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W. R. Pierson

BRAXTON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: PIERSON, Hon. W.R. jr.
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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. 268-269
Braxton County

HON. W. R. PIERSON, JR. In studying the influences
which have combined for the advancement of our men of
business, professional and public importance, it is in-
variably to be discovered that these individuals have risen
to their present positions largely through the force of their
own industry and ability. The traits of character upon
which we may depend for the greatest rewards are perse-
verance, integrity and self-reliance, and to these may be
attributed the success that has crowned the efforts of
Hon. W. E. Pierson, Jr., a member of the Lower House
of the State Legislature from Braxton County, and a
resident of Sutton. He has been the architect of his own
fortunes and has occupied an honorable place in the con-
fidence of the people because of the straightforward policy
ever governing his actions.

Mr. Pierson was born on a farm in Birch District,
Braxton County, November 17, 1890, a son of H. H. and
Allie (Pierson) Pierson, natives of the same county. His
grandfather, W. R. Pierson, Sr., was born December 2,
1842, and still resides on his Braxton County farm, being
one of the prominent and influential men of his com-
munity. He is a veteran of the war between the states, in
which he served as a soldier of the Confederacy. H. H.
Pierson was born January 5, 1859, and after receiving a
common school education became a school teacher in Brax-
ton County, a vocation which he followed for fifteen years.
After his marriage to Allie Pierson, who was born June
15, 1867, he settled down to farming on a property near
where both had been reared, and is still identified with the
pursuits of the soil. He is a leading republican and presi-
dent of the school board of Birch District, and as a
fraternalist holds membership in the local lodge of the
Knights of Pythias. He and his worthy wife are faithful
church members and the parents of the following children:
H. V., credit man for the Thomas Shoe Company of
Charleston, West Virginia; W. R. Jr., of this review;
Eva, the wife of J. N. Reip; G. H., a bookkeeper for
Hardy, Dana & Company of Charleston; B. H., who holds
a like position with the same concern; Ovy O. Pierson,
who graduated in the spring of 1922 from the Button High
School; and Earl H. and Ruth B., who are attending the
country school in the vicinity of their father’s farm.

The country public and subscription schools furnished
W. R. Pierson, Jr., with his educational training while he
was being reared on the farm, and in 1910 he went to
Charleston, where he became a traveling salesman for the
Thomas Shoe Company. He was thus employed when
America entered the World war, and June 27, 1917, he
enlisted in the American army, with which he served until
the armistice was signed. He then returned to his position
with the Thomas Shoe Company, and continued therewith
until January 1, 1921, when he resigned to give his entire
attention to his duties as a member of the Lower House of
the West Virginia Legislature, to which he had been elected
on the republican ticket. Mr. Pierson has made an excellent
official, working faithfully in behalf of his district, his
constituents and his state. He has studied deeply the im-
portant public questions of the day, and, as a well informed
man, of sound and discriminating judgment, has utilized an
observant eye and has turned to account the knowledge that
he has gained in a somewhat varied career. He has long
been a recognized leader in the ranks of the republican
party in Braxton County. Fraternally he is affiliated with
the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the
Knights of Pythias, and also belongs to the United Com-
mercial Travelers.

Representative Pierson married Miss Jessie McComb, of
Pocahontas County. They have no children.

John W. Smith

BRAXTON 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. 291
Braxton

JOHN W. SMITH, M. D., is one of the honored and de-
pendable members of the medical fraternity of Braxton
County, and for some years he has been engaged in a gen-
eral practice at Gassaway, although calls are made upon his
skill from a large outside territory. He was born in Roane
County, West Virginia, December 29, 1872, a son of W. R.
T. and Catherine Jarvis Smith, who are now residents
of Spencer, Virginia. And W. R. T. Smith was
born in Barbour County, West Virginia, June 10,
1846, while his wife was born in Calhoun County, West
Virginia, June 14, 1855. He was reared on a farm, and his
educational training was confined to the instruction he
received in the common schools, but for a time he was a
teacher in the country schools. After their marriage he and
his wife settled on a farm in Roane County, and lived on it
until in 1913 they moved to Spencer, their present home.
She is an Adventist. He is a republican. They are the
parents of four children, namely: Doctor Smith, who is
the eldest; Dora, who is the wife of C. C. Fruell; Lisette,
who is the wife of S. E. Steele; and Waitman T., who is a
physician and surgeon of Glenville, West Virginia.

