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Laco Loy Young

HARRISON 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 111
Pg. 364

Laco Loy Young, sheriff of Harrison County, is a brother to the secretary of
state of West Virginia, and both have been men of power in county politics and
local affairs for a great many years.

Sheriff Young was born on a farm in Barbour County, West Virginia, December 7,
1869, son of David Sylvester and Sarah Ann (Pickens) Young. His father, a
native of Old Virginia, was a child when his parents, William W. and Hettie
(Griffith) Young, moved to Harrison County, West Virginia, where they lived out
their lives. They were Scotch Presbyterians. William W. Young became a farmer,
also learned the blacksmith’s trade, and was one of the pioneers of that
occupation in Harrison County. The mother of Sheriff Young was born in West
Virginia, daughter of John and Hannah (Corder) Pickens, who came from Old
Virginia. She died at the age of fifty-five, leaving four children: Laco L.;
Addie V., deceased; Edna M., wife of A.G. Whitesell, of Weston; and Houston
Goff, who is now in his second term as secretary of state of West Virginia and
is still a resident of Harrison County. The father of these children is still
living on the old homestead not far from where the grandfather settled in
Harrison County. David S. Young was a teamster in the Union Army during the
Civil War.

Laco L. Young grew up on the homestead in Harrison County, made good use of his
advantages in the rural schools, and finally attended the Holbrook Normal
University. When only sixteen he was given his first school to teach, and for
six years he played an effective part in the educational program of his
community. His chief occupation throughout his career, however, has been
farming, and he is one of the men who have achieved something more than an
ordinary success in agriculture. From the farm his interested have taken on a
broadening scope and he is interested in the wholesale meat business at
Clarksburg.

Mr. Young for a number of years has been actively interested in the success of
the republican party in Harrison County, but not until 1920 did he come forward
as an active candidate for himself. In that year he won the republican
nomination for sheriff, and at the November election received the largest
vote given to any man on the county ticket. Sheriff Young is a Methodist and a
member of the Knight of Pythias.

In 1891 he married Miss Byrdie Stout, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner S. Stout,
of Harrison County. To their marriage were born ten children: Their son
Clayton G. Young in now deputy sheriff under his father, is an ex-service man,
and for thirteen months was overseas with the Third Army Division. He is an
active member of the American Legion Post of Clarksburg.

Clarence Burdette Sperry

HARRISON 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 111
Pg. 365

Clarence Burdette Sperry. The firm of Sperry & Sperry, lawyers, has for many
years enjoyed an enviable reputation in the Harrison County bar, a county that
has given some of the most distinctive abilities to the professional affairs of
the state. The members of this firm are Melvin G. and Clarence Burdette Sperry,
brothers, natives of West Virginia.

Their father was the late Rev. Ezra Cortland Sperry, who was born in Cortland,
New York, in 1827. The energies of this life were divided between his duties
as a Baptist minister and as a farmer. He removed to Harrison County in 1851,
and died January 9, 1908. His wife was Mary M. Patton, who was born and reared
in Harrison County. They became the parents of a large family, those growing
to maturity being Edgar A., Mary C., Alexander L., Leonora, Rulina, Melvin G.,
Ezra C., Clarence B., Ernest V., Earl M., Ida L. and Percy C.

Clarence Burdette Sperry was born on his father’s farm in Doddridge County,
West Virginia, October 10, 1869. The country was his environment during his
youth, and he finished a public school education and for three terms taught
school. He spent two years in the law school of the University of West
Virginia at Morgantown, was admitted to the bar, and in 1900 became associated
with his brother Melvin G. Sperry in the firm of Sperry & Sperry at Clarksburg.
Mr. Sperry has also been interested in gas and other industrial development in
his section of the state.

He is a democrat in politics, is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and Elks and is a member of the Baptist Church. At Clarksburg April
16, 1908, he married Margaret O. McKinley, who was born in Harrison County in
1885, daughter of William P. McKinley. Her father was a Union soldier in the
Civil war and a native of Harrison County. Mr. and Mrs. Sperry have one
daughter, Margaret Eleanor, born March 3, 1909.

