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John W. Farnsworth

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: FARNSWORTH, John W.
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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. 279
Upshur County

JOHN W. FARNSWORTH has been in the lumber industry
ever since leaving college, and is now officially identified
with two of the prominent lumber manufacturing enter-
prises of Weston, one being the Acme Lumber & Manu-
facturing Company and the other the Richwood Lumber
Company, of which he is president.

Mr. Farnsworth was born at Buckhannon in Upshur
County, West Virginia, September 24, 1876, son of Dr.
Thomas G. and Mary J. (Marshall) Farnsworth. His grand-
father came from England to the United States, first
settled on Staten Island, New York, and later in Buck-
hannon, where he became a man of considerable wealth
and prominence. Dr. Thomas G. Farnsworth was born at
Buckhannon, and died there at the close of a long and use-
ful life of eighty-five years on February 11, 1921.. He
was educated in private schools, graduated in, medicine
from Jefferson Medical College, and for many years had
a busy practice that taxed his time and energies. He
was also active in polities and the affairs of good citizen-
ship, served as a member of the State Legislature in 1871-
72, for eight terms filled the office of mayor of Buck-
hannon and was also a member of the City Council. He
was a republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church and was a past master of Franklin Lodge of Masons.
Of his eleven children six are living.

John W. Farnsworth spent the first twenty-one years
of his life at Buckhannon. He graduated from high school
and also attended Wesleyan College there. Through an
experience of a quarter of a century he has mastered the
details of lumber manufacture, and the two companies
named above owe much of their prosperity and high stand-
ing to his capable executive management.

Mr. Farnsworth married Mary A. Hammer on April 25;
1899. They have three children: Ernest S., born in May,
1900. now living at Los Angeles, California; Mary M.,
born October 13, 1901, who is a graduate of high school;
and Edna H., born February 1, 1904. Mr. Farnsworth
is a trustee and secretary of the Official Board of the
Methodist Protestant Church at Weston. He is affiliated
with Weston Lodge, No. 10, A. F. and A. M., Bigelow
Chapter, No. 4, R. A. M., St. John Commandery, No. 8,
K. T. He has interested himself in the success of many
campaigns of the republican party, and was at one time
chairman of the Republican Executive Committee for Lewis
County. He is a member of the City Council, and belongs
to the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.

Asa D. Page

UPSHUR 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. 413

ASA D. PAGE is one of the substantial men in the French
Creek community of Upshur County, has lived there nearly
all his life, has followed farming, still owns a good farm,
and is interested in many matters of community welfare,
including good roads, good churches and schools.

Mr. Page was born on Mulberry Ridge in Upshur County,
November 22, 1863, son of Frank and Martha (Young)
Page. His mother was born on a farm near French Creek,
a daughter of Gilbert and Amarillys (Barrett) Young.
Gilbert Young was a son of Robert Young, who came to
French Creek from Massachusetts. Franklin W. Page was
born in Virginia and came to the French Creek community
during the Civil war, was married and settled on a farm,
where he continued farming until his death in July, 1872.
His wife died in November, 1888. They were active
church members and he was a republican. Their four
children were: Asa D.; Charles, who died at the age of
forty; Festus Y., who is interested in the copper industry
in Arkansas; and L. W. Page, of Buckhannon.

Asa D. Page grew up on the home farm and acquired
a common school education. He farmed for several years,
also spent a few years in the West, and since his return
and his marriage he has been settled down to the vocation
of a farmer and stockman on his hundred acre place. He
is also a stockholder in the Bank of Adrian. Mr. Page is
a trustee of the French Creek Presbyterian Church, is
affiliated with Columbia Lodge No. 81, F. and A. M., and
he and his wife are members of the Eastern Star. He also
belongs to Adrian Lodge of Odd Fellows and to the Junior
Order United American Mechanics. In politics he casts
his vote as a republican.

October 9, 1907, Mr. Page married Elsie Bunten. They
have three children: French, born in 1909; Martha H.,
born in 1911; and Ruth, born in 1914.

