Category Archives: Marion

George W. Sturm

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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STURM, GEORGE W. (Republican.) Address:
West Milford, West Va. One of the members of the
House of Delegates from Harrison county. Born March
10, 1861, in Marion county; educated in the public
schools; taught in the schools of Marion county for ten
years; moved to West Milford, Harrison county in 1904;
member of the town council of West Milford; farmer,
merchant and extensive fruit grower; elected to the
Legislature in 1916 and during the sessions of 1917 was
assigned to the following committees: Printing and
Contingent Expenses, State Boundaries, Medicine and
Sanitation.

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James Hustead Brownfield

MARION 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 197 + 198

James Hustead Brownfield, M. D., was a man whose professional and civic
stewardship was of the finest type, and at the time of his death he was the
dean of his profession in the City of Fairmont, Marion County, where his name
and memory are held in lasting honor. He was born in Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, July 5, 1836, and his death occurred January 19, 1921.

Thomas Brownfield, a representative of one of the pioneer families of Western
Pennsylvania, crossed the Alleghany Mountains and settled in Fayette County.
One of his sons, Rev. William Brownfield, became a distinguished Presbyterian
clergyman and was a contemporary of Rev. Alexander Campbell in effective
Christian service in the State of Pennsylvania, Mr. Campbell having been
founder of the Disciples or Christian Church. Another son, James, married
Hannah Bowell, and among the children of this union was Judge John Brownfield
who was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and who there became a
successful merchant, besides which he served ten years, 1851-61, as associate
judge of that county. Judge Brownfield married Belinda, daughter of John
Hustead, and she died July 2, 1882, at the age of seventy-two years. They
were the parents of the subject of this memoir, Dr. James H. Brownfield. In
his native state the Doctor received the advantages of old Lewisburg College,
now Bucknell University, and thereafter he read medicine under the
preceptorship of Dr. H. B. Mathiot at Smithfield, Fayette County. Thereafter
he took one course of lectures in historic old Jefferson Medical College,
Philadelphia, and in 1860 he established his residence at Fairmont, West
Virginia. Here he was retained as a contract physician for a time, and when
the Civil war began he tendered his services to the Union. He became
assistant surgeon of the Fourteenth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and
served in this capacity until the close of the war. He then returned to
Fairmont, and for many years thereafter he held inviolable place as the
leading physician and surgeon in Marion County. The Doctor was one of the
organizers of the West Virginia State Medical Society in 1867, and was a
member also of the American Association of Railroad Surgeons and the American
Public Health Association. He received the thirty-second degree of the
Scottish Rite of the Masonic fraternity, was a member of the Mystic Shrine,
and was a republican in politics. From 1867 to 1884 he was elected a
representative in the State Legislature. In all the relations of life he was
loyal, earnest and helpful, and he was held in affectionate esteem in the
community which was long the stage of his labors.

October 18, 1866, recorded the marriage of Doctor Brownfield and Miss Ann
Elizabeth Fleming, daughter of Matthew Fleming, and her death occurred in
1903. Of the children the eldest is John M., a banker at Fairmont; Clark B.
died in January 1909, leaving one son, James H. (II); Dr. George H. is the
subject of a personal sketch following; and Arch F. is engaged in the jewelry
business at Fairmont.

M. M. Neely

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. 720

Representatives.

FIRST DISTRICT.-COUNTIES: Brooke, Hancock, Marion, Marshall, Ohio, Taylor, and Wetzel
(7 counties.) Population (1910), 194,726.

M. M. NEELY (Democrat), of Fairnont, was bom on November 9, 1874, at
Grove, Doddridge County, W. Va., parents, Alfred Neely and Mary (Morris)
Neely; served in the West Virginia Volunteer Infantry through the Spanish-
American War; was graduated from the academic and law departments of West
Virginia University; was admitted to the Marion County bar in 1902, and since
that time has been continuously engaged in the practice of the law at Fainnont;
was married October 21, 1903, to Miss Alberta Claire Ramage, of Fairmont;
they have two sons, Alfred R. Neely and John Champ Neely, and one daughter,
Corinne Neely; was mayor of Fairmont 1908-1910; clerk of the House of Dele-
gates of West Virginia 1911-1913; was elected to the Sixty-third Congress October
14, 1913, to fill the unexpired term of Hon. John W. Davis, who was appointed
Solicitor General of the United States, and was re-elected to the Sixty-fourth and
Sixty-fifth Congress. Assigned to the Judiciary Committee in the latter body.

