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James Alfred Taylor

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

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



TAYLOR, JAMES ALFRED. (Democrat.) Address:
Fayetteville, West Va. Born in Lawrence county, Ohio,
September 25, 1878; educated in the public schools,
occupation, newspaper editor and printer; has devoted
practically his entire life to the newspaper business,
principally in Ohio and West Virginia; married and resides
at Fayetteville, West Virginia; elected to the Legislature
of 1916, as one of the representatives from Fayette county;
during the 1917 sessions had the following committee
assignments: Printing and Contingent Expenses (Chair-
man); Medicine and Sanitation, Arts, Sciences and
General Improvements and Military Affairs.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Gory Hogg

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

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


pg. 725

HOGG, DR. GORY. (Democrat.) Address: Harvey,
West Va. Born at Point Pleasant, Mason county, June 29,
1873; educated in the public schools and at West Virginia
University; attended the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons, Baltimore, graduating in 1895 with the degree of
Doctor of Medicine; shortly thereafter located at Harvey,
Fayette county, where he has since been practicing; elected
to the Senate from the Ninth District in 1912; in the ses-
sions of 1917 served on the following standing committees
of the Senate: Finance, Penitentiary, Federal Relations,
Mines and Mining, Medicine and Sanitation, To Examine.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Homer Wiseman

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Chris & Kerry
December 18, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 157 & 158

HOMER WISEMAN is one of the younger business men of Charleston, but enjoys that
substantial element of success due to associations in an executive capacity
with one of the most substantial of the city’s industries, the West Virginia
Brick Company, of which he is secretary and treasurer.

The West Virginia Brick Company is a local industry of some years’ standing.
Through the special quality of its product ”Charleston Brick” has a reputation
among building engineers as being one of the highest grade fire brick
manufactured anywhere. It has proved superior to the usual product, as shown by
the most rigid tests. This brick fuses only at the exceedingly high temperature
of 3146 degrees. It is made from a superior clay which the company mines on its
own property. The plain brick is used mostly for boiler room construction. The
pressed face brick has a widely distributed sale in many cities, chiefly New
York, and many architects give it first choice for exterior brick in the most
beautiful modern structures.

Mr. Wiseman was born at Elliott in Fayette County, West Virginia, in 1887, son
of Benjamin F. and Elizabeth (Crist) Wiseman, natives of this state. He grew up
in Fayette County, attended public schools there, and when past the age of
fifteen he came to Charleston and attended business college. For some five or
six years he was in the employ of the firm Crawford & Ashby and with the South
Charleston Land Company.

Mr. Wiseman in 1912 went into the brick manufacturing business as a member of
the West Virginia Clay Products Company, which had been founded in 1910 and
which has since become the West Virginia Brick Company. As secretary and
treasurer he is also active head of the company, since the president of the
corporation lives at Louisville. The West Virginia Brick Company has a modern
plant adjacent to Charleston, at Elk Two Mile, on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
Mr. Wiseman has devoted his best efforts to the building up of this essential
industry, and his part therein is a record of which many ambitious business men
might well be proud. He is a member of the Charleston Kiwanis Club and the
Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Wiseman married Miss Elizabeth Crookshanks, also a native of Fayette
County. Their two children are Homer Clyde and Claude Franklin.

Joseph Wilbur Davis

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

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


pg. 734

Members of the House of Delegates.

DAVIS, JOSEPH WILBUR. (Democrat.) Address:
Macdonald, West Va. Born in Pamplin, Appomattox
county, Virginia; received his education in the public
schools and at Massey Business College, Richmond; was
a farmer by occupation until 1900; came to West Vir-
ginia in December of that year and has since been engaged
in the mercantile business in Fayette county; was elected
as one of the representatives from that county to the
Legislature in 1916; during the sessions of 1917 served on
the House committees on Penitentiary, Insurance, Mines
and Mining, Private Corporations and Joint Stock Com-
panies, Humane Institutions and Public Buildings.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Department Of Mines

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Chris & Kerry
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.64 & 65

STATE DEPARTMENT OF MINES. The first law governing the mining industry of West
Virginia was enacted by the Legislature in 1883, creating the office of state
mine inspector, with one inspector for the entire state. At the session of the
Legislature in 1887 the act was amended, providing for two inspectors, and in
1893 it was again amended, increasing the number of inspectors to three. At the
session of the Legislature of 1897 the original act was further amended by
providing for a chief inspector and four district inspectors. This number was
again increased by the Legislature of 1901 to five district mine inspectors,
and increased again in 1905 to seven district mine inspectors.