Willis Guy Tetrick

HARRISON 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. 577-578
Harrison

WILLIS GUY TETRICK was one of the founders and for
the past seven years has been active manager of the Clarks-
burg Exponent, one of the most successful newspaper enter-
prises and influential organs of opinion in this part of the
state.

Though an active business man, Mr. Tetrick has been a
student of genealogy, and has done much to preserve the
records of his own and connected families, and his re-
searches have proved a valuable source of information in
compiling several of the important family sketches found in
these volumes. The first of the name to appear in Harrison
County were George Tetrick and Jacob Tetrick, both of
whom had records as soldiers in the Revolutionary war.
Another, and the direct ancestor of W. G. Tetrick, was
Henry Tetrick, Sr., a name that is found in the Pennsyl-
vania archives of the Pennsylvania soldiers of the Revolu-
tionary war as a member of the Lancaster County Militia
for the years 1780-81-82-83. Henry Tetrick, Sr., is men-
tioned in the official records of Monongalia County, Vir-
ginia, in 1783, and Harrison County in August, 1793.

Henry Tetrick, Jr., probably a son of Henry. Sr., was
said to have been born in Loudoun County, Virginia, prob-
ably about 1768 or 1770. He married Catherine Davis in
Harrison County, and died near Shinnston in Harrison
County about 1845. His three children were: Josiah born
August 4, 1800, Joseph, born October 24, 1803, and Mary,
born June 19, 1807, all born on Tetrick Ridge in Harrison
County.

Joseph Tetrick. just mentioned, was a fanner and stock-
man. and accumulated large tracts of land. He died at his
residence near Shinnston, April 26, 1861. He married
Tacy Jones, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Sech) Jones.
She was horn in Harrison County, May 13, 1804, and died
near Shinnston, June 1, 1890. Their children were: Har-
rison, George, Alfred, Ozias, Ruhama Ann, Commodore
Barnet, Mary Ellen, Henry Marshall, Martha Jane and
John Blackburn.

Of these Ozias Tetrick was born near Shinnston, Febru-
ary 28, 1831, and likewise spent his active life in farming
and stock raising. He was a democrat, but never held a
public office and was one of the thoroughly substantial and
honorable men of his community. He died near Enterprise,
West Virginia, May 24, 1895. On December 21, 1854, he
married Amy Ann Short, who was born in Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, October 28, 1834, daughter of Samuel and
Elizabeth (Everson) Short. She died near Enterprise,
February 11, 1874, the mother of seven children: Luther
Blackburn, Willis Emory, Lucius Elmer, Charles M., Lulu
E., Ida Myrtle and Daisy Ann. On October 12, 1875, Ozias
Tetrick married Nancy Davis, who was born in Marion
County, October 24, 1851, daughter of James and Mary
(Hobbs) Davis. To this union were born three children,
Leia Tacy, Everal Thomas and Arch Ward.

Lucius Elmer Tetrick, representing the fifth generation
of the family in Harrison County, beginning with Henry
Tetrick, Sr., was born near Enterprise, June 9, 1861, and
died August 18, 1901. In a brief lifetime of forty years
he prosecuted a successful business as a farmer and in other
affairs, and was one of the organizers and for many years
an official of the Farmers Bank at Shinnston. He was in-
fluential in democratic politics, was a member of the
Knights of Pythias and the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South.

Lucius Elmer Tetrick married Sarah Florence McIntire,
and her name introduces another pioneer family of Har-
rison County. According to the land survey records Charles
Mclntire made two improvements in what is now Harrison
County in the year 1773. His former home was probably
either in Harford County, Maryland, or just across the line
in the State of Pennsylvania. On account of Indian hos-
tility he probably did not occupy the land in Harrison
County, and it was after his death that his wife and chil-
dren moved to the land. His son John was killed by the
Indians near Enterprise in May, 1791.

