Category Archives: Monongalia

Orman Delmont Schafer

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Chris & Kerry
December 13, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 153

ORMAN DELMONT SCHAFER has for fifteen years been one of the skilled men in the
service of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company at Morgantown. He is a native
or West Virginia, and directly and collaterally connected with several of the
old families of the Monongalia District.

He was born at Laurel Point in the Grant District of Monongalia County, December
28, 1882, son of John C. and Miranda Estelle (Hildebrand) Schafer. His parents
are still living and his father was born in Grant District, August 3, 1853, son
of Peter and Anna (Gray) Schafer, while the mother was born at White Day in
Grant District, April 6, 1854. They are the parents of two children. The older,
Zenas, is the widow of the late Jesse H. Henry, of a prominent family of
Monongalia County whose record is given on other pages. Mrs. Henry is the
mother of E. Wayne Henry, of Morgantown.

Orman Delmont Schafer spent his early life on the old farm at Laurel Point. He
attended district school, graduated from public school with a diploma in 1899,
and following that for several years did farm work and also was employed on
lock and dam construction on the Upper Monongalia River. In 1904 he became
weighmaster at the Round Bottom Coal Mine, but in April, 1906, removed to
Morgantown and entered the service of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company. He
was first an electrical crane man, then electrical engineer, electrical
inspector of the Plant, then tracer and shipping clerk, and for several years
Past has had the responsible duties of foreman of shearmcn and opening

Mr. Schafer is a justly popular citizen in Morgantown, active in civic and
social affairs, is affiliated with Morgantown Union Lodge No. 4, A. F. and A. M.,
with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Methodist Church.

November 19, 1904, he married Miss Effie Edna De Vault, who was born in Clinton
District of Monongalia County, daughter of James A. and Mary (Stansbury) De
Vault. Mr. and Mrs. Schafer are the parents of five children: Benton Delmont,
who was born November 30, 1905, and is in the class of 1922 at the Morgantown
High School; Mildred Carlotta, born December 20, 1907; Mary Zoe, born March 22,
1910; John Vernon, born January 29, 1912; and James Clement, born December 4,

While his time has been fully taken up with the practical side of business and
industry, Mr. Schafer has also contrived to develop his artistic talents, and
his favorite hobby is pastel work, much of which has been accorded recognition
by competent critics. He has a fine collection of paintings. The son, Benton,
has shown marked ability as a cartoon artist, and is improving his talents with
a view to making a profession of cartoon work. A more detailed information of
the paternal family may be found in the sketch of E. Wayne Henry and of the
maternal family in that of Clement C. Hildebrand elsewhere in this work.

August Joseph Schmidiger

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
December 15, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II

pg 197

August Joseph Schmidiger, D. D. S. An accomplished and skillful young dental
surgeon at Morgantown, Doctor Schmidiger grew up in this city, was liberally
educated, and after completing his preparation for his profession in the East
returned here to practice.

He was born at Fostoria, Ohio, August 7, 1893, son of Frank and Alice
(Schorno) Schmidiger. His parents were natives of Switzerland, but were
married in this country. The mother was born in 1873 and died in 1915.
Frank Schmidiger was born in 1862, learned the trade of glass maker in
Switzerland, and on coming to the United States in 1888 was employed for a
time in a glass plant at Cumberland, Maryland, and later went to Ohio. He
was one of the organizers of the Seneca Glass Company at Fostoria. Due to
the exhaustion of the natural gas supply the company in 1900 moved its plant
to Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Seneca Glass Company is one of the
large and conspicuous industries at this time. Frank Schmidiger has been in
the business continually, and now has charge of the company’s plant at Starr
City, a suburb of Morgantown.

