving a large amount of his time
to assisting the recruits in filling out their questionnaires.

On January 1, 1914, at Parkersburg, he married Miss
Ethel Josephine Coen, daughter of Henry C. and Margaret
(Barkwill) Coen, residents of St. Marys, Pleasants County,
where her father is a merchant. Mrs. Ferguson was well
educated in music, being a skilled pianist. Mr. and Mrs.
Ferguson have three children: Walter Louis, Jr., born
November 11, 1914; Henry Coen, who died at the age of
nine months; and Margaret Jane, born November 14, 1918.

William A. Lucas

CABELL 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 II

pg 196

William A. Lucas. Among the alert and enterprising men who during the past
several decades have utilized the opportunities offered at Huntington for
business preferment and attained thereby a full measure of success is William
A. Lucas, whose career is typical of modern progress and advancement, and who
as a man of affairs ranks among the contributors to his community’s
betterment. Mr. Lucas, who is engaged in the real estate business, was born
at French Camp, Choctaw County, Mississippi, December 6, 1875, and is a son
of John and Margaret (Carter) Lucas.

John Lucas was born in 1836, at Chester, South Carolina. When the war
between the states came on he enlisted under the colors of the confederacy,
his commanding officer being General Longstreet. Under this leadership he
fought throughout the period of the war, establishing a splendid record for
bravery and faithful performance of duty. At the close of the struggle he
moved to Choctaw County, Mississippi, where he passed the rest of his life in
agricultural operations of some extent, and died at French Camp in 1901, when
sixty-four years of age, respected and esteemed by all who knew him. He was
a stalwart democrat in his political convictions, was fraternally affiliated
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and belonged to the Baptist
Church. Mr. Lucas married Miss Margaret Carter, who was born in 1850, at
french Camp, where she died in 1895. Six children were born to this union:
Minnie Lee, the wife of Charles A. Torbert, a banker of Ackerman,
Mississippi; James Walter, M. D., a physician and surgeon of Moorehead,
Mississippi; Hattie, who died at French Camp when but three years of age;
William A., of this review; Edna, who died at the age of three years; and
Margaret, the wife of Porter W. Berry, superintendent of the agricultural
school at Senatobia, Mississippi.

The early education of William A. Lucas was acquired in the public school at
French Camp, following which he pursued a course in the academy there, and
then enrolled as a student at the University of Mississippi, from which he
was graduated as a member of the class of 1898, receiving the degree of
Bachelor of Arts. While attending college he was a member of the Phi Delta
Theta Greek letter fraternity. After his graduation Mr. Lucas became an
instructor at Jefferson Military College, Washington, Mississippi, and
remained with that institution for a period of eleven years. In 1909, he
came to Huntington, West Virginia, and embarked in the real estate business,
a field in which he has gained something more than ordinary success. His
offices are situated at Nos. 1204-1205 First National Bank Building, and he
is secretary and treasurer of several land companies and enjoys the full
confidence of his associates in his various ventures. In political matters
Mr. Lucas supports the principles and candidates of the democratic party. He
is a member of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and has been a generous
supporter of worthy civic enterprises.

On June 14, 1905, Mr. Lucas married, at Washington, Adams County,
Mississippi, Miss Fannie Belle Raymond, daughter of Dr. Joseph S. and
Margaret Paxton Raymond, of Rockbridge County, Virginia, both now deceased.
Doctor Raymond was for forty years president of Jefferson College. Mrs.
Lucas is a graduate of a young ladies’ seminary. Three children have been
born to Mr. and Mrs. Lucas: William A., Jr., born May 29, 1906; Margaret
Raymond, born August 3, 1908; and Minnie Lee, born May 3, 1913.

W. C. Wickham Renshaw

CABELL 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 II
pg. 79

W.C. Wickham Renshaw is a leading member of the bar at Huntington, former
representative in the Legislature, and is a man of unusual gifts and
accomplishments. Prior to becoming a lawyer he was in the civil engineering
profession.

Mr. Renshaw was born of American parents but his birth occurred in a foreign
land. He was born at Oratava, Teneriffe, Canary Islands, November 19, 1882.
His grandfather was William Renshaw, a native of Madrid, Spain, of English
ancestry. For many years he was in the British diplomatic service, and some
of the more important posts which he held were in Spain and Venezuela. He
married a Spanish lady, Miss Beatrice De Medicis. Robert H. Renshaw, father
of the Huntington lawyer, was born at Bristol Pennsylvania, in 1833, but was
reared at Caracas, Venezuela, where he aquired his early education. He
graduated A.B. from Harvard University in 1855, and for several years practiced
law at Baltimore. During the Civil War he was a captain in the Confederate
Army, and following the war he settled down to farming in Clarke County,
Virginia, where he remained until 1900 and then retired to Charlottesville,
where he died in 1910. He was a democrat, a member of the Episcopal Church
and the Masonic fraternity. His first wife was Miss Lucy Carter, a native of
Virginia and their only child, Charlotte, died in infancy. His second wife was
Maria Carter, of Philadelphia. To this union were born two children: Charles
C., now sales agent for a coal company in Philadelphia, and Maria deceased.
The third wife of Robert H. Renshaw was Anne Carter Wickham, who was born in
Hanover County, Virginia, in 1851. W.C. Wickham Renshaw is their oldest child;
Frank is a civil engineer at Huntington; Robert is a road building contractor
in Snow Hill, Maryland; and Julia is the wife of Alfred R. James, and
architect at Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Renshaw was married in 1920 to Dr. W.E.
Byerly, retired professor of mathematics of Harvard University, and now lives
in Waverly, Massachusetts.

W.C. Wickham Renshaw grew up in Virginia, attended private schools, including
the Clay Hill Academy in Clarke county, and in 1902 graduated Master of Arts
in the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He is a member of the
Alpha Tau Omega Greek letter fraternity. For three years he taught at
Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then followed his career as a civil engineer, a
profession that engaged him in various districts of Tennessee, Virginia, and
West Virginia. He first came to West Virginia in 1899.

Mr. Renshaw continued his profession as a civil engineer until 1914, in which
year he was admitted to the bar and since then has been busy with his work as
a lawyer. He is a member of the firm Vinson, Thompson, Meek & Renshaw, with
offices in the Holeswade Building.

Mr. Renshaw was elected to represent Cabell County in the House of Delegates
in November, 1916. During the session of 1917 he was chairman of the taxation
and finance committees, and a member of the judiciary, mines and mining,
labor and other important committees. He was elected as a democrat. He is a
member of the Episcopal Church, the Kiwanis Club of Huntington, the Guyandotte
Club, Guyan County Club of Huntington, The West Virginia and American Bar
Association, and is a director in the Huntington Development and Gas Company
and president and director of the Guyan Big Ugly & Coal River Railroad.

His home is at 1105 Eleventh Street. In November, 1911, at Richmond, Virginia,
Mr. Renshaw married Miss Martha Chaffin, Daughter of Richard B. and Sarah
(Harvie) Chaffin.

Harry E. Webb

CABELL 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. 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.