Arthur K. Perry

UPSHUR 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. 453-454
Upshur

ARTHUR K. PERRY, president of the Merchants and Miners
Bank of Junior and for a number of years active in the
civic and business affairs of that community, in the line
of public service performed his best work as a specialist
with both the State and Federal Departments of Agriculture
as an inspector for the protection of forests and orchards.

Mr. Perry was born in Meade District of Upshur County,
West Virginia, October 24, 1869. His grandfather, Elias
Perry, came from Erie County, New York, and established
his home on French Creek in Upshur County, where he
spent the rest of his life as a farmer and where he was
laid to rest in the community cemetery. His children were
Hubbard, John, Edwin, Elias, Wilbur, Fannie, who mar-
ried John Love, and Mrs. Marshall Gould.

Hubbard Perry, father of the banker, was a native of
Upshur County, and was one of the early volunteers for
the service of the Union in the Civil war. He was in Com-
pany E, of the Fourth Regiment of Virginia Cavalry, and
while in the service nearly all the war period and in many
arduous campaigns he was never wounded or captured. He
was a private soldier, and among other battles he was
with Sheridan at Cedar Creek. After the war he returned
to the farm and pursued the routine of country life until
his death in 1877, at the age of forty-nine. When he went
to the polls he cast his vote as a republican, and he was
a worshipper in the Presbyterian Church. Hubbard Perry
married Harriet Phillips, daughter of Edwin and Sophro-
nia (Young) Phillips. The Youngs were an old Massa-
chusetts family that settled in Lewis County, Virginia,
in that portion now Upshur County. The ancestry of this
branch of the family rnns back to an Englishman who was
a man of letters and “wrote for the King,” probably
meaning that he was secretary to King George the first.
Among his children was Henry Young, who lived in Eng-
land during the latter years of George the second, while
Holland and England were at war with France. While in
a boat along the coast he was seized and pressed into the
English Navy, and for seven years performed his duties
with the Royal Navy and finally landed at Martha’s Vine-
yard, Massachusetts. An educated man, a teacher, he pre-
pared three times to return to England, but something
prevented his going each time, so that providence seemed
to have designed to make him an American. He married
Lydia Boss. Their oldest son, Robert Young, was born
at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and had two broth-
ers, William and Freeman, and four sisters, Anna, Cynthia,
Elizabeth and Margaret. Robert Young married Lydia
Gould. Their children were Paschal, Ann, Anson, Gilbert,
Festus, Loyal, Louisa, Sophronia and freeman. The daugh-
ter Sophronia was born November 17, 1812, and on April
22, 1830, was married to Edwin Phillips in Upshur County,
where they lived out their lives. The children of Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin Phillips were: Harriet, who became the wife
of Hubbard Perry; Abizer; Josephine, who married
Adolphus Brooks; Beecher, Marion, Aletha, Wallace, Linn,
and May, who became the wife of William O. Phillips.
The children of Hubbard Perry and wife are: Emma, wife
of George Talbott and a resident of Elkins; Lucy, who
married Jonathan Hathaway, of Buckhannon; Marion, who
died in infancy; Orr, of Elkins; Edwin E., of Macedonia,
Ohio; Delia, a resident of Pittsburg; Arthur Kirke, the
banker; and Grace, who died as Mrs. John Finley.

Arthur K. Perry lived in the community where he was
born until he was eighteen. He made good use of his
advantages in the local schools at that time. After a
course in the U. B. Academy at Buekhannon, where he
took a business training, he engaged in a private business
career until he attended lecture courses in the West Vir-
ginia University at Morgantown for special work in agri-
culture and horticulture. After finishing the course he was
appointed state orchard inspector, and performed the duties
of that position for one year in Berkeley County. For
another year he did inspection work in the forests of the
state against the chestnut-blight. He was then called to
the federal Department of Agriculture as an inspector
specially detailed to look out for the white pine blister
rust. He was in this work from 1916 to 1920, inclusive,
and through the forest areas of West Virginia, New Jer-
sey, North Carolina and New York. This is one of the
most destructive pests ravaging the American forests, and
the origin of the rust was placed to Germany, being im-
ported to America on young trees. It affects the five-
leafed species of pine.