August Joseph Schmidiger was seven years of age when the family came to
Morgantown. He attended the city schools and in 1907 entered Rock Hill
College at Ellicott City, Maryland, where he took the academic and regular
college work, graduating A. B. in 1914. The following year he entered
Baltimore Dental College at Baltimore, and received his degree in 1918.
About the time he finished his college course Doctor Schmidiger volunteered
for service in the Dental Corps, but he was not called to the colors prior to
the signing of the armistice. In 1919, having returned to Morgantown, he
opened an office for practice, and ranks as one of the most skillful men in
his profession. He is a member of Morgantown Chamber of Commerce, of St.
Francis de Sales Catholic Church and the Psi Omega dental fraternity.

John Shriver

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Tina Hursh
January 10, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 77

John Shriver. Eighteen years of consecutive service as clerk of the Circuit
Court of Morgantown has been sufficient to make John Shriver one of the
best-known citizens of Monongalia County. Moreover, Mr. Shriver represents
one of the oldest families in the section of the state, is a lawyer by
profession, and has also been actively identified with banking and other

The Shriver family settled in Monongalia County before the close of the
eighteenth century. The head of the family at that time was Abram Shriver,
who was born in Frederick County, Virginia, September 6, 1768. May 31, 1791,
he married Mary Keckley, who was born in Frederick County, April 19, 1770. The
brief record of their children, the first three of whom were born in Frederick
County and the others in Monongalia County, is as follows: Catherine, born
April 166, 1792, married Jacob Horner, and they settled in Monongalia County;
Adam, born September 7, 1793; Elias, born August 9, 1795; Jacob, born July,
1797; Christiana, born April 12, 1799, became the wife of Michael Core;
Elizabeth, born April 5, 1800, was married to Ezekiel Morris; John, born April
30, 1801, died in 1885; Benjamin, born May 20, 1805; Isaac, born May 27, 1807,
died March 30, 1880, having married Minerva Sine; and Abraham.

This branch of the family record is carried through John Shriver, who, as noted
above, lived to the age of eighty-four. He married Sarah Cannon, and their
chilren were: Eunice, who became the wife of Peter A. Tenant; Abraham, who
married Prudence Moore; Sarah, who was the wife of Daniel V. Moore; and

Cannon Shriver, of the third generation of the family in Monongalia, was born
there September 29, 1831, and was a prosperous farmer and stockman in the Clay
District, where he died in 1888. He served at at constable during the Civil
war, was a republican in politics and a Methodist. He married Minerva Meyers,
who was born in the Clay District, September 30, 1831, and died in 1908. Her
father was John Meyers. Cannon and Minerva Shriver were the parents of eight
children: Elizabeth, deceased wife of Jacob Shanes, who was a native of
Pennsylvania; Prudence, who married Elihu Yost, of Monongalia County; Edgar,
who married Nancy Yost; Martha M., wife of D.L. Hamilton, living in Monongalia
County, West Virginia; John; Mark, who married Minta Wilson; Mary E., wife of
Grant Wilson; and Laura, wife of Lemley Tennant.

John Shriver therefore stands in the fourth generation of this prominent old
family of Monongalia County. He was born on his father’s farm in Clay District,
July 31, 1870. He acquired a liberal education, at first in the public
schools and alter in West Virginia University. He graduated with the law
class of 1901, and was admitted to the bar the same year. He began practice in
Morgantown, but soon answered a call to other reponsibilities. While living
on the farm in 1896 he was elected justice of the peace, and filled that office
2-1/2 years, until he removed to Morgantown. Mr. Shriver was elected clerk
of the Circuit Court in 1902, and his eighteen years of service terminated
January 1, 1921. Since leaving the office of circuit clerk he has been deputy
sheriff. Mr. Shriver was on e of the organizers and is a director of the Bank
of Morgantown, and was also identified with the organization of the
Monongalia Building and Loan Association, of which he is a director. He is
affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, the Junior Order United American
Mechanics, and is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church.