His son James spent his life on the land improved by
his father, Charles, just above the Town of Enterprise,
where he died and was buried. He married Rebecca James,
daughter of Enoch James. Their children were: Enoch,
Isaac, Presley, Delila, Sarah, Senneth, Elias and Allison.
Their son Enoch was born at the old Mclntire homestead,
September 1, 1800, and spent his life there as a farmer and
stockman. He died February 28, 1852. In 1822 he married
Sarah Ann Mclntire, his first cousin, who was born near the
old McIntire place, March 10, 1800, and died near Enter-
prise, January 30, 1887, a daughter of Charles and Hannah
(Hall) Mclntire. Their children were: Edith, Cena,
Hannah, James, Thomas Jefferson Charles, James Allison,
Van Buren and Jesse. Charles, who was born October 19,
1836, served as a Confederate soldier in the Nineteenth Vir-
ginia Cavalry, coming home after the war to find that all
his property had been confiscated and sold to pay the claims
of Union sympathizers, and none of it was ever recovered.
He started anew, followed farming and stock raising, and
had accumulated a substantial portion, including a good
farm, part of the old Mclntire homestead, before his death,
which occurred June 12, 1889. Charles Mclntire on January
10, 1861, married Rachel Rose Anderson, who was born
August 4, 1841, a daughter of John and Cassander (Jones)
Anderson, and she died at Enterprise, May 3, 1912. Their
children were: Sarah F., Charles J. and James F. The
oldest of their children was Sarah F., who was born October
4, 1861, and died August 6, 1901. On March 23, 1882, she
became the wife of Lucius Elmer Tetrick, and their four
children were: Willis Guy Tetrick. Georgia Pearl, Mabel
Grace and Amy Rachel. Georgia Pearl and Mabel Grace
were twins, both having died young, the former at sixteen
years and the other at the age of two months. Amy Rachel
Tetrick became the wife of F. Ridley Anderson, and they
have one son, Thomas Ridley.

Willis Guy Tetrick was born on his father’s farm near
the Village of Enterprise in Harrison. County, January 3,
1883, and acquired his early education in the public schools.
He lived at home until he was eighteen, but farming did not
appeal to him as a permanent vocation. It is easy to
understand that a young man who made such rapid strides
forward when given the opportunity should have early felt
the urge toward the larger life that a wider field of effort
afforded. He became bookkeeper and clerk in the planing
mill and feed store of his uncle, James F. Mclntire, at
Enterprise, in the meanwhile taking an active interest in
general affairs, and on June 1, 1903, he came to Clarksburg
as deputy county clerk, in which position he served with
so much efficiency that when the county clerk was removed
by death he was appointed, March 1, 1907, to fill out the
unexpired term. In 1908 he was elected county clerk of
Harrison County, for a term of six years, which terminated
January 1, 1915. Always a loyal supporter of the principles
of the democratic party, his leadership has been many times
recognized, and in 1914 he was his party’s candidate for
mayor of Clarksburg, failing of election only because of his
party being in the minority. At different times he has
served as a member of city, county and state democratic
executive committees.

In 1910 Mr. Tetrick assisted in the organization of the
company that established the Clarksburg Exponent, a news-
paper widely circulated since it was founded, and one that
in the last six years has taken its place as a daily issue with
the best patronized journals of Harrison County. On July
10, 1915, Mr. Tetrick became manager of the Exponent, and
has made it a paying property. His business acumen has
been manifested in other lines and enterprises. He was one
of the organizers of the Clarksburg Trust Company, and
since that time has been a member of its board of directors
and on the finance committee.

On February 9, 1910, Mr. Tetrick married Miss Virginia
Ann Heavner, who is a daughter of Homer M. and Lorena
Bird (Sexton) Heavner. (See sketch on other pages.) Mr.
and Mrs. Tetrick have four children: Willis Guy, born
August 23, 1911; Catherine Virginia, born February 16,
1914; Margaret Ann, born June 17, 1915; and James Elmer,
born February 22, 1918. All are natives of Clarksburg.

