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John E. Arbuckle

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 9, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 470

JOHN E. ARBUCKLE is the cashier of the Kanawha Union
Bank at Glenville, Gilmer County, a well ordered institu-
tion that is a state depository and that effectively safeguards
and advances the business and civic interests of the com-
munity in which it is established. The bank bases its oper-
ations upon a capital stock of $40,000, has a surplus fund
of equal amount, its undivided profits are in excess of
$6,000, and its deposits are nearly $600,000. S. A. Hays
is president of the Bank, C. M. Bennett is vice president,
John E. Arbuckle is cashier, and L. D. Zinn is assistant
cashier. Besides the president, vice president and cashier
the directorate of the institution includes also James H.
Arbuckle. Jacob Moore, John S. Withers, A. L. Holt, G. B.
Feed and N. E. Rymer.

John E. Arbuckle was born in the Village of Troy, Gilmer
County, West Virginia, on the 24th of February, 1879, and
is a son of James H. and Margaret E. (McClintock) Ar-
buckle, the former of whom was born in what is now Green-
brier County, this state, in 1846, and the latter of whom
was born in Bath County. Virginia, both families having
early been founded in the Old Dominion State. James H.
Arbuckle was for many years engaged in the general mer-
chandise business at Troy, and is one of the venerable and
substantial citizens of Gilmer County, with inviolable place
in popular confidence and esteem. He was a Confederate
soldier in the Civil war, is affiliated with the United Con-
federate Veterans and the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows. and both he and his wife are zealous members of the
Presbyterian Church. Of the six children five are living:
Eustice M., who graduated in the West Virginia State
Normal School at Glenville. now resides at Parkersburg,
this state, and is in the United States internal revenue
service; John E., of this sketch, is the next in order of birth;
Miss Alice C. remains at the parental home, at Glenville;
J. Earl, a graduate of the normal school at Glenville, is
one of the prosperous farmers and stock-growers of Gilmer
County; and Alma J., a graduate of the State Normal
School at Glenville, is now a successful and popular teacher
in this institution.

John E. Arbuckle acquired his youthful education in the
public schools of Troy, and in 1901, shortly after attaining
to his legal majority, he took a position as bookeeper
for the Little Kanawha Valley Bank at Glenville. Later
he was chosen cashier of the bank, and in this executive
position he continued his efficient service from 1904 to 1906,
in which latter year that institution was consolidated with
the First National Bank of Glenville, under the present
corporate title of the Kanawha Union Bank, and he was
made cashier of the new institution, to the success of which
he has contributed much by his careful and progressive
policies. He is one of the representative business men
of his native county, and here his circle of friends is
limited only by that of his acquaintances. He and his
brother are the owners of a valuable landed estate of 1,500
acres in Gilmer County, and he has capitalistic interests also
in gas and oil production arid also coal mining in this section
of the state. Mr. Arbuckle is a past master of Gilmer
County Lodge No. 118, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
and at Weston he is affiliated with the Chapter of Royal
Arch Masons and the Commandery of Knights Templar,
the while he has received the thirty-second degree of the
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Masonry and is a member
also of the Mystic Shrine and the Order of the Eastern
Star. In politics he is found arrayed as a loyal supporter
of the cause of the democratic party. Both he and his wife
are members of the Presbyterian Church at Glenville, and
he is serving as an elder in the same.

Oh the 6th of October, 1909, was solemnized the mar-
riage of Mr. Arbuckle and Miss Mildred Ruddell, who was
born and reared in Gilmer County and who was graduated
from the musical department of the Mary Baldwin Semi-
nary at Staunton, Virginia, she having there received the
gold medal awarded for special proficiency in music. Mr.
and Mrs. Arbuckle have no children living, but they have
one daughter dead.