Mr. Perry after leaving the service of the Federal Gov-
ernment was with the Gage Coal & Coke Company at
Junior until the mines of that company closed. He was
made superintendent of the State Game Farm in 1922.
This farm is in process of development at French Creek,
and has been put aside as a preserve for the propagation
of game birds, particularly the Chinese ring-neck pheasant.
The farm comprises seventy-five acres, and is the property
of the chief state game warden, Mr. Brooks, who has set
it aside to the state for experimental purposes. Mr.
Perry’s duties there are in the summer season. He per-
sonally owns a tract of land adjacent to the Game Farm,
and this and other lands will eventually comprise a State
Game Refuge under the care of the commonwealth, where
no hunting or fishing will be permitted.

As a citizen Mr. Perry has served as recorder and also
as mayor of Junior. He was one of the leaders in organ-
izing a bank for the community, and in 1917 the Mer-
chants and Miners Bank was launched, with him as one
of the first vice presidents and directors. Since January,
1922, he has been president of the bank. Mr. Perry is a
Master Mason, a Presbyterian, and has been a steadfast
republican, casting his first vote for Benjamin Harrison in
1892, and his voting in National elections has been regu-
lar except in 1912, when he voted for Roosevelt.

At Junior, October 10, 1900, Mr. Perry married Miss
Frances Row, daughter of Andrew J. Row, and grand-
daughter of Benjamin Row. The other children of Ben-
jamin Row were: Mary, wife of Emuel Viquesney; Julia,
who married Andrew Williams; and Polly, who became the
wife of Samuel Latham. Andrew J. Row was born in
Page County, Virginia, but spent the greater part of his
life in West Virginia, where he was a farmer, miller and
merchant. He died in 1905, at the age of seventy-one. His
first wife was Delilah Williams, and their children were
Alva; Benjamin; Mary, who married Granville Brady;
Virginia, who became Mrs. Columbus Thorn; Celia, who
married Clarence Wilson; Rosa, who is Mrs. Washington
Arbogast, of Junior; and Margaret, who died as the wife
of Adam Thornhill. Mary K. Fitzgerald, second wife of
Andrew J. Bow, died in 1915, at the age of seventy-seven.
Her children were Lillie Bell, wife of S. S. Bolton and now
deceased; Frances Amanda, wife of A. K. Perry; and
Icie, wife of Frank Shomo, of Junior. Mrs. Perry was
born October 10, 1876.

William Post

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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. 453
Upshur

WILLIAM POST was born in Upshur County, and several
years before reaching his majority was in business on a
small scale as a stock shipper. He has had an active
association with the agricultural, livestock and business
interests of the county for over half a century.

Mr. Post, who lives at Buckhannon and is president of
the Traders National Bank of that city, was born Decem-
ber 30, 1853, son of Isaac and Emily (Carper) Post. Isaac
Post was born in Virginia, where his father settled on
coming from Holland. After his marriage Isaac Post set-
tled on a farm in Upshur County, and became one of the
honored and highly respected citizens of that locality. He
and his wife were active members Of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church. They had four children: Ira C. Post, who
lives in Harrison County and for a number of years has
been regarded as one of the most progressive farmers and
farm leaders in that part of the state; Virginia C., wife
of Porter Maxwell; William; and Adam Post, of Upshur
County.

William Post grew up on a farm and acquired a com-
mon school education. At the age of sixteen he made his
first ventures as a cattle shipper, and from this early enter-
prise he accumulated a capital of about five hundred dol-
lars. In all the years since then he has kept in touch with
the livestock industry, growing, feeding and shipping to the
market, and has progressively increased his land holdings
until he pays taxes on several of the good farms of Upshur
County. With his growing business interests he became
one of the organizers and a stockholder in the Traders
National Bank of Buckhannon, and has been active presi-
dent of that institution since its organization. Mr. Post
and wife now spend their winters in Florida. They are
active in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is
affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and Mrs. Post with
the Eastern Star.