The family home is at Clarksburg, but membership is
maintained in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of
Enterprise. For a number of years Mr. Tetrick has been
identified fraternally with the Odd Fellows and the Elks,
and belongs also to some social bodies, although a busy life
like his does not afford a large amount of leisure. In
journalistic circles he is known all over the state. He has
been president of the West Virginia Newspaper Publishers’
Association, and vice president of the West Virginia Edi-
torial Association, and now is serving as vice president of
the West Virginia Publishers and Employing Printers
Association.

Thomas Jefferson Parrish

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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. 252-253
Harrison County

THOMAS JEFFERSON PARRISH. Through a life that began
the year Abraham Lincoln was first elected to the presi-
dency and came to the responsibilities of manhood more
than forty years ago, Thomas Jefferson Parrish has attained
to broad experience and successful achievement. A native
of Harrison County, he has been a farmer, merchant, tim-
ber and lumber man, and has not only attracted within
the sphere of his activities important material concerns
but has also fulfilled in generous measure the obligations
that fall upon the citizen, the home-maker and the father
of children in whose training for usefulness he has never
been remiss. Four of his sons followed the path of duty
that led them into places of danger in the great war.

Mr. Parrish was born on a farm near Wallace, Harrison
County, April 5, 1860, son of Silas Newton and Rebecca
Ann (King) Parrish, the former born in what is now
Marion County, in February, 1835, and the latter in
Greene County, Pennsylvania, March 13, 1836. The grand-
father, Richard Parrish, was born in Maryland, about 1810,
and married a Miss Tetrick, a native of West Virginia.
Mr. Parrish was an early settler in Marion County, a pros-
perous farmer and influential citizen, joined the republican
party at its organization, and he and his wife were mem-
bers of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They lived out
their lives at the old homestead, and were the parents of
fourteen children.

Silas Newton Parrish after his marriage located on a
farm in Harrison County, and in addition to farming, which
was the chief business of his long and successful career,
he had other interests, including a lumber business at
Wallace, being associated with his son, Thomas J., in that
enterprise. Silas N. Parrish died in 1915, at the age of
eighty years, and his widow died in her eighty-sixth year.
They reared three children: Thomas J., Harriet L., and
Florinda B. Florinda is now deceased. Silas Newton
Parrish was a loyal and forward looking citizen, who was
always ready to assist in progressive movements for the
benefit of his home community and county. He was an
unreserved republican, and a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church.

On the home farm Thomas J. Parrish spent his child-
hood and early youth, attended the public schools, and
during these years he acquired a really adequate training
for a responsibility that began with manhood. He mar-
ried at the age of twenty-one, and for a number of years
following he devoted his time between farming and mer-
chandising at Wallace. While there, as an associate of his
father, he began logging some timber stocks and convert-
ing the timber into manufactured lumber. In the fall of
1894 he removed to Beverly, Randolph County, and was
engaged in the lumber business there for a time. He re-
turned to Wallace in the spring of 1897, and continued
his interests as a merchant in that community until 1910.
In the meantime, in 1908, he had established his family
home at Clarksburg, in order to give his younger children
better school advantages in the county seat.

In later years Mr. Parrish has had a wide variety of busi-
ness and financial interests. His associates appreciate his
sound judgment, his integrity and his enterprise, qualities
that have made him a welcome and valuable member of a
number of organizations. For several years he has been
interested as a producer in the oil, gas and coal industries,
and among several concerns with which he is associated
the most important are those represented and controlled
by the firm of Groves & Parrish, of which he is senior mem-
ber. He has employed his individual experience and cap-
ital in promoting the success of several financial institu-
tions. He helped organize in 1903 the Wallace Bank at
Wallace, Harrison County, and from the beginning has
been its president. He is a director and stockholder in
the Union National Bank, a stockholder in the Empire
National Bank of Clarksburg, is president and general man-
ager of the Port dark Coal Company, a director and
stockholder in the Champion Collieries Company, presi-
dent and a large stockholder in the Green River Coal Min-
ing Company of Kentucky, and vice president and a stock-
holder in the Bond County Gas Company of Greenville,
Illinois.

