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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.

William H. F. Dement

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 ll.
pg. 115-116

William H.F. Dement. During the ten years required to advance himself from
the rank of messenger to cashier of the Huntington National Bank, Mr. Dement
manifested an unflagging devotion to his work and the ideals of service
exemplified by that institution. His influential and useful place in the
business community is a reward of merit, a distinction well worth the effort
required to achieve it.
Mr. Dement was born in Proctorville, Ohio, June 4, 1889. His paternal
ancestry came originally from France and Germany. His grandfather, William
Dement, was born in Noble County, Ohio, following the trade of blacksmith in
Lawrence County, and died near Wilgus in that state. His great-great-grandfather
carried the first mail in a canoe, from Mariette to Cincinnati, Ohio. Henry E.
Dement, father of the Huntington banker, was born near Wilgus, in Lawrence
County in 1853, grew up there on a farm. became a blacksmith at Bradrick, Ohio,
where he married, and since about 1880 has lived at Proctorville. With the
development of the automobile he adapted his trade to the requirements of that
industry, and for a number of years he has owned and operated a public garage.
Since 1919 he has owned a farm and large apple orchard in that section of Ohio.
He is a republican. His wife, Cors J. Forgey, is a daughter of James Gorey, a
captain on the Mississippi River during the Civil War. She is a granddaughter
of Gen. A.F. Fuller of the war of 1812. Mrs. Dement was born at Bradrick, Ohio,
in 1860. Of their children, Ruby D., a resident of Huntington is a widow of
Charles Heinz, who was a blacksmith; Carl is manager of the home farm at
Proctorville; Orla E. is associated in business with his father; Roma is the
wife of Charles E. Rose, a millwright at Guyandotte, West Virginia; William H.F.
is the fifth child; Velmer is also associated with his father in business; and
Valgene is connected with the home farm.
William H.F. Dement graduated from the Proctorville High School in 1907,
and soon afterward came to Huntington, graduating from Booth Business College
of that city in 1910. Mr. Dement on October 29, 1911, began his service with
the Huntington National Bank as a messenger boy. His increasing experience and
ability brought him successive promotions, and he did the work of individual
bookkeeper, discount bookkeeper and general bookkeeper, was promoted to
assistant cashier and on August 1, 1921, was elected cashier, Besides his
executive duties with this large and important bank he is interested in the
home farm and orchard.
Mr. Dement is a republican, is affiliated with the Proctorville Lodge No.
550, A.F. and A.M., Huntington Lodge No.313, Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks, and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-State Credit and
Adjustment Bureau. Recently, in 1922, he completed one of the excellent homes
in a restricted residential section at 51 Ninth Avenue.
The only important interruption to his service with the Huntington National
Bank came in the World War. June 14, 1918, he enlisted, was sent to the
Training Detachment Public Schools at Hughes High School in Cincinnati, was
there two months and was then transferred to the one hundred and fifty-fourth
Depot Brigade at Camp Meade, Maryland. On August 14, 1918, he was assigned to
Company H of the Seventy-first Infantry in the Lafayette or Eleventh Division
and later was transferred and assigned to the personnel office. He received his
honorable discharge January 31, 1919, with the rank of Corporal. Mr. Dement is
unmarried.

William Carter Wickham Renshaw

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

Source:
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

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

746

RENSHAW, WILLIAM CARTER WICKHAM.
(Democrat.) Address: Huntington, West Va. Born
November 19, 1882, at Teneriffe, Canary Islands, was
educated at the University of Virginia and received from
that institution the degrees of B. A. and M. A.; is a
practicing attorney; received his professional education
at the University of Virginia and the University of West
Virginia; was elected in 1916 as one of the delegates from
Cabell county; in 1917 was made chairman of the com-
mittee on Taxation and Finance and filled the position
in an able and satisfactory manner; served also on the
Judiciary, Labor, Elections and Privileges, and Mines
and Mining committees.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

William Nathan Clay

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

Source:
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

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

pg. 733

Members of the House of Delegates.