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Nathaniel Payton

Nathaniel Payton and his wife Mary Welbey showed up in the
Fairmont West Virginia Census in 1860. They had four
children: John Cllender, Margaret, Martha, and Alexander.
Martha married Jason Miller and had two daughters: Virginia
E. Miller and Mary E. Miller. Nathanial was a cooper, farmer,
and railroad worker. He originally came to West Virginia with
the railroad. The family gossip suggests that the train
contractors ran out of money in Fairmont and Nathaniel, liking
the area, decided to stay. Nathaniel, Mary, Margaret, Marthy
and her husband are buried in Barracksville Baptist Cemetery
outside of Fairmont.

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Penny Peyton (Payton) Critzer
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Paul G. Armstrong

MARION 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. 128-129

Paul G. Armstrong has been engaged in the practice of law at Fairmont,
judicial center of Marion County, since 1909, and his record attests alike
his professional ability and his personal popularity, for he has built up a
successful general practice and is one of the loyal and progressive citizens
of Fairmont.
Mr. Armstrong claims the old Buckeye State as the place of his nativity,
his birth having at Bannock, Belmont County, Ohio, March 24,1884. He is a son
of John and Martha (Trussel) Armstrong, the former of whom was born in
Belmont County, Ohio, in 1850, and the latter was born at Dallas, West
Virginia, in 1855. Warden and Eliza Armstrong, paternal grandparents of the
subject of this review, were of English ancestry, the respective families
having been founded in America prior to the war of the Revolution.
Paul G. Armstrong acquired his early education in the district schools of
his native county, and in 1904 was graduated from the high school at St.
Clairsville, Ohio. In the following year he entered the University of West
Virginia, in the law department of which he continued his studies two years.
He then became a student in the law department of the Ohio State University,
in the City of Columbus, and there he was graduated as a member of the class
of 1908. February 2,1909, marked the opening of an office at Fairmont, where
he has since continued in active practice and where he has gained status as
one of the representative members of the Marion County Bar. He is a member of
the Marion County Bar Association and the West Virginia Bar Association. he
is also a member of Fairmont Lodge no. 9, A.F. and A. M., of Crusade
Commandery no. 6, Knights Templar, of the Mystic Shrine, and of McDaniel
Lodge of Perfection in the Scottish Rite of Masonry at Wheeling, West
Vriginia. he holds membership in the Cheat Mountain and Allegheny clubs and
the Fairmont Shrine Club, and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of
Fairmont.