February 3, 1892, he married Iva Nora Wilson. She was born in Clay District,
daughter of John N. and Lucinda (Moore) Wilson. Her father in now deceased.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Shriver, representing the fifth generation of the
family in Monongalia County, are: Goldie M., born April 9, 1894, died November
18, 1921, as the wife of J.F. Smith, of Morgantown; Nellie Irene, born
February 24, 1901; Beulah Ruth, born April 20, 1903; and Dorothy, born
February 15, 1909.

John Nathan Simpson

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Tina Hursh
January 9, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 75 & 76

John Nathan Simpson, M.D. To some individuals are given diversified talents
which they have the ability to utilize for the benefits not only of themselves
but humanity at large. With a broader field in which to labor such men are
able to direct their efforts alon several lines of usefullness, while their own
sympathies are broadened and their characters strengthened. Among the men
whose undoubted gifts have made their names familiar to the present generation
of West Virginians, one who is accomplishing a great and good work along
proffessional lines is John Nathan Simpson, A.B., M.D., dean and professor of
medicine of the University of West Virginia at Morgantown.

Doctor Simpson was born at Mason, Mason County, West Virginia, March 19, 1869,
a son of the late George Perry and Phoebe (Kennedy) Simpson. The American
ancestor of this branch of the Simpson family was Andrew Simpson, who was of
Scotch-Irish stock and who came to the American Colonies from near Belfast in
about 1728, locating first in Boston, Massachusetts, and later removing to
Nottingham, New Hampshire. His son, Josiah Simpson, served as a soldier
during the American Revolution, and in 1778 came West, settling in Meigs County,

Judge Nathan Simpson, son of Josiah Simpson, the Revolutionary war soldier,
was born in Meigs County, Ohio, graduated from the Cincinnati Law School, and
for many years was a leading jurist at Pmeroy, Ohio. At the close of the
Civil war he removed to Mason, Mason County, West Virginia, where he practiced
law and was prominent in the public affairs of the state. George P. Simpson,
son of Judge Simpson, was born at Rutland in Meigs County, Ohio, February 12,
1839, and attended the University of Ohio at Athens, that state, subsequently
reading law under his father and practicing at Pomeroy. He accompanied his
father to West Virginia in 1865 and was located at Mason eight yuears, and
later at Point Pleasant, the county seat of Mason County, where he practiced
law until his death in 1892. Both father and son were members of the
republican party while living in Ohio, but in coming to West Virginia found
that they could not subscribe to the conditions of reconstruction then in
progress and left the old organization, espousing the cause of the democratic
party. They were strongly opposed to the Frick Amendment, which provided
for the disfranchisement of all sympathizers of the Southern cause. George P.
Simpson, an eloquent speaker, who loved campaigning, never failed to take the
stump during periods of electioneering, not for political preferment, but
because of his fondness for going before the people in support of a favored
issue or in opposition to one which he deemed a menace.

Phoebe Kennedy, the wife of George P. Simpson and mother of Dr. John N. Simpson,
was born at Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, March 30, 1844, and died at Point
Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1896. She was a daughter of James and Margaret
(VanSchriltz) Kennedy. The American ancestor of the Kennedy family came to this
country from Scotland in early days, and the family was later founded in
Pennsylvania, when it moved to Ohio and settled in Meigs County. The
VanSchriltz family probably came from Alsace-Lorraine, where its members were of
the nobility. The American ancestor of this branch of the family came here in
about 1790 and were among the first settlers at Gallipolis, Ohio.

Dr. John Nathan Simpson was graduated from Peabody Norman College, Nashville,
Tennessee, in 1891; from the University of Tennessee, Nashville, class of 1893,
A.B.; and from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, class of 1902,
M.D.; and in 1904 studied in the universities of Paris, Viena and Berlin. In
1902 he organized the School of Medicine of the University of West Virginia,
of which he was dean and professor of physiology until 1920, since then he has
been dean and professor of medicine. It was through his labors that the new
medical building, with its splendid modern equipment, was secured for the
institution. Doctor Simpson was director of the Hygiene Laboratory of Health
of the State of West Virginia Department of Health from 1913 to 1917; was
surgeon of the Cadet Corps of the University of West Virginia from 1902 to 1917;
and August 5, 1917, was commissioned captain in the Medical Reserve Corps, N.A.
During the World’s war he was examiner for Northwest Virginia for the United
States surgeon general’s office for the recruiting of medical officers for
the United Statees. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Medicine, Fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellow of
the American Medical Association. He is also a member of the Phi Beta Pi,
Theta Nu Epislon and Phi Signa Nu fraternities, is a Presbyterian in his
religious belief, and in politics is a democrat.