Hand in hand with the excellent success that has at-
tended his various business activities has gone the utmost
civic loyalty. In the welfare and advancement of his
home locality he has devoted twelve years to his duties
as a member of the Harrison County Board of Educa-
tion, and in 1921 he was elected a member of the Clarks-
burg City Council and has cooperated with all the plans
and measures undertaken to give the city an adequate ad-
ministration. Mr. Parrish is a republican, a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Clarksburg Country
Club the Alleghany Club, and the Cheat Mountain Club.
In Masonry he is a Knight Templar, a member of the
Commandery of Clarksburg, has attained the thirty-second
degree of the Scottish Rite, is a Mystic Shriner, and also
a, member of the Knights of Pythias.

In 1881 Mr. Parrish married Miss Mary J. Morgan,
daughter of Coleman and Rachel Morgan. She was born
in Doddridge County, was a mere girl when her parents
died, and she passed away in 1900. Of the seven chil-
dren born to Mr. and Mrs. Parrish one died in infancy,
and those who reached maturity were Raymer, Charles P.,
Roy Earl, Lester Glenn, Clair Nelson, and Wilbur Dee.
The son, Charles, died at the age of twenty-two. Boy Earl
made the supreme sacrifice while serving as a young officer
with the American Expeditionary Forces, and a special
memorial sketch of him appears above. Lester Glenn
was also in the overseas service in the army, and two
other sons, Clair N. and Wilbur Dee, were in the navy.
The oldest son, Raymer, is associated with his father in
business, giving his chief time to the Fort dark Coal Com-
pany.

Mr. Parrish in 1902 married Miss Elsie L. Deem. She
died in 1913, and is survived by one daughter, Vera
Grove.

John Benjamin Wyatt

HARRISON 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. 342-343

JOHN BENJAMIN WYATT. Since his admission to the
bar in 1910, John Benjamin Wyatt has performed a useful
and effective service as a lawyer. He is well established
in his profession and in civic affairs at Shinnston, and is
a native of Harrison County.

He was born at the Village of Wyatt in Harrison County,
January 3, 1886, a son of Zechariah White and Florence
Augusta (Fortney) Wyatt, and grandson of Russell and
Sidney Ann (White) Wyatt. Russell Wyatt was a native
of old Virginia, and was of English ancestry. On leaving
Virginia he went to Athens County, Ohio, and while there
enlisted as a Union soldier in the Seventh Ohio Cavalry.
After the war he returned to Greene County, Pennsylvania,
and lived out his life as a farmer there.

Zechariah White Wyatt was born in Greene County,
Pennsylvania, December 25, 1846, was reared in his native
county and as a young man went to Marion County, West
Virginia, where he married Ellen Harvey. She was the
mother of four children. Florence Augusta Fortney was
his second wife. She was born in Harrison County, daugh-
ter of Jacob H. Fortney, a native of Preston County. By
the second marriage there were five children. Zechariah W.
Wyatt was a graduate of the College of Physicians and
Surgeons at Baltimore, and was one of the capable and
hard working physicians of Harrison County for many
years. The little community where he lived and from
which he extended his professional service came to be
known as Wyatt. He also lived at Shinnston, and his
residence was at that place when he died, January 31, 1907.
He was elected and served as a member of the Legislature
in 1898, was a republican, a Baptist, was affiliated with
the Masons, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights
of Pythias, and his name and character commanded the
highest degree of general esteem.

John Benjamin Wyatt has lived at Shinnston since his
father located in that town in 1890. He acquired a com-
mon school education there, spent three years in the lit-
erary department of West Virginia University, and com-
pleted his university law course in 1910. After being
admitted to the bar Mr. Wyatt practiced three years at
Fairmont, and since then has had his office at Shinnston.

Besides looking after his general practice as a lawyer he
takes an active part in republican politics, was for one
term mayor of Shinnston, and in 1920 was elected to the
House of Delegates. Mr. Wyatt is a Master Mason and
Knight of Pythias and a member of the Methodist Church.

In 1914 he married Miss Jane Westfall, of Fairmont.
They have a son, John Benjamin, Jr.