Doctor Smith attended the common schools, the West Vir-
ginia State Normal School at Huntington, and the Barnes
Medical College of St. Louis, Missouri, leaving the latter
after two years and completing his medical studies in the
medical department of the University of the South at Se-
wanee, Tennessee, from which he was graduated with the
degree of Doctor of Medicine. Subsequently he took two
post-graduate courses in New York City. Following his
graduation Doctor Smith located at Rosedale, Braxton
County, and practiced there for seventeen years, leaving it
in 1918 to come to Gassaway. For a number of years he has
maintained membership with the Braxton County Medical
Society. He is a Mason and belongs to Gassaway Lodge No.
133, A. F. and A. M., and he also belongs to the Chapter
and Commandery of his order. In politics he is a repub-
lican. He is president of the Farmers and Mechanics Bank
of Gassaway, and interested in a number of enterprises at
Gassaway and Braxton County, including some very valu-
able farm land. A man of energy and possessing natural
and carefully trained abilities, he is one of the most active
forces for advancement in this part of the county, and
his efforts are always put forth for constructive measures.

In 1900 Doctor Smith married Miss May Trout, of Roane
County, West Virginia. She left him one child, Hallie, at
her death in 1906. In 1909 Doctor Smith married Miss
Gay Stalnaker, of Calhoun County, West Virginia, and to
this union two children have been born, J. Wesley and
Emma Lucile.

Lee Rader

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

745

RADER, LEE. (Democrat.) Address: Sutton, West
Va. Member of the House from Braxton county. Born
January 7, 1874, near Summersville, Nicholas county;
educated in the public schools and in the Summersville
Normal School; occupation, traveling salesman; is deeply
interested in and has done much to promote the cause of
good roads; also, to enhance the general commercial
interests of the State; elected to the House of Delegates
in 1916; during the 1917 sessions he received and filled
the following committee assignments: Federal Relations,
Military Affairs, State Boundaries, Roads and Internal
Navigation, Executive Offices and Library.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

L. T. Harvey

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. 737

Members of the House of Delegates.

HARVEY, L. T. (Democrat.) Address: Frametown,
West Va. Born in Doddridge county in 1875; educated in
free schools and the Glenville Normal; taught school for
years in Gilmer county; moved to Braxton county in 1906,
where he purchased a farm; aside from being a farmer he is
also a minister; served on the Board of Education of Birch
District, Braxton county; elected in 1916 as one of the dele-
gates from Braxton county; committee assignments in
1917: Prohibition and Temperance (Chairman); Educa-
tion, Penitentiary, Game and Fish, Labor, Arts, Science
and General Improvements.

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Oliver Shurtleff

BRAXTON 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. 292
Braxton

OLIVER SHURTLEFF. The work of the educator is very
exacting in the demands which it makes upon its devotees.
Ostensibly the duty of the instructor is to instill a prac-
tical, working knowledge into each of his pupils, but equally
important in his correlative, though less direct, function of
instilling character and worthy precepts through his un-
avoidable, personal influence. The first duty calls for an
individual knowledge and of specialized training; the second
for a capable and conscientious person whose life and mode
of living provide a fit criterion for the younger generation.
When an individual combines the possession of these at-
tributes with the exclusion of strongly detrimental char-
acteristics the early, formative years of future citizens may
be safely entrusted to his care. Such a man is Oliver Shurt-
leff, superintendent of schools at Sutton, West Virginia.