On December 20, 1906, Doctor Simpson was united in marriage with Miss Grace
Emily Donley, of Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, and to this union
there have come a son and a daughter; John Nathan, Jr., born March 25, 1910;
and Patricia Donley, born December 21, 1914.

Roy Clark Smith

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
December 4, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg 93

Roy Clark Smith. Few figures are better known in the educational profession
of Monongalia County than Roy Clark Smith, who since 1913 has been
superintendent of the public schools of Morgantown. Identified with
educational work since the beginning of his career, he has been located at
Morgantown since 1909, constantly filling places of trust and responsibility,
and during this time has impressed himself upon the life and institutions of
the community in a manner alike creditable to himself and productive of
lasting benefit to the city.

Mr. Smith was born at Cambridge, Maryland, December 4, 1883, and is of
English-French-Irish stock, being descended from three of the oldest families
of Maryland, the Smiths, Harpers and Clarks. His grandfather, Henry Smith, a
native of Maryland, married Martha Harper, a daughter of Edward Harper, who
was an extensive landholder of Dorchester County, Maryland, owning land which
came to the Harper family by grant directly from Lord Baltimore. He married
Miss Beauchamp, who was born in France. The father of Roy C. Smith was
Marcus H. Smith, who was born in Dorchester County, Maryland, in July 1857,
and was in early life a farmer, later a mill owner and operator at Denton,
and finally a merchant at that place. He married Sarah Matilda Clark, who
was born in Caroline County, Maryland, in December, 1861, a daughter of John
W. Clark, who at the time of his death in 1899 was probably the largest land
holder in Caroline County.

Roy Clark Smith was born at Cambridge, Maryland, December 4, 1883, and
secured his primary education in the public schools of Denton, Caroline
County, Maryland. Graduating from the high school at that place in 1902, he
entered the Western Maryland College, from which he was graduated as a
Bachelor of Arts in 1906. At that time he commenced teaching, but did not
give up his studies, as later he was graduated from the University of
Pennsylvania, class of 1911, with his Master of Arts degree, and in 1916 he
took post-graduate work at Columbia University.

Mr. Smith entered public school work as principal of the schools of Preston,
Maryland, and next became teacher of mathematics and history at Friends
Academy, Long Island, New York, in the fall of 1907. In 1908 he was head of
the department of mathematics of the Westchester (Pennsylvania) High School,
and in the fall of 1909 came to Morgantown to become principal of the high
school here. He continued to act in this capacity until elected
superintendent of city schools in the fall of 1913, and has occupied that
position ever since. Superintendent Smith has made education and
organization and direction of educational activities his life work, and has
been remarkably successful. In almost every field of the work from the
primary to teaching classes in a university, from grade to superintendent of
schools, he has left the mark of an earnest student and apt instructor, an
intelligent organizer and a judicious director. In a professional way his
connections include membership in the West Virginia State Educational
Association and the department of superintendents of the National Educational
Association. Fraternally he is affiliated with Morgantown Union Lodge No. 4,
F. and A. M.; and Lodge of Perfection Rotary Club and the Morgantown Chamber
of Commerce, and his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian Church.

On June 16, 1913, Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Charlotte Wade,
daughter of Clark Wade, of Monongalia County, and granddaughter of Alexander
Wade, one of the most prominent of West Virginia’s public school educators.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith have one son, Robert Wade, born June 5, 1918.