Joe Nelson Craddock

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
March 19, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 359-360

JOE NELSON CRADDOCK. On his record as mayor of
Greater Clarksburg and the growing appreciation of his
abilities that has been manifested for a number of years,
his friends and admirers look upon Joe Nelson Craddock
– “Uncle Joe,” they call him – as one of the real men of
power and action in the public affairs of his district. The
following given him is by no means strictly partisan. His
courage, independence, faculty for getting things done to
the benefit of the public, have gained him friendship from
all classes and all parties.

By profession Mr. Craddock is a newspaper man. He
was born at Glenville, Gilmer County. February 22, 1864,
son of Hugh Nelson and Sarah P. (Brannon) Craddock.
His father was born at Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1826,
and died at Glenville in 1904. As a West Virginian he
was a Union soldier in the Civil war. While the war was
still in progress he married, in 1862, and after his army
career he lived at Glenville, devoting his time to farming
and also to steamboating on the Ohio River. He was a
republican, but never sought any political honors. His
widow is still living at Glenville, where she was born in
1846. They reared the following children: Joe N.; Clara
B.; Herbert; Harvey L. (deceased); and Frankie.

Joe Nelson Craddock had his early friends and other
associations in the Town of Glenville, where he supple-
mented his common school education by a course in the
State Normal School. He was only ten years old when
he was given his first lesson in the printer’s trade. He
served an apprenticeship lasting several years. At the age
of sixteen he left home and took up the battle of life
for himself. His first independent venture in journalism
came at the age of eighteen, in the spring of 1882, when he
established the Mountain Echo at Webster Springs. He
was an editor and publisher for five years. With his brother
Herbert he started the publication of the Grantsville News.
At Glenville he founded and conducted two papers, the
Stranger and the Imprint, and for two years he managed
the paper at Sutton.

Mr. Craddock came to Clarksburg in the fall of 1914 to
accept the post of city editor of the Clarksburg Exponent.
He remained with that paper one year. His home in the
meantime he had established at Broad Oaks, then a sub-
urban incorporated town. In April, 1915, he was ap-
pointed mayor of Broad Oaks, and in the spring of 1916
was elected for a year to the same office. In the mean-
time he conducted a job printing business.

In April, 1917, Mr. Craddock was elected mayor of
Greater Clarksburg for a term of three years. The opin-
ion of the best citizens as well as his friends is that his
administration was efficient, progressive and businesslike,
that he always stood for those measures which mean the
most good for the greatest number, and his record whether
as mayor or in all the other relations of a busy life has
been honest and straightforward. As mayor he could not
be controlled by any clique or interest to the injury of
another, and he treated rich and poor alike. One of the
stories in local politics is that certain selfish interests of
Clarksburg realizing their inability to defeat him for re-
election as mayor, schemed to bring about legislation
changing the form of city charter, so as to “legislate him
out” of office. Mr. Craddock is a democrat in national
politics, and has been prominently mentioned as demo-
cratic candidate for Congress.

He and his wife are active members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South. He is affiliated with the Knights
of Pythias. In 1884 he married Virgie B. Wooddell, of
Green Bank, Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Mr. and
Mrs. Craddock are proud of their six children, all mar-
ried, and are doubly proud of their twelve grandchildren.
Their only son, B. W. Craddock, is prosecuting attorney
of Gilmer County.

E. E. Cotrill

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.

COTRILL, E. E. (Democrat.) Address : Sand Fork,
West Va. Delegate from Gilmer county. Born June 6,
1866 and educated in the public schools of that county;
occupation, farming and timbering; never held any public
office until he was elected in 1916 to represent his county
in the Legislature. During the regular and extraordinary
sessions of 1917 he was assigned to and served on the House
standing committees on Taxation and Finance, Education,
Labor, Humane Institutions and Public Buildings, Game
and Fish, Roads and Internal Navigation. He also served
on the sub-committee apponted [sic] to draft the “Good
Roads Bill.”

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Boyd B. Stutler

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 9, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 472-473

[handwritten note “d. 1970”]
BOYD B. STUTLER was born July 10, 1889, near Coxs
Mills, Gilmer County, West Virginia, the son of Daniel E.
and Emily B. Stutler, and was reared to manhood in Grants-
ville, Calhoun County, to which point he moved with his
parents in 1897.

