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Edwin W. Crooks

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Pam Honaker
May 21, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II,
page 463


Edwin W. Crooks, M.D., has been established in the successful general
practice of his profession in the City of Parkersburg since the year 1908,
and his character and ability mark him as one the the representative
physicians and surgeons of Wood County. The doctor is an exemplar of the
benignant school of Homeopathy, and has become one of its specially
successful represtatives in his native state.

Doctor Crooks was born at Belleville, West Virginia, on the 15th of
September, 1874, and is a son of Horatio N. and Marian (Muir) Crooks.
Horatio N. Crooks was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, ans was a
child of about one year at the time of the family removal to West Virginia,
his father, Capt. Horatio N. Crooks, having been for may years a skilled and
popular captain of steamboats plying the Ohio River between the cities of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Memphis, Tennessee. Captain Crooks purchased
farm land in the the vicinity of Belleville, West Virgina, and improved the
property into a productive farm, he and his wife having there maintained
their home until the time fo their deaths. On this old homestead their son
Horation N. continiued to reside until the close of his life, and he held
prestige as one of the the substanial farmers and influential citizens of
the community.

Dr. Edwin W. Crooks acquired his preliminary education in the public
schools, and in his youth he began reading medicine by utilizing the medical
library of his uncle, Dr. Edwin W. Crooks, who had removed to California.
Finally he entered Pulte Medical College in the City of Cincinnati, Ohio,
this institution, one of the oldest and best Homeopathic schools in the
West, having been founded by another uncle of the doctor. He was graduated
as a member of the class of 1906, and since thus receiving his degree he has
continued a close student of the best standard and periodical literature of
his profession and thus kept in touch with the advances made in medical
surgical science. As previously stated, Doctor Crooks has been engaged in
practice at Parkersburg since 1908, and this city has been the stage of his
earnest and able representative practice which gives him precedence as one
of the leading physicians of the metropolis of his native county. He is a
member of the Little Kanawha and Ohio Valley Medical Society and the
American Institue of Homeopathy. He gave nine years of effective service as
president of the Board of Health of Wood County, is a republican in
political allegiance, and the the time-honored Masonic fraternity he has
completed the circle of each the York and the Scottish Rites, in the latter
of which he has received the thirty-second degree. His maximum York Rite
affiliationis with the Commandery of Knights Templars in his home city, he
is identified also with Nemesis Temple of the Mystic Shrine, and is an
appreciative and popular member of the Parkersburg Lodge of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks.

The year 1917 recorded the marriage of Doctor Crooks and Miss Rebecca Dils,
and they have two sons, Edwin W., Jr,. and Horation N. (III). Doctor and
Mrs. Crooks are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Pam Honaker
October 28, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
Pg. 465


JACKSON FAMILY. John Jackson was born near Londonderry, Ireland, in
1719, was reared in the City of London, where he learned the builder’s
trade, and in 1848 crossed the ocean to Calvert County, Maryland. About
1769 he and his family crossed the mountain into Northwestern Virginia, and
made permanent settlement on the Buckhannon River, just below Jackson’s
Fort. Both he and his wife had experiences during the period of Indian
warfare, and in mental, moral and physical strength they were fitted to
become the forebears of an illustrious race of descendants. John Jackson
died at Clarksburg September 25, 1801. His wife, whose maiden name was
Elizabeth Cummins, died in 1825. Of their eight children the second son,
Edward, was the grandfather of Thomas Jonathan Jackson, know to immortal
fame as Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

Their first born son was known as Col. George Jackson. He was born
aabout 1750 and in 1773 entered 400 acres of land in the vicinity of
Clarksburg. He had a sound mental and physcial inheritance, and was a
natural leader, though without the oppurtunities to secure a literary
education. He was with the frontier militia in the Indian wars, was
commissioned colonel of a Virginia regiment by General Washington in the
Revolution, and 1781 joined General Clark’s expedition against the British
at Detroit. The first County Court of Harrison County was held at his home
in 1784. He was elected a member of the House of Burgesses, was a member of
the State Convention that ratified the Federal Constitution, and three times
was chosen a member of Congress. It is said that a speech he made in
Congress caused so much amusement among the members that he announced he
would go home and send his son to Congress, and he would not be laughed at.
His son John, in fact immediately succeeded him, entering the Eighth