Robert Raymond Mcfall

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
December 15, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II

pg 200

Robert Raymond McFall, general manager and treasurer of the Southern Fuel
Company of Mortgantown, has had an interesting diversity of experience in
business and in educational circles, and since locating at Morgantown has
found ample satisfaction not only for his business energies but for the
desires for social and civic service.

A native of Northern New York, he was born in the Village of Naumburg, Lewis
County, January 29, 1884, son of John and Lillian A. (Eldred) McFall, the
former a native of St. Lawrence County and the latter of Jefferson County,
New York. His grandparents, William and Mary McFall, were born in Glasgow,
Scotland, and were pioneers in St. Lawrence County, New York. John McFall
was a carriage maker by trade, and occupation and business he followed for
many years at Naumburg, where he died in 1918, at the age of sixty-four. His
widow is now sixty-two years of age and lives at Castorland, New York.

Robert R. McFall was educated in the Lowville, New York, Academy, and
completed his literary education in Adrian College of Michigan. His first
regular business experience was as shipping clerk for the Beaver River Lumber
Company at Castorland, New York, in 1902. Following that he was paymaster
for the Carthage Tissue Paper Mills at Carthage, New York. During his
student career at Adrian, Michigan, he was secretary to the president of the
college. On leaving college he spent one year at Valley City, North Dakota,
as registrar of the State School of North Dakota. He then returned to
Adrian, and for four years was registrar of Adrian College and secretary to
the board of Trustees.

Mr. McFall came to Morgantown in 1914. Here he built and managed the plant
of the Barley Foods Company, conducting that business five years. Since 1919
he has been general manager and treasurer of the Southern Fuel Company. He
is also secretary of the Morgantown Wholesale Coal Association and a director
of the Union Bank and Trust Company. He is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega
college fraternity, belongs to the First Presbyterian Church, and is
affiliated with the Rotary, Masonic and Old Colony clubs, the Morgantown and
Pittsburgh Chambers of Commerce. February 14, 1914, Mr. McFall married Miss
Lucile Goucher. She was born at Toronto, Jefferson County, Ohio, daughter of
Samuel Boone and Anna (McConnell) Goucher. Her father was descended from the
Daniel Boone family. Mr. and Mrs. McFall have two children: Anna Gene, born
August 8, 1915; and J. S. Robert, born November 5, 1916.

Albert Kenneth Miller

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Tina Hursh
January 10, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 78

Albert Kenneth Miller. Though he spent his early life on a farm in Pendleton
County, Albert K. Miller has devoted practically all his mature years to
commercial lines, beginning as a retail merchant, and has been an executive
official in several of West Virginia’s prosperous wholesale grocery houses. He
is now an honored resident of Morgantown and secretary, treasurer and manager
of the Morgantown Grocery Company.

He was born on a farm in Pendleton County, January 6, 1873, son of John H. and
Eliza (Day) Miller, natives of the same county and now deceased. His
grandfathers were early settlers in Pendleton County, grandfather Jonas Miller
coming from Germany and grandfather Leonard Day, from Ireland.

Albert K. Miller learned some of the practical duties and discipline of the
farm while a boy, also attended district schools, but in 1892, at the age of
nineteen, left the farm and during the following six years was in the general
merchandising business at Alexander, Upshur County. In 1898 he became a
stockholder and one of the managers of the Upshur Grocery Company, a
wholesale house at Buckhannon. He left Buckhanon in 1912, and for the following
four years was manager of the Burnsville Grocery Company at Burnsville in
Braxton County. He is still a stockholder in that company.

Mr. Miller has been one of the business men and citizens of Morgantown since
since 1916, when he took charge of the Morgantown Grocery Company as
secretary, treasurer and manager. He is also a director of the Commercial
Bank of Morgantown. He is affiliated with the local business men through the
Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the First Methodist Church.