Oliver Shurtleff was born at Humboldt, Nebraska, and is
a son of Roberta A. (Grady) Shurtleff and Edgar W. Shurt-
leff, the former born in Ohio and the latter in West Vir-
ginia. They were both educated in the public schools of
their respective places of birth, and after marriage settled
in Nebraska, whence they later removed to West Virginia.
Edgar W. Shurtleff was for a number of years a hotel
keeper, and also followed the vocation of market gardening
and was a man who was held in high respect and esteem.
He and his worthy wife were members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church and the parents of five children.

Oliver Shurtleff was reared at Fairmont, West Virginia,
where he received his education in the graded and high
schools. After his graduation from the latter he enrolled
as a student of the State Normal School at Fairmont, where
he took one academic course and one professional course in
teaching. Later he was a student at the University of West
Virginia, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts,
and then began his career as a teacher in West Virginia.
After completing the above work in West Virginia Univer-
sity he became a student in the Chicago University, where
he is now working on his Master’s degree. For ten years
he taught in the district schools, and for the next four years
was district superintendent of rural schools in Marion and
Monongalia counties. He then became a teacher in the high
schools of Marion County, and was thus engaged when
elected superintendent of the public schools of Sutton,
Braxton County, in 1919. Mr. Shurtleff has succeeded in
elevating the standards of education in the Sutton schools,
and is recognized as a progressive leader in the educational
field. He has had very agreeable success in his chosen line
of work. From the start he was exceptionally fitted for the
duties and responsibilities involved, and has invariably given
his best efforts toward the betterment and growth of the
institutions in his charge. He has taken a personal interest
where some others might have felt only a business obliga-
tion, and has instilled into the hearts and minds of his
pupils a tenderness and respect. The Sutton schools include
a normal department, which is in charge of Mrs. Shurtleff,
who prior to her marriage to Mr. Shurtleff was Miss Mary
McCulloch. She was born in Pennsylvania and had the same
training as her husband, with the exception that her normal
work was done at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. They belong
to the Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Shurtleff is an
official member. As a fraternalist he is affiliated with the
local lodges of the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient
Order of United Workmen.

Mr. Shurtleff belongs to a family that came to the Amer-
ican continent in 1637, locating in the Plymouth Colony.
Members of the family have participated in all the different
wars of the country, including the World war, in which Mr.
Shurtleff enlisted as an athletic director and public enter-
tainer. He spent one year in the army, and then resumed
his profession of teaching.

Omer P. Frame

BRAXTON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: FRAME, Omer P.
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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. 284
Braxton County

OMER P. FRAME, cashier of the Farmers and Mechanics
Bank of Gassaway, is one of the astute financiers and solid
citizens of Braxton County, who has won an enviable repu-
tation for integrity and efficiency. He was born at
Frametown, West Virginia, August 27, 1886, a son of
Elliott and Rebecca (James) Frame. Elliott Frame was
also born at Frametown, a son of Thomas Frame, an early
settler of Frametown, for whom the town was named.
Upon locating there he built a grist-mill, operated by water
power, and this he conducted the greater part of his life,
and his son, Elliott Frame, also operated this old mill.
Elliott Frame was educated in the common schools of
Frametown, and in early life was a teacher in Braxton
County, but is now a carpenter in the employ of the Balti-
more & Ohio Railroad Company. For many years a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, he is active
in Sunday School, and has a class. In his political con-
victions he is a democrat. There were two children born
to him and his wife, namely: Etta, who was graduated
from the common schools, is now the wife of J. L. Barker;
and Omer P., whose name heads this review.

Like his father, Omer P. Frame was reared at Frame-
town and attended its common schools, remaining at home
until he reached his majority. He has been cashier of his
present bank since its organization, and associated with
this institution in an official position are Dr. J. W. Smith,
president; V. G. Bender, vice president, who with Mr.
Frame and J. C. Kinton, S. W. REosenberger, Leslie Frame.
Dr. L. A. Jarrett, P. C. Belknap, Norman Sirk and A. C.
James form the Board of Directors. The Farmers and
Mechanics National Bank of Gassaway is one of the most
solid institutions of Braxton County, and a very large
banking business is carried on.