This son, John George Jackson, was born near Buckhannon, Virginia, and
died at Clarksburg in 1825. He was liberally educated by his father, was
elected a member of the Legislature in 1797, was appointed surveyor of
Goverment lands west of the Ohio in 1793, and as noted was elected to
Congress as successor of his father, serving from the Eighth to the
Fourteenth congressess inclusive, except the Twelfth. He was a brigadier
general of militia and in 1819 appointed United States judge for the Western
District of Virginia, and was on the bench when he died . The first wife of
John George Jackson was Mary Payne, who was born about 1781 and died
February 13, 1808. She was a daughter of John and Mary (Coles) Payne. She
and Mr. Jackson were married in the executive mansion in the White House.
That honor was granted the bride by virtue of her being a sister of the wife
of the President of the United States, the famous Dolly Madison. The second
wife of John George Jackson, by whom is descended another line of the
Jackson family in West virginia, was a daughter of Return Jonathan Meigs, of
the distinguished Meigs family of Ohio.

The only son of the first marriage of John George Jackson was Gen. John
Jay Jackson, who was born in Wood county, Virginia, February 13, 1800. Much
of his early life was spent in Parkersburg. He was educated privately and
in Washington College in Pennsylvania, and by appointment from President
Monroe entered West Point Military Academy in 1815, graduating in his
nineteenth year. As an officer of the Regular army he performed service in
the Seminole war in Florida, and at one time was a member of Gen. Andrew
Jackson’s staff. About January 1, 1823 he resigned his commission and
turned his attention to the law. He soon reached the front ranks of his
profession and was many times elected to public office. From 1830 to 1852
he was prosecuting attorney in the Circuit Superior Court. He was a
brigadier general of Militiia from 1842 until the beginning of the Civil
war. His last public service was as a member of the Convention at Richmnd
in 1861, wher he eloquently upheld the Union. He organized and was
president of the Second National Bank of Parkersburg. He died January 1,

Gen. John Jay Jackson married in 1823 Emma G. Beeson, who died in 1842.
In 1843 he married Jane. E. B. Gardner.

While without doubt one of the ablest and most useful men in his
generation in Parkersburg and his section of Virginia, Gen. John Jay Jackson
had perhaps an even greater distiction in being the father of five eminent
sons, all of whow became conspicious in the history of West Virginia. These
sons were Judge John Jay Jackson, United States District Judge James Monroe
Jackson, Governor Jacob Beeson Jackson, Henry Clay Jackson and Andre Gardner

John Marshall

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
December 7, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg 100

John Marshall, a busy Parkersburg lawyer, represents the third successive
generation of that family in the legal profession, and his ancestry
altogether is one that has had a close relationship with the history of the
Western Virginia country from earliest pioneer times.

His great-great-grandfather, Aaron Marshall, was a soldier under General
Washington during the French and Indian war, lived prior to the Revolution in
Soutwestern Pennsylvania, and in 1780 moved to Hancock County, Virginia. His
son John, who was born in 1782 and died in 1859, spent his entire life in
Hancock County. James G. Marshall, grandfather of the Parkersburg lawyer,
was born in Hancock county, November 21, 1826, and died October 6, 1902. He
was an able attorney and served twenty-four years as prosecuting attorney of
Hancock County. He was a republican, and his example in politics has been
followed by subsequent generations. He married Lavina Miller, and her two
sons, Erastus D. and Oliver S., both became lawyers.

Oliver S. Marshall, whose home is at New Cumberland in Hancock County, was
born September 24, 1850. He graduated from Bethany College in 1878, and has
for many years served as a trustee of that institution. He was a member of
the State Senate three times, being president of the Senate in 1899, and was
a delegate to the Republican National Convention of 1892. Oliver S. Marshall
married, September 8, 1880, Elizabeth Tarr, who was born at Wellsburg, this
state, daughter of Campbell and Nancy (Hammond) Tarr. Campbell Tarr was one
of the historic figures in the formation of the State of West Virginia, and
as a delegate from Brooke County withdrew from the secession convention at
Richmond. He was a member of the conventions at Wheeling, served as
treasurer of the Provisional Government, and was the first state treasurer.

John Marshall, only son of Oliver S. and Elizabeth (Tarr) Marshall, was born
July 28, 1881, at New Cumberland He finished his literary education at
Bethany College, where he graduated A. B. and A. M. in 1902, received his A.
B. degree from Yale College in 1903, and graduated in law from the University
of West Virginia in 1904. The following year he began his practice at
Parkersburg, and has gained prominence both as an able business lawyer and on
the public side of his profession. From 1908 to 1912 he was assistant United
States attorney of the Northern District of West Virginia. Mr. Marshall was
a delegate from West Virginia to the Republican National Convention at
Chicago in 1920. In 1921 he was appointed special assistant to the United
States attorney general to try cases involving alien enemy property seized by
the Government.

Besides his work as a lawyer he has been a director of the Smoot Advertising
Company, Ohio Valley Publishing Company, Parkersburg Publishing Company,
Parkersburg Ohio Bridge Company, United States Roofing & Tile Company, and a
director of the Chamber of Commerce. He has been for several years chairman
of the Wood County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was the organizer
and first president of the Rotary Club at Parkersburg, is a member of the
college fraternities Beta Theta Pi, Delti Chi, Theta Nu Epsilon, and is a
member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is also a member
of the Parkersburg Country Club, Blennerhassett Club, and is a member of the
Christian Church.

M. Marshall married, January 25, 1906, at Wheeling, Miss Rebecca Cooper
Pauli, a native of Wheeling and daughter of Joseph F. and Emma (Senseney)
Pauli. Her grandparents were Judge James and Jane Ann (Fry) Pauli. The
former was a judge of the Supreme Court of West Virginia. Her grandmother
was a daughter of Judge Joseph L. Fry, who was a descendant of Colonel Fry,
at one time colonel of the Virginia regiment in which George Washington was
lieutenant-colonel. Washington succeeded to the command of the regiment when
Colonel Fry was killed in action. Mrs. Marshall’s father was a prominent
Wheeling manufacturer and financier. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall have two
children: John, Jr., born February 22, 1908, and Joseph Pauli, born May 29,

Lewis M. Ludow

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Pam Honaker
October 28, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
Pg. 464


LEWIS M. LUDLOW is president and manager of the Acme Fishing Tool
Company, one of the important industries that contribute to the prestige
Parkersburg enjoys as a business and industrial center o f the oil and gas
interests in the territory.

Mr Ludlow, who first can to West Virginia for his health and has
remained to engage in business affairs, was born at Ludlow, near New York
City, in Westchester County, New York , May 25 1884, son of Thomas W. and
Harriet (Carnochan) Ludlow, his father English and his mother of
English-Scot ancestry. The New York town of Ludow was named for his
grandfather, Thomas W. Ludlow, who gave the right of way to the New York
Central Railroad.

Lewis M. Ludlow was reared at Ludlow, attended St. John’s School and
Military Academy at Ossining, New York and subsequently entered Columbia
University at New York City, where he pursued special studies for about
three years. Lack of money not permitting him to remain to graduate, he
turned his attention to the confectionery business, and having for some time
suffered ill health he sought a change of climate, removing to West Virginia
in 1910. For two years he was in Roane County with the Louis F. Payn Oil
Company, and his work pur him in practical touch with every phase of oil
production. With this experience he felt justified in entering the oil
business on his own account, but in a short time had lost all his capital
and the venture was almost disastrous.

Mr. Ludlow in 1912 became associated with the late George L. McKain,
founder and president of the Acme Fishing Tool Company at Parkersburg. He
remained with Mr. McKain until 1912, when he resigned his position to enter
into the importing business in New York City. Upon the death of Mr. McKain
he returned to Parkersburg and again associated himself with the Acme
Fishing Tool Company, in the capacity of president.

Mr. Ludlow is a member of the Episcopal Church, is a republican,
belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club, Country Club, is a
member of the advisory and thirty-second degree Scottish rite Mason, a
member of Nemesis Temple of the Shrine, and the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks. In 1914 he married Harriet McKain, daughter of George L.
McKain. They have one daughter, Ann.

Walter Edmund Mcdougle

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Pam Honaker
May 21, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II,
page 463


Hon. Walter Edmund McDougle. Thirty years as a lawyer and eight years on
the Circuit Bench is embraced in the professional and public record of Judge
McDougle of Parkersburg. He is one of the best loved men in that community,
and upright and able judge, and a man who has been true to all the heavy
obligations of his life.

He represents the third generation of this family in West Virginia, and was
born on a farm eight miles below Parkersburg, in Wood county, December 4,
1867. His first American ancestor was John McDougle, who was born in
Scotland in 1731. Benjamin McDougle, of the second generation, was born in
Maryland in 1762, and married Elizabeth Duke. Their only child, Samuel F.
McDougle, grandfather of Judge McDougle, was born n Virginia, June 14, 1798,
and for some years had his home in that portion of Warren County which is
now part of Clark County in old Virginia. In 1848 he moved to what is now
West Virginia. All his active career was spent as a farmer. He was
pronouced opponent of the institution of slavery, thought essentially true
to the institutions of the South.

His son, Albert Armstrong McDougle, whose mother was Mary Armstrong, was
born in Warren County, Virginia, December 2, 1838, and spent practically his
entire life as a farmer and stockman in Wood County, West Virginia. He was
killed on a railroad crossing July 5, 1905. He was a student at Williams
College in Ohio when the Cival War broke out. He returned home with the
intention of entering the Union army. Three brothers had gone into the
Confederat service, and he was influenced not to enlist. In his old home
community at Washington Bottoms in Wood County, January 11, 1866, he married
Louisa Jane Lewis, who was born February 21, 1841, and died October 7, 1870.
Her father was Francis Keene Lewis.

Walter Edmund McDougle was the oldest of four children, and the only one to
survive infancy. His boyhood days were spent on the home farm until 1886,
and in the meantime he attended the local schools. For about eightenn
months he attended the Tri-State Normal College at Angola, Indiana, taking a
commercial course, and in 1889 began reading law with Judge John G. McCluer
of Parkersburg. In Septtember 1890, he entered the law school of Washington
and Lee University, graduating with the law degree in June 1891, and was
admitted tothe bar at parkersburg, July 13th.

Judge McDougle continued active in his work as a lawyer for over twenty
years, until he went on the bench. He was frequently honored with public
office, serving four years, 1893-96, as prosecuting attorney of Wood County.
During this term in office he never has a mistrial or any case
successfully appealed against him in higher court. The judge before whom he
tried many of his cases said that he was the best prosecuting attorney that
had ever practiced in his court. From 1909 to 1912, he was assistant
prosecuting attorney. He was elected judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit
of West Virginia in 1912, being chosen on the republican ticket, though for
his second termhe had no opposition. He has never beeen a partisan
politician, and his widespread popularity is due to the eminent fitness he
has shown for his judicial responsibilities.

Judge McDougle is affiliated wht the Knights of Pythias, Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and other
fraternal and social organizations, and he and his family are Presbyterians.
At Marietta, Ohio, April 18, 1891, he married Myrtle Elizabeth Curry,
daughter of George and Eliza (White) Curry. Her father was a Union soldier
and later a brick manufacturer. The only son of Judge McDougle is Robert
Boreman McDougle, who was born February 7, 1893. He graduated from the
Parkersburg High School, from Washington and Lee University in 1916, and
during the World war was a first lieutneant in the Three Hundred and
Twenty-fourth Field Artillery, serving two years, fourteen months of which
time were spent overseas in France. He was in the battle of the Argonne.
He is now rated as one of the ablest young lawyers in the section of West
Virginia, and is assistant prosecuting attorney of Wood County.

Benjamin T. Neal

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. 459-460

BENJAMIN T. NEAL, JR. The ancestor of the Neal family
was Capt. James Neal, who changed his name from O’Neal
during the Revolutionary war because one of his brothers
was a colonel in the British Army. Capt. James Neal
was born about 1737, and raised a company to join Wash-
ington’s Army at Valley Forge and subsequently was offered
a commission as major in the army of General Greene.
After the war he returned to his home in Greene County
Pennsylvania. He keenly felt the poverty of the frontier,
and is said to have sold a land grant of four thousand
acres in Ohio for three hundred dollars. In the spring of
1783, as a deputy surveyor, he surveyed the preemption
right and settlement claim of Alexander Parker of Pitts-
burgh, the land upon which the city of Parkersburg has
since been built. In the fall of 1786 he again left Penn-
sylvania, with a party of men bound for the Kentucky
country, but he and some of his companions stopped at the
mouth of Little Kanawha and decided to make permanent
settlement. Here they erected the block house afterward
known as Neal’s Station, the first structure of the kind in
what is now Wood County. In the spring of 1787 Captain
Neal returned with his family to Neal’s Station. During
succeeding years, until the victory of General Wayne in
1795, this settlement was exposed to recurring raids of
Indians, during one of which a son of Captain Neal was
killed. He was not only the first settler but always first
in the affairs of his neighborhood until his death, which
occurred at Neal’s Station in February, 1822. He was a
captain of Frontier Rangers, and held the office of justice
of the peace and commissioner for the examination of sur-
veyors. His first wife, Hannah Hardin, who died in 1784
was a sister of Col. John Hardin, a distinguished char-
acter of the Revolution and founder of the Hardin family
of Kentucky. She was the mother of all but one of Capt
James Neal’s children. His two sons who continued his
posterity under the family name were John and James

Of these John Neal was born in Greene County Penn-
sylvania, May 10, 1776, and died October 14, 1823. He
was prominent in the affairs of Wood County, was a mem-
ber of the County Court from May 12, 1800, until his
death, served as high sheriff from 1807 to 1809, and in
1809 was elected a member of the House of Burgesses of
Virginia, serving two terms. In 1796 he married Ephlis
Hook, who was born about 1780 and died June 27, 1852.
She was the mother of thirteen children, fourth among
whom was Cincinnatus James Neal.

Cincinnatus James Neal, representing the third genera-
tion of the family in Wood County, was born January 1
1803, and died August 25, 1869. On February 24, 1836,
he married Mary Ann Collins. Their children were: Vir-
ginia M., Benjamin Tomlinson, Mary L., John Collins
Narcissa P., Guy A., Libbie B., Eliza K. and Deric P.
Cincinnatus Neal during a number of years was a mer-
chant in Parkersburg, and subsequently at Cleveland, Ohio.
His son, Benjamin Tomlinson Neal, Sr., was born at Park-
ersburg in February, 1838, and in 1867 was appointed the
first agent at Parkersburg for the Adams Express Com-
pany. With this corporation he remained a faithful and
responsible employe and official for more than forty years.
In 1884 he was transferred to Columbus, Ohio, where he
remained until he retired in 1910, but he died at Parkers-
burg. His wife, Sallie Burns Shrewsbury, was born June
24, 1840, and died December 18, 1881. She was the
mother of four children: Fannie S., wife of Frank P.
Moats; Benjamin Tomlinson, Jr.; Edward Burns, court
official; and Wellington V.

Benjamin T. Neal, Jr., who therefore represents the
fifth generation of the family in Wood County, was born
December 2, 1873. He acquired a public school educa-
tion, and since the age of sixteen has been connected with
the banking business at Parkersburg. For fifteen years
he was an employe of the Second National Bank, but since
1903 has been with the Union Trust & Deposit Company,
of which he is treasurer. He is a member of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks. The church of the family
is the Episcopal and nearly all those descended from Cin-
cinnatus Neal have been republicans in polities.

Benjamin T. Neal, Jr., married Mabelle Armstrong,
daughter of William and Emily (Shannon) Armstrong.
Their two children are Clifford B. and Emily A., and Clif-
ford is now the only descendant in the fourth generation
of the family of Cincinnatus Neal.

Phillip D. Neal

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Pam Honaker
May 21, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II,
page 463

Phillip D, Neal, Wood County

PHILLIP D. NEAl. During the past thirty years Philip D. Neal has had an
official and directing part in the management of half a dozen or more of
Parkersburg’s chief industries, commercial and banking institutions. His
high place as a business man and citizen ia an additional honor to his
family that has been of historic distinction in Wood County from the very
beginning of settlement.

Mr. Neal is a great-grandson of the historic figure, Capt. James Neal,
founder of Neal’s Station, the first block house and center of settlement in
Wood County from 1807 to 1809, in the latter year was chosen member of the
House of Burgessess, and from 1800 until the end of his life he sat on the
bench of the County Court. His wife, whom he married in 1796, was Ephlis
Hook, then about sixteen years of age, who died in 1852. Sheriff John Neal
had thirteen children, and several of his sons carried the line of descent
down to the present generation.

His tenth child was George B. Neal, who was born February 2, 1816, and died
December 24, 1892. He spent all his life at Parkersburg, where he was owner
of a wharf boat and widely known in the river traffic. He was a member of
the Episcopal Church, a democrat, and while he never attained wealth he was
highly respected. He married Caroline McKinley, a daughter of William
McKinley, of an old time family of Weston, West Virginia. She died in 1897.
Her children were Eva, widow of W. W. George; Annie, wife of Dr. N.L.
Guice; Phillip D.; Bettie, wife of Dr. George S. Bowles; Georgie M.,
deceased wife of Doctor Carr; Edward who died in infancy; and Emma, Mrs.
W.C. McConaughey, of Parkersburg.

Philip Doddridge Neal was born at Parkersburg October 11, 1865. He was
endowed with sound inheritance, had an aptitude for business, was well
educated in public and private schools, and his first regular employment was
a a runner for the Parkersburg National Bank. He was with the institution
five years, then became bookkeeper for the Consumers Coal & Mining Company,
and in 1899 organized the Citizens Coal Company, of which he became
secretary and manager and of which he is now vice president and treasurer.
Mr. Neal in 1895 organized and became secretary and general manager of the
Parkersburg Chair Company, and is now president and treasurer of the
industry. He also organized as a subsidiary of the Citizens Coal Company
the Citizens Concrete Company. For several years he was president of the
wholesale grocery house of Shattuck & Jackson Company, a vice president of
the Citizens National Bank, and from time to time connected with other local

Mr. Neal is a Knight Templar York Rite Mason, a member of the Mystic Shrine,
and a charter member of the Rotary Club. He is a member of th Episcopal
Church. In 1897 he married Miss Daisy Shattuck, daughter of Charles and
Annie Shattuck. There three children are: Caroline McK., born in 1898;
Phyliss Shattuck, born in 1899; and Annie Shattuck, born 1902.

Clark Nelson

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Pam Honaker
October 28, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
Pg. 464


CLARK NELSON. The Nelsons of Parkersburg for over fifty years have
been a family with all the qualities of enterprise and good citizenship that
produce a fair and honorable name in a community.

In 1858 Benjamin Franklin Nelson came from Powhatan, Ohio to
Parkersburg. He was accompanied by his wife, whose maiden name was Emily
Clark, and by four children, while eight other children were born to them in
Parkersburg. B.F. Nelson devoted his time and energies to farming in the
Williams District of the county, where he died in 1884. His widow survived
him with unimpaired faculities until her death in 1905. Only a short time
before she had made a visist to California to see her son. One of the
children of B. F. Nelson was Lafayette Nelson, who enlisted in the Union
army and died of disease while in service.

Clark Nelson, the younger son, was born March 30, 1851, and spent his
life in Wood County, where he died September 8, 1919. He made the very best
possible use of only ordinary opportunities to secure an education, and
after exhausting the possibilities of the district schools attended a normal
school several times. For sixteen years he taught in the country district
of Wood County, employing the vacation periods to farm in the Clay and
Lubeck districts. He was a republican in politics, but was seldom known in
political councils, though he held several local positions when necessity
required, more as a matter of good citizenship than for any other reason.
He was a man of single mind and purpose, thought and acted directly, and
from youth to advanced years never failied to earn the respect paid to
honesty and a blameless character. His range of knowledge was unusually
wide for one who had to depend upon his own efforts to secure an education.
In religious matters he was a devout member of the Baptist Church. In
October 1879, Clark Nelson married Wilda Spencer, and she is still living at
Parkersburg. Their two son were Arta L., born July 31, 1880, and Harvey H.,
born January 5, 1882.

These two sons continue the honorable prestige of this name in
Parkersburg, and are active in commercial affairs. Arta L. Nelson attended
a commercial college at Parkersburg and was employed as a stenographer and
bookkeeper until he entered business with his brother in 1907. The Nelson
brothers now have one of the prosperous mercantile establishments of the
city. Arta Nelson is a Methodist, a republican voter, a thirty-second
degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Nemesis Temple of the Shirne, and
the Parkersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Harvey H. Nelson secured a good practical education at the age of
nineteen began an apprenticeship at the plumber’s trade. He followed that
as a regular business until he entered the plumbing and heating business in
1907. Both brothers were active in behalf on the various drives and other
patriotic causes in the World war. He is affiliated with the Masonic Order,
Independent Order of Odd Fellow, Knights of Pythisa, Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks, is a member of the Rotary Club and is first vice
president of the Chamber of Commerce. He likewise is a republican and a
Methodist. April 14, 1915, Harvey Nelson married Nan R. Haddox. They have
one daughter, Louise.

Okey J. Stout

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Tina Hursh
December 13, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II
Pg. 73

Okey J. Stout has for nearly a quarter of a century been a prospering
business man of Parkersburg, a druggist and also interested in other lines.
He is a brother of Parkersburg’s postmaster, Walter E. Stout, under whose name
a more complete account of the family will be found.
Okey J. Stout was born at Parkersburg, June 18, 1877, and this city
has always been his home. He completed a public-school education and in 1897,
at the age of twenty, entered the retail drug business after two years of
training as clerk in the drug store of W.E. Skirvin. He has concentrated his
efforts along this line and is now interested in two drug stores, and is also
associated with his brother, Walter, in the oil business and is a director
of the First National Bank.
Mr. Stout is a Knight Templar and thirty-second degree Scottish Rite
Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks,
belongs to the Rotary Club and is a democrat in politics.

Wells, P. Foster

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



WELLS, P. FOSTER. (Democrat.) Address: New
England, West Va. One of the members of the Legisla-
ture from Wood county. Born at Belleville, Virginia (now
West Virginia), August 21, 1847; educated in the com-
mon schools and in the National Normal University, of
Lebanon, Ohio; has been a constable, justice of the peace
and county surveyor; is at present engaged in fanning and
surveying; was elected as a member of the House of
Delegates in 1916; in 1917 served on the following com-
mittees: Immigration and Agriculture, Humane Institu-
tions, Federal Relations.

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