November 12, 1896, he married Julia Cheuvront. She was born at Good Hope,
Harrison County, West Virginia, daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Anna (Brooks)
Cheuvront. Mary Anna Brooks was the daughter of a Methodist minister who in
his time was a power for good throughout Western Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Miller
are the parents of six children: Dwight C., born in 1898, now associated with
his father in the Morgantown Grocery Company; Ruth, born in 1900, a member of
the class of 1922 at West Virginia University; John H., born in 1902; Worth
W., born in 1904, a student in the Morgantown High School; Lois I., born in
1906; and Albert Kenneth, Jr., born in 1910.

Joseph Donley Miller

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Tina Hursh
January 21, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 78 & 79

Joseph Donley Miller, D.O. The marvelous progress made in medical science during
recent years must interest every normal individual, be his own condition of
health what it may. Among the different schools of medicine, as a healing art
perhaps none have made greater strides forward in the last decade than that of
Osteopathy. It is almost fifty years since its founder, the late venerated Dr.
Andrew Taylor Still, first announced its benefits had to be demonstrated in the
face of what may be denominated fanantical opposition. Changed, indeed, is
its present status, when a successful practitioner is found in every progressive
community all over the world, when its richly endowed colleges offer unsrupassed
advantaged in the way of hight scientific medical training, and its beneficent
results may be found in the practical banishment of the most dreaded foes of
health that have so long afflicted misguided humanity. For fourteen years
Morgantown, West Virginia, has been the home of a very able Osteopathic
practitioner, Dr. Joseph Donley Miller, who may justly be called the pioneer in
his school of medicine here, being preceded only by several practitioners whose
stay was very short. The success that has attended Doctor Miller’s effort has
firmly established Osteopathy in this community.

Doctor Miller is a native of West Virginia, born in Cass District, Monongalia
County, May 4, 1862. His parents were James E. and Ruhama (Donley) Miller. His
paternal grandfather was Amherst Miller, who settled at Osage, Cass District, at
and early day, where he built and operated the first flour and carding mill in
Monongalia County. He married into the prominent Locke family, and left

James E. Miller was born in Morgantown and grew to manhood there. He operated
his father’s mill at Osage for several years, but in 1876 removed to Mount
Morris, Greene County, Pennsylvania, whre he built a flour mill of his own
and operated it for many years. He married Ruhama Donley, who was born at
Mount Morris, where she still resides, being now in her eightieth year. Her
father, Joseph R. Donley, was well known in Green County. The father of Doctor
Miller died at Mount Morris.

Joseph Donley Miller was fourteen years old when his parents moved to Mount
Morris, Pennsylvania, where he continued his public school education already
under way at Osage. It was in 1903, while residing in Core, West Virginia, that
he became enough interested in Osteopathy to begin serious study of the
science, and later became at student in the American School of Osteopathy at
Kirksville, Missouri, from which institution he was graduated in 1906, with
the degree of D.O. He entered upon the practice of his profession at Mount
Morris, but in Apri, 1907, removed to Morgantown, West Virginia, which city has
been his field of professional work ever since. In recognition of his skill as
an exponent of Osteopathy Doctor Miller has been highly honored on numerous
occasions by representative organizations of his school of medicine. He is
ex-president of the West Virginia State Osteopathic Association, is a member
of the American Osteopathic Association, the Pennsylvania State Osteopathic
Association, and of the Western Pennsylvania Osteopathic Association.

In 1890 Doctor Miller married Miss Mary Tennant, daughter of John and Phoebe
(Mason) Tennant, of Green County, Pennsylvania, and they have one son and one
daughter: Harry Irving and Lois Lynn, the latter of whom was born October 3,
1899, attended the Morgantown High School, and at present (1921) is a student
in the University of West Virginia.