Mr. Frame was united in marriage with Elizabeth Sin-
clair Longwell, the ceremony being performed November
27, 1912. Mrs. Frame graduated from the common and
high schools of Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Frame have two
children, namely: Eugene M., who was born May 27,
1915; and Evaline E., who was born August 27, 1919.
They belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South,
and he is a member of the local Official Board. Well known
in Masonry, he belongs to Gassaway Lodge No. 133, A. F.
and A. M.) of which he has been past master five times;
Sutton Chapter No. 29, R. A. M.; Sutton Commandery
No. 16, K. T., and Beni-Kedem Shrine of Charleston, West
Virginia. He is also a member of Gassaway Lodge No.
196, K. of P., of which he is a past chancellor.

Pearson B. Adams

BRAXTON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: ADAMS, Pearson B.
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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. 287
Braxton County

PEARSON B. ADAMS. The present county clerk of Brax-
ton County, Pearson B. Adams, has an excellent public
record for efficient discharge of the duties of his position.
During his career, which has been an active and honorable
one, he has had experience in several lines of endeavor, and
on various occasions has been identified with educational
work, financial matters and business affairs. In all these
avenues of activity he has so governed his actions as to gain
him the esteem and confidence of those with whom he has
come into contact.

Mr. Adams was born on a farm near Sutton, West Vir-
ginia, his present home, March 2, 1886, and is a son of
John and Nancy (Cogar) Adams. His father, also born in
the same locality, was reared to agricultural pursuits, to
which he applied his energies throughout life and made
a success of his efforts. Educated only in the public schools,
he was withal a well read man and wielded some influence
in his community, where he was active in politics and was
twice elected sheriff of the county on the republican ticket.
Fraternally he was affiliated with the Masons, in which
order he completed the York Rite and was a Noble of the
Mystic Shrine. Mrs. Adams, who was also born near Sut-
ton, was, like her husband, a product of an agricultural
family and a graduate of the common schools.

Pearson B. Adams attended the common schools of his
native locality, where he acquired his primary education,
following which he pursued a course at Marshall College,
Huntington, West Virginia, and the Mountain State Busi-
ness College, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Following his
graduation from the latter institution he taught school for
four years in Braxton County, and then started to work as
assistant cashier of the Home National Bank, with which
he was identified for about three years. He next became
interested in the Sutton Grocery and Milling Company,
of which he is now vice president and a member of the
board of directors, and is likewise a stockholder in the Bank
of Sutton. A stanch republican in his political sympathies,
in 1915 he was elected clerk of Braxton County, a position
which he has since filled with the utmost ability. As a
fraternalist he is a York Bite Mason and a Noble of the
Mystic Shrine.

Mr. Adams married Miss Bessie Mealy, who was born in
Braxton County, where she received her education in the
public schools. She is a leading and faithful member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church at Sutton. To Mr. and Mrs.
Adams there have come three children: Ruth, who was
born in 1912; William N., who was born in 1918; and
Nancy V., born in 1920.

Ralph T. Armstrong

BRAXTON 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. 289
Braxton

RALPH T. ARMSTRONG, D. D. S. Dependable, highly
trained and enthusiastic with reference to his profession,
Dr. Ralph T. Armstrong is one of the leading dental sur-
geons of Braxton County, and is enjoying a large practice
from the people of Gassaway and its vicinity. He was born
at Sutton, West Virginia, July 25, 1886,. a son of Cornelius
and Elizabeth J. (Traxell) Armstrong, both natives of
Braxton County. He died in May, 1911, but she survives
and is still residing at Sutton, maintaining her membership
with the Baptist Church of that city, to which her husband
also belonged. In politics he was a democrat. They had
four sons and two daughters, namely: W. L., who is an
attorney practicing at the bar of Sutton; G. B., who is a
graduated attorney, is now engaged in merchandising; Mary
L., who is a business college graduate, is living at home;
Jessie M., who is also a business college graduate, is the
wife of P. H. Murphy, an attorney of Charleston; Doctor
Armstrong, whose name heads this review; and A. P., who
is a physician of Sutton and Morgantown.