Herschel Layman Satterfield

MARION 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. 126

Herschel Layman Satterfield, D.D.S., a popular and representative member
of the dental profession in Marion County, is established in successful
practice in the City of Fairmont, where he was born at Palatine, now in the
First Ward of the city, on the 8th of September 1882. He is a son of Samuel
Layman and Virginia Catherine (Wilson) Satterfield. Samuel L. Satterfield was
born on Pharo’s Run, this county, August 5, 1846, a son of Francis M. and
Susan (Layman) Satterfield, the family genealogy tracing back to English
origin, and the first representatives of the Satterfield family in what is
now West Virginia having come from Pennsylvania in 1790 and made settlement
at the present site of Colfax, on the Tygarts Valley River. Francis M.
Satterfield was a pioneer settler on Pharo’s Run, Marion County. He served
three years as a soldier of the Union, and his son Samuel L. ran away from
home in 1862 and enlisted in Company C, Tenth West Virginia Volunteer
Infantry, in which he gave three years of gallant service as a loyal young
soldier of the Union. Francis M. Satterfield became one of the prosperous
farmers of Marion County, but was a resident of Holt, this state, at the time
of his death.
Samuel L. Satterfield was reared on the home farm and later learned the
carpenter’s trade at Holt. After his marriage he removed to Palatine, now a
part of Fairmont, and his death occurred July 31, 1903. His wife was born at
Fairmont, December 12, 1849, a daughter of Arza D. and Catherine (Shrirer)
Wilson, the father having been for many years a cabinet maker at Fairmont.
Mrs. Satterfield still resides at Fairmont, as one of its venerable and
revered native daughters.
After having attended the public schools and the State Normal School at
Fairmont, Doctor Satterfield entered the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery,
in which Maryland institution he was graduated in 1912, with the degree of
Doctor of Dental Surgery. He has since been actively and successfully engaged
in practice at Fairmont, and in the meanwhile he has taken effective
post-graduate work in the City of Pittsburgh. In the World War period he
served as dental examiner to the Draft Board of Marion County, under
appointment by the governor of the state, and he was active in the
furtherance of the various patriotic services in his home county. he is a
member of the West Virginia State Dental Association and the national Dental
Association. In the Masonic fraternity his basic affiliation is with Fairmont
Lodge No. 9, Ancient Free and Accepted masons, and he has thus far received
the fourteenth degree in the Scottish Rite and all of the degrees of the York
Rite. He is a member of the local lodge of Elks and the Rotary Club, and he
and his wife hold membership in the First Methodist Episcopal Church.
Doctor Satterfield wedded Miss Helen McClure, who was born at Wheeling,
this state, a daughter of James H. and Belle McClure. Doctor and Mrs.
Satterfield have three children: Martha Jane, born September 8, 1915; James
McClure, born May 2, 1917; and Betty Ann, born March 31, 1921.

Scott C. Lowe

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. 726

LOWE, SCOTT C. (Democrat.) Address: Fairmont,
West Va. Born in Marion county September 22, 1875;
educated in the public schools and at the West Virginia Uni-
versity from which he graduated in 1900, receiving the de-
grees of A. B. and L. L. B.; since 1900 has been engaged in
practicing law at Fairmont; was Prosecuting Attorney of
Marion county 1905-09; elected to the Senate in 1914 from
the Eleventh District; in the sessions of 1917 served on
committees of the Senate as follows: Finance, Coun-
ties and Municipal Corporations, Roads and Navigation,
Penitentiary, Militia, Forfeited and Unappropriated Lands,
To Examine the Clerk’s Office, Virginia Debt.

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Alva L. Hartley

MARION 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.151

ALVA L. HARTLEY has had an extensive business experience for a man of his years,
and since removing to Morgantown has been a member of the firm Marchand &
Hartley, real estate and insurance, one of the leading firms of the kind in
this section of the state.

Mr. Hartley’s grandfather was a native of West Virginia, but he himself was born
in Greene County, Pennsylvania, on a farm, April 24, 1890. He is a son of
Cornelius S. and Emma L. (Lemley) Hartley. His grandfather, Elijah W. Hartley,
and his grandmother, Lemley are still living. Elijah W. Hartley was born in
Marion County, West Virginia, in the Indian Creek neighborhood, but from there
removed to Greene County, Pennsylvania. The Hartleys are of Irish and English
ancestry. Elijah W. Hartley married Sarah Headley. Cornelius S. Hartley was born
in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was educated in the public schools, in the
Valparaiso, Indiana, Normal School, and the Waynesburg College of Pennsylvania.
He taught altogether about twelve terms of school in Pennsylvania, Ohio and
Indiana, and later was a farmer for several years and finally engaged in
merchandising at Kirby, Pennsylvania, where he is still living. He served as
postmaster of Kirby for about thirteen years. He is a Methodist. His wife, Emma
L. Lemley, was born in Greene County, daughter of Morris and Martha J. (Phillip)
Lemley. Cornelius Hartley and wife were the parents of three children: Alva L.;
Omar G., who is pursuing his studies in higher accounting at Philadelphia
preparing for the profession of certified public accountant; and Martha, who
died in 1905.