Harry Irving Miller, D.O. was born at Core, West Virginia, August 29, 1891,
attended the common schools, the high school at Morgantown and the normal school
at California, Pennsylvania, and later became a student in the American School
of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, from which college he was graduated in
January, 1914, with the degree of D.O. He entered into practice at Lebanon,
Missouri, where he remained until August, 1918, when he answered the call of the
Government for medical men for service in the World war, and from that date
until his honorable discharge on December 1, 1918, was stationed at Camp Lee,
Virginia. He returned then to Lebanon, Missouri, but in May, 1920, came to
Morgantown to become his father’s partner in Osteopathic practice, and since
that time the professional style has been Miller & Miller. He is a member of
the West Virginia State, and the American Ostiopathic associations, and like
his father, belongs to the Greek letter college fraternity, the Phi Sigma
Gamma. He also is active in the Chamber of Cemmerce and belongs to the order
of Elks at Morgantown. Doctor Miller and his family are members of the
Methodist protestant Church. As a citizen deeply interested in the welfare
and progress of his home city, he is an active factor in teh Chamber of Commerce.
His fraternal connections include the Odd Fellows and the Order of Meccabees.

Russell Love Morris

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
December 5, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg 98

Russell Love Morris, professor of railway and highway engineering of the
School of Engineering at the University of West Virginia, Morgantown, is
descended from four old families of what is now the State of West Virginia,
namely The Morrises, the Russells, the Loves and the Sheltons. His paternal
grandfather, Capt. Joseph Morris, raised a company of volunteer infantry for
the Confederate army during the war between the states, and served as captain
thereof until he met his death during the retreat of General Lee after the
great battle of Gettysburg. He married a Miss Russell, who belonged to the
old and honored Russell family of the Huntington community.

Capt. John O. Morris, son of Capt. Joseph Morris, and father of Russell L.
Morris, was born at his father’s home in Teay’s Valley near the present Town
of Culloden, in Cabell County, West Virginia. He served as first sergeant in
his father’s company during the war between the states, and after the elder
man’s death succeeded to the command. He later was commissioned captain, and
served gallantly with General Lee until the final surrender of that great
general at Appomattox. After the war he served alternately as deputy sheriff
and sheriff of Putnam County for many years, and late in life located at
Huntington, where he died. His wife, Eliza Love, who is still living at
Huntington, was born in Teay’s Valley, a daughter of William A. Love, who was
a large land owner of that valley, where he was an early settler, and prior
to the war between the states was a slaveholder.

Russell Love Morris was born in Teay’s Valley, near the present Post Office
of Teay’s, in Putnam County, West Virginia, November 4, 1868, a son of Capt.
John O. Morris. After attending the free schools of his district and
spending one term in the graded school at Alderson he entered the University
of West Virginia in 1885, and in 1895 was graduated with the degree of
Bachelor of Civil Engineering, two years later receiving his Master’s degree.
Between the time of entering and graduation he spent four years away from
the university, engaged at various kinds of employment. He became an
instructor in the engineering department in 1895, and from that year on has
been a member of the faculty of the university in one capacity or another,
continuously, having the distinction of having taught continuously in the
institution for a longer period than any other instructor now or ever
identified with the University of West Virginia. During the long period of
twenty-six years he has been actively engaged, also, in business affairs,
principally along the lines of civil engineering and in opening up city
property for the market, on his own account chiefly. He has gained something
more than a local reputa(tion) as an expert in laying out allotments, and in
this class of work his services have been in demand in all parts of West
Virginia as well as sections of Kentucky and Maryland. Professor Morris owns
some city property at Morgantown, and is interested in agriculture and other
business enterprises. Fraternally he is identified with Morgantown Union
Lodge No. 4, A. F. and A. M., and with the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

On December 21, 1900, Professor Morris married Miss Olive Hite, daughter of
Isaac and Catherine (Hennen) Hite, of two old and honored Morgantown
families, and to this union there has come one son, John Hite, born in 1911.