Doctor Armstrong attended the West Virginia State Uni-
versity, and is a graduate of the Cincinnati Ohio, College
of Dental Surgery. For some four years he traveled about,
working at his profession, but in 1915 settled permanently
at Gassaway, where he has built up very desirable connec-
tions and won proper appreciation from his patients.

In 1912 Doctor Armstrong married Ida E. Cool, of
Webster County, West Virginia, and they have two daugh-
ters, Lucile and Louise. Mrs. Armstrong is a member of
the Baptist Church, and active in church work. Doctor
Armstrong belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose. While
he has never eared to enter politics, he has always given a
conscientious attention to civic matters, and voted the
democratic ticket. He is a man of broad outlook on life,
and not only is a skilled dental surgeon, but a highly edu-
cated gentleman and public-spirited citizen and one who is
anxious to give his community the benefit of his knowledge
and experience. Both he and his wife are popular, and are
the center of a congenial social circle.

Stanton Trimble

BRAXTON 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. 314-315

STANTON TRIMBLE, M. D. The physician and surgeon of
today not only is a highly trained individual whose every
faculty has been brought to the highest perfection, but also
one whose broad experience with people and affairs enables
him to act with the efficiency of a really high-grade man,
and to energize those with whom he comes into contact. The
practical physician does not work for spectacular results,
but for sane, sound, progress, not only in his profession but
in other directions. One of the men of Braxton County
who stands high among the physicians and surgeons of this
class is Dr. Stanton Trible, who has been engaged in prac-
tice at Burnsville since 1914.

Doctor Trimble was born in Barbour County, West Vir-
ginia, August 24, 1882, a son of John A. and Euphiasia E.
(Young) Trimble. John A. Trimble was born in 1848 in
Barbour County, where he received his education and was
reared as a farmer’s son, and as a young man went to
Harrison County, where he met Miss Young, a native of that
county, born in 1849, who, like her husband, had enjoyed
a rural school education. Following their marriage they
went to Barbour County, where they settled down to agricul-
tural pursuits, and through industry and good management
became prosperous in this world’s goods, being the owners
of 300 acres of well-cultivated and highly improved farm-
ing land. After a long and honorable career John A.
Trimble died on his farm, where his widow still makes her
home in advanced age. She is a member of the Presby-
terian Church and is highly esteemed for her many admir-
able qualities of mind and heart. Mr. Trimble was a stanch
republican in politics, and for some years served in the
capacity of postmaster at Pepper, West Virginia. They
were the parents of six children, of whom five are living in
1922: Camden, an agriculturist of Barbour County; Huff-
man, who is also carrying on agricultural operations in that
county; Daisy, the widow of Dr. Erlo Kennedy; Dr. Stan-
ton, of this notice; and Voie E., the wife of Clarence House.
Ida May died January 9, 1918.

Stanton Trimble passed his boyhood on the home farm in
much the same manner as other farmers’ sons of his day
and locality, receiving his early education at the rural
schoolhouse. He had no inclination, however, to pass his
life in agricultural pursuits, early deciding upon a profes-
sional career, and accordingly was sent to the State Normal
School at Fairmont for his preparatory work. Completing
the course there satisfactorily, he then entered upon his
professional studies at the Baltimore Medical College, Balti-
more, Maryland, from which he was duly graduated as a
member of the class of 1908, receiving the. degree of Doctor
of Medicine. Doctor Trimble’s first field of professional
work was at Kremling, Colorado, but after eight months in
that community he returned to West Virginia and opened an
office at Oriando, where he remained from 1909 until 1914.
In the latter year he settled at Burnsville, where be has
since succeeded in building up a large, lucrative and repre-
sentative practice. He possesses ability and sympathy, and
has gained the confidence and good will of the people of
his community and the respect and esteem of his professional
associates. Doctor Trimble belongs to the various organiza-
tions of his profession, including the American Medical
Association, and has maintained throughout his entire career
a high standard of ethics and honorable practice. In poli-
tics he supports the principles and candidates of the repub-
lican party. His fraternal affiliation is with Orlando Lodge
of the Odd Fellows order.