Mr. Stutler is a practical printer and newspaper man.
He acquired his first experience in this profession when he
entered the office of the, Calhoun Signal at Grantsville in
1900. Later he purchased the Grantsville News, and from
July 1, 1907, to September 1, 1917, was editor and manager
of that publication. During that period he was mayor of
Grantsville, 1911-12, and president of the Board of Educa-
tion of Grantsville independent district, 1915-16.

Mr. Stutler entered the army as a private for service in
the World war, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant
with the successful termination of hostilities. He served
with Battery A and Headquarters Company, Three Hundred
and Fourteenth Field Artillery, Eightieth Division, from Sep-
tember 4, 1917, to June 7, 1919, serving with the American
Expeditionary Forces in France from May 26, 1918, until
May 28, 1919, participating in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-
Argonne offensives.

Mr. Stutler married Miss Catheolene M. Huffman on No-
vember 26, 1911, and they have two sons, William Morris,
born in 1914, and Warren Harding, born in 1920. He is a
member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the
Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd

Herbert H. Withers

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 16, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 513-514

HERBERT H. WITHERS, who is conducting a prosperous
livery business at Glenville, judicial center of Gilmer County,
is a scion of a family that was founded in Virginia in the
Colonial period of our national history. Alexander S.
Withers, grandfather of Herbert H., was born in Virginia
on the 12th of October, 1792, and became a man of fine
intellectual and professional attainments, he having attended
historic old William and Mary College in Virginia and hav-
ing prepared himself for and been admitted to the bar. He
did not long continue in the practice of law, but became
a pioneer settler at Bridgeport, in what is now Harrison
County, West Virginia, where his character and ability
made him a citizen of prominence and influence and where
he did much to advance civic and industrial development.

Herbert H. Withers was born at Weston, Lewis County.
West Virginia, on the 19th of June, 1867, and is a son of
Henry and Dorcas D. (Lawrence) Withers, the latter having
been a daughter of Jacob and Melinda (Fisher) Lawrence.
Henry Withers was reared to manhood in what is now West
Virginia, received the advantages of the common schools of
the period, and he was a young man when he tendered his
services in defense of the Union at the inception of the Civil
war. He became a member of the Tenth West Virginia
Volunteer Infantry, was made major of the same, and con-
tinued as an efficient and popular commanding officer until
the close of the war. With the same spirit of loyalty he
then set himself to winning the victories of peace. He
settled on Fink Creek in Lewis County, and became the
owner of a large landed estate in that locality. Finally he
sold this property and purchased another farm tract, on
Cove Creek in the same county, and later he was elected
sheriff of Lewis County, an office of which he was the in-
cumbent at the time of his death. He was a democrat and
was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, his wife, who
survived him by several years, having been an earnest
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Of the
nine children only three are now living, and of the number
the subject of this sketch is the youngest; John S. is actively
identified with the banking business at Buckhannon, Upshur
County; and Miss Emma resides at Weston, Lewis County.

Herbert H. Withers profited by the advantages of the
public schools and thereafter attended the State Normal
School at Glenville. He was identified actively with farm
enterprise in Gilmer County for a number of years and also
with the general merchandise business. He is now one of the
substantial citizens of Glenville, where he conducts a well
equipped livery. He is unwavering in his allegiance to the
democratic party, and he attends and supports the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, of which his wife is an active

On Christmas day of the year 1894 Mr. Withers was
united in marriage with Miss Estella Whiting, who had been
a popular teacher in the public schools and who had at-
tended the State Normal School at Glenville. Mr. and Mrs.
Withers have two sons: Dr. Herbert F., a graduate of the
State Normal School at Glenville and of the Ohio Dental
College, is now engaged in the practice of dentistry at
Normal School at Glenville, and he remains at the parental
Glenville; Everett W. likewise is a graduate of the State