CLAY, WILLIAM NATHAN. (Democrat.) Address:
Barboursville. Was born in Wayne county, West Virginia,
April 3, 1865, and received his education in the public
schools of that county; farmer by occupation; elected Jus-
tice of the Peace of Barboursville District in the years 1904,
1908 and 1912; elected as one of the representatives from
Cabell county in the House of Delegates in 1916; in the
sessions of 1917 was assigned to and served on standing
committees, as follows: Elections and Privileges, Insur-
ance, Humane Institutions and Public Buildings, Edu-
cation, Executive Offices and Library.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Dudley Irving Smith

CABELL COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Chris & Kerry
cmac4330@chesapeake.net
December 14, 1999
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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. 157

DUDLEY IRVING SMITH, of Huntington, has been a resident of Cabell County from
the time of his birth and is now one of the more venerable native sons residing
in the vital seat city, whose inception and upbuilding have been matters of
familiarity to him. He was born at Guyandotte, now a part of the City of
Huntington, on the 29th of October, 1845, and is a son of Dudley D. Smith, who
was born on a farm near Lowell, Washington County, Ohio, and who received
excellent educational training for his day. He taught school in Ohio when a
young man and finally, in company with P. S. Smith, came to what is now Cabell
County, West Virginia, and the two established themselves in the general
merchandise business in the Village of Guyandotte. Within a short time
thereafter Dudley D. Smith married Eleanor Miller, of Lawrence County, Ohio. A
man of superior intellectuality and sterling character, he became an honored and
influential figure in the community, and both he and his wife were earnest
members of the Methodist Church. He was a stanch Union man during the Civil war,
and his freely expressed views led to his becoming disliked in the community,
which was strongly Confederate in sentiment, with the result that he found it
expedient to return to Ohio, where he found more congenial surroundings. Later
he returned to Guyandotte, and he was one of the few Union sympathizers not
taken captive in the town when it was invaded by a band of Confederate soldiers,
who later evacuated the place, when its capture by Union forces seemed imminent.
The occupation by Union soldiers led to the burning of thirty-five houses at
Guyandotte, and in this both Union and Confederate sympathizers suffered alike,
the action having been taken, doubtless, more in reprisal than as a ”military
necessity” for which claim was made. Mr. Smith .and his wife continued their
residence in Cabell County until their deaths, and of their eight children only
two are now living.

Dudley I. Smith, the third child, was attending what is now Marshall College
when the unsettled conditions incident to the Civil war caused him to go to
Washington County, Ohio, where he followed farm work in the summer season and
attended school during the winter. After a year he returned to the parental
home, his father having at the time been conducting a small general store at
Proctorville, Ohio. After a year or more of work on farms and in a brick yard
Mr. Smith took a course in a business college at Cincinnati, Ohio, and
thereafter he clerked a few months in a store at Gallipolis, that state. He
next became clerk on a steamboat plying the Upper Ohio River, and thereafter he
built and operated a wharf boat at Guyandotte, West Virginia. About a year later
he sold this business and became associated with his father in mercantile
pursuits at Guyandotte.

In 1870, as a democrat, Mr. Smith was elected sheriff of Cabell County, and
after he had served two years of his four-year term a new election was called,
by legislative enactment, and he was again elected for a full term of four years.
He thus served six years, and it was within this period that the Younger-James
band of desperadoes robbed the Bank of Huntington. After a strenuous pursuit
one of the robbers, Budd McDaniels, was killed, one, Clel Miller, captured, and
the remaining two, Cole Younger and Frank James, escaped.

When the new Town of Huntington was founded its rapid growth attracted to the
community all sorts of people, and Ss sheriff of the county Mr. Smith found
ample call upon his attention in the suppression of lawlessness and crime. In
the meanwhile he had retained his interest in the store at Guyandotte, and had
also engaged in the buying and selling of land. After retiring from the office
of sheriff he turned his attention especially to the real estate business, and
of this line of enterprise he has continued a representative to the present
time. In 1902 he was elected a member of the board of county commissioners, and
by successive re-elections he retained this position eighteen years, during the
greater part of which he was president of the board. Upon the organization of
the First National Bank of Huntington, Mr. Smith became one of its stockholders
and directors, and for many years past he has been vice president of this
substantial institution. He is a Royal Arch Mason and he and his wife are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

In 1870 Mr. Smith wedded Miss Hannah C. Miller, and they have three children:
Mayme C. (widow of Dr. A. T. Cherry), George Collord and Dudley Irvin.