At the session of the Legislature of 1907 the Department of Mines was created,
the head of the department being given the title of chief of department of
mines, with twelve district mine inspectors. This act was again amended at the
session of the Legislature in 1915 by a provision of three additional district
mine inspectors, making fifteen in all. At the session of the Legislature of
1917 the law was further amended by placing all sand mines, sand pits, clay
mines, clay pits, quarries and cement works under the jurisdiction of the
department and provided for an inspector for same.

In the year 1919 the Legislature re-enacted the mining law and provided for
four district mine inspectors, making a total of nineteen inspectors. The
Legislature of 1919 also provided for the establishment of seven mine rescue
stations and for a director of mine rescue, who has headquarters at Charleston,
and since the office has been created hundreds of men have been trained in first
aid and mine rescue work. The stations are established at Charleston, Mount
Hope, Fairmont, Elkins, Wheeling, Logan and Welch.

At the session of the Legislature of 1921 the mining law was again amended and
three additional district mine inspectors provided for, bringing the total of
the department to twenty-two district mine inspectors, one inspector of sand
mines, etc., a director of mine rescue and chief of department of mines.

In 1920 the first annual first aid meet was held by the Department of Mines at
Charleston. The first concerted action of West Virginia in the International
First Aid Contest resulted in the Scarbro Team of the New River Company carrying
off the championship. The Mine Rescue Team from Scarbro took sixth place in mine
rescue work; and at the International First Aid and Mine Rescue Contest at St.
Louis, Missouri, on September 1, 2, 3, 1921, the White Oak Team of the New
River Company won the international championship for mine rescue work, thus
bringing to West Virginia both championships in successive years.

Logan County first produced coal in 1904, 52,673 tons being mined that year, and
it has had the most rapid growth of any coal field in the world, as they
produced 9,824,785 gross tons and employed 1,000 men in and about the mines in
1920. Logan County has seventy-three coal companies operating 146 mines.

According to the reports of the United States Geological Survey in 1883,
2,335,833 tons of coal were mined in the State of West Virginia, and this has
gradually increased until in 1920 there was mined in this state 89,590,274 tons,
and at the present time the potential tonnage of West Virginia is 140,000.000

Total available coal yet remaining in West Virginia is estimated to be
159,814,662,527 short tons. In 1920 there were 882 coal companies operating
1,440 mines and employing in and about the mines 105,000 men.

So far there has not been anything discovered that will permanently take the
place of coal. It is true we have oil gas, which have been tried out, but no
one has been to determine the amount in reserve we have of either, we do know
that the amount of coal in West Virginia is almost inexhaustible and that the
West Virginia coals the best quality coals known. It is also true that several
fields of the United States are rapidly becoming exhausted, therefore it is only
natural that West Virginia with great resources will supply the shortage created
by these different sections falling off in production.

The chief of the Department of Mines is Robert Morrison Lambie, a native of
Scotland, and trained in the practical technical business of mining in that
country, though nearly all his active career and experience have been in the
industry of West Virginia.