In September, 1891, he married Miss Anna Hurst, who
was born in Upshur County in August, 1871, and was
educated in the public schools and the seminary. Her
father, the late Maj. John L. Hurst, was a Union soldier
who for bravery on the field of battle was promoted to
major. He was several times wounded. After the war
he served as county clerk. Major Hurst died during the
influenza epidemic in 1917.

Mr. and Mrs. Post have lived in Buckhannon most of
the years since their marriage. They have two sons.
Isaac H., a graduate of Wesleyan College at Buckhannon,
is a student of law at Harvard University. John H., who
graduated from Wesleyan College, was a flying instructor
at Mather Field in California during the war, and was
rated as a very proficient flyer. He is an educated farmer,
having taken advanced courses in agriculture at Cornell
University, and is a thirty-second degree Mason.

William Reppert

UPSHUR 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. 411-412

WILLIAM REPPERT, the popular superintendent of the
Peerless Coal Mine Company at Buckhannon, Upshur
County, was born in Preston County, West Virginia, Decem-
ber 17, 1883, and is a son of A. D. and Mary (Fortney)
Reppert, the former of whom was born in Monongalia
County, this state, March 3, 1851, about a decade prior
to the separation of West Virginia from the mother state
of Virginia. Mrs. Mary (Fortney) Reppert was born in
Preston County, in 1854, was there reared and educated
and there her marriage occurred. A. D. Reppert was reared
at Morgantown, judicial center of his native county, and
after his marriage he settled in Preston County, where he
became superintendent of an ore plant. He later turned
his attention to agricultural enterprise, of which he still
continues a successful exponent in that county. He is a
republican, is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and both he and
his wife are active church members. Of the ten children
all are living except one, four being residents of Upshur
County, one of Preston County, one of Maryland, one of
Michigan and one of Pennsylvania.

The public schools of his native county afforded William
Reppert his early education, and he initiated his associa-
tion with the coal-mining industry by taking employment
in Marion County. He gave special attention to study in
the engineering department of the industry, and with this
department he continued his active association ten years,
at the expiration of which, in 1909, he became a mine fore-
man in Marion County. He was thus engaged one year
and for the ensuing three years was a mine engineer in
Fayette County. In 1913 he became a mine foreman in
Upshur County, and here his ability and effective service
has led to his advancement to his present office, that of
superintendent for the Peerless Mine Company, with head-
quarters at Buckhannon, the county seat, where he owns
his attractive home property, at 100 South Florida Street.
At Beccley, Raleigh County, he is affiliated with Beckley
Lodge No. 95, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He
is a republican in politics, and he and his wife hold mem-
bership in the Christian Church.

October 9, 1910, recorded the marriage of Mr. Reppert
and Miss Minnie R. Fortney, of Marion County, she hav-
ing been graduated from the high school and also from
the State Normal School at Fairmont and having taught
school for one year. Mr. and Mrs. Reppert have two chil-
dren: Oliver, born August 11, 1911; and William, Jr.,
born July 8, 1918.

John A. Sharps

UPSHUR 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. 411

JOHN A. SHARPS is the patentee of the excellent device
which gives basis for the conducting of one of the im-
portant industrial enterprises in the City of Buckhannon,
Upshur County. His window-shade invention is manufac-
tured by the Cutright-Sharps Company, and he was the
active manager of the well equipped factory of the com-
pany for three years.

Mr. Sharps was born in Marion County, this state, on
the 2d of August, 1871, and is a son of Jesse and Priscilla
C. (Nichols) Sharps, both likewise natives of that county.
The father had exceptional natural ability as a mechanic,
and he was a skilled workman as a carpenter, wagonmaker
and shoemaker, besides which he became a prosperous
farmer in Upshnr County, where he owned an excellent
farm of 127 acres, upon which he was residing at the
time of his death. He was a deacon in the Baptist Church
for more than thirty years, was a democrat in politics, was
affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and
his wife was a member of the adjunct organization, the
Daughters of Rebekah, besides being a devoted member
of the Baptist Church. Of the five children four are liv-
ing: William H., who was formerly in service as a locomo-
tive engineer, is now a mechanic at Clarksburg, this state;
Nancy is the widow of Joseph Kiddy; Thomas G. is em-
ployed in a sawmill at Elkins; and John A. is the imme-
diate subject of this sketch. The daughter, Mary J., is
the deceased wife of John W. Kiddy.