Samuel A. Phillips

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
December 2, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg 91+92

Samuel A. Phillips passed the period of his boyhood and early youth at
Sycamore and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and in the meanwhile profited duly by
the advantages of the public schools. He early gained practical experience in
connection with his father’s farming and quarrying operations, and in 1894 he
found employment in a jewelry establishment at Waynesburg. In 1896 he there
initiated his independent business career by opening a photographic studio.

In 1895 he became a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and upon the
outbreak of the Spanish-American war in 1898 he gave up his business to enter
the nation’s service as a member of Company K, Tenth Pennsylvania Volunteer
Infantry. This was the only Pennsylvania regiment assigned to service in the
Philippine Islands, and it landed in Manila shortly after the famous victory
of admiral Dewey in that port. The regiment later became known as “The
Fighting Tenth,” was associated with the forces of Dewey and took part in the
battle of Manila, which city capitulated. By general orders August 13, 1898,
the Tenth Pennsylvania was retained in service in the Philippine Islands and
became a part of the land forces operating against the insurgent natives upon
the insurrection which began February 4, 1899. During this campaign the
regiment took an active and important part in operations, and on one occasion
it was on duty seventy days without relief. In July, 1899, it was relieved
from active duty and ordered home. The return voyage was made by way of Japan
to San Francisco, from which port the original voyage had been made, and at
San Francisco the regiment disbanded in August, 1899, Mr. Phillips having
been mustered out with the rank of corporal. Upon the reorganization of the
regiment as a part of the Pennsylvania National Guard be became first
sergeant of Company K, of which office he continued the incumbent until his
removal to West Virginia.

In 1902 Mr. Phillips came to Morgantown, this state, and established a
dancing academy, and he built up a prosperous and representative business in
the teaching of dancing. He continued his academy until 1906, and he had
entered the music business also, this enterprise having grown to such
proportions that he found it expedient to give it his undivided time and
attention. His original music store was in a room 15 x 30 feet in dimensions
on Pleasant Street, near High Street, and here he installed Baldwin pianos
and a stock of Victor and Edison phonographs. In 1908 the business had so
expanded that he found larger quarters imperative. He removed to the Grand
Theater Building on Walnut Street, and in 1911, for the same reason that had
prompted his former change of location, he removed to the White apartment
building on High Street. In 1915 further increase of business led to his
removal to his present fine headquarters at 374 High Street, where he has one
of the most attractive and well equipped music stores to be found in any city
of comparative population in the South. Here he utilizes more than 5,000
square feet of floor space, and an enlargement is contemplated at the time of
this writing, in 1921. Mr. Phillips still represents the same high-grade
musical instruments as at the beginning of his enterprise, and by reason of
his remarkable record in the sale of the Edison phonographs he had the
distinction of being chosen chairman of the Edison Dealers Phonograph
Convention held in New York City, June 9 and 10, 1921. In the banquet
incidental to this convention he and his wife occupied seats of honor at the
same table with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Edison, 1,500 Edison dealers having
been present at the convention.

Mr. Phillips was elected a member of the City Council of Morgantown in 1920,
and was instrumental in bringing about the adoption of the new city charter
in 1921. During the campaign to effect this action he served as chairman of
the general committee in charge of the same, and under the new charter he was
made chairman of the Board of Equalization and Review, in which capacity he
is now serving. During the World was period he took active part in all local
patriotic service, including that of the Red Cross. He is a vital and valued
member of the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the local
Kiwanis Club, and is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, the Elks and the
Veterans of Foreign Wars.

September 7, 1905, Mr. Phillips wedded Miss Blanche M. Meeks, who was born
and reared at Morgantown, a daughter of the late John W. and Josephine (Low)
Meeks, the former of whom was born in this state, a son of Joseph Meeks, his
wife having been born in a western state, a daughter of William Low. Mrs.
Phillips is an active coadjutor of her husband in his business enterprise, to
which she devotes the major part of her time and attention. She is an active
member of the Methodist Church in her home city. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips have
one son, Samuel Allen, Jr., born August 29, 1911.