Mr. Lambie was born at Stirling, Scotland, in 1886, son Robert and Elizabeth
(Morrison) Lambie, representing some of the good families of Scotland that have
made that country distinguished for its brain and brawn. After Robert M. Lambie
came to America his parents followed and they all lived together in West
Virginia. Robert Lambie becoming ill, went back to Scotland for his health died
while there. In Scotland he acted as agent for a British Explosive Syndicate.
The mother is still living and divides her time between Scotland and West

Robert Morrison Lambie was educated in the schools of Stirling, and spent four
years in night school in that city, studying mining practice and mining
engineering. In 1903, at the age of seventeen, he came to America and located
at Stone Cliff, Fayette County, West Virginia. His first employment there was
as a driver in the coal mines, and he has performed practically every duty in
connection with coal mining from laborer to managing official. His duty for a
number of years involved important responsibilities with leading coal mine
corporations. For three years he had charge of the operations of the Havoca
Mining Company in McDowell County. For three years he was employed in a
managerial capacity by the McKell Coal & Coke Company’s three operations in
Fayette County. He resigned to become district inspector for the State
Department of Mines, an office he held two years. He then became division
superintendent of the New River Coal Company on the White Oak Branch, having
charge of eight operations of that company in Fayette County. Mr. Lambie and
family reside in Fayette County, and he is a member of the Ruffner Memorial
Presbyterian Church there. He married Miss Annie Hope Thompson, of that county.
Their three children Bessie Morrison, Robert Alexander and Annie Laurie Lambie.

In 1919 Governor John J. Cornwell called Mr. Lambie to the office of chief of
the Department of Mines, and he is serving by reappointment in 1921 from
Governor E. F. Morgan. The outstanding purpose of the Department of Mines is to
safeguard the miners in their work and to eliminate as far as possible the
hazards and dangers of their mine operations. Experts have declared the
Department of Mines of West Virginia possesses the most scientific and
efficient safety devices and equipment of any state of the Union. Costly and
very technical instruments for detecting gas, devices to be worn as safeguards
from gas effects, are part of the department’s regular equipment. Another
instrument is the Geophone, invented and used in France during the World war by
sappers, so highly sensitive that in a mine where a fire or explosion or falling
walls have cut off miners their location can be detected through many feet of
solid coal. This safety equipment is so located at strategic points through the
coal mining district that it can be rushed to the desired points in the quickest
possible time.

Mr. Lambie having made these subjects his life work is eminently fitted for the
responsible office he fills, and is constantly making experiments and
investigations to increase the usefulness of the department. He is a Knight
Templar Mason and Shriner.

Meredith J. Simms

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

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

Meredith J. Simms, now a prominent citizen of Charleston, achieved his
conspicuous place in business and public affairs in Fayette County, West
Virginia, where for thirty-five years he was active as a merchant, banker and
was also president of the County Court.

The Simms family is an old one in America, of an English ancestry running back
for four or five centuries. The grandfather of Judge Simms was P. William Simms,
who was born on the Gauley River in West Virginia, February 2, 1804, was a
farmer and blacksmith by occupation, and died in 1895. He married Elizabeth
Dorsey, a native of Greenbrier County. One of their eight children was Franklin
Pilcher Simms, who was born on the Gauley River in 1831, and for many years
owned and operated a large farm in Nicholas County. He married Eliza Simms, who
died in 1910.

Meredith J. Simms, one of the thirteen children of his parents, was born on a
farm in Nicholas County, April 9, 1862. After 1873 the family moved to Fayette
County, where he finished his public school education, and he began his business
career in 1886 at Montgomery as bookkeeper for the Straugham Coal Company. He
resigned in 1889 to become postmaster through appointment of President Harrison,
and after retiring from that office four years later he engaged in merchandising
and in the wholesale bottling business, and gradually his interests took on a
wide scope, involving affairs of great financial prominence in that section of
the state. He was formerly president of the Montgomery & Cannelton Bridge
Company, and was also president of the Montgomery National Bank. He
relinquished these various interests when he moved to Charleston.

Judge Simms was a delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1896 when
William McKinley was nominated, and to the convention of 1912 when William H.
Taft was nominated. He was for four successive terms, twenty-four years, a
member of the County Court of Fayette County, and was president or judge of the
court about twenty years. On account of this judicial service he is always known
as Judge Simms. He is a member of the Elks Order.

At St. Albans, West Virginia, January 3, 1887, he married Alwilda Ramson,
daughter of William and Mary (DeFore) Ramson. She was born in Jackson County,
West Virginia, December 25, 1860, and is likewise descended from a long line of
ancestry reaching back to pre-Colonial days. Mary DeFore was of Huguenots
descent, the founders of the family in America having been among that colony of
Huguenots who came from France to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1689. The
DeFore family later located in Appomattox County, Virginia.