Vance Leslie Hornor

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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. 278
Harrison County

VANCE LESLIE HORNOR. For upwards of thirty years
Mr. Hornor has devoted his time and energies to the busi-
ness field, but with a diversity of objects that have re-
lieved monotony and no doubt contributed to his aggregate
success. His life has been spent in Harrison County, where
he has been a manufacturer, banker, and in later years
one of the leaders in gas production.

He is a son of James D. and Elizabeth Florence (Hood)
Hornor. A brief sketch of his father precedes this.
Vance Leslie Hornor was born September 29, 1875, at
Lumberport, and had a good common school education
as preparation for the serious duties of life. For several
years he was in the flouring mill business, first at Shinn-
ston and then at Lumberport. When the Lumberport Bank
was organized in 1903 he became its first cashier, and he
continued the duties of that position for twelve years while
the bank was improving its resources and its service as
the only bank in that part of Harrison County.

In the meantime, in 1910, he became interested in the
real estate and gas business. During the next five years
his interests increased to such an extent that he resigned
as cashier of the bank to give his entire time to his interests
in the gas district. He is widely known over the state
for his holdings and his operations as a gas producer. He
is a member of several other business corporations, and is
still a director and vice president of the Lumberport Bank.

Mr. Hornor in 1903 married Georgia Pauline Richardson,
of Shinnston. Their three children are Mary Katherine,
Eleanor Elizabeth and James Richardson Hornor. Mr.
Hornor is a democrat, a Methodist, and is a thirty-second
degree Scottish Kite Mason, a member of the Royal Arch
Chapter and the Mystic Shrine and is also affiliated with
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Elks.

Walter Paul Hammer

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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. 275
Harrison County

WALTER PAUL HAMMER, M. D. In one of the most
prosperous rural localities of Harrison County a few brief
years have been sufficient to prove the professional skill
and usefulness of Dr. Hammer, who has become an ap-
preciated friend and helper among the widening group of
families that esteem him as their trusted physician.

Doctor Hammer was born on a farm near Ruddle in
Pendleton County, West Virginia, January 31, 1890, son
of Isaac Taylor and Fannie Urbana (Conrad) Hammer,
also born and reared in Pendleton County, and grandson
of Elias Hammer, of the same county. Isaac Hammer
spent his active life as a farmer. The mother of Doctor
Hammer is still living.

He was one of six children and as a background his
early life was the farm. He attended the rural schools
there, and later finished his education in Valparaiso Uni-
versity of Indiana. In 1916 he graduated M. D. from the
Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery, and on the 7th
of December of the same year he began his work as a
practicing physician and surgeon at Lumberport, Harrison
County. In six years he has built up an extensive practice,
is a member of the Harrison County, West Virginia State
and American Medical associations, and fraternally is affili-
ated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the
Maccabees.

Doctor Hammer in 1914 married Miss Etta M. Duff, of
Butler County, Pennsylvania. Their two children are Mil-
dred Gale and Walter Dorland Hammer.

William T. Williamson

HARRISON 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. 578-579
Harrison

WILLIAM T. WILLIAMSON. The subject of the telephone,
its early history and the remarkable extent of the service,
facilities and great capitalization involved in the modern
telephone industry in the state, receives special attention
on other pages of this history. The division manager
for the Bell Telephone System in West Virginia, where
the company is known as the Chesapeake & Potomac Tele-
phone Company of West Virginia, is William T. William-
son, who has spent practically all his adult life in the
business of transportation or communication, and for twenty-
one years has been connected with the telephone company,
during which time his headquarters have been at Charleston.

He was born at Marietta, Ohio, in 1871, son of Rev.
Thomas W. and Lydia (Sayre) Williamson, his mother a
native of West Virginia. Both parents are deceased.
Thomas W. Williamson spent a life of service and real
distinction in the ministry of the Methodist Church. He
served churches in the West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio
conferences.