John A. Sharps was a boy at the time of the family re-
moval to the farm in Upshur County, and he gained his
youthful education in the public schools of this county. He
early manifested exceptional mechanical skill, and for a
number of years he was actively identified with lumbering
operations in this section of West Virginia. He was em-
ployed by a number of the leading lumber companies, and
in the meanwhile he exhibited his mechanical genius by
inventing a number of devices, of which the most im-
portant is the window shade which bears his name and for
the manufacture of which the Cutright-Sharps Company
was organized and incorporated and the manufacturing
plant established at Buckhannon. W. T. McWorter is
president of the company, Dr. O. B. Beer is its vice presi-
dent, C. K. McCally is secretary and treasurer, and H. M.
Wade is sales manager. The enterprise is proving success-
ful, as a valuable contribution to the industrial and com-
mercial activities of Buckhannon. Mr. Sharps was the
active manager and superintendent of the factory. He
is a stockholder and director of the company, is the owner
of a fine fruit farm of thirty-four acres seventeen miles
distant from Bnckhannon, and is especially successful as
a grower of the finest types of apples. His political alle-
giance is given to the republican party, he is affiliated
with Centerville Lodge No. 81, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, and he and his wife hold membership in the United
Brethren Church. The maiden name of Mrs. Sharps was
Lydia F. Cutright, and she is a member of one of the
representative families of Upshur County. Mr. and Mrs.
Sharps have six children: Edna (Mrs. Harmon Pringle),
Coy W., Julia (Mrs. Lester Cain) Elsie G., Dessie C. and
Oleta.

Harold T. Sturm

UPSHUR 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. 411

HAROLD T. STURM is mine engineer of the Philmont coal
mine of the Hercules & Pittsburgh Coal Company, and
also of the Hesper Mine, all in Upshur County, and he
maintains his home at Buckhannon, the county seat.

Mr. Stum was born in Harrison County, West Vir-
ginia, October 26, 1896, and in the same county were born
his parents, John J. and Leila (Tetrick) Sturm, who now
reside at Shinnston, that county, where the father is liv-
ing virtually retired, he having for a number of years
been successfully engaged in business as a contractor in
railroad construction. John J. Sturm is a past master
of St. John’s Lodge No. 24, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, at Shinnston, and a Knight Templar, is a stalwart
republican and has served as a member of the County
Court of Harrison County. Of the four children Harold
T., of this review, is the eldest; Richard, a graduate of
the Shinnston High School is, in 1921, a student in Wash-
ington and Lee University in Virginia; Frank is attend-
ing the Shinnston High School; and Robert is attending
the public schools of that city.

Harold T. Sturm was reared in West Virginia and Ohio,
in each of which states he attended the public schools.
Since his graduation from the high school at Shinnston
he has given his active attention to mine engineering from
the time of initiating his independent career, and he has
gained his standing in his chosen field of service. He
is aligned loyally in the ranks of the republican party,
and in the time-honored Masonic fraternity has received
the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, besides be-
ing a member of the Mystic Shrine, while his basic affilia-
tion is with St. John’s Lodge No. 24, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, at Shinnston.

In September, 1915, was solemnized the marriage of
Mr. Sturm and Miss Aladine Bassel, who completed her
education by attending the West Virginia Wesleyan Col-
lege and who is a popular figure in the representative
social activities of Buckhannon.

Homer O. Van Tromp

UPSHUR 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. 414

HOMER O. VAN TROMP, M. D. The medical and surgical
practice of the French Creek community in Upshur County
is ably looked after by Doctor Van Tromp, who was born
and grew up in this community and has made a splendid
record in his chosen profession. He has practiced here for
nearly ten years.