Five children were born to Judge and Mrs. Simms, as follows: Forest DeFore,
born December 29, 1887, died February 16, 1914. Ira, born December 22, 1889,
married Ruth Shrewsbury, of Charleston, and has a son, Meredith, now five years
of age. Ira served with the American army during the Mexican border troubles and
following this volunteered for service in the war with Germany, being assigned
to the aviation service. Mary Mabel, born January 28, 1892 died September 20,
1894. Maude was born May 13, 1895. Agnes Gene, born June 28, 1897, is now the
widow of Dr. Ira M. Derr, whom she married June 3, 1918. Doctor Derr enlisted in
the service of his Country, was commissioned a first Lieutenant, and assigned
to duty at Spartansburg, South Carolina, where he died in the service, November
6, 1918.

Judge Simms with his family removed to Charleston in 1920 to make his permanent
home. His residence occupies a beautiful and spacious site on Columbia Boulevard,
at the corner of Vine Street, on the banks of the Kanawha River and overlooking
the beautiful valley. It is one of the handsomest homes in the city, with
spacious lawns and grounds.

In conclusion the writer cannot fail to draw some significance from the
immediate and generous welcome given to Judge Simms and family on their removal
to Charleston. This has been in the nature of a tribute to his high standing as
a successful man of affairs. Though in the city less than two years, he has
served as a member of the Charleston City Council, is active vice president of
the West Side Business Men’s Club, is a member of the Charleston Chamber of
Commerce and the Real Estate Board. While he does not consider himself an
active business man, he still has large interests in real estate and to some
extent in oil development.