Alva L. Hartley grew up on a farm until he was ten years of age, and then lived
at Newton or Kirby Post Office in Pennsylvania. He had a public-school education,
took work in summer normal schools, and in the fall of 1909 entered the Ohio
Normal University at Ada, where he was graduated in 1911 with the degree
B. C. S. For a year after leaving college Mr. Hartley was in life insurance work
in Greene County, Pennsylvania, after which he became bookkeeper in the Farmers
and Merchants National Bank of Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, and in 1915 was
elected assistant cashier of that institution. He continued with this bank
until February 1, 1920, when he resigned to come to Morgantown, and has since
been associated with D. K. Marchand in the life and fire insurance business, in
handling real estate and coal properties.

Mr. Hartley is affiliated with Dunkard Lodge No. 569, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, in Pennsylvania, and Athens Lodge No. 36, Knights of Pythias. He is a
member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church and the Chamber of Commerce.
September 18, 1912, he married Lillian Marie Baer, who was born in Kirby,
Pennsylvania, daughter of Benjamin F. and Flora B. (Connor) Baer. They have one
son, Kenneth Cornelius, born March 5, 1915.

Martin Luther Brown

MARION 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. 126

Martin Luther Brown, cashier of the Fairmont State Bank, one of the
substantial financial institutions of the judicial center of Marion County,
was born on a farm in Clinton District, Monongalia County, West Virginia, on
the 20th of March, 1867, and is the eldest son of Jabez A. and Mary V.
(Galliher) Brown. The father was born in Monongalia County in the year of
1844, and his entire active career was marked by close association with farm
enterprise, his death having occurred in 1903. He was a son of Jabez Brown,
Sr., who was born at Brown’s Mills, Harrison County, West Virginia, in 1802,
a son of Jabez, who was too young for service as a soldier in the War of the
Revolution, but whose service patriotism was expressed in his service as a
teamster with General Washington’s army. After the close of the war Jabez
Brown (I) came to what is now Harrison County, West Virginia, where he
reclaimed a farm at the place now known as Brown’s Mills. He was born in New
Jersey, where representatives of the family, including, probably, his father,
settled upon removal from Connecticut. The father of the subject of this
sketch was a republican, and he and his wife were members of the Baptist
Church. Mrs. Brown was born in Marion County, a daughter of William Galliher,
whose wife was a member of the Miller family that became prominently
identified with the pioneer history of this country.
Martin L. Brown was reared on the old home farm that was the place of his
birth, and his youthful educational advantages included those of the
University of West Virginia. At the age of seventeen he became a successful
teacher in the rural schools, and at the age of twenty-three years he was
appointed county superintendent of schools for his native county, to fill out
an unexpired term, in 1890.
Thereafter he was regularly elected to this office for a term of two
years. In Monongalia County he also served as deputy clerk of the Circuit
Court for two years, and for several years he was chief clerk in the post
office at Morgantown. He next held for three years the position of teller in
the farmer’s & Merchants bank at Morgantown, and later served as assistant
cashier of the Citizen’s National Bank of that city.
In 1906 he organized the bank of Morgantown, and of the same he continued
the cashier until January 1, 1911, when he resigned to accept the office of
warden of the West Virginia Penitentiary. he held this position for four
years, and for the ensuing three years was engaged in the insurance business
at Morgantown, West Virginia. he had given eleven years of service as a
member of the Morgantown Board of Education, of which he was secretary during
this period.
In 1917 Mr. Brown was elected cashier of the Fairmont State Bank, and he
has since been numbered among the progressive business men and honored
citizens of the county seat of Marion County, where also he is a director of
the Fairmont Tool Company. He is treasurer of the local Red Cross, a member
of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, and is affiliated with the
Masonic fraternity and the Odd fellows. In political matters he has been an
active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The first marriage of Mr. Brown was with Miss Sallie K. Duncan, who was
born in Clinton District, Monongalia County, a daughter of Charles H. Duncan,
and whose death occurred in 1899. She is survived by two children, Nellie G.
and Ross D. For his second wife Mr. Brown wedded Miss Cora B. Duncan,
daughter of Joseph R. Duncan, of Pittsburgh, and the child of this union is
Joseph T.