Doctor Van Tromp was born at French Creek Septem-
ber 26, 1877, son of John A. and Margaret (Ward) Van
Tromp. His father was born in Rockingham County, Vir-
ginia, in March, 1840, and at the age of eighteen came to
this section of West Virginia. He had acquired his early
education in his native state, and he also attended sub-
scription school in West Virginia. He was a student, and
for many years was a successful teacher. He served nine
months in the Twenty-fourth West Virginia Cavalry, and
was discharged at the close of war. After his marriage
he taught school in Upshur and Harrison counties, and
finally moved to French Creek to educate his children at
the old academy, and is still living at French Creek. He
is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a
prohibitionist. John A. Van Tromp and wife had seven
children, one of whom died at the age of nineteen. Those
living are: John M., a teacher and surveyor in Upshur
County; Lulu, wife of Jerome Fultz, of Jane Lew, West
Virginia; Dr. Homer O.; Miss Iva L., who has been a
teacher; Miss Mary E.; and Aleta, who is a graduate of
the Fairmont State Normal and has been a teacher.

Dr. Homer O. Van Tromp was reared at French Creek,
attended the free schools there and took the work of the
summer normal schools. As a young man he studied elec-
tricity and steam engineering, and for a time was electri-
cian at the West Virginia State Reform School and was
also in Washington, District of Columbia, employed as
chief engineer at the National Training School for Boys.
For several years he had set his mind on a medical career,
and in preparation therefor he entered the Eclectic School
of Medicine at Cincinnati, where he was graduated in 1913,
and in the same year returned to French Creek to begin
practice. Doctor Van Tromp is a member of the County,
State and American Medical Associations. He is a busy
man in his profession, and at the same time takes a deep
interest in everything connected with the general welfare
and progress of the community. He is a stockholder in
the Bank of Adrian, in the Upshur County Fair Associa-
tion and the Buckhannon Chamber of Commerce. He is
a republican, a Presbyterian, and is affiliated with Rock
Cave Lodge No. 81, A. F. and A. M., and he and his wife
are members of Aletha Chapter of the Eastern Star.

In 1907 Doctor Van Tromp married Blanch E. Brooks,
a daughter of Adolphus Brooks and member of a prom-
inent family of educators and horticulturists in Upshur
County.

W. B. Golden

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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. 267-268
Upshur County

W. B. GOLDEN. A position of public trust is necessarily
indicative of the man who fills it. When the duties of an
office demanding a keen intellect, a never-failing diplomacy
and a strong moral courage, are, year after year, dis-
charged so satisfactorily that the public vote confirms
them successively on the same person, we may be imme-
diately assured that the individual who occupies the office
is possessed of the proper abilities. In this connection
mention is to be made of W. B. Golden, who was elected
to the office of superintendent of schools of Braxton
County in 1910, served four years and was elected again
in 1918 and is now serving his second term.

Mr. Golden was born in Upshur County, West Virginia
February 19, 1874, a son of A. B. and Celina (McCauley)
Golden, both natives of the same locality and both prod-
ucts of the farm and of the country schools. Prior to
her marriage Mrs. Golden had taught in the free schools
of her native county for several years. After their mar-
riage Mr. Golden turned his attention to farming, and
settled on a small farm near Rock Cave, but in 1884
disposed of his interests in that locality and moved to a
farm near Flatwoods, Braxton County, where they lived
until the death of Mr. Golden, which occurred September
3, 1900, after which Mrs. Golden disposed of the farm
and now resides at Walkersville, Lewis County, with her
youngest son. They were faithful members of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church. Mr. Golden was a member of the
Improved Order of Rd Men, and his political faith was
as a democrat.

The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Golden were as
follows: W. B., of this review; Charles O, who is en-
gaged in farming in the State of Colorado; Eva, who is
the wife of M. H. Crawford, of Weston, West Virginia;
J. L., who is engaged in farming and the lumber business
at Rock Cave, this state; A. H., of Burnsville, Braxton
County; T. R, who is engaged in operating a farm in
Oklahoma; Oscar, who while working for the Government
as a trained nurse in the Philippine Islands, contracted
tuberculosis, from which he died; and Clyde, who resides
at home with his mother.

