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Martin Van Buren Godbey





MARTIN VAN BUREN GODBEY


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. 724


GODBEY, MARTIN VAN BUREN. (Republican.)
Born in Raleigh county, December 19,1879; educated in the public
schools, at Marshall College and at Grant University; a physician
and surgeon; received the degree of M. D. from Maryland Medical
College; elected to the House of Delegates from Boone county in
1908; a member of the State Board of Health 1909-13; elected to
the State Senate in 1914, from the Eighth District; in 1917 had
the following committee assignments: Forestry and Conservation
(Chairman); To Examine the Clerk’s Office (Chairman); Railroads,
Insurance, Mines and Mining, Medicine and Sanitation, Public
Printing, Rules, Virginia Debt. Appointed Chief Medical Examiner
of the Workmen’s Compensation Fund, May 1,1917.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Email: VFCROOK@TRELLIS.NET





Mactaggart







Mactaggart


The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 365-366

Raleigh

WILLIAM N. MACTAGGART. Though he has been an American all these years
he can remember, William N. MacTaggart was born in Scotland, and he has
some of the pronounced Scotch characteristics. He is conservative, is a
man of forceful character, and his associates esteem his judgment and experience
as the last resort in practically every matter connected with coal operation
and mining engineering. Mr. MacTaggart is the local superintendent and
engineer in charge of the vast properties of the Beaver Coal Company, with
headquarters at Beckley in Raleigh County.

He was born in the City of Glasgow, January 29, 1868, son of John and
Mary (Neilson) MacTaggart. His parents came to the United States about
1870. His father while in Scotland was an accountant for coal mining companies,
but, in the United States he took up mining as a practical vocation, and
was a mine foreman and superintendent, spending one year at Sharon, Pennsylvania,
and then removed to the coal district around Jeansville, Pennsylvania. 
He was killed in a mine accident there in 1881.

William N. MacTaggart attended the common schools of Jeansville, and
was only eight years of age when he did

his first work at a coal mine, picking slate. This was night work,
and he continued to attend school during the day.  At the age of eleven
he was made trapper and driver, and then successively was employed as trackman,
dug coal as a practical miner, served as foreman and superintendent, and
with increasing experience in all phases of coal mining he felt the need
of a better education, and for two years he pursued an academic course
in Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania.  Following that he
secured a position as rodman with an engineering company, and after mastering
the fundamentals of engineering he was made chainman and then transit man.
For three years he was in the service of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company
as a mining engineer at Hazelton, Pennsylvania. In 1899 he came to West
Virginia as mining engineer for the Fairmont Coal Company, and was in the
service of this corporation four years.

During a period of almost twenty years since then, Mr. MacTaggart has
had his headquarters at Beckley, where he has been superintendent for the
Beaver Coal Company. He looks after the property of the company, comprising
50,000 acres of coal and timber lands, producing on the average 3,000,000
tons of coal annually, besides lumber. There are twenty coal companies
operating under lease from the Beaver Company.  These operating companies
are the Raleigh, the Beckley, the Slab Fork, the Sullivan, the E. E. White
Coal and Coke Company, the Gulf Smokeless Coal Company, the Bailey-Wood
Coal Company, the Pemberton, the McAlpin, the Gulf Coal Company, the Elkhorn
Piney Mining Company, Pemberton Fuel Company, Piney Creek Coal Company,
Douglas Coal Company, Bowyer Smokeless Coal Company, Ragland Coal Company,
Summit

Coal Company, Viacova Coal Company, Beard Coal and Coke Company and
Battleship Coal Company.

In 1896, at Jeansville, Pennsylvania. Mr. MacTaggart married Bertha
Hamer, daughter of William and Bertha

Hamer. Her father was in the coal business in Pennsylvania. The five
children of their marriage are Paul, Jean

(deceased), Isabel, Margaret and Bertha.

The Beaver Company donated the site at Beckley for the new hospital
known as the Kings Daughters Hos-

pital of Beckley. Mr. MacTaggart is a Presbyterian, is a member of
the Kiwanis Club and is president of the Beckley Club.

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James Richmond







Richmond Bragg Bair

                                             
James Richmond

Written by George E. Honts, III (Fincastle, VA)

James Richmond was born at Sandstone, at Richmond Falls on
the New River on January 19, 1823.  His grandfather, William Richmond
(born in Pennsylvania, 1752, died in Fayette County, WV 1850) was a veteran
of the American Revolutionary War.  He was also the first settler
in the New River Gorge, just upstream from the present-day I-64 Bridge
at Sandstone.  His log cabin still stands on the west bank of the
river and is still occupied as a dwelling.

William was three times married. His first wife, Mary, bore him nine
children and died in 1807. He thereafter married Margaret Bragg and, in
1849, Rebecca Atkins. Among William’s nine children was the father of James,
also named William (1786 – 1860), who married Mary Christian Kayler (Koehler).
James Richmond married Lucinda Walker c. 1843. Lucinda probably was reared
on Lick Creek on the Greenbrier County side of the New River. To this union
11 children were born:

John (1845-1847); James C. (1848-1898); Harvey T. (1849-1916); Rachel
(1852-1862); Ballard (1854-1923); Ruthy (1858-1881); Silvira (1861-1938
); Robert (1864 –1873); William D. (1866-1867); Oliver (1859-1960); and
Lucinda Ellen (1872-1960).  Lucinda Ellen became the wife of George
W. Bair, Jr.  In 1850, James acquired a farm at Little Beaver in Raleigh
County and lived out his life there.

James died on Saturday, May 25, 1911. The Raleigh Register of
June 1, 1911 announced his death thusly:  “ One of the Oldest and
Best Know Citizens of Raleigh County…died at the home of his daughter
Mrs. George W. Bair [ N. Kanawha Street, Beckley].  Thirty-one grandchildren
and 35 great-grandchildren survived him. James served in the army of the
Confederacy throughout the Civil War.”  He was a Democrat and the
Register
reported “until recently had always taken part in party affairs, being
regarded as one of the ablest counselors of his party”.

He was buried at the Ewart Cemetery in Shady Springs District, Raleigh
County.


Hoskins







Hoskin, Hume


 

The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 364-365

WILLIAM W. HUME, M. D. A physician who began his workin Raleigh County
twenty years ago, Doctor Hume in recent years has withdrawn from general
practice and is now a widely known and acknowledged specialist in eye,
ear, nose and throat diseases at Beckley, and in that field represents
some of the highest abilities available in this section of the state.

Doctor Hume was born in Orange County, Virginia, September 21, 1866.
He represents a long line of Virginia

ancestors, the first of the name coming to this country in 1617. Another
branch of the family included the famous

Scotch historian and philosopher, David Hume. The parents of Doctor
Hume were Dr. Charles E. and Mary E.

(Thompson) Hume, natives of Virginia. His father made for himself a
place of prominence in his profession. He

waa in the Confederate army during the Civil war, and he treated both
Union and Confederate soldiers in his professional capacity.  His
home was in the path of both armies, and the soldiers took everything valuable
from the place. After the war Dr. Charles Hume settled in Culpeper County,
and he and his wife are now deceased.

William W. Hume acquired his early education in the common schools of
Culpeper County, and he had to de-

pend on himself for his higher education. For seven years he was engaged
in the drug business at Hinton, West Virginia, and left there to begin
the study of medicine in the University of Virginia at Charlottesville,
where he graduated M. D. in 1901. For four years he did a general country
practice in Raleigh County, and then moved to Beckley, and a few years
later he began his preparation for his special line of work. During 1914
Doctor Hume was a student of diseases of the nose and throat in the Philadelphia
Polyclinic, and took eye and ear courses in the Wills Eye Hospital at Philadelphia.
After his return to Beckley he limited his practice to eye, ear, nose and
throat.  During the war he was a member of the Examining Board. 
Doctor Hume now has associated with him in practice Dr. J. H. Hoskins,
a nephew of Mrs. Hume.

Doctor Hoskins was born April 22, 1892, in Essex County, Virginia, son
of W. D. and Ella Hoskins, and during the World war he was commissioned
first lieutenant in the Medical Corps, April 10, 1918. He was on duty three
weeks at Port Oglethorpe, Georgia, and then transferred to the Base Hospital
at Camp Raritan, Metuchen, New Jersey, whore he received his honorable
discharge January 20, 1919. Doctor Hume and Doctor Hoskins are both members
of the surgical staff of the Kings Daughters Hospital of Beckley.

In 1903, in Essex County, Virginia, Doctor Hume married Gazelle Hundley,
daughter of John T. and Sallie (Garnett) Hundley, natives of Virginia.
Her father was an educator and a soldier in the Civil war. Doctor Hume
and wife have no children of their own, but for a number of years have
been deeply interested in the welfare and progress of her sister’s children,
including Doctor Hoskins.   They adopted two of the daughters,
Beverly Hoskins Hume and Mathilda Hoskins Hume. Doctor Hume is a member
of the Christian Church, is a Royal Arch and Knight Templar Mason and Shriner,
votes as a democrat, and is a member of the County and State Medical associations.
He and his family live in the finest home at Beckley.

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Dennie Wirt Elkins

Wyoming County West Virginia

Biography of Dennie Wirt Elkins

Dennie Wirt Elkins was born in Oceana Wyoming County,West
Virginia March 19,1879 to George F. Elkins and Serrilda Olida
Cook Elkins. 1 of 13 children
Paternal grandparents are Thomas Elkins and Virginia (Jensey)
Brown
Maternal grandparents are Thomas G (Doby) Cook and Margaret
(Peggy) Brooks
His siblings are Roy
Acy,Rice,Lonie,Jodah,Lana,Lettie,Vida,Walter,Carrie,Herbert and
Golda Elkins.
He lived on the Family Farm up above the present Oceana High
School all of his life.
His first marriage was to Hattie Stewart d/o Robert Stewart and
Virginia Allen Stewart and to this marriage 3 children were born
Callie Elkins Lambert ,Ottoway Elkins and Millie Elkins Smith.
Hattie Stewart Elkins died shortly after her third child was
born.
His second wife Corba Louvinia (Corby) Stewart d/o Austin
“Rice” Stewart and Della Myrtle Mae Francis Stewart.
They married in Oceana Wyoming County West Virginia September
17,1915
To this marriage 6 children were born Ulvert Elkins ,Ruth Elkins
Bailey, Rita Elkins Bragg ,Myrtle Elkins Johnson, Raymond Elkins
and Hubert (died an infant) Elkins all were born in Oceana
Wyoming County West Virginia
I remember as a child we lived on his farm just around the hill
from him and granny as a child I was always with him when I
wasn’t in school.
In the fall after we picked apples we would dig a hole not far
from the house and bury the apples we picked off the trees we
even covered them with hay and then put the dirt over them in the
winter when it was real cold outside me and grandpa would go out
sometimes and uncover that hole and reach in an get us an apple
that was just like it was when we put them in there.
In the spring when grandpa was plowing he would fix a swing for
me in the middle of his plow and off we would go the grandpa me
and old prince how big that horse was to this little boy.
I loved growing up on the farm with my grandfather I remember one
evening in the cold of winter we saw his light from his lantern
as he was coming around the hill to our house when he got there
he was all out of breath and excited as he said he had heard it
on his radio (which was one of the old battery radios that was as
big as a floor model television) we are at war some people called
Japanese have bombed a place called Pearl Harbour and the America
has said war.
And how that would change all of our lives as his sons would go
off to war to places he had never heard of until then .
His sons returned home safely it seemed as if grandpa had aged so
much as the worry over his sons had been hard for him.
Grandpa came up the old road across the creek one day and yelled
and tell mom he wanted to take me with him to Matheny as were
walking a cow up through the field (where the Oceana medical
Center now built) and he had feel to the ground he had a stroke I
never saw again after that day as he died a short time later in
the Mullens Hospital in Mullens West Virginia
Dennie Wirt Elkins died October 9,1950 in Mullens Wyoming County
West Virginia
Buried at Chambers Cemetery also known as( Doby Cook Cemetery )on
the Hill located above Oceana High School in Oceana Wyoming
County West Virginia.

Submitted by; Grandson Danford E. Bragg Sr.
sbragg@mail.woolco.com

Frank E. Shannon

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 492
Wyoming

FRANK E. SHANNON, is the present prosecuting attorney
of Wyoming County, West Virginia, having been elected on
the republican ticket in 1920 to serve a term of four years.

He is a son of Albert Shannon and Sallie (Justice)
Shannon. His father is still living, his mother having died
when he was but one year old.

His family was one of the first settlers of the county,
having come to this county from Tazewell, Virginia, long
before the Civil war. He and all of his people are repub-
licans and Methodists.

Submitted by:
Valerie Crook
vfcrook@earthlink.net
July 10, 2000

John C. Gordon MD

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 565-566
Wyoming

HON. JOHN C. GORDON, M. D. A well-known figure in
medical circles of Wyoming County, Dr. John C. Gordon has
the mine practice of the Miller Pocahontas Coal Company
at Corinne, and has also the responsibility of a large general
clientele. In addition to being active as a medical and
surgical practitioner he is taking an active and prominent
part in civic affairs, and at the present time is discharging
the duties connected with the office of mayor. He is able
both as a physician and an executive, and has done much to
make Corinne a model coal camp.

Doctor Gordon was born at Lafayette, Montgomery
County, Virginia, on his father’s farm, April 9, 1887, and
is a son of Joseph Thomas and Ella (Francis) Gordon.
Joseph T. Gordon was a very successful truck gardener and
an authority on agricultural subjects, more particularly
matters pertaining to watermelons. He was preparing a
series of articles on watermelon culture at the time of
his early death, in 1902, when he was only forty-eight years
of age. He sold the product from his farm at Roanoke,
Christianburg, Blacksburg and in the coal fields, and was
widely known as a man of integrity and fair dealing.
An advanced thinker, he was deeply interested in educational
affairs and always supported the public schools. His
religious connection was with the Baptist Church, while
Mrs. Gordon, who died in 1905, at thirty-eight years of
age, was a Methodist. They were the parents of three
sons and three daughters: Frank, who is a telegraph operator
in the employ of the Virginian Railroad Company, at El-
lett, Virginia: Doctor Joseph, who is a dental practitioner
at Kingsport, Tennessee; Pearl, the wife of D. C. Horsley,
in the United States Secret Service at Oakland, California;
Grace, who is married and living at Birmingham, Alabama;
Lillian, who died at the age, of thirty-two years, as the
wife of W. W. Gardner, of Lafayette, Virginia; and Dr.
John C.

John C. Gordon was a lad of fifteen years, with a public
school education, at the time of his father’s death, when
he began to work to assist in the support of his mother
and sisters. Being desirous of further educational ad-
vantages, he attended high school part of the time and
worked hard to pay his way, being a member of an
engineering corps on the Virginian Railroad and a cross
engineer in the coal fields of Kentucky. Thus he secured
the means whereby he was able to enter Bell-Montgomery
Academy at Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1908 commenced
the study of medicine at the University of Tennessee, Nash-
ville, from which institution he was graduated as a member
of the class of 1912, receiving the degree of Doctor of
Medicine. At that time he located at Keystone, McDowell
County, West Virginia, taking up a mine practice, but
after two years removed to Fort Pierce, on the east coast
of Florida. After three years he removed to Chattanooga,
Tennessee, where he spent one year, going then to Mullens,
West Virginia, where he remained until 1921, the time of
his advent at Corinne. Doctor Gordon recognizes and
practices the highest ethics of his honored profession, and
those unable to pay a fee receive his professional services
free of charge. During the World war he acted as surgeon
for the Wyoming County Draft Board. Doctor Gordon is
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has
been active in religious work for the past fifteen years. He
is a Master Mason at Graham, Virginia, belongs to the
Chapter at Princeton, West Virginia, and the Commandery
at Mount Hope, this state, and holds membership in the
Mystic Shrine at Charleston. As mayor of Corinne he has
effected many needed municipal improvements and has
discharged the duties of his office in a conscientious and
highly efficient manner.

Doctor Gordon married on his birthday, April 9, 1919,
Miss Ruth Barnett, daughter of G. A. Barnett, of Lynch-
burg, Virginia, and to this union there has been born one
daughter, Virginia Clifton.

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Submitted by:
Valerie Crook
vfcrook@earthlink.net
July 23, 2000
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Jesse Oscar Bailiff MD

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 565
Wyoming

JESSE OSCAR BAILIFF, M. D. Gifted in marked degree,
fitted by training and natural inclination as a physician
and surgeon, it is not surprising that Dr. Jesse Oscar
Bailiff, of Mullens, is making rapid strides in his calling,
or that he has gained in such a large measure the respect
and confidence of the people of his community within so
short a period of time. While a member of his profession
only since 1914, he has had experience in several locations
and capacities, including extended and valued service on
the front in France during the recent war.

Doctor Bailiff was born October 23, 1885, on a farm
near Marshall, Illinois, and is a son of J. T. and Clara
(Whipple) Bailiff. The parents of Doctor Bailiff during
his youth resided in several communities, in Illinois, near
Marshall, in Iowa, again in Illinois, near their old home, and
finally in Missouri, where they now occupy a farm near
Dudley in Stoddard County. They had two sons and one
daughter. Doctor Bailiff’s brother, William Bailiff, is the
representative of the Standard Oil Company at Dexter,
Missouri.

Jesse Oscar Bailiff attended the public schools of Illinois
and Iowa, and after graduating from the Marshall (Illinois)
High School entered the College of Medicine and Surgery
at Chicago, from which he was graduated with the degree
of Doctor of Medicine, as a member of the class of 1914.
To prepare himself further he served as an interne and
house physician at the .Frances Willard Hospital, Chicago,
for eighteen months, and then entered general practice at
Chicago, where he was engaged until February, 1918. At
that time he entered the Medical Training School at Fort
Riley, Kansas, where he received the commission of first
lieutenant, and was assigned to duty at Fort Des Moines,
Iowa. He remained there only a short time, and was then
sent overseas, arriving in France in August, 1918, and being
Stationed at Evacuation Hospital No. 114, on the Argonne
front, where he remained until December, 1918. He was
then transferred to Base Hospital No. 81, at Bazoilles,
Suer Messe, until May, 1919, when he returned to the
United States and received his honorable discharge at Camp
Dix. He was recommended for a captain’s commission.
Following the completion of his military service he was
identified with Princeton Hospital of West Virginia until
1921, when he located at Mullens. Here he has built up a
substantial and lucrative practice and has established a
reputation as a thoroughly reliable, capable and learned
member of his calling. He belongs to the various organiza-
tions of his profession and keeps fully abreast of the
advancements being made therein. While a resident of
Chicago he was made a Master Mason, and now holds
membership in Mullens Lodge, A. F. and A. M. He also
belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen
of America, the Loyal Order of Moose and the American
Legion. Worthy civic movements have his full cooperation
and support.

Doctor Bailiff married August 14, 1913, Miss Grace
Georgia Shoemacher, of Chicago.

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Submitted by:
Valerie Crook
vfcrook@earthlink.net
July 23, 2000
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John K. Hobaugh

The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 613-614

Wyoming

JOHN K. HOBAUGH. Prominent among the men whose activities are
felt in the coal mining industry of Wyoming County is John K.
Hobaugh, superintendent of the Miller Pocahontas Coal Company at
Corinne, one mile east of Mullens, on the Winding Gulf branch of
the Virginia Rail- road. Practically his entire life has been
passed in this industry, with all the details of which he is
thoroughly familiar. He was born at Sunnyside, Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, August 29, 1877, and is a son of David and Nancy
(Kelley) Hobaugh.

 

David Hobaugh spent his life in connection with mining in
Pennsylvania, and died in 1914, when sixty-four years of age, his
wife having passed away in 1902, at the age of fifty-two years.
One of the men of integrity, who had the full confidence of his
fellow-citizens, he served capably for a number of years as
justice of the peace and wielded an influence for good in his
community. He was active in both church and Sunday School work,
as was his worthy wife, both being of the Methodist faith.
Fraternally Mr. Hobaugh was identified with the Senior Order of
United American Mechanics and the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows. There were four sons and three daughters in the family.
One of the sons, H. B. Hobaugh, was for a few years identified
with the West Virginia mines, being a fore- man in the mines at
Mount Hope and also acting in the same capacity on the White Oak
branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad.

John K. Hobaugh attended the public schools of Sunny- side,
Pennsylvania, and later supplemented his education with a course
on mining subjects received through the International
Correspondence Schools of Scranton, Pennsyl- vania. When still a
boy he began to help his father in the mines, and passed through
all the positions in his upward climb, being successively a
trapper, coal miner, fire boss, foreman and superintendent in
Pennsylvania before he came to West Virginia, in February, 1913.
At that time he came to Fayette County and was superintendent of
the Summer-Lee and Lochgalley mines, owned by the New River Coal
Company, a concern with which he remained for five years, then
becoming superintendent of the McKell Com- pany mines for two
years. When he left that company it was to join the Miller
Pocahontas Coal Company, which is connected with the Deegans
interests, and during his superintendency many improvements have
been made in the way of equipment and general conditions. Mr.
Hobaugh has always been sensible of the value of education, and
built the schoolhonse at Corinne and the one at Monticello.
Corinne has become, largely through his efforts, a model coal
camp, and was recently incorporated with a full set of officers.
Mr. Hobaugh is a member of the Senior Order of United American
Mechanics, the Knights of Malta and the Loyal Order of Moose. He
is a republican in polities, and is progressive in action and in
ideas.

In 1917 Mr. Hobaugh married Miss Ada Newman, a daughter of Asa
Newman.

Submitted by Valerie
& Tommy Crook

Lloyd Edward Bragg

Biography of Lloyd Edward Bragg

Lloyd Edward Bragg was born May 19,1914 in Logan County West
Virginia although they lived in Lincoln County, so he grew up in
Lincoln County West Virginia .
He was the son of Albert Bragg and Lottie Spears Bragg.
His siblings were 3 sisters they were by a previous marriage of
his mother
Their names are Bernice,Bessie and Allie Sowards
His paternal Grandparents are James Calloway Bragg and Sarah
Adkins Bragg
Maternal Grandparents are Hamilton Spears and Jerusha Spurlock
Spears.
He married Rita Irene Elkins d/o Dennie Wirt Elkins and Corba
Louvina Stewart February 15,1933 In Oceana Wyoming County,West
Virginia.
He was a resident of Oceana Wyoming County for over 47 years as
they made their home there.
They had 10 children 6 sons and 4 daughters and adopted 1
granddaughter
Their children are as follows James Edward Bragg ,Patsy Bragg
Sexton,Danford Earl Bragg,Carol Bragg Slattton, Hubert Acy
Bragg,Dennis Everett Bragg,Frederick Keith Bragg,Judith Bragg
Milam Lowe Barbara Bragg Spears Crouse,Jimmie Randall Bragg and
the adopted granddaughter is Kimberly Bragg Lafferty
Dad and Mom met when he came to Oceana to work on the railroad
building the railroad to Eastern Gas and Fuel at Kopperston and
when this was finished he went to work at Eastern Gas and Fuel in
the mines at Kopperston ,Wyoming County,West Virginia where he
worked over 40 years .
He was a disabled coal miner and suffered from Black Lung.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows in Matheny West Virginia
He was a member of The United Mine Workers for 47 years.
He was among the founders of Turkey Ridge Independent Baptist
Served as a Deacon of the church for years ,he worked with the
youth fellowship I can still see him when Church youth group
would go roller skating he would skate right along with us and
could skate as well as anyone and better than most.
He died September 15,1980 in Beckley Raleigh County West Virginia
Buried in Palm Memorial Gardens at Matheny Wyoming County West
Virginia.

Submitted by son Danford Earl Bragg Sr
sbragg@mail.woolco.com