Elbert Willis Bush

MARION 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. 381, 382
Bio: Elbert Willis Bush, Marion County

Elbert Willis Bush. Prominent among the public officials who are
contributing to the civic welfare and advancement of Huntington stands Elbert
Willis Bush, city
commissioner of public utilities, public buildings and grounds. He has held
some city position regularly since 1915, during which time he has established
an excellent record for conscientious and constructive work, and in addition
to being well known in public life is a prominent figure in fraternal
circles, particularly in the Knights of Pythias.

Mr Bush was born February 15, 1878, at Sabina, Ohio, the only son and
child of Owen an Mary (Fenner) Bush.l His father was born in Clinton County,
Ohio, and resided near Sabina all his life, devoting himself without
interruption to the pursuits of agriculture, in which he achieved success.
He was a republican in his political views,
and his religious faith was that of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which
he was an active worker. He died at Sabina in 1915. Mr Bush married Miss
Mary Fenner, who was born in 1857, in Adams County, Ohio and died near Sabina
in 1887.

Elbert Willis Bush was educated in the rural schools of Clinton County,
Ohio, and prepared for a business career by attendance at the Buckeye
Business College at
Sidney, Ohio, in 1896 and 1897. For two years after graduation he served as
an instructor in this college, and in 1903 came to Huntington, where he
entered the
employ of the Huntington Cold Storage and Commission Company in the general
offices. Later he resigned this position to accept one with T. H. Clay, a
brokerage commission merchant, with whom he was employed in office work. In
1915 Mr Bush was appointed assistant city treasurer of Huntington by the city
board of
commissioners, and filled that office for three years. Next he was appointed
city
auditor, and held this office one year exactly. In the meanwhile he was
elected a
city commissioner of Huntington, in May, 1919, for a term of three years, his
term of
office expiring the second Monday in June 1922. He is a commissioner of
public utilities, public buildings and grounds, and as before noted, has
established an excellent record. All those having business at Mr. Bush’s
office in City Hall, Eighth
Street and Fifth Avenue, have found him courteous, obliging and prompt, and
he has succeeded in making and retaining numerous friends in the regular
course of his
duties. He is a republican in politics.

Mr. Bush has made a hobby of fraternal organizations, and is prominently
known
in this connection, particularly the Knights of Pythias order. He was
knighted in
Huntington Lodge No. 33, Knights of Pythias in June 1906, elected chancellor
commander in December of that year, received the Grand Lodge rank at
HUNTINGTON in 1907, and in December, 1907 was elected master of finance, with
which office he was connected until 1912, when he was elected keeper of
records and seal, a position he has held since. He is the only grand
chancellor to fill this office
during his term, but the subordinate lodge would not release him. He served
as deputy grand chancellor in 1912-13, was a representative to the Grand
Lodge at the session
held at Charleston in 1912, was made chairman of the committee on reports by
Grand
Chancellor Sam R. Nuzum, and elected grand outer guard in 1914, after which
he advanced each year until 1918, when he was elected grand chancellor at
Clarksburg.
Mr. Bush is a member of Shiraz Temple No. 29, Dramatic Order Knights of
Khorassan,
of Charleston, having joined at a ceremonial held at Huntington in 1911. He
likewise holds membership in Lewis Temple No. 22, Pythian Sisters; Huntington
Lodge No. 313, B.P.O.E.; Mohawl Tribe No. 11, I.O.R.M.; Huntington Council
No. 190, J.O.U.A.M.;
Huntington Council No. 53, U.C.T., of which he served as secretary for
several years; Huntington No. 347, L.O.O.M., and Ivanhoe Castle No. 13,
K.G.E. He has other connections of a business, social and civic character,
and is a member of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. His religious
connection is with the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church.

On January 9, 1918, at Covington, Kentucky, Mr. Bush was united in
marriage with Mrs. Mamie (Roberts) Hardwicke, daughter of Frank N. and Mary
Roberts, the latter now deceasedand the former a resident of Hamlin, Lincoln
County, West Virginia.
Mr. Roberts, who is now ninety years of age, is living in retirement after a
longand successful career as a merchant. To Mr. and Mrs. Bush there has come
one child, Mary Virginia, who was born at Huntington September 2, 1919.