About 1875, when William T. Williamson, was four years
of. age, his parents moved from Marietta to Volcano, West
Virginia, where he first attended school. Later they moved
to Huntington, where he finished the high school course,
following which he was a student in the Ohio Wesleyan
University at Delaware. For some twelve or thirteen years
Mr. Williamson was in the service of the Chesapeake &
Ohio Railroad, in various capacities, and at different points
in this state, being agent at White Sulphur Springs, agent
at Montgomery, claim agent, with headquarters at Hunt-
ington, and passenger and ticket agent at Charleston. He
resigned the latter office in 1901 to become manager of
the Charleston Exchange of the Southern Bell Telephone
and Telegraph Company, which company later sold its
property in West Virginia to the Chesapeake & Potomac
Telephone Company.

Since then his abilities have brought him successsive
promotions with the Telephone company. He wag super-
intendent of the commercial, traffic and plant departments,
and is now division manager of the company, his division
embracing the entire State of West Virginia. He is also
a member of the Board of Directors of the company. Mr.
Williamson has not only done effective work in improving
and building up the facilities of the company in the state,
but is widely known for his generous attitude toward
the public and his ability to encourage cooperation be-
tween the people and the company, resulting in the general
betterment of the service.

Mr. Williamson is a member of the Board of Trustees
of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, superintendent
of the Sunday School, and is a York and Scottish Rite
Mason and Shriner, being a past potentate of Beni-Kedem
Temple and has several times represented the temple in
the imperial Council. He married Miss Elizabeth S. Slack,
a native of Charleston, and daughter of John Slack. They
have one daughter, Mrs. Harriet W. Barrett.

Louis Arthur Johnson

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

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JOHNSON, LOUIS ARTHUR. (Democrat.) Ad-
dress: Clarksburg, West Va. One of the representatives
from Harrison county. Born in Roanoke county, Vir-
ginia; educated in the public schools and in the University
of Virginia, receiving from that institution the degree of
B. L.; a lawyer by profession. Before entering upon
active practice, he served as assistant instructor in the
University of Virginia; elected to the legislature in 1916;
in the sessions of 1917 was made chairman of the Judiciary
committee, serving, also, on the following committees:
Virginia Debt, Elections and Privileges, Game and Fish,
Forfeited and Unappropriated Lands, Forestry and Con-
servation and Printing and Contingent Expenses.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Nathan Goff

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. 719

LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT.
United States Senators.

NATHAN GOFF (Republican), of Clarksburg, was born at Clarksburg, Va.
(now W. Va.), February 9, 1843; was educated at the Northwestern Virginia
Academy, Georgetown College, and the University of the City of New York;

was admitted to the bar in 1865; in 1867 was elected a member of the West Vir-
ginia Legislature; in 1868 was appointed United States attorney for the dis-
trict of West Virginia, to which position he was reappointed in 1872, 1876, and
1880; resigned the district attornyship in January, 1881, when he was appointed
Secretary of the Navy by President Hayes; in March, 1881, President Garfield
appointed him district attorney for West Virginia, which position he again re-
signed in July, 1882; enlisted in the Union Army in June, 1861, in the Third
Regiment Virginia Volunteer Infantry; served as lieutenant and adjutant of
Company G, and as major of the Fourth Virginia Volunteer Cavalry; was Re-
publican candidate for Congress in 1870 and 1874 in the first West Virginia dis-
trict; was candidate of the Republican Party for governor of West Virginia in
1876, and was defeated by Hon. H. M. Mathews; was elected to the Forty-
eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses; in 1888 was elected governor on
face of the returns, but the legislature, which was Democratic, seated his op-
ponent; was appointed United States circuit judge in 1892 for the fourth judicial
circuit, including the States of West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Caro-
lina, and South Carolina, and was married in 1867 to Miss Laura E. Despard, of
Clarksburg, and has two sons; was elected United States Senator by the legis-
lature February 21, 1913. His term of service will expire March 3, 1919. Com-
mittee assignments Sixty-fifth Congress: Banking and Currency, Claims,
Conservation of National Resources, Expenditures in the Department of Labor,
Immigration, Interoceanic Canals, Pensions, Philippines, Railroads, and Uni-
versity of the United States.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook