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W. B. Golden

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: GOLDEN, W.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. 267-268
Upshur County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ira B. Westfall

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 412

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

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

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

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

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

Ulysses G. Young

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 407

ULYSSES G. YOUNG has the prestige accruing from thirty
years of able practice as a lawyer in Upshur County, and
in that time he has carried many of the responsibilities
of leadership in his home county and community. He is
also a banker.

Mr. Young, who is senior member of the law firm of
Young & McWhorter at Buckhannon, was born in Har-
rison County, West Virginia, January 22, 1865, son of
Joseph A. and Mary V. (Griffith) Young, the former a
native of Monroe County, West Virginia, and the latter of
Augusta County, Virginia. Joseph A. Young after his mar-
riage settled on a farm in Harrison County, and was one
of the hard working and substantial citizens of that sec-
tion. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian
Church and he was a republican. There were eight chil-
dren: Maggie, wife of B. H. Paugh; Ida M., wife of
Burget Swisher; Esther, deceased; Ulysses G.; Mary V.,
wife of M. R. Creslip; E. L., of Barbour County; Kate
B., wife of C. E. Creslip; and W. H. Young, a farmer in
Upshur County.

Ulysses G. Young, while growing up on the farm, had
formulated plans for a professional career. His common
school education he supplemented in the National Normal
University at Lebanon, Ohio, from which he graduated
with the degree Bachelor of Science and the law degree
LL. B. He then returned to Buckhannon, took the exam-
ination before three judges and was admitted to the West
Virginia bar, and since then has been steadily engaged
in a general civil and criminal practice in the courts of
this district. Mr. Young is vice president of the Traders
National Bank of Buckhannon and also its attorney.
Among other interests he and a brother own a thousand
acres in Barbour County.

Mr. Young was elected a member of the State Senate
in 1894, and represented his district in the sessions of
1895 and 1897. He is one of the trustees of the Wesleyan
College at Buckhannon and is treasurer of the permanent
trust fund of the Methodist Conference. He is a past
chancellor of the Knights of Pythias and a member of the
Masonic Order, and belongs to the Official Board of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.

On July 11, 1893, Mr. Young married Lillie C. Pifer.
She graduated from the Buckhannon Academy and spent
one year in the Boston Conservatory of Music. Mr. and
Mrs. Young have four children: Mary E., who is a grad-
uate of Goucher College of Baltimore with the A. B. de-
gree, is the wife of W. S. Jacob; Marjorie C., who grad-
uated A. B. from Wesleyan College at Buckhannon; Ulysses
6., Jr., who is a student in Wesleyan College; and Rich-
ard W., in high school.

Thaddeus K. Wingrove

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 414
Upshur

THADDEUS K. WINGROVE. Wingrove is a name that has
been identified with West Virginia community life for
considerably more than a century. The first American
ancestor of the French Creek citizen named above was
John Wingrove, who was born in England about 1750,
came to America at the age of seventeen, lived in Ver-
mont, where he married, and later moved to Virginia and
finally to West Virginia, establishing his home in Marshall
County, where he lived out his life. His son, William Win
grove, was founder of the family in Upshur County and
was a millwright by trade. His son, Harrison Wingrove,
married Maria Peebles, and they were the parents of Mar-
shall P. Wingrove, who was born in Braxton County, West
Virginia, November 20, 1834. Marshall P. Wingrove grew
up in the French Creek community, acquired a good educa-
tion, and after his marriage settled at French Creek, where
he continued farming and the milling business the rest of
his life. He was an elder and liberal supporter of the
French Creek Presbyterian Church, and was a very active
prohibitionist in politics. In 1858 Marshall P. Wingrove
married Roxanna Anderson, who was born in Frenchton,
Upshur County, March 19, 1834, daughter of James and
Sarah (Syron) Anderson, who settled in Upshur County
from old Virginia. Of the seven children of Marshall P.
Wingrove and wife six are now living: Warren, of San
Francisco; Oscar, of British Columbia; Maude, wife of I.
J. Dunn, an attorney at Omaha, Nebraska; Miriam, wife
of J. S. Curry, of Cleveland, Ohio; Thaddeus K.; and
Clarence, a farmer and poultryman at French Creek.

Thaddeus K. Wingrove was born near French Creek
April 9, 1871. He grew up there, acquired a public school
education, and also attended the U. B. Academy at Buck-
hannon. Since leaving college his years have been steadily
devoted to his trade as a carpenter and to his interests as
a farmer. He also looks after his farm of sixteen acres
half a mile southeast of French Creek. Mr. Wingrove is a
democrat in polities, is affiliated with the Modern Wood-
men of America, and is an elder in the French Creek Pres-
byterian Church and a teacher in the Sunday School.

February 6, 1900, he married Miss Mayme Phillips, who
was born at French Creek October 9, 1875. They have one
son, C. Lyle, born March 19, 1906, now attending school
at French Creek.

Gohen Clarke Arnold

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. 722

ARNOLD, GOHEN CLARKE. (Republican.) Ad-
dress: Buckhannon. Born in Buckhannon, Upshur county,
January 5, 1885; educated in the common schools, at West
Virginia Conference Seminary and West Virginia Uni-
versity, receiving the degree of A. B.; is a practicing attor-
ney; graduated from West Virginia University law school
with the degree of LL. B.; elected to the Senate from the
Thirteenth District in 1916; is a hold-over senator; in
1917 had committee assignments as follows: Joint Com-
mittee on the part of the Senate on Enrolled Bills (Chair-
man); Judiciary, Claims and Grievances, Forestry and
Conservation, Counties and Municipal Corporations, Pro-
hibition and Temperance, Labor,lRoads and Navigation.

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Blaine Zickefoose

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 409-410

BLAINE ZICKEFOOSE is a prosperous farmer and dairy-
man of Upshur County, where his excellent farm of 137
acres is situated three miles west of Buckhannon, the
county seat. He was born on the homestead farm of his
father in Upshur County, and the date of his nativity was
November 1, 1885. He is a son of George W. and Jane
(Light) Zickefoose, both likewise natives of this county
and representatives of old and honored families of this
section of West Virginia. George W. Zickefoose was born
in August, 1843, and his wife was born in 1844, her death
having occurred in 1893. The father was successfully
identified with farm industry in his native county through
his entire active career, and is still the owner of a farm
of 125 acres, the major part of his landed estate having
been divided among his children. He is a republican and
is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
as was also his wife. Of their eleven children the follow-
ing are living, and of the number the subject of this sketch
is the youngest: J. S. Elias and Alvin are prosperous
farmers in Upshur County; Eli resides at Hamlock, this
county, and is a merchant by vocation; Elliott and Arte-
mus are substantial farmers of Upshur County, and the
latter also conducts a feed store in the Village of Alton;
and Delbert is a merchant at Alton.

Blaine Zickefoose was reared to the sturdy discipline of
the home farm and early gained experience that has proved
of great value to him in his independent farm operations.
He supplemented the training of the public schools by at-
tending the West Virginia Wesleyan College and by a
course in a business college at Parkersburg. He has had
no desire to sever his allegiance to the basic industries
of agriculture and stock-raising, and is one of the pro-
gressive farmers and dairymen of his native county. He
is aligned in the ranks of the republican party, is af-
filiated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and
he and his wife are members of Reger Chapel of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.

In December, 1910, Mr. Zickefoose married Miss Lura
M. Reger, who likewise was born and reared in Upshur
County, and they have two children: Martin W., who was
born August 27, 1913; and Tuttle B., who was born Sep-
tember 28, 1916.

Walter R. Grose

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 452-453

WALTER R. GROSE is a leader in educational affairs in
West Virginia, and for the past ten years has been super-
intendent of the Buckhannon City Schools. He is member
of a family that has been in West Virginia since pioneer
times, and in the various generations they have played a
worthy part in the building of homes, the development of
the land, and also in the learned professions.