Mary Thelma Kincaid Richardson

“The Life of Mary Thelma Kincaid Richardson” transcribed by Patricia Hiser,

Born: 02.13.1914, Lawton, WV babtised 11.09.1980 Church of God, Mt Hope WV

marriage to Adam Wade Sr. 06.19.1934 Hemlock, Fayette County, WV

BIRTH: ——————————————————————————–
Grandma and Grandpa Richardson always had their own house. Grandma’s dad died
the month before June Carol was born. These are some of her memories she has
given me: Place of birth, Lawton, West Virginia, Fayette County. I was born in
a little coal mining town they called Hemlock. My dad Theodore Givens Kincaid
was born May 9, 1879.Passed away May 6,1935. My mom was Eliza Ellen O’Connor,
born November 10, 1884, passed away October 18,1937. I had two sisters, Virginia
and Irene, four brothers, Virgil, James, Kenneth, and Leo Givens, who deceased
when he was six weeks old. I also had two half sisters, Martha (deceased) and
Ermie, one half brother Jennings. Erma was five years old and Martha seven years
old when I was born so we grew up together and they were so good to me always.
When I was growing up they could sew and made me clothes. I had a good mother
and father and we always had a good home. My dad worked on the coal tipple. He
weighed coal and raun the monitor that took the coal down to another tipple and
dumped in Rail road cars and it was houlded away to different places. My brother
also worked with my dad. My mother always made pretty curtains. She could do
embroidry work so pretty and made pillow cases out of feed sacks and pretty
scarves (that’s who you take after to make such pretty things (to jaine)). We
lived in a big 6 room house, with three rooms up stairs and three down, two big
long halls. I can’t remember to much about my little years. The one thing I can
remember most was hiding my mother’s wedding band and another gold ring. She had
them on a shelf and I climbed up on a chair and got them, my Aunt and uncle
lived out the road from us and I hid them dug a hole in the ground, put them in
it and covered them up. I finally remembered where I put them the next day. We
went to a one room school that taught thru the eighth grade but we loved it. My
mother cooked mostly in a three legged iron pot, she would put it on the fire
place grate the way we heated our house she always cooked beans or something
everyday she also had iron skillets. She liked to bake sugar cookies and always
had us a big crock full covered with a clean dish towel. We had no paper towels,
toilet paper or napkins like we have now we had a cow and had our own milk,
butter and cottage cheese. I always helped my mom churn and fix the milk and
butter. We also had hogs and chickens and canned our meat and vegetables. No
refrigatars or anything like that. We had a phonograph and organ my Dad bought
me the organ and I would play. Everybody around came in and sang hyms. He played
the banjo. Also the “Wildwood Flower” my favorite The grown ups would visit each
other and sit on the porch and talki, the kids would play. We used to play hide
and seek. Hershaol, play in the sand house We had to carry our water no
electricily in the house we burned oil lamps. Caught our wash water in big
barrels washed clothes on a washe board and hung them outside to dry, had
outside toilets with a Sears Catalogue for toilet paper. In my teen years there
was lots of things to do, There was pie suppers where the girls would take a pie
and the boy would buy it and eat with them, usually the boy friend and he would
end up walking you home. We went to silent movies, roller skating and square
dancing. Ice cream suppers at the Neighbors house. A lot of our clothes were
like they are now. I always wore mostly sweaters and skirts I had a full pleated
skirt it was plaid they called them butterfly skirts that and a red sweater was
my square dancing outfit and black loafers. We always done house work for people
thats all the work there was, but me and my sisters always had pretty clothes. I
always had some boy friends that bought me pretty presents_ I had lots of
friends, male and female- I met Adam Richardson (your handsome grandpa) when I
was nineteen and that was the end of all the others. He came back from the Army,
his home was not far from mine but I had never seen him we got married June 19,
1934 when I was 20 and he was 25. Then we started our family. My baby brother
Kenneth and Irene came to live with us after our mother passed away. Helen was
born June 26 1935 She was a regular play pretty for all of us. In March 24-37
Shug was born, my mother also died that year when Shug was seven months old She
was pretty too Then in Dec 31-39 our first boy Adam Wade was born It was such a
joy he was so sweet Then in March 6-1942 Sylvia was born another great joy she
was also so sweet, Then in June 7 1944 my baby boy George was born he has always
been a joy when he was 5 mo. old he had polio. It almost broke our heart he God
was so good even tho he still has troubles he is still with me and so good to
me- we moved to Eccles WV another coal camp and Connie was born 6 yrs later
June 21-1950 the good ole years. Adam your Granpa worked in the coal mines there
finally we moved to Larado, then back to Lawton on to Glen Rodgers WVA finally
to Beckley, WV and we got our home here in Mt. Hope, WV- We had lots of hard
times and heartaches but we stuck together because we loved each other enough
Grandpa passed away from cancer May 27-79 so you see I have had good times and
bad times but I am still at Mt. Hope- 81 yrs old and still able to get around
good so I thank God for everything Lots of things you know I can’t think of to
write maybe you can read it. I am no good with recorders. Now I have 17 Grand
Children and 23 Great Grand children. I love them all with all my heart you
Janie will always have a special place in my heart. I’m looking forward to my
Great Great Grand children. I want to add a few things about World War two. Two
of my brothers were in that war. Jim was in England in the Medical Care. Kenneth
was already in the Army stationed in Ice land, He went into Normady with the
first troops a light machine gunner. He was gone 5 yrs. before we got to see him
again we had a hard time during the war lots of things were rationed, we books
with stamps in them. Shoes, sugar, tea coffee, oleo were some of the things that
were rationed. The war started in Dec 41 and ended in June of 44 but I made it
with help of God. My wonderful husband who also provided for all of us and my
loving children whom we loved dearly and I still do- I love my Grand children
and Great Grand children my son in laws and my daughter-in-laws. So Jaine her
you have what I can remember most. February 18, 1995 Sat. Evening I love you and
hope how soon your book is published. Sylvia says it is a good one.

