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.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Millard Fillmore Hamilton

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. 440-441

MILLARD FILLMORE HAMILTON, M. D., of Mannington,
graduated in medicine and quialified himself for the practice
of that profession forty years ago. Except for brief in-
tervals his professional work has all been in Mannington.
Doctor Hamilton is more than a capable physician and
surgeon, is a citizen known for his progressiveness and
leadership in many movements, is a former mayor of Man-
nington and has also to his credit a record of service in
the Legislature.

He was born near Mannington February 22, 1860, son
of Ulysses and Malissa (Yost) Hamilton. He is a de-
scendant of Henry Hamilton, who came to America in
Colonial times from the north of Ireland, where his ancestry,
a branch of the great Hamilton family of Scotland, had
been established in earlier generations. Henry Hamilton
first located at Winchester, Virginia, where he married
Elizabeth Tryand. Subsequently he removed to the vicinity
of Morgantown, West Virginia, and in 1818 he left Monon-
galia County and settled on Plum Run in Marion County.

His son, Boaz Fleming, was born in Morgantown in 1798,
and was ten years of age when the family settled in
Marion County, where he became a widely known and in-
fluential citizen. He was a stanch democrat. He was de-
feated as a candidate for county clerk of courts in 1852,
but in 1858 was elected to that office and served three
years. October 26, 1828, he married Maria Parish.

Their son, James Ulysses Hamilton, was born at Fair-
mont January 12, 1839. In 1843 the family established
their home at Salt Lick in Marion County, where James U.
Hamilton grew up and lived his active life as a prosperous
farmer and influential citizen. He died on his farm there
in 1915. He married Malissa Yost, daughter of Nicholas
Yost, of Fairview and member of the old and prominent
family of that name in Marion County. Malissa Hamilton
died January 1, 1916, in her seventy-ninth year.

Millard Fillmore Hamilton spent his early life on his
father’s farm, attended common schools, the Fairmont
Normal School, and began the study of medicine under the
preceptorship of his uncle, Dr. P. D. Yost, of St. Louis,
Missouri. Doctor Hamilton in 1883 graduated from the
American Eclectic Medical College of St. Louis. He began
practice in Mercer County, Missouri, but in 1883 returned
to West Virginia, and has been a leading physician and
surgeon at Mannington since that date, except for a period
of six months during 1885-86 when he was on the Pacific
Coast in practice at Fort Ross, California. Doctor Hamil-
ton has held the post of district surgeon for the Baltimore
& Ohio Railway for thirty-eight years, and for the past
twenty-five years had been a member of the United States
Board of Examining Surgeons for Pensions, and president
of the board during the last five years. He is a member
of the Marion County, West Virginia and American Medical
Associations, has served as vice president of the West Vir-
ginia Eclectic Medical Association, and is a member of
the Baltimore & Ohio Railway Association of Surgeons.

He was one of the organizers and incorporators of the
Opera House Company, and helped organize and was presi-
dent during its existence of the Mannington Development
Company. He was one of the promoters of the Mannington
Glass Company, and has always taken a deep civic pride in
all matters pertaining to the welfare of Mannington and
vicinity. For sixteen years he was president of the Bank of
Mannington. He is owner of a number of houses in Man-
nington, several farms, and on one of these at Salt Lick
he built a beautiful home, where he and his family spend
the summer months. In 1921 at their bungalow in the
country were entertained the members and their wives of
the Marion County Medical Society. This place is one
of the notable horticultural projects of the county, Doctor
Hamilton having developed an orchard of between 1,800 and
2,000 fruit trees.

Doctor Hamilton has been a member of the City Council
of Mannington, and in the spring of 1918 was elected mayor.
He was in the office during the World war. In that time
the streets were filled with thousands of drafted men and
their relatives and friends, Mannington being the drafting
center for Marion County outside of Fairmont. Under such
conditions the city was so well policed that there was not
a single accident, tragic or otherwise. In 1918 Doctor
Hamilton was elected a member of the West Virginia Legis-
lature. In the session of 1921 he introduced a joint resolu-
tion, adopted, requesting the Federal Government to select
Berkeley Springs in Morgan County as the site for one
of the five soldier sanitariums which the Government con-
templated building in different parts of the country. This
subject is still pending, only one of the sites having been
selected to date. Doctor Hamilton was appointed a member
of the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Springs by Governor
Morgan.

In August, 1888, Doctor Hamilton married Miss Bessie
L. Basnett, daughter of Festus D. Basnett, of Mannington.
Doctor and Mrs. Hamilton have two sons. Dale H., born
August 25, 1894, is a graduate of agriculture and horti-
culture from West Virginia University and now has charge
of his father’s fruit farm. During the World war he was
in the Government’s Spruce Division on the Pacific Coast,
where he had charge of eight hundred men in getting out
spruce timber for airplane building. Dale H. Hamilton
married Carla Lee Yorgersen, of the State of Washington,
and they have one daughter, Phyllis Jean, born October
19, 1921.

Dewey Dallas, born March 17, 1898, is now a student
in the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati. He took two
years of preparatory work for his medical course in West
Virginia University, and was there during the war, and had
volunteered and entered the Officers Training Camp at Camp
Taylor, Kentucky, but the armistice was signed before a
commission was issued.

Ira Alvin Akins

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. 729

Members of the House of Delegates.

AKIN8, IRA ALVIN. (Democrat.) Address: Fair-
mont, West Va. A member of the House of Delegates from
Marion county; elected in 1914; re-elected in 1916. Born
August 2, 1874, at Circleville, Pa.; attended the common
schools and spent one year in high school; came from
a line of Scotch-Irish ancestry who settled in Western Penn-
sylvania; became a resident of West Va. in 1896; occupation
railroad conductor; has been connected with the Baltimore &
Ohio and the Ohio River railroads twenty-two years; has rep-
resented railroad employees in wage adjustments and other
ways; committee assignments 1917: Humane Institutions
and Public Buildings (Chairman; Medicine and Sanitation,
Railroads, Claimsand Grievances, ExecutiveOffices, Library.

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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.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

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.

Submitted by:
Penny Peyton (Payton) Critzer
pcritzer@cfw.com

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.