W. B. Golden was reared on a farm, but cared little
for agricultural pursuits, and when fifteen years of age
taught his first country school. He continued to follow
this vocation, in the meantime adding much to his store
of information by reading and home study courses.

He has been elected two terms of four years each to the
office of county superintendent of schools of his county.
In the superintendency, Mr. Golden has done much to
elevate the standards of the free schools of his county and
place them on a higher plane. He has made himself a
general favorite with teachers, pupils and parents, and
much of his success has been due to the fact that he knows
the needs of his county and is working with all the energy
at his command for the general betterment. So well has
he done his work as superintendent that he is regarded
as one of the best in the state and can no doubt be elected
again with little opposition.

On May 26, 1899, Mr. Golden married Miss Estella M.
Morrison, who was born in Braxton County and educated
in the public schools of her county. To this union were
born five children: Marvin L., a graduate of the high
school at Sutton and has since had two and one-half years
at the State University; Mary Marie, a graduate of the
Sntton High School and teaches in the graded school at
Flatwoods; Audrey, a student at the Flatwoods High
School; Opal and Edith, who are attending the graded
school at Flatwoods.

The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, in which Mr. Golden is superintendent of
the Sunday school. He is a member of the Improved Order
of Red Men, in which order he belongs to the State Great
Council, and in politics is a democrat.

Ira B. Westfall

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
vfcrook@trellis.net
April 14, 2000
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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. 412

IRA B. WESTFALL for a quarter of a century has car-
ried on a prosperous business as a building contractor over
Upshur and surrounding counties, but his home is on a
farm a mile east of Buckhannon, and with the aid of his
children he cultivates the land and takes an active part
in this agricultural community.

His birthplace was not far from the home where he lives
today. He was born August 17, 1872, son of Granville
D. and Martha E. (Day) Westfall. Few families ante-date
the arrival of the Westfall family in what is now West
Virginia. In 1772, three years before the beginning of the
Revolutionary war, his ancestor James Westfall came to
Randolph County and settled on the present site of Beverly.
The line of descent from James Westfall to Ira B. West-
fall leads through his son Zachariah, George Westfall who
married Ruhama Cutright, Watson Westfall, who married
Rachel Tinney, and Granville D. Westfall, who was born
in Upshur County March 4, 1848. He grew up on his
farm, made good use of his educational advantages and
for several years was a teacher. After his marriage he
settled on Sand Run, then moved to Buckhannon, and
finally to a farm nearby, where he died March 8, 1908.
He was one of the leaders of the United Brethren Church
of his community and was a democrat. Of his six chil-
dren the following are living: Ira B.; Lenora, wife of T.
W. Hinkle, of Buekhannon; Iva F., wife of A. M. Hughes,
of Akron, Ohio; and W. E. Westfall, a carpenter and
builder of Buckhannon.

Ira B. Westfall lived on the home farm until he was
twenty-one, acquired a common school education and
learned the trade of carpenter. He worked as a journey-
man carpenter for several years, but for the past quarter
of a century has done a business as a general contractor
and has had a share of the contracts in the general up-
building of this section of the state. He owns a business
house and dwelling in Clarksburg, and also has seventy-
six acres of farm land, his home farm comprising forty-
two acres.

Mr. Westfall married Ida C. Lowe, daughter of William
R. and Mary E. (Mowery) Lowe, natives of Virginia.
Mrs. Westfall was reared on a farm and had a common
school education. To their marriage were born twelve
children, all but one still living: Lottie M., born Septem-
ber 29, 1897, wife of Henry Ours; Veta F., born July 12,
1899; William D., born September 5, 1901, now serving in
the United States Navy; Burton J., born July 3, 1903;
Winnie W., born February 9, 1906; Ida V., born August
4, 1908; Solomon D., born December 29, 1909; Virgil D.,
born November 20, 1911; Kelso L., born January 4, 1914;
Mary E., born December 8, 1915; Henry F., born in Septem-
ber, 1917, and died January 1, 1918; and Robert M., born
April 19, 1919.

The family are members of the United Brethren Church,
of which Mr. Westfall is a trustee. He is a democrat and
served as president of his local Board of Education two
years.