My Mountain

I have a mountain in my life you know which one, the one I keep trying to climb.
Time after time and keep sliding back down. Humble and discouraged, this
mountain is so high I can’t even see the top, looking back though, I see so
many mountains I have climbed only by your strength and wisdom. Even tho this
one seems to be the worst one yet. Help me to trust and someday I’ll look back
and wonder as with all the others where “my climbing faith was”. Amen Jaine with
Love Grandma Sunday Nite Feb 5- 1995 Twenty Min. till nine o’clock

BIRTH: Memories of my Childhood
I was born in a coal mining town in a Fayette Co. mining town in West Virginia.
My father’s name Theodore Givens Kincaid. My mother Eliza Ellen O’Connor Kincaid.
There wasn’t too much to live on, but we always had enough to eat and wear and a
good bed to sleep in my ad worked on the coal tipple. He weighed coal and run
the monitor running coal down the mountain, where it was dumped in the railroad
cars and hauled to different places. We always had a pretty and clean home. My
mother could embroidry so pretty. She also made our clothes. We didn’t have very
much to entertain ourselves. There wasn’t many places to go. We went
rollerskating, silent movies as we grew and after that we went to square dances.
There wasn’t any real work except doing house work thats what I done to buy my
clothes when women had their babies I stayed with them. I always helped my
mother take care of my brothers and sisters. I had three sisters and four
brothers also two step sisters and a step brother. We had to work hard, we had
to carry our water about 1/4 mile and also carried our coal from the tipple we
caught our water in big barrels to wash clothes we had a coal stove to cook on
and open grates to heat our house. My mother cooked in mostly iron pots and
kettles. She had a iron pot with legs on it she always cooked beans in it. We
had chickens, hogs, and a cow and always raised a big garden. We had to can
every thing in glass fruit jars for there wasn’t any refrigators back then. We
had to bathe in a wash tub and we washed on a wash board and hung our clothes on
a clothes line to dry them. We went to school in a one room school house that
had only one teacher, but it was a good life and we enjoyed it. After I grew
up, I got married to Adam Richardson. I met him when he came back home from the
Army. We went to a movie in Rainelle, WVA and we got married the next year June
19-34 We had six wonderful children. four girls and two boys. Adam workied in
the coal mines, the same place my Dad and brothers worked. We lived close to my
mom and dad and every morning I would get Adam off to work I would go down to my
Mom and Dad’s house and build the fires and get breakfast. We always had a cow
but I never could milk her. We always had chicken, hogs and dogs. We bought our
first refrigater in nineteen forty one- I always churned and had our milk and
butter. made cottage cheese. our favorite cake was a sheet cake cut in half and
bananas and white seafoam icing between the layers. We lived on a farm in Danese
WV close to Adam’s home when Helen was four yrs old and Shug Catherine was 2
yrs old. I always helped Adam’s mother can fruit and vegetables we made apple
butter under a big maple tree and made it in a big brass kittle, we stired the
apple butter with a home made stirrer. we mad 15 gal at one time. She always
made it with transparent apples, flavored it with lemon, oranges cut up and
plenty of cloves to make it good. then we put it in jars and sealed it. We moved
from the farm back to Hemlock in Dec. 1939 when Adam Wade was born on Dec 31-39
we moved around a lot just in different houses. Sylvia and George were also born
there, but we finally moved to Eccles, WV in Raliegh Co. and Connie was born

transcribed by Patricia Withrow Hiser Oct. 5, 1998 from grandma Richardson’s
notes she sent to me.
copyright@ Patricia Hiser 02.07.2000 jmhiser@yahoo.com

William O. Hundley

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 275-276
Fayette County

WILLIAM O. HUNDLEY. In the person of William O.
Hundley the oil and gas interests of Cabell County have a
capable and energetic representative of the younger genera-
tion at Huntington. While he is a recent acquisition of
these linea of business, he has already indicated that his
career therein will be an unqualified success, and as secre-
tary and treasurer of the Big Ben Petroleum Company he
occupies a recognized position among the active men in these
branches of industry.