In 1910 Doctor Trimble was united in marriage with Miss
Callie Stout, who was born at Bridgeport, Harrison County,
West Virginia, and educated in the public schools, and they
are the parents of two children: Stanton C., who was born
June 26, 1913; and Mary E., born July 13, 1919.

Thomas I. Feeney

BRAXTON 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. 312-313
Braxton

THOMAS I. FEENEY. One of Burnsville’s well-known and
reliable business establishments, which has a record for
straightforward dealing and honorable action, is the fur-
niture and undertaking enterprise of the Feeney Furniture
and Supply Company, Inc. The president of this business,
whose name it bears, was born in Burnsville and has spent
his entire life here with the exception of a short time during
the World war and one year when he was absent in Fair-
mont, and is well known to the citizens of this community,
not only as a business man but as one who has contributed
in the way of splendid public service to the growth, develop-
ment and advancement of the town.

Mr. Feeney was born December 15, 1888, at Burnsville,
on the same street on which his business is now located, and
is a son of John F. and Nora (Dolan) Feeney. His father
was born January 5, 1856, on a farm in Lewis County, West
Virginia, where he was reared and educated, and there mar-
ried Miss Dolan, who had been born in 1862 in Gilmer
County, but had been brought as a child to Lewis County,
where she attended the public schools. Shortly after their
marriage John F. Feeney, who was a cabinet maker by
trade, embarked in business at Burnsville, first working at
his trade and later opening a general store in which he
sold all manner of goods. In him the business instinct was
present in a marked degree, and he was successful in all his
undertakings. He founded the furniture and undertaking
business of which his son is now the head, and in his de-
clining years disposed of his holdings. Mrs. Feeney died
in 1893, firm in the faith of the Catholic Church. A demo-
crat in his political views, Mr. Feeney was one of the in-
fluential men of his party, and was called upon to serve in
several official capacities, among them on the Board of
Education and as a member of the town council. He and
his worthy wife were the parents of four children: Thomas
I., of this record; John W., who graduated from the San
Bernardino High School in California, and who married
Adaline Morissy, of Chicago; Madeline, a graduate of the
Parkersburg High School; and Rose E., who died January
20, 1919.

Thomas I. Feeney was reared at Burnsville, where he com-
pleted the prescribed course of the graded schools and spent
two years in high school, and entered upon his industrial
career in the capacity of a school teacher. After two years
thus spent he decided that the educator’s life was not his
forte, and he accordingly went to Fairmont, where he
secured a position as bookkeeper. This likewise failed to
satisfy him, and after one year’s experience he returned to
Burnsville, where he became store manager for his father, a
capacity in which he remained two years, at the end of
which time he bought the elder man out. He then con-
ducted the business until the World war, when he was com-
pelled to close his business and enter the United States serv-
ice as a member of the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Depot
Brigade, on detached service at Camp Meade. After six
months he received his honorable discharge and returned to
Burnsville, where he incorporated his business, the officers
being: President, Thomas I. Feeney; secretary, R. H.
Kidd; treasurer, Russell T. Reed; and the foregoing, with
the following, as the board of directors: F. W. Shrieves,
H. C. Murphy, A. N. Stockart and H. C. Crutchfield. The
company carries a full line of furniture of all kinds. Its
undertaking department is likewise fully equipped, and Mr.
Feeney and his representatives are prepared to advise with
clients regarding a final resting spot, the details of funeral
services, legal requirements, transportation, and all other
necessary details in the reverent care of the dead. Mr.
Feeney is also largely interested in the real estate business
at Burnsville and the near vicinity, and has other matters
of a business nature which require his attention.

In politics he is a democrat and has been prominent in
public affairs, having served in various public offices, includ-
ing those of mayor, councilman, recorder and member of the
Board of Education, and in all has rendered excellent serv-
ice. He is a member of the Catholic Church, attending
services at Orlando. Mr. Feeney is unmarried.