Superintendent Grose was born in Nicholas County, West
Virginia, October 10, 1871, son of William and Rebecca
Ann (Stephenson) Grose. His parents were also born and
reared in Nicholas County. His great-grandfather came
from Warm Springs, Virginia, to Nicholas County, having
acquired a grant of land direct from the government of
Virginia an account of his services in the War of 1812.
He located on this land shortly after the War of 1812,
and lived out his life there. He was buried on his estate.
William Grose, grandfather of Superintendent Grose, mar-
ried a Miss Koontz, a native of Nicholas County.

William Grose, father of Superintendent Grose, grew up
in Nicholas County on a farm, attended the old subscrip-
tion schools, and did considerable work in his early life
as a teacher. Later he became a prominent merchant and
farmer, owning a farm near Summersville, and conducted
a general store near that village. He was a republican,
a stanch Union man in sentiment, and one of the three in
his district who voted against secession. He and his wife
were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Of
their ten children four are living: B. F. Grose, a farmer
and stockman on the old homestead in Nicholas County;
Rev. Logan S. Grose, who graduated A. B. from Bethany
College, and is now pastor of the Zane Street Methodist

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olas County, attended the common schools there and later
graduated A. B. from the Wesleyan College of Buckhannon
and did post-graduate work in the University of Pitts-
burgh. Mr. Grose began teaching at the age of nineteen,
and continued to teach in the intervals of his college and
university career. Since 1904 his time has been fully taken
up with school work. He was superintendent of schools
at Richwood from 1906 to 1912, and since 1912 has been
head of the city school system at Buckhannon. Mr. Grose
is an enthusiastic educator, is an inspiring worker among
his fellow teachers and among young people, has been in
great demand as an instructor in county teachers’ insti-
tutes, and is active in the various professional organiza-
tions.

On October 13, 1892, he married Maria S. Rader. They
were schoolmates in Nicholas County. They have two
children. Neva Pearle, born November 10, 1893, is a grad-
uate of the Richwood High School, received her A. B.
degree from Wesleyan College at Buckhannon, and is now
teacher of foreign languages in the high school at Hunt-
ington, West Virginia. The son, Clarence Herman Grose,
was born August 30, 1896, graduated from the Richwood
High School and from West Virginia Wesleyan College,
with the Bachelor of Science degree, and is now teacher
of chemistry in the Huntington High School. At the close
of the World war he was in the Artillery Officers Training
School at Camp Taylor, Louisville.

The Grose family are members of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church. Mr. Grose is affiliated with Richwood Lodge
No. 102, A. F. and A. M., is a charter member of Rich-
wood Chapter No. 37, R A. M., a charter member of
Buckhannon Commandery, Knights Templar, and he and
Mrs. Grose and their daughter are members of the Eastern
Star. He is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, the
Rotary Club, Buckhannon Chamber of Commerce and the
Country Club.

Both Superintendent and Mrs. Grose are direct descend-
ants of Sergeant Benjamin Lemasters, who was a soldier
of the Revolution, enlisting in 1776 and serving for three
years. He was with Washington at Valley Forge, and
participated in the battles of White Plains, Trenton, Prince-
ton, Brandywine, Germantown, Fort Mifflin and Monmouth,
and was wounded at Princeton. During the siege of Fort
Mifflin he carried dispatches for General Washington.
Shortly after the close of the war he moved to Nicholas
County, West Virginia, taking possession of his land grant
on Bucks Garden Creek. He became a large landholder
there, and most of his possessions are still owned by his
descendants. He and his wife had ten daughters, and
all of them married and reared families.

Iverson W. Crites

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: CRITES, Iverson W.
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 279-280
Upshur County

IVERSON W. CRITES, who served with the engineers in
France, is a young business man of Weston, and for a
number of years his experience has been chiefly in the
lumber industry. He is one of the proprietors and officers
of the Hope Lumber Company in Weston.

Mr. Crites was born in Upshur County, West Virginia,
January 19, 1887, son of Gilbert N. and Martha A. (Kerr)
Crites. His parents were born, reared, educated and mar-
ried in Upshur County, and his father is still numbered
among the successful farmers of that section. They are
Methodists, and the father is a republican. Of their nine
children five are living: Flora, wife of John Prince, a
farmer in Braxton County; Albert A., a minister of the
United Brethren Church; Iverson W.; Alvin M., a farmer
in Upshur County; and Lester W., in a business college
in the State of Washington.

Iverson W. Crites spent the days of his youth on a
farm, attended the common schools, and began working
for himself and earning his own living when he was fifteen.
He had made every possible use of his advantages while
in school, qualified as a teacher and for six years taught
winter terms of school. The summers he spent working
in lumber camps and around the saw mills, and when In-
gave up the teaching profession he turned his complete
energies to the lumber industry. Mr. Crites in 1917 ac-
quired stock in the Hope Lumber Company. This is an
incorporated company with A. O. Harper as president and
manager, S. F. White, vice president, J. A. Genderson,
treasurer, and I. W. Crites, secretary. Mr. Crites is also
a stockholder in the Arch Run Lumber Company.

During the World war he enlisted and was trained at
Richmond, Virginia, later at Camp Forrest in Georgia, and
went overseas with the Four Hundred and Sixty-seventh
Engineers. He was on duty in Prance five months and was
a sergeant. He is a member of Weston Post of the Amer-
ican Legion. Mr. Crites is unmarried, is affiliated with
the Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and in politics votes as a republican.

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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. 280
Lewis County

CLAUDE W. RINEHART is a successful business man of
Weston, where for many years he has devoted his best
energies to the lumber business. He is one of the pro-
prietors and executive officers of the Central Lumber
Company.

Mr. Rinehart was born in Lewis County, West Virginia,
August 24, 1885, son of William and Sarah (White) Bine-
hart. His parents were also born and reared in Lewis
County, grew up on farms, attended the common schools.
and after their marriage settled on the farm where the
father spent the rest of his life. He was progressive
and industrious and accumulated a body of 200 acres of
first-class farming land. The mother is still living. They
were active members of the Methodist Protestant Church,
and William Einehart was a democrat. Of their large
family of eleven children ten are still living: Statira, wife
of Charles E. Lamb, of Coolville. Ohio; John A., con-
nected with the Parkersburg Mattress Company; Lloyd of
Weston; Theo, a farmer in Lewis County; Jesse M., a
contractor and builder at Weston; Elza A., cashier of the
Farmers Bank of Clarksburg, West Virginia; Dr. L. G.,
a dentist in Oklahoma; Claude W.; Laura, wife of W. A.
Moneypenny. of Lewis County; and Lona, wife of Oscar
Bailey, of Gilmer County.

Claude W. Rinehart grew up on a farm, attended the
common schools with his brothers and sisters and later
graduated from the Mountain State Business College at
Parkersburg. As a boy on the farm he determined to
enter a commercial career. After his college course lie
spent two years as clerk with the E. J. Kane Hardware
Company. He then transferred his abilities to the lumber
business and for fifteen years was secretary and treasurer
of the Sun Lumber Company. In 1919 he took an active
part in the organization of the Central Lumber Company,
and is the executive head of this corporation.

Mr. Rinehart married Miss Effie A. Atkins, of Weston,
October 16, 1912. She was reared and educated in Harri-
son County, West Virginia. They have a daughter, Mary
Louise, born October 6, 1917. Mr. and Mrs. Binehart
are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is
a democrat and is prominent in Masonry, being affiliated
with Weston Lodge, No. 10, A. F. & A. M., Bigelow
Chapter, No. 4, R. A. M., St. John Commandery, No. 8,
K. T., West Virginia Consistory, No. 1, at Wheeling, and
Nemesis Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Parkersburg.
In the local branches of the order he is a past master,
past high priest and past eminent commander.

John B. Hilleary

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

739

HILLEARY JOHN B. (Republican.) Address:
Buckhannon West Va. Born in 1880; educated in the
public schools and at Wesleyan College; is a practical
printer and an experienced editor who received his occu-
pational and professional training in the newspaper offices
at Buckhannon; has served as Secretary and Treasurer of
the Republican Executive Committee of Upshur county;
elected in 1916 to represent that county in the House of
Delegates and in the session of 1917 was assigned to and
served on the committees on Military Affairs and Printing
and Contingent Expenses.

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John W. Farnsworth

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: FARNSWORTH, John W.
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 279
Upshur County

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

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

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

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