Mr. Hundley was born February 12, 1890, in Fayette
County, West Virginia, and is a son of Henry T. and Jane
L. (Honaker) Hundley. His grandfather, Lieu Hundley,
was born in 1834, at Salem, Virginia, and as a young man
became a pioneer of Fayette County, where he spent the
remainder of his active career as a successful agriculturist.
He died at Scarboro, West Virginia, in 1892. Henry T.
Hundley was born in 1858, in Fayette County, Virginia
(now West Virginia), and was educated in the rural schools
and brought up to the vocation of farming, which he has
followed throughout his life. He has always lived in
Fayette County, where he is the owner of one of the best
kept farms in that section of the state, and now makes
his home at Fayetteville, where he is respected and esteemed
as a substantial and successful man and public-spirited
citizen. He is a democrat in politics, and his religious
faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of
which he is a very active supporter. Mr. Hundley married
Miss Jane L. Honaker, who was born in 1860, near Charles-
ton, Kanawha County, West Virginia (then Virginia), and
to this union there were born children as follows: Dosha,
who is unmarried and makes her home with her parents;
Lieu Zingle, a general merchant of Fayetteville; Henry C.,
also a merchant of Fayetteville and a veteran of the World
war, in which for ten months he served as a sergeant in the
engineering corps and was stationed at Camp Humphreys,
near Washington, D. C.; William O., of this review; Lillie
D., the wife of Lemon A. Skaggs, of Huntington, who for
the past seven years has been a clerk in the shops of the
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway; Minnie May, of Huntington, a
teacher in the public schools; Rosa, a student in the high
school at Huntington; Ada and Anna, who are attending
the graded school at Fayetteville; and French, employed
by the Bachman Coal Company at Bachman, Fayette

William O. Hundley was educated in the rural schools
of Fayette County and reared on his father’s farm, where
he remained until twenty years of age. At that time he left
agricultural pursuits to embark in the automobile business
at Fayetteville. During the next ten years he continued in
the same line, and despite his youth and his limited capital
at the outset of his career he achieved a remarkable success.
In the meantime, in 1916, during the border trouble with
Mexico, Mr. Hundley served for a year in the United States
Army as chief mechanic, first under General Polk and later
under General Pershing, having charge of a motor train of
thirty-three trucks. In 1921 he disposed of his automobile
business at Fayetteville, although he still retains the owner-
ship of a public garage building at that place, and came to
Huntington, where he turned his attention to the oil pro-
ducing industry. He assisted in organizing the Big Ben
Petroleum Company, an oil producing company which has
proven a very successful venture. The property now being
operated, consisting of 372 acres, is located in Warren
County, Kentucky, and has fifteen producing wells. The
concern is incorporated under the laws of the State of
West Virginia, and the officers are: S. H. Honaker, Hunt-
ington. president; T. H. Laing, Huntington, vice president,
and William O. Hundley, secretary and treasurer. The
offices are situated at Rooms 203 and 204 Lewis-Samson

Mr. Hundley has always been a stanch democrat, and
while a resident of Fayetteville served as a member of the
city council for two years. He is a member of Lafayette
Lodge No. 57, Fayetteville, in which he has numerous
friends and also has several civic and social connections.
Mr. Hundley is the owner of a modern residence at
825 Twenty-fifth Street, Huntington, a comfortable and
attractive home located in one of the preferred residential
districts of the city, in addition to which he owns other real
estate at Huntington.

On April 1, 1917, Mr. Hundley was united in marriage at
Charleston, West Virginia, with Miss Elsie Bias, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Bias, of 1615 Tenth Avenue,
Huntington, Mr. Bias being an employe of the Chesapeake
& Ohio Railway Company. Mrs. Hundley is a graduate of
the Huntington High School and a woman of many graces
and accomplishments. To Mr. and Mrs. Hundley there have
been born two children: William O., Jr., born February
25, 1918; and Leonard Bay, born May 8, 1920.

George Henry Skaggs

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

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



SKAGGS, GEORGE HENRY. (Democrat.) Address:
Marvel, West Va. One of the representatives from
Fayette county. Born at Marvel, Fayette county;
educated in the public schools; is a miner by occupation,
and has done much for the betterment of general conditions
surrounding the mining industry, especially as regards
social and educational features; was postmaster at
Marvel from July 1912 until 1915; elected to the House
of Delegates in 1916; during the 1917 session received
the following committee assignments: Military Affairs,
Claims and Grievances, Forestry and Conservation,
Mines and Mining, and State Boundaries.

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